May 23rd 2018 12:59 pm What Are Friends For?

I apologize for the late post, but it was a busy morning around here. However, since we’re at the beginning of a sequence, I wanted to give you the next installment of “Sondra,” from 2004.
Buy the new book, "Beaucoup Arlo & Janis!"Today's "Arlo & Janis!"

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58 Responses to “What Are Friends For?”

  1. emb on 23 May 2018 at 1:31 pm #

    Jym: No such luck. She is kinda cute. Peace,

  2. Steve from Royal Oak, MI on 23 May 2018 at 1:36 pm #

    Yeah Arlo really needed to watch that inflection…

  3. Sideburns on 23 May 2018 at 4:22 pm #

    Just remember, Arlo, that there’s nothing to worry about as long as the door’s open.

  4. Rick in Shermantown, Ohio on 23 May 2018 at 8:07 pm #



  5. DJJG7 on 23 May 2018 at 8:38 pm #

    Thank you, Jimmy! Sondra’s up to two panels now.

  6. emb on 24 May 2018 at 7:48 am #

    Parent just brought in a substantial fish, is feeding 2 kids.


  7. emb on 24 May 2018 at 9:33 am #

    Frank and Earnest don’t have a monopoly on puns.


  8. Mark in TTown on 24 May 2018 at 9:55 am #

  9. David from Austin on 24 May 2018 at 1:25 pm #

    Mark, I need to move down-scale on my dentistry, much like the subject of your post. I got a recent estimate for some potentially needed dental work (bridge) that would be the equivalent of 6 crowns. The total, for the full package, would be over $12-thousand!! I’ve decided to see if I live long enough for the potential problem to become a reality rather than pay, like the proverbial E-Trade customer, like I have of money coming out the wazoo…

  10. Mark in TTown on 24 May 2018 at 2:00 pm #

    Yeah, David, dental insurance isn’t a whole lot of help once you get out of the simple things like filling and pulling. I don’t know why it covers so little compared to what you get with good health insurance.

    But Jim Unger, the Herman artist, is one of my favorite cartoonists from way back. And I really miss having new comics from him, but I’m glad he passed on the rights to his work to his former partner to carry on. His partner creates new comics periodically, which are as good as the original.

  11. TruckerRon on 24 May 2018 at 2:51 pm #

    Speaking of dentists…

  12. emb on 25 May 2018 at 6:19 am #

    The wind blows where it will [Jn.3:8]. This ain’t Kilauea, but Nature is stubborn at many scales.


  13. Mark in TTown on 25 May 2018 at 6:21 am #

    I can sympathize with Arlo in today’s strip!

  14. emb on 25 May 2018 at 6:27 am #

    For weeks, this is the only Kenya cam that has usually been live. Impala.


  15. emb on 25 May 2018 at 6:47 am #

    Mark: Me, too.

    And here’s another strip that a cartoonist could not have gotten away with in the ’50s.


  16. David from Austin on 25 May 2018 at 7:32 am #

    At least Arlo has instructions in some language. Ikea’s “some assembly required” furniture normally only has line drawings… if you aren’t good at translating 2D art into 3D reality then it is a great chore to assemble. I have assembled most of the furniture my daughters have because they don’t do the 3D visualization well.

  17. Mark in TTown on 25 May 2018 at 8:00 am #

    David from Austin, most of those multilingual instructions I have had trouble with seem to have been auto-translated from Chinese to English. And translation is one place full automation does not really take the place of a human. It does provide some unintentional humor sometimes, which can relive the frustration of trying to decide what they really meant.

  18. Steve from Royal Oak, MI on 25 May 2018 at 10:38 am #

    Yeah today’s strip hit home. Some the instructions that I get for putting stuff together seem like they are obviously translated from another language or by people who have never actually put things together. “Is this the part A that goes into Part B? How is supposed to look like when it is done?” Very confusing at times.

  19. curmudgeonly ex-professor on 25 May 2018 at 12:32 pm #

    Quite a few years ago, we bought a tall bookcase kit from Ikea and even I managed to assemble it in reasonable time. It went so well that we bought another one and assembled it in even shorter time. Experience helped.

