“You’ve got tickets to the noon game at Fenway Park today?” says Admin.

“Uh-huh,” Spence says.

“Plan to go?”


“Heard of Irene?”

Spence nods. “But it’s the Red Sox,” he says.

“What if they call the game while you’re on your way up there?” Admin says. “What if they play a few innings and then call it, and close the bridges before you can get back?”

“Lester’s pitching,” Spence says.

Welcome Kelly from the Adirondacks.

We’ll be back tomorrow, as long as there’s power.


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154 Responses to “Obsession”

  1. Barb & Maggie
    8:19 am on August 27th, 2011

    We are heading off today to central Illinois for a gathering. Back tomorrow.

    Meantime, we hope and pray that all are safe today and tomorrow. Our thoughts are with you all.

  2. Jasper the Poodle
    8:32 am on August 27th, 2011

    Good morning. Hunkered down here in the mitten in sympathy for the east coasters. Stay safe. Stay dry.

  3. OleyHowlers
    8:40 am on August 27th, 2011

    Hey Guys!

    This place is crazy. First off, Mom & Pop had to work most of the night. Then they got up at the crack of dawn and started putting away all the patio furniture. We no longer have our cave and, horror of horrors, we don’t even have our lounge chairs! What gives? Is summer over?

    Enjoy the game, Spencer. Is Irene a girl who is going to see the Red Sox with you?

  4. Kirby T. Penworthy
    9:04 am on August 27th, 2011

    Good morning, y’all! We seem to have made it through the night without any problems. Still a little breezy and cloudy, but no rain at all. Of course, we could use some rain, but not a hurricane kind of rain!

    I hope the rest of my fellow East Coasters have as easy a time of it as we did, but I’m afraid that may not be the case. Be safe, y’all!

  5. dawson
    9:11 am on August 27th, 2011

    Jasper has the right idea.
    Hunker down!
    Watch the Billings, Montana Little League World Series on abc and stay safe.
    YSAS: Get ye to a soft spot and hunker down!
    Oley Howlers: Hunker down and maybe get a nap?
    Kirby T. Penworthy: Hawkeye lying beside the coffin of his friend is a picture that tells a very sad story.
    Staff: Oh no! They are decommissioning your post office? What a bummer. I love that doggie stamp. Way cool.
    Kelly from the Adirondacks: Welcome. I think you are beautiful. Your head is as flat as Rio’s!

  6. Kirby T. Penworthy
    9:17 am on August 27th, 2011

    Staff and Dawson: Mom says her library has a children’s book about Owney that’s pretty good.


  7. Kirby T. Penworthy
    9:28 am on August 27th, 2011

    My girl just texted Mom that the storm blew one ceiling fan clear off their back porch, and the blade of another ceiling fan was blown through the porch roof!

  8. dawson
    9:31 am on August 27th, 2011

    Kirby T. Penworthy: Hope your mom’s girl stays safe inside.
    Thanks for the link to the book. That is really neat.

  9. Kirby T. Penworthy
    9:38 am on August 27th, 2011

    Dawson: Luckily, the storm has passed through Myrtle Beach, so my girl is safe and sound. It looks like it’s hitting North Carolina now.

  10. B.Stover
    9:43 am on August 27th, 2011

    Spence: Don’t go to the baseball game. That is just crazy.

    Hope everyone stays safe.

  11. Melanie
    10:03 am on August 27th, 2011

    Beautiful day out right now. Sunny, slight cloud cover.
    The birds are singing. Dan is going nuts.
    He has been writing lists for me to do . . .
    In the middle of the night . . .
    Of things I’ve all ready done.

    Waiting for the film photographer nephew to arrive with girlfriend. He’s staying one hour and then going up to Maine.

    After that POOL!! I’m going to empty part of it. Like about ten inches.

    OTAS and F are not going to the coast wedding. It has been postponed.
    YSAS is in Queens.

  12. Melanie
    10:05 am on August 27th, 2011

    By the way, love the title of the post!

  13. BearSpiritDog
    10:08 am on August 27th, 2011

    Kirby: That book about Owney the Postal Dog is going on our Christmas List. There have been a couple of others written about him, but this is the only one that rates 5 stars.

    B: Not only why (well, we know why-obsession) is Spence insisting on going to the game, but why are they even playing today?

    Dawson: That Postal Dog stamp is my favorite. And, it’s a Forever Stamp.

    Staff: Which Post Office is being closed? This is the End Times for sure when the Postal Service starts losing money.

    Good Morning O.Howlers and All!

  14. B.Stover
    10:09 am on August 27th, 2011

    Melanie: They’ve evacuated NYC. I hope YSAS is safe

    Obsession indeed….

  15. B.Stover
    10:11 am on August 27th, 2011

    Bear: It occurs to me that many things are now done online rather than through the postal service. Perhaps that is a reason.

    Running errands.

  16. Kirby T. Penworthy
    10:20 am on August 27th, 2011

    Bear: That book starts the same year our house was built! Mom says she sometimes wishes she could go back in time and see what our town was like then. Not necessarily to stay, but to visit. (She’d miss the Plunderers too much not to come back!) People wrote such lovely letters back then!

  17. dawson
    10:26 am on August 27th, 2011

    Staff: I will have to send money for those doggie forever stamps. There goes the budget!
    Melanie: Could you ask Dan if he has any White Wings books to sell? We could keep him busy writing inscriptions. Speaking of…I have time to read one chapter before work.

  18. BearSpiritDog
    10:51 am on August 27th, 2011

    Melanie: Have you heard from YSAS? Thank Dog for our modern technology like texting.

  19. Siber-H
    10:54 am on August 27th, 2011

    Have fun at the ballgame! The game should be over before the hurricane hits MA, but I would take a toothbrush just in case.
    I can follow the score at home in 95 degree, sunny NM.

