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Thanks for all the keynote speech suggestions yesterday. (Now if anyone in the audience throws things it’s on you!)



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  1. Wose-the small and meek
    8:27 am on July 26th, 2016


    Love the old typewriter…Looks like SQ is preparing his keynote speech!

    Big boomers and heavy rain last night. The weather will still be hot, but less humid.

    Create a good day!

  2. Barb, Maggie & Angel Lucy
    8:46 am on July 26th, 2016

    I like the old typewriter too. I am old enough to remember using one of those! Well, maybe not exactly like that, but a manual before electric ones.

    Good morning Rose, and all. Beautiful, not so hot, day here.

  3. Herd of Hounds
    8:53 am on July 26th, 2016

    Good morning Rose BMAL and everyone! Mom inherited a typewriter like that from Papa. The key was strong fingers! Lots of boomers here too last night but only spit of rain and boy could we use some rain. Mom is off to the library for toddler Tuesday. Hope everyone has a really good day!

  4. BearSpiritDog
    9:17 am on July 26th, 2016

    We Remember those Old Manual Typewriters too. The Hounds are right…it took Strong Fingers to operate one.

    Good Morning Everyone and Have a Great Speech Spence!

  5. BooBear
    9:19 am on July 26th, 2016

    Good morning, all. Mom has a typewriter just like that on one of her display shelves. It came from her grandfather.

    Here’s hoping for rain for those who need it (us included at this point.)

  6. B.Stover
    9:42 am on July 26th, 2016

    That picture made me laugh. I’ll bet Spence is glad he has a computer.

    Good morning all.

  7. Wookie's and Teddy's Dad
    9:54 am on July 26th, 2016

    Looks like the first typewriter I ever had, which was actually my mom’s — I believe the brand was Underwood. Did you notice the bi-color ribbon, which meant that you could type in either black or red?

    Seeing the typewriter reminds me of a very funny incident that occurred while I was in law school. It was final exam time and we had the option of doing our finals in either longhand or typewritten (long before the days of PCs), and I generally chose to type (it allowed me to better manage my time and produce a more legible exam). However in the middle of one exam, the keyhead for the letter “e” completely detached from the key and flew into the air. Try typing an exam essay without the letter “e” being functional. After manually going back and trying to write in the letter “e” in for a while, I wound up doing the rest of the exam in longhand.

  8. Rio - The Evil Pug
    10:16 am on July 26th, 2016

    E-Gads!…snort!…Wookie’s paw I bet it was not funny at the time…chuffle!…Don’t you also have a funny story about training lab rats (or mice)?…wheeze!

  9. Barb, Maggie & Angel Lucy
    10:23 am on July 26th, 2016

    WOW, too bad it wasn’t the x key or maybe q. Would hav mad things much asi r. Hahahah

    I have a funny story about a lab rat!

  10. Tupper' Mama
    10:34 am on July 26th, 2016

    Morning all. We too had one of those typewriters. We also had a sadistic 6th grade teacher who demanded one book report to be typewritten.
    Nowadays that wouldn’t be a problem, but years ago, many families didn’t even own a typewriter, and typing was not a skill that was taught until high school. This teacher made kids stay after school to use the school typewriter and hunt and peck method. What a jerk he was. Actually, he still is. Heh.

  11. Barb, Maggie & Angel Lucy
    10:39 am on July 26th, 2016

    I finished Miss Julia Stands Her Ground (#7) and checked out #8, Miss Julia Strikes Back. I think #7 is my favorite so far.

  12. dawson
    11:45 am on July 26th, 2016

    I learned to type on one of those old Underwood typewriters. I remember owning one and taking it in to be serviced. It was a struggle to lift it.

    Spence: My question is do you have the whole plot of a story figured out before you actually start writing?

    Great Blue herons welcomed us to the island and eagles are flying overhead as we greet the morning. I love this place.

  13. dawson
    11:54 am on July 26th, 2016

    At the totem pole garden in Capilano Park.

