On The Couch

“I know you’re not a big Freud fan,” says Spence.

“It’s not that, exactly,” says Admin. “But none of the biochemical mind/brain relationships were known back then, so his whole edifice is imaginary.”

“Oh?” says Spence. “But did you know about Jofi?”

“Who’s Jofi?”

“Freud’s Chinese Chow. Jofi was in the room for sessions during Freud’s later years. She tended to sit close to calm patients and get patted, but moved away from the anxious ones. Freud talked about her during the sessions. If Jofi wanted to go out, for example, Freud would tell the patient that Jofi didn’t buy what he was saying. He thought the patients were more honest when Jofi was around.”

“Well,” says Admin. “Maybe there’s something to Freud after all.”

“Are you willing to accept there’s more to us than biochemical processes?” says Spence.

“Don’t push me.”

Uh-oh. I shift a bit, just in case I need to get between them.


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86 Responses to “On The Couch”

  1. Melanie
    9:41 am on December 22nd, 2010

    Good shifting Chet. Those two can really get into it.

    Love the Jofi story. Must look it up.

    Morning all.

  2. Barb & Maggie
    9:45 am on December 22nd, 2010

    Yea! We can post again! Good morning, Melanie.

  3. B.Stover
    9:52 am on December 22nd, 2010

    You’d probably better get between them Chet.

  4. Melanie
    10:28 am on December 22nd, 2010

    I read that some people saw the lunar eclipse the other night. I was out of it, and when I got up to do various things, it had turned cloudy.

    YSAS did get up with his various Struggling theatre and music roommates and went to the roof of their 5 story building.

    Here’s his picture. Taken with his phone camera.

  5. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:29 am on December 22nd, 2010

    Gah!….Why is Alice’s face always, always, always on my page?…grunt!…Well, at least we can post easily today, couch or no couch…sniff!… I wonder how many people Freud screwed up back in the day?…snort! ….All one really needs is a good blog to sort out ones issues in public…wheeze!…That’s what works for me anyways!…heh!

  6. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:46 am on December 22nd, 2010

    Moon!….Wow, the moon really did turn red. In some of the other photos I’ve seen it didn’t look red at all….snort!

  7. Mollypop
    11:22 am on December 22nd, 2010

    So we are back in business. Now we need Dan to be sprung. It was too difficult to deal with yesterday.

    We had clouds so I like seeing the picture of the eclipse. Was that taken with the new smart phone?

  8. B.Stover
    11:23 am on December 22nd, 2010


    That is a youtube video of the eclipse.

  9. B.Stover
    11:26 am on December 22nd, 2010

    If you click on my name in blue, you’ll get to a blog I’ve started. All Plunderers are welcome to use it for comments, especially after we get to over 100 here.

  10. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:29 am on December 22nd, 2010

    Hey!…Check it out! Stover has her own blog!…snort!…How cool is that?…cough!

  11. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:36 am on December 22nd, 2010

    Stover!…Are you suggesting we jump ship once the blog count hits one hundred?…heh!…That might get someone’s attention!…snort!

  12. Barb & Maggie
    11:44 am on December 22nd, 2010

    We visited Bee’s blog, boy that view from the easy chair looks familar!

    From what we heard, the moon was more deep amber and not a true red. It couldn’t be seen from the Chicago area anyway, due to weather. We had to see it on the news the next day.

  13. B.Stover
    12:04 pm on December 22nd, 2010

    Barb and Maggie: The video I posted shows the moon quite red. It was posted on Facebook by a former student of mine who is interested in astronomy. (I think his wife is a lecturer at one of the astronomy centers around here.)

    Rio: That is precisely what I mean. (Right now the subject is books but I’m hoping that changes and that it gets more informal.)

  14. Mollie (a black poodle)
    12:11 pm on December 22nd, 2010

    B. & Melanie: Thanks for the beautiful pictures of the eclipse. I did not think the moon would be that red.

    There is a cute picture of Tim Lincecum on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

  15. Melanie
    12:12 pm on December 22nd, 2010

    B.Stover: I went to your blog. Couldn’t figure out how to post. Will after I have a brain. The Scarecrow.

