Financial Advice (More)

“Lost our AAA rating?” says Spence. “The whole country?”

“Yup,” says Admin. “Probably grounds for not paying taxes – it’s not a safe investment anymore.”

“Let’s leave that idea on the shelf for now. What about Bernie’s futures scheme?”

“Shorting pasta on the assumption that Italy’s going down the tubes? I like Wookie’s take – that’s the al dente plan.”

“But is that what to do? Make bets on things getting even worse?”

Admin sips his coffee, says nothing.

“How about we take Audrey for a walk, now that she’s been cleared by the vet?” says Spence.

“That’s the ticket.”

Welcome 2 Bizzy Lizzy, Pickles, Pink Collar Dude, Cooper, Buddy and Wolfie.


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56 Responses to “Financial Advice (More)”

  1. Melanie
    8:53 am on August 6th, 2011

    Zoë just came in and told me about our downgrade and here are Spence and Admin talking about it.

    So the people who okayed all those toxic loans and have now done the math wrong on our downgrade are saying we’re not a safe bet.


  2. Melanie
    8:55 am on August 6th, 2011

    Zoë just came in and told me about our downgrade and here are Spence and Admin talking about it.

    So the people who okayed all those toxic loans and have now done the math wrong on our downgrade are saying we’re not a safe bet.

    “Fascinating” as Mr. Spock would say.

    Anyhoo . . . congratulations to Aubrey on getting through her recovery from surgery!

    I’ve been trimming Patsy’s front paws, in front of the computer while she is on the bed. She’s really enjoying this set up!

  3. Melanie
    8:56 am on August 6th, 2011

    Weird, I pulled an incomplete Dawson. Do I get any points for that?

  4. Jasper the Poodle
    8:56 am on August 6th, 2011

    You can’t fix stupid.

    My mom says that alot. Me? Not so much. Mom tells me we are going to Grand Rapids today to visit one of my favorite people: her mom. Also going to say hi to the pom and weener dogie, some of my favorite 4-legged peeps.

    Mom got me some new treats. Made from oatmeal and apples from someplace called Three Dog Bakery. Since taking Chet’s advice of only counting to two, can’t imagine 3 dogs cooking in a bakery.

  5. B.Stover
    9:19 am on August 6th, 2011

    It’s only Standard & Poor who downgraded the rating one notch (from AAA to AA+). The other two rating agencies, Moody’s and Fitch, did not. And S&P, as Melanie said, made a mathematical error overstating the Federal debt by $2 trillion (according to the NYTimes). Sigh.

    And I still have to find out where the expression “That’s the ticket” comes from

    Good morning all.

  6. B.Stover
    9:24 am on August 6th, 2011

    Melanie: The first book is Frankenstein.

  7. Basil and Sage
    9:38 am on August 6th, 2011

    Why doesn’t this country just switch to a mousie and catnip economy. There – all fixed.
    Boy, you humans are just helpless.

  8. Melanie
    9:42 am on August 6th, 2011

    Thanks Herbs, that is such a help.
    (the above was written in sarcastic font)

    B.Stover does this help?

  9. Masquers
    9:49 am on August 6th, 2011

    Uh, Thanks S&P. More “good” news for the market, which looked like a roller coaster at Disneyland yesterday.

    Audrey cleared by the vet. Now that’s good news!!!

  10. B.Stover
    9:57 am on August 6th, 2011

    Thanks Melanie! That’s great. (I do wish that “The Word Detective” would cite sources.)

  11. Mollypop
    10:22 am on August 6th, 2011

    Good morning. We’re getting Sam’s girl ready for that place that we can’t talk about. Some of the books on her list are Heart of Darkness, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. and Plato’s Republic. There are more but I can’t remember them all.

  12. B.Stover
    10:25 am on August 6th, 2011

    Mollypop: That is an excellent reading list. Where is she going to college?

