A Philosophical Discussion: From To Fetch A Thief

“Like they say,” the dude was telling Bernie, “it’s the information age.”

“Yeah?” said Bernie. The firelight shone in his eyes, a beautiful sight.

The dude took another hit – that’s drug lingo – and held his breath. You see that pot-smoking breath-holding combo from time to time in this job, after which things usually go downhill pretty fast.

A big smoke cloud exploded out of the dude’s mouth. “Put it to you this way,” he said, “simple as I can. Once upon a time it was the age of things, and people paid money for them. A Pontiac Firebird, say – that’s a thing. Now it’s the age of information.”

“You’re saying you’ll tell us where the girl is for money?” Bernie asked. The firelight suddenly looked different in his eyes, different in a way that would have scared some people, maybe most.

But not this dude. “Well, well,” he said. “Pretty quick on the uptake for a visitor from the land of the bland.”

Bernie stepped forward and took the joint from the dude’s hand; didn’t rush, didn’t snatch it, just took the thing. He tossed it in the fire.

“What the hell?” the dude said, starting to rise. Bernie put his hand on the dude’s shoulder, sat him back down. The dude tried to squirm free, then said, “Ow,” and went still.

Bernie removed his hand. The dude stayed exactly where he was. “I’m going to give you five bucks for the information,” Bernie said. “Know why?”

The dude shook his head.

“Because it’s marginally less trouble than beating it out of you,” Bernie said.

The dude raised his arm and pointed, real fast. “Third on the left,” he said. “The Airstream up on blocks.”

Bernie handed him money. “And here’s a memo from the information age, absolutely free – we don’t need to see you on our way out.”

“I was just leaving,” the dude said.

Welcome Trevor and Rags.

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114 Responses to “A Philosophical Discussion: From To Fetch A Thief”

  1. B.Stover
    9:44 am on May 10th, 2011

    Bernie is a tough philosopher! Wonder why we’re getting this excerpt….pondering….

    Good morning Chet and everyone.

  2. OleyHowlers
    9:49 am on May 10th, 2011

    Hello B and Chet and Trevor and Rags.
    Have no idea why this excerpt…hmmm.

    We are very excited about what may be arriving in the mail today. Read last evening’s blog posts, and it seems many of you have received the Snowhook calendar. So maybe ours will arrive today? We aren’t sure if there will be a surprise though. We ordered the calendar thru Paypal and not sure if Rebecca knows that was from the Oley Howlers.

  3. BearSpiritDog
    9:57 am on May 10th, 2011

    Hey! I see from last night C.Harris is back! It was so nice to hear from her! Still trying to catch up from yesterday even though we were up rather late last night.

    The SnowHook Kennel Calendars are on the way! 3 Plunderers have already received their’s with a lovely surprise Rebecca has included. We can hardly wait!!!

    Staff’s quilt is lovely! (I love the dog motif!) And, she has been hard at work posting recipes. (Would like to hear more about the dog pillow when you have a minute)

    Macy: Here’s hoping all the snuggles and cuddles helped your person to feel better and that she is feeling tip top today!

    Dawson! We keep passing in the night!

    To Bernie and Chet: It is good to hear the retelling of old adventures while we wait for the new!

    Good Morning Everyone!

  4. BearSpiritDog
    10:03 am on May 10th, 2011

    Hi B & O.Howlers!

    We also ordered from PayPal…

  5. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:05 am on May 10th, 2011

    TFAT!…. What a great book!…snort!… I especially like when Bernie says, “Because it’s marginally less trouble than beating it out of you,” ….heh!…I love it when Bernie get tough….wheeze!

  6. Sam
    10:08 am on May 10th, 2011

    Rio, you have sharp eyes for noticing the TV remote in my picture yesterday. I actually use it. When my family goes out, they always put the weather channel on for me. They think it’s sort of soothing, but it’s not really. So as soon as they have gone, I tap the Animal Planet’s channel numbers with my dainty little foot. I’m not supposed to watch that channel unless I have adult supervision. They think I get too excited. As soon as I hear them coming home, I put the weather channel on and look like I’m sleeping. Hee hee.

  7. OleyHowlers
    10:11 am on May 10th, 2011

    Sam, you are one clever Princess!

    Rio, we love it when Bernie gets tough too. He is one mighty tough and strong dude. And always the smartest guy in the room.

    Hi Bear!

  8. B.Stover
    10:12 am on May 10th, 2011

    Rebecca: Thank you for clarifying. I wondered if that was Orion. He’s in the calendar also. I’ve fallen in love with Charlie.

  9. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:17 am on May 10th, 2011

    Rockies!….They won by one!…snort!… Thank dog for our catcher cuz all the big hitters, except for Helton, couldn’t hit last night…grunt!…. My friend had a great time even if the Rockies did not come out and sign autographs. Her and a couple pals stood out there for over an hour in the sun and wind waiting for those guys, but they never came out to warm up….snort!….By the time her and her friends went up to the Suite, the rest of the gang had blown through all the beer!!! Which was a lot! The game hadn’t even started yet! …wheeze!….So someone had to order more at $20.00 a six pack….honk!…. She took a bunch of fun pictures which she won’t let me post for some reason….sniff! …They are pretty funny though..snorkel!…All in all it was a grand time and she is really tired today. Serves her right for having so much fun without me…heh!

