Nov 15th 2017 09:09 am Storied Past

Today, I’m showing an old cartoon about old stories. This is the beginning of a series on the subject of repetition, which ran first in 2001. I’ll show you the rest of it as the week progresses. But you’ve probably seen it before.

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24 Responses to “Storied Past”

  1. Den in MN on 15 Nov 2017 at 10:03 am #

    So true!

  2. Mark Jackson on 15 Nov 2017 at 10:37 am #

    A good conversationalist selects a topic in which his audience has an interest.

  3. sandcastler™ on 15 Nov 2017 at 12:20 pm #

    Did I ever tell you about that afternoon in Moscow when Loon and I found ourselves on the wrong side of a police line?

  4. Sideburns on 15 Nov 2017 at 12:49 pm #

    The big problem here is that we’ve all only got so many stories to tell, and a limited audience. After a while, we’re bound to start repeating ourselves.

  5. Jim in TN on 15 Nov 2017 at 1:23 pm #

    “Stop me if you’ve heard this one before…”


  6. Sideburns on 15 Nov 2017 at 3:00 pm #


  7. curmudgeonly ex-professor on 15 Nov 2017 at 5:01 pm #

    So right, sideburns. Thus, current events in our lives may be better topics for mention.

  8. JACKQULINE MONIES on 15 Nov 2017 at 5:01 pm #

    Well Ghost has already heard all my good ones between here and now together.

    We are creating new ones together.

    Like losing my hair and getting my head shaved. It’s memorable and we had a great day.

  9. curmudgeonly ex-professor on 15 Nov 2017 at 5:08 pm #

    Extra! Extra! Read all about it!

    Old Faithful is NOT erupting at the moment.

    There. That was current, albeit not exactly fascinating.

  10. TruckerRon on 15 Nov 2017 at 6:18 pm #

    OTOH, they had a pretty sunset there, and the benches are covered with snow.

    Also, TPTB are moving the webcam to their main page where we’ll have to scroll down a bit to find it:

  11. JACKQULINE MONIES on 15 Nov 2017 at 9:12 pm #

    You know whose stories I miss?

    Trapper Jean, Mindy from Indy, Galligo, Sandcastler, Mindy from Virginia, David from Richmond/Houston, Judy from Conroe, Smigz.

    May have forgotten a few but I wish the orphans would come back and tell us what adventures they had out in the world. Did they stay with the circus? Where are they now?

  12. Jerry in Fl on 15 Nov 2017 at 9:20 pm #

    I’ve asked the same question J. Possibly you are in a unique position to find out the answer to that question.

  13. emb on 15 Nov 2017 at 9:41 pm #

    As a lad, I was continually frustrated by Dad’s repetitious stories [& by contradictory variations that crept in]. Of late, I’ve become more understanding about that, but also am more cautious, often starting by, ‘Have I told you why Elaine and our broker were such good friends?’ or some such.

    Actually, I learned why, or at least how it started, only a yr. or 2 ago, from Ms. Broker. Short: When you take over an existing Edward Jones office, you inherit its list of clients. When you start a new one, you must find new clients. Ms. Broker found out about likely neighborhoods, started where Calihan tees into 26th St., worked her way S on the W side of the street. Elaine, at 2403, was the first to say, ‘Come in.’ Ms. Broker is a gem.


  14. Old Bear on 15 Nov 2017 at 11:51 pm #

    My father used to repeat stories – my brother would groan and leave (if he could)
    I listened and wish I could hear his storied again – he was a good story teller.

    When I tell a story my wife rolls her eyes because she has heard them before -(some many times)
    but she forgets I am telling them to a new audience. (Mostly)

  15. Jackie Monies on 16 Nov 2017 at 12:52 am #

    Given the current news about kinky sex and sexual harassment charges being leveled at the south’s favorite celebrity chef, where are you going with this one Jimmy?

    We wait up every night you know.

  16. Sideburns on 16 Nov 2017 at 1:16 am #

    Which chef is that, Jackie?

  17. Rick in Shermantown, Ohio on 16 Nov 2017 at 4:27 am #


    I can’t speak for the others, but, in my view, this forum has changed.

  18. emb on 16 Nov 2017 at 7:29 am #

    Everything changes. Change is constant. E.g., I hate it when this cat shape-changes, but this strip is relatively funny.

    Africa sites are all ‘Highlights’ at the moment.


  19. Llee on 16 Nov 2017 at 8:20 am #

    The wrong side of a police line, you say? ruhroh….THEN what happened??????????

  20. Jackie Monies on 16 Nov 2017 at 8:21 am #

    John Besh who has admitted guilt and resigned as head of New Orleans largest restaurant conglomerate this past week. Fallout has been serious already, including personal as he says he is trying to save his family.

    Not funny at all but the A and I whipping with a basting brush was funny.

  21. Llee on 16 Nov 2017 at 8:25 am #

    I was out travelling yesterday :) Niece came home from a CAlif. visit, her mom was driving up to KC airport and I tagged along. Elaine has heard most of my stories- so I told the comics I could remember (mostly A&J). And caught her up on Jackie’s news. And may have told some stories of others here….. Yes! I did. Because the stars were out last night and I talked about you stargazers and what I’ve learned.

  22. Llee on 16 Nov 2017 at 8:26 am #

    LOL Arlo is too eager today……

  23. Jackie Monies on 16 Nov 2017 at 8:30 am #

    Rick, Ghost and I agree and we long for the old days. Ghost missed everyone terribly.

    We have both thought of dropping out too but we hang on because we love Jimmy and the strip. We hope Jimmy taking an active role will bring back the orphans and cause new ones to join us.

    I sometimes fear we have contributed to the demise but Ghost thinks we have not, that we kept the door ajar.

    Can we change again and try?

  24. Jackie Monies on 16 Nov 2017 at 8:38 am #

    Ghost says we want our old Village back. (He has a hairdryerr in his hand so I posted for him.)