Busted Blush

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This is the “edgy” humor that earned me a reputation in the old days. I never saw it coming really; I was just trying to do “married” humor. By the way, the blush color on Janis’ face in the last panel was added this morning by me. When this strip ran in 1991, all daily comic strips were black and white. Readers were adept at transcribing comic strip shorthand. The little lines around her lower face indicated to all that she was blushing. Or had a five-o’clock shadow.

About those t-shirts. Developing my own line of clothing is proving to be more problematic than I imagined. The trick is to order the correct amount of shirts while juggling colors, styles and sizes. Failure would mean not just financial loss but that I might face the prospect of wearing a new A&J t-shirt every day for the rest of my life. Quel horreur! So, here’s probably what’s going to happen. There will be one style offered initially, the arloandjanis.com logo, the car art. I hope to learn a lot from sales of the car shirt. I really expect it all to proceed well, and other designs will follow quickly. I’m just hedging my bets while I learn my way around the world of haute couture. Remember, I really am doing this myself. Like an idiot.

135 responses to “Busted Blush”

  1. no no, no, not an idiot… pretty brave, really. 🙂

    Perhaps you thought about (and discarded the thought) going through a group like “Redbubble.com” or “Society6” ? You put the design up on the website, they handle sales, printing, shipping and send you at LEAST 25 cents I bet. Hmm I guess it is like what gocomics advertises….

    Whatever you decide Jimmy. We love you and your work. 🙂

    I have thought about that. I looked at “Zazzle” closely but was scared away by the scathing reviews. The merchandise available on the GoComics Web site is powered by CafePress, unless things have changed. I shouldn’t say this, but I’ve never been impressed with the quality of their merchandise. I do benefit from sales there, and I appreciate that, but I want to offer a more artisanal alternative. Does anyone have any experience with the online-product sites? — JJ

  2. Jimmy,

    I’ve sent this request before, can’t hurt to ask again.

    I’d love to see a NEW car art image, replacing the Cobra with a ’70 Plymouth Superbird (Lime-Light Green). And to have it on a shirt would be a HUGE bonus!

    Thanks in advance (I hope),
    Jay & Jeannie from Maryland

    Oh, great! That’s all I need, custom car designs! Seriously, it’s a fun idea and thanks for floating it, but don’t hold your breath. — JJ

  3. aw, don’t worry, it’ll turn out being a lot of fun for you, at least you can figure 90% of everyone who checks in here will buy at least one

    You think?! That would present a whole new set of problems. But good problems! — JJ

  4. But Jimmy, that is what your Massive Highly Paid and Trained Staff is for! You know, the ones that packed up my “Beaucoup…” books that arrived in a package from James Johnson from an AL PO box… heyyyyyyyyy, wait a minute…

    Quite frankly, I have no idea how you do as much as you do as much as you do with the website and book sales and still turn out a great comic strip. For me, just regular “stuff of living” can be a 40-hour-a-week endeavor. The notion that you are Triple Dog Daring It by venturing into T-shirts as well is astounding. A welcome development, but still astounding. You are The Man, good sir.

  5. My company did a community fundraiser a while back that included a fishing rodeo, for which they also sold a custom t-shirt. The first batch of shirts had a spelling error which rendered them useless for sale. The somewhat OCD coordinator was livid about the mistake, but the vendor replaced them in time for them to be sold. I told her not to worry, it was all good, because such shirts are usually donated to international charities that distribute them in impoverished countries. I told her to just picture two small boys in East Africa having just been handed a couple of the shirts, with one asking the other, “What’s a rodeo?” and the other replying, “I dunno. What’s a fish?”

    “What’s an Arlo?”

    “I dunno. What’s a Janis?”

    I have a story! I watched the BCS championship game involving my alma mater last January with a host of friends. Among them was Darren, who was on pins and needles all evening. Darren is in the t-shirt business, and his company already had oodles of t-shirts printed proclaiming Auburn the National Champion. Those t-shirts held up until the last 13 seconds. Darren said, indeed, that such suddenly useless shirts are given away or sold at rock-bottom prices to third-world markets. He said the joke in the trade is, “There are children all over Africa who think the Buffalo Bills are the greatest football team ever!” — JJ

  6. The plus side of wearing a different t-shirt for the rest of your life is that you not have to do the laundry again. Sizes could be problematic. Maybe do a pre-order so that you can get an idea of the distribution. If a person wishes to lie about their size to you, then they get stuck with a tight t-shirt.

    I thought about a pre-order, but I don’t want to put you through that. We’ll just see what happens. Just be patient! — JJ

  7. Jimmy, I have limited experience with tee shirt sales/sails for the very reasons you are encountering! People want tee shirts for events, like my Sail OK annual “regatta/festival/fleet” but you have to buy some many in each size, color, pattern that pretty soon you are talking $$$$$$ and I am not anxious to own a lifetime supply of tees in sizes I don’t fit.

    Right now I have a small supply of size L and XL left from this year, which I need to flog on our group site to try and get some money for the American Cancer Society donation. We limited it to one design, one color (white) one side and a colored design. They were $16. Quality was good, I laundered mine more than once and it came out well.

    My son in law is customer service/installation/whatever for large manufacturer of the machines that print the shirts all over world.
    He has thousands of customers but offers me no help!

    Apparently tee shirt printing is a lot like the color printing I knew back when we began printing color screenings, kind of like comics.

    We could have used more XXXL and XXL and Mediums apparently!

    Love, Jackie

  8. Not an idiot!
    Can’t wait for the T-shirt. The Youth at my church are selling t-shirts for a money raiser for summer camp next year. One design, 5 color t’s, and sizes S-XXL. We are pre-ordering, though.
    Maybe not so much to do a pre-order as a survey as to what size people want!

