A Friendly Encounter

Some humans don’t have happy faces. Lt. Stine was one of them. Others do have happy faces. Take Bernie, for example, most of the time. Or at least some of the time. Charlie has a real happy face. So does Suzie. If humans had tails, hers would be … But forget all that. What was happening now, inside the stripped-down house in Cactus Heights, was Lt. Stine turning his unhappy face on Bernie and saying, “I hate when this happens.”

“Murder?” said Bernie.

“Not so much that. What I hate is being kept in the dark.”

“I hate that, too,” Bernie said.

“The difference,” said Lt. Stine, “is that I’m the law and you aren’t.”

That was the only difference between Bernie and Lt. Stine, whatever it was they were talking about? Whoa! There were big differences between them, starting with their smells, Bernie’s being the best human smell ever, and Lt. Stine’s being just so-so, a little too much like potatoes, if you want my opinion. And then there was the happy face thing, and how about their voices? The next thing I knew I’d sidled over to Lt. Stine and was giving his leg a kind of nudge.

“Chet?” Bernie said.

“It’s all right,” said Lt. Stine, giving me a pat. “I’ve got no issue with Chet.”

My tail started wagging. Had to like Lt. Stine, unhappy face, potato smell and all.


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133 Responses to “A Friendly Encounter”

  1. Riö - The Evil
    5:42 am on September 2nd, 2010

    Well!… I wonder if Bernie will fill Lt. Stine in on the first murder or just let that little bit of info slide? …snort!…Does anyone remember the description of Lt. Stine? I want to say he is a skinny guy, but I can’t remember for sure… grunt!


  2. B. Stover
    5:44 am on September 2nd, 2010

    Hey Chet. I wonder who Lt. Stine thinks kept him in the dark.

  3. B. Stover
    5:49 am on September 2nd, 2010

    Hey Rio. In THAT Stine is described by Chet as "a trim little guy in a dark suit."

  4. Wookie of Chevy Chas
    5:51 am on September 2nd, 2010

    Rio, not to worry, Sam's girls are safe. There was a big problem yesterday in one of the Washington suburbs (Silver Spring, Md., near where I live), with a hostage situation, but the perp was taken down in the end. Fortunately, that is far away from where Sam's girls are in downtown DC. The problem they faced is exactly what SiberH indicated — there are a lot of visiting dignitaries here for a big meeting with President Obama or something, and I am sure one of the dignataries is staying in a hotel near where Sam and girls are staying. The big meeting starts today, although I believe they will all be heading to Decatur, Georgia on Saturday for the book fair. The only threat that Sam's girls may face will be from rowdy college students over the Labor Day weekend (both my mom and dad went to college in D.C.; in fact that is where they met, so they know a thing or two about rowdy college students). Just to be safe though, I did sneak out last night to reconnoiter the situation on 29th Street (had to dig out the pencil thin mustache and everything) and I can assure you, Sam's girls are just fine. I've also placed Rocky on extra alert today. 00Wookie

  5. B. Stover
    5:51 am on September 2nd, 2010

    Stine also "played some role in Bernie and me getting together, the exact details a bit foggy." Bernie had worked for Stine in the "distant past" before Chet's time.

  6. Riö - The Evil
    5:52 am on September 2nd, 2010

    Grudge!… I think Bernie and Lt. Stine have some history we are not aware of yet…sniff!…It seems to me that like they don’t like each other a whole lot….sneeze!

  7. Siberian Husky
    5:56 am on September 2nd, 2010

    Lt. Stine must have an issue with Bernie, but at least he doesn't with Chet. How could anyone have an issue with Chet.

    Rio, I say this with a straight face, I do not remember the description of Lt. Stine.

  8. B. Stover
    5:59 am on September 2nd, 2010

    Stine "had a thin face and thin lips, didn't smile much in my experience, but he smiled now, somehow ended up looking a little dangerous."

    "Lieutenant Stine laughed. There was something metallic in the sound; it gave me a bad feeling deep inside my ears."

    And it's Stine who tells Bernie about the bodyguard job of Princess.

  9. B. Stover
    6:02 am on September 2nd, 2010

    FK: I wonder if you would explain what you mean by "retro male/female dynamics" in Heyer? And would you say the same thing about Jane Austen?

