Sundays With Ingrid (A Day Late)

Cracked-Up Katie was well within smelling range. She smelled like Grampy: cigarettes and booze.

“Little girlie, totally lost,” she said. “Or else running away from home. Is that it? You running away from home?”

“No,” said Ingrid, fighting the urge to back up a step.

Cracked-Up Katie squinted down at her. “Bet you are,” she said. “Bet your whole life’s hit the fan and you’re taking off. I’m a real good guesser.” She stuck the sunglasses in her piled-up hair. “Or used to be,” she said, her voice a lot quieter all of a sudden. She glanced around. Her gaze fell on the Coke can. She stepped into the gutter and scooped the can into her shopping bag automatically, like an assembly-line veteran; a shopping bag, Ingrid noticed, that came from Lord & Taylor. “You a Coke person or a Pepsi person?” said Cracked-Up Katie.

Fresca was Ingrid’s drink, but she said, “Pepsi.”

“Me, too,” said Cracked-Up Katie. “Plus rye. What’s your name, sister?”

Ingrid knew better than to give her name to strangers, especially strangers like Cracked-Up Katie. On the other hand, she had to say something. But what?

“Forgotten your name?”

“No,” said Ingrid. Who could forget Ingrid? Ingrid, a name that might as well have been Geek, Dork, or Loser, a name she absolutely hated, inspired by a long-ago movie star in Mom’s all-time favorite movie, Casablanca, curse it forever. Why couldn’t Mom have fallen in love with something starring Drew Barrymore? Drew Levin-Hill: cool, essence of. But no. When she was eight, Ingrid had finally thought up a nickname, but it hadn’t caught on. Nicknames, she learned, were something others had to give you.

“Then what is it?” said Cracked-Up Katie. “Your name.”

Had to say something, real name out of the question, no fake names coming to mind except Miss Stapleton from The Hound of the Baskervilles. “Griddie,” said Ingrid.

Cracked-Up Katie’s expression grew thoughtful, her forehead wrinkling, pushing ridges of dried pancake makeup out of the furrows. “Griddie,” she said. “Cool. Mine’s Katherine, but you can call me Kate.” She held out her hand. Ingrid shook it.

Surprise. The only person who’d ever bought into her nickname turned out to be Cracked-Up Katie. And a second, smaller surprise: how cold her hand was.

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95 Responses to “Sundays With Ingrid (A Day Late)”

  1. B. Stover
    5:06 am on July 5th, 2010

    We have a heat advisory here. It's already 84, humidity 74%. Not my favorite weather. I had to water the garden before it got too hot.

    My best to Dan, Melanie. And, by the way, you are already Ingrid.

  2. Melanie
    5:53 am on July 5th, 2010

    Good Morning B. Stover, I looked and saw there were 2 postings. Using deductive reasoning, I figured out that it would be you.

    Went on my morning walk earlier than usual. It turns out that we are not the only ones with summer people. Our neighbor down the way, who have a BEAUTIFUL garden and yard, had a summer people story to tell.

    Seems she was out in the garden with her dog, Papi, when Papi went off running, barking his intruder alert. We are not in a busy area and she figured one of the neighbors would be coming to talk. But nothing, except Papi running back. She thought she'd check it out; thinking that maybe someone was in their car scared of Papi. (snicker, such a cupcake)

    She comes around the side of her house and two cyclists have decided to sunbath and lunch on her lawn! She asked "May I help you?" THINKING: "What the hell are you doing on my lawn!"

    One woman said, "Yes, your dog stole my sunglasses and I'm going to find them."

    She said, "You are staying here and I will get your glasses for you." She found them (with Papi's help, too bad he doesn't drool like a Newfoundland) handed them to the woman and then stood there until the two packed up and left!

    Very Strange!

  3. Riö - The Evil
    6:11 am on July 5th, 2010

    Whew!….what a blow-out kind of night!….snort!…We came up out of the basement at around midnight….grump!… Then finally got some sleep. Someone’s in a really bad mood today, so I am on my guard….wheeze! … Maybe this afternoon we will get back to Ingrid… sniff!…It’s been quite a while since we had that book open… Hey!…Where’s my breakfast! I’m starving here!…dammit!

  4. B. Stover
    6:26 am on July 5th, 2010

    Here is a French language blog that has a wonderful story:

    In Cahors, France there is a bridge, Pont Valentre, also called Pont Diable (Bridge of the Devil). It was built between 1308 and 1378 and the legend goes that the architect had to make a deal with the devil to get it completed. When the devil came to get his soul, the architect refused so the devil started tearing out the bricks on one of the towers. The masons cemented the devil's fingers into the brickwork. On one of the towers is the statue of the trapped devil. There is a picture of the bridge and a close up of the statue. I think it's wonderful. (If you scroll down you get the translation.)

  5. Siberian Husky
    6:29 am on July 5th, 2010

    C. Harris, Mom and I are so very glad, happy, and relieved that your dog returned home!! What a great beginning to the week! They shoot off guns here in NM also…stupid, stupid, stupid

    I made it through the Fourth. Mom thinks the Rescue Remedy helped–took the edge off, so to speak. She gave me a lot of Rescue Remedy. I probably gained a pound from all the bites of cheese I had.

