Jan 31st 2017 08:35 am Running Mate

Still running! I have to make an early run to the lumberyard this morning, but I wanted to keep things moving here. I’ve toyed with the idea of cloning myself, but I can’t help worry: what if instead of halving my pressures and problems, it doubled them? You know, the inevitable unforeseen consequence that has kept horror stories alive since Mary Shelley.
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148 Responses to “Running Mate”

  1. TruckerRon on 31 Jan 2017 at 8:44 am #

    I get to be first!

  2. TruckerRon on 31 Jan 2017 at 8:47 am #

    With that out of the way (snicker!) I’d like to nip the political comments in the bud. And yes, the fuss over the ban is political. If it weren’t, there would have been a fuss over the 2011 ban on Iraqi refugees:


    Be sure to read the 5th paragraph.

  3. Steve from Royal Oak, MI on 31 Jan 2017 at 8:48 am #

    That might be the only time that Janis has been accused of having “bad form” in the strip’s history!

    BTW, I would MUCH rather talk about her form!

  4. TruckerRon on 31 Jan 2017 at 8:50 am #

    I would also suggest folks read the text of the actual executive order before forming opinions:


  5. TruckerRon on 31 Jan 2017 at 8:50 am #

    What’s wrong with Janis’ form? I’ve always liked it!

  6. JACKQULINE MONIES on 31 Jan 2017 at 9:33 am #

    Not in disagreement at all with nothing wrong with Jsmis” form. Wish mine were as good. And my knees. I realay can’t walk very far at all any longer, much less run or jog.

    I don’t know that fixing knees will fix my ability to run and jog but it might improve walking. Now when I am wearing my Nubalance sneakers on padded track at gym I do better.

    But I don’t live in a land of padded tracks.

  7. Steve from Royal Oak, MI on 31 Jan 2017 at 10:05 am #

    All we can do is keep moving. If you can walk with assistance, it is usually better than being inactive. Shoes can make a big difference in walking, so I always tell people to make an informed decision. The local running store has had runners in the marathon for the last 3 Olympics and I always buy my shoes there. I could go on line and get a cheap pair, but my body would pay the price.

  8. JACKQULINE MONIES on 31 Jan 2017 at 10:18 am #

    My foot doctor sent me to two shoe stores that are neither cheap but very knowledgeable. There are more expensive shoes but I settled on NuBalance and Keens mostly in various colors and styles wih their pads replaced with better ones they sell.

    My orthopedist agrees with footwork.

    Of course I would love to wear the three inch scrappy heels that helped damage my feet and knees.

  9. Trapper Jean on 31 Jan 2017 at 10:25 am #

    And speaking of knees, I go in tomorrow (Wednesday) to get my right knee fixed. Finally. Yes, I know I won’t be running around like I did when I was twenty, or even forty, but it will help. I should be home tomorrow night, or at least Thursday morning, according to the doctor, and then comes physical therapy. rah.

    Jackie, I wish I could still wear my 5-inch strappy heels, but alas, that is not to be.

    Hi, Ghost Sweetie!

  10. Mark in TTown on 31 Jan 2017 at 10:55 am #

    For Jerry in FL: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/01/31/trump-is-making-full-use-of-obamas-pen-and-a-phone-precedent-how-far-will-he-take-it/

  11. Ghost Rider 6 on 31 Jan 2017 at 11:10 am #

    Jackie: I have a message for you about your surgery, but this site is rejecting it for some unknown reason. I’ll try modifying and re-sending it later.

  12. Ghost Rider 6 on 31 Jan 2017 at 11:16 am #

    Hi, Jean dear! Best of luck with your procedure, and of course we will all be awaiting word on how you did. Please let us know.

    And yes, I remember your 5-inch strappy heels and still have a mental picture of a six-foot-tall redhead wearing them. Be still, my heart. ;)

  13. Ghost Rider 6 on 31 Jan 2017 at 11:17 am #

    Careful what you wish for…


  14. JACKQULINE MONIES on 31 Jan 2017 at 11:33 am #

    Ghost you can always use jackie.monies2324@gmail.com if you can do it from a email account with secret coding yo maintain your anonymity. Just put Ghost at top.

    Supposed to be picking up my car this afternoon. On tub soaking get and dropped one of phones on water. May not have been water resistant.

    Next week is my birthday. Think my employees want to celebrate it here but I am thinking of a road trip in my present. Haven’t picked a place yet. Thinking about heading either south or west.

    Could toss a coin.

  15. JACKQULINE MONIES on 31 Jan 2017 at 11:35 am #

    Trapper good luck with your knee are you doing complete knee replacement or cleaning up? I would like to hear more. Where? How? Inquiring minds.

  16. mitch4 on 31 Jan 2017 at 12:30 pm #

    Lost in A**2, thanks much for the reply to my question! (Jan. 24) I don’t know how I forgot the term “fountain pen”. The article about sketching with one was very clarifying… and good to see photos with a left hand doing the writing or drawing!


  17. Smigz on 31 Jan 2017 at 12:53 pm #

    Trapper Jean, best of luck on the knee surgery! Will your therapy be in-patient or out-patient? You’re in my prayers, sweetie.

