Subtle Distinction


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Sorry to have been gone so long! I have been working on other projects. I guess there’s just no way to avoid the “remember when” factor on this site, try as I might. Today’s classic A&J is yet another example of swift cultural change. First, “casual Friday” was introduced, when white-collar workers were allowed to dress down from coats and ties and the equivalent ladies’ apparel. Today there are coats and ties still out there, but the daily norm for what remains of the white-collar work force is distinctly casual. I’m not saying it’s a bad thing. Hey, I’m a cartoonist! I can work in my underwear if I want, although I never do. Well, not in just my underwear. You know, I get asked that question a lot, which I think is kind of weird.

222 thoughts on “Subtle Distinction”

  1. VILLAGERS,

    I DISCOVERED THIS ONE ONE OF MY AUBURN WEBSITES. OUR LEADER WILL BE TALKING AT AUBURN ON NOVEMBER 13. I WILL TRY MY BEST TO BE THERE.

    Jimmy Johnson ’74
    Creator of the comic strip Arlo & Janis
    Topic: Jimmy and Arlo and Janis

    Jimmy Johnson, creator of the nationally syndicated comic strip Arlo & Janis, will talk about how the former newspaperman and editorial cartoonist found a career depicting the life and times of Arlo and Janis, a middle-aged, middle class couple.

    Born and raised in the textile town of Lanett, Alabama, Jimmy Johnson attended college at the nearest place he could find – Auburn University. He graduated in 1974 with a degree in journalism and became a reporter and editorial cartoonist. The nationally syndicated comic strip Arlo & Janis was first published in 1985 and continues to appear in 500 newspapers across the country.

  2. ONE MORE THING. I WILL NOT BE ABLE TO ATTEND DUE TO TIME CONSTRAINTS. JJ IS BEING HONORED BY AUBURN UNIVERSITY. WAR EAGLE, JJ!

    Jimmy Johnson and Bennie Adkins to conclude 2015 All-Star Lecture Series

    Auburn’s fourth annual All-Star Lecture Series, held on Fridays before home football games, will conclude with talks from Jimmy Johnson and Bennie Adkins.

    Jimmy Johnson, creator of the nationally syndicated comic strip Arlo & Janis, will talk about how he found a career depicting the life and times of Arlo and Janis, a middle-aged, middle class couple. Arlo & Janis was first published in 1985 and continues to appear in 500 newspapers across the country. Johnson’s talk will be held Friday, Nov. 13. Congressional Medal of Honor Winner Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie G. Adkins will speak on Friday, Nov. 20, prior to Saturday’s football game against Idaho, which will also serve as Auburn’s Military Appreciation Game. Adkins distinguished himself during 38 hours of close-combat fighting against enemy forces on March 9 to 12, 1966.

    The talks will take place at 3 p.m. at the Auburn Alumni Center, 317 S. College St., in either the Goodwin Room or the Galloway Atrium.

  3. I don’t have a mermaid tie, but I do have some interesting Christmas ties it’s almost time to dig out of the closet. I’ve wanted one of these ties ever since I was a freshman in college and saw an upperclassman wearing one. I’m pretty sure he was a sophomore.

    http://p.cdn.ties.com/black-microfiber-bullsh*t-tie-229909-505-800-0.jpg

    The closest thing I have to that are the two ties from the Donald Trump Collection with which I was gifted for my birthday some years ago. Who knows…one day they may be collector’s items. Well, they are very nice ties, anyway.

    Speaking of birthdays, I believe I have one coming up sometime soon. Let me check my calendar…hey, it’s tomorrow.

  4. People have this false belief that home workers are anti-social loners with poor personal hygiene. We are really normal folks who run about the house topless, wear our hair in a pony tail, have a house full of cats, and two days of Chinese take out boxes littering the table. 😉

    There is a small collection of Dr.Suess hanging on a tie rack. I keep the ties only because I attend the occasional funeral.

  5. Ghost Sweetie, I have one of those ties! It was my Dads, and my Mom never let him wear it, mostly because it is bright orange, with the design in a dark cream color.

  6. You know, “Do you work in your underwear?” is not the first question that I would be motivated to ask should I ever meet Our Humble Author in person. I also think that question moves beyond “kind of weird” into “fully weird.”

    But it calls to mind the story of Tom Wilson, who portrayed Biff Tannen (and his various relatives) in the “Back To The Future” trilogy of movies. In one of them, he famously drives a drop-top convertible car into a manure truck, which of course drops its entire load into his open vehicle. He says he gets asked the same questions not only “a lot” but “all the time,” prompting him to write a song about his experiences:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwY5o2fsG7Y

    So stop asking him already! 😉

  7. I work at home and people ask me that all the time. And I do – it’s very comfortable when it’s warm enough. Just a personal preference . . .

  8. When people start asking me ‘those kinds of questions’ I turn it around and ask if they have holes in their underwear. They almost always respond with “No! Of course not!”, to which I ask “Then how did you get your legs through?”

  9. Mark from Maine:

    “I work at home and people ask me that all the time. And I do – it’s very comfortable when it’s warm enough.”

    So, that’s like a two-week period in July in Maine, right? 😉

  10. Not a question, just an observation. The Ghost Riders is the name of a drum and bugle corp. In the videos that I looked at they were not wearing kilts although they may on occasion.

  11. I loved my job before I retired. I’d go to customer events and my wife would ask me if I should not be packing a tie, jacket, etc. I’d say (truthfully!), no the customers are expecting an engineer. If I wore I tie they would not trust me. 🙂

    BTW, re today’s A&J: “Turn over” sounds like A has an electric starter with a dead battery on his leaf blower. I wonder why not just “start” 🙂 Whatever…I got it anyway, and it was funny. That’s what counts.

