“What’s this about a contest?” says Admin.

“It’s a kind of two-headed thing,” says Spence.

Uh-oh. That reminds me of a real scary movie me and Bernie watched part of once; way too scary to go all the way to the end.

“The contest itself can’t be started until the number of fans on the facebook page reaches 1000,” Spence goes on.

“Sounds kind of arbitrary,” Admin says.

“Well, the contest will only work with at least that kind of number,” says Spence.

“Will there be prizes?”

“Can’t give any details at this point.”

“Prizes,” says Admin, “are as American as apple pie.”

Now they have my full attention. Apple pie is one of those things I can smell from blocks away, especially when the crust is actually a bit burned, which is the way I like it best. Not a single apple pie is baking in the neighborhood at the moment. Whoa! Isn’t this an American neighborhood? Don’t tell me we’re living in another country.


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104 Responses to “Contest”

  1. Rose
    9:08 am on March 4th, 2011

    Good morning, Chet, Admin, Spence and all!

    I love a good cherry pie myself!

    Contest…I hate being kept in suspense!!!

  2. B.Stover
    9:15 am on March 4th, 2011

    I don’t like being kept in suspense either but I also don’t understand why the contest has to involve Facebook.

  3. Sam
    9:19 am on March 4th, 2011

    My girl took down her facebook page last summer when she was looking at colleges. Smart move, I say.

  4. Chet The Dog
    9:23 am on March 4th, 2011

    Hi B. Admin here. There are actually going to be two separate and concurrent contests, one here and one on facebook. The people who we rely on to organize these things believe a certain number of people have to be there before it will work properly. Does this make sense?

  5. Kirby T. Penworthy
    9:24 am on March 4th, 2011

    Good morning, y’all! Mom got a Facebook page, but only so she could see what everyone else was up to! Last year a friend of hers moved all the way across the country, then had twins, and she kept bugging Mom about getting on Facebook so she could see all the twins’ photos. So Mom finally bit the bullet and did it. But Mom doesn’t have her picture on it or write anything on it. And it took her until last week until she finally figured out where her “wall” is!

  6. Kirby T. Penworthy
    9:26 am on March 4th, 2011

    Chet: Not being a big Facebook person myself, the big question is: How close are you to having 1,000 friends? Because I’d be happy to “friend” you, if Mom and I can figure out how to do it!

  7. dawson
    9:29 am on March 4th, 2011

    Contests and pies. Two of my favorite things. Two is a good number. Two contests would be best. One for the facebook fans and one for the Luddites aka the Plunderers.

  8. Chet The Dog
    9:32 am on March 4th, 2011

    Admin here, Dawson. Yes, that’s exactly it. But I wouldn’t say Luddites. I’d say something nicer, and will when I think of it.

  9. dawson
    9:32 am on March 4th, 2011

    Oh goody. Two contests!

  10. Rose
    9:34 am on March 4th, 2011

    I’m glad there will be two contests…I’m a real dinosaur when it comes to technology, and I don’t want my face or personal stuff out there in cyberspace. (Note my non-face on this site)

  11. B.Stover
    9:45 am on March 4th, 2011

    Admin: Thank you for attempting to give an answer to my dilemma. However, I still don’t understand why we need a certain number of people. That’s marketing-speak. (All you have to do is consider what the marketing people do to television shows to understand their limited capacity to understand humanity or the American way.) We have had contests on the blog before without knowing the numbers. Please don’t sell your souls and ours to marketing. They really think they know more than they, in fact, do.

  12. Kirby T. Penworthy
    10:01 am on March 4th, 2011

    Admin: Are you still there? Maybe you can answer a non-contest question. Now that SQ is finished with TDWKTM and taken a relaxing vacation, is he starting right in with C&B #5? Or has the PA personality taken over and is hard at work, perhaps on Ingrid #4? No pressure or anything, just wondering!

  13. Chet The Dog
    10:08 am on March 4th, 2011

    Admin here, B. I think you’ll see why a pool of a certain size is needed after the contest is announced. Such a pool already exists here at the blog. As for soul-selling, that won’t happen with anything I’m involved in. But isn’t marketing a good thing if the purpose is to introduce more readers to the Chet and Bernie books? Without readers there is no series, and the more readers the longer the life of the series.

