We Have A Winner!

Wow! Spence says there were lots of great entries and it was really tough to decide. Admin kept telling him to remember the Red Queen. The Red Queen? A perp, maybe. If so, she’ll be wearing an orange jumpsuit pretty soon, although that’s a bit confusing, red and … Not going to give it another thought.

Anyway, congratulations to Wookie of Chevy Chase, whose answers are below. (The original questions are at the June 23 post.) If Wookie will email Spence (spence.quinn@gmail.com) an address, a signed and paw-stamped advance reading copy of To Fetch A Thief will be on its way. Admin says to say that advance reading copies are bound printers proofs from before the final corrections, and Spence says he did make some corrections so the ARC is not exactly the same as the final book will be (coming Sept. 28). Honorable mention to Kelly Horn, J. Dawson, and Nancy Drew. Also, Little Detective Agency business cards are going out to anyone who requested them.

Wookie’s Answers:

1. Who was Bernie’s favorite boxer?  Sugar Ray Robinson

Argument for someone else.  Sugar Ray was great, but Muhammed Ali was The Greatest.  Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.  Rope-a-dope against George Forman.  The Thriller in Manilla rematch with Smokin’ Joe Frazier.  Sports Illustrated recognized him as Sportman of the Century. Larger than life in so many ways.

2.  Who is the Pepsi guy in Coke country.  Disco

What is Canada’s Pepsi province — Quebec

Pepsi is our favorite in Chevy Chase too (actually Diet Pepsi)

3.  What hides the safe in Bernie’s office.  A picture of Niagara fall.

Significance:  two possibilities — Most likely relates to Bernie’s fascination with water and acquifers, although could be related to the vaudeville sketch “slowly I turn, step by step, inch by inch . . .” in which Niagara Falls is the trigger phrase.

4.  According to Bernie, how many galaxies are in the universe?    At least a 100 billion

5. Who sang the original version of the song that Cash and Disco liked?  Iron Butterfly; is there any extra credit for knowing that “In a Gadda Da Vida” probably derives from “In the Garden of Eden”?

6.  Write a sentence or two on the difference between Princess and Babycakes.  Princess smells like pepper; Babycakes doesn’t. Babycakes cheats; Princess doesn’t.

Wookie of Chevy Chase

P.S.  Say hi to Audrey for me.

From Admin: What put Wookie over the top was that vaudeville reference, totally incomprehensible here at chetthedog, and therefore a perfect fit for arbitrary arbitration. Anytime Wookie would care to elaborate on this vaudeville sketch, we’d be obliged. Thanks to all contestants. The replies were uniformly excellent. The next pop quiz will be devoted to tin futures. Can’t wait!
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104 Responses to “We Have A Winner!”

  1. dawson
    3:42 am on July 1st, 2010

    Congratulations Wookie!

    You dog, you.

  2. Melanie
    3:48 am on July 1st, 2010

    Wöökie!!! No one deserves it more!

    Loved all the extras!

    Though I did like my answer "Princess has Big Dog attitude. Babycakes is a wannabe."

    Isn't it Barb & Maggie who understand the tin futures? Good luck then!

  3. dawson
    3:49 am on July 1st, 2010

    Hey Congratulations to Kelly Horn, Nancy Drew and J Dawson – that's me! Hooray! Business cards are in the mail. Hooray! It doesn't get any better than this.

  4. Chet The Dog
    3:53 am on July 1st, 2010

    From Admin to Melanie: Yes, we liked that one, too!

  5. Riö - The Evil
    4:23 am on July 1st, 2010

    Agent Wookie!… I had a feeling it would be you!… You big Rope-A-Dope!…heh!… Congratulations! …SOB!SOB! SOB!SOB!…SOB!SOB! SOB!SOB!… You deserve it Wookie…. SOB!SOB! SOB!SOB!…. SOB!SOB! SOB!SOB!…You will bring it over and share it with me won’t you???… SOB!SOB! SOB!SOB!… It’s the closest thing to the real one…. SOB!SOB! SOB!SOB…sputter!cough!

  6. Riö - The Evil
    4:26 am on July 1st, 2010

    Crap!….I see Mike Baker has not fixed the problem yet!… grump!… I hope Admin isn’t paying that guy a lot of money…snort!… He sure is slow getting around to stuff… sneeze!

  7. Wookie of Chevy Chas
    4:37 am on July 1st, 2010

    Gosh. I don't even know what to say. I've never won anything before, and to win something as precious as this is beyond belief. It leaves a fellow barkless. I will let everyone know what I think about it after I have read it, although I'm sure it will be excellent. I hope it is okay if I let my mom and dad and grandpa see it too; actually my dad helps me read sometimes. We are about to go off to the Folklife Festival on the Mall in DC, so I will be gone for a while, but will check back in later.

