Clues Out The Yingyang

Me, Bernie and Foster, still in this abandoned housing development with the strange windowless house at the end of the dead end. There’s another word for dead-end but it won’t come to me at the moment. Does that ever happen to you? And maybe there are windows, but they’re all boarded up. 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.

“Who’s this new employer of yours?” Bernie said.

“Name wouldn’t mean anything to you,” said Foster.

“Try me.”

Foster shook his head.

“What if we wanted to look you up some day?” Bernie said.

“Why would you want ┬áto do that?” Foster said.

“Good question,” Bernie said.

Foster blinked. Always a sign that the interview was going well. And that was good – I was starting to feel a little hungry. “You want the information or not?” Foster said, sounding kind of annoyed.

“Let’s have it,” Bernie said.

“You know Pine City?”

“Where the casino’s opening up?”

“Yeah,” said Foster. “Astrid’s dancing at a place called Club Utopia.”

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113 Responses to “Clues Out The Yingyang”

  1. B. Stover
    3:47 am on May 25th, 2010

    I'm still laughing at the title. Is cul-de-sac the word you were looking for Chet?

    Pine City. Club Utopia. Hmmmmmm…If Astrid isn't missing, what is our case all about? And where is Ray?

  2. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    3:57 am on May 25th, 2010

    I am so happy that I was wrong. I didn't want anything bad to happen to Astrid!

    But were we just led on a wild goose chase? I hope not.

  3. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    3:58 am on May 25th, 2010

    Yes indeed, Bee. Where is Ray?

  4. Melanie
    4:04 am on May 25th, 2010

    Okay, had to look up "Yingyang." Did not mean what I thought it meant! It means (from the Urban Dictionary) to be overwhelmed, overloaded.

    I love Chet. "Foster blinked. Always a sign that the interview was going well. And that was good – I was starting to feel a little hungry." Me too, Chet! Down the hills to the valley today! Gluten Free Pizza for lunch!

    Soooo, we might know where Astrid is, we don't know where Bernie got the money, and I don't remember Chet hearing anything about Astrid being missing. I think Col B wants to FIND her.

    I did go back and look. Perhaps I read something or missed something. (no jokes, Riö, about me reading every other word)

    Looks like Spencer has gotten tired of (or has not figured out yet) the scent Chet's nose picked up.

  5. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    4:05 am on May 25th, 2010

    Or perhaps Spence is being really, really clever. Technically speaking, I would say that we didn't receive clues as much as we recieved answers. You know, I don't trust Foster either. I wouldn't believe a word of what he says, Chet.

    And if Foster was ooing this for the money, why didn't he hold out for that addition $1,000. (Or the original $5,000 he requested. He really didn't negoitate, did he?)

    Me thinks that the plot thickens.

  6. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    4:08 am on May 25th, 2010

    ooking? Oh L, I dropped the L. NOT a spelling error. A typo. Honest.

  7. B. Stover
    4:25 am on May 25th, 2010

    I took the title to refer to all of the clues that we down below have been coming up with.

    Melanie: I think that this case began as "Col. Bob's son's case." Have a good lunch.

    Wolfie: I keep forgetting to say that I enjoyed your limerick in Sunday's post.

    I have to go to the dentist…almost as bad as going to the vet or the groomer.

  8. Mollypop
    4:37 am on May 25th, 2010

    B. – Another iPad thing – it is on as soon as you push the button. No boot up time, it is just on. Have fun at the dentist, ha ha, and Mom's magical tooth screw is doing fine. Soon it may have a tooth installed on that screw. No fun, just necessary. She wants it done in time for the corn season. We'll be having corn out the yingyang when she can start buying it.

  9. Mollie (a black pood
    5:01 am on May 25th, 2010

    I'm glad Astrid is OK. I hope Chet and Bernie find her before we get more Tin Futures or Ingrid. I watched Why We Love Cats and Dogs and it was really good. They are repeating it on another channel (on my TV it is channel 190) Saturday at 8:00 PM.

  10. Riö - The Evil
    5:02 am on May 25th, 2010

    Wha!?….Why couldn’t Foster have told Bernie about Pine City about 400 speculating posts ago?…. growl!

    Melanie!… I finally realized that if I only read every other word of your comments….snort!…they make more sense to me… grunt!

  11. Lexi
    5:16 am on May 25th, 2010

    Oh! Astrid really ISN'T missing! She just ran away or something, right? Like, ran away from Albie? Pht, I would. He's a jerk and an idiot. Bite him, Chet!

