History Class: From Robbie Forester and the Outlaws of Sherwood Street

“The robber barons,” said Mr. Stinecki in history class the next day, “is the name given to a group of industrialists and financiers in the latter half of the nineteenth century. Can we name some of them?”

“Rockefeller.”

“Carnegie.”

“Morgan.”

“Vanderbilt.”

“Duke.”

“Gould.”

“Flagler.”

“Flagler?” said Signe Stone. “I think I’m related to him.”

“Does the development office know?” said Mr. Stinecki.

Maybe that was a joke; if so, no one laughed. Mr. Stinecki was in his second year at Thatcher. There were rumors that he wasn’t being asked back for a third.

We spent the rest of the period on the robber barons. We learned that Morgan swatted photographers with his gold-tipped cane, that Gould tried to kidnap a Scottish lord named Gordon-Gordon, almost starting a war between the U.S. and Canada, and that Rockefeller once said, “God gave me the money.”

“Any questions?” said Mr. Stinecki.

Welcome happy dude, dude and human companion, Alicia, Blue.

Congratulations to AJ and the Snowhook team on yesterday’s victory up in Alaska! Is there a picture we can post tomorrow? Probably a good time to post a whole reminder about Snowhook, the Iditarod, sled dog racing, everything.

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85 Responses to “History Class: From Robbie Forester and the Outlaws of Sherwood Street”

  1. Melanie
    9:09 am on January 29th, 2012

    Thanks Chet, Spence and Admin! I loved The Giant’s words on Facebook. home. won race. sleep now.

    Zoë has now finished Robbie! She loves it! That’s two of us. I’m visiting Dan today and bringing home his iPad and will put Robbie on that.

    It was great to come down and read about The Giant and all’s WIN!

    I found something for them that I will have Franklin blur over, I wish it could be for real, but hey, our intrepid Snowhook clan can get virtually toasted.

  2. Melanie
    9:12 am on January 29th, 2012

    It only weighs 150 lbs (without the water) and is heated by wood!
    http://www.dutchtub.com

    Stay warm and toasty today for those of you are cold! I am going up into the attic to find a box. I am allergic to the attic. :(

    I will be wearing a scarf over my nose and mouth and get take a shower immediately. THEN start the washing machine. Yup, you can teach an old dog tricks. Especially when our water is REALLY cold.

  3. B.Stover
    9:43 am on January 29th, 2012

    Well done Snowhook! That is excellent news.

    Good morning Melanie and all.

  4. dawson
    10:23 am on January 29th, 2012

    We won! We won! We are wonderful!

    MacyMinPin: Happy 3rd birthday to Annie and Biddie.

    Melanie: I love that tub. Snowhook won’t mind if I use it.

    I was laying in bed this morning thinking about how long I was going to sleep in when I realized it was Sunday, not Monday and I’d better get up right now to go to work.

    Enjoy Sundays with Robbie.

  5. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    10:43 am on January 29th, 2012

    I finished Robbie last night. I loved it!

  6. Tyb
    11:08 am on January 29th, 2012

    Congratulations to the Snowhook team. Great job.

  7. Barb & Maggie
    11:15 am on January 29th, 2012

    Good morning all.

    Congrats to A J and the whole team. Job well done. Rebecca, are you felling better? Are you sure it’s the flu? Tee Hee!

    Rockefeller thought God gave him the money? Origin of the entitlement syndrome?

    Cold here today, but going up to the 40s by mid week.

    Split pea soup on the stove. Smells really good!

  8. Rose
    11:20 am on January 29th, 2012

    WOOOOOOOOHOOOOOO AJ! There is much twirling going on here!

    Rebecca: I hope your tummy is better today!

    Snowhook RULES!!!!

    Rio: Please check your SDD when able.

    The thrill of victory….CONGRATULATIONS SNOWHOOK!!!!!

  9. Tupper and Gilly
    11:36 am on January 29th, 2012

    Is there anything better than a gentle, modest, hard working and victorious Giant.

    Nope. Can’t think of anything.

    (well, there IS a huge t-bone, gnawed while laying in the soft green grass with the sun shining all around. But that’s kind of a whole different category)

    Off to the Mud Room. Congrats again Snowhook – you RULE!

  10. Melanie
    11:44 am on January 29th, 2012

    Never did get into the attic. :)

    Had some bad news. A woman I know, not close but we got in touch every year, also has HCV. She now has IV stage cirrhosis with complications. Whew, Thank the Creator for steering me to the right people, the right choices, and having a family who supports me. Though we have had the infection the same amount of time, as my regular doc says, I’m pretty healthy for having all these problems!