  14. Chet The Dog
    10:15 am on March 4th, 2011

    Well, Kirby, the answer to that one is that PA has a new middle-grade series starting next year from Philomel, a Penguin imprint. He loves that Penguin logo! The first book in the series is called Robbie Forester and the Outlaws of Sherwood Street. At the same time, over in Spence’s head, the idea for C&B is taking shape.

  15. Melanie
    10:49 am on March 4th, 2011

    I am for contests and marketing and pie.

    Maybe the marketing people have something to do with the number of people on the contest?

    For this morning!!

  16. Tupper and Gilly
    11:12 am on March 4th, 2011

    Good morning everyone! Well the moderator won’t let me tell a really funny story about Gilly – not sure why, but two attempts have been halted. And there aren’t any brand names, bad words or political comments in it either. Just Silly Gilly the Show Off Doggie doing her thing. Like sliding down hills, or herding snakes….she is quite the entertaining puppy.
    Weird, but entertaining.

  17. B.Stover
    11:13 am on March 4th, 2011

    I’m pondering the necessity of marketing. One example that comes to mind is that I absolutely adore the Geico Gecko and always listen to him on tv. I also “like” him and have him on my Facebook page. However, I have never considered changing insurance companies. In fact I don’t even know what kind of insurance it is that they sell. What this demonsrates, I’m really not sure…perhaps more about me than anything else. (Similar to Reader-Response criticism.)

  18. Tupper and Gilly
    11:16 am on March 4th, 2011

    And our favorite pie is PIZZA pie!
    Maybe the contest could have pie prizes?
    And Chet – we don’t mind in the least being called Luddites. We are rather proud of being free of the bonds of internet addiction.

  19. B.Stover
    11:29 am on March 4th, 2011

    What movie was the pie song from? I like William Hurt.

  20. B.Stover
    11:35 am on March 4th, 2011

    Luddites–we must get the word from the 19th century workers in England who organized to destroy manufacturing machinery because they were afraid the machines would replace them. (True in some cases.) Ned Ludd apparently came up with the idea. Here’s the Wikipedia article.

  21. Tupper and Gilly
    11:45 am on March 4th, 2011

    B.Stover – the movie was “Michael” with John Travolta as the overweight, atypical angel.
    We never understood the lyric about pie being “sweet, salty and dry”. Doesn’t sound like the ideal pie to us.

  22. Kirby T. Penworthy
    11:46 am on March 4th, 2011

    Bee: That is a scene from “Michael,” a movie about an angel (John Travolta) who comes to earth. William Hurt plays a tabloid reporter who is checking out Michael’s story. Andie MacDowell plays a dog trainer (who wants to be a songwriter). I can’t remember just how she fits into it. It’s not the best movie ever made, but I think it was kind of cute.

  23. Melanie
    11:57 am on March 4th, 2011

    Goodness a lot happens when I go to sleep. Hope Riö can come through the camping and the anger.

    When my ex left, I spent a lot of time kicking the trash compactor. It got pretty dented. My little guys at that point, helped. I didn’t know it was going to be something he wanted when I left. Snicker.

    Gilly’s redecorating posts have appeared from last night at 9:23 pm and 929 pm.

  24. B.Stover
    12:01 pm on March 4th, 2011

    Thanks Kirby and T&G. I’ve heard of the movie but I’ve never seen it. (Whispering: I don’t like Travolta….but don’t tell anyone.)

    G&BB: Nefarious–love that word and, yes, you used it correctly. From Latin nefarious>impious; from ne (the negative) and fas>divine law. It has come to mean wicked in a villainous way.

  25. Siber-H
    12:17 pm on March 4th, 2011

    Ok, I support anything that exposes the Chet and Bernie series to a wider audience. I know nothing about marketing a book, but I’m sure it is very difficult to get the word out when a great series shows up. The Chet and Bernie series should be read and enjoyed by as many people as possible.

    I have often wondered why the Chet and Bernie series was not released in mass market paperback. Mom does her part when she is in a bookstore by making sure Chet’s books are straightened up and can be seen by as many people as possible.

  26. B.Stover
    12:28 pm on March 4th, 2011

    I first found DOI when I went to Barnes & Noble and they had the books stacked on a table several feet beyond the front door. They also had their “Barnes & Noble Recommends Main Selection” pamphlets next to the books. (I still have it in my copy of DOI.) I don’t remember how I was introduced to this blog.

