A Fistful Of Tin Futures

Colonel Bob gave me a pat. He wasn’t a real great patter – like Autumn or Tulip, for example, who worked in the More part of Livia Moon’s place in Pottsdale, Livia’s Friendly Coffee and More – that’s all in To Fetch A Thief, or was it the Chatterley Case? – but even if he wasn’t the best patter I really liked Colonel Bob, a big guy with a big red face and short gray hair cut flat on top. He was wearing cammies and desert boots, and I could smell desert smells on those boots, but not our desert, which was strange and very interesting to me. Bernie and Colonel Bob were talking, about what I wasn’t sure.

“What kind of information?” Colonel Bob was saying.

“Astrid’s whereabouts,” said Bernie. “It’s not spelled out, but I won’t make a deal for anything else.”

“How much money?” said Colonel Bob.

“Five grand, but I’ll try to talk him down,” Bernie said. “I hate paying for information.”

“Just do it,” Colonel Bob said.

I sniffed his boots.


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78 Responses to “A Fistful Of Tin Futures”

  1. B. Stover
    4:18 am on May 15th, 2010

    Rio: I haven't gotten much accomplished because I'm being extremely lazy. However, I'm going to farmer's market to get some herbs so I'll start on the garden when I return. Thank you for asking.

    Melanie: I'm laughing because you put a bling on my name yesterday.

  2. ÄbbietheKitty
    5:19 am on May 15th, 2010

    Back to Tin Futures.

    So every time he talks about tin futures we get more of the story. And, this is part four of 37.


    I wonder if he has them all planned out or not.

    NOT is my guess.

    I think every morning he gets in his 'studio', looks out the window at Audrey on the lawn (doing doggie things to encourage him) and he just wings it.

    Keep on flapping PA, we who Chat Down Below are enjoying it.


  3. Melanie
    7:15 am on May 15th, 2010

    Hmmm, Col Bob must of done well in Tin Futures? So it IS Astrid Foster might, sort of, maybe, perhaps have info on. I still think that Chet could sit on him, he's a hundred pounder, and Foster would give up the info.

    B. Stöver, everyone needs a bit of bling now and then. Have fun getting your plants today. We can't put anything in the ground until after May 30th.

    Here's a picture of Oldest Artist Son and the dogs ..

    [img ]http://chetthedog.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/1273940132-IMG_0762.JPG[/img]

  4. Melanie
    7:16 am on May 15th, 2010

    (snicker) See his artist hand? He got in the dog tent that Zoë asked him to put up. The dogs weren't interested so he thought if he got in it . . .

    Zoë had to save him. I was laughing too hard.

  5. Gus & BooBear
    7:37 am on May 15th, 2010

    That's alot of dog, Melanie!!! Very cool picture. And his idea worked…he got in and they got interested…however, we don't see how all of them could fit in that tent even without OAson.

    Chet, keep up the good work! We are finally finding out more and more about CB, son, Astrid/Ethel/Tiffany3/Foster and Albie. We know that's alot to concentrate on so maybe some of those ribs you love so much or a cruller or two would help.

  6. Lexi
    7:59 am on May 15th, 2010

    Ha! Good one Spence!

    Chet, what do his boots smell like? Are they dirty? Daddy's always are…

  7. B. Stover
    9:14 am on May 15th, 2010

    The suspense is building. Wonder which desert Chet smells on Col. Bob’s boots.

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  9. B. Stover
    9:21 am on May 15th, 2010

    Melanie: What a wonderful picture! I can hear the commotion just by looking at it.

    I second AbbieKat: We who Chat Down Below are enjoying your "tin futures" Chet.

  10. B. Stover
    10:18 am on May 15th, 2010

    Pondering: If Col. Bob is asking "What kind of information," did he ask Bernie to find Astrid? Or was it something else? Five grand is a lot….I don't think Astrid is dead. And Col. Bob is probably still interested in Astrid even though she was a one-night-stand. I think she is a very interesting woman, and possibly a good woman who has had unfortunate life-experiences. And what about Ray?