  18. Mark in TTown on 31 Jan 2017 at 1:22 pm #

    Jackie’s going to the dealership to cut her Mustang out of the corral and ride it home. Yee-haa! Safe trip, Jackie

  19. JACKQULINE MONIES on 31 Jan 2017 at 1:51 pm #

    Thank you Mark. I am still in town at post office looking for packages. And my hair done.

    Hey, I am a bad influence. My sweet female yard man helper just traded in the old truck her dad bought from me and got a maroon 2001 Mercury Cougar. I’d have bought that.

    She is still shaking her head over that one. I am still buying her cool clothes so I told her wed work on her clothes some more. She likes masculine clothing but so do I. Don’t have right shape but like them. Mostly on men.

  20. Jerry in Fl on 31 Jan 2017 at 2:54 pm #

    Allow me to mention some terrorists who conspired to overthrow the rulers of this country: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Patrick Henry. I was recently in the very rooms in Philadelphia where the terrorists plotted their nefarious acts. Officially I am a Methodist. Suppose the chump decides to get rid of all the Methodists. Who will object? If the President does it it can’t be illegal-Richard Nixon.

  21. Jerry in Fl on 31 Jan 2017 at 2:55 pm #

    Ghost, that was a good movie.

  22. Ruth Anne in Winter Park on 31 Jan 2017 at 3:07 pm #

    I continue to recommend the webcams at explore.org as an antidote to stress. They hope to reinstall the underwater camera at the Frying Pan Tower this weekend, weather permitting; that’s probably the most serene view. Hummingbirds have hatched in California and an egg was just laid in the Channel Islands eagles’ nest – http://explore.org/live-cams/player/channel-islands-national-park-sauces-bald-eagle

  23. Ghost Rider 6 on 31 Jan 2017 at 3:27 pm #

    One of the eagles appears to be having sushi for lunch.

  24. JACKQULINE MONIES on 31 Jan 2017 at 3:27 pm #

    Sitting at beauty shop listening to old country music, waiting my turn.

  25. Ghost Rider 6 on 31 Jan 2017 at 5:08 pm #

    For some reason this made me smile. Also, it’s a good indication that Colonel Aldrin is feeling much better than he was when he was at the South Pole recently.


  26. Ghost Rider 6 on 31 Jan 2017 at 5:12 pm #

    And I need to get a t-shirt like his.

  27. Nancy Kirk in AZ on 31 Jan 2017 at 5:49 pm #

    Hi, guys. Catching up after several really busy days. Good luck to Jean and Jackie on knees. Mine is hurting right now, which reminded me to call the orthopedic doc to see if they have gotten the Synvisc they are trying to order for me.

    Jackie, props on “enmity grows hourly.” Great phrase! Also, a question about the near fatal auto immune attack. Was it triggered by something specific, or did it just happen?

    The busy days are happening partly because Saturday we adopted a rescue dog to be a new member of the family! (Yeah, I know we have a bunch of cat people here.) We have named her Lady, they say she is 8 months old, and she appears to be an American foxhound, at least mostly. We love her a lot already.

  28. Rick in Shermantown, Ohio on 31 Jan 2017 at 6:53 pm #

    Trucker Ron:

    Thanks for the memory jog (that’s not a pun on today’s retro strip).

    I had forgotten that the two men were found in Bowling Green, which surprises me.

    I was born there, still have two relatives there, and went to WKU for my freshman year.

    It was quite a shock to read that the men were there, of all places.

  29. Smigz on 31 Jan 2017 at 6:55 pm #

    Nancy, I’m an animal person, and especially a dog person. Congratulations on adopting Lady!

  30. Ruth Anne in Winter Park on 31 Jan 2017 at 7:18 pm #

    Good light show tonight – http://explore.org/live-cams/player/northern-lights-cam

  31. emb on 31 Jan 2017 at 8:35 pm #

    Ruth Anne:

    Nice show. I’m lucky to have lived in Bemidji in a reasonably dark in-town neighborhood for 46 yr., ’59-’05. Have seen the real thing ‘live’ scores of times, often filling more than half the sky. Moved to a light-polluted town home in ’05, which has compensating advantages: somebody else does the outside work [e.g., plowed us out over last night] and am a short drive / walk from the hospital which I visit 3-4 x/wk. Today’s volunteer gig was a delight. Workout yesterday, and probably Th. and Sat. Can’t complain, and generally don’t. If I did, it would be political [see sev. posts above].


  32. Ghost Rider 6 on 31 Jan 2017 at 9:07 pm #

    Congratulations on the addition to your family, Nancy. I love beagles and similar breeds.

    I got to see some pretty impressive Northern Lights shows when I was at [undisclosed location] north of the Arctic Circle. Where I am now, not so much…except on-line. :)

  33. JACKQULINE MONIES on 31 Jan 2017 at 9:19 pm #

    Nancy thank you for adopting. You know I love dogs. Rescued is my favorite breed.

    About near fatal auto-immune attack at 17. I had a VERY bad attack of mononucleosis or kissing disease in summer school. Ended up with a spleen that almost ruptured and in hospital a couple of weeks.

    Got out and between semesters went to Mississippi Gulf Coast beaches for a long fraternity rush party that involved very little clothing on beaches.

  34. JACKQULINE MONIES on 31 Jan 2017 at 9:31 pm #

    Part way through big party I had major sun response that even Ded with glands swollen all over body and a fever so high I was semi concious. Don’t remember who played at the various dances, except it was rich fraternity and great bands. My date though, him I remember. He was special.

