Tuesday, January 22, 2008

The origin of The Mountain Cat

Back in 1972 in a small village known as Brooklyn, a baby was born that would usher in a new era and change the evolution of mankind as we know it. Well didn't I? Ok, ok, never mind.

My last name in Italian means Mountain Lion. But I morphed it into The Mountain Cat as my stage name. (And isn't Cat easier to spell than Lion?). Actually to be honest I don't know why I choose Cat over Lion. Personal choose I guess. But I do refer The Mountain Cat's origin from the Jerky Boys 1992 first prank phone call album where Tarbash the Egyptian Magician wanted to bring his mountain cat on stage to 'terrorize people' for his magic act (Listen here).

But I have to admit that I have turned The Mountain Cat persona into a bit of an obsession. I recently had my new iPod engraved ‘The Mountain Cat’s iPod’. Also, I did donate $25 to the Mountain Lion Foundation. (They sent me a thank you certificate which I framed). This organization protects these animals from hunters and poachers so they don’t become endangered. And I was really upset when during a game former Mets pitcher Turk Wendell wore a necklace of teeth from a mountain lion he killed in Colorado. That bastard!

But probably my most over the top moment was when I got a vanity license plate when I lived in North Carolina in the 1990s. To fit on the plate, I had to shorten it to 'Mt. Cat'. But unfortunately too many people were reading it as ‘Empty Cat’. Oh well, I still think it looked cool.








- The Mountain Cat

23 comments:

Doc said...

Ahhhh Memories !!!

The Mountain Cat said...

You hunted for mountain lion too????? >:-|

Doc said...

No.. LOL - I was talking about riding around in the old Mt. Cat car!

Tink said...

Empty Cat! *Snort* Well that give me an interesting mental image. Bleh.

Leighann said...

I was wondering how that nickname came to be!

Doc, why do you go by "doc"?

It's probably something painfully obvious, but keep in mind, I'm still a new reader here!

Jay said...

There's nothing cooler than a vanity plate on a Honda Civic. No really. That doesn't look redneck at all. Did you get one of those blowers on the muffler to make the car really loud too? hahahahah ;-)



Hey, maybe on the next poll you guys could do something less controversial. Like abortion. LOL

Doc said...

I still love that Tarbash bit !!

Oh and Leighann - Look for the Doc story sometime tomorrow

Real Live Lesbian said...

Rowr! Very cool Honda! ;)

P.S. I don't like empty cats either.

Karen said...

I feel much more complete now that I know Mountain Cat saga. And I love the plates - so hot.

The Mountain Cat said...

Tink: I would have put 'MNT CAT' on the plate but it doesn't look as good as 'MT. CAT' right?

Leighann: He is 'Doc' because I played 'doctor' with all the girls on the his cul de sac growing up. ;)

Jay: I pimped ride before it was the cool thing to do! Abortion is too soft a topic. ROTFL

Doc: And then I come out with whip!

Real Live Lesbian: That Honda gave me the best years of my life before I had to euthanized it.

Karen: Thanks. Chicks dig mountain cats.

Doc said...

Hey Vin... My sister was the only girl on our cul de sac so be careful who you played doctor with - ROFL ~

DirkStar said...

I too love mountain cats.

Cooked over Sequoia and served with a light mustard gravy...

The Mountain Cat said...

Pickled Cat?

Doc said...

Sounds like a Chinese food dish... Which reminds me... Did you ever find the Wanton smuggler?

Christine said...

What does ROTFL and ROFL mean?? Sorry, I really do not know!

Jahooni said...

I can't give this up! This is some funny stuff. License plates, certificates, etc. etc. just for a nickname. Hymnt, why didn't I think of that. Guess I will make a Jahooni plate for me self.

Doc said...

Christine - I had to tell Vince too, way back when... ROFL/ROTFL means Rolling on the floor laughing.

Leighann said...

If you all think Mt Cat on a Honda is bad, you should see what my husband put on our MINI VAN!

Dana said...

Ummm ... you aren't going to turn into one of those old men who has 97 "mountain" cats living in your house, are you?

The Mountain Cat said...

Christine: What does ROTFLMFAO mean?

Doc: Well Pickled Cat sounds better than Dill Doe doesn't it?

Jahoooooni: Will Jahoooooni fit on a license plate?

Leighann: Does your husband have naked lady mud flaps on the van?

Dana: I do want to buy two kittens, male and female, and name them after my parents. :-)

Leighann said...

No, but he did ask me if we could have it repainted ORANGE with a rebel flag on top!!

Penelope Anne said...

I like the name....great evolution. I would have got the license plate correct myself.

Someday I hope to have a vanity plate.

You kid, born in 72...1970 ruled!!!

Jahooni said...

TMC- it is not JAHOOOOONI. Only 2 "o"'s!!! so there!