“I hear you’re taking a swing at the Chet and Bernie screenplay,” says Spence.

“Uh-huh,” says Admin.

“How’s it going?”

“It’s shorter than a book.”

“Which you knew already from the Lights Out screenplay.”


“Which I liked, although it didn’t make it to the screen.”

“No guarantees in the picture biz.”

“As I recall, you didn’t write the screenplay for The Fan.”

“Absolutely not.”

“I thought Benicio Del Toro was very good.”


“And Ellen Barkin.”


“Anything you can tell me about the C and B script? How did you start, for example?”

“With Chet and Bernie meeting for the first time.”

Welcome Twister and Red, Bandana Dude, Skipper’s friend Chloe.


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126 Responses to “Screenplay”

  1. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:36 am on July 21st, 2011

    First!…To say, “Yes!”…snort!…Now I am excited about the movie…yeep!yeep!

  2. BearSpiritDog
    9:37 am on July 21st, 2011

    Good Morning!
    Will be back in a minute!

  3. dawson
    9:41 am on July 21st, 2011

    Whooo Hooooo!

    Screenplay made me late.

  4. Sam
    9:49 am on July 21st, 2011

    Maybe this screenplay should introduce Princess. Then I, er, I mean she, will already be popular and in demand in preparation for her starring role in the next screenplay.

  5. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:51 am on July 21st, 2011

    Admin!…He must have more experience writing Screenplays than ole pointy-head Spencer….snort!…I bet Spencer will be leaning over his shoulder giving suggestions though…heh!…Unless Admin already has it finished!…snort!…I can just see it! Christmas season 2012 – just in time for the end of the world…grunt!

  6. B.Stover
    9:54 am on July 21st, 2011

    Is it a screenplay of Dog On It? None of the novels give the details of Chet and Bernie meeting.

    Good morning all.

  7. BearSpiritDog
    10:04 am on July 21st, 2011

    Dawson: Hope the ARC & your other treasures arrive soon. heh,heh.

  8. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:07 am on July 21st, 2011

    Goats!…Those marauding goats look awfully tired and full…snort!…Just like they would after a huge Marauding Mission in Canada….chorkel!

    Staff!…Funny story about a Kat named Sparkles last night…heh!…Now I get why you named Alice, “Alice”….snort!

  9. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:12 am on July 21st, 2011

    Parts!… I wonder if there will be parts in the movie for some of us?….snort!… I could play Iggy the next door neighbor!…Yeep!Yeep! …Alice could play the Kat in the Kar….snort! … We need someone to play that funny bird…heh!…What was his name?…sniff!

  10. Barb & Maggie
    10:18 am on July 21st, 2011

    Dawson, That is a lot of goats to get thru! Good luck, hope they aren’t hungry!

    BSD, what movie did you watch last night?

    OK, here is what is going on at Barb’s work that has her all poodled up. Sheila, Barb’s job share person gave notice Monday. She and Barb have been sharing the work week, with the help of a high school summer girl, for 5 years. They did a great job together.

    The envionment is toxic, due to the boss/owner/Crazy Lady.
    She screams and yells and bullies and demands,and treats everyone with no respect or appreciation. Gosh, remember I even wanted to bite her, and that’s never happened before! There are 2 lady agents there too, and everyone is either stressed, angry, sick to their stomach, or in tears all the time. CL is oblivious to it all. She now says Sheila is leaving due to her health, nothing to do with her.

    Problem – she is now being sugary, syrupy sweet to Barb. What is coming is that she will be asking her to fill in if she can’t find someone right away. So the answer is NO, but do we tell her it is her fault and lay it on the line? Or will that just make the situation worse for Barb? Barb wants to tell her that she is unwilling to help out because she 100% created the problem herself. What do you guys think?

    Also, Barb has some feelers out for a new parttime job.

  11. Masquers
    10:27 am on July 21st, 2011

    Barb: That last sentence in your post says it all…

  12. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:29 am on July 21st, 2011

    Toxic!… That gal sounds like my friends mother…grunt!…My friend just told her what a B-I-T-C-H she has been and how she has no regard for her privacy or letting her sleep when she needs to, and some other stuff that was really getting on our nerves….snort!…Now, her mother has been very quiet in the mornings, no more barging in our bedroom all hours of the night and she has been much nicer to both of us…sniff! …I think you need to tell the old bat what’s what and if that doesn’t help, tell her to shove the job up her @ss….grunt!….Then go sell Tin Futures and make a fortune somewhere else…wheeze!

  13. Rose
    10:33 am on July 21st, 2011

    Good Morning All!

    Hot as heck here in New York! Today’s temp is expected to reach 100 degrees!!!

    B: Like most books turned into movies, the script always seems to veer away from the book. Perhaps the screenplay will tell us how Chet and Bernie became partners during the time Bernie was a police officer.

  14. Rose
    10:36 am on July 21st, 2011

    I’m glad your friend took matters into her own hands, and that you two will not be treated a little more respectfully.

  15. BearSpiritDog
    10:40 am on July 21st, 2011

    Rio has the right idea to let her know how you feel. BUT only if the CL has been rude to Barb personally. Otherwise, we have found from bitter experience, that trying to straighten out a mess in the office only results in a backlash. No one backs you up. All the mice scurry for the corners when the big guns come out.

  16. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:42 am on July 21st, 2011

    Wait!… AbbieTheKat could play the Kat in the Kar…snort!…Then Alice could play the Kat that causes Chet to flunk out of K-9 school…heh!…Wasn’t there some blood involved?…chorkel!

