Surprise/No Surprise

Ratko was out of the parade. My memory was clear on that. Strange how the memory works. Just the other day I all of a sudden had a memory going way back to my puppyhood – at that crack house in South Pedroia. It’s actually not a very pleasant memory – my first pleasant memories come from the time in K-9 school, even the last day, because that last day, not perfect, was how come Bernie and I got together – so maybe I’ll go back to forgetting it soon.

But the point was: no possibility of Ratko, there in our house on Mesquite Road. So it wasn’t a surprise to me when Foster, dressed all in black, stepped out of the office. Our office, which was kind of annoying.

“You look surprised to see me,” Foster said.

Did Bernie look surprised? Yeah, he kind of did, and that was a surprise. This surprise no surprise thing was getting confusing.

“I’m surprised to see anyone in our house without an invitation,” Bernie said.

Foster smiled. “Got something even better than an invitation,” he said, taking some paper from the inside pocket of his jacket. “Here’s a warrant, duly signed by a judge, almost totally sober at the time.”

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111 Responses to “Surprise/No Surprise”

  1. Barb & Maggie
    8:58 am on December 6th, 2010

    Good morning, everyone.

    So is Foster an undercover guy? Someone said that, if memory serves.

    Hope Melanie and Dan get a good doctor report. Barb has to go too. Feeling pretty good (baby steps, Macy), but there is some fluid retention at the incision site, so so needs to get it looked at.

    Bitter, bitter cold here, at least for us, maybe not for C. Harris.

  2. B.Stover
    9:04 am on December 6th, 2010

    I love it!! Someone did say that Foster may be in law enforcement. Why would the judge have been “almost totally sober” and what is it that Foster is looking for at Bernie’s and why?? Questions! Chet, I love questions. (Of course, I love answers even more.)

  3. B.Stover
    9:06 am on December 6th, 2010

    Good morning Barb and Maggie. It’s arctic here also (Harris wouldn’t agree) with a wind chill of 13. It’s snowing (flurries) also. I hope you’re feeling okay. Fluid retention is probably normal right?

  4. B.Stover
    9:10 am on December 6th, 2010

    This may mean that Ray was wired by Foster/law enforcement. Which law enforcement I wonder. Foster must have been undercover while working for Albie. And what has Astrid been up to? Perhaps Col. Bob has been arrested for some reason. Okay, I’ll stop speculating…but it’s so much fun.

  5. B.Stover
    9:38 am on December 6th, 2010

    My computer stopped working last night and I just saw on CNN that Comcast customers in the midwest were left without internet service. So that was it.

    Thanks for putting up that picture of yourselves and Spence again Macy. It makes me smile also.

  6. Mollypop
    9:38 am on December 6th, 2010

    Good Morning All. I don’t think it’s frigid here, but if B. and MagPie! have a nasty wind chill, then we will have it soon too.

    Skiing finally starts tomorrow. We have lots of beautiful snow and tons more that they’re making. Mom doesn’t mind wind chill when she has her ski helmet and goggles on. When she used to clear our driveway, she always wore her ski helmet and goggles. That was a funny look for the suburbs.

  7. Mollypop
    9:58 am on December 6th, 2010

    The Buffalo Bills lost again yesterday. Who cares.

  8. Kirby T. Penworthy
    10:12 am on December 6th, 2010

    Hey everybody! Mom’s home! Grandpa’s doing pretty well for a guy who just had his heart operated on. Mom says he was pretty funny before his surgery because they gave him “happy juice” to prep him. But even after the surgery he had a good sense of humor despite his pain. The doctor may even release him tonight — that’s pretty quick! The best thing is that the hospital never lost him — even when they moved him from intensive care to a room on the acute heart care floor, they always knew right where he was!

  9. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:16 am on December 6th, 2010

    Foster!…Now we are getting somewhere…heh!…Is he a good cop or a bad cop? That’s the question! My guess is bad cop just because of the “almost totally sober at the time” remark…grunt!

    Molly! …The Broncos lost yesterday too. Nothing new around here…snort!

  10. Staff
    10:34 am on December 6th, 2010

    I will repost since it was ME ME ME who asked it…

    OK.
    I can’t perceive Foster (supposedly a gangster) wanting to use a wire on Ray for any reason. Why a wire? Only law enforcement uses a wire…..

    Ahhhhh ummmm

    Do you think Foster (Who I persist in seeing as a good guy dammit) being undercover law enforcement? Maybe he has Astrid in ‘protective custody’? But how to explain Ratko’s body at the housing development? Oh my….

    And where the hell is Col. Bob? For someone who started this case he is amazingly absent from it.

    Gosh, a dammit and a hell. I must be getting frustrated.

