Get Cookin’

“Here’s where I am with time,” says Admin. “We go backward in our memories. We go forward in our imaginations. But what have we got for the here and now?”

“Didn’t get enough sleep, did you?” says Spence. “And besides, we’re supposed to be thinking about recipes.”

“Something with Slim Jims, perhaps?”

Suddenly I’m wide awake. Does that ever happen to you?

Welcome Annie. Harry, Jack and Anon. please try again.


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165 Responses to “Get Cookin’”

  1. Barb & Maggie
    9:01 am on June 24th, 2011

    Good morning. How exciting that they are collectively thinking about recipes! If Chet comes up with one, it will probably be similar to Siber’s, only involving Slim Jims. Maybe Bernie has a grilling recipe. Or perhaps Diana, Mrs. A., has a cherished family recipe that she would share with us. Choices, choices…

    Guess Ole Mr. Whitey really is a baaad dude. Heard more about him this morning. Evidently he has a really bad temper, and has killed more than just a few other gangsters. Including a former girl firiend that he strangled. Wowsers!

  2. Rose
    9:12 am on June 24th, 2011

    Hi B&M:

    Yeah, Whitey was a pretty dude, head of the Irsih Mafia in South Boston.

    Hey, did you know today is National Bring Your Dog to Work Day?

    Good Morning to All!

  3. dawson
    9:16 am on June 24th, 2011

    Good morning everyone.

    Spence and Admin: Chet has the hear and now thing down pat.

  4. Melanie
    9:17 am on June 24th, 2011

    Hi Barb & MagPie and Rose!

    Still raining here. Frigging unbelievable. We’re getting moss and mushrooms galore!

    One more thing about Bulger, it appears that his retirement was robbing banks. They think at least two.

    And Chet yes, that does happen to me. But because I’m a two legged, it usually has to do with some worry, instead of slim jims.

  5. Melanie
    9:22 am on June 24th, 2011

    So I just goofed up and sent someone an email from YSAS’s email instead of mine.
    I can tell that this is going to be an interesting day!

    Maybe I need more coco?


    OTAS’s F is going DRESS SHOPPING today. That is so cool. I told her to tell the people that her to be MIL can’t be there and wants to see HER in the dress and can she take some pictures.

    Maybe I should have her say that . . . no never mind, the last time I said something on the blog the washing machine broke!

  6. Kirby T. Penworthy
    9:38 am on June 24th, 2011

    Good morning, y’all! Mom had a busy day at work yesterday, so I only got a little ways into catching up on the blog before she turned off the computer. She didn’t even let me say hey!

    Wolfie: Such good news about your boys. I have my paws crossed that things continue to go well!

    T&G: Great news about your mom and the clay guy. I’m glad she’s feeling inspired. Now she just has to (ace this job interview and) get away from the Crazy Lady and her life will be perfect!

    Melanie: Sorry to hear about all your rain. One of Mom’s co-workers was supposed to have a storytime outside yesterday, but it got rained out, so they had to move it inside. We’re behind on rainfall here so it’s good when it rains, but Mom would prefer that it would fall at night so it doesn’t upset anyone’s plans! By the way, I have a fond spot in my heart for OTAS’s F, so I have my paws crossed that she find an absolutely fabulous dress!

  7. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:54 am on June 24th, 2011

    Busy-Place!….snort!….Guess where I am you guys?…heh!…. No, sadly I am not at the busy place. At the last minute she decided not to take me with her. She said I would be a distraction and she’s pissed off at some people there and doesn’t even want them to pet me….hmmmphf!…. Oh well, her mother and I have a busy day ahead of us what with all the watering, eating, napping and watching TV.….heh!

  8. Barb & Maggie
    9:57 am on June 24th, 2011

    They said on morning news that Whitey had around $800,000. in cash in his apartment, so maybe that is a little rich for Social Security benefits. I wonder if his gf was nervous about his ex geting strangled. I bet she didn’t cross him much. If he asked for eggs over easy, he didn’t get scrambled!

    I know today is Bring Your Dog to Work Day, but that will not happen here. Last time I was there the boss lady almost peed her pants, so Barb says I stay home.

  9. B.Stover
    10:07 am on June 24th, 2011

    The here and now is where dogs live I think. I don’t know about cats. Perhaps humans need to live in the here and now more than in memory or imagination. Would that make the world a better place? Interesting.

    Yes! Spence, please…recipes….

    Good morning all.

  10. Kirby T. Penworthy
    10:08 am on June 24th, 2011

    Mom doesn’t work at the library today — but she says they wouldn’t have let me come anyway. Something about not wanting me to mark any books. Not sure what’s up with that! I like leaving my mark!

  11. Masquers
    10:19 am on June 24th, 2011

    Yaaawwn, Stretcccch.
    Good Morning Folks!

  12. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:20 am on June 24th, 2011

    Kirby!…Yeah, we all remember the suitcase mark-up…heh!…Oh, I still snorkel about that one…heh!

  13. Barb & Maggie
    10:21 am on June 24th, 2011

    Kirby, aren’t you the one that left your mark inside the suitcase?

  14. B.Stover
    10:23 am on June 24th, 2011

    It’s still raining here also. So that’s why I have mushrooms on my lawn! And what does MIL mean? I have no patience with acronyms…from the Latin for sharp word…from the Greek for highest word. Grump….

  15. Melanie
    10:27 am on June 24th, 2011


  16. Barb & Maggie
    10:27 am on June 24th, 2011

    Bee, I know, sometimes Melanie’s posts make us ponder for awhile. MIL to be =Mother In Law.

    Yes, dogs do live in the here and now, but we also have memory, which is why I can’t go to the office. Something about boss lady=charging bull. I think I would still want to bite her.

  17. BearSpiritDog
    10:31 am on June 24th, 2011

    Hey, Chet! You heard me! Looking forward to that Slim Jim recipe!

    All Dogs are Masters of Living in the Now.

    And Now I’m going to work with Nana. Easy to do since she works from home. Lots of naps and snacks and no stress at all.

    But, first things first, where is my breakfast…

  18. Kirby T. Penworthy
    10:37 am on June 24th, 2011

    Yes, the suitcase. I remember it well! See what I mean about leaving my mark — it makes me very memorable!!!

