Dry Gulch

Haven’t been to the Dry Gulch Steak House and Saloon in way too long. They’ve got a giant wooden cowboy out front – very tempting to lift your leg against him, but I’ve never given into that temptation, except maybe once, which might be in To Fetch A Thief – and a cool patio out back, where the nation within the nation is very welcome. Right now, for example, the bartender is saying, “Customer just sent back a plate of steak tips – medium, and he asked for medium rare. Think Chet would be interested?”

“Nah,” says Bernie.

And then there’s lots of laughing, not sure why.

“Love when he does that,” says the bartender.

Does what? Standing up on my back legs, maybe, front paws on the bar? Oops.

Soon after that I’m at the edge of the patio with a nice plate of steak tips. Medium? Medium rare? I like them both, also rare and well done. And raw, come to think of it. Bernie says I’m not a fussy eater. I glance over at him between bites. He’s checking his watch.

“Wonder what’s keeping Colonel Bob?” he says.

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107 Responses to “Dry Gulch”

  1. B.Stover
    5:06 am on October 9th, 2010

    Oh oh. Is Col. Bob missing now? (You deserve the steak tips Chet.)

  2. Kirby T. Penworthy
    5:15 am on October 9th, 2010

    C'mon, Col. Bob! Get there so we can get some action! (Chet eating steak tips doesn't count — unless he shares them with me!!!)

  3. Mollypop
    5:17 am on October 9th, 2010

    Hi B. – I'm going to be in and out today. It's Fall Festival here this week end and lots of people are coming. The highways to get into town are backing up already. Sam's Dad is out there somewhere. I love this, except when they go up in the chair lift. I can't go and that's fine with me. Mom said there's a band up on top, a cookout (bring something back, please) and the army has put up a climbing wall.

    But they also go into town for all the festivities there. I will try to keep up with the blog but it may be just to read. I get tired just thinking about all this so I'll just take a little nap.

  4. Mollypop
    5:17 am on October 9th, 2010

    And hi Kirby!

  5. Kirby T. Penworthy
    5:27 am on October 9th, 2010

    Hi Mollypop! I'll be in and out, too. Dad has a football game this afternoon, and Mom has the day off, so she's going. I'm trying to talk her into taking me. The weather is great today, and everyone at the school likes to pet dogs! The only problem is that Mom says they have a cannon they set off everytime our team scores, and she's afraid it might scare me. Me? Scared of a little old cannon? Fuggidabout it!!!

  6. B.Stover
    5:30 am on October 9th, 2010

    Hi Mollypop. Hope everyone has fun (and of course brings back some goodies for you). Hi Kirby.

    ACL: Thank you for posting the New Yorker link to Oates' review of Oblivion. I really like her description of the "Dali landscape" aspect of the novel. Given the circumstances (which I won't go into in case some haven't read the novel), it has to be a bit surrealistic. I hadn't thought about that. I agree with the comparison to Memento. I really like her comment about the ending being a "fixed-rhyme couplet." That makes a great deal of sense. (Rio: What do you think? I remember your problem with the ending.) Oates is, of course, brilliant. I taught one of her short stories ("Where Are You Going Where Have You Been," made into the movie Smooth Talk), but I've never been able to get through any of her novels and I have tried. One of the things she says in the review may be the reason: "If all art is about degrees of woundedness…." I'd ask that as a question. Her answer would be yes and mine is no, absolutely not. Art is about so much more than woundedness. Her assumption has really irritated me. Have to think about it some more.

  7. Jasper the Poodle
    5:46 am on October 9th, 2010

    Steak tips! Yum.

  8. bluecat
    5:50 am on October 9th, 2010

    Bee – Mom's glad she's not the only one who couldn't get through a JCO novel. And she really tried with each one…

  9. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    6:00 am on October 9th, 2010

    My signed copy arrived today; thanks Spence! I love Chet's "signature". It's nice and fluffy.

    Bee – I agree with you. In my opinion, to say that art is only about woundedness is to say that life is only about woundedness.

    To be sure, life does wound us, some more than others. But there is also joy and passion and comfort and love and a million

    other feelings. Each of us chooses, in our own fashion, which attributes are worth embracing.

  10. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    6:01 am on October 9th, 2010

    Melanie, I hope that things have settled down with Dan.

    What a fiasco.

  11. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    6:03 am on October 9th, 2010

    Melanie, I hope that things have settled down with Dan.

    What a fiasco. Would it be helpful for me to send you a self addressed, self stamped large envelope? You have a lot on your mind right now.

  12. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    6:05 am on October 9th, 2010

    I'm a little worried about Colonel Bob.

