Utopia/Dystopia

It was getting dark by the time we pulled into Pine City, the desert sky all purple and orange, but don’t trust me when it comes to colors – that’s what Bernie says.

“Pine City, Ray,” Bernie said. “Ever been here?”

“No,” said Ray. “It looks like a dump.”

“Yeah,” said Bernie. “But a dump with a casino in its future. That’ll make it a special kind of dump.”

“Why are we here?” Ray said.

“Because we’re the hopeful type,” Bernie said. He parked the Porsche in front of a low building with a big neon sign in front, a sign in the shape of a dancing woman, maybe not wearing much in the way of clothes. Clothes are a great invention for humans, no offense.

We hopped out of the car, me actually hopping, the others not.

“Club Utopia,” Bernie said.

Cape Cod Writers Center, Breakfast With the Authors, 9:30 AM Friday, July 9., Cape Codder Hotel (Hyannis Mass.): Spencer Quinn.

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  1. Melanie
    3:53 am on July 6th, 2010

    I'm with Chet, clothes are a good invention for humans. Not for dogs. Though many people find it funny to dress their pets in clothes. Come on folks, the dogs and Kats are just embarrased for you.

    Pine City!! Who was right? I wasn't!

    Dan is doing a "groin" thing this morning. Snicker, both my guys groaned when I told them. If there is anything wrong with the arteries, they might be doing the stents at the same time. then this afternoon around 4, he goes in for this special x-ray of the back of his heart.

    Cool. I wonder if Zoë can bring back pictures. Somewhere I have a pic of the x-ray Ellie's stomach with a big spoon in it. We even have the spoon!

    I told Zoë when times got bad we could see them on ebay as an art object.

  2. Melanie
    3:56 am on July 6th, 2010

    Hey Chet, Spence, Peter and Admin! Wish I could be there. Is anyone going to air it?

    I think you 2 footed people should let Chet go this time. And if he's busy, why not Audrey? Zoë took Ellie with her to visit Dan in the hospital here. If you took Audrey, you probably wouldn't even have to talk.

  3. Melanie
    4:00 am on July 6th, 2010

    sell them on eBay, not see them on eBay. Though to get technical if we sold them on eBay you WOULD see them there.

    Hmmm. and embarrased? I'm embarrassed to say I need to have my cocoa.

    Hey LEXI! Queen of the Bobs! Is there a Bob for wanting caffeine?

  4. Mollypop
    4:07 am on July 6th, 2010

    Melanie – I saw some Newfs on TV from Italy where they are trained for water rescue. You probably know all about this. The dogs even jumped out of helicopters with their trainers to do rescues.

    Awesome!

  5. B. Stover
    4:28 am on July 6th, 2010

    "Because we're the hopeful type." Love that line. Now, will we finally meet Astrid? I'm very curious about her.

  6. dawson
    4:45 am on July 6th, 2010

    Chet prefers his humans wearing clothes. No offense.

    I'd love to have breakfast in Cape Cod, preferably with Spencer Quinn.

    Saw what looked like a white Newf on my morning bike ride. Turned out to be a big Samoyed. Cool.

  7. dawson
    4:56 am on July 6th, 2010

    Mollypop's Mom: You're retired. Oh, Mollypop was tattling on you laying around all day so I thought you needed a job. I think Mollypop exaggerates occasionally.

  8. Mollypop
    5:04 am on July 6th, 2010

    Dawson, that darn dog says all kinds of things. She even pouts when things don't go her way. I need to keep a closer eye on her here on the Internet.

    Mollypop's Mom

  9. Riö - The Evil
    5:13 am on July 6th, 2010

    Gasp!…Another event I will be missing!….snort!… Next year will be different, mark my words…grunt!…Here is a link to the Cape Cod Writers Center Breakfast with the Authors….grump!

    http://www.capecodwriterscenter.com/meet_authors….

  10. Riö - The Evil
    5:22 am on July 6th, 2010

    Wow!… Both of the authors who will be having breakfast with Spence will be talking about books that sound very interesting indeed… grunt!… We may have to make notes and start ordering something besides the Charming Mr. Abrahams books someday…heh!

