Draggin’ th’ Line

Several of you expressed interest in my remarks about drawing with a felt-tip pen versus drawing with a pen point dipped in ink. More specifically, a lot of you wanted to see what I meant. This made me think further on the matter, and I will share some of those thoughts next week. Today, unfortunately, there isn’t time to do justice. So, I am posting two cartoons, one from 2010 and one from earlier this year. The first cartoon, the former, was drawn with a not-inexpensive high quality felt pen. The other was drawn old-school. The difference is subtle, but there is a difference. Look over them, if you’re interested, and we’ll talk about it next week.

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247 responses to “Draggin’ th’ Line”

  1. Jimmy I can see some differences but don’t know if tools changed them or the artist!

    I know at least one boat designer who holds same opinion on his drawings. He says pens do not work well in cold weather so today’s weather in Alabama may affect your art.

  2. Felt tips leave little chance to vary line width. Difference is there, but subtle. Did a series of 30-40 skull drawing with ink-o-graph [or some such] pens of different widths, so used different pens for different parts of drawings. E.g., if drawing a part of skull that is closer to viewer, use wider gauge pen. Also other techniques. E.g., if structure A, such as zygomatic arch, is in front of structure B, such as ascending part of lower jaw, have line of jaw stop just short of zygoma. Worked well.

    Peace, [2 new words]

  3. TruckerRon, I’m adding “Eats, Shoots and Leaves” to my library list!

    Jimmy, it has always seemed to me that the old-school drawings had greater variability of line thickness and appeared to have a lighter touch over all. There seems, somehow, to be more texture to them.

  4. Good analysis Smigz. There is a classic example of importance of punctuation my journalism professor used but it is a little off color.

    Nuts Screws Bolts

    But I think that was in headlines writing class.

  5. I noticed the difference right away. The felt tip pens make wider, harsher lines than the nib. The nib lines were softer and gave better shading. That being said, unless they were co-located I’m not sure the difference would be as easily detected.

  6. So, is Mississippi snowed in yet?

    We are going no where. One truck went down street south of me. I think it belonged to rural water whose office is a block south of me.

    Partially cleaned out fridge and getting ready to make a sugar free blackberry cobbler as soon as I find Splenda and decide on crust. I am thinking biscuit.

    Still putting away groceries. You’d think I had a house full of kids. Oh, right. I get messages from them wanting to come “home.” To eat.

  7. I didn’t think I could see the difference, but I can, yes pens are a little better, but with an artist as good as JJ the differences can be compensated for. As for comedic material his is always superior and further deflects what ever artistic snobbery that may sneak in.

  8. Urgent, agree with you too. Why hasn’t our humble and noble leader been rewarded with comic awards?

    Jimmy I think you do something I was always guilty of, designing over the heads of the judges. In other words you are superior in your humor and art often and they just don’t get it.

    Snobbery snuck in there because we, The Village, get you.

    But don’t design a piece from the Memphis School if your judges ask where was the guitar or Elvis?

    Elvis had left the room.

  9. Turned on Pandora which rang a bell of some sort. Dickens is running berserk through house from door to door barking hysterically in frustration.

    Listening to Bob Seger.

  10. No, sorry I really can’t tell the difference. I was looking for the width of the stroke, but really can’t tell.

    I showed this to my wife as we recently adjusted the temperature on our heater due to some bitter cold a few weeks ago. Her immediate reaction was “Why was Janet late?” At first I guessed that she and Arlo got frisky, but he was fully dressed. My second guess is that the cold water gets her out of the shower quicker?

  11. Jackie: To be grammatically correct, wouldn’t it be either “Nuts Screw Bolts” or “Nut Screws Bolts”?

    Just wondering . . . Happy Friday!

  12. Mark from Maine I was 17 years and a freshman in college so had not thought of that class in a long time. It did make an impression on importance of punctuation in a newspaper article or headline.

    Did a lot of headlines throughout college and used it a lot!

    So, short answer is I got it wrong when I tried to remember!

  13. Steve from Royal Oak, that’s an easy one. Janis seems to time her morning routine by how long she can stay in the shower. More hot water means she stayed longer than she expected and is late. Good one, Jimmy.

  14. Yeah, I had to mention “ice storm” the other day, didn’t I?

    As we used to say in the service, “If you mention something good, it goes away; if you mention something bad, it happens.”

  15. An example of the eerie kind of thing that happens to me so often…before Thanksgiving, I ordered two bottles of Prestone Spray Deicer*. I really don’t know why…other than light frost, I’ve had no ice on my windshield here for years. It was delivered yesterday.

    *$6.50 for two 32-oz bottles; price is $10.50 for one bottle now.

  16. Latest report is a passenger on a flight arriving at Fort Lauderdale from Canada went to baggage claim area, retrieved his luggage which contained a weapon; took it to the restroom and loaded it; went back to luggage claim area; and began shooting. Multiple fatalities and wounded reported. People ran out of the terminal in all directions and now stranded all over the airport waiting for all-clear.

  17. Good lord! What is to stop anyone from doing this?

    I know it is supposed to be for hunters and sportsmen. I have friends and family who fly to our of state hunting areas and shooting competitions.

    But it seems easy to abuse evidently.

  18. Ghost, how do you travel with weapons?

    When I used to fly to floral design shows they would confiscate design knives, wire cutters, scissors and glue guns. I lost quite a few. Didn’t always remember to check tool kit.

  19. The way described in the TSA link. Baggage claim area is considered a “soft target” (not a secured area), though. Basically anyone can walk into it, armed or not, so the fact the weapon came in as “checked baggage” is immaterial.

    The origination of his flight being in Canada didn’t make sense to me. Reports now are it was Anchorage AK.

    In cases like this, initial reports are almost always incorrect. And some new outlets will report it incorrectly all the way to the end.

  20. A firearm has to be unloaded and in a locked, secure container when checked, but its ammo can be carried boxed in the same container. The fact he went to the restroom to load the weapon would have resulted from that, and would seem to show that the TSA regulations were followed.

  21. Also, reports are the shooter had some type of criminal record and was being treated for physiological problems. If so, he would have already been a “prohibited person” as far as handgun possession is concerned.

  22. Ghost, I have a neighbor who falls in that prohibited category and has a house full of guns.

    Are you saying that a known record of any mental health issues prohibits gun ownership? Well, duh, Jackie!

    This shooting just restored my fear of flying. I have flown hundreds of thousands miles since I was six years old. The 911 attacks brought on a total fear of flying that I just got over two years ago. It never occurred to me that an airport was so easy.

  23. Feel certain you knew all this Ghost. Do you still fly a lot?

    On a positive note I have a blackberry biscuit topped cobbler ready in oven staying warm.

  24. “…I have a neighbor who falls in that prohibited category and has a house full of guns.”

    Yep, all laws are only as good as the enforcement of them.

  25. I know it’s of no comfort to the victims or their loved ones, but statistically it’s still very low risk, Jackie. And I’d rather have some of your cobbler than worry about it.

  26. It might be cool enough to eat some. I usually make pie crust cobbler but didn’t feel crusty today.

    It’s sweet but artificially so.

    My best flavor is probably peach or apple. With vanilla bean ice cream. My favorite is raspberry.

  27. Self-indulgence, as a reward for getting 2 things done today [usual average is one].
    1. Deposited checks at bank.
    2. Picked up radon-checking kit at county bldg. [Bemidji is co. seat of Beltrami Co. The town of Beltrami is, I think, in Norman Co. Several such discrepancies in MN.

    Anyway, picked up a made-on-the-spot takeout burrito at Qdoba, stopped at Dunn. Bros. for a lb. of decaf, had a free cup of hi-octane, and a scone. Love scones, and like that D.B. does not dribble sugar on top of their scones. Read some in what is turning out to be a good book for serious layfolk* on the history of life on planet Earth. May write a review of it someday [*new in dictionary]. Dunn is a pleasant place.


