Why am I always picking on Ohio? I’ve never even been to Ohio, except for two trips to Cincinnati, and I think that barely counts as Ohio. Anyway, I ran across this Sunday A&J from 2004 and decided to show it to you today. I know, I know. We’re about as far as we can get from Columbus Day, but I was searching through old Sunday cartoons, looking for examples to make a point here, but I found this one instead. It doesn’t make my point at all, but I like it. I swear! I’m drinking the same coffee this morning that I always drink.

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64 thoughts on “oO (Get it?)”

  1. Given the highness of that second “O”, it may not be what you are drinking that is at issue? Are you visiting one of those ‘recreational’ smoking product states? 😉

    John Denver has a great song about Toledo, Ohio.

    https://youtu.be/Z9Zcc4j0IWw

    Yes! I remember that song. I liked JD’s humorous songs best (Forest Lawn), although they’re not what’s remembered. — JJ

  2. The Sunday strip is extremely clever – every frame. And your pun for o hi O is also very clever. You’re on a roll!!!!

    I’d like to take credit, but I remember the “O, high O” gag from “Highlights” or “Weekly Reader” or something I read when I was about seven years old. — JJ

  3. Glad David posted Denver’s Toledo song or I would have!

    Glad you referenced Forrest Lawn too Jimmy.

    I read that part of the reason Denver did the comedic/political songs
    Was from his time in Chad Mitchell Trio and those kind of songs were part
    Of the material that they did in college appearances.

    Still listen to a lot of Denver even now.

  4. Thank you for reminding me of the Chad Mitchell Trio. I was born a conservative Republican so I was not into protest songs. Barry Goldwater was the first presidential election I ever voted in, he so inspired me. In spite of all this I loved many of the Chad Mitchell songs, especially “Barry’s Boys.” Actually, I agreed with it completely and thought it was very complementary to those of us who really believed. “What did You Learn in School Today?” was another favorite. I much preferred that to what they learn, or don’t learn, today. I must add Chad Mitchell to “My Music.”

  5. I imagine there are boatloads of things named for the explorer: country of Colombia, Columbus in GA, Columbus Circle in NYCity, Columbia River, and so forth.

  6. Favorite Chad Mitchell song is “The unfortunate man”, re lawyer named Mr. Clay. “Be sure to examine your intended wife. She had limits; some had to wait until after it was official. When we sang it in the car, I did bass harmony; it’s an easy part to follow. They also did Hava Nagila [sp.?] well.

    Had no idea Denver sang w/ them, and no longer have the LP to check. Peace,

  7. MN’s Franklin is about 11 mi. due E of Redwood Falls, which is nowhere near any naturally occurring redwoods, but is in a valley that seems much to vast for the minor river that runs through it, the MN River. Wonder how that happened?

    Peace,

  8. Jackie, saw your report of Ghost on ‘next’ page. Glad to hear progress if not recovery. Getting all dried out, from winter air, heating, making copious volumes of snot, reacting to germs with fever, and the side effects of the drugs to treat it, can make a strong man as loopy as a desert wanderer. I’ve heard rescue swimmers are trained on how to deliver a single KO punch to subdue a drowner into compliance. Might be a myth. Not sure I would suggest it as a course of action.

    The love rings out on its own. It is a bright spot in gloomy days. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  9. emb, U-shaped valleys are glacial, carved by solid water, somehow mysteriously retreated on a very large scale without the help of humans. V-shaped valleys are cut by liquid water in rivers. Plains and other flat areas too broad to be considered valleys may be ancient inland seas, released during one of those mysterious thaws. These are just the erosion based shaping forces. Other geologic forces of lifting may also apply. But I think you know that already, and just want to keep throwing things out there.

    Happy to oblige. You seem to have a strange idea that Christian faith precludes natural understanding. Very odd. Elitist and dismissive, all rolled up.

  10. I hope people can agree that the purposes of religion and science need not be at cross-purposes… Science is for discovering how things in the universe work, have worked, and will work. Religion is for discovering how to live and treat each other.