  14. Masquers
    12:09 pm on July 26th, 2016

    Dawson having fun in the sun. Great foto!

  15. BooBear
    12:41 pm on July 26th, 2016

    Great pic of you, Dawson!

  16. BooBear
    12:43 pm on July 26th, 2016

    When Mom graduated high school, all her friends that were going to college got cars as a gift. Her folks gave her a manual typewriter (new model than the one above) and a case. Yeah?

  17. BearSpiritDog
    1:00 pm on July 26th, 2016

    By the looks of that Photo…the Awesome One is Growing Younger.

    Poor BooBear’s Mom. A Typewriter instead of a CAR. Ouch.

  18. C.hobbitz
    1:05 pm on July 26th, 2016

    Good day all. My mom had a typewriter like this. At age 40 she needed to work for awhile to help the family finances and she had to first learn to type. I remember her pounding away on it everyday after supper at the table. I used it later to type college papers. Years later mom gave it away to someone who also needed to learn to type. I felt a pang as I would have loved to have kept it as an antique and a memory but it sure was heavy.

    I am back in Anchorage meeting my guests for the first time. They are lovely and have an interest in maybe visiting a kennel. One of them used to volunteer in the Bear Grease Run in MN that commemorates a mailman who delivered mail via dog sled.

    Speaking of which…a small check will be mailed today to Snowhook in memory of Tenzig, Wyatt and Savanah. I am sure Luna will help her Lady how best to spend it.

  19. C.hobbitz
    1:09 pm on July 26th, 2016

    My few days in Homer were great. I need to take an “Alaskan” trip at least once a year.

    Barb: I hope you can leave sooner rather than later.

  20. Barb, Maggie & Angel Lucy
    1:30 pm on July 26th, 2016

    Great pic, Dawson, and you do seem to be getting younger! Must be all that healthy living!

    Hobbit, I am hoping to hang on till October, just because I want to get a couple of things paid for before I leave. Had 6 months no interest to pay for my expensive patio sliding door, and am having the two ceramic floors installed in August. Plus have a little trip to St. Louis in mid August. I would like to collect a few more paychecks before leaving.

    Did anyone get my little joke at 10:23 or did you just think I wasn’t proof reading?

    I am not the type to just get up and walk out, but if it gets unbearable, I may give two-weeks notice earlier than planned.

  21. Masquers
    1:48 pm on July 26th, 2016

    BMAL: We got it! Very clever.

  22. Herd of Hounds
    2:07 pm on July 26th, 2016

    BMAL, mom just waked in from Tod Tue. and she really thouoght your no k y was funny 🙂 91*F with 50% humidity, perhaps we should grow gills to breath outside.

  23. Herd of Hounds
    2:24 pm on July 26th, 2016

    Believe Papa’s typewriter was a Woodstock. Mom inherited a Hermes “portable” from her mom, it only weighed about 18 lbs.

  24. Herd of Hounds
    2:26 pm on July 26th, 2016

    Oops, forgot the portable’s foto.

    Modern, sleek and still took strong fingers.

  25. Tupper and Gilly
    2:36 pm on July 26th, 2016

    Dawson – looking just lovely!

    Barb – we went back to check. Interesting that we had read the comment, and hadn’t even noticed the lack of “e’s”

    The Storyteller was sooooooo upset. He needed his vehicle registration for something and couldn’t find it anywhere. He was
    dreading the trip to the DMV. He was fussing about the lost registration, basically having a meltdown.
    In the meantime, Mama went to the DMV website, filed for a lost registration, filled out the form, got the PDF of duplicate reg, printed it and handed it to the Storyteller, mid-melt. Problem solved. Too easy.

    Wish there was a website where you could order rain.