  10. B.Stover
    10:17 am on May 10th, 2011

    Hi Howlers, Bear, Rio and Sam.

    B&M: I’ll be sending recipes tomorrow if not today.

    Great picture of T&G.

  11. BearSpiritDog
    10:21 am on May 10th, 2011

    Sam! You are very clever indeed as well as being beautiful! A winning combination for those Hollywood bound!

    Rio: There was some speculation last night about your Friend sneaking you into the Rockies game. If that didn’t happen at least I hope you were able to watch it on tv!

  12. Melanie
    10:27 am on May 10th, 2011

    Staff: Yes to either that quilt or the other. Beautiful.

    Sam: Great idea. I think The Pack has also learned that trick. But they turn the TV off. But . . . from the amount of drool on the remote and TV??

    Poor Riö, I hope was hoping you’d sneak in.

    Story: Barb, Rosalyn and her first litter (Rose). Rose was only 1 pound and not enough to bring on labor! Rosalyn had a c-section and paid NO ATTENTION to Rose when we got her and Rose home. Didn’t want anything to do with her. Until we put peanut butter all over Rose and Rosalyn licked it off. After that she was the perfect mother!

    Eaglet pic. These guys are getting huge!

  13. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:41 am on May 10th, 2011

    Wow!…You guys did great last night with 120 posts, interesting conversation and CHarris showed up….snort! snort!… Tonight someone is going to help my friend get her bed over to her mom’s house. She’s been sleeping on an itty bitty little tiny twin bed for the past week. There is no room for me on that thing….grunt! … So tonight after the bed gets here, we will be moving yet again to another bedroom…heh!….Maybe all of her stuff will stay in this room instead of leaving and showing up in other rooms willy nilly…sniff!

  14. Staff
    11:19 am on May 10th, 2011

    CHarris, I had to go back and read the rest of last nights posts to catch your post. Glad to have you back. We are also seeing signs of spring here in North Dakota. On Sunday the trees leafed out. It only took them a couple of hours. Amazing really. And on Monday I saw my first pair of Rose Breasted Grosbeaks. Then this morning the garden was full of Grosbeaks. I have counted 8 males in the garden at once and the females are here too. They must have arrived overnight as they seem very tired. I had to put out more sunflower seeds and chase the squirrels away from the feeder.
    I took some pictures but don’t have the cable to download them so I will have to wait until I get back to the parents before you guys get any pictures. here are some in Wikipedia…

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rose_breasted_grosbeak

    Bear Spirit, The pillow would be a wool appliqué copy of the second book’s cover. (thereby Hangs a Tail) Maybe without Bernie, maybe with. It has limited colors so it would be possible with what I bought from the wool lady. She dyes her own wool and the colors are fun. I don’t have a blue background for the sky. I am pondering about how to do that. Maybe flannel? I wonder does Wookie’s Mom do any wool appliqué?

    Dawson, Have you been remembering to change the litter? My late cat Emily would use personal items for a bathroom if her litter was not properly cleaned. I don’t think Abbie has ever done that however. Plans, as of now, are to return home on Thursday.

  15. Staff
    11:21 am on May 10th, 2011

    Drat. I put in a link AND a picture and am being moderated at 11:19.

  16. Barb & Maggie
    11:27 am on May 10th, 2011

    Good morning. Barb says she feels like a zombie today, whatever that is. She thought Sandy was ready last night, so she got out of bed and checked her every 2 hours. Guess what, NO GOATIES! Now Barb is supposed to work today from 12:30 till 5:00. She is stressed about it.

    Melanie, thanks for posting the eagle pictures. You are right – they are huge!

  17. BearSpiritDog
    11:37 am on May 10th, 2011

    Poor Barb! That mom to be is just not cooperating! Do you have boys names picked out just in case? Try to take a quick nap before work (it always works for Maggie and me – “the paws that refreshes”)

  18. OleyHowlers
    11:45 am on May 10th, 2011

    AWOOOOOO !!!!
    We got our Snowhook calendar, AND OUR SURPRISE, in the mail today!!!! So cool so cool so cool!

    Barb, those goats sure are making it hard on you. We hope they come soon, but not too soon while you are at work.

  19. Siber-H
    11:48 am on May 10th, 2011

    Rio, I am glad that your friend had a good time at the game. If it weren’t for her being there and Innetta doing the hitting for all the lads, the Rockies would have lost.

    Glad we heard from C.Harris last night. I enjoyed her description of springtime in Alaska in her part of the state. From where she has hinted that she lives in Alaska, the river could even be the fabled Yukon. I won’t repeat those hints, but I remember them even if I couldn’t remember that I made a joke about a date with Siber.

    I see that the Borzoi is pissed off at me again. I wonder if Chet has ever gotten in such trouble for his poor memory.

  20. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:51 am on May 10th, 2011

    Dammit!….Where’s my surprise?…snort! …. I want one too! I hope Whitey didn’t forget about me. …sniffle!….Wait she never went to my house to check the mail yesterday. Maybe it’s sitting there waiting for me and I can’t go get it….dammit!

