Socks and the Settee (Ouch!)

I don’t get much exercise. By that, I mean I don’t participate in any regular, repetitive actions where the primary purpose is to move muscles and blood. My physical activity tends to come from whatever project has caught my attention, whether from necessity or for amusement, usually the latter. Being the kind of obsessive personality I am, I tend to go at things all or nothing, so when I’m active, I tend to be very active. Of course, when I’m not active, I sit a lot. So, I figure if I physically work hard two months and sit around the next two months, I’m doing all right on average. Right?
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203 responses to “Socks and the Settee (Ouch!)”

  1. My main exercise is twice a day walking the dog around the block (1/3 mile). On days when I work in yard is also counted as exercise, as well as several trips up and down stairs a day, (this will be the last two story house I will ever have).

  2. JJ: Your exercise comment reminded me of this…

    Say you were standing with one foot in the oven and one foot in an ice bucket. According to the percentage people, you should be perfectly comfortable. ~Bobby Bragan, 1963

  3. If you can walk 20-30 minutes every day, you will become healthier. You might want to ask Janis about this as she seems to walk every day. If you want to walk twice a day, then you can go on shorter walks. Living where you do, you probably will want to get up early to avoid the heat and humidity.

  4. I do Zumba couple times per week. Full all out. Big sweat. But everyone controls their own intensity of this dance aerobics fitness class. Lots of fun. Very few guys, unfortunately.

    Today’s live strip very provocative. I hope Arlo and Janis take the bait. I’d like to see more storylines that feature all 3 generations. A new direction, and change of scenery, too. I guess we will have to stay ‘tooned.

  5. I can see Arlo working in the kitchen, since he likes to cook. And Janis would enjoy being around the kids. But who would their neighbors gossip about it they move?

  6. Bonnie: Yes, and don’t forget “More Gus”, too. He is a personal favorite, and I think some of the funnest A&J cartoons have been ones featuring him. (Every Greek restaurateur I’ve ever known has been a very funny person.)

    Few males in Zumba classes, huh? Thanks for the heads-up. 🙂

    Actually, that takes me back to my aerobics classes of 20 or so years ago when I was the only man enrolled. It was helpful that my male ego made me work harder than any of the ladies there (which, believe me, was not easy) and also did not allow me to appear the least bit tired at the end of class.

    The scenery wasn’t bad either. 😉

  7. Provocative is a good word for today’s strip, Bonnie. No matter how JJ works it out it will be fun but I also think up and moving the folks could offer him a lot of new material and it would be a great ride for us readers.

  8. Debbe, I couldn’t get on GoComics earlier, either…thought it was just me. Fortunately, I have my trusty newspaper for A&J!

    Jimmy, your titles are always the best! And the current story arc confirms just how Gene has matured.

  9. I must admit that I didn’t quite expect the strip to go in that direction, but I knew that it had to have something to do with the farm because of the boots. And, that land’s not unusable if the kids are willing to put in some work. After all, the Romans knew how to drain marshes and make productive farmland out of it.

  10. Jimmy, I’ve always enjoyed the larger cast of characters, no matter how many feet they have. At odds with that, I enjoy the gag-a-day format most. Maybe spending my childhood with Schulz’s and Hart’s work trained me for a pattern. Your comic does do a good job at the extended set-up, big pay-off. This current arc is truly stellar. Full of feelings. For you, it may be enough to express your craft, and be satisfied. I believe you have given us award worthy work. Not for the accolades so much as announcing to anyone not already familiar, that this segment stands above the normally great work you provide every day. Thank you.

    I did not, or have not yet, accomplished this particular dream portrayed. But that does not reduce the enjoyment. Strangely, I even felt pride in a line-drawn, fictional son of another man. It is your craftsmanship, J.J., that made that possible. Suspension of disbelief can be difficult on the stage, or in motion pictures, where many artists simply dazzle the audience into submission. You achieve it by scratching lines on vellum. Very subtle art, that. Well done sir.

    There was a time in my third attempt at a career, when I felt ‘less than I should have been’. My not yet retired parents were still of an age to enjoy adventurous travel like the younger set. I felt misplaced guilt over not being able to send them on a cruise or some other grand gesture for a major anniversary. Things got better of course. But a young family, and life’s bumps, have made the Grand Gesture a vague dream. It is wonderful to see it play out in the world you show us.

  11. cx-p, The Alarming Bird. A title and story board that made me feel I was living in a Walter Lantz or Looney Toons film short. The humor was not lost on me. But being the straight man in the farce made for more wry smiles and sighs of resignation than belly laughs. Time and distance… comedy. It is fun to tell the tale. Glad it struck you right.

