Clubbing (2)

“No problem,” Bernie said. “We don’t actually want to come in. Just looking for some information.”

The bouncer blinked. A huge muscled-up guy with tiny blinking eyes is something I’ve seen before, one of the nice things about this business. We’re partners in the Little Detective Agency, me and Bernie. Missing persons is our specialty and right now Astrid Jason was missing. Hey! I got it, understood the whole enchilada. Enchiladas are a Mexican thing, and I’d learned much more about them on our trip south of the border. It’s all in To Fetch A Thief, but the main thing is I’d had both good and not so good experiences with them. You have to be careful with food down Mexico way – that’s what everyone says – but I’m not sure how to do that.

Back to the blinking bouncer. “But you are inside, pinhead. And I said no dogs.”

Pinhead? That was new. I knew pins – stay away from them, that was the main thing – and I knew heads, but pinhead made no sense to me. Did it sound friendly? No. I got the ideas this bouncer was not going to be our friend.


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71 Responses to “Clubbing (2)”

  1. Kirby T. Penworthy
    3:47 am on July 12th, 2010

    Wow, did I have a great night! I slept in my new bed last night, and boy was it comfy! Buford started out on his bed in the laundry room, but then when I woke up this morning he was back on the living room floor, next to my new bed. I'm not sure what that's about. He's been sleeping there lately, but Mom and Dad are worried about his old bones on that hardwood floor, so that's why they got me…er, I mean him the new bed. If I hadn't been on the bed would he have slept in it? Should I feel guilty? Mom and Dad were talking this morning and Mom wondered if they should get another bed for the living room. But then Dad said sometimes Buford sleeps in the dining room and sometimes he sleeps in the kitchen — do they have to get new beds for every room in the house?

  2. B. Stover
    4:18 am on July 12th, 2010

    I think that bouncer is going to be set straight soon. Then perhaps he'll understand the whole enchilada. (I've never had one Chet.)

  3. Riö - The Evil
    4:26 am on July 12th, 2010

    Bernie!… That blinking bouncer is going to get bounced big-time by Bernie…heh!… Unless Astrid makes her appearance and stops the whole thing…snort!

  4. dawson
    4:40 am on July 12th, 2010


    I love enchiladas. B.Stover has never had them!!! Staff makes a good one.

    Rio: Nice alliteration. You're up early. Hope you slept well.

    Kirby T. Penworthy: I was wondering which bed you'd sleep in.

  5. B. Stover
    5:22 am on July 12th, 2010

    I have a feeling that Astrid is not there. If she isn't, when did she go missing? Was Foster telling the truth? I think he was. What is the chronology of events? Did Astrid go missing first or was Albie murdered first? And what is the connection between events? Pondering….

  6. Kirby T. Penworthy
    5:33 am on July 12th, 2010

    And I'm still stuck at that housing development where Bernie met Foster. I kept thinking Chet would investigate that smell and find Albie's body. But then Bernie went to Albie's house and found his body there instead. So what was the smell at the housing development? Maybe Astrid? Mom thinks it was a red herring, but I think Chet would have known if it was. Fish is an easy smell!

  7. Riö - The Evil
    5:34 am on July 12th, 2010

    Suddenly!… I’m all confused…snort!… I thought I had the whole enchilada and now I have an empty plate… grunt!… I think it is all of Stover’s questions that has my brain all stirred up… sneeze! … I can’t even remember how this whole thing started… burp!

  8. B. Stover
    5:39 am on July 12th, 2010

    I enjoy stirring up brains. The case started with Col. Bob telling Bernie about Astrid and Ray.

    What was the word someone on the blog had for the smell at the housing development?