    All of you that are in the hurricane’s path have intelligently prepared for it. I’m not sure about Spence, but, heck, it is baseball.

    Fellow Siberians, Let your folks put away the lounge chairs. I had one of ours chase me across the yard last spring and that was just a NM spring wind, not a hurricane.

  20. Masquers
    10:57 am on August 27th, 2011

    Heard all flights out of DC to be canceled from noon today through tomorrow. NY all arriving flights suspended. Delta alone has cancelled 1300 flights.

    Rose & Wookie: Do check in when you are able!

  21. Tupper and Gilly
    11:26 am on August 27th, 2011

    Did you know that men are three times as likely to be struck by lightening than women? It’s true.
    But it has nothing to do with chemistry and gender. It has to do with the fact that WOMEN KNOW ENOUGH TO GET INDOORS WHEN THE WEATHER IS BAD!

    Spence – today is the day to tap into your feminine side, and stay indoors for pete’s sakes!


  22. Siber-H
    11:35 am on August 27th, 2011

    They are reporting that one man has already been killed. He stepped outside to look at the storm and a tree branch hit him.

  23. Tupper and Gilly
    11:37 am on August 27th, 2011

    Jasper – great to hear from you. We miss your voice on the blog. Would you please send a SDD message to Melanie – she has a question for you.

    The barometer is falling, and the air is getting “close”. We are driving Mama nuts, barking at every little sound or movement. The Kats are prowling the house, slinking along close to the floor and meowing.

    Oh oh.

    Methinks a storm approaches……

  24. Tupper and Gilly
    11:43 am on August 27th, 2011

    Siber – would you beleive that there are people out trying to surf the hurricane waves. A few have lost their lives – every one of them was male.

    The Weather Channel on site reporter was talking about people out in the storm out on the warfs overlooking the ocean until the police made them come in – all of them male.

    We are glad that male Dogs are so much more sensible.

  25. OleyHowlers
    11:43 am on August 27th, 2011

    All transportation service was shut down this morning in Philly. I think they are shutting down in NYC at noontime.

    Wookie, the pres left Martha’s Vineyard because of the hurricane, and they flew him to …. D.C. !!!! He must know something we don’t, so maybe D.C. is to be spared. We hope so for your (and his) sake.

    Light rain here.

  26. Buddy and T.C.
    11:48 am on August 27th, 2011

    LOL LOL LOL! After all the patio furniture was put away, Meashka went to the bench that sits outside the riding ring. She leaped up and laid on that. Then Mom & Pop put it away! Too funny…Meashka doesn’t know where to lay…heaven help her if she has to lay in the wet grass!

    So now all our Howlers are indoors with us! Yay! Hurricane Party!

  27. Siber-H
    11:50 am on August 27th, 2011

    T&G I would believe it. Male dogs are more sensible. I would have evacuated several days ago to Kansas. All that water could give me PTSD for the rest of my life.

  28. Tupper and Gilly
    11:55 am on August 27th, 2011

    Buddy and TC – Hurricane Party Checklist:
    Non-perishable food (including Dog and Kat)
    Bottled water
    Important papers
    Potato Chips

    Hope you have all that

  29. Buddy and T.C.
    12:07 pm on August 27th, 2011

    Check, T&G. All except Sterno…what is that?

  30. Debbie LM
    12:11 pm on August 27th, 2011

    Thanks everyone for the expressions of concern. So far not too bad here, but I am safely ensconced on a quilt in mom’s quilt studio just in case. We actually took a nice walk this morning (about 9:00 am) and it is just raining lightly now. Mom and dad got all the lighter furniture off of the patio and screened in porch yesterday and even took the cargo box off the the Wookiemobile this morning (just in case). Even if we lose electricity (our crummy power company Pepco actually was making robo calls yesterday telling people to expect multi-day outages) hopefully the IPaw should still work so we should be able to stay in contact. As to Spence, all I can say is the Red Sox had better win. Over and out from Wookie (from mom’s computer)

  31. Tupper and Gilly
    12:13 pm on August 27th, 2011

    Sterno is either liquid or gel fuel for small warming cookers like chafing dishes. We depend on our chafing dish in power outages! We can always have soup that way and it saves having to open the fridge. (the more you open the fridge, the faster it warms up and compromises food safety)

  32. Snowhook Bella
    12:23 pm on August 27th, 2011

    Batten down the huskies and head for corgi! East coast Plunderers stay safe and please check in as you are able.

  33. Buddy and T.C.
    12:28 pm on August 27th, 2011

    T&G, Mom says she can cook on the gas stove no matter what, so don’t worry. Pop bought plenty of can foods like yummy Boston Beans in honor of Spencer’s Sox.

  34. OleyHowlers
    12:29 pm on August 27th, 2011

    Bella: Our hatches done be battened. And all huskies, kats, horses, and persons are Hunkered Down. Man, we have always wanted to say that! 🙂

  35. Masquers
    12:31 pm on August 27th, 2011
  36. Masquers
    12:35 pm on August 27th, 2011

    If you have to “go out” it might as well be in style I always say.

  37. Masquers
    12:40 pm on August 27th, 2011

    Jasper! I love it when you refer to your state as the mitten!

  38. Riö - The Evil Pug
    1:11 pm on August 27th, 2011

    Yawn!…So what’s going on today, anything exciting?…snort!..We are off to lunch, me too!….woooo!

  39. Kirby T. Penworthy
    1:11 pm on August 27th, 2011

    SiberH: Mom said she thought of you — and me! — the other day when she was reading the new Holly Winter book (Brute Strength by Susan Conant). Holly is talking about one of her malamutes, who doesn’t like being walked in the rain.

    “In Rowdy’s opinion, water belongs in dog bowls and nowhere else.”

    Amen, brother!!!

  40. Siber-H
    1:13 pm on August 27th, 2011

    Rowdy is a very intelligent dog, Kirby…just like us.

