Feb 17th 2017 08:28 am Chez Arlo

There’s nothing like starting a series of classic cartoons on a Friday! Things still are in a bit of a holding pattern here at arloandjanis.com, but I’ve been thinking about a few things. I hope we’ll have a little fun next week. I know, I know. I say things like that all the time, but sometimes they come to pass. Meanwhile, I’m taking a few days off to visit the Gulf and eat some seafood. Happy Washington’s Birthday!

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149 Responses to “Chez Arlo”

  1. emb on 17 Feb 2017 at 9:21 am #

    Both adults on the Decorah nest, m. house sparrow out on the edge, who probably has one of the apts. downstairs.



  2. emb on 17 Feb 2017 at 9:28 am #

    FYI. Last post to the previous run:

    Current TIP BlogSpot is different from yesterday’s. TIP comic is the same as Thur.


    Looks like it’s ok to discuss politics here. NB: I haven’t; I just named it.

    But, presumably, being a citizen lucky enough to have been born here [albeit in an 'Eastern state'], I’ve as much right as anyone to talk politics here. Fear not; no current plans to join the fray.


  3. Steve from Royal Oak, MI on 17 Feb 2017 at 10:09 am #

    Thanks for the Friday update to arlonandjanis.com. It is always great to hear from our fearless leader and yes, I have my own Cooking with Steve show as well. I am leaving tomorrow for Japan and not looking forward to the airplane food. The food going over is prepared in Detroit and not all that bad. However the food coming home is prepared in Tokyo and they try to make it appealing to Westerners, but they use spices that frankly I do not care for. So I try to get to Narita Airport early and eat something there so that I do not get hungry coming home.

    I have had some interesting journeys. One time I forgot to pack pants. I packed my suit, so I had 2 pairs to last the entire week. Then as I was getting into a cab near our plant, I accidentally stepped into an open storm sewer. So I rinsed the pants out and they were sort of dry in the morning. On my next trip, I decided to pack a short sleeve white shirt as it was hot. When I went to put it on in the morning, the buttons were on the wrong side. I had packed my wife’s blouse! Finally, one time I went to the ATM to pull out $200 cash and added an extra zero, which my bank would not allow. I realized my mistake and got the cash, but my bank wanted to freeze my account. They sent an email at an toll free number, which would not work in Japan. I think I sent them an email stating that my wife needed access to our money and after a few phone calls she was able to convince them that there had been no fraud.

  4. Smigz on 17 Feb 2017 at 10:14 am #

    Arlo knows the best things are simmered (should there be two “r”s there? Two do not look right.) slowly in a very large pot. And are even better a day or two later.

  5. Smigz on 17 Feb 2017 at 10:16 am #

    Safe trip, Steve!

  6. curmudgeonly ex-professor on 17 Feb 2017 at 11:54 am #

    “simmered” is correct, Smigz.

  7. Mark in TTown on 17 Feb 2017 at 12:00 pm #

    Wonder where Jackie is today? She is normally not this quiet for this long. Now I’m starting to worry about her.

  8. Ghost on 17 Feb 2017 at 12:42 pm #

    If I purchased a chef’s toque, I wonder if it would make my cooking taste better.

    Nah, probably not.

  9. Ghost on 17 Feb 2017 at 12:47 pm #

    I know a true story about an older lady, involving what happened when she was cooking in the nude and leaned over the stock pot in which she was boiling a corned beef brisket, but I will not tell it here.

    You’re welcome.

  10. Jackie Monies on 17 Feb 2017 at 1:17 pm #

    Am doing my usual, down at hair salon. Drove all over eastern Oklahoma in Black Jack yesterday with the top down. Rock music blasting full volume. Hair whipping and stinging my face.

    The years just peeled off and I found that eighteen years old that a tiny remnant remained buried deep inside.

    Dickens is unsure of cars that lose their tops. He’s more accustomed to mama losing hers.

  11. Jackie Monies on 17 Feb 2017 at 2:05 pm #

    And this is what is coming out of that turtle shell buried all these years.

    ZZ Top came on radio just now playing this song, one of my favorites. This is how I see myself today. Scary, huh?


  12. ursen on 17 Feb 2017 at 2:05 pm #

    Washington’s birthday? A little early but I will take it. We have a tv in the bedroom that was donated to us, but is unusable because a universal remote won’t change the input, and the input is stuck on cable and all we have is an older Roku player in there. Been meaning to buy an original remote for several months now, but just haven’t got a round toit.

  13. Jackie Monies on 17 Feb 2017 at 2:25 pm #

    Is today a holiday? On Friday?

  14. curmudgeonly ex-professor on 17 Feb 2017 at 2:53 pm #

    Good time to see the Berry College eagles. The li’l fuzzballs are to the right center of the nest, while parent is left center.

  15. Greg in MS on 17 Feb 2017 at 3:16 pm #

    Wait, What!? “visit the Gulf?”

    I thought our illustrious leader LIVED on the Gulf? Or did he move away when I wasn’t looking??

  16. Laura from AR on 17 Feb 2017 at 3:31 pm #

    Jackie, enjoyed rocking out to ZZ. Thanks

  17. Mark in TTown on 17 Feb 2017 at 3:36 pm #

    Think I better go get dry food for the cats. Almost empty and don’t want any feline food riots. Or any of the other ways they show their displeasure. Will go to the local feed store which has good quality dry food in jumbo bags.

  18. Ghost on 17 Feb 2017 at 3:41 pm #

    Greg in MS: Neither hidden nor publicized, but yes, he did.

  19. Jackie Monies on 17 Feb 2017 at 4:42 pm #

    So excited people. I just registered Black Jack and have never had the level of laughter since that first 1957 Mercury, my first car, or my second car the legendary Ford red and white 1961 Sunliner.

