Through the magic of the Web


I make it a rule to never explain a particular comic strip when asked. If I paused to do that, I’d never get anything else done! However, the above Sunday, which ran in 2005, probably deserves some explanation. By necessity, it required a lot from the readers’ imagination. I say “by necessity,” because the full dénouement was too tasteless for newspapers. I got the inspiration—if it can be called that—from my friend Gale. Gale is to “blithe spirit” what “major hurricane” is to “summer zephyr.” Often when any of her several cats would sashay past one of her frequent dinner parties, she would gleefully exclaim, “Oh, look! He’s wearing his Ohio State sweater!” I think if anyone got this cartoon, it was the cat people. As I recall, I was searching for a zinger to wrap up the previous panels, which I think were presentably clever. It never was meant as an insult to friends and family of the Ohio State University. Well, it wasn’t meant that way! I trust they have a sense of humor. Now that I’ve explained it to them.


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29 thoughts on “Through the magic of the Web”

  1. Way, way back, an Englishman named Percy Shaw invented those reflective road studs that show up road markings at night. Percy called them cats’ eyes, and he said he got the idea when he saw a cat walking towards him one dark night, its eyes reflecting his headlights. Some wag later commented, if the cat had been walking AWAY from him, he’d have invented the pencil sharpener.

  2. Jackie Monies, I think we cat people have just seen a lot more of a cat’s third eye.

    Jimmy, I’m a Georgia Tech fan. We play them a week from Saturday. We hope to demoralize them for your rematch. The way they were over-pursuing on Auburn’s counter and reverse plays gave me hope, since we can do that.

    A little history for those who care: Not that long ago, Georgia Tech was Auburn’s biggest rival. I miss playing Tech, although the way it treated my alma mater the past few times the teams did meet, I don’t miss it as much as I might. — JJ

  3. I don’t like Auburn, but I miss playing them every year. We played Auburn in our first game, and we played annually until 1987 (we’ve played twice since then, but Jimmy doesn’t want to talk about those games). To be fair, Auburn won the games from 1979-1987.

    When the series ended Auburn was the team Tech had played most often.

    In 1897 Alabama Poly students greased the railroad tracks so that the train carrying the Tech players overshot the station by by five miles. They had to walk back to town and were worn out. Tech lost that game.

    Until the series ended in 1987, Auburn students held an annual “Wreck Tech” pajama parade a couple of days before the game to commemorate the event. I think they tried to revive it for the two games played this century, but it’s no longer a tradition. I hate that.

  4. Today has been improved by a combination of this cartoon, the talk of Tech and Auburn and this:

    “Deer population is controlled by releasing wolves into an area. All problems should be solved that way. Too much pollution? Release wolves in factories. Dislike Congress? Wolves. Wanna lose weight? That’s right, wolves.”

    I don’t know which of you made me laugh more, but it surely helped. Thank you!

  5. I would just love to claim full credit for the “letter sweater” comment, but in truth my ole daddy said it whenever one of his labs walked by. As my sister said, “it is part of the family lexicon”.
    Miss you, by the way. Love, Gale

  6. When I was a wee tot, no older than 6, I remember telling the adults in the family (mom, aunt and uncle, grandparents) all sitting around the picnic table in the yard that I knew how to tell boy from girl cats. When one of the grownups asked, “How” I proudly replied, “The boy’s butt-holes look like x’s, the girl’s like y’s”. The adults all laughed at me and that is why the story still sticks with me all these decades later.
    Oh, I did, shortly thereafter, figure out how to properly tell the difference. It was much easier to discern the difference with farm animals, once I decided to learn.

  7. Two undefeated Florida teams in the top 10 or 20. I forget. It’s a good thing that I’m not the one to keep track of this stuff. Just call me Jeff.

  8. Jackie is currently napping under a quilt in her own bed in Eufaula. I am happy she is no longer in that Tulsa hospital, even if did turn out to apparently be where all the cute young females I had about decided did not exist in Oklahoma are actually employed.

  9. Jimmy:

    I am both an Ohio State graduate and a cat person. The comic doesn’t offend me at all.

    Actually, even though I will watch “The Game,” I couldn’t care less if the Bucks or the Wolverines win. I know no one on the team, and I have no money riding on the game. Moreover, all of my past teachers have either retired or passed.

    In sum, I no longer have any real connection to the place.

    Actually, from the very beginning, I saw my time there as a business agreement, not as a life-long commitment. I gave them money, and they gave me an opportunity to learn. With my degree, our contract became null and void.

  10. Jackie, rejoice, your hair may be gone, but your soul is still with you.

    The daily offering speaks to the changing times. Auto mechanics and cooking are both being displaced. One by computer coding, the other by delivered to the door meal kits.

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