  13. Kirby T. Penworthy
    6:10 am on October 9th, 2010

    Wow, Wolfie! Such depth! But I agree, you can't have woundedness all the time. Books like that just get me down. There has to be something else out there. It would be like eating steak tips all the time — that's OK, but you need something else to offset that. Like donuts. Donuts are good!

    Actually, the steak tip analogy isn't very good. Steak tips don't equate with woundedness. Woundedness isn't a good thing, and steak tips are. So let's say onions. Onions aren't a good thing either, at least to my palate. So if I had to eat onions all the time, I would really crave something else.

    I agree, Bee. The idea of all art being woundedness — no matter what the degree — is irritating me, too.

  14. B.Stover
    6:13 am on October 9th, 2010

    Wolfie: Very well put (post of 11AM). Oates does seem to portray only life's wounds. It's something more as well. I'm still pondering.

    Bluecat: Why couldn't you read her work?

  15. Barb & Maggie
    6:18 am on October 9th, 2010

    Chet, glad you got some steak tips. Yum!

    We re-listened to the interview from last night. Thought Spence was great and so nice to listen to. However, did anyone else think John, who was doing the interview, asked a few lame questions? Barb thinks he had not read any of the books. He didn't seem to know the Spence had written many books as PA. Also, at one point Spence gave a long explanation of why he wrote under the SQ pen name, and then John asked him the same question again.

    At one point, when the sound cut off, I think he was saying something about meeting the bloggers at the book signings. Too bad we missed that part. It was quite a thrill to hear what he said about the quilt. That was so cool.

  16. Riö - The Evil
    6:33 am on October 9th, 2010

    MagPie!….We thought the interviewer guy was lame too!…snort!…He sounded like an amateur plus he did not listen to Spencer’s answers…grunt!

    Hey!…I got one vote for “Pug In A Pickle”…heh! … My friend is shaking her head No….sniff!

  17. B.Stover
    6:34 am on October 9th, 2010

    Perhaps the police have arrested Ray. How they made the connection I don't know. Ray called Col. Bob who has gone to him. He'll (Col. Bob) need Bernie's help.

  18. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    6:49 am on October 9th, 2010

    I need to study up on the flow chart. My brain is fuzzy these days.

  19. dawson
    7:03 am on October 9th, 2010

    Well…If I remember correctly we get very little information out of Chet when he visits the Dry Gulch because he is fed (too many) steak tips and then has a nice long nap under the table.

  20. Mollie (a black pood
    7:17 am on October 9th, 2010

    I think we miss a few things when Chet takes his naps under the table. I received my TFAT book yesterday, signed and paw printed. The paw print is great, Chet. Thanks so much Spence. After seeing it, all my friends want to read it.

  21. Barb & Maggie
    7:21 am on October 9th, 2010

    Rio, We thought your book titles were completely hilarious!

    "Pug in a Pickle" was especially good, but we also were lol over "Pug On It: "Thereby Hangs a Pug" (sob, sob) and "To Fetch a Pug". Very funny.

  22. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    7:32 am on October 9th, 2010

    How about the 'Pickled Pug'? lol

    Just listened to the interview. Spence is such a nice man! I loved what he said about our community. I'm glad that he feels the magic also.

    The music sucked. And I agree, John was lame. If he would have read any of the Chet books, he would never have asked whether or not Bernie would ever narrate a story. The books work because Chet is Chet. We have enough books written by humans. Not that I wouldn't read a book in Bernie's voice. I would. But I would not approve.

  23. Melanie
    7:32 am on October 9th, 2010

    Should not read about steak tips when it is time for lunch! Yumm.

    B.Stover and Kirby: Art all about woundedness. Sounds a tad bit pretentious. Sort of on the same subject, YSAS's and I were talking about tragedy (new play up in November) and both of us agreed there had to be humor in with the tragedy or there is nothing to, not balance out, but both the humor and the tragedy become more . .

    Brain fried at this point. But like Kirby's onions . .

  24. Melanie
    7:34 am on October 9th, 2010

    Some things have been mailed! Thank goodness. Some of you who have two of the things mailed to you will get the things later . . . Umm, remember when it was book rate? Now it's medial mail. Weird.

    Anyhoo, The Pack decided that Sam needed her own book so someone is getting two in the mail besides Staff.

    I made it to the Post Office, 2 minutes before it closed. And it was the nice post lady not the one who never smiles.

  25. Melanie
    7:36 am on October 9th, 2010

    Riö: I like Wölfie's title:

    Pickled Pug!

