Remember the Mall Things

December 8, 1997


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.


219 thoughts on “Remember the Mall Things”

    • Oh, I love the squirrels! And especially the alligators! Such nonsense! It’s not too much for me; it’s what makes me a “Pogo” fan, too. But, falling down the rabbit hole of the above strip (thank you, Jimmy), I went all the way to February 1, 1998. *That* day is so on the spot for today’s style of news it isn’t even funny. It’s completely prescient, about as prescient as anything could be. Smart.

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  1. Jimmy – we understand busy… not enough time… not enough energy. We just need to know you don’t have Covid, or fell down and broke something vital. We care about YOU!

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  2. Off topic but highly interesting, I think.

    This past summer on the way to Mt. Evans, I saw a statue in a small city park. I am one of those nerds who has to read every historical marker and examine every statue that I find on a trip.

    This one was a statue of Steve Canyon. No joke. A statue of a fictional comic strip and television character.

    Enter “Steve Canyon statue” in a search engine, and enjoy what you find.

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    • Rick, as I was reading your post, it really caught my attention. My last name is Evans and at a quick glance I saw Mr. Evans and then Steve and thought that you were talking about me!

      It is a unique tourist attraction. Makes me think of Truth Or Consequences New Mexico which changed it’s name from Hot Springs to T-C as a result of a contest from the Radio show

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      • Steve:

        Thanks for the memory jog. I now recall faintly reading about T of C and thinking that the town’s citizens must have a unique sense of humor.

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  3. Welcome back Jimmy!

    About Steve Canyon, Steve had a young female sidekick named Poteet, an orphan found abandoned in a canyon near Poteet Texas.

    Poteet Canyon Park is located in Poteet. Texas. The last time I was there they had signs and a statue of her there.

    I have been to Popeyes home, Wimpys and Poohs home where there are also statues.

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  4. Jackie:

    I had read Steve Canyon for at least twenty-five years, and I have no memory whatsoever of Poteet. Thanks for the info.

    And thanks for the info about the others. All of it is new to me.

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  5. Wrote more about cartoon statues in America which did not post. I may rewrite when I am in better mood. December is horrible month for me. Five immediate family members died, two one Christmas, two another including Christmas Eve death.

    We are in process of reducing/eliminating what remains of my too abundant belongings and life. There will be no holidays celebrated. Should I drop off again that is why, I am dropping out again. Not you guys.

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  6. Today was also anniversary of Ghost’s only sister’s death in 2013. He cared for her daily for months as she was unable to leave hospital ever.

    Today I have been fighting through papers concerning several grandparents, my mom and stepdad, my father, husband, in-laws, many aunts and uncles and legal suits, photos, old newspapers and letters, financial records.

    I am physically and emotionally distraught. Have cried on phone, to Ghost and to no one. I am so filthy with dirt, some ancient germs. I could embrace a good sermon right now.

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  7. Ghost is Air Force, my dad was Army Air Force. Step dad and father in law were Navy WWII.

    I was 1st lieutenant Army honorable.

    My favorite doctor is my plastic surgeon Dr. Arch Miller, III, Airborne Ranger in Vietnam and third generation graduate of the Citadel. I think I will cheer Army for him.

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  8. My intro to college football was as an early teen in WWII, at West Pt. The 4 grownups with me thought I ‘d be enthusiastic. Army & Navy were the only live act in those years. Army was playing somebody else, not Navy. Believe Army won. Have also seen one season of Cornell home games & 1 Michigan/Penn game, & one[?] BSU footbal game, I think. Cannot remember who we played or who won. Also one Bkln Dodgers double header at Ebbets Field. Roy Campanella, etc. won both gams. Elaine & I once watched U. Mich. beat Penn[?] when I was in grad school in Ann Arbor. UM had a good band. Cornell plays Penn, also an Ivy League school, every Thanksgiving, but I think it’s aways in Phila.

    A/N was before I knew Elaine existed, & she was the only reason I went to the later college games, a wise investment. And 1 BSU hockey game where a frat boy in the row behind Elaine spilled milk punch on her & the BSU crowd was unsportspersonlike. My enthusiasm for intercollegiate sports has remained at the same level since Elaine died: whoopee fizz; “rah” a la Lily Tomlin.

