Ellipsis Raises Its Ugly Head

We entered our place at Mesquite Road, me, Bernie, and Ray.

“Looks like there’s no one here,” Bernie said, sounding surprised.

I was surprised that he was surprised, on account of fresh human scent being all over the place. Actually not human scent, but the scent some humans – men in this case – spray on themselves in order to … I’m not sure what. But forget all that, or at least some of it. The point was I’d smelled that spray-on scent on two men, meaning one or both of them were here. The two men were Ratko and Foster. But wasn’t Ratko out of the parade? So that meant …


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127 Responses to “Ellipsis Raises Its Ugly Head”

  1. B.Stover
    9:06 am on December 4th, 2010

    Spence has a genius for cliff-hangers and …

  2. Melanie
    9:18 am on December 4th, 2010



  3. Melanie
    9:18 am on December 4th, 2010

    Good Morning B.Stover, I hope you are feeling and breathing better.

  4. B.Stover
    9:30 am on December 4th, 2010

    Hi Melanie! I feel great (except for the breathing part). Have to give meds time to work.

    Staff’s picture of the junco tracks is wonderful–“like lace in the snow.” And I love all of the thanksgiving pictures. Warning: Don’t view them if you’re hungry.

  5. B.Stover
    9:34 am on December 4th, 2010

    Macy: Why do you call your friend “doxie”? This is a real question–what am I missing? (Doxie, or doxy, means prostitute.)

    I like the Cat Who series. However, I think that the title of C&B book four is a take-off of the movie title. I still prefer Dawson’s title from yesterday: For Your Nose Only. However…

  6. Melanie
    9:34 am on December 4th, 2010

    Ellipses are interesting. There are a lot of rules for the usage and they are used in English, Math, Computer programming and texting.

    Chet is using two Ellipses. In the first, he’s not leaving words out of a quote, he is showing a pause in his thinking. Then whammo (my technical term), he hits you with a funny non-conclusion. The second at the end of the post, as B.Stover so succinctly put it, is a cliff-hanger.

    I’m waiting for the Whammo, except tomorrow is Sunday with Ingrid!

  7. Melanie
    9:38 am on December 4th, 2010

    I did see all those pictures, before breakfast. I’m still hungry after breakfast.

    I believe that “Doxie” is short for Dachshund. That is the kind of dog she is.

    Time to take the trash to the dump! The pleasures of living far from anywhere.

  8. Macy the Min-Pin
    9:42 am on December 4th, 2010

    Stover…doxie is used sometimes as a short form for daschund (yikes, not in spell check). I have several friends of the weiner dog variety, and as far as I know, none are working girls.

    I propose elipses day…Everyone should endeavor to end his or her post with a dangling idea. If we all did this…

  9. Mollypop
    9:43 am on December 4th, 2010

    Snow picture:


    Again, at Sam’s house, the grass was sticking out of the snow. I don’t think these people want to hear that.

  10. Macy the Min-Pin
    9:49 am on December 4th, 2010

    hi hi hi hi…annie is on the puter..i wana write a leter to santa paws…do any of you pups have his dmail addres…i like these litle dot thingys…i am not very good at puting the end thingys at the end…did you no that you can go to the box that the bad postman puts letters in and get your dmail…all the pups in the nayborhood leave mail for you and all you have to do is sniff…

  11. Macy the Min-Pin
    9:58 am on December 4th, 2010

    Mollypop the snow is amazing. So Sam hardly got any? What about you, big snow or little snow. We had a record breaking snow last winter, but Texas records are nothing like what y’all got!!
    In fact, my avatar picture was taken in that snow, before it got up to my tummy and after that I spent limited time in it. A girl could freeze her…off!

    Melanie, the dump sounds like the most exciting place. Is it like an amusement park for dogs? I want to visit one, but the only one around here is too expensive. Perhaps I will just stoll the neighborhood on trash day. I have noticed some interesting smells from the big truck that picks it all up. Someday…

  12. B.Stover
    10:08 am on December 4th, 2010

    Macy: You’re making me laugh–not working girls! Of course, your friend was pregnant. (I had to say that.) My nephew has a Dachshund, Samantha or Sam. The Dachshund in Friends of Chets by the swimming pool looks like Sam and that pool looks wonderful.

    I’m thinking that an ellipsis at the end of a sentence should have four periods, the forth being the period to close the sentence. I suppose you could say that we aren’t closing a sentence. (My MLA guide is in my office a school.) Anyway I like the idea of an ellipsis day because it makes…

  13. B.Stover
    10:11 am on December 4th, 2010

    Astrid case: This means that Foster was recently in Bernie’s house which means…

  14. Mollypop
    10:12 am on December 4th, 2010

    Macy – We didn’t get any of that snow either. No one got it except those poor guys who are in the 8 mile wide path of the storm. I’m in ski country and we need it, so that was a terrible waste of some perfectly good snow.

  15. Staff
    10:14 am on December 4th, 2010

    I can’t perceive Foster (supposedly a gangster) wanting to use a wire on Ray for any reason. Why a wire? Only law enforcement uses a wire…..

