Theo Later, Alligator

After 4 years of delighting us with hilarious interjected quips, wrangling redonkulous Glossary terminology, shouting ‘YAY‘ at just the right moment, tagging posts with oh-so-helpful tags like “Do the Funky Fennec“, diligently tending to our commenting audience with the precision of a Japanese Bonsai Gardener, and writing posts about his favorite Marmalade kittehsencores, and  Reality Casual Fridays, Theo will be leaving his fluffy post at Cute Overload to tackle a new job in Intelligence Analysis, in the United States Army. His last day is April 26th.

No we’re not kidding—we couldn’t think of a more different job either—what will his new role be?

Will Theo be saluting his superiors with “Okey Dokes, Then! (SIR!)”? Will he be appropriating kittens for Top Secret Snuggling? Will his Basic Training include ADVANCED BLEENING? Specialist Teho will have to report back and tell us when he gets there, as an embedded Army Cuteporter.

Theo joined the C.O. team in early 2006. He started as a fan of the site but soon became the perfect fit on our team. We can’t imagine Cute Overload without him and his gynormous contribution to this site. With his snarkiness set on stun, Theo helped make Cute Overload a place we all love to come back to. So Peeps, please join me in thanks, before he leaves to salute his new officers, let’s salute him! FOUR MORE YEARS! FOUR MORE YEARS!oops, wishful thinking.

THANK YOU, THEO. Best wishes for a fulfilling, safe new job. We will miss you!

All our love, support and admiration,

Meg and the Cute Overload team

Theo sitting on giant Fergus Falls otter head



  1. FIRST!!!

    [I can not believe you just did that. 🙄 😛 – Ed.]

  2. Felicityanne says:

    Oh wow Theo, we will miss you! XXX

  3. Pat Trenner says:


  4. Elisha B. says:

    Say it ain’t so………what will we every do without Theo? You have added a smile to my day for many years, thanks SO much for that!! God bless ya in your new role, maybe you can come back to CO and visit sometime?

    C.O. RULES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Meg – don’t you mean bleen? 🙂

    We’ll miss you and your mad hover-texting, thread-moderating skills.

  6. All the best, Theo!

  7. AliceBlue says:

    Best of luck Theo, I’ll miss you. Thank you for sharing your fantastic sense of humor with us.

  8. Thanx for all the lulz, Theo!

    Best wishes for your new job. Your cuteporting skills will serve you well.

  9. We will all miss your cute-porting Theo, especially here in the comments!

  10. Aw. Good luck in your new job, Teho!

  11. thedistractor says:

    But, who will the smiley faces represent now?

  12. Theo, I don’t know why, but I always thought you were Meg’s husband! Are you?

    [Well, we ARE married; just not to each other. 🙂 – Ed.]

  13. Good luck, Theo! Thanks for the cute-porting excellence! 🙂

  14. Thank you Theo, good luck with your new position in the army, xoxo!

  15. lifecoach says:

    I can see it now; top secret intelligence briefings now contain an abundance of information on Fennec Foxes, horses-built-by-committees and ostriches. Top al qaeda operatives will be eferred to by code names such as Senor Fluffypants and Al-Muqtada Grumpyface.

    Look out!


  16. But…I thought April Fool’s Day had already gone by?

    We will miss you, Theo! Hope you can check in from time to time. Best of luck in your new career!

  17. Good luck, Theo! We need more people like you in our armed forces!!!


  18. I like the name “Captain Teho”- why has that one not been used??

    Gonna miss you… try to pop on back in heres every once in a whiles, mmmkay?

  19. Best of luck to you! Please check in .. Let us know what’s up! 🙂

  20. Shadowtiger says:

    We will miss you, Theo. Good luck and don’t be a stranger!

  21. 260Oakley says:

    Nice toe beans there, dude.
    CO has run so smoothly as an editorial Theocracy. What will happen when you leave? Will a Megalomaniac run wild?


    A Pundit

  22. Oh no!… I’m so sad… 😦
    But huge thanks to Theo, of course, and good luck, whatever you do in the future!

  23. Oh no!!! 😥

  24. Erica in Ithaca says:

    Best of luck to you, Theo! You will be missed 😦

  25. Nooooooooooes!

    I am verklempt! Crushed! Dejected!

    But it would be churlish of me not to wish Theo all the best. I just hope he will drop in on us and regale with user comments still. Bonne chance, monsieur Théophile.

  26. (sob sob) But that’s just how I want to remember you, Theo– sitting on the head of a giant weasel.

  27. Oxymoron jokes about Army Intelligence aside, I’m thrilled for Theo in his new situation. I’ll be even more thrilled to hear that his posts will be stateside in a nice safe bunker or Pentagon basement.

    Best of luck Theo! I know that you’ll bring a bit of snark and yay to the armed forces.

  28. Awww…good luck at the new job, Theo. Stay safe and have fun with the new challenge!

  29. Good Luck on the new job!

  30. Marianne says:

    @Noelle I always thought so too.
    all the best, Teho.

  31. I’m so sad, but happy for you, Theo. And what they’ve all said…
    Be safe!

  32. Awww, I am sad!
    I hope he has fun and is able to check CO as obviously he must keep up monitoring the SUSPEECIOUS ACTIVITEES here! 🙂


  33. (sob sob) Don’t forget to give our love to the Schmoop, Rikki , Mr. Bounce, Spot, Sophie, and Zoe and EVERYBODY

  34. THEO!! Congratulations on your new job! We will miss you sorely here, but we are so proud of your decision to serve your country. 🙂

    Congrats again, and best of luck to you!

  35. All the bast to you, Theo, in your new job. You will be missed…. please pop in as often as you can, and brighten our day, mmmk, 🙂

  36. AAArgh… I meant to wish you the BEST, not the bast. Darn my lack of typing skill.

  37. eastiegirl says:

    Man, this is so sad. Of course, I wish you nothing but the best with your new job! I do hope you’re able to pop in every now and again. Take care and enjoy the new position!

  38. all the best wishes, you will be missed!

  39. Best wishes, Theo. We will miss you.

  40. Oh no! We’ll miss you terribly. Congratulations on your very important job! I wish you the best and hope that you’ll be able to squeeze in a guest appearance from time to time….at least a YAY! every so often. 😥 But seriously, congrats, fancy man!

  41. But…but…who’s going to be Ed. now?
    [Somebody, surely, but he/she will very likely have their own distinct style & personality. We editors are like Time Lords that way. – Ed.]

    I don’t know what I can say that hasn’t been said – stay safe, best wishes, check in every now and then…and what Theresa said. I bet the Army doesn’t have weasel seats.

  42. MamaDawn in Tulsa says:

    Thanks for everything and don’t forget us! We loooooove you!

  43. You will be sorely missed, Teho. You made me chuckle too many times to count. Good luck to you and hope you have many adventures.

    (And I’m sure you’ll pop in every once in a while as an undercover cuteologist…maybe your name will be Mr. Bleen or something.)

  44. A. Non Ymous says:

    We’ll miss you, Theo–best of luck!

  45. Good luck, Theo! And if you ever do run for President, you can count on my stoat. Er, vote.

  46. Sasha's mum says:

    I’m feeling so much more confident now about the actual intelligence level of Army Intelligence.

    Best of luck, Theo. You will be missed. (Obviously)

  47. scarlett angell says:

    awwwww, best of luck Theo…you will be missed!!

  48. LizzyBee says:

    All the best! You will most certainly be missed!

  49. lurkingsmirk says:

    Cuteoverload without Theo?? I can’t imagine 0.o

  50. tracylee says:

    Gasp! We, who are about to squee, salute you.

  51. We’ll miss you, Theo!!

  52. :’-( (I hope that results in a crying frowny face). I always felt so honored when Ed. added a comment to one of my posts. Don’t be a stranger, Theo! (You may continue to be strange, however) 🙂

  53. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!! *shakes paws at sky*

    Our loss is America’s gain blah blah blah I HATE THIS!!! >:-E

  54. Godspeed, Theo. You’ve cracked me up more times than you know.

  55. Baby Stoat says:

    Sir, it’s been an honor serving with you, sir!

    [At ease, Private Stoat; I’m not even officially an SPC yet. – Ed.]

  56. Congrats on your new job with the Army, Theo! Stay safe and please tell everyone there how much we love our servicemen and women. ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤

    Will we be seeing this qte cat in our Army soon?

  57. Michelle says:

    If this means the end of hovertexts, I think I might cry!!

    Congrats on the new job though and best of luck!

  58. Birdcage says:

    No. Nope. I do not accept this. Nyerhe!!!!!!!!

  59. Surely someone somewhere could pull some strings and ensure our Fearless Ed will be stationed in the strategically important Cuteland Security.


    Take care Sir Theo, all available bendy bits will be crossed and recrossed to ensure your safe conduct wherever your travels may lead you.

  60. marthava says:

    This is mindblowingly stunning in its suckishness but great, too. Congrats, Theo!! We’ll miss you SO MUCH!!!!! ***MUUAAAHHH***

  61. Live long and prosper.
    May the force be with you.
    Yes those are corny geeky quotes but I mean them.
    Good luck Theo, you will be missed.

  62. DogEared says:

    THEO- thank you SO MUCH for all the great work you did here on CO! and thank you SO MUCH for serving this great country of ours! God Bless you as you continue your life’s journey. (and if i had a disapproving bunny, i would post it now as a side note).

  63. “And if you ever do run for President, you can count on my stoat. Er, vote.”

    I promise a disapproving bunneh in every household, and introducing a tax credit for people who purchase one or more qualifying animals:
    1) sugar glider
    2) pug puppeh
    3) baby stoat
    4) two otters holding hands
    5) bebeh giraffe

    Vote for the Bleen Party in ’10!

    P.S. Oh, yeah, best of luck to you Theo…

  64. If things get too tense in Army Intelligence just remember, beep a few noses and poke a few bellies. Your stay in the brig will be worth it.

    Best wishes Theo.
    Ten hut!
    now drop and give me 20!

    [knocks out 50]
    [ – Ed.]

  65. farewell, ffeeo!! many wuvs

  66. Gosh, y’all. You’re welcome.

    Just so folks know, I am very much looking forward to proving Military Intelligence isn’t a contradiction in terms. You know, at least as far as I can influence. 😉

    @Noelegy — wow, you nailed it, even though this announcement is 100% earnest & legitimate. My original idea was to have Meg post this on April 1, to REALLY mess with folks’ minds. 😈 But time ran out, alas. Heh.

  67. DaChickenLady says:

    Thank you, Theo. Follow your dreams.

  68. Congrats, Teho! Basement Cat better watch out with you on teh job.

  69. baroooooooooo! 😦

  70. Best of Luck in your new adventure!


    Harpo and Tess the Boston Terriers and ME, their mom!!!

  71. Awww – but I think once a cuteporter always a cuteporter. Cuteoverload is like the Hotel California, baby. Best of luck, Theo, and thanks for making the world a little brighter happier for us out here in TV-land!

  72. Ms. Panties Ina Bunchnuff says:

    Oh dear! 😦 but…….CONGRATULATIONS!!! 🙂

    You protect the cuteness of United States! so fitting!

    And I KNEW you had to be cute yourself! and YOU ARE!! 😀

    thanks for the wonderful mammalries!

  73. They have GIANT FERRETS IN THE ARMY?? Holy frickin’ pants.

    But wait, what was that, the Theo is leaving?? This is not right at all. You’re an institution Theo! (or was it that you *should be* institutionalised… i forget…) You have been a totally awesome part of this site my man. And i would just like to reassure you that, on this day of your parting, i still have tewtellies. One of them isn’t one of the previous tewtellies, but there are still two. And ever shall it be so, in your honour.

    Go forth and analyse that intelligence, i say! 😀

    [One could argue that the US Army is a near-325-year-old institution. 😉 – Ed.]
    [Oh, and Hi Pheral! – Ed.]

  74. Good luck Theo! We’ll miss you. God Bless!

  75. Theadosia says:

    @Wend, actually I think wishing Theo all the Bast is perfectly appropriate. I would say ‘May Sekhmet go with you, Theo’ (goddess of big cats, warfare and beer).

    [That’s a pretty unbeatable trio, right there. HOOAH! – Ed.]

  76. *sniff* :…(

  77. >>One could argue that the US Army is a near-325-year-old institution. 😉 Hi Pheral! – Ed.

    Too true! It’s perfect. 😛 Hiya ::waves back:: 😀

  78. O NO (he/she/or it) DI'UNT!!!!! says:


    2) If “that branch of the Armed Svcs” (aka the grunts) finds itself in need, my mom has that F-16 (with the accessory plaid fabric ashtray in the cabin) still parked & fully fueled, in her backyard, zip code 32073.

    (Side note: WHY did ANYONE think it made sense, to manufacture or to sell,
    an ashtray made of FABRIC?????
    And nope — no one yet has been sufficiently foolhardy to tell Mom not to smoke while flying a plane full of fuel. Mom’s tougher than Dad EVER was)

    dis-MISSED, soljer!!!!

