Jul 30th 2015 08:50 am They Suit Horses, Don’t They?

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Yesterday, July 29, 2015, marked 30 years of Arlo & Janis in newspapers. It’s an understatement to say the big anniversary bash was low key. Oh, months ago there were big plans, but the best laid plans of mice and men aft get knocked into a cocked hat. I confess to a certain ambivalence about the whole thing. To survive and thrive for 30 years in the newspaper syndication business is a rare accomplishment. Conversely, bragging about how long one has been around in the syndication business is tantamount to bragging about how lame and irrelevant one has become. That’s not always fair or true, but for some it is the consensus. I do want to say that I feel very privileged. I love what I do. Who wouldn’t? And I thank all of you who have made my livelihood possible over the years by reading Arlo & Janis and encouraging me. I consider it a personal favor, which I will return by drawing the best comic strip I can.

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177 Responses to “They Suit Horses, Don’t They?”

  1. John Kelly on 30 Jul 2015 at 8:55 am #

    Happy Anniversary Yesterday

    Big smiley face. — JJ

  2. Steve from Royal Oak, Mi on 30 Jul 2015 at 8:59 am #

    My 33rd wedding anniversary is tomorrow. Would you mind sending my wife a note that I had something planned but “but the best laid plans of mice and men aft get knocked into a cocked hat.”? lol Coming from you it will seem quite fitting as she has sworn that she has spotted your peeping eyes looking through our windows!

  3. Den in MN on 30 Jul 2015 at 9:08 am #

    Thank you for 30 years of A&J!

  4. Dan on 30 Jul 2015 at 9:09 am #

    Congratulations, Jimmy, on 30 years. Your dilemma over how much to-do to make is noted! It is on par with birthdays and wedding anniversaries: On the one hand, we have accomplished much to get this far, on the other hand, some of that accomplishment was due to circumstances beyond our control. So how much do we whoop it up? My only answer is: When people start being embarrassed for you, you’ve gone too far.
    Here’s to many, many more years of Arlo and Janis!

  5. emb on 30 Jul 2015 at 9:12 am #

    Best strip ever, and that includes Bloom Co. and others.

    Peace, emb

  6. Galliglo in Ohio on 30 Jul 2015 at 9:23 am #

    Thank you Jimmy… for the strips… and setting up this lovely Village… we love you!

  7. Sylvia in Ms on 30 Jul 2015 at 9:28 am #


  8. Ghost Rider 6 on 30 Jul 2015 at 9:36 am #

    Congratulations on a truly momentous anniversary and milestone, Jimmy, no matter how you choose to interpret it.

    Now, get back to work cranking out those cartoons we know and love so well. :)

  9. JerrytheMacGuy on 30 Jul 2015 at 9:39 am #

    Congratulations and thank you for Arlo, Janis, Luddie, et. al., Jimmy!

    I wish more newspapers had the wisdom to carry your work – c’mon L.A. Times!

  10. Ursen on 30 Jul 2015 at 9:47 am #

    Conversely, bragging about how long one has been around in the syndication business is tantamount to bragging about how lame and irrelevant one has become

    Don’t agree, you are neither lame, nor irrelevant. Happy 30th. Now can I kvetch about a lack of story with one ‘toon or t’other? Love your work. Still looking for my A&J tshirt.

  11. Mark from Maine on 30 Jul 2015 at 9:51 am #

    Congrats Jimmy! And thanks for A & J!

  12. sandcastler™ on 30 Jul 2015 at 9:58 am #

    Did you ever think that scratching ink on paper would lead to a career lasting three decades and counting? Congrats on a very successful run.

  13. Blinky the Wonder Wombat on 30 Jul 2015 at 10:08 am #

    Friends of ours celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary just a few days before your momentous anniversary- I still can’t believe what is so clear on my memory took place so long ago! But when dealing with good things like friends, marriages, and life’s pleasures (such as a well written comic strip), time slips by too quickly.

    BTW JJ, thanks for the fan service in the anniversary strip: full frontal nudity! ;)

  14. Ghost Rider 6 on 30 Jul 2015 at 10:23 am #

    My, my. Seems some over on The Dark Side get really exercised if the free ice cream machine is not open here every day.

    The Love Is… kids display a certain lack of, shall we say, anatomical correctness, which regrettably carried over to the depictions of our two favorite characters here. Although I see that, following the source material, Janis has chestular features and Arlo does not. I wonder if there is some cartoon convention regarding the portrayal of those particular accoutrements.

  15. LVJeff on 30 Jul 2015 at 10:24 am #

    Congratulations, Jimmy! Happy 30!!

  16. Jim in TN on 30 Jul 2015 at 10:32 am #

    Thanks for all the fish! (Hopefully not a reference lost on everyone!)

    Thanks for letting us into your vision of life and the world, since it strikes a chord with all of us and we feel like we are not the only ones who feel like that!

    Hope this doesn’t mean you’re being teleported home. — JJ

  17. Symply Fargone on 30 Jul 2015 at 10:42 am #


    Absolutely Fargone, 30 years of having you peeping through our Fargone windows to how us the foibles and vagaries of our generation has been comical, whimsical, poignant and instructional at times, I salute you on the past and eagerly look forward to the future!

    BTW, I recently was asked if I wanted a newspaper delivered in our new area from a local company…I said yes, they only have 5 Sunday comics; gratifying to see you are in the Massachusetts publication”Milford Daily News”

    @Mark in TT(did I get that right)

    Thanks for the link to the motorcycle place in Alabama, now I have another place to go.

    Nyce being back for a bit…..until the next time I am Symply Fargone!

  18. Rusty on 30 Jul 2015 at 10:58 am #

    Thank you for all of the wonderful strips that really do seem to mirror our lives! The two that I try to never miss are yours and “Love Is”, interstingly, so I found yesterday’s strip perfect!

  19. billinbossier on 30 Jul 2015 at 11:10 am #

    It only seems like a couple of years ago that you were celebrating your 20th. I was still gainfully employed at the time, and remember seeing the 20th anniversary strip at work. I am retired now, and am hoping that it will be a long time before you retire, as a major project of everyday is now checking the daily strip. Have a great year.

  20. Ken from Framingham on 30 Jul 2015 at 11:24 am #

    Arlo and Janis is a GREAT comic strip, and consistently so over the course of its first 30 years! THAT is a tremendous accomplishment. I’ve gotten countless smiles and chuckles from reading it daily, but also thousands of insights into human behavior and my own mind and life! THANKS, JIMMY!

  21. Evan on 30 Jul 2015 at 11:39 am #

    Ah, dear Jimmy, surviving and thriving as long has you have in the hostile environment of newspaper funnies is quite noteworthy. It is not as though you have spent 30 years on Wayne’s World broadcasting to an eight-block radius. You have reached a lot of people and they have enjoyed your work.