    That's cute, Stover…that Melanie is already Ingrid. She is…that's a compliment.

    I'm glad we don't have summer people. They sound scary and not too bright, but I am sure there are some nice ones among them. I hope.

    You guys hang in there through the heat wave. It gets HOT here, but without the humidity…big difference.

    Tell Dan that he is in all our thoughts and that we are rooting for him.

  6. Siberian Husky
    6:41 am on July 5th, 2010

    That's an amazing bridge..pretty, nice to look at. They don't make bridges like that anymore.

    Don't you guys love how we can entertain ourselves when Spence takes some time off, which I think is good for him.

  7. Kirby T. Penworthy
    6:55 am on July 5th, 2010

    Happy (belated) Fourth, everybody! Mom and Dad went to someplace called Charleston to watch the fireworks in the harbor, so no computer for me last night!

    My girl is named Katie, but she isn't Cracked-Up! I think she's pretty smart. She's at a thing called college, which makes me sad because I don't get to see her very often. But she must be pretty smart, because they want her to stay. Mom says she's on the 10-year-plan. I'm not too good with time, but that's pretty long, isn't it?

  8. Melanie
    7:01 am on July 5th, 2010

    Awesome bridge. If you click on the devil's picture, it gets bigger. The look on his face is great.

  9. B. Stover
    7:03 am on July 5th, 2010

    SH: Yes, saying that Melanie is already Ingrid is a compliment. Ingrid is gutsy and smart, and she's also compassionate. A heroine.

    C. Harris: I'm glad that your dog is back home.

    Kirby: What is your girl's major?

  10. Kirby T. Penworthy
    7:11 am on July 5th, 2010

    She wants to be a teacher! She started out to be a high school math teacher, but then she did something called student teaching (isn't that what teachers are supposed to do? teach students?!) and the students were rude and then some boy called her a name (girl dogs wouldn't care, but Katie didn't like it much). So now she is going to school longer so she can teach little kids — that's why she's on the 10-year plan (or maybe it just seems like it). Mom and Dad are a little worried because they're laying off teachers right now.

  11. Macy the Min-Pin
    7:11 am on July 5th, 2010

    Morning all!

    Husky, my people are going to NM next month. I hope they will not act like summer people..

    Awesome bridge, thanks for sharing..I hope it is not too high..*shiver*

    Rio..what's with the attitude?

    My sis Belle and I are celebrating our birthdays today. Since our peeps don't know when our real birthdays are, and we are not telling, we just celebrate on July 5th, to keep the holiday going. Belle is on the Birthday Page of Dogster, don't think I am, hmpf!!

  12. Wookie of Chevy Chas
    7:11 am on July 5th, 2010

    Regarding Rio's card from yesterday, it is kind of funny because we actually do have a Rocky of sorts in the backyard, who lives in the big maple tree we have back there, although he is known as Rocky the Raccoon (with apologies to the Beatles) rather than Rocky the Squirrel (although maybe they are now in cahoots). I've been known to chase him at night, particularly if he is coming up our driveway to get into the backyard (as my dad would joke, generally swinging a ham bone as a taunt). Rocky on occasion will visit our garbage cans, which he can easily open even when supposedly "locked". For no opposable thumbs, he is still quite dexterous. Although he is generally very neat, and usually just makes a small hole in the bag, and just takes what he wants — he seems to have a preference for chocolate and lamb chop bones. He is also a connoisseur; very often he will pull out a wine bottle cork if one is in the garbage, which he then leaves next to the remnants of what he ate. He seems to have a preference for Australian Shiraz's. Go figure. Wookie

  13. Staff
    7:24 am on July 5th, 2010

    Hello there,

    It is the Tour de France and I am watching. I thought it was taped yesterday but it wasn't so I had to sit through the commercials too. That kept me busy from 7 to 10 and then I was rather tired. (Having biked all that way, you understand)

    This goes on for 3 weeks in July and keeps me busy.

    I notice that someone else enjoyed French architecture. We get a lot of views of the countryside and chateaus and bridges during the race. Amazing. They are in Brussels, Belgium today. Yesterday there was a completely white church like building that looked like a frosted cake in one of the towns they went through. There is an amazing mix of centuries old and modern in these towns in Europe. They cross into France today.

    Rio, Alice doesn't know how you are getting these messages from the SKURRIL but she wants you to know that she is in no danger of losing her tail. And, she says, she is way smarter than Abbie.

    As staff of the both of them I have to admit that is true. Abbie is rather lacking in smarts. However she is a very loving cat so that makes up for any perceived lack. And since she doesn't know it, and NO ONE IS GOING TO TELL HER are they, she is a very happy kitty. Well, as long as she gets her treats and her laps anyway.

    Oops. Here is Alice,

    Got to go have lunch.


  14. B. Stover
    7:53 am on July 5th, 2010

    Kirby: They are laying off teachers. However, my generation–the baby boomers–are starting to retire and there are a lot of us. So who knows what the job market will be like in four years or so.