  12. One of my favorite customers from my old store worked at the funeral home down the street. He has a beautiful selection of Jerry Garcia ties. When a local businessman with a penchant for pink passed, everyone at the funeral home wore a pink tie in his honor. My customer was the only one who already had the perfect tie for the occasion.

    Speaking of, has anyone ever seen a hearse at a gas staion? (Not owned by the general public.) I’ve never seen a pump on site, but I’ve never seen one at a staion either.

    And I’ve been asked weirder questions. Takes all kinds I guess.

  13. With the termination of Lincolns and large Cadillacs funeral homes have to go to aftermarket vehicles (which all hearses were anyway). I recently saw a Honda large suv which had been cpnverted to a limousine and was being used by a funeral home.

  14. Mindy: No one at my house can remember seeing a hearse at a gas station either. My husband is now considering contacting a high school classmate whose family owned a chain of funeral homes 🙂

  15. I have a friend who works for a competitor and is right across the street from a funeral home. I want to stop in and ask him, but how bizarre would *that*sound out of the blue? Ruth: I am so curious! I have given serious consideration to the mortuary field. However, immature, hysterical thoughts of some poor procession waiting on the hearse to fill up or repair a blown tire prevent me from further inquiry into the field. (And yes, I am well aware the hearse would already have a full tank and they sport run-flat tires. Sorry to anyone who is upset by this, my sense of humor is warped in some ares.)

  16. Mindy from Indy, my next-door neighbor is scared of the whole funeral business. So how funny is it that when a guy asked for a date during high school, he showed up driving a hearse? Turns out he worked part-time for one of the funeral homes in town and had to deliver a “customer” on the way. “It won’t take long to drop the customer off”, he told her. She said she told him, “no way!”. End of date and never again with him.

  17. I have to admit, when I posted the nonsense about the blog breaking… I was looking at a September-October calendar… completely missed the point that the month I saw didn’t have a Halloween. :/

  18. David in Austin, it wasn’t nonsense at all, it was a useful warning. Maybe JJ saw it and remembered that a new old comic strip was needed?

  19. When I was a full-time commercial pilot, I did a not-insignificant number of mortuary flights. Which are just what it sounds like…flying somewhere to pick up someone’s mortal remains and delivering said remains to a funeral home somewhere for final disposition. Most flights were in four-place aircraft with both rear seats and the right front seat removed to allow installation of an air-ambulance litter on the right side of the aircraft for the shrouded remains of the deceased.

    Some of my flight students who knew about the mortuary flights would ask if they didn’t creep me out. I’d tell them no, the deceased were good passengers; they never asked questions like, “Where are we now”” or “How much longer before we get there?” I’d also tell them that filing a flight plan, which requires the reporting of the number of “Souls on Board”, always raised a philosophical question…should I file one or two? My solution was the practical one…two, because if I ever augured in on one of those flights, I didn’t want them to find my “passenger” (even if it were an 80-year-old woman wearing a hospital gown), assume she was the pilot, and not keep looking for me. Not likely, but you never know…

    Actually, those flights did not particularly bother me, as I felt I was doing a boon for the families, by getting their loved one home for burial more quickly and more economically than a ground hearse could. The one that did (and still) bothers me is the time I picked up the body of a 7-year-old girl at PDK in Chamblee GA. I still remember every detail of that flight.

    Note to Lady Mindy: I did have a main landing gear tire blow out on takeoff once, but I never ran out of fuel. And I have a true mortuary flight story that is much creepier that the one you posted. Perhaps I’ll relate it sometime.

  20. While in college I had a ’50 Pontiac hearse – one of the best cross country rides was in the
    back of that boat (this was in ’67) We did get looks even though auto body styles changed
    a lot back then, about every 3 years.

    I worked at home – nobody asks me about working in my underwear, not among the cows and chickens and at 40*below.

    Will also ask a friend about refueling.
    Knew one place was large enough they had their own pump.

  21. In a small town 50 years ago here in MN the hearse & the ambulance was the same vehicle
    And it was light blue – with a gumball machine on top – remember those.

  22. Good morning Villagers….

    Indy Mindy, that was a funny story….and I remember gas station attendants too.

    Old Bear, I do, but I think it was from movies or old sitcoms like Andy Griffith. At 40 degrees below, it would take me an hour to get down to my underwear….ten minutes of unzipping at that.

    Went to Home Depot with Andrew last night….spent The Boss’s money…..I dropped my teeth when I had to fill out the check. But Andrew picked up high dollar items like a sahsaw, something like that. There were so many Christmas decorations out, and it’s only the 6th of November.

    GR, I can see where picking up the body of a seven year old girl would be very emotional. So sad.

    I agree, that was a good one dAVE…..

    So, is it someone’s birthday today? HAPPY BIRTHDAY GR 😉

    ya’ll have a blessed day

    Oh, Flossie, GR is harmless 🙂 It’s his $50 dollar words that kill me….

  23. I will ask my step-son this weekend. He worked at a funeral home for a while. The version that I heard had the hearse pick up a hitchhiker and, as the driver was also tired, he eventually switched places with the hitchhiker and let him drive. The person in back woke up and tapped the driver on the shoulder asking where they were. They say the hearse rolled over twice but everyone survived.

  24. I believe that I have shared my casket story before, but I fly between Norfolk and Detroit a lot and I think because Detroit is a hub, everyone is in a rush to get off the plane. One time as the plane taxied to the gate the attendant asked that we remained seated until members of the military could deplane in order to carry some precious cargo from the plane.