  9. Kirby T. Penworthy
    5:53 am on July 12th, 2010

    OK, this is going to be a long one, but I did some research:

    Maybe I hadn’t been listening, but that was partly because I’d just picked up a scent, very faint, but one of those scents that was real important in my job. ~“Chit Chat” May 20

    I was thinking of doing something about it when I caught another faint whiff of that smell I knew was so important in our line of work. Then a breeze sprang up behind me and took the scent away. I took a few steps in the direction it had gone, and then Bernie said, “Chet?” I paused, one front paw raised in the air. ~“One Paw in the Air” May 21

    Meanwhile the perfume scent was overpowering that other scent, very faint anyway, but important in this line of work. ~“Making Progress” May 22

    … I got distracted by that faint scent again, carried on a little breeze that blew some scraps across the dirt yard of a windowless house that stood alone at a dead-end circle. ~“Democracy in Action” May 24

    The breeze has shifted around the way breezes do – breezes, a real big subject for another time – and I’m not picking up that scent any more, and in fact I’m starting to forget about the whole thing. ~“Clues out the Yingang” May 25

    We were sitting in the car at the empty housing development; a big scrap of pink insulation blew by. I didn’t like the smell of insulation, not one bit. And the wind was also carrying this other scent, very faint, but – ~“Putting Our Heads Together” May 29

  10. Riö - The Evil
    5:56 am on July 12th, 2010

    Col. Bob!… So it started when Bernie and Bob were chatting about how Ray was following Col. Bob, right?…snort!…But why did he hire Bernie in the first place? ….grunt!

  11. Kirby T. Penworthy
    5:56 am on July 12th, 2010

    Oh, and Bee, the thought of you stirring up brains makes my stomach turn!

  12. Wookie of Chevy Chas
    6:12 am on July 12th, 2010

    Stover, I think the term you are thinking of is MacGuffin, which is a plot device that moves the plot along but that ultimately has no real relevance to the plot as it develops. Or perhaps it is McMuffin, which is on the breakfast menu at Mickey D's. Wookie

  13. Riö - The Evil
    6:19 am on July 12th, 2010

    Great!… Now I am starving marvin!…gulp!… With no food in sight…crap! … I feel like we are going backwards again with this case… sniff!sniff!… Did Ray walk into the club with Bernie? Or did they leave him all alone in the porche? … grunt!

  14. B. Stover
    6:39 am on July 12th, 2010

    Wookie is right. It was a MacGuffin. At least that's what we concluded at the time regarding the smell at the housing development.

    The case is not going backwards. We are on the spot where Astrid was reported to be. Col. Bob hired Bernie and Chet to find Astrid after his "talk" with Ray; we did not hear all of that talk being reported because Chet was distracted by something. I assume that Ray got out of the car with Bernie and Chet. Ray did not seem to know the place (Club Utopia; remember he called it a "dump."), so we can infer that he had no idea of Astrid being there. I think it all hinges on the questions I raised above. Also, what about the other "dude" mentioned by Foster which I speculated about several weeks ago?

    Sorry to turn your stomach T but stirring up brains is what I do for a living.

  15. Kirby T. Penworthy
    6:39 am on July 12th, 2010

    I don't know if Ray went into the club or not — he's not mentioned by name. But he's not still in the Porche:

    We hopped out of the car, me actually hopping, the others not. ~"Utopia/Dystopia" July 6

  16. Kirby T. Penworthy
    6:42 am on July 12th, 2010

    Dang it! Just when things get interesting, Mom says I have to get off the computer so she can turn it off. It's her late night at the library, so I won't be able to come back until later — I'm not real good with time, but I know it's later. I'll catch up then and meet you on the flip side!

  17. B. Stover
    6:49 am on July 12th, 2010

    T is a good researcher.

  18. Riö - The Evil
    8:06 am on July 12th, 2010

    Research!…. It must be because of all that good sleep he got last night on his old pal’s new bed…heh!

  19. B. Stover
    8:23 am on July 12th, 2010

    Too much baseball has boggled Rio's brain. (Just kidding Rio. I'm practicing alliteration.)

  20. Riö - The Evil
    8:25 am on July 12th, 2010

    Slow!… I wonder what Tut Tut and Robbie are up to today?….snort!…. Didn’t Melanie say she was going to give us some puppy pictures today?…. grunt! …Where is that girl?

