RIP: Paul The Octopus

“Hey,” says Bernie. “Paul the octopus died. He’s the one who predicted World Cup soccer winners – in fact, I went with his Spain pick in the final this year and scored ten bucks. He lived in a tank at Sea Life in the German city of Oberhausen and made his picks by opening the lid of one of two clear plastic boxes, each containing a mussel and a team flag.”

Yeah? But how did he open the mussels? Not so easy, as I know from experience.

Bernie gives me a look, like he’s having an idea. “So who do you like in the World Series? Maybe we could bury the two team caps and then … “

What is he talking about? All you have to know is good pitching beats good hitting. He’s said that himself so many times I’ve lost count. Meaning it was more than two. Two’s enough, in case I haven’t mentioned that already.


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181 Responses to “RIP: Paul The Octopus”

  1. Wookie of Chevy Chas
    4:27 am on October 27th, 2010

    Wow! I may be the first to comment today, which would be a first. Hello and good morning everyone. Wet here in Chevy Chase, although we dodged a real bullet, just some rain, not much else (and no horrible winds or we would be without power now, thank you very much PEPCO). Sounds like Bernie and Chet are going with the Rangers. That will make Rio happy. Busy day ahead, another quilting event to be hosted here. Lots to do, meet and greet, meet and greet, and then lots of supervision (especially during lunch break). Whew! Wookie the quiltmaster

  2. B.Stover
    4:51 am on October 27th, 2010

    Paul was never interested in the sports only the mussels. Clever octopus. I do wonder how he got them open. And I have no idea how Wookie gets that Bernie and Chet are for the Rangers. I personally hope they both lose except I promised Wolfie I'll root for the Giants.

  3. B.Stover
    5:00 am on October 27th, 2010

    SH: Here is my physics prof. friend's explanation of isotope. The last sentence is the simple explanation. (He also said that there is a baseball team in Springfield on the Simpsons called Isotopes. I told him about the New Mexico team.)

    Let’s put some facts together (more than you need):

    The chemical periodic table is made of elements (Hydrogen, Oxygen, etc.).

    Elements are defined by how many protons they have (Hydrogen has 1, Helium has 2, Oxygen has 8, etc.)

    When the atoms are electrically neutral, they have the same number of electrons as protons (equal number of positive and negative = neutral). If you have different numbers of electrons – then you talk about the ion (like the +1 ion of Oxygen .. means one less electron).

    Most of the elements (other than Hydrogen) also have neutrons with the protons in the nucleus – and the number of neutrons could vary (but if you vary the protons – you have changed to a new element).

    So, how do you tell oxygen (6 protons) with 6 neutrons … from oxygen with 7 neutrons .. or 5 neutrons … we call those others the ISOTOPE of Oxygen. [There is usually a certain number of neutrons that make a stable atom … if you add or subtract, you might make it slightly unstable .. so usually isotopes are more unstable than the base element.]

    So, there are elements (that are neutral and stable) .. if you add or subtract electrons, you talk about the ion of that isotope. If you add or subtract neutrons, you talk about the isotope of that element.

    Does that help? Isotope refers to the name we give a chemical element that has more or fewer neutrons than the stable base element.

  4. Barb & Maggie
    5:01 am on October 27th, 2010

    They said on the news that Paul was 2 and that was old for an octopus. I would have thought they lived much longer than that. Does anyone know?

    We will root for the Rangers, too, as they seem to be the underdogs. I think Giants are predicted to win tonight. Bee, I know you will be glued to the tube, as will Barb!

  5. Barb & Maggie
    5:03 am on October 27th, 2010

    Bee, Barb says she is reminded of why she didn't have any interest in physics or chemistry. Biology was much more interesting!

  6. Riö - The Evil
    5:15 am on October 27th, 2010

    Yes!…Spencer will be rooting for the Rangers!…snort!…Good choice because as we all know, “good pitching beats good hitting.”….grunt!

  7. B.Stover
    5:17 am on October 27th, 2010

    B&M: Literature is the most interesting subject.

    I still want to know why isotope/equal place was used. I found this on Wikipedia:

    Atoms having the same atomic number Z but different neutron number N, and hence different atomic mass, are known as isotopes.

    I'm pondering whether this answers my question.

  8. Riö - The Evil
    5:19 am on October 27th, 2010

    Wookie!… Have your gal or guy take some photos of you today while you are supervising the heck out of things…heh! …Especially during the lunch hour…snort!

  9. Barb & Maggie
    5:30 am on October 27th, 2010

    Bee, We agree, we just meant of the sciences, Biology was more interesting to Barb.

  10. B.Stover
    5:30 am on October 27th, 2010

    Rio: So the Rangers have better pitchers and the Giants have better hitters?

  11. B.Stover
    5:33 am on October 27th, 2010

    Did Barb like experimenting on mice and cutting up worms? (I'm just teasing.)

  12. B.Stover
    5:40 am on October 27th, 2010

    B&M: According to this article, the octopus is very intelligent (Chet: It could figure out how to open the mussels!) and has a short life expectancy, some as short as six months.

  13. Riö - The Evil
    5:42 am on October 27th, 2010

    Life!… My friend keeps telling me that my life expectancy is very short…snort!

  14. A. Catty Librarian
    5:43 am on October 27th, 2010

    Good morning all. You've all got the exciting weather. We only have cloudy skies here on the high plains, with a little threat that rain will make the blanket of leaves in the back yard into an uggy sodden mess.

    The definition of Isotope – one of those things I kind of get while I'm reading it but after that I only know enough to be dangerous. Thanks for the small white paper, B. Stover. My, my, I think I need breakfast now.

