Chet Sees Bernie For The First Time

A convertible pulled into the lot. I’d never been in a convertible and it was one of my strongest desires ever since the time, back in my puppy days, that I’d seen a dog riding shotgun in a topless lowrider. I’d been living in a crack house in the worst part of Vista City at the time, but that’s not the point. The point is that the gangbanger dog was loving it! And I knew I’d love it, too.

This particular convertible, which parked close by, wasn’t shiny and new like the yellow car, but old and dented, the body sandblasted down to no color at all. The driver got out and looked around. He was a pretty big guy, although not as big as the two dudes who’d taken the yellow car. I tended to watch big guys carefully. This particular big guy wore a Hawaiian shirt with palm trees on it. I was a fan of Hawaiian shirts, and also of palm trees. We’ve got palm trees out the yingyang here in the Valley; I’d marked lots of them, but had many more to go.

The Hawaiian shirt guy saw me and came closer. Human faces are a big subject, no time to go into it now. This guy had a strong face. I was familiar with strong faces on men. Those strong faces often had a mean part as well. This one didn’t. No meanness that I could see, although neither would I have called it a happy face. He came right up to the cruiser.

From A Cat Was Involved, now downloadable from the usual places ($.99!).

Welcome Storm, Misty Rose, and Ripley, Roy & Tara from Down Under.




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72 Responses to “Chet Sees Bernie For The First Time”

  1. B.Stover
    10:19 am on August 19th, 2012

    I like the part when he “smells” Bernie.

    Good morning all.

  2. Masquers
    10:31 am on August 19th, 2012

    Good Morning B and Everyone.

    “Gangbanger dog”. Love it! We can just picture this snarly guy riding shotgun.

    Someone mentioned this before…if Spence and Admin keep giving us little snippets of ACWI Barb will soon be able to read the whole story here on the blog.

    Barb&Magpie: The movie last night was Hunger Games. It is the first in a trilogy. We liked it.
    Also noticed yesterday the first book is free on Kindle for Amazon Prime members.

  3. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    10:38 am on August 19th, 2012

    Me too, Bee.

    My favorite lines are: “A weird thought – something about me being too late as well – almost took shape in my mind and then vanished. I’ve got the kind of mind that’s on my side.”

  4. BearSpiritDog
    10:38 am on August 19th, 2012

    Hey! That was supposed to be me.

    B: Beautiful Brandy up top!

    Wolfie: Did youse see the movie? Probably saw it in the theater when it first came out.

    Hope everyone is feeling tip top this fine Sunday morning.

  5. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    10:39 am on August 19th, 2012

    Masquers, so that’s what I was watching last night. I was wondering…….lol!

  6. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    10:40 am on August 19th, 2012

    And yes, I did see it in the theater when it first came out. I loved it.

  7. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    10:42 am on August 19th, 2012

    It is still in the triple digits here and we have ants, ants, ants everywhere.

    For the first time ever, I am thinking about calling a pest guy.

  8. Wose
    10:43 am on August 19th, 2012

    Good Sunday Morning, B and Masquers!

    Just got back from reading yesterday’s posts.

    Rio, you had me fooled! I thought your friend’s butterfly was real! It is absolutely gorgeous, and your friend is a true artist!

    I re-read ACWI yesterday…I just love the story! B, I think you said this, but I really love the part where Chet walks into Bernie’s kitchen!

    I am very excited to meet the Royal Mum and the Storyteller on Saturday! Wish T&G could be there.

    Prof and I got our pearly whites checked yesterday. Everything I’d A-OK. Then we had the best bagels ever made! Prof had sesame, and I had blueberry. Yum!

  9. Wose
    10:47 am on August 19th, 2012

    Ants! Ugh!

    I feel your pain, Wolfie. The Prof and I just went through a carpenter ant infestation in our apartment that lasted about 2 months. It was really gross!

  10. Barb & Maggie
    10:50 am on August 19th, 2012

    Good morning all. Glorious day here in n.w. Illinois.

    We appreciate the free snippets of the story. You are right, we are getting to read it bit by bit for free, free free!

    We are not going to read or watch Hunger Games. I know everyone loves the series, but the story line is just too morbid for Barb.

    This is goodbye week – Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday Barb is going out with friends (plus Pat) for a final fare-thee-well luncheon or dinner. Not much cooking going on, which means no treats for me. Rats! Oh, and Barb says there are probably not any rats where we are going. Sob.

