Plundering On

“I’ve got a few questions for Ratko Savic,” Bernie said. We were back in that abandoned housing development, Cactus Heights. Bernie went over the questions, kind of hard to follow, something about Astrid knowing Ratko, maybe, or possibly Foster knowing Ratko. And did Albie come up? Tulip? No sense worrying about all that.

Bernie glanced around. “There are so many of these godforsaken places these days. How’s the economy ever going to turn around with all this emptiness?” The economy – was that like our finances? They were a mess. If I haven’t mentioned the Hawaiian pants episode, I’ll do it now. And who could forget the tin futures?

We got out of the car, started walking from house to house. Lots of scraps blew around and weeds grew through the cracked pavements of the driveways. “Ratko’s not doing much of a job when it comes to caretaking,” Bernie said. Then he added something else. I missed whatever it was, on account of a smell I picked up, coming from the next house. Hadn’t I smelled this before, in pretty much this same spot?

“Chet? Where’re you going, big guy?”

Great ID badge yesterday.

And today our thoughts are with Dan and family.


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64 Responses to “Plundering On”

  1. Riö - The Evil
    4:58 am on August 26th, 2010

    Hey!… Begging worked!…snort!… Maybe we will get to the bottom of this smell before New Year’s rolls around!…heh!

  2. BStover
    5:31 am on August 26th, 2010

    No sense worrying about all that.

  3. Melanie
    5:34 am on August 26th, 2010

    Back to Astrid! Good to know that the Flow chart came in handy!

    I KNEW that prayers from dogs about farting would do something!

    Dan does not have to have the operation.

    Things have begun to 'move'!

    Farting prayers. Who'd a thunk it?

  4. Melanie
    5:36 am on August 26th, 2010

    Thanks to Chet, Bernie, PSQA, Admin and all the four footed and two footed folks who keep plundering on.

    I told Dan about the prayers. He laughed.

  5. Riö - The Evil
    5:46 am on August 26th, 2010

    Sigh!…What a big relief Melanie!….gruff!

  6. B. Stover
    6:05 am on August 26th, 2010

    I'm so glad Melanie. Say hi to Dan and Zoe for me.

    Rio: Here is an NYTimes article about Kevin Spacey in his upcoming (2012) role as Richard III.

  7. Jasper the Poodle
    6:18 am on August 26th, 2010

    Toot, Toot! Good times!

  8. staff
    6:28 am on August 26th, 2010

    YAY! Fart on Dan, Fart on! Then, maybe, POOP!

    6:32 am on August 26th, 2010

    My goodness, we are a colorful and jubilant group this morning! We are happy for Dan and his toots.

  10. Siberian Husky
    6:41 am on August 26th, 2010

    We are very happy to hear the news about no surgery for Dan, Melanie. Thanks for letting us know so early in the day.

    I think we are about to learn what it is that Chet smelled all those weeks (for us) ago.

  11. Riö - The Evil
    7:06 am on August 26th, 2010

    Stover!…My friend will be thrilled to read the news on Kevin!… snort!…We knew he was still running the Old Vic where she got to see him perform 3 times…heh! … So glad he is going to do Shakespeare and will be playing an evil character! So perfect for him!….wheeze!

  12. Bluecat
    7:07 am on August 26th, 2010

    Melanie – terrific news for Dan and the family – keeping everyone in thought. Your log and happy puppy pix bring smiles.

    Rio – has your friend come back to earth yet?

    Staff and Wookie's Mom – thanks for using your talents on The Quilt. It's really beautiful.

    Enjoy your day, everybody. Especially you, Chet.

  13. Sam
    7:22 am on August 26th, 2010

    Good news about Dan. Keep on tootin'.

    I got on the computer while no one was looking. I need to apologise for last night when I posted during the ball game. I didn't follow Rio's advice to refresh, read, post.

  14. Siberian Husky
    7:31 am on August 26th, 2010

    No Sam, You don't need to apologise. I got a kick out of your post about dog adandonment since I know you are just one of us many rather spoiled dogs and cats here on the blog. You'll have a good time with cousin Molly while the two leggeds are in NYC.

