No Post Today

Why not? I’ve actually got one or two things on my mind. Maybe just one. But everyone’s in a big hurry around here. Where, for example, is that shirt of Admin’s, the one with the red checks? I sort of know the answer to that one, if we mean what’s left of the shirt with the red checks. But what’s wrong with the one with the wide blue stripes?

“What’s wrong with the one with the wide blue stripes?” Spence says.

“Can’t find the stupid thing.”

“Are you planning on telling the pre-school story?”


“The one-review thing?”

More silence.

“You could always do the sharks. Or what about the Mounties?”

A crashing sound, maybe from something getting thrown. I head for a nice quiet spot under the kitchen table.

Cape Cod Writers Center, Breakfast With the Authors, Today at 9:30 AM, Cape Codder Hotel (Hyannis Mass.)


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136 Responses to “No Post Today”

  1. Wookie of Chevy Chas
    3:34 am on July 9th, 2010

    My vote is for the one with the sharks. Inquiring minds want to know. Wookie

    PS –Good luck, Spence!

  2. Sam
    3:46 am on July 9th, 2010

    Now Spense, at this breakfast today, set people straight that the dogs AND KATS really write their own posts.

  3. Sam
    3:54 am on July 9th, 2010

    I have been in a snit about this since yesterday. It's time for everyone to know the truth.

  4. Sam
    3:59 am on July 9th, 2010

    My family goes to those places they call School and Work. I think they're lying. Anyway, if I had to wait for them, I'd never get online. They leave the PC on for me and also the TV. They give me the dumb Weather Channel – I can only watch Animal Planet if I have adult supervision.

    Spense, you gotta fix this misconception. Sheesh!

  5. B. Stover
    4:05 am on July 9th, 2010

    Chet, I can only say that I'm so glad you "disposed" of the shirt with the red checks!

    PA/SQ: Have a great conference.

    (And I want to know about both the sharks and the mounties.)

  6. B. Stover
    4:15 am on July 9th, 2010

    I liked Rio's bouncing, clapping and stamping bobs last night.

    Where is Lexi?

    Where is Wolfie?

  7. Riö - The Evil
    4:21 am on July 9th, 2010

    Snort!… The Mounties! Hey, that’s a new one!…heh!heh!….Well, surely he made it on time and is sitting down eating his continental breakfast….grunt!… Hopefully he knows what he is going to talk about….snicker!…The sharks or the Mounties, maybe even the book itself… sneeze! … Wish I were there…sigh.

  8. ÄbbietheKitty
    4:29 am on July 9th, 2010


    9:30 Eastern time. It is six minutes till showtime then. Good luck PA/SQ. Wish we could hear the stories too. Maybe Admin could do a transcript.

    And it would be nice if you felt you could mention KATS!

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    Kats are very writerly!


  9. dawson
    4:35 am on July 9th, 2010

    Wow! There's a story about the Mounties? I'm in.

    Princess: Don't let that snit last too long. :')

  10. Staff
    4:36 am on July 9th, 2010

    Here is some advice I just got in an email this morning. I suppose it is too late to get it to Spence.

    "Handle every stressful situation like a dog.

    Pee on it and walk away"

  11. dawson
    4:39 am on July 9th, 2010

    Those Minnesota Twins are sinking in the standings almost as fast as the Rockies are rising. I've always liked the underdog so I'll cheer for the Twins for a couple games. Oh wait! They're playing the Tigers tonight! Grrr. Go Tigers!

  12. Staff
    4:48 am on July 9th, 2010


    Go Twins!

  13. Riö - The Evil
    5:00 am on July 9th, 2010

    Wow!….The Rockies have managed to squeak past the Dodgers for second place in their division…..Woooo!… snort!snort!… How much fun is that!?

  14. Melanie
    5:17 am on July 9th, 2010

    I'm with B. Stover, the Pack and I want to know about the Mounties and the sharks. .

    That's 23 of us voting on that one.

    (somehow I'm getting a picture of a shark wearing a CMP hat)

    Well, it's already begun, hopefully we'll know what is said and the wardrobe. Or has been said and was the wardrobe, or going to be said . .

    Up too late.

    Hey! We're almost sure maybe that Dan will, might have the plastic surgeon come in this afternoon and finish the job! That means his heart is getting stronger.

    I would do bouncing and clapping Bobs, but I don't know how, so here . .


  15. Riö - The Evil
    6:11 am on July 9th, 2010
  16. Riö - The Evil
    6:12 am on July 9th, 2010

    Melanie!… I put some Bobs up for Dan, but they are being moderated!…snort!

