Special Event!

Admin: What’s this I hear? You’re doing a reading with Jim Frangione, who does such a beautiful job on all the C&B (and Bowser and Birdie) audiobooks?

Spence: True.

Admin: Well, one thing’s for sure – it’ll be your best reading ever!

Spence: Because Jim will be doing the reading part?

Admin: Um.

Saturday April 16, 10 AM: Centerville Public Library 585 Main St., Centerville MA 02632 – 508 790-6220



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56 Responses to “Special Event!”

  1. Herd of Hounds
    8:20 am on April 5th, 2016

    Good morning, everyone! Wowser, a reading with “the voice” of C&B and B&B? That sounds outstanding. Wish we could hear that.
    Mom is getting ready for toddler Tuesday and tax Tuesday…gah 🙁 Sounds like a double whammy.
    Have a great day..

  2. Barb, Maggie & Lucy
    8:22 am on April 5th, 2016

    April 16th is Lily’s b-day, but should be home in the morning so I can listen in.

    Brother and SIL were big Villanova fans, so I am sure they were excited about that game. Evidently Duke and N.C. are arch rivals, sort of like the Packers and the Bears locally.

    Also, they told me to keep doing what I am doing with the cranberry and Azo, but if it gets worse to seek medical advice. Funny, Kay said “Go get this stuff called AZO”. Told her I already had it, thanks to HOH.

  3. B.Stover
    8:36 am on April 5th, 2016

    Will it be broadcast?

    Good morning all.

  4. Linda
    8:51 am on April 5th, 2016

    A very exciting special event!

    Happy you are feeling better, Barb.

    Good morning all.

  5. Tupper and Gilly
    10:42 am on April 5th, 2016

    The reading will be wonderful. Wish we could be there.

    Good morning everyone.

  6. BooBear
    11:35 am on April 5th, 2016

    Good morning, I think. Mom feels a little puny this morning. Hope it is just sinus and not a cold.

  7. Diane C.
    11:57 am on April 5th, 2016

    Hello All–I hope this Tuesday finds everyone in good spirits and with the weather desired in each case. I’m off to do the final installment in the tax saga today and then read some more papers.
    Powerpuff Girls are back on the air!!!

  8. Rose-the small and meek
    1:07 pm on April 5th, 2016


    Play Ball! I am watching the Yankee opener…ice was actually shoveled off of the field. Yeep!

  9. AJ
    1:41 pm on April 5th, 2016

    Good Morning All,

    I find it hard to believe but the season has come and gone already and another Iditarod is in the books. This year was an excellent trip and I’m just now putting the pieces of it together. Not to mention just now putting my gear away and cleaning up. (I wrecked a laundry mat by washing 10 days of dirty socks and dog booties in that process.)

    The story of this year’s race is simple. I’ve gotten much better at what I do to see a team safely and in good health across the finish line. I’m doing it much faster to. Unfortunately, everyone else is going much faster to.

    This race has changed much in the six years I’ve been running it. It used to be that my finishing time would have been a top 20 finish not that long ago but now it’s the average. Every year I get to a point in the race and I look at the dogs somewhere on the trail and ask myself if I can push them into the long runs and strain to go beyond the average.

    The answer? I just haven’t been able to put my team in that situation yet to the extent that the others are. I believe the team would do it but I’m not sure I can live with it. I’m not saying that the guys in front of me are doing something wrong but I get home every year and there are my dogs happy and healthy. Looking to me to take care of them and do what’s right by them. And that’s the choice I’ve made every year.

    The same can be said this year. About Ophir, the dogs got sick from some bad meat. It was 45 degrees and the tricks I had used to keep everything frozen just didn’t work. Nursing the dogs along to Cripple and Ruby the team started recovering but the two hours I was behind now became six. I watched other teams pass and others scratch along side me as I went and I would be lying if I didn’t think for at least three seconds of calling it a day under these circumstances. The “best interest of the team” ran through my head especially as a carefully crafted plan slipped away and six hours became 12 hours behind.

    Three seconds may not seem like a lot but when you are making a decision to move forward or backward but it is hours, weeks and years of time to decide. What got me going in the end was some advice I often recall given to me when I found myself in an exchange that I had all but quit already. A friend said to me that I could quit but if I did I would end up quitting everywhere else in life. Its advice that has served me well. I think often of Melody waiting for me to finish in 14. I was far more bruised and broken up and yet despite everything kept going because of this simple phrase. I would have regretted quitting in 14 more than I can tell you and so I stood up, packed the sled and on I went. As I said, it was a long three seconds.

