They Suit Horses, Don’t They?

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Yesterday, July 29, 2015, marked 30 years of Arlo & Janis in newspapers. It’s an understatement to say the big anniversary bash was low key. Oh, months ago there were big plans, but the best laid plans of mice and men aft get knocked into a cocked hat. I confess to a certain ambivalence about the whole thing. To survive and thrive for 30 years in the newspaper syndication business is a rare accomplishment. Conversely, bragging about how long one has been around in the syndication business is tantamount to bragging about how lame and irrelevant one has become. That’s not always fair or true, but for some it is the consensus. I do want to say that I feel very privileged. I love what I do. Who wouldn’t? And I thank all of you who have made my livelihood possible over the years by reading Arlo & Janis and encouraging me. I consider it a personal favor, which I will return by drawing the best comic strip I can.

177 responses to “They Suit Horses, Don’t They?”

  1. My 33rd wedding anniversary is tomorrow. Would you mind sending my wife a note that I had something planned but “but the best laid plans of mice and men aft get knocked into a cocked hat.”? lol Coming from you it will seem quite fitting as she has sworn that she has spotted your peeping eyes looking through our windows!

  2. Congratulations, Jimmy, on 30 years. Your dilemma over how much to-do to make is noted! It is on par with birthdays and wedding anniversaries: On the one hand, we have accomplished much to get this far, on the other hand, some of that accomplishment was due to circumstances beyond our control. So how much do we whoop it up? My only answer is: When people start being embarrassed for you, you’ve gone too far.
    Here’s to many, many more years of Arlo and Janis!

  3. Congratulations on a truly momentous anniversary and milestone, Jimmy, no matter how you choose to interpret it.

    Now, get back to work cranking out those cartoons we know and love so well. 🙂

  4. Congratulations and thank you for Arlo, Janis, Luddie, et. al., Jimmy!

    I wish more newspapers had the wisdom to carry your work – c’mon L.A. Times!

  5. Conversely, bragging about how long one has been around in the syndication business is tantamount to bragging about how lame and irrelevant one has become

    Don’t agree, you are neither lame, nor irrelevant. Happy 30th. Now can I kvetch about a lack of story with one ‘toon or t’other? Love your work. Still looking for my A&J tshirt.

  6. Did you ever think that scratching ink on paper would lead to a career lasting three decades and counting? Congrats on a very successful run.

  7. Friends of ours celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary just a few days before your momentous anniversary- I still can’t believe what is so clear on my memory took place so long ago! But when dealing with good things like friends, marriages, and life’s pleasures (such as a well written comic strip), time slips by too quickly.

    BTW JJ, thanks for the fan service in the anniversary strip: full frontal nudity! 😉

  8. My, my. Seems some over on The Dark Side get really exercised if the free ice cream machine is not open here every day.

    The Love Is… kids display a certain lack of, shall we say, anatomical correctness, which regrettably carried over to the depictions of our two favorite characters here. Although I see that, following the source material, Janis has chestular features and Arlo does not. I wonder if there is some cartoon convention regarding the portrayal of those particular accoutrements.

  9. Thanks for all the fish! (Hopefully not a reference lost on everyone!)

    Thanks for letting us into your vision of life and the world, since it strikes a chord with all of us and we feel like we are not the only ones who feel like that!

    Hope this doesn’t mean you’re being teleported home. — JJ

  10. @JJ

    Absolutely Fargone, 30 years of having you peeping through our Fargone windows to how us the foibles and vagaries of our generation has been comical, whimsical, poignant and instructional at times, I salute you on the past and eagerly look forward to the future!

    BTW, I recently was asked if I wanted a newspaper delivered in our new area from a local company…I said yes, they only have 5 Sunday comics; gratifying to see you are in the Massachusetts publication”Milford Daily News”

    @Mark in TT(did I get that right)

    Thanks for the link to the motorcycle place in Alabama, now I have another place to go.

    Nyce being back for a bit…..until the next time I am Symply Fargone!

  11. Thank you for all of the wonderful strips that really do seem to mirror our lives! The two that I try to never miss are yours and “Love Is”, interstingly, so I found yesterday’s strip perfect!

  12. It only seems like a couple of years ago that you were celebrating your 20th. I was still gainfully employed at the time, and remember seeing the 20th anniversary strip at work. I am retired now, and am hoping that it will be a long time before you retire, as a major project of everyday is now checking the daily strip. Have a great year.