    Thinking of her today. Hope she makes the transplant list.

  11. Gus & BooBear
    12:22 pm on January 29th, 2012

    That’s so sad, Melanie. As Dad’s mom used to say “there but by the grace of God go I”. You are blessed with a fantastic family.

    Way to go, AJ, Rebecca and all Snowhook dogs and persons. Fun to run a race, even more fun to WIN the race. Everytime Mom and Dad look at the race pictures, they wonder how in the world they EVER thought they could live in Alaska!!

    Happy BDay and Frosty Paws to Annie and Biddie (and to the bitch that had them, you should get more than your fair share, Macy! We’ve seen pictures of those girls and don’t know how you did it(you being so small and dainty). You must have gotten swept off your feet by some big brute!

    SiberH, Mom is headed to the Iditarod site to see what’s up. Hope all shows up as it should today.

  12. Kirby T. Penworthy
    12:30 pm on January 29th, 2012

    Hey y’all! Congratulations and lots of paw slaps for the two- and four-leggeds at Snowhook!!!

    Mom and Dad are going to a USC women’s basketball game, so I’ll be off the computer for the afternoon. Back later, y’all!

  13. Sam
    12:53 pm on January 29th, 2012

    I had a wonderful time yesterday helping my Girl study. There I was, just like a regular college student. Studying is done by texting on the iPhone and having friends drop in. Who knew?

    Then Daddy showed up to take me home and I said I lived at college now. Well, soon I was zooming on the I-90 again.

  14. C. Harris
    1:20 pm on January 29th, 2012

    Another -52 and where I used to live years ago is at -62. Need to go into town again today. There is not enough face cream in the world to keep my skin “dewey fresh” at these temps. I use three kinds of chapsticks just to keep my lips from cracking. If the ice fog is bad, I may give up and stay put; this driving 20 miles below the speed limit trying to see is exhausting.

    I hope Rebecca and AJ are warm, safe and happy at their place. I wonder if the dogs realized they won the race as opposed to just finishing.

  15. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    1:30 pm on January 29th, 2012

    I think your girl needs you, Sam.

    CHarris, it makes me cold just thinking about those temps!

  16. B.Stover
    1:45 pm on January 29th, 2012

    Sam: I hope some studying got done in between the texting and dropping in.

    CHarris: I always find that a bit of Vaseline on face and lips does the job.

    It’s snowing in earnest here.

  17. OleyHowlers
    1:48 pm on January 29th, 2012

    Happy Sunday! Happy Snowhook Day !
    Pop had to get up at 5:00 am and go to work, so breakfast for the ‘rents waited until he got back home at 12:30 ! Thankfully, we ate right on time.
    Kat is to limit her activity, so we are helping her limit by showing her how to lie about in the sun with us.
    Rebecca, hope your tummy is better and that your aches go away, especially your hand which you should not have been using for you-know-what after your fall.

  18. Masquers
    2:38 pm on January 29th, 2012

    And the winner is…….AJ & SNOWHOOK!!!
    AJ and the team won. We knew they would. Bear says it was in the stars or the cards or something like that. After seeing the unusually aspicious numbers at the start of the race, he predicted victory. We didn’t say anything because we didn’t want to jinx it.
    Will be back tomorrow. Until then fellow Plunderers. Plunder on!
    CONGRATULATIONS ONCE AGAIN TO AJ, REBECCA AND SNOWHOOK!!!

  19. Siber-H
    3:18 pm on January 29th, 2012

    We loved the Robbie book and the main characters in it. It is different in a good sort of way.

    What a Race last night!! Congratulations once again to Snowhook! I hope all of them are getting some much needed rest now.

    C.Harris, Hang in there. The sun is making it’s way back to you bringing warmth with it.

    Gus&BooBear, Let me know if the Iditarod Insider is working for you.

  20. Snowhook Bella
    3:20 pm on January 29th, 2012

    Once we returned home from the finish line last night, there was still much to be done like dog chores—the priority of the to-do list. Once we settled in the house last night it was clear that neither of us would be awake for long. When I returned to the living room after turning the light off in the kitchen, there was AJ on the couch slumped to the side, using Tenzing as a pillow. I tried to get him to come to bed. He shook his head. I lifted his feet to the couch and turned off the lamp. He didn’t take off his mushing gear until he finally came to bed at 5 a.m.