    Rio! How about that resolution? Are you in? Did I even spell that word right? It's such a big word! I'm not a fan of big words. Or vaccuums. Not a fan of those either. They're so big..and-and…loud…

  12. Lexi
    5:19 am on May 25th, 2010

    And Rio! Foster hadn't told Bernie about Pine City 'about 400 speculating posts ago' because he wanted the money from Bernie first.

  13. Sam
    5:28 am on May 25th, 2010

    Lexi, it's good to be afraid of vaccuums. My friend Jack at doggie day care told me that a friend of his got sucked up by one. It's not an urban myth – it's true!

  14. Riö - The Evil
    5:29 am on May 25th, 2010

    Money!… I see said the blind Pug…. Snort!… Lexi, what do you propose our resolution should be then?… grunt!

  15. Lexi
    5:53 am on May 25th, 2010

    Sam! Oh my God! What did Jack say about his friend? Is his friend okay?

    And Rio! About not drinking any beer or wine or GETTING DRUNK for the rest of the year. Think you can handle it?

  16. Sam
    5:59 am on May 25th, 2010

    Lexi, my friend Jack said his friend told him that he got too close to the vaccuum and BLOOP! he got sucked right into it. Completely. His family had to take the vaccuum apart to get him out.

  17. Wookie of Chevy Chas
    6:00 am on May 25th, 2010

    We are definitely being overloaded with clues (thanks Melanie and Stover), but what do they mean? Not a clue. Although Club Utopia does not sound like the kind of place that Chet or necessarily even Bernie should be frequenting. Hmmmm! Also, Astrid has got to be kind of old for that line of work now.

    Regarding the end of 24 last night (I was too busy watching to blog at the time), I thought it was just terrific. I knew that President Taylor would see the error of her ways in the end, and she would recognize that Jack was right. And Cloe, god bless you for not hitting any vital organs when you shot Jack, and everything else you did, you were terrific throughout. Ex-President Logan was way more evil than Rio is too — they should call him Logan — The Evil President (no bling either). I can't wait for the movie and would be willing to sit in the theatre for 24 hours straight if necessary (if Lexi can stay up all night, I think I can too), particularly if good snacks were involved. Wookie

  18. Riö - The Evil
    6:05 am on May 25th, 2010

    Lexi! … Your concern for my well being is very touching… snort! … But really, cross my heart and hope to die, you don’t have anything to worry about…. wheeze!… Because I want to be a good role model for you… grunt!… I promise to never drink beer or wine for the rest of the year… sniff!… Even during baseball games…. Sob!…

    But!… If The Rockies get into the World Series, all bets are OFF!… grunt!

  19. Lexi
    6:12 am on May 25th, 2010

    Rio, then you better hope that the Rockies DON'T get into the World Series. But, otherwise, thank you.

    Wookie! That's a very excellent statement! "Also, Astrid has got to be kind of old for that line of work right now." Your right! But, what is she now? Like, 40, in human years or something? by the way, how much is 40?

  20. Lexi
    6:13 am on May 25th, 2010

    Sam! I forgot to ask, did Jack's friend come out of the vaccuum?

  21. ÄbbietheKitty
    6:18 am on May 25th, 2010

    Wow, what a day and night. We are back but had tornado watches and severe thunderstorm warnings from yesterday afternoon until 4 a.m. I was starting to think Rio had moved up here!

    It was scariest about 4:30 when a really dark cloud moved over with green behind it. Then the winds came in and they are still going strong.

    I am sure glad we have that weather radio thingy. It wakes us up if bad weather is near which makes me feel a little more secure. When you live out in the country you don't have any sirens to warn you about bad weather.

    So now I better go back and read all the posts from yesterday that I missed 116!!! You guys were busy!

    ~staff

    PS Alice knows when it is bad weather. She slinks around low to the ground and hides behind things. I figure she was out in some bad storms in that summer, before she found us. She probably wouldn't be helpful if you have to do any missions during thunderstorms or tornado's.

  22. Riö - The Evil
    6:23 am on May 25th, 2010

    24!… I don’t think I could bear to watch Jack being tortured on the big screen… snort!… Hollywood would just screw up the characters anyway….grunt!…Kiefer needs to move on to bigger and better things… gruff!