  41. Masquers
    1:17 pm on August 27th, 2011

    Trying to be lighthearted here, but I am very concerned about all of you. This strange storm includes tornado warnings!

  42. Kirby T. Penworthy
    1:32 pm on August 27th, 2011

    SiberH: You know, I saw a commercial the other day where a bunch of women were using some spray stuff to wash their hair. I wonder if Mom and Dad would consider using that instead of my usual bath. Hmmmm, pondering here.

    Whispering: I heard Dad tell Mom that when my girl gets back from the beach on Sunday, she needs to give Maggie a bath because she reeks. I don’t know what he’s talking about. She smells just fine to me. No need to give her a bath, because when my girl gives one of us a bath, she gives all three of us baths. And then Mom and Dad laugh at me because I go tearing around the house rubbing myself on whatever I can find to help me get all that yucky water off! Bah humbug!!!

  43. Mollypop
    1:42 pm on August 27th, 2011

    I’m back from Sam’s house while the family took her girl to you-know-where. Mom said it was a great day, with tears, of course.

    Yesterday the new freshmen and parents were greeted by the Hobart and William Smith president and the students were given a book – KaBOOM!: How One Man Built a Movement to Save Play by Darrell Hammond. Then this morning the students were going into the community to build a playground. Tomorrow will be a freshmen welcoming ceremony and the speaker will be Darrell Hammond! We are so pleased Sam’s girl chose this school – they are off to a great start.

  44. Kirby T. Penworthy
    2:06 pm on August 27th, 2011

    Mollypop: I hope Sam isn’t too devestated. I know she thought it would never happen. How’s she taking the news?

    That book looks great! I was reading about it, and it seems like such a good idea to tie reading a book with a service project. (Both my girl and boy had to read a certain book when they got to college, but it never went further than an author visit and group discussions.) I’m sure the new students will bond with each other much sooner, and there are needy kids out there who have a new playground. Win-win all around!


  45. Kirby T. Penworthy
    2:09 pm on August 27th, 2011

    Devastated! Maybe Chet should put a spell-check on this blog!!!

  46. B.Stover
    2:11 pm on August 27th, 2011

    Mollypop: My best to Sam’s girl. Let us know how she does.

  47. Mollypop
    2:23 pm on August 27th, 2011

    On our way back, traveling west on the I-90, they saw many many vehicles on the other side of the thruway on their way to New York City. There were groups of 10-15 trucks from various electric companies and also the National Guards.

  48. Melanie
    2:30 pm on August 27th, 2011

    Just checking in! YSAS says some rain, not much wind as of yet. But Starbucks was closed.

    Film photographer nephew came an hour late and then stayed for two hours. I finally said goodbye and went out to the pool.

    The pool is now lower, and I figured out a way to empty it with out too much hassle if we get more rain then expected.

    Laundry is down, have to feed the dogs.

    Zoe’s wrist is not good. The doc took water out of it, made her give LOTS of blood, (did I tell you guys this already?) Could be a strange arthritis or an infection. She had a fever, started taking the antibiotics last night and the fever broke. It’s a wait and see thing. Jeez.

    My hip is acting up! A storm must be coming. I’m thinking of standing in the pool for the duration because I don’t hurt there, but after reading that females of the species have more sense to stay out of the weather, I guess I can’t let my side down.


  49. Masquers
    2:50 pm on August 27th, 2011

    Update on Irene!

  50. Siber-H
    2:53 pm on August 27th, 2011

    Some helicopters and National Guard are on their way from NM to the East Coast.

    Kirby, There are dog wipes sold in the pet stores that are suppose to help clean us up. Mom tried them once (not on me) and she didn’t like it because it left a residue, but recently a friend told her to use a wet cloth to wipe the dog after the doggie wipe was used and that would remove the residue. Mom was like, duh, why didn’t she think of that.

    Good luck to Sam’s girl! We can help keep Sam company.

    Melanie, We sure hope Zoe gets better soon. It’s no wonder she was in pain.

  51. BearSpiritDog
    2:54 pm on August 27th, 2011

    Kirby: There is a spell check, but it doesn’t seem to help me from making faux paws. lol

  52. Masquers
    3:05 pm on August 27th, 2011

    Notice the extreme threat levels extend over most of the coastline.
    But, I know if you are in those areas you won’t be looking at this map, you’ll be taking cover.

  53. BearSpiritDog
    3:11 pm on August 27th, 2011

    Good Grief, Masquers! You’re becoming one of those
    WEATHERMAN types Tupper&Gilly were talking about!!
    Only in your case it’s WEATHERKAT. Knock it off!

  54. Masquers
    3:16 pm on August 27th, 2011

    meow. sorry…only trying to help…..

  55. Melanie
    3:16 pm on August 27th, 2011

    Dawson, you would think that we would have White Wings, but we don’t. That one was the last one. It can be bought on Amazon.

    Jasper, could you please send me a message on SDD?

  56. Staff
    3:18 pm on August 27th, 2011

    Bear Spirit Dog,
    There are quite a few post offices in northwest Minnesota and northeast North Dakota that are on the list. We are pretty sure our little town PO will get axed because both it and the larger town (6 miles away) that services it are on the list. That would mean we would have to drive 18 miles to go to the post office. And that is 18 miles one way!

    The list is not a final list. We have to wait and see where the ax falls.

    Staff’s brother, the TurtleMan came by today and got a Patch. He says he is going to put it on the bag that holds his snowshoes. Sounds like a good idea to me.

    I better make sure he has the instructions…..

  57. Melanie
    3:18 pm on August 27th, 2011

    Next is the forecasted track of Hurricane Irene.
    Please note where it goes through MA.

    That is RIGHT where The Pack and The Royals live!

    Oh, and Tupper? The Pack said they’re coming down for their snack.

  58. Melanie
    3:19 pm on August 27th, 2011

    Oh jeez louise . . . carpola . . . this time I’ll load the image.

