Owed to Mr. Coffee


I enjoyed my brief time away, and I give you three classic comics as a token of my appreciation for your indulgence. All these old cartoons are from 1989 and can be seen only here. And my creepy upstairs closet. I seem to be stuck in 1989; I need to summon the courage to dig deeper into that creepy closet. The first example is an early attempt at verse, a little trick I picked up along the way. A fair-to-good poem, I have come to believe, is better than a bad gag, and it is a handy crutch when completely stuck for an idea, good or bad. I had to overcome a cultural bias in the process. My background is in newspapers, and there is nothing a newspaper editor hates more than poetry. I’m not completely sure why that is, but I have some ideas. First, a good newspaper is in no way literature; it is a no-nonsense instrument of record. Nobody believes this more than a good editor, bless his delusional little heart. Second, if an editor weakens and publishes just one of the unsolicited poems routinely sent to newspapers by would-be poets, he would regret it deeply and for a long time.


11 thoughts on “Owed to Mr. Coffee”

  1. Good morning Jimmy. Welcome back. I have done that with the coffee maker too, and sometimes I have managed to add the water and forget the coffee. A pot of hot water is no substitute for the magic brew!
    I like the third one best. For Gene, a trip to the mall is practically a vacation while Arlo would rather be in a closet.

  2. The best part is the side gag of Arlington hiding in the closet and Janis casually finding him there and dragging him out.

    I’m not sure if I’ve commented here before, but I’ve been reading in A&J in the newspapers since about 1988, and on-line since 2004 or 5–whenever there was a vote on Janis’s hairdo. Thanks for all the good times!

  3. Yep. I always set the coffee up the night before; came downstairs not 45 minutes ago & said “Good Morning” to the lovely vision on the couch. Replies She, “You forgot to put water in the coffee pot last night.”

  4. Jimmy – you are so right about the poetry. My late partner was a retired newspaper editor. If he started talking about his days as an editor, he would fume about the unsolicited poetry! He also was the originator of an area writer’s workshop. A lot of good stories came out of that group. But no poetry! LOL

  5. Just today my mother mentioned that the builder thought she was nuts for wanting white appliances in the house they had built in 1967.

    My parents are now in the process of moving out of that house. The appliances have all been replaced over the last fifty years, but they never looked mismatched.

  6. We built a new townhome in mid 1970s. I obviously had more money than sense. The girls has hot pink fixtures, we had deep chocolate brown.

    I swear I cannot remember if the kitchen had harvest gold, avocado green or a saddle brown! The wallpaper was a huge contemporary floral that had ALL three colors on a white background. They could have been any or all.

    There were two ovens, a grill, stove top, dishwasher, garbage disposal, refrigerator, freezer, washer and dryer!

    Jerry, we had a three story home with balconies on all levels.

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