  12. Two Turkey Vultures over 15th St. W., about 1620, seen from Prius en route home from BUMC. First this season. Overcast but no precip all day. Actually a trace of snow on roofs at 0630, soon sublimed. Got the rain we badly needed [/ potential grass fires] M night.


  13. Morphy, another short one about birds. When I went to the Tulsa Zoo this weekend I had a great time. There were several exhibits that had free-flight areas that you walked through. In the rain forest building, I stepped through the doors separating one exhibit from another and something white passed in front of me. I looked down and there was a large bird **** on my shoe. Stepping forward and looking up, there was a large scarlet macaw perched in the middle of the doorway with his tail feathers hanging down. Score one for the bird.

  14. Evening Thrice:

    Bill Gates is the Duke of URL.

    For me, the true test of the worth of a religion is whether it shows you how to live your life or it teaches you to tell others how to live theirs.

    Behind every successful person is someone waiting to sue his ass off.

  15. Shucks, and I apologize.

    I wrote those lines about six months ago, and I meant to change one slightly offensive word to “behind.”

    I clicked “Submit Comment” and remembered a split second later that I forgot to make the revision.

  16. Mark, the way you phrased that immediately created a fiction in my mind:

    Another macaw, this one blue, shaking out his feathers in a display of disgust as he picks up a bit of chalk in his beak and scratches a tally mark diagonal, making a five, on a board split in two columns like a dart score, headed ‘Red’ and ‘Blue’, the go-ahead point, as Blue only has four. Rules declare either contestant ‘scoring’ a hit to the upturned face of a gawking tourist wins the day, regardless of previous scores. Loser buys the first round from the toucan tending bar.

  17. They’ve been playing this every day for the last 12 years. Red’s up by a large margin. but his liver is starting to fail, and his landings are getting a wobbly as an albatross.

  18. Finally, another clear night in the valley. I’m getting better at aiming the cute little ‘scope. Tonight I got another good look at Jupiter and its largest 4 moons, but this time at 40x. The moons were all on one side, and the planet’s disk was clearly just that… the manual claims that if I were outside my town (of course we have light pollution) I’ll be able to make out more details. Some day I’ll move up in the world to a more powerful ‘scope with a motorized mount… after the house is completely paid off, I suppose…

    On a related note, have any of you looked into reverse mortgages? I’ve read both horror stories and great experiences… but I don’t know anything about those people. They might not even like A&J!

  19. Now, an even more worthless thought for the day:

    I am sure that you are aware that some dogs are trained to help people.
    I am sure that you are aware that most dogs tend to slobber a great deal.
    I am sure that you are aware that a group of dogs is called a pack.
    However, has it ever occurred to you that a pack of slobbering helper dogs should actually be called….

    The Salivation Army.

  20. TIP BlogSpot:

    Melcher’s quip today is funnier than some of his, but the serious question is, how do guys like this mesmerize their followers. There are many answers, some more believable than others, and I decline to advocate or defend any of them. A difficulty is, we still do it, and still accuse our political opponents of doing it, often w/o adequate justification.

    The previous statement contains no specific political references. It is nonetheless political as can be, which some of you have advocated recently should be encouraged here. Of course, it is well suited for pointing at the other guy. Best leave my usual greeting off, though I may be accused of hypocrisy because of that. One cannot win for losing.

    Once bitten, twice shy.

  21. Sorry to have been silent lately. I really like the story line in the new A&J’s. It would not fit me but it really would fit my wife. She loves the beach and goes whenever she can. I prefer cruises.

    God bless us every one. God bless the USA.

  22. TruckerRon, your posts about your telescope prompt me to encourage my husband to get one. He has talked about wanting one for years. Gosh darn it, he would enjoy it so much!

  23. Smigz, do be sure to read online articles about good telescopes for beginners. I’m taking it slow and easy, having started with a tabletop telescope (ok, I use a kitchen stool!) with a 100 mm mirror and lenses giving it either 20x or 40x capability. It’s good for looking at our neighboring planets and the moon and cost just under $100. It can even be used for that purpose in a light-polluted area like I live in.

    For more powerful (and more expensive!) telescopes you’ll want to read even more articles… and he’ll be wanting an automated system for finding and viewing things you can’t spot first with the naked eye. If you have a local college with an astronomy department that offers classes for interested non-students you’ll have access to local experts who can advise you on which models best meet your needs.

  24. What does one call an extremely short person who has a finely tuned sense of modern sartorial styles, especially in regard to time pieces?

    A metrognome. Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha.

