“I’m hurt,” the bouncer said, still squirming around on the pavement outside Club Utopia.

“It didn’t have to be this way,” Bernie said. “If you’d just answered a few simple questions, we’d have been out of here, no harm done.”

“What kind of questions?”

“About Astrid Jason.”

“Astrid don’t even work here no more,” the bouncer said.

“How come?” said Bernie.

The bouncer shrugged. Then he winced and said, “Ow.” Some humans handle pain better than others. The bouncer was one of the others. “Strippers,” he said. “They come and go.”

Bernie nodded. “And where did Astrid go?” he said.

“No clue,” said the bouncer. “Just didn’t show up the other day. Didn’t even bother cleaning out her locker.”

“She left things here?”

“Costumes, stuff like that.”

“They’re still inside?” Bernie said.

“Maybe,” said the bouncer. “Up in the dressing room.”

“How about we go take a little look-see?” Bernie said.

The bouncer gazed at Bernie. He seemed to be taking a long time to answer. I moved closer to him, got very close, now that I think about it. Were my teeth showing? Possibly.

“Okay,” the bouncer said, his eyes on me.

Bernie helped him up, even brushed him off a bit. “That’s the spirit,” he said.



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108 Responses to “Detente”

  1. B. Stover
    4:19 am on July 23rd, 2010

    Didn't show up "the other day" (wonder when) and left her stuff in the locker. This doesn't look good for Astrid.

  2. Melanie
    4:22 am on July 23rd, 2010

    Bernie is such a helpful soul. And so upbeat. "That's the spirit." Upbeat, which seems necessary, since Astrid is gone. Leaving her costumes . . .

    She must be some looker to have a son Ray's age and still stripping. That would not work for me!

    Has she found another sugar daddy and doesn't need her costumes?


    Is it something more nefarious?

  3. Melanie
    4:22 am on July 23rd, 2010

    Morning B.! You're saving your wine, I read. .

  4. B. Stover
    4:28 am on July 23rd, 2010

    Hi Melanie. I'm saving the wine until I can no longer resist….which will probably be this weekend.

    I wonder where the saying "takes the cake" comes from. Rio used it last night.

  5. Sam
    4:46 am on July 23rd, 2010

    B., Dad wants to know how you like the wine so drink it soon, please.

  6. Riö - The Evil
    5:12 am on July 23rd, 2010

    Détente!… I wander if he used “Ow” as a hat tip to Staff?… snort!… I hope so. …heh! …. It was good to see her up and about last night even if she did wait till I had gone off to bed to really start posting ….bugger!

    Friday morning…snort!….That means tomorrow is Saturday and that means we get up gawd-awful early and have a yard sale on MY grass in front of MY house!… grumble!….Who the hell thinks of these stupid things?… grump!…All I know is there will be donuts and maybe Grandma will be able to join us for a while….snort!

  7. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    5:16 am on July 23rd, 2010

    Good morning everyone!

    It's Friday, dad is coming home from his business trip tonight, Staff is being released tomorrow, and my boys are back on the straight and narrow, at least for the time being.

    All in all, life is pretty good.

    Now, all I need to do is get mom to do something about my quilt square and get my avatar set up.


  8. Melanie
    5:16 am on July 23rd, 2010

    B. Stover, that was fun! Supposedly "takes the cake" comes from the 19th century American South slavery Cakewalk dance. The winners "took the cake." (Wikipeidia)

    There was also 5th century BC Greeks used it (obviously in ancient Greek) as symbolizing a prize. (phrasesdotorgdotuk) But it never seemed to be transferred anywhere else.

    There was one site, (can't remember which now) that said the idiom was used only for something bad. Using an example like, "Of all the criminals I know, you take the cake."

    In England, it's "taking the biscuit" which is meant to be "an outcome is incredulous." toytowngermanydotcom

    All of this means . . . Look at more than one web site when doing research!

  9. B. Stover
    5:19 am on July 23rd, 2010

    Sam: Let your dad know that I will post my tasting notes here after I drink the Cahors.

    It still may be the case that Astrid had to leave in a hurry because the "other dude" was after her and she heard about the murder of Albie.

  10. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    5:19 am on July 23rd, 2010

    You know, I'm so happy I may just have to chase (NOT catch) a butterfly or two. And Blur. It has been a long time since I have been happy enough to Blur!

    Blurring is the best! Chet, you should try it sometime! It may be especially useful when catching perps.

  11. Mollypop
    5:24 am on July 23rd, 2010

    Today Mom is going to the fabric store to get inspired. This must be a joke.

    Actually I feel good about our quilt squares because we are in the capable paws of Wookie and his Mom. (Woo hoo) I can relax while Mom prowls among rows of fabric. Then she will come home all disappointed and I will cuddle with her, knowing help is on the way.

    So off we go. I will report back after our expedition.