    Outside!… We are going outside to work and play in the dirt…snort!…While it is still cool and I can still breath….grunt!

  11. Staff
    5:34 am on July 6th, 2010

    Wow, Breakfast with Authors. I drove to Fargo for one at the Barnes and Noble there, many years ago. No dog authors were there.

    ((sigh))

    I hear Alice was throwing her weight around last night. I try to keep the lid on that cat but, like Riö, she is a force to be reckoned with. I hope she didn't offend Kirby T. She gets a little lippy.

    Staff

  12. Staff
    5:38 am on July 6th, 2010

    ~Melanie, Just saw you were up at some god-awful time this morning. I want you to know I am impressed and proud at how you have kept those puppies going. Lots of work and long hours needed.

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to Dan and Zoe.

    Good luck folks.

    Love from >^..^<

  13. Lil 'Ol Lexi
    5:59 am on July 6th, 2010

    Good morning, y'all!! 😛

    Sorry, Melanie, guys. There is no Bob for wanting caffeine. You can stick with 😀 Bob. He looks kinda hyper.

    I wonder what Bernie's up to. If I were Bernie, I'd be heading for C-Bob right around now with Ray in the car. But, he heads for Club Utopia. Whatever he's up to, Chet, try to be one step ahead of him. 😉 Hehehe :)

    Tailwags and licks. Lexi-a thoughtful pup.

    Here's your guys' daily dose of Bobs:

    😉 :( :) 😛 😀 😐

  14. Staff
    6:28 am on July 6th, 2010

    Hi everyone,

    I thought you might like this tips on how to photograph animals. It was linked to my webshots account this morning. I thought it would be useful for some of our friends. I think I would like to see Melanie use tip #7. Tehehe. I would like to see her 'get down there' with the puppies instead of shooting from above. Although the puppy quilt is fantastic.

    http://blog.webshots.com/?p=1325&session_sour

    Staff

  15. Lil 'Ol Lexi
    7:13 am on July 6th, 2010

    Hey! Where the hell is everyone today!?!? Gawd! Sorry, it's just that I did something bad-don't really even know what-and I got my treats taken away from me for a whole 3 hours! Damn! Grr!

    Tailwags and licks. Lexi-an angry puppy.

    These Bobs fit perfectly here:

    😐 :(

  16. Melanie
    7:43 am on July 6th, 2010

    Hey, where's B. Stover?

    I just read the title of the post . . Utopia/Dystopia. . .

    Pondering on what Chet meant. .

    Utopia is an ideal community or society.

    Dystopia is "a vision of an often futuristic society, which has developed into a negative version of Utopia." from Wikipedia

    So the desert as Utopia? And Pine City with the coming casino as Dystopia?

  17. Melanie
    7:50 am on July 6th, 2010

    Hey Staff! Did you see the lens on that guy's camera? I'm having lens envy!

    # 7: It's hard to get down there when the whelping box is full of 12 pups their mom. I'm waiting for the pups to get outside. Then I can use my long lens (not as long as that guy's though, if I had that, I'd have to stand in the neighbor's yard) and not interfer with the pups as I take their picture. Let me rephrase that, "not having pups eat the camera as I take their picture."

    I once did a log on taking a dog's picture. I don't think it's on the log that's on the web site though. It was hilarious. I left in all the pictures that DIDN'T work. When they moved, stuck their tongues out, tried to eat the camera. Mostly what I told people was I take a lot of pictures and throw most of them out!

  18. B. Stover
    7:59 am on July 6th, 2010

    I've mentioned this before. Utopia is derived from two Greek words meaning no place. Dystopia is derived from two Greek words meaning bad place. According to the OED, "utopia" was first used in the sense of an imaginary, perfect place by Thomas More in his political romance published in 1516.

    I always think of utopia having the connotation of something that is impossible, but something that is dreamed about anyway. Let's see….why would anyone name a strip club Utopia?

