Congratulations John Baker!

“So,” says Spence, pouring coffee, “John Baker, member of the Inupiat tribe, won the Iditarod, setting a new record by three hours.”

“Got the stats?” says Admin.

“Eight days 19 hours 46 minutes,” Spence says. “Average speed 4.98 mph. Prize is $50,400 plus a new Dodge pickup. He had 10 dogs – wish we had the names – and of them he said, ‘They are willing to climb any obstacle and make the most of it. I’m really proud of them.’ As for Justin Savidis, I think he’s currently 38th.”

“Not too shabby.”

“Think Chet and Bernie will ever get up there?”

“To Jack London country? Wouldn’t surprise me.”

Hey! Are they talking about me and Bernie? I wait for more.

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122 Responses to “Congratulations John Baker!”

  1. Rose
    8:56 am on March 16th, 2011

    Good Day to All:

    Spence, sounds like you may be plotting an Alaskan adventure for our heroes….

  2. dawson
    9:01 am on March 16th, 2011

    Woooo Hoooo!
    Snickers and Velvet are two of John Baker’s dogs that helped win the Iditarod.
    Our guy Justin is down to 9 dogs but moving steadily on the trail to Nome.
    Chet: You and Bernie would be welcome up North.

  3. BearSpiritDog
    9:14 am on March 16th, 2011

    Good Morning to Everyone!

    Spence: You know your fans are all hoping for a new adventure in the far North. Chet & Bernie await your word(s).

    Rebecca reports Elim is in good spirits and the dropped dogs are resting. AJ & team on the move again.

    Congrats to John Baker on the win!

  4. Melanie
    9:14 am on March 16th, 2011

    Morning all . . . Go Snowhook!

    Speaking of snow, yes, it’s snowing here. Just to keep things exciting The PTB have also added rain and ice.

    The Pack sparkles when they come inside.

  5. Melanie
    9:21 am on March 16th, 2011

    I tried to post to Snowhook’s facebook. Couldn’t do it. . . So in case she looks here . .

    This is for Snowhook! Wow, dogs, sled and musher under a bright moon. Sounds good to us! The Newf Pack

  6. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    9:26 am on March 16th, 2011

    Ve too offer congratulations to John Baker. Ve know vhat it is to travel long distance in snow vith dogs.
    First Nations are celebrating!

  7. B.Stover
    9:29 am on March 16th, 2011

    I’m waiting for more too Chet! Good morning all.

  8. Sheila
    9:40 am on March 16th, 2011

    Chet, what a challenge for you! How do you feel about those booties the sled dogs wear?

  9. B.Stover
    9:51 am on March 16th, 2011

    I’m enjoying a cup of coffee (French press) then have to get ready for a meeting and lunch with my department chair and college dean.

  10. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:54 am on March 16th, 2011

    Shake! …Shake your booties!…snort!….Party on till the big Meltdown…grunt! ….It’s coming soon. What will happen when all 3 Nuclear Plants core melts?….sniff! …. I fear the worst. And yet there is another nagging question…sneeze!….Why does Alice’s photo come up first thing every single morning on Chet’s page?….gah!

  11. Melanie
    10:04 am on March 16th, 2011

    Riö: Alice’s photo does not come up first thing when I check in. Perhaps it’s plan to bother you!

  12. Melanie
    10:15 am on March 16th, 2011

    Just did the free videos of the steps. LOVE those Pink booties!

  13. Barb & Maggie
    10:21 am on March 16th, 2011

    Melanie, What is PTB? We don’t get Alice’s photo first either. In fact I don’t recall her ever being first. Must be a plot!

    Bee, enjoy your coffee and meeting.

    Barb has a pizza party at work today for one of the agents B-day. Has to leave early as she is the pick-up person.

    Our computer was down yesterday afternoon and evening, but we have caught up on reading.

    Weather here is good, in fact reaching 60 today or tomorrow. Wow!

  14. dawson
    10:28 am on March 16th, 2011

    Powers that Be?

  15. Melanie
    10:48 am on March 16th, 2011

    The PTB: The Powers That Be . .

  16. Melanie
    10:48 am on March 16th, 2011

    Whoops, didn’t see you there Dawson. Do you have to work today?

  17. Alice M. Johnson
    10:49 am on March 16th, 2011

    heh heh,Rio,
    You are so observant. I pay Mike Baker a small stipend for services rendered. Thanks Mikey! It is working!
    I think this calls for a good laugh

    (all together now)
    heh heh heh heh heh heh heh heh heh heh heh heh heh heh heh heh heh heh heh heh heh heh heh heh heh heh heh heh heh heh heh heh

  18. Siber-H
    10:51 am on March 16th, 2011

    If Chet and Bernie plan on going to Jack London country, I’m going with them. I would, of course, help with gas money…er, mom would donate.