  17. Masquers
    10:51 am on July 21st, 2011

    Kats are firm believers in letting everyone know where we stand right away. That way there are no misunderstandings and a bad situation never gets to the boiling point. Barb & Maggie: Claws sharpened here. Just say the word…..

  18. bluecat
    11:17 am on July 21st, 2011

    Barb – I was in an office like that. Thank dog, not now. Because she’s a bully she won’t hear anything you say and she’d probably turn the words around to make herself sound better. I’d stay quiet and keep looking for something else.

  19. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:20 am on July 21st, 2011

    Office!…Be sure to delete all the important files off her computer before you leave though…heh!heh!…snort! …Especially the one with your name and address…sniff!

  20. Barb & Maggie
    11:22 am on July 21st, 2011

    BSD, Yes she has beaten Barb half to death too. Only reason she hasn’t left is that most of the job opportunities are 20 miles away as opposed to 3 1/2 which makes for bad travel in the winter. Also inability to come home and check on everyone at lunch, on the days Barb works a whole day. The lady can act nice, because she is nice to her clients, and nice to Barb when she wants something.

    We are very close to taking Rio’s advise on telling her where to put her job.

  21. Siber-H
    11:54 am on July 21st, 2011

    Screenplay!!! This is exciting news! As long as the writing of it is kept in the “family”. We all want to know how Chet and Bernie met.

  22. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    11:55 am on July 21st, 2011

    Great news about the screenplay. And Rio, if you do land the role of Iggy, I’d be more than willing to chauffeur you around in the Wookiemobile. A Hollywood pug star needs to travel in style.

    Speaking of tomatoes (weren’t we doing that at some point), we are now awash in a sea of ripe tomatoes, and they are incredibly yummy two. Our five plants (some of which are well over 6 feet tall) are producing tomatoes now, left, right and center. We’ve even started giving some away. There were a couple that had these funny looking gashes on them; my mom’s friend thinks they may be raccoon teeth marks. I guess ole Rocky the Raccoon may be back again, although I haven’t seen any wine corks nearby(remember, he is a raccoon connoisseur). Hopefully it’s not the marauding goats, or I might have to chase them like Audrey did with the coyote. Wookie

  23. B.Stover
    11:59 am on July 21st, 2011

    Barb: I’m assuming CL does not have someone who ranks above her? If she does, I’d go to that person and explain all of the circumstances. If not, I’d get another job. Bluecat is correct. CL is a bully and needs medical help.

    I’m glad that Spence is the one who will be writing the screenplay.

    I now have my car back and its AC is working! “Excessive heat warnings” here until 10PM.

  24. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:05 pm on July 21st, 2011

    Tomatoes!…. Her mother and I snuffle around in the tomatoes every day….snort!sneeze!…. There are at least a million green ones out there all ready to ripen at the same time….heh!…My friend is thinking “Salsa! Salsa! Salsa!”….wooooooo!

    Wookie!… We’d have us some fun down there in Hollywood!…snort!…Gas up the Wookiemobile! I just know I will get the part of Iggy. Even if I have to wear an Iggy-suit….grunt!

  25. Siber-H
    12:09 pm on July 21st, 2011

    Barb, I don’t have anything to add to the solutions that people have already come up with. I do agree with Bluecat that the CL will see herself as the victim no matter what happens, but you can still tell her where to go if you have the opportunity.
    With your experience and smarts, you should have no trouble finding another job. Twenty miles is a long commute, but it would be peaceful and quiet unlike the CL’s office. As you said, winter might be difficult and you wouldn’t be able to come home at lunch and check on everyone. I wish there were more jobs closer to where you live, but you will be moving whenever your house sells. I don’t know how this will factor into your job decision.

  26. Melanie
    12:13 pm on July 21st, 2011

    Barb and MagPie, being 20 miles from everywhere I can understand the reluctance to getting a new job. Especially in the winter! I remember the pictures you took . . .

    Things to consider. How is Barb holding up? Body and mind? Can she say ‘NO’ to the CL when she wants more time? (have a feeling if she doesn’t the CL will put off looking for someone)

    The trade comes in for how Barb likes to come home and check on everyone at home, her mind and health vs. can she put up with the CL until she is able to sell the house.

    Good luck!

  27. Melanie
    12:17 pm on July 21st, 2011

    This is great about the screenplay!!! Awesomely wonderful!!!

    Riö, I can see you as Iggy. And the bird’s name was “Captain Crunch”.

    I am back for the acupuncturist. Feeling better (though I did have to promise not too do to much for awhile. 🙁 )

    The Pool guys are coming again today so as to put (love that “so as to”) in the mineral dispenser thingy.

    Tomatoes! My plants are over 8 inches tall!!

  28. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:44 pm on July 21st, 2011

    Melanie!…Are your tomatoes growing in a cave?…snort!

  29. Barb & Maggie
    12:52 pm on July 21st, 2011

    Melanie, You need a different spot next year, or something. Mine are over 4 feet tall.

    Thanks for all the advise. And Barb is going to tell her no to more work, juist a question as to how much she tells her why. Will keep everyone updated, as she is heading to work in a few minutes.

  30. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:57 pm on July 21st, 2011

    Lights-Out!…Too bad Lights Out didn’t make it to the big screen….snort! …I really liked that book a lot…sniff!… I think A Perfect Crime would make a good movie too. ..heh!… In Their Wildest Dreams would be a real Hoot!…heh!…I’ll never forget that Kat or the gal that wrote a review of the main characters book…..chorkel!…That was hilarious!…snort!