  23. Wookie of Chevy Chas
    6:27 am on May 25th, 2010

    AbbieTheKitty (with bling). I can fully sympathize with Alice on this. Fortunately not many tornado watches in Chevy Chase (although there was a small tornado in nearly Silver Spring a couple of years back), but I really do not, repeat do not, like thunderstorms at all, and we do get a lot here. I can sense them even miles away. My mom and I will sometimes sleep downstairs if we get a really bad one at night — I let her think it is because I am scared but it's really just to calm her down. Wookie

  24. Wookie of Chevy Chas
    6:29 am on May 25th, 2010

    That should be "nearby Silver Spring" not "nearly Silver Spring" — just a random typo (thanks Stover). Wooks

  25. Riö - The Evil
    6:37 am on May 25th, 2010

    Thunder!… My friend hates lightning and thunder…. Snort!… So I growl and yeep! at it all night long if I have to… grunt!…

  26. Lexi
    6:56 am on May 25th, 2010

    Abbie! Just glad that you're okay! Tailwags and licks!

  27. Riö - The Evil
    7:08 am on May 25th, 2010

    Weather!… High winds have knocked down big ole trees and turned over trailers and all kinds of stuff…. Snort!… More of our tree limbs blew down!…. wheeze!… Yesterday when they put me outside they had to tether me to a post so I wouldn’t blow away!… growl!

  28. Riö - The Evil
    7:20 am on May 25th, 2010

    Stover!… I wonder how Stover is getting on with that drill in her mouth!… gulp!

  29. Sam
    7:29 am on May 25th, 2010

    Yes, Lexi. I did say that Jack's friend got out of the vaccuum by his family taking it all apart. It's good for a lesson for all of us. Dreadful vaccuums!

  30. Riö - The Evil
    7:33 am on May 25th, 2010

    Sam!… Is Jack’s friend a little mouse or something?? … grunt!…There’s no way one of us guys could get sucked into a vacuum….snort!… I’d have to see it to believe it!….cough!

  31. Sam
    7:39 am on May 25th, 2010

    Rio, Jack's friend told him it was true!

  32. Riö - The Evil
    7:54 am on May 25th, 2010

    Hmmmphf!… Don’t believe everything you hear and only half of what you see….grunt!

  33. ÄbbietheKitty
    8:02 am on May 25th, 2010

    OK, I am going off to quilting this afternoon guys. Have fun without me. I will check in later once I am back.

    >^..^<

  34. Mollypop
    8:04 am on May 25th, 2010

    Will A-Kat be going along too so the quilts can be properly tested?

  35. B. Stover
    8:05 am on May 25th, 2010

    Getting sucked up in a vacuum cleaner reminds me of Alvin the Chipmunk getting sucked up in one. He had to take a shower in the dishwasher.

    No drills today but I have to go back to have a crown put in.

    Thank you for the ipad info Mollypop. It would be wonderful to have something that comes on instantly. Do you type much on yours? I also noticed that there was piano keys on one app…I assume to learn how to play, or to play, music. How is the Bookworm doing? (The game.)

  36. Riö - The Evil
    8:09 am on May 25th, 2010

    Stover!… Once you get your Crown we will call you Queen Stover!… snort!

  37. B. Stover
    8:14 am on May 25th, 2010

    From today's post it appears that Foster has been in touch with Astrid all along. Bernie mentions a casino that "is opening up" meaning it is not yet open. So the job at Club Utopia probably hasn't started yet but will soon.

    Perhaps Ray hates Col. Bob because of the life style that his mother has had to live…being a single mother. She is getting up there in years for that kind of work.

    Where is Pine City if it's real? Nevada?

  38. B. Stover
    8:16 am on May 25th, 2010

    My dentist called me "Queen for a day."

  39. Barb & Maggie
    8:16 am on May 25th, 2010

    B Stover, SPOILER ALERT! To get back to your question from yesterday, yes, there are definitely some similarities between End of Story and Bullet Point. Both have prison visits, characters that are serving time for crimes they may, or may not, have committed, main characters who do some investigative work (including newspaper office visits, etc). PA seems to like those old newspaper guys, because Ingrid did the same thing. Wonder if Mr. A worked in a newsroom when he was getting started. Also, the prison protocol for visitors seems very accurate (I assume, since I have never really experienced it). Neither Sonny nor Vance seem to be what you would think of as typical inmates, and both possibly took a fall for someone.

  40. B. Stover
    8:32 am on May 25th, 2010

    Barb&Maggie: Did you finish End of Story yet?

    I think that PA used to be a television producer.

  41. Lexi
    9:09 am on May 25th, 2010

    Sam! What type of dog is Jack's friend? Is he/she a chihuahua? Or a yorkie? Those are some small dogs. I know a chihuahua that has a crush on me. Ha! But I'm already taken. Chet, what type of dog are you? I think somewhere Bernie said that you were a mix…?

