Yellow Jackets

“Those smart guys at Georgia Tech have been doing some interesting things,” Bernie says. “Specifically they’ve done the math on how the nation within the nation shakes off water.”

I look at Bernie, my favorite human by far. I like just about every human I’ve ever met – including most of the perps and gangbangers, especially Moon Droggins, who shared a burrito with me when we were taking him in – but sometimes they lose me.

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  1. B.Stover
    4:43 am on October 25th, 2010

    Chet, my best friend is a physics professor so I get this sort of thing all the time.

  2. B.Stover
    4:46 am on October 25th, 2010

    "Yellow Jackets." The name of the sports teams at Georgia Tech. I looked it up but I knew…sigh.

  3. bluecat
    5:00 am on October 25th, 2010

    Did they test a kat? I. Would. Not. Be. Amused. Mag-Pie's rat didn't look happy, either.

  4. A. Catty Librarian
    5:32 am on October 25th, 2010

    Yep, they had an X-ray of a cat. "The shaking is sinusoidal." Which means it's a smooth repetitive oscillation. Interesting that a Whirlpool scientist was part of the project. Maybe we'll soon have washers that shake the clothes dry like dogs.

  5. Kirby T. Penworthy
    5:41 am on October 25th, 2010

    Good morning, y'all! Just a quick hi and bye today, Mom is off to do some errands before work!

    BBL

  6. C. Harris
    5:59 am on October 25th, 2010

    I want to know why my dogs come out of the water and wait until they are standing next to me before shaking the water off (onto me).

    Once that is settled, I want to know why they run up to a moose barking and snarling (mistake #1)and then turn and run back to me (mistake #2). I've already turned tail and am trying to get away from the scene. I don't want to know them at those times.

  7. Barb & Maggie
    6:07 am on October 25th, 2010

    Well, that was fasinating, and an important study for all of mankind. And of course, the nation within the nation.

    Good morning, everyone. Bee, are you eagerly awaiting the WS on Wednesday?

    Barb and I were supposed to drive to Iowa today for a picnic lunch with some English Shepherd Club friends. It got canceled last night, due to a medical issue, so now we have 4 lbs. of homemade potatoe salad in the frig. Pondering.

  8. Riö - The Evil
    6:23 am on October 25th, 2010

    CHarris!….heh!snort!heh!…. I’m picturing you running away while your guys are leading the moose right to you…snort!…That’s just Krazy!

    Scientists!…Those guys must be really bored or they have been given far too much money to squander on useless studies that get passed along to us because someone doesn’t want to think of something original to post.…wheeze!!

  9. B.Stover
    6:27 am on October 25th, 2010

    B&M: Good grief. What can you do with that much potatoe salad? And regarding the ws….sigh.

    CHarris: That is funny. I'd be totally flummoxed if I ever say a moose.

    Regarding the new Sherlock: Benedict Cuberbatch (Sherlock) was the creepy dude in the movie Atonement. He's going to be in a movie coming out 2012–Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy with Gary Oldman and Colin Firth. Martin Freeman (Watson) was in the movie Love Actually. The series is co-written by Steve Moffat which is why it's good.

  10. B.Stover
    6:36 am on October 25th, 2010

    Rio: Physicist's brains are just wired that way. This kind of thing fascinates them and it comes out of the blue. For example, one can be having dinner out and the physicist wonders why the glass that has a napkin under it still has ice cubes while the glass without a napkin under it does not. When the humanist at the table points out that the napkin acts as insulater the physicist doesn't realize that it's merely common sense…no need for calculations. But they love the calculations part.

  11. Riö - The Evil
    7:26 am on October 25th, 2010

    MagPie!…Tell Barb that I will take some of that potato salad from her…. yum!….I’m starving to death here…grump!

  12. Riö - The Evil
    7:28 am on October 25th, 2010

    Stover!… You go out to dinner with those kind of weird people??….whoa!…At least they can figure out the correct tip….snort!

  13. Riö - The Evil
    8:08 am on October 25th, 2010

    Book!….We are reading Reality Check right now…snort!…Well, not right now this minute. Part of it is set in our state…heh! …Although, we do not recognize the name of the town that kid Cody is supposedly from…grunt!

  14. Melanie
    8:33 am on October 25th, 2010

    Riö: You are always starving.

