Joran van der Sloot

No one answered. Bernie pressed the buzzer again. We were at the gate of Albie Rose’s place in Vegas, me and Bernie. We’re partners in the Little Detective Agency, in case that’s not clear by now. Missing persons is our specialty, and we had one in this case, namely Astrid Jason. In fact, maybe two, if you include Ray Jason, whose father was our buddy Colonel Bob, also the the client, meaning we were getting paid, which put me in a very good mood every time I thought about it. Is this a good time to get into the state of our finances? Maybe not.

Still no answer. Bernie turned to me. “I’ve been thinking about this Joran van der Sloot thing,” he said. “Of course, we don’t have the facts, but let’s just say it is what it looks like.” He’d lost me completely. “People make mistakes – heartbreaking ones, like that ump who blew the perfect game call last night, and infuriatingly careless ones, like the oil spill – but then there’s something way further down the scale, and that’s the evil in some people.” Yup, I’d seen that. “And – kind of like an oil spill that causes itself – it can’t be contained, bubbles up again and again. Hope they lock him up this time.”

Bernie pressed the buzzer one more time. Still no answer. Bernie glanced up at the gate. “Climbing time,” he said. Fine with me.

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  1. B. Stover
    4:32 am on June 3rd, 2010

    Chet has given us lots of information today. He uses "missing person" to describe Astrid and Ray. So the game is still afoot (I think I'm asking that as a question)? And Col. Bob is paying Bernie. And now, climbing the gate. Wonder why no one answered.

    And even I heard about the questionable call in last night's Tigers game.

  2. Sam
    4:36 am on June 3rd, 2010

    That van der Sloot guy – women seem to go missing or dead after being with him.

  3. Sam
    4:37 am on June 3rd, 2010

    Uh oh, mbaker is out of the office again. Very nice of him to let me know.

  4. B. Stover
    4:39 am on June 3rd, 2010

    Hi Wolfie. I don't think Albie is "evil" just based on the descriptions we have of him so far. I think he has the psychological weaknesses of all bullies.

    It was funny yesterday when my electricity went out while reading Lights Out wasn't it! Let's see….do I have any books about alien invasion in my pile of books to be read. Just kidding. But, hey, there is one titled One Good Dog.

  5. Melanie
    4:39 am on June 3rd, 2010

    Wölfie! Are you still awake or did you get some sleep?

    van der sloot, a maybe perp, on the run. A gusher of evil?

    So totally out of the blue!!! NO ANSWER! I don't think any of us thougth of that one.

    But Wölfie, it can't be B & E, because they aren't breaking anything. Maybe if Chet smells that bunny or a cat, or an other dog and just "happens" to get over the fence??

    Then Bernie would have to go in after him.

  6. Melanie
    4:40 am on June 3rd, 2010

    See what happens when I went out to take pictures of the new moths on the side of the house? Everyone beats me to the punch!

  7. B. Stover
    4:43 am on June 3rd, 2010

    I received the email from MBaker also. Someone needs to turn something off.

    Paul McCartnay received the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song last night at the White House. He sang "Michelle" to the First Lady. I think that is wonderful!

  8. Chet The Dog
    5:06 am on June 3rd, 2010

    From Admin: Emails from Mike B. will be reined in as soon as possible. Sorry for any annoyance. Maybe there's a blowout preventer that plugs email flow.

  9. B. Stover
    5:23 am on June 3rd, 2010

    Thanks Admin. No annoyance really.

  10. Riö - The Evil
    5:24 am on June 3rd, 2010

    Chet!… Not another blow-out preventer…. groan!…We may have to get some robots on the case… snort!… if that doesn’t work we can try to plug it up with junk mail…. Cough!… and then if that doesn’t work we can try and put a big tower-like firewall up to cover our in-boxes… ..gasp!

