Bob, Ray, Bakersfield (More)

“Can we go back to that chipped tooth for a second?” Bernie said.

Teeth, again? All of a sudden, for no reason at all, I felt like gnawing on one of the desk legs.

“Uncanny,” Colonel Bob said.

“Because there’s no way it’s genetic?”

“Exactly,” said Colonel Bob. “So I told him ‘hate’ was a pretty strong word, especially to throw at a stranger, but my heart was kind of sinking at the same time. And he said, ‘Look at me,’ which I did, and then he said, ‘Remember Astrid Jason?’ And it was all clear.”

“Wonder how many of us have time bombs like that,” Bernie said, “waiting to go off?”

Uh-oh. Bombs. I stopped gnawing on the desk leg. I’d done some bomb sniffing work, learned all about it in K-9 school. I’d been the best leaper, don’t know if that’s come up yet. And then – that last day!

Coming Opening Day 2011:

And today is Sunday. How do I know? Elvis gospel on Sirius/Xm. Did someone say something about Admin being on Sirius during Edgar week? Can’t remember. Milky White Way is our favorite. Bernie always says does it really matter that Elvis ripped it off note-for-note from the Trumpeteers.


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61 Responses to “Bob, Ray, Bakersfield (More)”

  1. Melanie
    4:12 am on April 11th, 2010

    Go ahead and gnaw, Chet, paint covers a multitude of sins.

    Okay, so perhaps, just maybe, it isn't the younger CB coming to see the older CB by time machine. I bet Chet could really tell by sniffing the two of them. Chet's nose is a wonderful nose. I bet he was a great bomb sniffer. Obviously, he is a great leaper. And Chet? Thank goodness for that last day, or you wouldn't have met Bernie!

    Trying to figure out watching a baseball game while reading Chet's blog . . . LOL.

    Did get concerned about Rio's toenails.

    About the BIG DOG attitude. A lot of little dogs have BIG DOG attitude. Some of our Newf pups have gone to houses with small dogs, the small dogs remain IN CHARGE even when the Newfs have grown up.

    Wolf Dog, any word on the BOLO?

  2. Melanie
    4:15 am on April 11th, 2010

    OH, the Picture just came up. Love that opening day. Reminds me of all the opening days I spent with oldest son, artist, doing baseball. Then there was actor son, who got very bored with baseball and when I went to pick him up from the first practice was in the outfield with the mitt on his head, singing and picking flowers. Should have named him Ferdinand. He ended up doing ice hockey for a sport. ACTION!

  3. Melanie
    4:18 am on April 11th, 2010

    I must be the only one awake since that big game last night. . .

    So congrats to PA!

    I'm not giving it away, but there's another book I have to buy!

  4. B. Stover
    4:28 am on April 11th, 2010

    So the picture is from the new children's book? When is opening day 2011? And what and when is Edgar week? So many questions…..

  5. Bluecat
    4:35 am on April 11th, 2010

    Hi, Melanie. You were up for the post before the post, also? AWWWW factor 10 +. Have a good week, everybody, especially you, Chet.

  6. B. Stover
    5:04 am on April 11th, 2010

    A play-by-play last night……Sorry the Rockies lost guys.

    Wookie: Thank you for the explanation. I see the connection. However, I can't get beyond the sports-as-war substitute which for me means the need to prove dominance. That's why sports is boring to me. Sorry. The Common-Law Origins of the In-Field Fly Rule would be interesting to know. (By the way, I think that hunting is barbaric. Is there a similarity between it and sports?)

    I have to think more about Col. Bob and Ray and probable causes. I like the way they got past the chipped tooth problem.

  7. Rio - The Evil Pug
    6:18 am on April 11th, 2010

    Wow!… The Edgar awards are right around the corner! … snort!… Wouldn’t it be something to get a glimpse of the nominated novel, “Reality Check”, before the awards are handed out??…wheeze!… I wish we had programmed that into the Mind Control Device… drat!… Paws crossed for the charming Mr. Abrahams…grunt!

    Admin!… On the radio?… snort!… Now that would be interesting to hear….heh!

