“Cheating on a quiz show? That’s sort of like plagiarizing a comic strip.”

The paper says humid and 80˚ for today going down to the low 60’s tonight with rain possible. The whole week will have similar weather: warm days and cool nights. Gracie, my weather prognosticator, has been panting all morning so I have already turned on the air-conditioner and unlocked the back door. Knowing me as you do, you probably didn’t even question why those two are connected. Anyway, Gracie is now sleeping in her crate probably with a smile on her face as the house begins to cool.

This morning I was at the sink looking out the window as I worked and could see my prayer flags going up and down with some ferocity. After it happened a couple of times, I went on the deck to look. What did I see? It was the red spawn pulling on the blue flag trying, I suspect, to rip it off. I clapped my hands, and the spawn left only to return in a couple of minutes. I clapped again but it stayed there. The red spawn knew I was blowing smoke so it did an in your face and kept yanking. I got the hose, put the nozzle on jet and let it go. It reached right to that flag and that spawn which went tearing up the branches to where I couldn’t reach with the hose. It tried the flag again, and I sprayed it again. It raced to a higher branch and started yelling at me in squirrel which I am so glad I don’t speak as I think the red spawn wasn’t being kind and might have been using inappropriate language.

Today’s paper was pretty dismal filled at is was with not so great news. I did finish the cryptogram in record time but it was small consolation. I’m thinking I’ll go back to when I was a kid and the only thing I looked at were the comics. Back then there were pages of comics. Dennis the Menace got a big square, not a strip, and though Dennis was always well-meaning, poor Mr. Wilson bore the brunt of Dennis and his shenanigans. I used to skip over a few like Mary Worth, who is still around and looking no older even decades later, Mary Perkins and Brenda Starr. I found them boring especially Mary Worth with her advice on everything. I loved The Phantom on his white horse, Buck Rogers and Steve Canyon. Jiggs and Maggie seemed to fight all the time and Andy Capp could be found at the nearest pub. Dondi was a bit sappy for my tastes. Sad Sack was just that. Prince Valiant showed up on Sundays and was pretty wordy, but I followed it anyway through generations.

I know there are tons more comics which have been gone for a while. Few are episodic now. Most you can read one day, skip a week or two, read the newest one and find you’ve missed nothing. Sunday comics are always in color. During the week some days are black and white days while other are color days. I have no idea why.

The one bit of news I’ll share is that 5,000 new words are being added to the Scrabble Players Dictionary. Some of the new ones include bromance, buzzkill, frenemy and qajaq. That last one is a keeper. Notice the q didn’t need a u, but there is a hitch. You can only use it if you have a blank tile as Scrabble has only one q. It is also a palindrome though that means nothing in Scrabble. I just thought it was interesting. I’ll leave you with another of the new words, quinzhee, just in case you’re playing tonight. Q words are always good to know.

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  1. bob fearnley Says:

    Additional comics from my youth – Al Capp, especially when Fearless Fosdick or Schmoos visited; Fritzi Ritz on Sundays’ Joe Palooka, which was carried on the sports page; and Little Orphan Annie, which could also have been named Little Pupil-less Annie, but maybe not by teachers. Thanks for the memories

    • katry Says:

      bob,
      Thanks for reminding me about Fearless Fosdick, and I do remember Annie and her eye issue; love the teacher remark.

      You are most welcome for the memory jab.

    • Rick OzTown Says:

      I have a whole hardbound book on Fearless Fosdick. He was Dick Tracey as seen through the eyes of Lil Abner’s creator, Al Capp. His strip sequences were only occasional, as Capp had Abner sit down at the table and begin reading his OWN comics. His favorite (and the only one we got to see) was Fearless Fosdick. As he read, the strip morphed into Fearless Fosdick’s action adventure, where Fosdick always disappointed Tess Trueheart equivalent, Prudence Pimpleton. And he almost always collected a few large holes in his body, which we could see through, unlike Dick Tracy, who seemingly never got hurt like that. What memories!

      To find your own book, just Google “Fearless Fosdick book”.

