Earl (Revised)

“What if,” says Admin, “you dropped a nuclear bomb into the eye of  a hurricane?”

That Admin! Fun in his own way.

“Not sure I’m following you,” says Spence.

“What’s so hard?” says Admin. “Nuclear bombs make those big mushroom clouds that shoot right up to the highest part of the atmosphere. So why wouldn’t the detonation take the hurricane with it, up and out of the way?”

There’s a long silence after that. Then Admin says, “And I don’t like that name – Earl. Know what an earl is?”

“I remember the Duke of Earl,” Spence say, and he starts singing, “Duke duke duke duke of earl.” Some humans – take Billie Holiday for example, or Elvis – have nice singing voices. Others don’t. I’m edging toward the door.

“A duke’s a peer,” Admin says. I know piers from our trip to San Diego, when this drunk fisherman fell in and Bernie and I fished him out, but Admin had lost me. “Between a marquess and a viscount.”

“Oh,” says Spence.

“Like Robin, Earl of Locksley.”

“Oh.”

“And you haven’t answered my question.”

“What question?

“Nuclear bomb.”

More silence. I’m outta here.

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120 Responses to “Earl (Revised)”

  1. B. Stover
    4:16 am on September 1st, 2010

    Chet, you're making me laugh out loud. At least it was a hurricane that got us off-track today….sort of.

    In countries other than England, an "earl" is called "count." That's why, even in England, the wife of an earl is called "countess."

  2. B. Stover
    4:20 am on September 1st, 2010

    Does Admin know Robin, Earl of Locksley, because of research he did for his Robbie novel? Or has he seen the latest Robin Hood movie or watched the BBC series? (The movie and series are both very good.)

  3. B. Stover
    4:28 am on September 1st, 2010

    And it's duke, marquess, earl, viscount. "Duke of Earl" got us a little confused up there.(I'll stop now.)

  4. Chet The Dog
    4:42 am on September 1st, 2010

    From Admin to B. Stover: tentative title of Robbie novel is Robyn Hoodly and Her Band of Thieves. Takes place just about entirely in Brooklyn.

  5. B. Stover
    4:47 am on September 1st, 2010

    I like that title and the fact that we have a heroine.

  6. B. Stover
    4:49 am on September 1st, 2010

    I'm going to be singing "Duke of Earl" to myself all day today….drat!

  7. Riö - The Evil
    5:02 am on September 1st, 2010

    Bomb!…Chet’s avatar(not) sort of looks like a nuclear bomb if you look at it a certain way….snort!… I need a bowl of cawfee!…smack!

  8. Riö - The Evil
    5:06 am on September 1st, 2010

    Stover!…What makes you think Robbie is a heroine?… grunt!… She has a band of thieves in Brooklyn! Or are you relating this to Robin Hood and his Merry Men? Was it Sherwood forest?….sneeze!

  9. Barb & Maggie
    5:06 am on September 1st, 2010

    Barb's brother and family live in the Raleigh/Durham area of N.C. and they do not expect to be affected much by Earl. The Outer Banks portion is probably going to be hit, but they think the front heading east from the midwest will keep Earl more out to sea. Hopefully.

    Bee, Barb said that song will be stuck in her head all day, too. I hope she doesn't sing out loud!

  10. B. Stover
    5:15 am on September 1st, 2010

    Hey B&M and Rio. Robin Hood was a folk hero so I think that Robbie will be a folk heroine…in Brooklyn rather than Sherwood Forest. Do any trees grow in Brooklyn…..just kidding.

  11. FattyKitty
    5:17 am on September 1st, 2010

    Hmmm. The Librarian and I have always been confused by that Earl and Countess thing and thank B. Stover for clearing that up. This relates to the current book (no one in Billings has Into the Dark; L. spent a couple hours looking for it in the rain on Monday. Suffice it to say that it has now been ordered at several establishments heh heh heh!)which is (if you haven't forgotten the subject after that long parens)a biography of Beau Brummell. It's fascinating. Did you know there really was a member of the haute ton nicknamed "Poodle" Byng?

    BTW: it's Dawson's birthday today. Hope someone up there in the wilds is giving her cake.

  12. Riö - The Evil
    5:42 am on September 1st, 2010

    Gene!… I like how Gene taps his forehead, chest and then Clap!Clap! …heh!..Duke!Duke! .. snicker!

