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  1. Patrick Robinson commented on Calvin and Hobbes 21 days ago

    You need to hold the salmon; weigh it. Inspect it closely. Cut into it. Take a couple of bites. Take a few more bites. Then decide if it’s worth sacrificing Calvin. Claim you weren’t satisfied with the salmon. You get free salmon, and Calvin lives.

  2. Patrick Robinson commented on Calvin and Hobbes 6 months ago

    Actually, cable did exist back in the 1980s. There weren’t as many channels available as there are now, and some either had original programming or syndicated programs. However, most networks didn’t run current programs in syndication; it was mostly the more older or “classic” programs, those that have long ago ended one way or another. You would have been more likely to see a rerun of “Three’s Company” than “Roseanne” on one of those cable channels.

    Now, cable wasn’t as widely available back then as it is now, and it was really a lot more expensive. And if you added the premium channels (HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, Disney), you were in for a world of financial hurt. And yes, Virginia, the Disney Channel used to be part of the Premium package. I can still remember them doing preview weekends like HBO and Cinemax tend to do, often airing mainly classic Disney cartoons, shows (like “Mickey Mouse Club”) and movies to sucker you into calling the local cable company to add Disney to your lineup.

    Also, there were VCRs, which were used to record programming. Early VCRs were a lot more painful to set to record than later models, and compared to DVR systems of today. When on-screen menus first came around on VCRs in the early 1990s, there was a huge cry of relief. Early VCRs didn’t have on-screen menus, so those were a lot harder to set. Also, you had to make sure you had a recordable tape in the VCR, and it wasn’t something you wanted to keep.

    Of course, Calvin’s parents being who they are, especially Dad, I highly doubt they had cable or a VCR at the time this strip originally ran.

  3. Patrick Robinson commented on Calvin and Hobbes 8 months ago

    I clearly see a career as a defense attorney for Calvin. Or a Senator.

  4. Patrick Robinson commented on Calvin and Hobbes over 1 year ago

    I think this is where Calvin is like Sheldon Cooper: Can’t detect sarcasm.

  5. Patrick Robinson commented on Calvin and Hobbes over 1 year ago

    Was more than likely a wasp, and I know that’s probably a honey bee, I kept thinking it was more of a yellow jacket. Those little buggers are more related to wasps than bees, and they can sting.

    I’d been “harpooned” once by a wasp. I was under the back deck, getting my bicycle (it was high enough off the ground I could just bend down to get up under there) and I didn’t see the wasp’s nest under construction right overhead. Next thing I know there’s this sharp stinging in my left shoulder, and I run inside. My dad grabs the spray and kills the wasp, then applies some ointment for the stinging. We had been cleaning up my great-granddad’s old farm house, and he had an old double-wide in the back for storage. Wasps had taken up residence, and my dad, who was doing most of the cleaning, had been stung a few times. After getting the spray and ointment, he bought a few bug bombs and bombed the ever-lovin’ blank out of that trailer. We used it as a makeshift “barn” when we moved into the old farmhouse and had a few horses.

  6. Patrick Robinson commented on Calvin and Hobbes over 1 year ago

    I think I built character when my dad tried to get me to ride my bike down a steep hill between our apartment building and the one next to it. There was a brier patch and ditch at the bottom of the hill. Hundreds of briers knew what it was to be roasted in the depths of Thlor that day, I can tell you.

  7. Patrick Robinson commented on Calvin and Hobbes over 1 year ago

    Funny, my parents just went slug-picking last night. Drown them in a bag of soapy water. Better than having them eat all the veggies in the garden, or the plants in the shade gardens.

  8. Patrick Robinson commented on Stone Soup over 1 year ago

    When I saw that bird flying overhead, the first thing that popped into my head was Dick Dastardly yelling “Stop that pigeon!” Then I noticed it had a red beret so it couldn’t have been Yankee Doodle Pigeon. Might be his French cousin, Jean-Pierre Oiseu.

  9. Patrick Robinson commented on Stone Soup over 1 year ago

    If I were to visit France, I think I’d be more interested in the country/rural parts than Paris. True, Paris does have its charm, but really, it’s just like every other big city.

    Although, I wouldn’t say no to touring Notre Dame Cathedral and the Louvre, and perhaps a couple of other places.

  10. Patrick Robinson commented on Stone Soup over 1 year ago

    I remember running into my 5th Grade teacher with her friend or sister at a Pike’s Family Nurseries once, my former Homeroom/Biology teacher with her family at Billy Bob’s, a local version of Chuck E. Cheese’s, and my former 9th Grade English teacher at the local Kroger. The last one was well after I had graduated high school, and she had retired (she said they forced her to retire) a year after I graduated.

    I was a bit shy when I saw my 5th Grade teacher, somewhat more cool about it with my Homeroom/Biology teacher (I was with a friend and his parents), and like I was seeing an old friend with my 9th Grade teacher.