    I was 17 when I got Sunliner and I have ALWAYS wanted a Mustang. Answered dreams.

  20. Ruth Anne in Winter Park on 17 Feb 2017 at 5:00 pm #

    If you’re lucky enough to have good weather this weekend, get outside (or look out your windows) and take part in the annual Great Backyard Bird Count – http://gbbc.birdcount.org/about/

  21. Jackie Monies on 17 Feb 2017 at 5:17 pm #

    It is going to rain all day Sunday and Monday but Saturday I will be out of town as well. It’s going to be a beautiful day so I’ll have Jack’s top down.

    Got new plates and love the new Oklahoma plates. It is a highly stylized white bird, the Oklahoma swallow tail.3 WA 1 awe 0

    The last message is from Dickens who was frantically trying to gain traction to chew up clerk loading water in my car.

  22. emb on 17 Feb 2017 at 5:30 pm #

    Ruth Anne: Thanks. I’m in. Peace,

  23. emb on 17 Feb 2017 at 5:53 pm #

    Jackie, ‘the Oklahoma swallow tail.’

    Is it the Swallow-Tailed Kite [Elanoides forficatus]? According to the big Peterson’s, these hawks normally range along the coast and a bit inland [incl. all of FL] from SC-east TX. Like most birds, they are seen occasionally outside their usual range, but OK seems a bit much for it to be called the OK swallow-tail.

    Casual bird-watchers need to know.


  24. Ghost on 17 Feb 2017 at 6:01 pm #

    I haven’t a clue, emb. What do you think?


  25. Ghost on 17 Feb 2017 at 6:51 pm #

    I drove three autos in HS.

    My first was a black ’49 Chevy…which I’d give anything to own today.

    My second was a black-with-white-side-trim ’57 Mercury. Cool ride, with cruiser skirts and glass-pack mufflers. Fast, but kind of barge-like.

    My third was a gold-with-white-fin-trim ’57 Plymouth. Fast, with good handling. In fact, faster than the law allowed…but more fun than the law allowed, too.

    Anyone else remember their special rides from HS and college years?

  26. emb on 17 Feb 2017 at 7:07 pm #

    Ghost: Definitely not a hawk’s beak. Not really an IDable bird. Not sure what the OKDOT has in mind. Does OK have a state bird? Will go see. Peace,

  27. emb on 17 Feb 2017 at 7:19 pm #

    Ghost: Scissor-tailed Flycatcher (Muscivora forficata) now Tyrannus forficatus. Should have thought of that, since I knew of them, though have never seen one.

    / H.S. driving, as noted here earlier, I rode subways and buses and real passenger trains as a kid and overseas. Learned to drive at 25 or 26 in Ann Arbor when we moved from town to a U MI wildlife reserve out of town. Elaine, as a teen in Brewster, NY, had learned to drive from her Dad, and thought it would be best for our marriage if I learned in the A.A. HS driver’s ed program.


  28. Ruth Anne in Winter Park on 17 Feb 2017 at 7:34 pm #

    Ghost: I read your list of cars to Bob and started a flood of memories. He learned to drive on a 49 Chevy with a sticky clutch. He had a 58 Plymouth Belvedere with push-button transmission and 318 engine; at some point he decided to redecorate it – painted the body burgundy (using a brush) and spray-painted the chrome black.

  29. curmudgeonly ex-professor on 17 Feb 2017 at 7:46 pm #

    First car was obtained when I entered grad school. It was my dad’s ’57 Chevy, off-white over brownish orange. In ’68, when we bought a new, end-of-the-model-year Chevy of similar color, it was called “sierra gold and cream”. Merchandizing….

  30. Ruth Anne in Winter Park on 17 Feb 2017 at 7:46 pm #

    After perusing some pictures and comparing grilles, Bob’s Plymouth was probably a 57.

  31. Bob in Orland Park on 17 Feb 2017 at 8:39 pm #

    A ’51 Pontiac hardtop. A hand-me-down from my older brother. Blew the engine about 6 months later.

  32. Jackie Monies on 17 Feb 2017 at 8:45 pm #

    Ghost, you and I drove 57 Cheviot in high school? Mine was that flamingo peachy color so popular in late 50s with white and every additional thing they could hang. It attracted boys like fly paper.

    They all popped the hood and hung over motor like so many ticks on a hound dog. I was popular but only one guy got to drive it besides me. Star running back half native American. His little brother tells me he has had seven or eight wives!

  33. Jackie Monies on 17 Feb 2017 at 8:46 pm #

    I typed Mercury. What is that Hal printed?

  34. Mark in TTown on 17 Feb 2017 at 8:48 pm #

    Jackie, Hal should have a sheepish grin. This is a Cheviot: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheviot_sheep

  35. Mark in TTown on 17 Feb 2017 at 8:50 pm #

    Jackie, here’s one for Mercury fans: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xpQwOZPWjAc

  36. Mark in TTown on 17 Feb 2017 at 8:52 pm #

    And here’s a song for Jimmy and today’s retro strip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qeY3-2rgBAU

  37. Mark in TTown on 17 Feb 2017 at 8:57 pm #

    And for fun”:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZcJjMnHoIBI

  38. Rick in Shermantown, Ohio on 17 Feb 2017 at 9:26 pm #

    I’m glad that Jimmy recognized The Indispensable Man individually and not just as part of the odious Presidents Day.

    Observing Washington’s birthday should have never been eliminated. It’s a disgrace of the highest order.

    To make the utter disrespect even worse, I can’t recall the last time that I saw a calendar that stated his birthday.

  39. Rick in Shermantown, Ohio on 17 Feb 2017 at 9:32 pm #

    “Former President Abraham Lincoln has earned the No. 1 spot since 2000, when C-SPAN conducted its first Historians Survey of Presidential Leadership.”