  11. B.Stover
    11:06 am on August 19th, 2012

    Barb: The problem with the snippets is that they are not in order.

    Wolfie: I like that line too.

    I have been hesitating to read Hunger Games and haven’t seen the movie.

    I splurged and made a caramel macchiato (Italian for “marked”) for breakfast. Delish!

  12. Staff
    11:13 am on August 19th, 2012

    Speaking of speaking Italian….B, have you ever read the Lucia series of books? By E F Benson. They are so very funny.

    Queen Lucia is available as a free download by Project Gutenberg:

  13. B.Stover
    11:22 am on August 19th, 2012

    Hi Staff! Yes, I did read them a long time ago. I just went to Amazon and downloaded Queen Lucia for free. (It’s $25.99 for the paperback.)

  14. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    11:26 am on August 19th, 2012

    Wose, how did you get rid of your ants?

  15. Gus & BooBear
    11:38 am on August 19th, 2012

    Hi, guys. We had a bad storm come through yesterday and lost power from about 4:00 in the afternoon until 4:15 this morning. Evidently a power pole got knocked down out in the booneys and had to be fixed. Our power company actually gave us several phone calls with updates on the situations and when they estimated the power would be back on. They only missed by 15 minutes. Lots of good soaking rain which was needed and no damage other than a few old limbs knocked down. Mom and Dad took the oppotunity to use some gift cards and went out to eat. The house never got too hot but boy, was it quiet and still.

    Rio, we confess we thought it was a real butterfly and that y’all had killed it. How sad! Now we are very glad it is a beautiful work of your friend. Will it be in the boutique, an auction or was it a commissioned piece?

  16. Gus & BooBear
    11:42 am on August 19th, 2012

    Also, have any of you bought one of the Snowhook puzzles? Mom is thinking of getting one for the holidays for everyone to play with during quiet times.

  17. Masquers
    12:09 pm on August 19th, 2012

    G&BB: We have not ordered a puzzle. This is a good gift idea also.

    Riö: We, too, thought the beautiful rare butterfly looked real.
    Your friend’s trip to the Post Office yesterday was a reminder to finish Dawson’s book and mail it back to her before she leaves MN.

  18. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    1:23 pm on August 19th, 2012

    Hi everyone. Raining really hard here now, but it was cool and nice earlier today for the trip to the new farm market that is now open in Bethesda on Sundays. Lots of members of the nation within are there too.
    Melanie. Hope you are enjoying Foyle’s War. We got hooked on it earlier this year, and think it is of the best series ever. Apparently they are filming at least one more season now. As you know, it is a real favorite of Rio’s friend as well.
    G&BB — is there any way we could trade power companies with you. Please! Pretty Please!
    Rio — all we can say here is wow!

  19. Masquers
    1:41 pm on August 19th, 2012

    Wookie: You, Melanie and Riö’s friend all have good recommendations for Foyle’s War…may have to check it out.

  20. B.Stover
    1:50 pm on August 19th, 2012

    Masquers: Foyle’s War is a very good series–well acted. (It includes one of my favorite actors: Michael Kitchen.)

  21. Masquers
    2:03 pm on August 19th, 2012

    Thank you, B.
    Do the autumn-like temperatures in MI continue? It seems too early for falling leaves.

  22. B.Stover
    2:07 pm on August 19th, 2012

    Masquers: It’s 75 degrees right now but it gets cool at night. The leaves haven’t started changing yet.

  23. SnowBella
    2:16 pm on August 19th, 2012

    I read ACWI to AJ as we drove to the river yesterday. I did my best with all of the voices. I couldn’t help but wonder how many takes the narrator must do to get a recording without laughing.

    G&BB: I am think of changing or adding the puzzle images. I haven’t decided, yet. I hope Gus is doing better.

  24. Barb & Maggie
    2:55 pm on August 19th, 2012

    Wookie, Did any of your heirloom tomatoes turn out well enough to go thru the trouble of seed saving? How about that pink one from White Fence Farms?

    Barb just got back from a shoping trip to Lilly Pad Garden Shop. She bought a beautiful glass bird bath that has flowers and butterflies on it. It sets on a very low stand so it will attract butterflies too. She got it with the gift cert. from the office staff, and will use it next year as a focal point in some new landscaping around her patio. She can look out the sliding glass door and watch the birdies. Very cool!

