Stuffing Nonsense

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This week, we’re going to be revisiting the classic Turkey Day series from 1996, one of my favorites. I did some of my best work that year, and to this day I’m not sure why. I do know it was one of the rare periods in my life when I lived alone (just sayin’!), and I had relatively few outside distractions compared to other times. Perhaps that’s all very telling, but as I’ve told you before I’ve never been one who lived and breathed cartooning. I love the art form and am honored to call it my profession, but I have a lot of other interests. Still, the year 1996 makes me wonder what might have been if I had been able to train—or force—myself to, indeed, live and breath cartooning. On the other hand, a lot of readers hated what I was doing in 1996.

74 responses to “Stuffing Nonsense”

  1. Jimmy:

    Speaking of living alone and being productive, when you have a few minutes, look for Anton Chekov’s “The Bet.”

    I like to think of it as the Book of Ecclesiastes in a darker hue.

  2. 1996 was the year of the most-commented-upon A&J cartoon ever: “There’s just something about a peek.” Sadly, all attempts to link to it fail, as it is posted on an old A&J webpage and not in the online archives and all posts with links to A&J pages never come out of Moderation Hades.

    We were also introduced to Ruth in 1996. There were also a number of excellent gags, such as this one:

    A lot of good stuff in 1996. Haters gonna hate.

  3. A 4:37 AM post…concurrent with the announcement of Hades as the site of the 2118 Winter Olympics. 🙂

    And yes, they do schedule them that far ahead.

  4. Debbe 😉 OK, hon, I’ll work on my Connery look. Just for you. 😉

    If That Guy™ bought a certain hair gel company, would he rename it “Depp’s Dippityt-Do”?

  5. I was just about to say…Happy 240th Birthday, United States Marine Corps! You don’t look a day over 200.

    Keep up the good work, Water Walkers.

  6. Mark in TTown, way to go. A link that does not sink the comment it is posted in.

    And TR, the bride is always the proper peeking partner. After all the years, there’s still just something about a peek…

    Haters gonna hate; Peekers gonna peek! 😀

  7. Viewer Advisory: TWC rant follows

    Wait just a cotton-pickin’ minute. The Weather Channel suits seem to be at it again, displaying some of the mastermind programming decisions that have practically run their channel into the ground…showing a made-for-TV movie titled “Dead of Winter: The Donner Party”. On the day after Thanksgiving! Have they branched out from pushing other “causes” to backing the PETA party line? Because frankly, a movie involving cannibalism is about the only thing I can think of that would make a Tofurky™ for Christmas dinner seem appealing to me.

    Somehow, I think even Alferd E. Packer would be repulsed by the poor judgment that shows.

  8. emb, interesting observation. Wikipedia list his born as name, Alfred Griner Packer. Then lists his name as, Alfred G. “Alferd” Packer. No mention on how he came by Alferd. There is mention of a 1960 folk song by Paul Ochs “The ballad of Alferd Packer.” Seems history remembers him better as Alferd.

  9. sand: Microsoft word has the standard symbol for ‘not equals’ but that isn’t available here. 23 minutes btw. posts suggests a short term memory problem. Anyway, c x-p [not] = emb. He is my junior by a few years, and actually either of us is flattered by the confusion.

    Peace, emb

  10. I recall when/where I was when the Fitzgerald news came.

    eMb is right; I am totally honored to be thought in his category. Don’t be hard on yourself, sand…such happens to us all, and more so as we age. Now that’s something to which one can look forward, eh?

  11. ? is that what you were looking for emb?

    It is in the Special Characters – Math on my Mac

    with ? ? ? (think you were looking for that back aways) ?

    And whatever these are ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?

    Now will it post

  12. nope

    Whatever these are were U in 4 directions 2 with slashes and 2 on their side underlined

    The first ? was = with / through so is =/ or /= mean “not equal” on this sight – we still have

  13. Good morning Villagers…

    Wow, Jimmy was up early yesterday. I’m surprised we didn’t run into each other at that hour!

    Gal, be careful about that stress….it can wear you down. Glad you pulled that audit off, and as you said, next year will be better. And remember to breath 🙂

    Today, I want to say THANKS to all the Veterans who post here. I appreciate every Veteran and their service to our blessed Country….and we are blessed.