  28. Ate some. It is very tart. Not sure what artificial.sweetener I was using but probably Splenda. If I.were to do another I’d add a portion of sugar to artificial. And stir some of biscuit mix into filling so they’d cook like dumplings.

    Considering when I picked those blackberries and froze them, the cobbler isn’t bad.

    Having pork roast, baked potato with salsa, fresh green beans for dinner. Probably side salad.

  29. I don’t eat nearly as much fruit as I probably should, but I can easily make an exception when it’s in a cobbler.

    Tonight, it looks like a jumbo box of Crayola© crayons threw up on the Deep South…more colors.

    State, county, and local police frequencies are a litany of reports of traffic accidents due to iced-over roads. Admittedly, we Southerners don’t do well driving on ice. In our defense, we seldom see more of it at one time than is required to fill up a highball glass or an ice cream freezer.

  30. Ghost, another good way is to use the fruit with a meal, like sautéed apples with pork or chicken, or apples and sweet potatoes. I often cook bananas which pair well with Cuban or Caribbean foods, black beans. There is a mean oriental stir fry that uses honeydew or melons, grilled pineapple another favorite with pork, chicken, fruit salsa using peaches, pineapple along with peppers, cilantro, etc.

    I rarely eat plain fruit but I throw fruit into my green salads, like berries, melons, Pina. Throw fruit into breakfast, cereals, crepes, French toast.

    Just have to convince myself I am worth cooking for. LOL

  31. Ghost’s Über-Simple Fruit Cobbler

    Cover bottom of medium casserole dish with fruit of your choice, fresh or canned
    Cover fruit with juice (adding water as necessary to just cover)
    Pour mixture of 1 cup each of sugar, SR flour, and milk evenly into fruit
    Top with pats of butter from one stick
    Bake in 350 degree oven until batter rises to top and browns

    I most often use two cans of blackberries.

  32. I poured off extra juice. I wonder if your method could be made with artifical sweetener? I don’t see why not.

    Will it work on fresh unsweetened fruit or must you add some sort of sweetener? I have never used canned fruit, always fresh and sometimes frozen.

  33. You can add sweetener to the fruit, depending on what kind it is and how tart you wish the cobbler to be. With canned blackberries, I usually sweeten slightly, to taste. I’m sure you can make the batter with a.s. instead of sugar. Just not a cup if it. 🙂

    And of course, margarine in place of butter. My recipe, with sugar and butter, is when I make it for a friend who is underweight due to medical problems, and actually needs the calories.

  34. Busy day is always a good thing. But attitude took a nose dive until I stopped listening to the play by play from Florida today. Luckily, I had nearly two days of The Village to catch up on, among other mood lifting distractions. Thanks everyone.

    This page is best reviewed on a recently fed stomach.

    Old Bear, I know I’m going back a bit, but I had noted your truck’s name. At least Ishmael survived to tell the tale, far outlasting his unfortunate compatriots.

    It seems as though year-round freshness of global sourced goods, and concerns over processed meats, has meant I’ve not enjoyed a good sausage in a while. Used to be these were still traditional in the winter season, but I’ve lost my seasonal sensibilities. I have tried to get better about that in my closer-to-local fruits and vegetables. But encased/cured meats have slipped my mind. Think I’ll go about fixing that. Only as a splurge, of course.

    Jackie, a licensed PEZ® dispenser would be fun, I’d grab Ludwig in a heartbeat. I’m not a collector like Jerry Seinfeld. But I’ll purchase any funny new PEZ that takes my fancy, maybe twice a year. I’ll keep it stocked on my desk for a time, until the candy loses my interest. Then it gets lost. Some months later, I’ll see a new one and feel six-years old again. Just pulled open a drawer to check and found The Hulk looking up at me. Candy is gone though.

    Charlotte good to read you. Hope to see Domaucan1 soon.

    Rachel Ward had an…. interesting way of treating Steve Martin’s gunshot wounds in Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid. Hadn’t thought of that movie in years. Sprang right to mind, reviewing last nights posts.

  35. Jimmy, I can see the felt-tip v. nib/brush difference easy enough but lack experience to describe why. Is the felt-tip round, yielding a constant line width (and flat look), where natural pressure changes the old-school tools?(for a textured look)

    I have a similar reaction when I see another artist switch between electronic art tools on a tablet produced comic. Suddenly the line widths on the edge of faces become bolder than face details. But mine is a curiosity more than a critique. I trust you to choose your favored weapon for whatever needs you have.

    Been with you since Gene was in grade-school and Janis fought her dust bunny Pooka. Have enjoyed the ride.

  36. I was in a very good mood this morning, listening to rock music, dancing around kitchen and exercising until someone sent me the shooting via Facebook because I refuse to watch news.

    Then my day was ruined.

  37. Lucky friend but not lucky to be ill, Ghost.

    Have tomorrow’s dinner planned, pan sautéed fish filets with lemon caper sauce that includes butter, wine, garlic, shallots. First recipe I found was for two sticks of butter melted. Ha! Ha! Found another recipe.

    Quinoa and fresh asparagus.

    That was the tartest cobbler I have ever eaten.

  38. And then of course there is Kathy Bates nursing the author played by James Caan? I confess I never saw Misery, I think I gave up Stephen King early in his career. But this still ranks as the worst playing nurse routine in movie history probably.

    The ones I laughed at were the ranch wives, school teachers, dance hall girls who pulled all the shot lawmen from bleeding to death by ripping up their petticoats.and typing up their wounds, wiping their sweat with a kitchen rag, all with no medicine or antibiotics.

  39. Jackie, I believe I once mentioned the inaccuracy of “Western movies” that showed the hero getting shot in the shoulder, which produced only a slight grimace and a small spot of blood on his shirt. I won’t go into graphic details, but let’s just say in the real world that would produce something considerably more bloody and much more debilitating.

    Of course, if I should ever suffer a GSW, any nearby female is more than welcome to tear up her lingerie in an effort to help me. It would help my mood, if not my body. For that, I have a “blow out kit”. Two actually, one in my vehicle and one in my range bag. One never knows when a tourniquet, a compression bandage, a blood clotting sponge, or a chest seal bandage might come in handy. Hopefully, less for me than someone else.

  40. This afternoon, before the bread-milk-and-TP hoards descended on my local market, I gathered the necessary ingredients I didn’t already have in the pantry for Lawdog Stew. Assuming I have power in the ayem, I’ll bung the meat, taters, and other makings into ye olde slowe cooker and hopefully have some stewy goodness ready for my evening meal. I’ll let you know how it comes out.

    Temperatures are well below freezing and headed toward the teens, so it appears that in the morning I’ll need that spray de-icer I still can’t explain why I ordered weeks ago.

  41. So GR6, did ethereal powers allow you to unwittingly get what you needed before you needed it? Or are you the one that brought down the freeze with your jinx?

    Are you the horse, or the cart?

  42. Here’s the Oconee County sheriff’s comment on groceries from earlier today:

    “The panic continues. Publix is out of fresh fruit and vegetables. First off, my FOOD eats fresh fruit and vegetables. Second off, you won’t get scurvy over the weekend. Third, every family should have a three day supply of bacon for just such emergencies. Y’all need to plan ahead.”

    And before that he said,

    “The question of the day so far has been “Sheriff, when is the right time to panic over the coming snow storm”? The answer to the question is “Now is the time to panic”!

