Mar 13th 2018 07:06 am Meet Mrs. Coffee

I had occasion to buy a new coffee maker recently. My philosophy is, “Go mid-range.” If you purchase one of those no-nonsense, on-off, under-20-bucks models, you eventually will come home in the afternoon to the smell of scorched coffee, probably sooner than later. And the really expensive, high-end coffee pots? Don’t even get me started. I return to the programmable, 12-cup Mr. Coffee, or comparable brand. It can’t be beaten, except I do notice the LED displays get harder and harder to read. Yes, we’re getting started slowly here after a little vacation. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need another cup of coffee.

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131 Responses to “Meet Mrs. Coffee”

  1. HyperTay on 13 Mar 2018 at 7:19 am #

    We had to buy a new coffee maker last year, and we got the same “12″ cup programmable model too. In our house though, the 12 cup pot only holds 4 cups! :D I don’t like the new model’s water tank indicator. I have to keep the machine sideways in order to see the water level, where the last one had the indicator facing front. I do like the programmable feature, waking up to hear the beeping and to smell the coffee already made is a great way to face 5:30. (I do it only for the chickens!)

  2. Don from Oklahoma on 13 Mar 2018 at 7:20 am #

    I use a 20 cup percolator when I go out camping with the Boy Scouts. One of the boys asked me if that was a new type of coffee pot.

  3. sandcastler™ on 13 Mar 2018 at 7:55 am #

    Loon replaced our lost Mr.Coffee with a K-cup machine. Her logic, everyone can have a cup their way.

  4. Mark in TTown on 13 Mar 2018 at 8:01 am #

    Best way to have cup your way with K-cup is to buy the adapter that lets you use your own coffee in it. Then you can adjust the strength to taste. Some of the prepackaged types I’ve tried have been mighty weak.

  5. Mark From Maine on 13 Mar 2018 at 8:33 am #

    We changed to “slow coffee” a couple years ago with AeroPress. It takes a little effort (seems like more when you’re making your first cup) but it is totally customizable and it’s the best cup of coffee I’ve ever had at home. Available at finer kitchen stores and Amazon. Adding an electric tea kettle makes it our perfect solution.

  6. Tom (formerly) from the front range on 13 Mar 2018 at 9:03 am #

    The Auto Off feature should be required by law like seat belts in cars. The odor of burnt coffee makes one wish the house had burned down.

  7. Anon E. Muss on 13 Mar 2018 at 9:13 am #

    Five years ago, I lost my two neighbors due to smoke inhalation cause by the automated coffee maker catching fire in the middle of the night. Fire self-extinguished, but house was destroyed also. Unfortunately, they did not have working smoke detectors.

  8. Mark in TTown on 13 Mar 2018 at 9:27 am #

    These folks have some very good coffee:

  9. sandcastler™ on 13 Mar 2018 at 9:58 am #

    Red letter day, we have sheet rock on the walls. Has only taken 28 weeks!

  10. Steve from Royal Oak, MI on 13 Mar 2018 at 10:02 am #

    I don’t drink coffee and my wife only drinks one a day, so we ended up with the K-Cup. It pained me to buy it as it increased the cost. She used to brew a full pot and put a cup in the microwave. I suppose that we could have gone with a smaller pot, but then we would still be throwing grounds out all the time.

    I can’t drink coffee for medical reasons, but like alcohol, I never cared for the taste. That puts me in awkward social situations.

  11. Mindy from Indy on 13 Mar 2018 at 10:29 am #

    … and Jimmy startes a new page. Repost from super early this morning.

    Hello all. A check in as I skim through the older posts. All is well for the most part. Thunder is enjoying life as a 99.99% indoor house kitty. She still demands out on occasion, but her trips outside are brief. She has a completely different personality than Blacklight. Blacklight was reserved, needed to be in the room with me, but not necessarily anywhere next to me. And she always kept her tail down. Thunder’s very snuggly; I wake up wearing her most mornings. She is also very inquisitive. Has to see for herself the latest comings and goings. Her tail is a barometer – A curled question mark when she is off investigating, tail in a high arc we call a dorsal tail when she is on the prowl, and an ever undulating “s” when she is up to no good. Love the tubby tabby to pieces, but I miss my fuzzers.

    Work is still going well. Made one year last week. Not sure where it went, but hey VACATION time at last. My boyfriend swears I have a work harem instead of a work husband. He thinks he’s hysterical that way. And speaking of, we made a year on March 4th. Didn’t get to spend any time together as his schedule is ever changing and somehow always worsening. AND a couple weeks ago, he had an irate customer follow him home and attack him. (He JUST told me this today. I may smack him myself.) So yeah, he is now actively looking for employment elsewhere. I’ve been worried this might happen, this part of Indiana is practically the epicenter of illegal drug use, and that store isn’t in any better area than my old one. Crossing fingers something better comes along quick.

    Off to bed. We both took vacation time to have a rare day together. The hunt is on for a vintage dining table – I just bought chairs yesterday.

