Look but Don’t Touch

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I’m not sure if this classic A&J from 1997 has run here before or not, but if it has it was a long time ago. (Where do you get the strange notion I should know these things?) I received word yesterday that the test batch of Arlo & Janis tee shirts has been printed. I haven’t seen them yet, but I will tomorrow. We’ll be tweaking the design as needed, and before you can say “I want one,” the final product will be in production. More on this soon.

197 responses to “Look but Don’t Touch”

  1. “I want one.” There.

    I believe the above cartoon has run here before, based on the facts I remember seeing it, and my local paper did not carry your cartoon in 1997, so I had not yet discovered the Goodness Which is Arlo & Janis™ then.

  2. The local doesn’t carry A & J or much of anything else so I depend on personal delivery. One advantage is that it’s in color everyday.

  3. Jean dear, I saw your post on the “previous” blog ref the “pumpkin guacamole emesis” video. But I love guac so much it just made me hungry for some of it. 🙂

  4. Ghosts came up and Jean’s didn’t so maybe we can get it on this thread and it will..

    It also occurred to me I just hired two hardworking twenty years olds who can probably teach me to use my electronic toys. But first we get house and yard cleaned.

    About weight, I have accepted that my body is like the market, stock, don’t panic and keep conservatively proceeding. Although I didn’t like seeing Black Rock, which I own a lot of was the fifth biggest loser in the Walmart disaster.

    Am I the only one who noticed Walmart stock dropped billions in a single day after their earnings report was so bad last week?

    By the way, better inspiration for me is going to Walmart and opening my eyes or going to my local Chinese buffet. I am always now the smallest person in either place and I say to myself “That is what you became, what you were and what you are no longer and you are NOT going back.”

    It works. At my fitness center are healthier people, in Tulsa at P.F. Change or Cheesecake Factory are healthier people and they have skinny menus to choose from and I do. I surround myself with positive people and know my menus when I ear out. I no longer hesitate to ask they change things for me.

    And I exercise some daily. Muscle indeed is heavier.

  5. From Mars Needs Rodents

    on 23 Oct 2015 at 10:54 am #

    America’s Test Kitchen found the canned pumpkin is just as good as scooping it yourself.
    Because of the water content I (their suggestion) spread it on several layers of paper
    towel and covers with several more. That dries it so it just peels right off and batter is not too wet.

    The artificial sweeteners in diet soda/pop/tonic/cola/coke/sodapop send wrong messages to body so might actually inhibit weight loss.

    “I surround myself with positive people” – that is the best thing for whatever the task.

  6. Looking forward to a new T-shirt to wear and be admired at exercise class.

    When I lived in a cooler clime (northern OK) I made a pumpkin pie out of jack-o-lantern cut outs, but found that type of pumpkin much, much blander than the canned variety. This was before I married, and spouse does not like pumpkin, so I doubt I will ever try the “pie pumpkins”. Besides, he feels (and I agree) that pecan pie is the most excellent vehicle for ice cream. I have a great recipe (titled LBJ’s favorite) from the Texas cookbook by Mary Faulk Koock: 1 stick (1/2 c) butter or margarine, softened; 1 c sugar; 1 c dark corn syrup; 1/2 tsp salt; 1 1/2 – 2 tsp vanilla; 3 eggs; 2 c coarsely chopped pecans. With sturdy spoon or sturdy hand-rotary egg-beater, mix all but pecans together well, then fold in pecans, then pour into an unbaked pieshell. Bake at 350 degrees on a top rack until top is toasted brown and filling is set in the middle when gently shaken – about 40 to 50 minutes. If top begins to brown too early, tent with aluminum foil. Pastry edge should be browned and bottom pastry a pale gold. Cool slightly (if you can wait!) before cutting. Bluebell Homemade Vanilla is an excellent accompaniment. I will be taking to Thanksgiving at my daughter’s house in Louisiana.

  7. The Village residents are among the most positive I find. I come here daily and often.

    My rheumatogist is a researcher in auto-immune disese, my cardiologist and endocrinologist are also specialists in auto-immune disorders. All believe my miracle of the last ten months was the dramatic mental paradigm shift I made, that our minds and attitudes can do more to heal than pills or doctors.

    Surround yourself with positive and good goes along.

  8. Judy, where did you live in Oklahoma and where is daughter in Louisiana? Being from all three places including Texas pecan pie is the absolute best.. But I don’t put ice cream on any pie.

    I do like the Jack Daniel’s pecan pie recipe. I don’t drink but alcohol improves many recipes.

  9. I agree that people with a positive attitude are the ones to cultivate.

    Recently a friend who is going through a rough patch posted on Facebook: Good hearted people get taken advantage of. You give too much. You trust too much. You love too much. You get hurt too much.

    My response: Good hearted people make the world a better place. You embrace generosity. You reject suspicion. Your spirit reaches out to others. A good hearted person knows their own worth and forgives the person who tries to cause them to doubt it.

