The Hole Story

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Welcome to a special Sunday posting of classic Arlo & Janis, from 1994. You might notice something new on the page. I have added the ubiquitous Facebook paraphernalia. No, this isn’t the drastic remake of the Web site I’ve been promising. It’s just the result of fooling around on a Saturday afternoon. Those of you who are Facebook users can now “like” me with a minimum of effort—a distinct improvement my face-to-face friends assure me.

115 responses to “The Hole Story”

  1. But Jimmy, I like you ALL the time. Which reminds me, I need to order that new copy of Beaucoup because I gave mine to one of my boating friends who is a chicken farmer in North Louisiana and a terribly devout Baptist but loves humor and jokes.

    Will you autograph the new copy, please?

    Love, Jackie

  2. P.S. The new copy of the book is for me but I will let Mike read it so don’t make the dedication too risqué’.

    That is a joke, guys, I have never, ever gotten to meet JJ even at a book signing, not that I wouldn’t have loved to know him. We went to different schools in different states and worked on totally different collegiate newspapers. And I suspect he is younger than me.

    Come to think about it, I never dated anyone I ever worked on a newspaper with? Proximity and familiarity just didn’t survive in all that cigarette smoke. And we seemed too much like “family” I think.

    Love, Jackie

  3. Thanks, Mark. I ordered the Mega Emma Peale set with 57 hours of film at an unbelievable cheap price. I wonder what the difference is with the one they wanted $250 for?”

    And they offered me the Man From Uncle set in the deluxe briefcase packaging. Well, Big Brother may not be listening/spying on us but Big Amazon seems to be. I have never talked about Man From Uncle with anyone except just now here?

    And they offered me a bunch of Chuggington trains set stuff too?

    How do they know we need lederhosen?

    Love, Jackie

  4. JJ, autograph a copy for Jackie. As you sign it, ask what would Ghost Rider 6 do. 😉

    Facebook is to intrusive for me, any plans for the inclusion of Twitters little blue bird in the links? And what about support for emoticons? Emoticons open a rich new dimension in communications. Just saying. 🙂

  5. Don’t do Facebook either and doubt I will, although I do seem willing to say just about anything in print and always have?

    I will however buy tee shirts and more cartoons if we have that opportunity. Oh, and another book! Like the outtakes you didn’t put in first Beaucoup, second edition.

    Love, Jackie

  6. “on the second day of Christmas,
    my Rooster gave to me..
    two ‘Priss’s’ cooing”

    and a “crowing Rooster in need.”

    (not going back to the 1st”

  7. Thank you, Jimmy, for the ear-piercing story. In my role as good auntie, I have edited a few of my stories over the last couple of decades when the little pitchers were nearby. Makes me value candid sharing with their parents even more. Now the kids are 15-22 and probably editing their stories when I’m around.

    Today’s “Barney and Clyde” took up one of my pet peeves: the “t” in “often”. I am firmly in the “don’t pronounce” camp. How do you feel about it, folks?

  8. On tree decorating subjects, as a “showroom designer” you are supposed to design for sales of products. So one year our boss asked me to do a gardening tree, for which we had absolutely NO PRODUCTS. Not the first time someone has done something that dumb, so I always just invent the products. Within a matter of months, the showroom across the hall was offering and selling my “inventions” but we weren’t!

    But the showstopper was the plus sized, voluptuous seated model wearing rubber boots, a foul weather jacket and an umbrella and nothing else, with her legs crossed on a garden bench in a big rain puddle of ribbon roses. Mike said the shoppers would get to the top of the escalator, stop dead and the rest would pile up behind, falling into each other.

    I loved doing things like that, so if anyone from a lingerie company would ask I would have done one!

    Love, Jackie

  9. Let me also raise another cheer for the “vintage” cartoons recently… and a big one for this Sunday comic from ’94. Since you have to scan anything prior to ’95 after sifting through the stacks, the effort is appreciated.

