Chetspeak on Sunday: Beginnings (More)

“There’s no Santa Claus,” Charlie said.

“Who told you that?” said Bernie.


“Who’s Esmé?”

“At school.”

“Well,” said Bernie, “everyone has their own opinion.”

“It’s not an opinion, Dad,” said Charlie. “It’s a scientific fact.”


“From a scientist.”

“Any scientist in particular?”

“Groucho Marx.”

“Esmé told you that?”


“Know much about Groucho Marx?”

Charlie shrugged his skinny little shoulders. “He was a scientist and he said there ain’t no Santa Claus.”

“What do Esmé’s parents do?”

“Drive her to school. Pick her up.”

“I meant for a living.”

“Like you’re a private eye?”

“Yeah. Like that.”

“I don’t think they’re private eyes,” Charlie said.

“Why not?”

“They’re rich.”

– from SANTA 365, the 4th C&B short story.


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20 Responses to “Chetspeak on Sunday: Beginnings (More)”

  1. Herd of Hounds
    8:06 am on December 17th, 2017

    Good morning everyone! We are ROFL at that Chetspeak. Happy Egg day and a super Sunday to all Chetsters and Plunderers.
    Hope Hobbit is safe in California now and everyone is getting ready to “settle their brains for a long winter’s nap”. So glad that the DDD’s nephew is only here for a day. His last visit was 6 months. Saw a show on Yukon vet with the Whittier tunnel…mom chewed the couch cushions.
    Super Sunday to all.

  2. dawson
    8:34 am on December 17th, 2017

    Classic Chetspeak! Thanks for starting the day off with a laugh.

    CHobbitz and I should synchronize our flights. I’m at the airport waiting for my first of 3 flights today. I’ll be in Montana tonight after most of you are in bed. Hope CHobbitz did not find too much destruction at California Hobbit Hotel.

    HOH: Here’s hoping the one day visit doesn’t turn into 6 months. Giggle!

  3. Diane C.
    8:40 am on December 17th, 2017

    Hey HOH and Everyone–Happy middle of Hannukah, belated Beethoven’s Birthday (yesterday) and only 5 days to Solstice (after which we start getting more daylight)!

    Esme sounds like a bit of a pill, (but I’d discourage Charlie from using “ain’t”).

    Still grading, and Edgar gets another cornea sanded Monday. I hope you’re all enjoying whatever kind of weather you’d most enjoy. Here’s some Beethoven for y’all played by Ivo Pogorelich:

  4. c.hobbitz
    8:41 am on December 17th, 2017

    Dawson: I am at the Seattle airport for another 90 minutes. Where are you? Next flight is to Burbank.

  5. Herd of Hounds
    9:27 am on December 17th, 2017

    Diane, thanks Fur Elise! Have had it as my phone ringer for a long time.
    Dawson and Hobbit, safe travels.

  6. Wose-The Small and Meek
    10:46 am on December 17th, 2017


    I am laughing at today’s Chetspeak! (Whispering) What do you mean there’s no Santa Claus?

    Dawson and C.Hobbitz: Safe travels to youse!

    The busy place holiday dinner wasn’t as bad as Grizz and I thought it would be.

    Starbucks and Scrabble today!

    Good day to all!

  7. Dawson
    11:20 am on December 17th, 2017

    CHobbitz: Carpola! I am in front of Alaska Airlines departure area waiting for an agent to show up and they won’t be here until 8:45. Sob!

  8. dawson
    11:25 am on December 17th, 2017

    I wasn’t thinking when I packed my snacks for the day. I now have to eat a banana, some blueberries, and 3 apples before I go through customs.

    The best thing about Vancouver airport:

  9. dawson
    11:27 am on December 17th, 2017


  10. Herd of Hounds
    11:28 am on December 17th, 2017

    What a lovely sculpture.

  11. B.Stover
    11:37 am on December 17th, 2017

    Here’s a quotation from Wikipedia about the Groucho Marx saying:

    “The title and chorus of the song [“There Ain’t No Sanity Clause”] were derived from a scene in the Marx Brothers’ 1935 movie A Night at the Opera, in which Groucho Marx attempts to explain the intricacies of a business contract to Chico Marx. When Groucho mentions the ‘sanity clause’, Chico responds, ‘You can’t fool me. There ain’t no santy clause!'”

    Good morning all.

  12. Charlie
    11:40 am on December 17th, 2017

    B: You are full of surprises. I thought for sure you’d opt for a training run. What say we take the lazy chair for another spin today?

  13. B.Stover
    12:24 pm on December 17th, 2017

    Charlie: What an excellent idea!

  14. Wose-The Small and Meek
    3:06 pm on December 17th, 2017

    Dawson: What a beautiful sculpture and great photos!

  15. c.hobbitz
    3:44 pm on December 17th, 2017

    Dawson: that is twice we’ve missed each other in Seattle. Carpola!
    Nana and I weren’t able to arrange a meeting on this trip either. Double Carpola!

    So far I can see some burnt out mountains but no active fire and the air quality is good. The pilot said it was cool when we landed. It was 60. I was sweltering

  16. Charlie
    6:01 pm on December 17th, 2017

    B: Great minds and whatnot!

    Rio: Check your Beau-phone! Quick like B and Charlie racing to their lazy chair.

  17. Herd of Hounds
    10:08 pm on December 17th, 2017

    CHobbitz. Wow, days high 60’s, nights, low 40’s. You are one lucky dawg.

  18. Riõ - The Evil Pug
    10:42 pm on December 17th, 2017

    Traveling!…All youse Traveling Plunderers take care and be Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate…snort!…Be Safe!…gurgle!

  19. ML
    12:09 am on December 18th, 2017

    I’m just glad no Plunders had to go through the Atlanta airport! Yeep what a mess

  20. Wose-The Small and Meek
    7:45 am on December 18th, 2017

    ML: You sure are right about that!!!

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