Carrying Things Too Far

Odd as it may seem, I’m not the expert on any of this, but I think I’m making progress. We were talking about, the Andrews McMeel Universal website where hundreds of comics, including A&J, are posted every day. Specifically, we were talking about “liking” stuff there, very specifically “liking” Arlo & Janis. Turns out visitors must sign up for a GoComics account to be able to “like” and to comment and to do other stuff. That’s the not-so-good news. The good news is, you can sign up for an account for free, and it won’t kill you! But wait! There’s more! You can pay $20 a year and view comics 24 hours a day without those jumpy ads, plus you can build pages of your personal favorites and have them emailed to you. I’m really not trying to sell you anything: I only recently have begun doing this myself, right down to paying my bosses 20 bucks. I can say it’s a pretty good deal. My experience at is more enjoyable. In parting, I want to thank those of you who did find your way to yesterday and “liked” that dreadful cartoon. You rocked the house! But we’re going to talk more about that next post.

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86 responses to “Carrying Things Too Far”

  1. I just call that efficient. Why make multiple trips to the car when it isn’t necessary?

    A gocomic account is painless. Can I assume the heart is the like?

    Yes, you can assume that. — JJ

  2. Just want to mention that I’ve had a free account with GoComics for years. (It was called something else then) and outside of the ads getting more intrusive I can’t recall getting any spam derived from that account.

    What I do wonder about is if I go to the paid account do the artists see any of that money or is it all dumped into the corporate swimming pool?


    Well, yes, a smidgen. I think. It’s not enough for me to make a nuisance of myself! I honestly do think those who read comics at GoComics would enjoy the benefits of a paid account. — JJ

  3. I actually have a goComics free account but I never book marked it. To get to goComics I click on the link from this site everyday. If you are worried about goComics sending annoying junk emails or spam, don’t. I have never gotten anything but security related emails from them.

  4. I signed up for an acct. on GoComics so I could click the little heart. I had no idea and didn’t care what all those icons stood for (seems like they were introduced in the re make of the GoComics site some time back). One reason I rarely sign up for stuff I can view for free is I don’t want my email address out there “in the wild”. So, I signed up for a free email address on gmail to use for this kinda thing and keep the spam out of my personal and work inboxes.

    I’m not entirely sure what all those other icons are, either. — JJ

  5. Oh pooh! Stop fussing about your emails attracting spam. Just don’t visit “dating” sites or buy “enhancement” drugs from Canada and no one is going to bother you.

    Now why would I know that?

  6. Ghost just said people would jump to conclusion he is buying Canadian pharmaceuticals. Sorry baby!

    No, my late husband and I still get the occasional one on that account addressed to him.

    But I am and have ALWAYS been pubic with my name, address, email, Facebook. It does not result in a flood of anything and the monsters don’t move in to your closet or under the bed.

  7. Oddly enough I don’t get spam email from GoComics but from some of the “please sign our petition” sites I have clicked on. Neither do the ads bother me. Maybe I’m just lucky?

  8. Jimmy, that retro looks like me when I come from the store! You got it just right. And I’ve always liked that strip from the first time I saw it.

  9. I’m getting a lot of snail mail these past few years from various groups claiming to be supporting Native American reservations. All because I made a single donation to such a group about 5 years ago. Their willingness to share my info (including my phone number from on the check) made me retaliate by tossing all those envelopes as they arrive.

    And I no longer answer the phone when I don’t recognize the caller ID. If it’s important, they can leave a message.

  10. I’ve been a premium member for years, as has my wife. The no ad experience is great and it’s important to support comics in general. We also subscribe, in print, digital or both, to three newspapers that carry A & J. I’m from a newspaper family of several generations, so we also gave at the office! ????

  11. I guess I got sent to moderation for posting from the phone. I have been goComics subscriber since the merger with I also subscribe to ComicsKingdom. I got my start in adult life running s press for newspapers so I have a soft spot for newsprint. I am almost priced out of the market these days. The San Antonio paper is up to about 480 a year. I got a deal on groupon, but disability only goes so far.

  12. Yesterday’s walking cartoon was not dreadful, and I especially liked the winged shoes.

    My wife must have those, too, because I can never keep up with her.

  13. Those who have followed the Village for a few years will recall that Ghost was always saying he would get a pair of jeans if he ever got down to a size 36 waist. Well, he did and he has several pair of those jeans now. I just watched him try them on tonight.

    Ladies, he is one hot hunk in those jeans! He asked me if they made bis butt look big? I said on the. Contrary they made it look really studly.

