Ahoy or two?

This was a comic strip that first appeared after mountainous landlocked Switzerland won the quadrennial America’s Cup yachting race. I’ve been a water enthusiast all my life and a boater of one sort or another most of my adult life, but I will say that the America’s Cup is about the dumbest, dullest, most unsporting sporting event in the world. Except that year Ted Turner won it and got so drunk at the awards ceremony he passed out under a table. That was cool. Speaking of boats, it took “ToysGeo” about five minutes yesterday to claim the free t-shirt by asking the question, “Whatever happened to Arlo’s boat?” If ToysGeo will get in touch with me via the above email link, we’ll make arrangements for delivery of the prize. As for the question, we’re going to talk about that tomorrow. Or soon. Also coming up will be an opportunity for many of you to purchase an original A&J comic strip for a good price and a good cause. Y’all come back now, hear?

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87 responses to “Ahoy or two?”

  1. ‘Anonymous on 16 Mar 2016 at 7:44 am # . What have I missed? We already did daylight savings, Ides of March and tomorrow is St. Pats. We did Pi and pancakes and women, all in a week. What have I missed?’ See #3, above. Peace,

  2. I get back to a whole string of excellent older material, then I have to go again. Just checking in, will be back in about a week. Still getting a rental ready to go, and it is 2.5 hrs away so stay there. Hard work at my age with a lung infection.

  3. My late husband worked in tux when he was sommelier at the Kahala Hilton. Still one of the premier hotels in the world, there was no better intern position than the Kahala and sommelier was second only to Maitre D.

    I should have been suspicious even then, the entire staff but Mike was female, oriental and worked in full formal kimonos. Mike looked like the movie stars and VIP’s he served. He fit right in. He was made to wear a tux.

  4. Basketball, Jackie, basketball!!! Through a combination of circumstances, this will be the first time in 15 years that we have not gone somewhere with friends for sightseeing and the first weekend of the NCAA men’s hoops tournament—March Madness. We will be watching on TV, of course. And our big trip for the year will be the Rocky Mountaineer train and bus through the Canadian Rockies next summer.

  5. A sign you’ve possibly been ordering too much stuff from Amazon…they offer you a free upgrade to a Business Account.

    Note: It’s been pointed out to me that I called the yacht that sank “Australia One”, rather than its proper name “One Australia”. Guilty as charged…I know diddly about ocean yacht racing.

    I do, however, know about tuxedos.

  6. Ghost, you are keeping on pushing all my buttons. I on the other hand am getting ready to buy another dump truck of rock at the concrete and gravel yard. Freshen up my lip gloss for the drivers who sit around in office hoping something better looking than another dump truck driver comes in.

  7. My wife and I honeymooned on Mackinac Island in 1982. We stayed at a nice Mansion turned hotel, but my wife was disappointed that we didn’t stay at the Grand Hotel (featured in Somewhere in Time). With all the money that we got for wedding gifts we easily could have afforded it. Rates have skyrocketed over the years, so I never had the chance to take her.

    The Grand just offered some special rates and we decided to go in May. We usually stayed at a Bed & Breakfast, but quit going a few years ago before my hip replacement as biking around the Island was hard on it.

    One of the things that the Grand demands is that after 6:00 PM all men must be in a jacket and ladies in dresses or nice pants suits. When I eat after church, I usually take my tie off as food has a way of falling on it. I’ll either tuck it in my shirt or bring some old ties!

  8. We stayed at their competitor down on opposite end of island as the the Grand doesn’t take Adventure Dogs. It had beautiful suites and lovely views but was actually built as some sort of theatrical complex and not period. But period enough.

    I love old hotels actually.

  9. Steve f RO
    Read Eric Sloane’s Don’t about eating – old tie is good Idea – a WIDE one.

    Jackie “Gentle Giants” (show about draft horses) did a show about Mackinac Island

  10. Jackie:

    Dogs are welcome at this hotel.
    We never had a dog that
    smoked in bed and set fire to
    the blankets. We never had a
    dog that stole our towels and
    played the T.V. too loud, or had
    a noisy fight with his traveling
    companion. We never had a
    dog that got drunk and broke
    op the furniture,,,,, So if your
    dog can vouch for you, you’re
    welcome too. The Management

  11. Dickens is a very sophisticated traveling companion. He knows when it is time to stop the car and check into the LA Quinta. If you do not he looks resigned and crawls into your purse or onto your left arm so he can dash out as soon as he sees the motel.