    The plane was silent as we watched the flag draped coffin being placed in the hearse. Not only was everyone quite but I have never left a plane in such an orderly fashion. A few older gentlemen left with red eyes. I waited until I got in the car to give thanks.

  25. Thanks for the birthday wishes, one and all.

    Debbe 😉 Yes, this group is as diverse as the one in the video “bar”, if not more so, and quite often even a good bit more fun.

    I love this Village.

  26. SIL said only that the hearses were fueled before services. Perhaps we haven’t seen it because that would be a time when most of us are at work or otherwise not out. She also mentioned that their company had a rule against the hearse drivers stopping at restaurants; she once saw another funeral home’s hearse in a burger drive-through.

  27. Happy Birthday, Ghost Sweetie!

    I’ve flown out of PDK once, back in the 70s. My college room mate was getting married down in Waycross, and her dad flew his Cessna up to get me. I do love flying in small planes. 🙂

    Evan, my husband feels the same way about ties. It started when he was a technician for Scientific Atlanta in their cable tv division and he had to go on-site to fix a problem. He says he walked into a room full of guys in suits and the company president said “thank goodness, someone in jeans and no tie. now we can get this thing fixed.” He hasn’t worn a tie since then.

    Debbe, my uncle Jim was known to say the sun’s over the yardarm somewhere, which is about the same thing, I suppose. 😉

  28. Friend said they fill up at half full – they use Kwik Trip
    She also said she is driving today and people do double take at female hearse
    driver.

    My hearse was “Fat Albert”
    She was Forest Green

    Happy Birthday Ghost 😉

  29. FRIDAY THE 13TH FALLS ON A FRIDAY THIS MONTH! HELP: ASTEROID! EARTHQUAKE!
    FLOOD! CHIGGERS!

    [In memory of Walt Kelly, and in honor of Churchy LaFemme.]

    Peace,

    Evan

  30. Now that Flossie has chimed in, I wonder how many other “lurkers” there are out there. Would be fun if they would just type one word or so and let everyone know they are there.

  31. Marje, Flossie, et al.:Better yet, don’t just lurk, chime in. I believe I can speak for most everyone here when I say we’d love to hear from y’all (as in “you all”).

  32. Hearse drivers not being allowed to stop at restaurants reminded me of a pickup flight to one of the second-tier airports in the DFW area. When I parked on the ramp, I was a bit surprised to be met by the Airport Manager Himself, who asked me if I were there to meet a hearse. When I confirmed I was, he told me to crank up and taxi around the back of the General Aviation terminal building to meet it.

    Himself went on to explain that there was an upscale, glass-fronted restaurant on the second floor of the terminal building overlooking the ramp, and that it would spoil the appetite of the patrons if they saw a body being loaded into my aircraft. Unwilling to be responsible for a group of Ladies Who Lunch™ not being able to enjoy their Baked Alaska or crème brûlée desserts just because someone had been so inconsiderate as to die, I did as instructed.

  33. Hi, Chris! And thanks. I was thinking about you just the other day. I haven’t made it back into the Civil Air Patrol fold yet, but it’s still on my Toodledo list. Perhaps after the first of the year.

  34. Ghost: in recognition of both the date and your “$50 words” I’ll borrow a phrase a friend of mine uses – “Joyous gestation completion and uterus eviction commemoration!”

  35. Thanks, RA, although I’d probably have to term that “a $100 phrase”. 🙂

    Yesterday I was x years old; today I am x+1 years old. Seems a mighty long journey to have taken just one day.

  36. The true $50 dollar word is the one I ran across in an almanac when I was in junior high school and taught myself to both spell and pronounce. Accepted as the longest word in the English language, it is “pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis”. (Take that, Evyl Speelchek!) If anyone needs a really strong password for their devices…

    It’s funny what sticks with you over the years.

  37. Lengthy Latin sp. names often get truncated by the ingroup: e.g., Thirteen-lined Ground Squirrels, Spermophilus tridecemlineatus [italicized, but cannot do that here], are generally called tridecs.

    Peace, emb

  38. Dearest Ghost, wishing you a Happy Birthday Evening. I’m not going to tackle that word of yours, you can have it all to yourself. To reiterate — you really do have a remarkably big brain.

  39. Dang it. I almost missed Ghost’s birthday totally. And I am sitting here. With my feet soaking while they get a pedicure and legs massaged. Wanted to link MM throatally whispering Happy Birthday but can’t do it, chair is vibrating too much. Love.

  40. The word in the English language with the most different meanings is a three letter word-run. The longest word that is spelled the same backwards or forwards is racecar.

  41. .

    Late to the party, I am a long time lurker and occasional commenter.

    Happy Birthday GR6:

    H B 2 U
    H B 2 U
    H B dear Gho -ost
    H B 2 U

    Steve Moore

    .

  42. Jerry
    “The word in the English language with the most different meanings is a three letter word-run.”

    I think – I read
    The word in the English language with the most different meanings is a 2 letter word- UP.
    It certainly the two letter English word with the most meanings.

    The longest word using only the top row of letters on a qwerty keyboard is:
    ………….

    TYPEWRITER

  43. “redivider” = 9 letters

    “detartrated” = 11 letters

    Neither is especially common.

    I enjoy words; if you have a longer English palindrome (not coined by Joyce), do tell….

  44. I was rejected so will have to work around it.
    By the way I disagree with your great guitar players.

    Chet Atkins should have been way higher-

    Nowhere was mentioned:

    Andrés Segovia Torres, 1st Marquis of Salobreña (Spanish: [an?d?es se??o?ja ?tores]) (21 February 1893 – 2 June 1987),[1] known as Andrés Segovia, was a virtuoso Spanish classical guitarist from Linares, Spain. Regarded as one of the greatest guitarists of all time, he is seen as the grandfather of the classical guitar. Many professional classical guitarists today are students of Segovia, or students of his student.