    Next we work on the white linen slacks and white jeans. He said the last time he wore those was when Don Johnson was on t.v. in Miami Vice.

  14. TruckerRon:
    I return the unwanted junk mail prepaid envelopes empty especially this time of the year, medicare renewal.
    Not only do I not answer the phone when I do not recognize the caller ID, I have the ringer and answer machine turned off.
    Cell phone is off except when I need to make a call.
    72 11/12.

  15. Click on ‘columns’ at the above site. It lists those that appeared in the ‘Generations’ section day before yesterday. The first is by a fellow BUMC member, his second w/in the last few months, and the second by your humble servant, who has lost count since he started in ’98, when he was nearing 70, hence his series title, ‘Threescore and Ten.’ Peace,

  16. Thanks.

    While we’re on the subject, per current theol. scholars, the truly Pauline* letters are the earliest New Testament documents. The four Gospels and Acts were all written later, were therefore not available to Paul, and were all anonymous. They were attributed to Mark, Matthew, Luke [same au. as Acts], and John by church fathers in the early 2nd c.

    John of Patmos, who wrote Revelation, is not the same John to whom the 4th Gospel is attributed. ‘Every Simon, Lazarus, and James is named John.’

    *Some of the letters attributed to Paul are now considered ‘Pseudo-Pauline’ [no relation to the girl named Pauline that I knew in grade school], and some are still up for grabs. See ‘Pseudo-Pauline’ online.


  17. I would suggest viewing GoComics on the mobile app. I can only speak for iOS, or iPhone/iPad, but the experience is much much better than on a computer. You can swipe thru the comics much more quickly, and the ads are much less intrusive. The only problem is I haven’t figured out how to ‘like’ a comic. I’ll just have to keep liking them the old fashion way for now.

  18. The blue heart underneath base of the strip is what you press on to “Like” the strip. It changes to dark blue when it acknowledges you have liked it. If you try to press it again it will “unlike” it and color changes back to light blue.

    The like count is recorded to right in black of beRt. If it takes your like you can tell by increase in number. For instance six people have liked todays.

    You must be a member to like but it can be free.

  19. Small town Americana. Dickens and I are riding around with Ghost in Bullet. We have been to post office, feed store, bank and both grocery stores. Going to put Bullet through only car wash in town when line gets shorter.

    Ghost always described himself as a “small town boy, just ordinary guy.” He fits in beautifully here and is already accumulating a local “harem” of women Ghost fans in my friends who think he is sweetest man.

    He is. I am so thankful to have him in my life.

    Thank you Jimmy Johnson for Arlo and Janis and for the Village. You changed at least two lives, if not more.

  20. About “liking” Arlo and Janis on GoComics. You can go back and vote for a like on a strip from earlier dates. You cannot vote more than once for same strip.

    If you try to do a second vote on same strip it will “unlike” that strip and heart turns back light blue. Press again and it will relike and turn dark blue.

    Don’t mess with Jimmys head.

  21. Hello, Villagers. Sorry for the delay in getting back to some questions and comments. I had several meetings and a concert to go to, some deskwork that had to be done for organizations I belong to, PT, of course, and a certain amount of elevate/ice/doze every day. Plus, what a treat to come back and find a whole flurry of new posts from Jimmy and comments from him as well as others! I just now got through reading all those.

    Re my knee surgery. This was not my first rodeo. I am now three-fourths bionic on my lower extremities—one hip and now both knees. (I devoutly hope I won’t have to do the other hip.) I had the surgery at 9:30 am on a Monday (9/11 as a matter of fact!), was up and walking that afternoon, and went home about noon the next day. (We’d already ordered my lunch, so I figured I might as well stay and eat it. It was good.) That was Tuesday. I started PT at an office convenient to my house (that I’ve used before) on Wednesday and do it three times a week—probably for about six weeks.

    I had some complications with the first knee that I’m not having this time, thank goodness. Overall, the pattern is the same. The first two weeks (pardon my language) suck. Second two weeks better but not great. Third two weeks much more bearable. After six weeks, you’re getting pretty much back to normal life. I’ve had only three days when I felt I’d backslid a little instead of being a tiny bit better. This coming Monday will start my sixth week.

    Jackie, I wish you were recovering from the knee instead of the breast, also. But I know you and Ghost are coping. Thanks to all in the Village for good wishes. You are a blessing.

  22. PS: I’ve been a member of both GoComics and Daily Ink Comics Kingdom (or whatever it’s called) for a long time so that I can get several of the strips that I like that are not in the paper and have others when I am traveling and away from the paper. I think I have the “premium” service both places. As has been said, it’s not a big charge, and there was something about it that I thought made it worth it. (I’ve forgotten just what now, but being able to “Like” A&J is certainly a good thing.)