    As others have posted here, the watchwords should be “non illigetimi carborundum” (sp?)
    Don’t let the b*s grind you down. When others tout negativity, recognize the power and fulfillment of living life with a positive attitude. It gives us all the strength to deal with life’s problems.

  10. “. . . have any of you tried making pumpkin pie from scratch and not the can? I don’t think I would have the patience.”

    Probably mentioned earlier that wife made scratch ‘pumpkin’ pie from winter squash, which we found more flavorful than the pie pumpkins that we harvested from our garden back in the ’60s-’00s. Always, of course, with her signature oil crust.

    Best vehicle for [vanilla] ice cream? Her signature rhubarb pie, same crust but of course also w/ a top crust. Secret of her r.pie flavor: use only 2/3 the sugar from the recipe. I don’t eat much pie [store-bought], mostly / high fat content.

    When I last checked, OF prediction was for after 3 pm, today’s date. Probably a typo.

    Peace, emb

  11. Jackie – I lived in Ponca City OK, my daughter and her family are in Mandeville LA (north of Lake Pontchartrain and New Orleans) and my son and his family are in Harahan LA (west side of New Orleans). They are about a 45 minute drive apart, which means when we go visit we get to play with all the grandchildren. Fun! I will have to look up the Jack Daniel’s recipe. Sounds good.

  12. Anonie, my “pumpkin guacamole emesis” comment was in regard to Jean’s post at the end of “Mars Needs More Rodents”, where you can find it if you look back.

    Sam Walton famously said, when asked about the more than a billion dollars he lost in the stock market due to Black Monday in 1987 (back when a billion was real money), “It was paper when we started out, and it’s paper afterwards.” Easy for him to say, of course, because of what he still had on paper afterwards. 🙂

  13. Love rhubarb and used to make jelly and strawberry rhubarb jam too. Not easy to come by in Houston, TX. I keep planting it in Oklahoma which it supposedly likes but it has not thrived. I will try again.

    Maybe it is like my attitude!

    In memory of Chef Paul Prudhomme I have two small catfish filets defrosting for dinner and I will blacken them, recipe on back of the catfish package. Will open windows and turn on exhaust fans! Sautéed green beans and fresh peppers from garden, lots of goodies out in garden including squash.

    Had a honey crisps apple and aged artisan cheddar with fresh garlic from New York, no orange dye. Blew it with the Diet Coke!

  14. I’ve probably posted this previously, but it’s one of my favorite seasonal recipes, and one given to me by my sister. I call it “the pumpkin dish for people who don’t like pumpkin”, as with the other ingredients and seasonings it really does not have a pumpkiny taste.

    Pumpkin Bisque

    4 Tbsp (½ stick) butter or margarine
    1 cup finely chopped sweet onion
    ½ tsp ground dried sage
    ½ tsp turmeric
    ¼ tsp salt
    ¼ tsp ground black pepper
    1 Tbsp cider vinegar
    1 (15-oz.) can solid-packed pumpkin puree
    5 cups low-fat chicken broth
    ½ cup heavy cream
    ½ cup thinly sliced green onion

    Melt butter over medium heat in a large Dutch oven or heavy saucepan. Add chopped onion and cook until golden brown, stirring occasionally. Stir in sage, turmeric, salt, pepper and vinegar; cook for 1 minute. Stir in pumpkin and add broth; bring to a slow boil. Reduce heat and simmer (uncovered) for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in cream and green onion. Adjust seasoning to taste with additional salt and pepper, if desired. Continue to simmer bisque for an additional 5 minutes over moderate heat. Serve warm. Yields 4 generous servings or serves 6 as a first course.

    Recipe Note: Bisque is best if prepared ahead (1 to 2 days before serving). Cool completely, uncovered, then refrigerate in a covered container. Warm gently over moderate heat before serving. Freezes beautifully.

    In a couple of weeks, I’ll have some frozen 1-cup servings in my freezer, ready for the holidays. But now, I’m hungry.

  15. Anony, Cabot brand cheddar is excellent, and they have low-fat and uncolored varieties. But most cheddar is orange due to beta carotene used for coloring, not artificial dye. So if you eat carrots, go ahead and eat the colored cheddar too.

    Judy in Conroe, if you plan on Blue Bell with that pie, you better buy it in Birmingham as you pass through. There are only about 3 counties in Alabama that have it, plus Texas and Oklahoma. Plants not up to full production yet and only selling in limited areas.

  16. Blue Bunny ice cream is good, too. At least that’s what my Mom says. Not much of fan of ice cream in recent years.

    I’ve always thought that stock market traders are like whitetail deer…one of them thinks that just maybe perhaps it heard what could have been a noise way over there somewhere, it flicks its tail, and the entire heart stampedes.

    BTW, I saw one of those TV commercials last night in which William Devane is flogging gold, and he says something to the effect that good Americans vote, and they buy gold. Who knew? And I guess that makes me a not-good American.

