This old A&J comic strip is from December 8, 1997, a Monday to be exact, and it introduces a week-long series wherein the entire family shops for Christmas gifts at the local mall. How quaint, huh? I know I’ve mused about this in the past, but it’s hard to imagine any 20-year span in human history when day-to-day life has changed for more people worldwide more than it has in the first 20 years of this century. The only period I can think of that comes close was the Black Death, and that was mostly just Europe. I’m sorry I haven’t posted much lately. I must confess to having an entertaining, painful, highly disorganized and unpredictable life outside my cartoon work. Sometimes, it requires my participation. I hope you will understand and trust that something good will come along.