    There is good stuff in every strata of the A&J archaeological digs, but the fossil record available to us prior to ’95 is sparse compared to the wealth in the Museum of GoComics.

  10. Every December 7 I remember sitting on the floor of my office in Honolulu reading each and every Pearl Harbor file in a giant gray metal filing cabinet. They were the case files for the Federal civilian employees that died or were injured during the Pearl Harbor attack.

    No one made me do this, I did it on my own time. Now I wish I had some way to have saved so many of those accounts for a book but in the 1960’s we had no way of copying anything. It would probably (yes) been a crime to do so. So, I sent all the inactive ones off to the Federal archives and kept the active ones where there were living beneficiaries there in the office.

    For eight hours a day or more I was immersed in the war in Viet Nam and the thirty plus countries of the Pacific Theater that supported it. Then I’d sit there reading the Pearl Harbor files until I locked the door and went home.

    I know that I was the first person to read some of those accounts since the war began.

    Love, Jackie

  11. Why, Denise Marie! Whatever would you have done that required “editing”, young lady? 🙂

    Re: Pronunciation. Go to, search for “often”, click on the speaker icon, and listen* to how the program pronounces it. That’s how I pronounce it.

    *If anyone disagrees with us, ask them if they also pronounce the “t” in “listen”.

  12. Jackie, I’m happy you read those files. So many stories forgotten; so many stories never known. I had the honor and privilege of knowing two WWII soldiers who survived being Japanese POWs; one of them had to survive the Bataan Death march to even get to a prison camp.

    Someone once told me that when an elderly person dies, it is akin to a library being destroyed.

  13. You know my part time yard man/helper is a Viet Nam veteran and was a prisoner of war in Viet Nam. He loves me and is so faithful and sweet. Some times we compare night terrors.

  14. Ghost, I think what people don’t think about or realize is that for every military death or injury we have, we also have civilians who die in wars, either as contract employees, employees of the U.S. government, the military always has civilians. The foreign nationals number in the thousands and thousands, but the U.S.
    wars run on American citizens who are not sworn in as military.

    Love, Jackie

  15. Jackie, such as the Filipinos who were able to earn US citizenship through service in the Armed Forces. Many were in various support service positions in the US Navy.

    I was truly surprised when I pulled up the Google Map of Pearl Harbor a couple of years ago. I had not been there since being transferred to the Oklahoma City in 1976. At the time I was going through the basic firefighter training (required then for any seagoing position) I was assigned to a barracks on Ford Island. No causeway, you had to take a liberty boat to get from the little island to the big island. Lots of time to walk around the island and look at things, and think about what happened there, after duty hours.

    And I got to travel by Navy truck on the road through the KoleKole pass while serving at the Wahiawa Naval Station. There was a brush fire at the Naval Ammunition Dump at Lualualei where we also had a smaller communication facility. A call went out for volunteers to help and I went. The ride over the mountain scared me more than the firefighting!

  16. Jackie, be glad that you were only immersed in the Vietnam War for eight hours a day. I was on the Gun Line (in Tonkin Gulf) in ’72 and our ship spent most of its time doing shore bombardment. For a while, we were on 12 hours on, 12 off, and for some reason, resupply of food, munitions and other supplies always took place when I was supposed to be off-duty, giving me even less time for sleep.

    I remember, once, being supplied by helicopter (not an uncommon thing, btw) and watching an entire pallet of milk come aboard. Our crew was only 285, counting both officers and enlisted, but that shipment of milk only lasted two or three days.

  17. Bill in Paducah: Are you using Ad Blocker Plus? If you’ve asked it to block social media stuff, the “like” button won’t show up. Since Jimmy runs so few ads, I’ve disabled it for this site.

  18. GR6,

    When ‘my library’ closes: a few will weep, many will give a sigh of relief, and for me it will be eternal peace. With apologies to aunt Bonnie Parker.