    Watched an apple core turn brown after rest home’s weekly boxed Sunday supper in my apt. this evening. Kim chi makes the sandwich more interesting. And the Moo Juice oatmeal stout was good. Peace,

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  9. In today’s cartoon (De 6th), the chair positions are changed in the last panel. DIL was on Janis’ left until the last panel. Therein, she in nearer our viewing point than is Janis, so is on Janis’ right. Yet, DIL is still facing the way as if she were still in the original place, i.e., on the far side of Janis.

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  10. Janis, I don’t have youth or as many resources to stzfy over. But I have aot of education, skills and ability, resilience, good health again. I agree, it is determined by individuals, us and our determination.

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  11. This is Pearl Harbor Day – “A Day That Will Live In Infamy.”
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    I did an unofficial short survey today (at different locations as we did different appointments)- more than half the people did not know it was
    Pearl Harbor day. Of those 1/3or more did not care.
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    We are in trouble.
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    Of those that knew almost all were older.

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  12. I WILL NEVER FORGET PEARL HARBOR.

    I have read the files and first person accounts of every civilian federal employee that was injured or killed on Pearl Harbor Day. There were probably thousands.

    No one paid me to do it. I came in early or stayed late on my own time. Their files had not been looked at or read for decades.

    By day I worked Vietnam but on my free time I worked Pearl Harbor. Hawaii in 1969-70.

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    • I keep a spreadsheet of my blood sugar readings, with a space for the occasional comment. Usually, it’s about an unusually high or low reading, but Sunday’s comment was “Remember Pearl Harbor!” When I was in the Navy, it was my ship’s home port and I too will never forget. I doubt that any of my shipmates felt that way, but most of them weren’t that interested in stuff like history.

      One exception: One evening, I went to the Base Theater and watched the movie Pearl Harbor, which was in first run at the time. Every time a Japanese airplane was shot down, the room was filled with cheers and applause. I wonder, now, if that happened anywhere else in the country.

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  13. Just removed EVERY garment from one closet and have half a closet (already sorted) to pack in storage bins.

    Packing all spring/summer clothes in plastic storage bins along with light weight fall. Convinced winter will arrive soon despite 78 degree weather!

    You know that strip Jimmy did where Janis waved a magic wand? Like Mickey in Fantasia? And the clothes swirled and danced in order all around room?

    I want that wand!!

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  14. Totally exhausted. Not enough pain meds to stop the throbbing. I still have most of summer clothes to pull off hangers and pack.

    The summer clothes I had packed to wear after Iosd the cancer chemo fat got accidentally put on truck, along with all my new winter clothes packed. I am an unhappy obcessed clothing
    Fanatic.

    When my mother developed dementia she bought hundreds of often identical clothes, many expensive. She forgot how to dress or even be clean. It was often depressing and embarrassing.

    I will not be that senior citizen. I refuse.

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    • Jackie you have Ghost – keep repeating your mantra so the synapsis get imprinted.
      You will NOT be that senior citizen. I refuse to be A senior citizen. 🙂
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      Keep saying “I love You” in anyway you can —- everyone — to everyone.
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      Like the song says “What the world needs now is LOVE”

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  15. I even tell all my doctors and nurses that I love and appreciate them, other patients, everyone I interact with. There is never a time I consider that wrong.

    Total strangers too. I will get COVID hugging you or someone I just met.

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  16. Son chose and installed our new computer today. It is going to take some time to get used to it. It was difficult enough, even with him sitting right there, to get into my email accounts, auction site, and even just to see basketball scores. I had to change a password on one email site in order to get in so as to see the emailed number used to change the password of a different place – I wonder how I got into that email site, come to think of it. Apparently, when using a different device, reentering information is a necessity.
    The thing even has a 27″ screen!! That’s so big it needs to be curved and I think one will have to sit back from it just to minimize the wear/tear on one’s atlas joint. Good thing I don’t watch tennis on any computer.

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  17. I think Jimmy must have been trying one of those “find the difference” images in this retro. In panel 2 Arlo has three fingers and a thumb on his right hand. In the last two panels he has the normal complement of 4 fingers and a thumb.