  26. Wookie's and Teddy's Dad
    2:45 pm on July 26th, 2016

    Rio — You had promised not to rat me out on that, but now that you have done so, I will go ahead and tell. my tale

    When I was in college I took experimental psychology (my undergraduate curriculum, for a major in international affairs, was fairly diverse) and we given a rat to train, to demonstrate the principles of operant conditioning a la BF Skinner. You know the drill, rat hits the lever, gets a treat, and soon you have trained the rat to hit the lever. Well, my rat was either the smartest or dumbest rat in the world, because it took him about 10 times longer than everyone else’s rat to figure this out. I figured he was just quite stoic, so I named him Marcus Aurelius, after the famous Roman stoic (B will appreciate that if no one else).

    However, after the basic lever hit, the next objective was to teach chained behaviors (like hit the level twice and then wait three minutes to hit the lever again before a treat would appear). The problem with chaining is that it is much more difficult to train, because to do it successfully, you have to extinguish certain intermediate behaviors for the rat to then figure out the proper sequence. Thus, chaining training of this type should take a very long time and a lot of effort. Not so for Marcus. When your behaviors are so weak to begin with, extinction of those behaviors is no big deal at all, so Marcus got the chaining done in no time flat. I was fully convinced that Marcus’ main objective in all this was to disprove everything that BF Skinner had proposed about operant conditioning, and I think he just about did it.

  27. B.Stover
    3:02 pm on July 26th, 2016

    Wookie and Teddy’s Dad: I think that your Marcus was showing free will which Skinner did not believe existed. (I disagree with Skinner.) Three cheers for Marcus the Stoic rat!

  28. Martha
    3:07 pm on July 26th, 2016

    We grew up with a big black typewriter that I believe was just a little newer than the one pictured here. I was the luckiest kid in the world. Zoe typed my papers. Looking back, I think it might have been because I had horrible handwriting. To write final drafts, I would need to write very slowly. Apparently I complained quite a bit.

  29. Wose-the small and meek
    3:08 pm on July 26th, 2016

    Dawson: Love the picture…you look beautiful!
    (Whispering) Might show up on the next Plunderer calendar…heh, heh, heh.

    C.Hobbitz: Glad that you enjoyed your Alaskan vacation!

    BMAL: I am laughing at your post of 10:23. :^)

    Also smiling at the typewriter stories and W&T’s Dad lab rat story.

    I talked myself out of taking a day trip today…should have gone. Today is a beautiful day! Instead, I am watching “General Hospital.”

  30. BearSpiritDog
    3:10 pm on July 26th, 2016

    Wookie&Teddy’s Dad: Great Story! Hurray for Marcus Aurelius who Did Things His Way.
    Thanks to Rio for his part in all this.

  31. Staff
    3:44 pm on July 26th, 2016 Beautiful. Grebes again, and the color of the water and sky…Amazing.

  32. Staff
    3:45 pm on July 26th, 2016

    D ar BM&AL I thought your missing ‘ ‘ was hilarous.

  33. C.hobbitz
    3:57 pm on July 26th, 2016

    Dawson: you look terrific.
    Barb: you are funny and it was so easy to read as we are used to otter corks
    Hanging with the animals today.

  34. Barb, Maggie & Angel Lucy
    4:38 pm on July 26th, 2016

    My lab rat story is not nearly as good as W&TD’s story, but never the less, it is cute.

    When Kelly was in college, majoring in psyh. she took a behavioral modification class. She had to work with a rat for a semester and at the end she wrote a paper on the results. She learned that the rats were going to be turned over to a biology class for experimentation on their brains. After they did whatever god awful stuff they did, the rats were then euthanized. She was horrified!

    So Kelly snuck into the lab and kidnapped (rat-napped) her rat, stuffing it into her book bag. The professor caught her on the way out, but since she was young and amazingly good looking, the prof. just said “I didn’t see that” and laughed.

    End of story, the rat, a pretty brown and white female, was brought home, named Holly Berry Rat, and given to Josh and me as a Christmas gift. I mean, how can you refuse a living Christmas gift? Holly Berry lived with us another 3-4years until she died of old age. She had a good rat life!

