Mar 17th 2017 08:04 am Leprechauns Gone Wild

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! In case you’re wondering, there really is such a thing as a “clurichaun.” I mean, there’s such a thing as a mythical Irish fairy called a “clurichaun.” I tell you: the things you have to know to be a cartoonist! Mostly, you have to know how to get to the Google search page. If it seems I’m chronically nostalgic for all things pre-digital, let me tell you how cartoonists used to do things. They actually kept catalogs and files of clippings at hand, just so they’d know how to draw, say, a lawn mower. Now? Pffft! Google “lawn mower” and instantly see images of just about every type of lawn mower ever invented or imagined. Also back then, every good cartoonist’s shelves groaned with dictionaries and thesauruses and encyclopedias! Now, it’s dust and old Beanie Babies.
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180 Responses to “Leprechauns Gone Wild”

  1. McGhost on 17 Mar 2017 at 8:07 am #

    From the Department of Stolen Thunder: Oops.

  2. Mark in TTown on 17 Mar 2017 at 8:47 am #

    Read Callahan’s Crosstime Saloon by Spider Robinson to find a story involving a clurichan.

  3. McGhost on 17 Mar 2017 at 8:54 am #

    Debbe ;) I inherited my mom’s put-cuff-around-arm-and-push-button blood pressure monitor when she went into nursing care. It promptly went Tango Uniform a short while later. I got one of these and have been very pleased with it. (It’s much less expensive at Amazon and other on-line sellers.)

  4. curmudgeonly ex-professor on 17 Mar 2017 at 9:14 am #

    Charlotte & eMb: You both have my email address. Send me a note authorizing me to send your address on to the other, and I will do so posthaste.

  5. McGhost on 17 Mar 2017 at 9:14 am #

    Taking the day to finish and file my return with the Infernal Revenue Service. Giada is looking perky today. But then, she always does. I’m fairly sure her show provides a hair stylist, a makeup stylist, and a cleavage stylist for her.

    OK, OK; I’ll get back to my taxes. Anytime now.

  6. Jackie Monies on 17 Mar 2017 at 9:33 am #

    Darn, and all I have are a good fairy costume, a bunny costume and an Elvira costume with feathers! No leprechauns good or bad, not even an Irish Colleen costume.

    Will a leopard skin print nightgown work? You can tell I just woke up.

    By the way, Trula was off two days from chicken duty and pulled out twenty eggs this morning from four chickens! Do they lay more than one a day? Like backlog?

  7. The Man Formerly Known as sandcastler™ on 17 Mar 2017 at 9:34 am #

    “You are not your body and hair-style, but your capacity for choosing well. If your choices are beautiful, so too will you be.” Epictetus

  8. Steve from Royal Oak, MI on 17 Mar 2017 at 9:42 am #

    I do not do anything today. However I can’t explain it here because it covers politics AND religion! lol.

    At least in the Detroit area, it is one of the most dangerous nights to be driving due to the number of people celebrating with alcohol. Another reason not to do anything. It being a Friday night, I am guessing that it might be a good night to stay home and watch a movie.

  9. Debbe on 17 Mar 2017 at 9:45 am #

    new day…..had to repost this one….

  10. Debbe on 17 Mar 2017 at 9:50 am #

    Jackie, what are you feeding your hens????? What’s their sleeping pattern, lighting?? All are factors….that’s a log of yolk, hon…..from 4 hens in two days….so, eggs, it’s whats for dinner!

    Thanks for the line GR ;) , looks like the ones the visiting hom health nurse uses….I WANT ONE!!!!

    Dad still has not slept, Ian is up pulling duty…going to U-tube to look up the 4-7-8-sleep technique I just saw a video of it on a news site.

  11. Debbe on 17 Mar 2017 at 9:55 am #

    Found it…..the comments are hysterical, esp. the one about “it works, I passed out and posted this ” :)

  12. Debbe on 17 Mar 2017 at 9:59 am #

    …posted this the next day…

    .gotta read some more comments, I need a good laugh again…Dad is
    still up and down,pacing back and forth thru the house using his walker….. don’t think that 4-7-8- technique will work on him….twice now he’ll start to nod off and do a little snoring, and then something jerks him back out of his sleep

    Ian just now looked at me and said “something has to give”

  13. Jackie Monies on 17 Mar 2017 at 10:38 am #

    My mom would think she’d been asleep for hours and it would be minutes. We’d be traveling and she’d wake up, ask where we were, we’d reply six times to same question before we got out of town!

  14. ursen on 17 Mar 2017 at 10:47 am #

    Happy St Patrick’s Day. Although in some ways I prefer St Brendan, who according to legend actually sailed all the way to Canada in a leather boat during one missionary trip. No I won’t drink alky for the day, religious and medical reasons. I will wear green.
    Yes Mark the Callahan series is great, especially the last book. Intelligent cockroaches indeed.

  15. Llee on 17 Mar 2017 at 11:03 am #

    Debbe, would hot chocolate help your dad sleep? He likes choc. milk, and some folks say warm milk helps them get to sleep…..

  16. Smigz on 17 Mar 2017 at 11:30 am #

    Ghost and Jimmy, great minds…

  17. McGhost on 17 Mar 2017 at 11:44 am #

    I wish I were there to salute Mr. Chavez in person.

  18. Sideburns on 17 Mar 2017 at 11:46 am #

    If you’re giving your dad hot chocolate, Debbe, be sure to put some nutmeg in it, as that’s an old folk remedy for sleeplessness.

