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Of course, in the turbulent corporate seas of today, Arlo and most of his shipmates would have been thrown overboard long ago to lighten the payload, and the ship would be crewed by foreign nationals who are willing to subsist on hardtack and won’t sue when they’re flogged. Actually, this sort of thing was happening to merchant mariners long before the rest of us ever saw it coming. Well, no one literally was thrown overboard that I’m aware. Anyway, that’s the good thing about a cartoon job.

147 responses to “Daysailing”

  1. The one good thing about meetings…they don’t usually involve having to do any real work.

    Don’t know from boats, but in an airplane, the pilot has to coordinate rudder movement (around the yaw axis) with wheel or stick movement (around the roll axis) to turn efficiently. Oh, and use elevator movement (around the pitch axis) to control nose attitude. But at least we don’t have to fiddle around with sails. 🙂

  2. The president of the company makes me sit in meetings about stuff that I have nothing to do with, hope it’s not a problem some day if he comes around saying, “hey, what is it you do here?” he may find out I have usually 2-3 hours a day of work max, well, I’m close enough to retirement, I could handle getting scaled back to part time or something

  3. Rusty: I always did have trouble with left and right. I get in trouble at dances when the caller calls for a left-hand star or allemande-right. That’s why they’ll never put he at the helm of a ship.

  4. Phil, recruits in basic training are also left-right challenged. It’s still amazing how quickly they learn their “military left” from their “military right.”

  5. 🙂

    Phil, I had a computer instructor in college (FORTRAN class – that dates me LOL) who we observed holding his hands out vertically, thimbs touching, making kind of an “H” or goalpost shape…he explained he had trouble with left &right sometimes, and if he did that, his left hand would look like an “L”. Always remembered that! 🙂


  6. To be over the age of 50 and work for a corporation is to walk around all day conscious that there is a bullseye on your back. Come October I will have been out of that milieu for nine years. Somebody asked me the other day if I “missed it”. I must have looked at the person like he had lobsters coming out of his ears because he quickly added, “I guess not”. He was right.

  7. Good plan, Lily.

    On a previous job, the boss would meet with senior staff once a week, said meeting scheduled for one hour. But I had discovered that it was easy to get her to, as we said in high school, “chase rabbits”, so if I were not really pressed for anything to do, I could ask a few key questions and maneuver her into taking up the entire morning for the meeting.

    It was a little better than talking client service calls or making cold calls.

    John, on the bright side, if your president doesn’t know what you do, he probably also won’t know which VP or manager to tell to fire you. 🙂

  8. Rusty, if you learned Fortran, you and I are of an age, because I did also…Fortran II. Holding up both hands to see which makes an ‘L’ probably wouldn’t go over so well in a contra dance. I’ve thought about taking a marking pencil and marking my hands.

  9. I seem to recall that the helm-order convention changed at some point in history. So it may depend on what year Arlo is daydreaming about.

    Jackie can tell us, if she’s finished doing laundry. 🙂

  10. And Lily can tell us about marking patients’ limbs prior to surgery. Someone you definitely do not want to get confused about right and left is a surgeon.

  11. You may have something there GR6, I seem to remember that “starboard” came from the Viking long ship “Steer board” side of the ship that the rudder was hung. All the Viking movies and TV shows I have seen have the “Steer board” on the Port side;)

  12. Beloved sea captain finally retired. For decades, every morning, he had opened the ship’s safe and read from a small slip of paper. The day after his retirement, his successor, former first mate, opened the safe to see what words of wisdom had inspired him all those years. “Port is left, starboard is right.”

  13. Those of us challenged by Port-Starboard have jackets with red/green sleeves or suspenders on our pants or foul weather gear that are red/green and often marked “Port-Starboard”, I had such a tee shirt too.

    And Port=Left and Starboard=Right, the shortest words and longest words match. And “Red on the right returning” if I am remembering my marker buoy for shipping channels right.

    The sea cock in my brain has drained most of this knowledge out!

    Schooners have wheels at the back of the aft cockpit (rear) like Jimmy’s did, not in front with someone standing behind them like in movies. A sloop or similar boat may have a wheel or a tiller or even be sailed with lines/rope instead of a tiller. To further confuse things there are some boats (we owned one) where you shove tiller in the totally opposite direction than you would a “normal” sloop rig.

    So the direction you steer might be counter intuitive to what you’d think. I bet Rusty knows all this better than I do!