    Would you have ever thought 30 years ago that you would celebrate the date of completing 30 years of A&J by drawing your eponymous characters with full frontal nudity? =O ;)

  22. Trapper Jean on 30 Jul 2015 at 12:22 pm #

    It doesn’t feel like I’ve been reading A&J for 30 years, but certain;y for a long time, so maybe so. At any rate, I’ve enjoyed every day of it and had many of those days seem like you’ve been watching us ala The Truman Show. :-)

    Jim, just don’t make it “So long and…”

    Symply, good to see you again!

    Ghost and everyone else, :-) !

  23. Jackie monies on 30 Jul 2015 at 12:44 pm #

    Seems like yesterday. You just keep getting better.

    Ooops, not your wedding anniversay? Or birthday?

    Love Jackie

  24. Dan McD on 30 Jul 2015 at 2:31 pm #

    Just popped in to say congratulations!

    Also, I believe at 30 years you have officially earned tenure, and can thumb your nose at all editors and censors, drawing anything you like. Pretty sure that’s the code. :-)


  25. Charlotte in NH on 30 Jul 2015 at 2:34 pm #

    Dear Jimmy, have enjoyed reading A & J for many years, in the Boston Globe, and my late husband Chris did too. He was especially taken with your series inspired by your father’s experience in WW 2. Exactly the same thing happened to him while he was in the Army, in combat in France (or maybe Belgium or Germany.)

    Many thanks for your terrific imagination and good drawing skills.

  26. Sideburns on 30 Jul 2015 at 2:59 pm #

    Congratulations, JJ, and may you continue to draw the strip as long as it’s fun! And, on another note, here’s some neat news about Charon: http://kryptonradio.com/2015/07/30/gallifrey-falls-no-more-its-on-charon/

  27. Nancy Kirk in AZ on 30 Jul 2015 at 3:11 pm #

    Jim in TN, uh, fish? Sorry—lost on me.

  28. Jerry in NEMS and WWA on 30 Jul 2015 at 3:26 pm #

    Congratulations JJ. From another one of those who look forward to reading A&J everyday.

  29. Sideburns on 30 Jul 2015 at 4:22 pm #

    Nancy, that’s a reference to So Long and Thanks for All The Fish, the fourth book in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Trilogy.

  30. Judy in Conroe on 30 Jul 2015 at 4:24 pm #

    Yay!! Looking forward to enjoying your gift for another 30 years.

  31. MCV on 30 Jul 2015 at 4:24 pm #

    I suppose you get told things like this all the time, but after following Arlo all these years, I sometimes wonder if you are spying on me. Except for the cat thing, he and I are soul mates.

    I haven’t posted here before, but it so happens your 30th was also the 32nd for my wife and me, and we have many of your works posted in various places around the house. Just wanted to say thank you for the entertainment and what seems to be a mirror.

  32. Mark in TTown on 30 Jul 2015 at 4:34 pm #

    Symply Fargone, you got most of it. Glad to see you back and hope you can come visit that museum sometime. The Mercedes plant in Vance also has a museum, but I have not been to it, either.

    Jimmy, Happy Belated Anniversary. You’ve beaten Berke Breathed now. You have kept your interest in what you are doing, kept it interesting for us, and as MCV says you holding up a mirror for one or more of us everyday. Love your Arlo lizard in the pants counterpart to Janis’ speed strip when the lizard left the firewood. I need to show those to my neighbor. She is scared to death of the little things too.

  33. Mark in TTown on 30 Jul 2015 at 4:35 pm #

    …you holding up a mirror…. Where’s that edit button? you are, it should have said.

  34. sandcastler™ on 30 Jul 2015 at 4:35 pm #

    30 years ago….http://boingboing.net/2015/07/30/miniskirtsandcomputers.html

  35. Ghost Rider 6 on 30 Jul 2015 at 5:05 pm #

    Have I mentioned that I miss those hemlines? Yes, I believe that I have.

    Don’t feel bad, Nancy. Those fourth books of a trilogy can be pretty obscure. :)

  36. Sideburns on 30 Jul 2015 at 5:16 pm #

    And don’t forget, there’s also Mostly Harmless, the Fifth Book in the Increasingly Inappropriately Named Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Trilogy.

    BTW, Douglas Adams will be one of the two Ghost’s of Honor at this year’s Loscon because it will be Loscon 42. The other Ghost is a long-term dealer and costumer who recently passed away from Brain Cancer.

  37. Ghost Rider 6 on 30 Jul 2015 at 5:24 pm #

    No one ever asks me to be a Ghost of Honor. :(

    A few years ago, a software vendor sent a very attractive young female rep to my office to install and train us on an upgrade to one of our systems. Afterwards, whenever one of my all-female staff would ask me a technical question, I’d tell her that must have been covered the day the rep wore that orange mini-dress, and I must have been distracted, and she should figure it out herself. (Then I would tell her, of course.)

    Anyone installed Windows 10 yet? (Yeah, Sideburns, I know you haven’t. :) ) I’ll probably wait until the weekend.

  38. Ray on 30 Jul 2015 at 5:51 pm #


  39. Ghost Rider 6 on 30 Jul 2015 at 6:26 pm #

    Debbe ;) Mom is doing well. Yesterday, I took her to the retina specialist who has been treating her for left-sided wet macular degeneration for the past year. All the fluid behind her retina is gone, so it appears we have salvaged her sight in that eye, preventing loss of depth perception that would undoubtedly have led to an eventual and most likely catastrophic fall.

  40. Galliglo in Ohio on 30 Jul 2015 at 7:21 pm #

    sand: Regarding the pix of 30 years ago… I felt that I was reviewing a lot of my work history. How times change…

  41. Bob in Orland Park on 30 Jul 2015 at 7:37 pm #

    Wow! Thirty years of peeking in our windows. Where did the time go?

  42. Nancy Kirk in AZ on 30 Jul 2015 at 7:44 pm #

    Thanks, Sideburns. You too, Ghost. I am familiar in a general way with some things about the Hitchhiker series but have not actually read them. I am also familiar with more than one “trilogy” that ended up more than that!! $$$$????

  43. Ghost Rider 6 on 30 Jul 2015 at 8:02 pm #

    We have spoken here of the Coasties of the USCG and the remarkable job they do rescuing those in distress. Here’s a story that amazes me, even by rescue swimmer standards.


    A quote from one of the commenters to this story also bears repeating…“When stuff breaks, unbreakable people take up the slack.”

  44. chill on 30 Jul 2015 at 8:38 pm #

    I live within sight of that air station. What that story didn’t mention is the high winds over the cliff that the chopper couldn’t safely hover, the fog bank near shore, and really choppy seas.
    Well done!!

    Thanks for the last thirty years Mr J. Also, well done.

  45. bruce on 30 Jul 2015 at 8:50 pm #

    Hi Jimmy, please plan a Arlo and Janis convention for all of your fans. The first choice of location would be close to my house in central Illinois, but we could hold it closer to your home if that would better for you. If you need someone to help with logistics I volunteer my wife, she loves you to. I would love to get together with like minded people who know which is the best comic on the Web and in the newspaper today. Seriously if you would like to do this you have my email address, I would help plan this.