  19. Trapper Jean on 17 Mar 2017 at 12:20 pm #

    Ghost Sweetie, I can still kick, just not quite as high as before. ;-)

    And concerning St Patrick; he was not Irish, he was Welsh. There is also this:

  20. McGhost on 17 Mar 2017 at 12:54 pm #

    Hi, Jean dear. So high can you kick now? ;)

    I love me some corned beef and cabbage, historically correct of not. I’ll probably pick up a small slab of it from the deli at my neighborhood market and boil some cabbage and a potato to go with it tonight.

  21. Debbe on 17 Mar 2017 at 1:35 pm #

    Thanks to all for their nutmeg and hot chocolate remedies….did the hot chocolate, Nestles (makes the very best) but no nutmeg here…except me, and my name is not Meg :)

    He’s still going, but is starting to want to get up less….beef and noodles for supper, he loves cottage cheese and fruit…I pray it’s an early night for him.

    God bless all of you here…..

    Jean..good to hear of your rehab success….Jackie also will have the strength and will in her to do the same…won’t ya, Jackie?

    GR ;) thanks for the link to the 105 year old Veteran…what a soldier…good to read the community is getting involved in restoring their home.

    …going to check my brackets……

  22. Lynn from Memphis on 17 Mar 2017 at 3:11 pm #

    I recognize that Clurichaun! ????????

  23. Lynn from Memphis on 17 Mar 2017 at 3:11 pm #

    I recognize that Clurichaun! ????????

  24. Debbe on 17 Mar 2017 at 3:18 pm #

    Welcome Lynn from Memphis :)

  25. Smigz on 17 Mar 2017 at 3:18 pm #

    Sideburns, I’m going to try the nutmeg! I have always had a hard time falling asleep (and staying asleep, too). On the plus side, the twice-yearly time change has no effect upon me.

    Debbe, you may wish to consider asking your Dad to do some exercises while sitting or even lying down. Things like “marching” and arm circles while sitting, leg lifts in bed, or even just stretching while lying down. I used to have to sneak in exercise for my Mom sometimes. She could be unco-operative, so I would put things she wanted slightly out of reach so she had to stretch, ask her to hold light weights like cans of soup for me…I wonder if she ever realized what I was doing?

  26. Smigz on 17 Mar 2017 at 3:20 pm #

    I just mean the exercise and stretching might help him be more comfortable.

  27. Debbe on 17 Mar 2017 at 3:26 pm #

    Inquiring minds want to know how you know what a Clurichaun is :)

  28. Debbe on 17 Mar 2017 at 3:37 pm #

    Oh, Smigz, yes we do. Getting up and walking, is about all he can do without getting ‘winded’.

    And yes, I’ve thought about bar bells, cans of soup, fruit for him to lift…and you are so right about the stretching and exercise (not to mention he loves to have his back scratched)…I have Dad walking quite a bit during the day, we make (different times) at least three rounds around the kitchen table…from the back sun room to the front porch…and when it was really nice and comfortably warm outside, we would get out and walk…a little.

    Husband and his brother (who is still there) both are experiencing prostate issues….remind me tomorrow to get a gun permit… just kidding :)

    Nancy from AZ…still in the tourney…

  29. Debbe on 17 Mar 2017 at 3:39 pm #

    …and Smigz, thank you so much for your input…I genuinely mean that

  30. Debbe on 17 Mar 2017 at 4:00 pm #

    …have to paste..forgot what I’ve cut/copied…


  31. Debbe on 17 Mar 2017 at 4:01 pm #

    ..imagine that :) Lynn….????

  32. Debbe on 17 Mar 2017 at 4:12 pm #

    ..I’m off duty now….

    back to half time classics…beep, beep beep, you can…yeah…

  33. Charlotte in NH on 17 Mar 2017 at 4:49 pm #

    Dear cxp, I know I had your Email address but I don’t seem to have it any more. Some computer crashes and episodes of my ineptness has made it go away, I guess. Could you just send me an Email, anything, and then I’ll be careful to get the address into the Contacts or Address Book, then I can do what emb suggests.

  34. Charlotte in NH on 17 Mar 2017 at 5:25 pm #

    Oh, Symply Fargone, must tell you that one of my daughters is going to the Green Day concert in Worcester tonight. She is driving down from Colchester, Vermont and is meeting her niece and nephew there (some of my grandchildren.) These kids are in their twenties and have their own cars. Granddaughter Jessica is a big fan of Green Day and Aunt Alice bought the tickets as a present for her. They are going to stay in a hotel after the concert, and tomorrow Alice is coming to visit me in Derry. Jessica lives and works in Portsmouth NH and Christopher lives in Manchester NH. I hope they all have a good time!

    To all the Villagers, happy St Patrick’s Day. Must share with you that 60 years ago today my husband and I moved into the home that I am still living in now! We had two little boys then and welcomed five little girls in the next few years. Yes, we moved in on St. Patrick’s Day, easy to remember.

  35. David in Austin on 17 Mar 2017 at 5:47 pm #


    I cooked a corned brisket flat this morning. Cooled it and made Reuben sandwiches for lunch. Corned beef and cabbage is on the menu tonight, with corned beef hash set for breakfast! I’m not Irish and I know it isn’t traditional Irish but I like it anyway. We ate corned beef when I was a kid just because it was cheap (as I’m sure I’ve said– my parents were teachers) and being from Arkansas with time in Missouri, we didn’t slow smoke brisket. Since I’ve transplanted to Texas I eat much more smoked brisket than corned.

  36. Debbe on 17 Mar 2017 at 5:52 pm #

    Miss Charlotte… God bless your soul…you are a spectacular gosh, woman, you’ve raised
    ..let’s see if I can do the math here…seven children?????

    loves and hugs….

    …for the $ spent on my debit card…you are good to go

  37. emb on 17 Mar 2017 at 5:58 pm #

    Both adults. Cannot tell M from F. Peace,

  38. curmudgeonly ex-professor on 17 Mar 2017 at 6:37 pm #

    Check your email, Charlotte – or did you change addresses?!