  17. Riö - The Evil
    6:16 am on July 9th, 2010

    Jumping Bob!… So in the meantime here is jumping Bob!….snort!…Where the hell is Lil Lexi when we need Bobs!?… grunt!… Probably still eating breakfast and watching cartoons!

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  18. Mollypop
    6:35 am on July 9th, 2010
  19. Jasper the Poodle
    7:14 am on July 9th, 2010

    Yes, but are the stripes horizontal or vertical?

  20. Riö - The Evil
    7:21 am on July 9th, 2010

    Shirts!…They both sound like really ugly shirts….snort!….He can’t wear a sweater it’s to hot out there – 82 degrees with 74% humidity…gawd!…That sounds like hell on earth!… grunt!… I wonder if he ever wears ties to these sorts of things…. Hmmm.

  21. Macy the Min-Pin
    7:21 am on July 9th, 2010

    Good Morning, Community!

    I would have posted sooner, but the Bobs jumping got me hypnotized and it was not until Annie knocked something off the table that I was able to snap out of it. I was up way too late last night hoping and praying that surely our Rangers would not lose to a nothing team like those orange birds. Grrrr…Annie knows how to take care of birds. We normally try to discourage her, but exceptions can be made.

    Chet, if you could get Mr. Quinn to pass a message along to Mr. Abrahams, tell him I got nothing done yesterday, thanks to reading "Oblivion" cover to cover in one sitting. Loooved it. :3

  22. Macy the Min-Pin
    7:25 am on July 9th, 2010

    pugs, poodles, and Kats…come on everybody sing "we are family, I got all the critters with me!" And of course Mr. Husky and those of you that I do not know your breed, too.

  23. Sam
    7:39 am on July 9th, 2010

    Macy dear, I am a Maltese, like the real Princess.

  24. Melanie
    8:00 am on July 9th, 2010

    We let the pups in the outside puppy pen. Pics to come. Need a nap first.

    Okay, this might show my age, but I was thinking vertical stripes like the old mattresses we used to have a loooooonnnnnnggggg time ago.

  25. Riö - The Evil
    8:06 am on July 9th, 2010

    Heh!… Yup! I could definitely see Admin wearing an old mattress-like shirt to one of these things… HA!…He would stand apart from the rest fashionably speaking, that’s for sure….snort!

  26. B. Stover
    8:08 am on July 9th, 2010

    AbbieKat: I like your poem.

    I think the stripes must be vertical.

    Hi Macy.

    Mollypop: Is it cooler there?

  27. Riö - The Evil
    8:14 am on July 9th, 2010

    Snort!… If the stripes are horizontal he will look like a jail-bird in front of all his fans!…heh! … I wish Spencer would post some photos of the poor fashion challenged guy…heh!

  28. Riö - The Evil
    9:16 am on July 9th, 2010

    Hmmmphf!….Did everybody leave for the weekend and leave me all alone again???… snort!… One day her and I are going to go on a vacation and you will miss me!… by golly!…

  29. B. Stover
    9:21 am on July 9th, 2010

    Hi Rio.

  30. Siberian Husky
    9:23 am on July 9th, 2010

    I vote for shark and Mountie stories. Dawson and I especially vote for Mountie stories.

    I agree with Sam, it is truly us dogs and cats that post on this blog. My mom's personality is different than mine.

    Jimenez did it again, didn't he Rio? That was some game that we didn't get to follow live. I'm ready for the Rockies to massacre the Padres now.

    I think it is very nice of Macy to call me Mr. Husky.

  31. B. Stover
    9:26 am on July 9th, 2010

    SH: Do you prefer Mr. Husky?

    I wonder how the conference went. I'd like to hear both stories. I also wonder what the one thing was that Chet had on his mind.

  32. Riö - The Evil
    9:29 am on July 9th, 2010

    Heh!… There is no way I could call SiberH Mr. Husky…snort!….It sounds like a porn stars name!…snorkel!

  33. Siberian Husky
    9:30 am on July 9th, 2010

    Melanie, let us know how Dan is doing when you have some time and are rested, well, somewhat rested. From what you have written, it sounds like he is doing okay and beginning his recovery.

  34. Siberian Husky
    9:31 am on July 9th, 2010

    Oh, snorkel, Rio and tee hee

  35. Siberian Husky
    9:38 am on July 9th, 2010

    Stover, I like Siber-H, but I think it is cute of Macy to call me Mr. Husky. Siber-H will be fine, but I will answer to SH and anything that resembles my names here on the blog. I'm not particular.

  36. Macy the Min-Pin
    9:41 am on July 9th, 2010

    Mr. Pug..snorkel!..hmm, I could do that if I stuck my slender, well formed snout up out of the water. I think I might need doggles, though.

