Beginnings (5): ?

“We’ve had four straight days of beginnings,” Admin says. “Do you know that expression – enough already?”

“But today I was going to give them a sneak – ” Spence begins.

“Forget it! And anyway, which beginning were you going to do – A Fistful of Collars or the e-story, A Cat Was Involved?”

“That’s what I wanted to discuss.”

“Another time,” Admin says, picking up his tennis racket and starting to look for the balls. The balls? Uh-oh.


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191 Responses to “Beginnings (5): ?”

  1. dawson
    8:48 am on May 25th, 2012

    No comment.

  2. B.Stover
    8:51 am on May 25th, 2012

    I hope Admin has a lousy game of tennis today.

    Good morning all.

  3. Melanie
    8:52 am on May 25th, 2012

    CHET! Steel the tennis balls. Right now! Go!

  4. Melanie
    8:55 am on May 25th, 2012

    Sooo, I see it’s still early as I believe that Admin plays with “steel” tennis balls. This could be the reason why he does not have a good game.


    It could be that I hate auto check!!!!! Which just switched autocheck on me!


  5. Rose
    8:56 am on May 25th, 2012

    A pox on you, Admin!!!!!

    And to the rest of you, a very good morning!

  6. dawson
    9:06 am on May 25th, 2012

    (whispering) Good dog Chet!

  7. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    9:18 am on May 25th, 2012

    No comment either.

  8. Masquers
    9:28 am on May 25th, 2012

    It’s up to me to report in this morning, as Bear is off going through file cabinets, drawers and papers. He is trying to determine when and where his first post might have been.
    Rose: You have been spotted around 3 March 2011 (not a first post) Bear thinks he dropped by in late February. Both he and the O. Howlers are already posting on the 1st of March.
    Liz was on the blog frequently back then and so was Mollie ABP… neither of whom have been heard from of late.

    Admin: Spoil Sport! We were looking forward to a tiny sampling from the e-book or perhaps a FOC.

    Fab day here by the way…birds up at 4:30…sun coming up through the trees now. It looks like a nice Memorial Day weekend.

  9. Melanie
    9:34 am on May 25th, 2012

    Just watched a music video that has Newfoundland dogs in it. Have no idea what the guy is singing, but appears that the Newf is lost, the guy is looking for him, Newf finds beautiful lady, Beautiful lady falls in love with Newf, Newf leads her back to beautiful man. Lady and man fall in love.

    Hmmm, that’s never happened here. Most guys just take one look at the drool and THEY ARE OUT OF HERE!

  10. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:47 am on May 25th, 2012

    Jipped!…Just as I suspected he would…snort!

  11. Barb & Maggie
    9:59 am on May 25th, 2012

    Oh, we were so close! Go get those steel balls, Chet. Maybe Admin will drop one on his foot. That was not nice, sorry!

    Did we ever hear why Zoe is heading to NYC? Is she going to visit YSAS?

    Lovely day here after all that wind yesterday. No rain, unfortunately. Got lots of sticks to pick up, shingles to buy tomorrow.

  12. Rose
    10:06 am on May 25th, 2012

    Masquers, thanks for the lead. I’ll have to do some research.

  13. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    10:06 am on May 25th, 2012

    Geez. Melanie, I can’t think of anything more romantic than a glob of Newf drool, unless it is of course, a wad of golden retriever hair.

    Good morning everyone. Hot a humid in the Nation’s capitol, not my favorite by any means. Mom’s off getting her sewing machine repaired and dad, grandpa and I are covering the home front (but dad is still doing his busy place stuff from home).

    Just saw the news about the two forest fires in southwestern NM merging into a single mammoth blaze. Although still quite distant from the Albuquerque area, SiberH please be careful. And you too Rio, I saw earlier that the Colorado fires were close to Greeley.

    As to our beginnings on the blog, mom actually started before me. I think she may have been one of the first five or six posters on the blog, probably as early as March or April of 2009, and I followed a bit after that, probably sometime in the early summer. It was a whole lot different then, with only a few posts per day and little interaction. But that started to change, particularly after the arrival of a certain pug. As they say, sometimes it takes a village, or maybe a pug in a village to get the family spirit going. In any event, it is a great place now, Admin’s perturbations notwithstanding. (I think that could be the word for the day.)


  14. Barb & Maggie
    10:11 am on May 25th, 2012

    Pertubation, the act of perturbing. That fits Admin. to a tee, or a tea, whatever.

  15. Masquers
    10:16 am on May 25th, 2012

    Wookie: Word of the day! Didn’t y’all have that at one time? It sounds like fun! Perturbation a puurfect word for the day.

  16. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:17 am on May 25th, 2012

    Per-turd-bation!…I like it!…heh!…Wookie, thanks for pinpointing my location…grunt!

  17. OleyHowlers
    10:27 am on May 25th, 2012

    Nothing to DISScuss here.

  18. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:30 am on May 25th, 2012

    Oley!…Good idea…sniff!

  19. Staff
    10:41 am on May 25th, 2012


    Drat that Admin.

    We better get two more firsts or the quilt will start shooting lazer beams out the secret parts of the quilt. All Alice has to do is press one little red button.


  20. c.hobbit
    10:48 am on May 25th, 2012

    Another new beginning would have been a perfect retirement gift for my “new beginning.” Drat {{{sigh}}} Off to my final 2.5-3.0 hours at school.

  21. Siber-H
    10:51 am on May 25th, 2012

    Aww Spence will sooner or later give us a sample of the new book. In the meantime, he can listen to us moan and groan.
    Admin, I’m sorry about the tennis balls, tee hee.

    As Wookie already said, BIG wildfire in the southwestern part of the state. The smoke from it arrived as predicted on schedule this morning in my area. It isn’t as bad as last year. Nothing could be as bad as last year. It does smell like a campfire, which is tolerable so far.