    Wookie: What a discerning raccoon.

    Happy Birthday Macy and Belle.

    I've decided I want to go to Cahors, not only to see the bridge. Apparently they are known for their red wine: Cahors Black.

  15. Kirby T. Penworthy
    8:04 am on July 5th, 2010

    Bee: Thanks for your encouragement. The only problem is that she's supposed to graduate in December. I guess she can keep being a bartender like she is while she is in school. But if you're going to France, maybe she can go with you. Her rich uncle took her to France to babysit his kids during their vacation, and she loves, loves, loves France. Maybe she could go with you to babysit you and serve you wine!

  16. Riö - The Evil
    8:10 am on July 5th, 2010

    Grump!… So after her trial run with the longhorn steers…snort!… She managed to get a video of me, albeit a very shaky one…heh!… I don’t mind this one because it brings back memories of a lovely steak bone I once had… grunt!

    Diet!… Someone asked me if my diet was going well!… snort!…See for yourself!

  17. Melanie
    9:13 am on July 5th, 2010

    Hope all things quieted down last night for everyone. We kept the AC going until the neighbors down the street did their thing (not much this year) and then opened up.
    HEAT WAVE for the East Coast! Next few days. Dan still on schedule to Boston today and procedure tomorrow. What ever they decide from that he will be in cardio rehap for 4 to 5 weeks. I wonder if they’ll let a dozen pups in to see him?

    C.Harris. The Pack handles the fireworks pretty well. They don’t freak, they just bark. The AC was on so WE could sleep. Thunder is a problem but only for Franklin. I think the rest of the Pack just put all their fears on him and so he climbs up into Zöe’s lap.


    Thanks, Admin and Chet for putting her up there.

  18. Kirby T. Penworthy
    8:16 am on July 5th, 2010

    Rio: That bone looks delicious — good memories indeed! But it also brings up memories for me — good and bad. One day my boy was sitting on the floor munching on a piece of chicken and I snuck up behind him and took the bone away! That was the good memory, because boy was it good! But then everybody started chasing me and sticking their fingers in my mouth and yelling at me and saying that I was a bad boy! How can something so good be so bad?!

  19. B. Stover
    8:31 am on July 5th, 2010

    Kirby: Your girl should probably keep her bartender job while she sends out resumes. I'll let you know when I go to France. And you should not eat chicken bones that can snap and get caught in your throat.

    Rio: You look very strong. The bone is just a memory now is it?

  20. Kirby T. Penworthy
    8:39 am on July 5th, 2010

    Oh, and Rio, I forgot to say, I think you look very good! I'd forget about the diet if I were you!

  21. Melanie
    8:49 am on July 5th, 2010

    Riö, have your "friends" the squirrels seen this??

    They might switch from Wöökie to you in self-defense.

    Rocky, the Raccoon. That's wonderful.

    Set up the cell phone. Because of where we live, that means going 6 miles down the hills to get a signal, and then trying to understand what they mean. It's one of those touch screens. Zoë got it by accident. The sales woman didn't tell her there would be an extra $30 charge for the "media package." Doesn't make sense to have that here.

    Soo, I called an explained that wasn't going to work. We can take it back within thirty days. We can't take it back anytime soon, because where we got it is 20 miles the other way from going to Boston.

    So we told the person at VW that we'd handle it in two weeks and since we HAVE the media package, Zoë can use it to keep in touch with the puppy people while she's on the road to Boston and back. Someone else driving of course.

    Turned out fine. But I had to sit in the rental truck for 1 hour with the windows open trying to get us hooked up. We are now.

  22. Melanie
    8:53 am on July 5th, 2010

    Still waiting for picture YSAS in costume. Here's one of him and others at rehearsal. He's in the Boston Red Sox hat (that sure gets some remarks in NYC). Zoë loves the No Dogs Allowed sign in back. This is how he usually looks, except he usually doesn't have a beard, that's for the role. It's amazing how great he looks when he scrubs himself up.

    Not that I ever see that, of course.

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  23. Riö - The Evil
    9:02 am on July 5th, 2010

    Melanie!…Funny, those guys don’t look like actors…snort!…They look like college kids hanging out in the park…heh!… Please send your actor son my best!…grunt!… I want to say I knew him “back when”… snorkel!

  24. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    9:10 am on July 5th, 2010

    Rio – from one handsome dude to another – you got it going on, dude! You rock! (Except for the part where you didn't share your bone with me.) (Sigh) (Aside to Rio's friend: he still looks a little tubby. Don't give up on the diet!)

    Melanie – you son is a cutie patootie!

    Mom went to Bass Lake to watch the fireworks, and soooooooo many people brought their doggies. What were they thinking. That is animal abuse! Grrrrrr…

  25. Siberian Husky
    9:12 am on July 5th, 2010

    Macy, In NM we don't think of Texans as summer people. We think of them as neighbors. I hope your people are going to the mountains, where it is cooler, but I know you guys are used to the heat also.

  26. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    9:14 am on July 5th, 2010

    Love the message from the gnome!!

    Wookie – don't forget to make us copies before you start reading your book!!

