Pop Pop Pop (Revised)

“I don’t like this,” Bernie said. “Not one bit.” He opened the closet door.

It was a deep closet, with space for this long bubble-wrapped package lying on the floor. Once I walked across some bubble wrap and pop-pop-popping sounds happened. I don’t like bubble wrap. Inside this particular bubble wrap there was a human body, not alive – the smell proved that. The face was all pressed out of shape by the bubble wrap.

“Damn it,” Bernie said. “It’s Astrid for sure.”

He bent down, started unwrapping around the face part. I’d never seen Astrid, but this wasn’t her, because it wasn’t even a woman. It was a pointy-nosed man I’d seen before. My memory of perps’ faces, especially the faces of perps who’d tried a little knife play on us, was pretty good.

“Ratko,” Bernie said.

Decatur Book Festival this weekend. PA at the Old Courthouse, Saturday 12-12:45; Spence at Ballroom B in the Conference Center, Saturday 5:30-6:15.


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144 Responses to “Pop Pop Pop (Revised)”

  1. Melanie
    4:39 am on August 31st, 2010


    Who thought that?

    Bubble wrap makes sense though. We have a greenhouse window that wasn't put in very well and so in our winters was REALLY cold. (This is in the puppy room) So last fall I wet the back smooth side of the bubble wrap and stuck it to the window. It worked so well knocking out the cold that Zoë used it under some cabinets where wind would blow through. Worked great!

    This last group of pups (unlike Chet) loved the bubble wrap, pulled it out from the cabinets and popped it. Of course, they don't work around guns like Chet.

    So in a few weeks, it will be time to put up more bubble wrap.

    Someone asked about who else has pups here at the house. All the ladies (except Rose) have been mothers. Right now, it's Grace and Katie who are "intact." Bess has retired.

    Bess is walking better. The insulin is helping.

    We will know more about Dan later.

    So did FOSTER wait for Bernie to leave (which didn't work) because he had killed Ratko? Or is he covering up for Astrid? (covering up, snicker) Or is Tulip, though a great petter, the perp?

  2. BStover
    4:58 am on August 31st, 2010

    Ratco! Now why was he killed?

  3. Riö - The Evil
    5:12 am on August 31st, 2010

    Wha!?…. The bigger question is why will the Charming Mr. Abrahams only be at the Old Courthouse for 15 minutes??… snort!… And why is Spencer’s appearance only 45 minutes long…. Grunt!… I hope Kirby gets there early or he will miss both of them!!!

  4. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    5:13 am on August 31st, 2010

    Why indeed? Maybe Foster is going for the whole banana – Albie's money AND Astrid.

  5. dawson
    5:14 am on August 31st, 2010

    I'm relieved it isn't Astrid.

  6. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    5:16 am on August 31st, 2010

    Kirby has two opportunities. He'll make it, don't worry, Rio. He is a very resourceful pup, and besides, he has an offical name tag.

  7. B. Stover
    5:22 am on August 31st, 2010

    Wolfie: Why do you think Foster will get Albie's money?

    Rio: You have to remember that there will be 300 authors at the conference. Kirby will have to tell us about it. It seems like a strange conference to me with so many people.

  8. Barb & Maggie
    5:38 am on August 31st, 2010

    I am glad it was Ratko and not Astrid. My bet is on Foster as the perp.

  9. Melanie
    5:40 am on August 31st, 2010

    Dan is off the ventilator and breathing on his own.

    Also making bad jokes.

    Now he just needs the kidneys to work better. . .

    Staff: Did you talk to your new kidney or sing songs to help it work?

  10. staff
    6:18 am on August 31st, 2010

    I petted it gently, that seemed to help. I think it is quite common for kidneys to be a little slow after surgery. I will send all my kidney prayers to Dan.

    I know the kidney doctors said it would take my new one time to "wake up", and it did! I hope Dan's will too.


  11. Barb & Maggie
    6:19 am on August 31st, 2010

    Melanie, How long do they think Dan will be in the hospital? Is he trying to get early release again?

    Dawson, Do you work in a nursing home? Do you still smell like garlic? One time Barb ate a whole bulb of roasted garlic and the next day it wasn't just her breath – her whole body reeked!

    To make it, you cut off the very top of the garlic bulb and drizzle a little olive oil and butter on it, wrapp in foil and bake on the grill till soft (probably 30 minutes). Then you pop. pop, pop the cloves out and smear on buttered french bread. The taste is intense, but more mellow than raw garlic.

  12. staff
    6:20 am on August 31st, 2010

    Huh, I didn't think it would be another dead body.

    Geez, someone is really knocking people off here. Now this is interesting. Why Ratko, and why Albie. What is the motive?

    We have to learn the motive!