  22. Rose
    10:54 am on May 25th, 2012

    SiberH and Rio, stay safe. Thinking of you here in Westchester.

  23. Siber-H
    10:56 am on May 25th, 2012

    I think the first conversation Rose had on the blog with a dog was with me. We talked about SNOW. A very intelligent conversation, I might add.

    CHarris, Happy Retirement Day!

  24. B.Stover
    11:08 am on May 25th, 2012

    Did you know that there is a “perturbation theory” which involves quantum mechanics…and math…so I don’t understand it at all.

  25. Riö – The Evil Pug
    11:09 am on May 25th, 2012

    CHobbit!…Go kick some ankles on your last day!…Wooooo!

  26. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    11:14 am on May 25th, 2012

    B — I don’t think we want to dare raise quantum mechanics with Admin or SQ — it could turn into another tin futures fiasco. Just thinking . . . Wookie

  27. Rose
    11:15 am on May 25th, 2012

    CHobbitt, may your retirement bring you many relaxing days and much happiness.

    I knew there was a reason I had a special place in my heart for you, SiberH….

  28. Rose
    11:17 am on May 25th, 2012

    Yes, SiberH, we had a conversation about snow on January 7, 2011.

  29. B.Stover
    11:17 am on May 25th, 2012

    Wookie: You’re right. (Gulp!!)

    I think Alice should press that little red button

  30. Siber-H
    11:28 am on May 25th, 2012

    Another vote for Alice pressing that litle red button. Alice, your mission is a GO.

    Very good, Rose. You found it!

  31. Melanie
    11:33 am on May 25th, 2012

    I vote for the lasers. GO ALICE!

    Just came back from paying for 2 cubic yards of top soil and compost mix. I took a screen grab of our area and house so the delivery guys could find us. This started a long conversation on Hurricane Irene and the flooding. We had to compare stories. His stream was not as exciting as our was!

  32. B.Stover
    11:34 am on May 25th, 2012

    And Admin should be ashamed for spoiling C.Harris/Hobbit’s retirement gift.

  33. Melanie
    11:55 am on May 25th, 2012

    So having an inquiring mind I started searching for when I started posting. The furthest back I have gotten is April 3, 2009. I would look back further but I must needs do some work.

  34. Melanie
    11:56 am on May 25th, 2012
  35. Barb & Maggie
    12:22 pm on May 25th, 2012

    Happy last day, C Harris.

    Melanie, What does 2 cu. yards of top soil look like?

    Glad to report that garden survived yesterday’s wind storm. Plants look better than the garage roof does.

    Siber, I think Natasha has backed off.

  36. Siber-H
    12:27 pm on May 25th, 2012

    Maggie, I wish I had your optimism.

    Rio? What time does the store open tomorrow, our time?
    I had a very scary week so don’t yeep at me for not remembering.

  37. Mollypop's Mom
    12:28 pm on May 25th, 2012

    Melanie – The past blog entries get messed up. The one you refer to is actually July 24, 2009. It says that at the end of the post and also on the comments.

  38. Barb & Maggie
    12:35 pm on May 25th, 2012

    Here is a cute card that Barb received in the mail. Any Corgi lovers out there?

  39. Melanie
    12:44 pm on May 25th, 2012

    Bummer, will have to read the WHOLE thing.

    Barb and MagPie. I have no idea what this will look like, I will take a picture.


  40. B.Stover
    12:58 pm on May 25th, 2012

    I think my first post was March 8, 2009 and I asked what happened at the vet’s. (Bernie had to take Chet to the vet’s and he was worried.) He left us hanging. On March 11, Chet began the post by saying he’d try to remember what had happened at the vet’s. (He didn’t because he became distracted.) On December 10, 2009, I won a copy of THAT by answering a quiz question correctly. It was something one had to guess because it was about what happened in Mexico to Bernie–from THAT. (I received the copy before it came out in bookstores. Heh!)

  41. Snowhook Bella
    1:02 pm on May 25th, 2012

    Tease! For shame, Admin, for shame. Do you think something is wrong the the mind control device?

    CHH: wishing a wonderful 2.5-3 hours! Now we just need to find and arch for you to touch when you’re lifted in the air a la Annabelle.

    Rose: I always thought you came to this here blog shortly after me. That means I was the new kid for a lot longer than I thought.

    SiberH: you beat me to it. I was going to post a reminder today. The MMSB opens tomorrow morning at 8 am my time, 10 am for you and noon for our friends on the east coast.

  42. Siber-H
    1:16 pm on May 25th, 2012

    Rebecca, Thank You!

  43. Melanie
    1:19 pm on May 25th, 2012

    If you google ( “Chet The Dog” Archives June 2009 ) you will see my first post! June 19th 2009. I was nervous. I had been lurking but I took the dive!

    Before me were C.Harris and B.Stover (I think they have been here forever), Wöökie’s mom, LizF, Siber-H (under a different name) and MollyPop. Totally cool.

    I recognized some of the names we don’t see anymore. Ivy really rings a bell.

  44. BearSpiritDog
    1:20 pm on May 25th, 2012

    Wow, Rose! You were on the blog way before us.
    Bear announced his arrival on February 27, 2011, but was lurking way before then.

    Barb&Magpie: That’s a cute card!

    CHarris: WoooooHooooo!!!
    May your Retirement be bright.
    No more regular job after tonight.
    Now you get to Choose what you want to do.

