Sundays With Ingrid

“How are the Blades?” said Joey.


“I could maybe take them down to the shop,” he said. The Strades—just Joey and the chief, his mom not around after the divorce—had a whole workshop in their basement. “If you want.”

“And do what with them?” Ingrid said.

“Customize,” said Joey. “What else?”

“Sounds good,” Ingrid said.

Not long after, they were in Joey’s basement, Ingrid’s Rollerblades on the workbench, separated into all their component parts and maybe a few more. Joey switched on a strong light.

“See these things?” he said.

“Those?” said Ingrid, pointing; their hands touched for a moment.

“Yeah,” said Joey. “I’m going to put in better ones.”

“Better how?”

“More titanium.”

Titanium—one of those words you heard from time to time, but Ingrid didn’t know much about it. “What’s so special about titanium anyway?” she said.

Joey, working with a tiny screwdriver, the tip of his tongue sticking out, paused. “Strong as steel and half the weight,” he said.


“Plus it won’t corrode.”

“How do you know all this?”

Joey shrugged and went back to work. At that moment, maybe because of the bright light he was working under, Ingrid noticed that his ears were kind of nice. Ingrid had never really noticed much about ears before, couldn’t say what exactly made Joey’s nice. She leaned a little closer. That was when she got the idea—not an idea, more of an urge—to give his ear a quick little kiss. She was just about to do that, her lips so close—although Joey, bent forward in concentration, seemed oblivious—when the basement door opened and Chief Strade came in.

Ingrid rocked back, so hard she almost fell off the stool.

“Hi, kids,” he said, facial expression and voice neutral. “What’s doing?”

“Not much,” said Joey, reaching for an even smaller screwdriver.

“Joey’s customizing my Blades,” said Ingrid.

From Behind the Curtain.



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196 Responses to “Sundays With Ingrid”

  1. Mollypop
    8:03 am on July 10th, 2011

    AJ – Sniffle, sniff, sniff. That was beautiful.

  2. Melanie
    8:10 am on July 10th, 2011

    Awww, young love . . .

    AJ?? Better go read the rest of the comments from last night!

    HI MollyPop!

  3. B.Stover
    8:16 am on July 10th, 2011

    Good morning Mollypop, Melanie and everyone.

    Hi AJ…loved the quotation.

  4. Snowhook Bella
    8:23 am on July 10th, 2011

    Good morning! I’m getting ready to travel home and here I find that AJ is running amuck on the Chet’s being thankful and thoughtful. My man, my man. I love my man.

    I hope I can follow the auction somewhat while I travel today.

  5. Melanie
    8:28 am on July 10th, 2011

    AJ that is wonderful. I looked up Abbey, interesting life! Love the stone his friends put up for him.

    Take me out to the auction,
    Take me on to the site
    I’ve got some peanuts and Cracker Jack,
    I’m going to do a surprise attack.
    Let me bid, bid, bid for the items,
    If I don’t win I don’t care
    For it’s one, two, three bids we win
    For the Snowhook team!

    Go Team!

  6. Snowhook Bella
    8:52 am on July 10th, 2011

    Melanie: I love the poem. If it’s less than 420 characters would you mind if I post it on Facebook?

  7. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    8:53 am on July 10th, 2011

    GOOD MORNING, EVERYONE. GREETINGS FROM AUCTION CENTRAL. We are up early today, ready for those bids to start rolling in on the last day of the auction. I actually had a special treat this morning. My dad finally figured out how to hook up our Sirius/XM radio home kit (it took a while, he is not that technically savvy), so mom can now listen to Radio Classics and Martha Stewart, my dad can listen to Channel Margaritavilla (that James Buffet, for Melanie) and for me, it means Elvis Gospel every Sunday morning (that’s Chet’s favorite too).

    Melanie, thanks for the rousing song to get things going. Now everybody, up and at ’em, let’s get out and bid, bid, bid.

    One last point, there will now be a PayPal option for paying for your winning bids (thanks Rebecca). Even easier to spend, spend, spend.


  8. B.Stover
    8:55 am on July 10th, 2011

    Everyone notice what the Friend of the Month wins beginning in September. (It’s in the “Chet on Facebook” box to the right.)

  9. BearSpiritDog
    9:22 am on July 10th, 2011

    A quick Good Morning
    then off to the AC!
    (Auction Central)

  10. dawson
    9:34 am on July 10th, 2011

    Hey! Titanium…Blou in the auction has a titanium frame.
    A.J. aka Justin: Your late-night message and quote were appreciated.
    I have to get to the auction before work. Enjoy the day.

  11. Rose
    9:35 am on July 10th, 2011

    Good Sunday Morning to Everyone!!!

    The Prof and I are still celebrating DJ-3K! Unbelievable!!! A HR, what a way to achieve his 3000th hit! I will be out at the mall today getting my commerative banner!
    3000th Hit Trivia: DJ, #2, hit #2, at exactly 2PM. WhooooHooooo! DEREK JETER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. OleyHowlers
    9:48 am on July 10th, 2011

    Good Morning and Happy Sunday, Plunderers.

    We’ve been away from the computer all day yesterday, and haven’t had a chance to catch up. But after reading the today’s comments about A.J.’s late post, we had to go look. That was very sweet (and we don’t use that word a lot).

    Melanie, can’t stop singing your song! We looked at our auction hopefuls, and find we are no longer high bid on any of our items!!! Going to need some good strategy here (like narrowing down the number of items with the prices getting so high). We don’t know what the total is so far, but this has to be some fantastic money for Snowhook!

    B: Mom wants to rescue some more huskies, now that she sees the new FOTM prize beginning in September. She is hoping to increase our chances!

  13. Gus & BooBear
    9:50 am on July 10th, 2011

    Good Morning, All. Thanks to AJ for his late posting last night. It’s neat he was thinking a little of us when he is waiting for Rebecca to get home after her vaca!! Coach and Bev sound like really great folks. Maybe their dog or cat would like to visit Chet’s sometime.

    Off to check bids……….

  14. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:54 am on July 10th, 2011

    AJ!… What a guy! What a guy!…sniffle! ….It’s nice to be appreciated by those as special as AJ and Rebeccer…snuffle!…I wonder if AJ reads Patrick McManus…hmmm!

    Rose!….Wooooo Hoooo!…snort!….Great job by Jeter!…snort!…What an accomplishment! ..chuffle!

    Wookie!…He is standing by at Auction Central waiting for all your last attempts bids. Don’t let the poor guy down, ya hear!…snort!

  15. Siber-H
    9:57 am on July 10th, 2011

    WOW What a beautiful, wonderful, much appreciated quote last night from AJ!! Edward Abbey!! WOO WOO
    If anyone wants to read one of Abbey’s books, I recommend Desert Solitaire.