  17. I’m posting this as being of possible interest to sandcastler™ and other paratroopers, sport jumpers, and .mil geeks like me. Otherwise, one may utilize the Down Arrow key on one’s keyboard for its intended purpose if so desired. I noted with interest that, even in this day of near si-fi-realm electronic navigational devices, one of the air crew in the cockpit on the video is using what is obviously a folded aeronautical navigation sectional chart like the one I mentioned recently.


  18. Mark in TT – Conroe is 40 miles north of Houston and a little over an hour east of Brenham, TX, home of Bluebell. While the Brenham factory is not yet back up, Bluebell has made 4 flavors available in our area (Homemade Vanilla, Dutch Chocolate, Butter Brickle, Cookies & Cream). Husband and I are being supportive by buying some Homemade Vanilla on each trip to Kroger. We took some with us for the kids (not available yet in New Orleans area), on an earlier trip to LA, but haven’t decided yet whether we will do so at Thanksgiving – the dry ice in the cooler cost more than the ice cream.

  19. oops – Butter Pecan, not Butter Brickle.

    My son is a big fan of Bluebell and he says that New Orleans is scheduled for Phase 3. JR & I told him he could come visit us any time he wants to indulge.

  20. GR 6 – I’ve copied your recipe – thanks for sharing. It reminds me of a favorite that I have that is based on Butternut Squash and also includes applesauce. I bet this one is just as good!

  21. Love pumpkin and butternut squash in any form but especially bisque. I could make it and cut the calories down. But I like Ghosts version. I need to go cut a section of spinach down and find some summer squash.

    All this talk of food has made me hungry!

  22. Has more cheese and some Naan bread and another Diet Coke. I love Naan just thrown on top of a bare skillet and warmed.

    The cheese is Yancys Fancy roasted garlic aged white cheddar. Thank you Mark for the information on yellow cheddars, why is it done only in America?

    Mums in yard look fantastic and weather has cooled off. I am definitely here until Halloween, cancelling travel and planting flowers and bulbs with new help who are nice kids and try hard.

  23. Where is our hurricane report? I refuse to turn on Whether Channel but I am getting VERY distressing Facebook posts from friends on Mexican coast. The ones on Texas and Louisiana coast don’t sound distressed yet but went into marinas.

  24. Judy, sorry. thought it was Conroe, Ga. Don’t know if you are still getting our ice cream or not, since Blue Bell was shipping product from our Sylacauga plant to TX and OK to restart. Glad you’ve got it. Wish I did. But I would have to drive over 40 miles to get it, and I can wait. Especially since the weather is getting cooler.

  25. That wasn’t me! I am no longer insecure like Janis was back then.

    Just heard from my sailing friend who has taken refuge a sore in a high rise hotel with cat and left her boat. Most of my friends in Texas and Louisiana are preparing for storm, even here in Oklahoma we are to get heavy rain and possible flooding.

  26. Anonie: By now, Janis’s attractiveness goes with saying. Am I, though, the only one who noticed the position of Arlo’s hands in the third panel, as he says, “I’d stare at them and drool, knowing I couldn’t touch them.”?

    And Janis’s hair, in the fourth panel, gives a whole new dimension to the term “big hair”, doesn’t it?

  27. Dear Jackie, I use a weather site on the Internet. Simply cannot send links, but you can look for National Weather Service; or n o a a; other folks could help, I bet. There’s A LOT of good information here, no commercialsl, no talking heads! Scroll down on the page, you have many options: hurricane maps and forecasts; weather radar; marine weather you’d like. Tornado stuff in season; safety advice — a person could look at this all day!

    Hurricane Patricia, in the Pacific, I’d better take a look. Sounds really serious.

  28. I just went to Wikipedia and as I suspected, the lead news article today is about Hurricane Patricia and has all the details a person could want, and it will be freqently updated, which is good. I recommend it. Mark, thank you for your advice — I have looked at the Underground before and didn’t stick with it, forget why. I’ll revisit it and look.

    Jackie, I hope so much that your friends, and their boats, will be safe. Hope of course that all the people and boats in the affected area will be safe! Doesn’t look too good, though.


  29. Anonymous Anonie: I notice your “name” on your posts is now linked to an InterWebNet site, but clicking on it gives a “This webpage is not available” message. Is that supposed to be a link to your Book of Faces page, or to one of the blogs for which you write, perhaps?

  30. Well, I can switch to my online and on Facebook name which is Boat Widow which I have been called for many years. It is a term used for women whose husbands are totally absorbed in building boats and boating..

    Or I can go back to using my real name. When Smartphone, tablet and laptop were replaced I never plugged in a name a couple weeks ago.

    I have no preferable name but the other anonymous might?

    Love, Jackie Monies

  31. Actually I guess I could link something else but it once linked to my Sail Oklahoma page and I never removed that. I am getting ready to restructure Sail Oklahoma to revive it next year with a new Facebook and Web page.

