And During Quarantine

March 3, 2008


This series has run here before, but I thought it might be appropriate these days. You can view the week-long sequence by clicking on the date above, as usual. And in the Where Do You Get Your Ideas Department: the current Arlo & Janis strip (which is a repeat from 2015) literally came from real life. There was a dog on one of our favorite walking routes who did the exact same thing as the dog in the strip, with a few glaring differences. The fence was a chain-link fence, the gate was the width of the driveway, and the dog was a snarling German shepherd and a big one at that. Every time we walked by, he’d meet us in the near corner of his front yard, barking and slobbering and lunging against the fence, the only thing between him and the sidewalk, and us. He would continue in that state, keeping apace with us until he reached the open driveway. Then, he’d politely trot alongside us, across the driveway, until he’d reached the fence on the other side where he’d resume his assault until we had passed beyond his jurisdiction. We became quite used to this behavior and trusted him to play by the rules. We’d speak to him in a friendly voice, which would drive him to higher paroxysms of gleeful fury. What I don’t recall is, how we ever worked up the courage to walk past him the first time.


23 thoughts on “And During Quarantine”

  1. Jimmy, I was thinking the exact same thing once you wrote “German Shepherd! Animals are creatures of habit and very OCD. Being home, our cats cannot figure out what is going on, but they like it. I do have one vocal one that likes to join conference calls. She likes the sound of my boss’ voice!

    I saw a story on FB about a teleconference where one of the participants dog was barking, which caused everyone else’s dog to start barking. The organizer had to put everyone on mute! However when people started joining back in, they got a terrible case of the giggles!

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    • I am a medical coder working for a hospital, part of a group who work from home. When we have meetings the people who live close enough go to a meeting room at the hospital and the rest of us join in online. And there is always a dog that starts barking, vocal children or noisy household machinery that will interrupt and cause giggles and necessitate putting everyone on mute.

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  2. We call that “fence protective”. Our fuzzbutt feels the need to warn off anyone who approaches his backyard border.
    When a new neighbor moved in, we gave him a box of Cheerios to feed the dog. Now they’re best buddies.

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  3. Re “Cooking With Arlo”. I’ve been cooking up big batches of very hearty soup: meat protein, veggies, beans and/or pasta. Plus batches of spaghetti sauce. They go into serving size ziplock freezer bags. Labelled and lying flat in the freezer, ready to go. Most of the fresh produce and meat is still available in my supermarket but some of it is depleted rather quickly. Toilet paper? Fuggedaboudit! I didn’t hoard it and I’m running low. I’ve been told by a store employee that a case or two of TP arrives overnight and by 6 am it’s gone. I guess I have to hope the trees leaf out soon with the soft young leaves. Stay well everyone!

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  4. Life In The Slow Lane: Seen elsewhere on the InterWebNet, re social distancing: “Eating hoarded canned food and avoiding other people? I’ve been preparing my whole life for this!”

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  5. Life In The Slow Lane: Also seen elsewhere on the InterWebNet:
    January 2020: “This is going to be my year!”
    March 2020: “I’m wiping my butt with a coffee filter.”

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