    Ahhhhh ummmm

    Do you think Foster (Who I persist in seeing as a good guy dammit) being undercover law enforcement? Maybe he has Astrid in ‘protective custody’? But how to explain Ratko’s body at the housing development? Oh my….

    And where the hell is Col. Bob? For someone who started this case he is amazingly absent from it.

    Gosh, a dammit and a hell. I must be getting frustrated.

    Note to Mr Husky. You HAVE to look at the snow pictures from Buffalo! Oh my indeed!

  16. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    10:20 am on December 4th, 2010

    . . . and so it goes (thank you, Kurt Vonnegut). Anyway, I was kind of absent yesterday because mom was gone all day at her guild’s bi-annual quilt show, which distracted me from posting as I had to stay vigilant all day in watching/waiting for her return (today is the second day, and she is gone again, but dad will at least drive me down to the quilt show later in the day, although I don’t think they will let me inside). I did have a nice walk with my dad yesterday though; I love this time of year because of all the leaf piles that I and my dad can romp through — nothing better than that (although mom has to be exrra careful in checking me and maybe dad too for tics afterwards; it seems they also like leaf piles). As to the story, it is interesting that there was no Tulip smell there, as that is definitely a smell Chet would recognize and remember. As for this elipsis thing, i will give it a go, but I am actually much more of a semi-colon and dash sort of guy anyway. Oh well . . . we shall see what happens next (or as they say, que sera, sera — appropriately enough from The Man Who Knew Too Much). Wookie
    P.S. Great news all around yesterday from Jasper’s mom, Kirby’s grandfather; Dan and hopefully Stover too. Also great to have Macy back in action.

  17. B.Stover
    10:22 am on December 4th, 2010

    Staff: I still think of Foster as a good guy too. Is it only law enforcement who use wires? I’d only be guessing at anything in the case at this point. Perhaps we’ve been given clues that we haven’t understood…

    Mollypop: That was some snow storm. I’m wondering if at some point I’ll become a weather wimp and go to Florida for the winter…

  18. B.Stover
    10:26 am on December 4th, 2010

    Mr. Wookie is back and brings his wisdom. That is a good point about no Tulip smell. How do I end this with an ellipsis…I know…

  19. B.Stover
    11:00 am on December 4th, 2010

    Begging the question: First, you can’t think of this term as ordinary English. It is a specialized term used in logic. It is used in this narrower sense as an error in reasoning or in agrument. So fallacies are not simply false but are unsound reasoning. They are not always obvious and can seem persuasive so logicians have established a set of fallacies to prove the unsoundness of an argument.

    My example from yesterday (I think she is unattractive because she is ugly) is set up as an effect with cause given (“because”). However, instead of really giving the cause, the effect (her unattractiveness) is restated using a synonym (she is ugly). This is also called circular reasoning. The argument would be sound and the reasoning valid if I said something like, “She is unattractive because she criticizes her co-workers behind their backs.” Or, “She is unattractive because her face lacks symmetry.”

    Does that help?

  20. dawson
    11:04 am on December 4th, 2010

    Well…Mollypop’s snowstorm makes our 8 inches of snow last night look positively wimpy. Oh, that would’ve made for some mighty good skiing, if only it had fell on the ski hill.
    Macy MinPin: Ya gotta check that mailbox every day…at least once.
    I use ellipses all the time…but I didn’t know they had a name. Sometimes I put an extra dot on….just to flaunt the rules. I also use etc. frequently…but now B.Stover says it is used when people want to seem as if they know more than they really do. Hmmmmm…might be true…pondering…

  21. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:06 am on December 4th, 2010

    Foster!….I already told you guys how this case shakes out…snort!… Foster must have read my theory and decided to go back to Bernie’s and remove the phone tap. He didn’t want to leave any evidence behind….grunt! ….Right now he is at the abandoned housing development waiting for Bernie Little to show so he can knock him off …heh!…Foster doesn’t know very much about Chet yet, but he will…wheeze!… Mark my words!…sniff!

  22. Melanie
    11:08 am on December 4th, 2010

    Somehow I must remember to hit submit . . .

    I would hate to have my idea of Foster as a nice guy whipped back in my face . . .
    but that’s happened to me before, I guess it can happen again.

    Those photos make me want to huddle up with the Pack! Last year when we got 2 1/2 feet of snow in one night, our neighbor came to our rescue. Jesse, our go-to guy, couldn’t even get here to do the snow blowing . . . not that our machine would have been able to do anything.

    Hi Macy, Glad you’re back. Love the roller skate. When our ladies are pregnant with lots of pups, they don’t look like submarines . . . they look like aircraft carriers.

  23. Melanie
    11:12 am on December 4th, 2010

    Riö . . . phone tap? I guess I missed something in the re-cap.

    Macy: The dump is not that interesting. They take all the good smelling garbage (just ask the Pack) and toss if from the car into a compactor and then take it away.

    They do leave the metal and wood in big bins but the Pack does not have much interest in those. . .

  24. dawson
    11:16 am on December 4th, 2010

    M & M (Melanie and Macy): The Newfs have longer legs than the Doxies but I bet they still hang pretty low with lots of puppies inside. I love the skates and yes…Annie has just about outgrown that shirt.

