I think it’s more like she can walk and text at the same time.
A few years ago I went back and played in the Alumni band at a UK football game. I t was a little easier 40 years ago – It’s quite a bit different trying to read music on a lyre that is bouncing around while you’re wearing tri-focals! I was happy to get on and off the field without falling down.
Francisco on the Prairie on 21 Jan 2013 at 9:54 am #
I’m with Bill in P —
It’s all about being able to march (walk) and text without either dropping her instrument (phone) missing a beat or falling down.
Luddie’s expression of frightened dismay reminds me of one of the many reasons I love this strip. So much emotion with so few lines and minimal shading, it’s equal parts art and magic. Thank you for sharing your world, Jimmy. Though the conversation can drift far and wide, we never lose our appreciation for all if your hard work.
Back to food for a bit, for those of you from the south and southwest, what is your opinion of Waffle House or Whattaburger? Personally an occasional visit to the Waffle House in the wee hours is always good for people watching and the food is reasonable. And there is no Whattaburger near here or I would be there way too often. I got hooked on them when I was stationed at Ft Bliss TX many, many, many, many moons ago.
Whataburger is the ultimate in a fast-food hamburger. Good fries, too. They are, however, packed with calories. I’ve switched from the triple-pattie burgers of my youth (and a full day’s calories in one sandwich) to the Whataburger Junior and small fries. In central Texas they are everywhere, and quality is normally consistent between locations. Not many Waffle Houses around here though. IHOP is the breakfast joint of choice, any time of day.
Love Waffle House — always eat there when I travel from current home (Texas) to former home (Tennessee). Use to love WhatABurger burgers when I could eat bread, but not anymore. Wendy’s is now my favorite. When you can’t eat bread, burger patties have to be good enough to stand alone like a hamburger steak.
curmudgeonly ex-professor on 21 Jan 2013 at 2:57 pm #
Redstuff showed up today after being absent since last mention. He/she/it seems to have regained full balance and runs in a straight line. The squirrel not only sat up, but sat ‘way up – tall – without any tendency towards tipping. That left eye, however, is quite closed, and I think it may be gone.
I’ve had to avoid some of the tasty stuff from local eateries this past year because one or more ingredients started doing unfortunate things in my body. To write more would be TMI. Diet-wise, that is good for me; taste-wise, I miss the goodies.
Agreed, today’s 9 Chickweed Lane is a gem of drawing. It may take a few seconds to see what’s being shown, but it then becomes obvious.
My MBH tells me the Decorah eagles have been building a new nest near the old one. It will be sad if they use it this year, for it has no camera coverage. On the other hand, those same eagles are still interested in, and defending, and renovating, the old nest, so maybe we’ll get lucky and be able to watch a new brood again this spring.
emeritus Minnesota biologist on 21 Jan 2013 at 3:41 pm #
c x-p: I watched Decorah eagles regularly last spring and the one before. Went to it a couple of weeks ago and again just now and got nowhere. The format is different and I clicked on “go live” to no avail. Does YBH know how to use the site?
Cats accept all the heat they can get from us hoomins in weather like this Two are on my lap right now. Some of them are by the bathroom heat vents. One of them will be downstairs on the shelf closest to the furnace. As soon as Alexander the Gray finishes his supper, he willl be on the cable box.
curmudgeonly ex-professor on 21 Jan 2013 at 4:18 pm #
eMb: I think so, but she’s resting now. Will ask later.
John in Richmond Texas on 21 Jan 2013 at 6:06 pm #
Well, I learned what anomaluridae is today. I’m a sucker for small furry mammals, had guinea pigs for over 35 years, capybaras are my favorite – long legged swimming guinea pigs. …. .. I worked at Whatburger 35 years ago, I got fired because the lie detector said that I didn’t steal the money, but that I knew who did (I didn’t) and the guy who did steal it cleaned the safe out again and then split. I don’t have anyone to hold a grudge against though, the franchisee I worked for is long gone and someone else runs them now.
