Think “Disco”

Today’s oldie A&J isn’t so moldy; it’s from 2014. I recently turned in a week of Arlo & Janis that included only one cartoon with more than a few words. I really didn’t notice this until I’d almost finished the batch of six. You’ll know that week when you see it. Most of the strips were like the one above, with only one panel of dialog, if any. I do this more often the longer I’m at this game. I take a bit of pride, because it’s an old saw in the biz that a cartoon which can be understood without words is a “pure” cartoon, while a cartoon which can be understood without the drawing isn’t really a cartoon at all. Perhaps that is a bit extreme. If it literally were true, “Henry” and “The Little King” would be the greatest comic strips ever. However, I get it, but as usual there’s a happy medium. That is one thing that sets a comic strip apart from other forms of cartooning. It is a happy marriage of image and word, a little play within which the two components reinforce one another. I must remember that.

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220 responses to “Think “Disco””

  1. Jimmy, I did like Henry when I was growing up. Like watching a silent movie without titles. I enjoy your comics, with or without words, because of your ability to convey moods and emotions.

  2. Don’t worry, Jimmy. McEldowney is taking up the slack in any perceived lack of speech or dialog in your cartoons. Many of his characters, as one of my grandmothers was wont to say, seem to have been vaccinated with phonograph needles.

  3. “Granddad, what’s a phonograph needle??”

    It is amazing how quickly it all passes from general memory. There was a story about an old man trying to get into one of the Grammy after-parties, but was repeatedly turned away. It was Paul McCartney. Who???

  4. Just another old dude. I am listening to classical guitar, a dream in the forest, so beautiful it is making me cry.

    I translated, Hal speaks worse Spanish than I.

    I will try to link it on YouTube later in case anyone else crys when the music is too beautiful besides me and Pretty Woman.

  5. At some point, probably only scholars will know the origin of the words “clockwise” and counterclockwise”. Likely, many do not know that now.

    I have a wristwatch on order to replace the 20+ year old one I am wearing now. The new one, like the old one, has an analog dial. My sister used to tell me I was “set in my ways”. Raise your hand if that surprises you.

    I seem to recall reading that the word “seiko” has something like twenty-seven meanings in Japanese. And that a couple of them are obscene.

  6. Pretty Woman…the You-Know-What with a Heart of Gold. Good luck finding one that looks like Julia Roberts. And as a cop once told me, good luck finding one that has all her teeth.

  7. Reminds me…

    A beat cop is sitting in his patrol car at 2:30 AM, watching the entrance to a bar. A man lurches through the door of the bar, falls down, gets up, staggers to the nearest car, collapses against it, takes a ring of keys out of his pocket, drops them, crawls around until he finds them, gets up, tries each key in the car door. None fits. He staggers around to the next car – and the next – drops and recovers his keys at each car, tries each key at each car. None fits. Eventually, he finds his car, opens the door, gets in, starts the car, and with jerks and erratic steering gets it over the curb and onto the street, where he lays rubber on the pavement and disappears zig-zagging down the street. The cop takes off after him, and after a bit of a chase finally gets him to pull over and get out of the car.

    “What’s the problem, officer?”

    “I’m going to have to take you in. You’re drunk.”

    “Oh, not me! I haven’t had a drink since last week. Got that breath-a-wheezer thing? I’ll show you.”

    Sure enough, not a trace of alcohol. The cop’s puzzled.

    “I don’t understand this. Why were you driving like you were drunk?”

    “Oh, that! Tonight, I’m the designated decoy.”

  8. Well I have prettier teeth than Julia? You came back a tad cranky. Is everything OK?

    NOT surprised you are set in your ways but perhaps disappointed?

    How about suitable music I’d like, something baroque, not broke?

    I need to keep reading Callahans Chronicles and practice puns?

  9. Not cranky, just still recovering from A&J withdrawal symptoms.

    Who said, “If it ain’t baroque, don’t fix it”? The PDQ Bach guy? No, that was, “It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that certain je ne sais quoi.”

  10. Re retro strip. In my mind, Janis is doing Zumba. It looks like Janis knows Arlo should steer clear. But actually, it’s great fun and a super workout for anyone. This strip has been attached to my fridge since it first appeared.

  11. Ignorance but is Zumba a dance based exercise program like jazzercise? And if so, why is Ghost not taking part like he did before? Is it high speed, high impact?

    And why was the curvaceous cutie on East coast able to operate as a prostitute while posing as a zumba teacher if it is a group activity?

  12. Hello folks, I am sitting in a room with a fireplace and book cases just like in a recent strip. Unfortunately it is in a nursing home where my mother is trying very hard to die. It is horrible. This computer was not working but I fooled with this and that until I got here. I don’t know what will happen or how long I may be here. I don’t even know if I am allowed to use this computer but no one is around so I am. I will keep you informed if possible.

  13. Jerry,

    Did that a bit over 5 YA. Sanford Fargo hospital had cptrs, played solitaire on breaks. Acute leukemia, top notch care, but pneumonia did her in. No code. Hard. 58+ yrs. Thoughts and prayers.


  14. It was years too soon, maybe, but not hours too soon. We don’t know what those years would have been like, but we will not forget what those last hours were like.


  15. Folks, I have like Ghost, lost almost all family. I have a huge extended family of boaters I have become very close to. I am losing them too now and it is too soon. I am not prepared for this.

  16. Yes, Louisiana is in state of emergency and National Guard called out. I need to look at some flooding news. I heard I-20 was shut down. How are the rest of us faring? Today was OK here but my weather alert couldn’t figure out where I was and kept sounding tornado alarm. Who got hit?

  17. Good morning Villagers….

    Jerry, so sorry to hear about your Mother……hugs and prayers are coming your way.

    In a hurry here….leaving in 30 minutes for hospital, husband having minor surgery this am.


  18. Jackie: ‘I am losing them too now and it is too soon. I am not prepared for this.’ A less final variation on that theme. N. MN student graduated from BSU, eventually got his Ph.D. in Communications. His mother died, obit in Tuesday’s Bemidji Pioneer, mentioned one son was in Ithaca, NY. I’d forgotten he become a prof. at Cornell U. So went to website of the College of Agric. and Life Sci. He’s a prof emeritus. Actually, this is not the first time. Many of my former students have retired, and several that I [and wife] had been in touch have died.

