Skittles Update

by janet on March 17th, 2007

Several people (2) have asked for another update on Skittles.

He’s still cute.

Remember how we had operantly conditioned him to swim up to the food hole when we turned on the light? Well, now Skittles is just a full-time food whore. (Like mother, like son.) He is now operantly conditioned to swim up to the food hole and go absolutely bonkers whenever either of us goes near the kitchen. He does a wriggly jig from the top of the tank to the bottom and then back up. It’s very cute, but make it impossible to take a clear photo of him since he gets too excited when I come near him with the camera. The above picture is hopelessly blurry but isn’t it adorable? It is mid-wriggle, and his arm fins are all the way over to the left. <3

Sometimes, though, he sleeps in the corner of the tank and at those times he looks silly and stupid just bobbing up and down.

Skittles also likes to eat bubbles. They trick him, I guess, since they look like food? It’s kind of sad…he is always, always looking for more food. It reminds me of the old Kids in the Hall sketch where they are all super poor and pick up bits of dust and eat it and say, “Is it food?” “…Nooooo…” I don’t know how he manages to be so hopeful all the time. Actually, I do know, because I trick him. I put food in his tank while he’s sleeping so that sometimes he really does find actual food hiding out in his tank. James says that’s mean, but I think it’s a powerful thing to give someone hope.

Speaking of James, I catch him sometimes putting his finger into the tank and making Skittles nibble on it. Is that cute or creepy? I can’t tell. James says it tickles and he finds it funny that Skittles is that stupid. I agree.

He is still the best pet the world has ever seen though.

Best Pet Evar
Fish Tank in Kitchen
James’ Apartment

6 Responses to “Skittles Update”

  1. simon says:

    awesome. i’m super glad we decided to walk all the way to win skittles and cheeto (may he/she rest in peace). I also think it his hilarious how you boh have little things you have between just you and skittles (feeding while sleepinp for you, making skittles nibble on his finger for james). it seriously is real pet attachment.

    this is also a far cry from the one time i won 18 goldfish from the school fair, and they all died in a week (i still swear one committed suicide by jumping out of the bowl and into the drain while i was cleaning the other bowl.)

    huzzah skittles!

  2. sylvia says:

    awww how cute!!!

    my fish is hopelessly crazy. he sometimes tries to bite my hand off O_O!!!!! gaaaaasp.

    oh but he eats his little bubbles too. i guess it’s a fish thing to be stupid and hopeful.

  3. Naomi says:

    That is so sweet! Ya Skittles. I have a goldfish named Sushi.. 🙂 he is Five years old but still a wee lad. Not bad for $.50 🙂 Anyway, I am convinced that Sushi is a voyeuristic old man reincarnated. Whenever i go to my room to get changed he goes all crazy like with his face against the bowl… he does it as soon as a boy enters the room too. BUT, he only does it under those circumstances. My room-mate didn’t believe me so she tested it out and flashed him.. he went nuts! Oh my poor dirty old man.. all alone in his little bowl! 🙂 I love him so!

  4. janet says:

    Naomi, way to go on the greatest comment evar. But…this comment is kind of sad in the context of my latest post.

    Come on, Skittles, you can make it lil’ guy!

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