  27. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    12:36 pm on March 4th, 2011

    I’m sorry I had to go to bed early last night. I just want to wish my best friend Rio all my best, and that his camping excursion will help him feel better. This blog would not be this blog without Rio; he is the catalyst (or maybe I should dogalyst or pugalyst) for all the good things we have done, from the quilt to the missions to the cyber-parties. I miss him already and just hope that the camping can help sort things out in his little pug head. Take care my dear friend. Wookie

    P.S. I can hardly wait for baseball season to start and to share it with you, day-by-day. Go Rockies!

  28. Siber-H
    12:40 pm on March 4th, 2011

    Chet, I love you, but I still won’t join facebook. I’ll see if I can get some of the dogs at the dog park that go on facebook to support you.

    Unlike before, I now speak from experience about facebook. During the Yukon Quest, I had to go to their wall to get their updates. I didn’t have to join facebook to do this, but it was not a good experience. Talk about clutter…that is a wall on facebook.

  29. Melanie
    12:41 pm on March 4th, 2011

    Wöökie, hope you are feeling better today. I also hope Staff is feeling better, and everyone else that is not tip-top. Also it would be grand for MagPie’s house were to sell this weekend.

    All I’ve been doing is working. Now time for lunch.

  30. Melanie
    12:45 pm on March 4th, 2011

    Oh, before I eat real food . . .
    Wöökie, what kind of chocolate in Vermont?
    The Pack also approves of taking pills in cheese, also ice cream, yogurt, and sprinkled on pizza.

  31. Gus and BooBear
    1:36 pm on March 4th, 2011

    Wookie, we hope Rio feels better after a little time away. For some reason he felt persecuted and trashed yesterday. We re-read the postings and honestly did not get that sense at all. He actually picks on some of us much worse. So it must be that the grief and loss factor hit home. His friend has had a very tough year with the loss of both her father and grandma. And she had to hold it together for her mom. Hopefully, he will be back soon and feeling like his old self.

  32. Kirby T. Penworthy
    1:54 pm on March 4th, 2011

    Oh, dear. I started reading today’s posts this morning, and forgot to catch up on what happened yesterday, so I didn’t know what everyone was talking about just now. But now I’m caught up. Rio, I hope you and your friend are having a lovely vacation, reading and relaxing and listening to the river roll by!

  33. Siber-H
    2:02 pm on March 4th, 2011

    I am worried about Rio because he is not a dog who loves the great outdoors. Call me if you need me, Rio.

    Melanie, mom says to tell you that chocolate is real food.
    I’m putting in a order for some apple pie. You guys started this.

  34. Kirby T. Penworthy
    2:14 pm on March 4th, 2011

    Speaking of food, Mom’s getting ready to go to the commissary, so she’ll be turning the computer off for awhile. I hope she gets me lots of good food to eat! She’s also going to the bookstore — a different bookstore than the one that told her that Quacky Baseball hadn’t been released yet! Maybe this one will have a copy she can bring home for me!!!

    P.S. Dad says he doesn’t want me cheering for the Angels this year. Too bad, Dad!!!

  35. Tupper and Gilly
    2:21 pm on March 4th, 2011

    Mama won’t let us have chocolate, but she does take Gilly and me when they go to the ocean for two weeks in September. When we go there, they go to the Lindt chocolate factory and ….dum da da dum…their OUTLET store….
    Last year, they came home with boxes and boxes of chocolate. And tha was after they spent their vacation eating it!
    (There is still some in the fridge, but without opposible thumbs, we are out of luck.)

  36. Tupper and Gilly
    2:22 pm on March 4th, 2011

    Cousin Kirby – won’t your Dad get in trouble if he doesn’t cheer for angels???

  37. Tupper and Gilly
    2:26 pm on March 4th, 2011
  38. Kirby T. Penworthy
    2:38 pm on March 4th, 2011

    T&G: Dad cheers for some other winged creatures call Orioles. Only they haven’t been very good lately. So he gets upset when Mom and I root for the Angels. He figures Mom can root for the Angels if she wants to — she was born out in California and has been a fan since she was a little girl — but he doesn’t like that she’s “corrupted” me and made me into an Angels fan, because he was the one who saved me and brought me to my forever home, so he thinks I ought to root for the Orioles instead.

  39. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    2:39 pm on March 4th, 2011

    Melanie — the Vermont chocolates are made by a company called Lake Champlain Chocolates. They are absolutely yummy. Their main factory is in Burlington, Vt (which you can visit and tour) and they have an outlet store in Waterbury, Vt. (very conveniently located only a mile or so past the Ben & Jery’s Factory). Grandpa loves chocolate covered ginger and they make the best. Link to their web page provided below.