    Just checked the Baltimore peregrine site. One of the birds was tearing at some prey [likely pigeon or starling], but couldn’t see which, because it was below the lower margin of webcam view.


  19. This is day I do a list of things I don’t want to do. My list is getting overwhelming. First is getting out of bed.

    Next is feeding cats. The Endless Kitty Buffet has fewer eaters, I am afraid the Hawks and owls and dogs loose are getting them.

    Then I start the phone calls and going through mail. That’s bad part.

    While we are praying and asking for help, don’t forget Mark and his mom and her leg. I can’t. Or Ghost and his mom whom he loves and nurtures. Two good sons.

  20. Jerry, Jim and I have lost all four parents, all under quite different circumstances. It’s always hard, though. we hope you can take comfort from your friends both where you live and here in the Village.

  21. Jerry and everyone that needs it, my prayers are with you. I have been there also and it’s not easy but God will help, if we let Him.

    Weather here in Baton Rouge is rainy but nothing compared to North West LA. I hope things begin to get better.

    God bless us every one.

  22. Jerry, so sorry for the difficulty. I watched my mother die slowly, in and out hospitals and treatment for several years while I was in high school. My father much later, when I had children of my own. It is never easy. I pray that you and your mother will have as much peace and comfort as possible in your circumstances.

  23. Hi Anonymous. Not sure how Jazzercise works, but Zumba is a trademarked group fitness program in which dance moves are incorporated into aerobic exercise. Mostly Latin (salsa, cumbia, merengue, etc) but non-Latin styles too. The music is very contemporary. Movements can be high, medium, and/or low impact. The participant controls her or his degree of exertion. Queuing is provided by the instructor for all levels of impacts. Another trademarked group fitness program is BollyX, which is dance aerobic exercise to Bollywood style music. Also geared for high and low impact. If you hate doing treadmills and other repetitive equipment (like me), both Zumba and BollyX are immensely fun. I know Janis would LOVE them both. And maybe she already does! *wink wink*

  24. Jazzercise was popular in 19 70s and 80s and was trademarked dance aerobics. I tried but never got into it. I have not heard of zumba and definitely not Bollyx here but there are no dance studios in this little town. I will Google and see if in Oklahoma. We are provincial here. And old.

    Truly the only connection to Zumba I had heard was the sex scandal.

  25. The wellness and fitness center I belong to 25 miles south of me lists zumba and about 20 other trademarked forms of exercise but not Bollyx but I wasn’t aware of it. I knew about yoga and pilates and some of the others. I don’t actually go to classes but exercise in pool alone. Their water aerobics are too high impact for my knees.

  26. A funny story for today:

    After a long, hard day at work, I was exhausted and ready to head home. I started to look for my car keys, but they weren’t in my purse, coat pockets, or briefcase, so I began to scramble through the drawers in my desk. Slowly, I came to the conclusion that the keys were nowhere to be found. Palm to forehead, I realized I must have left them in the car.

    My husband gets pretty irritated when I do that. To me, the ignition is the best place to store keys so you never lose them! Ever the voice of reason, however, my husband has explained that leaving the keys in the ignition is a superb way of having my car stolen.

    Immediately, I rushed out to the parking lot only to find it empty, my heart sinking in the process. Fumbling, I dialed 911 and alerted the police to the car theft.

    Dreading it, I then called my husband and had to explain how, once again, I had left my keys in the car and it was subsequently stolen.

    “Oh sweetheart,” he said, lightheartedly. “You need sleep. Do you not remember that I dropped you off at work today?”

    With a wave of relief, I replied, “Thank God! Then will you please come get me?”

    He laughed again, “Sure. I’ll be there as soon as I can convince this policeman that I’m not a car thief.”

  27. Be well, stay safe, and SMILE (it makes your face
    feel good), and if smiles are good, laughs are even better.
    It’s been said, “You don’t stop laughing when you die,
    you die when you stop laughing!!”

  28. Old Bear you are so right. Laughing and smiling are what keeps us going. I joke about these expensive teeth of mine that I expect to get my money’s worth out of the investment. Not from eating, I did too well with the old ones on that use.

    The smile, that beautiful smile, is why I did it.

  29. Insane rain. Local water rescues; many roads under water/washed out; many traffic accidents; water eroding dam spillways; falling trees taking out utilities; and yes, reports of catfish swimming across county roads last night. Haven’t seen the numbers yet, but rainfall will surely exceed that of Katrina. And not over yet.

  30. Ghost are you and your mom all right? I am seriously glad I chickened out on going to Florida because coming to Gulf Coast was part of that plan. I would not be happy.

    The radar last night looked awful. I was talking to relative who bought my house and water isn’t in it but he was worried aboat boxes of stuff he’d put in a low added on room for me to pickup from there. Monroe is quite flooded and still raining.

  31. To Anonymous: Aqua Zumba is designed for lower resistance exercise performed in swimming pools. And Zumba Gold is a program designed specifically for those who want to dance but need or want gentler movements. If not offered at a gym/fitness club, check out senior centers or wherever seniors live or congregate. Some Zumba instructors offer on-site classes there. But I’ll also mention that my regular Zumba classes include many seniors who simply scale back on the intensity to suit their particular situations. In the end, just keep moving and have fun doing it!

  32. We’re fine. There was a several-hour-long period last night when I could not get to her apartment. Actually, I could have if required, except for her telling me on the phone, “Don’t you dare get out in this weather!” And one is always well advised to listen to one’s mother when she ends a sentence with an exclamation point, isn’t one?

  33. Oh yeah, Askohan Farewell makes me cry only one bar into it. I do love that song and didn’t realize it is not old but a new composition. But it is so beautiful and haunting.

    I have probably asked but are the professors and I the only opera lovers here? Symphony? String quartets?

  34. That got me into listening to Scottish bagpipes and Irish bagpipes and old time fiddles and Midnight on The Water and Bonaparte Retreat. Definitely not Zumba music.

    My helpers showed up briefly and got a bed of bulbs and purple iris in the ground. They are fast at least, plus unloaded my van and truck. I bet they forgot the hanging baskets in truck bed again?

