No Post Today (Revised)

“Real busy,” says Admin. “Health plan renewal time. Those new rates! Don’t get me started. Plus Spence has to touch base with a few people to get the Snowhook thing coordinated on the New York end.”

Is this about Alaska? Don’t know where that is, but Bernie wants to go real bad. I wonder if … and then just like that I forget whatever I was wondering about. Does that ever happen to you?

Also: Quacky Baseball weeklong blog tour starts today at the wonderful blog onbeyondwordsandpictures:


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110 Responses to “No Post Today (Revised)”

  1. Kirby T. Penworthy
    9:10 am on March 28th, 2011

    Good morning, y’all! So much for “Mondays with Astrid”!

  2. B.Stover
    9:23 am on March 28th, 2011

    New York end? The publisher may be getting involved. Interesting. Good morning Chet, Kirby and everyone.

  3. Kirby T. Penworthy
    9:29 am on March 28th, 2011

    Good morning, Bee! Is the publisher really getting involved? Or is Admin just dangling that so we’ll get all excited and forget — once again — about Astrid?

  4. Rose
    9:29 am on March 28th, 2011

    Good Monday Morning to Everyone!

    Chet, I forget what I’m wondering about all the time!

    Did anyone see the news story this weekend about the dog that had 18 puppies…the puppies were adorable!!!

  5. Kirby T. Penworthy
    9:33 am on March 28th, 2011

    Mom says they’d have to be adorable to make momma dog forget about what she just went through! Personally, I have no experience with such things, so I’m not sure what she’s talking about!

  6. B.Stover
    9:34 am on March 28th, 2011

    Rebecca wrote this on Facebook six hours ago:

    “Claiming to be the sensible one, AJ banned Rebecca years ago from going to Animal Control or pet rescues alone. Yet, somehow and the details are fuzzy, or furry in this case, we are welcoming a new member to the kennel!

    Shortly after returning from Nome, AJ left for a 4 day work trip and is returning tonight with a new lead dog. Based on a short phone call her name is Zepy and she’s a love…”

  7. Kirby T. Penworthy
    9:42 am on March 28th, 2011

    Sometimes a man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do! Or so I’ve been told.

  8. Melanie
    9:43 am on March 28th, 2011

    Morning All!

    Rose, don’t know how they are going to do 16, it was hard enough with 12 last time . .

    NEW DOG! Love it, Snowhook.

    Will be going down the hill. Zoë has to have an x-ray for her new doc. BBL

  9. Wolfie
    9:49 am on March 28th, 2011

    I can’t wait to see what Spence has up his sleeve. He always has been the smartest guy in the room!

  10. Barb & Maggie
    9:50 am on March 28th, 2011

    Good morning!

    Have the check made out and taking it to the Post Office later this morning. Looks like Admin and Spence and maybe the publisher will get involved. We will have Whitey covered in no time!

    When Macy said she went to the vet’s to get “improved”, did that mean so she wouldn’t have 18 puppies?

  11. Kirby T. Penworthy
    10:22 am on March 28th, 2011

    OK, guys, I’m outta here! Mom’s going to run some errands before work, so the computer will be off the rest of the day. Be back tonight!

  12. Melanie
    11:04 am on March 28th, 2011

    Just about to take Zoë down the hill.

    I got to order my birthday present!

    Flip video! We need some fun in our lives, so we’re going to make a youtube channel for Newf videos!


  13. Siber-H
    11:47 am on March 28th, 2011

    Thanks for the reports from Facebookie, Stover. Facebookie is a new word I learned fom Rio, but mom says it is a better word than some I have learned from Rio.

    New lead Dog, huh? That is way cool and I hope we learn more about her in time.
    In case some of you haven’t found this yet on Snowhook’s blog, Whitey is not a lead dog. He runs as a wheel or team dog. Rebecca says that when they tried Whitey in lead, “it wasn’t pretty” I would have loved to have seen that.

    Chet, old pal, please keep us informed about New York and Snowhook.

    We will watch Newf videos on youtube Melanie.

  14. dawson
    11:48 am on March 28th, 2011

    Good morning Everyone: A sunny, warm day off. House cleaning will be involved.
    Melanie: Those Newf videos sound like fun for us…but won’t it be work for you?
    Kirby T: No, no Mondays with Astrid. It’s been so long now that your Astrid Case Chart is buried somewhere in a “safe place”. I think it should be re-filed under “Cold Cases”.
    Snowhook Kennels: AJ brings a new lead dog home named Zepy. Zepy probably gave AJ one longing look and a lick and AJ was smitten.

  15. B.Stover
    11:55 am on March 28th, 2011

    SH: What would Whitey have done in the lead that “wasn’t pretty”?

    Melanie: When is your birthday? And what is “flip video”?

  16. Macy the Min Pin
    11:55 am on March 28th, 2011

    Did anyone read the bottom of the blog? Did she say that PA is her brother?

    18 puppies /faint/

    Yes B none for me thanks

  17. Barb & Maggie
    12:01 pm on March 28th, 2011

    Macy, You lost me. What are you talking about, re: PA is whose brother?

