But Who Is Art?

March 11, 2002


I hope you’re enjoying my little innovation, the addition of the date our classic cartoon originally appeared, which also serves as a link to its GoComics presence. This allows you to follow an entire sequence. The above A&J comic, for example, is the first of a two-week sequence, with a St. Patrick’s Day Sunday cartoon thrown in between for good luck. Also, you can plunder the archives backward and forward, wasting lots of precious time. However, I urge you to use the link responsibly. If you binge-read all the old strips, what will we do here?


40 thoughts on “But Who Is Art?”

  1. Another feature to consider adding – Random Arlo! I read today’s, but when I’m a few days behind it starts on the last day I read it and I move up to the current day, and then it’s a click on the Random button, and sometimes that’s almost like a magic 8ball with how closely it tracks an event in the parallel life stream the wife and I are leading with Arlo and Janis.

    All of which is about as relevant as an art degree. Unless you’re an artist, in which case, you won’t need a degree, so we’re right back where we started on the irrelevancy scale.

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  2. This week, I got to check off something on my Bucket List…to wit: Get a Personal Trainer. #truestory
    Anyone who has followed Jackie lately on Book of Face will likely know who “Jenni the Husky Whisperer and Rescuer” is. (If not, and if you’re interested, check out the link below. It’s worth a few minutes of your time to look at.) She is an amazing young lady who is working her heart out to find homes for huskies, including the “death row” ones, which she rescues from shelters when they are about to euthanized due to the inability to place them in homes. She accepts huskies from and adopts them out to all parts of the country. And she operates strictly as a non-profit organization.
    She has battled weight problems herself in the past, but she is now a walking advertisement for the effectiveness of her exercise training. She has well-toned muscles in places I suspect most females don’t even have places, as the old joke goes. And after the first week, I have sore muscles in places I didn’t know I had places. (You try lifting hand weights while standing on a BOSU Balance Trainer. Who knew that just trying to keep your balance can be great exercise?) But I’m loving it. It concentrates on balance, flexibility, and strengthening, something us “old folk” tend to need. *Not* on my Bucket List is to ever be in a real-life version of one of those “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up” TV commercials.
    https://www.huskyhalfwayhouse.org/

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  3. Serious question. Not trolling.

    Arlo’s concerned that Gene might be “turning weird” on them.

    Was that a code phrase in 2002 for “gay”? I can’t remember.

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  4. Looking for advice: I’ve never suffered from the kinds of migraine headaches that make life miserable for so many. However, I have experienced brief visual migraines followed by mild but annoying headaches; I have also learned that what I have always thought of as “sinus headaches” were probably another type of migraine. Lately they have seemed to be more frequent and my doctor has recommended a preventive medication but I’m reluctant to start something that I would have to keep taking, couldn’t stop without supervision, and seems to have an excessive number of potential side effects. Any thought or recommendations?

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    • Be sure you are consulting an expert in the field – and then consult another such. Seems wise to try what they suggest, especially if more than one has the same suggestion.
      I’m just trying to be logical; not claiming any medical knowledge!
      Fifty or more years ago, I had a daily headache for an entire summer. I was told later that it had been mere sinusitis or similar…and would have been easily avoided had I sought out a professional (it started in Sioux Lookout – look it up).

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    • Ruth, I also get visual migraines. I also have never had a headache. I have occasionally gone completely blind in one or both eyes at times. When I “see” one coming on I try to relax in a quiet place. I also try to relax my neck muscles and rotate my head around to increase blood flow to my head. They are usually gone in fifteen minutes. Good Luck.

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  5. c x-p’s advice sounds good, esp. the 2nd opinion part.
    Ruth, because I’m lucky, I cannot be of much help. I started visual migraines over a decade ago, in my mid-late 70s, but NEVER with a subsequent headache. Was subject to frequent headaches, as a kid, teen, and in early 20s, most likely in my rapid, erratic, asymmetrical path to profound myopia, but they gradually[?] decreased; I cannot remember when I last had a “sinus” headache. Usually visual migraines first get my attn when the patch of patterns seems an inch or less wide, proceed [either to my macula’s L or R]. Once they get near or over the macula, they make reading impossible and driving difficult [usually pull over and wait them out]. Suppose they last well over 15-20 min. Only 2-3 times have I caught them near the start, a little grayish patch too small to have a discernable pattern. Once they fade some, & I can resume normal activity, I usually forget them, so don’t know when they’re gone altogether. They occur irregularly, maybe less than 2 weeks apart, maybe months. Possibly they occur occasionally w/o my noticing, when I’m not visually engaged, or when I’m asleep. Forgot to ask my new ophthalmologist about them at our last appt.
    Peace,

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    • My visual migraines are well-described as looking through a cracked (zigzag for all 360 degrees) piece of glass. They are somewhat annoying if I am trying to see something special, but I have learned that they will pass as eMb wrote. If I want to judge the progress, I close my eyes and the zigzag pattern shows up as yellow on the reddish color backdrop usually seen. The diameter of the closed pattern expands until it is no longer in my line of vision. What actually occurs in my eye/brain is unknown to me; I just know when the phenomenon has passed.

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    • PS: More often than not, I catch my visual migraines in the act of formation: upon closing my eyes, I see part of a small diameter pattern which is incomplete (not forming a closed polygon). The longer I watch, the more of the polygon is formed and the diameter of the pattern increases. It’s rather fascinating since I know there is no particular hazard involved.

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