  12. Old Bear on 13 Mar 2018 at 10:39 am #

    We were told the first year was the hardest – I you make that
    you have it made. I credit the fact MB (Mamma Bear) & i have made it
    this far (49) is the first 2 years we rarely saw each other. Cherish your time together.

    It is good to hear from you


  13. Ginger Vedder on 13 Mar 2018 at 1:09 pm #

    Where’s the “heart” icon for me to click on?!? I love this!

  14. Ghost on 13 Mar 2018 at 2:40 pm #

    The Word of the Day is “busticate”. It does not mean what I hoped it would.

  15. Mark in TTown on 13 Mar 2018 at 3:44 pm #

  16. Mark in TTown on 13 Mar 2018 at 3:46 pm #

    Here’s one for Debbe:

  17. DJJG7 on 13 Mar 2018 at 7:15 pm #

    What I think is so good about this Mr. vs. Mrs. Coffee cartoon is that it links coffee with the battle between husband and wife! I never would have thought of that. But it’s so true.

    Plus, I never noticed before that Arlo’s shirt wrinkles a little in the middle above the tummy just like Linus van Pelt’s and Charlie Brown’s golf jackets.

  18. DJJG7 on 13 Mar 2018 at 7:18 pm #

    “And another thing,” as Jack Benny used to say: It’s funny how Janis’s hair is really about 50% white, but those four brush strokes—are they brush strokes, Jimmy, or something else?—make all of her hair seem brunette. Gestalt rules of perception.

  19. DJJG7 on 13 Mar 2018 at 7:21 pm #

    Mark in TTown, the cat that self-portraits as a tiger make me chuckle! Too true! (Was the cat drinking coffee?)

  20. Charlotte in NH on 13 Mar 2018 at 7:42 pm #

    Mindy — So glad to hear from you! I wondered what you’ve been up to. Well, I see you on Facebook now and then, but not with the details you speak of here in the Village. Glad that Thunder is happy and entertaining, and the boyfriend the same.

    Say, I have a nice vintage dining table, but I guess Indiana and NH are too far apart. Mine is solid oak, 1890′s probably, and has six extra leaves!

  21. Rick in Shermantown, Ohio on 13 Mar 2018 at 8:18 pm #


    Are the LED displays becoming harder to read, or could it be that all of us are aging? In my case, the cataracts are worsening at an alarming rate.

    By the way, I gave up coffee two years ago for Lent. I wanted to see if I could do it. So far, I’m still sans coffee.

  22. Charlotte in NH on 13 Mar 2018 at 8:27 pm #

    Mark from Maine — I was curious, never heard of the Aeropress, so I Googled it. Well ! I read all about it and it took quite a while, but I like reading about things. Apparently it brews extremely good coffee, only costs $30, and is famous worldwide. How did I escape even hearing about it? I may actually buy one. Thank you ever so much for telling us about this!

  23. JACKQULINE MONIES on 14 Mar 2018 at 1:18 am #

    Ghost and I do not drink coffee

    Thank god we are like peas in a pod, teins

    Good morning Village. No caffeine now at all

  24. emb on 14 Mar 2018 at 6:04 am #

    Impala. Looks possessive, doesn’t he?


  25. emb on 14 Mar 2018 at 6:18 am #

    Sorry, the smaller beast is also a male. And these are elands.


  26. Debbe on 14 Mar 2018 at 6:22 am #

    Good Morning Villagers……….

    I’m back :0 (that’s a shout out) Been very…really sick this past week. Need to get my strength built back up too, broths are tolerant finally.

    …hope all went well with chemo yesterday Jackie.

    Dad’s stirring…..will be playing manicurist too today, His and mine, Don’t want to scratch him plus cant type with these long nails. Glad there’s spell check

    …back later


  27. Debbe on 14 Mar 2018 at 6:24 am #

    Real quick…can some one put this in layman’s terms…

    ….Mr. Hawking was a very intelligent man I admired his….determination, maybe not so many of his ‘thoeries

  28. DJJG7 on 14 Mar 2018 at 8:10 am #

    Debbe, I will try, though poorly, I suspect: Mr. Hawking was first relying on the fact that time is a thing just as gravity is. We do know that, because, as Einstein showed, time can be “squished” or “stretched out” depending on how fast one is going: relativity.

    But before the big bang, which which many think seems to have set time in operation as we know it, he suspects time was working somehow differently—but that is only his suspicion.

    The metaphors he used were that we now have time “horizontally.” But back then time was “vertical”—or, as Mr. Hawking put it, it was “imaginary time.” But those metaphors are just metaphors for everyone except Mr. Hawking. Metaphors don’t prove anything.

    Now I will have fun and link this back to Mr. vs. Mrs. Coffee! Arlo Day thinks that he knows his house’s coffee, but Janis Day knows that she knows. How does that link? Um—gimme a minute—

  29. DJJG7 on 14 Mar 2018 at 8:15 am #

    —um–more time, please? Make it no cream or sugar—horizontal please—

  30. DJJG7 on 14 Mar 2018 at 8:17 am #

    Well, Arlo is a Day. Janis is a Day.

