SP       
 Massimo insisted. 
 
 
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SP        You're saying you didn't?

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SP        Yes, Massimo, I know that Chet has his own Blog.

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SP      Sorry, kiddo, but you are so not Chet the Dog. Chet pretty much worships his guy. "The smartest human in the room," right?

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SP      Chet would never make a comment of that nature.

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SP      You can call him a goody-goody-brown-nosing-butt-sniffing-cat-loathing canine, M, but Chet always appears eager to be helping out his partner with the cracking of the case. Plus, Chet-the-dog is sunny. Check out this video:

  Cute, huh?

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SP       That's unkind. Besides, Massimo, although we know Chet hates cats, he does admire feline dexterity. Which is . . . actually not your strong suit.  Hmmm. Sorry.

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SP      OK, yes: Chet is a little slow on the uptake.  At times. It's definitely not too dark to read inside of Chet's head. But Chet's a sweet guy.  A fun guy.  A guy you want to hang out with.



SP      Sorry I ever read you the part about Chet getting kicked out of K-9 school. That thing with the cat . . . probably exaggerated.

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SP       'Apocryphal?' Yeah, like that.

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SP      Right. So let's see. How could you 'best assist in Our Enterprise?' Hmmm . . .

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SP       Yes, I'm aware that many people are fond of cats.  I myself . . .

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SP      That is somewhat harsh, Massimo.  I changed it just last week ---

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SP      Has it been that long?
 

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SP       Explain how that would work. Because, see, M, 
Chet-the-Dog? He talks. Okay, not talks, exactly, but Chet thinks out loud, often in more-or-less complete sentences.  Whereas you ---

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SP      Yes, but I know  you really well. The folks out there might have a hard time ---

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SP    [Massimo wishes here to make a note of his favorite book: 
].

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SP     No, Massimo, I'm sure no one will think you're being pretentious. Unless you happen to get outed by
this guy.

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SP     M, I don't want a dog. Well, anyway, we already have a dog.  But.  Massimo, you were excellent in Formaggio. You didn't need to talk. Or even to think --

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SP   --- think out loud, I was about to say. I know you are always thinking, M.  Always.

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SP     So, sure, we can come up with something.  Um.  Lots of people love
cat videos, for example.  I bet if we did a cute little video of you in a paper bag we'd get tons of hits.  Get you your own FB page.  You could cavort in a captivating fashion with a piece of string?  Paper clip? Half a frog . . .



SP     Massimo?  Massimo . . ?  Damn.  Note: Never put "cute" 
anywhere near Massimo.



SP     I think  he had in mind doing a few interviews. Maybe a brief opinion piece? Watch this space.

                                                

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