    Mr. Husky..I call you that out of respect and also because that is how I picture you, all stout and full of dogglieness.

    So, Sam, you are a furball, no? But in a nice way, not at all Kat-like. (not that there's anything wrong with that!)

    Miss Kitty, you write beautifully. *under breath* (for a Kat)

    Annie says hi, is dancing around begging for a turn, but she is a little high strung for this mellow group. (down girl) Yikes, I am becoming my mom. I never thought I would say such a thing.*shiver*

  37. B. Stover
    9:43 am on July 9th, 2010

    I'm working on a project that includes research of VanGogh's letters and works and also of biographies and studies of his works. I disagree with a critic I just read: He claims that Starry Night "is an attempt to express a state of shock." No way. Starry Night is a visual representation of the Romantic concept of "organicism"–everything in the universe is connected in a cyclical process…always moving…always changing…in flux.

    How do you guys interpret the painting? (The pen and ink drawing is really cool also.)

  38. Riö - The Evil
    9:44 am on July 9th, 2010

    SiberH!… How about Boodles?…snort!…Can we call you Boodles Calhoun?… cough!… I’m dying to call someone Boodles Calhoon!…grunt!

  39. B. Stover
    9:46 am on July 9th, 2010

    SH: I use your initials because I'm too lazy to write out your name. (That's probably why I always use B.)

    I'd like to hear from Annie.

    Rio: How many porn stars do you know?

  40. Riö - The Evil
    9:53 am on July 9th, 2010

    Golly!… Van Gogh painted Starry Night while in an Asylum at Saint-Remy in 1889….snort! … I actually like Starry Night Over the Rhone more than Starry Night… grunt!…Its more relaxing to me.

  41. Riö - The Evil
    9:54 am on July 9th, 2010

    Stover!… Unfortunately, I do not personally know any Stars at all… sniff!… I have see a few up close, but we have never become fast friends… snort!

  42. Siberian Husky
    9:56 am on July 9th, 2010

    I actually think Boodles Calhoun is kinda funny, but too much trouble to type. That could be a porn star name.

    Just how many porn stars do you know, Rio?

  43. Riö - The Evil
    10:00 am on July 9th, 2010

    Boodles!… Unfortunately, I do not personally know any Stars at all… sniff!… I have see a few up close, but we have never become fast friends… snort!

  44. Siberian Husky
    10:02 am on July 9th, 2010

    I think Starry Night is soothing, flowing… not at all an attempt to express a state of shock. I wonder how that critic came up with that idea.

  45. Siberian Husky
    10:06 am on July 9th, 2010

    My mom just told me to try to resist asking Rio how he has seen a few porn stars up close.

  46. Macy the Min-Pin
    10:06 am on July 9th, 2010

    Mom says to keep it short. That's funny, ha ha ha, cause she is shorter than me, Annie, the Anster, Annie Bobany, Squirt, and sometimes, DamnDog. That last one I don't like cause they usually say it loud and mean. Can't wait for tomorrow cause Biddie and Aunt Holly are coming over and we are going to help Angie and Dad paint the bedroom. Can't wait to dip my tail in the paint, oh it is going to be so much fun, fun, fun……

  47. B. Stover
    10:06 am on July 9th, 2010

    VanGogh was is the asylum voluntarily and could come and go as he pleased. He had been stoned out of Arles (almost literally) and now needed comfort which he found in a monastic life. It's in nature that he finds harmony, which I think he longed for, rather than in people. The concept of organicism is in Starry Night over the Rhone as well. There he has two people in the foreground. In Starry Night humans are represented by the houses and the church steeple. What does the difference signify? Interesting. I'll have to think about this.

  48. B. Stover
    10:17 am on July 9th, 2010

    SH: The critic is associating Van Gogh's paintings with his mental state at the time of painting. He's suggesting that VG is internalizing and exploring his own mental state which the critic feels is expressed in his art. I feel that VG painted to forget himself….or actually, that the act of creation absorbed him to the extent that he forgot everything else. The critic is very interesting and I like his analysis of some of the paintings. Just not this. I always think of VG's work as joyful.

  49. B. Stover
    10:19 am on July 9th, 2010

    Hi Annie! I bet you will do a fine painting job tomorrow.

  50. Riö - The Evil
    10:23 am on July 9th, 2010

    Stover!… I like the one he painted of the outdoor café too!… snort!… I wouldn’t mind having that hanging over my warm soft bed….snuggle!

  51. Riö - The Evil
    10:24 am on July 9th, 2010

    Stover!…Why did he cut off his ear do you suppose??… snort!

