Code Green

June 8, 2003


This old Sunday A&J probably is more relevant now than ever. If you don’t understand it, don’t worry: someone will explain it. That’s the great thing about commenters! The joke, such as it is, does range toward the “obscure” end of the scale, but that was deliberate in this case. As a good cartoonist should, I try to make my humor understandable to the optimum number of readers (I heard that; I’m serious!). I’m never sure what that number is, but no one can produce an indecipherable comic every day and expect to be appreciated, though some have tried. However, now and then I think it’s fun to challenge you, the reader, just a little bit.


46 thoughts on “Code Green”

  1. Having been in the Coast Guard for 27 years, I immediately got it. Actually was puzzled – at first – why J thought this was obscure humor….

  2. Even before Boy Scouts, I had a set of walkie-talkies that had a printed placard on the back. Even though I never licensed as a ham radio operator I remember the (small) uproar when the licensing requirements changed to “no code” requirement.

    • Hey, I was a no-code in the first month. Then passed all the written tests. Then passed my 5wpm. Later re took the General test when the speed was dropped. Never re-took my Extra exam.

        • Steve, from what I remember, the true users of Morse were all about the sound. I was never proficient, but I bet you would have easily identified it if there had been a di-di-dit dah-dah-dah di-di-dit audio with the cartoon. 🙂

          • Absolutely. I learned the code in the 60’s and passed the 5 WPM. Thirty years later, my Dad finally got his Extra (20 WPM and exam) and our agreement was that I would get my general (13 WPM) I forgot about it and a week before the exam I did a crash course and passed the test.

            I might have just mentioned this here at A&J the other day, so I apologize if I am being repetitive.

  3. I love it when you have to ponder the strip for a moment, as this one did. Nobody thought to insert music as a clue? As in, the 1970’s supergroup ABBA and their song catalogue.

    • ABBA was one group whose music [with some great bass tones] I truly enjoyed. I recall hearing of them only in 1980, buying a record by mail, and almost wearing it out. Bought a tape or two later on and did wear them out to the extent of their physical breakages! Repairing a tape with cellophane sticky tape does not work well, it developed. Had/Have a disc of the group currently, but no machinery upon which to play same – unless I do so on this laptop, in which case I cannot be reading JJ’s efforts.
      As for this strip, I found it a “gimme” although I have zero scouting, radio, or military experience.

  4. Among fans of fancy/expensive flashlights, there is a tempest (“in a teapot”/”nontrivial”) about a common built-in function to automatically send certain signal, which flishlights usually implement as letter-space-letter-space-letter. I was pleased that Jimmy depicted it here correctly, without the spaces. I am aspie, so I align with the “should be correct” faction. I am logical, so I align with the “anyone who would understand the meaning without spaces, would understand the meaning with spaces” faction. Sic transit blinkity blinkity.

  5. I just checked in. I had an appt to go to renew my notary public commission before month end so I actually had to get up and drive 40 miles round trip. (Yea). I even left the house before this was posted – like I did when I was working.

  6. ____me if you can, I’m feeling down
    And I do appreciate you being ’round
    ____me get my feet back on the ground
    Won’t you please, please ____me?

  7. I understand the price of a barrel of oil actually went into negative numbers a few days ago. I was wondering when gas stations would start paying us to take gasoline off their hands. 🙂 But it didn’t last. The oil market, as they say, “settled down” after a couple of days, and oil prices went back up above zero.

    Local area prices range from $1.19 to $1.66 per gallon according to my GasBuddy app. But not far north of here, the app shows gas going for $1.25, and just south of here at $1.04.

  8. Another former Coast Guardsman who had to learn Morse for basic training, and Morse in flashing light to sit for a Merchant Marine license. The flashing light was harder because you couldn’t afford to look down as you were writing the message. 🙂

  9. My favorite headline of the day: “A Hoarder Tried to Return 4,800 Rolls of Toilet Paper, the Supermarket Director Gave Him the Finger”. (He also had 150 one-liter bottles of hand sanitizer he was trying to return.) Happened in Australia. Aussies tend to be rather blunt at times. Think Crocodile Dundee.

  10. Hey, sandcastler™.
    Yes, there are many, but just as vital, other reasons for frequent handwashing beside the Rona. Many diseases are transmitted by birds and/or their droppings. One of them is histoplasmosis, a lung infection, about which I’m more than a little familiar…I was diagnosed with it in my early teens. Even though it’s potentially fatal, I’ve had no aftereffects from it, unless one assumes it decreases my odds of surviving COVID-19. But I figure having reached “senior” age status probably is more significant than that. 🙂

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