  19. B. Stover
    8:14 am on July 6th, 2010

    Just a reminder: In the post of May 25, Foster tells Bernie that Astrid "dances" in Pine City at a place called Club Utopia.

    To answer my own question: A great deal of wishful thinking probably goes on in the audience's mind at such a place. On the other hand, the dancers may think of it as a dystopia.

  20. Lil 'Ol Lexi
    8:25 am on July 6th, 2010

    Good work, Bee. You're our own little detective. Hehehe… :)

  21. Barb & Maggie
    8:25 am on July 6th, 2010

    Barb just went out to get the mail and she is over-the-top excited. She received her business cards from Chet and Bernie, and a lovely little note card signed by PA. As Rio likes to say "I'm skipping, I'm skipping". This made our day!

    Barnes & Noble was out of stock on part of our C & B order. Good thing she ordered early for fall gifts!

  22. Lil 'Ol Lexi
    8:36 am on July 6th, 2010

    Ha! Rio! So barking true!

    I still don't know what the gawd damned hell happened to me in there.

    Hehe….

    Gawd.

    Tailwags and licks. Lexi-a confused puppy.

    😛

  23. Lil 'Ol Lexi
    8:37 am on July 6th, 2010

    Gawd damn! There I go again with posting at the same time with others! Grr!!! Stupid curse…

  24. Macy the Min-Pin
    8:41 am on July 6th, 2010

    Wow it sounds very exciting up there. Nothing fun ever happens here, except when my peeps hid treat eggs for us at Easter. Who knew we would be so good at finding Easster eggs.

  25. B. Stover
    8:53 am on July 6th, 2010

    Excellent Rio! But couldn't one of them snatched a few bottles of Cahors?

  26. Barb & Maggie
    8:55 am on July 6th, 2010

    Wow, what a story! But we're confused. Why does Melanie think the ARC is in the baasket? Glad Lil Lexi is ok.

  27. Riö - The Evil
    9:02 am on July 6th, 2010

    MagPie!… If you had read every word of the story you would have seen this sentence….grunt!…”She noticed a bound manuscript on the coffee table in front of the couch. She immediately snatched it up and gently put it in her basket underneath the puppies and their blanket.”….[headslap!]

  28. bluecat
    9:16 am on July 6th, 2010

    Way To Go, Rio. We're talkin' Pulitzer here…

  29. Melanie
    9:43 am on July 6th, 2010

    NO WONDER I'M TIRED!

    LOVED IT, )curtsying to Commander Riö!)

  30. Melanie
    9:46 am on July 6th, 2010

    B. Stover, loved your answer to your own questions.

    Oh, and in my text above, I was not trying to do a Bob, though it would be appropriate for our adventure, I just can't see the keyboard anymore.

    Bit satubg tgat U;n tured ir abttgubg,

  31. Barb & Maggie
    10:34 am on July 6th, 2010

    Oops! I guess I was reading every other word. Thanks for bring that to my attention.

    Maybe I missed it because we are busy packing for our annual family reunion. Barb's family comes from Illinois, Missouri and North Carolina, and all meet up near Lake Geneva, WI. We won't have a computer, so after tomorrow, won't be posting for a few days. Wish we could go to Cape Cod, too!

    Mom is going to show everyone her new yellow business cards while she is there.

  32. Wookie of Chevy Chas
    10:34 am on July 6th, 2010

    Rio. Great report, as always. I just hope sweet Audrey is not too mad at me. Fortunately, when I got home they had lifted the water restrictions here in Chevy Chase, so I was able to get cleaned up a bit (even though I normally don't like baths, but thanks to Lil Lexi, I needed one). I just hope the "thing" that Melanie grabbed was not the one that was supposed to be mailed to me. Also, I think we may need to go to a different car rental agency for the next mission; the car was really a mess when it was returned. At least the Girl Scout Chocolate Mint cookies were quite yummy — my favorite. Wookie

  33. Riö - The Evil
    10:50 am on July 6th, 2010

    Wookie!…Somehow I just knew you liked those chocolate mint Girl Scout cookies!…heh!