  19. Another thing you might like if you use Firefox, TruckerRon is Ghostery. It blocks things like tracking cookies and more often than not, when it updates itself, the updated database contains new cookies that you’ve not run across in your own surfing. Until that Facebook stuff showed up, there were none on this site; now Facebook Connect is the only know cookie here, and it’s blocked.

    I only have three tracking cookies unblocked: one is because it’s used by websites I infest to allow reader comments, one because it shows user’s avatars and the last one because I sometimes take surveys from that company and the questions don’t show up properly if I don’t. (I may be able to tell Ghostery that a particular cookie is only allowed through from a specific domain, but I’ve not checked because I’ve never had it cause any problems.)

  20. Ghost, others, the sad thing about the civilians benefits was that they often did not seem equitable to me, we administered too many laws and acts and countries and rates and percentages. Death and loss was never equal, nor did it act with equality. But sometimes it was all there was to offer.

    And yes, these were the types of cases we administered. I used to say everything from the Senators’ aides to the CIA to the Kit Carson scouts fell under our jurisdiction. I am glad to not be a close observer of today’s wars.

    Love, Jackie

  21. sideburns, what ship were you on? The OKC was there, too, even has some YouTube footage of it firing on NVA shore positions. But I didn’t arrive on it until 1976 after the Vietnam War was officially over.

  22. TruckerRon, I clicked on your name the other day and read a couple of your posts. The one about drivers not getting close to the line struck a nerve with me. It is in the same league with the ones who stop a car-length or two behind you at the lights, but tail-gate at 70. They need a refresher course in the drivers ed lesson that said to allow a car-length for every 10 mph you are travelling. And close up that formation when sitting still so people can get in the turn lane, for example!

  23. I was on the USS Ouellet, Mark. When I served it was DE 1077, but they later changed the designation from Destroyer Escort to Fast Frigate to fit in with NATO better. Currently she’s serving in the Royal Thai Navy as the Phuttaloetla Naphalai (F-462).

  24. sideburns, at least you had milk. Have a friend who served on the 1967 USS Oriskany cruise. He is always joking it was a hardship cruise, galley was closed four out of every twenty-four and they did not have thirty-one flavors of ice cream. I don’t recall diary products at all. On one R&R (I&I), hotel staff became concerned by the number of milkshakes and chicken salad sandwiches I was ordering.

  25. Do have good memories of battalion stand downs: steaks and beers. One memorable stand down was just after the 1970 Cambodia incurrsion. BBQ ribs and beer. Story goes the refrigeratored ship was crewed by war protesters, contaminated ribs. The stand down turned into a squat down, took almost two weeks before we were went out again.

  26. Dairy products weren’t a problem when we were in and out of port often enough that we didn’t have to worry about it going bad. This, however, was the only time we received a fresh supply at sea. And, it wasn’t in a big cargo chopper, either, as our copter pad wasn’t big enough for them. (It wasn’t quite big enough for the little ones, either, but there was a landing there once in an emergency, to drop off a passenger who couldn’t simply be lowered.) When we did what was called a “vert rep,” or “vertical resupply,” the pallets were wrapped in a cargo net, brought over hanging from the helicopter’s underside then lowered to the pad for us to open up and unload. On another occasion, there was a pallet of Popsicles and the officer in charge personally made sure that one case was damaged because that meant that the unloading crew had to eat them before they melted. (Tonkin Gulf can get rather hot in the summer.)

  27. TruckerRon and sideburns gave me the hints I needed – both AdBlock and Ghostery are installed. Turning off on this site made the difference. Thanks!

  28. sideburns, know what you mean about the heat. Our a/c went out in our berthing space during missile practice off the Phillipines during the hot season. We were so far down inside it was like one of the levels of Dante’s inferno. We had 1200 people on a ship slightly over 600 feet long(when the fleet band was aboard) and it was definitely crowded. On one notable occasion, the fuel oil tanks directly below us overflowed onto our deck. Lots of folks sleeping anywhere else they could till that odor went away!

    And look on the bright side, sideburns. At least your ship only got the bad stand(squat)down. You could have had that guy that set fire to the Forrestal!