    MollysMom: I wonder why some posts get rearranged. Also, have been meaning to ask you…once off the first page we lose the post marker when refreshing…is there any way to avoid this? (small glitch, but annoying)

    SnowBella: Don’t forget! the West Coast – 9 am

  45. Mollypop's Mom
    1:29 pm on May 25th, 2012

    Here’s a faster way to go back in the blog. Go to chetthedog but don’t open the comments. Go to the bottom of the screen where it says ‘next page’ and click on that. Then you will see up top in the URL that it says page 2. Put your cursor on the 2 and change it to another number, like 100. Hit enter and that will take you back 100 pages.

  46. Riö – The Evil Pug
    1:32 pm on May 25th, 2012

    Parteee!…Is anyone going to pick me up and take me to the parteee tonight?…wuffle!…We are having a retirement parteee are we not?…sniff!

  47. Masquers
    1:39 pm on May 25th, 2012

    Rio! If I can get out of this entanglement!

  48. Snowhook Bella
    1:47 pm on May 25th, 2012

    Rio: I can pick you up on my new-to-me car I you like.

  49. Siber-H
    1:48 pm on May 25th, 2012

    Masquers has already started partying by the looks of it.

    Didn’t Chet begin this blog in Jan. 2008?

  50. BearSpiritDog
    1:51 pm on May 25th, 2012

    MollyPop’s Mom: Thanks for the tip…better than My method of Trial & Error…mostly error.

    Siber-H: I think someone mentioned Inauguration Day 2009 was the first post.

  51. Siber-H
    2:01 pm on May 25th, 2012

    Bear, You are right. I only missed it by year.

    We are having this party at CHarris’s house, aren’t we…above the Arctic Circle?

  52. BearSpiritDog
    2:12 pm on May 25th, 2012

    Siber-H: Heh! You wish.
    Inauguration Day. That was THE Beginning of it all. I guess it will have to do for today. sob.

  53. B.Stover
    2:20 pm on May 25th, 2012

    Masquers: That’s funny!

    I’ve been having fun with the word “lousy,” which, of course, literally means “filled with lice.” I thought that it would have come from the trenches of World War I but Chaucer uses it in The Canterbury Tales (line 1467: “A lousy juggler can deceive you”–lousy meaning “contemptible”). The slang sense of being full of something (“The town is lousy with tourists”) is American.

  54. B.Stover
    2:25 pm on May 25th, 2012

    Melanie: I remember Ivy. There was also Diane and her daughter Rebecca Rice.

    I have to look up “string theory.”

  55. Riö – The Evil Pug
    2:29 pm on May 25th, 2012

    Memories!…I remember Diane and Rebecca, the other Rebecca, sort of…snort!

  56. Melanie
    2:31 pm on May 25th, 2012

    McKey was in a play called “String Theory”. He was good.

    Party? Cool. I can’t stay too late because I have to wake up at 5:30 to get Zoe to the train station. Did I ever say why she was going? I thought I did but in this mind that doesn’t mean much.

    Resting with a heating pad.

    Hmm, it helps to hit the submit button. . .

  57. Riö – The Evil Pug
    2:38 pm on May 25th, 2012

    Zoe!…Melanie, you still haven’t said why she is going to NYC…grunt!

  58. Riö – The Evil Pug
    2:40 pm on May 25th, 2012

    Whoa!…I thought that Dawg Works video was a fake until the very end…snort!

  59. B.Stover
    2:41 pm on May 25th, 2012

    Melanie: You didn’t tell us why Zoe is going to NY.

    String theory: Many physicists believe that it describes the universe and is a “theory of everything” (TOE). It is a way of reconciling quantum mechanics and general relativity. (I think I’m getting a headache.)

  60. BearSpiritDog
    2:45 pm on May 25th, 2012

    Back in Time! This has all been so interesting I decided to continue my travels back into the Past. This time on Snowhook’s Blog to relive The Saga of Whitey-Lance…another Beginning…this time for SnowHook and the Plunderers.

    Yes, Melanie, you still have not told us. sniff.

    B: That kat really does look like our friend!

  61. Barb & Maggie
    3:00 pm on May 25th, 2012

    Cosmo was also posting when we started. Mollie ABP, too.

  62. BearSpiritDog
    3:21 pm on May 25th, 2012

    Barb&Magpie: I remember Mollie. Wonder what happened to her?

  63. Siber-H
    3:23 pm on May 25th, 2012

    I miss Mollie. She gave us all those wonderful photos of the Giants in San Francisco.

  64. Barb & Maggie
    3:25 pm on May 25th, 2012

    We searched the way MPM recommended and found an entry from us Feb. 15, 2010. I think that was close to the beginning for us.

    Bear, Wasn’t ABP from somewhere just north of San Francisco?

  65. BearSpiritDog
    3:30 pm on May 25th, 2012

    Barb&Magpie: I can’t recall for certain. It was someplace in Northern CA.
    It’s sad. Makes you wonder where they all are, doesn’t it?

  66. dawson
    3:44 pm on May 25th, 2012

    Hurrah for CHobbitHarris! Almost over the Hump! Hip hip hurrah! Your students will miss you but now it’s your time.

    I don’t seem to get to previous posts anyway except accidentally.

    I remember Rebecca. She had a dog named Wojo, I believe.

  67. Melanie
    4:03 pm on May 25th, 2012

    Mollie occasionally reads the blog.

    Zoë is going to her HIGH SCHOOL REUNION! Her 62nd I believe.

    Going to watch some Agatha Christie. “The Secret of Chimneys”


  68. dawson
    4:48 pm on May 25th, 2012

    Mollypop’s Mom! Hey it worked! I went way back into the blog. I found Wookie’s first post on March 02nd 2009 on a day Chet wrote about Ukelele’s. He was the only post. B.Stover posted on the 10th about the vet. CHarris had posted several times by then. All this researching has made me tired. It’s naptime!

