Aztecs and the Nation Within

Interesting, but bothersome at the end.

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2014/02/140218-aztec-dogs-skeletons-discovery-mexico-archaeology-science/

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111 Responses to “Aztecs and the Nation Within”

  1. Gilly
    10:12 am on February 19th, 2014

    Thanks Spence but not going to read it.

    Morning everyone.

  2. BearSpiritDog
    10:16 am on February 19th, 2014

    Good Morning All!

    The National Geographic article looks to be troublesome indeed. Just Skimming Over the above link to the story has us Backing Away.
    Cowards? Maybe.

    On a Happier Note…Our Min-Pin (‘s Mom)…has arrived in Alaska!

  3. BearSpiritDog
    10:17 am on February 19th, 2014

    Royals: Yep. Great Minds think alike.

  4. Tupper and Gilly
    10:21 am on February 19th, 2014

    Hi Bear!
    Macy’s Mom – hope your first day in Alaska is wonderful!

    We just found out that the dog who won the Westminster Agility is our neighbor! Well, next town neighbor anyway. But we have met them at a dog event before. Pretty cool.

  5. Masquers
    10:36 am on February 19th, 2014

    T&G: Wow! A celebrity neighbor (acquaintance)
    …now that IS kool.
    We understand the painting will be complete today?

  6. Barb & Maggie
    10:42 am on February 19th, 2014

    We have read that many of the early civilizations thought that dogs could lead the way to the next life, so dogs were buried with the person. That begs a question that we don’t want to know the answer to. I think this particular article is about a site that was strictly a dog burial.

    Good morning everyone.

  7. B. Stover
    11:00 am on February 19th, 2014

    It would be interesting to know the answer. Perhaps it was a natural disaster such as flooding.

    Good morning all.

  8. Mollypop's Mom
    11:03 am on February 19th, 2014

    The Plunderer Big East trip is pretty much set. I hope more will join us. Here are the basics:

    Staff and Dawson will get on Amtrak in Minneapolis. Barb will join them in Chicago. Then they come to Buffalo where I pick them up. We tour Niagara Falls and Jay and Tyb will meet us at my hotel for dinner!!! They will stay overnight and we head east the next day. We will visit Melanie, Zoe, Amalia, Leonard over the next two days. Then we come back to Buffalo where they will pick up Amtrak to head home.

    Maybe Kat and her Mom can come stay with us at the Clarion in Massachusetts.

    Come one, come all. Meet up with us anywhere along the way!

  9. Tupper and Gilly
    11:04 am on February 19th, 2014

    Masquers – the painting may almost be done today. However the weather is so damp today that the paint is slow to dry. Maybe will need one more day, but it is really starting to look good.

  10. Tupper and Gilly
    11:07 am on February 19th, 2014

    MPM – another part of the big Plunder Party – on the 13th, we will be going to the airport to pick up a Traveler from Tennessee who will be a part of the gathering.
    Woo Hoo.
    (And we have all paws crossed for visitors from PA too!)

  11. Kat
    11:20 am on February 19th, 2014

    My momma and dad are travelling to Alaska after all. They were not able to get a refund on their airfare, and they can’t afford to lose that much money. Unfortunately, they now must rely on the kindness of others, because their house has been rented! They are only getting a partial refund on that so they are still not entirely happy.
    Mom says that another trip in March is way too many trips for her and for her job and for her money. And I can’t come because that would leave my Mama Meash all alone. I can’t do that to her.
    BooBear, when Momma knows how much $ they are refunding, she and you can figure out how much of that should go back to you for your half of the deposit. The remainder of the money was all mailed in exactly one day prior to Dima’s first tumor bursting. wah

  12. Aj
    11:29 am on February 19th, 2014

    Fortunately snow and twix samples arrived yesterday. Thank you very much.

  13. Diane C.
    11:38 am on February 19th, 2014

    Hmm–I’m skipping the Aztec article, and trying not to be too miffed about a Division Chair who is dropping the ball big time. Sorry for the rant, and I hope those of you travelling stay safe and have a wonderful time.
    I await word about Melanie, Sadie, Josh, the kitchen/lichen, pugs at hard labor, and the current state of the patch design.
    (I feel like Rio right now, or someone else in a VBM).
    Thank you all for being there and providing a glimpse of life as it should be–even with extreme weather.