  31. Melanie
    1:17 pm on July 21st, 2011

    Seeing that last year my tomatoes didn’t even get that high, I’m pleased!
    You have to remember that I couldn’t get them in until the second week in June and it was a really wet Spring. I don’t remember much sun at all.

    Though we are certainly having enough this week.

    Too bad Bernie isn’t a lot younger and thinner! I’d suggest YSAS!

  32. Gus and BooBear
    1:35 pm on July 21st, 2011

    Barb, we have to agree with Bluecat. She will not take the critisism well and could possibly take that out on you. How is the other lady to work for? If she is any better, maybe something could be said to her. Mom knows about convenience. She has worked for the same place for over 30 years. She could make alot more money elsewhere but is comfortable there.

    We would not agree to more hours because they may put off hiring someone if you are there and willing. Use your health issue (even if u feel great now) to tell her you can’t handle more hours.

    Generally, bosses won’t change and if you can’t work in the current situation, you will have to move on.0

  33. Tupper and Gilly
    1:57 pm on July 21st, 2011

    Barb and Maggie – we truly feel for you – boy do we ever understand. Our Crazy Lady isn’t mean – just stooopid!
    Are there any temp employment agencies in your area? They are great for finding jobs within YOUR specifications – what hours, distance, responsibilities etc. And you have such a wide range of experience and knowledge, we think they would be delighted to have someone like you in their “stable”.
    In the meantime, if your Crazy Lady asks you fro more hours, just look her in the eye,, smile sweetly and say, “No, thank you so much for offering, but my schedule won’t permit me to take on one single thing more – I just simply couldn’t fit in any more hours here.”
    We have found that when dealing with Crazy Ladies, confrontation has a way of backfiring because they never, ever will accept the fact that they have done anything to create or exacerbate the problem.
    (We do like the Kat’s ideas of sharpening claws, but lets get you out of that office first – then you can turn around and stick your tongue out at her on the way out!)

  34. BearSpiritDog
    2:33 pm on July 21st, 2011

    Barb&Magpie: Nana & company watched some silly movie on Instant Play last night about a “Cool Dog” – a German Shepard Dog/Chet type. Definitely not Academy material, it was aimed at the very young. Dog and kid actors the heroes, adults portrayed as idiots. The grands liked it.(snicker)

    The ideal solution for Barb would be to work from home. Many companies today offer this option. Our friend does this and is now relaxed and stress-free.

  35. Debbie LM
    2:43 pm on July 21st, 2011

    Barb – From my experience, the crazy lady is incapable of change from your description and the psychic satisfaction of saying take this job and ***** IT just isn’t worth it to your reputation in the long run.
    People are self-delusional all the time and some people can hear a wake up call. But, while you can fix a dysfunctional organization you can’t fix a dysfunctional family and that woman is behaving like the office is her family. The temp agency is a good short term solution. And it gives you time to find a good job where you can talk to other employees about the corporate culture. If a prospective employer doesn’t want you to take to current employees about the place – run the other way! Best of luck – I know you’ll find a much better place.

  36. B.Stover
    3:01 pm on July 21st, 2011

    How is Mollypop’s mom today?

  37. Rose
    3:06 pm on July 21st, 2011


    I feel your pain!
    Here’s my two cents from experience…I work for someone who is only interested in her title, and how good she looked in the company. For almost a year, she spoke to me in a very condescending manner, and made me feel like I was being punished by my parents. I followed the advice a friend gave me… just walk away! The last straw for me came on a Monday morning in May, when the woman started wailing on me at 8:30 in the morning. We had a bit of a back and forth, until I calmly told her that I would no longer accept being spoken to this way, and that I was going to walk away. That’s exactly what I did, I took a walk, came back, and believe it or not, she was waiting for me at the elevator. She asked me if we could talk, and I told her that I was done with her.
    After that, she has been treating me with the respect I deserve, and very sweetly. Doing that allowed me to take the power away from her. By not getting into any heated agruments, I couldn’t get into any trouble with HR, and I felt great about what I did.
    I hope everything works out for you.

  38. Rose
    3:31 pm on July 21st, 2011

    B: I apologize for my run-on sentences. I am the Queen of the run-on sentence! 🙂

  39. Redbone Hound
    3:43 pm on July 21st, 2011

    In our family we have an expession for folks like your boss
    “you can’t fix stupid”
    I doubt that you can change her or even get her to see how obnoxious she is. I sure do hope you can find a way to get away from her soon. Do you think you could teach those baby goats of yours to be Marauders?

  40. Riö - The Evil Pug
    4:13 pm on July 21st, 2011

    Rockies!…Are playing the Atlanta Braves Again! – right now…snort! …Where are my little headphones?….sniff!…I can’t find my little knapsack! Her mother is always putting things somewhere different than where I left them…grump!

  41. B.Stover
    4:14 pm on July 21st, 2011

    Rose: Where is the run-on?

    I’ve started prep for classes: reading and researching Frankenstein which I haven’t taught in years.

  42. Rose
    4:31 pm on July 21st, 2011

    B: Pre-apologizing in the event there were any. 🙂

  43. Siber-H
    4:36 pm on July 21st, 2011

    Barb, more very good advice.

    Redbone, “You can’t fix stupid” is one of our favorite expressions.

    Stover, Frankenstein! Our kind of classic literature!

  44. Siber-H
    4:38 pm on July 21st, 2011

    Rio, Did you find your headphones? I’m watching the game, but I won’t say a word.

