Twenty-First Century Digital Fun (Revised)

“Do you get the feeling we dodged a bullet yesterday?” says Spence.

“I actually think it winged me,” says Admin. “But just between the eyes, so no problem.”

Hey! Do those two dudes look tired or what? Like they’ve been worrying about something. I myself haven’t been worrying about anything, not in the slightest. I feel – let’s just admit it – tip top. I’m in a great mood, like anything is possible. Even playing with Iggy! I go to the window. There he is at his window. I wag. He wags. Iggy: my best pal.

“Here are some notes sent by Mike B.,” says Spence. “It looks like if you click on Friends of Chet and don’t see your picture anymore, then please resend when you get the chance. The little side display will automatically be showing different Friends. But comments accompanying the photos will no longer appear which is too bad. Bottom line, though, the site is now rugged enough for the digital world, circa the 2010’s.”

“Sorry,” says Admin. “I tuned out.”

From Mike B.

Commenting: Nothing has changed except that pages need to be broken at 100 comments for loading purposes. To get to the end just click the last page number available and post as usual. (Numbers are on the top and bottom of every block of 100 comments and highlighted by bright blue.)

Friends of Chet: please ask your readers to post their pictures there again. I will add the images I have but the comments that went along with the pics are not able to be translated.

Friends of Chet was originally built on the sites comment engine when WordPress was barely past version 2, which means it was hard coded into the system. As time went on that page grew too heavy and every page loaded there accounted for a massive surge on the server because it was 300+ comments and 300+ full sized images, in addition to 100’s of comments coming in on the other posts.

This divides the 2 and keeps the site speedy, and issue free with commenting. There is no way to have 2 commenting systems in one WordPress blog so there is no way to translate those comments into this new gallery. This makes the images into thumbnails and splits pages at 30 thumbnails per page.

If you find many readers share a feeling about how the site should display the comments or you yourself have a better idea also taking page loads and the underlying architecture into consideration, please let me know and I know for a fact the friends of chet gallery will explode way past where it was. It was “stuck in the mud.”

“Here’s an idea,” says Admin. “What if when someone sends a photo to Friends, they send the comment to the regular comments section, saying they’ve just loaded a photo of Wolfie, say, and here’s some info about him?”

“Let’s put it out there,” says Spence.

Admin ducks. “Incoming!”

Note: It looks like captions or comments coming in with new photos will show up after all. This is from Mike B: “the captions or comments with the new pics will display under them in the gallery, they won’t be lost.”


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109 Responses to “Twenty-First Century Digital Fun (Revised)”

  1. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    9:38 am on November 30th, 2010

    Looks like some degree of normalcy has returned to the Valley. The additional commentary and explanation from Mike Baker were helpful and the changes are much less dramatic than it first appeared. And good to know that the male members of the support team (SQ, PA and MB) are likely all still pretty much intact, as they say in the trade. We may have been an overly grumpy lot of plunderers yesterday, but it was just because something that we had come to love so much and meant so much to all of us seemed to be slip-sliding away. The way it turned out seems pretty good and the compromises made are reasonable ones. I even already re-posted a photo in the Chet’s Friends Gallery (it’s my plaid tie one). Breathing easier in Chevy Chase, Wookie

  2. Mollypop
    9:38 am on November 30th, 2010

    I looked at the Friends of Chet and saw lots of Pugs. I didn’t know we had so many Pugs on this blog. Golly, I can’t wait to meet them all.

    Here a Pug, there a Pug, everywhere a Pug, Pug.

  3. Wolfie
    9:52 am on November 30th, 2010

    Wookie, you are one handsome dude! Almost as cute as me!

    Hey, everyone, did you notice that my name was mentioned? I am blurring with happiness!

  4. Melanie
    9:59 am on November 30th, 2010

    Poor Admin Mike . . .

    And Wölfie got a mention!! I like the Friends of Chet. It is much easier to peruse. When I first came on the site, some Pug with Patience and a bow tie was there!

    I also found another Newf! Awesome.

    I hadn’t realized that any two legged males were under such attack Wöökie! Whew, “dodged a bullet” for sure.