    (le paix et bonne chance)

  79. misskitka says:

    Best wishes. CO won’t be the same without your voice. Please continue to comment, if you can. Good luck with Army Intel – I occasionally brush with experts in this field and I know it’s fascinating.

  80. bookworm says:

    Awwwwww. Theo, you will be missed. I especially will miss your snarkily fantabulous smackdowns of trolls.

    I’m a bit confused though – will you be working as a contractor WITH the Army? Or actually enlisting? Or the Reserves? I know, though, that either way you will be doing extremely important work. Thank you!

    One final thing though – Go Navy! Beat Army! Hah – sorry, couldn’t resist. Husband’s a sailor. ;o)

    [THPPPPPPT. 😛 😉 – Ed.]

  81. I must say, it is a bit weird to be moderating comments on this post. 😕 (As of this writing, though, no comments have been unpublished or anything. Just sayin’.)

  82. Nooooooooooooooooooo

    Best of luck in all your endeavors, Theo. Will you drop by with the occasional pun? Please?

  83. harlemgrrl says:

    sending loving wishes for pasickie success on your new path xoxo

  84. Vaya con huevos, Teho, and I second that baroooo!!!

    [You know, I’m gonna remember that one. “Huevos” *snrk* 😉 – Ed.]

  85. Best of luck, Teho!
    Thank you for making C.O. so great! Hope your new C.O. is as great.
    We will miss you!

  86. wuyizidi says:

    Aw, congratulations and good luck with everything.

    I picture Theo showing up on the first day with a Marmie-themed helmet a la Full Metal Jacket, prompting the following exchange:

    Senior Officer: What is the meaning of this, Specialist Teho?
    Theo: I think I was trying to suggest something about the duality of man, sir.

    [Believe me, I’ve already had anxiety dreams about exactly this sort of thing. 😯 I’ll be fine, though. 😉 – Ed.]

  87. BadKitty says:

    I haz a sad.

    Good luck, Theo. You will be missed.

  88. Once A Fish says:

    Teho, you will be missed, Mr. Snarkiman!!

  89. Well, the Army is fortunate to have a bright shining brain such as yours to analyze their intelligence! You have a quick wit and a quick mind. We will all be better for you being in your new position, just as we have enjoyed you in your past role with CO. Oh we shall miss you, Theo!!
    Any chance this is just a ruse to cover the formation of a CuteMilitia? With wee puppies floating in yellow ducky boats as our navy, our borders being protected by baby giraffes and elephants, and our skies being patrolled by hummingbirds flying in perfect formation, carrying ribbons and tiny flowers in their beaks?? A girl can hope…

  90. zippythepoet says:

    well, I am certain that Teho will be protecting us from the Anti-Qte, so though I’m not happy he’s leaving CO, at least I know he will make the US safe for all Qte Kind!

    Good luck Teho! We’ll miss ya!

  91. Theo, don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out. The Army is so desperate it takes criminals and retards now. So I’m sure you misunderstood when you said your new job is Intelligence Analysis. Actually, they will be analyzing your lack of intelligence.

    [Ah, you know, I think I’ll let this one stand. Because BWAAAHAHAHAHAAHA. 😆 – Ed.]

  92. Not That Mike The Other Mike says:

    Hah! That picture is so obviously Photoshopped! And that fake otter that Teho’s sitting on is so ugly that it knocks me dead! 😉


  93. It’s only right that you moderate the comments – all celebrations (such as birthdays, awards or leaving) must involve an obligatory mix of ‘pleased’ and ‘awkward’. So as my mum used to say to me during my yearly birthday tantrums, suck it up and enjoy yourself!! 😛

    (Or disapprove this comment and don’t! Oh the power.)

  94. LaureninGeorgia says:

    You are a gifted writer and IT guru and you will be missed. In my mind’s eye, I picture you working with a crew similar to those on NCIS – full of smart-alecks and brainiacs!

  95. Not That Mike The Other Mike says:

    Dang! I was certain that last comment would get auto-moderated!
    [It would’ve, but you’ve got mystical Admin powers now, don’cha? – Ed.]

    Anyway, good luck, Theo, and much success to you in your new career!

  96. Awww, what a lovely farewell post, Meg. It’s going to make me cry, and I swore I wouldn’t cry till…well, Tuesday at least.

  97. O NO (he/she/or it) DI'UNT!!!!! says:

    (**waving merrily to Bookworm!!**)

    “Anchors aweigh, my boooooooooyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyssss……..”

    (*snerk*, *giggle* & SAAA-LUTE!!!!)

  98. Martha in Washington says:

    Oh Theo, we shall miss you unbearably! Good Luck, Godspeed, Best Wishes, Congratulations, Happy Birthday, Merry Christmas, Cheery St. Fluffulence Day, etc., etc., etc…

    (slinks off to cry quietly in the corner…)

  99. A bit different audience for you now, I think. We will miss you and your humor. It was a joy watching Rikki grow up – thanks for sharing!

    Best of luck to you and the family!

  100. Tony James says:


    One two three four, I love the Marmie-ne Corps!

    Good luck out there, Obersturmbahngruppenuberkittinfuhrer. Don’t get in the way of anyone with Puddinkwerferschnorglekanonen, ok?

    [Heh, thanks, Teej. And they didn’t have any tapioca- or siege-engine-related MOS in the reservation system, else I’d’ve been all over that stuff. – Ed.]

  101. FlufferNutter says:

    Ehn! I come to this site SEVERAL times EVERY single day to get my cute fix and my Teho fix. Now wut am I supposed to do? It’s not like I can go on a street corner and find another Teho supply, ‘cause there is only one! You will be SORELY missed, but I guess our loss is the Army’s gain. sigh If you ever get tired of analyzing the army’s intelligence, or run out of work ; ), I hope you’ll come back to all those that Lof you here at CO! Argh. Not looking forward to the severe Teho-withdrawal …. Before it sets in, please add me to the list of growing well-wishers. ALL the Best to you, and Stay SAFE!
    Forever a Fan.

  102. The passing of an era. WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAa!!!

    Best of luck working for Teh Man 🙂

  103. We will miss Teho.
    He who loves the cute, loves well.
    All heads tilt barooooo!

    [Fluffy farewell card
    [Onward I march, in cadence
    [Haiku for the win – Ed.]

  104. o_O oh… well… that’s a shock xD best of luckies in your new job teho!!!
    (p.s. do what everyone’s sayin’ and drop us a line now and again. XD we’ll go through theo withdrawal)

  105. Theo! We’ll miss you! Will you still be around to oooh and aww with all us civilians?

  106. but . . . but . . . but . . .

    sniff sniff self-pity

    Good luck, and I don’t see why you can’t still do CO while on duty. I mean, really. How hard can it be to analyze HUMAN intelligence? We’re nothing like as smart as cute cuddly anipals.

  107. best of luck to you, theo.. thanks for all the joy you added here..

    *24-bleen salute and a nose-beep to boot*

    stay safe!

  108. BeckyMonster says:

    This is my otter, this is my gun
    This one’s for snorgling, this one’s for fun!!!

    [*SNORK* 😆 – Ed.]

  109. Best wishes to you, Theo!

  110. *snorgles Theo*

  111. LunaChickFringe says:

    WAAAAAAAHHHHHH! How will we “soldier” on? Srsly tho, best of luck to you, you will be sorely missed.

  112. Soooooo Sad!!!

    Theo off to analyze “intelligence”??? Godspeed, dear Theo

    (But before you go – please leave the recipe for Hovertext…can’t tell you how many times I hover over photos on the interwebs and am disappointed by the lack of creative text placed there for my amusement…)

    are you sure there’s nothing we can bribe you with to make you stay….?

  113. Carol Ann says:

    Theo: I have been a fan of this site for three years and my workday does not start without it. I always laugh, sometimes cry, but I’m thankful for the site. And now I’m thankful for your service to our country. My husband is a retired Seabee (Navy), but he taught me to respect ALL military. I wish you Godspeed. Be safe and know that while some might not think this site is as important as what you are about to do, as a clinically depressed, middle-aged, overworked hagatha who is suddenly gaining weight by mere breathing – you made a difference.

    Carol A. Cashes
    Biloxi, MS

    [Wow, thank you. No worries, Teh Qte™ will go on! 😀 – Ed.]

  114. Obviously Theo is off to work on Teh Qte Bomb.

  115. Mew mew mew I has a cute says:


  116. D8 H’nooo! We’ll miss you, Theo. Will you be riding that AMAZING gigantic weasel statue to your new job?? O_O

    Seriously, good luck with the new gig. It won’t be the same here without you!

  117. Go Army!!!

    Promise, Folks, we’ll take good care of him… And probably make him work on webpages in his downtime. 🙂 Welcome to the Army, Theo! Good luck in training, drink lots of water, and we’ll see you on the flip side! 🙂 (Sometimes help to remember, ‘it ain’t nothin’ but a thang…’, and squirrels — and hedgehogs, yay! — are almost everywhere.) Peace!

    [Whaa? Who am I speaking to, here? – Future SPC Durbin, fka “Ed.”]

  118. Copperbat says:


  119. Kate Setzer Kamphausen says:

    My God, that’s a cute man. And a cute giant otter. Wow!

    [It was in the job description. 😉 – Ed.]

  120. NNNOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooo!!!

    Oh, this is a sad day. There are so few people who I feel share my twisted yet harmless sense of humor . . . and now there will be one less in my life.


    All the best to you, Teho. CO won’t be the same without you. And the Army won’t be the same WITH you.

    [ 😈 Heh heh heh hehhhhh. 😈 – Ed.]

  121. annoyinglittletwerp says:

    Thanks to you Theo-and your family because they also serve-for your service to our great nation!

  122. LOOK HOW CUTE HE IS!!!!!!!!!

    Theo, you will be missed. I hope your new gig appreciates you as much as we have.

  123. Oh noes , indeed!!!
    Theo I always loved your hilariously wicked humour..
    The VERY best of luck to you!
    We will all miss you!

  124. Oh Noees! You’ve posted a pic of the Top Secret Baby Battle Stoat! We’re all gonna get zapped! Cheese it quick!

  125. wow, theo is pretty darned cute, too! who knew.

  126. (removes hat)
    [Muchas gracias, Patito. ¡Nunca pare el dibujar! – Ed.]

  127. Elusive Pea says:


    My husband is on week 5 of Air Force BMT. He gets to call home once a week. 5 minutes into every conversation I get, “So anything good on Cute Overload?” This week I’ll have your exciting news to tell him. Best of luck to you and congrats!

    [That is all kinds of awesome. 🙂 – Ed.]

  128. thelibrarianne says:

    Goodbye, Theo! Tell the Army that they need more puppies. So long, and thanks for all the hovertexts.

  129. imakittycatandidance says:

    ::flings chocolate puddin at Teho:: Consider that yer bleenin’ parting gift! 😉
    CO won’t be the same without you! Good luck out there and may the power of the marmies keep you safe. *salute*

    You will drop by now and then, right? If you can?

  130. If “they” don’t give you enough good quality information to analyze, threaten to explode their heads with a bunny or chickie.

  131. imakittycatandidance says:

    btw, Teho, I’m hoping for another RCF this Friday and another on your last day. It’s been too long!

    [Hmm… hmmmmmmm……… – Ed.]

  132. earlybird1 says:

    …I am so sad you’re leaving, Theo! *bawling in corner* Do pop in and leave us a comment or two when you can! God bless!

  133. My favourite grandpa, a poet, a scientist, a pioneer and a scholar, was a sarge in the Army: they’re lucky to have you [schniff, I mean, manly fist-bump].

    As you may know, in a new sitch, the best way to find good buddies is to find ones that laugh at the same thing: hope you’ll see, as I have, mountainous alpha males saying ‘Ehn!’ when they can’t quite reach something. But you’ll just have to tell us about it.

    And yes, I’ll say it, the great Megster aside, the intelligence here as-hay een-bay own-day a bit since we’ve seen less Teho-as-Ed.-ing.
    You’re missed already.

    Best of luck.

  134. Theo, you made me giggle at least once a week. Good luck.
    So long, and thanks for all the fish!

  135. Wow, this is crazy, because Theo is going to do what I am already doing! All I can say to Theo is, Keep your head down, drink water, and don’t worry, it gets better.

    [Roger that! – Ed.]

  136. Flutterby says:

    Wow! I’d been silently watching this site for a long time before deciding to jump in, so barely know ya Teho. I do know there are many who adore you and, as someone noted above, there will be many head tilts and mournful BAROOS when your last day with CO arrives.

    Best wishes to you and God bless!

  137. marguerite212 says:

    Oh Noes! You Will Be Missed! Please let us know how you’re doing.

  138. No. WAY. I’m so sad! Theo, my gorgeous marmie (Ernest) and I read your comments every day. I always get seriously excited when I post a comment because I think, “Theo read my comment!”

    Ah, nerd life. Don’t be a stranger!

    Pip and Ernest (and Ophelia, my pretty black kitty)

  139. Theo – your comments were the bestest comments ever! Do take care of yourself and remember to salute your superiors before you talk about kitteh’s with them.

    You are going to make me cry like Toots Quail!

