Fowl Story

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Given the drift of yesterday’s conversation, I couldn’t resist showing you this Sunday example of reality-bending from five years ago. Speaking of yesterday’s conversation, I would like to set the record straight about one thing. I do not draw my comic strip digitally. Far from it. In fact, I recently experimented with felt-tip pens, which most cartoonists—the decreasing number who do not draw digitally—have favored for years. I drew with felt-tip pens for several months, but I didn’t care for the results. I have gone back to pen nib and India ink on 100% rag Strathmore paper. In fact, they don’t make the pen points I use anymore. I have to watch for them on eBay, where they’re sold as antiques. I figure I have a two-year supply on hand right now. Only after I finish drawing an A&J strip do I enter the digital world by scanning the artwork and creating a file.

153 responses to “Fowl Story”

  1. Re: “they don’t make the pen points I use anymore”, I wonder whether this “3d printing” thing that is all the rage, would be able to come to the rescue for something like this. Is there a 3d printer out there that can print a pen nib with sufficient detail and strength? Sooner or later, the supply of “real” nibs will dry up.

  2. Seems to me I remember Strathmore office board [?] from three Drawing* courses I took at Cornell U. in ’49-’51. *Art courses were taught in the Arts College, or maybe Architecture, Drawing what you see courses in the N.Y. State College of Agriculture. I’ve mentioned this before.

    Today’s TIP is good. You can sing ‘His eye is on the sparrow’ to accompany it. Peace, emb

  3. sand, there are other possible interpretations of your “craftsman” comment, but, again, this a family-oriented cartoon blog, so…

  4. I was using the term “craftsman” in the Arts and Crafts meaning. A period style that I have a fondest of. Can say that the better half does not share my taste in it’s style.

  5. Talk about antique art forms and art supplies, I took a class in chalk talks in college way back when. Now not only is it hard to find the proper supplies, you can’t find anyone who remembers seeing a chalk talk. Very hard to do right because you have to time it either with music, or a specific presentation speech developed just for that drawing. All the while doing an excellent drawing that usually doesn’t become apparent until the very end. I also learned to do black light chalk talks which only became fully understandable when after you finish you turn on the black light. Real antique presentations, and a far cry from power point presentations. Welcome to the new world.

  6. Ursen, I have seen similar talks done using an electronic whiteboard. One difference, the end image(s) can then be printed to be given as a handout.
    Mutat tempora mutantur et nos mutamur

  7. Jimmy, I am so relieved to hear you are drawing with a pen and a nib. Somehow I just could not picture computer generated strips because I do consider your strips “art” and to me, art implies use of pencils, pens, paints, brushes.

    Consider me an antique also.

    My favorite small boat designer, John Welsford of New Zealand, also draws all his designs with a pen and nib too and got a supply given to him by a friend/customer. John does not draw with a computer either, as many do now.

    I will ask him about pens and nibs in NZ. He just happens to be coming over for a visit and maybe I could get some?

    Love, Jackie Monies

  8. I recall my first computer had a ten megabyte drive. I was in heaven when I installed a 140 meg drive. Today we both use cloud drives with no set limit. How we have changed with the times.

  9. Actually, Boise Ed, I don’t think even the best high-end 3D printers can give you the proper temper a good nib requires.

    Mr trademark – your first computer had a MB drive? Cool. My first had no drive at all – one slot for a floppy with the programs on it, another floppy slot to store data on. And these were single-sided 5-1/2 floppies. Something like 360k per disk, if memory serves. The monitor was a 4 or 5″ green CRT between the drives. Was a “portable” though – could operate from the lighter socket in the car.

    Anyone else draw with quills they cut themselves from goose feathers? I usually use pen and nib but when I’m going for that truly authentic look I cut my own quills and use iron gall ink I brew up on the kitchen stove.

    And finally, my cat has done the same as Ludwig when he misses a catch, but I think he’s just griping not giving me a “one that got away” story. But then I only speak a few words of feline so, who knows?

  10. Leeches?

    Seriously, I have a good sailing friend who inherited an entire houseful of art supplies when the elderly owner passed away. He has been giving them away to anyone he can find to use them and I think he mentioned art pens, as well as paints and a garage full of frames, easels, canvases. He brought a boat load (pun intended) to my housekeeper because she had mentioned painting to him.

    I will ask about pens and nibs.

    The ironic thing was that when we went to Oriental, NC in fall last year we stayed in the home of an artist that had also passed away and same scenario. Tons of artists’ supplies and no one wanted them. How sad!

