Chance of Rain, 50%

The Return of an Undead Building

I felt personally touched by the passing of Jack Davis Wednesday, and I wanted to share it with you. I should mention that another great cartoonist passed away that same day, Richard Thompson. He did not enjoy the longevity of Jack Davis. Richard was only 58 when he died of Parkinson’s disease. But like Jack, Richard was a highly regarded cartoonist’s cartoonist, and he is best remembered for his comic strip “Cul de Sac” and his weekly comic “Richard’s Poor Almanac” in The Washington Post. It was a tough week for the profession.
The Kickstarter campaign raps up next week. It seems to me as if it’s been going on forever, and it probably seems that way to you. Actually, the 21-day campaign is short. Most are 30 days, and they can run to 60 days. We’ll talk next week about how and when we’re going to distribute all those rewards. Thanks, again, to everyone!

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75 responses to “Chance of Rain, 50%”

  1. Jackie it has been so dry here in Central NY that I am at this point just keeping my plants alive. I didn’t get a strawberry crop at all but so far have managed to keep them alive. There is always next year…..

  2. Just bought two truck loads of 75% off shrubs and crepe Myrtle trees from Walmart garden center. We are trying to keep the earlier plantings alive here, those that got planted. We decided prior minions must have thrown bulbs in trash, even my cats and dogs can plant bulbs with SOME germination!

  3. Gardeners are always optimistic. We could not garden were we not. A pessimist would not plant a seed!

    And why does it take three weeks to unpack a suitcase that took three days to pack? And how does anyone pack a suitcase in three hours or even thirty minutes?

    Or in some people’s case, three minutes?

  4. Jimmy, we could all assist with your distribution problem and possibly provide further help with the parsonage project. Just designate a weekend this fall as “Habitat for Parsonage Weekend.” Everyone could drop by, pick up their reward, and contribute some labor while they are in town.

  5. No kidding, Sand, I think that is a superb idea. I own a hard hat and can bring tools too! Seriously. I have spent my entire life remodeling something.

    Next time I am in Alabama I intend to go to church there and at least see the parsonage. I mean fifty years isn’t too late to hear my second Unitarian sermon is it? The first my prof delivered in class, John Dunne and the Flea, same one he’d done in church. I enjoyed it since it seems to be only thing I retained from his class.

  6. I was disheartened when Richard had to discontinue Cul de Sac a couple of years ago because of his losing battle with Parkinson’s disease. I still read the reruns on gocomics every day. His contributions made my world a better place and, I’m sure, for many others as well.

  7. Jackie, to pack a suitcase in a short time, you have to think about it ahead of time. Then lay everything out on a flat surface, probably a bed. Start folding or rolling, depending on your preference. And as you get it folded, put it in the suitcase. Rearrange as necessary as you go. Then when you have it packed, shut it and test the weight. If it’s too heavy for you, use another case and divide the load.

    After that, when you unpack at your destination you will find out that you always forgot to bring something. Just try to be sure it’s something that you can buy where you’re going!

  8. Since emb mentioned it, here’s my grammar tip:

    Use “Sam and I” where you would use “we” in a sentence.
    Use “Sam and me” where you would use “us”.

    The exception is in dialogue. Make your characters sound like real, grammatically-careless people if that’s who they are.

  9. My friend Lezlie carried two weeks of clothes in a small duffle. I am still unpacking what I didn’t wear, having already washed what I wore. It occurs to me that there are some like Ghost who might like to know Lezlie blogged about our road trip and some I f our fun, like building boats together, on line and not on Facebook. Her blog has a lot of readers, it is called Leslie’s Worlds and Mark knows address.

    She and I decided we like the Lucy and Ethel comparison. “Ethel, don’t look down!”

    Thelma and Louise we weren’t but maybe the Banger Sisters?

  10. My new ambition is to one day be a “people prop”, one of those standing in the background as someone gives a major political speech.

    Of course, I remember seeing video of two guys filling two of those slots a couple of months ago, and no one realized until later they were wearing t-shirts that read something like “Settle for Hillary”.