  13. Siberian Husky
    6:24 am on August 31st, 2010

    Fatty Kitty guessed it correctly yesterday…Ratko. I even remembered that without having to go back and check. Since it is Ratko, it is probably no great loss to the world.

    I was just a tiny bit afraid that Lois would return today.

  14. staff
    6:25 am on August 31st, 2010

    Hey BStover, This is one of the authors/books at the DBF.

    The Glamour of Grammar: A Guide to the Magic and Mystery of Practical English, 2010 by Roy Peter Clark.

  15. staff
    6:29 am on August 31st, 2010

    Here is another one…

    Come Back, Como: Winning the Heart of a Reluctant Dog, 2009 by Steven Winn.

    Steven Winn and his wife, Sally, held out for as long as they could. When the San Francisco couple finally gave in to their only child Phoebe's pleas for a dog, they adopted a scraggly terrier mutt from a local animal shelter. The new family pet, Como, turned out to hate men—especially the author—and proved to be a cunning escape artist.

  16. Melanie
    6:29 am on August 31st, 2010

    Zoë is going to see Dan right now. Will know more when she comes home this afternoon. We've got a HOT TIRED PACK this morning. Zoë took them up to the State Forest. It was 70 degrees, but the humidity has come back like a hammer!

    Zoë won't turn on the AC for two legged, but when the Pack is hot the AC is revved up!

  17. Barb & Maggie
    6:31 am on August 31st, 2010

    Staff, Melanie and Wolfie, Barb will be finished with the seed saving project by this weekend, so will be sending out her care packages next month. She just picked a Mortgage Lifter this morning that weighed 1 lb. 9 ozs! It is a beauty, if you like tomatoes, which I don't.

  18. staff
    6:32 am on August 31st, 2010

    Wow Barb, that is one honking large tomato!

  19. abbiethekitty
    6:34 am on August 31st, 2010

    Here is another one. Dog books must be really popular right now. Where are the cat books???

    Last Dog On the Hill: The Extraordinary Life of Lou, 2010 by Steve Duno

    Born of guard dogs on a secret marijuana farm in Mendicino County, Lou truly was one dog in a million.

    On the winter day that the ailing, tick-infested feral pup was rescued by Steve Duno, neither dog nor man had a clue as to what they were getting into, or where the relationship would lead.

    Last Dog on the Hill tells the story of an indigent young Rottweiler mix who, after abandoning his pack and the hills of his birth, went on to change the lives of hundreds of people and dogs, including the author’s, whose career as a behaviorist and writer was made possible through Lou’s extraordinary intelligence and heart.

    Lou won the respect of gang members, foiled an armed robbery, caught a rapist, fought coyotes and kidnappers, comforted elderly war veterans and Alzheimer patients in their final days, taught ASL to kids, learned scores of unique behaviors and tricks, amassed a vocabulary of nearly 200 words, helped rehabilitate hundreds of aggressive dogs and saved them from euthanasia.

    He was also a clown, consummate performer and Steve’s best friend for sixteen years. His story will make readers laugh and cry in equal measures.

  20. Siberian Husky
    6:34 am on August 31st, 2010

    We have a friend who just had major surgery, was in the ICU. and was just sent home from the hospital yesterday. Her kidneys also took their time to wake up, but all is fine now. As Staff said, we are sending all our kidney prayers to Dan.

  21. B. Stover
    6:38 am on August 31st, 2010

    Here's an article from the Science section of the NYTimes on bedbugs.


  22. B. Stover
    6:43 am on August 31st, 2010

    On the Chet Appreciation Society on Facebook, Spence wrote that he has a dusk jacket for TFAT and that special paper was used and you can feel the difference.

  23. Riö - The Evil
    6:44 am on August 31st, 2010

    Bernie!… He starts asking around for Astrid and then all of a sudden there are 2 murders….snort!…I wonder if Ratko stole the suitcases **if they were even in the motel room to begin with** and then took them back to the housing development and was searching for something valuable inside them right before he was murdered….grunt!…We haven’t learned how he was murdered yet, wonder if he was shot with the same gun Bernie is carrying around with him??…wheeze!

  24. Mollie (a black pood
    6:45 am on August 31st, 2010

    Abbiethekitty: There is a new cat book coming out in October. It is by Shirley Rousseau Murphy and is a Joe Gray Mystery. Joe Gray is a cat that solves mysteries and can talk. I really like her books.

  25. Riö - The Evil
    6:46 am on August 31st, 2010

    Stover!…Whats a dust jacket?…snort!

  26. Siberian Husky
    6:49 am on August 31st, 2010

    Stover? I have the same question as Rio. Chet's first two books had covers on them.

  27. B. Stover
    6:51 am on August 31st, 2010

    Rio: A dust jacket is the paper cover (that can be taken off) on hardcover books.