  59. Staff
    3:20 pm on August 27th, 2011

    I have a post up that is being moderated. I did mention snow s-h-o-w-e-s. OOPS!

  60. Staff
    3:21 pm on August 27th, 2011

    Bear Spirit Dog,
    There are quite a few post offices in northwest Minnesota and northeast North Dakota that are on the list. We are pretty sure our little town PO will get a-x-e-d because both it and the larger town (6 miles away) that services it are on the list. That would mean we would have to drive 18 miles to go to the post office. And that is 18 miles one way!

    The list is not a final list. We have to wait and see where the a-x falls.

    Staff’s brother, the TurtleMan came by today and got a Patch. He says he is going to put it on the bag that holds his snow-s-h-o-e-s. Sounds like a good idea to me.

    I better make sure he has the instructions…..

  61. Riö - The Evil Pug
    3:34 pm on August 27th, 2011

    Maskers!….Don’t listen to that Grumpy Old Bear….snort!…Heck, he isn’t even alive, so no wonder he doesn’t care about weather forecasts…grunt!… Keep those updated photos coming I say, that way we here can watch something besides the weather channel…heh!

    Obsession!… I do understand Spencer’s obsession with the Red Sox, but on a weekend like this, I think he is right out of his mind…sniff!… I doubt the players will even show up for the game…heh!…Spencer Go Home and protect your family!….snort!

  62. Melanie
    3:49 pm on August 27th, 2011

    Have loaded up the Kindle. Just talked to OTAS. They’re fine, nothing yet.

    They are further from the coast so have only Tropical Storm warnings. You know, 45 to 50 mph sustained winds with gusts up to 75. Piece of cake!

  63. Siber-H
    4:00 pm on August 27th, 2011

    The news just said that it was already raining in Boston. There might not be a baseball game this evening.

    Hey! I can order White Wings from Amazon! I’m going to order it for mom.

  64. Buddy and T.C.
    4:01 pm on August 27th, 2011

    Mighty dark here, but so far only some sprinkles. We are loving that Mommy, Daddy, and the Howlers are all holed up with us. Mommy and Daddy keep falling asleep… no wonder after all their all-day and all-night work this week.

  65. Mollypop
    4:09 pm on August 27th, 2011

    Amazon says that White Wings is not available. Darn!

  66. Melanie
    4:16 pm on August 27th, 2011

    MollyPop, Look at the hardback there are used and new there. The paperback is the one not available.

  67. Kirby T. Penworthy
    4:20 pm on August 27th, 2011

    The Sox are actually playing two games today. The game originally schedule for this afternoon was moved a little earlier to noon, and tomorrow’s game was rescheduled for today at 5 in the hopes of getting it in before Irene hit. However, it’s not looking good for that. The first game is on a rain delay in the bottom of the 7th inning, with the BoSox beating the A’s 9-2. Do you think Spence remembered his raincoat?

  68. Kirby T. Penworthy
    4:24 pm on August 27th, 2011

    I guess the Sox weren’t as smart as some of the other teams. The Marlins/Phillies and the Yankees/Orioles games for today have all been postponed. They were all supposed to play doubleheaders, so they’re going to have to reschedule a bunch of games!

  69. Siber-H
    4:27 pm on August 27th, 2011

    Thanks Kirby, I just found it on the internet after reading your post. I would be surprised if they get to finish the first game today.

  70. OleyHowlers
    4:30 pm on August 27th, 2011

    The Phils had to cancel, as there is no transportation running in Philly. NYC is the same, we think. But Spencer HAD to go to the Bosox game because he promised a woman named Irene he would see her there.

    Pop said we have to close up the barn when the winds come. Mom is worried about the horses with no air, because it is very very humid.

  71. Kirby T. Penworthy
    4:37 pm on August 27th, 2011

    Plus a friend of Spence’s named Lester is pitching. He must be a really good friend for Spence to take a chance on the weather like that!

  72. Riö - The Evil Pug
    4:41 pm on August 27th, 2011

    Rockies!….The Rockies are playing the Dodgers in LA…snort!…It’s a nice sunny hot day out there. We are watching the game while she is gluing little bitty bits of paper together …grunt!sneeze! ….whoops.

  73. Masquers
    4:46 pm on August 27th, 2011

    Thanks, Rio! I’ll keep the updates coming. We agree with you about Spence. He’s totally out of his mind even thinking about going to that game!

    Melanie: I don’t think I’ve ever heard of a storm with this wide a swath before, have you? Let me tell you – 50+ mile an hour winds are pretty darn scary when you hear them howling outside your window at night!

  74. OleyHowlers
    4:49 pm on August 27th, 2011

    Melanie, the projected path on the Weather Channel looks like the hurricane will be west of Cape Cod. Is Cape Cod to be spared? If so, why wouldn’t Spence stay there?

  75. Mollypop
    4:55 pm on August 27th, 2011

    Well, Sam’s mom called and so we’re leaving now to go back to Sam’s house because we’re taking Sam to college tomorrow morning. She will actually be able to see her girl’s dorm room!

  76. Snowhook Bella
    4:55 pm on August 27th, 2011

    Masquers: We only have a handful of channels so I appreciate the updates on that hard headed woman Irene.

    I’ve spent the morning cleaning the inside of the handler cabin. Mick and Jodi, friends of the kennel (official welder of the kennel and maker of AJ’s favorite jam respectively) are coming out today. They are clearing out some of their don’t-want-anymore items and have offered to help furnish the cabin with said items. Rio, your friend will meet Mick and Jodi when she comes up—they are wonderful people.

  77. Siber-H
    5:00 pm on August 27th, 2011

    Fellow Siberians, Spence is a really big baseball fan and, well, he had those tickets…
    I just looked up on my trusty map where you guys live in PA.
    I wonder how long you will have fierce winds. I want the horses to be okay. They might not like this. I wouldn’t like it.