    And I sure as heck can NEVER remember even basic racing “round the buoy” rules! My philosophy of life is the bigger boat rules, so I give way to anyone that can run me down!

    I will see if I can link my “boat speak” humor email I got yesterday.

    Love, Jackie Monies (still doing laundry!)

  14. I neglected to say that all those memory reminders do absolutely no good when the boat is on a lee shore and you’re being blown into rocks. I just get hysterical.

    Love, Jackie Monies

  15. and the ship would be crewed by foreign nationals ………….
    When I first read that I added an s to crewed and that is what happens when jobs go over seas.

  16. As Jimmy Buffett says, “Mother, Mother Ocean, after all these years I’ve found, occupational hazard is my occupation’s just not around.”

    From memory! Reason so many of us had to keep changing and re-inventing ourselves to keep employed and earn money.

    Love, Jackie Monie

  17. Sure hope I can get this link posted right, it is funny and explains a lot of the joke behind today’s retro strip. Which I think is hilarious, by the way.

    If this doesn’t get you there, Glen-L is a boat building company and it is filed under humor category. We sailors and builders laugh at ourselves a lot.

    This was sent to me by my chicken farmer friend in Louisiana who builds boats and has a mahogany and other fine woods retro power boat that my husband referred to as “like steering a grand piano” down the lake. So back to Chippendale furniture! It is that beautiful and so is he. In his 70’s he and wife adopted a daughter as an infant who is now a tween and I consider him a saint on the earth.

    Love, Jackie Monies

  18. Jackie, I know a “boatie-person” that wears red tape around his right “Top-Sider,” and green around the left. Even I know that green is for right, red is for left (learned when making airplane models).

  19. This is for Ghost and anyone interested in facial hair on men, no women. I have to confess I loved Sean Connery but don’t care much for these guys! Too hairy,

    I would link the other article but I have learned not to do that!

    Putting a pork roast on in oven and going for that nap!

    Love, Jackie Monies

  20. Posted this at the end of yesterday’s posts by mistake:

    emb 24 Jul 2014 6:22 pm # xx

    Speaking of giving out phone #s: Daughter was in NYC on business decades ago, and told me she was in a hotel across the street from new [ugh] Penn. station. I told her the number on her room’s phone was 736-5000. She was amazed.
    Lily, Ghost: re staff mtgs: ’90s [?] A&J cartoon, Arlo and male colleague and new black employee, female: Arlo asks her, how many ceiling tiles in the conf. rm. ’36’ [or some such]. Arlo: ‘She’s one of us.’

  21. Posted this at the end of yesterday’s posts by mistake:

    emb 24 Jul 2014 6:22 pm # xx

    Speaking of giving out phone #s: Daughter was in NYC on business decades ago, and told me she was in a hotel across the street from new [ugh] Penn. station. I told her the number on her room’s phone was 736-5000. She was amazed.

    Lily, Ghost: re staff mtgs: ’90s [?] A&J cartoon, Arlo and male colleague and new black employee, female: Arlo asks her, how many ceiling tiles in the conf. rm. ’36’ [or some such]. Arlo: ‘She’s one of us.’

  22. No, Ghost is NOT into hairy men! I meant about the extreme beards and how ugly most of them are/were. The Sean Connery well trimmed look is sexy, the rest are weird!

    I have a friend at Texas A and M who has beautiful handlebar mustache which he keeps impeccable. He is so famous for it that there are cartoon drawings of him with nothing more than the mustache and he is recognizable to many of us in the industry. Professor at university.

    Anyway, he and I once taught a Christmas design class together in my showroom and he ended up at the end of two weeks of this frivolity with glitter all in the mustache, his ears, his bald head and gained 5# from my cooking I fed him and class.

    Love, Jackie Monies

  23. Oh, and Jackie: Lady Astor once told Winston Churchill “Winston, I like neither your politics nor your mustache.”
    “That’s all right, Nancy, you are unlikely to come into contact with either.” 😀

  24. I am emphatically against children and/or teens attempting to set world records in airplanes or yachts while sailing/flying around the world. I think their parents are insane and should be prosecuted. But I feel same way about reality shows, children in beauty contests and similar insanity.

    One of my favorite soap boxes. Unfortunately I get to stand on it far too often.

    Love, Jackie Monies

  25. I was never really scared on a large jet, but when I had to fly on a commuter plane that was an oversized Cessna I got more than a little worried.