  42. Riö - The Evil
    9:38 am on May 25th, 2010

    Producer!?…. Television!?…grunt!…I thought he was a spear fisherman in the Bahamas….snort!…

  43. Barb & Maggie
    9:52 am on May 25th, 2010

    Bee, No, reading hours have been compromised, due to some serious vegetable garden issues. Finally warm enough to plant tomatoes, so all the little heirloom tomatoes we grew from seed have had to be planted. Does anyone else love heirlooms, as compared to those tasteless round red things they sell in the grocery stores? Melanie, did you have any in your acre of tomatoes? Off subject – does anyone know what kind of dog that adorable black and white spotted dog is that keeps coming up in "Friends of Chet"? It looks sort of like a spotted labradoodle, with a long tail and mostly black face. He/She is sooo cute. B, hope to get back to the book this evening.

  44. Melanie
    10:13 am on May 25th, 2010

    So I looked up the Posts trying to find where Chet and Bernie are actually put on the case of CB son's. Hmmm.

    Chet sure sleeps a lot or barks at Iggy or remembers something or starts looking at human teeth.

    Soooo,,,

    Back January 8th we had our first clue from Chet. "Colonel Bob and Bernie had a long talk, something about Colonel Bob’s son, Ray. Is Ray in trouble? Are we on a case?"

    Then nothing that mentions CB and his son until February 26th. Chet was going to actually tell us something, but it got complicated and there was an argument between the 3 two legged people.

    On March 12th, Chet wants to "get back to work on Colonel Bob's son's case." He doesn't want to sniff for bedbugs.

    March 17th, Bernie wants to go to Alaska but "If we weren't so caught up in the Jason thing, we could make a quick trip up there. Alaska sounds good.' the Jason thing, so hard to keep all the details straight. For starters, he's Colonel Bob's son. Ray's his first name. The Jason part comes from this woman we're also looking for."

    Then on March 24th Chet wrote: Funny thing – the whole Colonel Bob case, Ray Jason, Astrid Jason, all that, is suddenly clear in my mind. I was going to post about that today, get everything straight, but Bernie says there’s too much digital wackiness going on, and if Bernie says so, then that’s that. Anyway, we’re headed for Vegas, on a hunch, Bernie says. That’s a little worrisome – last time we went to Vegas on a hunch, well, never mind.

    And THAT is where we think Albie and Foster got into this search. Whew. Tomorrow, I will try looking under Jason and Astrid's name and see if Chet actually overheard SOMETHING that said about when and why CB is looking for them or if they are actually missing.

  45. Lexi
    10:29 am on May 25th, 2010

    Thank you Melanie! Licks to you! That must've been tiring. Do your paws hurt? Ha!

  46. B. Stover
    10:38 am on May 25th, 2010

    Excellent job Melanie.

    Barb&Maggie: I get tomatoes from "The Roadside" and I think that they are…can't remember the name but it starts with a "B." I've probably never had heirlooms. Happy planting.

    Lexi: I don't that anything bigger than a pin could accidently get sucked up in a vacuum.

    Rio: I started Lights Out but have stopped at page 29. I know that it's going to start getting traumatic (some parts have been already) and Eddie is going to do something stupid…with a Spanish tart. The thing is, the epigraph is a quotation by Michel Foucault: "Justice pursues the body beyond all possible pain." I'm extremely curious to find out why that was used. But the novel is traumatic, right?

  47. Riö - The Evil
    10:51 am on May 25th, 2010

    Stover!… All I will say is I really like Eddie… A LOT!… He’s not as stupid as you suspect….snort! …I enjoyed the ‘Lights Out’ ride very much!… gruff! … The epigraph is perfect…. sniff

  48. Barb & Maggie
    10:55 am on May 25th, 2010

    Queen Bee, You probably had had heirlooms if you go to farmer's markets, or eat in an trendy restaurants. Heirlooms are just old- fashioned tomatoes, as opposed to hybrids. You can seed save, and the plants will be true to type. Not so with hybrids. And they have much more fun names, like Mortgage Lifter, Bloody Butcher (Rio would like that one), Granny Cantrell, Paul Robeson, Cherokee Purple, to name a few of our favorites. Not to mention how much better they taste! Lights Out is on our stack, next in line after End of Story.

  49. B. Stover
    11:06 am on May 25th, 2010

    Aren't those wonderful names for tomatoes!

    Rio: You like "traumatic." So he doesn't do what I think he's going to do with the Spanish tart?

  50. dawson
    11:22 am on May 25th, 2010

    Yea! Astrid is alive. But what is that scent?