  52. Wookie of Chevy Chas
    10:44 am on July 9th, 2010

    Stover. Not much of an art critic here myself, but your question did make me think of the song by Don McLean called Vicent (although also known as Starry Starry Night), which might provide some inspiration. FYI, Don McLean is probably most famous for his song American Pie, which I would guess represents probably the most pondered (or should I say plundered) song lyric ever written.


    Vicent/Starry Starry Night (by Don McLean)

    Starry, starry night.

    Paint your palette blue and grey,

    Look out on a summer's day,

    With eyes that know the darkness in my soul.

    Shadows on the hills,

    Sketch the trees and the daffodils,

    Catch the breeze and the winter chills,

    In colors on the snowy linen land.

    Now I understand what you tried to say to me,

    How you suffered for your sanity,

    How you tried to set them free.

    They would not listen, they did not know how.

    Perhaps they'll listen now.

    Starry, starry night.

    Flaming flowers that brightly blaze,

    Swirling clouds in violet haze,

    Reflect in Vincent's eyes of china blue.

    Colors changing hue, morning field of amber grain,

    Weathered faces lined in pain,

    Are soothed beneath the artist's loving hand.

    Now I understand what you tried to say to me,

    How you suffered for your sanity,

    How you tried to set them free.

    They would not listen, they did not know how.

    Perhaps they'll listen now.

    For they could not love you,

    But still your love was true.

    And when no hope was left in sight

    On that starry, starry night,

    You took your life, as lovers often do.

    But I could have told you, Vincent,

    This world was never meant for one

    As beautiful as you.

    Starry, starry night.

    Portraits hung in empty halls,

    Frameless head on nameless walls,

    With eyes that watch the world and can't forget.

    Like the strangers that you've met,

    The ragged men in the ragged clothes,

    The silver thorn of bloody rose,

    Lie crushed and broken on the virgin snow.

    Now I think I know what you tried to say to me,

    How you suffered for your sanity,

    How you tried to set them free.

    They would not listen, they're not listening still.

    Perhaps they never will…

  53. B. Stover
    10:47 am on July 9th, 2010

    VanGogh had been planning (and longing) to set up an artists' colony in Arles. The cafe you like is where he did some of the planning. He was preparing and decorating the yellow house (many of the sunflower paintings were to be hung on its walls) for Gauguin to come and stay. (Don't get me started on Gauguin who I think of as the epitome of bastard. He deserted his wife and five children which says it all.) VG and G were completely different personalities and they had different aesthetic goals, and consequently they didn't get along. VG cut off the lobe of his ear on December 23, 1888, after Gauguin and he had argued and Gauguin had stormed out of the house. I think that VG did it out of despair and he went to the brothel and gave the ear to a prostitute because he thought he would get sympathy/empathy from other social "outcasts." Anyway, they called the police and that led to his eventual eviction from Arles.

  54. B. Stover
    10:50 am on July 9th, 2010

    Just one more thing about VanGogh (I promise): The last Doctor Who episode had the doctor and Amy meeting VG. What was so wonderful to me, was that they took him to the 21st century Musee D'Orsay in Paris where there was a VG exhibit. VG got to see and hear how much his work is loved today.

  55. Riö - The Evil
    10:54 am on July 9th, 2010

    Wow!…This is way more interesting than pondering Admin’s shirt stripes!… snort! … They should make a movie about this guy!… grunt!

  56. B. Stover
    10:54 am on July 9th, 2010

    Wookie: How beautiful! Thank you. (Don't you love "the snowy linen land"?) I'm going to copy it and put it in my notes.

  57. B. Stover
    10:59 am on July 9th, 2010

    There have been several movies about VG. One was really good with Tim Roth as VG and … can't remember his name…as Theo. I'll try to find info if you want it Rio.

  58. Riö - The Evil
    11:06 am on July 9th, 2010

    Cool!…I love Tim Roth!… honk!… Yes please that would be awesome….snort!…She can order it through Netflix….grunt!…. I’ve been banned from Netflix for reasons we will not discuss….sniff!

  59. Wölfie Wigglebu
    11:07 am on July 9th, 2010

    Melanie – so glad to hear that Dan is on the mend!

    Spence/Admin – I wonder how the talk went today. Did you find some appropriate attire?

    My favorite song by Don Mclean is "Empty Chairs." Has anyone ever heard it?

    Things are fine here, except that Mom is a tiny bit of a hacker and just discovered that My Boys are planning some sort of fight right about now. She called and told them not to even thing about it, and they got in a huff about her reading something on the famous "private" networking site. "Hate to tell you boys, but there ain't nothing private about any of those places."

    Silly boys.


  60. B. Stover
    11:13 am on July 9th, 2010

    Rio: The movie is called Vincent and Theo, with Tim Roth and Paul Rhys. It was done in 1990. Here's some info on it:

  61. Melanie
    11:13 am on July 9th, 2010

    While waiting for pup pictures to download from the camera, I jump on to Chet's blog and it's from Porn Stars to Starry Night. Only here.