    Looking forward to September. Going to take a cross-country trip on Amtrak. That has been on my bucket list for ages, managed to get a coach ticket for $144 from Chicago to LA during a special. I have flown from Alabama to California and back, but never managed to ride the train. Have to fly to Chicago to catch it, but Southwest was cheap too. Haven’t flown since before 9/11, but last flight was Southwest and it was great.

  26. I got an invite to take the Amtrak to San Antonio, but none of my household would go so I declined. It would have been interesting. The Man In My Life has some great stories about taking one of the last Texas Chiefs from Ft. Worth to New Orleans in 1967. I wish I could have gone along with him. 🙁 I think I was born thirty years too late

  27. You know, I am not sure if I have flown since 9/11? We used to hop on Southwest like it was a bus and I went everywhere constantly because I did florist shows and shipped everything on Southwest cheap! Cheap! Cheap! And there was always another flight if you missed one usually.

    But I was on one flight I think Aeromexico where the pilot aborted so many times everyone was silently praying. Finally got down and someone in back said, “You all thought we were all going to die too, didn’t you?”

    Plane broke into applause.

    Love, Jackie Monies

  28. Used to ride the Pennsy back in the 1950’s because you couldn’t fly, Allegheny Airlines was always iced in. Think they flew DC-3’s then? The Pennsy was pretty nice with club cars, dining rooms, lounges, lots of upscale touches in those days. I remember they chained the silver sugar bowls to the walls in dining room to save them but I think I swiped an ash tray.

    I was pretty, dressed well and never looked my age, so I always rode in the “good cars” and talked to businessmen who seemed to have limitless expense accounts. Then you got to Grand Central and told them goodbye.

    Love, Jackie Monies

  29. Hey! I’ve got thousands of hours in Cessna aircraft, many of which had only one engine (when I took off, not just when I landed), and I survived every one of them. I even had a flight student who was a Cessna, which I thought was kind of cool.

    I’ve already expressed my opinion of parents unnecessarily endangering their children, one obvious not shared by everyone here, so I’ll not repeat myself.

    Lily, you wouldn’t have been afraid to fly with me. You’d have felt as safe as if you were in the arms of an angel.

  30. Well, this one is called the Southwest Chief. Goes from Chicago to Los Angeles by way of Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, New Mexico and Arizona. By the time I get there, I will definitely have seen parts of the USA I have only flown over before.
    Wish I could have gotten a sleeper, but it was priced out of reach. But according to the postings online from people who ride the trains, the coach seats are nearly as good as your recliner at home. And I can sleep in one of those!

  31. Mark, you will love trains. It is a shame that they are not priced affordably now. I have wanted to take my family and grandkids on a train cross country trip to get out of driving minivans thousands of miles. The last train trip I made was taking my kids from Houston to New Orleans and back and that was a long, long time ago.

    I really want to go through Canada by train and that is really expensive.

    Love, Jackie Monies (who didn’t get her nap and dryer quit on me)

  32. I like flying, commercial or private. My brother is a pilot and I really enjoy being up there with him. He had a tail-dragger (I forget the details)…then he and some buddies got a Cherokee 6, which fit his family of 6 much better. Just before he was posted to Kabul, he finished building a Sopwith Tabloid. It is one of the kits offered by Aerodrome Airplanes. Oh! Let’s see if I can get the link to post, they use his plane and Robert in a video:

    Well I goofed somewhere but it is a beautiful plane. He still has some detailing on his to-do list. He has neat ideas about what to do in civilian life but so far the military keeps him busy.

    Sorry, not on topic really, but flying comments made me think of him and we’re really proud of him. Thanks for letting me ramble!

  33. Thank you Jackie. I can’t say they aren’t priced affordably. $144 from Chicago to LA is probably cheaper than most airlines. Like Southwest, you can check 2 bags per person. If you do get a sleeper, the meals in the dining car are included in the price. But they adopted the airlines pricing policy that the closer you are to departure, the higher the fare. Someone asked me why not just fly and have more time at the destination? I told them that the train trip was part of the vacation, like taking a cruise ship. I’ve ridden passenger trains in Asia, but none in the US, except for one short (50 mile) trip here in Alabama.

    Good night all. Have a great weekend after your work is over tomorrow!

  34. Gracious, Ghost, I had completely forgotten about Texas’ famous Tree Top Airlines! Of course, I flew them. Actually we all did I guess. Just not enough did, I suppose.

