Thor Shoulder

May 26, 2015

This cartoon from five years ago today was drawn while I was in Angouleme, France, on a short visit. I remember, because I gave the original to friends at the cartoon school there. They graciously gave me a corner of a room and a computer to produce a week’s worth of material while I was there. I’ve always envied women’s purses, not the little “clutches” but the big utilitarian sacks. It would be a handy thing to have. I know, I know. There are “courier pouches” and “man bags” out there. (I actually saw some in France.) However, I confess to being too insecure in my manhood to carry one. Also, I’d lose the damn thing inside a day. I did take to carrying a backpack one time, which in theory would be the same thing. However, it was clumsy, and most days it contained only a few pencils and a sandwich wrapper. And I lost it. Thank heaven there’s usually a woman around to put things in her purse.

97 thoughts on “Thor Shoulder”

  1. Back in 80s and 90s, I recall the manbag in France – it was needed to carry their large ID card.

    I bought one to carry my FiloFax and other essential items, back in the UK.

  2. JJ-

    I assume your visit to Angouleme was for the Comics Festival? I really enjoyed your travelogue from the festival many years ago (pre-Word Press blog, if I remember correctly). Perhaps you could treat us to an updated version?

  3. My husband carries a leather man bag that is like a sling that goes over his shoulder and hangs to the side. It’s perfect for his phone, pen, papers, kindle, and whatever else he carries in there. I have one like that for when we travel and I only want to carry minimal things and not a heavy purse. Glad to have you back!

  4. Just got a new purse like that in UPS lasy night. Unpacked and carrying today. Ghost puts everything on belt or in pockets. He adds 10 to 20$ of “gear”. But he sweetly carries my purse when I am in wheelchair or on walker, no matter how feminine it is. Love, Jackie Monies

  5. 2015 was six years ago, not five. 🙂 Time flies when you’re having fun, doesn’t it. Mind you, we’ve lived five years in this last one!

  6. When women first start carrying a purse, usually in their early teens, they DO lose it. All the time! Luckily those first purses rarely have anything valuable in them and after a search, we generally would find them. There was a definite learning curve. Since men can generally carry what they need in their pockets, I envy them. I carry way too much stuff with me, although I’ve never had a hammer in there.

  7. Glad you’re back Jimmy. I don’t do social media so I couldn’t follow you on FB. I tried a fanny pack once but it just seemed to get in the way when sitting so I it went the way of all things. Meaning it was put away where I can no longer find it. LOL

  8. I am a retired florist/wedding designer. I have carried many things in my purse, knives, saws, scissors, hammers. One of my designers said “Wait a minute, I’ll get my power saw out of my car trunk”. It didn’t fit in her purse.

    Love, Jackie Monies

  9. I’ve tried two different fanny packs and the belt would never stay where I set it. The things don’t buckle and the tensioner lets it gradually slip open till it begins to slide down. So I switched to cargo pants.

  10. • Bike messenger bag, very handy, no sex-role insecurity. I bike, so I’m biased in favor of them as they are very useful.

    Real bike messengers might call you a poseur, though.

  11. David from Granbury:
    The tracker was too difficult for the technician to access it without removing the entire dashboard. The car’s a Chrysler, so it could have a Mopar system, but I’d expect it to be better installed were that the case. I think it’s most likely something added aftermarket, perhaps surreptitiously, by a suspicious spouse or a technician working for a lending company.

  12. Jimmy Johnson should look at the attaché bag from Lands’ End. I’m on my third one and I graduated all boys Leo H.S. In 1970.
    Being of Johnson’s cohort, I get the misgivings of carrying a purse. Thus, get the black one, plain heavy cotton, comes with an adjustable strap so one can walk through an airport with it slung over your shoulder with a certain swagger. It holds newspapers, sketch pads, books and writing/drawing tools.
    Trust me on this.
    A fan of Janis.

  13. I keep coming back as Jimmy today for some reason unknown. I go to Anonymous or Jackie, then return as Jimmy. Wonder if he’ll stay around like Trucker did? Haven’t looked at tablets today to see if he’s on them as well.

    Funny, just read blog about liver damage. Women who drink more than one drink a day or eight per week are classified as heavy drinkers. Does Janis have a problem?

    Wine daily gave me pancreatitis in my late 20’s and potential for cirrhosis. I quit drinking wine or anything else and began a lifetime of monitoring my liver.

    Repeated hepatitis didn’t help. I love wine as much as Janis does. I was admiring the wine displayed in CVS Pharmacy today, wishing I could buy some. Lots Jackie Monies

  14. I’ve worn out about ten fanny packs in the last thirty years. I wear them in front. The seven pockets hold three sets of glasses, cell phone, check book, tape measure, various medicines, spare change, hearing aids + batteries, note pad, pencils and pens, and anything else I’ve learned that I need to survive in my 70+ years. The Sportif USA cargo pants I wear haven’t changed their design in over 50 years.

