WOOF (More)

Spence has a little write-up about WOOF (April 28) – http://www.spencequinn.com/bowser-and-birdie/. Also you can meet the only real living being he’s ever pretty much based a whole character on. (Meaning Night Train.)


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  1. Herd of Hounds
    8:07 am on February 10th, 2015

    Good morning, everyone! A comment on last night’s comments about work (note it ps a four letter word) Mom taught school, mostly middle school, and loved almost all of it. Once her school was stuck with a very poor principal and many people requested transfers. Someone asked mom if she was leaving and her answer was, “I can do anything for a year”. Sure enough the boss was moved at the end of the year and the remainder of her career was peaceful.
    Have a toddling good Tuesday, mom is off the the library.

  2. B.Stover
    9:03 am on February 10th, 2015

    This is repeat information, right?

    Good morning all.

  3. B.Stover
    9:22 am on February 10th, 2015

    Barb: 1984 is a novel about a dystopia. Orwell wrote it in 1948 and reversed the last two numbers to get the title. From it we have gotten the saying, “Big Brother is watching.” It’s a rather depressing novel and, to me, overrated. I think a much better dystopian work is Huxley’s Brave New World.

  4. BooBear
    10:01 am on February 10th, 2015

    Someone mentioned last night in the comments about the mission, that Wolfie is gone. Did I miss something? I know Mary is very busy with grandbaby, but still lurks sometimes. But Wolfie is okay, isn’t he?

    Mom didn’t get her toffee. Guess Wolfie’s schedule got very hectic again.

    Good morning all. Mom enjoyed reading the message to the kids from SQ. She has no imagination at all and couldn’t write a cereal box story. BUT (heresy here) she hasn’t really enjoyed any of the old classics y’all mention. Atlas Shrugged was probably the only one she liked. Of course, none have been read in years so maybe she would like them better now.

  5. Tupper and Gilly
    10:38 am on February 10th, 2015

    Morning all.
    BooBear – we don’t all have to like everything in common. That’s why they make chocolate AND vanilla ( and a million variations)

    We have lost a lot of posters from days gone by. So many people’s lives have changed since then. We miss all those who used to have a voice here. Hopefully some of them still lurk now and then and may come back. We need a recruiting campaign to get some new quilt squares.

  6. Staff
    10:39 am on February 10th, 2015

    Dear Spence, How do you pronounce Gaux? Thanks in advance.

  7. c.hobbit
    10:53 am on February 10th, 2015

    HOH: I will never understand how bad principals can be bounced around schools year after year instead of fired. I got stuck with a bad principal who was abruptly placed in our school at mid-year. We were located at the edge of the district so it was exile for him. He was pulled from the #1 school in the district due to parent complaints. Unfortunately he stayed until he retired and told any unhappy teachers year after year to just leave because he wasn’t going anywhere. A nearby elementary school also got a bad principal and at the end of the year 100% of the teachers requested transfers to other schools. The district never fired her.

  8. c.hobbit
    11:04 am on February 10th, 2015

    So for weeks Sadie has ignored the cat food knowing that it wasn’t her food. Three days ago I made a mistake of giving leftover cat food to her (the cat had walked away from it never to return). So now the cat food is fair game and I have to feed the cat on a side table.

    This morning I decided to make hot chocolate in the microwave which I don’t use very much. When the microwave dinged, Sadie went into the kitchen and sat looking at the microwave. When did she learn that a ding meant something was cooked?

  9. Tupper and Gilly
    11:15 am on February 10th, 2015

    Sadie – who’s a good dog?

    Hobbit – ever heard of the Peter Principle? We have worked for a lot of them.

    11:16 am on February 10th, 2015

    When we said many were gone, we just mean from the blog. Some have crossed the Bridge. Wolfie as far as we know, just hasn’t posted for a while. Didn’t mean to alarm.

    As far as Barb’s job, she really loves it, but then again it is part time, 14-20 hours a week. Just enough to keep her active and help her bank account. I know she would not want to do full time again, no way, no how. And her boss is easy peasy, which helps.

    Not sure about reading 1984. Baye likes it, but then again she said she likes dark and depressing. Not sure why.

  11. Staff
    11:17 am on February 10th, 2015


    I hadn’t watched Melanie’s video for over a year. It is still GREAT!

    I am getting psyched for this years race.

  12. O'Howlers
    11:26 am on February 10th, 2015

    BooBear, Mom does not know most of those books, and is not likely to read them.