    As to the vaudeville routine, it is classic done by a number of performers, including Abbott and Costello and the Three Stooges. There is also a wonderful parody of it in an I Love Lucy episode (where the trigger word is "Martha" rather than "Niagara Falls"), but to the same effect. In a following message, I will put in you-tube links to the Abbott and Costello and I Love Lucy clips, but I am doing it separately in case that email is moderated for a while. As to Bernie, I just thought he'd have a great appreciation for classic vaudeville acts, especially one involving a chase after a missing person and an incredibly humorous reaction, given what the Little Detective Agency does for a living. Your humbled canine friend, Wookie

  8. Mollypop
    4:38 am on July 1st, 2010

    Wookster! Congratulations! Mom loved your "slowly I turn." She old so she says stuff like that.

  9. Wookie of Chevy Chas
    4:39 am on July 1st, 2010

    Here are the links I mentioned in the last email:

    Abbott and Costello:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9pQii1L8fGk

    I love lucy
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sCbXl-BR-9U

    Wookie

  10. Mollypop
    4:40 am on July 1st, 2010

    Wookster! Congratulations! Mom loved your "slowly I turn." Sh's old so she says stuff like that.

  11. Barb & Maggie
    5:10 am on July 1st, 2010

    Wookie, Your answers were great. Barb thought we did a good job, but not as good as you. You're the best!

    Maybe we'll have a shot with the tin futures!

    Rio, Thanks for the suggestion about the business cards. We did request them and they are being mailed. We asked for 3, because we are giving 2 sets of the C&B series as gifts this fall, and thought the business card would be a special touch.

  12. B. Stover
    5:17 am on July 1st, 2010

    Wookie: Way to go!! I liked your explanation about In A Gadda Da Vida being derived from In the Garden of Eden. Excellent!

    Congrats to all Honorable Mentions. (Sam's story about the business card yesterday was funny!)

  13. Riö - The Evil
    5:45 am on July 1st, 2010

    Yesterday!… I finally caught up on all the chicken posts I missed yesterday…. Damn!… I was drug over to her mom’s house. It turned out to be good because they were barbequing steaks!… snort!… I got a big honking bone out of that!… smack!… I still have it – it’s in my bed now…. Sneeze!… When we got home last night our phone was dead so we did not have internet either… grump! … So we went to bed early and I snuggled with my bone…heh!

    Melanie!…Very cool photo of the theater troop!… wow!… Is your son the one straddling the fence?…ouch!

  14. Staff
    5:59 am on July 1st, 2010

    Congratulations Wookie!

    I liked your answers. I can't wait for the 'turn' link to escape moderations.

    Also congratulations to Kelly Horn, J. Dawson, and Nancy Drew. Heh. Two sisters in there! Heh. Well if we can't win the big prize at least we got our names in the blog.

    To quote Rio "sobsobsob"

    I guess I will preorder TFAT and wait until September.

    (((sigh)))

    Staff

  15. Lexi
    6:08 am on July 1st, 2010

    OMG!!!! Wookie! You lucky dog!! To quote Staff quoting Rio, SOBSOBSOB!!!!!

    Are you gonna tell us about the book once you get it? SOBSOBSOB!!!!

    I feel like an idiot now.

    Tailwags and licks-going out to Wookie for this special occasion. Lexi-a sad dog.

    PS-I'm not going to be here from the 3rd to the 5th(going to upstate NY for family for the fourth)so be ready to fill me in when I come back! No missions without me either!

  16. Riö - The Evil
    6:23 am on July 1st, 2010

    Lexi!…Upstate NY! A little pup like you could get lost in the woods up there!… snort!… If we do have another mission it will be to sneak into Wookie’s house and steal his advance reader copy….heh! ..(sob!sob!sob!)

  17. B. Stover
    6:23 am on July 1st, 2010

    Staff: I know that Dawson is your sister, but who is the other sister? We've never heard from Kelly Horn or Nancy Drew (I like that!) have we?

    Have fun in upstate NY Lexi. Safe trip.

    Rio: I can just see you and your bone. Do you guard it with your curly tail or with your black whirlpool eyes?

  18. B. Stover
    6:25 am on July 1st, 2010

    We posted at the same time Rio. And remember, you have already won a signed and paw-printed copy of TFAT. Perhaps you'll receive it before the official publication date.

  19. B. Stover
    6:41 am on July 1st, 2010

    I've been thinking that it would be interesting to watch Chet (and Bernie of course) going after the Red Queen, or a modern version of her, and putting her in an orange jumpsuit.

  20. Riö - The Evil
    6:46 am on July 1st, 2010

    Stover!… Whirlpool eyes? What the hell?… snort!… My bone is well guarded. I would even almost pretend to nip you-know-who if she tries to take it away from me…. grunt!…Regarding TFAT, I know I am getting the real deal at some point, but you see, I WANT IT ALL!… wheeze! (sob!sob!sob!)… If I knew he wanted funny correct answers I would have done that!….sniff!…But no, I played it straight…grump! (sob!sob!sob!)

  21. B. Stover
    7:27 am on July 1st, 2010

    What were your straight answers, Rio? I didn't even attempt the bonus on number one (and no one wants to know my views on boxing). I got number two bonus wrong. You have a bone and a curly tail. Why do you want more?

  22. Riö - The Evil
    7:30 am on July 1st, 2010

    Greed!… Greed Stover, Greed!… snort!… You really want to see my answers?… grunt!…Why?

  23. B. Stover
    7:39 am on July 1st, 2010

    Only if you want to post the answers Rio.