    I try the same stuff on my mom, DOG ABANDONMENT! It doesn't work, but it is always worth a try.

  15. Riö - The Evil
    7:36 am on August 26th, 2010

    Astrid!… “No sense worrying about all that.”… Is Chet trying to tell us we are on the wrong track trying to put all these people together?….grunt!… “Ratko’s not doing much of a job when it comes to caretaking,” Bernie said. Then he added something else. I missed whatever it was…. Drat!…Chet keeps missing important words coming from Bernie!… snort!… I am still wondering if it is Ratko he is smelling, but where would that leave us except with another dead body perhaps!?…. sniff!sniff!

  16. Riö - The Evil
    7:44 am on August 26th, 2010

    Badge!….Puss N’ Boots badge was really nice looking for a couple of old Kats!….snort!…But Kirby’s badge has an Out-Of-This-World quality about it… cough!… Did I mention that I think there may be Aliens involved in Kirby’s ancestry???

  17. Riö - The Evil
    9:07 am on August 26th, 2010

    BluKat!…She emailed me a while ago and said she was buried Up To Here with work…snort!… So yes, I think she has definitely come back down to reality… heh! … I just hope I get fed and OUT on time tonight dammit!….grunt!

  18. Gus and BooBear
    9:57 am on August 26th, 2010

    We just caught up on yesterdays posts. WOW for Rio's friend to be on the winning side of that game! She is definitely a good luck charm. And yea for Dan being able to "pass". He sure doesn't need to go thru another surgery. Good thoughts passing from the blog to him.

  19. Macy the Min-Pin
    10:55 am on August 26th, 2010

    *yaawwwwnnn* I'm a little slow starting today, too much napping to get done, I don't know where I will find the time for all of it.

    I hope Sam is not to distressed over her "abandonment". I personally think that she was just trying for a little last minute sympathy and is now having a ball (or a squeaky toy) with Mollypop. I did not think that I would survive being left alone with our Angie for a week, but I did. Of course I had plenty of company with Belle, Holly, Annie and Biddie. Sometimes I wish the pups had their own playroom so that the grownups could have some peace.

    Our Rangers are still somewhere around 8 up over the California guys. Woo and hoo!!

  20. Melanie
    10:55 am on August 26th, 2010

    Dan is continuing to improve.

    I'm getting ready for my mini-vacation.

    I THINK I'll be able to read the blog, not sure about the posts and not sure about posting. But I'll be here in spirit.

    Must pack.

  21. Macy the Min-Pin
    10:55 am on August 26th, 2010

    Oh, for woofing out loud, I did not mean for the entire thing to be pink!

  22. Debbie LM
    11:26 am on August 26th, 2010

    But pink becomes you Macy!!

  23. B. Stover
    11:32 am on August 26th, 2010

    Those are the kinds of questions that Chet does not need to worry about but Bernie et al should. We now have an answer to one of our assumptions on the flow chart: Cactus Heights is the same housing development so Albie was employing Ratko.

    I've been at school all afternoon. They want me to develop one of our elective literature courses into an online course. That's never been done before in our department. I said that I would, though I won't teach it until next year. This will be interesting.

  24. B. Stover
    11:41 am on August 26th, 2010

    Have a great time Melanie. We will miss you.

    Rio: Shakespeare's version of Richard III is, of course, the Tudor version. (Elizabeth I's grandfather, Henry VII, became king after defeating and killing Richard at Bosworth Field.) If your friend has never read The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey, I'd recommend it. It's a very interesting and well written mystery and I think it's a more objective version of Richard III.

  25. staff
    1:24 pm on August 26th, 2010


    I love Josephine Tey. I have read that book several times but not in the last 10 years or so.

  26. B. Stover
    1:36 pm on August 26th, 2010

    I'm thinking of reading it again. I have the portrait that she's referring to (in a book of English royalty). What she has Alan Grant thinking when he first sees the portrait is so true.