  28. B. Stover
    6:55 am on August 31st, 2010

    SH: The covers on the first two C&B novels are dust jackets. They have the picture on them. If you remove them…the one on DOI for example…you have a plain black cover with a blue spine. The dust jackets give info on the inside flaps–front and back–usually with a story summary and brief bio of the author. The back of the dust jacket is often used to give quotations from other authors about the book. On DOI there are quotations from Stephen King and Robert B. Parker. Library editions usually do not have dust jackets.

  29. Siberian Husky
    6:56 am on August 31st, 2010

    That's a really good article on bedbugs. Rio needs to read it for his business.

  30. Melanie
    6:57 am on August 31st, 2010

    I've always wondered about dust jackets. I mean they are good for wear and tear of the covers, but for dust?

    I don't know about you alls dust, but mine settles on the top of the book.

  31. Melanie
    7:01 am on August 31st, 2010

    B. Stover: Well, that was yucky. As soon as the doc said he could feel them on his face, my face started itching. Not that I'm a hypocondriac or anything. . .

    Nice to know that they are "clean." I hope Sam's family came back bed bug free.

    So where did they go for forty years?

  32. Riö - The Evil
    7:09 am on August 31st, 2010

    BedBugs!… I bet they were lost wandering in the desert ….snort!

  33. B. Stover
    7:09 am on August 31st, 2010

    Here's a Wikipedia article about dust jackets. Perhaps more than you ever wanted to know but the history is interesting.


  34. Siberian Husky
    7:11 am on August 31st, 2010

    ok, Thanks Stover. I always like to read the quotes from other authors. They are fun to read.

  35. B. Stover
    7:12 am on August 31st, 2010

    Motive for the murders: Well, until I think of something else or until we get the real deal (whichever occurs first….any bets?), I'm sticking with my theory about the other dude's interest in Astrid.

  36. Siberian Husky
    7:19 am on August 31st, 2010

    Oh yeah, Melanie…Let me tell you about the dust settling on the top of books in this country. It's horrible. Mom doesn't go into many used book stores because she starts sneezing.

  37. B. Stover
    7:19 am on August 31st, 2010

    Melanie: Scientists are a strange bunch, much stranger than literary people.

  38. Melanie
    7:21 am on August 31st, 2010

    Motives . . .

    But for what? Astrid's disappearance? Voluntary or non?

    Could Ray want revenge? But it "appears" he's just looking for him mother.

    C. Bob? He started this whole thing; is he setting up Bernie?

    I can't imagine from Ratko's description he would be the "other."

    Was he blackmailing Astrid? or Albie? or Foster?

    Tulip? Is she in with Foster? It seems fortuitous that she is somewhere that Foster said Astrid was. She's the one that mentioned the "suitcases" that no one else has. .

    Still pondering and plundering on here.

  39. Melanie
    7:23 am on August 31st, 2010

    The following should be coming in for Bess in the next week. It is called an Assist Harness. Even though she is getting better with walking, getting up, especially on wooden floors, is a problem.

    [img ]http://chetthedog.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/1283271812-lf.jpeg[/img]

  40. Melanie
    7:26 am on August 31st, 2010

    B.Stover: I can just see the next SciFy station made movie. "Bedbugs" It's about a scientist who has been breeding mutant bedbugs for 40 years and then lets them out.

    OR, a shadow government lab has been breeding them to collect information overseas, but the bugs get loose in NYC.

    And my sons say I watch too many bad scify movies! snicker

  41. Siberian Husky
    7:32 am on August 31st, 2010

    That looks like a good one, Melanie, and I know it will help Bess and you guys. Mom has had to assist dogs that are having difficulty in the rear end.

  42. B. Stover
    7:46 am on August 31st, 2010

    Melanie: I think you may have the reason for the bedbug reappearance!

  43. Barb & Maggie
    8:04 am on August 31st, 2010

    First we had prayers for Dan to toot, and now pee prayers.

    We think Col Bob is a good guy, remember he helped rescue Chet and fly him out of that bomb testing zone in the desert.

  44. Barb & Maggie
    8:16 am on August 31st, 2010

    Abbie, That was an excellent book review you gave about Lou. Barb is going to look for that book. Have you considered a career writing reviews?

  45. Riö - The Evil
    9:12 am on August 31st, 2010

    AbbieTheKat!…Does the word ‘Plagiarism’ mean anything to you?…heh!

  46. Melanie
    9:17 am on August 31st, 2010

    Hey Chet, better get word to Admin, Bernie and PSQA that Earl is coming.

    If it keeps on track, Cape Cod is to get rough seas, wind and rain.

    If it turns west?? Grab Audrey and head for the hills!

    Oh, wait . . What hills?

    Well, the Pack says Audrey and Chet can stay with them.

  47. Barb & Maggie
    9:21 am on August 31st, 2010

    Rio, Are you saying Abbie didn't write that review?

