I’m on the road this morning, sitting in a McDonald’s actually, drinking unsweetened ice tea and taking advantage of free WiFi. I wouldn’t want the place to close down just because I took a little time over the Fourth. I’ll be back at my desk tomorrow!

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  1. Repeated from last run, / the info I need.

    TIP BlogSpot:

    It says ‘Moses’, but, IMO, those two boys are Jacob [L] and his ‘older’, red-head twin Esau, the favorite of their father Isaac, who is holding Esau’s hand. Some of you know how to track down a painting rather than search through multiple prints for sale ads. How?


  2. I woke up to an empty bed, thought I had lost Ghost! He came in dressing into his “tactical gear” which involves wearing a brand of tactical pants called 5.11 with lots of pockets, places for weaponry.

    Puts his tactical belt and all gear on and buckles it and pants almost fell off! Had to take in to tighter notch to avoid mooning me.

    He has taken in his belt four notches since February when he came to Oklahoma! He says he only has two notches to go before he has to get a new belt.

    P.S. Ghost says that fortunately he was wearing tactical underwear under his tactical pants.

  3. About today’s current strip and the wall nook, Think phone sex in the 1960s on one of those in the hallway wall niches one phone houses with a party line.

    I was dating an affluent (think millionaire trust funds in teens) hottie who like his siblings had a private line and a phone in his bedroom. Gasp! This alone made them unique.

    My mom’s house had that one darn party line in the hallway way up on Wall. With neighbors who listened in for entertainment.

    “What are you wearing?” Pajamas.

    “What are you doing?” Sitting on floor.

    Never got any better at my end anyway.

  4. The house (1945 post-war construction) in which I was reared did not have a telephone nook. The POT resided on top of the dresser in my parents’ bedroom. Out of nostalgia, I tried to find an on-line photo of the first phone we had, and I could not. Gads, I feel old. (Hint: It did not have a dial on it; calls were connected manually by the operator at The Phone Company’s local exchange. And our telephone number was 1175W.)

    Re phone sex, I did engage in that, mainly over the summer, when I was home and my folks were at work. Of course, in that day, “phone sex” meant having a perfectly innocuous conversation with a member of the opposite sex.

    If anyone would like to contact me for phone sex, try reaching me at the above number.

  5. I can’t believe that my wife, who is even older than I, did not recognize a phone nook. We even looked at a Catholic parsonage to buy many years ago that had a phone nook in the hallway. Of course she did not know about older houses that had clothes chutes that ran from the second floor to the basement until she met me.

  6. Off to Jackie’s PT session. I tell you, the woman is a slave-driver, making me carry her to a gym where there’s nothing for me to do but watch cute, fit little therapists in yoga pants and tight jeans. And skimpily attired female college athletes there for rehab. Well, another star in my crown, I suppose.

  7. I really miss that Laundry chute. We had them in both homes in Royal Oak and it was wonderful. When we moved, we did not find any houses with them as Royal Oak and surrounding cities had basically banned them as a fire hazard. I’m not sure if that’s necessarily the case, but you can’t beat city hall.

  8. Fire hazard: hadn’t thought of that. When younger son & wife built a house nr Cambridge, MN, in the ’80s, they put in a laundry chute. She had grown up w/ one, he not. They now live in a rehabilitated ’20s[?] bungalow in SE Mpls; think it has one. Nearby ’20s Mpls home does not, I think. Childhood friend’s new ’40 house nr Pawling, NY had one. NYC apts. that I lived in had none; next fl. down was somebody else’s place. Peace,

  9. My daughters 1890 home has laundry chutes and a dumb waiter for servants. She is trying to figure out how to make both functional again since they had spaces used for plumbing and electrical lines in 1960s.

    We had both in the boarding school I went to in 1950s in Pennsylvania. They were a wonder to a Southern poor girl like me. Most things were.

    Like indoor plumbing. I had never seen a claw foot tub either.

  10. I guess I can see the fire hazard idea. Without self-closing doors at each end, it would act as a chimney if the fire started at the lower level. Grandmother’s post WWII house had the phone nook in the hallway and that’s where I first saw telephone growing up. When they built an extension on the house the nook stayed put, but they got a wall phone installed in the kitchen. Nana kept that same phone there till she died, over 40 years. How’s that for dependability?

  11. Ursen – my house isn’t (what I’d call) old (i.e.., < 50 years), and it has a laundry chute from 2nd floor to basement. Fire marshals (and some fire codes) don't like them though.