    Hopefully joint and muscle pain will diminish and life will return?

  35. As I tried to say earlier, Jackie, you and the professors are not alone. Bob and I can at least tolerate just about every musical genre; we’re part of the first wave of the baby boom so folk music and classic rock are dear to our hearts. Of course, since Bob is a bass player (the big acoustic standup one) that also influences our preferences.

  36. Ruth Anne I must have told you about selling a Mercury Cougar to the six foot five bass player from the Houston Symphony who brought his VERY valuable bass along for the test drive to make sure that not only he but it could comfortably fit in car?

    One thing I learned selling cars is that a typical automobile does not fit very tall people nor very short people nor obese people.

    Only time a bass came to try out car however.

  37. Trucker, I am impressed! What instrument do you play? And which chair are you in video?

    I am returning to the video to finish listening to it and I noticed another just down the list so I will search some more. It has begun raining again and the Adventure Dog is keeping my right thigh warm.

  38. Dear Jackie, thank you for the link to the Ashokan Farewell. my grandson Matthew plays this so beautifully on his fiddle, and told me the story, but The Atlantic tells all the details.

    You are receiving the first message on my new iPad ! Daughter Amy is showing me how to use it, typing is slow and tedious.

    Love, Charlotte

  39. ‘… are the professors and I the only opera lovers here? Symphony? String quartets?’

    I’m sure c x-p, Ruth Anne, and I are not the only ones. Almost any classical instrumental music [orch., chamber orch., octet, quartet, trio, piano] but not atonal. Stravinsky and Copeland are modern enough for me.

    Opera, esp. ‘Grand’ [= tragic], not so much. Elaine was into the Sat. Met. Op. Co. broadcasts since they began in the ’30s. Comic [Fledermaus, Merry Widow, Figaro, etc.] more my cup of tea.

    And I’m a diehard Savoyard [= Gilbert & Sullivan fan; most of you know that]. Expect to see perhaps their best, ‘Iolanthe’, next Sat., done by GSVLOC (do a search) at the Conn Auditorium on Nicollet in Mpls., with my younger son and spouse. BTW, depending on cptr. whims, I may be out of the loop for a while. Expect to be back anon [no . ], so don’t worry.


  40. Also choral. Bemidji Chorale, Rose Ensemble, Cantus [one member is a BSU grad], some church choirs. If you can get classical MPR / radio or online, listen from 3-7 this afternoon to Friday Favorites. I have a request, sort of a segue to Paddy’s Day. Peace,

  41. With ya’ on the music, eMb, except that Stravinsky, Copeland, Shostakovich, et al., are too far out for my tastes.

  42. Wichita Kansas is doing Gilbert and Sullivan Pirates of Z Penzance and I need to find my calendar to see where I am supposed to be then. Yes, I would drive to Wichita for that.

    Dallas is doing the operatic version of Showboat that Houston Grand Opera mounted way back. I was supposed to be going to that one but my date seems to be standing me up. Boy do I need to locate that calendar!

  43. Jackie: I don’t remember that story but I know that “Will the bass fit?” was part of all car- buying decisions in Bob’s family after he began playing in 7th grade. You’d be surprised how many vehicles they will fit into, including an old Beetle. He never could make it work with his grandparents’ Renault though, but that may have only been because it was a four-door so the seats didn’t fold forward.

  44. Good afternoon Villagers….

    Just dropping in to see if everyone in the South are still afloat. The national radar shows a slow moving rain, and says almost 24 inches are to be expected. Sending prayers.

    GR 😉 glad you are in check with your Mother…..good to know you still listen to your mom.

    Husband did well with surgery yesterday morning….but being there for so long brought back so many memories of my mom…good old SIN, where everyone knows your name…Mom was highly thought of and remembered graciously.

    …ya’ll have a blessed and safe evening

    love to all…..debbe

  45. Glad you’re OK Debbe. Louisiana in North not faring well. We are fine here in Oklahoma.

    Laying in bed ordering lilies, hydrangeas and daylilies, iris. I have faith these will be planted and not get stomped into oblivion.

    By time rain stops my hip will be out if pain enough to get my hoe and dig up weeds from giant bed (entire front yard remaning) so we can plant solid in perennials and shrubs. Rocks will be thrown in for paths.

  46. ‘Wichita Kansas is doing Gilbert and Sullivan Pirates of Penzance and I need to find my calendar to see where I am supposed to be then. Yes, I would drive to Wichita for that.’

    That would be great if it were the standard G&S operetta. I hope it is. The disastrous but highly popular Broadway version of some 15+ YA had G&S twirling in their graves. There is a special place in the afterlife for ‘creative’ directors: the plank. Peace,

  47. A really old old joke:

    A number of years ago, the Seattle Symphony was doing Beethoven’s Ninth under the baton of Milton Katims.

    At this point, you must understand two things:

    There’s a long segment in this symphony where the bass violins don’t have a thing to do. Not a single note for page after page.
    There used to be a tavern called Dez’s 400, right across the street from the Seattle Opera House, rather favored by local musicians.
    It had been decided that during this performance, after the bass players had played their parts in the opening of the Ninth, they were to quietly lay down their instruments and leave the stage rather than sit on their stools looking and feeling dumb for twenty minutes.

    Once they got backstage, someone suggested that they trot across the street and quaff a few brews. After they had downed the first couple rounds, one said, “Shouldn’t we be getting back? It’d be awfully embarrassing if we were late.”

    Another, presumably the one who suggested this excursion in the first place, replied, “Oh, I anticipated we could use a little more time, so I tied a string around the last pages of the conductor’s score. When he gets down to there, Milton’s going to have to slow the tempo way down while he waves the baton with one hand and fumbles with the string with the other.”

    So they had another round and finally returned to the Opera House, a little tipsy by now. However, as they came back on stage, one look at their conductor’s face told them they were in serious trouble. Katims was furious! And why not? After all…

    It was the bottom of the Ninth, the score was tied, and the basses were loaded.

