Ides Of March Edition: Wookie’s Checkpoint, Coming Up!

“Looks like AJ’s on his way to Elim,” says Spence. “Which is Wookie’s checkpoint. Go Snowhook! We’re talking about the Iditarod, for anyone new here, this great race where we’re very emotionally involved with the Snowhook team.”

“What’s our checkpoint, again?”

“Golovin, I think,” Spence says.

“Sounds Russian,” Admin says.

“I don’t think they go that far.”

“But have they been through Golovin yet?”

“Not sure. How about we give Rebecca a call today? She’s in Nome.”

“Why not?”

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179 Responses to “Ides Of March Edition: Wookie’s Checkpoint, Coming Up!”

  1. OleyHowlers
    8:02 am on March 15th, 2012

    Good morning All Snowhook Fans!
    We honestly are incredulous that our Giant of a Musher is already on his way to Elim. The team must be feeling tip-top, like us!
    Onward Snowhook!!!

  2. Rose
    8:11 am on March 15th, 2012

    Good Morning OH: After reading last night’s blog early this morning, I am soooo glad that AJ is on his way to Elim Wookie’s checkpoint-Hurray!). My heart was in my throat for awhile last night.

    GO SNOWHOOK!!!!

    Good Thursday morning to youse all!
    Yikes! The Ides of March…..Good thoughts going out to Rebecca, AJ , and the A-Team.

    And we did not commemorate Pie (PI) day yestrday. A big slice of cherry pie would have helped last night!

  3. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    8:21 am on March 15th, 2012

    Has anyone checked out the new Friends of Chet recently? They are all mighty fine looking! Welcome, everyone!

  4. Princess Sam
    8:30 am on March 15th, 2012

    I’m glad the trauma of last night is over with. Ever onward!

  5. Rose
    8:34 am on March 15th, 2012

    Wolfie: The are a nice looking bunch, aren’t they? Any word on your boys?

    Sam: You took the words right out of my mouth. I was sure I was going to have a heart attack…..

  6. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    8:44 am on March 15th, 2012

    AJ is smokin’ hot! 8.2 mph!

    Go SnowhooK!

  7. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    8:46 am on March 15th, 2012

    I’ll be glad when Rebecca can find a wifi hot spot.

  8. Riö – The Evil Pug
    8:47 am on March 15th, 2012

    Elim!…Wookie!….Snowhook!… GO!….sneeze!

  9. Riö – The Evil Pug
    8:58 am on March 15th, 2012

    Fun!….snort!….Are we all having fun!Fun!FUN! or what!?…heh!…I haven’t had this much fun in my whole life – I tell you what!…WOOOOOOO!

  10. Melanie
    8:58 am on March 15th, 2012

    On the Trail again,
    They couldn’t wait to get on the trail again.
    The one they love is now waiting for them in Nome.

    And they can’t wait to get on the trail again.
    On the trail again

    They’ve been places that are windy, bleak and wild
    Now it time to wing their way through checkpoints on to Nome.

  11. Melanie
    9:00 am on March 15th, 2012

    Only Rebecca would sleep through “Who Let The Dogs Out” karaoke in the rocking and rolling, shaking the walls, downstairs from her room!

  12. B.Stover
    9:17 am on March 15th, 2012

    Relief! Good morning all.

  13. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:19 am on March 15th, 2012

    Song!…Oh Lordy, I thought Wookie would be the one to break out in song today…heh!heh!snort!

  14. Melanie
    9:20 am on March 15th, 2012

    The conjunction of Venus and Jupiter admired by two of the Nation Within.
    Photographer: Robert Hanelt

  15. Tupper and Gilly
    9:25 am on March 15th, 2012

    Hi everyone – whew – we are so happy today, and feeling tip top now that AJ and the gang are getting closer to Nome.
    Last night put a real strain on the cookie stash…

  16. OleyHowlers
    9:34 am on March 15th, 2012

    Standings are finally updated, so we can see that AJ still has 12 dogs. That is fantastic news, considering what our team must have had to go thru yesterday.

  17. Barb & Maggie
    9:35 am on March 15th, 2012

    Good morning all. Wer are feeling more relaxed today. Pretty scary last night!

    Barb is at work, so will be more of a lurker today. BBL

  18. Mollypop's Mom
    9:45 am on March 15th, 2012

    AJ and dogs took a nice long, well-deserved rest last night.

  19. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:46 am on March 15th, 2012

    Twins!….AJ and The Team are traveling with the Berington Twins….snort!snort!

  20. Tupper and Gilly
    9:53 am on March 15th, 2012

    Hi Barb! Don’t let your CL get you down! Maybe next year, we can get AJ to pack her up in the sled and drop her off somewhere along the trail…tee hee

    We have such respect for AJ. He has been faced with one difficulty after another, and he takes it all in stride. Since he still has 12 dogs, it is obvious that he is taking exceptional care of them and is more concerned with their well being than with pushing them.
    We truly hope that AJ will know that we all think more highly of him for his integrity than if he was a different kind of person who sacrificed the dogs for the win.

    Go Snowhook! We are waiting for you to come home, and we will wait no matter how long it takes!

  21. Siber-H
    10:03 am on March 15th, 2012

    Rio, We are having fun!!! FUN!FUN!FUN!

    Our photos got to travel over the ice yesterday while AJ and the dogs were making thier own trail through it. WOO WOO

    We are still so proud of AJ and the dogs for pulling that off.
    They are on their way to Wookie’s checkpoint now!

  22. bluecat
    10:10 am on March 15th, 2012

    Amen, T&G. Also wishing that Rebecca has just the right people around her until she gives A.J. that first big hug.

    Hi, Siber-H. Thanks again for your calming presence yesterday.

  23. Barb & Maggie
    10:14 am on March 15th, 2012

    Go Snowhook!