  45. or

    Sharon Isbin (born August 7, 1956 in St. Louis Park, Minnesota) is a widely recorded American classical guitarist, recording artist, concert performer, and the founder of the Guitar Department at the Juilliard School.

  46. Good morning Villagers….

    Old Bear….happy trails, and we will, or I’ll get out my whip and chains 🙂 (think I just heard GR’s blood pressure go up 😉 )

    My baby sister’s birthday is Christmas Day…so, on her 50th birthday eve I called her up and said “you know, last year this time you were 48, and tomorrow you’ll be 50! Caught her off guard for a little bit then the expletive came out…..we both laughed.

    Speaking of big $50 words, I was wondering yesterday, why do we read left to right?

    And it’s good to see some of the lurkers posting….this is good.

    Happy Caturday

  47. I’ll second Roy Clark. A very talented musician. Another guy that folks might not know of is John Michael Talbot. I have met John on several occasions and as a former banjo picker, rock musician and now Christian musical artist, he is very talented. One year he had Tony Melendez open for him and Tony was born without arms. He played for John Paul II years ago in a very moving rendition. JPII was so moved he walked from his chair to hug Tony. Tony may be the greatest Toe picker in the world.

  48. Debbe 😉 Oooou! Whip and chains! 🙂

    “Whip & Chains” would be a great name for a rock band. Just imagine what their costumes would look like. 😉

    BTW, Trucker, exactly how does one italicize in a blog entry? I’ve never found a way to italicize within the blog, and if I italicize in my word processor, it gets converted to a non-italicized font when I paste it into the comments section.

  49. GR6, you just have to use a tiny bit of HTML coding. Let’s see what happens if I insert an “X” instead of the correct “i” for italics or “b” for bold:

    to turn it on and to turn it off…

    And should that not display or do something weird, what I typed was a “less than”, the “X”, then a “greater than” to turn it on and to turn it off I used a “less than”, a “/” and an “X” followed by a “greater than”.

  50. An explanation …

    Morphy is an historical chess player that I had a temporary fascination about a while back. I had been teaching my son the game, and while learning things for myself to share with him I stumbled across the concept of a Morphy Number. It’s like Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon, but for chess enthusiasts. He was a Civil War Era version of Bobby Fischer, but without the anti-semitism. I borrowed a good man’s name to use as a handle when full disclosure is not required — nor prudent. That choice is not related to the rest of the message either by coincidence of theme or time.

    When Marje made her passive invitation, the wording she chose brought a smile to my face, but failed to entice. Ghost made a more direct request that, for me, broke the ice. And I unfortunately decided to be that weird guy who makes an innocent joke, but fails to cough first to be acknowledged. I thought the relative age of the audience would be familiar with Gracie Allen, her charachter’s dim-bulb interpretation of George Burn’s invitation to “Say ‘Goodnight’, Gracie.”, her response, and why that was funny. Admittedly, a joke that works better on radio than in print.

    It has been explained to me IRL that Morphy may bring to mind in others the concepts of morphine, heroin, opium, and Morpheus. Putting people immediately on edge and blocking the humor, which may already be too obscure. I am sorry, and hope I’ve demonstrated that I understand the multiple levels of apology required. Please know this is sincere.

    I’ve now gone on so long as to be one of Jerry’s elephants, the very reason why I choose to lurk. I enjoy the sense of community that I am allowed to observe; but I lack the balance between brevity and clarity. I learned to speak in a time where you could develop an idea without interuption as long as you gave the same in response, and to write in the one-way manner because a response was a two week round-trip and your reader may need a reminder where the coversation left off. Skills that were fostered by professors impressed by reading their own words reflected, and not attenuated by .mil-speak and the enforced brevity found there. Please know that I will continue to enjoy, but that when I choose to post in the future the nom-de-plume will change.

  51. Morphy: I took your nom de plume to be a humorous take on the name of one of The Seven Dwarfs…Sleepy. Which made me smile. But that may be more a reflection of my thought processes than yours. In any case, if you choose to use it again in the future, it will still work for me.

    Also, back in our Golden Age (well, one of them), when Just Plain Mindy Walked The Village, there was a period of time when the catch phrase “Say goodnight, Mindy” was frequently used.

  52. I wonder what happened to my pseudo-niece, Virgin Mindy. Currently busy working on her Master’s thesis, perhaps? Or perhaps events may have overtaken the accurateness of her nom de plume.

  53. Thanks for the outreach, Ghost. As a handshake, I suggest for your entertainment terminallance.com . I never served, would not think to represent I had, but thoroughly enjoy the humor and outlook breed in our services. That’s a very wide ranging subject. I’ve enjoyed your referrals to military news items and thought you may enjoy this. Some of its humor is why I said outreach instead of the possibly suggestive reach-out, … or around.

    I think JPMindy predates me, but I recognize your occasional reference to her, and the fun you shared.

  54. Thanks for the link, Sleepy…I mean, Morphy. I agree that military humor is in a class of its own. (When our troops were staged in Saudi Arabia, prior to the beginning of Operation Desert Storm, an unwary TV journalist asked an enlisted infantryman how they were spending their time pending the invasion of Kuwait. “Just Kuwaiting,” the trooper deadpanned.)

    You may also enjoy duffelblog.com (sample tongue-in-cheek article headlines: “Drone Pilot Traumatizes Kids At Local Career Day” and “Panic, Chaos During Air Force-Wide Facebook Outage”), which is sort of the .mil version of The Onion (sample tongue-in-cheek article headline: “Groundbreaking Study Finds Gratification Can Be Deliberately Postponed”).