    So now my question is. Who is the warrant for? NOT BERNIE??? Maybe he is undercover for the Las Vegas police who wanted to talk to him earlier.

    And about the judge being slightly drunk. I think that is a ‘red herring’ and Rio totally swallowed it. HEH.

  11. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:36 am on December 6th, 2010

    Kirby!…Good news about your grandpa!…sniff!…Maybe things will start looking up for everyone this month….snorkel! ….Maybe the Astrid case will finally come to a close…heh!

  12. Staff
    10:39 am on December 6th, 2010

    Maybe he (Foster) is undercover for the Las Vegas police, who wanted to talk to him (Bernie)earlier.
    Just in case all those pronouns were too confusing…

    The Bronco’s losing might be business as usual but the Vikings winning (even over the Bronco’s) was a big surprise to me. Maybe we should let that young’un (Mr. Jackson) play a little more.

  13. B.Stover
    10:56 am on December 6th, 2010

    Staff and Rio have interesting opposing ideas. (I love it!!) One thing occurs to me: Wouldn’t the warrent have to be for Bernie since Foster is in his house/office?

    I found a very well written article on the NYTimes Opinion page today. It’s about Nietzsche and Melville and religion. I considered posting the link as part of my job to cram knowledge down your throats but I decided against it.

  14. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:09 am on December 6th, 2010

    Whew!…We dodged a bullet that time!…snort!

  15. Kirby T. Penworthy
    11:09 am on December 6th, 2010

    I always liked Foster, too, and wanted him to be a “good guy,” but I must admit undercover cop wasn’t anywhere in my mind! I just didn’t want him to be a “bad guy” like Albie. I always wanted him to walk out on Albie and refuse to do something bad. But some of the posts had him doing some mighty suspicious things, so I thought maybe he wasn’t a good guy after all!

    Maybe Spence is going to wrap this all up as our Christmas/Hanukkah/Festivus gift?!

  16. Kirby T. Penworthy
    11:20 am on December 6th, 2010

    Bye! Mom’s shutting down the computer so she can go to work. See y’all later!

  17. Staff
    11:25 am on December 6th, 2010

    Bye Kirby T. Penworthy.

    Thanks for your restraint BStover, and I suppose you are correct about the warrant being for Bernie. I wonder what it is all about?

    And where is Col. Bob?????

  18. dawson
    11:32 am on December 6th, 2010

    I am extremly sad to pass on the news that my good friend, inmate Lonnie, became late a couple of days ago. She was the most enthusiatic member of the Chet the Dog reading club and her Buddha-like body would shake with laughter at the funny parts. She asked about the Chet the Dog blog almost daily and had many suggestions of what I should post, usually to do with the superiority of cats over dogs. (Chet was always exempted.) She never tired of looking at Chet’s Friends.
    In Lonnie’s honor, I will spend the day doing things she loved: being kind to animals, playing games, reading books and eating chocolate and chips. Rest in peace, dear Lonnie

  19. Lexi & Maggie
    11:39 am on December 6th, 2010

    Hey guys! Lexi and Maggie here. We had to babysit her for the night…again. Megan and daddy are watching over us; Megan is sick and keeps whining. Tell me, how do you shut a human up?
    DDoB:
    😛 :) 😀 😐 :(

  20. Lexi & Maggie
    11:39 am on December 6th, 2010

    I’m sorry, Dawson.

  21. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:45 am on December 6th, 2010

    Dawson!… That is very sad news…sniffle!… I wish I could leave my yard and stay with you all day long… snort!… I could even help you eat those chocolate chip cookies!…yeep!

  22. dawson
    12:30 pm on December 6th, 2010

    Thanks Lexi, Maggie and Rio. Now Rio: I would share the chocolate-chip cookies but since I am being kind to animals and chocolate is not good for dogs…no!

  23. Macy the Min-Pin
    12:32 pm on December 6th, 2010

    Very sorry to hear about your friend Dawson.

    Lexi and Maggie..a spray of water in the face shuts up pretty quickly, maybe something like that for Megan?

    The Cowboys WON yesterday, which IS quite big news around here. With our new head coach we are 3-1!

    I have to say, we came in in the middle of the whole Astrid story, and have not tried to keep us. Our eyes just glaze over when we try to read a post about it.

    Do you suppose that C Harris measures temperature in Celsius? That would make -20 a lot warmer. (if anything below freezing can be considered warmer)

    I have something to post that is kind of long, so apologies in advance, but it is too newsworthy (at least to some of us) to pass up. I will break in into sections, so stay tuned for the next “installment”.