  140. OMG! Thanks SO Much for all your great work on CO! Stay safe – very safe! The army’s a tough gig, so you must have a lot of cojones in addition to being a super cool guy. Godspeed, Theo.

  141. *sniff* At least you aren’t joining the dark side of the ebil otters. Good luck!

    I assume this new job isn’t really about harnessing the dedly power of cuteness to defeat enemies across the world. Just had to ask.

  142. Aww, darn! We’ll miss you, Theo. It won’t be the same without ya, although NTMTOM, Prongs and Meg all do a fine job, it’s like saying “I won’t miss that leg, I have another one!” Sure, you can get a substitute leg, but the ankle doesn’t bend and the toes don’t wiggle.
    Be sure to come visit the comments if you can.

  143. Ladybird says:

    Congratulations Teho, and all the best for your new job. You will be missed by people all around the world, me included. You’ve always been my favourite cuteporter (but don’t tell anyone…). Good luck!

  144. burvegas says:

    It just won’t be the same without you, Theo. You’ll bring lots of Qte to the Army–please let us know how you’re doing!

  145. AuntieMame says:

    Good luck and Godspeed, Teho!

    I hope you’ve passed your moderating [Ed.] mantle to somebody. C.O. won’t be the same without ya…

    [Something’s in the works, yes. Hopefully it works out the way, um, the way I hope… yeah. Eloquent, no? – Ed.]

  146. Best wishes, Theo! You will be missed.

  147. Theo might need to go on my crush list. Guys in uniform are hot. Guys in uniform who love fluffy anipals and CuteOverload are H-O-T-T-HOTT!!

    Good luck, soldier!

    [Still married, still staying that way. But, heh. Thanks. 😉 – Ed.]

  148. As someone who has been around CO practically as long as you, Theo, I can say that it’s been a pleasure to “know” you all this time here and at those other sites we have in common. I’ve wished you well several times already, but it’s never enough.

    I leave you with one mission, should you choose to accept it: I hear there are souped-up pudding cannon schematics that have found their way into the enemy’s hands. You must find and appropriate those plans for the good side! I have all the faith in the world you can pull this off with ease.

    I’d teach you the secret Canadian salute, but seeing as you’ll be in intelligence, you’ll discover it soon enough.

  149. Wow! I never realized how much I look forward to Teho’s comments until Meg’s post and I realized I may never see him wade into a commentrovercy ever again. I has a sad. 😦

    Fair ye well, young Teho. Please send postcards from the edge and updates if you can. Pudding is welcome too.

  150. Good luck with your endeavors sir! You will always be the best moderator I’ve seen. Hopefully, you’ll still leave a comment or two, right?

  151. thursday says:


    May your new job be as awesome as possible.

  152. whiskers says:

    Godspeed and bless you my friend. *hugs* and *bleens*

  153. *Salutes* Goodbye and good luck, Theo! Thanks for all of the fun you brought to this site! You will still visit, right?

    Bye anad best wishes, Theo, we love you.

  155. God Bless you in your travels and your new job. We all will miss you!

  156. Trabb's Boy says:

    Aw, man, that sucks for us. You’ve really made the comments part of this blog, especially, awesome.

    But that’s incredibly cool what you’re doing. This ex-pat thanks and salutes you and wishes you all the best.

  157. Mairsydoats says:

    Teho, blessings on you, and all your endeavours. Thanks for teh giggles, and please do stay safe and pop in every so often?

  158. Don’t you think in Theo’s honor, we should have a special pudding fight?

    Let me think of a suitable nuff to start things off. Hmmmm. Let’s see.

    OK: OMG, that American flag looks like it’s going right up that poor giant weasel’s nose!!! It could cut off the weasel’s breathing! Or it could puncture through a membrane and go plunging right into its BRAIN tissue!!!! Holy crap, what kind of people are you!!!!???

  159. victoreia says:

    *sniff* 😦

    (There’s not enough tissue here in the Snickering Sniffling Lounge!)

    [Here, have a Sardini. On me. – Ed.]

  160. Sparkster says:

    Theo, say it ain’t so…

    Thanks for all your superb help. The place ain’t gonna be the same with out you.


    [And thank YOU, sir. 😀 – Ed.]

  161. CathyDee says:

    Congratulations, Teho! Happy Trails!

  162. paulajeanne says:

    Yes, thank you Theo! It was neat watching the transformation from watcher-commenter-right hand guy etc. Good luck in teh new career, and we KNOW you won’t be able to not stop in and comment some time!

  163. Thank you for what you are about to do and best of luck to you.

  164. I just got back from vacation and was going to get caught up on all the cuteness and I find out that you are leaving us Teho!! This is a very sad day! We are going to miss you very much but good luck in your new job. I

  165. Theo, I never knew you…but anyone that works for CO is a friend of mine! So I’m sorry to see you leave, but since you worked on such a lovely site…I can only imagine you making Intelligence Analysis (what the heck is that anywho?) a more valuable and interesting job. Maybe even cute…

  166. Noooooooes! We’ll never be the same here without you. Best of luck in your new post!

    [You said “post”. Funny in this context. 😆 – Ed.]

  167. God bless you, Teho. You have been a bright spot in my life for several years. I even proposed to you once. (Now I find out you’re young enough to be my son.)
    [You think? I’m weirded out enough about the guy who’ll be shipping with me next week, with the same MOS (job reservation), and he’s not even as old as our eldest girl. I’m no spring chicken here. – Ed.]

    I admire your wit, kindness, sense of fairplay, honor, etc, etc. The army’s gaining one heck of a fine man. Take care, and stay in touch. We’ll miss you.

  168. Oh Theo, what a gem you are. It has been such a pleasure to “visit” with you every day, and your comments never fail to crack me up. (And who knew you were such a stone cold fox?!) 🙂

    Congratulations on making such a brave choice. It’s never easy to leave something that you love doing and walk down a new path away from familiarity, but those new paths always lead to new adventures. I admire the guts it takes to do what you are doing. Thanks a million for your unselfish service to all of us here at CO and thanks even more for your service to our country.

    My little Pallina and I are sending you, the Schmoop and all of the kitties our warmest wishes for extraordinary success and happiness for all of you. Safe travels and thank you for everything! We sure will miss you.

  169. danbenzvi says:

    Theo’s leaving?! Aw, *poot*.

    Best of luck in your new position, Theo. May the best of your todays be the worst of your tomorrows.

  170. Birdcage says:

    There’s a sad sort of thwapping from the marmie in the hall,
    And the bells on the lambies too.
    And up in the birdcage an absurd little bird
    Is popping out to say cook-coo (cook-coo, cook-coo)
    Regretfully they tell us (cook-coo)
    But firmly they compell us (cook-coo)
    To say goodbye (cook-coo…)
    To you…

  171. kitty-crap says:

    Buena suerte with the new posische, Theo! Float us a hovertext when you can, kay? We’ll miss you!

  172. Boo, this is not good news for us at all.

    BUT, best of luck with your new job.

  173. Yes, Peeps, I’ll definitely drop in when I can. It won’t be for a while, and it probably won’t be often, but it’s a funny thing about the internet — it goes just about everywhere. 😀

  174. (Do you know I’ve never actually met any of the other Cute Overloaders? Not even Meg or Mike or Ed?)

    (OK yes, I’m messing with you re: “Ed” of course 😉 )

  175. Theo – Wishing you the very best for your new career – hope life continues to brings you the joy and laughter that you have given us all over the years.

  176. Thanks. You have officially Ruined My Day. WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Don’t worry about all the broken hearts here, Theo. You just take care of things in the U. S. Army. God bless you, and be safe.

  177. nooooooooooo where will we be without reality-casual fridays??!!? stuck in normal reality, that’s where. 😦

  178. Who is this Ed guy, anyway 😆

  179. Nooooo!!! This made me sad. 😦

    Good luck Theo! All the best.

  180. Wait, you mean Theo and Ed are both leaving? 😆

  181. Queen of Dork says:

    Theo, you were so fun to play with. We will really, really miss you alot. I wish you tons of happiness during your new adventures on your new journey!
    P.S. Please say hi to Ed for me. 🙂

  182. Mr. Kitka says:

    Goodbye Teho! I’ve been checking CO! many times a day since someone wrote it on my hand @ a new year’s party in aught six. I have NEVER commented until now… I will miss you very much, Ed! Please be safe!

  183. Theo, how is it possible that you haven’t met the Cute Overlords in person?! This news might be even more stunning than your career change. Inconceivable. You’re from the same dry humor gene pool, I would have thought that surely you would have known each other forever…

    [I dream in Internet. Some call me “Neo”. 😉 – Ed.]

  184. fish eye no miko says:

    Awww… I’m gonna miss you, Theo! Hope your job goes well! [waves]

  185. Wahhhhhhhhhh. But best of luck to you in your new life, Theo – they’re lucky to be getting you! I will miss your sense of humor and your firm but gentle (OK, sometimes not so gentle) hand in the commentroversies. It won’t be the same without you here. I hope you check in once in a while and let us know somehow about how you’re doing.

  186. butterscotchbutterscotchbutterscotch

    21 puddin salute

    thank you, teho.

  187. Miss Jill, The Sarcastic says:

    Safe cuteporting, Theo.

    I with to thing “Oh Thay Can You Theo” thoon.

  188. hey Ed., can you fix that for me?

    [Uhh… how does one “fix” butterscotchbutterscotchbutterscotch? 😕 – Ed.]

    […wait, n/m; figured it out. 😉 – Ed.]

  189. Somewhere in a land of green fields and timothy hay a burrow of bunnies disapprove. Bye-bye Teho, we’ll miss you!

  190. o noes! theo, i’ve enjoyed your posts over the years. i don’t know if you’re going to be military or civilian working for the military, but if you ever need help getting veterans benefits, let me know! i’m a lawyer at national veterans legal services program, and i love teh qte. 🙂

    [I’ll be Regular Army, active duty, real as it gets. Thanks! 🙂 – Ed.]

  191. WendyPinNJ says:


    Good luck and best wishes.

  192. You have consistently delighted me, Theo. You will be sooooo missed.

  193. I can think of no better preparation for Army Intelligence Analysis than four years with CO! You’ve honed your wit and intellect to a razor sharp edge; now you’re using your skills for the good of your country! Thank you. Best wishes to you and to your family too.

  194. Whaaat? No more hover-text? Say it ain’t so!

    Theo, your first duty as Intelligence Analyst is to send out the video of floating otters holding hands to all the other military intelligences of the world – that video is assured to promote world peace!

  195. WendyPNJ sadly ftw

  196. harmlesslittleflea (Clare) says:

    This makes me far sadder than it oughta. Theo, I’ll think of you every time I automatically mouseover in anticipation and nothing comes up. 😦

    I wish you (and Ed) stacks of happees for the future.

    [Hey, most of the hovertexts since I-don’t-know-when haven’t even been my doing. They won’t be going away. And thanks! – Ed.]

  197. Wait, so Theo isn’t Meg’s hubby? So I’ve been refraining from making slightly inappropriate comments all these years for fear of offending Her Megness all these years for naught?! Well, geez!!! 🙂
    [No, that’d be Sparkster. Scroll up, he’s in the comments too. – Ed.]

    Best of luck Teho, you’ve often made my day. Meg and co better up da game to make up for this!! 😀

  198. The US military needs more Klingons! Good luck, Teho.

    [ka-PLEH! – Ed.]

  199. We will miss you Theo – onward and upward!

  200. JinxtheCat says:

    Good luck Theo! You will be missed.

  201. thank you, yet again!

  202. Awwww – we’ll miss you! Come back and do guest posts!!

  203. So long Teho!! You’ll be missed!!!

  204. cellarmouse says:

    i stand and salute you, big cat; yer carping the day – and i bet it’s a a kinda scary move … but as all of us over 60 (oh,yeah kiddies, there are more of us everyday – just look around) can tell ya – life ain’t life until ya live it.

    and Army Intelligence?!? … well, all right!

  205. Bye Theo! I hope you get to take the giant otter head home with you. Enjoy your new professional endeavour…. but do not be TOO SERIOUS.

  206. May I also say that I wish this Meg was running for California governor instead of Meg Whitman? That would be a very compelling campaign.

  207. Theo good luck! Thank you for protecting us and we’ll think fondly of you!

  208. Aw, Theo! You will be awesome in your new job, I’m sure. You were awesome here, after all. I had a boyfriend once who was in Army Intelligence. They need you there; they seem a little deprived of teh Qte. (The snark they have plenty of, but there’s always room for more!) Good luck, dear. We’ll miss you.

  209. Theo…. What to say… except Thank you… FOr lots of stuff Computer advice and making me laugh…. for your wit and for your protective insites for all teh Peeps..

    Mostly though on a really personal level when you helped us Cute talkers set up a home to chat with each other and you made sure I could find them when I got back from taking care of my Mom and my world was spinning out of control and I needed them.. Thank you..
    I won’t say good bye because I fully expect to see you on here at some point dropping in to crack a joke…. Thank you to you and your lovely Schmoop who is so amazing!

  210. Hon Glad says:

    “NO, no, you can’t do that I wil not let you do that .You can’t decide these things for yourself ” (Who’s afraid of Virginia Wolf ).
    Well Theo, me old china. Best of British to you and yours, it’s been good to know you.