  18. Siber-H
    12:04 pm on March 28th, 2011

    Stover, other than refuse to take the lead, I don’t know what Whitey could have done that “wasn’t pretty”. Maybe Rebecca will tell us sometime.
    There are many sled dogs that just do not want to be lead dogs, These dogs are perfectly happy being part of the team.

  19. BearSpiritDog
    12:18 pm on March 28th, 2011

    Good Monday Morning!

    New York getting involved in Snowhook? Wonder what that is all about. Something to do with Admin?

    Wolfie:Isn’t that Bernie? But we certainly can’t count Spence out. Looking forward to those videos on YouTube, Melanie!

    Have a good day everyone! It’s housecleaning for Nana too, Dawson. As for me – I’ll just try to stay out of the way. Maybe a nap in the sun…

  20. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:25 pm on March 28th, 2011

    Whitey!… I asked Rebecca about posting that photo of Whitey in his jacket and she wrote back and said she will send a different picture of Whitey, and …snort!….she has something else up her sleeve for the sponsoring Plunderers that involves the picture of Whitey-Lance in his jacket….wheeze! …How fun!

    Melanie!….Hold off posting any photos of Whitey till we know what Rebecca is up to!…sneeze!….How exciting this is!! Is everyone as excited as I am?….woooooo! ….And baseball starts this Friday. I feel like I am going to explode with excitement….snorkel!

  21. C.Harris
    12:31 pm on March 28th, 2011

    After two weeks of +35 and +40 in the afternoons, people started putting away snow shovels and winter gear. I myself washed my winter coat and put it deep in my closet. I’ve been opening doors and windows to let in the fresh air and sleeping with my window wide open. Last night I couldn’t figure out why the room was so chilly. Then I found out winter had returned with 4″ of new snow. I felt like I should apologize to my co-workers for washing and putting away my winter coat but a fellow teacher said that he had washed and waxed his car this weekend so I will let him take the blame for jinxing our weather. I always fall for these “false springs” even though I know we aren’t safe from snow until the end of May (and 3 years ago it snowed three days the first week of June). {{{sigh}}}

  22. dawson
    12:33 pm on March 28th, 2011

    B.Stover: Whitey-Lance may have tried to go cross-country like he did during the 2010 Iditarod.
    Barb and Maggie: The link to the blog that Admin posted today – just above the business card – the blogger is PA’s sister.

  23. Tupper and Gilly
    12:38 pm on March 28th, 2011

    Hi everyone – Mama is gong to have to leave in a few minutes to go work for the Crazy Lady. She doesn’t much want to go out- there is some kind of pollen that has just popped and its very windy. If she stays in the house, she’s pretty good. But ehen she goes outside, she sneezes and sneezes and sniffles and snorts. She kind of sounds like a Pug!
    Barb – Mama says that if you would like to come early on Wednesday, you could help roll the cheese and chutney balls. The Pack is coming to help set up tables – ummmm, maybe it would be better if you jut come early and “supervise” – that way maybe there will be enough crabcakes for everyone else to get one.
    And Rio – Mama says if you aren’t nice to our Wrotten Kats, she might not let you take any leftover Hot Wings for Baseball night.
    Talk to you all later – off to the nutty place.

  24. Siber-H
    12:52 pm on March 28th, 2011

    Dawson, you may be correct in guessing what Whitey did when he was put in lead. I’m laughing picturing it, but mom says that as a Husky “owner”, it is not funny. I think it is.

    Me too, Rio, I think this is very exciting and so is the start of Baseball Season!!! This calls for a lot of Woo Woos.

    I am going to borrow Maggie’s idea from yesterday and print out that picture of Whitey-Lance.

  25. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:52 pm on March 28th, 2011

    Quacky!….Wow! There’s excitement all week long with the Quacky Baseball blog tour!…snort!snort!…. Tomorrow someone will be interviewing Thumby duckling himself….heh!…I can’t wait to read that!…wooo!


  26. Snowhook Bella
    2:17 pm on March 28th, 2011

    Hello from Snowhook to the Plunderers! I wanted to stop by and thank SiberH for introducing the gang to the Iditarod in the first place, and thank all of you for cheering for our wandering Whitey-Lance, and the interest you’ve taken in our little kennel.

    We are counting down to the race in 2012 and are excited to have the Plunderers as part of the Snowhook Kennel team!


  27. dawson
    2:24 pm on March 28th, 2011

    Whooo Hooo! Go Snowhook!

  28. Riö - The Evil Pug
    2:25 pm on March 28th, 2011

    Snowhook!….Hey! Its Rebecca herself on this here blog!….Wooooo!…. Welcome to Chet’s Blog Rebecca! …snort!…I have never say that to anyone except you my dear….heh! … So tell us, has Spencer’s Publisher gotten in touch with you guys yet? This is all so exciting! …heh!

  29. Gus and BooBear
    2:29 pm on March 28th, 2011

    Did anyone read our post from late last night? About one of the creative plunderers designing and posting a form we can attach to checks we send to Snowhook Kennel? That way it would immediately ID the check as one of our group making it easier for Rebecca to keep track of our donations.

