What’s In A Name?

Ms. Publicist: Way past the fifteenth of the month so we’re overdue for What’s In A Name – where Spencer Quinn discusses a character name from the Chet and Bernie series. Spence, what about Nixon Panero, the auto mechanic who keeps those old beat-up Porsches on the road?

Spencer Quinn: And at some point in the past was busted by Chet and Bernie. First, I liked the contrast between prename and surname, two cultures coming uncomfortably together. I liked the sound, too – the blunt Anglo-Saxon Nixon with the melodic Latin-derived Panero.

Ms. P: You could have chosen many blunt Anglo-Saxon names. Why Nixon?

SQ: I believe it’s in A Fistful of Collars where Bernie guesses that Nixon was not exactly a wanted child.

Ms. P: Thanks, Spence! See you next month!


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79 Responses to “What’s In A Name?”

  1. Herd of Hounds
    9:34 am on May 17th, 2014

    Good morning, everyone! What’s in a name, at long last. Like Nixon the character and his evolution in the books.
    Have a springing in to summer Saturday 🙂

  2. Macy the min-pin
    9:51 am on May 17th, 2014

    See previous day. Macy first. Sharon, how did you like my “haiku”?

  3. Herd of Hounds
    10:02 am on May 17th, 2014

    ML, you are so creative and will never let mom live down her fear of tunnels. But a good haiku none the less.

  4. Staff
    10:13 am on May 17th, 2014

    ML – good luck on the weeding out and cleaning up.

    We here are trying to get some more work done on the raised beds. Today it is prepping the ground where the beds will be sitting and making a path so we can go all around the beds without stepping in mud.

    One step at a time.

    Our quest over the weekend was another sewing machine collector. I had a great time showing off my machines. Now that she is gone I am having a great time eating the raspberry jam and the homemade maple syrup she brought as a gift. Today we had french toast so we could have her maple syrup on it. Delish!

  5. B.Stover
    10:15 am on May 17th, 2014

    “…the blunt Anglo-Saxon Nixon with the melodic Latin-derived Panero.”


    Good morning all.

  6. Macy the min-pin
    10:17 am on May 17th, 2014

    Oh, Sharon, forgive me. I would never make light of someone’s phobia. Oh wait, yes I did. Mea Culpa. Mine is scorpions,feel free not to send me one.

    Oh Staff what a bounty!

    Now I have a guy coming over to look at Rick’s tools and knives. Life is getting interesting over here. And if Annie does not stop scratching the metal door, I am going to trim her claws up past her knees.

  7. Barb & Maggie
    10:27 am on May 17th, 2014

    Good morning all. We always think of the ex-Pres when we hear Nixon. We don’t remember reading that Nixon P. was an unwanted child.

    Finally some decent weather here, 60 for a high, but at least it is improving. A hungry bunny cut the new Kitty Willow down from 3′ high to about 18″. Didn’t eat the branches, just cut them off and left them lying on the ground. Now some plastic fence, before it gets even shorter.

    ML, is the buyer interested in your entire stock? Hope he makes a decent offer.

    Lawn mower still is not fixed here. Josh has been back and forth to the lawn & tractor store trying to get it working. Have a feeling a new mower is in our near future. Shouldn’t a pull cord be an easy fix?

  8. BearSpiritDog
    10:45 am on May 17th, 2014

    Good Morning.
    Thank You, Spence & Admin for catching up on the names. Nixon is a Favorite Character.

    Staff: Maple Syrup & French Toast? Yum!

    Barb&Magpie: How old is the mower?

    Macy’s Mom: Good luck with the sorting and paws crossed for good offers.

  9. Diane C.
    10:52 am on May 17th, 2014

    Good morning all–I like Nixon Panero’s surprising depths (e.g. the film buff side), although I wish he’d get over the tobacco thing.
    Apprehension about tunnels is simple good sense, but I’ll have to go look at that haiku.
    Everyone, keep cool and be well.