  19. Rose
    10:40 am on June 24th, 2011

    Correction: Whitey was a pretty BAD dude

  20. B.Stover
    10:47 am on June 24th, 2011


  21. Masquers
    10:50 am on June 24th, 2011

    Heh,heh, Rose, we all knew what you meant. He was not a very “pretty” dude, that’s for sure, and certainly had no need of those Social Security benefits Barb & Maggie are mentioning.

  22. Melanie
    10:52 am on June 24th, 2011

    B.Stover, why are you still grumping?

  23. BearSpiritDog
    10:59 am on June 24th, 2011

    B: Cheer up! It’s raining here too. Good thing I’ll be “going to work” today, as the outside is not conducive to sun naps on the patio, or for runs down the trail. Wait a minute. what’s that, no runs you say? This may put an entirely different slant on things. Grump…

  24. Rose
    11:03 am on June 24th, 2011

    Masquers: Thank dog, you guys know what I mean when I write!

  25. Rose
    11:04 am on June 24th, 2011

    Rio: In your case, why isn’t Take Your Dog to NY Day? 🙂

  26. Siber-H
    11:05 am on June 24th, 2011

    Boston is getting Whitey back today. I didn’t know who he was before he made the news this week,, but Spence probably did. I hate it that the bad dude, Whitey, shares a name with my hero, Whitey-Lance.

    Kirby, marking the suitcase was pretty cool. That is one of those things that I wish I had thought of.

    Rio, mom doesn’t want people that she dislikes petting me either so she understands where your friend is coming from.

  27. Siber-H
    11:12 am on June 24th, 2011

    I sm sure we will eventually get to see a photo of the dress, huh, Melanie?

    I can’t believe all the rain some of you are getting. It is going to be another 100 degree day here today.

  28. Melanie
    11:18 am on June 24th, 2011

    I hope so. I hope I get to see it before the wedding!

  29. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:19 am on June 24th, 2011

    Acronyms!…. They really piss me off to…snort!…Unless they are well known like LOL, and BTW…snort!….But these made up ones that youse guys use here really infuriate me, and I just skip the whole post if I can’t figure out what you are acronyming about….grump!

  30. BearSpiritDog
    11:23 am on June 24th, 2011


    We do feel bad to be complaining about the rain when your state is so hot and dry. It’s about time for a Rain Dance. Anyway, it couldn’t hurt.

    I agree about the name for the bad guy. I think we should refer to him from now on as that Bad Dude or Bulger, not Whitey.

  31. B.Stover
    11:25 am on June 24th, 2011

    Melanie: That’s a good question. I’m trying to make sense of our meaning of “acronym” based on its derivation. Latin “sharp” doesn’t make as much sense as Greek “high” since the letters used to form an acronym are capital letters. Pondering. (Am I thinking in past, present, or future as I do this?)

  32. Kirby T. Penworthy
    11:28 am on June 24th, 2011

    Bee: Maybe “aconyms” comes from “sharp” because you have to think sharp to figure out what they mean!

  33. Masquers
    11:34 am on June 24th, 2011

    Rio: We heard a conversation yesterday between a guy and his gf (sorry, couldn’t resist, heh,heh) girlfriend concerning this very subject of the acronyms she is constantly using. It eventually results in the break-up of the relationship because he never knows what she is talking about.

  34. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:39 am on June 24th, 2011

    Maskers!…How come all Kats aren’t as interesting as you?…snort!heh!…I don’t blame the guy at all for breaking up with Miss Acronym….sniff!

  35. Melanie
    11:41 am on June 24th, 2011

    B.Stover: I think you are thinking in all three!

    Acronyms are included with contractions, initialisms and shortenings under Abbreviations. (Wikipedia: Manual of Style (abbreviations)

    Under Acronym and Initialisms (, it says that that they are formed for the “initial components in a phrase or name”. And that there doesn’t seem to be any definition that separates those two words.

  36. BearSpiritDog
    11:52 am on June 24th, 2011

    SnowBella: Just heard about the magnitude 7.2 Earthquake off the coast of Alaska! Where you able to feel the tremor in your area? Please check in.

  37. Siber-H
    11:54 am on June 24th, 2011

    Bear, Don’t feel bad about complaining about the rain. I complain all winter about no snow and the heat in the summer
    I don’t even like rain. It’s mom who likes the rain and the monsoon. She doesn’t think she would like all the rain some of you are getting.
    I’m sure some of our Native American tribes are doing rain dances. It should work eventually, but, on the other hand, drought seems to be one of the big reasons the Anazi abandoned their cliff dwellings.

    BTW That is a great idea. We will just refuse to use the name Whitey for the bad dude .

  38. Melanie
    11:54 am on June 24th, 2011

    There seems to be a lot of agreement that acronyms were started in the 1940’s during the war. Examples: WAC, radar (radio detection and ranging)

    So some say that initialisms are not said as a word, like USA or CIA while acronyms are said as a separate word. NATO.

    The online Etymology Dictionary says that the Greek akros “tip, end” and the English onym “name” are the origins of the word.

    At this point the question comes to my mind, are LOL or BBL and such acronyms since no word is created or initialisms?

    Whew, I’ve just used up all my brain power. The brain-o-meter has gone to zero!

  39. Melanie
    11:55 am on June 24th, 2011

    How about “Baddy Bulger”?

  40. Kirby T. Penworthy
    12:02 pm on June 24th, 2011

    Wow, Melanie! the brain-o-meter must restore itself pretty quickly. It only took a minute for you to go from “zero” to “Baddy Bulger”!

  41. Siber-H
    12:04 pm on June 24th, 2011

    Baddy Bulger is a good one.

    The Alaska earthquake was way out in the Aleutian islands and the tsunami warning was cancelled. This is good news.

  42. B.Stover
    12:09 pm on June 24th, 2011

    Greek “onym” translates to both “word” or “name.” I understand the usage of acronyms during the war since communication needed to be quick. However, students overuse them. The problem is that no communication takes place when an author’s audience can’t understand what’s being written.

    I’m laughing at Kirby’s explanation.