  30. Riö - The Evil Pug
    2:42 pm on March 28th, 2011

    Puss N’ Boots!…Did you read my post above about Kats?….heh!

  31. Riö - The Evil Pug
    2:46 pm on March 28th, 2011

    Rebecca!… I just wanted you to know that any donations my friend sends to you comes directly out of my baseball toy and treat fund….grump! ….So I hope you appreciate all the suffering I will have to endure for you guys this year….sniffle! ….Can I have Whiteys autograph or paw print, whatever he can do the best will work….snort!

  32. dawson
    2:50 pm on March 28th, 2011

    Puss and Boots: I did read your post and thought it would be a perfect time for Chet the Dog to have a logo contest. In a hurry because the checks are being sent fast and furious, by the sounds of it. Heh. heh.
    Alternatively, We could use a picture of Siber H. (if he’s willing) because he’s the one that first alerted us to Whitey-Lance and the Iditarod.

  33. Riö - The Evil Pug
    3:11 pm on March 28th, 2011

    Complicated!….Why are you guys making the donations so complicated with the photo and logo things?…grunt!….All you have to do is include a brief note saying “Add this to Chet and Friends tally” …sniff!…You can even put a note in the memo space at the bottom of your check. Rebecca said PayPal lets you add a note there as well….wheeze!

  34. Siber-H
    3:23 pm on March 28th, 2011

    Welcome and thanks for stopping by, Rebecca. We are excited about Iditarod 2012 and just thinking about it will help me get through another hot summer in NM.
    If Rio gets Whitey’s autograph, I want one too.

    Gus&BooBear, I did read your post last night, but since mom and I are the least creative mom and dog you ever wanna meet, I’ll leave your good idea for the others to think about.

    3:44 pm on March 28th, 2011

    Rio, We did that – just included a little note mentioning that we were from Chet’s blog, etc.

    Has anyone tuned in the eagle cam today? Last week there were around 8,000 to 9,500 live viewers, now today there were almost 16,000. Eggs should start hatching this week. If you look at it, notice the dead bunny laying on the left side of the nest. Never saw that before. Wonder if they are chilling some food for the wee ones when they hatch. Should be fun watching them shred the Easter Bunny!

  36. Melanie
    3:53 pm on March 28th, 2011

    Awesome! Riö was polite!! AND welcoming!! The Newf Pack nearly fainted, but then Zoë waved some treats around and everyone was fine.

    Hi Rebecca, just having nine dogs keeps us busy. I can’t imagine the poop patrol you guys have going on.

    Taking videos or pictures is fun for me. In fact, I love doing that and working on photoshopping. No problems, mate.

    Speaking in “Aussie” reminds me, have we heard from LizF lately? Did I just miss her?

    My &#%( birthday is coming up! Sorry had a coughing fit there. I am an Aries. Just ask my guys how hard headed I am.

  37. B.Stover
    3:55 pm on March 28th, 2011

    Hi Rebecca! Thank you for posting.

    I sent my check yesterday with a notecard. I’m wondering what Rebecca has “up her sleeve.”

    G&BB: I like your idea but I’m not sure what you have in mind.

  38. Riö - The Evil Pug
    4:05 pm on March 28th, 2011

    Melanie!… Me and my friend are both Aries….snort!…She said my birthday was the same day as hers just to keep things simple…heh!

  39. Siber-H
    4:06 pm on March 28th, 2011

    We just enclosed a note with the check we mailed yesterday. In the note we said we were from Chet’s blog and we congratulated them on their fine finish in this year’s Iditarod. They did good and it wouldn’t have been easy.

    4:10 pm on March 28th, 2011

    BTW, The Abrahms are a very talented family! Forgot to mention that b-4.

    Rio, I thought for sure you woud make some sort of comment about the bunny on the eagle nest. Are you being overly nice today?

  41. dawson
    4:19 pm on March 28th, 2011

    Melanie: My boys are both Aries and one of their birthdays is today. It’s a good thing you reminded me. 🙂 I hope your drive into town was not too stressful. Thanks for the Rosie Gray reference previously…I always find some fascinating tidbits when I start at Rosie Gray’s.
    I have to run out in the sunshine for a while.

  42. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    4:50 pm on March 28th, 2011

    This is just such terrific news and welcome to Rebecca. I had a good day too, chemo treatment number 6. My back had been bothering me a lot last week, but I also saw my acupuncturist today and I am doing a whole lot better now (actually I was doing better even before, but that always helps a lot too). Even took a nice little walk this afternoon with mom and dad. My dad will mail a check tomorrow from his busy place (that’s where he will mail it from; the check is from us, not from the busy place). My mom and dad are both in the pro-brussel sprout camp, by the way. Actually, they just like them steamed, nothing fancier than that (although maybe a spot of balsamic vinegar on the side). Looking forward to Wednesday night’s dinner and the start of baseball season. Wookie

  43. Siber-H
    5:21 pm on March 28th, 2011

    I’m glad you are feeling good, Wookie.
    We are in the pro-brussel sprout camp also and steamed is fine with us. Tupper and Gilly don’t dare serve any, though, because there was such anti-brussel sprout hysteria on the blog.

