Relaxing By The Pool

“Answer my question,”  said Albie Rose, turning red – not a pretty sight, and he hadn’t been a pretty sight at his normal color, not in that tiny bathing suit. In my opinion, clothes are a very good invention, when it comes to humans. “How come you know so much about Tiffany three?” he asked Foster.

Foster and I climbed out of the pool. “Knowing her real name was Ethel?” said Foster. “It wasn’t a secret.” I went closer to Albie Rose – he smelled like cheese that had been left in the sun – and shook myself off. Water sprayed all over the place, glinting in the sun. There was a lot of beauty in life and it could pop up at any moment.

“Damn dog!” Albie Rose yelled, and raised his hand, like he was going to … hit me? The next thing I knew, before I could even growl, Bernie had grabbed his wrist. “Ow,” cried Albie. Bernie could move real fast when he wanted; also he could squeeze real hard, like now. There were a few more “ows.” Bernie didn’t let go until the look on Albie’s face said he knew what was what. We were partners, me and Bernie.


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48 Responses to “Relaxing By The Pool”

  1. B. Stover
    4:04 am on April 24th, 2010

    And these stories are part of that beauty.

  2. Barb & Maggie
    4:26 am on April 24th, 2010

    Wow, how sbout Buddy, the hero dog from Alaska! He led the state trooper back to his friend's burning home. He must be almost as smart as Chet. He could maybe even play him in the movie, except his ears are the same color. He was on the Today Show this morning and I thought he was very beautiful and regal, much like Chet the Jet.

  3. Rio - The Evil Pug
    5:28 am on April 24th, 2010

    Albie!… Who would’ve guessed he smells like old cheese? … snort!… Looks like his hired gun, Foster, isn’t going to help him out of Bernie’s grasp!…heh!

    Well!… it’s a windy, cold, rainy, lightning and thundering kind of day here…snort!…And we have plans to go to the big city and tour the museum… wheeze!… Good day for that, I guess! …Plus!… the Rocks don’t start their double header until 3:00 this afternoon…. Heh!… This could all work out very well.

  4. B. Stover
    5:33 am on April 24th, 2010

    Rio: I really liked the Fringe episode. Wonder who "Mr. Secretary" is. I suppose a better question is, how did he manage to come over from the parallel universe since the bridge wasn't allowed to fully appear. I couldn't see previews for next week since that is not part of the download. What is the Tattered Cover? In THAT Chet first smelled the cheese aroma of Albie.

  5. B. Stover
    5:35 am on April 24th, 2010

    It should be DOI not THAT above.

  6. Môllypôp
    5:45 am on April 24th, 2010

    Happy happy here – but not skipping! The Sabres won against the Bruins last night, just when I thought it was all over. Now the series is 3-2 Boston. I hope I can be skipping soon but will probably be crying in my red wine.

  7. Rio - The Evil Pug
    5:47 am on April 24th, 2010

    Rats!… I missed my opportunity to correct you!… snort! … The Tattered Cover is a wonderful bookstore in Lower Downtown…gruff!… The way the weather is, we may not get that far… drat!

  8. B. Stover
    5:58 am on April 24th, 2010

    That's a great name for a bookstore.

    Hi Mollypop. Hope you'll be skipping soon.

  9. Rio - The Evil Pug
    6:23 am on April 24th, 2010

    Books!… If you ever come to visit your nephew in Denver… snort!… You will have to make him take you to The Tattored Cover…gruff!… you will love it! And the one downtown is very close to the Rockies stadium… heh!

  10. AbbietheKitty
    6:40 am on April 24th, 2010

    There is nothing better than a bookstore. I prefer used bookstores and they will often order in new books for me. I just got a signed first edition (of the newest Amelia Peabody book by Elizabeth Peters) from one of my favorite mystery bookstores in Minneapolis. "Uncle Edgar's"

    Anybody else on this list an Amelia Peabody fan?


  11. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    6:44 am on April 24th, 2010

    Hmmmmm….how DOES Foster know so much about Tiffany3?

    And why does her name keep coming up.

    I'm still betting that Tiffany, Astrid and Ethel are one and the same. The timing works out, and T3 keeps getting mentioned in Chet's blog. Albie, what a jerk! I'm surprised that he didn't "somehow" end up in the pool!

    The folks are going to Sacramento today, but I have to stay home with Teddy, our sweet old lab. Me and Teddy get along really good, except that mom gives her way too many Chicken jerky treats.

