Feb 1st 2018 09:06 am oO (Get it?)

Why am I always picking on Ohio? I’ve never even been to Ohio, except for two trips to Cincinnati, and I think that barely counts as Ohio. Anyway, I ran across this Sunday A&J from 2004 and decided to show it to you today. I know, I know. We’re about as far as we can get from Columbus Day, but I was searching through old Sunday cartoons, looking for examples to make a point here, but I found this one instead. It doesn’t make my point at all, but I like it. I swear! I’m drinking the same coffee this morning that I always drink.

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64 Responses to “oO (Get it?)”

  1. JACKQULINE MONIES on 01 Feb 2018 at 9:14 am #

    Love this strip! One of your best Sundays.

  2. David from Austin on 01 Feb 2018 at 9:15 am #

    Given the highness of that second “O”, it may not be what you are drinking that is at issue? Are you visiting one of those ‘recreational’ smoking product states? ;)

    John Denver has a great song about Toledo, Ohio.


    Yes! I remember that song. I liked JD’s humorous songs best (Forest Lawn), although they’re not what’s remembered. — JJ

  3. Bonnie from GloucesterMA on 01 Feb 2018 at 10:01 am #

    The Sunday strip is extremely clever – every frame. And your pun for o hi O is also very clever. You’re on a roll!!!!

    I’d like to take credit, but I remember the “O, high O” gag from “Highlights” or “Weekly Reader” or something I read when I was about seven years old. — JJ

  4. jp on 01 Feb 2018 at 10:10 am #

    As a buddy from Cleveland used to say (I’m from Toledo):

    Ohio is a great place to be from.

    (emphasis on ‘from’…)


  5. Blinky the Wonder Wombat on 01 Feb 2018 at 10:13 am #

    Every panel is great but “Zen minimalism” literally had me laughing out loud!

  6. Jim in TN on 01 Feb 2018 at 10:32 am #

    Glad David posted Denver’s Toledo song or I would have!

    Glad you referenced Forrest Lawn too Jimmy.

    I read that part of the reason Denver did the comedic/political songs
    Was from his time in Chad Mitchell Trio and those kind of songs were part
    Of the material that they did in college appearances.

    Still listen to a lot of Denver even now.

  7. Steve from Royal Oak, MI on 01 Feb 2018 at 11:26 am #

    But have you ever noticed how many states have a Franklin?

    Or who was this guy (or gal) named Main? Sure are lot of city streets with that name!

  8. TruckerRon on 01 Feb 2018 at 11:36 am #

    Yet Main St isn’t the most popular street name in the US. One source lists it as 7th. Second is first.


  9. hc on 01 Feb 2018 at 12:50 pm #

    Hey hey – Columbus day is my birthday = can’t be all that bad!

  10. Jon on 01 Feb 2018 at 1:01 pm #

    Thank you for reminding me of the Chad Mitchell Trio. I was born a conservative Republican so I was not into protest songs. Barry Goldwater was the first presidential election I ever voted in, he so inspired me. In spite of all this I loved many of the Chad Mitchell songs, especially “Barry’s Boys.” Actually, I agreed with it completely and thought it was very complementary to those of us who really believed. “What did You Learn in School Today?” was another favorite. I much preferred that to what they learn, or don’t learn, today. I must add Chad Mitchell to “My Music.”

  11. Bryan on 01 Feb 2018 at 1:01 pm #

    Jimmy, this ‘toon makes a very good point. Well, the push-pin has a point, at the least.

  12. Ghost on 01 Feb 2018 at 1:39 pm #

    In fairness, the District of Columbia was (sort of) named for Christopher Columbus, although I seriously doubt he’s be particularly proud of that.

  13. curmudgeonly ex-professor on 01 Feb 2018 at 2:23 pm #

    I imagine there are boatloads of things named for the explorer: country of Colombia, Columbus in GA, Columbus Circle in NYCity, Columbia River, and so forth.

