No Post Today

“Apparently,” says Admin, “Spence got a haircut on the way to the airport. Wonder how he did that?”

No idea. I want to get back to the Astrid case. The details are not too clear in my mind.

“Guess I’ll study this flow chart for a while,” Admin says. 

Hey! I get the crazy idea that maybe Admin and I have something in common. It fades quickly. I go back to feeling tip-top.

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  1. Melanie
    5:32 am on August 21st, 2010

    I understand Admin and Chet . . I read yesterday's blog and think, Oh I've got to answer that." Then I read the new one and the other thoughts have faded.

    I guess I'M TIP-TOP also!

  2. B. Stover
    5:34 am on August 21st, 2010

    The mystery of the haircut. Chet, nudge Admin along with that flow chart.

    Kirby: I printed the new flow chart. It is excellent! Thank you very much.

  3. B. Stover
    5:35 am on August 21st, 2010

    Good morning Melanie! I think you're always tip top.

  4. B. Stover
    5:43 am on August 21st, 2010

    Here's a review of a new grammar book titled A Guide to the Magic and Mystery of Practical English. I think that title says it all!

    However, what I'm really interested in is the reviewer, Ammon Shea, who wrote a book titled Reading The OED: One Man, One Year, 21,730 Pages. I think it would be wonderful to read the entire Oxford English Dictionary. I have all twenty-four volumes of the printed edition. I wonder…..pondering….

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/22/books/review/Sh

  5. Mollypop
    5:45 am on August 21st, 2010

    Kirby – I love the flow chart!

  6. Mollie (a black pood
    6:19 am on August 21st, 2010

    Kirby: I love the flow chart too. Very detailed. What a tangled web…

  7. Melanie
    7:00 am on August 21st, 2010

    B. Stover: you plunder on with that OED. I'm skipping that one.

    Kirby, must print out the flow chart. THANK YOU.

  8. B. Stover
    7:23 am on August 21st, 2010

    The OED is "only" twenty volumes not twenty-four. Perhaps it is doable.

  9. Barb & Maggie
    7:40 am on August 21st, 2010

    Bee, Remember, Rio said you should make your students memorize the OED by end of first semester, or they will be SOL.

    Kirby, Everyone loves the Flow Chart. You are famous, but not hirsute.

    We are back from doggy class, so it is lunch and then nap time. BBL

  10. Melanie
    8:00 am on August 21st, 2010

    Bess has gone through two of the insulin shots and has not had a bad reaction. This means we will keep her at the same level for three weeks and she will be tested again to see if we need to increase the dose.

    I have always been the one to do the shots (except Rabies), learned by having to give myself shots (interferon). Zoë is learning how to do these because . . .

    I'M GOING ON VACATION! for two nights. I'll be in Cape Ann and looking forward to doing NOTHING during the day and being with YSAS and SO during the evenings.

    Next Friday!!!

  11. dawson
    8:19 am on August 21st, 2010

    Melanie: May you enjoy your well deserved vacation.

    Kirby: Spence is studying your flow chart trying to figure out what to post tomorrow. :)

  12. Riö - The Evil
    8:27 am on August 21st, 2010

    OMG!…. She finally left!…snort!… Her mother came over really early this morning Hell-Bent on washing curtains and windows….grunt!… I was kicked outside and left for dead!….sniff!… There were kids out there terrorizing me and the whole time…dammit!… Now half the day is over with and our house is a complete mess… wheeze!…When her mom comes over to “help” it usually means way more work for someone else because she has to put everything back where it used to be!… cough!… Her mom managed to break her vacuum this morning too!… grump!…Someone is very upset about that…chorkle!

  13. Riö - The Evil
    8:41 am on August 21st, 2010

    Gun!… I’m looking at this latest flow chart that Kirby created for us…snort!… Does anyone remember if Bernie took the gun and the spent cartridge from the house or did he take them because of Ray’s finger prints?… grunt!

  14. Melanie
    9:20 am on August 21st, 2010

    After looking at the flow chart and looking back at June 25th "Poolside (5)". Ray says, "But I couldn’t find him. That guy who works for him – “

    It is Bernie that brings up Foster NOT Ray. Ray is confused; maybe he just clung to the name Bernie says because it's there . . .

