Coming of age

Benny and I went to a “coming of age” themed party last night, and for a while we were the only people dressed in costume besides an awesome roller disco-dressed pal. So I’m not sure how grown up we are. I guess I could make the argument that being grown up is dressing up for a costume party and not worrying whether other people are going to dress up. What I do know is that being grown up is a lot more than being organized, because if that were the case, I would have been grown up a long time ago.

This week’s animation gets extra points for the part where it seems like Grandmother Cat is getting a prank call from a cow. She’s not, but it sure seems like it at first.

Blame it on Toad and friends

We’ve been encountering a lot of rain here in Los Angeles for the past 18 hours or so, but it appears right now that the Master Of The Sky has lost another chess game to Lady Drought and this is the end of it. When will you learn to stop playing with her, Master Of The Sky? You know she cheats.

A very mellowed yellow

Right now I’m working in a fairly corporate/industrial area, and when I went for a walk around lunchtime, my surroundings were pretty bleak. Until I came across this on the sidewalk:

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Thank you, Vaudeville gag-style litter. You always make me laugh.

Published in: on February 16, 2017 at 8:16 pm  Leave a Comment  
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That was way harsh

If I weren’t already friends with the person who made this found dog flyer, I would probably try to meet them and make friends, if just for their astute powers of observation. This dog does seem a little like Cher from Clueless, no?

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Pre-failing the driver’s test, of course. Look at that unsullied face; she doesn’t even know yet that her boyfriend is gay.

Published in: on February 13, 2017 at 8:01 pm  Leave a Comment  
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But can she bake a cherry pie?

There’s a pretty good gag in this cartoon involving the raspberry jam making a “raspberry.” I started wondering why the derisive noise also known as a “Bronx cheer” came to be known as a raspberry, and I learned that it comes from Cockney rhyming slang. “Raspberry tart” = “fart.” Well, there you have it. Enjoy those tarts, everybody.

Listen to the mocking

I’ve never been able to resolve in my mind a story theme like the one in today’s cartoon. Is the moral that you should be grateful for what you have, or is it saying you shouldn’t strive outside of your station in life? I’m not going to make any headway with this any time soon, I don’t think. So let’s focus on something else in the cartoon: the cheerful song “Listen To The Mocking Bird.”

You may know it as a theme for The Three Stooges or Heckle & Jeckle. Upbeat, positive, a little goofy. “Listen to the mocking bird, listen to the mocking bird…”. And I always forget; what’s the next line?

“Oh, the mocking bird is singing o’er her grave.” What? That’s rather interesting. Apparently Abraham Lincoln liked it quite a lot, assessing it as “… sincere as the laughter of a little girl at play.” I guess little girls at play used to be a little more macabre than they are today. Fine; let’s go back to talking about the cartoon.

Okay. Why does the parrot get to sit uncaged in the living room while the canary is imprisoned? Isn’t the parrot more likely to cause injury to that old lady? Should I stop analyzing this cartoon? Yes, I think I should stop analyzing this cartoon.

A chance meating

I was digging around on Etsy this morning, looking at resin jewelry to see if my own recent projects compared favorably or not to what was being offered for sale, and I came across this bacon necklace:

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It is quite charmingly described thusly: “My idea was to create necklace which is not typical to wear, I wanted something unusual that would wear only the bravest people! Inner part of the pendant is red cause I wanted to mimic lights above the meat in stores, which is red, to give meat brighter color. This necklace is made from original Croatian bacon salami. I’m very proud to say that Meat Collection is one of my most unusual necklace collections.”

Zeljka the jewelry maker is great. She has also made some dead bee and wasp nest necklaces, and ooh! Cheese. Guys and gals, Valentine’s Day is coming up…

Raspberry goose

Why is everybody in this picture so down on Mother Goose getting a little late night romance? Sheesh.

Etiquette & superstition: rheumatoid disorders

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This post is dedicated to my old pal Gort, who has been noticing cures for gout popping up in her Facebook feed lately.

ETIQUETTE: If you suffer from rheumatoid arthritis, it is perfectly acceptable to not shake a person’s hand when it is offered to you. You may choose to excuse yourself by explaining your situation, but if you are uncomfortable going into your medical history during an introduction, you can try taking their hand in both of yours. Alternatively, you can plan to hold something in your right hand in situations where handshaking is likely to occur.

There is another handshake being promoted by a a rheumatologist lately that involves you approaching the other person’s hand from the top rather than from the side, but it seems to me that unless you are a dowager queen this one could be tricky to pull off. Try to avoid lying about being germophobic, because this will likely make the other person curious about what you will and won’t touch and why… and it’s also just kind of bad to lie about having a medical condition you don’t have.

SUPERSTITION: If you suffer from any sort of rheumatism, you can either:

  • crawl through the arch of a bramble branch that has taken a second root in the ground (this may be quite painful if you have rheumatism, however);
  • ask a person who was born a breech baby to step on you with their bare feet; or
  • place a buckeye, a nutmeg, or a stolen potato in your pocket.

If you suffer specifically from gout, you should rip the legs off a spider and put it on your foot, securing it with deer skin. You’ll be hopping around in no time.

Photo from Archives New Zealand via Flickr

Lemon grab

Cartoon lemons in positions of authority sure scream a lot, don’t they?

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