    Mom and I did the same thing Rio and his friend did about their birthdays. We share the same day. We are Scorpios.

    5:44 pm on March 28th, 2011

    Wookie, Glad you are feeling tip top today.

    That is funny that you mentioned vinegar with the sprouts. Barb says her Mom used to fix them that way many, many years ago. Didn’t know that other people liked them like that. We are pro-sprout. Barb grew them 2 years ago, and she couldn’t even give them away!

  45. B.Stover
    5:45 pm on March 28th, 2011

    Hi Wookie. I’m glad you had a good day.

  46. B.Stover
    5:54 pm on March 28th, 2011

    Rebecca posted this three hours ago on Fb:

    “Correction: Zepy’s names is actually Zebbe. We received an email from Zebbe’s previous team saying saying that she is already missed and providing Zebbe’s backstory. Zebbe finished the Iditarod in 2008!

    Zebbe has already made herself home in the kennel and figured out that everytime she moves, the motion light goes on. In the wee hours of the morning the light was off, then on, then off, then on…”

  47. BearSpiritDog
    6:58 pm on March 28th, 2011

    Hello to Snowhook Bella & Rebecca!!!

    Siber-H-We did the same with our donation via PayPal.

    Dawson-Our thoughts exactly about Whitey’s status as a lead dog – considering his 2010 off-roading to parts unknown.

    G&BooBear-We think this is a good idea!

    Still not clear on the PA connection (?)

  48. B.Stover
    7:17 pm on March 28th, 2011

    Bear: PA connection to what?

  49. dawson
    7:17 pm on March 28th, 2011

    BearSpiritDog: Spencer Quinn is a pen name for Peter Abrahams (PA). You will see a link to PA just under the facebookee thingee on the right hand side at the top of this blog.

  50. Melanie
    7:29 pm on March 28th, 2011

    I can’t remember if I’ve told this story. If you read it before just skip this comment.

    A friend of mine was talking two large males Newfs during the winter. While going down her snowy driveway (very long), the males saw a deer. The deer saw them. The deer ran into the woods. Did I mention my friend is only 5 foot 2 inches? Walking two male Newfs? Each weighing more than she does?

    Off the Newfs went . . . Down went my friend . . . She didn’t let go of their leashes . . . A musher without a sled!

    She was pulled all the way down the driveway . . . Until . . .
    Each went a different around a tree . . .

    She still didn’t let go.

    Now why does this remind me of what could happen if Whitey-Lance leads?

  51. B.Stover
    7:32 pm on March 28th, 2011

    Melanie: That is a good explanation about Whitey as lead. Now I’m wondering what happened to your friend.

  52. Siber-H
    7:51 pm on March 28th, 2011

    Melanie, Your friend did what every experienced musher knows to do….never, ever, let go of the sled, or in your friend’s case, the leashes. Sled or leashes, these stories often end at a tree.
    What did happen to your friend? I think it might have been in last year’s Iditarod that a musher was knocked out for about 30 minutes after flying into a tree. There are so many stories like this from the trail.

    Zebbe…that is cute and I bet she is cute .

  53. BearSpiritDog
    8:00 pm on March 28th, 2011

    B.& Dawson: Macy said earlier that someone mentionsd at the bottom of the blog (what blog) that PA was her brother. I knew about PA aka Spencer Quinn, but about the brother/blog reference I’m totally confused.

  54. Wölfie
    8:07 pm on March 28th, 2011

    Megan Frances, owner of the website “onbeyondwordsandpictures’ is Peter’s brother. At least that’s my understanding. She interviewed Kristin, who was the editor for Quacky Baseball.

    I hope we didn’t hurt anyone’s feelings in regards to the front cover catcher looking like an cochroach. (or something)

    Say…..I wonder if Megan is the New York person that PA is going to talk to. Pondering……

  55. Wölfie
    8:09 pm on March 28th, 2011

    Hi Rebecca Belle. Glad to met you!!

  56. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:11 pm on March 28th, 2011

    Bear!…Why is Puss N’ Boots idea good if you have already sent off your donation by PayPal with a note included….grump!…What the hell good will it do you in the future to have the Kats idea of a logo?….sniff!…Just wondering how your mind works here. You do realize The Charming Mr. Abrahams is also a writer, right? ….snorkel!…Well, he has a sister and she has a blog. On that blog they are doing a blog tour to promote Quacky Baseball….golly!…Does every single bitty thing need to be explained to you?….grump!

  57. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:17 pm on March 28th, 2011

    Wolfie!… Have you also lost your mind?….,grunt!…Why in the hell would Spencer need Admin’s Sister to coordinate with Snowhook about Publicity?….growl!… I’m thinking PUBLISHER, not Sister… GAH!….You guys are not even trying to use your brains…grump! …Megan is his sister. She illustrates and writes childrens books. She said so herself. Read all the words….((((sigh))))

    Unbelievable!… I need to go lie down….sniff!

