Apr 20th 2018 08:41 am Sleeper Sofa

This old A&J is from 2001. I always presume my artwork changes radically over the years, but apart from the evolution of the earlier strips it doesn’t so much. The changes generally are the hair and, to some degree, the facial features. Otherwise, I might have drawn this one last month. Speaking of drawing, I don’t want to sprain my arm patting myself on the back, but I think I’ve eased us back into this Web thing fairly well this week. It’s Friday, and I’m going sneak out early for the weekend, but I’m looking forward to next week: we’ll have some things to talk about.

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37 Responses to “Sleeper Sofa”

  1. Geo on 20 Apr 2018 at 8:53 am #

    I remember doing that! But if I tried it now at our age…we’d both have to go to the Doctor. Going to stay with memories.

    I heard that! — JJ

  2. Steve from Royal Oak, MI on 20 Apr 2018 at 8:57 am #

    You get an “attaboy” for whatever that is worth. We enjoy your insights.

  3. Llee on 20 Apr 2018 at 9:03 am #

    love it!

  4. sandcastler™ on 20 Apr 2018 at 9:43 am #

    The Friday offering is clearly taken from our adventures. We just finished a complete tear out and redo of the flood ravaged front yard. While Loon allowed the “pros” to do the heavy work, she “volunteered” us for all the light duty planting. Pain meds, heating, pad, and liniments have been our standard sleep aids.

  5. Mark in TTown on 20 Apr 2018 at 9:57 am #

    sandcastler, the best followup to a long day in the yard is quality time in a hot tub! I speak from experience.

    Jimmy, if you can find it, post the Sunday that shows Arlo watering in the yard, moving from place to place. And in the last panel he thinks, “When they say, just dig me a hole, watch out!”

  6. sandcastler™ on 20 Apr 2018 at 10:46 am #

    Mark, great idea. The only problem, the hot tub took to sailing without us.

  7. DJJG7 on 20 Apr 2018 at 10:48 am #

    Jimmy, your line is ever surer, sharper, more confident, ever easier to read, throughout the years. It’s Friday, take a compliment.

  8. DaveP on 20 Apr 2018 at 12:44 pm #

    looks like it’s from the “felt pen” days.

  9. Old Bear on 20 Apr 2018 at 2:19 pm #

    Worry often gives a small thing a great shadow.
    – Swedish Proverb

  10. Rick in Shermantown, Ohio on 20 Apr 2018 at 9:38 pm #


    Thanks for the tip yesterday about Nancy, a strip that I haven’t seen since I was a child of eight or nine.

    Lately, I have been reading other favorite strips from my childhood. I am now following again Prince Valiant and Barney Google/Snuffy Smith.

    Reading the old strips is definitely a trip down Nostalgia Lane, one that is sometimes tinged with a bit of sadness. I’m not sure why.

  11. Rick in Shermantown, Ohio on 21 Apr 2018 at 7:17 am #

    04.21.18: Ludwig has ears.

  12. Ghost on 21 Apr 2018 at 7:39 am #

    Not trying to tell our host how to run his story arcs, but who else besides me would like to know what Gene, ML and Meg are up to, other than the single recent mention about still bring in the restaurant business?

    Also, I could use a “Gus-fix”.

  13. John II in Gautier on 21 Apr 2018 at 8:44 am #


  14. Mark in TTown on 21 Apr 2018 at 9:23 am #

    I think Arlo has been watching Ludwig. Lure them in close, then pounce!

  15. Mark in TTown on 21 Apr 2018 at 3:11 pm #

    Headline from the Birmingham News: Marx Brothers installs solar panel system on roof of building

    Yep, my mind went there too.

  16. Ghost on 21 Apr 2018 at 4:28 pm #

    “How that solar panel got into my pajamas I’ll never know.”

  17. Galliglo in Ohio on 21 Apr 2018 at 8:04 pm #

    Good one, Ghost!

  18. Mark in TTown on 21 Apr 2018 at 8:08 pm #

    Yes it was, Galliglo.

  19. emb on 22 Apr 2018 at 5:57 am #

    Happened upon this on GoComics A-Z


    but you can click above and get it. Good for you, Jimmy.


  20. Mark in TTown on 22 Apr 2018 at 3:27 pm #

    Still laughing at this one from Galliglo on FB: https://scontent-dfw5-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/31056921_1524402644335699_8297455591249412096_n.jpg?_nc_cat=0&oh=7f98b2291846eb016c7c99daa44db827&oe=5B9B878D


  21. Galliglo in Ohio on 22 Apr 2018 at 7:15 pm #

    Everyone must have taken Sunday afternoon naps!