  10. Siberian Husky
    6:09 am on September 2nd, 2010

    Thanks for the report Wookie because I know nothing about Wasington D.C. I just figured that Sam's girls were, perhaps, safer than they have ever been in their lives. I also knew no rogue airplane could drop one of Admin.'s nukes on them because of our superb air defenses.

  11. Riö - The Evil
    6:15 am on September 2nd, 2010

    Stine!… The Thin Man – that’s what I thought…heh!… Funny how he hates being kept in the dark more than he hates Murder itself…snuff!

    Wookie!….I’m glad you were able to check on Molly’s girls…snort!… They need to be very careful while traveling around politicians…shudder! …Keep your eye on Rockie – he likes to have long lunches and usually eats and drinks too much…grunt!

  12. Alice Johnson
    6:18 am on September 2nd, 2010


    I had my first Pineapple Tomato today on toast. It is quite beautiful with the gold and red colors like a fireworks display.

    Mr Staff has been instructed to pick some more.


  13. Alice Johnson
    6:19 am on September 2nd, 2010

    that last post was from Staff. She pushed me off the computer and forgot to change the name. Heh heh heh

  14. Wookie of Chevy Chas
    6:27 am on September 2nd, 2010

    Just saw a CNN news flash that a hurricane warning has been issued for parts of Massachusetts. Hope that doesn't affect SQ/PA's travel plans. I know President Obama was looking forward to meeting them. Also, please please make sure Audrey is safe! Wookie

  15. staff
    6:44 am on September 2nd, 2010

    I went through a stage (after my divorce 35 years ago) where I was very impatient with many 'traditional' man/woman stories. I got over it. But it took a while.


  16. staff
    6:45 am on September 2nd, 2010

    I wish I could visit you and bring you a pineapple tomato. They are very beautiful. I had to use google images to prove to Mr Staff that they were ripe.

  17. staff
    6:51 am on September 2nd, 2010

    The humor is one of my primary reasons for reading GH. I find the ones that are funniest are my favorites. Friday's Child for instance. I love all the minor characters and their strange foibles.

  18. staff
    6:54 am on September 2nd, 2010

    I was reading a little bit about Heyer on Wikipedia yesterday and it said that she made sure that every word she attributed to Wellington in An Infamous Army was documented to have been either said or written by him.

    One of the things I also learned (somewhere) is that after her death her extensive notebooks on Regency details were separated and some were just thrown away. What a resource to lose.

  19. B. Stover
    7:09 am on September 2nd, 2010

    That's heartbreaking about Heyer's notebooks.

  20. Riö - The Evil
    8:18 am on September 2nd, 2010

    Decatur!…. The Book Fair draws near!…snort!… I wonder if Kirby is getting excited about the trip, I would be, not that anyone would ever dare to put me in a bookstore filled with other guys who like to rumble!…heh!…Although, I wouldn’t mind sitting on ole pointy headed Spence’s lap and getting fur all over his nice outfit…snort!… I wonder if he is a good patter?…sniff!….Kirby you have to find out if Spence is a good Patter!…grunt!

  21. Melanie
    9:27 am on September 2nd, 2010

    Jeez, just back from the eye doctor. Can't see a bloody thing. Typing without about to focus. Interesting indeed.

    Wöökie, Thanks for making sure Sam;s girl is okay.

    Oh, need new glasses. My left i has gotten better while the right has gotten worse.


    Nex 24 hours are cruicial for Dan. Keep your paws crossed.

  22. Riö - The Evil
    9:30 am on September 2nd, 2010

    Melanie!…. I know you can’t see this, but what is going on with Dan??… snort!…Why is 24 hours crucial?… sniff!

  23. Siberian Husky
    9:48 am on September 2nd, 2010

    Melanie, all paws crossed and prayers for Dan.

  24. staff
    10:00 am on September 2nd, 2010


    When our Mom had an operation like Dan's they had to wait and see if her intestines would work again. We already know they are waiting to see if his kidneys will work. Waiting is the hardest part.

    Prayers for Dan~~~~~


  25. Wookie of Chevy Chas
    10:28 am on September 2nd, 2010

    Extra prayers here in Chevy Chase for Dan. Wookie, Mom and Dad

  26. FattyKitty
    11:33 am on September 2nd, 2010

    Please be careful all you doggies in Hurricane Land.

