No Excuse Now

The printer keeps spitting out paper. Bernie picks up the pages and studies them. I think this is about the Astrid case. Have I ever seen him this tired? “This is gold, Chet. I should be able to figure out the whole case right now on the spot.” Oh, good. Then maybe we’d get paid. I wait. Bernie gazes out the window. “Wish we could afford to hire Melanie and B. Stover.”

Background: 1:  In addition to the flow chart: I believe the last post containing the Astrid case was Nov. 9, “Homing In” when Bernie, Chet and Ray are turning off the freeway onto Mesquite Road. Ray is wired and wants to take Bernie to Col. Bob; Bernie has silently pointed to the turn off so knows beforehand where they are going; earlier Bernie wrote something on a napkin for Ray to read. Chet is glad because he feels that Bernie is in control and having fun; he’s wondering if they are going home.

Here are the questions that I think need answers in order to solve the case:

Primary Questions:

Where is Astrid?

What was the motive for killing Albie and why put his body in the freezer?

Why set up Ray for the murder of Albie (if he was set up)?

What is the motive for killing Ratko, wrapping up his body and hiding it in a closet at Cactus Heights where he was caretaker for Albie?

Secondary Questions:

What is Foster’s part in this?

Who is the “other dude” mentioned by Foster? (Albie divorced Astrid because he thought she was interested in him; Foster laughed off Bernie’s comment about Foster being the other dude).

Why did Astrid ask Tulip to watch her suitcases; what was in the suitcases; where are they now?

Why does Ray hate Col. Bob–is it something Astrid has told him? What did the two say to one another in Bakersfield?

What did Bernie learn when he went to LA (Sept. 15 post)?

Where is Col. Bob?

How did Ray know that Bernie was at Dry Gulch?

(From B. Stover)

Background: 2:  Scents in order:

Albie Rose smelled like old cheese left in the sun.

Colonel Bob’s boots smelled of deserts, but not Chet’s desert.

At the empty housing development Chet smelled something important but was called away by Bernie.

The money Bernie paid Foster smelled of the perfume that Tulip wears.

Chet does not like the smell of pink insulation. (This is Patsy breaking in here, I tried eating that stuff once. Not good and Melanie made me drink a lot of milk afterward and eat bread. That was okay though.)

At Albie’s house just before they find Albie in the freezer: “First, I smelled me, of course: old leather, salt and pepper, mink coats, and just a soupçon of tomato; and to be honest, a healthy dash of something male and funky. And then Bernie, the best-smelling human male I’d ever smelled: apples, bourbon, and also salt and pepper. There were similarities in our smells, just another great thing about Bernie. . . there were lots of chemical smells coming from the walls, and cleaning fluid smells, and wax smells, and flower smells, and air-conditioning smells, and copper smells, and -” Also “Lots of cooking had gone on here, plus there was a mouse on the loose.”

Chet did not smell Albie until the freezer was opened.

When they find a confused Ray at the pool, Chet can smell the blood on the towels and the booze on Ray.

At Tulip’s hotel room, Chet smells deer musk and mint, a scent worn by Foster. Chet is amazed that Tulip says she can smell it. Tulip says it’s the scent worn by Ratko Savic.

A Dead Ratko was the smell that Chet smelled at the housing development.

Lt. Stein smells like potatoes.

Then there’s this whole weird thing about Chet smelling a quilt???

Ray smells of human fear at the Dry Gulch. Chet can also smell steak tips but there is no time to eat.

(From Melanie)

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106 Responses to “No Excuse Now”

  1. Mollypop
    8:25 am on December 2nd, 2010

    I got up this morning expecting to see all the snow that was supposed to come to us in ski country. Nothing. Then I turned on the TV to see a disaster on the Buffalo thruway. It’s filled with cars that have been stuck there all night! The way it’s being explained is that the big trucks couldn’t handle all the heavy wet snow and got stuck both on the road and on the exits and then everyone was stuck.

  2. Joe Erickson
    8:43 am on December 2nd, 2010

    Thank you for the great recap, very impressive job B Stover and Melanie!

