Dock Ellis

“Did we blow it yesterday or what?” says Admin.

“Missing the 42nd anniversary of Dock Ellis’ no hitter?” Spence says. “A no hitter he threw for the Pirates against the Padres, June 12, 1970. Lots of no hitters in baseball history – “

“As opposed to perfect games – “

” – but only one like his. Dock didn’t realize he was pitching that day and so indulged in some LSD before the game. His recall of events was unusual. ‘The ball was small sometimes, the ball was large sometimes, sometimes I saw the catcher, sometimes I didn’t. Sometimes, I tried to stare the hitter down and throw while I was looking at him. I chewed my gum until it turned to powder.'”

“Rest in peace, Dock.”

Welcome Lee, a first-class digger.


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131 Responses to “Dock Ellis”

  1. Barb & Maggie
    7:28 am on June 13th, 2012

    We have nuttin on that, other than we have heard that LSD was some pretty bad stuff.

    Good morning all, lovely day here in northern Illinois.

  2. bluecat
    8:14 am on June 13th, 2012

    Good morning, Barb & Maggie and all.

    Howlers – We’re driving to South Bend today to visit a friend in town for a seminar. We’ll stop at the ND grotto to say a prayer for all Plunderer concerns. Can’t hurt. Might help.


  3. OleyHowlers
    8:18 am on June 13th, 2012

    Good Morning Plunderers!
    Fascinating story about Dock Ellis. We did not know that.
    Bluecat, have fun, and Wake Up the Echoes for us!

  4. Barb & Maggie
    8:53 am on June 13th, 2012

    We just saw on the Today Show that the Chipotle Grill “Back to the Start” commercial that we have discussed, won the #1 commercial of the year award. Wonderful!

  5. OleyHowlers
    9:03 am on June 13th, 2012

    That is very cool, B&M!

  6. Rose
    9:04 am on June 13th, 2012

    Good Morning All!

    Very interesting about Dock Ellis! Those were the days in baseball! Boy, I wonder were Spence and Admin come up with these tidbits.

    BlueCat: Your good thoughts for me on Friday are much appreciated. Have a great road trip!

    Rebecca: Please check your SDD when able.

    Everyone, have a pleasant day!

  7. B.Stover
    9:11 am on June 13th, 2012


    Good morning all.

  8. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:44 am on June 13th, 2012

    LSD!…Did anyone watch the episode of Madmen where Roger Sterling and his wife Jane go to a party with intellectual snobs so they could all take LSD together?…snort!

  9. Princess Sam
    9:46 am on June 13th, 2012

    Hi Everybody. Daddy has his buddies coming to stay here for their high school reunion. I think they’re getting too old for this whooping it up stuff.

  10. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:49 am on June 13th, 2012

    Madmen!…if you want to watch it here is the link…heh!

  11. OleyHowlers
    9:51 am on June 13th, 2012

    Sammy, you never get to old for whupping it up. We believe in whupping it up as our permanent state. Thats why we do Howlfests!

  12. Rose
    9:53 am on June 13th, 2012

    Rio, I LOVE “Madman”! The Prof and I watched that episode. We just have to watch the season finale.

  13. Princess Sam
    9:56 am on June 13th, 2012

    Howlers, I don’t want my sleep disturbed by these guys who think they’re still teenagers. I need my beauty sleep!

  14. Barb & Maggie
    9:58 am on June 13th, 2012

    Sammy, Maybe there will be a lot of nice laps for you.

    We just got a call from the real estate office. The young couple who looked at the house yesterday (firefighter and nurse) want to bring their parents thru on Friday. Yea!

  15. Steve
    10:04 am on June 13th, 2012

    What’s done in Michigan while you wait for new flooring.

  16. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:05 am on June 13th, 2012

    Rose!…Its hard to pick, but I think this season so far has been the very best of Madmen…snort!…We are a few shows behind right now, I think. The last one we saw ended with a top character quitting – that smile she had on her face as she got in the elavator was priceless…heh!

  17. OleyHowlers
    10:18 am on June 13th, 2012

    B&M, This news sounds promising. Our paws are crossed for you.

    Steve, we give up…what do you do in Michigan while you wait for flooring?

  18. Siber-H
    10:23 am on June 13th, 2012

    BASEBALL!!! I didn’t know that about Dock and the LSD. I can think of a few pitchers that should maybe try it…just joking

    Barb, paws crossed! I have a feeling your house will sell soon.

    Steve, Cute photo! I would like the bare floor because it looks so cool.