  13. Arlo and Janis is a GREAT comic strip, and consistently so over the course of its first 30 years! THAT is a tremendous accomplishment. I’ve gotten countless smiles and chuckles from reading it daily, but also thousands of insights into human behavior and my own mind and life! THANKS, JIMMY!

  14. Ah, dear Jimmy, surviving and thriving as long has you have in the hostile environment of newspaper funnies is quite noteworthy. It is not as though you have spent 30 years on Wayne’s World broadcasting to an eight-block radius. You have reached a lot of people and they have enjoyed your work.

    Would you have ever thought 30 years ago that you would celebrate the date of completing 30 years of A&J by drawing your eponymous characters with full frontal nudity? =O 😉

  15. It doesn’t feel like I’ve been reading A&J for 30 years, but certain;y for a long time, so maybe so. At any rate, I’ve enjoyed every day of it and had many of those days seem like you’ve been watching us ala The Truman Show. 🙂

    Jim, just don’t make it “So long and…”

    Symply, good to see you again!

    Ghost and everyone else, 🙂 !

  16. Just popped in to say congratulations!

    Also, I believe at 30 years you have officially earned tenure, and can thumb your nose at all editors and censors, drawing anything you like. Pretty sure that’s the code. 🙂


  17. Dear Jimmy, have enjoyed reading A & J for many years, in the Boston Globe, and my late husband Chris did too. He was especially taken with your series inspired by your father’s experience in WW 2. Exactly the same thing happened to him while he was in the Army, in combat in France (or maybe Belgium or Germany.)

    Many thanks for your terrific imagination and good drawing skills.

  18. I suppose you get told things like this all the time, but after following Arlo all these years, I sometimes wonder if you are spying on me. Except for the cat thing, he and I are soul mates.

    I haven’t posted here before, but it so happens your 30th was also the 32nd for my wife and me, and we have many of your works posted in various places around the house. Just wanted to say thank you for the entertainment and what seems to be a mirror.

  19. Symply Fargone, you got most of it. Glad to see you back and hope you can come visit that museum sometime. The Mercedes plant in Vance also has a museum, but I have not been to it, either.

    Jimmy, Happy Belated Anniversary. You’ve beaten Berke Breathed now. You have kept your interest in what you are doing, kept it interesting for us, and as MCV says you holding up a mirror for one or more of us everyday. Love your Arlo lizard in the pants counterpart to Janis’ speed strip when the lizard left the firewood. I need to show those to my neighbor. She is scared to death of the little things too.

  20. Have I mentioned that I miss those hemlines? Yes, I believe that I have.

    Don’t feel bad, Nancy. Those fourth books of a trilogy can be pretty obscure. 🙂

  21. And don’t forget, there’s also Mostly Harmless, the Fifth Book in the Increasingly Inappropriately Named Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Trilogy.

    BTW, Douglas Adams will be one of the two Ghost’s of Honor at this year’s Loscon because it will be Loscon 42. The other Ghost is a long-term dealer and costumer who recently passed away from Brain Cancer.

  22. No one ever asks me to be a Ghost of Honor. 🙁

    A few years ago, a software vendor sent a very attractive young female rep to my office to install and train us on an upgrade to one of our systems. Afterwards, whenever one of my all-female staff would ask me a technical question, I’d tell her that must have been covered the day the rep wore that orange mini-dress, and I must have been distracted, and she should figure it out herself. (Then I would tell her, of course.)

    Anyone installed Windows 10 yet? (Yeah, Sideburns, I know you haven’t. 🙂 ) I’ll probably wait until the weekend.

  23. Debbe 😉 Mom is doing well. Yesterday, I took her to the retina specialist who has been treating her for left-sided wet macular degeneration for the past year. All the fluid behind her retina is gone, so it appears we have salvaged her sight in that eye, preventing loss of depth perception that would undoubtedly have led to an eventual and most likely catastrophic fall.

  24. Thanks, Sideburns. You too, Ghost. I am familiar in a general way with some things about the Hitchhiker series but have not actually read them. I am also familiar with more than one “trilogy” that ended up more than that!! $$$$????

  25. We have spoken here of the Coasties of the USCG and the remarkable job they do rescuing those in distress. Here’s a story that amazes me, even by rescue swimmer standards.

    A quote from one of the commenters to this story also bears repeating…“When stuff breaks, unbreakable people take up the slack.”