    And you probably flew me on some of those flights, I am guessing.

    Love, Jackie Monies

  35. Mark, I consider that a capital rate, as the Brits would say. It is less than I usually end up paying per day for gas and a day’s worth of gas won’t get you far toward California.

    I hope you really see some fabulous scenery. The only time I ever rode the train to California I was a child in the 1940’s and my mom keeps telling me and being annoyed I don’t remember it.
    Sunset Limited on the southern route.

    Love, Jackie Monies

  36. Good morning Villagers…

    Planes, trains, and automobile…..first thing I thought of was that old movie with Steve Martin and John Candy, been awhile since I’ve seen it, but the funniest scene was when the car caught on fire on the wrong side of the road….anyway…

    Jackie, that is on my bucket list….a train ride across Canada…..

    GR 😉 stellar is the right word…going to make a folder in my U tube file titled GR…too many good songs.

    Ya’ll have a blessed day

    and it’s, yup, you got it PAYDAY………………

    oh, and the Corp came in yesterday and ‘sacrificed’ a hen to take meat samples for analysis of meat to be sure it’s free of chemicals as the meat is sold to whomever’s consumption. Hens are going out starting Aug 12th….and 8 days later a new brood.

    Was it Gary who cleaned poultry houses? Not looking forward to the ‘decontamination’ cleaning. arrrgghhhhh!!!! Not looking forward to loosing my ‘girls’ either.

  37. Well, hey Debbe, you and I seem to be the only Villagers awake today!

    TDS which I never read is hilarious! The comment on “We should get wound up about Mary Worth?”

    I remember when Mary Worth ran the thread on the unwed teen age mother about fifty years ago and all of America got wound up!

    Made me sort of do fast paradigm shift here with Mary Lou, Gene and the Peanut.

    Ghost is right, the restaurant business is back breaking endless work. I am only member of my kids plus husband who has NOT done this full time. I have helped out (a little) and catered (a little) and fed a lot of people at times (a little) but nothing like a popular restaurant takes.

    Did I tell you about the time I was telling one of my employees’ husband to take some time off from the restaurant he was giving his life to, Steak N Ale at the time? I said, “Gene, don’t you know that Lincoln freed the slaves?”

    Being color blind I neglected to notice my friend Gene was an African American restaurant manager!

    Love, Jackie Monies

  38. Good morning, Villagers. Jackie, The Boss of My Life says that “Tree-Topper Airways” was Trans Texas Airways and that became Southwestern so I guess enough people flew them. Not me, though. *shudders*

  39. Actually it ended up being Continental Airlines and fired most of my friends who worked for “Tree Top”. Southwest won the war of the regional airlines and came out on top. They were also known as the “Tinker Toy” airline and ran “Peanut Fares” which we all took advantage of. They would let you fly places for $19 and $29 and I remember taking some flights to go eat in another town (like New Orleans) or go see a play in another town, that sort of thing.

    Houston saw some major cheap airfares in those far off days and I can remember cheap rates to Maine, like $99, and same deals out to California. Of course that may have been one way? But it seems it might have been round trip?

    Love, Jackie Monies

  40. I need to tap into the group’s memory. Not long ago there was a discussion of what was happening in some other comics, one of which involved a mother/grandmother visiting another country and deciding to get married, seemingly on the spur of the moment. I meant to save the link but forgot and now I can’t remember the name of the strip.

    Trains – would love to do any or all of the cross-continental routes. On our first trip together Bob and I took the train from here (Winter Park, FL) to Baltimore. In those days, 1974, having a room was more affordable than now; the beds weren’t that great but the privacy was nice. A few years ago we rode it to DC and found that sleeping in coach was not that bad. The food is good, the coffee excellent, and being able to see the scenery without dealing with highway traffic is wonderful. If you factor in the price of gas and motels on trips that are too far to drive in a day, and if you can plan ahead enough to get a good rate, train travel is a pretty good deal in my opinion.

  41. Ruth Anne, that would be “Stone Soup”. Today’s installment shows granny calming Alix down form her understandable fear that she is losing her granny with specious fobs off to a nebulous future where Alix “can come visit her any time she wants when she is bigger.” If she can afford to take off school or work and afford the airline fare to Zimbabwe, that is. 😛

  42. Debbe 😉 Awwwww…a GR folder. How sweet! You know, that does answer the question, “How do I gift a digital friend in a digital world?” Why, with digital music or digital pictures, of course.