  19. Melanie
    10:26 am on June 13th, 2012

    Whew, First that Kats with Thumbs was hilarious. Put it on my Facebook page.
    Barb and MagPie: A firefighter and a nurse, who could ask for more?
    Steve: Just have Moe and friend move over for me.
    Riö: With you on of that Pal.
    Tenzing: Feel better.

    Can’t remember all the other stuff right now.

    Rosalyn is not getting better. Fever has come back. A trip to the Vet is in the offing. We’ll be taking her in early tomorrow and leaving her there for the day. I don’t believe lightning bolts will be in the mix nor the removal of teeth.

    Dan has been told to quit lying to the staff and doctor or he won’t come home. Perhaps that will get his patootie in gear.

    YSAS worked as a real caterer today. Started at 5 am is now finished. Going back home to sleep until his rehearsal. More on YSAS in a few minutes.

  20. Steve
    10:35 am on June 13th, 2012

    While you wait for the flooring, take a nap.

  21. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:38 am on June 13th, 2012

    Wha!?…What did Melanie say to me and what did she mean by it?…grunt!

    Steve!…You sometimes have to explain the obvious to the Howlers…snort!

  22. OleyHowlers
    10:40 am on June 13th, 2012

    Steve, we get it now. For some reason the photo didn’t come out until we re-refreshed. Only your words were there the first time.
    So, that is what we would do while we wait for flooring too. Or hunt for critters. Heh heh

  23. Siber-H
    10:47 am on June 13th, 2012


    Received the pretzels yesterday! Thank you very much. We are saving the pretzels for baseball games. They will cheer us up while we watch the Rockies lose.
    We cracked up about the story of the Husky. I would be aghast if my folks concreted up my backyard.

    Ros and Tenzing, You are in our prayers.

  24. Riö – The Evil Pug
    11:11 am on June 13th, 2012

    Pretzels!…Thats what we do SiberH…sniff!…We munch on pretzels the minute trouble starts…grunt!…We’ve already eaten a full tub of them…wuffle!

  25. Melanie
    11:18 am on June 13th, 2012

    Riö, I hate auto check. On “all” (have no idea how they came up with of) the stuff with your friend’s mother, I’m with her on that. Or I understand. Or I’ve got your back. something like that.

    Okay, YSAS. He is dyslexic. Dog, oh dog, is he dyslexic and he has never tried to do a staged reading before because you have to have script in hand and look at it.

    As he puts it, when reading out loud there seems to be some disconnect between what he sees, what’s actually there and what comes out of his mouth.

    Now his memorization skills are unbelievable. Give him time and he’ll not only have his part memorized but everyone else’s in the play. And this is before people are off book. That reminds me of when he was getting tested. He can memorize objects, a story and so on, but straight facts with no background? Snort! They were testing his mathematical skills when he was 7 and he was doing great! Then the researcher noticed his eyes flicking across the room. He was memorizing objects by counting to the number asked for and then adding more or subtract and then recounting the objects he had memorized. The researcher said he had never seen that before. Snicker.

    Anyhoo, he has done the first staged reading. He was a lead. He was convinced he had totally screwed up. He didn’t know if what he was saying was what had been written (the writer kept changing the lines). He was at a total lost on his performance.

    Turns out he was excellent! Anyhoo, many of our fantastic actors are dyslexic. Who’d a thunked it?

  26. B.Stover
    11:21 am on June 13th, 2012

    LSD was the hippie drug and like all drugs was very dangerous.

    Did Dock get docked?

  27. Riö – The Evil Pug
    11:28 am on June 13th, 2012

    Clarkson!…He’s the best!…Wooooooo!

  28. Riö – The Evil Pug
    11:29 am on June 13th, 2012

    Wha!?…Now I don’t understand Stover…sniff!

  29. B.Stover
    11:35 am on June 13th, 2012

    Rio: Was Dock fined? Was money taken out of his wages. Sorry…just kidding. I suppose I have a strange sense of humor.

  30. B.Stover
    11:39 am on June 13th, 2012

    I came upon a new word (new to me): “Frequentative.” It’s a grammatical term. The adjective means “expressing repeated action.” The noun means “a frequentative verb or verb form.” (I hate definitions that use the term being defined.) Basically, as I understand it, it is a verb formed from another verb: “wrestle” from “wrest.” I’m trying to think of other examples.

  31. Riö – The Evil Pug
    11:40 am on June 13th, 2012

    OH!…I didn’t put two and two together because I didn’t think Stover was interested in the baseball story…heh!heh!…I doubt the LSD story came out right away. He probably mentioned it a long time after the fact…heh!