  39. Rick in Shermantown, Ohio on 17 Mar 2017 at 8:48 pm #


    From yesterday: “Rick,,two photos…do you have them framed?”

    Yes, I do, but they are in a fire-resistant lockbox.

    Not only do I want to protect them from fire and humidity, but I also want to keep them away from sunlight.

  40. Rick in Shermantown, Ohio on 17 Mar 2017 at 8:55 pm #

    Jimmy wrote that he is “chronically nostalgic for all things pre-digital.” To a degree, I understand that sentiment.

    About the only thing that I like from my Dark Ages is LP albums.

    The sound did seem warmer and more full for some reason, and the art and liner notes could be properly enjoyed.

    After that, there is not one single material thing in the past that I miss, and I am anxious to see what the true geniuses will give us next week.

    Life is getting better all the time.

  41. Jackie Monies on 17 Mar 2017 at 9:52 pm #

    Managed to not eat corned beef at all today and I love it. Of course I have never drunk green beer in my life. I would drink a green Margarita or green wine cooler or eat a slice of green key lime pie but those aren’t Irish.

    Of course we just established neither is corned beef nor green beer so I suppose anything green counts. I did have a large green salad with green apples, walnuts, cranberries, raspberries, blue cheese, almonds, pecans and cashews, dried red peppers and onions and a little bit of chicken. The low fat Vidalia onion dressing was delicious.

    Had some Irish soda bread too. Is it really Irish?

  42. Mark in TTown on 17 Mar 2017 at 10:15 pm #

    Debbe, some Irish performers doing non-Irish music for you:

  43. McGhost on 18 Mar 2017 at 12:02 am #

    Boat? What boat?

  44. Jackie Monies on 18 Mar 2017 at 12:38 am #

    What boat? Did I forget a boat?

  45. Jackie Monies on 18 Mar 2017 at 12:40 am #

    Arlo’s boat!

  46. Old Bear on 18 Mar 2017 at 12:46 am #

    GM Debbe

    We’re Adults -
    When did that happen?
    and how do we make it stop?

  47. Rick in Shermantown, Ohio on 18 Mar 2017 at 5:43 am #

    “Remember the boat?”

    Time to cue up GFR’s “I’m Your Captain/Closer to Home.”

    Unfortunately, the reality-time continuum is always moving forward, and the end is always near.

    For all of us.

  48. Debbe on 18 Mar 2017 at 6:44 am #

    Good morning Villagers….

    Love today’s real time…boat?????

    Much needed sleep was ‘got’ last night…..Amen!

    Why, Mark, thank you…bookmarked it, and will check out more of their music..

    Rick…yeah yeah, yeah….had the album, and it was actually gold colored vinyl….and a great philosophy there

    Cue in “No Time”…..

    later……need to check out my bracket :)

  49. The Man Formerly Known as sandcastler™ on 18 Mar 2017 at 7:27 am #

    A Saturday morning cliffhanger, “remember the boat.” Leaves one’s mind reeling with possibilities. Hell, there might even be a new T-shirt coming out. ;-)

  50. McGhost on 18 Mar 2017 at 7:39 am #

    Oh, you mean the schooner I said, I don’t know how many years ago, Arlo should have dubbed “The Flying Dutchman”, after the legendary ghost ship that can never make port and is doomed to sail the oceans forever? Because that was apparently what happened to it?

  51. Ghost on 18 Mar 2017 at 7:40 am #

    Debbe ;) Love this lady’s singing.

  52. Trapper Jean on 18 Mar 2017 at 7:54 am #

    McGhost Sweetie, how high? High enough! ;-)

    Thanks all for the encouragement as I really am not a fan of exercise. I am just stubborn enough to refuse to lay down and give up. I think Jackie is, too, so she will do well, right, Jackie?

    I have a piece of corned beef in the fridge, but haven’t had a chance to cook it yet. Maybe today with cabbage, potatoes, and carrots. And soda bread, of course.

  53. Ghost on 18 Mar 2017 at 8:20 am #

    Can-can dancer high, Jean dear? ;)

    Got the ingredients yesterday afternoon but never got around to preparing my corned beef and cabbage last night. I’ll probably enjoy it more today, anyway. And I’ve been threatening to try to make soda bread for years. Perhaps today is the day.

  54. TruckerRon on 18 Mar 2017 at 8:23 am #

    How many of you, like I did when I was so much younger, heard the term corned beef and thought it was a hash made with corn and beef?

  55. Jackie Monies on 18 Mar 2017 at 8:36 am #

    Good morning. Woke up early. What ARE all of you doing up so early on a Saturday morning? Don’t you have something better to do like sleep?

    There’s a ton of stuff I’d rather do beginning with going back to sleep but I guess I absolutely must go unlock the doors on the Chinese laundry. I don’t think the Chinese leprechauns are there still.

  56. Debbe on 18 Mar 2017 at 8:49 am #

    McGR ;) back at ya…what a combination too…

  57. Debbe on 18 Mar 2017 at 8:50 am #

    …I too need to do some laundry….manana :)

  58. Jackie Monies on 18 Mar 2017 at 8:55 am #

    Van Morrison is just like some of my once beautiful boyfriends, he has not aged well.

    But his music continues to be beautiful.

    As the Man Once Known As SAND said wisely, “Jackie, we were all young and beautiful then.”

  59. Jackie Monies on 18 Mar 2017 at 8:56 am #

    I need a Diet Coke. They are all out in van in carport.

    What to do?