    4:46 pm on July 21st, 2011

    Youse guys have so good points, she probably will not listen to my opinion. She is the boss, there is no one over her and there is no one else who has any authority. The other agents are treated like yesterday’s garbage, just like Sheila and I have been, so they cannot help. I do think her behavior goes well beyond rude and she probably needs to be on some sort of medication, but it is hard to keep that in mind when dealing with her day to day. Guess you either deal with it or move on down the road.

    I have started making some calls and will see what happens.

  46. Melanie
    5:13 pm on July 21st, 2011

    B.Stover: Dean Koontz has a series about Frankenstein. Interesting concept. . . Frankenstein is still alive and trying to build a next generation of humans. Frankenstein the monster working against him.

    Good luck Barb & Magpie!

    I have been very good today. I have not lifted any heavy rocks or boards and I have spent the day in AC. I am beginning to feel human again.

  47. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:21 pm on July 21st, 2011

    SiberH!…I found my little headphones just in time to find out that my man Cargo was hurt again …grump!! growl!

  48. Mollypop
    5:30 pm on July 21st, 2011

    B. – Mom is well enough to function but she needs to rest a lot. I don’t consider that a problem. The doctor called and said all but one of her tests are in and they are all fine.

  49. Siber-H
    5:52 pm on July 21st, 2011

    Melanie, (whispering) Mom read those Frankenstein books by Koontz. She really liked the ones that took place in New Orleans, but thought he might as well have not bothered writing the ones that were set in Montana.

  50. OleyHowlers
    5:53 pm on July 21st, 2011

    Hello All.
    It is really hot here. 100. Mom made us stay in today, and when she got home from work, she hosed us all down…all the horses too.

    Barb, for what its worth, Mom has a motto at work that you should “never leave a job or take a job because of the boss, because that can change in an instant”. She works at a large company and they move managers around fairly often, so maybe that doesn’t apply to your situation. But no matter what, she does not think you should confront your Crazy Lady until/unless you have another job.

    Screen Play! Wow! That is exciting. Meashka wants to play the she-dog across the canyon.

  51. BearSpiritDog
    5:54 pm on July 21st, 2011

    MollyPop: It is so frustrating when no one seems to know what’s wrong. But, you seem to be improving and that is the main thing. We are sure it is a big relief to have the doctor say your tests came out okay.

  52. Siber-H
    5:56 pm on July 21st, 2011

    Mollypop, I imagine it will take your mom awhile to get back to normal after being that sick for that long. Rest is a good idea. I’m glad she is feeling better.

  53. OleyHowlers
    5:59 pm on July 21st, 2011

    Mollypop, we think rest is always good, but its especially necessary when your body is trying to mend from an illness. What type of illness did you have? Mom is wondering if it is similar to what she was going thru at the end of June, when she was not able to eat and had chills and fever and aches. She was hungry but anything she ate caused her sever pain and diarrhea. She thought it was salmonella, but never had it diagnosed by a doctor. It lasted for many

  54. OleyHowlers
    6:00 pm on July 21st, 2011

    Mollypop, we think rest is always good, but its especially necessary when your body is trying to mend from an illness. What type of illness did you have? Mom is wondering if it is similar to what she was going thru at the end of June, when she was not able to eat and had chills and fever and aches. She was hungry but anything she ate caused her sever pain and diarrhea. She thought it was salmonella, but never had it diagnosed by a doctor. It lasted for many weeks and she is still rather tired.

  55. OleyHowlers
    6:00 pm on July 21st, 2011

    Carpola! Hate this laptop.

  56. B.Stover
    6:13 pm on July 21st, 2011

    Mollypop: Good news then so far. Keep resting. That, I think, is the body’s natural cure.

    I don’t have time for the Dean Koontz books right now.

    Frankenstein has the subtitle, “Or The Modern Prometheus.” Why? (This is the kind of question I’ll ask my students. I don’t have an answer and am interested in opinions.)

  57. BearSpiritDog
    6:18 pm on July 21st, 2011

    O.Howlers: Hey! If Meashka is playing the dog across the canyon, then Siber-H would be Chet, right?

    Melanie and Siber-H: We have only read 2 of the Dean Koontz Frankenstein Series so far. Which ones are set in Montana?

    B: The original Frankenstein by Shelley is a classic that will go on to delight future generations of readers. That it is being taught as a class in literature is wonderful and that you are teaching it – better still.

  58. Siber-H
    6:32 pm on July 21st, 2011

    Bear, It is the last two in the series that are set in Montana, and I really wouldn’t bother with them. I was disappointed because I much prefer the setting of Montana to New Orleans. It was like the publishing company realized they had a lemon in their hands with the last book because they only published it in paperback.

  59. B.Stover
    6:33 pm on July 21st, 2011

    Thank you Bear. This is the second course in a required World Masterpieces sequence and Frankenstein is used as the text from the Romantic Period. We’ve used Romantic poetry in the past.

  60. Siber-H
    6:35 pm on July 21st, 2011

    I don’t know if I like the idea of Meashka playing the she-dog in the movie. She might give up hunting and baseball and “go Hollywood” on us. She could start painting her toenails. gah

  61. Kirby T. Penworthy
    6:41 pm on July 21st, 2011

    Hey, y’all! Mom’s home, the computer’s on, and I’m ready to roll! Here’s the big question: If they made a movie about Bernie and Chet — who is a dog, remember — would the movie theater people let the nation within a nation come to watch it? I don’t want to have to wait until it comes out on DVD and watch it on our little TV at home. (Mom and Dad are old-fashioned people who don’t replace a TV just because newer ones are available — they say they’re going to wait until the one we have now doesn’t work anymore. So we still have an old un-high-def, un-flatscreen that’s not much bigger than I am! And youse guys know that’s not big at all!!!)