    Bernie has intuition about the freezer but thinks it's Ray in there not Albie. June 14th "A Close Call" and June 15th "The Chill"

    About the gun being taken. I can't find that at all. Of course, Riö, you know I only read every other word!

  15. BStover
    9:54 am on August 21st, 2010

    On June 21 Ray tossed the gun near the edge of the pool. Bernie piked it up and looks at the bullet chamber. On June 29 they leave Albie's house but there is no mention of the gun. At one point Chet is happy because all of the guns are in their possession. Since there is no description of Bernie putting the gun anywhere, I think we can assume that Bernie takes it. He had earlier picked up cartridges or whatever.

  16. Riö - The Evil
    10:01 am on August 21st, 2010

    Grump!…Well now she is going to leave me alone and go off to a Party!… snort!… One that is thinly disguised as a Wedding Shower…hmmphf!…I’m off to my bed for awhile…grumble!…Be Back Later I guess….sniff!

    Oh!…Thanks for the info on the whereabouts of the Gun!…snort!

  17. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    10:11 am on August 21st, 2010

    The flowchart gives one much to ponder…..

    Thank you, Kirby, for doing such a fantastic job!

    I'm glad Spence got a haircut so that PA could relax a little. I'm thinking that maybe there was a drive-through supercuts near the (h)airport.

    Rio – cheer up. They usually serve cake at baby showers, and maybe she'll bring you home a crumb or two. I betcha that it isn't as much fun as our puppy shower was!!

    Melanie – I'm sorry to hear about Bess. I send good wishes to our girl. I'm also glad that you are getting away for a mini vacation. Honestly, you deserve it!!

    Have we heard from Staff recently? I hope she's okay!

  18. B. Stover
    11:02 am on August 21st, 2010

    Wolfie: Staff is at a TOGA….a get-together of quilters–and won't be online again until Monday.

    Melanie: Have a great time!

  19. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    12:32 pm on August 21st, 2010

    Oh yes, I remember now! I wonder where everyone else is today?

  20. B. Stover
    12:39 pm on August 21st, 2010

    Wolfie: Well, Rio seems to be having a very bad day. As for the others, I don't know. Wonder how the BarkWorld Expo is going…and what exactly they are discussing.

  21. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    1:04 pm on August 21st, 2010

    I looked at the website, and Spence is one of the featured speakers. I hope it went well.

    Yes, Rio hates it when he is all by himself. Maybe a puppy friend would be good for him, even though he doesn't think so.

    Hmmmmmmm…..I know I like my roomies, Teddie and Baxter and all six of the Kats. Maybe Rio needs a Kat, if he isn't thrilled about a dog roommate.

  22. Barb & Maggie
    1:33 pm on August 21st, 2010

    Well we were at class this morning, and now one of Barb's friends has been visiting with a couuple of her kids and Topaz. She is a 3 month old puppy and between her and those kids, I am tuckered. We will check back later.

    We hope all is well at the expo.

  23. Riö - The Evil
    2:11 pm on August 21st, 2010

    Home!….She’s home! She’s home!…heh!… I don’t ever really miss her till she leaves on the weekends…snort!…I get along just fine throughout the week with her gone at work because I know when she will be home…grunt! … But these unexpected off the wall sort of things really throw me for a loop-da-loop!… sniff!… Sigh, now I will have someone to pet me and feed me popcorn as we watch the game tonight…s

  24. Sam
    2:24 pm on August 21st, 2010

    Such a day! Lots of company so I stayed in bed in my Girl's room. Big people don't watch where they're walking and I get stepped on. Now I'm out cleaning the floor for Mom.

    MagPie! What did you learn in school today?

  25. Riö - The Evil
    2:27 pm on August 21st, 2010

    Hey!…She won a bottle of wine at the party ….Wooo!… I’m looking at her thinking she probably drank a bottle at the party too!…sniff!sniff!…hmmm….All I did today was sleep in my bed and lick my toys and chew my itchy front paws…damn!..I cannot get to the back ones…grrr!

  26. Siberian Husky
    2:37 pm on August 21st, 2010

    Rio…about the itchy front paws. I think you may have allergies.

