To Sleep, Perchance To Dream of Tin Futures

We met Foster on a weed-covered street in one of those empty housing developments. We’ve got lots of them in the Valley now, not sure why. We parked beside Foster’s Hummer and hopped out. Bernie was no fan of Hummers, so the look that came over his face didn’t surprise me.

“Hey,” said Foster, “some problem?”

“What makes you say that?” said Bernie.

“You look pissed off,” Foster said.

“You don’t see it?” Bernie said. “The direct connection?”


Bernie glanced around. “Between this place, your ride, blowout preventers that don’t prevent.”

“Not following you,” Foster said.

Neither was I, but I didn’t like the way Foster said it. Hey! Was Foster a perp? I inched a little closer to him.

“Doesn’t matter,” Bernie said. “How come you picked this place?”

Foster shrugged. The human shrug: have we gone into that already? A big subject, no time right now, and maybe it’s in To Fetch A Thief. “I just knew there’d be nobody around. Wouldn’t be good if Albie knew we were talking.”

Bernie glanced around again. Some of the houses were all finished, some not. No signs of life, no trees, no grass, no plants, and lots of scraps blowing in the wind. “Does he own this development?”

“You’re a good guesser,” Foster said.


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64 Responses to “To Sleep, Perchance To Dream of Tin Futures”

  1. Riö - The Evil
    4:31 am on May 17th, 2010

    Connection!… I see a direct connection and it all boils down to one word….snort!… “Greed”… sniff!… My friend isn’t feeling well today so we are going back to bed and sleep, perchance to dream….cough!

  2. Sam
    4:49 am on May 17th, 2010

    Rio – I hope you don't dream of tin futures! Ha ha laff. That could be more like a nightmare, except to MagPie who likes that stuff. I dream of my soft furry toys and tasty dog treats.

  3. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    5:04 am on May 17th, 2010

    I dream of big green grassy fields of flowers and butterflies and an endless supply of chicken jerky.

    Rio – I hope your friend is feeling better soon.

  4. B. Stover
    5:08 am on May 17th, 2010

    I'm very nervous about the place they are meeting.

    In Hamlet's soliloquy sleep is a metaphor for death and the dream is the unknown quality of death, which is the reason Hamlet decides not to commit suicide. Perhaps hell, greed and tin shares equate here.

  5. B. Stover
    5:10 am on May 17th, 2010

    And I hate hummers.

  6. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    5:11 am on May 17th, 2010

    I dream of big green grassy fields of flowers and butterflies and an endless supply of chicken jerky.

    Rio – I hope your friend is feeling better soon.

    Greed! Not just a human trait, unfortunately. I am not very generous when it comes to tasty treats. I don't chew, I just inhale. Teddy would never get any treats if it were up to me, but mom always gives Teddy extra when I try to steal Teddy's. I wonder why?

  7. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    5:15 am on May 17th, 2010

    Bee – you are so smart!!

    If Albie is financing this and other developements, then he has lost about a zillion dollars. Or not. Men like Albie are like cockroaches.

  8. B. Stover
    5:23 am on May 17th, 2010

    Rio: The mystery in Foyle's War last night was superb. How could you fall asleep? Here's the Wikipedia article on Alan Cumming (no "s") for your friend.

  9. Gus and BooBear
    6:28 am on May 17th, 2010

    Chet, pay close attention! The meeting place is making us nervous. Maybe we were getting the wrong vibes about Foster wanting to help Astrid. Maybe he's doing Albie's dirty work and wants to get rid of Bernie. Stay sharp, Chet!

  10. Riö - The Evil
    6:33 am on May 17th, 2010

    Dashed!…. Stover you have dashed my friends grandiose ideas about Alan Cumming(no “s”)….grunt!…. That little dude is married to a guy… cough!…She will never look at him the same way….sneeze!

  11. Barb & Maggie
    6:55 am on May 17th, 2010

    Sam, Actually it is Barb (the one I call Mom) who likes all that investment stuff. I, the Magpie, think it is booooorrrring! I dream of chicken jerky, chicken feathers, chicken eggs, anything chicken.

    Rio, I hope your friend is feeling better.

    We watched 60 minuites last night, and the oil spill is beyond scary. We are afraid it is going to have very, very long range effects on this planet.

  12. Sam
    7:19 am on May 17th, 2010

    Every time the BP spokesweasels come on, they sing praises for what they're doing.

    Liar, liar, pants on fire.

  13. B. Stover
    8:04 am on May 17th, 2010

    Alan Cumming and his partner have two dogs. And Alan still has that very wicked smile.

  14. Riö - The Evil
    8:26 am on May 17th, 2010

    Alan!… Yes, he is an amazing guy with a wicked little smile… heh!… Well, we are off to the doctor’s office….grunt!… Thank goodness we aren’t going to the Vet!… snort!