    Snicker

  26. bluecat
    7:38 am on October 9th, 2010

    Bee – Pure and simple I couldn't like her characters enough to spend time with them. So many books, so little time, you know.

    Rio and Melanie – hoping life settles down for your families.

    And Rio – I kind of like Pug Gone Bad but isn't that redundant? :-)

  27. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    7:40 am on October 9th, 2010

    Kirby,

    Sometimes I think that life is like going to a Baskin and Robbins ice cream store. But let's say that some of the flavors are icky tasting, like onion ice cream or dill pickle ice cream (or pickled pug ice cream – ha ha). And then let's say that you can't always choose what flavors you get. Sometimes you can, and sometimes you can't. So if you get a dud flavor, you can either

    walk out of the store and get grumpy because maybe you don't like the taste of pickle pug. Maybe write a long dispairing novel about the woundedness of it all. Or maybe, just maybe, you can say to yourself….well, that was gross. Oh well. I'm going to keep tasting and living because I'm pretty sure that a rocky road scoop is coming along any time now.

    Or something like that.

    I wonder what pickled pug ice cream tastes like? Sorry Rio, I could couldn't resist. I think that Wolfie flavored ice cream would taste good and a little blurry.

  28. Barb & Maggie
    7:53 am on October 9th, 2010

    Wow Wolf Man, Today you are on fire! Love the B&R/life analogy.

  29. bluecat
    8:05 am on October 9th, 2010

    Wolfie – it's all about the choices, isn't it? It's how we choose to react to the flavors, not the flavors themselves. Sometimes pickled pug happens.

  30. Riö - The Evil
    8:29 am on October 9th, 2010

    Pickled!…We are both feeling a bit pickled this morning…grump!…Her mother stopped by and will not leave…sneeze!…She’s driving us both crazy by turning off our outside water and now she’s rolling up hoses and putting stuff away…grunt!….Her mother is bored and has to keep busy, but my friend is just tired and wants to read a little bit on her short weekend time off…growl!…I have to go see what that lady is up to now!…yeep! …I hear crashing noises!…gulp!

  31. Mollie (a black pood
    8:30 am on October 9th, 2010

    Wow, lots of profound insight today. I agree with you and compliment you all on your descriptions. Sometimes we have to stop and think about these things.

  32. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    8:36 am on October 9th, 2010

    Yes! Pickled pug does happen. But gosh darn it, the best thing is to deal with and keep looking for the carmel pecan delight.

    We have some pickled pug happening in our lives. Dad has decided that he has given up on Wolfie's boys. He has not been

    Home for almost two weeks now. Last night mom and dad even said the D word, which worries me.

    Mom will not give up on Wolfies boys. They need her. Right now, they have no one else.

    So, keep us in your thoughts. My boys are not perfect, they say words that make me Blush and can be very selfish. Mom is upset because they have been Drinking, which is confusing. I drink all the time, I love to drink water. And one time, my boys left a glass of chocolate milk on the floor and it was delish.

    Sigh. Pickled pugs, indeed.

  33. B.Stover
    8:38 am on October 9th, 2010

    Bluecat: What an excellent reason for not reading her novels. I've worked out my problem with her. Her novels seem to portray depravity for the sake of portraying depravity. There is no sense of empathy between author and characters or author and readers. She is brilliant at critical analysis.

    My signed copy of TFAT has still not come. I hate bothering Spence about it.

  34. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    8:42 am on October 9th, 2010

    AND that blasted pig tore up the rest of our front lawn. Grrr…..

  35. Riö - The Evil
    8:49 am on October 9th, 2010

    Wolfie!… I’m so sorry you are surrounded by so many troubles….sniff!… If you ever need to run away from it all my friend said you could come stay with us….snuffle!

  36. B.Stover
    8:50 am on October 9th, 2010

    Wolfie: I'm really sorry about the current problems. Perhaps your mom is better at plundering on than your dad is.

  37. Riö - The Evil
    8:53 am on October 9th, 2010

    Stover!…Have you called the bookstore? Ask if they mailed it off….snort!…Have them verify your address too…grump!… Maybe one of your neighbors received it…sneeze!

  38. B.Stover
    8:58 am on October 9th, 2010

    Rio: I sent them an email. I ordered it via their online service and they are very good about replying. I'll call if I don't hear. Spence was very kind about helping but he has far more important things to do.

  39. Riö - The Evil
    9:13 am on October 9th, 2010

    Stover!…What makes you think Spence has more important things to do than make sure one of his most favorite loyal readers receives her signed copy!….grunt!… He’s probably guzzling wine and watching college football right now… snort!

    Spencer!… Help Stover out and call that damned bookstore and yell at them or something…gruff!