    Barb & Maggie: I planted wonderful heirlooms for mom and dad last summer and this spring dad says, "…and don't plant any of those yellow tomatoes, only normal red tomatoes". Are Beefsteak tomatoes heirloom? Up here we have about 20 tomato plants just starting to get flowers ready to go in the ground. Yummy, I love fresh tomatoes.

  51. Siberian Husky
    11:26 am on May 25th, 2010

    MollyBP, Thanks for the information on when "Why We Love Cats and Dogs" will be repeated.

    Sam, I don't think Jack should believe everything that particular friend tells him. I think you must be talking about friends at doggy day care. I can only speak about my experience at dog parks, but, my, how the stories get embelished and passed around at supersonic speed.

  52. Riö - The Evil
    11:31 am on May 25th, 2010

    Um…. Is Eddie near the Dunkin donuts??…. snort!

  53. Sam
    11:32 am on May 25th, 2010

    Siber-H, do the dogs at the dog park eve talk about vaccuum cleaners?

  54. Siberian Husky
    11:44 am on May 25th, 2010

    Thanks Melanie, Good Work!

    I'm guessing Pine City is in Nevada, but this is ONLY a guess.

    Here's why: In Nevada they can build a casino anywhere, but in New Mexico they are only found on land that belongs to the different Indian tribes. I don't know, but I am assuming that Arizona has the same rules and regulations as New Mexico. Of course, Pine City could be in Arizona and on Indian land.

    Wolfie might know about casinos in California.

    I have never heard of a Pine City, but it sounds nice…cool and in the pines. (I would hope)

  55. Siberian Husky
    11:49 am on May 25th, 2010

    Well, Sam, most of us don't like vaccuum cleaners. Why do they have to be so loud! I go outside when Mom vaccuums. It just seems like a totaly unnecessary household chore to me.

  56. Lexi
    11:49 am on May 25th, 2010

    Siber-H. I don't think they call it Pine City because there are Oak trees there. And yes, yes it DOES sound like a nice place to be. A nice place for a staff vacation, perhaps? *Cough* Rio? *cough*

  57. Riö - The Evil
    11:52 am on May 25th, 2010

    Yes?…. lil Lexi Dearest?… what? … snort!

  58. Barb & Maggie
    11:52 am on May 25th, 2010

    Dawson, Yes, I think Beefsteaks can be an heirloom variety, but I also see hybrids that say "beefsteak type", so those would not be. Heirlooms are usually at least 50 year old variety, and are not crossed with another variety. Hybrids were developed for longer keeping, shipping, and disease resistance for large commercial growers. Just like everything else, with our large factory farming, taste and quality get sacrificed. If you can't grow your own, visit farmers' markets or a csa, buy what has been grown locally, and eat what is in season when possible. Know where your food was grown and by whom. Sustainable agriculture is important to our planet, and you get the double benefit of better food. I agree with your dad – I'm not big on yellow tomatoes, but I do raise pink, purple and my favorite, Paul Robeson (Google him) is a brownish/brick red.

  59. Riö - The Evil
    11:56 am on May 25th, 2010

    Vacation!… What happens in Pine City stays in Pine City!… snort!

  60. Mollie (a black pood
    11:57 am on May 25th, 2010

    If anyone wants to watch the season finale of The Good Wife, it is on tonight. Melanie: After reading your comments re the case you took the time to look up, I have a feeling this case is going to last a long long time.

  61. B. Stover
    12:12 pm on May 25th, 2010

    Rio: Yes, Eddie is in front of the Dunkin Donuts and walking toward the bus when the Spanish tart calls to him.

    Beefsteak is the tomatoe I was thinking of.

  62. Siberian Husky
    12:19 pm on May 25th, 2010

    I have a feeling that we will never know what Chet smelled. It just may be something Spence threw in there to throw us all off the scent.

  63. Wookie of Chevy Chas
    12:21 pm on May 25th, 2010

    We've been growing heirlooms here in Chevy Chase in the backyard for the past several years, mainly Brandywines. I understand they are quite yummy, although I am not into tomatoes myself. I generally supervise my mom and dad while they do the planting and stuff (much easier than supervising quilts). We also grow lettuce in the spring and fall (mesclum and arrugula in particular), and swiss chard (the gold finches like that a lot), as well as herbs (parsley, sage, rosemary and thymne — there I go getting musical again — and basil too). Other things haven't worked out as well, brussel sprouts were a real disappointment, along for some reason with carrots. Zuchinni wasn't so bad though, although we haven't done that lately. And lets not get into asparagus at all, because me and my friend Casey kind of destroyed what was left of the asparagus bed one year by wrestling in it (after we ate most of the good ones; asparagus being my favorite vegetable and having it growing in the backyard was kind of like a smorgesboard). Happy planting everyone. Wookie the gardener

  64. Siberian Husky
    12:32 pm on May 25th, 2010

    I just googled Pine City NV. and Pine City AZ. There is White Pine county in NV. and a Pine, AZ. That's it.