  21. B. Stover
    8:28 am on July 12th, 2010

    I stopped watching Murder on the Orient Express last night also. It was not half as good as the movie with Albert Finney.

  22. Riö - The Evil
    9:01 am on July 12th, 2010

    Stover!… I was so disappointed last night….sniff!… It was sort of the Wham-Bam Thank You Ma’m version!…snort!… It was all moving far too fast for the likes of me… grunt! … I mean I know the story, so I know who did it, but it was not what I expected at all….grunt!

    Agatha!… One of the very first plays my friend ever got to see was “Mousetrap”….snort!… David McCallum, the guy who played Illya Kuryakin on “The Man From Uncle” was in it….wheeze!… She says she had a big crush on him when she was a little kid…heh! … One time she got to see him again at the airport!…wow!

  23. Mollypop
    9:02 am on July 12th, 2010

    Mom says her memory is not as good as it used to be, but she remembers that the first Murder on the Orient Express maybe had one gun shot (maybe heard, not seen) and a good plot. The remake was bang bang bang and all action but not much plot.

  24. B. Stover
    9:39 am on July 12th, 2010

    Rio and Mollypop: I agree with both of your assessments. David McCallum is on NCIS…I think.

  25. Riö - The Evil
    9:46 am on July 12th, 2010

    NCIS!… I’ve never watched a NCIS show ever and I’m not going to start now….snort!… Not even for David McCallum… grunt!…I thought that guy died anyway…heh!

  26. dawson
    9:56 am on July 12th, 2010


    I quite enjoyed Murder on the Orient Express last night however I've never seen another version so…

    I do remember Illya Kuryakin. Staff was enamored of him. Or was that me being enamored? Gee, maybe it was both of us.

    Oops. Lunch break is over already.

  27. Staff
    10:02 am on July 12th, 2010

    Hummmm. That reminds me I have some enchilada's frozen in the basement freezer. That could be supper tonight. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Rio, It was his partner who died. Robert Vaughn.

    Staff was crushing on David McCallum also. Many many years ago.

  28. Staff
    10:03 am on July 12th, 2010

    Dawson, You were too young to crush on David Mc. Really! three years is forever when you are 15.


  29. Staff
    10:04 am on July 12th, 2010

    Kirby T. I am impressed with your timeline research. Very impressed.


  30. B. Stover
    10:06 am on July 12th, 2010

    David McCallum is alive and well…as far as I know…and is the forensic pathologist on NCIS which is a good series that I have not watched for a while.

  31. Riö - The Evil
    10:10 am on July 12th, 2010

    Illya!…. How old would David McCallum be these days?… snort! … I’m glad he is still working….cough!

    Champions!… My friend wants to know if anyone remembers a show on around the same time as Man from Uncle called ‘The Champions’?…wheeze!…She had to watch all these types of shows because her big brother always controlled the TV…heh!

  32. B. Stover
    10:25 am on July 12th, 2010

    McCallum was born in Scotland in 1933. I don't remember Champions.

  33. Wookie of Chevy Chas
    11:13 am on July 12th, 2010

    I would demur a little bit on the harsher reviews of Mystery version of Murder on the Orient Express, as compared to the theatrical release movie. Don't get me wrong, I though the movie was terrific too. Considering that the cast included, in addition to Albert Finney as Poirot, a blockbuster cast of Lauren Bacall, Sean Connery, Ingrid Bergman, John Gielgud, Jacqueline Bisset, Anthony Perkins and Vanessa Redgrave (to name a few). Any movie with Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman and Sean Connery is going to be pretty terrific, even if they were all just reading the yellow pages. The running time was also quite a bit longer, so the plot could develop on a more leisurely basis. But that does not provide a basis to disparage a truly outstanding acting performance by David Suchet last night. What I liked about the Suchet version was not necessarily the plot development per se, but how Suchet's performance focused on the psychological toll that what had happened had exerted on Poirot, particularly the tension between justice and right. And while that is not typical of his other performances as Poirot, I thought it represented a real stretch in terms of his acting abilities by providing a much deeper insight into Poirot the person than is normally seen. Certainly from an "action" perspective, it was somewhat more clipped and compressed than the movie, but that did not detract from Suchet's outstanding performance.