    Nothing exciting, got my blood work done. Tomorrow is my doctor’s appointment. The hospital I go to is not listed in my national health care plan….plus I received a letter from them that my rate will increase to $300 a month, but from my understanding, all rates are increasing….go figure.

    Gosh, it’s Wednesday already 🙂

    ya’ll have a blessed day

  14. Ghost, that is a first class video. Here in Florida it becomes more and more obvious that Gov. Scott is making the most of financial opportunities. Charitable giving by state employees is no longer handled by the United Way, but by a Scott connected private company which keeps most of the money. The percentage is related to the amount given. As the amount has plumented their percentage is projected to be about two thirds this year. As my t-shirt says “Gov. Scott, we’ll leave the light on. Fl DOC.”

  15. I’ve had to get my own insurance during bouts of unemployment years ago and it was no big deal. Now that I’m cut down to part time (oil services industry), my employer is still covering me, but my boss says he doesn’t know how long. I’ve checked it out and Whoa ! it’s going to be quite a burden, especially with less pay, but I guess I’ll be covered for pregnancy and drug addiction.

  16. I suspect I speak for most of my veteran brothers and sisters when I say that it was an honor to have served, and that I would do it again.

    Even without the freebies at Hooters. 🙂

  17. Steve From Royal Oak, MI:

    Thanks for the memory jog.

    Every year, my wife plays Janis and asks me to look for bag of giblets (or, as I like to call it, Luddie treats).

    One year, no matter what, I couldn’t find it and told my Janis that the processors didn’t put it in.

    Yep. It was there. I found it when I was carving the turkey.

    Fortunately, I was in the kitchen and everyone else was seated at the table.

    To this day, my Janis doesn’t know.

    She never asked, and I’ve never told.

    By the way, we’re eating at the Buxton Inn this year for Thanksgiving, and I will have duck.

  18. Some prose is basically slapstick. From today’s Writer’s Almanac:

    ‘State Teachers’ Animal Husbandry Institute for the Blind.’ J. Winters, I believe. My kind of humor. Maybe not P.C.

    I’ve been invited out for lunch today, on the premise that if one is a vet, less costly of two [or least of 3, if her husband can come] meals is free. Not sure I can find my H.D. card, but maybe they’ll let it go. They make a profit anyway, and value customer good will. She, BTW, is my cleaning lady, and I’ve been guest for supper at their home several times.

    We’re all in the palm of Elohim’s hand, if the song is right, but thanks for the several missives of gratitude. I was never in military danger, but got dazed from falling down a hole in the dark outside the base library at RAF Sculthorpe [now abandoned, do a search] at 1700 hrs. in Dec.[?] ’52. Got dark early [about 53N], no lights or fencing. Spent a night in the base infirm, probably no concussion.

    I’d be prouder of my service if I were less surrounded by cynicism and pettiness among my fellow officers, and by my relative uselessness as an admin. officer. Probably not much different than many civilian jobs.

    Peace, emb

  19. Yup thank you to my fellow veterans. Whether in peace or war, home or overseas, you did your part. It all makes or made a difference. Where would we be, and how would it work out if all those good men and women had decided not to serve? Volunteer, or draftee, they all signed the blank check. Thank you.

  20. My sincere thanks to all Veterans. Whether or not you served in a hazardous area, your willingness to offer your service to your country should be appreciated. Thank you!

    I also want to thank those who offer service to our communities here at home – police & fire personnel, teachers, those who volunteer in many capacities. You are the people who make this world a better place. And incidentally, I’ve noticed that there are a great many of those who served our military that continue to serve in other ways when they get back home. Thank you!

  21. I would be remiss if I did not join in conveying honor and thanks to our veterans. My own Dad said that he would fight a million wars as long as they would send him instead of me. Back when he said it, I did not comprehend what he was saying. Today I do. Thank you, veterans.

  22. A reminder to our vets and current service members:

    Several major fast food/restaurant chains are offering free meals for you today. I’ve seen notices from IHOP, Denny’s, Chick-fil-A, and Village Inn. It’s not much, but it is a way to say you’re appreciated.