    Haste ye back.(stifled sob)

  211. You better send us LOLcode missives from the Secret Snickering Location, sir!

    All the best to you. I wish you tons of success and happiness. And Qte!

  212. Good Luck Theo! Thank you for serving our county!

  213. aquasaline says:


  214. Oopsies! COUNTRY!

    […and, by extension, of course, your county as well. 😉 – Ed.]

  215. OMGPONIES!!! – is that the “World’s Largest Otter” in Fergus Falls, Minnesota that he’s sitting on?

    [THE VERY SAME!!! So yes, not a weasel. – Ed.]

  216. aquasaline says:

    oops, too long of a Baroo! but soulfully meant. good luck Theo, Ed and the rest of you.

    [You know, normally I trim those. Maybe just this once… 😉 – Ed.]

    [And NO, people, that is NOT “what she said”! 😛 – Ed.]

  217. How absolutely off the charts cool & friggin awesome!!

    I am sooo jealous (in the best way of course!). This is a field that’s always fascinated me. Gosh I wish you the best and thank you for serving our wonderful country! 😀 😀

  218. belphebe says:

    Theo, I’ll miss your editorial comments and your “normal” comments. I’ll miss RCF too, but I’m sure someone else will step up and take on that challenge!

    Best of luck with your new job. Stay safe!

  219. Argyle Donkeypants says:

    My donkeypants, they droop with the sadness.

    Best of luck to you, and thank you — both for the work you did here and the work you’ll be doing in the Army. Do check in every so often to say hellyerrhe, yes?

    Hopefully the COverlords will be able to find a suitable replacement whose hovertext is full of eels. Finally — because it’s really the only thing you can say to someone about to head off on an exciting adventure — have fun storming the castle!

    [This comment is chock full of choicest win. 😆 – Ed.]

  220. Flutterby says:

    Awesome farewell card for an awesome person!

  221. So long, and thanks for all the squees! Enjoy your new job!

  222. Elizabeth says:


    Thank you for your service to our country. My boyfriend is in the army, too. I know the military guys will have no idea how to react to you, but I’m pleased that they’ll have someone to keep them on their toes. 🙂 Some advice: don’t snorgle your commander.

    HOOAH! and love.

    [Thanks, and I’ll absolutely do my best to restrain myself from fraternizing with the Drill Sergeants. 🙄 😉 – Ed.]

  223. needapuppy says:

    Many, many thanks for making my days better — and all best wishes to you as you start your new job. Keep safe!

  224. JustAsking says:

    BOL Theo.

    So, uh… does that mean the CO is hiring?

    [I certainly hope so! 😯 …OK, things actually are in motion behind the scenes, but what the hey, can’t hurt to ask. Good luck! – Ed.]

  225. MamaLana says:

    Don’t cry, peeps! Intelligence Analysis and Cute Overload are very much the same! Our country is safe!!!! Good luck, Theo!

  226. Best Wishes, Theo! May you always have marmalade kittens to enjoy. 🙂

  227. happycat says:

    Go whip the Army into shape, Theo; no one could do it better! May your journey be safe and you enjoy it all!

  228. He was a famous Cute-blog guy from old Chicago way (*)
    He had a writing style that no one else could sway
    He was the top man at his craft
    But then his number came up and he was gone with the draft
    He’s in the army now, a-writing some essays
    He’s the boogie-woogie Moderator of Cute Overload

    (*) Dunno where Theo’s from, feel free to substitute the correct city.

    [I’ve been to Chicago, if that helps. Hehe. – Ed.]

  229. We will MEEES you! Safe journey dear sir!

  230. As you can clearly see Teho, you will be much missed.

    Good luck and please come visit!

  231. Hey Theo –

    It will be sad to think of you not being out there as an active cuteoverloader, so *I* am going to pretend that you are still out there. I like to have these little things – they sustain me. The Powerpuff Girls are still on TV, and I still have my EasyBake Oven, and I will someday get to work in a zoo (where none of the animals ever gets sick.)

    (Seriously, I know you will be great, because you are smart and have a good sense of humor. And you like anipals. What else could someone need for survival skills? We’ll miss you.)

  232. C.O. without Theo ?
    Thank you for doing what I’m too old & broken down physically to do .
    I’ll keep your seat in the snickering lounge open (& a shot of Cuervo gold waiting !)

  233. scooterpants says:

    if I tol ya once I tol ya a thousan times!!
    get down offa there befor ya fall and put yer eye out!
    best wishes you!… 🙂
    fun was had.

  234. Ellen W. says:

    Take care of yourself and don’t be a stranger! Thank you for all the awws and chuckles (and the occasional *siff*).

  235. Theo! You will be missed terribly by all of us CO fans! Thank you so much and best of luck!!!

  236. Save travels, Theo. Thank you for your service to our nation!

  237. DUH ! that should be SAFE travels, Theo !

  238. Theo, thank you so, SO much for brightening many a dull or sad day with your incomparable wit. We’ll miss you tons and tons! Be safe and take care 🙂

    [Wait, your screen name is “Mocha”!?!! 😯 This is something like walking up to a guy in a red cape & blue tights, who just happens to be carrying a steam locomotive for some reason, and introducing yourself as Kryptonite. – Ed.]

  239. Good luck to you dearest Theo.
    Be safe and come back to us someday.

  240. I give you a 7-pronged salute, Theo! Best of luck to you – CO won’t be the same!

  241. TheShazz says:

    I come to cute overload to see ANIMALS….cute little fuzzy wuzzy, slimy, scaly furry flufferpants. And you show me a human?!?!?!?!?!

    hee…sorry, I couldn’t resist; can’t believe there wasn’t a single nuff about a :gasp: HUMAN! And I’ve even come out from “observer-submitter-lurker” mode just to wish you well Theo. Good luck and be safe

  242. mimzysmom says:

    God be with you.

  243. spoilergate says:

    Best wishes, Theo!

    The US Army is lucky to have you and your talents.

  244. And here I thought Theo was the only CO editor without a gynormous.
    [ – Ed.]

    Okay, horrible jokes apart, thanks for the 4 years Theo, and good luck.

  245. gatita bonita says:

    I’ll miss you, Theo! I feel sad but wish you the very best in this new chapter of your life. Thanks for the droll sense of humor and many laughs!

  246. The long day wanes: the slow moon climbs: the deep
    Moans round with many voices. Come, my friends,
    ‘Tis not too late to seek a newer world.
    Push off, and sitting well in order smite
    The sounding furrows; for my purpose holds
    To sail beyond the sunset, and the baths
    Of all the western stars, until I die.
    It may be that the gulfs will wash us down:
    It may be we shall touch the Happy Isles,
    And see the great Achilles, whom we knew
    Though much is taken, much abides; and though
    We are not now that strength which in old days
    Moved earth and heaven; that which we are, we are;
    One equal temper of heroic hearts,
    Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
    To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.

    (from Ulysses, Alfred, Lord Tennyson)

    Ave atque vale, Theo. Srsly.


  248. Lol about the “FOUR MORE YEARS!” It worked for Jake Locker but perhaps not for Theo.

    It can our little secret that Theo, the army man, likes cute animals! Hehe

  249. J Wilson says:

    Dont cry,dont cry,dont…WWWWWAAAHHHHH!Dont goooooo!We meeses u awweadeee!

  250. Thank you, Theo, for making me smile and laugh. Best of luck in your new role. Have a great time, and please come back and bump noses with all your CO fans from time to time.

  251. kibblenibble says:

    Been sitting here sniffling and reading all the comments. I realize I can’t say anything that wasn’t said already, but my heart is a bit broken, because I’ll miss your daily presence here. You can see how much you are appreciated, both for what you’ve done here, and what you are about to do. Just add me to your list of well-wishers.
    ♥ kibblenibble

  252. biscuithead says:

    Be happy, be safe, live well + don’t feel you can’t come by and comment at CO with the rest of us.
    Thanks for the laughs.
    : )

  253. SoCalSis says:

    I am speechless.
    Well obvy not enTIREly, but jeeeeeze louise this is hard news to take. No clever quips here. Too sad. Best of luck and come back safe!

  254. Hates change.
    Theo: Nice knowing you man. Wishes you success and joy, and shiny happy cuteness.

  255. cafegrrl says:

    Good luck!

  256. Theo, we’ll miss all your wonderful comments! Maybe you can still leave comments from the secret war department?

    But someone else will have to learn hover-texts, one of my favorite parts of teh cute!

    Good luck with everything!

  257. Ooops! I forgot to say great giant otter! : )

  258. Thank you and best of luck Theo.

  259. This is the most impressive career change I think I’ve ever seen.

    Theo, you rock and you will be missed! Good luck in the awesome new job.

  260. Goodbye, Teho. 😥 I don’t comment much, but Teho posts were generally funny, and so is this guy Ed everyone’s talking about. 😉 Drastic career change is drastic, but you have the power of Teh Cute and everyone on CO to back you up in spirit. 🙂 We love you; good luck and thank you!

  261. mom2twinzz says:

    Teho, you will be sorely missed for the snark and Monty Python and Princess Bride and Doctor Who references. You are truly a kindred spirit to many of us. I had read about the decision to talk to the army on your blog, but am sad to see that it finally came about. You better come back and tells us you are okay and still have a way with the QTE and snark.
    Paç fat! Chañs vat! 祝你好運! Bonŝancon! Viel Glück! זאָל זײַן מיט מזל! and Good Luck!

  262. Bunnycups says:

    Thank you Theo!

  263. be careful out there, T

    them al-quaiders make nuffers look like people who post dumb stuff online


  264. Barooooooooo!!! Lucky army.

    Theo, good luck in your new job, and please stay safe. You will definitely be missed here.

  265. Awww thank you Theo for making us smile all these years. I know change is good (I keep telling myself that and one day I might just believe it too) so I wish you positive challenges (the ones that make you grow) and lots of fun. Anyone with a sense of humor and love for everything cute like you will be a total asset to the U.S. Army!

    And I hope you’ll stop by from time to time and say hi even though you’ll be hanging with all the cool and popular kids now.

    Best of luck!

  266. Sunshine And Rainbows says:

    Why does Theo look a lot like Nathan Fillion in that pic????????

  267. Thanks for making me laugh, Theo, and best of luck with your new job!! You will be missed!!

  268. Good luck!!

    And… is that the giant otter in Fergus Falls, MN?!!!!

  269. good luck Teho! I hope they construct a statue in your likeness made of the most premium of marshmallows in the Qte HQ

  270. In Alec Guiness voice…..”May the Cute be with you”

  271. Good Luck Theo! Greetings from a big fan in Norway!

  272. dr. berthaservant says:

    Dearest Teho:

    Thank you for your you-ness and bless you for all the good you will continue to do in the world. Your friend always, Dr. Berthaservant (Jason).

    [Absolutely more than welcome, Dr. J. 😉 – Ed.]

  273. I hope you had Cute Overload on your job application, I’d have loved to see their faces 🙂
    Good luck Theo, stay safe! x

  274. GirlFromB says:

    Good luck and remember there is always a Worldwide Army of Cuteoverloaders to come back to. We only attack with fur and fluff.

  275. He will fist show the enemy photos of mini-horses ridden by mice, if that don’t work he’ll show them pictures of disappointed rabbits. That should make the enemy change his ways! If even thats not enough he’ll just call them dik-diks and go home.

  276. Very best of luck!

  277. NOOOOOOOOOOOO! *sob*

    Good luck in your new job Teho! I am sure you will successfully annihilate the enemy with the cute!

  278. “Embedded Army Cuteporter”!!!! ROFL. What a great job description. Good luck, Theo!

    Barbarella, Lugosi, Spider & Ruby

  279. Areinaka says:

    We will miss you Theo. Yuo really have helped make this site an amazing place. I’ve been a long time lurker, very rare poster. But I had to congratulate you on serving our country. I hope you enjoy your new job, and thank you for being a hero. Even if you aren’t directly on the battlefield, you are still a hero.

  280. caligirl says:

    Theo, first, congratulations on your decision to serve and protect our country. We need more good people like you! Thank you for all the work you have done for CO and bringing joy, humor, and a reality check to my life and that of many others. Thank you for YOU, and thank you to your family for sharing you with us. Best wishes and God Bless! You will be missed!

  281. Lula Mae says:

    Oh, so sad!
    I may be a a rare poster, but I am an avid reader and I’ll miss your comments!
    Best of luck with the new job!

  282. bookmonstercats says:

    I cannot believe that I am so grieved about “losing” somebody I’ve never even met – stalker or what? Nope, I’m not, to judge by all the comments above. God bless you, and guide you and keep you, Theo. Even over here in the UK, I feel safer already knowing somebody with your awesome talents is watching for the bad guys (and gals in this equal opportunity world). Say “Hi” to Mrs Teho for me. Shes a lucky lady (secretly, I’ve always had a crush on you).

  283. BStrange says:

    Theo, I sure will miss you in your Ediferous capacity. Bracketed commentary will never be the same. Not to mention commentroversies! May the editorial skewer of CO be ever wielded with such wit, widsom, and the occasional appropriately bared fang.