  26. I live within sight of that air station. What that story didn’t mention is the high winds over the cliff that the chopper couldn’t safely hover, the fog bank near shore, and really choppy seas.
    Well done!!

    Thanks for the last thirty years Mr J. Also, well done.

  27. Hi Jimmy, please plan a Arlo and Janis convention for all of your fans. The first choice of location would be close to my house in central Illinois, but we could hold it closer to your home if that would better for you. If you need someone to help with logistics I volunteer my wife, she loves you to. I would love to get together with like minded people who know which is the best comic on the Web and in the newspaper today. Seriously if you would like to do this you have my email address, I would help plan this.

  28. GR6 wrote: “A significant number of this bunch at the same place at the same time? The mind boggles.” Just call it Comic Con A&J 30. Then we can dress as our favorite character, parade for the local news channels, and everyone will just say we are a wee off the beam.

  29. Debbe 😉 Walking Playlist #8 – Because, you can never have too much Stones. Also, it was featured in “Night Shift”, an old comedy I really enjoyed, a Ron Howard film with Henry Winkler, Michael Keaton, and Shelley Long. (Ms. Long made a really cute…and sexy…hooker, something a bit unexpected compared to her role as Diane on “Cheers”, who seemed to always have a stick up her butt.)

    Also, that lady I mentioned previously would inevitably jump me after she got me started up. 😉

  30. We haven’t had this many people since Woodstock. Wavy Gravy, where are you? Hello yal if you haven’t been here before. JJ, I was just kidding although it was really Ken Burns’ birthday. We’ll just say keep up the good work. If we overdo it you may decide to run for president. “I’m just an everyday simple savior of my country.”-Pat Paulson

  31. Mark
    Thank you – Thank you – Thank you
    When I see the words that is exactly what they are singing. They inserted this between 2 verses of “Eternal Father” without noting but then “they” combined lyrics from different versions of a hymn and made it their own.
    I have transcribed the 2 CDs using 4 Hymnals and the Net. Now it is complete.

    For those that did not look it is from:
    “Hymns Triumphant”
    The London Philharmonic Choir
    The Amen Choir and
    London’s National Philharmonic Orchestra

  32. emb

    Steve S will try to contact you for me.

    Brother did take Biology classes.
    You had 1,000s of students so to remember 1 after 50 years they would have to have
    been very very good or very very bad. Like the girl with the curl. Which is a clean Limerick.

    There was a little girl

    By Henry Wadsworth Longfellow 1807–1882
    There was a little girl,
    Who had a little curl,
    Right in the middle of her forehead.
    When she was good,
    She was very good indeed, (I heard “very very good”)
    But when she was bad she was horrid.

  33. Didn’t realize it was Longfellow. I also learned ‘very, very good.’ Don’t remember where, but pretty sure it was later than KG-2nd grade. Peace, emb

  34. Good morning Villagers….

    As I said a couple of days ago, congratulations Jimmy Johnson. for 30 years of successful readership…

    oh, and this fan loves today’s real time

    ya’ll have a blessed day.

  35. Old Bear, you are very welcome. Glad I could help you out.

    “Free the lizard”? No wonder the couple took up running. Excellent capper to a good story line. Thanks and enjoy your weekend, Jimmy.

  36. Jimmy,

    Sorry to be so late. Having been”with” you since the beginning in the Auburn-Opelika News, I feel like you and Arlo and Janis are part of my family, and, since you are a fellow WAR EAGLE, you are family and always will be. CONGRATULATIONS! Keep up the good work and, win or lose,

  37. This is my favourite strip and I have been a fan ever since my newspaper started carrying it which I can’t remember when but it was certainly more than 25 years ago.
    Heh, when I type in ‘favourite’, the system indicated a spelling error due to the Canadian habit of putting the ‘u’ in Mercan spelt words like ‘labor’, ‘favor’, ‘arbor’, ‘candor’, ‘harbor’, ‘behavior’ and of course ‘humor’

  38. Thank you, Jimmy!
    I’ve been reading A&J since the beginning, and I honestly cannot remember one bad strip (that didn’t have the cat).

  39. Old Bear:

    ‘You had 1,000s of students so to remember 1 after 50 years they would have to have been very very good or very very bad. Like the girl with the curl.’