  78. Melanie
    5:10 pm on August 27th, 2011

    Hmmm, how to put this. The eastern part of the storm usually gets the worst wind. The western the most rain.

    The Royals’ have had some rain. We haven’t yet. Irene isn’t really getting here until tomorrow.

    I hope the horses will be okay. The barn might be a good place to hunker down with a load of hay.

  79. BearSpiritDog
    5:24 pm on August 27th, 2011

    So….another barb coming my way! Sometimes I feel like Underdog. But wait! Wasn’t he a Hero? Bet someone we know would also be attending a certain Rockies game (if he was allowed to leave his yard) no matter where it was being played, inclement weather or not. Sadly, in this case it is something far worse than inclement. Blast! Can never remember the difference between Storm Watch and Storm Warning and not knowing could mean the difference between Life & Death. But why would I worry? With my Time Traveling abilities I’d simply go someWHERE else. Which is what I’m going to do right now – Suppertime calls.


  80. OleyHowlers
    5:36 pm on August 27th, 2011

    Bear: A watch means the possibility exists. A warning means it is really there and heading your way.

  81. BearSpiritDog
    6:16 pm on August 27th, 2011

    O.Howlers: Like? Watch and See – as opposed to Warning! Will Robinson! Warning! (that’s probably the only way I’ll remember)

  82. Tupper and Gilly
    6:19 pm on August 27th, 2011

    On instructions from Bella, we are checking in. Ok? Satisfied now? In that case we are heading back under the bed!
    Awooooooo. Awoooooooo. We are really scared and Mama just sits there playing with her clay. Doesnt she know sheshould be under the bed with us???
    Awooooooooo. Whimper.

  83. Siber-H
    6:19 pm on August 27th, 2011

    They managed to complete that baseball game. Boston won 9-3

  84. Riö - The Evil Pug
    6:32 pm on August 27th, 2011

    Corgis!… What a couple of wimps!…heh!… If it were Me, Myself and Irene, I would be able to handle her without getting under the bed, that’s for darn sure…grunt! …Now, my friend is another matter….sniff!

    Rockies!… Are whooping the Dodgers by 4 to 0 right now…heh!…Do I smell roast chicken?…slurp!…My friend just got home from the hair place and she came home with a roast chicken. Wonders will never cease…woooooo!

  85. Melanie
    6:41 pm on August 27th, 2011

    I have to say that The Pack is handling the weather much differently than the Corgis. The Pack is SNORING!

  86. Melanie
    6:52 pm on August 27th, 2011

    Sooo, I know what time it is, but like the OleyHowlers’ mom and dad, I have tired myself out getting ready for Irene.

    Hope she doesn’t last for 3 days and smell of fish!

    Out of here, will try to maintain contact. Tomorrow morning should be okay.


    (Riö, everyone here is very jealous of your friend’s trip. Dan and ZoĂ« have been MANY places through out the world, have been to every state EXCEPT Alaska!)

  87. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:00 pm on August 27th, 2011

    Rebecca!… My friend wants to know if Mick and Jodie Giants too? …snort!

    Maskers!….I need a Weather Update ASAP!…snort!….Kirby seems to be safe and sound, so now we are watching the map for The Charming Mr. Abrahams and company and of course his family…..sniff!…And we are watching the map for Melanie and the whole gang. Last but not least for now, the Corgis and their family…snorkel!…I need a visual now!…grunt!….The Rockies are playing and we cannot and will not change the channel…wuffle!

  88. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:01 pm on August 27th, 2011

    Again!… Lets try this again, Rebecca, my friend wants to know if Mick and Jodie ARE Giants too? …snort!

  89. Jasper the Poodle
    7:09 pm on August 27th, 2011

    Melenie, message sent via SDD. Visited the library this morning and the mall–coworker has a sis who is mgr at a jewelry store. She put working batteries in my watches. Took a nap, watching the Weather Channel, checking on Facebookie for east coast friends, lazy day.

  90. B.Stover
    7:10 pm on August 27th, 2011

    According to this map, Irene is 50 miles south/southeast of Norfolk, Virginia and moving northeast at 13 mph.


  91. Rose
    7:13 pm on August 27th, 2011

    Greetings Everyone!

    Have had a busy day, what with doctor appointments, bakery run, Starbucks run, and of course bookstore check-in. So far here in Westchester, we have seen on and off showers. Just cooked dinner for the Prof and I, and now we are going to watch “Sherlock Holmes.” (RDJr version).

    Melanie: Please send Zoe my get well soon wishes.

    Masquers: I like your weather updates.

    Sam: Enjoy your college tour, and good luck to your girl.

    Hope Philadelphia doesn’t get hit to hard. The Prof and I will be visiting there next week.

    Everyone stay safe and dry!!

  92. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:13 pm on August 27th, 2011

    Hair-cut!….Geeze, someone really cut her hair short this time….sniff!… I wonder if they gave her that roasted chicken as an “I’m sorry” gift….grunt! ….Maybe it will grow out in time for our trip up North To Alaska!…wuffle!

    SiberH!… You are coming to Alaska, aren’t you?…snort!snort!…This is like your dream vacation, right? Get your gal and that other guy to take you up there for the Last Great Race!….wooooo! …Are you watching this game? At least the Rockies have pulled ahead again…grunt!

  93. Kirby T. Penworthy
    7:14 pm on August 27th, 2011

    Not only did they finish the first game, they’re getting ready to start the second inning of the second game. Do you suppose Spence is staying for that game? Or has he decided he’s pushed his luck enough?

  94. Masquers
    7:16 pm on August 27th, 2011

    Rio: Looking for something more recent at Hurricane Central. B.Stover’s map looks like the last update.

  95. Masquers
    7:22 pm on August 27th, 2011

    Rose and T&G. Thanks for checking in!

