R.I.P.: Elmore Leonard

“One of his best pieces of advice was to leave out the boring parts,” Spence says.

“So that’s it for today,” says Admin.

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85 Responses to “R.I.P.: Elmore Leonard”

  1. c.harris
    8:15 am on August 21st, 2013

    First! Has that ever happened before? You tell me. 4:00 am in Alaska. Woke up and awake–but plan on going back to bed again. Have a good morning when you are up and posting.

  2. Herd of Hounds
    8:18 am on August 21st, 2013

    Gooood morning everyone! (Especially CHobbit). Hope the trazadone works for Sadie. Elmore Leonard, have a safe journey.

    BDS or Wolfie: (can’t remember which) Have a WOW Wednedsay.

  3. O'Howlers
    9:14 am on August 21st, 2013

    Wow to youse guys!
    Lots of activity here…all our stuff is getting packed for our really big roadtrip. Yippee!

  4. dawson
    9:14 am on August 21st, 2013

    Goood morning everyone.
    Rest in peace Elmore Leonard.
    Took me awhile to get today’s post (in my defense – no caffeine)
    Boring is the new normal.
    I’m going for a bike ride before the heat gets too hot.

    already forgot. I was supposed to leave all that out.

  5. B. Stover
    9:22 am on August 21st, 2013

    That is always good advice.

    Good morning all.

  6. Macy's mom
    9:26 am on August 21st, 2013

    Dawson, what happens when the heat get too cold?

    Morning all!

    Guess we should go check on the naybor. He slept in the back yard last night. (his, not ours!!!) He wanted to hook up to our electric, but dad finally had enough. We don’t have any income ourselves, and a newly arrived upstairs boarder who seems to think that she needs a/c. That.is.it. We are at our limit for freeloaders. I found that I do still have a conscience, I thought about Naybor during the night, but some people will suck you dry if you let them. OK, sorry Elmore.

  7. Staff
    9:34 am on August 21st, 2013

    Geez, boarders (in Texas) who think they need AC!
    When Mr.Staff agreed to my proposal I told him there were two conditions. One was Northern Lights and the other was AC. He delivered both within 6 months. The AC came first.

    Elmore was one of Mom’s favorite writers. It helped that he set some of his books in Detroit near where Mom and Dad lived when they first married while going to Wayne State University. (back in the late 40’s)
    87 West Ferry was the address.

  8. Tupper' Mama
    9:40 am on August 21st, 2013

    Good morning to you all from day 2 of the Really Long Shew. The exhibit halls all got really hot yesterday. Being on the very end, we get some air, but in hot, humid weather, a tin roof building is not the place to be. Thankfully, we found a 24 hour Wally’s on the way back to the hotel last night and bought a fan. So today we are sitting cooler, if not pretty.

    In answer to all questions re jewelry – sure. We can all talk after the show

    Macy – truer words were never spoken. This guy’s tragic life does not have to become yours.

    Have a good day everyone. We hope to be too busy to check in.

  9. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    9:41 am on August 21st, 2013

    Good morning, everyone. Mom has been in lurk mode lately, but all is well. Sometimes she is quiet inside, and has nothing to say. And sometimes there is so much going on that it is impossible to articulate.

    She has spent some time with Jace, but my boys lives are quickly destabilizing. It is very worrisome.

    Golinka, your really big shew is beautiful. Staff, you are stunning. Love that photo. Gus and Dima, please get well. You too, Tenzing. Can’t wait for the really big auction! Loved the Iggy Chronicles because it made me laugh out loud!

  10. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    9:43 am on August 21st, 2013

    Macy, perhaps you can charge your upstairs boarder some rent? At least enough to cover the a/c?

  11. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:56 am on August 21st, 2013


  12. BearSpiritDog
    10:01 am on August 21st, 2013

    Good Morning All & Howdy to Kelda the Sorcerer…What an Intriguing Name!
    Elmore! You will be missed. We Love your books and, of course, the FX Series Justified on which one of your stories was based.

    The photo of Staff last night was Simply Lovely. Interesting how all the equipment went awry yesterday…Full Moon it must be.

    Macy: Lots of Drama out your way! Try to Stay Cool.

    Wolfie: Good to Hear from You! Very Happy to hear you are spending some time with little Jace. Sorry to hear things are still unraveling with his parents and uncle. Sending Good Thoughts your way, as always.

  13. BearSpiritDog
    10:03 am on August 21st, 2013

    Oh and Hounds, A Wow Wednesday! We are Honored.

