Thursday, June 5, 2008

orange crush

it's all about orange! as tut-tut so astutely pointed out the other day, orange goes without rhyme...but orange never goes without reason!

I've had an unusual relationship with orange over the years. currently, I'm quite taken with orange - alright I admit, it isn't at the top of my personal (favorite) color chart - that exalted honor goes to green, purple and 'frida' blue; but, none-the-less, I am quite drawn to orange. I remember a time back when I was in high school when orange did rate as one of my top three favorite colors. I was so fond of orange I went created a 'shrine' to orange in my closet with paint and some crazy mod flower wallpaper (my closet was the only area of my room where I had a free reign to decorate as I pleased - what can I say, my mom wanted 'control' over her house!)

orange....what do you think of when you think of orange?

me, I think of:

1) orange cats. I have a weakness for orange cats. right now I feel quite blue as my menagerie is currently lacking an orange cat. two of my all time best cat friends, jean-paul and bubba, were 'orange cats.' jean-paul, named in honor of sartre, was actually a white cat who had orange ears and an orange tail - but his lovable personality was pure orange cat-ness. jean-paul and his sister gertrude entered my life in the spring of 1976. jean-paul moved to connecticut with us in 1981, unfortunately gertrude stayed behind in fort worth. unfortunate for us, for gertrude life was anything but unfortunate; she became the grand dame cat at the home of friends and lived until she was almost twenty years old! jean-paul didn't live quite as long as his sister, but he did have a good and long life. jean-paul loved the move to connecticut, and coincidentally the first flat we lived in when we moved to new haven was on orange street. jean-paul was the king of orange street and each day paraded the street and greeted each person walking by with a loud purr and sometimes a head butt.

bubba was my second orange cat - he was 'the child' of lily, a calico cat of ours; in my younger days, my cats were indoor-outdoor cats and we often allowed the female cats to have a litter of kittens before that necessary operation. what can I say, I was a sucker for kittens! now the cats are all indoor only cats and I we get them to the vet before they discover the joy of sex.

bubba had a good life and I was incredibly sad when he crossed the rainbow bridge. it's been two years since bubba passed away at age 15

I have volumes of wonderful jean-paul and bubba stories, suffice to say these two cats have sold me on the idea that orange boy cats are among the best creatures on the planet.

2) knock knock jokes. even if you aren't particularly taken with this genre of joke, 4 and 5 year olds love knock-knock jokes. in my opinion and that of many of my 4 and 5 year old friends, one of the best of the genre is this:
knock, knock

who's there?


banana who?

banana, banana, knock, knock

who's there?


banana who?

banana, banana, knock, knock

who's there?


banana who?

banana, banana, knock, knock

who's there?


banana who?

banana, banana, knock, knock

who's there?


orange who?

orange you glad I didn't say banana again.
3) monks - one of the main colors that tibetan monks wear is saffron orange. in buddhism and hinduism orange is a very sacred color.

a lovely arrangement of orange I visited in february 2005:

musing about monk's robes and christo's gates has me wondering more about how orange is considered.this is what I found:

Orange : warmth, energy, balance, enthusiasm, vibrancy, vitality, expansiveness, flamboyance, excitement, business goals, property deals, ambition, career, goals, general success, justice, legal matters, selling, action, attention-grabbing, the sun, friendly, inviting, intense, joy, strength, endurance, steadfastness, tropics, quick movement, wealth of the mind and knowledge, charity, growing things, fascination, friendliness, happiness, beginnings, heat, creativity, autumn, determination, attraction, success, encouragement, courage, earth, mental and appetite stimulant, emotional lift, assurance, social force, health, warmth, attractiveness, cheerfulness, mood-lightening, uninhibited, independence, amiability, constructiveness, self-assuredness, cheap, low-budget, fun kids colour, youth

In restaurants, as orange is an appetite stimulant, orange decor encourages sales. Less passionate than red, orange still increases oxygen supply to the brain, stimulating mental activity. Popular amongst youth.

