Now That We Have A Title, Here’s The Opening: The Dog Who Knew Too Much

Was I proud of Bernie or what?

True, he’d been pretty nervous going into this gig. I can always tell when Bernie’s nervous – which hardly ever happens, and never when we’re in action – because his smell sharpens a bit, although it’s still the best human smell there is, apples, bourbon, salt and pepper; but now, up on the stage, he was doing great.

“Which, um,” he was saying, “reminds me of a joke. “Sort of. Maybe not a joke,” he went on, turning a page, “more like a – “ and at that moment the whole wad of papers somehow jumped out of his hands, all the pages gliding down in different directions. He bent and started gathering them up. That gave me a chance, sitting a few rows back, to recoy or recon or something like that the joint, always important in our line of work, as Bernie often said.

We were in a conference room at a hotel near the airport, and everyone in the audience – maybe not quite as big as it had been at the beginning, when Bernie had tapped the microphone, a painful sound for me, pounding like drums right next to my ears, although no one else seemed to mind, cleared his throat and said, “Can, uh, you hear me all right?” a terrific start, in my opinion – was a private eye, on account of this was the Great Western Private Eye Convention. We’re partners in the Little Detective Agency, me and Bernie, Bernie’s last name being Little. I’m Chet, pure and simple, and we’d been in business for almost as long as I could remember, although we’d never been to a convention before. “Not our thing,” Bernie said, so that was that, until Georgie Malhouf, president of the Great Western Private Eye Association, offered Bernie five hundred bucks to give a speech.

“A speech?” Bernie had said.

“Twenty minutes, tops,” Georgie Malhouf told him. “Plus questions.”

“I’ve never given a speech in my life.”

“So what?” said Georgie Malhouf. “There was also a time in your life when you hadn’t had sex. Did that stop you?”

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132 Responses to “Now That We Have A Title, Here’s The Opening: The Dog Who Knew Too Much”

  1. Mollypop
    4:38 am on November 4th, 2010
  2. Melanie
    4:46 am on November 4th, 2010

    Love the beginning. Though equating speech giving and sex is a bit of a stretch.

    I wonder what Chet is going to find during his "recoy or recon or something like that . ."

    I'm thinking that the dog that knew too much, might not be Chet. . pondering here. .

    Also Riö, the Pack sends you big slobbering from the tip of your tail to the tip of your nose kisses and then they think maybe you could use a great big group hug from all of them.

    I send a small kiss on your "wettle wet nose."

  3. bluecat
    4:49 am on November 4th, 2010

    Love it. Title and beginning and wicked humor.

    Rio – please accept a head butt from a Kat. Love you, babe. Hope today is better.

  4. Sam
    4:59 am on November 4th, 2010

    Rio, I'm giving you kisses right smack on your Puggy nose. Then some ankle nips from little Princessy moi.

  5. Joe Erickson
    5:01 am on November 4th, 2010

    Love the beginning, I'm sure looking forward to reading more!!

  6. B.Stover
    5:10 am on November 4th, 2010

    Anyone with the name Malhouf seems questionable to me. Bernie's finances must be more of a mess than usual. I feel for him. And I love the beginning. Thanks for the sneak peek Spence.

  7. Melanie
    5:11 am on November 4th, 2010

    Again, Hi Joe, hope you join our frolicking gang!

  8. B.Stover
    5:13 am on November 4th, 2010

    Welcome Joe Erickson and good morning all.

  9. Melanie
    5:14 am on November 4th, 2010

    Oh, and don't let a certain Pug pull your tail, he's harmless.

    He's just in an incessant grumpy mood, lightened a tad by a biting sense of humor, with a very soft heart.

    Speaks the "scarecrow"

  10. Macy the Min-Pin
    5:17 am on November 4th, 2010

    Good morning all, we are at it early today. Mom feels anxious, I think it may be like getting all poodled up, but anyway, she is trying to settle down by going online, so we will see how that works. She could use a few head bumps herself. We are trying to be good, we will see how long that lasts.

