Clubbing (4)

“I’m not afraid of no damn dogs,” the bouncer said.

“Smart,” said Bernie.

“And I’m not afraid of a loser like you, neither,” the bouncer said.

Loser? Bernie? That made no sense to me. I was sitting – just inside the doorway to Club Utopia – because Bernie had said sit. There’s a way of sitting where you’re actually moving a bit at the same time. That was the kind of sitting I was doing at the moment, closing in on that bouncer. But before I could actually get started on whatever I would have gotten started on, the bouncer grabbed Bernie by the collar, banged open the door with his shoulder and hustled Bernie outside. And Bernie didn’t do a thing about it! I raced outside just before the door swung shut behind me, and what was this? The bouncer was lying in the parking lot, sort of moaning and writhing, and Bernie was standing over him, checking the top button on his shirt, which had come unfastened. This was one of Bernie’s nicest Hawaiian shirts, the one with the trumpets. Have I ever mentioned the Hawaiian pants? Maybe I’ll get into that tomorrow.

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  1. B. Stover
    4:21 am on July 19th, 2010

    That was Bernie's plan: get the bouncer outside and incapacitated. Now what??

    I love the sitting/moving description Chet. I can see you doing that.

    Hawaiian shirts, with or without trumpets, are equivalent to shirts with red checks.

  2. Melanie
    4:37 am on July 19th, 2010

    Morning Chet, Bernie and B.

    I understand that inching while sitting Chet. We had a dog that could start at the other end of the room and end up on the sofa with you. He never moved.

    Glad to see Bernie's in tip top shape! No harm to the trumpet HS! Excellent.

    Now go back in . . .

    Please?

  3. Barb & Maggie
    4:50 am on July 19th, 2010

    Melanie, Barb is reading A Perfect Crime, and one of the characters just used the word nexus. Wow, I have heard that word twice in the last 2 days.

    No rat encounters last night. Maybe they decided to move away to less dangerous territory.

  4. Kirby T. Penworthy
    4:56 am on July 19th, 2010

    Oh boy, Chet! I like the sound of that Hawaiian shirt with the trumpets, because another word for trumpet is horn, and we have lots of those around here, because that's my family's name. So I guess really my full name is Kirby T. Penworthy Horn, but you can call me T!

    And I'm real good at that sit-and-scooch thing, because sometimes Mom tells me to sit, but then I'm not close enough to get the treat so I have to move forward, but if I'm not sitting I don't get the treat! I think it's a dog thing!

  5. Kirby T. Penworthy
    4:59 am on July 19th, 2010

    Maggie: Based on your past performance, I thinks the rats would be smart to leave your yard! But then again, are rats smart?

  6. Riö - The Evil
    5:15 am on July 19th, 2010

    Bernie!… He da Man!… wooo!… What a cool shirt he has on…heh!…Now they can go in and find Astrid…snort!

    Rough!…. When I scooch along on the rug I get yelled at and sometimes I am so into my business that she has to throw things at me to make me stop… grunt!

  7. Mollypop
    5:53 am on July 19th, 2010

    Mom ordered the 3rd edition of Woe is I which will be released July 27th.

    Those are not the Droids you're looking for. These are not they.

    See? We just ordered the book and I'm doing better already.

  8. Riö - The Evil
    5:54 am on July 19th, 2010

    Buttons!… Interesting that Bernie wears his Hawaiian shirt buttoned all the way to the top… heh!

  9. dawson
    5:57 am on July 19th, 2010

    Bernie, please, keep your shirt buttoned. Don't listen to all the fashionista's – you look great in that shirt.

    B.Stover: The red-plaid, or lumberjack, shirt first appeared somewhere between Lake Huron and Lake Michigan. Not for wearing with red high heels.

    Wookie: I missed the word of the day yesterday. Ankus is an excellent word with some hilarious guesses as to the definition. I finally had to look it up. As soon as I saw the real definition I slapped my forehead and said, "of course". All the talk of Peanuts had me thinking of Charlie Brown. Woe is not me, I mean I.

  10. Riö - The Evil
    6:03 am on July 19th, 2010

    Huh?… Tell me again what Woe stands for?… grunt!

  11. Wookie of Chevy Chas
    6:43 am on July 19th, 2010

    Rio. Maybe it is Woe is on first, What is on second (back to vaudeville again and Abbott and Costello). Wookie

  12. dawson
    6:46 am on July 19th, 2010

    Woe – misery, distress, worries, troubles. That sort of thing.

  13. Sam
    6:48 am on July 19th, 2010

    Rio, Woe is you if you keep scooching your derrière on the rug.

  14. Melanie
    6:50 am on July 19th, 2010

    KPT the eighteenth,

    Ask the rats in the Secret of NIMH.

    MagPie! Good going and good riddance to those rodents.

    Dawson, Lake Heron, Lake Michigan, Hawaii? They're pretty close, right?

    After this weekend I'm giving up grammar. I'm lucky if any words come out of my brain in a somewhat recognizable order.

  15. dawson
    6:51 am on July 19th, 2010

    Wha?

  16. Jasper the Poodle
    6:51 am on July 19th, 2010

    Bernie = ninja.

  17. dawson
    6:53 am on July 19th, 2010

    Woe is not I. I is packing to go to the beach.