    Whitey-Lance and the gang are only about a mile from Shaktoolik. They have traveled 41 miles north up the coast from Unalakleet. There will be another long rest at Shaktoolik.

    Congratulations to John Baker and his dogs!!!

  19. Melanie
    10:53 am on March 16th, 2011

    One of the bloggers from Anonymous Bloggers (rural Alaska) was very happy that Joh Baker, leaders Velvet & Snickers and team dogs won.

    They had a party with salmon served on a bed of straw (cheese) and sprinkled with snow flakes (more cheese)

    They also had balloons and part hats on their dogs. The dogs did not get the salmon though only some cheese.

  20. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    10:55 am on March 16th, 2011

    Alice – is vorking. Plan to drive Commander Rio into frenzy is vorking. But vy are you paying Mike Baker? He is vell compensated by home office for his bugs, bloops and assorted bothers. If he is telling you he needs more pay, he lies for you. Maybe is time for him to be demoted….again.

  21. Mollypop
    10:57 am on March 16th, 2011

    Melanie – I don’t think we sent that crummy weather to you this time. Yesterday it reached 60 and it felt like spring is coming. For the next few days we’ll be in the 40’s but that’s okay. Skiing will continue for weeks yet because the ski hills have lots of snow. There was a bumper crop of snow – 238 inches and the base on the ski trails is 22 – 55 inches. That will last a long time.

  22. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:02 am on March 16th, 2011

    Wookie!….I’m worried about my best Agent….snort!… I hope he didn’t go to Japan like he was talking about. I told him there were other guys specially trained for Search and Rescue, and that his abilities were needed here to Fetch the ARC when and if it ever materializes before the big Meltdown. ….sniffle!

    Alice!… If you are going to pay Baker money that could indeed be used for our Mission Trips, why don’t you pay him to fix the performance issues on Page 2 ?….grunt!

  23. Alice M. Johnson
    11:13 am on March 16th, 2011

    Way too boring Rio. Besides I am not sure how much he really likes the salmon flavored treats. However he did say he would accept them in lieu of money. Maybe he gives them to his dogs.

    I would NEVER use the Mission money for anything else, Rio. It is sacred.

    So, Nattie, you are paying Mr Baker too? Hmmm. He must be living high on the ho..er fish these days.

    Staff says we have to shut off the computer so she can pack it for our trip. Later, guys…

  24. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:17 am on March 16th, 2011

    Boring!?….What’s way too boring?….snort!… Arrogant Kat! Go on your trip – see if I care….grunt!

  25. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:34 am on March 16th, 2011

    Nattie!…Bugs, bloops and assorted bothers…heh!snort!heh!….That pretty much sums up his style and work ethic…snort!

  26. Mollie (a black poodle)
    11:54 am on March 16th, 2011

    Chet in Jack London Country would be great. I bet Chet would take over for a lead dog and save the day.

    Only 9 dogs for Snowhook? Whitey is still there. Go Snowhook.

    We are kind of worried about the radiation here as it will get to us first. Someone I know has ordered the pills from eBay.
    It does sound pretty bad & they say the radiation gets in the milk, cattle and ground too. I guess they are not making cars either…

  27. Barb & Maggie
    12:00 pm on March 16th, 2011

    Little excitement here. Barb’s daughter (Joe and Gus the Newfies mom) is going to be filmed for a tv commercial today. This national carpet company called her to see if they could take a look at her home, after a friend had recommended their place. They came out 2 weeks ago and took pictures and are coming back today to film. They take up your furniture, roll their carpet out and then put your furniture back for the shoot. They asked her to be in the commercial and she said that’s not really her thing, and she is shy, etc. Then they said they would pay her $600. She decided to get over her shyness!

  28. Melanie
    12:03 pm on March 16th, 2011

    Mollie (APB): One site I saw had the radiation, at this point, headed towards Alaska. I think we better think about getting Wölfie to blur some pills up there to C. Harris.

    In China an eleven month old Red Tibetan Mastiff was sold for $1.5 million dollars. YIKES!

    His breeder said the person could recoup his money by putting the dog up for stud at $15,000 a “pop”.

    Wow, sure hope that dog is fertile.

  29. Melanie
    12:04 pm on March 16th, 2011

    Barb and MagPie: I think Joe and Gus should be in it too.

  30. Siber-H
    12:21 pm on March 16th, 2011

    Mollie(ABP) The talking heads on tv keep saying that the USA has nothing to fear from the radiation in Japan. One doesn’t know what to believe and I’m afraid the Japaneese people are having the same problems trying to figure out what the truth is.

