Cat Talk: Ahab Dishes on Life at C&W

We spent the day with Ahab talking about his life at the cafe, favorite things, and goals for the future. Here's what he had to say.

C&W: What brought you to Crumbs & Whiskers?

Ahab: I grew up in Sedalia, Mo with my parents and twin brother, Ishmael. After graduating college I needed some adventure. I pulled up a map, closed my eyes and put my paw on a spot. That's how I got to D.C. Of course the cafe seemed like the puurfect place to work on my novel. It's relaxing and exciting all at the same time!

Ahab takes a break from his writing to get in some play time with his mouse toy.

Ahab takes a break from his writing to get in some play time with his mouse toy.

C&W: What's your favorite thing about the cafe?

Ahab: It's got such a great vibe! So many hoomans to write about! They're always talking, and I'm always listening. You know my novel is a drama about hoomans, right? Don't worry -- I've changed their names to protect their privacy.

Ahab may look like he's staring at the ceiling, but he's really writing chapter 5 of his great American novel. 

Ahab may look like he's staring at the ceiling, but he's really writing chapter 5 of his great American novel. 

C&W: Sooo... I can't help but notice that Ishmael is also here. Did he follow you? What's the story there?

Ahab: Ishmael didn't really know what to do after school. He changed his major three times. I think he graduated with a degree in archaeology? Anyway, he followed me to D.C. hoping he'd get inspired. 

Moving to D.C. has Ishmael wondering if he should get into politics. 

Moving to D.C. has Ishmael wondering if he should get into politics. 

C&W: What's the food like at the cafe?

Ahab: It's great! Hoomans aren't always the smartest (no offense) and we know how to get what we want out of them. LOTS and LOTS of treats and catnip! Sometimes we take their food too. They don't even get mad. They just laugh at us like we're doing something funny.

Thinking about those treats.

Thinking about those treats.

C&W: Can you give us any spoilers from your novel? When will it come out?

Ahab: I don't want to say too much because it isn't finished yet. You know I have 20 roommates here and I don't want anyone to take my ideas. I will tell you there's a love triangle and the story takes place over the span of a couple years. I'm not sure when it'll be complete. I think I need to watch hoomans here a bit longer to fill in more details.

Asking Ahab about his novel is a great way to get him engaged in a conversation.

Asking Ahab about his novel is a great way to get him engaged in a conversation.