From B. Stover, Yesterday

Regarding “Plunderers”: It all started when I posted an answer to Spence who was wondering what we would do when technology takes over the world. (I don’t remember the specifics.) I wrote, “One just plunders on.” (That is embroidered on one of our quilt squares.) The next day, Spence/Admin posted that they thought that very funny (they thought I had meant “blunder”) and that it would be their motto from then on. Eventually they named us the “Plunderers.”

I did not mean “blunder” the denotation of which in verb form means to act blindly without guidance. (Interestingly, in the 17th century blunder and plunder were used interchangeably.) Plunder has a negative denotation in most cases because it’s associated with gaining something illegally often from a defeated enemy. However, the American sense of plunder (noun form) is derived from the German “plunder” which simply means junk. It’s were we get the use of plunder as baggage.

It is in that sense that I have for years said to my students, “Plunder your minds to find the solution.” (Making the noun a verb of course.) It is that sense that I was using when I wrote “One just plunders on.” It means to work against all odds to find solutions to difficulties; to sort through the irrelevant junk to find the thing that matters. I extend that to include the connotation of finding solutions to help make the world a better place.

It makes perfect sense to me…but then, I also think Wittgenstein makes perfect sense.

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111 Responses to “From B. Stover, Yesterday”

  1. B.Stover
    9:13 am on January 20th, 2011

    Perhaps I should start a word quilt. Isn’t this more fun than sports? Perhaps a new sport…..pondering.

  2. Mollypop
    9:27 am on January 20th, 2011

    So well said, B.

    Of course, now you can say to your students “Plunder your minds to find the solution or you’re SOL.”

    Sometimes I crack myself up.

  3. dawson
    9:35 am on January 20th, 2011

    B.Stover: The word quilt is more fun than watching sports.
    Mollypop, you crack me up too.
    Friends of Chet I admire: Fred Zepplin (check out those eyes!) Ruby of the North (Ruby is such a cool name) and Frodo (the ears!).

  4. B.Stover
    9:39 am on January 20th, 2011

    Mollypop cracks me up too.

    Dawson agrees with me!!!! The word quilt is more fun than watching sports!!!! Yes! Yes! Yes!

  5. Sam
    9:52 am on January 20th, 2011

    My girl loved the word quilt. She goes to a school that gives some tough vocabulary tests.

  6. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:55 am on January 20th, 2011

    Chet!…You’ve created a monster!….grunt!

  7. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:57 am on January 20th, 2011

    Sports!… If this is going to be a disparage sports day on the blog, then I am going to turn off my computer and sleep all day…snort!

  8. Tyb
    10:25 am on January 20th, 2011

    B. and the quilt get my vote.

  9. B.Stover
    10:25 am on January 20th, 2011

    “Disparage” a neat word, from the Middle English desparager meaning to match unequally. (It’s derived from Latin pariter meaning equal with the “dis” added to make the negative “unequal.”) It used to be applied to a marriage of two people from different classes. I truly despise any class system and that kind of mistaken value system which I have been pondering since watching Downton Abbey.

    Thus, I do not disparage sports. However, I can’t pretend that sports is interesting.

    Rio: So, as I’ve said before, carry on with your sports talk and ignore my occasional yawns and sighs.

  10. Tyb
    10:29 am on January 20th, 2011

    Lambition is my first word from the quilt, and I’m going to spend a good part of the day doing it.

  11. Mollypop
    10:30 am on January 20th, 2011

    Rio has re-ignited my love of baseball. We can’t wait for the next season to start and for the Yankees to win it all.

  12. Mollie (a black poodle)
    11:15 am on January 20th, 2011

    Maybe this will make Rio feel better. The Rockies just signed Carlos Gonzalez for 7 yrs and Troy Tulowitzki for 10 yrs. I guess they are supposed to be good. We kept Cody Ross, Aubrey Huff, Pat Burrell and lost Juan Uribe. Of course our pitchers stay. I apologize to un-baseball people for this bulletin.