  58. Siber-H
    8:17 pm on March 28th, 2011

    Bear, There is a link on Chet’s blog today. It is right above the yellow business card. That link will take you to the blog of PA’s sister. Her blog today is about Quacky Baseball, but if you scroll through her older blogs, at the very bottom of all of them on that page, she says that she is PA’s sister.

  59. B.Stover
    8:18 pm on March 28th, 2011

    Wolfe: According to Megan’s blog she lives in California.

  60. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:19 pm on March 28th, 2011

    Bear!…”What blog?”…I’m done….huffle!

  61. Staff
    8:19 pm on March 28th, 2011

    Hi everyone,
    Good news on the blog today. Now I have to go read the blog mentioned in the post. BBL

  62. B.Stover
    8:21 pm on March 28th, 2011

    Rio: Take a deep breath.

  63. Tupper and Gilly
    8:24 pm on March 28th, 2011

    Hi everyone – HI Rebecca and AJ and Whitey-Lance and Zebbe! So glad you checked in on the blog. We already feel like you are family, so its great to have you here. Be prepared for teasing, interesting factoids, gardening tips, baseball cheering and lots of snorting and sniffling from a certain Pug.
    We hope to learn more about Siberian Huskies from Snowhook – Siber keeps us chuckling with tails of his exploits and “obedience trials”. Are SH’s really so hardheaded?
    To all diners coming on Wednesday – remember, this is just the gathering time, just little snacks and appetizers. The dreaded brussel sprouts may appear later in the dinner….they do go so well with prime rib…..
    (whispering – and they keep Natasha guessing)

  64. Melanie
    8:27 pm on March 28th, 2011

    Poor Riö . . . (aside: I should have KNOWN Riö was an Aries!)

    My friend was bruised but nothing broken. Having Newfoundlands can be about being bruised. Another friend who trained her Newf for water work (he is now a WRD, water rescue dog) always had bruises. The dogs tend to bump into you when you are training them, and even though you are wearing a wetsuit, OW! She went to the hospital for something else entirely and they thought she was being abused and called the police.

    Not easy to explain that dogs can cause big bruises like that.

    Okay, time for me to go up. The whole 4 and 2 legged Pack is looking forward to Wednesday’s feast and recipes.


  65. Siber-H
    8:39 pm on March 28th, 2011

    T&G Snowhook doesn’t have Siberian Huskies. Their dogs are Alaskan Huskies. Alaskan Huskies do have some Siberian in them mixed in with hounds, pointers, and whatever else makes for a good long distance sled dog. Whitey actually looks to me like he may have more Siberian in him than most Alaskan Huskies.
    If that is true, that may explain why he wanted to take a four day vacation last year.
    I don’t know if Alaskan Huskies are as hardheaded as Siberians, but yes, every word you read about Siberians being stubborn and hardheaded is true.

    Woo Woo—Looking forward to Wednesday!!!

  66. Mollie (a black poodle)
    8:55 pm on March 28th, 2011

    Check sent to Snowhook with a note to put it towards the Chet’s Blog Plunders acct.

    Was reading some of Rebecca’s stuff on her log & have a few questions maybe Siber-H can answer.

    Who will be the two dog “leaders” in next Iditerod (I know one of them won’t be Whitey). She uses some terms & I don’t know what they mean. “Leader” I guess is 2 dogs at the front. Swing, Wheel, Team, Gang Line are some of the terms. I think she said Whitey’s position was Wheel. We all are going to be experts on the Ititerod aren’t we? Thanks to Siber-H who started all this.

  67. BearSpiritDog
    8:56 pm on March 28th, 2011

    Thanks for the explanation Wolfie!

    Woof! You too, Rio, I am aware PA is the author of the Ingrid/Echo Falls series plus several mysteries. I thank you for your help. Being new, sometimes I can use the expertise of those more knowledgable.

  68. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:56 pm on March 28th, 2011

    Stubborn!…and hardheaded….heh!…That is exactly why SiberH and I are best pals forever…snort!… We know how to get what we want against all odds and ends…sniff!

    Stover!… I will try, but some things really bug me and I get all riled up…grunt!… I think just saying nothing is best sometimes….sniff! …I will try to say nothing in regard to the whole Quacky Blog Tour as some just don’t “get it” and also about the New York connection to Snowhook as some just don’t “get it” …(((sigh))))

  69. Tupper and Gilly
    9:13 pm on March 28th, 2011

    Hey Bear Spirit Dog – don’t even worry about it. Gilly and I And our Wrotten Kat roommates Basil and Sage) are all kind of newbies to the blog too and have to ask questions now and then. Heck, Rio won’t even let us compete in the Dog Talent Show at our big dinner party cuz he says we are “too new” to the blog. But let us pass along some advice to you that one kind blogger soul passed on to us when we first jumped in….”pay no attention to that grumpy pug behind the curtain”…..
    (We’re glad you’re here)

    And Siber – thanks for the info on AH’s vs SH’s – we’re learning quite a bit from you. Next year at the race, we will be able to follow along with the experts.