  14. emb on 01 Feb 2018 at 2:28 pm #

    Favorite Chad Mitchell song is “The unfortunate man”, re lawyer named Mr. Clay. “Be sure to examine your intended wife. She had limits; some had to wait until after it was official. When we sang it in the car, I did bass harmony; it’s an easy part to follow. They also did Hava Nagila [sp.?] well.

    Had no idea Denver sang w/ them, and no longer have the LP to check. Peace,

  15. emb on 01 Feb 2018 at 2:31 pm #

    MN’s Franklin is about 11 mi. due E of Redwood Falls, which is nowhere near any naturally occurring redwoods, but is in a valley that seems much to vast for the minor river that runs through it, the MN River. Wonder how that happened?


  16. Morphy on 01 Feb 2018 at 3:52 pm #

    Jackie, saw your report of Ghost on ‘next’ page. Glad to hear progress if not recovery. Getting all dried out, from winter air, heating, making copious volumes of snot, reacting to germs with fever, and the side effects of the drugs to treat it, can make a strong man as loopy as a desert wanderer. I’ve heard rescue swimmers are trained on how to deliver a single KO punch to subdue a drowner into compliance. Might be a myth. Not sure I would suggest it as a course of action.

    The love rings out on its own. It is a bright spot in gloomy days. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  17. Morphy on 01 Feb 2018 at 4:20 pm #

    emb, U-shaped valleys are glacial, carved by solid water, somehow mysteriously retreated on a very large scale without the help of humans. V-shaped valleys are cut by liquid water in rivers. Plains and other flat areas too broad to be considered valleys may be ancient inland seas, released during one of those mysterious thaws. These are just the erosion based shaping forces. Other geologic forces of lifting may also apply. But I think you know that already, and just want to keep throwing things out there.

    Happy to oblige. You seem to have a strange idea that Christian faith precludes natural understanding. Very odd. Elitist and dismissive, all rolled up.

  18. TruckerRon on 01 Feb 2018 at 4:27 pm #

    I never had any stops in Ohio and my timing never gave me reason to stop at The World’s Biggest Truck Stop… but it did look amazing as I drove past it!


  19. JACKQULINE MONIES on 01 Feb 2018 at 4:30 pm #

    Grim news on the flu in Oklahoma. We have had 92 deaths of which 80 were adults over 50. Only 12 deaths were age 18-50.

    It is not too late to get a flu shot and it does help some ameliorate the severity or offer protection.

    There’s that $10 word. Where’s Debbe?


  20. JACKQULINE MONIES on 01 Feb 2018 at 4:31 pm #

    Elitest. Good $5 word. Good vocabulary.

  21. TruckerRon on 01 Feb 2018 at 4:41 pm #

    I hope people can agree that the purposes of religion and science need not be at cross-purposes… Science is for discovering how things in the universe work, have worked, and will work. Religion is for discovering how to live and treat each other.

    As an amateur astronomer and former trucker, I know how very far apart things are both in this world and in the universe. I know that the ultimate speed limit is the speed of light and that as far as we can tell we’re seeing things that happened minutes ago (on our sun), hours ago (Neptune), and many years ago (well over 10 billion for distant galaxies). The laws of physics and chemistry are more obvious and provable than those of other fields, but where truth is the goal (not politics) the truth will prevail.

    As a Christian, my faith informs me that we are meant to be spiritual beings living by higher laws; that means we can also fall lower than any animal preying on another. Religious truth is found by differing means in various religions, but even there we can learn by observation which religious teachings bear good fruit.

    So, please power down your weapons and find other places to explore those differences of opinion. I’m waiting to find out just how much mucous Ghost has and will produce, also how many women it takes to restrain him when he is delirious.

  22. Mark in TTown on 01 Feb 2018 at 5:32 pm #


  23. Galliglo in Ohio on 01 Feb 2018 at 8:03 pm #

    Bravo, Trucker Ron!

  24. David from Austin on 01 Feb 2018 at 8:38 pm #

    I’m with TR. I’m both religious and an amateur scientist. I am good with science providing whats, hows, wheres & whens, with my faith providing the whys. There’s no reason to argue religion here. Though the scientific method requires scepticism, no reason to argue science here, either. Present a few facts, maybe, and discuss, but no need for name calling.