Oddly, I attended an Auburn home football game in the fall of 1971. I had binoculars and used them for a close up view of the majorettes as they took the field. (Yeah, I know, Mindy. So sue me.) They were indeed a comely group of young ladies, and one of them was undoubtedly RGJ’s friend. Small world.
The folks at the Dunrovin Ranch there are in a squabble with Missoula, County. It’s a guest ranch and the county wants them to upgrade the septic tank, which they are willing to do, but also they want them to apply for some sort of zoning change which is what the squabble is over. The county has asked the court to shut them down, so I’m not sure what will become of the webcam.
Re the aforementioned FBI operations, even at the time those snafus were completely unnecessary and, given today’s technology, would hopefully never happen. What-a-burger is the closest fast food place to home and it is good. I never had anything at a Waffle house that wasn’t very good. What we would like to see come to our area is a TGI Fridays and especially a Boston Market. We either have to get their frozen meals or drive about 180 miles. Our girls, Cilla and Spunky, like the fireplace and Elvis likes anyplace that the sun is shining.
Even though gluten and I have recently parted ways, I do miss Crystal Burgers (they were 25 cents each when I was in HS in Memphis). But we now have an In-N-Out Burger where they do a lettuce wrap of the burgers, and the fries are also gluten-free since they don’t fry any chicken there.
Hey TruckerRon, do you remember when Krystal had round burgers and they were normal sized?
Anybody remember RC in bottles with pyramids on the front? Or cola cans you opened with a can opener? 10, 2 and 4?
emeritus Minnesota biologist on 21 Jan 2013 at 8:08 pm #
“. . . the fries are also gluten-free since they don’t fry any chicken there.” There’s no gluten in chicken. The major source of gluten is wheat. Maybe they drench [right word?] chicken in flour before frying it, and that’s what you mean.
emb, I think you got it. From what I read on the site where I picked up the link, it is the breaded chicken items which get fried in a common vat of oil that puts the gluten in the fries. And breading on things like fish, onion rings, etc.
I’ve never eaten at a Whataburger, but I have friends who have and who rave about it. I passed one in Pensacola last month and intended to stop on my way back, but my schedule got out of kilter, and I didn’t have time. But you are correct, David. I checked the nutritional values, and all I would dare eat there, especially now that I’m dieting, is the Whataburger Junior.
emeritus Minnesota biologist on 21 Jan 2013 at 9:20 pm #
Somebody I know is deathly allergic to fish [not shellfish, just vertebrate fish]. He has trouble with fried things because the same oil is used for frying everything. Another somebody is deadly allergic to crustaceans. They both have trouble at buffets: What’s in that “salad”? and such. Neither of these two was born via C-section, but there is correlation btw C-section birth and later allergies; apparently some vaginal bacteria picked up during normal birth help develop a kid’s immune system against such allergies.
eMb: I have never checked into the genetic aspects of allergies, but there seems to be a link in my family. I and my daughter are allergic to shellfish. So is one sister and her daughter. Her sons, nor my son, has that affinity, and neither does my other sister and her son or daughter. Strange… but then, i AM talking about my family! LOL
Note on today’s retro strip: Ludwig is a stone cold killer when it comes to lizards, but faced with a fire-spitting fireplace-log dragon, not so much. Maybe that’s why cats are often called…dang, what’s that word I’m trying to think of?
sandcastler, I came through Messick High which was shut down and the building was taken over by the school district for office space. Given the age of the building, I guess that’s safest for the kids.
eMb and Mark in TTown, it is indeed the use of the oil/grease for multiple purposes including breading on fried items that lead to the gastric distress. FWIW, I’ve tested negative on the celiac blood work, but I’d eaten over 99% gluten free for about 3 months by then, with only a few things taking me by surprise (things without wheat in the ingredient list but on shared equipment or with wheat somewhere early in the processing, as with some soy sauces). My doctor hopes that when I make some medicine changes in a couple of months (my A1c is way down now that I’ve been hitting the gym and eating more fruits and veggies) that my system might allow me to reintroduce gluten (4 of my 7 prescriptions can cause problems in the gut, so it’s possible).