  25. Sir, as you are dangling the hook, against my better judgement, but in a sincere effort to move the conversation forward rather than to allow it to stagnate yet again, I will make another imperfect attempt. I read many of your posts as presenting opinion as fact, without admitting you lack the omniscience to know the difference. In itself, not a horrible mistake, as many do it every day around the world in many languages.

    The next step is whether you entertain dissent respectfully, as with a peer, or if you force every contrary opinion to either agree or crumble before your mastery, and remain below your level of contempt. There are more steps, but I run the hazard of piling on where I do not wish to, and coming across as judgmental as you. I will however address the last item that you seem to just not get, by trying to demonstrate it. [three parts to preemptively avoid moderation]

  26. two of three: I recognize that this message might not be received kindly. So I do not append some salutation implying that my motive is untainted and should not be questioned, leaving the impression that to challenge it is somehow not peaceful. I am not a masochist who likes to be spoken to softly before receiving a forceful slap. Nor am I the sadist who hunts for willing masochists to exchange alternating cooing and conflict. In addition, I generally prefer that those groupings have their back and forth in a private arrangement rather than adding exhibitionism to the list. Mind you, I am discussing just the use of words here, but words are symbols that carry many levels of symbolism.

    I leave it to any one who reads my messages to decide for themselves whether the content is peaceful or problematic. And expect them to feel the freedom to react in whatever manner they chose, including to not react at all. I expect the recognition of the same freedom in return. My estimation of you, unnamed sir, actually rose when you carried on with your day without responding. Then fell again slightly with this last, where the slaps are not very firm, but are repetitive enough to forget which side is coming next.

  27. Last of group: Because this may be interpreted as some all encompassing law if nature which I personally should never deviate from, or be judged as having been hoisted upon my personal petard, let me add the exception: if the message ITSELF is a simple one of peaceful intent, rather than a secondary nature to give cover, then a closing should be as floral or as simple as the author deems appropriate.

    I am awkward at explaining this, because I have never had too. I thought it was just generally recognized. Indeed, unnamed sir, I thought you did all along, and so wrote with intent of purpose. I have learned otherwise. If you desire a better example of sincerity of message in a shorter form, I refer you to any of domaucan1’s posts. Therein is demonstrated a unified message throughout. And I do not recall him ever seeming troubled by feeling restricted. I really hope we, together, each and both, can get past this; as it is a serious interruption to other conversation. There endeth mine humble opinion… for now.

  28. Debbe, please pardon me. I hope I had left enough space so as not to appear to be interrupting, or colloquially to be ‘sitting on’ your posts. I enjoy your bubbly nature, even though I may not follow all of your links, due to concerns over data expensive videos. I like the descriptions and responses very much though.

  29. domaucan1, a belated thought, I did not ask before holding you out as an example. That was possibly impolite, on a strictly personal level. And so on that level I apologize. This is a public facing forum and so each of us, with every push of the [submit comment] button, become published. The audience may be small, but the concept is the same.

  30. One of you has commented to me privately about the current resurgence. I am carefully [as I wrote above, ‘Once bitten, twice shy.’] considering a relatively short, direct [as in, ‘Morphy: . . ..”], but would first be interested in what others have to say.

    Peace [to all of you, meant sincerely],

  31. oooh, I’ve never been a resurgence! exciting! so foreboding!

    emb, could you really just respond as if i exist in the same physical plane as you?

  32. Morphy. I am puzzled. Why do you choose to be so provocative? I like the peaceful atmosphere of this site. There are plenty of others where people get into rousing discussions. Wouldn’t one of them suit you better?

  33. Thank you, Laura. I have to agree, Morphy, that I find you being provocative. It seems to me that emb has been very careful to not be provocative, which you also seem to object to. If you feel it necessary to argue with him, I believe several of us here would prefer that you find another forum in which to do so. Thank you.

  34. Laura, thank you for the thoughtful question. I will try and be shorter.

    I enjoy the site for J.J.’s work. Read 5:09pm 19Apr2017.

    I withheld posting for a lengthy period due to personal attack received.

    I rejoined a couple of days ago hoping to help Gary make his joke more clear. And later spoke more on all of your question with Mark later on. And have enjoyed several lighthearted exchanges since.

    My two lengthy opinions on separate days were attempts to be very clear on how I felt and thought on the subjects described. If you are still puzzled, then I fear additional effort on my part may only make matters worse.

    I have other things to tend to now, so shall hold my suspense until tomorrow.

  35. I turned 64 yesterday, which astounds me since I “died” in 2009 when my heart unexpectedly went into fibrillation. The timing, location, and people on the scene came together to get my heart beating again. Every day since then has been a gift.