    Lance Mackey is almost into Nome with just 7 dogs, but that is Lance Mackey…not an ordinary dog mushing mortal.

    If they would put Joe and Gus in the commercial, more people, like my folks, would actually watch it.

  31. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    1:24 pm on March 16th, 2011

    Hey everyone. Wookie checking in here. Rio, my mom nixed the idea of me going to Japan to help out, so I am still here in Chevy Chase. Actually I am feeling very good right now; this is my off week in terms of treatments, but I start again on Monday. I did have blood work drawn on Monday and the vet was very pleased with the results. Sorry for not posting the last couple of days, but my dad has been hogging the computer — it’s that busy place thing happening.
    I did want to belatedly offer best wishes to Min Pin’s mom today for her meeting with the career counselor. Always remember, when one door closes, another one opens. It will all work out for the best in the end. Also, continuing good luck to Kirby’s boy with his interview progess for the paralegal position. Sorry I am late on all that, but blame my dad. Last, but not least, an extra special wooo wooo woof for Whitey-Lance and the rest of the Snowhook team. On to Nome! Wookie

  32. Mollypop
    2:24 pm on March 16th, 2011

    Macy’s Mom – all the places my Mom worked would only verify that a person was employed there from this date to that date. Nothing more. If they did anything to jeopardize a person’s next employment, there would be lawsuits. So you have nothing to worry about. You were under- employed at that big box and now you have an opportunity to use your skills.

  33. BARB & MAGGIE
    2:48 pm on March 16th, 2011

    Melanie and Siber, Kelly thought it would be cool to have the dogs in the commercial, but they said dogs can be “boisterous and hard to work with when untrained for the camera”. Guess they don’t know how laid-back Newfs can be.

    Can we say Empire Carpets?

  34. Melanie
    2:52 pm on March 16th, 2011

    Empire Carpets!

    Working on YSAS’s stuff for a grant. What do you think of this head shot?

  35. Siber-H
    3:00 pm on March 16th, 2011

    Maggie, Maybe the carpet company will put the commercial up on their website and we will get to see it. I can’t remember seeing any commercials for Empire carpets on tv, but, hey, if they don’t have dogs in them, we don’t watch them.

    Melanie, I think that is a good head shot. I can see all sorts of possibilities for that face to play different characters. We need Rio’s opinion.

  36. C. Harris
    3:10 pm on March 16th, 2011

    Melanie and all: I wish we knew more about what was happening with the possible meltdown in Japan. They are probably doing their best but the news isn’t very forthcoming. Nothing good comes from an overheated and crippled nuclear power plant.

    I am very pleased with John Baker’s win.

    Chet & Bernie are always welcome up here. But if you come in the summer, be prepared to be drenched in mosquito repellant. Dawson, do you have lots of mosquitoes also?

  37. BARB & MAGGIE
    3:15 pm on March 16th, 2011

    Yes, we like that head shot, too.

  38. Siber-H
    3:17 pm on March 16th, 2011

    Whitey-Lance and the team are on the move!! They are headed north for the village of Koyuk. They will travel for about 10 miles on land and then they will be on the sea ice for a long distance until they get to Koyuk.
    I am slightly nervous about the sea ice only because two different teams have quit out there in the middle of nowhere. The dogs refused to go any further, were not having fun anymore, and told their musher to send a message through other mushers for the Iditarod Air Force to come get them out of there and fly them back home. Their mushers had no choice but to scratch.
    North to Nome, Snowhook!

    Wookie, Very glad you checked in with us and it is great news about the bloodwork!

  39. Melanie
    3:43 pm on March 16th, 2011

    Riö: I have been spending time on PIoneer Woman’s site. You are right, the recipes are easy and the pictures are great.

    On her post Cappuccino and the Kitty: I understand the taking of the pictures of Kitty Kitty drinking the foam. If something is going on in this house, I always grab the camera first, but didn’t understand why she didn’t drink the Cappuccino after Kitty Kitty was done with it.

    Hmmm. I guess that has a lot to say about our house. Snicker

  40. Riö - The Evil Pug
    3:47 pm on March 16th, 2011

    Clarkson!…. Nice bone structure!….woooooo! …Star quality for sure!…snorkel!

    Whitey!…. There’s no way that Whitey and his gang will stop running. There are so close!!….gruff!…North to Nome and Beyond!….heh!

  41. Mollie (a black poodle)
    3:51 pm on March 16th, 2011

    Loyal Japanese Dog: This is so nice, he refuses to leave his friend’s side after the earthquake.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3TM9GL2iLI&feature=player_embedded

  42. Siber-H
    3:52 pm on March 16th, 2011

    Whitey and the gang are now on the sea ice. Wattie and his team are traveling with them. This makes me feel better because Wattie has been over this trail once before but it is new to A.J.