    Love, Jackie Monies

  11. Bryan, it was the first store bought, there had been two home brews before it. I also recall the cool of being a grad student; we were allowed punch to out our own IBM cards and take them to the run window.

    Do you grow your own papyrus for making parchment? That would be crazy cool. 🙂

  12. Wrote to one friend about nibs and pens. Will write other one tomorrow in NZ.

    Pen and ink is one of my favorite art mediums, along with copperplate etchings. Don’t ask why, I have no idea!

    Love, Jackie Monies

  13. Jackie:

    ‘Don’t ask why, I have no idea!’ Me too. [Wife and] I have painting reproductions all over the house, but I’m a drawing freak, perhaps / it’s a medium I have some competence in. Haven’t done any in years, mostly because ‘writing’ [keyboarding] is my current outlet, one others can actually appreciate.

    Peace, emb

  14. Dear Ghost, I’ve got a feeling that making vellum is a messy, smelly business; best left to the peasants. (I don’t mean to offend the modern day leather workers, I’m thinking of the medieval ones.)

  15. Bryan, you described the first computer I bought myself, an Apple 2e. I later bought a 5 MB hard drive for it and an AppleSoft Basic compiler. It really flew! And it’s fun to calculate such things as:

    The typical 4 GB flash drive you can buy for under $10 holds as much data as 34,952 5.25″ floppy disks for that Apple 2e.

  16. Reread the “Travails of Debbe” and the chicken house. It may take more than an exorcist to fix the gremlins that are plaguing her and the chickens. It may take $$$ and an exorcist might be the cheapest way to go over new equipment and parts. If said parts can even be bought for old machinery.

    I am Episcopalian, so don’t have an readily available exhortations, but I think some very sincere appeals are in order. Unfortunately, I would probably resort to profanity and fowl language!

    Debbe, I cannot crack an egg anymore without thinking of you and those infernal machines.

    Love, Jackie Monies

  17. Among things I kept when Mike’s elderly aunt died (she had no family except us really) was a document of indenture that I can only assume belonged to an ancestor. It has all the original seals intact, all the satin ribbons still there, florid writing I can hardly read but ink is not really faded. Written on parchment/vellum (?) and signed by King George III before the American Revolution.

    This is not very valuable, only a few hundred dollars, but it just intrigues me that it is still so clear and undamaged after 300 years. Not printed, all hand written with a pen and ink.

    Love, Jackie Monies

  18. And a lot more portable than a chiseled stone tablet!

    You know, with the discussion above on making your own paper, there is a possible brand name for a tablet. Call it the Papyrus, but don’t use hieroglyphics for the operating system!

  19. You are undoubtedly correct, Charlotte. Also, I checked with the big box office supply store and found they sell an Inkjet Translucent Vellum Paper, which sounds pretty neat. It goes for $10.99 for a pack of 50, which I’m sure is less than a calf skin would cost. Now if I could just figure out what to do with it. Although I think it might make an awesome report cover or section dividers, since it’s translucent.

    That’s a cool sounding document, Jackie. I never thought about monarchs signing “routine” documents. Not a lot to occupy their time back then, I suppose. Or perhaps they had “people” to do that for them, the 18th century version of an autopen.

  20. Mark, there are already online hieroglyphic translators. We could easily build a hieroglyph UI to overlay a binary OS. All input could be done via a stylus. Error correction would be a finger smudging over of an area. While doable, there is little web content in hieroglyph and, other than a couple of our professors no one in the Village speaks it. Would you settle for Greek?

  21. Good morning Villagers…

    GR 😉 When I first read “Vellum. I want to make vellum” I thought I was reading “Valium…I want to make valium……where’s the bifocals? I didn’t know vellum was made from calf skin though. See learn something here every day. Oh, and thanks for the Canned Heat…I am out in the country.

    Ah, the plagues continue at the henhouse….Boss man is just going to $$it when he gets the bills from the hardware store when he gets back. Andrew is quite the mechanic and is overhauling some much needed overhauling. Hey, if Boss man wants to stay in the egg business, you got to stop using duct tape and spend that money. I hope he enjoyed his $$$ vacation in Canada.

    Like his soon to be ex son-in-law said “a poor man can’t afford a one week vacation, let alone a two week vacation”

    Thanks for thinking of me Jackie when you crack an egg, and that’s no yolk. And yes, I do utter a fowl word every now and then.

