Sleeper Sofa

This old A&J is from 2001. I always presume my artwork changes radically over the years, but apart from the evolution of the earlier strips it doesn’t so much. The changes generally are the hair and, to some degree, the facial features. Otherwise, I might have drawn this one last month. Speaking of drawing, I don’t want to sprain my arm patting myself on the back, but I think I’ve eased us back into this Web thing fairly well this week. It’s Friday, and I’m going sneak out early for the weekend, but I’m looking forward to next week: we’ll have some things to talk about.

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37 thoughts on “Sleeper Sofa”

  1. I remember doing that! But if I tried it now at our age…we’d both have to go to the Doctor. Going to stay with memories.

    I heard that! — JJ

  2. The Friday offering is clearly taken from our adventures. We just finished a complete tear out and redo of the flood ravaged front yard. While Loon allowed the “pros” to do the heavy work, she “volunteered” us for all the light duty planting. Pain meds, heating, pad, and liniments have been our standard sleep aids.

  3. sandcastler, the best followup to a long day in the yard is quality time in a hot tub! I speak from experience.

    Jimmy, if you can find it, post the Sunday that shows Arlo watering in the yard, moving from place to place. And in the last panel he thinks, “When they say, just dig me a hole, watch out!”

  4. Jimmy:

    Thanks for the tip yesterday about Nancy, a strip that I haven’t seen since I was a child of eight or nine.

    Lately, I have been reading other favorite strips from my childhood. I am now following again Prince Valiant and Barney Google/Snuffy Smith.

    Reading the old strips is definitely a trip down Nostalgia Lane, one that is sometimes tinged with a bit of sadness. I’m not sure why.

  5. Not trying to tell our host how to run his story arcs, but who else besides me would like to know what Gene, ML and Meg are up to, other than the single recent mention about still bring in the restaurant business?

    Also, I could use a “Gus-fix”.

  6. I never realized pineapple upside down cake was the most complicated dessert in the world. My grandmother and mother both made them without problems, and I sure miss their versions. Moist yellow cake, pineapple and that brown sugar glaze.

  7. Mark, I’ve no idea why the reporter claimed upside down cake was the most complicated dessert in the world. But that was certainly the most complicated way to serve it that I’ve ever seen!

    My mom rarely tried complicated recipes… her chilli and spaghetti were ok, but her cakes routinely fell apart. I miss her “crumb cakes.” Her mother could and did cheerfully tackle pies, cakes, whatever you wanted, all from scratch. I wonder if Grandma’s success stunted my mom’s willingness to try new recipes?

  8. Mark! Luckily I had not quiiiite taken a slurp of hot chocolate when I started reading your list. Great bellows of laughing ensured. Thank you, also, Gal!

    Pineapple upside down cake is not complicated. SHeesh. And I misread the word, thought it said Desert and wondered which would be featured…. wondered why the video had a picture of cake. Oh. phooey.

  9. Mark, I don’t remember ever meeting Rick Bragg, but he “feels” like several neighbors I had back in the day in B’ham. I just checked my local library’s catalog, and it claims they have 5 of his books, including that recipe book.

    So, do I read them in the order he published them? Do I jump ahead and start with the recipes and up my insulin?

    Decisions, decisions!

  10. Glad you liked it Lora. I think my favorite is the Collapso.

    TruckerRon, I haven’t read any of his books, but Jackie was talking about them earlier. Since she likes both cooking and his writing, I thought I’d let her know about this one.

  11. TR
    Where did your grandmother get her Scratch?
    I have been looking in the Supermarkets and can not find it.
    Maybe it has gotten scarce since the local markets and general
    stores have disappeared.
    Do you think there may be some at a Farmers Market?

  12. Just finished a book that I would recommend for those of you remember the Cuban Missile Crisis, especially those like me who happened to be living in central Florida and/or anywhere near a military base: A Place We Knew Well by Susan Carol McCarthy.

    I remember taking part in a high school student’s history project many years ago, sharing memories of that time, and explaining how children were much more sheltered from frightening possibilities than they are (or can be with 24/7 news, etc.) today. Reading this book made me think about how much more my parents might have known and feared at that time, especially my dad – a lot of military communications were still running on Western Union wires and as the Orlando “wire chief” he was right in the middle of it.

  13. Tr
    Then there is “Old Scratch” that I don’t want to meet.

    Ruth Ann
    I was in the Army Engineers (Construction) all set to go.

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