    I got an email from Amazon trying to sell me two of Chet’s books.
    I have never ordered one of Chet’s books from them, so that is interesting. I like to be at the bookstore the morning they come out.

    ok, Rose, Congratulations to Derek Jeter!

  16. Siber-H
    10:01 am on July 10th, 2011

    Great poem, Melanie!

    The prize in September will have Chet’s paw print!!!

  17. B.Stover
    10:22 am on July 10th, 2011

    Who’s Derek Jeter?

  18. Masquers
    10:27 am on July 10th, 2011

    Rose! How exciting!

    Side note: Christian Lopez, the Yankee fan who got Derek Jeter’s 3,000th hit fly, will receive 4 Season Suite (Sweet) tickets for returning the ball to Jeter. What a guy!

  19. OleyHowlers
    10:27 am on July 10th, 2011

    Mom keeps telling us to settle down, but we can’t….1 1/2 hours to go!!! T-W-I-R-L-I-N-G ! and panting and howling and crying….

  20. Buddy and T.C.
    10:29 am on July 10th, 2011

    Huskies are very easy to distract. Our strategy is to distract them at 11:55 and place our own bids.

  21. BearSpiritDog
    10:31 am on July 10th, 2011

    O.Howlers! We know what you mean! It is not one of our usual laid-back Sunday mornings, that’s for sure.

  22. Masquers
    10:33 am on July 10th, 2011

    Buddy & T.C.: Great kat minds think alike. Similar strategy here. Heh,heh,heh.

  23. Tupper and Gilly
    10:38 am on July 10th, 2011

    AJ – you are most welcome – you and Rebecca and the furry gang have united the Plunderers and given us so much fun in raising money for a GREAT cause. Now we are all paws crossed and hopeful for the documentary. Maybe next years auction will feature not only autographed pictures of the now famous YSAS, but of Hollywood AJ, Rebecca and Whitey Lance too.

    Bee – we do love you “Who’s Derek Jeeter?” tee hee

    Off to the auction……….

  24. Siber-H
    10:54 am on July 10th, 2011

    Stover, He is a New York Yankee…a very great baseball player.

  25. Barb & Maggie
    10:57 am on July 10th, 2011

    We are ready, willing and able to submit our final bids. Let the best dog (or kat) win.

    For those of you who missed our late night post, Favorite Son made 76.4 miles on his bike. He had 15 miles of really hard riding left when he conked. He was ready to throw up, and had sever cramps in his legs, not to mention the dog bite with some nice puncture marks on his lower leg. He was upset that he didn’t finish, but we were impressed. He had a guy spray diesel at him(evidently down shifting and then flooring it causes fuel to spray out, and some other ones that called out some obscenities at him, but for the most part it was a good ride. Glad it is over. Reason Barb had to pick him up: DIL who was following had a dead cell phone. She actually drove up as they were loading the bike into Barb’s car.

  26. Tupper and Gilly
    11:13 am on July 10th, 2011

    Barb and Maggie – we are very impressed with your son’s courage and tenacity. And horrified that people do things such as the diesel spray for absolutely no reason except to be malicious.
    We hope that trucker gets 14 flat tires on a long lonely stretch of road between El Paso and nowhere Texas. And we hope someone on a bike rides by and laughs at him!

    Oh we can’t wait for the end of the auction tally to see how much Snowhook is going to receive! Paws at the ready over the keyboard – we still have one or two bid tricks up our sleeves.
    (no jokes about how short Corgi sleeves would be!)

  27. Barb & Maggie
    11:18 am on July 10th, 2011

    T & G, We would say that the trucker did not have a bumper sticker that says “Share the road with bikers”.

    Wookie, Barb likes Radio Classics too, although we don’t have Sirius in the house, only the car, so don’t get much listening time.

    Time for all the auction stress to be over. We want to win something!

  28. Masquers
    11:24 am on July 10th, 2011

    BStover: Did you manage to get through Vicky Cristina Barcelona last night? Heh! It has been a long time since I saw it, but like anything with Javier Bardem in it. Last night we enjoyed watching William Saroyan’s 1939 Pulitzer Prize winning play – The Time of Your Life – on Netflix. Would have much preferred to have seen it as a live performance, but it was still very good.

  29. Melanie
    11:32 am on July 10th, 2011

    T&G: I would never stoop to short leg jokes . . .

    Congrats to Barb’s son. What a ride! He needs that “go away’ spray for dogs, rude people . . .

    I have given Patsy a bath in preparation for the auction! She looks great. She loves the lama dryer. I’ll have to post the pic.

    Right now, I’m hoping I don’t doze off before 11:55!! It’s hard work washing a Newfie.

  30. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    11:42 am on July 10th, 2011

    Auction Central here. All bids received so far have been posted. Just about 20 minutes to go. So everybody should be ready for that final push. Wookie

  31. Tupper and Gilly
    11:43 am on July 10th, 2011

    Melanie – would you stoop to pet the most adorable Corgis that ever walked on four paws?

    Auction…auction….auction…..18 minutes and counting….

  32. Melanie
    11:48 am on July 10th, 2011

    I am set. I’m not saying what I’m doing . . . But I am set!!

    It was hard trying to figure out the budget just in case I won both things! But I’m just about to my limit. It all depends on the next few minutes . . .

  33. Melanie
    11:51 am on July 10th, 2011

    T&G, why would I stoop. Every time I come over you guys get in my lap!

    Watching the clock.

  34. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:52 am on July 10th, 2011

    ELEVEN!…Minutes to go!…Bid!Bid!Bid!…Woooooo!Wooooo! Wookie!…snort!

  35. Siber-H
    11:53 am on July 10th, 2011

    It was a smart move by Rio to set this one week time limit on the auction.

  36. Melanie
    11:54 am on July 10th, 2011

    I couldn’t wait until 2 more minutes. I sent them in! Fingers crossed, paws crossed, tails crossed!!!

    Are we having a party????

  37. Siber-H
    11:56 am on July 10th, 2011

    I’ll be at the party unless my mom grounds me for a week over this auction.

  38. Melanie
    11:57 am on July 10th, 2011

    Laughing here Siber-H. We could always have the party at your house!

  39. Snowhook Bella
    11:57 am on July 10th, 2011

    I just arrived at the airport in time to watch the final minutes of the auction. Oh, this is exciting! Let the twirling begin!

  40. OleyHowlers
    11:58 am on July 10th, 2011

    LOL Siber! We are going to be grounded as well…unless your too-big-to-fail bid beat our too-big-to-fail bid !

  41. Melanie
    11:58 am on July 10th, 2011

    HI BELLA!! I’m very excited. I know we won’t know for awhile, but I’m waiting to hear from everyone.

  42. OleyHowlers
    11:59 am on July 10th, 2011

    Holding our breath and our eyes are rolling back in our heads…but still twirling.

  43. Kirby T. Penworthy
    11:59 am on July 10th, 2011

    One minute left! Mom got home from church just in time to make a last-minute bid. We upped our own bid, just in case!!!