    I thought that initials used the period between letters and that that is the difference between initialism and acronyms. NATO and RADAR make sense because one can understand that the communication is much faster when using the acronym. That is a good question about not being able to say the “word” BBL or LOL. (I really think that students come up with “acronyms” so that their parents won’t understand what is being “said.”)

  43. Staff
    12:11 pm on June 24th, 2011

    Hi Guys,
    My busy place uses so many acronyms that we almost have our own language. Trying to train someone in is mostly explaining what all the acronyms stand for.

    Then my birding group uses initials to name the birds. That drives me crazy. What is so hard about typing Barn Swallow instead of BS? Or how can you tell what a RBG is for goodness sakes (Rose-Breasted Grosbeak). Just type the name!!!! YIKES
    I say NO! (Northern Oriole)

  44. Staff
    12:13 pm on June 24th, 2011

    Hmmmm, staff’s name but Alice’s picture. I wonder how she managed that??

  45. Siber-H
    12:15 pm on June 24th, 2011

    Mom and dad have a 21 year old friend in the Navy. Because of all the acronyms the Navy uses, they don’t understand half of what the kid is saying. It has become a second language to the military.

  46. B.Stover
    12:18 pm on June 24th, 2011

    I think at one time periods were used with initials: U.S.A. But then laziness occurred and the periods were eliminated. (My theory is that language usages and changes all center around laziness.)

  47. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:32 pm on June 24th, 2011

    Lazy!… Pretty soon no one will remember how to spell anything….grump!…A-N-Y-T-H-I-N-G….heh!

  48. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:38 pm on June 24th, 2011

    Auction!… Does everyone have their Auction Items to Rebeccer by now?….snort!… If not, you better get busy because she will be building the special Auction Page…. gruff!… The Auction is only 8 days away….yeep! yeep!

  49. Kirby T. Penworthy
    12:52 pm on June 24th, 2011

    Rio: We don’t have ours in yet, but Mom and I are both working on our parts today. Don’t we have until tomorrow to get it to Rebecca?

  50. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:54 pm on June 24th, 2011

    Rose!…I won’t be able to come to NYC to watch the game with you tonight…snort!….But I will be thinking of you as the Rockies kick the Yankee butts…heh!… My friend will have to rush like crazy to get home in time to see the first couple of innings…gah! … I have a feeling she will be leaving the busy place early today because she’s Had It Up To Here!….grunt!

  51. Tupper and Gilly
    12:56 pm on June 24th, 2011

    On the reason for modern day acronyms: when texting cell phones started, there was a per letter charge. Therefore, any single words or phrases that would be used over and over could be simplified and made more economical by use of an acronym. This gave rise to the “new speak” of teens and other frequent texters.
    Unfortunatly, it has grown to epidemic proportions and in some schools, text acronyms are an accepted part of English writing assignments.
    Yes Bee – we can hear you gasping in horror all the way over here. We feel the same way. There is a time and place for language dirivatives (sp?) – we sometimes say “ain’t” in a comic tone. But how can you grade an essay that has MMatM (meet me at the mall) as a serious writing venture?
    Pondering too.

  52. Melanie
    1:00 pm on June 24th, 2011

    Staff, Kats can be tricky. RBG hmmm I had that one wrong, and NO? Jeez.

    B.Stover: I think you’re right on about laziness, though when it comes to the military do you want to say the full name of things over and over and over . . .

    KirbyT: Baddy Bulger took no effort from my brain. It just rolled off the tongue!

  53. Tupper and Gilly
    1:01 pm on June 24th, 2011

    By the way (notice we didn’t use BTW) – the interview this morning was a joke. Mama is seriously P O’d (that one we aren’t gonna spell out). She told the employment agency in no uncertain terms that she was NOT familiar with one particular computer program. And guess which one was the most important job requirement for this position???
    Both Mama and the interviewer were a little embarrassed until they figured out that the agency just needed to provide x number of applicants and used Mama to fill the pool.
    Gee thanks – she really needed to waste gas and time just so the employment agency didn’t look like loosers.
    Thank Dawson, we have the perfect word for it – CARPOLA!

  54. Melanie
    1:03 pm on June 24th, 2011

    T&G: so MM@TC would be meet me at the Creamery???

    Hadn’t heard of that one. There are so many things of which up I don’t keep.

    Isn’t that nice?

    (Did you hear that sentence squeal? snicker)

  55. B.Stover
    1:05 pm on June 24th, 2011

    The essay that is littered with acronyms receives an F grade. (Ah….the power of the grade!) If students send me email messages with acronyms, I reply that they will have to send the email again using standard English since I cannot answer questions that I don’t understand. (The students’ response is always cute: They seem to gasp in disbelief at themselves for sending such a message to an English prof.)

  56. B.Stover
    1:09 pm on June 24th, 2011

    T&G: It’s really P’d O isn’t it? (Just kidding….except that I think it is.)

    Melanie: I think that is the reason military and businesses use acronyms–so they don’t have to say the same thing over etc. (I also hate the use of etc. There is no pleasing me today.)

  57. Tupper and Gilly
    1:15 pm on June 24th, 2011

    Melanie – MM@TC indeed. YNTD+T (you name the day and time)

    That one is usually reserved for battle between rivals, but what the heck. We grown-ups can borrow it.

    (grown-ups? Where??? Horrors!)

  58. Riö - The Evil Pug
    1:27 pm on June 24th, 2011

    Grumpy !…. Everybody is all Poodled Up today!….snort!… Not me. I’m in a good mood except for that Acronym stuff, nothing is going to get me all Poodled Up.….gruff!…. Speaking of poodles, is Molly still gone because of technical issues? As a Special IT Agent in the Plundering Army, you’d think she could get that straightened out in a more timely manner…. grunt!

  59. Rose
    1:41 pm on June 24th, 2011

    Rio: I will be thinking of you as well during this series, only I’m thinking it’s the Rockies that will be going home with sore butts! Care to place a wager on this? Maybe 99 bottles of beer… 🙂

  60. Kirby T. Penworthy
    1:42 pm on June 24th, 2011

    Bee: Mom used to have a Siamese cat named Etcetera! She named him that because Yul Brenner — the King of Siam in “The King and I” — was always saying “Etcetera, etcetera, etcetera!” in the movie.