  60. Debbe on 18 Mar 2017 at 9:01 am #

    everyone say awwww……

  61. Debbe on 18 Mar 2017 at 9:08 am #

    ….had to listen to this, thanks Jackie….love Van too

  62. Debbe on 18 Mar 2017 at 9:08 am #

    TR….I did too

  63. Jackie Monies on 18 Mar 2017 at 9:17 am #

    Debbe I prefer his more upbeat music like Someone Like You.

    These lyrics speak to me. But that is why his music continues to be loved. Someone exactly like you. The best is yet to come.

  64. Jackie Monies on 18 Mar 2017 at 9:23 am #

    And here’s another I love, These Are the Days.

    This man wrote some beautiful music. Tupelo Honey is playing right now.

  65. domaucan1 on 18 Mar 2017 at 9:28 am #


    You reminded me of the old Peggie Lee song,”Manana”! One of my all time favorites. Thanks.


    “The Best Is Yet To Come” Another great jazz tune with meaning! Thanks.

    How about Elvis’ “Are You Lonesome Tonight?”

    God bless us every one. God bless the USA.

  66. Debbe on 18 Mar 2017 at 9:47 am #

    Jackie, again you are right…it is a ‘downer’ song….I absolutely love his on the Bright Side of the Road….gonna find it….for me..I need a ‘lift’ today

  67. Debbe on 18 Mar 2017 at 10:12 am #

    playing now in the background :)

    ….you are welcome Domaucon

  68. Jackie Monies on 18 Mar 2017 at 10:18 am #

    You are welcome Debbe. I was actually listening to that song but you found it before I could post it!

    Listen to upbeat music and not songs that bring you down. And here’s another Jackie tip, wear clothes that bring you up and all who see you. I have on navy jeans with bright pink and baby blue roses, a navy lace tee crocheted actually, hot pink quilted jacket, pink beads, cap, shoes, purse all in those sunny pinks.

    Heck, the devil would smile if he saw me. Of course he might just laugh because he knows I’m on my way.

  69. Jackie Monies on 18 Mar 2017 at 10:19 am #

    Here’s another Van Morrison upbeat

    Tell someone you love them today.

  70. emb on 18 Mar 2017 at 10:39 am #

    Still 3 unhatched eggs. Peace,

  71. Smigz on 18 Mar 2017 at 10:44 am #

    Natalie MacMaster is my go-to for upbeat. ;)

  72. Debbe on 18 Mar 2017 at 10:51 am #

    Jackie and Smigz….come ride with me….

  73. Jackie Monies on 18 Mar 2017 at 10:58 am #

    You know I was always ashamed to admit the governor of Louisiana wrote this song until just now. I had not heard Aretha Franklin sing You Are My Sunshine.

    See if it doesn’t make you smile too.

  74. Debbe on 18 Mar 2017 at 11:10 am #

    …one learns something every day…..'s_stone

  75. Jackie Monies on 18 Mar 2017 at 11:35 am #

    You must not have read or seen the Harry Potter books and movies.

  76. Debbe on 18 Mar 2017 at 11:48 am #

    No, Jackie, saw my first Harry Potter movie a few weeks ago on this cable system…Dad has though…he likes the Harry Potter movies.

  77. Jackie Monies on 18 Mar 2017 at 12:00 pm #

    The Movies use this as part of plots.

  78. Jackie Monies on 18 Mar 2017 at 12:01 pm #

    Good movies actually.

  79. Smigz on 18 Mar 2017 at 12:30 pm #

    Debbe and Jackie, I’m learning a lot about Van Morrison!

  80. Debbe on 18 Mar 2017 at 1:11 pm #

    Oh my cat….GR ;) click on link and see what I ‘tripped’ on….

  81. Jackie Monies on 18 Mar 2017 at 1:13 pm #

    Van Morrison is alive and still performing. I had a black hat and Cape, big bulky sweater on the other day like the one he had here.

    Someone said I looked like him but hastened to add just the clothes, that I was prettier.

  82. Debbe on 18 Mar 2017 at 3:28 pm #

    I give credit where credit is due…..don’t we all chase after that nut?????

  83. emb on 18 Mar 2017 at 4:33 pm #

    Here’s another MN eagle cam. Understand there are 3 eggs. Peace,

  84. Debbe on 18 Mar 2017 at 4:48 pm #

    An old ad from a previous employer…OMC…we’re talking 40ish years ago….

  85. Debbe on 18 Mar 2017 at 4:50 pm #

    I use to have the ‘poster’..don’t know where it disappeared to….

  86. Debbe on 18 Mar 2017 at 4:52 pm #

    …the one with “pride of Honeywell”

  87. Jerry in Fl on 18 Mar 2017 at 5:44 pm #

    A coinkidink that everyone was listening to music. RIP Chuck Berry. Dead at 90.

  88. Dennis Ewing on 18 Mar 2017 at 6:42 pm #

    I think it is about time to reread all of Mr Robinson’s Callahan books even though Mike hasn’t been in what the last 5? Memory is not what it should be, but anyone who likes Spider Robinson can’t be all bad. I guess it will give me something to do while the surgeons decide what to do about my back. I wish I could tell people just send me your MRI and I’ll get back to you maybe like a neurosurgeon.

  89. Ruth Anne in Winter Park on 18 Mar 2017 at 7:47 pm #

    Just got home from a 70th birthday party, that Bob’s high school class (Winter Park HS class of ’65) threw for themselves. Nice casual affair with the focus on visiting with old friends and making new ones. I’ve reached the point where I have more fun at his class parties than at my own, although I suppose I should check to see if we’re going to have a 50-year reunion this year.

  90. Mark in TTown on 18 Mar 2017 at 10:38 pm #

    Dennis, I hope the surgeons don’t have to do anything to your back involving cutting! Good luck.