  32. Riö – The Evil Pug
    11:48 am on June 13th, 2012

    Networking!….My friend just sent me a text saying she talked to someone down in the IT dept. and they will be hiring in the near future….snort!….The job is not writing code, but something else that is detailed oriented and right up her alley…grunt!…This has made her feel a lot better about you-know-what…heh!heh!…Maybe things will lighten up around here for me and Beau if she is in a better mood…snorkel!…We don’t do well being under the magnifying glass…sniff!

  33. Snowhook Bella
    11:50 am on June 13th, 2012

    I woke up very early this morning to head to the airport. I’m traveling today for work. We boarded the plane, started to accelerate down the runway and then powered down. The pilot said that something with the engine failed. Better to find out now that when we are in the air. We deboarded and are waiting for them to fix the problem. Whew!

    Rose: Yeep!

  34. Riö – The Evil Pug
    11:53 am on June 13th, 2012

    Rebecca!….YEEEEP!…Do not get back on that aeroplane…Yeeep!

  35. BearSpiritDog
    11:55 am on June 13th, 2012

    Well! Our morning did not get off to a good start. Sometime during the night the power went out for a couple of hours. Stumbled around in the dark to turn of the annoying flashing lights and managed to turn on the clock radio instead. Someone talking in a foreign language. Went back to bed. This morning turned on the coffee maker…did some other stuff…came back to find it deader-than-a-door-nail. Fortunately the french press was standing by or there would be some grumpy ones in this house about now. A trip to housewares is in our near future.

    Steve: That’s a cute picture of Moe with?…which one of the kats is it?

    Barb&Magpie: WooooHoooo! This is getting serious. Sounds like a very nice couple. We want only the very best for you and Kindred Spirits Farm. Somehow, I am picturing you having very mixed feelings when it is finally time to go.

    Rio: Love Mad Men! Unfortunately, as you know, we here must wait for the DVD from good old Netflix, so thanks for the preview.
    You can’t beat those “fun” 70’s. Not something anyone here would know anything about. The parental units, being in the medical profession, painted some very dire warnings about what can happen when experimenting with certain substances.

    Ros, Tenzing and Claudie you are all in our prayers. As is Dan and our other Plunderer friends resting under the Quilt.

    Safe flight Rebecca.

  36. Snowhook Bella
    12:03 pm on June 13th, 2012

    B&M: A second look—this sounds promising. We will keep our fingers crossed.

    There is no denying it—YSAS is amazing.

    Rio: That would be great if your friend could move to something that is a better fit for her.

  37. Basil and Sage
    12:08 pm on June 13th, 2012


    Our little hearts are still just pounding. Mama was sitting at the kitchen table when the front door bell rang. The front door is about 7 feet from the table, and there is a big window next to it. She looked over, and there was a BEAR standing on the front steps, looking in the window and she had leaned on bell!

    Mama grabbed her camera, but by then the bear had gotten down. We still got a picture, but not the close up. We sent it to Melanie to see if she can clean it up and post it.

    Then she walked away, and she has two itty bitty babies with her – they were just about our size, but we DO NOT want to play with them!

  38. Riö – The Evil Pug
    12:10 pm on June 13th, 2012

    BearFest!…They must have heard about the big Bear Festival going on. All the other Bears told her to go to Stinky Mama’s house for some fruit and veg…yeep!….How come everyone is in dangerous situations this morning…gasp!

  39. B.Stover
    12:11 pm on June 13th, 2012

    Bear: I always use a French press to make coffee. Delish!

  40. Barb & Maggie
    12:17 pm on June 13th, 2012

    B & S, That had to be scary, even if it was a black bear.
    When Barb was little she had a scary dream where she was in one part of the house peering around the corner, and her folks and little sis were at the other end. A bear was at the front screen door and was standing between her and her family. She still remembers that as being her worst nightmare ever!

  41. Melanie
    12:19 pm on June 13th, 2012

    Dawson and Bella, check SDD.

    I have the EEEEEEEKKKKKK!!!! picture from The Herbs. Coming up next.
    B.Stover: I thought it was hilarious.
    BearSpiritDog: I thought your situation a bit funny too, but then remembered that it can happen here at anytime. I am taking back all snickering done.

    Riö! Paws, Claws and Tails crossed for you guys getting out from under the magnifying glass.

    Here’s the Pic!

  42. B.Stover
    12:23 pm on June 13th, 2012

    Why are bears roaming around in residential areas? Cant’ they find enough to eat in their own domain? Is this (lack of food for the bears) another environmental issue?

    Rebecca: I think that there are only two things that intimidate me: cars that don’t work and flying in a plane. Let us know when you land.

