Jun 29th 2016 08:50 am Bums on the Beach



And still at the beach! Obviously, these strips were drawn as Gene was about to leave the scene for college. That was nine years ago. Now, he has graduated, married and is struggling to establish himself and his young family. I’d say the strip is moving along in close to real time.
Not surprisingly, there are those among you who know much more about Kickstarter projects than I. I wish I could have sat down and talked to you beforehand! Pursuant to comments yesterday, I do want to say that I will be assisting a non-profit organization in the raising of funds. None of the money will darken my bank account. In fact, the last piece of the puzzle involves waiting for the non-profit’s new credit card to arrive. This being 2016, a Kickstarter account must be associated with a credit card, and this 169-year-old organization does not have one. It should arrive next week; as soon as it does, the project will go live.
I am using the extra time to tweak the rewards and the fun. Thanks for yesterday’s suggestions; I will consider them—except for the one about coming to your place to take you to dinner. No offense. Some of the rewards already in place won’t surprise you. Some of them might. I’m getting excited!

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118 Responses to “Bums on the Beach”

  1. Jerry in Fl on 29 Jun 2016 at 9:06 am #

    First again? Woo-eee.

  2. Anonymous on 29 Jun 2016 at 9:08 am #

    Good morning beach goers or wannabees. I offer luxury accommodations in Port Aransas, Texas at no cost in a beach cottage setting reminiscent of your Spring Break college days complete with girls, beach food and beer, all for the paltry donation of some blood, sweat and tears building a boat for a cancer fund raiser.

    How’s that for nonprofit? Jimmy come risk your fingers on saws, planes and sanders. We need to paint it too.

    August 21 to 31. Look on Facebook for Saturday Night Special sailboat posts.

    I would consider that, but that is when I’ll be in New England for the Boston Comic Con and the Vermont Comic Con. Frowny face! — JJ

  3. Jerry in Fl on 29 Jun 2016 at 9:15 am #

    Seriously, we had a scare with Tippy last night when he tried to eat one of our pills that we didn’t know that we had dropped. You have to be very careful about that and also plants. He spent the night in the animal emergency clinic and I think that he will be ok. A minor thing compared to some of your problems I know, but he’s one of my family to me.

  4. Jerry in Fl on 29 Jun 2016 at 9:19 am #

    Will it be safe to wear my A & J shirt when I’m there in October?

    This being a comic con, it would be better if you wore your Arlo costume! Or Janis, whatever. — JJ

  5. Anonymous on 29 Jun 2016 at 9:22 am #

    No, pets eating pills is very SERIOUS and scary. They are family and we love them. Glad he will be ok.

    And chemicals. I lost one to a bottle of household cleaner and I still mourn that one. Had same thing happen to another. Not swallowed but spilled onto their body and absorbed. We saved second cat.

  6. Jerry in Fl on 29 Jun 2016 at 9:27 am #

    We almost lost Cilla when she was a kitty and she drank some cleaner that had leaked out of a plastic jug. You have to be aware of any change in their behavior or signs that they aren’t well.

  7. Jerry in Fl on 29 Jun 2016 at 9:50 am #

    There is a 24 hr animal poison control center at 855-764-7661. There is a $49 per incident charge payable by charge card.

  8. Mark in TTown on 29 Jun 2016 at 9:56 am #

    You can’t make this stuff up: Headline from Fox News site:

    Man named Ronald McDonald shot at North Carolina Sonic Drive-In

  9. Ghost Rider 6 on 29 Jun 2016 at 10:32 am #

    At least the shooter wasn’t identified as Jack N. Box.

  10. Mark in TTown on 29 Jun 2016 at 10:48 am #

    Or Five Guys

  11. Mark in TTown on 29 Jun 2016 at 10:50 am #

    This looks like a winner for pet owners: http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/apcc-mobile-app

  12. Steve From Royal Oak, MI on 29 Jun 2016 at 10:56 am #

    I would be happy to come down and cook you dinner. I have always wanted to see the amazing machine that peaks through our windows….Or did the NSA steal it?

    The reason I don’t want you to see “the amazing machine” is, you’d be disappointed. — JJ

  13. Jerry in Fl on 29 Jun 2016 at 1:08 pm #

    Thanks Mark.

  14. Jerry in Fl on 29 Jun 2016 at 1:17 pm #

    JJ, since I won’t be there until October I think that I will be too late for Comic Con. Your comment though reminds me of a famous Dear Abby letter regarding a neighbor in his Batman costume. Does anyone else remember the letter?