    My becoming administrator on some of the Facebook pages comes with differing degrees of power, just as it-does being a moderator on Internet groups. One of the things we watch for aRe spam, trolls, profanity, rudeness, politics, religious extremes, sexual attacks, you know, the stuff that breads oUT at some peoples Thanks giving dinner

    So, porn shold hAve been on my mind bUT wasn’t aND this dang table is crazer tHan the phone!

    First thinges I caught was a bare brested chickadee in the showever holding them up to display after I had made her a member because she listed a few sailors I knew up in Port Townsend..

    So, I began watching all women applicants and it was amazing that I often had as many as ten friends in common with women with a plastic body parts obsession and no other information shown . Then I found they were hiding behind men’s names too so I had to look and read the profiles which I did the other night and will do again, all 1300 of them because I can block or ban them and I do

    So, besides fact there are serious people like me trying to protect against spam and porn, I have been laughing this week because yes, these women would love to have my friends list which does look like a list of johns, all men and just a few women, hundreds of them, and if I make them a friend of mine they get access to my hundreds of friends too. So tonight I will listen to music and rescue end my boating groups and my personal friends list.

    Love, Jackie

  32. You’re welcome, Mindy. He is a nice guy, very friendly and willing to advise people who are trying to learn the skills. The other people who were meeting there were fun to be around, too. Even if you weren’t carving.

    He and the club carved a full-size cigar-store type Indian statue as a fund-raiser while we were going there. It was really amazing to watch a log turn into a realistic-looking statue over the period of a few months. They used hand tools to do all the carving.


  33. When I hear that Patricia is the strongest storm to ever hit North America that gets my attention. We know how well I predict a hurricane’s path but I will say that they are predicting winds of 25mph by the time it reaches Texas and that sounds unlikely. I understand there is flooding now in the southwest and this storm is going to make it worse. That I believe and anyone in the southwest should keep a close eye on the storm.

  34. The NHC says “Models continue to show the development of a cyclone near the Texas coast over the weekend.” They throw that in with the discussion of Patricia and I have no idea what it means and I’m not going to make a guess.

  35. My friend on the boat on West coast of Mexico just put photo of Bubba her cat in hotel room and they are OK for now. No idea on boat. She tried to ride it out on boat, mentioned how wet Bubba got and he was dry now.

    My late cat Fluffy Paws washed out of a blown out Condon and washed up on a big tree that landed on other side of our boat slip. We rescued her and loved her forever but any rain terrified her. We figured she swam onto the tree and rode it to shore.

  36. Just to clear up a minor point, Hurricane Camille in 1969 had estimated wind gusts of 230 mph. Wind gusts from Patricia at landfall have been reported at 211 mph. However, sustained winds in Patricia were estimated at 200 mph and in Camille at 190, therefore Patricia is considered a stronger storm. Hurricane Ivan killed people and made luxury homes disappear just a few miles from me in 2004 so I hope that I don’t see another, although Dennis hit us the next year with little effect.

  37. Good morning Villagers….

    Old Bear, thank you for the pumpkin pie makings advice, and I didn’t know there were two different kinds of pumpkin…one for cooking and one for carving…see, ya learn something every day here.

    Judy, you have such sage advice, when one does surround oneself with positive people….it does rub off, and the opposite also applies. It’s sad that negativity seems to be rampant more than ever now….that’s why I work in a hen house, I surround myself with a bunch of clucks instead of……

    My hens are looking worse every day. They have become spent hens. Think I’ll bring George into the packing room today to watch the rain through the window, I put him on a skid in front of this window. He is beautiful and makes me smile knowing he is going to go to a good home before long and not be a part of the purge.

    gotta go

    Happy Caturday…………….

  38. Debbe, my favorite pie pumpkins are Sugar Pie-the little round dark orange ones you can find at most grocery stores, and Cinderellas-the ones that look like someone pushed the stem end down trying to flatten the pumpkin. (Legend has it that when he was doing the drawings for his fairy tale Charles Perrault used this pumpkin for Cinderella’s coach.) The easiest way to cook them is cut them in half, scrape out the seeds, then put the halves cut side down on baking pans (like jelly roll pans) and put them in a 350 degree oven until you can stick a knife through them. Let cool, scrape out the pulp and puree it in a blender or food processor, then dump it in a sieve and let the liquid drain out, then put it into plastic bags and freeze. 🙂

  39. Thanks for that link, Sand. That’s a great way to think about tai chi, cartooning, anything else in your life—or life in general!! Also loved your description of the Ghost Rider pumpkin!!!

  40. Mark that is a Great Trumpkin but the one I saw had really.wild hair.

    I must learn to link.

    Ghost, you need to read the full gardening profile on your pumpkin Ghost Rider as it is done for harvest when vine withers and shell hardens

    So. What flavor of milk shake?