    Elim, a very good boy, keeps me awake throughout the night every time he sleeps in the house so we now have an understading. Run 50 miles and you can sleep in the house. Last night he followed me in the house as I brought in the last armful of firewood. Elim found a spot near the fire and slept, only waking when Tenzing came in for the night. The latter welcomed the former with a lick on each side of the mouth and a tail wag. Elim returned the gesture and then returned to his sleep. Until AJ came inside—calling for Tenzing to focus his attention on the musher—Tenzing curled up next to Elim.

    Thank you to each of you again for all your support. I read your comments to AJ this morning when we finally woke up. He said thank you and laughed several times.

    We ate cheesecake for breakfast.

  21. Siber-H
    3:27 pm on January 29th, 2012

    You guys, Notice up there that Spence has requested a Snowhook picture for tomorrow. I would do it, but I don’t know how to do it. (as we all know)

    We haven’t heard from Mollypop’s Mom in a few days.

  22. Snowhook Bella
    3:29 pm on January 29th, 2012

    CHarris: Our temperatures are warmer than your temps by about 15 degrees. My hands sting from the dryness; I burnt the tops of my hands on Friday evening—a story for another time—so, the cracks and burns are very tender. I have found that body butter works better than any type of lotion I’ve tried. I can’t remember the name of the brand, but Costco sells body butter of different flavors; someone gave them to me years ago as a gift and I was so disappointed when I ran out, but I believe they still sell them. As for chapstick, above all that I’ve tried, Lip Smacker Naturals seem to work the best for me. They come in little brown colored packaging; I’ve found them near the regular Lip Smacker section at the grocery store. This seems to work best for my dry lips; I have cracks in the corners of my mouth that sting from the dryness and this seems to help, too.

  23. Melanie
    4:00 pm on January 29th, 2012

    Back from visiting Dan. He had all these things he wanted me to do. I had to call him when I got to a certain point. I had to bring Patsy in (as if I wouldn’t) and on and on.

    Turns out he wanted to sit in the front waiting room to show off Patsy! Heck with me! He had been complaining that everyone was older than he was and not fun to talk to … so I met about 10 people he knew by name. All younger than he was and all loved Patsy. One woman cried because she missed her dogs. I think she was my age.

    All in all a good visit, but I’m totally exhausted. Going to “shut my eyes” just for a second!

  24. Riö - The Evil Pug
    4:17 pm on January 29th, 2012

    Winner!… Am I too late to congratulate AJ and the Junior A-Team on their big win last night?….Wooooo!… I hope not! Congratulations AJ and Team and Rebecca and Jeremy! What a great job by all involved. That was all very exciting and exhausting for sure….wheeze!

    Dizzy!… We’ve been very busy all day and even now she has a list of things to try and get done before Monday morning rolls around…snort! … But before I take off again to parts unknown I just want to say some things that have been on my flat head for a while now….grunt!

    Expensive!… I know Rebecca will never ask us because she says we Plunderers and Lurkers have done more than enough in regards to helping her and AJ get to this years Iditarod….snort!… I respect that but I am still going to bring it up. The Last Great Race is a very, very expensive race to run. This fact alone keeps many a musher and his team from entering the race. I’ve learned that it costs at least $27,000.00 to run the race. And that is bare-boning it. To do it right would cost a whole lot more….grunt!

    Needs!…Rebecca has told me in confidence (which I am breaking on purpose, sorry Rebecca) that they still need to pay for the teams food and meat for the race, the shipping of the Drop Bags, AJ’s food, other odds and ends which always arise as the race draws near. I think she said the Shipping cost for the drop bags alone was $1000.00. So then add in all the food and other stuff. It’s quite a lot of expense yet….wheeze!

    Donations!….So I’m not sure if you guys are up to the task of stocking another store, maybe a Valentines Boutique or what….sniff!… I just hope and wish we could all do more right now when the need is becoming the greatest. If anyone has any ideas or suggestions please say so….wuffle!… We all love Snowhook and we all want AJ and the A-Team to have the best possible chance of doing the best they can in the Last Great Race!…snort! ….I have to leave again for a while, but I hope you guys are with me for the last big push to the Start Line!….Woooooo!

  25. Gus & BooBear
    4:34 pm on January 29th, 2012

    Rio, Mom has a couple of items she can donate to the boutique and she is planning to include a check in the envelope with the picture of us to go on the ride. And if we have another sale in the boutique, she will be shopping (for sure).