  15. Sideburns on 29 Jun 2016 at 1:31 pm #

    JJ, please remember that not all Comic Cons are on the East Coast, they’re all across the country, even out here in California, just like your fans. Not all of us out here can afford to travel to Boston or New England for conventions, but would like a chance for a meet-and-greet.

    I really appreciate your enthusiasm, but cut me a little slack, please. These will only be the second and third comic conventions I’ve ever attended. “The Backwoods Comics Festival” in Louisville, Mississippi, will forever be the first. (Do all the comic cons have dirt floors?) — JJ

  16. emb on 29 Jun 2016 at 2:28 pm #

    Tevye [sp.?], in ‘If I were a rich man’, dreams of a house with real wooden floors. Peace,

  17. Anonymous on 29 Jun 2016 at 3:10 pm #

    There is one in Oklahoma or so Mark tells me.

  18. Charlotte in NH on 29 Jun 2016 at 4:09 pm #

    emb, I love that song! And that whole show, although I have never taken part in a production. I bet you have — am I right? There is some music we can agree on, even though most of the music the Villagers like here on arloandjanis is unknown to me.

    Is there a Fiddler On The Roof movie? It’s so long ago that it came out that I don’t remember. I do own the original Broadway cast recording — vinyl LP of course.

  19. TruckerRon on 29 Jun 2016 at 4:37 pm #

    The movie (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0067093/) was released in 1971. It won Oscars for Best Cinematography (Oswald Morris), Best Sound (Gordon K. McCallum, David Hildyard), and Best Music, Scoring Adaptation and Original Song Score (John Williams).

  20. Mark in TTown on 29 Jun 2016 at 5:08 pm #

    Jackie, that one was last weekend. It wasn’t a Comic Con. I think its name was Sooner Con. Comic Con is a sort of trademark for a certain kind of fan convention. Biggest con in the South is Dragon Con, Labor Day weekend.

    See here: http://www.dragoncon.org/

  21. Charlotte in NH on 29 Jun 2016 at 5:44 pm #

    Thank you, Trucker Ron. I will check it out. Boy, that WAS a long time ago … sigh.

  22. Ghost Rider 6 on 29 Jun 2016 at 6:34 pm #

    Good to know, here in fly-over country, that not all the Cons are on the East Coast or the Left Coast. And I do know where Louisville MS is, as well as the fact that its name is not pronounced the same as the one in Kentucky.

    My great-grandmamma told me there was a difference between a “dirt floor’ and a “clean dirt floor”.

  23. Ghost Rider 6 on 29 Jun 2016 at 6:37 pm #

    Jackie, was your household “clothing optional” before your girls were born? Asking for a friend.

  24. Ghost Rider 6 on 29 Jun 2016 at 6:52 pm #

    Bear (from “yesterday”): Coarsely chopped fresh squash and zucchini and finely chopped sweet onion, sautéed in EVOO, seasoned with salt, fresh ground black pepper, and dried thyme. The side dish of Kings (and Queens).

    At one base in the AF, I had a Pat O’Brien’s Hurricane glass (Jackie will know what that is) I would dump my spare change into all month, and then, on the night before payday, traditionally go out for a good meal at a nice place…which was uncrowded, quiet, and relaxing, because all the other GIs were broke.

  25. emb on 29 Jun 2016 at 6:53 pm #

    Trucker: Thank you. BSU graduated a baritone 2-3 yr. ago, sang ‘If I were . . .’ [note the proper use of the subjunctive case there] at a recital several yr. ago, now sings with ‘Cantus’, a professional all-male chorus in the Twin Cities. Name skips my mind, but could probably find him by searching their site [there it is: Matt Goinz].

    Charlotte: ‘I love that song! And that whole show, although I have never taken part in a production. I bet you have — am I right?’ No, I have the voice [bass/baritone, I think], but musically untrained, cannot read music, and don’t memorize lines well. Elaine was the actor [very good] and dancer [pretty good], and achieved her greatest goal as Eulalie Makecknie Shinn in Bemidji Community Theatre’s ‘The Music Man.’ Can I post a posthumous acceptance speech here? I’ll try.

    Peace,

  26. Anonymous on 29 Jun 2016 at 6:57 pm #

    It always was optional for me. Or minimal. I was won’t to rip my clothes off with little provocation. Now my late husband was another ball of sealing wax or inhibitions. He slept in to the wrist and ankle pajamas.

    Remember how Hefner lived in those pajamas and robes and slippers while lolling around the manse?