  41. Ghost, another part of the description: You will need to train the plant as it grows because it will literally take over everything if it has the chance.


  42. At my favorite shopping center, Dollar General, for more clear storage boxes for my new cleaning lady who Ghost would like for age and looks probably but she has children. I love her, she is compulsively neat and organized. And hangers for me to unpack my suitcases.

    Love all the music, I have been enjoying radio on computer, phone, tablet. I can switch all over the place on genre, thanks to you all.

    Think I am going to buy myself a chanter and learn to play bagpipes, joined a group online. Any excuse to hang out with men who wear kilts and play Scotland the Brave.

  43. And when you don’t feel like taking it easy:
    I don’t understand why our parents didn’t like this music.

  44. Let’s try a different one:
    I hope that’s it because I won’t be doing it again.

  45. Thanks for the warning Jackie, when I hear sirens I start looking for tornadoes. No kidding, when we first moved to New Orleans (actually River Ridge, a suburb on the west side of NOLA), we lived about 1/2 mile from the Mississippi River. I heard sirens in the distance – it was cloudy – I was out looking. I was questioning the neighbors who looked at me as if I was crazy – “what sirens?” said they. Turns out they were signals of some kind on ships on the river. I swear they sounded just like the tornado sirens in good ole’ Ponca City where I grew up. But after we lived there a year, I never noticed them either.

    Lots of rain here right now, predicted to last through Sunday and tapering off on Monday. So far today a little over an inch and a half in my back yard, but some models are predicting a foot before it’s all over. I hope it doesn’t come down that hard, because we’ve had no rain this month and the ground is a little hard. Earlier today was a nice soft rain which hopefully has softened the soil so more will sink in. No tropical storm winds, though, just lots of the wet stuff.

  46. Crispin Crispian shall ne’er go by,
    From this day to the ending of the world,
    But we in it shall be remember’d;
    We few, we happy few, we band of brothers.

  47. “Anyone who encounters a bear at close range is advised to remain standing upright and speak to the bear in a calm, assertive voice.”

    “If a black bear attacks you, fight back aggressively.”

    Yeah, that’ll work.

  48. From a Boy Scout-realated website:

    The National Park Rangers are advising hikers in Glacier National Park and other Rocky Mountain parks to be alert for bears and take extra precautions to avoid an encounter.

    They advise park visitors to wear little bells on their clothes so they make noise when hiking. The bell noise allows bears to hear them coming from a distance and not be startled by a hiker accidentally sneaking up on them. This might cause a bear to charge.

    Visitors should also carry a pepper spray can just in case a bear is encountered. Spraying the pepper into the air will irritate the bear’s sensitive nose and it will run away.

    It is also a good idea to keep an eye out for fresh bear scat so you have an idea if bears are in the area. People should be able to recognize the difference between black bear and grizzly bear scat.

    Black bear droppings are smaller and often contain berries, leaves, and possibly bits of fur. Grizzly bear droppings tend to contain small bells and smell of pepper.

  49. Good morning Villagers….

    Re: today’s strip, Lauren Bacall was/is one of my favorites as well as Miss Maureen…loved her when she played in movies with the Duke. Going to look up her obit.

    Here’s a treat: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9Ay727EYzw

    Jerry, I just love your perseverance…says a lot about you…and I mean that in a positive way.

    Had to drive home in a downpour, hate driving in the rain. Didn’t even take the scenic road home as the county seems to forget about gravel in some spots

    Jean, thanks for the info…

    TR, wonder why Grizzly poo smells of pepper….

    Had to give another lecture to one of the teens yesterday….he was driving his mother’s car at around midnight Sunday morn and hit a buck….he was drinking. He came in with a hangover. I asked him…do you have a hangover? He said yes, can you tell? I definitely said yes, you are not focused, not into it, and we don’t lay down on the job. Stop it. Count your blessings you weren’t hurt and get over it. I also asked him if he learned a lesson. He nodded his head. I so wanted to pull it out of his $ss.

    Ya’ll have a Blessed Lord’s Day….

  50. Good one Deb. You were up early this morning. I can’t believe I watched two nuts driving a piece of !@$% jeep in the desert at 6:30 in the morning, on Sunday. I did learn that grizzly bears prefer their hikers with a bit of spice.

  51. Q. What does a grizzly bear call the pepper spray carried by hikers?
    A. “Seasoning”.

    Debbe 😉 Yes, hon, CRI (Cranial Rectal Inversion) is very prevalent among teenage boys. And having once been one, I speak from experience. [Sigh]

  52. Anonie, it’s good to know that my participation in Weight Watchers, in addition to being good for my health and wellbeing, will help increase the wealth of a billionaire. 🙂

  53. Yes, she earned 70 million on her first day on the job. She is joining the board and I wondered if she would attend meetings?

    It is called the Oprah Effect according to articles I read. Must counteract the Walton Effect which previous article said lost stockholders 17 billion in a single day.

