Yikes (or Birthday Thoughts)

“Well,” says Spence, “the earth has circled the sun once again.”

“Moving at 67,062 miles per hour, by the way,” says Admin, “so we’ve been in motion, if nothing else. And that’s not even taking into account our speed in orbit around the center of the Milky Way, to say nothing of the speed of the Milky Way itself, still zooming away from the Big Bang starting point, and at a velocity that seems to be increasing, meaning this particular universe is a one-time event.”

“It’s a lot to think about.”


(photo – Randi Baird)



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85 Responses to “Yikes (or Birthday Thoughts)”

  1. Barb & Maggie
    9:18 am on June 28th, 2013

    Happy Birthday PA/SQ. Have a wonderful fun filled day. Love the picture with Audrey and Pearl.

  2. B. Stover
    9:22 am on June 28th, 2013

    Happy birthday Spence.

    Good morning all.

  3. Rose
    9:24 am on June 28th, 2013

    Wishing you the most of the best on your birthday, Spence.
    Love the picture!

  4. Barb & Maggie
    9:31 am on June 28th, 2013

    Wookie is on the right with his bow tie. What a nice tribute to OFA.

    Barb is going down to Crystal Lake today to supervise swim and tennis lessons for Lily and Ben while Kelly does some running. Maybe they could challenge Spence to a tennis match!

    Baye is at a week long summer camp at Lake Geneva. She had to give up her cell phone for the week (camp rules). They don’t want the kids to sit and text their friends back at home. We say great rule! She gets picked up tomorrow. Hope she had fun!

  5. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:36 am on June 28th, 2013

    Yikes!…Is that guy getting old or what!?….snort!

  6. dawson
    9:36 am on June 28th, 2013

    All that movement is making me dizzy.

    Spence: Many happy returns to a man whose books and blog help get me through life with laughter and joy.

  7. Riö – The Evil Pug
    9:51 am on June 28th, 2013

    Happy Birthday Peter! – pugs and kisses, Rio and Beau!…snort!

  8. Tupper and Gilly
    9:52 am on June 28th, 2013

    And rawhide chews to Audrey and Pearl. What could be better?

  9. FinnDogsMom
    10:06 am on June 28th, 2013

    Happy Birthday, Spencer!

    Happy Day to all!!

  10. BearSpiritDog
    10:14 am on June 28th, 2013

    The Very Happiest of Birthdays to OFA!!!
    Nice Photo on the Beach. Looking Good!

  11. Barb & Maggie
    10:28 am on June 28th, 2013

    Bye for now. Barb is taking off to watch the kiddies. Have a great day eveyone!

  12. Siber-H
    10:29 am on June 28th, 2013

    Happy Birthday Wishes for Spence!!!
    We love the picture of Spence and the good-looking girls.

    Rio, Your card is beyond cute!

  13. Masquers
    10:37 am on June 28th, 2013

    Siber: Yes, Riö knows how to say “Happy Birthday” with style.
    Spence: You and the girls enjoy your day!

  14. O'Howlers
    10:41 am on June 28th, 2013

    Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday to you! You give us lots of laughter. Happy Birthday to you!
    (did you all get the tune right?)

    Have a great great birthday, Spencer/Peter.
    Rio, great great card.

  15. Melanie
    11:02 am on June 28th, 2013

    Happy Birthday to Yowl
    Happy Birthday to Yowl
    Happy Birthday to OFA
    Howlly, Drooly Day to WOOF, ARF, PANT, SHAKE . .

    Oh, dog . . This is one wet iPaw . .

    Worth it though . . Happy Birthday to Spence!

  16. c.hobbit
    11:09 am on June 28th, 2013
  17. Riö – The Evil Pug
    11:23 am on June 28th, 2013


  18. Melanie
    11:34 am on June 28th, 2013

    C. Hobbit, I am enjoying my coco in my Moose cup. Zoë enjoyed hers in her “Jem” cup. And the wood Newf is being enjoyed. We are looking for the correct place to put it.

  19. Masquers
    11:39 am on June 28th, 2013

    CHobbit: Great card!
    Now I’m getting jealous…all those great boutique items we missed out on…sob.

  20. O'Howlers
    11:58 am on June 28th, 2013

    CHobbit, that is not only funny, but a very true sentiment. When people comment about their aging, Mom always reminds them that it beats the alternative.