  24. Macy the Min-Pin
    12:35 pm on December 6th, 2010
  25. Macy the Min-Pin
    12:37 pm on December 6th, 2010
  26. B.Stover
    12:38 pm on December 6th, 2010

    I’m wondering how long Foster was with Albie and what he did for him. In DOI Albie tells Bernie that “stress is Foster’s department….[He] was a promising baseball player at one time….He still has his bat.” Then when Bernie asks if there have been any “stressful situations recently” Albie says, “Not for years. Man of Foster’s talent–word gets out.” Then in answer to a question from Albie, Bernie tells him that the developer he’s talking about is “Damon Keefer–he’s got a big project up at Puma Wells.” And Albie says, “Puma Wells….My wife–one of ’em, Tiffany, it might have been, or that other Tiffany, with the tits–used to ride up there, ride for miles, nothing but open country.” Pondering…

  27. Macy the Min-Pin
    12:39 pm on December 6th, 2010

    (These two churches face each other across a busy street.)

    more to come…

  28. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    12:42 pm on December 6th, 2010

    The warrant may be a search warrant, not necessarily an arrest warrant, so the warrant may not have to be “for” Bernie. Note that Foster talked about the warrant in response to Bernie’c omment about Foster being in the house uninvited, so the search warrant would be Foster’s “invitation.” Hopefully this is still all about the Astrid case and not Bernie’s miadventures with tin futures. Wookie
    P.S. — Dawson, very sorry about the loss of your friend. She sounds like a neat lady.

  29. B.Stover
    12:45 pm on December 6th, 2010

    Wookie: I assumed it was a search warrent. Wonder what they’re searching for and in connection with what. Doesn’t a PI have some privacy privleges/legal rights regarding clients?

    Dawson: I am sorry about your friend.

    Lexi: Sometimes whining helps even if it’s hard on your ears/nerves. Try licking Megan’s face.

  30. Staff
    12:49 pm on December 6th, 2010

    Hmmm,
    Looks like I am going to be playing cards with Dawson this afternoon. And petting cats.

    She will have to eat the chocolate and the chips though. I am not allowed.

  31. dawson
    1:06 pm on December 6th, 2010

    Remember when Chet and Bernie found Albie in the freezer and whisked Ray away before the cops got there? Perhaps this warrant is related to that.

  32. Mollypop
    1:28 pm on December 6th, 2010

    This place has become a winter wonderland. We’re going into town where all the little shop are decorated and so pretty. We haven’t been there since this last foot of snow fell so it will be even prettier.

  33. Mollypop
    1:29 pm on December 6th, 2010

    Macy – I’m enjoying the dueling churches that are right across the street from each other.

  34. Gus and BooBear
    1:33 pm on December 6th, 2010

    Dawson, so sorry about your friend. Anyone who appreciates Chet is a friend in our minds.

    Macy, why would the one church think animals have no soul and can’t go to heaven! Silly, simple minded people!

    Interesting turn of events for Bernie. We bet the warrant is to arrest Bernie for Albie’s murder. Remember Ray is acting nervous and he was confused about Bernie whisking him away from Albie’s place. Perhaps Foster strong armed him into telling about that.

  35. Siber-H
    1:44 pm on December 6th, 2010

    Gus and BooBear asked yesterday and I am slow to get caught up on everything…Dad comes home on Wednesday. He is doing very well. We will be happy to have him home, and he is talking about stopping on the way home to get me a new toy. That’s my Dad!
    Mom is slowly getting over the virus from another planet but she says there is no overnight recovery. She hasn’t been to visit dad while she was sick, but they have talked on the phone.
    Special Message to Gus&BooBear because I think it is you guys who are the Jack Reacher fans…mom and I have started reading those books. We like the “lone wolf” aspect of it.

  36. Macy the Min-Pin
    1:57 pm on December 6th, 2010
  37. B.Stover
    1:58 pm on December 6th, 2010

    SH: I’m glad things are better for you there.

    I don’t think it could be an arrest warrant since Foster is already inside. Also it seems to me that Ray is still with Chet and Bernie. Foster probably did get the full story out of Ray if Foster is the one who had Ray wired. Bernie is not surprised that Ray directed him to his (Bernie’s) house but he is surprised that Foster is inside.

  38. Melanie
    2:04 pm on December 6th, 2010

    Haven’t had time to read everything. The Picture feud looks good.

    Dan is back in the hospital. Now they say he has pneumonia and that place that hurt??? Cracked rib.

    Jeez, BBL

  39. Siber-H
    2:05 pm on December 6th, 2010

    How is Bess today?
    We are sorry about the loss of your friend, Dawson. I know you brought a lot of happiness to her by sharing Chet the Dog books and blog.
    Kirby, Very glad to hear that your grandpa is doing so well and that your mom has made it back home
    Macy, I enjoyed seeing the picture again of the book signing in Houston. I am following today’s photos with great interest. Keep posting them.