    B. Stover: I can’t explain what the Librarian says, so I’ll scoot over and let her sit down in my chair for awhile.

    L: Last time I read “Powder and Patch” I got sick of the formula: distressed beauty must be rescued by hero. This is not to be intended as a criticism of Heyer – I was just personally tired of the Chloe character and wish she wouldn’t be such a wuss at the end. That’s why I like Ingrid!

    FK: All of a sudden you don’t like the ending when you’ve read it a hundred times?

    L: Yes. So bust me for being illogical. Who are you to talk? I wish I had a pineapple tomato. The deer ate every bud off my plant.

  27. Riö - The Evil
    10:39 am on September 2nd, 2010

    Waiting!….There is nothing I hate worse than waiting for something!…gasp!… Is Zoe at the hospital with Dan right now?….snort!… How’s my Bess doing?… sniffle!… She sent me a text that said she was, “doooing suuupper!”…. I couldn’t tell if she was eating or doing super….snorkel!

  28. B. Stover
    11:46 am on September 2nd, 2010

    FK: Apparently Heyer said that men run the world and women run the men. I find that rather appalling but she was born in 1902, so that may explain it. She did excellent research into the Regency period and used it in her novels. I find them fascinating for that reason and also very very funny.

  29. B. Stover
    10:55 am on September 2nd, 2010

    We're thinking of you Dan, Zoe and Melanie.

  30. Melanie
    11:09 am on September 2nd, 2010

    Thanks all, beginning to see again.

    Dan's lungs have filled up with something. They do not know what it is, inflammation, pneumonia or blood. They can't do anything else for him right now.

    Some people have come out of this, more have not. Zoë is with Dan now. The doctor gave her the news, we are trying to figure out the next steps.

    Thanks for all the pup prayers and for "God" spelled backwards prayers.

  31. Sam
    12:06 pm on September 2nd, 2010

    Sam's Mom here: we are on our way home and I wanted to check the blog. We have been out of touch and have to catch up. Such bad news to find. We are praying for Dan.

  32. Debbie LM
    12:18 pm on September 2nd, 2010

    All prayers and blessings to Dan – he has fought so hard. We hope only the best for him. Big virtual hugs to you from all of us here in Chevy Chase.

  33. Riö - The Evil
    12:24 pm on September 2nd, 2010

    Somber….Is not usually a feeling I have, but out of respect to Dan, I am feeling somber … sniff!…And I am also saying mighty Pug Prayers for him…snorkel.

    Melanie!… How is Zoe holding up? …sniffle!

  34. Riö - The Evil
    12:33 pm on September 2nd, 2010

    Opps!… I forgot Zoë’s umlaut up there… sniff!

  35. Melanie
    2:16 pm on September 2nd, 2010

    Zoë is holding up. Bess is holding up. Dan is doing the best he can. There's a new x-ray coming tomorrow and we'll see what's happening.

    Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers. We are also praying for all those on the East Coast. Chet, you all know how to dog paddle, right?

    Bess is super! She can now get on the sofa again. This is not a staged photo, she got up next to my cane.

    [img ]http://chetthedog.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/1283469363-P1010017.JPG[/img]

  36. Barb & Maggie
    2:21 pm on September 2nd, 2010

    Have been away from the blog for awhile today. So sorry to hear about Dan. We are hoping for the best for all of you, Melanie, Zoe and Dan.

  37. dawson
    2:30 pm on September 2nd, 2010

    Mighty Prayers from the North for Dan.

  38. Siberian Husky
    2:32 pm on September 2nd, 2010

    That photo helps cheer us all up, Melanie. I am so glad Bess is doing better, and she looks so cute there on the sofa.

    Rio had the best word for what I am feeling, somber. We will all be thinking of you and Zoe and Dan. You have all been through so much. Husky prayers for all of you.

  39. Bluecat
    2:46 pm on September 2nd, 2010

    Dan, Zoe, and Melanie – Kat prayers for y'all – you're not alone.

  40. Melanie
    2:55 pm on September 2nd, 2010

    Okay everyone, thank you. Now Dan would NOT want us to be sober (in more ways than one) aren't there any good baseball games on tonight?

  41. Melanie
    2:55 pm on September 2nd, 2010

    Sorry, that was supposed to be somber . . . snicker!

  42. B. Stover
    3:09 pm on September 2nd, 2010

    Well, Fringe is on tonight but I think I'm the only one here who watches it.