  11. Riö - The Evil
    5:19 am on November 4th, 2010

    Stupenda! …Geniale! …Bravo!… What a great opening (and a great title)….snort! … I can hardly wait for it….snort!snort!

    Gosh!… Thanks for all the hugs, kisses, slobbering, head butts and even the ankle bites… sniffle!… You guys are the best pals in the world… snuffle!

    Look! … Joe’s back for the third day…sneeze!… I wonder if he is going to become a regular?…hmmm!

  12. Riö - The Evil
    5:31 am on November 4th, 2010

    Scarecrow!… heh!… You’ve embraced your nickname….hoorah! bravo! magnifico!….I feel like Italian food today and all I have is dry kibble and a chewy strip hidden somewhere in this house.… grump!

  13. B.Stover
    5:35 am on November 4th, 2010

    Here's an article from the NYTimes Music section for Bernie. It's a review of a concert given by the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/04/arts/music/04uk

  14. B.Stover
    5:41 am on November 4th, 2010

    Good morning Rio. Such Italian exuberance!

    Macy's mom: Calm down and plunder on. You know you can. (As I always tell my students, "Plunder your minds and find the solution.")

  15. Riö - The Evil
    5:47 am on November 4th, 2010

    Okay!… All you English majors, minors and everyday hackers what do you think of this sentence up above? …sniff!… Spence leads off with “We were in a conference room at a hotel near the airport, and everyone in the audience – “ then he inserts the vivid description of Bernie starting his speech and then finishes with “- was a private eye, on account of….” snort!… I think it’s genius!…wow!

  16. B.Stover
    6:15 am on November 4th, 2010

    Rio: It's genius in the way it demonstrates the quickness of brain and senses (in dogs and humans I think). How many had to go back to find the subject of the sentence?

  17. B.Stover
    6:17 am on November 4th, 2010

    Rio: Also, the content of the sentence and the manipulation of the reader are very humorous.

  18. B.Stover
    6:19 am on November 4th, 2010

    I've just seen my first Junco of the season. He's in my garden hopping around for sunflower seeds which I threw out. The first sign of winter.

  19. Sam
    6:25 am on November 4th, 2010

    B, my Mom loves juncos. She says they look like they've been dipped in white paint, because they're white around the bottom. It's not like the standard bird breast that comes up the front.

  20. Riö - The Evil
    6:28 am on November 4th, 2010

    Stover!… I almost laughed out loud at this line, “…and at that moment the whole wad of papers somehow jumped out of his hands, all the pages gliding down in different directions.”…. Poor Bernie… wheeze! … I think their finances must be in an awful mess to put himself through such obvious torture…. heh! … He’s going to have to do something about those Hawaiian pants!….snort!

  21. B.Stover
    6:39 am on November 4th, 2010

    Sam: And Juncos are so clean-lined and compact. They find food with their feed instead of their beaks. They jump forward in one spot to find any buried morsels. They do that in snow and in dirt.

  22. Sam
    6:52 am on November 4th, 2010

    B, we didn't know that about juncos. We see them on the terrace getting seeds that fell from the bird feeder. We will have to watch more closely.

  23. B.Stover
    6:53 am on November 4th, 2010

    I know Bernie pays child support but does he also pay alimony? That should stop after Leda marries Malcolm shouldn't it?

  24. AbbietheKitty
    6:55 am on November 4th, 2010

    Macy my dear,

    Here is a purr from me and a tail wave from Alice. We hope you are feeling less anxious after a little blog time.

    I have started taking my blood pressure after I read Chet's blog and I am down about 30 points from before I did it this way.

    I am sure my kidney doctor will be very happy when I tell him the news.

  25. AbbietheKitty
    6:56 am on November 4th, 2010

    Oops.

    That is Staff has started taking her blood pressure. Mine is fine, but now Rio will laugh at me. sniff sniff sob

  26. Riö - The Evil
    7:08 am on November 4th, 2010

    AbbieTheKat!… If your blood pressure is down that much you’d be dead as a doorknob…snort!… Although, with all that weight you carry around, maybe it’s a good thing it’s a little low…..grunt! …Are you guys still out at the farm or did you move back to “town”….snuff!