    Okay, (pushing up long sleeves), I don't think that Mr. Husky sounds like a Porn Star. Especially said or written with respect. Mr. I.B. Husky would be different. Anyhoo, what's this about Riö knowing some porn stars???

    Starry Night. I was lucky enough to actually see it in NYC before they sent it out when they were redoing MOMA. It had an entire wall to itself. The lighting was indirect. The painting GLOWS. It is AWESOME. I actually sneaked up on it. I entered the room, looked at the other 3 walls went to the center of the room and SMACK! It hit me right between the eyes.

    The inter-connectiveness of the cosmos was there. It's one thing to hear about it or do the math in physics, it is another to SEE it.

  62. B. Stover
    11:15 am on July 9th, 2010

    Hi Wolfie. Was is TTFN?

  63. Melanie
    11:24 am on July 9th, 2010

    One pic now, another in an hour. I've got four total. But I've noticed if you do more than one you can get monitored.

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  64. B. Stover
    11:24 am on July 9th, 2010

    The classic film on VG is, of course, Lust for Life, from Irving Stone's novel. It has Kirk Douglas as VG and Anthony Quinn as Gauguin. I may have seen this on tv.

  65. B. Stover
    11:25 am on July 9th, 2010

    Melanie: How adorable. I wish I had enough room for a dog here.

  66. Melanie
    11:27 am on July 9th, 2010

    Well, one more before I watch a movie.

  67. Melanie
    11:28 am on July 9th, 2010

    I'm not tired. Let's try that again. Feeding all twelve at once. This is outside!

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  68. B. Stover
    11:32 am on July 9th, 2010

    Rio: There is also a documentary from 1988 on dvd: The Life and Death of VG, with John Hurt narrating and Paul Cox directing.

  69. Riö - The Evil
    11:34 am on July 9th, 2010

    Melanie!…Is that Greedy Guts??…snort!… He looks like a miniture Newf!

  70. Riö - The Evil
    11:38 am on July 9th, 2010

    Stover!… What is the name of the movie with Tim Roth in it??…snort!

  71. B. Stover
    11:42 am on July 9th, 2010

    Rio: It's called Vincent & Theo. I put info in my message at 4:13 PM above.

  72. B. Stover
    11:44 am on July 9th, 2010

    Rio: If they don't have it at Netflix, you can go to, pull down the menu and click on movies&tv and type in the name of it. I think you can download it and watch it immediately, but it would have to be on your computer.

  73. Riö - The Evil
    11:48 am on July 9th, 2010

    Stover!…Thank you!… snort!… I must have missed it while looking at the puppy pictures…heh!..Melanie said she had two more!…grunt!…Waiting here…still waiting! 😐

  74. Wölfie Wigglebu
    11:53 am on July 9th, 2010

    Bee – TTFN stands for "Ta Ta For Now". I picked it up from the Winnie the Pooh (AA Milne). I think it was Tigger who always said it, but with a Big Bounce.

  75. Riö - The Evil
    11:53 am on July 9th, 2010

    Oh Melanie!… You still haven’t answered my question about your actor son and his stint on Royal Pains… snort!… Come on!

  76. Macy the Min-Pin
    11:56 am on July 9th, 2010

    Melanie..A Tail of 12 Puppies…Those are PUPS? They look almost as big as ME!! Really sweet though. I am sure glad I only had 4 little bitty ones. Now, however, they are bigger than me, or I, or whatever. Min-pins are not known for our grammar. The Starry Night song is beautiful to read. We have heard it many times, but to read it is something else.

    B. Stover ttfn= ta ta for now

  77. Wookie of Chevy Chas
    12:00 pm on July 9th, 2010

    Wolfie — Empty Chairs is also a great song. And here is a secret about that song that is quite remarkable. A singer/songwriter named Lori Lieberman saw Don McLean perform that in concert, and she was so moved that she wrote a poem entitled "Killing Me Softly with His Blues", which became the basis for the song "Killing Me Softly With His Song", written by Norman Gimbel and Charles Fox. Lori LIeberman was also the first artist to record the song, although the Roberta Flack version is probably the best. Wookie the Rocker

  78. Wookie of Chevy Chas
    12:03 pm on July 9th, 2010

    But the most important news of the day — IT ARRIVED!!!!!!! I was so excited I almost ripped open the package as it came through the mail slot (although, truth be told, a lot of our mail meets that fate). I think I could smell Audrey's scent on the envelope, which drove me even more crazy than normal for "mail call". Anyway, as Rio would say, I'm skipping,I'm skipping. Woooooooooo!!!! Wookie

  79. B. Stover
    12:16 pm on July 9th, 2010

    I'm so excited!!! And I can't even read it. Just give us info Wookie…but don't give anything away of course.