  15. I hate having to carry around a bag, so I usually have trousers with enough pockets or a jacket with pockets, so I can take my keys and phone with me. Don’t wear makeup, so no need to bring anything else. Use backpacks if I need to carry more stuff. Only time I use a handbag is when I need to look ladylike for a party or other formal function. But if my husband has to wear a complete suit at that time, I usually give the phone and keys for him to hold in his pockets.

  16. Confessions, I have a Fanny pack. I’ve made fun of them since I learned of them. I also bought it. Scary right?
    When I got my old bike out and started riding a Fanny pack made sense. Zip up the wallet and phone, put the pack over my Fanny
    and hit the road.

  17. Jimmy:

    “They graciously gave me a corner of a room and a computer to produce a week’s worth of material while I was there.”

    How long did it take you to produce that week’s worth of material?

    I ask because you think of more gags in one week than I can in a year. As for drawing, I am both hapless and hopeless. I could try for the rest of my years and not produce one day’s worth of a viable strip.

    Rick in Shermantown, Ohio

  18. You’ve likely seen mentions here from Jackie and I about our friend Jenni and her Husky Halfway House and the wonderful job she does sheltering, rehabilitating and finding homes-for-life for her beloved huskies, so I thought you might want to meet her and some of her kids (as she calls them), as well as getting a flavor of springtime weather in SE Oklahoma. This vid is from just a few hours ago.

    • I forgot to mention HHH is about two and a half line-of-sight miles from us. We got the heavy rain and high winds but fortunately no hail here at the house.

  19. Jackie just finished back-to-back PT sessions in McAlester, and we’re sitting in our favorite local breakfast/lunch joint. Since today is National Hamburger Day, I just ordered…wait for it…a hamburger. I’m so original.

  20. I am not wanting to leave house and interact with people. I had found I was suffering depression and wanting to avoid going out months ago so began seeking mental health counseling. Thought it was helping.

    Yesterday was bad trying to be around people I don’t know, walking in and talking to people I suspect or know are anti-vaxxers. I trust no one I find.

    Janis be as doubtful as you like. New people scare me completely but many old friends do too. Want to relocate with all my heart. I had better watch my wishing, God may decide I have wasted too much time on earth already.

    • Jackie, hopefully the relocation is to a nice low-maintenance condo in a pleasant, friendly environment of thoughtful and considerate people. It’s too soon for you to leave us corporally.

  21. Eating healthfully and making good choices, daily physical exercise, affecyionate interaction with a human or a pet, good hydration, regular good sleep, pursuing hobbies, all are recommended to avoid aging and body damage including dementia.

    We ALL need to follow the Arlo anf Janis Lifestyle Plan! Including the sex. Two of the last two aging health blogs/articles I read in last 24 hours listed sex and orgasms as among top seven and nine ways to stay mentally and physically younger.

    Thanks Jimmy for poryraying happy, healthy aging love.

  22. Memorial Day post.

    I wrote this on 03.20.14 and posted it on my Facebook page. I later posted it here, perhaps the next year. I did so again a few years ago, just in case new readers have joined this site. I decided to post it again today.

    Empty Helmet

    A couple of weeks ago, my wife and I walked through a consignment/craft store in Logan, and seeing a WWII-era Army helmet hanging upside down by its leather straps took me back 52 years.

    I grew up on James Road here in Lancaster, and I don’t know of any father in our neighborhood who had not been in WWII or Korea. Not all fathers fought, but all served. Seeing men in Lancaster who were disfigured or crippled by war was a common sight, and we all took it as a matter of course. We were taught that they were men deserving of great respect.

    One of the fathers on my block saw Hell, and he came back with shell shock. He was usually okay, but sonic booms were hard on him. However, as he said on occasion, he came back. The real heroes did not.

    I always thought about that whenever I was at my friend’s house on Clayton. An Army helmet hung upside down by its leather straps underneath the carport. His mom planted flowers in it. His dad didn’t come back from Korea.

    • Thanks, Rick.

      I had an “uncle” [actually, first cousin once removed] who came back from the SW Pacific after WWII and stayed with us for a while. As a kid, I was not in on any details, but was told, in so many words, not to bug him. At times, he’d prefer to remain silent rather than speak [to us kids, anyway]. He was not a medic, but had somehow been associated with medical people and had seen FAR too much. I shall always remember him just sitting in our living room. Later, he managed to live his life in CT, marry, and run a liquor store profitably. He and his good wife then retired to FL and lived normal lifespans. I wonder if he ever managed to forget most of what he saw.