  48. Gus and BooBear
    9:26 am on August 31st, 2010

    Melanie, we did not realize Bess was having trouble getting around. Is she an older Newf? Hope Dan feels much better soon.

    Our mystery is taking some interesting turns and twists. Chet has his work cut out for him.

  49. Riö - The Evil
    9:35 am on August 31st, 2010


  50. Riö - The Evil
    9:37 am on August 31st, 2010

    Earl!… If the weather gets too bad The Charming Mr. Abrahams can stay at my house – but I won’t share my toys or food…snort!…Spence will have to fend for himself…heh!

  51. Siberian Husky
    9:58 am on August 31st, 2010

    Maybe Audrey can spend a few days with Wookie to get out of Earl's way. Cape Cod does stick out there like "hit me, hit me"

  52. Riö - The Evil
    10:06 am on August 31st, 2010

    Ocean!… I wonder how close they live to the ocean…gulp!…When is this Earl supposed to hit MA??…. snort!…Maybe they will all be in Georgia at the time and survive the hurricane!….sniff!

  53. Riö - The Evil
    10:18 am on August 31st, 2010

    Wow!…One of the websites that is tracking Earl says it will be right along MA Saturday 8:00 am….snort!… I hope the Abrahams will be in Georgia by then… grunt! ….Could be an interesting flight along the coast though……turbulence!… Spencer can you say “barf bag”?

  54. Riö - The Evil
    10:22 am on August 31st, 2010

    Kirby!… He lives in South Carolina so he will also feel the wrath of Earl!…snort!…Kirby be careful pal!…wheeze!

  55. abbiethekitty
    10:42 am on August 31st, 2010

    Molly, A Black Poodle,

    I love the Joe Grey books. I don't have any signed copies, but Staff did buy the hardcover versions of them, so I have dust jackets.

    Barb and Maggie,

    Those reviews were copied right from the Decatur Book Festival site. I assume they are from the dust jackets, but they didn't say.

    Earl might be worse in Georgia than in Mass. It is supposedly down to CAT 1 in Mass.

  56. Melanie
    10:48 am on August 31st, 2010

    Riö, PSQA=Peter Spencer Quinn Abrahams!

    Abbie, glad it's going to be down to CAT 1 by the time it's up here. YSAS is still on the coast. But north of Boston and it "shouldn't" be too bad.

    Kirby! take care!

    Bess is a Newf of a certain age. . .

  57. B. Stover
    11:08 am on August 31st, 2010

    Falmouth is right on the coast.

  58. Siberian Husky
    11:23 am on August 31st, 2010

    The somewhat good news is that it is the "safer" side of Earl that will be going along the East coast. The other side of the storm, the side that causes the storm surge, will be away from the coast.

    Just repeating here what I heard on tv.

  59. dawson
    12:40 pm on August 31st, 2010

    Melanie: Colonel Bob would never set up Bernie. Bernie saved his life and they were brothers in arms.

    B. Stover: Thanks for the websites on dust jackets and bed bugs. I'm vacuuming my mattress now.

  60. Riö - The Evil
    12:52 pm on August 31st, 2010

    Dawson!…Vacuuming won't stop them!…snort!…I'll send Rockie and his gang right over…cough!…They will drop off the Bill on their way out!…heh!

  61. Melanie
    12:55 pm on August 31st, 2010

    Dan is doing better. He told Zoë that he needed some sleep and that he would sleep there at the hospital and she should sleep at home. He was smiling when he said it.

    Just finished the last of The Last Detective The series was only 4 seasons long. Bummer. Peter Davidson was "Dangerous" Davis the main character. Well written, funny good on-going story. WANT a season 5.

    Bess is sleeping in front of the computer, so I'm writing this off to the side wearing the wrong glasses. Hope this works.

  62. Melanie
    12:56 pm on August 31st, 2010

    Whoops, forgot to go off the italics.

  63. dawson
    12:56 pm on August 31st, 2010

    Wait Rio: I prefer preventative measures – like your friend does with her teeth. No money is in my bedbug budget fund.

  64. dawson
    12:59 pm on August 31st, 2010

    What? Vacuuming won't help get rid of bed bugs? Martha Stewart says it will. And she serves marrow bones so I trust her.

  65. Riö - The Evil
    1:02 pm on August 31st, 2010

    Dawson!…No money!?…snort!…I'm calling Rockie and his gang back immediately! You think I do this Bed Bug crap for fun?…wheeze!

  66. Barb & Maggie
    1:03 pm on August 31st, 2010

    Dawson, We asked earlier if you work in a nursing home. You have mentioned reading to the inmates in the past, so we were wondering.

  67. Barb & Maggie
    1:04 pm on August 31st, 2010

    Rio, What do you charge for the bed bug service, not that we have them!!!