    T&G, Mom never called them Peter; she called them Dick. But we think they are the same.

  13. BearSpiritDog
    11:36 am on February 10th, 2015

    “I laugh at X & Y!” Spence’s Comment cracked us up.
    Night Train. Again…What a Cool Name.

    BooBear: You have asked the Very Same Question that was on our minds after Barb’s comment of the other day. Is Wolfie OK? No toffee here either, but that’s okay…just want everything to be okay for him and his family.

    C.Hobbit: Oh, boy. Now you’ve done it. Didn’t you know that Cat Food is a Delicacy to Us?

  14. ALR
    11:51 am on February 10th, 2015

    Good morning! One thing about my work, there was always a lunch hour…..and oh how we would make the most of our lunch hours on most days! We tried different eateries, walked and talked, shopped and read books. Maybe that was what made it easier to choose the mostly positive attitude. Some folks don’t have that and I feel lucky.

    B. Stover, I loathe dystopia and am leary of utopia! I have been wondering if you ever read 84, Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff? It is a delightful little book of letters. I am reading it again, as it popped to the surface when you asked about favorite lines from books.

  15. Masquers
    11:56 am on February 10th, 2015

    B: Spence may have said these things before, but only to you, you, you!..the lucky winner of the ARC.

    Staff: Thanks for that lovely trip down memory lane. sniff.

    As for the work situation? Those wacky bosses and principals are everywhere. Mostly they seem to get bounced around like ping pong balls. There’s nothing anyone can do about it, but we still try. It’s the principle of the thing. Heh, heh.

  16. ALR
    12:05 pm on February 10th, 2015

    C. Hobbit, I always had to feed my long time cat companion, Greyson, up high on my little kitchen desk…until the sad day when we had no dogs. He rather liked hopping up there to crunch crunch his food.

    Tupper & Gilly, The Peter Principle! It applies so often these days all over the place! I think I was maybe 20 when the book came out and we did not even have the internet or even dream of it. Love the internet, especially for these friendships right here, but it has sure accelerated the Peter Principle.

  17. Diane C.
    12:14 pm on February 10th, 2015

    Uh…hi everyone–I guess I have some catching up to do (“I laugh at X and Y”?) So I’ll be off to do so.
    First day of term was OK (and I discovered that Amtrak costs more than the local Metrolink to go the same distance–not sure why but a mistake I won’t be repeating anytime soon…)
    I hope and trust y’all are having a good day, keeping warm, dry up to strength and well-fed as necessary.
    Book discussion group today on the excellent “Rosie Project” (of which I will miss most as I am assigned to desk duty, but oh, well…)
    B. Stover–A Canticle for Leibowitz–now that’s dystopia…

  18. Siber-H
    12:22 pm on February 10th, 2015

    That is an excellent article Spence wrote for kids. He would have made an great teacher but I am glad he is a writer.

    Barb, Like Baye, mom likes dark and depressing. She will not watch or read light and fluffy. She has been that way since she was a kid. Like Baye again, mom does not know why.

    BooBear, Mom does not read the same books that most on the blog do, but she enjoys reading all the mini book reports.

  19. Diane C.
    12:23 pm on February 10th, 2015

    Everyone on the “Work” thread: There’s a reason they call it “work” rather than “happy fun time”, “creative play period”, “hanging out on the blog” etc. Some days go better than others for, I think, most of us; no comfort if you’re in the midst of a long string of bad ones, but the possibility of improvement (even if it requires making a major move) is there…
    Yeah, OK, enough of the platitudes…where is that “X and Y’ quote? I like the sound of it…

  20. Chet The Dog
    1:24 pm on February 10th, 2015

    Pronunciation of Gaux came up? It’s Go. – Spence

  21. Herd of Hounds
    1:30 pm on February 10th, 2015

    Spence, TY. HOH’s French is non-existent.

  22. Staff
    2:02 pm on February 10th, 2015

    thanks Chet. I would never have thought Go…

  23. Staff
    2:02 pm on February 10th, 2015

    Off to get wonderfluffed.

  24. Masquers
    2:06 pm on February 10th, 2015

    Chet: Gaux. Hey! I got that right! (but only because it rhymes with faux)

  25. Masquers
    2:07 pm on February 10th, 2015

    We bet AJ got it right too.

  26. B.Stover
    2:10 pm on February 10th, 2015

    ALR: I saw a movie titled 84 Charing Cross Road but I don’t think I’ve read the book. I’ll check it out.