  70. Kirby T. Penworthy
    9:23 pm on March 28th, 2011

    Hey, y’all! I’m back! And just to change the subject — because it seems it can use some changing! — choose a book based on the author’s gender? Mom came home from work today and was telling us about one of her co-workers, who was looking at a pile of new Advanced Readers Copies. She looked at one and said the author’s name, then added, “Well, there’s one strike already.” When Mom asked if she didn’t like that author, the co-worker said she just doesn’t like reading books by men if she can help it! It’s not like she reads romance novels by women, she reads “literary” novels, mysteries and more. She’s the second one of Mom’s co-workers who has said that. Mom is just flabbergasted! She loves many male writers, such as Lawrence Block, Bill Pronzini, alan Bradley, Aaron Elkins, jonathan Kellerman, John Hart, Steve Hockensmith, Jefferson Bass — who is two men writing as one — and Spencer Quinn and Peter Abrahams — who is (are?) one man writing as two!

    So let’s hear from you — do you ever read/not read books based on the author’s gender? Or even take that into consideration?

  71. Tupper and Gilly
    9:28 pm on March 28th, 2011

    Hi Cousin Kirby – we think choosing books based on gender makes about as much sense as refusing to eat a homegrown heirloom tomato because it isn’t red, round and perfect. Or not wanting to eat a brown egg, cuz it looks dirty.
    How can you tell if the inside is good unless you crack it open?

  72. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:32 pm on March 28th, 2011

    Whitey!….Hey everybody! Bear, are you listening?.,…heh!… Here is the photo Rebecca sent us to post of Whitey….snort!snort!… She said, “This picture was taken at the end of the Ceremonial start this year in Anchorage. AJ picked W.L. up to give him a hug, thank him for staying with the team for the first eleven miles of the race and reminded him that there were still many miles that lay ahead.”…wheeze!…This photo has a lot of meaning for the Snowhook team…gruff!

  73. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:37 pm on March 28th, 2011

    Larger!…If you click on it you will see a larger photo!…heh!

  74. Siber-H
    9:42 pm on March 28th, 2011

    Mollie, We don’t yet who will be the leaders on Snowhook’s team. We can all keep our paws crossed that Zebbe will shine as a leader.
    Yes, the two dogs in front are the leaders, the two dogs behind them are the swing dogs, the dogs behind them are the team dogs until you get to the two dogs right in front of the sled and they are the wheel dogs. Whitey has been both a wheel dog and a team dog.
    The gang line is the long line stretched out from the front of the sled that all the dogs are hooked into…the wheel dogs to the leaders.
    I hope this makes sense. A nice little diagram would have worked better.

  75. Siber-H
    9:48 pm on March 28th, 2011

    WOO WOO Thanks Rio and Rebecca. I love that photo!!! Whitey is smiling and looks so happy!

  76. Barb & Maggie
    9:54 pm on March 28th, 2011

    Rio, Thank you for posting that photo.

    T & G Thanks for the good words about our tomatoes and eggs. We will see you Wednesday evening.

    And Bear, Rio likes to give all the newbies a hard time. Pay no attention and ask as many questions as you wish. If you don’t ask questions, how do you learn? Just ask Barb. She is a Virgo, and Virgos make great investigators and detectives, because they ask so many questions. I by the way, am a Tarus.

  77. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:58 pm on March 28th, 2011

    Whitey!…That photo just makes me laugh!…chorkel!…And I never laugh!…heh!…That’s our guy everybody. Smilin’ Whitey-Lance!…snorkel!

  78. B.Stover
    10:00 pm on March 28th, 2011

    I really like that picture. Thank you Rio and thank you Rebecca.

    Kirby: Gender is a ridiculous reason for reading or not reading a book. I’ve never heard of that.

  79. Siber-H
    10:02 pm on March 28th, 2011

    Kirby, yes, mom has a general prefernce when it comes to chosing a book based on gender but she doesn’t want to say anymore than that because it would incriminate her. She pleads the Fifth.

    Kirby, Yes, mom will choose a book based on an author’s gender, but she won’t let me say anymore than that.

    Kirby, How are the Huskies doing in the basketball games?

    Kirby, are the Huskies still in the basketball thingy?

  80. Siber-H
    10:04 pm on March 28th, 2011

    Very strange, my last post

  81. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:11 pm on March 28th, 2011

    SiberH!…Are you okay?…snort!

  82. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:13 pm on March 28th, 2011

    SiberH!…Is your gal feeling okay?…snort!…Now I’m just a little concerned about you guys…sniff!

  83. Siber-H
    10:16 pm on March 28th, 2011

    Yes, lol, thanks Rio. I don’t know what happened because, remember, I gave up drinking way back when I started imagining there were videos of you on youtube.

    That is such a neat picture of Whitey!