  12. B. Stover
    5:42 am on July 23rd, 2010

    Hi Wolfie. I love it when you blur.

    Melanie: Excellent research! I'm going to see if anything is in the OED. It would be interesting to know when the idiom took on a negative connotation. And then there is, "a piece of cake," which means easy. Interesting….

  13. Melanie
    5:52 am on July 23rd, 2010

    There is also "cakewalk" when something is easy to do.

  14. Jasper the Poodle
    5:57 am on July 23rd, 2010

    I get a little bit excited when Chet's teeth come out. Nice.

  15. Mollypop
    5:58 am on July 23rd, 2010

    I think you can take the cake whether you win for good or bad. If you take the cake as a criminal, then you are the best at what you do.

  16. Jasper the Poodle
    5:58 am on July 23rd, 2010

    So how can I get my pic in the avatar box?

  17. Melanie
    6:00 am on July 23rd, 2010

    Hi Jasper, hope all is well. I bet Chet's teeth are not only sharp but white. Just think of all those ribs he gets to chew on.

    Someone once asked if we brushed the Newfs' teeth once a day. We laughed.

    They love marrow bones and it keeps their teeth white and tartar free. Their breath is fine, unless they have just eaten in the morning. We give them Bug Off Garlic and boy, it smells!

  18. Riö - The Evil
    6:12 am on July 23rd, 2010

    Wookie!… What type of photo fabric cloth is the best again? … snort!… I think you told me once and now I can’t remember what it was called….grunt!

    Jasper!… Go to and click on “Get your gravatar today” …snort! …(or something like that)… then just follow the simple directions on the website….grunt!

  19. B. Stover
    6:12 am on July 23rd, 2010

    Jasper: Rio gave the address yesterday for setting up an avatar. Go to and set up and account and then follow the instructions. The avatar you choose will then be connected with your email address and will automatically work on Chet's blog.

  20. Melanie
    6:21 am on July 23rd, 2010

    Princess Macy, Glad you all enjoyed the site. It's usually as hectic here as it sounds.

  21. Sam
    6:28 am on July 23rd, 2010

    I can't believe it! Somehow I was caught in the act. I was just sort of looking in Aunt Mollysmom's purse when she spotted me. I just sort of smelled another chap stick. Cherry flavor. Now I'm being told that awful NO word but I'm giving her my innocent face.

    [img ] in Purse.jpg[/img]

  22. Riö - The Evil
    6:36 am on July 23rd, 2010

    Sammie!… Like the haircut!…heh!

  23. wookie of chevy chas
    6:38 am on July 23rd, 2010

    Rio. The photo fabric that is best is called Printed Treasures. If your friend can't find it my mom can send some to your friend. Wookie

  24. C. Harris
    6:44 am on July 23rd, 2010

    Just returned from 2 weeks in KY–hot in humid. Came home to 50s temps in the arctic compared to 90s. How do you guys do it? I had the air on cleaning my Dad's house and was sweating. I had the air and a fan on me at night, never got under the covers and it was still too warm to sleep. Went for a 3-hour hike the day I got home and the crisp air had a hint of winter behind it.

    Did anyone read about dogs being used to collect money for charity in Manilla on July 22 [see article at The money will go to the poor. Neat idea but I tried to imagine my dogs in hats carrying baskets and only saw humorous/disastrous outcomes. I doubt even Chet would oblige.

  25. Mollypop
    6:57 am on July 23rd, 2010

    Rio – You shouldn't make fun of Sam's haircut. She's very sensitive about this.

    Ha ha ha ha! The poor little thing. Ha ha.

    Anyway, Mom says we're finally leaving for the fabric store.

  26. Melanie
    7:04 am on July 23rd, 2010


    This is good news. One of the hurtles to get out of the hospital and into rehab!

    Sam, you look very cute. We had a Newf who ate an entire jar of Vaseline. With no flavor. At least you have taste!

  27. C. Harris
    7:09 am on July 23rd, 2010

    Sam…we once had a dog who, when she was mad, would get into Mom's purse and chew her wallet all to pieces BUT she would carefully remove all the paper money first! We always thought she was so smart but probably it was simply the fact that leather tasted so much better than paper. Mom worked with tooling leather in those days and made all her own wallets.

  28. Riö - The Evil
    7:20 am on July 23rd, 2010

    Chapstick!… I think I could even chew that up…grunt!… Someone I know doesn’t ever carry that stuff around… snort!… Just the colored stuff and I want no part of it….snuff! …Sammies haircut…snorkel!…heh!heh!heh!

    Wookie!…Printed Treasures – thanks! – I wonder if the Charming Mr. Abrahams will Treasure what I print…snort!

  29. Siberian Husky
    7:24 am on July 23rd, 2010

    Welcome back C. Harris! I am sure you were happy to get back to the great North. I wouldn't do the hat and basket thing either, but I am glad that there are more trainable dogs that are willing to do that.