  62. Melanie
    6:47 pm on July 21st, 2011

    BearSpiritDog, I’ve only read two of them. So I haven’t read any about Montana.

    Siber-H, I don’t believe that any Husky female would put polish on her toe nails.

    And KirbyT.? The Pack is with you on that thought!

  63. Kirby T. Penworthy
    6:53 pm on July 21st, 2011

    Dawson: I read my SDD, so your package will be mailed tomorrow — sealed well to prevent attacks by any marauding goats! Did you want it gift-wrapped at all? (It’s a free service!) How old is Ruby Jo? Mom says she loves that name — her grandma’s name is Josephine (Jo for short) and she is 97!

  64. OleyHowlers
    7:11 pm on July 21st, 2011

    (Meashka here). Don’t worry about me giving up hunting or baseball when I star as the She-Dog. Remember that old song “I am Woman. Hear Me Roar”. Well, believe you me…I can bring home the bacon (or groundhog or possum or rat or …), … and never let you forget you’re a man”.

  65. Liz
    7:13 pm on July 21st, 2011

    Barb, I’m sure you’ve had all the advice you need, but my two cent’s worth is – I worked for a CL who was just like your CL. Bottom line is, no matter what you tell them, they don’t hear that anything is their fault. You could present rock solid evidence with video and she still won’t believe you. (Denial is a BIG part of being a CL). She probably won’t listen.

    Walk away. Look after you. Don’t do what i did – stay too long and end up making yourself really sick. I know you’re too smart for that.

  66. Melanie
    7:21 pm on July 21st, 2011

    Siber-H: Zoë agrees with you about the Montana ones.

    Now, Is TS Dora going to help bring on the Monsoons for those of you in the SW??

  67. Kirby T. Penworthy
    7:25 pm on July 21st, 2011

    Meashka: Please, please don’t keep talking about getting groundhogs! Mom’s birthday is Groundhog’s Day, so she’s rather fond of them! Grandma decided to get married on Groundhog’s Day so my absent-minded professor Grandpa would remember his anniversary. Then exactly a year later Mom was born — now he can’t forget either occasion! So you can get rats or whatever, but be nice to groundhogs!!!

  68. Barb & Maggie
    7:30 pm on July 21st, 2011

    We have not read those books, but last year Barb read a Koontz book and it was torutre to semi-get thru it. Awful, never will read another one.

  69. Siber-H
    7:30 pm on July 21st, 2011

    Melanie. I have been in too much shock over this to post it sooner, but we got a third an inch rain yesterday evening and it is raining again now. I am not even going to gripe about it as long as mom holds the umbrella over me if I need to go out.
    It is raining hard…monsoon downpour. WOO WOO

  70. OleyHowlers
    7:47 pm on July 21st, 2011

    Kirby, We love your idea for the nation within the nation night at the movies !

    Siber, glad to hear about your rain. But, whats with the umbrella???? Rain is rather pleasant, especially when we are hot like we are now.

  71. Kirby T. Penworthy
    7:47 pm on July 21st, 2011

    Today it got up to 102 degrees. Tomorrow it’s supposed to be 103. The heat index is “dangerous.” Humidity is above 50 percent. I’m more than happy to hang out inside!!!

  72. BearSpiritDog
    7:53 pm on July 21st, 2011

    Siber-H! The monsoon – finally!!!

    Barb&Maggie: Curious to know which Koontz book you didn’t like. (He does tend to get gruesome in parts) One I know you would love is A Big Little Life, a memoir about his golden Trixie. Many of his other books center around dogs and this is what drew us to his stories in the first place.

  73. dawson
    7:56 pm on July 21st, 2011

    Didn’t think the work day would ever end. At least I don’t have a crazy lady boss like Barb (although mine has her moments).

    Kirby T. Penworthy: Ruby Josephine was born on January 13th of this year. Josephine was my mother Margaret’s sister and my little sister’s name (aka, A Catty Librarian). I would use the blanket as the wrapping for the book and tie a ribbon on it. At her young age I don’t think it will matter. Now I will have another reason to visit. 😉

  74. Kirby T. Penworthy
    8:01 pm on July 21st, 2011

    Mollypop: Mom said she was laughing today on the way to work. She was following a VW bug with a standard poodle sitting on the backseat. Mom thought it looked like kind of a tight squeeze. And then a second poodle popped its head up — a real tight squeeze! When my great-aunt got two standard poodles, she bought a new van to transport them. I guess these guys weren’t that lucky!

    B&M: Mom sympathizes with you. For awhile there she had what she fondly refers to as the “branch manager from hell”! Everyone at the branch hated working with her. And she was fond of telling all her employees that she was going to be there for a good long while, so get over it. Worst of all, she was backed by the management folks downtown, so the people at Mom’s branch felt a little like they were on a desert island with no support. But finally the management people figured out who they were dealing with. Mom’s not quite sure what happened, but the BMFH finally announced that she had gotten another job. They gave her quite a going away party!

  75. dawson
    8:06 pm on July 21st, 2011

    Siber H: I know you don’t care for rain but I’m glad you are getting a downpour. Now I hope we will get some sun. All the old folks at work (me too) complained of being sore all over and I think it is the cold damp weather.
    The heat index in Minneapolis was 115 yesterday. Yowzer! I’d rather have our bad weather.

  76. Siber-H
    8:11 pm on July 21st, 2011

    Fellow Siberians, Rain is water….shudder. Air conditioners are for keeping cool.