  69. Mollypop's Mom
    4:49 pm on May 25th, 2012

    Remember Li’l Lexi? One of her last posts had a picture of her and a second dog.

  70. c.hobbit
    5:10 pm on May 25th, 2012

    Thanks everyone! 2.5-3.0 hours turned into 4 but that is ok. There were a couple of secretaries and custodians around who gave me a sendoff as I walked out of the building. I truly love secretaries and custodians so it was sweet. Now I am driving into Fairbanks to join a couple of friends who have been waiting for me to retire. I’ll be back later tonight.

  71. Siber-H
    5:40 pm on May 25th, 2012

    I remember Lexi. She was fun.

    I am sure we can begin the party without CHarris.
    Natasha will not be attending the party tonight. She is going on a mission to try and get the beginnings of A Fistful of Collars for us. I called Putin and Putin called Natasha and told her to get on it.

  72. B.Stover
    6:18 pm on May 25th, 2012

    SH: That was clever of you.

    I hope Zoe has an excellent time.

  73. Melanie
    6:45 pm on May 25th, 2012

    SH, Glad you’re going to have a break from you know who.

    Li’l Lexi, the only pup who was able to get Riö to stop drinking beer. Not that it lasted that long.

    Found out that we are leaving at 6:10 am. YIKES!

    OTAS and GLAD are camping this weekend. Fishing and sketching and watercoloring. Cool.

    YSAS is staying in the city. He hopes to come out next weekend.

  74. Melanie
    6:47 pm on May 25th, 2012

    Speaking of a certain pug and when I first joined. When Riö came on the scene and talked about his friend. I REALLY thought that Riö was written by a grumpy old guy who had to stay home.

    Now I realize that Riö IS a grumpy old guy who has to stay home.

  75. Rose
    7:10 pm on May 25th, 2012

    I am very surprised at how long I have been posting on this blog.

  76. Snowhook Bella
    7:21 pm on May 25th, 2012

    Melanie: Snort! You never get a second chance to make a first impugssion.

    I’m picking up the fixings for boot rear floats. AJ built an arch. Bstover, I don’t think AJ lifted you to the arch for your retirement a la Annabelle (she hadn’t retired yet). If you want, I can put your name on the list.

  77. Siber-H
    7:21 pm on May 25th, 2012

    Melanie, I am laughing. That is funny.

  78. Staff
    7:34 pm on May 25th, 2012

    Dawson is retired also……

  79. BearSpiritDog
    7:45 pm on May 25th, 2012

    You mean to say we never had a party for the Awesome One?

  80. Siber-H
    7:47 pm on May 25th, 2012

    Rebecca, Put Dawson’s name on the list…and Stover’s.

  81. Riö –The Evil Pug
    7:51 pm on May 25th, 2012

    Grumpy!…I’m grumpy as hell but everyone said I had to be nicer Boring or pack my little knap sack and hit the yellow-blog-road…grunt!…Thats the way I remember it…grumble!

  82. Riö –The Evil Pug
    7:56 pm on May 25th, 2012

    Cardinals!…We are playing Barb’s baseball team tonight…heh!…If she had one it would be the Cardinals…sniff!

  83. Melanie
    7:59 pm on May 25th, 2012

    Have a wonderful PARTY! I have to go to bed. The Newfs are going to be showing up at some point. This is how C.Harris’s cake looks now. But after Franklin blurs it?? You never know

    Congratulations C.HobbitHarris, take care and have a WONDERFUL Retirement.

  84. B.Stover
    8:01 pm on May 25th, 2012

    Rebecca: I’m laughing about the arch.

    The party is for C.Harris and Dawson.

  85. Riö –The Evil Pug
    8:03 pm on May 25th, 2012

    CAKE!…Thats a Hobbit Cake if I ever saw one!….Wow!Wow!…Can we eat it from the inside out?….wheeze!….

    Mobile!….Where is my ride to the parteeee anyways!?….sniff!…Wherever I end up there better be cable and it better be showing the Rockies game…grump!

  86. Melanie
    8:09 pm on May 25th, 2012

    NUTS, I forgot something and then saw that I missed that it was Dawson’s retirement party also. Well, I’ll fix a cake sometime this week just for her, but I have GOT to go to bed.

    DAWSON! Package arrived and it was still wrapped.

    TTFN really

  87. Riö –The Evil Pug
    8:13 pm on May 25th, 2012

    Friday!…My friend had to work late a lot this week and she is mighty grumpy tonight…heh!heh!…Every single day she this week she has come home from the really-busy-place and her mother has grumped at her about something that wasn’t even her fault…snort!…So the grumpiness level has risen to a place I’ve rarely seen before in my friend….wheeze!

    For-Instance!…Last night she came home and was grumped at because the new dishwasher blew-up and spewed water all over the damned kitchen the first time her mother ran it…snort!…Apparently it was my friends fault the guy from Lowe-Down didn’t hook it up right…wheeze!….Each night before that was something else that either Beau did or I did or someone else did…grunt!…Luckily its always my friends fault though…heh!heh!

    Parteee!…So I am really ready to slug a few brews and parteee tonight away from these two grumpy guys…snort! ….Where is my ride at????…wheeze!

  88. BearSpiritDog
    8:14 pm on May 25th, 2012

    A Hobbit Cake for C.Hobbit…She will Love it!

  89. Masquers
    8:17 pm on May 25th, 2012

    Rio! Rebecca’s supposed to pick you up in her new ride.

  90. Riö –The Evil Pug
    8:19 pm on May 25th, 2012

    Store!…Oh no! I just remembered that Rebecca is stocking the shelves of the Spring Boutique tonight for the big Grand Opening tomorrow at 8:00 Alaskan Time….wheeze!groan!….I won’t get to the big retireee parteee after all…sniff!