    The biggest thing I’ve learned since then is that most of what we think is important at a given moment really isn’t when weighed against the really important things that last a lifetime (or longer!). Because my heart issues wiped out my savings (I was unemployed with no insurance at that time because of other health issues) I will die with no money. However, I believe I will die a rich man because I have friends who truly care about me.

    That’s why I’ve made a point, these past few years, to avoid getting worked up over comments on the ‘net. I’m not perfect about it yet, but my life is both simpler and more peaceful than it once was. It’s easier to have friends and peace in your life when you don’t drive them away by whinging over every little thing that someone has said or implied about you.

  36. TruckerRon. I agree completely. I try to stay stress free. It’s not always easy ,but my blood pressure goes sky high when I stress out. I have afib. and worry about doing what happened to you. I am so glad that you recovered.

  37. emb

    The white bird is still in the neighborhood. Was 80′ away but when I went to get
    Bushnell’s, car wizzed by and startled it. Later was closer but kept its back to me.
    Still think it is Robin – from what I could see no color anywhere. At same time
    a pair of males were bumping chests and smacking wings. That went on for almost 2
    minutes. Half dozen Robins were in 40′ radius.
    Will keep trying to see more.

  38. Laura, you are much too kind, hon…..wish I could be….not!

    Morphy, do me a favor and ‘morph’ out of here. I actually started reading your first post, then I thought “why am I reading this dribbe”? I for one do not believe you have any right to attack Emb….

    Please go away!!

    (bam…hitting send)

  39. The Devil Went Down to Georgia: You know that you are in The Deep South when you hear ministers warning the faithful about falling victim to the powers of Beelzebubba.

    Slightly depressing thought for the day: The older we grow, the more of our memories that end with “I never saw him again.”

    (I wrote the following about eleven years when my honors students were having one of the usual boy vs. girl joke sessions during a little free time. Later, I will post what I wrote about men, which, as everyone knows, is the inferior sex.)

    A man of few words is a blessing; a woman of few words is a miracle.

  40. Got a heavy thunderstorm going this morning ahead of a cold front moving in. High tomorrow only supposed to be in the upper 50’s. Who turned the thermostat back to March?

  41. Among other things, Morphy [whom I will write personally when I get around to it] asked me questions relating to my family. It’s none of anyone’s business, but for now I will own to having 2 bright sons, both old enough to have grown kids [N.B. That does not say if they have any.] Anyway, I just wrote them an email, which includes this:

    ‘As my two favorite philosophy majors, you may be interested in an article in the 27 March New Yorker, ‘A Science of the Soul.’ It’s about Daniel Dennett, who, in his own person, is to me an example that refutes his logical argument that the self is ‘nothing but . . ..’ I own and have read his [book, 2003] Freedom Evolves, and don’t believe it, though it has caused me to think more deeply [without concluding anything] on the nature of the self, the likelihood of a Hereafter, and other such. Last month after supper [I think], Stuart told me I was ‘having too much fun’ theologizing. Guilty.’


  42. Rick: laughing hysterically over Beelzebubba.
    I agree with all over today’s strip, and Ruth Anne, I too especially enjoyed the heron at the start, both for how lovely it was and for the way it gave a sense of setting.

  43. Would like to point out that Jimmy has upped the ante with the current strip with his artwork and composition. His artwork has been about the best he’s ever done. The heron was only the most obvious.

    I opened the strip that night and exclaimed aloud, “Look at that heron in flight!”

    Jimmy I love this strip with all the characters reunited. Please make Arlo see it Gene’s way.

    This strip hits me close. I am planning to relocate to the deep South again, going home. Wish I had the energy to build. I own the plans already for the Mississippi coast, a scaled adaption of Beaulieu, Jeff Davis’ home.

  44. TruckerRon, happy belated birthday and just as many birthdays to follow as you wish! Thank you for the advice about choosing a telescope. We, too, live in an area polluted by light, and did not know some telescopes might be more effective at handling this. My husband loves research, and will enjoy that process almost as much as the joys of the telescope itself.

    Debbe, I applaud your good sense. I have now chosen to ignore posters who upset or offend me, or posts about them. Fortunately, almost none of the posters here fall into those categories so I still have lots to enjoy (as well as all Jimmy’s gems).

  45. I have no dog in this (or any other) fight, so I will merely observe for the benefit of all the Villagers, as I have done before, if there is something here you do not wish to read, the down arrow or scroll key with solve that little problem for you.

    Otherwise, one may get inadvertently caught up in the low-budget Japanese remake that seems to be currently playing at the Village Movie Theater, “The Clash of the Egos.”