    I remember some in other categories. Some try to sweet talk for a grade, or even offer their ‘services.’ Don’t remember their names usually, but it did result in my incorporating info / my lovable wife into many of my first few lectures. Also, incorporated casual references to church activities [no theology, they thought, but such things as, ‘Wife is our parish nurse.’], which led to individual class questions like, ‘How can you claim to be a Christian, and still “believe in” evolution?’ [I never ‘claimed to be a Christian’, and also they brought that question up, which freed me to answer it, in broad, not denominational of even ‘Christian’ terms. I miss the classroom [but not the meetings and budgets].

    Also remember many that became lifelong or long term friends, either / fascination with biology or some common interest. As I said at my retirement party, being a teaching prof is the best underpaid job in the world.

    Peace, emb


    A distraught senior citizen phoned her doctor’s office.
    “Is it true,” she wanted to know, “that the medication
    you prescribed has to be taken for the rest of my life?”
    “‘Yes, I’m afraid so,”‘ the doctor told her.
    There was a moment of silence before the senior lady replied,
    “I’m wondering, then, just how serious is my condition
    because this prescription is marked ‘NO REFILLS’..”

  41. emb: To keep them guessing, I’d have replied, “You don’t have to believe something in order to teach others what you know about it.” I use that as a chaplain to keep patients from focusing in on my personal theology… we’re supposed to be talking about their spiritual beliefs and needs.

  42. OK, now it’s Sideburns and Sandcastler peeking in my windows instead of Jimmy. I’m reading Wee Free Men right now.

  43. Dear Mr. Johnson:

    Would it be possible to change your blog settings so that comment posting may continue for more than one week? Formally, that did not seem to be a problem. Some of the orphans are still crying over being locked out of the orphanage again.


    (s) Miss Prudence Whistlewaite
    Director, TVOS

  44. Miss Whistlewait,

    I have a roomy retreat just outside the Village on Route 1. Name on mailbox, sandcastler retreat. The key is attached in a magnetic box inside back of aforementioned mailbox. It is stocked with: blankets, assorted flavors of Pop-Tarts, and a generous supply of powered drink mix. The shed out back has ample firewood, if need to heat arises. The privy is a freshly limed two-holer. Feel free to use it in the case of Village closure.

    Mark in TTown,


  45. Enjoyed your current comic today. Glad to see that you’re still pushing the envelope. I’m pretty sure *that* gag would not have passed the censors thirty years ago. What really got my attention, however, was the phrase “britches leg.” If there was any doubt that A&J was a Southern comic, today’s strip removes it.

  46. sandcastler(tm) I just realized that verse didn’t scan right for Burma-Shave ™. But it’s an easy fix: How, great, it, is, to be, a, comma, mother, and, separate, one, word, fromma, nother.

  47. When you are dissatisfied
    and would like to go back to youth,
    think of Algebra.

    One of the many things
    no one tells you about aging
    is that it is such a nice change
    from being young.

  48. to Old Bear, you’re right about the Algebra. But the second part of your comment, not so much. When I was young, I could run, and climb hills. I could kneel down on the ground and pull weeds, and look at flowers and moss. Now I can’t do any of those things.

  49. If I’m having trouble going to sleep at night I think of algebra. x + y= no, that will keep me awake. They’re having a gas war locally if you remember that term. A new station opened this morning with a price of 1.99/gal. By the end of the day most of the other places dropped their prices from 2.50+ to 1.99 and by the end of the day some places were running out of gas as everyone filled their tanks. You would have thought that there was a hurricane headed our way.

  50. Charlotte, As I walk out to get the newspaper in the morning, 5:30 thanks to Cilla, there is a slight rise to our driveway. I want to slow down, but I try to remember to speed up. Going and coming I try to open my eyes to the flowers, crepe myrtles, etc. You make a difference right here and I know that there is plenty you can do.

  51. Debbe, I hope everything went as well as possible under the circumstances. Continued prayers and virtual hugs, hon.

    Walking Playlist #9 – Yep, still thinking of the “jump” lady. Also, this was one of the songs used in the aerobics class I attended some years ago and brings black pleasant memories of my skimpily attired classmates. Have I mentioned they were all females? I believe that I have. (Of course, in shorts and a cut-off tee, I was fairly skimpily attired, myself.)

    I don’t, however, remember any of them having quite as much hair as the members of this band.

  52. Now, I recall my youth and my introduction to the world of algebra in a much more positive light! It was the start of my love for higher mathematics, and my awe-struck wonder at just what could be done therewith [no snide remarks needed!]. Many other parts of my youth were not nearly so pleasant.

