Oct 25th 2018 09:14 am Partying Like It’s 1999

This was the first Arlo & Janis of the new millennium, Jan. 1, 2000. That is, of course, unless you’re one of the literalists who insist the first day of the millennium actually was Jan. 1, 2001. I’ll bet you thought you wouldn’t have to go through that discussion for another thousand years, did you? Unlike Arlo, I did a little better that New Year’s Eve. I put on my tux and went out into the world, just like something out of Turner Classic Movies. Yes, I actually own a tuxedo, but, assuming the moths haven’t reduced it to a collection of holes, I suspect it is dreadfully out of style. Maybe not, given my conservative sartorial tastes. I own a tux, because I am a cartoonist. No, that is not the non sequitur it would seem. The National Cartoonists Society’s annual awards dinner, The Reubens, for years was strictly black-tie. I haven’t attended an NCS annual meeting recently, but I did attend on a semi-regular basis when I was starting out. I actually purchased formal wear to save myself the trouble and expense of renting a monkey suit every year. I think I’ve worn it twice since that famous New Year’s Eve. I should check and see how much the moths have left me.
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36 Responses to “Partying Like It’s 1999”

  1. Llee on 25 Oct 2018 at 9:17 am #


  2. emb on 25 Oct 2018 at 9:44 am #

    ‘Literalist’ has too much sectarian baggage. Those of us who know how many years there are in a century prefer ‘purist.’


  3. Neil of Norman and Rockford on 25 Oct 2018 at 11:25 am #

    In the strip, the copyright date says 2000, but the dateline reads 1/1/01. So you’ve set the millennium in both years. It’s Shrodingers Millennium.

    I’m a purist. That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it. — JJ

  4. David from Austin on 25 Oct 2018 at 11:52 am #

    I spent that night in the office. We shut down servers and important hosts after full backups on Dec 30 and 31. That was after spending a good part of the previous year updating systems, testing, and confirming that problems with date math were fixed.

    The reason the Y2K “bug” was such a publicity flop after the fact is that tens-or-hundreds of thousands of Information Technology staffers and management worked almost countless hours to be sure there wasn’t a problem.

    [Insert chip on shoulder] The time and effort expended was rarely recognized by the non-technical public– most just considered the whole issue one more example of crying “Wolf!” [Remove chip]

  5. Mark Jackson on 25 Oct 2018 at 12:28 pm #

    Jimmy, you need to work harder at optimization:


  6. Steve From Royal Oak, MI on 25 Oct 2018 at 1:55 pm #

    There were two great commercials on that day. One was for ESPN


    The other one was for Nike where the runner is oblivious to the chaos around him until he sees a fellow runner and acknowledges him with a “Hey” I was in the middle of my marathoning days and my son was a track star at his high school. We both could relate.

  7. Steve From Royal Oak, MI on 25 Oct 2018 at 1:55 pm #


    This is the Nike ad

  8. Texas Jack Black on 25 Oct 2018 at 9:00 pm #

    I spent much of the Y2K eve and night sitting in a sub basement as a security measure should the computers attempt to destroy civilization. What dark art was expected from me that day remains unknown.

  9. Old Bear on 25 Oct 2018 at 9:23 pm #


    The reason it was a non event was private sector had been upgrading for years,(Our certainly were) and had Techs that knew what they were doing.

    The government types that did not know certain body parts from a hole in the ground
    ran around like chickens with no head yelling the sky is falling (mixed metaphor I know)
    because A) government equipment was out dated B) they did not know what they were
    talking about {PHB syndrome} C) they had to be seen to be saying something.

  10. Jackie on 25 Oct 2018 at 11:36 pm #

    Ghost looks so good in a tux that before I got cancer I had considered becoming a Tulsa socialite just so I could go with him to some black tie events. We still get invited. But not many black tie events.

    They are doing something like that here in town this year but I have learned not to commit to anything with cancer. Almost all my tickets to plays, ballet, opera, symphony were not used but went to waste.
    I think I deserve to go with him somewhere just to go out with a great looking man in black tie.

  11. Llee on 26 Oct 2018 at 8:36 am #

    yes….and he deserves to go out with you. have some fun!

  12. emb on 26 Oct 2018 at 12:40 pm #

    Anu Garg’s A Word A Day is “red-eye” is illustrated with a drake Wood Duck in flight. Clicked on Contact Us and wrote.