  13. Wölfie
    11:19 am on January 20th, 2011

    Bee – you made it upstairs! Congratulations!

  14. Melanie
    11:24 am on January 20th, 2011

    B.Stover is in her element! A word Quilt. Who’d a thunk it. snicker.

    Things here are not proceeding as planed. Great deal of pain yesterday, not in the knee, the muscles around the knee. Today I can only drag the leg.

    Wow, just what I was looking forward to. Maybe I could play Richard in “Richard the Third”.

    Second call into the doc. Yesterday’s was ice and heat. I hope today’s is drugs that won’t make me sick.

    Zoë and I have looked at the wound. No infection, but the muscle that is killing me has a HUGE bruise and blood pool on it. Great.

    I have to look up Lambition now.

  15. Barb & Maggie
    11:35 am on January 20th, 2011

    Melanie, That is not good. You need to take it easy girl, and maybe take some drugs, too.

    Bee, You made it to the big time! Maybe Spence and Admin. will finally realize that you did not mean to blunder. We know you better than that! You do not make word mistakes.

    Barb has to go to work early today, and also is obsessed with finding a new vehicle. Now she is looking at Ford Escapes. Also saw a KIA Sportage that was sharp, but she doesn’t know anything about KIAs. I don’t care what kind of car she gets, as long as I can ride shotgun! BBL

  16. B.Stover
    11:35 am on January 20th, 2011

    Melanie: Let us know what the doctor says.

  17. Melanie
    11:37 am on January 20th, 2011

    I can not find “lambition”. All I found was a take off on Mary has a little lamb.

    What’s up TYB?

    Dawson: Loved your Chet’s Friends picks. When do we get to see Ruby of the Dawson?

    Have to rest now.

  18. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:39 am on January 20th, 2011

    Mollie!… Yes the Rockies did sign Carlos Gonzalez and Troy Tulowitzki. These two guys are a couple of our favorite players!…snort!snort!

    Quilt!… I love that word quilt. It is so amazing!….grunt!… If you guys are going to through around new words, please tell me the definition also!… cough!

  19. Macy the Min-Pin
    11:49 am on January 20th, 2011

    And also throw in a speller for Rio, lol. What day was the quilt, and time. I never did look at it and now I am interested. Cold, blustery day here. Makes me wish I did not have such impeccable house training. That rug is looking better every minute.

  20. Tyb
    11:49 am on January 20th, 2011

    I’ll give you a hint first, and then I’ll tell you how to find definitions for the words in the quilt without searching to find them on the quilt.
    Hint: Lambition helped my wounds after I was attacked by that other dog two weeks ago.
    Now to find a definition: go to http://www.savethewords.org. When the quilt opens click on adopt a word in the menu bar at the top. Another window will open to give you a choice of either getting a randomly selected word or choosing your own. Put lambition in the select a word box, click on adopt and you’ll get the meaning.

  21. Tyb
    11:51 am on January 20th, 2011

    The Mary had a little lamb connection was Rio’s contribution, and it was a good one.

  22. Wölfie
    11:59 am on January 20th, 2011

    Hu’s in Washington?

    (Sorry, I couldn’t resist.)

  23. Siber-H
    12:08 pm on January 20th, 2011

    WOO WOO Thanks for the news about the Rockies! Baseball Rules! (after Dogs)

    Congratulations to Stover!! She is on the Front Page!!

    That’s okay, Stover, about yawns and sighs during sports. I can’t pretend that word games are interesting, but I do like it whenever Mollypop posts pictures of that word game, whose name I can’t remember.

    Melanie, I hope your knee feels better soon. Is it time for the doctor to actually see the knee?

    Ruby is a stop on the Iditarod Trail.

  24. Siber-H
    12:19 pm on January 20th, 2011

    Macy? How is your mom feeling?

    Maggie? Is Barb thinking about getting another four-wheel drive vehicle? I’m just curious because mom and I wouldn’t have anything but a 4×4. To be honest, since mom has never driven anything but a 4×4, I think she would wreck a regular car.