  77. Mollypop
    8:25 pm on July 21st, 2011

    Kirby – How funny about two big poodles in a VW Bug!

  78. Melanie
    8:39 pm on July 21st, 2011

    Congratulations on the Monsoons!

    Oh, and I meant to look up the name of the brand we’re using for the pool. Darnation! I do know the mineral pack that the water goes through is called a Pool Frog. Sort of hard to forget that one.

    The minerals kill bacteria and other stuff and supposed to reduce the need for chlorine.
    But then we use something else in place of chlorine which I will try to remember tomorrow.

    As it is, off to bed. Doing better today.

  79. BearSpiritDog
    8:45 pm on July 21st, 2011

    Sounds like a bug going around.
    Everyone get your rest so
    Tomorrow you will feel
    Your very Best!
    Nite – Bear

  80. Wölfie
    8:46 pm on July 21st, 2011

    Wow, a screenplay! Sounds exciting! I don’t like to play favorites, but I think that Spence is a better writer.

    You know, Aubrey may not have been after a coyote. She may have been protecting the ARC from the marauding goats. In which case, Aubrey may be a hero. We’ll have to see whether or not the ARC actually reaches Dawson.

  81. Kirby T. Penworthy
    8:54 pm on July 21st, 2011

    Staff: Your Sparkles story made me laugh! Mom had a similar experience when Missy (Buford’s sister who went over the Rainbow Bridge) was diagnosed with Cushing’s Disease. The medication she had to take was at a people pharmacy, so Mom went to the drugstore get the prescription filled. After she handed the paper to the pharmacist, Mom got called back to the window. “I’m sorry, but I can’t find the insurance information for Missy,” the pharmacist said. “That’s because she’s a dog,” Mom replied. The pharmacist just kind of stared at Mom, so Mom had to explain what was going on. And the pharmacist asked if Mom was planning to pay for the medication herself — of course, Mom said. Then she found out why the pharmacist was so concerned about the money. The medicine was nearly $100! Mom is used to going to the Army hospital, where the medicine is free, so she was astonished to find out how much that stuff cost!!!

  82. Kirby T. Penworthy
    8:55 pm on July 21st, 2011

    I have a post awaiting moderation. There’s not a single piece of footwear in there — I swear!!!

  83. Kirby T. Penworthy
    8:58 pm on July 21st, 2011

    Why can I say “branch manager from hell” without moderation, but I tell a story about Mom getting medicine for Missy at a people pharmacy and it gets moderated?!

  84. Kirby T. Penworthy
    9:02 pm on July 21st, 2011

    OK, now I have a second comment awaiting moderation. All I said was BMFH (which I spelled out in an earlier comment without problem) and … oh, wait. Didn’t Staff’s comments last night get moderated too?

  85. Kirby T. Penworthy
    9:05 pm on July 21st, 2011

    Like Staff’s story, mine involved a place that sells pills. Maybe that’s it?

  86. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:11 pm on July 21st, 2011

    Caught-Up!….Grunt!…And there is Nothing I want to comment on ….sniff!…Except maybe the fact that Meashka is Hot!…heh!…Kirby is in love with Ground-Hogs…huffle!…And Frankenstein now lives in Montana…grunt!…Weird day for the blog. It started out so well with Admin admitting to writing the DOI Screen Play talk…hummphf! …How did it go so wrong?….wuffle!

    Reality!…Food Network show is on…sniff!…She loves this carpola…grunt!…Someone please tell me if the Rockies won…if they lost, keep it to yourself…grunt!

  87. B.Stover
    9:21 pm on July 21st, 2011

    No one has given me an opinion about Frankenstein as the modern Prometheus….

  88. Buddy and T.C.
    9:26 pm on July 21st, 2011

    Well, the Howlers are refusing to come indoors now. Too hot. We are going to log off the computer and go pass out somewhere. Good night to all.

  89. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:30 pm on July 21st, 2011

    Stover!…I think Frank is being very modern these days by living in Montana…heh!…He will serve part of his liver as a daily special at the Ranch kitchen everyday for the ranch-hands who are women…heh!…That’s all I sort-of know…sniff!

  90. B.Stover
    9:38 pm on July 21st, 2011


  91. Siber-H
    9:46 pm on July 21st, 2011

    Stover, I don’t have an opinion or an answer, but I would like to learn what you come up with for your class. It is an interesting subject.
    Are you going to teach them in class how she came to write Frankenstein? I think that knowledge sets the stage for reading the book.

  92. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:49 pm on July 21st, 2011

    Hmmm!… Well, I am just a Pug who never got the chance to go to college…snort! …Wasn’t there a liver or part of a liver involved? …sniff!…Or am I thinking of some other Greek God guy or friend of the Gods, maybe foe, now that I think of it…hmmm..….grunt! …I’m really just kind of guessing…heh!

  93. Kirby T. Penworthy
    9:52 pm on July 21st, 2011

    Sorry, Bee, I never read the book, so I can’t compare it with Prometheus or anyone else!

  94. B.Stover
    9:59 pm on July 21st, 2011

    SH: Yes I will be giving them background.

    Rio: You are correct. There are several versions of the Greek myth but the basic story is that Prometheus stole fire from Zeus and gave it to mankind. Zeus punished P by chaining him to a mountain and an eagle ate his liver out every day and it grew back every night until Heracles freed P.

    In what way is Frankenstein like P? (I like the question.) Another is, is Frankenstein a hero or a villain or something in between?

  95. Siber-H
    10:02 pm on July 21st, 2011

    Rio, mom and I didn’t go to college either, but mom did read horror stories and adventure stories by authors like Melville and Conrad.

