Cast Of Characters

Meet Chip & The Whole Gang!

A veritable dossier on each of the members of our little gang. Don’t take anything here too seriously. We may have embellished a few things, exaggerated others, made some claims for humor, and otherwise made statements that have absolutely no basis in fact! Oh – and if there are links – they may be affiliate links.

(Left to Right) Sophie, Annie, Dominick & Gracie (March 2019)
November 2021 Camp Tuscarora

The “Gang”


“The Boss”
  • Name: Sophie     
  • Aliases: Queen Bissy, “The Boss”,  Mia Sophia (this nick-name must be said with a thick Italian accent!), Soapy, Little One, Petunia, Nina, Fifi, Sophikins, Fifikins…..   
  • Favorite Animal(s): Lambs, Giraffes, Froggies.     
  • Favorite Color: Orange (or Orch – as she says) & Pink.   
  • SuperPower:  Have you heard her scream on demand? Wow!   
  • Noteworthy: She may be small – but she is Top Dog in our house!  And trust me – no one is happy if “The Boss” is unhappy!  Gracie tells me she is also the Queen of the Bissy – whatever that means.
  • Kryptonite: Singing her a song with her name in it!
  • Age: 5
  • Height: Shorter than everyone else.
  • Weight: Somewhere between a bag of groceries and wheelbarrow full of cow manure.
  • Favorite Color: Orange
  • Favorite YouTube Channel: 123 Go!
  • Favorite TV Show:
  • Favorite Food: Pho
  • Favorite Dessert: Lava Cake, Grasshopper Pie & Ice Cream Sandwiches


Annie Bananie
  • Name: Annie  
  • Aliases: Annie Bananie, Stinker Bean.  
  • Favorite Animal(s):  Bunnies & dalmations!  
  • Favorite Color: Pink.   
  • Future Career: Artist – specializing in bunny art painted in the “Post- Napoleonic Neo- Classic Depressionistic Era” style.  
  • Favorite Conversation Starters:  1) “So what do YOU think of bunnies?”  2) “What do you think of Keto-Enol Tautomerization?” 
  • SuperPower:
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  • Kryptonite: Squishy Halloween toys!
Annie (& Santa)
  • Age: 10
  • Height: Not quite as tall as Gracie or Dominick – but definitely taller than Sophie!
  • Weight: About equivalent to the weight of 2 bags of groceries & a small puppy.
  • Favorite Color: Light/Pastel Pink
  • Favorite YouTube Channel: Moriah Elizabeth
  • Favorite TV Show: Nailed It!
  • Favorite Food: Wendy’s Chili & Tacos
  • Favorite Dessert: Grasshopper Pie & Mommy’s Chocolate Chip Cookies.
  • Annie’s Posts: Here,
  • Annie’s Web Page: Here,
  • Annie’s YouTube Channel: ILoveBunnies
Annie Signature 2020


  • Name: Dominick 
  • Aliases: The Dominator, Docky Doc, Doc, Buddy Bear, Domidork, Sour Grapes, DJ & VGBD (Very Good Boy Dominick).   
  • Favorite Animal(s): Monkeys, Elephants.  
  • Favorite Color: Blue.  
  • SuperPower:  Dominick is a fantastically athletic boy and is also very fast.  However, he would lose a race to frozen molasses if it were to occur before the hour of 9 am.  Dominick can actually make a dead sloth look like Looney Tune’s Road Runner on any school morning!  He takes AT LEAST 15 minutes to put on his socks….It’s almost as if he can distort the space-time continuum at will.  
  • Future Career:  Professional soccer player, then a psychoneuroproctologist.  
  • Noteworthy: Dominick, through years of regimented training, has conditioned his bowels to move during dinner nearly every night!  When he surreptitiously slips out from the dining room to the use the bathroom we simply refer to the event as the quad D – Dominick’s During Dinner Dump.  You can always tell when he is readying to leave the bathroom – because he slams down the toilet seat down with an intensity and vigor that professional wrestlers would envy!  Cried straight from 10 days old until 11 months old.  
  • Products Dominick Endorses: Charmin Ultra Soft & Strong 2 ply Toilet Paper. 
  • Kryptonite: Slime, Glitter & Brushing his hair!
Dominick Signature 2020


  • Name: Gracie
  • Aliases: GracieBug, Sweet Pea, Original Little One, Gray Gray, Silly Silly, Silly Billy.
  • Favorite Animal(s): Ladybugs. Dogs.
  • Favorite Color: Green
  • SuperPower: 
  • Noteworthy: Gracie knew her numbers and letters (uppercase and lowercase) before she was 20 months old.
  • Future Career: Track Runner @ the Olympics, Scientist & Engineer.
  • Favorite Team: Syracuse University Basketball.
  • Something That Makes You Laugh Out loud: Engineering Fails on YouTube.
  • Favorite Element: Titanium – because of it’s use in the SR-71 BlackBird.
  • Favorite Form of Matter: Bose-Einstein Condensate.
  • Favorite Book: Hoot
  • Kryptonite: Slime and anything that is “Trendy”!
  • Age: 13
  • Height: 5′ 1″
  • Weight: Classified
  • Favorite Color: Forest Green
  • Favorite Book: The Lost Causes of Bleak Creek (Affiliate Link)
  • Favorite YouTube Channel: Good Mythical Morning
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  • Favorite Food: Pho
  • Favorite Dessert: Grasshopper Pie & Chocolate Moose
  • Favorite Sport: Cross-Country
  • Future Career: Engineer & Inventor (maybe at NASA?)
  • Hobbies: Playing Outside, 3D Printing, Coding with Python, Running, Mountain Biking, Zip Lining & Climbing Trees.
  • Favorite Musical Artist: AJR (Song: Wow, I’m Not Crazy)
  • Gracie’s Posts: Here,
  • Gracie’s Web Page: Here,
  • Gracie’s YouTube Channel: GracieBug
Grace Signature 2020 Transparent


  • NameMelani
  • Aliases: MayMel, Mommy, Saint Melani.
  • Favorite Animal(s): Chipmunk.
  • Favorite Color: Pink.
  • SuperPower: Able to totally bypass the entire logic part of her brain when the situation “requires” a purely emotional response.
  • Noteworthy: 
  • Kryptonite: Clowns & Vacuums (either – or – but both together are the worst)!
  • Age: 29 (ish)
  • Height: 5’7″
  • Weight: Highly Classified!
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  • Favorite Color: Pink
Melani signature


  • Name: Chip
  • Aliases: Daddy, Beb, Bebby, Bo-Bebby, Bo-Bellybutton, Hey You!
  • Favorite Animal(s): None – I don’t need any other living thing depending on me!
  • Favorite Color:  Any color – as long as it is clean & without crumbs!
  • SuperPower: To make a simple and straight-forward concept incredibly, incomprehensibly, mind-numbingly complex!
  • Noteworthy: Recently achieved the highly coveted and enviable status of 10th degree Zen Grand Master of Advanced Diaper Changing Avoidance Strategies from the National Academy of Diaper Avoiding Dads.  My diaper avoidance skills are extremely well honed from years of practice and development over a very wide range of circumstances. You can read more about those strategies here: Diaper Changing Avoidance Strategies for New Dads! 
  • Kryptonite: Aluminum Foil – It is EVIL and leads to Alzheimer’s …, banana peels.
  • Age: Old as Dirt
  • Height: 6’1″
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  • Favorite Color: Green
Chip Signature 2020