Dec 6th 2017 07:55 am Occasional Table

The crash of my Web site yesterday was just one more reminder how much work I have to do here. I had always believed that The Great New Web Site of the Future would be unveiled in toto one glorious day, like some statue. I have come to realize the upgrade of my online effort will be a gradual thing, more like the carving than the unveiling. I could start, say, by posting more often! The folding in of Facebook is part of it. It’s all incremental, and we get to enjoy it together.

We went over this a few weeks ago, so I hope you’ll excuse me for mentioning it again, but it is significant. If you visit to view the daily Arlo & Janis, or any other comics, I hope you will consider signing up for a subscription, those of you who haven’t already. There are two options: free and not free. For purposes of our discussion here, either will do. Either plan will enable you, among other things, to choose certain favorite comics that will be assembled for you each day on your own customized comics page. At that time, I hope you will include Arlo & Janis. That is all.

(Addendum: To clarify, one signs up, or “subscribes,” to in a general sense, and this allows one to choose, or “subscribe,” to a specific comic, such as A&J. Or Wallace the Brave, etc.)

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36 Responses to “Occasional Table”

  1. emb on 06 Dec 2017 at 8:17 am #

    Must phone my beloved cleaning lady and tell her the driveway is glare ice. Peace,

  2. Mark in TTown on 06 Dec 2017 at 8:24 am #

    The lady doth protest too much, methinks. Quit talking about it Janis, or he will look just to see why you are so fidgety about it.

  3. Mark in TTown on 06 Dec 2017 at 8:26 am #

    Ain’t it the truth?

  4. HyperTay on 06 Dec 2017 at 8:29 am #

    Jimmy, I only have 3 toons saved, Arlo & Janis, Doonesbury, and Calvin and Hobbes. The only mornings I don’t read those 3 is if I am too sick to get to the pc! A&J have let me know there are people out there just like my husband and I, we are not alone <3

  5. John in Houston Texas on 06 Dec 2017 at 8:37 am #

    Once I got my wife a rain barrel for Christmas and was able to bury it in the garage all the way to Christmas Eve. I had to join years ago when my paper dropped Monty on Sunday. Top down is A&J, Monty, Agnes, Drabble, Get Fuzzy, Pearls Before Swine…..

  6. Jackie Monies on 06 Dec 2017 at 8:50 am #

    I read Arlo and Janis at about midnight each morning. I have added Monty back. I occasionally read Doonesbury.

    You are in good company.

  7. Jackie Monies on 06 Dec 2017 at 8:55 am #

    Does it help you if we do that? They keep nagging me to do that, create my own comics psge.

    If it does help you get points or something with the suits then we will help by doing it.

    It must, since you brought it up?

    Jackie, I’m glad you asked. It does help! If you go to the Arlo & Janis page at (or the page of any other comic there) you will see, toward the upper left, the word “subscribe” and a number, in the case of A&J at this moment, “64,607″. That’s what we’re talking about here. Arlo & Janis generally does well in the area of subscribers, or followers, and I’m not trying to goose the numbers. I just want my readers to know about it: if you no longer subscribe to a newspaper, this is one way to contribute. — JJ

  8. TruckerRon on 06 Dec 2017 at 9:20 am #

    Change is hard. Some change is fun. Some is emotional.

    Especially for little kids.

  9. sandcastler™ on 06 Dec 2017 at 9:31 am #

    WARNING Jimmy Johnson, I just joined GoComics via my Twitter account. Should GoComics data mine my Twitter account I won’t be responsible for the fallout. ;-)

    Now, don’t forget to subscribe to A&J! And I don’t mind your Twitter account! — JJ

  10. Mark in TTown on 06 Dec 2017 at 9:50 am #

  11. JACKQULINE MONIES on 06 Dec 2017 at 10:02 am #

    Ghost and I saw one of those driverless cars in Tulsa during rush hour traffic yesterday doing 35 on the freeway.

    Turned out to have a VERY short senior driving it who could not see or be seen.

  12. JACKQULINE MONIES on 06 Dec 2017 at 10:08 am #

    By the by, Gocomics in their aggressiveness made me register for more than one account! I complied and if I view on different phones or tablets I may be voting .ore than once.

    If this is true do not blame me if a recount is called for.

  13. curmudgeonly ex-professor on 06 Dec 2017 at 10:26 am #

    Good one, Mark/TT!

  14. TruckerRon on 06 Dec 2017 at 10:34 am #

    Speaking of unusual drivers, Nick Vujicic has faced more obstacles than most:

  15. Becky Hedges on 06 Dec 2017 at 10:38 am #

    A n J is the only one I want bless their everlasting hearts.

  16. Linden Lentz on 06 Dec 2017 at 11:25 am #

    I have subscribed to for years now as it is my only way to view Arlo and Janis. No one has mentioned that there is a Go Comic app for your smart phone for those times when you don’t have access to a larger screen.

  17. emb on 06 Dec 2017 at 1:07 pm #

    Cute little girl.

    Late spring of ’58. Elaine [pregnant] and older son had spent a few wks in Can. with another family, while I stayed near Ann Arbor studying sciurids [squirrels, so named and otherwise]. During this time, for job application photo reasons, I shaved off my beard. Met them at the RR terminal in Detroit. Waiting room was a flight of stairs below the tracks and platforms, and I was at the bottom of the steps. Son recognized me before Elaine did. Maybe he was just the one first looking in the right direction.