  91. Dennis Ewing on 18 Mar 2017 at 10:47 pm #

    I am afraid I have run out of luck as far as cutting. What I a waiting to see is how much they are going to cut. I have nerve problems at 3 levels. That fall I took in January was the last straw for the back. Hoping for minimally invasive, but I am fearing full on fusions. I have been trying to avoid this for 20 years.

  92. Ghost on 18 Mar 2017 at 10:48 pm #

    Debbe ;) I can not only remember when skirts were this short, I can remember when they were considered appropriate wear for almost anywhere one went while wearing them…including many churches.

  93. Ghost on 18 Mar 2017 at 11:10 pm #

    “No man is free who is not master of himself.” Epictetus

  94. Jackie Monies on 18 Mar 2017 at 11:15 pm #

    I had my first child in 1971 and I wore maternity dresses this short! Can you imagine?

    By the way I actually managed to find some sundresses and rompers in the Department of Inappropriate Clothes . We will see how short they are.

  95. emb on 19 Mar 2017 at 5:36 am #

    Foggy in Baltimore. Probably still only 2 eggs. Cannot tell if this is Bo or Barb. Peace,

  96. Debbe on 19 Mar 2017 at 5:42 am #

    Good morning Villagers…..

    Yes…..still have two Indiana teams still in my bracket…….

    …..and Dad laid back down.

    So, Jackie, what colors you wearing today???

    Dennis, have you seen those commercials regarding laser back surgery?

    Need to get my day started here, laundry to do, swiffer to push around cat hair :) endless chores I’ve procrastinated on the past few days here. I hate grocery shopping too….and it needs to be done…..arrgghhhh!!!! Baby sister coming into town around noonish.


  97. Debbe on 19 Mar 2017 at 5:43 am #

    GR ;) I remember those days….the Catholic schools we wore uniforms, and the he had to touch he floor when kneeling…..waistline got rolled up a lot :)

  98. emb on 19 Mar 2017 at 5:50 am #


    Your short skirt was about the length of Elaine’s dress when we went to a Philadelphia ball done at the Art Institute [?] for the opening of a Gauguin exhibit, say ’70 or so. I had to rent a g—-mn tux. We referred to her outfit as the, “If you got ‘em, flaunt ‘em’ ” dress. She didn’t quite have the figure for the one below, which was a choice adjacent to yours. Just as well.

    This was the kind of thing Jimmy Carter was referring to, no? Gotta get ready for church.


  99. emb on 19 Mar 2017 at 5:54 am #

    Debbe: Our third room-and-board girl had gone to a parochial school in Rockford, IL, described that roll-up routine as soon as they left to go home. Still in touch; she’s 70+ and an absolute delight. Current church [don't remember which] has a somewhat more relaxed theology. Whoops!


  100. emb on 19 Mar 2017 at 6:41 am #

    Elephants coming in[?], far R backgr. Maybe will come down for a drink. Peace,

  101. Trapper Jean on 19 Mar 2017 at 8:10 am #

    Ghost Sweetie, maybe not cancan height yet, but working on it!

    I didn’t wear my skirts quite that short, but still several inches above my knees. I went to a small, country high school, and the principal was rather strict about things like that. And later to a college affiliated with the Southern Baptist Convention. At least there I could wear blue jeans to class!

  102. Jackie Monies on 19 Mar 2017 at 8:52 am #

    Up early and sorting laundry. I should do it more than once a month! Don’t need clothes but need to wash them. Have a basket ready. All cold water dark gentle black underwear! And a car load to go?

    Trapper, yes I will do exercises and rehab. Nurse Ratchett will see that I do. Can’t not work out or as I remember it she punished?

  103. Ghost on 19 Mar 2017 at 9:29 am #

    Debbe ;) and emb: It seems cheating on skirt-lengths was universal among HS girls back in the day. One of my all-female staff (the one who wore what was basically a tiny bikini with cowboy hat and boots when she was on her college dance team…and had the figure for it…and had pictures to prove it) told me her mom enforced her Louisiana high school’s dress code skirt length*, but she thought that was much too long and by the time she got to school she had always done the roll-up-the-waistband thing, too.

    *With arms at side, the hem of the skirt could not be shorter than the point where the fingers met the palms of the hands. That still seemed rather short to me, so I used a tape measure to determine that on her that was about four inches above the middle of her knees. (No, that’s not weird that I did that. Why do you think that was weird? Inquiring minds want to know. ;) )

  104. Jackie Monies on 19 Mar 2017 at 10:58 am #

    My youngest daughter is shorter than me and got so tiny during her anorexic period we could only sew skirts for her. I could make her an A line skirt with 3/4 yard of fabric and sometime just a half.

    My skirt lengths during college were a whopping 20 inches at times. The longest were 27 inches.

  105. Smigz on 19 Mar 2017 at 12:18 pm #

    Dennis, you sound like a true book lover, seeing a light at the end of the tunnel and realizing you can read by it. ;)

  106. Ghost on 19 Mar 2017 at 12:58 pm #

    Ah, the seventies, when legs were long and skirts were short…and the skirts sometimes even had side slits.

    Was it just me, or did the two guys look like the belonged in “Spinal Tap”?

  107. Jackie Monies on 19 Mar 2017 at 1:00 pm #

    Doing laundry, load after load. That’s the boring part. I moved on to towels just now until I go get the bags out of garage that no one carried into house. And yes, I pay people to carry bags of dirty clothes for me.

    Here is good part, I have been bingeing on Raul Malo and the groups he played and sang with, Los Lobos and the Mavericks. I love his voice. He is hard to categorize, he is Hispanic from South Miami and does so many types of music. He isn’t exactly any one thing.