    Sam, lay off the chapstick because you are going to get the runs. I like the haircut. You look cute enough to be a movie star.

    It's fun when Chet shows his teeth. I can just picture it. He knows when and where to do it. I only show my teeth at bugs. I hate bugs.

    I think we should just stop talking about cake and have some.

  30. Macy the Min-Pin
    7:26 am on July 23rd, 2010

    now I'M skipping! I have an avatar. Really was so easy even a Pug could do it! However, that is not me. That is Annie, because I tend to resist sitting nicely for a picture. Besides, I am (usually) proud of my little girl.

  31. Siberian Husky
    7:38 am on July 23rd, 2010

    Mom went to the quilt store yesterday and got me my piece of fabric to sign my name on. Mom just walked in with her notes and pleaded total stupidity. The stupid act, well, it wasn't an act, worked so well for mom that the quilt lady cut it into the nine inch size for her. I wanted to dip my paw into some ink and put my paw-print on it, but mom said that would be a big mess.

    The avatars all look so cool!

  32. Riö - The Evil
    7:43 am on July 23rd, 2010

    Squares!… We can do more than one square, right? …. snort!… I know Staff said we could…grunt! … I have at least 2 planned so far….snuffle!…Although, nothing has been done yet that is acceptable by me…grumble!

  33. Siberian Husky
    7:44 am on July 23rd, 2010

    Question? It is okay to do one square with my photo and another square with my name on it, Correct? This was Rio's suggestion.

  34. Siberian Husky
    7:45 am on July 23rd, 2010

    oh gee, Rio…this is funny. We both have the same question.

  35. Riö - The Evil
    7:55 am on July 23rd, 2010

    SiberH!…Wookie’s camp will be creating a square with your photo on it…snort!… You are going to sign your name on another square, correct?… wheeze!… You could sign it on a smaller piece of cloth and Staff could sew it on with your picture(just include a note to that effect with your signature)…grunt! ….Then you would be down to One Square this way…. Cough!…Either way, it is totally up to you!

    Stover!…You should do a Cahor's square somehow!…snort!

  36. Siberian Husky
    8:10 am on July 23rd, 2010

    That is correct, Rio. That is what I planned to do and I got the idea from you. Wookie will do the one with the photo on it, and I will sign my name to another square. How many squares do you plan to do Rio?

    I think we need staff to address our question as to how many squares.

    I wonder if Stover could embroider a Cahor's square. PA would like that.

  37. Riö - The Evil
    8:19 am on July 23rd, 2010

    Heh!… I just got an email from my friend who is at that Busy Season place…snort!…She said she was talking to the guy who handles all the vehicles and accident reports …. wheeze!… He said he gets all sorts of excuses for why someone has an accident in a company vehicle… grunt!…The best one of the week was “A Turkey flew in front of me”…. heh! …. I guess that guy didn’t see the WKRP Turkey Drop episode!…cough!

    SiberH!… I have 2 squares planned so far…snort!

  38. Melanie
    8:30 am on July 23rd, 2010

    If we're not careful, we're going to have a Riö the evil pug quilt!

    Riö, see if you can chew on that lipgloss that has the glitter on it. (snicker)

    Zoë took some pics today before the wonderful rain came. It's good rain, not a downpour just a summer rain. Really need it.

    Anyhoo, here's a Zoë pic!

    [img ][/img]

  39. Melanie
    8:31 am on July 23rd, 2010

    Wöölfie!! Glad you're happy and blurring!

  40. Riö - The Evil
    8:33 am on July 23rd, 2010

    Min Pin!… I am looking at the MLB Standings and I see that your Rangers are only 5 games ahead of the Angels…heh! … Are you telling tails little missy?…snort!

    Melanie!… My own quilt!…snort!…What a Fab Idea!…snicker!

  41. Wookie of Chevy Chas
    8:44 am on July 23rd, 2010

    Note to Admin. Thanks for the reference back to the April 26, 2010 post; that was what actually first alerted me to the issue regarding the Supreme Court decision in U.S. v. Stevens.

    Now onto the Hall of Shame (per Rio's request): The three Congressmen who voted against H.R. 5566, Prevention of Interstate Commerce in Animal Crush Videos Act of 2010 (which passed by a vote of 416-3, with thirteen members not voting) are:

    Ron Paul (R) — Texas/14th District

    Paul C. Broun (R) — Georgia/10th District

    Tom Graves (R) — Georgia/9th District

    The avatars look really cool and I hope to have my own soon. The problem is that, being a secret agent, I fequently use a lot of different computers, so I am not sure if that will be a problem or not. Got to check it out with "M" back at HQ. 00Wookie

  42. Siberian Husky
    8:52 am on July 23rd, 2010

    I cannot understand how those three could have voted against it. What were they thinking? They have no excuse, but I would like to hear it. I recognize the name of one out of the three.

