Sep 6th 2018 09:20 am


Remember, I told you to keep in mind that this strip was drawn in the 80s, when they were still tamping the grave of the Age of Aquarius with shovels. Of course, when I drew this, we just thought we knew the meanings of hedonism and excess. The woman’s name, by the way, is Jasmine. She was to be a regular. The bar patron is a walk-on.

I resurrected the concept of Lost Key about ten years later, but with children in the lead roles. I think that strip had more potential, but it’s misplaced at the moment. If I ever find it, I’ll show it to you, too.

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  1. Sideburns on 06 Sep 2018 at 11:33 am #

    Well, one thing hasn’t changed: every generation thinks that it invented hedonism and excess.

  2. TruckerRon on 06 Sep 2018 at 11:43 am #

    Some generations do a better job of perfecting its hedonism and excess.

  3. Nancy Kirk in AZ on 06 Sep 2018 at 11:46 am #

    Hey, guys. I first thought 20 years was wrong too but then looked again to notice that Jimmy said he was posting this again with ORIGINAL commentary. So when he wrote the commentary it was 20 years ago for the strip.

  4. DJJG7 on 06 Sep 2018 at 11:48 am #

    That would explain the slightly junky outside—lovelily suggested by just a few apt props—gentle but apt!

  5. Mark Jackson on 06 Sep 2018 at 12:41 pm #

    The Age of Aquarius. . .as it happens we saw a production o “Hair” last night at our local professional theater. Some parts have not aged well, others seem immediately relevant today.

  6. curmudgeonly ex-professor on 06 Sep 2018 at 2:01 pm #

    Very interesting reading about you, Mark. Thanks for the page.

  7. Sideburns on 06 Sep 2018 at 2:39 pm #

    I’m not surprised that “Hair” hasn’t aged well. It’s too topical, too much a product of its time to be relevant today, especially to an audience that didn’t live through that era. Rocky Horror, on the other hand, is still popular today, because it’s themes aren’t tied to any specific time or place.

  8. Jackie on 06 Sep 2018 at 4:22 pm #

    The Keys and their motels still looked like that the last time I was down there three years ago.

    Doubt hurricane improved them.

  9. Rick in Shermantown, Ohio on 06 Sep 2018 at 8:08 pm #

    I don’t recall much about the 80s, but I remember the late 60s and early 70s extremely clearly.

    Of course, maybe I only think that I remember them well. I was REALLY part of the scene at that time, and …

    You get the idea.

  10. NorthBerg on 06 Sep 2018 at 8:40 pm #

    Did the male character in these panels later serve as a template for Gene’s father in law?

  11. Mark in TTown on 06 Sep 2018 at 10:04 pm #

    Gus looked a lot different when he first appeared. Guess being a single dad of two girls will age you fast.

  12. Old Bear on 07 Sep 2018 at 12:09 am #


    You also have to be old enough to remember Bogart did
    Key Largo – that makes it funnier.

  13. Jackie on 07 Sep 2018 at 12:15 am #

    Knowing Jimmy is a buffet fan explains a lot. Like the bike.

  14. Susan in NC on 07 Sep 2018 at 10:10 am #

    I clicked on your new link below the cartoon and it says the page is not found. The regular link you have to go to the current day’s cartoon does still work. Maybe it’s just my computer, but just in case not, thought I’d let you know.

  15. Susan in NC on 07 Sep 2018 at 10:11 am #

    Or was that link a vestige from the original post?

  16. Mark in TTown on 07 Sep 2018 at 10:36 am #

    Susan in NC, I think your second guess is the right one, since the normal link is the button with Janis on it.

  17. curmudgeonly ex-professor on 07 Sep 2018 at 2:24 pm #

    The “recent comments” listing doesn’t include a title upon which to click, so one needs to scroll through all the comments here to see the latest. That’s OK now, but it’ll be less convenient as the number of comments increases.

  18. Jackie on 07 Sep 2018 at 2:26 pm #

    The entire post is a duplicate post including the old links that don’t work.