    Happy Pay Day, hon.

    Yeah, well, like some others here, I should probably stay away from The Dark Side, to the benefit of both my systolic and diastolic. But it’s like a bad car wreck on the highway…you know you shouldn’t look, but sometimes it’s hard not to.

    Mostly, I wonder if some of the Darksidians are reading the same cartoon as the rest of us. (At least one over there is expressing concern over what the staff at The Dock will do when Gus shuts the place down on one day’s notice…apparently not understanding that they have, as Jimmy says, “cartoon jobs.”) But as Jackie noted, occasionally there is a pearl of humor to be found there.

  43. How am I “Anonymous”? I’m never anonymous! 🙂

    Jackie, since it sounds as though you may have prowled Central America in the past, I’m sure you remember TACA Airlines (originally Transportes Aéreos Centroamericanos).) Also fondly known as Take A Chance Airlines.

    Of course, you do have to give props to their captain who successfully dead-sticked his 737 onto a grass-covered levee near NOLA after both engines flamed out. IMO, that ranks right up there with Captain Sully and the Hudson River ditching.

  44. What year was that, Ghost? I remember it but not year?

    Since he is now deceased, I will tell you that my husband’s best friend in college went on to become the King of Tort. He specialized in air plane crashes, worked out of New Orleans. Sort of paved the way with crashes and then went on to knock out the big tobacco companies.

    His family funded the chair that James Carville is now occupying at Tulane Law School in Wendell’s memory. Which is ironic, as James and Wendell were pretty adversarial in college.

    And yes, I have known some interesting people in life!

    Love, Jackie Monies

  45. RE: eleven comments above, Oh yeah, that’s one of the best movie scenes in history in Planes, Trains and Automobiles when Officer Michael McKeon asks John Candy if he really thinks the car is safe for the road and John Candy looks so totally serious and honest saying, yes, yes I do. … …I do recommend the Durango and Silverton narrow gauge for a day train trip

  46. My wife and I have taken many a train trip. We live near Chicago so we have taken the Empire Builder to Washington and Portland and the Southwest Chief to Arizona. Also did the City of New Orleans to NO and have gone to DC. We love the trains, especially since wife will not fly.

    We are going to Hawaii by ship and will get to San Fran by train. I feel I am living in the 40s sometimes.

  47. I agree that the restaurant business is hard work. When Dad retired, nether my sister nor I wanted to keep it up because it was just as hard working there as it was for our ancestors in Egypt before Moses came along.

  48. Except for when I was in the Navy, I’ve always lived in the LArea, where the climate is semi-desert and we need several aqueducts to provide us with enough water. Now, I live in Camarillo, former home to the infamous Hotel California, where it’s not quite as hot and dry. You might well say that I put in my forty years and have reached the Promised Land.

  49. Thanks for the chuckle, sideburns. The only problem with the promised land is all their damnable propositions, they just couldn’t settle for ten simple rules.

  50. Clif – I am quite jealous. I would love to see the night sky from open ocean. I admit I wept several times while watching the new Cosmos series just because of the beautiful imagery.
    I kept thinking of the first stanza of Blake’s “Auguries of Innocence”

    TO see a world in a grain of sand,
      And a heaven in a wild flower,
    Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
      And eternity in an hour.

    To see how small we are in the cosmic realm is to be humbled. I believe the line Dr. de Grasse Tyson used was something along the lines of “a dust mote in a sunbeam.”

    Completely off topic – the local radio station played CHRSITMAS CAROLS all day today. I don’t care if they were promoting Holiday World or what, no. No. NO. NO!

  51. Where is everyone? Is something important going on tonight, like people who have dates, things to go to, places to be? Lives?

    Daughter and I have been off most of day checking on motels, cabins, restaurants, businesses, trying to order porta potties (I didn’t order quite enough) get my Corps of Engineers permits, borrow a fireworks tent in case of inclement weather, just the normal things I do between June and October.

    And to think that this is a hobby that I do for free and try not to lose too much money on expenses! I am a nut case.

    We are holding Whole Hawg Days, festival, arts and crafts and rodeo, which I have nothing to do with, this weekend. It gets it name because when it began they smoked and roasted whole pig carcasses, now they do pork loins, then give them away tomorrow. My other daughter thought they were Harley Hogs and won’t come. Younger one is going to park for festival and pork sandwiches, then taking grandson to rodeo to see horses and mutton busting competition and the fair/midways.