    Melanie: I’ve forgotten what you said. Is a reading a form of rehearsal?

    Just had the gardeners prune a cypress that had gotten too big for me to prune. Now I’m going to work in the garden.

  43. Riö – The Evil Pug
    12:28 pm on June 13th, 2012

    Stover!…Watch out for Bears!…yeeep!

  44. Rose
    12:42 pm on June 13th, 2012

    Rio, I tend to agree with you as far as Mad Men. This season has been great! Wait til you see the penultimate episode…
    Keeping my fingers crossed for your friend and the IT spot!

    YSAS is the man!!!!

    Rebecca: Double YEEP! Stay far away from that airplane…..

  45. B.Stover
    12:44 pm on June 13th, 2012

    Rio: LOL! Usually the only critters around here are squirrels and sometimes raccoons. Once there was a fox. He was really beautiful.

    Just looking at the picture of the bear makes my heart fall into my stomach.

    Barb: Are black bears less scary than other bears?

  46. B.Stover
    12:46 pm on June 13th, 2012

    Rose: I love the word “penultimate.”

    Now I really have to go work in the garden.

  47. BearSpiritDog
    12:55 pm on June 13th, 2012

    Tupper&Gilly: Yikes! What if your mama had opened the door! I think Rio is right – that bear heard about the festival and was coming to investigate.
    Lots of raccoons around these parts.

    B: The only thing about the French press is…what to do with the coffee grounds? They are so messy. In a regular coffee maker the filter takes care of the problem nicely. Here on the Island everything that can be is recycled. Recyclables, food & yard waste, are all separated from the regular trash.

    Melanie: It’s amazing that YSAS has solved what could have been an insurmountable problem for most actors.
    Hope things will soon be under control with Dan’s meds.

  48. Basil and Sage
    1:06 pm on June 13th, 2012

    Bee – we live in a wooded area, and after all the bears were here first. If you could see an arial picture of our house, you could see that there is a direct route throught the woods that leads to miles and miles of woodlands, over a mini mountain, to water supplies etc.
    And there are more and more bears around now since housing is creeping in on their habitat. Bears in general are pretty bold – they seem to knw that they ARE bears after all, and who is going to mess with them. This lady wasn’t in the least bit concerned that Mama was on the other side of the screened window, just feet away from her.
    And black bears, while they will defend their young, tend not to be aggressive or seek confrontation like grizzlies or polars. Of course there is the occasional nonconformist….

    And now – off to get the posters for a certain SnowBella’s Big Star Turn!

  49. Terry
    1:11 pm on June 13th, 2012

    Words of wisdom from another favorite author (and dog rescuer).

  50. Riö – The Evil Pug
    1:11 pm on June 13th, 2012

    Posters!….Posters!…Wooooo!…Is there anyway we can see a photo of the poster?…snort!…Does it have a big blow-up picture of Rebecca in her pink Stormy Kromer on it?…heh!

  51. Masquers
    1:12 pm on June 13th, 2012

    Bluecat and Howlers: What is the ND Grotto?
    Siber: What’s this about backyards being cemented over. Did I miss something?
    Melanie: Kool bear photo from T&G’s yard.
    Bella: Rose and Rio are right…don’t get back on that plane!

  52. Rose
    1:15 pm on June 13th, 2012

    B&S: That is a cool picture! I’m glad you guys are safe and sound, and did not become a morning snack for those bears.

    B: As far as bears, the news just reported that the unusually warm spring has screwed up their hibernation schedules, and their food sources, so they are showing up more and more in residential areas.

    I don’t remember where or when I heard the word penultimate used, but I thought it was a pretty cool word myself.

  53. Rose
    1:18 pm on June 13th, 2012

    Rio, don’t you think Rebecca’s poster might make an excellent auction item?

  54. Masquers
    1:19 pm on June 13th, 2012

    Rose! That is an excellent idea.

  55. Riö – The Evil Pug
    1:24 pm on June 13th, 2012

    Bedbugs!….Well, the progress report is out and it says Philadelphia has been taken over by bedbugs….snort!…I guess Rocky and his Hillbillie friends will need to spend a little time over there in the City of Brotherly Love…grunt!…We are going to make a killin’!…wooooo!…

    Melanie!…I am going to need a new business card!…snort!…This one is out-dated…grunt!

  56. Siber-H
    1:33 pm on June 13th, 2012

    Terri, We also like Kinky Freidman. We have a CD by him and he has that nice dog ranch in Texas.

  57. Rose
    1:34 pm on June 13th, 2012

    Love your card Rio! Please don’t tell me there are bedbugs in Philadelphia. The Prof and I have scheduled a long weekend there in 3 weeks….