  27. Siberian Husky
    9:32 am on July 5th, 2010

    C. Harris, Mom and I want to know if it was the husky that dug out and escaped. Mom suspects that it was, but mom is wrong lots of times.

  28. Siberian Husky
    9:48 am on July 5th, 2010

    Cute videos, Rio. Wish I had been there to help you with the bone. It would have gone quicker. I'm just thinking of you and wanting to help.

  29. C. Harris
    10:17 am on July 5th, 2010

    Siberian Husky…yes it was the husky who escaped, she is actually a slender sled dog so she can dug out under a fence pretty easy. The lab is stocky and cannot do the same. When we are out hiking it is a joy to see the husky put it in 5th gear and let loose…she has speed to run. Both dogs spent the night on my bed (a rare event)–the lab sleeping and the husky constantly getting up, shifting position and sometimes crawling over me to get to another corner of the bed. It finally started raining at 3 AM and the fireworks and gun shots stopped.

  30. Riö - The Evil
    10:27 am on July 5th, 2010

    Uh-oh!… I think this is a match made in heaven!… snort!snort!….SiberH! This is the girl dog for you ole pal!….grunt!…You better get Harris to post a photo of her for you!…sniff!sniff!… She’s a SLED DOG too!… grunt! …Something you’ve always dreamed of!

  31. Chet The Dog
    10:38 am on July 5th, 2010

    Someone here is asking if Cahors wine came up. Spence, actually. Admin is a beer drinker and of course Bernie likes bourbon – water for me, by the way – but

    Spence is a wine drinker. He has books on the subject, had been to tastings, even has a pal who owns a wine store in Brooklyn. Spence has been big on Cahors wine for a while. The main grape, he says, is malbec, now such a big hit from Argentina. Here's something I learned: the longer you go on about this kind of thing the more boring it gets.

  32. B. Stover
    10:45 am on July 5th, 2010

    Chet: Does Spence get the wine in America? Here is a site that is about Cahors but has a link to info about the wine. There is apparently a wine festival in May. And, Chet, this is not boring!

  33. Lil 'Ol Lexi
    11:09 am on July 5th, 2010

    WOW! I'm back! Yipee! I've read all of the posts from Chet already, and my head feels whoozy. Ooh.

    What the hell is upstate New York doing with all of those damn mountains? And what the hell are Megan's cousins doing ontop of one?!

    Gah! Mommy's looking for me for some unknown reason. Gotta jet. I will be right nack! 😀

    Tailwags and licks. Lexi-a pup that's gotta goooooo!

  34. Riö - The Evil
    11:12 am on July 5th, 2010


  35. Riö - The Evil
    11:15 am on July 5th, 2010

    Hey!…Lil Lexi is back!…snort!snort!… I wasn’t expecting you till tomorrow for some reason…sneeze!…Now this is exciting unlike all that Cahors and Malbec talk… snicker!

  36. Siberian Husky
    11:18 am on July 5th, 2010

    RIO? Have you gone to the Rockies website and voted for Gonzalez? He needs our votes for the All Star Game. I'm voting for him…doing it right now.

    Welcome back Lexi!

  37. Lil 'Ol Lexi
    11:23 am on July 5th, 2010

    Alright I'm back. Here's what happened:

    Woke up at 6(AM, of course), got ready, and by 8 we were on the road. Of course, Megan and Billy(Billy is Megan's brother, I never mention him because I rarely see him)were fighting the whole goddamn time, yelling and hitting each other. I bit them both. 😛

    Then, when we finally got there(4 damn hours)we met them all…yaty yata yata…then we set up our stuff in their RV-man, that sucker is HUGE!-and then we got showed around, and went to sleep early.

    The next day was the party, and at night the fireworks, and we saw the Big Dipper, A LOT bigger than it was from Connecticut. It was pretty….

    And on the way back, Megan and Billy were fighting again, and I bit them at least 2 times each. I didn't want to hear their damn mouths going and arms flailing. Gawd damn!

    Anyways, to keep myself from swearing here, I will leave. Dinner-we're having Mac&Cheese, and some…other stuff.

    Tailwags and licks. Lexi-a hungry pup, who LOVES Mac&Cheese.

  38. Riö - The Evil
    11:27 am on July 5th, 2010

    SiberH!…Keep your mascara on pal!… snort!… Yes I have already voted… heh! …The Rockies have today off and then they play the St Louis Cardinals! …Wooo!… My friend is going to the game tomorrow night without me!…crap!crap!… She has borrowed a baseball mitt and everything… snort!…She thinks she is gonna catch a fly ball because they will be sitting in the outfield where Brad Hawpe plays. …grunt!… I am so jealous I could just die…sob!sob!sob!

  39. B. Stover
    11:32 am on July 5th, 2010

    We put up with Rockies talk so you can put up with Cahors and Malbec talk Rio. Sorry you can't get into the game.

  40. Riö - The Evil
    11:33 am on July 5th, 2010

    Lexi!…heh! Its good to have you back… snort!… It sounds like you had a great time biting everyone and partying out in the wilderness that is Upstate New York….grunt!… Have you met Rin Tin Min Pin the “other” Princess yet?…heh!