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  18. Hope everyone here in Arkansas, Kentucky, Missouri and Tennessee are safe. The tornado damage, deaths and injuries are horrific.

    I was at beginning of an EF5 Christmas tornado in December 1953 I believe. It went on to hit Vicksburg, MS where it did more damage then Grant’s Civil War assault. Left with a lifelong fear of storms by winter tornadoes in the South, a Southern phenomenon.

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    • I don’t know about anybody else, but I spent Monday going from Trinidad to Denver, and Tuesday going from Denver to Washington DC to attend this year’s World Science Fiction convention, delayed from Labor Day Weekend because of the Coronapocolypse.

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  19. Where did this guy go?
    Saturday — 3 hour dress rehearsal for “Carols by Candlelight” service (CbC) with my interfaith choir.
    Sunday — Usual church services (as volunteer chaplain at state hospital) and at my church, plus performance of CbC.
    Monday — Work plus additional performance of CbC.
    Today — Work plus school staff’s off-site Christmas party
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    Not much time for posting things! But still…
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    Somebody call a plumber!
    https://bgr.com/science/our-galaxys-supermassive-black-hole-has-sprung-a-leak/

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  20. Wishing everyone Happy Holidays! I am looking forward to spending time with the grandchildren, and hopefully avoiding indulging in too much sugar and too much salt. This hectic season is one that often has as many downs as ups (I blame the sugar! LOL) As I’ve aged, I’ve tried to learn to enjoy the little moments and be tolerant of my own failings as well as those of others. I’ll bake a couple of pecan pies to share and won’t obsess over the perfections of the crust and filling. I will treasure the memories I make – after all, who knows how many more I will be able to enjoy. I plan to take Jackie’s advice and let everyone know how much I appreciate and love them. That’s what will make this holiday special! Probably won’t see y’all until next year. So Happy New Year, too.

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  21. For Christmas Ghost and I have been seeing more new doctors with tests and diagnosis for me. Impressively the three PAs we saw swiftly tedted anf diagnosed my problems and began treatment.

    AS a physician once told me when I was similarly impaired. ^He read the book to tje last page”. Meaning the medical text.

    We shopped Amazon anf Ancestry. Com. Merry Christmas!

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  22. Got dressed nicely and went to a Christmas party for a professional Women’s group I belong to. Won a nice bottle of champagne I cannot drink and Ghost says we will regift
    It was first “event” I have been to since COVID hit it seems
    I walked in, no walker or wheelchair, one year post operative.

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  23. There are three ladies here at the convention that I’m looking forward to see today. Wednesday they were dressed as the fairy godmothers from Sleeping Beauty; Thursday they were a dalek, the TARDIS and a weeping angel. Wonder what they’ll be today.

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  24. A wonderment, apropos nothing: Ever notice, when your bottle of pills has a gel packet of desiccant included, that said packet ALWAYS falls out into your waiting hand every single time you wish to retrieve a single pill?

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    • They really went all out for the kids visit, didn’t they? TruckerRon, so far I’ve watched Scrooge with Alastair Sim, Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol, The Nightmare Before Christmas and It’s A Wonderful Life. The animated Rudolph and Charlie Brown Christmas used to be part of my holiday watching, but since I’m not on cable I have no source for these except to go buy a disc, and I’m not that into them.

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        • Thanks, but I don’t have cable or an antenna that will pick up anything. I can usually find Rudolph on YouTube somewhere, but I doubt Charlie Brown will be there. Anyway, I took a few days off this week and have been enjoying sleeping in and doing very little. Christmas week I will be working my full 40 hour schedule. Have a safe week, everybody.

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  25. Jackie – Did you send me a friend request on Facebook? We have been friends for quite some time. Also…. there has been a lot of fake requests on FB, using actual FB account holder names. I have gotten several requests recently that were not legit. Let me know… if you DID make the request, I shall be happy to accept it! … Gloria

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  26. Gloria and all my other friends here, it is indeed me. I resorted to using the duplicate account Facebook opened for me so that I can post information on my own original account as my friend!!

