Hula Whoop

July 12, 2004


When this comic strip first appeared in 2004, I received a snippy email that read, “I don’t know what that woman is doing, but it certainly isn’t the hula!” That’s one of the perks of being a cartoonist: aggravating such people. I will go so far as to admit the essence of the hula dance is fluid motion, but come on! It’s a static, four-panel comic strip! Besides, does anyone see the word “hula” anywhere in the strip? OK, I admit; it’s been 18 years. Sometimes they aggravate me.


63 thoughts on “Hula Whoop”

  1. Three word song from Frozen…Let It Go! lol. I know, it can be aggravating. But maybe you should have told her that is why Arlo was still having trouble coming up with the word? Janis didn’t know how. Or maybe he thought Janis was doing another type of dance that would make him throw his crossword away!

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  2. While going through the random strips on GoComics yesterday, I found one where Jimmy had let the cat out of the bag about Arlo’s age. In it, Arlo thinks to himself “I am 43 years of age, and the pop hits are from Disney”, when Janis is humming music from Pocahontas. In real years, that would make him 67 years old now. Just slightly older than me.

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  3. There is a reason the other place is called “The Dark Side”
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    Haters are going to hate – they do not need a reason.
    Or maybe they will grab at anything as an excuse.

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  4. Besides, it’s Janis’s *approximation* of a hula. One could say to the complainer: Sure, it’s not the best hula–but it looks far more like a hula than it does a bunny hop, a waltz, the twist, a foxtrot, or even Jules Feiffer’s modern dance lady. I got it right away. It’s funny! Janis even has her eyes closed, too– 🙂 She makin’ fun of Arlo–

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  5. What a good time for Arlo and Janis to visit. Plot is so true. Restaurants and families are struggling. Seafood has more than doubled in cost. But people love the little farm markets and boutique bistros now.

    Arlo needs to bring Ludwig down.

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    • Around here (and I live in the Midwest, where we do have a cow or two) it’s beef; went to our favorite Chinese restaurant last night, and the Mongolian Beef I ordered was $3 more the my usual Princess Prawns. That’s reversed from the norm there.

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  6. Hope we can move along from the soap opera with G&ML and get back to A&J. The restaurant-business-is difficult-and-not-profitable story is neither humorous nor philosophical and is, by now, trite.
    Sorry, JJ.

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    • Some of us have been reading since Gene was a kid. It’s nice to check in once in a while and see how his family is doing. If we don’t, I start to wonder. So this arc may not be for everyone, but I enjoyed it.

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      • I’ve enjoyed it too! I actually wondered aloud why they were going home so soon – didn’t Gene still need help? My husband pointed out they needed to go home to the cat. Couldn’t argue with that!

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    • Pardon my beg to differment, but in my oh, so very humble opinion you could not be more mistaken – on each & every point.

      More of the kids, please, Jimmy.

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  7. Re 7-30-21 retro cartoon: Arlo would have obviously caught on faster if Janis had donned the grass skirt hanging in the closet next to her lederhosen. However, the coconut shell bra would likely have been too much to expect on the spur of the moment.

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  8. Jackie was doing well enough (and improving) yesterday for me to feel comfortable not going to Tulsa today. Yesterday was my fifth 180-mile roundtrip of the week. I can remember a time when I would have gladly driven one of those trips just to eat a nice dinner. Now, not so much.

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  9. Finally on my way home after my worst nightmare hospital stay. I kept waiting for the leeches to appear, the blood letting occurred every 4 hours.

    Finally my orthopedist partner sprang me and I will be home soon. She said she agreed my side effects were not present at home, to go home, eat my healthy food and manage my meds, vitals and activities. Thank God

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  10. Here I live in Utah, the 2nd driest (rainfall, not booze!) state in the Union. Yet, tonight we’ve got runoff flooding into homes and cars because people didn’t keep their gutters and drains clear. The city’s drains couldn’t handle getting perhaps an inch of rain in 30 minutes. I’m glad to live on the high end of my street.

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  11. I just left my MBH at a hospital for some serious surgery. It isn’t likely to be life/death serious, but is vision/blindness serious for one eye. Surgeon cites ca. 80% chance of LONG range success, meaning we won’t know if the eye can see decently for some months yet. Good thoughts and prayers are solicited. Thanks.

    “Fuchs dystrophy” if you want to look it up.

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  12. So sorry curmudgeon ex prof. Best wishes for your spouse. We dealt with many years of eye surgery and treatment for my MIL. Oklahoma has a notable hospital in Oklahoma City doing just eyes.

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  13. Thanks, RR & J. Just got a call that my MBH was now out of surgery, though it will be another hour or two before I can retrieve her. The caller assured me there had been no complications, even with her/our geezerliness. We give thanks and hope the serious pain medications do their job, too.

    Happy that you, J, are also doing OK in your medical adventures.

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  14. Likely not heard on the mean streets of Amsterdam: “Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis off!” The recipient would likely be out of earshot before one finished saying it.

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  15. Jackie
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    Home is best.
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    Momma Bear’s grandmother had her appendix out at 94 or 95 then to nursing home.
    (Was home before)
    Was not doing well, hard for MIL to get into town after doing chores etc.
    Brought GMIL home — she lasted another 9 to 10 years. Yes to 104.
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    Home is best

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