    Hmmmphf!…Someone is all a flutter today!… snort!…Packing this, packing that!… grunt!…She is going to see the Rockies play tonight…sniff!…Without ME!…sob!… She has to leave in 2 hours to meet up with everyone – they are taking 2 car loads of people to the ballpark…sob!sob!… She thinks they should leave now and miss some of the traffic, but everyone else has to work today…heh!

  34. B. Stover
    11:06 am on July 6th, 2010

    Melanie: What is the manuscript?

  35. Barb & Maggie
    11:54 am on July 6th, 2010

    Barb is going to take Perfect Crime with her to read at the family get together. Otherwise, she might go into PA withdrawal.

  36. Siberian Husky
    11:55 am on July 6th, 2010

    Loved the story, Rio!! It's a fun read on a hot summer day. We always love your stories and laugh ourselves silly. I like Bluecat's comment.

    Stover, when mom was at Barnes and Noble last week she saw read used as a noun on two different books, as in "It's a great read". That may, just may, give me license to use it here.

    I hope Wookie's relationship with Audrey is not damaged.

    I'm the one that said the guys were headed to Pine City. I will say no more.

  37. Riö - The Evil
    12:03 pm on July 6th, 2010

    Audrey!… I don’t know, Audrey was pretty pissed off!… snort!… She was really chomping down hard on her blue ball when we last saw her… heh!

    Stover!…Good question about the manuscript!… grunt!…Melanie is pretty exhausted today, so we may not get an answer right away… wheeze!

  38. B. Stover
    12:08 pm on July 6th, 2010

    SH: As I said before, revenge is sweet (and I have a very good memory).

  39. B. Stover
    12:10 pm on July 6th, 2010

    The second season of Warehouse 13 begins tonight on Syfy.

  40. Riö - The Evil Pug
    1:23 pm on July 6th, 2010

    Ahem!… Attention everyone! …grunt!…Unbeknownst to all of you Wookie, myself and a few of the others here have been working on a little scheme to obtain one of the other advance reader copies. Also known as the ARC. Wookie has not yet received his copy and is very anxious to sink his teeth into it….sob!sob!sob!… Here is the story from what I could glean off of Wookie’s mission notes…grunt!

    Earlier Melanie, the twelve Pups, Molly, Lil Lexi and of course Wookie all piled into the rental car and drove to Spencer’s house on Cape Cod. When they arrived Melanie gathered all the puppies into a big basket with flap-open tops. Wookie jumped out of the car and ran round to the back to get Audrey’s attention and lure her outside with him so that Melanie, Lil Lexi and the Pups could do their job of getting into the house and distracting Spencer and Admin.

    With the Pups all in the basket, Melanie walked up to the front door and rang the doorbell. Meanwhile Lil Lexi had snuck round the back and was looking to enter through Audrey’s doggie door. Audrey herself was completely smitten with Wookie and only had eyes for him right then so it was not difficult at all for Lil Lexi to sneak inside right under her big black wet nose. Sweet! Queen of The Bobs was feeling sassy.

    Admin opened the door, looked Melanie up and down and finally said, “Who are you and what do you want?” in a very rude voice. This threw Melanie off because she expected Admin to be a lot nicer than what she was experiencing right now. She just stared at him and he stared back in his unfocused Lenny-like manner. Finally, “Well sir, you see I have all these puppies and they desperately need homes. I was hoping you would want to buy one from me?” Melanie had a very difficult time saying it, as she was not really prepared to sell any of her pups just yet.

    “Puppies! You have puppies?” Admin’s demeanor changed completely and suddenly it was as if he were a small boy again. “Well, come on in here and let me see and feel all of these sweet puppies”, said Admin rubbing his hands together. Spencer, hearing Admin talking to someone, got up and walked downstairs into the living room. He may have been working on a new novel but it was hard to tell. He had a large glass of wine in one hand, a remote in the other, a Red Sox cap on his pointy head and a disappointed look on his face as if his team were being demolished right in front of him. (heh!) Maybe “working” wasn’t the right word.