    I hope Audrey gets back on the Friends of Chet.

  5. B.Stover
    10:18 am on November 30th, 2010

    This is from Mike Baker’s instructions today: “To get to the end just click the last page number available and post as usual. (Numbers are on the top and bottom of every block of 100 comments and highlighted by bright blue.)”

    I can’t find the numbers we are supposed to click on to navigate from top to bottom unless I’m not understanding the instructions.

  6. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:22 am on November 30th, 2010

    Stover!…My guess is the numbers won’t show up until we hit 100 + posts….grunt!

  7. Sam
    10:28 am on November 30th, 2010

    Mom added my picture to the Friends of Chet 3 times but it’s not there. Is that feature not ready yet? Wookie added his.

    Wolfie, you are quite the dog! Woof.

  8. C. Harris
    10:28 am on November 30th, 2010

    Looks good. Anxious to see all the Friends of Chet photos again. Kudos to Mike—job well done. Glad you are looking out for us. Only -31 today instead of the threatened -40. At this level of cold, every degree makes a difference. Must be all the warm thoughts I asked for yesterday. So thanks and keep it up!

    Best wishes to Jasper re interview today

  9. Siber-H
    10:55 am on November 30th, 2010

    Looks and works good, Mike. Thank you for all the hard work and thank you to all those involved in making this blog possible. Sorry I was so grumpy yesterday. I have no excuse except that I am a very low-tech Husky.

    Mollypop? If I am understanding this correctly, this blog just became more popular than what they originally expected when Chet began it?

    We all need to be sending strong positive thoughts and best wishes to Jasper’s mom today.

  10. dawson
    11:00 am on November 30th, 2010

    Mike Baker: I love the new Friends of Chet section. The old one was “stuck in the mud” as you said, and took forever to load but I do miss the names of the dogs and cats. Now I have to say, “Oh, there’s whats-her-name”.
    Wolfie: You’re famous!
    C.Harris: I’m glad your temperature is not as cold as predicted, but that is still awfully frigid. How do the dogs fare?
    Go Jasper Go.
    Staff: Abigail meowed very loudly at me this morning. She is not in the least amused at this disappearing act of yours. And, I stepped on something soft while going to get my clothes out of the wardrobe this morning. It was a dead mouse. Jon came and boarded up the large hole under the kitchen cabinet yesterday so I am hoping that is the only one. (Yeah, right).
    Melanie: Thanks to Dan again for the gift of “For the Love of Puppies”. I finished it last night. It made me laugh and made me cry (but not too much) and also made me see what a truly amazing feat it was to have a litter of 12 Newfs!!!! And have them all be healthy and go out to good homes to spread the joy. We are absolutely blessed.

  11. Sam
    11:16 am on November 30th, 2010

    Dawson, look at the bright side – this time the mousie was dead. No frying pan needed.

  12. Mollie (a black poodle)
    11:44 am on November 30th, 2010

    I was glad to see the blog is the same.
    Mollypop: I finally figured out how to get a picture in, but it does not show up. Should I wait awhile to see if it does before I try again. I think it said it went in though.

  13. Sam
    11:50 am on November 30th, 2010

    Mollie ABP, I put my picture in 3 times and it’s not there so I’m going to wait. This could be the definition of insanity – expecting a different outcome. Or else there will be a lot of pictures of me.

  14. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:54 am on November 30th, 2010

    Photos!….Last night my friend added some photos of me….grunt!…She wanted to see how many she could add before the system stopped her….heh! ….Too bad she didn’t get the one of me with my Rockies cap on….damn!

  15. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:00 pm on November 30th, 2010

    Hey! … Jasper’s photo came up!…snort!…Maybe that is a good amen for the interview. How it would be, I do not know. ….sniff!

  16. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:49 pm on November 30th, 2010

    Well!…Where is everyone today?….grunt!…What? Nothing to bitch about so you have nothing else to ponder over?… wuffle! ….I keep refreshing so I can see everyone’s photos. I sure wish I knew that I could add comments to the photos earlier…heh!

  17. Sam
    12:51 pm on November 30th, 2010

    Rio, don’t you think that’s rather piggish, er, Puggish, to have all the pictures of you!you!you!