  14. Melanie
    10:06 am on August 21st, 2013

    Admin? You had me laughing this morning1

    Staff, I love your picture. I love your hat.
    Macy, my advice is give your neighbor a shovel and he can make a den to sleep in.
    Wölfie, Good to hear from you. Take care of your mom.

    Slow start to the morning. And I have peaches to face. sigh.

  15. Princess Sam
    10:07 am on August 21st, 2013

    My Mommy and Molly’s mom saw things they want to buy in that beautiful video.

  16. Melanie
    10:10 am on August 21st, 2013

    Whoops, wish that caffein would kick in faster.

    C.Hobbit, the Pack and I share the same pill for pain. It is the “in” thing to do. snicker
    When my doc said there’s this pill that I want you to try, but you’ve probably never heard of it. I had!

    There was also something I was going to say about the full moon . . Nope it’s gone!

  17. Masquers
    10:14 am on August 21st, 2013

    Siber: What you called yesterday it is blog headlines today.
    Howlers: You will soon be off and so will we…overnight and most of tomorrow…not for a fun trip like youse, but the dreaded dental appointment instead. Gah.
    Tupper’s Mama: You and the Storyteller stay kool now and keep an eye out for our dear friend Rose. The best in sales to you!
    Melanie: Or…we could send Siber down Macy’s way to help the naybor dig that den.

  18. Siber-H
    12:13 pm on August 21st, 2013

    One of Elmore Leonard’s books was made into two of the best westerns ever to grace the big screen…both versions (the original and the remake) of 3:10 to Yuma.

    Bear, I saw the Fish, Wolf, Moon this morning. We were at the dog park before it ever set in the western sky.

    I wonder how long Macy’s neighbor plans to camp in the yard. Keep us posted Macy.

  19. Masquers
    12:17 pm on August 21st, 2013

    Siber: I saw it too! ‘Round midnight.
    Yes! 3:10 to Yuma…good movie.

  20. Barb & Maggie
    12:17 pm on August 21st, 2013

    Wolfie, Sorry things are not going well for the boys. Maybe Jace will come and live with you.

    Have to go back and look at Staff’s picture.

    Melanie, Barb is going to blanch and freeze some green beans today. Pretty easy compared to all those peaches.

  21. Herd of Hounds
    12:17 pm on August 21st, 2013

    Macy’s Mom: You are not Imelduenya (Mother of the earth). You have gone over and above like many. Time to let go.

  22. Rose
    12:31 pm on August 21st, 2013
  23. Barb & Maggie
    12:56 pm on August 21st, 2013

    Macy, Get some money from your boarder for the a/c. You are not a charity organization. Don’t feel bad about not doing any more for the naybor. He sounds like the type that might take advantage of you.

    One of Kelly’s friends just adopted a little terrier mix from a rescue place. He was neutered, chipped and they said he was vet checked. The friends took him in to their own vet and found out he has lung worms. Anyone familiar with those? They paid $350 to the rescue center for an adoption fee. Barb thinks they should reimburse them for the treatment cost. Evidently it is fairly easily curable from what we read on line, but can be fatal if left untreated.

  24. Masquers
    1:21 pm on August 21st, 2013

    Rose! Hurray! You are back…and with news of the techie variety. Will you and the Prof be visiting Golinka & the Storyteller at their booth later in the week?

  25. Masquers
    2:11 pm on August 21st, 2013

    “A man can be in two different places and he will be two different men. Maybe if you think of more places he will be more men, but two is enough for now.”
    ― Elmore Leonard, Valdez Is Coming

  26. Barb & Maggie
    2:33 pm on August 21st, 2013

    Chet says two is always enough!

    Love the picture of Staff in her hat. Beautifully done!

    Time for a little nappy. Some news people were asked yesterday what was something that they like doing now but did not like as a child. They said nap!

  27. Melanie
    2:56 pm on August 21st, 2013

    I have done some peaches. Zoë thinks I’m nuts. Pondering . .

    I have separated a BUNCH of peaches that are not quite ripe for all the neighbors and for my sister’s family. A few more delivers and they will be running when they see me!

    Right now green beans sound good.

    Lung worms? Ewwwww.

    Nap sounds good to me

  28. Siber-H
    3:15 pm on August 21st, 2013

    Rose, Thanks for the link. That is an interestng article. Great to hear from you!

    Barb, Mom has never heard of lung worms. She is going to Google it.

    Masquers, Valdez is Coming is another western movie….Gary Cooper and Burt Lancaster. The book is probably better than the movie, but I can picture Gary Cooper speaking those lines.