  58. Mollypop's Mom
    1:37 pm on June 13th, 2012

    Bear – When my coffee maker broke, I bought a Cuisinart that has a built-in burr grinder on top. That’s when I started trying out various beans and am now in the finals of the ‘bean off.’ Your Camano Island coffee beat out all the other contenders.

    I am really liking the coffee made from beans freshly ground.

  59. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    1:51 pm on June 13th, 2012

    Melanie — My dad is not dyslexic but he has a similar story of sorts. His eyesight was already pretty bad by third grade, but he generally hid it well because he didn’t want to get glasses. In any event, his teacher has a math contest where she would hold up flash cards with math problems on them and people would have to answer. The problem with my dad was he could not see what was on the flash card, so he said, if the card is 3×8, the answer is 24, if it 6×5, the answer is 30 and so on. He got an A in math, but a note home from the teacher led to him getting glasses shortly thereafter.

  60. Tupper and Gilly
    1:55 pm on June 13th, 2012

    Rio – don’t get too excited about the poster. It is just a text poster with a Snowhook logo on the bottom. Just something to tweak the interest of the public and get them to come out.
    And by the way, the local radio morning drive-time talk show will be interviewing a certain visitor from Alaska on the morning of her big Star Turn

  61. Siber-H
    1:57 pm on June 13th, 2012

    Stover, for the bears in NM it is an environmental issue. The bears are being crowded out of their natural habitat by people building homes in the forest. Also, the bears often have food shortages because the mountains haven’t received enough moisture.(climate change?)
    New Mexico’s Fish and Game allowed hunters to shoot twice the number of bears as usual this past year. That is their solution to bears hanging around populated areas.

    About building homes in the forest in this state with the pine tress smack up against your house…124 homes have burned in NM’s latest wildfire.

  62. Steve
    1:57 pm on June 13th, 2012

    Corky the kat has a crush on Moe. There is some pretty interesting stuff on Dock on Scopes.

  63. Rose
    1:59 pm on June 13th, 2012

    T&G: Wow! You guys are going to make a star out of Rebecca!

    Not even an itty-bitty picture of our star on the poster?

  64. Rose
    2:00 pm on June 13th, 2012

    Steve, that was a sweet picture you posted this morning!

  65. Siber-H
    2:06 pm on June 13th, 2012

    Masquers, I’ll answer your question about the cemented up backyard later today.

    Rio, Rocky called me this morning. He wanted to know if I knew anything about where the best Pubs in the City of Brotherly Love are located.

  66. BearSpiritDog
    2:59 pm on June 13th, 2012

    Steve: Corky and Moe make a beautiful picture with their complementary fur coats. I’m sure they will do a fine job of supervising as soon as they wake up from their naps. Which room will be getting the new flooring?

    Tupper&Gilly: Our very own SnowBella on talk radio! This is very exciting.
    I will get that aforementioned package off to you shortly.

    Terry: That looks like Yuji the Wonder Dog.

  67. Steve
    3:11 pm on June 13th, 2012

    The new flooring will be in my home office. The new stuff is in the garage. My office has been torn up for over a month. Don’t get me started! A neighbor who was going to help, hurt his back.

  68. Terry
    3:15 pm on June 13th, 2012


    Yuji the Wonder Dog it is – thanks for noticing!

  69. B.Stover
    3:35 pm on June 13th, 2012

    Thank you for the info on bears. There must be a solution other than shooting them as they do in NM.

  70. B.Stover
    4:23 pm on June 13th, 2012

    Penultimate: Derived from Latin paenultimus (paene: almost; ultima: last).

  71. essay writing
    4:39 pm on June 13th, 2012

    So ncie great!

  72. Melanie
    4:55 pm on June 13th, 2012

    Essay Writing. Interesting Spam. You have interesting spelling technique for someone who writes essays.

  73. Siber-H
    5:06 pm on June 13th, 2012

    I have returned from watching the soccer game. It is too hot for outdoor construction projects.

    Masquers, Included with the pretzels that Linda sent was a cute story about a Husky. Long story short: Linda met a lady with a Husky and asked the lady if the dog was a digger. The lady said, he dug when he was a puppy, but he doesn’t now. Eventually the lady told Linda that her Husky doesn’t dig now because their backyard has been covered with concrete.

    A backyard covered with concrete is too horrible to even think about…makes me appreciate our sand.

  74. Riö – The Evil Pug
    5:08 pm on June 13th, 2012

    Ncie!…Nice!…Rebecca doesn’t know what she is really in store for her when she lands in MA…heh!heh!…That is if she survives her aeroplane trip today…wheeze!