  29. I remember the fresh milk running out after just a few days. Then the galley switched to powdered. That was still drinkable. But the stuff in the big 2 gallon cans labeled “sterilized milk” couldn’t be swallowed.

  30. Lying in bed and could not sleep. No ghosts but I started counting and worrying. Is David alright? I know Jerry is back. Is John OK? How is Ghosts mother? And the sister with the kidney transplant, has it gone well? And I always worry about Debbe and the chickens and all the relatives.

    So instead of counting sheep, I began to worry and count you all.
    I had been so occupied with my own problems, I didn’t worry enough about the rest of you and it hit me all at once!

    I can tell my possum has been here, the outside cats’ dish is turned on its side on the bakers rack in office window.

    Love, Jackie

  31. Funny that one of the topics here today should be pronunciations. I had just run across this little video that explains so much-

    Another interesting coincidence, Ghost Sweetie, is your mention of the Bataan Death March. Just tonight at supper the conversation turned to strange things people eat (fried grasshoppers, anyone?) and I mentioned that my Dad once told me when he was in the Army he knew a man who had survived the Bataan march. A bunch of guys were in the chow hall griping about the food, and the survivor quietly mentioned that it’s surprising what a man will eat if it means the difference between living and dying of hunger. Daddy said they all finished their meal without complaining.

  32. Trucker, it is funny I missed For Better or Worse. I know they are in reruns but they used to be one of my favorite strips and I still enjoy them. Strange, most of the strips I really do like are in reruns of some sort now?

    So, I decided I would see what their Dark Side commenters were like. Humn……….. they seem to squabble as much as A and J’s do but none of them have same screen names. Funny, you would think some of the same people would like both strips?

    I still enjoy Cathy and Foxtrot and Doonesbury, Calvin and Hobbs, Peanuts, all in reruns. And still popular I am sure with others.

    Mike has gone to bed, he was watching reruns of this season’s Downton Abbey which seemed to be a marathon getting ready for the new season. The Emma Peel marathon on The Avengers should be here on Wednesday.

    Anyone have opinions on the other female leads in the Avengers?
    I know Patrick McNee played male lead to several females that changed.

    Love, Jackie

  33. Good morning Villagers…

    I say the ‘t’ in often, but never gave it a thought on ‘listen’.

    Jackie, I fret and worry while tossing and turning, been awake most of the night. And, yes, you and Mike came to my mind; as others here do too. Even at work I think about this place and all of you… I’ve said, my job isn’t exactly rocket science.

    Little Brooklynne Rose came by for a visit yesterday afternoon. I don’t think she likes me anymore. I asked if she and her Daddy talked about the cat, Tom Tom, and she said yes. I told her that Uncle Marvin and I would get Tom Tom fixed and get medicine at the vets…but that Tom Tom would have to stay with us, forever. She grabbed him and went out the front door with him without even saying goodbye…….so, I guess that was a “no, I want him at Daddy’s house”. I know one thing, my cat food will last longer….he was a little piggy!

    Ya’ll have a blessed Monday

    GR 😉

    today’s grin:

  34. From the cartoon above and today’s real-time one, it appears Janis can be a lot of fun when she gets a couple of cocktails into her. Every time I bake a rum cake, I remember the cartoon from several years ago showing what happened the time she made one. Hint: Not all of the rum went into the cake.

    Good morning, Lady Mindy! 🙂

  35. Trapper Jean, thank you for that link on Trans-Atlantic speech. Having no idea that the speech pattern was taught in schools, I thought it was simply a relic of stage performances. I grew up watching movies of the Thirties and Forties on late-night television (Dad worked midnight and afternoon shifts—my first five years and summer vacations shifted with him) and never once considered how odd the speech must sound to a modern ear.

    “How Stuff Works” is a marvelous site. Their history podcasts are worth a listen!