    I’m wondering how we establish the control, for comparison, to Ghost’s never-ending mucous?

    On the flu, saw published today that this year’s vaccine may be as little as 10% effective for working adults. Glad that with the kidney transplant I’m spending most of my time at home! For those of you that were watching TV in the 80′s, “Lets be careful out there.”

  25. JACKQULINE MONIES on 01 Feb 2018 at 8:56 pm #

    Ghost’s mucous production has slowed down. On Monday we see my lovely Dr. Lovelace for his skin. I will find a beautiful allergist for the nose.

    Through process of elimination and symptoms, results, recovery and use of MayoClinic online diagnostic site we believe Ghost suffered a sudden bizarre food poisoning during our Tulsa trip.

    He had two women fussing over him all day and was able to recover to point he is drinking the Southern panacea for upset stomach, Coca Cola.

  26. JACKQULINE MONIES on 01 Feb 2018 at 8:59 pm #

    Definitive symptoms of food poisoning per Mayo Clinic. It isn’t just puking!


  27. JACKQULINE MONIES on 01 Feb 2018 at 9:03 pm #

    Note that Ghost’s high temp of 101.8, his severe dehydration, his confusion and delirium, along with neurological symptoms were reason to see s doctor.

    Who knew? It wasn’t puking.

  28. TruckerRon on 01 Feb 2018 at 10:15 pm #

    It used to be that when I agreed with my wife that I needed to see a doctor that she knew I was delirious and REALLY needed to see a doctor. Since my health reversals in ’09 I’m seeing doctors at least monthly between the specialties and my GP. Times change, and so must I.

  29. Mark in TTown on 01 Feb 2018 at 10:45 pm #

    Tell me where he ate last and I will avoid that place!

  30. JACKQULINE MONIES on 01 Feb 2018 at 11:49 pm #

    It’s one of our favorites. We will just avoid that dish. I ate two of the black pepper prawns and did not get sick but they were placed on top of Main entree which I did not eat.

    We suspect it was the noodle entree or sauce.

  31. emb on 02 Feb 2018 at 7:37 am #

    Love scones, but had a blueberry scone weeks back that gave me the 36 hr. runs. No other symptoms, likely simple food poisoning. Chocolate chip next time; love their coffee. Peace,

  32. JACKQULINE MONIES on 02 Feb 2018 at 8:38 am #

    Ghost and I have discovered that ad Arlo said when he realized he was brushing with Janis toothbrush, “Love is not easily grossed out.”

  33. emb on 02 Feb 2018 at 8:52 am #

    Trucker: Your “Science is for discovering how things in the universe work, have worked, and will work. Religion is for discovering how to live and treat each other.” is right on.

    Unfortunately, the second sentence is only partly true. Historically, for many religion has been a tool for controlling, abusing, or oppressing others [e.g., of particular social status, faith, or gender] for social or material gain, for distorting or denying science, or for other sins.

    Further, Morphy contends:, “You seem to have a strange idea that Christian faith precludes natural understanding. Very odd. Elitist and dismissive, all rolled up.” This suggests he is either ignorant of the obvious, or chooses to slander me. Out of charity, I assume the former.

    Those who have read my posts over the years should realize that I am a person of faith, one who believes he has integrated his unorthodox theology with “natural understanding” of the operation and history of Elohim’s universe reasonably and successfully, but also tentatively. Any who are “certain” about any conclusion, scientific or theological, are claiming more than I believe mortals are capable of, and thus displaying hubris [overweening pride], first of the Seven Deadlies.

    For those for whom “hubris” is not elitist enough, Happy Groundhog [Marmota monax, a peculiar member of the tribe Marmotini within the squirrel family Sciuridae] Day. Peace,

  34. emb on 02 Feb 2018 at 8:56 am #

    Today’s 2 Feb] “Dustin” is hilarious.