  43. Riö - The Evil
    9:01 am on July 23rd, 2010

    Jerks!… I wonder if they have pets?….growl? …Two from Georgia and one from Texas… grunt!

  44. Macy the Min-Pin
    10:08 am on July 23rd, 2010

    I agree that the chances of something more nefarious are probably higher, since just running off would not be very interesting. Of course we sometimes see shadows where none exist.

    BTW Rio..our Rangers are now 6 games ahead of the angels after singeing their halos last night. First time in 13 years they have had such a lead. went on your pup site last night and spent and hour and half. She and Angie agree that the woods are no place for Newfs during hunting season, as one of the pictures has a Newf who looks a lot like a bear from the rear shot.

  45. B. Stover
    9:11 am on July 23rd, 2010

    SH: What do you mean by an embroidered Cahors square?

  46. Gus and BooBear
    9:12 am on July 23rd, 2010

    We see avatar pics! How can we do that? Don't have time to read all the posts so if this has been covered, we apologize. But…

  47. Melanie
    9:29 am on July 23rd, 2010

    B. Stover, I think you should pour some of the wine on the square. Like a toast to Chet. It could then be a Rorschach wine blot test!

    Speaking of idiots . . . It was Gov. Mitt Romney (of the Great State of MA, not sure what the heck we were thinking of at the time) who, 25 years ago, strapped a dog carrier on the top of his car and put his dog in it for a twelve hour trip from Canada.

  48. Siberian Husky
    9:38 am on July 23rd, 2010

    Stover, it will be the least artistic dog on the blog answering your question, but I was thinking something along the lines of the outline of the wine bottle. And then, there is Rio's idea…

  49. Siberian Husky
    9:41 am on July 23rd, 2010

    Gus&BooBear, read the posts that were written earlier today. Rio and Stover tell Jasper how to do it, and Rio made a link to the website where you can do it. Rio says it is very simple.

  50. B. Stover
    9:45 am on July 23rd, 2010

    Regarding the Cahors wine on square….I'll think about it.

    Gus&BooBear: Go to and set up an account and then follow the instructions. The avatar you pick will be associated with your email address and will automatically appear on Chet's blog when you write a comment.

  51. Jasper the Poodle
    9:46 am on July 23rd, 2010

    Avatar has been made and it really was simple, just like Rio said. Thanks all.

  52. Siberian Husky
    9:56 am on July 23rd, 2010

    Speaking of more idiots, Fish and Game and some residents in this state have killed over 30 bears since 1st of April. "The bears were coming too close to people and bothering them". One woman did get a few injuries from a bear because she was camping where no camping was allowed and had food in her tent. That bear was killed. Just today, Fish and Game managed to seperate a little cub from it's mother. They have got the cub but can't find the mother. Sigh…Our tax dollars at work.

  53. Riö - The Evil
    10:14 am on July 23rd, 2010

    Up to here!…. snort!…. I’m really fed up with stupid murderous people!… grunt!

    Lil Lexi!… She’s been gone a full week now… grunt!… I wonder what she is up to?….cough!… I hope she wasn’t strapped to the top of the family car and forgotten….sniff!sniff!

  54. B. Stover
    11:23 am on July 23rd, 2010

    Are you wearing a ruff in your avatar picture Rio?

  55. Riö - The Evil
    11:24 am on July 23rd, 2010

    Astrid!… I thought Stover was going to pursue this line of thought… snort!…she hasn’t so I will…cough!….A couple of days ago Astrid stopped showing up for work…sniff!…leaving her stuff means she didn’t have time to mess around with loose ends ….sneeze!… Are we assuming Chet, Bernie and Ray arrived at the club the same day that Bernie rescued Ray from Albie’s house?… grunt!…If so, this would mean that Astrid’s departure (whatever that means) was days before poor smelly Albie landed in the freezer…snuff!… How many days ago do we think it was when Bernie and Chet met Foster at the housing development?…. snort!… Was that right around the time Astrid quit going to work? … hmmm.

  56. Kirby T. Penworthy
    11:24 am on July 23rd, 2010

    Mom and Dad just got back from the lumber store. Dad put up new storm doors, and now they have to have new trim around them, plus new thresholds. They said it's costing them a small fortune — does that mean my treat supply is in danger?

    As for Chet and Bernie, now that we know Astrid is missing, I really, really, really want them to go back to the housing development and check out that smell. Maybe it's even worse now! Of course, it still could be one of those red herrings, in which case it's probably going to stink to high heaven. Dead fish, yuck!

  57. Kirby T. Penworthy
    11:26 am on July 23rd, 2010

    Hey Rio! Great minds think alike!

  58. Riö - The Evil
    11:32 am on July 23rd, 2010

    Kirby!… Nice one pal!…heh!