  18. Riö - The Evil Pug
    12:53 pm on November 30th, 2010

    Sammie!…heh!snort!heh!… I just added another one!….weeeee!

  19. Melanie
    1:01 pm on November 30th, 2010

    It took awhile for the Newf Pack pic to appear. Also there is a place to put a caption under the photo.

  20. Riö - The Evil Pug
    2:03 pm on November 30th, 2010

    Crap!…I forgot to add the caption ”Go Rockies!”…grunt!…I put my baseball cap photo out there… Wooooo!

  21. B.Stover
    2:25 pm on November 30th, 2010

    I’m doing research on the Epic of Gilgamesh. This is going to be fun to teach.

    Jasper–Wonder how the interview is going.

  22. Gus and BooBear
    2:28 pm on November 30th, 2010

    It looks like all will be okay for the plunderers. We forgot our own motto in the face of change…we will just plunder on and make it work for us. Sorry for the premature panic, Mike.

    Don’t have time to check out the friends section on the iPhone so will have to wait until this pm. Last night, it just would show one picture and we had to refresh to see another. Hopefully, it’s easier than that. Oh, and we did see ALOT of pug pics!

  23. Gus and BooBear
    2:32 pm on November 30th, 2010

    You go, Wolfie! We bet you are blurring like crazy! Good luck, Jasper’s mo

    We still had to clear our previos comment out of the submit block after we posted to post this comment.

  24. Gus and BooBear
    2:36 pm on November 30th, 2010

    That was supposed to be Jasper’s Mom and “previous”. Duh!

  25. Mollypop
    2:52 pm on November 30th, 2010

    Rio – Use your non-stop begging to have Mike Baker put the Go Rockies on your picture.

  26. Melanie
    2:52 pm on November 30th, 2010

    I am glad that Chet is in tip top form! Iggy also sounds well.
    Patsy and I went for a stroll. Not quite up to walking today. Redfield and Flicker, two of the neighbor’s horses, came to the fence to say Howdy.
    Sort of nasty weather today.

  27. Mollypop
    2:53 pm on November 30th, 2010

    Or to delete the picture and you can do it again.

  28. Riö - The Evil Pug
    2:54 pm on November 30th, 2010

    Puss N’ Boots!… Good point about forgetting our own Motto in the midst of turmoil and despair over a software upgrade. .…heh!…At least we have one new feature, the Friends of Chet page is awesome! Two new features if you count the Page Counter…snort!

  29. Mollypop
    2:56 pm on November 30th, 2010

    Melanie – We are sending you some much nastier weather. Sorry, but we don’t want to keep it here. Tons of rain and wind gusts up to 60 mph along Lake Erie lakefront.

  30. Riö - The Evil Pug
    2:57 pm on November 30th, 2010

    Molly!… I don’t see an option to Delete my photo. Do you?….snort!

  31. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    2:59 pm on November 30th, 2010

    In may just be a matter of opinion, but I thought there were some mighty handsome looking pugs on the Chet’s Friends page.

    I also should have known something was up when mom and dad called me upstairs in the middle of the day. But before I realized what was afoot (or maybe I should say apaw), they trapped me in grandpa’s bathroom with the walk-in shower. I think you can guess the rest. What horrible indignities were forced on me after that. But at least spa day (the hair dryer part afterwards) was still quite nice. It seems as though the rain that was falling when we went out for our morning walk reactivated some of the eau de skunk aroma from that unfortunate incident up in Vermont, and with that I was doomed. I guess I do smell better, although give me a couple of days and I can probably work up some new odors. I wonder if there is any good deer poop still around? Wookie the wet one

  32. Barb & Maggie
    3:08 pm on November 30th, 2010

    We are here briefly and then off for a nap. Barb had to spend the morning at the hospital-post op stuff, but all is well. Just time consuming. Now she says she is tired. Posting seems normal today. Good thing! BBL

  33. Mollypop
    3:18 pm on November 30th, 2010

    Siber-H – Do you want me to add your picture to Friends of Chet? If so, is the mountain of toys picture still your favorite?

    Rio – You have to beg Mike Baker to delete the picture.