  44. Masquers
    11:59 am on July 10th, 2011

    And, The Winners Are…..

  45. OleyHowlers
    11:59 am on July 10th, 2011

    How soon will we know ???

  46. Melanie
    12:00 pm on July 10th, 2011

    IT’S OVER!!

  47. Buddy and T.C.
    12:00 pm on July 10th, 2011

    Love those smiles, Masquers !!!

  48. Tupper and Gilly
    12:00 pm on July 10th, 2011

    Did we win…did we ? Huh? Huh?
    Can’t wait, have to know….twirling about to commence!!!!

  49. OleyHowlers
    12:01 pm on July 10th, 2011

    Did we win? Did we? Did we?????

    And we agree that it was a brilliant move on Rio’s part to push for the auction to only last 1 week.

  50. Melanie
    12:01 pm on July 10th, 2011

    Thanks so much to Riö, Wöökie (your bribes are in the mail), B.Stover and Rebecca . . .

    Even if I don’t win (I want the bribes back) we will have done our best for


  51. Melanie
    12:02 pm on July 10th, 2011

    I believe that winners are notified sometime this afternoon.

    Let me know when the party is, I have to go do some errands. Wasn’t going to miss this though!@!

  52. OleyHowlers
    12:02 pm on July 10th, 2011

    Mom is counseling us that in case we didn’t win, we must feel good that we helped push the money up for Snowhook.

  53. B.Stover
    12:04 pm on July 10th, 2011

    So the auction is closed…..Good job everyone!

    Masquers: Yes, I watched all of the movie but did not like it. The music and scenery were great but the story was tedious.

    Barb: I’m glad that you son is okay.

  54. Siber-H
    12:05 pm on July 10th, 2011

    That is the way I feel…if I don’t win the items I wanted, I know we have done our best for Snowhook. And, tee hee, I helped get the bids up there on some of those item.

  55. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    12:07 pm on July 10th, 2011

    So – Commander Rio – vas that nefarious enough for you? HA!

  56. B.Stover
    12:08 pm on July 10th, 2011

    My brother, sister-in-law and I are going to an art fair and then to the concert. I’ll check winning bids when we get back.

  57. Kirby T. Penworthy
    12:08 pm on July 10th, 2011

    You know, it’s a little hard to type when your paws are all crossed!!!

  58. OleyHowlers
    12:12 pm on July 10th, 2011

    Our Outlook crashed as it was saying we were receiving 2 msgs….now they are not there !!!! ARRRGH

  59. Siber-H
    12:15 pm on July 10th, 2011

    Stover would make a great movie critic. Her movie review shows that a whole page of the newspaper or magazine doesn’t have to be wasted on a movie review.

  60. OleyHowlers
    12:17 pm on July 10th, 2011

    OOPS forgot we had “BIDS” email coming into a different folder…still holding our breadth tho …. we think there is a sneaky Siberian in New Mexico.

  61. Siber-H
    12:26 pm on July 10th, 2011

    maybe but maybe not

  62. Kirby T. Penworthy
    12:26 pm on July 10th, 2011

    I was trying to catch up on the blog so fast that I misread a few things — had to force myself to go back and read s-l-o-w-l-y!

    Melanie: You mentioned the stone that Abbey’s friends put up for him, then you launched into “Take me out to the auction.” I thought that was the inscription on the stone — I was very confused there for a minute!

    Bee: Instead of “art fair,” I read that you, your brother and sister-in-law are going to an “affair”! Sure caught my interest!!!

  63. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    12:38 pm on July 10th, 2011

    Auction Central here. There is dancing and twirling here as mom and dad were going crazy too. What a frenzy of bidding at the end. All the bids are now in (not all the final bids were posted on the auction page yet, because we hit a bit of blog weirdness in the end, but the official scorekeeper — moi — has them down). Winning bidders will be notified this afternoon and we will also be posting the winning bid amount for each item on the blog later today. The final amount is $2426.30!!!!! How about that!!!! Plunderers rock and so does Franklin. Wookie

  64. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:39 pm on July 10th, 2011

    Success!…The Auction has been a Great Success!….Wooooo!…Thanks to all of you guys and a couple of strangers…heh!…Wookie will update everyone with the final tally and he will also be sending out the official emails to the official winners…snort!snort!…So keep your email box open for the good news….heh!wheeze!…Glad thats done…sneeze!

  65. OleyHowlers
    12:43 pm on July 10th, 2011

    Bear, Macy, and Tupper all at the top of our page. Is that a good sign or what? You tell us.

  66. Siber-H
    12:47 pm on July 10th, 2011

    Rio, Wookie, and Rebecca did an excellent job of setting up and running this auction. It was genius on their parts. One of the best compliments I can give you guys is that this Husky had no problems taking part in the auction. Thank You for all your hard work.

    The auction was a huge success!!! WOO WOO

  67. Alice M. Johnson
    12:55 pm on July 10th, 2011

    AKKKK! We have to wait a little longer???? Oh goodness me. What a great day for the blog. Many thanks to Pugnacious Rio and Wonderful Wookie for the auction central work. (Was there anyone else at Auction Central?)
    And great job on the site for Rebecca.
    And to all the Plunderers who made items and bid on items. You guys ROCK.
    I will be back after lunch to check in.

  68. Masquers
    12:59 pm on July 10th, 2011

    Heh! Time for a nap.
    In fact, naps all around!
    Good Job, Bella and the Bid-Keepers.

  69. BearSpiritDog
    1:06 pm on July 10th, 2011

    Wait! I have to WAIT?
    I am NOT a good waiter.
    And so excited can’t even
    settle down for a nice nap.

  70. OleyHowlers
    1:24 pm on July 10th, 2011

    We hear ya, BSD. We have never mastered the idea of waiting…for anything.

    Wookie and Rio … GREAT JOB manning Auction Central.
    And Rebecca, GREAT JOB on the Auction site.

    This was a lot of fun, especially if we won !

  71. Snowhook Bella
    1:29 pm on July 10th, 2011

    Whew! Is the room spinning for anyone else or is it just me? Unsupervised twirling will get you every time. I am in awe at the final tally—over $2400—I can’t believe it. It is more than I imagined.

    AJ is correct—we are sure to thanks the Plunderers in the months to come, yet today we are grateful for all those that made the auction a success. Whether it was coming up with the idea in the first place, dogging Auction Central and coordinating bids, helping with the photography and text of the auction items, those who donated treasured items, those who bid on the bidables (I think I made up a word—sorry, B), those who wanted to bid, yet couldnt and still remained enthusiastic—it means the world.

  72. Barb & Maggie
    1:39 pm on July 10th, 2011

    Thank you to Rio and the Wookster for all the fine Auction Central work. We are happy, twirling here, because we placed a winning bid. Yeep and Yeep, as someone might say!