    No one else besides Washington can ever be first.

    Washington is the pinnacle, and everyone else follows, and they follow at a far distance.

  40. emb on 17 Feb 2017 at 9:50 pm #

    That’s politics, too.

    First car, at age 24: A used ’50 Pontiac Silver Streak sedan. It sufficed until we left A.A. for Bemidji, among other things because we figured we didn’t want to let the sub-zero temps in through the rusting-out floor. Actually bought a new Rambler wagon with cash, leaving a few hundred in our checking acct. Then Jeep Wagoneers [when they were full-length station wagons, Toyota Corona, Subaru sedan [before Toyota had front-wheel drive], other small Toyotas, ’96 Camry, Corolla [for some time we needed 2 cars], ’03 Camry, early Prius, current Prius. Son totaled the first Jeep, Elaine totaled the Corolla, and the Rambler and 2nd Jeep we traded in. All others = given to our kids. None bought on time.

    Bedtime. Peace,

  41. emb on 17 Feb 2017 at 10:00 pm #

    The Edward Jones calendar in my kitchen lists both Washington’s and Lincoln’s birthdays, both of which are verifiable from historical records, and at least one other which is not, either as to actual date, actual year, or actual place.


  42. Rick in Shermantown, Ohio on 17 Feb 2017 at 10:03 pm #


    Great to hear that at least one still has them. Thanks.

  43. Anonymous on 17 Feb 2017 at 10:35 pm #

    Anyone have a clue on this: I had, on IE7, a little magnification tab/menu at the far lower right on the screen. I could hit it and cycle 100% – 125% – 150% – 100% etc. If I hit the left part, a menu appeared with magnifications up to 400%. Earlier this evening, I managed to hit some apparently wrong key(s), and that lower right tab/menu disappeared. Likely, I hit something near the left shift key – maybe more than one key.

    Yes, there are other ways to magnify the screen, but not at all conveniently when I want to go back and forth quite often, as when inspecting potential eBay lots and returning to the search results to find another lot of interest to inspect.

  44. curmudgeonly ex-professor on 17 Feb 2017 at 10:37 pm #

    ‘Twas I, above.

    If I recall, our little magnetic calendar from Thrivent also has Lincoln, Washington, and the combined natal anniversaries noted.

  45. Greg in MS on 17 Feb 2017 at 11:05 pm #

    Thanks, Ghost!

    Maybe that is what I get for not reading everything everyday. ;-)

    Normally, I’m happy that I’m not attached to any grapevine, but occasionally I find I’ve missed out on something.

  46. TruckerRon on 17 Feb 2017 at 11:30 pm #

    Mentioning issues that people disagree about without being disagreeable is at the heart of this Village. Else we’d never be able to discuss recipes, favorite cars, pets, wildlife, or even whether Auburn is inherently superior to ‘Bama.

  47. Old Bear on 17 Feb 2017 at 11:40 pm #

    c e-p:
    If you go to “Recent Items” (on Apple)(PCs have similar) you may be able to
    retrieve that program, I have under similar circumstances.

    First was 50 Pontiac Super Chief straight eight. When I sold the car it was a case of two
    fools meeting – I did not get enough and he paid too much.

  48. curmudgeonly ex-professor on 17 Feb 2017 at 11:46 pm #

    Oops. To get the magnification menu, I hit the right side of the little rectangular tab, not the left side.

  49. Old Bear on 17 Feb 2017 at 11:49 pm #

    GM Debbe
    Don’t mess with old people!

  50. emb on 18 Feb 2017 at 6:53 am #

    It’s raining on that central Kenya river. That river has gone a meter shallower over the last several weeks. Used to have hippos in it. Wonder if this is the end of the dry season? Cannot remember offhand what time of year we were there in ’87[?], but it was more than two weeks, so must have been during summer months here.



  51. Jackie Monies on 18 Feb 2017 at 7:46 am #

    Good morning all. Up early and charging my cell phone in Black Jack. Packs of purses and no cell phone chargers in any!

    Heading out on another adventure with Dickens today. Looking forward to rainy weather.

  52. Rick in Shermantown, Ohio on 18 Feb 2017 at 8:58 am #


    In Google Chrome, click the magnifying glass that appears in the URL bar.

    Also, press and hold the *Crtl key and then press the + key. No need to use shift.

    To reduce, press and hold the *Crtl key and then press the – key.

  53. Jackie Monies on 18 Feb 2017 at 9:09 am #

    Going on a week long vacation. Will check in as I can. Later y’all.


  54. Trapper Jean on 18 Feb 2017 at 9:55 am #

    I haven’t got the toque, but I do have a chef’s jacket that I wear on occasion, mostly holidays when company is coming for dinner. The kids roll their eyes so hard they’re likely to stick that way.

    Greg, I hadn’t realized our Mayor had moved, either. That’s what I get for thinking I’ll catch up later and then not doing it.

  55. domaucan1 on 18 Feb 2017 at 10:19 am #

    Trucker Ron,

    Thanks for getting me out of the darkness and back into the Village with your comment about Auburn and superiority over Bama. I guess you really knew how to get me to comment. At Auburn we have a saying, “We pull for two teams, Auburn and whoever plays Bama! Jimmy can attest to that fact. Thanks for getting me back. War Eagle!

    God bless us every one. God bless the USA.

  56. Jackie Monies on 18 Feb 2017 at 10:19 am #

    Guys Jimmy has been where he is for awhile. If you’d noticed where his church is, not on coast.

  57. emb on 18 Feb 2017 at 10:47 am #

    Has he told us where his church is, or even if he had one?


  58. emb on 18 Feb 2017 at 10:53 am #

    Branta canadensis flock at the N Decorah site, grazing. Ground about 50% bare. Operator scanning nest tree and whatever suits her fancy.