    Lil Lexi had managed to avoid being seen and bolted into Spencer’s office the minute he left it. The TV was on and the Red Sox were losing by nine. Lil Lexi thought to herself that Commander Rio would be very happy to hear about this. She ran to the desk at full throttle and smacked her head on the corner of the desk. She was knocked out and backwards all at the same time. Poor Lil Lexi! She lay unconscious in a small fluffy bundle right out in the open.

    “What have we here?” said Spencer slowly leaning down and peering into the basket. “Can I hold one Spence? I will be careful. Huh? Can I, huh?” sputtered Admin excitedly. He wanted so badly to pet the puppies he could hardly contain himself. “Now, now Admin, lets just look at them, okay big guy? No need for physical contact with the little doggies” Spencer said calmly. He knew what might happen if Admin got his big mitts on one of Melanie’s puppies. It was not a pretty thought. Sigh.

    Lil Lexi who should have been sniffing around for another one of the ARC’s, was lying motionless on the floor. Wookie was frolicking outside with Audrey, but in the back of his mind he was trying to think of a way to ditch her and get inside and help Lil Lexi search the office for that bound manuscript he so desperately wanted to read. More to the point, he wanted to read it before Commander Rio could get to it.

    Melanie was explaining to Spencer and Admin the long line of generations of Newfs that made up the genetic background of the twelve adorable puppies. Spencer was trying to take it all in and at the same time keep Admin from reaching into the basket and grabbing one of the little puppies. He had his right arm extended across Admin’s chest holding him back and at the same time trying not to spill his glass of Cahors wine. Melanie was slowly reaching for her taser just in case Admin got too close to the basket. Out of the corner of her eye she was also watching for Lil Lexis signal that the ARC had been found. But there was no sign of the little girl-pup. Something must be wrong thought Melanie. She didn’t know how much longer she could distract these two clearly unstable guys.

    Wookie was able to escape Audrey for the time being by telling her he had hidden a special surprise for her somewhere in the yard. She was busy searching all the bushes while he hurried into the house and upstairs to the office. Seeing poor Lil Lexi passed out on the floor gave him quite a shock. After just a slight pause, he started looking for the ARC.

    While Melanie was rambling on about her son the struggling actor and the play he was going to be in, Greedy Guts was escaping out of the back of the basket! He was hungry and had had enough of being stuck in that stuffy basket with all the others. Admin spotted him and slowly inched his way around to the back of the couch where Melanie was sitting. He reached for Greedy Guts.

    Wookie searched the office bottom to top like Bernie does but he could find nothing that looked like a bound manuscript. Exasperated he snatched Lil Lexi up by the scruff of her neck. She woke up just then and said “What the gawd-damned hell happened!?” Wookie ignored her remark and hurried downstairs with her swinging in his big jaws. Once in the living room he stopped, the only movement being Lil Lexi swinging back and forth, just long enough for Melanie to spot him. Then he hurried out through the doggie door to the car where Lil Lexi barfed all over him and herself. He should have known from before. Ugh!

    Audrey was getting mad because she was not finding the special surprise that Wookie said he had hid for her. She sulked and went round back to where her door was. She was looking for her big strong golden mellow fellow but he was nowhere in sight. Now where had he gone to she wondered, chomping fiercely on her big blue ball?

    “Admin stop!” yelled Spence. But it was too late. Admin had Greedy Guts in his big hairy hands. Melanie and Spencer both gasped and could only stare as Admin slowly started petting little Greedy Guts. Just as both of them were wondering how to rescue the little fellow, Greedy Guts put his whole mouth around the tip of one of Admin’s fingers and started to suck for all he was worth. Unfortunately for Admin, Greedy Guts had a few sharp teeth coming in. “OUCH! Let go of me!” yelled the surprised Admin. He had let loose of Greedy Guts who was now dangling in the air sucking on that big fat finger.