    T & G, Your mama is sooo lucky to be rid of her CL. Barb has had to listen to details about CL II’s bowels this morning! TMI! Double Yuck!

  24. Siber-H
    10:18 am on March 15th, 2012

    You are welcome, Bluecat.

    The two Siber teams are only a mile apart, and they aren’t running last.

  25. Tyb
    10:32 am on March 15th, 2012

    Melanie,
    The Hanelt photograph is exceptional. I wish I had taken it. Thanks for sharing.

  26. OleyHowlers
    10:35 am on March 15th, 2012

    Wah!! Our GPS is not working now.

  27. Melanie
    10:56 am on March 15th, 2012

    As AJ grows closer to Wöökie’s checkpoint, I will be headed off for some roaming of my own.

    ROAD TRIP! Patsy, The Element and me will be headed down the hill then up some more hills, around a mountain and see stuff and take some pictures and get out of the house! With nothing to do!!!!

    We are looking forward to it.

    So Godspeed Snowhook!

    BBL

  28. Melanie
    10:58 am on March 15th, 2012

    OH MY DOG! I can’t believe I said “me”. Oh Carpola! Will B.Stover ever talk to I again?
    snicker

  29. dawson
    11:01 am on March 15th, 2012

    Yippee!
    The Snowhook team Plunders On! The team is away from that hard to find hole in the wall of Beau and Rio’s checkpoint and heading fast towards Wookie’s checkpoint of Elim, after which comes the checkpoint sponsored by Peter Abrahams for our own Chet and Bernie Series. WhooooooHooooo! When is the next book coming out?

    Welcome to all the new and beautiful friends of Chet that seemed to have snuck in when I wasn’t looking.

    Rose: Cherry Pie ala mode sounds good to me.

    Grammar Melanie! Don’t forget to take it with you.

  30. BearSpiritDog
    11:04 am on March 15th, 2012

    Hello to All.
    Melanie: A Calming Image to begin our day.
    A fun and relaxing day to you and Patsy!

    AJ. What more can we say about this Giant of a Man?
    Love, Faith, Courage, Confidence, Dedication, Perseverance, Integrity, Compassion, Kindness, Honesty. All of these describe Rebecca’s man.
    Our respect for him grows by the day. The Plunderers are honored to call him Friend.

  31. Macy the Min-pin
    11:04 am on March 15th, 2012

    This is from a post from the ITC facebookie page…we concur.

    BUT……………. will the insider be posting all finishing of all drivers??? Family friends and fans have spent hours, weeks, years and many dollars supporting mushers…we understand the media coud care less about # 20 or #50 but those of us who have paid with elbow grease and dreamed with these drivers DO CARE and want to see them finish. I don’t want to be cheaped out seeing my supported musher finish because they are not in the top 10 yet or maybe never.

  32. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    11:09 am on March 15th, 2012

    Not to disappoint my good pal Rio, and as AJ and the team are rolling into Elim, how about a little chorus from Credence Clearwater Revival. Yahoooo! Go Snowhook. Wookie

    Left a good job in the city
    Working for the man every night and day
    And I never lost one minute of sleeping
    Worrying ’bout the way things might have been

    Big wheel, keep on turning
    Proud Mary, keep on burning
    Rolling, rolling, rolling on the river

    Cleaned a lot of plates in Memphis
    Pumped a lot of pain down in New Orleans
    But I never saw the good side of the city
    Until I hitched a ride on a river boat queen
    Big wheel, keep on turning
    Proud Mary, keep on burning
    Rolling, rolling, rolling on the river

    Rolling, rolling, rolling on the river
    If you come down to the river
    Bet you gonna find some people who live
    You don’t have to worry ’cause you have no money
    People on the river are happy to give

    Big wheel, keep on turning
    Proud Mary, keep on burning
    Rolling, rolling, rolling on the river

    Rolling, rolling, rolling on the river
    Rolling, rolling, rolling on the river
    Rolling, rolling, rolling on the river

  33. Macy the Min-pin
    11:11 am on March 15th, 2012

    Is Mike Santos taking the scenic route? #22

  34. Macy the Min-pin
    11:12 am on March 15th, 2012

    Wookie, you just have too much fun, hee hee!

  35. Riö – The Evil Pug
    11:39 am on March 15th, 2012

    Backup!….SiberH on tambourine and I’m on harmonica back-up as Wookie sings his Elim Checkpoint song!….WoooooOOOOOOooooOOOOoooo!

  36. Riö – The Evil Pug
    11:41 am on March 15th, 2012

    Pests!….Those pesky twins are sticking close to AJ and the A-Team…snort!…I hope they are not distracting him…grunt!

  37. B.Stover
    11:44 am on March 15th, 2012

    Melanie: I’m laughing.

    Grammar quiz: Which pronouns are in the subjective case and which are in the objective case and what is the difference?

  38. Macy the Min-pin
    11:48 am on March 15th, 2012

    B.- zzzzz as in I completely zone out, lol. Mom says that if she ever even learned that, she deleted in from her memory bank YEARS ago.

  39. Masquers
    11:49 am on March 15th, 2012

    Wookie: CCR…a personal favorite of ours. Rock on!

    And now for some WEATHER. Wind advisory on the coast…winds from 20 to 35 mph with gusts up to 55 mph. Yikes!

  40. Riö – The Evil Pug
    11:51 am on March 15th, 2012

    Stover!….Youse guys?…heh!

  41. Barb & Maggie
    11:52 am on March 15th, 2012

    Bee is probably the only one that knows for sure, but here is my guess-her is objective, she is subjective, and so on. That is based on subject, or object of the preposition.

  42. Barb & Maggie
    11:55 am on March 15th, 2012

    Oley, What does your mama think about that HBO special, Luck? Heard that 3 horses died during filming, and now they are going to cancel filming any more episodes.