    SiberH, our Insider page is still blank. We clicked on the technical help, but that didn’t give us any information that you hadn’t already provided. Perhaps later, Mollypop’s Mom can give us some guidance. She probably been busy skiing this weekend.

    Hope to see some great pictures of the race tomorrow.

  26. Siber-H
    4:49 pm on January 29th, 2012

    I have an announcement to make!! WOO WOO

    Mom and Dad are going to sponsor a checkpoint in my name!!! How cool is that!

    As Rio has said, the Iditarod is very expensive to take part in.
    Snowhook has many more expenses. Whatever you guys can do to help them out would be greatly appreciated. We want to give Snowhook every chance to run a great race. Rebecca knows nothing about this appeal.

    Perhaps a buddy system could be one way of making donations. Plunderers could go together and sponsor a checkpoint, or meat and food for the dogs, or people food for AJ. Shipping the drop bags cost $1000. The dogs need a lot of quality food and a lot of calories.

    This is a critical time for Snowhook. They need our help!

    Siber-H

  27. Siber-H
    4:52 pm on January 29th, 2012

    Gus&BooBear, It couldn’t be something as simple as having to disable your pop up blocker could it. I am only mentioning this because I had it happen to me once when I wanted to vote on something.

  28. Siber-H
    4:59 pm on January 29th, 2012

    I forgot to add this very important item…Snowhook is still in need of 1000 booties.

  29. B.Stover
    5:08 pm on January 29th, 2012

    Instead of buying items or having another auction, I think it would be much easier if we contribute whatever we can to Snowhook. That’s what I’m going to do.

    SH: How much is it to sponsor a checkpoint?

  30. Barb & Maggie
    5:21 pm on January 29th, 2012

    It’s funny that you brought it up today. We spent the morning working on taxes, and Barb was adding up her donations that she did last year. Snowhook came up, and she was thinking that it was time send them another check, along with my photo. Will try to do that this week.

    We think that would be the easiest and fastest way, not necessarily the most fun. How much is the checkpoint? If hard on one’s budget, maybe several could go together to sponsor one.

    Siber, that is wonderful and such an honor, that your folks are doing that in your name.

    Barb ias heading out for a late company holiday party. Be back tomorrow. Have a great and relaxing evening.

  31. Siber-H
    5:43 pm on January 29th, 2012

    Stover and Barb, It is $250 to sponsor a checkpoint.
    It is $500 to sponsor a dog and in no way does that money cover what one dog can cost a year, but it is a big help.

  32. B.Stover
    6:11 pm on January 29th, 2012

    Thanks SH. I’ll sponsor a checkpoint.

  33. Siber-H
    6:16 pm on January 29th, 2012

    Husky Hugs and kisses to Stover!! WOO WOO

  34. Melanie
    6:23 pm on January 29th, 2012

    Wow, you guys are the best (wiping a tear away).

    Budget is tight right now. Have to think of something …

    I WAY over did it today. Going to bed. TTFN

  35. B.Stover
    6:25 pm on January 29th, 2012

    SH: LOL!

    Sleep well Melanie.

  36. Kirby T. Penworthy
    6:31 pm on January 29th, 2012

    Hey, y’all! Mom and Dad are back from the basketball game — the Lady Gamecocks kicked…well, anyway, they beat the Lady Bulldogs (the Bulldogettes?). But then Mom and Dad went out to eat — without me! What were they thinking?! Dad brought home a box of food, but he won’t give me any. He says it’s chili verde and it would burn the roof of my mouth clear off. Mom says Dad was practically crying when he was eating it!

    As for Snowhook, Mom says we’re planning to send a check with my picture so I can run the Iditarod with AJ. As Rio says, there goes my treat budget! But that’s OK. I’m willing to give up treats for AJ and the gang!

  37. Siber-H
    6:36 pm on January 29th, 2012

    Kirby, Mom won’t let me have green chili either.

  38. Riö - The Evil Pug
    6:54 pm on January 29th, 2012

    Food!… I want to help pay for AJ’s food….sniff!…But I don’t know how much money it takes to feed a Giant while he is running on the Iditarod Trail!…snort!…Rebecca please tell me how much food in $$’s it takes to keep that guy going Tip-Top during the whole race….wheeze!…Maybe I can go in with 2 or 3 others to pay the chow-bill. Anybody out there want to help me?…snort!