  14. Herd of Hounds
    11:54 am on February 19th, 2014

    Good morning, everyone! Won’t read the article as mom studied hispanic culture and is afraid of what she’d (re) read. Yeah for OH and yes to MPM…no choo choo but thank dawg for the Wright Bros.
    Have a wiley (not coyote) Wednesday.

  15. Siber-H
    11:55 am on February 19th, 2014

    I read the article. I will say no more.

    Paws crossed for snow and cold temperatures along the Iditarod Trail.

    Macy’s Mom is in Anchorage!!

    Meashka could come stay with me (and Rio and Beau)

  16. Tenzing
    12:00 pm on February 19th, 2014

    Howlers: I’m so excited that you’re coming north to Alaska! I promised my pal Dima that I would show you a good time when you finally did come north to Alaska. If this means sharing one of my five favorite dog pillows so you have a place to rest your tails then that’s what I intend to do.

  17. Wose
    12:01 pm on February 19th, 2014

    Kat, I would volunteer to take care of you and Mama Meash.

  18. c.hobbit
    12:10 pm on February 19th, 2014

    Yeep! More coming to Alaska! Doing my happy dance.

    Yeep! I shoveled 10″ yesterday and there is another 3″ on the ground this morning. Yay. I don’t even mind shoveling as I am hoping it helps the Iditarod trails.

    T&G’s house is going to look spiffier than it already does on the outside. No painting (yet) at the Hobbit Hotel.

    Diane C.: breathe.

    Yeep! Busy day today. Will be back later.

  19. BooBear
    12:13 pm on February 19th, 2014

    Kat, I am so excited that your ‘rents are getting to go to Alaska! Mom is very envious but is very happy this worked out for one of us. No rush on the money back.

    What are the dates for the trip to the east coast, Mollypop’s Mom?

  20. Tupper and Gilly
    12:24 pm on February 19th, 2014

    Pardon us for answering for MPM but the Plunder Party ( east coast division) is March 13 – 15. With an extra day for people from Tennessee.

  21. Masquers
    12:25 pm on February 19th, 2014

    Siber: We here are convinced that if the Hot One showed up on the construction site it would be only to supervise. ^..^
    WoooHooo! The Howlers are going too!

  22. BearSpiritDog
    12:41 pm on February 19th, 2014

    Gah. Nana is Bummed Big Time. She can’t make the trip East in March, either by train or plane, because of a Previous Commitment to visit family in Montana on the 18th. The ticket has already been purchased by her sister…there is no way out.
    Our only consultation is we may still be able to meet up with the O’Howlers next Tuesday. And…Just Maybe…Meet up with Eliot the Massage Cat in Billings?

    We Here understand Diane’s mood this morning, although ours is not quite of the same variety. Tons of things to do and only a short space of time in which to accomplish the tasks.
    So…Later Gators.

  23. dawson
    12:46 pm on February 19th, 2014

    Admin: Interesting but icky.

    Macy’s Mom: Hooray! A Texas gal in Alaska! Bring on the snow!

    O’Howler’s: Yippee! That is a good decision. We will have a great adventure! Dima will be watching over us with a huge smile on his snow covered face.

    There are many things I want to say: Rest for Melanie, calm for Truman, voice lessons for Rio among them…

    But my brain is in a real tizzy as I contemplate my suitcases and this marathon trip from Alaska to the Midwest to Niagara Falls and all the Plunderers I will meet. Yikes! I leave Friday for the first leg of my journey which may include meeting with the newborn son of my nephew who is currently overdue. Hurry baby, hurry hard!

  24. O'Howlers
    12:48 pm on February 19th, 2014

    T&G, is that there PP on a weekend?

  25. O'Howlers
    12:54 pm on February 19th, 2014

    We are sort of excited for the ‘rents. Although, it is a bittersweet trip now, and not the one originally planned back when BooBear’s ‘rents were going along to help them sample wines and beers of The Way Up North, and when Dima was as healthy as an ox, whatever that means. Things have changed Big Time since that beautifully hot August day when wheels were spinning and plans put in place.
    We think the ‘rents may end up sleeping under the stars, Iditarod style! Well you know the saying: “Plunder On!”