    Go figure, this is Meta, the new Facebook! Insane as ever. I refuse to permanently close my REAL account and lose it all so now there are two REAL me and two accounts to maintain, more work for me.

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  27. I tried this earlier, but neglected to include my email below.
    Received a CP80 from the IRS. They claim not to have received the return I sent by certified mail back in March 2021. However, they admit to having a credit of $xxxx for us – which is true only because the IRS received and cashed the check [for that very amount] which was attached to my return back in March! It was charged to my checking account on March 15th.
    So, what am I supposed to do? They want me to copy every bit of paperwork I included last March, with newly dated signatures, and resend. I suppose it would be amusing to have the IRS and the Postal Service argue about the receipt of certified mail, but that wouldn’t be efficient. Better warm up the copier and try to ignore the grief in my sitting region….

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  28. Jimmy, better early than late. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family. Thanks for making our lives funnier and more cheerful. Especially the last couple of years. I’m having a lot of fun finding retro strips for the Facebook site, too. I’m seeing things now that I don’t recall ever seeing before, like the one where Arlo and Janis put a pink flamingo on the mantel.

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  29. Welcome back, Mayor JJ, whenever you can manage it. Meantime, have a blessed Christmas with those in your “group”.
    We are having both kids and kidlets here Saturday-Sunday. I’m a bit nervous, but two-of-the-three adults have said they will take covid tests before coming…the third is here each week anyway, so is in our group.
    Fellow villagers, let me also extend that wish to y’all; don’t feel ignored! You are sufficiently valued that I check this page a few times each day.

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  30. Last night, for no particular reason, I looked back in the gocomics.com archive for all the December 25th A&J cartoons it contains. (I am so used to seeing Christmas-themed ones for that date that I was a bit surprised to find that that was not the case in 1997. I idly wondered if JJ has a story related to that fact.) Some, but fewer in number than I would have guessed, dealt with the lore of animals being able to speak at midnight on Christmas Eve. And one of those is my favorite A&J Christmas cartoon.

    https://www.gocomics.com/arloandjanis/2010/12/25

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  31. I too wish peace and compassion to all for these times. No matter your color, your race, sex, faith- may we live together with laughter and love.

    Mr. Johnson thank you for 35 years of Christmas with the Days! We love you and your family here.

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  32. Merry Christmas all! We cancelled our fast trip to spend Christmas weekend in Illinois with my daughter and grandson. Ghost and I are home alone with Sickens and kitties. Ghost is napping on sofa with said puppy plastered against him. Ghost will cook us a lovely dinner tonight after we walk in 70 temperatures.

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  33. Happy Boxing Day! Second day of Christmas.
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    Christmas is not over till 12th night.
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    Our inside decorations do not come down till then- -outside depends on the
    weather.
    Saw a TV program where they have programable LED lights that stay up all year.
    And blend into the trim. 🙂

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    • We are currently remodeling our house and thinking seriously about getting those. They aren’t cheap, but sure would be convenient. Can be programmed to be other colors, too (like red white blue for July 4th, etc).

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  34. Happy Boxing Day from me too. One last day (a nice quiet one where I can catch up on things) in Long Beach with son and DIL. driving back home tomorrow and Tuesday. Today seemed like a good day NOT to be on the road.

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  35. Our kids & kidlets did arrive, stay, and depart without undue incident. My thoughts were soothed by the fact that all four came with recent clean covid tests…and the 5th is part of our “group” as mentioned above. Yay!
    My MBH blessed me with a dozen pounds of Claxton fruitcake, one of which has just about disappeared. Also yay! She produced a new-recipe lasagna for Christmas dinner in spite of our stove being somewhat recalcitrant. Today, we ordered stuff from a local fast food place; all were satisfied. Because we had to wait for the stove yesterday, gift-opening was split – about half yesterday while waiting, and the rest this afternoon. There were so many [How many WERE there, Johnny?] that Amazon might name a truck in honor of my MBH! I’ll be tearing up cardboard for a long time, and I’ve been doing so as we went along, too.
    Be safe, y’all.