  68. Jasper the Poodle
    1:09 pm on August 31st, 2010

    Teeth and marrow…two words that we aren't saying out loud around these parts. Mom had her root canal today. She spent two hours in her "happy place" that apparently included balmy sea breezes, sand, palm trees and a hammock. Of course, I was there too, helping her to feel better. Time for a nap, I think. Yes, of course I'm on the arm of my mom's chair in front of the fan. Nighty, night.

  69. B. Stover
    1:09 pm on August 31st, 2010

    This is from White Collar. They are apparently quoting Einstein. I think it's really good:

    "The reason for time is so that everything doesn't happen at once."

  70. dawson
    1:09 pm on August 31st, 2010

    I just priced bedbeg sniffing dogs and they run $300 a pop in New York (last year's prices) so they are double that up here. I could get almost get a tooth fixed for that!

    Barb and Maggie: I did post earlier that I work in a Long Term Care section of the General Hospital here. There are 7 residents, who like to call themselves inmates.

  71. Macy the Min-Pin
    2:07 pm on August 31st, 2010

    Wow, I wonder if that Lou guy could cook and quote Shakespeare too.

  72. Melanie
    2:27 pm on August 31st, 2010

    I hate computers. . .

    Trying to set up the computer upstairs to use the wifi . . .


    After two hours I gave up and an e-mailed the computer guru.

    I have to call him tomorrow after 9am.

    I hope I haven't totally messed it up!

  73. B. Stover
    2:34 pm on August 31st, 2010

    Macy: What Lou guy?

  74. Siberian Husky
    2:40 pm on August 31st, 2010

    Stover, Macy is referring to that book review that Abbie posted this morning. The dog's name is Lou and he sounds like Superdog.

    My mom can read that book if she wants to because she sees us Huskies as we truly are. Lou, we are not. I'm not reading that book because I could develop a complex or something.

  75. Siberian Husky
    2:42 pm on August 31st, 2010

    Melanie, mom says to tell you that everything will be okay, and that she knows just how you feel. The computer guru will help.

  76. B. Stover
    2:43 pm on August 31st, 2010

    SH: You're perfect just as you are.

  77. Barb & Maggie
    2:53 pm on August 31st, 2010

    Dawson, Sorry we missed that earlier post.

    Melanie, Hope the guru helps.

  78. Riö - The Evil
    3:03 pm on August 31st, 2010

    MagPie!… Regarding the Tip Top Bed Bug service you would get if you employed me…snort!… if you have to ask the price you cannot afford it!…Grunt!

  79. Melanie
    3:14 pm on August 31st, 2010

    Siber-H, you don't have to be anyone else! As B. Stover says "You're perfect just as you are."

  80. Siberian Husky
    3:14 pm on August 31st, 2010

    Husky hugs to Stover

  81. Siberian Husky
    3:16 pm on August 31st, 2010

    You too, Melanie. Husky hugs

    I'm showing these posts to mom right away!

  82. Riö - The Evil
    3:19 pm on August 31st, 2010

    Stover!… We just started watching Rubicon 6….snort!…Very interesting!! …Remember the message from David, “They watch (or are) in plain sight”…sniff!…Or something like that!

    Lou!…Who the hell is Lou?…snort!… Or never mind I don't want to know. If he is not here, I don't care to know him…heh!…I hope Kirby shows up tonight…sniff!…I sort of deserted him last night, but she just won't let me stay up for the really late games during busy season…wheeze!

  83. Riö - The Evil
    3:20 pm on August 31st, 2010

    PS:! … I do not want a Husky Hug!…snort!

  84. Siberian Husky
    3:46 pm on August 31st, 2010

    Rio, you should read about Lou in that book review. He's not your average dog.

    How about Husky smooches to Rio!

  85. B. Stover
    3:59 pm on August 31st, 2010

    SH: I'm laughing. What did your mom think of those posts?

    Rio: The clue left by David was "They hide in plain sight." I like the way Kathrine and Will finally meet at the party. Somehow the two plot lines are connected. What is the four leaf clover all about? It's connected to the clue in the crossword puzzle in episode 1. I think Kale is a good guy.

  86. Riö - The Evil
    4:09 pm on August 31st, 2010

    SiberH!…Get off of me! dammit!….No Siber Slobering, uck!…gah!

    Kale! Stover!… See, I feel like I am being led to believe he is a Good Guy, but I don’t really want to believe that at all…snort!….This is a very good show! A gem amongst so many coals out there…wheeze!

  87. Siberian Husky
    4:14 pm on August 31st, 2010

    Stover, Mom is very pleased and she gave me a big kiss.

  88. Riö - The Evil
    4:24 pm on August 31st, 2010

    Clover!…The Four Leaf Clover is the 4 states of head…snort!… I’m just guessing, I think this came out in the first episode…sneeze!