  12. My parents house that I grew up in had both, the laundry chute and phone nook. Never thought about a fire hazard. The house is still there. I wonder if the chute is.
    Having worked for Ma Bell for 30+ years I saw a lot of “old” phones still in working condition. I remember going into a lawyer’s office in downtown Chicago on a “frayed cord” report and there sat a beautiful “candlestick”. (Look it up). I wanted to replace the phone (and of course try to figure out to keep the old one). He wouldn’t hear of it and we had to special order a cord for it.

  13. In my parents’ parsonage in NYCity – built 1940-1941 – we had the table squatly-modeled phones. There was one on the pantry counter top for the downstairs – said pantry was the connection among living room, dining room, kitchen, and bath so that phone was quite centrally located. One flight up, and off to the side [it was over the garage], was dad’s office with a second of those phones. It had the same number, so maybe the term is “extension”. The true second floor had a central hall amid 4 bedrooms and a bath, but no phone.

    In some places, both business and domestic, I recall seeing candlestick style phones; they were not uncommon in my early years (1940s). I suppose people got them in earlier times and didn’t see much benefit to changing styles.

    As a kid, I learned very early how to answer the phone and take accurate messages. Ministers of large congregations are most often not home and do receive a lot of calls. I doubt that any recording devices were then available, so having live persons at home to take calls was a plus, even if those persons were youngsters.

  14. TR
    The only moron is me – it WAS a typo. Mom was LDS.

    Grandma had a Candle Stick.
    We had the low style – Lorain 8 (Washington Heights)
    We had an Art Deco Telephone Table (Half round just large enough for phone and
    phone book- Half round column tapered to smaller half round base) was in the hall.

    Dumont NJ was a wall phone Dumont 4 33** (better leave that off)
    You had to be really rich to have an extension. Then again most houses were
    small enough that you were only 5 or 6 steps from the phone.

    We still use phone that was in house when in-laws bought this farm in ’65
    Did add a wall phone in cellar so FIL did not have to remove boots to call town.
    It cost 25 cents to call next town – 7 miles.
    Less than 30 YA it cost 15 cents a Min. to call me 16 miles away.

  15. Trucker: Thanks for that URL. Will fwd it to 2-3 b.c. groups.

    Remember lots of candlesticks, both w/ and w/o dials, but don’t recall from where. We had no phone in NYC in apt. 4F 1932-41 [my ages 2-12], used the janitor’s phone in their 1st fl. apt. for needed outgoing calls. W/ no phone #, we never got incoming calls. Got a standard dial phone [Watkins 4-7857] when we moved to a slightly larger efficiency apt. in a slightly worse Village neighborhood in fall ’41, just before Pearl Harbor. Learned about party lines when I visited folks in the country. Peace,

  16. All this talk of telephones is great. Very interesting and informative. Please remember that the old fashioned phones were not called “candlesticks” at the time. Someone much later must have thought of that. Can one of you folks tell me what that style was really called? It must have had a real name from the phone company.

  17. We have a replica candlestick phone we have had for over 30 years. The grandkids are fascinated by it when they visit and have a hard time figuring it out. Trouble is it won’t work with Magic Jack, and Magic Jack is only $35.00 a year for phone service. *sigh* progress.

  18. I had seldom seen a phone until 1952 when my mom moved me to Venezuela with her. There the oil companies provided American small town life in an idyllic fantasy oil camp with phones and American lifestyle.

    Moved back with my grandparents to rural Louisiana farm and I was about 15 when we finally got phone service in 1960, party line style. Until then the sheriff drove out and told you there had been a death in your family and call your sister, aunt, dad, mother. This went on well into 1980s.

    My mom never learned to use anything more complicated than a rotary dial and insisted on doing so.

  19. Physical therapy is going well but painfully. I haven’t kicked therapist yet but cussed quite a bit.

    Ghost is in pharmacy picking up my pain medication for me. I am going home and take a pain pill and crawling in bed, no later than 8 p.m. or sooner.

    My range of motion has reached 134 but today hurt so bad I almost threw up and cried at same time. They stretch and break down the scar tissue that forms inside the knee where they cut and reattach muscles. Very painful.

  20. Jimmy:

    Sorry, but you can’t call yourself a real Southerner if you drink unsweetened ice tea.

    It has to be swee’tea or nothing. Unless it’s Coke, of course.

    At least you called it “ice tea,” not “iced tea,” as some Northerners do.

    So, you’re still pretty much a Southerner.

  21. Speaking of phones:

    I find it easy to forget just how far we’ve come and how much richer our country is than it was only a few decades ago.

    In 1965, even though Shermantown was better off than most small towns, many people here did not have a phone.

    Now, it seems almost too hard to believe that that was true back then.