  25. Macy the Min-Pin
    11:25 am on December 4th, 2010

    Dawson..Annie seemed to think she would get more treats if she wore the shirt, but all she got was more laughs. The bow on the back lights up when she moves, like a little walking treat billboard.

    Melanie..aircraft carrier..rofl..submarine…lol!

  26. B.Stover
    11:31 am on December 4th, 2010

    Melanie: Rio is using his imagination and has simply made up the bit about the phone tap. You didn’t miss anything.

    Rio: Why would Foster want to tap Bernie’s phone? I’d like a logical explanation please.

  27. B.Stover
    11:39 am on December 4th, 2010

    I think I can understand why begging the question has become misused when someone raises a question instead. The raised question is usually rhetorical. So the raised question assumes that there is only one truthful answer just as the premise of begging the question assumes it is true and merely restates that “truth” as the conclusion.

    So yesterday Dawson said she had to shovel snow which begged the question, where was her brother when she needed him. She actually raised the rhetorical question, meaning her brother was never around when she needed him; therefore, since it had snowed, he would not be around.

    I should probably stop thinking. I blame these blasted steroids.

  28. dawson
    11:47 am on December 4th, 2010

    In his defense, my brother showed up at 0830 and shovelled snow.

  29. B.Stover
    11:55 am on December 4th, 2010

    Dawson: The thing about etc. was not me but a quotation from Funny English.

  30. Melanie
    12:01 pm on December 4th, 2010

    B.Stover: YSAS calls it “turning off his brain”.

    A Hurrah for ME! I just fixed the antenna on a radio!! Took 2 pairs of glasses, paperclip, various pliers, wire and scissors.

    Next is the FAN! Not the book though, one that creates a breeze . . .

  31. Gus & BooBear
    12:05 pm on December 4th, 2010

    There was a reason Mom didn’t major in English in college. All that “raising” and “begging” has confused her. Actually, B’s last example of Dawson’s brother and snow shoveling made alot of sense. But we’re still confused about “begging the question”.

    Rio, we actually liked your outline for the finish of the Astrid case. It made alot of sense, tied the loose ends together pretty well, and was an entertaining read (sorry, B, couldn’t stop ourselves). We merely were stating that SQ now will have to come up with an entirely different storyline so he is not accused of plagerism.

    Mollypop, that is a shame you didn’t get any of that snow. Unbelievable that it could do that in one section of town and not a few miles down the road.

    LizF and B, thanks for the book info. Mom is going to try to track it down for her sister.

    Jasper, WooHoo for your Mom nailing her interview. We will keep all paws crossed all week until she hears the outcome.

    Off to finish decorating. BBL

  32. dawson
    12:12 pm on December 4th, 2010

    B.Stover: Oh yeah, that was from the “Funny English” book…I should have specified that. It did rather ring true though…

  33. B.Stover
    12:13 pm on December 4th, 2010

    The raising and begging is not relevant to an English degree. It’s relevant to a philosophy degree.

  34. B.Stover
    12:14 pm on December 4th, 2010

    Dawson: Any time my students use etc. I comment on it.

  35. dawson
    12:16 pm on December 4th, 2010

    I think I need a nap. Abigail has been working me all morning. Give me tummies, clean the litter box, give me tummies, give me tummies, GIVE ME TUMMIES! RIGHT NOW!!! Etc. Alice Johnson, meanwhile, has been a very pleasant, low maintenence cat.

  36. dawson
    12:18 pm on December 4th, 2010

    Although Alice Johnson does have a habit of waiting until you are laying down, then coming to wave her fluffy tail in your face.

  37. Gus & BooBear
    12:20 pm on December 4th, 2010

    Really, Dawson, we would have thought the opposit. We always thought that Alice would be more demanding than Abbie. We learn something new about someone on the blog everyday.

  38. dawson
    12:24 pm on December 4th, 2010

    B.Stover: What exactly do you comment? And…do you use a red pencil?

  39. Melanie
    12:26 pm on December 4th, 2010

    So to Raise to a Philosophy Degree, one must beg?

  40. dawson
    12:32 pm on December 4th, 2010

    Gus and BooBear: For the first few days after Staff left I barely saw Abigail. Now, I think she has decided that if she is to be stuck with me, she had better train me in properly. She is a constant presense watching from behind my back to make sure everything is copacetic. And very vocal (good set of lungs) if she deems things are not to her liking. Etc. Staff comes back today.

  41. B.Stover
    12:36 pm on December 4th, 2010

    Dawson: I never use a red pencil. I use an editor’s blue pen. If they use etc. I tell my students, in effect, that they are being lazy; that if they have more to say, then they should say it in order to fully communicate their idea. Students, in general, never analyze anything thoroughly enough. They make leaps and assumptions. They only do that because they don’t want to write any more not because they don’t have interesting ideas. Part of my job is to get them to think critically.