    “If dogs don’t go to Heaven, I want to go where dogs go”. (I have usually seen this credited to anonymous or Will Rodgers)

  40. Riö - The Evil Pug
    2:09 pm on December 6th, 2010

    Dan!… Oh no! Not again….sob!…Why didn’t they see the cracked rib on the x-rays they took last time he went there?….grump!!

  41. B.Stover
    2:14 pm on December 6th, 2010

    I’m so sorry Melanie. Tell Zoe and Dan that I’m thinking of them. How were your tests?

    Kirby: I forgot to say great to hear your news.

    Mollypop: I bet it’s beautiful there.

  42. Barb & Maggie
    2:18 pm on December 6th, 2010

    Usually we would align more with the moderate Protestants than with the Catholics, but in this case we would side with the Catholic church. Of course all animals have a soul. The Native Americans knew this. Truth be told, Barb is no overly religious, but she is spirtual, and she wants to go where her dogs go.

    Just got back from the doc visit and she has a bacterial infection and is now on 2 meds. This is why she trys to steer clear of doctors and hospitals. She probably picked this up when she had her surgery.

    Sorry about Lonnie and Dan. Hope to hear good news about Dan soon.

  43. Siber-H
    2:19 pm on December 6th, 2010

    Stover? Way up there in our posts today? What Melville is the article talking about? I can only think of one, and he wrote Moby Dick. I think I am missing something here.

  44. Siber-H
    2:29 pm on December 6th, 2010

    I hope the doctors have got it right this time about what is wrong with Dan and can get him feeling better and on his way home soon.

    Barb, I’m glad you went to the doctor. It sounds as if the infection was caught early.

  45. Riö - The Evil Pug
    2:30 pm on December 6th, 2010

    Hmmm!…Sounds like it’s gonna be a month of sickies after all… crap!…My friend is still has a stomach ache today…grunt!…But she went into the not-so-busy place anyway…grump!

  46. Mollypop
    2:42 pm on December 6th, 2010

    Dawson – So sorry about Lonnie.

    Get well, everyone, please.

    B. – It was not pretty here. It was like we picture it to be where C. Harris lives. The town was deserted and the wind was tundra-like blowing down the street. We’re back in front of the fire.

  47. Siber-H
    3:02 pm on December 6th, 2010

    Sounds beautiful to me, Molly. Mom, however, votes for the fire.

  48. B.Stover
    3:06 pm on December 6th, 2010

    SH: Yes it is Herman Melville. The author is using Moby Dick (or the philosophy in that novel) to demonstrate an idea different from Nietzsche’s nihilism and Melville wrote the novel thirty years before Nietzsche’s The Gay Science. The title of the article is “Navigating Past Nihilism” and the author is chair of the philosophy department at Harvard, Sean D. Kelly. Here’s the link if you want to read it.

    http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/12/05/navigating-past-nihilism/?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=ab1

  49. Melanie
    3:07 pm on December 6th, 2010

    In a nut shell . . . (as a Pug would say)

    Bess is doing better without the insulin. We will wait one week and take another look at the sugar levels. She’s very happy.

    I’m scheduled for knee surgery 1/14/2010. Doc is getting more of a sense of humor. Told me I would never play football again. I told him I would try not to. Then he said (seriously) your knee will be swollen and painful for about a month. And I said, you mean that would be different than swollen and painful all the time?

    Dawson: I’m glad you are doing things that Lonnie liked. That’s a nice memory to keep.

  50. dawson
    3:07 pm on December 6th, 2010

    Get Better Soon, all those Plunderers who are not feeling up to par.
    Siber H: Your dad has been in hospital for a long time. I’m sure you and he will be super-duper happy to see each other. Take care of you mom too, who has been holding down the fort while your dad was away. Hopefully, all will be back to normal soon, with the early morning visits to the dog park.
    Barb and Maggie: Maggie, make sure Barb takes her medications on time.
    Kirby: Good news about your grandpa.
    Melanie: Jeez! Dan could write a book about the number of times he has been in and out of hospital this year. So, now it is pneumonia AND a cracked rib. Is this the final answer? How did your appointment go?
    Rio: Keep an eye on your friend to make sure this stomach ache doesn’t turn into anything serious.
    C.Harris: She lives in Alaska so is quoting Fahrenheit temperatures. Brrrrr! Hope the cold snap doesn’t last too long.
    Thanks to all the 2 leggeds and four leggeds for letting me give Lonnie a small mention on the blog. A Friend of Chet’s was a friend of her’s. I appreciate all the thoughts, expressed or not.