    Right now he is singing Gentle On My Mind better than Glen Campbell ever did. Now El Pass better than Marty Robbins. He’s a chameleon of music.

  108. ursen on 19 Mar 2017 at 1:01 pm #

    Dennis I looked up the Callahan books on Amazon because I remember enjoying the first one so much long ago. I didn’t know it had become such a long series. The second shock was the price even for Kindle editions. $6.99 for a Kindle book? Really? Put the unread ones on my wish list and will buy them a couple a month as more money shakes loose from the budget. Something to look forward to.

  109. Jackie Monies on 19 Mar 2017 at 1:02 pm #

    Abba dear Abba. Mama Mia.

    The girls wore matching satin panties and the boys wore jock straps.

    Under the costumes.

  110. Jackie Monies on 19 Mar 2017 at 1:03 pm #

    Ursen how about checking library?

  111. Jackie Monies on 19 Mar 2017 at 1:08 pm #

    Here’s Raul Malo and the Mavericks with the sound they are best known for, a blend of horns, cha cha salsa beat.

  112. Mark in TTown on 19 Mar 2017 at 3:00 pm #

    ursen, try Used ones are quite cheap there.

  113. Old Bear on 19 Mar 2017 at 3:06 pm #

    Mom also rolled skirts in 30′s

    Heard your request on FF good one tor St Urho.
    Chided Steve for not saying so.

  114. ursen on 19 Mar 2017 at 3:09 pm #

    Jackie I go out to very few places. I haven’t been to the library since my mother died. Yes I have valid library cards, and access to two library systems, but I just go to church, a few restaurants at dead times, that’s about it. Really, really tough to go out anywhere.

  115. Ghost on 19 Mar 2017 at 4:19 pm #

    ursen, some libraries are able to lend e-books. (Not sure about the selection.) Even the library on the Redneck Rivera where my late friend lived out her last years did. Of course, they are a resort area and in condo country, so they probably have fewer budgetary restraints than most communities.

    Ruth Ann would probably know more about how that works than I.

  116. Ghost on 19 Mar 2017 at 4:20 pm #

    “Naked and Afraid”…where a man and a woman bravely try to survive in the wilderness for 21 days with no clothes, no shoes, no water, and minimal tools…in fact, nothing but a camera crew with satellite phones and four-wheel drive vehicles, and access to a helicopter. Amazing.

  117. Ghost on 19 Mar 2017 at 4:37 pm #

    I love Marty Robbins’ version of “El Paso”, but Raul Malo makes it his. He’s not too shabby on this one, either.

  118. Jackie Monies on 19 Mar 2017 at 5:02 pm #

    That is the one I was listening to when I started linking Raul Malo. Isn’t it beautiful? He doesn’t just sing country. He has done duets with some amazing performers.

    He is performing in Austin pretty soon and I think north Texas. Despite living in Texas all those years I never got to go to any of our legendary dance halls or honky tonks. So many things I have missed in life that were just so easy to have not to.

  119. emb on 19 Mar 2017 at 5:09 pm #

    Savannah osprey site. Site refers to he and she. Think I’ve found a difference. This female has a broader black patch on her forehead than her mate does. Still no eggs. Maybe they’re getting hostile vibes from the deprived owls. Remember, all we know is they showed up last yr. well after two young owls had fledged, presumably after a nest failure of their own. That failure may have simply been / a sterile osprey. Peace,

  120. Mark in TTown on 19 Mar 2017 at 5:18 pm #

    ursen: a short series of books I greatly enjoyed. Here is a collected edition of all three.

  121. Jackie Monies on 19 Mar 2017 at 5:20 pm #

    Have I ever told osprey story about Mike and Andy hitting the osprey nest on top of channel marker in Everglades and making her mad? She actually chased them next morning when she recognized them, diving at cockpit.

  122. emb on 19 Mar 2017 at 6:05 pm #

    Possibly useful info. Peace,

  123. Ruth Anne in Winter Park on 19 Mar 2017 at 6:05 pm #

    emb: We also know that the tree lost some branches in a storm, making the nest more attractive to ospreys than to the owls.

  124. Ghost on 19 Mar 2017 at 7:09 pm #

    “The greatest rock n roller who ever lived. He belongs on Mt Rushmore, and this should be our national anthem.” – David Burge @iowahawkblog

  125. Ghost on 19 Mar 2017 at 8:20 pm #

    Debbe ;) If Nicks is good, and Petty is good, a duet would be better, amitire?

  126. Mark in TTown on 19 Mar 2017 at 8:26 pm #

    Sometimes the internet can be a wonderful thing. I am about to move to an apartment of my own now that things have gotten worked out. And online I have been able to establish an electric power account, gas service, reserve a moving trailer and buy renter’s insurance. I also found two places to get furniture to set up the place at good prices. Plus keep in touch with you good folks here and read Jimmy’s comic.

  127. Jackie Monies on 19 Mar 2017 at 8:50 pm #

    So exhausted I am crashing early as soon as I feed Dickens and put some sheets on bed. I am far from done but I am DONE. Have to go see my endo guy and I need to run several errands enroute to Tulsa.

    So, I need to get up! So I need to go down.

  128. Charlotte in NH on 19 Mar 2017 at 8:50 pm #

    That’s good news, Mark. I’m happy for you — it’s about time good fortune came your way!

  129. Mark in TTown on 19 Mar 2017 at 8:51 pm #

    Thank you Charlotte. Good friends help tremendously and I am glad to have made so many here.

  130. Rick in Shermantown, Ohio on 20 Mar 2017 at 4:00 am #

    Strip of 03.20.17:

    “Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans” – John Lennon

    “Man plans, God laughs” – Yiddish proverb

  131. Debbe on 20 Mar 2017 at 4:26 am #

    Good morning Villagers….