  21. Tupper and Gilly
    12:00 pm on May 10th, 2011

    Hi everyone – its a little embarrasing that the Kats put up a picture of us catching some z’s. We think Sage did it in revenge for his pic in Chet’s Friends.
    HI CHarris! We missed you and are glad to hear from you. Saying prayers for your Dad.
    Rio – glad your friend had such a good time. Wish you could have been there. (we still don’t get the whole baseball thing – the players are WAY too far apart for us to herd them – but they do a pretty good job of getting themselves into the dugout thing without our help)
    Those eagles are getting big enough to get scary to Sam and Macy and Kirby and us.
    Has anyone heard from Jasper and MollieABP?

  22. OleyHowlers
    12:03 pm on May 10th, 2011

    T&G: We loved that pic of you guys. Mom tells us we are real cute when asleep, but we wouldn’t know.

    Rio: We think your calendar and surprise must be in your mailbox…you gotta get it ! You are gonna LOVE it !!!

  23. Siber-H
    12:06 pm on May 10th, 2011

    Rio, Whitey didn’t forget about you. He told me so himself.

    BSD, Doesn’t your package have to come part way by ferry?
    My folks have spent some time in your part of the country because Boeing sent her dad to Seattle for 10 years. My folks favorite thing to do when they were out there was ride the ferries.

  24. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:08 pm on May 10th, 2011

    Snowhook!….Hey, her mom just got back from checking on my house and she said there was a package there for me…heh!…I bet it is the surprise from Snowhook!…yes!….My friend will bring it home to me tonight during the bed moving stuff…woooooo!

  25. Barb & Maggie
    12:09 pm on May 10th, 2011

    Yes, we are glad that Rio’s friend had a good time. We are not into baseball, but happy for her, because she and Rio love it so.

    Did anyone notice (or care) that Arnold and Maria have split? Did she suddenly have enough of him and his ego after 25 years, or is it just safer to announce now that he will again be a movie star and not the Gov? They put out the usual blah-blah. Please respect our privacy, as we decide our future and continue to be loving parents to our children. Don’t ask us or any of our friends for any dirt, ’cause this all you’re getting.

  26. OleyHowlers
    12:09 pm on May 10th, 2011

    Siber: You just reminded us of our favorite ferry boat story. Our big brother Boris got to ride in a ferry from Hyannis to Martha’s Vinyard. He loved the wind on the upper deck. But when the ferry boat blew that very loud horn, he almost jumped overboard!!! Fortunately, there was a group of young guys behind him that gave him a sip of their beer to calm him down. Ha Ha ! That Boris…he must have been the way-coolest husky ever.

  27. Siber-H
    12:30 pm on May 10th, 2011

    Boris was a braver Husky than me. I could not be dragged onto a ferry boat…too much water.

    Barb,I heard that on the news this morning and can’t say that it surprises me. They must have been waiting till he was no longer the Gov. Arnold is somewhat annoying.

  28. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:32 pm on May 10th, 2011

    Game!….My friend says The Big Boss is walking around asking everyone who went to the game if they were the ones who drank all the beer…heh! heh!…Of course everyone is denying it…snorkel! …She is going to print off a photo of one of her co-workers drinking a beer from last night. The caption will read, “This is the Guy Who Drank All the Beer!!!” …heh!… She will hang it where The Big Boss can see it….snort!

  29. Barb & Maggie
    12:34 pm on May 10th, 2011

    Somewhat annoying? You are being kind, Mr. Husky!

  30. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:40 pm on May 10th, 2011

    Staff!…My friend says she would love to own your Quilt with the 3 guys on it…snort!….She loves that thing….huffle! …So if you do put it up for Auction, she will be bidding on it…sniff!

  31. OleyHowlers
    12:41 pm on May 10th, 2011

    Barb: We can never understand how any of those famous couples, with such opposing values and backgrounds, make it as couples. Maria and Ahnold…Carville and Madalin..

  32. Staff
    12:59 pm on May 10th, 2011

    Yay, my earlier post has now become unmoderated. I just ran back up to tell you that the Northern Orioles are now also back in the garden. Thank goodness the jelly feeders are up and waiting for them.
    Also we now have at least a dozen really yellow American goldfinch at the thistle feeder. So-o bright and pretty in the garden today.

    I am very thankful that I got to be here at the farm for the return of my birds. Thank you Dawson! I was really worrying about them. Who would give them their grape jelly? Who would chase the squirrels out of their sunflowers? Who would take fuzzy pictures of them to brag to their friends? No one, that’s who. But I am here so all of that is being done for them.

    Yippee!

    Rio,
    OK then I am thinking maybe two items in the auction? However some of us think you should save some money for your new computer!!!!!

  33. Staff
    1:00 pm on May 10th, 2011

    Now I have to go tell my doctors what they need to do for me this month. Heh heh
    I AM THE BOSS OF THEM!