  51. Melanie
    3:08 pm on December 6th, 2010

    In a nut shell . . . (as a Pug would say)

    Bess is doing better without the insulin. We will wait one week and take another look at the sugar levels. She’s very happy.

    I’m scheduled for knee surgery 1/14/2010. Doc is getting more of a sense of humor. Told me I would never play football again. I told him I would try not to. Then he said (seriously) your knee will be swollen and painful for about a month. And I said, you mean that would be different than swollen and painful all the time?

    Dawson: I’m glad you are doing things that Lonnie liked. That’s a nice memory to keep.

    Dawson’s comment at 3:07 hit a lot of the things I was going to say. Thanks.

  52. Melanie
    3:08 pm on December 6th, 2010

    BBL, doc calling.

  53. dawson
    3:16 pm on December 6th, 2010

    Melanie: Oh yeah, Bess! I was trying to remember all our sickies…No insulin for a week…sounds good. Not too much sugar, Bess. So Melanie, make sure you put a big X on the knee to be operated and Cut Other Knee! on the other one

  54. Melanie
    3:39 pm on December 6th, 2010

    Laughing here!! Zoë thinks I should do it Dawson!

    Okay, latest on Dan THEN I can get to do some research on this Foster character!!

    His regular Doc is behind Zoë and the hospitalist on doing the culture from the liquid. Zoë EXPLAINED that if it here not done, she was yanking Dan out of there and taking him to Brigham and Women’s in Boston.

    (Bet the test happens)

    It appears that when Dan decided to stand in the tub and then fell he cracked that rib AND compressed 3 vertabra in his back. OOOWWWW!

    Well, at least he knows why he’s not allowed to stand in the tub.

    The Lap Top can be fixed! Got to send off for a hard drive and whatever, but the Mac Doc is hopeful.

    Whew. Now on to Foster.
    BTW, Lake Effect Snow, 28 degrees, windchill factor makes it 14. Thanks MollyPop and Sam.

  55. Siber-H
    3:47 pm on December 6th, 2010

    Thanks Stover, We read the article…very interesting. Mom has actually read Moby Dick.

    Melanie, important advice from Dawson…put that big X on the knee to be operated on. The surgery is going to be on an out- patient basis, isn’t it? We are looking forward to this surgery giving you a happier knee once it has healed.

  56. Macy the Min-Pin
    3:53 pm on December 6th, 2010
  57. Melanie
    3:56 pm on December 6th, 2010

    Foster: Thinking some sort of Fed here. Since he’s been working in Vegas and is now somewhere else with a warrant, leads me to think his web is wide . . . (scary music here) Also his being a Fed or undercover cop or something to do with law enforcement might be the answer to why he left money on the table and just took a small bit of what he’d asked for.

    Tried to find the post about Lt. Stein telling Bernie the LV cops wanted to talk to him, but I’m fading away.

    Why all of this would be important? Haven’t a clue.

  58. Gus and BooBear
    4:01 pm on December 6th, 2010

    SiberH, glad you dad is better and finally getting to come home. We confess we were concerned when you said the infection had spread to the blood. Takes a long time to beat that problem back. Let us know what you think of the Reacher books. Are you reading them in sequence? We think both Macy and Wolfie are fans too.

    Magpie, keep an eye on Barb and make sure she takes her meds even if she thinks she is over her stuff.

    Poor Dan! Hope he kicks this in time to come home before Christmas!

  59. Macy the Min-Pin
    4:05 pm on December 6th, 2010
  60. B.Stover
    4:07 pm on December 6th, 2010

    Melanie: The Lt. Stine posts are Sept. 2, 8 and 10. I think if you type Stine in the search box they will come up.

  61. Barb & Maggie
    4:09 pm on December 6th, 2010

    Back to those religious signs again. REALLY? Aren’t there a lot more important things for churches to worry about than our 4-legged best friends (along with kats) and their after life? That is so silly!

    Melanie, Glad you are getting the knee taken care of. When Barb had her surgery, they were extremely careful to make sure they had the right person, that she knew what was happening, and they they were removing the right body parts!

  62. Melanie
    4:19 pm on December 6th, 2010

    Siber-H: glad your Dad is coming home, Glad your Mom is getting better.

    B.Stover: I did check those. I think I dreamed up the post that I think I believe that I read.

    I like the signs. I figure that someone in each church must have a sense of humor.

  63. B.Stover
    4:21 pm on December 6th, 2010

    SH: Perhaps Ishmael represents the mean in between the two extremes (Melville’s ideal according to Kelly). Ahab would represent nihilism in Nietzsche’s sense and Moby Dick would represent nature/God. Just a thought.

