Remember, I told you to keep in mind that this strip was drawn in the 80s, when they were still tamping the grave of the Age of Aquarius with shovels. Of course, when I drew this, we just thought we knew the meanings of hedonism and excess. The woman’s name, by the way, is Jasmine. She was to be a regular. The bar patron is a walk-on.

I resurrected the concept of Lost Key about ten years later, but with children in the lead roles. I think that strip had more potential, but it’s misplaced at the moment. If I ever find it, I’ll show it to you, too.

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  1. Hey, guys. I first thought 20 years was wrong too but then looked again to notice that Jimmy said he was posting this again with ORIGINAL commentary. So when he wrote the commentary it was 20 years ago for the strip.

  2. I’m not surprised that “Hair” hasn’t aged well. It’s too topical, too much a product of its time to be relevant today, especially to an audience that didn’t live through that era. Rocky Horror, on the other hand, is still popular today, because it’s themes aren’t tied to any specific time or place.

  3. I don’t recall much about the 80s, but I remember the late 60s and early 70s extremely clearly.

    Of course, maybe I only think that I remember them well. I was REALLY part of the scene at that time, and …

    You get the idea.

  4. I clicked on your new link below the cartoon and it says the page is not found. The regular link you have to go to the current day’s cartoon does still work. Maybe it’s just my computer, but just in case not, thought I’d let you know.

  5. The “recent comments” listing doesn’t include a title upon which to click, so one needs to scroll through all the comments here to see the latest. That’s OK now, but it’ll be less convenient as the number of comments increases.

  6. The entire post is a duplicate post including the old links that don’t work.

    Just read very long and interesting article on Big Pine Key and fact entire Key was destroyed by Irma.
    Still no repairs a year later.

    Or was that Lost Pine Key?

  7. why was Janis grumpy? short answer- because.

    but perhaps also because the weather’s been so weird…HOT, then unexpected rain while they were walking, then Gordon blew threw….phooey, old t shirt will be comfortable.

    comfortable is good.


  8. I like today’s new strip. Remember the old one where Arlo’s plan for financial stability was to roll their pennies and take them to the bank?

  9. I don’t know about anybody else here, but I’ve seen the movie Key Largo, and that song just drives me up the wall! There’s nothing romantic about the story, it’s a gritty movie about a man being forced to be a hero to stop a gangster. It was based on a 1939 play where the protagonist was a disgraced deserter from the Spanish Civil War instead of an Army captain from WW II.

  10. Janis’s “harvesting of quarters” reminds me of how I began a habit that continues until this day…emptying my pocket change into a container every night. I started when I was in the Air Force, and I had a Pat O’Brien’s “Hurricane Glass” on my dresser I used for that purpose. I discovered that the night before payday was a great time to go off-base and have a good meal, in a quiet and relaxing atmosphere…all the other GI’s were too broke to go out.

    Of course, in those days it only took twenty quarters to buy one an as-good-as-if-not-better meal than $25 does today.

    Dang! I should have saved that glass.


  11. Thanks for the adjusted link, Sideburns. Following there, made me think of That Smell. Ronnie Van Zant wrote the cautionary song, which is a bit of a downer. But more often, when I catch a whiff, wafting by on a walk around the park I’ll react with an awkward laugh. Just like Arlo does in that strip from 2010.

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