  11. From “Next” posts: TruckerRon 29 Jul 2016 11:37 am #

    Since emb mentioned it, here’s my grammar tip:

    Use “Sam and I” where you would use “we” in a sentence.
    Use “Sam and me” where you would use “us”.

    emb on 29 Jul 2016 at 1:33 pm # Trucker: Nice lesson. Peace,

  12. Jackie, I had no problem finding Lezlie’s World on-line. I see that she accepts comments, so perhaps I’ll give her a shout…if I can just get over this darned shyness that cripples my attempts at establishing interpersonal relationships.

    Actually, I had been there once before, when your road trip was underway and there was a link to the nude statute she thought looked just like her. It’s not often I get aquatinted with someone already knowing what she looks like naked…or at least, what she thinks she looks like naked. 🙂

  13. Playing the role of “grammar police”: Ghost, exactly how does one get “aquatinted” with another person? Or, do you use a Hal relative?

    JJ, the campaign may “wrap up”, but I doubt that it can “rap up”.

    Otherwise, gastro-doc has confirmed that my swallowed dental spacer is no longer in me. I seem to have escaped any intestinal punctures.

  14. Jackie – about packing: I agree with Mark on the thinking ahead, but along with that it just takes practice. During Bob’s parents’ last years, we were on the road to Georgia every other month or so. I definitely developed a routine for what to take and where it went in the luggage. That came in handy the day we got the call that my brother’s time was short – I was home from work, packed, and ready to go in about an hour!

  15. Travel packing tips from our household.
    Pack light.
    Pack mix and match.
    Use hotel laundering service to reduce total weight.
    Loon uses a roller bag that fits overhead bins and one LARGE handbag. My preference is a mid sized duffle with shoulder strap and a backpack; by putting on the pack first, then cross slinging the duffle, I am hands free. After a sixteen day trip to China, carrying these two bags, the airline weigh in was 30lbs total.

  16. On packing – I can pack for a week in about ten minutes, provided all my laundry is caught up. 🙂 My trick is to keep a medium-sized make-up bag, stocked with essential toiletries and grooming utensils, all ready to go in my favorite travel bag, along with a complete set of emergency undergarments. If I haven’t traveled overnight somewhere in a while, I will pull the travel toothpaste, contact solution, and ibuprophen and use it up before it expires. The next trick is to pick a clothing color and coordinate around it. My week in Illinois, I wore brown for my base, and went from low 50s to 80s and never struggled for clothing options. I will admit, I am lucky enough not to have to worry about prescription medications, and boring enough not to bother with cosmetics, those would also be expiration-dependent items.

  17. I have used two things from this company. One is a theft resistant fanny pack and the other is a bag strap. The strap lets you fasten a smaller bag on top of a larger roller so you only need one hand to manage both. Both items are well-designed and easy to use.

  18. Mark, that sciplus place is very fascinating; I’ve visited their suburban store several times and almost always left with something I never knew I needed or wanted. As it has been some years now, maybe it is time to make another journey to their portal.

  19. PS: Go for their printed catalogues. Past ones have been compendious and written with considerable humor as well. The reading gives you more time to consider the unexpected items they often have.

  20. May have to spend more time on the Travelon site – and try to spend only time! I did see something that reminded me of a question I’ve had about going through customs with medication. It’s my understanding that the rule is that medications should be in their properly labelled, as dispensed, containers. For those of us whose drug coverage requires/recommends getting 90-day supplies of regular medications this would mean carrying large bottles, even if only a few days’ supply would be needed for the visit. Any of you have experience with this?

    I just came across an interesting website that asks lots of questions about where you stand on a wide variety of issues and then lets you know which candidate most closely matches your beliefs. Some of the questions and possible answers were thought-provoking.

  21. Ruth Anne that is what I was told on script too and I have carried mine like that for 20 years at my doctors request. I use a makeup bag for that purpose. But it is just not out of country travel but all travel they recommend carrying original bottles.

    One thing I learned was my pharmacy could put 30 in one bottle and 60 in another or 3 bottles of 30. Or they could put in flat cardboard or push out packs making them take up less space.