  21. SnowBella
    11:58 am on June 28th, 2013

    SQPA: Happy birthday to a great guy! Enjoy your day.

  22. Trigger
    12:05 pm on June 28th, 2013

    Trigger & Maila stopping by to say – Happy Birthday to SQ/PA.
    What fun – Another trip around the sun!

  23. B. Stover
    3:02 pm on June 28th, 2013

    Everyone seems to be as lazy as I am today.

    I’m going to watch the first episode of Perception on On Demand. I think this is the second season but I didn’t watch the first season.

    We’ve been having thunder storms. There was a very strange rain cloud a while ago. Instead of spreading out, it was vertical and seemd about ten stories tall.

    Wake up everyone.

  24. O'Howlers
    3:06 pm on June 28th, 2013

    Bee, Take cover. Was it a funnel cloud?

    Mom just logged off of her work computer and now she is no vacation until July 8th!!!!! How long is that? We have no idea, but she says it is long and will spend it all weith us us us !!!!!

  25. Riö – The Evil Pug
    3:06 pm on June 28th, 2013

    Yawwwnn!…burp!…I’m sooo tired. I think I need another nap….wuffle!…Must be all this spinning around the Sun that is wearing me out…wheeze!

  26. FinnDogsMom
    3:07 pm on June 28th, 2013

    Finn enjoying the breeze last night. He was a very happy puppy.

    My garden is doing fantastic! Tons of fresh basil and mint. Can’t wait for the tomatoes to ripen.

  27. Melanie
    3:17 pm on June 28th, 2013

    Pool time is over. Mattie’s swimming exercises continue. She is doing great. Gracie is a swimming fool, Frank is not allowed to swim until the stitches in his ear disappear. He has been using the plank. We are working on Mac getting into the pool again. He was on the step that decided to come loose while he was on it. He was not pleased and hasn’t been in the pool for a week. Today he made it in.

    Ros who has NEVER gotten in the pool, has made it up two stairs. I worked with her yesterday. Tomorrow I’ll see if I can get her up to three stairs.

    Garden wise . . We have had two nights of fresh salads. Some one ate my cucumber plants. The strawberries come in a few a time. My squash . . I have no idea what’s going on with my squash. My tomatoes are very small.

    Going to watch Major Crimes in a few minutes.

    (B.Stover was that enough info?)

  28. Melanie
    3:21 pm on June 28th, 2013

    A friend of mine sent me this. For those of a certain age . .

    My inconclusive travel plans for 2013:

    I have been in many places, but I’ve never been in Cahoots. Apparently, you can’t go alone. You have to be in Cahoots with someone.

    I’ve also never been in Cognito. I hear no one recognizes you there.

    I have, however, been in Sane. They don’t have an airport; you have to be driven there. I have made several trips there, thanks to my friends, family and work.

    I would like to go to Conclusions, but you have to jump, and I’m not too much on physical activity anymore.

    I have also been in Doubt. That is a sad place to go, and I try not to visit there too often.

    I’ve been in Flexible, but only when it was very important to stand firm.

    Sometimes I’m in Capable, and I go there more often as I’m getting older.

    One of my favorite places to be is in Suspense! It really gets the adrenalin flowing and pumps up the old heart! At my age I need all the stimuli I can get!

    I may have been in Continent, but I don’t remember what country I was in. It’s an age thing. They tell me it is very wet there.

  29. B. Stover
    3:35 pm on June 28th, 2013

    Excellent everyone!

    Howlers: It was a rain cloud not a funnel cloud. It was really interesting. I’ve never seen that before.

  30. B. Stover
    3:42 pm on June 28th, 2013

    I’m going to have an artichoke for dinner with flat bread and baba ghannouj. And a glass of red wine of course. Yum!

    Finn looks very happy.

  31. Siber-H
    3:56 pm on June 28th, 2013

    I’m with Rio. I need another nap.
    It was officially 105 degress here yesterday, but only going up to 100 today. Wildfire smoke is up high in the sky but it is not bothering us. However, Santa Fe has been covered with smoke for weeks….poor tourists.
    They say the Rio Grande will be running dry within a week. Tents that sell fireworks are up all over the state.

    Mom would like to throw herself in the water that Finn is setting in front of. I would like to be on my way to Barrow, Alaska, but mom won’t let me borrow the truck. Natasha’s you know what is too delicate to make the trip.