  59. ursen on 18 Feb 2017 at 12:14 pm #

    My National Geographic calendar shows Washington’s birthday and Lincolns, also Family Day of Canada, and Waitangi Day (NZ). The first car I bought was when I was in the military, a 1966 Corvair 500 in a burgundy color. Less than a year later I bought an AMC Hornet hatchback. Still have a soft spot for Corvairs, wish I could afford to buy a ’66 Corvair just to have around. Just for the few Nader’s raiders around, 65 and newer Corvairs handled very well and were quit safe.

  60. Steve From Royal Oak, Mi (Somewhere in the air over Canada) on 18 Feb 2017 at 1:52 pm #

    I have to admit that I’m thinking of Debbie as I post this via wifi on a plane on my way to Japan. It costs money, but I get a decent per diem, so I am splurging.

    My last post stated that the food on the way to Japan is tolerable and better than the food on the way back. I may need to amend that as it really tastes funky. The salad is small but good. The shrimp is probably OK but I can’t eat it. The entre tastes so bad that I make a funny face when I try to eat it. Oh well, I shouldn’t complain.

  61. Ruth Anne in Winter Park on 18 Feb 2017 at 2:02 pm #

    emb: Here’s where he told us about his church – https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/parsonage/work-with-arlo-and-janis

  62. Ghost on 18 Feb 2017 at 2:15 pm #

    Gosh, Steve, we’re impressed you think enough of us to stay in touch while airborne over The Great White North. :)

  63. Jackie Monies on 18 Feb 2017 at 2:55 pm #

    And I am checking in from the great barren dead Plains of Oklahoma. Overcast and gloomy.

  64. emb on 18 Feb 2017 at 3:58 pm #

    Ruth Anne:

    Thank you. I knew about the project, but didn’t realize [or remember] it was JJ’s church’s parsonage. The site says, ‘my fellows in the First Universalist Church’, so it must be. I’m a non-trinitarian UM [though that would not make a difference], but never got around to contributing.

    JJ: Does the project still need $$?


  65. Ghost on 18 Feb 2017 at 5:04 pm #

    Jackie, you should have headed toward the Deep South…mostly sunny and highs in low 70s today. Of course, come to think of it, Globe-Trotting Jackie may BE headed to the Deep South. :)

    Whatever your destination, be safe.

  66. emb on 18 Feb 2017 at 6:13 pm #

    46°F on window thermometer after lunch, predicted low tonight mid-20s, but pred. low tomorrow 38°F, actually above freezing. First since before Christmas, if I remember.


  67. curmudgeonly ex-professor on 18 Feb 2017 at 7:19 pm #

    Got my magnification tab back! Son told me it was a matter of enabling a “status bar” and to look under “view” [ which I could not find at all ]. Out of desperation, I saw a little yellow star with a green whatever on it at the UL of my screen. That turned out to be the view button and gave me a menu upon which “status bar” was not turned on. I turned it on and the problem went away.

    Son can have an extra helping of lasagna when he visits on the morrow.

  68. Jerry in Fl on 18 Feb 2017 at 7:44 pm #

    I was out of town all week and now I’m busy trying to figure out where I will put a coal stove.

  69. Charlotte in NH on 18 Feb 2017 at 9:22 pm #

    C ex-p, this kind of thing happens to me also. So annoying, isn’t it! If there were only an owners manual to follow, we would do fine.

  70. Ghost on 18 Feb 2017 at 10:45 pm #

    I doubt it would help that much, Sweet Charlotte. I’ve found most of those manuals to be more confusing than helpful, unless one is already very tech savvy. And on-line problem discussion groups drive me batty…200 people with same problem, but seldom is a solution posted. And when one is, it seems to be immediately followed by a 100 comments that they already tried that, and it didn’t work. :(

  71. Charlotte in NH on 18 Feb 2017 at 10:57 pm #

    Too true, Dearest Ghost. I’ve seen that lots of times. You seem to know a lot about managing computers, really; next time I have a problem, I will ask you.

  72. Jackie Monies on 19 Feb 2017 at 12:49 am #

    Good morning. Dickens and I are lying here high above the city in a nice large suite. Think we will have a fun vacation up here. Meeting a friend of mine named Reba. She married well and wears
    Such elegant dresses and more diamonds than the Queen. Tulsa has a lot of old money, most of it oil.

  73. Greg in MS on 19 Feb 2017 at 2:21 am #

    When he was doing the parsonage project, I never payed in attention to where it was, I just assumed it was a small town near by . . . . . (having now looked) 300 some miles isn’t to far to go to church is it???

  74. Steve from Royal Oak, MI (temporarily in the Land of the Rising Sun) on 19 Feb 2017 at 4:59 am #

    Well it almost 6:00 in Michigan and nearly 8:00 PM here. I have been up for 24 hours and will try to get some sleep. My Dad worked 12-8 am 5 days a week and he often did not sleep for 24 hours. I don’t know how he did it. I knew that he did it to provide for the family, but I really wished he could have learned to nap as sleep deprivation is tough on the health.

    Good Night Gracie….

  75. Jackie Monies on 19 Feb 2017 at 8:01 am #

    Good morning Village.

  76. Llee on 19 Feb 2017 at 8:28 am #

    Morning! An english friend of mine loves old trains. I sent him the links folks here have shared. He sent this one today:


  77. Mark in TTown on 19 Feb 2017 at 9:44 am #

    If you like trains and odd cartoons, look up Rowland Emett.

  78. Jackie Monies on 19 Feb 2017 at 10:47 am #

    First song that came up was Werewolves of London which made me think of Debbe who I need to call. I will. She needs love.

  79. Ghost Rider 6 on 19 Feb 2017 at 5:04 pm #

    This has been an uneventful day. In other words, a near perfect Sunday.

