Holly Go Lightly

I’ve been doing the Web site in this format and appearance since January, 2008. That will be nine years next month. My first WordPress post was to plug an original Arlo & Janis cartoon being sold on eBay by “Ken in Framingham,” a friend and reader then and now. Ken is in the retail comics business in Worcester, Massachusetts, and—as I noted way back in 2008—he likes the “saucy” ones. That would include the above, I assume. Of course, before this version of the Web site appeared, there were others. I’ve been throwing up something on the Web since 2004. OK, perhaps a poor choice of words, but the point is we’ve been here on a regular basis, many of us, for over 12 years. And that’s just more-or-less steady posting. I’ve been dabbling on the Web for more than 20 years. Is that not incredible? I am grateful for all of you who’ve been with me online, today and over time. I really can’t believe how quickly it is passing. Whatever changes come in the new year, I hope we’ll all be here come 2027. I plan to be!
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56 responses to “Holly Go Lightly”

  1. One of my favorite characters and books. And I once had a holly Christmas tree but I was too small to have said leave it to grow, someone else cut it and brought it to house as a gift to me.

  2. Hmmm, the unknown future. A year ago I never would have thought at 58 that over six months in the alternative certification program, I’d get certified to teach social studies (US, Texas or world history, government, economics, geography, etc) for High school or anything general for middle or junior high and they tell me I can teach business courses because I have a business degree. Now all I have to do is get hired. The unknowns that life springs on you, I wasn’t planning on getting widowed two years ago and now I’m sweating the possibility of having competing lady friends on New Year’s Eve

  3. I think that I have been following Jimmy since at least 2005 and maybe even before. I thought that it was SO cool that not only a cartoonist would share his thoughts, but that my FAVORITE cartoonist would be available on the web. I like to think that we are friends.

    I really think having us around has made the strip better. I’m not sure exactly how, but an artist cannot truly work in a vacuum. Here’s to hoping for many more years of interaction.

  4. While not all that you find on the internet is good, the ability to interact between fans and those who create art of many sorts is truly one of the big benefits of the net. Thanks for having the foresight to start this and to stay with it and for everything!

    And I especially enjoy the inside stories of the cartooning creative process.

  5. I am so glad I found A&J. It really helped me when I became a widow. I’ve laughed and cried with everyone. The jokes and stories have been fun. I’ve only been reading since 2014 but it feels like longer. Jimmie I hope you are here for a very long time.

  6. In past trips to N. Ontario, there seemed to be a conspiracy of midges, etc., to attack by the swarm just at inopportune moments – as when first feeling a fish bite. I often wondered, “How flies time when you’re having fun.”.

    That was for you, Sand….

    Good words from my diabetes doc this morning: he has cut my daily drug dosage in half! In spite of my replacing all the weight lost during the dental implant affair, my A1C went down to 5.4 from the previous 5.5. Those numbers are pretty much normal.

  7. Laura, I was looking for a “like” button for your comment. Glad that the folks here can help. Laughter, and being with empathetic people, can really help heal.

    Jimmy, it would be nice to have a “like” button and/or edit button in the next incarnation.

  8. “Is that a strain of Gilbert and Sullivan coming from emb’s house?”

    Probably. I sing some songs a lot, and sometimes think of one that has not come to mind in years, and I cannot remember this or that line, but a few days later it pops up. Amazing what is stored away in this or that corner of our skulls. E.g., ” . . . kind of youth . . .” was missing from Bunthorne’s soliloquy [Patience, Act. I], but it came back Sunday.

    Also some of the non-G&S stuff I’ve posted here, not including Offenbach’s ‘Barcarolle’ / his “Tales of Hoffmann.”

    Busy and enjoyable day by the OR at SHB today, but I cannot tell you anything about it.


  9. Back to check in. We dragged my winter clothes out to put away and open. Oh my! Lots of new, I bought at end of last year’s sales events. And boots, mittens and caps and scarves, leg warmers and ear warmers.

    I shall be toasty warm for Christmas in Illinois.

  10. Jackie, I had shut down shortly after last post. Glad others were available, and the village didn’t close.

    Smigz, nice mental walk around the neighborhood. Was it snowing softly, sounds all muffled, and smell of wood-smoke in the air? That’s how I read it. Thanks.