  27. Mollie (a black pood
    7:32 am on November 4th, 2010

    Love the opening. Can hardly wait for book #4.

    I know most of you don't care, but the parade for the S.F. Giants was wonderful yesterday. They had a ticker tape parade down Market St. with orange confetti. Some of the players gave short speeches. Brian Wilson went crazy. It was interesting to see him without his hat on. My boy's friend tried to go but the bridge over to S.F. was at a standstill with cars. I don't know if he made it or not. They say 1 million people were there.

  28. B.Stover
    7:39 am on November 4th, 2010

    MollieABP: Thank you for the great description!

    Where is SH?

  29. Riö - The Evil
    7:46 am on November 4th, 2010

    Mollie!… I care – The Giants are the World Series Champions!…snort!… Not a small accomplishment!… grunt!

  30. AbbietheKitty
    8:01 am on November 4th, 2010

    Rio, I do not weigh too much. I am fluffy!

    [img ]http://www.chetthedog.com/wp-content/uploads/1288890088-abbie surprise.jpg[/img]

  31. AbbietheKitty
    8:02 am on November 4th, 2010

    Oh, we are still at the farm. It is beautiful here today. I think I will put out some christmas lights.

  32. Staff
    8:03 am on November 4th, 2010

    crap

  33. Riö - The Evil
    8:07 am on November 4th, 2010

    AbbieTheKat!…and Staff are having an identity crisis today!… heh!snort!heh!

  34. Mollie (a black pood
    8:14 am on November 4th, 2010

    The players rode in cable cars but Wilson jumped out of his. They took nice pics of each player.

    [img ]http://www.chetthedog.com/wp-content/uploads/1288890847-Brian Wilson-1.jpg[/img]

  35. Barb & Maggie
    8:22 am on November 4th, 2010

    We enjoyed the post, too. Barb would be just as nervous as Bernie if she had to get up on stage. Definitely not her thing.

    Have been really busy today, and probably not able to be on much till later.

  36. Riö - The Evil
    8:26 am on November 4th, 2010

    Mollie!… Post more photo's please!!…snort!snort!…Black Beard is an Animial!…gruff!…Any of Lincecum in his bow-tie?…heh!

  37. Mollie (a black pood
    8:41 am on November 4th, 2010
  38. Mollie (a black pood
    8:42 am on November 4th, 2010

    Black Beard for Rio

    [img ]http://www.chetthedog.com/wp-content/uploads/1288892533-The Beard.jpg[/img]

  39. Mollie (a black pood
    8:43 am on November 4th, 2010
  40. Mollie (a black pood
    8:46 am on November 4th, 2010
  41. Mollie (a black pood
    8:47 am on November 4th, 2010

    Fans

  42. Mollie (a black pood
    8:47 am on November 4th, 2010
  43. Mollie (a black pood
    8:52 am on November 4th, 2010

    Civic Center

  44. Mollie (a black pood
    8:52 am on November 4th, 2010
  45. Mollie (a black pood
    9:11 am on November 4th, 2010
  46. Riö - The Evil
    9:11 am on November 4th, 2010

    Wow!…Wow!….Those are Great Photos Mollie!…snort!snort!… Lincecum and Posey look so nice and normal compared to ole Black Beard!…heh!

  47. Mollie (a black pood
    9:11 am on November 4th, 2010
  48. Mollie (a black pood
    9:14 am on November 4th, 2010
  49. Mollie (a black pood
    9:15 am on November 4th, 2010
  50. Mollie (a black pood
    9:16 am on November 4th, 2010
  51. Mollie (a black pood
    9:17 am on November 4th, 2010
  52. Mollie (a black pood
    9:18 am on November 4th, 2010
  53. Mollie (a black pood
    9:19 am on November 4th, 2010

    Torres–Huff made him change into a Giants shirt later.

