Speaking of saving labor, I don’t remember what was going on in the late fall of 2002, when this series would have been drawn, but it is obvious I was trying to produce a “quick” week of work. There is a lot of, shall we say, economy in the drawing. Plus, the gimmick of “answering” reader mail isn’t exactly an original one. However, life sometimes places one in a bind, even a cartoonist, but if the result is acceptable, all is well. I like to think this little series turned out well. Whatever was compelling me to hurry, I think the jokes are sharp. Sometimes, hitting a single in a pinch can be a very satisfying achievement.