Soirée I brought it up!

January 30, 2017


Ah, the good ol’ days! This not-so-oldie from January, 2017, is the first in a series about dining out. Remember dining out? Whether you are avoiding dining out altogether these days or whether you’ve not missed a meal, I dare say the vast majority of us don’t eat in restaurants as much as we did a year ago. It’s a double whammy. We’ve come to love eating out in this country like never before, and the hospitality industry has largely filled the gap for traditional industries that—for one reason or another—do not offer the job opportunities they once did. Whether that latter situation is sustainable as an economic model or not is another issue entirely, but the pandemic isn’t helping. That reminds me! I’m getting my first round of the vaccine next week. I’m not sure if it’s because cartoonists are considered essential or because I’m so old. I prefer not to think about it.


50 thoughts on “<em>Soirée</em> I brought it up!”

  1. So, the field values for posting are still hanging on, sometimes. I’m posting this comment just to document, When I clicked “Comment” the fields were populated with Ruth’s info. I don’t know if that means she’s also on the page now, or if she was before me. This is, however, the first comment for today and Ruth was not the last poster on yesterday’s page.

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  2. I’m wondering if any other villagers are having an issue with your gocomics premium subscription. I renewed my subscription on January 25th (having received no reminder that my subscription had expired.) I received a receipt by email. Yesterday I received another receipt and my credit card was charged again, this dated February 25th.
    I have contacted support as stated at the bottom of the receipt(s) and filed a dispute with Visa. I feel sure this will be resolved. I mention it here as many of you are subscribers. You should watch closely to see if you have been double charged as well.

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    • I don’t have anything to do with GoComics administration directly, but if this continues to be a problem for you and others, I’ll certainly make enquiries and advocate on your behalf. (Meanwhile, thanks for the double payment!)

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    • Tom and JJ:

      My subscription expired on 02.25.21. In the past, it autorenewed. Like you, I did not receive a reminder. However, my credit card has not yet been charged.

      Thanks for the word. I was about to renew my subscription this morning, but I think that I will wait to see what happens.

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  3. I’m wondering if any other villagers are having an issue with your gocomics premium subscription. I renewed my subscription on January 25th (having received no reminder that my subscription had expired.) I received a receipt by email. Yesterday I received another receipt and my credit card was charged again, this dated February 25th.
    I have contacted support as stated at the bottom of the receipt(s) and filed a dispute with Visa. I feel sure this will be resolved. I mention it here as many of you are subscribers. You should watch closely to see if you have been double charged as well.

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  4. @ Jackie: “Trucker are you a diabetic also on insulin?” Yeah, I crossed into insulin land about 4 years ago. My A1C is finally staying where I want it since getting my CGM system, always below 7.0 and sometimes below 6.0.

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  5. My wife have gotten our first doses of the vaccinations and we were just talking about how it will be nice to start eating out in about 5 weeks. Our new foreplay is talking about the restaurants we plan to go to first.

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  6. Ghost and I eat outside on patios or inside at such odd hours that we are usually alone. We are very picky too and patronize restaurants with constant cleaning procedures.

    And we just don’t eat out much now sadly.

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  7. Trucker I am fighting low blood sugars constantly now, running in 70-80 steadily. I get shakey.

    Ghost is enrolling me in classes and counseling. We are enroute to have my ood drawn for a current A1C this morning so I am fasting and sugars are 73 just now.

    Thinking I would love to eat grilled shrimp at my favorite barbque if I can get in with the wheelchair.

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    • Jackie, if you feel shaky, or as I call it, wobbly, don’t wait to test your blood sugar; just get some food into you right away. It’s better to get a little carb into you when it’s not really needed than to pass out while you’re waiting for that reading. I know, as I was first diagnosed almost 19 years ago, and have had lots of time to learn.

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  8. Trucker I am fighting low blood sugars constantly now, running in 70-80 steadily. I get shakey.

    Ghost is enrolling me in classes and counseling. We are enroute to have my ood drawn for a current A1C this morning so I am fasting and sugars are 73 just now.

    Thinking I would love to eat grilled shrimp at my favorite barbque if I can get in with the wheelchair.

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  9. Trucker I am fighting low blood sugars constantly now, running in 70-80 steadily. I get shakey.

    Ghost is enrolling me in classes and counseling. We are enroute to have my ood drawn for a current A1C this morning so I am fasting and sugars are 73 just now.

    Thinking I would love to eat grilled shrimp at my favorite barbque if I can get in with the wheelchair.

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    • I don’t have anything to do with GoComics administration directly, but if this continues to be a problem for you and others, I’ll certainly make enquiries and advocate on your behalf. (Meanwhile, thanks for the double payment!)

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  10. Good grief! Posted three times as Jackie. Anonymous and Jackie Monies!