  15. Mollypop
    5:47 am on October 27th, 2010

    B. – Great isotope explanation. Mom knew about that but hadn't thought about the instability. We wonder if the people naming the baseball team thought of that.

    On our Next Book List is How to Teach Physics to Your Dog by Chad Orzel. Mom thinks I need that.

  16. Barb & Maggie
    5:48 am on October 27th, 2010

    Bee, Barb never had to do worse than disect a deag frog, which she did not like one bit!

    This was way before my time, but when daughter Kelly was in college, she did a behavior mod. class, which involved working closely with a black and white lab rat. When class was over the lab rats got experminted on, leading to their deaths. Kelly kidnapped (ratnapped?) her rat by sneaking it out in her coat. Her prof. caught her, but since Kelly was gorgeous and a good student, the prof said "I didn't see that" and let her continue on her mission.

    Thus the rat was brought home on break and given to Barb and younger brother Josh as a "Christmas present". Kelly even named her "Holly Berry, the Christmas Rat". Needless to say, Barb was stuck with that rat for almost 3 years.

    Good thing I wasn't around back then!!!

  17. Barb & Maggie
    5:49 am on October 27th, 2010

    Dead frog, didn't proof very well!

  18. Riö - The Evil
    5:57 am on October 27th, 2010

    Rats!…Sounds like Barb has been surrounded by rats all her life…snort!…Good thing she has MagPie to look out for her now…wheeze!

  19. Melanie
    6:13 am on October 27th, 2010

    Wow everyone, isotopes, dead frogs, ratknapped rats . . .

    I think Paul just didn't want to have to pick the World Series winner. .

    I was a psychology major. My rat experience was testing to see if gerbils or rats were more intelligent. Had to learn to press a bar for food.

    Consider the gerbils: hyperactive little beasties gotten from a pet store and ended up as my lab partners pets.

    Consider the rats: bred in the lab at William and Mary from rats who had survived experiments.

    The gerbils would run and around and around and around and around and jump up and down and then hit the bar by accident. An attitude of "Wow, where did that come from?" Then repeat. They NEVER learned.

    The selected breed of Rats (think "Secret of NHIM") got in the lab box. Hit the lever by accident and then ate everything by just hitting the bar constantly.

    I won't tell you about the cockroach maze.

  20. B.Stover
    6:14 am on October 27th, 2010

    Mollypop: That's a good question about the instability.

    SH: Did the people realize that?

    There's a book called Physics for Poets but it's in my office at school and I can't remember the author's name.

    B&M: I'm glad Kelly saved the rat. I have objected to some of the things that go on in our labs at school but to no avail.

    Rio: You are not supposed to know about life expectancy so forget about it.

  21. Riö - The Evil
    6:22 am on October 27th, 2010

    Stover!… I think it’s more of a threat than a statement of fact ….snort!… She tends to say stuff like that when I’ve been doing something that upsets her….grunt!

  22. B.Stover
    6:31 am on October 27th, 2010

    Rio: I simply can't imagine you upsetting anyone.

    Melanie: What is "Secret of NHIM"?

  23. Wölfie Wigglebu
    6:43 am on October 27th, 2010

    World Series, Game 1 tonight

    Go Giants!!!

    Bee, you will be our lucky charm!!!

  24. Barb & Maggie
    6:44 am on October 27th, 2010

    Bee, Barb thinks Holly was an Evans-Long, or Long-Evans breed of rat. She said she was sort of cute and very friendly. I am not convienced.

    Barb has to scurry, there is a showing at 3:00 this afternoon. She has some things to do, and some branches to clean up from the windstorn. Me, I will just nap till it's time to ride around in the car. Will BBL, keep fingers and paws crossed for the showing!

  25. B.Stover
    7:15 am on October 27th, 2010

    I just thought of something (and this possibly shows how dense I am about sports): If you have good pitching you CAN'T have good hitting.

  26. Gus and BooBear
    7:34 am on October 27th, 2010

    We have a project for one of the more creative of the bloggers. We would love to see a map with points at the place where each of us live. We've started a list with locations (if we've forgotten anyone, we're sorry. Mom is supposed to be working).

    G&BB. Houston, TX

    MacyMP. Fort Worth, TX

    SiberH. New Mexico

    Rio. Colorado

    Wookie &

    Debbie LM. Chevy Chase, Maryland

    B.Stover. Michigan

    MollieABP. Dearborn, Michigan


    Alice. North Dakota

    Dawson. Yukon in Canada

    ACattyLibr. ?

    C.Harris. Artic Alaska


    Maggie. ?

    Wolfie WW. Sierra Foothills

    Mollypop. ?

    Sam. ?

    Melanie &

    Pack. Western Maine ?


    Admin. Cape Cod, Maine


    Bernie. New Mexico, Arizona or California?

    We know some of the others (the ones with ?) but Mom is a little brain dead today.

  27. Riö - The Evil
    7:35 am on October 27th, 2010

    Stover!…HUH?…. grunt!… You are getting yourself all Poodled Up….snort!… I suggest you stop thinking about it and just go “Woooo Woooo” when the Giants do something tonight(as if!)…heh! heh!

  28. Riö - The Evil
    7:38 am on October 27th, 2010

    Puss N’ Boots!… You forgot Jasper!….snort!… He lives in Grand Rapid, Michigan – The land of no jobs….grunt!

  29. Riö - The Evil
    7:40 am on October 27th, 2010

    Puss N’ Boots!…Cape Cod is not in Maine!…snort!…heh!