  26. dawson
    12:55 pm on February 19th, 2014

    BearSpiritDog: Elliot, the massage cat, moved to Missoula last year.

    DianeC: I hope the ball that got dropped was a Nerf ball and not a bowling ball. The patch that Rio posted last night is our “furever” patch offered by Snowhook Kennels as a fund raiser.

  27. Tupper and Gilly
    12:58 pm on February 19th, 2014

    Howlers – well, the 13th is a Thursday, but the whole gang will be here until Saturday, and Sharon will still be here until Sunday.
    Plus there are two adorable Corgis, two Wrotten Kats and a cuddly Great Pyrenees that will be here all the time.

  28. O'Howlers
    1:10 pm on February 19th, 2014

    Tenzing, we told Mom what you posted, and that made her smile. Please take good care of her. She is fragile right now.

  29. dawson
    1:31 pm on February 19th, 2014

    One of my first thoughts this morning was of those who made reservations to go to Alaska and now weren’t able to go. They planted the Alaska Iditarod seed and it grew into an Alaska Iditarod-bound tree! The original traveler being CHobbit who has now opened the Hobbit Hotel to encourage visitors! The greatest inspiration coming from Wose and Grizzly who traveled from so far away into the unknown which turned out to be a Great Adventure!
    O’Howlers: You two can have my bed at the Hobbit Hotel!

  30. Herd of Hounds
    1:39 pm on February 19th, 2014

    No one will sleep out. Mom has a suite and if need be, the queen sleeper sofa can be put to use!

  31. B. Stover
    1:42 pm on February 19th, 2014

    Diane: I’m laughing at CHarris’ (CHobbit) advice. Yes, breathe! The first article on the “Flapper” was fun. Thank you.

    I hope all of you going to the Iditarod have a wonderful time.

  32. Barb & Maggie
    1:48 pm on February 19th, 2014

    Howlers, We will be arriving on Thursday the 13th, and then will be heading back on Saturday. We have a midnight train to catch in Buffalo that will get us into Chicago Sunday morning. I think it is about 5 hours back to Buffalo, but several of us have trouble with night driving, so we may need to get back before dark.

  33. Mama Meash
    2:21 pm on February 19th, 2014

    Mom says that she is being offered beds at several places and I should stop my worrying. No need for Dawson to give up her bed, and no need for HOH to give up their suite. She is just melancholy for all the reasons we mentioned. But at least now she has something to look forward to. When she returns home, it will be almost Spring!!!
    B&M, Mom was almost maybe going to try a drive up Friday and home Saturday, but if you all are leaving Saturday, it does seem rather lame. It is a very very long drive, after just returning home from Alaska the week before. She is not a very good traveler, so she will need time to settle back down, and to be with us us ! Hopefully, there will be another chance. We don’t want her to leave us at all, let alone to leave the week after returning.

  34. Kat
    2:24 pm on February 19th, 2014

    Not to worry…I just saw Mom re-order a car rental, so there is where she can sleep!!! tee hee !

  35. Masquers
    2:54 pm on February 19th, 2014

    Kat! Tell your mom to check her SDD!

  36. ML
    3:08 pm on February 19th, 2014

    Happy morning from the land of strange time zones. I have had breakfast , a shower and am now lounging on my bed, trying to get up the energy to get dressed.

    Sooooo excited that the o’howlers ‘rents are coming!!!!!!!!!

    Last night was quite the experience for a Texas gal. Blowing snow, can’t see in front of the car, Uncle taking it all in stride.

    IPaw is tiring. Back later

  37. Herd of Hounds
    3:18 pm on February 19th, 2014

    ML: take time to adjust, don’t gat too pooped to pop!

  38. Masquers
    3:31 pm on February 19th, 2014

    ML: You had a very long day yesterday. Relax and enjoy the SNOW.