  3. Staff
    9:18 am on December 2nd, 2010

    Well that brings us up to date.
    Hi Mollypop and JoeE. I searched all over the web and no one seems to care about your traffic jam Mollypop. I wanted to read about the traffic so bad. Snurffle.
    BBL

  4. Mollypop
    9:23 am on December 2nd, 2010
  5. Sam
    9:40 am on December 2nd, 2010

    We live in the first suburb north of Buffalo and we didn’t get any snow. It is all in the southern suburbs. My girl is happy because her school is closed. They didn’t get the snow but wanted to be safe since the storm could change direction.

  6. Melanie
    9:41 am on December 2nd, 2010

    Perhaps there is hope for tomorrow!

    MollyPop: Are you expecting lake effect snow today? Looks some popping there.

    Joe Erickson: Taking a bow for the Pack. Thanks!

  7. Melanie
    9:42 am on December 2nd, 2010

    Whoa! Stuck in a snow storm in idling cars. Hope they all had enough gas.

  8. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:43 am on December 2nd, 2010

    Yee!…Our author is an expert at procrastination….grunt!

  9. dawson
    9:45 am on December 2nd, 2010

    Thanks for the pro bono work by Stover and Melanie (and the flow chart by Kirby) we are all up to date on the Astrid/Colonel Bob case. The ball is in Chet’s mouth…Imean…the ball is in Spence’s court.

  10. dawson
    9:52 am on December 2nd, 2010

    Even Spence admits, “No excuse now”, but like Rio says, Spence is a master of procrastination.

  11. dawson
    9:53 am on December 2nd, 2010

    Hey Joe Erickson: When you add BJ and Baileys pictures to the Friends of Chet will you put their names on?

  12. dawson
    9:56 am on December 2nd, 2010

    Handsome!
    There was Rio and Siber H. together on the split screen.

  13. Mollypop
    9:58 am on December 2nd, 2010

    In spite of the snow storm between here and Sam’s, Mom still plans to go to Sam’s. We will wait a couple of hours and see where the storm has moved to. Mom sees no problem driving around the thruway mess – it’s just that lots of other cars may be doing the same thing. We won’t take any route that we can’t escape from.

    People are still being rescued from their cars. That’s scary!

  14. dawson
    9:58 am on December 2nd, 2010

    And Pepper, with Rio right there trying to steal his toys.

  15. dawson
    10:03 am on December 2nd, 2010

    And there’s Cassie! Rio has been busy adding pictures. She is very pretty. No one would suspect her of being a bum-sniffer.

  16. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:06 am on December 2nd, 2010

    Dawson!…I was just going to ask if anyone had seen her pop up on this here blog yet?…heh!

  17. B.Stover
    10:12 am on December 2nd, 2010

    Chet and Bernie: I’ll work for free. (Now there’s no excuse.)

  18. Melanie
    10:27 am on December 2nd, 2010

    Chet, my research skills are at your command. The Pack, however, insists on being paid in Slim Jims.

    Hey! ANOTHER pic of Riö?

    Did you see the picture of Franklin and Roger as puppies? Franklin is on the left. We almost kept Roger too, but he fell in love with someone.

  19. Barb & Maggie
    10:30 am on December 2nd, 2010

    Good job, Melanie and B. Stover. I think we will get some answers on the case very soon.

    Molly, hope you and your mom make it safely to Sam’s house. Take your time.

    No snow here in Illinois, but they are expecing a little Friday and Saturday.

  20. Barb & Maggie
    10:35 am on December 2nd, 2010

    Friends of Chet seems to be overrun with Puggies! Who knew there were so many!

  21. B.Stover
    10:36 am on December 2nd, 2010

    I wish I could remember what picture of Abbie everyone was talking about last night.

    Mollypop: Drive carefully and have a safe trip.

    Melanie: Franklin is so cute (so is Roger).

    Wonder why Bernie is so tired.

  22. B.Stover
    10:38 am on December 2nd, 2010

    Hi Joe.