  39. Riö - The Evil Pug
    6:58 pm on January 29th, 2012

    Booties!… How is the Bootie-Camp going? …snort!…Or is the Bootie-Camp going at all?…sniff!… If Snowhook needs 1000 booties we need to hear from Rebecca what help she needs from those who want to volunteer their sewing abilities….sneeze!…My friend can’t sew and neither can I, so we cannot help on this front unfortunately…grunt!

  40. OleyHowlers
    7:02 pm on January 29th, 2012

    We are still trying to catch up from 2 nights in a row of no sleep around here. Heading back to bed shortly.

    Rebecca, please check your SDD

  41. Mollypop's Mom
    7:10 pm on January 29th, 2012

    I wish I had been busy skiing, but I’m still recovering from being sick. I have managed to keep up with 1/2 my safety patrol duties. Yesterday I had my family visit – they skied the whole afternoon and evening. After we ate they went in the pool and hot tubs and I fell asleep on the couch.

  42. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:15 pm on January 29th, 2012

    Stover!… I think you are absolutely right…snort!… Let’s not fool around with the Store right now. Cold hard cash is what’s needed …heh!…So if every one does what they can or Bands Together into small groups to cover larger expenses I think that will be quicker and much easier on Rebecca…sniff!.. I don’t think she has the time to spare in the upcoming month to worry about a Store on top of everything else….chuffle!…Although, I do think she has something fun and special planned in February but I will let her tell you all about that….wuffle!

    Store!….Don’t get me wrong!…wheeze!… I love love love The Store. And there will definitely be another re-stocking of the Store this year. Several re-stockings I hope. Puss N’ Boots need to Shop!!….snort!….Right now time is short, so we will make plans for The Store later in the Springtime….sneeze!

  43. Siber-H
    7:33 pm on January 29th, 2012

    Cash does seem to be the best way to help right now.

    My mom, the domestic Goddess, cannot sew either.

  44. Gus & BooBear
    7:37 pm on January 29th, 2012

    Mom can’t sponsor a checkpoint right now, but she’s going to do the Happy Paws Sponsorship Level. Rebecca, she will send that check in with our picture. We may be able to go in with some others on a larger expense (help with AJ’s or the Dog’s food). Hopefully, if the budget continues on its course this year, we may be able to sponsor a dog next year.

  45. Mollypop's Mom
    7:42 pm on January 29th, 2012

    Siber-H – Just because I’m still a bit under the weather does NOT mean you are off the hook for that picture.

    I’ll be back. (Arnold S.)

  46. Siber-H
    7:43 pm on January 29th, 2012

    Whatever anyone can donate helps greatly and it is appreciated.

  47. Siber-H
    7:45 pm on January 29th, 2012

    Mollypop’s Mom, You just take good care of yourself and rest.

    Yark, I made a link yesterday even if it was accidental.

  48. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:46 pm on January 29th, 2012

    Expenses!….What we really need is to hear from Rebecca or AJ breaking down the expenses which will be upcoming very shortly….snort!….It will make the Buddy System of giving easier to organize…heh! …I know they feel like we’ve done enough, but I say, “WE CAN DO MORE”….snuffle!….So I say to Snowhook, put forth some figures for The Plunderers and lets see what happens…..Wooooo!

  49. B.Stover
    7:53 pm on January 29th, 2012

    I hope you start feeling better Mollypop’s mom.

  50. Mollypop's Mom
    8:20 pm on January 29th, 2012

    Thanks, B. I’m not sick any longer but I’m so very very tired.

  51. B.Stover
    8:35 pm on January 29th, 2012

    Mollypop’s mom: Sleep until you are completely rested. Did you go to the doctor?

  52. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:36 pm on January 29th, 2012

    SAG!….We are watching the SAG awards and I keep expecting to see Clarkson appear any minute now…sniffle! ….Where is that guy?….snort!

  53. Tupper and Gilly
    8:47 pm on January 29th, 2012

    Hi everyone – we will keep in mind that the Iditarod is coming up and we will see what we can do to help.

    This has been a happy day here. This is the 8th anniversary of good news. 8 years ago today, Dad’s doctor pronounced him clear of cancer.
    It was a scary time for a while. Dad had a rare kind of prostate cancer – the tumor was very fast growing and they didn’t want to risk treatment with chemo and radiation. He had to have surgery, and that went extremely well- thank Dog we had a WONDERFUL surgeon.
    So, we celebrate every January 29. Another year of health. Another year of LIFE!

    Happy Day to Everyone!