  96. Macy the Min-pin
    10:06 pm on July 21st, 2011

    Sorry Bee, but you have finally reached WAY above our heads.

    I propose Kirby to be Iggy. I think he needs to be little and able to jump up all them time. At least that is how I think of him.

    Dad was messing with us tonight. We got a package from Omaha steaks (we got NONE of the last order, poo) and he put the dry ice in our water. Bubbly! Now there is one more place Annie is afraid to go. The cicadas outside scare her and now the water bowl scares her too. How did I raise such a scardy kat?

    Barb, mom’s CL had a number of “lovely” attributes, but the one thing that mom remembers is her dumping all of the candy in mom’s candy dish on her desk in the trash. “No one likes that kind”, she said. Uh, Mom liked that kind. And who does that, anyway?

  97. Siber-H
    10:08 pm on July 21st, 2011

    Frankenstein wasn’t a villain…maybe something in between just like humanity. Mom was always on his side.

  98. B.Stover
    10:10 pm on July 21st, 2011

    I think another interesting thing is that the creature doesn’t have a name but Mary Shelley apparently referred to him as Adam and she uses Adam’s question to God from Paradise Lost as an epigraph: “Did I request thee, Maker from my clay/ To mould Me man? Did I solicit thee/ From darkness to promote me?” That supports a theory I have that Frankenstein is very close to being a villain. He tries to play god and then he shuns his responsibilities both to the creature and to society.

  99. Macy the Min-pin
    10:10 pm on July 21st, 2011

    Has anyone seen the movie “Horrible Bosses”? It sounds like we are working on the sequel here, heh heh.

    AND the weather people on TV still seem to be amazed that it is hot. In Texas. In July. Helloooo….

  100. Barb & Maggie
    10:13 pm on July 21st, 2011

    Just watched a really dark movie, Winter’s Bones. Good acting but not really sure we enjoyed it. Pretty dismal way those people lived. Felt like I needed a shower after watching the movie.

    Liz, you and a bunch of others are right. CLs do not admit when they are wrong. On a few occasions Barb gave her back something in writing where she had made a mistake. Instead of saying “Oh I was wrong, thanks for noticing that, or I made a mistake”, she will say in a very demanding tone, “Well, did you correct it?”

    Checked with a realtor who is opening a new office about 8-10 miles away today to see if he needs anyone part time. Told him Sheila had quit on Monday and that the situation was difficult. He said “Imagine that! I have trouble dealing with her on an occasional basis!”

    Maybe something interesting will pop up, or the house will sell.

  101. B.Stover
    10:15 pm on July 21st, 2011

    SH: That’s interesting. Why was she on F’s side? I’d suggest that he’s an unreliable narrator. Part of the story is told by the creature as well and it’s from that that I tend to sympathize with him.

  102. Siber-H
    10:20 pm on July 21st, 2011

    Stover, I made the common mistake of using the name Frankenstein for the creature’s name. Frankenstein, the creator, was a villian. I meant that mom sympathized with the creature.
    I blame the movies.

  103. B.Stover
    10:24 pm on July 21st, 2011

    SH: We could probably blame Shelley since she didn’t name the creature. One of the reasons that it’s fun teaching this novel is that so many students know Frankenstein based on movies rather than the novel. I have to think about this more.

    The crickets are really chirping loudly tonight. Wonder if it’s caused by the heat.

  104. Siber-H
    10:28 pm on July 21st, 2011

    I learned this from the History Channel; At the time that Shelly wrote Frankenstein, there were scientists who were trying to create life and assemble body parts and animate them. Shelly was probably aware of this, but that takes nothing away from the book.

  105. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:31 pm on July 21st, 2011

    Opinion! …Frankenstein has always been a symbol to us as mans quest for Ever-lasting life..sniff…Or man trying to play God in control of life and death…grunt!..Either way it is a perversion and will lead to all bad stuff…huffle!

  106. Siber-H
    10:34 pm on July 21st, 2011

    I agree, Rio.

  107. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:37 pm on July 21st, 2011

    Quest!…The quest for EverLasting life is not a perversion. To try to find it through Man’s attempt at bringing life from death is…sniff!…Just to clarify that last statement…grunt!

  108. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:42 pm on July 21st, 2011

    Staff!…Would you guys like driving across town in Minneapolis?…heh!…on a hot summers day?…sniff! …to pick up a piece of Art Work for your little sissy in August sometime???…snorkel!

  109. B.Stover
    10:45 pm on July 21st, 2011

    Rio: Right–it does lead to bad stuff in the novel. One of the things F thinks while he’s creating the creature is that “a new species would bless me as its creator and source.” The word “bless” is very telling.

    SH: One of the writers she was familiar with was Luigi Galvani who had experimented with electricity for purposes of animating or reviving dead bodies. Strange.

  110. B.Stover
    10:51 pm on July 21st, 2011

    Out of energy. Good night all.

  111. Snowhook Bella
    10:53 pm on July 21st, 2011

    Hello all!

    I’ve been on the road for work this week and returned home last night with a cold. I’m about to take some cold medicine and go off to bed, but I wanted to check in. I can follow the blog on my phone, but can’t post.

    September! I’m a September baby, too. I like party animal, Wookie’s idea for a party. It will be my first Plunderer party adn I’m sure I could convince Whitey-Lance to be my plus one.