Hinduism : Saffron (peachy orange) is a sacred color

European : Autumn, creativity, harvest

Netherlands : Favourite colour (House of Orange)

Ireland : Protestants

USA : Halloween, cheap goods

Hinduism : Saffron (peachy orange) is a sacred color

Feng Shui : Yang, Earth, strengthens concentration, purpose, organization

Orange backgrounds help images seem closer and larger, but avoid over-use. Useful for highlighting important elements, promoting food products and toys.

"As we turned our sights to orange, substantial research (including the data gathered at The Global Color Survey at and the Pantone Consumer Color Preference Study® dated June 1996) documented that orange is one of Americans' least favorite colors. ... In 1991, Forbes called attention to orange's mundane associations in its December 23 article, 'Does orange mean cheap?' Yes, it does."

Dark orange : autumn, deceit, distrust

Red orange : desire, sexuality, pleasure, domination, aggression, thirst for action

Bright orange : tangy citrus, health

Pale orange : apricot, coral, peach and melon are sophisticated

photos: bubba chilling (2005); jean-paul (1979); bubba as kitten (1990); monks from namgyal monastery in cleveland during final ritual for kalachakra mandala (2005); the gates by christo, nyc february 2005.


Steve Reed said...

Doh! I totally forgot to do an orange post today! Sorry about that. (If only Nexium was orange instead of purple!)

I was just looking through my photos of The Gates the other day. Seems like a long time ago! I even got a little swatch of the fabric from one of the guides -- so VERY orange.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

tummy troubles trump memory every time!! hope the little purple pill helps.

until a week ago I too had a little swatch of fabric from the gates. I always carried it with me in my dayrunner; coincidentally I gave my swatch to ched last week during our version of a potlatch ceremony. ah sweet synchronicity!

Squirrel said...

You used to live on Orange Street? Nyack is in the township of Orangeburg! I never realized I had so many thoughts about orange. The only orange clothes I ever had were "burnt orange" sweaters. But I found touches of orange all over the house which surprised me.

Orange is a far more cheerful and vibrant color than my usual favorite, red. Didn't they have Orange VW beetles a few years ago? Now I want an orange car.

Anonymous said...

I LOVE the orange kittie Kats! (I am sick of orange clothing, though the monks look real good in orange)

I like the cat with the orange ears and tail! How stylish.

Bob Dylan said...

My grandkids have a lot of orange toys--never thought of that before.

R.L. Bourges said...

oops the youtube link says vid no longer available.
I am taken by each and every one of the qualities inspired by orange - I'll leave the appetite stimulant alone, though - really no need for it.
My post will go up in the early hours of Friday on this side of the planet. Still Thursday on your part of the world.

Unknown said...

So many parts of this to respond to!

First, according to the British TV show QI, there are two words that rhyme with orange. The first is Blorenge, which is a mountain in Wales. There's also Gorringe, which is a surname. (The section of the program in which this startling information is divulged can be seen at

The second thing is that your first photo of Bubba reminds me so of our dear and somewhat recently departed Oscar. He was orange and white and more like our child than our cat. the orange and white boy cats are special.

Third is the knock-knock joke. When my son was about two, I told him the joke you told today. Well, this set him on a spree of making up his own knock-knock jokes, all of which went like this: Knock-knock? Who's there? Banana. Banana who? Banana grape.

This would be followed by peels of laughter.

Now he's nine, and no longer prone to such levity.

Bobby D. said...

I left my orange swatch from the gates in the Catskills--and I had planned to include it in my post. It is forever attached to the photo of the Dalai Lama in my mind, too so I have kept them together. I love my orange swatch.

I had an orangecat brother, but last summer Dennis pried opened the door leading into the garage and told him to go out and 'look around for mice" so he did. The big garage door was open since a human was mowing the lawn. The orangecat has not come back and he and I were close!. I think he had quite enough of Dennis at that point.