    BBL

  34. Barb & Maggie
    1:20 pm on May 10th, 2011

    Oley, Yes we marvil that James and Mary can be married to each other. They must not talk politics at home. Arnold’s issues go beyond the obvious political ones, for instance having OINK as his middle name! I think some of the famous couples have their public life, then they have their real life behind the scenes.

  35. Basil and Sage
    1:21 pm on May 10th, 2011

    Baseball, eagle chicks, quilts – blah, blah, blah. Who cares?
    What we want to know is WHERE IS THE CATTY LIBRARIAN AND WHO IS THE NEW KAT?
    Sheesh, we would think you Plunderers would know what was important by now!
    (We did like Staff’s bird report – sounds like an elegant menu to us) giggle

  36. Mollypop
    1:21 pm on May 10th, 2011

    The Snowhook surprise makes me want it now, but I can’t until I get back to Sam’s on Saturday. I’m not good about waiting. Immediate gratification is the American way!

  37. Basil and Sage
    1:26 pm on May 10th, 2011

    Yup – Poodles are like that. Now, we Kats and sit outside a mousehole for hours waiting for those little beasties to stick their heads out. And then….WHAM! Kitty Sushi!
    Patience is a virtue. Kats are virtuous. Dawgs are not.

  38. Siber-H
    1:37 pm on May 10th, 2011

    I don’t seem to remember a kat going along on the really successful Navy Seal mission to get the bad guy.

  39. Melanie
    1:41 pm on May 10th, 2011

    Staff: Love your attitude with your doctors!

    We have had a goldfinch pair at the feeder for about 4 days. Outstanding!

    Herbs: NO BIRDS! YES MOUSIES. Especially at Staff’s.

    I know other people wrote things, but after that drive yesterday, I virtuously decided to go for my walk. I soon realized that had not been a good play and I still had to walk back.

    So my brain has checked out for now.

  40. Basil and Sage
    1:43 pm on May 10th, 2011

    ya, but you don’t remember offering yourself as a “hot date” either….
    just sayin’

  41. Melanie
    1:43 pm on May 10th, 2011

    Siber-H: That is because they were in the situation room. . .

  42. Buddy and T.C.
    1:46 pm on May 10th, 2011

    Siber: The cats were back in D.C. patiently awaiting word from the Seals. Thats how we roll.

  43. Basil and Sage
    1:46 pm on May 10th, 2011

    Melanie – we love you!!!

  44. Buddy and T.C.
    1:47 pm on May 10th, 2011

    Ha Ha HA !!! Great minds think alike, Melanie…you must be part-cat.

  45. Siber-H
    1:49 pm on May 10th, 2011

    Have you guys noticed how I am alway putting my paw in my mouth.
    That photo is cute, Melanie.

  46. Buddy and T.C.
    1:56 pm on May 10th, 2011

    Some Orthodoxy newspaper in Brooklyn photo-shopped out all the girls in the pic… Secretary Clinton, Counterterrorism Director Audrey Tomason, and apparently, Melanie’s friend as well.

  47. Basil and Sage
    1:56 pm on May 10th, 2011

    Its ok Siber – we know Kats are the smarter ones…but we like you guys (hat tip to Bee) anyway

  48. Buddy and T.C.
    2:15 pm on May 10th, 2011
  49. B.Stover
    2:22 pm on May 10th, 2011

    Melanie: I don’t remember a cat in the situation room when I saw that picture in the NYTimes.

    Staff: Grape jelly….interesting. What does a jelly feeder look like?

  50. Riö - The Evil Pug
    2:22 pm on May 10th, 2011

    Auction!…. Here is the updated list of Auction Items…snort!….Once again, if I am missing anything or anybody, please let me know….grunt!

    Puss N’ Boots!…. Beautiful country-style jacket.

    Wookie!…. One of Debbie LM’s gorgeous Quilts.

    Bear!…. Basket of Goodies… (No details yet)

    Sammie!… Framed photo – Every Dog has His Day.
    Molly!… Needlepoint kit.

    Rio!….One, maybe two of his friends projects.

    Melanie!…One signed photograph of Clarkson!…snort!
    Melanie!…One framed photo of the River Bear Newfs.

    Snowhook!…. Whitey and gangs dog tags from the Big Race!…snort!
    Snowhook!…. The Teams booties worn in the actual race!…snort!
    Snowhook!… A drop bag from Iditarod!
    Snowhook!…. A tee-shirt with W.L. touching the burled arch!!…snort!

    Oley!…. A “Got Snow” t-shirt, a cool sled dog bumper sticker from siberescue, and 2 stuffed SiberH’s.

    Wolfie!…..Toffee in cute boxes.

    Stover!…. A sketch, titled “Deserter” about a young soldier during the American Civil War.

    SiberH!…. A necklace made in NM by Native Americans. (And possibly a hot date with Mr. Mascara himself).

    Dan!….Three inscribed books. White Wings, Second Chance, For The Love of Puppies.

    Tupper N’ Gilly!…. A sculpture. Maybe two sculptures.

    Liz!… A piece of her artwork!…snort!

    Staff!… A Quilt with 3 guys on it!
    Staff!…A pillow with one guy on it!

    Natasha! … A most vonderful hat of blue and gold that vas vorn to royal vedding!