  48. All classical EXCEPT opera (sorry, guys). String quartets bottom of that list, choral toward the top. I just figured out how to set up a Pandora. Four or five classical stations. Chanticleer, King’s Singers, Rene Clausen, Morten Lauridsen, Dan Forrest, etc. Film scores. And for a leap, three country & western—-Toby Keith, Josh Turner (because BASS), and Home Free (because harmony).

  49. I don’t care for country and western much. I do favor bluegrass. Yes to symphony, with thanks to Walt Disney for Fantasia showing me what it was. Also strings, electronic, rock, church music both new and old. No real exposure to opera so unable to say whether I might like it or not.

    When you think about it, the music you tend to notice first is what your parents are listening to. And if they don’t listen to certain styles, nor are performances of those easy to find where you live, you can’t develop a taste for it. That’s how it is with me and opera.

  50. The Showboat is same one Houston Grand Opera did, not the musical comedy version. Wichita Grand Opera has good reputation. I need a date willing to travel. Both are in English of course.

    Surely I told the story of my oldest daughter at age nine having a screaming fit and when we were heading home she said “when we get home I will go to Jones Hall to the opera but not a step further.” The opera never took with her alas. Despite attending until she was a young teen, nor did symphony, ballet or any other arts. So much for parental influence.

  51. I took my parents to their first symphony in my late 30s, their first musical comedy same time. They died never seeing a ballet or an opera nor a harpsichord (my favorite instrument)

    So much for parental influence.

  52. My thanks for the kind comments. It looks at this point like hospice will come in tomorrow. Mother is eating and drinking just enough to keep breathing and there are long periods when she doesn’t appear to be doing that. Most of what she says we can’t understand. She gets energetic enough at times to throw something although I haven’t seen that myself. I will stay until at least tomorrow and beyond that I have no idea.

  53. Dear Jerry, It’s tough to be in the hospital with a very sick parent. I’m sure you will handle it well, and I hope that things turn out better than you expect.

    Back on my desktop computer, much faster typing than my new iPad. Any advice on touch-typing with an on-screen keyboard? It looks impossible!

    Nice to see the discussion of music. I grew up with traditional music, hymns in church, Mother’s piano playing, singing in elementary school including Christmas carols — lucky our small town paid for a music teacher in school! I had no close friends in high school so never got into popular music the way so many people did. The first record album I ever bought was H. M. S. Pinafore. December of Freshman year in college I met a graduate student, WW 2 veteran, who loved classical music and was an all around nice guy. We fell in love and shared symphonies, operas, Baroque music, ballet music and more, for many happy years. Our children had to listen to Bach, Beethoven etc., growing up. They moved on to The Beatles, rock music and all, but some of our favorites stuck with them.

  54. The most awful thing I’ve ever had to endure was standing at the foot of my sister’s bed when she drew her last breath. The only thing I can imagine being worse would to have not been there when she drew her last breath. But that is a very personal (and often complicated) decision and must be made by each individual.

  55. Ghost I held Mike’s beautiful hands as he died after I had to take him off life support. I begged him to push off and go, not try to stay. It was the hardest thing I ever had to do and the only time I have ever been early for an appointment in my life which he wold have found ironic. But I wanted every minute I could have with him.

    Only hospice was with Mike’s mom because we were two hours away. We arrived minutes later. They were good and loving caretakers.

    EMS was with my mom but I held her in hotel room until they arrived. I could not be with her in emergency. Each circumstance was different and I did what I could. It is always too soon and never enough but you do what you can.

  56. Charlotte: typing advice is the same for the screen or the keyboard Ghost suggested – practice, practice, practice. It does get easier, but I still go to my desktop computer when I need to do anything longer than this 🙂

  57. True that, Jackie. I was only referring to those situations where you have the opportunity to make that choice. Which, of course, is far from being all of them.

  58. Mark: Cannot tell for sure from a short excerpt, but that looks to be straight-up G&S. Hope it is.

    Nancy: ‘String quartets bottom of that list.’ Chacun a sont gout [sp?]. For me, they’re near the top. Beethoven’s op.18 no. 5, 3rd movement, a theme and variations, might justify calling it his ‘surprise’ quartet, much like Haydn’s surprise symphony. Peace.

  59. emb, earlier headline I saw, but didn’t read story, said they were doing the full version.

    Jerry, I know it’s hard to do, but take care of yourself through this. Hospice is a true help when done properly and eases the burden of both the patient and the family. Again, my prayers for your mom and you and your family.

  60. emb: Yep. (Spelling right, I believe.) When it comes to either music or books, I know well that it is great to recommend, to say that *I* like something—but that certainly creates no certainty, or obligation, that someone else will like it! It makes for good discussion, though—almost as good as food, perhaps? Good for you for starting it, Jackie.

  61. I do not want to be alone when I take my last breath and I was there with my dad and hopefully will be there with my mother. A psychiatrist is in with her now, We will meet with hospice tomorrow.

  62. Yes, Bear, I have heard about it, although at this point it is apparently just a “concept” and not an actually available product, legal or otherwise. It’s an interesting concept but probably one that would have a rather narrow range of uses. (Read: last ditch defense.) There have also been umbrella guns and sword canes…and I swear I remember once seeing something about a “belt buckle gun” (be very, very careful when you get dressed in the mornings)…but I see no need to rush out and acquire any of them, either.

    For me personally, there is the consideration that it would hold only two rounds of .380 Auto ammunition, while I ordinarily have no problem concealing a firearm that holds 16 rounds of more potent .40 S&W ammo…not to mention two spare magazines holding a total of an additional 26 rounds. And also not to mention that I have other “last ditch defenses”.

    The long and the short of it: Like any product, if it fills a valid niche, it will succeed. If not, it won’t.

  63. You know Ghost it intrigues me that you conceal all these weapons and ammunition on your person. Unless you count riding in elevators with assorted Federal FBI, Secret Service or other law officials and living with my gun toting mama who was STILL carrying her hand gun at my daughters wedding in Disney World at age 70 plus, I have nevery been around armed men.

    If you meet a woman you decide to go home with or invite to view your etchings, what do you do with all the weapons? I mean, how spontaneously romantic is that? Excuse me, I need to remove a couple of guns, two clips and these three knives.

    By the way, I actually own quite a few etchings so I could validly use that line. Not that I know anyone locally who.admires my etchings except the frame department at Hobby Lobby.

