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August 27th, 2011
Fido locked me out of the house. In the process, he locked himself in.
âGet me out of here!â he whimpered from behind the door.
âIâm trying, you big lug, but the deadbolt seems to have been tripped.â
âWhatâs a deadbolt?â
âA deadbolt, Fido, is the one lock on the door that I donât have a key for! Iâve never even used the deadbolt and donât even have a key for it. How the heck did the deadbolt get tripped?â
I tried to put the sequence together and that took a little time.
âFido, was anyone in the house when I was gone?â
âI have to pee.â
âI know, I know. Me too!â
âIâd like to have a Happy Hour.â
Fidoâs funny like that. He comes up with things that are so out of the blue that I hardly know what to think.
âIt sure sounds like fun,â he said. âI just donât know what it is. Letâs have one.â
âWe can have as many as we want,â says I. âWhatâs your idea?â
âIdea? Iâm a dog. I donât have ideas. I have instincts.â
âTell you what. After work, weâll have a Happy Hour.â
âHey hey hey hey!â
Fido says he wants to join a dating service.
Me, I was listening to a baseball game, concentrating on a two-on, two-out, one-run game, and this took me by surprise.
âWhat the heck-fire?â said I.
âItâs not that Iâm lonely, but Iâd like to have someone of my ilk to share experiences, romp around, get into sniffing contests, have conversations, discuss brands of kibble, that kind of thing.
âGood God, man,â I said. âMammoth has more dogs than humans. Are you sure youâre not already sitting on a canine gold mine?â
Fido rolled over on his side and let out a long breath.
âTo live alone one must be a beast or a god, says Aristotle. Leaving out the third case: one must be both - a philosopher.â
âWhaa?â I says.
Fido repeated it.
âIâve heard this before,â says I to Fido. Me, I was listening to the baseball game.
âItâs Friedrich Nietzsche,â says Fido.
âI can hardly believe my ears,â I says to him. âYou buy that?â
âDunno,â says Fido. âIâll believe anything if thereâs a biscuit in it.â
Fido and I are playing checkers.
Most people think checkers is a kids' game, but checkers is more complicated than you'd think. Even more than that, checkers is a convivial game. It' not like chess. Chess is played by erudite and bloodthirsty combatants; Germany and France and all of that.
Fido is neither erudite nor bloodthirsty and checkers is the game for him.
Being a red dog, he always chooses the red pieces, so he gets the first move.
I am trying to teach Fido baseball.
Heâs doing pretty well since April, but heâs got a ways to go.
There is no set way to teach a dog baseball. For that matter, thereâs no set way to teach a human, either. Itâs an acquired thing, based on repetition.
âWanna learn baseball?â I says to Fido as the season began. Snow was falling outside.
Fido says,âHey Hey Hey Hey!â
So we began.
ARE YOU EXPERIENCED?
Itâs a blue sky day.
In Mammoth that means mountains in clear relief against a cobalt sky, lakes and rivers that sparkle and rush.
And itâs Saturday: Day 2 of the Blue Sky Fest, spread out around and adjacent to the grounds of Cerro Coso College.
The newest facet of this festival is the Blue Sky Experience â a cooking competition; seminars on wine and food pairings, complete with demonstrations; 20 wineries pouring exquisite tastings; and a live auction â all wrapped up in music by City Folk, Strunz and Farah, Vance Gilbert and the Tito Puente, Jr. Orchestra.
Christian Fuller has been in town for only a year.
Yet, he has made a lasting impression on many.
Heâs a runner. He has coached young runners and entered races.
He has also introduced chess to people who never had thought of the game before.
He enjoys talking about the similarities between chess and running, and how chess, because it teaches concentration, can improve running.
âIt can also improve oneâs math understanding and performance, as well as reading,â Fuller said.
And, it might be said to improve life skills.
Whodunit fans will have a thrilling murder mystery on their hands when the Mammoth Lakes Repertory Theatre debuts âDial M for Murderâ at Edison Theatre on March 31.
Written by Frederick Knott and directed by Shira Dubrovner, Dial M enjoyed a long run on Broadway before it was transformed into the infamous Hitchcock thriller released by Warner Brothers in 1954.
A family affair, with nephew Marcel Lloyd and daughter Emily Bridges
Every climber has probably wondered, at some point in an ascent, what would happen if he were injured, stuck on a narrow ledge far from help.
That is the setting of the play “K2” by Patrick Meyers, which will have a staged reading at the Edison Theatre on Saturday, March 26.
Actors Beau Bridges and his nephew Marcel Lloyd portray two climbers, Harold and Taylor, who are stranded on an icy shelf at 27,000 feet up the world’s second highest mountain.
Greg Stump spotlights legendary filmmakers, skiers in new film
Ahhhh ... one of the sounds made when watching ski movies, whether evoked by incredible landscapes and vistas, or by skiers launching off improbable precipices to land far below in the snow.
Greg Stumpâs âLegend of Aahhhâsâ is a ski movie about ski movies, the people who made them and those who skied in them.
It will be screened at the Mammoth Lakes Arts Center Saturday night, March 12.
December 17th, 2010
Violist Hillary Herndon joins the Felici Trio in concert this weekend for âMusic of the Heart.â
The program features passion-filled works by Rebecca Clarke, ErnĂ¶ DohnĂĄnyi and the great Romantic composer, Johannes Brahms.
ErnĂ¶ DohnĂĄnyi - Serenade for String Trio in C Major, opus 10. DohnĂĄnyi ranks next to Franz Liszt as the most versatile Hungarian musician and is generally considered credited with shaping Hungaryâs musical culture in the 20th century.
The Old West will meet the new frontier of guitar-driven live music; tradition will collide with innovation; and familiarity will make way for ground-breaking entertainment as one of the Eastern Sierraâs most popular fund raisers returns to Lone Pine.
âThere is something very different and exciting about the music for this yearâs Lone Pine Concert/Dinner in the Rocks,â Lone Pine Film History Museum spokesperson Chris Langley said earlier this week.
Chamber Music Unbound concert features bassoon, flute
Anyone who grew up listening to Prokofiev’s tale, “Peter and the Wolf,” knows that the characters in the story are represented by musical instruments. The bassoon provides the deep, rich voice of the grandfather.
The bassoon is the featured instrument in Saturday night’s Chamber Music Unbound concert, titled “Fresh Air.”
Weâve known quite a few ski bums in our time around here. If you think about it, Dave McCoy himself would probably been called a ski bum, had the term or the lifestyle existed at the time. Maybe Dave was the original ski bum, for all we know.
Those were heady times for us back then, when the ski towns were being built and the ski bum subculture emerged. Look around town and theyâre everywhere still, each finding just enough work to free them to lay down some serious skiing and snowboarding in the winter.