  73. Snowhook Bella
    1:42 pm on July 10th, 2011

    Auction Central is copying me on the emails notifiying the winners of the auction. It appears that paws are flying over the keyboard as my inbox is filling up so you should know shortly.

    Rio: Patrick McManus is a favorite of AJ and I. Years ago I was able to go to a one man show based on the adventures. I couldn’t stop laughing.

    Gus & BooBear: Coach and Bev are amazing people, even if they don’t have a dog or cat. Bev will tell you she’s not a dog person, yet she treated my brother’s dog Max, a malamute better then she did us. He had is own treat drawer. When we ate steak for Sunday dinner, so did Max—not in a dog dish mind, but on a regular plate. She walked him every morning even though he weighed more than she does; even when he drug her through a muddy field on her stomach she didn’t let go becuase she didn’t want him to get stolen. Not a dog person, indeed… 🙂

  74. Melanie
    1:42 pm on July 10th, 2011

    I have been practicing sitting outside. I was not going to do anything but read.
    Did pretty well.

    Still no news though 🙁

    I agree waiting is hard.

  75. Natasha the Nefarious Borzoi
    2:00 pm on July 10th, 2011

    HA! Natasha the Fearless remains unbeaten. Natasha is Victorious in her bid for YSAS autographed picture.
    He vill sign it “Vith all my love and adoration to the most Beautiful Borzoi in the Vorld”
    Ve are sooooooo sorry Rio. Maybe YSAS vill send you his bus pass after all.

  76. Melanie
    2:26 pm on July 10th, 2011

    Oh Oh, I haven’t heard a thing . . .

  77. Riö - The Evil Pug
    2:29 pm on July 10th, 2011

    Grump!…Grump and more Grump!…sob!sob!sob!

  78. Riö - The Evil Pug
    2:30 pm on July 10th, 2011


  79. Tupper and Gilly
    2:31 pm on July 10th, 2011

    Guess what…guess what! We won our bidding! We actually won! Twirling and dancing – happy Corgi Dance! Thanks Gus and BooBear – we know someone who is going to be VERY happy!!!!

  80. Tupper and Gilly
    2:34 pm on July 10th, 2011

    And we want to say a huge thank you to Rio and Wookie and Rebecca for all their work on the auction. Rio – you did a SUPERB job of organizing. We are Twirling and Dancing over the final totals too! How wonderful for Snowhook. It HAS to be the precursor of wonderful things to come(like dogumentaries).
    Congratulations to every single one of the Plunderers for making this such a success!

  81. Siber-H
    2:36 pm on July 10th, 2011

    So, The Borzoi was telling the truth about winning YSAS.

  82. Riö - The Evil Pug
    2:42 pm on July 10th, 2011


  83. Riö - The Evil Pug
    2:43 pm on July 10th, 2011

    Rockies!…I’m …sob!sob!sob!…going to go watch the game in the cool basement…sob!sob!sob!…snuffle!…You winners can go dance in the streets if you want….sob!sob!sob!

  84. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    2:45 pm on July 10th, 2011

    Whew! All of the winning bidders should have now received e-mail notice of their victories! Here are the winning bids for each item. Everyone who donated, bid and made this auction a lot of fun should all take a bow, or a walkies, or maybe just settle in with a nice treat. The results – drum roll please…..
    Item # Title Winning Bid
    1 ARC Dog Who $333.33
    2 NOVA Needlepoint $33.00
    3 Hot Pad 1 $25.00
    4 Hot Pad 2 $25.50
    5 Cat Handbag $49.00
    6 Mesh Protector $24.00
    7 3 Dog Wall Hanging $77.77
    8 Every Dog Has Its Day $21.00
    9 Musher Gift Basket $90.00
    10 Spanish Fan $57.50
    11 The Deserter $43.99
    12 Watching Eyes $65.00
    13 Fringed Jacket $65.00
    14 Funky Chicken Quilt $248.88
    15 Coffee Gift Pkg $30.00
    16 Bath & Body Gift $20.00
    17 Second Chance $26.50
    18 YAS Photo $41.00
    19 White Wings $36.33
    20 Franklin in Snow $75.00
    21 For Love of Puppies $27.50
    22 Steps Earring $65.00
    23 Toffee $75.00
    24 Jan Kaon Novels $37.00
    25 Blou II $65.00
    26 Morning Dew $45.00
    27 Winter Cardinal $50.00
    28 Beaded Oragami Orn $50.00
    29 Doggonit Bed Set $41.00
    30 Whitey-Lance Jacket $80.00
    31 4 Pack Booties $50.00
    32 Booties Used $30.00
    33 Arch T Shirt $60.00
    34 Iditarod Drop Bags 2011 $56.00
    35 Iditarod Drop Bags 2010 $50.00
    36 Iditarod Dog Tags $100.00
    37 Zipper Pull $105.00
    38 Stormy Sledders $52.00

  85. OleyHowlers
    2:52 pm on July 10th, 2011

    WOO-HOO !!! We won one of our items….waiting for word on the other 2. The $ amounts for those 2 match ours…..

  86. OleyHowlers
    2:53 pm on July 10th, 2011

    TWIRLING !!!! We won all 3 !!! AWOOOOO !!!!!

  87. Melanie
    2:55 pm on July 10th, 2011

    I am honored that Franklin is right up there with the Toffee! Woo Woo!

    I am amazed at the bidding on YSAS. Now I need to know what someone wants written and where to send that!

    Good job everyone!!

  88. Melanie
    2:56 pm on July 10th, 2011

    I won something for my Guys and for me!

  89. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    2:59 pm on July 10th, 2011

    Now time to take it easy here. My work is done, at least for the time being. It was pretty hard supervising mom and dad. Dad was very helpful too, notwithstanding being somewhat techie impaired. Credit also goes to mom (aka DebbieLM) who responded to the bids (under my direction) from here and sent out the messages at the end from Auction Central Chevy Chase. And from Auction Central Colorado, Rio’s friend deserves equal billing, recording and responding to bids while organizing and conducting a garage sale at the same time (although Commander Rio provided the same excellent supervision, I’m sure). Wookie

  90. BearSpiritDog
    3:04 pm on July 10th, 2011

    Good news for me! Aroo!
    bad news for Masquers..
    (Alice check your SDD)

  91. OleyHowlers
    3:08 pm on July 10th, 2011

    What did everyone win? Can we all share what we won?

  92. Siber-H
    3:17 pm on July 10th, 2011

    Fellow Siberians, Who do you think won the musher basket?

  93. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    3:18 pm on July 10th, 2011

    On the winning bidder’s indicating what they have won, that would be great for those bidders who want to do that. We just didn’t think it was appropriate to post that from Auction Central, out of respect for individual bidder’s privacy (of course, Natasha has already boasted at great length about her victory, and my dad is twirling about having won The Deserter). Wookie

  94. OleyHowlers
    3:18 pm on July 10th, 2011

    Siber, we didn’t hear yet, but if its you we are going to include an extra item: part of the Hottie’s winter coat ! heh heh !!