    [img ]http://www.chetthedog.com/wp-content/uploads/1288894787-Torres.jpg[/img]

  54. Mollie (a black pood
    9:21 am on November 4th, 2010
  55. Mollie (a black pood
    9:21 am on November 4th, 2010
  56. Mollie (a black pood
    9:22 am on November 4th, 2010
  57. Mollie (a black pood
    9:23 am on November 4th, 2010
  58. Mollie (a black pood
    9:23 am on November 4th, 2010
  59. Mollypop
    9:24 am on November 4th, 2010

    Mollie ABP – These pictures are great!!!!!!! (Even if they're not Yankees)

  60. B.Stover
    9:34 am on November 4th, 2010

    Isn't Timmy a cutie! Thanks MollieABP.

  61. Riö - The Evil
    9:35 am on November 4th, 2010

    WOOOOOOOOO!… What a party that must have been!….snort!…What awesome photos!…wow!

  62. Mollie (a black pood
    9:36 am on November 4th, 2010
  63. Mollie (a black pood
    9:36 am on November 4th, 2010
  64. Mollie (a black pood
    9:37 am on November 4th, 2010
  65. Mollie (a black pood
    9:38 am on November 4th, 2010
  66. Barb & Maggie
    9:43 am on November 4th, 2010

    Wow! Those are great photos. Lincecum is sort of cute. Posey looks like a teenager. Wilson is Scary!

  67. Mollie (a black pood
    9:47 am on November 4th, 2010
  68. Mollie (a black pood
    9:56 am on November 4th, 2010
  69. Mollie (a black pood
    9:56 am on November 4th, 2010
  70. Mollie (a black pood
    9:57 am on November 4th, 2010
  71. Mollie (a black pood
    9:58 am on November 4th, 2010
  72. Mollie (a black pood
    10:02 am on November 4th, 2010

    I think thats all. Sorry I took up so much space. It is nice to see the guys up close like that I think.

  73. Gus and BooBear
    10:07 am on November 4th, 2010

    Poor Bernie! Wonder what Chet's looking for with his recon. Loved the beginning and can't wait for more. Here's hope that the release date will be a matter of months, not a full year.

    Gus gave M&D a scare last night. He has a heart condition and had some kind of a seizure last night. They were pretty crazy until he came around. Only lasted a few minutes but seemed longer. He seems fine today. Hope he doesn't do that again.

    BooBear

  74. Gus and BooBear
    10:11 am on November 4th, 2010

    Mollie(ABP), super pics! You have every right to be very proud of ur team! They played awesome and deserved to win!

  75. Riö - The Evil
    10:19 am on November 4th, 2010

    Mollie!…THANK YOU!…snort!snort!

    Puss N’ Boots!….Gus, you old fart, you better start taking care of yourself mister….grunt!… No more lying in front of the TV for you….snort!… We need to put you on a special diet and exercise plan… wheeze!

  76. Chet The Dog
    10:23 am on November 4th, 2010

    From Admin to Mollie ABP: The pictures are fantastic!

  77. Siber-H
    10:36 am on November 4th, 2010

    WOW!! Mollie (ABP) Thanks for all the photos! I'm happy for the Giants and enjoyed watching them play.

    Delayed Husky hugs to Rio! I don't want to make him sick so there will be no non-slobbery kiss…just a hug.

    This is a great beginning to Book #4! I am hooked already and looking forward to the Great Western Private Eye Convention and Chet and Bernie's new adventures.

  78. Riö - The Evil
    10:44 am on November 4th, 2010

    Wowie!… Mollie you got a personal Hat Tip from Chet himself!… snort!

  79. Siber-H
    11:02 am on November 4th, 2010

    Mollie (ABP) made a lot of us happy today with those photos. Ok, I will admitt it, I became fond of some of the Giants while watching the WS.

    Gus..stay well…Seizures do seem a longer than what they really are.

  80. Mollie (a black pood
    11:07 am on November 4th, 2010

    Thank you Admin. I appreciate it!

  81. Mollypop
    11:20 am on November 4th, 2010

    Mom has a secret crush on Tim Lincucum. Well, I guess it's not a secret anymore since I just told about it. Tee hee.