    Ended in hospital near death for days, cursing nuns, for which I am ashamed. I apologized to those little blue nuns until last one passed away.

    Question for Mr. Ghost you are a Southern man from a good family and a good university. We’re you in a fraternity? What was your opinion on the parties?

  35. JACKQULINE MONIES on 31 Jan 2017 at 9:40 pm #

    Went to pick up Blackjack and they had to put him in shop for door dings. I am to go back tomorrow to pick him up.

    We went to Los Cabos to eat Mexican, I had seafood enchiladas, here came credit manager to get my signature before books closed at 9 tonight. I left their check but he needed my signature.

  36. emb on 31 Jan 2017 at 10:19 pm #

    Cornell had lots of fraternities & sororities. I was a confirmed Independent [and teetotaler, back when 18s could drink], member/officer in Independent Council, met Elaine there. ‘Nuff said. Don’t think fraternities on average are good for higher ed. Peace,

  37. JACKQULINE MONIES on 31 Jan 2017 at 11:05 pm #

    I was asked to resign or kicked out of mine take your pick. I am more of an independent than they could deal with. I continued to attend fraternity parties simply because they were parties with fun bands. I continued as an independent but didn’t condemn or oppose fraternities.

    There never seemed to me to be any betterment of education in fraternities, simply an excuse to party. I was thinking about this tonight for an altogether different reason but Nancy’s question about how I nearly died from the sun exposure involved fraternity parties.

  38. JACKQULINE MONIES on 31 Jan 2017 at 11:38 pm #

    Cats are in the West minister dog show this year. Chaos erupted. My Charlie is a breed known as Beaglish which apparently is real since Hal had in his vocabulary.

  39. Old Bear on 01 Feb 2017 at 12:16 am #

    This is pic I was trying to post that was in Members Only


    GM Debbe where ever you are.

  40. Old Bear on 01 Feb 2017 at 12:33 am #

    These are pix of the WW&F starting in 2002


    (#9 in 1998)

    Click on the blue cars to see how far they have come.

  41. JACKQULINE MONIES on 01 Feb 2017 at 1:25 am #

    Old Bear I plan to call Debbe tomorrow and I will tell her. I do not think she has access to a computer or WiFi but I did suggest she could use library or McDonald’s. Not sure how large town is.

    She misses all of us.

  42. Old Bear on 01 Feb 2017 at 1:38 am #

    Thank you Jackie – just let her know we are thinking of her and she is in our prayers.

  43. Jerry in Fl on 01 Feb 2017 at 1:44 am #

    We miss her also. Dogs have personalitys just like cats do. Dean Koontz wrote a wonderful book about his dog Trixie. I will find the book and give you the name tomorrow (today actually).

  44. JACKQULINE MONIES on 01 Feb 2017 at 1:47 am #

    This little fur ball that sleeps with me is funnier and smarter than most humans.I mean Dickens of course.

  45. Rick in Shermantown, Ohio on 01 Feb 2017 at 4:43 am #

    Old Bear:

    Great photos – thanks!

  46. Rick in Shermantown, Ohio on 01 Feb 2017 at 4:45 am #


    Retro Strip – In my case, I can’t keep up with my wife when she’s power walking, let alone jogging.

  47. Mark in TTown on 01 Feb 2017 at 6:45 am #

    Old Bear, thanks for the photos.

  48. Rusty on 01 Feb 2017 at 7:29 am #

    I was independent as well. Of cours, frats were very controversial at Texas A&M when we were there, and not officially recognized by the university. They couldn’t recruit on campus, etc. I was too busy studying and courting my wife-to-be ( and still is!), not necessarily always in that order. :)

  49. Rusty on 01 Feb 2017 at 7:30 am #

    …of course… can’t type. Good night from OZ!

  50. JACKQULINE MONIES on 01 Feb 2017 at 7:46 am #

    Rusty you must have been VERY fit to be at TAMU back then, mentally and physically. We’re you Ineed Corps?

    You know I am legally an Aggie too, having more diplomas from there than anyone I know courtesy of their continuing education classes courtesy of the Benz School of Floral Design and Buddy’s donation to establish the Benz building on campus. A wonderful donation.

    Daughter is full diploma Aggie and worked for them awhile.

  51. JACKQULINE MONIES on 01 Feb 2017 at 7:47 am #

    In the corps. Hal again.

    They were male only in my day.

  52. Jackie Monies on 01 Feb 2017 at 8:05 am #

    Going back to bed like the ground hog.

  53. Trapper Jean on 01 Feb 2017 at 8:27 am #

    Nancy, congratulations on your new family member! You have done a wonderful thing!

    About to leave for the hospital. I’m not sure if I’ll be home tonight or tomorrow, but I’ll let everyone know how it went when I’m able. See y’all on the flip side!

  54. Jerry in Fl on 01 Feb 2017 at 9:12 am #

    Careful Jackie. It’s Groundhog Day tomorrow. Don’t step in that puddle.

  55. Smigz on 01 Feb 2017 at 9:19 am #

    See you there, Trapper Jean!

    Jackie, when you talk to Debbe, please tell her she and her family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  56. JACKQULINE MONIES on 01 Feb 2017 at 10:21 am #

    Will do folks.