  64. My mom saw a lot of people die as she was a nurse. She held a lot of hands of people who died. She hated to see people die alone

    But she told me often when the family would take turns, someone would take a quick break and that was when the patient would die. It was like some actually preferred to die that way. That information has been helpful for me when consoling people who felt guilty about being there.

  65. Recently there was a discussion about online comics and Jimmy recommended a couple. I didn’t join in at the time, but one that has grown on me recently is the single panel comic “Wrong Hands.” The website is but it is also available on Go Comics. If you go to the website, be sure to check the Gallery section for more art than you’ll see on the home page.

  66. Sorry, I didn’t mean the last post to be insensitive to the other people with concerns, especially you Jerry. I commented before reading all the updates.
    This is something my daughter posted on Facebook yesterday. She is a nurse on a medical/surgical floor of an area hospital. She’d been working with a patient that was in for a routine procedure but the doctors discovered wildly metastatic cancer during the surgery.

    “Being a nurse is tough. Some days I can fluff and adjust and medicate the problems away. Some days, I can only stand in the hallway, crying and hugging someone who was total stranger 3 minutes before. Today was a ‘stand in the hallway and cry’ kind of day.”

    I wasn’t there for either my mother or father. Though both were chronically ill, we had no expectation of anything immediate. My mother was on the way to a routine dialysis day and my father, though in the hospital, was thought to be improving. My sister and step-mother were with my father. My mother’s doctor was crying as he told my father that they had been unable to save her. It is good to know that even though we may not be with the ones we love that there are professionals with them that care.

  67. Very late to the dance, trying to recover from a case of food poisoning. Something about American food after having been overseas that doesn’t work for this body.

    Thanks for the shout out to Kris. “Silver Tounged Devil” was one of his great works, many say his best songs happened before he went Hollywood. Been a follower since the “Bobby McGee and Me” & “Sunday Morning Coming Down” days. Another great one is “Pilgrim Chapter33.”

  68. Jackie, on a first date or similar social circumstances, I probably wouldn’t be traveling quite that “heavy”, although I wouldn’t be disarmed. If the situation arose, and the answer to the “your place or mine” question was her place, I would, as a courtesy, tell her upon arrival that I was armed…and thereby learn something about her. Such as if I would want to see her again. You might be surprised (or perhaps not) how often in this neck of the woods that leads to a “if you show me yours, I’ll show you mine” offer. (Handgun, I mean. What did you think?)

    I always assumed that some of those “etchings” were actually a form of 19th Century porn.

  69. After the “calories-burned-by-an-hour-of-foreplay-they-must-have-interpolated” cartoon of a few years back, today’s A&J shouldn’t have been much of a surprise. Not, however, a line I would ever use. My tongue is bit more argent than that.

  70. Some are of course but mine happen to be art from Louisiana, Hawaii, England, landscapes and buildings, trees and one from Lynchburg, TN of Mrs. Bobo’s boarding house, a gift from Jack Daniel’s long long ago because I drove from New Orleans to lay a rose on his grave in memory of a friend.

  71. Sorry to hear you’ve been under the weather deck, sand. At least you hadn’t traveled to Africa, where as the old joke about the explorer went, “something he disagreed with ate him”.

  72. Thanks for the explanation Ghost because the etiquette is something that never presented itself. I wonder if nudists arm themselves? I haven’t noticed any.

    Sand, I agree that Silver Tongued Devil is one of Kris’s masterpieces out of a lot of mastetpieces. Yes, while he has written more hits than almost anyone alive I suspect, it is that early work that resonates. I agree on Pilgrim. I love to hear him sing his own songs.

    See, the opera loving socialite is a many faceted stone, maybe a piece of coal or maybe a diamond but no longer a socialite if she ever was? Couldn’t put enough pressure on the coal.

  73. Good morning, all. Janis didn’t take much convincing, did she?

    David in Austin, the situations your daughter describes are what’s beginning to burn me out on coding inpatient visits. I’m ready to go back to same day surgeries and emergency room visits where most patients come in, get fixed up and go home.

  74. Jackie, if nudists arm themselves, I don’t want to know where they put the holster. i reckon the women could wear the old long hairpins. My great-grandmother left some of those, and I could see them as a close-in weapon.

  75. A friend took my Dad to the hospital when he was having chest pains and Dad told me to stay home and take care of his grandbabies so I was not with him when he died. I do take comfort knowing I was where he wanted me to be. My Mom was in her home, which was where she wanted to be and my sister was with her so she was not alone. I was recovering from back surgery and not driving yet. Sometimes no matter what we want life conspires against us, and we can either rail against fate or accept that we can’t always be in charge.

    Jerry, still sending hugs to you. Take care of yourself.

  76. As to music, I’m not much of a fan of grand opera unless you count Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd in “What’s Opera, Doc?”. Neither do I care for bluegrass singing, though I do like Flatt and Scruggs. I pick up around Johnny Cash and go forward from him. The last few years Husband and I have been able to go to the shows at the Forsythe County Fair, and have seen Confederate Railroad, The Oakridge Boys, Charlie Daniels, Joe Diffie, and Don Williams.

    I also love rock from the 50s up, more or less, until we get to the 80s. Then I get pretty selective. I’m not fond of “singers” who scream at me or wimpy-voiced female vocalists. I’ll stick with Cher and Reba McEntire.

  77. Trapper, I like you! Always have. I like everyone you mention. I liked country when country wasn’t cool.

    As to rock and roll I joke I have been sweated on by Jerry Lee, Fats Domino and Ray Charles playing the piano because before air conditioning there was a whole lot of sweating going on, both by dancers and musicians and there were no stages, just Dance and bar room floors.

  78. Ghost, that article also has an example of bad writing: with a round chambered in her vagina.

    Trapper Jean, if you like old time music, go to the Uncle Dave Macon Days in Murfreesboro, TN.

  79. Noticed that, too. But as I said, “posted without comment”. That didn’t mean I couldn’t have made some, though. A lot of them, in fact.

  80. Anyone besides me with a compulsion to visit suitable cathedrals to hear this music?

    I have invitations to both Australia and England this year after my boat show season ends. Australia will be warm and sunny, England damp and cold probably. I’d like to do both because I want to go to pubs, cadtles, churches.