    There is always baseball and pie!

  32. Masquers
    4:27 pm on June 28th, 2013

    Forgot to tell youse about a very kool phenomenon seen driving near downtown about a week ago.
    It’s called a Halo Around the Sun.

  33. Masquers
    4:29 pm on June 28th, 2013
  34. Masquers
    4:31 pm on June 28th, 2013

    Fortunately Mom was listening to NPR at the time of the siting…
    A Prairie Home Companion broadcasting from Seattle no less.

  35. B. Stover
    4:32 pm on June 28th, 2013

    Masquers: That is neat.

  36. BearSpiritDog
    4:34 pm on June 28th, 2013

    Melanie: We can relate to all of them-there Conditions. chortle.

    Siber-H: I’m with you. North to Alaska!

  37. B. Stover
    4:34 pm on June 28th, 2013

    In “Turner and Hootch” (sp?), is Hootch at dog?

  38. Masquers
    4:39 pm on June 28th, 2013

    B: Yes, it was quite amazing to see. Supposedly it is a rare phenomena.
    Hooch is a dawg.

  39. Masquers
    4:43 pm on June 28th, 2013

    Finn: Is that very near to where you live?

  40. B. Stover
    4:48 pm on June 28th, 2013

    Masquers: Sorry but I don’t understand your joke. (It was a real question.)

  41. Siber-H
    5:10 pm on June 28th, 2013

    Stover, yes, Hootch (sp?) is a dog in the movie.

  42. Siber-H
    5:12 pm on June 28th, 2013

    oops, My friend Masquers already answered the question.
    It is just one of those days.

  43. Wookie's dad
    5:39 pm on June 28th, 2013

    A very happy birthday (and many more to come) to OFA. The card from Rio and Beau is just adorable.

    I guess the marauding goats are on vacation. Our package from Colorado arrived yesterday with a beautiful qullling project inside and nary a tooth mark outside.

    Melanie, love the travel plans. I have definitely been to most of those places myself.

    SiberH: Stay cool if you can. The hottest I ever remember it being in Albuquerque was 104, so that is a new record.

    We have actually had a couple of tomatoes already in our garden — the pink berkley tie-die variety, although we have a lot of green ones that should ripen in the next week or so. Lettuce has pretty much gone to seed by now. Planted some zucchini that is starting to grow as well, as it our watermelon plant.

    Thunderstorms for the past three days and forecast now through all of next week. Welcome to wet and wonderful Chevy Chase.

  44. Riö – The Evil Pug
    5:48 pm on June 28th, 2013

    Early!…Wow, so all of the little boxes arrived one whole day earlier for a lot less money…snort!…This is good to know.

    Dry!…It is dry and dusty here…sneeze!…Not a rain cloud in sight and its pushing 100 degrees outside…snort!…That’s why Beau and I are inside in the relatively coolness of 76 degrees…wheeze!

  45. O'Howlers
    6:06 pm on June 28th, 2013

    It is Christmas in June! Mom checked the ups stall, and lo and behold: two packages!!! Pop got a brand new mug sent all the way from the North Pole!!!! It has an Alaskan Husky so we can pretend we are at the Iditarod right here in the middle of the summer.
    Kat’s favorite is the giant-size mug that will remind Mom to stop working and pay attention to the Pipsqueak’s poor tummy that constantly needs rubs.
    More storms are predicted, but right now it is great out. The breeze is wonderful and the burgers are on the grill, and the beers are poured. We love Fridays!

  46. Kat
    6:11 pm on June 28th, 2013

    Finn, I think I visited your neck of the woods last summer. Momma says we were on the Chesapeake, and on the Eastern Shore. Is that where you live? I rode on boats there!!!! I am an excellent boater.

  47. Melanie
    7:10 pm on June 28th, 2013

    For those of you who do Amazon Instant video . . Each Friday the Under The Dome episode from that week on PRIME!

    Zoë and I just watched the first episode. Good discussions after it ended.

    Also YSAS can’t really act right now, but he is working. He is a stand-in. This means while the stars are resting, he is standing where they will be for light and camera angle checks. He likes it because he can rest more and use an ice pack on his jaw.

    Can’t tell you who he is representing, nor the film. He will be doing this off and on during July.