  10. Masquers
    10:55 am on May 17th, 2014

    We were up very late
    But missed the haiku on the blog
    Reading a scary Stephen King

  11. Diane C.
    11:16 am on May 17th, 2014

    Whoa! Not one, but many haiku!

    Three picky dogs here.
    Disdaining wholesome kibble,
    Hoping for chew treats.

    When kibble is gone
    Chew treats will be provided.
    Saturday again.

  12. Masquers
    11:18 am on May 17th, 2014

    Good one, DianeC!

  13. Basil and Sage
    11:31 am on May 17th, 2014

    We like haiku too
    But we prefer fresh catnip
    Rolling in green bliss.

    See, Kats can play with the Big Dogs. HA!
    ML – could you put boots on Annie’s front paws? We will hope for a good offer too.
    Today is lovely weather. Birds singing everywhere, the chorus of chirps, twitters, and whistles far preferable to the normal Saturday sounds of lawnmowers and blowers. We think this calls for an afternoon of sunbathing.

  14. Wose-the small and meek
    11:45 am on May 17th, 2014


    Who knew there were so many poets on this here blog!

  15. Masquers
    12:06 pm on May 17th, 2014

    This poet does not have haiku
    Rhymes quite right, not yet

  16. Barb & Maggie
    12:19 pm on May 17th, 2014

    We refuse to try
    Haiku is not our forte
    Will be back later

    Rose,we got another birthday request from you. Did you update some thing-a ma-gig again?

  17. Masquers
    12:36 pm on May 17th, 2014

    Now where are Riö, Howlers?

  18. Masquers
    12:51 pm on May 17th, 2014

    One of the better birthday reminder websites is Birthday Alarm dot com, which offers e-cards too.
    We here have used it for years.

  19. Herd of Hounds
    1:06 pm on May 17th, 2014

    Gag! Have we missed someone’s b-day?

  20. Masquers
    1:21 pm on May 17th, 2014

    HOH: Not that we know of……

  21. Siber-H
    1:53 pm on May 17th, 2014

    Good Afternoon

    We are not doing Haiku, but we are working on the AC (swamp cooler) today.

  22. Herd of Hounds
    1:55 pm on May 17th, 2014

    Oh, maybe it is that auto matonic sign up announcement that was e mailed!

  23. Diane C.
    4:09 pm on May 17th, 2014

    Basil and Sage and Barb and Maggie–Really nice!

    This is total fun. I hope to see more later.

    AC/swamp cooler is that thing you pour water into, right? (Anyway, good luck with it.)

  24. Diane C.
    4:10 pm on May 17th, 2014

    Wait–I forgot to ask: any news about the Meashka/Zeusikov situation since yesterday?

  25. BearSpiritDog
    4:22 pm on May 17th, 2014

    Diane: No News is Good News?

  26. dawson
    4:31 pm on May 17th, 2014

    Put on to-do list: Re-read A Fistful of Collars to see if that really is where “Bernie guesses that Nixon was not a wanted child.”

    Very nice weekend, tempting us to plant, plant, plant the garden.

    Love all your haikus – seems that occasionally the blog breaks out in haiku.

    Reading the Zeusikov/Meashka/Kat saga with great interest.

  27. Barb & Maggie
    4:53 pm on May 17th, 2014

    HOH, No you didn’t miss anyone’s b-day. We were commenting that we received another of those requests from Rose asking when our b-days were. Remember when everyone was getting them about 2 weeks ago?

    BSD, No idea what the age of the mower is. Josh had it for a few years, then gave it to us last year to cut the grass. I bet it is 5-6 years old at least. It worked fine till the pull cord broke off. Who knew it would be so involved to replace a piece of rope!

  28. Wose-the small and meek
    5:14 pm on May 17th, 2014

    B&M, GAH! I am sorry that my mistake is causing so many problems. Please delete the message.