    Dolfins!…Did anyone catch the story about the Miami Dolphins player who lost his 2.5 carat diamond on the field…HEH!…He forgot to take his earrings off before practice!…snort!

    Dawson!…HAPPY BIRTHDAY!…Wooooo!

  13. FattyKitty
    5:48 am on September 1st, 2010

    Did you get a load of that audience? Yikes! Pretty tough. I have a lot more respect for that song now. And that suit – it is Beau Brummell's legacy to the fashion world!

  14. Riö - The Evil
    5:52 am on September 1st, 2010

    Confused!…okay, Who is Beau Brummell?…snort!… Is Gene Chandler singing on the video? If not what the heck is his name?…cough!

  15. Barb & Maggie
    5:53 am on September 1st, 2010

    Happy Birthday, Dawson. Are you having moose cake with marrow icing?

  16. Barb & Maggie
    6:00 am on September 1st, 2010

    Speaking of marrow, yesterday Barb gave me a nice 6" long round bone filled with marrow, as a special chew treat.

    I rewarded her generosity by waking her up a 4:45 this morning, cause I HAD to go outside IMMEDIATELY! That marrow is rich stuff, but oh so good!

  17. B. Stover
    6:06 am on September 1st, 2010

    Beau Brummell was a "dandy" during the Regency Period in England (1810 – 1820) and friend of the Regent (later George IV). Georgette Heyer wrote many novels set during that period and they're very funny.

    Happy Birthday Dawson (and if you're eating anything with moose I don't want to know about it).

    I have to go to school to meet with my student who is working on his thesis.

  18. Siberian Husky
    6:21 am on September 1st, 2010

    Now, when I am following the track of Hurricane Earl on tv, that song will be playing over and over in my head. As always, when watching any video that Chet posts, I got hung up looking at other videos on that page. Check out all the cool cars in the Come Go With Me video.

    Kirby will be safe from Earl unless he decides to go surfing.

  19. Siberian Husky
    6:23 am on September 1st, 2010

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY DAWSON!! Husky hugs and kisses fron the great Southwest.

  20. Riö - The Evil
    6:27 am on September 1st, 2010

    Admin!… What’s up with the nuclear bomb idea of Admins? … cough!…Kind of disturbing the way his mind works sometimes… sneeze!… Maybe he is having one of his Lennie-like days today…heh! … If the Librarian can make obscure references, so can I…heh!… (The best laid schemes of mice and men go oft awry.)

  21. Riö - The Evil
    6:29 am on September 1st, 2010

    Kirby!…Surfing!….snicker!….I just had a very funny vision pop into my head!…snort!

  22. dawson
    6:56 am on September 1st, 2010

    Spence: Thanks for the Duke of Earl link. I clicked on it and the man of the house came to see what the racket was about. We had a quick dance (we dance as well as we sing, which is not very, so it didn't last long).

    Fatty Kitty et al. Oh yeah. I'd forgotten the day. I might make moose cupcakes for a meeting I'm going to. Thanks for the well wishes.

    Admin: Nuclear is not the way to go.

  23. Riö - The Evil
    6:59 am on September 1st, 2010

    Dawson!… How old are you?… snort!

  24. dawson
    7:22 am on September 1st, 2010

    I am a woman of a certain age…

  25. dawson
    7:25 am on September 1st, 2010

    Hmmmm. I just looked that phrase up and, I may be a wee bit older than a woman of a certain age. You are as old as you feel right? So today I am approximately 102.

  26. dawson
    7:26 am on September 1st, 2010

    But only a nosy parker would ask.

  27. Riö - The Evil
    7:29 am on September 1st, 2010

    Snort!…heh!

  28. abbiethekitty
    7:40 am on September 1st, 2010

    Happy Birthday to Yoooo-ooo

    Happy Birthday to Yoooo-ooo

    Happy Birthday dear Dawson

    Happy Birthday to Yoooo-ooo

    ermfff. Meowwww

  29. Wookie of Chevy Chas
    7:45 am on September 1st, 2010

    Dawson — I think Melanie just described Bess as a girl of a certain age, so you are keeping good company in any event.

    Siber H — You are definitely right, the cars in Come Go With Me are really cool. Great song. I think my dad would remember it well.