  65. Mollypop
    12:32 pm on May 25th, 2010

    Uh oh, B. – I hope that was a typo. Well, you are on summer vacation now. Of course, if it wasn't a typo, Rio will never let you hear the end of it.

  66. Barb & Maggie
    12:39 pm on May 25th, 2010

    Wookie, Barb is the actual gardner here – I prefer more of the digging up part. She got a Black Brandywine this year, which we have never tried before. And those herbs, they are delish! Fresh basil with tomatoes and some sliced fresh mozzarella with a little olive oil. I can taste it now!

  67. Riö - The Evil
    12:45 pm on May 25th, 2010

    Eddie!… Does the right thing…. snort!… Don’t be afraid to read the book Stover… heh!…. Mr. Abrahams will not do any permanent damage to your psyche… wheeze!

  68. Siberian Husky
    12:47 pm on May 25th, 2010

    Mom and I can't take this anymore. You guys are making us hungry. We are going to the kitchen.

  69. Melanie
    12:51 pm on May 25th, 2010

    You spell tomato, I spell tomatoe . . .

    Zoë got Benjamin Franklin tomatoes. They are heritage and she read about them in a fiction book.

    She doesn't remember the book . . . And I thought she'd bought Abraham Lincoln tomatoes.

    Oh well. . .

    The dogs are hot. We have a huge bowl full of 5 lbs of ice. They take turns getting cubes and munching.

  70. Riö - The Evil
    1:39 pm on May 25th, 2010

    Sniff!… I’m getting worried!… snort!… My friend is still at work and I’m starving!… grunt!…What if she never comes home???? …gasp!

  71. Siberian Husky
    1:52 pm on May 25th, 2010

    She'll come home, Rio. If she doesn't, mom and I could be there before you actually starved to death.

  72. Riö - The Evil
    2:05 pm on May 25th, 2010

    Yeep!… She hasn’t been this late since last year at this time… snort!… Its something she calls ‘busy season’… crap!

  73. Wölfie Wigglebu
    2:42 pm on May 25th, 2010

    Rio – what does your friend do? She is obviously a patient and wonderful person.

  74. Wölfie Wigglebu
    2:44 pm on May 25th, 2010

    Wolfie's mom here –

    In a recent post, Wolfie referred to our part time dog, Baxter, as a mutt. This is not true. Baxter is someone with a rich mixture of pedigrees. We love Baxter, but sometimes Wolfie gets upset when he thinks that Baxter is stealing "his" treats!

  75. Melanie
    3:14 pm on May 25th, 2010

    We had a Heinz 57 dog. Very good pedigree. Very loving. Very large ears.

  76. Siberian Husky
    3:24 pm on May 25th, 2010

    The nation within a nation would not be complete without all the mixed breeds.

  77. Melanie
    3:27 pm on May 25th, 2010

    Barb and Maggie: yes, we really did have an acre of tomatoes. That's a lot of tomatoes. If you stood in the middle of it, the scent of tomatoes was over powering. Maybe that's what Chet was smelling. Tomatoes. Though what they would have to do with the case is a bit of a puzzle.

    I never thought I'd get tired of tomatoes. That summer I did. Though fried green tomatoes (real and the movie) are still a hit with me.

    Riö, there might be something to your reading every other word of my posting and it makes sense. That is because I'm writing in code.

    Chet Rio will is figure a out surprising the Pug case.

  78. Melanie
    3:31 pm on May 25th, 2010

    snicker

  79. Siberian Husky
    3:49 pm on May 25th, 2010

    Should mom and I start packing the truck for a trip to Colorado? Rio may need food soon.

  80. Melanie
    3:53 pm on May 25th, 2010

    Siber-H, the Pack is getting concerned. They are afraid he has danced himself into the bathtub and can't get out and his friend is not home to get him out or feed him.

    I told them he was probably not at the computer because he was eating. But they are very worried.

    The Pack says to pack and be (Ethyl) ready.