  42. B.Stover
    12:38 pm on December 4th, 2010

    Melanie: Groan……..As an undergrad I had a double major: literature and philosophy…and I never begged…

  43. dawson
    12:39 pm on December 4th, 2010

    And…(I know from giving her countless “tummies”) her tummy is very fluffly and may possibly benefit from the skateboard technique that Annie demonstrated last night…

  44. Melanie
    12:41 pm on December 4th, 2010

    I was just listening to a radio wave storm on Jupiter. Pretty cool. Sounded just like the radio I fixed did before I fixed the antenna. I love all those sentence phrases.

  45. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:43 pm on December 4th, 2010

    Theory!… You guys didn’t even read my theory, did you?…snort!… Here is a snippet from it explaining the phone…grunt!… “Foster feeds Bernie a bunch of lies about going to LA for another gig. He really just wanted to find out who hired Bernie to look for Astrid. He tells Bernie where Astrid used to work and fills Tulip in on the fact that Bernie would be on his way up to talk to her about Astrid. Meanwhile Foster breaks into Bernie’s house and bugs his phone.”…. Maybe I should have said “taps his phone”, but you all should have known what I meant….grumble!

  46. Melanie
    12:45 pm on December 4th, 2010

    Ohhhh . . .

    A Pug bug of a phone . . .

    Off to do errands (in more ways than one) . . .


  47. dawson
    12:47 pm on December 4th, 2010

    B.Stover: You are so right. Use it or lose it. I’ve allowed the critical thinking part of my brain to get rusty and now when I use it, it creaks.

  48. B.Stover
    1:03 pm on December 4th, 2010

    Rio: My problem is the same as it was when you posted your theory (which I read completely). We have no evidence for any of it. Why does Foster want to know who Bernie’s client is? Was it Foster then who killed Albie and Ratko? Why hide the bodies? Did Foster know Ray or know of him? Why set Ray up for Albie’s murder? Is Ray the other dude? What has Foster done with Col. Bob? Where is Astrid?

    One of the satisfactions of reading mystery novels/stories is that they are logical.

  49. Barb & Maggie
    1:10 pm on December 4th, 2010

    We had 5-6″ of soft, light snow that is easy to walk in, so we will not complain. We looked at Mollypop’s pictures and count ourselves lucky.

    Molly, Barb had an English Shepherd breeder friend look at TYB’s pictures and she said he sure looks like an ES to her. She wanted to know if the rescue place knew his parents, or if they were guessing. Many people have never seen an ES, so maybe TYB’s person could google them, and pay particular attention to the “clear sable and white” color. The thing is, an ES and a BC/Huskey cross will have very,very different personalities, and thus bonding and training techniques will differ. Knowing your dog’s genetics can help alot in explaining and understanding their personalities.

  50. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    1:29 pm on December 4th, 2010

    Melanie. Your antenna fixing escapades reminds me of a story I heard my mom and dad tell from long before they got me. It happened shortly after they were married and involved a relatively old black and white television (also this was in the days before cable, at least in D.C., so tvs still relied on antennas). One of the rabbit ear antennas on the tv got broken, so my mom — being a health care professional at the time — did what any self-respecting health care professional would do, which was to fix it by splinting it, using the most handy splinting items she could fine, which happened to be a pair of chopsticks. It worked for a while longer, but then something else went wrong, so my dad took it into a tv repair store to be fixed. Well, he forgot about the splint, but when he walked in with the tv, the tv repair guys behind the counter nearly died of laughter — they had never seen a tv antenna held together with two chopsticks before. I sure that became one of the classic stories they always told after that about the strangest tv they had ever been asked to repair. Wookie

  51. Barb & Maggie
    1:37 pm on December 4th, 2010

    OK Molly, Barb says one more thing and then she will stop obsessing about TYBs’ background. It’s just that she loves English Shepherds so much, so she gets excited when she sees one.

    If you click on the link below and then go to Tributes and look at Holly, she looks just like TYB. Holly was my grandma, and she went over the Rainbow Bridge a few months after my mom was born. She was a great dog, but she lost her battle with cancer at a very young age.


  52. Mollypop
    1:46 pm on December 4th, 2010

    MagPie! That looks just like Tyb. I think we will have to be patient until he posts, which he plans to. I see that he managed to get pictures of Blou added to the Friends of Chet yesterday.

    I have a picture of Tyb so I’ll put that up while we wait.

  53. Riö - The Evil Pug
    2:11 pm on December 4th, 2010

    Stover!… You keep asking the same questions over and over about my theory. They’ve all been answered if you would just read it….grunt!

    1. We have no evidence for any of it. It’s a freakin’ theory!
    2. Why does Foster want to know who Bernie’s client is? Because in my Theory Foster is planning on killing Astrid. Tulip has her tied up in a basement and has stolen all her money. Foster wants to get rid of anyone who knows about Astrid.
    3. Was it Foster then who killed Albie and Ratko? This question makes it perfectly clear to me that you did not read my Theory. Yes!
    4. Why hide the bodies? Foster didn’t have time to bury them, so he hid them. He actually wanted Albie’s body to be found to incriminate Ray.
    5. Did Foster know Ray or know of him? Yes because Tulip informed him of Astrid’s extended family – also in my theory that you did not read.
    6. Why set Ray up for Albie’s murder? To get Ray out of the picture. If he is in prison he can’t be looking for his mother. She had made plans to go live near him in California but she had not told him of the money.
    7. Is Ray the other dude? Ray is Astrid’s son.
    8. What has Foster done with Col. Bob? He has him tied up in the housing development, waiting for Bernie to come and rescue him. Foster is planning on getting rid of anyone who knows or is related to Astrid. He needs Astrid’s money to start a new life with Tulip.