  11. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    10:49 am on May 15th, 2010

    Interesting. So Foster went to Bernie to shake him down for money. I wonder why? It must be apparent that Chet and Bernie's finances are a mess, judging by their old porsche. Bernie is smart enough to Know these kinds of things about people, so I wonder if he knows the BC connection. Not likely. $5,000 is a lot of money, almost certainly more than Bernie has.

    It doesn't make any sense to me. I wonder what the relationship between Ray and Albie is. Technically, Albie is Ray's step father, so I wonder if Ray is working for Ablie. They may not even know about each other, not if Ray grew up in Tennesse.

    By the way, Melanie, your dog has a nice butt. Looks as if it would smell nice, doesn't it?

  12. Lexi
    10:50 am on May 15th, 2010

    B. Stover. I agree. Astrid must still be alive, or this whole chase would be for nothing. But, don't underestimate Chet and Bernie.

    And-hey! Doesn't Jessica Watson come home today or something? Megan was talking about her a little while ago, so I was just wondering.

  13. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    11:06 am on May 15th, 2010

    Melanie – does each Newfie have thier own tent? That would be really cute! I can just imagine 10 red and blue tents lined up in a row. That's a lot of tents! I'm envious. I don't have my own tent. (Athough I have my own armchair by the winder, and that's almost as fun as a tent!)

  14. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    11:08 am on May 15th, 2010

    I hope I'm wrong, but I still think Astrid is dead. I'm being to like her; anyone who likes to read can't be all that bad!

  15. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    11:09 am on May 15th, 2010

    Sigh. "I'm begining to like her, not I'm "being" to like her.

  16. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    11:46 am on May 15th, 2010

    Okay, I'm going out to work in the garden now. I am not making any sense here. I meant to say that Foster (likely) knows that Bernie doesn't have much money, judging from his ride. I think that Foster makes it his business to know all kinds of things.

    Today we're planting carrots, tomatoes, and sweet basil. And petunias!

  17. B. Stover
    11:51 am on May 15th, 2010

    Wolfie: What is the "BC connection"? And what is a winder?

    Lexi: Who is Jessica Watson?

  18. Riö - The Evil
    12:26 pm on May 15th, 2010

    Stover!… Good luck getting lil Lexi to answer any of your questions… snort!… Jessica Watson is the youngest person to ever sail around the world!…grunt!… All by herself!… sneeze!

    Whew!… I got kicked outside early today and then everybody left …. Grump!… So when all the tornado warnings started happening I was really nervous …snort!… Someone finally let me back inside when they got home… grrrrr!… I am totally pissed off now… grunt!… The weather is really black and rolling just east of us. I can hear the thunder… growl!

  19. Riö - The Evil
    12:39 pm on May 15th, 2010

    Heh!… I’m with lil Lexi on this one. Astrid is still alive and kickin’ or what would be the point?… snort!… If there is a point…snort!… Its all taking so long my brain has to almost come to a stand still to think about it… grunt!… But like I said, I am totally pissed off right now….grumble!

    Deserts!… Different deserts? How can that be?…grunt!… That is the only interesting piece of information we really learned today… grunt!

  20. B. Stover
    12:39 pm on May 15th, 2010

    Rio: Don't be in a bad mood. There must be something good happening. Start pondering the fate of Astrid. Thanks for the answer. I don't know why anyone would want to go in a boat let alone sail around the world. I get seasick even thinking about it.

  21. Sam
    12:46 pm on May 15th, 2010

    B. – A 'winder' is a window.

  22. B. Stover
    12:47 pm on May 15th, 2010

    What war did Col. Bob and Bernie fight in?

  23. B. Stover
    12:48 pm on May 15th, 2010

    Thank you Sam. Why is a window called a winder?

  24. ÄbbietheKitty
    12:48 pm on May 15th, 2010

    ~Hey Rio,

    We had to stay inside and could only watch the Staff putting in part of their garden. Peas and potatoes went in earlier. Today they put in carrots, beans and Walla Walla onion plants. Also an Asiatic Lily and then they planted a couple of shade planters for on the deck/porch.