  43. Riö - The Evil
    3:11 pm on September 2nd, 2010

    Sober!… That is actually another meaning for Somber! Just ask Spencer!!…snort!…And YES! There is a make-up Rockies game with the Philly’s on right now….wheeze!…The Rocks are ahead by 4 – 1 top of the 4th!…. woooo!woooo (SiberH woooo wooo’s tonight!)…sneeze!

  44. Siberian Husky
    3:12 pm on September 2nd, 2010

    Well, right now the Rockies are ahead by 4 runs. I didn't know the game was going to start this early. I wonder if Rio knows this and if his computer will behave tonight. Thankfully, he doesn't have to depend upon his computer to follow the games.

  45. Siberian Husky
    3:13 pm on September 2nd, 2010

    Good..Rio just explained why there is an early game.

  46. Riö - The Evil
    3:15 pm on September 2nd, 2010

    Hey!…Bess’s top-notch has grown out!…snort!… I hope she really is doing “Super”…sniff!…Bessie, you had me worried there for awhile ole girl…sniff!…All the plans we had made and fun we were going to have traveling the US of A….grunt!… I was afraid of losing you…snorkel!…I’m so happy right now!…yeeeeep!

  47. Riö - The Evil
    3:32 pm on September 2nd, 2010

    Crap!…. The Philly’s are up one run (4 – 2) and have 2 men on first and third…..snort!…Strike Him OUT!…gruff!…..WOOOOOOO!…Struck out!…heh!…Rockies up to bat now!…grunt!

  48. Siberian Husky
    3:37 pm on September 2nd, 2010

    WOW!! CarGo has hit another home run. WOO WOO

  49. Kirby T. Penworthy
    3:42 pm on September 2nd, 2010

    Hey y'all! Melanie, we're thinking of Dan and your family and sending lots of get-well-soon vibes your way.

  50. Riö - The Evil
    3:44 pm on September 2nd, 2010

    Quilt!…. I wonder how the Quilt is coming along?…. snort!…. Staff, first off, how are you feeling these days??? Second off, how is the Quilt looking? Are you pacing yourself and not over-doing it? Getting enough rest without Alice bothering you all the time…heh!… I know you won’t let AbbieTheKat Test it because of Sammie’s Velvet Princess square and my lovely baseball square…cough!… Please give us a little hint about what’s going on out there on the farm besides pineapple tomatoes on toast! …grunt!

  51. Riö - The Evil
    3:49 pm on September 2nd, 2010

    SiberH!…Cargo is freakin’ awesome!…snort!snort!… He has hit so many home runs this season it’s unbelievable…wheeze!… I don’t think he is the leader in homers, but one day he will be!…Wow!

  52. Kirby T. Penworthy
    3:50 pm on September 2nd, 2010

    Rio and SiberH: Sorry, I won't be able to join you in the baseball watch the next few days. The Angels are off tonight, then play a late (10:05) game Friday night. But Mom and I won't be keeping up with that game. We need to get our beauty sleep in preparation for Saturday morning's EARLY departure for Georgia!!!

  53. Melanie
    3:59 pm on September 2nd, 2010

    OHHH, so that's what pineapple tomatoes look like! Cool.

    Turns out we got some from a neighbor and they are delicious. Though I can see what Staff's other would have wanted to know if they were ripe.

    We put some in egg salad last night and yummers.

    Kirby, Have a GREAT TIME! don't forget your pass!

    Going to bed. Read some.

  54. Riö - The Evil
    4:00 pm on September 2nd, 2010

    KIRBY!!!!! ….Did you see my question early on about finding out whether Spencer is a a good Patter or not!…snort!…Are you REALLY going on the trip to Georgia …Wow!…Please say YES!…wheeze!

  55. Riö - The Evil
    4:06 pm on September 2nd, 2010

    Finally!…snort!…Finally!..One of us is going to meet him in person!….zow!… Wookie, is there anyway to get a bugging device to Kirby at this late date so we can hear the conversation???….grunt!…Why didn’t I think of this sooner…dammit! …Kirby, please try and REMEMBER everything! And Please have your gal take a lot of photos of you and Spencer and The Charming Mr. Abrahams if he is there too!… PLEASE, I am begging you!!!…I’m so damn jealous…sniff.

  56. Riö - The Evil
    4:08 pm on September 2nd, 2010

    Melanie!… Good night and please do get a goodnights sleep!…sniff!…Take extra special care of my Bess too!…sniffle!