    He can recognize a LQ motel as well as me. He has a routine that includes peeing and then going into lobby for check in. Won’t stay in car or truck. He rides on luggage carts and knows all about elevators. Stairs not so much. He doesn’t care much for the hot breakfasts but will sometimes eat the looks like eggs and might be sausage.sausage .

    Right now he is liking gething to run around and be a yard dog.

  12. I’ve been made to wear a tux on a few occasions. These days, if I wear a suit, it’s the end of the good times for somebody, a wedding or a funeral.

  13. As I wrote several years ago in response to J.J.’s first post about the Cup:

    The only way I could enjoy watching a yacht race is if I were three sheets to the wind.

  14. Dickens has good taste if he’s not crazy about the rubber eggs, pseudo-sausage and other Unidentified Floppy Objects that are passed off as putative food items on the “Continental Breakfast” offered at many modern-day hostelries. (Makes me wonder what the continent of origin is supposed to be.) Such is a far cry from back in the day, when even modest inns in the South had real dining rooms that served some pretty respectable chow.

    As I believe I have mentioned, I worked summer jobs at several hotels and motels where, as an innocent young lad, I became acquainted with the dark, seedy underbelly of life…and met some very nice folks, too. 🙂 The above referenced “Y’all come back now, hear?” reminds me of a true story from one of the motels. The very cute, sweet young cashier took a guest’s payment for his meal, and as he was walking off, uttered her customary, “Come back now.” He stopped, returned to the counter and asked her, “Yes, what is it?”

    I didn’t even have to hear his accent to know that he was, as we say, “not from around here.”

  15. Just stayed 2 nights at the H.I. Express / Mpls. Good, substantial continental bfst., incl. southern-style biscuits and gravy. Their only problem is parking; boxed in lot has too few spaces, ended up the first night in the ramp across the street. Lotsa helpful employees, easy walk to several downtown restaurants. Peace,

  16. Ghost, I am with you on motel breakfasts. I would not give up a moments sleep or any other activity for anything they serve. Not even if the waffle machine stamps out the shape of Texas.

    My dear mama on other hand LOVED them and required company as she could not get to or from lobby and someone had to go with her. Dickens has good taste, brie is his favorite cheese, he won’t eat any orange cheeses either, likes English aged white cheddar although he will tolerate Vermonts.

    Funniest Biscuit and gravy story involved a German tourist at West Yellowstone who filled the waffle maker with sausage gravy and closed and flipped it. As a baker of exquisite Mississippi cat’s head biscuits, I take issue that those frozen squares actually ARE biscuits.

    Make my day Ghost and tell me you bake English scones for a real Devonshire tea with clotted cream?

  17. OK…

    A Recipe from Ghost’s Kitchen

    Simple Scones


    2 cups all-purpose flour
    1/3 cup sugar
    1 teaspoon baking powder
    1/4 teaspoon baking soda
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    8 tablespoons unsalted butter, frozen
    1/2 cup raisins (or dried currants)
    1/2 cup sour cream
    1 large egg


    Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and preheat oven to 400 degrees.

    In a medium bowl, mix flour, 1/3 cup sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Grate butter into flour mixture on the large holes of a box grater; use your fingers to work in butter (mixture should resemble coarse meal), then stir in raisins.

    In a small bowl, whisk sour cream and egg until smooth. Using a fork, stir sour cream mixture into flour mixture until large dough clumps form. Use your hands to press the dough against the bowl into a ball. (The dough will be sticky in places, and there may not seem to be enough liquid at first, but as you press, the dough will come together.)

    Place on a lightly floured surface and pat into a 7- to 8-inch circle about 3/4-inch thick. Sprinkle with remaining 1 tsp of sugar. Use a sharp knife to cut into 8 triangles; place on a cookie sheet (preferably lined with parchment paper), about 1 inch apart. Bake until golden, about 15 to 17 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes and serve warm or at room temperature.

  18. Hello and goodnight all. Mom’s trip to have an arteriogram of her leg turned into all-day marathon. They gave us the earliest possible appointment time, ignoring the fact we live about 1 1/2 hours away. So we had to get up at 3 am and be there at 5. After the vascular doc did the arteriogram he decided to admit mom for further testing and extra fluids while the dye flushed from her system. So even though they got through with the initial procedure at about 930 am, it was nearly 2 before they got her a room assignment. Doc said he would be by to talk to us in the room, so I had to wait on him. They rolled mom out for another ultrasound about 250, and our doc showed up at 330. No catheter-based procedures possible, and doc is on the fence whether better choice is bypass or below-the-knee amputation. He feels the amputation would be less risky to mom’s survival chances. Anyway, got home around 7pm, and ended up falling asleep in recliner. Off to bed. Night all, and prayers for the rest of you that need them. In a group this big and diverse, somebody has to!