  27. Kirby T. Penworthy
    2:25 pm on August 26th, 2010

    Hey everybody! Once again, I'm catching up. I'm glad Chet found his way back to Astrid. Now we just have to hope that nothing distracts him from the smell next door. And yes, Bee, now we can cross off the question mark on the link between Albie and Ratko! We're making progress!!!

    Melanie: I'm so glad that Dan passed — in a good way, of course! We continue to hope and pray that he continues to improve.

    Rio: Has your friend thought anymore about season tickets? I think I told you that back when Mom was little, the Angels won every game she went to one season — unfortunately, her allowance wouldn't stretch for season tickets at the time! Oh, and Rio, I think I'm totally earthy!

    Macy: Pffffft!!!

  28. Kirby T. Penworthy
    2:30 pm on August 26th, 2010

    Rio: I just checked tonight's schedule — looks like the Angels and the Rockies both have the night off. I guess they need it after yesterday's high-scoring festivities!

  29. Siberian Husky
    2:37 pm on August 26th, 2010

    Great news about Dan, Melanie. We hope he is on his way to a full recovery now, with no more problems. Have a fun trip! We'll miss you, but maybe you will return with new stories for us.

  30. FattyKitty
    2:45 pm on August 26th, 2010

    Is that Josephine Tey the one where they think Richard III was a scapegoat? Or was that a different book the Librarian read?

    I assisted the Librarian over 3 years of online schooling, B. Stover, so if you need feedback from the student point of view, I am an expert. Here is a picture of me studying statistics so I could help her pass the class.

    [img ] 09 MT 327 fatty pj computer stats.JPG[/img]

  31. FattyKitty
    2:47 pm on August 26th, 2010

    I forgot to ask: did anyone else think that Chet was smelling Dan's toot?

  32. Barb & Maggie
    2:48 pm on August 26th, 2010

    Bon Voyage, Melanie. Have fun, we will miss you! Glad all is better with Dan.

  33. B. Stover
    3:18 pm on August 26th, 2010

    FK: You are (were) beautiful! I will check with you while preparing the online course.

    In Tey's novel Richard III was a "scapegoat" after he died perhaps. Henry Tutor's minister (which one I don't remember–it may have been one of his minions) killed the princes in the tower and blamed Richard.

  34. Melanie
    3:20 pm on August 26th, 2010

    Snicker, FattyKitty. Dan will love that one!

  35. dawson
    3:22 pm on August 26th, 2010

    Chet: What is that smell?

    Fatty Kitty: It did enter my mind about the smell…but we were hearing about this smell long before Dan had any problems tooting so…no, just a funny coincidence.

    Melanie: Enjoy your mini vacation. Hope Dan keeps improving.

    A nap is calling my name.

  36. Riö - The Evil
    3:26 pm on August 26th, 2010

    Stover!….Thanks for the book recommendation – she will put it on her list with the one Chet suggested yesterday!… Mysteries abound!…hooray!

    Kirby!… Yes the Rockies have the day off today and then they are at the Dodgers for 3 days I believe…Damn!… Got to win those 3 games for sure! …yeep!

    Stover!… I would take Fatty up on her offer to help if I were you…heh!…At least she would be fun to work with!…snicker!… That ghost has a good sense of humor…heh!

  37. Riö - The Evil
    3:31 pm on August 26th, 2010

    Snuff!… Well someone here is very tired and has worked her “A” off today so she says. snort!… So now she and just wants to watch Mad Men and relax a bit before anything else… grunt!… Yipppeee! … I am hoping this means no walk at all…heh!

  38. Riö - The Evil
    3:33 pm on August 26th, 2010

    Dan!… I can just imagine Dan floating on that Blu Cloud like I do some nights in my warm soft bed…heh!… It has baseball toys in it too… snort!… All in their special places and not chewed on too much…heh!

  39. Kirby T. Penworthy
    3:49 pm on August 26th, 2010

    Bee: I think we are your best resource for your online course. After all, you teach all of us something every day!