  91. B.Stover
    8:22 pm on May 25th, 2012

    Love the cake!

  92. Siber-H
    8:36 pm on May 25th, 2012

    Rio, The Rockies are playing Cincinnati tonight.
    Where are our announcers? These dudes are not our announcers.

    The Rockies led by 3 runs and then the usual happened. The game is now tied.

  93. Riö –The Evil Pug
    8:41 pm on May 25th, 2012

    Voices..sniff!…I don’t like these strange voices I am hearing…grump!…OH, now she is thinking we need to go for a walk so she can diffuse some grumpiness…growl!…I think we should just stay down here where her mother is no where to be seen and watch the game…wuffle!..Besides if I am dragged off on a walk, then I might miss the Giant-Mobile and a ride to the retiree partee….grunt!

  94. Riö –The Evil Pug
    8:42 pm on May 25th, 2012

    SiberH!…Whats yer point?…sniff!…I know they are playing the Cardinals tonight…grunt!

  95. Riö –The Evil Pug
    8:46 pm on May 25th, 2012

    ToddFather!…I’m glad Helton had a few days off….sniff!…He was taking the losing streak really bad…wuffle!…He needed a break and now he is hitting again!…Wooooo!…The Red Birds are going down!…heh!…Sorry Barb, they are not like chickens at all…chuffle!

  96. Siber-H
    8:53 pm on May 25th, 2012

    The Rocky from Albuquerque got an RBI! Woo Woo Rockies are ahead 5-3

    Rio, The Reds and the Birds both wear the color red. The Rockies are playing the Reds tonight not the Birds.

  97. Snowhook Bella
    8:59 pm on May 25th, 2012

    Rio: I just pulled up. Hurry and put the pug balloon in place and let’s go! Quick like a bunny!

    I offered the paw to arch celebration to Dawson. She declined on account of a fear of heights. I have her name on the list just in case.

  98. Snowhook Bella
    9:17 pm on May 25th, 2012

    I think I will circle the block and try again. And, while I wait, maybe I’ll snack on a hot wing or two.

    If I recall, B spent ample time in the hit run at her retirement party.

  99. Masquers
    9:24 pm on May 25th, 2012

    Okay, time to hit the road (Jack) Bear. Grab the munchies and we’re off in a flash. Don’t forget the Corona & hot wings for Rio. Siber promised to bring some of those yummy salmon treats. This is going to be fun!

  100. Riö –The Evil Pug
    9:31 pm on May 25th, 2012

    Home!…wheeze!…We are home again…grunt!…She took us both at the same time and I made Beau step out a little…heh!…Then when we got back he growled at my friend when she tried to take his halter off…snort!… I would never do that and he did apologise but it still pissed her off royally…grunt!…She said it was because he was all worked up at having to walk with me and he was mad…chorkel!

    Parteeeee!….Knap sack is packed and Beau is sleeping and my friend is watching the game….snort!…Come and get me Rebecca!….Woooooo!

  101. Siber-H
    9:31 pm on May 25th, 2012

    I have bags and bags of salmon treats. I can follow the game on my iPaw, which mom doesn’t know I have.

  102. Snowhook Bella
    9:35 pm on May 25th, 2012

    Rio: Honk! Honk! Let’s go. We better get a move on—someone keeps staring at me from the window. They do not look happy.

  103. BearSpiritDog
    9:36 pm on May 25th, 2012

    Does anyone know where we are going?

  104. Riö –The Evil Pug
    9:37 pm on May 25th, 2012

    Woooo!….Lets get moving!…snort!….All those hotwings are getting cold and the beer is getting warm…grunt!…Put this econo-cars pedal to the medal!!….yeeeeee!hawwwww!

  105. Riö –The Evil Pug
    9:39 pm on May 25th, 2012

    Bear!…Have you been hibernating again?…heh!…We are all going to the Retirement Parteee for Dawson and C.Hobbit!….Wooooo!…Rebecca, are we moving yet???…sniff!

  106. BearSpiritDog
    9:41 pm on May 25th, 2012

    Rio: I know THAT…what I’m looking for is coordinates for landing.

  107. Snowhook Bella
    9:43 pm on May 25th, 2012

    Rio: We are moving so fast if feels like we’re sitting still. Pass me a hotwing, please. We will be there in a jiff. Anyone else on our way need a ride or are you blurring?

  108. Siber-H
    9:48 pm on May 25th, 2012

    I’m blurring. Wolfie is a good teacher, but, like Bear, I don’t know where I am going.

    Beautiful blood red sunset with all the smoke in the sky.

  109. Riö –The Evil Pug
    9:52 pm on May 25th, 2012

    Dissed!…Well, who dissed us this morning? And completely ignored CHobbits retirement?…snort!…I say we Crash-Land on Admins living room…heh!heh!

  110. Siber-H
    9:57 pm on May 25th, 2012

    Rio, This is one of your better ideas!! Wooohooo

  111. BearSpiritDog
    9:57 pm on May 25th, 2012

    Chet, Audrey and Pearl will be happy to see us and it’s not so far for Franklin to blurr that cake. With any luck there will be some left when he gets there.

  112. Snowhook Bella
    9:58 pm on May 25th, 2012

    The night is young. Let’s see where it takes us.

  113. Barb & Maggie
    9:59 pm on May 25th, 2012

    Love the cake!

    Rio, you are right. If we had a team, it would be the Cards. Barb’s mom, who has passed, was a huge Cardinal fan, and Barb grew up it St. Louie, so Cards it is. Yea, Cardinals! Is that bad? Grump. And by the way, nice is not necessarily boring!

  114. Riö –The Evil Pug
    10:01 pm on May 25th, 2012

    Game!…And if there is a Red Sox Game on, even better!….Woooo!…We will disrupt all that and turn on the Rockies game…heh!heh!