    I’ll take an XXL, please…

  9. I think the car art design is perfect. Well, assuming the Rodin is out of the question.

    If this hasn’t already been asked, what are the possibilities of a signed shirt?

  10. Debbe: “I say that the crowing helps stimulate egg production.”

    That’s what the song says: “They’re layin’ eggs now / Just like they useter / Ever since that rooster / Got in our yard.” The tune, actually, comes from the last movement of a LVB clarinet trio [often arr. for other instruments]. He, of course, may have picked it up from country folk or a beer hall in Bonn, or if later, in the Wien woods.

    Posted at the end of yesterday’s posts because I forgot that’s where I was. Age.

  11. Jackie, per your earlier comment, perhaps the reason this blog has been relatively troll-free is that there are so many strong, mature personalities represented here that those type persons are hesitant to engage with us. Or, if not that, perhaps we just come across as too staid and dull to interest them. 🙂

    I’m pretty sure today’s “modest Janis” cartoon has been reprinted either here on the blog or on the old web site, as I distinctly recall reading it at a later date and thinking “Wow, she sure got over that!”

  12. Over on Wooden Boat, which I do not monitor, they have a section called the Bilge which is populated by those wanting to cause unrest and uprisings, say outrageous things. Even the rats won’t go there!

    I do however read the forum there and there is one guy in particular, who is a real person we know, who acts like a troll and is most disliked. He deliberately does trollish things to make people mad and were it my forum (or a lot of others’ forum) he would be banned. We all keep saying “Don’t feed the troll, don’t feed the troll.”

    This is really hard to do because they are manipulators of great skill and they just keep biting until someone responds, then they go deeper in their eating!

    Love, Jackie

  13. Hey I went to a lot of work getting 3 different designs ok’d. I will just do my part to make phase one a success, and hope it is a big success. I am doing life style changes so instead of a 3XL I can use a 2XL, and hopefully by the time phase 2 gets here with more styles it will be just a Large. Will love the Cobra with A&J on the shirt if that is all you ever turn out, looking forward to it.

  14. Wow, tshirts are coming.

    Marketing thoughts:
    Tshirt model wearing the A&J shirt with the infamous pokies showing. GR6 would double his order.
    Street vendor them during Mardi Gras, tax deductible travel expenses.
    Or, sell ’em here to the faithful.

  15. I should make it clear that I do NOT read the Bilge on the Wooden Boat Forum! Never, rats abandon them in shame.
    I read the normal forum about designs, building and boating events, which is seldom more scandalous than the magazine, which is pretty conservative. So, having a troll on the main forum is scandalous enough!

  16. I’ve already been imagining the car logo on a t-shirt, trying to decide where on it pokies might be reasonably expected to appear when worn by a well-equipped female. Hard to say without knowing the exact layout, but for some reason the word “headlight” keeps popping into my mind.

    Salacious material on a boating forum? Who’d a thunk it?

  17. Since I have not read what they say, my knowledge is hearsay but I am told lots of political content, conspiracy theory, religion. They don’t like women so not sure what they discuss? All the stuff they are NOT supposed to talk about on main forum. I know we all post stuff that says “Stay off offensive material” and then we list what we think of as offensive, and ask for polite considerate comments. Like no racial content, something that often is violated or even homophobic comments, sexual remarks that are offensive, especially political and conspiracy comments, there is or used to be a lot of that.

    I once told a violator for the umpteenth time that I knew where his trailer was parked and I was going to bring 9 foot oars and whack him in the head, since the frozen fish threat had failed to stop him. I told him furthermore that neither I nor anyone else cared to hear a 10,000 word dissertation on his sex life and then I put him on moderation. Didn’t stop him but slowed him down!

    Yeah, on a boating forum. Who’d have thought?

    Love, Jackie

  18. Which raises the issue of female/male tee shirts. To meet minimums and sizes, we just buy unisex shirts but in assorted sizes. There is such a thing as tee shirts cut lower or scooped for women.

  19. Steve, “high beams” also popped up. So to speak.

    Jackie, I often see females wearing t-shirts with vertical cuts a ways down the front from the center of the neckbands which, I suppose, provide more, ah, capacity.

    Am I the only thinking that if someone has a sex life that merits a 10,000 word dissertation, they wouldn’t have time to write a 10,000 word dissertation?

  20. “. . . when worn by a well-equipped female.” If the tee is reasonably snug, it shouldn’t matter, nor need it be female. I think I’ve mentioned before that the first time pokies were brought to my attn. [not the first time I’d noticed them] was on a cool fall day at the local college stadium. Wife and I were 4-6 rows up in the stands, probably with at least sweatshirts over our indoor wear, when a late-teen/early 20s male in a tee came out of the nearest entrance down front. Wife quietly said, “Are you cold or just glad to see me?” One of our little hark-backs over the years.

  21. I sincerely doubt he moderates this group, although I did give the A and J book to my chicken farmer friend who needed cheering up and lives in same small rural area. I am positive the local papers don’t carry A and J. So, I will say I finally got to meet him when he came to my boating festival this year.

    He is about 5 feet tall and looks like a round teddy bear cookie with a bald head, blue eyes. Since a lot of his ranting was about his Native roots, besides ranting about the “fat white girls” who were desperate enough to date him, hardly what the net conveyed and thus lieth another lesson for us all. The net often lies and lies and lies!

    Since I now fall into the “fat white gals” category, I wasn’t angry he spoke so about me, just the disrespect he showed all women.
    I am now and always have been a believer in equal rights for all and that includes women and Native Americans and people of all sexes and colors.