    Granted!… There is no proof of anything in my theory – it’s just my idea about what happened….snort!… I wrote it out because Liz asked me a question….grunt!

  54. Riö - The Evil Pug
    2:47 pm on December 4th, 2010

    Car-ride!…We are off to do errands and she is taking me along for the company…yeep! yeep!

  55. B.Stover
    3:06 pm on December 4th, 2010

    As readers of mysteries we base our theories on clues we have been given. What clues is your theory based on Rio?

  56. Riö - The Evil Pug
    4:41 pm on December 4th, 2010

    Back!… Hmmm, I see Stover is still stuck on my theory…heh!… Do you think we’ve been given any “clues”?….snort!…I think all we’ve been given is a group of people who are connected to one another either through Albie or Astrid….grunt!… I don’t remember getting any clear cut clues….sniffle!…If you know of some please share with all of us please…cough!

  57. Riö - The Evil Pug
    4:49 pm on December 4th, 2010

    Kirby!… Even Kirby’s flowchart didn’t have any clues on it, if I remember correctly…sniff!…All it had were a bunch of people, living and dead, connected to each other…wheeze! …There was the shell cartridge, the wine glass, which may or may not mean anything, a possible mouse on the loose, two men, one living one dead, who wear the same cologne, a wire tap and two missing people…grunt!

  58. Barb & Maggie
    5:03 pm on December 4th, 2010

    Rio, I hope our favorite author doesn’t bend the story slightly just to throw you off. Glad you can post in pink, it makes it easier to follow.

    Molly, we thought TYB was a personal friend of yours. Now that I see his whole body, his coat looks a little shorter than mine, but otherwise very similar.

    Bee will appreciate this. Barb’s boss left her a note yesterday and told her she was glad she was back in the office, but “not to overdue”.

  59. dawson
    5:06 pm on December 4th, 2010

    This may be begging the question but: Rio’s theory is wrong because Spence didn’t write it.

  60. B.Stover
    5:17 pm on December 4th, 2010

    Dawson: That’s not begging the question. That is a legitimate statement showing the effect and the cause.

    Rio: I think that’s my point and the reason I say that I only have questions. Perhaps we’ve missed something.

    B&M: That was funny.

  61. dawson
    5:18 pm on December 4th, 2010

    Just came from a sale where I purchased 2 Robert B. Parkers, 2 Tony Hillermans, 1 Michael McGarrity, Politically Correct Bedtime Stories and some catnip bags…among other things.

  62. dawson
    5:23 pm on December 4th, 2010

    And an Alexander McCall Smith, “Precious and the Puggies”, that I did not notice is written in Scottish, so it will be a challenge to read.

  63. Barb & Maggie
    5:27 pm on December 4th, 2010

    Dawson, What Tony Hillerman books did you get? Also the PC bedtime stories could be really funny. Maybe you could share some smipets with us. For instance, would it be Snow White and the Seven Little People?

  64. Barb & Maggie
    5:30 pm on December 4th, 2010

    Simpets, not Smipets. And it will be “a challenge” to read? Does that mean you will actually be able to muddle through it?

  65. LizF
    5:30 pm on December 4th, 2010

    B – no wonder I’m not understanding the issues above if it’s a philosophical conundrum! I thought it was English. Phew.

    Dawson – that’s a good point.

    Rio – how do you write in colours???

    Tyb is beautiful. Mollypop’s snow is amaaaaaaaaaaazing. Never seen anything like it.

  66. Staff
    5:37 pm on December 4th, 2010

    I just had to call Dawson and admit I was not packed this morning and we will be moving tomorrow. Heh. Abbie is not pleased with her and wants something. She keeps yelling at Dawson. Poor Dawson. At least Abbie is no longer afraid of her…

  67. dawson
    5:39 pm on December 4th, 2010

    Just when I thought I had the hang of begging the question. It seemed like the circular reasoning to me.
    Barb and Maggie: Would be even funnier if she was a Librarian.

  68. Staff
    5:39 pm on December 4th, 2010

    Barb and Maggie,
    Don’t you hate it when that happens? 🙂


  69. dawson
    5:43 pm on December 4th, 2010

    Barb and Maggie: The first sentence goes: “Hae ye ever said intae yersel – no oot lood, mind, but quiet-like, jist in yer heid: Wid it no be braw tae be a detective?

  70. Barb & Maggie
    5:45 pm on December 4th, 2010

    We typed it 3 times and still didn’t get it right! Maybe Barb is overdue! What are simpets?

  71. Barb & Maggie
    5:47 pm on December 4th, 2010

    Got it all but braw. Is that bad?

  72. Melanie
    5:48 pm on December 4th, 2010

    Somewhere or another here, we have PC Bedtime Stories. Pretty good.
    Let me know who that Gallic reading goes, Dawson. Snicker.

    Tyb looks very soft.