  95. OleyHowlers
    3:23 pm on July 10th, 2011

    We are twirling times 5 here (Buddy & T.C. included) !!!!

    We are the owners of Tupper & Gilly’s Beautiful Watching Eyes !!! We can’t wait to see it alongside Mom’s redware collection !!! AWOOOO!

    And…we are the proud owners of the well-worn booties that went all the way to Nome (THANKS POP) !!! which we will be framing along with Whitey-Lance’s chewed-up Iditarod I.D. tag and zipper pull!!!!! We are hoping for W-L’s paw-print signature along with those … so we can hang them all in a place of honor awaiting the 2012 Iditarod.

  96. Siber-H
    3:27 pm on July 10th, 2011

    Fellow Siberians,

    You could put a lock of her hair in it and, perhaps, a photograph. I could show it to all the dogs at the dog park.
    It was, of course, me that won it.

  97. OleyHowlers
    3:30 pm on July 10th, 2011

    Meashka’s coat doesn’t come in locks…it comes in wads!

    We love you Siber !! xxxoooxxx (from Meashka of course)

  98. BearSpiritDog
    3:41 pm on July 10th, 2011

    I am so happy to hear that 2 of my favorite items went to my friends, Siber-H and the Howlers.

  99. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    3:41 pm on July 10th, 2011

    In making sure that everyone who supported the effort to bring the auction to fruition is properly recognized, there were two other Plunderers who significantly contributed to what was a real team effort. The first is Melanie, who did all the photo work on the photos accompanying the auction items on the auction page. The second is B. Stover, who worked with Rio’s friend, my dad and Rebecca to think through how to organize things and to develop the ground rules for the auction (and of course making sure that everything along the way was grammatically correct).


  100. Alice M. Johnson
    3:46 pm on July 10th, 2011

    I will say it again. Together we plunderers can do ANYTHING!!!

    Staff won the wonderful Funky chicken quilt and the Jan Karon novels.

    Thanks to all who participated! Next time (summer 2012) I vote that Bev donates some of her popcorn for the auction.

  101. Melanie
    3:47 pm on July 10th, 2011

    Thanks Wöökie, but again, I did not do all the photography, there are people who have just as much skill who did their own work. I proudly take a bow for those on which I worked.

    I have won the Amish Sledders!! That is for ME ME ME ME ME!

    I also won the two drop bags from 2011. I’m hoping AJ and Rebecca will sign them (really big) and let their Pack walk on them. I’m going to frame them for my Guys’ Christmas presents!

  102. Siber-H
    3:54 pm on July 10th, 2011

    Thank You Melanie and Stover!!! I didn’t know Stover helped.
    The auction rules were very EASY to read and figure out!

  103. OleyHowlers
    4:00 pm on July 10th, 2011

    Thank you Melanie and Stover…you did an excellent job.

  104. Masquers
    4:04 pm on July 10th, 2011

    Although, sadly, the book I wanted was snatched out of my paws at the last minute; the efforts of all those who worked so hard to insure the auction’s success was absolutely amazing. I do wish to add my thanks to those already given. To all involved in this phenomenal project: Rio & friend, Wookie & family, Rebecca, BStover, Melanie and of course, fellow Plunderers, Thank You for an amazing job well done!

    By the way, adding that pay button to the auction site was ingenious!

  105. Siber-H
    4:06 pm on July 10th, 2011

    Melanie, I won the other two drop bags for my mom. It had to be those two Iditarod checkpoints, White Mountain and Safety, because those are on Norton Sound and mom has this really weird facination with the Bering Sea. I would only appreciate it that time of year that Norton Sound is frozen.

    Those were beautiful photographs from TYB that he donated to the auction.
    All the auction items were first class!!

  106. Alice M. Johnson
    4:09 pm on July 10th, 2011

    Dear Wookie,
    I was thinking about making some potholders from your extra fabric. Then next year……..

  107. Staff
    4:11 pm on July 10th, 2011

    I wanted some of those drop bags to make large purses out of. But you can’t buy everything and I just loved the Funky Chicken Quilt.
    I bet it is even better in real life. Quilts always are!

  108. BearSpiritDog
    4:28 pm on July 10th, 2011

    Alice: I guess you know by now that I am the proud owner of the Mesh File Protector. Masquers wanted it but, as usual, I am Top Dog here. She is off licking her wounds as we speak. (whispering, it might just show up in someone’s Christmas stocking)

  109. OleyHowlers
    4:30 pm on July 10th, 2011

    Congratulations to all who won and to all who bid. Staff, an especially big CONGRATS for winning that gorgeous quilt !!! Wow! Excellent!

    There were so many items we were bidding on in the beginning, but soon got outbid. Others that we would have like to bid on if we could. But in the end, we had to narrow down and focus our efforts, because every item was going high. Can’t believe you all pulled off this most marvelous auction.

  110. OleyHowlers
    4:36 pm on July 10th, 2011

    By the way, Siber. We are sure you remember that the Musher Basket was a two-for. While raising money for Snowhook, the t-shirt and bumper sticker were purchased from Tails of the Tundra Siberian Husky Rescue (TOTTSHR). So money was also raised for Sibes in need of rescuing.

    The huskies in the basket belonged to us and have watched over us for years … altho they are in mint condition … even the tags are still on. We hope they keep you as safe as they have kept our pack.

  111. Masquers
    4:41 pm on July 10th, 2011

    yawn….back from a refreshing nap.
    Never fear. I always land on my feet
    and bounce back from disappointment

    No time to waste on
    the Past when the Present
    is Here and the Future is
    There to look forward to

    Zen Cat

  112. Riö - The Evil Pug
    4:56 pm on July 10th, 2011

    Snuff!….Well, I hope all you money-bag winners are happy!…snort!… My friend won one thing, Dan The Man’s book, “Second Chance”…heh!…I hope he signs it for her. At least she won something, unlike me…sob!sob!sob!…sniff!

  113. Riö - The Evil Pug
    4:58 pm on July 10th, 2011

    Next!…Okay everybody start working on stuff for the Next Auction…heh!heh!…Just kidding. I need a good long break. I’m sure Wookie and Company do too….snorkel!

  114. Siber-H
    5:07 pm on July 10th, 2011

    Fellow Siberians, I do remember that you made up the musher basket with items from your Husky Rescue. That is one reason I was so keen on winning it.
    That is neat to know that the stuffed Huskies belonged to you guys. That makes them more special.
    Mom here—The stuffed Huskies will be put up where Siber-H can’t reach them. If he has plans of them going in his pile of stuffed animals, he can FORGET it.