    MollyPop: Yes, YSAS took that with his Droid (something). He used the zoom and then zoomed in again.

    Zoë is supposed to be in the meeting right now. I told her if she had any trouble to call me and put me on speaker. I can yell over the phone as well as in person.

    I told her of your support and that to keep on going, she was in the right.

  16. Melanie
    12:13 pm on December 22nd, 2010

    I’m taking a break from photoshopping a present for OTAS. Whew. Well, back to it.

  17. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:16 pm on December 22nd, 2010

    Stover!… I think it is getting more informal by the minute….heh!

  18. Siber-H
    12:46 pm on December 22nd, 2010

    Thanks for the picture and video of the eclipse, Melanie and Stover. It was cloudy here and has been for over a week now. Very unusual for my part of the country.

    Mollie(ABP) Thanks Mom says we will buy that issue of Sports Illustrated because there will also be an article on him in it. He is sure a fantastic pitcher.

    Freud…I think he did a lot of damage. I’m agreeing with Rio.

  19. Barb & Maggie
    12:46 pm on December 22nd, 2010

    Bee, We heard it was going to be red, then there was this guy on Today Show yesterday, who was head of Astronomy somewhere, and he said it was dark amber. Seems to be some conflict. Either way it was very cool.

    Barb just got a new book for Christmas from her hairdresser. It is by Billie Letts, and called Made In The USA. Not a mystery, but good. Barb read Where the Heart Is, by same author several years ago. Then saw the movie, whick is one of her all time favorites. Anyone else familar with this author?

  20. Staff
    12:54 pm on December 22nd, 2010
  21. OleyHowlers
    1:05 pm on December 22nd, 2010

    We all went out in the fields last evening, to celebrate Winter Solstice. We danced and howled at the Full Moon. All 3 of us huskies, and both our people, and another friend of theirs too. Oh what fun that was !! We really love winter.

  22. Siber-H
    1:06 pm on December 22nd, 2010

    I went to Stover’s blog…I couldn’t post because I have none of those accounts, but from what I read of the other comments, I am really looking forward to reading Rio’s latest mission report. Yippie!!

  23. Siber-H
    1:11 pm on December 22nd, 2010

    Melanie, keep us posted. I sure hope everything works out today for Dan.

  24. Siber-H
    1:19 pm on December 22nd, 2010

    For the kats:

    There was a cartoon in the paper today. It showed two cats in a shelter with a two-legged looking at them. One cat says to the human:

    Forget about getting a dog
    Cats are smarter
    You’d never see twelve cats pulling a sled in winter.

  25. Alice Johnson
    1:22 pm on December 22nd, 2010

    Good one Mr Husky!

    Congrats on the moon howling OleyH. Sounds like a good time was had by all.

  26. Riö - The Evil Pug
    1:30 pm on December 22nd, 2010

    Wha!?….Did someone I know blab about something she has no part in?….grump!

  27. Riö - The Evil Pug
    1:54 pm on December 22nd, 2010

    Alice!… I liked the one with “FUD” and the dryer best!..heh!

  28. Alice Johnson
    2:07 pm on December 22nd, 2010

    Yeah, It is a funny one.
    (I can’t imagine how the Kat figured out where the food was since that particular dog has a severe spelling problem.)
    He must have just followed his nose.
    The funniest part is the dog praying over in the corner. heh

  29. Wölfie
    2:18 pm on December 22nd, 2010

    My favorite Gary Larson cartoon is the one of a dog sitting in the car, waiting to go for a drive. He has a smug look on his face as he talks to his dog buddy: “Ha ha ha, Biff. After we go to the bank and the post office, I get to go to the vet’s to get tutored.”

    I miss Gary Larson. I also miss Opus, and Calvin and Hobbes. Seems like we keep losing good stuff. Also,the Claim Jumper restaurant in Fresno just closed this week. It was our favorite. (Mom always brings us Dogs leftover chicken Marsala. sigh)

  30. Wölfie
    2:19 pm on December 22nd, 2010

    My mail man has been bringing me wonderful Surprises this week. Thank you all so much!