    Hi, Llee. I hope you are having a good day. ?

  80. Ghost Rider 6 on 19 Feb 2017 at 5:07 pm #

    This blog didn’ t like my tablet’s smiley

  81. Ghost Rider 6 on 19 Feb 2017 at 5:11 pm #


    So SMILEY FACE, Llee! :)

  82. emb on 19 Feb 2017 at 6:03 pm #

    Mark: So I searched, found Rowland Emett, and one site led to another, and I found


    Then, of course, went R-arrow from one example to another, finding that I’d actually been to several of them [Paris, London, USA] and seen loads of others, from workers’ lodgings through gentry. I recommend the site, especially if you have a spare half hour.

    The webnet is much like a library, where one book leads to another, often in a very different LC catalog #.


  83. David in Austin on 19 Feb 2017 at 10:09 pm #

    I’m a day late, but not a dollar short… my first car was a 1968 Chevy half-ton. It had the 327 motor with dual Holley 4-barrel carbs. I burned the engine up hauling hay, usually stacks of fifty 60-80 pound bales (that’s one layer on edge in the bed & tailgate, then four layers on top. My dad and I rebuilt the engine then sold the truck. The next car was a shared ’77 Gran Torino coupe. Unfortunately, I totaled it when I fell asleep and drove off the side of a hill on the way home after a basketball game. Luckily, the car was built tough. It snapped off a progression of 8-10″ pine trees that cushioned me down the steep slope of the hill to a stop. It took a jumbo wrecker to get the car back up the slope… upper body was good, but under carriage totaled.

  84. Mark in TTown on 19 Feb 2017 at 10:42 pm #

    Thanks emb. I will have to check it out tomorrow after work. Going to bed soon. Way I heard of Mr. Emett was through buying a book of his train cartoons called The Early Morning Milk Train. I found it to be a very entertaining book, but then people say I have a strange sense of humor, too!

    Someone had posted a Sunday Baby Blues strip on FB. I don’t feel like trying to link it here, but it sure fits my weekends. Except instead of a baby it’s cats I am caring for.

  85. emb on 19 Feb 2017 at 11:10 pm #

    Baby Blues is a good strip, on a par w/ Zits. Bemidji Pioneer gets both. Peace,

  86. Jackie Monies on 20 Feb 2017 at 12:35 am #

    It’s what time!

    Time flys when you’re having fun.

  87. TruckerRon on 20 Feb 2017 at 12:47 am #

    Or, as Kemit says, “Time’s fun when you’re having flies!”

  88. TruckerRon on 20 Feb 2017 at 12:53 am #

    Here’s a great, fun training video from McDonald’s in 1984 that features a Michael Jackson parody, “Just Clean It!”:


  89. Steve From Royal Oak, Mi on 20 Feb 2017 at 2:30 am #

    My younger brother was in Las Vegas for an Ultramarathon. His goal was 100 miles, but he had to stop at 82 miles. I was following his quest on line as I traveled. I have another brother who works midnights as well. So my Dad must have working Or in heaven keeping his boys awake!

  90. Steve From Royal Oak, Mi on 20 Feb 2017 at 3:50 am #

    Not a lot of traffic here at A&J.com. I am doing remarkably well considering that my sleep schedule is so messed up. I went to bed shortly after I posted and then got almost exactly 8 hours of sleep and woke up at about 8:15. I stayed in bed and tried to fall back to sleep, but looked at my phone and glanced at the headlines, my social media and email. Got up at six and the clouds rolled in, covering up Mt. Fuji. I could just make out the edge of it, but then the weather deteriorated

  91. Steve From Royal Oak, Mi on 20 Feb 2017 at 3:52 am #

    Since today (or is it yesterday?) is President’s Day, my wife will be home so I can video chat with her when I wake up and before she eats dinner. I also did a Facebook Live, so hopefully tomorrow morning (or later this afternoon) I can show everyone Mt. Fuji as the forecast calls for clear skies. We have a plant within a few miles of it, but on Thursday there is a 100% chance of rain. It still has it’s snow cap on it, so we might see some interesting cloud formations.

  92. Steve From Royal Oak, Mi on 20 Feb 2017 at 3:55 am #

    I bought my dinner last night (or was it morning) at a 7-11 as they have some very tasty sandwiches there. Of course all I can think of is Clark W. Griswold saying “I’m so hungry I could eat sandwiches from a gas station”. I walked by a Pizza /Italian place, so I think that I will try them out tonight. Breakfast was a nice buffet with a mix of western and Japanese food. I ate a traditional dish (Breaded Pork with egg on rice) for lunch that I love and we will be eating Japanese food when our customers arrive on Wednesday and Thursday, so I don’t mind eating Western food on days like today.

    Back before the current version of this blog, we would send email to Jimmy and he would comment on it. During one of my trips, I must have sent him 4-5 emails. Being a good sport, he said that he didn’t mind. So sorry about the travelogue.

  93. emb on 20 Feb 2017 at 6:38 am #

    41F out, did not freeze last night, pred. hi 46F, 80% rain. That should get rid of some of the snow, which is good. There will be more snow in the next month or two, but anything melted now lessens the snow pack. The last two ‘floods of the century’ in the Red R. [of the North] Valley occurred w/in less than 20 of ea. other. In ’97, Fargo/Moorhead was flooded and Grand Forks/E.G.F. was devastated.


  94. Mark in TTown on 20 Feb 2017 at 6:39 am #

    I must be getting suggestible. Jimmy runs a story arc about Arlo getting sick with “the crud” and I wake up Saturday with a sore throat. By Sunday morning I had clogged sinuses with that and by the evening I had cough/sneeze and dizzy spells. Make him well, Jimmy so I can recover!

  95. emb on 20 Feb 2017 at 6:48 am #

    ‘… w/in less than 20 years of …’, but you knew that.