  18. Macy the Min-Pin
    7:16 am on July 19th, 2010

    Oh, Dawson, the beach, I think I would love the beach. I have seen pictures. My late sisters went all the way from Texas to Florida only to find that they were not allowed on the beach. Boy were they disappointed. But they did get to go to Disney World, sort of. The lovely K9 accommodations.

    Rio, if you tried that schooching thing at our house, you would find yourself in a kennel so fast you would not even have a chsnce to snort or chortle.

    Chet is always my hero, but I especially admire the way he butt-hovers. That what the peeps call it when we don't quite sit.

    Good morning Molly, T., Sam, Wookie, and Jasper. 'Sup?

    Maggie you are very daring. I don't know what a rat is but they sound ferocious! Are they like tigers or anteaters? I've seen those on Animal Planet.

  19. B. Stover
    7:21 am on July 19th, 2010

    Have fun at the beach Dawson. I don't think of Admin's red-checked shirt as a lumberjack shirt….totally different. It probably has a white background and would fit nicely on a kitchen table…or not.

    Melanie: I, of course, do not know the meaning of any of your acronyms.

    I have an appointment to see the allergist.

  20. Riö - The Evil
    7:33 am on July 19th, 2010

    Heh!…What a bunch of wise-guys!…. snort!… I’m talking about Molly’s reference to the 3rd edition of WOE….grunt!

  21. Riö - The Evil
    7:37 am on July 19th, 2010

    Kennel?…. She tried to kennel me one time when I hurt my back….snort!…. I made so much noise that she felt sorry for me and let me out after a short time… heh!….Then she had to lift me up onto the bed and lift me off when I wanted… grunt! …. No kennels for me Min Tin Pin head. … snicker!

  22. Barb & Maggie
    7:46 am on July 19th, 2010

    Macy, Rats are not a big or ferocious as tigers. Of course,Kats of any size are not my favorite. I treed the neighbor's cat once, but that's a story for another time.

    Think very large mouse. Smarter than, too. Barb heard that when rats encounter a new food they will just sample it, and if it makes them sick they will never eat it again.

    Barb just finished Perfect Crime, and no SPOILER ALERT here, but she said it was a humdinger of a chiller-thriller. Great reading (is that ok to say, Bee?)

  23. Riö - The Evil
    7:52 am on July 19th, 2010

    MagPie!…. Humdinger of a chiller-thriller!!… snort!… That sounds like an excellent book to read just as soon as I finish Ingrid’s first one, and then Last of the Dixie Heroes…. Heh! …Fun fun fun!

  24. Mollypop
    8:16 am on July 19th, 2010

    Macy – Rats are just like the fuzzbutts but without the fuzzy butts.

  25. Riö - The Evil
    8:23 am on July 19th, 2010

    Molly!…What does WOE stand for?…grunt!

  26. Wookie of Chevy Chas
    8:29 am on July 19th, 2010

    Rio. Sorry. "Woe is I" or more specifically, “Woe Is I: The Grammarphobe’s Guide to Better English in Plain English” by Patricia T. O’Connor is a book that I had recommended to Stover on yesterday's blog. I had suggested the second edition (rather than the first), not knowing that a third edition was about to be published. Apparently there are some others on the blog that are interested in the subject as well, which is where all the subsequent chatter has come from. While it is an interesting book to read (verb, infinitive, not noun) and kind of fun too (if that appeals to you), it certainly does not hold a candle to the outstanding prose of the charming Mr. Abrahams. The other book that I had mentioned is "Eats Shoots and Leaves." If that title seems strange for a book on grammar and punctuation, the title is a play on words dealing with the culinary habits of pandas (pandas like to eat bamboo shoots and leaves) but where a single misplaced comma then transforms it into a sentence about a panda that eats, then fires a gun (shoots) and then departs the scene (leaves). Probably more than you wanted to know, but sometimes I just get on a roll — can't help myself. Wookie the blabbermouth

  27. Riö - The Evil
    8:31 am on July 19th, 2010

    Thanks…snort!

  28. Melanie
    8:37 am on July 19th, 2010

    B. Stover, KTP the eighteenth stands for Kirby T. Penworthy XVIII. Someone mentioned he should be a third, but I thought his pedigree was much longer.

    Secret of NIMH, movie about escaped rats from the National Institute of Mental Health. Very smart rats with a philosophy like Yoda (small green Jeti Knight from the Original Star Wars trilogy).

    I watched a lot of movies with my children.

  29. Melanie
    8:43 am on July 19th, 2010

    WOE:

    Weary of Existent

    Wandering of Ewoks

    Wiggling of Extremities (Go Wöölfie)

    Winging Over Earth

    Wiped Out Ellie

  30. dawson
    8:46 am on July 19th, 2010

    Yikes!

    I wasn't gonna say this because it is not my place but…Staff is getting a new kidney!

    I did not check my email at all yesterday and even last night after work I was too tired and went right to bed without even Chet.

    This morning I look and see that she emailed me at 930 last night to say it was a possible, then a probable and then for certain. She was to be in Fargo for the preparations by 7 this morning and basically that is all I know. She has been on the waiting list for some time. The male Staff is in charge of updating but he is not as forthcoming as one would like. Because of all this quilt business I thought I had better let you know. When I hear something I will pass it on.