    More later. Did my errands. Gluten free bread, some groceries and a web cam and mic for YSAS’s laptop. After the Holidays he will be able to Skype with his girlfriend.

    NYC to Boston is a long way and at least they will be able to see each other.

  73. B.Stover
    5:51 pm on December 4th, 2010

    Dawson: It would have been circular reasoning (begging the question) if you had said, “Rio’s theory is wrong because it isn’t correct.

    Can you post a sentence using Scottish?

    Liz: You can write in pink if you put em in pointed brackets before the words and pointed brackets and a slash before the em after the words. See the code above the comment box. Rio will correct me if this is incorrect.

  74. dawson
    5:52 pm on December 4th, 2010

    Finding Moon and Talking God, the 2 by T. Hillerman.
    The Politically Correct Bedtime Stories are Little Red Riding Hood, the 3 Little Pigs, etc. When I picked the book up a stranger next to me exclaimed, “Oh, that is a hilarious book”, so I bought it.

  75. B.Stover
    5:53 pm on December 4th, 2010

    What does braw mean?

  76. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:56 pm on December 4th, 2010

    Dawson!…That’s like saying everything you say is wrong because Spencer didn’t write it…bolony!…snort!

    Stover!…I don’t know how we could have missed anything….snort!…We go over everything he writes about the case with a fine tooth comb…grunt!

  77. Riö - The Evil Pug
    6:00 pm on December 4th, 2010

    Theory!…So what if my theory is wrong….grumble!…I was asked a question and I answered it….sniff!….Stop giving me grief about my idea…dammit!…If anyone asks me who I think did it again, I will tell them to shove it where the sun don’t shine… grunt!

  78. dawson
    6:04 pm on December 4th, 2010

    Rio: No. The Astrid story is Spence’s so your theory is bound to be wrong (unless he copies you). Everything I say has nothing to do with Spence’s story and my words are not a theory so there is no right or wrong…they just are.

  79. dawson
    6:05 pm on December 4th, 2010

    Braw is good, bonny, wonderful, etc.

  80. Riö - The Evil Pug
    6:13 pm on December 4th, 2010

    Dawson!…You are wrong!…snort!… How does it feel?

  81. dawson
    6:19 pm on December 4th, 2010

    Barb aand Maggie: Yes, you’ve got the idea. Snow White and the Vertically Challenged Men.
    From the Inside Cover of AMS book: “Rule Nummer Yin” (one) “Dinna help yersel tae ither folk’s gear! Somebody wis breakin Rule Nummer Yin. Somebody in Precious Ramotswe’s schuil wis pauchlin things. First there wis Tapiwa’s cake, syne there wis Sepo’s jeely piece. Whit wid be nixt? Wha wis the thief? And hoo wis Precious gonnae mak shair that the wrang person didna get the blame?

  82. dawson
    6:22 pm on December 4th, 2010

    Rio: Feels normal to me. Nothing to panic about. It’s the first time today. I might be wrong a time or two tomorrow. Oh well. 🙂

  83. Riö - The Evil Pug
    6:45 pm on December 4th, 2010

    Dawson!… I should have known that would not have any effect on you…snort! 😐

  84. B.Stover
    6:48 pm on December 4th, 2010

    Wonder where SH is today.

  85. Melanie
    6:57 pm on December 4th, 2010

    Wöökie, Dan, Zoë and I were discussing repair stores. (They loved the rabbit ears’ splint.) What happened to them? There is still a shoe repair shop 30 miles away, run by a (kid you not) little old German guy. His son works the counter. The son is OLDER than I am!

    But we haven’t seen a place that repairs mechanical devices in years . . .

    Hmmm . . .

    Sort of sad really, think of all that junk in our dumps (Macy would like that)). Stuff that could have been repaired.

    Sometimes I buy dollar hardback books at yard sales. I feel sorry for them. If they are from the late 1800’s and early 1900’s they will have beautiful covers. Embossed and gilded.

    Hate the writing in most though, I just don’t want them to end in a dump or on a fire!

  86. Staff
    7:20 pm on December 4th, 2010

    Gee Dawson, I seem to understand all that Scots dialect you are spouting. Could it be the slight bit o Scots in our father?
    He was a braw young man. Also bonnie…

  87. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:20 pm on December 4th, 2010

    Liz!…You asked how I was able to write with colour….snort!… You have to include “tags” before and after the words you want to change….sneeze!… I have painstakingly written the instructions for you and others who want to use these tags….grunt!

    For words to be colored and italic use <em> before the words you want to change. You have to close the tag with this </em> to make the effect stop…grunt!

    Here are some other tags (fingers crossed):

    <i> Italics </i>
    <strike> Strike through words</strike>
    <b> Bold</b>

    Sniff!… I hope this words because it is tricky getting the tags to appear in writing…snort!

  88. B.Stover
    7:32 pm on December 4th, 2010

    Excellent Rio!

  89. Melanie
    7:35 pm on December 4th, 2010

    That’s weird, Riö. I’ve done that by accident, but more power to you for doing it on purpose!

  90. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:39 pm on December 4th, 2010

    Tags!…Here is how it looks if you want to show tags on purpose (I hope this works)…snort!