  34. Melanie
    3:19 pm on November 30th, 2010

    Wöökie: You can come over here and roll in the neighbor’s pasture. Their horses tend to leave very big, and very interesting smelling poop there. The Pack loves it if they can get in there.

    Barb: Glad all is well. Sounds like Alice does not need MagPie’s help quite yet.

    Jasper!!!!! Tails and paws crossed!

  35. Melanie
    3:21 pm on November 30th, 2010

    MollyPop: Thanks so much for the weather. The Pack does not mind it. . . but my pants are wet from dogs.

  36. Melanie
    3:25 pm on November 30th, 2010

    For Siber-H!!!

    YSAS’s new phone has an awesome camera. He’s walking down 5th Avenue right now, and I asked him to take a picture of one of the windows.

    Here’s a SLED DOG! Made out of newspaper.

  37. Melanie
    3:29 pm on November 30th, 2010

    Here’s another (slightly out of focus). Since the guys were babies we’ve always done the windows. First, Richmond, VA, then Boston, MA. I’ve been able to see NYC’s once. Hope to again one day.

  38. B.Stover
    3:35 pm on November 30th, 2010

    The turmoil and despair of yesterday was not caused by the Plunderers.

    That’s an interesting photo Melanie.

  39. Wölfie
    4:10 pm on November 30th, 2010

    Just thought I’d mention that it is difficult to blur and blush all at the same time. It’s doable, but not for beginners.

    I can’t wait to hear how the interview for Jasper’s mom went. I am sending good wishes.

    Macy, I hope you don’t go away! I miss you.

  40. Wölfie
    4:11 pm on November 30th, 2010

    Is anyone else having an issue with the post hanging around after being submitted? Or is it just me?

  41. B.Stover
    4:18 pm on November 30th, 2010

    Wolfie: The post hangs around after being submitted but I think after you refresh it disappears. Why are you blushing?

  42. Melanie
    4:23 pm on November 30th, 2010

    Having to deal with putting up our log ONCE a week, instead of 7, and not having a comment area (way above my skills) I understand that bugs take awhile to fix.

    I remember having the entire post for the week becoming a link to something else on the web. That was interesting.

    Also losing pictures. Like they just never existed. Turns out I’d named them differently in HTML than they were listed in the uploads.

    Yooks. So I was resting upstairs, just under an hour ago, posting some pics to here, when Zoë said she needed me. Turns out she had sliced her finger. The Pack wanted to help. Won’t even say what they wanted to do. Yuck is my outlook on that. Took me awhile but the bleeding has stopped. The Pack is chomping on bones, my sister is here doing Dan’s pills.

    I stole away again! Heh . . Heh . .

  43. Jasper the Poodle
    4:49 pm on November 30th, 2010

    Oh Joy! Oh Rapture! She is back! Finally!! But I showed her…left a bunch of mess and ripped up trash all over the kitchen. Better not leave me home alone again, sistah!

    Mom says the interview with the State of Michigan went very well. They will select their tip-top 2 candidates and have a 2nd interview. As my mom is very tip-top, I am hoping that she is getting a phone call real soon. Mom says at the end of the interview, the lady asked her to do something unusual. Lady said that she made up all the interview questions and would like mom to tell her what type of person/manager she believes she would be (based on the questions) and if/how mom would fit in there. Mom did so, and the lady said that mom “nailed” her. (Me, I don’t like nails too much cause they poke my paw pads.) Mom told the lady that her bachelor degree in organizational development was worthless if she was unable to determine a manager’s style from behavioral-based interview questions. I guess that got a big laugh. Me? Not so much.

    Mom says that when she sat down in the chair for the interview, she remembered all the plunderers’ prayers, crossed paws and tailwags and it gave her encouragement and warm feelings as the interview began. Thank you so much for the friendship and love you have shown to my mom.

  44. B.Stover
    4:56 pm on November 30th, 2010

    Jasper: I hope that not only does your mom get the second interview but that she gets the job!

    I hope Zoe is okay Melanie.

  45. Mollypop
    5:14 pm on November 30th, 2010

    Jasper – That interview was very promising. The feedback that your Mom ‘nailed it’ says a lot.