    Now for a little nappy. BBL

  25. Wose
    3:04 pm on August 19th, 2012

    Wolfie, the Prof and I tried to get rid of the ants ourselves with Raid and ant traps. For a while, it seem to work, but then the problem just got worse. The Co-op had to bring in an exterminator. That seems to have done the trick.

  26. mlaiuppa
    3:20 pm on August 19th, 2012

    Well, I just bought all four books again, only this time in hardcover.

    Seems Spencer Quinn is going to be in San Diego for a booksigning in September. I know where that bookstore is. Already called them and they’ll be holding a copy of Fistful of Collars for me to pick up to get signed. I’ll also be bringing the four hardback copies I just bought. I prefer authors to sign hardbacks, not paperbacks when possible.

    I don’t want Spencer’s arm to fall off so I won’t bring the paperbacks to be signed too. That would be nine books. Five would be pushing it.

    Not sure what I’ll do with the current paperbacks. Not really appropriate for an elementary school library. My nephews read a lot. Maybe I’ll give them to them. Or mail them to my friend in Minnesota. She is a cat person but reads a lot.

    When I heard about the booksigning in Seattle I was hoping he might make his way down the coast, and sure enough he is. Hopefully the weather will be beautiful by mid September. It’s way too hot now.

  27. Gus & BooBear
    3:38 pm on August 19th, 2012

    We have 3 of the current 4 pawtographed by Spence and Chet. This time we will bring the only one not signed (Dog On It)to the signing as well as purchasing FOC there and get it signed. Can’t wait to read the new book!

    SnowBella, will you be keeping the current puzzle photos and adding to it or replacing them? Mom really likes the current photos and think they make challenging puzzles but is also curious about what the new pics will be. Pondering here.

  28. Melanie
    4:53 pm on August 19th, 2012

    Yuck, not feeling too great today. But I did find out the WWI series.

    Anne Perry. One of the main characters name is Joseph Reavley. There are 5 ?? On Kindle.

    Signing off and going under the quilt! TTFN

  29. B.Stover
    5:08 pm on August 19th, 2012

    Anne Perry has the William Monk series and the Thomas Pitt series.

  30. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:29 pm on August 19th, 2012

    Company!….They finally left!…snort!….They came and they ate and then they wouldn’t leave…sniff!….My friend and her mother were happy they were here and didn’t seem to mind them over-staying their welcome…grunt!…I just wanted to get downstairs and watch the ballgame. Now its already the 7th inning…grumble!

    Actor!….Michael Kitchen!!…wheeze!…I kept trying to think of this guys name yesterday and for the life of me I could not remember it…heh!heh!…Wot a great series Foyles War is…wuffle!

  31. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:34 pm on August 19th, 2012

    Puss N’ Boots!… That butterfly is part of a bigger project my friend was trying to get completed by this coming Friday…heh!heh!… Because she did not get to work on it for 16 plus hours this weekend she has decided it will most likely be part of the Snowhook Holiday Auction….snorkel!…If you ask me this is much better because at least someone I know will get the project instead of some stranger…grunt!

  32. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:40 pm on August 19th, 2012

    Giant!…It’s a giant of a project though…sniff!…One of the biggest she has attempted so far…chuffle!…Now the decision has been made to donate it to Snowhook all the pressure is off of my friend….heh!…She does not do well when she is trying to make something and there is a nagging deadline. It dries up her creativity completely…wheeze!…So the project can become what it is meant to be in the time it will take…sneeze!…Whatever that is.

  33. OleyHowlers
    6:16 pm on August 19th, 2012

    Greetings! Mom and Pop just got back with Ned and Annie. They had a great, really long trail ride to finish up vacation. We were holding down the fort so we can all enjoy our last peaceful evening before they go back to the rat race. We wish we could see those rats race. Just once

  34. Melanie
    6:20 pm on August 19th, 2012

    OMD, wasn’t coming back after supper, but GLAD is finishing up something. And I thought a certain person would like to see it!

  35. Riö - The Evil Pug
    6:34 pm on August 19th, 2012

    OMYDAWD!…Is right! That is absolutely gorgeous!…snort!…Which A-Team member is that anyways?…chuffle!

  36. SnowBella
    6:38 pm on August 19th, 2012

    Lefty! Our resident theif—we have two—found his way onto a peice of artwork! It is amazing! The nose looks cold and wet, just like real life!

  37. Riö - The Evil Pug
    6:46 pm on August 19th, 2012

    Lefty!….Not that guy!…snort!heh!