  19. Mark I know you are in the best possible place with your mom at the University hospital. Having gone through this with two family members who both refused amputation I know where I am on this issue. My SIL of course as a prosthesis designer and board certified specialist would say that was best way but he did on the other ladies too.

    Get some rest and get your other siblings to help. Love.

  20. Ghost, other men, men who cook are totally sexy. You know that of course.

    Sound perfect. Do you serve raspberry jam? I may have a jar or two of my homemade raspberry jam left or I could whip some up.

    I ordered some currant bushes and some raspberries AGAIN for this very reason. The currant version goes well with orange marmalade. Or just plain.

    Having inappropriate thoughts involving scones. With currants.

  21. Mark, next time you need to have somebody at the hospital that early, consider getting a room at a nearby motel. I’ve done it more than once with the VA, and in fact, I get a voucher good for one night at a specific establishment. Once, I had a cab take me over after the procedure because I’d been sedated and couldn’t drive until the next day. (The cab rides over and back were both paid for by the VA.) Things have changed recently, though. If you don’t have somebody there to get you home, they won’t sedate you, and a cab Doesn’t Count.

  22. Goood morning Villagers…..

    Happy St. Patty’s day….Andrew just called, and is a father again as of 5 minutes ago! A St. Patty’s day baby named Jaxon. He did even know the weight yet….little Kyler will not know now to act.

    Mark, I am praying for your mother and you today……………………Amen. Keep well, sir.

    Finally got much needed sleep……long over due. Was feeling the effects, sleep deprivation….I hate it. Starting to feeling a little human and not a zombie.

    GR 😉 , no time for a U=Tub…..but guess what I finally found? My Bruce Springsteen greatest hits cassette!!!! Now to find my Linda Rontsadt cassette 🙂

    Time for work…..

    God bless alll………………..

  23. Thanks for the t-shirt Jimmy, and for drawing Janis to look like my wife when we first met. She looks even better today (wife) with naturally silver streaked hair.
    I also want to thank my IT wife for showing me how to talk in this forum. I’ve followed the “Jimmy” community for years, but never commented as I’m more of a listener.

  24. Mark, best wishes with your mom. My own is eating and drinking a little. When we see her we try to listen to whatever she says because you never know when a stroke can hit and she won’t be able to talk to you after that.

  25. Those 8 Tracks would probably self destruct!. Tape oxides and running them in a player would probably flake them off. Amazing how the cassette tapes still play after years and years now.

  26. Happy St. Paddy’s Day, all!

    I’m still getting used to the time change. I wake up and look out the window and it’s dark, so my body says go back to sleep, and by the time I can focus on the clock it’s after nine, and sometimes ten. Not that I have anywhere to be, as I never make appointments for before noon as I am NOT a morning person even on the best of days, but I do have a dog and any number of cats waiting for breakfast. 🙂

    Yes, prayers for those that need them, and many good thoughts for everyone else in the Village!

  27. Why else would I want to confirm what I already know?

    They got me with the Irish.

    The Enterprise made it to Tulsa. Not a happy test but I am doing it.

    Love, Jackie kisses to all the Village. I am Irish.

  28. We have the common American crows and Common ravens here in Utah. 😉 A couple of years ago they approved hunting the crows with the stipulation you had to eat what you killed. Most hunters either didn’t like the taste of crows or they feared they’d kill the wrong bird since the ravens are a protected species. Only one bird was reported killed… the majority of the birds (both species) tend to stay in urban areas where it’s illegal to shoot anything.

  29. The carrion crow is native to western Europe and not found in America. The Cajun word carencro comes from these birds and is what they call a buzzard. The city of Carencro, LA is named for a flock that sat in a large dead cypress tree.

    Perhaps I will not need a carrion crow, the endocrinologist who did my biopsy said while there is a chance my nodule is malignant there is a greater chance it is benign. And if it is malignant the surgery can wait until after June and I finish sailing the Texas 200 to raise money for the American Cancer Society.

    So, I am considerably cheered up now and will go eat something green for St. PATRICK’S DAY. Green shrimp lettuce wraps at Pei Wei.