  40. Barb & Maggie
    9:19 am on October 9th, 2010

    Wolfie, So sorry to hear what your family is going through right now. Pickled Pug! (And now we have yet another inside thing that only we understand) Are the boys still in regular school? Maybe more family counceling would help.

  41. bluecat
    9:37 am on October 9th, 2010

    Oh, Wolfie. Thoughts of peace be with you.

  42. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    9:44 am on October 9th, 2010

    Yes, they are going to regular hs. Cody is doing great. He has a 3.4 gpa and I have received nothing but compliments from his teachers and the school staff. Chad is struggling academically. Both of Wolfies boys are so smart that it is scary, but have issues due to drug and alcohol poisoning before birth. (Bio mom saw no need to change her lifestyle just because she happened to be pregnant with twins.) We do go to family counseling and the boys go to AOD therapy. We are going to be holding a staffing with our therapist, Tulare County Adoptions, and an advocate from our post adoptions support group to look at our options.

    Thanks for asking.

  43. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    9:46 am on October 9th, 2010

    Bee – I live in California and I recieved my book yesterday. Hopefully you'll receive yours tomorrow. (You live in Florida, as I recall?) It may take just a little longer.

  44. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    9:48 am on October 9th, 2010

    Rio, thanks for the offer! Could I send my boys instead?

    (snicker) I think I already asked but who knows, you may have changed your mind!

  45. Riö - The Evil
    9:52 am on October 9th, 2010

    Wolfie!…Sorry pal, I don’t like kids!…snort!… They always pull my tail…snarl!…Like they want to straighten it out or sumthing….grunt!…Course I have a feeling Stover would do the same thing if she ever met me….snuff!

  46. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    9:53 am on October 9th, 2010

    If a Pickled Pug tickled a pig

    Would the pig be pickled too

    And if a pint sized pig tickled a pug

    What would that pickled pug do?

    Random thoughts. I'm going to go sew for awhile. BBL

  47. Melanie
    9:54 am on October 9th, 2010

    Wölfie: Sorry for the Pickled Pug time. Love a duck. Wish your boys could see what they are doing. . . to themselves, to you, to your Mom and Dad.

    What is it that each want in life? Do they know?

  48. Barb & Maggie
    10:14 am on October 9th, 2010

    We thought Stover lived in Michigan.

  49. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    10:16 am on October 9th, 2010

    They either want to be models or MMA cage fighters. lol.

    When Chad was in 5th grade, he wanted to be a porn director. The principal called him into his office and asked him why.

    Apparently Chad was surprised. "Who wouldn't want to be a porn director? You get to look at nekked ladies and make a lot of money!"

    That was the same year that they ran up mom's phone bill up to $600 by calling 1-900-WET-TEEN. (Luckily, mom works for the phone company!)

    They were, and are, a couple of live wires.

  50. B.Stover
    10:25 am on October 9th, 2010

    Stover does live in Michigan. (Condo in Florida left to us by our parents.) It is beautiful today in Michigan. In one direction the leaves are green blending into gold; in another direction they are shocking orange and red. And the sun shines down.

    Rio, you're right. I would love to pull your tail…but gently…I wouldn't want to hurt you.

  51. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    10:50 am on October 9th, 2010

    Bee – I think I remember you posting from Florida last summer. Or am I just making that up?

  52. B.Stover
    10:59 am on October 9th, 2010

    Wolfie: I was posting from Florida in March during spring break.

  53. B.Stover
    11:03 am on October 9th, 2010

    Has anyone seen the film Girl with the Dragon Tattoo? I have the novel but haven't read it. I'm debating whether to watch the film On Demand. It's in Swedish with English subtitles so would require my full attention.

  54. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    11:08 am on October 9th, 2010

    I have the book too but I just haven't been able to get past the first chapter. If a book doesn't grab me by then, I lose interest. I don't know anything about the movie.

    Okay, I'm going to sew now. Really.

  55. Melanie
    11:13 am on October 9th, 2010

    B.Stover: It is easy to pay full attention. Whoa, what a movie. The next one comes out on Netflix 10/26. I couldn't read the book. Dan and Zoë both read it and found it well written and hard to put down.

  56. Melanie
    11:15 am on October 9th, 2010

    Wölfie: OTAS wanted to be a TV Evangelist when he was growing up. Jokingly, I hope. He said they had great hair and lots of money.

    YSAS wanted to get married and have 100 children. I kid you not.