    Melanie — Have you given any thought to acupunture for Bess. I think it could really help her. I have been receiving acupunture for the past year or so, and it has really helped me a lot. I'm a pretty good sized guy (100 pounds+) and as a golden retriever (although not pure bred, I think), I am prone to some hip issues. The acupunture has kept me very limber. Before I started, I was beginning to have some issues getting up, but since the acupunture treatments started, it has been much better. I also get a daily treat of three pieces of glucosamine (Zuke's HipAction/ beef — quite yummy) which also helps, but I think the acupuncture is the key.

    Wookie

    Note from Wookie's dad: There is a terrific wholeistic vet who does the acupuncture here in the DC metro area that we use for Wookie. I would hope that there would be vets who are trained for acupuncture in your part of Massachusetts; we could check with our vet for a referral, if you would like.

  30. abbiethekitty
    7:45 am on September 1st, 2010

    Rio, Thank you for the clapping Bob last night. I am just reading all the posts that happened after I went to bed.

  31. alice johnson
    7:50 am on September 1st, 2010

    gee whiz it looks like the Twins were the only happy team last night…(rubbing it in) Sorry about that. Must be that great new pitcher we got from the Rockies….heh heh heh

  32. staff
    7:53 am on September 1st, 2010

    Wookie,

    I am wondering if your Pineapple Tomatoes are doing well? Ours are just starting to turn color. Our last frost date is in 3 weeks so I am wondering if they need a longer 'summer' than we have available in North Dakota.

    Staff

  33. Wookie of Chevy Chas
    7:59 am on September 1st, 2010

    Staff: Obviously it has been quite a bit hotter here that North Dakota. Our pineapple tomatoes actually started coming early in August and have been quite delicious. In fact, this has probably been the best tomato season we've had here in quite a while, with the brandywines and sweet 100's also doing great. The pineapple tomatoes were a real pleasant surprise though; this is the first year we had tried them and did not know what to expect, but they have proven to be quite yummy. Wookie

  34. Barb & Maggie
    8:06 am on September 1st, 2010

    Wookie, You look like a pure bred Golden to us, why do you think not?

    Rio (Nosey Parker), When we asked how old you are, you responded "Old enough to know better and young enough not to care". Remember? Still haven't figured out exactly what that means.

  35. staff
    8:08 am on September 1st, 2010

    Well drat it all. Now I am wishing those tomatoes were ready to eat.

    By the way has anyone else watched the video of Little Darling by the Diamonds??? It is hilarious! Mr Staff says that is his 'era'.

  36. Melanie
    8:11 am on September 1st, 2010
  37. Siberian Husky
    8:15 am on September 1st, 2010

    Mom would not hesitate to have me do acupuncture if needed. She took the dog she had before me for acupuncture. She found the vet online by looking up Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist. The vet she found got her acupuncture training at the Vet school at Colorado State, so it has really gone mainstream. Beware, though, any vet, at least in this state, can go away for a weekend of training and then decide they are going to do acupuncture.

    Wookie? How often do you do acupuncture?

  38. Melanie
    8:19 am on September 1st, 2010

    Chet, loved the video. The Duke is really good, his audience looks frozen.

    I think Admin's brain needs a scan.

    B.Stover: A few years back there was a documentary on the Queen of England. I was amazed that she actually thought she was different because of her birth. I must be a radical colonist!

    Wöökie, thanks on the thought for Bess. We do have my acupuncture who has worked our dogs. Right now, Bess is doing MUCH better. That balancing her sugar levels has really helped her improve.

    To all you pups and grown pups out there make sure you drink enough water. Patsy had a heat problem last night. She'd been in the AC all day, but didn't drink enough. Her temp spiked, she kept trying to pee and panted ALOT!

    We gave her a shower, put rubbing alcohol on her paw pads, put COLD towels on her groin and then gave her water mixed with chicken stock. She drank 3 HUGE bowls, was able to pee and her temp returned to normal.

    The rest of the Pack was trying to convince us they needed the chicken stock water also. She's fine today. It's not like we don't have water around here. There are 4 buckets outside, and 6 in the house. We change the water constantly (I wonder if drool is good for plants). She just slept most of the day and didn't drink enough.

    Guess who I keep waking up?

  39. Riö - The Evil
    8:21 am on September 1st, 2010

    Wow!…Melanie did you just whip up that Moose Cake for Dawson this morning?…snort!… I love Cake!

  40. Wookie of Chevy Chas
    8:22 am on September 1st, 2010

    Barb/Maggie — because I was rescued, no one is sure of my exact provenance, but I do have a blue spot on my tongue and my face is a bit boxier than a traditional golden, plus I have an incredible amount of fur, so the consensus seems to be that there is some chow mixed in there somewhere. But I certainly have the spirit and joie de vivre of a golden, which is what counts most.