  43. Siber-H
    11:57 am on March 15th, 2012

    LOVE the song, Wookie! CCR is one of our all time favorites.
    I hope the Insider listens to the person that posted that on faceboookie. Thanks Macy.
    Rio and Beau’s checkpoint is now famous with all of us. Immortalized forever.
    Rio…about those twins.
    Stover, I have no idea.

  44. B.Stover
    11:59 am on March 15th, 2012

    Rio: Now I’m laughing even more!

    An “A” to Barb.

  45. B.Stover
    12:02 pm on March 15th, 2012

    Subjective case: subject of the sentence…”I”

    Objective case: object of the sentence… “me”

    I suppose this is only fun for English teachers…lonely members of the species.

  46. Barb & Maggie
    12:08 pm on March 15th, 2012

    Thank you Wookie for the song. We love CCR too! And, btw, just started the Larry Millett book last night – won’t get too far till this weekend.

    Yea! Bee, Thank you for the “A”. Makes our day!

  47. Rose
    12:10 pm on March 15th, 2012

    Dawson: Let’s get together for that cherry pie ala mode!!!

    I’m singing Ramble On to myself here. I think that’s one of AJ’s trail songs…..

  48. Riö – The Evil Pug
    12:12 pm on March 15th, 2012

    Yeep!…Colo State Univ is one of the first teams to play in the March Madness NCAA tournament….wheeze!…Where is Murray State Univ?….grunt!

  49. Barb & Maggie
    12:14 pm on March 15th, 2012

    We have found that the easiest way to make sure you are using the right pronoun is to take the double subject/object out and just use the pronoun. “Please give it to Bob and I” does not sound right if you say “Please give it to I”.

  50. BearSpiritDog
    12:35 pm on March 15th, 2012

    Barb&Magpie: Now you’re talk’n. Even Bear can remember that! “Please give it to Bob and I” sounded good until we did what you said.

    Rio: Off subject there pal…time enough for this kind of talk after the Race.

  51. OleyHowlers
    12:36 pm on March 15th, 2012

    Barb and Maggie, we do not get HBO and we never heard of Luck. What happened? Or don’t we want to know?

    Bee, Mom says she loves that too. She has happy memories of diagramming sentences on the blackboards. She is ancient! Our pet peeve is not people using me as subjectivs, but rather people using “I” when they shouldn’t. Mom sees that all the time in business correspondence, believe it or not.

    We also love Fogarty and CCR, and we also love Zepplin!

    We are happy Rebecca can’t get online to see AJ running with the twins (wink).

  52. Riö – The Evil Pug
    12:47 pm on March 15th, 2012

    Bear!..I can multi-sport-task…snort!

  53. Masquers
    12:49 pm on March 15th, 2012

    Question: Why is Gypsy showing Karen Ramstead out in the middle of Norton Sound with the incorrect mileage reading, yet the updates say she reached Koyuk some time ago?

    Almost to Elim! WoooWoooWookie!

  54. Masquers
    12:57 pm on March 15th, 2012

    We’re smok’n at 9.1 mph!

  55. OleyHowlers
    1:02 pm on March 15th, 2012

    Only 2 miles out last we could check. Then our GPS broke again. :(

  56. Tupper and Gilly
    1:02 pm on March 15th, 2012

    “happy memories of diagramming sentences on the blackboards”

    Yikes !!!

    That was the stuff of nightmares for us.

    We think we learnt to talk good English cuz we like read alot of books and stuff.

    (and right now, Bee is stamping a big red “F” on her computer screen over our post – tee hee)

  57. Kirby T. Penworthy
    1:05 pm on March 15th, 2012

    Rio: It’s in Murray, Ky. Dad actually took some graduate classes there when he was stationed at Fort Campbell, Ky. — the school has a satellite campus there.

    (Sorry Bear!)

  58. OleyHowlers
    1:05 pm on March 15th, 2012

    LOL T&G ! We are geeks; youse are artists.

  59. Kirby T. Penworthy
    1:08 pm on March 15th, 2012

    OH: Mom doesn’t remember having to diagram sentences, but unlike her classmates she loved doing proofs in geometry! (And no, she’s not a math geek!)

  60. Masquers
    1:10 pm on March 15th, 2012

    And he’s coasting in to Elim! Wooooo!

  61. Siber-H
    1:26 pm on March 15th, 2012

    Masquers, My guess is that Karen’s tracker stoped working. The Iditarod tries to be very accurate on their standings page.
    We will see if the Insider people notice this problem and fix it.

  62. Barb & Maggie
    1:27 pm on March 15th, 2012

    Barb says she loved to diagram sentences, too. Geometry and algebra, not so much!

  63. Wookie of Chevy Chase
    1:28 pm on March 15th, 2012

    Yes, AJ and team and now into Wookie (er, excuse me, Elim)! Hooray!!! (Sorry, I just got a little excited there). Wookie

  64. Siber-H
    1:28 pm on March 15th, 2012

    Mom loved to play baseball in school. Oh Well

  65. Riö – The Evil Pug
    1:29 pm on March 15th, 2012

    Basketball!…Well, youse guys can talk grammar while Kirby and I talk March Madness!….snort!

  66. Riö – The Evil Pug
    1:35 pm on March 15th, 2012

    Elim!…WhoooooHoooo!…snort!…I still think Ko-Yuck was a lot more exciting…heh!heh!…So does Beau.

    Murray!….Wonnit…sniff!… We still have one more team to watch before we switch over and follow Georgetown…snuffle!

  67. OleyHowlers
    1:35 pm on March 15th, 2012

    Woooo Wooookie!!! Welcome to Elim, Snowhook!

  68. B.Stover
    1:50 pm on March 15th, 2012

    Rio: Murray State U is in Kentucky.