  25. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:30 pm on January 20th, 2011

    Mr. Tibbs!….OR you could just tell us the definition…grump! … MinPin is going down on my list!….grumble!

  26. Mollypop
    12:33 pm on January 20th, 2011

    Wolfie – Yassir!

  27. tyb
    12:37 pm on January 20th, 2011

    Just for you Rio,
    Lambition is the act of licking or lapping, and it really did help my wounds. I’m completely healed. Even the scabs are gone.

  28. B.Stover
    12:41 pm on January 20th, 2011

    Macy: If you’re referring to the Plunderers quilt, the pictures were posted on September 21. The quilt arrived at Spence’s on September 15 and we had a “Special Edition” post. Type “quilt” into the search box.

    SH: The word game you can’t remember is Bookworm.

  29. Mollypop
    12:47 pm on January 20th, 2011

    Mom is still playing the same game, thanks to the help from all of you. Next time it gets in trouble, she’ll put another picture up.

  30. Mollypop
    12:51 pm on January 20th, 2011

    When Mom first started playing Bookworm, the games were short because all those fire tiles were raining down. B.’s advice was to make big words and to stop playing when you don’t see the big words. So that advice, and the blog’s help, has gotten this game over 9,500,000 and it has gone on since last July.

  31. B.Stover
    1:10 pm on January 20th, 2011

    Mollypop: That is absolutely fabulous….and much better than the tv show!

  32. BARB & MAGGIE
    2:49 pm on January 20th, 2011

    Siber-H, Yes we are looking at 4 wheel vehicles. Being out in the country we really need it. Looking at smaller suv’s though, the big ones are gas guzzlers, and we don’t drive a lot of people around either, so the small ones are fine. Less expensive, too.

  33. BARB & MAGGIE
    2:51 pm on January 20th, 2011

    Siber, We are not really into the word games either. Barb likes numbers better, and she is addicted to solitaire on the computer.

  34. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    2:59 pm on January 20th, 2011

    Maggie — I bet that Barb’s preference for numbers explains her affinity for tin futures as well. My dad finally checked out the word quilt this morning and thought it was neat, although he still has a preference for mom’s real quilts. He couldn’t get to it last night on his IPad because of that flash thingamobobby that doesn’t work on the IPad.

    And thanks to Stover for setting the record straight on the Plunderers; we are the plunderers and damn proud of it too! Take that, Baby Doc.

    Wookie

  35. Mollypop
    3:01 pm on January 20th, 2011

    MagPie! Mom really loves solitaire too – including spider solitaire and freecell. Woo hoo.

  36. Riö - The Evil Pug
    3:12 pm on January 20th, 2011

    Games!…You guys have way too much free time on your paws…snort!

  37. Mollypop
    3:23 pm on January 20th, 2011

    Yeah – ha ha ha!

  38. BARB & MAGGIE
    3:30 pm on January 20th, 2011

    Glad to know we have some solitaire cronies out there! Barb says sometimes it is very calming.

  39. Riö - The Evil Pug
    3:32 pm on January 20th, 2011

    Time!…. Rockie was caught stealing wedding cake when he was supposed to be hunting Bed Bugs…snort!… He also has too much time on his cakey paws…grunt!

  40. BARB & MAGGIE
    3:45 pm on January 20th, 2011

    That is what happens when you put a wedding cake out on the ground! Cute picture. Of course if Maggie were there, the cake would get tumbled in her efforts to grab that rat with a bushy tail!

  41. Riö - The Evil Pug
    3:52 pm on January 20th, 2011

    Ahem!… That cake is up on a table – the photo just makes it seem like it is on the ground….grunt!….And my friend Rockie may be a lazy, greedy, cake stealing squirrel but he is not a Rat….grump!

  42. B.Stover
    4:15 pm on January 20th, 2011

    I think that’s a very smart squirrel….with a sweet tooth.

  43. Riö - The Evil Pug
    4:25 pm on January 20th, 2011

    Rockie!… He is an opportunist!….heh!