  40. Riö - The Evil
    4:05 pm on August 26th, 2010

    Kirby!… Hi Pal!…sniff!… I think your idea is Great!…wow!… She could run her ideas by us guys and get all kinds of feedback!…gruff!…Stover could become the On-Line Queen of Literature Lectures and Teaching…heh!…I think she has a gold mind right here at her beck and call and Toot-Toot-Toot!!… wheeze!

  41. Riö - The Evil
    4:09 pm on August 26th, 2010

    Kirby!…Are your ears really antennas listening for Very Far Away Communications???…snort!…Just wondering… sniff!

  42. B. Stover
    4:09 pm on August 26th, 2010

    Thank you Kirby. The reason I think that an online course would work is because from this blog I know that literature can be discussed among a large number of people without face-to-face discussion. And it's fun.

    Fringe…a repeat from last season….is on now. Wonder when the new season starts.

  43. Kirby T. Penworthy
    4:22 pm on August 26th, 2010

    Rio: You guessed my secret! That's why they're turned in different directions — makes it much easier to snag data that way!

  44. Riö - The Evil
    4:46 pm on August 26th, 2010

    Kirby!… You My Friend! Are going to be a very instrumental team member of the Plundering Mission Team once Spencer starts working on the next Chet and Bernie Mystery!…. WoooooWeeee!…You will bring a whole new set of Spy Skills to the table my friend with your antenna ears and other qualities we have yet to learn about…heh!….Lord knows when this new story will finally start to unfold….wheeze!… It will be a fun adventure with you and all the others in tow trying to learn about it!…heh!….But before all this happens, we do have the excitement of looking forward to the release of To Fetch A Thief!…wheeze! cough!…It is almost here, very close indeed…sigh! …Almost close enough to touch!… sneeze!

  45. dawson
    4:53 pm on August 26th, 2010

    Hey! Detroit Tigers are back up to a .500 average and they beat Toronto today. Minnesota Twinkies are back in first place in their division. When did all this happen? I haven't been keeping my eye on the ball. Except for last night and then it was a Rockies ball.

    Kirby T: I suspected those ears had a higher purpose.

  46. Kirby T. Penworthy
    4:58 pm on August 26th, 2010

    Well dang, Dawson. Your talk of standings made me realize I hadn't checked on my Angels lately. We slid from second to third place in the division. And now we're 10 games down. Ditto for Rio and SiberH's Rockies.


  47. Riö - The Evil
    5:07 pm on August 26th, 2010

    Dawson!…Kirby’s ears and other amazing qualities will factor greatly in our quest to Know The Truth!… snort!…As always Wookie will be the Number One Special Agent on all future missions…snort!…The work he has done this past year is unsurpassed by any of us!….heh!…Even though he can be a bit distracting to other stories at times…grunt!

  48. Melanie
    6:08 pm on August 26th, 2010

    Well, this is how Dan is doing . .

    A river runs through him.
    He’s having a draining experience.
    He’s come undone.
    The log jam is finished.
    The docs are doing scatology.

    The docs are happy. They are going to try to get him to eat tomorrow.
    See if things still work.

    Thanks all!

  49. B. Stover
    6:15 pm on August 26th, 2010

    Melanie, you’re so funny! I’m glad for Dan.

  50. Kirby T. Penworthy
    5:23 pm on August 26th, 2010

    Gee, Rio, thanks! I was hoping you'd find some use for me on one of your missions!

  51. Riö - The Evil
    5:44 pm on August 26th, 2010

    Kirby!…Over the next few months of training with Wookie you will have to refrain from using the words “thanks” and “some use for me” in regards to the Plundering Mission Team… snort!.. I am sure All of my Agents will give you Pointers as time goes by at their whim as is their nature…grunt! … Toughen up buddy! Get in shape!…cough!… Life will get interesting from now on….snort!…Well not really till much later taking into account Spencer’s slow typing ability… snuffle!..heh!..Just remember, it will be fun and interesting unlike most blogs…snicker!