  57. Siberian Husky
    4:08 pm on September 2nd, 2010

    Have a safe and fun trip, Kirby. We want to hear all about it when you get back.

  58. Siberian Husky
    4:10 pm on September 2nd, 2010

    Staff and Dawson, Minn. is playing Det. again tonight.

  59. Riö - The Evil
    4:16 pm on September 2nd, 2010

    SiberH!…BASES LOADED FOR CARGO!…snort!… RIGHT NOW!…Wheeeeee!

  60. Riö - The Evil
    4:20 pm on September 2nd, 2010

    Bastardo!… Yes, that is the Philly’s pitcher’s name, just struck out Cargo!…Bastard!…It is 7 – 3 now Rockies still ahead and Helton is up to bat!..heh!

  61. Siberian Husky
    4:21 pm on September 2nd, 2010

    yes, and whoops…well, he can't hit a home run every time

  62. Kirby T. Penworthy
    4:23 pm on September 2nd, 2010

    Two down! C'mon Rockies — you can't leave those bases loaded!!!

  63. Kirby T. Penworthy
    4:23 pm on September 2nd, 2010

    Oops — I guess you can.

  64. Riö - The Evil
    4:25 pm on September 2nd, 2010

    Loaded!…Bases are still loaded for Helton!…snort!… Only one out so far….Crap!… Helton is gone, Mora is up…Bastardo is still pitching…heh… Mora OUT!… Inning is over! …Dammit! … This is not going as I want it right now…shoot!

    Kirby!…Tell me you are ready for the Big Book Fair!..Pleaas!

  65. Kirby T. Penworthy
    4:29 pm on September 2nd, 2010

    Since I wasn't here earlier for the case discussion, I'll just throw it out now: I appreciate Spence getting back to the case, but this post really didn't get us anywhere! All we know is that Lt. Stine ain't happy. And anyone who ever watched "The Rockford Files" knows that the cops are rarely happy with the P.I. Clues, Chet! We need more clues!!!

  66. Riö - The Evil
    4:30 pm on September 2nd, 2010

    Beimel!…Mr. Hair as we lovingly call him here, is Pitching for the Rockies now… Giambi is looking standing aloof looking fierce!..heh!…I hope he gets to bat tonight!

  67. Siberian Husky
    4:34 pm on September 2nd, 2010

    Crap and double crap

  68. Riö - The Evil
    4:35 pm on September 2nd, 2010

    Snort!… “Giambi is looking standing aloof looking fierce!”…This is what I get for trying to write and watch Baseball at the same time…heh! heh!…He was standing aloof looking very fierce and now freakin A’ it is 7 – 6 and we have almost lost our LEAD!…help!

  69. Siberian Husky
    4:38 pm on September 2nd, 2010

    sigh…there is no one out in this inning yet.

  70. Kirby T. Penworthy
    4:39 pm on September 2nd, 2010

    Rio: We just checked the tracking info and we have THREE boxes of books in West Columbia right now, waiting to be delivered tomorrow! Mom wanted to order the books over the weekend, but she decided to wait until she could actually see a couple of the books at the library. And she's glad she did! My cousin is 13, so when Mom was looking at the authors who would be at the festival, she found one who had a book she thought Bre would like. But then when she checked it out, she only got part of the way through the first chapter and there were already two f-words, and talk of "weed" and condoms. Mom told my uncle (Bre's dad) that she's not that a cool of an aunt! My uncle said that's good, because Bre is a bit of a prude. That's good — we're all for prudes!

    But then Mom had to find a different book to get Bre, and that's when she had one of those V8 moments — I mean she actually slapped her forehead and wondered what she was thinking! She already had planned to order all the Echo Falls books for herself — why didn't she think about ordering one of the books about a spunky young girl for her spunky young niece??? Anyway, once she got over her massive stupidity (her words, not mine!) she changed her order, so now we're all set.

  71. Kirby T. Penworthy
    4:41 pm on September 2nd, 2010

    Oh dear. While I was writing about the book festival, the Phillies were tying up the ballgame. Leaving three stranded is looking like a very bad thing indeed!

  72. Siberian Husky
    4:47 pm on September 2nd, 2010

    With the way this game is going, any diversion is welcome, Kirby

  73. Macy the Min-Pin
    4:49 pm on September 2nd, 2010

    Melanie – mom is glad that Dan would not want us to be sober, 'cause that is not her choice. Seriously though, warm thoughts and prayers from the Lone Star State.