    On Facebook Spence has said that the next pop quiz will be on tin futures, or someother metal futures, or pork bellies or cranola oil futures. "Won't that be fun!" I think I need a glass of wine and it's only past noon here.

  24. Riö - The Evil
    7:51 am on July 1st, 2010

    Stover!…I will only post them if some of the others want to see them… snort!…Otherwise it just seems like I would be showing off and that’s something I never ever do … snorkel!

  25. B. Stover
    7:58 am on July 1st, 2010

    Snorkel indeed.

    I'd be interested in knowing everyone's answer to the Princess and Babycakes question.

    Wookie's internet sites are up. Have to go do some work now.

  26. Sam
    8:07 am on July 1st, 2010

    Me too! Me too! I want the answers to the Princess and Babycakes question!

    Also, I do want to see what Rio et al answered.

  27. Siberian Husky
    8:18 am on July 1st, 2010

    Congratulations Wookie!!! Way to go dude!!!

    May I be so bold as to predict the winner of the next pop quiz…Barb!

    Rio, I would be interested in seeing your answers. That is not showing off. I betcha you answered the questions correctly.

  28. Siberian Husky
    8:20 am on July 1st, 2010

    Same internet problem as yesterday. Could M. Baker have left the office without emailing us and letting us know?

  29. Mollypop
    8:23 am on July 1st, 2010

    Well, Mom is making me leave now. We're going to Sam's and then all of us will go to her aunt's house. Lexi is going to upstate New York and we're going to downstate New York. Funny, everything outside of New York City and environs is considered upstate.

    Maybe we'll pass Lexi on the thruway.

    Mom is not taking the laptop but she is getting a Droid Incredible camera phone tomorrow so maybe she can use that to get into the blog for me. Whimper, whine.

  30. Siberian Husky
    8:25 am on July 1st, 2010

    I like Wookie's answer to question #6.

  31. Riö - The Evil
    8:26 am on July 1st, 2010

    Answers!… sob!sob!sob!… Here are my answers!… sob!sob!sob!..sniff!

    1. Bernie’s favorite boxer is Sugar Ray Robinson. Bonus: Rio has decided to argue for Sugar Ray Leonard. Leonard was the first boxer to earn more than $100 million in purses, and he is widely considered to be one of the best boxers of all time, winning world titles in five weight divisions. Also, Sugar Ray Leonard is one of a hand full of guys whose name can be mentioned in the same breath as the great Sugar Ray Robinson.

    2. Disco is the Pepsi guy in Coke County. Bonus: The Canadian Pepsi Province is Quebec. It is one of the only areas of the world where Pepsi outsells Coke.

    3. A big, framed photo of Niagara Falls hides the safe. This is symbolic of the only aquifer in the state that Bernie worries about. He is afraid it will dry up and they will all die of thirst. Bernie says, “It's all one system, air, water, us.”

    4. According to Bernie – at least a hundred billion galaxies are in the universe.

    5. Iron Butterfly. In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida was released on their 1968 album.

    6. Princess, unlike Babycakes, had too much pride to learn a cheap trick from Nance to sway the judges during competition.

  32. Riö - The Evil
    8:27 am on July 1st, 2010

    M.Baker!… I think he is in the office or we would know about it… snort!.. I bet he is stumped… heh!

  33. Rose
    8:28 am on July 1st, 2010

    Slowly I turn, step by step….Abbott and Costello

  34. Riö - The Evil
    8:32 am on July 1st, 2010

    Quiz!… I think we would all like to see the answers of the guys who got an Honorable Mention…snort!

  35. Lexi
    8:47 am on July 1st, 2010

    Good answers, Rio! :)

    Why is everybody saying goodbye to me already? I haven't left yet! The PotB and the QoB is leaving on the 3rd! Humph!

    Spence, I know you don't want to hear this, but, I am still having technical difficulties with this site, commenting and all. :(

    Right now Megan's even more mad at me than she's ever been. She's talking about getting me a trainer to stop with my 'attitude.' Now THIS is why I don't listen to her! She talks nonsense!

    Ow, my head is throbbing. All of this yelling is giving me a headache, I guess.

    Wookie. Good job with your winning. Nice job! 😀

    Ow, my head.

    Tailwags and licks. Lexi-a hurt pup.

    PS changing my name on the blog.

  36. Lil 'Ol Lexi
    8:50 am on July 1st, 2010

    Spence. After I make my comment, it brings me to this page that says CANNOT DISPLAY THE WEBPAGE, and then I have to type in a different URL to go back to here. But it only happens afet I make a commment.

    And my head is still hurting. Poo

    Tailwags and licks. Lexi-a still hurt pup.

    PS I changed my name. See it? 😛 Hehehe….

  37. Siberian Husky
    8:56 am on July 1st, 2010

    Those are very good answers, Rio. I knew they would be.

    Lexi, the first step in properly training a dog is for the human to CALM down. No yelling at the dog. I know Megan is only 12, so she can't be expected to know this.

  38. Riö - The Evil
    9:27 am on July 1st, 2010

    Name!…. Should we have a contest to guess what new name Lil Lexi is going to use out here?…snort!… My guess is it will have the word “Princess” or “Queen” in it…heh!