  54. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:00 pm on January 29th, 2012

    Happy!…. It has been a Happy Day around here too…heh!…Not for the same reasons as Tupper’s Paw of course. That is wonderful news by the way! …snort!. Today would have been her Dad’s 82nd birthday. Her mother decided she wanted to visit his grave site and plant a flower or a flower pot. She had this cement mixture she took with her….sniff!… She also wanted to visit her dad’s only living family member, the infamous Aunt Lilly…heh!…So that meant we had the house all to ourselves this morning and into the afternoon….Woooo!…It was quiet and peaceful. Beau and I did not argue, we snoozed and she baked Banana Bread. Stover’s Recipe!….snort!… She said it is the best Banana Bread she has ever made. One small difference she added to the recipe was ½ cup of chocolate chips….heh!…Best Ever morning and afternoon….wooo!…Even when she was gone shopping, Beau did not do anything bad…heh!…What a great day!

  55. B.Stover
    9:12 pm on January 29th, 2012

    I’m glad you like the recipe Rio. Chocolate chips sounds like an excellent addition! I’ll have to try it.

  56. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:15 pm on January 29th, 2012

    Bread!….She said she chopped up Walnuts pretty fine and then the chocolate chips just added that bit of sweetness that is perfect…grunt!…Of course, now Beau and I do not get any of this bread…sniff!…I think she had that in mind the whole time..guff!…The best thing was getting to BAKE without her mother breathing down her neck. It was wonderful…heh!

  57. Macy the Min-pin
    9:20 pm on January 29th, 2012

    Annie says that she is happy to share her birthday with the Royal’s dad’s good news, kind of a rebirth.

  58. Snowhook Bella
    9:25 pm on January 29th, 2012

    It seems like we’ve slept the day away, including four dogs that we had in the house slept like they just ran 200 miles although only one was actually on the trail. After waking, I set to cleaning up the remenants of a broken confidence. The super glue is drying and it looks good as new. Rio, Rio, Rio…

    What can I say, I am speechless, honored, amazed and grateful. Our dog dish runneth over once again. I’m sure that twirling will commence at Snowhook soon, but right now I am in a state of shock at your kindness and support. AJ and I put everything we have and then some into the dogs and running the race, and your committment to our small kennel is overwhelming. I take my promise to AJ to do everything I can to get him to the starting line very seriously…Thank you.

    We are filing our taxes soon and hope to get money back; whatever money we receive back from taxes will go towards the race. I have been saving my airline miles to buy my airfare to Nome/finish line. I’ve also reached out to a couple of potential corporate sponsors; one has said they will do something but no details, yet. A group made a few hundred dog booties for us which we’ve added to the couple hundred we are able to reuse from last year’s race. All of these things are listed in my positive column.

    Now for housekeeping: Some questions have been asked or topics brought to the surface; I will do my best to address each.

    I haven’t invested in Hawaiian pants, but it seems like our puggy bank has been emptied more than it has been filled. There were a few times since this summer that I’ve had funds saved for buying materials to make booties, but we’ve had to put the money towards something else: dog food. In the race season we increase the amount and quality of the kibble and this year we have more dogs in our race pool than every before which has left their stomachs full, but our bank account empty. The dogs will always, always eat before we do.

    I once heard someone say it takes anywhere from $60k – $100k to do the race right. We calculated the cost to run this year’s race to be $27k. Rio is correct—this is bare bones. We only purchase new items/gear that shouldn’t be reused or can’t be repaired, but I do my best to repair the soft goods like dog jackets and AJ’s gear. A few years ago I bought some used dog jackets for $5 a piece and repaired and reinforced them—I say Snowhook won’t be winning any best dressed contests any time soon which is fine—we’re focusing on personality.

    AJ went to the feed store last week to buy our regular amount of kibble for the next week and many mushers were there buying large amounts of lard and meat for the race. Once it’s gone it’s gone and may not be available again by the time we need it so AJ muscled and elbowed his way in order to get some of the meat and lard we needed—this purchase, while necessary wasn’t planned for this week which is why AJ decided to run the 200 mile race rather than the 300. The race’s purse will probably cover our entrance fee for the 200 mile race which is a relief.

    What does AJ eat on the race? Last year I ordered 10 naked burritos (burrito fixings in a bowl) and sealed and froze them for AJ’s food. The previous year that fine dinning establishment gave the food to us as a in kind sponsorship, but the marketing person has since left. After a while on the trail, AJ starts to crave citrus. I peeled several dozen Clementine’s last year and froze them. He also eats caramelo candy bars like they’re going out of style on the trail—he says they freeze and taste great. Personally, my trail vice is frozen gummy bears—delish! This weekend’s race was peanut butter and honey sammiches.