    Ghost said when he posted his one word comment my information came up on his computer!

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  11. Had our third good birthday dinner for me in Tulsa today. Ghost had fettuccine Alfredo, his favorite, I had a new pasta shrimp limone. Purely divine with artichokes, mushrooms, fresh tomatoes, spinach over angel hair pasta.

    I shared with Ghost.

    We are loyally club members of several good restaurants that give points and free meals. The three we kept sre the best, P.F. Changs, Abuelos and Zios Italian Kitchen. Chinese, TexMex and Italian. I’ve been a member over 25 years and eaten lots of free food.

    COVID-19 has forced.them to cut back but they are still excellent. When I was a salesman I belonged to everyone and got so many coupons we often just couldn’t use them.

    How to eat like a prince even on less resources. Tip well, make friends, your servers often find coupons for you.

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  12. Had our third good birthday dinner for me in Tulsa today. Ghost had fettuccine Alfredo, his favorite, I had a new pasta shrimp limone. Purely divine with artichokes, mushrooms, fresh tomatoes, spinach over angel hair pasta.

    I shared with Ghost.

    We are loyally club members of several good restaurants that give points and free meals. The three we kept sre the best, P.F. Changs, Abuelos and Zios Italian Kitchen. Chinese, TexMex and Italian. I’ve been a member over 25 years and eaten lots of free food.

    COVID-19 has forced.them to cut back but they are still excellent. When I was a salesman I belonged to everyone and got so many coupons we often just couldn’t use them.

    How to eat like a prince even on less resources. Tip well, make friends, your servers often find coupons for you.

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  13. There’s a lot of copying going on going on going on going on going on….

    [repetition duplication from the department of redundancy department]

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  14. I went one day past the “boat show” sequence to 2-9-1996, to the one where Arlo gives Janis a playful pinch on the butt, and you think, “Why do she respond angrily?”, then you realize they are in a store. It reminded me that I’ve never understood why one would want to pinch a woman’s butt. Touching, patting, feeling…now you’re talking! 🙂
    It also reminded me of the time a couple of years ago when Jackie and I were shopping, and I felt her cup and definitely caress my butt with her hand. And then I realized that where she was standing in relation to my position that it could not have been her that did it. And that it must have been one of the thirty-something lady teachers shopping for school supplies who had just been behind me and were the only other ones on the aisle. Well, at least she didn’t pinch me…and I actually appreciated the implied compliment.

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  15. By the way, should my email address be revealed to someone on the blog, feel free to say “Howdy”…unless you’re are a spammer. Or if you think I am insufferable and my posts detestable, feel free to take a hard pass. 😀
    Also, I note that for this and the previous post, the blog has apparently retained my name and address.

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  16. Had the first dose of the Moderna COVID vaccine this afternoon. The stick was no worse than any other I’ve had. And 7 hours later, still no effects. I keep seeing comments on Facebook about how come so many people don’t take the disease seriously. My own feeling is that we have gotten burned out from the press going crazy over a new disease every year or so and trying to panic everyone over it. I mean, over the last 10 or 15 years it seems like we have a new oh-so-serious threat that’s going to take down society. And it doesn’t, leading me to think of the story about the boy who cried wolf. Eventually nobody believed him, and then things got really serious.

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    • Every new disease is heralded as the deadliest one yet, though none of them have killed nearly as many people (percentage wise or total numbers) as the scourges of the past, like smallpox or the bubonic plague. Even the 20th century’s polio epidemics had death rates far exceeding this corona virus (about 30% in some years for polio, but just 1.8% for the known cases with COVID in the US).
       
      Having St. Fauci changing his story “for our own good” regarding the danger from the disease, masks, and percentage of vaccinations needed for herd immunity has convinced many that he’s not a reliable prophet. The only positive thing I’ve learned from his example is to take supplements to improve my own immune system.

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  17. Wish we could go out to dinner, but all restaurants have been closed here since half december. Can only go for takeout meals, and that’s not the same. Schools are opening, but restaurants get no perspective on when they can open again.
    Good luck with the vaccine Jimmy!

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  18. I seem to have slept over 20 hours without awakening. Ghost had to wake me up so I would eat something now. Dickens is helping me eat apple slices and peanut butter.

    Ludwig is probably telling Arlo same thing Skipper tells us so loudly. And constantly.

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  19. Am I only person who is so relieved that Lady Gaga’s French bulldogs were returned safe and unharmed? I was horrified that they were dognapped and their walker shot.

    So many dogs are stollen in our area, from yards, in cars, from home robberies. We do not let Dickens outside and hate to leave him home alone or in our car. COVID-19 has made Ghost stay out in car with him.

    The latest crime spree has been a resumption of armed carjackings at gas stations, convenience stores, home driveways and even on streets. Be aware, be prepared and have a plan.

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