  115. Buddy and T.C.
    5:10 pm on July 10th, 2011

    Hey Masquers….is it time to place our last bid on the auction? We’ve been having a perfectly dreamy day …not sure what time it is or what day for that matter.

  116. BearSpiritDog
    5:11 pm on July 10th, 2011

    Hey! Have you noticed we are already on the Dark Side?
    So early in the day, and what an Extraordinary Day it has been!

    Rio: In light of your recent crushing disappointment in the bidding wars, perhaps now you would be more attuned to consideration of Gus&BooBear’s idea of the other day. Namely, the possibility of procuring certain items from donors that could be reproduced. For example: the soon to be famous photograph of YSAS, Professor Stover’s book. Other items might also be available.

  117. Barb & Maggie
    5:26 pm on July 10th, 2011

    We are proud to announce that we won 2 items. First, the much sought after pot holders. Hope Dawson won the other set. If not, maybe if she is extra nice, someone will remember her at Christmas. Second, we won the “Every Dog Has His Day” framed print. It looks like it might be numbered and signed. Could be a Christmas present, and might just stay here to adorn our walls. We are happy, happy!

  118. Kirby T. Penworthy
    5:35 pm on July 10th, 2011

    Yippee!!! I won!!! Mom and Dad and my girl went to see a movie — they haven’t been to a movie in months, and now they go two weekends in a row! — so I’ve been waiting and waiting for them to get back to find out if I won. And I did!!!

    I got the “Four Pack of Finish Line Dog Booties.” Wookie was under the impression that I might be planning to race, but in truth it snows down here once or twice a year, and my paws just aren’t used to that cold, wet stuff. I just want something to protect them when I absolutely have to go out — with “go” being the operative word. And how exciting to wear something that finished the Iditarod!!!

    A dog can pretend, can’t he???

  119. Sam
    5:37 pm on July 10th, 2011

    MagPie, the picture, Every Dog Has Its Day, is signed and numbered. My Mom bought it in Bermuda.

  120. Kirby T. Penworthy
    5:37 pm on July 10th, 2011

    Oh, and let me add my thanks and congratulations to Rebecca, Rio, Wookie and anyone else who had anything to do with this auction. We are certainly a community of getter-dunners!

  121. Siber-H
    5:39 pm on July 10th, 2011

    Yes, Kirby, a dog can most definately pretend.

    Congtatulations to all our winners!

  122. BearSpiritDog
    5:46 pm on July 10th, 2011

    What we want to know is…Who won the ARC!

  123. BearSpiritDog
    5:48 pm on July 10th, 2011

    okay, you don’t have to tell us if you don’t want to…just hope it was one of us guys…

  124. Sam
    5:50 pm on July 10th, 2011

    MagPie, also – that picture is hanging on Mom’s bedroom wall and has been for many years. We hope you enjoy it as much as we have.

  125. Siber-H
    5:50 pm on July 10th, 2011

    Yes, please, Wookie or Rio…Just tell us if it was one of us, or not.

  126. bluecat
    5:52 pm on July 10th, 2011

    I won the beaded origami. Yay. Some of the beads match my beautiful blue (though crossed) eyes.

    Thanks to everybody for dedicated work to make the auction a class act. Onward, Snowhook!

  127. Masquers
    6:12 pm on July 10th, 2011

    Have we ever gone past
    The Dark Side?
    and what is it called
    when we do?

  128. Siber-H
    6:15 pm on July 10th, 2011

    Yes, we have gone to page #3. I think it may have been during the Superbowl party, but I can’t remember for sure nor can I remember what we called it.

  129. OleyHowlers
    6:25 pm on July 10th, 2011

    Hey Guys! With all the excitement of the Auction this week, we can’t remember if we told you about our Special Surprise last Friday. Mom & Pop bought us our very own outdoor lounge chairs. Here is a pic of Dima on one of them, resting up after all of the excitement of Auction Closing Day.

  130. OleyHowlers
    6:26 pm on July 10th, 2011

    We’ll have to try that picture posting again..

  131. OleyHowlers
    6:31 pm on July 10th, 2011

    And just when we thought the day couldn’t get any better. Phillies beat Atlanta 14-1 WOOOO-HOOOO !!!

  132. BearSpiritDog
    6:31 pm on July 10th, 2011

    O.Howlers: Now you can be comfy and cool too!

  133. Siber-H
    6:32 pm on July 10th, 2011

    Aww…Mom says he is one handsome guy and she also says…Look how green it is there!

  134. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    6:35 pm on July 10th, 2011

    Can’t say more (or I would have to shoot myself) but it was one of the Plunderers who won the ARC. Wookie

  135. Siber-H
    6:39 pm on July 10th, 2011

    Thanks Wookie…That good news is all we wanted to know.

  136. OleyHowlers
    6:42 pm on July 10th, 2011

    Excellent news, Wookie !

  137. BearSpiritDog
    6:43 pm on July 10th, 2011

    Siber-H: Ditto to that!

  138. Melanie
    6:49 pm on July 10th, 2011

    The American Women won!
    The Red Sox won!
    I won!

    snicker . . .

    Here’s Patsy in Lama Dryer Love!

  139. BearSpiritDog
    7:04 pm on July 10th, 2011

    Melanie: LOL that girl is a blissful miss!

  140. OleyHowlers
    7:05 pm on July 10th, 2011

    Who won W-L’s jacket? We would have loved to own that!

  141. OleyHowlers
    7:08 pm on July 10th, 2011

    Melanie, you won the ARC??? gasp !

  142. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    7:17 pm on July 10th, 2011

    Yippee, the auction is a huge success!!

    We are the Plunderers, the mighty, mighty Plunderers!

  143. Melanie
    7:52 pm on July 10th, 2011

    What the heck? I didn’t win the ARC. Where’d you get that idea?

  144. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:53 pm on July 10th, 2011

    Home!…We are now home again where the TV is and resting peacefully downstairs…heh!..It was hot and moss-kee-toe-y over there at the other house while she was watering stuff…huffle!…I have so many layers of moss-kee-toe spray on, i can’t even smell myself anymore…grump!

    Fan!…Nobody has claimed to with my friends project, the Fan…grunt!…I wonder what they are planning to do with it…sniff!

  145. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:55 pm on July 10th, 2011

    Win…Nobody has claimed to Win my friends fan…grunt!shuffle!

  146. BearSpiritDog
    7:58 pm on July 10th, 2011

    checking off on my list…Melanie did not win the ARC…..

  147. Kirby T. Penworthy
    8:03 pm on July 10th, 2011

    Bear: If you want to add me to the list, I didn’t win the ARC either!

  148. dawson
    8:03 pm on July 10th, 2011


    I WON THE ARC! I’m on supper break at work and it’s been “one of those days” so I can’t stay and bark about it but…I WON THE ARC! Oh Boy, oh boy, oh boy, oh boy. I’m so excited!

    See you later! Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy, oh boy, oh boy!