  41. Riö - The Evil
    11:36 am on July 5th, 2010

    Stover!… Please by all means do carry on and on about wine with Chet!…snort!… I will read every word Chet wants to spout on about wine….heh!…Go for it big guy! What else do you know about Argentina grapes? … sneeze! … I know they are bad for us guys so I stay away from them altogether… cough!

  42. Siberian Husky
    11:41 am on July 5th, 2010

    gasp!! I'm jealous too, Rio. I'll be nice, and say I hope she has a great time. She will have to tell us about it. Maybe she will catch a fly ball. That would be sooo cool.

    After yesterday's game, I'm sure the Rockies are ready for a day off.

  43. Lil 'Ol Lexi
    11:49 am on July 5th, 2010

    Rio? There's another Princess? The only other one that I know is Sam. Who is this other Princess?

    Tailwags and licks. Lexi-a cautious and curious puppy, who also DID enjoy biting Billy and Megan. 😀

  44. Riö - The Evil
    11:55 am on July 5th, 2010

    Lexi!…Rin Tin Min Pin is a feisty lil miniature pincer!…snort!… She has Princess attitude for sure….grunt!… You will have to set her straight on who the real Princess is around here (oh and Sammie too! heh)… snicker!

  45. B. Stover
    12:08 pm on July 5th, 2010

    Malbec originated in France not Argentina. The Malbec I'm familiar with is La Pinta which is from Argentina, Finca Cristobal, the estate named for Christopher Columbus and the wine is named for his fastest ship. I think Robert Parker liked it.

    I hope Chet lets us know more about Spence's experience with the wine. I also think that I'll post any other info I come up with on the wine because revenge is sweet…and Rio has promised to read every word.

    I'm watching The Oxford Murders On Demand. It stars John Hurt and apparently won't come out in America until August. It came out in England in 2008. It's very interesting.

  46. Kirby T. Penworthy
    12:28 pm on July 5th, 2010

    After a tough day doing all that I do around here, I decided to chill out a little and get some shut-eye. Dad just came in and found me sleeping on the couch with my head on the pillow. "So T," he says, "do you think you could ever go back to living on the streets again?" Uh, that would be a negatory! Nope. Never. Ain't gonna happen, 'cause I know a good thing when I got it!

  47. Kirby T. Penworthy
    12:29 pm on July 5th, 2010

    Oh, and the only thing I know about wine is that when I do it, everybody tells me to quit!

  48. Macy the Min-Pin
    12:56 pm on July 5th, 2010

    I was so excited to see that Chet had been here I almost did an unmentionable on the sofa! He's like a rock star, movie star and of course, book star all in one. If I could just sniff his…oh excuse me, I seem to have forgotten myself.*large fullbody shake*

    Rio, my sis Belle saw your video and says your are one handsome hunk of premium k nine! You know she is half pug and she looks a lot like you if you don't notice the snouter. She has a back mohawk like yours too. Too bad her attitude is ALL chihuahua.

  49. Riö - The Evil Pug
    1:57 pm on July 5th, 2010

    Stover!… Yes, that bone is just a memory now… sob!sob!sob!… She stole it out of my bed and threw it away one day when I was outside…grump!…So all I have is this video to remind me of it…snort!

    Wookie!… I have received an email from a gnome who says he knows you…snort!… I wish you would give me your email so I could pass it along to all your pen pals… yeesh!

    Mr.T!… I could not agree more!…snort!…I do not and will not be on this diet anymore!…grunt!…Do you hear me Missy? No more diets!…growl!

  50. Melanie
    12:59 pm on July 5th, 2010

    B. Stover, have a great time finding out what Spencer knows about wine. I bought a bottle of wine for OTAS's birthday. It had a picture of one of the Red Sox players on it. He will probably never drink it. He knows a lot more about wine than I do. At this point in my life, I sniff the wine but never drink it.

    T!! I don't blame you for not wanting to go back on the streets.

    No weird summer people today. Dan is safely in Boston. The docs there don't think it's what the docs here thought it was. Since they are the experts we're going with them!

    Procedure still on for tomorrow.

  51. Macy the Min-Pin
    1:00 pm on July 5th, 2010

    Oh, and the family says thanks for the kind words from Mr. Husky. Yes, they are going to the mountains. If they wanted heat, they could just stay home. How do you stand the heat with all that beautiful fur? They were going to ride a train, but somebody burned up a trestle, so that may or may not happen.

  52. Melanie
    1:00 pm on July 5th, 2010

    Oh, I'll be heading to be EARLY tonight. Zoë and my sister are leaving at 4:30 am, I need to get up to come down and sleep more on the sofa. That way I can hear pups.

  53. Siberian Husky
    1:39 pm on July 5th, 2010

    Macy, I stay in the house under the air conditioner. It's the only way to survive the summer here.

    About the train and the trestle…the train is still running. I am not sure how they are doing it, maybe they are busing people a short distance. It's a beautiful train ride, so if your people are still interested, you guys can inquire further. It's sad about the trestle because it was built in the 1880's.

