Bread Lines


(Cartoonist’s note: the following has nothing to do with the “Peggy Sue” series, but it appeared 10 years ago during the first rerun of this series from 1986. I thought I’d include it here, too. For free!)
I’ve been on a bread-baking kick lately. There are those of us who fervently believe (know, really) that a true French baguette can be had only in France. You can have “a” baguette elsewhere. You can buy “French bread” at the Piggly Wiggly. Even cookbooks and flour companies promise results “as close to the true French baguette as you can get.” However, there’s only one genuine article.

We all know the French baguette looks something like a Louisville Slugger and, given 24 hours, is almost as hard. Even fresh, it will get you a Texas League single. It has a delightful brown crust that shatters when bitten, rewarding the lips and gums with razor-like shards than can draw blood. It can be purchased everywhere in France, alongside loaves of country breads that actually taste much better and aren’t painful to eat, their only drawback being, they’re not French baguettes. Obviously, the French baguette has a mystique.

I don’t think it’s all that mysterious. When I think of experiencing le McCoy réel, I think of sitting under an umbrella on an improbably beautiful medieval square, far from my own problems, eating a lunch of perfectly prepared something, with an aproned waiter dropping by every 10 minutes to ask, “Voulez-vous quelque plus de vin, le touriste de cochon ?” No wonder everybody remembers French baguettes so fondly!
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44 responses to “Bread Lines”

  1. A decade is more nostalgic than deja-vu. Mr. Johnson explains below the art at the top of today’s blog.
    Waxing and waning, I get. Gibbous and crescent, also. I have trouble with first quarter plus another quarter is Full. And full plus two more quarters is empty, or new.

  2. It has been thirty-two years since the comic that portrayed the novelty of twenty-five year time travel. Welcome, weary time travelers. You’ve come the long way ’round. Oh, what a ride.

  3. Are you still baking bread, Jimmy? I took it up around the time you first ran this series on the blog and I’m still going strong. I bake almost all the leavened bread we eat, and have been working with sourdough for about a year. Working at home sure has its advantages . . .

  4. “I have trouble with first quarter plus another quarter is Full. And full plus two more quarters is empty, or new”
    Think of the U.S. Treasury, as it used to be.
    Nowadays it’s full by the 2nd quarter, but empty by the 3rd quarter

  5. I was listening to an old podcast of CarTalk in which a caller from St Louis said her name was spelled Jeryldine. She said she was the youngest and that her siblings had everyday, normal, easy-to-spell names like Karen and Barb. Her mother created it.. and her mother spells her name Jacquie. This made me think of our own special lady here in the Village. Any connection?

  6. My mother was Pauline, my dad was Jack. I was to be Jack too.

    He was killed before my birth, three werks before. I became Jackquline.

    It’s valid correct English spelling.

    My daughters are Malia Ann and Michele Alys.

  7. Drawing style is similar to Lynn Johnston- “For Better or Worse”. Also, there is a “Lynn” signature lower left corner of the panel done as she signs hers…. Maybe?

  8. Yes, Mark, I do! Had to study the whole thing for a while, then saw of course, it’s … shall I tell the answer right now, or give the rest of the folks a chance? I will wait a while, I will be home all day.

  9. You hit “submit” ahead of me, Llee! Yes, it is Michael, could be no one else. Great how a skilled artist (which you are yourself) can have such a recognizable style.

  10. Llee and Charlotte, you are right. I did a double take before recognizing him. And I didn’t see Ms. Johnston’s signature on it. The two people doing the Dick Tracy strip now seem to be inviting a lot of other artists to guest, and they are bringing in characters from old, defunct strips too. It’s interesting, because you never know who you will see next.

  11. Sideburns, I know that some of the guest artists they have had do the minute mysteries in the strip have been terrible. But I think the current regular artist is better than his predecessor.

  12. emb: “Having an organism” brought to mind a friend’s solution to an issue many years ago. In the early 80s, Huey Lewis and the News had a big hit called “I want a new drug” – catchy tune and lyrics (“one that makes me feel like I feel when I’m with you”), frequently played on the radio. Problem arose when her small son started singing along. Drugs not being what we would now call age-appropriate, she convinced him that the line was “I want a new truck”. What little boy doesn’t want a truck!

  13. Speaking of the Louisville Slugger, check out Pete Browning in a search engine.

    I prefer Duck-Duck-Go over Google, myself.

  14. My favorite malapropism was my best friend opening her husbands gift, an expensive soup terrine and exclaiming “Just what I wanted, a latrine!”

  15. Back in 1960s when this took place my friends were just married and not affluent. Husband was quite a bit older than wife or us.

    He’d paid several hundred he couldn’t afford for the latrine.

    By the way I have cooked a terrine but didn’t serve it in a tureen!

    Spellcheck knows neither word.

  16. Have been running a mini Chinese laundry last couple days. All I did was put away some towels and linens and fold two weeks personal things for Ghost and I. We now send linens, towels and Ghosts shirts to laundry, some things to dry cleaners.

    Simple things are no longer simple, the mastectomy left me with lymphodema and the chemo with neuropathic damage in both arms and hands. My big goals for tomorrow are clean sheets, clean kitchen and get my collection of beads off kitchen table!

    Poor Ghost puts up with me and I don’t know how?

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