  46. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    5:23 pm on November 30th, 2010

    Way to go Jasper’s mom! We will keep our doggie prayers and crossed paws going strong until she has nailed the job. Wookie

  47. dawson
    5:29 pm on November 30th, 2010

    Jasper: Sounds promising for your mom. Tsk. Tsk.
    Melanie: That sled dog is lifelike. I would love to see the windows of 5th Avenue in New York.

  48. dawson
    5:31 pm on November 30th, 2010

    Jasper: The “tsk, tsk” was for you, for making a mess while your mom was out trying to bring home the bacon.

  49. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:42 pm on November 30th, 2010

    Jasper!… This is very good news and I know for sure she’s got that job!…snort!snort!

    Wild!….There is a Wild Animal Refuge out on the prairie east of here and close to a cousin of hers…snort!…Her cousin sent her some photos of the big Kats she and her Godson were looking at! …wheeze!


  50. Barb & Maggie
    5:43 pm on November 30th, 2010

    Good job, Jasper’s mom. Not such a good job on your part, Jasper!

    Alice, kudos to you, too. Guess you don’t need me after all!

    Melanie, Don’t you just love technology! Your son taking pictures with his phone, sending them to you, and then you sharing with us. And they are really clear, too. A few years ago all that would have been unheard of.

  51. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:44 pm on November 30th, 2010


  52. Riö - The Evil Pug
    5:46 pm on November 30th, 2010

    Snort!…And a fence that is way too low!…yeep!

  53. dawson
    6:28 pm on November 30th, 2010


  54. Melanie
    6:31 pm on November 30th, 2010

    Riö: I was waiting for bears. . Lions and Tigers and the fence is way too low???

  55. Melanie
    6:32 pm on November 30th, 2010

    Zoë is fine. We’re just really tired here.

    The Pack has already snoozed out. Today’s rain wasn’t so bad, but tomorrow we’re getting MollyPop’s wind and gushers.

  56. dawson
    6:55 pm on November 30th, 2010

    Possibly, the bears are hibernating.

  57. Siber-H
    7:11 pm on November 30th, 2010

    Mollypop, Yes, Please put my picture up on Friends of Chet. The one with the toys will be fine. Mom has given up yarking about the dirty toys. Thank You!

    Melanie! I really like that sled dog made out of newspaper! They did a really good job on it! I wonder how they did it…not that Mom and I are very crafty.

  58. Siber-H
    7:20 pm on November 30th, 2010

    Jasper, I am very excited and hopeful for your mom! We will keep sending postiive thoughts her way.

  59. Barb & Maggie
    7:23 pm on November 30th, 2010

    What is that tiger eating? It looks like a pumpkin between its front paws.

  60. Kirby T. Penworthy
    7:25 pm on November 30th, 2010

    Hey y’all! Mom is getting ready for her trip, so I’ll be buzzing in and out tonight — and I don’t know how much I’ll get on the computer the next few days. Dad is staying home, but I’m not sure how often he’ll remember to turn the computer on for me!

    Jasper: I really, really, really hope your mom gets that job! And I don’t know why everyone is giving you so much grief about getting into the trash while your mom was at her interview. Getting into the trash is part of a dog’s job! In fact, if Mom and Dad hadn’t bought those new cabinets with the trash can built in, I’d be right with you!

  61. LizF
    7:34 pm on November 30th, 2010

    That tiger is gorgeous!! it looks like it’s eating a ham…

    Melanie, great windows! I, like you, was waiting for the bears.

    Wolfie, i too am having an issue with the post hanging around after submitting.

    Dawson, thanks for answering my question yesterday! Actually i thought it was pretty tame – i have two friends who are naturopaths, plusi go to naturopaths for treatment now and then, and they always want MUUUUUCH more information than whether something has occurred that day or not!

  62. Mollypop
    7:44 pm on November 30th, 2010

    Siber-H – I put your picture out there but I’m sure the pictures are being moderated and for good reasons. It should appear in a while.

  63. Siber-H
    7:47 pm on November 30th, 2010

    Thanks Molly!

