December 17, 2002

I’m late posting. I’m going to be on the road in a few minutes, and my waking hours have been a bit hectic. I won’t be posting Friday, but I’ve arranged for you to peruse a week-long series from 2002, wherein Arlo and Janis answer frequently asked questions about whatever it is they do. I hope you enjoy it. Just click on the link beneath the cartoon to get started.

77 responses to “A&J FAQs”

  1. Ha ha! The retro series is very amusing. Actually, someone could use drones to peek into a LOT of windows. Which would be ethically wrong. But….just sayin’

  2. Ghost is at rehab to meet me with Dickens. I cannot go out or anywhere on my own. I am so happy they will let me see him. It has been 18 long days for both of us. Puppy love.

  3. Yeah, maybe when I walk into the house alone, Dickens will stop giving me a look that says, “You b**tard! What have you done with my mommy?”

    He doesn’t really. Quite. But that was one happy pup when he saw Jackie. I’ll try to take him again tomorrow, if the weather cooperates.

  4. I feel physically better now than I have in months. I have been observing and studying and taking notes. I have NOT been complying as I should for some time. My fault and no one else’s. I am implementing all of this with Ghost when I go home. I’ve No plans to go to a nursing home or give up.

    N or does Ghost. I love him so much and I want every day we can manage.

    • I don’t know what got you there (nor am I asking), but Oct 12 I had back surgery – when I awoke, my right foot no longer did what I told it. Off to “Acute Residential Rehab”. A couple weeks later, back to surgery for the infection the first one left in me; back to ARR.
      45 days in hospitals – most of them with no visitors due to the plague (and a week in lockdown due to 2 cases on our ward).

      I’m fairly well limited, but at least I’m home now!
      Hang in there & get better!

  5. Loved the retro strips but even more I loved the strips of Janis giving Arlo his first sailboat. Somehow U had not seen them in 2002. Those are so good and so accurate. The artwork on the big boat is fabulous.

    Going to sleep. Love, all.

  6. Regarding today’s (12-11-2020) strip. Jupiter and Saturn may be closer, but Venus and Mars are not!

    I didn’t sleep well last night, but not awful. I discovered that I did not take my restless leg medicine before I went to bed, so I can’t complain. I read somewhere that you should lay on your back and hold your legs up against the wall for 20 minutes at night. It is supposed to help with circulation and digestion. I have my doubts on either, but I did lose 3 lbs. from Thursday morning. Of course it might have been something that I ate…or didn’t!

    JJ has shared this series on the old home page several times. But it may have been one of his better efforts.

  7. My question about today’s (12-11-2020) strip: why is Janis asleep at 7:00 pm? (Jupiter and Saturn are in the southwestern sky these days and set around 7:30 pm.) Still, it’s a spectacular sight (the planets, I mean).

    The conjunction on the 21st is supposed to be marvelous, literally a once in a 400-year event. Knowing my luck, the sky that night will by cloud-covered.

  8. It’s nice to sit for a while in a warm and friendly place like this. Basking in love and good will feels like good medicine for, well, 2020. Thank you all. Oh — nearly forgot why I decided to post to begin with. The two strips overlap for us, the daily one and the retro one. I shared the daily strip with my half-sister today, who shares a house with me, because I am constantly slipping in to wake her up to see some celestial event or another, especially in the winter. She looked at the strip, broke out laughing, and said, “He must look in our windows!” Ta-dum! Today’s retro strip! 🙂

  9. Re 12-11-20 real-time cartoon: Arlo, IIRC, is “that guy” who stays up/did stay up on DST Day to watch his computer clock jump forward an hour. So getting up and going out in the cold dark to witness an astronomical event (no matter how minor at the time) would be right in character for him.
    So, Blinky, is that supposed to be a “Three Wise Men” class event on the 21st?

    • Ghost-

      From my understanding, the two planets will be less than 1 degree apart- close, but they will still be separate points of light. Although planets are generally on the same plane, there is some variation and never “eclipse” one another.