  35. BearSpiritDog
    4:49 pm on July 26th, 2016

    Barb,Magpie,AngelLucy: Barb’s Rat Story is a pretty darn Good One. We especially Love how Holly Berry was able to live out her life in a Loving Home. Sniff.

  36. Barb, Maggie & Angel Lucy
    4:59 pm on July 26th, 2016

    The little dog, named Lucy, that was lost from a boarding kennel Sunday was successfully found today. She has been out there scared and alone in this terrible heat. Her family was in Michigan went she got out. A lot of folks were looking for her. Happy ending to the story.

  37. BearSpiritDog
    5:12 pm on July 26th, 2016

    Barb: A Big Sigh of Relief. We saw that Story you shared on Facebookie and are very relieved to hear that Lucy has been Found.
    Nana knows exactly how her family felt. In the past I have been known to Make a Great Kennel Escape myself, but fortunately did not get far.

  38. Tupper and Gilly
    5:15 pm on July 26th, 2016


  39. Barb, Maggie & Angel Lucy
    5:24 pm on July 26th, 2016

    That is why Lisa comes to my house. Could you imagine how I would freak out if I were in another state and Maggie escaped from a boarding facility. No excuses!

  40. Herd of Hounds
    6:31 pm on July 26th, 2016

    Oh, oh…loud boomers, and close 🙁 We think a dust bunny check of our tin can is in order…BBL

  41. Riö – The Evil Pug
    8:46 pm on July 26th, 2016

    Barb!…Great Rat story!…snort!…Any other Rat-Packer stories out there?….heh!heh!

  42. Herd of Hounds
    9:36 pm on July 26th, 2016

    Mom had a pet rat once, his name was Raoul and he had a three level rat house in the back garden . He got to come in and play in the house occasionally and he really really loved people food. One day when mom was in high school she made meatloaf for the family and took a nice little chunk out to Raoul. Said rat was found belly up in his condo the next morning. Papa never let her forget that her meatloaf could kill rats.

  43. Barb, Maggie & Angel Lucy
    9:44 pm on July 26th, 2016

    That was really what you call killer meatloaf!

    When we had our rat infestation out in Lena, I learned that if two adult rats start breeding, and all their offspring breed and assuming all offspring live…..end result at the end of one year is 15,000 rats!

    Maggie was not around when Holly Berry lived with me around 1989, 1990. Good thing!

  44. Herd of Hounds
    9:47 pm on July 26th, 2016

    BMAL, thanks, we never looked at it quite like that ????

  45. Tupper's Mama
    9:52 pm on July 26th, 2016

    Big brother had a pet rat, rescued from a school science project. In true dry humor form, brother named him Fink. Brother had a very small bedroom with built in bookshelves. Fink was allowed full run of the room, and was often the subject of hide and seek games of “Where’s the rat Fink”?

  46. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:21 pm on July 26th, 2016

    Snort!…Now that is funny! I almost laughed out-loud!…chuffle!

  47. Staff
    11:08 pm on July 26th, 2016

    Tupper’s Mama, Your brother did have interesting names for his pals. I can’t remember what his cat’s name was, only that it was ‘different’.

  48. Macy min pin
    11:23 pm on July 26th, 2016

    Our rat story involved a wild rat in our car. It ran down mom’s mom’s back, causing her to evacuate said moving vehicle. Luckily we we going very slowly at the time, and dad was driving.

  49. Tupper's Mama
    11:49 pm on July 26th, 2016

    Macy – yee gads. That’s just creepy.

    Staff – when we found the kitten, it was wearing a collar that said “My name is Rat”. That was how we knew it was brother’s.

  50. Riö – The Evil Pug
    11:49 pm on July 26th, 2016

    Macy! …Did you tuck n’ roll out of the moving car?….gasp!

  51. Riö – The Evil Pug
    12:04 am on July 27th, 2016

    Yeah!…She will never answer…grunt!…Goodnight All!…snorkel!

  52. Barb, Maggie & Angel Lucy
    6:52 am on July 27th, 2016

    Rio, I think it was actually Mary Lou’s mom.

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