    “Utopia” literally means “no place”–derived from Greek “ou”–no–and
    “topos”–place. I think it interesting that it’s defined as an ideal place.

    I thought that the info in today’s post was in the post introducing the Spencequinn.com cite. I’ll recheck.

  27. B.Stover
    2:12 pm on February 10th, 2015

    I laughed at the X Y comment too and really agree with it!

  28. B.Stover
    2:15 pm on February 10th, 2015

    I’ll also have to check out A Canticle for Leibowitz.

  29. Herd of Hounds
    3:17 pm on February 10th, 2015

    OK, 3 weeks to the Iditarod start. Some good times, some scary times. It is ALL our time with Snowhook. We will be with Snowhook through THICK and thin and ice and……. Oh heck, we aren’t creative…GO SNOWHOOK!

  30. dawson
    3:26 pm on February 10th, 2015

    DianeC: If you haven’t found the “x and y” quote, it is at the end of the first paragraph of Chet’s link today.
    I have been out all morning running errands and am leaving again for an appointment and a few more errands.

    Go Snowhook!

    4:51 pm on February 10th, 2015

    We didn’t get toffee either (sob), and just figured that Mary was too busy this year with family.

    We also thought Gaux would be pronounced same as faux.

  32. Diane C.
    5:12 pm on February 10th, 2015

    Dawson (or Nosewad)–Thank you–that will teach me to skim!

  33. Tupper and Gilly
    6:26 pm on February 10th, 2015

    Is everyone prepared to cheer on their favorite breed? The Westminster Dog Show is next Monday and Tuesday. We think THIS is the year for Corgis!

  34. Riö - The Evil Pug
    6:27 pm on February 10th, 2015

    Movie!…84 Charing Cross Road is one of my all time favorites…snort!…The last time I rented it the DVD was so cracked that it broke my friend’s dvd player…sniff!…She was not happy with me for days and days…grunt!

  35. Herd of Hounds
    6:50 pm on February 10th, 2015

    We have lots of comfy pillows stacked up on the bed for reading time and mom has Miss Julia (1) out and is going to read to us, us, us!

  36. ALR
    7:38 pm on February 10th, 2015

    Rio, does the movie include Helene’s eventual trip to London that is her book, The Duchess of Bloomsbury St.? I believe I did read that book as well, which is written in diary form, but it did not wind up in my keepers shelf. Maybe I borrowed it from the library.

  37. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    7:43 pm on February 10th, 2015

    Isn’t 84 Charing about 30 years old? Does that affect the enjoyment factor? Some movies seem classic and some don’t age well. At least we feel that way.

  38. O'Howlers
    7:57 pm on February 10th, 2015

    Jeff King is the 5th musher to scratch.

  39. Wookie's and Teddy's Dadr
    8:05 pm on February 10th, 2015

    Barb. 84 Charing Cross Road is definitely in the classic category. If you haven’t seen it, you will definitely enjoy it.

    Actually just finished watching Charade on Turner Classic Movies, with Cary Grant and Audrey Hepburn. Definitely one of my all time favorites. And just about to watch Gentleman’s Agreement with Gregory Peck.

  40. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    8:21 pm on February 10th, 2015

    I will put it on my list at Netflix, thanks, W & T’s Dad.

    HOH, let us know what you think of the firs Miss Julia book.

    Heading to the library tomorrow to pick up a new (2013) Lisa Scottoline book.

  41. Herd of Hounds
    8:23 pm on February 10th, 2015

    Our mom is chuckling while she reads about Miss Julia. We think it is funny, too but she isn’t a good pillow when she laughs.

  42. c.hobbit
    8:59 pm on February 10th, 2015

    The Iditarod Trail Committe will decide onTuesday whether to move the start of the race to Fairbanks. Right now there is a concern about low snow levels if the start is in Willow. No snow is in the forecast as of now. Yeep!

  43. Herd of Hounds
    9:16 pm on February 10th, 2015

    Maybe we should do a snow dance!

  44. dawson
    9:45 pm on February 10th, 2015

    The Iditarod Committee was roundly criticized in retrospect last year for NOT moving the restart to Fairbanks so they may be more inclined to make a decision for Fairbanks this year. I will do a snow dance for the Iditarod Trail.

    I will watch “Justified” then hit the sack. The driveway has still not been shoveled.

    Goodnight to all youse.