  75. B.Stover
    5:12 pm on June 13th, 2012

    I never buy ground coffee but always grind the beans just before using. As far as the used grounds in the French press, just put a bit of water in it and then pour out water and grounds into a paper towel and throw away.

  76. OleyHowlers
    5:52 pm on June 13th, 2012

    Terry, we love that saying. So true. So true.
    Rio, bedbugs are in Philly? That is a little too close for comfort.
    Masquers, The Grotto is a very special shrine on the campus of Notre Dame. It is one of the can’t miss places on any visit to N.D. Students and tourists all light candles there, and spend quiet time praying or meditating or just enjoying the serenity. It is especially crowded on football weekends, as all of the Irish say a prayer for our favorite team. Here is a link I found that shows it and describes its meaning.

  77. Rose
    6:19 pm on June 13th, 2012

    B: Thanks for the information on penultimate. Interesting….

  78. Snowhook Bella
    6:21 pm on June 13th, 2012

    T&G: you’re having two visitors from Alaska. Me and who else? It will be interesting to hear what they have to say on the radio.

  79. Melanie
    6:22 pm on June 13th, 2012

    Zoe and I have just finished listening to the finish of our Public Radio station’s fund raiser. At the end they always play Kate Smith singing “God Bless America”. I remember seeing Kate Smith singing this. Zoe and I don’t remember if we actually saw her or if it was in a movie. I was young.

    We sing along as loud as we possibly can!

  80. Barb & Maggie
    6:23 pm on June 13th, 2012

    Oley, Speaking of the Irish, we dug our first potatoes today! Going to have some tonight with a Berkie pork chop and beets from the garden.

  81. Melanie
    6:25 pm on June 13th, 2012

    The other song they play is Ray Charles singing “America The Beautiful”. Brings to tears to my eyes every time! And yes, we sing as loud as we can with this song too!

  82. Barb & Maggie
    6:27 pm on June 13th, 2012

    Melanie, Barb is older than you and she remembers seeing Kate Smith on early tv when she was a kid.

  83. Masquers
    6:36 pm on June 13th, 2012

    Howlers: I watched the video. The Grotto is beautiful! It was interesting to learn it is over one hundred years old. We will be anxiously awaiting Bluecat’s report back.
    Siber: That is a frightening thought for a guy such as yourself.
    Bella: Hope you didn’t have to wait long for your flight to depart. Please report in as soon as you are able.

  84. Snowhook Bella
    6:38 pm on June 13th, 2012

    Masquers: I boarded shortly after my post this morning. They brought in another plane for us. I have already finished my work her and I am waiting for the boarding call to head home.

  85. Melanie
    6:39 pm on June 13th, 2012

    Safe trip home Bella!

  86. B.Stover
    6:41 pm on June 13th, 2012

    Melanie: When I was a kid my grandmother watched The Kate Smith Show on tv and Smith always sang “God Bless America” at the end….I think.

  87. Snowhook Bella
    6:44 pm on June 13th, 2012

    I wonder what kind of pie Spence and Admin are enjoying in Stovernia?

  88. bluecat
    6:45 pm on June 13th, 2012

    Barb – Mom remembers Kate Smith on the small TV screen, too. Long ago and far away.

    Masquers & Howlers – we lit a candle in the grotto for the Plunderers.

    You guys had a busy day. Bears at the front door…oh, my.

  89. Masquers
    6:49 pm on June 13th, 2012

    Bella: With all their mention of the b word, they appear to have taken up permanent residence there.

  90. Snowhook Bella
    6:50 pm on June 13th, 2012

    For all we know the bear was trying to sell magazine subscriptions and was scared off by the Herbs.

  91. Snowhook Bella
    6:52 pm on June 13th, 2012

    Masquers: they probably don’t even remember life on the outside.

  92. Kirby T. Penworthy
    6:55 pm on June 13th, 2012

    Bee: There’s a whole generation of kids who know what “penultimate” means because Lemony Snicket titled the next-to-last book in his series The Penultimate Peril!

  93. Rose
    6:58 pm on June 13th, 2012

    Masquers, my lightning bolts have been called off for this Friday. Of course, you know the Smoochers are still and always welcome!

  94. Rose
    7:00 pm on June 13th, 2012

    Rebecca, safe trip home!

  95. Snowhook Bella
    7:01 pm on June 13th, 2012

    Rose: Belle Starr are already planning to visit. Belle Starr is a bit upset but I’m not are why. She has been mumbling today about Tenzing’s pillow, kicked off, middle of the night, and unfair.

