Jul 27th 2018 09:46 am Things Being What They Are

It’s Friday, and there’s not a lot going on. This seems like the time for one of our brief commercial messages. I want to thank those of you who visit the Arlo & Janis site at GoComics.com, the online presence of Andrews McMeel Syndication. Special thanks to those who “follow” A&J, those who “share” it with others and those of you who “like” a strip, although I encourage you to be circumspect with the latter. As much as I appreciate your willingness to help, I like to know what you really like. I am thrilled to tell you, you’ve made Arlo & Janis one of the more heavily trafficked sites on all of GoComics.com. And a very special thank you to the newspaper readers! For now, you continue to pay the bills. Go, and have a memorable weekend.
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32 Responses to “Things Being What They Are”

  1. emb on 27 Jul 2018 at 9:48 am #

    Here’s sign for your front yard.



  2. HyperTay on 27 Jul 2018 at 10:46 am #

    This one and today’s strip are once again so relatable! This one is us, today’s has our roles reversed. Love you Jimmy! But we are looking around for the camera hahaha

  3. Steve on the Isle of Wight on 27 Jul 2018 at 10:58 am #

    We’ve “made Arlo & Janis one of the more heavily trafficked sites”. Quite right too!

  4. Ghost on 27 Jul 2018 at 3:18 pm #

    Well, OK, then. I’ll try extra hard to find one of your cartoons I *don’t* like. Although tbh, that is yet to happen, even after all these years.

    Re today’s retro, I had a friend who used to say, “I’m in a hurry! I have things to see and people to do.” Or perhaps that was me.

  5. Ghost on 27 Jul 2018 at 4:04 pm #

    Taking a break after being at it since OMG :30 this morning. We got the display windows and entryway of our new store open today, basically as a fancy kiosk to sell hats, t-shirts, tanks, etc. to the walk by traffic. The annual Whole Hawg Day is underway downtown, including smoker contestants cooking, you guessed it, whole hogs. After the judging this afternoon, the BBQ is given away to the crowd.

    We’ll be driving Black Jack, Jackie’s Mustang convertible, in the downtown parade at 7:00, with cuties on the back waving and throwing candy and beads to the crowd. While wearing cute duds from Steals & Deals, of course. Free Q, top down, cute ladies…life is sweet.

  6. TruckerRon on 27 Jul 2018 at 7:27 pm #

    Ghost, please find a way to post a video of that parade featuring Steals & Deals, of course!

  7. Ghost on 27 Jul 2018 at 9:19 pm #

    Jackie will probably have to do that, TR. She’s the Facebooker in the organization. The parade was impressive…several times more entries than I suspected based on the Independence Day parade. Lots of comments and wolf whistles for the cute waitress I picked up, ah, recruited to ride with us. One thing I had wrong was that the contestants will tend their smokers overnight; be judged tomorrow; and portion out the resulting porcine goodness tomorrow afternoon.

    Perhaps I will be able to grab some Q before we have to set up the bikini sales table at the Cove prior to the contest. From what we can tell, the bikini/wet t-shirt contest* is stirring a lot of interest. I let you know what kind of interest later. :)

    *Don’t be too shocked. The bikinis will stay on under the wet t-shirts. Not really sure what the point of that is, but as Misti, one of our managers says, “This is Oklahoma, after all.”

  8. emb on 28 Jul 2018 at 7:51 am #

    Elephant herd. 3 of 4 Kenya cams are live again. Am guessing they will keep 4th on “highlight”, since it’s typically least productive.



  9. Mark in TTown on 28 Jul 2018 at 9:48 am #

    Jimmy, you must have been looking my window when I was married. My ex and I used to have that discussion about whether up and down on a thermostat meant warmer or cooler. I say up is warmer and down is cooler, her opinion was the opposite. Over time I knew what she wanted when she said turn it up or turn it down, but I still knew I was right.

  10. Ken from Framingham on 28 Jul 2018 at 6:59 pm #

    From Atlantic to Pacific, hey, the traffic is terrific!

    I’m happy to traffic in comic strips, and I like liking them and sharing them!

  11. Galliglo in Ohio on 28 Jul 2018 at 7:18 pm #

    Just back from a week’s vacation in FL – and it was HOT! But… got to spend time with son and his family, AND a new great-grandchild. I did not realize how set in my ways I am becoming. Not too long ago, I was up to going anywhere, going on any adventure. Now? Not so much. As Dorothy said, “There’s no place like home.”

  12. emb on 29 Jul 2018 at 7:07 am #

    Reticulated giraffe, live.



  13. emb on 29 Jul 2018 at 7:57 am #

    Greater kudus, in the rain. ‘nother site has 2 Egyptian geese, also rain.