    Dawson — Did you google the phrase? When I did, I actually got a wonderful article by William Safire from the NY Times magazine from 1995 on the phrase. See the link below. Wookie

    http://www.nytimes.com/1995/07/02/magazine/in-lan

  41. Wookie of Chevy Chas
    8:25 am on September 1st, 2010

    SiberH — I am getting it now about every six weeks or so. It's great; I just get very relaxed in the vet's office while he's doing it and there is always a good treat in store when I'm done. Wookie

  42. staff
    8:55 am on September 1st, 2010

    Wookie, That Wm. Safire article is very funny. I guess I am "long in the tooth." When he wrote it I was a 'woman of a certain age'. Heh heh heh

    Staff

  43. staff
    9:01 am on September 1st, 2010

    BStover, I LOVE Georgette Heyer. Maggie, (Mom to us three) introduced me to her in the 1970's. I talk 'cant' to her and no one else understands us. Oops, except the Librarian.

    I prefer her historical novels as opposed to the mysteries.

    Have you read her biography?

    Staff

  44. staff
    9:02 am on September 1st, 2010

    It is time for my nap. BBL

  45. Riö - The Evil
    9:11 am on September 1st, 2010

    Wookie!..How can you be relaxed in a vets office?….snort!… Especially while he is sticking needles into you!…yeep!….This makes no sense to me at all…. grunt!

  46. Barb & Maggie
    9:11 am on September 1st, 2010

    I am going to go find Barb and inform her that she is long in the tooth, and then nappy time for both of us.

  47. Wookie of Chevy Chas
    9:19 am on September 1st, 2010

    Rio. I agree with you that most vet offices are not a place to relax at all (or even be there, if it can be avoided), but my acupuncturist is really different. He is a really great guy, and the needles themselves don't hurt at all, if anything they kind of tickle, but in a fairly gentle way. And did I mention the treat when it was all done. Wookie

  48. Debbie LM
    10:07 am on September 1st, 2010

    Wookie has to be pushed through the door of the regular vet's office (DAD) or told firmly that bolting is not an option (MOM) while he bounces happily into the holistic vet's office. The holistic vet is Board certified in general medicine as well as holisitic medicine. The smile on Wookie's face and tail wags when he sees his vet answers all questions as to whether they hurt or not.

  49. Riö - The Evil
    10:09 am on September 1st, 2010

    Wookie! Debbie!… I’m not buying it….snort!

  50. Siberian Husky
    10:36 am on September 1st, 2010

    I'm sure it's true, Rio. Mom's dog was the same way. They gave him organic treats at that vet's office.

  51. Riö - The Evil
    10:39 am on September 1st, 2010

    Needles!…I think you are making it all up…..grunt!… Organic Treats!…gag!

  52. Barb & Maggie
    10:50 am on September 1st, 2010

    Rio, How was the fried chicken on Sunday?

  53. Barb & Maggie
    10:52 am on September 1st, 2010

    Melanie, That moose cake is purrrfect!

  54. Riö - The Evil
    11:04 am on September 1st, 2010

    Fried Chicken!… It was an afternoon delish delight!… snort!… I ate more than my friend did…heh!… I bet it was better than your tough old stewing hen!…grunt!

  55. Melanie
    11:16 am on September 1st, 2010

    Hey, I'm going to try the upstairs computer.

    Next message will hopefully be from up there.

  56. Melanie
    11:19 am on September 1st, 2010

    Well, it's on the desk top . .

    Let's see what happens.

  57. Melanie
    11:20 am on September 1st, 2010

    Woo Hoo!!!

    Our Mac guru is good!

  58. BStover
    11:28 am on September 1st, 2010

    Staff: I've read a bio of Georgette Heyer by Jane Aiken Hodge. There is a more current one GH's Regency World by Jennifer Kloester but I have not read it. My favorite Heyer regency novel is Civil Contract.

    FK: There is a bio of Beau Brummell (The Ultimate Man of Style) by Ian Kelly. Perhaps that's the one your reading.

    Melanie: What did Queen Elizabeth say that made you think she thinks she's different?

    Rio: I've never understood your association of Admin with Steinbeck's character. I always think of Lennie as a gentle giant, though handicapped.