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  16. Wookie of Chevy Chas
    9:18 am on May 17th, 2010

    Hey guys, I'm trying to sort this all out and its making a mess of my poor little head. Scratch, scratch, scratch. While all the stuff about Astrid is really interesting and maybe even strangely coincidental, given the apparent Albie/Ethel connection (while I share some of Wolfie's concerns as to what may have happened to Astrid in that regard), the real issue is what has happened to Ray Jason. Not sure if we are getting any closer to the solution to that or not, but hopefully Chet can get us on the right scent soon.

    Also, is Alan Cumming the one who does the intros for the Inspector Lewis's too; if so, then I agree that he is a pretty neat dude.

    Rio, hope your friend feels better soon. I'm not a big fan of vets or doctors, except for my acupuncturist, who is truly wonderful. Wookie

  17. Wookie of Chevy Chas
    9:19 am on May 17th, 2010

    P.S. I don't think I trust either Albie or Foster. W

  18. ÄbbietheKitty
    9:27 am on May 17th, 2010

    I dream of a sunny garden with Catnip growing wild. I dream of monarch butterflies and hummingbirds. I dream of sunny windowsills and good books and a warm cat in my lap.

    I dream of Alice Johnson and AbbietheKitty and Alton (who is beyond the rainbow bridge). I dream of clean blue oceans and golden sandy beaches. I dream of lawns full of dandelions and morning glories blooming on homemade trellises.

    I love to dream. I wish all of them were true.


  19. Riö - The Evil
    9:53 am on May 17th, 2010

    Back!… But someone is in a bad snotty mood…snort!… She hates needles and apparently a really big long one was stuck into her….heh!… What a baby!…snicker!

    Ranting!…. Its always the same thing when we drive anywhere… snort!… “Why the hell do so many people have to drive these big ass gas guzzling Hummers, Trucks and SUV’s?!”…. it goes on and on… grunt!

  20. B. Stover
    10:10 am on May 17th, 2010

    Wookie: Yes, Alan Cumming introduced the Lewis Mysteries also.

    I hate needles too but hopefully what was in the needle will help bring about a cure. Hope your friend feels better Rio.

    We will probably get around to Ray after we find out about Astrid and when we get out of the disturbing meeting place in today's post.

  21. Riö - The Evil
    10:32 am on May 17th, 2010

    Stover!….Do you think someone is lurking in an empty house with a gun waiting to take Bernie out?…gasp!… I hope Chet is on the lookout and has his back… sneeze!

  22. B. Stover
    10:49 am on May 17th, 2010

    I think the place is a setup for an ambush.

  23. Wölfie Wigglebu
    11:06 am on May 17th, 2010

    Something smells Fishy. Why on earth would Bernie follow Foster to such a place? I wish that Bernie would have told Foster "nothing doing. If you want to talk, we'll talk here, right now, in my house."

    I agree with Wookie; where is Ray Jason? I still haven't found the part where he's missing. All i know is that we haven't heard from him since Bakersfield.

  24. Riö - The Evil
    11:12 am on May 17th, 2010

    Ray!… As I recall we have never really heard from him at all… sneeze!… We heard “of“ him when Col. Bob told the Bakersfield story to Bernie….cough!

  25. Lexi
    11:38 am on May 17th, 2010

    This…is getting…so intense!! Ha! Ugh, so..pant..tired. I just dashed out the door and got chased again by Megan when Megan came home from school. Ha! I really got her!

    Ray. Well, Ray could be anywhere, you see. He could even be hiding away from C-Bob, for some reason, or whatever. Or, he could have died from an unknown cause, or, something like that. I'm no good at ideas. Except, on how to outrun Megan. She's fast, but I'm faster! Haha!

  26. Siberian Husky
    11:41 am on May 17th, 2010

    Bernie is a very smart guy and Chet is with him. I won't get too worried yet. I have to admit that I have more faith in Chet than Bernie. Chet would never be stupid enough to invest in tin futures.

    On second thought, I may get very worried because in one of those empty housing develpments here, they found something like tweleve buried bodies. Get Bernie out of there now, Chet!

  27. Siberian Husky
    11:48 am on May 17th, 2010

    I hope your friend is feeling better soon, Rio. It's never any fun to be sick, but it always feels especially unfair in spring and summer.

  28. Siberian Husky
    11:59 am on May 17th, 2010

    I dream of the cold, the tundra, the snow, and winning the Iditarod! I'd settle for winning the Yukon Quest.

    I dreamed that all the golf courses in this country were turned into dog parks for the benefit of the nation within a nation.

  29. ÄbbietheKitty
    12:05 pm on May 17th, 2010


    1)Maybe Ray is being 'held' in one of those abandoned houses and Foster is going to turn him over to Bernie?

    2)Maybe Ray is being held hostage to bring Astrid out in the open so Albie can 'get her back'.