    Anyone else who gets that message DELETE!

  29. Herd of Hounds
    5:17 pm on May 17th, 2014

    Wolfie Wigglebutt is one of Chet’s Friends 🙂 B&M, yep we got that spam/email after the comments began. We remember mom reading something about Nixon being the last in a long line of children…maybe an “oops”.

  30. Wose-the small and meek
    5:24 pm on May 17th, 2014

    Haiku (maybe not) for Rio, our favorite pug:

    Cawfee, hot wings, and beer
    Rio’s most favorite things
    At Auction Central

  31. BearSpiritDog
    5:31 pm on May 17th, 2014

    Watching! Gravity!

  32. Siber-H
    5:40 pm on May 17th, 2014

    The swamp cooler is now working. I may live, after all.

    Diane, The water is automatically pumped into the swamp cooler with a little pump. Once they are up and running for the season, all mom has to do is flip switches in the house to turn it on and off. They do a great job of cooling the house because the humidity is so low here.

    Wose, you aren’t causing any problems. It takes but a second to hit the delete button.

  33. Barb & Maggie
    5:47 pm on May 17th, 2014

    Agreed, Rose, it isn’t any problem. We were just wondering if you updated something again that caused it. We got an Link update on you yesterday, I think. Maybe that did it.

  34. Macy the min-pin
    6:31 pm on May 17th, 2014

    I wish we had a cooler for the swamp. Something that turns the humidity into cool air and yard water. That would be the ticket.

    Another morning of working on The Man Cave. Made some progress, and the girl who was helping me took a bunch of CDs off my hands. The tool guy, my friend Tommy, mostly told me you can’t have too many tools. Thanks Tommy, but yes, yes you can, especially screwdrivers. Gah, they are everywhere.

    I envy those of you who go out at night and do interesting things. I have not gotten the hang of it yet. Only 5:30 and I am counting the hours until bed, sigh. I think I need to take a tour of the country, hitting all the high spots, such as Massachusetts, Washington, Tennessee, Colorado, New Mexico, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, New York, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, North Dakota, and…everywhere. Sorry Dawson, no passport.

  35. Macy's mom
    6:32 pm on May 17th, 2014

    Oops, that was not Macy.

  36. Riö – The Evil Pug
    6:37 pm on May 17th, 2014

    Busy!…Busy as a Bee-Hive…snort!…My friend went to a local garden center along with the rest of this here town…grunt!…Boy was it busy. We get a little nice weather and POW! everyone wants to go to the garden center..sniff!…Anyways she came back with some flowers and such. Beau and I watched as she grunted and groaned while planting most of them. This was all after her brutal walk, which she did not take us on, thank dawg….wheeze!…She says ours is coming up tonight after supper….gasp!

    Supper!…After all that she brewed up a pot of her flamin’ hot Green Chili. Golinka inspired her…heh!heh!…So later those guys are going to eat beef n’ bean burritos with hot!hot!hot! green chili – right out of last years garden….snort!…What a day!

  37. Riö – The Evil Pug
    6:39 pm on May 17th, 2014


  38. BearSpiritDog
    6:51 pm on May 17th, 2014

    California Chrome wins the Preakness!!! WoooHooo!
    (sorry, Chet, I know your opinion of horses)

    Busy Day for Rio’s Friend and Macy’s Mom and Siber-H too.
    Sniff. Everyone but us. We are Watching Movies and the grass grow.
    Mowed on Monday…looking like a jungle on Saturday…with one more week until the next mow.

  39. Mollypop's Mom
    6:53 pm on May 17th, 2014

    Macy’s Mom, Buffalo and Niagara Falls!

  40. Siber-H
    7:30 pm on May 17th, 2014

    Macy’s Mom, My mom is also counting the hours until bedtime. Too much up on the roof time for her today.

    I want to see the movie, Godzilla, but mom says I have to wait until it comes out on DVD. Bummer

    Bear, Green grass sounds wonderful. There is none on my street.