  36. My sister-in-law received a new Liver on September 30th and a kidney October 2nd. My brother reports in about every day or so and she has had her ups and downs. She spent the week back in ICU but will probably will be sent back to the rehab hospital today. As you can imagine, my brother has been extremely busy for the last 3 years. Before the transplant it was Doctor visits and dialysis. Right now he has rented an apartment in Indianapolis as he was traveling back and forth from Fort Wayne. All that I ask is for prayers for my SIL, Becky and my brother Marvin as well as their kids, especially the oldest one. Caretaking is a very difficult road, different from the role of the patient, but with it’s own unique demands.

  37. I am glad to hear she is doing OK. I worry about all of you and when I didn’t have my computer with me I couldn’t “check” on everyone. Isn’t it strange, how this is like a Village, a town of people we have never met, yet we know and worry about?

    When I figure out how I will put the youtube of Garrison Keillor’s story of the 25 Lutheran ministers on the pontoon boat on Lake Woebegone here. I had mentioned it on a boating site, so naturally someone posted it for me and I found myself sitting here in my pajamas and laughing my head off this morning.

    More than once I think we are like Lake Woebegone, real and yet unreal, or Cheers “where everyone knows your name”. The stories could go any way and you hope they are happy or at least hopeful.

    Love, Jackie

  38. Finally saw OF – thanks emb! I’ve been clicking on your links since I first noticed them, but never caught an eruption until today. Should have figured it would be a successful click after seeing Jimmy’s title to this post. The bison were a nice addition.


  39. Running in to get dressed in something? Have to get Mike back to hospital for hydration and more tests on the calcium in his blood.

    The pontoon boat story is hilarious if you are Lutheran or not.

    Love, Jackie

  40. yes, the periodic hydrations, doctor would sort of add them on at a days notice. that’s all over for my wife, all treatment has been stopped, just take your pain meds, go home and die. weird twilight zoney world for me, our finances are such that I could quit work, but she doesn’t expect me to just stay home and stare at her all day, my employer is really cool, I’ve missed way more than any FMLA allows but they’ll keep paying my insurance and if I just show up about two hours a day I can get all my stuff done, what my wife doesn’t like, though is that it’s about a two hour total commute so that’s a lot of extra time away. My co-workers are “friends” in a way, my boss and main co-workers are great and I have this dang protestant work ethic that just makes me want to keep showing up to take care of things

  41. I’ve never “liked” anything on FB. My wife says it’s because I’m a curmudgeonly Luddite wannabe. I say it’s because I see no value in FB.

  42. Debbe 😉 Ironically, I had just listened to some of her work on Spotify when you mentioned the “other Janis”. Fame or something has not been kind to rock stars. Janis was heavily into heroin at the time of this October of 1969 TV appearance, and she would die of an overdose not quite a year later, at age 27.

    Do you realize how many pop musicians have died at age 27? Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison are two others who come to mind.

  43. I setup a Facebook account three or more years back. While no one calls me a Luddite, Facebook was pandering to as if I was an ID10t. For me their offering was meaningless. Have their constant emailings being trapped in spam and life is again Facebook free.

  44. John, your employer sounds like a real gem. Too bad you can’t just do your work from home and not have to commute. Or maybe do one 8 hour stretch and then have four days at home. I am sorry to hear of your wife’s situation. Will be praying for the two of you.

  45. sandcastler, I set up an account so I could get in touch with friends I had not seen in years when I moved back to Alabama. As it turns out, the time lag had been so long they were not interested in staying in touch, except for one who bombards me with spam about some game he plays. Now I only keep it because I can’t have Spotify without it. Not to mention that FB stopped recognizing my main email address as mine but still bombards it with spam about “do you know” a lot of people with non-English names.

  46. Mark, I have a Spotify account, but not one for Book of Faces. Spotify always gives me the choice of signing on with FB or a user name/password I selected.