  45. Barb, Maggie and Lucy
    10:20 pm on February 10th, 2015

    Has anyone seen the commercial with all the animals and Roger Miller singing Ooo De Lally in the background? Love it! However, the song keeps bouncing around in my head afterwards.

    Quiet night on the blog, so I think we will say good night too.

  46. Herd of Hounds
    10:25 pm on February 10th, 2015

    PetCo has a new commercial and the last frame has a Newfie standing up on his lady! Nighty night.

  47. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:26 pm on February 10th, 2015

    Iditarod!…It is fast approaching…yeeep!… I hope all you travelers are giving thought as to how you will keep us all who are in our warm safe homes fully updated with photos and such…grunt!…If not, I will HOWL and HOWL every single day…sniff!…After ALL the crap I took from youse when me and my friend visited…heh!…Better have a PLAN.

  48. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:42 pm on February 10th, 2015

    Chargers!…Don’t forget your Kamera Chargers…snort!…If you need software to load your digital photos take the disc with you and load it onto CHobbit’s computer. She can off the software after you leave…grunt!…Figure it out, but have a plan. I am NOT going to stand another mostly photo-less Iditarod when we have several Plunderers on the spot…gruffle!

  49. ALR
    10:58 pm on February 10th, 2015

    HOH, you think a chuckler doesn’t make a good pillow? Just wait till she gets to the laughing right out loud part! And if she goes the distance through the series your pillow days may require motion sickness pills!

  50. ML
    11:14 pm on February 10th, 2015

    Late here as usual. Belle go out and couldn’t be found anywhere even after driving the streets. I came home and calle the pound they had two pug mixes but neither was ours. Apparently Belle heard that we had called the law on her, as she cme trotting out of whatever hidey. Hole she had been in. Who’s a naughty dog ?
    BTW I drove the streets, not Belle

  51. Riö – The Evil Pug
    11:18 pm on February 10th, 2015

    Pugs!…Even half-bloods need to stay in their yards…snort!…So says my friend. She thinks we like to wonder around and get into business that is not our business…sniff!…We never go very far however, because heaven forbid we really get some good exercise…heh!heh!

  52. c.hobbit
    12:42 am on February 11th, 2015

    BREAKING NEWS: It looks like the Iditarod will start in Fairbanks

    Plunderers heading north…we will figure it out.

  53. Staff
    12:51 am on February 11th, 2015

    Oh my DOG!

  54. c.hobbit
    12:52 am on February 11th, 2015

    Staff: Yeep!

  55. Staff
    12:57 am on February 11th, 2015

    Why did I not see this coming. Last year I had reservations up there before it all didn’t happen.

    One way or another eh CHobbit?

  56. Staff
    1:16 am on February 11th, 2015

    Should I get reservations for the restart? Will they give us a day to travel and restart on the 9th? My tickets home are on the 10th. Yeep and yeep. I guess I will not worry about it any way it happens.

  57. Luna
    1:36 am on February 11th, 2015

    Things are very busy here at Race-Prep Central, and that was before this latest development. Yeep! My mama and I have something up our collar. Please check your SDD.

    ML: Believe it or not, I was worrit I would be overwhelmed when I joined Rio’s Friend at the busy place. But, after a bit of trial and error and some stick-to-it-iveness, I was licking envelopes like a pro. I’ve been supervising the Giant and SnowBella since I was a pup, but envelops were new to me. Take work in stride. I’m pulling for you.

    I better get back to supervising the Giant in his race prep.

  58. Luna
    1:38 am on February 11th, 2015

    Staff: When the rumblings started about moving the restart several weeks ago, my mama reserved a hotel room for us. She said she wouldn’t give it up until the word about the restart was official.

  59. c.hobbit
    1:39 am on February 11th, 2015

    Staff: I think your flight home is Tuesday 1:30 am. You’d have to check in by 11:30 pm on Monday. The Iditarod doesn’t usually start until 2 pm(?). If AJ leaves in the middle of the pack as usual, he won’t leave until 3:30 or 4:00. It is a 7 hour drive from Fairbanks to Anchorage and that is really driving hard core. I think it would be too close to make it. You can fly up and back but the cost of a 45-min flight is pricey.

    Plan B: you will be experiencing the ceremonial start including being behind the scenes. On Monday we will gather around the TV with high-calorie food stuff and alcohol and watch the live coverage–out of the weather, sitting in comfy chairs, in a warm house with Sadie to pet. Heh.

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