  54. Siberian Husky
    1:46 pm on July 5th, 2010

    Melanie, please keep us posted on how Dan is doing, and all summer people stories are appreciated and enjoyed.

  55. Riö - The Evil
    1:46 pm on July 5th, 2010

    Melanie!….What time are you planning on going to bed my dear?…snort!… I’m just curious tonight…grunt!

  56. Mollypop
    2:22 pm on July 5th, 2010

    Hi Everybody! I finally got back. There is so much that has gone on with you guys I don't know where to start.

    So a big welcome to the new people! It's so nice to be able to get to know you and make new friends.

    I'm so mad at Mom about her not letting me use her new phone to get on the Internet on our trip. She's afraid I'll sratch it's precious little screen.

    Melanie – Gosh I hope all will go well with Dan. My whole family is sending our prayers.

    Now on to the big business at hand: Agent 00Wookie is under a fuzzbutt attack. Well, Molly to the rescue. Mom wants to get back on my good side, so she will drive me to Wookie's house to help him. Coming soon, you big guy.

  57. Macy the Min-Pin
    2:40 pm on July 5th, 2010

    Mr. Husky..I found out that the fam is still interested in the train and want to know if route is better from Chama or Antonito, since you can only go partway now.

  58. Riö - The Evil
    3:00 pm on July 5th, 2010

    Melanie!…Are you sure your actor son did not have a much larger part on “Royal Pains”?…snort!… I am watching it right now and every time I see this one “Cuban” guy with red hair he looks more and more like your son to me….heh!

  59. Barb & Maggie
    3:02 pm on July 5th, 2010

    Have been gone part of the day and trying to catch up with the blog. Finished reading PA's Crying Wolf this weekend. Had a little trouble getting hooked in the beginning. Guess we are just not very knowledable about Nietzche, and found that part a little offputting. About half way throught, as the characters developed, got more involved, and by the end, typically, couldn't put it down. What did you thing,Rio?

  60. Siberian Husky
    3:05 pm on July 5th, 2010

    Macy, I think the area around Chama is more scenic than Antonito…more mountains and cooler. I would choose Chama. I don't know if you guys have ever been here at this time of year, but be prepared for some rain because it will be our rainy season, especially in the mountains. It won't rain all the time.

  61. Riö - The Evil
    3:15 pm on July 5th, 2010

    MagPie!… I liked it right off because it was set in Colorado at the beginning of the story…heh!…All the places mentioned I have been to multiple times….grunt!… With that said, I also liked it because the Charming Mr. Abrahams can write the character of a sociopath extremely well….sneeze!…For me it was like being inside the crazy guys head. A unique experience I thought….wheeze!

  62. wookie of chevy chas
    3:19 pm on July 5th, 2010

    Everyone, please be careful when talking about wine. Conversation like that could spill over to wine futures, and we know where that could quickly lead. Nuff said. BTW, the tastes at Casa de Wookie tend to run more in the direction of New World wines, particularly Australia and the Barrosa Valley. Just ask Rocky. Wookie the vinophile

  63. Lil 'Ol Lexi
    3:36 pm on July 5th, 2010

    Grr! Why are there so many goddamned Princesses here?! Grr! BARK! Sam is the Princess of the Books, and I am Princess of the Blog, so who the hell is Macy going to be now? The Princess of…I'm stumped. Ah, crap.

    Whatever. Eating some popcorn with Megan now, and its buttery….

    Tailwags and licks. Lexi-a buttered pup.

  64. Barb & Maggie
    3:52 pm on July 5th, 2010

    Rio, That is true, he did a great job with Freedy right from the beginning. He was SCARY to say the least. We didn't like Leo very much either – he was a bit far out, even for a phil prof. Did you pick up on the chipped tooth? Maybe Nat and his mom are related to Col Bob and Ray!

  65. Sam
    4:08 pm on July 5th, 2010

    I'm back from our family trip and, oh man, my poor head needs a rest. My girl got a new iPhone app called Dog Toy. You shake the phone and it sounds just like a squeeky toy. Even though I knew there was no toy, each time she did that, I got all worked up. If she ever puts the phone down, I might just accidentally chew it up.

  66. Riö - The Evil
    4:14 pm on July 5th, 2010

    Lexi!…You are eating buttery popcorn?!… snort!… I think we need a vote, but my guess is that is Junk Food!…grunt!…Which you have vowed NOT to eat till next January….gurgle!

    MagPie!… I did catch the tooth thing…heh!

  67. Macy the Min-Pin
    4:17 pm on July 5th, 2010

    Hmmmm…I never knew that princesses could be so fowl mouthed, mouth full of chicken. I am not princess OF anything, just THE princess.

    Thanks Mr. Husky for the info. Dad was determined that they should go to Antonito, Mom to Chama. When will he learn that she is usually right? rockies tonight?

  68. Siberian Husky
    4:31 pm on July 5th, 2010

    Welcome back Molly and Sam!! Lexi, I said welcome back to you earlier in the day. I don't want anyone to be left out.

    Where is Dawson?