  80. Wookie of Chevy Chas
    12:23 pm on July 9th, 2010

    Rio, your being banned from Netflix wouldn't have anything to do with the 47 copies of "Hotel for Dogs" and "Lassie Come Home" that you ordered last week, would it? Wookie (Rocky the Squirrel blurted it out when I had him cornered)

  81. Melanie
    12:25 pm on July 9th, 2010

    That's wonderful Wöökie!!! It got by Rockie the undercover squirrel!

    Riö, YSAS does not look Cuban. Could not pass for Cuban. He has no idea what happened except he got paid.

    The director of the Shakespeare thing changed his look again. I WISH SOMEONE WOULD TAKE PICTURES! He now has Chops and a gotee. Last night was opening, they did great. He made it through his song, supposedly reviewed by can't find that on the internet yet.

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  82. Melanie
    12:27 pm on July 9th, 2010
  83. Melanie
    12:29 pm on July 9th, 2010

    We're watching The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. It's good, English subtitles, and LONG. Zoë and I keep falling asleep.

    The plastic surgeon is now working on Dan. They are doing "plating." Screws with large heads, like plates, into the ribs and sort of create the breast bone.

    Good thing he doesn't fly anymore!

    They then attach muscles to the screws.

  84. Lil 'Ol Lexi
    12:40 pm on July 9th, 2010

    Hey! I'm back! Sorry, I was just busy. Including burying the dead little birdie that we found, Survivor. Apparently, that name is kinda…weird…now…

    It's cool, Chet. But, chewing up human's things is a bad thing, and can get you into trouble, as I have…found…out…yeah…

    Well, I gotta jet again. I'm even MORE busy than ever, for some odd reason.

    And Rio: How the HELL, in the name of GOD, do you do those Bobs?! Tell me, please! Ha! I got manners. 😛

    Tailwags and licks. lexi-a busy, busy and curious pup. 😀

  85. Siberian Husky
    12:54 pm on July 9th, 2010

    Thanks for the puppy pictures, Melanie. They sure do look like little Newfs now.

    I learned about Van Gogh today. I think he needed a dog for a friend.

    Wookie got the book!!! WOO WOO

  86. Mollypop
    12:59 pm on July 9th, 2010

    B. – We got your weather and it's great. 70 degrees now and back to our usual nice SUMMER Lake Erie weather. Mom and I came back to Buffalo in a deluge of a rain storm. Tomorrow I'm going to Sam's and her Mom and Girl are going with my Mom to a beach in Canada.

    Wooks – I never knew all the words to Starry Starry Night. Very moving.

  87. Macy the Min-Pin
    1:01 pm on July 9th, 2010

    I would run too, if those 12 sets of puppy teeth were after my soft under parts! *shiver*

  88. Sam
    1:07 pm on July 9th, 2010

    Wow – Wookie hit the jackpot!

    Melanie, I weigh 6 pounds. Do your little puppies weigh more than me? I think so because they look so huge! And adorable!

  89. Melanie
    1:28 pm on July 9th, 2010

    Sam, will have to check tomorrow.

    Need Sleep. . .

  90. Riö - The Evil
    2:12 pm on July 9th, 2010

    Wookie!… So you got your prize then, didja!?….grump!…Where the hell is my phone!?…growl!…Those damn squirrels!….grunt!

  91. B. Stover
    2:58 pm on July 9th, 2010

    Melanie: Is The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo good? I have the novel (which I have not yet read) and didn't even realize they had made a movie.

  92. Wölfie Wigglebu
    3:18 pm on July 9th, 2010

    Wookie – I had no idea of the background of "Killing Me Softly". Thank you for sharing.

    Who is your favorite singer/songwriter? Do you have a list of your top three faves?

    Also – congratulations on receiving your Prize!! I hate to say it, but I might me tempted to pressure you for details! Not enough to give anything away, just enough to whet the ol appetite!

  93. Wölfie Wigglebu
    3:19 pm on July 9th, 2010

    The pup pups are adorable!!! And good for Dan – hurrah!!!! I can't wait to get a new report!!

  94. Wölfie Wigglebu
    3:21 pm on July 9th, 2010

    Lexi lu lu – I agree with you!! The world needs to know that we dogs have found our voice!! If Trixie Koontz can write from beyond the rainbow bridge, then we can blog!!

    Also – he didn't say one word about the Secret Missions!! Hah!

    We were cheated!! Our missions are very important!