  53. Charlotte in NH

    There is that but the other side of the coin is

    acne, hormones, insecurities, angst, Algebra, Parents (I guess that hasn’t changed much And we miss them dearly)

  54. c x-p: That happened to my older granddaughter. A Natl. Merit Scholar, she was originally pre-med, and did all right grade-wise, but found the cut-throat U.MN p-m environment distasteful. Took an art history lib ed. course, fell in love w/ it, specializes in Mid-East and other Asian art, has learned appropriate languages [a talent I lack], and is in grad school at U. Chi. Realizes this is not a guaranteed full-time job, and is taking approp. courses / teaching, library, and such. Granddad is subsidizing.

    My own epiphanies were learning that I love to teach and to write. Attended a 50th reunion walleye fish fry w/ BSU ’65 alums this evening, was surprised at the number who remember me fondly as their lib. ed. biol. prof. And ran into a biol. major who has just retired from the Cornell faculty, who knew a [late] Cornell Ecol. prof. who was an undergrad at U.M when I was a grad student there.

    Peace, emb

  55. My oldest son is a computer guru. I don’t have contact with him but then neither does anyone else. I think they have him and his computer locked away somewhere. My youngest has degrees in psychology and criminal justice. A chip off the old block, you say? Well, he has traveled the world and now works for Disney making at age 25 way more than I ever did. If you’ve done the math you see that I had my kids late.

  56. Good morning Villagers….

    Steve and GR 😉 it was beautiful. My mother looked stunningly beautiful…..the roses were perfect. I actually got up and read at the funeral services. I started out with we were here to celebrate and lay to rest Mom, Grandma Dee, Great-grandma Dee, Aunt Dee, sister and friend. Told them I found great comfort In Isaiah 40:28-31. (Then I read it) Then went on to say that when looking at Mom, it looks as thought she is asleep, as she is, because Paul wrote in 1st Thessalonian Chapter 4. and then I read it. The Spirit was in me as I read it with great feelings and looked up at the people and made eye contact. As we were filing out, the Minister complimented me by saying “you must have read a lot of scripture publicly.” No, not really I said, I just prayed that the Spirit would be with me….and He was. It was a wonderfully,celebrated life of my Mother.

    Thank you all for your support during this difficult time for my family.

    love, Debbe

  57. Also today is Ian’s last day at the hen house. When driving into work yesterday, he said when ever I get ‘cold’ feet and doubt over moving to E’ville, I snap back to reality as we drive into this parking lot and smell the hen house. He leaves tomorrow. I gave him Mom’s cell phone, and I want an address, and I also want the name and number of his roomates’s mother.

    And I am also training a new woman to work with me. I think we should The Boss’s company, “Second Chance”….as all have a background, and so does Shirley. When I called her she sounded so excited…..we’ll see.

    I love reading all the above comments….so many new commenters.

    Miss Charlotte, be blessed in knowing that you can still see the flowers, smell the flowers and feel the humidity in the air….arrrgghhh. I don’t if it’s humid where you’re at, but here you can almost cut the humidity with a knife


  58. …GR 😉 , that was the first cassette I bought for Ian’s Nickelodeon ‘boom’ box. He was probably about three, and he loved that song……didn’t take him long to learn how to ‘rewind’ 🙂

    I remember whenever an oldie but goodie would come on the radio….like the song “Dude looks like a lady”…..and I’d start singing. Ian would look over at me and ask “mom, have you heard that song before?”…no, I would say with a grin…and continue singing. My son grew up loving the old music.

    I’ll post one of his playlist to add to your morning workout….I actually like it

    And I’m glad to hear they found out early about your Mother’s eye, and she is doing well.

  59. Debbe 😉 I am happy to hear that there was such an appropriate celebration of your Mom’s life, and that you were such an important part of it. It is obvious that you have also read Exodus 20:12. (One should note that commandment comes even before the one proscribing murder.)

    Honoring our parents is a requirement placed upon us; the love we give them is a bonus.

  60. Aww, the little lizard returned to his beloved. A story with a happy ending. 🙂 It would have been fun to watch Arlo drop his thighty whities; the guys get Janis teasers, turn about would be nice. 😉

  61. Debbe: It sounds as though the service was beautiful. Isn’t it amazing when you are able to do something like that? Your mouth opens and words just flow… Sometimes when that happened to me, others would say how inspiring my talk was – and I could not even remember what I had said.

    I don’t speak at church any more. The desire to do so, and the ability, just left. But I am so thankful that I was able to have the experience.