  30. Should explain, they have been following my thyroid nodules a few years each six months and last biopsy was two years ago, almost to the day. It was benign. But tumor has grown again and gotten bigger in last six months.

    Not ready for my throat to be cut again this soon.

  31. Mark I will ask. I don’t think I pronounce it right. I call it Pi WI
    Like the pie Wie sound.

    I have been known to mispronounce names for years and the usual answer is “Jackie can call me anything she wants to.”

  32. “Pay Way” is about as close as you can get in English, without using the different intonations. “‘Pei” means “to accompany” and “wei” means taste, so “pei wei” would roughly translate as “an accompaniment for taste”.

  33. Y’all that is funny. All the Irish jokes. Is this the traditional day when they play nothing but John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara movies for 24 hours? Like the Quiet Man? Even I concede that is the fight scenes to end all fight scenes.

    Orange shrimp with no carbs wrapped in lettuce leaves may not be traditional Southern greens nor cabbage but the manager had given me a $10 gift certificate last week and as a superstitious person I considered it a lucky omen, not to be broken.

  34. I am friends with Ed Werder, who reports for ESPN. Ed has a grown daughter, Christie who was operated for a brain tumor in her youth and again just a few years ago. I have been sending Ed messages of support via Twitter and we struck up a friendship. After a long recovery, Christie got married to Trey and shortly after the wedding, Trey was diagnosed with Stage 4 Colon cancer. Last Saturday, Trey passed away.

    Peter King of Sports Illustrated attended the funeral and wished Christie “Good Luck” Christie did not bat an eye and said “I don’t need luck, I have Faith” I guess there are several ways to look at that statement, but frankly I love and admire this young woman.

  35. For those who have been praying for my mom, thank you very much. Mom is still in hospital, but it is a good thing. The vascular surgeon has arranged for a wound care specialist to look at some ulcers on that foot that are the source of mom’s pain. Our doctor feels that there is no imminent danger to mom’s leg or foot, and no reason to rush into surgery. His opinion is that if they can get these wounds healed up, the pain will subside and mom will be in much better health. She was a little anemic and they gave her a blood transfusion today. While in the hospital she is getting much more rest than she has since this whole ordeal started. Again, thank you all!

  36. Good morning Villagers…

    Night two of a good night sleep. I’ll take it 🙂

    Mark, I’m a firm believer in prayers being answered, they may not we prayed for….but in your case the good Lord is listening. It is said that when or two are gatherrf in my name, I know the good Lord included blogs like this. That is good new, and we are all still praying.

    Jerry, I too am sending prayers your way for your mother and you…..Amen. Got 8 tracks? Mine are long gone….now I’m missing my ‘The Pretendor’s cassette, hopefully it is my tape player in my Izuzu.

    I want to know where our spring like weather has disappeared…..rain tomorrow and cold and miserable.

    gotta go…..

    Ya’ll have a blessed day…..I am, it’s PAYDAY 🙂

  37. Where has the Village gone?

    Late last night I was writing about great legendary children’s books. I had just bought three copies of the reproduced original Velveteen Rabbit for the unbelievable price of $14 and the third one free. I consider the story and illustrations in same light as Pooh almost.

    Hal referred to my next choice as Windows in the Willows. Hal probably is closer to right than I. Children today are going to carry an iPhone or a tablet.

  38. It ain’t over ’til it’s over. No snow on ground here in Mpls, 33F now, 28 tonight, possibly less than 1″ tomorrow. One egg at the Baltimore peregrine site [search Chesapeake Conservancy] starting Wed., but nobody incubating. They don’t build much nest, if any. Back later. No indication [I think] which lake stars in the seq. below. Peace,


  39. Only thing being tossed around these parts today is pine tree pollen. Of course, yesterday was a bit more interesting, with hailstones.

  40. Oklahoma is the allergy center of America. Of course I should have realized that when as a child I had to fly here for allergy testing and treatment?

    It is also the hailstorm and tornado center of America. Of course I should have realized that from the weather center location in Norman?

    Why am I still here?

  41. While living in Nashville, TN, I found out it has the reputation of being one of the worst places for allergy sufferers. Apparently it lies in a sort of geographic bowl, which traps all the pollen, dust, etc. I had never had allergy problems while living in Alabama, but once in Tennessee every spring I had stuffy nose, headaches, sneezing, and all the related symptoms.

    We have been having late spring weather here the last two weeks. Now that something is happening on the weekend I want to get out to, the forecast changes to cold front with rain for Saturday and worse Sunday.

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