  81. Jackie, I have not traveled abroad a great deal, but most of it that I have done has been with Master Chorale of Flagstaff. That means that I have had the enormous privilege of SINGING in cathedrals in both England and Australia (also New Zealand), along with other places in Europe. GO!!!!!!! (Also visiting pubs et al….)

  82. Nancy Kirk you are indeed privileged to have done that and I envy you so much. I cannot sing a note although when I was young I apparently had musical talent on piano and instruments that was not encouraged. I grew up without music in the home so my love of music comes from elsewhere.

    I know you have all heard my jokes about being in musicals and operas as a “crowd” and forbidden to open my mouth! Except in Bye Bye Birdie where I got to sing “We love you Conrad, oh yes we do” off key and nasal.

    Yes, I love chorale and what a privilege you have had! God gave you a gift of immeasurable worth.

  83. emb: Yeah, I must admit that the word “quickie” came to my mind…. I do love the ones that certainly shouldn’t offend anyone who gets it.

  84. Beautiful. She could have used the guitar as her costume you realize?

    One I was listening to earlier today cut to the chase, blonde guitarist with guitar on white horse with guitar in field of flowers.

    She could play beautifully.

  85. Mark, thanks! I’ll have to check that one out.

    Jackie, 🙂 I had very little choice in the matter. My Dad liked country music, and my Mom listened to Big Band, so I also listened to-and liked-Benny Goodman, Duke Ellington, Tommy Dorsey, Louie Armstrong, and Glen Miller.

    For those who like acapella try this group. They have become quite famous of late just through their YouTube videos.

  86. Wow! Diversity and all so cute! And voices. Millions of watches.

    It’s a beautiful spring morning and we fed cats outside, took insulin and a diet Coke, whole wheat fig bar, some meds and went back to bed.

    I grew up listening to big band with my mom’s friends when she lived in Venezuela. Gulf Oil always hired Big Bands for dances at the country club and so did the boarding schools in the 1950s. Think Dirty Dancng without the dirty. So I too grew up with classic big band and actually danced to Glenn Miller without Glenn.

    They cannot put too much twang in country for me. I’ve got this thang about twang.

  87. Happy daylight saving time to all. Spring (& Summer here in S. LA) is just around the corner. (I’ve already cut grass twice since Jan1,2016) This has been one of the warmest Winters I can recall. The mosquitoes will be huge, but, it’s better than several inches or feet of snow. Prayers for all who need them.

    God bless us every one.

  88. Finally waking up. Sitting here with David Gilmour Live in Gdansk playing in the background on tv. Normally get up by 830 on the weekend. Reset my alarm to 9 for this morning, which my body will still believe is 8. Thought I hit the snooze button, but when I woke up again it was 950 and the alarm was off. Welcome to DST.

  89. Got up finally at noon which means I slept for 17 hours and never really got up. I can’t blame daylight savings time. Put on an old small pair of work bottoms I had kept to work in garden. Had to pull the waist string in more than six inches.

    Good morning.

  90. Concerning “Think Disco”, the truth is that men usually (yeah, I know, not always) aren’t that good at dancing. Women have a long history of dancing with each other and by themselves as young girls, and practice does have its advantages.

  91. The area flooding the past few days has reminded me of the fact that there are “Good Good Ol’ Boys” and “Bad Good Ol’ Boys”. The GGOBs work with (or are members of) the local volunteer Fire/Rescue departments and use their jacked-up 4WD pickups and ATVs to evacuate flood victims and their animals. The BGOBs think their world has turned into one huge mud bog course and have used their jacked-up 4WD vehicles and ATVs to tear up lawns and fields and road ROWs, and to push even more water into already flooded homes. Local law enforcement has been showing the BGOBs the error of their ways as they are able, which in a disaster setting is not always often enough.

  92. My (hopefully official) girlfriend and I saw a stage presentation of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? last night. Only being aware of the Taylor Burton movie, I had no idea the play is three hours long! And on the night we set the clocks ahead. They even give you a heads up in the playbill, that it’s three one hour acts, but we didn’t get sleepy and it’s always great to be in those very small venues, where you could reach out and touch the actors if you were in the front rows and actually sometimes have to walk across the set to get to your seat.

  93. Cut the grass twice already? Sheesh. We still have 1.5 feet of snow in the front yard and it is deeper in the back yard. And it has been melting quite a bit all week. It has already dropped by at least 1 foot so far. Next week should be in the 40-50F range.

  94. Grass gets cut year-round, leaves are raked (or in our yard mulched) in the spring, shovels are for dirt – and pollen season has begun!

  95. High 70s here today. Went to Wally World this PM to put some $$ on my godson’s debit card for his birthday. Was on the lookout for sundresses but there were no sightings to report. Lots of tank tops and shorts, though. And being WW, many fell into the “don’t-want-to-see” category. But not all of them. 😉

  96. You’d have liked the cowgirl unless she was TOO thin for you.
    I was at WW buying lilies, daylilies, iris, etc. A lot of them.

    In celebration I was wearing pale mauve skinny jeans, a silk crocheted sweater in gray green and an embroidered blazer covered in flowers, a complimentary silk floral scarf and a Wooden Boat cap in peach. What the heck, I might as well pretend I have somewhere better to go than Walmart. No one else to dress for.

    Laughed at my plastic surgeon telling me I’d have to cancel my social season while I had my surgery. I just look like I have a social life.

  97. Jackie, sounds as though you could be the poster child for Spring dressed like that.

    Old joke: Wear a tux to work; make ’em wonder what kind of night *you* had.

  98. Oh, I forgot to mention that ornamental pear trees have just stared to bloom locally. They, of course, are the trees that have been given a vulgar name stemming from their odor. If you don’t already know that, you can google it.

  99. I don’t know the vulgar name, but every subdivision developer in TN seems to use the Bradford Pear. I prefer redbuds, dogwoods and magnolias myself.

  100. Yeah, Mom’s apartment complex is lousy with them. They must come with a healthy builders’ discount.

    The 30-day AccuGuesser outlook shows no expected lows here colder than the lower forties, so I suspect that one might assume that meteorological spring has arrived in these latitudes.