    They also saw the first Baltimore Oriole of the Season.

    On the downside they were listening to the Twins while doing this and the Twins went down to the Yankees big time.


    The only good thing for us Kats was she brought us in some fresh Catnip. WHeeee!

    Alice J. and AbbietheKitty

  25. Sam
    12:49 pm on May 15th, 2010

    Mom and I watched out the 'winder' as a hawk who was probably waiting for me had to settle for a bird. He caught it and then landed on the grass right outside. He opened his wings around the bird and held it down with his (shudder) talons until it stopped moving. Then he flew away with it. Gruesome.

  26. Sam
    12:51 pm on May 15th, 2010

    B, – The window is a 'winder' by its pronounciation.

  27. Siberian Husky
    12:56 pm on May 15th, 2010

    I wonder what desert Col. Bob has visited. Maybe he visited my desert. hmm We have some neighbors that just got back from southern Arizona. I think I will sniff some of their stuff so at least I will know what Chet's desert smells like. Mom says I can never go to southern Arizona because of a fungus called Valley Fever. It's in the ground.

    Let me explain that my mom is somewhat paranoid about things dogs can catch. I just deal with it as best I can.

  28. Siberian Husky
    1:00 pm on May 15th, 2010

    Boy, I am with Stover on the no boat thing. ugh…shudder…barf

  29. Riö - The Evil
    1:15 pm on May 15th, 2010

    Water!… I know a pug named Sophie and she loves the water!… snort!… She lives in the Virgin Islands and is always swimming or floating or boating… heh!… One day I will post a photo of her on her floater!… hee!… She’s so cute (not gorgeous and giagantic like Bess though!)…grunt!… I’m in a better mood now thinking of Sophie… sigh.

  30. Siberian Husky
    1:16 pm on May 15th, 2010

    We love the photo of the Newfs. They would be brave and go in the boat, I bet.

  31. Melanie
    1:17 pm on May 15th, 2010

    Wolfie, I do not know what the Pack's butt(s) smell like, anytime we get close to thinking that we might smell something, they get a BATH. Just had to say that for those of you who hate water! The Pack has only one tent. Though Zoë thought it was a great idea of yours to line up 10 of them. I think of you next to your winder and looking out at butterfiles.

    Riö! More tornado warnings! You take care, we know what happens to little dogs when tornados hit. Not sure if Oz has the internet.

    Let's not forget that Ray has also gone missing. I wonder just which one CB is really interested in finding.

  32. Riö - The Evil
    1:27 pm on May 15th, 2010

    Katnip!… I wonder what that drug is like?… grunt!… Maybe Alice will smuggle me some one day and we will get high and giddy on Katnip!… heh!… I wonder what it does to us guys?? … Anyone out there tried Katnip who isn’t a Kat?…. Lexi???

    Sam!… That’s a very scary story!…. snort!… That hawk sounds a lot like Count Dracula spreading his cape over his victims….Gasp!… No wonder you are reduced to the Puppy Piddle Pad… Yikes!… Is there some kind of Hawk Repellant available in your neck of the woods?…. good grief!… Could you wear garlic around your neck along with a Cross??… grunt!… Maybe carry a gun with a silver bullet? Or is that for the Werewolf? … wheeze!

  33. B. Stover
    1:27 pm on May 15th, 2010

    I think CB is interested in both Astrid and Ray.

    Window is not pronounced "winder"….is it? By whom?

  34. B. Stover
    1:30 pm on May 15th, 2010

    I've never seen a Baltimore Oriole. They must be beautiful.

  35. Riö - The Evil
    1:30 pm on May 15th, 2010

    Melanie!… I bet Cassie the Butt Sniffing Dog could have told us all a thing or two about each and everyone of your Newfs!… snort!… I know she would have liked Mac The Newf!…heh!

  36. B. Stover
    1:34 pm on May 15th, 2010

    The only thing that frightens off hawks is a human being. I've saved several animals here by standing guard while hawks are soaring in the sky.

  37. B. Stover
    1:49 pm on May 15th, 2010

    Rio: We've posted at the same time twice.