  11. Riö - The Evil
    5:40 am on June 3rd, 2010

    Sloot!…Chet has me thinking about the evil deep within some people that cannot be contained…. sniff!… That is very scary stuff. I cannot fathom that sort of evil…. snort!… I cannot get to a place where I can even begin to touch it or understand it… grunt!…But I bet I could smell it if I were close to it.

    Columbine!… My friend’s pastor happened to be very close to the school when all hell broke loose… sniff!… He was letting students who had escaped the school borrow his cell phone… snuff!… He said there was a smell in the air that day that he could only describe as ‘evil’… grunt!

  12. BARB & MAGGIE
    6:03 am on June 3rd, 2010

    Maybe Natalie's family will finally get some closure if this Sloot slime is finally brought to justice. Rio, how did you like Crying Wolf? Also, re that game mis-call. If the ump sees the replay, and sees that he was wrong, and admits he was wrong, why can't it be changed?

  13. Melanie
    6:11 am on June 3rd, 2010

    I remember being somewhere with two of the pack when a guy walked by, didn't know him, he didn't look at us, but both dogs' ruff stood on end and at the same time I just felt a chill down my spine.

    Weird.

    Need a happy picture . .

    [img ]http://www.chetthedog.com/wp-content/uploads/1275577852-IMG_0798.JPG[/img]

  14. Melanie
    6:13 am on June 3rd, 2010

    Well, I hope mbaker is on vacation somewhere. . .

    Maybe in Vegas?

  15. Wookie of Chevy Chas
    6:14 am on June 3rd, 2010

    Stover — definitely move One Good Dog up in your "to read" pile — it is a terrific book. As I described it in my review on the Barnes & Noble web page for the book: "Its about redemption and loyalty, self-awareness and devotion, responsibility and commitment, and all those other sappy themes you could think of, but expressed with a sincere and heartfelt eloquence that will touch your very soul."

    Rio — do you think I need to go out and handle the "Mike B" situation, or can we trust admin to fix it. If he needs help, I can be there in a flash (I would have said blur, but then that would have been Wolfie). Wookie

  16. Riö - The Evil
    6:23 am on June 3rd, 2010

    MagPie!… I am only half way through ‘Crying Wolf’….snort!… So far I am enjoying it very much….heh!…It’s building up to something really good.

    Baseball!…I don’t know if the call can be over-turned… snort!… We will just have to wait and see I guess. Heart breaker for sure!

    Wookie!… I give you permission to go grab Mike Bakers pant leg and give it a good shaking!… snort! …I wish that guy would stay in his office and get our avatars working for pities sake!…. grunt!

  17. B. Stover
    6:23 am on June 3rd, 2010

    Thanks Wookie. I'll read it after I finish Lights Out. How does one get to your review?

    Lovely picture Melanie.

    Hi Rio. I'm interested in B&M's question about the miscall also.

  18. BARB & MAGGIE
    6:39 am on June 3rd, 2010

    We are not big sports aficionados here (Barb likes tin futures and I like chickens!), but Barb thinks a bad call can be overturned in football, but maybe not baseball. Maybe Master Rio can find out. I know Chet likes balls of all kinds, but they're really not my thing. Hey, we got an email from that Mike guy, too. He has been busy this morning.

  19. Wookie of Chevy Chas
    6:39 am on June 3rd, 2010

    Stover — Just go to the Barnes & Noble web page and then enter One Good Dog, which should bring you to the web page for the book (hardcover version), scroll down about half way and then click on Customer Reviews. There are about 12 customer reviews, and I think mine in kind of in the middle. You will notice that I even managed to get a plug in for Spence in the review. It's the only book I've ever officially reviewed, although my dad did do a review on Amazon for The Art of Racing in the Rain, which he really liked a lot too. BTW, he just finished reading Reality Check, and clearly understands why it won the Edgar; he said it was just terrific. Wookie

  20. Melanie
    6:40 am on June 3rd, 2010

    From what I read about the miscall, the only way it could have been taken back was if it was on a homerun. Otherwise the call stands.