  22. Got rejected will try-

    Ours is red

    2nd link does not work

    One time we had a princess phone.

    When in CT went to neighbor’s across the road.

    The 20’s “D” style was phone co. mascot for awhile IIR.

    Niece & Nephew had never seen a dial phone till they came to farm last year.
    (They are in late teens)


    Calling a telephone number or a cell phone number in London from the United States, using a cell phone, takes only a few seconds to connect and costs anywhere from 8 cents per minute to $1.69 per minute in 2013.

    The same call to a telephone in 1929, using state-of-the-art short-wave radio transmissions, would have cost $45 for three minutes and required about 30 minutes to make the connection between London and the United States.

  24. Used to call Operator to call long Distance, Also reverse charges, Person to Person,
    or get rates an just completed call. Cross country Long Distance or Over Seas you called
    operator and she would call back when call went through. (Saw a video clip of Queen Elizabeth
    making first direct dial call from London to Scotland)

  25. In 60’s neighbor worked for AT&T he took me to Netcong to the receiving station.

    Calling a telephone number or a cell phone number in London from the United States, using a cell phone, takes only a few seconds to connect and costs anywhere from 8 cents per minute to $1.69 per minute in 2013.

    The same call to a telephone in 1929, using state-of-the-art short-wave radio transmissions, would have cost $45 for three minutes and required about 30 minutes to make the connection between London and the United States.

  26. For you runners

    Article on NEWS tonight – man is running from MN to Gulf pushing his 11 YO
    son (That has MS) in a “Running Wheel Chair” raising awareness about the chairs.
    He runs 60 miles a day (2 Marathons +) He said he will finish by end of July.

    Two YA he ran NY to LA.

  27. At many eateries in OK, they do not serve “sweettea”. (It is one word, you know.) Some places will bring it to the table, but it was apparently made using the same technique as for making a super-dry martini. They just whisper the word “sugar” over the top of the glass rather than “vermouth”.

  28. Jackie, Old Bear, and Mark: Thank you for the phone info., good to know. In the late thirties and early forties, our cousins with the dairy farm, where I spent lots of time on and off, had the old fashioned phone on the dining room mantel. There is a nice photo of family and friends around the Thanksgiving table, two views, and the phone is in the picture, over the heads of 8 year old me and two younger cousins (standing behind seated grownups). The pictures are in the computer, and I wish I could send them to the Village, but don’t know how.

    Jackie, I hope you don’t have to endure the pain much longer! You are doing splendidly and Ghost is such a help to you. What an amazing two people.

  29. Jackie just woke up from that pain pill. Hi hi, hi hi, off to bathroom I go. It is at end of bed, not far. Bathroom and bedroom same exact size!

  30. Good morning Villagers….

    GM and B’hugs OB, and so good to see Miss Charlotte’s post.

    Making this a quick one, Dad has dr appt at 9:18, there’s bathing, dressing, and feeding to be done….then it’s my turn….hear him stirring now.

    ya’ll have a blessed day…..

    Jackie, you have my prayers….but you have a great caretaker there for you.

  31. Debbe et all, the pain isn’t constant, thank goodness. Those adorable little girl therapists are manipulating my knee to stretch and break internal scar tissue. That hurts.

  32. As I was watching those “adorable little girl therapists” at work on Jackie yesterday, it occurred to me that with their strength, training, and knowledge of physiology, they would be perfectly capable of disabling an assailant with like one finger. They know where everything you have is, and how to hurt it, really badly.

  33. There’s another one of those bedside water glasses I find so strange. As I have mentioned before, I’ve never know anyone who kept one there*. I suppose having a water glass to fill gives one something else to do when one gets up in the middle of the night to pee…as well as giving one the need to get up in the middle of the night to pee.

    *Having to get Jackie a glass of tea (with lime), when she wakes me up in the middle of the night to get her one, is not the same thing.

  34. The only time I’ve seen a water glass (and pitcher) at a bedside overnight is in a hospital.

    Ghost, I’ve been thinking of a music list for you in the midst of all those women. So far I’ve got Legs, by ZZ Top and Hot Legs by Rod Stewart. Maybe the Villagers will make some suggestions too.

  35. Dear Mark, I would love to take you up on your kind offer. I will noodle around on the family site on Facebook and try to find the picture. Or my cousin could find it, he is well organized.

