First things first. This not-so-old A&J comic strip is from January, 2015. There’s a controversial subject I’ve been avoiding for a long time, but I might as well bring it up today: the weather. It hasn’t rained where I live since the middle of September. Not. A. Drop. We’re in what’s called an “exceptional drought,” as bad as it gets. The next reasonable chance for rain is a week from tomorrow, according to the Weather Channel website’s “10-day Outlook” which is notoriously unreliable beyond three days out. And it’s unseasonably warm with no frost yet. I am certain that, if not for the drought, we’d still be cutting the lawn a week from Thanksgiving. There. I said it.