    Here is another shocking news story, cats at Westminister. Ludwig you can watch now.


  57. Jackie Monies on 01 Feb 2017 at 11:28 am #

    Waiting to hear when to pick up Blackjack. He is in shop being “fixed.” Not same as cats and dogs.

    Got interesting call on car asking who I was buying for? I said myself but I could understand since most senior citizens didn’t drive Mustang convertibles.

    They asked what totalled vehicle was? I said 2015 Ford F-150 super cab I use to pull my sailboats.

    Do they think I am fronting for a money laundering drug ring?

  58. Jackie Monies on 01 Feb 2017 at 3:32 pm #

    Just talked to Debbe who was cooking dinner for her dad. Relayed all the personal messages. She was overwhelmed.

  59. Jackie Monies on 01 Feb 2017 at 3:40 pm #

    Debbe said to say she is praying for everyone and misses everyone. She said she thought her chicken stories must bore us all. I told her just contrary.

    She says they have library and McDonald’s but she has no transportation. Her dad wrecked his truck and hers was wrecked as well.

  60. Mark in TTown on 01 Feb 2017 at 3:43 pm #

    Are you getting Black Jack today, Jackie? You had a long gap between postst there. If so, have a safe trip.

  61. JACKQULINE MONIES on 01 Feb 2017 at 6:40 pm #

    Am here. Car wasn’t ready again! We went to Abuelas for Mexican food, I had avocado and spinach enchiladas with papa’s and steamed fresh veggies. Tony got tacos.

    It was my birthday free meal so at this rate I will be really fat, celebrating my birthday daily for a week. I have several more to use. And waiter treated me to cremation avocado dip to boot or butt.

  62. emb on 01 Feb 2017 at 6:46 pm #

    What do they cremate to go w/ the avocado? Peace,

  63. Jerry in Fl on 01 Feb 2017 at 7:29 pm #

    Groundhog day is my second ex’s birthday. I’ll wear black tomorrow.

  64. emb on 01 Feb 2017 at 8:19 pm #

    On the basis of 58 years of seeing no woodchucks [Marmota monax] on 2 Feb., I predict that Bemidji will have 6 more weeks of winter. Doesn’t matter if sun’s out or not; cannot see your shadow tomorrow if you’re asleep in the master BR w/ the shades down.


  65. TruckerRon on 01 Feb 2017 at 8:24 pm #

    Jackie, thanks for the post about Cats at the Dog Show. I got a lot of laughs from my daughters by reading it aloud like Earl Pitts. “Wake up, America!!!”

  66. Jerry in Fl on 01 Feb 2017 at 8:25 pm #

    I’m thinking that Jeffrey Lord is very glad that Trump has small hands.

  67. Jackie Monies on 01 Feb 2017 at 9:34 pm #

    That was a Hal. I typed crema and he doesn’t do Spanish. He put cremation again.

    Good news. Black Jack is safely in my Boat Palace to protect from vandals who might “key” him or cut roof. Why are people so cruel like that? They cannot tolerate someone owning beauty?

    Also to protect against cat vandals who jump on hood and get on top and use as a scratching post. I hope none got locked in with it.

  68. Old Bear on 01 Feb 2017 at 10:25 pm #

    If Groundhog sees his shadow 6 weeks more winter.
    If not then there will be a month and a half.

    In my boat & car shed there are kitty prints all over vehicles- but then they keep the
    rodent population down.

  69. emb on 01 Feb 2017 at 10:53 pm #

    Or 3 fortnights. Peace,

  70. Jackie Monies on 01 Feb 2017 at 11:35 pm #

    Y’all are funny.

    Here is the photo of Black Jack I promised as soon as I got him. Will take one in daylight tomorrow.


  71. Old Bear on 02 Feb 2017 at 12:16 am #

    He’s a beauty.

  72. Old Bear on 02 Feb 2017 at 12:17 am #

    ‘Whoever said nothing is impossible obviously hasn’t tried nailing jelly to a tree.’

    John Candy (1950-1994)

  73. JACKQULINE MONIES on 02 Feb 2017 at 12:31 am #

    Where is our resident spirit? I miss him.

  74. JACKQULINE MONIES on 02 Feb 2017 at 12:33 am #

    New strip. Jimmy hangs out under tables and has our homes bugged. Too true.

  75. JACKQULINE MONIES on 02 Feb 2017 at 12:41 am #

    For those on Facebook, several of my friends and I have begun a grass roots effort to fill posts with art and beauty. Any form of art, paintings, photos, sculptures, carvings, gardens, flowers, animals, nature. Anything you find beautiful and joyful.

    Please join us in this effort and invite your friends to join in. This is to show that art, beauty and love must survive.

    Llee, Nancy, Ruth Anne, Mark, emb, Smigz, anyone is welcome. I know some of you aren’t on Facebook but some are. Help us counter the unpleasantness.

  76. Laura from AR on 02 Feb 2017 at 6:43 am #

    Jackie, I think that is a wonderful idea. I’m not on Facebook or any other social media,but I think they all could use a healthy dose of kindness. Definitely beauty.

  77. Mark in TTown on 02 Feb 2017 at 7:56 am #


  78. emb on 02 Feb 2017 at 8:07 am #

    It’s official: 6 more weeks.


    That’s one cute overweight ground squirrel. I think maybe tranquilized. J’ever see a woodchuck’s front teeth?