    Now that we got that out of the way, I know the metro Atlanta weather gurus have to provide weather information for the metro area. Here in the OCSO Storm Center we concentrate only on Oconee County. Here is what we know now:

    You are good to go today. Despite what you see other people doing, we are fine until late tonight or early tomorrow. Then it will start snowing. The temperature will drop below freezing and the roads will be slick. Then it will warm up. At dark tomorrow ALL the water on the roads is going to freeze again since it will be about 19 degrees.

    When it does snow, we can expect it to snow hard and get those big fluffy flakes that the kids love to catch on their tongues. We hope that all you people who bought new 4 WD vehicles stay home so you don’t fill the ditches with your new trucks. We ain’t working the crash either. We will give you a self reporting form and you are on your own. If your insurance company doesn’t like that, too bad for you. Don’t drive after the roads become covered with snow and ice and you will be fine.

    Saturday night and Sunday are likely to be sporty too. Make sure Momma has what she needs to make it a day or three. Enjoy the winter weather and don’t do anything stupid.

    Will school be open Monday? Watch this page and we will keep you in the loop. We will tell you as soon as we know.

    Now, go panic and buy groceries and curse the ever darkening sky cause you are gonna trapped in the house with screaming children all weekend.”

    I like this guy!

  43. Ghost darling, please tell me you are not carrying that around for self rescue, which I figure you are or why would you?

    Assuming you shot someone one would also assume you would not care if he survived but perhaps he might be needed alive to give evidence? Assuming you have reason to need to shoot someone.

    OK that isn’t funny, that’s serious. Like when Mike bought me that enormous Cadillac that had belonged to the coroner and it came with a large supply of body bags in trunk. No one took them out. A sobering discovery.

  44. Ruth Anne that is the funniest emergency report I have ever heard!

    I have a male friend in Pensacola who does great funemployment things. Every time he has reason or not he bakes an Emergency Blueberry Pie. The emergency pies were his response a few years back to a similar weather event. He just likes pies.

    First big ice storm we were in here I overheard an elderly lady picking up her special order. Because she said she’d not had enough she asked manager to order a case so she’d be prepared.

    Beans! Pinto beans! A case of dried beans! We were still without electrical power in half our area and she was cooking beans?

  45. Jackie, a well-run shooting range is one of the safer places one can be, but accidents do occur, and a means to stop exsanguination until professional help arrives can literally be a lifesaver. Also, I know of a case from a number of years ago where two city police officers answered a call in a quiet neighborhood and were ambushed by a young man with a rifle and wearing body armor. Both officers were wearing their vests but were hit in the legs and bled out before EMS could arrive. An off-duty officer from a neighboring city happen to be visiting across the street and took down the shooter with a head shot from his service pistol but, for lack of readily-available tourniquets, both officers died.

    The same situation could exist if one comes across someone injured in a traffic or other accident. Even you don’t feel able or qualified to use a tourniquet or bandages on someone else, having ones you can hand off to someone with training could again be a lifesaver. And yes, if you are, God forbid, ever forced to use deadly force to protect yourself or others, it would be a lot harder for an overzealous prosecutor to make a case you had shot someone in cold blood if, once the threat is ended, you give life-saving treatment to the other party.

  46. The Ghost sat exhausted at his desk, his salted black beard looking a touch grader each day. His backup emergency crew drooped in chairs or perched partly on his desk top. It had been.a hard week so far.

    “Ladies,” He whispered, “this is a serious matter. Please tell me you know where our charge is? We can only stall the press for so long before we have to admit the truth.” He tapped the wooden.top of his desk rhythmically in a message recognizable as Morse code.

    “Where is Miss Mississippi?”

    Candy Land sighed while twisting her Auburn hair around her trigger finger. It wasn’t often The Ghost looked this tried.

    “Ghost, honey, I really didn’t mean to lose her. This one is a slippery one. You turn your back on her and she’s wandered off with some Alabama quarterback instead of signing autographs at the Piggy Wiggly.”

    The Ghost shook his head, his eyes glistening, the brilliant black eyes lined with fatigue. “We have been the designated bodyguards and chaperones for every Miss Mississippi since 1985. We have protected and served some of the South”s most pneumatic and prodigiouslyrics endowed and enhanced womanly women.”

    He paused for a moment to open a freshly and perfectly chilled glass bottled Diet Coke.from the silver ice.filled bucket atop his desk. Carolyn he popted off the cap with his specialized Spydeco church key, placing it back carefully in his boot top, ready for the next crisis. He watched the rivulets running down the sides, reflecting his career was going down the river as fast beads of water.

  47. Thanks Morphy I was wondering if anyone would pick up on the “name”.
    Ishmael never says that is his name, only “They call me Ishmael”.

    GR6 what is this country going to do when all the deposits of practical
    medical lore are gone? I mean improvisation – using what is at hand to get the job done.
    We are heading to a time so clean the the body will not be able to fight its own battle.

    There should always be a week and a half to two (Some say more – and in some areas
    should be more) of supplies that do not need refrigeration. It is just common sense.
    But if it is called common why is it so rare?

  48. Above the 1-7-17 A&J on gocomics.com…”The New GoComics Experience begins Monday, January 9th.”

    OMG! The Improvements are coming, the Improvements are coming! Run for the hills!

  49. And I for one will remember that question every time I sneeze or my allergies hit.

    It is 9 degrees outside. We tried to get all the cats inside tonight but failed. I hope they find a warm place, they have a cat house with a bed inside on back porch on covered deck.cats

    The majority are in. Cats snore.

  50. More’s the pity, I have no cat house on my back porch.

    The combination of salt, sand and sublimation seems to have cleared all the major bridges in the area. Just in time for the bars to turn out all the drunks.

    “You don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay here.”

  51. Old Bear, the first line of that book is, “Call me Ishmael.” We never learn what his name is, or what other people call him. Another book like that is The Dain Curse. It’s written in first person, but the narrator never gives his name. The closest it gets is something like, “I heard my name called and turned around.”

  52. Got down to 8 here last night. Has warmed up to 21. I just woke up and going back to bed some more. I must have slept soundly or couldn’t move under piles of blankets, comforters and quilts. The covers are hardly disturbed.

    Dickens just threw himself on my legs, the final straw.

  53. Good morning, Villagers! Due to last nights’ snowfall, Georgia will be closed for the next few days. With two inches of the white stuff on the ground, and all the bread and milk gone from grocery store shelves, there is no way nor any reason for folks to be out on the roads. Stay home and stay warm!

  54. All area Interstates and many secondary highways are covered with ice and stranded vehicles. Vehicles, large and small, do not make good ice skaters. I wonder what part of “impassible” did their drivers not understand.

    Hi, Jean dear! I’m making Lawdog Stew today. Bet you’ve got some good stuff to eat on the mountain, too.

  55. Found a dog biscuit on pillow next to me. A gift from either Dickens or a cat.

    Dickens moved to foot of bed, alongside a second or third hand cat we call Big Boy. Dickens is smaller of two.

  56. Jackie, while cooking is on my mind, here is the recipe for what might be a good dish to serve your hands on a cold day.

    A Recipe from Ghost’s Kitchen

    Cowboy Stew

    1 lb Ground chuck
    1 Medium Sweet onion, chopped
    1 Tsp Vegetable oil
    1 8-oz can Tomato sauce
    1 15-oz can Chili, without beans
    1 12-oz can Diced tomato & chili peppers
    1 15.5-oz can Whole kernel corn (yellow, white or mixed)
    1 15.5-oz can Black beans

    Chopped green onions
    Shredded Cheddar cheese
    Sour cream

    Brown meat in heavy pot or Dutch oven. Remove meat to colander and drain. Sauté onion in oil until tender. Add meat to onions, along with tomato sauce and chili; stir until mixed. Stir in next three canned ingredients, undrained. Bring to boil, cover and reduce heat. Simmer gently for approximately 30 minutes, or until meat is tender. Add water or stock if necessary to adjust to desired consistency. Serve in soup bowls, garnished as desired with green onions, cheese and sour cream, and with corn tortilla chips or corn bread on the side. Makes six to eight servings.