  38. Riö - The Evil
    1:53 pm on May 15th, 2010

    Stover!… I’m trying to ignore that so stop pointing it out!… [shudder!]

  39. Riö - The Evil
    1:58 pm on May 15th, 2010

    Stover! Alan!… Did you watch Alan Cummings and hear his amazing American accent?…HUH!… Is he something or what?… heh!

  40. B. Stover
    2:07 pm on May 15th, 2010

    Rio: Why are you trying to ignore it? Sorry, I haven't watched Alan yet. Doctor Who is on tonight.

  41. Lexi
    2:10 pm on May 15th, 2010

    Rio! I'm sorry for not answering your questions! But, I'm litterally wrestling and biting Megan for this laptop! Argh! So, you are right, though. She IS the youngest person to sail around the whole world. In a pink yacht! Ha! Pretty!

  42. Riö - The Evil
    2:18 pm on May 15th, 2010

    Stover!… Maybe I should embrace the fact that some of us post at exactly the same time…snort!… within a minute at least and not worry so much about lighting striking me dead because of it…hmmm?

    No Alan!?… No Breaking Bad!?… snort!… Okay, I will stop trying to push all my obsessions upon you… sigh.

  43. B. Stover
    2:22 pm on May 15th, 2010

    I am going to watch The Good Wife/Alan and more of Breaking Bad. I just have not had time yet. Patience my friend.

  44. Siberian Husky
    2:34 pm on May 15th, 2010

    Rio? I have never seen Breaking Bad, but there was an article in the paper that said it is both set in Albuquerque and filmed in Albuquerque. I was surprised to read that and only knew of the program from hanging out with you.

  45. Riö - The Evil
    2:44 pm on May 15th, 2010

    SiberH!… If I lived in Arizona, I would find a way to watch them filming that show!… Golly!… I knew it was being filmed on location just by the settings… grunt!.. The desert is a very big part of the story… heh!… The crap those guys get in and out of is so amazing! So very creative. The writers, dare I say it, rival the charming Mr. Abrahams “at times”… Not always… He’s still my fave… Heh!

  46. Melanie
    2:58 pm on May 15th, 2010

    Siber-H, we have not tried the Newfs in a boat. We have a two one person kayaks and a canoe. Can you just picture all ten in the canoe? Tthey would sink it. A friend of ours has Newfs who love their boat. They battle it out for the one to sit right up front. Speed! Newf hair, ears and drool hanging in the wind.

    Have a great time tonight watching The Good Wife, B.Stover. I keep trying to get YSAS on that show for background, but it hasn't happened yet.

  47. Siberian Husky
    3:05 pm on May 15th, 2010

    According to the newspaper, it is filmed here in New Mexico not Arizona.

    The desert right in the greater Albuquerque area is not that pretty, but you don't have to drive far to see awesome scenery. I'm going to have to watch it. If it is true that it is filmed here, I bet I would recognize most places. What channel is it on and at what times? You and I are in the same time zone.

    New Mexico has become a state where they film a lot of tv and movies. This state gives really mega tax breaks to the studios.

  48. ÄbbietheKitty
    3:13 pm on May 15th, 2010

    Dear B.Stover,

    I love looking at the Orioles. I get both Baltimore and Orchard Orioles here. The Baltimore's are the bright orange ones. Orchard Orioles are darker rust and black. I have a woods on two sides of my farmhouse and NObody had woods here. (It is a very inefficient use of farmland.) But the birds love it.

    Of course I also put out Jelly Feeders for the Orioles. I probably have over 24 Orioles coming to my feeders at the height of the season. They yell at us if we spend too much time in the garden. Especially when the fledglings are hungry.

    [file ]http://chetthedog.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/1273968658-male B. Oriole[/file]

    Male Baltimore Oriole at the Jelly Feeder

    [file ]http://chetthedog.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/1273968744-female B. Oriole[/file]

    Female Baltimore Oriole stripping one of last years milkweed plant stems for nesting material. (Which is why I don't clean them up until after the nesting season starts.)