  23. Mollypop
    10:44 am on December 2nd, 2010

    Staff – Even the New York Times in their NY and Region section had no mention of those poor people stuck in their cars. They don’t know there is anything outside of New York City. A few years ago they made a brochure about tourism in the state and they forgot about Niagara Falls.

  24. dawson
    10:52 am on December 2nd, 2010

    Melanie: Franklin and Roger as puppies – so cute. That Roger is a real looker. Of course, all your Newfs are. Love the picture of “part of the Newf pack” sprawled all over the floor space.

    LizF: A precious picture of Cricket sleeping on his back.
    Abigail: Beautiful, as usual.

    Mike Baker: Thank you for making the Friends of Chet section accessible again.

  25. Siber-H
    10:53 am on December 2nd, 2010

    Thank you for the very helpful re-cap, Melanie and Stover. I don’t know if Spence could have continued on without your help. He may have a touch of the same memory problems that Chet and I do…nothing to be ashamed of. We are all in good company.

    I saw Cassie!! A very cute girl!

    Melanie, I was going to ask you to put up a picture of Franklin, and there he is!

    Molly, I saw the snow on my local news this morning but they said it was south of Buffalo so I knew you weren’t getting any. Have a safe trip to Sam’s house. That sure is a lot of lovely snow. Wow!

  26. Mollypop
    11:08 am on December 2nd, 2010

    Siber-H – We’re going to leave now for Sam’s house. We could use you for this trip.

    Mom just happens to have a full case of Hatteras Red wine in her car. If we get stuck, she’ll be fine.

  27. Siber-H
    11:17 am on December 2nd, 2010

    Sure wish I was there to help, Molly. You two be careful because the world is full of people that lose all their marbles when driving in the snow.

  28. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:18 am on December 2nd, 2010

    Hey!…Two photos of me at the same time!…heh!… Be careful Auntie Molly, don’t be in any hurry…snort!….Let us know when you get there by golly!…sniff!

  29. Kasie
    11:34 am on December 2nd, 2010

    umm…

  30. Kasie
    11:34 am on December 2nd, 2010

    is there anyway to see more of the chet’s friends pictures than just the one showing?

  31. dawson
    11:45 am on December 2nd, 2010

    Hello Kasie:
    Just click on the Friends of Chet words at the very top of the Blog.

  32. Barb & Maggie
    11:45 am on December 2nd, 2010

    Kasie, Just click on the Add to Friends of Chet and it will bring the all up.

    Rio, Is Cassie on there twice?

  33. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:45 am on December 2nd, 2010

    Kasie!…Go to the very top of this page and click on the words “Friends Of Chet”….snort!…This will take you to another page with all the photos that have been added so far….grunt!

  34. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:47 am on December 2nd, 2010

    Heh!…We are such a helpful group…sniff!… Dawson, there is only one photo of Cassie out there, why?…grunt!

  35. B.Stover
    12:00 pm on December 2nd, 2010

    Quotation of the day from Funny English:

    “The difference between water and air is that air can be made wetter, but water cannot.”

  36. Mollie (a black poodle)
    12:08 pm on December 2nd, 2010

    Thank you Melanie and Bee for helping get the case going again.
    Lots of new pictures.

    Melanie: Franklin & Roger are cute as can be.

    Mollypop: Save travels.

    LizF: Great picture of Cricket. I like that name.

    Rio: Cassie is a good looking dog.
    Did I miss any more new pictures?

  37. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:14 pm on December 2nd, 2010

    Bubble!… I hate to burst everyone’s bubble about the Astrid Case getting started again…grunt!….If you remember way back when, he did this to us before….snort!…He copied Stover and Melanie’s notes and posted them….wheeze!… We’ve been creeping along at a snail’s pace every since, until he stopped writing about the case altogether…..sniff!sniff!… It will surprise the heck out of me if we learn anything further about Astrid this week….grumble!

