Sep 19th 2018 09:11 am ‘The fat skinny ones’

This oldie is from 2003. I was experimenting yet again with Janis’ hair, trying to come up with a cartoonish, stylized ‘do. Apparently I haven’t succeeded yet. I regularly get email asking, “What’s with Janis’ hair!?” I am at a loss as to what the writers mean, and they rarely elaborate, but it seems to agitate them greatly. It’s cartoon hair! I think they just remember her hair from the early days when it was long and prefer that. In my opinion, it looked pretty weird back then, too, but for some reason no one ever complain back then.

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53 Responses to “‘The fat skinny ones’”

  1. emb on 19 Sep 2018 at 9:46 am #

    Janis’s hair is fine as is now.

    Pelicans, ring-billed gulls, geese, terns [cannot tell which.}

  2. Anonymous on 19 Sep 2018 at 10:15 am #

    Arrrh, matey, don’t miss the opportunity to talk like a pirate for today is “Talk Like a Pirate Day”

    Avast Ye, here be some help:

  3. Tom (formerly) from the front range on 19 Sep 2018 at 10:29 am #

    Drat, I hate it when a new browser doesn’t remember me!

  4. Ghost on 19 Sep 2018 at 11:41 am #

    I can remember occasions when Janis apparently turned the air blue around her over something Arlo did. This may well have been another one.

  5. Ghost on 19 Sep 2018 at 11:46 am #

    OK, I’ll play.

    Arrr! Give up yer booty, me buxom beauty!

  6. Ginger in Auburn on 19 Sep 2018 at 11:49 am #

    I love this one! I mean, I really love this one!!!

  7. Texas Jack Black on 19 Sep 2018 at 12:47 pm #

    What do you get when you cross a pirate with a zucchini?

    A squash buckler.

  8. Sideburns on 19 Sep 2018 at 1:36 pm #

    I don’t get it, Texas Jack. What does that have to do with Talk like a Pilot Day?

  9. Bookworm on 19 Sep 2018 at 2:34 pm #

    I didn’t start reading A&J until Janis’s hair was pretty much the way it is today. (I retired and had time for comics.) For a long time, I thought she was always wearing a hat. It was very distracting, but I loved everything else about the strip. I still have a hard time seeing a hairdo, but I’m used to it now and don’t focus on her hair anymore. If you were going to change it, I’d vote for just smoothing the sharp points.

  10. Mark in TTown on 19 Sep 2018 at 3:33 pm #

  11. Mark in TTown on 19 Sep 2018 at 5:13 pm #

    Today’s retro makes me think of something else. Anybody else notice that when sitting on the couch, Arlo is the first to go to sleep while Janis stays awake? Then when they go to bed, Arlo sits up watching tv while Janis zones out. Quit sleeping on the couch, Arlo, and then maybe you’ll both go to sleep at the same time.

  12. TruckerRon on 19 Sep 2018 at 6:22 pm #

    I’ve never owned a drone, but I’m sure I’d find another way to get rid of wasps/hornets:

  13. Rick in Shermantown, Ohio on 19 Sep 2018 at 8:27 pm #

    Where are the drones?

    There ought to be drones.

    Send in the drones.

  14. Desirée Drone on 19 Sep 2018 at 8:37 pm #

    Don’t bother … they’re here

  15. Mark in TTown on 19 Sep 2018 at 9:09 pm #

    That’s funny, Rick and Desiree.

  16. Mark in TTown on 19 Sep 2018 at 9:11 pm #

    TruckerRon, there might be better ways, but I guess the guy had fun doing it with his toy. At least it kept him out of reach of the stingers. And having tangled with a yellowjacket nest, I can say that is a huge plus.

  17. Rick in Shermantown, Ohio on 20 Sep 2018 at 4:45 am #



  18. Rick in Shermantown, Ohio on 20 Sep 2018 at 4:51 am #

    Trains have been a frequent topic here, so I thought that I should offer this cam site:

    About 75 trains a day can be seen, along with seeing drivers take ridiculous chances by driving around the barriers so that they don’t have to wait for the trains to pass.

  19. TruckerRon on 20 Sep 2018 at 7:51 am #

    Ah, to be young and crazy again…

  20. emb on 20 Sep 2018 at 7:58 am #

    Kenya, mom & child, I think.


  21. emb on 20 Sep 2018 at 8:02 am #

    Apparently a herd in the area. This is one of 4 sites; scroll down.

  22. emb on 20 Sep 2018 at 8:06 am #

    Same crowd as yesterday on the Miss. R., SE MN. Loon fishing in background.

  23. Texas Jack Black on 20 Sep 2018 at 8:26 am #

    Tulsa vs Temple, har-de-har!

  24. Mark in TTown on 20 Sep 2018 at 9:10 am #

    Some things you don’t want cooked rare!

  25. Steve From Royal Oak, MI on 20 Sep 2018 at 1:37 pm #

    I thought that Arlo was trying to whisper his request in her ear to control her mind.

    In regards to her hair, I did not care much for it in the old days, but find it acceptable now.

    However Arlo’s hair and nose…..

  26. Ghost on 20 Sep 2018 at 2:47 pm #

    The Temple Owls are favored over the Tulsa Golden Hurricane. One would not think an owl would stand much of a chance against a hurricane, would one?

    Wondering when Tulsa last had a hurricane come visit. And also what made it gold in color.

  27. Mark in TTown on 20 Sep 2018 at 3:07 pm #

    Probably the same thing that made the Golden Driller golden, Ghost.