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  13. B. Stover
    7:14 am on April 24th, 2010

    Abbie's staff: I've read some Elizabeth Peters books. She's also Ellis Peters I think, of Cadfael fame? Great about the signed first edition.

    Rio: My niece is in Boulder. She and my nephew have been in Col. less than a year and I'll be visiting some time. I'm going to ask him about the Tattered Cover. He loves books too.

    Wolfie: I'm wondering what you mean about the timing being right regarding Tiffany 3.

  14. B. Stover
    7:19 am on April 24th, 2010

    Barb&Maggie mentioned Buddy playing the part of Chet in the movie. I've suggested that Gerard Butler play the part of Bernie. He's a great actor and I think he could do both tough and kind. It's been suggested that Bruce Willis (sp?) be the voice of Chet. I was wondering about Jim Frangione, the narrator of the audio books. He sounds like Chet to me.

  15. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    7:56 am on April 24th, 2010

    My thought is that Bernie is looking for a showgirl who came to Vegas "about 20 years ago." Ray is 25ish. Makes me wonder if Astrid came to Vegas looking for a way to support her son.

    I admit that it is a stretch to connect T3 and Ethel and Astrid, but maybe Ethel wasn't her real name. It could just be who she said she was. Although….that would imply that she didn't change her name until after she met Albie, which could imply that she didn't become a lady of the night until after she met Albie. Which could mean that Ablie is the one who led Astrid into the nightlight.

    Just some random thoughts. Like Chet says, it's complicated.

    Chet has mentioned Tiffany3 at least three times. Why? My guess is that she is no longer alive, which would explain the hatred that Ray feels towards his dad.

    And exactly why did Bernie have a hunch to see Albie? It all seems to tie in together, although it does seem a little obvious.

    I find the relationship between Foster and Albie interesting. Albie is a bully and a creep, but Foster seems to stand his own ground. I wonder what he has on Albie?

    I'm still wondering about the matching teeth though. Could it possibly be genetic?

  16. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    7:57 am on April 24th, 2010

    Nightlight? Sounds a little too inocent to me. How about night Life!

  17. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    8:07 am on April 24th, 2010

    Since BStover missed it, I thought I would mention to Rio that the bookstore is most likely spelled with an e, Tattered, as opposed to an o, Tattored.

    (polite cough)

  18. B. Stover
    8:52 am on April 24th, 2010

    We don't know that Bernie's hunch to go to Vegas was to see Albie. The only thing we know about the teeth is that Col. Bob and Ray each have a chipped tooth which is not genetic, as CB said in agreement with Bernie. Albie was married eight times and all of his wives were showgirls according to DOI. We don't know yet when he was married to Tiffany 3. Ethel changed her name to Tiffany because Albie and everyone else called her Tiffany apparently.

  19. AbbietheKitty
    9:10 am on April 24th, 2010


    Nice to meet someone else who has read Elizabeth Peters. I know she is Barbara Michaels and Barbara Mertz. She used the name

    'Elizabeth Peters' on her historical "mystery suspense" novels because she has two children, Elizabeth and Peter. I don't know about the Ellis Peters name. I thought that was a different writer.

    Elizabeth Peters, er, Barbara Mertz has a PHD in Egyptology which came in useful when she started to write about Amelia Peabody. She wrote the first one as a lampoon of the genre and it was about 5 years till the second. However they became so popular that she has written quite a few of them now. (19) The first one, from the middle 1970's, is "The Crocodile on the Sandbank".

    I do enjoy them and tend to reread them.

  20. B. Stover
    10:01 am on April 24th, 2010

    Ellis Peters was the pen name of Edith Pargeter. Two of Elizabeth Peters books that I've read feature Jacqueline Kirby as the heroine. I know that I read Lion in the Valley. Have you read A River in the Sky that came out earlier this month?

  21. Wookie of Chevy Chas
    10:25 am on April 24th, 2010

    My mom is a really big fan of the Amelia Peabody series written by Elizabeth Peters and has read them all. She is a voracious reader (me not so much) and loves a great mystery, which is why she also loves Chet and Bernie. She said that the most recent one, A River in the Sky, is particularly good because it is set back in time to a time period before Ramses (A. Peabody's son) is fully grown. My mom and dad have even been to Egypt once and have seen a lot of the stuff in the books first hand (that was, of course, before they got me). I don't think I would like Egypt very much, it's much too hot. I much prefer the northern climate (like in Vermont). Wookie

  22. Wookie of Chevy Chas
    10:47 am on April 24th, 2010

    AbbietheKitty. My dad has been to Uncle Edgars in Minneapolis and thinks it is one of the best mystery bookstores he has even been too (unfortunately, both mystery book stores in the Washington, DC area have closed in the past few years). He said they also have a great mailing list of all upcoming mysteries which they send out quarterly, so it's easy to keep track of what is about to be published and when. Wookie

  23. dawson
    11:01 am on April 24th, 2010

    Chet: I love that you and Bernie watch each others backs – what a team. Hope you don't have to grab that perp Albie by the Speedo.