  96. Tupper and Gilly
    7:15 pm on June 13th, 2012

    So, it was an interesting rest of the day around here. Seems Mama Bear found the neighborhood quite hospitable, and stuck around for most of the day. Her cubs were just little bitty guys, and we think they got tired of rambling and gamboling, and just decided to take a nap. So Mama Bear watched over them while they snoozed in the sun. Once they had ambled off, our Mama went to get in the car to go to the printers. She backed out of the driveway and had to stop cuz – whoops – there goes Mama Bear again with frolicking cubs in tow.
    After they headed for the woods, Mama drove away. She told someone about the bears and they asked her if she had called the police. Why? What would the police do, except chase the bears, or Dog Forbid tranquilize them and move them. So what if Mama was a little late doing errands. The world did not end – didn’t even ripple the tiniest bit. It was worth it to be a part of the bears’ day, even if it was just an outside glimpse of the magnificence of nature.

    Bella – yes, we are having two Alaskan guests coming – Bella the Beloved Plunderer Buddy, with whom we will laugh and eat cheesecake, and the Great and Eloquent Rebecca Savidis who will inspire the hoards of people listening to her to give up their last dollar for her doggies.

  97. Rose
    7:17 pm on June 13th, 2012

    Rebecca: Well then she will just have to have her special place on my lap!

    Does she know?

  98. Tupper and Gilly
    7:17 pm on June 13th, 2012 in Alaska.doc
    Sorry – no picture on the poster…but there will be one included with all the press releases.

  99. Masquers
    7:19 pm on June 13th, 2012

    Rose: We were disappointed when the visit was canceled until you reminded us we are always welcome. Belle Starr, Luna and myself already feel like members of your family. And, of course, we are happy this is good news for you.
    T&G: What can we say? Your mama is simply the best!

  100. Snowhook Bella
    7:23 pm on June 13th, 2012

    Rose: she hasn’t a clue.

  101. Rose
    7:28 pm on June 13th, 2012

    Masquers, my good friend, the WItte home always welcomes you and the Smoochers. Always!

    Rebecca: I think you should tell her. 🙂

  102. Mollypop's Mom
    7:39 pm on June 13th, 2012

    I also remember Kate Smith singing on early television. What I remember the best is that Kate Smith sang at the Philadelphia Flyers hockey games. They had an impressive win record for the games when she sang.

    Now Kate Smith’s God Bless America is played during the Yankees’ seventh inning stretch.

  103. B.Stover
    7:39 pm on June 13th, 2012

    Kirby: Lemony Snicket is a comic book character? Anyway, I’m glad kids are learning those kinds of words.

  104. BearSpiritDog
    7:44 pm on June 13th, 2012

    Tupper&Gilly: That mama bear has been watching your house for weeks now. After the cubs were born she brought them to the one place where she knew they would be welcome. The home of Golinka, who makes beautiful bear creations, and the Storyteller who tells wonderful stories about them.
    About the poster…we can’t open the file on our computer…does anyone have any suggestions?

    B: I believe Lemony Snicket is a popular children’s series. Seems to me there was also a movie.

  105. Melanie
    7:53 pm on June 13th, 2012

    Trying something out.

  106. Riö –The Evil Pug
    8:01 pm on June 13th, 2012

    Poster!…Nice. Very Nice…snort!…A Photo would have been even nicer, but because of the radio gig, I guess I can give Stinky Mama a break on this small issue…chuffle!…I don’t want June to fly by, but I can’t wait for the day…sniff!…Oh wait, I won’t be able to hear or see any of it till maybe later…wuffle!

  107. Snowhook Bella
    8:04 pm on June 13th, 2012

    Rose: I did it and the following happened in this order: Yeep! yip! Pawstand! SPLORT!

  108. Melanie
    8:12 pm on June 13th, 2012

    Because I opened up the poster in a Mac document some things aren’t aligned correctly. But on the real poster they are.

  109. BearSpiritDog
    8:12 pm on June 13th, 2012

    Melanie To The Rescue!

  110. Tupper and Gilly
    8:16 pm on June 13th, 2012

    Melanie the Magnificent Marvelous Miracle Mac-er

  111. Melanie
    8:20 pm on June 13th, 2012


    To Irene where ever you are . .

  112. Tupper and Gilly
    8:29 pm on June 13th, 2012

    Masquers and Bear – awww gee – you are making Mama blush…

    Bella – you should have seen those Wrotten Kats when Mama Bear peeked into the window. That is the window where they sit and watch the birds and chippies. The dining room table is under that window, and around here we just call it the Kitty TV.
    But when a big ole’ bear stuck her nose up to the window, Those “big, brave” Kats disappeared faster than cheesecake in Alaska!