    Mark, that is GOOD news to read. Like Miss Charlotte, I am so happy for you. You have come far, my friend.

    …and today’s real time strip is spot on…

    Had company here yesterday, one of my sisters dropped by. She and I both agreed it’s not safe to give Dad the Lunesta. instead a couple of Benedryl….which I did. Dad is funny, he wanted to know if I was going to give him the ‘sleeping’ pill. Told him no, I’d give him the Benedry, the little pink pill at 8 ish. I did….at 8:15 he said he wasn’t feeling them and he want a couple of more…told him no, it had just been 15 minutes, to wait and it’ll kick in. And I wonder where I get my instant gratification from…

    Then a friend came by to finish repairing the hole in kitchen ceiling damaged by leaky roof. He and his friend picked up a big soft velour painting of kittens that some one was throwing out. Framed too. He an Ian even hung it in the sun porch. Not much room to hang on the wall here. Lots of pics…including the dogs playing poker. And every pic tells a story.

    ya’ll have a blessed day….

    Jackie, be very careful out there driving today. Put off grocery shopping yesterday….will be doing it this afternoon when my baby sister gets off work. Hate grocery shopping and putting gas in car…gas in car was one of the first things I taught Ian…. didn’t trust him grocery shopping :)

  132. Debbe on 20 Mar 2017 at 4:31 am #

    GR ;) no Stevie, but a dang good song.

  133. Debbe on 20 Mar 2017 at 4:34 am #

    …yeah, maybe I should have it for breakfast :)

  134. emb on 20 Mar 2017 at 4:53 am #

    This photo came with today’s AWAD. Peace,

  135. Debbe on 20 Mar 2017 at 5:01 am #

    didn’t post the link….hope it’s not a clue as what to expect the rest of the day.

    sitting here last night, had TV on, playing a little solitaire, you know you’re losing ‘it’ when you’re looking at the TV, hand is on mouse and you’re looking for the curser on the TV screen :) that is bad, I shouldn’t have even told you guys that one……

    Emb. good one.

  136. emb on 20 Mar 2017 at 5:08 am #

    Here’s another, from today’s Writer’s Almanac.

    When Einstein was asked what he would have done if his theory of general relativity had not held up, he replied, “Then I would have been sorry for the dear Lord. The theory is correct.”


  137. emb on 20 Mar 2017 at 5:31 am #

    Last item in today’s Gocomics scan. Story line is too complex to summarize, but this is cute.


  138. Ruth Anne in Winter Park on 20 Mar 2017 at 7:55 am #

    emb: That reminds of a wedding we attended where, following “forsaking all others”, the preacher added “which for some folks is hard to do.”

  139. Smigz on 20 Mar 2017 at 9:38 am #

    Mark, it sounds like you’ve got it all organized!

  140. emb on 20 Mar 2017 at 9:48 am #

    They just changed places: 4 eggs! Still cannot tell tercel from falcon. Peace,

  141. Jackie Monies on 20 Mar 2017 at 10:02 am #

    It is going to be 92 here today. Damn, summer arrived early and I am wearing a sweater, black.

  142. TruckerRon on 20 Mar 2017 at 10:49 am #

    Rick, that Yiddish quote matches my current experience.

    Last week UPS delivered my tabletop Dobsonian reflector telescope. With its 100mm mirror and two eyepieces it provides either 20X or 40X viewing, which should be perfect for this beginner. I’m set except for one thing… every night since then, and, according to my whether app for the next 10 days, it has been and will be cloudy. :(

  143. Jackie Monies on 20 Mar 2017 at 11:48 am #

    So hot here I am running air with top down on Jack. Getting ready to go top down on Jackie.

  144. emb on 20 Mar 2017 at 1:14 pm #

    Trucker: Congrats / the new Dob. At least you’re not on a $5,000 cruise to Hawaii, clouded out on the ‘Big One’ [and Big Island] eclipse in ’96.

    Still 3 eggs, none hatched at Decorah North.


  145. Jackie Monies on 20 Mar 2017 at 1:53 pm #

    Ghost, thank you for recommending the black Mustang convertible. I am having fun driving Jack with top down and rock music blaring.

    It has been 20 plus years since all the workmen checked me out when I drove by.

  146. Steve from Royal Oak, MI on 20 Mar 2017 at 2:11 pm #

    Jack has his top down, right? You haven’t taken the next step….

  147. Ruth Anne in Winter Park on 20 Mar 2017 at 2:44 pm #

    We have a motel reservation in north Georgia for the eclipse next August. Since we planned that far ahead and it will be the last opportunity in our lifetime, an early season hurricane would not surprise me :-)

  148. Jackie Monies on 20 Mar 2017 at 3:29 pm #

    Only Jack is top less. I did remove the last black sweater I had on but there was a white rather sheer athletic tee under it with a hoodie

  149. emb on 20 Mar 2017 at 4:15 pm #

    ‘All men are prancing, leering billygoats.’ Elaine, numerous times. Peace,

  150. Mark in TTown on 20 Mar 2017 at 4:20 pm #

    emb: Baaa

  151. Jackie Monies on 20 Mar 2017 at 4:35 pm #

    Covered on fish sauce now from vegetarian tofu bun I had for dinner.

  152. TruckerRon on 20 Mar 2017 at 6:04 pm #

    I live about 260 miles from the totality area for this August’s solar eclipse. We’ll be out about $500 for our room for 3 nights plus fuel and food. We hope to find a good spot near I-15 to watch it, hopefully in a state park. Much cheaper than traveling to Hawaii, though probably not nearly as much fun.