  46. Ghost Rider 6 on 30 Jul 2015 at 8:57 pm #

    A significant number of this bunch at the same place at the same time? The mind boggles. :)

  47. Keith C on 30 Jul 2015 at 9:01 pm #

    30 years of Arlo and Janis. wow! And to think I saw the potential when you were at the Jackson Daily News… congrats and keep going!

  48. bruce on 30 Jul 2015 at 9:01 pm #

    Yes, we would have fun.

  49. sandcastler™ on 30 Jul 2015 at 9:45 pm #

    GR6 wrote: “A significant number of this bunch at the same place at the same time? The mind boggles.” Just call it Comic Con A&J 30. Then we can dress as our favorite character, parade for the local news channels, and everyone will just say we are a wee off the beam.

  50. Mark in TTown on 30 Jul 2015 at 11:07 pm #

    Call it the 30 Day Anniversary Party. Jimmy can show his strips as the wedding/life photos.

  51. Ghost Rider 6 on 30 Jul 2015 at 11:19 pm #

    Debbe ;) Walking Playlist #8 – Because, you can never have too much Stones. Also, it was featured in “Night Shift”, an old comedy I really enjoyed, a Ron Howard film with Henry Winkler, Michael Keaton, and Shelley Long. (Ms. Long made a really cute…and sexy…hooker, something a bit unexpected compared to her role as Diane on “Cheers”, who seemed to always have a stick up her butt.)

    Also, that lady I mentioned previously would inevitably jump me after she got me started up. ;)


  52. Ghost Rider 6 on 30 Jul 2015 at 11:20 pm #

    And yes, Lorraine will be coming soon…and bringing the girls.


  53. Jerry in Fl on 30 Jul 2015 at 11:54 pm #

    We haven’t had this many people since Woodstock. Wavy Gravy, where are you? Hello yal if you haven’t been here before. JJ, I was just kidding although it was really Ken Burns’ birthday. We’ll just say keep up the good work. If we overdo it you may decide to run for president. “I’m just an everyday simple savior of my country.”-Pat Paulson

  54. Old Bear on 31 Jul 2015 at 12:01 am #

    Thank You “Fearless Leader” for 30 years of memorable stories, 4 boxes at a time (mostly)

  55. Old Bear on 31 Jul 2015 at 12:07 am #

    Thank you – Thank you – Thank you
    When I see the words that is exactly what they are singing. They inserted this between 2 verses of “Eternal Father” without noting but then “they” combined lyrics from different versions of a hymn and made it their own.
    I have transcribed the 2 CDs using 4 Hymnals and the Net. Now it is complete.

    For those that did not look it is from:
    “Hymns Triumphant”
    The London Philharmonic Choir
    The Amen Choir and
    London’s National Philharmonic Orchestra

  56. Old Bear on 31 Jul 2015 at 12:19 am #


    Steve S will try to contact you for me.

    Brother did take Biology classes.
    You had 1,000s of students so to remember 1 after 50 years they would have to have
    been very very good or very very bad. Like the girl with the curl. Which is a clean Limerick.

    There was a little girl

    By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 1807–1882
    There was a little girl,
    Who had a little curl,
    Right in the middle of her forehead.
    When she was good,
    She was very good indeed, (I heard “very very good”)
    But when she was bad she was horrid.

  57. Sideburns on 31 Jul 2015 at 1:06 am #

    I like this version better, referring to Mae West:

    When she was good,

    She was very very good,

    But when she was bad she was better!

  58. emb on 31 Jul 2015 at 1:19 am #

    Didn’t realize it was Longfellow. I also learned ‘very, very good.’ Don’t remember where, but pretty sure it was later than KG-2nd grade. Peace, emb

  59. Mindy from Indy on 31 Jul 2015 at 3:44 am #

    Friday’s real-time – Bwhahahahaha! Okay, morning is officially made. :-D

  60. Debbe on 31 Jul 2015 at 4:33 am #

    Good morning Villagers….

    As I said a couple of days ago, congratulations Jimmy Johnson. for 30 years of successful readership…

    oh, and this fan loves today’s real time

    ya’ll have a blessed day.

  61. Jerry in Fl on 31 Jul 2015 at 6:01 am #

    Mae West had a beautiful mink coat. “My goodness”, exclaimed an admirer. “Goodness had nothing to do with it dearie.”

  62. Mark in TTown on 31 Jul 2015 at 6:37 am #

    Old Bear, you are very welcome. Glad I could help you out.

    “Free the lizard”? No wonder the couple took up running. Excellent capper to a good story line. Thanks and enjoy your weekend, Jimmy.

  63. Ruth Anne in Winter Park on 31 Jul 2015 at 8:25 am #

    I too learned “very, very good” – had no idea it was Longfellow!

  64. Dave on 31 Jul 2015 at 8:36 am #

    Today was an absolute laugh out loud special – just trying to free the lizard indeed. And a great expression on Arlo’s face.

  65. Steve from Royal Oak, Mi on 31 Jul 2015 at 8:47 am #

    Did all go well Debbe? I know that you are quite busy…

  66. domaucan1 on 31 Jul 2015 at 8:56 am #


    Sorry to be so late. Having been”with” you since the beginning in the Auburn-Opelika News, I feel like you and Arlo and Janis are part of my family, and, since you are a fellow WAR EAGLE, you are family and always will be. CONGRATULATIONS! Keep up the good work and, win or lose,

  67. Canuckguy on 31 Jul 2015 at 9:16 am #

    This is my favourite strip and I have been a fan ever since my newspaper started carrying it which I can’t remember when but it was certainly more than 25 years ago.
    Heh, when I type in ‘favourite’, the system indicated a spelling error due to the Canadian habit of putting the ‘u’ in Mercan spelt words like ‘labor’, ‘favor’, ‘arbor’, ‘candor’, ‘harbor’, ‘behavior’ and of course ‘humor’

  68. sandcastler™ on 31 Jul 2015 at 9:20 am #

    The real time is a great hooter. Hope you copyrighted “free the lizard”, would make a great band name.

  69. Cozmik Cowboy on 31 Jul 2015 at 9:24 am #

    Thank you, Jimmy!
    I’ve been reading A&J since the beginning, and I honestly cannot remember one bad strip (that didn’t have the cat).

  70. Symply Fargone on 31 Jul 2015 at 9:29 am #


    Today’s strip two words:

    Symply Fargone!

  71. emb on 31 Jul 2015 at 9:34 am #

    Old Bear:

    ‘You had 1,000s of students so to remember 1 after 50 years they would have to have been very very good or very very bad. Like the girl with the curl.’