    …..and it’s PAYDAY!!!!!

    ya’ll have a blessed day

  22. I find it interesting to hear how cartoonists do their work. I remember one (forget who, but I have one of his/her books) who, talking about the process only said, “For the technically minded, I use white paper and black ink.”

  23. Ghost:

    ‘Not a lot to occupy their time back then, I suppose.’ This is a constant background theme in ‘The French Lieutenant’s Woman’ by John Fowles. It’s more recent, 1860s or so, but the gentry still had time on their hands. Good book; we used it [along with other books] at least once in our team-taught freshman Honors course.

  24. Dear emb, I’d say the point is that some (unfamiliar to me) movie star looks kind of like the man in the portrait, who is fancifully imagined to be Henry the Eighth. He looks bored.

  25. Good morning, friends and neighbors.
    No, sandcastler, I’ve not grown papyrus (not sure it would do to well in the high desert) but I have made a sort of mock vellum. I used goatskins that you buy for drum heads or furniture as a starting leather. Once I was done, other than the thickness, it was a very good substitute for actual parchment and about 1/10 the cost.

    That does sound like a great document, Jackie. It is amazing how well many of the old manuscripts have held up over the centuries. Look up the Book of Kells or the Lindesfarne gospels. They are both from the 8th century and are still amazing looking. Kells even spent many years in an Irish bog but most of it is undamaged. Also look for Books of Hours, little prayer books quite popular in the Middle Ages. Some of them are amazing.

  26. Just as I was going to sleep last night, I began to think about colored illustrations (or comics) things we take for granted. Once printed books became more common, illustrations followed. Color did not.

    So color was supplied by mostly women who sat in garrets and did the colors for the floral botanicals, zoological illustrations, the “exotic” locales in those early (and expensive) colored books.

    This of course followed history of the monks who painstakingly drew and colored their manuscripts on the “papers” we are talking about. But illustrations were colored in greater quantities.

    In college I worked in a botanical library doing specimen mounts but the interesting part was we had a pretty good library of early and rare botanical books. Sometimes these were not identical in coloration for same flowers.

    Today many of these pages have been ripped from the books and are sold as “botanicals”. Genuine ones are not cheap. Maps, animals, native peoples, scenic drawings, all fell prey to the ripping from the books for sale.

    Funny, we seem to think of interesting subjects here?

    Love, Jackie Monies

  27. About George III signature, I could not believe it either. A King’s signature? Heck, an American President’s signature goes for a ton of money if it is real and not auto signed.

    Wanted to take this to Antiques Roadshow and of course, could not get tickets. So I called Christie’s or Sotheby’s or whomever was doing Road Show evaluations and asked if I should haul it to their offices?

    They very nicely put me through to the correct department who then very nicely told me I had exactly what I thought I did, letters of indenture ship for a British citizen being indentured in colonies. They said the signature was indeed King George’s, along with a slew of other dignitaries required, it sounded like mine was in great shape since it had all it’s stamps, ribbons, etc. and it’s worth was about $300.

    There must have been a LOT of people being indentured in America because they said they were quite common. The darned thing is pretty large, about as big as a map when unfolded but is folded up to size of large letter.

    Love, Jackie Monies

  28. Mark, I would hire some of these individuals; they clearly can think and reason. We ask questions of candidates not for correctness, but to understand how their minds function.

  29. Good day Y’all. Art old style and electronic seems to be an ongoing discussion. Today’s Working Daze also stirred up the old paper vs electronic discussion. Personally after having owned a Kindle Fire HDX for 7 months I think there is room for both the old and new. Certain classic books are better in paper just because they can be had no other way and “feel” better that way. Yet has available older books that have long been out of print yet can be had for free for electronic reading sources. And nothing beats having a wide selection of books available in small format when you have a lot of waiting to do. I used to think “Paper ONLY”, but have come to see there is room for both. Kindle yet my Arlo and Janis paper books.

  30. Ursen, funny you should bring that up. Also take a look at Open Library. And I just read of two services that are trying to do for ebooks what Netflix has done for video. Instead of buying everything to keep, and I have never been one to want to keep every book I’ve bought, you subscribe and read from what they have available. Only thing is, I read more science fiction these days, and out of the favored authors I looked for, found only one. So I’m not ready for them yet. But they do have many more books available though. The services are Oyster and Scrib’d. (think I have that last one right).

  31. Ruth Anne: Many public libraries do offer eBooks on a lending basis. However, many others (including mine) are not able to do so, primarily due to financial constraints. In those cases, contacting your city/county representative might be a good thing to do.