  31. Wölfie
    2:23 pm on December 22nd, 2010

    Melanie, did you ever get unmoderated? I’m dying to know why Dan HAD to sprung this week! Should be a good story! I would love to be a fly in the wall why Zoe has her say today. Those doctors do not stand a chance!

  32. Wölfie
    2:28 pm on December 22nd, 2010

    I wonder if Spence and Admin and PA exchange Christmas gifts with one another? Pondering…..

    So….let’s see….

    For Admin and Mike Baker I would buy a catcher’s mask and chestplate to use on the days when they decide to make changes to our blog.

    For Spence, I would one of those techie things that types the words as they are being spoken. (So he could finish Book # 4 faster.)

    For Chet, I would buy him as case or two of slim jims.

    Any ideas on what to get PA and Bernie?

  33. B.Stover
    2:37 pm on December 22nd, 2010

    Rio: You asked her to ask.

    Melanie: To post a comment on my blog I think you just go to the post comment box and type it then click on the post comment button. I’m not sure what SH means by not having any of those accounts. Does Rio or Staff know?

  34. Siber-H
    2:47 pm on December 22nd, 2010

    Stover, I think I need a google account to post and I don’t have one. Help!!!

  35. Riö - The Evil Pug
    2:52 pm on December 22nd, 2010

    Stover!… I didn’t really ask her, she knew I was trying to figure out if I could be finish today or not…grunt!….I need to make sure I have not missed anyone’s report on what went down that day…grunt!

    SiberH!…You are absolutely hopeless…sniff!

  36. B.Stover
    2:54 pm on December 22nd, 2010

    SH: You do not need a Google account. Try again.

    Rio: I understand.

  37. Siber-H
    3:02 pm on December 22nd, 2010

    Do not read this, Rio, because you will connip.

    What does it want when it asks for my url…my email address?

    3:10 pm on December 22nd, 2010

    Rio conniping? No way!

  39. Macy the Min-Pin
    3:15 pm on December 22nd, 2010

    Mr. Husky, everybody and his dog has a yahoo account just go there and sign up. We have a second account for when something wants our address and we don’t really want to give it. It is fullofspam@somethingsomethingsomething.com. Sort of like a dead letter office, since we only check it every couple of months.

  40. Siber-H
    3:32 pm on December 22nd, 2010

    Ok, Stover’s blog did not like my email address so I had to post as ann

  41. Siber-H
    3:36 pm on December 22nd, 2010

    I will try again. Stover’s blog did not like my email address so I had to post as anonymous, but I added my name to my post. I posted on yesterday’s blog, “What are you reading?”

    Heck, you would have known it was me, anyway.

  42. Riö - The Evil Pug
    3:55 pm on December 22nd, 2010

    SiberH!…I read your first post that said you had to post as “Ann”…snort!….What a hoot!.. heh!

  43. B.Stover
    4:00 pm on December 22nd, 2010

    SH did it!!! And yes I would have known it was you by the title of your current book.

    Where did it ask for your url? For a Google email account the url would be https://mail.google.com We need either Mollypop or Rio to answer this. Go to your email account and check the address in the internet space.

    There is an opossum in my garden.

  44. Melanie
    4:09 pm on December 22nd, 2010

    Jeez Louise, I’ve been busy. Almost finished with all the photoshopping, still have one more picture to go.

    I will have to figure out what Siber H did, but brain is too frazzled. My brother and nephew are coming to see Dan. They told us yesterday. They live in Maine.

    I had a good time with photos and fun.

    A HOWLING good time, but I didn’t dance in the snow. It sounds like fun, OleyHowlers.

  45. Riö - The Evil Pug
    4:12 pm on December 22nd, 2010

    Google!… Here is how you can create a Google account…snort!…Go to The Google page, up to the right in the very tip top of the page you will see a “Sign in” link. Click it! You will then see a link that says “create one for free”….grunt!…Click and follow directions….sniff!…It’s not Rocket Science…grunt!

  46. Melanie
    4:14 pm on December 22nd, 2010

    Latest on Dan.

