Last Day To Enter This Month’s Friend Of Chet Contest!

“Remember when Amalia was in town?” Admin says.

“Yup,” says Spence. “We had a very nice time.”

“Didn’t you sign a whole bunch of things for her?”

“I did, now that you mention it.”

“Wonder what happened with that.”

“Me, too. There are a lot of black holes in life.”

“Now you’re sounding like me,” Admin says.

Welcome Beauregard, Elliot from Billings.


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120 Responses to “Last Day To Enter This Month’s Friend Of Chet Contest!”

  1. B.Stover
    8:08 am on August 31st, 2011

    I wonder what happened with that also.

    Good morning all.

  2. Barb & Maggie
    8:49 am on August 31st, 2011

    Good morning Bee. Nice to get mentioned up above, Amalia!

    Melanie, Let us know how Zoe is doing after her doc. visit.

    Beautiful, crisp day here. Got a nice rain last night, but no winds or lightening. Good for the farmers.

  3. dawson
    9:14 am on August 31st, 2011

    Good morning everyone.

    Look! There’s Elliot from Billings, Montana. Funny cat. Only lets you take close-ups or distance shots of him. No normal pictures.

    I finished White Wings last night and will send it off to the Howlers today. What an ending! What a book! It takes you on a journey and like Tupper and Gilly said, it is magical. Thank you Dan. Wookie’s review was right on. I”ll also send that along, just because.

    Working 12 hour shifts the next 3 days so I’ll be lurking.

  4. Tupper and Gilly
    9:15 am on August 31st, 2011

    Signed things? Hmmmm. We will have to think about that………
    after breakfast.

    Good morning everyone. We are off to check on Melanie at the hospital with Zoe. Will give her hugs from all of you.


  5. rose
    9:38 am on August 31st, 2011

    Greetings to ALL!

    T&G: Please send Zoe plenty of hugs from me! Speaking of signed things, do we know when the Simon & Schuster contest winners will be announced?

    Eliot looks like an undercover Kat to me.

    Rio: I couldn’t ask this question last night, but I wondered how long it took your friend to construct the rose bush as pictured.

    It is a beautiful day here in Croton-on-Hudson! The Prof and I have great weather to make our drive to Philly today. Everyone enjoy the rest of the week! BBS…

  6. Barb & Maggie
    9:45 am on August 31st, 2011

    Have fun Rose and The Prof.

    Hope the blog bug stays away, and not more mixed up Avatars!

    Barb just sent off a request for some $$ from her retirement accounts. No, not for tin futures or Hawaiian pants!
    Barb is going to be 1/3 owner in that buke shop she mentioned, and it is going to be a woman owned business. #1 DIL, #2 Barb, # 3 Son, Josh. Cool beans!
    The shop will be called The Bike Haven, and the slogan is “Life Is a Cycle”. The kids have all kinds of great marketing ideas as well as youthful energy. Barb is along for the part time new job, and the excitement, plus her good financial statement will help on the credit end.

  7. Barb & Maggie
    9:46 am on August 31st, 2011

    As Rio says, read, proof, submit. BIKE shop, not buke shop.

  8. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:47 am on August 31st, 2011

    Typical!….Whenever someone gets to meet Spencer and the Charming Mr. Abrahams we never hear the whole story….snort!…We only get little tid-bits that don’t amount to squat…grunt!…So the only other person who knows what those guys are talking about is A. and apparently she hasn’t even told Tupper and Gilly about all the stuff that got signed during the Cape Cod visit….wheeze! grump!

  9. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:49 am on August 31st, 2011

    Funny!…How the only avatars that “Mixed Up” are a certain pair of Kats….snuff!…Pretty suspicious if you ask me…snort!

  10. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:50 am on August 31st, 2011


  11. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:05 am on August 31st, 2011

    Rose!….The person, not the flower….snort!…Why does she ask me a question right before she leaves on vacation? Will she be back to see the answer anytime soon?…gruffle!snort! ….I better go lie down, I feel a conniption coming on….

  12. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    10:11 am on August 31st, 2011

    Rio, most folks have lap tops or whatnot so that can post on the go.

  13. OleyHowlers
    10:11 am on August 31st, 2011

    Hey everyone! Good morning!
    At last, Mom is home with us so we can blog.

    Rose: Great weather here in S.E. PA so you will enjoy your time in Philly!

    Dawson: Thanks so much for offering to mail White Wings. Hardly seems fair since you had to cough up all that mula in the auction. But we are looking forward to reading it. Not sure if we can get to it before SEPTEMBER 6 tho! We are trying to finish up the book we are reading currently so that our plate is clean on 9/6.

    Best wishes to Zoe.

  14. Buddy and T.C.
    10:12 am on August 31st, 2011

    Welcome Elliot! You look like our kind of guy. And very much like The Elusive T.C. (who also does not like to be photographed).

  15. Rose
    10:18 am on August 31st, 2011

    Rio: I’m checking in before leaving. Be back on-line on Saturday. I’m still curious about the answer.

