No Guarantees in Life

April 19, 2004

If I am correct, the year 2004, when this strip appeared, was a leap year, so Arlo not only lived out the year but got an extra day. I know blog updates have been spotty lately, and I apologize for that. I ask that you consider my fallback excuse. This truly is a personal effort, one I have maintained in one form or another for almost 20 years. No one does anything for me. Nothing is done in advance. And, as I suppose is evident at times, I don’t put a lot of thought into what goes here until I sit down with my morning coffee. The point of all this is, sometimes life gets in the way. This has been especially true this spring, with beautiful days to perform so many tasks that were deferred during an unusually damp and cool winter. Better yet, vaccinations have made possible outings and travel that also were deferred for a year. The blog has suffered; even my current Arlo & Janis work has felt the pressure of the competition of corporeal life. However, experience has taught me this will ease up, and things will settle back into place. The blog isn’t going anywhere.

26 thoughts on “No Guarantees in Life”

  1. Jimmy, we love A&J. We love this blog–no matter about the timing. Not to worry! Btw, to what street address should I send a letter about A&J? I sent an email to a Mr. Glynn, but got no response. (Nor from your old email.) I very much wish to send it. I had time to write it, now that I’m retired.

    • I’m very glad you enjoy “Arlo & Janis!” You can email me at If you still need it, I’ll email you back a snail-mail address. Thanks!

  2. You KNOW how limited I am and Ghost because of me. I want so much to drive to Louisiana and Mississippi to put flowers on graves for Mother’s Day.

    If you can, remember your mother’s, those alive and those passed on.

  3. Jimmy
    I hope A&J is not “Not going anywhere” – We want A&J to go forward.
    I have a mundane existence – I am still me. 🙂

  4. Jimmy… we love you – Arlo & Janis – and the Blog! My day is not complete until I read the daily strip and come here. I don’t post very often, but I read every word! I have met so many nice people here. Thanks Everyone – luv yah!

  5. Did my first PT today and I am doing so well that orthopedist put me on full weight bearing. I am wsy ahead of schedule. Will see how long it takes to get broken leg made dominant leg.

    Lucky me, tooth and bridge did not break so dentist smoothed down toogh and they leaned my teeth. It was amazing to see all my friends there. Over 25 years doing my dental work.

  6. Friend of mine at a financial institution getting some information from an elder gentleman applying for a loan: “Have you lived in this county all your life?”
    Elder Gentleman: “So far.”

  7. Re 4-27-21 real-time cartoon: If the photo was taken shortly after they met, they must have hit it off quickly, as it appears Arlo may have accidently donned Janis’s cut-off jeans and tank top that morning.

  8. “I wonder if they’re willing to guarantee that.”

    Proverbs 27:1 – Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.

    For me, that’s a hopeful statement.

    In my mind, the next *second* is promised to no one.

  9. When I first saw this ‘oldie’ the thought was Arlo has Siri or Alexa now. Then the dateline revealed my false thought, the voice is from a clock radio.

  10. Both Jackie and I agree that our electronic bathroom scale seems to have lost its little electronic mind. Our weights seem to have no relationship at all to what various medical office scales show. And the variations in readings from week-to-week (or even day-to-day) seem to be, to put it mildly, unlikely. So I’m shopping.
    I see that some models actually “talk” to you when you step onto them. Nah, I don’t think so. I don’t want to start my day with the scales chiding me, “Please! One person at a time!” Or even worse, “OW! Get the **** off of me, you fat *******!”

    • What would be fun would be for one of the scale companies to create a cellphone app that would show your weight over time, and give you a fortune or something else fun, like the old coin op scales you used to find in stores. Make the experience fun instead of annoying.

  11. I want simplicity in a scale. This one keeps records for more than one, body fat, eyc. And memory. How else could I weigh 212.8 pounds for three weeks?

    I am wearing clothes that wouldn’t even come over my butt when I broke my leg!

  12. Back in early March, I lost one of my hearing aids. I finally had an appointment with an Audiologist down in Albuquerque to get my ears recalibrated so that I can get it replaced. It used to be that you’d have to get both of them replaced, but this time I’m only getting the one. It should arrive in the mail in two to three weeks. At first the two of them will work independently, but I’ll go back down in early August to have them programmed to work together. Albuquerque is about 250 miles away, so each trip down takes two days; one day down, and one back, with the appointment coming on either day, depending on what time of day it is. The VA pays me $.43/mile, which is more than it costs, including the overnight stay, which is nice, as I might not be able to afford it otherwise. More news about this as it happens. Stay healthy, everybody!

  13. You sure do get around. About hearing aids I take what I can get. A friend gave me one that was left over when a squirrel ate its mate. I’ve used it for years, works pretty well. We have a good (and inexpensive) audiologist in Tyler.

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