  115. Riö –The Evil Pug
    10:04 pm on May 25th, 2012

    Food!…But not before we all eat hot wings and spill stuff on his white carpet…whoops!…Are we there yet Rebecca? Pass me the enchiladas!…chorkel!

  116. Snowhook Bella
    10:08 pm on May 25th, 2012

    That petite thing in the distance (also up close) is CHH. She better stop twirling or she is going to splort. We’re here.

  117. Riö –The Evil Pug
    10:10 pm on May 25th, 2012

    Hobbit!…Did we turn left instead of right and end up at CHobbit Harris’s house instead?….snort!…Now I am confused. All these pre-party hotwings have gone to my stomach…burp!…I’ve lost all track of direction…sniff!

  118. BearSpiritDog
    10:11 pm on May 25th, 2012

    Barb&Magpie: We all love the Cardinals. Remember the Series last year? Some of us got to see it first hand.

  119. Siber-H
    10:14 pm on May 25th, 2012

    Barb, The Cardinals won the World Series last year.

  120. Masquers
    10:14 pm on May 25th, 2012

    Enough of that. The other guests are arriving.

  121. Snowhook Bella
    10:17 pm on May 25th, 2012

    Hey, Masquers. The Smoochers should be arriving any minute. Belle Starr is bringing some katdog nip for you.

  122. BearSpiritDog
    10:18 pm on May 25th, 2012

    Look! There’s Dawson in her nightcap.

  123. Staff
    10:19 pm on May 25th, 2012

    Wow I am so glad we are here. Looks like someone go here first. Alice! Where are you going you stay right here by me missy….
    You have to help carry in the salmon bon-bons.

  124. Riö –The Evil Pug
    10:19 pm on May 25th, 2012

    Dawson!…Look! She is sleep-partying!…heh!…I bet she doesn’t even know she is at her own party….snort!

  125. AbbietheKitty
    10:20 pm on May 25th, 2012

    I was worried that Dawson would miss the party. It is just about the time when she has to make sure Maggie gets to bed. Maybe she tucked her in early

  126. Riö –The Evil Pug
    10:22 pm on May 25th, 2012

    Bon-Bons!…You trust Alice with the Bon-Bons?…heh!…You might as well throw them all at SiberH…grunt!…Good thing I don’t like fish of any kind…chuffle!

  127. Alice M. Johnson
    10:23 pm on May 25th, 2012

    Boston and Tampa Bay are having a little on field fight right now…..
    I hope Rio isn’t the cause of this. He can get sort of in-your-face sometimes.

  128. Riö –The Evil Pug
    10:24 pm on May 25th, 2012

    Cake!…(((((I’m inside the Hobbit Cake!…wooo!…It’s damned wonderful inside here…slurp!gobble!)))))))

  129. BearSpiritDog
    10:25 pm on May 25th, 2012

    C.Hobbit: On this, your last day of work, we present you with a First…You have the Honor of being the first of the Plunderers to post on the Blog. It was on March 3, 2009 when you said hello to Chet.

  130. BearSpiritDog
    10:26 pm on May 25th, 2012

    Damit! Rio! Pay attention. Can’t you see I’m giving a speech?

  131. Riö –The Evil Pug
    10:27 pm on May 25th, 2012

    Mine!…I’m going for the window, door and roof!…gobblegobble!burp!…Someone throw a beer through that which used to be a window…heh!heh!

  132. Barb & Maggie
    10:29 pm on May 25th, 2012

    Dawson, it will be easier after the bell arrives from Staff. Probably not till Tuesday, no mail on Monday.

    We don’t want to be party poopers, but we are so tired. Think we will go sit in the corner and watch. We are happy for you C. Harris and Dawson. Retirement is wonderful!

  133. c.hobbit
    10:29 pm on May 25th, 2012

    LOVE the cake!!! And all my friends are arriving. I am smiling so hard that I can’t eat (more for the puggy I guess). Siber-H in the North Pole–there is something so right about that. I am looking forward to talking to my fellow-retirees and finding out how they spent the first few weeks of retirement: fun&games or a long “to do” list? I do recall B. Stover counting all her books but I think a blogger gave her that idea. Hmmm, are they still getting up early or did they adjust to sleeping in? I hope to be vacationing in Vancouver at the end of September so I can also talk to Dawson about that.

    Remember it is daylight 24 hours now so no “under-the-table shenanigans,” we can see you and it is impossible to hide (or to sleep).

  134. Riö –The Evil Pug
    10:30 pm on May 25th, 2012

    Wha!?…CHobbit-Harris was the very very very first person (or hobbit?) to post on this here Blog?…snort!…Are you kidding me??? This is awesome news! This is amazing I tell you!…Wow!Wow!Wow!…heh!

  135. Snowhook Bella
    10:31 pm on May 25th, 2012

    Pace yourself, Rio. We haven’t even fired up the grill. Don’t forget the couple of beers I have for you in the cooling compartment of my new to me glovebox.

  136. Siber-H
    10:31 pm on May 25th, 2012

    Franklin just went through the roof. Maybe Barb should buy Admin. some new shingles tomorrow when she buys some for herself.

    Rio, I’ll help you get out of the cake. You are trapped.

  137. Riö –The Evil Pug
    10:33 pm on May 25th, 2012

    Gah!…The fireplace collasped on me….YUM!…I can eat my way out without your help Siberh!…wheeze!

  138. Snowhook Bella
    10:34 pm on May 25th, 2012

    Ah, AJ just pulled up with the homemade, portable, not as seen on tv arch. CHH, time to touch the top of the arch.

  139. Riö –The Evil Pug
    10:34 pm on May 25th, 2012

    TV!…is there a Hobbit TV anywhere in this cake?…snort!…The game is almost over and the Rockies might just winnit!…heh!burp!