    MagPie: Do chickens or goats eat potato salad?

    I'm with C. Harris. Not only do our dogs wait until they are near us to shake. They also tend to wait until they are in the house!

    So if "Looseness of skin increases the amplitude and speed of shaking" does that mean Shar pei's really shake fast?

    I noticed they didn't do any loose jowled dogs. . .

    [img ]http://www.chetthedog.com/wp-content/uploads/1288028033-IMG_3003.JPG[/img]

  15. B.Stover
    8:35 am on October 25th, 2010

    Melanie: How are your new glasses?

    Rio: I read Reality Check. It's very good.

  16. Melanie
    8:36 am on October 25th, 2010

    I'm just glad the moose around here stay, for the most part, on their side of the river!

    I want a jusge dryer on the dog door that not only blows the dogs dry but dusts them off. It could be aimed outside so it leaves the water and dirt on the outside!

    [img ]http://www.chetthedog.com/wp-content/uploads/1288028172-IMG_6295.JPG[/img]

  17. Melanie
    8:38 am on October 25th, 2010

    Also, RIÖ!!

    One of our puppies' friends live in Colorado and are having a sideways blizzard. Hope that isn't near you. I'd hate for you to blow away!

    B.Stover: Glasses are okay. It's sort of interesting to see everything in focus again.

  18. Melanie
    8:39 am on October 25th, 2010

    That should be huge dryer. Not sure where "jusge" came from.

  19. Barb & Maggie
    8:50 am on October 25th, 2010

    Melanie, The chickens would love the potatoe salad. Yesterday they ate the scraps and the peels. Barb is going to take some over to the neighbor's home for their dinner tonight. It is too good to give to the chickens. Will try to send some to Rio, too.

    Rio, We read Reality Check and really liked it.

  20. Siber-H
    8:58 am on October 25th, 2010

    Ewww They can keep their studies of wet dogs far, far away from me. My philosophy is not to get wet in the first place.

    CHarris, I think your dogs are returning to you after running up to a moose because they want you to help. Like a couple of wolves would return to their pack leader to let the leader know that they have found dinner. Running away is a smart choice.

    Boy, me too, I could use some of that potato salad.

    Staff blabbed last night that Dawson lives only 50 miles from the Fabled Yukon River. And, she gets TWO Thanksgiving dinners. Wow!

  21. Siber-H
    9:00 am on October 25th, 2010

    Those Newfs are having a blast!

  22. Wookie of Chevy Chas
    9:08 am on October 25th, 2010

    Rio. Reality Check is really, really good. You will definitely understand why the Charming Mr. Abrahams won the Edgar for it. Wookie

  23. Riö - The Evil
    9:20 am on October 25th, 2010

    Melanie!…. It is very windy here today…snort!.. I had a hard time this morning because of all the leaves being blown right at me at full force of a hurricane!…grunt!… Those Newf owners must live in the mountains because it is not snowing here thank gawd!….growl!… I hate snow.

    Book!… We stopped reading at the part where he becomes a Mole for The Man….heh!

  24. Staff
    9:51 am on October 25th, 2010

    Mr. Husky,Dawson is near the Yukon and Northwest Territories, not

    as far as I know, the Yukon River.

    Just so I don't get into trouble about it.

  25. Staff
    9:53 am on October 25th, 2010

    Reality Check.

    I worried about that boy/man. I think he grew up during that book. A very good re….er um. A well written and gripping book.

  26. Staff
    9:55 am on October 25th, 2010

    I received this email from Dawson this morning.

    "Yikes the computer room in this hotel charges 5.95 for 15 minutes. so I will be incognito for a week, being the frugal person I am."

  27. Siber-H
    10:06 am on October 25th, 2010

    OK Thanks Staff…Dawson still lives in Paradise.

  28. B.Stover
    10:30 am on October 25th, 2010

    Staff: Thank you for the crossed-off letters.

  29. Mollypop
    10:41 am on October 25th, 2010

    Mom is very busy today. Finally, just now, she sat down and opened the computer. She's been running errands, lunching with friends, and soon out to dinner with more friends. She could have left the computer on while she was gone.

    I wouldn't do anything.