    Note: duffelblog.com is NSFW…at least if you are the kind of person who reads InterWebNet stuff out loud at work in a really loud voice.

  55. Wow, according to terminallance.com, I’ll be able to have a free breakfast at IHOP; a free lunch at Hooters; and a free dinner at Olive Garden on Veterans Day this year. At last, I can justify giving four years of my life to the service of my country. 🙂

  56. Alabama-LSU will be played in a swamp tonight. We had heavy rain all night and variable rain all day. Ground is saturated. Still not in the same league as what Texas got after the last hurricane.

    Stick around Morphy. We will learn something from a new voice. I thought the screen name was a play on the Murphy of Murphy’s Law. Never heard of a Morphy number, but then again, I never could get the hang of chess either. And mathematics was my worst subject from Jr. High through High School.

  57. I wonder what “Thinsulate Style” gloves are actually made of. I just bought a new pair of leather shooting gloves, and given the average winter temps in this area, they will probably serve quite well as winter gloves. I can always slip a pair of nitrile medical gloves over them if it’s cold and wet; I keep at least a box of them on hand, so to speak.

    And no Debbe, I don’t stock them for “playing doctor”. Or do I? 😉

  58. Shooting gloves: Helpful for 150-200 practice rounds; not really required for 2-4 defensive rounds.

    Although, come to think of it, if someone sees you donning shooting gloves, they may decide not to try to assault you to begin with. (That’s were situational awareness comes in.) 🙂

  59. Ah Debbe, you are a girl after my own heart. My wife has whips, knives, machetes, steel batons, short, medium and long fight sticks/staffs, kama, tonfa, nuchuku and compound bows. She also is learning cane-fu (with walking canes).

  60. Good morning Villagers….

    So, Gary, does your wife wear black stilettos 🙂

    And Murphy, I’m not the brightest bulb in this Village, but I do know who Gracie was…. nice post….had to read it twice.

    And I can bet that GR will be having lunch at Hooters on Wednesday. We keep a box of those surgical gloves at work, and we don’t play doctor either, but I love to put them on, snap them and say “cough” 🙂

    I also added to the shopping cart at Home Depot a pair of leather gloves, courtesy of The Boss. They better keep my little fingers warm this winter….they will go well with my Carharts. I just bet I will be voted the best dressed hen house worker of 2015….got new boots too, $hitproof…oops, I mean water proof.

    Ruth Anne…thanks for the link…is there one of the original, like you said the sound isn’t very clear. Would love to hear the words.

    Got to get work clothes out of dryer……

    Ya’ll have a blessed day.

  61. JUST JOINED IN THIS THREAD AND AM PLEASED TO SEE PAUL MORPHY MENTIONED. BEING A CHESS PLAYER FOR OVER 60 YEARS, I LOVE TO HEAR MORPHY THOUGHT OF SO HIGHLY. I ONCE READ A FICTIONAL STORY OF A MATCH BETWEEN MORPHY AND FISCHER. IT LASTED A THOUSAND GAMES AND WAS DRAWN! THOSE TWO WERE THE GREATEST CHESS PLAYERS OF ALL TIME. THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES.

    BLESSINGS ON EVERYONE.

    AND FROM THE SWAMPS OF LOUISIANA, A LOUD “WAR EAGLE!”

  62. I’m reading a book (fictional) about the American revolution. I can’t wait to see how it turns out. The name of the book is Two Crowns for America.

  63. Debbe 😉 Umm. Black stilettos. Not that there is anything kinky about them, of course. I just like a woman in black stilettos. Along with an orange string bikini. Well, OK, perhaps a little kinky. 😉

    Speaking of kinky, it’s hard to believe it’s almost time for your Dance of the Seven Zippers™ to commence again. Is your new handwear black and opera glove length? 🙂

  64. I’ve never been able to get the hang of chess, but I’m a heck of a checkers player! I learned from my Dad, who was deadly. What my first husband never understood was that checkers can be just as much a game of strategy as chess. Or he just got mad and refused to play with me because I could beat him at checkers. 😉

    And as to chicken songs, I present this one from my favorite local Celtic band Emerald Rose. I wanted to post the video made at Dragon*Con a couple of years ago so you could actually see the band, but there was so much background noise the lead singer could barely be heard.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KVgcRn9wojk

  65. Jerry
    If you like Revolutionary fiction you might like
    The Sea Eagles about the American Navy – by John Jennings. Copyw. MCML

    Van Wyck Mason wrote several –I may have mentioned him before.

    emb

    Did you go see Garrison Keillor Sat? Do you know Marshall?

  66. OB:

    Thanks, but no. I’m not a fan. I was before he started the Sat. 1700 show, when his morning show was actually called ‘A Prairie Home Companion’, and he hadn’t cultivated the ‘country’ twang. Played the Beach Boys a lot. ‘Help me Rhonda’ was once voted [at least supposedly] MPR’s #1 out of the top 15 / a listener poll, possibly during a spring membership drive.

    Wife and I did watch the one time PHC televised its radio show, and he and Jeannie Redpath did ‘Tuna the food of my soul’ to a well-known tune. I think you can access that online. With a minor change in their words, I sing that to myself around the house.