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  36. Just had our delicious Christmas dinner today the 26th cooked by Ghost. All healthy, sugar and salt, fat free. Roast chicken, homemade cornbread stuffing, gravy, sweet potatoes, cranberries, ham, his mama’s asparagus casserole and deviled eggs. We had sweet potato, pumpkin and cherry pies sugar free. I made cherry.

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    • I was pleased with how the 4-lb roaster chicken turned out. It was moist and juicy, a far cry from the dry shoe leather-ness poultry can sometimes acquire during oven-cooking. Likely this was due to a method about which I had just learned…after seasoning inside and out, I shoved an entire stick of butter into the bird’s, ah, cavity before placing it in the oven.
      And yes, as Arlo did with the turkey, I apologized to the Spirit of the Chicken.

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  37. Ghost : I do not know if you are aware of another method of moisturizing a bird.
    And alcohol may not be in the diet (Mostly evaporates anyway) but standing the bird
    on its but with a can of beer in the ,ah, cavity produces a moist meat. There are racks
    designed for that – but a can and some props work. First saw the method in grilling.

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    • Yep, we called it “Drunken Chicken” back in the day. And my late sister actually gifted me with a cast iron “Vertical Chicken Roasting Pan” that uses the same principle as sitting the chicken on a beer can, except that it cooks the bird from inside and outside at the same time. It works in both the oven and on a closed outdoor grill.

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    • It works beautifully. I found a beer-can holder in the supermarket about 10 years ago, and have been using it ever since. It makes for really moist meat throughout.

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  38. Hey Jimmy Johnson,
    We all miss you so,
    We are all so lonely
    Why did you have to go?

    Four weeks without you,
    Has really been too long
    We long to see a new retro
    With perhaps Arlo singing a song.

    Please come back Jimmy
    We long to see your words
    To let us know you still care
    For the Village and its odd birds.

    (Thanks to Bye Bye Birdie)

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  39. I once had the stainless steel rear cavity roasters in turkey size (takes a big oven to hold or small turkey) chicken and cornish game hen sized. We served game hens a lot so had 8 of that size, multiples of chicken sized to do 3 chickens at once

    My kids called it “Yummy Skinned Chicken ” because the skin emerged crispy and delicious.

    Like so much in my life, my poultry racks have vanished. My “helpers” have not known how to boil water and cooking implements were so foreign they tossed them

    Tess is still finding unwashed laundry hidden by the girl we fired two years or more ago.

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    • Do you recall how you could make words with numbers on a calculator display? And how having parts of the display not show up as they ought could produce odd effects? From what Arlo says, the microwave display is acting up, and Janis saw a word that upset her. Nothing intentional, just the display going bad. By the way, this is a rerun from a few years ago, now nicely colored by Jimmy.

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  40. Re 12-30-21 real-time retro cartoon: I thought that old proverb went “It is better to light a single candle than to curse the @$#*&% darkness.” (But like most old proverbs, there are several slightly different wordings.) However, whatever works for Janis. And for me, for that matter.

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  41. Was looking for something (which I have not found yet!) and came across copies of conversations we had here back in January/February of 2015. That is when my SO Jerry passed away, and in subsequent days. Reading those comments made me sad, for I relived that time in my life. BUT… I was buoyed again for all the kind works you expressed. Jackie, Ghost, Mark, Charlotte in NH, Debbe, Ruth Ann, and so many more – wrote kind, thoughtful, and uplifting thoughts that were a comfort.

    That was seven years ago. A lot has changed during that time. But – I am so glad that we still have the Village and the friendships that we have established. I just want to say – thank you for being a part of my life. You were a comfort then – you are a comfort now. Thank you again and… love conquers all… and I love you!

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    • Back atcha, kid, and in spades, doubled!
      Back then, I used a different name, but there aren’t too many 80+ y.o. former profs here…don’t want to mention same lest I jinx this entry.

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  42. I miss so many of our “regulars” from those days but it too cheers me to see posts here. I too stumbled on posts from 2014-2015 not long ago.

    If you are an oldy or a newby in the Village, please post. Let’s keep it open!