  61. Melanie
    1:56 pm on June 24th, 2011

    One of the sites I looked on for the research said that “. . .” started getting used so you wouldn’t have to read the 300 extra pages.


    RAIN. I lined up The Pack and had them pant to the Southwest to see if we could change the weather pattern. Didn’t work . . .

    Ellie went to sleep, sitting.
    Patsy looked at me and said where’s the food.
    Mattie went and left.
    Mac pawed at the air to give a high five.
    Ros said you have got to be kidding.
    Franklin said where’s Zoë.
    Rose said rain what rain, what? what?
    Katie started her search for food
    Grace went in the pool
    Oh well.

  62. Tupper and Gilly
    1:59 pm on June 24th, 2011

    We will only line up and pant if someone holds an umbrella over our heads.
    And puts something down on the ground so we don’t get our precious little paws wet.

    Its tuff being a Corgi in the rain.

    Mama is going to go to Crazy Lady land…sigh…

    Hope to catch up with all of you tonight.

  63. B.Stover
    2:05 pm on June 24th, 2011

    If anything other than a novel contains 300 extra pages, then the writer is being verbose.

  64. Siber-H
    2:05 pm on June 24th, 2011

    Melanie, Do the Newfs like the rain?

  65. B.Stover
    2:16 pm on June 24th, 2011

    Kirby: Why did the King of Siam keep saying etcetera? I’ve forgotten.

  66. Kirby T. Penworthy
    2:40 pm on June 24th, 2011

    Bee: Here’s what Wikipedia has to say about that:

    “In the 1956 film The King and I, Yul Brynner, who played King Mongkut of Siam, repeatedly used the phrase “et cetera, et cetera, et cetera” to characterize the King as wanting to impress with his great knowledge of many things and his importance in not having to detail them. This was based upon the usage in the book Anna and the King of Siam which related the real king’s playful interest in numerous things, with the phrase, ‘&c, &c’.”

  67. Kirby T. Penworthy
    2:42 pm on June 24th, 2011

    Bee: I was afraid I was spelling it wrong, but then I came across this (also on Wikipedia):

    “The one-word spelling “etcetera” is commonly used, and is accepted as correct by many dictionaries. It is also sometimes spelled et coetera or et cœtera, and is often abbreviated to etc. or &c.”

  68. Snowhook Bella
    2:43 pm on June 24th, 2011

    BearSpiritDog: The earthquake was located quite a distant from our neck of the woods, and the tsunami warning was cancelled as Siber-H indicated. As I understand it, a tsunami alarm was sounded by mistake on the Kenai Peninsula.

    It has been a very long couple of weeks at work with several very late nights, so today I made the executive decision to work from home. Tomorrow is a big day for us and there is so much to do—first, we sign up for Iditarod and then AJ takes me to the airport, and then there are all the wonderful items coming in for the auction that need to be posted. I will post a list later of all the items I’ve recieved as a last call.

    Today is ‘Take Your Tenzing to Work’ day at our house (i.e., Tenz is sound asleep next to me on the couch. He’s all tuckered out from getting his belly rubbed this morning.

  69. Masquers
    2:53 pm on June 24th, 2011

    B.Stover: That is very true about today’s students. Our guy’s point exactly. Proper communication seems to have become a thing of the distant past, which I know must sadden a English Professor such as yourself.

  70. Mollypop
    3:16 pm on June 24th, 2011

    Rio – Mom’s computer is back in business but we’re not there to use it. We’re at a friend’s house until Monday. We are following what’s going on, just not posting much on that iPhone’s tiny little screen.

    3:26 pm on June 24th, 2011

    Here is a picture of Kelly with Ingrid. Kelly will be unhappy if she knows we posted it, because it is a rather poor pic of her. However, Ingrid looks cute.

  72. Rose
    3:36 pm on June 24th, 2011

    B&M: What a cutie that Ingrid is!

    Kelly should not be unhappy with her picture. There is no one on this great planet who takes a worse picture than me!

    Any pictures of Joey?

  73. B.Stover
    3:38 pm on June 24th, 2011

    Rio: What should the oven be set at for your More Hamburger than Cabbage Rolls?

  74. BearSpiritDog
    3:40 pm on June 24th, 2011

    Melanie: One of the reasons you are having rain lately is due to the recent pool purchase. Just a sad fact of life.

    Hi SnowBella: Good to hear the earthquake was far away.

    B: I can’t image anything other than a novel containing over, or even close to, 300 pages. Verbose indeed.

  75. B.Stover
    3:43 pm on June 24th, 2011

    Thank you Kirby! I think I’ll copy that and put it on the essay of any student who uses “etc.” (I always tell them that that word makes me very curious about the details that they’re leaving out. Lazy…….).

  76. Melanie
    3:44 pm on June 24th, 2011

    Cute goat and woman!

    Bella, What time do you sign up? Can I put it on my Facebook page? Can I use a picture of AJ and Whitey-Lance at the finish????

    Pretty please???

  77. Melanie
    3:54 pm on June 24th, 2011

    Hey Spencer!

    Are you going to be in the documentary that’s being filmed in Cape Cod this summer?
    Perhaps Admin would like to go down in a shark cage off of Chatham?

    Jacques Cousteau’s son and granddaughter are filming “The White Sharks of Chatham” this summer. I’d love to be in the boat! (NOT IN THE WATER)

  78. Tupper and Gilly
    4:08 pm on June 24th, 2011

    Speaking of sharks – long ago when Mama and Dad were planning their honeymoon, Mama didn’t want to go on a cruise ship cuz she was afraid to sink and get eaten by sharks. So they decided to fly to the islands….until her big brother said”then when the plane comes apart over the ocean, you can look down and see the sharks with catchers mitts”.
    Thanks, bro …. think we’ll just take a nice ride in the country.

  79. B.Stover
    4:18 pm on June 24th, 2011

    I’m on the Main Courses for the cookbook.

    “It is good food and not fine words that keeps me alive”
    Moliere’s Les Femmes savants

    (I’m putting epigraphs at the beginning of each section.)

