Wednesday, November 24, 2010

A Dialogue Between Me & the Dog

Me: Hey Odie, how's the blog coming along? I have had a couple of people asking about it and was wondering how you are doing with it. I've been pretty busy so I haven't had much of a chance to go on line and read all of your updates.

Odie: (quiet - picks up tennis ball and absent-mindedly tosses it in the air - wanders off to sniff crumbs on the floor) Throw the ball?

Me: So, what was your latest fun story?

Odie: (look of innocence and surprise) Blog? What are you talking about?? Throw the ball?

Me: C'mon, you know - the Odietheroadie blog that you have been publishing with all your great adventures, pictures and great stories. You know - the blog that has two (maybe only one) avid followers...

Odie: So do we get to scooter to the dog park today? Throw the ball??

Me: (fumbling with new computer, trying to pull up blog on internet) Oh my gosh - are you serious? You haven't posted a new blog entry since...what...last winter?? No - no on playing ball and no on a scooter ride to the dog park. This is serious - what on earth have you been doing? Why haven't you posted any blog updates? What is wrong with you? You have ONE JOB to do - that is it - one job and you can't even do that? Are you kidding me? The last entry has pictures of us venturing into a winter wasteland and blizzard on Snoqualmie Pass...for all your readers know we could have fallen to an icy demise. We could have driven into the ocean. We could have been put in the witness protection program, never to be heard from again. We could have driven into the wilderness of the midwest and never emerged. Seriously - since your last post we have covered about 9,000 miles, completed contracts in Florida, Manhattan and now in Phoenix, had multiple visits with friends and family and taken about 2800 photos. And you didn't write about ANY of it? What were you thinking???

Odie: Whoa - calm down human. Honestly I thought YOU were supposed to be doing the blog updates. I didn't know that it was entirely my responsibility to share my canine writing ability with the world. I thought I was just the figurehead of this operation and you were the ghost writer. I thought you were the one who had just ONE JOB to do and I simply let you use my name - surely there is a contract somewhere? Something? And furthermore, you got a new computer that I don't understand and am too old and stubborn to learn. And I was busy. I am a busy dog you know. Very busy. Throw the ball??

Me: Oh no you don't - you cannot blame me for your lack of initiative, your lack of follow through and your complete and utter insensitivity to your readership (ok, so it is only two people, but still...).

Odie: I don't even have opposable thumbs so how am I supposed to sit at the keyboard and type for hours and hours? You are so overreacting. Besides, I'm sure that nobody even noticed, but if someone did notice the obvious lack of blog entries during the past nine months I'm sure we can come up with a good excuse.

Me: Such as...?

Odie: I always like the 'abducted by aliens' angle on a story. Yea, that's we slowly drove through the fog and sleet, the blinking lights of an unidentified hovering craft appeared and came closer and closer... Or perhaps 'forever lost in a corn maze in Nebraska'?

Me: You would not even bother to tell your two readers about all of your great adventures crossing the entire continental U.S. (again), your three months of blissful sunshine at the sparkling beaches in Florida and your boogie board lessons? About your long and rewarding days working at the hospital as a volunteer? Your brief stops back home in Tennessee? Your roadtrip up to the northeast? You wouldn't share your amazing stories of New York City in the summer, endless days wandering Central Park, the crazy city noises and smells and sights and millions upon millions of people and dogs? You wouldn't share the details of the family and friends you visited on our (long) drive across the continental U.S. (again) on our way to Arizona? No pictures? No commentary? No stories? What's it going to take to get you to focus and do your job? There could be consequences little scooter rides, no hiking, no 'Camp Bow-Wow', no dog could wind up grounded to your kennel... no more beggin' strips or frosty paws.

Odie: Harsh words. OK, I will try to do better. I will. Really I will. Really, really, really I will try. I will try to learn the new computer and try to publish a 'new & improved' blog soon. I promise. Maybe I'll learn to make movies, star in my own calendar, publish a whole book of pictures. I could be a star!!! They love me, they really love me! Throw the ball?? Throw the ball??

Friday, April 9, 2010

3644.8 *People Notes*

Day One: Early morning start, heading east out of Seattle, light drizzle. Then came the rain. Then the sleet. Then the slushy 'winter mix'. Then the interstate was closed due to an accident many miles ahead of us and we were at a dead stop watching the snowflakes begin. Then the snowflakes became inches of snow right before our eyes. Then more inches. Then we were told that Snoqualmie Pass was not passable at all unless you had chains or four wheel drive. We had neither of those. We eventually got turned around.

Day One (still): Mid-morning, heading west into Seattle, light drizzle. Approximately four hours into the trip we were roughly six miles from where we had started. Newsflash: this might be a long trip.
Day One (umm, yup - still first day): Late morning, heading south toward Portland, pouring rain. Early afternoon - same. Mid-afternoon - same. Late afternoon - same. Sometime late that day we made it to La Grande, Oregon and the rain finally let up. That was a long day.

Day Two, Three, Four...

This was a sunset in the rearview mirror (Wyoming, I think) and the sunrise the next morning from the same location...

Day five, six, seven...amazing how little entertainment is needed after a week on the road!

Happy Trails!


When my people told me that we were leaving the Left Coast and heading to the other Left Coast I had no idea what they were talking about. When they explained that we were leaving Seattle and heading to the southern Gulf Coast of Florida I was okay with that. When they said that I wouldn't be able to go to the dog ranch anymore I was devastated for a full 3 or 8 seconds until they explained that I would get to go to the 'real' beaches again - then I was dog-wiggle, butt-waggin' happy! Then when they said 'let's pack up and go on a road trip again' I was dog-slobbery, paw-prancin' good to go!

They might have left out a couple of teeny-tiny little details about the the part about passing through Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia and Florida. And the part about the road trip taking FOREVER - in dog time I think this road trip lasted about two months.

All I can say is that the beaches had better be worth it!! Ughhh. Happy Trails!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Cowtown - Not for Dogs! *People Notes*

A few months ago, in a moment of weakness (or stupidity), we decided to sign up for the Cowtown Marathon in Fort Worth, TX. We could have registered for the kids 5k, the 5k, the 10k or even the half marathon...but we registered for the full 26.2 mile marathon. What were we thinking? What were we thinking? What were we thinking? What were we thinking? (Let it be known that with age does NOT come wisdom.) So we flew to Texas the last week of February in the hopes of getting that pesky little marathon item checked of our 'to-do' list.

The more the merrier, right? And so the Cowtown blossomed into a family and friends event which boasted participants as young as 4 (granddaughter, Kayla), runners in the 5k, 10k, half and full marathon, invaluable support on the sidelines and at the finish lines, travelers from Seattle to Alabama, fantastic coordination of lodging, homemade meals, poker party, birthday party, bowling and an absolutely fantastic week spent in Cowtown at the Cowtown!
I have to give a special shout-out to Marie for the best homemade spaghetti dinner EVER!! Thank you, thank you and thank you! What time is dinner next year?
Yes, we did cross the finish line of the marathon. Yes, we were still standing. Yes, we were extremely tired and sore for several days afterward. Yes, we accomplished our goal of FINISHING! Although we never set a specific goal of a set time to run 26.2 miles let me just say for the record that my personal goal was to finish in LESS time than it took me to go through labor and childbirth. And let me just say that I did NOT make that goal! Thanks, Erik. Thanks a lot.

See ya'all next year at the Cowtown!!! Happy trails.