  79. Ghost Rider 6 on 02 Feb 2017 at 8:59 am #

    At least, Punxsutawney Phil’s appearance was apparently not fatal to him…unlike what happened in NYC three years ago.


  80. Ghost Rider 6 on 02 Feb 2017 at 9:04 am #

    BTW, cable channel AMC will play “Groundhog Day” as a movie marathon from 9:00 AM ET today until 5:00 AM tomorrow.

  81. JACKQULINE MONIES on 02 Feb 2017 at 9:27 am #

    I love Groundhog Day. My favorite movie about kindness, love and self renewal. That is a very deep. Dark comedy and Bill Murray’s finest performance in my opinion.

    Ghost are you angry with me? You said nothing about Black Jack. Who is safely out in boat shop, now horse stable.

    Dickens and I must get up now. I have an appointment in Tulsa to see my beautiful blonde dermatologist for shin inspections. She is married to orthopedist in my python group I think. Or else cardiologist in that group. She married well.

    My friends love Jack but are mainly concerned about his ability to tow. I am not.

  82. RB on 02 Feb 2017 at 10:38 am #

    Today’s strip. Dead on.

  83. Mark in TTown on 02 Feb 2017 at 10:51 am #

    Jackie, I have been coding medical charts since 2002 but I have never yet heard of a medical python group. Could you explain that for me please?

  84. Mark in TTown on 02 Feb 2017 at 11:17 am #


  85. Jackie Monies on 02 Feb 2017 at 11:25 am #

    Mark I have NO idea! On way to Tulsa and it is COLD out there! Wish I had put socks and boots on but running late. I am freezing. In the Honda not Jack.

  86. Smigz on 02 Feb 2017 at 11:27 am #

    Michigan’s own prognosticating groundhog, Woody, saw her shadow this morning. Six more weeks of winter to go. I’m going to seed the spinach in the garden as early as I can this year. Really. I mean that. Uh-huh. Right.

    The squirrels are full of mating fervor. Two got into the garage this morning and were crashing around in there. I chased them out…now it sounds like they’re on the roof.

    Jackie, I keep forgetting to bring this up. You mentioned lime when planting potatoes. What does the lime do for taties? I’ve never planted them.

  87. Ghost Rider 6 on 02 Feb 2017 at 11:30 am #

    No, no, Jackie. I’m not angry at all. It’s just been a tough week so far but hopefully will start getting better now.

    I did see the photo of you and Black Jack. It’s everything I thought it would be. In the same way that Bullet is “me”, Black Jack is “you”.

  88. Ghost Rider 6 on 02 Feb 2017 at 11:37 am #

    I don’t think we even got into that Black Jack, the cavalry horse, was undoubtedly named for General of the Armies John Joseph “Black Jack” Pershing, who was the commander of the American Expeditionary Force on the European Western Front in World War I.

  89. Ghost Rider 6 on 02 Feb 2017 at 11:49 am #

    Well, it is the 21st Century, you know.


    Something like this, suitably developed, would have greatly helped my late friend, as she had mobility and balance problems in her last years.

  90. Steve from Royal Oak, MI on 02 Feb 2017 at 12:34 pm #

    Lime reduces acidity. I had a lot of shade in my back yard and a lot of dead leaves and I put lime down to improve the lawn. It was a never ending battle and if I didn’t put the lime down green moss would grow. So I figured “It’s green” and let it be.

  91. JACKQULINE MONIES on 02 Feb 2017 at 12:36 pm #

    Thank you Ghost. I must confess I have same issues when you disappear as does Dickens when I get out of the car. He thinks I am never coming back. Wonder why?

    Am at dermatologist office. Here is truck some of my friends think I should get, another Ford. They say they can see me driving this too.


  92. Ghost Rider 6 on 02 Feb 2017 at 12:44 pm #

    Oh, thanks a lot, Jackie. Now I want one of those trucks. :(

  93. Ghost Rider 6 on 02 Feb 2017 at 12:47 pm #

    Blast from the Past: In January of the year I was in the second grade, our class did the monthly play for our elementary school. The play was about the important dates coming up in February including, of course, Groundhog Day.

    I played the part of the Groundhog. I walked out on the stage in pajamas and robe, yawning, stretching, and rubbing my eyes. About halfway across, I stopped; looked down and saw my shadow; and turned and ran back off stage. It was adorable.

    At least that’s what my mom told me.

  94. Mark in TTown on 02 Feb 2017 at 1:15 pm #


  95. Jerry in Fl on 02 Feb 2017 at 1:49 pm #

    Mark, Very timely video. Apparently no one got the remark about Jeffrey Lord. He is a puppet for the chump, hence the small hands joke.

  96. JACKQULINE MONIES on 02 Feb 2017 at 2:06 pm #

    “I bet you were a beautiful baby, I bet you were a beautiful child.” Slightly changed lyrics.

    Got clearance from beautiful dermatologist. I LIKE her. She wants me to file against insurance company over Trigger. Gave me Earnest request .She said I should do it if it would help others then law suits were appropriste.
    So I told her about me. She hopes I will.

    Going to eat some salmon. I have to come back to get one growth removed. Nothing urgent.