    OH: Thanks! It’s my first visit there, so I’m excited.

    B&N: Thanks, and good luck with the mew enterprise!

  16. OleyHowlers
    10:21 am on August 31st, 2011

    Of all the big cities we have been to, Philly is our favorite. We love the historic combined with the modern. And all the little neighborhoods. It never really feels like a big city.

    Barb, this is a great time to start a bike shop. Everyone is getting bikes nowadays. We don’t like them, because now that Mom & Pop are into biking, it leaves them even less time for hikes with us.

  17. Basil and Sage
    10:28 am on August 31st, 2011

    Rio – don’t blame is when avatars get mixed up. We are NOT technoKats!

    Anyway, Mama just emailed us from the hospital. Zoe is all done with her procedure. She is awake and having an English muffin and is smiling and looking fine. She does have an interesting headgear. We will let Melanie tell you about that later.
    But all is well and that’s all we care about.

    Now Mama is heading off on an all day (non-fun) road trip.
    Talk to you later

  18. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:36 am on August 31st, 2011

    Rose!….The person, not the …whatever!…snort!,…If you would have said you were checking in before you left I would have answered your question….grunt!…Now you won’t be online again till way in the future, so whats the point of me sitting down figuring out the amount of wasted time she spent on that rose bush so far….grump!

    Kats!….I CANNOT believe Stinky-Mama is leaving on an all-day road trip without telling us what today’s post is all about!!!!…..Double-Grump!

    Zoe!…Pug kisses and slobbers go out to my little Zoe!…sniffle! ….I hope she is not in any pain or discomfort…wuffle!…I hope her english muffin is thoroughly delightful…sniff!

  19. BearSpiritDog
    11:04 am on August 31st, 2011

    The last day of August and (for me) summer is officially ending, although for most that would be the upcoming Labor Day. We are heading into autumn as evidenced by the sprinkling of “fall”ing leaves and cooler nights. Nice daytime temps in the forecast for the weekend and that’s very good news.

    Everyone – hoping your day goes well.

  20. Masquers
    11:23 am on August 31st, 2011

    A big welcome to Elliott!
    It will be good to hear from
    you and your mom, The Catty Librarian!
    Hope 2 see your photo soon up at FOChet.

    Rose! Safe and Fun trip!!!

    Hello Buddy & TC. And, Herb Kats we are
    Very Kurious now. What can it all mean?

  21. Buddy and T.C.
    12:01 pm on August 31st, 2011

    Masquers! Elliott is a FOC! Thats why we are all welcoming him!!!

    You’d better get some more coffee zenmaster!

  22. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:57 pm on August 31st, 2011

    Guys!….Take a look over to the right!!!!!!!….snort!snort!….USA today has an article about US! The Plunderers and Chet and Snowhook….gurgle!…WOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

  23. Riö - The Evil Pug
    1:13 pm on August 31st, 2011

    Publicity!…This little blurb is great publicity for Snowhook Kennels!…snort!snort!… Maybe we should get the Mercantile Store idea under way very soon!…wheeze!

  24. bluecat
    1:14 pm on August 31st, 2011

    OMG. Youse guys made National News. They left some important players out, but still. Way to go, Chet et al. (Rio – don’t let your ego overtake your curly tail…)

  25. Riö - The Evil Pug
    1:17 pm on August 31st, 2011

    Facts!…They messed up the Dollar amount we raised too…heh!…Seeing my name in print makes me want to hide under the bed actually…yeep!yeep!

  26. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    1:20 pm on August 31st, 2011

    Yay, we’re famous!

    Good publicity for Chet AND Snowhook!

  27. Basil and Sage
    1:20 pm on August 31st, 2011

    Rio- WoooHoooooo!!!!!
    You, BStover, BSD and Barb and Maggie are FAMOUS!!!!!
    And Snowhook gets a plug AND it’s a good review of the book AND it may bring more folks to the blog, maybe doing even more fundraising!!
    How cool is all this?!?!?!

    Please, please dear Mr. Baker, sir, please fix our blog back to 100 posts. We have a feeling we are about to have A LOT more company!

  28. Melanie
    1:21 pm on August 31st, 2011

    Okay, haven’t read anything . . .
    Just got back. Things went great.
    I DON’T LIKE getting up at 5 am,
    so I’m taking a nap.
    See you all later.

  29. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    1:27 pm on August 31st, 2011

    Hmmmmm…..Seems to me that we have raised over $6,000!

  30. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    1:47 pm on August 31st, 2011

    Melanie, when will you learn the test results? Mom and I are worried.

  31. OleyHowlers
    2:15 pm on August 31st, 2011

    Mom is complaining about insurance companies. She said that unfortunately everyone needs to be insured. That made us wonder…we are not insured. Are other Plunderers insured? Whats it mean and how does it work?

  32. Riö - The Evil Pug
    2:24 pm on August 31st, 2011

    Insured!…My friend says she is going to insure me now that I am a Media Star…heh!heh!