    Spencer ran over to Admin and got hold of the puppy. The puppy would not let go of Admin’s finger no matter how much tugging Spencer tried to do. Melanie was frantic and was looking around for something that would distract Greedy Guts from the finger. She noticed a bound manuscript on the coffee table in front of the couch. She immediately snatched it up and gently put it in her basket underneath the puppies and their blanket. Feeling exhilarated she went over to where Admin was, pushed Spencer out of the way and at the same time pinched ever so slightly on one of Greedy Guts ears. He let loose of Admin’s finger and howled. She tossed him into her basket while saying, “I do not believe this household is a good fit for one of my puppies.” And with that haughty remark she quickly departed out the front door and skipped to the car feeling just like Ingrid.

    Wookie and Lil Lexi were already sitting miserably in the car wishing there was a hose handy. Melanie put the puppies in the back with Wookie and said, “Lets get out of here fast!” Molly put her bookworm game down and thought why the hell did I come on this trip anyway?

    Melanie was humming to herself and thinking all kinds of crazy thoughts. She just knew she had the ARC in her basket. She finally knew something no one else knew. This knowing thought made her very happy indeed.

    What a bust thought Wookie as he ate his stash of Girl Scout Chocolate Mint cookies. What the gawd-damned hell happened to me in there thought Lil Lexi. What a great day thought Melanie! What a waste of time thought Molly. All these thoughts were swirling around in their heads as they made their way home.

  41. Siberian Husky
    12:25 pm on July 6th, 2010

    But, Stover, publishers are using it. Seriously, maybe they have been using it for a long time. and I only became aware of it when it was discussed on the blog. You are making progress with some of us even though it probably doesn't seem like it to you. I didn't know what the word dystopia meant until I read your post. I would have looked it up…I would have.

  42. B. Stover
    12:29 pm on July 6th, 2010

    I know that "read" is being used as a noun all over the place. I don't like it, that is all. Let's see….why don't I like it? What does it sound like to me…..

  43. Riö - The Evil
    12:30 pm on July 6th, 2010

    SiberH!…Whining does not become you!….grunt!… Get a grip pal!…heh!… Concentrate on the Rockies winning tonight and stop worrying about grammer…snort!…At least for awhile…heh!

  44. Macy the Min-Pin
    12:32 pm on July 6th, 2010

    Rio, sorry to hear that you are being left behind tonight. Do they ever have a Nation night? Twice a year, the Rangers have a special section just for us. I have never been, as I do not care for unnecessary perspiring, but Belle is panting to go. Maybe in the fall she will get to go.

  45. Riö - The Evil
    12:33 pm on July 6th, 2010

    Stover!…I think I get your drift about read as a noun….snort!… It sounds cheap!…grunt!… Correct me if I am wrong

  46. Macy the Min-Pin
    12:39 pm on July 6th, 2010

    A read sounds like something you buy for the beach, then throw in the dumpster.

  47. Melanie
    12:39 pm on July 6th, 2010

    I will be hitting the sack pretty soon! This getting up at 4:20 am is tiring.

    Of course, I will be taking an ARC to read with me. I'm not sure I'm going to say what ARC it is!! :)

    I sure hope that Audrey's memory is as bad as mine. Though she might have a wish for revenge, she just might forget!

    Watching Auntie Mame with Rosalind Russel! Then to bed.

    See you all later!

  48. Riö - The Evil
    12:51 pm on July 6th, 2010

    Off!…She’s off to the ole ball game!…woooo!…drive safe!… grump!… I am going to go pout while I watch the game all alone tonight…sniff!

  49. Mollypop
    1:02 pm on July 6th, 2010

    I don't know why I agreed to go on that stupid trip anyway.

  50. Macy the Min-Pin
    1:10 pm on July 6th, 2010

    I see that it is pretty tough to get in on the conversation here, so off to find someone to talk to.

  51. B. Stover
    1:14 pm on July 6th, 2010

    Mollypop: You could have at least stopped playing Bookworm long enough to go inside and get some bottles of Cahors Black. Then we could have had something nice to drink.

    Melanie: I believe that the ARC you "retrieved" was by some completely different author. SQ/PA were reading it as a favor to the author.

    Rio: Yes, cheap is a good description.

    Macy: You don't care for unnecessary prespiring….I like that!