  69. Barb & Maggie
    1:52 pm on March 15th, 2012

    Oley, We don’t get HBO either, and have not seen the show. Just read in the news today that they have stopped filming after the 3rd horse had to be put down. Evidently she reared up and went over backwards injuring herself. Other two were injured during filming of the first season and had to be put down. PETA stepped in. They thought proper care was not being taken, plus they were using race horses for the filming that were old and out of shape. I think Nick Nolte and Dustin Hoffman were in it.

  70. B.Stover
    1:54 pm on March 15th, 2012

    Barb: That is an excellent way to test pronoun usage.

    Howlers: When I was in elementary school–thousands of years ago–we diagrammed sentences. I always thought it was fun. I don’t know if they do that anymore but it is an exellent way to understand usage.

  71. B.Stover
    2:01 pm on March 15th, 2012

    My sport was swimming but I loved playing basketball and, believe it or not, I loved playing softball. I was usually the pitcher.

    T&G: Have I ever mentioned that I love your sense of humor?

    Now….has anyone ever done Venn Diagrams to test categorical syllogism? Fun! Snicker….

  72. dawson
    2:03 pm on March 15th, 2012

    WhoooHooo! Wookie’s checkpoint! AJ made the run into Elim look easy. That’s how smooth Wookie rolls.

  73. Tupper and Gilly
    2:07 pm on March 15th, 2012

    Bee – now you are just showing off.
    (tee hee)

    We aren’t getting emails on AJ anymore.
    We were worried when we didn’t get an update.
    Stupid Internet!

  74. Barb & Maggie
    2:12 pm on March 15th, 2012

    Bee, NO!!

  75. Snowhook Bella
    2:20 pm on March 15th, 2012

    I found a brief moment and spot to access the internet. AJ is plundering on.

  76. Barb & Maggie
    2:20 pm on March 15th, 2012

    Bee, Last week Barb got an email from the copy editor at the newspaper who does the ads. She said “Do you think we should take THEM snowflakes out? Barb replied “Yes, I think we should take THOSE snowflakes out”. Don’t know if she caught on or not! And she is a copy editor!! Yikes!

  77. Masquers
    2:26 pm on March 15th, 2012

    Siber: A malfunctioning or lost tracker…not a good thing…as we know from experience…..

  78. Mollypop's Mom
    2:27 pm on March 15th, 2012

    I have a problem with the way people misuse the word ‘myself’ when they should just say ‘me.’ Like – “Please contact Bill or myself and we’ll take care of it.”

  79. BearSpiritDog
    2:32 pm on March 15th, 2012

    Hi SnowBella! We just saw your latest update on facebookie.

  80. B.Stover
    2:33 pm on March 15th, 2012

    No, truly. Venn Diagrams are fun. I learned about them in logic class as an undergrad and for fun I did Venn Ds for all the syllogisms. Wonder if I can find that notebook. It’s relaxing like doing jigsaw puzzles is relaxing.

  81. B.Stover
    2:36 pm on March 15th, 2012

    Mollypop’s Mom: I’ve heard that too. It’s almost like nails scratching a chalkboard.

    Barb: I wonder how that person got hired.

    For a long time my theory has been that people don’t read enough when they’re young. Reading is one of the best ways to learn usage. (I’ve never been good at math but I think math takes a certain talent.)

  82. OleyHowlers
    3:04 pm on March 15th, 2012

    Our theory is that teachers focused on improper usage of “me” as in “Dima and me are going to kill that groundhog.” Because of those lessons, we now find that many adults are afraid to use “me” so they say “the groundhog tasted good to Dima and I” or “please give Dima and myself some ice cream so we don’t have to kill yet another groundhog.”

  83. Siber-H
    3:16 pm on March 15th, 2012

    Fellow Sibers, Now that is the way to teach dogs correct English…gives us something we can relate to.

  84. Barb & Maggie
    3:19 pm on March 15th, 2012

    You are very funny Oley! The groundhog is laughing too.

  85. Macy the Min-pin
    4:02 pm on March 15th, 2012

    Mmm I doubt that the groundhog is laughing too much!

    Why did no one tell us that “Winterdance” was required reading? We had to tear ourselves away to check on the current race instead of one from 25 years ago. So exciting in both cases.

    Grandma told mom all through elementary school, “just wait until you have to diagram sentences”. Mom waited as told, but never had to. Could be why we go zzzzzzzzzz when thinking about subjected particules and objecting claws.

  86. Macy the Min-pin
    4:11 pm on March 15th, 2012

    I feel badly? for Mackey’s leader Maple. Run the whole race “in full heat”, then LM says she was crabby? Uh, Lance let’s see YOU do it. heh heh

  87. Riö – The Evil Pug
    4:16 pm on March 15th, 2012

    Bidding!…Hey! Someone bid $100.00 on AJ’s autographed bib…snort!…I’m guessing it was probably one of youse guys…heh!

  88. Riö – The Evil Pug
    4:23 pm on March 15th, 2012

    Trivia!…Here is a bit of trivia for Spencer and the Gang…snort!….Golovin is not an official Checkpoint, but some teams will stop there anyways…heh!

  89. Mollypop's Mom
    4:30 pm on March 15th, 2012

    Macy – Is there something wrong with your fingertips (paw tips)?

  90. Tupper and Gilly
    4:31 pm on March 15th, 2012

    Mackey has lost our respect during this race.
    We know what a REAL musher thinks about!

    Bee – we admit it. We had to look up what Venn diagrams of categorical syllogisms were. We decided that:
    Some brain games are fun
    We do not like brain games that are not fun
    Therefore we do not like all brain games

    And we still don’t know what the heck categorical syllogisms are!

    We will stick with Sudoku

  91. Mollypop's Mom
    4:33 pm on March 15th, 2012

    Rio sets a proper example – his use of the word ‘me’ is totally correct. Me! Me! Me!

  92. Rose
    4:36 pm on March 15th, 2012

    Bear: Your wise, handsome face is up top!

    Rio: I saw that last night. You can eliminate me as a suspect (for now) :)

    Hey Rebecca!