    You could make Cowboy Cookies for desert.

  57. Ghost I am sure they will like it. I have all the ingredients except the chili. I never keep chili in pantry except in spice form. So I will get some and cook it for them. Tell them it is your recipe.

    They know what Bullet and you look like so they know not to shoot you. They are extremely protective of me, especially after my last fiasco. I told them you looked like a federal law official. They know what that looks like in this county.

  58. Great weekend to work from home today due to taking Tuesday to get car from dealer. Snow on roads and frigid temps. Only real drawback to working today was having to get up two hours early so I could be done around 1pm.

    Stay home, stay warm and stay safe!

  59. Ruth Anne, that was a hilarious statement from the sheriff! Here in Michigan, we tend to keep well-stocked in the winter, but there are always some people who just have to make one more run to the store. I’m sharing the storm advice and the llama story with friends who need a laugh today.

    Jackie, my Mom was a diabetic, so I always notice products that meet those needs. There is a product called Truvia which can be baked with using a smaller amount of sugar. They even have a product called “Truvia Baking Blend” which is, I believe, about 25% sugar and 75% Truvia. A friend who cannot use other artificial sweeteners told me it is very good for beverages and fruit but has never tried baking with it. Its basis is stevia.

    Ladies handkerchiefs are increasingly difficult to find. I like hankies, especially pretty ones. Sigh.

  60. Tell you what, I will send you lingerie photos when you send me one of you in a tux. I have been entertaining myself buying risqué lingerie for my hope chest, along with European bras.Ghost Kitty was sleeping in some lace teddies down on the fainting couch at foot of bed when I woke up this morning.

    If he does it again I’ll take a photo.

  61. Smigz, I know people who just love stevia. My sister and I hate it because it has a bitter after taste for us. That’s why there are so many artificial sweeteners out there: different people have different reactions to them.

  62. Sideburns, that’s so true about the different reactions! My Mom drank a number of beverages with artificial sweeteners. I discovered that at least some of them made me feel more thirsty than I was before I drank them.

  63. Hi Jackie, I was just catching up. Maybe others watching Lion’s game?

    Old Bear, last night’s response I’ve just read. You’ve given me a thunker that I don’t recall from high school.

    In the opening line the character/narrator requests, “Call me Ishmael.” I never considered until reading your post: Is his right name not shared, and it is the biblical reference; or is he in fact one of the other described characters, leaving possibilities open to the ‘listener’ of his tale? I’m thinking of the central question made evident before the story begins in Life of Pi. In that story the narrator challenges you to decide if you like the lie better than the awful truth, that it hides his real experience, and allows him to live a ‘normal’ life.

    I like to make up my own mind before investigating other opinions, as an exercise. I may have to :deep cleansing breath: re-read my Melville. As I recall, the action moves along OK, once you get past three(?) chapters describing whales in general. One complete chapter devoted to the Narwhal?

    Maybe, I’ll just pick up Spider Robinson instead.

    Sideburns, wanted to acknowledge yours as well. That made me think of the Bogart/Bacall movie where we never see his face before he becomes Bogart.

  64. One of my boating friends is taking part in a marathon reading aloud of Moby Dick right now. He reads one chapter, I forget which.

    I always assumed it was the Biblical reference, not his name.

    My college professor and I were at odds on this book, his final exam had a couple of errors in it. I won by proving hint wrong. He did not take it well.

  65. Yeah, pet opinions can die hard. I actually read Moby-Dick later. My high school Lit teacher was a transplanted Southerner with a passion for Faulkner.

  66. Jackie, I was busy trying to catch up on Village news. Working for a living gets in the way of staying current. 🙂

    I was planning on cooking something for supper tomorrow but my wife has decided we are going to have breakfast sausages and pancakes for supper. Who am I to say no to that.

  67. Jackie: Where is everyone? When you wrote that, I was 45 min. into a 7:30 recital by an outstanding young cellist whom I first encountered when he was 11, playing a downsized cello for those waiting for their ## to be called to proceed to the trough at a supper at FLC in Bemidji. After graduating in music from U.Mich., Ann Arbor, and doing gigs for 2-3 yr, he is now in his first yr of grad school at U. Colorado, in a newly formed quartet, and a TA, and loves that.

    Did Bach, Hindemith, and Haydn [w/ piano accompaniment, + some ‘folk’ music, and a hilarious comedy routine that he and a local buddy used to do when in H.S. Free will offering, and too wide a choice of bars and goodies. His mom thinks I’m wonderful bcs. I fwd. his/her notices to my b.c. online music grp. Maybe I am. He played w/ the BSO for years, and has soloed with them. He’s a topnotch soloist who doesn’t make faces and dramatic gestures.

    Y’all should know one of the advantages of its being 0 F or below is that the stuff is too cold to pile up in the wheel wells and otherwise, and there’s little to melt off in the attached, slightly heated garage. Otherwise, cold weather sucks.


  68. I can personally verify the auto-bot moderator for this blog does not send posts into the fiery reaches for inanities. I prove it daily.

    But I did have one recently [days?] not come up, first time I can remember it happening. It was a nice reply, too. Thought it might show up eventually, but I guess it doesn’t work that way. By the time I knew it was gone, I couldn’t remember it well enough to try again.

    So If I left anyone hanging, ask me about it. Tomorrow.

    Are rules tighter for Anonymous posts? Some moderators do that.

  69. JJ, I’m definitely interested in the pens! As an amateur/wannabe cartoonist, I spent half my youth in quest of the perfect dip-pen, but I never did truly master them. I finally discovered that fountain pens can give you that “flex” without the scratchiness and hassle, and only more recently I gave myself permission to doodle with the pigment markers. I have noticed the trend toward even the best cartoonists going to felt-tip (or tablet), but the flex in the line, to me, is still what says “pro”. Let’s hear about nibs, and please, name the names!

  70. Hi Ghost Sweetie! So far we’ve done pretty good on the Mountain. The power is still on and we have heat. I made a pot of pork and butternut squash stew yesterday, and today I’m trying to decide between chili and Brunswick stew. It looks like we’ll be back to normal tomorrow, just in time for everybody to go back to work and school. Ain’t that always the way!

  71. It has warmed to a riotous 32 and sunny. Ashes has the shutters open and sitting in window, Skipper is up against my shoulder,Orange Cat curled down at foot and Dickens is joined at my hip. Someone is down on floor?

    Drama in an old ladies life. Is it necessary to get up yet?

  72. Sideburns, I’m with you. To me, both aspartame and stevia have an awful aftertaste. I prefer products made with Splenda, as it has no aftertaste (to me), and tastes more like actual sugar in things. It also dissolves in cold iced tea, something granulated sugar never learned to do!

  73. Jean dear, I love Brunswick stew. I hadn’t made Cowboy Stew in a while, so I did that yesterday in place of the Lawdog Stew. I’ll probably haul out the slow cooker and do that this afternoon. I’ve been needing to replenish my freezer/larder anyway. I may perhaps put on a pot of marinara sauce, also.

    We just cracked the freezing point, likely for the first time since mid-afternoon Friday. Well, that’s cold for us, anyway.

  74. Drinking a nice icy Diet Coke that has been out in van. Not frozen but icy. Realized I have been without more than 36 hours, no tea after last night, forced to drink water with the English muffins. Wondering where to put them in fridge? Silly woman put them out on patio behind kitchen!

    Reading about Bemidji, MN because in reading some of my friends’ weather posts I noticed two different ones came from there. One named Thibodaux I guarantee is a Cajun scientist.