  35. MontanaPhil on 02 Feb 2018 at 9:51 am #

    The riddle I remember from Weekly Reader or Highlights was “What’s round on the ends and high in the middle?” I guess Ohio has been a target for a long time.

  36. Debbe on 02 Feb 2018 at 2:10 pm #

    Good afternoon Villagers…-

    …and it’s gonna be a short one…


  37. TruckerRon on 02 Feb 2018 at 2:57 pm #

    emb: There’s no limit to what we humans can and will misuse and weaponize against others. Nothing, not even small cuddly animals, seems to be exempt.

  38. Mark in TTown on 02 Feb 2018 at 3:00 pm #

    They’re fighting back!


  39. JACKQULINE MONIES on 02 Feb 2018 at 8:47 pm #

    Oh no! The Village has been shut down again!

    Ghost and I went to sign lease on my little retail space this morning. It is on Main Street in part of this wonderful historic bank that is three stories talk with a giant basement below.

    I know, I have cancer. I know I have side effects from hemo. I know this is not common sense.

    It is my 74 birthday this week. I always do something to celebrate my birthday that is impractical, illogical and often just outrageous. This is this year’s celebration of life.

    Be happy you are alive and do something to make others happy you are too.

    The shop is called Steals. Guess what it is?

  40. emb on 02 Feb 2018 at 9:10 pm #

    A consignment second-hand shop? Peace,

  41. Jackie Monies on 02 Feb 2018 at 9:51 pm #

    Not at all. Hardly my style. I am actually very wealthy emb and were you on Facebook you could see photos of my home on the lake, my yacht and boats, my decor and yards and vehicles, at al.

    No, I am going to have fun with a look alike “high dollar” boutique that mimics the clothes and trends of the upscale market at an affordable price people here in a small town can afford. We have two such shops here that no one can afford to buy from already and none they can.

    Fashion is a passion but I refuse to pay retsil for anything. It’s the steal or the deal I love.

    We’ll have antique look armoires, art, furniture like Rodeo Drive, window displays that poke fun and laugh and clothes so anyone can dress like a millionaire. It will be a hoot!

    Mostly raiding my huge wsrehouses. I hate garage sales.

  42. emb on 02 Feb 2018 at 10:11 pm #

    Good for you. We have very different irons in the fire, but each seems to be doing fruitful things. Just emailed a Sanford Health dietician [she gave a complimentary-lunch talk at the hospital today] my recipe for signature W. Afr. style fruit + chicken curry. It got rave reviews at a BUMC potluck Sunday [potluck is a UMC sacrament], and I w/b doing it sometime this spring for an ELCA clergy couple who have “adopted” me, but with frozen mallard from fall ’17 hunting season. Said couple are picking me up in 11 hr. for bfst at a downtown bakery. Hmm. Another idea is germinating. Nighty bunch!

  43. JACKQULINE MONIES on 02 Feb 2018 at 10:39 pm #

    One of purposes in opening a women’s boutique is to supply Ghost with a steady supply of comely women on a daily basis. We are next door to the best salon in town and around corner from big nail salon.

    We will of course carry Sun dresses and romper suits and mini skirts and sheer see through tops. Lots of leggings.

    Ghost and Dickens get to work in shop. Landlord is dog and cat friendly.

    I consider Ghost good advertising with his long legs and tight jeans and sweet Southern drawl.

  44. Charlotte in NH on 02 Feb 2018 at 11:18 pm #

    Jackie, your plans sound terrific! I bet you will have a good time with this, and the town will benefit too.

    I sure hope that Ghost will bounce back from the illness that laid him low. If there is a next time, don’t wait long — get help right away. Easy for me to say, I live a mile from the hospital, and I appreciate the difficulties of living so far away. Make an emergency plan and make sure everyone knows.

  45. Mark in TTown on 02 Feb 2018 at 11:39 pm #

    Is this the building, Jackie?


  46. JACKQULINE MONIES on 03 Feb 2018 at 2:21 am #

    No Mark, it’s the bank building on corner of next block on same side of street from same historic period..