    This is too funny considering just mentioned here, phoning to and from London. My daughter Pat and her husband flew to London a couple of days ago and are now on a walking tour of Cornwall and Wales; all pre-planned and arranged on the Internet. Now I see Pat on Facebook, ARGUING, in a fairly civilized manner, with this same cousin. The one in the old photograph. He is my age and a New Hampshire native with very decided historical and political opinions; well-read and intelligent, too. He sometimes posts controversial stuff just to get people stirred up! Now one of my grandsons has joined the discussion. I am staying out of it as I can see and understand both sides of the question.

    Carrying on a transatlantic argument, just so easy now — who’d a thunk it?

  36. Just back from my fitness center with Ghost where I am beginning back again on real exercising. Did a mile and a quarter on recumbent bike and ten minutes on recumbent stair stepper. Then a couple of loops around walking track.

    Ghost has lost so many inches off his waist just by losing weight, even without exercise. I must confess I have not but neither have I gained at all since he got here. But we can both do better.

    So we are committing to both a healthier diet and a real exercise routine for both of us. We will look and feel

  37. Rod Stewart’s “Hot Legs” would be an excellent theme song for Marie (aka Hot Legs) at my favorite Vietnamese restaurant in Tulsa. I have to confess I was unfaithful to her yesterday, though. We wanted bánh mì sandwiches from another restaurant after PT; in fact, it is one recommended by Hot Legs, because her restaurant doesn’t make them. We somehow ended up at a different place and decided to try it anyway. (Going to the wrong Vietnamese restaurant is not a problem where I’m from; going to any Vietnamese restaurant is.)

    Neither their version of ph? tái or their version of Hot Legs was as good as at my favorite restaurant. Mini-Hot Legs was cute but not nearly as leggy; was wearing slightly longer shorts; and was not as voluptuous, although she was displaying significant cleavage. Anyway, we’re not likely to go back there, but I suppose her theme song could be four bars of “Hot Legs”.

  38. And a good afternoon Villagers…..

    TR, for some reason when you mentioned Tina and after reading Jackie’s posts….that song came to mind

    (I’ve made three attempts to send this post and I keep getting URL rejected, keep cutting back on narrative…let’s see if it goes this time)

    love to all……..debbe

  39. I wonder why it went out this time and not the others…and I had a lot to say too 🙂 Had a least 3 paragraphs and a Utube link….

  40. Question for Village. Ghost and I eat out a lot. Because I am a bargain shopper I have always used coupons and loyalty cards a lot.

    Ghost just discovered these with me and we are enjoying using them at some pretty good restaurants. The kind where you get free appetizers, deserts, buy one get one free, that kind of thing. They are fun too.

    Anyone here indulge in this kind of thing and if so, what restaurants or chains do you like or get e coupons from?

  41. I’m a member of the Landry club. They give birthday bonus and cashback rewards for dollars spent. They have a pretty good list of restaurants and locations. Not sure specifically how many in east Oklahoma, but probably Tulsa and certainly in OKC.

  42. David I saw Landrys on the lists. They use that card of theirs at hundreds of restaurants they own all over country.

    I am from Lafayette where Landrys began with one family restaurant. They exploded in Houston of course.

    Ghost and I like the Rib Crib, Miami’s, P.F. Chang, Chile’s and La Madeleine, Abuelos. All have e club memberships with rewards for loyalty and send freebies.

    That’s kind of ideas I am looking for. I will sign up with Landrys today.

  43. Our local Applebee’s has a reduced price on appetizers after 9 p.m. I also get offers from Village Inn, IHOP, and Denny’s in my email. (Yep, I’m still a trucker when it comes to food.)

  44. Ruby’s Roost our local coffee & bakery house uses a punch card – so many punches
    and you get a freebee.
    Our big meal out is Subway.

  45. Just cooked myself a sandwich I haven’t had in years, a Monte Cristo. I was bad, very bad. Washed down with antibiotics and a big glass of icy cranberry juice. Comfort food but not healthy.

    Maybe it will motivate me to go fold the big hamper of towels and dry and wash another load? Not ambitious tonight.

  46. Re Berserk Passenger:
    “Joseph Daniel Hudek IV, 23, of Tampa, Florida…”
    “His attorney, Robert Flennaugh II…
    “…sitting in the first row of the Boeing 767’s first-class section…”
    “…shouted, ‘Do you know who I am?’ or something to that extent,”…

    Does anyone else smell privileged rich kid? And I’d guess either “coke” or “meth”.

  47. I have found many — not all — senior discounts are 10% off and 15% less product.

    On the other hand we should be eating 20% less.

    GM Debbe & Mizz Charlotte

  48. Tonight my wife and I visited VI and used a BOGO coupon for the entrées. She went for a comfort food (mac & cheese) while I went for a Reuben. No desserts; we had to get to a theater performance at St Mary’s Episcopal. Utah Lyric Opera did an old-style patriotic radio show. It was both nostalgic and fun.