    Peace, emb

  67. Marshall? Marshall Muirhead is a dentist in town, and my Cornell ’51 classmate Marshall Berger is [was?] a Manhattan lawyer and judge, and also the one degree of separation btw me and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Cornell ’54, who worked for Weill, Gottshalk, and Manges while Marshall was with that NYC firm. May have actually seen on the quad when I was a senior, but who knows? emb

  68. corr.: ‘Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP. . . . seen her on the quad.’ Wiki says they now have 1,200 lawyers. Maybe they had fewer in 1954. Maybe she never met Marshall, but I will think she did, unless I hear otherwise. emb

  69. Yesterday evening, my friends called and asked if I wanted to join them for a late dinner. I had already eaten an early dinner, but agreed to join them for dessert. Got home later than I should have, got my shower, climbed into bed, got comfy … and my midnight girl called and said she had to leave because her kid was sick. *!@#£%@* So back into work I went. Got up 4am on Saturday; finally got to bed (okay, my ridiculously comfy couch) 1pm-ish on Sunday. Fortunately, as a long time insomniac, I am accustomed to long stretches of awake time. Unfortunately, just as I was finishing for the day at the store, my great-aunt called to tell me the nursing home was sending grandma to the ER for a possible stroke. They went to get her for lunch and found her unable to communicate, drooling, unable to make a fist, and her bp was elevated. I also know my limits, and a two hour drive was out of the question. I told her I physically couldn’t make the drive and why. She understood (and missed her granddaughter’s engagement party to boot), and promised updates. They ultimately ruled out a stroke (but verified a stroke in the past, whuch we knew), but they have no idea what is going on now. She regained her ability to speak, lost it again, and got it back. Right now she is stable and alert. I will be going up to see her tomorrow (my day off, by dumb luck.) between testing. Fingers crossed.

  70. Thanks for the grins Jerry. My umbrellas aren’t that sturdy. And are you going to take that hen to
    Reno
    Chicago
    Fargo
    Minnesota
    Buffalo
    Toronto
    Winslow
    Sarasota
    Whichta
    Tulsa
    Ottowa
    Oklahoma
    Tampa
    Panama
    Mattua
    LaPaloma
    Bangor
    Baltimore
    Salvador
    Amarillo
    Tocapillo
    Pocotello
    Amperdllo?
    🙂

  71. Mindy from Indy, prayers for your grandmother. And glad you didn’t try to drive while exhausted. She needs you to visit, not be in the next bed.

  72. No Debbe, she doesn’t wear black stilettos. She prefers something like Doc Martens for better traction. But I would love to see her in black stilettos. 🙂

    Sideburns, a shillelagh would be a nice addition to her collection but we will probably wait until she gets her black belt with the walking cane. We both do Filipino stick fighting and there are many similarities between that and the walking stick. The same should hold true for the shillelagh too.

  73. Mindy: I won’t try to try to diagnose from a blog post, but there are numerous possibilities regarding your Grandma, including sugar levels, dehydration etc, that produce a serious episode, but can be quickly rectified. Of course there could be other reasons as well. Keep the Faith, get some rest and we will keep her in our prayers.

  74. Gary: There is definitely a important place for impact and edged melee weapons in one’s self-defense quiver. (I’m assuming that is at least one reason why you and your wife have decided to become proficient with them, and not entirely as a sport or a hobby.) The same is true for chemical weapons, as well as for hand-to-hand defensive measures. It concerns me that people who rely entirely on firearms for self-defense are putting all their proverbial eggs in one basket.

  75. Mindy, I think that was the lyrics to a Johnny Cash song. And JC singing Ghost Riders in the Sky was on the radio (I only listen to the best stations) and my wife asked me if he was the first one to record it. I told her no, Burl Ives recorded it before him. She didn’t believe me until she got home and looked it up. The things that we learn here!

  76. Ghost, especially since no one has banned canes or walking sticks from public places yet. That gives me an idea. If you are told you can’t carry your firearm although you are licensed, claim ADA violation. That criminal is younger, bigger, heavier, carrying an illegal gun, etc, so you need your legal weapon as compensation.

  77. Although I don’t need it my cane is right by me in my car. I couldn’t walk a straight line so if I’m ever asked to get out of my car I will lurch out with my cane. I also have a tag for disabled parking. It’s not all to take advantage. Sometimes my walking is not great. I tripped on a brightly painted yellow curb yesterday.

  78. Mark, that’s called “disparity of force” and is well established as a legal justification for the use of deadly force to save your own life or that of another, even if the assailant is “unarmed”. Obviously, that’s a legal principle not familiar to many of the “geniuses” (some of them with law degrees) who bring us our “news” and “commentary”.

  79. OK, you know how Amazon likes to make “suggestions” for things you “need”, based on your previous purchases? Well, tonight they told me I might like to buy a “Sea-Dog Line Straight Chock – Stainless Steel”. As best I can tell, this is some type of cleat that attaches to a boat deck to accommodate a mooring line. (Where’s Anonie when I need her?) I have no boat, and I have never ordered anything from Amazon or any other company that is even remotely nautical in nature.

    To make things even stranger, were it states “Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought…” it lists a pair of jungle-style combat boots; a set of brass door hinges; a roll of synthetic brown leather bicycle bar tape; a 48-inch 20-lb pull recurve bow; and a set of 12 arrow nocks.

    I swear I am not making this up.

    And no, even though it sounds as though I may have, I did not answer the magazine ad that read “WANTED: Somebody to go back in time with me. This is not a joke. P.O.Box 322 Oakview CA, 93022. You’ll get paid after we get back. Must bring your own weapons. Safety not guaranteed. I have only done this once before.” But it does sort of sound like some of Amazon’s customers may be preparing to do that.

  80. Good Morning Villagers….

    Indy Mindy, so sorry to hear of your Grandmother. I pray she recovers……..Amen. Grandmothers are very special, I too miss mine. We grew up next door to our paternal grandparents, a day didn’t go by that we didn’t run over to Grandma and Grandpa’s.

    Gray, yup, ya gotta have traction 🙂

    GR 😉 not black, but they do match my Carharts!! And it’s is almost time for my dance of the seven zippers…my new boots have zippers too. It’s a freezing 31 degrees on my front porch right now….arrrgghhhh!!!!!