    That makes two Days of time.

    I hope this is fun yet!

  31. emb on 14 Mar 2018 at 8:17 am #


    Hope you are getting better. As to “layman’s terms.” Everybody is some other expert’s layperson. I, and probably c x-p, and 90+ % of scientists in general are Hawking’s laypersons. So are those two guys on the video. I cannot do any better than they.

    However, I’m also an uncertain lay theolog. In that capacity, I think it likely that Elohim did it, and that there was some sort of duration in the transcendent realm where Elohim is/are. That’s where Elaine has just greeted Hawking, who WALKED in a bit ago. Obviously, I’m not worried about his salvation either, and expect Elohim is glad to see Steve: “Welcome home sailor, and well done!”


  32. DJJG7 on 14 Mar 2018 at 8:23 am #

    Now I’ve got more time: Gene is a Day too! That’s three Days.

  33. Trapper Jean on 14 Mar 2018 at 8:23 am #

    On coffee pots: I would love to have a french press but since Husband leaves for work at 5:30am and that’s not a time that my clock recognizes I fix the pot at night and set the timer so he has a cup ready to take with him in the morning. As for me, some days I can drink coffee, and some days I can’t stand the taste and make tea. For that little weirdism I’d like to thank many years of being on Prednisone. We have thought about buying a Keurig, but since we buy a coffee/chicory blend and they don’t have that yet we dropped that idea.

  34. DJJG7 on 14 Mar 2018 at 8:25 am #

    emb, is Mary Lou a Day? I really do not know. But that would give us four. It may help Debbe.

  35. TruckerRon on 14 Mar 2018 at 8:33 am #

    And has Gene adopted Meg, making her also a Day?

  36. DJJG7 on 14 Mar 2018 at 8:36 am #

    TruckerRon, thank you! We may have five days now.

    Mr. Hawking is not yet up to the Beatles, though who had “Eight Days a Week.” Days is capitalized, foreshadowing Arlo and Janis. I suspect they verticalized the eighth day, like Hawking.

    Jimmy! Please confirm!

  37. Mark in TTown on 14 Mar 2018 at 9:01 am #

    TrapperJean, look for these:

  38. Debbe on 14 Mar 2018 at 9:15 am #

    Emb…thanks for the well wishes and post…

    Now to you DJJG7….thanks for your post in the hopes that it may “help Debbe” :) I specially thank you for the hearty laugh it gave me….so, just how much caffeine have you had today :) You by chance a Reddit poster….should be…….

  39. Debbe on 14 Mar 2018 at 9:16 am #


  40. curmudgeonly ex-professor on 14 Mar 2018 at 10:14 am #

    Hey! “One Day At A Time”! Goes back to the ’70s, right?

  41. DJJG7 on 14 Mar 2018 at 10:21 am #

    Debbe, you’re welcome.

    Coffee? Honest, I don’t touch the stuff. No, nor Reddit. But I love Jimmy Johnson’s cartoons and admire his admirers—

    Pi day indeed! :-)

  42. Llee on 14 Mar 2018 at 10:54 am #

    good ones!! :) thanks everybody!

  43. Old Bear on 14 Mar 2018 at 1:37 pm #

    Yes Happy Pi Day

    Philosophers have been debating what happened before time began for millennia -
    some say it happened before and it will happen again.

    Time is only so everything does not happen at once. Maybe it is, but since we have time
    we do not notice it?

  44. emb on 14 Mar 2018 at 7:57 pm #

    Article in last Monday’s “New Yorker” [12 March] re a major household and agricultural pest, the Brown Marmorated Stinkbug, introduced from the Far East [an old term, that]. I’ve not seen any in N. MN, and hope not to, but they do occur in the state. Did a search, “Brown Marmorated Stinkbug MN”, but cannot put 2 URLs in one post. Have any Villagers had them as uninvited guests?


  45. Mindy from Indy on 14 Mar 2018 at 10:09 pm #

    Miss Charlotte – Gracious! SIX leaves AND solid oak? The whole thing put to together must weigh more than my first car! I am curious as to how all that weight is supported, maybe share a picture or two some time.

    Apparently foul things are afoot. One of my co-workers fell asleep at the wheel and crashed last week. No real word on injuries, but she has messaged one person at least. Another young lady in another department lost her fiancé in a car accident this morning. Someone (I do not know who, but obviously with all the sensitivity of a pre-Jacob Marley Scrooge) TEXT MESSAGED her the news as she was walking into work.

    …and the gentleman I bring to work every day is sick. I am hiding a can of lysol in the car.

  46. Rick in Shermantown, Ohio on 15 Mar 2018 at 3:45 am #

    Slightly sexist joke:

    Behind every successful man is a woman – telling him he’s doing it wrong.

  47. emb on 15 Mar 2018 at 6:44 am #

    Reminds me of this Carlin classic:

    Lucked out: Not that we didn’t argue, but never had a problem w/ this. We would actually admit to each other that we were wrong [but maybe not right away].