  59. Mollypop
    11:44 am on July 23rd, 2010

    Jasper! Looking good!

  60. Mollypop
    11:48 am on July 23rd, 2010

    We're back from the fabric store. Mom thinks she needs to go back there tomorrow.

    Are we closing in on something? Are we hopelessly lost on this simple little quilt project?

  61. Siberian Husky
    11:54 am on July 23rd, 2010

    Your mom will come through, Molly…just you wait and see.

    I bet Mike Baker is a happy camper since you figured out the avatar problem and he doesn't have to do it now.

  62. B. Stover
    12:18 pm on July 23rd, 2010

    Rio: Why are you assuming that Astrid left before Albie was murdered? Look at my post of 10:19 AM. I think that she heard about Albie's death (and possibly the "other dude" mentioned by Foster is after her and she knows that) and left the club in a hurry. In other words, she knows that the other dude killed Albie and is now probably after her because she knows he is the murderer.

  63. Mollypop
    12:20 pm on July 23rd, 2010

    Siber-H – Mom is going to make avatars out of your other two pictures so you can decide which one you like best. All of your blog friends might like to chime in too. Unfortunately, Mom is spending too much time at the fabric store.

    When she finally gets to this, all of your avatars will change automatically.

  64. Kirby T. Penworthy
    12:28 pm on July 23rd, 2010

    I think Astrid was blackmailing Albie, and Albie met her at the development to "pay her off," only the payoff was a bullet. Foster found out what Albie did, and since he was sweet on Astrid, he knocked off Albie. But he knew the cops would be all over him, so he put Albie in the freezer, then called Ray and invited him over. He knocked Ray out so he would be there when the cops came, and the whole thing would be pinned on him.

    Of course, the big question is why Foster would set up Ray — didn't he like him? Because otherwise, Bernie would have been a convenient scapegoat.

  65. Siberian Husky
    12:37 pm on July 23rd, 2010

    Sounds like a good plan Molly, thank you. Tell your mom to take all the time she needs with the fabric.

  66. Barb & Maggie
    12:38 pm on July 23rd, 2010

    We were wondering why all three of the Congressmen are Republicans. Barb got a list a few years ago of the best and worst voting records(concerning animal protection related issues) from Best Friends Sanctuary (we think), and for some reason the most animal friendly were Dems. and the worst were Rep. Barb even did some campaign work for a Rep. who was running against Phil Crane (R), who had one of the worst voting records, for animal abuse issues, etc. Why would this issue fall along party lines? Any ideas out there?

  67. Kirby T. Penworthy
    12:39 pm on July 23rd, 2010

    Bee: Is the "other dude" you mentioned the one in this exchange at the housing development?

    …If (Albie) was saner he’d still be with Astrid.”

    “But – ?” said Bernie.

    “But he got it into his head that she was interested in some other dude and that led to the divorce. It was completely false, of course. Astrid actually liked Albie a little bit, unlike all the other wives.”

    “Who was this other dude?” Bernie said.

    “That doesn’t matter,” said Foster.

    “You, by any chance?” Bernie said.

    Foster laughed. What was funny?

  68. Barb & Maggie
    12:59 pm on July 23rd, 2010

    We had power outages yesterday and today due to heavy storms. We got about 5-6" or rain last night, and more is expected shortly. Flash flooding, rivers over the banks, a lot of people in the area with 6-12" of water in their basements. What a mess?

    Is Staff getting to go home tomorrow?

  69. Siberian Husky
    1:38 pm on July 23rd, 2010

    That's a lot of rain, Barb. As for your question: Mom knew the animal abuse and wildlife protection voting issues usually fell along party lines. Why, though, is a good question. Just a guess, but could it be that the Republicans tend to think that animals are property to do with as humans wish. Conservation issues usually fall along party lines, also.

    I would very much like to hear those three dudes reasons for voting against that bill.

    We are under a flash flood watch. I will be very surprised if it even rains.

  70. Sam
    1:47 pm on July 23rd, 2010

    Macy, your Annie is beautiful. I bet you are too.

  71. B. Stover
    1:48 pm on July 23rd, 2010

    We have a thunderstorm now and there are flood warnings.

    T: Yes, that is when the "dude" is mentioned. What makes you assume that Foster knew Ray. He tells Bernie that he doesn't know him.

  72. Barb & Maggie
    1:52 pm on July 23rd, 2010

    SiberH, When Barb moved out her to the country from Chicago suburbs, she thought people who lived in the country, and farmers in particular, loved the land and loved animals. She has gained some insight since living out here for 5 years. They will cut down a row of bushes, which is home to birds and other wildlife, just so they can get another row of corn planted. The locals think she is a nut case, because she cares about animal's feelings and rights. They are always saying "It's just a chicken, just a cow, just a horse", and on and on. The majority tend to look at them as a product, and she gets a lot of smirks when she talks about treating them humanely. So sad.