  59. Melanie
    11:50 am on September 1st, 2010

    B. Stover, I'll have to think on that. It was 10 years ago or so. I remember having a conversation with a friend from Brazil who felt the same way.

    Right now . . . It's Inspector Allen time.

  60. staff
    12:13 pm on September 1st, 2010

    BStover,

    The Jane Aiken Hodge biography is the one I have also. My favorite GH book is Fredricka. I enjoy the way she writes about children and dogs!

    I also enjoy reading The Talisman Ring. In it she really channels Jane Austen.

    My mother has said that she loves the first paragraph of The Unknown Ajax. She thinks that it sets the scene perfectly. When I read it I always pay attention instead of just plowing through like I usually do.

  61. B. Stover
    12:22 pm on September 1st, 2010

    Fredricka is the one with the hot air balloon, right? That is good. Talisman Ring is one of the first ones I ever read. I just reread the first paragraph of The Unknown Ajax. Isn't it wonderful. I love the word "whopstraw" and "nabbing the rust." I always think of Heyer as Jane Austen without the irony.

  62. Riö - The Evil
    12:32 pm on September 1st, 2010

    Stover!… I think you summed up my association of Lennie to Admin very nicely when you said, “I always think of Lennie as a gentle giant, though handicapped.” …heh! …. Take this morning’s conversation. Now who in their right mind would suggest such a thing as a nuclear bomb to take out a hurricane? That’s like using an anvil to swat a fly….snort! …It’s a childish suggestion. Lennie like? I think so…. grunt!

  63. B. Stover
    12:38 pm on September 1st, 2010

    I see your point Rio. However, doesn't Admin often seem to be "The Boss"? And he's often grouchy. I don't think of Lennie that way. And I interpret today's conversation as Admin being intentionally perverse. Is Lennie enough in control of himself to have conscious intentions?

  64. Riö - The Evil
    12:43 pm on September 1st, 2010

    Okay!… Here’s how I see it…snort!…Purely my interpretation, but now that Admin has finished his book and Spencer will be taking over the Tip—-Tap—ing I feel there will be a power shift between Admin and Spencer…. Grunt!… Spencer will have the upper hand for a while and Admin will continue on as support in his Lennie-like way. … heh!

  65. Riö - The Evil
    12:45 pm on September 1st, 2010

    {psssst! Stover, I hope he’s busy and not reading any of this!…snort}

  66. B. Stover
    12:53 pm on September 1st, 2010

    Except that Admin taught Spence everything he knows about writing. Until the pupil outshines the teacher, the superior power (I don't like that term but can't think of what else to call it) is with the teacher. Nothing can be better than the Chet and Bernie books, so perhaps the pupil now outshines the teacher.

    (They don't care what we say as long as we're interested and keep playing the game.)

  67. B. Stover
    12:54 pm on September 1st, 2010

    I should add that when the pupil finally does outshine the teacher, the teacher has done a good job and proven his worth.

  68. dawson
    1:04 pm on September 1st, 2010

    So much for trying to get through this day without any fanfare! Thanks for all your birthday wishes and especially for that beautiful cake. I see someone already got one of the long leg bones, but there are still 3 left. Melanie, I don't know how you find the time and energy. Hope Patsy is drinking lots of liquids today. I like Bess' harness.

    AbbytheKitty: Did Staff throw a shoe at you while you were singing Happy Birthday?

  69. Riö - The Evil
    1:09 pm on September 1st, 2010

    Dawson!…Rockie the Undercover squirrle said he would be by later for a piece of cake and some nice wine if you have it…snort!

  70. Siberian Husky
    1:20 pm on September 1st, 2010

    Rocky didn't ask me to go along…typical Rocky

  71. Melanie
    1:51 pm on September 1st, 2010

    We had already seen that Inspector Alleyn, so we watched a Wallace & Gromit mystery instead.

    It fit our mood.

  72. Macy the Min-Pin
    2:18 pm on September 1st, 2010

    Is there any moose cake left over, a piece with extra moose, moose, moose.

    Grandma has a funny moose meat story. Her sis lives in Alaska, and often sends her freezer packed meat. Once, she got a box and put the packages in the freezer. One day she took a package out to thaw. Imagine her surprise when she opened the butcher paper to find a piece of the Alaska pipeline cut into the shape of Alaska. I think there was pizza that night as it takes quite awhile to tenderize the pipeline. heh

  73. Melanie
    2:43 pm on September 1st, 2010

    That is funny, Macy!