  39. Redbone Hound
    3:49 pm on February 19th, 2014

    psst – Miz Macy. Ah hear tell that yur mom is out’n town. Sounds like a fine time to be headin off to the submarine races.
    How about Ah come and carry you to a barn dance Fridee night, then we’ll go git us some bar-b-que, and then head on down to the lake shore to see them races.

    Mebbe Siber and Miz Nattie would like to come along too.

  40. dawson
    3:57 pm on February 19th, 2014

    Checkpoints!

    Anchorage – Wose & Grizzly
    Willow – CHobbit
    Yentna – Rescues
    Skwentna – Philip Walters
    Finger Lake – Friend of Snowhook
    Rainy Pass – Kats!
    Rohn – Buddy
    Nikolai – Cherokee
    McGrath – Kirby T Penworthy, MacyMinPin & small dogs
    Takotna – Shiek, Leo & Equines
    Ophir – Brandy
    Cripple – Snort and Yark Rescues
    Ruby – Spencer Quinn
    Galena – Herd of Hounds
    Nulato _ Native American Veterans/Navajo Code Talkers
    Kaltag – Elders
    Unalakleet – BearSpiritDog & Masquers
    Shatoolik – Chet the Jet
    Koyuk- SiberH
    Elim – Wookie and Teddy
    Golovin – Rio and Beau
    White Mountain – For Gus + Dad kicking Cancer to the Curb!
    (from BooBear and Wose)
    Safety – Melanie & Zoe and the Raven & River Bear Newfoundlands
    Nome – Giant and Pixie

    Thanks to all the Plunderers for your support!

  41. Kat
    4:05 pm on February 19th, 2014

    Masquers, Checked and responded!
    Macy!!!! Is it cold? Should Mom still pack all of that Alaska gear that will never fit in one 50-lb suitcase?

    and what is ML ?

    Dawson, are all of the checkponts now named?

  42. dawson
    4:07 pm on February 19th, 2014

    The Rainy Pass Kats! are requesting that I add Dima’s name to their checkpoint, if that is okay with the O’Howlers.

  43. Masquers
    4:10 pm on February 19th, 2014

    Strange weather…the sun, like yesterday’s power, is flickering on and off…in the meantime clouds in the distance are looking suspiciously like snow clouds.
    Dawson: There will be a Iditarod map with all the checkpoints, right?
    Kat: ML is Macy’s Mom (‘s name)

  44. Barb & Maggie
    4:15 pm on February 19th, 2014

    Kat, it is Marylou.

  45. Kat
    4:16 pm on February 19th, 2014

    oh duh. thanks, peeps

  46. dawson
    4:17 pm on February 19th, 2014

    Hmmm.
    Melanie has always added the checkpoints to the Iditarod map, which is far beyond my ability. I do not want to bother her while she is busy resting up for the big fight. Perhaps someone else can do it?
    What I did was go to the Iditarod.com site and printed off the map then penciled in the names.

  47. O'Howlers
    4:18 pm on February 19th, 2014

    Kats, Thank you so much. It would be so wonderful to see Dima’s name on Rainy Pass. sniff
    Let’s hope AJ’s sled makes it thru there o.k. With Dima watching, we know it will.
    sob
    Thanks so so much.

  48. Siber-H
    4:19 pm on February 19th, 2014

    Would it also be possible to add Dima’s name to my checkpoint?

  49. dawson
    4:19 pm on February 19th, 2014

    Kat: Yes all the checkpoints are named although waiting on your ‘rents to agree to the unprecedented request by the Kats!

  50. Siber-H
    4:23 pm on February 19th, 2014

    I’ll donate $50.00 extra bucks to Snowhook if we can also add Dima’a name to my checkpoint.

  51. dawson
    4:24 pm on February 19th, 2014

    Double Dima!
    The Kats! are honored that Dima will be sharing their Rainy Pass checkpoint. Dima’s name will also be added to SiberH’s checkpoint of Koyuk! I know Dima is going to be helping the Snowhook team all along the Iditarod Trail!