    Just read very long and interesting article on Big Pine Key and fact entire Key was destroyed by Irma.
    Still no repairs a year later.

    Or was that Lost Pine Key?

  19. emb on 08 Sep 2018 at 8:31 am #

    This one is right up there with Thaves.


  20. Old Bear on 08 Sep 2018 at 11:19 am #

    I stopped by :-)

  21. TruckerRon on 08 Sep 2018 at 12:38 pm #

    I didn’t see you! 8-)

  22. Mark in TTown on 08 Sep 2018 at 1:30 pm #

    That answers the question: does an Old Bear stop in the Village?.

  23. curmudgeonly ex-professor on 08 Sep 2018 at 7:13 pm #

    Can anyone explain why Janis appears grumpy in today’s strip? I asked the MBH, but she couldn’t explain either.

  24. TruckerRon on 08 Sep 2018 at 8:21 pm #

    How many dolphins have you ever seen at once?

  25. Mark in TTown on 09 Sep 2018 at 12:36 am #

    Wild, and interesting!

  26. emb on 09 Sep 2018 at 6:17 am #

    Guinea fowl, Kenya Rift Valley.


  27. Llee on 09 Sep 2018 at 8:19 am #

    why was Janis grumpy? short answer- because.

    but perhaps also because the weather’s been so weird…HOT, then unexpected rain while they were walking, then Gordon blew threw….phooey, old t shirt will be comfortable.

    comfortable is good.


  28. emb on 09 Sep 2018 at 8:26 am #

    Kenya, dik-dik.


  29. Mark in TTown on 09 Sep 2018 at 9:15 am #

    I like today’s new strip. Remember the old one where Arlo’s plan for financial stability was to roll their pennies and take them to the bank?

  30. Sideburns on 09 Sep 2018 at 1:41 pm #

    I don’t know about anybody else here, but I’ve seen the movie Key Largo, and that song just drives me up the wall! There’s nothing romantic about the story, it’s a gritty movie about a man being forced to be a hero to stop a gangster. It was based on a 1939 play where the protagonist was a disgraced deserter from the Spanish Civil War instead of an Army captain from WW II.

  31. Mark in TTown on 09 Sep 2018 at 3:58 pm #

    Fun to watch:

  32. Ghost on 09 Sep 2018 at 7:47 pm #

    Cool, Mark. I always wanted to have my own action figure.

  33. Ghost on 09 Sep 2018 at 7:48 pm #

    Janis’s “harvesting of quarters” reminds me of how I began a habit that continues until this day…emptying my pocket change into a container every night. I started when I was in the Air Force, and I had a Pat O’Brien’s “Hurricane Glass” on my dresser I used for that purpose. I discovered that the night before payday was a great time to go off-base and have a good meal, in a quiet and relaxing atmosphere…all the other GI’s were too broke to go out.

    Of course, in those days it only took twenty quarters to buy one an as-good-as-if-not-better meal than $25 does today.

    Dang! I should have saved that glass.

  34. Mark in TTown on 10 Sep 2018 at 8:06 am #

  35. emb on 10 Sep 2018 at 8:10 am #

    Laikipia Co., Kenya, is not rain forest, but it does have a rainy season.


  36. Sideburns on 10 Sep 2018 at 3:37 pm #

    The url format at has changed over the years. For those who are curious, here’s a working link to that strip: The odd thing is that it doesn’t match the miniature up above.

  37. Skynard fan on 10 Sep 2018 at 5:39 pm #

    Thanks for the adjusted link, Sideburns. Following there, made me think of That Smell. Ronnie Van Zant wrote the cautionary song, which is a bit of a downer. But more often, when I catch a whiff, wafting by on a walk around the park I’ll react with an awkward laugh. Just like Arlo does in that strip from 2010.

  38. TruckerRon on 10 Sep 2018 at 10:50 pm #

    So, did any of you play trombone in high school marching band?

  39. TruckerRon on 10 Sep 2018 at 10:59 pm #

    And here’s another trombone spectacle!

  40. Llee on 11 Sep 2018 at 7:53 am #

    good ones! thanks :)