    WhoooooHoooo Wookie!

    Keep on keepin’ on AJ!!!!

  93. Riö – The Evil Pug
    4:53 pm on March 15th, 2012

    Teeth!…Did I tell you guys that Beau lost one of his front bottom teeth?…heh!…His perfect white teeth are slowly starting to look like mine…chorkel!

  94. B.Stover
    5:15 pm on March 15th, 2012

    To me, Sudoku is extremely difficult.

    In a valid categorical syllogism the conclusion is inferred from the premises. Venn Diagrams test the validity of the argument. I can’t show it here because I can’t draw the three circles on the blog.

  95. Tupper and Gilly
    5:27 pm on March 15th, 2012

    Rio – do you guys brush after each Zinger?

  96. Kirby T. Penworthy
    5:42 pm on March 15th, 2012

    OH: (whispering)You’d better stop with your groundhog examples! Mom (the groundhog baby) gets very upset with talk of killing groundhogs. She collects groundhog stuff, and one of the things Dad got her was a groundhog cookbook. Since she’s a big fan of the furry critters, she fails to see the humor!

  97. Kirby T. Penworthy
    5:49 pm on March 15th, 2012

    FOR RIO’S EYES ONLY! Did you see that UNC-Asheville (No. 16 seed) almost knocked off Syracuse (No. 1 seed) in the first round of the NCAA tournament? Dad says they was robbed! He said UNC-Asheville — and we were rooting for them because they’re the Bulldogs (instead of the stupid Orangemen) — had the game up until the last couple of minutes, when the refs started making some questionable calls. Even the announcers were saying the calls were bad! A No. 16 has never knocked off a No. 1 in the history of the tournament, and Dad wonders if the refs were protecting Syracuse!!!

  98. Melanie
    5:52 pm on March 15th, 2012

    Justin is on the move! YEA!

    Grammar, who’d a thunk it …

    Patsy and I had a blast. Went sort of North but kept within 30 minutes of the house in case of trouble. I didn’t realize just how much flooding damage there was just north of us. they are still cleaning and fixing things up there.

    Patsy made a hit (as always). Got two dinners and was able to lord it over all the Pack.

  99. OleyHowlers
    5:59 pm on March 15th, 2012

    Barb, Thanks for telling us about that show. We won’t be watching that one. Do you know how they lost the other two horses?

    Kirby, Mom says we must stop talking about youknowwhat, but she left the room so we just have to say that it is very cool that your mom share our taste. We’d sure like to see that cookbook.

  100. Buddy
    6:02 pm on March 15th, 2012

    Hi Guys! I’m pinch-hitting for the Howlers now, because Mom kicked them off the iPaw. Maybe forever.

    Hurray for AJ! Go Snowhook!

  101. Staff
    6:03 pm on March 15th, 2012

    Hey! Is AJ heading out on the ice again? AJ stop that. Our hearts won’t bear it. Yikes.

  102. Buddy
    6:07 pm on March 15th, 2012

    Macy, we agree. Winterdance should be required reading.

  103. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    6:11 pm on March 15th, 2012

    The twins are out on the ice also.

  104. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    6:11 pm on March 15th, 2012

    We loved Winterdance!

  105. B.Stover
    6:12 pm on March 15th, 2012

    Kirby: What is a groundhog cookbook?

    AJ is moving at 7 MPH.

  106. dawson
    6:25 pm on March 15th, 2012

    Good for Melanie: Getting a day off with Patsy!

    I have started Winterdance – from the library.

    Go AJ and doggies!
    Snowhook Bella: I hope you found a restful place to stay in Nome.

  107. TMG
    6:29 pm on March 15th, 2012

    Dear Plunderers,
    We are not usually good goats, but we try.
    We called the Iditarod auction people and bought a raffle ticket.
    But we put Rebecca and AJ’s name on it.
    Maybe they will win a truck.
    Tickets are $100.
    This is why we were “borrowing” packages; to earn enough money to buy a ticket.
    Signed,
    The Marauding Goats

  108. Kirby T. Penworthy
    6:33 pm on March 15th, 2012

    Bee: It’s a community cookbook from Punxsutawney, PA (home of Punxsutawney Phil, of course), called “Cooking with the Groundhog.” While most of the recipes are run-of-the-mill casseroles, side dishes and desserts, some of them actually call for groundhog meat. Mom has the book on display with the rest of her collection, but has refused to try any of the recipes!

    OH: NO! Mom says you can’t try out the cookbook!

  109. bluecat
    6:39 pm on March 15th, 2012

    TMG. Good on ya. Everybody – concentrate on the winning ticket with Rebecca and AJ’s names…the power of the Plunderers.

  110. Melanie
    6:41 pm on March 15th, 2012

    KirbyT, The Pack has told me that you have a book they would like to borrow.

  111. Siber-H
    6:43 pm on March 15th, 2012

    Could Franklin mail it to me when the Pack is finished with it?

  112. Melanie
    6:49 pm on March 15th, 2012

    Oh, I think they were under the impression they could eat it.

  113. Kirby T. Penworthy
    6:58 pm on March 15th, 2012

    Sorry all youse guys! Mom says the cookbook is staying right where it is, in her office along with her groundhog figurines, and her groundhog hand puppet, and her groundhog finger puppet, and her groundhog salt shaker (or maybe it’s a pepper shaker — she only has one), and her groundhog soda bottle, and her stuffed groundhogs (no! not that kind of stuffing!), and her groundhog ashtray, and her groundhog cookie cutter, and her groundhog postacards, and her groundhog magazine covers, and her groundhog record and …. Oh, yeah, and her autographed copy of the “Groundhog Day” movie script!

  114. Tupper and Gilly
    6:59 pm on March 15th, 2012

    We saw that raffle thingie too. We think they are actually raffling off 4 trucks. We know there are a bunch of prizes, and only a certain amount of tickets.