  38. dawson
    12:32 pm on December 2nd, 2010

    Rio: Did you post more than one photo of Cassie? I saw another dog that looked like Cassie on page 2 of Friends but haven’t had a chance to look a little closer. Now, I’m taking Dad grocery shopping. I agree with you that we probably will NOT get any new information about Astrid, even though Spence has no excuses.

  39. Staff
    12:32 pm on December 2nd, 2010

    Now Rio,
    It must be difficult for him to think of Astrid when he is trying to figure out Book4. Give him a break. I would much rather have him working on Book 4.

    And I can’t get the friends of chet page to let me add a picture. I got one of Abbie in and that is it! Waaaaaaahhhhhhh.
    And Rio has hundreds up!!!!
    I am saying this is anti-kat discrimination. Sniff sniff.
    I click on the browse button and choose my photo and hit open and then nothing happens. snurffle…sob sob….
    What am I doing wrong??????

  40. Staff
    12:33 pm on December 2nd, 2010

    Hey! Sister double post!!!
    Good luck at the grocery store sis.

  41. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:47 pm on December 2nd, 2010

    Kats!….No more Kats allowed on Friends of Chet page…..Woooo!…The software must be smart enough to know when a Kat is trying to post its photo..heh!

  42. Staff
    12:49 pm on December 2nd, 2010

    GRRRRRRR Rio better watch out. I can still post them here….

  43. Melanie
    1:39 pm on December 2nd, 2010

    I am very interested in the shot of “Scout at Leisure”. I think it was taken at night.

    Hey, hey Scout! Do your picture again and let us know which one you are.

  44. Mollypop
    1:59 pm on December 2nd, 2010

    I made it! Sam says Hi. There were about 2 inches of snow until we hit the big snow band. Then all at once there were 2 feet of snow. The plows made the snowbanks along the road higher than our SUV. It took forever to get through it and then it was back to 2 inches.

    Unfortunately, people are still trapped on the thruway.

  45. dawson
    2:42 pm on December 2nd, 2010

    Mollypop the Intrepid: It didn’t take you long to get to Sam’s.

    Dad is crabby today – I think he is in pain. He said the shopping trip was enough exercize for 2 days! Luckily, he has the Dortmunder novel to cheer him up when he wakes up from his nap.

  46. B.Stover
    2:45 pm on December 2nd, 2010

    Hey Mollypop. Was any of the Hatteras Red opened on the journey?

  47. Siber-H
    2:49 pm on December 2nd, 2010

    Glad that you safely made it, Molly.
    Sam and Molly, there is going be a program about the Secret Service tonight at 6 my time on the Discovery Channel. I thought of you guys when I saw that it was on. Mom and I might watch it.

  48. BARB & MAGGIE
    3:05 pm on December 2nd, 2010

    We uploaded a picture of Maggie, and it said it was successfully uploaded, but it did not show up. Should we wait awhile?

  49. dawson
    3:19 pm on December 2nd, 2010

    Barb and Maggie: Barb…are you at work?

  50. Melanie
    3:29 pm on December 2nd, 2010

    I’m with Staff, Riö. If PSQA’s been busy with another adult thriller, another children’s book, thinking about another Ingrid book, the launch of T-FAT, we should cut him some slack. Not a great deal, mine you, but some.

    Hmm, I wonder if the wine had been opened would MollyPop have finished the trip?

    That reminds me . . Zoë used to teach down near Alexandria, VA and car pooled with two other people. One spring afternoon they got stuck on a bridge coming over to Alexandria for HOURS. Turns out each one had to go out that night and had bought food and wine to take with them. They had quite a feast and they must have looked sober enough because no cops stopped them!

  51. B.Stover
    3:35 pm on December 2nd, 2010

    From Funny English:

    “Chlorine gas has a most injurious effect upon the human system. The following experiments should only be performed therefore by a teacher.”

  52. Riö - The Evil Pug
    3:35 pm on December 2nd, 2010

    Slacker!…Give Spencer slack?…snort!…I don’t think so….gruffle!

  53. Melanie
    4:20 pm on December 2nd, 2010

    Got a question for iPad and Kindle owners . .
    Do either of those do illustrations in books that have illustrations?
    Do they make a Child proof Kindle or iPad?
    Holidays coming up. Need to think.