  21. Siberian Husky
    6:58 am on June 3rd, 2010

    Admin, that's funny! I'm sure you will do a better job than BP.

    Bernie is about to trespass. I hope Chet can get over the gate, or Bernie can open it for him once he is over it.

    I wish there were someway to overturn that umpire's call for the pitcher that would have had a perfect game. At least the umpire has admitted he was wrong and is sorry.

    The forest fire is now 10% contained. The rangers have found 17 abandoned campfires in that general area.

    Melanie put up a nice picture of some ducks for me to chase. There is just one problem…they are in the water.

  22. Melanie
    8:11 am on June 3rd, 2010

    Siber-H, you reminded me of a story about Bear, our now passed on 1/2 Newf and 1/2 Lab rescue. He was into ducks but also into swimming.

    Zoë had taken him for a walk and he saw some ducks in a pond. He went in. Now he always went into that pond anyway so Zoë didn't think much of it. BUT, those ducks lead him on a wild goose chase! They would let him get really close and then split up and sort of fly swim across the water. He'd go after them again.

    Zoë could not get him to come. He WANTED a duck. After 45 minutes she was about to go in after him (this was in October) but he'd finally had enough. He had to rest quite awhile before he could go home.

    So I'm glad you DON'T like the water!

  23. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    9:25 am on June 3rd, 2010

    Bernie is so wise.

    I have been wanting to wipe that smirk off of van der sloot’s face now for years.

    So, Bernie and Chet are doing a little B & E. I love it!
    I can’t wait to see who is hiding inside. And I wonder if Albie Rose is the one who is inherently evil? I think so. I don’t trust Foster, but Albie is a sleeze ball. And I still think that Astrid is you know what, and that Albie is behind it.

    I don’t trust Foster, but I don’t think that he is a Bad person.
    Interesting, complex, dishonest, but not Bad.

  24. Rose
    8:53 am on June 3rd, 2010

    Chet, if you and Bernie were on the original Van Der Sloot case, that creep would be in jail.

    Recommend: THE ART OF RACING IN THE RAIN

  25. Wookie of Chevy Chas
    9:39 am on June 3rd, 2010

    Melanie — I can sympathize with Bear; in my younger days, I had a very similar fascination with ducks and they would do the exact same thing to me. I don't understand it, I just wanted to be their friend. Wookie the retriever

  26. Riö - The Evil
    9:47 am on June 3rd, 2010

    Geese!… I can’t stand those nasty geese!… snort!… The crap all over the sidewalks and they honk and squawk at me when I get near them…. grunt!…Sometimes they come running at me with murder in their beady eyes!….yeep!… That’s when my friend has to pick me up and lug me away from those filthy fowls!… growl!

  27. Siberian Husky
    10:17 am on June 3rd, 2010

    cute story Melanie. Perhaps Bear had a touch of Husky in him…the not coming when called

    Something good just happened-they caught Van Der Sloot

  28. Siberian Husky
    10:21 am on June 3rd, 2010

    As Stover already mentioned, Chet did give us a lot of imformation today. Thanks Chet!!!

  29. Wookie of Chevy Chas
    10:38 am on June 3rd, 2010

    Rio, while I think of ducks as my friends, I couldn't agree more with you about geese, and in particular Canadian geese. They are just awful and mean to boot. And I don't think they like dogs. You'd think with all this hoo-hah about immigration stuff, those people at Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) would crack down on the real immigration problem facing this country — the influx of Canadian Geese — illegals all of them I am sure. I doubt if any of those critter's papers are in order. Ship them back to Canada and make our borders secure. Wookie

  30. Lexi
    11:03 am on June 3rd, 2010

    Sloot better get the boot that lands him in prison for the rest of his damn life!! Grr! I hate that dude!!!!

  31. Riö - The Evil
    11:06 am on June 3rd, 2010

    Wookie! … Heh!…Illegal Canadian Geese!… snort!… Kick ‘um out I say!… grunt!… And send all their crap with them … grunt!… You should have signed off on your post with “Wookie Border Patrol Debonair“

    Review!… I read your review Wookie, you should turn pro!… heh!