  8. Rio - The Evil Pug
    7:01 am on April 11th, 2010

    Taxes!… We’ve been reading up on some of the rules for reporting income tax…snort!… In the IRS document it says “Bribes. If you receive a bribe, include it in your income.”… heh!… It also says, “Illegal activities. Income from illegal activities, such as money from dealing illegal drugs, must be included in your income on Form 1040, line 21, or on Schedule C or Schedule C-EZ (Form 1040) if from your self-employment activity.”

    Heh!…I sure hope the black mailers and drug dealers out there are aware of this!… snort!

  9. Gus & BooBear
    7:08 am on April 11th, 2010

    The story deepens and CB had better face facts that he left Astrid with more than fond memories of a night of fun & frolics. Ears up, Chet…we want more of that story.

  10. B. Stover
    7:16 am on April 11th, 2010

    Ah, the Edgar Allen Poe awards. Thank you Rio. I have Reality Check on my Kindle but haven't read it yet. Do you know when the award winners will be announced? I don't know how to get the Sirius radio station.

    Of course, I second Gus & BooBear: We want more of the story.

  11. Rio - The Evil Pug
    7:33 am on April 11th, 2010

    Winners!… I believe it will be on April 29th…snort!

  12. Rio - The Evil Pug
    8:26 am on April 11th, 2010

    Banquet!… It only costs 175.00 for a ticket to the awards…snort!

  13. AbbietheKitty
    8:37 am on April 11th, 2010

    Above is the link for the nominations. And below is the link for the party itself.

    I see Dorothy Gilman is the Grand Master. Has anybody else read her Mrs. Pollifax books? They make me laugh out loud. When I first started reading her, back in the 1970's I was a sprightly youngster. I believed it all. Now when I reread them and I am the age of Mrs Pollifax I say "Dream on Dorothy". But they are a lot of fun.

    As far as I remember no dogs or cats are harmed in the making of her books.


  14. AbbietheKitty
    8:39 am on April 11th, 2010


    I put links in to the Edgar Awards and Mystery Writers of America websites and I am being moderated.



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  16. Rio - The Evil Pug
    9:17 am on April 11th, 2010

    Hey!…What do you guys make of that cartoon up at the top?… snort!… What is coming opening day in 2011?… grunt!

  17. B. Stover
    9:31 am on April 11th, 2010

    Rio: I'm not completely sure, but I think it's a picture from the new children's book by PA. Melanie seems to know. I wonder if that means that that book is finished and Spence will start writing another Chet and Bernie mystery. No pressure of course.

    Abbiethecat Staff: I've read the Mrs. Pollifax books….long time ago. You're sites are up.

  18. Melanie
    10:26 am on April 11th, 2010

    Melanie is clueless.

    Nice thought that I might know something . . .

    But I was talking about the Edgar Awards.

    Wish I could vote and the Pack. That would be 13 votes from this household.

  19. B. Stover
    11:08 am on April 11th, 2010

    If you click on the picture it says "Quack page 14."

  20. B. Stover
    11:18 am on April 11th, 2010

    Make that "Quacky."

  21. Melanie
    11:19 am on April 11th, 2010

    Awesome B. Stover!

  22. AbbietheKitty
    11:21 am on April 11th, 2010

    So it would be interesting to talk to P.A. and ask him what made him start with the young adult and children's books.

    I am thinking it was having kids and thinking they shouldn't be reading his adult books yet.

    But that is just my guess.

    I wonder if Chet has any insight on this question. Chet? Buddy? You friends are wondering. Have you heard any talk?

    BTW Twins up 5 to 4 in the 9th…:-)

    Alice Johnson and AbbietheKitty

  23. AbbietheKitty
    11:23 am on April 11th, 2010

    OOPs. RED ALERT Twins down 5 to 4 and the White Sox win it.


  24. Rio - The Evil Pug
    11:34 am on April 11th, 2010

    Geeze!… I’m tired today….yawn!…. Up way too late last night and Up way too early this morning…snort!…. Rockies are playing or I would take a nap….grunt!… Too bad for the Twins…wheeze!…

    Quacky???…. mmmm.

    oooer!… Homerun!…nice.

  25. Sam
    11:54 am on April 11th, 2010

    Wolfie – I know how sad you are about your boys. My Mom and Dad had to do that too, with my boy. Sometimes it's good to know you're not alone.

  26. B. Stover
    12:27 pm on April 11th, 2010

    I just finished Down the Rabbit Hole. Very good. I really enjoyed it but won't say anything more here since Mollypop has an FB site for it.