    And what would a bunch of goats do with a truck anyway? According to their picture, they can’t even handle a tree correctly.

  115. Kirby T. Penworthy
    7:01 pm on March 15th, 2012

    Oh, and how could I forget? Her groundhog mouse pad!

  116. Melanie
    7:03 pm on March 15th, 2012

    For our Leaper!

  117. Barb & Maggie
    7:16 pm on March 15th, 2012

    Oley, We don’t know details about the horses, just that they were put down. They said one had been drugged (maybe because he was lame and didn’t want to run). Don’t think there were broken bones involved. There were comments that they should have been using existing racing footage, and not tried to film these horses for the movie.

  118. Kirby T. Penworthy
    7:17 pm on March 15th, 2012

    Melanie: Looking at that photo, Mom thinks it’s a good idea she didn’t let any of us get our paws on that groundhog cookbook! He definitely looks like he has some meat on him!!!

  119. Tupper and Gilly
    7:32 pm on March 15th, 2012

    rassum frassum freakin stinkin CABLE COMPANY!

    ahem….could someone please let us know where AJ is and if all is well with him? Thank you kindly.

    Now we are going back to waiting for the next customer service representative, because our call is very important to them.

    Not as important as band-aids are going to be to them, very soon!

  120. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    7:32 pm on March 15th, 2012

    OMD!!

    TMGs are being GOOD!

    What next?

    (whispering) This is wonderful! Snowhook needs a new truck! (please, o please, o please)

  121. B.Stover
    7:38 pm on March 15th, 2012

    T&G: AJ is moving at 6.4 MPH and he has four more checkpoints to go.

  122. Tupper and Gilly
    7:43 pm on March 15th, 2012

    Thanks Bee – Golovin, White Mountain, Safety then Nome, correct?

    How long before you think he will be in Golovin? Any idea?

  123. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    7:43 pm on March 15th, 2012

    All is well. They are on the ice but following the trail.

  124. Tupper and Gilly
    7:59 pm on March 15th, 2012

    Creator – we thank you for this day of joy. We thank you for hearing our prayers, and watching over our family. We thank you for guidance and wisdom and patience and fortitude. We thank you for all your wonders of this earth.

    Creator – today is a day of celebration and anticipation. Our hearts are light as our friend AJ and his team near the end of their journey. We are so grateful for your sheltering hands that have protected our friend.

    We ask you to continue to be with AJ and the team over these last miles. Let their hearts feel our joy, and their own. Let them feel satisfaction in their accomplishment, and know the pride we feel for them.

    Creator – these last miles may feel so long. Bodies tire. Minds grow weary. Hearts are yearing for the one they love. We ask you to let our joy carry AJ and the team over those last miles. Let our love for them make their burden light, and their miles short.

    We ask you to make these hours pass quickly for Rebecca as she waits for the first sight of her family over the horizon. We ask you to let our companionship surround Rebecca and hold her close so that she does not wait alone.

    Creator – you have given us such a marvelous gift in bringing us together for this amazing time. Each one of us has found new strength, new hope and new reasons for joy during this year that we banded together to support Snowhook. Friendships have been made stronger. Compassion for each other has grown even deeper. There has been learning and sharing and laughter and inspiration. We have held each other up during times of sadness, we have celebrated each others’ joys and victories. We have become a family, if not of blood, then of choice.

    Creator – we thank you for this family. Like all family gatherings, there is wisdom, questions, teaching, jokes and disagreements. There are some who are always present, and some who can only stop in now and then. And there are some who may look through the windows to enjoy the times together, but are not ready to step through the door yet. We thank you for each and every one of these family members for it is all of our combined spirits that make this family strong.

    Creator – we ask you to watch over this family, now and forever.

    Creator – we thank you for this day of joy. We thank you for hearing our prayers, and watching over AJ, Rebecca and the team.. We thank you for guidance and wisdom and patience and fortitude. We thank you for bringing our family together to enjoy the wonders of this earth.

    Amen

  125. B.Stover
    8:03 pm on March 15th, 2012

    T&G: I’m not good at maps but I think AJ has 98 miles to reach Nome. I think it’s less than 30 to Golovin.

  126. Melanie
    8:08 pm on March 15th, 2012

    Heartward Bound!

    Amen.

    Siber-H, don’t they have to stop one more time? White Mountain or Safety?
    How long of a stay if there is one?

  127. Barb & Maggie
    8:16 pm on March 15th, 2012

    Amen. And thank you again for another beautiful prayer, as AJ reaches the end of his journey.

    May we ask what is wrong with the blog clock? We were always reading the prayer at 8:00 our time, 9:00 Eastern, but now they are the same. What is happening? I know this has been going on for several days, so maybe the issue has already been discussed.

  128. Snowhook Bella
    8:18 pm on March 15th, 2012

    Amen. Thank you.

    I’ve found kindness in Nome. I met someone at the airport to split the cost of lodging with me for last night and tonight, the cost of our breakfast was paid by the guys who sang karaoke last night and kept us awake until the wee hours of the morning, and a local gentleman is helping me transport dog crates from the airport to the dog lot and then back again. I am grateful.

    AJ crossed the line that marks the last 100 miles of his race not long ago. He’s lost place in the standings after yesterday’s event, but he and the dogs are safe, my heart is safe.

    I’m passing time in community center until they kick me out when they close again tonight. Luckily, a local character is doing a reading of Robert Service’s poetry for race fans. He’s great.

    SiberH: Please check your SDD.

  129. Mollypop's Mom
    8:22 pm on March 15th, 2012

    MagPie – Mike Baker has to reset the clock and that requires a reboot. When I was doing the big computers before I retired, in the fall when the clocks went back, we had to leave them down for an hour so we didn’t get duplicate time stamps.

  130. BearSpiritDog
    8:25 pm on March 15th, 2012

    Amen from the Heart.