    …and didn’t that ad appear here sometime back? The Wanted ad GR mentioned. I know I saw it here….I think, as I don’t click on ads…besides I have ad block…and what is it with commercials opening up on U tube videos??????

    I see TDS is wide awake this morning….second comment was TMI.

    Morning Jerry, how’s Tippy?

    gotta go…..

  81. Ruth Anne, I will definitely keep those names in mind when my new ‘chicks’ come in on the 22nd of December. I am so happy though, that George will have a forever home and not go out with the flock. Will click on link later….thanks.

  82. Debbe, YouTube has started a paid ad-free version. So to make you want to pay, they are inserting annoying ads, just like TV. And just like TV, I mute my speakers till I can skip the ad.

  83. Debbe 😉 I recently found a huge bargain price on-line for a pair of these and bought them.

    http://in.shadestation.com/media/thumbs/800×800/media/product_images/jonnydepp-wearing-raybanaviatorsfw800fh800.jpg

    Yep, the Ray Ban Aviator sunglasses, just like the ones I wore while defending the good ol’ Constitution of the United States from All Enemies, Foreign and Domestic™, and just like the ones Tom Cruise wore while pretending to be a US Navy jet jock. (Do they still let sailors fly airplanes?) Anyway, now if I’d shave my beard and dye my hair, I’d look just like That Dude. 🙂

  84. I wonder how I would look if I let my hair grow out and get it styled that way. Like a Wise Guy™, probably. I suppose I could show that photo to my P&PHS, but knowing her, she’d probably react like she was sitting in Anonie’s vibrating chair. 😉

  85. Today’s Pibgorn is one of Brooke’s ‘A demon’s nest of sentiments’ [if I have that right], but shorter and better than most.

    ‘Right (adj.): 49% wrong.’

    Today’s ‘Herman’ is delightful.

    Peace, emb

  86. GR6, I have a nice pair of Ray Ban Aviators in their case in a drawer. Currently wearing a pair of Ray Ban Club Masters, makes me look like a distinguished Jack Nicholson, only with a pony tail. 😉

    Loon was showing me hair chalk yesterday, allows one to put in color streaks that wash out. Almost tempted, haven’t had any color streaks for several years.

    New Years resolution update. Of the 25 pounds I resolved to lose, have only 30 to go.

  87. sand, be sure to consult with Lady Mindy regarding appropriate hair color choices. 🙂 I had a pair of Ray Ban Wayfarers, but that was back in my sports-car-with-the-top-down days. Also, good to know you are tracking your progress so assiduously.

    I believe Jimmy once told us that one of his goals was to keep the dialogue in his cartoons as brief and snappy as possible. Judging by 9CL and Pibgorn, McEldowney* does not share that goal.

    *”If you can’t dazzle them with your brilliance, baffle them with your BS” – Anonymous (No, not our Anonymous, that other Anonymous.)

  88. Jerry in FL, I wish I could wear those. But the process only works on glass lenses and I’m so nearsighted the optometrist advised against me getting them. They would weigh too much to be comfortable so I stick with polycarbonate lenses and the polarized clip-on sunglasses.

  89. I hope that works well for you. Recently I have developed a wandering left eye. This is getting to be a problem, but I am not considering surgery at this point. I would protest that this wandering eye has nothing to do with looking at women, and it doesn’t, but I have to admit that I’m not necessarily 100% innocent in that regard either.

  90. I have a Wandering Eye also detected in 2nd grade not a Roving Eye.

    My glasses are AO (American Optical) “cooler” and did not cost like the big name ones.

    emb
    GK did an interview with Marshall Muirhead Saturday.
    GK can be good but if he gets preachy or gets on tangents the best I can say is embarrassing.

  91. re: Ghost Riders
    Burl Ives beat Vaughn Monroe by 1 month – but IMHO Vaughn’s is better and made the
    top hits for 1949.

    Mindy prayers for your Grandma –
    Yes – dehydration can cause those symptoms.

  92. We lost my WWII Vet FIL in 2002; he was 88.

    I like GK’s radio show… made driving on Saturdays a treat. Just wish he’d stay away from “political humor.” There’s more to good political humor than insulting the other side. Jon Stewart does it much better than GK.

  93. Weather-wise, Veterans’ Day can be a tough one to hold a parade on at this location, but they try to do it each year. When the weather was warmer back in the early 90s we took the kids each year.

  94. OB: Wouldn’t have gone anyway. Bemidji Community Theatre w/b doing ‘Hello Dolly’ next two weekends. I expect to go, even though I’ve seen it 2x. Wife was active in BCT, would [or does; what do we know?] want me to go. I’d go anyway; love the show. My kind of comedy.

    Figures that only 10% of WWII vets survive. I was still in H.S. when it ended, served during the Korean War, on L.I, NY, and in Ger., Fr., and UK, and 6+ yr. in AFRes. What fraction of KW vets are still around? Resigned AFRes in ’60 or so, actually the patriotic thing to do.

    ‘Indian Summer’: we had a nice one in Oct., 60s F., maybe even 70s. Then cool, frosts, occ. transitory snow, but now 4 days of high 50s in Nov. Deer season opened last Sat., but hunters will likely lack tracking snow. Hasn’t gone below 0 C for sev. nights. Summer Triangle overhead now, but that would be true if it were -40.

