newest household members

The cool thing about owning an automatic after years of having a manual transmission is that you can drive home from Walmart with one hand on the steering wheel and the other holding a bag full of water and four goldfish. I really intended to get just three goldfish; Ahab, Ishmael and Queequeg, but little Starbuck managed to stowaway in the fishnet along with the others and land in the plastic bag, so I ended up buying him too. I figured if he was that intent on coming home with me, I should probably adopt him. I put them in my new aquarium that I bought specifically for Kathy’s Plecostomus, who I named Moby. He’s huge in comparison to them. They have a cave rock, a tiny ship, and a statue of Neptune to swim around. Moby immediately adopted the cave rock as his new home, which is what I was hoping when I bought it.
I now own nine animals. Thank God five of them are fish.

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