  39. Melanie
    9:35 am on July 1st, 2010

    On the safe questions, I did mention the aquifers but I also mentioned that it could be like Bernie's finances sort of leaking away.

  40. Chet The Dog
    9:48 am on July 1st, 2010

    Admin: the talented Mike B. reports that the bug is gone. If anyone's still having problems (meaning posting to the site, not problems in general) please let us know.

  41. B. Stover
    10:04 am on July 1st, 2010

    Rio: Lexi's new name is on her last post. Here are my answers to three and six:

    A picture of Niagara Falls. The picture represents the power and bountifulness of water in its natural state which seems to confirm Bernie’s concerns with the aquifer and what is happening to water in his desert state.

    Princess is a courageous show dog who becomes a friend to Chet and Bernie. Babycakes is a prima donna and will never be anything more.

  42. B. Stover
    10:06 am on July 1st, 2010

    Admin: I'm still having the problem when I submit a comment.

  43. Riö - The Evil
    10:12 am on July 1st, 2010

    Heh!… Lil Ol’ Lexi!… snort!…thank goodness the Princessy part was left off… heh!

  44. B. Stover
    10:14 am on July 1st, 2010

    Melanie: I like the bit about Bernie's finances leaking away.

    Am I the only one still having trouble submitting comments?

  45. Riö - The Evil
    10:15 am on July 1st, 2010

    Admin!…The ever so talented Mike B. still has some work to do… snort!.. I am still having the same problem…grunt!…. You can tell Mike that I closed and re-opened my browser before posting that last remark too…. sneeze!

  46. Chet The Dog
    10:48 am on July 1st, 2010

    Test!

  47. Chet The Dog
    10:53 am on July 1st, 2010

    Something highly technical is going on. Patience, please. Meanwhile Robbie and Tut-Tut are in Tut-Tut's place in the projects, a scene Admin was enjoying but now can't remember the point of which. Is there a point where life becomes too high tech? And then what?

  48. B. Stover
    11:09 am on July 1st, 2010

    Life became too high tech about five years ago. One just plunders on. Who are Robbie and Tut-Tut?

  49. Riö - The Evil
    11:16 am on July 1st, 2010

    Uh Oh!… This Blog Bug is interfering with Admin’s creative writing abilities… snort!… He has lost his train of thought!!! This is not good news at all…. whimper! … So in the distant future when we are reading his new middle grade novel and we get to the part where Robbie and Tut-Tut are in Tut-Tut’s place in the projects….wheeze!….we will know that today is the day he wrote it…. heh!…July 1, 2010 – the day the Blog Bug took over!…snort!

  50. B. Stover
    11:40 am on July 1st, 2010

    Tut-Tut is a new name. There was another name that I really liked….started with "A" possibly…and now I don't remember it. I think I remember Robbie.

    The only real problem with technology is when it goes haywire… similar to cars….Then we are at the mercy of the experts.

  51. Siberian Husky
    11:48 am on July 1st, 2010

    This is a test. I think it might be fixed now because I can refresh this page. I can't when the Bog Bug is present.

  52. Siberian Husky
    11:52 am on July 1st, 2010

    It isn't fixed, but the refresh part is fixed. That's a start and I can certainly symphatize with technical problems.

  53. Siberian Husky
    11:54 am on July 1st, 2010

    Now the refresh part isn't working either.

  54. Barb & Maggie
    11:54 am on July 1st, 2010

    Our answers were close to Rio's, except we didn't give much reason why we argued Ali on # 1.

    On # 6 our answer was along these lines: Both Princess and Babycakes were little fluff=balls with big black eyes, but Princesse's eyes were bigger. Princess had a certain je ne sasis quoi in the show ring, making her a winner, plus she had heart and Chet liked her.

    B, do you think we tried to cram too much into 2 sentences by use of the commas?

  55. Barb & Maggie
    11:57 am on July 1st, 2010

    We have been gone all day, picking up an order of grass-fed beef in Wisconsin, so now we have some reading to do up above in order to catch up.

  56. B. Stover
    12:05 pm on July 1st, 2010

    B&M: I think both of your sentences are fine. Does part of the grass-fed beef go into the freezer?

  57. Barb & Maggie
    12:34 pm on July 1st, 2010

    B, Yes into the freezer. This is the first time we are trying grass-fed. Barb's share of this order was about 60 lbs. of assorted cuts. Everyone wanted to try it first, as it does have a different taste. Supposed to be much healthier. As far as I, Maggie, am concerned, a steak bone is always good.

  58. Riö - The Evil
    12:38 pm on July 1st, 2010

    MagPie!…. I thought you were picking up a herd of cattle for you farm… heh!… I know you are thinking about my steak bone, so just Stop It!…grunt!

  59. Wookie of Chevy Chas
    12:41 pm on July 1st, 2010

    More gosh, having seen some of the excellent answers that others provided, I'm not really sure at all how I managed to win (although I am still really, really grateful that I did); I think everybody did an outstanding job on the quiz, and Spence, Admin, Bernie and Chet must have had a real tough time determining the winner. Thank God for that Red Queen thing and Niagara Falls.