  101. I don’t know name either but all of America and some parts of Oklahoma are covered. I love a lot of trees, Bradford’s not so much. I am with Mark here.

    My dogwoods and magnolia soulengea have all died or been killed. It is season to try again, they are arriving at Lowes.

  102. Woke up at 4 a.m. And couldn’t listen to this. Funny, beautiful isn’t a word I think of with Springsteen who I like. This one is beautiful and poignant and sad all at same time.

    I will try it again later. Maybe 4 a.m. not good time. Ghost you are a good son but I knew that already.

    Mark I know you are a good son also. Let us know how both your mom’s are doing.

  103. Just celebrated St. Patrick’s Day by ordering my DNA kit from for their reduced rate. It has become very reasonable to do. Hat this will tell me is what percentage ethnic groups I descend from. Always wanted to know this.

    Expecting Irish and Scots. Anything else will be a surprise. Looking forward to surprises.

  104. Early start today (just what I needed on second day of DST) because I have a late morning appointment with my dentist for a crown. And no, not the kind of crown that makes me a prince; the kind that makes me a pauper.

    I hope that Debbe’s absence the past couple of days is just DST-related and nothing more serious.

  105. Jackie, it’s Pi Day (that’s 3.14) so maybe everyone has gone off in search of Pie. 🙂

    I think the thing with Bradford pear trees is that they grow fast and have a nice shape so developers love them. Personally I think they stink.

  106. I’ve never really minded having dental work done. (Perhaps having a cute little dental assistant snuggled up to me helps.) That said, today’s visit wasn’t as much fun as usual. The temporary crown didn’t come off easily, and a considerable amount of clean up was required when it did come off. The lab had cast the permanent crown too large, requiring a considerable amount of adjustment before it could be placed and cemented between two other teeth. This took twice as long as expected, and now I have sore gum tissue around the crown.

    But at least the assistant was cute and snugly. 🙂

    Oh, and I got an email offer of a 31.41% discount on a computer (which I don’t need) for Pi Day.

  107. I celebrated by buying eight floribunda roses, two dogwoods, two tulip magnolias, a cypress tree cluster and a sand plum tree and 36 azaleas. We all celebrate differently being alive.

    I will not leave town until all this is planted in ground. No more trusting minions.

    Ghost, sorry about teeth. We really should compare our beautiful smiles. Mine is a stoic Native American dentist, descended directly from the founding Chief of the Muskogee Nation and a master dentist with impeccable work.

  108. Dearest Ghost: Good grief! I really feel bad about your unlucky dentist visit. I sure hope the crown will be good for a long time with no problems. Coincidentally, I’ll be visiting my dentist tomorrow afternoon for the exact same thing. She is so long-experienced and painstaking, I expect all will go well. Will report afterward.

    Dear Jackie, your planting plans are marvelous; I wish I could see them. When they are flowering, I mean. (Wish I could have seen you in the elegant outfit at WalMart.)

  109. Miss Charlotte it is 82 degrees here now and I shed the bohemian cut appliques coat and scarf but I am still wearing the burgundy leather jeans and fitted French olive blouse circa WWI. With beaded ballet slipper toes and a turquoise and agate beaded necklace. Not letting down my standards for Walmart!

    Back for another van load of plants. I am setting my alarm for daylight tomorrow and ask Mark to call me and make sure I get up. I can smell flowers and see them. Like a race horse.

  110. I am home, but sticking close to the phone or being sure that I have my cell. Mother was supposed to be under hospice care by now and hospice is more than willing to take her, but medicare has changed their rules and apparently you have to be five minutes away from dying to qualify for hospice now. The doctors are trying to get some diagnosis that will help. If you’ve ever been the author of reports for the government you know what I mean.

  111. I will Nancy no matter what ethnicity appears. I have ALWAYS wanted to be able to do this. I remember going to the Seattle Worlds Fair in 1961 or 62, forget which, and seeing that DNA spiral spinning around and thinking that thing that looked like a giant balloon decoration contained all the secrets of each of our lives.

    Science fiction.

  112. Thanks, Sweet Charlotte. Not my dentist’s fault; he’s good. And a direct descendant of my former dentist (father/son; yes, I’m on my second generation of dentists).

    Jackie, I’ve given some passing thought to doing the DNA thing. I’d be interested in hearing of your experience with it, service-wise.

    Didn’t realize Mark was running a wake-up service. 🙂

  113. Will do Jackie. Ghost, my phone wakes me up and I have to start work at 7. So ok to do this for Jackie. Personally, this morning and afternoon looked just like yesterday’s real-time strip. It was still dark at 7 and daylight till 7. It shouldn’t be daylight at 7 here for at least a month yet. DST, Bah, Humbug!

  114. Mark, be thankful you’re not Chinese. The country crosses five time zones, all clocks are set on eastern most, Beijing, time. Everyone rises and goes to work at the same hour. Tradition harkens back to the time when every city had a bell tower and a drum tower to announce the start and end of the work day.

  115. Mark is working when I SHOULD get up. Left to my own devices I stagger out about 10-11 and Thursday I have to be in Tulsa for a test by 9:30 so Mark will probably get asked to call me and get me up for that one too. I forgot to ask my minion to put Scotland the Brave on my phone but I will. I live two hours from the medical center.

    My workmen are always relieved I am still breathing. I know they must debate coming in and poking me like Arlo did Ludwig.

  116. Ghost: Today I also had my crown permanently installed, with a similar clean up, installation of a couple of pins in the stump, and cementing with the bitterest cement I’ve ever had the misfortune of tasting. The big difference is the cute assistant allowed the male student who’d been observing her all morning to take her place. 🙁

  117. Well, that’s no good, TR.

    Oddly, I too noticed today the cement was much more bitter tasting than it had ever been. Some company rolled out a new version, perhaps?

  118. My cement was just fine, didn’t notice bitterness at all. I was so happy to get my caps done with no anesthesia I think I’d have noticed. My dental assistants are asking me for advice on weight loss and life changes.

    What am I going to do with this “feral” cat that races up and drapes himself under my chin and around neck? I feel like a live fur model.

    Good night all, he tries to type too. Oh goodness, he has plopped his butt up on the Adventure Dog!