  113. Siber-H
    8:37 pm on June 13th, 2012

    WOO WOO Great poster and thanks Melanie!
    I’m like Rio, I’m getting really excited about the big event.
    This reminds me of the old days I have read about when great explorers like Shackleton and climbers like Mallory went around the country giving talks about their adventures.

  114. Tupper and Gilly
    8:37 pm on June 13th, 2012

    Oh my dog! This event is truly being guided by other Powers.
    Dad just came home from a Veteran’s Council meeting – they are kicking off their “Service Dogs for Wounded Warriors” campaign this week, and all THEIR advertising for that will now include Rebecca’s event.

    And Rebecca – the guys have assigned the very first pin honoring those dogs to YOU!


  115. OleyHowlers
    8:52 pm on June 13th, 2012

    MollysMom, you beat us to it! Kate Smith and the Flyers go hand in hand, or rather puck in glove. We won the Stanley Cup by playing her rendition of God Bless America in lieu of the National Anthem before all home games.

    T&G, great work on the poster. This is going to be THE Event of the summer!
    Kats disappearing faster than cheesecake in Alaska..ha ha! You’re really cracking us up, Royals.

  116. BearSpiritDog
    9:10 pm on June 13th, 2012

    We LOVE The Weavers and Pete Seeger! He wrote some Great Folk songs. Those were the days when the audience joined in to sing along.
    Nana’s college roommate played guitar and as one half of a duo,
    Penny & Jean, made an album called Two For The Road. She later toured with a group called The Women Folk.

    Thanks Melanie, all the memories of yesteryear are coming back!

  117. Riö –The Evil Pug
    9:12 pm on June 13th, 2012

    Pinned!…Rebecca has officially been Pinned!…heh!heh!…I don’t even know how honorable this is, but it feels like a big stinkin’ mama deal to me…snort!snort!

  118. Riö –The Evil Pug
    9:13 pm on June 13th, 2012

    Beau!…Got caught in the back of the big garden when she had a loaded hose going…heh!snort!heh!…Boy is he wet right now…chorkel!

  119. Mollypop's Mom
    9:27 pm on June 13th, 2012

    I want to make it to the night with Snowhook. Don’t know for sure but I’m looking into it very seriously.

  120. Mollypop's Mom
    9:35 pm on June 13th, 2012

    Howlers – You’re such youngsters. I used to see (on TV) Kate Smith actually sing at the Flyers games.

  121. Riö –The Evil Pug
    9:36 pm on June 13th, 2012

    Dream!…This is the kind of event I’ve been dreamin’ about for all of us to gather together…snort!…But of course it is far too late notice for most of us, but all you East Coast guys should really try and make it for the Big, Big, and getting Bigger by the Minute Talk….heh!heh!….If I were Rebecca I’d be shakin’ in my booties…snorkel!…But of course she does this sort of thing all the time, doesn’t she???…heh!

  122. Riö –The Evil Pug
    9:44 pm on June 13th, 2012

    Wookie!…We received the special books!…snort!…Saying “Thanks” is not enough for this special treat….wheeze!….She says she will mail them back as we finish them…sniff!…This could take a while though, so please be patient…heh!

  123. Barb & Maggie
    9:52 pm on June 13th, 2012

    What an event that is going to be. It would be wonderful if Molly’s Mom and a few others could actually meet in person. What if the evening is standing room only and there is a line outside? Amalia knows how to pack um in I bet! She should have been an event planner professionally!

    Night all, we are calling it a day.

  124. Snowhook Bella
    9:55 pm on June 13th, 2012

    Where to start, where to start? Pinned! MollysMom! Gathering! Faint….thunk…

  125. Riö –The Evil Pug
    9:55 pm on June 13th, 2012

    Gah!…It is still 93 degrees outside so she says we do not have to go for our walks…sniff!…But we might have to chase a ball in the back yard later…ho-hum-heh!….Yeah right, go ahead and throw that ball. We will watch you go get it and throw it the other way and the other way and the other way until you finally give up and take us inside where its kinda kool…chorkel!

  126. Snowhook Bella
    9:57 pm on June 13th, 2012

    Rio: You mean to tell me you don’t do this sort of thing all the time?

  127. Riö –The Evil Pug
    10:47 pm on June 13th, 2012

    Rebecca!…wheeze!….She did take us for a walk together tonight…heh!…That is always an experience. She stopped and talked to a neighbor who also lives with her Mother…sniff!…They had a lot to complain about but we finally made it home to watch the 7th inning of the game…grunt!

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