    Had a great time at the Folklife Festival. I do seem to draw a crowd; little kids in particular like to pet me, thinking I look more like a friendly lion than a dog, although I was petted by a lot of adults too, including some veterans who were wheel-chair bound, and they were very gentle with me (as I was with them). Met some others from the nation-within-the nation, including one guy who was in K-9 training; asked him if he knew Chet, but apparently he didn't. The Mexico portion of the exhibit was the most interesting, including crafts, folklore and a demonstration on how to make Mescal and Tequila (my dad was particularly interested in that). My mom bought a beautiful hand-woven, naturally dyed wool rug that is really neat (I've already tested it out and it definitely gets the Wookie seal of approval). It was a lot cooler today, which is why I able to go; it's been way too hot the last several days here for a guy with a fur coat like mine. My mom, dad, grandpa and my Aunt Lisa (not really an aunt, but a very good friend) came along too, so it was a real family outing. Thanks again to Spence et al.; I think I am just a very lucky guy. Wookie

  60. B. Stover
    1:00 pm on July 1st, 2010

    Wookie: Your answers were really very good.

    B&M: Let us know the difference in taste in grass-fed beef.

    I have a new tech toy: a hand-held electronic Webster's Third New International Dictionary unabridged. It has many other things on it but I have to read the manual to find out how to work everything. This is so cool.

    It was the birthday of someone on this blog yesterday, and it is someone's birthday today, but I can't remember whose.

  61. Barb & Maggie
    1:09 pm on July 1st, 2010

    Rio, Our farm is what they call a farmette in the midwest. Not big enough for a whole herd of cattle, maybe just 4 or 5. The big problem is that Mom doesn't think she could get a calf, look into those big brown eyes every day for 2 years, and then do you-know-what. She finds people who raise animals humanely and naturally, so they at least are treated well while they are here.

  62. Barb & Maggie
    1:37 pm on July 1st, 2010

    One of Melanie's sons was having a birthday this week, we believe.

    After reading Wookies's answers we were very humbled. We can see that the Powers That Be were not just looking for correct answers but also for creativity. We totally missed that, especially with the answer to # 1. Wookie really nailed it with that butterfly and bee stuff. Guess if we want to get off the porch and run with the big dogs we need to sharpen our wits. Although, not sure how to be creative with tin futures.

  63. dawson
    1:49 pm on July 1st, 2010

    Oh Yeah!

    Happy Birthday to WWWWW's mom and belatedly to Wookie (you got a good present) and Melanie's OTAS.

  64. Mollypop
    1:50 pm on July 1st, 2010

    I'm here at Sam's now and found an untended laptop. Hee hee.

    Siber-H – You will love this: <a href="http://www.pawnation.com/2010/07/01/cute-pet-of-the-day-july-1-2010/?icid=main|main|dl5|link6|http%3A%2F%2 Fwww.pawnation.com%2F2010%2F07%2F01%2Fcute-pet-of-the-day-july-1-2010%2F” target=”_blank”>http://www.pawnation.com/2010/07/01/cute-pet-of-t…” target=”_blank”>Fwww.pawnation.com%2F2010%2F07%2F01%2Fcute-pet-of-the-day-july-1-2010%2F

    It's a Siber-H who goes to the dog park, steals other dogs' toys and buries them. When the other dogs go home he digs the toys up for himself. The picture looks just like you.

  65. Lil 'Ol Lexi
    1:59 pm on July 1st, 2010

    Hehe! This is the most that Chet has ever commented on one of his one posts before! Hehe! But, unfortunately, not about a good subject, but…

    Siber-H! Tell Megan to calm down and she'd lie and say that she is calm, and then go back to yelling at me. Man, if I'd talk like a human, I'd-never mind. 😛

    Rio! I might even add all the 'princessy' and 'queeny' like things in my commenting name, just to make you mad now! ;):P

    I just go another shot, too! This one was named Distemper, whatever that means. But, I didn't feel it, where they jabbed that pointy thing into my butt. Then again, my butt was NUMB, so, didn't really expect to feel anything, anyways. 😐

    I hurt my paw again today. :( I jumped off a table that Mommy told me not to jump off of, and…well, I don't really know what I did with it. It just hurts. And Mommy's in her 'I told ya so!' moods now, so, underneath Megan's bed is the best way to avoid her, and that's where I am.

    Well, gotta run. Literally. I got the 'runs', I guess you could say. I'm 'going' a lot today, and right now I gotta 'go' again. Megan's out of the question…Mommy a no-no…so I'm gonna go to Daddy. Toodles! 😀

    Tailwags and licks. Lexi-a pup with too much on her plate(in the quote-wise, because other-wise, that'd be fine ;)).

    Here are some Bobs:

    😉 :( :) 😛 😀 😐

  66. Siberian Husky
    2:07 pm on July 1st, 2010

    Thanks Mollie!! Mom thinks he is a very good looking dude. He does look like me…the bone structure of the head and face are the same as me. The markings of the white and black are the same as mine…my black is a little more blended with white and not as coal black as Timber. I can't tell if he has blue or brown eyes, but he is smiling. Sometimes I smile like that, and sometimes I am serious.