  64. Melanie
    7:49 pm on November 30th, 2010

    Kirby: I must have missed something. Where is your mom going?

    Jasper: Please tell your mom that she should be very proud of herself. As proud of her self as you are for getting all the garbage out of the trash can for her.

  65. dawson
    7:57 pm on November 30th, 2010

    LizF: Oh good. I was afraid I had grossed you out. Some people are a bit squeamish about the subject of poop. Dogs not so much.

  66. Riö - The Evil Pug
    7:57 pm on November 30th, 2010

    SiberH!… Can I put up the picture of you with your Rockies cap on?….snort!…Pleeeese??

  67. dawson
    7:58 pm on November 30th, 2010

    Dad made cream of tomato soup and grilled cheese for supper. The kitchen is now orange.

  68. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:00 pm on November 30th, 2010

    Dawson!… So does everyone answer you honestly?…heh!

  69. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:04 pm on November 30th, 2010

    Photo!…Her cousin has no idea how the shadows of her and her Godson ended up in that last photo!…snort!… She was taking the photo from the angle we see it, but that is her and her Godson’s shadow behind the fence. Very interesting indeed…grunt!

  70. LizF
    8:12 pm on November 30th, 2010

    Dawson – Nope, no reservations around here with poop. As well as being told a lot of stuff by my friend when she was studying, in my old job we were commissioned to do an information poster about the Bristol scale. So are you a doctor? Nurse? Other medical?

    Also – what on earth did your dad do with the soup??

  71. Melanie
    8:13 pm on November 30th, 2010

    As I came on to the site this time, MollyPop’s and Rio’s picture (cap on) were greeting me.

    LOL Dawson! Reminds me when I turned OTAS orange. I got all upset and went to the see the doc. He said, “This is your first child, isn’t it?”

    So it turns out if you add food gradually to a baby’s diet, you should not do carrots, then yams, then squash, because enough of them will turn a baby orange.

    Who would’a thunk that!

    BTW, OTAS made a comment during the weekend about being the first child. I told him that I practiced on him.

  72. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:15 pm on November 30th, 2010

    Wookie!…You got a bath! I can imagine you in that shower being dowsed and shampooed!…heh!… Did everyone else get wet during this procedure? Seems like they would have to in the shower like that!…snorkel!…When you got out after the towling and blow-drying down, did you run around the house like a crazy guy?…grunt!…That’s what I do. After being toweled down, I run around and around until I knock something over or break something….snort!…Then the bath party is over…heh!

  73. Siber-H
    8:24 pm on November 30th, 2010

    Rio, Yes, please, the one with the Rockies cap would be ever so cool!

  74. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:29 pm on November 30th, 2010

    SiberH!…Done! I forgot the Caption AGAIN!….crap!crap!…snort!…Oh well, at some point you will show up looking cool in your Rockies cap!…heh!

  75. Barb & Maggie
    8:35 pm on November 30th, 2010

    Kirby, We didn’t mean to give Jasper a hard time about the trash, but we thought he made another kind of mess, too (the poop kind). Barb thought he was acting out a little for being left alone.

  76. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:36 pm on November 30th, 2010

    SiberH!…I will check later to make sure you are there…grunt!…I’m not sure it worked…sniff!sniff!

  77. Melanie
    8:37 pm on November 30th, 2010

    That Brodie under friends of Chet is a beautiful dog!

    Ah, Riö? Just how many pictures are you going to put on Friends?

  78. Wölfie
    8:39 pm on November 30th, 2010

    Bee – I am blushing because my name was mentioned in today’s notes by Admin.

  79. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:40 pm on November 30th, 2010

    Melanie!…As many as Mike lets me…heh! heh!…I don’t know if SiberH is being moderated, or it just didn’t work…snort!

  80. Jasper the Poodle
    8:43 pm on November 30th, 2010

    Jaspers’ mom here. Yes indeedy, he made a mess inside. Everything he ate for the last 3 days came out all at once and on my carpet! Piles and piles and piles!!!! Plus, he ripped up some trash and shredded all the kleenex he could find.

    Good thing I own a carpet shampooer thingy and have a good supply of air freshener in stock!