    Mollypop, I'm not sure, but in regard to the gunshot, I think you mom may be thinking of Death on the Nile rather than Murder on the Orient Express.

    Also, I think both Robert Vaughn as well as David McCallum are both still alive and kicking. And long before he did Napoleon Solo, a very young Robert Vaughn can be seen in a episode of Zorro as a young farmer, struggling to deal with the effects of a drought on his small rancho, who is befriended by Zorro. And for trivia buffs, while everyone knows what UNCLE stood for (United Network Command for Law Enforcement), does anyone know what THRUSH stood for? I do. Wookie, the TV junkie

  34. Riö - The Evil
    11:21 am on July 12th, 2010

    Wookie!… I don’t think it was ever explained on the show, was it?….snort!… Her and her brother could never figure it out… heh! .. It drove them crazy!

  35. Wookie of Chevy Chas
    11:36 am on July 12th, 2010

    Rio, just for you and your friend. THRUSH — Technical Hierarchy for the Removal of Undesirables and the Subjugation of Humanity. How cool is that! Wookie

  36. Riö - The Evil
    11:46 am on July 12th, 2010

    Holy Crap!…Her and her brother would never have figured that out in a million years!… wow!… All they knew was TRUSH wanted to take over the world…heh!… Which I guess is what THRUSH literally means after all…snort!

  37. Riö - The Evil
    12:26 pm on July 12th, 2010

    Dan!… I hope Dan is still recovering ….snort!…Melanie has been absent all day…sniff!sniff!

  38. B. Stover
    1:18 pm on July 12th, 2010

    Very good analysis Wookie. I'm glad you and others liked last night's Orient Express. One of my problems with it is that, for some reason I probably can't articulate, I've never liked David Suchet. Perhaps I feel about his portrayal the way Christie ended up feeling about Poirot….which actually means that Suchet is doing a good job.

    Still no word from Melanie.

  39. Mollypop
    1:52 pm on July 12th, 2010

    Oooh – bad day here. Mom had a cap put on her magical tooth screw – soon to have a tooth put on – and she was driving real fast to get us back from Sam's house. Good thing she makes me ride in the back seat.

    Oooh – she's not feeling well right now so I have to go cuddle her.

  40. B. Stover
    2:12 pm on July 12th, 2010

    Feel better soon Mollypop's mom.

  41. Riö - The Evil
    2:51 pm on July 12th, 2010

    Stover!….I may not really want to know the answer to this question…snuff!… What do you mean by “…the way Christie ended up feeling about Poirot..”?… gasp!… I know what she ultimately did to him, and have tried to forget all these years…sniff!…I never suspected foul play… sob!… David Suchet is exactly as my friend imagined Hercule years ago while reading all those books (over and over again)… snort!…She still has all of them (except maybe that last one)… grunt!

    Tooth!… The magical tooth will soon be covered!… wow!…It seems like forever since the screw replaced the bad tooth….grunt!… Molly be a good girl and get your mom some wine quick!!!… wheeze! … Preferably Cahors Black…sniff!

  42. Siberian Husky
    3:04 pm on July 12th, 2010

    Glad you made it inside, Chet. "No Dogs Allowed" is a load of crap.

    I hope Dan is okay and that we will hear from Melanie soon. They have to drive a long distance to go see Dan or to go to the vet.

    Be good to your mom, Molly. I know you will. I hope she is feeling better soon.

    If my mom is feeling yuckey, I always tell her a trip to the dog park will fix her up in no time.


  43. Riö - The Evil
    3:24 pm on July 12th, 2010

    Heh!… Huskies seem to be a tad self-centered!…snort!… I think that’s why I like SiberH so much!…snuffle!… He and I think a lot alike, I just put it into words differently …heh!…He is way more polite than I could ever be.