    Keep your butt covered and your humor honed wherever you’re bound. 🙂

    [Ooh, ass armor! I’ll look into that. Thanks! – Ed.]

  284. Barooo!! Two things:

    1. Did you list Cute Overload on your resume when applying for your new job?

    2. Um… can’t you work on CO part time part of the time? *sad face*

    You will be sorely missed. Life will never be the same if the CO hovertexts go with you.

    [1. Absolutely! The Special Investigator for my clearance even interviewed Meg & Sparky. 2. CO was ALWAYS part-time, you know. 😦 – Ed.]

  285. Can I have Theo’s job? As this posts testifies, I’m frequently awake and semi-coherent in the middle of the night. Oh yes and I’m honest, faithful, trustworthy, and snarky on command. I also squee on a regular basis upon seeing adorable animals. And I was once reprimanded at Apple for making making a rollover test “to interesting.”

  286. Oh noes, Theo! I can’t imagine CO without a Theo! Still, thank you for your years of faithful service to Teh Cutez, and thank you for your upcoming [service in… 😉 – Ed.] Teh Armeez! Best of luck to you!

  287. Wow. Truly, the end of an era.

    Stay safe out there, Theo. We’ll miss you.

  288. CO won’t be the same without you. I hope you have a wonderful fullfilling time in the Army. Stay safe and know that we all will be forever fans!

  289. Ladybird says:

    And it finally dawns on Teho how many of us girls have had little crushes all this time…

    [aHEM… *innocent whistling* 🙄 – Ed.]

  290. Erm, Ed., could you add “service” to my post above, between “upcoming” and “Teh Armeez”. Sheesh. *headdesk*

    [Yeah, we can’t be having typographical errors THERE, can we? 😛 😉 – Ed.]

  291. kimbunny says:

    Well, at least we’ll always have the marmies…

    Best of luck to you, Theo. I have nothing clever to add here for you that hasn’t been said already. You will be missed.

  292. Charlotte says:


    Going to miss you, Theo. Hope you have a great time in your new job, and do come back and do cameo posts sometime 😛

    Take care! x

  293. Thanks and best of luck Theo! Were my dad still a drill sargeant, I’d ask him to look out for you, but knowing my dad that would mean that he might make you clean the latrines only once a day, not twice. Stay safe.

  294. Andi from NC says:

    As poster 291, I don’t know if you’ll even see this but *hugs* and we look forward to your safe return. (*kiss on the cheek* *tiny tear in the eye*)

  295. Goodbye Theo, and stay safe. You’ll be sorely missed!

  296. Ellen from MI says:

    Really? C’mon! Good for you, bad for us. We’ll miss you.

  297. linnerlu says:

    OMG! We’ll miss you so much, Theo! (Thanks for the picture, tho … who knew you were so cute as well as smart!) Be safe, be happy in your new job, and know that we all love you!

  298. Goodluck fellow soldier! Hooah!

  299. Well friend, after four years of working with Analysts, might I say that your chances at enjoying your work are much higher than most others. You have to have just the right kind of sense of humor to get by in that particular job, and after admiring your quips for so many years, I haven’t a doubt in my mind that you’ll get along just swimmingly. Good luck!

    [Cool! Thank you! 🙂 – Ed.]

  300. HAPPY TRAILS, THEO! We shall miss your wit!


  301. LovesDogs says:

    Oh noooooooooooooooooooooo! Good luck, Theo. *sniffsniffsniff*

  302. I feel like I’m saying goodbye to a dear old friend. I guess that’s the best compliment I could possibly give you. Thanks for all the years of strange and witty cutenesses. Thank you for your time, your mind and your sense of humor. Please thank your mother and father for me as well.

    Best of luck in all future endeavors. I have no doubt that you will be a huge success wherever life takes you. Stay well and stay in touch, dude.

    Man, this is sad. 😦

  303. Aw, Theo. Much like everyone else has already stated, I start my work day with CuteOverload and LOVE to read all the comments and Ed. notes. You see all the same people commenting and having conversations with each other that it feels like a little family. So while I am sad to see you go, I’m also extremely proud of you and your decision! You’re going to do a great job in the army! Good luck and be SAFE!!!


  304. grannymoon says:

    Theo, you have rocked my world on a regular basis for the last 4 years…CO was different before you, and will not be the same without you. It will be warm and wonderful and thrilling and exciting and magical and hilarious as always, I’m sure, but in a whole different way. Rock on, guy, and good luck with tracking down that military intelligence

    [ 😆 Well HOPEFULLY I’ll be bringing some along with me. – Ed.]

  305. happycat says:

    so…is 303 comments a new record? AND NOT ONE NUFF! (other than the fact you are leaving CO)

    [Well, there was at least the one troll (of course); and nooooo, while 303 comments (and counting) feels pretty darn sweet, it ain’t no CO record. 🙂 – Ed.]

  306. shannomo says:

    Thanks for the laughs Theo, I’ll miss you.

  307. Good Luck Theo! I will miss your humor. Smart and hilarious are a wonderful combination.

  308. Wow. Best wishes and stay safe. We’ll miss you!!

  309. Holly B. says:

    Happy trails, stay safe and keep your sense of humor, I’m sure it’ll come in handy in your new position.

  310. snorglepup says:

    Love ya lots.
    Miss you much!
    Big hugs & snorgles…

  311. Intelligence analysis? Sort of the opposite of reading all these CO posts, eh?

    Or maybe keeping it on the QT instead of on the QTE?

    Best of luck, Theo, and may the CUTE be with you!

    [ 😉 – Ed.]

  312. fifthsonata says:

    WOW! Quite a switch going from cute-porting to working for the military! Will you be bringing pictures of cute animals to your new job site and/or adding your own captions?
    Maybe we can look forward to seeing pictures of Theo circulating the intertubes, decked out in army-garb, petting a random stray kitten? Or putting said kitten into your shirt and trying to smuggle kitten home?

    Good luck, Theo!

    [We’ll see. Heh. – Ed.]

  313. You have never met ANY of the CO staff?? You guys need to have a big party stat!

    [Agreed. And it needs to be in the Space Needle. And the Space Needle has to be in San Francisco. With giant hammocks, couple-sized beanbags, a professional DJ (I’m thinking Barb Abney from 89.3, The Current), and Pneumatic Hamsters in tiny tuxes with the appetizers. – Ed.]

  314. Rosakala says:

    As a former Intelligence Specialist (Navy) I wish you the best of luck. I loved my job and yes, it takes a certain kind of person to do it. Gotta love being locked up in a building for 12 hours on end with no windows. Used to joke the sun was a myth on occasion.

    [Well, see, I was an IT dude for 15 years, so that’s all normal. 😉 – Ed.]

  315. I rarely ever venture into the comment section of Cute Overload, but every time I do I’ve always wondered, who is this magnificent, patient, funny creature in charge of the comments? Is Theo a boy (who I want to marry), or is Theo a girl (who I want to be my BFF)? You’re a boy! Who I want to marry!

    Anyhooch, good luck in the Army, and thank you for all your work here.

  316. Colonel Jenna says:

    God bless you and keep you, Theo. Heaven knows that military intelligence can use some intelligence. Take care. Come back soon.

  317. Thank you for all the smiles. You were much needed here and will be sorely missed.

  318. we be missin’ youuuu! every step you taaaake. every move you maaaake. etc. etc.

    p.s. you look like peter sarsgaard there.

    p.p.s. i now have the inspiration to build a giant otter in my yard, and i just may do it. my neighbors won’t mind at all. it will nicely complement my bottle tree and the strange concrete stump that’s in the back yard. a lovely oddity.

  319. Kentucky Kitty says:

    Theo thanks for all the smiles you’ve given me over the years! and best wishes on your new adventure!

  320. Thanks and best wishes!

  321. I think *someone* is in line to wallop our comment record on Buddy. 😉

  322. *points up* What they said.

    Garsh. *sniffle*

    *squeezes the stuffin’ out of Teho, virtually*

  323. I have enjoyed this site for a few years now. It has always been a place I love to go to put a smile on my face…especally after a hard day!
    Thank you Theo for helping do that for me. =]
    I wish you the best in your new choosen path. May you stay safe….and occasionally send us a cute pic to see all is well with you!
    Take care..

  324. Baroooooo! No, Teho! Why for you leave us?

  325. tesstricks says:


    Best of luck to you, Theo! Thank you for the laughs. Come back every now and then and start a commentroversy – show the amateurs how it’s really done. 😉 Take care! *salute*

  326. Now wait just a minute here. I was already sad enough about Theo’s leaving, and now you’re telling me Ed. is leaving TOO??!

    Harumph. Disapproving bunny face.

    Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit sniffing glue.

  327. Baby Bear says:

    Theo –
    I have only posted one other comment ever on CO, but I was honored when you gave me a tip o’ the hat for it – just wanted to let ya know 🙂
    As for your new job, let me just say…(in Borat voice)
    You shall be missed (as is quite obvious from all the above comments)

  328. Happy trails, Theo! Thanks for all the laughs!

  329. PPPS: Otters are mustelidae, so technically, they are weasels!

  330. MissTiff says:

    WOW…who knew Mr. Theo was such a hottiekins? Or maybe I just have a thing for men perched atop statues of ferrets? Could be…

    Good Luck Theo!

  331. we will miss you to leaving for new job. I just wonder if anyone will take over your place if CO) team to be continue. ?? every animal are really so cute when they took the picture. still cuteeeeeeeee! Tim Connolly

  332. What a cool adventure, Theo! What a great leap of faith to make such a big change in life. (And do they really take such *old* dudes now? You must have lured them with some kind of special intelligence of your own — but we knew that!)

    Like everyone else, I’ve really enjoyed your Ed comments, and I’ll miss those. But I look forward to seeing your regular comments and knowing you’re still around, keeping the world cute… and safe.

    Bon voyage and best of luck. Those of us who are about to be left behind salute you!! 😉


  333. The crew won’t be the same without you, Theo. The old crew or the new one!

    Good luck, godspeed, and *bleen*.

  334. Okay, I have to admit: you’re cute! And it’s too bad you’re leaving and also quite married (damn it!). Give us some news when you can, after all, you won’t be a moderator here anymore but it doesn’t mean you can’t drop a line from time to time.

    Bring on the QTE over there! I’m sure they need it! ;-D

    Take care,

  335. Well, I just read all the comments, and there’s absolutely nothing unique left to say. Feeling bereft and you’re not even gone yet!! :sob:
    Theo, you will be missed!!!! Best of luck to you, stay safe and enjoy this new adventure. 🙂

  336. Thank you for doing such a splendid job with cute overload Theo. Many blessings to you in your new adventure.

  337. Well, while all the above COers have expressed noble sentiments, my countenance is strikingly similar to that of a disapproving rabbit. You CAN’T go, I WON’T have it and now I’m going to go over to the corner and pout. But before I do, thanks for all the smiles, chuckles, laughs and spit-takes on the monitor. Wasting time at work won’t be nearly as pleasurable.

    [Thank you… but I’m totally confident Meg & Co. will be able to hire somebody appropriate to the task. 😀 – Ed.]

  338. Well, who needs a psy ops manual when you’ve been tangling with nuffers for years? You’ll do great, obviously!

    Best of luck, Theo.

    [Ooh, PsyOps… not my area, but I’ll probably be working with some of those folks. Maybe I can write ’em up an appendix/addendum or something. Hmm. – Ed.]

  339. Thank you so much for all your wonderful cuteness! I wish you luck in your new job and thank you so much for your service to our country. God bless you, your family and America!!

  340. BonzoGal says:

    Aloha, Teho! From someone who knew (and admired) you when you were on Cheezburgers, then here… Visit often!

    [I can has Yoo Ayy Veez!! 😆 – Ed.]

  341. Theo, dear, having waded through 333 loving comments, I have very little original to emote.
    Killer’s bigger bigger brother is an Army ROTC Cadet at UCONN. HE just turned 21 and made his decision two years ago. When he made his choice I became an “Army Mom”. Now that I have adjusted to that new role, and am reaping the fruits of my efforts to understand what Army life will hold for him, I have to say how very proud I am of you, and how our country really needs loving and razor-sharp minds like yours pushing buttons in our security efforts. For all of the love you have poured into our lives, and will be pouring into your very important new job, I thank you and again thank you, in advance, and wish you and your family all of life’s best. May your efforts be rewarded with lasting peace in our world (no pressure!) I know you know how to write to us once in a while, and I will be particularly interested in your updates. Shalom, Theo. Katrina….

  342. Aww, good for you Teho! We will miss you but I hope you have a great new career over there.
    On another note, I can only imagine the Army’s consideration of your resume’… “hmm, this one is printed on yellow paper and smells like strawberries… Cute Overload, you say? My wife is a fan. You’re hired!”

  343. All the best wishes for you! Thank you for all your cuteness to the overloadness work here, and may you find bunnehs and kittehs and slow lorisehs at your new I.A. post!

  344. Teho, teh Qte won’t ever be teh same wifout you.
    But you know… some of all that hurry up and wait time could be used productively on hovertexts…. just a suggestion.
    Big hugs and stay safe.