  149. BearSpiritDog
    8:04 pm on July 10th, 2011

    Rio: 2 of ours are unclaimed also. We may not hear until the items have been paid for.

    Pay! That EASY pay button is the way to go. Love it!

  150. OleyHowlers
    8:09 pm on July 10th, 2011

    Wow ! Dawson you dog! heh heh
    That is very exciting.

    Melanie, we thought when you said “I win. snicker.” you were hinting about the ARC. But no! It was Dawson.

    Now what about W-L’s jacket?

  151. Gus & BooBear
    8:10 pm on July 10th, 2011

    Hi, guys. Mom left for the movies right at the close of the auction so we are just now getting to post. We were in the bidding war over Franklin in the Snow and are proud to say “WE WON”!!! Mom has wanted a newf FOREVER, but has finally realized that it is just too hot in southest Texas for a newf to be happy, but at least we got the picture!!! We also won the Cardinal picture. (You would think we live in the north…pictures of snow!)

    We were in the running for the set of 3 dogtags form the 39th Iditarod and Dad is seriously bummed that we didn’t win that. We were going to frame them in a shadow box along with the patch.
    Oh, well. We wanted the ARC too, but that didn’t happen either.

    Thanks to everyone who worked so hard. The auction was fun, fun, fun and a great success. T&G, we think that was you that won the jacket. It is truly beautiful and we know you will love it (or whoever is going to receive it as a gift.) Don’t be surprised to see some blue painters tape on the fringe when it is shipped. Mom thinks that will be the best way to keep it straight and that stuff pulls right off. We’ll get it shipped as soon as we get the go ahead from Rebecca.

  152. Masquers
    8:12 pm on July 10th, 2011

    Dawson: You wouldn’t kid about a thing like that… would you?

  153. Gus & BooBear
    8:13 pm on July 10th, 2011

    Congrats, Dawson!!! We’re glad that one of our own won it!

  154. Tupper and Gilly
    8:19 pm on July 10th, 2011

    Good for you Dawson! congrats.
    Mama won the beautiful leather jacket from Gus and BooBear, and she is so honored that the Howlers liked her Watching Eyes so much.
    Long long day – and now its time to get back to clay.
    Talk to all you winners tomorrow!

  155. BearSpiritDog
    8:19 pm on July 10th, 2011

    Dawson: I am in awe. This is really something to bark about!

  156. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:22 pm on July 10th, 2011

    ARC!…Dawson, I’m first on the list of guys you will loan it to, right?…snort!snort!….Don’t forget!!!….sniff!

  157. Masquers
    8:38 pm on July 10th, 2011

    Loan! Dawson, have I ever told you how much I admire you? Heh,heh

  158. Barb & Maggie
    8:40 pm on July 10th, 2011

    Dawson, That is wonderful. We are over the moon for you, you go girl!

    Sammy, After what you told us about the picture I think Barb is going to have to keep it for herself. Years ago she and her daughter, Kelly, went to Bermuda on a company trip that Barb won. That was one of her favorite places ever. And the fact that your mom has to take it down to send it makes us a little sad. Thank you.

  159. Buddy and T.C.
    8:44 pm on July 10th, 2011

    Dawson! So glad a kat person won the ARC….so glad we are such gooood friends. You were always our favorite you know…wink wink!

  160. Siber-H
    8:49 pm on July 10th, 2011

    Good for Dawson!! She is our mysterious winner of the ARC.

    Gus&BooBear, I’m glad you kats won the picture of Franklin. I sensed that you guys really wanted it. Franklin will watch over all you kats.

  161. Melanie
    8:51 pm on July 10th, 2011

    Thank Dog Dawson announced that she won the ARC! I figured BSD was just going to go through the list until someone said yes!

    Way to go AWESOME DAWSON!

    I am going to bed now. I bet we get pretty darn close to the Dark Dark side!

  162. Melanie
    8:52 pm on July 10th, 2011

    Oh and Gus&BooBear, it will be great having you Kats watching over Franklin!

  163. Siber-H
    9:00 pm on July 10th, 2011

    It was very brave for Dawson to step up and announce that she had won the ARC.

    Maggie, it gets nicely sentimental when you learn that the owner/owners of the item you won have had it for a long time…like my stuffed Huskies, which, by the way, I am only going to be allowed to look at.

    Fellow Siberians, Mom and I have decided that the stuffed Huskies can go on the dresser in the bedroom where they can keep us company.

  164. Staff
    9:03 pm on July 10th, 2011

    Ahem, Dawson dear,
    Shipping to Canada is so expensive. Did you want the ARC sent here to save money??? You can pick it up in the fall/winter when you come down.

    Hahahhahahahahahahahahahah ha ha…..heh…

    Well a sister can try can’t she?

  165. Staff
    9:07 pm on July 10th, 2011

    I just noticed that Bear Spirit Dog’s name is spelled Bear Sprit Dog on the FOM post…


    Poor Mike just can’t get it right…

  166. B.Stover
    9:13 pm on July 10th, 2011

    You guys are all wonderful. It’s been so much fun reading about the winners. I won Staff’s first set of potholders–love them!! I also won the Pamela Lund earrings and TYB’s Morning Dew photo. (I’m smiling so much that I’m laughing.)

    I’m honored that Wookie’s dad won my story. Wookie: Could you please find out if there is anything your dad wants me to write on the dedication page?

    Way to go Dawson!

    (A third page on this blog is called The Darker Side….I just made that up.)

  167. Tyb
    9:25 pm on July 10th, 2011

    Congratulations to all on the success of the auction. The organizers and the winners of the bids are to be commended. Unfortunately, we were shut out on Sunday morning and unable to bid because I had to make an appearance in Buffalo at a Run for Rover fund raiser for the Pet Emergency Fund. We left home at 5:30 AM and didn’t get back
    until almost three. Maybe we’ll be successful bidders next time.

  168. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:36 pm on July 10th, 2011

    Stover!…How about, “The Even Darker Dark Side.”…heh!heh!…I was hoping you might win my friends project, but I guess you didn’t…grunt!…I was also hoping Wookie would have won it too…sniff!snort!

  169. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:43 pm on July 10th, 2011

    Mr. Tibb!…I bet you would have bid on my friends Project if you could have, right?…snort!

  170. B.Stover
    9:43 pm on July 10th, 2011

    Rio: I was outbid on your friend’s project. I really think it’s beautiful. Wonder who did win it.

    There is a new Miss Marple on Masterpiece Mystery…The Pale Horse. Pauline Collins is in it….she was in Upstairs Downstairs years ago.

  171. Masquers
    9:45 pm on July 10th, 2011

    Staff: You know how these iPaws are.

  172. Gus & BooBear
    9:51 pm on July 10th, 2011

    Rio, maybe SQ won the fan?