  30. Barb & Maggie
    7:45 am on October 27th, 2010

    G&BB We are in northwestern Illinois.

  31. B.Stover
    7:46 am on October 27th, 2010

    G&BB: A Catty Librarian lives in Montana I think. You forgot Bluecat also.

  32. Gus and BooBear
    8:00 am on October 27th, 2010

    Sorry, Jasper and MollieABP lives in the SanFran area, right? And we forgot KirbyT in South Carolina!

  33. Gus and BooBear
    8:02 am on October 27th, 2010

    We have no idea where Bluecat lives!

  34. Gus and BooBear
    8:03 am on October 27th, 2010

    Cape Cod, Maryland?

  35. Barb & Maggie
    8:03 am on October 27th, 2010

    G&BB, Wolfie is Sierra Foothills, Calirornia.

  36. Barb & Maggie
    8:07 am on October 27th, 2010

    Just brought the empty gargae can in and it got away from Barb and blew all the away across the yard. Damn wind!

  37. Sam
    8:22 am on October 27th, 2010

    Sam (I am)lives in Buffalo, NY

    Mollypop is in Ellicottville, NY

  38. Riö - The Evil
    8:30 am on October 27th, 2010

    Puss N’ Boots!… Cape Cod is not in Maryland…heh!

  39. Gus and BooBear
    8:31 am on October 27th, 2010

    Cape Cod, Mass!!

  40. Gus and BooBear
    8:33 am on October 27th, 2010

    We knew Mollypop lived in Ellicottville and that it's a ski area but weren't sure where that was!

  41. Macy the Min-Pin
    8:33 am on October 27th, 2010

    Have you heard that the Rangers are in the World Series?

    Mom is wearing her Ian Kinsler shirt. Dad ordered her a AL championship shirt, but it will not be here until tomorrow. Is good to have more than one shirt to wear to the Big Orange Box.

    If you don't mind a little mess, come on over for a party. Maybe we should wait until the series is in Arlington, just over yonder a ways.

    Countdown 6 hours….get snacks ready..move other dogs off my preferred TV watching spot…nap so I don't fall asleep during the game…nap some more..move dogs again…nap…run around yard..move dogs AGAIN, did they not understand what DIBS means?

  42. Wookie of Chevy Chas
    8:35 am on October 27th, 2010

    Melanie — My dad took a number of psychology courses in college, including the rat one (I think it was called Experimental Psych). His rat was the most laid back rat that ever existed. My dad named him Marcus Arelius, after the Roman Emperor who was also one the most well known stoic philosophers. It took Marcus forever to figure out that hitting the level produced the pellet, but he just didn't care. But when it came time to master more complex sequential behaviors, where certain behaviors had to be partially extinguished and then re-learned, he could do those much faster than any of the other rats, because it was unnecessary to extinguish the intermediate behaviors since he never learned them in the first place. Almost single-handedly disproved virtually everything that BF Skinner hypothesized. Wookie

  43. Wookie of Chevy Chas
    8:36 am on October 27th, 2010

    Sorry, that should be hitting the lever, not level. Wookie

  44. Riö - The Evil
    8:44 am on October 27th, 2010

    Wookie!… What a Rat!…heh!snort!heh!…Is he written up in some psychology textbook ?…grunt!

  45. bluecat
    9:01 am on October 27th, 2010

    Mom was bitten in rat lab in high school. The brilliant teacher said – let it bleed. Let it bleed.

    We live in central Indiana where the storm came through and where it's still very windy but the leaves are beautiful in whirlpools in the air.

  46. Macy the Min-Pin
    9:02 am on October 27th, 2010

    Wookie you and your dad must have some very interesting chats. My dad just talks about how beautiful I am, and that I am his princess. Does he think I don't have an opinion on things, thoughts of my own, questions. I am more than just a pretty face, tyvm!

  47. Macy the Min-Pin
    9:04 am on October 27th, 2010

    Oh, and Wookie, we are so glad you dodged a bullet. I have heard that they can be very dangerous, and perhaps you should stay away from them. Ask Chet.

  48. Barb & Maggie
    9:06 am on October 27th, 2010

    Rats, never met one I didn't find tast, er enjoyable.

  49. Riö - The Evil
    9:22 am on October 27th, 2010

    List!… I took the liberty of updating the Plunders’ List. ..snort! …Who is missing?

    G&BB. Houston, TX

    MacyMP. Fort Worth, TX

    SiberH. New Mexico

    Chet/Bernie. New Mexico

    Rio. Northern Colorado

    Wookie &Debbie LM. Chevy Chase, Maryland

    B.Stover. Michigan

    MollieABP. Dearborn, Michigan

    Jasper. Grand Rapids, Michigan

    Staff,Abbie&Alice. North Dakota

    Dawson. Somewhere in Canada

    ACattyLibr. Montana

    C.Harris. Artic Alaska

    Barb&Maggie. Illinois

    Wolfie WW. Sierra Foothills, California.

    Mollypop. Ellicottville, NY

    Sam. Buffalo, NY

    Melanie &Pack. Western MA

    Spence/Admin. Cape Cod, MA

    BlueKat. Central Indiana

    Kirby. South Carolina

  50. Barb & Maggie
    9:24 am on October 27th, 2010

    Good job, my man!

  51. Barb & Maggie
    9:25 am on October 27th, 2010

    The poeple coming at 3:00 will be lucky if they cna make it to the front door without blowing away. Crap!

  52. Mollypop
    9:32 am on October 27th, 2010

    G&BB – Ellicottville is 50 miles south of Buffalo.