  73. Kirby T. Penworthy
    1:55 pm on July 23rd, 2010

    Bee: In the post from June 26, Ray is still poolside and Bernie is questioning him:

    Ray looked around, confused.

    “What did you do to Albie?” Bernie said.

    Ray shook his head. “I wasn’t going to do anything to him. I just wanted him to answer some questions.”

    “But?” Bernie said.

    “But I couldn’t find him. That guy who works for him – “


    “Yeah. Foster called and said Albie had information for me. But when I got here no one was around. The house was open. I went in and looked around, and then … I’m not sure what happened then.” He rubbed his head again. “I was out here and you showed up. Who are you, or did you already say?”

    Bernie gave him a long look. The sirens got louder.

    So I guess Foster lied. Not unusual in a perp!

  74. Kirby T. Penworthy
    2:05 pm on July 23rd, 2010

    Or else Ray lied? After all, what do we know about him beyond the fact that he's Astrid and Col. Bob's son, but he doesn't "claim" the colonel as his father.

  75. Kirby T. Penworthy
    2:07 pm on July 23rd, 2010

    Oh yeah, and he has a chipped front tooth like the colonel, making them related because they're both clumsy?

  76. B. Stover
    2:20 pm on July 23rd, 2010

    How do we know that it really was Foster calling Ray. Someone else (the other dude) could have called him and claimed to be Foster. When Bernie and Foster are talking at the development (or it may have been before that) Bernie mentions Ray and Foster says he doesn't know who Bernie is referring to. In the part you quoted Ray doesn't "know" Foster; he refers to him as "the guy…." Someone else could be manipulating things.

  77. Melanie
    3:44 pm on July 23rd, 2010

    I think Riö is on to something with the time line. ". . the other day . ." as the bouncer so eloquently puts it, sounds like more than just a day or two.

    If we go back (whirly thingy-a-bob like on old TV programs) Bernie is at the housing development with Foster, Chet smells a red herring, they leave and go to Vegas, find Albie's body and Ray, throw Ray into the car before the cops get there, and head to the new casino.

    Now on Chet's blog, this has taken a loooonnnnngggg time (or it just feels that way), but in Chet's reality, that must be less than "another day."

    Which means??? Astrid was in on it? Astrid knew someone (be it Foster, Albie or another dude) was coming for her? The tips were bad?

    IF Ray is telling the truth, was it really Foster, as B. Stover suggests?

    IF Foster is telling the truth, and he was about where Astrid was working, why did he take less money than he'd asked for?

    In fact, the only things we really know are Albie is dead, Ray is in the car, Chet is awesome and Bernie has a rip in his pants.

  78. B. Stover
    3:47 pm on July 23rd, 2010

    We don't know when Albie was murdered.

  79. Melanie
    3:53 pm on July 23rd, 2010

    That's true, though on June 16th Chiller, Bernie feels Albie's neck and “Don’t think he’s quite frozen,” Bernie said, “but we’ll need the M.E. to tell. Before I call him, though, I’d like to – “

    Having no idea how long it would take to freeze a body in a freezer (and I'm not volunteering to find out), we don't know if he had been dead for awhile and then put in the freezer or stuffed in there after he'd been snuffed out.

  80. staff
    4:03 pm on July 23rd, 2010

    I just love the idea of you all going into quilt stores to get inspiration. I hope you go into a store that makes you stop and say "WOW", which often happens when people first come into the store where I play, Faye's Henhouse in Mayville N.D.


    (I am doing a happy dance in my heart)

    I have passed almost 2 tablespoons of very liquid brown stuff that I claim counts! It came out that side anyway. Jim thinks it is a good thing that the wireless service was down here this morning and you all didn't have to listen to me moan about it.

    It is the little things that are important! Heh heh heh

    Gosh I had to stop for visitors (From the quilt store owner, Faye) and supper and soon pills. I better put this up and then see how much I can read. I am only up until noon but I saw a really cute puppy picture too!


  81. B. Stover
    4:21 pm on July 23rd, 2010

    The whole set up would have taken time though–the murder, moving the body, getting Ray there and setting the scene, calling the police. And I'm still wondering why Albie's house was empty. There had to have been servants besides Foster.


  82. Riö - The Evil
    4:22 pm on July 23rd, 2010

    Hmmmm!…. Now Kirby has me second guessing Ray’s character… snort!…All of a sudden I can believe that he is lying through his chipped tooth about some things…cough!… Because he looks a lot like Col. Bob, we have to believe they are related…grunt!…But if Ray and Foster supposedly did not know of each others existence then how did Ray know that Foster worked for Albie?…wheeze!… When Bernie was questioning Ray he said, ““But I couldn’t find him. That guy who works for him – “


    “Yeah. Foster called and said Albie had information for me.”….cough!… Just seems weird to me… snuffle!