    Did you know that “entree” has three meanings? A dish served between courses (French I think); a dish served before the roast in England; the main dish in the U.S.

  80. Tupper and Gilly
    4:22 pm on June 24th, 2011

    Ummm – Bee -how can a dish be served between courses? Wouldn’t that make it a course?

  81. Wölfie
    4:26 pm on June 24th, 2011

    Rebeccer –

    When will you learn that you have won back the $3,000 for the Iditarod? Mom and I are going to think positively. That would be a very nice bonus!

  82. Riö - The Evil Pug
    4:28 pm on June 24th, 2011

    Stover!… Don’t ask me! …sniff!…I don’t know how to bake More Hamburger Than Cabbage Rolls…snort!

    Sharks!…With Catchers Mitts…heh!snort!heh!….Good one!

  83. BearSpiritDog
    4:38 pm on June 24th, 2011

    Barb&Magpie: Very nice picture. What a little cutie she is!

    SnowBella: Exciting news about the Iditarod signup! Paws crossed from the Pack that you win the entrance fee back. I don’t envy you your hectic scheduling. Just preparing for the trip to the lower states would be daunting enough, without having to attend to all those extra details, such as posting the auction items. Good luck in getting everything accomplished prior to take-off.

    B. Funny! Your earlier question to Kirby almost sounded like a Snoopy joke: “Knock knock: Why did the King of Siam keep saying etcetera?…”

  84. B.Stover
    4:48 pm on June 24th, 2011

    Your friend sent me an email with the answer Rio.

    T&G: Good point. It is a dish served between main courses. Pondering…but you know how the French love to eat. Of course, “they” are a nation of excellent cooks and fine cuisine and they gave us so many beautiful cooking words such as “cuisine” which literally means “kitchen.” (There are actually more than three definitions of “entree.”)

    I’m starving.

  85. B.Stover
    4:49 pm on June 24th, 2011

    I’m probably going to gain at least ten pounds by the time I’ve finished proofing and typing out this cookbook…….

    4:51 pm on June 24th, 2011

    Bee, Whenever I don’t know, I think 350 is safe, unless it says slow oven -then maybe 300, or high temp then 425-450. I think 350 is a safe default, unless Rio has other ideas.

  87. BearSpiritDog
    4:51 pm on June 24th, 2011

    T&G: Yikes! Those sharks mean business with the catcher’s gloves. I wonder if they are wearing white bibs too. Remembering back to Unbroken it makes us shudder to think of it. Agreed – it is better to stay on dry land.

    All this sudden talk of food is reminding me I have not yet had lunch. No shark reference intended, smirk. I shall return…

  88. Siber-H
    4:52 pm on June 24th, 2011

    I wonder if the Iditarod’s website will tell us how many mushers sign up tomorrow. We’ll see.

    You guys should go to the Iditarod’s website and click on mushers up at the top. They have a lot of red tape and forms to deal with, but not all at once.

  89. Riö - The Evil Pug
    4:52 pm on June 24th, 2011

    Auction!….The thought of Rebeccer being away from home during the Auction is making me very nervous….wuffle! …What if she can’t get to a computer?…sniff! … We can’t postpone! We’ve Advertized already!…yeep!

  90. B.Stover
    5:07 pm on June 24th, 2011

    Barb: 350 was the answer for the More Burger than Cabbage Rolls.

    Rio: You worry too much.

    SH: Can you post the address for the Iditarod’s website? What is it that has a fee? The site that you check during the race….

  91. Snowhook Bella
    5:14 pm on June 24th, 2011

    Rio: No need to worry, no need to fret. We will make it work. I’m getting excited for everything going on: Iditarod sign up, patches, auction, cookbook, no mosquitoes!

  92. Melanie
    5:17 pm on June 24th, 2011

    Bella, before you leave, on Sat. can I put up that you’ve signed up or should I wait for Sunday???

  93. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:23 pm on June 24th, 2011

    Mosquitoes! ….No Mosquitoes….grunt!….Well, Rebeccer must not be coming to my neck of the woods because we are over-run with mesquites this summer…..grumble! ….She’s always trying to spray that smelling stuff on me to keep them away, but it doesn’t work that well and I just end up stinking worse than usual….heh!

  94. BearSpiritDog
    5:30 pm on June 24th, 2011

    Question: Was it the girlfriend’s salon and/or dog grooming routines that are to blame for the recent capture of Baddy Bulger? Or, did his companion of the last 15 years turn him in for the alleged 2 million dollar bounty.

  95. Snowhook Bella
    5:36 pm on June 24th, 2011

    Melanie: Once we enter officially, I will post on Chet’s. We couldn’t sign up without the Plunderers so you’ll be there with us.

  96. Siber-H
    5:39 pm on June 24th, 2011

    Stover, Just google Iditarod Sled Dog Race and their website will come. I don’t know how to make a link. Mom never taught me. (whispering)She doesn’t know how to either

    During the race, updates are free to all, but in order to see the videos, which I highly recommend, there is a fee to subscribe. There is an additional fee to subscribe to the GPS tracking system where you get to watch the little green flags move across Alaska during the race. Each green flag represents a musher and his team. Last year, it was the little green flag that told me that AJ and our team of heroes were once again on the move. I think the total for the videos and the GPS Tracker is around $33.

    During the race, there are also free updates and a few videos on the Anchorage Daily News website.
    Oh, on the Iditarods website, where you pay the fee is called the Iditarod Insider…”Become an Iditarod Insider” You can also sign up for free emails from the Iditarod Trail Committee.

    During the race, there is also good information to be found on the Iditarod’s Discussion Forums. It is free, but can take some time to read it all.

    The leaderboard standings and the updates are usually way behind the times during the race on the Iditarods website. Using the GPS tracker is so much more efficient. Also, it is addictive.

  97. Siber-H
    5:54 pm on June 24th, 2011

    I forgot to mention and this is important!!! If you subscribe to the videos, you get to watch boths starts of the race that is streamed live. There is a ceremonial start in Anchorage and the next day, there is the true start in Willow. You would get to see AJ and the team start in both cities. You also get to see the winner come in to Nome. They stream it all live.
    The rest of the mushers and teams that come in you get to see on their videos, but not live. I saw the video of AJ and the team come in last race. Totally Awesome!!