  23. Golden Corral offers a free meal (dinner, from 5 – 9, in Conroe). They also send kids of disabled veterans to a summer camp for a week. Great for the kids and gives the parents a break, too. My DAR group sponsored 3 kids this year.

  24. Thank you everybody for their support of all American vets. I just wish that people had felt this way back when I served, but back then, hating veterans for having served was very, very popular among young liberals. Maybe things are better now because there’s no draft, and the college students who fueled the anti-war movement aren’t afraid that they’re going to be picked to serve.

  25. I always thought the Vietnam vets got a raw deal. I was proud of them, scared for them, praying many would come home…including cousins and brothers. Dad doesn’t want to talk about Korea…so I didn’t say anything about his service today. But I’m proud of him. We had all the services covered! You can imagine the stories and one-up-manship that happened at family gatherings. I think I’ve mentioned my youngest brother was in Afghanistan? He came home a year ago and we thought that would be it for his career, but Uncle Sam had another place for him to go. At the time, we thought that might last another 3 years, but as of a month ago he’s retired Army. And I’m babbling. Thanks friends 🙂

    p.s. emb- don’t forget, without admin personnel, no one gets supplies or paid! 🙂

  26. Trucker: My cleaning lady took me and her husband out to lunch today, one of 2-3 wings places in town. She got a salad. Total bill $4.60.

    Llee: ‘. . . without admin personnel, no one gets supplies or paid.’ True. But w/ no prev. admin. experience and w/ abysmal ROTC instr. and OJT orientation, it was the noncoms who insured that. I signed stuff and very occasionally offered some wisdom or resolved an issue; usually actually they resolved it once I said something to clarify what the issue was.

    The OJT orientation, at Mitchel AFB on LI, consisted of giving me a cc. to read of the AF regs that governed off-duty AFRES activities [MAFB governed those in eastern USA]. The regs were easy enough to read physically, but in much like today’s corporation-speak, and largely in a context that I had no concept of. Nobody, for instance, ever said, ’emb, what we do here is oversee the activities of units of reservists who are not on active duty.’ Kind of like writing C2H5OH + O2 [arrow] CO2 + H2O on the board without first teaching what an element, compound, atom, and molecule are, and w/out balancing the equation.

    The only orientation overseas to being a postal officer was what the noncoms taught me. Yet I was technically responsible for the proper execution of the local postal service.

    Peace, emb

  27. From that earlier post: ‘Probably not much different than many civilian jobs.’

    Wife would have caught that. ‘Probably not much different from many civilian jobs.’

    Peace, emb

  28. All, it was an honor to have served you.

    Friend and I took an assortment of weapons to a local range, range fees waived for vets. We capped several boxes of ammo. Then proceeded to the nearby Twin Peaks: burgers, fries, beer, and a great display of freedom bosoms.

  29. My WW2 veteran husband has been gone for four years now, but when he was alive, most of the children would telephone on November 11 wanting to speak to “their favorite veteran”. He often told us his memories from the two years in the Army, reminiscing about basic training — crossing the Atlantic in the troopship, awfully seasick — landing in Normandy, but not until July, 1944. Thank goodness, he wasn’t in on D-Day. He and the other guys were sent to replace soldiers who’d been killed or wounded. He was still only 18 years old.

    Combat Infantry — he and his squad carried, and fired, a machine gun. Through the hedgerows, through bombed and burned villages, sleeping in foxholes — through the whole winter. He liked telling us about it, and we enjoyed listening. If he saw anything REALLY awful, and he may well have, he didn’t tell us that.

    Yes, we owe those boys a great debt of gratitude. Chris was older than I, and now he’s gone, with so many veterans his age. But we remember what they did for us.

  30. My uncle had a very hard-earned degree in food chemistry by virtue of taking nothing but night courses in NYCity for years while he worked a job as well. Came WWII, he, being 29, was drafted…or so I think. In any event, he managed to get the point across to whatever power was in charge that, while he was a chemist, he was not a “boom-boom” chemist [his word] but a food chemist. To the credit of those powers, they saw fit to place him on a hospital ship in the Pacific, working in the pharmacy. No doubt someone appreciated that in the dispensing of drugs, being able to measure things properly was a benefit. He spent a lot of time off New Guinea on that ship, and kept a log of where they went on what dates. I have that log and am surprised at how many times they crossed the ocean. Maybe they were often needing supplies not carried by supply ships, but I cannot speak to that.

