Beginnings (Not)

Sunday is when we do beginnings, taking a look at the start of a Peter Abrahams novel, including those written under the Spencer Quinn moniker™. But today how about an excerpt from Santa 365, a Chet and Bernie short story some folks like to read at this time of year? It’s available on digital and audio form, and this little passage seems relevant.

“Remind me of your sentence, again?” Bernie was saying.

“Four years,” Plumpy said.

“We can’t be even close to that.”

Plumpy nodded, one of those enthusiastic nods that make jowls wobble on humans that have them, which Plumpy did. “Paroled after eight months,” he said, “on account of overcrowding.”

“So you did eight months – “

“Less six weeks on account of good behavior.”

“ – for stealing one point two million dollars?”

“Stealing puts it in such a harsh light, doncha think?”

“But that’s what a Ponzi scheme is,” Bernie said.


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15 Responses to “Beginnings (Not)”

  1. Herd of Hounds
    9:50 am on December 4th, 2022

    Good day to everyone!
    Leave it to Bernie to bring things back down to earth.

  2. WTAFP
    9:59 am on December 4th, 2022

    Greetings from below the Antartic Circle! Penguins!

  3. Wose-The Small and Meek
    10:36 am on December 4th, 2022


    The name Plumpy always makes me laugh. :^) And I love the “Santa 365” cover. No matter what time of the year I see it, it always makes me smile. So festive!

    WTAFP: Nice photo! Very cool that you can get so close. I love penguins! I am curious, what is your time difference?

    Good Sunday to all!

  4. B. Stover
    10:42 am on December 4th, 2022

    I like the picture of the penguins.

    Good day to all.

  5. WTAFP
    11:13 am on December 4th, 2022

    Rose. We are two hours ahead (later) than Eastern Standard Time. However, it now being summer in the southern hemisphere and we are below the Antartic Circle, we basically have more than 22 hours of daylight each day.

  6. WTAFP
    11:19 am on December 4th, 2022

    We spent the morning cruising through pack ice near a couple of island. The scenery is just amazing. The little black dot, if you can see it, is a solitary emperor penguin

  7. Wose-The Small and Meek
    12:28 pm on December 4th, 2022

    WTAFP: Thanks for the time info. Such a stunning photo of the ice pack!

  8. BooBear’s Mom
    12:29 pm on December 4th, 2022

    WTAFP! What an exciting trip you are having. Thanks for the update on your ship not being the one involved in a mishap. Many of us would have worried. Years ago, pre-cell phones, my husband and I took an Alaskan cruise. In one of the ports, we took a helicopter ride to view the glaciers and scenery. We went a day earlier than we had originally planned. On the day we were supposed to have gone, a sightseeing helicopter crashed killing a couple on our ship. I asked my husband if we should call and let folks know we were okay. Naw, he said, they won’t even hear about the crash in southeast Texas. Boy were we wrong. The couple who died were from another suburb of Houston and it was on the news. Our families and co-workers spent hours trying to find out if it was us (the news just reported a Houston area couple). My husband’s boss and good friend was finally able to get word from the cruise line that it wasn’t us.

  9. BooBear’s Mom
    12:31 pm on December 4th, 2022

    WTAFP! Please keep the pictures coming. This is a trip many of us dream about, but would never actually make.

  10. Bluecat
    12:56 pm on December 4th, 2022

    WTAFP — thank you for the other-worldly pictures! Stay safe and enjoy all that light.

  11. Herd of Hounds
    5:09 pm on December 4th, 2022

    Such excitement! We have been sharing the pictures and most people don’t think about the Southern Hemisphere. Also they forget about time zones.
    What an adventure. Stay safe and enjoy and come home safely.

  12. Wose-The Small and Meek
    6:11 pm on December 4th, 2022

    Boobear’s Mom: Scary story about the helicopter. Shudder!

    WTAFP&M: Loving your photos and posts. Grizz and I are living vicariously through your adventures!

  13. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    9:24 pm on December 4th, 2022

    WOW!…Wow!Wow!…Incredible photoz of penguins galore!…snort!…In March those guys will march to a specific site and lay eggs(?)…snorkel!…Baby penguins will be born!…chuffle!

  14. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    9:32 pm on December 4th, 2022

    Plan!…What did youse guys do? Throw a dart at a map and say “We will be going to below the Antarctic Circle to see penguins”…snort!snort!…Very adventurous indeed!…chuffle!

  15. mlaiuppa
    6:50 pm on December 5th, 2022

    PENGINS! I love penguins. I love to look at them in video and photos. Not so much in person though, because of the smell.

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