  33. Masquers
    2:40 pm on August 31st, 2011

    Buddy: We did have that 2nd cup of cafe au lait, but while we were off the blog enjoying it – checking out facebookie – seeing the great news about the USA Today article – then twirling back to surprise everyone – imagine OUR surprise to see everyone already knows about it. And, who saw it first? Friend Rio who usually doesn’t even pay attention to facebookie. The news is Great, but we don’t like being late. So much for our future as Blog reporter.

  34. alice m. johnson
    2:46 pm on August 31st, 2011

    B. Stover, Barb & Maggie, BearSpiritDog and Rio (the evil pug).
    Wow Youse guys!

    OLeyH, Staff is the only one insured at this house. Well, Mr.Staff too. A good thing about staff though ’cause it ain’t cheap having a transplant.
    However us kats have to depend on the kindness of the staff. Sob. Hope they stay kind….

  35. Riö - The Evil Pug
    2:46 pm on August 31st, 2011

    Kats!…Stick with the weather…heh!

  36. OleyHowlers
    2:50 pm on August 31st, 2011

    There is this group called Dogster that we belong to on Facebookie. They posted:
    “Survey says: 10% of dog and cat owners would be willing to spend more than $3,000 on medical procedures if it would help save their pet’s life. Weigh in Dogstars!”
    That got us to thinking…$3,000! Like we’ve said, Mom & Pop’s finances are a mess. What would happen to us if we needed a procedure?
    Meashka, get back here! It was just a hypothetical.

  37. OleyHowlers
    2:56 pm on August 31st, 2011

    Hey, did youse guys check out new FOC Beauregard? He is one cool-looking dude! We think he’d make a great private eye.

  38. Riö - The Evil Pug
    2:56 pm on August 31st, 2011

    Singled-out!….Who knows why the author of the article singled out us four….sniff!… I don’t think she should have named names, unless she was going to name all of the Plunderers….grunt! ….This only works because there are more than FOUR of us and we work as a team.…..heh! ….And Bear doesn’t count anyways, because he is D-E-A-D…grunt!

  39. OleyHowlers
    2:57 pm on August 31st, 2011


    We now know what Spence and Admin were talking about !!!! Signed!!!

  40. alice m. johnson
    3:00 pm on August 31st, 2011

    yeah and Fatty Kitty is dead too. He hardly ever posts now-a-days.

  41. alice m. johnson
    3:05 pm on August 31st, 2011

    Wow, I went back to last night and noticed Elliot is now posting. I am so glad the catty librarian got him an email account. I wonder if she will leave the computer on for him while she is at work?

    and Liz said HI!

    Hi Liz, we have been wondering where you were. And yes Staff was sound asleep when you posted! I was up however. There have been some suspicious mousie smells in the basement and Abbie and I are on the case!

  42. Staff
    3:06 pm on August 31st, 2011

    Speaking of haircuts…we are very short again also.

  43. Riö - The Evil Pug
    3:10 pm on August 31st, 2011

    Ollie!…What the heck! …snort!….What do you know that the rest of us do not know?…grunt!!,….Spill yer guts pal!

  44. Staff
    3:19 pm on August 31st, 2011

    hmmmm, I wonder if something really special was signed for OleyHowlers? Hmmmm?

  45. OleyHowlers
    3:20 pm on August 31st, 2011

    We are twirling ! twirling ! twirling !

    So is the Budster!

    You’ll see.

  46. Riö - The Evil Pug
    3:25 pm on August 31st, 2011

    Crap!…Grump!…I hate NOT KNOWING…heh!

  47. Riö - The Evil Pug
    3:42 pm on August 31st, 2011

    Missing!…..Dawson and Stover are lucky, they are working today and do not have to go through this anguish of waiting that I am going through right now because of that Ollie and his big mouth….wuffle!….sob!sob!sob!

  48. OleyHowlers
    3:49 pm on August 31st, 2011

    Rio, (whispering) Ask your friend to check the mail.

  49. Riö - The Evil Pug
    4:01 pm on August 31st, 2011

    Ollie!….Loose lips sink ships and I’d like to drown you right about now….grump!….My friend is at the busy-place till hours and hours and hours from now…grunt!…Plus, the mail came and went already and the only thing that came today is a couple Netflix cds…. grump!grump!grump!….I’m outta here…grump!

  50. Melanie
    4:24 pm on August 31st, 2011

    Whew, what a great dog nap. Patsy and I snoozed for over TWO hours! I’m not saying I’m exhausted, but with prep for the hurricane and then the flooding and then running Zoë to the doc and then going to the hospital . . .

    Okay results hopefully on Friday. Zoë says thank you VERY much for your support.

    Loved the article! $1,000? Where’d that figure come from?

    Anyhoo, hopefully more money will come in for Snowhook! And Spencer will sell more books.

    If he sold more books do you think he’d be able to leave the yard work to Admin?

    Going to watch the Closer now. BBL

  51. B.Stover
    4:28 pm on August 31st, 2011

    Wow! We’re famous. This is great for Spence and Chet and Snowhook.

    I didn’t receive anything signed. What’s up?