  48. Mark in TTown on 15 Mar 2018 at 8:09 am #

    Coffee-making music:

  49. Trapper Jean on 15 Mar 2018 at 9:08 am #

    Thanks Mark! I’ll check into those.

  50. Steve from Royal Oak, MI on 15 Mar 2018 at 1:38 pm #

    March Madness overtaken us? Of course some of us have our hands full health-wise

  51. Mark in TTown on 15 Mar 2018 at 1:48 pm #

    Jackie opened her store today so we probably won’t hear from her or Ghost and Dickens has no fingers to type with.

  52. Llee on 15 Mar 2018 at 3:50 pm #

    I have guys working on my house! Repairs from last May’s hail storm. 5 of 6 windows are in, siding is off and new stuff is getting angled to put on. While they were working in one part of the house, I was in another starting a new painting. YAY!

    Also…. I’ve worn out the Kitchenaid! As the last batch of cookie dough was getting mixed (2 for today, 8 for the week- it’s been a busy week), the motor started making noise like a car whose transmission just went out, and lots of heat from the motor. Oh well, it has served well. :) And since they seem on sale- credit card time.

    Sand- did they finish your drywall? Fingers crossed…..

  53. Rick in Shermantown, Ohio on 15 Mar 2018 at 5:31 pm #

    From the archives:

  54. Rick in Shermantown, Ohio on 15 Mar 2018 at 5:44 pm #

    The best coffee song had been on this site on 06.25.07:

    Unfortunately, the song is no longer there.
    Fortunately, I downloaded and saved it way back then.
    Unfortunately, I cannot upload it to this blog.

    Just take my word for it that it is hilarious.

  55. Mark in TTown on 15 Mar 2018 at 6:36 pm #

    One of my favorites from the old Dr. Demento radio show:

  56. Rick in Shermantown, Ohio on 15 Mar 2018 at 7:20 pm #

    Ah, yes! The good doctor! I listened to it every week.

    I can hear “Dead Puppies” right now, along with “Pencil-Necked Geeks” and many more.

    Best one: “Fish Heads.”

  57. Rick in Shermantown, Ohio on 15 Mar 2018 at 7:20 pm #


  58. Mark in TTown on 15 Mar 2018 at 7:59 pm #

    I was working night shifts when I started listening to his show. I do miss it. He has an online version these days but I just haven’t convinced myself I miss it enough to subscribe.

  59. Charlotte in NH on 15 Mar 2018 at 8:30 pm #

    Dear Mindy from Indy, Thanks for the laugh! Well, the table IS heavy but it has four legs … or wait, maybe six? it’s put away right now so can’t say for sure. It’s square, when closed up without the extra leaves, so it is well supported.
    I am sorry to hear of the misfortunes that came your way. Hope for better days ahead.
    Did you hear about my 85th birthday party? We all had a good time. There was fiddle music, the kind we used to square dance to in the 1940′s and 50′s.

    Lots of love,

  60. Mark in TTown on 15 Mar 2018 at 9:12 pm #

    Trapper Jean, there are also coffee and chicory k cups from Cafe du Monde.

  61. Ghost on 15 Mar 2018 at 9:18 pm #

    The opening of Jackie’s new boutique was considered a success by all involved, but I’ll let her tell you about that herself, possibly tomorrow when she catches up on some lost sleep.

    While walking across the parking lot of an area big box store this warm and windy afternoon, I was reminded of one of the reasons I like ladies in short sundresses.

  62. TruckerRon on 15 Mar 2018 at 9:39 pm #

    The Swanage England ice dancing team getting in some practise for the next winter Olympics:

  63. JACKQULINE MONIES on 15 Mar 2018 at 9:57 pm #

    We survived and I am going back to sleep. I love my Ghost.

  64. Anonymous on 16 Mar 2018 at 6:54 am #

    Grant’s gazelles, I think.


  65. emb on 16 Mar 2018 at 6:56 am #

    Wonder why moderator makes me incognito? emb

  66. Llee on 16 Mar 2018 at 7:14 am #

    Oh well. Maybe the job will get finished next week. And it is likely some of you thought “siding getting angled ? That’s not right”. My mistake! That was aluminum to framed the new windows. Learn something every day!

    Soap pellets! :) I bet it does sound like treats…

  67. Llee on 16 Mar 2018 at 7:31 am #

    Thanks TR :) funnny one, that!

  68. DJJG7 on 16 Mar 2018 at 9:55 am #

    Llee, by referring to the soap pellets—most funny, agreed!—you made me think how often A&J is about food and drink. On the 9th, it was coffee. On the 3rd, soup stock. Feb. 26, a snack.

  69. TruckerRon on 16 Mar 2018 at 1:23 pm #

    Perhaps someday we’ll get Arlo’s reaction to “new” foods that are invading our lives. Thanks to the fuss over gluten (I actually became sensitive to it while taking a specific medicine, but no longer!) my wife has expanded her grocery list to include some good things (quinoa) and some that I refuse to touch because they taste like soap to me (kale, cilantro).