  74. staff
    3:02 pm on September 1st, 2010

    Wookie,

    I am not supposed to go in the garden. Evidently there are lots of germs in dirt (who knew). But from my upstairs window I looked with my binoculars and I saw ripe tomatoes on the Pineapple Tomato plant.

    So I put on my mask and ventured out into the mosquito infested garden. Yes there are ripe tomatoes there! In fact some are a little too ripe. I guess it is time to educate Mr Staff on the color of a ripe Pineapple Tomato. I brought one in.

    Now he has some more tomato picking to do.

  75. dawson
    3:22 pm on September 1st, 2010

    Rio: There will be lots of cake left over – it's as big as a moose this cake. But I am a tee-totaller so there will be no nice wine. I am not a total tee-totaller, having been seen having a nip or two at hockey games, puppy showers and (looking forward) World Series games.

  76. Siberian Husky
    3:29 pm on September 1st, 2010

    I'm not interested in the wine either, just the cake. That is, if Rocky had invited me to go along, which he didn't.

  77. Kirby T. Penworthy
    3:42 pm on September 1st, 2010

    Hey y'all! No one needs to worry about Mom and me getting blown away by Earl — or me going out to sea on a surfboard!!! Actually they are warning about high surf on the coast, which has Mom and Dad a little worried — they go to a place called Hunting Island for a few days every year to celebrate Dad's birthday, which is on New Year's Eve. Every year the island erosion gets worse and worse. The cabin they used to get started out on the "second row" (on the other side of the road from the beach). Last year it became beachfront property when the cabin across the street was torn down. This year the road to the cabin has been closed, so they had to reserve a different one, further inland. They're hoping there's still an island left by the time hurricane season is over!

    Dawson: HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! I wish I had known earlier, I would have sent you one of Mom's moose cupcakes. I'm glad Melanie had time to bake you a cake instead!

  78. Riö - The Evil
    4:10 pm on September 1st, 2010

    Dawson!… We were out walking and when I came in I had 2 new emails. This first one is a birthday card from Rockie the Undercover Squirrels Friends!…snort!…Without asking permission they decided to take the evening off and party at your place tonight!….grunt!…Hide your Moose Cake and wine!…cough!

    http://www.americangreetings.com/ecards/view.pd?i

  79. dawson
    4:23 pm on September 1st, 2010

    Rio! I'm speechless. And that never happens.

  80. Riö - The Evil
    4:25 pm on September 1st, 2010

    Dawson!… the second email was from Rockie and he cannot be here right now, his team is having software problems and he has to stay and oversee the guys working on it!…Dammit!… But here is a card from me, Rio. …Snort!

    http://www.americangreetings.com/ecards/view.pd?i

  81. dawson
    4:52 pm on September 1st, 2010

    Dear Rio, Thank you for the card. Your Uncle Bob the Baker may want to take a few lessons from Martha but he did come up with a nice cake in the end. Now if only the Tigers could beat the Twins. That would make this day a complete success.

  82. FattyKitty
    4:53 pm on September 1st, 2010

    Har! The "nuts" e-card. How apropos. It was vastly entertaining.

  83. Kirby T. Penworthy
    4:54 pm on September 1st, 2010

    Rio: Unlike Dawson, we don't have any sisters out there to squeal on us. So Mom and I have solemnly sworn not to reveal each others' birthdays to you. Hey, wait a minute! When I got here I was already grown up, so these guys don't even know my birthday. Come to think of it, neither do I! But I know Mom's birthday. I feel some blackm…er, some negotiations coming on!!!

  84. FattyKitty
    4:56 pm on September 1st, 2010

    L.'s favorite Georgette Heyer used to be Powder and Patch but these days it's hard for her to get past the retro male/female dynamics. "Ugh," she says, "but still a classic."

  85. FattyKitty
    4:58 pm on September 1st, 2010

    L. always was the squealer in the family.

    >^..^<

  86. Sam
    5:03 pm on September 1st, 2010

    This is Sam's Mom: we're in Washington, DC and something interesting is going on. We can't figure it out. We are staying on 29th St. and each end of the street is blocked off by police cars and men in suits who look like secret service. We have to show id each time we come in or out. The are men in suits all up and down the street and even an ambulance just parked here. The suits are on guard all night too. Any idea what is going on?

