Arlo and Janis by Jimmy Johnson

Arlo and Janis

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  1. GR6

    GR6 said, almost 3 years ago

    Baths, plural?

  2. Darsan54

    Darsan54 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 3 years ago

    I can tell you from experience that baths and sleep aren’t always the fix. Sometimes it’s a change of career. Or a long vacation. Or some change in the work.

  3. DavidHuieGreen

    DavidHuieGreen said, almost 3 years ago

    Mainly, she’s telling you ye need a bath, Gene.
    But she has a great incintive plan

  4. Victory Rider

    Victory Rider said, almost 3 years ago

    A lot of arguments can be avoided if the couple involved realizes it’s late and they’re tired. If it’s an important subject and not just petty stuff, the conversation can be resumed in the morning when both have had a good night’s sleep.

    My wife and I realized this fairly early in our marriage. Saved a lot of foolish arguments.

  5. AshburnStadium

    AshburnStadium said, almost 3 years ago


    In side-by-side clawfoot tubs.
    C’mon, who actually has that?

  6. stlmaddog5

    stlmaddog5 said, almost 3 years ago

    Save water. Share a shower.

  7. biglar155

    biglar155 said, almost 3 years ago

    Methinks our dear Gene is beginning to regret his choice of trying to “make it” with a manual labor job and settle for a fixer-upper house. It didn’t turn out to be as much fun as he dreamed it would – especially when the opportunity was given to him to go to college and get a better job that was less physically taxing and would have allowed him to buy a better house and have nicer things – and maybe even gave him Saturdays and Sundays off with enough extra cash to do something fun once in a while. (Sorry, that sentence was ugly.)

    The latter choice is not necessarily any better, the problem is that he primarily gave it up because he was young and in love. Now as he grows older and some of that shine wears off (as it always will) he’s starting to think about what he gave up for her.

    To add to it, she doesn’t seem to understand. The thought that a hot bath and a night’s sleep fixes it all shows that she doesn’t realize how deep this goes. She’s worked like this her whole life – she doesn’t know any better. She’s the child of a Small Business.

    Gene grew up in a family that HAD that other lifestyle. He knows how things could have been.

    This is a dangerous time for their relationship. I hope it works out O.K.

  8. Chuck_it_all

    Chuck_it_all said, almost 3 years ago


    But he has a happy wife and if the wife ain’t happy, ain’t no body happy.

    Once they get over the hump of shaping up the farm and house, they will be fine. My family used to joke about my mother’s family (farmers) that were always going broke (But, everybody always drove expensive new cars.)

  9. Dr McCoy

    Dr McCoy said, almost 3 years ago

    Lets’s not forget the Shrimp. Where has she been during all this?

  10. Dr Dave

    Dr Dave said, almost 3 years ago

    @Dr McCoy

    She’ll show up as they’re gettin’ outta the tubs…

  11. wcorvi

    wcorvi said, almost 3 years ago

    MAN, that’s all it takes? I guess I remember those days. Too bad youth is wasted on the young.

  12. Boophilus

    Boophilus said, almost 3 years ago

    @Bawana: I agree that Gene is showing some dissatisfaction, or at least frustration, with their current position. Mary Lou seems to be operating on a different set of assumptions. If this were real life, it could signal the beginning of some rocky time which might fracture their relationship. Or it. Could mean lead to them learning to communicate better and learn to consolidate their goals and compromise.

    I think Jimmy Johnson has done an excellent job of portraying a happy, realistic couple with Arlo and Janis. I’m not worried about our (fictional) couple here.

  13. ScullyUFO

    ScullyUFO said, almost 3 years ago


    A lot of kids Gene’s age had that other lifestyle.

    An underlying assumption in that post is that going to college lands a better job. That is not true any more. Most college and university graduates are underemployed. Many, as reported in the news yesterday, have given up looking.

    Although no one likes to live in a trap, many of us must. At least Gene has income.

    The next big financial crisis, by the way, will be the student loan crisis. That college education cannot support paying off the loans.

    It’s a mess. But we still hold that “American Dream” carrot in front of our children to get them to walk into the trap.


    ARLOSDAD said, almost 3 years ago

    Rudy says you have to have time to lick yourself and relax.
    Other wise you are wasting you 9 lives….

  15. gir63

    gir63 said, almost 3 years ago

    Man enough with the Gene and Mary Lou strips, when are we ever going to see Ludwig again.
    Just kidding.

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