  69. Riö - The Evil
    4:36 pm on July 5th, 2010

    Rockies!… They have the night off tonight so that they will be ready to kick some Cardinal Ass tomorrow night!… heh!… I have to apologize Rin Tin Min Pin, I may have influenced Lil Lexi and her bad filthy language…snort!… She does tend to shock us all sometimes and she doesn’t like Princessy competition….snicker!…So be are your lookout for a Princessy type trap!….grunt!

  70. Sam
    4:48 pm on July 5th, 2010

    There can be a million Princesses but I am the Princess from Chet's book. When it is made into a movie, I will play the part of Princess.

    I'm not in the mood to argue right now, my head keeps hearing that iPhone Dog Toy thing over and over and over.

  71. Siberian Husky
    4:56 pm on July 5th, 2010

    Lots of dogs have destroyed lots of cell phones. This particular iPhone app seems like it is just begging dogs to chew up the iPhone. Sam, you would be blameless if you did.

  72. Lil 'Ol Lexi
    5:01 pm on July 5th, 2010

    Rio! I'm sorry! I totally forgot about that Junk Food thingy! Well, this is the one and only acception then, and will not happen ever again. 🙁

    Aw, poo.

    I really liked the popcorn.


    Tail-…I can't even say that now…

  73. Lil 'Ol Lexi
    5:03 pm on July 5th, 2010

    Well, good night all whom are going to sleep early tonight, and I'll give a mighty BARK to all who are staying up. The-the bark being friendly, if you were wondering. 😀


  74. Riö - The Evil
    5:06 pm on July 5th, 2010

    Hmmmphf!….Maybe I feel my memory slipping too!…snort!….What was it that I was not supposed to drink again???….hmmmphf!

  75. Kirby T. Penworthy
    5:10 pm on July 5th, 2010

    Beer, Rio! It was beer you weren't supposed to drink! (Or were you trying to forget that?)

  76. wookie of chevy chas
    5:32 pm on July 5th, 2010

    Barb and Maggie. I just finished Crying Wolf a little while ago, and had exactly the same thought about Colonel Bob and Ray and the chipped tooth thing. Wookie

  77. Mollypop
    5:37 pm on July 5th, 2010

    Rio – You were being so good and you made that deal with Lil Lexi in good faith. If she wouldn't eat junk food then you wouldn't drink beer. It seems to me you were giving up a lot to help that little pup.

    I'm not the good influence that you are. Hah! I say all bets are off!

  78. Riö - The Evil
    5:44 pm on July 5th, 2010

    Mr. T!… You are fast becoming my favorite new guy on this here blog! …snort!…First you reinforce the fact that me being on a diet is not necessary and now you remind me of my favorite beverage of which I have not had in a very long time mind you!… wheeze!… Thank you Mr. T… grunt!

  79. Riö - The Evil
    5:50 pm on July 5th, 2010

    Molly!… One of my oldest and dearest friends says I can start drinking beer again!… snort!snort!…woooo!… Hmmm, maybe I should wait and see what Lil Lexi has up her sleeve tomorrow…grunt!…I did make a promise and even though SHE has BROKEN hers….sneeze!… doesn’t mean I can go against my Pug word….sniff!… Not yet anyway…. (who knows what kind of crappy food that little pup gobbled up on her vacation?)

  80. Kirby T. Penworthy
    6:21 pm on July 5th, 2010

    Hey guys! I just saw a commercial for a movie called "Cats and Dogs." There's a really bad kitty who's trying to take over the world and the rest of the kats have to work with the dogs to stop her! It's totally unbelievable…just no credibility whatsoever.

    I think they should make a movie of your adventures, instead. At least that has a basis in reality! Rio would be the headquarters guy, sending 00Wookie and Wolfie and everyone else on your secret missions. Is the van fixed? Because the pack has to be there, obviously. Grace could bring the pups on the set (when they're not in school at Harvard), but Melanie would have to come along to pupsit whenever Grace is in front of the cameras.

    And just think, you wouldn't have to narrow the casting down to one princess — Sam, Lexi and Macy would all play yourselves, so you wouldn't have to fight over who plays Princess. You could all be as princessy as you want to be!

  81. Riö - The Evil
    6:45 pm on July 5th, 2010

    OMG!… I just saw that commercial for “Kats and Dogs. The Revenge of Kitty Galore” too…HA!…Oh my that movie looks like is it is way over the top from the first one….snort!…But it does look like a lot of fun!fun!fun!….grunt!

  82. Sam
    6:46 pm on July 5th, 2010

    T., I don't worry about fighting over who plays Princess. I AM Princess. I am a Maltese, 6 pounds, who runs with blurry legs and my head held in a determined position. Did you read about me in Chet's last book?

  83. Riö - The Evil
    6:54 pm on July 5th, 2010

    Hi Sammie!… I missed you terribly while you were gone….snort!…. I had to contend with a feisty pincer princess in your absence….grunt!… One never knows what they got till its gone…snorkel!

    Forgive!…The extra “is” in the sentence above…snort! …Stover will catch it for sure tomorrow when she is catching up on all things late and extra…heh!