  49. I have never found senior discounts of much use except to get a smaller entree if so am trying to limit calories. Sometimes a smaller size is a good deal though.

    The BOGO DEALS are pretty good and I like those. I just signed up for Culvers and they give you a BOGO Value Basket just to sign up, then send other coupons off and on.

    Village Inn tempts me with the pies including the free slices.

  50. By the way, I suspect for singles that restaurants would let you buy BOGOS and pack second to take home.

    Many restaurants offer small plate servings now or allow appetizers and salads to be an entree. I often have a side salad and an appetizer as my main course.

  51. Was PETA consulted before they took this nude photo of this poor, exposed eel? [BTW, DNR person released the eel back into the lake.]

    Led to my remembering that eels were not kosher, despite being vertebrate fish w/ scales. Thought it was bcs ancient Jews did not see the tiny scales buried in the skin. Probably right, historically, but current reasoning is that to be considered true scales, they must be easily removed from the skin, as in yellow perch. Found that out by typing ‘eel kosher?’ into Metacrawler. Coupla articles by pleasant, helpful rabbis. For extra credit, submit a typed, double-spaced essay on the reasons that the coney [or rock hyrax] is not kosher. One page max.


  52. Now I remember. Xenophobes need not fear; dawn redwoods are not going to displace our beloved 100% true-blue native American trees.
    Discovered a native American redwood [‘Big Tree’, the kind in Sequoia & Yosemite NPs] on an estate in SW England in ’85: [S’cuse me, Elaine, I gotta hike down there and see that tree’s label. I was right.]

  53. Debbe: “Speaking” of kittens, have you ever checked out the webcams? Here’s the one at a rescue shelter in California, currently featuring a mom with 8 8-day-old kittens –

    Scroll down to the thumbnails below for links to older kittens and big cats (like tiger big) near Tampa, as well as bears, sharks, and emb’s favorite bison.

  54. Good afternoon, Village! I was “experiencing technical difficulties,” but everything seems to be working now. I’ve got over a week of catching up to do here.

  55. Lost my glasses this morning when they fell off bedside table. Still searching. They must be under kingsized bed frame?

    Sigh. You can do laundry and fold towels with bad vision.

  56. Jackie, do you have a yardstick, or something longer, to fish under the bed with? Can you even get down on the floor, after your surgery? Maybe you can, after all the PT — me, I cannot. Good luck with finding the specs.

  57. For supper, I’m going to make a salad; all this talk of food; I have my own opinions on eating out and the coupons and stuff. I have discovered Kraft Roka Blue salad dressing, and it’s sure perked up my raw vegetables. To go with it I’ll microwave an egg in a cute little ramekin; it’s the only one left of a set of four we received as a wedding present in 1952.

  58. Thinking I will make some corn fritters with bacon for dinner with fresh corn cut from Cobb.

    No, can’t get on floor yet. Have second knee to replace yet. The bed base is only about two inches from floor!

  59. In addition to an absence of lightning bugs, I have noticed for the past too many years that I see fewer and fewer butterflies, especially monarchs.

    Of course, the story about the monarchs is already well known.

  60. JACKIE….this is where GR really comes in, handy 🙂 You know that ‘game’..let’s play find my ‘glasses’ 🙂

    Been wonder’n where’d you’d been at, glad you’ve let us known.

    good night smigz…..

    Oh, Ruth Anne, you are so sweet, will be checking out link in a bit…can’t remember, but clicked on (arrgghh, someone has fireworks left over…just had a boom), anyway, before I was so rudely interrupted, I hit on a website of kittens in Iceland….a two story cat plex.

    good night Smigs…again

  61. Speaking of losing my glasses, I finally made an appointment to see the Optician. I thought it had been 2, maybe 3 years, but unfortunately it was 4+ years. Last few times my eyesight had improved. This time though, there had been quite a change. When she got to the last “is 7 better or is 8”, she had me put my glasses on. Definitely a change. I told her that I had been watching TV without my glasses as the screens are so big. I guess there was a reason for that!

    Didn’t Arlo wear glasses for a short while?

  62. Steve, does this mean “stronger” glasses? I hope that you see an ophthalmologist every year or two, to check the health of your eyes — glaucoma, cataracts, and the other stuff. I go fairly regularly and recently got the news that it’s time to have cataracts removed! I didn’t want to believe it at first but they convinced me. Now I realise it can improve my vision a lot. Wednesday the 12th surgery is scheduled on one eye, the other will be done a week later, the 19th. I’m not worried; have been anxious enough about getting the prescription eyedrops, and the high price of the drops; filling in the LONG medical history online. My daughters will drive me — one at a time. We are not sure if someone needs to stay overnight with me after the surgery, but we can find out I guess.