  43. Mollie (a black poodle)
    3:55 pm on March 16th, 2011

    Siber-H: Is the sea ice like a frozen river? Could the ice break and they fall in?

  44. Siber-H
    4:10 pm on March 16th, 2011

    Don’t hold me to this Mollie, but I think the sea ice is easier to travel on than a frozen river. The Iditarod Trail Committee puts up trail markers and marks the best route across the sea ice for the teams. There is no danger of falling in.
    The worst problem has always been storms and wind on the part of the trip, but right now, the weather is holding and is good.

    Let’s put it this way, you know how I hate water…I wouldn’t hesitate to travel across sea ice.

  45. Mollie (a black poodle)
    4:11 pm on March 16th, 2011

    Forgot to say the Japanese dogs “friend” is another dog.

  46. Melanie
    4:11 pm on March 16th, 2011

    I was reading from someone in Alaska, that the sea ice is about 8 feet thick or more right now.

  47. BARB & MAGGIE
    4:21 pm on March 16th, 2011

    Melanie, Barb here. I know what you mean about sharing the food. Maggie recently counter surfed and snatched the blue cheese crumbles off the top of my salad. Did I throw it out? No way! Just added some more topping to it and mangia!

  48. Kaïa
    4:29 pm on March 16th, 2011

    Wow! That video of the dog buddies is as disturbing as it is moving. I am glad to find out that the two dogs were rescued and not just filmed. I was worried for a bit there. The video reminds one of the type of events that happened in the wake of Katrina.

    Congrats to John Baker and the mushers! I (ahem) have a bit of a tendency to pull on lead so my mom taught me that when she says “mush!) I can go full out and pull her wailing down the block. But when she says “fini” then I have to walk nicely. I am still working on that part. I got the mush part down pat!

  49. Kaïa
    5:13 pm on March 16th, 2011

    Here is my pack and my buddies that I wouldn’t leave. The black pei is Pei-le (she bit mom on the butt last night while we were all playing on the floor. She is in the dog house according to mom. But she is right here and we don’t really HAVE a dog house), and the big guy is Cosmo. I think if we get harnessed up, we could pull a sled if Riö and the other dogs came along….

  50. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:52 pm on March 16th, 2011

    Wow!….Sharpies! You guys look tough, like heavy weight boxers or something….grunt!

  51. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:57 pm on March 16th, 2011

    SiberH!….What do you know about “Iditarod hallucinations”?….snort!….Someone posted on the Snowhook blog that AJ was experiencing these things….grunt!

  52. Melanie
    6:32 pm on March 16th, 2011

    Riö, trying to find that, but I don’t seem to have the correct link. Could you put it up?
    Thanks.

    And KAÏA and Pack, you do look like no one would mess with you!

  53. Siber-H
    6:51 pm on March 16th, 2011

    Most long distance mushers at one time or another experience these hallucinations. They go so long without enough sleep. Remember, the dogs get enough sleep, but the mushers don’t. Some studies suggest that these hallucinations are caused by dehydration instead of sleep loss. An example of one…Newton Marshall thought that along a remote section of the trail, a family of four was standing there waving at him as he mushed on by. He cheerfully returned the wave. The family of four turned out to be four spruce trees.

    High altitude mountain climbers have also experienced these hallucinations.

    The Sharpies look very strong…all they need are some booties and jackets and they are good to go.

  54. B.Stover
    6:56 pm on March 16th, 2011

    The Canada Geese are back on campus. I’m not joking; I mean this literally. One has to watch were one walks. It’s 60 here and sunny. Nice.

    Go A.J.

  55. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:16 pm on March 16th, 2011

    Melanie!…. http://snowhookkennel.blogspot.com/

    Geese!… I hate Canadian Geese!…snort!…All that Poop. It’s just awful trying to skip around the park with those guys out there…grump!

  56. B.Stover
    7:22 pm on March 16th, 2011

    But the Canada Geese are beautiful and I love the sounds they make. They sometimes get on the roof and look out over the edge and honk at everyone who walks by.

  57. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:37 pm on March 16th, 2011

    Bullies! … Well, they don’t just Honk at me!…snort!…They lift their wings and run at me honking. They are a lot bigger than me. Those bastards want to peck my eyes out, that’s what they want to do…sniff!….Sometimes my friend has to carry me when a situation occurs and that really pisses her off…heh!

  58. Alice M. Johnson
    7:41 pm on March 16th, 2011

    http://www.infinitecat.com/

    The infinite cat project is 10 years old.