  70. emb on 16 Mar 2018 at 5:29 pm #

    On MPR, Steve Staruch just played Sibelius’s “Karelia Suite”, in recognition of this St. Urho’s Day. Peace,

  71. Old Bear on 16 Mar 2018 at 8:05 pm #


    “New Foods” has brought up my new Rant – Non-GMO.
    There is not a thing we eat or animals we are in contact with
    that has not been genetically modified.

    There would be 1 type of apples, corn would have a dozen or less
    kernels, wheat would grow only in certain places, cows would give Qts. of milk rather
    Gals. , there would be 1 breed of cat or dog, 1 type of bird that looks like a Tera dactyl,
    humanoids would be covered in hair and their knuckles would drag the ground.
    So to recap there is no such thing as Non-GMO it is just it has taken decades, centuries,
    or millennia to create change.

  72. Old Bear on 16 Mar 2018 at 8:07 pm #

    the Curling announcer at the Paralympics said he owns a Pizza place
    in the town where you live.

  73. Charlotte in NH on 16 Mar 2018 at 9:01 pm #

    Yes, Old Bear,you are so right. people are uneducated about the real facts … and they are easily misled. Advertising has a big influence too.

    Dear emb, I must look this up. I bet it’s interesting, and you have probably mentioned this saint before, but I forgot.

    Mindy from Indy, did you manage to find the dining table you wanted? What are your specifications?

  74. emb on 16 Mar 2018 at 9:33 pm #

    One of you emailed re St. Urho. Here [if Moderation doesn't object] is an excerpt from a column re St. Urho in the 15 March 2000 Bemidji Pioneer.

    ‘St. Urho’s Ode. Don’t let the spelling bother you; it’s Finglish. (A search for St. Urho on the Web yields several sites, with at least three versions of the Ode. My spelling is a decent compromise).

    Ooksie, kooksie, koollama, vee, / Tat Santia Urho iss ta poy for me. / He sase dose hoppers as pig as pirds; / Neffer peefor haff I hurd dose vords.
    He reely tolt dose pugs of kreen, / Da brafest Finn I effer seen! / Some celebrate for Pat unt hiss nakes, / Putt Urho poyka got vot it takes.
    He got tall unt strong from tat feelia sour, / Unt ate kulla moyakka effery hour. / Tat’s vy tat guy could sase dose peetles / Vot crew as tick as chack bine neetles.
    So let’s giff a cheer in hower pest vay / Tiss sixteent of March, St. Urho’s Tay!

    Menagha, south of Park Rapids on US 71, boasts a statue of St. Urho at the south edge of town. There is a copy of the Ode on its base. The nearby St. Urho’s museum is open only in summer.
    “Ooksie, kooksie, koollama, vee” are 1, 2, 3, 4, in Finglish. “Feelia sour” is viili, a luscious sour milk product we ate every chance we had in Finland. “Kulla moyakka” is a Finnish fish stew.’

    I’m invited to a corned beef and cabbage do tomorrow. Can’t image what that’s all about. I’m bringing 2 6-pax. Peace,

  75. JACKQULINE MONIES on 17 Mar 2018 at 1:41 am #

    Ghost has found his next career, fashion maven and co owner of our charming little women’s boutique Steals.

    Love this man, distributor of hugs and love.

  76. TruckerRon on 17 Mar 2018 at 7:20 am #

    Regarding St. Urho:

    A compilation of true stories regarding this ersatz saint:

  77. emb on 17 Mar 2018 at 9:00 am #


  78. Ghost on 17 Mar 2018 at 1:45 pm #

    I did not dry myself with a green towel today, but I did don a green sequined cowboy hat when I got out of the shower. After I got dressed, I mean…that would have been a bit kinky, even for me.

    I’m receiving many favorable comments from the lassies (who are definitely not dogs), and I suspect that had I affixed a “Kiss Me, I’m Irish” button to my faded denim western jacket, I’d be making out like a bandit. Or an Irish highwayman, as the case may be.

  79. emb on 17 Mar 2018 at 1:47 pm #

    Irish highwayman: Search “Brennan on the Moor”, Clancy Bros. & Tommy Makem. Peace,

  80. Debbe on 17 Mar 2018 at 3:21 pm #

    May not be here much longer… in the meantime I’m leaving some memories…

    for Jackie and GR :)

  81. Debbe on 17 Mar 2018 at 3:22 pm #

    Internets’s being..compromised……..

  82. Mark in TTown on 17 Mar 2018 at 3:57 pm #

  83. Debbe on 17 Mar 2018 at 4:02 pm #

    gr..AS ALWAYS…

  84. Steve from Royal Oak Mi on 17 Mar 2018 at 6:36 pm #

    We went to the Fisher Theater in Detroit and saw Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella. We had seen it at the Detroit Opera House two years ago and I was sure that that the versions were different. Eventually I realized that the televised version was so ingrained in my mind that I was getting confused. There is something about the harmonies in their musicals that are so good.