      An actual uncle, when called, told the people that he had a degree in chemistry and wisely added “that’s food chemistry, not boom-boom chemistry”. He served in the SW Pacific, too, aboard a hospital ship in the pharmacy section. Sounds good; he was a careful guy and I’d have no doubt that whatever he handed out was exactly what the doc wanted. Postwar, he worked as a brewing chemist – great fit, as he did enjoy beer! Thankful he was not affected badly by his experiences.

      Another uncle was a chaplain in the ETO. Postwar, he had the tremendous satisfaction of meeting a former German POW [they were walking in Manhattan; the German had immigrated] whom he had met while the guy was still in an Allied POW camp – and to whom my uncle had given his coat since the POW had no outerwear and it was winter. How’s that for coincidence? The former POW could hardly express his thanks well enough. That uncle never did let on if he had any negative after effects.

      I knew a few guys from dad’s congregation who went to Korea and all returned. I recall some as being just a tad bit apprehensive beforehand, though. Ditto for some classmates as the Vietnam buildup occurred.

      Sorry for all the blather, some of which I wrote here in earlier years.

      • It is not blather at all. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it, and it has considerable impact.

        Thank you for taking the time to write it.

  23. I guess everybody must be busy with family things today. I took today off because I skip most holidays. With no family or close friends to spend time around, there has been no real reason for me to pick one day over another. But this year I decided I was ready for a long weekend for a change. Our weather in Tulsa had been pretty good up till Thursday. Then we had a cold front that brought major rain and thunderstorms and the weather has been bad since. All weekend and today it has been chilly, overcast and rained off and on. Hope the rest of you had better weather, but I doubt folks in the Tulsa area got to enjoy their time off.

    Thanks for the wordless strip today, Jimmy. It said all that was needed by the art alone.

    • We’d gladly exchange weather with you here in Utah. Our wildfire danger is skyrocketing by the day!

      And you’re right about Jimmy’s strip for Memorial Day 2021. It was a classic example of the power of art.

  24. Our cockatiel would have been shredding the papers lying about and then attempting to perforate the top of the can as if a miniature old-time “church key”!

  25. So bored again. Just woke up and going. back to sleep. It was long morning of preoperative heart tests for my knee replacement the end of July.

    Had Mexican lunch of chile relleno stuffed with shredded beef, came home, fell asleep until Ghost woke me from nightmares. Bad diet?

  26. I constantly lose things including my phone, despite Ghost putting a long cord to go around my neck. Am I only one here doing that?

    I appreciated today’s cartoon because of that reason.

    And dropping stuff, another thing I do daily! Watch me for joke ideas Jimmy!

  27. Got out my iron and ironing boarf for first time in over four years. Ironed a couple dozen pillow cases to put away.

    It was so amazingly satisfying to see the steam eradicate the wrinkles. Turning the fabric into beautiful perfect smoothness. I felt so at peace.

    I used to iron everything for our family when I was young preteen and teen. My grandfather’s undershirts and boxer shorts, Granny’s slips, aprons, dresses. sun bonnets, sheets, tablecloths.

    Can children today iron?

      • If they’re old enough, it’s what their mothers used to do. If they’re older than that, it’s something they used to do themselves. Back around 1973 I can recall the laundry rooms in our Navy barracks having a commercial style press to iron your uniforms in. That took some getting used to.

  28. Re 6-3-21 real-time cartoon: Luckily for Arlo, there appear to be no LEGO® bocks on the floor, as those are instantly fatal should one step on them barefooted.

    • I’ve discovered that a diuretic can temporarily lower my blood pressure… but the PAINFUL CRAMPS IN THE THIGHS from losing too much potassium, sodium, whatever, exceeds the pain of stepping on LEGO® blocks by an order of magnitude and lasts much longer.

      • I started taking an over the counter potassium supplement because the diuretic was causing me leg cramps. They were especially annoying because they always seemed to strike during the night, waking me from a sound sleep. The potassium has helped a lot, although I still get a cramp sometimes, they aren’t as frequent or severe.

      • I was taking hydrochlorothiazide for several years to help control my blood pressure. It’s primarily a water pill, but one of the side effects is lowering blood pressure. I was very happy when I was taken off of it.

        • That’s the pill I’m on. I’m going to increase the amount of pickle juice I drink (I’m already eating a dill spear and sipping an ounce of juice before bedtime). More importantly, though, may be eating more high potassium foods, like potatoes and bananas. From a cursory search of the InterWebNet, it looks like I’d need to eat more of those than I have been because they’re both high in potential sugars. Still, I’d rather take a dozen shots of extra insulin than go through another morning like I did today.

  29. Jimmy may still be replacing and repairing stuff at his home that was damaged in the bad storm that hit them. I had heard from him directly in reply to an email. He sustained more damage than we realized.