    Chet!… Signed copy of the Chet and Bernie series!!! …snort!
    snort! … Wish-list item

    Admin!….One of his tennis racquets….snort!…… Wish-list item

    Spencer!… Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of The Dog Who Knew Too Much…snort!… Wish-list item

  51. B.Stover
    2:32 pm on May 10th, 2011

    I’d be interested in knowing how Di Tzeitung defines “respect.”

  52. Mollypop
    2:46 pm on May 10th, 2011

    Sage and Basil
    Sittin’ in a tree
    H-I-S-S-I-N-G

  53. Melanie
    2:57 pm on May 10th, 2011

    An interesting question B.Stover. Hmmm . . . respects the choice of strong, powerful women to be subservient to a paper’s choice of photoshopping them out of world events.

    Jeez.

    Here’s the site where I found the photos. http://felinefinery.blogspot.com/2011/05/band-of-whiskers.html
    There is another link that takes you to even more Kat photos.

  54. Basil and Sage
    3:17 pm on May 10th, 2011

    Yup, that’s right MollyPop – we are sitting pretty in a tree…and we saw the picture of you trying to climb it! So – how did that work out for you, Miss Fierce Poufy Tail? Why don’t ou climb on up to our tree house and tell us….
    giggle

  55. Mollypop
    3:22 pm on May 10th, 2011

    Well, Smarty Pants Kats, I’ll just sit here and wait for you to come down. Oh wait, I think I see a fuzzbutt …

  56. Basil and Sage
    3:26 pm on May 10th, 2011

    oops – gotta run….the Corgis have the shipping box, packing tape and string out again, but this time the address is to Snowhook Kennel.

    MAMA!!!! The Corgis are pickin on us!!!!

    BBL

  57. Snowhook Bella
    3:48 pm on May 10th, 2011

    Barb & Maggie: I made a mistake on your address for your surprise and luckily the post office caught it yesterday before I tried to mail it to you. I will put it in the mail today.

    Macy: Can you email me your address at snowhookkennel@gmail.com? I also sent you an email from my personal hotmail account.

    Sounds like I should be checking the mail for some herbs that might be on their way to AK, just in case…those corgis…up to no good.

  58. BearSpiritDog
    4:18 pm on May 10th, 2011

    Good ones MollyPop & Melanie!
    Siber-H: Some of the islands here can be also be reached by bridge – we are one of them.

    Buddy: Thanks for that link from our very own Seattle PI!

    Barb: Yes we saw the news last night about Maria & Arnold. It’s sad to see a 25 yr. old marriage end, no matter who it is. Arnold is certainly an American success story – body builder, actor, marriage to one of Kennedy clan, 2 time California Governor.
    I am anxiously looking out the window as Mom goes to the mailbox. No package today (sigh) Guess we could take a lesson in patience from those Kats. Masquers is out on the deck sunbathing – seemingly without a care in the world.

  59. dawson
    4:22 pm on May 10th, 2011

    Gee. I have to be very patient… I won’t be home for another month to get my surprise from Snowhook Bella. Thank you, thank you, thank you. I know I will love it.
    Basil and Sage: ACattyLibrarian had not yet named her new kitty as of Sunday. He is a grey cat with a aloof disposition. Not a regal cat. Not an alley cat. Somewhere in between.
    Melanie: Hope you 2 leggeds are feeling better. Liked your links today. I like your photo shopped photo better than Di Tzeitung’s.

  60. Melanie
    5:49 pm on May 10th, 2011

    I didn’t photoshop that one! That was a from a whole group of photos done by other people!

    We’ve just started watching “Flashpoint”. So far so good.

    Have to watch something in between waiting for “The Closer” DVDs.

  61. Melanie
    5:51 pm on May 10th, 2011

    Portrait of a young eagle. I don’t think Eaglet is the right word anymore!

  62. Riö - The Evil Pug
    6:01 pm on May 10th, 2011

    Tonight!… I don’t know if she will take me over to the house or not tonight…grump!…She’s got that bed to move…sniff! … It will be a surprise to me if I get to log on from my house tonight….huffle!

  63. dawson
    6:21 pm on May 10th, 2011

    Melanie: Oh yeah…you got that picture from the felinefinery site. I saw that but am obviously not computing with brain today. I am amazed at the eagle!!! I will go check out that site.

  64. Staff
    6:25 pm on May 10th, 2011

    Melanie I just loved the kat in the situation room. Looked like a blogging kat to me as it was sitting next to the guy with the computer who was directing all the stuff going on.

    it made me laugh out loud. Thanks all! I am now going to quilting with all my friends. See y’all later, youse guys.

  65. B.Stover
    6:57 pm on May 10th, 2011

    Melanie: What is Flashpoint about? Is it on Netflix?

  66. Jasper the Poodle
    7:08 pm on May 10th, 2011

    That Bernie! Such a badass!

    All is fine here in mitten land. Spring has sprung. Doors open, windows open, neighbor has even mowed the lawn once. Nothing to report on the house, still for sale. Job is good, but gas is $4.14 here. High was $4.29. Us Michiganders are anxiously waiting for the price to go down. Some crap about an unexpected refinery in Gary, Indiana with unexpected maintenance. I’d like to give those gas company CEO buttwipes some unexpected maintenance. Grump!