  153. Rick in Shermantown, Ohio on 20 Mar 2017 at 6:23 pm #

    I think that Arlo and Arlo’s dad would like this 13-minute video:


  154. Jerry in Fl on 20 Mar 2017 at 6:36 pm #

    According to the news more Republicans are “jumping the fence”. It seems that we have a new catch phrase.

  155. Ghost on 20 Mar 2017 at 6:51 pm #

    Jackie, everyone should own a convertible at least once in life. Or twice. Or three times…

    Does kind of get the youthful juices flowing again, doesn’t it? :)

  156. Ghost on 20 Mar 2017 at 6:59 pm #

    Why wasn’t I informed about the total solar eclipse this August? Well, I suppose that’s what happens when one quits following the news to protect one’s sanity.

    It’s not coming anywhere near my part of the Deep South, but I note that the path of totality will pass very close to my original home town. Where I have relatives. Humm.

  157. Ruth Anne in Winter Park on 20 Mar 2017 at 7:25 pm #

    We’ll be staying in Blairsville. Our plan is watch the eclipse from Brasstown Bald, assuming everyone else in Georgia doesn’t have the same idea. Maybe Jean can keep us posted on area “watch parties”.

  158. Debbe on 20 Mar 2017 at 7:32 pm #

    GR ;) hummmm…..

  159. Debbe on 20 Mar 2017 at 7:43 pm #

    Jerry, Jerry, Jerry…how is Tipper???

  160. emb on 20 Mar 2017 at 8:07 pm #

    Two eggs, F not on nest [only F incubates], maybe M brings her food. Peace,

  161. Old Bear on 20 Mar 2017 at 8:25 pm #

    You are not supposed to watch with the naked eye anyway so I will watch on TV.
    Or U Tube

  162. Old Bear on 20 Mar 2017 at 8:31 pm #

    While in Hawaii co-worker stayed across road from where early survival show was
    filmed/recorded, It was no more than 1/2 mile from main road.

    You sure your computer is not hooked to TV?

  163. Old Bear on 20 Mar 2017 at 8:51 pm #

    They and you might like this – a most underrated under appreciated war movie

    The intro

    Kenneth Lee Spencer – a very under appreciated singer.

  164. Ghost on 20 Mar 2017 at 9:13 pm #

    A few people have, over the years. I hope I never disappointed them.

  165. Ghost on 20 Mar 2017 at 11:35 pm #

    And yet, Arlo is sitting on the sofa at home when he could be sitting on the deck of “The Flying Dutchman” at the marina.

  166. Jackie Monies on 20 Mar 2017 at 11:44 pm #

    Which of course brings up Jackie and her beautiful hole in the water of marina up in Washington that I need to visit.

    My friends in Colorado dropped very broad hints they wanted to buy her. Anyone want to visit Spydco? And the beer company tour or train museum or Rocky Mountains?

  167. Jerry in Fl on 20 Mar 2017 at 11:50 pm #

    Jackie, you will have more company than you ever thought possible. Nixon shoplifted a pack of bubblegum.

  168. Rick in Shermantown, Ohio on 21 Mar 2017 at 3:44 am #

    Old Bear:

    It looks interesting, and I will need to find it.

    Thanks for the tip.

  169. Debbe on 21 Mar 2017 at 6:50 am #

    Good morning Villages…..

    Well, we’ve had breakfast, Dad’s napping….temps are going to drop from 60ish down to 30 degrees tonight. No one mentioned it, but yesterday was the 1st day of Spring.

    Jackie, you still running around with your top down?

    Think i’ll nap too……


  170. Debbe on 21 Mar 2017 at 6:51 am #

    GR ;) and yes, he does look like the Mad Hatter here…

  171. Debbe on 21 Mar 2017 at 6:57 am #

    …saw this on the news this morning, one big giant ‘cluck’ :)

  172. Debbe on 21 Mar 2017 at 6:59 am #

    …Dad’s up, the nap didn’t last long….he is so bored, just paces. Ian and I took him outside yesterday for a half block walk…..twice. It was nice out yesterday….gloomy today.

  173. Jackie Monies on 21 Mar 2017 at 7:04 am #

    Going to Illinois this weekend for Jack, my grandsons birthday party, Paw Patrol, just a day or so. I miss him. A good friend is driving with me in Black Jack, maybe top down?

    Hope all my running around will be in company and no longer alone. Alone was just running away.

  174. Jackie Monies on 21 Mar 2017 at 7:06 am #

    Video is New Orleans and Raul Malo singing one of his very introspective songs. It has nothing to do with previous comment. New song I’d not heard.

  175. Smigz on 21 Mar 2017 at 7:12 am #

    I was on the path of the 1994 solar eclipse. My coworkers (a group of several hundred people) and I watched from the parking lot, growing quieter and quieter as the eclipse progressed. It seemed to grow dark so quickly, the air still and cool. So many people watching together something many of us had never before seen. I could—just a bit—understand how earlier men had been impacted by this experience. Awesome and eerie.

  176. Jackie Monies on 21 Mar 2017 at 8:06 am #

    Remember seeing total eclipse in Venezuela?
    I will dodge out memory.

  177. Trapper Jean on 21 Mar 2017 at 8:07 am #

    Ruth Ann, if I hear about anything going on in Blairsville I’ll let you know. Since Dahlonega is just outside the full eclipse path we are going up to Hiawassee to a friends’ cabin to watch.

  178. Jackie Monies on 21 Mar 2017 at 8:11 am #

    June 1955 eclipse must have been. Longest in 20th century?

    I remember they made us look through some kind of boxes? I would have been eleven. Maybe I should see another one.

  179. Debbe on 21 Mar 2017 at 8:19 am #

    ….showing Dad my lol cats…..aren’t these beautiful

  180. Debbe on 21 Mar 2017 at 8:30 am #

    lol cat quote of the day…