      Regarding the The Magi, note the Bible calls them astrologers. I don’t really know much about astrology, but I have heard that the celestial event that drew then to Jerusalem was a conjunction of Venus and Jupiter. Herod seemed unaware of the significance of the event, if he even knew about it, which suggests it was an arcane observation to non-astrologers. Nice write up in the ever-reliable Wikipedia. Look for “Star of Bethlehem” and the sub article “#Regulus, Jupiter, and Venus”

  10. JJ – I HOPE YOU’RE NOT MAKING FUN OF US JUPITER/SATURN CONJUNCTION WATCHERS! ‘Cause I’m one of those starry-eyed people who check out their progress every cloudless evening after sunset. Since the moonlight obscured it 400 years ago, the last people to see it lived 800 years ago. Haley’s Comet was a bust, so I’ll take this, thank you very much. *wink*

  11. Dickens and I had things to do early this morning, so I have just finished a “breakfast for brunch” meal. We’re planning another trip to the rehab center this afternoon to see Jackie, and I hope by then the rain will be over at both Point of Departure and Point of Arrival. Jackie tells me snow is in the forecast for Broken Arrow one day next week. But as pilots have observed for many years, weather forecasts are 90% accurate…10 % of the time.

      • Thanks, Ghost. That’s about right, and I don’t even have to go outside. I don’t want to have any falls, either. Last time I had a bad one I broke my wrist and had to wear an external fixator for weeks. That was bad enough that I can’t see doing anything worse, especially I don’t have a Ghostette to help me out.

        • If a fracture of the wrist is any more painful than the gout attack I had in my right wrist last year, I don’t want to find out. I guess Torquemadas One, Two, and Three must have been doing more than just competing to see which one could bend my wrist and finger joints the most painfully. Amazingly, the range of motion of my right wrist is essentially the same as that of my left wrist, and all my right digits’ ranges are back to normal, with the exception of my index finger. (And ironically, my left index finger’s is restricted about equally to my right one, the result of the MRSA infection I got in it several years ago, which tried to turn the finger into an eggplant.) I’d highly recommend that anyone of a certain age have a discussion with their primary care physician about having an uric acid included in your six or twelve month routine bloodwork, if it’s not already. I didn’t know mine was high until I lost the use of my right hand and much of my right arm for several weeks. (The elevated level was rapidly brought down to normal with medication.)

          • After the initial break, it was more of a dull ache for the first couple of weeks. As for the fixation device, imagine having to wear an old style car antenna fastened to your lower arm for better than 6 weeks. And I couldn’t work, had to use up my short term sick leave and then go to FMLA. When it came time to have the fixation removed the ortho service didn’t make it clear what was involved. I drove myself there and found out in the exam room that they would normally give a mild drug to dull any pain. But since I did not have anyone else to drive, I had to forgo that and just deal with it. I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone else.

      • Heh. Jackie, like me, rarely takes anything stronger than one of those “dangerous narcotic Benadryls” of which I previously mentioned here as knocking me on my keister the first time I ever took one.

  12. For all who have a good memory for A&J topics – or some kind of searchable listing: what is the date for the strip in which Arlo, using stock market terms, tells Janis he is happy to have gotten in “on the ground floor” [or similar term] with her, whereupon she corrects him to “at the right time”?
    I’ve just reread the entire gocomics trove of A&J from its earliest in June ’94 to date.
    My doc, believe it or not, told me to take about 4 drinks per week as opposed to my typical none. Great guy!!

  13. I am 58 and have been a daily reader of the comics for 50+ years. I love A&J but wish you could make it more of a “serial” type of comic more frequently with the focus on the son Gene, his family and the father in law Gus. I fit the dying demographic of comic readers…kids, along with their tribulations, combined with aging parents and their challenges should appeal to my fellow demographic….give Ludwig a break and focus on the kids and A&J’s thoughts and actions. Thank you! Eddie

    • My wish is that JJ continues exactly as is with only occasional visits with the kids. I love Ludwig and enjoy the dynamics between A&J. I also hope that time stands still. Don’t want to see them get too much older. I love this strip!

  14. Awake waiting for physical therapy and breakfast. Getting up, dressed, breakfast, teeth brushed, hair combed and medications taken is part of physical therapy.

    This will be a permanent routine for Ghost and me, as little will happen on spur of moment now. The broken left leg can return to near pre accident condition, it is the unbroken right leg that is unusable

  15. “12 More Shopping Days Until Christmas”
    I’m so old I can remember when that daily countdown was printed on the front pages of newspapers during the month of December…and they didn’t include Sundays in the total.
    Perhaps it still is. I haven’t seen the front page of a newspaper during December in some time.

  16. Forecasters called it right for Tulsa. It was snowing when I got up and it is still going at it. Prediction is it will continue as late as 4pm today. Glad I don’t have to get out in it.