  345. youguysrsilly says:

    Theo! It’s been wonderful having you as a CO and Vox friend all these years. Everyone will miss you. Stay in touch with us when you can please, ok? Even though I imagine your new job will keep you kind of busy. . .
    Stay safe. Stay safe. Stay safe.
    Our country is in good hands with people like you on the job.
    I mean it — Stay safe.
    And I hope wherever you are stationed, you will always have kitties to schnorgle when you needs dem.
    Much loves and hugs to you and your family, my friend.

    [THX YGRS!! 🙂 – Ed.]

  346. Thank you for everything you did for CO and for making it such a great place to hang out. It’s been an honor to be one of your peeps.

    Be safe and thank you for your service – then, now and in the time coming.

  347. Rosewolf says:

    Take care of yourself! We’ll miss you! Much love and hugs. xxx

  348. so the T. goes but teh Qte remains.
    see you in the next time/place, TimeLord!

    [Do you have any idea how hard it is to make that TARDIS sound effect with your mouth? …and then try to TYPE it?? 😕 – Ed.]

  349. Teho, this is definitely the LEAST KYOOOOOTE thing you’ve ever done for CO *sniff sniff*. I will just try to think of this like a missionary trip where you must bravely venture forth and spread the Gospel of Kee-Yute. Puppies and pygmy hippolings for all our soldiers! I fully expect you to lurk around quietly on CO message boards, popping out of hiding to insert a snarky comment on nuffington threads, then disappear back into the mists.

    [I’ll see what I can do. 8) – Ed.]

  350. @ Wend (35) – Bast fits, seeings how she’s the Kitty Goddess, and we all know Teho is the Kitty King. 🙂

    Teho, I shall miss your amusing hovertexts, titles, names, and edits. Please to be with the safe while you are doing your new AI job. Check in with us from time to time – maybe Meg will even let you caption a pic when you get a chance, just so we get a random dose of teh teho! *hugs* Seriously, be careful out there. I don’t know exactly what AI involves, but…it’s all scary to me.

    [Thanks, it’ll be good. And guess what my camp-counselor nickname used to be, years ago? HINT… OK, SPOILER: your screen name. – Ed.]

  351. Paunchie says:


  352. awwwww, happy trails, Theo, and thanks for giving Elvis his 15 minutes of INTERNET SUPERSTARDOM!

    [Elvis was in the Army too, y’know… oh wait, you mean the OTHER Elvis. 🙄 – Ed.]

    […also, I’m really tempted to add the “pants” back into your screen name, but as you please 😉 – Ed.]

  353. Thank you for making this site wonderful and thank you for your willingness to serve our country.

  354. for some reason, i always thought Teho and Meg are a couple ❤ Thank you and adios Teho!!!

    [Couple o’ kooks, maybe. 😉 – Ed.]

  355. cowsharky says:

    Good luck on your new job, stay safe, and my a marmie kitteh always watch over you (Ceiling Cat’s angels are marmies).

  356. Oh, nooooooooooes!!!!! This ruined my day. 😦 Dear Teho, I beg you to change your mind. I promise to be a good girl if you do…

    [Now now, I will show up here again, when I can. 🙂 But I’m resolved, decided, committed, and all those other words which mean certain. – Ed.]

  357. No doubt he will find a way to defeat al-Qaeda and the Taliban by distracting them with pictures of kittens! And puppies!! and OMG Ponies!!!1!

    Good luck!

  358. I imagine he’ll be applying the power of overwhelming kewt to bring down opposing forces.

    Thank you, Theo, for all the laughs over the years. 🙂

  359. dale-harriet (and Evangeline) in WI says:

    Yah, what they said – all of ’em. Theo – godspeed, lad. I hope too that we get a note now and then; this isn’t just a website of cute pictures and amazing captions — it’s a community, and your name is a familiar one here. Thanks for it all and …”give ’em hell, Harry!”

  360. Theo – thanks for that wonderful parting gift of the instant rim shot link! MUCH easier than trying to figure out how to translate that into text. Ba-DUMP-dum Kssssssh! Nope. not the same.

    DON’T GOOOOoooooo!

    Sorry, that slipped out.

    [THAT’S WHAT SHE… er, HE SAID! 😛 – Ed.]

  361. After I started commenting on CO, I felt I had really joined the cool kids table when Theo riffed back on something I’d said. Squee!

    Joining everyone else in hoping you stay as safe as kittens. I’ll really miss the subversive hovertexts, too.

  362. @YGRS, re: “And I hope wherever you are stationed, you will always have kitties to schnorgle when you needs dem.”

    Now I have an image of Theo pulling a package out of his backpack labeled ACME Freeze Dried Kitteh Rations saying, “Man, I hope I got Marmie Flavor this time!” adding water, and voila! Instant Kittehs! Course it IS the army so you’ll nebber get the flavor you want. 😉

    [This is slightly horrifying, if you think about it. 😯 – Ed.]

  363. Good luck, Theo! I wish you all the best!!

  364. In reply to Ed. comment in #349.

    I can’t do the TARDIS shifting into gear either. pity.


    [Da da da dum, da da da dum, da da da dum, da da da dum… – Ed.]


    Altho – I do feel a bit better about the US Army now if they can hire a person like Theo, they can’t be all bad.

  366. Cowsharky @#356 sez, “(Ceiling Cat’s angels are marmies)”

    [headslap]. I CAN’t believe I hadn’t realized it ’til now! poifect!
    now we know that T. will be safe fo’ shure, what with armies of angelic marmies in tow

  367. Much joy and happiness to you Mr. T! Onward, into the future!

    [Ha! Somehow I don’t think “Mr. T” will end up being my callsign. 😉 – Ed.]

  368. Best wishes, Theo. God Bless!

  369. Sorry to hear that you’re leaving us, but I suppose duty calls. You’ve done a fantastic job over the years here at CO, and I wish you and your family all the best. I have no doubt that you’ll excel in your new position. Safe journey, and best of luck in all you do.

    Oh, and one last thing. Just wanted to say thanks Theo…for everything.

  370. Thanks for all the smiles!

  371. Wow, y’all are truly, deeply awesome. For all the folks I haven’t directly answered (because c’mon, this is overwhelming)… thank you so much. So happy to be part of all this, and I won’t stay gone, y’know. Don’chu worry ’bout me. 🙂 🙂 🙂

  372. Oh, dammit! Theo, didn’t you know that your contract with CO is forever and ever? Wa-a-a-a-a-ah! We’ll miss you. Here’s hoping that you can make the army laugh!

  373. Good luck and happiness in your new job. I hope the Army needs hovertexts very soon.

  374. Best wishes and Godspeed. Come back safe, sound, and whole.

  375. Cool song!!

    Here’s another one

  376. Happy tails to you, until we meet again….!

    You are under strict orders, sir, to NOT get yourself blown up or hurted in any way shapes or forms (be they striped, calicoed or marm’ed).

    Do I hear a ”Ma’am, Yes Ma’am!” in reply?! 8)

  377. mervtheflamingo says:

    We will miss you. Good luck in your new job!

  378. AuntieMame says:

    (Is ass armor anything like an asshat? ;D )

    [Oh I hope so. – Ed.]

  379. All the best Theo. The Army, well I never!


    [ :MIEW!: 😡 …how’s that? – Ed.]

  380. (sulking and sucking on a pasickie)

  381. OMG NOES

    Theo, you’re the only thing that makes nuffers bareable! Everytime they make me lose faith in mankind, you come around to restore my hope!

    But yes, all good things come to an end. I hope you love your new life at he army, and that they appreciate your humor 😉

    Thanks for being awesome!

  382. Bless your little pea-pickin’ heart, Theo.

    Thank you for being you and sharing that with the world. I have definitely felt the benefit of it.

    With much gratitude and admiration,


  383. @[Ed] Yah, I know but one cannot help the random images that pops up in one’s head when one reads teh commentary here. I blame the interwebs for corrupting my fragile brain cells. :p

    [ 😉 – Ed.]

  384. TheIglets says:

    I am incredibly sad. These daily laughs mean a LOT to me. I always knew Theo was a smart guy, because smart people are the funniest IMO.

    All I can say is is that NTMTOM and Prongs need to be handcuffed to their chairs in their Qte Qubes and watched 24/7 by Meg via security cameras.

  385. OHH NOOEES! But I haz a question. Is this the otter statue in Fergus Falls, MN? If so I miss that town…

    [Yes it is! 🙂 – Ed.]

  386. good old whatshername says:

    Good luck and Godspeed, soldier. You’ll be happy to know that, although DoD blocks sites like YouTube and Facebook, Cute Overload is always available. 🙂

    [FaceBook isn’t blocked so much, anymore. The Army has its own page there now. 🙂 – Ed.]

  387. Best of luck to you, Mr. Theo. Stay safe and don’t forget to visit. 🙂

  388. TrixandSam says:

    Since denial, screaming and stamping my foot won’t make you change your mind, will you please, PLEASE sooth our wounded hearts by convincing 260Oakley to take up the baton? I can’t see anyone else being able to fill such large shoes.

    (and you know what they say about a man who wears large shoes…)
    [Big feet, right? 😉 – Ed.]

    (Oh wait, that was my Theo/Ed groupie side coming out…. sorry… not really.)

  389. NutherDeb says:

    Wow, Theo, it won’t be the same without you! We’ll miss you, but best wishes in your new job! You must still visit and comment!

  390. Teho! We will miss you! That said, it’s a great job you’re going to, and I’ve known some fine people in that business. Best of luck.

  391. O No he(she/it) DI-unt!!!!!! says:

    @ Paunchie: VERY nice, there 😉

  392. Oh… I missed this post… and I’m going to miss Theo. Baroo….

    Theo, best of luck to you as you go off into the big wide world to seek your fortune. I hope you’ll pop by the comments and just…. post, sometime. *Salutes.*

  393. I want to know how the interview went. “So your resume lists your last position as, can you tell us about some of the cuteness you encountered?”

    [Well, that question hasn’t specifically come up, in quite that way. Yet. – Ed.]

  394. WHAT?! NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO…Teho, we love you! All the best in your new job, but we will miss you like CRAZY. CO won’t be the same without you 😦

  395. I have never once commented on CO, but have lurked for many a year. Thanks for all the laughs, and good luck! You will be missed.

    [Well, glad you could make it, then! 😀 – Ed.]

  396. THELOVEOFISIS says:

    You will be sorely missed, Theo. I have been sadly deprived of your “drive-bys” in the CO chatroom. Now I shall never experience them again. *sniffles*

    Best of luck, dear Teho. WE LUZ YOU!

    [Oh hey, whoa, the CHAT ROOM! 😯 Almost forgot!! – Ed.]

    […hmm, nobody there but some A/S/L lamer. 😦 – Ed.]

  397. OMGosh! Good luck, Theo! How we shall miss you. 😦

  398. I am greatly saddened today.

    Best of luck on your new adventures.

  399. Thank you for serving our country! Best wishes 🙂

  400. Cute but sad! Aw, Theo, we wish you all the best!

  401. maybe you should have paid him more!!!!

    [You know, THAT was never my complaint. 😛 – Ed.]

  402. I am just a lurker but I wish you all the best on your new job! You sure will be missed. (take care of yourself and get back to us)

  403. zeldapie says:

    NOOOOOO! Theo, we’ll miss you!

    Um, is that the Fergus Falls otter you’re sittin’ on?

    [Here, lemme drop you a shortcut. 😉 – Ed.]

  404. oh my goodness, there is a little tear in my eye. You have been delighting my heart for so many years Theo…I wish you well in your next set of adventures. You are something special sir, you truly are! ♥

  405. Fanks fer teh memries! Yew is a good egg!
    Now ai knows whut eet reely is tew be triste,
    happy fer yew, but sad fer us.

    All teh best,
    Lubs & Hope,

  406. Future SPC Durbin/Ed/Theo/Teho,

    11 years time in service, and counting. Most government systems can’t access CuteOverload, which sucks, because it got me through my first OIF — somewhere after that, they shut it down, since it’s a blog. Anywho: Hedgehogs run wild in Iraq, Afghanistan, Germany, Italy, and, really? Pretty much everywhere but the continental US. I even have pictures. 😀 I will say, some cultures respect animals more than we do… Others, not so much.

    Adjustment to this life might be tough, although I have no clue about your age, background, or expectations. If I can help, answer any questions, let me know. Be respectful, do your best, and the rest works itself out. 🙂


    [I’ve even seen at least 1 photo of a hedgehog in Iraq. Bummer about blocked blogs, though. I’ll drop you a note, thanks! – Ed.]

  407. Almost forgot: Never. Ever. Ever. Quit. And, you’ll hear a lot about ‘hard Right over the easy Wrong’ — at the end of the day, you still have to look in your own eyes in the mirror.



  408. Ewww! Humans!

  409. Thank you, Theo, and I hope the new career is everything you hope for. Here’s an anerable puppy for the road.

    [One Ear Baroo, One Ear Honk-Shu! 😉 – Ed.]

  410. Kristina Noir says:

    I cant read through all 410 messaged to find out there that giant weasel is. Where is it I must go there and represent the kneesocks with eyes.