    <i> Italics </i>
    <strike> Strike through words</strike>
    <b> Bold</b>”…wheeze!

  91. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:40 pm on December 4th, 2010

    Nope!… I have forgotten how to show the code that shows the tags…grunt! dammit!

  92. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:46 pm on December 4th, 2010

    Stover!… I don’t know if you are a Spacey fan, but Swimming With Sharks is out there On Demand for free under the Independent film (IFC) subject….snort!…This movie really shows Kevin’s intense acting ability, beware of a lot of bad language though, if you do choose to watch it…grunt!

  93. LizF
    7:58 pm on December 4th, 2010

    Rio, thanks!

    BTW I appreciate you putting up your theory too, since I don’t have a viable one myself.

    Melanie – those old books are great for recycling into new artworks.

  94. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:06 pm on December 4th, 2010

    Liz!…Thanks, that makes 3 of you who don’t mind a theory every now and then….snort!…Puss N’ Boots were okay with it too…sniff! …But no more about that, it just agitates me…grrrr!…I see you have used the Bold tag correctly!…grunt!

  95. B.Stover
    8:12 pm on December 4th, 2010

    Rio: I don’t “mind” your theory. I simply don’t agree with it especially the bugging of Bernie’s phone.

    I’ll watch the Kevin Spacey movie tomorrow. Thanks for telling me.

    Liz: What would Melanie do to make those books into artworks?

  96. Staff
    8:12 pm on December 4th, 2010

    Dear Rio,
    No one else has the balls to do their own theory so don’t worry about it. OK?

  97. LizF
    8:13 pm on December 4th, 2010

    Good instructions!

    Off to lunch, BBL. Hey Canberra Cavalry have won their last 3 games on the trot.

  98. Melanie
    8:14 pm on December 4th, 2010

    I hadn’t thought of that LizF. OTAS’s F teaches a lot of classes, I shall see if she would like them. Except for the ones I’ve grown fond of. Or shall I say . . . Except for the ones of which I’ve grown fond.


    Okay, the fan is fixed 🙂 and I’m blaming all the stuff caught in it on the dogs. I mean there was dog fur in there, and Newfie hair is long, not as long, nor as gray as some of the hair in there . . .

    I’ve learned so much today . . .
    All about Elipses, and machines that shake Christmas trees so the dead needles (and bugs) come off, and that if I move to fast, my knee really hurts and yes, I can not pick up a 140 pound dog.

    Speaking of which . . .

    Riö, Bess needs a prayer. There is something really wrong with her blood sugar level. She is now off insulin until she can see the vet on Monday. Today after her shot, she went on the walk/run and then could not move her legs after she got out of the van.

    A good thing, actually, because the other dogs wouldn’t leave her. They were barking and barking at something in the field. Turns out to be a porcupine.

    So the other four, Ellie, Patsy, Katie and Mattie “helped” Zoë get Bess back in the van. Then she couldn’t get out when they got home.

    We did get her in the house. It was a hard work. I did suggest to Zoë that next time Bess gets to come out and in the puppy yard. No stairs there and just one into the house.

    Anyhoo, after a LONG talk with the vet (he loves our dogs) Bess will not have any insulin until Monday. It appears that her blood level is “brittle” and can change quickly.

    A prayer for our Bess would be greatly appreciated.

  99. Staff
    8:20 pm on December 4th, 2010

    Oh dear,
    A brittle diabetic has a hard time even when they are human and can follow directions.
    Sending love and best wishes for Bess and her human and dog family.

  100. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:22 pm on December 4th, 2010

    Melanie!…I’m shocked and stunned…sob!…I will say a prayer for her tonight and every night ….sniffle!… I’m too shocked to write one out right now…sob!…My poor Bess! …sob!sob!sob!

  101. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:24 pm on December 4th, 2010

    Staff!…Thank you for that vote of confidence…grunt!… I put myself out there and all I got was criticism so to hell with it from now on!…wheeze!

  102. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:29 pm on December 4th, 2010

    Stover!…I’m glad you might watch the movie! There is a line in it you might appreciate…heh!..”Shutup, Listen and Learn”… snort!…I LOVE Spacey’s character, he is extemely narcissistic …grunt!…I feel like I could have played that role myself…sniff!

  103. B.Stover
    8:40 pm on December 4th, 2010

    Rio: Did you watch episode ten of The Event again? What did you think?

  104. Barb & Maggie
    8:42 pm on December 4th, 2010

    Our thoughts are with Bess as well. Monday is not far away.

  105. Melanie
    8:58 pm on December 4th, 2010

    Thanks all, I’m going to bed. Long day.

  106. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:03 pm on December 4th, 2010

    Stover!…You are asking me for my theory about the Event?…snort!…I have one, but do I dare share it without everyone yelling, “That is wrong – where’s the proof? It can’t be correct because you are NOT the writer of the show!” …grunt!

  107. B.Stover
    9:10 pm on December 4th, 2010

    Rio: Good grief.

  108. B.Stover
    9:22 pm on December 4th, 2010

    Melanie: I hope things go well for Bess on Monday.