  84. Kirby T. Penworthy
    10:20 pm on March 28th, 2011

    SiberH: Yes, the Huskies are still in the basketball thingy! They’re in the Final Four! Their next game will be this Saturday at 8:49 (Eastern time). The Connecticut Huskies will be playing the Kentucky Wildcats — yes, more Wildcats! Earlier in the day, the Butler Bulldogs will be playing the VCU Rams at 6:09 — where do they come up with these times??? I’m thinking that since we don’t like marauding goats, rooting for the Rams is out of the question! Go Butler Bulldogs!!!

    The winners of those two games will meet on Monday night for the championship.

  85. dawson
    10:20 pm on March 28th, 2011

    Kirby T. Penworthy: If the subject of the book was menopause, or something gender specific, I might want to have it written by a woman, otherwise, not so much.

    Siber H: Thanks for that explanation of the lead, the swing the team and the wheel dogs. We sure are lucky to have you to explain the ins and outs of dog sledding.

    T&G: I like Brussels and I love sprouts.

    Rebecca of Snowhook: Thanks for sending that picture of Whitey-Lance in AJ’s arms and thanks to Rio for posting it for us.

  86. Gus & BooBear
    10:23 pm on March 28th, 2011

    Sorry to stir up a hornets nest earlier. Just thought a cute form or attachment to send with the checks would pop to Rebecca that the check came from one of Chet’s blog. And keep from having to re-write the info each time someone sends a check. Guess Mom’s just lazy that way. Sooooooooooooo, please scratch the idea. Mom will make her own and send her checks that way, but certainly not suggest anyone else do the same.

    SiberH, thanks for the info about the positions on the dog sled team. Next year will be that much more fun since we will know more about the dogs and the sport.

    Rebecca, thanks for checking in and the awesome picture of Whitey.


  87. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:25 pm on March 28th, 2011

    Okay!…If you are sure…sniff!…You had me real worried there for a few minutes…huffle!

    Whitey!…That is a really fun, funny and wonderful photo of Whitey and AJ….snort!…It’s a keeper for sure…heh!

  88. Siber-H
    10:27 pm on March 28th, 2011

    Thanks Kirby…The Huskies game on Sat. comes at a good time for me to watch it. Me too, I’m cheering for the dogs over the goats. hmmm The championship could end up being between two different breeds of dogs.

  89. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:30 pm on March 28th, 2011

    SiberH!…My last comment was for you..sniff!

    Diagram!… I pawed out a rough diagram of where the Lead, Swing, Team and Wheel guys are located within the sled team…heh!… Now I will know what I am talking about one day when I have to ask a question!…gruff!

  90. Kirby T. Penworthy
    10:33 pm on March 28th, 2011

    SiberH: Yup! It could end up being between the Huskies and the Bulldogs. I’m pretty sure who you’ll root for, but how about everyone else?

  91. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:33 pm on March 28th, 2011

    Finals!….I hope it comes down to the Huskies and the Rams.…wooooo!….That would be awesome!…heh!…Us guys against those darned Goat types!…snorkel!

  92. Siber-H
    10:41 pm on March 28th, 2011

    Yeah, thanks again, Rio, We are okay here.

    Is Melanie suppose to figure out a way that we can keep Whitey’s picture here with us on the blog? Melanie will proably love this question when she turns on the computer in the morning.

  93. Wolfie
    10:49 pm on March 28th, 2011

    I think that Gus and BB have a good idea. We will need to design a patch for the 2012 race. I know I would proudly wear one on my jacket!

    I have become obsessed with dog booties!

  94. Barb & Maggie
    10:53 pm on March 28th, 2011

    Bee is right about the gender question. And look at P.A. Some of his books are written from a man’s perspective and some from a woman’s (not to mentions S.Q.’s perspective). A good writer should write so that you lose yourself in the story, and it should be so believable that you don’t even know or question the gender of the author.

    On that note we will say good night.

  95. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:55 pm on March 28th, 2011

    Wolfie!…. Even before you posted your last thought about Booties….snort!… I was remembering that Rebecca had written about them and I wanted to share that part with you…snort!… Here is what she said about Booties, “As far as booties—I haven’t even had time to think about booties for next year yet, but that thought will likely wake me in the middle of the night all too soon. Booties, while made from specific materials are fairly easy to make, just time consuming. My sewing machine thanks this specific Plunderer for the offer.”…heh!….See, she will need your help later in the year when booties become top of the list…snort! …So be prepared Wolfie!!!!!

  96. dawson
    10:59 pm on March 28th, 2011

    Gus and BooBear: By the way…you are not really old farts, are you? I still think you had a cute idea for those who are going to write multiple checks over the next year.

    B.Stover: Castle is on and Beckett still needs to cut her hair. I read your blog today and thought about your question on symbolism but could not come up with an answer.

  97. Mollie (a black poodle)
    11:00 pm on March 28th, 2011

    Thanks Rebecca & Rio for the fun picture of A.J. & Whitey. It makes me smile each time I look at it. I wonder how much those dogs weigh, maybe Whitey jumps up himself.

    Siber-H: Thanks for all the interesting info. Now I can sort of picture the team in my head. I bet Whitey was a Wheel dog so A.J. would not have so far to chase him if Whitey decided to go exploring.