  89. Riö - The Evil
    4:35 pm on August 31st, 2010

    Teeth!…I sure hope Jasper’s friend feels okay in the morning… snort!…Root Canal! The words alone send a shiver down my spine!…shudder!

    Rockies!… Another LATE night on the West Coast!…dammit!…The game does not start till 8:10 and we (because of HER!) cannot stay up late enough to see the end.…snort!…These games are Soooo Very important right now!…wheeze!

  90. Siberian Husky
    4:37 pm on August 31st, 2010

    Rockies! CarGo was picked as the National League player of the week. I'm so glad for him and he earned it.

  91. Riö - The Evil
    4:37 pm on August 31st, 2010

    Language!… Heads of State?…is that the correct verbage? sniff!…Instead of States of Head…heh!

  92. B. Stover
    4:42 pm on August 31st, 2010

    I think in the first episode the three branches of government were in the crosswords and Will didn't know what the fourth clue represented. That clue was the one in Latin for four leaf clover. Remember that the professor's wife (the one who committed suicide and Katherine finds the clipping in her husband's file cabinet) also had a four leaf clover that he had received. She also had the same picture of seven young boys on the beach–the one James Wheeler took from Tom's townhouse.

  93. Riö - The Evil
    4:51 pm on August 31st, 2010

    Admin!… He revised the Georgia schedule! When?…snort!…Now he has added a whole half hour to Spence and The Charming Mr. Abrahams time to meet with his fans…snort!…The ones who actually pay his bills…heh!… Nice! And at the same time very generous knowing that that there will be so many other authors there at the same time! …grunt!…I sure hope Kirby does not get distracted and miss our author(s) this weekend!…sniff!…The window of opportunity is still quite small…cough!

  94. Riö - The Evil
    4:54 pm on August 31st, 2010

    SiberH!…I believe our very own Cargo has been picked twice this year as Very Best!…snort!snort!… He is amazing! Along with a lot of other fellow!…Game!…Geeze, it will start soon I hope!…sneeze!… We have to go change the water outside!…grunt!

  95. Kirby T. Penworthy
    5:13 pm on August 31st, 2010

    I'm here! And Rio, the time for PA was always 12-12:45 — I think the original post was just a typo. Don't worry — Mom has our schedule all written out! Besides PA and SQ she wants to see some other authors (I don't know why!), and there are stages and panels all over town — it's like an intricate ballet to be in the right place at the right time! She's got experience — there's a book festival in Columbia and she works at the library booth there, so whether she's at the booth or at a presentation, she's always where she needs to be when she needs to be there. Of course, that's just different rooms at the convention center. It'll be more of a challenge for her to be running down the block instead of the hallway!!!

  96. Kirby T. Penworthy
    5:16 pm on August 31st, 2010

    My game just went to the bottom of the 1st. Angels didn't do nuthin' in the first. 🙁

  97. Riö - The Evil
    5:18 pm on August 31st, 2010

    Kirby!….Will you be going with her???… sigh!… I am so relieved your gal is on top of all of this…snort!…It is Sooooo Exciting!…gurgle!… I sure hope you get to go Kirby, I bet The Charming Mr. Abrahams would just Love to Meet you!…sniff!…I really do pal!…heh!

  98. Riö - The Evil
    5:20 pm on August 31st, 2010

    Rocks!…Just started here too… snort!…I’m hoping we stay up for it, but time will tell!..grumble!…It is Soooo Very Important that our guys win again tonight!…heh!

  99. Siberian Husky
    5:25 pm on August 31st, 2010

    The Rockies game starts an hour earlier tomorrow night. That's a relief. I don't know how Kirby does it because I can't even deal with the one hour difference.

  100. abbiethekitty
    5:28 pm on August 31st, 2010


    The Tigers and the Twins. We are coming back! 3 to 2

    Better watch out.


  101. abbiethekitty
    5:33 pm on August 31st, 2010

    Gosh Dawson! Your Tigers are hitting my players! Your pitcher hit Joe Mauer! Booooo. What! Now they hit Kubel! Boy oh Boy! They should warn that pitcher.

    The fans are going crazy. They just pulled that pitcher.


  102. Siberian Husky
    5:37 pm on August 31st, 2010

    Abbie has an exciting game going on.

  103. abbiethekitty
    5:39 pm on August 31st, 2010

    HA! They Tigers just walked in the tying run for the Twins!

    Delmon Young is up with the bases loaded!

    My gracious!

    Base hit! Twins are in the lead! 4 to 3.

    This is rather exciting!

  104. abbiethekitty
    5:40 pm on August 31st, 2010

    Hey Mr Husky!

    We have to win. The White Sox won their game already! We don't want to let them get two games up on us!