  84. Kirby T. Penworthy
    6:58 pm on July 5th, 2010

    Here's the thing, Sam — I like you and Lexi, and Macy is new like I am, but she seems to be very nice, too. I would really, really hate to hurt any feelings by saying any one of you is more princessy than the others! There can be more than one princess at a time! Just look at England — they have Princess Anne and Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie all at the same time, so you and Lexi and Macy can do the same thing!

  85. Älice Johnson
    7:02 pm on July 5th, 2010

    My Dear Mr. Penworthy,

    What makes you think that movie is totally unbelievable? A Kat could take over the world if she thought it was worth it. A Kat is too smart to think it is though. So maybe that is the part you thought was t. u.?

    Inquiring Kats want to know.

    watch out now….

    Alice Johnson

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  86. Kirby T. Penworthy
    7:09 pm on July 5th, 2010

    Those eyes…those eyes….

    My Dear Alice Johnson,

    I'm sure you could totally rule the world, but the kat in question does not have your awesome orange fur — in fact, she has no fur at all. She must be very cold, because in the short clip I saw she seems to spend all of her time putting on and taking off various furry costumes — a dog and a bunny costume at the very least. When could she possibly have time to take over the world? That's what I meant by totally unbelievable.

    Your honorable servant,

    Kirby T. Penworthy

  87. Riö - The Evil
    7:15 pm on July 5th, 2010

    Mr. T!…You are totally a politician aren’t you?….heh!… You have no idea what kind of hornets nest you are stepping into my dear fellow…snort!…All of these young girl-pups want to be the one and only Princess of all time….cough!…We tried to have a “Princess of the Blog” competition, but that limited Sammie to just the blog…heh!… She wants to be a movie star and be in the Chet and Bernie movie…cough! … Lil Lexi wants to be Queen and Princess at the same time…sniff!… Now Rin Tin Min Pin is still a mystery to me, but she seems more like Sammie in wanting to be the over-all Princess of all time too… wheeze! … The sticky situation is a carbuncle on this here blog for sure.

    Alice!…Well she is a whole other kind of carbuncle for sure!…heh!

  88. Älice Johnson
    7:18 pm on July 5th, 2010

    OK Mr Penworthy.

    I accept your statement.

    For now.

    I think I will have to put you on probation though. So keep a watch on that tongue of yours. Or you may end up like a certain nameless püg who evidently has no control of his tongue at all. (Video clip verification available upon request.)

    Älice Johnson

  89. Kirby T. Penworthy
    7:26 pm on July 5th, 2010

    Rio: When you're the new kid in town, you can't afford to ruffle any feathers…or fur, either. I wouldn't call myself a politician, though. Those guys make annoying commercials and even more annoying telephone calls, and then totally lie on top of that. Nope, I'm not one of them guys! No way, no how!

    Alice: Eek! I'm really not trying to ruffle your fur, either.

  90. Riö - The Evil
    7:38 pm on July 5th, 2010

    Alice!… You have no idea how big my tongue can get!…snort!… Especially after I worked real hard to clean off a bone in record time in the summer heat !…grunt! … Just watch this you spoilt supermodel kitty kat!…grunt!

  91. Riö - The Evil
    7:51 pm on July 5th, 2010

    Kirby T. Pentworthy!… I was the new guy in town once upon a time and I ruffled just about everybody’s fur immediately… snort!… I am still here, with no regrets….heh!… Well, maybe there was that time I wanted Staff to lock AbbieTheKat in the closet …sniff!… I still feel kind of bad about that one.

  92. Älice Johnson
    7:59 pm on July 5th, 2010


    Heh. That is the video proof we were talking about honey bun. I figured your tongue was exhausted after all that eating!

    BTW, Staff says great game last night!

    Off to bed,

    Good night Kirby T, Rio, Siber-H, BStover, Wookie, Barb and Maggie, Macy and yes, I wonder where Dawson is? Best wishes and prayers for Dan and Melanie. Welcome back to Mollypop, Sam, Lil'Lexi, and anyone else who was on a trip.

    Alice J and AbbietheKitty

  93. Kirby T. Penworthy
    8:08 pm on July 5th, 2010

    Rio: I'm afraid I haven't got your kind of panache! No fur rufflin' for me…yet! When I get more comfortable that may change!

    Good night, y'all! Kirby T. Penworthy signing off!

  94. Riö - The Evil
    8:21 pm on July 5th, 2010

    Hmmm!… Mr. Tee you've gone out the easy way, to beddy-bye…snort!…We will have other conversations I am sure…gruff! …Right now me and her are watching a classic Mission Impossible episode and will not go to bed till the end!…heh!…Heaven!

  95. Melanie
    12:56 am on July 6th, 2010

    Jeez, I was up three hours after Riö went to bed!

    Soo Zoë and my sister are off to Boston ETA is 7:00am.

    The pups thought since everyone else was awake, they were hungry.

    Gracie and I have just finished feeding them and changing their bed, and washing the dishes and mopping the floor.

    Soon they will be eating outside!

    They are asleep. The Pack is asleep. I'm going for a nap.

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