  30. B.Stover
    11:20 am on October 25th, 2010

    PBS Masterpiece is going to be showing a new production of Upstairs Downstairs in three parts in 2011. Jean Marsh will again be Rose and Eileen Atkins will also be in it. It's set in the same place but in 1936.

  31. Riö - The Evil
    11:33 am on October 25th, 2010

    Stover!… That is good news!…snort!…Someone here bought all the video tapes of that series at a yard sale and then our VCR went to hell….grunt!

  32. Barb & Maggie
    11:50 am on October 25th, 2010

    Melanie, We don't know very much about photography, so this may sound really dumb. Do you have to use a really high speed film to get so much clarity and definition on that Newfie shake? It is not blurry at all.

  33. Riö - The Evil
    11:57 am on October 25th, 2010

    MagPie!… She is probably using a high quality digital camera….snort!… I don’t think they make ‘film’ anymore, do they?….grunt!

  34. Riö - The Evil
    12:11 pm on October 25th, 2010

    Newfs!…Melanie has taken some close-up photos of the Newfs…snort!…They are posted on her blog…sniff!

  35. Barb & Maggie
    12:12 pm on October 25th, 2010

    Rio, You are right. We always just think of pros using different speed film. And yes, you can still buy film. Barb has a digital and a 35 mm, but prefers to use her old camera.

  36. Melanie
    2:11 pm on October 25th, 2010

    I do have an "old" camera, but I love my digital. It's now seven years old, but it's wonderful. I have two different lens that I can change. Lots of settings that I can use. That's why I can do the fast work.

    Looks like Dan might have broken his coccas bone during a fall at rehab. The bump on his head they didn't tell us about is better.

    We are getting him a pillow with a hole in it. I told him that when he moved to another chair he could take it with him wearing it like a hat.

  37. Melanie
    2:13 pm on October 25th, 2010

    That should be coccyx.

  38. Barb & Maggie
    2:50 pm on October 25th, 2010

    Poor Dan! Hope all that bad stuff is behind him, no pun intended.

  39. Riö - The Evil
    2:58 pm on October 25th, 2010

    Dan!…. Poor Dan!…snort!… I’m just trying to figure out how he could have fallen in rehab….sniff!…Aren’t they supposed to be with him and help him or at least watch him in everything he does??….grump!…That guy has gone through some unnecessary suffering and STILL is going through it… dammit! … I hope your scathing letters work and someone’s head rolls over this or Something Changes!….growl!

    Melanie!… Please tell Dan he is in my daily Pug prayers…sniffle! …I knew what you meant when you said Coccas for some reason…snort!… Bump on his head?…good grief! Is Zöe Livid or what?

  40. Melanie
    3:03 pm on October 25th, 2010

    Yes, Zoë is livid. Very good description.

  41. Riö - The Evil
    3:03 pm on October 25th, 2010

    Book!…. My friend wants Dan to know that she just started sneaking one chapter a day at work reading his online book called Sightings….snort!…I think Dawson read this already…grunt!…But she’s a cheapskate so we will not be hearing from her for awhile… wheeze!…Too bad!

  42. Siber-H
    3:18 pm on October 25th, 2010

    This is really disgusting after all Dan has been through. I wish all of us could be there to help you and Zoe bite some ankles. I thought they were suppose to call the family when falls and mishaps happen in those places. They call in this state because they are concerned about their own liability, but at least they call.

    I'm with Rio, please tell Dan he is in my daily Husky prayers.

  43. Melanie
    3:26 pm on October 25th, 2010

    I will let Dan know all.

    Going to move to the upstairs computer. Patsy will fall asleep on my bed!

    BBL

  44. Riö - The Evil
    3:38 pm on October 25th, 2010

    Mmmmmm!…. We are having Hamburgers and fries tonight!…yeep!yeep!… My friend got home a little late and is whipping up a quick meal…snort!… I’ve eaten the rubbish she’s put in my bowl and now gearing up for an intense begging session…snort!YeeP!YeeP!…twirrrrl! twirrrl!….YeeP! YeeP!…cough!…You get the picture. Just practicing for now, foods not off the stove yet!…heh!

  45. Mollypop
    4:16 pm on October 25th, 2010

    Mom is back again from all her traipsing around and it's about time. She brought back some food like always. Now she says that bed time is soon.