  64. B.Stover
    4:27 pm on December 6th, 2010

    Melanie: The post when Stine tells Bernie that the Las Vegas police want Stine to detain Bernie is Sept. 10, “Cages.” Here it is:

    Lt. Stine got off the phone. “That was Vegas PD,” he said to Bernie. “They confirm you reported the Albie Rose homicide.”

    Bernie nodded. He’s a great nodder, had all sorts of nods. This one meant … not sure what, but he wasn’t happy.

    “But over the phone and kind of lacking in detail,” said Lt. Stine. “They want to talk to you.”

    “Happy to talk to them,” Bernie said.

    “Like now,” said Lt. Stine. “They suggested I detain you.”

    Detain? Didn’t know that one, but for some reason I started thinking about this cage down in Mexico – is that in To Fetch A Thief? The next thing I knew I was pretty close to Lt. Stine.

    “Hey!” he said. “Is Chet growling at me? What the hell? I thought we were friends, big guy.”

    Me, too.

  65. Macy the Min-Pin
    4:35 pm on December 6th, 2010
  66. Wölfie
    4:41 pm on December 6th, 2010

    Wolf Dogs mom here, on her lunch hour.

    Gosh, lots happening on the blog today. Hope everybody feels better sooner.

    Personally, I don’t want to go to any Heaven that doesn’t allow dogs. They are some of my best friends – seems like it would be perfectly boring there without over four legged family members.

    Don’t tell Wolfie I said so, but he’w warming up to the Gus puppy. Yesterday they took a nap together!

    Boys went awol for the weekend again, and woke me up at 10:00 asking for a ride home. I said no. Then they wanted me to order them and their friends some pizzas. I said no. They weren’t happy. Cody is truant today and both boys were truant for Saturday school. It’s frustrating. Right now, they can’t pass a drug test, but they claim to be clean and sober. On Thursday, Cody made a homemade bong “for a friend” and I found him hiding in the garage, smoking. He said it was parsely, then it was nutmeg. I mean, does he really think that I am that stupid? (Apparently he does.) Oh, and the Visine I found in the car? That belongs to another friend. Chad is failing every single class and his girlfriend is barley 14, much too young (in our opinion) for hanky panky. We do not support the relationship. OK. I’m done. Thanks for letting me vent.

  67. Wölfie
    4:52 pm on December 6th, 2010

    I like the church signs!

  68. Mollypop
    5:01 pm on December 6th, 2010

    Hi Momma Wolf Dog – It is frustrating with the boys doing what they’re doing. At least, with your tough love, you are not enabling them. They will have to face the consequences of their actions. There is a big problem coming up when they turn 18 and have young girlfriends. In New York state, that can mean a jail sentence.

    Our family’s prayers go to you for the strength and love you have shown.

    Before Wolfie knows it, he’ll be BFF’s with little Gus puppy.

  69. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:03 pm on December 6th, 2010

    Research!… Did Bernie ever go to the Vegas PD to talk to the police?…snort!…I don’t remember him doing that….grunt!

  70. Macy the Min-Pin
    5:26 pm on December 6th, 2010
  71. Macy the Min-Pin
    5:32 pm on December 6th, 2010

    From Macy’s mom to Wolfie’s mom:

    Way to hang in there with the tough love. We went through that with our youngest daughter, which may be even a little scarier since you could end up with a grandchild to raise, as 3 of her friends moms did. (not us thank dog) You just have to keep telling yourself that this is what is best for everyone, including you, as they will hopefully begin to see that the parents are not putting up with the crap. And yes, they do think we are that stupid. Her favorite excuse was, “we were watching a movie and I fell asleep.” I finally realized that the question should have been, “fell asleep with who(m)?”. She is now 29, great company and supporting herself, but if you had asked me 11 years ago I would have said that there was 0 chance of any of those things happening. Have hope, but a margarita and a good book couldn’t hurt either!

  72. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:56 pm on December 6th, 2010

    Min Pin!… I like that idea about having a good book and a margarita…snort!…Best thing I’ve heard all day!…wheeze!

  73. Barb & Maggie
    5:57 pm on December 6th, 2010

    Wolfie, Macy has some good advise, and seems to be talking from experience. So just hang tough and hopefully they will make it through as better people.

    Alright, you guys, the signs ARE funny, as long as they are not being totally serious about it. If they are doing it with humor, that is different.

  74. B.Stover
    6:00 pm on December 6th, 2010

    Good advice Macy.

    Rio: I don’t think Bernie went to the LV police. There was never anything about that.

  75. B.Stover
    6:01 pm on December 6th, 2010

    How can we know if the signs are serious or humorous?

  76. Macy the Min-Pin
    6:13 pm on December 6th, 2010

    And finally,

  77. Macy the Min-Pin
    6:13 pm on December 6th, 2010

    We choose to believe they were doing this tongue-in-cheek.