  49. B. Stover
    3:16 pm on May 15th, 2010

    When I watched the pilot of Breaking Bad the credits showed that it was filmed in New Mexico. The scenery is beautiful.

  50. ÄbbietheKitty
    3:16 pm on May 15th, 2010


    I put up a couple of Baltimore Oriole pictures for you but they are being moderated. Dang birds!

    Alice Johnson

  51. Siberian Husky
    3:26 pm on May 15th, 2010

    I had a slow light bulb moment and just found the website of Breaking Bad. It has all the info on time and channel.

    I've never seen a Baltimore Oriole either. Thanks Alice

  52. Riö - The Evil
    3:29 pm on May 15th, 2010

    Ooops!… I knew it was New Mexico and for some reason I was thinking Arizona…snort!…. We have a friend in Arizona and she was on our minds today… grunt!… Sorry about that!… heh!..

    Desert!… The desert in Breaking Bad is not pretty either… sniff!… I watch the show when I have time On Demand!.. snort!…I have no idea when it is really on …but AMC is the channel…wheeze!…

    SiberH!.. Knowing how you liked the dark humor in “Their Wildest Dreams”, I have a feeling you will really like Breaking Bad…snort!… BUT. The best thing you can do is start at the beginning like Stover is trying to…heh!… Watching it now will be good, but maybe confusing…snicker!

  53. B. Stover
    3:32 pm on May 15th, 2010

    Thank you Alice. They haven't come on yet.

  54. Riö - The Evil
    3:39 pm on May 15th, 2010

    Rocks!… They are on! … But I have to tell Melanie to get her actor son on Breaking Bad playing any character at all! … grunt!… He will go far after that! … promise!

  55. Riö - The Evil
    3:55 pm on May 15th, 2010

    Commercial!… The reason I say this Melanie is because Breaking Bad has no ‘Well Known’ actors in it! …sniff!… I think Brian Cranston was on a TV series, but I never saw it…grunt! … I don’t watch sitcoms… grunt! … The writers of the show just killed off a couple of amazing actors who never said a word for many episodes but got their point across very well… Wow!… That’s good acting and writing.. heh!… Hopefully Stover will see this one day in the far far future!… gruff!….[just kidding you my dear]

  56. B. Stover
    4:20 pm on May 15th, 2010

    I'm watching Doctor Who.

  57. Riö - The Evil
    4:23 pm on May 15th, 2010

    HA!… HA!…Stover! I do adore you!…snort!

  58. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    4:37 pm on May 15th, 2010

    I could say that my mom grew up in the midwest and they call windows winders. But the truth of the matter is that I have paws, not long fingers like some humans I could mention, and sometimes I fat paw the keyboards. I do like the idea of looking a rows of newf tents out the winder though. And then maybe go outside and smell a butt or two! (Why do we dogs smell butts? Well, why wouldn't we? A doggie butt is full of secrets and mysteries that only WE understand. Sort of like analysing a human's handwriting, only much more fun and delectable.

    Going back to CB. Foster knows too much. I think we can safely assume that he knows that Astrid has a son, Ray. Going out on a limb (again), I think he knows who Ray's bio dad is. Maybe he was the one who pointed Ray towards Bob in the first place. Remember the meeting in Bakersfield. My mom and dad were in Bakersfield at the time and trust me, it's difficult to find the right street, harder still to find an older look alike with chipped teeth.

    Foster is not to be trusted. I'm not sure how he figured out that Bernie and Bob were friends, but if he just wanted the money, Bob would be a better bank than Bernie. (He lost a fistful on tin futures.)

    I'm not saying this is what happened, just that it could have happened, right about the same time it rains pennies from heavens.

  59. B. Stover
    4:42 pm on May 15th, 2010

    This is a really weird Doctor Who and that's saying something.

  60. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    4:42 pm on May 15th, 2010

    Rats. The pipe within a pipe thing failed. It sounds as if they are thinking about plugging up with tires and golf balls.

    Geeze. I bet Bernie is really in a bad mood. I know Rio is, and I am too, everytime I think about the sheer stupidity.

    I would suggest stuffing the pipe with some of the BP executives, but they are so full of themselves and hot air that they wouldn't float.