  46. Barb & Maggie
    4:16 pm on October 25th, 2010

    Melanie, Isn't the coccyx the tail bone?

  47. Riö - The Evil
    4:18 pm on October 25th, 2010

    Gone!… Has every one been kidnapped?…snort!… No one has anything interesting or not to share?… grunt!… Oh well, we are watching the first episode of The Next Iron Chef because someone here likes these foodie shows…hmmph!….Her hamburgers aren’t too bad, and the frozen French fries were cooked to perfection…heh!

  48. Mollypop
    4:19 pm on October 25th, 2010

    We are watching tv and the Buffalo Bills are explaining why they can't win any games. Mom will be happy if they just move the team out of here.

  49. Melanie
    4:19 pm on October 25th, 2010

    Yes, MagPie and Barb, that is at the bottom of the situation . . snicker

    Riö is finally going to eat. . . Keep up the begging! It sounded good.

    I'm off to share the bed with Patsy. Which is not easy. BUT, it's better than Dan and Zoë and the seven dogs that take turns on the king size bed.

  50. Siber-H
    4:30 pm on October 25th, 2010

    Molliepop? Tell me more about the Buffalo Bills? Why do you want them out of there? I don't know where they are in the standings, but it seems as if Dallas, Denver, and Mollie (APB) said the 49ers are all at the bottom or close to it.

    The football team for the biggest university in this state is the worst in the nation…the UNM Lobos. That was announced officialy a few weeks ago.

  51. Riö - The Evil
    4:32 pm on October 25th, 2010

    Molly!…heh! snort! heh!… Your team sounds as bad as the Denver Broncos this year…snort!…We have not called them “our” team for some time now…grunt!…We would go over and watch the games with her dad, but we never had any feelings of being real “fans” of the team…wheeze!…Not since Elway retired anyways…sniff! … Now we do not watch them at all. What a relief!… heh!

  52. Riö - The Evil
    4:34 pm on October 25th, 2010

    SiberH!… The Lobos and the Isotopes!..HEH!… I’m sorry but with names like that, how can anyone take them seriously?….snicker! snort!

  53. Siber-H
    4:34 pm on October 25th, 2010

    It sure isn't the same since Elway retired.

  54. Siber-H
    4:46 pm on October 25th, 2010

    Well, I think the Lobos is a very nice name, just not for those guys. They are not deserving of it, and their coach is a wannabe thug.

    The name Isotopes just plain sucks.

  55. Riö - The Evil
    4:53 pm on October 25th, 2010

    SiberH!… Next summer you and your gal and guy need to visit us and we will all go to a Rockies Game or 3…snort!snort!…Wouldn’t that be fun!?…snuff!…I might consider sharing some of my house with you all…grump!..maybe…sniff.

  56. Siber-H
    5:01 pm on October 25th, 2010

    That would be FUN!! Thank you, Rio. I am so looking forward to a new season for the Rockies.

  57. Riö - The Evil
    5:06 pm on October 25th, 2010

    Sigh!… I know…sigh!… All winter we wait and wait and wait for April to come around…snort!…It just takes forever after Christmas and New Years are over…wheeze!… I think that’s when I found you guys out here was in January during the deepest darkest waiting time ever…sneeze!…At least we had the Olympics to take our minds off of the upcoming season…sniff!…Oh, and Alice Johnson helped too when she was in her evil spy mode….snicker!

  58. Siber-H
    5:22 pm on October 25th, 2010

    I have thought the same thing…last year we had the Winter Olympics. We won't have them this year..sniff, sniff. They were a lot of fun to share with all of you that were interested in them.

    I will have the Yukon Quest and Iditarod Sled Dog Races, but they are over with so quick.

    Maybe we can send Alice out on an especially interesting mission.

  59. Riö - The Evil
    5:44 pm on October 25th, 2010

    Mission!…Are you thinking along the lines of a kamikaze Mission for Alice???…heh! …Or a death defying leap out of an airplane over Afghanistan? Sort of along the same line as the kamikaze thing… snort!… Or maybe a Mission to turn on and adjust the miniature Quilt Kameras that Staff embedded in our beloved gift to our Author(s)??…hmmmm.

  60. A. Catty Librarian
    5:44 pm on October 25th, 2010

    Finally got back to the blog to read up on all the news. What a funny Newf picture.