    School went well. I have about 40 students, 20 per class. It will be a fun semester I think.

  52. Barb & Maggie
    4:35 pm on August 31st, 2011

    Wow and double Wow, are we honored or what! We have to send that link to several of Barb’s relatives so they can read it. And of course it will get printed. But there are so many more bloggers who are more interesting than we. But OK we’ll take it!

  53. OleyHowlers
    4:38 pm on August 31st, 2011

    Barb and Maggie, nobody is more interesting than you after you taught that frozen concoction to Mom!

  54. BearSpiritDog
    4:41 pm on August 31st, 2011

    Bear is honored to be mentioned in the USA Today article, but we agree with Rio – Many went unmentioned – The Plunderers are One.

  55. Snowhook Bella
    4:53 pm on August 31st, 2011

    Oh, I feel sick from all that twirling…is the room spinning for anyone else or is it just me? I can’t believe it—Snowhook was mentioned among Chet the Jet and the Plunderers!

    Can we keep this hush-hush from Belle Starr? She’s upset that I haven’t added her picture for the FOC drawing and will be doubly upset that the article wasn’t about her.

  56. Alice M. Johnson
    5:15 pm on August 31st, 2011

    Poor Belle, She will just have to hang out with us unmentionable Kats! Heh We will make her welcome. But I for one am not going to lick that puppy. She would be major furball attack.

    I am wondering if admin will allow furball when he won’t allow s-ho-e-s….

  57. AbbietheKitty
    5:21 pm on August 31st, 2011

    I think that Spence and Snowbank owe a big thank you to Atria’s Ariele Fredman for that article. Also I was doing a little research and Carol Memmott wrote a good review of Dog On It way back when. She should be a FOC too.

    Send in a pic Carol. What is the worst that could happen? Heh.

    (((Whispering… Well the worst is that the random number generator could pick Carol and Rio would have a connip for sure.)))

  58. BearSpiritDog
    5:30 pm on August 31st, 2011

    Magpie! You are top dog at Friends of Chet!

    Barb: Your new venture sounds like a winner! It just may be the way out of Crazy Lady Land. Paws crossed for Good Fortune ahead!

    Melanie: Good to know Zoe came through the procedure with an appetite and smile. We will worry until the all clear is sounded.
    Nana is still laughing over her remark that the Golden Years are Puce. She repeated it to the boy’s dad and he got a good laugh out of it also.

  59. Kirby T. Penworthy
    6:26 pm on August 31st, 2011

    Hey, y’all! I can’t reach the mailbox, so I had to wait until Mom got home from the library to check for mail. Nothing. Nada. Zilch. Not even junk mail.

    But on the good news front, Mom’s all excited because her library got TDWKTM today! It won’t go on the shelf until next Tuesday’s release date, but (whispering) Mom’s thinking about sneaking it back into the breakroom during lunch to get a head start! The library police are clear downtown, so I think she’d get away with it, but would that be cheating?

  60. Masquers
    6:29 pm on August 31st, 2011

    Kirby: Tell your mom to go for it! A sneak peak would be a treat. Just tell her not to let the Kat out of the bag, so to speak.

  61. Kirby T. Penworthy
    6:30 pm on August 31st, 2011

    Oh, and I was so excited about Mom getting her hands on a copy of TDWKTM that I forgot to say:

    Congratulations to Chet and the Plunderers — especially five named by name! — and Snowhook for getting special notice from USA Today! Are we good or what? (I’m trying to overlook the inaccuracies for the sake of the fact that it’s there at all!)

    Congratulations also to Zoe for coming through the procedure with flying colors and an English muffin! Did I mention that I like English muffins, too? If you dropped any crumbs you can always send them my way! Paws crossed for good news on Friday.

  62. BearSpiritDog
    6:53 pm on August 31st, 2011

    B: Forgot to say congrats on first day of school. And, to Nana’s niece who started her first day of grad school today. She is also teaching photography and writing.

  63. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:06 pm on August 31st, 2011

    Surprise!…. What a great day!…snort!…First the article in USA Today and then my friend came home early…wheeze!….We sat out on the patio and read about the folks in Mitford, what a great book!…sneeze!…And now, believe it or not, her mother is going to order our favorite pizza for supper!…..Wooooooo!Weeeee!….Can life get any better than this I ask you?…heh!

  64. B.Stover
    7:14 pm on August 31st, 2011

    Way to go Nana’s niece.

  65. Melanie
    7:17 pm on August 31st, 2011

    Hey Barb and MagPie, did you know that “Buke” is a word? In Japan it was once the upper class like a samurai!

    So you are part owner of a “posh” bike shop!

    Just finished last night’s postings.

    B.Stover: Hope all went well today.
    Riö: Beautiful roses!
    Rose: Have a great vaca.

  66. OleyHowlers
    7:49 pm on August 31st, 2011

    We never got to read last night’s posts, so we had to go look see the roses. Rio, tell your friend they are beautiful! What talent she has!
    Now if only she could will the mail to arrive.