  54. Arlo and Janis were indeed at the Bumsteads’ party, along with a lot of other folks who apparently live nearby.

    I just hope Arlo stayed far, far away from Lois Bailey Flagstaff (of “Hi and Lois.”) Lois is Beetle Bailey’s older sister, and was apparently the object of Arlo’s fancy at one time… the latter fact being one he should never have revealed to Janis, especially when she wanted to hear about his “fantasies.” http://www.gocomics.com/arloandjanis/1996/03/08

  55. “Judging by the time-stamp on the posts this morning, Daylight Saving Time has already ended in the Village.”

    Ghost, I would infer that the website software is still using programming that dictated the last Sunday in October before Congress got into the act again and started mucking about with DST… which used to show up in late April and now whimsically appears in March. They are always there to help! =O

  56. My thought, too, Evan. Which bring me to…

    Thought for the Day: Hanlon’s Razor – “Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.”

  57. Anonymous, I can’t get Blondie on Chrome or Internet Explorer. It won’t even show when I go to newspaper comic websites. I wonder what is going on.

    By the way, check out Gasoline Alley. You recall Jimmy mentioning Mutt and Jeff a few days ago. There are developments in their narrative happening in the Alley. Go back about a week and start there.

  58. I wonder, though, if the current artists for these strips did their own characters. Kind of a “jam” comic. Maybe one of them will let us know. I think it’s great to see the crossovers in this and the Gasoline Alley. Helps remind some of who is still around, and introduce the others to a new audience. Way to go!

  59. Good morning Villagers….

    Looking out my window here and the moon is almost full and it is now 5:19 on my computer….where does time fly 🙂

    Re: Blondie….I had to get out my magnifying glass just to see all the characters. In Mark’s link, I read some of the comments and someone mentioned great job of photoshop. Just how old is the strip Blondie, and is the original artist still alive….inquiring minds want to know.

    45 degrees on my front porch, and the heater is NOT working in the packing room. Skittles got it to run some, by banging on the piece where the gas is supposed to glow into the thingy jingy….told him we better not do that as I still had a few things left in life to do. Guess who will be calling the boss first thing this morning 🙂

    GR 😉 cranial rectal inversion….got to remember that one 🙂

    ya’ll have a blessed Monday…

  60. Strip of 10.26.15:

    I had a laptop once and doubt I will ever have another. I also doubt that I will ever have a laptop, tablet, or a smartphone.

    Because a computer is a work tool for me (even at home), I need a desktop.

    Also, I have large hands and poor vision. That means that I work better with a large, ergonomic keyboard and two large monitors. I also have a large, ergonomic pointing device.

    To speed things up a bit, I also use Dragon Naturally Speaking. I like it better than Siri.

    However, Cortana is looking better and better.

  61. Debbe:

    The original artist of Blondie passed quite a while ago. I think his son draws and writes the strip now. (By the way, anyone else miss the pack of puppies that used to be in the strip?)

    Yesterday, my local paper had a Marmaduke strip, commemorating its original artist whom we lost very recently. Based on the strip’s panel, I think his son is now in charge.

  62. Tippy weighs six pounds, hasn’t let the surgeries slow him down and thinks that he’s just as big as the rest of them. He always comes to me when I call him and lays beside me or lets me hold him. We try to give equal attention to the others but you can tell that Spunky is not the same. Elvis and Cilla have adopted him though. A 7.5 quake is said to have been felt all over Asia, especially Afganistan and Pakistan. The weather has reached us and it is windy and raining.

  63. OK, so I asked Siri if laptops are still cool. She didn’t know. She had to look it up on the InterWebNet. Siri can be rather thick sometimes.

  64. sand, you must have better luck with Siri than I do. When I tell her to show me her thighs, she just responds with “Who, me?” or “You have the wrong Personal Assistant, Ghost.”

  65. Jerry in FL, Siri is a voice-operated personal assistant built into Apple phones and the Ipads. You can ask it a question and it will speak an answer, not always a sensible answer, thus the commentary from Ghost.

  66. Good morning all, I am up and have had my piece of Multigrain bread wrapped around a paper thin slices of fat free ham and an egg cooked in olive oil spray, no salt, no butter, no mayo, no cheese. A bunch of grapes and a Diet Coke. That is brunch actually and Dickens and I are going to walk an hour down in the park by lake after I stop in at $ General who needs my financial contributions. They had to let a large group go at home office.

    The ones in stores work their butts off so I say let corporate downsize.

    That brunch was delicious by the way. The way I feel is worth it all except I am not suffering any.

  67. Anonie, my lunch was 2-oz low-fat ham and one slice low-fat Swiss on 100% whole wheat bread, water back. Great minds…

    Individual $* stores do a good job, in my experience. Even if the shortage of help does make maneuvering a shopping cart down the store aisles a bit problematic on re-stocking days.