    Finally the sun has chased the thunder and lightning away. And I finished that awful "Tutor" book. I had to 'cuz I couldn't sleep. I only read it because someone said it might be a precurser to the Echo Falls books. Never again. I'll leave those PA books to the adults.

    I've been busy with a plumber at the house – had to move all kinds of stuff out of the way and then clean and shine everything and put it all back.

    On breaks I would read the North Pole Chew Strip Adventure which I enjoyed immensely. Glad everyone made it home safely. Would sure like to see that photo of the polar bear with 10 newf tails!

    Aren't the Northern Lights awe inspiring?

    Dawson, aka Zippy, aka yppiz, aka noswad, aka inej, aka poopybutt, What… Who put that in? Cassie – Get Away!

  24. AbbietheKitty
    11:04 am on April 24th, 2010


    I get Uncle Edgar's newsletter online now. I love that they tell you who is publishing what and when. They probably will have TFAT on their next newsletter.

    Also sometimes I call in and talk to 'Jeff' and he knows all sorts of stuff about mysteries. You can tell him a plot and he will tell you the author! Just amazing. He also puts little index cards by each authors books to tell you who won awards and when. Also to tell you who was nominated even if they didn't win. It is very helpful when you are shopping.

    They have new and used in the same store. Great when you are looking for something that is out of print. Yup, I love that place. I don't suppose PA will ever get into the middle of the country though. So The Tattered Cover and Uncle Edgar's will probably never see him.

    So sad.


  25. AbbietheKitty
    11:06 am on April 24th, 2010

    Heh heh heh,

    Hello Inej. How are things?


  26. dawson
    11:16 am on April 24th, 2010


    All's well, albeit very damp. And cat hair everywhere. I sat on a chair and when I stood up I looked like one of Mollypops fuzzbutts.

  27. dawson
    11:28 am on April 24th, 2010

    I agree with Wolfie WWWW. that Astrid and Tiffany/Ethel are one and the same OR maybe Astrid and Tiffany were friends.

    I've been told by one in the know that the Tigers were not the best team to root for (like thay don't have a chance to get to the World Series) but I 'm sticking by them anyway. And Go Red Wings.

  28. B. Stover
    12:48 pm on April 24th, 2010

    The new Peter icon has been up for several days and it's new.

  29. Sam
    1:03 pm on April 24th, 2010

    But the same old appearances schedule. So old it's last year's.

  30. dawson
    1:15 pm on April 24th, 2010


    There is also a search Chet the Dog – below the PA icon. Interesting.

  31. B. Stover
    1:19 pm on April 24th, 2010

    I haven't tried the search thing yet.

  32. B. Stover
    1:24 pm on April 24th, 2010

    I just typed Colonel Bob into the search area. It's really neat: It has all the blog references beginning with the most recent and it includes the comments.

  33. Melanie
    1:54 pm on April 24th, 2010

    Been working my tail off, so haven't had time to post. So many posts so little time!

    Chet! I'm so glad that Bernie's got your back. That Albie is not a nice guy. Though I still sort of like Foster, even if he did pull a gun. The THOUGHT of Albie losing his speedos is frightening.

    I am also an Elizabeth Peters fan. At one time I had all her books. Then I moved and there was only so much I could take with me.

    I know of a great young struggling actor who could V/O for Chet. He's also ADHD, a little like Chet. Actually he's a lot like Chet!

    I was lucky enough to bring up two boys who liked bookstores and libraries. They still do. Thank goodness!

    So still more work to do and it's SATURDAY. Maybe I can take tomorrow off. That would be nice. Oh, youngest struggling actor son is coming here tomorrow from 4 pm to 5:30 am Monday. This is what is called a flying visit!

    We're lucky he's even coming, he's with his SO this weekend. She's near Boston.

  34. Rio - The Evil Pug
    2:01 pm on April 24th, 2010

    Melanie!… I still haven’t seen your actor son on Damages yet!… snort!… Do you know if the episode has aired or not?… grunt!