  53. Gus and BooBear
    9:32 am on October 27th, 2010

    Hey, Macy …… Go Rangers!!!

  54. Mollypop
    9:38 am on October 27th, 2010

    This is a glorious day, as long as you stay out of that dratted wind. It's 65 degrees and sunny. Simply beautiful!

    In 2 days it will be 41 degrees with snow.

  55. Melanie
    9:38 am on October 27th, 2010

    Wöökie, That is a great rat! I never liked Skinner anyway.

    Gus & BooBear: we are in Western Mass. not Maine. Though my brother lives in Maine, but that has nothing to do with anything.

    B.Stover: "The Secret of NIMH" is an animated movie about mice and their problems. The mother must visit the Rats of NIMH (National Institute of Mental Health) where they were experimented on, increasing their intelligence to human level. Not that that would take much from what I can see.

    It's a very good movie.

  56. Melanie
    9:39 am on October 27th, 2010

    Now if NIMH had increased the rats intelligence to that of DOGS, that would have been much better.

  57. Gus and BooBear
    9:42 am on October 27th, 2010

    Thank you, Rio! We were going to stumble through a corrected list. We're not sure about MollieABP. We think we had her home confused with Jasper's. Does she live in Michigan or near San Francisco? Maybe we're confused because she's cheering for the other side in the WS.

  58. Melanie
    9:42 am on October 27th, 2010

    A couple of more things before I take a nap.

    They have finally figured out why I'm so tired and taking naps all the time. My thyroid is very low again. Jeez. So I get to increase it tomorrow.

    I'm getting used to my bifocals. Though I do tend to see small things moving on the counter or desk, and it turns out to be the line in the glass.

    My sister on the other hand (she's two years younger) told me she lost her glasses at work. A fellow teacher said she had found a pair of glasses and that they were bifocals. My sister said, oh they're not mine then, I don't wear bifocals.

    It took her two days to remember that she did wear them and that those were her glasses!

  59. Siber-H
    10:00 am on October 27th, 2010

    Stover, Thank you! Excellent explanation of the isotope, what I understand of it, but I do kinda understand it. I am even more puzzled now why they named a baseball team, the Isotopes. To answer your question, NO, I do not think that the people realized that it had to do with instability. WHAT WERE THEY THINKING!

    On the t-shirts that the team sells to the fans is the word Isotopes and a large symbol of the atom.

    GO RANGERS! This is a name for a team that makes a great deal of sense.

  60. Barb & Maggie
    10:02 am on October 27th, 2010

    We agree with Siber-H. Isotopes seems like an odd name for a sports team. Go Rangers flows much better than Go Isotopes!

  61. Siber-H
    10:14 am on October 27th, 2010

    I like Gus&BooBear's project. Fun idea!

    Chet and Bernie live in Southern Arizona.

    Mollie(ABP) is somewhere in the San Francisco area.

  62. Siber-H
    10:27 am on October 27th, 2010

    The wind must be blowing all over the U.S.A. today. It is windy here.

    Kirby might be our go to guy for the map for Gus&BooBears' project. He did the excellent flow chart.

    Mom bought me a biography of Josh Hamilton today. It is not very thick (well, he is young). I can read it during the commercials while the World Series is on.

  63. Barb & Maggie
    10:31 am on October 27th, 2010

    OK, we are off. Showing is in half an hour. They are going to say "It's way too windy out here! Wish they had waited till the weekend. Oh, well, BBL

    Will be watching the game with everyone tonight (well, almost everyone). Go Rangers!

  64. Wölfie Wigglebu
    11:37 am on October 27th, 2010

    I live in the Sierra Foothills, but I actually live near Oakhurst, Ca, which is north of Fresno and south of Yosemite.

    Go Giants!!! whoo hoo!!1

  65. Mollie (a black pood
    12:06 pm on October 27th, 2010

    Take me out of Michigan and put me in California. I live about 20 min.from the northern side of the Golden Gate Bridge in Marin County.

  66. Barb & Maggie
    12:13 pm on October 27th, 2010

    We are back and the showing went fairly well. They told the agent they will come back when they can spend more time outside. They saw it on the internet and the woman was drawn to the chicken coop, as she has recently discovered her love of chickens (hear that, Rio). At least we are having some activity.

  67. B.Stover
    12:53 pm on October 27th, 2010

    B&M: That is good that they're coming back. And it is a beautiful chicken "coop," though that doesn't seem to do it justice. How about chicken house?

  68. Sam
    1:33 pm on October 27th, 2010

    Mom just came home and said that if I'm to be located on a map, I live in the Buffalo/Niagara area. That's the northern part of the Buffalo area that spread to meet Niagara Falls. Niagara Falls is 15 miles away. The airport is now the Buffalo/Niagara Airport.

    Come to visit and bring your barrels – to go over the Falls in!

  69. Gus and BooBear
    1:57 pm on October 27th, 2010

    Sorry, MollieABP! We knew that you are a California girl but got in a hurry and combined two of our poodles. Maybe Rio will do another corrected list before the game. Gotta go. Mom's headed to the shelter for volunteer duty. Hope she gets home in time for the game….GO RANGERS!

  70. Barb & Maggie
    2:13 pm on October 27th, 2010

    Game starts here in 20 mins. GO RANGERS!

  71. Mollie (a black pood
    2:14 pm on October 27th, 2010

    Gus&BooBear: I was wondering where everyone lived. Thanks for making the list. Very interesting.