    Does that cover it? I think so, but if not, I’m happy to answer questions that I forgot.

    I want to stress, please do not go without in order to sponsor Snowhook. It would make me sick to think that someone stretched their budget too far for us to chase this dream.

    Also, before I forget and Chicken Lady Barb reminded me, sponsorships to Snowhook aren’t tax deductible. Although it feels like it, we’re not a nonprofit or charitable organization.

    I’ve received a couple of emails asking for a list of checkpoints. I will include them in a separate post.

    Rio mentioned that I’ve been planning something of my own. As usual, he and his flat head are correct. I was going to announce it on Facebookie, but you’ll now be the first to know. Snowhook will host a drawing for a second quilt that AJs sister had made for our fund raising efforts. Tickets will sell for $15 per entrance or $25 for two. The quilt is different than the one that was auctioned off for Christmas. The window will open on February 1st and the winner will be chosen on February 16th, the day Snowhook’s drop bags are due. Maybe I can borrow Chet’s random number generator.

    I also have another idea that I haven’t completely v-e-t-ted, yet. I’ve been thinking about doing another drawing for a Snowhook Swag Bag (logo sweatshirt, calendar, etc) for all of our fans on facebookie if we are able to reach 500 fans by the start of the race. Still pondering this one…

  59. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:26 pm on January 29th, 2012

    Buscemi!….Steve and his funny teeth (they are like mine!) just won Best Actor for Boardwalk Empire…snort!snort!… I sure wish Clarkson could get me that guys autograph one day….wuffle!

  60. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:37 pm on January 29th, 2012

    GAH!…I hate when that happens…heh!…I put up a silly post right about the same time someone puts up an important post…grunt!

  61. Snowhook Bella
    9:38 pm on January 29th, 2012

    Below is the link to the list of checkpoints:

    http://www.iditarod.com/race/route.html

    Takotna, Ruby and Safety have already been sponsored earlier this season. Takotna was sponsored by an anonymous Plunderer in honor of Mollypop. The same anonymous Plunderer sponsored Safety in honor of my dear Howard.

  62. Snowhook Bella
    9:41 pm on January 29th, 2012

    Before I forget, happy birthday to your girls and a job well done to the mama that made them!

    T&G: January 29th is indeed an important day. Happy life anniversary.

    Mollypop’s mom: Rest well.

  63. C. Harris
    9:41 pm on January 29th, 2012

    Cool hearing from you, Rebecca. I can mail something this week. Still want to visit your kennel sometime….

  64. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:45 pm on January 29th, 2012

    Rebecca! … Sorry I spilled the beans, but I knew you wouldn’t say anything out here on the blog on your own…snort!…You have to realize that we can’t help you unless we know what you guys need….wuffle!

    Food!…. Me and my friend really want to Feed The Giant On the 2012 Iditarod Trail this year. Can anyone else help me with this mighty mission? …heh! …Rebecca, bless her heart, never did give an amount, so if some of you want to partner up with us we can privately discuss the amount….heh!

  65. Siber-H
    10:02 pm on January 29th, 2012

    Rebecca, Mom said I could pick out my own checkpoint to sponsor. Could I please have Rainy Pass? It is in the Alaska Range and it is beautiful.
    I need to stay as far away from Norton Sound as possible because in the summertime it isn’t frozen and water freaks me out.

    Mom will cover my latest expense tomorrow and pay it online.

  66. Snowhook Bella
    10:04 pm on January 29th, 2012

    Rio: we calculate that AJs people food will be $200. It is a very specialized diet of naked burritos, clementines, caramels, snickers, beef jerky and Gatorade. Feeding a giant is not for the faint of heart.

  67. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:07 pm on January 29th, 2012

    Rainey Pass!….That sounds like a wet, soggy Checkpoint to me!….heh!….SiberH, I will never figure out how your Siber brain works…sniff!

    Dowton!…Abby is on!….Woooo!… 3rd episode of the 2nd season. We missed the first episode, but so far so good….wuffle!

  68. Gus & BooBear
    10:14 pm on January 29th, 2012

    We’re signing off now to read more of “Robbie”.!! Really enjoying it so far. Busy, busy week at work for Mom but hopefully, we’ll be able to check in.