  35. Melanie
    3:04 pm on April 24th, 2010

    Riö, have no idea! I don't watch Damages. (I know that's terrible.) I'll try to find out, but for some reason, they don't tell the background people when they're going to be on. LOL.

  36. Rio - The Evil Pug
    4:25 pm on April 24th, 2010

    Goodness!… that is kind of mean to up and coming actors to not let them know when “they are on”… wheeze!… cruelness to actors I say!… luv the bling!… pug kisses!

    Cripes!… Now the amazingly talented Wolfie is jumping on the “lets point out Rio’s mistakes” bandwagon… snort!… I can take it from a very knowledgeable English teacher gladly, but it only pisses me off from when it comes from a Shepard Mix….growl!

    Plus!.. All the wild guesses on blog story just make me cringe… snort!… Because of an earlier post, I don’t think Astrid was a hooker. Married to Albie at one time, maybe…grunt!…Or good friends with one of Albie’s wives, maybe also. … grunt!

    Bernie’s mind is an enigma! snort!…who knows what bit o’ information we missed from Chet that he is going off of… grunt!… Bernie has good instincts though! …heh!

  37. Melanie
    4:41 pm on April 24th, 2010

    Whew, still doing a lot of work. But the Pack was determined to get me to upload the picture of the polar bear with all the extra tails.

    They couldn't tell me whose tails belong to whom, but it certainly looked like they had a good time. This was the only picture where all the tails were still. . .

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  38. Melanie
    4:43 pm on April 24th, 2010

    Not sure which nutty dog put up the balloon dog tail . . .

  39. Rio - The Evil Pug
    4:49 pm on April 24th, 2010

    Wow!… I saw Polar Bears today at the museum… snort!… They are WAY bigger than one can even imagine!… grunt!… And they only had one tail!… sniff!…We saw a lot of things today!.. wheeze!…It was a great way to spend a cloudy, windy day!… gruff!

    Now!.. the Rockies are on winning 5-0….grunt!… What a good day!…snort!

    Trying!… to figure out which tails belong to who!??… cough!

  40. Rio - The Evil Pug
    5:24 pm on April 24th, 2010

    Wha!?… Were our guys holding up fake tails on this trip?… snort!… There are only about 3 that could be Newf tails… grunt!… Then there are a couple that could be Monkey tails… heh!.. One looks like a Chicken tail….heh!… I bet the balloon tail is Lexi’s… Then there are the 3 right in the back with the balloon that I cannot place… wheeze!

  41. Môllypôp
    5:41 pm on April 24th, 2010

    I think the tail on the right is my poufy tail. Sure looks like it.

    We should have brought Alice Johnson, talking about tails. But we do have some questions about hers.

  42. Rio - The Evil Pug
    5:45 pm on April 24th, 2010

    Alice!… Definitely a tail job… heh!

  43. Rio - The Evil Pug
    5:49 pm on April 24th, 2010

    Molly!… Your tail is the one I thought was a chickens!…heh!.. Sorry!

  44. Rio - The Evil Pug
    6:26 pm on April 24th, 2010

    Wolfie!… I must say, I may have over-reacted to your spelling correction which I did deserve … snort!.. I saw your humble “polite cough” ….grunt!… I do that from time to time!..(a lot), over-react I mean. …wheeze!.. But, if you don’t mind, I would like to say a small prayer for your boys, because for some reason they have been on my mind tonight.

    Lord of all Creation, please watch over Wolfie’s boys. They need to know how much you love them and how important they are to you. Please give them strength in their character, and love and understanding for fellow human beings so they will know the respect and fellowship of their peers. And please let Wolfie be there to take care of them in times of trouble. Amen.

  45. Rio - The Evil Pug
    6:56 pm on April 24th, 2010

    Ohhhh!… We are still not in bed….sniff!… and I am so tired!… My friend found ‘CasinoRoyale’ on tv… snort!…She can’t take her tired blood shot eyes off that guy!… grunt!… I like his car!… heh!… I want to go to my warm soft bed… sniffle… I am on her lap and getting all the attention!… snort!… So I will hang out here for a while yet…heh!

  46. Rio - The Evil Pug
    7:30 pm on April 24th, 2010

    [OFF! Turn Casino Royale OFF!]…’but it is just getting to the Casino part!’

    Finally!… Goodnight all!… snort!… and a special goodnight to Wolfie and boys!… grunt!…take care and read a good book tomorrow if you can!… heh!

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