  47. Well, when I originally joined it, the only way to get it here was to use FB. Guess I will have to read the Spotify instructions and see what I can do to change that. Thanks

  48. This is one of the main reasons I wore my hair short during my AF career. I had one supervisor who informed me that I could not get my hair cut during the duty day. (Unlike the guys who would nip out to the barber shop next door.) He nipped out one afternoon to get a haircut next door to find me in the barber shop sitting waiting my turn. BTW it was a better cut and cheaper than doing down the hill to the beauty parlor.

  49. I hope Jackie takes her computer and all the stuff she didn’t take on the last trip. All we Villagers are worried about the situation she and Mike and her mama are in. Most unfortunate that her daughter who has been so helpful is not available right now when she is badly needed.

    John in Richmond Texas, wishing this didn’t happen. I’m sending good thoughts to you and your wife. Your employer is such a fine person, hope he is rewarded some day.

    Jackie and Mike seem to have many friends all over the place; hundreds, even. Sure would be nice if one or more could help in this situation; but I suppose Jackie and Mike would never ask.

    About Facebook: I like it a lot and spend much time every day reading messages from friends and relatives who are civil and interesting, and have real problems, very much like the Village at A&J. I’ve never asked for a FB account: sometimes they lose track of my “cookies” and I have to log in with name and password, but “Otto Correct” helps with that. Friends send lots of photos, some from years gone by, some from the same day and hour. Yesterday and today: one of my daughters is getting treatment for health problems, and to make things worse, their old dog is sick. She has been sent nearly thirty loving messages of concern and sympathy. A friend of my twin daughters who lives in Florida, and none of us has seen her in years, but we are in touch on FB — her beloved dog is sick and may need to euthanized; same number of messages of love and sincerely sorry words.
    A friend in NH who’s been laid up, is now cured and can go back to work. A cousin has posted pix of long-ago great-grandparents as children. A friend of another daughter posts pix, in summer, of flowering trees and rare blossoms in her Massachusetts garden … and she is an excellent photographer.

  50. John in Richmond Texas – You walk a tough road. Many thoughts to you and your wife.

    And my offline days from here seem not as full. You all rock.

  51. The right style short haircut can be very comely on female. I am not one of those men with a long-hair fetish.

    Lady Mindy, I’m not sure exactly what the Navy would have done with you before, but I think you’d probably be OK with the new cut. 🙂

  52. Ghost – If I wasn’t tossed out for breaking formation because of a spider, my mouth getting me tossed in the brig (wait, is the correct term for this branch?), or just my general incompetence getting me in trouble, I would fine myself in the worst possible job, in the most miserable post. And you *do* realize my hair doesn’t follow orders either, right? Smooth and professional? Ha!

  53. Nodak Wayne et al.: I clicked on illustrations / permissible hair styles. They are all full frontal views, including two buns and a pony tail! Is there some regulation against profiles?

    One of the black examples shown says ‘natural hair.’ But it has obviously been cut; human head hair grows continually. Some of the white styles are, I presume, equally natural, if no curlers and such have been used.

    Not all men find high heels attractive, though one attractive non-medical administrator looks great in them. She looks better in flats, IMO. They did help me identify her once. I was hospitalized for observation [angina, which turned out to be entirely esophageal]. Many employees check the new patients roster when they come to work [volunteers are not supposed to]. I’m sitting up in bed, having already had breakfast and 2-3 such visitors, and then, click-click-click in the hall outside. It was her, bright as a penny. She’s exec. dir. of the hosp. fdn., and has the smarts, looks, and personality.

  54. Trucker, my first thought – Why would a fish need to be disciplined? My second thought – Oh. Never mind.

    However, mark me down in the “High Heels” column. (I know that greatly surprises everyone.)

  55. sand, did you know the Army has been recruiting female soldiers for the first coed Ranger class? I foresee problems. For instance, I can see it how it would work for panties, but how the heck would one Ranger Roll a bra?

    [The Devil made me say that]

  56. We are back for tonight and tomorrow, hopefully. Mike got hydration and blood work, his calcium levels have dropped (good) and his potassium levels dropped (bad). I have to take (if I do because I hate potassium) and I didn’t think he’d get the potassium horse pills down. He didn’t and nurse did Heimlich and got it up.

