Reader Questions

Yesterday, referring to the ferret in Tender Is The Bite, Jill Stroh asked: “I’ve been wondering if baseball was involved when you named Griffie, even though the spelling is different.” Although I am an admirer of Ken Griffey, father and son, the answer is no. The name Griffie is actually a clue – there’s a human character with a name quite like that in the story. I’ll say no more. Here Griffie makes his first appearance:
A young woman looked out. Not Mavis, a fact I noticed only in passing. What caught my attention was the ferret on her shoulder. And I’d caught his attention, no doubt about that. He showed me his teeth first thing, just like every ferret I’d ever met. I showed him mine. You’d have done the same. His tiny eyes burned hot. Would playing a game of some sort get us off to a better start? For example, how about the grabbing-the-little-fella-by-his-collar – a velvet collar, by the way, velvet being a material I knew well from an incident with a tapestry, best forgotten – and-flipping-him-up-to-the-ceiling game? Who doesn’t like being flipped up to the ceiling? Although I don’t know personally on account of who could flip the likes of me that high, or anywhere at all? Ah, the likes of me! Once I’d flipped a bunny rabbit name of Ursula – true, not a ferret – so high that I’d had time to run over and catch her in midair and flip her up again! The look on her face! So when would be a good time to get things underway with my new ferret buddy? Now, maybe, like right away, this very –

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7 Responses to “Reader Questions”

  1. B. Stover
    12:14 pm on April 16th, 2022

    Chet, you’re making me laugh.

    Good day to all.

  2. Herd of Hounds
    1:36 pm on April 16th, 2022

    Flip her up and flip her up again. Quite a visual.

  3. Wose-The Small and Meek
    4:22 pm on April 16th, 2022


    I would love to have a ferret! Grizz thinks they look like aliens.

    Good afternoon to all!

  4. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    6:20 pm on April 16th, 2022

    Grabbing!…And Flipping a ferrat!…snort!…Sounds like a good time to me!…chuffle!…Me and my friend have a large distaste for Ferrats!…grunt!

  5. mlaiuppa
    7:10 pm on April 16th, 2022

    Ramses used to play that came with empty nursery pots. He would stick his head inside and then flip them up as high as he could, and then chase after them. He learned to play fetch with himself.

    Every time I read Chet describe this game, I think of Ramses and his plastic nursery containers.

  6. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    9:28 pm on April 16th, 2022

    Baseball!…snort!…I always say Baseball first so those of youse who have no interest at all in this game can just skim past the post…heh!heh!…We here are now caught up on the games and are watching todays game although a bit behind live action!…snort!…There are so many players I just love!Love!LOVE! Even more than the Rockies I have to confess (except for Charlie Blackmon – whom we here love and have his signed baseball)…snorkel!…Let us talk about Harrison Bader…oh my dawg!…What an amazingly good looking talented guy!…My friend is beside herself everytime he comes up to bat or catches a ball…yelp!…I myself wish I had his curly hair….chuffle!…more to come!

  7. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    11:17 pm on April 16th, 2022

    Civil! …War!…snort!…We are still watching Ken Burns documentary films about the civil war….grunt!….George B. McClellan. Wot a guy! He could have ended the war very early but he DID NOTHING. Even after finding Robert E. Lees battle plans …He did NOTHING!…grump!…Why Lincoln kept him on as a General for so long baffles me.. Maybe there was no one else equipped. But this guy took the cake for procrastination…gurgle!weep!

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