  22. Post script, despite 20 years of prescriptions and often sitting in at my request with my doctors, my late husband could not have told you the name of a single drug I took , a diagnosis nor a physicians name should a bus have run over me on a trip. It didn’t interest him, not that he was stupid. So solution was hand over the bag in emergency room.

    Works for me too since I have several specialists and they check up on me and each other.

  23. Carrying them in the original bottles with the prescription labels is especially important if they are controlled substances. That is your best defense if questioned by law enforcement because it proves you have the need for those items and the means of verifying that.

  24. I stopped too soon. Most pharmacies give you print-outs listing the medicines when you refill prescriptions. Save those, mark out SSN# if present, and take them with you when seeing new Doctors. It will save you a lot of time when filling out those medical history forms they all use.

  25. I will count how many meds I currently take which is much reduced. But at height of my assorted sordid illnesses I took 29 maintenance drugs from 12 or so specialists. I no longer have that many specialists nor do I take that many drugs.

    Maintenance is a euphemism for take for rest of your life and we are giving you these to combat what the other one is doing to you that other doctor prescribed.

    I made a determined effort to reduce quantity and have. That effort continues. But you want to carry them around just in case. Doing so has saved me from several medical mishaps.

  26. We carry complete medication list on our phones. All our meds are carried in the under seat bags. All our prescriptions are with a major chain, making out of town refills easier.

  27. Sand speaks truth keep ALL your prescriptions at one pharmacy and make sure they are nationwide and frequent. Learn their refill transfer policies. If you have a controlled substance make sure you don’t run out, it can’t be refilled.

  28. Jackie, you’re one of the few people I know who gulp down more pills per day than I do. Currently, I’m down to 13 oral prescriptions and a total of 23 pills per day, none of them for side effects or interactions. Add to that my insulin kit with both a long-acting and a mealtime insulin, my test kit and sharp’s container, and you’ll see why I refer to my traveling pharmacy. (All of that goes into one padded picnic bag when I’m on the road.)

    I can put all of my clothing, toiletries and other stuff in a backpack with a handle and wheels, and my laptop goes into a second backpack, partially because it doesn’t look as tempting to a thief as a laptop case would, and those three pieces are all I need for a weekend at a convention. If I had to fly, I’d get something big enough to put both my clothing and meds in if I were limited to one checked and one carryon. If I could have two carryons, the meds would go in the overhead and the laptop under the seat.

  29. Another way to make sure any ER has access to your list of meds: register with Medic Alert, wear a bracelet or necklace and keep your info there current. This has probably saved my life on the four occasions that I woke up in an ER after a low blood sugar incident.

  30. Excellent suggestions all. I don’t check medications. I carry up to date lists and prescription numbers. Walmart became my pharmacy of choice because they are indeed everyehete.

  31. Ok, 18 different ones but that includes insulin and OTC like baby aspirin and allergy meds. Total of 22 individual pills to swallow but that includes OTC and insulin injections.

    That is down from 29 different ones, many of which were multi times per day and many of which seemed to be necessitated by a side effect of another.

    And all are now lower dosage period, many are better replacements for prior ones. The ones that were literally liable to kill me are mainly gone. And the problems are controlled.

  32. We have a governor that has a well-known and illegal connection with healthcare. My wife and I are both retired state employees and we have to get our meds where and how the honorable governor says. As to how we carry our meds we just put it in our check-in luggage and never had a problem. The pill that I have to take every two hours is in a little pill box in my pocket. As to proof that the pills in my pocket are needed, no one has ever asked me, but I have various cards and lists of meds in my wallet. BTW, you’re brave to put your phone # out there. I’ve been getting calls from Washington D.C. all week, but I don’t answer. They can get by without my advice.

  33. Yep, cxp, speelchek/auto-correct (and being in a rush) did me in with “aquatinted”. I didn’t even know that’s a word. Is it?

    Ref Gene’s comment about cooks in today’s cartoon, if you watch an episode or two of “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives” on the Food Network, and observe the multiple large-coverage tatts, multiple piercings, man buns, weird beards, and gangsta caps back in the kitchens, you’ll understand it.