    Charlotte, are you out there? It has been a while since we last read your wise thoughts.

  20. Old Bear on 25 May 2018 at 3:09 pm #

    Debbe says HI to all the Village

  21. Charlotte in NH on 25 May 2018 at 6:52 pm #

    Aw shucks Old Bear. Yes, I am getting lazy about posting, but have been reading right along. Oh boy, very glad to see a post from Debbe … How I miss her stories from the chicken house.

    Are you having a nice Spring? Have you and Ann been putting in your garden? Spring flowers are lovely here, and watching the birds coming to the feeders is a great pleasure, and hearing their songs. I feed the birds year round — they need to feed the nestlings.

  22. ed on 25 May 2018 at 9:30 pm #

    I don’t get on here much. And not sure where to ask. Any news on the book from the kickstarter campaign. I remember seeing it was almost done but nothing else.

  23. Rick in Shermantown, Ohio on 26 May 2018 at 7:31 am #

    On this Memorial Day weekend, this brief article is worth reading:

  24. Mark in TTown on 26 May 2018 at 8:40 am #

  25. Llee on 26 May 2018 at 8:41 am #

    heeeheeeee ! “…didn’t make it to the real deal”

    That’s a good one, Jimmy.

  26. John II in Gautier on 26 May 2018 at 8:46 am #

    Rick, Thanks

  27. Rick in Shermantown, Ohio on 26 May 2018 at 8:58 am #

    John II:

    You’re welcome, and I give you my thanks for taking the time to read it.

  28. curmudgeonly ex-professor on 26 May 2018 at 1:49 pm #

    Yesterday afternoon, the two li’l eaglets at Decorah North died. You can read the mention above, or click on its own included address for a longer exposition. Apparently, something borne by the cloud of gnats – I never saw any black flies – overwhelmed them.

  29. emb on 26 May 2018 at 8:08 pm #

    Think this did not happen to Elaine when she graduated Brewster NY HS in ’48; I’d have heard about it. We didn’t make her a cake when she got her 2nd BS at BSU in ’70.


  30. Rick in shermantown, Ohio on 26 May 2018 at 8:50 pm #

    This is my first message on my first webphone. Yep, i bought a personal surveillance device. This thing had better be worth it.

  31. Mark in TTown on 27 May 2018 at 9:14 am #

    Oh yeah, Arlo. Such a sacrifice!

  32. Llee on 27 May 2018 at 9:19 am #

    ahhh, but you know you love her, Arlo! What’s a little effort, eh? :)

  33. Mark in TTown on 27 May 2018 at 10:30 am #

    And according to FB, today is Galliglo’s birthday. So wish her a Happy Birthday, everybody!

    Happy Birthday, Galliglo!

  34. Llee on 27 May 2018 at 11:23 am #

    YAYAYAY! Happy Birthday :)

  35. Galliglo in Ohio on 27 May 2018 at 8:22 pm #

    Thank you!

  36. Mark in TTown on 28 May 2018 at 6:27 am #

  37. Rick in Shermantown, Ohio on 28 May 2018 at 6:35 am #

    Today, remember.

  38. Steve From Royal Oak, MI on 28 May 2018 at 10:01 am #

    Remember, the thousands of brave men and women who sacrificed their lives so we could fight in the line & the parking lot at Home Depot.

    This literally happened Saturday. A lady got out of her car and was arguing with car behind her. Then going thru the checkout in the garden center the clerk told me that he had to separate someone that was going out with someone trying to come in.

    That’s when I made the above comment about the fact that we’re trying to remember those who died in all the wars that gave us the freedom to do whatever we wanted to do…. including acting like imbeciles!

  39. curmudgeonly ex-professor on 28 May 2018 at 12:16 pm #

    Good one!

  40. Ghost on 28 May 2018 at 12:21 pm #

    “All gave some, some gave all.” – Howard William Osterkamp, Korean War veteran

    Today, as one who gave some, I will be remembering and honoring those who gave all. Please join me. And I will be especially remembering Jackie’s father, a USAAF pilot who was shot down and died while flying an unarmed reconnaissance in WWII, before his baby girl was born.