  31. Sam
    8:50 am on July 19th, 2010

    Best wishes and good luck and whatever else is needed for Staff to have a speedy recovery.

    Thanks Dawson for letting us know.

    From my Mom and Dad and Girl and Boy, and me.

  32. Mollypop
    8:52 am on July 19th, 2010

    Dawson – Thanks for telling us about this. We are sending our thoughts and prayers to her.

  33. dawson
    8:53 am on July 19th, 2010

    Weak Organ Eviscerated: If all goes well, will not be woeful.

  34. Barb & Maggie
    9:06 am on July 19th, 2010

    Dawson, Thank you for letting us know. All good and positive thoughts go out to her.

  35. Macy the Min-Pin
    9:07 am on July 19th, 2010

    Rats are like fuzzballs without fuzz? SAM IS A RAT? Oh nevermind, she does have fuzz, phew! Would not want Maggie to eat Sam. I have heard that it is a dog eat dog world, but I am hoping that is not true.

    Happy New Kidney to Staff.

    Rio, one does not address a princess as Pin Head!!!!!!!

    Rio=Really Ignorant Organism

    Good one Dawson!

  36. Riö - The Evil
    9:07 am on July 19th, 2010

    Wow!… I will be saying mighty Pug Prayers for her all day today and all through her recovery… sniff!… I’m so damn happy she is getting a new kidney… sob!sob!sob!…. [ Tears of joy ]… sob!sob!sob!

    Organs!….This brings up an interesting topic…. snort!… My friend is an organ donor….sniff!…She has been one for a very long time….grunt!… Without organ donors good people like Staff would never have an opportunity like she has now… sob!sob!sob! …. We are just so happy for her today. Thanks Dawson for the good news….sniffle!

  37. Riö - The Evil
    9:11 am on July 19th, 2010

    Min Tin Rin Pin!… Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me… heh!

  38. Staff
    9:13 am on July 19th, 2010

    Hi everyone,

    I have sneaked out of my room at the hospital and am in the 'family room'. Other staff is watching out for nurses. heh heh

    I just want to say that everything is a match and it is expected to happen at around 5 pm central daylight time.

    This sure shoots my viewing of the Tour de France all to hell.

    However I am feeling very upbeat and lucky.

    I will probably have lots of time to work on the quilt as I have to hang around Fargo for 1-3 weeks while they make sure everything is working correctly.

    I doubt I will be posting much for a few days.

    Love to you all, even Rio!

    I figured Dawson hadn't seen her email…heh heh. She only looks at chetthedog when she gets on her computer.

    Staff

  39. dawson
    9:14 am on July 19th, 2010

    In her last email last night she said the actual operation part of the process would most likely not start until this afternoon. From google the operation takes 2 or 3 hours. She is scared and excited. Me too.

    Thanks to the organ donor.

    Go Big Sister!

  40. Gus and BooBear
    9:19 am on July 19th, 2010

    Way to go, Bernie!! But let Chet enjoy some of the fun too!!

  41. Riö - The Evil
    9:23 am on July 19th, 2010

    Sob!sob!sob!… Staff said she loved me!…sob!sob!sob!… She will be under the knife around 4:00 my time…snort!… Now I am scared and excited at the same time too!….sniffle!

  42. Riö - The Evil
    9:30 am on July 19th, 2010

    Lil Lexi!….Speaking of organ donations, I wonder what has happened to that Lexi again… drat!… She’s always missing and making me worry about her… dammit! … I hope she hasn’t been crushed under those crutches… gulp!

  43. Wookie of Chevy Chas
    9:31 am on July 19th, 2010

    Our thoughts and prayers here in Chevy Chase are definitely with Staff and her family (including little sister Dawson) at this time, and just wishing her the safest and speediest recovery possible. Fortunately, the miracles of modern medicine are truly amazing. Wookie

  44. dawson
    9:37 am on July 19th, 2010

    Staff! You big Sneak! You better do what those doctors tell you to do! (But thanks for checking in.)

  45. Siberian Husky
    9:40 am on July 19th, 2010

    Thanks, Dawson, for letting us know. Staff is in our prayers. The entire blog team is sending good thoughts her way, and all of us together are pretty powerful.

  46. Siberian Husky
    9:42 am on July 19th, 2010

    Love to you, too, staff, and we are with you all the way on this!

  47. Macy the Min-Pin
    9:44 am on July 19th, 2010

    Boy Rio, are you a big crybaby today. Royally Irritating Oldster. Did Lexi donate an organ? Anyone is welcome to mine as soon as I am through with them.

  48. Siberian Husky
    9:46 am on July 19th, 2010

    Dawson, Have a fun trip to the beach! My mom thinks that sounds wonderful.

  49. Melanie
    10:57 am on July 19th, 2010

    Goodness, I feed the pups, take Jesse home, and zoom! The world turns upside down.

    Staff, may you feel the love of the Creator (because what is dog spelled backwards?) through out the operation and your recovery.

    Love, the Newf Pack!

    Though KATs would be TAKs. Hmm

  50. Siberian Husky
    11:04 am on July 19th, 2010

    Melanie? How is Dan doing?