  27. emb on 29 Jun 2016 at 6:58 pm #

    Many of you might be saying to yourselves. “Really, Evan, a sweatshirt?” Actually, this is the most appropriate thing I could wear this evening. First, some remarks. You have in front of you some of Elaine’s accomplishments, and have seen and heard some aspects of her life. I won’t add to that. I must say, however, concerning nurses, that Elaine was not unique. There are more Elaines out there than there are “Nurse Ratcheds”.
    I have many friends who are not persons of faith, but whose salvation I don’t worry about on that account. One of them emailed me: “I’m delighted to hear about Elaine’s recognition. The only sad thing, of course, is that she won’t be able to accept it in person and hear the nice things people will say about her.”
    That first regret is testable: Elaine is not here in person. The second regret is not. Elaine may well be here, literally, in spirit. Elaine and I, though somewhat unorthodox, were both persons of faith; I still am, and she may be also. Let me quote our favorite passage from the Letter of James, “But some will say, You have faith and I have works. Show me your faith without works, and I, by my works, will show you my faith.”
    You’ve heard that Elaine was an A student. She was brilliant, and wrote some of the best answers to essay questions that her profs had ever seen. A faculty wife once said to her, at a Kaffeeklatsche, that she knew all Elaine had to do to get an A in one of Evan’s courses. Mistake!
    “I got an A from your husband, too.”
    You now know a bit about Elaine’s service to various communities. That leaves nothing for me, except to describe our wonderful marriage. That would take hours, and some of it is none of your business. Let me sum it up by quoting myself. On August 25th, I attended a mostly family gathering at Diamond Point celebrating the marriage of Gary Dunbar to Leigh Shindelar, whom Elaine and I have known since she was five. Standing in a circle, we each said a word about the match. I said, “May your marriage last a lifetime, and may it be as rewarding as ours was.” Leigh knew I could wish them nothing better.
    About the sweatshirt. It celebrates a Bemidji Community Theatre production of “The Music Man”. I don’t know when Elaine first saw “The Music Man”, but I was not with her. Whatever, her longtime ambition became to play the role of the mayor’s wife in that show.
    In late winter 1995, at announcements time at church, I got up and had Elaine get up. Then I said to the congregation, “Let me introduce Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn”, and urged people to attend the show. Therefore, I am grateful to accept this award on behalf of Elaine Hazard, a.k.a. Eulalie Mackecknie Shinn.
    Thank you.

  28. emb on 29 Jun 2016 at 7:06 pm #

    Elaine was the first recipient of a new annual alumni award for community service. Guess who had hounded the Alumni Office/Foundation to establish such an award? [Hint: a generous donor, who with his late wife, had established three scholarships [two in our name and one / a deceased (38 yr. old, misdiagnosed cancer) alumna, JHS science teacher, my former lab asst.] Peace

  29. Ghost Rider 6 on 29 Jun 2016 at 7:17 pm #

    For not the first time, emb, I consider you a very fortunate man.

  30. Anonymous on 29 Jun 2016 at 8:13 pm #

    Whose your friend Ghost? Do I know him?

  31. Anonymous on 29 Jun 2016 at 8:17 pm #

    Forgot to say my late husband thought nudity was for a purpose. Who do we know like that? He put on pajamas to read a book while I lay around optionally unclothed. I consider that rather puritanical in truth.

  32. Mark in TTown on 29 Jun 2016 at 9:08 pm #

    Jackie, outside of marriage and time spent in Navy accommodations of various kinds, I have always been in a mixed household. For that reason and at those times, I have slept in something so I could get up and go to the bathroom without offending anyone. Outside of the one house we lived in while this one was being built, I never lucked out with a private bath in my own room.

  33. Old Bear on 29 Jun 2016 at 9:24 pm #

    GR6 your recipe is now on my to do list.

    Jackie
    Mike was just being health and safety conscious – no air wafting on bare skin
    to create chills- dust falling out of the air (No mater how clean your house there is dust)
    Germs breathed out from flying insects. No? Well it could be a theory? Nah!

  34. hbslots on 29 Jun 2016 at 9:24 pm #

    Being able to be au natural is a welcome treat when the house is empty and the temp is 112.

  35. Old Bear on 29 Jun 2016 at 9:28 pm #

    Had a little excitement yesterday
    Truck caught fire where they are building road for new development.
    1/4 mile across field – tire blew and rattled windows in the house.

  36. Mindy from Indy on 29 Jun 2016 at 9:29 pm #

    Debbe – Present, and tired. Waving hello and off to bed. Ugh.

  37. Charlotte in NH on 29 Jun 2016 at 9:29 pm #

    It is mighty nice to cuddle up in bed, both with lovely bare skin, even if you don’t have anything else in mind. I feel sorry for anyone who doesn’t care for it. Keep a robe near the bedside in case of trips to bathroom, or crying children.