Bubba--what a face!

dennis said...

Dennis says it was just an experiment. There might have been mice in the garage, who knows?

Chuck Pefley said...

Mouse:joining the "Ched & Mouse" Orange Theme Day did push my blog image to the top of the pile given the fluorescent safety vests. I had toyed with the idea of an Orange Lamborghini but that photo was taken in Milan, and even thought this blog is "Almost" one-a-day Seattle, I chose not to go that far afield.

Great tribute to Orange. Absolutely love your lead photo. I've never had an orange feline, but my best friend Sebastian kept me company for 14 years.

Unknown said...

Hmm, orange... creativity... I suppose this is why I find myself sitting in my orange study writing...

Love, love, love that first cat pic - an absolute stunner.

Ladrón de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

Technically you can rhyme it when saying "an orange or a porringer". Orange is like a certain number of spices that I enjoy greatly in moderation but find sickening in excess. Come to think of it, most of said spices are orange.

tut-tut said...

What an eclectic post. My childhood cat, who lived from when I was in kindergarten until my freshman year of college (!) was an orange striped cat named Fluffy. He was smart and long-suffering; he enduring being dressed up in doll clothes. He also sucked his "thumb" for many years (one of his back toes.

Well, look what I've remembered! Thank you.

Dumdad said...

Knock, knock

Who's there?


Doctor Who?

(I guess that's more for a Brit audience).

Knock, knock

Who's there?


Isabelle who?

Isabelle necessarily on a bicycle.

Knock, knock

Who's there?

The Gestapo

The Gestapo who?

Silence, it is ve who ask the questions!

taco said...

Cats have beautiful souls--and Monks too-- both very zen of course.

lettuce said...

lovely lovely pics kimy, marmalade cats are scrumptious

Lynda said...

Feng Shui : Yang, Earth, strengthens concentration, purpose, organization. Orange backgrounds help images seem closer and larger, but avoid over-use. Useful for highlighting important elements, promoting food products and toys.

I couldn't agree more.

Anonymous said...

what do ya call them cat cheeks that the whiskers sprout out of? there must be a special name--theyre so cute.. too cute.

Phyllis Hunt McGowan said...
I think of
1. autumn leaves in New England
2. Thanksgiving; my first thanksgivings in this country were not very long ago and I recall pumpkins and orange candles and orange decorations.

I love that cat.

3. marmalade :) yum. I love it.

Phyllis Hunt McGowan said...

Oops, the bit about the cat was supposed to be last, not right in the middle. Grrr.
Stupid undersized keyboard!

Reya Mellicker said...

Thanks for the orange-o-rama! It's also the color associated with the second chakra, so it's about sex and creativity, too.

Cute kitty pics!
Love the monks!

mouse (aka kimy) said...

oh my so many comments and no time to respond to ALL!
but let me thank everyone for support of the first theme thursday and those who played along - it was great a bunch of cyber playmates! who would have thought orange could have generated so much energy - well, perhaps ched knew! she did pick well! we'll get back to everyone about what next thursday's theme will be....and I'll try and rein it in....

len - your story about your son cracked me up and I love your pun "peels of laughter"....

dd - the appreciation of doctor who is global!!! I love both that knock-knock and all the others you provided - in fact they are all new to me, but you can count on my spreading the joy.

av - I recently read that simone de beauvoir worked in an orange room when she was a young writer! so you decorated most inspiringly (is this a word?)

junk - excess in most things is sickening - n'est-ce pas?

tut - I had a cat who was a back toe sucker too! but it wasn't bubba or jean-paul.

lettuce - marmalade cats - love it...I wonder if we can call deep brown cats marmite cats? uh ho the mention of marmite, must go make some toast!!!

Gayé Terzioglu said...

I love orange, absolutely. It is my favourite colour and after that the second fav is purple. then, it's all colours. copper and earth colours follow. then blue and green, then black and white.
lovely orange post!

cisco said...

Wow what a lovely orange post!
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