    I remember some in other categories. Some try to sweet talk for a grade, or even offer their ‘services.’ Don’t remember their names usually, but it did result in my incorporating info / my lovable wife into many of my first few lectures. Also, incorporated casual references to church activities [no theology, they thought, but such things as, 'Wife is our parish nurse.'], which led to individual class questions like, ‘How can you claim to be a Christian, and still “believe in” evolution?’ [I never 'claimed to be a Christian', and also they brought that question up, which freed me to answer it, in broad, not denominational of even 'Christian' terms. I miss the classroom [but not the meetings and budgets].

    Also remember many that became lifelong or long term friends, either / fascination with biology or some common interest. As I said at my retirement party, being a teaching prof is the best underpaid job in the world.

    Peace, emb

  72. emb on 31 Jul 2015 at 9:42 am #

    ‘OR even ‘Christian’ terms.’

  73. sandcastler™ on 31 Jul 2015 at 9:46 am #

    Board game updated for the early 00′s.http://www.gocomics.com/moderately-confused/2015/07/31

  74. Old Bear on 31 Jul 2015 at 10:29 am #



    Mr Teal in the Home Office with the Recharger.

  75. Old Bear on 31 Jul 2015 at 10:35 am #


    A distraught senior citizen phoned her doctor’s office.
    “Is it true,” she wanted to know, “that the medication
    you prescribed has to be taken for the rest of my life?”
    “‘Yes, I’m afraid so,”‘ the doctor told her.
    There was a moment of silence before the senior lady replied,
    “I’m wondering, then, just how serious is my condition
    because this prescription is marked ‘NO REFILLS’..”

  76. sandcastler™ on 31 Jul 2015 at 10:53 am #

    Old Bear,

    LMAO at no refills.

  77. Pam on 31 Jul 2015 at 11:06 am #

    Loved the release of the lizard today!

  78. Old Bear on 31 Jul 2015 at 11:09 am #

    This old strip hits home

  79. TruckerRon on 31 Jul 2015 at 12:52 pm #

    emb: To keep them guessing, I’d have replied, “You don’t have to believe something in order to teach others what you know about it.” I use that as a chaplain to keep patients from focusing in on my personal theology… we’re supposed to be talking about their spiritual beliefs and needs.

  80. hc on 31 Jul 2015 at 2:11 pm #

    Just catching up
    Congratulations on 30 years – let’s hope for 30 more even though I won’t be around for all of them!

  81. emb on 31 Jul 2015 at 2:50 pm #


    That was one of the arrows in my quiver.

    Peace, emb

  82. Sideburns on 31 Jul 2015 at 3:03 pm #

    Arlo could have had it much, much worse: it could have been a Feegle.

  83. sandcastler™ on 31 Jul 2015 at 3:08 pm #

    Just peeked in and there was Sideburns comment on wee men.

  84. Ruth Anne in Winter Park on 31 Jul 2015 at 4:15 pm #

    OK, now it’s Sideburns and Sandcastler peeking in my windows instead of Jimmy. I’m reading Wee Free Men right now.

  85. sandcastler™ on 31 Jul 2015 at 4:35 pm #

    How, great, it, is, to be, a, comma, and, separate, one, word, fromma, nother.

  86. The Village Orphanage Society on 31 Jul 2015 at 5:18 pm #

    Dear Mr. Johnson:

    Would it be possible to change your blog settings so that comment posting may continue for more than one week? Formally, that did not seem to be a problem. Some of the orphans are still crying over being locked out of the orphanage again.


    (s) Miss Prudence Whistlewaite
    Director, TVOS

  87. Mark in TTown on 31 Jul 2015 at 5:26 pm #

    sandcastler ™ Burma-Shave ™

  88. sandcastler™ on 31 Jul 2015 at 5:40 pm #

    Miss Whistlewait,

    I have a roomy retreat just outside the Village on Route 1. Name on mailbox, sandcastler retreat. The key is attached in a magnetic box inside back of aforementioned mailbox. It is stocked with: blankets, assorted flavors of Pop-Tarts, and a generous supply of powered drink mix. The shed out back has ample firewood, if need to heat arises. The privy is a freshly limed two-holer. Feel free to use it in the case of Village closure.

    Mark in TTown,


  89. Rich via Belchertown on 31 Jul 2015 at 6:47 pm #

    Enjoyed your current comic today. Glad to see that you’re still pushing the envelope. I’m pretty sure *that* gag would not have passed the censors thirty years ago. What really got my attention, however, was the phrase “britches leg.” If there was any doubt that A&J was a Southern comic, today’s strip removes it.

  90. Mark in TTown on 31 Jul 2015 at 8:41 pm #

    Ghost, an Arlo and Janis Con would not even approach weird for most people. This, on the other hand: http://nbcnews.to/1E0CWnn

    It really can be a lot of fun, though. I was involved for over 3 years and met a lot of great people.

  91. Mark in TTown on 31 Jul 2015 at 9:36 pm #

    sandcastler(tm) I just realized that verse didn’t scan right for Burma-Shave ™. But it’s an easy fix: How, great, it, is, to be, a, comma, mother, and, separate, one, word, fromma, nother.

  92. Mark in TTown on 31 Jul 2015 at 9:40 pm #

    So these little guys are burrowers! No wonder Arlo’s britches leg looked inviting. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ziV3Z3BTHFE

  93. Old Bear on 31 Jul 2015 at 10:17 pm #

    When you are dissatisfied
    and would like to go back to youth,
    think of Algebra.

    One of the many things
    no one tells you about aging
    is that it is such a nice change
    from being young.

  94. Charlotte in NH on 31 Jul 2015 at 10:33 pm #

    to Old Bear, you’re right about the Algebra. But the second part of your comment, not so much. When I was young, I could run, and climb hills. I could kneel down on the ground and pull weeds, and look at flowers and moss. Now I can’t do any of those things.

  95. Jerry in Fl on 31 Jul 2015 at 10:42 pm #

    If I’m having trouble going to sleep at night I think of algebra. x + y= no, that will keep me awake. They’re having a gas war locally if you remember that term. A new station opened this morning with a price of 1.99/gal. By the end of the day most of the other places dropped their prices from 2.50+ to 1.99 and by the end of the day some places were running out of gas as everyone filled their tanks. You would have thought that there was a hurricane headed our way.

  96. Gary on 31 Jul 2015 at 10:47 pm #

    Happy 30th anniversary A&J and kudos to Jimmy for making it happen.

    GR6, I may attempt to upgrade a machine to Win10 this weekend.

  97. Jerry in Fl on 31 Jul 2015 at 10:53 pm #

    Charlotte, As I walk out to get the newspaper in the morning, 5:30 thanks to Cilla, there is a slight rise to our driveway. I want to slow down, but I try to remember to speed up. Going and coming I try to open my eyes to the flowers, crepe myrtles, etc. You make a difference right here and I know that there is plenty you can do.

  98. Ghost Rider 6 on 31 Jul 2015 at 10:58 pm #

    Debbe, I hope everything went as well as possible under the circumstances. Continued prayers and virtual hugs, hon.