    Ghost we could buy shares in the Black Ops truck. Told my lawyer guardian, he said the truck was me and so was the black Mustang

  97. Steve from Royal Oak, MI on 02 Feb 2017 at 2:21 pm #


    I think we were in the same play together in different cities. My mom would not have said that I was adorable, but that it was type casting…. She would then laugh, but I would enjoy laughing with her. I miss her.

  98. JACKQULINE MONIES on 02 Feb 2017 at 2:45 pm #

    We didn’t know what ground hogs were in Mississippi Delta. We did know about pretty girls who married rich plantation owners so we had a Tom Thumb Wedding.
    I was bride , my groom was grandson and heir to largest land holdings.

    I didn’t grow up to marry him, last I looked he was a bit taller than me but about as wide as I am tall and bald. He did inherit. Grade school plays are hardly predictive.

  99. Mark in TTown on 02 Feb 2017 at 3:33 pm #

    Jerry, here’s another tune which is really topical: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDBOwPORHGU

    I’m sick of hearing all the dirty laundry. Everybody is entitled to their opinion, but everybody else is entitled not to have to listen to it!

  100. JACKQULINE MONIES on 02 Feb 2017 at 3:38 pm #

    Just had a delectable and marginally healthy lunch dinner breakfast at P.F. Change. Dickens is waiting for his chicken satay in car.

    I love Changs shrimp melon. Had chopped salad, cup of sweet and sour for appetizers, a small fresh fruit with shortcake for finishers.

    Happy birthday me until next week.

  101. domaucan1 on 02 Feb 2017 at 4:35 pm #

    Jackie, Blackjack is beautiful!

    Mark, I agree, and:
    I’m not sure who in the Village said this, but I fully agree. Paraphrased: “There are forums for politics and/or religion, this forum,i.e., The Village of Arlo and Janis, is neither.” Until and unless everyone adheres to this unwritten rule, I will no longer comment. I will check daily but will be silent. There has been too much animosity here in the last few weeks over those two topics.

    God bless us every one. God bless the USA.

  102. Ghost Rider 6 on 02 Feb 2017 at 4:50 pm #

    It’s a thought, Jackie. I’ve even got a name for it already…Wolverine the Urban Assault Vehicle. No namby-pamby hay-burner name for that bad boy. I’d pity the fool in a Prius or Smart Car that tied to cut us off in traffic.

    And when I was in the Mississippi Delta, folks there knew what “ground hog” was, but they called it “pork sausage”.

  103. JACKQULINE MONIES on 02 Feb 2017 at 4:57 pm #

    Indeed I concur. I feel many already are dropping out and that makes me sad.
    While I do not think we should advocate for religions nor political issues that does not mean we should not advocate or hold them. The problem lies in what I think motivates, especially religion.

    The need to “witness” lies at root of much religious postings, the need is post an amen, post for prayer, tell people your joy in your brand of religion ask they join you to share it. While I respect yours and others (this is addressed to a hypothetical you) I simply don’t want to hear it. I will not be changed.

    This is how the political issues are as well. We hope we can convince “you” what the “truth” is. Your minds are already made up and you simply do not want to hear it, you will not be changed.

    So, as I post kitty cats, food, Dickens , art, music, cartoons on Facebook so will I here. Back to trivial and funny and food and car porn.

    Right now I need a Diet Coke. Love you all y’all.

  104. JACKQULINE MONIES on 02 Feb 2017 at 5:02 pm #

    First we”d have to 1) meet in flesh 2) decide who got custodial rights 3) determine who got to be the side kick 4) Dickens claims lap rights (he prefers.men, thinks he is attack dog)

    Minor problems. I do love that truck. That’s a good name.

  105. JACKQULINE MONIES on 02 Feb 2017 at 5:54 pm #

    About today’s strip, really so true. My meal.at P.F. Changs was like that. I am uncomfortable and stuffed. Fortunately I only have Dickens to worry about and he is asleep in back seat already.

    Does this happen to men? Does any else have Chinese food wear off fast?

    It was funny.

  106. Ghost Rider 6 on 02 Feb 2017 at 5:55 pm #

    No, none of those four things seem insurmountable.

  107. Ghost Rider 6 on 02 Feb 2017 at 5:57 pm #

    Personally, I’ve never noticed the fulfillment of one appetite distracting from the fulfillment of the other. But perhaps that’s just me.

  108. Ghost Rider 6 on 02 Feb 2017 at 6:01 pm #

    I know I’m not the only music-lover here, or even the only one who enjoys finding and learning about new and different styles and performers. I saw P&PHS the other day (moderately tight sweater and very tight jeans, if you are interested, or even you’re not), and for some reason we began discussing our musical tastes and listening preferences. She turned me on to the group Mumford & Sons.

    Wiki describes them as an “English rock band” and a music reporter calls them a “folk rock band”. I’m still working my way though four of their albums on Amazon Music, but from what I’ve heard I’d call their music a rock/folk/country/bluegrass fusion. See what you think.


  109. Jerry iin Fl on 02 Feb 2017 at 6:06 pm #

    While he was on the phone with the president of Mexico the chump “offered” to send troops into Mexico to clean up the drug gangs. Remember the Alamo! You can’t make this stuff up. It’s Dr. Strangelove again.

  110. Llee on 02 Feb 2017 at 6:12 pm #

    Yes, Mumford…is good. I have a couple of their albums. Mail lady brought a Jim Byrnes cd this afternoon. :) And some art supplies. And a Wayne GRatz for when I want just piano music. Life is good!