    Rio's friend went to a wedding shower today; my mom went to a puppy shower. True story. Some friends got an English Mastiff puppy. He is going to be a Giant. I did not get to go to the puppy shower. Mom said it was not as much fun as the Newf puppy shower. She is p;robably just telling me this to make me feel better about being left behind.

  27. Melanie
    2:43 pm on August 21st, 2010

    Siber-H, I'm so sorry you didn't go to the puppy shower. i would love to know what they do at a noncyber puppy shower.

    Ours was hoot and hollering time!

    Hitting the bed soon, READING! I think I'm catching up on sleep.

    Oh, Riö! Now the bedbugs have gotten into the Empire State Building.

  28. Riö - The Evil
    2:51 pm on August 21st, 2010

    Damn!…Those bed bugs!…snort!… I stomp them out in one place and they pop-up in another!…grumble!….A lone Pug can only do so much!…huff!… I HATE BED BUGS!…grooowwwllll!…. I need a team! I can’t cover the whole US of A by myself!…grunt!!!

  29. FattyKitty
    2:51 pm on August 21st, 2010

    A quiet day for the usually chatty blog group. It is 100 degrees in Billings so the Librarian came home from work, changed her clothes and lay down in front of the air conditioner. Poor thing.

    She doesn't even have fur.

    We're glad Melanie gets a vacation; L. wants one but must wait until November. I'm supposed to tell Dawson and Staff she'll be at Bruce & Maggie's Nov. 23 – 27. Hmmm. If they're even reading the blog today. L. might have to actually move to get up and email them. Hopefully she'll move and start the audio book we're listening to: Down the Rabbit Hole! Ingrid just turned up on the Gingerbread House street! Curses…now I'm hungry again.

  30. Siberian Husky
    2:54 pm on August 21st, 2010

    CBS News is going to do a feature on bed bugs this coming week. I don't know if it will be just for one night or the whole week. They were advertising it this evening.

  31. Siberian Husky
    3:00 pm on August 21st, 2010

    Melanie, I think mom is telling the truth when she said the puppy shower was kinda boring. It was just for humans. No dogs were invited. What is the world coming to anyway.

    FK, Are you sure you don't have just a wee touch of dog in you. You are always hungry.

  32. FattyKitty
    3:09 pm on August 21st, 2010

    It is true, SB, that I get hungry at the slightest mention of things edible. I never thought of it as a doggie trait. Perhaps it has to do with my amorphous state. Perhaps I am more susceptible to all the doggie spirits about. I would think upon it, but I am eating pecans.

    Hoo hoo – the Librarian had to look up "amorphous."

  33. Sam
    3:10 pm on August 21st, 2010

    Big concern here about the bedbugs in NYC. We're leaving in a few days to go there on a college-look trip. Rio, can you come with us? We need you.

  34. Kirby T. Penworthy
    3:11 pm on August 21st, 2010

    OK, now Mom's home, and she says she looked at the blog a few times during the day and made some notes as she thought about things, but now she's not sure where she put her notes. She's going to see if she left them in the car. Humans! I think they'd forget their heads if they weren't atta…hey! Dad just finished his slice of pizza. Crust time. BBL!

  35. Riö - The Evil
    3:17 pm on August 21st, 2010

    CBS…The Chet n’ Bernie Show has asked me to do a running commentary on the upcoming Bed Bug Special… snort!… I had to say ‘No’ just because I am so damn busy lately sniffing out the little critters…grunt!…Don’t have time for more publicity. My Official Bed Bud Cards that Alice and Melanie made for me are doing the trick!…grunt!… Phones been ringing off the wall at all hours which is truly annoying! …grump!…Day time folks!…Day time!…dammit it all!

  36. Kirby T. Penworthy
    3:24 pm on August 21st, 2010

    Mom found her notes — in her purse, not the car! She usually prints everything pretty nicely, but this is just scribbled, so I'm hope I'm interpreting correctly. She says, looking at flowchart, scent in motel room identified as Foster's by Chet, and as Ratko's by Tulip. Which leads to several possibilities:

    1) Foster and Ratko are the same person. But surely Albie would know better than to hire the same person for two different jobs.

    2) Foster and Ratko both smell the same. Quite possible — maybe Albie gave all his employees the same cologne for Christmas.