    But using it as a manipulative divisive tool is wrong, no matter who does it.

    Love, Jackie

  22. Someone mentioned conspiracy theories, which reminded me of this comment in a recent Tina Dupuy column: “Spend one afternoon on any community planning committee and see how easy it is to get people to work together to do anything—let alone something vast and secretive.” (Most of us know that applies to many types of committees.) Then throw in the question of how many people can be in on a secret and have it remain a secret and you’ll know why I don’t put much stock in conspiracy theories 🙂

    Counting the minutes until the political ads end, even though I know it will be the beginning of the holiday sale ads!

  23. OF due 1739-1759 CDT. Peace, emb


    Ghost: My definition is a handful is wasteful.”

    I have an acquaintance that some people think they’ve told secrets to. They haven’t. Really guard my remarks in her presence. She also has special reasoning in religious matters. “Revealed” statements are unquestioned, except when they interfere with her secular values. Those statements “don’t really mean that. He didn’t really have any sisters and brothers.” “He meant only the ‘poor in spirit’.” I’ve avoided discussing conspiracy theories with her, but she has hinted at some.

    Also avoid starting religious conversations with her, and don’t pursue them any further than I can help. I also forgive her. It ain’t easy, but we are supposed to.

  24. Some words and a symbol got deleted somehow. “My definition, posted here before, is > a handful is wasteful.” I thought my use of the math symbols for “more than” and “less than” [ > and < ] had passed muster here before. They're on our keyboards, upper case . and , respectively. Let's see what happens.

  25. Sandcastler: in Florida we seem to have Medicare ads year-round. This is my last chance to tune them out, I suppose. Just turned 65 but have insurance through my job until I retire at the end of the school year at which point I’ll probably go with the same plan my husband has.

  26. “…5 feet tall and looks like a round teddy bear cookie…”. But what size t-shirt would he wear? 🙂

    I normally only wear t-shirts for exercise wear. Large t-shirts fit well but tend to be too short. Extra Large ones are a good length but are too baggy. So I usually wear XL over L at the gym. So, hey, I’ll need one of each.

    I know Jimmy has to sweat the economics of all this, but I for one would not be surprised if the t-shirt sales make him a thousandaire.

  27. Then, even before the “Medicare Advantage enrollment” ads are over, the ads for “gift stuff that only sells during the holiday season” will begin…followed shortly by the post-holiday ads for diet plans and gym memberships. Which will last until it’s time for Valentine Day ads for gimongous Teddy bears, mail-order roses, and sleazy lingerie and nighties.

    We can’t win.

  28. I did what other people have done and posted this yesterday while I was reading the last of that day, not realizing that today was already up. So here it is again, for what it’s worth.

    Ghost, I would be very interested in your post if/when you have time. I am in general very “gullabull” (great word, Debbe, thanks), and didn’t think too much about discrepancies and oddities, although I did notice some of them.

    Haha, Jerry, about age perception changing all the time. I am now 72. “The 70?s are the new 50?s,” right??!!

  29. Jimmy, I’ve had great experiences with zazzle, except that whenever I ordered a shirt in the “gold nugget” color, it arrived in the darker “gold” color. I had some tragically amusing conversations with customer service about this, wherein I theorized that the bin marked “gold nugget” simply had the wrong shirts in it. It was hard to get too angry, however, since I was allowed to keep each “gold” shirt for free, and they replaced each with another mistakenly “gold” shirt until I simply felt too bad and stopped calling. But otherwise, the shirt and print quality is excellent. I wonder what you’ll charge for your shirts as planned. That’s the key. Zazzle gets their cut, and the price of the shirt is determined by how much you’d like to make on top of that base price. But they do all the work including shipping, and people can choose any of your designs, as well as any size, shirt style or color. All that might make the zazzle way the optimum way to get all of us into A&J apparel. If you sent me an image, I could upload it and print a sample for you. I know it sounds like punting, but I sell t-shirts at the store, and we inevitably run into size issues! I would be happy to talk about it all if you want to call.

  30. The title of today’s vintage strip has a two-fold meaning, at least to me. Yes, Janis’s blush is evident, and she’s busted! But also, it brought to mind the old Travis McGee mysteries – and his houseboat, the Busted Flush. He had won it in a card game.

    Which brings something else to mind… when I started dating my now Significant Other, we were doing the standard get-to-know-you conversations – favorite music, movies, books… I stated that I enjoyed John D. McDonald’s character, Travis McGee. He said – OK, if you like McGee, what is the name of his boat? Quick as a wink, it came out of my mouth – The Busted Flush! I think that is what convinced him that I was the real deal.

    He was the one who created my screen name: Gloria (Ryan) from Gallia County became Galliglo. But I may be moving from Gallia County in the next couple of months. Hmmmm… wonder what we can come up with?

  31. Busy day just now opened the page. Loving the retro. Hope you will be offering a blush pink shirt for your feminine fans.

    I at first miss read today’s page header. Thought Ghost or sandman had corrupted Jimmy. Am not saying what my eyes thought they saw. Color me blushed.

  32. Galliglo: My husband and I had a similar literary moment one of our first dates when we were walking on a beach. Bob said something about wishing it was still possible to walk the length of the state. I said, “Like the Barefoot Mailman”, he said “yes”, and we realized we both knew the book by Theodore Pratt, not exactly a best-seller.

    As for MacDonald, one of our favorites is The Girl, the Gold Watch and Everything.

  33. Galliglo, maybe Gallivant? I am also a fan of McGee and still surprised they never turned any into a movie. Ever read any of Spider Robinson’s Callahan series? One of them paid tribute to McGee and the Busted Flush, even having the characters meet up with Meyer.