  46. It seems my opening line: “Sir, as you are dangling the hook, against my better judgement, but in a sincere effort to move the conversation forward rather than to allow it to stagnate yet again, I will make another imperfect attempt.” Is the only one that mattered. A conversation requires each party to view others as peers, apparently not possible here.

    I accept your pogrom, because an insufficient number spoke in support.
    In the interest of community, the man who wrote in support of all natural voices, except the lurid Billy Bee, will remain silent.
    The man who presents as “more equal than others” will remain and feel a win.
    It is for the rest to decide if it is a hollow victory.
    Thank you all for voicing your opinions.

    Hat tip: Mr. Orwell

  47. Morphy:

    From Merriam Webster, online: ‘Definition of pogrom for English Language Learners: the organized killing of many helpless people usually because of their race or religion’.

    Nothing I’ve written here, or done in my life that I remember, comes close. If this is your metaphor for my query, ‘but [I]would first be interested in what others have to say’, it seems to me to be characteristically overdone. Simply asking how people respond to a situation is hardly ‘killing’, and the Village likely is not mostly ‘helpless people,’ though most of us are probably vulnerable in one way or another. Why be so hostile?

    OB: Music for Earth Day. Sorry to get back so late. One thing that occurred to me is ‘The plow that broke the plains,’ mostly an orchestration of familiar rural hymns and other tunes referring to the devastation that resulted from plowing up the tough prairie sod followed by a drought that gave us the ’30s dust storms. Good music, and their may be CDs not accompanied by a narrative. Peace,

  48. Music for the film is by Virgil Thomson. Maybe leaving the powerful narrative in wouldn’t hurt. Would you like me to request it for next Friday Favorites. I’ve something to memorialize. Peace,

    Morphy: I hope my citing something [from the net or from relevant paper sources] does not make me the “man who presents as “more equal than others”. Most of us have our areas of expertise or special interest, and many are willing to display them here. I bow to many Villagers in their knowledge of popular music, current celebrities, spectator or participatory sports, almost anything having to do with TV or movies, and Southern cooking. I’ve some knowledge of, and much interest in, the organic world and its history, the doings of nesting raptors, and G&S. If I touch on something of interest or concern to you, it does NOT follow that I am aiming my offering at you. To jump to that conclusion is, I believe, academically referred to as ‘ideas of reference,’ but that itself is beyond my competence to discuss professionally. I did not, for instance, have any idea that you were interested in population biology.

  49. Not just Morphy: If you are not interested in posts on ‘the organic world and its history, the doings of nesting raptors, and G&S’, or any other of my hobby horses, take the advice of others above: Scroll! Peace,

  50. Don’t forget – you have only tonight and tomorrow to finish your Shakespeare’s Birthday shopping.

    Avon is always a good source this time of year.

  51. Happy belated birthday, Trucker Ron! You are so fortunate – not only by having these additional years, but your realization of what is really important.

    When I think about age (which is as seldom as I can get away with!), I am thankful that I have lived long enough to realize what is important in life. Family… friends… a sense of being of use to others. Things are not important (just necessities).. personal drama serves no purpose…

    I can say now that I like myself – mostly. That is something also that I had to learn on my journey.

  52. Galliglo:

    Lovely. Me too, except I think about age a lot, most often constructively. And I do appreciate senior discounts, and coeds that hold doors for me. Not sure about being called ‘Sir’; had two+ yr. of that in USAF and the Reserve, until I did Uncle Sam the favor of resigning. Definitely don’t want to be called Dr. when volunteering at the Hospital.


  53. emb

    I may have seen that film – back in HS when studying the Dust Bowl.
    Do remember hearing about musicians finishing project on their own tick.

    Next Friday is Arbor Day – new thoughts and dedications.

  54. Good morning Villagers….

    I love my Jeep!!

    The past three days have been fast and furious with doctor appts. and a PO appt. Dad is in seventh heaven sitting in the front seat (no, turn right here, no turn left here, I ain’t ready to go home yet!! he said) I try to bite my tongue as it has been a long four months for both him and me with me not having ‘wheels’.

    I put tennis balls on his walker, I was close to the brink of going nuts with the dragging on the floor…seems he is putting more weight on it. The tennis balls do a good job of picking up cat hair (imagine that), think I am going to put a couple of swiffer sheets on them…just might work, you know 🙂 !

    TR, a very, merry belated birthday wish to you..and many more too.

    later gators…..

  55. Three Morning Lines:

    Perhaps one achieves final maturity when one loses all self-delusions.

    Once, I tried to seize the day, but I was arrested for shoplifting.

    (The last one has been true in my life all too often.)