    Tomorrow, following Jackie’s radiation treatment, we will be making a dash to the site of the funeral and burial of the father of one of the members of the Steals and Deals family. He was a US Navy retiree who died tragically last Wednesday. Please give a special prayer or word of thanks today for this American patriot and warrior. Bravo Zulu, Sailor.

  41. emb on 28 May 2018 at 6:02 pm #

    Male pintail dabbling in bison watering hole/toilet. Bottom biota very rich.


  42. Anonymous on 28 May 2018 at 6:07 pm #

    Willoughby says hi to Debbe.

  43. emb on 28 May 2018 at 6:22 pm #

    Won’t be long. That scruffy nestling just flew up from the partition up its “balcony.”

    Once you get to either of these two sites, you can go to all the other explore bird sites just below, and to other explore sites via arrows at the upper right. Beats getting other tasks done.


  44. Rick in Shermantown, Ohio on 28 May 2018 at 8:50 pm #


    My respect and gratitude to Jackie’s father, the retiree, and you.

    My condolences and best wishes to Jackie.

    May God be with you all.

  45. Ghost on 28 May 2018 at 9:14 pm #

    And with you, Rick. Thank you.

  46. Anonymous on 28 May 2018 at 10:24 pm #

    Today’s A&J on GoComics had a wonderfully understated 4th panel. Even though the command is explicit, the setting suggests quiet reflection. I enjoyed the contrast. Thank you Jimmy Johnson.

    Wanted to point to this one as well:

    Yaffle is not always a good comic. But this seemed to have the elements readers were looking for without the details that caused so many complaints in other pages. Made for a better presentation before lunchtime.

  47. TruckerRon on 29 May 2018 at 12:20 pm #

    The rec center’s senior exercise room was crowded today with folks wondering how to best burn off excessive potato salad. ;)

  48. emb on 29 May 2018 at 8:01 pm #

    The reason I need to alert correspondents re the meaning of N, E, S, and W when talking / writing about Gotham. Considering the natural orientation of the island, it’s a most sensible grid.


  49. Rick in Shermantown, Ohio on 29 May 2018 at 8:44 pm #

    I found this link in the sidebar of today’s Damn Interesting:

    32 photos that moved me. Each with a little descriptive text.

    Highly appropriate for the day after Memorial Day.

  50. DJJG7 on 29 May 2018 at 8:48 pm #

    The May 29 A&J: That long-necked maitre d’! Wow, great!

  51. TruckerRon on 29 May 2018 at 9:59 pm #

    emb, you reminded me of this article:

  52. curmudgeonly ex-professor on 30 May 2018 at 3:13 am #

    Thanks for that reference, TR; it was quite interesting.

  53. Mark in TTown on 30 May 2018 at 6:35 am #

    The best ideas often have a catch. But why a photo? Why not just text the list and then Arlo doesn’t have to figure out her handwriting?

  54. Steve from Royal Oak, MI on 30 May 2018 at 6:44 am #

    My wife and I do this. But I am the one that usually calls her that I left the list at home. With Voice recognition we tried texting the list, but I had to text back and ask if we really needed armadillos!

    The biggest issue with the photo of the list is that I like to check off the items as I go. I have missed a few items because of that.

  55. emb on 30 May 2018 at 7:21 am #


    Neat article. It suggests another question. Does “le chien” make a difference in how a French person thinks of a [literal] bitch? Does “der Hund” [if that's correct] become “das Hund” if it gets “fixed”? emb has always had trouble w/ arbitrary gender designations in such tongues.


  56. emb on 30 May 2018 at 7:40 am #

    At the moment 2 parents, one perched at the nestbox, other at upper L, looking for some bird to feed the nestlings.

  57. emb on 30 May 2018 at 7:45 am #

    TIP BlogSpot is timely. Peace,

  58. TruckerRon on 30 May 2018 at 8:27 am #

    We’ve got a new JJ post:

    The Stuff of Dreams