    Do any Villagers have helpful advice? Would love to hear from you if you do.

    The nice people at “The Eye Guy’s” office (my son’s description) are arranging for generic drops. I have a real problem with drops, I can’t help blinking and then they don’t go in as they should.

  63. Jackie thinks she hit the glasses under bed with the Swifter broom but pushed them further under bed! I will have help here tomorrow and Ghost will be back too. He had emergency at home in Mississippi.

    I slept and did laundry all day. I keep finding laundry shoved somewhere out of sight. My goal is get it washed, get it put away or given away or thrown away! I found large baskets of towels, sheets, mattress pads. Thought that I had gotten caught up! Lots of quilts and comforters to do.

    My Sunday project. Goodnight all.

  64. Anyone besides me reading the retro Doonesbury? It is so funny, I had forgotten what they were like in the glory days. It is just as funny today as it was back in the 80s when he drew and wrote it.

    Wish I could find glasses. Too blurry to read.

    “Hey! You up there! Give those nymphs some hooters!”

  65. Charlotte: Helpful advice? Suspect it depends in part on prior history. I was extremely nearsighted, both eyes, and cataracts had gotten bad enough to make night driving dangerous. Traffic lights and neon signs halated so badly that I’d not have seen a person in the street. I believe I had them done while Elaine was still alive [d. Dec. ’10], so no question of being alone at night. Don’t think that should be a problem anyway. Operations were 6 wks. apart. There are, of course, only graded strengths of replacement plastic inserts, so you will likely need new glasses for fine tuning and of course for astigmatism, if any. If you are nearsighted, you no longer will be unless you choose to have replacements that leave you so. I decided not to. Therefore, I lost the ability to examine something closely by simply taking off my glasses. Still start to do that, like reaching in my pocket for car key when I approach my locked car. You may have problems with reading and other details until you get fitted w/ new specs, but household tasks should be doable.

    The operation itself is weird [at least mine were]. You’re under local anesthesia, with your head tightly strapped down so you cannot move, but MD may still be urging you not to move. He [in my case] kept a one-way conversation going the whole time; he is moving your eyeball around; when your crummy original lens is gone, nothing is in focus, you can make no sense of the lights, and there’s lots of fluid constantly keeping your eye wet and sterile. I suspect the surgery: removal + replacement, takes maybe 15 minutes, but who’s counting. Dr. S. does maybe 5 of these in a morning. I’m Family Waiting Volunteer at SHB surgery one day a week. If he does surgery on my shift, he’s gone by noon. No pain, various drops and no-noes, and then a whole new visual world to adjust to. Peace and good luck.

  66. Charlotte, Don’t worry, it will be one of the best medical procedures you have ever had. I don’t have to wear glasses for most things, now just slightly nearsighted. Don’t worry about the drops you only need to get your eye just a little wet for the meds to work.

  67. Jackie: I’m confused. You call it the ‘retro Doonesbury.’ Gocomics or whatever is current strips, no? All the strips that match my local & Mpls papers are current. The current run has current dates in one frame in each strip, but says copyright 1989 btw. the panels. I think he is now referring back to work his artist was doing for a younger Trump back when. And yes, he really has the guy nailed. Peace,

  68. Jackie: Thanks. Clueless / Doonesbury since I didn’t start following the strip until after the ’16 election. Trudeau was onto something before some of the rest of us. Peace,

  69. Trudeau was always on to something long before any of us!

    Sorry Jimmy, I love you Noble Leader, but Trudeau is a @#$%^&$ genius at satire.
    Emb there is a book too I believe based on thirty years of drawing and nailing The Man.

  70. JJ, your social satire is easier to take and MUCH funnier. Trudeau is one-sided and repeats the lies told by that side about the other. The other has enough to be criticized about without the falsehoods.

  71. Dr. said “Different”, not necessarily stronger. I have insurance, but I just lost track of time. Dr.’s office should send out an annual reminder to me as I tend to forget. Funny thing is that you really don’t realize that your sight is getting worse at the time.

    Charlotte, I knew several people that had the cataract surgery in the 70’s and they would end up with the coke bottle glasses. Since they came up with the lens replacement, it has really revolutionized the way more experience people can get around. Both of my in-laws have had the surgery and while they continued to wear glasses, it was just force of habit as they were clear lens on top and readers on the bottom. My sister-in-law that recently passed away had issues with hers, but she had major health issues.