  13. Mollypop
    10:49 am on August 6th, 2011

    B. – She’s going to Hobart and William Smith in Geneva, NY.

  14. Mollypop
    10:52 am on August 6th, 2011

    For those who are not familiar with this – Hobart is for boys and William Smith is for girls. They are separate schools that share a campus. A beautiful campus on Lake Seneca. Sam’s Mom went there.

  15. B.Stover
    11:01 am on August 6th, 2011

    A liberal arts college….excellent! What are some other titles on her reading list?

  16. Basil and Sage
    11:11 am on August 6th, 2011

    How can any reading list be complete without:
    Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
    A Tail of Two Catties
    The Three Mouse-kateers
    Mouse Catcher in the Rye
    Or our personal favorite- The Cat of Monte Cristo

  17. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:19 am on August 6th, 2011

    Unpacking!… More unpacking. It never ends around here…sniff! … The Fan that needs to be packed is not going to get packed today, just so you know Dawson…grunt!… Someone had a very fitful night of no sleep. She almost kicked me off the big bed several times until I finally whined to get off and go to my own bed with all my toys…sniff!….She is either very excited about something or just itchy, I can’t tell which right now…grump!

    Shopping!… Soon she will leave and I can get some rest. She’s going with her best friend to hobby stores and then out to lunch for Mexican food and a Large, very Grande Margarita…slurp!!

    Molly!…Mum’s the Word…snort!…Sammie will never know, till it is too late…snorkle!

  18. Mollypop
    11:53 am on August 6th, 2011

    B. – There are 13 books on the list. Stretched Thin by Sandra Morgan and Who Cares by Newman and Jacobs. I don’t remember the rest right now.

  19. Siber-H
    12:22 pm on August 6th, 2011

    That is great news that Audrey has been given the all clear and can go on a walk now. I’m glad she didn’t injure herself when she made the great escape.

  20. Masquers
    12:28 pm on August 6th, 2011

    Herb Kats! Now that’s a list we can sink our claws into!

  21. dawson
    12:41 pm on August 6th, 2011

    Audrey: You’ve got the okay for romping around. No disappearing acts allowed.

    Melanie: It is awesome in the extreme to sit by a campfire watching the sky with the northern lights flashing. Thanks for the heads up.
    Oh…only half points for an incomplete Dawson. If you haven’t noticed, I haven’t done a Dawson for at least a double dozen days. Maybe it was the mouse which has been replaced.

    I’m off to Treaty Days…and perhaps the wheelbarrow race. I have to find a strong guy to push!

  22. Snowhook Bella
    1:01 pm on August 6th, 2011

    Melanie: We had cloud cover last night that made seeing the northern lights impossible. Drat—I’ve never seen them in the summer.

    Termination dust fell on the mountains yesterday following a day of very heavy rains. Fall is definitely on the way.

    AJ’s birthday is next Saturday and I’m trying to figure out how to make it special for him. I have a fancy dinner covered—I was given a gift card to a nice resturaunt for some volunteer work I did months ago and I’v been saving the gift card for his birthday.

    Rio: Does your itch-twitchy friend know she was interferring with your beauty sleep?

  23. Mollypop
    1:16 pm on August 6th, 2011

    Bella – We had to google ‘termination dust.’ Alaskan – the first light dusting of snow on the tips of mountains.

    It seems so soon since it’s still the hot summer here.

  24. B.Stover
    1:29 pm on August 6th, 2011

    Thanks Mollypop. I was wondering what termination dust is. (It’s 86 here and humid.)

    Went to farmer’s market and got tomatoes, carrots and green beans. Also a new coffee made with Mexican beans. Here are the tasting notes: “Medium and medium-dark roasts of the same coffee blended together to create greater complexity. Sweet, smooth, nutty and oaky with raspberry notes. A portion of each pound benefits Mesoamerica’s largest continuous cloud forest in El Triunfo Biosphere Reserve.” Interesting.

  25. Melanie
    3:45 pm on August 6th, 2011

    Well the food and different drinks sound great.
    I was doing errands and dropped by The Royals. I have been so proud of my tomato plants, over a foot high, when I saw the Mum’s plants. They are over 5 feet tall.