  57. Riö - The Evil
    11:35 am on October 9th, 2010

    ***** Slight Spoiler Alert for End of Story – Avoid if you are planning on reading it *******************************************************************

    MagPie!… After her mother finally left us in peace, although not before she made us promise to go out to dinner with her tonight…sigh… we were able to sit down and read some more of End of Story….GRUNT!… The prisoner who writes like the Charming Mr. Abrahams just got a sharpened toothbrush shoved into his shoulder!….yeep!yeep!….The face smashing that came after that was very vivid indeed!…Gasp! … This story is so very interesting on so many levels…snort!…We can’t put it down!

  58. Barb & Maggie
    11:51 am on October 9th, 2010

    Rio, There are some very unsavory characters in that book! It's amazing how such a nice man, our favorite author, can put himself right into the minds of so many different personalities.

    He really knows how to build the excitment, doesn't he?

    Melanie, is YSAS planning to have more than one wife to accompolish that feat?

    Chet, Please talk Spence into letting us submit more than one book title. We finally came up with a few, but nothing bell ringing yet.

    And Barb didn't think "English Shepherd On It: or "To Fetch an English Shepherd" had quite the same effect. I sort of like "The Chicken Coop Case"!

    Barb is going to a cookout for a b-day party for Rio's favorite – a little person. Think I'll take a nap.BBL

  59. Jasper the Poodle
    12:08 pm on October 9th, 2010

    B, I saw the gwtdt movie w/Sweedish subtitles. It was very good and very bad. The bad parts were horrible and so well acted they seemed very real. This is a rape scene. There is no hiding what is being done and the female actor was very realistic in her work. The female has an opportunity to pay back the male perp and she does so in similar gruesome fashion. I am in no way a prude, but both of those scenes gave me the heebegeebies and bad dreams. The remainder of the movie is easy to follow and very well done. The core of the story deals with finding the missing girl, leads to discovering family secrets and solving murders.

  60. macy the min pin
    12:23 pm on October 9th, 2010

    Wolfie..Dog! you are so talented!! If I tried to sew, my paws would be attached to the fabric. You are quite philosophical today, I guess it comes from all the trouble with the boys. Mom thought that she would kill our Angie before she turned 18, lucky she didn't, because our Angie is great now. That alcohol poisoning thing can really mess a kid up, so they have one strike already, but that is made up for by being adopted into such a caring home.

  61. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    12:47 pm on October 9th, 2010

    Right now mom is making some puppy dog and lady bug cell phone holders. They are very cute.

    Magpie, I love the sound of the Chicken Coop Case! Or, you could always 'Nancy Drew' it….The Case of the Rotten Rats.

  62. Melanie
    1:15 pm on October 9th, 2010

    Jasper: Those parts of the movie I turn off the sound, don't watch or fast forward. They are why I didn't read the book.

    "The Cast of the Rotten Rats" A smelly read. (snicker)

  63. macy the min pin
    1:39 pm on October 9th, 2010

    Rio, just read the late posts from yesterday. You just NOW realize that RIO is spanish for rio? Why do you think I call you river dog? And the reason we were not around last night was, uh, Rangers day off. Why bother?

  64. Riö - The Evil
    1:44 pm on October 9th, 2010

    Hey!….My friend weaseled out of dinner with her mother and they decided on breakfast tomorrow instead…heh!…So I have her all to myself tonight. We are having a great time relaxing and watching a movie…snort!…The name sort of escapes me but it about Anne Bolin and King Henry the 8th I am I am…grunt!

    Birthday!….Today John Lennon would have been 70 years old….wheeze!…Whoever he was….sniff!

  65. Barb & Maggie
    1:46 pm on October 9th, 2010

    You guys are making me laugh with the Rotten Rats! We are NOT going to read TGWTDT. Do not like graphic rape or violence. Barb is going to go out with me and sit on the patio,and have a cocktail, after her "little people party". Princess, who looks alot like Jasper, was the most fun of anyone there. BBL

  66. Staff
    1:47 pm on October 9th, 2010

    BStover,

    I read The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and couldn't put it down but also couldn't read the second one. TGWTDT was way too graphic and violent for me. I would never go to see a movie made from that book. Visual images stay with me much longer than verbal ones and it would make me feel ill for a week to watch those scenes.

    Wolfie,

    I am sorry for your current problems. I hope the quilting helps.

    The talk about the ice cream flavors reminds me of the jelly beans in the Harry Potter books. Ear Wax, Snot, Pepper. Yuk.

  67. Riö - The Evil
    1:49 pm on October 9th, 2010

    Min Pin!…. We used to be that way. If the Rockies weren’t playing, we weren’t watching….grunt!…But we’ve grown in our appreciation of baseball and find that its also fun to watch other talented players play….snort!… So the 4 teams we are following during the play-offs are Rays vs Rangers, Twins vs Yankees…..sniff!…We might catch some of the Giants game but we really hope they go down in despair…heh! heh! …with their pants on fire!!