  17. Christmas card-class snowflakes falling in Eufaula OK as well, for about 30 minutes. Forecasted to last for another nine or ten hours. I’d rather it stayed on the Christmas cards.

    • With an over-night low of 20 degrees F forecasted for the Tulsa/Broken Arrow area, the morning commute tomorrow morning could be “interesting”. Except for Mark, unless he trips over an electrical cord on his way to work. 🙂

  18. I suppose I must be living right. (Riiiiight)
    The case in which my smart phone resides has now become so beaten-up that its replacement is indicated. (“Greater love hath no phone case…”) The current one cost $90 several years ago, primarily because it is (or was) allegedly “waterproof”. But now the smart phones themselves are probably more water resistant than the case ever was (and it certainly isn’t now, due the parts of it I’ve broken). Shopping for its replacement revealed that a non-“waterproof” version of the same case, but which should still help protect the phone from drops, would be $55, including tax. Hmm.
    Then I found an online purveyor of the exact same case for, wait for it, $16.82 including tax and shipping. And with the warning “Only one left”. Needless to say, it is now on the way to Eufaula. To make it even more perfect, just the other day, the same as Janis, I counted the contents of my change jar, which came to $19.80. Who says there’s no Santa Claus?

  19. Ghost, it hasn’t stopped here in Tulsa. I stepped out on my porch with a ruler and measured 1 3/4 inches of snow standing on the flat top rail. Looks like a picture-perfect White Christmas scene outside except that we’re over a week out yet. Glad you found a good case. For the last three years I have been using one from a company called Supcase. They average $10 or more less than the ones named for the cute aquatic mammals and seem to be more durable. They have them for most phones and IPad and Samsung tablets.

  20. No apparent accumulation here on ground or yard furniture that I can see from the house. Of course, that may be quite different on bridges and overpasses.

  21. Spending my waking hours trying to get people to bake or buy, donate for husky rescue. http://www.huskyhalfwayhouse.org
    Or donate or adopt an Angel Tree child around our lake area. We have so many now because of job loss and COVID-19 because we are tourist recreational area, no industry.

    Go to Jackie Monies personal page for more information on Facebook. I am using my time bedbound to try and help others. Help me if you can.

    Thank you Jimmy Johnson I love you and our Village.

  22. Not a single post ALL day? Has no one an amusing thought today? I have worked myself into Exhaustion so my humor is still here, along with my humer, tibia and fibula!

    Post jokes!

  23. 6-8 weeks ago, after finally figuring out something my MBH would like for a gift, I managed to buy one sneakily and have it delivered. It has been sitting in its resealed (well, I had to check it) box here in our TV room, teasing said MBH ever since.
    Two days ago, a different gift-giver sent a similar item – and carefully hand made, at that! True, others can use the item, but we have no others here. We had 3 such items before I decided one needed replacing, but now we have 5 for the two of us.
    Funny? Only if using the word to indicate oddity.
    Dec. 11th 8:54 pm query is still unanswered.
    Wish I knew some jokes, but those I know are too old for most Villagers.

  24. Here’s an old “pecan” of a joke:
    On the outskirts of a small town, there was a big, old pecan tree just inside the cemetery fence. One day, two boys filled up a bucketful of nuts and sat down by the tree, out of sight, and began dividing the nuts. “One for you, one for me, one for you, one for me,” said one boy. Several dropped and rolled down toward the fence.
    Another boy came riding along the road on his bicycle. As he passed, he thought he heard voices from inside the cemetery. He slowed down to investigate. Sure enough, he heard, “One for you, one for me, one for you, one for me ….”
    He just knew what it was. He jumped back on his bike and rode off. Just around the bend he met an old man with a cane, hobbling along.
    “Come here quick,” said the boy, “you won’t believe what I heard! Satan and the Lord are down at the cemetery dividing up the souls!”
    The man said, “Beat it kid, can’t you see it’s hard for me to walk.” When the boy insisted though, the man hobbled slowly to the cemetery.
    Standing by the fence they heard, “One for you, one for me. One for you, one for me.”
    The old man whispered, “Boy, you’ve been tellin’ me the truth. Let’s see if we can see the Lord…?” Shaking with fear, they peered through the fence, yet were still unable to see anything. The old man and the boy gripped the wrought iron bars of the fence tighter and tighter as they tried to get a glimpse of the Lord.
    At last they heard, “One for you, one for me. That’s all. Now let’s go get those nuts by the fence and we’ll be done….”
    They say the old man had the lead for a good half-mile before the kid on the bike passed him.