    Check out number 1067. I am in the next 4 pictures too, in smaller and smaller sizes. And I am pretty small already!
    Abbie never wanted to be in it although staff tried and tried to get her photo.

  59. Staff
    7:49 pm on March 16th, 2011

    B Stover
    We have had Canada Geese come into our yard. We are across from a slough. A couple of years ago a pair of geese landed on the roof of our decrepit old barn every day for about a week. From there they yelled at their friends (or enemies) in the slough for hours. Gosh they are noisy. You can see how far away we are from the barn in the video in this blog post.

    http://2knitwits.blogspot.com/2009/05/photo-hotdish.html

  60. Tyb
    7:50 pm on March 16th, 2011

    Just checking in. When I booted up my computer, I found this site quite by accident.
    It’s hard to look at, but if you scrool all the way down and read the text, you’ll see that both dogs have been rescued. There are several sites collection money for the animal victims of the tsunami. We’ve looked at several of them and like the animal rescue site.
    I won’t put the URL up here because I understand it’s a no no to have two of anything in a post. Just googling “the animal rescue site” should get you to it if you’re interested.

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_thelookout/dog-in-japan-stays-by-the-side-of-its-ailing-friend-in-the-rubble

  61. Siber-H
    7:54 pm on March 16th, 2011

    Rio, wish I could take that walk with you where the Canadian Geese bother you.

  62. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:56 pm on March 16th, 2011

    Alice!… I don’t see you. There’s no rhyme or reason to that website at all…grunt!… Go Figure!…sniff! ….Although, I do approve of their motto, “Kats Watching Kats” or something like that…heh!…Maybe if they all stayed busy watching each other they would leave us guys alone…chorkel!

  63. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:58 pm on March 16th, 2011

    SiberH!… I know, I wish you would be my body guard on these walks I am forced to go on….hufffle! grunt!….You could tell those ole poopy geese a thing or two I am sure…snuffle!

  64. Macy the Min-Pin
    8:01 pm on March 16th, 2011

    Hi y’all,

    Mom says thanks to Wooks and Pollymop for the good thoughts. The counselor was helpful in getting mom’s state sponsored resume sorted out so that she will get more jobs to choose from that are actually jobs that she likes AND is qualified for. And No, she is not willing to drive an hour for 9 dollars and hour. Or call people and harrass them. Or sell stuff over the phone. Or…really she’s not picky, just not quite ready to sink to the bottom of the job pool.

  65. B.Stover
    8:03 pm on March 16th, 2011

    Staff: In that video it sounds like you also have redwing blackbirds already. Wonder what the twisting of the neck means for the Canada Geese.

    I understand your problem with them Rio.

  66. Melanie
    8:04 pm on March 16th, 2011

    That is funny Alice. Perpetually Alice . . .

    For some reason the Canada Geese don’t like our yard. :)

    First time ever I watched “Glee”. I really didn’t think I was going to like it. But it was sort of funny.

    Bed Now! TTFN

  67. Melanie
    8:05 pm on March 16th, 2011

    Whoops, just saw Macy when I refreshed.

    Glad it went well. Just remember the Newfoundland Pack love to bring people out of the water.

    TTFN again.

  68. Barb & Maggie
    8:08 pm on March 16th, 2011

    It was hard to watch that video of the Japanese dogs. We were so glad to hear that they were rescued. Hope the injured one was able to receive treatment. The one dog had tags. so they were obviously someones companions.

  69. Macy the Min-Pin
    8:09 pm on March 16th, 2011

    We just want to go on record as the first to post the dog and friend video. Yesterday.. but it is still very sweet.

  70. Staff
    8:14 pm on March 16th, 2011

    Yes Macy, I saw it yesterday after you posted its link. Have to go find food now.
    BBL

  71. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:16 pm on March 16th, 2011

    Staff!…I watched your video and I imagine all that white stuff on the barn roof is Geese Crap, huh?…snort!…All that from two lousy loud mouthed birds!…yeesh!

    Mr. Tibbs!… Hi pal! It’s good to see you posting again. I do worry about you when you are gone for extended periods…grunt!…We are not going to look at that link because apparently we have enough charities already….sniff!…One more might break the camels back so to speak…grunt!

  72. Siber-H
    8:26 pm on March 16th, 2011

    Good News!!

    Whitey-Lance and the gang are off the ice and into the village of Koyuk. Wattie and his team are also there. They made better time than I thought they would across the Bering Sea. They will be ready for serious food and rest now. They did good!!!

  73. dawson
    8:41 pm on March 16th, 2011

    Oops!
    I got called into work today so I left in a hurry this morning.