    I think that program is also on the DVR from earlier this month. Looking forward to it. I first new Myrna in matronly roles, postwar. An experienced actress could learn these acting techniques in her career, I only new I liked her. Then I found The Thin Man series, after reading Hammett’s book; and though it was different, I truly enjoyed how these two bantered like an earlier love and I had done. I was hooked on classic movies from here. I saw her do other pairings with Powell where his technique was less solid than hers. Prizefighter… showed me that Myrna was a natural that did not need to be taught, or relied on her co-star. She could drive the plot herself and make others look good doing it. Others at the time probably knew this already. But because of my out-of-order discovery, it took me a while. Her natural talent now is ranked higher than Lauren Bacall in my estimation, for different reasons. Lauren knew how to emote, and move at nineteen; but Myrna was doing dialog right years previously.

    Jimmy, nice Audrey Hepburn reference. Still not sure I like Capote, but loved that movie. Probably due to a mental connection with a first kiss.

  11. Wow, billy. Almost missed yours.

    There are many unsanctioned pages on darker areas of web that cater all interests.

    Suggest you fire up your onion router and get going. You will be busy for years. Bye.

  12. It’s great to be a part of this village. I can almost remember the first Arlo and Janis when I was reading the Opelika/Auburn News. I feel like Jimmy is a part of my family. God bless our family.
    God bless us every one. God bless the USA.

  13. cexp-I was reading A&J way back, but for a couple of years I wasn’t getting a newspaper. The Commercial Appeal dropped our area from their route. It wasn’t until I got a tablet that I that I was able to read A&J again. Gocomics lead me to Jimmie’s site.

  14. Debbe, on your cheezburger link are some queries at the upper right. Sometimes I answer them except to lie blatantly about personal information.

    On today’s link, a few pages deep, it is asked how much 13,000 pennies is. There are only 2 choices, both of which are incorrect [unless such has since been fixed]. The writer claims that 13,000 pennies make up $1,300. I must hie over to yon financial institution, buy bags of pennies, and trade them for currency from that writer….

  15. cx-p, circulation pennies? I can get that high if I stick in a few rarities. Not with anything the mint currently puts out. A penny costs more than a penny to make; but it’s in the process not the material. So melting for bullion Cu doesn’t work either.

  16. The film Charade featured a plot point where a large sum of money was ‘hidden in plain sight’ through the device of rare stamps. Starring Audrey Hepburn for the five degrees of separation.

  17. I’m glad to be amusing, but I’m not making this stuff up and most of it is anything but funny. The market is up and I’m taking the money and putting it in the mattress. Someone is bowling upstairs and it’s pouring rain, our version of a blizzard.

  18. Greetings, Villagers and JJ.
    Just a note to Mr Johnson to say thanks for entertaining us for so long. A & J is the first thing I read in the am. I adore them and the mirror they hold up to us over and over again.
    I shall now go back to my silent status. Thanks for listening.

  19. Li’l Smigz, I notice you didn’t mention seeing Ghost’s bachelor pad in the Village. Afraid to surmise what might be going on behind the windows, perhaps? 😉

    The Village is indeed a warm, friendly, and supportive place*. Not least, for me, because many here seem to occasionally enjoy my ramblings. Of course, I am The Most Interesting Man in My Tri-County Area! 🙂

    *Not to mention much less expensive than professional therapy.

  20. Ha! I remember writing to you, Jimmy, at your aol.com address in the real old days! Arlo and Janis has been a constant in my life since near the beginning, when it first appeared without fanfare in the Boston Globe. Those saucy ones appeared frequently enough to keep me interested, and in time I came to like almost all the various themes as well. And Janis got prettier and prettier somehow, stylized as she is. But I have to admit the awful truth that I’ve never been a big fan of cats… but I hope such old friends can agree to disagree now and then! You keep at it and I’ll keep reading and enjoying.

  21. Found an entire monster bin of laundry we think fired minion #1 hid two years ago and has gotten even more soiled being left piled up open in construction area. All the hand wash on cold stuff, so Chinese laundry going again. More later.

    So, am I ever going to meet the most interesting and best looking bachelor in his tri-County area? I am beginning to think not. Ephemeral as are ghosts.

  22. Smigz:

    Vincent Price? Who he? Veteran Villagers know that, filmwise, emb is illiterate. ‘Margaret’ looks like a movie star.’ There are several versions online, but that has better sound and the singers seem more capable of genuine G&S performance than most.


  23. Probably true oh all knowing and wise one. But you have to agree two years of total curiosity is more than killed most cats. I am to the point of my life that I am never sure there will be another tomorrow but you may have more certainty?

    I mean, you could at least email me an anonymous photo of the most interesting ghost I have ever encountered. Heck, I get those on Facebook all the time but granted I do erase those immediately.

  24. Jimmy:

    2027 would be great.