  67. Gus and BooBear
    7:56 pm on August 31st, 2011

    Wow!! Congrats to all the Plunderers, Chet and Snowhook!! Too bad the writer didn’t get the dollar amount right because we raised alot more than that! And who cares that they didn’t mention everybody. If it gets more people interested in Chet and Snowhook, that’s fantastic. And they will check the website and meet all of us!!

  68. Buddy and T.C.
    7:59 pm on August 31st, 2011

    Well-said, G&BB. Mentioning a few names gives a bit more of a “hook” to draw people in and perhaps we will meet some more friends (we hope they are Kats tho).

  69. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:00 pm on August 31st, 2011

    Project!…. Project Roses is moving ahead…snort!…Someone is all a twitter because of your nice comments and has commenced making more “roses”…heh!…I’m not sure, to me they look like little rolled up bits of paper…sneeze!

  70. Melanie
    8:01 pm on August 31st, 2011

    Whew, I’m headed upstairs. Tomorrow is SEPTEMBER ONE! YEA!

    TTFN all Furry and non Furry Folk

  71. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:03 pm on August 31st, 2011

    Snowhook!… That day back in March when you first saw the Plunderers comments on your blog did you ever imagine it would lead to a blurb about your kennel in USA Today???…heh!heh!….Isn’t life grand?…snorkel!

  72. Macy the Min-pin
    8:21 pm on August 31st, 2011


  73. Wölfie
    8:23 pm on August 31st, 2011

    Yes, indeed, thank you to Ariele for the Article!! She is a wonderful person and was a tremendous help on the Patches! I would love it if she joined the Plunderers!

    Lots going on with lots of us! Can’t wait until Friday to get Zoe’s results!

  74. Wölfie
    8:32 pm on August 31st, 2011

    We are happy to report that someone has stepped forward to donate the costs of the decals! We need to decide how much to charge. Does anyone think that $3.00 is too much to ask? It is for Snowhook, after all. Once I send them the final image, it will take a week to print and our wonderful Spirit Bear will be handling post office duties.

    Mom has is waiting to get a price from the printer regarding bumper stickers. And we are waiting to see if the same folks can print magnets. I’ll keep everyone posted.

    By the way, where is Siber? And Wookster?

    Rio, those roses are awesome. You do beautiful work!

    What a great day! I am twirling, twurling, blurring….with happiness!

  75. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:32 pm on August 31st, 2011

    Behavior!….Why do “some” guys who know what the surprise is have to rub it into the face of the guys who do not know what the surprise is?….grunt!….This is a question that I wrestle with a lot and I always come up with the same answer….sniff!….The ones who “know” something that others do not and have to flaunt it are insecure beings who finally feel they have some power over others with this knowledge… wuffle!….Shame on them. It only makes them jerks annoying in the eyes of the ones who are still waiting…sniff!

    Walk!….We are going on our Brutal walk and I will try and survive it one more time…sniff!…With or without a surprise…grunt!

  76. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:39 pm on August 31st, 2011

    Wolfie!… Dawg! You are doing a damned fine job of it!…snort!snort!… You are taking charge and getting it done pal!…woooooo!… You should go ahead and set the price for the decals, bumper stickers and magnets….wheeze!…What an awesome job! Thank you so much Wolfie! Will all of these things be sold at the Mushers Mercantile Store??…grunt!

    SiberH!…He is off camping and playing his Tambourine for his gal in Northern New Mexico…chorkel!….Wookie is on special assignment collecting interesting facts about interesting things…snort!

  77. BearSpiritDog
    8:39 pm on August 31st, 2011

    Macy! What! You knew (know now) too? Bear’s not a good “waiter”!
    Off to read a funny book “Plato & a Platypus Drop into a Bar”
    and dream of good things to come.

  78. AbbietheKitty
    8:53 pm on August 31st, 2011

    I say 3 dollars and that is a great price so don’t worry about it any more.

    You know you can go to a craft store and buy sticky magnet backs and just put the decals on it. No need to do magnets separate.
    But we will probably get them a lot faster if we do them from a printer. 🙂

    So who do we send our orders and the money to. I mean to whom do we send the money? Or am I going to fast?

  79. Mollypop
    8:55 pm on August 31st, 2011

    I don’t know what the surprise is and I’m getting all poodled up about it!

  80. Alice M. Johnson
    8:55 pm on August 31st, 2011



  81. Tupper and Gilly
    8:57 pm on August 31st, 2011

    Hi Gang – Mama finally got home from her all-day, not fun errand. Whew!
    Wolfie – you are the most Fabulous, Plunderific Puppy!! Wahoo for decals. Our Gramp is just beaming that you all thought his idea was good. We promised to get decals for every vehicle, fridge, notebook and window that he wants. AQnd we are getting some for us too! We don’t think $3 is too much at all. Especially as it is for the now famous Snowhook!
    Rebecca – be sure to send a copy of that article to the people who are thinking about the dogumentary! And thanks to BSD for being the postmaster general – you are so much better at it than the government version.
    Barb and Maggie – we didn’t get a chance to say it before but CONGRATULATIONS on the bike shop deal. How wonderful and fabulous and fantastic. At least one of us gets away from her Crazy Lady!
    Howlers and Company and MAcy – glad you are happy. Hopefully all the Plunderers will have their curiosity satisfied tomorrow. If not, blame the danged post office – no wonder they are loosing money!
    Rio – just hold your little pug breath – it’s coming.

