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Blog slowdown? Let me explain

Written June 11th, 2017 by Hasso Hering

Hey people. I think I should explain why hh’s blog production has slipped in recent days. It’s me, or rather my Albany vacation.

My name is Mendel. (And before you ask, yes, I was named in honor of that famous botanist. You remember. That guy with the different colored beans or peas or whatever it was.)

You see, I’m getting to stay in Albany for a few weeks while my family is away on a trip. And let me tell you, I’m having a great time. For one thing, I’m getting to go for a lot of walks. I don’t really need all that walking, but it’s fun, so I’m not about to tell the old guy that he can save himself some of that marching up and down the roads.

And I have that great game. It involves a tennis ball. The old guy chucks the ball into the yard, and I run after it and let him have it back. Not right away, you understand. But eventually. So then he chucks it again. “Go get the ball,” he says. And I grin at him and think: “You threw it out there, get it yourself.” And he does! It’s killing me, I tell you.

Something else I figured out. My family sent along bags of dog food. Have you tasted that stuff? So what I do is this: I pretend not to eat it. So the old guy gets concerned I’m gonna starve myself. And since it’s lunch time he runs out to McDonald’s and brings me a hamburger, plain. Say what you will about fast food, but it has those kibbles beat.

So with the walking morning and night and in between, and retrieving the tennis ball in this game I invented, and the lunchtime runs to Mickey D’s, you can see that his time looking for stories and writing them up is down to… well, much less than usual anyway.

My Albany vacation has a while to go, I’m happy to say. So if you sense a certain lag in hh-today, that’s gonna be the reason why. (mh)



11 responses to “Blog slowdown? Let me explain”

  1. John Hartman says:

    One would think that with such an excellent nose for news, the addition of a pooch to the Hering Truth Squad would treble Hering’s output.

  2. Ray Kopczynski says:

    I do recall eating a dog biscuit or two in my formative years. I don’t twitch too much… :-)

  3. James Engel says:

    H.H. with your insight, knowledge & persistence at gathering info & making a quality blog you deserve a few “dog dayz” vacation… JE

  4. Jennifer Moody says:

    Probably helps that Mendel is so darned cute!

  5. Tony White says:

    You deserve a vacation for all the good reporting you still do – for free. Thanks, Hasso.

  6. Ginny Jordan says:

    Love this!

  7. David Ballard says:

    Everyone deserves the occasional vacation, including Mendel and HH.

  8. Billy Lanham says:

    That dog writes better them most humans……Fantastic!

  9. Liz Montague says:

    Ahem…this is actually a message for Mendel: Good boy!

    Pass it along for me?


  10. Pattymci says:

    This is great Hasso. We can’t wait to have you back but you totally deserve the “downward dog” time!!!! Heehee!!!

  11. GregB says:

    Enjoy your time with the dog!


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