  34. Perhaps, Mark. I always had a secret crush on Meyer. He was so brilliant… confident in his academic and financial knowledge… but just a bit shy. What a combination!

  35. Galliglo, To keep the naming convention consistent (part of your name with some other relevant), I’d suggest modifying Mark’s suggestion to Glorivant. It’s (sort of) still obviously a play on gallivant, but keeps the association with Gloria.

  36. Oh, yes… I am familiar with Sandford, Davenport and Flowers. My daughter is reading a Flowers book now. She said she would give it to me when she finished. Ah… ’tis great to children who read!

  37. “gift stuff that only sells during the holiday season”. Right!

    A big source of revenue for hospital auxiliaries is the usual ‘Gift Shop.’ When I first volunteered almost 10 years back, I specifically said I did not want to work in the gift shop. I’ve seen poor people who probably cannot afford it wheel grandma out to a waiting vehicle laden with crap from the g.s.

    What is a ‘gift shop’? Wouldn’t that depend on the recipient? At an earlier age, it would have been a camera store. But I gave up photography when pixels replaced film. Book stores have qualified since I was 8, but how much variety of books do ‘gift shops’ display? XC ski gear would have been great before a knee injury; no longer interested. There are probably not two items in most ‘gift shops’ that I would buy for myself or inflict on another. If I am laid up in the hospital for a while, the last thing I want is balloons or plants. Flowers I can leave for the nurses and aides. If I could still think, see, and move my fingers, I’d like to have this laptop available.

  38. EMB, I too once was a volunteer at large hospital in Houston area. It was during days when volunteers were used to pass out trays, refill water jugs, run errands for patients, give out snacks, wheel chair them out, load and move their flowers and gifts. The auxiliary ran gift shop, (these are often leased out to profit making contractors too) and didn’t use the hospital volunteers who ran thru an office in hospital.

    Sadly, these days of the candy stripers and pink/blue ladies seems gone. Liability issues seem to have done them in? All the hospitals we have been experiencing lately seem to have employees only policy, limiting access to patients’ rooms.

    During my days as a gift, silk flower, Christmas supply salesman, I called on many hospital gift shops. Some were far better customers than others and I would usually ask “why?” It seems that in some, the employees and medical staff were their best customers! Not the patients at all.

    Love, Jackie

  39. There was a Travis McGee movie made some years ago. It pretty well sucked. As was mentioned here a while back, they are trying to make “The Deep Blue Goodbye” from a script written for Leonardo DiCaprio (really?) who passed on it. At last report, Christian Bale had agreed to star, but I haven’t heard anything else about it. Bale is also slated to play Steve Jobs (really?) in another movie. Steve Jobs as Travis McGee…what could go wrong with that?

    My long-gone but still missed friend “debbie” once suggested Matthew McConaughey as Travis McGee, a choice I still think would be a winner.

    Quick: What did Trav call his electric blue Rolls Royce “pickup truck”?

  40. I cheated and went and read Wikipedia on Travis McGee and the series, so I won’t answer on that one! Which I know now.

    I think Matthew McConaughey would be great in that role. Yuck to all the others especially Leonardo and Christian Bale. McConaughey would physically fit description and his good ole’ boy, laid back personality would too.

    I knew McDonald had written about changing South Florida, the ecological damage done to Everglades. I concur on it all. In the 1960’s Florida was a totally different state from what it is today.

    Rant on destruction of state by tourism, Disney, condominiums, over population and development. Insert three hour soapbox rant here_______________

    Love, Jackie

  41. Jackie, have you read Carl Hiaasen? He addresses Florida environment issues in his novels.

    I’ve got to find time to catch up on his books, the last one I read being “Sick Puppy”.

  42. Not a rant, personal experience on environmental issue in Everglades and South Florida: “Stuck In The Mud” was how we got labeled when Mike’s sailing partner made a serious routing mistake and got Mike and himself stuck in a restricted area where the Everglades’ Florida Bay was being restored with the grasses.

    This and subsequent events gave me ample time to learn about the Glades and what has happened to them, a manmade disaster actually of ecological destruction on a huge irreversible scale.

    The story has a happy ending, as we got the boat and both boaters out without doing further ecological damage. But it was not easy and involved Mike crawling a mile in a military crawl in life vest across mud flats, after being brought in by a poled flats boat who dropped him off. It took about two weeks to extract the two boaters (Mike and partner) and the boat.

    During that time my 93 year old mom, the 10# Rottweiler and me
    had interesting adventures deep in remote areas of the park and I learned a lot fast about the park, the rangers, drug dealers, smugglers, poaching, alligators, snakes and other critters. Cell phone service down there is not existent most of time, no gas stations, no motels, no food services, so we spent hours commuting in and out.

    Most of time we were down trying to do our own rescue, there were thousands of people involved in a search for a lost Alzheimer’s senior who had walked away from a campsite in park and was never found. Now that was exciting! And numbing. And rangers were REALLY annoyed to have two idiots stuck on an islet of grass where they were not supposed to be.

    Happy ending, I got Mike out, boat out, partner home to Oregon before he went berserk, rescued boat without having to pay huge fines. Ate a lot of Cuban food, which I love, met some really good people, along with a couple encounters with probable drug dealers, one of whom drove head on into my path around 2 a.m. in dark at high speed, forcing me into ditch/shoulder on park road.

    Enough about Everglades adventures! I am off to bed. I liked Florida better in the 60’s and early 70’s.