  62. Debbie, thank you for telling us about the service. It sounds like it was just beautiful. And do keep us posted about Ian. The Village cares

    To those who are adventuring with Windows 10, let us know what you think, please.

  63. Where’s everyone?

    Here is the assignment for the Village: In a few simple and well-chosen words, define “love”.

    I offer this: Love is the extreme case of caring.

    Our guest minister this evening cited a definition by Robert A. Heinlein: “Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.”. As it was not his theme to run with the definition, it was not mentioned to any deeper depth.

    How about it?

  64. Good morning Villagers…

    I am humbled by your comments… does make one humble. To do what is right for the both of you.

    I like the above reflections on what love is…going to bookmark this page.

    I never mentioned the music, my sister found someone to sing, and Amazing Grace was sung.

    Steve, even after 31 years, I know the pain is still within you. It does get better, right?

    Ian is moving about an hour’s drive away….my Mom is about 15 minutes away.

    My poor sister Brenda and her husband have been through a lot in the past week and a half. First it was on their second day of vacation in Montana that she found out about Mom. She said that as she was going thru the airport she’d look at people’s smiles and focused faces and she want to cry out “My Mom just died, will someone hub me?” Then the funeral and all….then they had to leave that night for Davenport, Iowa. Their youngest daughter is moving there and she is a sports physical therapist. Now this little girl doesn’t stand but maybe 5 foot three inches. But she is tiny and mighty. She has to be ready for high school football by the 10th. They were able to find her an apartment and will be taking her out to Davenport by the end of the week.

    My sister Brenda has a lot in common with you Ruth Ann….she is the school librarian.

    Started training Ian’s replacement yesterday and all she could say is I’ve saved her life by getting her a job and back on her feet.

    gotta go guys, thanks for my tears of joy.

    love to all

  65. Debbe & S/RO – I, too, lost my mother in a car accident some 34+ years ago. It does stay around in the background, but the shock and severity of the hurt does decrease. This is, indeed, where faith comes in….

  66. I just got home and apparently everyone said what they had to say. It doesn’t work that way. You’ll notice that it never stops me. Love is a magic feeling that you get when you see “the Person”. I say that sincerely. I remember on the Monkees that Davy Jones got a sparkle in his eye when he saw the one and when I say magic that’s what I mean. I read once that it is love when you can’t imagine living without the object of your affection. That may be the best definition that I’ve seen.

  67. My cousin sent me this – no verified

    One thing not mentioned is the cola is almost as acidic as battery acid – I will check the chart at the dentist tomorrow.

    The most meaningful advice was near the bottom:

    “My first piece of advice to them would be to do a simple swap,” he explains, “replacing fizzy drinks with water and fresh lemon or lime juice.

    “In many cases just doing this would have a dramatic effect on their health.

    “This indicates to me that fizzy drinks and sugar are big issues relating to blood pressure and metabolic diseases like diabetes and heart disease.”

    (Hugs are never subtracted or divided always multiplied)
    (Is that an Algebraic formula?)

  68. OB:

    I volunteer from about 0715-1335 in a hospital [time varies w/ the surgical patient load, mostly]. One perk is that volunteers eat in the café free. [Hey, JJ provides the accent ague.]

    Café stocks 8 oz.* containers of skim and 2% milk. At breakfast I take one of skim and one of 2%. The skim is to drink and for my raisin-filled cream of wheat [I do whole grain hot cereals at home, when I’m not having sardines on toast.] The 2% is for the three cups of very milky coffee I consume; the fancy coffee machine and a microwave are close by my desk. At lunch, I drink skim. At both, I watch medically savvy personnel bring their trays out into the dining area. Probably less than 5% drink milk. Coke, Pepsi, Sprite, etc. Sad.

    *Speelczech doesn’t recognize oz. unless there are 2 spaces after 8. Weird.

    Peace, emb

  69. No gluten, no meat, no caffeine and don’t eat anything white. One glass of wine every evening and you will live forever, but I won’t.

  70. Please allow me to clarify, if that’s possible. EMB, I have been reading your comments for a long time and I have more respect for your lifestyle and opinions than anyone else here. I am blessed with unusually good health. I have no problem with blood pressure, heart, diabetes, etc. I am 5’10” tall, 185 lbs and have a 34 inch waist. I have neurological problems probably caused by exposure to chemicals and radiation over 30 years ago. My point being that I never smoked and quit drinking after one bad Christmas party in 1972. Other than those simple precautions I think that my health is a matter of fate or whatever you choose to call it. I think that, kidding aside, I am a careful driver, but twice in the last two days I had close calls that could have taken me out. I’ve said before that I’m the luckiest person that I know and here’s hoping that continues for both of us and the rest of you too.