  109. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:29 pm on December 4th, 2010

    Sorry!…I was just trying to make a point….grunt!… If someone has a theory about something and you or anyone else do not agree with it…sneeze!…Why not just say, “That’s an interesting idea, here is what I think and why…” instead of saying “Your idea is wrong!” and not putting forth anything new or better…grunt!…It took a lot of thought and effort to come up with my Astrid theory, and I know it doesn’t stand a chance against the “real” story. Hell, his imagination is so far above anything I could every come up with its laughable, but this how I picture it happening with the characters that I know about so far…grunt!

    Event (theory)!… It finally made sense to me why She was taken, and why her father was used in the plane incident. The ones who decided to have families were vulnerable …snort!…I know the Hal Holbrook character is behind all the experiments on the children of the visitors…sniff! …He does not want their presence made public because of his quest to crack the reason they age so slowly ….wheeze!… He wants to stay young like they do…sniff!…I have no idea how he found out about them though…hmmm!

  110. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:35 pm on December 4th, 2010

    Stover!…What do you think is going on in this show?…grunt!

  111. dawson
    9:51 pm on December 4th, 2010

    Dear Bess: Please get better soon and thank you for saving the others from getting porcu-pounded.
    Alice and Abigail have an unauthorised guest in the house.

  112. B.Stover
    10:01 pm on December 4th, 2010

    It sounds like Alice and Abbie have another mouse.

    Rio: I haven’t been able to figure out The Event but I enjoy it. I hope the season doesn’t end on a cliff-hanger. I still have two episodes of Luther to watch and keep forgetting to do so.

  113. dawson
    10:18 pm on December 4th, 2010

    I’m in bed and have locked the door. The mouse is under a wheeled plant pot just 2 meters away from the door with both Alice and Abigail keeping watch. Oh! The poor mouse must’ve made a move because someone (Alice, I think) just head-butted the door. Now all is quiet. Hmmmm….Goodnight all.

  114. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:21 pm on December 4th, 2010

    Luther!…That is one of the most incredible detective shows I have ever seen…snort!…Nothing like this in the States, that’s for sure…sniff!…They have to dumb a lot of stuff down, seems to me, for the American audience….grunt!…Luther is razor sharp!…wheeze!…I love it!

  115. B.Stover
    10:21 pm on December 4th, 2010

    Night. (I’m hoping the mouse escapes.)

  116. B.Stover
    10:25 pm on December 4th, 2010

    I’m going to try to remember to watch Luther tomorrow. It’s amazing how much I dislike…can’t remember her name…the one who killed her parents. She annoys me but, of course, that’s what she’s supposed to do.

  117. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    10:34 pm on December 4th, 2010

    Extra prayers here in Chevy Chase for Bess. Just hang in until Monday when you can see the vet. I know that Melanie and Zoe will take the best care of you that they can. Wookie

  118. B.Stover
    10:38 pm on December 4th, 2010

    Night all.

  119. Barb & Maggie
    10:48 pm on December 4th, 2010

    Ditto, night all. We are beat!

  120. Staff
    11:00 pm on December 4th, 2010

    You may have locked out the cats, but I bet that head butting occurred when Mr Mousie entered your bedroom under the door. So the first time you go to the bathroom in the middle of the night you will have visitors. Heh

    Sleep well dear.

    heh heh heh heh

  121. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:05 pm on December 4th, 2010

    Stover!… The name of the Extremely Evil One on the show Luther is “Alice”,…snort!…There is no way I could forget her name…heh!…She is an enigma for sure. Quite a character and extremely dangerous….sniff!…To think there are people like her roaming the Earth scares the crap out of me…yeep!.

  122. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:14 pm on December 4th, 2010

    HEH!…My friend wishes she had a sister like Staff!…snort!…Seriously, she really would love to have an older sister as bossy as Staff. …sniff!…She needs someone like Staff to keep her in line, I guess, whatever that means…heh!…Dawson, you are so lucky!…grunt!

  123. Staff
    11:31 pm on December 4th, 2010

    And Rio, you are so funny! Here is a little something from Alice to you.

    And just in case you missed it when I posted it on the day the blog blew up last week here is the post about Alice hunting for mousies a few years ago. This is how she does it and what Dawson is hoping (vainly) to avert.


  124. Staff
    11:33 pm on December 4th, 2010

    I forgot this…

    That is Alice on the bed Dawson is trying to sleep in tonight.

  125. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:37 pm on December 4th, 2010

    Prayer! Lord, we bow our heads and think of our dear Bess in your presence. Lord of all Creation, one of your lovely creatures needs your special grace and mercy right now. Please free dear Bess of the pain and anxiety of diabetes. Lord, you know what is best for her. You have full control over her life. I ask in your name to please heal her and give her a full life again. She is loved and adored by so many who are so worried about her. We would truly miss her if your will is to have her beside you. We are selfish and want to keep her here with us, her friends and family, for as long as possible. Lord please give Bess a new lease on life, don’t take her just yet. We all love her too much. Especially me, Rio…Amen!

  126. Staff
    11:39 pm on December 4th, 2010

    Thank you, Rio.
    I can hear your heart in every word. Just lovely.

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