    Please pardon a bit of darkness, but it’s a darkness that I’ve seen in my family far too often:

    The next second is promised to no one.

  25. Rick, what you say is absolutely true. It is undeniable. Please don’t think I’m making fun. I just wish to turn it around slightly.

    You might get another one.
    And another one.
    Like a heartbeat.
    Every new one,
    Is another …

    If you thought you ate the last potato chip and went to crush the bag, but found another held up by that little crinkle at the bottom. And ooo, it’s a full-sized one, not one of those crumbs. You might celebrate a little inside. I know I do.

  26. I’ve lost track of how long I have been reading A&J as it peeks into our lives. Yes the slightly risqué ones are a lot of fun, and best of all handled tastefully. I also have enjoyed this Village for a long time, even though I don’t comment very often. The best to whole Village.

  27. Seeing handles pop up from the past is like receiving holiday cards in the mail.

    Whether there is a stock newsletter, a hand-written message, or just a shaky signature, all are set on the mantle. And well wishes go out every time my eyes light on them.

    Merry Christmas, or greeting of choice. Happy Festivus, for Seinfeld fans.

  28. Dear gods of weather are playing pin ball again, up and down and up again. It is going to be unusually warm here on Friday, then drop 50 degrees in about 24 hours to low teens. I think we need to move dogs, cats and chickens into the shop and run heaters for all critters.

    We are supposed to have three nights in teens here in a row. Low teens.

  29. Still up, doing laundry, cleaning kitchen and putting away clothes. Came back from grocery and blood sugar was high. Took insulin and plunged it 140 points, now it is low and I am having low BS attack.

    Just ate something to counter it so I can go to sleep if it goes up. I am worse than Oklahoma weather!

  30. Plan is to stay home the gods of cold retreat. Which of the wind gods governs the frozen world? I will look it up.

    Found my Phantom of the Opera full length black wool cape. And a full length black wool coat. And boots and lots of gloves, caps, hats, boot liner wool socks.

    Just gave thermal underwear to garden helper and lots of sweaters, jackets, warm ups. She is about 20 and says I have nailed her taste in sweaters, jackets, accessories. It is funny, her dad has fought with her for years trying to get her to dress better, wear women’s clothes. He didn’t realize it just took giving her things she liked to make it happen.

    I love making people happy when I get the chance.

  31. John from Houston: good luck with your new career! I was in the second (maybe third?) alternative certification group out of Texas A&M way back in 1987-88. At that time, it was just a program for engineers & scientists to get into the math & science classrooms quickly due to the shortage of such teachers at the time, and it was somewhat “experimental”. Glad to hear it is still going and has expanded!

  32. Morph
    Jumping ahead here a little =
    It is not “summer gas/winter gas” like Diesel

    It is the fact that ethanol gas is good for 1 (one)
    month and then should be burned in car.

    Keep only about 1 gallon on hand with stabilizer (we like Sea-Foam)
    The alcohol eats the soft carb. parts and also is corrosive to metal.
    Being hydroscopic it draws water which will not pass screens and orifices.

    Small engine Mfg do not warrantee fuel related problems.
    If possible use non-oxygenated or non-ethanol fuel it lasts.


  33. Perhaps I’m just lucky, but I leave my snowblower with whatever fuel may be in it all year ’round. It never gives me grief. Uses gasoline with a spot of oil added. The gasoline is regular and may or may not have ethanol – I buy whatever the station has.

    Hard to imagine ethanol as being corrosive. However, during its combustion, I suppose there may be some acetic acid produced en route carbon dioxide. That acid, quite weak, could be somewhat corrosive at higher temperatures. It is the same acid found in vinegar at a concentration of about 4%, maybe 5%, in water.
    “Weak”, for acids and bases, refers to percentage of ionization when in water solution; it does not refer to concentration at all.

    I may be wrong, but 10% ethanol seems too dilute to be significantly hygroscopic. In view of the fact that burning gasoline produces a lot of water [from the hydrogen atoms in the fuel], a smidgen more water from the ethanol – if it is hygroscopic in fuel – ought not make much difference.

    More opinion, not at all researched by me: I’d think the gasoline would be more of a threat to rubber or rubber-like parts than ethanol would be. It is a matter of matching polarities of the molecules. Again, I could be wrong – that has been known to occur!

  34. Ghost, every Village needs a mystery…

    The best to you, too, ursen.

    Mindy, yep, the whole penny flooring thing has been hilarious, but a little sad, too. Anyone can have a brain hiccup, but ALL those people? C’mon, folks, move the decimal two places.

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