  32. Ghost:

    Here we go again. What is it about 50 boiled eggs?

    BTW, each one = 12.5% of my daily fat allowance. I eat eggs in moderation, mostly as a component of takeout egg fried rice.

  33. I just read the post I put up. I never knew how much I was missing in “Cool hand Luke”. I think the blogger gets a little too deep.

  34. Hmmm… I wish I could share that blog with Father Cunningham and hear his reaction. I remember that my notes for his humanities class at FSU in the fall of 1967 included “see Cool Hand Luke if at all possible”. He told us that the movie’s portrayal of life in prison camps in the south at that time (the book was set in central Florida) was true to what he and/or his religious colleagues had observed.

  35. Best apps… For renting e-books

    Oyster emerged last fall as the potential Netflix of e-books. Subscribers pay $10 a month for access to a library of 500,000 back titles, and 10 e-books can be checked out at any one time. The app is free and available for Android, iOS, Nook, and Kindle Fire.

    Scribd charges subscribers $9 a month for access to a book library of similar size but also maintains a strong focus on shorter reads like essays and stories. It’s not available for Nook.

    Entitle typically costs more, but it offers access to new titles from two major publishers and allows users to keep the books they download. Users get two books a month for $10, three for $15, or 24 a year for $99.

    OverDrive lets you borrow free e-books from the library, using your library card information to sign them out. At times, you may have to wait for an available copy.
    Source: The Washington Post

  36. Ruth Anne: You mean Jeremiah WASN’T a bullfrog? That was one of the major cultural items I learned during my first professorship…and at a church outing, yet.

  37. One of my favorite Dave Barry observations goes something like this: The human brain is indeed a mysterious thing. Mine can remember all the words to the theme song of “The Beverly Hillbillies” while half the time forgetting where I left my car keys ten minutes ago.

  38. Your smart phone will notify you when it gets separated from your keys by 50 meters? Yeah, that would narrow it down to about 85,000 square feet. I guess that could be called “Steve Jobs’ Big Acre”. 🙂

    The TrackR had some neat features. Especially if one wanted to surreptitiously track the movements or learn the whereabouts of a spouse or significant other. That could be fun.

  39. Debbe – Getting around my side of the complex is okay by car, the concrete guys have moved on; however, I never know what obstacle course will be between me and my car in the mornings. The fire marshall would be having kittens some mornings. Vehicles, building materials, old fixtures, and a rouge shopping cart greet me during my morning trek. The old counter behind the front door can stay though – rather handy.

    … And the A/C is dead again at work. Cooler outside than in.

    One of my x2? x3? great grandpas was a Schwab (some relation to famous Charles) who was indentured to a John Schmidt (I think I’ve mentioned this before.) We have a scan of the original indenture document, with some court stamp (not legible of course), giving names and dates, but have yet to nail down more than that. We DO know he ended up bitter towards his birth family (He was eight or so at the time of indenture, I believe.) and opted to stay with the Schmidt family. Not sure how “legal” his name change was, as I can’t find any of that either. Even more vexing, I’ve not been able to track down a census record that shows a Schwab family -1 boy and a Schmidt family +1 boy when I know most of the details!

    The only line I know from Cool Hand Luke is the “failure to communicate” bit. Trying to watch Steve McQueen in Thomas Crown Affair, but my darn closed captioning isn’t working right. Background noises and soundtracks bother me so much anymore, I struggle without CC.

    Vellum: There is an episode of Dirty Jobs where Mike makes vellum. One of only a couple episodes I struggled to get through. (I’ll pass on the slime eel and window port into live cow episodes thank you very much.)

  40. And the only songs that will survive for all eternity will be The Chicken Dance, Hokey Pokey, and Y.M.C.A. – forever preserved on wedding videos without number.

  41. No, castler, not any Renaissance Man. Heck, I barely speak one language (not counting gibber and babble). I just like recreating old stuff, getting as close as I can to the original methods and tools.

    Regarding eBooks our local library uses something called “Overdrive” to allow patrons to check out ebooks. In the fall they will be adding the service EBSCOhost. Being addicted to the paper version of books I’ve yet to try their digital equivalent.

    I’m sure I will, someday but I deal with way too much technology at work. When I’m home I prefer to keep it slow and simple, not unlike myself.