    I brought home tomatoes and dill and cumumber! Yum.

    The play got a standing ovation last night and they made the cast take 4 bows. Cool.

    Soon it will be time to take Dan to church. Right during a MAJOR rain storm. My sister will bring him home and have dinner with us.

    “Termination Dust” by Sue Henry was pretty good.

  26. B.Stover
    3:46 pm on August 6th, 2011

    Mollypop: I’m not familiar with those two texts so I looked them up on Amazon. They look really interesting. I’m assuming it’s a social science class and one professor chose both.

  27. B.Stover
    3:47 pm on August 6th, 2011

    A standing ovation and four bows–wonderful!

  28. B.Stover
    3:53 pm on August 6th, 2011

    Which reminds me of the audience’s opposite reaction to “Five Hamlets” last night. Very amateurish was the judgment of one of my friends. There was a lot of dashing around changing scenery and I’m still not quite sure what the “five styles” were. One was Harold Pinter’s who always uses many pauses. Last night there was a pause with the actors merely staring at one another until they all raised their arms to look at watches. That was funny…but it was one of the few funny parts. Oh well….

  29. BearSpiritDog
    4:17 pm on August 6th, 2011

    Dawson: Oh, No! Your warning about Polar Bears turned out to be a premonition for that group camping in the Artic Circle. Very sad news.

  30. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:07 pm on August 6th, 2011

    Frustrating!… grump!…My friend is home after a morning of fun and we are in the basement trying to watch the Wookie recommended Due South. The premier show…..wuffle! …Just to be nice my friend asked her mother if she wanted to watch it with us…sniff!…Well, its been frustrating because her mom keeps getting up doing other stuff and we have to pause the show and wait for her to sit down again. I think she has ADD….gruffle!

  31. Melanie
    5:21 pm on August 6th, 2011

    B.Stover: I tried to find a review, but alas none.

    That polar bear incident sounded terrible. Okay, have to focus on keeping my eyes open.

  32. Mollypop
    5:50 pm on August 6th, 2011

    My biggest problem here has been the fuzzbutts, but now we are having bears wandering around.

  33. Riö - The Evil Pug
    6:24 pm on August 6th, 2011

    Molly!… We volunteer to send you a little person with ADD. She would take your mind off of the bears…heh!snort!

  34. Riö - The Evil Pug
    6:27 pm on August 6th, 2011

    Made-it!… Whew! We finally made it through the Pilot episode of Due South….snort!….Everyone here liked it a lot and my friend was telling her mother that there are 5 more episodes on the DVD, but she was already half way up the stairs to go do something else….heh!….Looks like we will be watching the other episodes by ourselves sometime…chorkel!

  35. Mollypop
    6:28 pm on August 6th, 2011

    I forgot to mention about the Yankees and the Red Sox. Silly me. Maybe it’s the Red Sox who lost to the Yankees last night (too bad) so now it’s the Yankees who are at the top of the East.

  36. Riö - The Evil Pug
    6:30 pm on August 6th, 2011

    Photo!… I have a photo to post for Dan The Man Montegue but I cannot resize it properly….sniff!…It would drag the whole blog down if I post it as is, so I will have to wait till someone else can figure this out….grunt!…I keep saying we need some Photoshop software, but she is too cheap to buy any…gruffle!

  37. Tupper and Gilly
    6:33 pm on August 6th, 2011

    MollyPop – need any help herding those bears? Gilly just loves it that if she runs at a bear, barking her wiggly little butt off, the bears always run away. Then she comes back to the deck, grinning as if to say “see what I did?”. Meanwhile Mama is on the deck having a conniption fit trying to get Gilly in.
    Have we mentioned before that Gilly is just a tad crazy? Adorable…..but definitely crazy.

  38. Mollypop
    6:56 pm on August 6th, 2011

    Gilly – do NOT chase the bears! They might think that you are dinner.

  39. Melanie
    7:11 pm on August 6th, 2011

    Gilly do NOT herd bears. If you need to herd some large black animal, I’ll bring a couple down.