    I’m off to walk 20 miles tomorrow. Weather is expected to be in the 50s.

  85. Debbe on 17 Mar 2018 at 6:41 pm #

    Mark…yours and

    DJJJ7 came early in play list

    ..Dhani favors his Father

  86. Ghost on 17 Mar 2018 at 9:41 pm #

    Once there was a woman who was blessed with a near-perfect husband…a hard worker and good provider, and a great father to his children. His only fault was a glaring one, though…every Friday afternoon after work he would go to a bar with his buddies and drink until he passed out, at which point they would have to carry him home and dump him on his doorstep. This was source of much embarrassment to his wife in their small community, but she was unable to change his behavior.

    Finally, in desperation, she asked the drinking buddies to help her. They conferred and decided that the next Friday night, after he had passed out, they would cart him to the local cemetery and deposit him in an open grave, their theory being that waking up in a grave would shock him into stopping his binge drinking. They did just that, and the next morning when the man awakened, he looked to his left and saw a wall of dirt; he looked to his right and saw a wall of dirt. He stood up and looked around, seeing nothing but graves and tombstones in all directions.

    “Well, how about that,” he marveled. “It’s Resurrection Day, and I’m first.”

  87. Mark in TTown on 17 Mar 2018 at 9:50 pm #

    Interesting article on the woes of newspapers, posted on FB by an editor turned owner of a small Texas paper:

    He didn’t write it, but thought it worth reading.

  88. Ghost on 17 Mar 2018 at 10:21 pm #

    Debbe, I was reminded of the video you posted of Chrissie a few months ago when Jackie and I were sitting third row center at a ballet performance, watching a lovely and almost preternaturally shapely and toned young lady performing, obviously sans undergarments, in a sleeveless leotard that left little to the imagination. And by “little”, I of course mean “absolutely nothing”.

  89. TruckerRon on 17 Mar 2018 at 10:44 pm #

    Mark, I believe the writer of that article summed up the situation accurately. Even our little local paper has strayed into those waters of denigrating their own customers for not supporting the “right” candidates and causes. They do carry some real news beyond the local sports, such as a community calendar of concerts and other events, so they’re still worth what my wife’s willing to pay. Also, we’d rather pull or cut out coupons than print them out.

  90. Mark in TTown on 17 Mar 2018 at 11:44 pm #

    I tried the Tulsa Sunday paper a couple of times after moving here. Not worth what it cost, but that’s my own opinion. Hardly any coupons and not enough of what interested me.

    And another thing that is killing newspapers is probably loss of ad revenue. Advertisers pick media based on how many sets of eyes see it, and their ads. As circulation drops, so too does the amount of ads bought in the media. And advertisers have less money to spend too, so they are getting pickier.

  91. Rick in Shermantown, Ohio on 18 Mar 2018 at 11:30 am #

    Mark and TruckerRon:

    The local paper here has been having great difficulties ever since the Internet came around, and I don’t know how much longer it will last.

    Of course, I could easily say that it didn’t last. Several years ago, local ownership ceased when Gannett (USA Today) bought it, along with at least two other small-town papers in Chillicothe and Newark.

    For the past couple of years, my wife and I had been considering dropping the paper because the price kept increasing and the size of the paper kept decreasing. Even worse, with Gannett’s acquisition, the slant of the paper became ridiculous.

    Still, we kept it – even when the price went to $28.65 or so per month – because we did want to know the little bit of local news that Gannett allowed them to print.

    Two months ago, though, we did drop it. They announced that they they were “adjusting” the price to $38 per month. We said the heck with that. When I called to cancel, they said that I could have the electronic “more cheaply.” $29.50 per month. The heck with that, too.

    Two weeks ago, they offered a special deal: $4 per month for 12 months. We took it, but we will have to see what they try to do after the 12 months.

    I truly would have been willing to pay $38 per month for the paper that it used to be. I won’t pay that for an American version of Pravda or Russia Today, especially when this version is even more skewed than its counterparts.

  92. emb on 18 Mar 2018 at 11:44 am #


  93. Mark in TTown on 18 Mar 2018 at 3:08 pm #

    emb: economics, which affects Jimmy and all other newspaper cartoonists.

  94. emb on 18 Mar 2018 at 4:55 pm #

    Mark: Sorry, maybe I should have been more explicit. The print newspaper crisis is economic. But almost any topic may have political implications [e.g., the effects on ecological diversity of BLM decisions]. However, “an American version of Pravda or Russia Today, especially when this version is even more skewed …” is a political opinion or two. Peace,

  95. Rick in Shermantown, Ohio on 18 Mar 2018 at 7:09 pm #


    You couldn’t be more wrong.

    It’s intellectual honesty.

    At one time, the local paper was unfailingly neutral, even on the editorial page, with the exception of endorsements of candidates at election time. They tended to go slightly toward one party, but they always presented sound reasons for their opinions.

    For the record, I would have had written the same words even if the paper expressed only political opinions with which I agree.

    Right now, my news source of choice is the Christian Science Monitor. They remain unfailingly neutral.