  68. GR6, I am having better luck with Siri than I am with this beta version virtual keyboard. One just talks nonsense without thinking while the other makes corrections when I don’t ask.

  69. Two $ General managers working their butts off stocking shelves.
    I went in for sectioned plastic totes for jewelry, gloves, accessories. Told you I am back dressing well a casual version of my Houston days. Ended up with a lot of basic tunics and printed stretch pants on sale, sweaters.

    I shamelessly mix expensive with cheap/inexpensive clothes. I began life in teens being recruited as a teen model, mama said no. Then I won A fashion design scholarship, mama still said no. Taught sewing and design principals for the old Stretch and Sew franchise, worked retail clothing for awhile in younger days.

    Style sense never leaves but it like any other skill, you have to practice it and I have 20 years off the routine. So I am back studying casual dressing and not a La Kardashian which is trash.

    Most people could take me home to their mama and I’ll pass.

  70. A, follow the example of my next-door neighbor. She and husband both on disability but she dresses very well by visiting thrift stores and buying lightly worn outfits. Many are high-dollar store clothes going for less than $10. Plus the money she spends there goes to various charity or work-help programs so it’s a win-win. I also introduced her to the monthly flea market at a nearby state park and she had a ball haggling with the vendors there.

  71. That is true, I love them. Once you get thin enough to wear just about anything you can make out like a bandit on clearance, closeout stores and thrift stores. I also love them for decorating.

    Remember the multi thousand dollars 10 foot couch we hauled home for my dsughter? We paid $60 for it and rented a Uhaul for her. That couch may be 12 feet, it didn’t fit in trailer!

    Used to call them my disposable wardrobe.

  72. Just so you know I am here/or somewhere.

    Six Best Doctors in the World
    1. Sunlight
    2. Rest
    3. Exercise
    4. Diet
    5. Self Confidence and
    6. Friends

    Maintain them in all stages of living and enjoy a healthy life.

  73. Many (if not most) people mistake fashion for style. The former you can buy; the latter you cannot.

    Fortunately, I’ve always looked good in cheap clothes. 🙂

  74. Bear:

    Six Worst Shamans in the World
    1. Skin cancer
    2. Narcolepsy
    3. Extreme fatigue
    4. Obesity
    5. Narcissism and
    6. Enemies

    I like your list better. 🙂

  75. Anonie: “Once you get thin enough to wear just about anything you can make out like a bandit on clearance, closeout stores and thrift stores.”

    Perhaps for females. My experience has been that, for males, items offered for sale and clearance tend to be either size XS or S, or size 2XL or 3XL. I am neither.

  76. Ghost, as a 2xlt wearer, I can tell you that those sizes rarely appear anywhere on sale. So when I do find something, if it isn’t dog ugly I will pick it up. Considering the premium price charged for the larger size new, it is worth getting extra when you find it on sale. I have done well at yard sales sometimes.

  77. Mark, the size issue may perhaps be because I do almost all of my shopping on-line. 🙂

    One recent exception: Three $39.99 fleece vests in XL from Cabela’s for $19.99 each, with free shipping. I love me some fleece. I have three fleece jackets (one Cabela’s, two TNF), but based on the past few winters, the vests are likely to be more practical, more often, for casual wear.

    In fact, I love me some outer-garments, and I could probably fill a small closet with the ones I’ve collected over the years. And yet I live in a clime where sub-freezing temps are pretty rare.
    Note to any Villagers of the female persuasion: If you have more than two dozen pairs of shoes in your closet, you should refrain from saying anything about that. 🙂

  78. Mark that is excellent suggestion. I am going to steel myself to not bring anymore steamer trunks along. My friends version is a bikini bottom, tee shirt, flip flops and toothbrush, passport and credit card.

    If I packed my wardrobe in a jacket he would like that. So would I, flying is like a real.game of survival now. Literally.

  79. Ghost I think you have already decided you and I are NOT compatible. Obviously shoes and clothes form a chasm of great depth.

    Someone sent that beautiful lace jacket in a small, it might have fit when I was 5 years old. I have to call returns, no amount of dieting will get me there. If I can’t return it I will ask for volunteers.

  80. Not judging, Anonie; just asking not to be judged. 🙂

    And speaking of trunks, did you ever see “Joe Verses The Volcano”? Loved those trunks and the scene in which he bought them.

  81. Speaking of Siri reminds me of “The Big Bang Theory” and Raj’s infatuation with a Siri-like voice.

    And that reminds me of the superb movie “Her,” which might have been inspired by TBBT.

  82. Anonymous, you can also check out these folks: http://www.travelsmith.com/

    I got lucky enough to find some of their clothes in my size at a yard sale and wore them out. I still have one fleece pullover that I use for a sleep shirt when it gets really cold. They’re pricey, but what I had was very high quality and it’s designed to travel well.