  81. Riö - The Evil
    4:02 pm on May 25th, 2010

    Relax!… She finally came home and we had a short(whew!) walk!… wheeze!… I had a special dinner of cut-up turkey and sigh…kibble….snort!…Now she is making dinner – Kick Ass Soup with Jalapenos is on the menu!… grunt!… Rockies are on and I am very happy!…gruff!

    Melanie!… I’m so glad you can roll with the punches now… snort!… I remember when I would pick on you and you would start crying!… sniff!… I think you have grown another layer of skin being here.. heh! …That’s a good thing.

    Tomatoes!… Here’s what I know about tomatoes… snort!… Our neighbor behind us (the 3rd driveway)… heh!… He likes my friend, but he is not a very sharp tack if you get my meaning… grunt!… Saturday while she was working he gave her a gift of 3 tomato plants he had planted from seed …wheeze!… These little bitty plants are about 1 inch high and scrawny as hell…cough!… “If we get tomatoes from these guys, it will be a cold day in hell!” is all she said to me, (not to the neighbor)…heh!

  82. Siberian Husky
    4:02 pm on May 25th, 2010

    Sounds good Melanie. We will trust the Newfs' judgement. They are a pack of level-headed dogs. Mom would add to that statement, unlike a pack of ten huskies.

    Rio promised Lexi he wouldn't drink any more. Has he fallen off the wagon so soon, or, in his case, has he fallen into the bathtub.

  83. Siberian Husky
    4:12 pm on May 25th, 2010

    whew..our little pug is ok and had a good dinner.

  84. B. Stover
    4:19 pm on May 25th, 2010

    I've never understood how Rio could "fall" into the bathtub…it's higher than he is.

    SH: Thank you for looking up Pine City.

  85. Riö - The Evil
    4:20 pm on May 25th, 2010

    Rescue!…. She went downstairs and brought those poor tomatoes up and finally gave them some water!… heh!…Too late for one of them and the other two don’t look so well.. wheeze!

  86. Riö - The Evil
    4:25 pm on May 25th, 2010

    Stover!… I never said I fell into the bathtud… snort!… I just happen to land there once in a while… grunt!…Which brings up a whole other set of questions that I can’t answer cuz I can’t remember….wheeze!…With Lexi’s help, that’s all behind me now…sniff!

  87. B. Stover
    4:38 pm on May 25th, 2010

    I see.

  88. Riö - The Evil
    4:42 pm on May 25th, 2010

    Stover!… We started watching the pilot of Warehouse 13….snort!… Does it get better??…grunt!…The writing, especially the dialog, seems forced…. Sneeze!

  89. B. Stover
    5:00 pm on May 25th, 2010

    The female lead, whose name I've forgotten, seems to get more comfortable in the role. Her character is less uptight as it goes on. I enjoy the series…I even liked the pilot. My favorite was the Alice in Wonderland mirror episode but I don't remember the title. The Jefferson Airplanes sing White Rabbit in it (a recording of that song of course).

  90. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    5:02 pm on May 25th, 2010

    Melanie, makes you me are laugh so out clever loud!!

  91. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    5:06 pm on May 25th, 2010

    Sam – see, I told you I was a better dog than Jack! Even I know thatyou can't sucked up a vaacum cleaner! I would never steer you astray.

    PS Did you know that if you eat a watermelon seed, it will grow a big melon inside your tummy?? I am not making this up!!!!

  92. Riö - The Evil
    5:30 pm on May 25th, 2010

    Rockies!… There are up 3 to 1 top of the sixth playing the Arizona snakes again!… growl!… Last time they took 2 out of 3 games from us!…snort!… Not tonight! Not this time, no way!…sniff!… Come on guys do your magic! …wooo!

  93. Riö - The Evil
    5:40 pm on May 25th, 2010

    Sam!… Did you know that during the 2004 tsunami, elephants who had broken free from their handlers rescued 42 people???… snort!… I heard that from a friend of a friend!… All true….grunt!

  94. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    5:44 pm on May 25th, 2010

    Melanie – it is cold and raining here in California and cold in the north east. What's up with that?

    I wonder if all that horrible junk in the gulf is making the weather crazy. That whole mess is almost too horrible to contemplate. Makes me crazy. Makes me want to do a Franklin and hide my head and make the whole thing disappear.

  95. Riö - The Evil
    5:44 pm on May 25th, 2010

    Sam!… Thousands of Japanese pet owners were victimized by swindlers who sold them Sheep and told them they were Poodles!… heh!… I heard this one from Siberh … snort!…It has to be true!… grunt!