    Back to WeatherKat Central…

  96. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:30 pm on August 27th, 2011

    Maskers!….I don’t want to click on a link and wait forever for something to come up…grunt!… I want visual weather satisfaction right away, just by glancing at this here blog…sniff!

    Tudors!… Who here has seen this series The Tudors?…snort!…After the Rockies game she is going to pop the first disc in from Netflix….sniff!…I’ve never heard of this series before, it must have been an HBO or Showtime thing. Which we do not get…gruffle! …It has to do with English History, we hope….wuffle!

  97. Kirby T. Penworthy
    7:36 pm on August 27th, 2011

    Mom watched The Proposal this afternoon. The scenery was really pretty. It’s set in Alaska. Has anyone ever been there or thought about going there? Chorkle!

  98. Kirby T. Penworthy
    7:37 pm on August 27th, 2011

    Oops! Wrong symbol. Let’s try that again!

    Mom watched The Proposal this afternoon. The scenery was really pretty. It’s set in Alaska. Has anyone ever been there or thought about going there? Chorkle!

  99. Gus & BooBear
    7:40 pm on August 27th, 2011

    Stay safe, guys. We had Hurricane Ike a couple of years ago and lost power for about 10 days. For some unknown reason, we had a cool front come through right after the storm, so it was really nice outside and with the windows open. By the end of 10 days, the front was long gone and it was hot.

    Speaking of hot, we tied an alltime record high temp here in Houston today….109. Unbelievable. The electric bill is going to be a bitch this month because Mom just keeps the a/c running.

    Stay safe, everyone.

  100. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:41 pm on August 27th, 2011

    Alaska!…North To Alaska!…Woooooo!

  101. Siber-H
    7:43 pm on August 27th, 2011

    Rio, Yes, I am watching the Rockies game. ugh I really don’t like the Dodgers. If the Rockies can just hold that one run lead now they will make it through the game.

    No, Mom isn’t going to Alaska because she won’t go off and leave me. I won’t let her go off and leave me.

    We are going to southeastern Utah in October or whenever it gets cool enough to go…maybe January?

  102. Gus & BooBear
    7:44 pm on August 27th, 2011

    KirbyT, Mom and Dad watched it last night too. They have been to Alaska and loved it. Would love to have that house in the movie, too. That would take winning the lottery.

    BUT, we think the movie wasn’t filmed in Alaska. Think the credits said some east coast state (don’t remember which one).

  103. Kirby T. Penworthy
    7:47 pm on August 27th, 2011

    G&BB: I hate it when they do that! For heaven’s sake, if you’re going to show the beautiful scenery, at least use the place you’re talking about! (And Mom wants that house, too! Or maybe Diane Keaton’s beach house in that movie she did with Jack Nicholsen!)

  104. dawson
    7:48 pm on August 27th, 2011

    White Wings!
    I am so lucky to have that book. I will finish it early next week and then send it to the OleyHowlers for the start of it’s cross country tour.
    Zoe: Feel better soon.
    The Billings, Montana Little League team lost their ball game today, but congratulations are due for getting that far.
    Oops! Supper’s here, gotta go.

  105. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:03 pm on August 27th, 2011

    Supper!….I wonder what Dawson is having for supper….sniff!… It just arrived at her home, so it could be Pizza, or Chinese or Jimmy Johns …slurp!… All of those options sound incredibly good…gruff!…We are waiting for the end of this baseball game before we go upstairs to eat our supper…drool!…I’m so hungry I could just die…wiffle!…It is the bottom of the 9th and the Rocks are ahead by that one run yet!…woooo!

  106. Snowhook Bella
    8:04 pm on August 27th, 2011

    TandG: thank you following directions and checking in on Chet’s. Back under the bed for youse two…

    Rio: Mick and Jodi are not giants. I repeat, Mick and Jodi and not giants. I am so excited for your friend to come up in March. I think it would be a blast for Plunderers to come up—it would make getting pawtographs easier 🙂

  107. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:05 pm on August 27th, 2011

    Tied!…Oh No!…snort!…The game is Tied!…wooffle!…I’m so hungry I could just die…groan

  108. Barb & Maggie
    8:09 pm on August 27th, 2011

    We just got back. It seems like everyone is OK so far. Looks like there have been some storm related deaths already. Don’t quite understand why some people refuse to evacuate when told they should. And as far as standing on the beach, well we are too chicken to do that!.

    Bear, Barb, LOVED the movie Songcatcher. It was absolutely great. If you don’t like moutain music, you might have a problem with it, cause there is a lot of that in the movie, sort of a center theme. Definitely put it on your list.

    We are tired, after being in the car all day. Got to go think about a little supper BBL

  109. Masquers
    8:13 pm on August 27th, 2011

    Okay…here’s the latest. The next update isn’t until 11 pm EDT. We’ll all be in bed by then. (it looks similar to Melanie’s map but has been updated with wind speeds, etc.)

  110. B.Stover
    8:14 pm on August 27th, 2011

    The Tudors is about Henry VIII and was on Showtime.

    I’m watching National Treasure. Just ordered a cover for my iPad from Oberon.

  111. BearSpiritDog
    8:23 pm on August 27th, 2011

    We watched one episode of The Tudors which was highly recommended by No.2 Son and liked it. Only problem is – there are so many series we want to watch and only so much time. Right now are in the middle of the 3rd season of Damages, one of our all time favorites. An excellent show!

  112. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:35 pm on August 27th, 2011

    Weather!…. Looks like everyone is still in danger…grunt!… Don’t go outside and look at the storm whatever you do! Spencer, are you listening to me?…snorkel!…Thanks for the update Maskers, The Master WeatherKat indeed!…heh!

    Rockies!…Still playing the Dodgers. Still tied. She had mercy on me and fed me and then brought a plate of roast chicken and green beans down stairs…heh!…I got my share, yes I did!…woooo!