    3) Foster strangled Ratko in the abandoned housing development, getting the caretaker's cologne on himself. If Ratko is dead in the housing development, that would explain the "scent that's important in our work" that Chet smelled.

  37. Barb & Maggie
    3:34 pm on August 21st, 2010

    Sammie, We did the usual sit-down-stay-heel stuff in class, but also, since I am a little shy with strange men, the instructor made a couple of different guys walk me around on leash and pet me.

    I was feeling a little better by the time the class was over. They wern't really so scary.

  38. Riö - The Evil
    3:42 pm on August 21st, 2010

    Wow!…. Kirby thinks another murder has already taken place in Cactus Heights…sniff!sniff!… That is a very original idea for sure!…. heh!…Although I was anxious to meet this Ratko in person and see how he behaves in front of Chet the Butcher!…heh!

    MagPie!…You are sounding a little "Whipped" to me gal!…heh!

  39. Kirby T. Penworthy
    3:44 pm on August 21st, 2010

    Maggie: I wish we could take Possum to a kat obedience class! Maybe if several women walked that kat around on a leash, they'd figure out that women aren't too scary, and then Mom could hold her and pet her. I think it hurts Mom's feelings a little that Possum won't have anything to do with her. Kats usually like her. Oh well, I guess I'll have to give her a few extra kisses tonight!

  40. Kirby T. Penworthy
    3:49 pm on August 21st, 2010

    Rio: Mom's just theorizing. She can't say for sure because Uncle Rio(!) said Ratko was working at an abandoned housing development named Cactus Heights, but I went back and looked at the posts about Bernie and Foster's meeting, and I didn't see the housing development named anywhere. The idea that Cactus Heights is the same as Albie's unnamed housing devopment is simply conjecture!

  41. Riö - The Evil
    3:56 pm on August 21st, 2010

    Sam!… I will go with you guys on you NYC trip but only if you are able to get me Theater Tickets!…snort!…heh!… Is Kevin Spacey or Jude Law in any Broadway plays these days???…grunt!… Here is a bit of trivia. Jude Law made his movie debut in a Kevin Spacey movie called, “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil”…wheeze!…Set in Georgia!…cough!…Where Spence and Admin are right now!…heh!

  42. B. Stover
    4:01 pm on August 21st, 2010

    Kirby: Chet and Bernie know Ratko from another case so he can't be Foster.

  43. Kirby T. Penworthy
    4:07 pm on August 21st, 2010

    Bee: Ooooh, I forgot about that. Good point. It wasn't the likeliest of the possibilities, but at least we can cross that off. Anyone else have any suggestions?

  44. Kirby T. Penworthy
    4:14 pm on August 21st, 2010

    Bee: I was looking back at today's posts and I came across your's about the guy who spent a year reading the OED. Mom says there is a sudden plethora of "one year" books: One year to cook all the recipes in Julia Child's cookbook; one year to do everything Oprah suggests on her show; one year to have sex every day. And that's just the tip of the iceberg! So now I'm thinking that you need to take a one-year sabbatical to do something, then write a book about it! How about one year to memorize all of Shakespeare's plays? Or one year to diagram every sentence in the New York Times?

  45. Riö - The Evil
    4:15 pm on August 21st, 2010

    Thinking!…The trick is to think like Spencer would think…grunt!… If I could do that I would be writing my own mystery novels!…heh!..snort!… and yet a part of me is thinking he has written himself into a corner…snorkel!.. If that is so, it will be fun watching him get out of that corner once he is back from the lovely state of Georgia!… .chorkel

  46. Riö - The Evil
    4:17 pm on August 21st, 2010

    Wha!?… One dog year to what?…sniff!

  47. Kirby T. Penworthy
    4:20 pm on August 21st, 2010

    The earlier question of what happened to the gun and the spent cartridge: Bee's right — what happens to the gun is kind of iffy, because the last mention of it was Bernie picking it up and ejecting the cartridge. But on June 11, Bernie it does say that stuck the shell casing in his pocket.

    So now is he going to get in trouble for leaving the scene of a crime and tampering with evidence? Wouldn't that cost him his PI license?

  48. Riö - The Evil
    4:23 pm on August 21st, 2010

    Kirby!…That is what I was thinking!…sniff!…That Bernie is getting himself tied up clue-wise in the murder of Albie….yeep!