    Aren’t small towns fun and nice people?

    Love, Jackie Monies

  52. Hey, Jackie, had a nice evening at home and am working on J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Tales From The Perilous Realm.” I am also four margaritas into the bag, so I am a happy camper.

  53. Two years ago one of my friends, who worked to create the new World Park in Panape, Pacific ocean and regularly commutes between there, Japan (where wife is) and America was eating with us downtown when the local high school came by with the home coming parade, bands, floats, so on. He was totally enchanted with the small town main street, old buildings, the local people parading and on streets.

    Sometimes as Americans we take all this for granted and don’t see it for what it is, something to treasure. He had not seen an event like that in so long and remarked about the charm and friendliness he had experienced here in our little town.

    Love, Jackie Monies

  54. Good morning, Villagers. This is the day we call “Neighbor To Neighbor” when we make box lunches for all the homebound and I am as usual there in my little apron that reads “Susie Sous-Chef.” We make over 150 meals for our less fortunate neighbors.

  55. “. . . cats like this: ” This now leads to today’s Herman. To get the cat cartoon, click the back arrow above today’s H.

    I see H. online, and sent yesterday’s to my favorite cat person. Fortunately, M. Trouve’, is not that destructive.* He also is missing his front claws, and a couple of other things.

    *In theological terms, he is, like his staff person, not “totally depraved”, only moderately so. Makes us ineligible for membership in some denominations.

  56. That is funny! We have two, Ashes and Meow Meow, who came without claws as strays. Skipper and Garfield have their claws, Garfield is the bad boy- a big ginger (orange) tabby who picks something and then claws away at it. I made mistake of buying some of those new wicker baskets within shelving for my “nautical” bedroom I am working on. He has already gotten two of them with major damage, so I plan to keep turning the baskets around to fresh sides, as luckily we bought square ones!

    Love, Jackie Monies

  57. Jackie:

    “. . . who came without claws as strays.”

    I should have written, “. . . also is now missing . . ..” M. Trouve’ was not missing anything when I found him in a foxhole [?] he had dug in the snowbank across from my home.

  58. We have found in our household of felines, 4 total, 2 declawed, 2 not, that claws don’t determine pecking order. Our big grey stripped Herman rules the roost through sheer size and attitude. Our newest addition, a tiny, declawed calico runs our second biggest cat with claws all over the place. Attitude is everything.

  59. Good ethological analysis, but declawing is easier on the upholstery. M. Trouve’, however, has slightly damaged some wicker work by biting it.

    Attitude: I believe I’ve noted before that we had a neurotic medium sized bitch [border collie cross] who was completely dominated, except at her feeding dish, by a much smaller declawed, neutered male cat. Cat got along with normal successor bitch [beagle basset cross, neutered] famously. They rough-housed. When cat tired of it, he just climbed out of Annie’s reach.

  60. Regarding: dissociative identity disorder. We usually have about 300 patients at the state psychiatric hospital; it’s unusual to have more than 3 or 3 patients diagnosed with that ailment. It’s truly rare compared to the other mental illnesses.

  61. We’ve been out of town for a couple of days during which we saw Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton in their new movie. I think that it was “And So it Goes” which in my opinion is what it will do rapidly. Glad you liked Nicholson and Keaton. What was the one with Cathy Bates and Nicholson both nude in the hot tub?

  62. “About Schmidt” Kathy Bates and Jack Nicklaus. He drives a big RV in this one. Yes, the naked hot tub scene was funny. She is fearless, which I admire. Jack N. is just plain crazy I suspect but both are good actors.

    She got Oscar nomination for this role.

    Love, Jackie Monies

  63. Good morning Villagers….

    Had some good thunderstorms this morning…..woke me up and could not get back to sleep. High today, 88 degrees and high humidty and the low tomorrow night…..51 degrees….shiver me timbers.

    Lily, I truly admire your helping those in need….I say that’s another rung in the ladder to heaven.

    Gremlins still running amok in the hen house….why they didn’t put in a new auger ($2200 for 1200 feet!) on Friday instead of trying to fix the stinking thing I don’t know. So much time and labor wasted…not to mention the bottom row of hens haven’t really eaten since Friday at 11:00 am. So we’re having an ‘auger’ party this morning…..that means I’ll be packing, wrapping, and stacking all by myself…..there’s a song there …..”Alll by myself…. 🙂 don’t wanna be, all by myself…..never did like that song.

