How RJ got his name.
His "cage label" name was Jimmy which I thought was a stupid name for a cat. And like most of our pets, they will soon "name themselves" so I just waited.
I took RJ home and he was at first frightened. I'm guessing that he had a rough "childhood" and was orphaned early and didn't have much love yet, so he hung next to the plush bed I'd bought him, scurry to his catbox and then to eat, and hide under the sofa and whatever, for several days. I worked full time and I lived alone in a small bungalow so he had the range of the place but he was of course tentative and still cautious.
Well, one evening I got home and fed him -- he'd been with me for maybe a week or more -- and I changed clothes and was getting ready to watch an Astros baseball game or some movie or whatever, and I was in the kitchen warming up leftovers -- and just casually -- you know how you do it -- I switched on the TV to a random channel before the show I was planning to watch.
Well, on the random channel, was Walker Texas Ranger. You know the show, it had 3 plots: The black deputy is shot and Walker has to go kick tail, or the old deputy is shot and Walker has to go kick tail, or the cute deputy gal gets kidnapped and Walker has to go kick tail. The kick tail sequences are always in slomo.
As I was getting ready to sit down, it was the typical tail kicking sequence, and suddenly, RJ started running around the house, happily jumping on the sofa and the chairs and into and out of the kitchen, and lying down in front of me for petting, then running around again, all over the house. It was at that exact time that he figured out "I'm free! No cages! I'm HOME!" and so he was so happy when the realization had reached into his little cat brain, after maybe a week of gentle care. And he romped all over the house, and that evening, slept in the bed with me for the first time.
Well, I phoned my sister and told her about the incident, how funny it was that the cat was running all over the house with joy at the exact same time that Walker did his thing.
And she told me "Jimmy wants to be a Texas Ranger, too!"
And so his name was "Ranger Jim" or "RJ"! True story.