  49. B. Stover
    4:36 pm on August 21st, 2010

    No….Chet and Bernie will solve the murder of Albie and they'll be able to keep Ray out of it. And I don't think that Spence has written himself into a corner at all. There are many possibilities so right now it's just wide open.

    Kirby: I'm on phased retirmement so I can't have any more sabbaticals.

  50. Kirby T. Penworthy
    4:49 pm on August 21st, 2010

    Bee: That's too bad. My grandpa took a sabbatical and spent a year working for the Forest Service. He got a trailer and moved from park to park doing his project, and a lot of people though Grandma and Grandpa had split up because he "moved out." But whenever Grandma could take a few days off work, she would go visit him in whatever park he was set up in — and she sent lots of "missing you" cards!

    Did you take any interesting sabbaticals in your pre-phased retirement days?

  51. Riö - The Evil
    4:51 pm on August 21st, 2010

    Stover!… I am remembering an interview with Spence and he mentioned that the troubled family of Col Bob might find their way into one of the Chet and Bernie novels heh!… So you are probably safe in saying that Ray will be fine after all this Astrid missing and Albie murdered stuff is solved!…heh!

  52. B. Stover
    4:56 pm on August 21st, 2010

    Kirby: I took a sabbatical about eight years ago. I worked on Virginia Woolf's To The Lighthouse and T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land as post-World War I texts that depicted vast cultural changes after that war.

  53. B. Stover
    4:58 pm on August 21st, 2010

    Rio: Right. Maybe Col. Bob et al will be in the fourth novel. Interesting.

  54. Kirby T. Penworthy
    5:25 pm on August 21st, 2010

    Bee: I'm not familiar with those books. I mostly read "Dead Body" books. If there isn't a dead body on the cover, I don't read it! Well, that's a bit of an exaggeration. There aren't any dead bodies on Chet's covers, but I read them anyway!

    So did you stay at home (not teaching) while you researched, or did you get to travel to various sites?

  55. Kirby T. Penworthy
    5:27 pm on August 21st, 2010

    Rio: Unless part of the trouble with Col. Bob's troubled family is that they're visiting Bob, Astrid and/or Ray in the slammer!

  56. Riö - The Evil
    5:49 pm on August 21st, 2010

    Heh!…Kirby!…snort!… Rockies 1 – Snakes 3 …top of the nineth!… drat!….Oooer Giambie has a mustache!…snort!

  57. Kirby T. Penworthy
    5:53 pm on August 21st, 2010

    Rio: Didja see my Angels? They beat the Twins 9-3. Yippee! A few (dozen) more games like that and we might just be talking playoffs!

  58. Riö - The Evil
    5:54 pm on August 21st, 2010

    Kirby!… I feel your pain!…snort!

  59. FattyKitty
    5:58 pm on August 21st, 2010

    The Librarian and her distracted thoughts: one year to have sex every day? Would I ever want it again for the rest of my life? Why turn it into a chore?

    Staff mentioned a blogger who was reading a book a day for a year but I can't remember the site.

    I am terrible about figuring out clues in mysteries. But I don't care. I feel the same about magicians. I don't care how they do it, I just like to watch.

    Now don't mix up the last paragraph with the first.

  60. FattyKitty
    6:04 pm on August 21st, 2010

    Ooo, but I did figure out where Ingrid left her cleats before she did. And I bet I know who is going to help her get them back, hee hee. – L.

  61. Kirby T. Penworthy
    6:19 pm on August 21st, 2010

    L: Not only did they have sex every day for a year, they wrote a book about it:
    http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/world-news

    I don't necessarily try to figure out whodunnit — sometimes the facts just sort of seep into my subconscious, and suddenly I know who the perp is!

    P.S. Next week is Amnesty Week at our library. Bring in a "new or gently used" book and all fees and fines (including lost books) are forgiven. It's the first time we've tried this. We anticipate a lot of traffic!

  62. dawson
    7:19 pm on August 21st, 2010

    Excuse me…off to do my nightly chores. :) See you in the morning.

  63. 網路行銷
    11:10 am on November 29th, 2010

    I couldn’t agree with you more, anyway l love your site layout. Is nice and clean.

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