    As an amateur astronomer and former trucker, I know how very far apart things are both in this world and in the universe. I know that the ultimate speed limit is the speed of light and that as far as we can tell we’re seeing things that happened minutes ago (on our sun), hours ago (Neptune), and many years ago (well over 10 billion for distant galaxies). The laws of physics and chemistry are more obvious and provable than those of other fields, but where truth is the goal (not politics) the truth will prevail.

    As a Christian, my faith informs me that we are meant to be spiritual beings living by higher laws; that means we can also fall lower than any animal preying on another. Religious truth is found by differing means in various religions, but even there we can learn by observation which religious teachings bear good fruit.

    So, please power down your weapons and find other places to explore those differences of opinion. I’m waiting to find out just how much mucous Ghost has and will produce, also how many women it takes to restrain him when he is delirious.

  11. I’m with TR. I’m both religious and an amateur scientist. I am good with science providing whats, hows, wheres & whens, with my faith providing the whys. There’s no reason to argue religion here. Though the scientific method requires scepticism, no reason to argue science here, either. Present a few facts, maybe, and discuss, but no need for name calling.

    I’m wondering how we establish the control, for comparison, to Ghost’s never-ending mucous?

    On the flu, saw published today that this year’s vaccine may be as little as 10% effective for working adults. Glad that with the kidney transplant I’m spending most of my time at home! For those of you that were watching TV in the 80’s, “Lets be careful out there.”

  12. Ghost’s mucous production has slowed down. On Monday we see my lovely Dr. Lovelace for his skin. I will find a beautiful allergist for the nose.

    Through process of elimination and symptoms, results, recovery and use of MayoClinic online diagnostic site we believe Ghost suffered a sudden bizarre food poisoning during our Tulsa trip.

    He had two women fussing over him all day and was able to recover to point he is drinking the Southern panacea for upset stomach, Coca Cola.

  13. Note that Ghost’s high temp of 101.8, his severe dehydration, his confusion and delirium, along with neurological symptoms were reason to see s doctor.

    Who knew? It wasn’t puking.

  14. It used to be that when I agreed with my wife that I needed to see a doctor that she knew I was delirious and REALLY needed to see a doctor. Since my health reversals in ’09 I’m seeing doctors at least monthly between the specialties and my GP. Times change, and so must I.

  15. It’s one of our favorites. We will just avoid that dish. I ate two of the black pepper prawns and did not get sick but they were placed on top of Main entree which I did not eat.

    We suspect it was the noodle entree or sauce.

  16. Love scones, but had a blueberry scone weeks back that gave me the 36 hr. runs. No other symptoms, likely simple food poisoning. Chocolate chip next time; love their coffee. Peace,

  17. Ghost and I have discovered that ad Arlo said when he realized he was brushing with Janis toothbrush, “Love is not easily grossed out.”

  18. Trucker: Your “Science is for discovering how things in the universe work, have worked, and will work. Religion is for discovering how to live and treat each other.” is right on.

    Unfortunately, the second sentence is only partly true. Historically, for many religion has been a tool for controlling, abusing, or oppressing others [e.g., of particular social status, faith, or gender] for social or material gain, for distorting or denying science, or for other sins.

    Further, Morphy contends:, “You seem to have a strange idea that Christian faith precludes natural understanding. Very odd. Elitist and dismissive, all rolled up.” This suggests he is either ignorant of the obvious, or chooses to slander me. Out of charity, I assume the former.

    Those who have read my posts over the years should realize that I am a person of faith, one who believes he has integrated his unorthodox theology with “natural understanding” of the operation and history of Elohim’s universe reasonably and successfully, but also tentatively. Any who are “certain” about any conclusion, scientific or theological, are claiming more than I believe mortals are capable of, and thus displaying hubris [overweening pride], first of the Seven Deadlies.