    John, I am so sorry for you and your wife. So sorry. I was afraid of that having happened and missed you.

    Yes, Mike and I do have a ton of friends but unfortunately because of fact they were acquired mainly through Mike’s hobby of building and sailing boats, the ones in Oklahoma are few and far between! And also unfortunately we live in a retirement area full of people who are even older than us. We were the “young’uns” when we moved here at 50 age.

    It reminds me of one time in Houston when I chased down a sweet blue haired little lady in River Oaks to deliver a 50th wedding anniversary gift basket that weighed a ton and had two dozen roses and balloons attached. Looked like a mardi gras float. Found her in beauty shop after several efforts and asked if I could unload it there? Nope, go back to the house with it.

    Asked if the chauffer, maid or yardman could help me unload it?
    “Good heavens, no,” she replied, “They are even older than I am!”

    Going to bed early, all my to do list moved to tomorrow, plus more!

    Love, Jackie

  57. John in Richmond, I came back especially to write to you. If you can and want to do so, just stay at home and watch your wife. I know that is what I would like to do with Mike, just watch him as much as I can. You will not regret it, I don’t believe.

    Read to her if you can or find something. Music, the birds, something good, a pet, a memory.

    No one will blame you from work and if they do, so what? Don’t even think about that. Think about what you want to remember and share, then do it. I would go out and help Mike build boats if I could, which I can actually but not well as he.

    An internet friend(s) did that with her husband as he died with cancer, built and finished his boat, then took it back to Washington state from their home, over the Rocky Mountains to help him sail it one time before he died. A real friend of mine who taught the class and helped him build the boat also taught the sailing school and helped him sail it one time. He died on the boat on his sail, as he wanted to do.

    Sorry, I am crying and can’t type well. Do something for a memory that you will have to keep and add to the ones you hold.

    Love, Jackie

  58. Dear Jackie, I’m awfully glad you and Mike made the drive okay and are home! Good for you — you are a real trouper. I know what you mean about the potassium horse pills … Chris had to take them a few years ago. He got them down, with some difficulty, but they came out the other end unchanged! He was pretty sick at the time, but recovered.

    Sending hugs and happy thoughts for better days ahead. I care a lot about you two.

  59. Jackie, a wonderful letter you wrote to John in Richmond, and meaningful to anyone whose loved one is dying or has died. I’m crying a few tears too.

  60. Good morning Villagers….

    Jackie and John….take the time, share the time and love the time you have with your loved ones. My thoughts and prayers are with the both of you………Amen.

    Went into work yesterday, walked out into the hen house, looked down the aisles….and there it was……a big long auger snake, twisted and piled. So, 1200 feet of new steel auger was FINALLY put in… down, two more to go.

    Sandcastler….never heard it called the 27 Club.

    GR 😉 watched a docu on her a while back….she had been clean for a little while when she overdosed in her hotel room.

    gotta go…..

    ya’ll have a blessed day

  61. Based on how Janis responds to drinking alcohol, I’d say the vodka/slumber party is the true story. Ummm. Slumber party.

    Is today’s newspaper cartoon a rerun?

  62. So sorry John… Try to make every moment together count. Although, please remember – none of us are perfect. There may be days when your wife gets irritated with you, and vice versa. Don’t obsess about those times that are less than perfect. Just being with each other is a blessing to remember.

  63. On a cheerful note, the two half feral kittens are out chowing down on shelf outside my office, parallel to computer. Mama came up and looked for the “good stuff” the canned food my sitter gives them. It is foggy, foggy out there.

    You all realize I do have a lot of help who are friends and love me, even if I am their boss! Mama kept asking what my dog sitter had done when she lived in Florida? I didn’t know, I said her husband had been a chiropractor and they had a lot of money until he had a stroke with no health insurance?