    This is all on reputation only as THEY do not let me have any. I understand why, but I still don’t think it is fair.


  40. Kirby T. Penworthy
    2:44 pm on March 4th, 2011

    T&G: That was funny — and scary!!!

  41. Sam
    2:56 pm on March 4th, 2011

    TupnGil, aren’t you worried that your Kats will see that video?

  42. B.Stover
    3:49 pm on March 4th, 2011

    T&G: That was cute.

    Mention of Philomel (Greek> love of song) made me think of Ovid’s Metamorphoses which I haven’t taught for a while. The story of Philomela, Procne and Tereus is quite gruesome. But speaking of marketing, it was Metamorphoses that disseminated the ancient Greek myths to the western world.

    4:03 pm on March 4th, 2011

    G & B, We agree, we did not read any posts that we felt were especially harsh towards Rio. It seems lately that he has been angry and out of sorts. Hopefully he will come back and will be well rested and happy to be a member of the blog again. We wish him well.

    Now a heads up to you guys, so you do not get concerned if we are MIA. Our key board at home is not working, as of this morning. Barb is going to try to get a new one tomorrow. We can read, but cannot post.

    Bigger problem,, Barb’s son-in-law’s mother is in the hospital, and may not be recovering. She has had terminal brain cancer for 2 years and took a turn for the worse yesterday. If she passes, or if Barb need to go in to help with the Grands, we may not post for a few days. In other words, don’t be worried about us. We are ok.

  44. B.Stover
    4:06 pm on March 4th, 2011

    Thanks for letting us know B&M. Hope we hear from you soon.

  45. LizF
    4:56 pm on March 4th, 2011

    My mother (from Nebraska) always talked about how much she missed Miller and Payne’s chocolates in Lincoln, even after she’d been her for fifty years!

    DOI was released in paperback here – in fact I’ve never seen the hard cover. It has that cute illustration of Chet in a fedora and Bernie’s hibiscus shirt.

    I like Mr Ludd, a man of vision – and I think it was Bernie who quoted Marx on the blog, saying too many useful machines make too many useless people.

    I hope the contest will allow for the time delay to get to this hemisphere!

  46. B.Stover
    5:19 pm on March 4th, 2011

    Liz: That cover is really different from the hardcover jacket on my copy of DOI. It’s an up-close back view of Chet and Bernie (only the right arm and hand of Bernie on the steering wheel)in the Porsche with the top down, blue sky with some white clouds, and a dirt road going into infinity. Chet is in the shotgun seat.

  47. Basil and Sage
    5:20 pm on March 4th, 2011

    Hey Kirby – we agree with your Dad. We really like Orioles too; almost as much as Robins and Sparrows. But what does your Dad mean when he says they haven’t been very good lately? Do you think they have been eating bad seeds?

    And Sam – we WROTE and STARRED in that video, so just watch out!

  48. Tupper and Gilly
    5:24 pm on March 4th, 2011

    Don’t any of you listen to those Wrotten Kats….they don’t even go outside.
    Now, as far as the opposible thumb thing…that we’re not sure about. There are some interesting things that go on around here when no one is looking…

    5:58 pm on March 4th, 2011

    Barb is heading home from the Crazy Lady II place. No posting tonight, but we will be reading the blog, so don’t say anything bad about us! Barb is going to see if our neighbor has an extra keyboard for her to test, so we may BBL.

  50. Macy the Min-Pin
    6:50 pm on March 4th, 2011

    We feel somewhat ashamed to admit that we are facebookers. You do not have to put your real picture up, and you give out only as much info as you want. If you do not give out info, thee is nothing to be stolen from you.

    now we are going off to hang our heads in shame for not being true Luddites, and maybe not worthy Plunderers either. *sigh*

  51. Melanie
    7:06 pm on March 4th, 2011

    I googled DOI book covers and found some rejected ones. Also the one from “Down under”! This is from down under, but there was another one the other way around.

    It’s on a flicker page, but does not give the real name of the person at the end I’ll put up the site.

  52. Melanie
    7:07 pm on March 4th, 2011

    The next three are rejected covers.

  53. Melanie
    7:08 pm on March 4th, 2011

    What’s with the bird? And the dog shown does not look over 100 pounds. Chet carries Charlie around.