    Love, Jackie

  43. I pulled up online the MacDonald novel I referenced above and reread its first three chapters, for the first time in many years. God, but it holds up well.

    And I still wish I were Travis McGee.

  44. Good morning Villagers…

    I am sorry to say that it’s been a few years since I’ve picked up a novel and read it, and I believe it was a Michner novel. Need to check out who Travis McGee is…..

    Yes, it is good to see new and many postings today, or in my case, yesterday.

    GR 😉 thank you for keeping a smile on my face yesterday with your “Rawhide” tune…and I did sing it 🙂

    Need to finish hanging up my work clothes….

    oh, and I would be interested in reading your notes too, GR

    ya’ll have a blessed day


  45. emb…thank you for your little ‘tune’…..yesterday the hens were really loud, as if there was a fox in the hen house……I went out on the front deck, and hollered “chow” three times, they started cooing and chowing 🙂

  46. Most MacDonald books are great for people who don’t have a lot of time to read – they’re fairly short and the action moves them along. A much longer one of his that hit hard on over-development, shoddy construction, and “you can’t fight Mother Nature” was Condominium. It’s a slower read but I would recommend it for anyone who lives anywhere that might be affected by rising sea levels and/or storm surge.

    I would think that almost anyone here in the Village would like Carl Hiaasen.

  47. Right, today’s A&J is racy, but subtle enough for JJ to get away w/ it. Today’s ‘Ballard Street’ spells it Janice, and there’s no resemblance at all.

    I liked Jerry Van Amerongen better when he did ‘The Neighborhood.’ Same level of insight into human foibles but not confined to ditsy old folks. I may have mentioned my ‘Neighborhood’ tee: heavy eqpt. + piles of gravel / sand in background, shack in foreground, Fred visible inside with kitchen eqpt., sign outside says:


  48. I’ve not checked in on The Dark Side since early this morning, but knowing how poorly the word “subtle” is understood over there, I can just imagine the quality of the “repartee”.

  49. All the comments remind me it’s about time for me to re-read the McGee books. I had a full set some years ago but they went missing in a move. I think they got put in the wrong bag and ended up at the used book store. However, last year when I was helping Husband go through his mother’s house after she died I found that she had the full set, which I now have. I do agree that Matthew McConaughey would be very good as Travis.

    Another good read is the Kinsey Millhone books, by Sue Grafton (A Is For Alibi, B Is For Burglar, etc) Other than the main story line is the relationship between Kinsey and her octogenarian landlord, Henry Pitt.

    As to the t-shirt question, while I have several ideas for designs, I will be happy with whatever JJ decides to use. If they are standard men’s shirts I’ll take a large, but if we can order a women’s shirt it will need to be at least a XXL. JJ, consider this my pre-order!

  50. I knew we had Travis McGee novels around unless husband had donated them. He does that with excess books and often paper backs, keeps them in circulation being read somewhere.

    Since they were set in a marina, even if on a houseboat, I figured he might still have them. He said some were around but they were formula novels, so not gripping. He said you wanted to scream, “Don’t go in that bar!” Because you knew Travis would be beat to a pulp.

    When I was young (very young) I slurped up Perry Mason, Ellery Queen, Agatha Christie, all formula writers. I told Mike if formula didn’t work, women’s romance novelists would be out of business!

    Maybe I will look for Travis McGee books, I used to buy them at garage and book sales when I saw them for Mike. Light and fast reads would appeal to me about now!

    Love, Jackie

  51. Ghost and John, you are forgiven for being on the Dark Side. At least you are sanely commenting! The rest are sort of idiotic. Now if any of the rest of you are over there, please forgive me for lumping you with the mob!

    I avoid and always have reunions of all sorts. An employee once came into my gift/candy shop and found me curled up under a counter, out of sight. She wanted to know “What in the world?” I replied, “There’s a guy from my past out in the shop with his wife.”

    Even accidental meetings just don’t make me happy. Not even if I liked the person, dated the person, almost married him, doesn’t matter.

    Love, Jackie

  52. Good morning, Jean dear. I too lost my Travis McGee books in move. I’ll check my ebook sources to see if they are available there.

    Good morning, Jackie. Those books may have been formulistic, but in my opinion it was a good formula that worked well. And one that did get somewhat adapted along the way. (There were, after all, 21 Travis McGee novels.) Also, I remembered last night while reading a section of one of them that MacDonald could really sell a sex scene…and with subtlety.

    emb, some years ago, I used to see a roadside sign advertising a business along a rural route I traveled, which read…


    For some reason, that always made my teeth hurt.

  53. Jackie, as you can imagine, one of the features (I almost wrote “hazards”) of being a lifelong bachelor who has lived in the same medium-size city for quite a few years now is that I occasionally encounter a lady with whom I’ve had some “history”. I’m always cordial, however the relationship ended, but I have been frankly surprised at how many of those encounters end with me asking myself, “What was I thinking?”

    I suppose we never get too old to undergo some degree of personal growth. 🙂

  54. Ghost, I will go you one better, we were in South Louisiana when I saw an ad for gourmet gift baskets, live bait and night crawlers.
    Went back and told my employees I had a new product line to add to our shop.

    They laughed and said, sure we’ll just run out front and scoop out those minnows in between funeral sprays.

    So, not afterwards I saw that employee start an out of town order and abruptly hang up with strange look on her face. I asked what happened? She said she was giving a funeral order when she heard woman on phone yell out, “Junior, go turn that fish over, it is about to burn!”

    Love, Jackie

  55. One major online purveyor of ebooks does indeed have what appears to be all 21 of the Travis McGee novels available…most of them at $9.99 per pop. As that would put a dent in my BBB (book-buying budget) for the next few months, I’ll pursue Plan B…a weekend visit to the local Public Library, which organization I’ve been supporting over the years, through taxes paid, in a sum which I’m sure totals more than $210.