    Grew it back when I became sure it would be acceptable on a BSU biology prof. They were rarer then than they became by the ’70s.


  18. TruckerRon on 06 Dec 2017 at 2:49 pm #

    I think Janis’s use of misdirection will work perfectly on Arlo. He’s already filed it away under “mindless, pointless chatter.”

  19. Morphy on 06 Dec 2017 at 4:19 pm #

    TruckerRon, I’m with you on that. Everyone sees A&J in their own home. I immediately accept any change in furnishing, as fitting her desire and therefore good. Though I have been known to balk at end of month statements.

    But at the time, yeah it would work on me too. I tend to be more interested in what is in her head then what we are sitting on, or setting our drinks on. (or on what we are setting our drinks) It actually works the other way too. I just now remembered some temporary bedside stands that were nothing more than intersecting corrugated board, topped with press-board. Through a nice quality cloth over it, and it holds up the lamp as well as any heirloom could.

  20. steve on 06 Dec 2017 at 5:24 pm #

    Looooongtime subscriber to – A & J at the top of my list. painless and easy wakeup routine, lots of other comics to enjoy daily.

    Steve in Ann Arbor, War Eagle ’67!

  21. Jackie Monies on 06 Dec 2017 at 6:17 pm #

    OK, they got my $20 to upgrade to a ad free subscription. I imagine they will want $20 for each of my email accounts I use and each phone or tablet.

    You are worth it Mr. Johnson.

    Ghost find the subscribe icon. It is not on my tablet or my phones. I will sign in on a computer and look.

  22. Ghost on 06 Dec 2017 at 6:18 pm #

    I subscribed, but the counter did not increase to 64,608. In fact, it now shows 64,604. I suppose that out of 64K+ some are always coming and going. And I have a very short “Comics Page”…one comic.

  23. Jackie Monies on 06 Dec 2017 at 6:23 pm #

    Bread pudding in oven. Going to make shrimp gumbo and french bread.I

    We are sniffy and sneezey. The other five are missing.

  24. Rick in Shermantown, Ohio on 06 Dec 2017 at 7:02 pm #

    I subscribed.

    Now, how do I establish my own comics page?

  25. Rick in Shermantown, Ohio on 06 Dec 2017 at 7:36 pm #

    Odd. My subscription raised it to 64,605.

    I went away for a few minutes, came back, and found that the number had returned to 64,604.

  26. emb on 06 Dec 2017 at 8:20 pm #

    Neat. Conspiracy types may suggest the 25 yrs was how long it took paleoanthropologists to build a convincing fake skeleton.


  27. emb on 06 Dec 2017 at 8:43 pm #

    Another nerdy site. Perspective: when I was a kid, it was still news that the Milky Way was not the only galaxy in the universe, and was widely thought that ours was the only stellar system with planets.


  28. TruckerRon on 06 Dec 2017 at 9:00 pm #

    On issues that involve a lot of suppositions and assumptions, I believe in withholding judgment. More data will come to light eventually that supports or disproves the initial hypothesis. Even Einstein reportedly had doubts about quantum mechanics, though his work was critical to researchers’ understanding of QM.

    Note that since this was published 2 years ago gravity waves have been detected and used to find colliding black holes and neutron stars.

  29. Jackie Monies on 06 Dec 2017 at 10:04 pm #

    My reading lately has been on Plantagenets which revolved around Henry II and moved on to his descendents. Then I skipped a lot of war and moved on to the Tudors focusing first on Henry VIII and moving through his descendents

    And wives. Lots of wives. And lots of dead heirs.

    Not unrelated to Christmss. They celebrated, fessting, giving gifts, dancing,playing games and music. And going to church at times.

    Learned a lot. They educated women, not just men. Intrigue was every where. Kings were indeed “off with their heads” or capable of cruel whims and desires they fulfilled.

    They brushed their teeth. And bathed. And wore their own hair. And rouge.

  30. Anonymous on 06 Dec 2017 at 10:27 pm #

    I subscribe, have a couple dozen I read, but A&J is at the very top!!!!!

  31. TruckerRon on 07 Dec 2017 at 12:40 am #

    Last week we set some record highs. Right now it’s 15F out there, supposed to go to (Brrr!) 7F before morning.

    The good news is the high that’s settled in is giving clear skies. The bad news is that the haze that’s building up is ruining the “seeing.” Only the stars near the zenith are really visible. I’m glad I finally have a laser pointer to use as a finder so I’m no longer hurting my neck trying to use the “red dot finder” that came with my ‘scope.

  32. Rick in Shermantown, Ohio on 07 Dec 2017 at 4:48 am #


    I take it that you now have your own page.

    How did you create it?

  33. TruckerRon on 07 Dec 2017 at 7:50 am #

    “A miss is as good as a smile!” It only got down to 11F. Only.

  34. Mark in TTown on 07 Dec 2017 at 8:02 am #

    In the 20′s in Tulsa, TruckerRon.

  35. JACKQULINE MONIES on 07 Dec 2017 at 8:28 am #

    We switch to flannel sheets today. I was so exhausted I forgot to move ferns in. I will see if help can clean, water and move inside.

    We were trying to keep pipes and dogs and cats and chickens warm. All have houses but trying to get heated without burning down.

  36. Spiffy on 07 Dec 2017 at 9:10 pm #

    Hey Jimmy, if you want to fix your website consider: Everybody else in the entire universe expects “previous” to link to the next older page, and “next” to link to the next newer one.