    So I read and realized I have been there more than once! Several times. And it sounds like a wonderful small town until you get to part where lake freezes Nov. 26 and thaws on April 26.

  75. Jackie et al.: Here it is, live, wide angle view. Fixed webcam is atop a tourist info bldg. at SW end of Lake B. Area in foreground is a structured but natural wetland, local wild plants. Structures out on lake are fish houses, for spearing or angling, or just to get out of the house. There are scores of them out of view on the right, at the S end of lake. Lake froze late this yr, but dates by which houses must be off the lake have not changed. I don’t partake, and don’t have them memorized. Game warden does.

    Mississippi R. flows N into lake a block E [to right], flows E out of lake about a third of the way up the E side. Downtown is W/NW of this bldg. BSU a mile or so N of webcam.



  76. ‘Thibodaux I guarantee is a Cajun scientist.’ How so? Some info you haven’t listed? Not all French names are Cajun. Don’t forget the Voyageurs. Il y a beaucoup de French surnames here, some of them fairly common on 3 nearby reservations. Another local Ojibwe surname is Fairbanks. Others will come to mind after I click Submit.


  77. Reason I thought scientist was she had waded out in Mississippi River in knee boots to do a scientific test on the river and reason I thought Cajun is my friend she replied too is from Baton Rouge on Mississippi River.

    But I may be wrong because Thibodaux may be common up there.
    I had guessed she was up there with a university or maybe some sort of river work.

    My female cousin is with Corps of Engineers and she has lots of river involvement.

  78. My photo of Ghost Kitty on Facebook has 46 individual likes and several comments. He is so beautiful. He does indeed look like Sylvester P. Puddycat but we already had a Sylvester who is actually a mackerel Tabby.

    Sometimes our cat names bear no connection to what they resemble. Wasn’t it Sylvester who used to say “I resemble that remark?”

    OR was that Albert the alligator in Pogo?

  79. Jackie, wasn’t it a comedian on the radio who used those words? In memory I can hear him, don’t recall who. Villagers, any idea?

  80. Trapper Jean, pork and butternut stew sounds great! I’ll have to try that. I make one with pork, sweet potatoes, and green pepper, which go well together. Right now, I’ve got a pot of beef, barley, and mushroom soup simmering. Running late because I seriously sliced a finger while mincing the garlic for the soup. I had to apply pressure and elevate for quite a while. At least the garlic ensured that the blood wouldn’t attract a vampire.

  81. Next time smash your garlic with flat of Japanese chef’s knife. I smash them in skins and then remove skin easily. It isn’t usually necessary to mince after doing this, just pickup pieces of garlic left with blade of knife and push into pot.

    Good Jamaican stew that uses pork, sweet potatoes and greens (mustard, turnip or kale, collards).

  82. Oh dear, Smigz! So sorry this happened to you. My doctor told me a while ago that he did the exact same thing while mincing garlic! I have been very mindful of this hazard and always take care to hold the garlic down on the cutting board with a fork, an ordinary stainless steel dinner fork. Hoping your finger heals well.

  83. Jackie, that Jamaican stew sounds good, too. I’m not a kale fan but like turnip greens and collards. I’m sure I must have had mustard greens in mixed greens at restaurants, but don’t know what they taste like by themselves. How would you describe them? I had smashed the garlic with a santoku, but still wanted a fine mince for the soup—I love garlic and like the little bits in my bites!

  84. Charlotte, it should heal well, but I take both a low-dose aspirin and flaxseed oil capsules daily and consequently bleed like crazy from even a small nick. The cut is right at the inner junction of two joints so it is in kind of a bad spot, but it will get me out of doing the dishes tonight! 🙂

  85. Jackie, in the Three Stooges, it probably would have been Curly. And a good line gets copied, so who knows who said it first? That’s Foghorn Leghorn, by the way, to give him proper credit. According to what I have read it was a takeoff on a Senator Claghorn character from a radio show.

  86. Smigz: Do you use fresh mushrooms with your beef and barley? Best version I ever had used a combination of fresh and dried. I’ve always regretted not talking the deli owner out of the rest of the recipe.

  87. Just because I’m the southernmost Villager, usually, that doesn’t mean we didn’t also feel the need to fix something hearty this weekend. Yesterday I made a Cuban-inspired stuffed boliche, served with black beans and yellow rice. Unfortunately the website for the recipe that I used seems to have disappeared and the others that I’ve found are much more complicated. Next time I’m using the desktop computer (much easier to type there) I’ll try to summarize my simplified version.

  88. I wish I could cook with mushrooms. Unfortunately my better half doesn’t like them and she has been a real sport trying them occasionally.

    It has been a while since I made a swineapple. You take a pineapple, peel, core and halve it. Fill it with pork rib meat (or pork loin, etc.) seasoned with your favourite rub. Wrap the whole thing in bacon and smoke until it is done.

  89. Dinner was small catfish filets pan sautéed in whole wheat pinko crumbs, quinoa, a sautéed veg mix of shredded stuff, about ten different kinds, done with garlic and olive oil, butter, corn made with bacon and cheese sauce and corn bread.

    Ok, I ate one fillet, a half cup of everything else. This is only “real” meal I eat, just one plus sometimes a diabetic drink and English muffins for breakfast.

  90. Gary, the runoff of beet based road grip could look kind of scary. But it gave me a chuckle. Pacific Northwest used pulverized red rock for a while. The simple approach of Swineapple begs to be attempted. Any complements received will be credited to you.

    I really should eat better before reading here. Hunger pangs. I’m used to leaving chili on simmer for as long as there is chili remaining, blending flavours. But some of these mouth-watering ideas have me thinking that would be the wrong approach for those stews.

    Jackie, I continue to be disappointed with Verizon. When it works, it is fine and does everything as contracted. But that is the best it ever gets, so average experience is below par. I’m open to learn about other services. Verizon is the benchmark for continuous reception in this area. Others make good selling points, but it all comes down to: you have to buy it to experience it. Refunds available, but you have to fight for it. I just realized, I need to guarantee bill payment to someone who already has a contract, and try theirs for a weekend. You just helped me out, thanks.

  91. ATT told me the truth. Their service is tied to only areas of heavy population. Out where I am on boonies it sucks and in all the wide open spaces of the West it doesn’t exist.

    Before I forget about the mystery of the bloody paw marks, cooking dinner I looked at pale green counter tops and there was a trail of bloody red cat paws across entire counter and Mark’s mama’s skinny black cat Spotty jumped off!

    I panicked how he’d cut his feet so badly until I noticed the leftover blackberry cobbler sitting on counter.

  92. Morphy, I just signed up for this. Will let you know how it works out. They use a combination of three cellphone companies to carry the calls, switching automatically to whichever is the better signal. It also will automatically switch to WiFi when it is available, and encrypts your signal so no one else can read it. Basic $20 month for unlimited talk/text and $10 per Gig of data. Free use of your phone as wifi hotspot so you can run your laptop, etc through it at same data rate. If you exceed your data, they don’t slow you down, just bill you the difference on your next bill. It sold me as it dropped me from around $90 per month on ATT to $30 on theirs.

  93. Panko not pinko. Whole wheat not wonderful but okay.

    Defrosting some cooked chicken meat deboned and making chicken and dumplings with mushrooms for tomorrow. Haven’t looked at vegetables yet to see what there is but I have some bananas in need of a cake.

  94. Jackie, blackberry paw-prints are more comical once identified. I wouldn’t even mind a stained tablecloth if it told a story.

    Mark, very tempting contract. I know where they are making up the money. But since I’m okay with the concept of the internet being a public park, not a darkroom; I could be okay with that. If the tech supports the promises.