    Rockies!… I’m watching the game and trying to follow the mystery comments at the same time and it is not working too well! … grunt!….Back later – Baseball Rules…snort!

  83. abbienalicejohnson
    4:42 pm on July 23rd, 2010

    My 9:03 comment is awaiting moderation. I tried to do it with a staff avatar and had to change the email. I changed it last night though so it should have gone through by now. I guess I will have to steal Abbie and Alices avatar for this post.

    ~Sam, cherry flavored are my favorite too. And you look every inch and innocent princess in that picture. I would believe you. Tee hee, unless I caught you in the act.

    Rio and Mr Husky, Sure make more than one. I am confident that I will be able to figure out a design. I should warn you that I tend to get a little wild designwise. Or maybe we should warn SQ/PA.

    ~Oh the puppy picture at 1:30 is wonderful. It would make a great avatar, wouldn't it?

    ~Rio, Think about it a bit. If Astrid was Albie's wife and Ray is Astrid's son, don't you think they might have met at some time?

    I am still worried about Col Bob, who I want to think is a good guy, but we aren't hearing about him at all. If Bernie keeps in touch with him he would know about things before we think he might and he still could be the bad guy. However, I don't want him to be the bad guy. So do you think SQ would do that to us?

    Congrats on Dan and his swallowing test. I know how hard it is to get out once they get you in. I hope to leave tomorrow evening. I get to go home and not to a motel in town! YAY

    Then I have labs 3 times a week but only have to see Dr's 2 times a week. I think the hard part is about to begin!

    Who knew the kidney was going to be the easy part!

  84. abbiethekittynalicej
    4:46 pm on July 23rd, 2010

    dammit, moderated again!


  85. Riö - The Evil
    4:48 pm on July 23rd, 2010

    Heh!…The Rockies need 7 plus runs in the 9th inning or this game will be over lickety-split!…snort!… Piece of cake!

  86. B. Stover
    4:48 pm on July 23rd, 2010

    I still think the "other dude" (Albie was jealous of him and he caused the divorce) is the bad guy.

  87. Riö - The Evil
    4:53 pm on July 23rd, 2010
  88. Riö - The Evil
    4:56 pm on July 23rd, 2010

    Stover!… Is it typical of Blog Mysteries for Chet to keep the bad guy in the dark throughout the story?…snort!… Seems odd unless this it the Never-Ending Story and we will eventually meet up with the mystery dude in some distant future….grunt!

  89. Siberian Husky
    4:59 pm on July 23rd, 2010

    The Bob is appropriate for this evening's game.

  90. B. Stover
    5:04 pm on July 23rd, 2010

    When you think about it, Astrid is a mystery character also….isn't she?

  91. B. Stover
    5:06 pm on July 23rd, 2010

    I'm watching Haven. I thought that the Eureka episode was a bit ridiculous tonight.

  92. Riö - The Evil
    5:13 pm on July 23rd, 2010

    Right!…Astrid and “The Other Dude” we have not met even once….grunt! ….Which Eureka are you talking about?… snort!

  93. B. Stover
    5:19 pm on July 23rd, 2010

    I think it was the current episode of Eureka.

  94. Riö - The Evil
    5:29 pm on July 23rd, 2010

    The one where they came back from the past and are stuck with their new lives because they changed the future?…snort!… I thought that was a very clever way to change the entire casts story with one fell swoop… grunt!…But I do not like the new lives they have been give except for the autistic kid is all better now… cough!…But Fargo as the head of GD?… gasp!…No way!

  95. staff
    5:32 pm on July 23rd, 2010

    dammit all,

    I posted three times and they are all gone. Avatar related. The problem of posting for three identities. I think I shall remain avartar-less for a while. Then maybe my posts will show up. I am too zoned to do them twice.


    Staff who is going to bed!

  96. B. Stover
    5:47 pm on July 23rd, 2010

    No it's the episode after that.

  97. Riö - The Evil
    5:49 pm on July 23rd, 2010

    Hmmm!…There is no update from Staff today… sniff!… I sure hope everything is okay…snuffle… Get well Staff! We miss you!

  98. Macy the Min-Pin
    6:08 pm on July 23rd, 2010

    Sam, thanks for your comment.

    Rio, check the stats now. The Rangers spanked the halos tonight.

    Nite, nite. sleep tight. Don't let the beeeed bugs bite. (am singing this in my head)

  99. Kirby T. Penworthy
    6:17 pm on July 23rd, 2010

    Bernie thought Foster was "the other dude." When he asked him about it, Foster just laughed. That really wasn't an answer at all, so he could indeed be the other dude himself. And according to Foster, even though Albie thought there was something between Astrid and the other dude, there really wasn't. Of course, nothing says we have to believe anything Foster says.