  72. Mollie (a black pood
    2:20 pm on October 27th, 2010

    Go Giants! I hate to say this, but they say it may rain tonight and tomorrow.

  73. Melanie
    2:30 pm on October 27th, 2010

    Sam, thank you for the invite! I am petrified and laughing at the thought of the entire Pack, each with their own barrel, going over the falls!

  74. Riö - The Evil
    2:38 pm on October 27th, 2010

    Home!….She’s finally home!…snort!… Games gonna start but I got to go OUT OUT OUT!…NOW!…wheeze!

  75. Riö - The Evil
    2:45 pm on October 27th, 2010

    Wow!…I got to see Cliff Lee introduced at least!…heh!… WOOOOOOOOOOO!…Go Rangers!..snort!

    Uh oh!…Buster Posey….sniff!…I bet his nerves get the best of him, he is a Rookie you know!…heh!

  76. Melanie
    2:46 pm on October 27th, 2010

    Riö: You must have to really go out, because you aren't complaining about the lack of food!

  77. Riö - The Evil
    2:57 pm on October 27th, 2010

    Melanie!…Some things are more urgent than others…snort!…Plus, I don’t want to piss her off tonight, I might be able to beg some World Series food off of her…heh!

  78. Macy the Min-Pin
    3:00 pm on October 27th, 2010

    Base hit, good start

  79. Macy the Min-Pin
    3:02 pm on October 27th, 2010

    Hi, everybody, this must be the most unique "watching party" in the country. Sure hope some Ranger balls make it to the cove. What's up with the hippie hair on the <q cite="">giants</q> pitcher?

  80. Macy the Min-Pin
    3:03 pm on October 27th, 2010

    <del datetime="">giants </del>

  81. Macy the Min-Pin
    3:04 pm on October 27th, 2010

    no, still not what I want <blockquote cite="">giants

  82. Macy the Min-Pin
    3:05 pm on October 27th, 2010

    well, poo, I give up

  83. Riö - The Evil
    3:06 pm on October 27th, 2010

    Pitcher!…No bad-mouthing Lincecom – he’s amazing…snort!

  84. Macy the Min-Pin
    3:07 pm on October 27th, 2010

    1-0 woot woot

  85. Riö - The Evil
    3:08 pm on October 27th, 2010

    Woooo!…Rangers score the first run of their first World Series!…Yea!….Wooooooo!

  86. Macy the Min-Pin
    3:11 pm on October 27th, 2010

    What the hedgehog was their pitcher doing?

  87. B.Stover
    3:14 pm on October 27th, 2010

    I like the Giants' pitcher.

  88. Riö - The Evil
    3:14 pm on October 27th, 2010

    Snort!…That was like a comedy routine!…..sneeze!….Lets home they keep it up! ….Now for Cliff Lee!…sigh!

  89. Melanie
    3:15 pm on October 27th, 2010

    Go Rangers, Go Rangers, Go Rangers!!

    Keep up the good commentary.

    I have to sign off. Taking Grace to the vet one more time to make SURE nothing is wrong.

    I am getting up at a quarter to six. I like that way of saying it instead of 5:45 am.

    Have fun guys! Sam, no going over the falls!

  90. Siber-H
    3:15 pm on October 27th, 2010

    Rangers scored a run! But, I knew this was going to happen…I like Lincecom and Cody Ross, and Buster Posey. I may have left someone out. Oh yeah, Black Beard GO RANGERS!!!

  91. Wölfie Wigglebu
    3:19 pm on October 27th, 2010


  92. Riö - The Evil
    3:23 pm on October 27th, 2010

    SiberH!…If you like all the Giants players, why are you rooting for the Rangers??….wheeze!….I’ll never figure that Husky out… grunt!

  93. Melanie
    3:25 pm on October 27th, 2010

    Here's to the grand octopus named Paul,

    Who's gone up to the giant Squall,

    Where good Octopie finally go into the sky.

    Wish he could have stayed for the long haul,

    and so name the team that will be King of Baseball.

  94. B.Stover
    3:28 pm on October 27th, 2010

    I don't like the Ranger on second base now….arrogant.

  95. Riö - The Evil
    3:29 pm on October 27th, 2010

    OMG!….A double by Cliff Lee!…snort!….That guy is amazing even more than ever!…wow! … I don’t think I’ve ever seen Lincecom do much at the plate…heh!

    Molina!…Bad runner that he is made it Home!… snort!… 2 – 0 Rangers!…Wooooo!

  96. Macy the Min-Pin
    3:30 pm on October 27th, 2010

    Who was it, better not be dissin' Ian.

  97. Macy the Min-Pin
    3:36 pm on October 27th, 2010

    We are a little behind due to dad having to see a man about a…wait that is not right, he had to water the gras…no, not that either, ok he had to go potty, so we paused the game.

  98. Siber-H
    3:36 pm on October 27th, 2010

    Hey! That is a nice poem, Melanie.

    Rio, I didn't say I liked all the Giants. I am a Rangers fan all the way for this series, but I have decided it doesn't mean that I have to hate the Giants.

    Mom and I wish we had a Texas flag to wave for this series, even if it would only be in our own living room. It is a really neat flag.

  99. Riö - The Evil
    3:37 pm on October 27th, 2010

    Whoa!…. Cody Ross flung his bat into the crowd!….snort!…Not on purpose of course. Everyone survived….grunt!

  100. Macy the Min-Pin
    3:37 pm on October 27th, 2010

    I never saw a base runner wearing a jacket!

  101. Macy the Min-Pin
    3:38 pm on October 27th, 2010

    Stoopid NL, everybody knows pitchers don't hit.