    Since mom and I are too stupid to put up a photo of me on the blog, Timber can be my stand-in.

  67. Siberian Husky
    2:14 pm on July 1st, 2010

    I think Timber has brown eyes.

  68. dawson
    2:20 pm on July 1st, 2010

    Skunked!

    Want a game of cribbage, babycakes? He said.

    Babycakes? I said. Babycakes? Babycakes is a cheater.

    And then I skunked him.

  69. Riö - The Evil
    2:26 pm on July 1st, 2010

    Snicker!…. Lil Lexi you have me snickering right now…snort!… I never really laugh, but I have to say I got very close while reading your post….heh!

    Wookie!… Pal, did I miss your birthday?…snort!… I am so sorry! I wanted to give you a special card too… dammit! …Was Wookie’s birthday yesterday???.. crap! …I made a special mental note and it flew through the cracks…snuff!

  70. Melanie
    2:27 pm on July 1st, 2010

    Hey Barb & Magpie and Dawson, yes it was OTAS had a birthday yesterday. Pretty cool. He went fishing near his house and then he and SO had a great dinner. Both of them cooked.

    I found an old electric train on sale at a yard sale, with a locomotive and 5 cars and lots of track. He LOVES it!

  71. Riö - The Evil
    2:30 pm on July 1st, 2010

    Timber!… His eyes are like Black Holes….shudder!… I think I would like SiberH’s eyes a lot more IF I COULD EVER SEE THEM!… grunt!

  72. B. Stover
    2:35 pm on July 1st, 2010

    Rio: I think it's Wookie's birthday today.

  73. Wookie of Chevy Chas
    2:42 pm on July 1st, 2010

    It actually was yesterday (June 30), but I did get the best present imaginable this morning. Well, actually the second best. The best is actually being part of the wonderful family we have created here on this blog. That is something that I will always treasure. Wookie the sentimentalist

  74. Siberian Husky
    3:03 pm on July 1st, 2010

    Happy Birthday to Wookie!!!

    My eyes are blue, Rio, they are blue.

  75. B. Stover
    3:15 pm on July 1st, 2010

    Happy Birthday Wookie.

    July 1 is Wolfie's mom's birthday. Happy birthday.

  76. Siberian Husky
    3:19 pm on July 1st, 2010

    Happy Birthday to Wolfie's mom!! Hope you had a special day today.

  77. Kirby T. Penworthy
    3:46 pm on July 1st, 2010

    Hi, everybody! My name is Kirby T. Penworthy, and my mom is Kelly Horn. She's been "lurking" on Chet's site for a long time, but has been too shy to write. She finally decided to enter the contest because she really, really wanted the advanced reader's copy of TFAT. She works at a library, and she has been telling her patrons about Spence's books since "Dog On It." Sometimes the publishers send ARCs to the library, but by the time they get from downtown to her branch, all the good ones have been taken.

    Someone wanted to see the answers from the Honorable Mentions, so here are Mom's:

    1) Bernie's favorite boxer is Sugar Ray Robinson. And I can't really make a case for anyone else — although I'm not much of a boxing fan, Sugar Ray is also my favorite because he always seemed to be more of a sportsman than some of the thugs that box today.

    2) The Pepsi guy in Coke country is Disco, a.k.a. Wardell Krebs. And Canada's Pepsi province is Quebec, because Pepsi sells better than Coke there. In fact — according to a July 30, 2009, story in the New York Times — "pepsi" has come to be a derogatory term for a French Canadian.

    3) The safe in Bernie's office is hidden behind a framed photo of Niagra Falls. Bernie has lots of pictures of waterfalls around the house — he's very concerned about water, especially the aquifer, since there's only one for the whole state.

    4) Bernie says there are at least a hundred billion galaxies.

    5) The original version of In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida was performed by Iron Butterfly.

    6) Princess has larger eyes than Babycakes, although they're not as liquid, and she smells more peppery than Babycakes.

  78. Riö - The Evil
    4:10 pm on July 1st, 2010

    Wookie!… I received this message in my email!… snort! … It is for you from another agent in the field whom you have terrorized in the past apparently… shudder!

    http://www.americangreetings.com/ecards/findit.pd
    Wookie!… Here is the special secret code you have to use to see this message!…snort!…Please be careful!…sniff!sniff!… I smell fowl play!

    Secret code: 05155517189432 – Only for Wookie!…snort!

  79. dawson
    4:20 pm on July 1st, 2010

    Welcome Kirby T. Penworthy and Kelly Horn. Congratulations on your honorable mention. I'm honored to be another honorable mention. Is KTP your real name or a pen name?

  80. Siberian Husky
    4:25 pm on July 1st, 2010

    Hello and Welcome, Kirby Congratulations go to your mom for the Honorable Mention!

  81. dawson
    4:27 pm on July 1st, 2010

    Siber H: I'm watching Ice Pilots. I've become a big fan.

    Go Rockies!

  82. Siberian Husky
    4:29 pm on July 1st, 2010

    Hey Dawson…Congratulations to you also for the Honorable Mention!