    The rest of the story from here was simply rebuilding my team. It took time but they got stronger and stronger. I enjoyed every minute of the trail from there on out. I even went out of my way to either pass or allow others teams to pass me so I could run through the night with just these dogs. I saw an amazing sunrise over the sea ice, a beautiful sunset over Koyuk and fantastic trail until the end. In case you were wondering I also was taking my time here and there so I could come into Nome at sunrise.

    In the end, I was fortunate enough to experience a trail and race that was about the team and I. It was a great last race. At least for now….

    Since I’ve been back there hasn’t been a minute of down time. With next year to plan we’ve been in McGrath two days after Nome to meet with the village and start a new race there next season. We’ve also started a preliminary plan to start a youth summer program also out of McGrath.

    Which brings up the race season for next year. As many of you might know I’ve been training Joe Carson. He completed his qualifiers this year and plans to run Iditarod next year with our team. And so Iditarod is still in my future but for the next season it will be training Joe to finish it. For right now I will also be a race judge on the trail next year.

    We plan on running the Alpine Excursions, Knik 200 and the McGrath Mail Trail 202. These we will run together but I am planning on running the John Beargrease as my race of the season before Joe goes on to run Iditarod. If we have time we may throw in the Quest 300 too.

    Much is on the horizon and there is a lot to do this summer to be ready for next winter. The first is to say thank you and to let you know that I’ve always been grateful for your support and friendship. The other part of continuing on despite the circumstance is that there are good people in your corner cheering you on. Thank you.

    And the dogs all thank you.


  10. Herd of Hounds
    1:55 pm on April 5th, 2016

    AJ, Rebecca and Snowwhook, PLUNDER ON!

  11. Rose-the small and meek
    2:35 pm on April 5th, 2016

    A.J., Pixie, and the dogs of Snowhook,

    Thank you for allowing us to ride the Iditarod trail vicariously through you!

  12. Linda
    3:10 pm on April 5th, 2016

    Thank you AJ, Rebecca and Team.

    John Beargrease — I may be visiting my hometown of Duluth during that time.

  13. Barb, Maggie & Lucy
    3:25 pm on April 5th, 2016

    What a wonderful report. Thank you AJ. We will look forward to the next racing season.

  14. Herd of Hounds
    4:17 pm on April 5th, 2016

    Snowhook in the north wooks? OOOooo, could we get a Plunderfest from the lower 48 organized? You betcha 🙂

  15. Mpop and Loulou's Mom
    6:17 pm on April 5th, 2016

    AJ, as you said so well, you get home every year and there are your dogs, happy and healthy. They look to you to take care of them and do what’s right for them. Well done, AJ, well done.

  16. Howlers
    6:19 pm on April 5th, 2016

    Thank you for the report, AJ. We could feel the joy of that trail with you.

  17. Martha
    6:19 pm on April 5th, 2016

    Shouldn’t Centerville be in the center of the state?

  18. Tupper and Gilly
    6:58 pm on April 5th, 2016

    Thanks AJ. Somehow the Storyteller knew there was going to be a moment of decision out there on the trail. And we all had faith in you that it would be the right decision.

    For you and for your beloved dogs.

  19. B.Stover
    7:23 pm on April 5th, 2016

    Announcement: I am sitting with my brother and SIL in front of my flat screen tv and we are watching the first Tiger baseball game of the season. (Yes, you read that correctly.) They love the Tigers.

  20. Diane C.
    7:46 pm on April 5th, 2016

    AJ–Thanks for putting the team’s welfare first.

  21. Staff
    8:31 pm on April 5th, 2016

    Oh My B! Did you make them pie? snicker

    My mother’s father loved the Tigers. He lived most of his life in Michigan. Mom was born in Alma, Michigan.

  22. Staff
    8:32 pm on April 5th, 2016

    Oh My B! Did you make them pie? snicker

    My mother’s father loved the Tigers. He lived most of his life in Michigan. Mom was born in Alma, Michigan. Dad was born in Detroit but is not a sports fan.

  23. Belle Starr
    8:32 pm on April 5th, 2016

    The Giant goes on and on about this and that, but narry a mention of Belle Starr and the sacrifices I’ve made. Did he mention the stress I’ve been under to be in charge, or that I had to tolerate that Damn Pixie in his absence? She’s no cake walk, let me tell youse. Not even a thank you for running a tight, sparkly ship while he’s on the trail. Grump!

  24. B.Stover
    8:47 pm on April 5th, 2016

    I served M & M’s but no pie.

  25. Staff
    8:48 pm on April 5th, 2016
  26. Belle Starr
    8:53 pm on April 5th, 2016

    I must have a corgi puppy or I’m going to be in a very bad mood.

  27. Staff
    9:00 pm on April 5th, 2016
  28. Staff
    9:01 pm on April 5th, 2016

    Bellie, I know! Those puppies are so very cute!