  82. B.Stover
    8:59 pm on August 31st, 2011

    I wonder what the surprise is…..

    Good night all.

  83. Barb & Maggie
    9:10 pm on August 31st, 2011

    We will wait patiently for the surprise, and Macy you are not a jerk in our eyes.

    Thank you T & G’s mama, but we can’t get actively involved in the buke/bike shop till we can move back. Hopefully by spring. Thank you Melanie for the def. of buke..

    We read the article, clicked on the email symbol, wrote in where we wanted to send the email of the article, put in our email and clicked send. Did it 4 times, and no one got them. What did we do wrong?

  84. Masquers
    9:31 pm on August 31st, 2011

    I, too, am wondering what the surprise is and turning in for the night.

    (Rio: Don’t get too upset with some of these guys. Spence is the one who blew the whistle early this morning, if you’ll remember.)

  85. Macy the Min-pin
    9:47 pm on August 31st, 2011

    Pug dog…I have to assume that you and your friend are just perpetually unhappy. I do not have much to get excited about these days. Sorry if you can’t let me have my one little moment of joy. It would be pointless for new people to join the blog, as you would just belittle them and make them feel unwelcome. There, you made me cry. Feel better now!??


  86. Macy the Min-pin
    9:56 pm on August 31st, 2011

    Oh, and thank Dog that you were mentioned in the article. You would have griped till the cows came home and went back out again. Maybe you need to be reminded again that we are here for fun and to support our favorite author. If you want everything your way, start your own d*** blog.

    To all other Plunderers, I love youse guys. My contact with the real world is pretty limited these days. All of you, plus my facebookie friends are all I have to look forward to. Not asking for any sympathy, just feel so sad. Anyhoo, GO PLUNDERERS!!!

    definitely NOT Macy

  87. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:57 pm on August 31st, 2011

    Maskers!…What whistle was that??…grunt!… Stick to the weather maps Kat – you’ve got your facts confused about the other things…heh!

    Rockies!….Are getting clobbered by the Snakes again, so I got to go and chew on something before I explode (all over min-pin)….grunt

  88. Gus and BooBear
    10:02 pm on August 31st, 2011

    Macy and Mom, don’t let that spoil your enjoyment of the surprise!! We think Rio is just feeling sorry because he wasn’t 1st to know! We don’t know yet but took your comment as excitement, not as “rubbing it in”. Redbone Hound will kick Rio across the porch and withhold shine, brother or not, for upsetting his woman!

  89. Barb & Maggie
    10:12 pm on August 31st, 2011

    Macy, Go give your mama a big slobbery kiss. Wish you were closer, we would share some ice cream with you.

    Now we are going to go have our treat and the off to bed.

    Plan to start reading a new book – we got The Walk and Miles to Go by Richard Evans. Checked them out of the library today and were told to read The Walk first. Has anyone read them? Also ordered two books by the author of Started Early, Took the Dog. Someone on the blog recommended them the other day. Night all.

  90. Macy the Min-pin
    10:18 pm on August 31st, 2011

    Gus and Boo, thanks, us Texans gotta stick together.

    Mom finished the first certificate at school, Office Assistant. Now she is starting the Administrative Assistant program. Powerpoint, Access, *business math*, writing, etc, etc, etc. The current class is “Internet Concepts”, another one of those snooze classes, but at least this one is not making her brain explode, unlike Word intermediate. She still gets to do Word advanced. If you need something cool whipped up (on paper) she is your girl. Or if your mail needs to get merged, or books need to get marked, or…

  91. Macy the Min-pin
    10:22 pm on August 31st, 2011

    Ice cream? We can be there in, hmmm next flight is at…tomorrow. Oh well, thanks for the thought. We looove ice cream.

  92. Tupper and Gilly
    10:26 pm on August 31st, 2011

    Awww Macy – don’t be sad. We ARE here for you – we are all here for each other. Bet your Mom remembers when she was a little girl, the best way to tell that a boy liked her was when they picked on her. We think maybe Rio has a crush on you. You are quite the little beauty after all. Maybe he is just being rotten cuz he has a crush on you. Maybe he is just jealous cuz Redbone likes you best.

    So, whats new on the farm?

  93. Staff
    10:36 pm on August 31st, 2011

    Hey Macy,
    I took a word 98 course many many years ago. It was fun cause I didn’t have to take it, I just wanted to. Amazing what you can do with that program.
    Then there came Word 2003 and 2007 and 2010 and now I have lost a lot of the knowledge I had about it. I bet you are getting plenty smart with all those classes.

