Weighing the Options

This Saturday post features a not-so-oldie from February, 2017. And I think I’ll continue posting a link to a bonus classic, this one from December, 2006. For those of you haven’t visited the “bonus” comic strip yet, it is a link to another old A&J in the GoComics archives. I want to remind you (ahem) that if you do visit the “bonus” comic strip, you are free to like it or share it or comment on it, just like the current Arlo & Janis, which will be available on GoComics as always.

30 thoughts on “Weighing the Options”

  1. This is the day my mother (had she lived) would have become a centenarian. (She did pretty well, being less than four months from reaching age 97 when she passed.) Happy Birthday, Mom. <3

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  2. I’d heard it before on the radio, even realized back then the double-entendre “Letts do it” [fave contralto, Elina Garanca, is a Lett], but saw it done live [and well], finally when Bemidji Community Theatre did their first musical, “Anything Goes.” Elaine was in the chorus. Year isn’t on the sweatshirt, but I’m guessing late ’80s. My role in BCT was mostly supportive spouse. Peace,

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  3. For those to whom that is news, here’s Cole Porter’s second verse:
    And that’s why birds do it, bees do it
    Even educated fleas do it
    Let’s do it, let’s fall in love
    In Spain the best upper sets do it
    Lithuanians and Letts do it
    Let’s do it, let’s fall in love
    The Dutch in old Amsterdam do it
    Not to mention the Finns
    Folks in Siam do it–
    Think of Siamese twins
    Some Argentines, without means, do it
    People say in Boston even beans do it
    Let’s do it, let’s fall in love.

    Peace,

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  4. You cannot type diacritical marks directly in this blog, but purists might appreciate that some will transfer in from other sources, this time from an essay in The Bemidji Pioneer: El?na Garan?a. [which makes it, approximately AyLEEnah GahRANtchah].
    Peace,
    PS. Italics won’t transfer; tried that with the paper’s title.

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  5. Wrong: they will transfer here but a ? replaces the letter and its mark up there. The first ? was an i with a line over it, the second ? a c with an upside down cedilla [like a UK non-com’s stripe] over it. So much for attempted erudition.
    Peace,

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  6. The local Chamber of Commerce in Eufaula OK is sponsoring their Annual Cookie Crawl competition for the downtown merchants. Jackie prepared the ones we are serving at the boutique. This is part of the handout we are offering to customers who try our cookies…
    Christmas Ornament Cookies
    INGREDIENTS
    1 stick Unsalted Butter, softened
    1/3 cup White Sugar (or 1/2 cup Brown Sugar)
    1/2 teaspoon Vanilla
    1 Egg
    1/4 teaspoon Salt
    1 cup All-purpose Flour, shifted
    Candied Sprinkles
    DIRECTIONS
    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream butter and sugar together with mixer. Add egg and vanilla; sift in flour and add 1/4 cup sprinkles. Blend until the ingredients all come together. Refrigerate 30-40 minutes. Scoop out 1 tablespoon ball of dough and roll in sprinkles. Place dough balls on a cookie sheet and press flat with the bottom of a glass to form 1 inch diameter cookies. Bake for 15 minutes. Makes approximately 36 cookies.
    ***
    Jackie has been baking these cookies for about fifty years. This is a great recipe for involving children in baking Christmas Cookies. (It’s also great when your child says, “Mom, I need three dozen cookies to carry to the school party tomorrow.” The recipe is very flexible, and crushed nuts, crushed peppermint, M&Ms, lemon drops, crushed cereal, crushed pretzels, colored sugars, etc. may be used in place of the sprinkles. Use your imagination!

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    • I was just thinking…I seem to have the opposite problem as Janis. I weigh more in the doctor’s office than at home. Of course, I’m not wearing any clothes when I weigh at home.
      I don’t suppose Janis is reversing that and stripping down to weigh at the doctor’s office. Especially since all the ones I go to have the scales out in the hallway.

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  7. Wrong: Frogmouths belong to the nightjars’ order, Caprimulgiformes, but to a different family within that order, the Podargidae. [Reminds me of lines from the college drinking song, “Old Man Noah”: “Because he knew a thing or two, He thought he knew it all.”]
    Peace,

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  8. The cookies Jackie made for the boutique were so well received today that we’re thinking of opening a donut shop next to one of Eufaula’s legal marijuana shops and calling it “Glazed & Confused”.

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