  14. Richard on 29 Jul 2018 at 9:00 am #

    I will lust after a pair of Arlo & Janis bookends if they ever come into existence

  15. Mark in TTown on 29 Jul 2018 at 10:31 am #

    Richard, the bookends would be nice, and so would a statuette of the couple leaning on the Cobra.

  16. Jackie Monies on 29 Jul 2018 at 11:06 pm #

    I have to brag on myself since Ghost didn’t. I have lost 16 plus pounds in ten days. In my diabetic diet through the Oklahoma Heart Institute. It is highly medically supervised requiring twice weekly checkin with RN who do the diabetes education.

    It’s a total meal replacement program using HMR Diet foods, sort of like Nutrisytem with weekly classes, medical supervision and really good food.

    Mark I understand VA will cover it too, as is Medicare and private insurance.
    They have excellent record of both weight loss and diabetes control.

  17. TruckerRon on 29 Jul 2018 at 11:38 pm #

    Tonight our local sky is perfectly clear of clouds. It’s also nearly opaque because of the smoke from wildfires. I can see only 2 stars at zenith, plus the planets. When the moon rises in a few minutes, it will be a dark orange, as was the setting sun tonight.

  18. Rick on 30 Jul 2018 at 4:29 am #

    You are no-thingArlo when Janis isn’t interested.

  19. Mark in TTown on 30 Jul 2018 at 6:32 am #


  20. Mark in TTown on 30 Jul 2018 at 6:35 am #

    “elderly neighbors”? Arlo and Janis? Naah.

  21. Steve from Royal Oak, MI on 30 Jul 2018 at 7:17 am #

    My wife’s grandparents had a cabin on Lake Avalon near Hillman MI and she went there every summer as a little girl. Her brother bought a place on the lake 30 years ago, but we only sporadically visited there over the years. We have rented a place a few times and this year we will be up there the weekend of August 11th.

    Hillman has always had a V-J parade every year and it is held the Saturday before August 15th (that was the date that the war’s end was announced. September 2nd was the “official” V-J Day). So this year we get to experience the parade. Her Grandpa was the President of the Chamber of Commerce and this was always his baby. In 1998, our son ran at a running camp nearby, so we drove to Hillman to see the lake and it happened to be the day of the parade.

    We plan to go there with our son and his family, including our 2 1/2 year old Grandson who loves parades. My wife thinks that it might be close to 40 years since she last attended the event. She is very happy.

  22. emb on 30 Jul 2018 at 7:52 am #

    Mark: Of course not, but what insight into the young mind! Also a well chosen given name, like Pearl for the grandma in Pickles. A+.


  23. TruckerRon on 30 Jul 2018 at 7:56 am #

    A member of my astronomy club found this “smoke map” showing the location of the major fires and where the smoke is going:


  24. Mark in TTown on 30 Jul 2018 at 8:21 am #

    Jimmy, I don’t know if it’s just me, but this site is responding slowly since yesterday. It is taking noticeably longer than usual to fill in the blanks with the latest comments.

  25. Mark in TTown on 30 Jul 2018 at 10:20 am #

    Can you believe this? https://www.postconsumerbrands.com/nilla-banana-pudding/

    How can they do that to a great dessert?

  26. John II in Gautier on 30 Jul 2018 at 11:27 am #

    Mark, same here sight takes a long time to load or refresh. I thought it might be my virus checker as ArloandJanis.com is showing as not a secure website (http:// vs https://).

  27. Mark in TTown on 30 Jul 2018 at 8:50 pm #

    Now it’s zipping along. Come home, Villagers. It’s getting dark out!

  28. TruckerRon on 30 Jul 2018 at 8:54 pm #

    The smoke here (from wildfires in CA, NV, and UT) is getting worse today. :(

  29. Old Bear on 30 Jul 2018 at 9:39 pm #

    Our smoke comes from Canada.

    Good to see you again Galliglo

  30. Old Bear on 30 Jul 2018 at 9:39 pm #

    Jackie that is fantastic. :-)

  31. Old Bear on 30 Jul 2018 at 9:45 pm #

    The last Y-J Day Parade I saw was in Moosup CT 43 years ago,
    MB marched with the Woodstock Cornet Band.

  32. Anonymous on 30 Jul 2018 at 10:00 pm #

    Remember when Ghost talked about losing enough weight to wear jeans? He has lost that and more. His first pairs are now too large and slide off after he removes his belt and “gear.”

    He is almost to weight he was when aerobic instructors bounced off his stomach/butt doing exercise routines. Or maybe less?

    He looks very authentic in jeans and boots as long as no one asks to meet his horse Bullet.