  32. B. Stover
    11:12 am on June 3rd, 2010

    Thank you Wookie. I'll go to the site and read your review.

    A friend and I are going to see the movie Robin Hood…..though I do have my doubts about it.

  33. Riö - The Evil
    11:34 am on June 3rd, 2010

    Stover!… How can they screw up Robin Hood??…. snort!… Is that the one with Russell Crowe?….grunt!…He’s a good actor. What do you bet he is Robin Hood??? … sneeze!

    Lexi!… Sloot was a bit sloppy this time, he probably will get the boot unless his rich daddy gets him off somehow….growl!

  34. Lexi
    11:40 am on June 3rd, 2010

    Rio, you're saying that Sloot is rich? WOW. Rich people are starting to irritate me now…thinking that they can do anything that they want-WHICH THEY CAN'T!! Grr. Makes me want to bite something…

  35. Riö - The Evil
    11:53 am on June 3rd, 2010

    Sloot!… I guess his father won’t be doing much of anything, he’s dead!… snort!

  36. Siberian Husky
    11:55 am on June 3rd, 2010

    Peru is probably not going to be as easy on Sloot as the Dutch were. It may be more diffidult for him to get away with this latest killing.

  37. Wookie of Chevy Chas
    12:13 pm on June 3rd, 2010

    On reversing the bad call, apparently Bud Selig, the Commissioner of baseball (look up spineless in the dictionary and you'll see his picture) has ruled that the call cannot be reversed. Actually, the one positive thing about this is the very classy way that the pitcher, Armando Galarraga and even the umpire, Jim Joyce, have both behaved, with Joyce having so openly acknowledged his error and expressing sincere regret, and Galarraga graciously accepting his apology, with an embrace between the two prior to the start of today's game. Class acts all around and lessons for all of us. Having said that, while in most instances in sporting competitions, it is in a practical sense impossible to reverse a mistaken call, because you can't go back to the time when it was made and in effect replay the rest of the sporting event, this particular one is unique in that reversing it would not suffer from that problem. Reverse it, that means the game was over at that point, and the pitcher has the no-hitter he rightly deserves. (It would have been more complicated if the next batter up had gotten a hit, but since that didn't happen, this is one of the unique circumstances in which the decision could be reversed without any adverse consequences or speculations about "what if"). Memo to Bud Selig, just do it.

    Wookie

  38. Siberian Husky
    12:25 pm on June 3rd, 2010

    Thanks for the explanation, Wookie. I imagine that Bud Selig is going to be hearing from a lot of fans all over the U.S. Maybe that would help. I don't know.

  39. Riö - The Evil
    12:40 pm on June 3rd, 2010

    Spineless!… is right! What a jerk!…snort!… It will take an act of Congress to get this guy to change his mind!…grump!

    Snort!….Van Der Sloot’s Lawyer, Joe Tacopina, said his client "has been falsely accused of murder once before. The fact is he wears a bull's-eye on his back now and he is a quote-unquote 'usual suspect' when it comes to allegations of foul play."….wheeze! sputter!

  40. BARB & MAGGIE
    12:51 pm on June 3rd, 2010

    Wookie, In that explanation up above, you explained the reversal situation very well to us non-sport people. Seems like Bud Selig could call it an out if he wanted to. Isn't he in charge?I didn't know Van Der Sloot's father had died. They said he cleaned up his son's car before police could investigate last time. Guess sonny boy won't be getting his help this time.

  41. Mollypop
    1:35 pm on June 3rd, 2010

    Wookie – I loved your review of One Good Dog. Now Mom wants to know how much crying will be needed to read it. She loved The Art of Racing in the Rain with its happy ending. What do you think?

