I hope you had a good Thanksgiving. It was called to my attention that the link to GoComics was missing from my Thanksgiving post yesterday. Well, it is back, and if you did fail to find your way to yesterday’s new Arlo & Janis, I hope you’ll go there today. You were in it. As for Janis’ sweater, she seems to have a strong preference for scoop-neck jerseys with three-quarter sleeves. I’ve tried to put her into other things, but she always comes back to her favorite.

44 responses to “Serendipity”

  1. 🙂 Thanks, Jimmy. A magnificent sculpture!
    Anyone else notice all the ads popping up today offering aspirin, antacids, vitamins and other “recovery” aids? Makes me laugh. Again. 🙂

      • Insanity, that’s what it is.
        I bought a new snowblower Friday (not online, BTW); almost all my ads since have been for snowblowers; what part of “bought…Friday” do they not understand???

  2. Yesterday’s new comic had me thinking it was a block of ice in the first panel, then wondering how you raise a cloud of dust carving ice in the third – or is that a cloud of mist? – then deciding that the debris and sculpture shading made it stone, so I went back to panel one and started over. Reading the comments on GoComix this morning, it looks like the general commentership is divided between ice and stone as well.

    As for today’s heritage strip, I thought the three-quarter sleeves were from shrinkage until Jimmy set me straight. Now I’m wondering if shrinking a scoop-neck sweater makes a scoop-neck lower or higher. Extreme-decolletage or de-decolletage? I don’t have any scoop-neck sweaters to test, and my wife’s sweaters are not available for my laundry experiments.

  3. Jimmy, have you tried putting Janis in a V-neck, sleeveless, bare-midriff sweater (after it was run through the washer and dryer, of course). That’s what I’d do, and I’m fairly sure Arlo would approve. 🙂

  4. For about the third year in row, I didn’t get to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade yesterday. I did run across a news article about there being some problems involving the balloons due to high winds. It mentioned that Kelly Rowland, Billy Porter, Lea Michele, Idina Menzel, T-Boz & Chilli, and the Black Eyed Peas were some of the “stars” making appearances during the parade.
    I suppose I’m just one step away from reaching peak old fogey-ism, as The Black Eyed Peas were the only one of those names I recognized. 🙁

    • At least I have heard of them, unlike the previous posts’ contents! Was there more than one “Dion” or do you refer to the Belmonts(sp?)? Annette: the late Funicello or a different person?
      I’d add the Platters, Harry Belafonte, Bing Crosby, the Kingston Trio and a few more which don’t come to mind at the moment. Hmmm…. Pat Boone – who was nice enough to write a personal letter of encouragement to my first girlfriend more than 60 years ago – and Larry Hooper, the basso profundo with Lawrence Welk.
      I am vintage 1940, for reference purposes.
      Anyone else want to list some?

  5. Kenny Baker [Dennis Day’s predecessor on the Jack Benny show]. Believe he was also Nanki Poo in the ’30s movie of “The Mikado,” much truer to G&S than the ’80s Broadway remake of “The Pirates of Penzance,” and a better light opera to start with. Kay Kaiser, Bing Crosby, Phil Harris [don’t know that he sang often or ever on the Benny show, but he did well on an LP, “That’s what I like about the South.” His “St. James Infirmary Blues” is priceless. Chad Mitchell Trio was good. We had one LP.
    Maurice Chevalier in the ’30s & earlier, but I didn’t get to know of him until the ’50s. Singer/standup comedian Stanley Holloway made several LPs once he’d become famous as Mr. Dolittle in “My Fair Lady.” He was also Bottom, the Weaver in the Lawrence Olivier version of “A midsummer night’s dream” and Alec Guinness’s cohort in “The Lavender Hill mob.” Don’t think he had a role in either “The Captain’s Paradise” or “The Man in the White Suit.”
    Actually, paid little attention to popular music during my JHS-Stuyvesant HS-Cornell years, when everyone else did. G&S is another matter. Have been a Savoyard since the mid-’40s. Martyn Greene is still unsurpassed in the First Lord of the Admiralty, Koko, Bunthorne, Lord Chancellor, Grand Inquisitor roles. He was Koko in the movie, no?

  6. “Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex. It takes a touch of genius — and a lot of courage — to move in the opposite direction.”
    — Albert Einstein (or so the Internet claims)

  7. “Using the G.I. Bell, he majored in voice at the prestigious Juilliard School … .” That’s the one they put on display when the Liberty Bell has the day off. Peace,

  8. Mark:
    Thanks. Pkg. arr. once /a BSU biology grad, a peccary skull from the desert SW. She wrote that every time she sees a skull, she thinks of me. It is heartwarming to realize that my “children” are out there, nation-wide. The skull, of course, is in the BSU collection, in the EMB Vertebrate Museum [that cost me, but it’s an appropriate memorial].

  9. Of more recent vintage, but still probably 25 years ago, I enjoyed the renditions of the young Charlotte Church (Welsh). Some of her best are “Panis Angelicus” and “Men of Harlech”, better known as “The March of the Men of Harlech”. What a perfect voice she exhibited – and held her own with a chorus of about 50 men, too. Worth seeking out on you tube….

  10. So many comments I’ve wanted to make, here and elsewhere, in the last week that I had to forgo due to computer issues. My tablet has lost its ability to connect to the internet; there doesn’t seem to be a quick fix and the holiday required my attention instead. Not really sure it’s worth the effort anyway given the tablet’s age and its increasingly inefficient battery. It’s easier to type longer comments on the desktop computer (like now) but the tablet is really nice for just reading email, Facebook, webcams, etc., and for traveling obviously. Any suggestions or recommendations for a new Windows tablet? Yes, I know there are other, possibly better, platforms but that’s what I’m used to and so that’s what I want. 🙂

    • I would suggest Android rather than Windows tablet. I use an 8 inch Samsung myself since I mostly use it for reading books. I do my email, facebook and the like on my desktop pc.

  11. Can’t help RA 🙁

    Mitch Miller
    Ink Spots
    Phil Harris was just on rebroadcast of Jimmy Dean Show where he did
    Harold Hill ‘s Trouble in River City, He was in Music Man at the time (& F Troop)
    I used to con the baby sitter into letting me watch Your Hit Parade with Snooky Lanson
    & Gisele McKenzie.

  12. Trucker: There is a conspiracy among cartoonists to fix in the public’s minds a distorted picture of astro telescopes, even the standard 20th C giants. No, they are not just oversized spyglasses that you look through the back end of; no, the scope, when in use, does not stick out through that slot in the dome; no, if a spider dangles in front of the scope, it is not clearly magnified 100x. Yech.
    Incurable elitist scientist.

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