Chuck doing his best impersonation of Marilyn Monroe

Strike a pose, there’s nothing to it.

  • Susie

    Chuck is great,
    Chuck is good,
    Let us thank him
    for ou… oh, no, that’s not right…

    Well, Chuck is great and good.

  • JessicaRabbit

    Bucky baby I am always happy to see you, walker, geritol, support hose and all.

    But you can sit on my lap and we can talk about my clover anytime you want.

  • Bucky Four-Eyes

    Yeah, the daddy and precious froglet at the piano made me swoon just a little, you know, in a totally tough and cynical way.
    It would be even more perfect if I knew they were playing a duet of _Muskrat Love_

  • MonkeyLaurie

    Ye Olde College Inn is on Carrolton…right across from the Seminary (where my dad went to school until he met my mother, fell in love and decided NOT to be a priest…crazy old man). The food is yummy. I will also drive to YOCI from Children’s. The food at that hospital totally sucks!

  • LadyBug

    I love that picture. He looks so…thoughtful.

    And Bucky, it’s waaaay too early to be getting all “bestial and ruff.” Let’s wait until at least 10-ish, shall we?

  • Spurious Plum

    Bucky – Yeah! ‘Holy’ or ‘holey’ what’s the difference?

    Try BenGay body shots…it *burns*.

  • Katie-be-bored-at-work

    Chuck looks so deep in thought. And he must have the silkiest fur ever. Chuck is definitely hot.

  • Spurious Plum

    Berta – So far it looks like Effie and I are going, wanna carpool?

  • H in Chicago

    Can I please have a child of my own to press her nose on my face and smile? That is BEAUTIFUL!

  • Bucky Four-Eyes

    Jess, you sure you want someone as old and infirm as I am to perch on your clover? At my age, accidents do happen, you know.

    Plum – actually, your comment makes me think of the first time Jim and I, uh, played mattress tag. I got this totally brutal leg cramp, started to make the appropriate leg-cramp-at-the-wrong-time noises, and he naturally assumed that the noises were in response to his erotic mastery.
    Once we got the misunderstanding cleared up, he was very nice and helped me apply Ben Gay to my calves.
    Oooooh, sexy minty!

  • ieatcrayonz

    Very sexy…a la Ralph Lauren. Where are his sailboat and knickers?

  • Berta


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  • Effie

    Crab rangoon–I don’t really know what it is, but boy is it tasty! The cheap chinese food place down the street has the best crab rangoon!
    Where was that Ranchwagon in PA? (not that I’m ever there…)Sounds good..

  • DM

    Wow. Top 100. I may swoon. This never happens.

    Bucky, my dad used to sing Muskrat Love and I’m an Okie from Muskogie to me when I was a kid. Thanks for the memories.

    Love the picture of Chuck. And the monthly newsletter made me teary. I am thinking that my sister might like your blog and may get her to start reading it (Her son just turned 16 (?) months old? I am an awful aunt). It’s not like she’ll read mine…

  • Dawners

    Crab rangoon is a deliciously deep-fried little pillow of crab and cream cheese mixed together in a wonton-type wrapping.

    No good Chinese food in Houston KBBAW? If you’ve never heard of crab rangoon, I’m guessing that’s a big no.

  • Melanie S.

    I LURVE me some Chuckles!

  • Big Gay Sam

    crab what????

    That’s what I get for living in the southwest.

  • The Wife

    Well that post was successful in making me bawl my eyes out at 8:30 in the morning. Thanks Dooce. I love your monthly letters. That was beautiful.

  • coskel

    Here in Michigan, exit #69 on I-75 North is named Big Beaver Rd.

  • Meekazan

    Heather, thank you for sharing the monthly Leta Letters. The pictures, your writing, the pure honest emotions….

    Gotta ask: 1st picture, is that a Produced by Dooce t-shirt?

  • Muffy

    Katie, I’m officially offended. How dare you say we have no entertainment here in the Rust Belt? Haven’t you been to the Noxen Volunteer Fire Company’s Annual Rattlesnake Roundup? Or even better, the Cherry Blossom Festival?
    All kidding aside (the rattlesnake round up is NO JOKE), we do have some great local bands. If you heard of Breaking Benjamin, they are from here. But the best local band, in my opinion(and I’ve said this before, don’t hurt me) is The George Wesley Band. You can listen to some of his catalogue and live shows at The dude is a total hippie. George, I love ya, and you are SO playing at our post-wedding celebration

  • AlbionJessica

    Leta is so adorable! You two are so lucky to have her. When you described how she shrugs her shoulders and says “Meh” when she isn’t interested, I felt like hugging someone. So sweet.