    Night, all.
    G&BB

  69. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:20 pm on January 29th, 2012

    Diet!….Pardon me Rebecca, but $200.00 does not seem like enough to feed a Giant a properly balanced dietl on a rugged trail for up to two weeks…grunt!… What about adding more Carbs and Protein and Fruit to his diet…sniff!…. I hope I can get some guys to join me in this endeavor and we can up his Giant Diet Budget….gruffle!

  70. Gus & BooBear
    10:27 pm on January 29th, 2012

    Rio, Mom says we can send another check for 1/4 of the budget amount for AJ’s food. If we can get a couple more folks to chip in we can cover that expense. Do you want Mom to email you at riotheevilpug@yahoo.com to firm up plans? (We think that is your SDD address.)

  71. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:31 pm on January 29th, 2012

    Puss N’ Boots!…. Yes! Please do send me a message on that SDD address…heh!….. I will get back to you as soon as I can….snort! ….Thank you! Thank you so very much!…heh!….WOOOOOOO!

  72. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:57 pm on January 29th, 2012

    Wow!…Episode 4 is on next….woooo!…Except someone here is awfully tired. ME!…heh!…Beau is sleeping in her lap and snoring his fool head off….grunt!… She says we can stay up a while to watch part of episode 4 of the extraordinaire Dowton Abbey ….chuffle!

  73. Snowhook Bella
    11:00 pm on January 29th, 2012

    The number of dogs we have in the house tonight seems to be increasing. Six, count ’em, six sleepind dogs are all around me. I love it.

    Melanie: I meant to tell you that Franklin blurred over this afternoon, did a lap in the fire heated hot tub, ate a slice of cheesecake and blurred back home. I did send him with an extra slice to take back to you, but my guess is that, er, things happened along the way.

  74. Gus & BooBear
    11:07 pm on January 29th, 2012

    Rio, check your SDD at your convenience.

  75. Siber-H
    11:24 pm on January 29th, 2012

    Night All

  76. Alice M. Johnson
    11:33 pm on January 29th, 2012

    Mr.Husky! Your name is already up on the SnowhookKennel blog as the sponsor of Rainy Pass! Way cool.

  77. Macy the Min-pin
    11:46 pm on January 29th, 2012

    I would imagine that the musher’s diet is primarily determined by what the musher wants? I guess that taking the picnic basket, china and silver is optional.

  78. Macy the Min-pin
    11:57 pm on January 29th, 2012

    Could someone please post B’s banana bread recipe on the e-mail. Oh, kats, I can’t even remember the address. I remember the password, but that is not much help if I can’t get there. I must be catching old lady cooties from mom.

  79. Alice M. Johnson
    12:00 am on January 30th, 2012

    Rebecca, please check your SDD.

  80. Alice M. Johnson
    12:04 am on January 30th, 2012
  81. C. Harris
    12:07 am on January 30th, 2012

    Tupper’s Dad: very best wishes for your very important and happy anniversary. That is amazing and it is always nice to hear great news such as that.

  82. Kirby T. Penworthy
    12:38 am on January 30th, 2012

    Hey, y’all! Mom fell asleep on the couch, but when she woke up there was a movie on the television all about newspapers, like where she used to work, so she had to watch it. And now she’s wide awake. She says she’ll be happy to join Rio and Gus & BooBear in Feeding the Giant on the trip to Nome. So Rio, check your SDD when you get a chance! (‘Cuz I assume you’re sleeping right about now!)

    Mollypop’s Mom: I hope you’re not reading this right now, either, because you should be sleeping! I hope you feel tiptop and perky real soon!!!

    Macy: Happy day-after-your-girls’-birthday! (I don’t think I said it anytime before midnight!)

    T&G: All happiness and many more years of good health to your dad!

    I hope I haven’t forgotten anybody, but if I have: feel better/congratulations/Happy Birthday/Happy Anniversary/Happy Whatever!!!

    G’night, y’all!

  83. Snowhook Bella
    12:50 am on January 30th, 2012

    Staff: Checked and responded.

    Macy: AJ keeps a close eye on what goes into the dogs’ stomach (and also what comes out). He is much more concerned with their diet than his diet. We try to send things out on the trail that are easy to heat up if it requires it at all, can provided quick energy like the candy bars, helps him stay hydrated and that he can eat with one hand while he holds onto the sled with the other. Many of the checkpoints will have food for the mushers, but it’s on the trail that he sticks to his special diet.

    KirbyT: I’m so glad to see your floppy-eared self on the blog again.

  84. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    1:13 am on January 30th, 2012

    I wonder if Wolfie’s Toffee would be suitable Musher food for AJ the Giant?

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