A Letter to My Dog, Half Pint

This last year may have been the worst one of my life, but at least I've got the world's two greatest dogs by my side to help me stagger into 2018. Today's post features a letter to Half Pint. Benjamin will be getting a letter later this week--he'd never let me hear the end of it, otherwise. Also, this posts features a lot of short video clips of Half Pint being silly. Since I apparently can't do anything right these days, they are exclusively shot in vertical mode. Please accept my apologies (and cut me some friggin' slack).

Weird Crime: The difference between baked and fried chicken is a family beat down.

(photo @ wikipedia)

Point Marion, Pennsylvania

On August 26, 2012, 45-year-old George Rhome sat down for a home cooked Sunday dinner made by his daughter-in-law, Dottie Jaggi, that quickly became violent. Things got off to a tense start when George expressed his displeasure over the way that the vegetables were prepared.

According to Carol Rhome (George's mother), the peas and the corn were what started it all.

“It started over the vegetables because they usually put them in a bowl in the microwave...and the broth wasn't drained off of it,” she told KDKA news. Carol also explained that her son was usually an "easygoing guy" (despite his very particular meal requirements).

Rhome' girlfriend, Anna Jaggi, also agreed that the improper preparation of the vegetables was what lit the fuse...but I'd like to stop the tape right here for a minute and point something out. In every news story that I've been able to find about this incident, Anna Jaggi is referred to as George Rhome's girlfriend. She also shares the same unusual last name as his daughter-in-law. 

Now is a perfect time for Pee-Wee Herman to sing one of my favorite songs AND help us draw a very strong possible conclusion as to what may have caused the simmering undercurrent of family strife and dysfunction.

But I digress...the real drama occurred when when Dottie brought out the chicken, which George declared was too dry due to the fact that it was baked instead of fried.

“She picked up a chair and throwed it at him, and that’s what made him mad because she hit him,” Carolyn explained.

George's mother had made a very astute observation. Any person that has had a chair thrown against them is much more likely to experience an increased level of rage. This could potentially cause the subject to physically lash out...

...and lash out he did, starting a massive food fight with Dottie (and presumably his son, Jason) that quickly turned into fisticuffs and spilled out onto the neighborhood sidewalk

Once the police arrived, George was arrested on charges of assault and harassment. His son and daughter-in-law were also arrested for outstanding bench warrants from another county.

If you're going to be that dysfunctional, at least try to be awesome about it.

Embedded below is a local news report on the matter from KDKA in Pittsburgh. It comes complete with the entire interview that was excerpted above, an on location report (which actually has a purpose this time), and a cringe inducing pun about "crying foul."

George Rhome is currently being held in the Fayette County Prison on $20,000 bond. His son and daughter-in-law are being held in the Greene County Jail on charges that have not yet been released or reported.

Let's hope that they don't get together for a meal any time soon.

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