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The Wayback Machine was in the shop…. September 13, 2006

Posted by marymac in Adam and Clive, Blondie and Dagwood, knitting, Max, travel.

So grab your spare Flux Capacitor and come back with me to the first weekend of this month (that was Labor Day weekend, if you’re in the US). I decided to ditch this joint (always good to be out of town the weekend when the students come back to Acme U) and visit my friends Blondie and Dagwood*, who live a couple of hours across the state from me.

The not-so-secret special attraction of Blondie and Dagwood’s house?

This is Max.
He is so money.
And he doesn’t even know it.

(Sorry. I’m a little overtired and I’ve been at Acme U too long today because my phone line is busted again. But I promised Theresa I’d update soon, and I don’t want her mad at me. That could get scary. *dissolves into laughter at the thought of Theresa mad*)


Anyway, Blondie and Dagwood and I have all known one another since our days as students at Hippie College and they’ve been together for about eleventy years now, so they let me come over and torment them and their dog pretty regularly. But I can’t leave things be and have to make all my friends be friends with each other, so Saturday night the three of us went out to dinner with another couple, Adam and Clive. Adam and I have been friends since our student days at Acme U (people attend more than one college sometimes — it’s perfectly normal), and he is (unfortunately) aware of some of my obsessions strong interests.

Like penguins. (click for big)

Shut up. Don’t judge me. They’re cute.

And this one is all Elvis-ified with a logo on its back, too:

Penguin needs a name. I suck at naming things, so I’m open to suggestions. Otherwise it will be “that penguin Adam and Clive gave me” forever, and that’s a mouthful.

Yes, you see knitting. I was so inspired by the change of venue that I finally managed to start Starsky whilst at Blondie and Dagwood’s (Blondie is Not A Knitter but she watches some good teevee, in front of which is my preferred knitting location of choice — serendipity!). I was not so inspired that I felt like doing more than starting a sleeve, however, so this is what I had by the end of the weekend:

Impressive, eh? I have since completed most of the sleeve but stopped when I realized that it might be a good idea to see what the sleeve will be connected to before I decide if I need to do extra increases to accommodate my super-chubby arms. So I started a different project. (Yes, I eventually cast on for the back. What is it with you and the judging today?) But I have no pics. You’ll just have to imagine the wonder of four rows of over 100 stitches. In 3×3 rib. Try not to spill anything when you swoon from the awe of it all.

*All names have been changed to protect me — these people have known me for a very, very long time and there’s no way I’m giving you knitting hoodlums access to them. Special thanks to Blondie for the camera assist.



1. Laura - September 13, 2006

I suggest calling the Penguin “Cheesecake.”

His name is on his back (and his front) so you won’t forget.

Unless you’re like me and love alliterative names, then try Pansy Penguin, Tommy Tuxedo, or Wendel Waddle.

2. helen - September 13, 2006

yay for Denise!

3. Pam - September 13, 2006

I think the penguin is adorable. No judgment here.

And I second Laura’s suggestion – I like Cheesecake the Penguin. Or Elvis, since he is, as you suggested, Elvis-ified.

4. the kitchener bitch - September 14, 2006

Max is so cute! Who’s a grumpy bear?!

I think you should name the penguin after Elvis too – possibly you should name him Bowl o’ Bacon or Deep Fried Peanut Butter Banana Sandwich.

5. mtwelovett - September 15, 2006

Chilly Cheesy?? Better watch out or teddy will corrupt him too… 😉

6. Blondie - September 15, 2006

My boy is famous! I’d tell him he’s on a blog, but he’s lying here sleeping. And besides, I don’t want him to get a big head. He already thinks he runs the place!

Cheesecake is always good. His motto could be, “it ain’t easy being cheezy.” Yes, I do like my teevee. But if you’re going for alliterative penguin names–and who isn’t–Tennessee Tuxedo might be good.

7. Ten Minutes in My Head « Story Value - September 19, 2006

[…] In case anyone is wondering how the penguin naming is going, I’m kind of leaning towards “Elvis the Penguin” because it’s just random enough to make me laugh. And it makes me think of Alice the Camel*. Boom boom boom. […]

8. This is how it starts. « Story Value - July 21, 2007

[…] may recall that Adam and Clive are also the ones who gave me Elvis the Penguin. Sensing a […]

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