  95. Li’l Smigz, I’m glad your finger survived as well as it did. Of course, my theory is you can’t call yourself a real cook until you’ve sliced at least one finger. Unless it requires sutures, and then you should probably call yourself a klutz.

    I have a garlic press than minces unpeeled cloves. And if I want to slice it, several years ago my sister gave me one of those little silicon tube thingies for peeling the cloves. So I don’t have much excuse for cutting myself preparing garlic now.

  96. Hmmmn, I don’t check my emails enough nowadays. Just now looking at it and I got another of those mysterious songs from a mysterious group called Smith. So I clicked on it since it had been awhile and this song came up. I said that sounds familiar to me, who did it that I would have listened to?

    Answer is Foghat but I’ll link it next, this is original I Just Want to Make Love to You.


  97. Perhaps it won’t go so far as the infamous C&W song, “I Don’t Want a Mansion in the Valley, I Just Want a Shack Up in the Hills”.

  98. Time for my 8,760-hour check up tomorrow. I told my doc years ago my ambition was to be his least interesting patient. So far that has been the case. I go in; he asks me the cook-book questions; I give all negative responses; he checks my vitals and reviews my lab results; he looks at me and shrugs; I look back at him and shrug; I pay my office visit co-pay and leave.

    I wouldn’t have it any other way.

  99. That is an admirable annual activity. OK, tried to keep alliteration going but it got embarrassing. Good health to you Ghost.

    Oh, stickler here, it was a leap year. you must have gone a day early.

  100. My ambition is to date someone way healthier than I am as I have no ambitions to play nurse except in some silly lingerie. Or French maid. Or chef.

    Unfortunately no such opportunity has presented itself. Even the younger ones are less healthy and forget anyone my age or older!

    Although another client at beauty shop. Offered to lease her husband who was sitting there. While he might have been younger he sure wasn’t anything I’d pay for, especially with the major tattoos down the one arm and a redneck wardrobe. In fact, I insulted him I know.

    Perhaps she saw him as perfection.

    Holding out for a third date with class.

  101. Funny you should mention tattoos, Jackie. As recently as last year (and yes, I mean eight days ago), if someone had told me I might one day consider getting a tattoo, I’d have declared them deranged. But in the past few days, I find myself giving some thought to getting “Non deficere” inked over my left deltoid, in perhaps in a Monotype Corsiva 28 font.

    Would that be disqualifying?

  102. No, much more tasteful than a full Maori shoulder and sleeve tattoo.

    Remember, I almost put a compass rose with a thorny rose on my own butt. I didn’t but that butt would have probably disqualified me!

    Thorny Rose isn’t the best vintage in the world but it suits me I am afraid.

  103. FYI.


    The bit on Wallace and Darwin wants elaboration. In a modern sense, because W. submitted a paper first, he has priority. D. never denied that. But D’s journals show that his theory of Natural Selection had been brewing for a decade or so, as had his plans for a magnum opus that would have been much longer than his 1859 ‘The origin of species’. But he knew it would raise hackles and dreaded controversy, which delayed his work on it.

    W. and D. had a joint paper read [to the Royal Soc., I think] in ’58, and D. got his book out in short order. It sold out quickly, raised the expected hackles, got support from Huxley, vituperation by Wilberforce, misunderstanding by literate Western society, and has had an interesting history since. W. and D. both proposed the process of evolution by natural selection on the basis of observation of living organisms. D. also proposed an evolutionary history of life based on 19th C. knowledge of fossils, embryology, geographic distribution of living organisms, and geology. Neither W. or D. had any good understanding of genetics. Mendel’s paper on inheritance in peas came out in 1865. D. had access to it, but I think there’s no evidence that he read it.

    In sum, D. [and W.] proposed 1. a mechanism whereby evolution must occur [turns out natural selection is an inevitable consequence of genetics, natural genetic variation, and the differential reproduction of varied genes in particular environments]; and 2. a rudimentary history of living organisms over eons of geologic time. Basically, scientists and philosophers bought the latter, but mostly not the former, largely because they could not handle the philosophical implication that evolution did not mean inevitable ‘progress’ and ‘perfection’, whatever those terms mean. There was, of course, the expected [and short-sighted] opposition from various religious sorts, but not only that. It was not until our [at least my] lifetime, in the 1930s-’60s that natural selection was integrated into the theory of evolution that is now basic to the science of biology. Scares people, but it shouldn’t. Peace,

  104. Definitely so. You don’t have one like that I assume? You know in my day good Southern boys did not get tattoos, not even when they were drunk. Not sure how they escaped total depravity but they seemed to.

    When one of my daughters got tattooed her father dryly said it would give someway to identify the body. She was quite a trial at that time. Before he died they had to tattoo him for radiation therapy and he joked about never saying never, told her he’d gotten a couple of tattoos.

    Anyway, Southerners do many things now we never did before and your plan seems quite good.

    My water has gotten cold as I type this so I need to run some more hot water. Good bye.

  105. That website won’t work for me now; it did earlier. Here is the text from my email copy of Writer’s Almanac.

    Today is the birthday of British naturalist and biologist Alfred Russel []Russell?] Wallace, born in the Welsh village of Llanbadoc (1823). He didn’t come from a wealthy family, and he had only six years of formal education, but he came up with a theory of natural selection that predates Charles Darwin’s. After he left grammar school, he read his way through his family’s extensive library, and then moved to London to live with his older brother, an apprentice carpenter, when he was 14. In London, he was able to attend lectures and pursue his own education. He also became an apprentice surveyor. He worked in rural areas of England and Wales for several years, surveying land for the General Enclosures Act, which allowed for the division of public lands among landowners. As part of his work, he met many small farmers whose way of life was being destroyed by the Enclosures Act. He wrote down as many details as he could, and later incorporated them into an essay called “The South Wales Farmer.” He remained deeply concerned with social issues for the rest of his life.

    Wallace’s time spent outdoors as a surveyor sparked an interest in the natural world. He made friends with an entomologist named Henry Walter Bates, who introduced him to insect collecting. The two formed a plan to travel to South America and collect insect specimens, both for their own use and also to sell to English museums to finance their expedition. It was a great plan, and they were able to send off one shipment to London, but on the journey home Wallace’s ship sank and Wallace lost the rest of his collection and most of his notes. He was still able to publish several articles, a map, and two books (Palm Trees of the Amazon and Their Uses and Narrative of Travels on the Amazon and Rio Negro, both 1853).

    Wallace’s Amazon publications earned him respect as well as money, and the Royal Geographical Society sent him to the Malay Archipelago, where he lived and worked for eight years. He noticed that there seemed to be a kind of division or line: on the west side of this line, the animal life was similar to that found in Asia, and on the east side of the line, it had more in common with the fauna of Australasia. That observation led to his work in the geographic distribution of animal species. The dividing line has come to be known as the Wallace Line, in his honor.

    It was also in the Malay Archipelago that he first came up with his theory of natural selection. He had read Charles Darwin’s journal, The Voyage of the Beagle (1839), and he thought Darwin might be interested in his theory, so he wrote to him in 1858. Darwin had been forming his own thoughts about natural selection too, and he published a paper – giving Wallace co-credit – called “On the Tendency of Species to Form Varieties; and on the Perpetuation of Varieties and Species by Natural Means of Selection” (1858). Darwin remained a great admirer of Wallace and his work for the rest of their lives.

    But Darwin was from a rich family, and Wallace wasn’t. Darwin could weather the ups and downs of his career by falling back on his family’s wealth. Wallace tried several times to find an academic post back in England, but was never able to, and a series of bad investments cost him his savings. He made a little money grading school exams, and wrote a popular book called The Malay Archipelago: The Land of the Orang-Utan, and the Bird of Paradise (1869), but his financial outlook was not secure until Darwin and T.H. Huxley lobbied on his behalf for a government pension in recognition of his scientific contributions. He received 200 pounds a year for the rest of his life, and died at the age of 91.

