What Are Friends For?

I apologize for the late post, but it was a busy morning around here. However, since we’re at the beginning of a sequence, I wanted to give you the next installment of “Sondra,” from 2004.
Buy the new book, "Beaucoup Arlo & Janis!"Today's "Arlo & Janis!"

58 responses to “What Are Friends For?”

  1. Mark, I need to move down-scale on my dentistry, much like the subject of your post. I got a recent estimate for some potentially needed dental work (bridge) that would be the equivalent of 6 crowns. The total, for the full package, would be over $12-thousand!! I’ve decided to see if I live long enough for the potential problem to become a reality rather than pay, like the proverbial E-Trade customer, like I have of money coming out the wazoo…


  2. Yeah, David, dental insurance isn’t a whole lot of help once you get out of the simple things like filling and pulling. I don’t know why it covers so little compared to what you get with good health insurance.

    But Jim Unger, the Herman artist, is one of my favorite cartoonists from way back. And I really miss having new comics from him, but I’m glad he passed on the rights to his work to his former partner to carry on. His partner creates new comics periodically, which are as good as the original.

  3. At least Arlo has instructions in some language. Ikea’s “some assembly required” furniture normally only has line drawings… if you aren’t good at translating 2D art into 3D reality then it is a great chore to assemble. I have assembled most of the furniture my daughters have because they don’t do the 3D visualization well.

  4. Yeah today’s strip hit home. Some the instructions that I get for putting stuff together seem like they are obviously translated from another language or by people who have never actually put things together. “Is this the part A that goes into Part B? How is supposed to look like when it is done?” Very confusing at times.

  5. Quite a few years ago, we bought a tall bookcase kit from Ikea and even I managed to assemble it in reasonable time. It went so well that we bought another one and assembled it in even shorter time. Experience helped.

    Charlotte, are you out there? It has been a while since we last read your wise thoughts.

  6. Aw shucks Old Bear. Yes, I am getting lazy about posting, but have been reading right along. Oh boy, very glad to see a post from Debbe … How I miss her stories from the chicken house.

    Are you having a nice Spring? Have you and Ann been putting in your garden? Spring flowers are lovely here, and watching the birds coming to the feeders is a great pleasure, and hearing their songs. I feed the birds year round — they need to feed the nestlings.

  7. I don’t get on here much. And not sure where to ask. Any news on the book from the kickstarter campaign. I remember seeing it was almost done but nothing else.

  8. This is my first message on my first webphone. Yep, i bought a personal surveillance device. This thing had better be worth it.

  9. Remember, the thousands of brave men and women who sacrificed their lives so we could fight in the line & the parking lot at Home Depot.

    This literally happened Saturday. A lady got out of her car and was arguing with car behind her. Then going thru the checkout in the garden center the clerk told me that he had to separate someone that was going out with someone trying to come in.

    That’s when I made the above comment about the fact that we’re trying to remember those who died in all the wars that gave us the freedom to do whatever we wanted to do…. including acting like imbeciles!

  10. β€œAll gave some, some gave all.” – Howard William Osterkamp, Korean War veteran

    Today, as one who gave some, I will be remembering and honoring those who gave all. Please join me. And I will be especially remembering Jackie’s father, a USAAF pilot who was shot down and died while flying an unarmed reconnaissance in WWII, before his baby girl was born.

    Tomorrow, following Jackie’s radiation treatment, we will be making a dash to the site of the funeral and burial of the father of one of the members of the Steals and Deals family. He was a US Navy retiree who died tragically last Wednesday. Please give a special prayer or word of thanks today for this American patriot and warrior. Bravo Zulu, Sailor.

  11. Ghost:

    My respect and gratitude to Jackie’s father, the retiree, and you.

    My condolences and best wishes to Jackie.

    May God be with you all.

  12. Today’s A&J on GoComics had a wonderfully understated 4th panel. Even though the command is explicit, the setting suggests quiet reflection. I enjoyed the contrast. Thank you Jimmy Johnson.

    Wanted to point to this one as well:

    Yaffle is not always a good comic. But this seemed to have the elements readers were looking for without the details that caused so many complaints in other pages. Made for a better presentation before lunchtime.

  13. The best ideas often have a catch. But why a photo? Why not just text the list and then Arlo doesn’t have to figure out her handwriting?

  14. My wife and I do this. But I am the one that usually calls her that I left the list at home. With Voice recognition we tried texting the list, but I had to text back and ask if we really needed armadillos!

    The biggest issue with the photo of the list is that I like to check off the items as I go. I have missed a few items because of that.

  15. Trucker:

    Neat article. It suggests another question. Does “le chien” make a difference in how a French person thinks of a [literal] bitch? Does “der Hund” [if that’s correct] become “das Hund” if it gets “fixed”? emb has always had trouble w/ arbitrary gender designations in such tongues.


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