  68. Gus & BooBear
    1:50 pm on October 9th, 2010

    Wow, guys. A couple of disturbing days! Dan missing and Wolfie's boy lost. At least Dan is found and back in rehab. Hopefully, Wolfie's boy will be found soon. Mom and Dad have no 2 legged kids, just kats, so they wonder how parents handle those kind of situations in their hearts. Kat hopes and prayers said for your family.

  69. Melanie
    2:11 pm on October 9th, 2010

    I believe I just told YSAS that if he had 100 kids, I wasn't babysitting. . .

  70. Staff
    2:19 pm on October 9th, 2010

    Haha Melanie,

    Maggie, our mother, used to tell us that she would not be babysitting any Grandkids. She had 6 kids and only has 3 Grandkids. I know I believed her.

    She now has two great grandkids and a third on the way so

    None of my sisters told their kids that story. Unless there is something I don't know about the Catty Librarian.

  71. Riö - The Evil
    2:25 pm on October 9th, 2010

    Gah!…Just thinking about 100 kids gives me the Shivers!…grunt!… Clarkson! Don’t have kids until you are rich and famous, then you can ruin their lives properly…snort!

  72. B.Stover
    2:35 pm on October 9th, 2010

    Thanks Jasper and Melanie. The movie was good and I fast forwarded through the creepy bits.

  73. Kirby T. Penworthy
    2:42 pm on October 9th, 2010

    Hey everybody! I'm back! What an afternoon — I didn't get to go to the game after all because Mom was afraid of that cannon. And it would have gone off plenty of times this afternoon because Dad's team won, 61-43! But for some reason they didn't have the cannon today. Rats! (Don't get excited Maggie, it's just an expression!) I could have gone. Mom always brings a chair and sits in the shade near the end zone (which is where the cannon usually is). It was sunny and just the right temperature — sigh! And Mom said there was a cute little puppy there. Maybe I can go to the next game. But Mom did make up for it a little by bringing me home some pizza — well, I didn't get the pizza part, but I did get the crust! Mmmmmmmm.

    Oh, and the other big news is that the Gamecocks beat the Number 1 team, Alabama! My boy isn't too happy about it, because he went to school at Clemson for a couple years, and I'm sure my girl isn't too thrilled either, because she's at Clemson now. USC and Clemson are big rivals, but Mom and Dad root for USC as long as they're not playing Clemson or Iowa!!!

  74. Barb & Maggie
    3:14 pm on October 9th, 2010

    Barb want me to watch Cujo with her. For some reason she really likes that movie. It was written by Stephen King, and the movie was made in 1983. Stephen King endorses our guy's books, and says he is his favorite mystery writer. Maybe that's why we like him. BBL

  75. Riö - The Evil
    3:24 pm on October 9th, 2010

    Hmmm!…The Rays and the Rangers are playing and still no Min Pin!…Woooo!… I’m not saying anything about the game till it is over – I don’t want to Jinx it…grunt!.

    Cujo!…My friend didn’t like that movie at all…grump!…The only book she really totally enjoyed from Stephen King was The Stand. She enjoyed It until the very bad ending. The scary clown theme had her terrified, but the big spider messed it all up for her. …wheeze! …I wouldn’t know, I only read Quinn and Abrahams these days…heh!

  76. Riö - The Evil
    3:39 pm on October 9th, 2010

    Kirby!…. How the hell are you any way?….snort!… We can’t get our heads around football until baseball is completely finished so whatever you said above just went in on ear and out the other…heh! snort!

  77. Kirby T. Penworthy
    3:43 pm on October 9th, 2010

    Stephen King scares the snot out of me! Isn't Cujo the one about the bad, bad dogs? I don't like watching other dogs be mean like that — gives us other guys a bad name.

    The only King movie I've watched more than once is Misery. It's scary, but at least there's no mean dog in it! The end still gives me nightmares!!!

  78. Kirby T. Penworthy
    3:50 pm on October 9th, 2010

    Rio: I'm good — thanks for asking. I gave up on baseball — and my Angels — a long time ago. Since I haven't got a stake left in baseball, I've moved on to football. It's like starting over with a clean slate! And I looooove my Hawkeyes. Did I mention I have a special collar and kerchief I get to wear on game days? But I didn't get to wear it today, because my Hawkeyes have the day off. But next week we play Michigan…grrrrrr. (Sorry, Bee — I don't know if you root for Michigan and/or Michigan State at all, but we don't like those teams very much in this house!)