  87. Siberian Husky
    5:27 pm on September 1st, 2010

    Sam's mom, I think there is some sort of big Middle East peace meeting going on in Washington. Several heads of state from Middle eastern countries…the big shots

    I just heard that in passing on the evening news…wish I had payed more attention. I think you are very well protected and can sleep well tonight.

    This is my best guess as to what is going on. I could be wrong.

  88. Siberian Husky
    5:31 pm on September 1st, 2010

    p.s. I have no idea where 29th Street is in Washington DC

  89. Sam
    5:37 pm on September 1st, 2010

    We have figured out that Mr. Big has 3 windows right across the street. The parking garage underneath him has the gate going in closed so someone has to talk to the suit. My daughter walked in the street and they told her to get back on the sidewalk. okay, but why the ambulance?

  90. Siberian Husky
    5:44 pm on September 1st, 2010

    I can only speak for the way they do things here. If any event is happening here, they station an ambulance nearby (just in case of whatever) so they will have a head start in rushing someone to the hospital. It looks to me that you are seeing those kinds of precautions.

  91. staff
    5:46 pm on September 1st, 2010

    Tigers and Twins, at the end of nine. Tied at one/one.

    Another exciting game.

  92. Sam
    5:50 pm on September 1st, 2010

    We are not sure whether we feel safe or not. Aunt Mollysmom thinks we could either be taken hostage or caught in the crossfire.

  93. Siberian Husky
    5:52 pm on September 1st, 2010

    Sam's mom, the ambulance would be a precaution against things like a heart attack as well as something more sinister.

  94. Alice Johnson
    5:54 pm on September 1st, 2010

    Maybe Dawson will get a baseball birthday present. And maybe NOT!

    heh heh heh

    DC sounds interesting tonight. Keep your heads down.

  95. Alice Johnson
    5:56 pm on September 1st, 2010

    Fatty Kitty,

    Tell the Librarian to "lighten up."

    Alice

  96. Siberian Husky
    5:57 pm on September 1st, 2010

    I, personally, would feel very safe. They seem to be taking every precaution. Mr. Big must be very important. I imagine they have all sorts of security there that you guys will never see. I would sleep so soundly surrounded by all that.

  97. Siberian Husky
    6:00 pm on September 1st, 2010

    I could take a few guesses as to who Mr. Big is, but I can't spell their names.

  98. Alice Johnson
    6:02 pm on September 1st, 2010

    Twins WIN!!

    Whooo Hoooo

    Two to One!!!

    WhooooooHoooo!!!

    Sorry Dawson

  99. Kirby T. Penworthy
    6:09 pm on September 1st, 2010

    Chet: What with the hurricane and all, Spence seems to have gotten away from the case at hand yet again. Could you please turn off the television and tie him to his chair until he gives us another piece of the puzzle? Pretty please with bacon on top???

  100. Alice Johnson
    6:16 pm on September 1st, 2010

    I expect Spence is writing his speech for the book show this weekend. I hope he has time for Astrid.

  101. Alice Johnson
    6:17 pm on September 1st, 2010

    Gosh these ball games that go down to the wire are exhausting. I guess I better get ready for bed.

    Night all

    >^..^<

  102. Riö - The Evil
    6:22 pm on September 1st, 2010

    Molly’s Mom!… I’ve been trying to communicate with you all evening but coincidentally I have been having all kinds of Computer Issues!…dammit!… I have moved over to Head Quarters now and really wish Molly herself could be there with you girls!…gasp!…She is an excellent Agent and would know how to get information out of the ‘Suits’…sniff!… It sounds like you guys are in the middle of a Huge Conspiracy of some kind. Gunfire may occur. I need you all to be on the lookout and report back to me here at Head Quarters everything you see, hear or smell…snuff!…Well forget the smell part… Just be on high alert and stay in touch! …Rio Out!…sneeze!

  103. Siberian Husky
    6:28 pm on September 1st, 2010

    In case of gunfire, hit the deck and stay away from the windows. I'm just joking and so is Rio.

    Sam and Molly's mom and Sam's girl will be fine. Maybe you are seeing a small part of history being made.

  104. Riö - The Evil
    6:28 pm on September 1st, 2010

    Wookie! Wookie!… Is there anything you can tell me about the situation there in W.D.C??? …. (crap!…Rockies just lost to San Fran, freakin A! crap!)… Wookie, please report on situation! Girls may be in danger of Political Crossfire and Intentional International Conspiracy….snort! …Rio Aacchooo out!..sniff!