  98. BearSpiritDog
    5:56 pm on June 24th, 2011


    We signed up in March for the free Iditarod emails.

    I don’t think I ever asked how all this interest in the race came about. I know that you, being a Siberian Husky and all, got the Plunderers involved in it; but how long have you been following the sport of Iditarod racing?

  99. Siber-H
    6:02 pm on June 24th, 2011

    tee hee and one more thing…if you subscribe to their videos you will have access to all the videos from the past races. You can see AJ and the team in last year’s race. These are short videos, but I think there are at least a couple of him and the dogs.

  100. BARB & MAGGIE
    6:03 pm on June 24th, 2011

    Bear, I don’t think the girl friend turned him in, because they said 1 day after the PSAs aired, someone phoned in to the polce or FBI.

    Also, on the baby goat pic, it is hard to tell, but Ingrid is really little and weighs only about 10-12 lbs. She looks bigger in the photo. She has not joined the Marauders yet, as she still needs “the woobies”.

  101. Melanie
    6:06 pm on June 24th, 2011

    Hi Siber-H, you were up there with your hat on!

    I think it was two years ago that Siber-H was watching it and a couple more of us started watching it. Then Whitey-Lance went missing and EVERYONE was interested!

    From one small snowball . . .

  102. B.Stover
    6:06 pm on June 24th, 2011

    SH: Thank you. I’ve copied and pasted your instructions to save them.

  103. Siber-H
    6:07 pm on June 24th, 2011

    Bear, mom has been folowing the Iditarod since around 1985. It was once shown on ABC’s Wild World of Sports. It involved dogs and the wilderness and that is all she needed to get hooked. Following the Iditarod just comes naturally to me. There have been teams of purebred Sibers that have finished the race, but we won’t win. The important thing is that they have a fun trip through the wilderness.

  104. Siber-H
    6:12 pm on June 24th, 2011

    You are welcome, Stover, It is a good thing you are saving what I said because I may not remember it all next time.

  105. bluecat
    6:17 pm on June 24th, 2011

    Siber-H – Wow. 1985 is longer than most of us four-leggeds have been alive, maybe other than the horses. Wow.

    Have a good weekend, Everybody.

  106. dawson
    6:28 pm on June 24th, 2011

    Finally off work.
    Your posts today made me laugh and laugh. Except the ones about Bulger. I refuse to call that scumbag the name of our wonderful Iditarod champion Whitey-Lance.
    B.Stover: If one of your students uses too many acronyms, just scrawl SOL on their paper…in red ink!
    Mosquitoes! The first batch…the stupid ones that are easy to kill are gone…and now the smarter ones are around. I have been stalking one for 1/2 hour and missed every attempt at murdering the little b…. I finally went into the hall closet and got out an electronic mosquito zapper and put batteries in it. Now that mosquito is nowhere to be found.

  107. BearSpiritDog
    6:32 pm on June 24th, 2011

    Melanie & Siber-H: Thank you for the background information on the race.

    Note: As of today, 50 people have “liked” the Patch on ChetTheDog’s Facebook page. And, is it any wonder? This Creation is Awesome! (ugh! a word I thoroughly dislike, but which somehow fits the occasion)

  108. BearSpiritDog
    6:58 pm on June 24th, 2011

    Dawson: Hmm..those electronic mosquito zappers have always reminded me of a kind of Dr. Frankenstein device. Beware little Kamikaze Pilots of the Insect World – Prepare to Die! WAAHAHA.

  109. dawson
    7:01 pm on June 24th, 2011

    I did rescue a little spider at work today with the cup and index card method, releasing the little critter outside. It is raining anyway.

  110. B.Stover
    7:04 pm on June 24th, 2011

    Dawson: You’re making me laugh.

    Awful…filled with awe.

  111. Melanie
    7:13 pm on June 24th, 2011

    We watched “Gone Baby Gone” yesterday. Very good and very depressing movie.
    Today we watched a “Eureka” episode. Needed to laugh.

    Radar (RAdio Detection And Ranging) is showing green, yellow and red coming out way.

    Great . . . 🙁

  112. Melanie
    7:14 pm on June 24th, 2011

    Of course, that should be “our” not “out”.

  113. BearSpiritDog
    7:42 pm on June 24th, 2011

    B: Seriously? Awful means filled with awe? It kind of makes sense in a warped sort of way…

  114. BearSpiritDog
    7:47 pm on June 24th, 2011


    I remember that movie – where the mom isn’t coming home and the dad takes the girls on a trip to explain what happened.

    Batten down the hatches and stay safe!

  115. Melanie
    7:51 pm on June 24th, 2011

    “E” . . . . . “F” . . . . . “E” . . . . “F” . . . . “E” . . .”F” . . .”E” . .”F” . . “E” . “F”

    snicker, that’s what the storms would sound like coming our way!

  116. Melanie
    7:56 pm on June 24th, 2011

    I leave you with that enigma and tot off to bed!


  117. Tupper and Gilly
    8:11 pm on June 24th, 2011

    Hey Bear – the way they got Bad Bulger was by posting photos of the girlfriend as PSA’s during shows like Oprah and some doctor show. The girlfriend went to the dentist monthly for some work, and most of the neighbors knew her.
    Some of the neighbors say that she was nice, but he had “rage issues”. especially if he saw her talking to the neighbors. One neighbor even said that if he had acted nicer, she never would have paid him any attention.
    (but he was known to be kind to a local stray cat and fed it daily)
    The Fibbies are keeping very close mouthed about who actually turned the two of them in (thank dog), but they have said now that they had “multiple reports” the day the PSAs ran.

    Rio – as to the mosquito spray…would a Pug by any other name smell as sweet?

  118. Tupper and Gilly
    8:16 pm on June 24th, 2011

    (or does anyone else get it?)
    We will be up all night trying to puzzle that one out.

  119. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:16 pm on June 24th, 2011

    SOL!… Scrawled in Red Ink like blood is dripping off of it…heh!… I love it!…snort! …That will teach your acronym abusing students Stover!…snort!