  52. Diane C.
    4:28 pm on February 19th, 2014

    B. Stove and CHobbit–Thanks for the advice. Breathing. slightly less miffed after a brief run, and Div. Chair sort of picking up the ball (or perhaps just dribbling while his attention is elsewhere).
    Dawson–I saw the patch and like it, but shouldn’t there be some purple (and perhaps sequins)?

    Thanks for being there, all. I find myself getting excited about the race…

  53. dawson
    4:29 pm on February 19th, 2014

    SiberH: The Kats! will match your donation for the privilege of adding Dima’s name to their checkpoint.

  54. Siber-H
    4:32 pm on February 19th, 2014

    Dawson, Thanks. I will donate my pledge tomorrow online.

    Kats, This was one of your better ideas.

  55. Siber-H
    4:34 pm on February 19th, 2014

    Kats, Thanks for donating!

  56. Masquers
    4:34 pm on February 19th, 2014

    Siber! That is a most generous offer and one, we here think, that cannot be refused.
    The Kats would be most honored to have Dima with us on our checkpoint, but we are sure, being a fellow Siber, he would prefer to be join Siber on his.

  57. dawson
    4:36 pm on February 19th, 2014

    DianeC: That is a patch already produced for Chet the Dog and Snowhook Kennels. I believe what AJ is talking about is making a new patch specific to the Plunderers, who are all us that post on this blog and a few lurkers too.

  58. Masquers
    4:38 pm on February 19th, 2014

    Dawson: Very wise you are to share the checkpoints
    with Dima. The purrfect solution having that brave Husky helping our all along the trail.

  59. BearSpiritDog
    4:43 pm on February 19th, 2014

    We are a little late to post this, but Dima, how would you like to join us at Unalakleet too? Our donation has already been put in the pipeline to Alaska.

  60. Siber-H
    4:43 pm on February 19th, 2014

    Redbone, Natasha is very busy at the Olympics. She can’t possibly go on a date right now but it was very thoughtful of you to think of us.
    After the Olympics, she is headed to Alaska for the Iditarod.

  61. c.hobbit
    4:53 pm on February 19th, 2014

    BREAKING NEWS: radio says that it is to snow five more inches by tomorrow. Not snowing at the moment but the sky certainly looks like a snow dump anytime. Keep those snow dances going–the more the merrier.

    RIO: do you want a break from breaking rocks in the hot sun? I need help shoveling snow. I can arrange for Pancho & Lefty to dognap you. Siber-H will be so distracted from being visited by two famous Iditarod huskies, that he might faint from the excitement and you will be on your way north. Think about it

    I checked out an Anchorage quilt store that my sister recommended. They have 90 bolts of Alaskan fabrics (they apologized because the amount doubles in the summer). There are also a lot of kits and patterns.

    Plunderer patch: A purple circle patch with PLUNDER ON around the perimeter in black or white. In the middle can be a list of YEEP, YARK and MEOW (or HISS to represent the Plunderer cats).

  62. dawson
    5:02 pm on February 19th, 2014

    CHobbit: I like the idea but how about a light purple patch with PLUNDER ON! in dark purple right in the middle. Pure and simple.

  63. BearSpiritDog
    5:05 pm on February 19th, 2014

    (whispering so Siber-H doesn’t get wind of the plans)
    Rio may get to go to ALASKA! I am sooooo excited for him!
    Oops. I said that too loud didn’t I?

  64. dawson
    5:05 pm on February 19th, 2014

    I have to run out to get my taxes.

  65. O'Howlers and T.C.
    5:15 pm on February 19th, 2014

    OMD! Youse guys are awesome. Thank you, KATS and SIBER-H and BEAR!!!! Woo Hoooo! We know Dima is smiling. And talking. Dear Dog, that boy loved to talk. We cannot imagine all the stories he is telling at the bridge, but we are sure there are some who have heard each story several times by now.

    Buddy loved Dima, so will also donate an extra $50 to add Dima to Buddy’s Rohn checkpoint!

  66. BearSpiritDog
    5:17 pm on February 19th, 2014

    Dima! You’re the Dog!

  67. Tupper's Mama
    5:17 pm on February 19th, 2014

    Dawson – we like your simple purple and purple Plunder On patch.

    The painters have left for the day. The rooms are looking lovely, but still have another day to go.