    Paradise Realty is main tenant, she owns building and is my landlord. On corner on left hand side of Main going north toward Muskogee.

    Eufaula, Oklahoma is one of oldest most historic towns in Oklahoma, settled during the days of Indian territory. It is the capital of the Muskogee Nation.

  47. emb on 03 Feb 2018 at 7:44 am #

    Sorry, 0900. That’s a neat bldg. Maybe I’ll get to see the Louis Sullivan bank in Owatonna this summer. Peace,

  48. Mark in TTown on 03 Feb 2018 at 8:39 am #

    OK, so it’s this one. https://www.google.com/maps/@35.2875845,-95.5823998,3a,75y,298.93h,97.53t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sUdUbBjzUovJVE7tD43hqCA!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

    The reason I thought it was the Foley is your description of a 3 story building, and this one looks like it only has two visible. Good Luck

  49. JACKQULINE MONIES on 03 Feb 2018 at 9:13 am #

    Yes, that is it. It has a third floor attic I guess and a full below ground basement. I am tiny shop down at end on right of building on the alley.

    She put beautiful black awnings around building and lots of exterior upgrades.

    My space has hardwood floors and beautiful new bathroom, fresh sheet rock and paint, lighting and wiring.

  50. Llee on 03 Feb 2018 at 9:36 am #

    Cool, Jackie. :) Sounds like a good plan. Happy Birthday!!!!

  51. Debbe on 03 Feb 2018 at 11:02 am #

    Happy Caturday Villagers….

    Jackie…is your shop the one with the window open on the second floor in Mark’s pic??

    Cold and dreary here in SIN…..another depressing day.

    …and your grin for the day: https://i.chzbgr.com/full/9120642560/h424596E5/

  52. Debbe on 03 Feb 2018 at 11:05 am #

    …and another :)


  53. Debbe on 03 Feb 2018 at 11:10 am #

    ..somebody stop me…..


  54. Ghost on 03 Feb 2018 at 11:11 am #

    The Ghost abides. Even if he did eat the “fish”. Fortunately, Jackie did not.


  55. Nancy Kirk in AZ on 03 Feb 2018 at 11:21 am #

    Gorgeous building, Jackie!! I love beautiful old ones like that. Thanks for the link, Mark.

  56. JACKQULINE MONIES on 03 Feb 2018 at 12:40 pm #

    Ghost says “Steals, sun dresses, rompers, shorts, halter tops, doing our part to keep Eufaula beautiful. “

  57. Mark in TTown on 03 Feb 2018 at 2:23 pm #

    Jackie, for the clothes to help them be beautiful, the wearer must make some effort too. But with your taste, the clothes are bound to help.

  58. Mark in TTown on 03 Feb 2018 at 2:24 pm #

    Oh, and that second picture is not static. Since it’s a Google map you can click around and see more angles, even follow the streets around Eufaula.

  59. Ghost on 03 Feb 2018 at 5:55 pm #

    Not that we feel poorly or anything, but heard around the house: “If we hurry, baby, we can be in bed before official sunset.”

  60. emb on 04 Feb 2018 at 7:08 am #

    Just ran across this in Anu Garg’s weekly AWAD.Mail:


  61. emb on 04 Feb 2018 at 7:37 am #

    Composer’s Datebook for Sunday, February 4, 2018 is neat.

    Similarly, I once played the first 2 movements of Mozart’s “Eine musickalischer spass” [sp.?] to a BSU class. The girl sitting by my daughter whispered “I just love Mozart” and remained in rapture while the chamber orch. oompahed along. Lovely,

  62. sandcastler™ on 04 Feb 2018 at 8:22 am #

    Are you referring to ‘Civil,’ ‘Nautical,’ or ‘Astronomical’ twilight?

  63. Ghost on 04 Feb 2018 at 10:04 am #

    The time it said in my Sunrise/Sunset phone app. :)

  64. JACKQULINE MONIES on 04 Feb 2018 at 10:08 am #

    Back in bed coughing and snotting. Not what we planned for all day in bed.