  54. Melanie
    7:09 pm on March 4th, 2011

    I like the picture in this one, but it leaves out that Chet is a partner.

  55. Melanie
    7:10 pm on March 4th, 2011

    And this is the site I found them at. All in all, I think Chet made the best pick.

  56. B.Stover
    7:12 pm on March 4th, 2011

    I agree. I like the cover we have. Wonder who makes the decisions.

  57. dawson
    7:27 pm on March 4th, 2011

    “What’s with the bird?”…there was a parrot, remember Melanie? Chet did not care for that bird, in DOI.

  58. Melanie
    7:36 pm on March 4th, 2011

    Captain Crunch . . .
    But to me Chet would be trying to eat it or catch it, not just letting it sit there.
    And where’s Bernie? He’s more important than Captain Crunch.

    “Make it a double!

  59. Debbie LM
    7:36 pm on March 4th, 2011

    Personally I love the ‘mystery’ behind exactly what Chet looks like so his sequencing of covers has been just wonderful.

  60. Melanie
    7:38 pm on March 4th, 2011

    Oh, man I was trying to tease Dawson with a double post because of the quote from Captain Crunch. But I got this . . .

    “Duplicate comment detected; it looks as though you’ve already said that!”

  61. Mollypop
    7:38 pm on March 4th, 2011

    I hope Rio and his friend are resting and healing, getting life back on an even keel. These things take time and it is good to have blog friends like us who are there for you. I feel great comfort from our blog family.

  62. Siber-H
    7:39 pm on March 4th, 2011

    Chet as a Border Collie????

  63. Melanie
    7:39 pm on March 4th, 2011

    Debbie!! How’s Wöökie?

  64. dawson
    7:54 pm on March 4th, 2011

    Border Collies average between 35 – 55 pounds and I agree with Melanie that the dog on the yellow cover is too scrawny to be Chet.
    I love the cover from Down_Under because it has the Hawaiian shirt.

  65. Jasper the Poodle
    8:00 pm on March 4th, 2011

    Mom is home. She is multitasking. She is watching NASCAR qualifying, visiting with her son and his fiance, on the blog, plus drinking and cooking! What a gal!

    She is oohing and aahing over her drinkypoo which is Skyy citrus infused vodka with unsweetened grapefruit juice. She said she had a very tough week cause she traveled for work for 3 days out of 5 and one of those days she had her a$$ handed to her by some obnoxious employee and their union rep. She says that she just doesn’t have enough knowledge and experience in order to be effective in her role, but given time, she will be okay.

    Mom has had 2 of those sour tasting drinks (she let me have a lap or two, blech!) while she is waiting for something that smells oh so very good to get out of the oven. She says it is a ground beef/veal/pork meatloaf with Sweet Baby Ray’s on top. The beeper in the kitchen just went off, so she got up, squirted on the Rays, then put 4 yellow potatoes in the oven to bake during the last 1/2 hour of cooking. I hope she gives me a bite of a hard corner of the meatloaf with some of that Ray’s on it.

    Oh well. She did play sock with me this morning and did give me a bone when the oven began smelling oh so very delish!

  66. B.Stover
    8:08 pm on March 4th, 2011

    Hi Jasper. Enjoy your meatloaf.

  67. Melanie
    8:09 pm on March 4th, 2011

    Jasper: it sounds like there is also caffeine in that Skyy citrus thing.

    I don’t think I could keep up with her.

    Whew, I’m out of that count, finished that paper for YSAS meeting on Thursday. Took 2 more hours. 5 hours in total. My brain is looking forward to an easy read (snicker, couldn’t help it B).

    OTAS is just finishing Book 3 audio version. I think I’m going to have to get him interested in the Echo Falls Mystery. Wonder if those are audio. . .


  68. Macy the Min-Pin
    8:21 pm on March 4th, 2011

    we are being moderated hmphhh

    We feel somewhat ashamed to admit that we are facebookers. You do not have to put your real picture up, and you give out only as much info as you want. If you do not give out info, thee is nothing to be stolen from you.

    now we are going off to hang our heads in shame for not being true Luddites, and maybe not worthy Plunderers either. *sigh*

  69. Macy the Min-Pin
    8:21 pm on March 4th, 2011

    we are being moderated hmphhh

    We feel somewhat ashamed to admit that we are f***bookers. You do not have to put your real picture up, and you give out only as much info as you want. If you do not give out info, thee is nothing to be stolen from you.

    now we are going off to hang our heads in shame for not being true Luddites, and maybe not worthy Plunderers either. *sigh*

  70. Macy the Min-Pin
    8:21 pm on March 4th, 2011

    we are being moderated hmphhh

  71. Macy the Min-Pin
    8:22 pm on March 4th, 2011

    We feel somewhat ashamed to admit that we are f***bookers. You do not have to put your real picture up, and you give out only as much info as you want. If you do not give out info, thee is nothing to be stolen from you.