  131. Melanie
    8:25 pm on March 15th, 2012

    Dear Bella, A little night time music for you!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=He82NBjJqf8

  132. Snowhook Bella
    8:25 pm on March 15th, 2012

    TMG: What can I say? I have no words at your generosity. Thank you.

    Speaking of wonderful and unexpected things, today I received a call from our vet. This wasn’t unexpected as Coach, the dog not the father had a follow up appointment today. What was unexpected was the reason for the call. Coach was fine, yes, yes all is fine. She was calling to tell me that they recieved two anonymous donations for the cost of Rory’s medical expenses. She had to tell me twice; I couldn’t believe it. Like TMGs, their generosity leaves me speechless.

  133. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    8:28 pm on March 15th, 2012

    I believe that there is a mandatory 8 hour rest stop at White Mountain.

  134. Melanie
    8:40 pm on March 15th, 2012

    Thank you ADs! How wonderful.

    I wish I could stay up but bed beckons …

    TTFN

  135. BearSpiritDog
    8:41 pm on March 15th, 2012

    Hmmm…very unusual and suspicious behavior for TMGs. Are they trying to make amends after rerouting Dawson’s package?
    (btw, Dawson, another package sent after yours and half-way around the world, arrived today. What can I say?)

    Er, thanks Melanie, I think. Now we are going to be humming that song all night and into tomorrow.

  136. Staff
    8:45 pm on March 15th, 2012

    How wonderful Rebecca. That is great news. Thanks from here for the anonymous donation.

    Our brother Chris, who has been fighting lung cancer, is in the hospital. They are now speaking about hospice care. I hope that we can have him covered with the blog quilt and have him come under the protection of the prayer. It is hard to speak of it.

  137. Riö – The Evil Pug
    8:54 pm on March 15th, 2012

    Donors!….WOOOOOOOWHEEEEEE!….Wow!…You gotta love those Anonymous Damned Donors! (ADD)…snort!snort!…What an amazing gift Rebecca! Be sure and let us know what AJ says when he hears about this (and everything else)…heh!heh!…WOOOOOOOOOOOO!

  138. Buddy
    8:58 pm on March 15th, 2012

    Thank you for the beautiful prayer, T&G, about the family we have become. Amen.

  139. Masquers
    8:59 pm on March 15th, 2012

    Royals: Your opinion of Lance Mackey echos our own. We didn’t care for him before the race and now like him even less.

    Bella: Mom’s sitting here wearing her new hoodie, feeling very special. She’s not even mad about the charge on the credit card. Whew…that’s a relief! With that and the Stormy Kromer I thought…..Oops. Maybe she hasn’t seen that one yet…..

  140. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:05 pm on March 15th, 2012

    Kirby!… We are getting ready to watch Colo State Uni vs Los Vegas…snort!….I know we probably won’t make it till the end of the game…grunt!…I am an expert at Multi-Sports-Tasking so I can toggle between AJ and the A-Team and B-Ball and something else if the need arrises…heh!…Pass me that remote…grunt!

  141. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:08 pm on March 15th, 2012

    Truck!… If that ticket the Marauding Goats bought for AJ and Rebecca actually wins, we will never ever ever EVER hear the end of it…grunt!….Even so wouldn’t it be awesome if they won a brand new truck???…snort!

  142. BearSpiritDog
    9:08 pm on March 15th, 2012

    Tupper&Gilly and Family: We are so sorry to hear this sad news about your brother. Of course. The Quilt is his for as long as he needs it. Strong Prayers are coming his way now. We will be praying for Chris at our Prayer Time every day, and also for those of who love him.

  143. Tupper and Gilly
    9:09 pm on March 15th, 2012

    Well – Mama is dusting her hands off and the cable company is off whimpering in the corner.

    Seems she turned the tv on tonight, and the only channel that would come in was the one carrying the (stupid %4*%#) March Madness basketball tournament. And the volume control wouldn’t work except to go louder.

    Oh No – it was the Cruel Curse of the Flatheaded Pug!

    Anyway – its fixed now. But we don’t think the “customer service” guy who tried to patronize Mama will ever have children…

  144. B.Stover
    9:10 pm on March 15th, 2012

    I’m so sorry about your brother Staff.

  145. BearSpiritDog
    9:10 pm on March 15th, 2012

    Staff! Oh, no! My paw slipped and I typed the wrong name. Please accept Bear’s most insincere apologies.

  146. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:12 pm on March 15th, 2012

    Staff!… We here are very sorry to hear about your brother Chris…sniffle!… Hospice will be a great comfort to your family. They are an amazing organization with amazing people….snuffle!

  147. Tupper and Gilly
    9:13 pm on March 15th, 2012

    BearSD – it was actually Staff who mentioned her brother – but we are all family after all, so he is our brother too, and we will keep him in our prayers.

  148. Siber-H
    9:13 pm on March 15th, 2012

    Thank you for another moving prayer, Amelia and Leonard.

    Mom is now telling me that I have to leave the TMGs alone. What?

    That groundhog is a fat little bugger.

    Rebecca, mission accomplished on the SDD.
    Wow! I’d like to hear the Robert Service poetry reading.

  149. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:14 pm on March 15th, 2012

    Bear!…You just keep digging yourself in deeper don’t ya?…snort!…”insincere apologies” my paw!….sniff!

  150. Barb & Maggie
    9:18 pm on March 15th, 2012

    We will say special prayers for Chris. Sorry to hear the sad news, Staff. Is Chris the artist from Chicago? We know Fred is the Turtleman.

    We will catch up with everyone tomorrow morning. Good night.

  151. Staff
    9:20 pm on March 15th, 2012

    Snicker,
    Dear Bear, I will accept your apologies in manner they were given.
    Sometimes it is hard to tell one of us from the other. Except Rio with his flat head and Spence with his pointy one.