    It’s not the unpredictability of life that bothers me; it’s the unpredictability of death.

  56. Rick, the Bard is definitely desert island reading. If you have him, you have all the world.

    Debbe, husband always says if he had a Jeep, he would name it Eugene. 😉 (We grew up watching Popeye.)

    How far away do the younger Days live from the older Days? What do you think?

  57. Smigz, I can’t remember much of Popeye so I don’t remember the Eugene name….how about Eugenia? I remember the crawling baby, and a long nosed character…wasn’t it’s name Jeep?, or something like that?

  58. Trucker:
    Thanks. Nobody has questioned my memory here, just my character.

    Have found lately, however, a new thing I must remember: at every threshold, exit, entry, etc., and on every patio, porch, stoop, path, or other route that you don’t really know by heart, check to see if your next footfall w/b on the same level as your last. I’ve unwittingly stepped off into space a few times. Have not yet broken anything [maybe related to a lifelong drinking habit: 2-4 daily glasses of milk, mentioned here before]. The one on Easter tore some skin [actually, my now twisted watchband did that], bruised my left biceps & triceps internally, and didn’t do my left rotator cuff any good. Other octenagerians [sp.?] are worse off.


  59. …speaking of Jeeps; Northeast Dubois High School’s mascot is the Jeep…only plural. I’ve always wondered how that came to be…it’s funny to see a resemblance drawn on boards that are placed along the highway when it comes to high school sectionals here in SIN. (go, fight, wing Jeeps) 🙂

  60. My bride of 37 years (as of today!) is definitely a sexy sexagenarian!

    Yep, April is a busy month with her birthday on the 18th, mine on the 19th, our anniversary on the 22nd, her sister’s birthday on the 27th, and of course Uncle Sam’s voluntary tax day falls around the 15th.

  61. It is strange that O’Reilly’s ratings never went down. Everything considered, it is difficult to reach any conclusion except that this country is being run by stupid old white guys. Falling directly in the middle of that parameter myself makes it somewhat difficult to come up with an alternative. Do they not teach history in school anymore? I think that we had a discussion once about how history should be taught versus how it is actually taught. As an eternally flowing spring of old sayings I can only offer “History is written by the winners.”-unk.

  62. Evening Three:

    I am number last.

    Every day is the end of the world as we know it.

    What do you call a monkey in a blender set to “chop”? Rhesus Pieces.

  63. Excellent Earth Day ending: Out in my backyard about 7:45. Got about 7 feet away from the bottle tree and realized the owl was sitting on it again. We stared at each other for a few moments; he looked away from me for a bit, he looked back at me and then flew away. As soon as he was gone, a large black snake slithered from the bricks beneath the bottle tree to a better hiding place in some bromeliads.

    I’m assuming it’s a male since it’s the smaller of the pair in my recent picture and assuming it’s the same one since I doubt there’s more than one so tolerant of our proximity.

  64. Laura and Rick:

    Maybe that gross post exemplifies the difference btw. girls and boys, as in the pre-reader lesson: ‘sugar and spice* and everything nice’ vs. ‘rats and snails and puppy-dog tails’.

    *Personally, always thought sugar and spice were overrated, but will testify that some are made of everything nice. ‘What ain’t we got? We ain’t got dames.’

    Ruth: If that’s a male, he may have a less habituated mate around. In FL, their young, if any, may have already fledged.


  65. emb: We’ve been hearing owl “conversations” for over a month; we assume there’s a nest in the neighborhood but have not been able to discover where it is. The Audubon Center for Birds of Prey in Maitland (the town next door) posted a picture last week of a barred owlet that they returned to its nest with the help of a volunteered bucket truck. It did not appear to be anywhere near fledging – still fluffy. They also have a “baby owl shower” every year in May; in exchange for donations visitors get to see some of the babies (and adults) that they have rescued or are rehabilitating. That also makes me think it’s early for owl fledging, around here anyway.

    The Center does great work and is a fascinating place to visit if you’re in the area.

  66. Morning Three:

    Take your time and do things right; never try to sprint through a cow pasture.

    Ever wonder if anything has been removed from books so that you can’t have certain

    Maybe some people are looking for a religion that won’t interfere with their private life.

  67. Happy birthday [traditionally celebrated today], Bill. Among other things, we have Bill to thank for phrases such as “a fool’s paradise,” “a sorry sight,” “dead as a doornail,” “Greek to me,” “come what may,” “eaten out of house and home,” “forever and a day,” “heart’s content,” “slept a wink,” “love is blind,” “night owl,” “wild goose chase,” and “into thin air.”