  42. BARB & MAGGIE
    3:26 pm on June 3rd, 2010

    Chicken feathers, duck feathers, goose feathers!!! They all make me want to take a playful little nip. Wookie, Barb read your review and we will get that book, even tho it isn’t by Mr A. Or Mr. Q. We liked the way you did the little plug for Spenc. Barb thought that book was by Jon Katz, and she isn’t that wild about him anymore since he had one of his dogs put to sleep for nipping someone. That seemed a little harsh to us over here, for one indiscretion. It didn’t seem like a vicious attack.

  43. Riö - The Evil
    3:19 pm on June 3rd, 2010

    Stover!… How was the movie?….snort!… Was Russell Crowe as Robin Hood any good?…heh!…Does he wear green tights?

    Missing!… Is it just me or are some of our fellow characters missing?… sneeze!… I do not recall hearing from AbbieTheKat lately. I hope she is okay. Dawson, do you know anything?… grunt!…Also, Mr. Wolfie has been quite silent lately too… sniff!…And where the heck is Puss N’ Boots??… wheeze!… Maybe all this talk of murder, oil spills, uncontained fires and perfect games stripped away is depressing everyone… sigh…I used to come here to get away from all this stuff, but I guess that is like sticking one’s head in the sand and hoping it all goes away quietly….sniffle.

    Gruff!…. I could tell another story?… snort!… If someone would trigger my memory with some topic…heh! … I still think the Gross Hippy Story is funny.… heh!

  44. Wookie of Chevy Chas
    3:22 pm on June 3rd, 2010

    Mollypop — It's a great book, but as my mom would say, it is pretty mopsy, so there may be a fair amount of tears involved in reading it, but for the most part, tears of happiness and joy rather than sadness. In fact I would highly recommend investing in tissue futures before reading it, probably a better investment that tin futures in any event. Also, I forgot to mention it before, but one of the many authors you "endorsed" the book on the back flyleaf was Spence himself, so I would take that as a pretty good recommendation. (Other authors that I like who endorsed it included Garth Stein, who wrote The Art of Racing in the Rain, and Lisa Scottoline, who is a great mystery writer herself, and although she doesn't write fiction about dogs, she has a houseful and recently wrote a great non-fiction book, actually a compilation of columns she wrote for the Philadephia Inquirer, which was entitled "My Third Husband Will Be a Dog"). Wookie

  45. Lexi
    3:36 pm on June 3rd, 2010

    Hey, Wookie, Megan and I-and partly daddy(he just walked in, looked at the screen, and walked back out)-say your review on the book One Good Dog. It's an awesome book-and an awesome review! And good job squeezing Spence in there! Tailwags and licks. Lexi.

  46. Mollypop
    3:40 pm on June 3rd, 2010

    Wooks – Mom says she doesn't know if she can do it. She's such a wuss.

    She doesn't just delicately sniffle; she boo hoo hoos really loud. I could cuddle her while she's reading and sobbing. Then her sinuses get all stuffed up – honk honk snuff snuff.

  47. Riö - The Evil
    3:44 pm on June 3rd, 2010

    Wookie!… You are so amazingly talented and informed on all subjects, just like a ‘00’Wookie should be!… snort!… Regarding the endorsement of this book, One Good Dog, was it Spencer Quinn or the charming Mr. Abrahams himself who wrote the quip?….grunt!… Just being curious, like a Kat!…heh!.. And what did he say exactly? If you don't mind…wheeze!

  48. Melanie
    3:49 pm on June 3rd, 2010

    Did anyone think that No One would answer?

    Chet got me with that one.

    Been a long day. The dogs are tired. They had to okay every grocery bag that came in the house. LOTS of groceries. We have enough food to get us through the next two and a half weeks.

    Unless, of course, the Pack HAS learned to open the microwave. If so, the food might not last so long.

    Zoë had baked potatoes in the microwave in this little fabric pocket she has. Makes perfect backed potatoes.

    Anyhoo, she went to get dinner together and the potatoes plus pocket are gone. Vanished! We think Kapoot! Right out of the microwave.

    We've looked everywhere for the potatoes and the bag. Nothing.