  96. emb on 20 Feb 2017 at 7:02 am #

    Can no longer get the current A&J by clicking above, but go daily to gocomics site for daily dose, esp. on Mon., when there is no Bemidji Pioneer. Today’s strip settles a political issue that arose here of late. Now all proponents have to do is persuade everyone, incl. calendar makers, to use the proper name for 22 Feb.

    I’d have about the same chance of persuading all to recognize 12 Feb. as Lincoln/Darwin Day [which is not a day off either here or in the UK]. These two noted men were born w/in hrs. of each other on 12 Feb. 1809. Under somewhat different circumstances, one in a log cabin, the other on a country estate.

    BTW, it’s a matter of simple fact that Darwin Day is celebrated here in many churches. We won’t ID denominations. I get emails every year from Biologos.


  97. emb on 20 Feb 2017 at 8:31 am #

    Adult on nest, possibly incubating:



  98. emb on 20 Feb 2017 at 8:39 am #

    Looks like the ospreys that built a late and unused nest atop the GH Owl nest are now going to nest there.


  99. emb on 20 Feb 2017 at 10:16 am #

    The Village apparently takes the Father of Our Country’s birthday seriously. Sleepyheads! No critters by Hanson Island, but a spectacular sunrise.



  100. Mark in TTown on 20 Feb 2017 at 11:02 am #

    Wo sind alles?

  101. TruckerRon on 20 Feb 2017 at 11:25 am #

    First day in weeks I’ve been able to just sleep in. Now to get things done!

  102. ursen on 20 Feb 2017 at 11:27 am #

    It just so happens President’s Day coincides with our monthly anniversary so I am taking my Lady to a nice restaurant that gave us a coupon for 30 percent off on President’s Day. Yes after 41 years of marriage we still celebrate our anniversary monthly.

  103. Jackie Monies on 20 Feb 2017 at 12:14 pm #

    Thanks again Jimmy for Arlo and Janis, thank you for the Village and its inhabitants and thank you for looking in our windows with such clarity.

    I owe you more than I can give. Love Jackie

  104. Nancy Kirk in AZ on 20 Feb 2017 at 1:15 pm #

    Just saying hi.

  105. curmudgeonly ex-professor on 20 Feb 2017 at 1:20 pm #

    Not much happening here, either. I had seen the adult on the N. Decorah nest and wondered if an egg was underneath. Am wondering about the lack of eggs at the usual Decorah nest; memory tells me that pair ought to be producing eggs really soon, if not already.

    Off to a church Bible study although, currently, we are looking at the Augsburg Confession rather than at a Biblical book.

  106. Mark in TTown on 20 Feb 2017 at 1:53 pm #

    Spring is trying to jump the gun. I’ve seen wild dogwoods and redbuds flowering already.

  107. emb on 20 Feb 2017 at 2:25 pm #

    This position, in the rain, tells us something.



  108. emb on 20 Feb 2017 at 2:28 pm #

    We celebrated a couple of times a week for at least 40 yr. Peace,

  109. emb on 20 Feb 2017 at 2:43 pm #

    Less spread out, but raining at the MDNR nest nr. the Cities, too.


  110. Steve From Royal Oak, Mi on 20 Feb 2017 at 8:38 pm #

    My view from my hotel room this morning. @sevans1956: @Lynn_Henning I still marvel at technology. 6000 miles apart & communicating https://twitter.com/sevans1956/status/833864592031772672/photo/1

    I’m not sure if you will be able to see the link. I hope so.

  111. Smigz on 20 Feb 2017 at 8:48 pm #

    Steve from RO, I’m enjoying your account of your trip. I wish one of my uncles was still with us so that I could share them with him. His company sent him to Japan for several months in the ’80s. He had a positive experience over all, but groused about the breakfast eggs in American-style restaurants as being always extremely undercooked.

  112. Nancy Kirk in AZ on 20 Feb 2017 at 8:59 pm #

    Great photo, Steve! And it opened fine. Thanks!

  113. emb on 20 Feb 2017 at 9:01 pm #

    Steve: That’s a neat picture of Fuji. Closest Elaine and I were to volcanoes were a private flight around [not over] Mt. St. Helens, and a tour of Mauna Kea.

    Smigz, I think your late uncle, can share whatever and whosever [?] experiences he likes. One continually runs into the ‘I must tell Elaine . . . she knows’ experience.


  114. curmudgeonly ex-professor on 20 Feb 2017 at 9:45 pm #

    eMb, check out Decorah. It looks as if the regular nest has an egg with parent standing next to it, while the North nest has an empty cup. Yet, it certainly seemed as if the N nest had, or was about to have, an egg therein.
    Could someone mess with the labeling of the pictures?

  115. Ruth Anne in Winter Park on 20 Feb 2017 at 9:57 pm #

    The featured poem in today’s Writer’s Almanac was “When I Am Old” by Moyra Donaldson. I suspect I am not the only one who might see a little of myself or someone I know in it :-)
    Read it here – http://writersalmanac.org/episodes/20170220/

  116. Ruth Anne in Winter Park on 20 Feb 2017 at 10:07 pm #

    We had lovely weather for bird watching this weekend but saw surprisingly few birds. Perhaps the warmer than normal winter has them off their regular schedule. Usually we see dozens of nesting egrets and great blue herons at a park near us – today we saw one. The wood ducks appear to have deserted the lake down the street from us. There were several sparrows on our feeders this morning but the cardinals could only be heard, not seen. We did see a couple of ospreys (many nests in the area) and a pelican (not often seen this far inland). Today was the last day for the Bird Count so we’ll probably see all sorts of cool things tomorrow!

  117. Steve from Royal Oak, MI (temporarily in the Land of the Rising Sun) on 21 Feb 2017 at 2:09 am #

    I agree on the eggs. Most of the time they could be cooked longer. The yolks are more red as well.