  30. Here in Utah we’re undergoing a drought with only “‘t least 90% of Utah remains in “extreme” drought status and all parts of the state are experiencing at least a moderate drought.’ If any of y’all have the good Lord’s ear, please ask for some of the rains causing floods back East to come our way?

  31. Re: today’s cartoon:
    When we bought our place 35 years ago, our yard was totally carpeted in moss and violets as well as totally shaded by numerous trees. My MBH decided we needed to have grass. It took quite some years, but 8-10 trees have been removed, maybe more, we pay a firm $30/month to add stuff like fertilizer and a different firm $140-$150/month to do the mowing. It doesn’t look a tenth as inviting as when in moss & violets, and that pair required zero maintenance. The green plus purple color scheme was wondrous as well. Tsk.

    • Use all the grass clippings, dead leaves and other yard trimmings to start a compost heap and you’ll never need to pay for fertilizer again. I just wish that I’d known about composting when I was young, so I could have saved Dad lots of money over the years. He always had the gardener dump the clippings into the trash can, then spent money to have all the nutrients he’d thrown out replaced.

  32. Wonderously I wore my blood sugar 24 hour monitor for 10 days. Thought I hadn’t complied well enough to qualify for one through Medicare and insurance, wanted to try again and eat better. Found out I had practically nailed it and will be sent one as soon as my endocrinologist fills out paperwork!

    I am going back to helping cook and semi vegetarnism, 1/2 vegs, 1/4 grains, 1/4 protein (including plant proteins) some dairy & fruit. I am determined!

    Passed all preoperative heart tests as well, no negative findings there. New right leg hopefully soon!

    • Jackie, if you haven’t already, go to DQ&A, and sign up for their newsletters and surveys. Not only do they have lots of good info for those of us with diabetes, you get $5 for each survey you complete and another $10 for completing four of them. Not much, I know, but it’s nice to be thanked for taking the time. And, if you’re concerned, they’re very good about protecting your personal data.

      • Thank you! Signing up. I was pleased to qualify for the blood sugar 24 hour monitor and to take part in the diabetes program through Oklahoma Heart Hospital, our top heart and endocrinology hospital. Does the VA offer you or Mark that program as part of your diabetes treatment? It is supposed to make a difference from everything I have read.

        • I’ve no idea, I just know that nobody’s ever suggested it to me. I’m rather amused, however, by the ones advertised on TV because they need to be replaced every 14 days. I’ve taken several surveys about various monitors with different characteristics and some of them last for up to 180 days.

  33. When I realized that I was in deep depression from the effects of being shut in with COVID-19, cancer lockdown to avoid all contagion and my broken leg I knew to seek a professional counselor.

    My counselor is named Hope.

    When I knew I needed professional help also with diabetes and eating I asked for help. My counselor is named Hope!!

    Two counselors, one with my oncology department, one with my cardiac department, do not know each other, one in one building and other in building nextdoor. Both psychologists, different subjects.

    Two HOPES for me, a divine message I recognize.

  34. Join me in honoring the memory of the 4,414 Allied troops confirmed killed during the invasion of occupied France, June 6, 1944. R.I.P.

    • I will always be in awe of those who landed on the beaches. I cannot begin to imagine the courage – and fear – they had.

  35. My phone seems to have died and both tablets (all four of my tablets?) I am thinking of leaving all interaction on social media Inc!uding here, as I have on Facebook. I do not scan even.

    I have committed to no longer browsing to look at clothes I should not buy or homes I can only wish to live in. Resolving to medical care, appointments, exercise and no further dreaming or wishing.

    I am almost ambulatory now, able to clean quite a bit and working on closets, cabinets, walls, windows, floors. Two rooms down, moving to third after physical therapy tomorrow.

    Just in case I drop off again, I am like Arlo.

    • Don’t go away from the Village Jackie. We would miss you a lot. Don’t let your depression talk you into doing things you’ll regret later.

  36. Things seem a bit slow with JJ having problems. What old stuff can we bring up? Aha! Anyone still getting email from grossly dishonest west African bankers or widows thereof? Usually millions were offered if we’d only just send the person our banking data and a bunch of $$ for costs/bribes! Such a deal, I tell you.
    I used to enjoy reading the faked stories accompanying such temptations and the obvious effort to make the deal seem undetectable, if not truly honest. It must now be several years since I last received such a communication.

  37. Those have been replaced with warnings of my security subscriptions expiring, including those I’ve never used. For some reason the text used in the sender and/or subject fields is bolded, italicized, or in strange fonts that standard messages don’t use. Placing the cursor over the sender’s name reveals incredibly long strings of letters and numbers. Similar things are showing up as being offers for insurance. I wonder what percentage of those getting those emails ever open them?

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