Monday, October 24, 2011

So you really want to know what Mopar is all about?

I've had several comments asking about Mopar's unusual name, so I guess I better explain.

Mopar, as you know, is Dave's cat. Dave brought him home when he was a teenager. As mentioned on a number of occasions, one of Dave's hobbies is classic cars.

He has two. A '67 Pontiac Bonneville...
...and a '67 Dodge Charger - which sadly, I don't have a handy picture of. The Bonneville sees more use, but at heart, he considers himself a Dodge boy.

The Charger was a 15th birthday present from his step-father (who passed a few years later). It was a wreck, and Dave spent about a decade restoring it bit by bit (there's a rather amusing family story about him storing an exhaust system under his bed when he was 17).

Mopar is the name of Chrysler's (who owns the Dodge name) parts and service arm. To car enthusiasts like Dave, it's synonymous with performance parts, racing, and just generally driving really, really fast.
When Dave and I first started dating, I asked him why Mopar - I mean other than the obvious car-guy reason? His response:

"He's rear-wheel drive and he does burn-outs around corners."

Rear-wheel drive = declawed with only back claws
Burn-outs = squealing and sliding - like when a fast car peels out onto the highway.

Mopar has very floofy toes, so he doesn't get good traction on hardwood floors... he likes to yell when he goes around corners and it's a lot like a cat version of this:

Without the smoke (thank goodess!)

So - Mopar he was named, but we also refer to him as "The Par", ParPar, MoparKitty, Mr. Par, and "Cranky old man" (The last one is fairly new - mostly since he moved in and had to share Top Cat status with Los Trios Diablos)
He's a little too old to be much of a hot rod any more, but we love him still.


Denise said...

I knew immediately what Mopar meant. Car guys in my family. However, the name mopar came with other expletives as they are Ford and Chevy guys.

Delusional Knitter said...

I recognized Mopar as car related, but its nice to get the rest of the story, LOL!

Knitting Linguist said...

I love it! What a great cat name :) We had a cat named Simmer for sixteen years - we often got the question, "as in, just before boil?", but it's because Rick found her, abandoned, while windsurfing, and he was using a SimmerStyle harness (that was her real name). She was his first real present to me - a teeny-tiny, blue-eyed kitten.

TheBlackSheep said...

Awwww, he's pretty! But the name? Definitely a guy thing. Cute in its own way.

Monika said...

Thanks for sharing! It's nice to know why a pet has an unusual name.

lexa said...

He reminds me of my Pumba in the face, who is now a teenager! I got him in November when he was about 6 weeks old, so he was 13 around the first of October. Time flies!

Lost City Denise said...

That is a great name for a cat! Well done Dave!!

Knatolee said...

Hahahaha! THat's a perfect cat name!

gayle said...

I'd wondered about the name - thanks for the explanation. (You could sum up my car knowledge in a very short sentence...)

Barbara from Nova Scotia said...

Excellent story behind the name. Most perfect!