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  43. I had bookmarked something here which disappeared. However, this useful little search box that Jimmy had attached proved more persistent. It lets you search for things that appeared in that second version of the Village. So this version of A&J roulette not only gets you interesting and funny comics, but whatever comments Jimmy chose to attach, and the Villagers replies. So if you want a flashback, give it a try. It’s fun. https://arloandjanis.com/index1110-0413.htm

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  44. Whenever I can, I like to have a moderately fancy dinner on New Year’s Eve, including asparagus because it’s not a winter delicacy. I had plans for my sister and I, but alas, she’s working until 8 PM and will come home too tired. She is, however, off tomorrow, so we’re postponing it one day. There’s a slight chance of snow tonight and a 71% chance tomorrow. Snow or no snow, it’s predicted that the high tomorrow will be 14 and the low 5. Winter has arrived in Trinidad!

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  45. Oh no, Betty White died today January 31, 2021 at age 99. Only 17 days before her 100th birthday.

    I wanted to believe she could live forever, like an elf or fairy godmother or really good witch.

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  46. I am so XXXXXXX depressed about my own life. I have worked so XXXX hard for almost 78 years. I simply have to admit I am incapable of retaining anything I ever loved or had meaning to me.

    New Years 2022 looks to be a repeat.

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  47. Wishing everyone a Happy New Year 2022. That’s a lot of 2’s! Maybe it means next year will be 2 fine, 2 good, 2 be believed – I certainly hope so for all of us. A big hug from me to all the Village.

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  48. It’s 2022, i followed the Irish tradition of opening the cottage door at midnight to flush the bad fumes of the old year out, bringing in the fresh air of 2022.

    One cat frightened by the midnight explosion of fireworks streaked in. I stuck my foot in front of the one trying to exit with 2021.

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  49. It is about 19 degrees here going to 15 tonight with possible snow flurries still predicted. I think Mark in TTown or Tulsa has had ice and snow.

    I am in bed with two cats and Dickens, a blanket and quilt, clean sheets. Ghost is having hot chocolate I think in kitchen.

    An authentic A and J moment.

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  50. Is minus 12 – guest stopped at gas station and could not get his car started.
    Walked the mile + back here. (He has a spare car here). Took Momma Bears advice and
    drove back before digging the other car out.
    Luckily the original started after sitting. not fit out for man nor beast.
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    I think emb is in the minus 30 zone.

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  51. I have no idea what this “gangsta of luv” thing is supposed to mean nor what it has to do with gift selection. Anyone care to educate me on those points?

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  52. Having photo of my radioactive stomach taken every 10 minutes at outpatient imaging. Getting in a mile walking back and forth! Anyone else had this test done?

    And it’s Tuesday so our favorite pho shop is closed! What will we find that I can safely eat after four hours of this and over 12 hours with no food or drink?

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  53. Remember the Corn Flakes that came in a small box at the Diner?
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    They would cut an X in the back pour in milk and serve in the box.
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    Cinnamon toast and weak tea sounds like your future Jackie.

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    • We also got those in the Navy, in Boot Camp, at the school I went to and in the fleet. We got big cartons with a variety of cereals, but more corn flakes than anything else. That way, General Mills could claim that their corn flakes were their most popular brand, even though they were always the least popular with the crew and almost nobody took them if there was any other choice available.

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      • Yep, I remember those. NTC Orlando, A school at Correy Field in Pensacola, on the communications base and on the OK City. I was one of the oddballs who actually liked corn flakes along with the rest. Sometimes I just didn’t want the sweetened cereals.

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  54. I dislike sweet cereals, like rice crispies, corn flakes and shredded wheat. I have not tasted tea since 2017 when I stopped all caffeine consumption.

    My diet is totally bland now anyway. I have decided to just eat to survive. Or maybe go back on my ulcer diet upon which I lived on diet Jello and little else. I want to weigh 107 pounds again with an 18 inch waist !!

    Listening to harpsichord, cello and piano music, my favorite instruments and reading The Right Stuff. I only knew Deke Slayton out of original seven astronauts. He and first wife tried to sell me their house, I had forgotten that.

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  55. Anyone heard from the Mayor on, say, facebook? I am not a user of “visage volume” myself, so cannot peek. Hope it is merely some kind of vacation as opposed to medical or legal problems.
    Perhaps JJ could post just a few words of explanation for us.