    Barb & Maggie: You’ve received a lot of good advice so I won’t repeat it all, yet ask yourself what you can and can’t live with and move forward accordingly. My mother and my boss both say I have a wierd knack for resumes; I’d be happy to review yours and offer some pointers if you’re interested. If not, you won’t hurt my feelings. Here’s hoping your path leads to a better situation and soon!

    Dawson’s winning bids: All those who donated auction items that our dear Dawson won should have received directions on where to send the items. The items will be sent near and far—it’s best to keep the goats guessing.

    Rio: Was it Mark Twain that said, “Don’t let school get in the way of your education.” I used the same line when I got caught skipping class in high school. Coach said, “Fair enough.”

  112. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:05 pm on July 21st, 2011

    Bless!… This discussion could become very theological and I’m not sure this is the place, on Chet’s Blog, to discuss how Dr. Frankenstein striving to be God wants his creature to love and adore him and do all things in his name….heh! …Frankenstein has always been a very poor imitation…snort! …I don’t know much about the writer ….sniff!…I’ve never been interested in her. Maybe in our “spare time” we should read about her and see what she was all about…heh! I doubt it will change our opinion of her characters though…grunt!

  113. Siber-H
    11:05 pm on July 21st, 2011

    Night Everyone

    Feel better soon,Rebecca. Summer colds are misery.

    Rio, eeek I hope CarGo is going to be okay. I could tell that he was in a great deal of pain. Maybe the Rockies website will have more news tomorrow. I’m too sleepy to wait for it to load tonight.

  114. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:10 pm on July 21st, 2011

    Becca!…snort!…No way you are sick! It’s summertime and you cannot be sick…dammit!…Do you wash your hands when you travel???…sniff!…My friend will not be caught withoug one of those little bottles of hand cleanser…wuffle!…She swears by them and also, she swears by no human contact, ever!..heh!

  115. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:12 pm on July 21st, 2011

    Contact!…Maybe that last part was my idea…sniff!…The thing is she has not been sick in quite some time now…wuffle!…So take notes, dammit!

  116. Barb & Maggie
    11:15 pm on July 21st, 2011

    Rebecca, Thank you for the resume offer, but Barb is old and mostly retired, and so is just looking for a little fun 12-16 hour per week job, probably not worthy of a real resume.

    BSD, Can not remember the Dean Koontz book, had some supernatural elements to it. Barb’s neighbor loaned it to her, so she sort of skimmed it, enought to make a few comments on it. IT was torture getting thru it.

    Must go to bed! Night all, and thank you again for all the good advise.

  117. Snowhook Bella
    11:20 pm on July 21st, 2011

    Rio: Sniff, sneeze, wheeze. I have several sources of ‘han-i-tizer’ as we call it at work. I think the long hours I’ve kept lately haven’t helped. I’m not going to complain any further as I know the likes of Mollypop and others have it much worse. Your friend might be onto something with the no human contact theory…

    Dawson: We have a Josephine in the family, too. The granddaughter of Annabelle, she was begat by Twig and Orion. She is a little love bug.

  118. Barb & Maggie
    11:22 pm on July 21st, 2011

    Think that should be advice. Good night again.

  119. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:25 pm on July 21st, 2011

    Hair!… With all the other things in real life to worry about, why do I keep coming back to Michaels long hair….grunt!…I don’t know why this is so damned annoying to me in the scope of ‘really important things to dwell on’…gruffle!…In the past he did not need long hair to look like a loser…sniff!…Now it just makes his “loser” character look over-done…grunt!sigh! …I want someone to shave his head…sniff!

  120. Snowhook Bella
    11:39 pm on July 21st, 2011

    Night all. Nyquil is kicking in.

  121. Tupper and Gilly
    12:21 am on July 22nd, 2011

    Blog – we are FINALLY getting to the blog just when everyone is going to bed. And we have so much to say about Frankenstein.
    In short – Mama was fascinated with the story back in high school and did a lot of reading on her own on the background. When she had a test on it in English class – the question was “Where did Shelley come up with the idea of the monster?’ and Mama wrote a long answer about how labotomies were often used in those days and the results were often people who walked in a stilted way, had strangly shaped heads and were “monsterous”. This was all background that Mama knew. The answer the teacher wanted was “From a nightmare” – and she gave Mama a “D”. There was not such a good relationship between Mama and that teacher for the rest of the year.
    We have to go to bed now too. Mama is getting up early in the morning and heading for her art show on Cape Cod where she will be meeting (drumroll, please) not only Spence, but Peter and maybe even Admin! (Hopefully Audrey too!) And since we can’t go, she promised to take lots of pictures. She is just silly giddy – she went out and bought brand new copies of the Chet books for him to sign.
    So its gonna be a GREAT weekend. How’s that for twirling,Rio?

  122. Macy the Min-pin
    12:37 am on July 22nd, 2011

    T and G, you little corgis should fit in a knapsack, right? So mom should have no problem taking you along. Mom did not take me when she met Spence, and I am still pouting.
    Give the Herbs a little nose bump from me.
    Nitey-nite y’all.

  123. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    1:19 am on July 22nd, 2011

    How exciting! I can’t wait to hear all about the Big Meeting! And how fortunate it is that Peter and Spence and Admin are all going to be there! Perhaps you can get the low down on the screenplay!

  124. Staff
    7:30 am on July 22nd, 2011

    Just in case our internet goes out again … We are safe and having electrical problems so our internet is iffy. Hope to return soon.

  125. Milo G.
    6:55 pm on September 10th, 2011

    Bruce Campbell, who plays Sam on the TV show burn notice would be perfect for the part of Bernie!

  126. Resume
    2:17 pm on September 23rd, 2011


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