  68. Jimmy, you nailed it today. Documentaries should answer your questions, not provide more questions which they then fail to answer.

    Had fun yesterday. Found out local library branch was having a book sale. So, I killed two birds with one stone and got a library card and bought some books. Proceeds go to supporting this branch so it was a win/win situation.

  69. ::Good morning Villagers…..

    Rick, I will never think of Reeses Pieces the same way again….

    On the history channel is a show called ‘American Pickers’, Dad and I enjoy watching that…the junk they salvage from these places is unreal. Like the blue jeans with the Levi label that are probably as old as I am…so would that make them sexagenarian Levi’s?

    …and the sun is out here in SIN, finally.

    Looked online for a stationary pedal bike for Dad, found one at Wal Mart. It just has pedals with straps, and you also can use it for your upper body. The past 4 days of ‘going’ have just worn Dad out, and he slept until until 9:30 this morning….I actually stood there to make sure he was breathing.

    Gotta make a chocolate milk run…


    (dang it feels too good to run myself to the grocery store 🙂 )

  70. On this day in 1616 at age 52, England’s “National Poet” left this mortal coil, leaving everyone much the worse for such an early departure.

  71. Unfortunately, although I enjoy it too, most of American Pickers is planned ahead of time. They “happened” to stop in Pensacola at a restaurant where the top dogs happened to be and had just the thing for a trade in the van.

  72. Just woke up finally. A beautiful sunny day in Oklahoma. Dickens and I are eating smoked English cheddar from Somerdale, England. White of course. Either he ate some last night or we have a large ten pounds rat.

    Dog has refined tastes.

  73. Despite dire warnings from NWS, weather activity in the Deep South was limited to thunder
    bumpers last night, as far as I know. However, we are still a week away from the month which traditionally brings the the most tornadic weather.

    Nice and a bit cooler here today, also.

  74. Jimmy mentioned a bit ago that there are whole movies available to watch online. Those are great, and I reeeeeally love the history, science, and nature programs. Although I read about those topics, sometimes I want to see things, too. Like Arlo, I want to learn, not be teased.

  75. We have a new half inch on the gr., it’s still snowing, and more is forecast: cool days and frost or nr frost nights. Likely 1-2″ before it’s done, but maybe all gone by next weekend. April in the North Country.

    Annual free feed for members at Harmony Foods co-op at noon. Excellent rubbed chicken and mac & cheese that was definitely not by Kraft. Al dente green bean, dense chocolate cake. Life is good. Bought a unisex tee for $12. Have 4x more tees than undershirts.


  76. In the 17th c., 52 wasn’t an unusually early departure for men. Biblical old age was ‘Threescore and ten’, fourscore if you were lucky. Women averaged earlier / death in childbirth. Remember ‘Our Town’? I cried.


  77. Jerry and Debbe, I can understand why they plan things out ahead of time. Nobody wants to spend an hour on an “Al Capone’s Vault” show. Remember that? I’m sure Geraldo still does!

  78. Hi Debbe, and thanks Mark! 🙂
    There are a lot more blooms on it now. Was afraid yesterday that I had killed it & walked off in frustration. But today it isn’t bad. 🙂 Added more leaves, trying to figure out what comes next, where it needs a bit of tweaking. Thanks for asking.

  79. Evening Three:

    Man: The Demon Divine.

    “Sigmund Fraud” is more correct, I think.

    And, now, one last tip of the porringer in the Bard’s direction:

    T.V. or not T.V. – that is no longer the question.

  80. Rick:

    Except that I believe he thought he was really being scientific, I expect ‘“Sigmund Fraud” is accurate. Interesting that many shrinks still call themselves Freudian. OTOH, analysis seems to work for some people. All things considered, that’s far enough.


  81. emb:

    I agree, as long as the analyst can keep his/her own prejudices, predispositions, and emotions out of the entire process.

    On the other hand, I once had a psych prof who said that Freudian doctors don’t accomplish anything more than could an intelligent and empathetic neighbor or bartender.

    I’m not sure how I feel about that.

  82. Morning:

    Might does not make right, but it does decide who will win.

    Believe at your own risk.

    Given the eternal state of humankind, I have decided that the only rational response is to become illegally insane.

  83. Good morning Villagers….

    Llee, your painting is beautifully serene, I love flowers. Found the buds starting to open up along the fence here…they are Irises, a purplish. I also love black eyes Susans. You are a very gifted Lady….thanks for sharing with us.

    …and Mark, thank you for posting that link.