    Do they talk about the open office program at all in your classes? That is what I use now because it is FREE! But I don’t know nearly as much about it as I do word. However it will open my old Word Documents and Google docs and lots of other programs that Word won’t. Ha!

  94. Kirby T. Penworthy
    10:43 pm on August 31st, 2011

    Macy: Mom and Dad polished off our ice cream the other night 🙁 so we’re in your same boat. Or maybe I shouldn’t talk about boats, seeing as you’re high and dry in your neck of the woods!

  95. Tupper and Gilly
    10:57 pm on August 31st, 2011

    Staff – Open Office is FREE??? Please -do tell!

  96. Staff
    11:03 pm on August 31st, 2011

    Yup, Just go to and download your free copy right now. You can donate to them if you wish but you get the same program whether you do or not. When I got my new computer they gave me a 30 day version of Word 2010 and then wanted mega bucks to continue. My sister, the Catty Librarian told me about and I am very happy with it.

    My old programs are all in word and the first time I try to open one the computer tells me I need to buy Word to access them. I just right click and choose ‘open with’ and select Openoffice and I never see that window again. I will eventually get all my files moved over to it, but I am just changing them as I need them.

  97. Tupper and Gilly
    11:11 pm on August 31st, 2011

    Dear Staff – We think we are in love with you! thank you so much! We had the same issue with our notebook – Mama says she is WAY too cheap to buy another word system when she has a very good one on her big computer. But its a pain in the behind to not be able to write things on the notebook – after all that is what she takes when she is on the road. She has been doing the “save in email drafts folder” thing but now – oh boy – she will be able to actually have word again. Yippee…thank you thank you thank you – and thanks to the Catty Librarian too!

  98. Macy the Min-pin
    11:13 pm on August 31st, 2011

    Staff, no we haven’t done open office. Do you know about “cloud computing”. It seems like science fiction to us. You can get a stripped down version of MS programs to work with and share.

    When mom was an executive admin, she used ’98. Things that took her all morning to do take about 3 clicks in 2010. It is completely mind-blowing. MS Publisher is on its way out because Word can create pretty amazing stuff.

  99. Snowhook Bella
    11:19 pm on August 31st, 2011

    Anon Decal Donor: Would you send me a SDD so I can thank you personally. Your identity will remain secret, I just want to say a proper thank you.

    Mr. Wigglebutt: You have been busy on Snowhook’s behalf. My, oh my we are fortunate.

    Abbie: Not to worry, not to worry—Bev, my mother would be upset if I didn’t thank Ariele. I was able to thank her for the article via email. I told her not to worry about getting the amount incorrect—the intent behind her efforts is more than appreciated. I still can’t believe it!

    Rio: I remember sitting in the living room waiting between race updates and telling Coach that I was going to post a message to the Plunderers on the Snowhook blog. We both felt that it was quite possibly the smartest thing I was going to do that day (along with eat a slice of cheesecake). I’ve shared only with a couple of you, that posting on the Snowhook blog felt inspired. I posted and then came the proding by a certain pug to make a comment on Chet’s blog. I was a bit shy and hesitant; Chet’s seemed a very special, very close community and I wondered if I would be intruding. During the race, I lurked on the blog each night after all, but maybe perhaps Liz had gone to bed. I always lurked in the wee hours of the morning as I waited for race updates—I felt as if I was supported by each of you as I waited, watched and worried. Those lurking hours were quiet hours except for my own laughter at the comments made each day. A certain pug insisted even more that I stop by for a visit. I soon discovered that Chet’s blog is where friends are found. Thank you to each of you.

    Macy: I’m excited too, but I have no idea why. I love surprises! They, whoever they are, say every woman should have a LBD—little, black dress for long. I was just thinking on my way into work to day that each blog should have LBD, little, black dog—your mom might disagree when she’s looking for you in the dark, though. 🙂

    Kirby T: Oh, the temptation…I don’t think I’d have the restraint.

  100. Tupper and Gilly
    11:35 pm on August 31st, 2011

    Rebecca – that little Pug is quite the inspired prodder, ain’t he?
    Can’t wait for Siber to get home from his tamborine-playing, howling-at-the-moon, mashmellow-on-a-stick camping trip. He is going to be chasing his tail, whirling with excitement for you and Snowhook and just everything.
    (Dog, but we miss him here on the blog – Oh SIIIIII-ber….when ya comin’ home?)

  101. Tupper and Gilly
    11:37 pm on August 31st, 2011

    Macy – ummmm…we aren’t all that up to date – what is “cloud computing”?

  102. Staff
    11:46 pm on August 31st, 2011

    I only have my Panda Virus protection in the cloud. Oh yes, I just got Kindle in the Cloud last week. I have to read the books at my computer though. Even though it is a laptop I am already beginning to wish I had an e-book. Quite a change for me as I just love bookstores and turning pages and just the feel of sitting down with a book.

    Oh, I forgot I also have all my bookmarks on Delicious. I love that. I can be anywhere and borrow a computer and I have my bookmarks. I did that after I got my second computer. It was such a pain to migrate the bookmarks that I never use the ones on the computer any more. It is all in the cloud.