  25. Jackie – here’s an oldie but IMHO goodie
    ‘The Middle Wife’
    by an Anonymous 2nd grade teacher

    I’ve been teaching now for about fifteen years. I have two kids myself, but the best birth story I know is the one I saw in my own second grade classroom a few years back.

    When I was a kid, I loved show-and-tell. So I always have a few sessions with my students. It helps them get over shyness and usually, show-and-tell is pretty tame. Kids bring in pet turtles, model airplanes, pictures of fish they catch, stuff like that. And I never, ever place any boundaries or limitations on them. If they want to lug it in to school and talk about it, they’re welcome.

    Well, one day this little girl, Erica, a very bright, very outgoing kid,takes her turn and waddles up to the front of the class with a pillow stuffed under her sweater.

    She holds up a snapshot of an infant. ‘This is Luke, my baby brother, and I’m going to tell you about his birthday.’

    ‘First, Mom and Dad made him as a symbol of their love, and then Dad put a seed in my Mom’s stomach, and Luke grew in there. He ate for nine months through an umbrella cord.’

    She’s standing there with her hands on the pillow, and I’m trying not to laugh and wishing I had my camcorder with me. The kids are watching her in amazement.

    ‘Then, about two Saturdays ago, my Mom starts going, ‘Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh!’ Erica puts a hand behind her back and groans. ‘She walked around the house for, like an hour, ‘Oh, oh, oh!’ (Now this kid is doing a hysterical duck walk and groaning.)

    ‘My Dad called the middle wife. She delivers babies, but she doesn’t have a sign on the car like the Domino’s man. They got my Mom to lie down in bed like this.’ (Then Erica lies down with her back against the wall.)

    ‘And then, pop! My Mom had this bag of water she kept in there in case he got thirsty, and it just blew up and spilled all over the bed, like psshhheew!’ (This kid has her legs spread with her little hands miming water flowing away. It was too much!)’Then the middle wife starts saying ‘push, push,’ and ‘breathe, breathe’.

    They started counting, but never even got past ten. Then, all of a sudden, out comes my brother. He was covered in yucky stuff that they all said it was from Mom’s play-center, so there must be a lot of toys inside there. When he got out, the middle wife spanked him for crawling up in there in the first place.’

    Then Erica stood up, took a big theatrical bow and returned to her seat.

    I’m sure I applauded the loudest. Ever since then, when it’s Show-and-tell day, I bring my camcorder, just in case another ‘Middle Wife’ comes along.

    This anecdote appeared in the 2002 collection of delivery stories I’ll Never Have Sex with You Again! by Bleidner, Larry and Irene Zutell, where it was titled “Show-and-Tell” and the precocious child who told the story was named ‘Anna.’ It was presented in that book with no additional information given about “Betsy, a grammar-school teacher from Miami” who provided the account as something that happened to her “a few years back,” which makes gathering enough information to determine whether the account is real or not difficult. Since then, it has made the round of email funnies with very few changes other than the names of the characters and losing the accreditation to the authors who originally published it.

  26. Jackie has mentioned today on FB that they might spring her to go home tomorrow. Yay. I bet Dickens will raise a storm wagging his tail when she comes back. Ghost has taken him to visit her once last week, but home will be even better.

  27. I can’t go home until I can truthfully tell them our house is legally handicapped accessible for my wheelchair and walker. If it is not they must send me to a nursing home from here until house can accommodate me in wheelchair. I will be a long time before I walk again
    Right now it looks like another month of nonweight bearing status

    The use of wheelchair may be permanent because the damage to right leg is so bad I have no “good leg.”

    However I am ready to go home to Ghost, Dickens and Skipper and my two Garfields.

    • Jackie, don’t get discouraged about the wheelchair. My orthopedic doctor initially wasn’t sure that they’d be able to repair my knees sufficiently for me to walk. Then he expected that I would have a very limited range of motion. Since then, I’ve recovered most of the full range of motion, though not full load-bearing through the range. It’s difficult to walk down hills or steps, but still, I walk. It’s been seven years ago, tomorrow, since I fell and tore both knees apart. It took a while to recover, but finally I did, well enough. I am praying that you, too, recover in time.

  28. David the problem is right knee is bone on bone none supporting now and cancer doctor would not allow me to go off treatment for surgery. I was going into wheelchair ahead of my leg break!

    So I fell and broke the GOOD REPLACEMENT leg instead of bad unrepaired leg!!

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