  83. Siberian Husky
    4:35 pm on July 1st, 2010

    I want Ice Pilots shown in the USA! (just in case the History Channel reads Chet's blog) I emailed the History Channel, Dawson, and requested it. We'll see.

    Rio, old buddy, old pal, I don't know how to break this news to you…but your secret code is no longer a secret.

  84. Kirby T. Penworthy
    4:39 pm on July 1st, 2010

    Thanks, Dawson! And congratulations to you, Nancy Drew, and especially Wookie!

    I'm not sure what my birth name was — I don't remember a lot about that "before" time, but storms really scare me and I hate going out in the rain, so Mom and Dad figure I probably spent a lot of time outdoors on my own. My dad teaches at a boarding school, and he found some of the boys feeding me, so he decided to bring me home. I still visit the school with Dad sometimes, and he says that when I'm on campus the IQ average goes up 100 points, so I guess he thinks I'm a pretty smart pup! When he brought me home, Mom wasn't too thrilled because the nation within a nation already had two members living here — along with three kats and a flying squirrel — but then I gave her The Look, and she let me stay. (The Look is when I cock my head and one ear stands up and the other one flops over — no one can resist!)

    Anyway, they named me Kirby T. Penworthy, but everyone just calls me "T."

  85. Barb & Maggie
    4:40 pm on July 1st, 2010

    It seems like many did a good job on the quiz.

    Rio, Since it's a secret code to Wookie, not sure, but did you mean fowl play or foul play? One has to do with feathers you know, which is my speciality. MagPie

  86. dawson
    4:42 pm on July 1st, 2010

    "T": 3 dogs, 3 cats and a flying fuzzbutt? Is the fuzzbutt in a cage so you can't get at him?

  87. Kirby T. Penworthy
    4:55 pm on July 1st, 2010

    One of the dogs, two of the kats and the flying fuzzbutt have crossed over the rainbow bridge since I came here, but then we got a new kat, so the score is now two dogs and two kats.

    The flying fuzzbutt came down our chimney and the kats chased him around the house until Mom and Dad finally rescued him and nursed him back to health. He lived in a cage on the top of a really high bookcase so the kats and us dogs couldn't get him (not that we didn't try!) but the cage door was never closed so he could get out whenever he wanted. We live in a house built in 1888, and the living room has 13-foot ceilings and doors that close, so he could fly around the living room whenever he wanted — usually at night because flying fuzzbutts are nocturnal. Whenever Mom and Dad saw him come out, all the rest of us had to leave so we couldn't get him.

  88. Riö - The Evil
    4:57 pm on July 1st, 2010

    MagPie!… I actually probably meant squirrel-play!…grunt!…Some scary dudes looking for revenge…Wookie BeWare!… snort! …Carry your Taser and set it on “Squirrel”… grunt!…You do not want to kill any of those nasty critters, just put them in jail!…heh!

    Rockies!… It is 3 – 2 Rockies!…snort!… Looking good tonight so far!…WOOO0!

  89. Mollypop
    5:04 pm on July 1st, 2010

    T. – Happy to meet you. About this flying fuzzbutt, ahem, can I drop by and just sort of, ahem, just see him?

  90. Barb & Maggie
    5:04 pm on July 1st, 2010

    Mr.T, Welcome to a diverse and friendly group of people, dogs and kats. We have a lot of fun.

  91. Kirby T. Penworthy
    5:08 pm on July 1st, 2010

    Thanks, Mollypop! It would be fine with me if you dropped by, but unfortunately, the flying fuzzbutt crossed over the rainbow bridge about a year ago. Natural causes, I swear!

  92. Debbie LM
    5:22 pm on July 1st, 2010

    Rio. Secret message was decoded. Appropriate protection devices have been activated. Perimeter is secure. 00Wookie

    And welcome to Kirby T, you will be a great addition to our family here. I don't remember much about my "before" time either, although like you, I now have a wonderful forever home and that is all that really matters. Wookie

  93. Wölfie Wigglebu
    5:26 pm on July 1st, 2010

    Wookie, congratulations dude!!!

    Can't wait to look at the "slowly I turn" links! Inch by inch, mile by mile…..brings back some memories, I swear!

    Mom is a little grumpy because she spent two hours getting the car fixed after the boys ran the battery down. So she is still at work, making up her time, on her birthday. ;( I hope she comes home soon and bakes herself a birthday cake. I love birthday cake even though I'm not allowed to eat any.

    Spence – can you send mom a business card too? Or does she have to ask you formally via email?

    At any rate, night all and welcome T, and welcome back Rose!!

  94. Kirby T. Penworthy
    5:29 pm on July 1st, 2010

    Thanks, Wookie. I'm so honored that I'm finally getting to meet all of you. I've been reading about your adventures for quite a while now, and some of them are way more exciting than the books Mom brings home from the library. (I don't mean Chet's, though. His books are really exciting, too.)

  95. Riö - The Evil
    5:35 pm on July 1st, 2010

    Wookie!..Debbie!..Wookie!…Debbie??? ..Heh!heh!…Wookie must have his fedora hat on and pretending to be ‘Debbie’ the Kleaning Girl … snort!snort!…heh!…Good job Wookie ole’ pal!…sniff!… I have an idea about how to get the ‘real’ copy of TFAT…snort!…It is just a small candle in the wind right now, but I will keep you posted…Rio-Out!