  51. Barb & Maggie
    11:14 am on July 19th, 2010

    Melanie, There's a joke with God spelled backwards. We might have told it before. What do you call a dyslectic, agnostic insomniac? Answer: Someone who lays awake at night wondering if there really is a DOG.

    Molly and Sam, I have never come face to face with a fuzzbutt, but Mom says they are cuter than rats. And I don't actually EAT the rat. That would be Yuck !

    So glad Staff got some word out to us, and Barb is also an organ donor, but she is getting old, so some of her organs might not be tip top anymone.

  52. Wölfie Wigglebu
    11:17 am on July 19th, 2010

    Gosh, Staff, I had idea that you are on the waiting list. My prayers and with you and Mr Staff, and of course, AK and AJ. I hope they aren't too upset with your for deserting them.

    We have had our own drama here. My boys have relasped. No drugs thank God but alcohol and plenty of it. Plus all the repulsive behavior that comes with addiction. Mom took the day off on Friday, taking them to the doctor, the lab for Testing, picking up presriptions and seeing their Therapists.

    Wow. I didn't know that Mom could yell like that. Impressive.

    Now her and dad are talking about looking at their Options, whatever those are. Somethign to do with Tin Futures maybe? Not sure. Expcept I think it has to do with my boy's immediate future.

    So, now we have Dan, and Staff and Wolfie's boys to worry about.

    Plus, the New Cap in the gulf seems to be seeping.

    Dear Lord, be with us all.

  53. Melanie
    11:20 am on July 19th, 2010

    Siber-H, An interesting question. Dan's heart and valves are doing great. He appears to be getting over the peunmonia, slowly but getting over it. He got off a lot of tubes and such today. He is still confused by his dreams. They are very real to him. Which is great when they are good dreams, not so good when they aren't. Yesterday, he dreamed he was in a bad Maine hospital. He called Zoë and she told him he was in Boston. He still wasn't sure and asked the nurse.

    Zoë is with him today.

  54. Melanie
    11:25 am on July 19th, 2010

    Wöölfie!! Hugs to Mom and Dad, and good for her for YELLING!

  55. Riö - The Evil
    11:44 am on July 19th, 2010

    Melanie!… You may have already answered this yesterday – I am too lazy to go check…snort!… Apparently, I am also very ignorant and irritating… heh!… BUT my question for you is, what scene was YSAS in on Royal Pains….grunt!…We watched that show, but did not see him….wheeze!

  56. Siberian Husky
    11:49 am on July 19th, 2010

    its me!!!

  57. Barb & Maggie
    11:52 am on July 19th, 2010

    So sad to hear that news about your boys, Wolfie. We have known people, friends and family, with addiction problems and it is very tough. Hang in there!

  58. Siberian Husky
    11:53 am on July 19th, 2010

    I hope it is me again!

  59. Riö - The Evil
    11:58 am on July 19th, 2010

    SiberH!…What are you doing?…snort!…. You crazy Husky… hey!… Ubaldo pitches tonight!…woooo!

  60. Siberian Husky
    12:01 pm on July 19th, 2010

    I;m trying to get some damn pictures up. Yeah!! I know he pitches tonight!

  61. Melanie
    12:03 pm on July 19th, 2010

    Riö, I was going to watch it today but . . .

    then the day happened.

    I will keep try tomorrow.

    Siber-H, I'm glad it you.

  62. Riö - The Evil
    12:03 pm on July 19th, 2010

    OMG!…. Do you have someone there with you helping you??… snort!snort!….This is really exciting!

  63. Melanie
    12:05 pm on July 19th, 2010

    Is that what you're talking about.

    Siber-H, you need to wait until the file shows up right under what you write.

    It's loading until then.

  64. Siberian Husky
    12:15 pm on July 19th, 2010

    Wolfie, the Lord is with all of us. We need him now for sure. Husky hugs all around: to staff, Dan, and Wolfie and his family. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

    I apologize to all for messing around with these photos when we have some serious stuff going on with the blog team right now. My mother had to get help with the photos while it was available. I hope the photos show up. I hope there is hope for my mom and her technical problems.

  65. Siberian Husky
    12:17 pm on July 19th, 2010

    Melanie, We may not have done it correctly after reading your post. Thanks for the help and we may have to try again.

  66. Riö - The Evil
    12:23 pm on July 19th, 2010

    SiberH!… Keep trying!… snort!… I am dying to see what you look like old pal…heh!

  67. Macy the Min-Pin
    12:28 pm on July 19th, 2010

    Mr. Husky, glad to hear your explanation of your previous post. I was afraid you were confessing to something!

    Rio- I had no idea your round self was so sensitive. 1000 pardons, sire. *snorkle* (ooo, my first snorkle, it was pretty fun!)

  68. dawson
    12:38 pm on July 19th, 2010

    Go Siber H, Go! No apologies needed. What's needed is the fun and joy this blog generates. I can't wait to see you. If you can do it then maybe someday I can too.

    Incidentally, I just talked to mom, dad and little brother and we on this blog have the very latest from Staff herself. They still weren't sure if the operation was a go. Twas funny explaining where I got my information. Chet the Dog? Is that like the Caring Bridge site? No, It's a blog about a dog. Oh. (confusion reigns).