    So Dan now has a rubber donut. Ouch! We were lucky that Dawson was around when our Mom went into rehab. With her experience, she kept them on their toes there, heh heh.

    It would be fun to go to a Rockies game, but I'm up for any ball game at a real field with hot dogs and beer :)

  61. Siber-H
    5:52 pm on October 25th, 2010

    Hi FK!

    Rio, we need to think up a mission that Alice stands a chance of coming back home from in once piece. The cameras sound like a good idea. SQ has probably written more of the new Chet & Bernie book by now. We know he has the first sentence.

  62. Riö - The Evil
    5:54 pm on October 25th, 2010

    Ohhhh! …Katty! There is nothing better in the world than being at a ballpark, preferably the Rockies ballpark, with a Hot Dog and a Cold Beer….grunt!…So I am told. I never ever get to go there myself, but my friend says there is nothing like it…heh! …You should come visit us when SiberH and his pals are here, we could all go to the games together!…sweet!

  63. Riö - The Evil
    5:59 pm on October 25th, 2010

    Do Weee?….Do we know for sure SiberH? …snort!…Do we know that Spencer has the first sentence typed out?…grunt!… All I know is how slowly he types with those big over-grown paws of his…sniff!…This is assuming he even has a Good Idea in that pointy head of his… snuff!…I’m reluctant right now to send my agents out so soon for so little data…snuffle.

  64. Siber-H
    6:13 pm on October 25th, 2010

    I agree that it is too soon, but I have faith that he has a GOOD IDEA.

    We are turning in early. Rio, I hope the wind won't be as bad tomorrow as it was today. I had a lawn chair chase me across the yard. Mom had to run out and intercept it.

    Good Night Friends!

  65. Riö - The Evil
    6:24 pm on October 25th, 2010

    Losers! ….For some reason and I’m starting to feel it's on my behalf, we are watching a show called “The Biggest Loser”….snort!…What is this thing? All these really fat humans trying to be on a Reality Show while trying to lose weight?…grunt!….This is absolute insanity…Wow!…But look how fat they are…grump!…It’s sort of like a “Do or Die” mission at this point…golly!…Does she think of me like that I wonder???…sniffle! … I only eat what fits in my stomach and what I can beg off unsuspecting suspects…cough!

  66. Riö - The Evil
    6:50 pm on October 25th, 2010

    G’ Night! …. Everyone! As if anyone is reading or listening right now…snort!…We are still watching the Biggest Losers show….heh!…In bed soon for us though – me on the big bed tonight again!!! …gruff!…These poor people, we hope they can withstand all the exercise and learn about new healthy diets…sob! …AbbieTheKat should be watching this show…sniff!

  67. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    7:24 pm on October 25th, 2010

    Shoot, by the time mom gets home and turns on the computer, everyone is already in bed. I think you should all wait up for us, lol.

    Dan, what an ordeal you have been through. It just gets worse and worse. I would hate to be on the receiving end of Zoe's wrath but in this case, the place deserves everything that she can hand out. Go Zoe!!!!!

    I'm glad you're home safe now.

  68. Macy the Min-Pin
    7:39 pm on October 25th, 2010

    America's Team, and America wants to return it. Tony Romo may be out for the season. Thank goodness we have the Rangers. Have you heard that the Rangers are going to the World Series? Just wanted to make sure everybody knows!!!!!

    Macy way out!

  69. AbbietheKitty
    7:44 pm on October 25th, 2010

    Rio,

    I resent the implication that I am fat.

    I am fluffy and that is that.

    [img ]http://www.chetthedog.com/wp-content/uploads/1288068260-abbie surprise.jpg[/img]

  70. Staff
    7:49 pm on October 25th, 2010

    Hi and goodnight to Macy and Wolfie,

    There were not too many posts today so Rio never got a chance to slobber up some unsuspecting creature. I have been busy all day getting ready to go to Quilt Camp on Thursday. I will stay there until Sunday afternoon and miss two of the W.S. I bet BStover would like to do that.

    I found out that they have wireless at the camp though so I will try to stay in touch.

    I hope Dan is doing OK with his doughnut and I hope WWWWWW is having a better time of it. Sounds like a hard time for his Mom right now.

    Macy, We are Rangers fans here.

    Staff out too

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