    One thing that I have done for years is wear clip on sunglasses. My Doctor has told me that the sun can do a number on the lens and while a person might be predisposed to get cataracts, the sunglasses can delay them.

  72. Jackie, I read Doonesbury in the early 1970’s and stopped when it stopped being entertaining. I agree with TruckerRon. Walt Kelly’s version of political satire was much better than Trudeau’s.

  73. Charlotte: emb described my husband’s experience perfectly, down to the taking off his glasses (pre-surgery) to read the fine print 🙂 Sounds like you’re better with drops than Bob however – just the thought and his eyelids lock shut. We managed to get enough in but it wasn’t easy.

  74. Pogo’s statement, “We have met the enemy and he is us.” still stands as classic political satire. Walt Kelley nailed political satire long before Gary Trudeau. Trudeau is ok, but I really miss Kelley.

  75. Jackie found her phone at 3.30 a.m. and her glasses around 10 a.m. way up under bed in middle out of reach.

    Terrie and I have been frantically cleaning and moving stuff. We got living room livable and I am making headway on laundry and bedroom, kitchen. Ghost will be shocked we found the furniture under the piles of clothes.

    Back to the salt mines. I took a break to shower and rest, I have been at it nonstop since 7.30 a.m. and didn’t quit until 3.30 a.m. last night.

    No, I don’t pace myself well.

  76. Emb the strip today on Sunday is a new current Doonesbury. Mike is now about mid 50s and the woman in attic is his second wife. The art work he just found in attic is by JJ his first wife he married in 20s. She is artist laying on her back on scaffold painting ceiling of Trumps yacht. She was in her 20s then and just had the baby in earlier strip.

    I guess I must be weird but I always liked Doonesbury. Never stopped. But maybe I just think provocative humor is funny?

    But then I also think all politicians are scoundrels, thieves and liars.

  77. Mizz Charlotte

    Mom was wondering why she could never get her curtains clean –
    till after the eye surgery – it was not the curtains.

    We will be in NH in August – maybe we can meet?

  78. Thanks for the useful advice, folks! I will keep it in mind. In bright sun I have taken care to use sunglasses, but seldom or never go to the beach or other sunny places; spend a lot of time under trees, NH is covered with trees.

    As for Doonesbury, Chris and I and the children have been big fans since the strip first appeared, so long ago I can’t even remember. Many collections have been published, both large and small, and we bought most of them. We heard Trudeau speak at a college graduation back in 1980 and he was very good. He was very young then; had only been doing the comic strip for a few years but was already popular.

    I never liked his many allusions to the drug scene, but the other topics were so well done that I kept reading it. No, I don’t believe he has another artist; he draws the strip himself. Jackie is right about the details she told us of today.

    Jackie, you have so much energy! Unbelievable. You’d better slow down before you pass out. Just kidding, you have too much sense to overdo. I’m so glad you found your glasses! I only use reading glasses now, buy them at the store, cheap, and keep 5 or 6 extra here and there. I keep them around my neck on a string, but that wouldn’t do for your fashionable outfits, Jackie.

  79. I believe that all politicians, to one degree or another, are narcissists, seeing themselves as uniquely qualified to lead their city/state/nation, understanding far better than their neighbors what needs to be done and deserving of any and all fame and fortune resulting from their “service” in their high calling. Some make it all the way to full-blown megalomania.

  80. BTW, every modern president of the US has been “diagnosed” with pathological narcissism and/or megalomania by armchair psychologists of the opposing party who have never met the politicians in person, let alone sat down with them for any sort of dialog. Those diagnoses, to me, suggests that those making them share those traits with those presidents! It takes great hubris to insist that you can accurately diagnose mental disorders of people you’ve never met.

    So please note that I don’t claim such powers. What I’m suggesting is that anyone who’s willing to put up with the burdens of running for office values the potential rewards of such activities far more than we mere mortals who mostly want to be left alone to live out our lives without their “guidance.”

  81. Ruth…copied and didn’t paste that one until now…unfortunately, nothing going on now…except here….one kitteh isoloated with a eye infection, and a can of salmon to see how many I can ‘rescue’ Tuesday morning…

    now, onto U Tube……

  82. I have not seen Jerry post here in quite a while.

    Does anyone have any news about him that I might have missed?

  83. I searched obituaries a while back and found Jertys mamas obit and some family obits where he was listed as a survivor. I did not find his. I suppose Ghost and I could do a search again.

    His Parkinson’s could have worsened.