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  56. In Jimmy’s last missive, he describes his life outside of cartooning as “entertaining, painful, highly disorganized and unpredictable”. One may suspect the “highly disorganized” facet has come to the fore. One may also sympathize.

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  57. Re 1-5-21 real-time cartoon: Were I to be gifted with 8 maids a-milking, my concern would not be how they arrived but (not being the proud owner of any dairy cows) what to do with them. (I do own a Western hat, so I suppose the idiom “All hat, no cattle” would apply to me literally, but hopefully not figuratively.) I suppose I could assign them to other duties.

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  58. We got a note from Debbe.
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    she has had a rough year – got the inner ear vertigo,
    fell and broke her hip- hip replacement. Rehab for 3 months,
    2 days out, fell and broke arm & wrist, another 3 months in rehab.
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    Then quarantine for asymptomatic Covid.
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    She said she was tried to spoil her at the Rehab Home.
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    Ian took care of computer so she has none now.
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    We occasionally correspond by snail mail , so I will make an effort to pass on
    any wishes.

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  59. Jimmy commented over on FB. He has had some issues but said he feels the New Year is a good time to jump back into the fray. So I hope he will resume communicating here when he feels like it. We all miss you, Jimmy. You’re like family, and when family drops out for a while, we worry.

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  60. Old Bear – Sorry to hear that 2021 was rough on Debbe! She probably won’t remember me – I lurk more than I post – but tell her good wishes are coming her way from Judy in Conroe for a better year in 2022.

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  61. Good morning all. If you belong to the Arlo and Janis Fans page on Facebook, Jimmy had a few comments this morning on one of his strips. I found the Sunday where Arlo becomes “Spenser” from Robert Parker’s detective novels. Jimmy provided some backstory to this which I didn’t know. He said Parker mentioned Arlo and Janis in several novels, and when Jimmy did this strip Parker emailed him, telling Jimmy he liked the choice of books on the desk.

    Hope you are all having a good weekend. It is supposed to be a bit warmer today in Tulsa, and I’m glad of it.

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  62. Old Bear — I was telling my daughter, Katie, about the problems that Debbe has experienced during the past year. Katie remembered how I used to talk about what a great person Debbe is – and how she loved her chickens!

    Katie said that if Debbe has access to internet where she is, Katie has an extra laptop that she would like to give to Debbe. If Debbe would like it, let me know her address. You can email me at galliglo@outlook.com. Or – if you are on Facebook, you can private message me.

    I think it would really help Debbe’s outlook if she could communicate with friends – or even play games!

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  63. Not certain Debbie has access to internet or phones. When Ghost and I lost contact she had neither. A prepaid phone might be beneficial but I can no longer afford such gifts.

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  64. There is much more discussion and take over on the Sell and Janis Facebook page than here now. Jim Young and Mark Vick as moderatos deserve credit for how good the group is.

    I have not been contributing much except inviting all my friends to join A and J. I have invited a couple thousand but not all join but many do.

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    • Jackie, I think the discussion is because I have been posting the links to Jimmy’s older strips from GoComics. That is something you got me to do and I have been enjoying finding and sharing them there. Jimmy said that the increased exposure is helping him, as well, getting more views on his GoComics page. I am glad for him that is happening. So if any of you are on Facebook, join the Arlo and Janis Fans group over there too.

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  65. Re: today’s A&J (I/14/22) –
    In the 1997 recap of their first meeting, Arlo’s outfit – uncolored, of course – was totally plain. His shirt showed no pattern and no flared trousers were evident to me.

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  66. Good morning, everyone. I finally found a minute to try to catch up here and found it’s been a long dry spell since updates! Good to hear from all y’all, anyhow. OB, please pass along my greetings to Debbe also. I often think of her and her “old lady” hens.

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  67. Nancy I believe you are correct.
    .
    It goes back to the Loony Tunes character Foghorn Leghorn cartoons.
    .
    W/ Henry the Chicken Hawk & the “Egg Head” Foghorn calls Boy. (Prissy’s son)- I think he called
    every male “boy”

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  68. Just ran across a blog post from March 1, 2020 in which the oldie appears to have been published November 5th, 1985. Janis remembers first seeing Arlo wearing orange bell bottoms and a pink shirt with purple flowers. I would not be surprised if Arlo’s recollection of Janis’s attire remains unchanged, though.