    Oh Zoë and Dan’s gift to OTAS came in to day. Audio CD’s of Chet’s last two!!

  54. B.Stover
    4:33 pm on December 2nd, 2010

    Melanie: I think the new Kindles have illustrations. (My first generation Kindle does not.) I also think that the ipad has illustrations…actually I know it does. But Mollypop can tell you more about the ipad.

  55. LizF
    4:37 pm on December 2nd, 2010

    Rio, you are totally hogging the Friends of Chet page! That picture of Cassie is really cute.

    B and Melanie, i think you know who killed Albie, and Ratko.

  56. Riö - The Evil Pug
    4:43 pm on December 2nd, 2010

    Snowy!… I wonder if Auntie Molly is going to be spending the night at Sammies house….snort!…I hope they don’t drive back in the dark. They’ve got enough wine to last the whole evening…heh!

    Liz!…I do not see any rules on the page that says I can only post one photo – so there!…heh!

  57. LizF
    4:57 pm on December 2nd, 2010

    Good point Rio…

    Did Ray kill Albie in self defence, or to protect Astrid? Then Ratko saw it and threatened her at the motel, so shekilled him. Evidence in the suitcases?

  58. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:08 pm on December 2nd, 2010

    Suitcases!… What suitcases? The only one who claims to have seen them is Tulip and I don’t trust her…grunt!

  59. LizF
    5:20 pm on December 2nd, 2010

    True, true. So who do you think killed Albie?

  60. B.Stover
    5:33 pm on December 2nd, 2010

    I don’t know who killed Albie or Ratko. My guess at one point was the “other dude” who was protecting Astrid from something. I also guessed that Astrid was running away from the other dude and that Foster was helping her. The problem with this is, why would the other dude frame Ray for Albie’s murder? Since Ray is Astrid’s son why would the other dude want to hurt Ray and therefore Astrid?

    The answer to another of the questions I posted is that it is only Col. Bob who could have told Ray that Bernie would be at the Dry Gultch unless someone has Col. Bob and contacted Ray and is forcing him to get Bernie. But why would “he” want Bernie?

    I only have questions.

  61. dawson
    5:33 pm on December 2nd, 2010

    B.Stover: Those “Funny English” bits are hilarious. In the last one, I assume English teachers are excepted?

  62. B.Stover
    5:35 pm on December 2nd, 2010

    Rio: I just watched episode 10 of The Event. So, Leila’s father is one of the silent ones. Someone is taking the children of the silent ones and doing something to make them old. Do the aliens know about this? The Hal Holbrook character does but what is his connection to the aliens?

  63. B.Stover
    5:37 pm on December 2nd, 2010

    Dawson: I think that it’s science teachers who are intended in that one. Here’s another:

    “Momentum is what you give a person when they are leaving.”

  64. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:41 pm on December 2nd, 2010

    Liz!… I am composing my Theory!…snort!…It is taking some time, so please be patient….grunt!

  65. dawson
    5:51 pm on December 2nd, 2010

    Ha! B.Stover: In Canada we call it the boot.

  66. LizF
    6:03 pm on December 2nd, 2010

    No worries Rio. I’m going out to the movies shortly (Megamind – i like animation) so i’ll prepare to be amazed later.

    B’s synopsis made me far more confused, thanks B! Now i realise I don’t even know the questions, let alone the answers.

    I like the photo that goes with that Momentum quote!

  67. Melanie
    6:05 pm on December 2nd, 2010

    Here’s an off the wall question. .

    Do we know if Bernie knows what Astrid looks like? CB hasn’t seen her in LONG while. Like since 9 months before Ray was born.

    Could, just throwing this out there, Tulip be Astrid?

    Has CB met with Tulip? We know the money he gave to Bernie to give to Foster smelled like Tulip?

    Maybe she had a WHOLE LOT of plastic surgery done?