    I'm going to start Reality Check next.

  27. Rio - The Evil Pug
    12:50 pm on April 11th, 2010

    Wow!…Stover is really blazing through the books!… snort!… I doubt I can ever keep up with her at this pace…. Grunt!… I’m reading my 4th Peter Abrahams book, so I don’t feel too bad… wheeze!… I remember Blue Kat saying “Last of the Dixie Heros” freaked her friend out!… Stover, do you want to try and read that one at the same time and see what happens???…heh!

  28. Wookie of Chevy Chas
    1:02 pm on April 11th, 2010

    With all the baseball talk going on, and my dad’s pontifications on that metaphor stuff, I thought it would be good to reflect on how ingrained the national past time is in our popular culture, in terms of literature, film and music. Some of my favorite baseball films of all time include The Natural, Field of Dreams (“if you build it he will come”), Bang the Drum Slowly, and also the quite poignant and funny A League of Their Own. Going back in time there is also the classic It Happens Every Spring, with Ray Milland and Jean Peters – a great flick. Many of those are adaptations from books, another one of which that is absolutely terrific The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant by Douglass Wallop, which was transformed on screen and Broadway into Damn Yankees (Whatever Lola Wants). As for music, apart from the widely popular “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” there is even the evocative Mrs. Robinson:

    Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio

    A nation turns its lonely eyes to you

    Woo, woo, woo

    What's that you say, Mrs. Robinson,

    Joltin' Joe has left and gone away

    Hey, hey, hey…hey, hey, hey

    If I’ve missed anything, I sure others will add their own favorites to the list. And isn’t this a lot more interesting than all that boring golf stuff thats on the television today.

    PFC Wookie

  29. dawson
    1:07 pm on April 11th, 2010

    Yippee! I got sick last night and missed Rio's 14 inning game. Lucky me. Sorry Abbie Kitty your Twins lost too. However, the Detroit Tigers won their opener. It's looking good for the good guys.

    Hunting? Well. I would've gotten in on that conversation. At least half the population up here does hunt for groceries. I never have hunted but I do enjoy the meat. What about fishing? Would that count? Surely you can't all be vegetarians. The meat you buy at the grocery store has often been raised in little cages their whole lives. Hunting wild animals is much more humane.

    Siber H. It's been snowing all day. Sigh.

    Feeling lousy. Must go back to bed. Curious about Colonel Bob's son.

  30. B. Stover
    1:10 pm on April 11th, 2010

    Well Wookie, the only think I can add is Who is on First?

    Rio: Okay. I just downloaded Dixie onto my Kindle.

  31. Rio - The Evil Pug
    1:30 pm on April 11th, 2010

    Well!… Stover we are both reading other books right now…snort!… but we will synchronize our book reading once we have finished… heh…. This will be fun fun fun!…

  32. Mollypop
    1:35 pm on April 11th, 2010

    HELLO !!! Does anyone know it's still hockey season? Playoffs soon!

  33. Rio - The Evil Pug
    1:49 pm on April 11th, 2010

    Movies!… There was a movie I liked just because it was about baseball and the perfect game called “ For Love of the Game”… snort!… Kevin Costner trying to do another baseball movie…grunt!…

    Also!… A movie I am waiting to see called “The Perfect Game” is due out on CD this Friday, April 16th…. It is the true story of a team of poverty stricken boys, all odds against them, from Monterrey, Mexico in 1957, who become the first non-US team to win the Little League World Series… wheeze!… Can’t wait for this one!…

  34. Rio - The Evil Pug
    1:52 pm on April 11th, 2010

    Abbie, Siber-H and Wookie!… the Rockies won today!… taking the series 2-1 …. heh!… Mets up next!.. gruff!

  35. dawson
    1:52 pm on April 11th, 2010

    Mollypop: Last day of the regular season. Hockey even beats hunting up here. When I moved up here in 1993 I was told I had to pick a hockey team. I picked the Detroit Redwings because I was born in Detroit. Irritated my worse half as the Redwings consistently beat his team the Chicago Blackhawks. Worse half says I must be feeling better because I'm crabby.