  42. Mindy, I am very curious the types of weddings you attend. I’ve yet to see any of those dances at any wedding I’ve attended. Must be an “Eastern” thing! lol

  43. Good morning Villagers…

    Bryan…yup, it is an Indiana thing I believe, especially in Southern IN….when my mom was in the bridal business, she would also decorate for the receptions and help follow through the reception and stay to take her decorations down. I ‘volunteered’ to help many an occasion, and yes, unfortunately, those three ‘dances’ are played at receptions……usually well into the reception and on the third keg of beer 🙂

    Brooklynne Rose made her arrival last night….dressed to kill. Little girls look cute in boots, gray skirt, with a printed, drop waistline shirt. I asked her if she knew what the design on her shirt was…yes, the peace sign.

    Gotta go….working with the mischievous 15 year old today…..

    Happy Caterday…………..

    GR 😉

  44. Indy Mindy – Bryan – Debbe –

    re: Wedding Songs:

    I am from The city of Logansport, Indiana, about forty miles from Purdue Univ. north half of the state. I have lived here most all of my life (except when I went to THE Indiana University – sorry ’bout your luck Steve from R. O.), and I’ve never heard those songs at weddings, even when I lived in southern Indiana (Bloomington). Maybe the weddings I went to did not supply enough beer…

    Note…my real name is Steve Moore (no, not THAT Steve Moore)

  45. I don’t know about Bryan, but I do speak several languages: English, American, Pig Latin, and on occasion, Sarcasm.

    And I don’t mind the funny dances at wedding receptions, but the one “custom” that irritated the heck out of me was where the groom smashed the cake onto the bride’s face. Happily that seems to be relegated to the 90s, because I haven’t heard of it happening since then.

    I haven’t gotten a Nook or Kindle, and don’t intend to. I like the feel and smell of real books. Plus, with my luck just as I was getting to the really good part of the story the battery of the Kindle would die and there I’d be. No, thanks! 😉

  46. Well, I see that some are in fine fettle over on The Dark Side today. Lighten up, dudes and dudetts. It’s just a cartoon.

    Jean dear, it’s OK. Be a “Luddite”; I’ll still love you. 🙂 I just like the richness of well written words, regardless of the format in which they are presented.

    Oh, and I’ll bet you can speak Southern, also.

  47. About why King George signed off on the indenture papers? I asked same thing and I “think” I may know or guess? Haven’t done much real research on these documents but a friend gave me a clue. She is descended from the first person in America to have been indentured for life. Wow!

    That was like legal slavery, no different, and it applied to both black and whites, all races. In most cases you were indentured for so many years and then you were free but life meant until you died.

    Maybe that required a more serious decree and signature?

    About name changes in 1700 and 1800’s period, many were changed just because no one could read, write or spell well then, so things are “variable” but more sound alike sometimes.

    What I found however, in case of one of my paternal great-great-greats was he was illegitimate, went by mother’s name until adulthood and when biological father died he took his name. No legal work, just took it and that was that!

    Ditto on children who got “taken in to be raised” by families. Sometimes they had same names, as in nieces or nephews, grandchildren, sometimes they didn’t. Census often shows all under same family name and they’d go thru life with that name, no legal changes.

    Love, Jackie Monies

  48. [/item 3 in the recent howlers from UK exams.]

    Was Matata the Lion King’s broad? Actually, if there’s only one male in a pride, he has access to all the females. If there are 2-3 males, one may still get most of the action, sometimes right on the road in front of a safari tour van. There’s a video of that somewhere.

    On safari in Kenya, ’87, we saw two ‘courting’ but they discreetly[?] headed off down the trail out of sight. En route, she mounted him a couple of times. He was the only male in the group, with 4 or 5 females. Lions there are well habituated to vehicles. First thing a cub sees when it emerges from a den is likely a Land Rover.

  49. SAM in Logan – Probably not enough beer. Second-stringer stupid songs at weddings Acky Breaky and Electric Slide (some restrictions apply), Mony Mony (drunken ad-lib lyrics come after keg two), that Grease soundtrack remix thing, and the Macarena.

    The one “black tie” wedding I attended had a truly wretched band. I left early to work on homework. No choreographed dances or heaven forbid, rap please.

  50. Husband plus daughter back in Tulsa at hospital. He suspected he had a clot in leg, so they are in ER right now. I am baby sitting grandson and my mom, not very well apparently. But I sat here and googled while baby slept. There are lots of signatures of George III for sale, some are in $15,000 range, some in hundreds. Wonder why?