  69. Riö - The Evil
    12:41 pm on July 19th, 2010

    Dawson!… Ha!… Oh my… that’s funny. ..snicker!

  70. dawson
    12:45 pm on July 19th, 2010

    Wolfie: Sorry to hear about the boys.

  71. Barb & Maggie
    12:54 pm on July 19th, 2010

    Rio, I hope you are not feeling overly sensitive today. You have been taking some on the chops, dude! Doggie Smooches from MapPie, aka Bunny Buster & Rat Ridder

  72. Siberian Husky
    1:07 pm on July 19th, 2010

    Rio, I will keep trying. I'll even give it 24 hours because Lexi's photos once took that long to show up. The photos are at least in my computer now.

    Dawson, I had the same problem trying to explain about this blog to the guy that helped me with the photos. I gave up after trying to tell him that it is a blog written by a dog , and I just told him to get on with showing me how.

    I'm excited for staff…she should be going into surgery about now. Mom has a relative that years ago had a kidney transplant and is doing fine to this day.

  73. Siberian Husky
    1:10 pm on July 19th, 2010

    Maggie, I know it is in jpeg format, but I don't know about the size. I may have to get the dude that helped mom back here to read the advice that you and Melanie have posted and do it all over again.

  74. dawson
    1:10 pm on July 19th, 2010

    Hmmmm

    Now, how would a techno challenged pup actually check to see if he was in jpeg format, whatever that is? Like, would you click on something or other?

    Gee, I hope that Lexi didn't run away again. Must add her and Megan's Dad and his knee surgery to our worry list which does seem to be getting quite long.

  75. dawson
    1:13 pm on July 19th, 2010

    Well, now littlest sister has called saying that little brother told her to go to Ruff the Dog or something like that. (confusion raining cats and dogs)

  76. Barb & Maggie
    1:15 pm on July 19th, 2010

    Can you right click on the photo or just hold the mouse over it to see if the size comes up? We resized ours to about 480 x 640 or close to that. Then they upload really easily.

  77. Siberian Husky
    1:21 pm on July 19th, 2010

    Dawson, the guy that helped mom said he was doing it in jpeg format. We only have his word on it. I think he clicked on something, but we don't know when or where. People that are so fast on the computer annoy mom and I.

    Yes, we do need to include Lexi and her dad in our prayers and thoughts and hugs.

  78. Mollypop
    1:28 pm on July 19th, 2010

    Siber-H – As was said earlier, when you do the Select File then Browse thing, you have to wait until your file name comes up in the Comment section. Then you can hit Submit Comment.

    Then your picture will come up on your computer screen. It may say that it's being moderated. Finally after it's no longer being moderated, we will all get to see YOU!

  79. Siberian Husky
    1:30 pm on July 19th, 2010

    We have called our friend to come back. We need help!

  80. bluecat
    1:34 pm on July 19th, 2010
  81. bluecat
    1:35 pm on July 19th, 2010

    Hi, Rio. Did she actually do this???

    Prayer with everybody. May angels be watching and aiding us all.

  82. Siberian Husky
    1:48 pm on July 19th, 2010

    Bluecat!!! That is so cool. You are beautiful!

    We are still working on our technical problems.

  83. B. Stover
    1:55 pm on July 19th, 2010

    I saw a Siberian Husky on my travels today. He was beautiful. There was a dog across the street and the Husky was howling softly at him.

    My thoughts are with Staff, Dan and Wolfie's family.

  84. B. Stover
    1:58 pm on July 19th, 2010

    Bluecat you are beautiful!

  85. dawson
    2:15 pm on July 19th, 2010

    Beautiful Bluecat: You look a lot like Mean Mama Cat that lives in this house only nicer.

  86. Macy the Min-Pin
    3:29 pm on July 19th, 2010

    did not know Kats could be blue. do they come in pink or yellow, too? Blu Kat looks a little cross eyed. Too much computer?

  87. Barb & Maggie
    3:32 pm on July 19th, 2010

    Bluecat, You are very pretty.

    Do we have any updates on Staff? We are thinking of her.

  88. dawson
    3:35 pm on July 19th, 2010

    No updates yet. Waiting.

  89. Riö - The Evil
    3:46 pm on July 19th, 2010

    Technical Difficulties!…. SiberH! You are not the only one having trouble tonight!…snort!…Our computer is not behaving at all…grump!… We may be in and out as the night goes on….grumble!…If ole Cheapskates would just go buy a new one all would be well… crap!

    Blue Kat!… Oh you are a devilish looking little thing…snort!… Those crossed-eyes are something to behold…sniff!sniff!… You are a clever, lurking Kat indeed. What made you come out in full-blown color? ….grunt!…Thank you so much for sharing your photo, now if only poor SiberH could have success!…sigh.

    Wow!… Jimenez finally hit a ball and brought some runners in to tie the game!…snort!…He is a helluva pitcher, but his batting skills are lacking…heh!…Not tonight though!…woooooo!…OH!OH!…Rockies are ahead now!…WOOOOO!..WEEEE!

  90. Sam
    3:47 pm on July 19th, 2010

    Wolfie, I hope things improve with your boys. From my family's experience, after they turn 18 your options are limited.