  74. Kirby T. Penworthy
    4:54 pm on September 2nd, 2010

    Oops! ESPN just changed the Phillies score to 3, as in Rockies 7, Phillies, 3! Dangnabit, they just changed it back to 8-7. Maybe someone at ESPN is a Rockies fan, and (s)he changed the score but was later tackled by someone who had to hold the Rockies fan down while the score was changed back!

  75. Riö - The Evil
    4:57 pm on September 2nd, 2010

    Snort!…WHAT THE HELL!!!!…Crap! It is now 12 – 7 the Philly's …CRAP!

  76. Riö - The Evil
    4:58 pm on September 2nd, 2010

    Kirby!…HA!…and I never laugh!…HA!

  77. Kirby T. Penworthy
    5:04 pm on September 2nd, 2010

    Well, if the Phillies can rally, so can the Rockies — they've proved it time and time again.

    So here's the big question, Rio and SiberH: Have you got your rally caps on???

  78. Kirby T. Penworthy
    5:06 pm on September 2nd, 2010

    There you go — the Rockies scored. One run at a time, my friends, one run at a time!

  79. Riö - The Evil
    5:10 pm on September 2nd, 2010

    Come-Back!…Lead-Off double for Seth Smith!….Woooo!…. Rockies have 1st and 2nd bases loaded…yeeeep! …It is only the bottom of the 7th….snort! … ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN!…wooo! … Cargo on Deck!…heh!… Dexter Fowler up to bat!…gasp!…Two run single!… 12 – 10 and Cargo is UP UP UP!… hoooooWeee!

  80. dawson
    5:15 pm on September 2nd, 2010

    Those lousy twins are winning 6 – 3 over the Tigers. Greedy Guts. Go Tigers!

  81. Riö - The Evil
    5:22 pm on September 2nd, 2010

    Holy Crap!…A ball dropped right in the MIDDLE of three Rockies players who were all about a bout 2 feet from it, IF that.….sigh.

  82. Riö - The Evil
    5:25 pm on September 2nd, 2010

    Twins!… They are becoming a menace and are true Greedy Guts !…dammit!…Dawson your Tigers have to do Something to STOP them!…yeeep!

  83. Kirby T. Penworthy
    5:29 pm on September 2nd, 2010

    Rio: That's why they invented the phrase, "I got it!"

  84. Riö - The Evil
    5:33 pm on September 2nd, 2010

    Kirbs!…Apparently, they all "Forgot It"…drat!

  85. Riö - The Evil
    5:36 pm on September 2nd, 2010

    Gasp!… Giambi is Up to bat!…snort!…Please Hit It BIG!…grunt!

  86. Kirby T. Penworthy
    5:38 pm on September 2nd, 2010

    Wow, bases loaded!

  87. Barb & Maggie
    5:38 pm on September 2nd, 2010

    We are going off to bed to read for awhile. Hope the Rockies win for Rio and the Tigers for Dawson. Good night y'all.

  88. Kirby T. Penworthy
    5:39 pm on September 2nd, 2010

    G'night, Barb and Maggie. Sweet dreams!

  89. Riö - The Evil
    5:42 pm on September 2nd, 2010

    NOOOOO!… Rockies left the bases loaded AGAIN!… sob!sob!sob!…Crap!

  90. Riö - The Evil
    5:44 pm on September 2nd, 2010

    Stomp! Stomp!…fart!…Stomp! Stomp… Growl! …Now our closer is up, Huston Street!…COME ON GUYS!

  91. Kirby T. Penworthy
    5:47 pm on September 2nd, 2010

    Not to worry, Rio. The Rockies just have to hold them this inning, then score three runs in their next at-bat. Easy, peasy!

  92. Kirby T. Penworthy
    5:56 pm on September 2nd, 2010

    One down, two to go!!!

  93. Riö - The Evil
    6:00 pm on September 2nd, 2010

    Heart Stopping!…The score is 12 – 11 Philly’s… But the Rockies have 2 bases loaded and 2 outs!… BOTTOM OF THE NINTH…do or die guys!!!…snort!

  94. Kirby T. Penworthy
    6:02 pm on September 2nd, 2010

    Dawson's game just got interesting, too. Tied at 7 in the eighth!