    And I think since you're reading and not listening to a blog, the proper thing to say would be that it goes in one eye and comes out the other! (Yuck!!!)

  79. Barb & Maggie
    3:54 pm on October 9th, 2010

    Barb doesn't read Stephen King either. The only 2 movies she has watched are Cuju and Misery. Cujo was not a bad dog. He was a very sweet dog that got rabies from a bat, then he went mad and was all scary.

  80. Kirby T. Penworthy
    3:56 pm on October 9th, 2010

    Oh, and I forgot to say that I'm very, very excited because my girl's coming home tomorrow, even though it's just for overnight. She doesn't get to come home on weekends during football season because she works at a restaurant next to Death Valley — that's the Clemson football stadium! — and they're very, very busy on game days. Even when the game is away, because they put the game on lots of TVs. But she's coming home tomorrow and skipping class on Monday — it's just one, so she says it's OK — because a friend of hers is getting married, and my girl is going to be in the wedding, so she has to come home to get her dress ordered. And I get to sleep with her when she comes home! My tail's wagging already!!! (I can't sleep with my boy because one of the kats sleeps in his bed. Dagnabit!!!)

  81. Riö - The Evil
    3:57 pm on October 9th, 2010

    Reading!…We stopped reading after some of the jail house incidents…heh!…Not because we are squeamish but because we had to get some other things done…grunt!. …But now we are settled in and watching the baseball play-offs…fun!

  82. B.Stover
    3:57 pm on October 9th, 2010

    Kirby: I don't pay attention to football just as I don't pay attention to baseball. However, I believe that Michigan played Michigan State today…always a big rivalry around here…yawn.

  83. Riö - The Evil
    4:08 pm on October 9th, 2010

    Kirby!…Spend every minute with your girl as if it were your last!…snort!… Your whole life can change in a blink of the eye…sniff!…or so I’ve over-heard.

  84. Kirby T. Penworthy
    4:08 pm on October 9th, 2010

    Bee: Oh, good. So in the weeks to come I won't hurt your feelings if I disparage the Spartans or the Wolverines. You're a nice person, so I wouldn't want to do that. But like I said, we don't like either of those teams in this house! I would still have to say bad things about them, but I would just feel bad about doing it!

  85. B.Stover
    4:09 pm on October 9th, 2010

    Patrick from Poison Pen just replied that my copy of TFAT was shipped October 5 so hopefully I'll get it Monday. I'm watching Primeval.

  86. Barb & Maggie
    4:12 pm on October 9th, 2010

    Correction – Barb watched one other Stephen King movie, "Pet Cemetary". She doesn't think she has ever read his novels.

  87. B.Stover
    4:12 pm on October 9th, 2010

    Kirby: Disparage away……

  88. Kirby T. Penworthy
    4:14 pm on October 9th, 2010

    Thanks, Rio, I will. My girl brings a lot of energy to this house. She's young and vivacious and always sweeps through like a fresh breeze. We love her a lot around here, but Clemson is three hours away from here, and she's always so busy that she doesn't come home enough.

    P.S. That kat must have heard me writing about her. She just came in here and she's laying on the desk. She never does that — she must be trying to make sure I don't say anything bad about her. She scares me a little!

  89. Riö - The Evil
    4:21 pm on October 9th, 2010

    Kirby!…Kick that Kat off the desk and let her know who is boss!…heh!…That’s what I would do if there were Kats living in my house, which there will never be because of her allergies…gruff!

    Girls!…Speaking of Kats! Where is Alice tonight? Her Twins are playing and she is missing….snort!…Molly is off playing around in the big town festival. Who knows where Alice is?…grunt!…Probably hiding her fluffiness in a box!…heh!

  90. Kirby T. Penworthy
    4:30 pm on October 9th, 2010

    Rio: Actually, I can't reach her. Luckily this is a BIG desk. The guy who lived in this house before us was a surveyer, so he built in a desk that runs the length of one whole wall and around the corner and all down the next wall. I'm on the computer end, and the kat is down on the other end where Mom does sewing and scrapbooking and other crafty things. It's a good thing for that kat, because I'd get her if I could reach her. Oh wait, maybe I shouldn't have written that. She's looking at me kind of funny…nice Possum, nice kitty.

  91. Barb & Maggie
    5:08 pm on October 9th, 2010

    Well, I have to say, I didn't enjoy that Cujo movie very much. It didn't portray my kind very favorably, even if he did have rabies. We are signing off. See you tomorrow.