    The baked potatoes would be okay for the Pack, but the bag would mean another trip to the vet.

    The vet could have a new wing built onto his building and name at after our Pack.

  49. Lexi
    3:49 pm on June 3rd, 2010

    Aww. Molly. Give your mom and big kiss for me and say-or, at least, try to-that it's okay to be sad. For example-I am sad that mommy has gone to Germany for so damn long and she-never mind. It'll be okay. I remember part of a song…,"Don't worry. Be happy!" Ha. That kinda fits there, don't you think? Ha.

  50. Melanie
    3:50 pm on June 3rd, 2010

    it, of course, not at.

  51. dawson
    3:56 pm on June 3rd, 2010

    Chet: Be Careful!

    B. Stover: A bad call at the Tiger's game. I have to read Chet the Dog to find out. Lights out during Lights Out?

    Siber H. 17 abandoned camp fires! How unresponsible, to say the least

    Melanie: If the Newfs "ruff" was standing up when someone walked by, it would definitely be a warning to heed. And: Great story about ducks. Those Newfs are such characters – each their own.

    Wookie: I know about Canadian Geese. When I visit ma and pa in the States they are all over the place, pooping all over the bike paths and acting like they own the place. Luckily, I've never seen one where I live, in Canada. Don't send them up here. Maybe we could plug the oil gusher with them?

    And: I absoluely agree with Wookie that Bud Selig (The Commissioner of Major League Baseball and therefore the one person who could reverse the decision) should have allowed the call to be changed but one of the first things I learned when I umpired soft ball games was to never, never, never, NEVER, NEVER, NEVER!!!!!! change a call. I'm sure there are lots more nevers for the Major Leagues Umpires.

    Mollypop: I have Racing in the Rain in my to read pile but I thought it had a bad ending so I haven't read it yet. Now I will move it to the top of the pile with Reality Check and Lights Out.

    Unfortunately, it is hard for me to get any reading done during my busy work time.

    Rio: Is your friend's busy time getting any less busy? Or are you still home alone with storms raging outside?

    Now I will go read a Barnes and Noble review.

  52. Riö - The Evil
    4:18 pm on June 3rd, 2010

    Dawson!…You didn’t say anything about AbbieTheKat if she is okay or not!… grump!… My friend doesn’t seem so stressed out right now, so maybe busy time has lessoned a bit… snort!…At least she comes home on time and feeds me on time. That’s all I care about anyway… heh!

    Lexi!… I have to admit I agree with you over the feeling sad business… snort!… I can never understand why someone won’t read a book because there is a possibility of a Kat getting hurt, like in “Their Wildest Dreams” … snort!… Or someone or something dying…grunt!… That’s what stories are for, to make one experience feelings… wheeze!… To take us on journeys we would never experience in real life… cough! …Unless of course you are Joran Van Der Sloot… ugh!

  53. Lexi
    4:38 pm on June 3rd, 2010

    RIO! EXCATLY RIGHT! That's another reason what books are for, isn't it? There are, like, 4 reasons that people write books-to me-and-to me-that's one of the reasons.

  54. Lexi
    4:41 pm on June 3rd, 2010

    Oh, and I have a question: When Bernie says, "Climbing time," how the hell is Chet gonna climb? I know a lot of dogs, none of which can climb fences like freaking secret agents or whatever. Ha.

  55. Riö - The Evil
    4:53 pm on June 3rd, 2010

    Lexi!… Um, is there anyway you can articul…well, is there anyway you can tell us what you think the other 3 reasons are for someone to write a book….snort!… It seems like a lot of very hard, disciplined work to create not just any book, but a wonderful, imaginative, mysterious, scary, funny, thrilling and funny type of story …grunt!… Just off the top of your young strange head, what do you think?.. (long-shot question here)…sniff!

  56. Riö - The Evil
    4:55 pm on June 3rd, 2010

    hmmm.. I said 'funny' twice because it is doubly important to me…snort!