    Did royal kings do nothing but sign their names to stuff back then?
    Military commissions, land deeds, just a ton of stuff. You’d think they’d have someone who could forge a good copy?

    Still can’t find out why he’d sign indenture papers, as about 500,000 people came to colonies indentured as a way to pay fare.
    Did learn that our native American people were abused and signed into indentureships, another thing we did to harm them, including lifelong ones.

    But this is interesting to learn and read.

    Love, Jackie Monies

  51. Jackie, the value of many historical documents is based on both the signator and the historical significance of the document. A Thomas Jefferson document to John Adams with reference to the writing of the Declaration of Independence will always sell for more than the ones mentioning weather or crop yields.

  52. The Native American quote that is tmy favorite from that ….hell, not pussy footing around this one…..they got the low end of the totem pole….in more ways than one..they got &^%$#@.

    “Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.” –Ancient Indian Proverb

    But just like every other ethnic group…it only takes one bad apple……

    (Eagles…and it isnt’ ‘peaceful easy feeling’ either 🙂

  53. Yep, Sandcastler, that $15,000 was something concerning American Revolution I think. It has been interesting looking at auction results for historic documents, going for very little money for entire lots.

    Something I knew but no one talks about much are the convicts sent to America from England. We know about the ones to Australia but America got a lot as well. It made it cheaper than keeping them in prison in England.

    My friends in New Zealand keep telling us their settlers came of their own free will.

    I didn’t realize until today that indentured servants/trades went on in America until early 1900’s?

    Lots of documents mentioning vellum, parchment, leather in those auctions.

    Love, Jackie Monies

  54. Jackie, I always thought it was cool when Le Roi used his ring as a seal for hot wax on a document. Perhaps that was why I always wanted to be a Notary Public…until I actually became one.

  55. Debbe 😉 Although I’m familiar with two of those three dances you mentioned (The Chicken Dance being the exception), I’ve never seen any of them performed at a wedding reception I’ve attended. Of course, there are probably reasons for that, the primary one being that the vast majority of wedding receptions I’ve attended were held at the church where the wedding ceremony was performed. The alcohol content of those receptions tends to be very low. (Read, “zero”.) Add the fact that a very high percentage of those church receptions (the ones held in The Deep South, anyway) were held at churches of a certain denomination which is prevalent in The Deep South.

    If you don’t get the significance of the latter fact, here’s a joke for you.

    Q: Why do married couples of a certain denomination which is prevalent in The Deep South not make love standing up, in front of a window with no drapes, with the lights on?

    A: They are afraid someone will see them and think they are dancing.

    I have always wanted to attend a Polish wedding, though. I’ll bet they polka down pretty good.

  56. Ghost, Ghost, Ghost! That is too funny! I laughed out loud and I needed a laugh today.

    There is a beer fest annually up in Tulsa that features Chicken Dancing but I have to admit I saw it on television I think, not in person.

    Good news is they didn’t find a blood clot in Mike’s leg, so he didn’t have to stay in hospital. Maybe he will not sit so much now.

    Love, Jackie Monies

  57. Ghost, my son in law will probably be my age when he gets his student loan paid off. One reason he had no interest in becoming an orthopedic surgeon. Only person I know who med schools actually recruited but he became a designer of artificial limbs which he loves and is fantastic doing.

    Love, Jackie Monies

  58. I JUST reread 1995 and that cartoon and laughed out loud there too.

    Good question- where is that silly silver cup on a chain of Mike’s?
    I don’t think I have actually seen it in twenty years we have lived in Oklahoma and maybe not for a long time before then.

    Someday I will forget to pay storage unit rentals and all this stuff will show up on a reality t.v. show!

    Love, Jackie Monies

  59. I once had a sign in my office that read “Eschew Obfuscation”.

    The student loans necessary to become a physician can be truly brutal to repay. On the up side, many docs work in hospital-owned or -based practices these days, and the competition for them can be so intense that in many cases the parent hospital will pay off their loans. Of course, the docs have to sign an employment contract, and there’s that indentured servitude thing again, but at least they come out well financially.

  60. Mindy, only six more weeks until we our warmest weather days. Then, only six months until winter arrives. And, six weeks after summer returns. 😉

  61. I didn’t look at the YouTube (seldom do) but have actually seen the Chicken Dance, here in Southern NH, danced by wedding guests at the reception. I believe it’s a French-Canadian custom … sure as heck isn’t an Old Yankee thing! You could call it a “folk dance”, a round dance rather than a couples dance. The dancers sort of imitate the walking … maybe clucking? of the chickens. I think they tried to show me how to do it and I gave it a try. I don’t believe there was much beer, either; must have been some, but no keg.