    Mollie ABP: The BC government is saying they don’t have any health concerns regarding the radiation blowing from Japan into the Pacific Ocean on its way to us. They’ve lied to me before and I do not trust them one iota. They have ordered pharmacies and doctors NOT to dispense the potassium iodide pills that could help avert thyroid cancer. What’s a cautious person to do? I’m popping a bucket of popcorn and totally salting the hell out of it. And…why not…butter too…lots of it.

    And my advice to the Japanese who are anywhere near that radiation. GET OUT NOW.

    Barb and Maggie: Congratulations on the commercial. That would never happen in my house in a million years. Right now there is a mattress in the living room because the bedroom is being painted. In reality, no painting has happened and it’s been a month.

    Melanie: A red tibetan mastiff for 1.5 million. Unbelievable!

  74. C. Harris
    8:50 pm on March 16th, 2011

    This is different from mushers having hallucinations but still interesting. Years ago when I had a 2-month job in Point Barrow, my Dad warned me that I might see optical illusions. He and his crew spent a lot of time in the arctic doing land surveys and he particularly mentioned Point Barrow. He said that sometimes they would swear that they could see the lights of a large city on the horizon. I never saw any but then again I spent 95% of my time inside, working 12+ hours a day to get the job done.

  75. B.Stover
    8:55 pm on March 16th, 2011

    Great news about W-L.

    Good night all.

  76. Kaïa
    8:57 pm on March 16th, 2011

    Rio, we only look tough. You would probably wipe us up. I am not too sure about the booties thing. Cosmo (the chocolate color pei) wears all terrain booties here in Texas. It is good on the hot sidewalks but he has allergies and they keep his feet off the grass. He doesn’t like them very much. He does this little hop dance thing while mom says #@$%?!! a lot.

  77. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:04 pm on March 16th, 2011

    Koyuk!….Hey! That sounds like a good place to eat a lot and then bed down for the night…snort!… I sure hope AJ is getting enough sleep so he can enjoy going into Nome….sniff!…I’m so proud of Whitey for not blowing it so far…heh!

    Dawson!… I thought you were talking to your imaginary friend again this morning after your Three word post.….grump!…What have I told you about the blog count? You hardly ever post on the Dark Side, so what do you care!….grumble!

    CHarris!…What’s the point of your story again?…sniff!…You had no hallucinations and then what happened?…grunt!

  78. dawson
    9:05 pm on March 16th, 2011

    Melanie: I think that head shot is wonderful. That face could play any part.

  79. dawson
    9:07 pm on March 16th, 2011

    Rio: Excuse me? What have you told me about the blog count?

  80. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:08 pm on March 16th, 2011

    Kaia!…. You guys would have been way more interesting if you’d gone with the heavy weight boxer characters….grunt!… Wimpy Sharpies with allergies and all terrain booties are not cool at all…sniff!

  81. Siber-H
    9:09 pm on March 16th, 2011

    The stores here have sold out of potasssium iodide pills in the greater Albuq. area. I am very concerned about Japan, but this is nutty overreacting here in NM.
    Mom and I like Dawson’s idea of buttered, salted, popcorn.

    C.Harris, I wonder if what your dad saw was what is called ice blink. That is interesting. Arctic explorers in the 19th century saw mountain ranges that weren’t there.

  82. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:15 pm on March 16th, 2011

    Dawson!…I am sure you were there and you read the post about your ONE WORD post consisting of “bootie”….grunt!….All those nonsense posts add up to 100 really quickly throughout the day and then we are on the dark side where it is almost impossible for me to post as well as others and everyone says goodnight real quick…grump!… So excuse me missy!….dammit!grumble!choke!

    More!….If you are going to post, say more than just one thought perhaps…sniff!… I know at times, one sentence posts are the way to go for timing and effect…grunt!… Use good judgment….dammit!

  83. Staff
    9:17 pm on March 16th, 2011

    Hi Dawson,
    Just stay indoors and you will be fine. heh heh heh heh heh. (Quote from Japanese government one day ago.)
    You should hear Dad muttering about this. He said that the gov’t in Japan knows nothing about how far their citizens need to move away to stay safe. He says 50 miles should be the minimum distance.

    I am horrified/fascinated by the nuclear meltdown chance. Can you imagine Japan becoming a nuclear wasteland. It could happen.
    I bet the chances are better than 50/50 right now.

    Shall I find and mail you some of those potassium iodide thingys?
    (And what a great excuse for eating salt!)

  84. C. Harris
    9:22 pm on March 16th, 2011

    Love the Sharpies. Siber-H: I’ll have to check out “ice blink.” My Dad is too elderly and a little too into dementia to remember the old days so I can’t ask him.