  67. Mollypop
    7:21 pm on May 10th, 2011

    Jasper – Mom just paid $4.04 for gas here in Western New York.

    We need Barb and MagPie to tell us about how the speculators influence the gas prices. How does that work?

  68. Melanie
    7:26 pm on May 10th, 2011

    Dawson, I understand. My brain checked out about 4 days ago. I hope it comes back soon.

    “Flashpoint” is a TV series starting in 2008. I think it’s CBS but not sure because we’re watching it on Netflix instant. It’s about a special tactical team that takes all the nasty stuff. We’re not really shoot’m up bang bang series, but this not only has action but the reactions of the team after what is usually a terrible incident. We like that.

    Hi Jasper, you sound up!

  69. Mollypop
    7:28 pm on May 10th, 2011

    Mom remembers Wild Kingdom where Marlin Perkins would say “We’re lowering Jim down to the eagle’s nest while I stay up here and hold the microphone. Oh dear, here comes the mother eagle and she doesn’t look happy.”

    Or poor Jim was in with the crocodiles. We miss them.

  70. Mollypop
    7:41 pm on May 10th, 2011

    We don’t miss the crocodiles, we miss the team of Marlin Perkins and Jim Fowler.

  71. Buddy and T.C.
    7:41 pm on May 10th, 2011

    Melanie, Thanks for that link with the cat photos. Love them! We haven’t gotten on the Eagle site lately, but we will tonite. Those are sure not eaglets any more!

    The Howlers went with Daddy to his doc appt. That is one nasty-looking incision.

  72. Tupper and Gilly
    7:43 pm on May 10th, 2011

    Hi Jasper! Good to hear from you.
    MollyPop – that made us laugh – Poor Jim was always the one in harm’s way. Someone (we think it was Saturday Night Live) used to do hilarious skits about that. Made us laugh, just to remember them.

  73. Melanie
    7:44 pm on May 10th, 2011

    I remember that Jim was always the one in danger. I certainly remember Marlin Perkins’ voice!

  74. B.Stover
    7:44 pm on May 10th, 2011

    Here’s a link to a NYTimes article about ending big oil company tax breaks–one possible reason for the rising cost of gas.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/09/us/politics/09congress.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=oil%20company%20tax%20breaks&st=cse

    Thanks Melanie. I’ll check it out.

  75. BearSpiritDog
    7:55 pm on May 10th, 2011

    Jasper and MollyPop: Gas here in Washington is over $4 a gallon. By how much depends on where you buy it. We heard the price per barrel has gone down so why aren’t we feeling any relief?

    Wild Kingdom: Wasn’t that the program that always came on at supper time? (lol)

    Hi Dawson! We’re on here at the same time for a change! A month is a long time to be gone from home, but know you must be having a good time with family & friends.

  76. LizF
    7:59 pm on May 10th, 2011

    Yay Bernie! We should send him out looking for photoshoppin’ shonksters.

    That young eagle is amazing, they grow so much every day.

  77. Kirby T. Penworthy
    8:07 pm on May 10th, 2011

    Hey, y’all. We’re a little down around here today — just got some bad news. It seems my girl won’t be graduating on Friday after all. She just found out that her March tuition payment was never received, so she was disenrolled from school. Since she wasn’t taking any classes — just doing her student teaching — nobody ever told her. And since she had forgotten to update her address with the university, any letters they sent her went to an old address. She spent several hours with her advisor trying to work things out. Since she still has the stub from her money order, she was able to take it to the post office and they will issue a new money order that she can take to the school tomorrow. They said she’ll get her diploma within a month, so she can still apply for jobs, but it’s too late for her to walk across the stage. She’ll have to wait until August for that. She said she spent the morning crying. I feel like doing the same thing.

  78. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:13 pm on May 10th, 2011

    Justified!….We are trying to catch up on the latest episode of Justified while this damned computer booted up…growl!…It still takes forever even after she deleted a bunch of high memory movies she made of something….sniff! …She should not use that Video thing, it hogs all the memory on my old computer…dammit! …Anyways, looks like Justified is going to end with a twisty turny thingy…heh! …We think Admin would love the music from tonights episode A Lot…snorkel!

  79. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:18 pm on May 10th, 2011

    Kirby!….That is so heartbreaking!…sob!sob!sob!… Please tell your girl she will eventually get the thrill of walking across the stage ( I’m sure someone already has tried to console her with that statement though)…doggonit!…That just sucks big time…sniffle!

  80. Melanie
    8:19 pm on May 10th, 2011

    Oh Kirby T !!! Is your girl okay? What a bummer! Didn’t they know where she was student teaching? ARGGGG!

    I hope she keeps her spirits up.

    Hey Riö, did you see the picture that your friend put up for her boss?

    Umm, not sure if anyone tried to send me a secret decoder message in the last few days, you might want to send it again if I haven’t answered you.

    Don’t ask . . .