    Walk!… Even though we walked for over an hour this morning, Way Over….snort!….she says we are going on another walk tonight after the game ends….sniff!… Now I don’t want the game to end….yikes!

  113. Masquers
    8:37 pm on August 27th, 2011

    Great Kat! There was just a whole family of those darn raccoons on the back porch again! And, no Trigger around to fend them off. Where the heck is that guy anyway? Most likely taking a vacation before his classes begin next month. So of course it was up to moi, as usual, to take care of things. Those critters took off pretty fast when they saw me coming! I know it didn’t have anything to do with Mom coming in the kitchen right at that time.

  114. B.Stover
    8:38 pm on August 27th, 2011

    Bear: I’ve never seen Damages but want to one of these days.

  115. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:39 pm on August 27th, 2011

    Tudors!….So, it is set in the King Henry period and a dead guy here on the blog liked the first season…heh!…This sounds okay. We will probably start watching after the 2nd Brutal Walk of the day….wheeze!cough!….Game still tied, thank dawg!…heh!

  116. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:42 pm on August 27th, 2011

    Damages!….Stover!…snort!….Damages is a most excellent show. We love love love that show, but it has not been on forever….sniff!….She is thinking of ordering the first season which we missed most of…snort!…Glen Close is chilling in her role and so very believable…grunt!…Well, just ask Bear…heh!

  117. B.Stover
    8:58 pm on August 27th, 2011

    Is Damages on Netflix streaming I wonder? I like Glenn Close. I haven’t seen Tudors but a friend did and liked it and loaned me the dvds.

  118. BearSpiritDog
    9:24 pm on August 27th, 2011

    B: Rio is right about Glenn Close and Damages (for which she won an Emmy) Very interesting directing and filming. Lots of little subtle nuances in the script. One of the best series we’ve ever seen. The 3rd Season features Martin Short and Lilly Tomlin in non-comedic roles and Ted Danson returns from Season One. DirecTV has picked up the show for Season 4, which showed this summer. No Pay TV here so have to wait (forever) for Netflix. (sigh)

  119. Snowhook Bella
    9:30 pm on August 27th, 2011

    I don’t know which is more frightening—waiting for Irene to hit or the thought of two brutal walks in one day for Rio. Still, I think my money is on Irene.

  120. BearSpiritDog
    9:33 pm on August 27th, 2011

    B: Yes! The first 2 seasons of Damages are on Netflix streaming video. We had to order the 3rd season on dvd. Sadly the last one is due to arrive on Monday. Then will begin the long wait for season 4. It may not be for everyone, but I guess you can tell… we’re hooked!

  121. B.Stover
    9:45 pm on August 27th, 2011

    Thanks Bear.

  122. dawson
    9:47 pm on August 27th, 2011

    Rio: I’m at work so the supper I was referring to was for the inmates residents. They had fish florentine, mashed potatoes, carrots and peas which doesn’t sound too bad but it is one of about 20 “t.v. dinners” the management is trying out for 6 weeks. Gag!
    I get off in 1.5 hours.

  123. OleyHowlers
    9:53 pm on August 27th, 2011

    awooooo! The wind is very loud, and there are tornado warnings in N.J. We are getting scared. We doubt that our internet connection will last thru the night.

  124. BearSpiritDog
    9:55 pm on August 27th, 2011

    Dawson: Can only imagine the consistency of those meals! Like the 4 o’clock specials some restaurants serve to get rid of whatever they didn’t sell for lunch.

    Time to turn in here.

  125. Siber-H
    9:57 pm on August 27th, 2011

    I’m mentioning this now in case the blog goes down because the power goes out: Mom and I are leaving early Monday morning and will be gone for two or three days.

    We will be thinking of all of you in the Northeast and praying that the weather people’s “worst case” doesn’t happen.

  126. OleyHowlers
    9:58 pm on August 27th, 2011

    drat! Our wind gauge does not seem to be working,

  127. Masquers
    10:03 pm on August 27th, 2011

    Howlers, Buddy, T.C. & Shriek too.
    Stay close to protect your family.
    I, too, am worried about the power.
    Who will be able to sign in in am?

    Too sleepy to wait another hour to
    update Irene at 11. Hopefully the
    blog will be up and running in am.

    See you all then.

  128. Siber-H
    10:03 pm on August 27th, 2011

    Fellow Sibers, Hang in There! You are in my thoughts and prayers and so are the horses and, I guess, Buddy and TC.

  129. Snowhook Bella
    10:04 pm on August 27th, 2011

    Siber-H: Thanks for letting us know your plan. We do tend to worry, don’t we?

    Howlers: Head for cover—under the bed or on a lap.

  130. B.Stover
    10:10 pm on August 27th, 2011

    Good night all.

  131. Masquers
    10:14 pm on August 27th, 2011

    Last one for the night!
    WeatherKat signing off.

  132. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:15 pm on August 27th, 2011

    Liar!….She told me this second walk was going to be shorter than this mornings Brutal Walk…grunt!…Well, by my little forearm watch it was only 15 minutes shorter than the first really, really long brutal walk….wheeze! cough! sneeze!

    Tired!…We are catching up on Eureka…snort!… Many episodes behind for some reason….dammit!

    Weather!…Need Update Now!…grunt!

  133. Masquers
    10:18 pm on August 27th, 2011

    Sunglasses! I need sunglasses!

  134. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:20 pm on August 27th, 2011

    Maskers!…Good job there manning Weather Central…grunt!…The last update appeared before I even asked for it…heh!

    SiberH!…Are you coming to Colorad to visit me?…Wooooo!…Maybe you can help me get the humongous baseball toy down from the high shelf in the closet…snorkel!

  135. Barb & Maggie
    10:23 pm on August 27th, 2011

    Good night all, we are turning in early.

    What happens if Spence doesn’t have electricity and can’t do a new post tomorrow, do we just keep postion on today’s blog?

