Things Being What They Are

It’s Friday, and there’s not a lot going on. This seems like the time for one of our brief commercial messages. I want to thank those of you who visit the Arlo & Janis site at, the online presence of Andrews McMeel Syndication. Special thanks to those who “follow” A&J, those who “share” it with others and those of you who “like” a strip, although I encourage you to be circumspect with the latter. As much as I appreciate your willingness to help, I like to know what you really like. I am thrilled to tell you, you’ve made Arlo & Janis one of the more heavily trafficked sites on all of And a very special thank you to the newspaper readers! For now, you continue to pay the bills. Go, and have a memorable weekend.
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32 responses to “Things Being What They Are”

  1. This one and today’s strip are once again so relatable! This one is us, today’s has our roles reversed. Love you Jimmy! But we are looking around for the camera hahaha

  2. Well, OK, then. I’ll try extra hard to find one of your cartoons I *don’t* like. Although tbh, that is yet to happen, even after all these years.

    Re today’s retro, I had a friend who used to say, “I’m in a hurry! I have things to see and people to do.” Or perhaps that was me.

  3. Taking a break after being at it since OMG :30 this morning. We got the display windows and entryway of our new store open today, basically as a fancy kiosk to sell hats, t-shirts, tanks, etc. to the walk by traffic. The annual Whole Hawg Day is underway downtown, including smoker contestants cooking, you guessed it, whole hogs. After the judging this afternoon, the BBQ is given away to the crowd.

    We’ll be driving Black Jack, Jackie’s Mustang convertible, in the downtown parade at 7:00, with cuties on the back waving and throwing candy and beads to the crowd. While wearing cute duds from Steals & Deals, of course. Free Q, top down, cute ladies…life is sweet.

  4. Jackie will probably have to do that, TR. She’s the Facebooker in the organization. The parade was impressive…several times more entries than I suspected based on the Independence Day parade. Lots of comments and wolf whistles for the cute waitress I picked up, ah, recruited to ride with us. One thing I had wrong was that the contestants will tend their smokers overnight; be judged tomorrow; and portion out the resulting porcine goodness tomorrow afternoon.

    Perhaps I will be able to grab some Q before we have to set up the bikini sales table at the Cove prior to the contest. From what we can tell, the bikini/wet t-shirt contest* is stirring a lot of interest. I let you know what kind of interest later. 🙂

    *Don’t be too shocked. The bikinis will stay on under the wet t-shirts. Not really sure what the point of that is, but as Misti, one of our managers says, “This is Oklahoma, after all.”

  5. Jimmy, you must have been looking my window when I was married. My ex and I used to have that discussion about whether up and down on a thermostat meant warmer or cooler. I say up is warmer and down is cooler, her opinion was the opposite. Over time I knew what she wanted when she said turn it up or turn it down, but I still knew I was right.

  6. From Atlantic to Pacific, hey, the traffic is terrific!

    I’m happy to traffic in comic strips, and I like liking them and sharing them!

  7. Just back from a week’s vacation in FL – and it was HOT! But… got to spend time with son and his family, AND a new great-grandchild. I did not realize how set in my ways I am becoming. Not too long ago, I was up to going anywhere, going on any adventure. Now? Not so much. As Dorothy said, “There’s no place like home.”

  8. I have to brag on myself since Ghost didn’t. I have lost 16 plus pounds in ten days. In my diabetic diet through the Oklahoma Heart Institute. It is highly medically supervised requiring twice weekly checkin with RN who do the diabetes education.

    It’s a total meal replacement program using HMR Diet foods, sort of like Nutrisytem with weekly classes, medical supervision and really good food.

    Mark I understand VA will cover it too, as is Medicare and private insurance.
    They have excellent record of both weight loss and diabetes control.

  9. Tonight our local sky is perfectly clear of clouds. It’s also nearly opaque because of the smoke from wildfires. I can see only 2 stars at zenith, plus the planets. When the moon rises in a few minutes, it will be a dark orange, as was the setting sun tonight.

  10. My wife’s grandparents had a cabin on Lake Avalon near Hillman MI and she went there every summer as a little girl. Her brother bought a place on the lake 30 years ago, but we only sporadically visited there over the years. We have rented a place a few times and this year we will be up there the weekend of August 11th.

    Hillman has always had a V-J parade every year and it is held the Saturday before August 15th (that was the date that the war’s end was announced. September 2nd was the “official” V-J Day). So this year we get to experience the parade. Her Grandpa was the President of the Chamber of Commerce and this was always his baby. In 1998, our son ran at a running camp nearby, so we drove to Hillman to see the lake and it happened to be the day of the parade.

    We plan to go there with our son and his family, including our 2 1/2 year old Grandson who loves parades. My wife thinks that it might be close to 40 years since she last attended the event. She is very happy.

  11. Mark: Of course not, but what insight into the young mind! Also a well chosen given name, like Pearl for the grandma in Pickles. A+.


  12. Jimmy, I don’t know if it’s just me, but this site is responding slowly since yesterday. It is taking noticeably longer than usual to fill in the blanks with the latest comments.

  13. Mark, same here sight takes a long time to load or refresh. I thought it might be my virus checker as is showing as not a secure website (http:// vs https://).

  14. Remember when Ghost talked about losing enough weight to wear jeans? He has lost that and more. His first pairs are now too large and slide off after he removes his belt and “gear.”

    He is almost to weight he was when aerobic instructors bounced off his stomach/butt doing exercise routines. Or maybe less?

    He looks very authentic in jeans and boots as long as no one asks to meet his horse Bullet.

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