  71. Only water to drink, but if I get really crazy, I’ll jazz it up with some sugar-free powdered lemonade mix. No alcohol since New Year’s Eve, which is when I wicked up my diet and exercise regimen. (A moderate intake of 2% milk, but used only for cooking purposes.)

    I predict health issues will be a hot topic here in the coming days. And Janis kept worrying about Arlo’s health. I wonder if, other than walking, she was minding her own.

  72. Carbonic acid, as found in carbonated drinks, is one of the numerous weak acids which ionize in water to the extent of about 1% or less. In contrast, battery acid is sulfuric acid which ionizes in water solution 100% unless there is an extremely concentrated solution used. The strength of an acid is judged solely by the percent of ionization in water solution. Battery acid is always stronger than carbonic acid, and by a huge margin. There are only about 5 strong acids commonly used, and sulfuric is the strongest of that group of 5. (Yes, there are a few even stronger – using different measurements – but they are not at all commonly used.)

    The concentration of an acid in water is just the ratio of the acid to the water, and is independent of the strength (except for very high concentrations as mentioned above).

  73. Continuing the story, there is also some phosphoric acid [I don’t know which one of the several] in at least some carbonated drinks. Orthophosphoric acid is another of that group of 5 common strong acids, though the amount included cannot be very much. It is a source of orthophosphate ions which – I am guessing here – are useful in forming the body’s supply of ATP, with its high energy bonds, & bones. As I am neither a physician nor a biologist, I defer to others on those matters.

  74. It won’t let me post my morning ‘rant’….all I get is this jibberash about an URL contact webmaster and my number in infinite….

  75. Good morning Villagers…..

    Ian has left the building. He once told me I wouldn’t be able to find the place where he was going to live….but guess what, that section of town is my old stomping grounds.

    let’s see if this will post

  76. Good morning Villagers…..

    Ian has left the building. He once told me I wouldn’t be able to find the place where he was going to live….but guess what, that section of town is my old stomping grounds.

    let’s see if this will post

    ….still won’t let me post

    But hey, ya’ll have a blessed day…………………

    GR 😉 love the Joan Jett version….and just where did you find all those pics of Lorraine?????

  77. Yep, just as I figured…all the physicians and paramedics are chiming in over on TDS this morning to diagnose Janis’s episode of syncope or heat stroke or whatever.

    Here’s a fun fact, if it is heat stroke…immediate treatment includes getting the victim indoors; removing her clothing; and placing her in a cool bath or cool shower. “Honest, officer, I was just giving her first aid!”

  78. Looks like Janis is going to need some of the medical advice we’ve been discussing- hopefully nothing more than dehydration and especially hopeful this isn’t based on an experience from JJ’s life.

  79. Speaking of Janis’s health, today’s A&J is obviously the start of a series. Today’s 9 CL is neat, and today’s Ballard Street reminds us Northpaws that not everyone is right-handed(both late wife and elder son [‘my son, the UMC pastor’] = lefties). Right on, emb

  80. When I ran my last couple of marathons, I would run my regular route around a park, 20 times and did exactly what Janis is doing. When I walked my last marathon earlier this year, I did the same thing. Sometimes stopping for a minute or two beats quitting. I was no where near exhaustion, just really tired.

    My son, Dan is training to qualify for the Boston Marathon and he had a 19 miler in 80° to 90° heat and when I talked with him after he ran, I asked him how he felt and he said “Great, I’m ready!” His race is in September and I can remember having dead legs at this point of my training. Dan spent the week before last in Jackson Hole WY and got in late a week ago. The first few days were sluggish, so I told him to take a day off. It has paid dividends. Running a marathon to meet a certain time is SO hard to do. But I think barring cramps or injury, Dan will make it.

  81. If a neighbor collapsed like that, I’d check to see if they’d passed out or not. If they had, I’d call Security to send somebody out to help. (I live in a gated retirement community, so we call Security, not 911.) If they were awake, I’d ask if they’d like me to hose them down to cool them off. Much better than bringing them inside as well as quicker and less likely to be misinterpreted.