  92. Riö - The Evil
    5:13 pm on October 9th, 2010

    Gutter!….Do you guys remember when I told you about our gutters being cleaned out last weekend?… heh!…Well my friend finally got round to uploading some photos from her nifty camera …grunt!…At one point in the proceedings I was getting in the way of progress so she made me go lay down away from the ladder and the crap falling out of the gutters…grump!

    [img ]http://www.chetthedog.com/wp-content/uploads/1286676758-GutterDay.jpg[/img]

  93. Riö - The Evil
    5:15 pm on October 9th, 2010

    Crap!…Then she had the nerve to scold me about getting under foot. This sort of stuff I always ignore…heh!heh!

    [img ]http://www.chetthedog.com/wp-content/uploads/1286676890-GutterDay_No.jpg[/img]

  94. Kirby T. Penworthy
    5:17 pm on October 9th, 2010

    Rio: Ooooh, I like that ignore thing. Would you mind if I borrow that sometime? I think it could come in handy!

  95. Staff
    5:25 pm on October 9th, 2010

    Hi there Rio,

    I am just checking in before going to bed. I am tired from a busy day and the Twins are just going down in flames. Sob sob sob as someone we know says. So I decided to get ready and read a little in bed and go to sleep early.

    Mr Staff was changing channels before we decided to skip the game and we came to Men In Black. Did you ever see that? We liked it a lot. The part we saw was where the little alien PUG was being interrogated about alien worlds.

    I thought of you immediately.

    [img ]http://www.chetthedog.com/wp-content/uploads/1286677344-smalice box.jpg[/img]

    How DID you know about Alice??? She says she likes your 'ignoring' picture best. It shows a very dignified way of ignoring.

  96. Riö - The Evil
    6:12 pm on October 9th, 2010

    Boxed!….I remember that Alice likes to travel across country in a box from earlier this year during the 2010 Olympics…grump!…The Olympic games in which she kept interrupting me if I remember correctly…dang!…Remember the Luge Alice??? …heh!

  97. Kirby T. Penworthy
    6:27 pm on October 9th, 2010

    The other day my boy couldn't find one of our kats — the one that was laying on my desk, but thankfully left! Possum sleeps on his bed at night, but he couldn't find her one day. He looked and looked around his room, and finally found her in a box — not an upright one like Alice was in, but a horizontal box that opens on the side. He picked the box up and carried her around that way, and she didn't seem to mind. So now everytime he can't find her, he looks in that box and there she is!

  98. Kirby T. Penworthy
    6:28 pm on October 9th, 2010

    P.S. One of these days I might just seal up that box and call the UPS guy. Anyone want a kat? Just let me know your address!

  99. Riö - The Evil
    6:34 pm on October 9th, 2010

    Frank!…We do occasionally wonder if Frank the Pug from Men In Black is still kicking!…heh… I wish sometimes I could find fame and fortune like that, but then I think of all the evil, greed and down-right nasty-ness of Hollywood and I am very happy here at my safe and happy home….snuffle!

    Kats!…They like to be boxed up!…grunt!…Who knew?…snorkel!

  100. Kirby T. Penworthy
    6:36 pm on October 9th, 2010

    Rio: Not to mention the hurry-up-and-wait stuff that goes on there. It's not like you're a pug with patience! You'd go stark raving mad in that place!

  101. Kirby T. Penworthy
    7:11 pm on October 9th, 2010

    Am I all alone here? Well, we're calling it a night. G'night!!!

  102. Riö - The Evil
    7:11 pm on October 9th, 2010

    Kirby!….I am tortured everyday just by visiting this very blog….grunt!…What with the Astrid case still unsolved, and now the Title Competition also up in the air for gawd knows how long…grump!…All hanging by a Tail at his tip-tap-tip-tap finger tips …snuff!…Patience is not my bag of bones.

  103. Riö - The Evil
    7:25 pm on October 9th, 2010

    Goodnight!… Sleep tight and you know what else you have to do!…heh!…Be safe and be back tomorrow. I will say my pug prayers for all of you tonight after I circle around and lay down in my warm soft bed with all my baseball toys just where I left them …..sniff!…Her mother tried to wash my bedding this morning and my friend said, “NO!”… I love her even more for that!…snuffle!…I didn’t know that I could….heh!

  104. Macy the Min-Pin
    9:09 pm on October 9th, 2010

    The Rangers are waiting until 10-10-10 to finish off the Rays. More historic that way.

    Rio, if things go in one ear and out the other it is because there is nothing in between to stop them. You do look pretty spiffy in your ignoring picture. Has your muzzle always been gray, or is it an age thing. Belle really likes the gray muzzle, she wanted me to tell you.

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