  78. Debbie LM
    6:53 pm on December 6th, 2010

    Macy. Can’t stop laughing with your “Burma Shave – style” postings. They are absolutely hilarious. Thank dog I am a Catholic.

  79. Siber-H
    6:57 pm on December 6th, 2010

    I’m with you, Macy, I’m gonna choose to believe the two churches were jesting with one another.

    Wolfie’s mom, Our thoughts and prayers are with you, and you have some good advice and support on this blog. We can’t offer any advice because my folks never had any kids (just dogs) but we care about you.
    I think Wolfie has a better chance of becoming a good friend and brother to Gus than some of us here on the blog would. Rio and I would not be good candidates for the big brother routine. Wolfie is a better dog than me, he spoke kindly of Lois. Mom won’t let me forget that, but I’ll never forget Lois. snoooozzzzz

  80. Siber-H
    7:17 pm on December 6th, 2010

    Gus& BooBear, Yes, we are reading the Reacher books in order. We like them, and I don’t know why mom hadn’t discovered them before now. We are just starting Without Fail but really liked the one just before it that takes place in West Texas.

    Stover, Your idea about Moby Dick makes logical sense. Mom was a teenager when she read it. She just read it…it wasn’t for an English class or anything like that. To her, at that time, it was a very long adventure story. She was facinated to learn years later that a whale really did sink a whaling ship several decades before Melville wrote the book.

  81. B.Stover
    7:31 pm on December 6th, 2010

    SH: One of the fun things about Moby Dick is that it is so many things including an adventure story.

  82. Gus & BooBear
    7:49 pm on December 6th, 2010

    SiberH, Mom’s absolute favorite of the series is BAD LUCK AND TROUBLE which you haven’t gotten to yet, but she loves all the books. Actually, there was 1 that was a disappointment (NOTHING TO LOSE). In fact, when Mom went to the book signing with the author, he told the audience that he didn’t care for how that book turned out either.

    Can’t imagine a bad Chet and Bernie book!!

  83. Melanie
    8:00 pm on December 6th, 2010

    G&B and S-H: Jack Reacher is great. Glad they published the last one, earlier than normal though.

    B.Stover: We live 20 miles from Melville’s house. Will try to read the comment tomorrow with the link. Just a bit too much today.

    IMHO, I don’t believe that “children of that age” think we are stupid. They HOPE we are that stupid. Have they tried the one “That smell is just some funny cigarette some guy was smoking next to me.” Or, “I was holding that for someone else.”

    This is me being glad that stage of their lives is over. :) :);)

  84. Melanie
    8:01 pm on December 6th, 2010

    Whew, going wild with the commas!

    “All rocks go to heaven.” snicker

  85. Siber-H
    8:04 pm on December 6th, 2010

    It is reassuring to be certain that there will never be a bad Chet and Bernie book or a bad PA book. We have loved all of them, including the dark ones.

  86. dawson
    8:29 pm on December 6th, 2010

    Macy MinPin: Very interesting…and funny.
    Wolfie: We support you in the way you are dealing with the struggles your boys are going through, realizing that it is extremely hard on you, but the boys will learn that you will not support their addictions in any way. We pray for your courage and strength to get you through this hard time and that your boys realize soon the love you have for them and that these bad behaviors do not make life more enjoyable.

  87. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:34 pm on December 6th, 2010

    Photo!…Someone posted the worst photo ever of their guys…snort!… One half of each dog is showing on the left and right side, with a big blank white spot in the center of the photo…grunt!…How dumb is that?…sniff!

    Reacher!…Heh! So you guys like reading about a lonely, forlorn looking Pug by the name of Jack Reacher who lives in a bookstore…snort!…Who’d a thought?… snuffle!

  88. C. Harris
    8:55 pm on December 6th, 2010

    Macy: loving the signs and sadly my temperatures are not in celsius. This am it was -29 and -21 this afternoon when I started home. Soon it won’t warm up at all during the day.

    Dawson: sorry about your good friend. I’m giving my cats extra pats in her memory. It is hard to lose someone this time of year but it sounded like you were able to share both laughter and the love of animals with her which makes for a great friendship.

    Melanie: sorry to hear about Dan’s pneumonia and rib. And good luck with your surgery.

    Winter advice of the day: If you live in cold weather, remember to breathe deeply a few times every day to fill your lungs. After a several bouts with pneumonia and pleurisy a nurse took me aside and gave me that advice. I’ve had no problems since.

  89. Melanie
    8:59 pm on December 6th, 2010

    I won the bet! The culturing test on the fluid from his lungs will happen tomorrow.

    I’m hitting the bed. Take care all!

  90. B.Stover
    9:05 pm on December 6th, 2010

    Harris: That’s interesting advice. I wonder why that works.