  38. Charlotte in NH on 29 Jun 2016 at 9:45 pm #

    Dear emb, you and Elaine were a shining example of a fine couple, and all around good people. Your acceptance speech was wonderful.

    How nice that the singer you wrote of is a member of Cantus. I hear them now and then on the FM radio and also on Internet radio. They are great performers, with a pleasing repertoire.

  39. TruckerRon on 29 Jun 2016 at 9:58 pm #

    Jackie: “He put on pajamas to read a book while I lay around optionally unclothed.” Early in our marriage my shy young bride exited the bathroom unclothed while I lay on the bed in my PJs totally engrossed in a book. It was only when I heard her crying that I realized my great error and did what I could to soothe her feelings.

    I have no idea what the book was, but I’ll never forget how ashamed I was to have ignored her at a moment when she had struck up her courage to do something bold and loving.

  40. Ghost Rider 6 on 29 Jun 2016 at 10:09 pm #

    I finally made it back to P&PHS for a long-overdue haircut this afternoon. (She was looking particularly P&P today, showing off her summer tan in a sleeveless, low-cut black mini dress, for those of you who are interested…as well as for those you who are not.) My hair was longer than she had ever seen it, but she managed to make me look like me again…although I think those were sheep shears she started out working on it with.

    I paid P&PHS in one dollar bills* and told her I hoped that didn’t make her feel like a pole dancer. She laughed and said, “Well, at least you didn’t try to stuff them into the waistband of my panties.”

    She went on to say that she gets so many ones in payment that her bank probably thinks she’s a stripper**. I started to say, “If you ever get tired of the hair business, that could definitely be a fallback.”

    *I’ve had my mom at the hospital several times lately, and I learned back in my flying days to carry ones and small change anytime your next meal may have to come from a vending machine. Back in the day, there were many small airports where you could starve to death with a pocket full of twenty dollar bills.

    **If I ever have time, and someone reminds me, perhaps I’ll tell The Ghostly Tale of what happened to a friend the time she went to Amateur Night at a strip, ah, gentleman’s club.

  41. Anonymous on 29 Jun 2016 at 10:21 pm #

    Good night all. It has been a long day and tomorrow will be longer. I have to go to Ford dealer, back to bank and on to AT&T again. By 11 when I usually get up. In afternoon I need an international health certificate for Dickens and find a boat slip for return.

    And they are delivering six more yards of crushed rock and I accepted invitation to garden club with wine and cheese at 7. Wonder where my wine stash is? Dig out cheese and a tray for crackers and cheeses.

    What happened to spur of the moment decisions and just doing stuff? I try.

    I sleep with a very hirsute male. I have learned to appreciate hairy beasts. Bare skin and all.

  42. Ghost Rider 6 on 29 Jun 2016 at 10:24 pm #

    Debbe ;) Danke Schoen. You’re welcome.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ru-wvqo1SFY

    BTW, I really liked that movie.

  43. emb on 29 Jun 2016 at 10:50 pm #

    Ghost and Charlotte: Thanks and Peace,

  44. emb on 29 Jun 2016 at 11:29 pm #

    Jackie: Believe you meant to write, “I was wont to rip my clothes off.” “Hal” put an apostrophe in, won’t. Who is this “Hal.” Nobody, except me, messes with what I write. Not quite true; once in a while this site corrects my spelling, but rarely, and it’s usually right. It also redlines when I fail to space btw. words. Peace,

  45. Old Bear on 29 Jun 2016 at 11:33 pm #

    GM Debbe

    A friend is someone who thinks you’re a good egg
    even though you’re slightly cracked!

    B’ugs

  46. Anonymous on 29 Jun 2016 at 11:36 pm #

    emb Hal was the computer in 2001 A Space Odyssey who controlled ship and became megalithic and infallible, killing humans.

  47. Anonymous on 30 Jun 2016 at 5:38 am #

    Ghost you are a good man and a good son. Your mother is blessed to have you. Take care of yourself. Even loving care givers burn out. And as hard as this is to think of, your life goes on and must.

    You are too good a friend to lose. Stay strong but love yourself as well.

  48. Anonymous on 30 Jun 2016 at 5:41 am #

    Today’s strip rea, time is hilarious JJ. CHICKEN DANCE NOT RECOMMENDED.

  49. Jerry in Fl on 30 Jun 2016 at 6:28 am #

    Debbe? EMB, as usual, your comments are thoughtful, well spoken and interesting. I’m sure that I’m not the only one in the Village who wishes that they had a friend like you, but then, I hope that we do. Warning, I woke up with a headache and decided to use the time to use Car Fax. Waste of time! They will try to obligate you for monthly payments without telling you and I suggest that you do not give them your credit card number. Peas.