  140. Masquers
    10:39 pm on May 25th, 2012

    Looks like there’s a reason our pug pal was able crawl inside that cake…part of it didn’t make here…and I know why. There’s somebody over there looking mighty guilty. No use denying it. I see white frosting all over your face, Franklin.

  141. Riö –The Evil Pug
    10:41 pm on May 25th, 2012

    SiberH!…The Rockies have won 2 in a row now….Woooooo!….On the road …heh!…Against last year World Series Champs no less…chuffle!…We have officially started to maybe climb out of the basement …snorkel!

    Arch!…Where’s that Arch!…snort! ….I want to touch it with my tail…heh!

  142. Siber-H
    10:42 pm on May 25th, 2012

    Rockies Won!!!

    Back to the party.

  143. Siber-H
    10:45 pm on May 25th, 2012

    no, no, no, Rio. The Rockies didn’t win it against last year’s World Series champs, but they did win it against the Reds who are #1 in their division.

    I’m a sled dog. I want to touch the arch.

  144. Snowhook Bella
    10:47 pm on May 25th, 2012

    No way I’m to only one surprised to see CHH hanging on the arch like a basketball player does when they dunk. She must have the arm strength of a small giant. That woman knows how to celebrate.

  145. BearSpiritDog
    10:47 pm on May 25th, 2012

    Good grief…Rio, you may be right…Dawson is sleep-partying. She just lined up to touch the Arch.

  146. Riö –The Evil Pug
    10:50 pm on May 25th, 2012

    Arch!…The Giant will lift me before you SiberH…sniff!…Right after he lifts CHobbit and Sleep-Partying Dawson and maybe Stover – not sure if she is here tonight or not…snort! …She doesn’t usually miss out on a good party…heh!

  147. dawson
    10:50 pm on May 25th, 2012

    Here’s to CHarris – the original Plunderer! Can I share your Hobbit cake…I’m a bit of a hobbit…and that way Melanie won’t have to make another cake. Tomorrow is going to be a very busy day for all of us, but especially for Melanie who has to get up very very early.
    Pass a boot rear float, please.

  148. c.hobbit
    10:51 pm on May 25th, 2012

    Bear: I was 1st?! Wow!!! Thanks for fact-checking that. I’ve never been first at anything. What a red-letter year it has been: the weight loss, retirement and being the first plunderer on the blog. May I call myself Plunderer #1? Now I am really smiling too hard to eat.

    Rio {{{{sigh}}}} Why are you always hungry? The cake was beautiful and now…

  149. BearSpiritDog
    10:51 pm on May 25th, 2012

    Stover: It’s your turn next.

  150. Riö –The Evil Pug
    10:52 pm on May 25th, 2012

    Gah!…Someone get under CHarris before she falls!….snort!…Franklin git your fluffy arse over there and catch her….woooooo!

  151. c.hobbit
    10:53 pm on May 25th, 2012

    Snowhook Bella: I’ve been doing weights and pushups for weeks so hanging on the arch is no problem and I can see everything! AJ must feel so powerful being taller than everyone (even in heels I am still short).

  152. Riö –The Evil Pug
    10:55 pm on May 25th, 2012

    CHobbit!…Don’t forget you are the first Plunderer to visit Snowhook and watch the start of the Iditarod …snort!WOOOOOO!

  153. BearSpiritDog
    10:56 pm on May 25th, 2012

    Didn’t I just see her with an armload of pies?

  154. Princess Sam
    10:58 pm on May 25th, 2012

    I’m up late cuz Molly’s Mom just got in from visiting friends. We both say a happy retirement to CHobbit.

  155. Riö –The Evil Pug
    10:58 pm on May 25th, 2012

    Wow!…The Cardinals are putting on a Great Big Fireworks display just for CHobbit Harris and Dawson!….Wow!Wow!Wow!…snort!snort!

  156. BearSpiritDog
    10:58 pm on May 25th, 2012

    Not you, C.Hobbit, I meant B.

  157. dawson
    11:00 pm on May 25th, 2012

    I’m not sleep partying…or am I? I’m not sure how I got here or exactly where I am.
    CHarris: Much to my surprise, I started sleeping in immediately after retirement. However, in my new caregiving job, my mom likes to get up at 7:00 so I’m still getting up early.
    Hey! I might pass you in Vancouver in September…I’ll be heading back North around then.

  158. Snowhook Bella
    11:01 pm on May 25th, 2012

    AJ won’t let CHH fall. No way, no how.

  159. Snowhook Bella
    11:06 pm on May 25th, 2012

    Dawson: don’t be alarmed but where you are at exactly can be answered by two quick actions. Look to your left and you’ll see CHH. Lock down and you will see the rest of us.

  160. dawson
    11:06 pm on May 25th, 2012

    C.Hobbit: You do push-ups!? I couldn’t do a push-up to save my…well, I can’t do them, that’s all. I’m getting a sore neck just looking at you on top of the Arch. WhooooHooooo!

  161. dawson
    11:09 pm on May 25th, 2012

    Put me down! Put me down! Splort! Oops, sorry Rio. Heh!

  162. dawson
    11:12 pm on May 25th, 2012

    That green stuff was the frosting leaves from the cake. That’s about all that was left by the time Rio and the Newfs finished.
    Oh oh. The Newfs have started dancing and twirling. Watch out!

  163. Siber-H
    11:13 pm on May 25th, 2012

    CHarris really is plunderer #1. That is a honor.

  164. B.Stover
    11:13 pm on May 25th, 2012

    C.Harris: Now that I’m retired I do not live by a schedule. I get up when I wake up and go to bed when I feel like it. I spend the day doing whatever I want to do also. Retirement equals freedom! Raise a glass of cahors to retirement!