  96. emb on 18 Mar 2018 at 8:36 pm #

    Sure I could, but I won’t bother. Actually, I don’t know what your political views are, partly because it’s not clear if we are considering Pravda in its historical sense, or in its current versions. See Wiki / history of Pravda and Russia Today.


  97. Mark in TTown on 18 Mar 2018 at 9:13 pm #

    emb, I gather from what Rick said that he intended the comparison to mean that his locals only present one point of view, regardless of which point it is. So let it lie. We were talking about the problems of newspapers, not politics. Although as the author of the piece points out, if the news writers viewpoints diverge too far from their intended audience, they lose that audience.

  98. emb on 18 Mar 2018 at 9:27 pm #

    “So let it lie.” That’s why I said I’d not bother. Peace,

  99. Charlotte in NH on 18 Mar 2018 at 9:38 pm #

    Say, I never thought of the Monitor at all! Do they have an online version, and does it cost much? I dropped the Boston Globe, which I subscribed to for years, we subscribed long before Chris died, and before that the paper arrived at our house early every day. And its content is satisfactory. But when the price went to over $30 a month, I gave it up. I’ve tried several other papers but am not liking them all that much. I’d like to try the Monitor, I think.

    And by the way, I want to drop my current paper … how do I go about it? Also a few sites that I support, non profits, with monthly donations … ten dollars a month; it really adds up. And the online newspaper hooks you with an introductory offer, but when it goes up in price, how do you cancel it? If you can help me, many thanks!

  100. Rick in Shermantown, Ohio on 19 Mar 2018 at 3:39 am #


    You apprehend well, without a filter.

  101. Rick in Shermantown, Ohio on 19 Mar 2018 at 3:42 am #


    The Monitor used to have a regular broadcast on NPR. Man, I miss that.

    Here it is:

    Eleven dollars per month, money that I consider well worth spending.

  102. Rick in Shermantown, Ohio on 19 Mar 2018 at 3:45 am #

    Mark and Charlotte:

    Speaking of paying for online services, I have written before about those of us who post on this blog paying a small amount each month for the privilege.

    I raised it twice, and all I heard was crickets.

    With newspapers still closing at an alarming rate and so much available online for free, how is Jimmy supposed to make a living?

    Again, I call for everyone here to pay for the privilege of posting here.

    Any supporters?

  103. Mark in TTown on 19 Mar 2018 at 5:28 am #

    Rick, I signed up with GoComics a few months back. It is worth paying for to get the comics I like, and in the bargain you also support ones you never even knew about.

    And thank you for the comment on my perception.

  104. emb on 19 Mar 2018 at 7:26 am #

    Rick: I wouldn’t mind. Peace,

  105. emb on 19 Mar 2018 at 7:46 am #

    Just to remind us of how old we are.

    Actually, I saw that show, and also Arthur Godfrey, only a few times, when visiting Elaine’s or my kin.


  106. Mark in TTown on 19 Mar 2018 at 7:51 am #

    I saw a bright red cardinal on my front porch this morning. Don’t recall seeing any here last year. I hope he will be around often since I like watching them.

    emb, I don’t recall watching Ed Sullivan except when there was something on that would interest a child. Along the same lines, I can only recall one conflict between my family’s adult tv habits vs the kids: Different networks ran Peyton Place and Petticoat Junction same time, same night. Mom and grandmother wanted Peyton Place, kids wanted the other. Mostly the grownups won.

  107. Llee on 19 Mar 2018 at 7:57 am #

    charlotte, for paid subscriptions there may be a link called Account. Clicking there would lead you to a way to end it. If nothing else, deleting the payment info should work. For others, look for an Unsubscribe button. Be careful not to just click through Re you Sure? YEs yes yes- I find they’ve started slipping in one last button that says I changed my mind keep me in list.


    GOod luck!

  108. Mark in TTown on 19 Mar 2018 at 8:03 am #

    Ms. Charlotte, what newspaper is that you’re trying to get away from?

  109. emb on 19 Mar 2018 at 8:09 am #

    Ta dah! There’s an egg in Baltimore.


  110. emb on 19 Mar 2018 at 8:15 am #

    Mark: I was a relative newly wed when we saw those shows; TVs became common when I was an undergrad at Cornell, ’49-’50 or so: a jungle of antennae visible from the Lehigh RR in the poorer neighborhoods in “Joisy”. My folks never bought one, which was fine w/ me.


  111. Anon E. Muss on 19 Mar 2018 at 8:17 am #

    Getting out of a subscription or service at times can be difficult or easy depending on the provider. You can call and ask to have the service stopped but be prepared to answer a lot of questions on why you wish to discontinue the service. And they may try to sell more services. You can also go to their website and navigate through their menu system and discontinue the service. If all else fails, contact your credit card company or bank and tell them to discontinue the automatic charge or withdrawal.

  112. curmudgeonly ex-professor on 19 Mar 2018 at 11:34 am #

    Charlotte, et al., I think I’d start with my bank/credit union if you have authorized any automatic payments therefrom. Nip those right in the bud, first, instead of wasting time messing around with the company. It just might be that the company delays your desire just long enough to get one more payment! That ruse will not work if you have your financial institution cut off the ability at once.