  50. Steve From Royal Oak, MI on 30 Jun 2016 at 7:21 am #

    I used to go to a Family Doctor who was also an allergist. He told me years ago that I had perpetual sinus infection and that for the most part, I did not get colds, but it was just my allergies acting up. Well I’m not sure what I am fighting, but the end result is the same. Stuffy nose, eyes watering, scratchy throat and not a lot of energy. No fever, but I did have a slight headache. Keeping hydrated and if I really feel miserable, I’ll go home…except I plan to take next week off to get a new furnace installed and we have not been running the air. So I might feel better at work!

    The only thing that bothers me is that I plan to sing on Sunday at church and with it being Independence Day Weekend, we will be singing a few patriotic songs. Hopefully this will be done or manageable by then.

  51. emb on 30 Jun 2016 at 8:40 am #

    An hour or so ago, this site:

    http://expl ore.org/live-cams/player/african-animal-lookout-camera

    [remember to close expl ore up before clicking] homed in on several giraffes browsing on open acacia [I think] forest. Right now il pleut. 2-3 days ago, it was raining so hard one could hardly see the landscape.

    Peace,

  52. Trapper Jean on 30 Jun 2016 at 9:15 am #

    emb, I’ve always liked Eulalie, and I’m sorry not to have seen your lovely wife in that role. She must have been grand!

    Jerry, I hope Tippy is well and recovered. Our fur babies, as a friend refers to them, are members of the family, and we care for them as such.

  53. Ghost Rider 6 on 30 Jun 2016 at 9:20 am #

    Ah. So it’s the undersides of her upper arms Janis was checking for sagging and jiggle. My first thought was, well, something else.

  54. Anonymous on 30 Jun 2016 at 9:24 am #

    Real time strip. Recently shopping super sale upscale. Woman by me searching. I pull out top and say here, this would be beautiful.

    Horror! Sleeveless! Nothing without sleeves, her arms juggled!

    I own that top in more than one color and love it. My arms jiggle. So what? Gravity gets us all in the end. Mine probably jiggle less than hers and I am older. It is all relative and meaningless.

    Jimmy hit it here.

  55. Mark in TTown on 30 Jun 2016 at 9:33 am #

    Ghost, Debbe and Jackie, have a few laughs: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ln8oA1F31l8

  56. Anonymous on 30 Jun 2016 at 10:20 am #

    Remember the western movie in this theme? Henry Fonda was in it. Comedy.

  57. Ghost Rider 6 on 30 Jun 2016 at 10:47 am #

    “The Cheyenne Social Club”…one of my favorites. You forgot Jimmy Stewart.

  58. Mark in TTown on 30 Jun 2016 at 11:04 am #

    And as Arlo says, don’t hold your arms like that. Unless you are an Old West gunfighter, it’s not a natural position to carry your arms in anyway. It’s done only to justify some women’s fears of that arm jiggle Jackie speaks of. Get over it, please, ladies.

  59. Anonymous on 30 Jun 2016 at 11:07 am #

    Yep! One of my favorite westerns of all me along with Cat Ballou and Best z little Wborehouse

  60. Mark in TTown on 30 Jun 2016 at 11:36 am #

    Hal went into fits on that last title, didn’t he?

  61. Anonymous on 30 Jun 2016 at 12:03 pm #

    At AT&T right now.

  62. Mark in TTown on 30 Jun 2016 at 12:43 pm #

    Hey, Arlo. They’re selling your car: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/luxury/motoring/the-very-first-shelby-cobra-the-most-valuable-car-at-auction-eve/

  63. Mark in TTown on 30 Jun 2016 at 2:26 pm #

    Everybody must have run off to bid?

  64. Anonymous on 30 Jun 2016 at 2:33 pm #

    What? Did Jimmy post strips?

  65. Mark in TTown on 30 Jun 2016 at 3:00 pm #

    No, look at my post before that one.

  66. Sideburns on 30 Jun 2016 at 4:42 pm #

    JJ, get some Arlo & Janis ribbons made and give them out to the people who come up to your table. Having the longest string of ribbons hanging from your convention badge gives you bragging rights and there are people who will come over, ask questions and maybe get interested in the strip just because they wanted another ribbon. (Naturally, you have to start a fresh string at each con; only wannabes wear ribbons from other cons.) I know one lady who’s made a cloak out of one convention’s ribbons, and is saving up ribbons from various cons to make a skirt, because there’s just not enough ribbons at any one of them.