  44. BARB & MAGGIE
    5:09 pm on January 20th, 2011

    OK Rio, Sorry, It does make more sense that it is on a table. But it does look like it is on the ground.

  45. C.Harris
    5:10 pm on January 20th, 2011

    As I was getting ready for work this morning, the radio was saying that it was -36. I brightened up and was thinking, “at least it is not -40.” On the way to work I looked down at my car’s outside temp reading and it said -40. I got depressed all over again. -36 sounds so much better than -40!

    The weatherman is now saying that instead of it being -10 tomorrow as was promised, it will be another cold day and on Saturday it will be -10. I think he is just moving the day ahead to give us hope so we don’t drop deep into despair.

    P.S. When the newspaper calls -10 ‘cold’ and -20 ‘bitterly cold,’ they’ve pretty much run out of adjectives to use to describe -40 and -50. (I think when it got to -70 years ago the paper just said “hell has froze over.”

  46. LizF
    5:23 pm on January 20th, 2011

    That squirrel is so cute! If Cricket was anywhere near that cake she’d be standing IN it and it would be a two-foot wide pile of cakey rubble, fast disappearing.

  47. Siber-H
    5:50 pm on January 20th, 2011

    Maggie, We agree with you about the smaller SUVs They get better gas mileage. We have the smallest 4×4 pickup that Toyota makes. Barb and my mom don’t need to drive anyone around but you and me anyway. The dog hair in our pickup is a story for another time, but it doesn’t bother me.

    Good Luck and let us know what you decide on.

  48. Siber-H
    5:51 pm on January 20th, 2011

    I see Rocky is eating cake and not sharing.

  49. Siber-H
    5:56 pm on January 20th, 2011

    C.Harris, I like reading your weather reports, but I know you are getting sick of it by now. Take heart, the sun is on its way back to Alaska.

  50. BARB & MAGGIE
    6:02 pm on January 20th, 2011

    We are getting super cold here tonight, at least be Illinois standards. Below 0, with -15 windchill. Not cold for C Harris, I guess, and Siber would like it too. Chickens need their little heater tonight.

    Siber-H, Barb is looking pretty seriously at the Ford Escape 4WD. It is a nice little SUV and perfect for me.

  51. Mollypop
    6:15 pm on January 20th, 2011

    Siber-H – The Canadian-American Sledders are having their annual Trapper’s Special Sled Dog Races here in 2 weeks. It was in today’s newspaper and as soon as they update their web site, Mom will post it.

  52. LizF
    6:20 pm on January 20th, 2011

    Tyb, I’m really glad that lambition made you all better!

  53. Mollypop
    6:25 pm on January 20th, 2011

    Siber-H – The newspaper article, which I hope you will be able to see tomorrow, says the mid-distance dogs do a 28-mile loop.

    In the meantime, here are some pictures from last year: http://www.mrmphotos.com/g/winterfest_chapman_state_parkbr1-23-2010brcoming_soon

  54. C.Harris
    6:32 pm on January 20th, 2011

    Siber-H: yes the sun is coming back, we are gaining minutes everyday. Somehow it makes the cold much more bearable to have daylight. By March we will actually start “feeling” the sun instead of just seeing this pale disk in the sky.

    I am posting at work which I’ve never done before. Heard today that with budget cuts we will be losing 2 teachers from our already small school. I don’t understand how we can live in such a rich state and have billions & billions in a savings account “to be used for a rainy day” and have to deal with these cuts. I know others states are in dire straights but we aren’t so cuts in education and social services are not only painful but unnecessary (IMO).

  55. Siber-H
    7:17 pm on January 20th, 2011

    Thanks Molly! I enjoyed those pictures! I want to order a mouse pad made out of one of those photos…all I need is mom’s credit card.

    CHarris, I’m surprised Alaska is making budget cuts like that. Losing teachers is not a good thing.

  56. dawson
    7:34 pm on January 20th, 2011

    Oh No! Hell froze over? There is a whole list of things I have to do now.