    Eureka!… Are the new episodes of Eureka on???,,,,,snort!…We have sorely miss that quirky science fiction show…whistle!wheeze!

  120. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:18 pm on June 24th, 2011

    Rose!… Rockies 3 ta 2…heh!snort!

    Melanie!… An enigma unto herself…sneeze!

  121. B.Stover
    8:22 pm on June 24th, 2011

    Bear: At one time it meant filled with awe. “Great potentates do kneel with awful fear” (Marlowe). Now the connotation is disapproval.

  122. BearSpiritDog
    8:25 pm on June 24th, 2011

    Acronyms! Funny how Spence’s 2nd book turned into one. Put THAT in your pipe and smoke it..chortle

  123. B.Stover
    8:26 pm on June 24th, 2011

    Rio: I think that Melanie said previously that she had never watched Eureka and is now watching it from the beginning on Netflix.

  124. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:28 pm on June 24th, 2011

    Aweful!… If the Rockies weren’t on I would participate in the “Awful” conversation because this is very interesting….sniff!… How did the word go from Awe Filled to having a bad connotation?…wuffle!

  125. Redbone Hound
    8:34 pm on June 24th, 2011

    Miz Bee – down here, we say “awful” when we mean “very” as in “it was awful nice of y’all to invite me” or “that flower arrangment is awful pleasin’ to the eye”.
    How’d that part come about?

  126. Basil and Sage
    8:36 pm on June 24th, 2011

    So Rio – when we call you an awful Pug, you know we only mean in the most awe struck way.

  127. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:36 pm on June 24th, 2011

    Home Run!….Woooo!….Tulo just hit a homer at Yankee Stadium…heh!…Rose, are you sitting down right now?…snort!snort!…The air on the field looks kind of foggy. Is it foggy weather or is it smoggy weather?…grunt!

  128. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:38 pm on June 24th, 2011

    Herbs!…Lets let Stover explain the Word before we jump to the conclusion that Awful really means Awesome, as in the case of Me….heh!

  129. Siber-H
    8:43 pm on June 24th, 2011

    I’m watching the game with you, Rio.

  130. BearSpiritDog
    8:46 pm on June 24th, 2011

    B & Rio: From Aweful/filled with awe to awful/terrifying. Perhaps because of the “kneeling in awful fear” it became known as a word filled with dread/terrifying, a terrifying experience.

  131. Siber-H
    8:56 pm on June 24th, 2011

    Rio, To answer your question about the weather at the ballgame…the announcers said there are storms all around them and the air is very dense.

  132. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:03 pm on June 24th, 2011

    SiberH!… I could cut that air with one of my chew sticks… snort!….Doesn’t seem to be hindering the Rockies at all so far though…heh!snort!heh!…. We have to go upstairs and check on our Hebrew National Hotdog. The only one that was left!….grump!…Her mother says she does not like them, so where did they all go, I ask you?….sniff! sniff!

  133. Masquers
    9:04 pm on June 24th, 2011

    Hmm..still doesn’t explain how it went from that to a word of disapproval “bad” as it is used today. B, do you know?

    Redbone: Awfully, used as an adverb instead of an adjective, means very – as in awfully (very) nice.

  134. Masquers
    9:07 pm on June 24th, 2011

    Rose! Are you watching the game? I believe you have a bet with Rio.

  135. Snowhook Bella
    9:19 pm on June 24th, 2011

    How is that despite my best intnetions to work from home today, I find myself in the office for another late night. Sheesh…

  136. BearSpiritDog
    9:24 pm on June 24th, 2011

    SnowBella: It’s all that last minute pre-trip stuff to contend with. Does your faithful companion still accompany you? Or did he stay at home as the Guard Dog?

  137. B.Stover
    9:29 pm on June 24th, 2011

    Let’s see….awful is derived from Old English “egeful” meaning dreadful which in turn is derived from Greek “achos” meaning pain. I think we derive “ache” from it. As Bear said, awful can be used to mean very or extremely. In other words it has the connotation of intensified–awfully cold. That’s how Redbone was using it.

    Awe is derived from Old English “ege” meaning “fear.” “Awesome” goes back to the 17th Century and meant inspiring awe or fear. The connotation of reverence and fear is from bibical usage. The way it is used now meaning “impressive” is 20th Century.

    I think I’ve forgotten the original question…..

  138. BearSpiritDog
    9:29 pm on June 24th, 2011

    I am going to watch Company Men. Has anyone seen it?
    Will be back tomorrow. Good Night All

  139. B.Stover
    9:36 pm on June 24th, 2011

    I think the original question was, how did the meaning get from awe-filled to a negative connotation. The answer is that it was a negative connotation then. Filled with awe meant filled with fear. I think the question is, how did we get to a positive connotation with “awesome.” Any ideas?

  140. Masquers
    9:47 pm on June 24th, 2011

    B: Thanks for the explanation. I had no idea that Awesome was a 17th Century word. Pretty impressive; if only it wasn’t thrown around so frequently these days. Somehow it doesn’t seem to retain its original connotation.

    Goodnight and Good game to Rio, Siber & Rose.

    I’m off for a late night snack. See you at the morning light.

  141. Tyb
    9:49 pm on June 24th, 2011

    I just got home from work and I’m a little late to chime in on acronyms, but I have to say I love them. If it weren’t for them, I wouldn’t have a name. Thank You Blou.

  142. Masquers
    9:54 pm on June 24th, 2011

    B. This is quite interesting. Perhaps we can continue this conversation tomorrow when Rio isn’t listening to the ballgame. If you guys figure it out let me know and I’ll read it in the morning news, so to speak. – M

  143. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:56 pm on June 24th, 2011

    Stover!… I think that whole awesome thing started with that movie, Bill and Teds Excellent Adventure…snort!… I’m just guessing, but that’s what crossed my pug mind…sniff!…There is no way we would ever watch it again to see if the word “awesome” is used, but there’s a good chance it was…heh!

