jalabert (jalabert) wrote,
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So long, Jalabert

The nom de plume I use for my slash writing was borrowed from the beautiful, gregarious ball of fluff shown in the icon to the left. He was the original Jalabert in my household, named after Laurent Jalabert, the great French bicycling champion who was leading the points race in the 1992 Tour de France at the time I adopted him. Had I opted for the eventual points champion he would have been named after Djamolidine Abdoujaparov. His vets had enough trouble pronouncing a French name; an Uzbekistani name would have been a real giggle.

Jalabert was a black Maine Coon with a white locket on his chest, enormous furry feet and two passions: eating freshly-cooked broccoli and waking me up before 5:30 in the morning. Jolly (as he was more familiarly known) was fearless, adventurous and sociable, retaining the boundless energy and enthusiasm of a two-year old until the end of his life. We shared a home together for more than fifteen years, until he lost a brief struggle with cancer and was euthanized on March 12th. He was a larger than life cat with a huge heart and I will never forget him.
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