    TTFN

  81. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:23 pm on May 10th, 2011

    Goodbye!… My friend says we have to go before the game starts….snort!… Her mother is waiting for us and has already made some burgers…yum!… I hope I get some! So she is packing up again and we are OFF!…gruffle!…At least tonight she will get a good nights sleep..heh!…Unless I huff and puff and want on the bed and then don’t want on the bed all night long…chorkel!

    Snowhook!….I did receive your amazing Surprise!!!!…woooo!….It came out so good! What a great gift, I will treasure it forever and ever!….snuffle!….I love you guys! I just love you guys!…heh!… Thank you so much Whitey and Orion!….Wooooooooo! … Talk to you tomorrow everyone!…snort!snort!

  82. Kirby T. Penworthy
    8:31 pm on May 10th, 2011
  83. Siber-H
    8:48 pm on May 10th, 2011

    Kirby, I’m so sorry about your girl. I wish they could find a way to straighten this out so she could graduate and walk across the stage now.

    The cat hair necklace is ugly. It looks like hairballs. WHAT WERE THEY THINKING???

  84. BearSpiritDog
    8:56 pm on May 10th, 2011

    Kirby! We are so sorry this happened to your girl! I know she is devastated. It doesn’t help knowing she will have to wait another month just to get her diploma and then wait until August to walk across stage. Try to cheer her up as only you can do.

    Liz! We haven’t taked in awhile. I thought of you yesterday when mailing a package to Australia. It always makes me uncomfortable not being able to track First Class Mail packages. Tracking being available only for Priority/Express Mail. So, you just send them out into International Space and hope for the best.

  85. dawson
    9:06 pm on May 10th, 2011

    Kirby T: That is a dirty rotten shame about your girl. Too bad they won’t be flexible in this situation.
    Siber H: I’m with you on that cat jewelry. Yucko. And yet I love felted wool which looks similar. Go figure.
    I’m reading Half Broke Horses, a true-life novel by Jeannette Walls. It’s about her grandmother, a crack rifle shot, wild horse tamer, ranch owner and she is now learning to fly a biplane. I love this book.

  86. B.Stover
    9:11 pm on May 10th, 2011

    Kirby: I think your girl should talk with the chair of her department who could then talk with the dean and provost. She has the stub of the money order showing that she did pay. She should also be getting credit for student teaching. Don’t let her give up this soon.

  87. dawson
    9:18 pm on May 10th, 2011

    Hi BearSpiritDog:
    If I have to pass someone in the night, I’m glad it’s you.

    We had our first really hot (80+ degrees) and humid day here, no wind. Now the sky has that strange yellowish tornado look. But no tornado siren. Oops spoke to soon – there it goes. Thunder is happening and now comes great big drops of rain pouring down. I just told Dad the siren was going off. “Oh”, he said. And turned his talking book back on.
    Yikes! It’s here. In Southwest and Edina. I’m going to hide in the basement. Those old timers can tough it out if they want.

  88. LizF
    9:36 pm on May 10th, 2011

    Hi Bear! I remember the old days when noone could ever trace parcels!! They just got sent.

  89. B.Stover
    9:42 pm on May 10th, 2011

    Good night all.

  90. Barb & Maggie
    9:47 pm on May 10th, 2011

    Sorry to hear about your girl, Kirby. That is so sad for her.

    Barb says her brain has checked out too. Something about getting up 4 times last night, and the answer is NO BABIES!

    Mollypop, not sure about the answer to gas prices. Acording to Econ 101, prices are a result of supply and demand. I know speculators manipulate the market and it’s a big scam, but not sure exactly how it works. Oil prices dropped below 100 per barrel last week, with a drop of almost $10 in one day, so I would think prices would come down as a result.

  91. LizF
    9:49 pm on May 10th, 2011

    Yikes, Dawson!! take care. That’s really scary…

  92. Tupper and Gilly
    9:52 pm on May 10th, 2011

    Dawson – RUNNNNNN!!!
    (or at least hide)

  93. BearSpiritDog
    10:10 pm on May 10th, 2011

    Dawson! That is major scary!!! Get your pops and head for the storm cellar!

  94. Macy the Min-Pin
    10:17 pm on May 10th, 2011

    Don’t forget the Kats!! It’s a twister, it’s a twister!

  95. OleyHowlers
    10:21 pm on May 10th, 2011

    Kirby, We feel terrible for your girl. I hope things turn out o.k. If she was student-teaching, how could they just unenroll her?

    Dawson, please tell us that you are safe.

  96. Siber-H
    10:22 pm on May 10th, 2011

    Sirens are serious!

    Macy, did you get the message from Rebecca earlier in the day…to email her?

  97. OleyHowlers
    10:29 pm on May 10th, 2011

    We have to go to bed now, but we are so worried for Dawson.

  98. Snowhook Bella
    10:30 pm on May 10th, 2011

    Kirby: Sorry to hear about your girl, but I’m hopeful that B is correct.

    Dawson: please check in so we know you’re safe.

    BearSpiritDog: your calendar is on the way as well as your surprise. The post office only had so many shipping envelopes of the right size so not everything was sent on the same day. If you havent recieved it by the end of this week please let me know.

  99. Barb & Maggie
    10:32 pm on May 10th, 2011

    Dawson Be safe!