Personally, now that I’m down 20 pounds and I’m seeing much lower glucose readings, I think I’ll continue to pass up on wheat products as much as I can.
Mark in TTown, my first exposure to Krystal burgers was in the mid 60s, and I think they were already square. I do remember a 6-cent cola machine at our church, cola bottles that had to be opened with an opener, and my first regular job in high school was at a Burger Chef near to Memphis State and next door to the YMCA on or near Southern Ave and the train tracks.
Jean in Dahlonega Ga aka Trapper Jean on 21 Jan 2013 at 11:46 pm #
I had several allergies when I was a little girl that I seem to have grown out of in adulthood-tomatoes, chocolate, and shrimp, all of which I eat with gusto now. My mother-in-law is highly allergic to peanuts and peanut products. I used to cook with peanut oil, but had to quit in case I would forget and use it when she came to dinner.
eMb, I’m with you on politics here. I get more than enough of that everywhere else.
Bill in Paducah-Thank you!! Now the strip makes sense.
Jerry, you have far more faith in the Feds than I/we do, and those were BATF operations, by the bye.
Ghost, I thought you were talking about the cheerleaders, not the majorettes. And, no, I wouldn’t expect YOU not to look, through magnifying optics and, with today’s technology, infrared goggles [not to be confused with Google] as well, plus the soon-to-be discarded TSA body search equipment. But I did some research [you can even Google it, if you find the correct search parameters] and it was noted that on that day, at that game, in your seating area, there was such an excess of drool that the EPA and State HAZMAT teams took four  full days to clean up the mess and return the area to its normal environmental stability.
TruckerRon, which was it that had the tiny 25-cent hamburgers on square dinner rolls, White Castle or Krystal? White Castle, I think. Anyway, John had a partner who would buy 10-12 of the things, throw away all but two of the rolls/buns and make TWO hamburgers. John tried that and got TWO cases of gastric distress. That’s definitely a story for yet another day…at least if I wish to remain happily married.
I remember Whataburger when I lived in Corpus decades ago. Who was their spokesman, he was a country singer with a stuttering…I had a friend there who always fed her kids whataburgers…I told her that’s probably why her son stuttered
Jean, all depends on what one wants in a pet. Truth be I was trying to put words in GR6′s mouth, like he needs me help.
Blinky the Wonder Wombat on 22 Jan 2013 at 9:29 am #
Gluten intolerance runs strong in the Irish. My sister was diagnosed with gluten intolerance as an adult 20 years ago and at the time had trouble finding food without gluten. She took a trip to Ireland the next year and was shocked to find the grocery stores had aisles and aisles dedicated to gluten-free food. Talking to our relatives in the Old Sod, she found out that gluten intolerance occurred in about 25% of the Irish.
Best hamburger chain? In the Northeast, it is Five Guys. Never had a What-a-Burger, but the few times I’ve had an IN-and-Out burger I wondered what all the fuss was about.
I was going to say that Lud once appeared on Johnny Carson but, even in cartoon years, he’s not old enough. It must have been another-uh-feline. Considering that the first attack by the ATF resulted in their successfully shooting their own guys, I don’t think that I have a lot of confidence in them. I haven’t posted anything nutty-but-true lately so here we go. Long timers may recall my directing you to where it said in large leters HI on the ocean floor directly east of Japan. Any site you choose should be ok as long as it shows the ocean floor. I prefer the one that shows all earhquakes in the last 7 days. Go east of Japan until you see HI. Continue directly east until you see a large white area shaped approx like the US with the aforementioned HI about where California would be. Now look up about where the Great Lakes would be. You will see a large oval shaped area. Now it gets tricky. You will probably have to magnify that area several times until you see some strange shapes inside of the oval. (cont)
You won’t be able to make anything out of those shapes unless you hold up a magifying glass in front of the shapes. This will turn them upside down and you will see an upper case H followed by lower case e followed by a vertical line followed by a very definite p. I’m not making this up.