    Had blood clots yesterday, they did lots of stuff, the blood clots are now leaving his lungs. The infection is NOT spreading through his body. Another CAT scan this evening or tomorrow morning to make sure things are still going the right direction.

    The hospitalist didn’t say a word and just listened to all the grownups.

    AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, Dan will be moved to a nursing home that has good food, deer walking by the windows, he’ll be able to use his iPad, and have gentle PT.

    The hospitalist is concerned about the move, all the other docs are for it and said nicely to be quiet.

    I’m picking up YSAS tomorrow at the train station (1 hour and 40 minutes away). We will be going to see Dan and there will be another meeting tomorrow. YSAS said he will be quiet and nice until I give him “the look” then he’s not going to be.

    He can be scary.

  47. Melanie
    4:14 pm on December 22nd, 2010

    Thanks so much Staff. . .

    (that was using the sarcasm font)

  48. LizF
    5:00 pm on December 22nd, 2010

    Wolfie, thanks again for the recipe, I made the toffee last night and brought it in this morning to work, so we can all have it for morning tea.

  49. Staff
    5:06 pm on December 22nd, 2010

    That sarcasm font is heavy!

  50. Melanie
    5:21 pm on December 22nd, 2010
  51. Staff
    5:29 pm on December 22nd, 2010

    Gosh Melanie I have read 60 of them for sure and 3 that I might have but don’t remember for sure. I think it is a list for people of a certain age.

    5:32 pm on December 22nd, 2010

    Siber, Why does it say bluecat under anonymous on Bee’s blog? I thought you said that it was you posting. We are so confused!

    5:57 pm on December 22nd, 2010

    Melanie, What is a hospitalist?

  54. Siber-H
    6:14 pm on December 22nd, 2010

    We had to be away for awhile

    Ok, one mystery easily solved. Barb, I posted as Siber-H, but as anonymous, on yesterday’s blog. Bluecat posted as anonymous on today’s blog, but added his name just as I added my name so I wouldn’t really be anonymous.

    Let me know if this doesn’t make sense and I will try again. Crap, I am reading what I wrote and it doesn’t make much sense to me.

    I posted on Dec. 21 and Bluecat posted on Dec. 22.

  55. Bluecat
    7:21 pm on December 22nd, 2010


    Hope this works. It’s cute. Click on every reindeer.

    Thanks for friendship and laughter and yes, even tears this year, Everybody. Thanks for sharing. “May your days be merry and bright…”

    XOXOXO Bluecat

  56. Siber-H
    7:46 pm on December 22nd, 2010

    Melanie,Dan is improving…This is great news! Scary can be necessary and good. YSAS will be a welcome addition to Dan’s advocates.

    Bluecat, Thank You for the card. The reindeer are cute! Thank you for your friendship this year and the breath of fresh air you bring to Chet’s blog.
    I could help sith Santa’s sleigh this year.

  57. Mollypop
    7:54 pm on December 22nd, 2010

    Bluecat – Loved it! Mom sings and dances to these things – oh dear!

    Melanie – YSAS will put on his actor personna when you give him ‘the look’ and who will he become? How about Hannibal Lechter?

  58. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:58 pm on December 22nd, 2010

    Hey!…My friend got home early today and now she is busy making little objects for the next project which has to be done by this Friday!…heh!…There is no way in hell she is going to meet that deadline…snort!

    Clarkson!… He will save Dan if it comes to force or fierce!…snort! ….He is my hero!…gruff!

  59. Siber-H
    7:58 pm on December 22nd, 2010

    Stover, you asked where on your blog it wants an url…go to the place where comments are typed in and click on select a profile. It gives you several to choose from, like an account with google or your url.

    I think I will remain old, anonymous Siber-H.
    Google has had privacy issues.

  60. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:18 pm on December 22nd, 2010

    SiberH!…What do you mean, Google has privacy issues?…snuff!

  61. B.Stover
    8:29 pm on December 22nd, 2010

    I was going to ask SH the same thing.

    Thank you Bluecat.

  62. Siber-H
    8:31 pm on December 22nd, 2010

    Rio, in a nutshell, Google compiles data on us. When you have time, try a search of google and privacy isues.