  48. Tupper and Gilly
    7:14 pm on June 28th, 2013

    Greetings from the tropical rainforests of Western Mass. We have been going between monsoon style rain to just steam heat for the past couple days. Even the indoor only Wrotten Kats feel damp. And just for the fun of it, some of the monsoons come complete with LOUD baBOOMs of thunder. We have been spending a lot of time under the bed making sure Mama is safe.

    Woo hoo – glad a certain mug made it to Howler land – just in time for the non-working vacation too.

    Uh oh – here comes another round of thunderstorms – maybe be back later.

    yipe, yipe, yipe

  49. Melanie
    7:23 pm on June 28th, 2013

    We aren’t getting anything up here today. Storms going West, East, South and North of us.

  50. Herd of Hounds
    7:26 pm on June 28th, 2013

    Gooood later in the day, everyone!
    Firstly: to OFA (we’ve been working on 2 part harmony, 2 times). Whoo hoo, yodel, howl, yip yip. Whoo hoo, yodel ,howl, yip yip. Whoo hoo roo you! Whoo hoo, yodel, howl! (Better tardy than….)
    Sounds like a laid back kind of day. Mom said she has: 1) Visited some of Daddy Dawg’s cousins, saw a movie and had lunch with them, 2) Visited her crazy Panamanian sister-i-l. 3) Visited bro-i-l (a bit crazy toooo). 4) Went to Apple store and learned some stuff…lost more to go. 5) Had dinner with bro & sis-i-l. 6) Began catching up with friends.
    Cooler here today, nice breeze, might cool down more. We hope all are safe and comfy.

  51. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:03 pm on June 28th, 2013

    Tomatoes!…My garden, the one my friend tends for me, does not have any tomaters yet…sniff!…But I got Chilies!…Wooooo!…There are a whole lot of little chilies popping out all over the place…snort!snort!…She is watering that wonderful garden right now. One is even growing straight up instead of hanging down..heh!…Grow Chilies – Grow!….sneeze!

  52. Wose
    8:07 pm on June 28th, 2013

    T&G: I received the Plunderer mug today! I love it! The box was so tightly secured, there was no why those TMGs were getting anywhere inside that box.

    I also made sure that there were no HerbKats squashed in there. Although I would enjoy their company anytime, it is just so wrong to think about packing them in a box .

    Thank you, Royal Mum!

  53. Masquers
    8:08 pm on June 28th, 2013

    Kool Kat relaxing in the heat of the afternoon.
    A gig later with pals in the city.

    B: It wasn’t a yoke. Hooch is the name of Turner’s dog in the movie Turner and Hooch. One of my favs.

    HOH; Same to you. Stay kool.

  54. Wose
    8:16 pm on June 28th, 2013

    I’m loving the Finn Picture, that great picture from Masquers of the Halo Sun, and Kat on the Boat. I use that sometimes for my screensaver at work.

    Great birthday cards from Rio and CHobbit!

  55. Barb & Maggie
    8:38 pm on June 28th, 2013

    We got our package today from Staff. Everything arrived in perfect condition. Spice set is now siting out on the counter in the kitchen. Love it! It looks so cute.

  56. Riö - The Evil Pug
    8:52 pm on June 28th, 2013


  57. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:23 pm on June 28th, 2013

    SiberH!…Are you watching this game against the Giants?…snort!…Barry Zito is pitching. I think our guys have a handle on him now…heh!…Score is 1 ta Nuthin’ Rockies ahead – top of the 3rd….chuffle!

  58. Siber-H
    9:32 pm on June 28th, 2013

    Rio, I’m watching with crossed paws.

  59. Siber-H
    9:34 pm on June 28th, 2013

    I hope Boston wins for Spence on his birthday. They are playing the Canadian Birds and are ahead by one run in the seventh.

  60. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:38 pm on June 28th, 2013

    Cuddyer! ….Just hit a Home Run and now his hitting streak is 25 games in a row….Wow!Wow!Wow!….All you Twinkies fans know what a great guy and a great player he is….snort!…Thanks so much for trading him away to the Rockies…heh!

    Rosario!….Wow!…Back to back home runs!…snort!…It is now 4 ta Nuthing and my new hero Arenado is up to bat…heh!heh!….This is turning out to be a very good game. ..chuffle!…I hope SiberH is watching…sniff!

  61. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:39 pm on June 28th, 2013

    SiberH!…Yeah, I guess I want the Sox to win for Spencer tonight…sniff!…I do not like those Dirty Blue Birds, that’s for sure…grunt!