  105. Riö - The Evil
    5:49 pm on August 31st, 2010

    Wow!…The Tigers are trying to take out the Twins one by one!…wooooweeee!…Good news for everyone who is not the Twins…snort!….The Tigers definitely need to claw their way back. I think they are a good many games behind the Twins right now… snort!…. No amount of Moose Meat Marrow will help that situation!…heh!

  106. abbiethekitty
    6:00 pm on August 31st, 2010


  107. abbiethekitty
    6:02 pm on August 31st, 2010

    Oh NO! Tigers have the tying run at first in the top of the 9th inning.


  108. abbiethekitty
    6:11 pm on August 31st, 2010

    Ooooooooh now the tying run is at third.

  109. abbiethekitty
    6:12 pm on August 31st, 2010

    two strikes! OMG!

  110. Siberian Husky
    6:13 pm on August 31st, 2010

    LOL I have switched to Abbie's game for right now. It is an exciting game.

  111. Riö - The Evil
    6:14 pm on August 31st, 2010

    Heh!heh!….Baseball!…You have got to Love it!…snort!snort…All that Clawing Back has helped the Twins!…..Wooooo!

  112. abbiethekitty
    6:14 pm on August 31st, 2010

    Struck him OUT!!! Twins win!!!!

    Whoooo Hoooooooo

    yes! If I could only have a clapping Bob for my Twins. Anyone?

  113. abbiethekitty
    6:16 pm on August 31st, 2010

    Gosh I need a nap! I think I will start getting ready for bed! Good night everyone!


  114. Siberian Husky
    6:17 pm on August 31st, 2010

    Rio, could you please do a clapping Bob for Abbie.

    Dawson, it was close.

  115. Riö - The Evil
    6:17 pm on August 31st, 2010

    OppSie!… I meant Tigers up there in my last post…snort!…Although, this game could go anyway right now!..Woooo!

  116. Kirby T. Penworthy
    6:17 pm on August 31st, 2010

    My game's still scoreless, so while all the rest of you are getting excited about your games, I'd like to go on record as someone who predicted that Ratko was dead in the housing development. From the post of Aug. 21 @ 8:24 p.m., listing the possibilities for why the same scent was identified as Foster's by Chet, and as Ratko's by Tulip:

    3) Foster strangled Ratko in the abandoned housing development, getting the caretaker’s cologne on himself. If Ratko is dead in the housing development, that would explain the “scent that’s important in our work” that Chet smelled.

  117. Riö - The Evil
    6:19 pm on August 31st, 2010

    Sniff!…Clapping Bob for the Damn Twins…sigh…

    [img ]http://chetthedog.wpengine.com/wp-content/uploads/1283311148-clap!clap!.gif[/img]

  118. Riö - The Evil
    6:22 pm on August 31st, 2010

    Kirby!… You are my Murder Mystery Mentor!…heh!…Good Job speculating about Ratkos death…snort!,…Too bad you didn’t include the Pop Pop Pop packing wrap!…wheeze!… I would be bowing at your feet right now if that had happened…heh!

  119. Kirby T. Penworthy
    6:31 pm on August 31st, 2010

    Rio: Hey, I'm good, but I'm not that good! Besides, my prediction is 100 percent right only if it turns out that Foster was the guy whodunnit, and if the method was strangulation! So far I'm batting .333 (to keep our baseball theme going for the evening)!

  120. Siberian Husky
    6:34 pm on August 31st, 2010

    Kirby, sorry, I didn't give you any credit today for saying that it could be Ratko's body in the housing develpment. I only remembered that FK had said it yesterday. I can't remember anything beyond 24 hours. Rio will back me up on that.

    Good Night All!

  121. Riö - The Evil
    6:36 pm on August 31st, 2010

    Snot!…I love when a Pitcher on The Mound blows snot out his nostril by plugging up the other one…snort!…I always have to stop chewing on my bone or whatever and reflect on this action…gurgle!…I so wish I could do that!…dammit!

  122. Macy the Min-Pin
    6:49 pm on August 31st, 2010

    You boys are just nasty!

  123. Macy the Min-Pin
    6:51 pm on August 31st, 2010

    And on the subject of baseball, I am personally putting Cliff Lee up for adoption, no cash or trade needed, just take him. Far, far away, quick.

    Macy out.

  124. Kirby T. Penworthy
    7:01 pm on August 31st, 2010

    SiberH: That's OK. I knew that I thought it was Ratko, but I didn't know if and/or when I had said it. I had to spend about an hour looking for that post. So you're not the only one with no memory. That's OK, we're dogs. I think we're supposed to get sidetracked!

  125. Kirby T. Penworthy
    7:02 pm on August 31st, 2010

    And Rio: Ewwwww! I've never, ever had any desire to do that! Ever!