    Walking Playlist #9 – Yep, still thinking of the “jump” lady. Also, this was one of the songs used in the aerobics class I attended some years ago and brings black pleasant memories of my skimpily attired classmates. Have I mentioned they were all females? I believe that I have. (Of course, in shorts and a cut-off tee, I was fairly skimpily attired, myself.)

    I don’t, however, remember any of them having quite as much hair as the members of this band.


  99. curmudgeonly ex-professor on 31 Jul 2015 at 10:58 pm #

    Now, I recall my youth and my introduction to the world of algebra in a much more positive light! It was the start of my love for higher mathematics, and my awe-struck wonder at just what could be done therewith [no snide remarks needed!]. Many other parts of my youth were not nearly so pleasant.

  100. Ghost Rider 6 on 31 Jul 2015 at 11:01 pm #

    Gary: I think I’ll update my ultrabook tomorrow, then my 17″ laptop if that goes OK.

  101. Old Bear on 31 Jul 2015 at 11:02 pm #

    Charlotte in NH

    There is that but the other side of the coin is

    acne, hormones, insecurities, angst, Algebra, Parents (I guess that hasn’t changed much And we miss them dearly)

  102. emb on 31 Jul 2015 at 11:20 pm #

    c x-p: That happened to my older granddaughter. A Natl. Merit Scholar, she was originally pre-med, and did all right grade-wise, but found the cut-throat U.MN p-m environment distasteful. Took an art history lib ed. course, fell in love w/ it, specializes in Mid-East and other Asian art, has learned appropriate languages [a talent I lack], and is in grad school at U. Chi. Realizes this is not a guaranteed full-time job, and is taking approp. courses / teaching, library, and such. Granddad is subsidizing.

    My own epiphanies were learning that I love to teach and to write. Attended a 50th reunion walleye fish fry w/ BSU ’65 alums this evening, was surprised at the number who remember me fondly as their lib. ed. biol. prof. And ran into a biol. major who has just retired from the Cornell faculty, who knew a [late] Cornell Ecol. prof. who was an undergrad at U.M when I was a grad student there.

    Peace, emb

  103. Jerry in Fl on 31 Jul 2015 at 11:32 pm #

    My oldest son is a computer guru. I don’t have contact with him but then neither does anyone else. I think they have him and his computer locked away somewhere. My youngest has degrees in psychology and criminal justice. A chip off the old block, you say? Well, he has traveled the world and now works for Disney making at age 25 way more than I ever did. If you’ve done the math you see that I had my kids late.

  104. David in Austin on 01 Aug 2015 at 12:41 am #

    Old Faithful webcam is sensitive enough to full moonlight that the geyser is visible even on a “blue” moon.

  105. Debbe on 01 Aug 2015 at 4:30 am #

    Good morning Villagers….

    Steve and GR ;) it was beautiful. My mother looked stunningly beautiful…..the roses were perfect. I actually got up and read at the funeral services. I started out with we were here to celebrate and lay to rest Mom, Grandma Dee, Great-grandma Dee, Aunt Dee, sister and friend. Told them I found great comfort In Isaiah 40:28-31. (Then I read it) Then went on to say that when looking at Mom, it looks as thought she is asleep, as she is, because Paul wrote in 1st Thessalonian Chapter 4. and then I read it. The Spirit was in me as I read it with great feelings and looked up at the people and made eye contact. As we were filing out, the Minister complimented me by saying “you must have read a lot of scripture publicly.” No, not really I said, I just prayed that the Spirit would be with me….and He was. It was a wonderfully,celebrated life of my Mother.

    Thank you all for your support during this difficult time for my family.

    love, Debbe

  106. Debbe on 01 Aug 2015 at 4:36 am #

    Also today is Ian’s last day at the hen house. When driving into work yesterday, he said when ever I get ‘cold’ feet and doubt over moving to E’ville, I snap back to reality as we drive into this parking lot and smell the hen house. He leaves tomorrow. I gave him Mom’s cell phone, and I want an address, and I also want the name and number of his roomates’s mother.

    And I am also training a new woman to work with me. I think we should The Boss’s company, “Second Chance”….as all have a background, and so does Shirley. When I called her she sounded so excited…..we’ll see.

    I love reading all the above comments….so many new commenters.

    Miss Charlotte, be blessed in knowing that you can still see the flowers, smell the flowers and feel the humidity in the air….arrrgghhh. I don’t if it’s humid where you’re at, but here you can almost cut the humidity with a knife


  107. Debbe on 01 Aug 2015 at 4:42 am #

    …GR ;) , that was the first cassette I bought for Ian’s Nickelodeon ‘boom’ box. He was probably about three, and he loved that song……didn’t take him long to learn how to ‘rewind’ :)

    I remember whenever an oldie but goodie would come on the radio….like the song “Dude looks like a lady”…..and I’d start singing. Ian would look over at me and ask “mom, have you heard that song before?”…no, I would say with a grin…and continue singing. My son grew up loving the old music.

    I’ll post one of his playlist to add to your morning workout….I actually like it

    And I’m glad to hear they found out early about your Mother’s eye, and she is doing well.

  108. Debbe on 01 Aug 2015 at 5:43 am #

    :) https://i.chzbgr.com/maxW500/8438528768/h36A8E3B3/

  109. Jerry in Fl on 01 Aug 2015 at 6:05 am #

    Debbe, We got up so it’s a good morning. I will try to be patient as I visit my mother today.

  110. Steve From Royal Oak Mi on 01 Aug 2015 at 7:43 am #

    When we were dating we saw Chariots of Fire about 20 times. Isaiah 40 was read during that movie. It was also read at my Mom and Dads funerals. It was 31 years ago today that I lost my mom in a car accident. Peace.

  111. Ghost Rider 6 on 01 Aug 2015 at 7:46 am #

    Debbe ;) I am happy to hear that there was such an appropriate celebration of your Mom’s life, and that you were such an important part of it. It is obvious that you have also read Exodus 20:12. (One should note that commandment comes even before the one proscribing murder.)

    Honoring our parents is a requirement placed upon us; the love we give them is a bonus.

  112. Village Loon on 01 Aug 2015 at 7:55 am #

    Aww, the little lizard returned to his beloved. A story with a happy ending. :-) It would have been fun to watch Arlo drop his thighty whities; the guys get Janis teasers, turn about would be nice. ;-)

  113. Galliglo in Ohio on 01 Aug 2015 at 9:25 am #

    Debbe: It sounds as though the service was beautiful. Isn’t it amazing when you are able to do something like that? Your mouth opens and words just flow… Sometimes when that happened to me, others would say how inspiring my talk was – and I could not even remember what I had said.

    I don’t speak at church any more. The desire to do so, and the ability, just left. But I am so thankful that I was able to have the experience.