  • Bucky Four-Eyes

    Because, dammit, we’re proud of our Big Beaver here!

  • Susannah

    Does anyone know what that pink shirt Leta is wearing in the first picture says? It looks like it says something about product of dooce…???

  • lawbrat

    I’ve seen that Coskal. Big Beaver Rd. It cracks me up!

  • Effie

    I just have to say–your little Leta is getting more and more beautiful everyday–and more grown up looking too! When I saw the pic of Leta and her Daddy at the piano I thought “That has to be my favourite photo yet” and then I saw the next photo and I thought “No, wait–that has to be my favourite”–she was so serious and so sweet….

    I think you could make a MINT if you had a photo gallery!

  • Vaida

    Ah, Crab Rangoons & Rattlesnake Round Ups….the things I miss living in the North East. We have Crab Rangoons, but NEVER during Rattlesnake Shindings.

  • Em

    Chuck looks so pretty! And the picture of Leta at the piano tried to RIP MY HEART OUT.

    You should do something about that.

  • Spurious Plum

    Effie – Apparently you’re riding with me and Bertha. We can roll three deep in my crappy-ass Echo.

    Bucky – Why do leg cramps only happen in the middle of good lovin’ or when you’re asleep? You know, the two activities that I hate havign interrupted?

  • Vanessa_AR

    Chuck always looks so neat and clean, like he’s been groomed. He’s the cutest. Wish he and my little mutt girl could play. And Leta! What a DOLL BABY. She has the prettiest skin. Her personality is great, too. I love reading this site.

  • Berta

    I heard that if you lick salt before sex, you won’t get leg cramps. I’ve never tried it, though. I hate being interrupted during those two activities as well!

  • Katie-be-bored-at-work

    I believe it says Product of Blurbodoocery, but I could be wrong. Dooce really needs to market those shirts.

  • Vaida

    There could be a worse time to get a leg cramp than those two. If you get a leg cramp whilst running from a masked man in an alley that attempted to rob you…I’d say that would be a bad time to get a leg cramp.

  • Fujiko

    DOOCE! Your new masthead totally rocks.

    No, really, I love it so much that you could make stickers and make so much money selling them. I would go broke from buying your masthead stickers. Totally.

  • Vaida

    HA HA HA

  • honeybunny


    you have the most beautiful family of all the families in all the world.

    the photo of leta at the piano makes me cry. in a good way, of course. she is beautiful, just like her mom and dad.

    happy spring, armstrong family!

  • giggles

    Thank you Dawners for the description. (re#335)

    I was at a loss for words on how to describe. I thought everybody knew what it was!

  • Gia

    Leta’s shirt in the first picture says “dooce”! I love it! I know that wasn’t intentional in any way, but how cool. Anyway, lovely entry. You never cease to amaze, Heather.

  • Bucky Four-Eyes

    If you lick salt before sex?

    Then what’s he gonna do *during* sex?

    That’s Jim’s pet name for me, “My little saltlick.”

  • Michelle

    I love your site. Your stories make me giggle every day.

  • Berta

    Or if you just had a boat accident in the Atlantic and trying to swim back to shore!

  • twitchycat

    “Month 14″ is beautiful. Thank you so much, from another Mama smitten with her own little one.

    And the new masthead is fabulous.

  • MonkeyLaurie

    If you want to talk about crazy weird festivals, hit the Frog Festival in Rayne, LA. They get frogs drunk and try to make them race each other. It’s hilarious!

    Then, of course, there’s always the Crawfish Festival and Strawberry Festival!

  • Claire

    Chuck looks like my Gabby. So cute.

  • Berta

    Ya, I think it has something to do with the potassium in salt! You could also try eating a banana before sex, or during sex for that matter..haha!

  • leandra

    loved the photos of Leta, she looks so much more like a little person every day! ;)

  • Katie-be-bored-at-work

    Actually, Houston has some great Chinese and Japanese food. Dim Sum is huge around here. I think I know what crab rangoons are – are they like crab puffs? Those beautiful little crispy pastry like things with cream cheese and crab inside? Although most places around here are stingy on the crab and stuff an assload of cream cheese inside.

    The Ranchwagon is in Dallas, PA. Very near Tunkhannock, PA, “A Great Place to Live”, which is right by Scranton, PA, the setting for the new show “The Office”.

  • Vaida

    I should be checking my inter-office email as soon as I get into work, but this website is my first stop. Coffee & Dooce. Cheers!

    (my first comment–YAY!)

  • Dawners

    I’m sure this isn’t exclusive to Missouri, but we have a lovely Testicle Festival here every year. I love the billboards on the highways for it!