  52. Sam
    1:15 pm on July 6th, 2010

    Macy! You can talk to me. Let's talk about Princessy things.

  53. B. Stover
    1:16 pm on July 6th, 2010

    Perspiring……wish I had a glass of Cahors.

  54. Mollypop
    1:36 pm on July 6th, 2010

    Aww – B., I'm so sorry I didn't even think about the wine. My Bookworm game had all these firey tiles falling. Mom would have loved to try some Cahors. Oh, but then I would have had to tell her about the trip.

  55. B. Stover
    1:55 pm on July 6th, 2010

    That's okay Mollypop. I understand about Bookworm and those bloody red tiles.

  56. Mollypop
    2:44 pm on July 6th, 2010

    So B. – I'm up to 1,600,000 and I'm getting nervous about losing after all this work. Do you have any tips or tricks for me?

  57. B. Stover
    3:10 pm on July 6th, 2010

    Make the longest words that you can. Get any red tiles as soon as you can. Don't hesitate to click on the Bookworm to get all new tiles. You'll get some red ones but you can usually use them. Stop playing for a while also.

  58. Mollypop
    3:16 pm on July 6th, 2010

    My Bookworm game is on the iPad and you shake it to get new tiles. I seem to be able to get new tiles just once, which I've done already in this game. I'll try to get multiple new tiles in my next game.

    I have stopped playing so many times that this game has lasted over a week. Ha ha.

  59. B. Stover
    3:26 pm on July 6th, 2010

    Sometimes I forget about my score and that helps also. I can click on the Bookworm and get new tiles any time. Maybe you should check that out if you have a users manual or whatever. I don't understand why they would change rules. Good luck!

  60. dawson
    3:52 pm on July 6th, 2010

    Chet: My day started out with a t-bone steak and went up-hill from there. It doesn't get any better than this but..it might. The Detroit Tigers could win their game against the Orioles tonight. Oops. Is that Kirby T.P.'s team?

    Rio: You deserve, if not a Pulitzer at least an Edgar. But how did you find out Melanie had the "bound manuscript" (did she "fess up?)and do YOU know exactly what manuscript it is?

    Barb and Maggie: You got your business cards already. Zowie, I'll wager mine are not far behind.

    Ouch!

    Melanie: How'd the groin test go.

    Macy MinPin: The Rockies have had Nation Days before because I saw it and told Rio about it. He was gonna check on it but…lately he's been pretty busy with his adventure writing.

  61. dawson
    3:54 pm on July 6th, 2010

    Hey C.Harris: How's the Husky and the Lab? Has all the fireworks and gun shooting stopped?

  62. Macy the Min-Pin
    5:05 pm on July 6th, 2010

    Ok, I'm back. I figured if I went away you would all miss me so. So, Sam is a princess. Odd name for a princess. I am hoping Sam is a girl. Hmmm. princessy things…..I only have to look deep into my peeps eyes and they get me treats. I guess they think I look hungry. And it would be rude to refuse an offering.

    This Bookworm sounds interesting. I know about some earthworms out in the yard. I will check the books on the shelf for some worms. Any hobby I can do indoors is fine with me. My pup Annie thinks she has to go outside anytime someone goes near the door.

    Belle and I just shake our heads and think "kids!" She doesn't seem to understand the advantages of climate control, but then again she has never been on the streets.

  63. Kirby T. Penworthy
    5:29 pm on July 6th, 2010

    Mom finally turned the computer on! She had a hard day at work, so she's dragging a little. She said it was fun having a three-day weekend, but she paid for it today. One of her co-workers fell out of bed last night and had to go to the emergency room so there were only two people working at the branch, and 193 patrons came in during the first three hours, with another 123 the second three hours. And there were four-and-a-half carts of books to check in. Boy, sometimes it's great being a dog and just doing important stuff around here. Like taking long naps!

    Dawson: It's OK if your team beats Dad's team, 'cause he's not going there anyway! I think I'll stick with Mom's team — the Angels are doing lots better than the Orioles. Mom used to live out there, so she was a fan back when they were the CALIFORNIA Angels, not the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim or whatever the heck they call themselves these days. She says she's not going there! They still are — and always will be — the California Angels in her heart.