  83. Mark, thanks for the answer. I still have “Surf City”, the first record album that I ever bought. I used to be great at video games, as long as it was Pong. I’m not exactly up to the minute on technology although I have a camera that doesn’t use film, I have an excellent cd collection, and about 250 songs on my Ipod. Re the weather, it has rained lightly all day, but the wind picked up about noon and has been steady at more than 35 mph since then. One of my favorite places these days is the library, which is a short drive down the highway and checking out dvd’s is free and they have a really big selection.

  84. Jerry in FL, my favorite is “Asteroid”. And of course, pinball (real, not computer modeled). I mainly know of Siri because my ex is an Apple fanatic. What I know of tech is largely due to beginning to work with computers nearly 20 years ago and what I have learned by trial and error along the way.

    What I love about the internet is it’s like having the world’s largest library where you have a chance of finding anything you are interested in. And things you never knew about turn out to be fascinating.

  85. So true. Just tonight, the InterWebNet taught me about the Paraguay Expedition, the United States Naval mission of 1858 sent to redress the 1855 shelling of the USS Water Witch by a Paraguayan river fort. I must have been absent the day that was taught in history class.

  86. Life’s too short to wake up in the morning with regrets, so . . .

    ‘Love the people who treat you right. Pray for those who don’t.

    GR6 YOU are younger that clothes I have in the closet/draw.

  87. I have altered Siri’s programming so that she now calls me “Your Exalted Majesty.” 😀

    Recently, Apple upgraded her so that if you say, “Siri, what song is playing?” and let her listen to a piece of music, she is able to identify it… AND produce a picture of the album cover. She once identified an obscure piece of music AND noted it was being played by the City Of Prague Philharmonic to boot.

    And tomorrow, Siri becomes a self-aware Terminator, out to wipe out the imperfect carbon-based life forms… especially any that commented uncharitably about her thighs. 😉

  88. I liked old Bears prescription for good health.

    Sorry Ghost I was being facetious, not critical. Of you, more making fun of myself and compulsive clothes and shone buying.

    This is weird, I am sitting alone in Chili’s bar drinking ice tea and copiious lime to ward off scurvy while Monday night football blares over my head and two young males at next table had a sincere dinner long conversation about churches in accent not Okie. While drinking seemed odd but I suppose not?

    Limited places open at 9 p.m. in small towns

  89. I learned some years ago, while relief bar-tending, to never be surprised by anything I heard in a bar.

    If there were a “Scurvy Awareness” t-shirt, I wonder what color it would be.

    I ran into another one of those dumb 2-question surveys I had to answer before I could read an on-line Indianapolis Star article. I answered 1) that I had no interest whatsoever in photography and 2) that I had purchased more than $1000 of photographic equipment in the past 6 months. Neither is true, of course, but I hope someone finds that useful.

  90. Listened to that for first time since I was about 14 I suspect. And what is it you do that involves so much travel and girl squeezing?

    Of course a tee shirt to fight scurvy would be lime green. There is a reason they are called limeys of course, not gin and tonics.

  91. Good morning Villagers….

    TR, thank you for the update on Blondie. When younger, the Sunday comics were always my favorite when Dad brought the paper home from work.

    Old Bear, good doctors there, but the sun and I don’t get along unless I use a sunscreen. But I love the sunshine, that’s why winters are so depressing. Read somewhere that two thirds of antidepressants prescribed were not necessary. Hmmm….me thinks there’s some kickbacks there. Personally, I don’t take them….I work.

    Jerry, with three inside cats and one outside cat who comes in when she feels like it, it’s hard to divide my lap. Like last night, I had big boy Buddee on one side and Snowee on the other, and Hampton on the top of the recliner…surrounded by cats, I was.

    Jackie, I was in $ General last night…oh, it’s so tempting to go off my budget, but I stuck to my list….except for the cinnamon rolls, couldn’t help myself. Had one and a glass of vanilla almond milk before I hit the pillows at 9ish last night.

    The service man for the heater best be showing up today, or The Boss will experience one hissy fit from me…..now we have the rain coming in…..

    gotta go

    ya’ll have a blessed Tuesday….

  92. Ghost:

    Speaking of learning things frequently not found in school –

    I have a couple of offbeat but still family-friendly sites that I enjoy a great deal:

    damninteresting.com and failuremag.com.

    I omitted the www in the hopes that my post will not go in moderation limbo.

    By the way, this ergonomic keyboard is 20 years old, and it is finally beginning to wear out. I wanted to use parentheses around “but still family-friendly,” but the number row has stopped working, along with the left Ctrl and Alt keys. The other evening, I lost “g” and “h,” but they came back after restarting the machine. Time for a new keyboard.

  93. OK, funny story from work yesterday morn….I got there first. When Mikey showed up, he stated he was so excited it was Monday that he got there two hours early. I told him when I got there, I never saw his truck….I told him he must have had his ‘cloaking device’ on. 🙂 He then said, can’t get one by you, can I? Guess you had to be there 🙂

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