    In case you’re wondering, most of the ribbons are handed out by the members, often for trade. I have three that I give out. One reads BOFH (Look it up if you’re curious.) and only goes to a select few. One reads TURNIP, and is given out during blood drives to those of us who can’t donate for medical reasons and the last one, The Ribbon of Rassilon, is for trade.

  67. Mark in TTown on 30 Jun 2016 at 4:58 pm #

    I still think a set of these in the A&J characters would do well in the Village.

    http://www.familystickers.com/

  68. Ghost Rider 6 on 30 Jun 2016 at 7:43 pm #

    Jackie, times must be tough in Tulsa. Monday, according to The Tulsa World, a man was arrested for hocking a Glock handgun and a Remington shotgun at a local pawn shop. The weapons weren’t stolen (exactly), but the man was a Tulsa police officer and the pistol and shotgun were his department-issued service weapons. I suspect he’s got a lot of ‘splaining to do.

  69. Ghost Rider 6 on 30 Jun 2016 at 7:56 pm #

    Ref today’s “arm jiggle” cartoon:

    The patient says, “Doctor, it hurts when I do this.”

    “Then don’t do that!”

    I miss Henny Youngman.

  70. Mindy from Indy on 30 Jun 2016 at 8:32 pm #

    In anticipation of soon-to-skyrocket fuel prices, I stopped for fuel on the way home. Had a rare salt craving, and bought a $1.49 bag of sour cream and cheddar ruffles. Munched my way through about half and had my fill. Being lazy, I left the open bag on the small bookshelf that doubles as a side table next to the couch.

    While I showered, a certain four-pawed menace *cough*Blacklight*cough* also decided some chips would be a perfect snack. If she actually filched a chip, I will never know. What I DO know is she managed a direct hit with my leftover chips into my open purse on the floor.

    In other news, the new car is a dream, and work is aggravating. Oh, wait, NEW news? Hmm, not so much. Doing a split double/double tomorrow, (first, thirds-into-first), so off to bed. Did I mention the city fireworks go off four blocks from my house? And the main concert stage for the summer concert series is right next to that? I love my job…

  71. Anonymous on 30 Jun 2016 at 9:37 pm #

    Ate watermelon for snack and going to bed. Not smart.

    Really tired but Canada and boat is happening. Glad I am taking my friend on trip she deserves for bad breakup, plus happened while she was helping me do good building boats for cancer fundraiser.

    Still wish I were going with a male, I mean some of these places are cool and romantic or at least climatically cool and sort of glam. At least interesting.

  72. Ghost Rider 6 on 30 Jun 2016 at 9:41 pm #

    Obviously, Jackie, we need to find you a gentleman friend.

  73. Ghost Rider 6 on 30 Jun 2016 at 9:43 pm #

    Debbe ;) I understand that back in May of this year, there was a three-day “Ferris Fest” in Chicago commemorating the 30th anniversary of “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RaIjYvIayj0

  74. Jerry in Fl on 30 Jun 2016 at 10:13 pm #

    If everything goes as planned I should have the convertible in about 10 days. Looking forward to it. Oh, and Tippy is fine. They had to shave his front legs to put in IV, but he doesn’t care.

  75. Anonymous on 30 Jun 2016 at 10:25 pm #

    Jerry when I had Dickenson at vet there was huge poster of poisonous stuff for cats on one side, dogs on other highest to lowest source of poisoning. Had things even I had not known.

  76. Anonymous on 30 Jun 2016 at 10:26 pm #

    Dickens the Adventure Dog. For a chip and a doggie passport to go to Canada.

  77. Mark in TTown on 30 Jun 2016 at 11:07 pm #

    Jackie, for some reason when I read the last post, a Bloom County strip flashed into my mind. You recall the one where Binkley and Opus are riding in the cab of the semi with Binkley’s dad? Opus and Binkley are running through names for the adventure on the road. Dad looks at the two of them and says “Two dips and a dad.”

  78. Jerry in Fl on 30 Jun 2016 at 11:07 pm #

    I’ll be going in October but the kitties don’t speak Canadian.

  79. Jerry in Fl on 01 Jul 2016 at 12:37 am #

    Re today’s strip, Elvis completely agrees. He took one step through the door, heard one bang and went right back in. Still lurking I see, JJ.