    Aw Rio, don’t you like me anymore? I don’t really have anything interesting going on right now–sorry. It is ironic that those of us who suffer from SAD/depression often get worse as more daylight comes into our lives. So I am struggling a bit and probably won’t be posting. It won’t be long when I and the dogs can walk outside and that will help. Everyone take care!

  85. dawson
    9:23 pm on March 16th, 2011

    Good grief Rio. Get a grip. I am not going to be censored. Look at your own posts today.
    Staff: No. I am eating salt with iodine in it. Thanks anyway.
    I’m outta here tonight to please His Pugness.

  86. dawson
    9:26 pm on March 16th, 2011

    Except to say:
    C.Harris: I can totally relate. Heh heh heh hahahahahahah hoo hooo!

  87. dawson
    9:26 pm on March 16th, 2011

    Except to say:
    C.Harris: I can totally relate. Heh heh heh hahahahahahah hoo hooo!

  88. dawson
    9:32 pm on March 16th, 2011

    Oops! I did not do that on purpose! I never do. Sometimes you have good timing and sometimes you don’t. This time I did. :-) Whaaaaahahaha hooooheeee. Kiss me quick!

  89. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:36 pm on March 16th, 2011

    Brother!…Then Dawson double posts just to piss me off even more!…grump!…You get a grip, it’s not about being censored…yeesh!…Read my words carefully…sniff!

    Charris!… I really like you, but I guess I was expecting a really good hallucination story and it kind of died at the end with you working your tail off every day and not experiencing the strangeness of the area….hmmm!…Too bad you didn’t get to have a really good hallucination, that’s all…sniff! …Don’t go away sad. I couldn’t stand that….snorkel!

  90. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:37 pm on March 16th, 2011

    Dawson!…Sluuuuurrrrppp! Slooobbbeerrr!…sneeze!…Theres a good kiss!…heh!

  91. Basil and Sage
    9:46 pm on March 16th, 2011

    Yo Plunderers! Whats up? We haven’t been able to get anywhere near the ‘puter for days – Mama has been running all over creation, and then the Corgis are such keyboard hogs.
    But we aren’t posting to complain about the Corgis…actually we wanted to ask everyone to keep good thoughts for Tupper tomorrow. She went to the vet’s last month cuz Mama was concerned that she was limping. Some of you may remember THAT post – $300 vet bill for nothing. And Tupper still limps. Anyway, the new vet is having her come in for x-rays tomorrow since she just can’t get rid of that limp. She does not seem to be in pain, and she and Gilly run around the back yard like lunatics. Mama rubs her leg and shoulder and checks her pads and everything, and Tupper never says a word. And that lazy little dog hasn’t had to go up or down a flight of stairs on her own snce she started limping – Mama or Dad or even Grampa CARRIES her! Lazy mutt…
    No, really she isn’t lazy. Mama is just really worried, and wants her doggie to be ok. We know you guys are all used to us teasing and harrassing all the dogs, but we really do like Tup and Gilly, and we’re kind of worried too.
    So anyway – just keep a good thought for her tomorrow that the vet will say its nothing serious and she’ll get better in warm weather.
    Thanks all, and we’ll let you know what the vet says later tomorrow.

  92. Siber-H
    9:47 pm on March 16th, 2011

    I don’t want C.Harris to go away either. I don’t know how anyone who lives that far north could escape having SAD/depression. Mom says she would without a doubt experience it. It bothers her that since we went on DST, the sun is rising an hour later. I tell her that she will adjust.

  93. Siber-H
    9:51 pm on March 16th, 2011

    We will keep Tupper in our thoughts and prayers tomorrow and do please let us know what the vet says. We want her to be okay and we know about the worrying.

  94. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:58 pm on March 16th, 2011

    Shhhhh!….Has Dawson gone off to bed?….snort!…Thank Dawg!…heh!

    Tupper!… We all here will be thinking and praying for Tuppence…sniff!… She might have some arthritis going on there…grunt!… I think I have some in my shoulder…dammit!…Jumping off the couch or the big bed doesn’t help it at all, but I can’t wait for her all the time…snuffl!… Good luck with the V-E-T tomorrow Tupper!…snort!

  95. AbbietheKitty
    9:59 pm on March 16th, 2011

    Dear Herbs,
    best of wishes to Tupper tomorrow. I hope the vet finds and easy problem and fixes it for 20 dollars.

    Hugs,
    Abbie and Alice

  96. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:08 pm on March 16th, 2011

    AbbieTheKat!….Where did you go on your “trip” today?…snort!….Alice alluded to it this morning…sniff!….Were you testing quilts, or just sight-seeing?…grunt!