  173. BearSpiritDog
    9:55 pm on July 10th, 2011

    B: We are very excited to able to watch Masterpiece Mystery and other such shows. Now that we have a streaming device connected to the TV. All those instant play movies from Netflix, Starz, Amazon and Showtime too. The entire first season of Damages was available.

  174. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:56 pm on July 10th, 2011

    Puss N’ Boots!….Phhhhhffffft!….heh!heh!heh!…That’s truly the most ridiculous thing I have heard of all day long…phfffffttt!wheeze!

  175. OleyHowlers
    10:01 pm on July 10th, 2011

    Good Night to all. Its been a truly marvelous, exciting (and tiring) day.
    B, you won some great items. Wish we could have bid up on everything. But wow did we ever raise some much needed cash for Snowhook. Just think how connected we all will feel when its Iditarod Time.
    Siber, be sure your stuffed huskies are able to watch the Iditarod with you next year.

    Onward Snowhook!

  176. BearSpiritDog
    10:17 pm on July 10th, 2011

    Going to call it a day here. Lots of money raised for Snowhook and lots of fun for us too. Hope you guys make to The even Darker dark Side tonight – Bear

  177. B.Stover
    10:23 pm on July 10th, 2011

    Good night all.

  178. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:43 pm on July 10th, 2011

    Wuzzled!….I think this whole 4th of July week is finally catching up to me…wheeze!…I’m all enuffled and bewuzzled out by too much fun, too much excitement, too much work, too much heat, too many baseball games, too many boxes, too much stuff, too many garage sale peeps, too much beer, too much hot green chili, too many fireworks, too little sleep, too many moss-kee-toes, too many bids, too many emails, too slow a computer, too much moss-kee-toe spray, too many car trips, too much heat, did I say heat already? …Just Too Much …snort!…She says she’s had enough of the life of leisure, she is going back to “work” tomorrow morning….heh!…Me and “mom” can slide back into our routine once again…snorkel!

  179. Siber-H
    10:51 pm on July 10th, 2011

    Reading about Rio’s week made me very tired.
    Good Night Friends!

  180. Barb & Maggie
    11:02 pm on July 10th, 2011

    Good night Bee, good night Bear, good night Moon, good night all.

  181. Staff
    11:07 pm on July 10th, 2011

    Good night moon back at you Barb and Maggie.
    Although there is no moon here. A big thunderstorm is moving in so I will be going off line and unpluging the computer.
    A great day for us all.
    And I wonder who won the giant dog made of titanium? And how much will it cost to ship it?????

  182. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:20 pm on July 10th, 2011

    Shipping?… Do I have to Handle the Project before she ships it to Dawg-Knows-Where?…snort!…This is gonna cost a freakin’ fortune. Who came up with this Idea anyways?….huffle!puffle!..It’s just paper, but it is damned heavy all glued together in a frame…wuuufffflllee!

  183. Macy the Min-pin
    11:38 pm on July 10th, 2011

    All of you people complaining everyday about your rain and storms please feel free to send them our way. pant-pant-pant

    Congrats to all the winners. Our puggybank had nothing but dust, so nothing for us.

    Nitey, nite.

  184. Kirby T. Penworthy
    11:40 pm on July 10th, 2011

    Dawson: Did I mention that I mentioned Canada in my book? In your honor? Just for you, ol’ buddy, ol’ pal? Somebody said you won something in the auction. Not sure just what it was, but if you need me to bring it to you, I’d be more than happy to do so. What with the Canadian postal service on strike and everything. Oh, wait. Mom already got her new camera lens, so maybe that strike thing is over. In any case, you don’t want to risk those marauding goats, do you? I can just swing by Spence’s place and pick up whatever it was that you won, and deliver it right to your door. He doesn’t have to pay postage; you get your item. Win-win. Right???

  185. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:44 pm on July 10th, 2011

    Goodnight!…Everybody and Thanks from the bottom of my Pug Heart for making this Auction a Success. Wooo!weee! …yaawwnn!…Now I am really going up those long stairs (without help, dammit!) to my warm soft bed with all my baseball toys just where I left them…sniff!…It will be cool with the well placed fans blowing just the right way towards my bed…snuffle!snore!sniffle!

  186. Kirby T. Penworthy
    11:56 pm on July 10th, 2011

    Well, we’ll be up for awhile yet. One of Mom’s co-workers has a daughter who’s getting married in September, and Mom is doing the baking for the wedding. It sounds so far away, but it’s less than 3 months, so Mom is going to start trying out some new recipes. When the bride-to-be was at a wedding show they told her the latest thing is wedding cupcakes, so they’re having a small cake to cut, plus displays of five different kinds of cupcakes — for about 150 people. Mom already set the stuff out that has to be at room temperature, so she figures she’d better go ahead and bake a batch so she can take some samples to the bridal momma tomorrow. We’ll check back later and see if anyone is still awake.

  187. dawson
    12:01 am on July 11th, 2011

    Oh yeah…
    Now I’m everybody’s friend!!! Maybe I can rent out the Arc to make my payment to Snowhook. That’s in Canadian Dollars, right?
    I’m twirling myself right into bed. What a day!

  188. Liz
    12:13 am on July 11th, 2011

    but…but…but…the toffee said i was the winning bid!?!?!?

  189. Kirby T. Penworthy
    1:06 am on July 11th, 2011

    Liz! Congratulations on the toffee! Isn’t your weather opposite ours? How are you guys ever going to coordinate the “cool weather” shipping?

  190. dawson
    1:07 am on July 11th, 2011

    I can’t sleep!
    I won 8 auction items!
    I won Mollypop’s needlepoint kit, Staff’s dog quilt, Rio’s Spanish fan, Dan’s books White Wings and For the Love of Puppies, Kirby’s Doggonit Beddy-bye set and Blou!
    Whoooo Hoooooo!
    I’m sleeping in tomorrow.
    Did you win the toffee Liz?

  191. dawson
    1:15 am on July 11th, 2011

    Hey Kirby!
    Your book and Beddy-bye set will go to my grand-daughter in Montana. I’m looking forward to reading your book!

  192. Liz
    1:29 am on July 11th, 2011

    Hey Kirby! I thought i was winning the toffee but now i’m pretty sure i got pipped at the post. Bummer!

  193. Liz
    1:29 am on July 11th, 2011

    Sorry Dawson, hi 2 u 2!! You’re up late.

  194. Kirby T. Penworthy
    2:05 am on July 11th, 2011

    Dawson: I’m so excited! I wondered who won my book. I hope you and your granddaughter enjoy it — funny, you look too young to be a grandmother! What’s your granddaughter’s name?

    Liz: Pipped at the post! I love it!!! I mean, not that it happened, but the phrase. One of Mom’s co-workers is from England, so she’s always using colorful terms. A couple weeks ago she explained what it means to “spend a penny.” In fact, she told the kids about it during storytime. They were pretty impressed! Does it mean the same thing where you live?

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