  91. Mollypop
    9:06 pm on December 6th, 2010

    Rio – The worst photo you mention is not the posters fault. Did you see the back end of George the Bird posted by Staff? Last time I saw that picture it had a whole bird.

  92. Staff
    9:12 pm on December 6th, 2010

    Mollypop,
    If you click on the photo of George the pheasant you will see the whole bird. Unless your photo is a square Mike Baker’s program crops it to fit the square format. But the whole photo is still there.

    I started clicking on the other photo’s after that happened. Especially if they looked as if they had a bad crop job.

  93. Siber-H
    9:16 pm on December 6th, 2010

    Mom says she thinks we all need to follow the advice that the nurse gave CHarris, even if it doesn’t get that cold here. Well, mom thinks it gets cold here, but come on.

  94. Siber-H
    9:22 pm on December 6th, 2010

    Rio, I don’t think the bookstore pug, Jack Reacher, looks a thing like you. You are always smiling from ear to ear in your photos.

  95. B.Stover
    9:24 pm on December 6th, 2010

    Night all.

  96. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:24 pm on December 6th, 2010

    SiberH!…You are a spoilt brat when it comes to cold weather and winter…grunt!…You live in heavenly weather – what we both wouldn’t give to live down there with youse guys….snort!…Someone here is having a hard time dealing with her new commute and the icy highways and really stupid people….sniffle!

  97. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:26 pm on December 6th, 2010

    SiberH!…You reminded me of a post I was going to do…heh!… I am so glad all Pugs do not look alike because I really like my Jack Nicholson smile!….snort!snort!

  98. Siber-H
    9:38 pm on December 6th, 2010

    I don’t blame your friend, Rio, for having a hard time dealing with the commute in the winter. We don’t have icy and/or snowpacked roads nearly as often you do, but when we do, it is a nightmare. Does your friend have any other options like a bus or train for those nasty days? It might be worth all the extra trouble on bad days to try something like that if it is available.

  99. Staff
    9:51 pm on December 6th, 2010

    I am reading the Reacher stories in order too. It takes me a while between them to decompress.

  100. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:02 pm on December 6th, 2010

    Commute!….Are you kidding? This state sucks when it comes to buses or trains or anything to help the traffic load…grumble!…She has resigned herself to dying on the highway this winter…sob! ….What about me? Who will take care of me when she is gone? …sniffle!

  101. Siber-H
    10:18 pm on December 6th, 2010

    Rio, I don’t think she is going to die on the highway because she is smarter than those stupid people, but, just in case, you could come live with me. My folks would welcome you.

    Staff, We are reading a book, usually non-fiction, in between each Reacher book we are reading.

  102. Siber-H
    10:25 pm on December 6th, 2010

    EEEK! I am back here all alone on page 2.

    Well, I must say that I think the Astrid case has taken a turn for the interesting…Foster with a warrant in Bernie’s house. If one lives in NM, one knows about the almost sober judge. Why should Arizona be any different.

  103. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:26 pm on December 6th, 2010

    Book!…We are still reading the second Rex Stout book she picked up at that library sale way back when…grunt!… For some reason we are having a hard time getting through this one…snuff!… I am so hoping she will pick up Bullet Point or some other book by the Charming Mr. Abrahams. I miss him!….dammit!

  104. Barb & Maggie
    10:27 pm on December 6th, 2010

    Good night, Rio, Siber, Macy and Kirby, Staff and other Night Owls! We are going to curl up under the nice warm covers!

  105. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:31 pm on December 6th, 2010

    Foster!… It is interesting that Foster is turning out to be a copper!…heh!… But I still don’t trust him at all…sniff!sniff!…Something isn’t right about this whole thing….bugger! I still think Foster killed Albie and Ratko…grunt!

  106. Siber-H
    10:53 pm on December 6th, 2010

    Mom is ready to curl up under the warm covers…maybe I will loan her a stuffed animal or two.
    Good Night Everyone!

  107. Macy the Min-Pin
    11:33 pm on December 6th, 2010

    Goodnight all. We hope you enjoyed the soul debate. I liked the comment about the Burma Shave type posting. Made me giggle, it did.

  108. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:57 pm on December 6th, 2010

    Good Night!…Everyone!…heh!…,See you all tomorrow!…snort!snort! …I am off to my warm soft bed with all my baseball toys just where I want them…snuffle! …Goodnight Chet!…heh!

  109. Staff
    12:14 am on December 7th, 2010

    Dear Macy the Min-Pin,
    I know I enjoyed the soul debate. I am glad that the rocks are going to heaven.
    TeeHee

    goodnight all you sleepyheads, and g’day to LizE where ever she is.

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