    I have a friend (in the quilt club) who uses google docs in her work and she sends me documents and I can change them and update them. I think that is cool, but you probably know all about that already. I have done it only a few times for quilt club stuff.

    It is amazing what all is out there if I only knew.

  103. Snowhook Bella
    11:46 pm on August 31st, 2011

    I don’t know what cloud computing is either, but if there are rain clouds involved, I don’t suspect that Siber-H will be thrilled to learn this new technology.

  104. Staff
    11:54 pm on August 31st, 2011

    Heh, Tupper, Macy and the Catty Librarian are going to bring us all up to date! Going back to school isn’t so bad. A Catty went to become a Librarian and did! And she is old too! Well, not as old as me….sob, but old enough.

    When I think of how much things have changed in the last 10 years it just amazes me. And when I think of all the things we have learned from this blog…that is amazing too. Mollypop and Melanie and Rio all teaching us new things. Like HTML. BStover helping us with our punctuation and all sorts of stuff. Heh. We are getting smarter by the minute.

    WEll I am off to bed. If I stay up too long I will have to talk to Liz! Snicker,

    Night all and g’day to Liz.

  105. Snowhook Bella
    11:56 pm on August 31st, 2011

    Staff: I’m with you—there is something about browsing through a bookstore, or cracking the spine of the book and the feel of the paper. With Borders going out of business, I was able to get a Kobo ereader on clearance, but there is just something about a book.

    Is Elliot the same cat that tested out of Counter Surfing 101 and transfered to Advanced Placement Roof Walking. What a cat!

  106. Tupper and Gilly
    11:59 pm on August 31st, 2011

    Staff – now you are making us feel like total luddites. Delicious bookmarks and google eyed docs … oh dear. We think its time to go to bed.
    G’night all – lets see what wonderful things are in store for tomorrow.

  107. Macy the Min-pin
    12:12 am on September 1st, 2011

    Basically, and I mean really basically, cloud computing lets you store a doc or spreadsheet or dog knows what else in the “cloud” and then you can retrieve it from any other computer. Other people can access it someway with your permission. Windows Live Update is where the cloud jetport is. Just take a look.

  108. Liz
    12:14 am on September 1st, 2011

    Don’t cry Macy. GLOAT! Enjoy yourself! Put on a tight red dress and dance on top of Rio’s frustration.

    G’day Staff.

  109. Macy the Min-pin
    12:15 am on September 1st, 2011

    Macy says she is not retrieving anything, for any reason!!

    Oh, and in other news, Belle-the-bi-polar provided mom with 5 lovely punctures in her hand. How dare mom try to pet her good-by?

    and with that, a pleasant good night (or day) to you all. zzz z z z z z z

  110. Snowhook Bella
    12:35 am on September 1st, 2011

    Liz: It looks like it is just the two of us which sounds like a creepy pick-up line now that I’ve typed it.

  111. Liz
    12:36 am on September 1st, 2011

    I’d follow up with ‘Do you come here often’ but i already know the answer!!

  112. Snowhook Bella
    12:45 am on September 1st, 2011

    Liz: I don’t have any other creepy pick-up lines that come to mind—AJ says I don’t know a pick-up line when I hear one.

  113. Redbone Hound
    12:47 am on September 1st, 2011

    Well now, ladies, being a southern gentleman, I make it a habit to not use pick up lines, but I must say, you two are looking especially lovely tonight.

  114. Liz
    12:53 am on September 1st, 2011

    R, I imagine AJ’s quite happy about that?

    Why, Redbone, you smooth-talker!

  115. Snowhook Bella
    12:54 am on September 1st, 2011

    Mr. Redbone: That is awfully nice of you to say and much better than a creepy pick up line.

  116. Redbone Hound
    1:03 am on September 1st, 2011

    Don’t you two be a’tellin Miz Macy on ole Redbone. She is the sweet in my tea, the mint in my julip, the corn in my pone…oh, maybe thats not such a good one.
    But you git my meaning. I am a one-doggie kind of guy, and Miz Macy has my heart – and its off in the cloud.

  117. Snowhook Bella
    1:03 am on September 1st, 2011

    Liz: When AJ explained the last pick up line to me he said it was a wonder that I go through life without embarassing myself.

    Liz and Mr. Redbone: It’s time for me to call it a night. I need to get some reading out of the way so I can catch up in a certain mysteries series. Good night to you both.

  118. Snowhook Bella
    1:05 am on September 1st, 2011

    Mr. Redbone: You are an honorable hound and Miss Macy is a lucky girl to have such a devoted suitor. Okay, now I’m really signing off for the night.

  119. Redbone Hound
    1:08 am on September 1st, 2011

    Good night Miz Bella
    Time for this old hound to head out to the porch for the night too. Them cows get up to damn early.
    Good night to you too Miz Liz – and good night to that lovely little Cricket gal too.

  120. Liz
    1:12 am on September 1st, 2011

    Thank you, I’ll pass on your regards, Mr Hound. Sleep tight, you two.

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