  29. Rose
    3:49 pm on August 21st, 2013

    Masquers and Siber-H, Thank you for welcoming me back!

  30. Masquers
    3:56 pm on August 21st, 2013

    Rose: WoooHooo! We missed you!!!

  31. Masquers
    3:59 pm on August 21st, 2013

    Okay, everybody, I’m being booted off the computer. Time to pack and then it’s hit the road for this kat. I may even get to hang out with my pals at jazz alley tonight. Yes!
    See youse late tomorrow.

  32. Staff
    4:22 pm on August 21st, 2013
  33. Herd of Hounds
    5:13 pm on August 21st, 2013

    Rose: Gooood to hear from ya”ll. Tookl Daddy Dawg to airport to go to Reno. He’ll be gone a week.

  34. Staff
    5:21 pm on August 21st, 2013

    Thanks for your comments on the picture. I have been wanting a new picture since I lost all the weight. The birder I visited is a very accomplished wildlife photographer. I guess I qualify…snicker

  35. Rose
    5:22 pm on August 21st, 2013

    HOH: Good to be back!

  36. Rose
    5:23 pm on August 21st, 2013

    Gus&BooBear, You don’t know how glad it makes me feel to now that Gus is feeling better!

  37. Tupper' Mama
    6:10 pm on August 21st, 2013

    Yup Staff, you are truly one Wild Woman

  38. Tupper' Mama
    6:11 pm on August 21st, 2013

    And you are still a deer

  39. Princess Sam
    6:14 pm on August 21st, 2013

    Macy, is your boarder your girl who moved back home?

  40. Melanie
    6:21 pm on August 21st, 2013

    Hellllllllooooo Rose!

    I decided that I need to get revenge on the peaches.

    There is now a gluten free peach cobbler in the oven.

    Gggoooooddddby, Masquers. Have fun in Jazz Alley.

  41. SnowBella
    6:45 pm on August 21st, 2013

    Snow! I woke up to snow at the top of the world this morning. It wasn’t much, but it smelled great. My flight home was diverted south. We are currently waiting for the reason for the diversion and when we can get back up in the air. Grump!

    Wose: I received a text from Belle Starr this morning. She informed me she refuses to leave your side and she’s upgrading Swedish fish to gummy bears in the gold package. She means well. Send her home if she gets in the way.

  42. Tenzing
    6:59 pm on August 21st, 2013

    I have a soft spot in my sled dog heart for the Pretty Sisters. I admit it. Staff looks beautiful in her picture last night.

  43. Melanie
    7:00 pm on August 21st, 2013

    Snow! The Newfs want to know where, they want to get ouda here. It wa in the 80’s today.

  44. SnowBella
    7:10 pm on August 21st, 2013

    Newfs: The snow in Barrow was melted by the time my flight departed.

    Yeep! We’re going to get back in the air!

  45. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:14 pm on August 21st, 2013

    Melanie!….I would like to eat the top right off that peachy dish…snort!slurp!

  46. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:14 pm on August 21st, 2013

    Rebecca!…Is coming home!…yippee!

  47. Siber-H
    7:17 pm on August 21st, 2013

    Tenzing, I agree. Staff does look beautiful in that picture.

    The peach cobbler looks pretty darn good.

  48. Barb & Maggie
    7:18 pm on August 21st, 2013

    Melanie, The cobbler looks wonderful!

  49. Melanie
    7:26 pm on August 21st, 2013

    Thanks all. Taste test tomorrow.

    Staff, I like Mr. Staff’s Alaska Marine Highway link. Tried to find the closest port to a certain Snowhook, but I think I will have to ask SnowBella. Hmmm. Of course, she’s having her teeth pulled tomorrow. Shudder.

    Finally cooling down some here. Front coming through tomorrow.

  50. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:27 pm on August 21st, 2013

    Melanie!…I don’t think that peachy dish is glutton free…heh!sniff!sniff!

  51. Herd of Hounds
    8:06 pm on August 21st, 2013

    Who cares! it looks gooood.We want some!

  52. Wose
    8:12 pm on August 21st, 2013

    Rebecca: I never get tired of having Belle Starr by my side!

  53. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:19 pm on August 21st, 2013

    Rose!…My pal Rose is really back!..heh!heh!…I knew she would be – who can resist?…snorkel!… Rose, I saw a little girl walk by my house with a tote-bag that sparkled and shined so bright that it rivaled anything that Bellie owns…snort!…I had to squint when I looked at it…cough!

