Thank you dear SAM fans who have written such kind comments today in response to the "Debbie" blogs. She actually phoned me in my own home and REALLY INSULTED me. That's not the worst though...some cretin wrote that he "wished SAM a slow and painful death" and that "his owner would soon follow". GEEEEEEEZ! WEIRDOS and NEGATIVITY! This comes along with even a modicum of celebrity, I guess.. Don't worry.. SAM is VERY well protected! Last year there was a sniper loose on Highway 101, north of Santa Barbara where SAM and I spend our weekends. The highway and the amtrack were closed. It was eerily quiet. We were contacted by phone and told to stay indoors...We put sheets up on windows that didn't have blinds. It was SPOOKY! Hours and hours went by...we couldn't sleep...Well......SAM eventually had to go outside ..being the well behaved,continent boy he is (although lately I think he needs doggy Depends at night...)..SO..out we went and while SAM peed, Mark stood close by with 12 gauge shot gun cocked! SAM had better protection than I, who stood by waiting for him to find "the perfect spot". The sniper was caught the next day (girl troubles) and although a few cars earlier had been hit, thank God, nobody was hurt.