  41. Herd of Hounds
    7:37 pm on May 17th, 2014

    Go California Chome. Been a while since a triple crown winner.

  42. Barb & Maggie
    8:03 pm on May 17th, 2014

    HOH I think it was 1978.

  43. Riö – The Evil Pug
    8:11 pm on May 17th, 2014

    Ugh!….wheeze!…Just back from our long walk. It sprinkled on us…yeeep!…My friend liked it, I hated it…grunt!

    SiberH!….Get your Ole Maw settled down in front of the Rockies Game to relax…snort!….That is what we are going to do right now!…chuffle!burp!

  44. Wose-the small and meek
    8:13 pm on May 17th, 2014

    RIO! Rockies are in 2nd place, 3 games behind the Giants.


  45. Wose-the small and meek
    8:15 pm on May 17th, 2014

    For my VBFF:

    At Snowhook Kennel
    Belle Starr, my friend, sparkles
    Like diamonds in snow

  46. Barb & Maggie
    8:23 pm on May 17th, 2014

    Macy’s Mom, Put us on your list of places to visit. We will show you a good time.

  47. Riö – The Evil Pug
    8:29 pm on May 17th, 2014

    Rose!….It is exciting! For the moment anyway…snort!…This game is not starting out so well. Our favorite pitcher is pitching but he is having a 30+ throw 1st inning…gah!….This does not bode well…sniffle!

  48. Masquers
    8:33 pm on May 17th, 2014

    Riö & Siber: Enjoy the game.
    Rose: Purrfect!

  49. Siber-H
    8:41 pm on May 17th, 2014

    Rio, I have mom propped up and watching the game, but I am afraid she will quickly fade out on me.

  50. Riö – The Evil Pug
    8:42 pm on May 17th, 2014

    Tulo!….He just hit his 12th home-run!….Woooo!….But Cargo is in a major slump…grump!….If those two could just be hot at the same time there would be amazing things happening with my team. But no, of course not. That is just the stuff of pug-dreams…sniff!

  51. Wose-the small and meek
    8:51 pm on May 17th, 2014

    RIO! YEEP! 30+ in the first inning?

  52. Riö – The Evil Pug
    8:56 pm on May 17th, 2014

    Rose!…35 to be exact….grump!…He is not himself tonight….wuffle!

  53. Wose-the small and meek
    9:00 pm on May 17th, 2014

    RIO! GAH! Who are they playing?

  54. Wose-the small and meek
    9:02 pm on May 17th, 2014

    Okay, last one.

    Out near Seattle
    Masquers, Bear, and Nana live
    Purrs and hugs always

  55. Herd of Hounds
    9:05 pm on May 17th, 2014

    Rio…on your own (as usual) tonight. Sorry Bud.

  56. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:05 pm on May 17th, 2014

    Rose!…San Diego…grunt!…They are definitely Not the Yankees for pete’s sake. This is looking bad. It is 4 ta 1 in the 3rd inning…sniff! … I hope SiberH’s Maw falls asleep before it really gets ugly…grunt!

  57. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:06 pm on May 17th, 2014

    HoHo!…What the Hell are you going on about?…grunt!…Never Mind, don’t try to tell me.

  58. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:11 pm on May 17th, 2014

    GAH!….The Lyles-itis is spreading to the rest of the team…grump!…”They are not looking good.” said our faithful Announcers…sniff!

  59. Siber-H
    9:14 pm on May 17th, 2014

    I slipped mom a sleeping pill. She does not need to watch this and have nightmares. I will be brave for awhile longer.

  60. Wose-the small and meek
    9:24 pm on May 17th, 2014

    RIO! UGH! San Diego is not even playing 500 ball! They are 7 games behind in the division!!!

  61. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:39 pm on May 17th, 2014

    SiberH!….Smart Move!…snort!…We here have turned the channel to some cooking show…heh!…I bet she checks the score off and on. But it was too scary to watch right from the start…grumble!