  57. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:38 pm on January 20th, 2011

    Molly!….You must be mistaken. That race can’t be a 28 mile loop…snort!…Maybe you mean a 28 minute loop instead. I mean that alone would be amazing to me!…heh!

  58. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:45 pm on January 20th, 2011

    Charris!… One of those teachers isn’t you, is it?…grump!…That is really bad scary news and probably unnecessary too… grumble!…Your state is Rich for Gawd’s Sake!…sniff!

  59. Siber-H
    7:46 pm on January 20th, 2011

    Rio, It is 28 miles and as I keep telling you, you could ride along.

  60. Mollypop
    7:51 pm on January 20th, 2011

    Siber-H – How long does it take the sled dogs to run the 28-mile loop?

  61. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:52 pm on January 20th, 2011

    SiberH!… My favorite photo from Molly’s website is # 5307….yeep!…The sled driver is in focus and all the guys pulling the sled are in focus and look very excited and happy to run 28 minutes at full speed!…Wow!

  62. dawson
    7:58 pm on January 20th, 2011

    Mollypop: Thank you for those wonderful pictures. I like it when the picture is snapped and almost all the paws are in the air…looks like the dogs are floating above the snow.
    You are still on that game of Bookworm!!! I’m super impressed.

    Melanie: That sounds painful. You haven’t used those muscles for a long time…take it slow and steady…but first ask the doctor…why the bruise and blood pooling.

    Tyb: I’m glad you are healed already. Lambition must help.

  63. Macy the Min-Pin
    8:01 pm on January 20th, 2011

    roflmao @ Dawson!! Us too..

    Mr. Hunky..mom is better..she missed work yesterday but she did go to the doc and got some antibiotics for a sinus infection now.

    We have a chill factor in the single digits today. For us it is really cold.

    Today they put up the giant XLV at Cowboy stadium. They had a little trouble due to the wind but it is up now. It looks pretty impressive. Mom and Dad are going to go take a picture this weekend. It is hard to believe that in less than six months we will have had the World Series and the Superbowl. The stars must be in some kind of super DFW alignment!

  64. Tyb
    8:06 pm on January 20th, 2011

    Not to change the subject, but while we wait for Spence to finish book #4, and for baseball season to start, I’d like to recommend The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein. I’m also suggesting a couple of web sites that are worth your while.
    http://www.theanimalrescuesite.com/clickToGive/home.faces?siteId=3 will open to a page that shows you a large purple rectangle. If you click on it, the sponsors will donate a bowl of food to a shelter. You don’t even have to read the ads. I boot up every morning and click for free food. The other site is
    http://www.theliteracysite.com/clickToGive/home.faces?siteId=6 You can click on that one once a day and the sponsors donate a book to a child in need. You can also click on games along the right hand margin to play some rather simple games. The games are free and for every minute you spend playing the sponsors donate 10 cents to the charity. Check them out.

  65. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:14 pm on January 20th, 2011

    MinPin!…For all of us sports fans, will you post photos of the Superbowl stadium?….snort!… How exciting to be so close to all the action…heh! …AGAIN!…yeep!

  66. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:22 pm on January 20th, 2011

    Dawson!…How come you aren’t funny anymore?…grunt!…Are you working too hard or something?…sniff!

  67. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:30 pm on January 20th, 2011

    Strange!…All the Kats are missing today!…Again!….Are they having their Secret Kat Society meetings or something tonight…shudder!…One can only imagine what they do at those secret Kat meetings….sniff!

  68. Siber-H
    8:31 pm on January 20th, 2011

    Mollypop, I don’t know how long it will take them. When I check the speed of the Iditarod dogs on their GPS tracking system, if they are running good, they could be doing 7mph. This race will be run with a much smaller number of dogs, but the sled is much lighter in weight. These dogs may run faster rather than doing the Iditarod trot. Maybe we will be able to find out from their website after the race, just how long it took them.
    I don’t think it will take them very long to do the 28 miles, but it will take longer than Rio’s 28 minutes.