    Rebecca, we just sent you nother check today. We are excited about getting something in the mail from you!

    We are going to make one last trip to the barn and then sleepy- bye on the sofa. Easier to get up and go outside that way, but not sure how many trips we can do tonight. Tomorrow Barb has to work all day, because her coworker has a field trip with her little girl.

    Good night all.

  100. Tupper and Gilly
    10:41 pm on May 10th, 2011

    Awww – Mama is sending us to bed early tonight, without our cookies. Apparently she took exception to something we were doing with the Kats and some packing tape…..
    Stinkin’ Kats are always getting us in trouble.
    G’night everyone – see ya tomorrow.

  101. Snowhook Bella
    10:41 pm on May 10th, 2011

    Macy: I received your email—thanks. I’ll drop your surprise in the mail tomorrow.

  102. Macy the Min-Pin
    11:08 pm on May 10th, 2011

    Hometown boy makes it through the battle round. Go Patrick!

    The Voice battle rounds!! We here nearly had heart failure waiting for the judges decision. Now we can relax until the live rounds, then EVERYBODY VOTE PATRICK!

  103. Siber-H
    11:09 pm on May 10th, 2011

    I hope Dawson, her parents, and the kats are all safe.

    Night All

  104. BearSpiritDog
    11:10 pm on May 10th, 2011

    Rebecca: (Whispering) Nana here. Thank you so much for letting me know the package is on the way! Bear has been eagerly watching for the mail every day. He was so afraid Whitey had forgotten him. He has turned in for the night, but I will surely let him know the good news in the morning. It will make his day!

  105. BearSpiritDog
    11:19 pm on May 10th, 2011

    Macy: Fill us in on Patrick. Paws crossed here.

    Dawson: We are worried about you, the folks, & kats. Please let us know in the morning that all is well.

    Good Nite from Nana for Bear (who’s already in bed) I’m going to watch the new HP movie which arrived today from Netflix.

  106. dawson
    11:46 pm on May 10th, 2011

    Oh Gosh!
    We are all fine. Except it is still very hot and humid. There was a funnel cloud right over Lake Calhoun. I rode my bike around that lake this morning. Big hail stones. Cool colored sky. The storm headed up north now but possibly more tomorrow. Alice and I were the only ones who hid in the basement. Dad sat at the kitchen table listening to radio reports about the tornado and mom was sleeping and we did not wake her. Abigail was begging for tummies upstairs. So far the only damage (other than hail) was one guy’s roof. The funnels stayed up in the air.

  107. Snowhook Bella
    11:48 pm on May 10th, 2011

    Dawson: You and Alice seem to be the sensibles of the bunch :)

  108. Gus & BooBear
    11:54 pm on May 10th, 2011

    KirbyT., that’s a shame about your girl. Does she at least get credit for her student teaching? We think that if they are giving her that credit, they should allow her to walk. She has proof she paid. Sounds like the school messed up…probably lost the payment.

    Tough week for Mom and Dad. One of the senior kitties here is declining rapidly. Mom has been spending most of her evenings taking care of him and giving him lots of special attention. So she doesn’t get to the blog until very late.

    We just sent in the 2nd payment to Snowhook for Orion’s sponsorship (or whatever they need the money for…we understand if its the transmission thingy) although our poor little donation won’t do much to get the truck running. We keep reading Rio’s updated list of auction items and Mom is going to have a hard time limiting herself. Everything sounds great!

  109. Snowhook Bella
    12:02 am on May 11th, 2011

    Gus & BooBear: There is nothing to say to make the decline of a beloved animal any easier. I feel fortunate to have been able to hold my beloveds as they have passed from this world. I have told them their stories and sung them their songs, and have hurt and felt peace at the same time. You are in my thoughts.

  110. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    12:35 am on May 11th, 2011

    Ve vill be very glad vhen Rio gets the comcast. Is lonely vithout the leetle spugnik. Ve are angry vith the Siber. He is just big playdog…vants to tease hearts of girls. Ve vonder if Vhitey-Lance is more gentleman. VAIT ….vhat are ve talking about?? Ve have mission to think about.
    Glad to hear Dawson is ok. And ve have the respect for Rebecca – ve vould be honored to be von of her doggies….but do not think of putting harness and booties on Natasha! Ve are NOT that kind of dog!
    Good night Plunderers.

  111. Staff
    12:58 am on May 11th, 2011

    Goodness Dawson, you are having an exciting time. One of the other quilters has a daughter that lives north of the cities and she was texting her Mom at Faye’s quilt shop and told her of the bad weather. The Twins had a rain delay because of the storm and huge hail dropped on the tarp.

    Sounds like life at normal at home. I remember Cousin Mike telling us about the tornado in 1982 that went by 3 blocks from our house. Dad was outside looking for it and Mike cowered in the basement. He tried to get them downstairs but they wouldn’t go then either.

    They sure don’t change much do they?

  112. Staff
    1:00 am on May 11th, 2011

    Gus and BooBear,
    Special wishes go out to you during this sad time. I know you can be proud of all you do for your companions but it is hard to remember that when they are going over the Rainbow Bridge.

    Hugs to you all.

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