    My Mom is wondering if they manage to get into so much trouble because there are two of them. What one might be able to resist, the other can't, and off they go again. We found that to be true when one of the old, bad influence friends would show up.

  91. Siberian Husky
    3:52 pm on July 19th, 2010

    Anxious to hear how staff is doing. I know we are all waiting.

    Our technical problem is that we can't get the photos downsized to what Maggie suggested. That is our first and biggest problem. Our friend is working on this. The rest sounds easy by simply following Melanie and Molly's advice. Thanks Maggie, Melanie, and Molly for the instructions.

  92. Siberian Husky
    3:55 pm on July 19th, 2010

    I think Bluecat looks wise.

    I'm following the game. May need several chew strips for this one.

  93. Barb & Maggie
    3:57 pm on July 19th, 2010

    We will check in a little later for an update on Staff. Barb is going to go watch a new Closer on TNT, one on her favorites, then we will be back. Hope all is going well.

  94. dawson
    3:58 pm on July 19th, 2010

    Littlest sister talked to staff at 4:35 mountain time and the operation had not even started yet so…considering that the operation takes 2 or 3 hours it will be late when we hear anything. I will post here as soon as I hear.

  95. Riö - The Evil
    4:05 pm on July 19th, 2010

    Oh oh….Crap! Ubaldo just gave up a homerun for 3 runs…crap!… Now the Fish are up 6-4…snort!… What the HELL!!!!…. sigh…. Ubaldo is coming out… grump!

    Staff!…She is definitely in my prayers in-between plays right now… snort!…Seriously! I have thought about her all day long … sniffle! …Scared and very excited for her to have a new life…sniff!

  96. Riö - The Evil
    4:17 pm on July 19th, 2010

    MagPie!… Heh! Thanks for the smooch!…snort!… I have thick skin so nothing really bothers me much even if I do remark on it… grunt!… Now if it was one of the members of the blog team, aka my dear friends out here…cough!… Then I would be upset and bothered by remarks like that. But seeing as it is from someone I hardly know, it really means nothing to me….snorkel! … By the way, your Rat-Pack skills are excellent and very impressive indeed! …heh! … You are sort of like a Rat-Hit-Guy… wow!

  97. dawson
    4:35 pm on July 19th, 2010

    Macy MinPin: Cats do come in all colors. Just google "painted cats" and you will see what I mean.

    A cat named blue cat lives at this house but he is all black.

    And a cat that looks like Blue Cat but has yellow eyes: that's Mean Mama Cat. And then there is clear cat aka wild black cat.

    Go Rockies . Go Tigers. Go Twins (for Staff). All these teams are losing right now.

  98. Mollypop
    4:35 pm on July 19th, 2010

    Siber-H – If there is still a problem downsizing that picture that we are all eagerly awaiting, you can send it to me. I can downsize it with Photoshop, the Lightroom database actually, and I can also post it for you.

    I know this is the cow path to the barn; consider it Plan B.

  99. dawson
    4:38 pm on July 19th, 2010

    Oh! Rockies just dodged a bullet.

  100. Siberian Husky
    4:50 pm on July 19th, 2010

    Thanks, Molly, thanks very much. We might have to go to plan B.

    The guy that is helping mom knows a whole lot more than mom, but he is stumped right now. He's putting out calls to friends to see if they can help.

  101. Riö - The Evil
    4:59 pm on July 19th, 2010

    OMG!…Rockies lead it now!…wow!… Herrera just hit a 3 run home-run! …heh!…WOOOOO! 8-7 Top of the eighth!…Johnny on the spot Herrera!…Woooo!

    SiberH! …Send your photo to Molly she is a computer whizzzzbutt! Molly how will he know how where to send it to you?

  102. Barb & Maggie
    6:02 pm on July 19th, 2010

    Siber H, Where is your picture? We are techno-challenged here, but if you are having troubles check to see if you are in jpeg format. Also, sometimes you have to resize the picture to a smaller size to send it.

  103. Mollypop
    5:02 pm on July 19th, 2010

    Siber-H – Send it to reneaudunn at (you know to use an @) gmail.com

  104. Siberian Husky
    5:05 pm on July 19th, 2010

    Come On Rockies!!! Rio, I have 3 photos. Is that too many to send to Molly?

  105. Sam
    5:07 pm on July 19th, 2010

    Macy (Princess), I will share my Princess status with you just like I do with Lil Lexi. You guys can be as Princessy as you want, but I'm the one to go in the movie – and that's that. Done deal.

    It was fun at the party with you and your flock!

  106. Siberian Husky
    5:07 pm on July 19th, 2010

    Ok everyone…I want you to take a deep breath before you read this. We don't know how to send a photo, but if we can't figure it out, our friend can.

  107. Mollypop
    5:08 pm on July 19th, 2010

    Siber-H – Send each pic in a separate email. Three emails.

  108. Mollypop
    5:09 pm on July 19th, 2010

    The picture should be an attachment in your email.

  109. Riö - The Evil
    5:11 pm on July 19th, 2010

    SiberH!… I have a feeling she has way better computers than we do…heh!…Send away pal!…grunt!…Are these Photos for your Squares????…snort!