  69. Siber-H
    8:39 pm on January 20th, 2011

    Macy, I am VERY glad your mom went to the doctor and is feeling better.

    I just looked at Rio’s pick of #5307. There is this little guy in it, not a Husky, helping to lead the team onward. Very cute
    I like the way the Huskies are grinning from ear to ear.

  70. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:42 pm on January 20th, 2011

    SiberH!….When the weather is nice, not too hot or not too cold, she forces me to do a 40 minute trot…grump!… Interspersed with lots of stopping and snuffeling and pissing on things that other guys have pissed on…grunt!

  71. Siber-H
    8:56 pm on January 20th, 2011

    That is good for you Rio, as long as you get to make those stops along the way. Forty minutes would just be the blink of an eye to a Husky, but you can do things that we can’t…like be all cuddly and sleep under the covers, and remain sane when it snows.

  72. bluecat
    9:06 pm on January 20th, 2011

    Can anyone else relate?

    Prayer for 2011 ….

    Dear God, my prayer for 2011 is for a fat bank account and a thin body.

    Please don’t mix these up like you did last year. AMEN!!!

  73. Mollypop
    9:11 pm on January 20th, 2011

    BlueKat! How funny!

  74. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:14 pm on January 20th, 2011

    BluKat!…Being Funny! …heh!snort!heh!… A first for 2011!…snort! (Dawson are you seeing this?)…heh!

  75. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:17 pm on January 20th, 2011

    SiberoH!…Are you being sarcastic?….grunt!… Your kind are crazy, my kind love to be under the covers during the winter months…snort!…The Lord of All Creation made us all unique unto his liking….sniff!

  76. Staff
    9:18 pm on January 20th, 2011

    Barb, If you are looking for a good all wheel drive vehicle for bad weather, the people in Montana mostly drive Subaru’s. When my sister visits she complains how cheap they are here, cause in Montana they are expensive.

    I personally like the Outback, and it has good ratings from Consumer Reports also. The Impreza is a smaller Subaru. About the size of a Ford Focus. It is highly rated too.

  77. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:22 pm on January 20th, 2011

    Star!…Where is our Star and Headline of the day, Stover? …sniff!… One would think she’d be out promoting her English wisdom given the ‘go ahead’ by Chet!…heh!…Maybe she’s been silent and pondering something big to spring on us later. That is our guess…snuff!

  78. Siber-H
    9:22 pm on January 20th, 2011

    No, I wasn’t being sarcastic, Rio. You just said much better what I was trying to say.
    Mom agrees with you that my kind are crazy.

    That’s funny, Bluecat!

  79. dawson
    9:25 pm on January 20th, 2011

    Rio: I made a joke today and Macy MinPin thought it was funny. Did it go over your head? I am working more than full time and that, to me is too hard. Bluecat’s prayer is funny.

  80. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:26 pm on January 20th, 2011

    Staff!… My friend drives a Subaru Outback…snort!…It is also called the “Impreza”, which is baffling to both of us….grunt!….We prefer to call our car the Outback…heh!…She thanks it everyday for getting her home safely in the crap weather…snorkel! !

  81. LizF
    9:30 pm on January 20th, 2011

    Dawson, I thought that was very funny too.

    Rio, 40 minutes trotting plus shopping doesn’t sound like there’s much trotting!

  82. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:30 pm on January 20th, 2011

    Dawson!…The Hell Freezes Over joke is way below your usual standard…sniff!…That’s all I’m saying … snort!… You had a stretch there late last year when you were seriously funny…heh!… But I guess your work schedule is taking it’s toll…sigh!…Thats too bad!…drat!

  83. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:33 pm on January 20th, 2011

    Liz!… My legs are not LONG…grunt!…Pissing and Sniffing is the only reason I agree to this walking thing anyways….snort!…Trotting is my standard speed I will have you know….sniff!