  111. Ghost Rider 6 on 02 Feb 2017 at 6:13 pm #

    “I Will Wait” and “Lover’s Eyes” are two of her favorites. I detect a bit of Celtic influence in the latter one.


  112. The Observer on 02 Feb 2017 at 6:17 pm #

    Some people just can’t take a hint, can they? Or won’t.

  113. TruckerRon on 02 Feb 2017 at 6:19 pm #

    Actually the mainstream media makes up a lot of stuff; other times they fall for hoaxes. They’ve already retracted the Iraqi refugee’s story that the Trump ban killed his mother by keeping her in Iraq until she died of renal failure… she died 2 days before Trump issued the order.


    What will they get wrong next? Will they retract the story?

    That’s why I no longer will believe any anti-Trump story for at least 72 hours. I’ll check the primary sources when they become available, as I did at the start of this post (“Running Mate”).

  114. Ghost Rider 6 on 02 Feb 2017 at 6:23 pm #

    Of course, I’m partial to this one, for some reason. :)


  115. Rick in Shermantown, Ohio on 02 Feb 2017 at 6:29 pm #

    This is what I posted on Nov. 9th:

    To everyone who has refrained from posting political comments: Thank you.

  116. Jerry iin Fl on 02 Feb 2017 at 6:31 pm #

    You’re absolutely right. I’m making this stuff up. If you want to know what’s really happening watch RNC, I mean Fox news.

  117. Ghost Rider 6 on 02 Feb 2017 at 6:33 pm #

    Apparently, there is no end to the versions of this one.


    I’m finished now.

  118. The Observer on 02 Feb 2017 at 6:35 pm #

    Carry your soap box elsewhere, sir. Anyone who cares can follow you there.

  119. Ghost Rider 6 on 02 Feb 2017 at 6:41 pm #

    At this rate, how long will it before the Village is just a handful of people talking past each other? Please, everyone, take a deep breath and step back.

  120. TruckerRon on 02 Feb 2017 at 6:46 pm #

    “Believe none of what you hear, and only half of what you see.” — attributed to Benjamin Franklin. Still true today.

    Thanks for cluing me in to Mumford & Sons. Y’all are right, it’s a fusion of several of my favorite styles and very well done.

    Ghost, did they know you?

  121. JACKQULINE MONIES on 02 Feb 2017 at 7:23 pm #

    Well, here is some titillating or not news you can believe. I got hypnotized by the same viral cookies that got Arlo when he bought the ten gallon hat, lederhosen and the elephant.

    Valentines appears to be when they sell lonely women all the semi or not so semi-erotic underwear they can ship out from China where those poor people MUST think we are obsessed, especially larger women. Really obsessed.

    So I who never wore anything very remotely like this now have enough of said merchandise to get a large tax deduction for clothing necessary for ones employment, should I decide to go into business. Of course, that is a totally moot question since I have never considered that since my thirties during the Texas oil boom when older men in the Warwick kept sending me drinks and invitations.

    And I didn’t buy a hope chest then.

    Celtic love songs are beautiful. And I do know who Mumford is.

  122. JACKQULINE MONIES on 02 Feb 2017 at 7:25 pm #

    We did discuss the word moot here didn’t we?

  123. TruckerRon on 02 Feb 2017 at 7:37 pm #

    Yes, Jackie, in Finish Line II. In fact, you commented on it.

  124. emb on 02 Feb 2017 at 7:38 pm #

    Have not read any posts since this morning, but ran across this / MPR news.


    Over 4 BYA, when this planet first came together, there was twice as much U238 in our core [half life = 4+BY]. There’s still enough for another BY of this. After you click on photo + text, scroll down to video. Cool, in a manner of speaking.


  125. JACKQULINE MONIES on 02 Feb 2017 at 9:07 pm #

    Here is something one of my boat designer friends from the west sent me about a famous Black Jack who was a Formula 1 driver from Australia. Black Jack has had much admiration from my friends and has made me smile a lot.

    Jackie… there is another famous Black Jack that has a very specific auto pedigree. World famous Formula One driver from Australia who was the F1 World Champion 1959, ’60 and ’66. He was known on the track as Black Jack Brabham and was an incredibly respected driver with enormous skill and courage. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_Brabham

  126. Ghost Rider 6 on 02 Feb 2017 at 9:09 pm #

    I wished someone a “Happy Groundhog Day” on-line today, and they immediately sent this back. Probably the best laugh I’ve had in a while.


    I hope Jean sees it when she gets over being goofy from her procedure. :)

  127. JACKQULINE MONIES on 02 Feb 2017 at 9:13 pm #

    I have seen the lava pour like this from Kilauea but perhaps not this violently? In the 1960s she began to erupt again explosively. I happened to be in park. We were literally too close because they weren’t exactly expecting it.

    But the close ocean lava was in small planes. The Royale Airlines belonged to company Mike worked for and they’d drop down low over waterfalls, lava, almost touching wheels to waves it sometimes seemed.

  128. Mark in TTown on 02 Feb 2017 at 9:14 pm #

    Ghost, two thumbs up for the Groundhog photo! domaucan1, don’t stop posting. We need an antidote.