    Tupper looks lovely with her patch of “Sunfish” paint on the side of her face. sigh…..

    Now I have to go try to figure out how to put dinner together in a kitchen that isn’t. The plans for going out for dinner fell through with the falling of multiple layers of ice.

    Have we mentioned that we hate winter?

  68. Herd of Hounds
    5:30 pm on February 19th, 2014

    Can you say, “Passionate Purple Plunderers” 3 times?

  69. Tupper's Mama
    6:32 pm on February 19th, 2014

    HOH – at this point we are having a hard time saying “boo” three times.

  70. BearSpiritDog
    6:33 pm on February 19th, 2014

    Dear Royal Mum: You all have my most Sincere Sympathies.
    Everybody knows the Kitchen is the Most Important Room in the house.

  71. B. Stover
    6:43 pm on February 19th, 2014

    I like Dawson’s idea of the simple purple patch.

  72. ML
    6:53 pm on February 19th, 2014

    Hi all. Regarding packing for Alaska, what I have found in my 15 hours of experience is that for those of you from the cold climes, it should not be too much different from home. Of course, the wind has not been blowing yet. I tried out my boots and wool socks. AOK.

    We went for a drive and saw all the places where you can see Mt. McKinley, if it were not for the clouds. The mountains are so pretty and the spruce trees are all frosted in snow.

    Nap time.

  73. Barb & Maggie
    6:58 pm on February 19th, 2014

    T & G’s Mama, Are there any places nearby that deliver? Pizza? Chinese? Anything would be better than cooking!

  74. Tupper's Mama
    7:02 pm on February 19th, 2014

    Well, we have done Chinese, and pizza, and fried chicken. We have done sandwiches and decadent bakery muffins.

    Right now, I would just love a big bowl of homemade soup and some oven fresh biscuits.

    ML – we are so very happy for you. Have an incredible, indelible, memorable time.

  75. c.hobbit
    7:04 pm on February 19th, 2014

    I bought a 12-case of Alaskan beer that includes 4 different beers. My sister knows I don’t drink beer and she has volunteered to drink what the Plunderers don’t [she is making us lasagna one night].

    Later.

  76. Herd of Hounds
    7:06 pm on February 19th, 2014

    Don’t tell Dawson BUT, mom has been L.L.Bean’s best customer for the last 6 months. one item each month so few vintage items :)

  77. O'Howlers
    7:41 pm on February 19th, 2014

    Alaskan beer! Yay!!!
    Also please tell Mr. Staff that Mom and Pop will be accompanying him on beer tasting and NOT quilt shopping. Sorry, Staff.
    Mom and Pop like lasagna, but please don’t go out of the way for them. Their hope is to try every seafood restaurant in Anchorage and/or Wasilla.

  78. Tupper and Gilly
    7:47 pm on February 19th, 2014

    Mama wants a King Crab!

    Or two or three or four….

  79. dawson
    7:47 pm on February 19th, 2014

    I’m in for the seafood!

    O’Howler’s: Dima’s name will also be added to BearSpiritDog?Masquer’s checkpoint and Buddy’s checkpoint.

  80. Herd of Hounds
    7:48 pm on February 19th, 2014

    OH: Sounds like I may attach the Old Fart to youse for a bit…beer, seafood and Mr. Staff’s music! Actually friends of ours from near Albany, NY were in Anchorage this past summer and said cultural things were fantastic.

  81. O'Howlers
    8:02 pm on February 19th, 2014

    Beer, seafood, music, and sleddogs…we are afraid our mom and pop will never come home.

  82. Wose
    8:16 pm on February 19th, 2014

    I like Dawson’s patch idea. Plain and simple.
    OHs: Very excited that the ‘rents are headed north to Alaska!

    All Plunderers going to the big race take your Airborne, safe travels, and have fun!!!!

    Rio and Beau must still be breaking rocks in the hot sun. heh

  83. Masquers
    8:48 pm on February 19th, 2014

    With Dima’s watchful eye, it looks like we have the trail covered.