    [200 pounds a year in the late 19th c. was a comfortable income. Peace, emb]

  106. emb that was very interesting. Coincidently I have an acquaintance down in Chile who just launched his boat to sail in Straits of Magellan from beneath the shadow of the Beagle at the museum there. Assume it is a Beagle replica?

    He posted photos this weekend.

  107. Jeez, I am easily influenced and swayed. Ever since you posted Sean Connery wearing little more than a tattoo I have been reading about Sir Sean. Learned a great deal I did not know, since all I began with was what did the tattoos say?

    They say mum and dad and Scotland Forever but sure don’t look like that. I had thought some sort of strange foreign symbol or even a gang symbol of some sort.

    Nope. Mom, dad and country.

  108. Wait a moment! I went back for one last look at Sir Sean and noticed his right chest, nipple area. What is that if not a faded tattoo there? Doesn’t look like hair, not all of it.

    No mention of this tattoo in his biography online or wiki or any other data bases I read.

  109. Whatever. I barely got past the blonde he had armed up in the photo. 🙂

    I’ll just note in passing that I have fewer tattoos and more hair than Sir Sean.

  110. That is a good thing as Martha Stewart used to say. And you are taller. And better built.

    See, I read his biography and remembered yours.

    You are also better educated and did not wash out of military with duodenal ulcers.

    Not sure how you look in a kilt or less?

    By the way, one of my Australian friends just said Ghost Kitty was a handsome tuxedo. I forgot they had a class. He said tuxedos had amiable personalities. Ghost does.

  111. My mama always wanted to go drive through the trees. She could never remember it was no longer allowed or understand why cutting tunnels through was not a good thing to begin with. She wasn’t exactly an environmentalist .

    Last time we were at Yosemite we were allowed to drive through the park which few are, having two 80 and 90 years old handicapped ladies on board. Most must board buses and bus in now. Mama was still disappointed to not be able to drive through the trees nor could she understand the impact tourism played on the trees.

    There are photos somewhere of that huge red Ford convertible driving through a tree but I don’t own them.

  112. Ruth Anne, I do use a mixture of fresh and dried. The fresh are sautéed first, the dried rehydrated in hot water.

    Gary, thanks for sharing the beet and road salt article. That is fascinating! The swineapple sounds really good. The smoke and pineapple together sounds intriguing.

    Morphy, the scary-looking Canadian roads are in Leamington, the city that grows and processes tons of tomatoes. Some tomatoes fall off the trucks, get smooshed on the roads, and stain them catsup red!

    emb, I am reading (not very far into) “Darwin’s Ghosts” by Rebecca Stott, about Darwin’s search of the historical record for others who had formulated theories similar to his.

    Jerry, you’ve got me laughing this morning! I really miss a neighbor I used to have who looked like a young Groucho Marx, right down to the cigar he smoked (only while cutting grass).

    Ghost, “Any man’s death diminishes me…”

  113. I know I’d certainly object, vigorously, if someone wished to cut a huge hole through my middle so tourists could travel through me.

    “The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.”

  114. emb there were several such trees, some on federal land, some state, some private. Some of my earliest memories of California involve those big trees. And driving through them unfortunately.

    On that last joint trip to California I think we ended up going to one of the privately owned trees so they could drive through because they had told everyone at home in Louisiana that was what they were going to do. And nothing I said was going to dissuade them, that was what you did with a redwood, you drove through.

    It was like the trip to Canada when they told everyone they were going to Niagara Falls because that was only thing in Canada they could identify. Forget we were in the end of Canada north of Wyoming, Montana and the Dakota!

    We ended up driving an additional 800 miles so they could see Niagara Falls and they wanted to look at it as they drove past from back seat of a mini-van.

  115. Perhaps we’ll have the chance to view whatever we choose later. Most earthlings live their entire lives in one county or so. [Not a good comparison; St. Louis Co. in MN is bigger than CT.]

    Later, perhaps we can also go back in time. Be great to see the waterfall when the Mediterranean broke through into the below sea level lake that thereby became the Black Sea some thousands of years ago. That flooding is probably the source of various ‘worldwide’ flood stories.


  116. One is assuming knowledge that anything exists beyond that one County.

    I am reminded of me turning from paying a store owner in a small gas station. I looked before me at the mountains and forests stretching endlessly before me. “How glorious this must be in the fall when they all change color!” I gushed.

    “W’al ” He replied dryly, “It ain’t near so glorious when ya’ been lookin’ out tha same door nigh on seventy y’ars. ”

    Never forgot his words but I can’t tell you what state I was in. Probably Maine or New Hampshire, Vermont?

  117. Oconee County, Georgia, Sheriff’s Office strikes again:
    “We didn’t get much snow, but it is so cold that folks shopping at Walmart this morning are wearing two pairs of pajama pants.” (Jan. 7 Facebook post)

  118. Sorry guys I get my Garlic in a little jar. Lasts longer, minced finer, and no cuts.
    Of course get a hernia getting the lid off.

    CT fits in MN 13X – 11X on the dry land – so the lakes in MN = 2 CT (IIR)

  119. Thanks, Jerry, for the feline dressed for dinner conundrum. It was a laugh out loud. Snuck up on me you might say.

    Old Bear, I’m for that form of garlic too. Almost always going right in the fry/sauté pan any way, so being steeped in oil actually helps the whole process along.

  120. Morphy: Our sheriff is elected but I’m in Orange County, Florida 🙂 I don’t know about those in Georgia but that one’s a keeper either way.

  121. Coming of Age Day in Japan. Familiar with a few cultural ceremonies for an individual man or woman, usually younger, in recognition of physical puberty. But had not known of a national holiday to recognize modern ideas of full adult responsibility. Makes you think Japan puts a little more pressure on the need to mature. You got a whole country looking at you kid, sorry, sir.

    Closest thing we have is register your eighteen year old life with Uncle Sam, make your vote count, go have fun at college, laugh at drinking laws, and put it all on government guaranteed student loans. Good old fashioned vote buying. Puff-puff-pass. Cheers!

    Excuse me while I go put my grump away. C’mere boy; who’s a good-boy; in ya go. Darn thing gets out every now and then. Rant does not reflect on every young person, just too many of them.

  122. Apologies, source was Wikipedia, On This Day… column. Linked article goes on to say, they too are succumbing to drunken new adults mocking the only 69 years old national recognition of tradition.

  123. I just got back from the “new” gocomics site. It looks almost exactly the same now as it did when I first saw it, over twenty years ago. However, the comments section seems to be gone.

  124. Over 200 comments too many to scan for comments on new Gocomics. Biggest take for me, can’t find comics Sherpa. Although Ruth I did see your comment form Sheriffs office in Georgia. Yup we could do with that kind of attitude where I am too, I might even vote for that sheriff.

  125. ursen, there have only been a few opinions on the revised GoComics. But I’ll add mine.

    Really tried to stow my grump and give the new UClick/GoComics a go. My window shopping of LinuxOSes has made me more comfortable with big type and large icons(GNOME2->GNOME3), so put aside the visual. Only one-twelfth the alphabet available per pageload, more scrolling required; teaches patience and finger exercises. More advertisements to wade through, everyone earns a living. But when I realized that all added up to a data use expenditure of 3 or 4 times more than any other day; I had to dump it. I’ll try again on Saturday to verify it as site-based not OS, browser, or ISP related. Doubt it.