    SiberH!…Are you going to watch the All Star Home run thingy tonight!?… snort!…We might, we have not made up our minds yet!…grunt!…We get to go water all of the neighbors potted plants soon!…yipppeee!… I get to piss on everything over there legally…heh!… And even take an illegal crap while I am at it when she is not watching! …snicker!…This is gonna be fun fun fun!!!…heh!

  44. Mollypop
    3:30 pm on July 12th, 2010

    Rio – Mom is drinking Pinot Noir. We saw the Pinot Evil in your pic. Well, I say let's not waste good wine on this – Thunderbird or Ripple – gulp, down the hatch!

  45. B. Stover
    3:34 pm on July 12th, 2010

    Rio: Christie got irritated with Poirot and his know-it-all attitude; she also wondered why she had made him Belgium. That's based on memory. I can look it up but right now I'm watching Lie To Me.

    Mollypop: Cahors Black would help, but since you probably can't get any, rhone or merlot would work.

  46. B. Stover
    3:38 pm on July 12th, 2010

    Or Pinot Noir…

  47. Siberian Husky
    3:44 pm on July 12th, 2010

    After reading your post, Rio, I went and checked both the printed guide and the on-screen guide. I don't think I will be watching the All Star Home Run thingy because it does not appear to be on any of my channels.

    Piss on some of the potted plants for me. That sounds like a lot more fun than desert weeds.

    Molly, you are suppose to be watching over your mom. We don't want her to feel bad later on tonight or in the morning.

  48. Riö - The Evil
    3:54 pm on July 12th, 2010

    Pinor Evil!… HA!…That is some Evil stuff for sure… snort!snort!…Even she could not get it down very happily!…heh! …It brought spitting out wine to a whole new level!…snicker!

  49. Kirby T. Penworthy
    3:57 pm on July 12th, 2010

    I'm back! Mom likes Agatha Christie a lot — in fact, Ms. Christie is looking at me right now! Dad found an autograph by her on ebay and had it framed with her photo for Mom's Christmas present one year. She's one of Mom's favorites, because when Mom was little and reading Nancy Drew, she was afraid that mysteries and other fun books were just for kids, and that when she got older she'd have to read serious stuff. But then she discovered Agatha Christie and was introduced to the wonderful world of grown-up mysteries. And now she says she only reads "dead body books" — if there isn't a dead body on the cover, she doesn't read it! (Unless there's a picture of Chet, of course!)

  50. Riö - The Evil
    4:02 pm on July 12th, 2010

    Pinor – Pinot, tomatoe – tomato…heh!

    SiberH!… I got them all!…snort!.. She would water them, then I would walk behind and water them again!…grunt!… I can’ wait to see how big they get by this Saturday!…heh!

    Roth!…Since Stover was kind enough to remind us, we will be watching Lie to Me instead of the boring Homerunnie thingie…heh!…Thanks Stover!… She is still chewing on the info about Agatha and HER character Hercule at the moment… snort! …”Crazy that all this should come up again” she says…heh!

  51. B. Stover
    4:04 pm on July 12th, 2010

    In her diary Christie called Poirot "insufferable" and an "egocentric creep."

  52. B. Stover
    4:10 pm on July 12th, 2010

    Remember Conan Doyle tried killing off Sherlock at one point. Christie would not do that to Poirot because he was so popular. I think she had him die in Curtains because she didn't want anyone to take over Poirot as a character after she died.

  53. Riö - The Evil
    4:21 pm on July 12th, 2010


  54. Riö - The Evil
    4:25 pm on July 12th, 2010

    Agatha!….The way he died was never ever believable to me!…NEVER EVER!…sob!sob!sob!…sneeze!cough!

  55. dawson
    4:35 pm on July 12th, 2010

    Rio illegally disporting himself on the neighbor's potted plants.

    Mollypop's Mom: Feel better soon.

    Wookie: I like it when you demur a little bit. Do you remember everything you've ever learned?

    Kirby T.Penworthy: Good research. That illusive smell.

    Melanie, Zoe, Dan and the Newfs: All is well?