  38. Riö - The Evil Pug
    6:48 pm on August 19th, 2012

    Paws!…What is that under his chin?…sniff!…It doesn’t look like paws – or are they?…grunt!…Big honking paws!

  39. SnowBella
    6:59 pm on August 19th, 2012

    Rio: Lefty is in fact resting his chin on this thieving paws. He does his best to look innocent, but I know better. I’ve lost many a chapstick to he and Pancho.

  40. SnowBella
    7:02 pm on August 19th, 2012

    Rio: I don’t know about his paws, but Lefty is more of a howler than a honker.

  41. B.Stover
    7:08 pm on August 19th, 2012

    Melanie: I love it! Lefty is wonderful.

  42. OleyHowlers
    7:09 pm on August 19th, 2012

    Hey, Lefty! We’re Howlers too! Just sayin’

  43. Staff
    7:26 pm on August 19th, 2012

    OOOO Lefty! He has that con-dog look doesn’t he? What a super great job Andrea! (as usual)

  44. Barb & Maggie
    7:29 pm on August 19th, 2012

    Isn’t it Pancho and Lefty?

    A little rain storm here, not sure if it is over or not. Back after dinner.

  45. dawson
    7:31 pm on August 19th, 2012

    The talent in that newly wed couple is mind boggling. Lefty is so real looking that I’m keeping my hands behind my back lest he take what’s mine.

    Rio, MLiauppa and the Plunder On Motto: With all your help I finally got A Cat Was Involved downloaded onto my computer. For 99 cents. Worth it! Thank you.

    Spencer Quinn…you’ve outdone yourself.

    My signed copy of AFOC will be sent from a bookstore in Texas.

    I also downloaded the Queen Lucia book.

    Dad has been listening to Alphabet Juice by Roy Blount, Jr. and laughing uproariously for the last 3 days. I may have to find that book.

  46. Lefty
    7:58 pm on August 19th, 2012

    Howlers: Aaahhhroooo! Hoooowwwwllll! Aaaahhhhrrroooo!

  47. Pancho
    7:59 pm on August 19th, 2012

    Rio: HONK!

  48. BearSpiritDog
    7:59 pm on August 19th, 2012

    Melanie: Lefty looks like he’s about to climb right out of that picture! How in Dog’s name does GLAD make her pictures look so real?

    Dawson: Good news about the successful download!
    Now, if Barb could only find a way…the problem may be her old computter.

    Wonder if the Royal Mum and Dad will report in, or are they stuffing their faces with lobster as we speak?

  49. Riö - The Evil Pugh
    8:07 pm on August 19th, 2012

    Pancho!…He’s in that painting. Lefty is sitting on him…heh!honk!…snort!…Those paws are huge!

  50. Riö - The Evil Pugh
    8:10 pm on August 19th, 2012

    Garden!…Seems we have to go outside and water the tomaters…sniff!…I swear there is always something to do that messes up my laying around watching tv time…grump!

  51. SnowBella
    8:13 pm on August 19th, 2012

    If you think those paws are huge, you should see Charlie’s paws.

    Dawson: They—Pancho and Lefty—don’t mean any harm. At least I don’t think they do.

    B&M: You are correct. Pancho and Lefty are our thieving duo. The pockets of passers by are never safe. Just ask what is left of AJs wallet.

  52. Tupper and Gilly
    8:14 pm on August 19th, 2012

    Alas, lobster time doesn’t start until next month. Right now they are at the Really Long Shew. They left thus morning to start the set up process. Some of the “veterans” of the show told them they were very smart to arrive today. They said tomorrow it is a giant pushing and shoving match to get vehicles close to the loading doors and everyone is scrambling for their booth space.
    So the folks got the booth part of it set up and tomorrow they just have to go and arrange all the things they they have been working so hard on for the last weeks
    And Mama was all excited. Someone there today had a Corgi that could have been Gillys twin, except she had a little more white on her nose.
    Rose – they are very excited to meet you and the Prof! They said the fairgrounds are HUGE!!!! But they should be easy to find. Their building is right under the “Sky Diver” ride which is like a giant ferris wheel. And their booth is right next to the door that looks out on the ride.
    (Dad is just excited ‘cuz there are ((junk)) food booths all around – fried dough, barbecue, a chocolate bakery, veggie tempura etc. mama says she felt her thighs getting bigger just walking thru the area)

  53. OleyHowlers
    8:20 pm on August 19th, 2012

    Lefty, AWOOOOO back at ya Brother!