    Dog. I was going to write something else and it’s completely gone. The scarecrow strikes again.

  40. Melanie
    7:19 pm on August 6th, 2011


    Just read Rebecca’s story on Snowhook blog. VERY GOOD!

  41. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:28 pm on August 6th, 2011

    Corgi’s….If my friend ever drags home a Corgi I will definitely be packing my little knapsack and moving in with my pal Wookie…grunt!

    Eureka!…It is so fun to see the actor who played the young boy on Star Trek The Next Generattion showing up on Eureka….snort!…My friend says he has grown into a very nice looking young man…sniff!

  42. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:29 pm on August 6th, 2011

    Trails!….Rebecca’s story is incredibly good!…snort!… I absolutely loved it. And I don’t love a lot of things….sniff!

  43. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:40 pm on August 6th, 2011

    REMEMBER!…Wil Wheaton!…snort!

  44. Melanie
    8:06 pm on August 6th, 2011

    Barb and MagPie: Do you have toys for your chickens? My sister is looking how to keep them from getting bored.

  45. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:11 pm on August 6th, 2011

    Oh brother!

  46. Melanie
    8:11 pm on August 6th, 2011

    Okay, I hope to catch up on more sleep tonight. I’m outahere!


  47. B.Stover
    8:47 pm on August 6th, 2011

    Do chickens get bored?

  48. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:56 pm on August 6th, 2011

    Dinner!….We’ve had boring chicken dinners before, so I would say “Yes!”….heh!

  49. B.Stover
    9:25 pm on August 6th, 2011

    Bored chicken equals boring chicken. Interesting.

    Good night all.

  50. Snowhook Bella
    9:27 pm on August 6th, 2011

    Today was seven hours of hard labor on the handler cabin and the dog barn. AJ put up the exterior on both structures and I painted. I am beat not to mentioned covered in teracotta outdoor stain. As we wrapped up our day’s labor the skies opened up.

    Melanie and Rio: I’m glad you like the story. I was thinking if we do another auction I might compile the stories I’ve written for the Plunderers along with some others.

  51. Masquers
    9:28 pm on August 6th, 2011

    Melanie, thanks for the reminder about Rebecca’s latest tale from the trail. I also reread the touching story of Tenzing with the newly born pup and got teary eyed once again. That lass certainly knows how to pull at the heart strings.

    Hmm…toys for bored chickens. That’s a new one.

  52. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:42 pm on August 6th, 2011

    Stover!…It’s all in the way it is prepared..snort!…We are going on our brutal walk again, right now!…sniff!…If the TMG’s post, try and rope them. They need to be hog-tied and penned…grunt!

  53. TMG
    10:28 pm on August 6th, 2011

    Rio – HA! You really think you are bad enough to take us on?
    We will be Marauding long after the Rockies win the World Series – like THAT’S gonna ever happen.
    The Marauding Goats

  54. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:55 pm on August 6th, 2011

    Bad-Ass!….snort!… I just went nose to nose with a pure black pug on my brutal walk….grunt!… Needless to say he backed down first. You Goats aren’t that smart are you?…heh!… Lets take your last statement shall we? You say you will be Marauding long after the Rockies win the World Series, and then negate your whole premise by alluding to the possible fact that the Rockies will never win the World Series….heh!…So much for Marauding till the cows come home…heh!chorkel!

  55. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:29 pm on August 6th, 2011

    Tired!…. After all that tossing and turning and kicking and itching last night, I think someone is very tired and wants to hit the hay…snort! …I’m with her. Time to hit the hay…snuffle!sneeze!

  56. Alice M. Johnson
    11:32 pm on August 6th, 2011

    We are just checking in from the farm. Abbie and I were shanghaied this morning and hauled up here. We haven’t been here for 9 months and we got really excited when we heard the car on the gravel road and smelled the woods.

    Staff says we can’t go out on the screened in porch because it has a tear in the screen and we might get out. She is such a spoil sport. She doesn’t let me go out on the 2nd floor deck any more since that time I leaped to freedom.

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