  114. Old Bear on 01 Aug 2015 at 10:29 am #


    You are AWSOME

  115. Trapper Jean on 01 Aug 2015 at 10:56 am #

    Debbe, {{{HUGS}}}

  116. Nancy Kirk in AZ on 01 Aug 2015 at 12:15 pm #

    Debbie, thank you for telling us about the service. It sounds like it was just beautiful. And do keep us posted about Ian. The Village cares

    To those who are adventuring with Windows 10, let us know what you think, please.

  117. Nancy Kirk in AZ on 01 Aug 2015 at 12:16 pm #

    Dang autocorrect. I know it’s Debbe!

  118. Gary on 01 Aug 2015 at 1:16 pm #

    Debbe, I am so glad the service was such a good experience.

  119. curmudgeonly ex-professor on 01 Aug 2015 at 6:13 pm #

    Where’s everyone?

    Here is the assignment for the Village: In a few simple and well-chosen words, define “love”.

    I offer this: Love is the extreme case of caring.

    Our guest minister this evening cited a definition by Robert A. Heinlein: “Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.”. As it was not his theme to run with the definition, it was not mentioned to any deeper depth.

    How about it?

  120. Ghost Rider 6 on 01 Aug 2015 at 7:17 pm #

    “Love is the feeling you have for the person who best reinforces your self-image.”

    No, I’m kidding.

    Or am I? :)

  121. Mindy from Indy on 01 Aug 2015 at 7:29 pm #

    Love is… (Hey! Didn’t JJ just cover this? ?) Terrifying, complicated, hard work, but essential to a fulfilling life. Hey, I’m not much of a romantic, more of a realist.

  122. sandcastler™ on 01 Aug 2015 at 8:36 pm #


  123. emb on 01 Aug 2015 at 10:58 pm #

    Love is finding a person whom you love, who loves you despite your shortcomings, and who teaches you [mostly / example] to be more loving. Peace, emb

  124. Ghost Rider 6 on 02 Aug 2015 at 12:34 am #

    Debbe ;) – Walking Playlist #10 – A reminder not to quit. My Motto: “Ne jamais abandonner.”


  125. Debbe on 02 Aug 2015 at 5:00 am #

    Good morning Villagers…

    I am humbled by your comments…..love does make one humble. To do what is right for the both of you.

    I like the above reflections on what love is…going to bookmark this page.

    I never mentioned the music, my sister found someone to sing, and Amazing Grace was sung.

    Steve, even after 31 years, I know the pain is still within you. It does get better, right?

    Ian is moving about an hour’s drive away….my Mom is about 15 minutes away.

    My poor sister Brenda and her husband have been through a lot in the past week and a half. First it was on their second day of vacation in Montana that she found out about Mom. She said that as she was going thru the airport she’d look at people’s smiles and focused faces and she want to cry out “My Mom just died, will someone hub me?” Then the funeral and all….then they had to leave that night for Davenport, Iowa. Their youngest daughter is moving there and she is a sports physical therapist. Now this little girl doesn’t stand but maybe 5 foot three inches. But she is tiny and mighty. She has to be ready for high school football by the 10th. They were able to find her an apartment and will be taking her out to Davenport by the end of the week.

    My sister Brenda has a lot in common with you Ruth Ann….she is the school librarian.

    Started training Ian’s replacement yesterday and all she could say is I’ve saved her life by getting her a job and back on her feet.

    gotta go guys, thanks for my tears of joy.

    love to all

  126. Debbe on 02 Aug 2015 at 5:17 am #

    hug me, not ‘hub’ me,,,,where’s that edict button

  127. Debbe on 02 Aug 2015 at 5:31 am #

    GR ;) Ian showed me this video the other day…..hmmm, I thought, it’s appropriately named “The Walker”….maybe something to add to your playlist.


  128. Steve From Royal Oak Mi on 02 Aug 2015 at 7:15 am #

    The answer is probably. We are all unique and grieve differently. There will be days that you will miss her terribly and others when you realize that she is never far away. Hold onto your Faith and you’ll ne OK.

  129. curmudgeonly ex-professor on 02 Aug 2015 at 3:18 pm #

    Debbe & S/RO – I, too, lost my mother in a car accident some 34+ years ago. It does stay around in the background, but the shock and severity of the hurt does decrease. This is, indeed, where faith comes in….

  130. Jerry in Fl on 02 Aug 2015 at 8:40 pm #

    I just got home and apparently everyone said what they had to say. It doesn’t work that way. You’ll notice that it never stops me. Love is a magic feeling that you get when you see “the Person”. I say that sincerely. I remember on the Monkees that Davy Jones got a sparkle in his eye when he saw the one and when I say magic that’s what I mean. I read once that it is love when you can’t imagine living without the object of your affection. That may be the best definition that I’ve seen.

  131. Ghost Rider 6 on 02 Aug 2015 at 10:09 pm #

    Debbe ;) – Walking Playlist #11 – Why does this song remind me of Tijuana, at least when it was relatively safe to go there?


  132. Ghost Rider 6 on 02 Aug 2015 at 10:10 pm #

    And yes, Lorraine will be coming soon and … Hey, do I spy something that starts with a “p”?


  133. Old Bear on 02 Aug 2015 at 10:35 pm #

    My cousin sent me this – no verified

    One thing not mentioned is the cola is almost as acidic as battery acid – I will check the chart at the dentist tomorrow.


    The most meaningful advice was near the bottom:

    “My first piece of advice to them would be to do a simple swap,” he explains, “replacing fizzy drinks with water and fresh lemon or lime juice.

    “In many cases just doing this would have a dramatic effect on their health.

    “This indicates to me that fizzy drinks and sugar are big issues relating to blood pressure and metabolic diseases like diabetes and heart disease.”

    (Hugs are never subtracted or divided always multiplied)
    (Is that an Algebraic formula?)

  134. emb on 02 Aug 2015 at 11:12 pm #


    I volunteer from about 0715-1335 in a hospital [time varies w/ the surgical patient load, mostly]. One perk is that volunteers eat in the café free. [Hey, JJ provides the accent ague.]

    Café stocks 8 oz.* containers of skim and 2% milk. At breakfast I take one of skim and one of 2%. The skim is to drink and for my raisin-filled cream of wheat [I do whole grain hot cereals at home, when I'm not having sardines on toast.] The 2% is for the three cups of very milky coffee I consume; the fancy coffee machine and a microwave are close by my desk. At lunch, I drink skim. At both, I watch medically savvy personnel bring their trays out into the dining area. Probably less than 5% drink milk. Coke, Pepsi, Sprite, etc. Sad.

    *Speelczech doesn’t recognize oz. unless there are 2 spaces after 8. Weird.

    Peace, emb

  135. Jerry in Fl on 02 Aug 2015 at 11:30 pm #

    No gluten, no meat, no caffeine and don’t eat anything white. One glass of wine every evening and you will live forever, but I won’t.