  102. Mollie (a black pood
    3:39 pm on October 27th, 2010

    I guess Lincecum likes his hair that way. At least no one made him change it. Thanks Siber-H, I like them too, then why aren't you rooting for the Giants……..

  103. Mollie (a black pood
    3:41 pm on October 27th, 2010

    Sorry Siber-H, I did not refresh or whatever…

  104. Riö - The Evil
    3:43 pm on October 27th, 2010

    Giants!…Actually, I really like all those guys too, but NOT TONIGHT!…heh!.

    Melanie!…. Paul was more of a World Cup guy than a World Series guy!…snort!….But the poem was very poetic…grunt!

  105. Barb & Maggie
    3:43 pm on October 27th, 2010

    Looking good at the end of the 2nd!

  106. Barb & Maggie
    3:46 pm on October 27th, 2010

    Liked your poem, Melanie, and good night!

  107. Siber-H
    3:49 pm on October 27th, 2010

    Well, Mollie..Texas is right next door to me, we like genuine Texans, and have read a lot of Texas history. It is sort of like our neighbors have gone to the World Series. The southeastern part of NM is called "little Texas"

    I can still be impressed with the Giants. Pictures and an article about Cody Ross were on the front page of our newspaper today. I was glad to see that.

  108. Riö - The Evil
    4:08 pm on October 27th, 2010

    Lee!…Strikes out Ross!… snort!…Read about that tomorrow SiberH!… grunt!… Whew, that was a nail biting and couch chewing inning!…wheeze!…Score is 2 – 2 right now top of the 4th….heh!

  109. B.Stover
    4:10 pm on October 27th, 2010

    Does the pitcher have to bat during the entire ws?

  110. Siber-H
    4:10 pm on October 27th, 2010

    That's what I thought, Rio, You don't hate the Giants either. We would feel differently if it were, say, the Dodgers.

  111. Mollypop
    4:14 pm on October 27th, 2010

    Mom finally put the game on.

  112. Siber-H
    4:17 pm on October 27th, 2010

    Stover, he does as long as he is pitching in the game. If they put a pinch hitter in to bat for him, which they often do later in the game, then the pitcher is out of the game. Pitchers are usually considered lousy hitters, but Cliff Lee did get a double.

  113. Riö - The Evil
    4:24 pm on October 27th, 2010

    Fringe!… I like how they are advertising the hell out of Fringe with a disclaimer….snort!… If No Baseball…..grunt!…Sorry Stover, baseball trumps Fringe during the World Series….snuff!…I have to say how pleased I am that you are watching it with us tonight Ms Stover!… wheeze!

  114. B.Stover
    4:24 pm on October 27th, 2010

    In whatever league the Tigers are in the pitcher doesn't have to bat, right?

  115. Alice Johnson
    4:29 pm on October 27th, 2010


    The pitcher hits in National League Parks (San Francisco is National League) and he doesn't have to hit in American League Parks (Texas is American League).

    Another weird thing is the League that wins the All Star Game in July is the league that has the home field advantage in the World Series. The National League won this year for the first time in years so we are starting the World Series in San Francisco.

    I checked with Mr Staff on this information. He knows lots of this stuff. Staff made him a sweet potato pie so he is happy tonight. He says he will think of her (while she is at quilt camp starting tomorrow) evertime he eats a piece of pie.

    Wookie, How was your quilting day?

  116. Macy the Min-Pin
    4:30 pm on October 27th, 2010

    When playing in an American League park, pitchers don't have to hit.

  117. Riö - The Evil
    4:31 pm on October 27th, 2010

    Tigers? … What team is that again?… hmmm? Tigers? I’m drawing a blank right now…snort!

  118. Macy the Min-Pin
    4:32 pm on October 27th, 2010

    heh heh, ahem..great minds….

  119. Macy the Min-Pin
    4:35 pm on October 27th, 2010


  120. Riö - The Evil
    4:40 pm on October 27th, 2010

    Stover!…I’m sorry, just kidding you!…heh!…A little baseball humor on World Series Night…snort!

  121. B.Stover
    4:43 pm on October 27th, 2010

    Thanks Alice and all.

  122. Riö - The Evil
    4:43 pm on October 27th, 2010

    MinPin!… “Pooh” is not very good commentary….snort!…You could be talking about what you are doing in the grass right now….grunt!…and not really telling us what’s happening with your beloved team…grumble!

  123. B.Stover
    4:48 pm on October 27th, 2010

    I knew you were kidding Rio.

  124. Mollie (a black pood
    4:48 pm on October 27th, 2010

    Cody Ross…Yea Yea Yea! Gians are ahead!

  125. Riö - The Evil
    4:48 pm on October 27th, 2010

    OMG!….They are pulling Lee in the 5th!…Arrrrrgh!….sob!sob!sob!….Arrrrrgh!…What will become of the Rangers tonight we wonder…sniffle!

  126. Siber-H
    4:48 pm on October 27th, 2010

    crap is what is happening with our team.

  127. Mollypop
    4:49 pm on October 27th, 2010

    Didn't someone say earlier today that Chet and Bernie were for the Rangers because their good pitching beat good hitting?

  128. Siber-H
    4:50 pm on October 27th, 2010

    not Cliff Lee…no no sob

  129. Alice Johnson
    4:51 pm on October 27th, 2010


    Cliff Lee is knocked out of the game. Does this mean that good pitching doesn't trump good hitting? Maybe it just means that he is having a bad day.

    Giants are looking good.