    Peace, emb

  95. Out on a mid-afternoon errand today, with the temperature somewhere between 55F and 60F and a steady wind of 5-6 mph, I didn’t even bother with a jacket. But I saw numerous people wearing fairly heavy coats, neck scarves, and knit caps. I offer this information in case any of you from other locales are not familiar with the Deep South definition of “bitterly cold”. 🙂

  96. Thought for the Day: “Two qualities are indispensable: first, an intellect that, even in the darkest hour, retains some glimmerings of the inner light which leads to truth; and second, the courage to follow this faint light wherever it may lead.” – Karl Von Clausewitz

  97. Stripper weather in Houston. Dress in layers for morning chill, then strip off as day warms up. Start layering on as evening settles in. 63° currently, down in 50’s tonight.

  98. Am familiar with the Deep South definition of “bitterly cold”. Maternal side of family is from there. Struck us off their Christmas list in mid ’70s.

    Mid 50s F, wore tee and sweats, + cotton t-neck and light flannel pullover for workout when I walked across Salisbury Plain to the hospital [gym is there]. Light wind. Should have left pullover home, got all sweaty. Put it in tote for walk back.

    Peace, emb

  99. Something I learned north of the Arctic Circle: If you are walking less than a mile in -20F temperature and the wind is calm, wearing jeans, a long-sleeve shirt, and regular boots is fine. Definitely not recommended when it is 65 below, however.

  100. Grandma update: MRI ruled out a stroke this time, but showed evidence of at least one stroke in the past. The neurologist has requested an MRI of her neck, as he believes the degeneration of her vertebrae in her neck caused the symptoms. However, now she has fluid on her lungs, and they are working to get rid of it. Her speech is still slow and she has little appetite, but she is alert and stable. She spent the afternoon squabbling with Brad, her care guy (who has also cared for two other relatives. We might have to adopt him.) Anyhow, well wishes are welcome.

  101. Everyone:

    On occasion, we have talked about the changing times and disappearing jobs.

    Here is one that I never imagined.

    Enter this into a search engine: Oil change costs could be headed for drop

    Good news for consumers and the environment, perhaps.

    Bad news for some workers, perhaps.

  102. Rick in Shermantown, OH. Jim Walter Resources, one of Alabama’s largest coal companies had to file for bankruptcy. Going to sell off the assets. Some here are blaming new federal regulations, but they are wrong. It’s the decline in US made steel that is to blame, because the company had chosen to concentrate in coal production for steel-making. No steel-making, no demand for the coal, no coal company. Great Britain’s steel industry is going in the tank, too, according to what I’ve read in the Telegraph.

    Why is first-world steel disappearing? Third-world production in non-union countries with little government pollution regulation equals a low cost we can’t beat even with import costs and tariffs figured in. Time to retrain, folks.

  103. GR6/Sideburns, some of our stick training is for fun but self-defense is always part of it. In Canada you can’t be carrying firearms, large knives or other things deemed to be weapons. But nothing stops us from using a walking cane. I take mine everywhere. We can even carry them on airplanes. It just so happens that we also know how to defend ourselves with them if necessary. I have heard that some straight walking sticks (like a shillelagh) are questioned so we tend to go traveling with the curved canes.

  104. By the way, for those not on Book of Faces, as Ghost likes to call it, Anonymous is having gas line problems at her house. It was leaking and had to be shut off. She’s getting along ok, just no gas in the house.

  105. Talk about temperature disparity – about 40ya one of the apple orchards in NE CT hired
    Caribbean Islanders to pick apples – they could not get locals to do the job.
    They came over to our orchard to pick drops for cider. It was almost 60*F (on the low side) we were in just flannel shirts – they were in 2 coats, hats with ear flaps, and gloves. but boy did they work.

    Mindy – still prayers for Grandma

  106. Good for you and your wife, Gary. I had suspected you might live under some governmental system that believes inanimate objects have agency and can therefore cause death and disorder. (In individuals, I’d call such a belief prima facie evidence of a mental disorder.) Hopefully, your government will not someday decide that since they are “walking sticks” they are capable of walking around by themselves and creating mischief, and ban them.

    I’m still trying to find a logical reason for the odd (read spooky) shopping suggestions I received from Amazon last night. None such has presented itself, yet. So my provisional explanation is “Skynet”.

  107. Actually, Mark, I have a Vizio digital flat-screen TV, but it’s not very smart. I’ve never had its IQ tested, but I feel sure that if I did, it would be well over to the left side of the curve. 🙂

    No, no internet connection for my TV, so if it’s spying on me, it must be calling home via Morse code over the electrical system.

  108. I have to admit that I’m lost on the current situation with Janis and her guest. What are they talking about, or is that up to us to guess?

  109. Good morning Villagers….

    Emb…so they will….good, will try, Thanks.

    I do believe there will always be jobs for pulling the dead out of hen house cages…..trust me. Also, GR 😉 . my nitrate gloves are blue, what color are yours?

    Sideburns…congratulations…..I go in for blood work today for thyroid….I don’t feel any different than I did three months ago. I take one thyroid pill a day, if anything, about a couple of hours later, I get tired….I will tell this to my Doctor on Thursday. She’s not going to be to happy that I’ve not put on much weight.

    Indy Mindy…good to hear your Grandmother is improving. Prayers still being sent your way…….Amen.

    GR 😉 forget the Depp look, we ladies here prefer the Connery look….right Ladies???

    Miss Charlotte, you’ve been quiet the past couple of days….you OK? And Gal too….

    Ya’ll have a blessed day……

  110. I’m OK Debbe – thanks for caring! I am just very, very busy and have been very, very tired. I keep telling myself that this will settle down, but it hasn’t happened yet. Of course, we had our annual audit it there also. Glad that the past fiscal year did not happen on my watch. I VOW that next year will be much better.

    Have been enjoying reading posts… just haven’t had much to offer. But – still saying prayers for Mindy’s grandma!

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