    Splendid choice to illustrate “red-eye”, though Common Loon would do as well. Wood Ducks are about as gaudy as a duck should get, but, on the 5th Day of course, Elohim gave the Middle Kingdom its sister species, the Mandarin Duck. Wouldn’t want to deprive the Dowager Empress. Peace,



  13. TruckerRon on 26 Oct 2018 at 4:21 pm #

    If anyone wants to find out the light pollution level of places near them, here’s a useful tool:


  14. Judy in Conroe on 26 Oct 2018 at 9:32 pm #

    I say to Jackie & Ghost – if you feel like dressing up and going out, then great! Go for it! My husband does not like to dress up (and never has). I enjoy wearing something glitzy now and then. Back in college, one of the most fun evenings we had was when some of us girls put on formals and convinced our guy friends to go out with us to the student union for dinner. Most of the guys wore jeans and shirts, but hey – they were nice jeans and pressed shirts, so everyone was happy and we had a great time.

  15. Jackie on 26 Oct 2018 at 11:46 pm #

    Ghost looks amazing in coat and tie. Suits. Tall and imposing, I think he could pull off any outfit.

    Ghost looks more like an authentic cowboy than most real ones in his jeans and boots. I keep threatening to buy a pony for the dog yard.

  16. emb on 27 Oct 2018 at 8:53 am #

    Kenya: hippos, oxpeckers



  17. Ruth Anne in Winter Park on 27 Oct 2018 at 12:13 pm #

    Funny and sad at the same time – https://www.farandwide.com/s/funniest-yelp-reviews-national-parks-8eaed16980024eb3

  18. Sideburns on 27 Oct 2018 at 5:57 pm #

    I loved those reviews, Ruth Anne, especially the one that complained about not being able to touch the lava. Having been there, I can point out that there’s nothing stopping you from touching the lava after it cools, if that’s what you want. And, I agree with the complaint about the tour guide who told the group to listen to the cave and then wouldn’t stop talking.

    As far as the Grand Canyon goes, I must say that Donald Duck has done a great job of repairing all of the damage he did on his visit.

  19. Mark in TTown on 27 Oct 2018 at 7:57 pm #

    I just realized, it’s not even 8pm and I’m drinking hot cocoa. Life imitates art.

  20. Ghost on 27 Oct 2018 at 8:07 pm #

    Ah, ladies? Perhaps cut back on the number of hours of yoga you do each day?


  21. Mark in TTown on 27 Oct 2018 at 9:05 pm #

    I don’t think it was the yoga, but that new diet plan, Ghost!

  22. curmudgeonly ex-professor on 27 Oct 2018 at 11:38 pm #

    Sherman’s Lagoon is pretty funny today (Sunday).

  23. Jackie on 28 Oct 2018 at 11:42 am #

    The Chinese laundry is back in business. We were running out of some categories. Me Fun How.

  24. Ghost on 28 Oct 2018 at 4:44 pm #

    I KNEW they’d carry this too far.


  25. joedon on 29 Oct 2018 at 4:55 am #

    That may be how Red Sox fans feel after staying up late on east coast watching all the late games. But since they won the World Series it was worth it.

  26. Mark in TTown on 29 Oct 2018 at 5:29 am #

    I hope Jimmy shows us Arlo’s “surprise”. It sure seems to have made an impression on Ludwig!

  27. emb on 29 Oct 2018 at 6:48 am #

    Kenya, Impala. They’re also at another nearby site. Scroll.



  28. Ghost on 29 Oct 2018 at 9:40 am #



  29. emb on 29 Oct 2018 at 9:56 am #

    Two bison & a prairie dog in Canada. Most prairie dogs are in hibernation by now.



  30. Ruth Anne in Winter Park on 29 Oct 2018 at 12:58 pm #

    JJ: Great color job on the moving cat. I can’t imagine that would have happened if you weren’t doing it yourself.

  31. Mark in TTown on 29 Oct 2018 at 1:13 pm #

    And the red eyes, too!

  32. Mark in TTown on 29 Oct 2018 at 7:49 pm #

    Wonder if Arlo was wearing one of these?


  33. Mark in TTown on 29 Oct 2018 at 7:50 pm #


  34. emb on 29 Oct 2018 at 9:39 pm #

    Kenya, bird. Jay? Will look.



  35. TruckerRon on 29 Oct 2018 at 10:24 pm #

    Touching scene with Prince Harry, his wife, and some very cute kids in Oz:


  36. emb on 30 Oct 2018 at 4:54 am #

    Kenya: Behemoth and the missus. Peace,