    Of all the people, the most trustworthy, of course, is Bernie. Close behind, I think, would be Col. Bob, because Bernie knows and trusts him — and presumably he knows him pretty well after serving side-by-side in battle. After that it's a crapshoot. I never trusted Albie, but he, of course, is now out of the picture. I kind of liked Foster in DOI — he seemed to be the big, bad bodyguard with a heart of gold — but he's coming across just as big and bad this time. Ray we don't really know. And Astrid and "the other dude" have just been names — or lack thereof — so far.

    So many possibilities…so few clues!

  100. Riö - The Evil
    6:24 pm on July 23rd, 2010

    Interview!… I just remembered the interview Spencer did for ???….snort!…In that interview he mentioned that Col. Bob and his troubled family might make it into one of the Chet and Bernie books….grunt!…So now what? Is the troubled family Astrid and Ray or his latest wife and twin girls…heh!… This just gets better and better! …gruff! ….An onion with many layers!…sniff!

  101. Kirby T. Penworthy
    6:45 pm on July 23rd, 2010

    See what I mean? So many possibilities! Hey Chet! Could you please find us some more clues?

  102. Riö - The Evil
    6:47 pm on July 23rd, 2010

    Found!… Here is what Spencer said in the interview!… snort!… I knew I remembered it…heh!… “Yes, some blog material will flow into the books. There are some blog characters like the art expert Muriel Breit, and the troubled family of Colonel Bob from Thereby Hangs A Tail, whom we will see again.”….grunt!… Which troubled family??…cough!… Seems he has two families! …. sneeze!… Right now there is Astrid, Ray and a set of twin girls plus an ex-wife to take into count…heh!… I just love this onion….snicker!

  103. Kirby T. Penworthy
    6:58 pm on July 23rd, 2010

    Rio: Interesting. No matter what, though, I just can't see Bob together with Astrid. A colonel and a stripper — just not happening — death on his career! Which isn't to say that she couldn't be around giving him all sorts of grief while he's trying to establish a relationship with his son — assuming, of course, that Astrid is still alive and Ray isn't in prison for murder!

    I can't remember — did Col. Bob ever mention how old the twins are? If they're the right age, twin girls could easily provide trouble! I wonder if it means anything that Spencer said "the troubled family of Col. Bob" and not "Col. Bob and his troubled family." The way he says it, it almost implies that Col. Bob himself isn't around — like maybe he's the murderer and now Bernie feels so bad that he had to put Col. Bob away that he's taking care of his family.

    Or maybe I'm just reading too much into an off-the-cuff comment!

  104. Riö - The Evil
    7:02 pm on July 23rd, 2010

    Staff Update!… She got a lot of sleep today because yesterday wore her out! They are calling what looks like goose crap Poop! So after having 3 naps she will be coming home tomorrow!…yip!yip! hooray!….You will need to wear a mask if you go to visit her. She will not be driving for a month or so or lifting AbbieTheKat anytime soon…snort!… So this means she has plenty of time to work on the Blog Team Quilt! Everyone get your squares sent to her pronoto!… …weeee!… Then there was something about the August Quilt Club getting along without her and some pies that the other Staff will be making and possibly serving in her place ….yum!… Isn’t the other Staff the nicest guy??? … sniff!

    Snort!… Have a good trip home tomorrow Staff!….snorkel!… We miss you!

  105. Riö - The Evil
    7:09 pm on July 23rd, 2010

    Damn!… I have got to get to bed!…grump!… There will be a yard sale on MY front lawn tomorrow very, very early and I want to work it as Wookie would work his Quilt jobs!…snort!… Everybody better behave or Else!…growl!….Good night All!…Dream big dreams!…snort!

  106. Kirby T. Penworthy
    7:18 pm on July 23rd, 2010

    Great news, Staff! Like I always say, poop is poop! Do they make masks for dogs? If so, maybe we should all take our quilt squares directly to Staff, so we can visit and deliver — kill two birds with one stone…hmmm, birds and stones…nope, don't think I can manage that. Dagnabit! I did get in trouble tonight for trying to catch a fly, though. I was sitting on the couch with Dad and he didn't appreciate my attemps to catch the fly in flight — with my ferocious teeth, of course! I got kicked off the couch!

    Safe travel, Staff!

  107. Kirby T. Penworthy
    7:25 pm on July 23rd, 2010

    Good night, y'all! It's after midnight and Mom has to work tomorrow — she says all the typing is keeping her up! Have fun at your yard sale tommorrow, Rio. Although why your friend wants to sell the yard is beyond me!

  108. Kirby T. Penworthy
    7:27 pm on July 23rd, 2010

    I can see I need to get some sleep, too. Have fun at your yard sale TOMORROW Rio! (Although by now, it's today — my time, anyway!)

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