    Separately, in the days of wood pulp based media platforms, it was a normal thing to clip a favorite and post it on your cubicle wall. A really good one might go out in the ‘hallway’ by your ‘door’ under your name-tag. I confess I have continued that tradition by snipping a favorite to center on my desktop. Arlo and Janis lounging in the cockpit, tiller in hand, under sail, remained there for several months. Could almost smell it, the way a landlubber would. Gives a quick mood lift when switching windowpanes/tasks through the day. My understanding of copyright has been (massively simplified), free use for personal entertainment, but the moment a registered element is involved in gain of any value to yourself or others; permission and payment are required. I suppose you could argue that increased productivity of a happier workforce is value added. But that was not the traditional view decades ago. Or my doctor’s office would have been paying out big time. Local hardware store too.

    UClick has taken on the task of further enforcing image protection. I could do a lot of manipulating the browser and harvest an image to use, but it ruins the enjoyment and is just a pain. Maybe different experience for registered users.

    Jimmy, if you’ve read this far, are you complemented when a fan has your art clipped out? Or is that seen as a loss of revenue?

  126. When I looked at GoComics this morning, I saw no change. After reading the comments above, I just looked again – big change!

  127. My doc and I had our annual shrug-fest this afternoon. Five minutes talking, examining, going over labs…ten minutes documenting. Welcome to the 21st Century. But all is well…I’m apparently still his least interesting patient.

  128. GR6, an adventurous life, skillful enough to not have a fatigued frame. Well done young man. Hope you remain so ‘dull’.

    Old Bear mentioned common sense, a couple days ago. I saw on a refreshed Wikipedia, On this day… 10-Jan: Thomas Paine shared his version of Common Sense with colonial America, published 241 years ago.

    Offered up, I’ve linked to Lost on Time before. This time the subject is Cubism. Not my favorite style, but significant all the same. Martin Smith submitted this commentary, again with an English education and from the view of his favorite hobby, chess. A natural subject for a genre that came to be called Cubist. It does not try to be authoritative, but I enjoy interpretation outside the mainline. Some names are well known, others required a re-introduction.
    For me, William Roberts later piece from 1930, so late-Cubism as a refinement of the original, is more digestible than the earliest examples; but still carries the emotional weight of a storyline in its bolder colors. Warning, the last example from the post-freelove 70’s does not use Blondie’s Opaque Bubbles for either party, consume at your own risk.

    Martin Smith and Justin Horton are members of the Streatham and Brixton Chess Club, and were primary contributors to a blog named for but separate from that group, before branching out from club details last spring. A link to the archives of that page is listed, and well worth a look; if you have an interest in alternative views of British chess and all things even loosely associated with it. Martin remains in London, a little south of the Thames, with a young family, if I recall rightly.

  129. That is refreshing to hear Ghost. Do NOT get shot. But if you do will you put me on list to nurse you? I have never had a chance to absolutely spoil anyone other than a dog or cat.

    Ghost Kitty begged some chicken breast from my salad bowl. I am making chicken dumplings with mushrooms to feed my workmen tomorrow. They didn’t get fed today.

    Had an enormous chopped salad that had lots of spring mix, spinach and a half dozen spring lettuces, kale, radicchio, broccoli, carrots, red lettuce, cherry tomatoes, yellow bell peppers, pecans, walnuts, cranberries, croutons, crispy onions, crumbled pita chips, blue cheese, chicken breast. With dijon dressing.

    It was delicious and most of chopping was in the bag. Am I only one who loves kale?

  130. Morphy,

    The “View source” option available by right clicking in your browser (Chrome at least) opens the HTML page for the comic. For today’s Arlo & Janis, line 43 has the necessary info to actually find the image. (Maybe the paste below will work)

    Look for the line that has “content”. That gives a web location for the actual image. You can copy that image and print for the bulletin board or your office door.

  131. Paste didn’t work…. I’ve eliminated the brackets for HTML definition, maybe this will show.

    meta property=”og:image” content=”http://assets.amuniversal.com/537f8030b4b9013429ec005056a9545d”

  132. Have the chicken broth and mushrooms boiling, already picked out bones. Dumplings are fast food to me you make for comfort food.

    Forgot to buy a new scale tonight, will get one tomorrow when I go to Walmart for meds. This is week I try to behave responsibly.

  133. Got the chicken and dumplings cooked, waiting now for them to cool enough to store. I make fluffy biscuit dough dumplings from real biscuit dough, no canned biscuits or slime tortillas. Yuck!

    Three pounds chicken breast, box of fresh mushrooms, half and half subbed for heavy cream. Salt, pepper, a little herb de Provence, a little nutmeg.

    Eaten in large soup bowls or deep soup mugs, no plates.

    Steamed veggies which is what I will mainly eat on side.

  134. Went to go comics and I actually like it. Am going to bed with my phone or tablet and read A and Janis tonight. I like the categories.

    Am disappointed there is no gardening, baths, boats, sex, pokies or nudity nor lingerie categories but I suppose this is supposed to be family friendly site?

    Anyway reading looks like where I am headed. Maybe I will open some wine to accompany the merriment.

    Am disappointed no one noticed Ghost being outed except Ghost.

  135. Some may not understand the vital importance of providing security for state beauty contest winners.

    I searched gocomics.com for “bath tub” and got lots of cartoons, but none were A&J’s. That’s just wrong.

  136. Yes, it is a 24 hour seven day a week job which includes chaperones of the female sex who double as beauty consultants, bodily protection, a friendly and sympathetic shoulder, drivers, fetchers, gofers and a million others things not excluding moral fiber and guardians of the unimpigned unsullied reputation that goes with each winner so long as she wears the crown.

    And Ghost is the glue that holds entire house of calling cards, dance cards and autograph cards together.

    Very important.

  137. My oh my. Clemson has upset Alabama.

    Are we upset? Happy? Undecided?

    Does anyone here like made from scratch fluffy chicken and dumplings?

    What about New Orleans style baked shrimp, crabmeat and eggplant, baked in the eggplant shell?

    Think I must be feeling cheery which has nothing to do with football. Haven’t felt like cooking in a loooong time.
    Not sure workmen eat seafood?

    But the eggplants were on sale for $1 each and the perfect size for that dis. Logic of a food maven. Guess how much crabmeat will be?

  138. Great game, and husband and two guests and I were all rooting for Clemson. Woohoo! Sorry, Mark, but unless you’re actually from Alabama, most of us root for the other guy. We don’t like Saban, and we’re tired of Alabama.

  139. Nancy to my knowledge while Mark went to Alabama and has a degree I do not believe he ever attended a game.

    I am not sure Mark has ever attended a football game of any kind.

    But I am with you, I find Sabin a prig and don’t like his attitude, so I would have rooted for Clemson too.

  140. On GC to read comments click on little balloon under strip.
    4th item from left – between pushpin & shopping cart.

    They sure did NOT streamline the use of the site. Way more clicks and mouse work.
    Can it be navigated without a mouse?

    GM Debbe
    Greetings Mizz Charlotte

  141. Just tried the new gocomics site and liked it. I hold “ctrl” while clicking on titles, said action placing the respective titles on different tabs at the top of the page. When I have about 15, I begin looking at them, x-ing out each used page [which causes the next to appear]. This is a lot easier than what I did hitherto.

    So the ghost story above was truth?

  142. Good morning. Just looked at my phone. It is 60 degrees outside here and there are rumors of an ice storm this week.

    For some reason I have an alarm going off enthusiastically in kitchen to get up. I am.

  143. Can’t find phone going off but it quit.

    Going to upper 60s here today with high winds advisories, up into 70s tomorrow and still talking about ice storm for weekend.

    Oklahoma. Where the wind comes roaring down the plains.

  144. Actually, I have rubbed elbows with several State Beauty Contest Winners. Although in most cases it was not their elbow that was rubbing my elbow.

    I wish I could find those photographs. SBCWs seem to like to get close.

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