    She brought him home and reinvented herself! I knew I loved her already but she put on her nice clothes and went and applied to be a foal sitter at a horse farm in Ocala! No experience, had to look up what a foul sitter did, lied about her experience which she still asks God to forgive her for. She was not only superb, loving the horses like she loves my dogs and cats, but ended up working for the largest most prestigious horse farm in Ocala, delivering foals and carrying for and loving them and their mothers.

    She weighs about 100# soaking wet and is as short as me!

    Lives in a tiny trailer down the street from me. I met her during a horrible ice storm when a tree fell on her trailer, squashing it. I carried her hot food, a propane stove, a propane heater, a lantern, thought she was about 20 years older than me. Turned out we are about same age! She still claims I saved her and the dogs and cats, which might be true. Took a long time to get that ice storm cleared up and power back on. Couldn’t restore power to her trailer because of the damage from tree.

    Love, Jackie

  64. Not sure if all those incorrect words up there are my mind on auto-correct or my spell check on auto-correct! I seem to be typing sound alike words like foul-foal carrying-caring? Am doing that a lot and I don’t edit, just type, way I learned to write for articles long ago. I do edit those and wonder about now if I will ever write anything again besides to you guys?

    Love, Jackie

  65. On the topic of high heels, I have said here before that my favorite shoes were the 5-inch gold evening sandals that I wore til they fell apart, and I had other, not quite so high heels that I wore, but for the last 20 years or so I have lived in Keds. High heels may not always cause back and knee problems, but they can certainly aggravate them, and while Keds might not be as stylish they are more comfortable.

    Jackie, I have four mostly feral cats that live in my back yard. Every morning they come up for breakfast. Only one of them will come up to be petted. The other three will sit just out of reach and look at me while I talk to them, but won’t get close enough to be touched. Maybe one day…

    I do have a page on the Book of Faces, but it was not initially my idea to sign up for it. I had to have a way to keep up with my then-85-year-old aunt. I have found it useful to keep in touch with relatives scattered over several states, but FB itself can be really irritating.

  66. Trapper Jean – I’ve been known to tell people they can see a smile on my face or cute shoes on my feet but not both! I go for comfort.

  67. I’m still kicking, but not as vigorously. Don’t remember if I mentioned it, but I was hospitalized for septic blood infection a couple of weeks ago. Been home, doing IV antibiotics daily as part of my dialysis treatment. Moving with crutches, but discovered that transition from two crutches to one can result in painful muscle pulls in ribs and back. It seems that I’m not quite strong enough to support myself from one side. Stress of all the weight forced to one crutch has pulled several muscles. It’s hard to stand, move, cough, sneeze, or anything else involving the upper body.

    HOWEVER– I am grateful that I am improving, hopefully I will soon be able to eliminate both crutches and start walking some unsupported. Also hopeful that I may be allowed into a study that administers a globulin that decreases the antibodies keeping me from getting a kidney transplant. It is sort of an antibody for antibodies. I recognize how fortunate I am to have a disease that has an available treatment for long term survival.

    Jackie, John in Richmond, and others: I cannot imagine the pain you feel and the hurt of impending loss. You have my deepest sympathies and prayers for comfort. It is encouraging to me that there is a small group of people that are concerned about my well being, even though the only thing you know of me are a few words, occasional contributions on a comic-strip archive blog. Thank you. I am trying to return the favor as best I may.

  68. PS– Jackie, my sister recently passed the one-year anniversary of her kidney transplant. It is a live-changing (and sustaining) event. She is doing tremendously better than on dialysis,

    PPS– No ‘T” in often. Pronounced “offen” around here. High heels as desired… told my daughters that flats, short heels, or tall heels don’t have any effect on inner beauty. Facebook: member, but only family or close friends are “friends”. Currently watching friend from college post progress of their first grandson. Also reconnected with some friends from high school. Facebook provides a low-impact way of maintaining communication, without being pushy.

  69. JJ- Changes to blog webpage… ability to edit postings that have typo/spelling/grammar or just stupid mistakes.

    Change live-changing above to life-changing.

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