  126. Riö - The Evil
    7:04 pm on August 31st, 2010

    Damn!….That Buster Posie is up again!…grrrrrr!…Rocks behind 1 – 2 bottom of the 7th and that DAMNED Buster Posie hit for first…gulp!…Could have been worse!

  127. Kirby T. Penworthy
    7:09 pm on August 31st, 2010

    Well, Rio, I'm thinking right about now you're wishing your Rockies were doing as well as my Angels. My game is scoreless in the top of the eighth. We may not be winning, but at least we're not losing!!!

  128. Riö - The Evil
    7:17 pm on August 31st, 2010

    Kirby!….Really? You look like a guy who could blow snot out both your nostrils at the same time…gruff!… Please do not do this in the presence of The Charming Mr. Abrahams….sneeze! …. Although I actually think Spencer would get a kick out of this activity….heh!…Just a hunch!

    Giambi!…Just got a hit to help us out!…heh!…Giants are going down, but they don't know it yet!…chorkle!

  129. Kirby T. Penworthy
    7:23 pm on August 31st, 2010

    Rio: I'm sure I could, but the question is would I? And the answer is, of course, no. I am a gentleman. After all, I'm dressed in a tuxedo 24/7!

  130. Riö - The Evil
    7:24 pm on August 31st, 2010

    Tied!…We are Tied!…TIED TIED TIED and Giambi is UP UP UP!…heh!…I think we are staying up way too late again tonight…snort!

  131. Kirby T. Penworthy
    7:24 pm on August 31st, 2010

    And, by the way, my Angels have pulled ahead, 1-0.

  132. Kirby T. Penworthy
    7:25 pm on August 31st, 2010

    Bravo, Mr. Rio. (And I assume you can hear the James Bond tone to my voice as I say that!)

  133. Riö - The Evil
    7:32 pm on August 31st, 2010

    Score!….Tied at 2…heh!…Bottom of the 8th…I an lucky theTV is still on!…Woooo! She really wants to go to bed now…sigh!

    Craaapp!… Now suddenly it is the Jolly Green Giants ahead by ONE…GRRRRRR…drat it all!…Naybe we should go to bed???…and wake up to good news tomorrow!!!!..yes!Yes!…bed!now!..we will listen in…heh!

  134. Kirby T. Penworthy
    7:34 pm on August 31st, 2010

    Oh dear, the Mariners have scored two runs. It is now 2-1 in the bottom of the eighth. Two outs, however. Come on gentlement, you can do it!!!

  135. Kirby T. Penworthy
    7:36 pm on August 31st, 2010

    Dear me. Those Mariners managed one more run before the inning was over. The score is now 3-1 going into the top of the ninth. Go Angels.

  136. Kirby T. Penworthy
    7:37 pm on August 31st, 2010

    Dear, oh dear. Things are not looking good for Rio's Rockies.

  137. Kirby T. Penworthy
    7:40 pm on August 31st, 2010

    (Sorry, SiberH. I know you're rooting for the Rockies as well. But SiberH's Rockies just doesn't have the same panache as Rio's Rockies.)

  138. Kirby T. Penworthy
    7:49 pm on August 31st, 2010

    Oh, heck! It's a final. My Angels lost to the Mariners by a score of 3-1.

    And it appears that the Rockies managed to get out of the eighth inning with only 2 runs scored against them. With the bases loaded, it could have been much worse.

  139. Riö - The Evil
    7:51 pm on August 31st, 2010

    Yikes! ….It is Giants 5- 2 right now Top of the 8th…and she says we are going to bed!…NOOOO! …Oh, and bases are loaded for San Fran!…grump!…Hey! Our Pitcher stuck them all out!..heh!..But we are still going to bed and listening to as much as we can before the Sand Man comes ,,,,heh!

    Night All!…Please Lord let the Rockies win!…sniff!…Amen!

  140. Kirby T. Penworthy
    7:56 pm on August 31st, 2010

    I'm beginning to doubt the veracity of the ESPN website. First they listed the Rockies scoreat 4-2 at the end of the eighth inning. Now it says 3-2. Yet Rio himself states that the score is 5-2. Whatever can the proper score be?

  141. Kirby T. Penworthy
    7:59 pm on August 31st, 2010

    Now the game does indeed indicate a score of 5-2 at the end of the eighth inning. Imagine that, Rio is correct and ESPN in in error.

  142. Kirby T. Penworthy
    8:06 pm on August 31st, 2010

    Oh dear. Dear, dear, dear. I'm afraid Rio will not wake up to a happy morning.

    Since this has turned into a monologue, I've decided to bid everyone a fond adieu for the evening. Cheerio!!

  143. abbiethekitty
    11:01 pm on August 31st, 2010

    Dawson has obviously given up.

  144. Bed Bugs Extermination
    1:50 pm on January 19th, 2011

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