  84. Alice M. Johnson
    9:37 pm on January 20th, 2011

    Rio,
    That darn Staff is back at work too and so she comes home and does boring things instead of turning on the computer so Abbie and I can blog.
    Then she goes to bed early cause she says she is tired and turns the computer off early.
    …Snarl
    Also today she tried giving me a pill. Usually I am very nice about taking pills but I have been rather poor at it lately. Today after three tries she had to have a heart to heart talk with me. Also Mr.Staff threatened me with ‘the home.’ I thought the home was for old people, not cats.
    Anyway I took me pill. Sniff…

  85. Barb & Maggie
    9:37 pm on January 20th, 2011

    Staff, Thank you, I will Google those tomorrow and confuse myself even more. I think Melanie has a Subaru, or is it a Saab?

  86. dawson
    9:43 pm on January 20th, 2011

    Rio: The funny stretch is over. It was a brief fling.

  87. Mollypop
    9:47 pm on January 20th, 2011

    Subaru is the official car of the National Ski Patrol. You know, ski country stuff.

  88. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:52 pm on January 20th, 2011

    MagPie!… Are you guys still taking drugs?… sniff!….Where the frick did you get Saab from?…grunt!…Melanie has a Subaru, which is what you would buy if you only had a brain…grump!

    Alice!… You are on drugs too? …huff! Good grief! Kats on drugs, what else will happen on this here blog?…sneeze!…And Stover wonders why I yearn for Baseball

  89. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:53 pm on January 20th, 2011

    season…hmmm.

  90. B.Stover
    9:53 pm on January 20th, 2011

    Let’s see….What would you like me to spring on you?

  91. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:56 pm on January 20th, 2011

    Dawson!…. You are naturally funny, but if you are stressed or tired it might not be surfacing like it was when you were on vacation… heh!… I hope you can find a place where you can drop all that stress from work or whatever and just find the ‘funny’ in your everyday experiences…snort!… They are there, I am sure of it, you just need to find them….gruffle!

  92. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:59 pm on January 20th, 2011

    Hey!…Stover is back!…snort!… You could tell us that you are taking over Chet’s blog for him until Spencer, the slowest typist ever, is finished with the 4th Chet and Bernie novel…heh!…That would be a BIG thing to spring on us Plunderers…heh!

  93. Siber-H
    10:09 pm on January 20th, 2011

    We really like the Outback. Rio, I’m glad your friend is driving one on those winter roads.

  94. B.Stover
    10:11 pm on January 20th, 2011

    I could never take over Chet’s blog.

  95. Basil and Sage
    10:14 pm on January 20th, 2011

    Greeting loyal subjects – Sage here to shower you with words of wisdom and sarcasm.
    BlueCat – chortle- good one. Guess that was what happened to Basil cuz he sure is chubby, and too broke to buy his own catnip.
    Alice M – my dear little kitten. Tell your mom to get you a can of sardines. Let you have one plain, and then when you ask politely for another, she can hide the pill in it. And I certainly hope that whatever you need the pill for goes away.
    Rio – quit blabbing about our secret meetings or you may wake up someday and find that (horror!!!) your kinky little tail has been straightened out!

  96. Alice M. Johnson
    10:19 pm on January 20th, 2011

    Another reason Staff likes the Outback, she says, is because it has much better clearance than most cars that size.
    Staff would get one in a second (even though North Dakota is flat) because of the all wheel drive and the good clearance, except she needs a van. All that moving she does, she needs lots of room for AbbietheKitty. Abbie takes up lots of space. Not to mention those sewing machines and the knitting yarn and a few dozen books. heh. Oh yeah, and Mr.Staff.

  97. Alice M. Johnson
    10:22 pm on January 20th, 2011

    Basil and Sage are meeting secretly with Rio????
    What about me???
    I should meet with Rio too…
    He is so pugly. A cat could cozy up to that warm little pugster.

    MMMMmmmmmmmmmm * * *

    Heh,

  98. B.Stover
    10:23 pm on January 20th, 2011

    Good night all.