  68. LizF
    6:18 pm on December 2nd, 2010

    oooh – Tulip is Astrid… I like that…

  69. B.Stover
    6:20 pm on December 2nd, 2010

    Tulip was in TFAT right? What do we know about her from that?

    The photo that goes with the Momentum quotation is a muddy lane with standing water in tire tracks. Two women are seen from the rear pushing a Model A (it looks like…this photo is from the 1940s I’d say) with a young boy of about five helping. On the other side of the lane a cow is watching and seems to be thinking, “What strange creatures these mortals are.” There are fences on each side and trees in the background.

  70. Barb & Maggie
    6:36 pm on December 2nd, 2010

    Dawson, Yes Barb was at work thia afternoon. She thinks she should have waited another week, but it wasn’t too bad.

    Astrid might be Tulip. We like that idea.

  71. dawson
    6:50 pm on December 2nd, 2010

    Melanie: That is an intriquing idea.

  72. Lexi
    7:00 pm on December 2nd, 2010

    Ew! Yuck! They just took a tick off my ear! It looked like a bean! Ow! Yuck! Mommy and Megan almost puked! So did I! :) 😐

  73. Lexi
    7:03 pm on December 2nd, 2010

    Ew! Yuck! They just took a tick off my ear! It looked like a bean! Ow! Yuck! Mommy and Megan almost puked! So did I! :( 😐

  74. dawson
    7:26 pm on December 2nd, 2010

    Lexi: Where have you been that you got a tick? That thing was sucking your blood

  75. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:01 pm on December 2nd, 2010

    Theory!… My guess is that Foster and Tulip are in this together. Foster learned of Astrid’s extended family from Tulip. Tulip found out that Astrid had come into a lot of money, probably given to her by Albie for some reason. Astrid had all the cash on her because she was planning on going to Bakersville to surprise her son and live there. She had not told him of the money, that was going to be a surprise. All of these plans she had confided in toTulip. Tulip tricks Astrid, takes her money and ties her up in some basement somewhere leaving the dirty work of getting rid of her for Foster…heh!…Ratko, sneaky chump that he was, saw Tulip and Astrid go off together. He followed them and saw what happened. He tried to bribe Tulip. Tulip agreed to pay him and set up a meeting at the abandoned housing development where he worked. . Instead Ratko met up with Foster who killed him and left him in the closet. Now, Col. Bob gets wind of Astrid being missing. Ray may have mentioned this to him when Col Bob realized he was being followed and it turned out to be Ray. This sets Bernie and Chet in motion. Whew! Foster murdered Albie because he hated him and also because Albie would probably try to stay in touch with Astrid, he would have gotten suspicious if he never heard from her again. Foster called Ray and set up the whole scene at Albie’s, hoping Ray would be imprisoned for murder never knowing about the money that Astrid used to have.

    Foster feeds Bernie a bunch of lies about going to LA for another gig. He really just wanted to find out who hired Bernie to look for Astrid. He tells Bernie where Astrid used to work. Filling Tulip in on the fact that Bernie would be on his way up to talk to her about Astrid. Meanwhile Foster breaks into Bernie’s house and bugs his phone. Tulip is surprised to find Ray, with Bernie and Chet when they arrive to question her. She’s seen photo’s of him on Astrid’s mirror. She gets Ray alone by having him ride back with her to the strip joint. Eventually Bernie and Chet are back home. Bernie gets a phone call from Col. Bob asking to meet him at the Dry Gulch Saloon. Foster hears every word. Foster somehow figures out who Col Bob is and kidnaps the Colonel before he goes into the Dry Gulch Saloon. Foster phones Tulip and lets her know Col. Bob is now a captive too. At gunpoint, Tulip fills Ray in on the fact that both his parents are hostages but she promises him they will both be set free if he lures the PI Bernie Little to the housing development where Foster has Col. Bob tied up. She makes him wear a wire and tells him that Bernie would be at the Dry Gulch waiting for Col Bob to show up. He goes to the Dry Gulch and meets with Bernie. Bernie has it all figured out and is now forming a plan to trap both Tulip and Foster to save the day…heh!