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  69. An entire day with no comments? To on us all!

    I have been baking sugar free breakfast breads but I eat all day. Banana nut, oatmeal applesauce and tonight pumpkin raisin pecan. Tomorrow is either orange or blue berry lemon.

    Ghost cannot understand me baking. Anyone else bake to fight depression then eat the by product?

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  70. Just to leave a comment.
    .
    I bake “Friendship Bread” – The idea is to share – so I end up with
    two slices out of 3 loaves. I don’t gain weight from that – It is all the other
    goodies.

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  71. I froze loaf of oatmeal applesauce bread, finishing up one I sliced. May bake something else today. I am using up natural stuff, no sugar.

    May make pear bread or another healthy kind. I could make sugar free pear crunch, pears are an allowed fruit. This is NOT a diet but consumption restrictions due to damage to digestive system. Maybe due to age, chemotherapy or pain meds or all three.

    Limits have improved the pain anyway!

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  72. I love quick breads! I used to make them all the time, then I got out of the habit – come to think of it, was probably when the kids left home. Maybe I need to try some again!

    Looking at the cartoon at the top of this page, it suddenly occurred to me – Jimmy will be coming back for Valentine’s Day

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  73. I discovered the joys of a breadmaker when I was married. Being able to have fresh bread while letting the machine take care of the rising, etc, was great. We would buy bread flour in a large bag at Sams Club, along with a jar of yeast. Then we would measure out the dry ingredients (minus the yeast) into ziplock bags. After that, when we wanted bread all we had to do was empty a bag into the breadmaker, add the wet ingredients and yeast, and set it going. The best make we found is a Japanese brand called Zojirushi. She is still using the one we got in 2008, just had to replace the baking pan and paddles. https://pleasanthillgrain.com/appliances/bread-makers

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  74. Today I’ll make another quick bread of some kind. Mango, lemon, blueberry or strawberry, all sugar free.

    Ghost makes delicious beer bread. I modify mine with herbs and add ins.

    Arlo has been unhappy a lot lately. I hated Betty White dying. All the actors and musicians are succumbing and it is painful, like family.

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  75. When I said “Bread” it is actually a ‘yeast’ cake made with a “starter” .
    .
    In the 25 years I have been making it I have 75 pages of different flavors
    (5-7 variations per page) try not to repeat – Latest was: Banana-Chocolate Chip -Pineapple(w/cherries),
    Sometimes I know weeks in advance what flavors I will use other times it is “what do I have in stock today”

    I have one bake pan with small hole so calories leak out during baking- that is my story and I am sticking to it. 🙂

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  76. Meatloaf just died and Ghost didn’t tell me. I was just listening to John Prine, Roy Clark and Van Morrison and he complained they were depressing.

    So, Meatloaf…….

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  77. If you want to see proof Jimmy is alive look at his cartoons he is drawing most days. He is communicating occasionally over on the A and J Facebook page.

    Otherwise leave him alone and quit asking where he is. He told us he’s depressed. He doesn’t owe us this page or posting to it daily.

    Sorry, I wish the entire world was a happier place.

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    • I’m sorry to hear that he’s depressed, Jackie, has he said anything about why? Maybe a post here talking about it would help, and if nothing else, he’d know that there are people out here who care.

      On a more positive note, I recently got measured for two pairs of diabetic shoes. I’m not sure what problems they’re expected to deal with, or how I’m supposed to give them their insulin, but I guess I’ll find out when they get here. Will keep you all informed as things change.

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  78. Funny about diabetic shoes. Veterans are supposed to still get theirs without problems.

    Old nonveterans on Medicare must now buy ours I was told last week.

    If Jimmy wants to discuss depression I will any day. I will point out that is his choice.

    Me, I am suicidal but I have a social worker and a new psychiatrist. My social worker counselor has been off ill for over 3 weeks and I fear COVID.

    Not good for my depression

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