  22. TruckerRon on 22 Apr 2018 at 8:40 pm #

    Finally, we had a nice day here for church and choir, taking walks, visiting neighbors, and grilling burgers for the first time since October!

  23. TruckerRon on 22 Apr 2018 at 11:11 pm #

    I now believe there truly is a fine line between genius and insanity:


  24. joedon on 23 Apr 2018 at 5:51 am #

    do miss Gene & family (Gus too)

  25. emb on 23 Apr 2018 at 7:46 am #

    Trucker, Didn’t realize what a tough act I’d have to follow. Wouldn’t have seen this online, but Monday is The Bemidji Pioneer’s day off.


    Maybe something interesting in Kenya.


  26. Mark in TTown on 23 Apr 2018 at 8:02 am #

    I never realized pineapple upside down cake was the most complicated dessert in the world. My grandmother and mother both made them without problems, and I sure miss their versions. Moist yellow cake, pineapple and that brown sugar glaze.

  27. emb on 23 Apr 2018 at 8:19 am #

    Nothing special in Kenya fauna, but that’s the highest I’ve seen the local river, actually flowing over its banks.



  28. Mark in TTown on 23 Apr 2018 at 8:52 am #

    Jackie: http://www.al.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2018/04/rick_bragg_and_the_best_cook_i.html

  29. TruckerRon on 23 Apr 2018 at 10:01 am #

    Mark, I’ve no idea why the reporter claimed upside down cake was the most complicated dessert in the world. But that was certainly the most complicated way to serve it that I’ve ever seen!

    My mom rarely tried complicated recipes… her chilli and spaghetti were ok, but her cakes routinely fell apart. I miss her “crumb cakes.” Her mother could and did cheerfully tackle pies, cakes, whatever you wanted, all from scratch. I wonder if Grandma’s success stunted my mom’s willingness to try new recipes?

  30. Llee on 23 Apr 2018 at 10:04 am #

    Mark! Luckily I had not quiiiite taken a slurp of hot chocolate when I started reading your list. Great bellows of laughing ensured. Thank you, also, Gal!

    Pineapple upside down cake is not complicated. SHeesh. And I misread the word, thought it said Desert and wondered which would be featured…. wondered why the video had a picture of cake. Oh. phooey.

  31. TruckerRon on 23 Apr 2018 at 10:09 am #

    Mark, I don’t remember ever meeting Rick Bragg, but he “feels” like several neighbors I had back in the day in B’ham. I just checked my local library’s catalog, and it claims they have 5 of his books, including that recipe book.

    So, do I read them in the order he published them? Do I jump ahead and start with the recipes and up my insulin?

    Decisions, decisions!

  32. Mark in TTown on 23 Apr 2018 at 11:44 am #

    Glad you liked it Lora. I think my favorite is the Collapso.

    TruckerRon, I haven’t read any of his books, but Jackie was talking about them earlier. Since she likes both cooking and his writing, I thought I’d let her know about this one.

  33. Old Bear on 23 Apr 2018 at 1:35 pm #

    Where did your grandmother get her Scratch?
    I have been looking in the Supermarkets and can not find it.
    Maybe it has gotten scarce since the local markets and general
    stores have disappeared.
    Do you think there may be some at a Farmers Market?

  34. Ruth Anne in Winter Park on 23 Apr 2018 at 3:28 pm #

    Just finished a book that I would recommend for those of you remember the Cuban Missile Crisis, especially those like me who happened to be living in central Florida and/or anywhere near a military base: A Place We Knew Well by Susan Carol McCarthy.

    I remember taking part in a high school student’s history project many years ago, sharing memories of that time, and explaining how children were much more sheltered from frightening possibilities than they are (or can be with 24/7 news, etc.) today. Reading this book made me think about how much more my parents might have known and feared at that time, especially my dad – a lot of military communications were still running on Western Union wires and as the Orlando “wire chief” he was right in the middle of it.

  35. TruckerRon on 23 Apr 2018 at 7:51 pm #

    Old Bear: It’s amazing how many definitions there are for “scratch.” I find myself wishing she’d left a lot of $cratch behind!

  36. TruckerRon on 23 Apr 2018 at 8:00 pm #

    And it’s amazing to see how and where some people drive:


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

    Then there is “Old Scratch” that I don’t want to meet.

    Ruth Ann
    I was in the Army Engineers (Construction) all set to go.