  165. Riö –The Evil Pug
    11:15 pm on May 25th, 2012

    Dawson!…We are reading White Wings right now – but it will be some time before we get it back to you….heh!…Hopefully before September….snort!

  166. Masquers
    11:15 pm on May 25th, 2012

    Where did Alice and Abbie run off to? What’s that…a bon bon wrapper?

  167. BearSpiritDog
    11:17 pm on May 25th, 2012

    B: Here, Hear! A toast to Freedom!

  168. Siber-H
    11:18 pm on May 25th, 2012

    We won’t have to clean up the bon bon wrappers this time. We can shove all the trash on the roof through the hole that Franklin made.

  169. Riö –The Evil Pug
    11:20 pm on May 25th, 2012

    Stover!…My friend says that sounds like Heaven on Earth!…snort!….She’s quite disgruntled at the moment and the busy-place is fast becoming the don’t-want-to-be-here-place…sniff!

  170. dawson
    11:21 pm on May 25th, 2012

    Hoorah for retirement!

  171. Snowhook Bella
    11:21 pm on May 25th, 2012

    BStover: Dawson just freed up a spot to touch the arch. What say you?

  172. Riö –The Evil Pug
    11:23 pm on May 25th, 2012

    Dawson!….Git off of me!…grunt! dammit!…You were supposed to fall on a Newf for Petes Sake…wheeze!

  173. Snowhook Bella
    11:24 pm on May 25th, 2012

    The arch is only about as half as a need is high. AJ put it on the low setting. Dawson was only about pug height off the ground.

  174. dawson
    11:25 pm on May 25th, 2012

    Now CHarris has one bare foot on Franklin’s back and one on Rose’s and she’s dancing on top of them! That hobbit is fit!

  175. Riö –The Evil Pug
    11:26 pm on May 25th, 2012

    Grump!…She’s still damned heavy…wheeze!…Git her off of me before I splort all of the Hobbit Cake….grunt!

  176. Siber-H
    11:27 pm on May 25th, 2012

    I’m getting tired. The excitement of the Rockies winning two games in a row and a double retirement party is too much.
    Since I am now an experienced basement dweller, I’ll find a place to sleep in Admin’s basement.

    Happy Retirement to CHarris and Nosewad!

    night all

  177. B.Stover
    11:28 pm on May 25th, 2012

    Okay…let me touch the arch.

    Rio: When can your friend retire?

  178. dawson
    11:30 pm on May 25th, 2012

    Snowhook Bella: Is the store stocked and ready for business tomorrow?

  179. Riö –The Evil Pug
    11:33 pm on May 25th, 2012

    Stover!…My friend will have to work forever and ever and ever…sniff!…She will never ever get to do what she wants to do, ever…grump!…This makes her very grumpy by the way….wheeze!

  180. B.Stover
    11:37 pm on May 25th, 2012

    Rio: That would make me grumpy as well.

  181. BearSpiritDog
    11:37 pm on May 25th, 2012

    OMD! The Store opening! We have to be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed for the big day tomorrow!

  182. dawson
    11:38 pm on May 25th, 2012

    Rio: Enjoy White Wings. Dan the Man knows how to keep the story moving.
    You know…I thought I was in Nome for a minute or two…
    Shall we leave the clean up for Admin to express our disapproval of his ending the beginnings?

  183. Masquers
    11:40 pm on May 25th, 2012

    Time to dust off mom’s credit card again. heh,heh

  184. Riö –The Evil Pug
    11:42 pm on May 25th, 2012

    Cleanup!…Is on Admin!…heh!heh!….Hobbit Cake is hard to clean up I hear…sniff!

  185. Masquers
    11:44 pm on May 25th, 2012

    Dawson: You said it! Happy retirement to you and CHobbit. A continuing blissful retirement to B.Stover. Good night all.

  186. Riö –The Evil Pug
    11:44 pm on May 25th, 2012

    Opening!…Store opens 8:00am Giant Time…sniff!…So that means Noon for the Easterners….grunt!…All youse others inbetween will have to figur it out…heh!…Although, I bet Rebecca will announce the Grand Opening on the Blog when she has Officially opened the doors…chuffle!

  187. c.hobbit
    11:45 pm on May 25th, 2012

    Oooh, I forgot about the store. Can’t wait to see it. I guess everyone needs to start heading home to catch some sleep before getting up and sitting by your computers. Thanks for coming. I was expecting a special song from the Katz but perhaps I have intimidated them enough in the past to not want to sing at the party. Big smiles again…I haven’t eaten all night and at this rate I guess I’m not going to (plus the pickings are slim to non-existent).

    I checked my work email to see if it had been deactivated and found a message saying that my last monthly statistical report is M.I.A. and can I send it again? Geez, I had sent it in yesterday and I deleted all my stuff prior to turning in my laptop this morning. Oh well, what are they going to do–fire me? hahahahahahahahaha

  188. dawson
    11:45 pm on May 25th, 2012

    CHarris: Congratulations and enjoy your retirement! I wonder if you will be sore in the morning. Sleep in if you can.

  189. B.Stover
    11:50 pm on May 25th, 2012

    That’s the right attitude C.Harris!

    See everyone at the store.

  190. Snowhook Bella
    12:07 am on May 26th, 2012

    Dang! I almost got a picture of professor Stover slapping the top of the arch, but wasn’t quick enough. Rio, are your ready to head home? I need to get Belle Starr from the top of the arch. I think Masquers dared her to be a dogkat.

    Happy retirement, CHH and Dawson.

  191. c.hobbit
    12:16 am on May 26th, 2012

    Back at you, Dawson. Happy retirement full of freedom–and free days.

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