  72. Macy the Min-Pin
    8:22 pm on March 4th, 2011

    ow we are going off to hang our heads in shame for not being true Luddites, and maybe not worthy Plunderers either. *sigh*

  73. Macy the Min-Pin
    8:24 pm on March 4th, 2011

    We feel somewhat ashamed to admit that we are on FB. You do not have to put your real picture up, and you give out only as much info as you want. If you do not give out info, thee is nothing to be stolen from you.

  74. Macy the Min-Pin
    8:24 pm on March 4th, 2011

    When we took out Facebook, we were not moderated.

  75. Macy the Min-Pin
    8:26 pm on March 4th, 2011

    We just finished watching a segment of America’s Test Kitchen which told how to make a perfect meatloaf. Dad is going to make one tomorrow.

  76. Macy the Min-Pin
    8:29 pm on March 4th, 2011

    I don’t mind talking to myself. Mom does it all the time.

  77. Macy the Min-Pin
    8:30 pm on March 4th, 2011

    Can anyone see the picture? I just have a little icon instead.

  78. LizF
    8:30 pm on March 4th, 2011

    How many friends does Chet have now on FB? are they close to 1000?

    My cover is flipped the other way. I love Chet in that hat, and he’s so smart he had to be part BC but he’s so big, there’s got to be other stuff in there.

    Bee, what happened to your avatar? (uh-oh, i sound like rio, the avatar policeman!!!)

  79. LizF
    8:31 pm on March 4th, 2011

    I get the blue question mark.

  80. Macy the Min-Pin
    8:33 pm on March 4th, 2011

    Is it morning there Liz? I am going to try the picture again.

  81. Macy the Min-Pin
    8:34 pm on March 4th, 2011

    I am going to try the picture again.'s house-1.jpg[/img]

  82. Mollypop
    8:39 pm on March 4th, 2011

    Macy – The picture is not coming through. When you browse and select the picture, you should see it below the browse box.

  83. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    8:46 pm on March 4th, 2011

    Melanie. Mom asked me to respond directly on her behalf. Today has been my best day in quite a while. This morning I took a short walk with my dad ( we refer to that as a ” dad walk”) and then when dad came home from his busy place, him, mom and me took a longer walk around the neighborhood. I’ve been able to get up with or no assistance too. And my appetite is definitely back. Yum! Wookie

  84. B.Stover
    8:56 pm on March 4th, 2011

    Hi Macy.
    Liz: I don’t think anything is wrong with my avatar. What does it look like on your screen?

  85. B.Stover
    8:59 pm on March 4th, 2011

    Wookie: That news sounds good.

  86. B.Stover
    9:04 pm on March 4th, 2011

    Liz: There are 605 friends on Chet’s Facebook page.

  87. LizF
    9:08 pm on March 4th, 2011

    Macy, it’s just after 1 in the afternoon.

    B, you were a question mark earlier, but now you’re back. Weird glitch! 605… i don’t see why the Plunderers can’t get a separate contest to the FBers….

  88. B.Stover
    9:11 pm on March 4th, 2011

    Liz: According to a post from Admin above, we will be getting a separate contest.

    Melanie: On Amazon it looks like Behind the Curtain and Down the Rabbit Hole are audio cds but Into the Dark is on cassette.

  89. B.Stover
    9:25 pm on March 4th, 2011

    Good night all.

  90. Tupper and Gilly
    9:28 pm on March 4th, 2011

    Hi Macy – Mama has been very busy doing paperwork all night, so we haven’t been able to be on.

    Wookie we are so glad that you are doing better. Are you allowed to eat regular food while you are in treatment? If you can, and if appetite is a problem, Mama will send you her special cookie recipe for dogs. They are great and we never met a dog that didn’t like them.

    Melanie – Mama decided that she is going to let the universe decide if we need a new baby sister. She filled out a loooonnng
    application to the Corgi Rescue league. They keep it on file until they find the right dog. Mama says that if there is a little Corgi out there that needs us, she will come our way…she just keeps getting this strong feeling that there is a Corgi who is looking for us. We sure hope so!