  84. dawson
    8:51 pm on February 19th, 2014

    Rio may be bummed at having to do hard labor but think how ripped his body will be when he is released. I do hope that happens before the Iditarod starts.

    Overwhelmed!
    The man who lives here is so happy to see me leave that he has presented me with an ipad to take on my trip. I need lessons in how to use it.

    HOH: I did buy some snow pants from L.L.Legume but after paying the customs charges I will not be ordering from them again. However, I do love the pants and they will be great if I decide to become an Olympic snowboarder.

  85. Herd of Hounds
    8:58 pm on February 19th, 2014

    Dawson: so sorry about the tax/import thing. we have had goos luck with out shiitke.

  86. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:06 pm on February 19th, 2014

    Home!….Home at last!…grunt!… My friend allowed me and Beau back in the basement where the OLD OLD computer is now running…snort!…We are all afraid it will blow-up any minute, but it is the only thing I have….sob!sob!sob!….My friend found out today that the Hard-Drive on the not-even-2-year-old laptop is shot to hell…sob!sob!sob!… She is debating about paying for a data recovery. This would only cost her if the data is actually recovered….sniff!….There are almost 2 years worth of photos of one-of-a-kind Projects and lots of Plunderer stuff plus you-name it, I saved it…wheeze!…No one is very happy right now…sniffle!

    Advice!…What should my friend invest in? An Ipaw or a Mac….or what? She has had it up to here with D-E-L-L…sniff!

  87. bluecat
    9:13 pm on February 19th, 2014

    You guys will have so much fun in Alaska. I keep telling everyone it’s a magical place. The Alaskan beer is good.

    ML – glad you got there safely. Enjoy, and thanks for posting! Keep ’em coming, please.

    Dawson – you can post on your new ipad, too. Yay. We’ll be waiting for pictures, too.

    ‘Night all. It’s been a long day, but the snow’s melting, finally.
    xoxoxo

  88. dawson
    9:14 pm on February 19th, 2014

    Welcome back Rio!

    I say ipaw! I’ve already been otter corked. “Chat the Dog!”

  89. Tupper and Gilly
    9:18 pm on February 19th, 2014

    Oh dear Rio – so sorry to hear this.

    We know that most of the computer savvy folks on this here blog promote Macs, but there may be some extra training involved in learning that system.

    We are tired of hearing the ice pelting down outside – headed for bed and a good book. G’night everyone.

  90. Herd of Hounds
    9:19 pm on February 19th, 2014

    Can’t figure why mom’s otter cork doesn’t do dumb things! Love our I Paw!

  91. Barb & Maggie
    9:19 pm on February 19th, 2014

    Dawson, When you say the pants will be great if you become an Olympic snowboarder, do you mean because they are warm, or are you referring to those oversized pants that keep falling off?

    We are saying good night. Will watch some Olympics and then head to bed. Wonder if we will make it to the women ice dancers.

  92. Herd of Hounds
    9:21 pm on February 19th, 2014

    T&G’s Mama, Mac is no dumber than learning English. Much easier than PC. Tricks are in copying and saving fotos. (Mom thinks)

  93. BearSpiritDog
    9:23 pm on February 19th, 2014

    Dawson: You Lucky Dawg! A New iPaw for the trip!
    Tutoring will be needed. Nana is still trying to figure out all the bells & whistles on her new up-graded Smart Phone.
    What they don’t tell you when you order it is that it takes a Smart Person to operate all the new technology.
    But then, I speak for her only; it’s not everyone that has problems right off the get-go opening the bulletproof case.

  94. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:25 pm on February 19th, 2014

    HoHo!….You were probabably smart enough to TURN OFF THE AUTO-CORRECT…grunt!….Awww…. It is good to be back, albeit tenatively…sneeze!

  95. Herd of Hounds
    9:28 pm on February 19th, 2014

    Rio, but mom doesn’t have a smart fone…it is an old “brick” and as dumb as she is. BUT, she has always been an apple person.

  96. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:29 pm on February 19th, 2014

    Tip!….Never ever walk around with your lap-top…sniff!…Never ever move it while it is “On”…sniff!…With this old lap-top it was never moved because it is so Heavy…snort!…The new lap-top which is crap now but was very light, was carried upstairs all the time and moved around all the time when it was on…wheeze!…This is very very very bad for lap-tops in general…just so youse know…grunt!