    While looking at ebooks, I found a reference to a man who maintains a Travis McGee blog. I haven’t had time to look at it yet, but it might be of interest to fans of the man from Slip F-18.


  56. My Mom seems to be having a very good day; the new prescription medicine dispensing system I worked out for her seems to be working well; and since I’ve got the day off anyway, I guess I’ll catch up on my housekeeping, both literally and figuratively.

    The slow-cooker Chicken and Cannellini Bean soup I made last week before my Mom went into the hospital turned out to be a very good idea. I had frozen it in individual serving sizes, and now that I have given it to her, she can thaw and reheat it in her microwave. She loves it, and it gives her some of the protein she needs. She also likes ham, so I’m going to make another batch, substituting diced ham for the chicken, and perhaps kidney beans for the cannellini beans.

    Damn, but I’d make some gal a great husband. 🙂

  57. For awhile I had a retired librarian down the street here who often checked out and brought me books she thought I would enjoy. She is passed away, I am sure, having moved long ago to live with family members out of state.

    Anyway, among the mysteries she often brought me were some that had a cat who actually solved the crime, not the human, but human got credit as the detective. Since I loved cats, she would bring me these books. This was 15-20 years ago and I cannot for life of me remember who wrote or the series!

    Love, Jackie

  58. I can think of two mystery series involving cats. Lilian Jackson Braun’s The Cat Who… series and Rita Mae Brown’s books “coauthored” with her cat Sneaky Pie. I haven’t read the first but I really like the latter.
    From a librarian with retirement in sight 🙂

  59. Ruth Anne, I have probably mentioned my two aunts who were librarians all their lives, one in California and one in Mississippi.
    Two others were post mistresses, a highly respected post for either profession in small towns!

    In the country I loved the book mobiles who came to our farm. I would check out entire quota allowed on my grandmother’s card, mine and my two cousins! Then devour them in time to turn them in by next visit. I loved the printed word and writers.

    Since I was well known to librarians, I was allowed to check out anything I wanted, as they knew my reading levels. This probably led to some inappropriate reading for my age but it only opened windows to a world I didn’t know but wanted to. How many second graders aspire to visiting the Brown Derby or the Algonquin Hotel’s “round table”?

    So many of the things I read led me to real life experiences, not just imaginary ones. Discussing the national parks system, I should admit to having visited each park in America except Alaska, many more than once. I visit the monuments, the scenic designations, the rivers, the lakes.

    Luckily I am married to a reader who reads daily and shares a lot of the same interests. One of the aunts was his and he spent summers on the farm reading, just as I spent visits to California reading nonstop. New library, more books.

    Any of you with readers in your family are blessed. And bless librarians!

    Love, Jackie

  60. Yes Jackie readers are special, and one argument I never get into anymore is paper or electronic, they both have their merits. I have had a Kindle Fire for almost a year now, and the reading skills for it are not quit the same, but I still love both paper and electronic. I have found many free classics to load on my Kindle that normally are a little hard to find, lot’s of Jack London and Lewis Carroll. Along with all of that I keep two versions of the Bible and an excellent 6 volume Bible commentary. Yet when I can get paper I love the feel of turning real pages, and the smell of a fine older volume. There is room for both in a world where reading skills are slowly being lost. If you have electronic check out http://www.gutenberg.org/

  61. Ghost, try dry limas and ham, either hock or fatback or both. I cooked some for mom and Mike and me. Turns out I am only bean eater! Your chili had inspired me. Gave it away to dog sitter who said she had never eaten limas but that was best beans she’d ever eaten. Really easy, flavors came from smoked ham’s crusty fat I had cut off and saved. Had a bay leaf, some salt and pepper, can’t remember that I put herbs but maybe half an onion chopped and some dried parsley. Parsley in pots is growing but not huge. May have thown in a heaping tsp. of sugar just in case.

    I love beans but never saw a dried bean until I was about 22, as no one in my family cooked them. I have made up for that void!

    Love, Jackie

  62. Jackie, oddly, I was thinking about using navy or lima beans with ham instead of red kidneys. Or perhaps not so oddly. You know what they say about great minds… 🙂

    I suppose you are familiar with Blue Runner brand products. Their beans are not bad at all, when you don’t have time to prepare dried ones. Plus their Creole-style products.

  63. Jackie and Ghost, Margaret Holmes and Glory brand are both pretty tasty canned veggies too.

    As for books, don’t forget the Richard Stark novels by Donald Westlake. Think there are over 20 of them too.

  64. Those of you who like the classic Perry Mason books might be surprised to learn that one of them could be considered science fiction, because the plot hinges on a (then) new piece of technology: The Case Of the Drowning Duck, from 1940. Now, I’ll let all of you mystery fans figure out just what the new thing was that made the plot work.

  65. Ghost, have you considered lentils? They take less time to cook than beans, are high in protein, and pair well with many vegetables and meats.

  66. You know, Denise, I’ve never prepared nor even eaten lintels in my entire life. Somehow, I don’t think lintels are a “Southern thang”, at least not in the parts of it where I’ve lived. But perhaps it’s time to experiment with them.

    sideburns, I’m going to say “dishwashing liquid” which, when poured into the water, caused the duck to sink and drown. 🙂

  67. GR6, you’re right, although it wasn’t in that form. It was just referred to as “detergent,” and it was so new in 1940 that most people hadn’t heard of it. Very good! And, just to make things a tad more interesting, it was a duckling, not a grown duck.