  96. Riö - The Evil
    5:59 pm on July 1st, 2010

    Growl!…This whole posting on the beloved Chet Blog is becoming quite an ordeal …snort!…Now I do not know if this is just my computer or what….grunt!…but it takes forever to update the website ONCE I have posted a comment and have to bring up the whole thing again…fart!… This is a forever-task now…growl… Maybe I should re-boot, but somehow I don’t think that will help at all…. Crap!… It’s all in the hands of Mike Baker. ‘IT Guy Extraordinaire’ … yeep!

    ***** Please!… Mr. Abrahams do not worry yourself about this!… No no no!… You have more important things like ‘Writing’ to do than worry about this here blog bug…sniff… It will get fixed at some point…(mike-please?).. Mr Abrahams, you just need to get back into your relaxed creative space and write about Robbie and Tut-Tut….snort! *****

  97. dawson
    5:59 pm on July 1st, 2010

    It's been an long and exciting day so I'm off to bed early.

    WWWWW's mom: I'm sorry you have to make up time at work on your birthday. Those boys owe you big time for this

    Wookie: Again, congratulations.

    Wolfie: You have to email Spence for the business cards because his memory is not the best. Sometimes you have to email him twice. He is is generous though. I was greedy and asked for 10 and he said no problem.

    Kirby T. Penworthy: 2 dogs and 2 cats is a good balance. Honorable mentions to those who have crossed over the rainbow bridge.

    Spencer Quinn: Thank you for the honor.

  98. Riö - The Evil
    6:18 pm on July 1st, 2010

    Wolfie!…Spence is a lot of things, but he is not a MIND READER!…snort!…He needs your mailing address…grunt!…Get it from your Birthday Girl Mom!…Happy Birthday to her too!… cough!…There was no secret message for your mom Wolfie!…sniff! ..She is safe from the Evil Revengeful Squirrels….whew!

  99. Riö - The Evil
    6:31 pm on July 1st, 2010

    Rockies!…Well I am going to attempt a post which is extremely painful but I want the Chet-World to know that it is 7 – 3 Rockies in the bottom of the eighth!…heh!…good-bye for a computer glitch big-time-while!… grump!…mb sucks btw!

  100. Staff
    7:00 pm on July 1st, 2010

    Someone wanted to know who was Dawson's sister. It is me, Nancy Drew. Heh heh heh. Sometimes people don't believe my name.

    Loved the 'turns'. Thanks Wookie.

    Happy Birthday to all the Birthday people. My hubbie has his tomorrow.

    Twins are behind by 5-4 in the 10th inning. It is fingernail biting time.

    Here are my answers to the pop quiz.

    1. Who was Bernie’s favorite boxer? Bonus: Argue the case for someone else.

    Answer: Sugar Ray Robinson, However I think that his favorite boxer should be Oscar. He really knows how to howl http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=58CZcCvwND4 Case closed.

    2. Who is the Pepsi guy in Coke country? Bonus: What is Canada’s Pepsi province?

    Answer: Disco is the Pepsi guy. The Canadian Pepsi province would be Quebec.

    3. What hides the safe in Bernie’s office? Bonus: What is its symbolic significance?

    Answer: A picture of a waterfall. There is a water shortage in the world and a money shortage in the safe.

    4. According to Bernie, how many galaxies are in the universe?

    Answer: At least a hundred billion.

    5. Who sang the original version of the song Crash and Disco like?

    Answer: Iron Butterfly sang In A Gadda Da Vida (baby). Band Members were Doug Ingle (keyboards and vocals), Lee Dorman (bass guitar), Ron Bushy (drums), and 17-year-old Erik Brann.

    6. Write a sentence or two (penalty for more) on the difference between Princess and Babycakes.

    Answer: Princess is tough and brave Babycakes is a manipulative showoff.

  101. Alice Johnson
    7:12 pm on July 1st, 2010

    Comment 101,

    Twins lose drat.

    Goodnite all.

    A.J.

  102. Riö - The Evil
    7:27 pm on July 1st, 2010

    Fun-times!…. I posted HOURS ago!…snort!…well now I am in a position to finally attempt to post again on Chets Blog…snort!…But I do not have the time to put up with this SOFTWARE CRAP!…grump!

    So we will see you all when this thing is fixed…snort!

    Bye for now…grunt!…See you in August.. Heh!…Unless something amazing happens and the blog gets fixed before then…snort!snort!…Why am I reminded of the BP Oil Spill?? …excuses! excuses!..They (He) knows what he did, why can't he fix it?..grump!..Retrace your steps buddy boy!..grrr!

  103. Gus & BooBear
    2:14 am on July 2nd, 2010

    Yeah for Wookie! Loved all the answers you guys posted. Can't wait to hear more about the new mission that Rio is planning.

  104. Gus & BooBear
    2:15 am on July 2nd, 2010

    Guys, our comment posted right away and we didn't have to reboot or anything………

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