  62. Remember Saturday Night Live….just got to thinking about Rozanne, Rozanna. Danna doing a ‘stint’ on vellum vs,. Valium…never mind 🙂

    Found this vintage 1996? footage…..I have the original speakers that came with old Dell here….envy a couple of you with true stereo , so many ‘bytes’….Ian’s Boze headphones are no more, sigh!!!


  63. The 1995 strip was funny. And they I started looking at the March 2001 A & J, when they went to Cuba. I had never seen that arc – interesting.

    But the big thing I noticed – Janis had gray in her hair! Either that, or the part around her face was frosted. Wow!

  64. Debbe 😉 So, that good judgment you’d want your doctor to have before treating you? Don’t they teach that in medical school any longer? Or did she (real name, Hanna Kern) miss those classes?

    Also sounds like most of the bids she got were bogus. In fact, I’d suspect that any that went over $500 probably were, as I suspect that would be about the retail value of what she was trying to peddle.

  65. Good morning Villagers……

    GR 😉 well, we all know what turns your crank…..vellum 🙂

    Just left….all the videos reminds of a certain song’s lyrics “I can gather all the news I need from the weather report”…..”I got nothing to do today but smile” ….name that tune.

    So we have a polar vortex coming in July?! I’ll take it. 54 degrees Tuesday night with the high that day low 70s.

    Indiana SAM….you need to come down to Dubois County…..where he who has the biggest wedding wins…..sad, but true. Jasper is gearing up for their annual Strassenfest, talk about beer consumption. If I remember right, Dubois County has the highest beer consumption per capita in the State of Indiana…..Germans, gotta love ’em.


  66. Hi Debbe.

    Like Arlo I come when called. Loon knows while I may bark and pant; I’am just a puppy with a soft wet tongue. And, it never hurts that I treat her like the Queen she is.

  67. Coffee or tea cup, car keys, sunglasses, wallet, checkbook: today’s real time is the story of my life. Worse, I have to remember what I’m looking for in the first place.

  68. He failed to mention that he is also trained to walk on a leash and to put down the toilet lid.

    Mr. Ghost, do you spend your days searching out these gems or do you subscribe to a service? I can only surmise the male equivalent is a jock strap mask. 😉

  69. No service involved, Loon. Every time I go on line, I stumble over some random, delightfully off-center item, story, fact or picture. The InterWebNet is crawling with them.

    And the jock strap mask idea…nah, I don’t think so. Although, in a pinch, I wouldn’t at all object to sharing a bra mask with some well-endowed (and nice-smelling) lady.

  70. Good morning, it is ll a.m. and we are up around here. On Yahoo news there is a category called Weird News or Odd News or something like that. I used to wonder where Mike’s old sailing partner came up with some of HIS little goodies and I found out he read a news service like that.

    Sometimes the news is so odd anyway you don’t have to try hard!

    Daughter is all excited about Polar Vortex since she is going home for a visit to Illinois. Actually it will be that cool in Oklahoma as well.

    National weather service said they were sorry they had used the term “second coming of Polar Vortex” and said people were calling them irate, as they are sensitive to that terminology. I thought they meant the part about the Second Coming.

    Turns out it was the cold part!

    Love, Jackie Monies

  71. Oh for heaven’s sake, I broke the blog with that post back at 11 a.m. Have been trying to get onto A and J all day, computer wouldn’t go there and now I find no one else could either! I am sorry.

    Love, Jackie Monies

  72. Soccer? They haven’t finished playing that yet? There’s 186 or something like that countries in the world, right? So they have to play like 93 or more games, right? So that’s why it seems like they’ve been playing World Cup games for like forever, right?

    When I tried to look in here a couple of hours ago, I said to myself, “Self, I’ll bet Jackie broke the blog.” 🙂

  73. I wish the Polar Vortex would visit Utah this week. I’d like a break from the heat for a few days. And during the coldest part of the winter I’d like for a system to flow up from the Baja for a few days. Moderation!

  74. Yep, the daughter said “Now is when we get to go to the Great Lakes and it will be cool!” Literally. They are complaining up there about lack of tourists, I replied. Wish Mike were well enough to go anywhere other than a doctor or hospital. Tomorrow we get the stint taken out of his kidney.