  95. Siberian Husky
    3:36 pm on July 9th, 2010

    If Spence told the whole truth during those interviews…that he knows in his heart that cats and dogs really post on Chet's blog, and that sometimes they go on secret missions, THEY COULD PUT SPENCE AWAY!

    We wouldn't like that. Spence wouldn't like that.

  96. Wölfie Wigglebu
    3:41 pm on July 9th, 2010

    Ohhhhhh……I get it. Cyber H, you are so smart!!!

  97. Wölfie Wigglebu
    3:42 pm on July 9th, 2010

    Of course, if Spence were locked up in the looney bin, he would have much more time to write Chet books.


  98. Riö - The Evil
    3:43 pm on July 9th, 2010

    Hmmmphf!…After some “words” with some friends of mine…snort!… I received this email for you Wookie! … grunt!… How important can one guy be today!?….pissed!

  99. dawson
    3:45 pm on July 9th, 2010


    Melanie: Amazing what doctors can do. Dan will have some good scars to show the grandchildren. Don't show me – I might faint.

    I'm relieved everything is going as smoothly and quickly as it can.

    The puppies have grown so much! They are toddlers on the stampede after Gracie and I love all their little tails sticking up in the air while they are eating outside. Thanks for the pictures.

    And for telling us about seeing Starry Night in person. Cool.

    Wookie the Rocker: Resident expert on all things Rock. I'm trying not to be jealous of your ARC. Is it like 8 1/2 by 11 so you could copy it and send it to all of us?

    WWWWW: I'll have to look up Empty Chairs. I think being a hacker would be a useful skill for mother's of teenagers.

    Lil 'ole Lexi: Sorry that little Survivor didn't survive.

  100. Siberian Husky
    3:53 pm on July 9th, 2010

    Good point, Wolfie…if they would let him have sharp objects like a pen.

    Dawson is right, being a hacker would, indeed, be a useful skill for a mom. I will never have that problem. hee hee. Mom does good just to get the computer turned on.

  101. Siberian Husky
    4:01 pm on July 9th, 2010

    RIO? Which Rockies player is it that has either a British or Australian accent? I can't tell which accent it is or who it is because he is only saying one sentence, and it goes by so quick on the video on their website.

  102. Wookie of Chevy Chas
    4:07 pm on July 9th, 2010

    Wolfie. That's a tough one, there are so many to pick from. I am also a bit of a traditionalist, so in terms of first impression, I would probably go with some "classics" like Carole King, Carly Simon and James Taylor. And of course Harry Chapin (rest his soul), who could simultaneously bring a smile to my face and a tear or two to my eyes. But truthfully, I'm actually kind of a musical omnivore; I really like a very broad range of music, even in the rock genre.

    Rio. I think Rocky is going to have quite a hangover, so I expect he will be out of commission for at least a couple of days. Too bad. Slurp. Slurp.

    Only one problem on the homefront. Grandpa is actually the one who first picked up the ARC before any of the rest of us had a chance. The problem is that he is a slow reader, so I will need to find a way to wrest it out of his hands, but delicately. I'm sure I'll come up with something. The Wookster

  103. B. Stover
    4:23 pm on July 9th, 2010

    I think Rocky drank an entire bottle of Cahors Black which is 15%. Yes, he'll be out for some time.

  104. Riö - The Evil
    4:28 pm on July 9th, 2010

    SiberH!… As far as I know there is no one on the Rockies team that has an English or Australian accent! … snort!…Unless Rocky the Undercover Squirrel was hiding out in the dugout…grunt!…I’ll find his hairy ass soon and he will get what’s coming to him and his drunken raccoon agent soon enough!…grunt!

    Rockies!… Bottom of the first, no score!… heh!…Padres! They need to beat the Padres to prove how incredibly awesome they Rockies really are!!!…woooo!

  105. Siberian Husky
    4:41 pm on July 9th, 2010

    I blew it, Rio. That is not a Rockies team member with that accent. It is MLB player on some team somewhere. Cute accent, though.

  106. dawson
    4:44 pm on July 9th, 2010

    Wookie: Good for Grandpa! Lucky Bugger.

  107. Riö - The Evil
    4:51 pm on July 9th, 2010

    SiberH!…Way to kill a good joke… snort!…Thanks pal!…Now shut-up and watch the game…grunt!

  108. Siberian Husky
    4:52 pm on July 9th, 2010

    Oh Good Grief

  109. Riö - The Evil
    5:01 pm on July 9th, 2010

    Padres!…Totally just missed catching a ball!…heh!heh!heh!…

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  110. Mollypop
    5:04 pm on July 9th, 2010

    That is just enough! That querulous scurrilous squirrel has gone too far. Wookie, I'm watching your back.