    A few days ago, the Decorah North (bald eagle) nest – only one egg this spring – lost that egg. If broke while under a parent. Defective shell? We’ll probably never know. The regular Decorah bald eagles are still incubating their usual trio of eggs.

  113. curmudgeonly ex-professor on 19 Mar 2018 at 11:35 am #

    IF – sheeesh.

  114. Steve from Royal Oak, MI on 19 Mar 2018 at 12:04 pm #

    Well at Thanksgiving, we decided to celebrate with extended family on Saturday and ended up eating tacos…. My daughter lives in Orlando and has to be back to work early on Monday, so she wouldn’t be able to eat with us, so we are planning to celebrate Easter on Saturday. When my wife texted me that we were having Easter on Saturday, I asked her if the government messed up the time change and Christ has to rise a day early! :-P

    I think that we will go the traditional Ham and Potatoes. Unless I can talk my BIL into making Lasagna. We’ll see.

  115. emb on 19 Mar 2018 at 1:00 pm #

    Someone incubating, presumably just the one egg I saw this morning. Both the tercel and the falcon incubate, so cannot tell which it is. Sometimes peregrines wait until there are 2 eggs before starting incubating. If only one is under there now, first chick w/b bigger than others.

    Peace [which has little to do w/ behavior in raptor nests],

  116. emb on 19 Mar 2018 at 4:01 pm #

    Same URL. Still just one egg, one of the pair perched in the aerie doorway. Peace,

  117. emb on 19 Mar 2018 at 4:08 pm #

    Went back to Baltimore right away. One bird still in entryway, second flew up to ledge to L, picked up prey [probably starling] that first had presumably left there, then both flew off. There’s easily room for a peregrine to enter under that horizontal beam.

    Like JJ, I’m window-peeking.


  118. Rick in Shermantown, Ohio on 19 Mar 2018 at 5:07 pm #

    Mark and emb:

    So far, three of us like the idea of paying Jimmy for the privilege of posting on his blog.

    I agree that GoComics is also good, but I want more money to go to directly to Jimmy.

    What do you think about asking Jimmy to establish a PayPal account?

  119. Rick in Shermantown, Ohio on 19 Mar 2018 at 5:08 pm #


    You’re welcome.

  120. Ruth Anne in Winter Park on 19 Mar 2018 at 6:27 pm #

    Rick: While I appreciate your wish to support JJ, I don’t think charging to comment here is the best way to go about it. Part of what makes the exchange here so enjoyable is that anyone is welcome to “drop in”. Charging would not only discourage the casual visitor, it might also be a barrier for some of our regulars.

  121. Mark in TTown on 19 Mar 2018 at 7:16 pm #

    Rick, I agree with Ruth Anne. What I meant by my comment was joining GoComics as Jimmy had mentioned earlier, not for this to become a pay site. Of course, if GoComics runs into difficulties or something, that could change.

  122. Charlotte in NH on 19 Mar 2018 at 10:05 pm #

    Mark in TTown, don’t laugh, the paper I want to quit is the Washington Post. It is a fine, well respected paper, but lots of politics, of course, and I am so tired of it all. The reviews and features are well done, but I’m feeling as though “I’ve seen it all” and am wasting time I could put to better use.

    Rick, thanks for the info. on The Monitor. Llee, Anon E. Muss, and c-ex prof — your knowledge and experience will be most helpful when I embark on this project. I will let you know what happens.

    Many thanks to all of you.

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  125. Rick in Shermantown, Ohio on 20 Mar 2018 at 3:49 am #

    Ruth Anne and Mark:

    As I was typing my entry last night, I was thinking about adding a phrase about voluntary contributions to a PayPal account.

    For me, using this space for free for years has worked on me. Artists deserve to be paid if we are going to use their services and products.

    That’s one reason why I still purchase music CDs or downloads.

    Jimmy doesn’t offer music, and I will be extremely happy to pay each month for the privilege of using this blog.

  126. joedon on 20 Mar 2018 at 5:20 am #

    where id JJ- more vacation?

  127. Mark in TTown on 20 Mar 2018 at 5:34 am #

    Good morning Charlotte. I looked up the newspaper’s website. Here is a link to the part about managing your subscription:

    Good luck getting out of it. It can be hard to cancel any kind of service these days since everybody’s trying to keep what they’ve got.

  128. emb on 20 Mar 2018 at 5:38 am #

    Would it be by the post or by the month? Beginning to sound messy.


  129. Llee on 20 Mar 2018 at 7:18 am #

    JANIS!!! :) Go, girl !

  130. Llee on 20 Mar 2018 at 7:26 am #

    Here’s a place the BBC hasn’t documented much……

  131. Llee on 20 Mar 2018 at 7:28 am #

    And for the Sci fi fans….

    joe, I imagine Jimmy’s working. When the art goes well, you want to keep going.