  36. Barb & Maggie
    2:18 pm on April 11th, 2010

    Rio, Tiger came in 4th. Just wouldn't have bee right for him to have won today. Dawson, we are not vegetarians here, but Mom won't buy meat that has come from industrial farming. We are lucky, because we live in a rural area and there are people who humanely raise their animals around here. Hunting- still can't wrap my mind around killing animals being enjoyable or entertainment. But you are right, those animals lived a better life than a lot of the commercially raised "meat products" in this country.

  37. Sam
    2:19 pm on April 11th, 2010

    Remember when Mollypop told about her Mom's donation to fix Ginger the Pug's leg? Well Aunt MollysMom said that Ginger has been to rehab and has been adopted! You go Aunt MollysMom!

    But I heard our Moms talking – Molly told us all that stuff so proudly when she really wanted the money to go to more dog toys. Like she needs yet another dog toy?

  38. Rio - The Evil Pug
    2:25 pm on April 11th, 2010

    Tiger!… 4th!… heh!… heh!…sometimes things work out fairly!… Did the Englishman Lee Westwood win???….snort!… hope so! … heh!

  39. B. Stover
    2:34 pm on April 11th, 2010

    Dawson: I hope you are feeling better.

    I think I will become a vegetarian now.

    Rio: Let me know when you want to start reading Dixie.

  40. Mollypop
    2:41 pm on April 11th, 2010

    Sam – That is not true!

  41. Barb & Maggie
    2:41 pm on April 11th, 2010

    Phil Mickelson won – it was his 3rd Masters win. Tiger says he is going to take another break and "revaluate".

  42. AbbietheKitty
    2:42 pm on April 11th, 2010

    I love the book Bang the Drum Slowly. It is the second in a quartet of baseball books by Mark Harris. The first one in the series is The Southpaw which is about our hero, Henry Wiggins, reaching for fame and fortune as a baseball player. The second one, Bang the Drum Slowly, is my favorite baseball movie.

    I read once that Mark said he wrote it in just a few (3)? weeks because he needed some money. Amazing!

    Robert De Niro made his first mark in the movie. Probably the only Robert De Niro character I like.

  43. dawson
    2:43 pm on April 11th, 2010

    Good for Ginger and Mollypop's Mom. Mollypop do you really need more toys? Maybe another mission is in the works and you'll get your paws on the credit card.

    Thanks B.Stover: If only I didn't like meat – especially bacon.

  44. Rio - The Evil Pug
    3:06 pm on April 11th, 2010

    Heh!…. Just because it bugged me yesterday…. Snort!

    Emil Joseph "Buzzie" Bavasi (pronounced /bəˈveɪzi/; December 12, 1914 – May 1, 2008) was an American executive in Major League Baseball who played a major role in the operation of three franchises from the late 1940s through the mid-1980s.

    Now!… I feel better!… grunt!… Good job Spence, I bet that was a real note… heh!… "The Fan" is also on my list and Robert DeNiro is a superstar in our book!… wheeze!

  45. Mollypop
    3:16 pm on April 11th, 2010

    B.Stover – Should we tell Rio about your conversation with Spencer on FB? Tee hee.

  46. B. Stover
    3:31 pm on April 11th, 2010

    Sure. Go ahead.

  47. Melanie
    3:39 pm on April 11th, 2010

    Whew, Mollypop, just can't stay up any more. Can't wait to hear about the conversation. I hope it really bothers Rio.

    Oh, wait . . did I write that last bit out loud?


    Night all!

  48. Rio - The Evil Pug
    3:40 pm on April 11th, 2010

    Wha!???… the heck!… snort!…You guys are talking to Spencer?… fooo!….This is not fair!

  49. Lexi
    3:43 pm on April 11th, 2010

    So there's no time machine? Dangit! I was SO looking forward to it!

  50. Siberian Husky
    3:47 pm on April 11th, 2010

    Dawson has done it again-she has got me going again–It's snowing up there!!! I hope you are feeling better-wish we could send some 75 degree weather your way.

    I had to get home to the computer to learn the Rockies won. Yippie!! Makes up for last night. That was a tough one.

    I will not give up meat. I would hunt if given the chance. We have nice ladies posting on this blog and then we have dogs and cats posting on this blog. This is a dog's point of view.

    Baseball movies: The original "Bad News Bears" was funny. "Eight Men Out" is very good. One of our favorites is the HBO movie "61"

    That is a cute drawing that is there today with Chet's post even if I have no idea what it is about. Thanks for more Col. Bob story today, Chet.