  52. Kirby T. Penworthy
    5:53 pm on August 26th, 2010

    Aye aye, captain! I still have a few pills left to take — much to my mom's chagrin, she's not having fun trying to get me to take them, even with cheese! — but after everything's healed up I'll start training.

  53. dawson
    5:56 pm on August 26th, 2010

    Ah…the conception of a mission forming…

  54. Riö - The Evil
    6:05 pm on August 26th, 2010

    Kirby!… That my new friend ‘Is the Plundering On’ spirit in true form!… snort!…Get well and then I will have Wookie start working with you…heh!…Can’t wait for the Games To Begin again!…snorkel!… Ahhh… Here is to ‘Busy season being over soon!’ …hmmmphf!…Life as I know it will begin again …snicker! …Months of busy season to go yet though, so I am told, but gradually residing into almost no work at all…heh!…sob! But then Baseball will be over too… sob!…And the long winter months ahead…fooey!crap!… Lets not think about that right now!

  55. dawson
    6:20 pm on August 26th, 2010

    Good night to All, but first:

    Chet, again I ask you…what is that smell?

  56. Kirby T. Penworthy
    6:30 pm on August 26th, 2010

    Rio: Mom is pretty busy these days, too. With Amnesty Week going on, I almost thought my mom and your friend work in the same place — they're both going through busy season right now! Lots of people are so thrilled to donate books in order to get all their fines waived. These days a lot of people just can't pay their fines, and they've missed being able to use the library. Everyday more people find out about it and come in — is it true? Yep, and they smile and say how nice it is to be able to come back.

    And when baseball ends, there's always football — Go Hawkeyes! — or don't you and your friend care about football?

  57. Kirby T. Penworthy
    6:31 pm on August 26th, 2010

    Dawson: We need to send strong STAY ON THE TRAIL vibes to Chet!!!

  58. Riö - The Evil
    6:47 pm on August 26th, 2010

    Chet!…Get close to the smell and let Bernie figure it out big guy!…snort!…We are all on Pins N’ Needles! Especially Staff working on that quilt for you!!…heh!…Here is Hoping Staff feels just fine very soon! …snort!

    Dan! .. Our thoughts and Pug Prayers are with you my man!…snort!….Give it all you got to get out of there and back to your home pal… sniff!

    Prayer!….Lord of All Creation, I lift up Nancy and Dan in my prayers tonight. They are both going through so many things that I cannot even imagine. I pray that you Lord will give them both strength and healing. Lord, you know how much these two special people mean to us, please grant your grace and healing upon them. Amen!

  59. Riö - The Evil
    6:53 pm on August 26th, 2010

    Boy oh boy!…She is already fast asleep and I don’t know how to turn off the computer…heh!..She will wake up later because of the light and be mad at me again…snort!… I’m sorry but I think the prayer was worth staying up late for!…snuffle!

    Night All!…sneeze!

  60. Kirby T. Penworthy
    7:03 pm on August 26th, 2010

    Mom's making time-for-bed noises, too. Amnesty Week goes on until Saturday, but she just has to get through Friday, then she has Saturday off to recover. She has things to do around the house — lots of things! — but knowing her she'll use Amnesty Week as an excuse just to chill!!! Not a problem — I love chilling, too!

  61. Kirby T. Penworthy
    7:04 pm on August 26th, 2010


    Get the idea, Chet???

  62. Kirby T. Penworthy
    7:05 pm on August 26th, 2010

    G'night, y'all!

  63. Macy the Min-Pin
    8:19 pm on August 26th, 2010

    Kirby, as a canine with well developed ears myself, I can appreciate your auditory masterpieces. Don't take any of that "radar ears" nonsense. I hear that a lot, and it was only funny the first 1000 times. Nitey

    Macy out.

  64. Macy the Min-Pin
    8:22 pm on August 26th, 2010

    oh, one more thing. When mom went to a place called a high school one of the favorite chants of the opposing football teams was

    What's that smell? LD Bell.

    And they all thought it was original.

    I wonder what made her school so high?

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