    All day I have celebrated with whacking the dirty laundry on the rocks. Not really, I used a washer and dryer. Bonnie, my helper is always telling me how she spent her youth in the convent laundry but I think they used big pots and an oar to stir with. Things with an electric plug confound her.

    Love, Jackie Monies

  75. Reference stumbling across odd, unusual or entertaining things on the InterWebNet, case in point…–/YXBwaWQ9eW5ld3M7Zmk9ZmlsbDtoPTgwMDtweW9mZj0wO3E9NzU7dz0xMTE2/

    Something about “second-world prostate exams” or the inadvisability of mooning bulls comes to mind, but feel free to come up with your own caption.

    [Hey, that link is almost as long as the one Debbe posted one time. Wish I could get hyperlinks to work reliably.]

  76. The “point” of what was going on in the photo above is even more ridiculous than the picture; to wit, annoying bulls until they chase you; then jumping into the sea so that the bull jumps in after you; and then using small boats to fish the bulls out of the water. (I can only imagine that fishing a wet, mad bull out of the water must be even more interesting than getting him to jump into the water in the first place.) Granted, this seems like something Navy SEALs might do for fun, but it’s pretty obvious these people are not Navy SEALs. Or even as bright as real seals.

  77. The Navy Seals I have met are so serious and straight I am not sure they have fun? And polite! I think they audition them and they are same height, build, good looking, a real positive advertisement for our Navy.

    But they may have been being nice to an old lady, too. They all call me “Ma’am” and make sure I don’t fall on my face or other parts!

    Some of them have fun sailing small boats or paddling kayaks, trimarans, in “adventure” boating events. I don’t think they would annoy bulls. Or sharks or any other critters.

    Love, Jackie Monies

  78. Ghost, I meant to ask. How did you get to be a notary public? I got the position by default, no one wanted to do it and I think we drew straws or something and I lost.

    All I ever did was notarize government documents and copies of people’s birth certificates, wedding papers, that sort of thing and then returned original to them.

    Not exciting.

    Love, Jackie Monies

  79. If one thinks of it, for any single-elimination tournament involving N teams, no matter how they are matched up, it requires exactly N-1 games to determine the champion. In the distant past, I had been known to wonder about such things until I realized that each game eliminated 1 team, and N-1 teams needed to be eliminated.

    Tacitly, one is assuming that each game is played to a decision; no ties allowed.

  80. Jackie, I had two former employers that had to occasionally file suit in small claims court for debt recovery. In both cases, the employer paid the costs involved. In the first case, I performed all the separate steps required to become a Notary myself. By the time I again had need to be a Notary, there were services that would handle it on a turn-key basis. And as I said, being one was a lot less glamorous than I had imagined when I was young.

    As for SEALs, I suspect their behavior among their peers would make them seem a good bit less choirboy-ish than their public personas might. 🙂

  81. Good morning Villagers….

    GR 😉 our dust masks don’t even compare to the “emergency” mask….well, you knew someone had too much time on their ‘hands’ 🙂

    Good girl Loon….mine is always down for me, in both bathrooms. In modular homes, commodes are smaller and lower than the standard commode. And I live with three men.

    But, Andrew has met a very nice young lady…..and Brooklynne Rose approves. Unfortunately, she lives in Vincennes which is about an hour’s drive west of here. So……who knows. Take baby steps, I say (her two year old son had endless energy last night)…..but, he’s not leaving until he gets his projects completed at work 🙂 I’m happy for him and Brooklynne. Now to find a woman for my son who fits his MO 🙂 Hey, the Boss man’s soon to be ex son-in-law has a new woman, rebounds sometimes just don’t work out like everyone wishes.

    Raining here…..

    Watched “The Hurt Locker” last night….Sundance Channel is not the same since they started with commercials.

    later…ya’ll have a blessed day.

  82. Ah Monday. It is not yet 8am and I have cleaned up 120oz (yes, one hundred and twenty ounces) of crappy beer (twice), AND stepped in cold cat barf. (And PSA for the day: strawberry-scented room odor neutralizer does nothing to neutralize beer. You just get a strawberry-scented stale beer smell to endure.)

    In other news, there seems to be an all-new set of maintenance guys refurbishing the apartments. I’ve quite lost count of them all.

    I’m going to sit very still, eat my breakfast, hope I don’t drown in the shower, and go to bed!

  83. Still trying to figure out why you had to clean up all that beer, Lady Mindy. (The cat barf I think I understand.) Best I’ve come up with is that you threw a kegger for a bunch of friends who all have very poor hand-eye coordination.

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