    I read books that the story sounds interesting not by author, although I do have my favorite authors & look for books by them. Sometimes I look for ones that are about San Francisco.

  98. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:03 pm on March 28th, 2011

    Goodnight!….Too much excitement for me and too much work today for my friend makes us both want to got to our beds early…snort!… See you all tomorrow and look forward to what will happen…woooo!… My, my, my I’m a tired pug tonight…yawn!

  99. Kirby T. Penworthy
    11:05 pm on March 28th, 2011

    Mollie (ABP): This is probably a stupid question, but do you read the husband-and-wife authors who write about San Francisco: the Nameless books by Bill Pronzini and the Sharon McCone books by Marcia Muller?

  100. B.Stover
    11:06 pm on March 28th, 2011

    Dawson: I don’t think that there is only one correct answer. It’s an open question…as are most of my questions.

    Good night all.

  101. Kirby T. Penworthy
    11:07 pm on March 28th, 2011

    In thinking back on some of the books my co-worker gets excited about, many of them are written by men. She loves the Dexter books by Jeff Lindsay and John Hart’s novels, among others. I don’t know how she can possibly make such a blanket statement!!!

  102. BearSpiritDog
    11:09 pm on March 28th, 2011

    Siber-H: The problem was I hadn’t gone down far enough on the blog to get all the details. Interesting to know that Snowhook’s dogs are Alaskan Huskies, not Siberian.

    Tupper&Gully, Barb&Maggie – Bear appreciates your support!!! G&BooBear: we still think it was a good idea.

    Rio: you have redeemed yourself with that great photo of a smiling Whitey. What a dog!

  103. Kirby T. Penworthy
    11:10 pm on March 28th, 2011

    Oops! Sorry, that should be my mom’s co-worker. As y’all know, I don’t work!

    Having said that, I’ve had a long, hard day keeping that couch warm. I think I’ll head on back for a little shut-eye!

    Goodnight, y’all!!!

  104. Siber-H
    11:10 pm on March 28th, 2011

    Mom says I have overdone it today, whatever that means, so I am suppose to say good night now.
    See you all tomorrow.

  105. Snowhook Bella
    11:20 pm on March 28th, 2011

    Every time I visit Chet’s blog I find my cheeks hurting from smiling so much.

    One thing you should know about Whitey-Lance is he loves hugs. All of our dogs love attention. Some prefer belly rubs to hugs or ear scratches, but for W.L. it’s all about the hug. Why do I tell you this?—when we tried Whitey in lead during a fall training run rather than going forward, he tried to run back to the four-wheeler for a hug. He would have been fine to lead the team in circles so long as there was a hug involved. What a goof…

    Who will be the lead dogs in the 2012 Iditarod? Good question. We have six, now seven leaders with Zebbe that we can call upon to lead the team to Nome. It’s good to have more than just two leaders on a team because you can change the leaders around to give them a break and if you have to drop a lead dog or two you can still continue on the trail. Some teams have had to scratch because they had to drop both their leaders and had no other dog that could fill their booties. A good lead dog is an extension of the musher and is priceless.

    To C Harris: Please feel free to email us if you want to come out to the kennel and interview Whitey-Lance on behalf of the Plunderers:

  106. Gus & BooBear
    11:27 pm on March 28th, 2011

    Dawson, we are not old farts at all. Guess Rio just thinks of us that way since our ideas never please him. Our thoughts on this last idea were not to make things more complicated, but more eye catching and fun. Guess we didn’t think it through enough. Oh, well. Best laid plans and all that stuff.

  107. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    11:40 pm on March 28th, 2011

    I think Whitey is my kind of guy. I love hugs too, although I sometimes try to make my mom think that I am embarrassed to be hugged too much. She is a really great hugger though and I know how much she loves me. Thank you Rebecca for sharing Whitey and his life story with us here at Chet’s Blog. We can hardly wait until next year’s race begins. It’s late for us here on the East Coast, so I will just say goodnight now. Wookie

  108. dawson
    12:13 am on March 29th, 2011

    Snowhook Bella: Give Whitey-Lance a big hug from us. That is a wonderful happy story. We are all over-the-moon at being able to sponsor W-L.

    Wookie: A big hug for you too. Glad to hear you had a good day.

    Gus and BooBear: Many of us thought your idea was good and the blog is the place to put forward our thoughts. It’s like brainstorming and all ideas are welcome.

  109. C. Harris
    12:36 am on March 29th, 2011

    Gus and BooBear: the pug can be a downer but we love him and everyone else on the blog. So take heart that we welcome your comments and suggestions. If I was more talented, I’d give your idea a go.

    I do think those with talent/skills should be thinking of a Chet logo that can be produced into a badge. All us Snowhook supporters will want one for the next year’s race.

  110. oyun oyna
    8:46 pm on April 4th, 2011

    When I originally commented I clicked the “Notify me when new comments are added” checkbox and now each time a comment is added I get several emails with the same comment. Is there any way you can remove people from that service? Thanks!

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