  411. Ladybird says:

    Anyone else got that darn Dr Who theme stuck in their heads?!

  412. Boo-urns says:

    Theo – regarding the war face…

    …you don’t scare me. Work on it!

  413. Best wishes and good luck on your future plans, Theo!

  414. Godspeed Theo!

  415. Peace out, man. Good luck!

  416. mom2twinzz says:

    Strange, apparently I have friends who KNOW YOU. As in went to college with you. I know we will all be praying for you in our own ways.

    [Waaait, I saw a FaceBook friend invite earlier that I couldn’t place… does one of these friends have a last name which is a synonym for “Seize”? – Ed.]

  417. Thanks for all the work you put into this site, Theo, and good luck in the Army.

  418. So I’m asleep at the switch and am just seeing this. Theo, you and your wit will be truly missed. Please be safe.

    Now when someone asks you what you do for a living you get to say “If I tell you, I have to kill you.” I am jealous. 🙂

    I hope you’ll be able to keep your snorgle quota up so you don’t go into withdrawal! Withdrawal sucks…

    Seriously, take care and check in if/when you can. We’ll miss you!

  419. Oh noes! You will be missed!! Good luck.

  420. Theo, you rock!!!

    It’s all your fault that I started blogging on Vox almost 2 1/2 years ago. I owe you for that one. I’ve made the most incredible friends there.

    I wish you the very, very best!

  421. OH NOESSS! im gonna miss you, Theo. u made me smile bunches wen i was having a crappy day! hope u cna visit Cute Overload every once in a while 🙂 😦 🙂

  422. Lerrinus says:

    Um, you *will* remember to bring all your new friends to this website, right? So we can hear all the nutty things you did each day? So anyone at your new workplace can have a place to chill when things get crazy? And you *will* stop by every so often to break up a commentroversy or join in a pudding fight or laugh at the puns or pics or comments when you can, right?
    I’ll miss your particular flavour of humour around here, Theo!
    *sings an old camp tune*
    We’ll miss you Teho, Oh yes we do!
    We’ll miss you Teho, And we’ll be true,
    When you’re not with us, we’re bluuuuuuue!
    Theo-kitteh, we love youuuuu!
    If the Army needs Intelligence, they’re getting their fill with you on board! Being a CO moderator gives a unique qualification…! *HUG*
    (PS, I love how you are on the Otter of Minnes-otter!)
    All the best to you and yours in future endeavours!

    [Awww… a Bye Bye Birdie reference! 😀 – Ed.]

  423. Theo, you make me laugh all the time. Thanks for all that, and thanks for what you’ll be doing next. It’s good to know that we have fully-qualified Qte-porters in the service. Take care and we’ll see you when you get back!

  424. Wow! You have my greatest respect. Thank You. Don’t get hurt. Stay safe. Write home. Come back soon. Once again Thanks for the sacrifice. Come back safe. Violet

  425. Catsquatch says:

    SAY IT AINT SO!!!!!
    Dude, we will SO MISS YOU!
    You hafta come back when your off duty EVRY NIGHT so we can continue to enjoy you!!!!


    (waiting for promise)


    [When I can, Catsquatch, when I can! 🙂 – Ed.]

  426. Stephanie says:

    so sorry you’re leaving Teh Qte, Theo, but can’t imagine loosing you to a better cause. The Army will never be so cute!

  427. Theo: THAT’S WHAT SHE SAID!


    He’ll be here all ze week, people!

    […but then that’s pretty much it. 😐 – Ed.]

  428. CoconutCheez says:

    BYE THEO!! ;o;

    you will be very much missed!!! *wave*

  429. Watergirl says:

    Been here for years but only posted twice.

    Always enjoyed what you contributed Theo. Good luck to you! Obviously you will be missed here by many 🙂

  430. Anybody else notice the date this was posted? 420.
    I know y’all are too high to live right now. You just think Theo’s joining the army cause your so high and he’s playing a prank on you. That’s what he told me. He also said he convinced you to start a new “Dogs and Bongs” categorie, but I see you haven’t managed to do that yet. Why? Too high?
    Peach out.

    [Yeeeeeah, we’ve never spoken. 🙄 – Ed.]

  431. Shanchan says:

    Bye Theo, best of luck, stay safe! Even though I’m not a regular anymore you made CO the awesome-ist around!

    [ 😀 Hello to another voice from the past! …and thanks. – Ed.]

  432. Theo, I have to say, I will ALWAYS think of you when I hear a good version of Foggy Mountain Breakdown! Here’s one for the road…
    smooch, Nikki

  433. Theo, no! This is literally the first time I’ve commented on C.O. I was so excited to see a local guy on my (ok, fine, second, after Pioneer Woman) favoritest blog ever. If you need a taste of home at any point, feel free to e-mail me. 🙂 I’ll send you some cute (I have a Maltese dog, who is always showing cuteness. He’s a PRO) pics of whatever cute I can find (Ok, I admit, it will probably be Peyton Manning the Maltese wonderdog)

    [Ha! Chaska isn’t THAT local; I’m in Eagan. 😛 – Ed.]

  434. Thay it ain’t tho!


    Godspeed and be well. The army just got a whole lot cuter!

  435. wannadance says:

    had i known you had such cute and CLEAN feets, i woulda seduced
    you long ago. expect to see me as the scully flavor in your new life..

  436. Theo, sorry I missed the first announcement so I don’t have much time left to enjoy you here. But I will enjoy you lots in the scant time I have left.

    Please oh please stay extra safe and pop in whenever you get a chance, I think that might not be very frequent but that’s okay, just a little comment so we know you’re still safe and for us to keep up the prayers for your safety.

    Thanks for all the memories.

  437. gooeyctr says:


    Thanks for all the fish!

    Wishing you success and happiness,

  438. What a sendoff! Y’all are so sweet to see him off in style. And Wednesday I see him off for real. ::::lip quiver:::

    Before this post drops off the first page, I wanted to note that I can give the CO peeps an occasional update in this comment thread while Teho is internet-incommunicado in boot camp. So all his CO besties, adoring fans, and (ahem) aspiring mistresses & second wives may want to bookmark this post to check back later.

    There won’t be MANY updates; he’s gonna be challenged & busy, with very little personal freedom those first 9-10 weeks. Also forced to use–*shudder*–SNAIL MAIL. But I’ll let you know a little news when I can.

  439. mrsgilmore says:

    teho, FTW.
    best of luck broheim.

  440. Jaye –
    Thanks and <> to you, too. Theo’s been a presence here, but you’re the yin to his yang, I think. Stiff upper lip and all that bull****, it’s still hard to be apart. It’s awesome that you can still think of us!

  441. Sorry – that was supposed to be hugs for Jaye

  442. Uh-oh. Is Jaye Mrs. Theo??? Because I was just about to make a special request for a COXCU of those toe-beans. Maybe we groupies otter cool it. 😉

    [Why yes, yes she is. In point of fact. 🙂 – Ed.]

  443. Kiragirl says:

    Hi all,
    I haven’t been writing in a while but still check the site often.
    @dr. berthaservant, nea berthaservant, are congratulations in order?

    And, now for Theo,

    As others have said
    You rescute us from the dead
    Of mornings at work.

    On serving in your new post
    I will miss you most.

    If ever back East
    Needing some comfort and rest
    My honest behest:

    Give me a cute call
    I’ll put you up in the hall.
    We would have a ball.

    ~ Kiragirl : ) in SE CT

    [Connecticut, eh?
    [Don’t think I’ll be out that way.
    [Thank you anyway! – Ed.]

  444. Best wishes Theo! Come back and visit yes? Take care.

  445. libelula says:

    Please come back and visit…and stay safe…and obviously [looking back at comments] YOU WILL BE MISSED. *sigh*

  446. toborzgrrl says:

    Fare thee well, Teho. Thanks for all the time, care and sly wit you have extended to this cloud of Cute appreciators. On the chance that you are ever stationed in the Hot and Sandy Place, I offer the same advice I’ve given to all my friends and relatives on their departures: “Good Luck! Keep your head down! And stay out of helicopters and canals!” <– all 4 of them have come back. Just sayin'
    Ms. Jaye, let us know if Theo ever needs Care packages. We will inundate him.

  447. Jaye- From the Steppes of Central Connecticut I wish you and you entire family all the best, so does Killer, the agoraphobic, projectile-shedding Cardigan Welsh Corgi. I think I might be, by way of chronology, his 54th wife wanna-be, but really, I don’t mind the wait. It is hard to be separated, and snail mail matters a whole lot. Keep it going out, and even though you won’t get a reply for a little while at first, keep it going out. Please always know that we are here for YOU, too! Not just updates on Theo, but updates on you too! Take a deep breath, and we’ll all take one with you, too.
    NOW I propose that next year’s calendar have the picture of Theo on whatever day he wishes, we can get together on CO and make snarky comments in the Snickering Lounge. I propose: A round of butterscotch pudding with whipped cream for everyone, on me! (Wait a minute, that wasn’t phrased well, was it?
    I will attempt this again: I am buying everyone a round of (warm) butterscotch pudding with whipped cream and sprinkles. In the Snickering Lounge, at 15 past the hour! See you there!

  448. Jaye- send him with a lot of paper, envelopes and stamps and a good pen, he’ll be able to write back more quickly that way. Just sayin…KSA

    [Got all that covered! 🙂 – Ed.]

  449. ArmyGirl96B says:

    Good luck Theo! I was an intel analyst in the army for 6 1/2 years w/ 5 of those being on active duty. Even though I was with a Military Police Battalion the whole time I got to do some interesting stuff. From one secret squirrel to another, go get ’em!

    [I’m goin’, I’m goin’ 😉 – Ed.]

  450. Scofield says:

    I used to frequently comment here, but since I’m SLIGHTLY adhd, I nowadays usually just adore the cuteness and snerk at the hovertexts. I’ve got plenty of fond memories of Teho’s brilliance and it makes me a wee bit melancholic to see that you’re leaving, Teho. I can still remember that vampire bat baby under the blanket. I remember that particular submische because I snorted Fanta from my nose (Ed’s remarks being so funny, that is). Thanks to you, dear Teho. You will be very, very much missed. Enjoy your new challenges!

    :huglove all the way from Finland:

  451. CiroccoJK says:

    Bummed. Bye, Theo. Good luck.

  452. Sending Hugs to Jaye too because I know this will be so hard for you (((Jaye))) and as Katrina said we are here for you too.


  453. EaterofShades says:

    So long and good luck Theo.

  454. charliewabba says:

    To one who was the very model of
    an editor of interwebs and cute,
    I send this one last sonnet as salute.
    for hovertexts we spied with glee above

    sweet bouncing bunny butts or cats in love
    with evil otters, pocket pets in suits,
    bunnies, blorp…Dear Theo, it’s da trut’
    that we shall meeeeeese you. Who can wear you gloves

    Or fill your shoes, or snark at trolls with your
    sense of aplomb, or link us to a “YAAAAAAY”
    when called for? Sigh. I grieve, I weep, I’m ded.
    I don’t know what the future holds in store
    for you, I hope it’s grand, and now I say,
    though bittersweet it is, fare well, good T’Ed.

    [:APPAWS: 😀 – Ed.]

  455. All the way from ICHC to here, I’ve been a big fan of yours…..I will miss you more than I can say…..God bless you and keep you and your family always ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥{{{{{{{{{{{{ Teho }}}}}}}}}}}}}}}♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

  456. Be Safe!

  457. theo, i’ve always had a soft spot for your snarky responses to comments. those are what i’ll miss the most. good luck in the future! please do sneak some CO speak into military speak. 🙂

  458. Teh Theo! We’re going to miss you so much!!!

    Good luck with everything. Don’t forget to pack a marmalade kitteh!

  459. tasnglad says:

    From a long time fan down under – who’s never commented but always loves this site and what you have brought to it … looks like you are leaving an army of fans behind …

    Go in peace, Theo

  460. Cute overload without teho is like CO without cute animal pictures. Good luck. We’ll miss you.

  461. snurfles says:

    Awe, Theo! I’ll miss you! Your sense of bent humor is what puts a smile on my face on the worst of days. Best of everything to you!

  462. Jaye big hugs to you. Come on by anytime you need a heapin’ helping of support, we’ll all be happy to keep you cheery.

  463. thats a big ferret!

    […otter. Yep. – Ed.]

  464. snoopysnake says:

    God Bless you, Theo, and thanks for all the qte halp!

  465. bummer for us..good luck dude!!

  466. BStrange says:

    Psh. I thought the war face was great. Giggling, scared, do the details really matter as long as it incapacitates appropriately? Think Puss In Boots in Shrek 2 here, folks. >O.O< "AaAaAAwww!!"

    Theresa: So otters = water weasels. Okay, that works. Except that I can't say "water weasels" without cracking up. (Try it, it's fun! …Unless you work in an office… Then, it might net you some strange looks.)

  467. kimberwan says:

    Blessings~may you continue to find the cute everywhere you go!

  468. Care Packages! Must send care packages to Theo Teho Ed.! (gotta say, I’m a little red in the face from embarrassment ’cause all this time I thought “Ed.” was, um, you know… Ed!)