  105. Riö - The Evil
    6:33 pm on September 1st, 2010

    SiberH!…Seriously, I am starting to question your commitment to the Plundering On Mission Team right now… snort!… Quit waving a white flag at international incidents that are happening to some of our guys’ people right now!…. grunt!

  106. Kirby T. Penworthy
    6:37 pm on September 1st, 2010

    When my aunt and her mother were visiting us, Mom took them to Charleston, and their hotel was right across the street from the restaurant where the governors were dining during their conference. There were plenty of suits and barricades, just like Sam's seeing. Mom and the other ladies were eating on the roof garden and they recognized some of the governors as they went in. Since they're from Cauliforya, our visitors really wanted to catch a glimpse of Ahnuld, but they never spotted him.

  107. Siberian Husky
    6:38 pm on September 1st, 2010

    Rio, I want the girls to have a good night's sleep and not worry about anything. There is a lot to be said about bravery and not freaking out when dealing with the unknown. Stiff upper lip and all that.

  108. Kirby T. Penworthy
    6:42 pm on September 1st, 2010

    Baseball isn't being berry, berry good to most of us tonight. Except maybe Alice.

  109. Siberian Husky
    6:50 pm on September 1st, 2010

    That's for sure, Kirby. The good news is that the Rockies will be home for their next game. The bad news is that Jimenez is having a lot of difficulty getting that 18th win.

    Good Night Friends!

  110. Riö - The Evil
    6:51 pm on September 1st, 2010

    Baseball!… Is in the Crapper this series…dammit!!!

    Kirby!… Ahnuld was probably way shorter than what the ladies were expecting and missed him…heh!

    SiberH!…sigh….Two steps forward, Four steps back….sigh…

  111. Kirby T. Penworthy
    6:59 pm on September 1st, 2010

    You mean he's just a 98-pound weakling and not the body-builder hero they were looking for? Wow, Hollywood really does retouch those photos!

  112. Macy the Min-Pin
    7:00 pm on September 1st, 2010

    And Me~!!

    Macy out!

  113. Riö - The Evil
    7:08 pm on September 1st, 2010

    Weather!…For the first time in our lives we are sitting here watching the weather channel….yawn!…Apparently, we are concerned about hurricane Duke of Earl…sniff!…That is a HUGE feakin’ hurricane and there are 2 more behind it!…Whoa!…This is scary stuff and we are incredibly glad to be Land Lubbers right now…snort!… I hope all you Easterners are playing it safe and getting the hell out of Dodge!…Wow! …I can’t swim, so this high water thing scares the Hell Outta Me!…yeep!

  114. Riö - The Evil
    7:12 pm on September 1st, 2010

    Hmmm!… All I can assume from Min Pins comment is her damn team won tonight!…crap! and crap again!…snort!

  115. Kirby T. Penworthy
    7:13 pm on September 1st, 2010

    Rio: Not only are you in the middle of the country, you are on higher ground in Colorado than we are here. I think you're safe. Unless, of course, there's a unseasonable blizzard heading your way! Followed by an tropical heat wave that would melt all the snow and force you to doggy paddle your way to the top of the Rockies, just like the ark's voyage to Mt. Ararat!

  116. Kirby T. Penworthy
    7:13 pm on September 1st, 2010

    Rio: Yes, they won, but I wasn't going to give her the satisfaction of mentioning her in my previous post!!! Dagnab those Rangers!

  117. Kirby T. Penworthy
    7:18 pm on September 1st, 2010

    Oooh. Top of the 8th and the Angels have pulled ahead of the Mariners 3-2. Maybe baseball will be berry good to me after all!

  118. Riö - The Evil
    7:20 pm on September 1st, 2010

    Wow! Kirby!… I will have to ponder that Ark scenario in my warm soft bed with my baseball toys all in their special places…sniffle!

    Good Night Earl!… We hope you die out and do not hit Cape Cod…snort!…Good Night everyone else and see you tomorrow at some point, especially Molly’s gals (be careful!) …snorkel

  119. Kirby T. Penworthy
    7:32 pm on September 1st, 2010

    G'night, Rio. I hope you and all your baseball toys sleep well, despite all those bedbugs just waiting for you to close your eyes so they can pounce!!!

    Jess kiddin'!

  120. Macy the Min-Pin
    4:53 pm on September 2nd, 2010

    Kirby, Kirby, Kirby…..

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