  61. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    4:51 pm on May 15th, 2010

    I mean, they would float, not sink. I need to go take a long Wolfie nap. Either that or I need a keyboard with giant keys!

    Then I hop from one key to another without messing up. Sigh.

  62. B. Stover
    4:52 pm on May 15th, 2010

    Doesn't the fact that Foster goes to Bernie and not to Bob prove that Foster doesn't know about Bob?

  63. Riö - The Evil
    4:55 pm on May 15th, 2010

    Wolfie!… Foster does Not know who Bernie’s client is… snort!.. Believe you me! Why bother trying to get money off Bernie (his finances are a mess!) when he could go directly to the source of Col. Bob? … grunt!… Foster has no idea about the red faced, short haired Col. Bob…. Thank goodness! … But Col Bob must have other business he is dealing with somewhere else it seems… hmmm?

  64. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    4:58 pm on May 15th, 2010

    Not necessarily. Remember that Bernie just visited Albie and Foster in Vegas, and apparently Foster knows where to find Bernie and Chet. Bob might be harder to find.

  65. Riö - The Evil
    4:58 pm on May 15th, 2010

    BP!…Stuffing the pipe with BP executives is the Absolute Best Idea I have heard since this whole nightmare started!….Great thinking, Wolfie!…heh…sob!sob!

  66. Siberian Husky
    5:01 pm on May 15th, 2010

    They need to fire that BP CEO…the one that said that this is just a little leak, nothing to worry about. They won't fire him. They will give him a bonus instead.

    I am still looking forward to the photos of the birds.

  67. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    5:05 pm on May 15th, 2010

    There is a link that is connecting the players here. (I'm not sure whether the link is Astrid or Ray, though.) I think that is is probable that Foster knows about Bob. He is the father of his employers ex-wife's son. And for speculation's sake, how did Ray know how to find Bob in Bakersfield??

    I don't remember reading that Ray is now missing though. Can someone fill me in?

  68. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    5:08 pm on May 15th, 2010

    Cyver H – Wait a minute, you guys have been talking about birds? I thought the Baltimore Orioles were baseball players!

    My bad.

  69. Riö - The Evil
    5:08 pm on May 15th, 2010


  70. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    5:12 pm on May 15th, 2010

    Yippee – mom burned the chicken!! And everyone knows that burned chicken is better than no chicken!!

    Score one for Wolfie and Teddy!!!!!

  71. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    5:14 pm on May 15th, 2010

    Rio – everybody knows that chicken is a yummy treat! And while burnt chicken isn't as tasty as properly baked chiken, it still beats kibble.

    Oh? You weren't huhing about the chicken were you. oops.

  72. Siberian Husky
    5:15 pm on May 15th, 2010

    I don't think we have Baltimore Orioles in the Wild Wild West guys. The birds, not the baseball team. Well, we don't have the baseball team either.

    see the short post from Alice way up above

  73. Siberian Husky
    5:17 pm on May 15th, 2010

    Wolfie, I think our moms went to the same cooking school.

  74. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    5:23 pm on May 15th, 2010

    Lucky for us, huh SH?


  75. Riö - The Evil
    5:25 pm on May 15th, 2010

    Hell!… Wha .. what hells up with that?…(as Lexi would say)…. We had an interesting discussion going and ‘someone’ brought up the damn freakin’ Birds from Baltimore … Crap!… I’m back to baseball where everything is orderly and non-bird like… grunt!

  76. Siberian Husky
    5:40 pm on May 15th, 2010

    Yes, and I hope this game stays just as orderly as it is right now.

  77. Siberian Husky
    5:53 pm on May 15th, 2010

    Rockies Won!! Goodnight and good dreams! See you all sometime tomorrow!

  78. Lexi
    8:12 pm on May 15th, 2010

    Rio! I only swear at Megan and on missions! Ssshhhhhh!!

    Good night y'all! I'm pulling an All-Nighter with Megan! Ha! Want to bet? That she'll crash before me? Because she will! I'm not even tired…*yawn*…

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