    Send to reneaudunn@gmail.com

  110. Riö - The Evil
    5:14 pm on July 19th, 2010

    Snort!Snort!…This is so exciting…heh!heh!…Finally, we all get to see the SiberH in all his glory and mascara!…woooo!woooooo! (just like a low Husky woooo)…heh!

  111. dawson
    5:15 pm on July 19th, 2010

    We may yet see Siberian Husky's picture tonight!

    Tigers just dodged a bases loaded Texas bullet in the top of the 9th. Go Tigers!

    Colorado Rockies: Masters of the comeback.

  112. Siberian Husky
    5:16 pm on July 19th, 2010

    Now, don't shout, Rio, but I don't know how to send an attachment in an email. Yes, one of the photos will be for the quilt. Wookie can choose, but I thought I might post them all on the blog because I don't know if I can ever get my mom to consider doing this photo thing again.

    Thanks for making the link for me, Rio. lol I am glad you know me so well.

    This attachment thing sounds a whole lot easier than trying to downsize those photos on my computer.

  113. dawson
    5:19 pm on July 19th, 2010

    Siber H's Mom: Thank you for doing this for Siber H. You really, really ,really, really love him. That's obvious.

  114. Riö - The Evil
    5:19 pm on July 19th, 2010

    SiberH!… One big trick I have learned (the hard way) is to make sure your photo “Opens With” Internet Explorer….grunt!… This is on the menu that pops up when you Right Click on your photo.jpeg file. Be sure to select “Open with”..Internet Explorer…grunt! Show this to your friend!

  115. Barb & Maggie
    5:21 pm on July 19th, 2010

    Oh come on, we want to see the picture already! Please.

  116. Siberian Husky
    5:22 pm on July 19th, 2010

    I don't think a photo of me will be on this blog tonight…hopefully tomorrow because the dummy that is my mom has got to get someone to show her how to do the attachment thing. This is not difficult, right?

    I'll do as Molly says and send 3 seperate emails.

  117. Riö - The Evil
    5:23 pm on July 19th, 2010

    oppps!… Nevermind about my last comment SiberH!…Molly will take care of that stuff!…snort!…Just attach the photo file and send it to her…weeeee!

  118. Mollypop
    5:24 pm on July 19th, 2010

    So close and yet so far.

  119. Riö - The Evil
    5:24 pm on July 19th, 2010

    What kind of email do you use SiberH!…Hotmail, Yahoo?…which one?…snort!

  120. Siberian Husky
    5:24 pm on July 19th, 2010

    and I will show Rio's instructions on internet explorer to whoever sends the emails.

    Say, do you think Molly can touch up my eye makeup and all that good stuff?

  121. Siberian Husky
    5:25 pm on July 19th, 2010

    Rio, are yyou now saying that I don't have to use internet explorer?

  122. dawson
    5:26 pm on July 19th, 2010

    UPDATE: The kidney transplant operation started at 7:30 (Mountain time zone? He didn't say.) and according to a nurse so far it is going well. Myself I have a really good feeling about this operation.

  123. Siberian Husky
    5:26 pm on July 19th, 2010

    Rio, I use quest. Does that make a difference?

  124. Kirby T. Penworthy
    5:28 pm on July 19th, 2010

    Once again it was Mom's late night at the library, but the computer's on now so I'm catching up. Our thoughts and prayers are with Staff and everyone else out there who is under par.

    And Wolfie, don't give up hope for your boys. Our boy had some problems, too. It wasn't the same kind of trouble as your boys are having, but we didn't know where he was for a long, long time. Mom and Dad were pretty worried about him. But then they found him again, and now he's going to technical college and he's getting good grades and he should graduate in December. It took him a long time to get here — he's lots older than the average college student. He's always been smart, but for awhile there he was pretty dumb. But then he figured out the right path for himself, and he seems to be doing OK. Knock on wood!

  125. Siberian Husky
    5:29 pm on July 19th, 2010

    Thanks Dawson!!! I'm relieved that it is underway now, and I am happy to hear you have a good feeling about it. My feeling is that you are right.

  126. Siberian Husky
    5:29 pm on July 19th, 2010

    crap, Rio, crap…the baseball game

  127. Riö - The Evil
    5:33 pm on July 19th, 2010

    ARRRRRRRGGGGGHHHHH!…NOOOOOOO! FREAKIN’ WAY!!!!!…snort!

    [img ]http://www.chetthedog.com/wp-content/uploads/1279593095-Angry.gif[/img] Rockies lose to the floppy fish…NO WAY.…Crap!Crap!Crap!

  128. Mollypop
    5:42 pm on July 19th, 2010

    Siber-H – Funny you should mention eyeliner. Mom had to do that for the Christmas card picture of grandchildren. One had to have more eyeliner. Ha.

    In your case, just get the pictures sent and we can declare victory!

  129. Siberian Husky
    5:42 pm on July 19th, 2010

    Molly, I am going to send you a test email

  130. Riö - The Evil
    5:42 pm on July 19th, 2010

    SiberH!…The Internet Explorer thing is just a step I do before posting photos… snort! … It seems to help. But if you send your files to Molly, she will know what to do to get them posted….grunt!…That’s why I said don’t bother with it…heh!…Tomorrow is another day and somehow someway we will get your photos posted for the Blog Team Quilt!…heh! … Never Fear!…gruff! …Oh and I am sure she can re-tough your mascara…Molly?…You can do this right?…heh!