  82. Evil HR Director to New Employee: Will you be signing up for our company’s 401K?

    New Employee: I don’t so. My former employer had a 5K race once, and I couldn’t even finish that.

    Evil HR Director: Just a moment while I take another look at your application.

  83. I was sleeping so well last night – until a large storm went through and I woke up, sweating to death with a fuzzy 7lb radiator absolutely glued to my side. She hasn’t been bothered by a storm since the move, so it must have been a doozy. I finally managed to shift her to my arm, and she buried her head in my hand with her forepaws wrapped tightly around my wrist. Just got back to sleep when the alarm went off. Hello Monday.

  84. Mindy from Indy, glad both of you made it through all right. When my ex and I had moved to a small town in the Highland Rim of TN, we were so tired that we slept on the couch cushions in the living room the first night. During the night our most aloof cat suddenly climbed in with us and stayed there all night. Not normal! Next morning we found out a tornado had gone through the area.

  85. The annual Winter Park 10k in March goes down the street a few houses away from ours. Years ago, the route would turn and go past us. If it was a warm day, our neighbor on the corner would be out there with his garden hose calling to the runners, “Raise your hand if you want to get sprayed.” Many of them would cut the corner so that he could really soak them.

  86. A few days late, but thank you very much for all of the laughs. Looking forward to many many more ahead. Wishing you well. You are a constant joy.

  87. Had trouble getting on line for awhile.

    The chart at dentist had
    Battery acid as 1.00
    Pepsi as 2.49
    Coke Classic as 2.53

    As I read it was Base — Acid on the pH scale
    0 is most Acid
    7 is Neutral (Distilled Water)
    14 is most Alkaline

    To all that need them – HUGS

  88. Good morning Villagers….

    Stopped by younger sister’s house yesterday. She and Jacquie (#2 sister) cleaned out Mom’s room at nursing home. I got all of Mom’s clothes, including her winter coat and white socks with her name “Dee” on them. You had to have your name on all your clothes in the nursing home for them to launder and deliver back to you….I’ll be wearing Mom’s socks today.

    AND…you’re not going to believe this. I typed in Ian’s new address, and it showed a pic of the apartment complex. OMG, I remember that building, I told myself. I called my sister, Brenda, and told her to type in the address using Google. I asked her if that place looked familiar to her. I remember her living on that street, and she said she remembered the apartment complex had a colonial style look. When she looked at the pic, she couldn’t believe it. Yup, Ian is living in the same apartment complex as my sister did some 40 years ago…the building is brick but it still has the columns,…Parrott street is about four blocks from the Ohio River. Is this an omen of some sort?

    I can just imagine some of the comments on TDS yesterday. And they’ll be just as cynical today.

    Indy Mindy, I was reading about the storms that went thru Chicago and Northern Indiana. So I pulled up Kokomo on Glad you survived, it looked very red and mad on the radar. But, I have to ask this, why does Kokomo have 4 zip codes??? Enjoy your weather today…sunshine and 82 degrees….here, cloudy with a temp of 85 degrees….I’ll take it. The hen house temp was 92 degrees when we left at 2ish.

    My new co-worker is a little afraid of hens. I pulled one out of my intensive care cage, as she look well and good, held her and petted her. Shirley just grinned, she thinks I’m nuts. I’ve known Shirley for a few years. Not really known her, just as an acquaintance…she’s been through a lot, and some of it by her own demise.

    gotta go…..

    ya’ll have a blessed day

  89. Thank you Mark……cats are funny like that, mine usually hide under the bed, and Snowee always sleeps on my left side. Shirley stayed with us last night, the only one that ventured out from my bedroom was my little Goldee….she laid on my lap wanting to be petted….and I did just that.

  90. Fewer changes helps me to post in the right place instead of a previous thread. Debbe, it sounds like you’re doing well. Have you ever told us how you got into the business? I assume that it wasn’t the big bucks. 🙂

  91. Debbe – Town is big enough for two zips on its own. The original Chrysler transmission and casting plants (there are four Chrysler plants in town) – which are housed in the same ginormous building – has its own zip, and all of the city buildings / utilities have their own zip.

    The original transmission plant and the casting plant – being under the same roof – earned it the title, once upon a time at least, as the largest single building in Indiana. At any given time, save holidays or tragedies, there are more people in that building then there are in the entire town where I grew up.

    I am anxious to see how this current arc progresses. I believe Janis is good hands at the moment, but wonder how Arlo is going to react.

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