  136. Jerry in Fl on 03 Aug 2015 at 12:05 am #

    Please allow me to clarify, if that’s possible. EMB, I have been reading your comments for a long time and I have more respect for your lifestyle and opinions than anyone else here. I am blessed with unusually good health. I have no problem with blood pressure, heart, diabetes, etc. I am 5’10″ tall, 185 lbs and have a 34 inch waist. I have neurological problems probably caused by exposure to chemicals and radiation over 30 years ago. My point being that I never smoked and quit drinking after one bad Christmas party in 1972. Other than those simple precautions I think that my health is a matter of fate or whatever you choose to call it. I think that, kidding aside, I am a careful driver, but twice in the last two days I had close calls that could have taken me out. I’ve said before that I’m the luckiest person that I know and here’s hoping that continues for both of us and the rest of you too.

  137. Ghost Rider 6 on 03 Aug 2015 at 12:38 am #

    Only water to drink, but if I get really crazy, I’ll jazz it up with some sugar-free powdered lemonade mix. No alcohol since New Year’s Eve, which is when I wicked up my diet and exercise regimen. (A moderate intake of 2% milk, but used only for cooking purposes.)

    I predict health issues will be a hot topic here in the coming days. And Janis kept worrying about Arlo’s health. I wonder if, other than walking, she was minding her own.

  138. curmudgeonly ex-professor on 03 Aug 2015 at 3:20 am #

    Carbonic acid, as found in carbonated drinks, is one of the numerous weak acids which ionize in water to the extent of about 1% or less. In contrast, battery acid is sulfuric acid which ionizes in water solution 100% unless there is an extremely concentrated solution used. The strength of an acid is judged solely by the percent of ionization in water solution. Battery acid is always stronger than carbonic acid, and by a huge margin. There are only about 5 strong acids commonly used, and sulfuric is the strongest of that group of 5. (Yes, there are a few even stronger – using different measurements – but they are not at all commonly used.)

    The concentration of an acid in water is just the ratio of the acid to the water, and is independent of the strength (except for very high concentrations as mentioned above).

  139. curmudgeonly ex-professor on 03 Aug 2015 at 3:32 am #

    Continuing the story, there is also some phosphoric acid [I don't know which one of the several] in at least some carbonated drinks. Orthophosphoric acid is another of that group of 5 common strong acids, though the amount included cannot be very much. It is a source of orthophosphate ions which – I am guessing here – are useful in forming the body’s supply of ATP, with its high energy bonds, & bones. As I am neither a physician nor a biologist, I defer to others on those matters.

  140. Debbe on 03 Aug 2015 at 4:17 am #


  141. Debbe on 03 Aug 2015 at 4:24 am #

    It won’t let me post my morning ‘rant’….all I get is this jibberash about an URL contact webmaster and my number in infinite….

  142. Debbe on 03 Aug 2015 at 4:25 am #

    Good morning Villagers…..

    Ian has left the building. He once told me I wouldn’t be able to find the place where he was going to live….but guess what, that section of town is my old stomping grounds.

    let’s see if this will post

  143. Debbe on 03 Aug 2015 at 4:27 am #

    Good morning Villagers…..

    Ian has left the building. He once told me I wouldn’t be able to find the place where he was going to live….but guess what, that section of town is my old stomping grounds.

    let’s see if this will post

    ….still won’t let me post

    But hey, ya’ll have a blessed day…………………

    GR ;) love the Joan Jett version….and just where did you find all those pics of Lorraine?????

  144. Debbe on 03 Aug 2015 at 4:42 am #

    what a beautiful Abyssinian….I think it’s a ruddy color


  145. Jerry in Fl on 03 Aug 2015 at 6:02 am #

    Check out that mess in the Gulf.

  146. Mark in TTown on 03 Aug 2015 at 6:44 am #

    Debbe, I think you are right about it being a Ruddy. Glad the service turned out well for you and your family. Hang in there.

  147. Ghost Rider 6 on 03 Aug 2015 at 9:13 am #

    Yep, just as I figured…all the physicians and paramedics are chiming in over on TDS this morning to diagnose Janis’s episode of syncope or heat stroke or whatever.

    Here’s a fun fact, if it is heat stroke…immediate treatment includes getting the victim indoors; removing her clothing; and placing her in a cool bath or cool shower. “Honest, officer, I was just giving her first aid!”

  148. emb on 03 Aug 2015 at 9:26 am #

    At least today’s TIP BlogSpot is topical:


    Peace, emb

  149. Start Up L Jackson on 03 Aug 2015 at 10:01 am #

    Don’t take life serious, it’s going to kill ya.

  150. Blinky the Wonder Wombat on 03 Aug 2015 at 10:25 am #

    Looks like Janis is going to need some of the medical advice we’ve been discussing- hopefully nothing more than dehydration and especially hopeful this isn’t based on an experience from JJ’s life.

  151. emb on 03 Aug 2015 at 10:26 am #

    Speaking of Janis’s health, today’s A&J is obviously the start of a series. Today’s 9 CL is neat, and today’s Ballard Street reminds us Northpaws that not everyone is right-handed(both late wife and elder son ['my son, the UMC pastor'] = lefties). Right on, emb

  152. Gary on 03 Aug 2015 at 11:27 am #

    Everyone is talking about today’s comics and I get no response from gocomics. Sigh.

  153. Gary on 03 Aug 2015 at 12:04 pm #

    Gocomics is back and now I can see what everyone is talking about. Poor Janis.

  154. Steve from Royal Oak, Mi on 03 Aug 2015 at 1:44 pm #

    When I ran my last couple of marathons, I would run my regular route around a park, 20 times and did exactly what Janis is doing. When I walked my last marathon earlier this year, I did the same thing. Sometimes stopping for a minute or two beats quitting. I was no where near exhaustion, just really tired.

    My son, Dan is training to qualify for the Boston Marathon and he had a 19 miler in 80° to 90° heat and when I talked with him after he ran, I asked him how he felt and he said “Great, I’m ready!” His race is in September and I can remember having dead legs at this point of my training. Dan spent the week before last in Jackson Hole WY and got in late a week ago. The first few days were sluggish, so I told him to take a day off. It has paid dividends. Running a marathon to meet a certain time is SO hard to do. But I think barring cramps or injury, Dan will make it.

  155. Jerry in Fl on 03 Aug 2015 at 3:05 pm #

    I started running the marathon race in 1986. I should be finished around the end of this year.

  156. Steve from Royal Oak, Mi on 03 Aug 2015 at 3:29 pm #

    David Letterman opened his monologue once by saying. “The New York Marathon was yesterday and man am I tired!!! After 20 miles, I had to turn the TV off so I could sleep.

  157. Sideburns on 03 Aug 2015 at 3:58 pm #

    If a neighbor collapsed like that, I’d check to see if they’d passed out or not. If they had, I’d call Security to send somebody out to help. (I live in a gated retirement community, so we call Security, not 911.) If they were awake, I’d ask if they’d like me to hose them down to cool them off. Much better than bringing them inside as well as quicker and less likely to be misinterpreted.