  63. Jasper the Poodle
    8:33 pm on December 22nd, 2010

    Hello darlings. Jasper is sleeping, this is his mom. I am done working for this week. I even get 2 paid holidays both this week and next. SWEET! Drive to Lansing was scary this a.m. Lots of SUVs and big vehicles in the fast lane going slow. Once they moved out of my way, I was able to pass them quite quickly and smoothly in my Camry. It was snowing, but county trucks/plows were out doing their thing. No need to drive 45 on the highway. *losers* I also listened to Eagles greatest hits, so drive wasn’t so bad. Home trip was Josh Groban and a little ABBA.

    Boss gave me my first real work project today. I’ve got to take 2 employee files and create a summary of the work rule violations, based upon the initial complaint and initial investigation. Document will be submitted as part of the official record for each employee, along with union rep and will be used in an investigative hearing to determine if work rule violations warrant discharge from employment. Fun, fun stuff.

    Realtor is coming over tomorrow at 10a to look at house and make recommendations for selling. Price, costs, commission, etc. I drove thru an apt complex during my lunch hour. I wasnt’ too impressed. Place looked great on internet, not so hot in winter in real life.

    Jasper doesn’t know it yet, but he’s got a vet appt tomorrow. He was due for his annual visit back in March, but I postponed due to lack of fundage. He needs bordatella, a booster of some kind, rabies booster, heartworm/lyme, fecal, plus exam and heartworm/flea drops. His annual appt usually runs me about $300. Do you mind me asking if your cost is similar? I’ve always thought my vet was kinda pricy, but I like them, so I haven’t shopped around for a cost comparison. Jazzy also needs a dental cleaning, but doc likes to see him first, then schedule later.

    Since I’ve started working, nephew’s gal comes in twice each day to potty Jasper and play with him. Since my mom is in town, she comes over to work on cleaning the house to prepare for sale, along with a play and potty time for Jazz as well. She also watched Young and the Restless while she was here today.

    Haven’t heard from my son who is on vacation in FL. His GF posted some pics on her facebook page. I’ll copy a few and put them on mine if you want to see my baby boy fishing/playing in the FL sunshine. No word yet if he’s popped the big question to the GF yet.

    Hope Dan is on his way out of the hospital. Oh, and I believe a hospitalist is a physician that only works within the hospital, not in a private practice. Usually they are employees of the hospital rather than an independent contractor with privileges. Goal of the hospitalist/hospital-employed physician is they are hands on and available to assure patient safety, quickly catch a patient that may be deteriorating, catch infections/prevent additional complications as they arise or before they arise, and make sure patients are discharged quickly or referred to additional services quickly as needed.

  64. Barb & Maggie
    8:39 pm on December 22nd, 2010

    We love the reindeer on the roof top. How uplifting! Thanks, Bluecat.

    Also, Siber, your explanation was very clear.

  65. Siber-H
    8:49 pm on December 22nd, 2010

    Jasper’s mom, we always love pictures here on the blog.

    I would say that your vet’s prices are about the same as our vets, and since you like this vet, that counts for a lot.

  66. Mollie (a black poodle)
    8:49 pm on December 22nd, 2010

    Thanks for the card Bluecat. It is really cute.

  67. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:17 pm on December 22nd, 2010

    Work!….Sounds like the new job is going to work out well for Jasper!…heh!…Right off the bat he has to go to the V-E-T….snort! ….Poor little fella. It’s a good thing he’s sleeping right now. What with all those people playing with him all day long he is probably exhausted…grunt!…I know I would be…yawn!

  68. B.Stover
    9:18 pm on December 22nd, 2010

    Good night all.

  69. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:22 pm on December 22nd, 2010

    Basketball?…grunt!… I don’t like basketball nearly as much as I love Baseball…snort!…But there is absolutely nothing on TV tonight and our OnDemand is not working it seems…growl!…Anyways, she has put away her craftiness and is going to watch some basketball or something…sigh!…I’m just glad she has 4 straight days off to be with me day in and day out…burp!…I’ll be like her third leg, she won’t get out of my sight not for a minute…wheeze!