    I like submariner type pitchers. We will see how well O'Day does.

    Lincecum seems to be relaxed. He is only 26 years old.

    Well, O'Day wasn't the answer, obviously.

  130. B.Stover
    4:51 pm on October 27th, 2010

    Hey Wolfie! What do you think?

  131. Riö - The Evil
    4:54 pm on October 27th, 2010

    Math!…Lets see. Eight minus two carry the three… Crap!…. The Rangers are VI runs behind the damn Giants….grunt!

  132. B.Stover
    4:55 pm on October 27th, 2010

    Mollypop is being wicked again!

  133. Barb & Maggie
    4:59 pm on October 27th, 2010

    Rio, We were just saying good night to Melanie earlier. We are still watching, although the 5th was a bummer. Boo hoo!

  134. Macy the Min-Pin
    5:00 pm on October 27th, 2010

    Pooh was all I could muster up, and that was before the HR. Like I said in the last series, too early to drink the Kool-Aid.

    O'Day would have done better at home, we sing to him.

    O'..Day, O'Day, O'Day, O'Day.


  135. B.Stover
    5:01 pm on October 27th, 2010

    I think Macy was number 100.

  136. Macy the Min-Pin
    5:01 pm on October 27th, 2010

    The Kat must be silenced. Rocky?

  137. Macy the Min-Pin
    5:02 pm on October 27th, 2010

    (not you guys, Gus and Boo)

  138. Macy the Min-Pin
    5:03 pm on October 27th, 2010

    Ewww, just when I thought it couldn't get worse…..pug slobber!

  139. Macy the Min-Pin
    5:06 pm on October 27th, 2010

    VIII – II = VI, nope doesn't look any better that way. 🙁

  140. Macy the Min-Pin
    5:07 pm on October 27th, 2010

    Update…VIII – III = V, not much but something.

  141. Mollie (a black pood
    5:08 pm on October 27th, 2010

    8 to 2-Keep it up Giants. Where did the Giants fans go? Wolfie???


  142. Macy the Min-Pin
    5:08 pm on October 27th, 2010

    Apparently, we are going to take the pitcher out, way out.

  143. Macy the Min-Pin
    5:10 pm on October 27th, 2010

    VIII – IV = IV – Lincecum

  144. Riö - The Evil
    5:12 pm on October 27th, 2010

    Macy??….Wait I have to put on all my Catchers Gear first…snort!…She bites!…heh!…Here I come MinPin!….Sloppy Slurrpy Slobbery kisses to you with a bunch of pug nips just for good measure!…Sluuurp! Slop! Burp! Snort!…heh!

    Luck!…The inside ear licks are for good luck tonight at the World Series!…snort!…Your guys can't lose now!…snuff!

  145. Riö - The Evil
    5:14 pm on October 27th, 2010

    Giants!…Their fans are all in bed and that’s why the Rangers will prevail!…heh!

  146. Mollypop
    5:15 pm on October 27th, 2010

    O'Day O'Day Daylight come and me wan go home.

  147. Alice Johnson
    5:15 pm on October 27th, 2010


    I missed the Pug again! Thank Dog!

  148. B.Stover
    5:16 pm on October 27th, 2010

    I am rooting for the Giants…quietly.

  149. Macy the Min-Pin
    5:17 pm on October 27th, 2010

    Oh Pollymop, it must be so sad to not see your team playing…sob, sob, fake sob…

  150. Riö - The Evil
    5:27 pm on October 27th, 2010

    Molly!…Heh!snort!Heh!…good song. that one!..chorkel!

    Alice!…Your 100th day is a comin!…gag!

  151. Mollypop
    5:29 pm on October 27th, 2010

    Macy – Who cares.

  152. Barb & Maggie
    5:31 pm on October 27th, 2010

    Mollypop, Barb liked Harry Belafonte, too.

    Come back, Rangers! There is still time.

  153. Riö - The Evil
    5:36 pm on October 27th, 2010

    Wow!…Tony Bennett did a wonderful job of singing “God Bless America”…sniffle!…That old guy is still a great singer!…gruff!

  154. Riö - The Evil
    5:40 pm on October 27th, 2010

    Experience!….I can imagine Molly putting her big Paw on MinPins head and holding her down for a while right now…snort!…This sort of thing happens to me on rare occasions when my friend Pepper thinks I am getting too aggressive…grunt!…Makes me madder than hell…but what can I do?…sniff!

  155. Riö - The Evil
    5:43 pm on October 27th, 2010

    WOW!…Great play by the Rangers catcher!…snort!…Got Huff out at 2nd base….heh!

  156. B.Stover
    5:45 pm on October 27th, 2010

    Go Pepper!! Oops….I mean go Giants!!

  157. Riö - The Evil
    5:49 pm on October 27th, 2010

    OMG!…Now Huff is running around like a chicken with its head cut off and gets an OUT!…grump! dammit!

  158. Macy the Min-Pin
    5:49 pm on October 27th, 2010

    Hmmm, Ian, Ian, Ian…..

  159. Riö - The Evil
    5:52 pm on October 27th, 2010

    Huff!…Are there 2 Huffs or am I delusional right now?..snort!cough!

  160. Mollie (a black pood
    5:56 pm on October 27th, 2010

    Bengie Molina will get a ring no matter who wins the World Series, as he used to be the S.F. catcher. He is a good friend of Linceum I read.

  161. Riö - The Evil
    6:08 pm on October 27th, 2010

    Stress!…Well between her and I we have just consumed a lot of chocolate ice cream under duress…heh!…That’s the best thing that’s happened to me today!…Woooooo!… Rangers are still behind by VI …gasp!