    Miss Charlotte….thought of you:

    Jerry, thanks for the critique….I didn’t think the second one would be as good, sequels never usually do.

    Jackie….”About Schmidt” was a good movie…Kathy Bates is a fine actress…remember the movie “Misery”?

    GR 😉

    Ya’ll have a blessed day


  64. Lily:

    ‘Shakespeare’s porter’? A ‘red cap’ in one of his plays, or a beer?

    I don’t think Samuel Smith’s Taddy Porter had been invented by then, or at least had not got down to Stratford or London from way up in Tadcaster, near York. IMO, world’s finest beer. emb

  65. OK, so I started out as planning to use “Anonymous” but we have at least one such, computer wouldn’t take it, I wanted to blame the other anonymous anyway! Then I shortened it to Anon and it took it and I admit I thought of word “I shall see you anon, farewell my friends”.

    I like this group. You all have a good vocabulary, use interesting words and quotes, I hardly think anyone here is boring and I just wish I lived nearby and could have you as material friends. And I use that word in it’s older definition.

    By the way, Lily, someone in your triadic relationship is blessed I would say and I am not sure whom. Please turn out to be a real person, not some internet fantasy.

    Love, Jackie Monies

  66. Heh, Jackie, I know who is blessed and that would be me. 😀 I should be, by ll rights, be all dead and rotten but I am here, alive and well, to wish everyone in the Village a good morning before I have to get to Sunday school.

  67. Oh, as to the Porter: Macbeth, Act II, scene 3:

    Enter a PORTER. Knocking within.
    1 Here’s a knocking indeed! If a man were
    2 porter of Hell Gate, he should have old turning the
    3 key. (Knock.) Knock, knock, knock! Who’s there,
    4 i’ the name of Beelzebub? Here’s a farmer, that hang’d
    5 himself on th’ expectation of plenty. Come in time!
    6 Have napkins enow about you; here you’ll sweat for’t.
    7 (Knock.) Knock, knock! Who’s there, in the other
    8 devil’s name? Faith, here’s an equivocator, that could
    9 swear in both the scales against either scale, who com-
    10 mitted treason enough for God’s sake, yet could
    11 not equivocate to heaven. O, come in, equivocator.
    12 (Knock.) Knock, knock, knock! Who’s there? Faith,
    13 here’s an English tailor come hither, for stealing
    14 out of a French hose: come in, tailor; here you may
    15 roast your goose. (Knock.) Knock, knock! Never
    16 at quiet! What are you? But this place is too
    17 cold for hell. I’ll devil-porter it no further: I had
    18 thought to have let in some of all professions that go
    19 the primrose way to the everlasting bonfire. (Knock.)
    20 Anon, anon! [Opens the gate.] I pray you, remember
    21 the porter.

  68. Yes, Lily, I know that feeling too. There are guardian angels who watch over some of us. Since this is Sunday, I will confess I often ask that question, “Why me, Lord? What did I ever do?”

    Once I asked it like Job but now I think Kris Kristopherson is right.

    Love, Jackie Monies

  69. And if you have read today’s real time A and J, you will know that Lily’s passage from MacBeth is right on target and on topic!

    Jimmy’s heat lock joke, assuaging the gates to hell!

    Love, Jackie Monies

  70. Lysistrata. Ha! My, you’ve gotten talkative of late, Dearest Virgin.

    Y’all don’t go be hatin’ on my adopted niece, now. VM is only funning us, and she actually loves us very much.

  71. Aand, I’m back from church. I think our choir did real well. I din’t get picked to solo the Lord’s Prayer in two weeks. *pouts* but I’m sure our first bass, Jim, will do a great job!

    We are having our hats-and-white-gloves tea next Saturday. Can’t wait!

  72. Have just discovered WHY the two particular basket/drawers that Garfield the Fat Cat decided to shred.

    He lies on the head of my bed and my head, reaches the second basket above and the first basket below without moving his big butt or exerting much energy!

    Love, Jackie Monies

  73. Jackie. Cool. Now can you figure out why my GSD Neeshka walks around a place three times before she lies down?

    We had a wonderful brunch, eggs Benedict and champagne. I might have to tke a nap, for the first time in years. Memo to self: if you start drinking before seven, you’ll be crying by nine.