    I will be much closer to Mt. Fuji on Thursday, but weather forecast is for rain. I suppose that the clouds might be too low with the rain to see much. I did see a few other volcanoes on the bullet train down. There are mountain ranges and there are volcanoes and they quite different. Much of Japan is concentrated as no one can live in the mountains.

    One of the engineers that I worked extremely well with here in the US is the Sales Manager for the parent company. He and a former President of our Subsidiary told me after a meeting that I was really helpful and should come over and stay for several months. I told them that I’m a Grandpa and I really don’t want to be away from my grandson. They were in jest, but everyone is also asking me how old I am. 60 years old is mandatory retirement for executives at the parent and I just turned 60. I act like I am 6, so I don’t think they will put me out to pasture. If they do, I would make sure that they pay!! But it is nice to hear them think that I have value. Everyone at any age likes hearing that.

    I worked for someone that went out west shortly after St. Helens erupted. There was a viewing center with holes in a wall that identified each of the mountains within sight. Where the viewing hole said Mt. St. Helens, there was nothing there. I remember the ash spread all across the US and even affected us in Michigan.

  118. Steve from Royal Oak, MI (temporarily in the Land of the Rising Sun) on 21 Feb 2017 at 2:10 am #

    Hey get Debbe some internet. I want to know why the yolks are red!

  119. Steve from Royal Oak, MI (temporarily in the Land of the Rising Sun) on 21 Feb 2017 at 2:13 am #

    I googled it and it said the chickens have a diet with more carotene content.

    I guess different Yolks for different Folks.

    And so on and so on…..

  120. emb on 21 Feb 2017 at 5:36 am #

    TIP BlogSpot, still listed as Mon.


  121. Laura from AR on 21 Feb 2017 at 5:49 am #

    I liked today’s A&J. I was never a coffee drinker until I met Sandy. He introduced me to coffee with chicory. That’s what we drank most of the time. NowISe drink whatever has been made. I have one cup in the morning. I’m supposed to limit my caffeine.

  122. Laura from AR on 21 Feb 2017 at 5:53 am #

    It is supposed to say “Now I drink…” I don’t know what happened. Don’t think I can blame it on HAL.

  123. emb on 21 Feb 2017 at 5:53 am #

    Time for a second cup of tea. Peace,

  124. Mark in TTown on 21 Feb 2017 at 6:43 am #

    Funny that Jimmy ran a coffee strip today. I have just gone back from using a Keurig that my brother had given mom, to a 4 cup drip coffeemaker by Melitta. I only tend to drink coffee in the morning and while the Keurig is faster, the Melitta makes the best coffee. I had bought one of these at a yard sale several years ago for $2 but left it behind in AL in the moving hoorah. With some searching, I found one that had never been used for sale on Ebay. That cost me about $20 plus $10 shipping and it was well worth it. Those are no longer being made and the one I bought had been bought around 1990.

  125. Mark in TTown on 21 Feb 2017 at 12:16 pm #

    Just heard this on Sirius and liked it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=plZtKhuzXUo

  126. Jackie Monies on 21 Feb 2017 at 2:33 pm #

    Beautiful sunny day in Tulsa, Oklahoma today.

  127. Mark in TTown on 21 Feb 2017 at 4:41 pm #

    Apropos of today’s lack of activity: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9WatQeG5fMU

  128. Steve from Royal Oak, MI (temporarily in the Land of the Rising Sun) on 21 Feb 2017 at 6:14 pm #

    I don’t drink coffee as it always interfered with my sleep. With my restless leg syndrome diagnosis, I now know why. I have had a cup of coffee with Breakfast as a way to keep awake. It doesn’t really matter whether I have coffee in me or not as I sleep like a baby when I travel overseas….I wake up ever hour on the hour. However I did notice an accelerated heart rate, so no more caffeine for me.

    I have noticed quite a bit more free wifi here than I did when I was here last five years ago. Those smart phones get real dumb when there is no connectivity. Generally speaking, cell phones in Japan use a different system than those in the states. There are others here that can explain that better than I.

    Have a good evening everyone. Tomorrow is already here.

  129. Rick in Shermantown, Ohio on 21 Feb 2017 at 7:25 pm #

    Mark in TTown:

    Your comment about drinking coffee only in the morning caught my attention.

    I was up to about twelve cups a day for several years. Well, actually, a lot of years.

    Last year, the minister gave a sermon about Lent, and I figured that I would see if I had the willpower to give up coffee. Also, I had already given up everything else due to medical reasons.

    In a week, I went from twelve a day to none. The headaches weren’t as bad as I had thought they might be.

    Today, still off coffee and all caffeine products. Result: I now feel naturally the way that I drank coffee to feel.

  130. Charlotte in NH on 21 Feb 2017 at 7:47 pm #

    Hi Steve in the Land of the Rising Sun, I love hearing about your travels and your stories. Wish I could see Mt. Fuji, but seeing photos is enjoyable.

    That poem When I am Old that Ruth Anne spoke of — I guess most of us can see a little of ourselves in it — but I am cynical, or realistic, enough, to think “she may THINK she will feel like that NOW, but wait until she’s really 84 — we’ll see what she says then.” I will turn 84 tomorrow, February 22nd, so I feel like an expert!

    Much love to all the Villagers. Some folks are missing; did you find an open gate and run away?

  131. curmudgeonly ex-professor on 21 Feb 2017 at 8:25 pm #

    I hope I’m the first here to wish you a delightful natal anniversary, Charlotte!

  132. Rick in Shermantown, Ohio on 21 Feb 2017 at 8:31 pm #


    I have noticed that the village is becoming a hamlet.