  144. Siber-H
    10:13 pm on June 24th, 2011

    WOO WOO Rockies Won!!! Ubaldo Won!! WOO WOO

  145. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:14 pm on June 24th, 2011

    WOOOOO! ….Yee Haw!!!!…Ninety nine bottles of beer in my bed! Ninety nine bottles of beer!….Woooooo! …The Rockies finally beat the Yankees…snort!

  146. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:15 pm on June 24th, 2011
  147. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    10:16 pm on June 24th, 2011

    Way to go Rockies. Way to go Ubaldo. Woo! Woo! Wookie

  148. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:16 pm on June 24th, 2011

    Sweep!…Sweep!Sweep!…snort!…this might be a tad premature…heh!…Sweep!Sweep!Sweep!…yahoooowooooo!woooooo!

  149. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:18 pm on June 24th, 2011

    Bobs!…I need MORE Bobs!…dammit!…Woooooo!

  150. B.Stover
    10:22 pm on June 24th, 2011

    I’m not familiar with the movie Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure. I think it’s in the Anglican Book of Common Prayer that “awesome” is used in reference to “Supreme Being.” There may be a connection between that and the current usage of “awesome” as “impressive” though I doubt that the younger people who overuse the term would have that connection in mind. Is the movie something younger people would have seen?

  151. Barb & Maggie
    10:26 pm on June 24th, 2011

    T & G, we agree, we want Melanie to explain all those Es and Fs. We don’t have a clue what she means. Does anyone else?

    We are off to bed shortly. Sweet dreams and be safe everyone.

  152. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:26 pm on June 24th, 2011

    Stover!… Bill and Ted were the apitemy of “dudes” back in the day…snort!… It’s actually an “old” movie, probably made in the 80’s. …chorkel!… My friend remembers it fondly, kind of…heh!

  153. Siber-H
    10:28 pm on June 24th, 2011

    That movie was released in 1989.

  154. B.Stover
    10:35 pm on June 24th, 2011

    I’m out of energy. I’ll look up that movie tomorrow. (I take it the Rockies won….LOL). Good night all.

  155. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:49 pm on June 24th, 2011

    Movie!… It’s Friday night and we are still up watching another classic, not in the same class as Bill and Ted but good non the less…heh!…Chinatown with a young Faye Dunaway and Jack Nicholson….snort!…. Wasn’t it Melanie and the Pack that said I looked like Jack when I made my first photo appearance here?…heh!…Chet said I looked like an “Old time bad guy”….sniff!… Or something like that….snorkel!…Well, I’ve proved him wrong! …gruff!

  156. Siber-H
    10:58 pm on June 24th, 2011

    I don’t remember who it was that said you look like Jack, but you sorta do. Jack should feel flattered.

    I’m sorry Rebecca had to go into the office so late in the day. She is going to have a busy weekend. Time to sign up for the Iditarod. Yippie!!!

    Night All

  157. Siber-H
    11:00 pm on June 24th, 2011

    pps, Rio, The game begins at 10:30 am tomorrow.

  158. Tupper and Gilly
    11:05 pm on June 24th, 2011

    Bill and Teds Excellent Adventure mentioned in the same paragraph as the Anglican Book of Common Prayer….
    only on Chet’s Blog….
    G’night all

  159. Kirby T. Penworthy
    11:05 pm on June 24th, 2011

    Rio: Now that you’re finished watching the Rockies, maybe you can cross your paws for my boy’s USC Gamecocks. Right now they’re tied at 2-2 with Virginia. We’re getting ready to come up to bat in the bottom of the 12th inning. Both teams keep loading the bases and then getting out before they can do anything about it. If the Gamecocks win they defend their national championship. If they lose they have to play Virginia again tomorrow, with the winner going to the championship game. Yowsa!!!

  160. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:11 pm on June 24th, 2011

    Gamecocks!…..Holy smoke! That’s a big game!….wooo!… I have all four paws and my tail crossed for them tonight. I just hope I’m not too late….snort!snort!…I will have to recycle Bobs if they win though, I’ve used them all up on those damned Yankees…heh! …GO GAMECOCKS!….Woooo!

  161. Kirby T. Penworthy
    11:27 pm on June 24th, 2011

    OK. Virginia had the bases loaded with no outs, then a batter struck out and the next hit into a double play to end their at-bat. Bottom of the 13th, Gamecocks up. Wow!

  162. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:33 pm on June 24th, 2011

    Wow!…Bottom of the 13th and still tied!…snort!…Kirby, are you at home watching the game, or are you at the game?…wooo!…How exciting is this??….chuffle!

  163. Kirby T. Penworthy
    11:37 pm on June 24th, 2011

    WOOHOO! Bunt — bad throw to third — runner scores! Gamecocks win it in the bottom of the 13th inning!!!

  164. Kirby T. Penworthy
    11:43 pm on June 24th, 2011

    Rio: We’re watching at home. My boy is at a convention up in Ohio, so I don’t know if he’s watching or not.

    Now we play Florida on Monday for the championship — actually it’s a best-of-three series. We’ll be watching — but my girl (the one from Clemson) won’t be happy about it! We need to get one of those house-divided license plates!!!

  165. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:16 am on June 25th, 2011

    Admin!… I’ve been thinking about Admin’s time dilemma….snort!… Here is what I’ve been thinking. Admin is trying to tell us what it is like being a full time writer. A successful one at that! …heh!…He has books out the Ying Yang waiting to be published! Before that can happen he has to go backward in his memories to work with his editor on fixing and improving bits of the story which he wrote last year or even earlier….sniff! ….He always has to think of the next idea and imagine the future plot of this next story. There are lots of decisions to be made before beginning a new book!…yup! …So the poor guy is sort of trapped in the past and the future and sometimes maybe this blog over-whelms him. …snorkel!…Although, at times he does surprise us and actually seems aware of what is happening down here in the comments area…whoa!…That is what I think happened this morning…heh!….An Awakening….cough!

    G’night!… We will have to finish the most “Excellent” movie tomorrow…heh!…If I get to post it will be a minor miracle, because those two have lots of work planned for the weekend all involving moving stuff…grump!…I’m staying the hell out of it..wuffle!

    Gamecocks!… Are the Winners!!…snort!snort!….Wooo! ….That is most excellent news…yes!

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