  62. Barb & Maggie
    9:40 pm on May 17th, 2014

    We’re outa here. Have a good night all.

  63. O'Howlers
    10:04 pm on May 17th, 2014

    Hello everyone! We have been busy busy busy. This morning, Pop had a trainer work with Ned and him. Then the ‘rents went shopping, and Mom bought SHEWS SHEWS SHEWs. She is tired of her feet always aching, so she got some super comfortable shews at out friends’ health food and shew store. Later, Mom went to our pork and chicken guy for … Wait for it … Pork and chicken. Then she came home and rode Annie. It was Zeus’ first big test without a leash, and he was very good.
    Last night’s Wordplay and Michael Ronstadt concert was wonderful, and Zeus and the Reds were very good in the house. Zeus likes being kept inside. Go figure.

  64. O'Howlers
    10:05 pm on May 17th, 2014

    Oh, and they had fresh-picked lettuce from the garden with the ‘shroom burgers.

  65. Siber-H
    10:45 pm on May 17th, 2014

    The Rockies are only one run behind now.
    Dad said the Rockies could come from behind, but he said that about the Superbowl also and…..

  66. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:49 pm on May 17th, 2014

    SiberH!….gah!…Do not ever say that word again. My friend says no one in this house will ever watch football again….grunt!…Beau has not been informed of this yet and is counting the days till the first game…heh!heh!

    Hey!…It is 6 ta 5 to our utter amazement. We will watch the end of the game now…chuffle!

  67. Masquers
    10:53 pm on May 17th, 2014

    Rose: Love your haiku!!!

  68. BearSpiritDog
    10:57 pm on May 17th, 2014

    Zeus: Hip Hip Hurray! Hip Hip Hurray!! Who’s the Good Boy?

    Wose: Thank You. sniff.

    A Late Night Snack is calling my name – Bear

  69. Macy's mom
    11:01 pm on May 17th, 2014

    Barb and Mags, we are pretty sure you are in IL right? Oh, MPM, I knew we were leaving off someone important. Just add NY to the list and that will cover Rose too. Macy is washing her collar in prep for the big trip. Nobody tell her it is a virtual tour.

    It is finally late enough to go to bed. Niters.

  70. Riö – The Evil Pug
    11:01 pm on May 17th, 2014

    Hmmmphf!….8 ta 5 all of a sudden….grunt!

  71. Siber-H
    11:06 pm on May 17th, 2014

    Rio, I don’t think mom and I will ever watch football again either. How does one recover from that trauma.

    Night All

  72. Basil and Sage
    11:35 pm on May 17th, 2014

    With enough hot wings and beer, and the promise of a good half time show, that’s how.

  73. Macy's mom
    11:54 pm on May 17th, 2014

    Former President George W. Bush’s Scottish Terrier, Miss Beazley, dies of Lymphoma.

    Awww, RIP Miss B.

  74. Riö – The Evil Pug
    12:05 am on May 18th, 2014

    Kats!…You do jest I hope…grump!…There are not enough hot-wings and beer in the world, or my world, to ever recover from Supper Bowl 2014…gah!…I can’t believe I am even posting about it…sniff!…I swore I would never mention it or think about it ever again…grump!

  75. Riö – The Evil Pug
    12:08 am on May 18th, 2014

    RIP!…When did this blog become RIP Central??…grunt!…Not a happy thing, let me tell youse. …sniff! …I actually think Spencer started it and I for one HATE IT…growl!

  76. Macy the Min-Pin
    12:17 am on May 18th, 2014

    Bite me!

  77. Diane C.
    12:13 pm on May 18th, 2014

    Siber–Thanks for the information about the swamp thing (I enjoy saying “swamp thing”). Now I understand and am gald it’s working.
    Rose –I loved all the haiku–your last especially.

    I think I’m caught up.

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