  95. staff
    6:03 pm on September 2nd, 2010


    I am back from the quilt club meeting tonight. It is the last of the Twins Tigers game. We are ahead so far but those Tigers are trying really hard to come back.

    Oh NO! Tie game at 7 each in the 8th. The Tigers got 4 runs this inning.

    Rio the quilt has been made into a quilt sandwich and the quilting will start this weekend after a family wedding on Saturday and Dr's appt. tomorrow. I will be doing most of the quilting on Sunday and Monday.


  96. staff
    6:06 pm on September 2nd, 2010

    Twins have a lead off walk in the bottom of the 8th….

    clap clap clap…

  97. Kirby T. Penworthy
    6:07 pm on September 2nd, 2010

    Hey, Staff! Speaking of doctor's appointments, where do you stand on TFAT? Are you still managing to save it for your appointments, or have you given in to curiosity???

  98. staff
    6:07 pm on September 2nd, 2010

    Sac. bunt moved the player to second base. The Tigers are changing their pitcher.

  99. Kirby T. Penworthy
    6:07 pm on September 2nd, 2010

    (Sorry, Rio and SiberH — I was pulling for you all the way!)

  100. staff
    6:09 pm on September 2nd, 2010


    I am really grateful that I see the Doctor tomorrow. I really hated to stop reading at the end of Chapter 23. What a cliffhanger!

  101. Siberian Husky
    6:10 pm on September 2nd, 2010

    Thanks kirby, The Rockies almost came all the way from behind and almost made it.

  102. Kirby T. Penworthy
    6:10 pm on September 2nd, 2010

    Wow, the book must be really good to have you looking forward to seeing the doctor!!! I can't wait! Why oh why can't SQ have a stack to sign at the festival this weekend?????????

  103. staff
    6:11 pm on September 2nd, 2010


    The catcher missed the pitch and Revco (the player on 2nd) went to 3rd. 90 feet away from the lead.

    One out.

    Drat. Out at first.

    Two out.

    Come on Alexi!

  104. staff
    6:12 pm on September 2nd, 2010

    Ground ball base hit to the Center Field and the Twins get the lead back!!!

    Sorry Dawson. (No I am not) Heh.

  105. Kirby T. Penworthy
    6:13 pm on September 2nd, 2010

    OK, I'm having a hard time now. It was easy rooting for Dawson's Tigers earlier. But now that Staff is back, I can't root against her Twins. What's a dog to do??? I guess I have to be Switzerland!

  106. Riö - The Evil
    6:14 pm on September 2nd, 2010

    Staff!…. Thanks for the update!…snort!…You sound perky and healthy, so I will not worry about you tonight!…grunt!…Off to my warm soft bed…dammit!…Those Rockies should have won that game tonight…crap! …But tomorrow is another day!…snuffle! yawn!cough!

  107. Kirby T. Penworthy
    6:15 pm on September 2nd, 2010

    G'night Scarlet!!!

  108. staff
    6:16 pm on September 2nd, 2010


    Ditto what Kirby said..

  109. FattyKitty
    6:17 pm on September 2nd, 2010

    Geez, I get home from work and everyone has gone to bed! I'll put in a final prayer for Dan – a silent one that spreads all over. Good night. L.

  110. staff
    6:19 pm on September 2nd, 2010

    OH oh.

    Tigers hit a homerun. Tied again 8 to 8, in the 9th.


  111. Riö - The Evil
    6:26 pm on September 2nd, 2010

    Final!… My final word is the Tigers will win tonight!…snort!…heh!heh!

  112. staff
    6:28 pm on September 2nd, 2010

    oooo this is not good. Alexi dropped the ball at 2nd base and we missed a double play.

    those darn Tigers

  113. Siberian Husky
    6:30 pm on September 2nd, 2010

    Rio is actually going to sleep before I do, but it is off to dreams of the North for me real soon now…like immediately.

    Kirby, I think when it comes to Min. and Det., making like Switzerland is our safest bet.

    Thinking of Dan and all those in the path of Hurricane Earl.

    Good Night!

  114. Kirby T. Penworthy
    6:30 pm on September 2nd, 2010

    (Rio: I don't think we want to get in between those two! My advice is to stay neutral — verrrrry neutral!)

  115. Kirby T. Penworthy
    6:32 pm on September 2nd, 2010

    (SiberH: At least you have a little common sense. Rio likes to shake things up — a lot!)