    Hey, you think if we send care packages to Specialist Teho Ed they would make their way to you? Hehe! Jaye… when the goin’ gets tough, think of all the people you don’t know, haven’t even met that’ve got your back. I am one of them.

    [Care packages are awesome, esp. if they’re share-able… 😀 but not during Basic. 😦 It’s plain letters or nuthin’. There’ll be a full mailing address in my FaceBook soon, which will be good for 9 weeks 4 days. 🙂 – Ed.]

  469. Oh noes, this is so sad. I’m late, as usual………….. what to say? Theo I have looked forward to your Ed-iting and comments and moderating commentroversies. The army should be a breeze after those!

    Thank you so much, and what a wonderful thing to have touched so many lives, including mine! I wish you all the best.

  470. Theo, you will be missed!! Bless you for serving our country, and bless dear wifey Jaye too. We hope you’ll be able to pop in from time to time, and already cant wait for you to be back!

    [Thanks! Just, y’know, well… let’s just say “dear wifey” isn’t among my everyday terms of endearment for Le Schmoop. 😉 – Ed.]

  471. God Bless you, Theo, come back safe!

  472. @Theo: That’s ’cause you know I’d reciprocate with “dear hubby,” and things could only escalate from there. *grin*

    [Don’t make me trot out the wumpkindoodles, now. 😉 – Ed.]

  473. Tanks for the mem’ries!

    Now go live long and prosper and don’t furget us cutophiles here on the interwebs!

  474. *teh sadz* Theo is the reason i started my luuuuurv affair w/CO! it was his wit and his snark.

    i loved Japan. i went twice and it changed my life. good luck Theo, i hope you’ll drop in and visit us often!!!!

  475. Adding hugs from Tony and me. 🙂

  476. Doodle! You’ve been on this site for as long as me… if not longer. Sad to see you go. Good luck with the Intelligence Analysis. Hopefully it turns out better than that Artificial Intelligence deal o_O.

    Sidenote: I never did get much better with that tongue in cheek humor. Oh well… lol

  477. Paunchie says:

    We will send carepackages of puppies! And ice cream!!

  478. caligirl says:

    ditto a previous commenter who said we are here for you too, jaye! stay strong!! you mentioned that you would be able to keep us posted on how theo is doing via this comment thread. does this mean the thread’s comments will stay open for quite some time??

    [Individual posts, like this one, really aren’t for ongoing updates, like a forum… 😐 – Ed.]

  479. Good luck on your new job!

    [Well thanks! My regards to the Otter Man Empire. 🙂 – Ed.]

  480. this is the first time *I* am seeing a photo of you, theo,(not sure if there have been others) so i must say…you are a cuteoverload yourself 🙂

    best wishes to you in your new position. you will be sorely missed as you can see by the responses. but we hope that you will be able to pop back in here and leave your trademark replies even whilst doing secrety stuff for the military.


  481. mcbadkitty says:

    Thanks Theo for the funnies & perspective – be carefuls plezzz – Good luck and keep your head down. 🙂 Oh also thanks for enlisting – you are a brave young man too.

  482. Mary (the first) says:

    Like others, I will definitely miss Theo.. probably my warmest moment on CO was when I received in my own email box an email from Theo . It was early in my time with CO and I don’t even remember what caused him to email me directly but I was honored! And I second the “WHO KNEW THEO WAS SUCH A HUNK” comment and yes we know you’re married, you can still be a hunk. Please be safe in the Army. Hugs from another fan.

    [Well, OK. I guess I’ll allow it. 😉 😛 – Ed.]

  483. Queen of Dork says:

    Four hundred and eighty fourth!!!! [Why, so you are. 🙄 – Ed.]

    Mary (the first): Me too! I stammered and stuttered back to Theo when I received an e-mail from him. I was all, “uh… oh! wow! (duuhhhh). Uh, yeah! Hi Theo! I think the reason I got one was probably because I was saying something naughty on here and Theo had to cyberally smack me upside the back of my head. (Is cyberally really a word now? I was cracking up at an e-mail I sent to Res. She said something on her computer might go down and I asked her if her Yahoo would still be functional. WTF!?) Theo, I’ll really miss you. Stay safe, dear! And thank you for your service to the United States of America!

  484. Godspeed, Theo! Best of luck and happiness in your new endeavors!

  485. Oh man! I go away on holiday, and look what happens. From one who normally just lurks – so long, and thanks for all the hover-text. God speed.

  486. emmberrann says:

    Teho, we hardly knew ye. You’ll be much missed by this fan. Great success at the new gig. Don’t be a stranger now, y’hear?

  487. Queen of Dork says:

    Theo, I love you. I’ll miss you. I feel like a roadie. (stand by)

  488. Queen of Dork says:

    Here, Theo. This is for you. I will really miss you very, very, very much. I wish you weren’t going but I understand why you are. I’ll miss you, Theo. 😦

  489. Queen of Dork says:

    One more for the road, Theo.

  490. Raemie L says:

    Good luck and bless you and your family, Mister Theo! I enjoyed reading your silly comments, cool links and eloquent moderating skills. I skimmed through the comments and I’ve noted that you’ll be dropping by CO or commenting occasionally when you can. Dare I ask, CO can haz guest appearance posts, perhaps when off-duty? I still see you as a part of the Cute Overload team, with the titles Marquis of teh CO Comment Boards, Duke of Marmalade Kitteh avatars, (Time)Lord of Reality Casual Fridays, Earl of the Snickering Lounge, and Baron of teh Bleening* No Bleenity Bleeneray Bleen-Bleen crowned with teh Bleeng-Bleeng. Beep!

    May Teh Cute be with you on your journey!

    * Might as well use “bleen” as much as I can here! Bwahaha~ : D

    [What does that even mean?? – Ed.]

    [ 😉 😛 – Ed.]

  491. Thank you, Theo, for your service to internets and country! Take care of yourself and best of luck to you!

  492. QoD — if you paste the YouTube link in as the very last part of your comment, it’ll show up embedded. (I fixed ’em.) And thanks for the Jackson Browne tracks. 😉

  493. Queen of Dork says:

    Oh, thanks Theo. I actually sent the first one by mistake. I meant to post the song “Stay” but the other one was kind of relevant as well because I was feeling like a “Theo roadie.” 🙂

    Tomorrow is your last day. 😦 Who will help us with double posts? Who will let us know when we’re getting out of hand? (why is my computer being so slow? grrrrrrrr) Who is going to make us laugh all the time? Who is the next bouncer? I’ll seriously miss you, dude. But onward with you to serve this country. You’re really going to be missed around here, you know. I hope that your wife will come on here alot so that we all can offer her support to her while you are away and she is missing you.

  494. Queen of Dork says:

    Wow. I just looked again at that Jackson Browne “Stay” video. Good grief. There is all KINDS OF HAIR happening there. Whew!

    [Hair, you say? – Ed.]

  495. Well done. Sir!

  496. cathgoof says:

    Oh nooooo! I hadn’t checked CO for a while and to find out Teho is leaving is a proper shock. Thanks for all the laughs from another lurker – you are ace! Good luck in your awesome new job 🙂

  497. Mr. Sookey says:

    I know it is too late and no one will see this post, but I simply must add it. We should all have known it. Theo. The…o. The o-tter. You’re a GIANT OTTER!! I can see how you might be useful to the Army. And so good of you to let your human pet ride on your head.

    Good luck to you, Theo.

  498. Queen of Dork says:

    I want to be 500dredeth. I’m going for it…
    Theo, I can see the link you posted but there’s no sound? Darn. Anyway, I think the giant otter might be a good weapon. He could help protect national security.

    [Yeah, looks like YouTube clobbered the soundtrack on that. 🙄 But the music wasn’t the point of the clip, was it? – Ed.]

  499. Queen of Dork says:


  500. Officer (Original) Mel says:

    OMFG. Teho. Best wishes.

    I want to let you in on a little secret I learned in the Navy.

    You can’t analyze intelligence in the Army, because there is no intelligence.
    [Well, we’ve succeeded in concealing it from you sailors, so we must be doing something right. 8) – Ed.]

    So. You needn’t bother and you should just stay here.

    Thanks and love ya.
    (The Original) Mel

  501. Officer (Original) Mel says:


  502. ok, so…hmm…well, I tried to read through all eleventybillion posts here before me, so you have permssion to smack me if I missed this…

    …but joining the Army isn’t FOREVER…can’t Mr Teho have his old job back at CO when the Army gig is up? I feel rather certain that somehow, just *possibly*, there might still be room for him here…right?


    Serious bummer for us, dude. But maybe the Army needs you more than we do. 😉

    Best of luck…thanks for all the laughs…and you’ll never be far from our thoughts.

    [Meg will be taking on a new Mod, you know, and it’ll be somebody good. But thanks. 😉 – Ed.]

  503. Theo, I hope you have enjoyed a lovely weekend with your family. THANK YOU for everything. Please do take good care of yourself.

    If there is one thing I am sure of now that I’ve been on CO for a while, it’s that you have Blazed a Trail here and clearly have Made a Difference in the lives of many folks, most of whom you’ve never even met. How amazing is that?! You let us take field trips into your quirky mind and stunning intelligence, you’ve cracked us up and reacquainted us with some seriously random cultural references, all the while displaying a breathtaking tenderheartedness toward marmalade kitties. You are an original. We owe you a debt of gratitude for that. And more importantly, we owe you an even larger thank you for your unselfish service to our country.

    Enjoy the last bit of time with your family and know that as you go off on your new adventure, you are taking with you among your belongings the Collective Good Wishes of a whole community of friends who support you.

    [Aww, shucks. 😀 – Ed.]

  504. Becky, Bubba's mum says:

    May God bless and keep you, Theo. Thanks for all the laughs over the years!

  505. Have a nice new life, Theo! We’ll miss you!

  506. wannadance says:

    i was doing all right till we got to the tennyson; that did me in….

    coming from a non’churchlet:

    may the Lord bless you and keep you
    may He lift up His face to shine upon you
    and grant you peace.

    and remember: not with a bang but a giggle.

    and if anyone wants to know, they can ask me, my darling, they can ask us all and we will tell them.
    (from ‘the manchurian candidate.’+

    and to you, shiny man,

  507. wannadance says:

    got the churchlet part partially wrong, creating a whole new meaning….

  508. furbabies says:

    Thanks for the memories! Stay safe.

  509. Yitzysmommie says:

    Oh Noes! I just found this stunningly awful post and have to come say Good Bye!
    I hope you’ll still get to post occasionally while in the Army.
    Teho, thank you for the fun and the enjoyment over the years. You and Megster have created a world class site (my University hospital, which blocks all internet except the local news, allows CO). I
    I will miss you. Yitzy will miss you too.
    Please give Rikki a scritch and the Schmoopster a hug, and take care of yourself, my friend.
    Barbara J aka Yitzysmommie
    Yitzy sends purrs.

  510. Tastes like chicken says:

    Just heard! Sorry to see you go but good luck, take care and hope to see you soon. And thank Jayne for letting us have the use of you!!!!!

  511. Krissi D says:

    Bye Theo, and good luck! We will miss you madly! ❤

  512. Theo arrived safely at Columbia SC on Wednesday evening, and called me from the airport while waiting for the bus to Fort Jackson. Tired but doing well, and ready to hit the ground running! (Literally…they were scheduled to start PT at 4:30 the next morning.) By now he’s gotten the buzzcut, his dogtags, uniform and probably a whole lotta innoculations.

    Last night I did get the briefest of updates from one of his Facebook friends, a fellow soldier also just arrived at Ft. Jackson, who miraculously hasn’t had his cell phone locked away yet. The message in its entirety: “Theo is doing well!” This doesn’t surprise me, but was great to hear.

    Thanks again for all your well-wishes, CO friends. They meant so much to Theo–you really sent him off in style!

  513. In case anybody is still checking here for updates: I’ve had 2 letters from Theo now, and a brief phone call. Basic training is definitely a challenge but he is holding his own with the young’uns–he describes himself as being in the middle of the pack during PT, which is impressive considering he’s the oldest in his platoon at 39. He sounds in awe of his drill sergeants, who he describes as every bit as tough as you’d expect but also smart, witty, and very good teachers. Not unsurprisingly, he is tired and sore, and being in a new germ pool he and his fellow recruits all have colds, but he’s otherwise in good health and spirits. This week they’re doing a lot of obstacle course and rappeling and land navigation (i.e. map & compass training), which ought to be more fun for him than the pushups & situps & marching (not that he isn’t doing a lot of those too).

    He does not mention anything Cute, alas, but I am doing my best to remedy that by including excerpts from CO in my letters to him!

  514. Thank you so much, Jaye, for the updates! So much appreciated, and I hope you’ll continue to have time for more updates as time passes! We hope you are holding up too, because I’m sure it’s not easy for you to have him so far away. Big hug to you!

  515. toborzgrrl says:

    Hi, Jaye, thanks for the update. When my friend Wendy was in basic training she too was the oldest in her platoon — her sergeant nicknamed her ‘Geritol’. And she did great!! Hugs to you both!