  129. Mark in TTown on 02 Feb 2017 at 9:16 pm #

    Ha! http://www.grimmy.com/images/MGG_Archive/MGG_2017/MGG-2017-01-30.gif

  130. Mark in TTown on 02 Feb 2017 at 9:17 pm #

    And another: http://www.grimmy.com/images/MGG_Archive/MGG_2017/MGG-2017-01-22.gif

  131. emb on 02 Feb 2017 at 10:08 pm #

    Jackie: ‘We didn’t know what ground hogs were in Mississippi Delta.’ That’s because they don’t [or didn't] range all the way to the Gulf. Will try to remember to find current distribution online.

    About verboten topics, esp. religion. See my last post, above, about the lava show. It asserts what most scientists consider likely facts about the physical universe. Some, of various sectarian persuasions [and a very few others], consider such assertions godless, false, demonic, atheistic, and worse[?], and label evolutionary biologists like me atheists. Sorry, if I run into some scientific info I consider of interest to us in the Village, I’m gonna* post it [*now in dictionary]. I will likely mention such things in my next sermon at BUMC.


  132. JACKQULINE MONIES on 02 Feb 2017 at 10:27 pm #

    You are preaching to the choir. I have been an evolutionist all my life!

  133. emb on 02 Feb 2017 at 10:35 pm #

    Some posters here some time ago sang a different tune; others may avoid comment. Half of polled Americans accept ‘alternative facts.’

    Searched online: ‘Marmota monax geographic distribution.’ All sites with maps show them well inland from the Gulf. One simply colors every state they inhabit, incl. MS and AL, and is thus misleading. They might be in N. LA. Maybe I can zero in there.


  134. emb on 02 Feb 2017 at 10:50 pm #

    Jackie: Searched some more. Distrib. in AR is mostly in highlands, not coastal plain, but map in one article suggests there should be records from extreme NE TX, but TX doesn’t report any. Distrib. seems to have changed little since the ’50s. Peace,

  135. Jackie Monies on 02 Feb 2017 at 10:56 pm #

    The first ground hog I ever saw was on the Blue Ridge Parkway or in Virginia. We were driving in the famous red convertible with the top down and my cousin cried out “Look at that fat furry thing up on the side of the grass! Follow it!”

    We were on a road with no traffic at all and a speed limit of thirty I think. He wanted a photo and that silly critter ran right alongside the car like he was racing us and winning. Cousin was hanging over side of car with camera as seat belts didn’t exist yet nor much concerns about kids falling out chasing a ground hog.

    OK, I was a dubious character builder except two boys are lawyers and third a dentist and each has talked at length about my positive influence on their lives. He got his ground hog photos, I came across them in some old black and white five by three prints not long ago.

    Only I knew it was a racing ground hog but I smiled because I could see it still. And smell the air and the ferns and trees after that late afternoon rain. The sun broke through the clouds and directly shown onto the golden buffed browns of his fur.

  136. emb on 02 Feb 2017 at 11:00 pm #

    Jackie: Map at this site shows no suitable habitat in TX. Peace,


  137. Jackie Monies on 02 Feb 2017 at 11:04 pm #

    Saw mine all on East coast. Never saw one in South.

    I date myself every day so what’s one more? I loved and still love “Stranger on the Shore.”

    RIP Mr. Acker Belk.

  138. Jackie Monies on 02 Feb 2017 at 11:05 pm #

    Left off link.


  139. Old Bear on 02 Feb 2017 at 11:48 pm #

    Love that tune – have the original LP
    It is in my Requiem collection To be played at my wake (or whatever)

  140. Old Bear on 02 Feb 2017 at 11:52 pm #

    When you get stopped in Black Jack if you can’t sweet talk them;
    Dazzle them with science–

  141. Jackie Monies on 03 Feb 2017 at 12:21 am #

    Here’s another I suspect you like Old Bear. It still makes me cry.


    I have to take Black Jack to Tulsa tomorrow. I hope to leave early and take the scenic route along the Arkansas River. For one thing the roads may be secondary but they are way better than our primary highways which are awful.

    Getting the tracking gps so if I drive down a ravine I can be found.

  142. Jackie Monies on 03 Feb 2017 at 12:30 am #

    About tonight’s new A and J, when I was young and either just married or young and not yet married Mike and I went to New Orleans for a romantic weekend. In those days he’d let me eat whatever I liked. That night it was a muffelata sandwich. He didn’t like muffelatas and ate something.

    Despite my being really hot in those days I almost ended up sleeping alone. I’d brought half my sandwich back to room, they were large. The sandwich ended up being put outside door and I ended up brushing my teeth a dozen times and scrubbing anything that had garlic on it.

  143. Old Bear on 03 Feb 2017 at 1:03 am #

    A great Artist

  144. Old Bear on 03 Feb 2017 at 1:06 am #

    Another of his greats

  145. Old Bear on 03 Feb 2017 at 1:15 am #

    en Deutsch:

  146. Old Bear on 03 Feb 2017 at 1:29 am #

    Progress at The WW&F
    Click on right of pic. Some 1890 pix too.


  147. Laura from AR on 03 Feb 2017 at 8:51 am #

    Wow, the Village is quiet today. I hope everyone is well. Are we observing a moment of silence?

  148. TruckerRon on 03 Feb 2017 at 9:43 am #

    We’ve moved on to “The Run of Things”!