  82. Wookie of Chevy Chas
    11:26 am on November 4th, 2010

    Rio — I'm with Siber-H on the hugs but no kisses thing. But I hope you know how very special I think you are and how much I worry about you.

    Mollie APB — Incredible pictures and a great use of the blog space, so no worries there. And a hat tip from Admin via Chet to boot. Wow!

    Boo Bear — I think you had mentioned Gus' heart condition previously. Doggie prayers and best wishes hoping that he is much better today.

    Wookie

  83. B.Stover
    11:27 am on November 4th, 2010

    My dog had seizures like that so I know how scary they are. Gus, is there medicine that will help?

    There's SH.

    I didn't realize Wilson (I think that's his name)…Blackbeard…had a mohawk. They are certainly having fun and deserve it.

  84. Riö - The Evil
    11:35 am on November 4th, 2010

    Grunt!… Back off Husky! Back off Golden! ….snort!… Take yer paws off my head!…huffle!

  85. Wookie of Chevy Chas
    11:41 am on November 4th, 2010

    Hey everyone – it's my Dad's Birthday today. Had to ask Mom to post this since Dad would be too shy – but not me. Birthdays are great — usually friends over for dinner (and are they messy – lots of food falls to the floor but I help clean up for Mom.) Then that helpless, poor me, nobody ever gives me anything look gets them every time and before you know it I've done the rounds of the table and I'm full! I've still got the Magoo Dad says (whatever that means.) So Happy Birthday DAD!!! Wookie

  86. B.Stover
    11:57 am on November 4th, 2010

    Happy Birthday to Wookie's dad! Have an excellent dinner.

  87. Siber-H
    12:07 pm on November 4th, 2010

    Happy Birthday to Wookie's dad!!! Here is hoping Wookie scores a lot of goodies and that Wookie's dad has a wonderful dinner.

  88. BARB & MAGGIE
    12:10 pm on November 4th, 2010

    Happy Birthday Wookie's dad!

  89. Riö - The Evil
    12:10 pm on November 4th, 2010

    Wookie!… I will have to search through my huge list of birthday cards for your guy’s birthday tonight…snort!…This will be fun, fun, fun!… sniff!sniff!…How old is he anyways? …grunt!…Check back later tonight for the card…heh!

  90. Siber-H
    12:18 pm on November 4th, 2010

    Stover, the dog mom had before me had epilepsy so she has been through it too. I have a mild seizure disorder…no grand mal seizures, and it is not serious enough that I have to be on meds for it I have a very normal life.

    Gus is truly in our prayers…mom has had a lot of experience with seizures so Gus has a special place in our hearts.

  91. Lexi
    12:39 pm on November 4th, 2010

    Hahaha. LOVE the beginning. I'm amazed that we actually got the beginning already. I thought it'd be kinda early. Does that mean the book is coming out earlier, too? Oh, joy!

    DDoB:

    :) 😛 :( 😐 😀 :O

    Very busy lately. Everyone is working their butts off, even the kids and I. Might be hard to catch up with the blog. BIG SIGH.

    Luv ya!

    Tailwags and lix,

    Wittle Ol' Wexi.

  92. Lexi
    12:40 pm on November 4th, 2010

    Toodles poodles! LOL. I'm keeping that one, even though you all aren't poodles here…whatever. See ya, Chet!

  93. Mollypop
    12:46 pm on November 4th, 2010

    Hippo Birdies Two Ewes – Deer Wookie's Dad!

  94. LizF
    1:08 pm on November 4th, 2010

    Chet, i love how you're so supportive of Bernie and the terrific start to his speech! And i love title too.

  95. Mollypop
    2:04 pm on November 4th, 2010

    Lize – Welcome to our blog. Your web site is beautiful. Are you in Canberra as in Australia?

  96. B.Stover
    2:10 pm on November 4th, 2010

    Liz has been here before I think. Hi Liz.

  97. Lexi
    2:24 pm on November 4th, 2010

    Hi Liz. I like that name. Lizzzzz

  98. Melanie
    2:32 pm on November 4th, 2010

    LizF, Love the site, awesome work.