  133. Charlotte in NH on 21 Feb 2017 at 8:54 pm #

    Thank you, c x-p! I appreciate it. Mark in TTown, I like your story about the coffeemaker. JJ’s strip today about coffee and methods of making it sure rang a bell with me; I have gone through all those stages myself over the years! My late husband Chris chose instant coffee 60 plus years ago and always stuck with it; I drank it for years and thought it was a great time-saver. Then a guest showed me how to use a “Mr. Coffee” automatic drip maker and gave me a bag of French Roast … I never looked back. But I’ve gone through many brands, roasts, and methods, none too costly. Now you know what? They all taste exactly the same to me, so why be finicky. Maybe my taste buds are showing their age.

  134. emb on 21 Feb 2017 at 10:10 pm #

    Mostly drink Dunn Bros. decaf at home, and either Yorkshire Gold or Taylor’s English Bfst, both = tagless tea bags from Taylors of Harrogate,* N. Yorks., UK. When you buy a bag of coffee at Dunn [I have them grind it], you get a free 12 oz. cup. I plan my shopping so I can have hi-octane when I’m there, and may also treat myself to a scone, one of my favorite sins. They also have good cubano sandwiches on special Wed., eat in or take out. Basis for a good supper, often w/ steamed veggies.

    Think my taste buds still work well; trouble is, when I’m having decaf or tea here at the laptop, I drink w/o paying attn.

    *by appointment to HRH The Prince of Wales, but I buy it anyway. If he . . . [no, that would be politics].


  135. emb on 21 Feb 2017 at 10:11 pm #

    P.S. Happy birthday, kid. emb

  136. Mark in TTown on 21 Feb 2017 at 10:25 pm #

    Happy Birthday Charlotte. Glad you liked the coffee story. My dad was an army cook for part of his WWII service and he never drank anything other than coffee all day long. Preferred Chase and Sanborn.

    I have tried different varieties and they do have a different taste to me. One favorite is the Sumatran coffee from Indonesia. If you get the single source varieties like that, you will notice definite differences in aroma and taste. But it never tastes as good as it smells!

    This is the style coffee maker I’m talking about: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Melitta-Gevalia-4-Cup-Coffee-Maker-BCM-4A-machine-white-/311567173665

  137. TruckerRon on 21 Feb 2017 at 11:51 pm #

    Something else that I think smells MUCH better than it tastes: Microwave Popcorn.

  138. Old Bear on 22 Feb 2017 at 1:15 am #

    Just dropped in to say Happy Birthday Mizz Charlotte

    Lucky you your birthday used to be a national holiday.

    George Washington was born in Virginia on February 11, 1731, according to the then-used Julian calendar. In 1752, however, Britain and all its colonies adopted the Gregorian calendar which moved Washington’s birthday a year and 11 days to February 22, 1732.

    The change of calendars is why many old head stones in N.E. have 2 years list for birth or

  139. Steve from Royal Oak, MI (temporarily in the Land of the Rising Sun) on 22 Feb 2017 at 2:04 am #

    Happy happy Birthday Charlotte. I am not as old as you but many of the people that I am around are much younger than me. I tell them that I may be old, but I make up for it with my immaturity. Kidding aside, I would rather be child-like rather than childish. Keeping a youthful outlook on life not only lengthens life, but makes it more enjoyable. I mean you’re still reading the funny papers!

    Old Bear, I was aware of the the discrepancy of Washington’s date of birth. I meant to mention it, but my brain isn’t quite on all cylinders and I couldn’t find a reference to it on the internet. Since you cannot edit posts here, I did not want my ignorance be permanently known.

    It has been a good day at work even though I got a phone call at 3:00, I didn’t answer but I did answer emails for 20 minutes. That actually made sleep easier. I wrote to one customer that I was writing my response in my sleep. Hopefully he got a little chuckle out of it and didn’t think that I was too much of a nut.

  140. Laura from AR on 22 Feb 2017 at 2:53 am #

    I’m usually asleep right now, but I’ve got insomnia. Arrgh! I ‘ll be drowsy all day. Happy Birthday, Miss Charlotte. I hope it will be a good one. I just love coming to this site. I learn such interesting things. I didn’t know that about the old tombstones with double dates.

  141. Rick in Shermantown, Ohio on 22 Feb 2017 at 4:47 am #


    84! Congratulations and Happy Birthday!

  142. emb on 22 Feb 2017 at 5:50 am #

    A dark ibis, 2 lapwings[?], and a Nile crocodile [submerged except for eyes, nostrils, and [briefly] tail.



  143. emb on 22 Feb 2017 at 6:07 am #

    Old but good.


  144. Laura from AR on 22 Feb 2017 at 6:37 am #

    Another great A&J. I did that once. Gave my husband a book of special coupons that I had made. Yep he used them.

  145. Smigz on 22 Feb 2017 at 7:05 am #

    Happiest of birthdays, Charlotte! May the year ahead bring all the joy your heart can hold!

    I start my day with coffee, then move on to tea, water, and milk. Every now and then, I have Tang, just because I was a kid in the ’60s.

  146. emb on 22 Feb 2017 at 7:36 am #

    Best I can do, / ‘A field guide to the birds of East Africa’, bought in Nairobi in ’87, is Glossy Ibis and Spur-winged Plover. Webcam is wide-angle: not enough pixels for birds. Peace,

  147. TruckerRon on 22 Feb 2017 at 7:51 am #

    That little change of the calendar wasn’t overwhelmingly popular, since rents and such were paid monthly:


  148. Llee on 22 Feb 2017 at 7:52 am #

    Happy day, Charlotte!!! :)

  149. curmudgeonly ex-professor on 22 Feb 2017 at 11:58 am #

    OB, you wrote about a calendar shift of a year plus 11 days. Trucker’s reference just gives us the 11 day figure, which I have heard before. Which is it?