  68. “Galliglo from Ohio on 29 Oct 2014 at 7:58 pm # Oh, yes… I am familiar with Sandford, Davenport and Flowers. My daughter is reading a Flowers book now. She said she would give it to me when she finished. Ah… ’tis great to children who read!”

    When you shortly posted: “Galliglo from Ohio on 29 Oct 2014 at 8:02 pm # Gee! to *have* children who read!”, I thought to myself, didn’t G. just say that? I’d unconsciously inserted the word; it was the only thing that made sense, and we agree about our kids. Good example of how hard it is to proof your own stuff.

  69. sideburns, I totally made that up. Well, as my Daddy used to say, even a broken clock is right twice a day.

    cxp, as I said, I’ve never eaten lintels. 🙂

    OK, no one has a guess about my Travis McGee/Stephen King quiz question? I’m proud of it; I discovered it myself, I didn’t find it somewhere.

  70. 1. OK, no one has a guess about my Travis McGee . . ..” reminds me that nobody sees a problem, or what some might regard as a problem, in the quote by Ms. Altwegg, below. Remember, it’s not a science problem.

    emeritus minnesota biologist on 24 Oct 2014 at 5:03 pm #

    Quote from MPR’s daily news email, this item concerning the gasses emitted by a comet that has a probe closing in on it:

    ” ‘It’s quite a smelly mixture,’ she [Ms. Altwegg] says.
    ‘Why didn’t we know comets smelled so bad before?’
    ‘That’s mostly because we’ve never been that close to a comet,’ says Altwegg. [The Rosetta mission is now just 5 miles from the comet’s surface.]
    ‘It’s just like a person: You can’t really get a good sense of a person’s body odor until you’re right up next to him.’ ”

    Any problems with this quote?
    2. Jackie: Volunteers can still do those things in our hospital. Volunteers are not allowed in certain individual’s rooms that have certain NO-NO labels on the door, and examples of those are posted in the volunteer workroom, where we all go twice each shift to check in and out on the cptr., so we all know about that. I am rarely upstairs anyway; the Family Waiting Desk is outside the surgery suite on the ground floor. I sometimes escort very pregnant women upstairs on the nearest elevator, one I have to use my badge to access. The OB reception desk is right there, so I’m never near patients’ rooms there either. To my knowledge I’ve never been credited as assisting in the delivery. Bummer.

  71. emb – Taking a whack: ‘Why didn’t we know comets smelled so bad before?’ should be ‘Why didn’t we know comets smelled so badly before?’

  72. Great minds, Granny Carol! I had glanced at this when emb posted it earlier, but hadn’t taken the time to read it *critically*. Took me a bit, it’s been a while since I’ve treaded grammar waters.

  73. Granny and Mindy/Indy: Oral interviews often contain grammatical problems that people might correct if they had to write it down. No, this is, to some, a socio/political problem, to others no problem at all. I actually added a hint above that was not in my original email. I’d really like somewhat to see this and not be forced to simply tell you.

    Maybe you should think about emb and his slants on things. Try to see it, as Joel Grey says in ‘Cabaret’, ‘through my eyes’.

  74. Nice to see so many friendly posts here! I am too tired to be entertaining but got mom to her doctor’s appointment and got her home and everyone fed. Except maybe the dogs? I am going to collect those to correct locations and fed or maybe feed and move to evening quarters?

    Our primary care family doctor is all the way north of me in Tahlequah, OK which is the capital of the Cherokee Nation and a college town, an interesting combination, I go there for a top cardiologist who revitalized a small town hospital with a cardiac surgery center and a REALLY good female PA who monitors my miserable health patiently and diligently, making sure I do what I am supposed to do. Or at least close!

    Had hoped the fall foliage would be out but only a few trees showing much color. Lots losing leaves already without turning?

    Ghost I have eaten lentils and tried to cultivate a love/like of them without much success. There are many colors, black, red, golden, not just that putrid looking olive drab one. I have eaten some in Mediterranean foods that taste OK but maybe I have not eaten enough?

    I love hummus with pita chips, which my two year old grandson and my mom like also (although mom thought she was eating cheese dip) I was wondering about making homemade hummus out of lentils, instead of garbanzo beans, especially the colored ones.

    Has anyone made homemade hummus, which sounds awfully easy? What did you use for additives, like olives, roasted peppers?

    Love, Jackie

  75. Come to think of Ms. Altwegg’s grammar is ok. Skunk scent smells bad; annoyed skunks smell bad. Bad here is an adjective, modifying the animal or its odor. If you or I cannot detect an odor, we smell badly, an adverb modifying the verb ‘smell’.

    No, it’s a small, grammatically correct bit that might disturb some, others not at all.

    Peace, emb

  76. I haven’t made hummus but have made a bean dip that is similar; I found the recipe in the Orlando Sentinel several years ago.

    Smokin ‘ Bean Dip

    2 19-oz. cans white beans, drained and rinsed well
    2 cloves peeled garlic
    1 or 2 chipotle chilies in adobo
    1 tsp. ground cumin
    2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
    1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
    1/4 cup chopped parsley
    salt to taste
    hot sauce to taste (optional)
    1/4 cup smoked almonds (optional)

    Combine all ingredients in a blender or food processor. Process or puree until smooth and creamy.

    I usually use dried parsley, rarely add salt, and have never used the almonds. Recipe says it makes 6 to 8 servings; not sure how they figure – it’s a generous bowlful.

  77. EMB, are you referring to the formally standard use of the masculine pronoun for a nonspecific person? The quote bothers me more in that it’s impossible to smell in a vacuum.