  28. Old Bear on 20 Sep 2018 at 10:17 pm #

    The bear whisked through.

  29. Ghost on 20 Sep 2018 at 10:49 pm #

    Bird of Prey Passes Big Wind

    Temple Owls 31
    Tulsa Golden Hurricane 17

    The score was actually tied 7-7 at the beginning of the second quarter. Arlo had probably already consumed all the comestibles and dozed off by then.

  30. Rick in Shermantown, Ohio on 21 Sep 2018 at 4:33 am #

    A sign of the End Times occurred last night.

    The Browns won.

  31. emb on 21 Sep 2018 at 6:29 am #

    Should have known better than to think that was Ivy League football. Have no idea what Brown’s standing is there, nor Cornell’s, for that matter. Today, etting admitted to either school is not a breeze, nor to the other 6.


  32. emb on 21 Sep 2018 at 6:30 am #


  33. Ghost on 21 Sep 2018 at 11:55 am #

    Arlo: “Well, duh, Janis. You’ve ‘progressed’ from the storied yellow bikini to a ‘flack jacket’ swimsuit to a ‘swim dress’.”

  34. Mark in TTown on 21 Sep 2018 at 6:30 pm #

    Funny article from Alabama newspaper website:

  35. Ruth Anne in Winter Park on 21 Sep 2018 at 8:58 pm #

    Good one, Mark!

  36. Old Bear on 21 Sep 2018 at 10:51 pm #

    book mark / bear track

  37. Ghost on 22 Sep 2018 at 9:16 am #

    In my younger, wilder (OK, military) days, we actually would celebrate the Autumnal Equinox much the same way we did New Year’s. We’d sit outside and toast every leaf that fell.

    Yeah, pretty much any excuse would do.

  38. emb on 22 Sep 2018 at 11:24 am #

    These prairie dogs have obviously been putting on wt. for the winter.


  39. TruckerRon on 22 Sep 2018 at 10:42 pm #

    More fun with physics:

  40. Ghost on 23 Sep 2018 at 12:41 am #

    Looks easy when the quarterbacks do it, eh, Arlo?

    There will be no speculation on my part as to whether that makes Janis the “tight end” in the family. You’re welcome.

  41. emb on 23 Sep 2018 at 6:24 pm #

    It isn’t worried about them, and they aren’t worried about it. Edenic.


  42. emb on 24 Sep 2018 at 8:46 am #

    That’s presumably a parent and two offspring. They’re just as big, but won’t go “bald” for 3 yr. All 3 waiting to scavenge any migrating waterfowl that happen to die on/near the dammed Miss. R., SE of the Cities.


  43. emb on 24 Sep 2018 at 9:39 am #

    Well, the eagles have been replaced by pelicans, but here’s today’s “Shoe.” I guess “When in Rome, do as the Romans do”, is enforceable.


  44. Old Bear on 24 Sep 2018 at 10:50 am #

    Bear track

    Thanks for the marble run TR

  45. curmudgeonly ex-professor on 24 Sep 2018 at 12:33 pm #

    eMb: yesterday, 6:24pm: what was “it”?

  46. TruckerRon on 24 Sep 2018 at 7:34 pm #

    Perhaps he knew this comic strip was coming?

  47. emb on 24 Sep 2018 at 9:44 pm #

    c x-p: “It” was a full-sized immature [= brown] bald eagle, perched on a stump in shallow Miss. R. water, surrounded by unconcerned white pelicans, gulls, and terns, hence “Edenic.” Later saw an adult lone eagle* and 2 immatures perched in a similar area. Not “he” or “she” because only obvious sexual dimorphism = females average larger, as in many buzzards, hawks, and falcons.

    *Be interesting to know how many Villagers know the reference.


  48. Charlotte in NH on 24 Sep 2018 at 10:32 pm #

    emb: Charles Lindberg (sp?)

  49. TruckerRon on 24 Sep 2018 at 11:25 pm #

    Charlotte, you beat me to it! There’s also a movie from 1927 by that name about a Great War pilot.

  50. curmudgeonly ex-professor on 25 Sep 2018 at 1:22 am #

    Last Sunday evening, thanks to a cooperative chap in Germany (who helps run a great site), I learned of four new-to-me ancestors and the fact that they were, indeed, related to me. Yesterday I found a different but similar chap, and today found another twenty-six hitherto-unknown-to-me ancestors!

    Considering all the ancillary data provided [names/dates/places/events] I shall be busy for quite a while listing them all on my tree.

    One line now goes back to 1580. I’d really like to find the line which bears the family name….

  51. Jackie on 25 Sep 2018 at 1:58 am #

    Just a note since I am awake with insomnia. Many of you are Facebook friends and already know my metastatic breast cancer was metastatic when diagnosed in 2017. It has again metastasized and is now in my left long leg bone.

    We begin treatment this week or so to try and slow it down. It cannot be cured but can be slowed. Ghost doesn’t like this because he thinks I should be the one exception to that statement..

    Don’t know yet what treatment will be tried i am on hormone modifying medications for last two months that has caused menopause symptoms for third time in my life. Hot flashes and sleep disorders.

  52. emb on 25 Sep 2018 at 5:44 am #

    Jackie, First only because I’m up early [volunteer day at Sanford Health]. Thoughts and prayers, and gratitude to Ghost. Peace,

  53. Mark in TTown on 25 Sep 2018 at 8:03 am #

    Jackie, prayers. Doctors don’t know everything. After all, it wasn’t long ago that one of yours told you the tests said you shouldn’t be able to walk. But you walked in and walked out of his office, didn’t you?