    Solved!…. That’s my theory in a nutshell…snort! …I’m sure there are plenty of holes which you can all poke at… grunt!…This is the only way I could think to tie all these characters together….wheeze!

  76. dawson
    8:08 pm on December 2nd, 2010

    That is one heck of a big nutshell.

  77. Barb & Maggie
    8:35 pm on December 2nd, 2010

    Pretty good River Dog! You might just have something. Maybe we will find out tomorrow. Ha!

    Barb put my picture up a 2nd time, and now there ar 2 right next to each other.

    By the way, Staff, Ellen (the Hippa violator) still hasn’t come up with THAT (loaned to her 3-4 months ago), so Barb ordered another one from B & N. She will follow your advise and NEVER loan her another book.

  78. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    8:38 pm on December 2nd, 2010

    Rio — That his pretty amazing. Wow. The one thing that I am not sure about though is Tulip. I think in TFAT that Chet really liked Tulip because she was a good petter (we won’t get into how that skill set may otherwise be applied in her line of business). In any event though Chet is a pretty good judge of character (and petting), so that makes me wonder if Tulip is good rather than bad. But even so, it is one impressive theory. Wookie the impressed

  79. Siber-H
    8:38 pm on December 2nd, 2010

    Spence can keep on working on book #4 now and not have to worry about the Astrid case any more. Whew, I am amazed.

  80. B.Stover
    8:41 pm on December 2nd, 2010

    Why would Albie give Astrid money? Bernie, Chet and Ray are not headed to the housing development. They’re turning off the freeway onto Mesquite Drive (or however it’s spelled). According to Chet, Tulip is an excellent patter.

  81. Melanie
    8:49 pm on December 2nd, 2010

    Whew, that was like the end of a Hercule Poirot novel!

    I might be in the minority here, but I always like Foster. Has a sense of humor, bad boy style . . . maybe I’m talking about my guys here!

    And Tulip?? She’s a really good patter.

    I don’t know Riö . . I bet there are two or three things we are just overlooking.

  82. Lexi
    8:52 pm on December 2nd, 2010

    Nice one, Rio. I get it now. 😀 Night, all.

  83. Melanie
    8:54 pm on December 2nd, 2010

    Hmmm, grammatically speaking I can see it’s time for bed.

    I think that 5:30 am is WAY to early to get up. Of course, Zoë got up at 4:30, so I shouldn’t really complain. Oh, shucks, why not!

    I HATE getting up early. My body and I have compromised that 7 am is a good time.

    So I’ll read all the new theories and discussion in the morning.

    Bess’s need for insulin has decreased. YEA! Patsy is doing great.

    TTFN

  84. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:11 pm on December 2nd, 2010

    Theory!… Sigh, this is just MY theory. I can’t fill in the details as to why in the world Albie would have given Astrid a load of money. All kinds of possibilities are lurking in that question. She may have ‘Known A lot’ and wasn’t above bribery herself. ….grunt!… I know Ray, Bernie and Chet are first stopping off their house. My thought was that Bernie needs to get his gun then they will be going to the housing development where Col Bob is…gruff!…Like I said, “Nutshell”…heh!

  85. LizF
    9:13 pm on December 2nd, 2010

    Foster? The butler did it??

  86. LizF
    9:16 pm on December 2nd, 2010

    Just kidding Rio! Actually that’s the only hole i can see – the rest of it is pretty convincing.

  87. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:18 pm on December 2nd, 2010

    Liz!…What’s the hole again?….sniff!

  88. Barb & Maggie
    9:24 pm on December 2nd, 2010

    We are not far behind Melanie on the going to bed thing. Besides, Barb doesn’t want to hog the #100 position again tonight. See you tomorrow.

    And Rio, we appreciate all the hard work that you put into your theory.

  89. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:26 pm on December 2nd, 2010

    Liars!…. If you can place yourselves all at the point where you believe that Foster and Tulip (sorry Wookie) are complete and utter liars only looking out for themselves because they are in love…snort!…maybe it will make sense. I mean, face it, both of them are not upstanding citizens! …grunt!…Tulips love of animals and good patting ability has nothing to do with her desire for a new life with the Goon she loves…heh!