  131. dawson
    5:45 pm on July 19th, 2010

    Crapola! I take back that comment about the Rockies being Masters of the Comeback.

    Tigers still tied 6 to 6 in bottom of the 11th.

  132. Riö - The Evil
    5:48 pm on July 19th, 2010

    Wow!…A threesome post!…shudder!

  133. Riö - The Evil
    5:56 pm on July 19th, 2010

    Rocks!…I thought the game was in the bag…grump!

  134. Siberian Husky
    6:02 pm on July 19th, 2010

    Okay, I sent Molly a test email with a secret sentence in it so she would know it is really from me.

    You're right, Rio. We will get this done one way or another. It may be later in the day tomorrow when we can attempt this attachment thing because mom has to help her dad and other stuff first.

    We will check the blog early, though, to see how staff is doing. We sure wish her all the best and will be thinking of her.

  135. Siberian Husky
    6:05 pm on July 19th, 2010

    The email worked–got a reply from Molly! Later tomorrow, we will work on getting the photos to her.

  136. Mollypop
    6:05 pm on July 19th, 2010

    We have contact! No picture yet but that will arrive tomorrow. The Eagle has almost landed.

  137. Riö - The Evil
    6:19 pm on July 19th, 2010

    Oh!…Thank goodness for Molly!…snort!… Tomorrow will be a big day when we finally get to see SiberH and his mascara! …heh!…Can’t wait!

    We are almost off to bed but we have heavy hearts for those enduring very stressful and even life endangering times right now…sniff!

    A prayer is needed tonight.

    Lord of All Creatures Great and Small and of all Creation, we come to you tonight with prayers for our friends in need. We lift up Dan who is still in critical condition, please give him the strength and will to live that he so needs right now and please Lord give Melanie and Zoe strength to carry on and to have hope, love and courage in their hearts during this trying time. Lord we lift up Nancy to you tonight. She needs you with her Lord as she receives a new kidney and has a new chance at a better life. Lord we love her and we all want her to be healthy and happy after the surgery. Please, Lord, be with our Nancy (Staff) tonight to give her body strength to accept the new kidney. Lord Wolfie’s boys are wayward and choosing the wrong way, please give their mother and father strength to do the right thing for them. But also Lord, please somehow make your self known to them so that they can see the destruction they are doing in their young lives and turn the other way. Let them turn to you oh Lord for guidance. I pray this in your name. Amen!

  138. Macy the Min-Pin
    6:40 pm on July 19th, 2010

    Dawson, the RANGERS are tied in the top of the 13th.*yawn*

    Thank you Rio for the beautiful prayer. As we each read it, it becomes a new petition.

  139. dawson
    6:51 pm on July 19th, 2010

    Macy MinPin: Oh yeah you are a Texas girl. Oh you just got 2 runs in the top of the 14 inning. I need to sleep but I'm wide awake.

  140. Riö - The Evil
    7:08 pm on July 19th, 2010

    Dawson!…That game in extra innings will keep you awake, I am still awake too and I really need to be in bed…snort!…But I want to hear about how Staff comes out of the surgery …yeep! yawn! yeep!…I don’t know if I will make it or not. I am so very sleepy now….snort!.

    Min Pin!…Thank you for your nice sentiment earlier….snort!… I hope it is true and the prayer grows stronger and stronger with each and every reading of it….sigh.

  141. Riö - The Evil
    7:19 pm on July 19th, 2010

    Dawson!… I am so sorry, I have to go to my warm soft bed now with all my baseball toys just where I want them…snort!…Please know every time I wake up tonight will be a time for me to pray for your big sister…gruff!…I love her too and I wish I could stay up for the news….grunt!…Please somehow let her know I am sincerely thinking and praying for her…gulp!sob!

  142. Diogenesinthedark
    8:30 pm on July 19th, 2010

    Thanks DAWSON for all the updates. Good luck to staff.

  143. dawson
    9:55 pm on July 19th, 2010

    Surgery finally ended at 11 pm – 3 1/2 hours. Surgeon says she's doing well. Must stay in hospital about 5 days checking for infection and adjusting medications. Back to sleep for me.

  144. Wookie of Chevy Chas
    2:58 am on July 20th, 2010

    Dawson — Great news.

    Rio –What an awesome prayer. Thank you so very much. For a little pug, you are mighty eloquent.

    Wookie

  145. Wookie of Chevy Chas
    4:11 am on July 20th, 2010

    . . . and have a really big heart too. Wookie

  146. dawson
    4:12 am on July 20th, 2010

    Often when I'm feeling down I will go to Melanie's site and into the our log part where the daily life of the Newfoundlands is shown with lots of pictures. It cheers me up no end. This morning I had left the computer on – I'd been checking on sister Staff's caring bridge site and don't remember going to Melanie's site at all – and when I came back after getting my coffee the page was at an online novel by Dan. I've always been in such a hurry to see those puppies that I've skipped over it barely noticing. I'm gonna read that novel. (As soon as I get back from the beach.) May life bless you all and remember our Motto: plunder on! and Chet's: it doesn't get any better than this!

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