    Another uncle, a chaplain in Europe, was seen giving his great coat to a German prisoner who was in the process of, otherwise, freezing to death. Many years later, my uncle was walking down some street in Manhattan (that’s the tall building borough of NYCity) when a total stranger neared him and absolutely blessed him! It was the former prisoner who had survived, emigrated, and kept a mental picture of my uncle during the interval. I imagine that reunion was highly satisfactory to both parties.

  31. I’ve been holding on to a new early 70’s vintage army coat that I wish I could somehow get to some guy that has managed to get to Serbia with the t-shirt he left home with. But I’m not going to hand it over to Goodwill. In years past I tried to get a few clothes from them for people who had nothing and they informed me that they don’t give clothes away.

  32. I still have my dad’s Army dress jacket from WWII. At age 47, it still fit him.

    Dad was to have been part of the main landing force on Japan, but the two bombs prevented that.

    He became part of the occupational force stationed at Nagasaki – two weeks after the detonation.

    He had several internal cancers over the years, as did many who were stationed at Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

  33. Gave lots of wife’s clothes to GW in ’11, later they did not give them away, though not a bad place for bargains. Sev. local churches, incl. BUMC, formed ‘Churches United’ in the ’90s, clearing house [at the RC church] /pleas for gas money, clothes, other stuff. Clients are sent to one of 2-3 church-run clothing depots. Two churches, incl. BUMC, do soup kitchen 1-2 nights a week, others run SOS [Servants Of Shelter] a week at a time during winter [weather, not astro.]. Has to move weekly to avoid classif. as a hotel. Folks from BUMC often monitor shifts there / strict rules / behavior, what cannot be brought in, etc. [No ‘carrying.’] Our new pastor often eats at soup kitchen, to be available, not proselytize. Has established trust w/ several. Good man. Lots of families come. TG and Christmas, large churches [not those which do SK] host holiday meals. Doesn’t work at Easter / festivities at most churches. UMC my older son pastors itself does a TG meal every year which gets a good crowd from a cluster of 3 small central MN cities. Started long before he ? pastor.

    Peace, emb

  34. Some interesting veteran stories…thanks to all who related them. I’ve heard it said that no one has truly passed from the Earth until the last person who knew them personally passes away. So in that respect many of our departed veterans are still with us.

    My high school history teacher admitted he was not unbiased regarding the propriety of using nuclear weapons to end the war, as his Army infantry division was to be part of the first wave of the invasion of the Japanese islands.

  35. Jerry
    Goodwill is not a charity – it is a business with a very savvy name.

    C e-p
    Just proves how small the world really is. And someone had his head out for a brief

    Occasionally there must have been some sanity – my uncle ( a printer ) worked as a
    printer on a Sub. Tender in the Pacific.

    It is the wise officer (in military and most business) that steps aside and lets the
    NCO get in with the job, then gives praise.

  36. GR6

    Saw one interviewee the also was biased – it was not the other
    million men that did not die in the invasion of Japan – he was not killed that concerned him.

  37. Rick, I knew a man for many years who was a medic in the Pacific. He was in a live-fire exercise on (I think) Saipan, training for the invasion of Japan, when they got the word of the surrender. The marines in the exercise were told not to stand up, but continue the exercise because the pilots providing the live fire hadn’t gotten the word yet and they didn’t want any accidents.

  38. Good morning Villagers….

    I loved reading all the stories above… your personal stories, your relatives, your husband Miss Charlotte, your fathers. To quote Plato, “only the dead have seen the end of wars”….so true, and they will go on.

    No babbling here today……

    ya’ll have a blessed day

    ….can’t believe you didn’t go to Hooters, GR 😉


  39. Sideburns:

    My dad told me that the Marines would have been the very first ones to hit the beaches and that only a small, small few would survive.

    After them, Dad and the other soldiers were to follow in successive waves until a foothold had finally been established.

    Is the medic whom you knew still with us, or has he passed?

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