  84. Old Bear, it would be nice to meet up in August. I live in Derry, near Exit 4 off Rt. 93; about one mile east of the exit. Very convenient for people coming up from the Boston area. If headed toward the NH coast and on to Maine, not so much. I am not driving right now so my house is the best meeting place.

  85. To emb, such a complete overview of the many aspects of this surgery! A good thing, from my point of view, I am very healthy and have none of the conditions you wrote about. Being partly awake doesn’t sound too good; would rather be unconscious — we will see, I mean we’ll find out!

  86. Jerry’s real name is Gerald T. (Thomas) Mixon.

    Since everyone is worried about whether he is alive or not I am not going to feel bad about outing Jerry here. If anyone has any skip trace skills you can search for him in Florida.

    I did not keep records on what I found on last search but it was most definitely Jerry I had found. The family members like wives, prior addresses, his mother’s obit, his father, even the granddaughter he mentioned all matched up.

    My conclusion was he was alive, most likely more ill than before. I did not attempt to contact him or family.

    Am very swamped with cleaning, moving, storing things trying to repair back apartment mess with new help. I don’t have time until later this week probably but others may?

  87. Charlotte: What I gathered from Bob’s comment about his surgery is that although you will be “awake”, you won’t care – it’s quick and painless. He remembers seeing interesting lights during the first surgery and being disappointed that the second was not the same. Don’t “overthink” about it 🙂

  88. Jackie was checking her phone and mentioned an order for an item had shipped. “You ordered me a right-handed Japanese ho!?” I exclaimed. Then she explained the order was for garden tools.

    She said she had also ordered an ash-handled transplant trowel, but that sounded way too kinky for me. Hanging with Jackie is never dull, if sometimes a bit confusing.

  89. Going out to pick the golden cherry tomatoes for tonight’s dinner that Ghost is cooking later this afternoon if I defrost the spaghetti meat for him and find the pasta. And bread in freezer.

    Just finished my morning medications so I am behind starting laundry back up today. I keep finding stashed stuff needing washing but we got we got living room pristine. As soon as Ray gets the big closet repaired in back apartment I can move hanging rack of dresses from our bathroom back there and the big move will be done until we tackle the laundry room sun room which will be soon!

  90. Found loaf of artisan rosemary bread in freezer. Even frozen it is aromatic.

    We are on campaign to eat stuff out of my freezer and pantry, garden. I have actually been donating fresh veggies to restaurant where Terrie works. Maybe they give give us free meal?

  91. I had some spare time today and decided to check in and see if anything interesting was happening. I am very surprised to find that I am a subject of discussion. I am healthy although I had a bad bout with food poisoning a few weeks ago. I now tend to avoid buffets . Food poisoning will cause dehydration and that can affect you in ways that you won’t believe. I appreciate the concern. I do not appreciate or desire any discussion of exactly who or where I am. I will share any personal information if I want to do so. I have not been posting simply because I was generally not interested in what was being discussed. I don’t think that I am smarter or better than anybody else and I have told you enough about myself and how Parkinsons has affected me that I think you can believe that. I have been trying to catch up on some reading and I’ve also had problems with the convertible that I bought which has taken up a lot of time. Again, I do thank you for your concern and I will probably check in occasionally.

  92. Jackie just announced she was also ordering a Right-Handed Dutch Hand Hoe (also available as a left-handed model), but she didn’t fool me this time.

    Sadly, these are to replace tools lost, strayed, stolen or broken during the employment of her former Gypsies in the Castle. The CITC Motto seemed to be, “If you can’t sell it or use it at home, lose or break it.”

  93. Suggest we not worry about missing orphans in future and should they care enough about our concern they can check in. If they don’t, then assume they are voluntarily moved out.

    There are indeed those I miss from the Village, whose comments I enjoyed. Many of you I know personally or through Facebook. Friendship is what you make it I find.

    Back to the laundry and folding stuff!

  94. About Japanese and Dutch hoes, I told Ghost that the reason there was three different styles was each country did it different. He didn’t mention the Swedish onion hoe.

  95. Good for Jerry, chiming in at just the right time. I am glad you are okay, Jerry.

    Sometimes I wish we had never gotten a computer. The books I could have read — the letters I could have written — the shrubs I could have pruned — the photos I could have arranged in albums — and on and on.

    A dear friend, Muriel from NH, had a word for this , “Priorities”. She had a kind, but realistic way of saying the word and it comes into my mind often. She has left this world now and I miss her.

  96. Jerry:

    Thanks for checking in, and it’s good to know that you are okay.

    I’m sorry to hear about the food poisoning. I’ve had it a few times, and it’s a miserable experience.

    I’d rather pass a kidney stone – which I have done four times – than have food poisoning.

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