  80. Old Bear on 01 Jul 2016 at 1:24 am #

    GM Debbe

    “a balanced diet is chocolate in both hands” :)

    &heart;

  81. Debbe on 01 Jul 2016 at 3:48 am #

    Good morning Villagers…

    …and a GM back at you Old Bear

    I am still in shock, yesterday evening we learned of the death of Jason, my husband’s nephew. He died on his 39th birthday. Jason is one of the NIL’s who has stayed with us off and on for the past couple of years. He’s the one who owned the Danger Ranger, pulled out the dent in my Izuzu. Jason swerved to avoid hitting a car that came around a corner only to have his car go off the road and roll three times, throwing him out of the car and rolling on him. He died of severe head trauma.

    Life seems so unfair at times.

  82. Debbe on 01 Jul 2016 at 3:49 am #

    GR ;) no tag today…sorry.

  83. Galliglo in Ohio on 01 Jul 2016 at 5:35 am #

    Oh, Debbe.. I am so sorry. My heart hurts for you.

  84. Anonymous on 01 Jul 2016 at 6:14 am #

    Saw the funniest Facebook post. If a woman is upset with you take her in your arms and hold and hug her. If she growls step back ten feet and throw chocolate.

  85. Anonymous on 01 Jul 2016 at 6:17 am #

    Debbe I am so sorry. Your life seems over loaded with sorrow, drama, tragedy and family problems. Wish it were easier for you, you are a hard working and loving person.

  86. Mark in TTown on 01 Jul 2016 at 6:38 am #

    Debbe, you have my sympathies.

  87. Anonymous on 01 Jul 2016 at 6:40 am #

    Two dings and a dog? Two dames and a dog? Dog and cat said it’s tpp early and are back asleep

  88. Anonymous on 01 Jul 2016 at 6:42 am #

    Fireworks began here last week. Late last night I couldn’t tell if gun shots or fire works

  89. Ghost Rider 6 on 01 Jul 2016 at 7:06 am #

    Debbe ;) From what you’ve said, Jason was a good man, and he was good to you. Prayers and hugs, hon.

  90. Steve From Royal Oak, MI on 01 Jul 2016 at 7:13 am #

    Debbe:

    I am so sorry. I have not words.

    I heard this on my ipod that I did a couple years ago. I pray that Jason is adoring his Savior.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QlwHLDAngic

  91. emb on 01 Jul 2016 at 7:25 am #

    Debbe: I am sorry, and I believe Jason is in good hands. Peace, emb

  92. Trapper Jean on 01 Jul 2016 at 9:38 am #

    Debbe, you and your family have my sympathies and prayers.

  93. curmudgeonly ex-professor on 01 Jul 2016 at 11:53 am #

    Very sorry, indeed, Debbe. Grace be unto you, and peace….

  94. Anonymous on 01 Jul 2016 at 12:01 pm #

    Chugging along to Ottawa, Canada on July 4. Our little town has exploded with tourists and it is only on weekends and holidays I remember I live in an Oklahoma tourist attraction. Rest of time it is cute old town where I know almost everyone and they know me.

  95. Gary on 01 Jul 2016 at 2:34 pm #

    Jackie, don’t worry if they won’t let you over the border on the way back. I have a huge driveway and I can feed power out to the boat. :)

  96. Anonymous on 01 Jul 2016 at 2:53 pm #

    And it sleeps four with a queen sized berth! I will pack the sailboat Nautica sheets.

  97. Steve From Royal Oak, MI on 01 Jul 2016 at 3:28 pm #

    I think my Mom thought that I had nautical sheets. She got tired of washing them every day.

  98. emb on 01 Jul 2016 at 3:37 pm #

    Really windy at the Savannah GA former GH Owl, now Osprey nest. That tree is dead, or close to it. No birds right now, no eggs yet. I’m wondering if one of the pair is infertile.

    http://cams.allaboutbirds.org/channel/46/Great_Horned_Owls/

    Peace,

  99. domaucan1 on 01 Jul 2016 at 3:38 pm #

    Debbe,

    Prayers and sympathy for you and your family.

    God bless us every one.

  100. Charlotte in NH on 01 Jul 2016 at 3:40 pm #

    Dear Debbe, I am so sorry about your nephew in law Jason. Only 39 years old! An awful waste of a young life. Darned car wrecks, such tragedies.

  101. Anonymous on 01 Jul 2016 at 4:01 pm #

    Gary I can’t get hold of Christine who is marrying off a child this weekend. Can I use your address for Dickens the Adventure Dog to get his visitor papers? Need address and phone number. I won’t leave him there.

    jackie.monies2324@gmail.com

  102. Anonymous on 01 Jul 2016 at 5:08 pm #

    Got Dickens papers so I am OK but email me so Lezlie and I can find you with boat.