  70. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:24 pm on December 22nd, 2010

    Stover!…Goodnight!…gruff!…You sure go to bed early in the winter time…sniff!…Hey, it has been Winter since yesterday afternoon…yuck!…We here hate winter and hope Spring comes quickly…wuffle!

  71. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:26 pm on December 22nd, 2010

    Liz!…I’ll take some of that toffee you made! You can keep the tea though…grunt!…How’s my Christmas present sketch coming along anyway?….sniffle!

  72. Melanie
    9:26 pm on December 22nd, 2010

    Finally got a minute to myself. I forget what teenagers are like . . .

    Jasper’s mom is right about the hospitalists. Wish we didn’t have them.

    I’ll have to ask YSAS which persona he will be, Lector might be a “tad” much, but the Staff Sergeant he’s been playing would be pretty great. He’d have everyone standing at attention.

    Jasper’s mom: Busy, busy and sounds like fun. I am not someone who can answer your question of the costs. First, I give all the shots, except rabies, our annual physicals are blood tests mostly. That would be cheaper except multiply by nine. Also the intact Ladies are costly with everything they have to go through. Just know that having puppies does not make one rich.

    I should be back with more news about Dan around 4 or so tomorrow. Hope YSAS is up to driving!

  73. Melanie
    9:31 pm on December 22nd, 2010

    Oh, jeez, I couldn’t get the comment to post and I hit it about 9 times. Hope I haven’t ninthed commented.

  74. Melanie
    9:35 pm on December 22nd, 2010

    I’m almost done with what I’m doing. Snicker. I’m hoping you guys will enjoy it!

  75. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:42 pm on December 22nd, 2010

    Goodie!…Melanie is making us a wacky photo or sumthing….heh!…You can’t keep a good Scarecrow down, that’s for sure!….snort!… How is Clarkson doing? Has he eaten you out of house and home yet?…snorkel!

  76. dawson
    9:55 pm on December 22nd, 2010

    B.Stover has a blog. Congratulations.
    Siber H: You figured out how to comment on it!? I’m impressed.
    Oh boy!
    Something funny coming from Melanie.

  77. LizF
    10:20 pm on December 22nd, 2010

    Rio – Your sketch is coming along fine, but sidelined by the toffee of course! It is so delumptious and has been a major hit in the office.

  78. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:24 pm on December 22nd, 2010

    Toffee!… I’m second behind toffee?…grunt!…That just doesn’t seem fair. I demand to be better than toffee!…sniff!…How do I do that I wonder…grump!

  79. LizF
    10:27 pm on December 22nd, 2010

    Let me know when you find out because i’ve got lots of demands i’d like to make!

  80. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:42 pm on December 22nd, 2010

    Bed!… I wonder if Melanie forgot us and went off to bed with Patsy…grumble!… She gets us all geared up for something fun and then disappears. What’s up with that?…sniff!

  81. dawson
    10:47 pm on December 22nd, 2010

    Rio: Maybe Melanie’s brain slipped away again. 🙂 My bed is calling my name.

  82. Barb & Maggie
    11:02 pm on December 22nd, 2010

    We can’t wait any longer either. Night all.

  83. LizF
    11:08 pm on December 22nd, 2010

    My bed is calling me too but it’s only ten past three!

  84. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:23 pm on December 22nd, 2010

    Liz!…heh!snort!heh!…good one! We are up for awhile because she has started doing that crafty stuff again…snort!…She still thinks she will finish it tomorrow…heh!…As if!

  85. LizF
    12:13 am on December 23rd, 2010

    And how’s her sore wrist coping with all that work?

  86. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:56 am on December 23rd, 2010

    Liz!… Her wrist is feeling a lot better and believe it or not, this craft stuff doesn’t involve intense wrist work….grunt!…She has made quite a few of the necessary pieces tonight…sniff!…I think her speed is improving because she now knows how to make objects without looking them up each time…heh!

    Bed!…I’m tuckered out and off to my warm soft bed…grunt!… She can stay up all night if she wants to, but not me…yawn!…See you guys tomorrow… gruff!

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