  54. Herd of Hounds
    8:19 pm on August 21st, 2013

    oh Rose sooooooooooo…….goooood to hear from you 🙂

  55. dawson
    8:44 pm on August 21st, 2013

    Staff: Interesting “uncruise to Alaska” article.
    You look lovely as the North Dakotan, moth collecting, garden bird who is a deer.

    MacyMinPin: You got me on the “heat getting hot” comment. When the heat gets too cold it is Winter.

    Wose: Interesting link. I’d love to see some Northern Lights. Glad you are back and that Belle Starr is keeping you company.

    Melanie: Yummy! What is in that topping?

    I would love more pictures of Alaska and Teddy. Never boring!

  56. Staff
    8:49 pm on August 21st, 2013

    guessing here: cornmeal and oats and brown sugar and butter and…

  57. Wookie's Dad
    8:49 pm on August 21st, 2013

    Rose. Teddy says hi and welcome back to his favoritemost blogger pal. He is still working on establishing is own blog voice, but expects to be there very soon.

  58. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:12 pm on August 21st, 2013

    Ruff!…Teddy the Ruff-Ruff rider…snort!…He is in for a treat during the Labor Day Auction Event. I doubt he will ever be the same after that…heh!heh!…Thanks to Everyone who got their photos and descriptions into Rebecca on time…heh!…Youse guys are the best of the bestest…chuffle!

  59. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:26 pm on August 21st, 2013

    Whoa!…We re-watched the second episode of the final 8 episodes of Breaking Bad…snort!…I personally did not glean any new insights as to what will happen. I have given up second guessing Vince Gillum and his team of crack writers…heh!…I have decided to enjoy the ride and not try and figure it all out…chuffle!

  60. Herd of Hounds
    9:36 pm on August 21st, 2013

    Put Daddy Dawg on plane for Reno NV to see g sons and his girl for the next week, Hoh and mommy are taking it easy 🙂 (or something) Maybe will do the Melanie zombie since there is no one to wake up.

  61. Belle Starr
    9:46 pm on August 21st, 2013

    Wose: There is a nasty rumor going around about me not being the most sparkly body ever. Maybe we can shop online this weekend from the comfort of your Wose Quilt. My Two-legged was given a chocolate credit card. I bet it doesn’t have a limit.

    What was to be a quick three hour flight home turned out to be over five hours. My Two-legged just for her first meal of the day. She thought she was going to hurt someone if she didn’t get food soon. Does that every happen to you?

    Now, it is time for her long drive home.

  62. Melanie
    10:02 pm on August 21st, 2013

    BelleStar, I have to say that you DON’T want to be around YSAS when he needs to eat. He goes and goes and goes just like your two legged and needs frequent doses of chocolate and gummie bears good for you food.

    HOH, you can do the Zombie Melanie posts tonight.I am hoping to sleep.

    Staff, no cornmeal. It was almond flour. You were correct on everything else.

    Riö, both my guys and gal are watching the last season of Breaking Bad. They are trying to figure out what happens next.


  63. Herd of Hounds
    10:13 pm on August 21st, 2013

    Melanie Don”t know if I can fill your shoes tonight but in those time that I am awake,I will check this. 🙂

  64. Staff
    10:13 pm on August 21st, 2013

    Melanie, my second choice was going to be Rice flour…

  65. BooBear
    10:13 pm on August 21st, 2013

    I’m sorry guys. Mom gave y’all the wrong impression yesterday. Gus is not better and has been having a pretty rough week. Mom is getting food into him, but, other than the 1st day, he is not eating on his own. He behaves great for Mom while she is syringe feeding, and is getting 2 cans a day. But he isn’t doing very well otherwise. Don’t know if the antibiotics will do the trick. Keep the pawsitive thoughts and prayers coming.

    (Mom was posting at a red light about C.Hobbit needing a traveling for Sadie and didn’t have time to change the name).

  66. Herd of Hounds
    10:14 pm on August 21st, 2013

    Melanie Don”t know if I can fill your slippers tonight but in those time that I am awake,I will check this. 🙂

  67. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:15 pm on August 21st, 2013

    Clarkson!…I so hope Clarkson gets to be a character on a show like Breaking Bad one day…snort!…A show where the writers are amazing and the actors are spot on…sniff!…No fuzzy wuzzy stuff, all clear and true stuff…heh!…That is my hope and dream for Clarkson.

  68. Herd of Hounds
    10:17 pm on August 21st, 2013

    Melanie being moderated about your nite foot coverings 🙁

  69. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:19 pm on August 21st, 2013

    Rebecca!….She has eaten (something) and is now really truly on her way home!….wheeze!…I hope there are no mad Moose waiting on her doorstep…grunt!