  103. Mark in TTown on 01 Jul 2016 at 5:53 pm #

    Jackie, check your FB messages

  104. Jerry in Fl on 01 Jul 2016 at 6:05 pm #

    Debbe, I’m very sorry to hear about your loss. Life is fragile and so easily lost, often by mere chance. Many times I have avoided death by a couple of seconds or just by luck. Tippy, and you all know what he means to me, would be dead if we had been out of town the day he ate a pill or I had not spotted half of a tiny white pill on the floor of their room. Not to compare with your nephew, but you know what I mean. I plan to try and do much better about living each day like it could be my last.

  105. Anonymous on 01 Jul 2016 at 7:00 pm #

    Jerry just read about deep brain stimulation with Parkinson disease in news a couple of intestinal ago. Is this what your doctor’s are doing? I hope it works.

    Glad Tippy is OK. My fur ball is fiercely chasing the people outside the truck. He is inside.

  106. Anonymous on 01 Jul 2016 at 7:13 pm #

    “a couple of intestinal ago.”? Trying to figure that out!

  107. curmudgeonly ex-professor on 01 Jul 2016 at 7:13 pm #

    ‘Twas I.

  108. Galliglo in Ohio on 01 Jul 2016 at 8:10 pm #

    What a long day! I am worn to a frazzle. But… Tomorrow is another day and I am NOT going to the office!

  109. Anonymous on 01 Jul 2016 at 8:45 pm #

    Minutes was supposed to be what I said. I have been running like crazy for days. Impulsive people pay for it in trying to pull it off.

    Neighbor down street showed up with tiny black and white kitten rescued in last storm here. Land lord evicted kitty who is in kitchen with Dickens. Too small to spay yet but it needs shots. I have an orange cat down cuddled on my foot. Naming orange cats is hopeless, there are usually a half dozen identical ones here for last 20 years.

  110. Old Bear on 01 Jul 2016 at 11:21 pm #

    Jackie
    There is Valencia for your Orange cat
    Or all of the Weasleys (from Harry Potter) They are all red heads

  111. Old Bear on 01 Jul 2016 at 11:28 pm #

    Debbe

    We are sorry for your loss.
    Our prayer are with you and his family.

    As the positive thing in his life touched you -
    Let the touch others through you.

    Big Hugs

  112. Old Bear on 01 Jul 2016 at 11:30 pm #

    As the positive thing in his life touched you -
    Let them touch others through you.

    Big Hugs

  113. Nancy Kirk in AZ on 02 Jul 2016 at 12:03 am #

    I can only add my voice to the thoughts other Villagers are sending, Debbe. Not fair, indeed. We all do send our love. Nancy K

  114. Mark in TTown on 02 Jul 2016 at 12:47 am #

    Ghost, I found your next job: http://cdn.signspotting.com/wp-content/main/2016_04/Bosom%20Expert.jpg

  115. Debbe on 02 Jul 2016 at 5:14 am #

    Good morning Villagers…..

    I thank all of your for your kind words and sympathy. Steve…you do have a God given talent, what a powerful song, and Jason did believe that Jesus was his Lord and Savior.

    Went to see Dad on Wednesday. Sad. They took his driver’s license away, and he has no idea what they did with his car. Saw the modular house he backed in to…and yes, the corner brick foundation is damaged. Dad’s quote…..”you live and then you die.” Will be checking in on him today.

    Yes, Jackie, it does appear that way….

    Oh, I ran for my life the other day….I was putting a hen back in her cage when I noticed the auger in the third feeding trough was hesitating….and going backwards. I immediately started running the rest of the roughly400 feet to the front deck. Then I saw it, it spiraled up and out like a snake….thought to myself, do I chance it and run past it or double back and run another 600 feet to turn off the feeder….I chanced it and ran past that ‘snake’, and made it to the packing room and the toggle switch…..breathlessly turning it off and pointing to the teenager and the hen house. Boy, am I out of shape when it comes to running.

    Today is going to be better….it’s Caturday!!!!!

    love to one and all…..Debbe

  116. Debbe on 02 Jul 2016 at 5:31 am #

    GR ;) get that phone number copied :)

  117. emb on 02 Jul 2016 at 7:31 am #

    Single surviving youngster ‘branched’ [moved back and forth btw. nest and limbs] a few days ago, and has been beating its wings lots lately. Now it’s not in sight, though it may come back. At this stage, young are adult size, but will not get white heads until year 4 [or maybe 3].

    http://expl ore.org/live-cams/player/decorah-eagles-north-nest

    Remember to close expl ore before clicking. Peace,

  118. emb on 02 Jul 2016 at 7:45 am #

    It’s up the limb at the top of the frame. Peace,