  96. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    5:47 pm on May 25th, 2010

    Wookie – I know that yo are too brave to be afraid of thunderstorms. I don't know why, but they don't bother me at all. Maybe because I know that they aren't going to steal my chicken treats? It's all good as long as everyone keeps their paws off my treats!

  97. Siberian Husky
    5:48 pm on May 25th, 2010

    yeah, and then they had to call in the Border Collies.

  98. Siberian Husky
    5:53 pm on May 25th, 2010

    my sentence is the ending to Rio's story up there

    I heard that story from my dear friend, Molly, at the dog park.

  99. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    6:00 pm on May 25th, 2010

    And now BP is going to televise the "Top Kill" attempt, which could happen tomorrow morning.

    I like Obama's approach: "Plug up the damn hole!!!!"

    Geez, these BP people are morons.

  100. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    6:02 pm on May 25th, 2010

    Very cute, Cyber H!

  101. Mollypop
    6:07 pm on May 25th, 2010

    Wolfie – I'm in the north east and it was 86 here today. Hot!!!! And supposed to be even hotter tomorrow.

    I thought BP said they were going to turn off the camera on the Big Leak for tomorrow's operation. These guys are beyond belief.

  102. Riö - The Evil
    6:09 pm on May 25th, 2010

    Sam!…Did you know the FDA has issued a warning about Chicken Jerky Dog Treats???… All True!… wheeze!… I hope Wolfie doesn’t eat ‘Smoke House Chicken Breast Tender Treats’!!!… snort!

  103. ÄbbietheKitty
    6:13 pm on May 25th, 2010

    Cherokee Purple, Brandywine and Amish Paste were the ones I grew last year. This year I didn't start my own and I bought an orange/yellow heirloom called Pineapple Tomato and the Amish Paste ones again. My hubby heard that Super Fantastic was a good tomato so he insisted on those. I LOVED the Cherokee Purple and the Brandywine flavor. The Amish Paste is a good grower. I got lots of tomatoes off of it.

    And by the way, there is a Pine City in Minnesota.

    And, yes, I am back from quilting. Didn't test any today. Just sewing and out to dinner with my pals.

    ~Staff

  104. Riö - The Evil
    6:20 pm on May 25th, 2010

    Clap! Clap! Clap-Clap-Clap!… Rockies are about to win it!…WOOOOOO!… 3- 2 Rocks win it!…snort!snort!…Be gone Snakes!…wheeze!..At least for tonight!…heh!

  105. Riö - The Evil
    6:23 pm on May 25th, 2010

    Winner!…. Tonights winner of the “100 Club” is presented to Wolfie Wigglebut!… snort!….Well done Wolfie!…. heh!… Speech! Speech!… sneeze!

  106. Siberian Husky
    6:28 pm on May 25th, 2010

    WOO WOO Rockies won!! Beat the snakes!

  107. Riö - The Evil
    6:36 pm on May 25th, 2010

    AbbieTheKat!…. Have you ever heard of any famous varieties of tomatoes coming from Oregon??… snort!… That’s the kind the neighbor guy behind us gave my friend …grunt!… He made a big deal about them being from Oregon for some reason.…heh!

  108. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    6:42 pm on May 25th, 2010

    Melanie – I don't think they wanted it televised but decided to "at the request of the Obama administration". I don't think they had much choice. Jerks.

    "Plug the damn hole" I love it!!

    Rio – I never have figured out how you sports dogs clap. Defies contemplation.

    We buy Chicken Jerky Treats from Costco. They had better not be on recall. PLEASE SAY IT ISN'T TRUE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  109. Riö - The Evil
    6:48 pm on May 25th, 2010

    Grump!…Well I have to go to bed now because someone has to get up really. really early tomorrow!… snort!…And she will wake me up really. really early to go outside…growl!…. I hate ‘busy season’!… wheeze!.. It turns my schedule all upside down and inside! … grump!

    Goodnight All!… God bless you and keep you safe and sound… Pug nips!

    PS: just wait till Wolfie figures out he is the Winner!…heh!

  110. ÄbbietheKitty
    6:56 pm on May 25th, 2010

    Rio, Nope, never heard of any Oregonian tomatoes. I do have 'walking onions' though. I don't think they are from Oregon. But they 'walk' all over my garden. Maybe they could walk to Oregon.

    (((snicker)))

    AbbietheKitty

  111. ÄbbietheKitty
    6:56 pm on May 25th, 2010

    Goodnight all.

    >^..^<

  112. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    7:54 pm on May 25th, 2010

    I'm the winner? I am? Me?

    Really???

    What's the prize????

    (ooohhhh, I love prizes!!!)

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