    Hey Pug! Liz has two dogs in her work that sit like you do when you take a nap!

    Happy Birthday, Wöökie's Dad!!

  99. Mollypop
    2:44 pm on November 4th, 2010

    LizF – I guess we say Good Morning and Happy Friday.

  100. B.Stover
    2:50 pm on November 4th, 2010

    Liz: What is the weather like there?

  101. Mollie (a black pood
    3:25 pm on November 4th, 2010

    Happy Birthday Wookie's Dad! The last episode of "Sherlock" is on Sunday. I wish there were more.

  102. Melanie
    3:25 pm on November 4th, 2010

    B.Stover, you should get ready for some puggy kisses. You were #100

  103. Melanie
    3:26 pm on November 4th, 2010

    Mollie ABP, I feel like it just started. How long has it been on?

  104. B.Stover
    3:29 pm on November 4th, 2010

    This Sherlock was only on for three episodes. I think they are making more.

  105. Mollie (a black pood
    3:33 pm on November 4th, 2010

    The PBS site said this was Series 1 with 3 episodes, so I hope they make some more later on. The casting is great I think. I thought I would not like the modern times but I do.

  106. B.Stover
    3:33 pm on November 4th, 2010

    Yes, Sherlock has been renewed for a second season.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sherlock_(TV_series)

  107. Melanie
    3:39 pm on November 4th, 2010

    Again I am worn out and the blog is beginning to speed up.

    Sigh.

    Oh well, I'm going to sleep now so I can answer the phone around 11 pm so YSAS can tell me how the premiere of Reservoir went.

    I wish Patsy didn't snore so loud. I think that's why I get tired.

    Scarecrow signing off!

  108. Mollie (a black pood
    3:40 pm on November 4th, 2010

    What a lot of interesting info on Sherlock. Thanks B.Stover.

  109. Riö - The Evil
    4:08 pm on November 4th, 2010

    Wookie!… Finally! Here is my birthday card to your BFF….heh!…Please let him know it is finally here…snort!snort!

    http://www.americangreetings.com/ecards/view.pd?i

    Wookie, tell your Paw we mean every word on this card to him!…wheeze! …And wish him a VERY HAPPY (30th +) BIRTHDAY !…party on!…woooooo!

  110. Riö - The Evil
    4:15 pm on November 4th, 2010

    Wait!…Did I miss Number 2 of the Sherlock series??…gaaaasp!….It must have been about baseball or something?….grunt!…Very disappointed here right now…crap!

    Up? … Is anyone still UP?…gruff!

  111. Mollypop
    4:23 pm on November 4th, 2010

    Rio – You have been gone for 4 hours and you wonder where we are? We're here. Where were you, my dear Pug?

  112. Siber-H
    4:26 pm on November 4th, 2010

    I'm up. We are watching this program on free climbing Half Dome in Yosemite.

  113. B.Stover
    4:34 pm on November 4th, 2010

    I'm watching Fringe. You can watch the second episode of Sherlock on the PBS site on your computer Rio.

  114. Riö - The Evil
    4:38 pm on November 4th, 2010

    Molly!… She came home and grabbed me and we had to go see someone … grunt!…We are back home now and Celebrating Wookie’s Paw’s (his BFF) Birthday…heh!…Now she is eating cottage cheese out of the carton again (gag!) and watching an old Star Trek episode…snort!…What the Hell?…sniff!

  115. Riö - The Evil
    4:41 pm on November 4th, 2010

    Wookie!… He is probably so stuffed full of Birthday Party Food (BPF) that he cannot even type…heh!…Let’s hope so for his big belly sake…snort!

  116. LizF
    5:25 pm on November 4th, 2010

    Wow, thanks guys, what a great welcome! Nice of you to remember me B :) i always check in and read what you're all talking about (but haven't said hello for ages). Seems to be a looooot of baseball talk, which sadly leaves me with nothing to say…

    Yes Mollypop, Canberra Australia, and B, the weather is very dull at the moment, chilly and overcast. Most unseasonal! I like the summer, personally.