  158. Ghost Rider 6 on 03 Aug 2015 at 4:04 pm #

    In this case, I’d still go with taking her clothes off. :)

  159. Ghost Rider 6 on 03 Aug 2015 at 4:05 pm #

    Evil HR Director to New Employee: Will you be signing up for our company’s 401K?

    New Employee: I don’t so. My former employer had a 5K race once, and I couldn’t even finish that.

    Evil HR Director: Just a moment while I take another look at your application.

  160. Mindy from Indy on 03 Aug 2015 at 4:16 pm #

    I was sleeping so well last night – until a large storm went through and I woke up, sweating to death with a fuzzy 7lb radiator absolutely glued to my side. She hasn’t been bothered by a storm since the move, so it must have been a doozy. I finally managed to shift her to my arm, and she buried her head in my hand with her forepaws wrapped tightly around my wrist. Just got back to sleep when the alarm went off. Hello Monday.

  161. Mark in TTown on 03 Aug 2015 at 4:40 pm #

    Mindy from Indy, glad both of you made it through all right. When my ex and I had moved to a small town in the Highland Rim of TN, we were so tired that we slept on the couch cushions in the living room the first night. During the night our most aloof cat suddenly climbed in with us and stayed there all night. Not normal! Next morning we found out a tornado had gone through the area.

  162. Ruth Anne in Winter Park on 03 Aug 2015 at 7:03 pm #

    The annual Winter Park 10k in March goes down the street a few houses away from ours. Years ago, the route would turn and go past us. If it was a warm day, our neighbor on the corner would be out there with his garden hose calling to the runners, “Raise your hand if you want to get sprayed.” Many of them would cut the corner so that he could really soak them.

  163. Ghost Rider 6 on 04 Aug 2015 at 12:03 am #

    Debbe ;) – Walking Playlist #12 – If sandcastler™ and thousands of others can hump a heavy ruck, a personal weapon, a combat load of ammo, and other stuff through a hot, humid SE Asian jungle, who am I to gripe about sweating a little?


  164. Ghost Rider 6 on 04 Aug 2015 at 12:05 am #

    Yes, Lorraine will be coming soon…even if she’s in such a hurry to get here she forgets to put on her skirt.


  165. Heidi on 04 Aug 2015 at 1:28 am #

    A few days late, but thank you very much for all of the laughs. Looking forward to many many more ahead. Wishing you well. You are a constant joy.

  166. curmudgeonly ex-professor on 04 Aug 2015 at 1:51 am #

    Whew! – I think/hope.

  167. Old Bear on 04 Aug 2015 at 1:53 am #

    Had trouble getting on line for awhile.

    The chart at dentist had
    Battery acid as 1.00
    Pepsi as 2.49
    Coke Classic as 2.53

    As I read it was Base — Acid on the pH scale
    0 is most Acid
    7 is Neutral (Distilled Water)
    14 is most Alkaline

    To all that need them – HUGS

  168. Debbe on 04 Aug 2015 at 4:24 am #

    Good morning Villagers….

    Stopped by younger sister’s house yesterday. She and Jacquie (#2 sister) cleaned out Mom’s room at nursing home. I got all of Mom’s clothes, including her winter coat and white socks with her name “Dee” on them. You had to have your name on all your clothes in the nursing home for them to launder and deliver back to you….I’ll be wearing Mom’s socks today.

    AND…you’re not going to believe this. I typed in Ian’s new address, and it showed a pic of the apartment complex. OMG, I remember that building, I told myself. I called my sister, Brenda, and told her to type in the address using Google. I asked her if that place looked familiar to her. I remember her living on that street, and she said she remembered the apartment complex had a colonial style look. When she looked at the pic, she couldn’t believe it. Yup, Ian is living in the same apartment complex as my sister did some 40 years ago…the building is brick but it still has the columns,…Parrott street is about four blocks from the Ohio River. Is this an omen of some sort?

    I can just imagine some of the comments on TDS yesterday. And they’ll be just as cynical today.

    Indy Mindy, I was reading about the storms that went thru Chicago and Northern Indiana. So I pulled up Kokomo on whether.com. Glad you survived, it looked very red and mad on the radar. But, I have to ask this, why does Kokomo have 4 zip codes??? Enjoy your weather today…sunshine and 82 degrees….here, cloudy with a temp of 85 degrees….I’ll take it. The hen house temp was 92 degrees when we left at 2ish.

    My new co-worker is a little afraid of hens. I pulled one out of my intensive care cage, as she look well and good, held her and petted her. Shirley just grinned, she thinks I’m nuts. I’ve known Shirley for a few years. Not really known her, just as an acquaintance…she’s been through a lot, and some of it by her own demise.

    gotta go…..

    ya’ll have a blessed day

  169. Debbe on 04 Aug 2015 at 4:32 am #

    GR ;) I just love your one track mind…and because you believe in the human touch:


  170. Debbe on 04 Aug 2015 at 4:38 am #

    OK, now, that didn’t come out right….try this link GR ;)



  171. Debbe on 04 Aug 2015 at 4:41 am #

    Thank you Mark……cats are funny like that, mine usually hide under the bed, and Snowee always sleeps on my left side. Shirley stayed with us last night, the only one that ventured out from my bedroom was my little Goldee….she laid on my lap wanting to be petted….and I did just that.

  172. Michael Herr on 04 Aug 2015 at 6:27 am #

    Yes, definitely congratulations for hanging in there so long. But . . . how about a new strip? The current one has been up for almost a week now.

  173. emb on 04 Aug 2015 at 6:55 am #

    Michael: I / wk. is common. JJ is a busy man, and we are grateful to have the site at all. Often find other things to write about. Peace, emb

  174. Jerry in Fl on 04 Aug 2015 at 7:09 am #

    Fewer changes helps me to post in the right place instead of a previous thread. Debbe, it sounds like you’re doing well. Have you ever told us how you got into the business? I assume that it wasn’t the big bucks. :)

  175. Ghost Rider 6 on 04 Aug 2015 at 8:29 am #

    Debbe ;) Actually, I have a multi-track mind, hon. It’s just that some tracks are more fun to travel than others. ;)

  176. Mindy from Indy on 04 Aug 2015 at 9:14 am #

    Debbe – Town is big enough for two zips on its own. The original Chrysler transmission and casting plants (there are four Chrysler plants in town) – which are housed in the same ginormous building – has its own zip, and all of the city buildings / utilities have their own zip.

    The original transmission plant and the casting plant – being under the same roof – earned it the title, once upon a time at least, as the largest single building in Indiana. At any given time, save holidays or tragedies, there are more people in that building then there are in the entire town where I grew up.

    I am anxious to see how this current arc progresses. I believe Janis is good hands at the moment, but wonder how Arlo is going to react.

  177. Gary on 05 Aug 2015 at 6:02 pm #

    GR6, I had to do an image search to find out who Lorraine is. I don’t watch daytime morning shows.