      • katry Says:

        Rick,
        I had forgotten Fearless Fosdick until someone else mentioned him, and I had totally forgotten Prudence Pimpleton until your comment. It has been so long since Al Capp was alive and drew such wonderful characters.

  2. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I remember most of those comics. I skipped over Mary Worth, too. I did read Brenda Starr now and then. The last time I saw her, they had changed her starry eyes and most of the rest of her “look” as well. I barely recognized her. I read Steve Roper even after it became mostly Mike Nomad. Prince Valiant took such a long time to read but I did. Blondie was another one. I really miss Calvin and Hobbs.

    It’s sunny and humid up here. It was nasty humid early this morning when I went out with the dogs. I almost turned on the AC but didn’t have to. That may change.

    Enjoy the day.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I guess even comic strip characters have to change with the times. I figure Lois Lane would look way out of place in her little grey suits and hat. I still read Blondie on Sunday in the Cape Times. None of them have changed, even the kids are the same, eternally teen.

      My AC is on and good thing too. I just got back from my errands and am sweating up a storm. I don’t remember if my friend is coming at 3 or 4. It isn’t 2, that much I know as she isn’t here. I have made ready all the dishes and such i need for our treats and have made myself a drink. I deserve it!

      It is 81˚ here now and cut with a knife humid. The sun is far too hot for my liking.

      Have a great afternoon.

      • Rick OzTown Says:

        Wow, Kat…if sweating could bring on a storm, then my garage sorting episodes all summer would have us swimming in water like the NE. But, Austin is drying up in the <100 degree days of August. The Highland Lakes are nearing record lows (since the drought of record in the 50s), and Austin is scrambling for water to feed the hordes of old and new citizens alike.

      • katry Says:

        Rick,
        I have seen news pictures of how depleted the lakes are. Here we got 3 inches of rain in an afternoon and in New York places got 13 inches from the same storm. It isn’t fair.

        I lived in Northern Ghana which didn’t have rain from early October to late April and had temperatures over 100˚ many days in a row. I would never survive that now. I have come to reliant on AC and comfort.

  3. Hedley Says:

    Dan Dare, Roy of the Rovers, Dennis the Menace, the Bash Street Gang, Alf Tupper the Tough of the Track, Lord Snooty, the comics were a 20th century institution for British children. Published weekly the cartoon art was to dominate and characters were household names. There was nothing better than to go to the news agent to pick up the Victor or the Hotspur or the Beano or the Dandy

    My friend Tony preferred Eagle which starred the aforementioned Dan Dare. Tony became Dan and my family has always called him Dan. its only been 50 years

    As the 70s arrived the national newspapers carried some extraordinary work, of which Bill Tidy’s “Fosdyke Saga” was the best. Published in the Mirror it was a parody of the Forsythe Saga. lead by the extremely naughty Roger Ditchley and the families of tripe barons. Tidy’s genius was also to be seen in “The Cloggies” which were a group of hard drinking, carousing, rather violent formation clog dancers.

    I love cartoon art. I collect it, I will spend hours discussing the merits of Herge and Tintin …”I ran ’em all” proclaimed Alf Tupper on a very regular basis. Yes you did Alf, yes you did.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I will have to look up these comics as Dennis is the only one I recognize. I love some of the names: the Bash Street Gang, Alf Tupper the Tough of the Track and Lord Snooty,

      That is a great story as how Tony became Dan. I am generally confused when i meet someone whose name and nickname have what seems to be no connection.

      Okay, I am in love with The Cloggies despite never having seen them. How can you help not loving “hard drinking, carousing, rather violent formation clog dancers.”

      I became a Tintin fan because of you and even have a couple of Tintin books.

      • Hedley Says:

        Kat, High on my list is to visit the Herge museum in Louvain-la-Neuve just outside Brussels. “Tintin in Tibet” remains my favorite of the series. The Prince has an excellent Captain Haddock T shirt

        The Cloggies did represent Great Britain in the International Folk Dance Festival beating the Russians in the final. They returned triumphant to their home pub, The Clog and Bells and the warm embrace of Doris the bar maid.

        I would never think to call Dan, Tony.

