After that I trotted over to Bernie as I always do with a freshly-caught Frisbee. Only … only a trash can lid is not a Frisbee, and Bernie was not waiting to take it, a happy smile on his face, but was turned the other way, trying to haul the big dude off the tiny one. The big dude didn’t like that. He jumped to his feet, drew back his fist, got ready to launch an enormous roundhouse punch.

Oh, dear. That was my thought at the moment. Not “oh, dear” on account of Bernie being in trouble and there I was, his partner, standing by with a trash can lid in my mouth – although let me point out that I quickly dropped the trash can lid and got right back to looking like a total pro. But my “oh, dear” was more about disappointment at the big guy’s technique. An enormous windup like his meant the fight was already over.

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7 Responses to “Action!”

  1. B. Stover
    10:00 am on October 15th, 2021

    A trash can lid is also much heavier that a Frisbee.

    Good day to all.

  2. Wose-The Small and Meek
    3:02 pm on October 15th, 2021


    A trash can lid? Really Chet?!? Egads!

    Good BooBear day to all!

  3. Hobbit
    3:41 pm on October 15th, 2021

    Oh dear, the new book might slow down my unpacking, it might even bring it to a screeching halt.
    Snow yesterday and today. Right on schedule for Halloween and children’s costumes covered by winter gear.

    Author Gary Paulson has died. He had great success as a YA author. Probably his most famous book was “Hatchet.” He ran the Iditarod 3 times. I think our Snowbella worked in his dog yard way back when. Reading about his life, I don’t think I would have liked him in real life. I don’t know.

  4. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    9:26 pm on October 15th, 2021

    Hobbit!….My friend puts away Gary Paulson TF books very often…snort!…It’s usually “Hatchet”, which we here have never read….guffle!

    Holocaust!…Are there really people who claim this terrible, horrible event never happened?…gasp!!…Why the libraries are full of books with photos and autobiographies of the people who died and those who survived…weep!…What can they gain by denying the truth?…sniff!snuffle!…I’m beside myself pondering this….

  5. mlaiuppa
    10:33 pm on October 15th, 2021

    Oh, I am so sad to hear that Gary Paulsen has died. I’ve just bought more of his dog books. He had such a wonderful way with words, painting pictures with them you could feel the wind and smell the forest. I just bought WinterDance, about how he had to give up mushing. He truly loved dogs, all of his dogs, although he did have more than one “forever dog”.

    Hatchet is a series as there are more with the same character.

    I have a love/hate with “My Life in Dog Years”, the same reason I have with Farley Mowat’s The Dog Who Wouldn’t Be. After getting to know these wonderful lives in print, the ends are so abrupt. While some of Paulsen’s are a joy, there are a few that are,…. cut short. It’s why I hate Sharon Creech’s Love That Dog and detest Stone Fox (horrible horrible book).

    Yes, Río. There are people that deny the Holocaust ever happened and have all sorts of whacko conspiracy theory tin foil beanie ways to “prove” it is all fake history. How can they with libraries full of proof? Well, there are the flat earthers and those that think the moon landing was faked on a Hollywood sound stage. There is no accounting for the batshit crazy things that people will and won’t believe.

    This is why I, a a retired teacher librarian, have always advocated for either the abolition of school boards or for kicking the amateurs off and having schools run by board of actual EDUCATORS. The concept of the school board is outdated anyway. It was started when there were a shortage of teachers and often a teacher would be a graduate of a previous year that only taught until she got married, which of course meant automatic “retirement.” Since these young women with limited training couldn’t be expect to choose curriculum or handle a school budget, the local business men-folk had to make all of the decisions. Even as teaching became a career and teachers regularly attain master’s degrees in their field, they have never been trusted to make decisions regarding curriculum, budgets, etc. Apparently the local real estate agent and used car dealership owner know more about textbooks and classroom management. Why trust that to a trained professional when a housewife and ambitious local politician looking to work their way up to city council, then state legislator and put in their oar and mandate what and how a teacher can do their job.

    Don’t get me started on how schools are funded. (Also archaic and outdated.)

  6. BooBear’s Mom
    11:11 pm on October 15th, 2021

    Mlaiuppa! I may have to use that post and send it to the paper’s opinion section. We really have some idiots here in Texas who have all drunk the cool aide!

  7. mlaiuppa
    5:34 am on October 16th, 2021

    BooBear’s Mom. Be my guest. You have my permission. That is the PG version.

    Schools were designed to provide just enough education for an assembly line factory worker. The bare minimum as cheaply as possible. This is the model that continues to this day even though now the requirements are different. We are trying to provide the requirements of a 21st education with a 19th century model.

    And the funding? Could you feed yourself or a child for $1.25? That is what is allocated for a school lunch. I’ll skip the local funding based on property taxes. Federal funding is based on the number of children in attendance, which is why schools are so aggressive about unexcused absences. They don’t get paid unless they are excused absences. School enrollment isn’t based on who shows up. The Feds only pay for how many of those census cards are returned every year. So schools have to pay for all of the students based on how many cards they get so there is always a shortfall. Especially for students with special needs. And there are all sorts of reasons parents don’t return census cards. Considering how many refuse to wear masks or get vaccinated you can imagine how many aren’t going to return them now.

    It takes about 10 years to get a textbook approval by a state board to make the approved textbook list so they can be purchased for use in a classroom. That means by the time a book is approved it is already outdated. When I retired textbooks ran about $50-$80 each. In California there is a law that you cannot deny a child a textbook, no matter how many times they have lost one nor how much money they owe for textbooks and library books they have lost. More than once we have had a kid “lose” a textbook only to sell it on ebay.

    Don’t get me started on poverty. (You’ll never solve the education gap until you solve the poverty gap. Also, for every $1 you spend on education you can save $3 on the penal system.)

    — 37 years of professional development and a MLIS.

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