  64. Macy the Min-Pin
    5:39 pm on July 6th, 2010

    Mr. Penworthy, please tell me you did not say the Angels. The archrivals of our Rangers…We are watching the game, and a fan fell out of the upper stands on to four people below. Sure hope everyone is ok.

  65. Staff
    5:54 pm on July 6th, 2010

    Wow, I went quilting and missed an adventure. Golly gee. Alice is rather annoyed that you didn't let her play with the puppies. She will atill be bigger than them for another week or so.

    Looks like Melanie did good. I hope that isn't Wookie's copy though.

    Twins won today Dawson….heh heh heh.

    Rio's friend is at the ballpark. Hope she has a good game.

    See you all later!

    Staff

  66. dawson
    6:14 pm on July 6th, 2010

    Wow!

    Kirby T.Penworthy: Your mom works at a busy, busy library. No time for sitting in the stacks catching up on some reading. Watch out for people falling out of bed and calling in injured.

    Staff: Whew! The Tigers just won in the 11th inning.

    Macy MinPin: Sam is short for Samantha. Watch out for falling people at the ballgames.

  67. Kirby T. Penworthy
    6:27 pm on July 6th, 2010

    It's early going yet for the Angels, but it looks like Rio and SiberH can't be too happy right now — their Rockies ain't rockin' too good. And congrats to Dawson's team, even if they did beat Dad's team (we're not going there). As for the Rangers, they did good, but we're gonna get you yet!

  68. Macy the Min-Pin
    6:32 pm on July 6th, 2010

    Truth be told I am not that much of a baseball fan, but since the games are on everynight I can help but pick up a little. Right now I have my head under a blanket. Nobody can see me when my head is covered, so I am in stealth mode.

  69. wookie of chevy chas
    6:34 pm on July 6th, 2010

    I just checked the score and it doesn't look good for the Rockies. I hope Rio's friend is able to enjoy herself, even if the Rockies don't win. And while Rio may have been a bit unhappy about being left home alone, it's good for her to get out. And since Rio is no longer on the wagon, at least I hope he's able to enjoy a cold beer or two. It was 102 degrees here today, and let me tell you a cold one felt pretty good. Wookie

  70. dawson
    6:56 pm on July 6th, 2010

    Wookie: 102 degrees! Good grief – now that's hot. Unbearable.

    Macy MinPin: I love your stealth mode. Melanie's Franklin can do that too, without the blanket. Bet it's very hot where you are too. Hope Annie doesn't get out in that heat.

  71. dawson
    7:01 pm on July 6th, 2010

    Rio's gonna be pissed, perhaps in more ways than one. When did he start drinking again?

    Wookie: Water quenches thirst, alcohol dehydrates. Beer does seem to go with baseball but then you might fall out of the upper deck.

  72. dawson
    7:05 pm on July 6th, 2010

    Macy MinPin: Truth be told I'd given up on all professional sports. It's Rio and this blog that started me on baseball again. Just so's I can beat Rio's team in the World Series.

  73. dawson
    7:07 pm on July 6th, 2010

    Talking to myself again…and answering too. Good night all. Hope we meet Astrid in the morning, preferably clothes on.

  74. Staff
    8:13 pm on July 6th, 2010

    Hey Dawson,

    Abbie the Kitty does stealth mode under the dust ruffle on the bed. She gets everything under there but her butt and tail and says to herself. "Finally I am safe"

    Tee hee

    Sometimes we go over there and touch her tail just to hear her yelp.

    Such meanies!

    Staff

  75. Wookie of Chevy Chas
    3:22 am on July 7th, 2010

    An early good morning shout out to everyone. Be safe, stay cool, another 100 plus day here in Chevy Chase. We were up very early for an early morning walk; temperature was a cool 77. Not usually an early morning pup myself, but it's just too hot later in the day to go out. And my mom was a real trooper too, she even went out (along with my dad) even without having had a cup of coffee first. If that is not true love, then what is? Wookie

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