  81. B.Stover
    8:45 pm on November 30th, 2010

    Wolfie: I thought that that was why you were blurring.

  82. Melanie
    8:47 pm on November 30th, 2010

    Whoa, Jasper’s mom, he did a real mess inside himself and out!

  83. dawson
    8:52 pm on November 30th, 2010

    Rio: No – some can’t remember. Some don’t want the consequences of a negative answer.
    LizF: I am a care-aide, which is a nurse with a bare minimum of education (an 8 month course). I help 7 elders with their Activities of Daily Living (ADL’s). On a good day I can read Chet the Dog books to some of them. The bad days can involve poop.
    Dad is legally blind (glaucoma) but does have some sight left and he still likes to cook for mom, who is also legally blind (macular degeneration). He doesn’t realize the mess he makes.

  84. Melanie
    8:55 pm on November 30th, 2010

    Well, it’s getting to that time that the downstairs computer will shut off and I will be left with no signal upstairs.

    Night all, best wishes Jasper’s mom, Everyone stay and/or get healthy.

    Scarecrow out.

  85. dawson
    8:56 pm on November 30th, 2010

    Melanie: I noticed the lovely chestnut-colored Brodie also.

  86. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:02 pm on November 30th, 2010

    Scarecrow!…Goodnight! Sleep tight!…snort!…Believe me you do not want Rockie and his Hill Billy gang to be standing or squatting on your doorstep!…heh!

  87. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:05 pm on November 30th, 2010

    Dawson!…You are a way stronger person than someone here I know…snort!…Cleaning up poop or puke really makes her gag…grunt!…Luckily I clean up alot of puke she never knows about..heh!…But the poop, once it’s out it’s out!…sneeze!

  88. dawson
    9:15 pm on November 30th, 2010

    I’m on vacation for 3 more weeks. ‘Nuff said.

  89. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:23 pm on November 30th, 2010

    Hey!…Three weeks without having to deal with Poop!…heh!…That sounds lovely Dawson. What are you going to do for the next three weeks?…grunt!…My friend would sell me in a wink for 3 weeks of vacation ….wheeze!

  90. Siber-H
    9:31 pm on November 30th, 2010

    Thanks Rio, hee hee…I am not going to ask how you have that photo of me with the Rockies hat on. That is beyond my technical abilities. I know how Mollypop has my photos.

  91. dawson
    9:33 pm on November 30th, 2010

    Rio: I’m going to be right here with my blind parents, doing ADL’s (but not poop), shoveling snow tomorrow, cooking meals, cleaning, going to doctor’s appointments, etc. Actually, it isn’t really vacation. It is an unpaid Leave of Absence.

  92. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:38 pm on November 30th, 2010

    Dawson!… My friend and I know all about that kind of stuff!…grunt!..Although, she is the one doing it, I just watch and intrude or beg!…sniffle!…Good for you girl! I love you even more knowing you are taking care of your elder parents…snuffle!…It is not easy and thank goodness they have you!…sneeze!

  93. LizF
    9:42 pm on November 30th, 2010

    D – oh good, i thought maybe the saucepan had exploded or something. When i moved into my house there were little orange splashes all over the kitchen, including on the ceiling and behind the cupboard handles (which had then been painted over!)

    I couldn’t do what you do for a living! That’s true grit.

  94. dawson
    9:43 pm on November 30th, 2010

    I must go feed Staff’s kats now. Last night I was late and got the cold shoulder, even from Alice. Today, Alice has been friendly but Abigail is NOT. At all.

  95. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:47 pm on November 30th, 2010

    Dawson!…Please kick both those Kats in the butt for me…heh!…They need a good kicking!..snort!

  96. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:57 pm on November 30th, 2010

    Liz!….How are you doing on your artistic work-load?….grunt!…Anywhere near doing a sketch of me?…sniffle!….My friend thinks this weekend she will be working on and hopefully completing the next project aka Christmas present…heh!…We will see, we will see….snort1

  97. dawson
    10:01 pm on November 30th, 2010

    No kicking will be done.
    There will be no cat kicking done on my watch. The only bum I know that could possibly need kicking has a little tail curled up on top of it. Goodnight all. 🙂

  98. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:08 pm on November 30th, 2010

    Stover!…I know you are probably not up yet or maybe doing research…snort!…We watched the latest episode of the The Event….grunt!….Let me know if you have seen this yet or not…I almost blew the whole thing, and realized it might be premature to shout out about it…heh! …Close call there…whew!