  90. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:30 pm on December 2nd, 2010

    Hey!…Baker is working! For the first time I posted without the post staying I the new comment area…snort!

    Goodnight!… Barb, MagPie and Lil Ole Lexi!… snorkel!…Have good dreams…sniffle!

    Stover!… I am sitting here waiting for you to blow my Theory to Kingdom Come!…yeep! …It’s a coming, I can feel it….sniff!

  91. B.Stover
    9:33 pm on December 2nd, 2010

    We haven’t been given any evidence that Tulip and Foster love one another.

  92. LizF
    9:34 pm on December 2nd, 2010

    Can’t Tulip still be Astrid?? i really liked that theory.

  93. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:37 pm on December 2nd, 2010

    Stover!….Lets hear your full theory!…snort! ….Not questions, but a story about what happened. …grunt!

    Liz!…I do agree the Tulip really being Astrid, but then what?…grunt!…Why?

  94. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:39 pm on December 2nd, 2010

    Oops!.,,Liz, what I meant to say was I agree that the idea of Tulip really being Astrid is very intriguing, but then what? Why for Petes sake?…snort!

  95. B.Stover
    9:40 pm on December 2nd, 2010

    We haven’t been given any evidence that Albie gave Astrid money. We could assume a divorce settlement but do we know how long ago they were divorced? We have to use the facts we’ve been given.

    Astrid was Ethel the Ready at one time and then Tiffany when married to Albie. But Astrid/Tulip?? Why?

  96. B.Stover
    9:41 pm on December 2nd, 2010

    I don’t have a theory. We haven’t been given enough information to come up with a logical conclusion.

    The comments are still staying in the comment box after I submit the comment.

  97. LizF
    9:47 pm on December 2nd, 2010

    I don’t have a good reason, it just sounded good! Astrid was Ethel, could swap identities around to suit whatever purpose she has. (I know that’s lame)

    BTW, Megamind is a very cute film.

    And now i have to take Cricket to the vet, so i look forward to seeing this nutted out later!

  98. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:02 pm on December 2nd, 2010

    Stover!…I guess this whole thing has been niggling at me for a long time…snort!… I just needed a way to connect all these characters and the actions we do know about, granted there are a lot we do not know about…grunt!…Also, granted, it’s nowhere near a Hercule Poirot or Nero Wolfe complete explanation for that matter…grunt!…But it made me feel better knowing that there are connections between these characters and it’s not just a whimsical on-the-fly story from a writer who is doing his warm-up technique every morning…heh!

  99. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:04 pm on December 2nd, 2010

    Crap!…The comments are still staying in the box after I hit submit…snort!

    Stover!…We are re-watching the latest episode of the Event, just because we think we missed something before…heh!…Good stuff!

  100. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:19 pm on December 2nd, 2010

    Ewww!….Lexi had a tic! Did Megan pop it between her fingers and watch all your blood spurt out?…gag!….Lexi stay out of the dry brush for Pete’s sake!…grunt!…you little numbskull!…snort!…One would think tick season is over already…sniff!sniff!

  101. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:34 pm on December 2nd, 2010

    Hey!…I was 100!…snort!

  102. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:36 pm on December 2nd, 2010

    Wow!…Now I am on the “other side” all by myself!….snuffle!…I like it here…heh!

  103. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:02 am on December 3rd, 2010

    Nothing?….hmmmphf! I am going to bed you bunch of lazy no good what-evers…grunt!… I actually thought everyone would have some opinions about the case tonight, but maybe we are all DAMNED TIRED OF IT…heh! …Well, that may or may not be the case. …grunt!… I’m told that I am off to bed now, so I guess I am off to bed now..heh!…That’s okay, I like snuggling in my warm soft bed with all my baseball toys circled around me with my blankets that smell like me and all my farts…sniffle!…Good night all! xxxxoooo

  104. Macy the Min Pin
    1:31 am on December 3rd, 2010

    Night!

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