    3)Or maybe Astrid knows something that Albie doesn't want known and he is trying to lure her out by using her son.

    4)Or maybe Foster is in love with Ethel/Astrid and wants Bernies help to find her too? (I have read too many Romance novels)

    …..gosh we will just have to wait won't we?

    But this is a missing person case. So Chet and Bernie have to find someone. That is all we really know. We are not even sure who is missing!

    ~~Speaking of missing. Alice sneaked out today. She is so good at 'timing' the opening of the door. We were planting the tomatoes and just waited around until she got lonely and then scooped her up and brought her back inside. She only runs if you chase her, so we don't. It is easier that way.

    She never goes far though, unlike some dogs I could mention.

    (So far she hasn't found the electric fence).


  30. ÄbbietheKitty
    12:07 pm on May 17th, 2010


    I absolutely refuse to have Astrid/Ethel dead. Positively absolutely refuse. Are you listening Spence???

    Alice Johnson

    [img ] eyes 3.jpg[/img]

  31. ÄbbietheKitty
    12:08 pm on May 17th, 2010

    heh heh heh

    Watch out Mr. Wigglebutt

  32. Riö - The Evil
    12:24 pm on May 17th, 2010

    My Gawd!… Those eyes are alien-like!… snort!… When you found Alice in the forest are you sure her spaceship wasn’t too far away??… cough!

  33. Siberian Husky
    12:29 pm on May 17th, 2010

    Staff? Could it be my tribe you are talking about? Running off, I mean. I will admit we are good at that.

  34. Riö - The Evil
    12:31 pm on May 17th, 2010

    Lexi!…All your ideas are good….sniff!… I wonder which one it will be?… sneeze!… Will this story lean towards murder and mayhem or is it really a missing person’s case….grunt!… I vote for murder and mayhem!… snort!… Don’t worry Alice, Spencer always does the opposite of what I suggest… heh!

  35. Riö - The Evil
    12:47 pm on May 17th, 2010

    Thanks!…. Mr. Abrahams for that awesome story called “Lights Out”… cough!… I don’t remember how many times you surprised me or caught me off guard!… sneeze!… The rug really came out from under me during the virtual reality part….heh!… Perfect ending ….honk!

  36. B. Stover
    12:51 pm on May 17th, 2010

    Spence: Alice has given you "the eye"!!

  37. B. Stover
    12:57 pm on May 17th, 2010

    Rio: I just watched the latest episode of The Good Wife. It is excellent. Alan Cumming does an American accent perfectly. I understand that he is going to be a regular in the second season. I'm going to get the dvd when it comes out so that I can watch the entire first season. (There are only four episodes currently on On Demand.) How often is Chris Noth in it?

    Someone mentioned golf courses: Whenever I see one (our condo in Florida is on one but I do not golf), I want to gallop across it on horseback with a pack of Dobermans…actually it wouldn't matter what breed. What fun.

  38. AbbietheKitty
    1:05 pm on May 17th, 2010


    That is an interesting question. (Alice/alien) She came out of the west side of the road and followed me and the two younger kittens who came from the east side. She was obviously not one of their litter as they were only about 6 weeks old. (Alice was 6 months) Maybe the alien landing idea explains it.

    On the other hand we have had kittens and cats often turn up at our farmhouse. This year we have only been back 3 weeks and we have already seen two different cats at the back door. Both looked to be extremely healthy, thank goodness.

    Maybe they have been sent back to report on Alice's wellbeing. You would think she would be a little more tolerant of them if this is the reason they appear. However she is always very annoyed and resentful of any 'intruders.' They not only get 'the eye' but a screaming howl too. Scares Abbie every time.


  39. Riö - The Evil
    1:25 pm on May 17th, 2010

    Stover!… The extremely good-looking Chris North is not in every episode as far as I can tell… snort! …but he shows up quite often… grunt!… Alan Cumming’s character works for him… heh!… So I can definitely see Alan becoming a regular… yippee!

  40. Riö - The Evil
    1:27 pm on May 17th, 2010

    Alien Alice!… This explains a lot….sneeze!

  41. Riö - The Evil
    1:57 pm on May 17th, 2010

    Stover!… If you ever saddle up and start galloping across that golf course with a pack of dogs… sniffle!… I want to see a photo!… heh!… I picture you in traditional English fox hunting attire… wheeze!

    [img ][/img]

  42. B. Stover
    2:07 pm on May 17th, 2010

    Cool picture. (I'm always rooting for the fox, however.) It would depend if I were riding English or western.

  43. Mollypop
    2:28 pm on May 17th, 2010

    Glasses! Glasses! Where did I put those anti-Alice glasses?