  99. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:10 pm on November 30th, 2010

    Hmmm…I should have my friend post a photo of my tail…heh!…Just so everyone knows what it looks like…wuffle!

  100. Barb & Maggie
    10:10 pm on November 30th, 2010

    Barb is calling it a night, too. Too much for her today – first time she drove to the hospital since surgery, and it was almost 60 miles round trip. She is pooped (not THAT kind Rio and Jasper). See you tomorrow.

  101. LizF
    10:21 pm on November 30th, 2010

    Rio – you’ve got a tail??

    Artwork is going okay, as i’m on holiday at the moment (from the office) so i can work full time on the art. Still four commissions ahead of you! That’s not a lot of headway – yet…

  102. LizF
    10:38 pm on November 30th, 2010

    Hey, this site just went squiffy again…

    Hopefully this won’t be a double post, Rio i’ve taken some time off work to work on artwork, ‘scuse the repetition there, so your commission might move up the list… Maybe…

  103. LizF
    10:39 pm on November 30th, 2010

    okay…that’s just weird. Back to the studio for me!

  104. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:46 pm on November 30th, 2010

    MagPie!….I think Barb is starting to act a lot like Dan and doing way too much too soon!…snort!…You need to grab her by the ankles and make her stay home, home, home and rest, rest, rest!…grunt!…

    Sigh!….How I love to do that, just stay home all day and eat my breakfast. I do YEEP! YEEP! YEEP! at her when she is leaving for the Not-so-busy-place, just to make her feel she will be missed…snort!….Then I relax with a nice bowl of cawfee while I listen to the news. Then I move my baseball toys around into their correct places. Sometimes I kick them out of place when I am dreaming throughout the night …sniff!…After that I check Chet’s blog and see if there is anything interesting going on…heh!…Usually there is!…That’s the beauty of Chet’s blog! There is always something brewing, or about to be brewing …snorkel! …It’s a Good Thing …slobber!

  105. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:10 pm on November 30th, 2010

    MagPie!.. Stand Down!…Barb! You are the 100th commenter tonight! …heh!…Thanks to Mikes wonderful new upgrade, I will never miss it!…chorkel!…Barb, this is perfect because I have wanted to smooch you for a long time just because of what you have gone through my dear….snort!… But my smooches are more like Slobber Fests so hang on!…heh!…So I need to carefully NIP NIP your earlobes, but I will not sit on your chest to do this. I will walk carefully around your head to both ears…sniffle!….SLOBBERING and SLURRPING on both your cheeks and your whole face…heh!…You taste very good Barb!…heh! Thanks!…I hope you are feeling tip-top my dear!….slurrrfrrppppp!…love ya!…heh!

  106. Kirby T. Penworthy
    11:28 pm on November 30th, 2010

    Melanie: Sorry I missed you, but if you’re one who catches up on the posts the next day, here’s the scoop: Mom is flying to Washington (state, not DC) tomorrow because her father is having triple-bypass surgery on Thursday. The bad thing is that our weather today — although gray and rainy — was 70 degrees, and it still feels nice and warm tonight because of the cloud cover. Tomorrow, however, Mom flies into 30-degree temperatures. I know Siber-H would love it, but Mom not so much! She gets cold if the thermometer dips below 68 degrees!

  107. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:28 pm on November 30th, 2010

    Liz!…What are you working on Right Now?…heh!…Please show me, what are the odds your client posts on this blog?…heh!

  108. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:40 pm on November 30th, 2010

    Kirby!….I thought I had read all the comments, but I do Not remember your mom having to fly tonight to be there with her dad…Oh my!. My friends heart is so with her right now …gulp!

  109. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:47 pm on November 30th, 2010

    Crap!…I want to figure this all out., but my computer is being turned off. Right now…dammit!…good luck to you all!..sniffel!

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