    Dad appears to be feeling better than yesterday. I feel the four days of ‘going’ (a friend took him cruising Saturday afternoon too) took its toll on him yesterday. Plus he started taking an OAB medication. Not enough fluid intake in those days. Fatigue, his walk was very unstable and a couple of other issues. I know what he was thinking in those days “if I drink then I’ll have to go home”….I increased his water intake and didn’t give him his OAB med last night. Yes, much better this morning….so far.

    I’ve been knows to pull a few “Freudian slips” in my life 🙂

    And Rick, my insanity gives my family something to question…”are you nuts”? they ask! I just grin back at them and say “yes, ad I’m happy too”!


  84. It is a beautiful day today as I took my 3.5 mile walk today. My allergies are acting up or else I finally succumbed to the creeping crud that has hit my entire family. My son ran the Boston Marathon a week ago today and after driving to Fort Wayne for my BIL funeral, found out on Wednesday, that his son had pneumonia. He decided to see his own doctor as he had been fighting bronchitis for a while and found out that HE had pneumonia too! Thankfully running a marathon did not do him any harm. I did not want to go to work today, but figured that I would put in a half day and go home. I actually feel much better. I guess moving around helps.

    In case you are interested, here is a link to my sister’s website.

    She is a very talented artist. Life is on hold right now, but she won a grant to go to Italy in June. She invited my wife and told her that the trip is definitely on. She feels like this is something very positive that she can do. Plus she has already spent money with the grant and would lose it if she did not follow through.

  85. Ghost: I got 11*, and am guessing that, among those who missed just one, not being familiar w/ Australianisms is the major reason. Another related slang term is biffy, or just biff. Comes to mind in particular w/ ref to archaeology. One of the most useful places to seek archaeological treasures is a sufficiently old biff. Everything objectionable has long decomposed, and the biff is where all the broken pottery and such went.

    Also, mid ’60s, a tactless dean who thought he was funny introduced a new faculty member who was on crutches, mentioning that she’d broken her ankle en route to the biff. Not everything one thinks is funny or clever is always perceived that way by others. She didn’t stay, but I’ve no idea why. Faculty was getting large enough not to know everybody. Totaled less than 50 when I came in ’58.

    Had mixed feelings about him; he backed me up in an academic dustup I’ve mentioned before, when a prized athlete earned an E in Human Anatomy. Also, he could be an interesting companion on long drives home from intercollegiate meetings downstate.

    *Still proud of getting all 10 of those prominent arches/other landmarks as seen straight down from the air some years ago. Multiple choice.


  86. Trapper Jean:

    He very well might have, come to think of it.

    Your question reminds me of a drawing of a house’s exterior and front lawn that I once saw in my high school sophomore psych class. It was meant to be a test of long-term memory, and, supposedly, participants were able to remember a fair amount of the house’s details years after viewing the drawing for only a few minutes.

    I still remember it myself, but I don’t know if my memory is still accurate or if it is creating its own memories.

    The big question that I’ve never been able to answer: Did the furniture have Freudian slip covers?

  87. Evening Three:

    Males who hold hands in a circle and then throw themselves bodily at other males are
    called the apex of machismo in this country.

    (The next two are a little late. I had forgotten that I have them in the total list.)

    April Fools’ Day: The day that aggression, anger, hostility, and hatred sometimes
    masquerade as humor.

    April Fools’ Day: The one day that you have an excuse for being stupid.

  88. It’s no secret that I am interested in politics, but my wife barely knows who is president and doesn’t want to. That may answer some questions right there, but tonight she told me that I was beating a dead horse. I told her that she could think of it this way. You’re in a buggy being pulled by a horse as fast as he can run. As you pass people they yell at you to shout “whoa”. But “he’s dead” I reply. They yell back ” why doesn’t he stop?” I answer “I’ll be dammed if I know.” ” I have no idea what you’re talking about” said my wife”. So I went through it again, but I was beating a dead horse apparently.

  89. Morning Three:

    Vice Versa: an assistant Nissan

    hellth care

    (I wrote the last one years ago. Since that time, I have seen it in the popular press, all of which means that someone else most likely wrote it years before I did.)

    There are two types of people in the world: Those who think that there are two types of people and those who don’t.

  90. They might yet! My fainting couch has three to four foot stacks covering the cushions.

    No, I got a bladder infection and the antibiotic gave me even worse symptoms. On way to primary doctor for an antidote.

  91. I wish that a sofa could hold my books. Glad to hear from you. A bladder infection is nothing to fool with as we approach, you know, middle age.

  92. I am only giving away the nautical and boating books to the museum and nonprofit boat shop I help support in Port Aransas, TX. I kept the rest and still buy gardening, cooking, fiction for myself, travel books, etc.

    That sofa full is because I need more boxes.

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