  34. Lady Mindy, sounds like you have a “Go Bag”. So do I, although mine is a little heavier on hardware and lighter on sundries. 🙂

    Ref traveling with prescriptions meds, I have found that nursing homes require them to be in blister packs, and that pharmacies have the capability of doing that. Might ask if yours if they will do that for you and if they would be more handy that way for traveling than in bottles.

  35. I have to order Rheta’s books. God, that was funny. And clever. Move over Pat Conroy and Rick Bragg, let a woman go through!

    Loved it. What will she say on Hillary I wonder? Someone post that one please?

  36. Jerry, I would never check anything like meds or other items are not easily replaced. Last year we had a checked bag pulled at some point between check in and the aircraft. For over 24 hours this bag was officially missing, no record beyond check in, until the airline contacted us that it had been located and was being routed to Houston. The next day, almost 48 hours, it was returned to us. Inside was a notice that the bag had been inspected by TSA in Toronto. The flight was a direct Memphis to Houston.

  37. One thing I don’t miss now that my mom is in nursing care is sitting down on Saturday afternoons and filling four medicine trays from about two dozen Rx and OTC drug bottles for the coming week.

  38. I’ve +/- sworn off long time/long distance travel, partly because they’ve made it a pain in the butt. Now I have several more reasons. Thanks, and peace.

  39. Sand, god point and I have no answer. On another matter I suppose that one could be tinted aqua, but personally I wouldn’t care for it. Finally, I hear almost daily of someone dying from Parkinsons. I don’t mention it that much because I don’t need or wish for sympathy and it certainly is not something to brag about. Having said that, I have said for years that I am the luckiest person that I have ever known. I won’t go into all of the things that I’ve done wrong, but odds would have me miserable, broke and then dead by now. I suppose I qualify as “well off” although I would say that our home is nice but not a mansion. One of our cars is a DTS, but it’s a 2007 and we will continue to drive it because we like it. I was diagnosed in both prostate cancer and Parkinsons in 2007.

  40. Jerry you are certainly doing well to have the mobility and function that you do. Parkinson’s is a dreadful disease. I have many acquintances who are suffering. I feel sorrow for all of you. Cancer took my handsome, athletic and vibrant husband and he went fast. It was too far when found.

    Yes, you are lucky, as am I. God spares some of us for inexplicable reasons when we should have died many times over. I have never understood but always assumed there was a purpose in my life, something I had to do, even though I might not know what was required.

    One does not have to be a saint or live a blameless life. Were that true there would be far fewer heroes, martyrs and even saints.

    So keep on truckin’, there’s something in you worth saving obviously.

  41. That wasn’t the end, but mbh “needed to use the computer for a minute”. Anyway, the cancer, and only the cancer is gone and I’m not much worse than I was when first diagnosed with PD, other than CRS and poor typing. The point was, for whatever reason, I’m doing everything wrong and doing great so it’s dumb luck I guess.

  42. Trucker & emb

    The “Me and him” or Me & Joe” that is so prevalent on TV by people
    that should know better. Sets my teeth on edge (c x-p now you have them
    I bet it does your too).
    There is one person that uses it continuously but he is from Iowa so what do you expect.
    (It is a MN/IA thing)

    Few years back – well couple of decades – MBH and I traveled Scandinavia for 3 weeks with
    just carry on and her large bag (no computers)( Finns had the cell phones. -Odd at the time
    to see people talking to themselves)
    Turned underwear inside out and washed in bathroom sink.
    (Friend went to 1 country 10 days and took 7 bags – obviously before limits)

  43. GM Debbe

    Final Jeopardy question was about a Weird Al Jankovic song-
    “I knew a guy
    That knew a guy,
    That knew a guy,
    That knew a guy,
    That knew a guy,
    That knew a guy,
    That knew Kevin Bacon

    That is 6 degrees of separation

    exb & I have only 2 degrees of separation – My brother had him as a prof.


  44. About 15 YA met a volunteer at an Information Booth at Dartmouth College
    (A retired Professor) His best man came from Bemidji so there is possibility
    of another 3 degree connection.