  70. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:23 pm on August 21st, 2013

    UNBELIEVABLE!…grunt!…The Rockies were ahead by 3 ta 2 bottom of the 9th and our injured Itchy-Scratchy closer let the damned Phillies win the game by 4 ta 3….Grump and Dammit!…He is NOT ready to come back. If they would have left Rex Brothers in as the closer this would not have happened….growl! spit!

  71. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:26 pm on August 21st, 2013

    Beau!…He actually “trotted” on our walk tonight…sniff!…But not for very long. Then he was back to pug-walking which is very very slow…heh!…Our walks are not what they used to be and I for one am totally relieved…chuffle!

  72. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:39 pm on August 21st, 2013

    Whodummy-it!…snort!…We are watching the very last episode of Whodunnit. I do not know who it is (or was) who dunn-away with all those contestants…heh!…It has been fun, but there are no clues per say as to who is the real killer…sniff!..I am sad that it will be over so soon though…wuffle!

  73. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:40 pm on August 21st, 2013

    Crap!…I am out here all alone again…grump!

  74. Staff
    10:48 pm on August 21st, 2013

    Rio, when I went to visit the bird lady yesterday I met her black Pug named Sugar. I forgot to tell you. sniff.

  75. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:51 pm on August 21st, 2013

    Sugar!…heh!…Beau would probably like to meet up with that sweetie!…chorkel!

  76. SnowBella
    11:25 pm on August 21st, 2013

    I just pulled up to our doorstep and nary a moose is in sight, angry or otherwise.

  77. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:27 pm on August 21st, 2013

    Mystery!…I think the show Whodunnit! is a success, but it could be refined and made better….grunt!…The Ending was rushed and not as elegant as it should have been…heh!…Saying all that, it was still a helluva ride. I think it will be back and it will be better next year….heh!

    Party!…My friend and I are going to our third murder mystery party coming up soon in September…heh!heh!…I can’t wait! But she still needs her costume as she is a major character in the whole murder mystery show…snort!

  78. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:29 pm on August 21st, 2013

    Rebecca!…Home!Home!…wheeze!…Home at last!…snort!…I am sure all the guys at the kennel are very happy tonight…chuffle!…I’m happy and I am not even there. I am here, I think.

  79. Tupper's Mama
    11:36 pm on August 21st, 2013

    Just getting back to the hotel from day 2 of the Really Long Shew. And we can officially say that we totally understand the expression “dog tired”.
    The day went pretty well for us for being a weekday. We know the huge crowd will be on Saturday and Sunday. We would love it if we didn’t have anything left to sell to them, but that probably isn’t going to happen.
    And now to make like a pitchfork, and hit the hay. G’night all

  80. Staff
    11:40 pm on August 21st, 2013

    Goodnight all. I used to have a friend who would say she “Had to get horizontal.” She was one of the first female engineers who graduated from Purdue. I sure miss her. She also would say that she wasn’t sweet enough to melt or hard enough to rust (so she wasn’t afraid of getting wet). snicker.

  81. Pancho & Lefty
    12:09 am on August 22nd, 2013

    For the record, we had no part in the misplacement of Teddy’s voice. We do hope the Ruff-Rider finds his voice soon.

    Night all youse.

  82. Macy's mom
    12:45 am on August 22nd, 2013

    Sammie, yes the boarder is our girl. She gets her new (minus boyfriend) apartment Oct. 1.

    The Naybor was told by the local constabulary that if he was found sleeping in the backyard tonight they would find him a nice place with a/c, heh-heh.

    Gus, I am so sorry to hear that you are not better. I jumped the gun when I saw your name on the post. I pray your journey is smooth.

    Oh, and The Old Man got a job. He will be a teacher’s assistant to a 26 year old!

  83. c.hobbit
    1:33 am on August 22nd, 2013

    Macy’s Mom: boarder gone in October, neighbor gone tonight and there is a job with money attached. Things are looking up.

    Thinking of Gus. Glad Rose is back. Off to Anchorage sometime tomorrow; fingers crossed for the drugs to work and this time I am wearing earplugs.

    Another furnace repair in my future. Wish my karma would change.

  84. Herd of Hounds
    2:34 am on August 22nd, 2013

    Daddy Dawg is on the ground in Reno.
    CHobbit: Safe trip/
    Gus: Health.
    Melanie & AK” Sleep.
    Nighty night.

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