    And we think Chet is a BIG dog – a big brown dog, with eyes like Wookie, a heart as big as Kirby’s and a sense of humor like Franklin. That’s how we see him when we read the books.

    Not some smart ass Border Collie. (they think they’re just SO cool cuz they can run faster than us)

  91. Wolfie
    9:30 pm on March 4th, 2011

    We are sitting at the theater waiting for the Corgi movie to start!

  92. Alice M. Johnson
    9:39 pm on March 4th, 2011

    Well Staff just finished looking through today and the end of yesterday’s blog. I believe that anger is one of the stages of grief that Rio’s friend has to go through. It is not the easiest one.

    One weird thing I did when I had to grieve my divorce (so many years ago I can hardly remember)is go to live basketball games at the U of MN. It was back when Kevin McHale was a player there and they were very competitive. I got season tickets and would sit in the top of ‘the barn’ (Williams Arena) and scream my head off for the Golden Gophers. It was a very liberating experience to be able to scream at the top of my lungs in public. Sports is one of the few places that allows that behavior.

    Baseball needs to get here soon. It will be good for Rio’s friend. I knew I was screaming for more that the team all those years ago. It took me quite a few seasons before I didn’t need it anymore. Practice your ‘primal scream’, dear friend of Rio.

    Don’t yell at Rio though. Dogs are your friends.

  93. Alice M. Johnson
    9:40 pm on March 4th, 2011

    eeeeerrrr, That was Staff talking not ME!

  94. dawson
    10:01 pm on March 4th, 2011

    Staff: I remember going to a Gopher game with you during that period. It was great fun. You were very passionate about your sports team.

  95. Alice M. Johnson
    10:04 pm on March 4th, 2011

    That is a good word for what I was back then. I don’t need to watch basketball anymore though.

  96. Staff
    10:04 pm on March 4th, 2011

    Sorry Alice.

  97. Staff
    10:05 pm on March 4th, 2011

    Now I KNOW Rio is not on the blog. He would not be able to resist pointing out my personality problems and he ALWAYS noticed them.

  98. dawson
    10:12 pm on March 4th, 2011

    Yeah. I was thinking the same thing. Rio would never have let you get away with that. Heh.

  99. Staff
    10:50 pm on March 4th, 2011

    It is true that Rio’s friend is much of the heart and soul of this blog. She is the one who started the quilt. We would have never done it without him/her. And I remember his friend emailing me early on in our acquaintance to tell me she appreciated my letting Rio jump all over Alice.

    She said it made the blog much more interesting and that I should understand that she meant it all in fun.
    It took Alice a little while to get with the program but she really likes having Rio to raz and to tease.

    I think we should have a blog prayer for her in her time of trouble. She started blogging around the time her father died and then her grandmother just recently. She has lost a lot of friends and family this last year and has kept her grumbling character all through it.

    I am not surprised that she is having a difficult time right now.
    She writes the best prayers so it is hard to do one for her.

    I hope that the creator will give her a little relief and help her find some happiness in this upcoming year. Help her with her knees and her heart and do what you can to ease her sorrow.
    We are all together praying for your friend, Rio. You and Wookie are two of our best operatives and we need you in fighting form to lead us on more missions.

    Hmmm that seemed to be more of a prayer for us. Be strong pugster.

    Alice Magnolia Johnson, who is as bad as she can be whenever she gets the chance.

  100. AbbietheKitty
    10:52 pm on March 4th, 2011

    Same from me Alice, (Even though she won’t take me on any missions.)

    And staff says goodnight to all. See you tomorrow.

  101. Macy the Min-Pin
    11:26 pm on March 4th, 2011

    I was just going to say that I never knew that Alice was married, let alone divorced.

  102. Tupper and Gilly
    11:33 pm on March 4th, 2011

    Hi Macy – isn’t moderation weird?

  103. C. Harris
    1:00 am on March 5th, 2011

    Hey Rio out camping….we are all looking forward to your return. Take care, Buddy. Stay warm and safe.

  104. Macy the Min-Pin
    1:19 am on March 5th, 2011

    Oh yes, we would not have made it to the “dark side” without it. I personally have no problem with page 2, but it seems that most folks do. Nite nite Corgis and Kats and Charris too.

    Macy out.

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