  56. Riö - The Evil
    4:45 pm on July 12th, 2010

    Roth!… Cool has a new name… snort!… It upset my friend when the dying guy let out one tear at the end… sniff!…Her dad did that too – only there were two tears, one on her side of dad first and one on her brothers side of dad….cough!…Not at the same time which struck her as very important, but her brother didn’t seem to know because she said nothing when her tear came first, but he said something when his tear came second… sigh, sob!… Here is to remembering!…sob!sob!

    ok!…We have to shake this off and go check the water outside right now! …snort!

  57. B. Stover
    4:47 pm on July 12th, 2010

    Rio: His death makes sense. He may have moved his heart medicine out of reach on purpose because he was the murderer in the book if even for a just cause. He, in effect, brought himself to justice.

  58. Staff
    4:53 pm on July 12th, 2010

    I have to go to bed early tonight. I didn't get my nap in cause the other staff made me dig out quack grass in the garden and scrub off the front porch.

    He does this by doing his assigned jobs so poorly that I have to redo them. (he only hosed down the front porch and didn't even do the windows at all) Drat the man! He has read all these books about men and women and thinks he can manipulate me that way. Unfortunately he is correct.

    I still make him do the vacuuming without correction though. I have some standards!


  59. Sam
    5:27 pm on July 12th, 2010

    Staff, couldn't Alice J. spring into action on this stuff. I think she would handle it to her (and then your) benefit.

    You could learn from her. I sure have.

  60. Riö - The Evil
    5:32 pm on July 12th, 2010

    Wormhole!…In between watering we are watching that fascinating show called ‘Through the Wormhole’….snort!…We are on episode 3 where “Time” is explored… wheeze!…This is a very interesting topic for her! So I have to watch it too!…heh! …We are now wondering if Wolfie was ever able to watch “Mememto”…heh! …classic memory/time sort of film…sniff! …Spencer was the inspiration for that film, we are sure!..heh!

    Melanie!…I hope and pray with powerful pug prayers that all is okay with all your family members tonight!..sniff!sniff!

  61. Siberian Husky
    5:42 pm on July 12th, 2010

    Staff; Mom says to tell you she thinks it is a "guy" thing…washing off the front porch with a hose. That's the only way they know how to do it. I don't know myself because I see the hose and run.

    Interesting…I have never heard of quack grass. I could write a whole essay on tumbleweeds.

  62. Siberian Husky
    5:44 pm on July 12th, 2010

    We'll add Husky prayers to Rio's pug prayers, Melanie.

  63. Riö - The Evil
    5:50 pm on July 12th, 2010

    Heh!… I think AbbieTheKat and Staff have a lot in common as they like to hide under the bed and hope things work out well!…snort!…Staff! Yelling and stomping and refusing to make food go along way in our house-hold!…heh!…Just pretend you are Alice and get your own way for Pete’s Sake!…grunt!

  64. dawson
    6:08 pm on July 12th, 2010

    I'm just waiting for the male staff to get home so I can pull an Alice.

  65. dawson
    6:16 pm on July 12th, 2010

    Fortunately for him I'm tired and will be fast asleep by the time he gets home. And gone to work in the morning long before he's awake. By the time I see him I'll have forgotten what's the problem.

    I'm a bit worried about Melanie and crew.

    Good night all.

  66. Riö - The Evil
    6:38 pm on July 12th, 2010

    “Pulling an Alice”….hey!…That’s another motto to live by!…snort! … Don’t cha-all think?…heh!… Well, maybe not here…grunt!… Smack-down right away if I behaved like that Kat!…hmmphf!

  67. Riö - The Evil
    7:09 pm on July 12th, 2010

    Goodnight All!… snort!… Lets say some extra prayers for Melanie and her family tonight because not hearing from her is worrisome at this stage…sniff!… And please for all our other friends who are traveling or “snacking on junk food”… snuff!…Lets keep them close to our hearts in thought and prayer also… snorkel!… Life is difficult but we do have this haven to come to and express our thoughts and maybe it is even a creative outlet that we do not otherwise have in our lives… grunt! …So Goodnight all and Please do not let the Bed Bugs Bite!…heh!

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