  51. B. Stover
    3:51 pm on April 11th, 2010

    Rio's friend can read our FB conversation.

  52. Siberian Husky
    3:55 pm on April 11th, 2010

    Rio: Maybe if we are really, really nice to the members of our community that are talking to Spence, they will give us a detailed report.

  53. Rio - The Evil Pug
    4:02 pm on April 11th, 2010

    Siber-H!… I think it’s a closed community…. Snort!… They are unto themselves… wheeze!… we are better off over here I think….grumble!

    Okay!… we are off for our rigorous walk!… sigh.

  54. Siberian Husky
    4:08 pm on April 11th, 2010

    I agree, we are better off here. I like it here.

    Good for you–going on your walk, especially after our lack of sleep last night.

  55. Gus & BooBear
    4:57 pm on April 11th, 2010

    No one mention "Bull Durham" as a good baseball movie. Laugh out loud funny!!

    Guess we'll have to jump to FB to get the report on B.Stover/Spence conversation. Would love for it to be about details on TFAT…………..

  56. Gus & BooBear
    5:08 pm on April 11th, 2010

    Just got back from FB…and Rio, you are the topic of some of the conversation!!

    Also, we have a question….our Mom reads ALOT and there is no way she could possible keep up with the number of books you guys fly through!!! What is your average of books read per week? Inquiring minds really want to know!!

  57. Rio - The Evil Pug
    5:14 pm on April 11th, 2010

    Back!… I’m almost dead…wheeze!…but I made it… snort!… How long will this torture go on I wonder?…. grump!… Got to lose 10 pounds or else…sniff!… Or else what I ask?… growl!

    Who!… here has seen the Sherlock Holmes movie?… hmmm!… Have I asked this before, I am feeling a deja vu thing right now… shudder!…

  58. Rio - The Evil Pug
    6:03 pm on April 11th, 2010

    Puss N’ Boots!… you must be imagining things about seeing me out on FB!… snort!… I am here not there – I am here….grump!… I seriously cannot find time to read as much as I want to…wheeze!… I would love to have nothing to do but read the book I am reading right now…gasp!… It has grabbed my full attention, but I will have to sneak a few pages here and there for awhile till next weekend… growl!… Too much family shit this weekend… crap!.

  59. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    6:07 pm on April 11th, 2010

    Whew! Lot's of topics today, folks! We are an electic group, are we not?

    Sam, yes, as you know, it is hard to have my boys be so far away. Sigh. But mom says that they are getting healthier and will be home in the summertime. Yaaaay!

    Melanie, the BOLO turned out to be a bust. It was so dark that she really wasn't able to see anyone's teeth, except for the lady at the hotel. Her teeth didn't have any chips! Ha ha, I can picture actor son out in left field. Once a dreamer, always a dreamer, I suppose. One time my boy Chad decided that his "cup" didn't feel right. He fiddled with it for a few innings and finally tossed it out in right field and then they tossed him. Apparently, baseball wasn't his thing, either!

    Rio – good work on the Walkie!!! Keep it up, we need you!

    Dawson, I'm glad you're feeling better too!

    Staff of AbbieKat: We loved the Mrs Polifax books! Read em all!

    We also liked the books about the char (cleaning lady) from London. (Can't remember her name. Does anyone know what I'm talking about??) *****I just remembered! Mrs 'arris. Blimey, matie, the old noggin is still cranking!*****

    BTW, Bakersfield didn't smell at all like an armpit, which is a good thing.

    Rio – I didn;t see the Sherlock Holmes movie but mom did and said she slept through it. (Like that's a bad thing? Sleeping is always a GOOD thing in my book.)

  60. Rio - The Evil Pug
    6:17 pm on April 11th, 2010

    Amazing… someone sleeping through the Sherlock Holmes movie… snort!… She missed some incredibly cutting and funny dialog… grunt!… We have only seen about half of the movie and thought it was a very stylish version of the Guy and Watson….wheeze!… I won’t have a decisive review till we see it all…. Heh!… Its like “Action Sherlock”… which was a bit hard to get our brains around at first, but then the very imaginative story telling technique drew us in…gruff!

  61. Rio - The Evil Pug
    7:01 pm on April 11th, 2010

    Good night all!…Lets have some fun this week!…heh!

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