  97. dawson
    10:20 pm on March 16th, 2011

    Basil and Sage: Healthy thoughts are being sent out to Tupper.

  98. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:24 pm on March 16th, 2011

    MIA!… Where is Kirby? I thought he would be my NCAA buddy, but nooo. He is nowhere to be seen…grunt!…Also missing are BluKat, Liz, Wolfie, Puss N’ Boots, lil Sammie…sniff!…Fatty Kitty has probably gone to her final resting place and we will never hear from her again…snuffle!…I am sure there are others, but I can’t think of them right now… huffle!

  99. Barb & Maggie
    10:37 pm on March 16th, 2011

    Tupper, We will be sending positive doggy thoughts your way tomorrow. Let us know how things go.

    C Harris, hang in there. Spring is coming!

    Dawson, cheer up, we all love you, and we don’t even care if you want to write short posts. We all have equal rights on this here blog.

    And we are going to bed before we get yelled at! Night all.

  100. AbbietheKitty
    10:42 pm on March 16th, 2011

    Rio, we didn’t get to go anywhere. Staff and Mr.Staff are back home in North Dakota for a couple of days. However the person she calls Dad has his computer on but is in the kitchen listening to the radio to find out anything he can about the nuclear accident in Japan. He is all over anything nuclear.

    His computer is just sitting here. tee hee. And he stays up way later than Staff. Maybe he will stay away from it long enough for me to talk to Liz. I wonder if she draws Kats? Here lizzy lizzy lizzy. Come to Abbie……

  101. Alice M. Johnson
    10:46 pm on March 16th, 2011

    Hey Rio, I know you want to look at it. After you do you can go to bed….Alice

    http://www.infinitecat.com/infinite/cat-html/1001-1100/1067.html

  102. Siber-H
    10:51 pm on March 16th, 2011

    I hope that the plunderers that Rio listed as MIA check in with us soon.

    night all

  103. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:55 pm on March 16th, 2011

    Equal!… Rights MagPie? …heh!….Chet has the last say on this blog and I’ve been waiting for him to kick me off any day now, but he hasn’t yet…grunt!… You think you have equal rights when some of you are Moderated at whim left and right?…ho! ho!ho!… The Iditarod hallucinations or what some would call delusions abound here…heh!heh!heh!heh!heh!heh!heh!heh!heh!heh!heh!heh!heh!heh!heh!heh!heh!heh!

    Dark!…Side! Being served up…grunt!…. Thanks a helluva lot Dawson!….snort!

    Alice!…I don’t know if I care to look at your version of Night Gallery…sniff!

  104. dawson
    11:09 pm on March 16th, 2011

    Good night, Rio.

  105. Alice M. Johnson
    11:20 pm on March 16th, 2011

    good night Rio (and Dawson)( and Mr.Husky and Macy and Wookie and Melanie and CHarris and Kirby and Wolfie and OMG there are so many of us. Love you all.

    (you know you want to Rio…)

    heh heh heh heh heh heh
    AND
    heh!heh!heh!heh!heh!heh!heh!heh!heh!heh!heh!heh!heh!heh!heh!heh!heh!heh!

  106. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:39 pm on March 16th, 2011

    Alice!… I think I will pass…grunt!

    NCAA!….Looks like VCU (the guys in black) are going to win unless USC (the guys in white) pull it out of their butts in the last 4 minutes…heh! …Good stuff college basketball. We don’t enjoy the pros, they are just a bunch of over-paid hoodlums, but we do enjoy watching the kids before they are corrupted with all that money and fame….gruffle!

  107. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    11:47 pm on March 16th, 2011

    Good night Rio, my chubby little s-pug-nik

  108. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:48 pm on March 16th, 2011

    Melanie!….My friend wants to know if Clarkson knows the actor who does the Old Spice commercials….sniff!….She wants to know if he is actually a real person, because he is so perfect…heh!

  109. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:04 am on March 17th, 2011

    Uh-Oh! ….VCU won and they looked very strong….snort!…They will be playing Georgetown on Friday….sniff!…We all know who will be rooting for Georgetown, don’t we?… Wookie, Of course!…heh! …. I hope the Hoyas can pull it out because when the Bears can’t do it, we are going to root for the Hoyas!…heh!hoy!heh!….Go Bears!…sniff!…For the first time ever. Please Bears!…sob!

  110. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    12:18 am on March 17th, 2011

    That’s right Rio. Go Hoyas! But we will root for Northern Colorado too! And we are definitely saying special prayers for our little Corgi friend Tupper. Good night all. Wookie

  111. Gus & BooBear
    12:37 am on March 17th, 2011

    Paws crossed for you, Tupper!

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