    For those for whom “hubris” is not elitist enough, Happy Groundhog [Marmota monax, a peculiar member of the tribe Marmotini within the squirrel family Sciuridae] Day. Peace,

  19. The riddle I remember from Weekly Reader or Highlights was “What’s round on the ends and high in the middle?” I guess Ohio has been a target for a long time.

  20. Oh no! The Village has been shut down again!

    Ghost and I went to sign lease on my little retail space this morning. It is on Main Street in part of this wonderful historic bank that is three stories talk with a giant basement below.

    I know, I have cancer. I know I have side effects from hemo. I know this is not common sense.

    It is my 74 birthday this week. I always do something to celebrate my birthday that is impractical, illogical and often just outrageous. This is this year’s celebration of life.

    Be happy you are alive and do something to make others happy you are too.

    The shop is called Steals. Guess what it is?

  21. Not at all. Hardly my style. I am actually very wealthy emb and were you on Facebook you could see photos of my home on the lake, my yacht and boats, my decor and yards and vehicles, at al.

    No, I am going to have fun with a look alike “high dollar” boutique that mimics the clothes and trends of the upscale market at an affordable price people here in a small town can afford. We have two such shops here that no one can afford to buy from already and none they can.

    Fashion is a passion but I refuse to pay retsil for anything. It’s the steal or the deal I love.

    We’ll have antique look armoires, art, furniture like Rodeo Drive, window displays that poke fun and laugh and clothes so anyone can dress like a millionaire. It will be a hoot!

    Mostly raiding my huge wsrehouses. I hate garage sales.

  22. Good for you. We have very different irons in the fire, but each seems to be doing fruitful things. Just emailed a Sanford Health dietician [she gave a complimentary-lunch talk at the hospital today] my recipe for signature W. Afr. style fruit + chicken curry. It got rave reviews at a BUMC potluck Sunday [potluck is a UMC sacrament], and I w/b doing it sometime this spring for an ELCA clergy couple who have “adopted” me, but with frozen mallard from fall ’17 hunting season. Said couple are picking me up in 11 hr. for bfst at a downtown bakery. Hmm. Another idea is germinating. Nighty bunch!

  23. One of purposes in opening a women’s boutique is to supply Ghost with a steady supply of comely women on a daily basis. We are next door to the best salon in town and around corner from big nail salon.

    We will of course carry Sun dresses and romper suits and mini skirts and sheer see through tops. Lots of leggings.

    Ghost and Dickens get to work in shop. Landlord is dog and cat friendly.

    I consider Ghost good advertising with his long legs and tight jeans and sweet Southern drawl.

  24. Jackie, your plans sound terrific! I bet you will have a good time with this, and the town will benefit too.

    I sure hope that Ghost will bounce back from the illness that laid him low. If there is a next time, don’t wait long — get help right away. Easy for me to say, I live a mile from the hospital, and I appreciate the difficulties of living so far away. Make an emergency plan and make sure everyone knows.

  25. No Mark, it’s the bank building on corner of next block on same side of street from same historic period..

    Paradise Realty is main tenant, she owns building and is my landlord. On corner on left hand side of Main going north toward Muskogee.

    Eufaula, Oklahoma is one of oldest most historic towns in Oklahoma, settled during the days of Indian territory. It is the capital of the Muskogee Nation.

  26. Yes, that is it. It has a third floor attic I guess and a full below ground basement. I am tiny shop down at end on right of building on the alley.

    She put beautiful black awnings around building and lots of exterior upgrades.

    My space has hardwood floors and beautiful new bathroom, fresh sheet rock and paint, lighting and wiring.

  27. Oh, and that second picture is not static. Since it’s a Google map you can click around and see more angles, even follow the streets around Eufaula.

  28. Composer’s Datebook for Sunday, February 4, 2018 is neat.

    Similarly, I once played the first 2 movements of Mozart’s “Eine musickalischer spass” [sp.?] to a BSU class. The girl sitting by my daughter whispered “I just love Mozart” and remained in rapture while the chamber orch. oompahed along. Lovely,

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