  57. Mollypop
    4:59 pm on June 3rd, 2010

    B. – We are becoming addicted to Bookworm. There may be a 12 Step program in our future. How long does it take you to play one of those BIG games?

    Rio – Mom can read all sort of sad stuff but not about animals – not anymore. Mom is old and has too many of her own sad memories, she say she doesn't need any more.

  58. wookie of chevy chas
    5:02 pm on June 3rd, 2010

    Rio. It was Spence, identified as the New York Times bestselling author of Dog on It. Spence's exact quote is "One Good Dog is a wonderful novel of healing and redemption." Wookie

  59. Riö - The Evil
    5:05 pm on June 3rd, 2010

    Chet!… He’s a world class Leaper!… snort!… I’m sure he will have no problem getting over the fence along with Bernie!…heh!..

  60. Lexi
    5:08 pm on June 3rd, 2010

    Rio! I have no idea what you're talking about. Can you repeat the question. But-you know-dumb it down for me? Please? Ha.

  61. Riö - The Evil
    5:12 pm on June 3rd, 2010

    Molly!… Oh, I am so sorry that your mom has so many sad memories…sniff!.. My friend can relate to her a lot… snort!… But she has the opinion that life is not meant to be lived in the past, and everyday can bring a good memory and lots of laughter…grunt!… (unless she is stressed out and in a very bad mood, then all that crap is tossed right out the window)…heh!… I know when to hide.

  62. Riö - The Evil
    5:21 pm on June 3rd, 2010

    Lexi!… You seem to feel there are 4 reasons someone would write a book… snort!… Can you possibly tell me what you think the other 3 reasons are besides the one I mentioned earlier??… sneeze!cough!wheeze!… My allergies are killing me tonight!…ugh!

  63. Riö - The Evil
    5:41 pm on June 3rd, 2010

    Books!… That’s why I stick to one author at a time… snort!… When my friend was 12 she started reading Hercule Poirot… grunt!… She has all of the books ever written with that little detective in it!… sneeze!…plus alot of other series we won’t go into right now…wheeze!… Now we are both on a mission to read everything the charming Mr. Abrahams has ever published… cackle!… Call me crazy!.. Call me Mad….. But don’t call me late for dinner!…heh!

  64. dawson
    5:42 pm on June 3rd, 2010

    Rio: I don't know about AbbietheKitty or Alice J. or Staff. Very curious. They didn't mention going anywhere to me. Hmmm. Hey! Is that a tail sticking out from under the bed?

  65. dawson
    5:54 pm on June 3rd, 2010

    Rio: I thought you wrote "don't call me for dinner" instead of "don't call me LATE for dinner and then I did a double take. I'd been reading approximately every other word.

    Mollypop's Mom: Strangely, I have a higher tolerance for violence against humans in fiction than when it's a good dog…well it breaks my heart and I cry and cry. It's not a good thing unless perhaps you have blocked tear ducts. Then, by all means, read a book where a good dog dies.

  66. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    5:56 pm on June 3rd, 2010

    Bee – You are so logical and always see the best in everyone! I like that. What do we know about Albie? You're right, he is a bully and seems to take delight in belittling Foster. Chet does not like him – he has "mean little eyes and smells like old cheese." That doesn't make him evil, just smelly. But on April 24 he came very close to hitting Chet. Luckily, Bernie grabbed Albie's hand. In one of the posts, he mentioned that he felt that violence was necessary at times. We know that he was unhappy with Astrid because he thought that she was stepping out on him. And not long, after, Astrid disappeared. Coincidence? I don't think so.

    To me, anyone that would raise a hand to one of the Nation is evil. I have no compassion for them. Period.

  67. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    6:06 pm on June 3rd, 2010

    I see that there is a post from Rose. Are you new? If so, welcome! If not, welcome back! I loved the Art of Racing in the Rain! Read it twice, made me cry twice. But in a good way.