  162. Barb & Maggie
    6:09 pm on October 27th, 2010

    Things are not looking good for the Rangers, but this is just game one.

  163. Riö - The Evil
    6:16 pm on October 27th, 2010

    Well!…My friend says she has personally seen our team score 9 runs in the 9th inning to win the game…snort!…So she is NOT giving up on the Rangers at this critical point in the game….wuff!!

  164. Riö - The Evil
    6:28 pm on October 27th, 2010

    Texas!…Bases are Loaded!…snort!snort!

  165. Riö - The Evil
    6:32 pm on October 27th, 2010

    Funny!…If one of the batters took Brian Wilson out (not critically)…snort!…But knock his beard off please!…heh!…Oh gosh- 2 outs for the Rangers… yeep!

  166. Riö - The Evil
    6:34 pm on October 27th, 2010

    Wooooo!…. All of a sudden it’s an 11- 7 game!….Come on Rangers…snort! …DO IT!…sniff!

  167. Riö - The Evil
    6:37 pm on October 27th, 2010

    Pop-Up!…Game over…sigh!…There for a few minutes I thought they could pull it out for an amazing come-back!…grunt!

  168. B.Stover
    6:37 pm on October 27th, 2010

    The Giants did it!

  169. Gus & BooBear
    6:37 pm on October 27th, 2010

    Well, rats!! No kool-aide yet! Guys were just a little nervous….this being their 1st trip to the Series.

  170. Mollie (a black pood
    6:38 pm on October 27th, 2010

    Black Beard wins again…Go Giants,

  171. Riö - The Evil
    6:39 pm on October 27th, 2010

    Hmmmphf!… Not too impressed with you so-called fans out there…grunt!…Tomorrow I will watch the game by myself, thank you very much…snort! …G’ Night all you weenies….sniff!

  172. Mollie (a black pood
    6:39 pm on October 27th, 2010

    B.Stover: thanks for your support. What happened to Wolfie?

  173. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    6:44 pm on October 27th, 2010

    Whoo hoo, the Giants won! I was out tonight and listened to it on my radio! Bee, you did it! You are our good luck charm for sure!!

    Since this is only game 1, I don't want the other side to feel too bad yet. So, let's chalk it up to some nerves and let's look forward to game 2!!

  174. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    6:45 pm on October 27th, 2010

    (How is that for being a good sport?) Graciousness, that's me!

    Oh, and on the list, we forgot someone:

    Fatty Kitty, Heaven

  175. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    6:50 pm on October 27th, 2010

    I will be home tomorrow night, glued to the TV.

    Thanks everyone, for your support. This has been a trying period. But the windshield has been replaced, the boy's gums are healing, Dad came home for a few nights although he is still not speaking to my boys. Mom is pretty unhappy about that because she says that parenting is the one job you just can't quit, even though you want to sometimes.

    You don't know how much you helped me. I so appreciate all of you.

  176. Wookie of Chevy Chas
    6:54 pm on October 27th, 2010

    Well, so much for pitching duel. And the fielding (six errors!) left a bit to be desired as well. Nonetheless, it was still an exciting game, but being seven down in the ninth inning was just too much for a real comeback. The question now is whether either team be able to score like that tomorrow.

    Staff. Thanks for asking about the quilting day. We actually hosted a boutique bee (making items to be sold at the boutique at my mom's guild's upcoming quilt show in December). How was it? In a word, exhausting. Meet and greet, meet and greet, supervise, supervise. And when lunch time came, did I get anything? Not a thing. Can those quilt ladies pack it away when they chow down or what. Nary a morsel fell to the floor for me. And now the house is overflowing with boutique items, although I am doing everything I can to help my mom keep them straight. Wookie, tired but still standing in Chevy Chase

  177. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:47 pm on October 27th, 2010

    Heh!… I want to see Lincecom chase one of the Rangers players to third base again with the ball in his hand!…Hewww!Heeee! That was funny! …snort!

    MagPie!….Why the party pooper?…grunt!

  178. Macy the Min-Pin
    8:38 pm on October 27th, 2010

    Goodnight sweet fans, looking forward to tomorrow. Little pug, come down off your high horse and enjoy the game with everyone else. To sleep, perchance to wake up and find tonight's game was a dream.

    Macy out of it.

  179. Macy the Min-Pin
    10:15 pm on October 27th, 2010

    Oooohhh, I have goose bumps all over. Could someone hand me a towel? I am glad my ears were clean. Biddy takes care of them for me. What a good daughter. And yes, I DO bite! Pugs is tasty!!!

  180. Kirby T. Penworthy
    2:34 am on October 28th, 2010

    Sorry I haven't been very attentive the past few days, but Mom has been hogging the computer! She writes and directs the Christmas play at her church every year, and she was on deadline to get the play finished. No matter how much I begged she wouldn't let me use the computer! So now the play is finished, and I'm all caught up. I saw the map project, and just wanted to let you know I'm on it!

    Oh, and GO RANGERS! Mom says she remembers when Nolan Ryan used to pitch for our Angels, so besides the Rangers being in the American League, she's rooting for them for Nolan's sake! Last night just illustrates why it's a four-out-of-seven series — because one game just doesn't tell the whole story!!!

  181. bluecat
    3:19 am on October 28th, 2010

    Hi, everybody.

    Barb – Harry Dresden book isn't as good as Harry Potter, but it isn't bad if you're up for an escapist read(ing).

    Wolfie – kat thoughts continue with you. You're very important to the family.

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