  44. Siberian Husky
    2:40 pm on May 17th, 2010

    no, no, Molly

  45. Riö - The Evil
    3:02 pm on May 17th, 2010

    Hmmm!… I wonder if Chet and Spence ever ponder the fact that no one ‘new’ ever joins our group?… heh!… Wolfie has been the only brave one in a long while… sneeze!

  46. Riö - The Evil
    3:28 pm on May 17th, 2010

    SiberH!..Wookie!… It’s the Cubbies tonight!… heh!… We may or may not make it all the way to the end… snort!… I might have to go to bed early just to be the comforter in a time of neediness… hmmmphf!

  47. Siberian Husky
    3:28 pm on May 17th, 2010

    I've thought about that, Rio. I don't have any answers except to say we would probably appear to be totally insane to someone who just dropped in to start reading our posts. We understand each other very well, but it might be alien to a newcomer. We would welcome any new dogs, cats, and people.

  48. Siberian Husky
    3:38 pm on May 17th, 2010

    Yeah, Rio, the game even starts at a decent hour for you and I. I may not make it to the end either because mom has been sneezing and is going to take an allergy pill and then she will be out like a light. I hope the Rockies are so far ahead that we can go to sleep early with no worries.

  49. Riö - The Evil
    3:44 pm on May 17th, 2010

    Yeah!… But only if they can catch up and figure it all out…heh!… sneeze!… Cubs are ahead…top of the 3rd….honk!

    Recommendation… If you get tired of reading Juvenile Delinquent books, check out “Lights Out”… Great story!…cough!…. Keeps you on the tip of your toes… sneeze!

  50. Riö - The Evil
    3:48 pm on May 17th, 2010

    Ahem… my remark about catching up and figuring it all out is about the blog and new comers, not baseball…heh!…SiberH and I sort of melded together with our posts… sneeze!

  51. Siberian Husky
    3:51 pm on May 17th, 2010

    but we understand each other…the score is even now.

  52. Riö - The Evil
    4:04 pm on May 17th, 2010

    Bases Loaded!…crap!… Rocks couldn’t do it…sigh…. I hope this doesn’t end badly like the Astrid/Jason story is going to… gulp!

  53. dawson
    4:17 pm on May 17th, 2010

    Hummers…plug that oil gusher with Hummers. Don't know why the media is still saying that only 5,000 barrels a day are gushing. If you believe that story or the one about 'most' of the oil being sucked up that little pipe, I've got some ocean front property in Montana to sell you.

    It's my mother Margaret's 91st birthday today. Just left her namesake 7 month old great granddaughter this morning. Halfway home to the North.

    Don't be jealous Siber H because it is hot up North right now, so I hear. I like your dreams about golf courses.

    Astrid is not dead Wolfie. Elvis on the other hand…is.

    Shame on Alice and Lexi for running off.

    Bernie and Chet are not afraid of Foster. Foster is afraid of Albie.

    Good night Wagging Tails

  54. dawson
    4:24 pm on May 17th, 2010


    Alice: Would you like to borrow my sunglasses?

  55. Siberian Husky
    4:26 pm on May 17th, 2010

    Glad you are back with us Dawson!

  56. dawson
    4:34 pm on May 17th, 2010

    Thanks Siber H: I'm on a hotel computer for a couple days. Will be home on Thursday. Wonderful to catch up with the blog.

  57. Riö - The Evil
    5:11 pm on May 17th, 2010

    Hey! …Lexi!.. When the smelly guys in your house watch baseball….cough!… what teams do they root for?… (long shot question)…heh!.. Cubbies are ahead right now…crap!

  58. Riö - The Evil
    5:20 pm on May 17th, 2010

    Wow!,,, The Rockies have bases loaded with one out!….Again!.. cough!..I hope they can make something of this now!… sneeze!…

  59. Riö - The Evil
    5:22 pm on May 17th, 2010

    Tied!…Top of the 8th!…heh..cough!

  60. Riö - The Evil
    5:51 pm on May 17th, 2010

    Sigh!.. I should say my goodnight now because I know I will probably be going to bed very soon now…snort!… My friend is ready to crash… grump!.. This is really hard for us as it is the top of the 9th and the score is tied.. .. Major Crapola!

    Twilight came so early….

  61. ÄbbietheKitty
    6:14 pm on May 17th, 2010


    I know those sunglasses.

    That shade of blue doesn't compliment my fur, honey.

    Anyway you might need them, although I do believe you are immune to my Alice Eyes. Nice to see you back on the blog.


  62. Gus & BooBear
    7:15 pm on May 17th, 2010

    Rio, you forgot 24 again?????????????

  63. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    7:50 pm on May 17th, 2010

    My condolences go out to John Travolta and family. Two of the nation within the nation crossed over the rainbow bridge today.

    So very sad.

  64. ÄbbietheKitty
    11:17 pm on May 17th, 2010

    Goodnight Riö,
    Sorry about the needles today. Always a bummer when the needles come out. But it’s all over now… sleep well

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