  68. Riö - The Evil
    6:07 pm on June 3rd, 2010

    Crying!… My friend finds that crying does her soul good… snort!… But sometimes she lets sad things build up inside her and that’s when she becomes almost unbearable… snort!… Then when she finally breaks down and blows out her tear ducts and sobs and sobs… sniff!…. She feels better and she is nicer to be around… grunt!… I have come to the conclusion that crying is a very good thing especially if you have a fat smelly guy like me sitting beside you. I yeep!yeep!yeep! along with her and try to give her those sharp painful pug nips I so love to do when she cries…sniffle!

  69. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    6:08 pm on June 3rd, 2010

    I spent some time looking at Friends of Chet. By George, we are a good looking group, aren't we?

    Everyone is beautiful, in their own wa-ay…….!

  70. dawson
    6:09 pm on June 3rd, 2010

    Wolfie: I think you mentioned one time that you talk to or see your boy(s) on Thursdays. I hope all is okay. Sending thoughts and prayers for your boys, Wolfie, and WWWWW's mom.

    Alice, Abby and Staff: That wasn't Alice's tail under the bed. So where are you? Hope it's all good with you and your kidneys.

    B.Stover and Mollypop and Melanie: I tried a few small Bookworm games too and it is great fun so could not allow myself to become addicted at the time. Besides, so far, I am a player like Melanie. (Not bad at the 3 letter words.)

  71. B. Stover
    6:20 pm on June 3rd, 2010

    Russell Crowe was Robin Hood and Cate Blanchett was Marion. The movie was well acted and the story was good. For me, there were too many battle scenes. It's actually a pre-story in this version of how "Robin Hood" came to be and they set it around the time of the Magna Carta. All of that was really interesting. It ends with "And Now the Legend Begins" or something like that.

    Mollypop: I usually play Bookworm a few hours at night. I probably played three or four times for my last big score. So it would probably take about six hours, but I could never play for six hours straight.

    Wookie: Thanks for the explanation.

    I am completely tired.

  72. dawson
    6:21 pm on June 3rd, 2010

    Okay, I have moved Racing in the Rain to the top of the stack of unread books. Your friend is right, Rio, I'll cry my eyes out (so the speak) then feel better afterwards. I have no trouble with the crying side of life. What I sometimes need help with (in these days of famine, poverty, refugees, BP's, Enron's, Madoff's, child soldiers, sweatshops, corruption, etc. ad nauseum) is the fun and laughter bit. That's one of the reasons why I love Chet so much. He reminds me to be happy in the present.

  73. Riö - The Evil
    6:25 pm on June 3rd, 2010

    Red!…. The Big Bad Wolfie is back! … snort! ….Hey! Where’s grandma?… [jk]

  74. Riö - The Evil
    6:36 pm on June 3rd, 2010

    Oh!… Thank goodness!… My Stover is home safe and sound! …snort!… I was actually starting to worry about you too Msss B. ..whew!… Very cool about the Magna Carta being part of the movie… sniff!…I will rent this in the months to come… sigh!…Glad you are home safe and sound my dear…shudder!…For some reason I am on edge and being a worry wort for all the missing characters today for some reason… whimper!sniff!

  75. Riö - The Evil
    7:00 pm on June 3rd, 2010

    Good night all!… Sleep tight and remember tomorrow is Friday!….heh!… Hope we all have a great day and lets have some fun for a change… snort!… Oh, and to all the missing characters, I am saying a silent prayer that you are safe and sound and maybe just terribly busy today….God bless! …Bed bugs be gone!…heh!

  76. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:22 pm on June 3rd, 2010

    Wookie!…Thanks for that!… snort!

  77. Mollypop
    10:33 pm on June 3rd, 2010

    Mom’s feelings about all of the books available, particularly with the Kindle, are that there’s not enough time if she read every minute of the day to read all of the books on her list. And the list keeps growing longer!

  78. Letisha Stancato
    7:08 pm on January 9th, 2011

    This site called Unblock Websites also has got some decent information on the topic.

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