Old white guy living in South-central Texas.
My coldest Winter? 1983-84 in Iowa. Christmas day it was more than 20 degrees below zero, and the wind was blowing up to 40 mph. And yet, it was Iowa, so everyone went out to visit family and/or friends as if it had only been zero.
I worked for a software company that decided having a digital filing system for all the stages of form creation and testing would be great. Indexed it all with linked File Explorer folders, eachone with an Excel spreadsheet, every document linked to the spreadsheets, including screen shots. It was marvelous. But some genius decided it should all be printed out so that when there was an issue, the hard copy with all its hand written notations could be checked so the right person could be blamed. Nobody got fired, the software got fixed, but boy it was important to be able to point fingers. We didn’t just buy printing paper by the box, we’d get 10 or 20 boxes of paper at a time, and the copies were all discarded when the project was completed.
I read once that Claude DeBussy was a big fan of Poe’s writing, the Raven in particular, and said he had tried to capture the beauty of The Raven in his Clair de Lune. The Raven can be given the sing-song reading of an elementary student, or the studied performance of a great actor, and in the latter, the listener who is lucky enough to hear it performed as it was meant to be, is transfixed as the subject is transformed from a person desperately trying to hold on to a delicate normalcy down the slippery slope to the torment of full-blown insanity.“And the Raven, never flitting, still is sitting, still is sitting on the pallid bust of Pallas, just above my chamber door. And his eyes have all the seeming, of a demon’s that is dreaming, and the lamp-light o’er him streaming throws his shadow on the floor.And my soul, from out that shadow that lies floating on the floor, shall be lifted – nevermore.”
I have a year old puppy that: (a) takes pills without spitting them out, and without a major production; and (b) is not frightened by our vacuum cleaner. On the other side of the coin, he has a bad liver and is never more than a week away from dying from that problem. I’d rather have a dog that spits pills out and runs from the vacuum cleaner.
Lyman must not be speaking football in the third panel. He would have asked for a hand-off.
The Force is strong with this one.
There’s sure to be a YouTube video.
For those who like polka, or are curious, The Clarinet Polka by Alex Meixner, as it may never have been done before: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4H0VW4yH9s
First, January is National Accordion Month.Second, the Jack Black movie, “Polka King” was just released on Netflix on Friday. Alex Meixner is one of the real accordionists doing some actual playing.
I know that cartoons are written weeks in advance, so it’s pretty lucky that this one came as close as it did to the Storm of the Century. Hmm, Storm of the Decade. Hmm, storm that is still in the forefront of our consciousness. Yes, that will do it.