  78. That does sound like a hummus recipe! I am going to have to start making my own. It is usually about $4 a carton here and I can eat most of that in one sitting. Not that dried canned beans are all that cheap. I know, I read the articles about how 89 cents of dried beans can feed you nutritiously for a week and a family of four at that.

    I love black bean dips too and I don’t know why only garbanzo beans should be used? I can imagine any would be good, including the “healthier” lentils/lintels. (I know what a lintel is and I know Ghost does too)

    Love, Jackie

  79. Yay, Granny and David.

    Ms. A. is a successful educated woman in what was, and partly still is, a man’s world. She might object if I said to her, “If a student does excellent work, he earns an A.” Ms. A.: “What about female students?” But she has no trouble with the default male “him” when she’s talking about BO.

    What would Janis say if she nailed a mosquito who was biting her? “Got him!” Only females bite. And some sailors, who refer to ships as “She”‘, worry about bad luck if a woman is on board. Bea, a favorite, now retired English prof., came to give a talk on the portrayal of women in children’s lit [her doctoral topic, I think]. A young girl who had accompanied Mom to the talk had her stuffed horsey with her, and the prof asked, “What’s his name?” “HER name is Flossie.” Bea then told the story on herself to start her talk. She also volunteers at the hospital, and we enjoy remembering that one. Peace, emb

  80. Jackie, just take care that you use a hummus recipe and not a haggis recipe.

    When the first two instructions in a recipe are…

    “Rinse the sheep stomach thoroughly and soak overnight in cold salted water. Rinse the liver, heart, and tongue”.

    …ah, no thank you very much.

  81. For a while I was monitoring a sailing/boating group from the UK.
    Now THAT was a weird and far reaching group! They’d get off on sea shanties often risqué, beer/ale that I couldn’t comprehend, strange food, teas and how to brew them. But I finally gave up when they got into the haggis discussions. Which tied into the curragh discussions somehow.

    But I did learn a lot about British/UK canoes, dinghies, canal boats, canals, rivers and believe it or not, that helps understand reading British novels and BBC television.

  82. Emb, glad that mystery is solved! I never refer to an insect pest (fly, mosquito) as him, or her; they are all “its!”

    Jackie, almost bought some hummus today, picked up the container and set it back on the shelf before I checked out. Thank you, Ruth Anne, for posting that recipe – it sounds much better than the ingredients on the container I saw. I will have to try it.

    GR, I will never try haggis! And, I have never eaten chitlins either!

  83. Jackie, if you are still awake … any kind of bean can be used to make hummus. The olive oil, garlic, and some lemon juice are necessary, any other stuff you like can go in as well. The recipes call for a lot of olive oil, don’t need an awful lot; cut out some calories. Tahini (ground up sesame seeds) a dollop or so; all the amounts are real flexible. Wonder if Tahini is available in the South?
    I adore Lentils and fix them often, just like any bean recipe. The food writers would have us believe lentils will cook in 20 minutes; not true in my opinion. They need to soften up, also are indigestible if not cooked long enough. (Why are food writers so fond of frozen peas, thawed but not cooked? I dislike them and don’t get the idea at all.)
    I also adore Lima beans, both dried and green. They are SO good.

  84. EMB, southern women would argue that she was completely correct in her choice of pronoun. Just as women never sweat, the certainly wouldn’t stink! 🙂

  85. Jay Leno always made fun of British cooking…notably when he claimed the English eat the parts of an animal everyone else throws away.

    Spleen tartar, anyone?

  86. Charlotte, frozen peas are good for at least one other thing besides eating when cooked. You can use bagged frozen peas as an ice pack. Since they are granular, they conform well to the contours of wherever they are placed. I was told this bit of wisdom after a surgery when I needed a cold pack for the affected area. Works well, too!

  87. Good morning Villagers….

    ….or Food morning Villagers 🙂

    I love lima beans and ham, and my favorite name brand ham is Kentucky Legend….very lean. As a matter of fact, I think I will suggest to my husband that we have a big pot of it this weekend. Bean soup is good in 30 degree weather.

    We buy all frozen vegetable, don’t like canned veggies except a certain brand of pork and beans, you know the commercial….the talking dog named ‘Duke’.

    Mark, I’ve heard of using frozen peas as an ice pack works.

    GR 😉 just how have you stayed single all these years? I made it to 45 before I said ‘I do’. Did you know the shortest sentence is “I am”, and the longest sentence is “I do”? 🙂

    ya’ll have a blessed day

  88. The tone of the Village has certainly improved in the last few days… even though we all still have problems, we are not drug down! The Village is a nice place to be…

  89. Debbe 😉 No plan involved; things just worked out that way. “Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans.”

    How’s your finger doing?

    It’s a nippy morn in the Deep South. Definitely a good one to throw some soup ingredients into the old slow cooker and fire it up.

  90. Outlander, Jimmy is not well known for explaining his cartoons. (If that’s what you were asking.) However, Arlo has a documented history of disliking the now-replaced BCS system for determining which team football is the annual national collegiate champion. However, I can’t remember if he has ever proposed an alternative to either the old or new system for doing so.

    My solution: Every year the SEC champs play a rotating schedule of the winners of the other major conferences. In other words, pretty much the way it’s been for the last ten years. 🙂

  91. Ghost:

    No, that’s not what I was asking, and Mark has it.

    I was actually making a joke.

    (Pungent: a fellow who specializes in the juxtaposition of dissimilar ideas, often for humorous effect.)

    Jimmy referred to The Who with his comment of “New boss, same as the old boss.”

    “Who’s Next” was a best selling album when I was in my late teens, and the line comes from that album.

    Jimmy and I are about the age.

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