Ballard Street by Jerry Van Amerongen

Ballard Street

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  1. barticle35

    barticle35 GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Better start buying bottled water.

  2. SusanSunshine

    SusanSunshine GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago


    The other day, I heard Ted say something surprising, in a fairly loud voice, to a man in a suit on the sidewalk….
    I think he was Earnest Jones, from the building department.

    Ted was leaning across his front fence, and looked agitated….

    but I’m glad to know it was probably just “I told you, I don’t need a fracking permit!”

  3. SusanSunshine

    SusanSunshine GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    I’d better tell the Monkey, anyway….
    just in case Ted is giving Mr. Jones a real problem,
    or doing something that’s dangerous to his neighbors.

    Sand mining is one thing…. but if he thinks he can do any fracking thing he wants on a city lot….

  4. SusanSunshine

    SusanSunshine GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Anyway…. here I am at last, back on Ballard Street, headed for the Tiki….
    I’m walking, pulling a little wagon full of tomatoes from the farmer’s market, while Elvis is getting some much-needed rest….

    I’ve had quite a day! And he’s gone a lot of miles for a dog car.

    I took care of all my hair clients early….
    and then we drove all the way to upstate New York, to have a picnic with StelBel and Bev!

    I brought them yak sandwiches … they said they couldn’t get any yak at all in the stores up there! Can you imagine?

    It was sooo much fun…. but alas, I had to get back to far Western Ballard County in time to work at the farmer’s market….

    And now… I’m all the way back here for my night shift at the Tiki.

    Yawn….. I just can’t seem to do as much as I used to!

  5. SusanSunshine

    SusanSunshine GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Oh look! Look!

    Stel sent e-mailed me the picture she took of me at the picnic!

    Oh, Stel…. that came out nice! You are SUCH a good phographer! Thanks!

    Wow…. you barely made it back to a chair before the autotimer snapped the shutter…. and your hair is hardly mussed!

    Wow…. she says Elvis and I just missed having lunch with x_Tech and FlyKittyFly!

    Sorry, X … that would have been fun.

  6. GROG!

    GROG! GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    I thought frack was the Battlestar Galactica word for the F bomb.

  7. edclectic

    edclectic said, over 3 years ago

    Ted and Sandy both have always been known for having a lot of sand.

  8. mzkdad

    mzkdad said, over 3 years ago

    You guys probably know this, but the current Dick Tracy arc involves fracking.

  9. Richard

    Richard GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    He will have to grade the sand by diameters. Coarse 30 to Fine 10 works best.
    My first oil field job back in 1978 was with Western company. We did oil and sand frac jobs out in West Texas. It amazed me we would pump 30,000 barrels of frac oil into the ground with sand and chemical mixed in at 6,000 psi in a 2 inch line. The idea is fracture the earth layer where the oil was then let the sand hold the cracks open so the oil could flow in a easier line to the well. These jobs could take two days continuous operation.
    But the real kicker came after the well was put into operation and they would brag how much oil is coming out. I went heck dudes we pumped 30,000 barrels down there don’t you think that would be coming out first. They crumbs would resell it as new crude. And you wonder why gas prices are the way they are.
    Oh most of the wells I worked on back out in Rankin, McCamey, Big Lake are all now cemented in and sealed. They could not figure how the oil ran out. I am trained in Geology and Oil production. The put so many wells on one oil find but acted like each was a different new find.
    I have some great stories on FUBARs in the oil field like pumping the well head out of the ground to about 50 feet in the air. I saw an operator leap over my head and running down between the tanks. I went WHAAAAT??? I peaked over and saw the situation. Everyone was running away. I simply hit the kill switch on the blender truck I was with killing the pressure and saving equipment and the well. I was chewed out for doing that by the site supervisor. They had to explain why I hit the kill switch which seemed to be a major problem to reconnect. Go figure. Seen a packer (in tube pressure cap) let go and it shot out 400 feet of pipe before the pressure bled off. We had pipe landing everywhere. I hid under the blender again. This time I did not hit the kill switch and they never said a word.

  10. WilliamShort

    WilliamShort GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    I guess they want burning water too.

  11. Storm

    Storm said, over 3 years ago

    ..Track dirt in the house and the whole neighborhood will hear a fracking boom..

  12. ChessPirate

    ChessPirate said, over 3 years ago

    And then there’s Fred Farkel (with Furd Burfel) from “Laugh-In” and “Meet the Fockers”.

  13. DAZZ

    DAZZ said, over 3 years ago

    Nothing like Veteran’s happening, but I’ve seen plenty of incompetent bosses and caught their mistakes (only to wind up taking the blame because “of course” those graduate engineers know so much more than someone self-taught like me). Today something rally weird:

    Just after answering Tony’s question, I headed up to squeeze my lime juice; no sooner had I poured some icy cold water into the glass (from rinsing down the juicer attachment of my Kitchen Aide) when the glass sitting on a plate snapped off clean about an inch from the thick base, spilling juice/water in the plate and all over the counter (and on me to my knees).

    I managed to pour from the plate and scoop just enough from the clean countertop to drink about 1/2 the glass, but had to just wipe up the rest. Worst, I have to find another appropriate glass to fit under juice attachment (stemware too tall) and I can’t imagine that thermal shock could have done this (stat at 84F and water probably a few degrees under 40F but not under 35).

    At least NO shattered glass; it broke very cleanly.

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  15. Last Rose of Summer

    Last Rose of Summer GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Don’t knock fracking, My daugter and husband get a nice little check every month just because some distant relative of his had the foresight to sell some vacant land to a gas company!

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