  29. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:09 pm on April 5th, 2016

    AJ!…You are welcome!…chuffle!…Excellant reporting by the way…burp!

  30. Belle Starr
    9:10 pm on April 5th, 2016

    Staff: Do you suppose that Damn Pixie if I snuck one or two dozen of them into the kennel?

  31. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:10 pm on April 5th, 2016


  32. Thieves!
    9:20 pm on April 5th, 2016

    Beau: Have you heard any reports of hell freezing over? We are not up to date on our bible studies, but isn’t B watching baseball one of the signs of the apocalypse?

  33. B.Stover
    9:23 pm on April 5th, 2016

    Rio: LOL! My brother is wearing a Tiger baseball cap.

  34. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:28 pm on April 5th, 2016

    Stover!….You are happy! I can tell and it’s all because of baseball!…snorkel!

  35. B.Stover
    9:28 pm on April 5th, 2016

    Thieves: It is cold here in Michigan….

  36. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:29 pm on April 5th, 2016

    Thieves!…The exact opposite actually…snort!…Beau has been praying for all to experience new experiences to broaden their views on things….grunt!…Or sumthing like that anyway….wuffle!

  37. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:30 pm on April 5th, 2016

    Stover!…She is the first sign that his powerful prayers are working…heh!heh!

  38. B.Stover
    9:39 pm on April 5th, 2016

    However: I used to be the scorekeeper for my brother’s little league team. That was a long, long time ago but it amazes me how much I remember about baseball.

    This was a bad inning–we went from a no-hit shut out to a 5-3 score, Detroit ahead. (I’m paraphrasing my brother.)

  39. Martha
    9:41 pm on April 5th, 2016

    AJ, thank you for that account. I worry about some of the teams, but never yours. Climate change stinks. Who would have thought that you would need to worry about defrosting meat. I am glad that all are well. Good luck with your new team of corgis!

  40. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:07 pm on April 5th, 2016

    Stover!….Be still my heart!!..wheeze!….Stover is talking baseball on the blog!!…snorkel!…I am suddenly in a very good mood…heh!heh!

  41. Thieves!
    10:09 pm on April 5th, 2016

    We better start repenting. B is giving baseball updates on this here blog.

  42. B.Stover
    10:20 pm on April 5th, 2016

    Now we have a three-run lead. Tigers are roaring back!! (Paraphrasing again.)

  43. Thieves!
    10:25 pm on April 5th, 2016

    B: We double pug dare you to use ‘ta’ in your next score update.

  44. B.Stover
    10:37 pm on April 5th, 2016

    Our “closer” opened up the game: tie score. (My brother is using bad words.) “Ta”…?

  45. Thieves!
    10:39 pm on April 5th, 2016

    B: Ta as is three-ta-three—Rio style.

  46. B.Stover
    10:48 pm on April 5th, 2016

    Seven ta seven….

  47. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:55 pm on April 5th, 2016

    Giddy!….I am absolutely Giddy!…heh!heh!chorkel!…(Stover you are a good sport!… snort!

  48. B.Stover
    11:09 pm on April 5th, 2016

    I keep hearing, “…thanks to the Tiger’s bull pen” said with dripping sarcasm…. Top of the eleventh, still tied.

  49. Thieves!
    11:11 pm on April 5th, 2016

    B: If we had fancy thumbs, we would make you a cahors pie. Charlie says nothing but the best for you.

  50. B.Stover
    11:15 pm on April 5th, 2016

    Tigers score!! Now can we keep the lead?????? Second chance for the bull pen…. (We all want to go to sleep.)

    (A Cahors pie would be delightful.)

  51. B.Stover
    11:26 pm on April 5th, 2016

    The Tigers winnit….eight ta seven…eleven innings. (I’m exhausted.)

  52. Thieves!
    11:44 pm on April 5th, 2016

    B! Your team wins, a cahors pie and a kiss from Rio! Things are coming up Stover!

  53. Riö – The Evil Pug
    11:44 pm on April 5th, 2016

    Stover!…You are the BEST Hostess ever!…snorkel!…Watching baseball with family when you Hate baseball and then reporting on it…heh!..You are the BEST EVER Pal!,,,chuffle!

  54. Macy the Min Pin
    11:59 pm on April 5th, 2016

    Natasha some tail gaiters have big teeth and nasty dispositions.

  55. Tupper and Gilly
    12:03 am on April 6th, 2016

    Awww – that puppy video. Mama got all misty eyed. What’s up with that?

    Bee – sigh. Another one bites the dust. Here’s your pie.

  56. Mama Meash
    6:30 am on April 6th, 2016

    I LOVE PUPPIES. Pure and simple.

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