  111. Riö - The Evil
    5:06 pm on July 9th, 2010

    SiberH! (Boodles)… You just need to remember the golden rule…snort!… Just like being on Fire, you need to STOP, DROP and ROLL… grunt!… But on a Blog you need to REFRESH, READ then POST!….wheeze!…Just so you are totally up-to-date!…Hey!…Don’t worry, even I break my own rules sometimes!…sneeze!

  112. dawson
    5:09 pm on July 9th, 2010

    In my tradition of rooting for the underdog: Go Twins!

  113. Siberian Husky
    5:18 pm on July 9th, 2010

    Rio, the refresh thingy isn't working too good for me tonight.

    That's a funny one, Dawson, because I just checked that game's score.

  114. Riö - The Evil
    5:18 pm on July 9th, 2010

    Wookie!.. I cannot reply to any of your emails! ….snort!… I have sent instructions for you to be GONE to Siberia and so forth, but apparently you have not received any of my emails… grunt!… We need Molly the Techno-Poodle on this IT problem right away! …wheeze!…So for now you are on alert at home awaiting your next mission. You, Grampy and your Advance Reader Copy… spit!gag!cough!…something is stuck in my craw…gasp!

  115. Siberian Husky
    5:22 pm on July 9th, 2010

    Hey, I thought I was the one that was going to get to go to Siberia.

  116. dawson
    5:27 pm on July 9th, 2010

    Whew! Those Twins scared me for a minute. Hey those Rockies have pulled ahead. Go Rockies.

  117. Mollypop
    5:40 pm on July 9th, 2010

    Rio – l'm on my way to Wookies to catch that fuzzbutt. Wookies under attack.

  118. Riö - The Evil
    5:40 pm on July 9th, 2010

    Yupper!…Rocks are ahead by one right now bottom of the fourth!…snort!…Lots of game to go yet, but they are standing tall against those dratted Padres!…heh!

  119. Riö - The Evil
    5:47 pm on July 9th, 2010

    Wait!…Molly!…Wookie and I are having trouble corresponding!…. snort!…I think that takes first priority over those no-good squirrels anyday… grump!

  120. Riö - The Evil
    5:56 pm on July 9th, 2010

    GASP!… I just saw the Padres guy who just got on first base put his wrist up covering his mouth and nose …snort!…AND then I saw his lips moving like he was talking into his wristwatch!… Hello! … Is this legal in MLB!???… Using spy techniques to talk to the coaches? ….grumble!… No wonder they are first in the division! …crap! … We need 00Rockies too!…crap!…I wish I had Jim Tracy’s phone number!…snort!

  121. Riö - The Evil
    5:59 pm on July 9th, 2010

    Oh!Oh!… What a coincidence! The Padres just tied with the Rockies!…grump!… Spies! All of them! Dirty rotten Spies!…crap!… Never fear we will over-come their technology!…sniff!sniff!

  122. Riö - The Evil
    7:26 pm on July 9th, 2010

    Woooo!.. Stewart hit a GRAND SLAM!!…heh!!…. The Score is now 10 – 8 Rockies in the top of the 8th!…heh!…

    Asleep or Gone!…. I am here alone and I will continue to post. …dammit!… If Admin banishes me – so be it!… Then I will go and wander in the desert for 40 years or so… snort!… Butt, until then, I will continue to post ALONE!…grump! …. This big game is still on! And it is exciting! I know who my real friends are now…hmmmph!!

  123. Riö - The Evil
    8:02 pm on July 9th, 2010

    Rockies!!…Win Again!!!! Five straight so far!…heh!…WOOOOOOO!… Huston Street brought it on home!…wow!… Even being Alone tonight, I had fun! Just like before you guys were in my life!…heh!…WOW!… This is getting seriously EXCITING! ..snort!…

    Later!… After the series with the Padres, the All Star Break is coming up, and everyone but the Best of the Best gets to rest… sigh! …I need a rest for sure!!!! I am not the Best of the Best!…yeah!… And I will need a Rest! ….sniff!… I always feel sort of bad for the Best of the Best…heh!… I would rather have the “rest”…gruff!…by being Not the Best of the Best…heh

    Good night all! Wish you had been here tonight! TTFN….sniff!… It was GREAT! -Rio!

  124. Staff
    8:33 pm on July 9th, 2010

    ~BStover, Thanks. A.A.Milne wrote the poem. Abbie just stopped halfway up the stairs to pose.

    ~Dawson…grrrrr those terrible Tigers beat my Twinkies. Nasty crack about the underdogs!

    Well the Rockies are climbing and the Twins are falling. Sigh.

    Oh well,

    See you all tomorrow.



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