  116. staff
    6:41 pm on September 2nd, 2010

    Starting the 10th. We only have one pitcher left and he pitched last night. (((Sigh)))

    I wonder how late I will have to stay up?

    Mr Staff refuses to watch overtime games.

  117. Kirby T. Penworthy
    6:42 pm on September 2nd, 2010

    Mr. Staff sounds like a man of good reason. I, on the other hand, can't seem to leave until there's some kind of decision. And I don't even care who wins!

  118. staff
    6:54 pm on September 2nd, 2010

    We have another chance. Jim Thome! Hit one out Jimmy!

  119. staff
    6:57 pm on September 2nd, 2010


    Gosh I am sooooo tired!

    If we don't win this inning I will have to give up and let Kirby T. cheer for those %$$^&** Tigers.

  120. staff
    6:58 pm on September 2nd, 2010


    Nighty night Kirby T

    I will have to wait until the morning to find out the results. Unless they finish before I get my teeth brushed.

  121. Kirby T. Penworthy
    7:16 pm on September 2nd, 2010

    G'night, Staff! Unless it's taking you an extra-long time to brush your teeth, it doesn't look like you'll know how the game ends until you read your paper in the morning. It's still tied at 8 in the 11th. Oops, spoke too soon. The Tigers just pulled ahead by 1. And they're out. So now it's the Twins at bat. Tigers 9, Twins 8. Bottom of the 11th. Last chance for the Twins.

  122. Kirby T. Penworthy
    7:24 pm on September 2nd, 2010

    Ooooh. Bases loaded, only one out. Twins at bat in the bottom of the 11th.

  123. Kirby T. Penworthy
    7:25 pm on September 2nd, 2010

    Now it's tied. Winning run is at third!

  124. Kirby T. Penworthy
    7:26 pm on September 2nd, 2010

    Oh heck! Inning's over. Still tied. I'm not sure I'll last as long as this game will!

  125. Kirby T. Penworthy
    7:43 pm on September 2nd, 2010

    Top of the 13th. Still tied at 9.

  126. Gus & BooBear
    7:50 pm on September 2nd, 2010

    It's very late but here's our cat prayers for Dan. He's been through alot lately and deserves some good news. Hope the 24 hours give him the much needed turn for the better.

    Kirby, I guess we're a little luckier than you ONLY in that when we see SQ at his book signing in Houston, the new book will be out so we can get it signed. And Mom will certainly be wearing the official name tag from the blog. Hope we get to ask a question or two. Rio, if we do get to ask a question, we will be sure to let SQ know that it is a "Rio question"!

  127. Kirby T. Penworthy
    7:52 pm on September 2nd, 2010

    OK, Tigers scored in the top of the 13th. Score: Tigers 10, Twins 9. Twins at bat.

  128. Kirby T. Penworthy
    7:56 pm on September 2nd, 2010

    Gus & BooBear: Glad to see I'm not the only one up in the world! Mom is planning to print out the nametag tomorrow — or I guess I should say today! She has a laminator, so she's going to laminate it and put it on some pawprint ribbon! She ordered the first two books so she can get those signed in Georgia, but I guess she's going to have to order the third from one of those places where she can buy it autographed.

  129. Kirby T. Penworthy
    8:01 pm on September 2nd, 2010

    Finally! Twins out in the bottom of the 13th. Final score: Tigers 10, Twins 9. Dawson and Staff: Congratulations to one of you, sorry to the other — it's too late to work out which is who. This Switzerland thing is kind of hard, not being able to root for one or the other!

    I'm off to bed now!

  130. Kirby T. Penworthy
    8:02 pm on September 2nd, 2010

    But before I get horizontal, I just want to say:


  131. Kirby T. Penworthy
    8:04 pm on September 2nd, 2010

    Oh, and our thoughts and prayers are with Dan and his family tonight. Dan, we may not "know" you, but we all care about you. Get well soon.

  132. Macy the Min-Pin
    9:51 pm on September 2nd, 2010

    Rangers off tonight too. Mom may get to bed before midnight. Good idea since she gets up at 5 am and I have to get up to make sure she gets out the door, then back under the covers with dad. Yawnnn.

    Macy out.

  133. Kirby T. Penworthy
    10:17 pm on September 2nd, 2010

    Dawson: The least those Tigers can do after blowing your birthday is giving you a post-birthday treat!

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