  45. OB, another thing which gets me when I hear/read it: “It costs 3 times less than the other.” Were that to be so, it’d mean the seller not only handed you the product, but also gave you twice the purchase price as a gift! Using numbers, if the other cost, say, $2., the object of interest would cost $2. – 3x$2. = -$4. Thus, the store would give the product and also $4. to the buyer. Such a deal….
    What the person/ad probably meant was that the item of interest costs 1/3 as much as the other thing. In that case, either you’d get three items for the $2. or pay a slightly rounded 67cents each.
    Clearly this applies not only to the number 3, but any other number and to any cost of the other thing.

    Similarly, a temperature cannot be “3 times as cold as something else”. Judging heat concentration from temperatures, we must use the Absolute or Kelvin scale. The lowest reading thereon conceivable [not obtainable] is 0 degrees. What the statement probably meant was that the temperature reading was 1/3 of the temperature reading of that something else; that the object of interest had only 1/3 of the energy concentration of the something else. Otherwise, we’d be getting negative readings which don’t exist.
    I suppose that, using Fahrenheit or Centigrade, we would not mind negative readings, but then those readings would not be reflecting the heat energy concentrations validly.

    Attached to the above is the idea that “heat” refers to a kind of energy and also to an amount of energy, while temperature is a measure of the concentration of heat energy; temperature is not an amount of energy.

    In other fields of human endeavor, the Welsh term for “a dress” is “ffrog”. No doubt some of you are thrilled to learn that! Yes, the spelling is correct.

    I take 16 or 17 pills per day, including prescriptions and OTC.

    Tonight’s pepperoni/mushroom pizza was SO satisfying that I am surprised any is left over!

  46. Good Caturday Morning Villagers….

    Mindy, you got that right…good ‘corny’ joke 🙂

    Paydays don’t last long enough.

    GM Old Bear!!! Now I think I understand the ‘6 degrees of separation’ thing,,,thanks.

    When I pack, I roll my clothes….I don’t like wrinkles.

    gotta go…..

  47. Lucky you Debbe. You get to sleep until noon every day. I hope that you guys knew what I was talking about last night because I’m not sure that I do. I tend to get too wordy late at night. Sometimes I keep mbh awake if I start talking. Elvis will leave the room in disgust if I don’t shut up.

  48. Strange how a human chooses music to communicate anonymously. And does it well. The first song sent was “Talking Woman Blues” or “You Talk Too Much”

  49. I find myself muttering “him!” a lot lately, especially during sports broadcasts but sometimes during the news. Apparently a lot of folks were absent the day they should have learned about using pronouns as objects, as in “I’m not talking to John and he.”

    Not sure if this video will work here but I hope it does. Clever, original, and a welcome change from politics overload.

  50. curmudgeonly ex-professor: Our local news, traffic, whatever radio station is math-challenged. They advertise themselves as having “three times more eyes on the road” because they have 3 reporters talking about the traffic. As I understand math and English, unless there are some one-eyed reporters in the population of traffic reporters they ought to be saying “three times the eyes on the road.”

  51. Joke for today!

    A blonde lady motorist was about two hours from San Diego when she was flagged down by a man whose truck had broken down……

    The man walked up to the car and asked, “Are you going to San Diego?”

    “Sure,” answered the blonde, “do you need a lift?”

    “Not for me. I’ll be spending the next three hours fixing my truck. My problem is I’ve got two chimpanzees in the back that have to be taken to the San Diego Zoo. They’re a bit stressed already so I don’t want to keep them on the road all day. Could you possibly take them to the zoo for me? I’ll give you $100 for your trouble.”

    “I’d be happy to,” said the blonde.

    So the two chimpanzees were ushered into the back seat of the blonde’s car and carefully strapped into their seat belts, and off they went.

    Five hours later, the truck driver was driving through the heart of San Diego when suddenly he was horrified! There was the blonde walking down the street, holding hands with the two chimps, much to the amusement of a big crowd.

    With a screech of brakes he pulled off the road and ran over to the blonde.

    “What are you doing here?” he demanded, “I gave you $100 to take these chimpanzees to the zoo!”

    “Yes, I know you did,” said the blonde. “But we had money left over so now we’re going to Sea World.”

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