      • katry Says:

        MDH,
        The museum’s architecture is amazing. The picture of the wooden walkway and the wild flowers is lovely.

        We spent a while in Belgium and stayed at the Amigo, a fine old hotel, in Brussels down the street from the Grand Place. I knew nothing of Tintin then. I wish I did as I am a museum rat, and that would have been a wonderful excursion.

        The Clog and Bells seems an apt home for the Cloggies.

        I bet many people call Dan Tony as they only know him by his given name. Many people call me Kathy which I don’t really like. They are not people who know me well so I let it go.

  4. lilydark Says:

    I used to play scrabble a lot, although I haven’t played in quite some time. I agree Q words are always good to know. I don’t recall reading the comics as much as I do going out to buy comic books when I was little in the summer. Richie Rich, Archie, and a few others. I do remember some of the political cartoons of the 70’s…
    Waving,
    Lori and the Crew

    • katry Says:

      Lori,
      I also bought comic books but I tended toward Superman and Classics Illustrated. The paper was best on Sunday when it had all the comics as some didn’t appear on week days plus they were all in color. I always grabbed them first think when my dad brought home the paper.

      Editorial cartoons are sometimes so clever. I remember Herb Block as one of the best.

      Waving,
      Kat and the kids

  5. flyboybob Says:

    Some of my favorite comics from the paper include, The Sad Sack, Peanuts, Little Orphan Annie and BC. Unfortunately, the daily newspaper may be an endangered species on life support. Many young folks get their news on the internet or cable TV. As the movie Network predicted, real journalism is gone and TV news is mostly entertainment. People like Ed Murrow and Fred Friendly are long dead. Most cities are lucky to have one daily newspaper and it’s probably owned by a chain. An informed public is necessary for a democracy to work. Too bad the days of real news journalism is over.

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      I still love BC and luckily my paper carries it and Peanuts. Sad Sack and Orphan Annie have disappeared.

      I find that I miss some of the news on the internet. I get the top stories but not as many as the paper has. I remember Huntley and Brinkley and Walter Cronkite as well as several others who weren’t just TV reporters. They were journalists.

      Boston still has two newspapers: the Boston Herald and the Globe. One of the owners of the Red Sox bought the Globe last year.

      I agree about needing an informed public who is exposed to a variety of views. Kids don’t read the paper on-line; they are too busy doing so many other things. It is too bad.

  6. im6 Says:

    My comic strip song contribution: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_TfcJ82FAhw

  7. im6 Says:

    This has been gnawing at me for a couple of hours now. I knew I was forgetting something…. what could it be? And then THIS just popped into my head. How could I not share it?

    • katry Says:

      im6,
      Just what I love to hear-a Children’s Chorus, “Oh Dondi, little Dondi.”

      How did you ever think of this?

  8. Jay Bird Says:

    Cartoons (the “funny pages”) are often the best reason for getting a morning paper — Garfield, Zits, Luann, Beetle Bailey, Hi and Lois, Pajama Diaries and For Better or Worse (re-runs) rock my mornings. The local rag has dropped Wizard of Id and Hagar the Horrible, except for Sunday. Boooo. Dilbert is now in the business section. Really? Dunesbury is Sunday only as well, but that’s Gary Trudeau’s decision.

    I don’t recall many comics as a kid. Prince Valliant had really bad hair; Game of Thrones made him obsolete. I never liked Peanuts; still don’t (Lucy, please let Charlie Brown kick that football; just once?); Dondi was sappy; Mark Trail (still around) was boring.

  9. katry Says:

    Jay,
    I used to call them the funny pages too when I was a kid. It was I hosey so I could read them first. The Cape Times carries some the Globe doesn’t and vice versa though they do share a few. The Wizard of Id and Hagar the Horrible are in the Times. I haven’t ever heard of Pajama Diaries.

    Mark Trail is new to me and Dondi disappeared a long time ago. I remember Jiggs and Maggie and Andy and Flo Capp. She was always waiting for him to stagger home from the pubs. I remember that hat he always wore. I’m sure there are plenty other comic strips I’m forgetting because they’ve been gone too long.


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