    Having made three trips to Walmart today, I must ask. Why do people, especially women forgo any effort at dressing even well enough to visit the city dump? And why are so many so rude, loud, obnoxious and just unpleasant? I can see why employees are nice to me and know me by name, I thank them, am appreciative, treat them politely and care about how they are doing.

    When did that stop being how we treated people?

  119. Perhaps when that stopped being taught in the schools. We have a national obesity problem, and what do they do? Drop PE in many schools. We have problems with horrible drivers, and the schools’ answer, drop Driver’s Ed. They teach computer use, but not human relations as it applies to coworkers and the people they meet. I recall in high school and junior high having Civics class, which taught us how our government and society was supposed to work. There were some business classes, to teach you the basics you needed to find and apply for a job. Parents fail to teach manners too, except for the “If you say/do that again, you’re going to get it.”. Of course, they never get it, then or ever, unless someone else manages to teach it to them.

  120. ‘When did that stop being how we treated people?’ I expect most Villagers still treat others decently. It often surprises folks, but you then begin to get + responses.

    Was the last to lv. the continental bfst. area at the Mpls. H.I.Expr. Sunday morning, and gave a loud ‘Thank you’ to the kitchen help as I left. May have made their day, and cost me nothing. Peace,

  121. If memory serves, whatever remains of the USSR is all run on Moscow time, and that includes 9 time zones! Saw that in a semi-documentary dealing with RRs in the far north of that country.
    I’d guess that serves for official stuff spanning distances; perhaps, locally, a more reasonable accommodation is made.

  122. “A dying culture invariably exhibits personal rudeness. Bad manners. Lack of consideration for others in minor matters. A loss of politeness, of gentle manners, is more significant than is a riot.” – Robert A. Heinlein, “Friday”

    Unfortunately, I can’t argue that point with Mr. Heinlein.

  123. Mark – it ends up the court system that tries to teach them and that not very well.

    The way people come into the store and talk and swear they would not tolerate in
    their own home or business.

    Read a little book by Eric Sloane:
    The Do’s and Don’ts of Yesteryear: A treasury of Early American Folk Wisdom”

    It is a compilation of 2 of his earlier works.
    Do’s has many hints to do things easier, better or cheaper.
    Don’ts has admonitions on how to interact with people – “Manners”. How to be the person
    you should be. Some things are a little dated (like do not carry your umbrella horizontally
    in a crowd) but most are timeless.

  124. Love that song. Should be my theme song. I am the Queen of impossible loves. My late husband was not Richard Gere nor Tom Cruise but he wasn’t that far behind as a real person. He was an extremely attractive man. I still get mail saying so. I loved him anyway.

    We won’t even think of today, I am working on being self directed.

  125. On self esteem, I believe caring about your appearance is part of caring about others. If you don’t bother with your appearance you are saying to others you mean so little to me that I won’t even bother with basic cleanliness or covering my body parts, much less being attractive.

    Doing my exercises in bed in basic black harem pants and a ivory sleeveless tank. Had I worn it to WM today I would still have been well dressed. I care enough about myself to look good even for me. That is esteem and I think that’s lacking.

  126. Good morning Villagers….

    Jackie….you are truely an inspiring person. And so right about esteem. There was a time I wouldn’t even think of going out of the house with no makeup on; now, it’s “I don’t care, I’m getting older and tough petunias to anyone who does not like it”. Copping an attitude at 62 🙂

    GR 😉 no, I’ve been under the weather for awhile, pollen…..and allergies. Started sneezing when I just read about all the trees above….and I work at a hen house, I could smell it from the road yesterday morning. And I hate this DST switching.

    TR…I don’t know, I thought some of the analogies were rather inventive.

    Ya’ll have a blessed day…..

  127. I totally agree with all the comments about personal appearance. I have a real problem with those that don’t care how they look and act. Having been taught by the Brothers of the Sacred Heart at Catholic High, we were not allowed to wear blue jeans and were told that young men do things in blue jeans that they don’t do in dress pants, like khakis. As a result, I have only one pair of blue jeans and rarely wear them. I much prefer dress pants and cargo pants for casual times. Jackie’s idea of being nice to the help at stores is a good one that I try to practice, even when things go wrong. A little kindness goes a long way. If you want to know how a person acts watch how they treat waiters and the like. That observation may save some unfortunate marriages. Blessings and prayers to all who need them or don’t need them.
    God bless us every one.

  128. Jackie, more wildlife heading north. Rains down here has the creeks and the Bayou all running high. Possum , racoon, armadillo, and snakes all moving to higher grounds. Seeing fresh road kill every morning. I am sure, some will be crossing the Red River very soon.

    Family note: I am back to health. Last night Loon awoke with the GI bug. In some twist of logic, it’s my fault she is sick.

    On the daily offering: invite Gene and family for a visit.

  129. Critter migration update: Texas -Louisiana border closed at I10, Sabine River is flooding. Thinking Jackie will need leather hip waders.

  130. Debbe 😉 Good to hear from you, hon.

    Ah, yes, #@&%!^* pollen. One of yesterday’s trials and tribulations I failed to mention was that from the evidence covering my car, the area pine trees had begun having sex sometime the previous night.

  131. Must be dentist week, my appointment was this morning. Good check up. No more mention of possible fracture of my bone graft. Yay!

    Had to track down a ride as after just dumping $625 on Herbie, he goes terminal in the engine. (Probable cause: thrown rod, full autopsy pending.) *#¥@°¤*!!!!

    To all of the allergy sufferers out there, I clutch my tissue box in solidarity with you.

    Jerry, Been thinking of you and your mother. Many hugs.

  132. Mark: About the things that schools have dropped, my short response is that you probably shouldn’t blame the schools. I’d say more, and may later, but we’re off to vote.

  133. Doumaican I noticed long, long ago that people from old families and old money treated everyone equallly, politely, graciously and with kindness. It made an impression on me as to what constituted class.

    Those with new money or worse yet, NO money, seem to feel that treating others badly elevates them in some way. Not.

    Sand, I know they found an alligator in South Oklahoma that crawled from Texas, he had a tag. We may have to close the borders. Poor Deweyville. I used to have a place there I loved to eat.

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