    So goodnight – you are probably all in bed by now!

  117. Staff
    5:31 pm on November 4th, 2010

    Thanks for the pictures Molly ABP. WOW!

    Happy Birthday Wookie's DAD

    Gus, hope you're feeling better. BooBear will watch out for you I know.

    How is Dan getting along?

    I am doing very good and my blood pressure is doing good also.

  118. Riö - The Evil
    5:32 pm on November 4th, 2010

    LizF!…Lots of time zones here in the US. Are you a Cricket Fan or a Soccer Fan?… snort!…Or an Australian Wine Fan?…heh!

  119. B.Stover
    5:34 pm on November 4th, 2010

    LizF: Do you have cricket matches there?

  120. Riö - The Evil
    5:36 pm on November 4th, 2010

    Staff!…Now that you really are Staff…heh!… I’m so glad you are doing well and happy to hear you are still on the farm…sniff!

    LizF!…I probably should have said “Football” instead of “Soccer”….grunt!

  121. LizF
    5:39 pm on November 4th, 2010

    whoa, you're all awake….better check the world clock. Yes, we have cricket matches, and our national team is doing quite badly at the moment (they used to carry all before them, so there is much wringing of hands).

    Quite right, Rio, definitely not soccer! Rugby league is more my game. They've just started a baseball league here, actually – this week I think.

  122. B.Stover
    5:48 pm on November 4th, 2010

    I've forgotten what Rugby is. The next season there is spring right? We are heading into winter (in Michigan).

  123. Riö - The Evil
    5:52 pm on November 4th, 2010

    Liz!….Your work is beautiful as ever…snuff!…I remember you from before baseball…heh!… I would buy something if I had access to money…dammit!

    Baseball!…Really? In Australia?…snort!… You have to give me the teams name. NOW there IS a WAY to follow baseball during the Winter!…heh!heh!…I’m giddy with happiness!…Liz! Who in the World will they play against??…gruff!

  124. LizF
    5:58 pm on November 4th, 2010

    I was in Michigan once, and Minnesota, in winter, it was SO cold. Beautiful snow!

    It's spring, nearly finished now – heading for a hot Christmas (if the rain ever stops…)

    Thanks Rio! I would be very happy to sell you something too. We have a local team – i had to google them to find out – Canberra Cavalry. Here's an appropriate one, there's a team called Adelaide Bite!

  125. Wookie of Chevy Chas
    5:58 pm on November 4th, 2010

    Thanks to everybody for all your warm birthday wishes. It was a great dinner and the Wookster did just fine too. This is a very special place and I consider myself very lucky to be part of it (and thanks to Wookie as well for letting me use his computer to post this message).

    Wookie's dad

  126. B.Stover
    6:05 pm on November 4th, 2010

    We do get cold winters but I like the change of seasons. Let's see…baseball all year long? Sigh.

    I'm glad Wookie's dad had a good birthday.

    TTFN (snicker).

  127. Riö - The Evil
    6:17 pm on November 4th, 2010

    Wookie!…He has his own computer?…grunt!

  128. LizF
    6:23 pm on November 4th, 2010

    Rio – don't you?

  129. Riö - The Evil
    6:38 pm on November 4th, 2010

    Liz!… I am at the mercy of Her Almighty….snort!… If she forgets to turn HER computer on for me, I am SOL – (Stover will probably ask what that means later)…heh!… I also have to read HER nagging emails from the Busy Place or my computer privileges are reneged …grump!… It’s rough being the property of someone else…snort!…Course the alternative is way worse I bet…sniffle!

  130. Riö - The Evil
    6:59 pm on November 4th, 2010

    Late!…Good grief!…She is yelling at me from her big ole bed and I have to get off HER computer now…grump!…Liz, nice chatting, come back when you are not creating beautiful artistic visions ….gruff!… I need to log off now. Tomorrow I feel it might be time to check on Rockie and his Hill Billy gang of scoundrels…grump! Double Grump!…sigh

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