  136. Siber-H
    10:39 pm on August 27th, 2011

    Rio, I wish we were going to Colorado, but we are going to northern NM. I think you and I both need Trigger’s help. I have stuffed Huskies I can’t reach and you have the baseball toy.
    Apparently, Trigger has gone on vacation.
    Why did your friend buy the baseball toy and my mom the stuffed Huskies if we can’t have them. I thought they were suppose to be ours.

    Barb, yes we will continue to post on today’s blog if Spence doesn’t have power, BUT if Mike Baker loses power, the blog will go down. I honestly don’t know how this works so I am just making wild guesses here.

  137. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:46 pm on August 27th, 2011

    Question!….That is a very good question!….snort!….What do we do if Chet cannot post on his blog tomorrow?….sniff!… We can either push this here blog to its outer-limits risking an all out break-down of the software and then have to wait for the Baker Boy to fix it …huffle!…Or we do not post at all tomorrow. Take the day off and refrain from any communication…grunt! ….This will be very difficult because everyone will want to know how all the East Coast guys are doing….grunt!… I say we push this here blog to its outer-limits if need be and endure the consequences…gruffle!

  138. Snowhook Bella
    10:50 pm on August 27th, 2011

    If push came to shove, I could build a special page on our blog and comments could be posted. It won’t be as purdy as Chet’s blog, but it could be a back up plan.

  139. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:51 pm on August 27th, 2011

    SiberH!…. My friend did not buy me another toy…snort!… That humongous baseball toy came in the mail. It was sent to me as a gift from one of the Plunderers….heh!

  140. Siber-H
    11:04 pm on August 27th, 2011

    Well, Rio, That is just as bad…that baseball toy was a gift. It was sent to you and now she is keeping it from you.

    All of you, keep all paws crossed for tonight and tomorrow. I don’t think we will hear from the Royals till they come out from under the bed…maybe on Tuesday.

    We are going outside for last call now, with the flashlight, sigh. How are all the canine members of the blog in the northeast going to go out to go potty? I would refuse.

    Good Night All

  141. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:27 pm on August 27th, 2011

    Potty?…Heh!…I’m sure they will find a big plant somewhere….sniff!…That always used to work for me…grunt!

  142. Kirby T. Penworthy
    11:36 pm on August 27th, 2011

    We have two litter boxes at our house…nah! I think I’d just have to hold it!!!

  143. Tupper and Gilly
    11:40 pm on August 27th, 2011

    Hello to anyone still up. Tupper and Gilly’s Mum here – they refuse to come out from under the bed…I even baked a batch of their special cookies, because they always hang out around the oven when those are baking. But no luck.
    Gilly is really scared. If I sit down, she is in my lap. If I move, she is under my feet. Something about this storm is really getting her rattled.

    We have discovered a leak – kept hearing a drip-drip-drip and finally tracked it down. So now we have towels and buckets and hopefully no more water on the floor.

    Howlers – we are all keeping paws crossed for you. We are also worried about Wookie – has he been here at all today?

  144. Snowhook Bella
    11:48 pm on August 27th, 2011

    T&G: I am still here. I’ve just been checking in and out hoping that we’d hear from those in the path of Irene. Wookie’s mom posted this morning, but I don’t think anyone has posted from Wookie’s household since.

    It sounds as though Gilly is taking her job very seriously to stay with you. Give the Royals extra love tonight.

  145. Kirby T. Penworthy
    11:49 pm on August 27th, 2011

    Mrs. Royal: I just did a quick look-see through today’s postings and didn’t see anything from Wookie. Maybe he’s under his bed, too!

  146. Snowhook Bella
    11:52 pm on August 27th, 2011

    Correction from my last post: Wookie posted from his mom’s computer. As of this morning, he was testing a quilt in his mom’s studio.

    Kirby T: Are you and your’s securely out of harms way?

  147. Staff
    11:54 pm on August 27th, 2011

    Tupper and Gilly,
    Debbie L-M posted about noon today and not since.

    I think that we should post on BStover’s blog tomorrow if this isn’t up. She should be far enough out of it that it is OK. Hopefully the google servers won’t go down.
    We wouldn’t want Rio to have withdrawal.

    goodnight everyone. Stay safe.

  148. Kirby T. Penworthy
    12:03 am on August 28th, 2011

    Rebecca: We’re all A-OK! My girl’s still at Myrtle Beach, but last we heard she wasn’t having any problems (aside from those ceiling fans that blew off of the porch last night!) I haven’t heard from my boy, but he’s even further inland than we are, so no worries there!

  149. Basil and Sage
    12:09 am on August 28th, 2011

    Silly little sissy dawgs! We are brave and adventurous Kats. We are looking out the windows at the wind driven rain, and those goofy dawgs have their heads shoved under the bed. Mama says we have to share the big bed with them tonight – that means 6 of us – IN ONE BED! Outrageous!
    Just cuz they’re scared. We’re not………HOLY CARPOLA – did you see THAT flash of lightening???? Move over Tupper…Kats comin’ thru!

  150. Kirby T. Penworthy
    12:12 am on August 28th, 2011

    Oh, dear! Things sound bad up there. Hang on tight!!!

  151. Snowhook Bella
    12:24 am on August 28th, 2011

    I wonder if the Newf pack is under the bed or all nine on the bed with Melanie?

    Kirby T: Thanks for the update. Now, all eyes are on those Plunderers north of you.

  152. Kirby T. Penworthy
    12:31 am on August 28th, 2011

    Rebecca: Just before she signed off, Melanie said the members of the pack were all snoring. She just didn’t say where — maybe there’s a sack on her bed and they all hit it! I wouldn’t think a Newf pack that big would leave much room for a human — no matter what size the bed is!!!

  153. Snowhook Bella
    12:49 am on August 28th, 2011

    Kibry T: That sack doesn’t stand a chance…

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