  62. Siber-H
    9:50 pm on June 28th, 2013

    Yep, I am glad we have Cuddyer.
    With this score, we have more breathing room now. Whew

  63. Riö - The Evil Pug
    9:58 pm on June 28th, 2013

    Goat!….What do you think of that guy in the front row with the Red Goatee?…snort!…Boy – he looks really dumb on TV…heh!

  64. Melanie
    10:04 pm on June 28th, 2013

    Storm supposedly on track to hit us, but not The Royals.


  65. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:07 pm on June 28th, 2013

    Melanie!…Please send some cool weather my way…wheeze!…The only good thing is the little chilies love this hot weather…heh!sneeze!….Someone thinks we should attempt a walk. That is Krazy Talk!…grunt!

  66. Siber-H
    10:07 pm on June 28th, 2013

    Rio, I bet he looks just as dumb in person with the red goatee as he does on tv. Yuck is my opinion.

  67. Barb & Maggie
    10:14 pm on June 28th, 2013

    Rio, we are happy for us, but sad for you. Sorry!

    Must say good night. Long day.

  68. Siber-H
    10:26 pm on June 28th, 2013

    Boston leads by 2 runs in the eighth.

  69. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:26 pm on June 28th, 2013


  70. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:27 pm on June 28th, 2013

    SiberH!…I was just going to ask you the score…snort!…Boston will winnit no doubt about it…sneeze!

  71. Riö - The Evil Pug
    10:30 pm on June 28th, 2013

    Weather!…So she drags me upstairs to get ready for a hot-walk, low and behold it is trying to rain, it is lightning and thundering…snort!….But it is still really hot, so it looks kinda weird outside. We hightailed it downstairs again and are safely watching the game…heh!…Hope!hope!hope! it does not hail down on my little chili plants…wheeze!

  72. Siber-H
    10:50 pm on June 28th, 2013

    Boston Won!!!

    Oh No, we do not want hail on the little chili plants.

  73. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:03 pm on June 28th, 2013

    Hail!…No hail so far…sniff!sniff!…Chacin only allowed 3 hits tonight – but he will not finish the game. I bet Itchy and Scratchy comes in to finish it. I have to say, I have not missed that guy, even though he is good at finishing…sniff!

  74. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:17 pm on June 28th, 2013

    Melanie!…Your travel plans sound very familiar to all of us here…heh!….I finally read them and the descriptions are very accurate…chorkel!

  75. Siber-H
    11:24 pm on June 28th, 2013

    Posey homered. I like the guy but this is not the time nor the place.

  76. Siber-H
    11:27 pm on June 28th, 2013

    The Rockies are going to win!!! (crossed paws)

    We can’t stay awake any longer.
    Night All

  77. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:27 pm on June 28th, 2013

    Posey!…What a poser…sniff!…I wish he was on our team. (((sigh))))

  78. Riö - The Evil Pug
    11:29 pm on June 28th, 2013

    Winnit!… No shut-out because of that Posey, but we will take it!…snort!snort! ….WOOOOOOOO! Rockies beat the Giants in the first game….chuffle!

  79. Staff
    12:12 am on June 29th, 2013

    Happy Birthday Peter/Spencer.

    Melanie, Your post of 3:21 was hilarious!

    Twins lost big time to somebody.. KC I think. Tomorrow the Tour de France starts. I am not as interested in it this year ’cause I have my own bike and don’t need to watch others ride. heh heh heh.

    Maybe I will stay inside and clean up the house a little more. I got stalled in the ‘library’ and haven’t done anything for over a week. My excuse is the garden.

    Night all, ‘cept Liz. G’day Lizzie!

  80. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    12:23 am on June 29th, 2013

    It is supposed to be 108* tomorrow and 109* on Sunday.


  81. Wolfie Wigglebutt
    12:25 am on June 29th, 2013

    Oh, and Rio, you can NOT have Buster!

  82. Melanie
    1:43 am on June 29th, 2013


  83. Melanie
    1:43 am on June 29th, 2013

    Whoops . . Macy?

  84. SnowBella
    2:10 am on June 29th, 2013

    Hello and good night. AJ returned home today and I called it a day not too long ago. Tomorrow is a big day. Iditarod sign ups begin tomorrow and Snowhook will be there thanks to youse.

    Nighty nutter butters.

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