  54. OleyHowlers
    8:29 pm on August 19th, 2012

    Mom is calling us to bed, sayong 4:45 comes awful early. Geez, mot to us it doesn’t.
    Good might all. Here’s to Next Vacation.

  55. SnowBella
    8:36 pm on August 19th, 2012

    T&G: Did the twin have Gilly’s same on and off switch?

  56. SnowBella
    8:50 pm on August 19th, 2012

    Macy: Does your mom start her new job tomorrow? If so, good luck to her!

  57. Tupper and Gilly
    9:34 pm on August 19th, 2012

    Bella – she did indeed have a super high velocity on-off switch that was stuck in the “on” position….just like someone else who shall remain nameless
    And the same smile too.
    Really made Mama miss us all the more. HA! That’ll teach her to leave us behind!

  58. Riö - The Evil Pugh
    9:42 pm on August 19th, 2012

    Corgis!…Quit yer whining…sniff!…At least your Maw doesn’t have to go to the busy-damned-place every stinkin’ day…grump!…She doesn’t want to go but she does, every day. Not how I would do it…grunt!

  59. Barb & Maggie
    9:44 pm on August 19th, 2012

    We also are wishing good luck to Macy’s mom on the new job, and wishing great sales to T & G’s mom and dad. Have a good week, both of you.

    Hope Oley’s folks have an easy transition back to work.

    We here have a few quiet days before the move. Night all.

  60. Beau - The Black Pug
    9:45 pm on August 19th, 2012

    Gah!…The little girl pulled me all around on the walk and she almost stomped on me…wheeze! I didn’t like that walk…gasp!sneeze!

  61. dawson
    9:56 pm on August 19th, 2012

    Barb and Maggie: Enjoy your few quiet days before the move.
    MacyMinPin: Belle is looking very fashionable on Friends of Chet.
    Melanie: Wishing you a pain-free, hassle-free day tomorrow.
    T&G: Hope you have many customers with happy faces and deep pockets.
    Rio: I thought the butterfly was real.

  62. Tupper and Gilly
    9:58 pm on August 19th, 2012

    Beau – “he that walketh far and grumbles not shall be held highest among Pugs”
    Pawverbs 4:4

  63. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:02 pm on August 19th, 2012

    Girl!…We had a little girl go on the walk with us…heh!heh!…My friend let her hold Beau’s leash…snort!….That’s the best time I have ever had on a walk…chorkel!

  64. Gus & BooBear
    10:45 pm on August 19th, 2012

    Signing off for the night. Blasted Monday rolls around every week, doesn’t it??

    Good Night all!


  65. Staff
    10:49 pm on August 19th, 2012

    Night Gus and BooBear. Signing off here also.

  66. SnowBella
    11:04 pm on August 19th, 2012

    Cabin Pupdates for Rio: Last weekend Tenzing assisted us in our building efforts. His job was to make sure our materials didn’t float away—a job he took very seriously.

  67. SnowBella
    11:15 pm on August 19th, 2012

    Cabin Pupdate for Rio #2: Today, we (and by we, I mean AJ) got the first coat of exterior paint on the cabin shown in this picture. In a brief conversation, Tenzing and I applauded our (and by our, I mean my) efforts in getting the loft area insulated.

  68. Tupper and Gilly
    11:27 pm on August 19th, 2012

    Bella – Tenz is truly a beautiful guy. Makes our little Corgi hearts go pitter pat.

  69. SnowBella
    12:00 am on August 20th, 2012

    T&G: I can’t prove it, but I think Tenz is blushing.

  70. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    1:21 am on August 20th, 2012

    I’m not sure how it would work with copyright stuff, but I would definitely buy a GLAD Lefty puzzle!

  71. Wose
    6:37 am on August 20th, 2012

    OMD! Glad’s portrait of Lefty is stunning!

    T&G, thanks for pointing the Prof and I in the right direction! Fried dough, you say? I think your dad and I will be making many visits to that booth!

    Rebecca, Tenzing is a real looker! Is my BFF involved in the construction work? :). The cabin looks very cosy, and I like the color!

    Dawson, I am doing the wave for you! ACWI!

    Good luck, Macy’s mom!

  72. Alishia Dagata
    12:19 am on June 26th, 2013

    How’s things, nice page however there is a issue whereby on occassion I am redirected to the main page when I look at different posts within your page.

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