  99. dawson
    10:25 pm on January 20th, 2011

    Dear Rio: Thank you for your best wishes. Very possibly it is the normal blues I experience from living in the darkness of winter up North. We now have 1 hour more light that the shortest day so things are improving but it takes quite awhile. It has been a rough winter season as 3 out of my 7 inmates have passed away since November and I still have an empty room at work…which means the last one was very recent. I miss them all terribly. I do get to read To Fetch a Thief at work to Gord but it is bittersweet as I miss Lonnie’s laugh-jiggling body shaking the table at all the right moments.

  100. Staff
    10:25 pm on January 20th, 2011

    OK that is enough. I am cutting Alice M. Johnson off. I think she has had enough tonight.

    good night all.
    Except LizF, g’day Liz, and I appreciated the G’day the other day too.

  101. Staff
    10:28 pm on January 20th, 2011

    OOO double post with my Sister.
    Hey Dawson,
    Good night to you. I know many of us remember Lonnie. I am sorry you are sad about her. I think that reading Chet with her must be one of your good memories of her.

    Love and Hugs to you. And may the light shine upon you.
    yr sister nc

  102. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:31 pm on January 20th, 2011

    Sage… I’m sure you are a very minor player in the Secret Kat Meetings…heh…Alice M. Johnson is the leader of these affairs, but alas, she is on drugs right now and cannot post a rebuttal…snuff!….Too darn bad indeed because the Canine audience likes to keep in touch with what she is up to…grunt!

  103. Basil and Sage
    10:36 pm on January 20th, 2011

    Rio- with a pose like that EVERYONE can see just exactly what Alice Johnson is up to!

  104. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:51 pm on January 20th, 2011

    Dawson!… My friend can’t bear to take me back to the place where Grandma lived…sniff!…But she knows all those same old guys and gals are still there needing the attention that we once gave them…snorkel… She still hurts too bad to go back but I think later, we will go there and see some of grandma’s old pals…sniff!… We know folks there the ones like you especially liked our grandma, because they were so sad and so kind to my friend and her mother when they had to go over there for the last time..sniffle… We know how much your friend Lonnie meant to you and all the others too, Dawson. Please know that you made their life better just by being you!…heh!..Reading to them was and is such a wonderful act of love…snorkel!

  105. Tupper and Gilly
    10:57 pm on January 20th, 2011

    Dawson – Tupper’s mom here – We will say a prayer for you and your friend.

  106. Siber-H
    10:59 pm on January 20th, 2011

    Dawson, as Rio said, you are making their lives better. It is important work that you are doing. I wish there were more like you.

    Night All

  107. Barb & Maggie
    11:06 pm on January 20th, 2011

    Rio, Both of those cars start with the letter “S” so we were not too far off. Does your friend drive a Subaru? We are off to bed.

    Thinking of you, Dawson.

  108. Macy the Min-Pin
    11:11 pm on January 20th, 2011

    Dawson, is that mortality rate the norm in prison? It certainly seems high. Were they all natural causes? Sorry to be so nosy, but again, high rate.

    Rio, mom says sure she will share pics of the stadium, she has a new camera and wants to learn how to download the pics. Stay tuned.

    B & S, what happened to the Corgis? Did you catnap them?

  109. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:29 pm on January 20th, 2011

    MagPie!…Barb seems very obsessed with commercial things, doesn’t she?…grump!

    MinPin…Thanks for the future sharing of photos…sniff!

    Good Night All… Your comments are always eye opening to say the very least…grump!

  110. Macy the Min-Pin
    11:41 pm on January 20th, 2011

    The news just did a story on an apartment complex that is less than a football field away from the big stadium. People have been trying to rent there for the game, but there is a three month lease.

    A few years ago a friend won a superbowl contest and the prize included a marching band for your party. They set up bleachers and everything. Then a high school band came marching down the 2 block street, played a song and marched back to their busses. It was quite surreal, mom says.

  111. dawson
    8:51 am on January 21st, 2011

    Thank you all for your kind words and thoughts.
    Macy MinPin: Normally, the inmates will pass away one at a time months or sometimes, years apart. This has never happened before at our facility. Their ages were 62, 90 and 89. Only the last one was expected.

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