  97. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:31 pm on February 19th, 2014

    HoHO!…I am not talking about fones for dawgs sake…grunt!…I thought you said your auto-correct does not do dumb things on your Ipaw…sniff!

  98. Herd of Hounds
    9:40 pm on February 19th, 2014

    I Paw doesn’t, but don’t have smart fone either.
    P.S. Have missed being picked on by you :

  99. Masquers
    9:49 pm on February 19th, 2014

    Riö: Paws crossed that that old computer, at the very least, makes it through the Iditarod. It is good to hear you & Beau were released at this crucial time, but we bet Siber was sorry to see youse leave right in the middle of his big construction project.

  100. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:49 pm on February 19th, 2014

    HoHo!…You make it so damned easy…heh!

    One!…So one Plunderer has arrived in Alaska, many more to go…snort!…Maskers – I hope you have all the tracking info in paw…sniff!…This could get tricky when everyone is in the air at the same time…wheeze!

  101. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:07 pm on February 19th, 2014

    Maskers!…SiberH does not know we have left…heh!heh!…He thinks those two round rocks are us out there still digging…wheeze!…I left a stink bomb there to keep the pug ‘effect going…heh!

  102. dawson
    10:14 pm on February 19th, 2014

    Barb&Maggie: These new snowpants are high tech. All the bells and whistles. The learning curve on operating them is not as bad as the ipaw, though.

    I’m looking forward to blaming all my mistakes on the ipaw!

    T&G: Good night. Looking forward to some pictures of the paint job tomorrow.

    Melanie: I hope you had a restful day.

    Wow! The Latvian goalie was amazing but Canada managed to win the hockey game, 2 to 1.

  103. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:22 pm on February 19th, 2014

    Canada!…Those Canadian women managed to take the Gold away from our Bob Sledders too…sniff!sneeze!bugger!

  104. Herd of Hounds
    10:23 pm on February 19th, 2014

    And speaking of Melanie…hope the McRib is McMending and you have been enjoying the visit from the McSon and soon to be McDil. Give McMac and McMattie a big hey. And thank Zoe from keeping us in the loop when you were incapacitated.

  105. Masquers
    10:30 pm on February 19th, 2014

    Riö: Never fear…the Iditarod bound Plunderer flight tracking system is well under paw here. The first northbound flight yesterday was the big test run and everything went smoothly.
    My dear Dawson, how will all those bulky items plus the new iPaw fit in your luggage? Is it the 10 inch or the smaller one?

  106. dawson
    10:40 pm on February 19th, 2014

    Masquers: I usually wear 2 or 3 outfits on the plane so I don’t have to pack them. Heh, heh.
    The ipaw is 9.4 x 6.6 inches big and 0.29 inches thick. It weighs much less than the netbook I used to carry.

  107. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:51 pm on February 19th, 2014

    Dawson!…snort!

  108. Staff
    1:16 am on February 20th, 2014

    Bear Spirit, Elliot the Massage kat has moved to Missoula. He and the Catty Librarian are now working at the Missoula Public Library. But while you are in Billings check out the brand new public library. It just opened about a month ago and the Catty Librarian had some work in the planning end of it. She is really proud of it.

  109. ML
    1:17 am on February 20th, 2014

    The iPaw went in my carryon and was very much enjoyed on the 6 hour leg of the trip. I used space bags for my bulky items which made for more room in the case. I brought too many clothes, period.

    Afternoon nap spilled over into evening and I missed rick’s good night call. The time change is still messing with me.

    Nightly noodles.

  110. C.hobbit
    3:45 am on February 20th, 2014

    Just got in from shoveling 4″ of snow and it is still falling. Yeep! At least it is the light, fluffy stuff rather than the heavy, wet stuff I had been shoveling

  111. Thieves!
    8:01 am on February 20th, 2014

    Our lady is at the airport. This is her second to last trip to the top of the world before the race and quite possible for much longer. We can’t wait until she is at home to stay with us, us, us.

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