  74. Dear emb, when she mentioned her dog before, I had to Google GSD. It’s German Shepherd Dog. Lily would doubtless have told you herself, but maybe is napping!

  75. Lily – I was always told dogs circle around a few times to do a quick search for danger where they are going to lie. How true it is, I don’t know. Blacklight does this as well, but I suspect she is “prepping” her selected sleep spot.

  76. Lilyb reminds me:
    The MBH & I went for a champagne brunch buffet today in expectation of our 52nd tomorrow. The very observant female who attended our table (not a waitress; we served ourselves) made sure we had enough of the bubbly. It just happened that my MBH had a “flute”(?), but my place had only a water goblet, say 10 oz. She – the staff woman – filled it and I emptied it. She refilled it. I reemptied it halfway; she filled it up even yet again one more time; I managed to empty it and refuse a 4th portion. MBH stayed with her one original serving.
    Aside from two smallish slabs of pork ribs, a small beef slice, several not-too-crisp slices of bacon, two lemon squares and a very small piece of cherry pie, I had nothing else. The calorie total was probably OK, but I felt the need to sit down and digest some of the ethanol before driving the 55 miles back here. No doubt, that was a wiser decision than drinking all that champagne.
    We had a nice time; the lake view was not blocked and there was a LOT of boating in view. The flat cost was significant, and was rather more than all our food/drink was worth, but we wanted the ambience and got it. Some celebrations merit such.

  77. How lovely your brunches sound. Especially the champagne, my favorite beverage (I think?) since I have not tasted any these many years. Mike used to represent Krug, among many others, and that was a beautiful wine.

    I am in putting seeds into those little “mini-green house” pots that rehydrate and form tiny pots. We are going to have a fall garden, since I didn’t get it done before summer and definitely not spring! The Oklahoma State University and the Oklahoma Master Gardeners say it is better than spring gardens here, so I am going to follow their guides.

    Planting seeds is such a wonderful exercise- watching something green come from the soil renews a belief in the infinite world.

    Love, Jackie Monies

  78. Jackie, Spring is my favorite season. I love to till and plant our garden, and, as you say, wait for the seedlings to spring up. Sometimes I’ll lay on the grass and poke around to see if anything is happening. When I finally do see green, I am so happy. I love to pick tomatoes, radishes, hot peppers, carrots, and onions to use for our salads and herbs for our recipes. I am no kind of environmentalist, but there is something really good and worthy about growing our own veggies, if I may be permitted to use such an expression.

  79. c x-p: If I’d had that much, I’d be under the table. Rarely drink out unless someone else is driving. Maybe one beer or wine at a multi-course affair, esp. if followed by a program I’m not on. At home, a good beer, preferably under 5.5% ABV, with supper 3-4x/wk. is enough.

  80. One is nearer God in a garden than anywhere else on earth. It is because we spend so much time on our knees and praying!

    Janis is a gardener and that is why more than anything else that I relate to her. When we were bidding on the original cartoons this year I dropped out on all the auctions except Janis’ gardening.

    Normally I plant around 100-150 large container planters with herbs and flowers around my decks, plus hanging baskets but with all the commotion here this year I did not. Since I am getting more and more handicapped I find that containers are easier to manage.

    Right now my daughter has a bed of cucumbers that ate Pittsburg and not a single cuke. But they are pretty, lots of flowers and bees. The green beans are finally bearing some, but that is OK one way or the other. I am hardly serious nowadays about harvests!

    Anon, I am off to bed Lily– after I get clean sheets for the cats and me.

    Love, Jackie Monies

  81. Good morning Villagers….

    I just love county neighbors…..We’ve received from here and there; zucchini, a bag of tomatoes, and a dozen ears of sweet corn. Look out supper tonight 🙂

    Think I’ll make my zucchini fritters….shred zucchini, flour, eggs, a little melted butter, salt, add the shredded zucchini, then dollop into skillet…then there’s BLT’s on the menu too.

    Cxp….I too congratulate you both on your 52 years. When my paternal Grandparents celebrated their 50th, I asked Grandpa “50 years, Grandpa, how did you make it to 50 years?” He replied….”it wasn’t easy, but it wasn’t easy either for your Grandma”.

    GR 😉 you’ve been exceptionally quiet these past couple of days….dare I ask who? 🙂

    Ya’ll have a blessed day…..

  82. Debbe and others: GR6 said he would be traveling for a few days. I’m sure he will be back here, with his ole ornery self, soon.

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