  23. Is Auburn the college football team that Jimmy favors?

    If so, I imagine that he doesn’t care much for LSU right now.

    On my side of the Mason-Dixon, I might not care too much for Nebraska in a few hours.

    However, I’m glad to report that the Bobcats made a feast of the Falcons.

  24. The Buckeyes are making creamed corn of the Huskers, a team that is ranked 37th in the country.

    Kind of puts the game into perspective, I think.

  25. Shopping for gym equipment so I can exercise at home instead of germ laden gym. Discovered that treadmills and recumbent bikes are about like automobiles. Drive them off the lot and the value plunges!

    Seriously, good pieces of exercise equipment cost a lot of money but used only a fraction. I am looking at two or three machines, not a full gym.

  26. Hi Ruth Anne, yes I had found that one. There are several of that ilk in Tulsa including one called Second Wind and one called Push Peddle and (Something?)

    My gym is run by hospital and is quite clean and maintained. They urge each user spray and wipe down after each use but I notice it doesn’t always happen. My physical therapist had suggested a recumbent bike or trainer for me. In fact that is what most of us would best use.

    Ghost loves treadmill and watching him walk on one is inspiring. But it depends on consistent routine it seems to me. Janis has it right about the walking.

  27. I spent most of day cooking. I made huge pot vegetable beef soup, a pot of chili, a meatloaf and part of beef stew. Have to add vegs to the cooked meat and make gravy for stew.

    Tomorrow I am cooking a pot roast and a pot of red beans and rice with cajun sausage.

    Trying to get some precooked defrostables in freezer before I start chemo. Or at least something Ghost can eat that is ready made.

    Ghost is a good cook. Probably we are equally experienced at cooking. Sometimes we are so alike that is like a two sided coin or two peas in a pod. A male version of me?

  28. I just got back from leading services at the state hospital. The Baptist minister and his wife are away in Europe celebrating their 40th anniversary for the next few weeks, and the full-time chaplain also is attached to the Nation Guard and has been involved with disaster relief, so I’ll be filling in.

  29. Good for you, Trucker Ron! The services, etc., will be in good hands while they are away.

    Jackie, used exercise equipment might bring its own germs with it; and unstable or poorly designed stuff can cause injury. But you and Ghost have thought of all that, I imagine.

    Are you out there, Old Bear?

  30. Miss Charlotte a good treadmill like Ghost and I use at the gym costs new $5-8000. A recumbent bike or trainer (?) machine $3-8000 depending on brands.

    The big equipment companies refurbish trade-ins and repair them. They are still in thousands so it is hopefully not like buying at a garage sale something for $100 from an individual?

    Part of problem is my gym is 25 miles away, closest one. Hospital owns and runs it so it is good. But still you will spend one hour or more commuting to exercise one hour. I will keep membership but since they found the cancer in May we have just quit exercising.

  31. By the way, Mark, are you still exercising? At your apartment complex or a gym?

    That is so important to keep up both for your heart and diabetes. You spend too much time seated. Get up and move or do some stretching and seated exercises as you type.

  32. I am here a day early Mizz Charlotte- a full day tomorrow.

    Did Zucchini foe dinner.

    2 med Zucchini pealed and sliced on slicer.
    2 handsful onion from freezer (medium onion)
    some Oregano
    some walnuts from the tree in the yard (Debbe)
    saute in a Tbs Walnut Oil till limp, stirring occasionally
    I keep covered till almost the end.

  33. OK, you nailed it this time Jimmy. Today’s new strip is me and Ghost together but he is the one cleaning. I am a messy Arlo cook and Ghost is the cleanest, neatest cook ever.

    Actually I love cooking with Ghost and I love having a neat, clean kitchen. Our new helper is meticulously neat which helps too. She says working for us isn’t hard, we are both neat and clean people.

    I need to go rinse out my cooking pans that are soaking.

  34. Yeah, today really hit home. Last night (and many nights) my wife asks if she can help with dinner. Response is: When I am done cooking, you can clean up!

    My son qualified for the 2019 Boston Marathon. The way that they do it now, I suppose that it is possible that they won’t accept his entry. Last year if you beat the qualifying standard by 3:23, then you got in. He beat his by 4:02. He said that his time was good enough. Since he has run it twice, it’s not a big deal if he misses. The mental and physical toll of qualifying is pretty rough. He would have breezed in but his hamstring cramped up at mile 23 as the humidity was higher than normal. Believe it or not, he needs more salt in his diet! Ironically, 5 hours later a front went through and the humidity would not have been an issue.