  152. Staff
    9:20 pm on March 15th, 2012

    Yes, Barb and Maggie, Chris is the artist in Chicago.

  153. Siber-H
    9:24 pm on March 15th, 2012

    Staff, We are so sorry to hear the news about your brother. We hope all of your family will take comfort under the quilt and from our prayers.

  154. Siber-H
    9:28 pm on March 15th, 2012

    Rio, We are not watching the game, but GO COLORADO STATE!!

  155. BearSpiritDog
    9:30 pm on March 15th, 2012
  156. Tupper and Gilly
    9:38 pm on March 15th, 2012

    Awwww, Bear….

  157. Tupper and Gilly
    9:47 pm on March 15th, 2012

    We gotta go to bed now – we are in the middle of book 1 of #1 Lady’s Detective Agency and enjoying it immensely.
    (Thanks again Dawson)
    G’night all.

  158. Staff
    9:47 pm on March 15th, 2012

    Poor baby bear…

  159. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:56 pm on March 15th, 2012

    Bear!….No wonder the guy can’t type! Look at the size of those paws!…wuffle!

  160. Siber-H
    10:01 pm on March 15th, 2012

    AJ is making good time towrd Golovin. GO TEAM SNOWHOOK!

    That is a cute bear.

    Goodnight Everyone

  161. Masquers
    10:01 pm on March 15th, 2012

    Staff: Thank you for understanding. I don’t think you’ll hear anymore from him tonight. He feels ashamed for not paying closer attention. There is that one horrible moment…after pressing send…when the text is still visible to you but you are helpless to do anything to correct it. Too bad there’s not a cancel button for those guys with the clumsy paws.

  162. Siber-H
    10:02 pm on March 15th, 2012

    I have often wished for a cancel buttopn.

  163. Staff
    10:03 pm on March 15th, 2012

    It looks like AJ is about 3 miles from Golovin. He should be in to that checkpoint in around 45 minutes. Those dratted twins are about a mile ahead of him. sniff.

  164. Siber-H
    10:03 pm on March 15th, 2012

    like just now

  165. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:06 pm on March 15th, 2012

    Zoom!….AJ and the Team are traveling at 9.4 miles an hour!…snort!…They are on their way to Bernie and Chet’s Checkpoint…chuffle!

  166. Masquers
    10:11 pm on March 15th, 2012

    Since Gypsy is still showing Karen Ramstead’s tracker in the middle of Norton Bay, here is an update: Musher favorites has her checking into Elim at 5:45 AKDT.

  167. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:14 pm on March 15th, 2012

    Twins!….ooooOOOOooooo I would love to see AJ and the Team over-take those dratted twins…grunt!… Maybe he is hanging back waiting for the right time to Zoom!Zoom!Zoom! ahead and leave them blinded by snow dust….chuffle!

  168. Snowhook Bella
    10:17 pm on March 15th, 2012

    With a quick stop and even quicker hellow to Chet and Bernie, AJ and the team are in and out of Golovin.

    Twins! If I hear or see one more comment about AJ being a lucky or smart guy to travel with the twins, etc I’m going to scream. Little sleep, no cheesecake and a lot of worry—that next person is dealing with a dangerous combination. Grump!

    Staff: There are some treats at the center of the quilt. Help yourself. You, your family and brother Chris are in my prayers.

  169. Masquers
    10:18 pm on March 15th, 2012

    Rio: Knowing what a gentleman AJ is…..

  170. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:23 pm on March 15th, 2012

    Golovin!…Wow! The Beringer Twins just flew right threw Golovin like it wasn’t even a real checkpoint or sumthing…sniff!

  171. Riö – The Evil Pug
    10:27 pm on March 15th, 2012

    Ooops!…gulp!…Did I mention the Beringer Twins?…kerfluffle!…I won’t talk about them any more tonight….wheeze!cough!

  172. Masquers
    10:36 pm on March 15th, 2012

    Golovin is listed on the Iditarod map as being a checkpoint. But it also shows it as having only one store which also serves as the checker’s home. Heh. Tiny little place.

  173. Masquers
    10:38 pm on March 15th, 2012

    One of those little towns that if you blink you miss it.

  174. Macy the Min-Pin
    11:19 pm on March 15th, 2012

    Even if AJ was not such a gentleman, they are all wearing eleventy- dozen layers of clothes, so who can tell the buoys from the gulls?

    Mom is feeling like she ate a bad groundhog , so I will go tend to her now.

  175. C.Harris
    11:46 pm on March 15th, 2012

    Staff: may the quilt hold everyone in your family snug and safe.

    My computer has lost all of T&G’s prayers–crapola. I know they are on Dishlickers but why would they disappear from my word document. Also had computer problems at work. Can we possibly blame it on solar flares {{{sigh}}} Giving up the fight for now.

  176. Masquers
    12:26 am on March 16th, 2012

    Turning in here.
    Good night everyone.
    Safe travels to Team Snowhook.

  177. dawson
    1:10 am on March 16th, 2012

    Snowhook Team has pulled into B.Stover’s checkpoint of White Mountain. Whooohoooo! I believe they have a mandatory 8 hour lay-over so hopefully get some rest before starting for Safety and Nome.

  178. OleyHowlers
    4:39 am on March 16th, 2012

    Waking up now. We see we completely missed Golovin. Howdy Admin! Bye Chet and Bernie!
    White Mountain WOOOO HOOOOO Hurray for B. Stover !!!!! Rest for 8 hours. That gives us time to get Mom and Pop out of the door and to their offices, so we can watch AJ and The Team leave White Mountain in peace.

    Staff (and Dawson?), we are very very sorry to hear your news of your brother. Having lost her sister to cancer almost 4 years ago, Mom is really feeling for you. Losing a sibling is terrible. We will tuck that quilt securely around you and we will all be with you. Please feel our love.

  179. Jasper the Poodle
    6:02 am on March 16th, 2012

    Prayers for Chris.

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