  35. First thought was it might be biblical, but a scenario doesn’t come to mind, then mythological [some would contend there’s substantial overlap there], but again, I come up blank. They held Achilles by the heel, and it was the Styx, not a birdbath. And who would the doll on the right be, aside from the artist’s aim to sell porn?


  36. Mark: Because I’ve bought what I did (and a few accessories), I am now constantly seeing ads for that product. I find myself salivating over the beautiful, sleek models that bombard my computer. My wife doesn’t mind as long as I discuss future purchases with her in advance. She says it’s a harmless addiction… and I think she’s into them as well. She seems to enjoy asking me questions about the latest ones and how they compare to each other.

    Of course I mean the Dobsons, Newtonians, and the Cassegrains.

  37. emb, online search simply gives the title “The Bath”, so maybe it is just what it looks like. Two women bathing a baby. And you are probably right about the lady on the right. Unless she is a bath attendant.

  38. Trucker: See those continually in Sky & Telescope, as well as online when I search for M31 or whatever. My stargazing days are mostly over, except for answering questions, mostly arising from having penned Northland Stargazing in the paper for over a decade. It has become a cheap hobby, mostly now a pleasant way to intro others to nature as it is.

    The painting is simply titled, ‘The bath.’ Wonder if the woman on the left is Mom or Grandma, and doll on the right kid’s older sister, or baby’s young mother getting instructions. This painter throws in a nude or more at the drop of a hat.


  39. emb, did you port your ‘scopes to dark sky areas or do you live in one? Here in my valley things are too bright to see the deep sky objects without the aid of a GoTo or other computerized system which I don’t have yet and won’t for at least a year. But it’s still amazing to see how much more you can see with a 100mm aperture.

  40. Trucker:

    The “Dobsons, Newtonians, & the Cassegrains” has a nice ring to it, perhaps on a proposed list of invitees to a soiree. “Yes, dear, it would be delightful to have the Dobsons, Newtons, and Cassegrains, but do you really think the Fords and the Harleys are our kind of people?”

    Fun to slip such names into bona fide lists of surnames. Brings to mind Tom Lehrer’s snarky, “The rest of you can look it up when you get home.”


  41. Trucker: Both. Had a second-rate 6″ Cassegrain, access to BSU’s Questar [which I got on a NSF grant, and which later got stolen], and an Astroscan. Quite dark skies available w/in a few miles, and actually decent ones from our former back yard in the ’60s-’80s. Box elders along the N and S fencelines eventually made the back yard hopeless, and skies here at The Meadows are terrible, / yard lights and Sanford Health Bemidji just N of “Salisbury Plain.” Eyesight has not improved any, so am pretty much armchair now, except for the occasional bright comet and checking out Algol [beta Persei].


  42. Well, let Ghost go anywhere and leave me to my own devices and I overdo it immediately. I woke up to smell of a pan scorching on stove at 5 a.m. that I forgot to turn off. Didn’t catch on fire ut definitely shrunk the roast!

    Headed back to bed to discover my left side was soaked though leggings and tee shirt. My drains are removed but drain holes are open! So, three additional dressings and three tee shirts later, I fell asleep again.

    Today is either stay quiet and rest day or go to Tulsa to see surgeon day. Sending a photo of side, drains and whatever.

  43. Posed this question to my FB friends but would be interested in hearing your experiences too:
    It seems that every time we have to contact a company for tech or other support we have the same issue. We can easily hear and understand the initial recorded menu (language, department, etc.), but as soon as we are connected to an actual person the sound quality goes downhill – volume too low, fuzzy, cuts in and out. In the most recent case the person’s accent wasn’t really an issue, even though it was obvious that they weren’t from around here. Is it just us and/or our phone?

  44. I am going through my clothes eliminating all that do not open all way or have low cut necks. This is relevant because I will continue to need to not extend arms while reconstructing both breasts which apparently may be finished by December 2018?

    It is also relevant for chemotherapy and access to my port on chest to make it easier to do cancer treatments.

    I told Ghost tonight that while buying all these sweaters, blouses and dresses, I had him in mind, not how easy it would be for doctors to get in to my chest.

  45. I like live music and go to concerts whenever possible.

    For the past two Sundays, I have been able to attend Mountain Stage, a program that is recorded live and then broadcast weekly on many NPR stations.

    I have attended five sessions so far, and each one has featured an eclectic collection of five artists and groups.

    Always incredible evenings.

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