From Wikipedia: Christmas cake is a type of fruitcake served at Christmas time in many countries. It goes on to state that it is called that in Canada by the English speakers.
I’m so glad that GoComics provides comics like this one that my local paper doesn’t show! (It shows this comic every day but Sunday. I really enjoyed this one, and would have missed it if not for GoC.) Meanwhle, I will have to check the rules for Roach Basketball to see if using roly-poly bugs is actually legal.
LOL! I had never heard of these. Here’s a link for others who might be curious to know that Beatle Barkers are. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beatle_Barkers
I refuse to do autopay for several reasons. One, as others have mentioned, is that a mistake by the bank could be catastrophic. Even if the bank doesn’t make a mistake, I may not have enough money in the account at a certain time to automatically pay the bills. I have enough money, usually, but the timing often doesn’t match up. (Have to wait a couple of days for the deposit to come in, for instance). But what I do is use my bank’s bill pay feature. I am still in control, and I can put in future dates if I like so that everything is paid on time. (But I still allow for possible mistakes.) If something happens that I don’t have enough money, I can still “juggle” a little without overdrawing my account. I also get my bills on paper. Since I have chronic illnesses, if I were to go into the hospital unexpectedly and not get out in time to do financial stuff, paper bills would enable my sister or brother to pay my bills (with my money, of course) without having to access my on-line accounts. I also have the dates for things that don’t have a paper bill (such as the rent) written on my calendar for my reference and anyone else’s. I guess the point is that depending on how much free money one has, or life and health circumstances, a “one-size-fits-all” policy of using autopay is not always good. Those who trust it and have extra money to move around can certainly benefit from it. Those of us who don’t must do things differently. (And may I add that I once was able to pay bills the minute they came in. That was changed when I was suddenly and unexpectedly disabled from a work injury and my income was cut to less than half, since I usually worked two jobs. I am grateful for what I have now, and that I am still functional enough to live a fairly normal life.)
My personal opinion is that anybody who repeatedly mistreated animals wherever he moved should be qualified for the death penalty!
For those who mention problems with funeral plans that still cost extra, or who are doubtful that they won’t have to pay extra when the time comes, I think mine is good because I was given a list of everything that I was or wasn’t requesting and paying for, along with the cost. Only if my siblings order something that wasn’t originally purchased or a service that wasn’t originally paid for would they have to pay. I feel confident things will go right. There have probably been many unscrupulous plans in the past, as people have mentioned, that did cost extra, and now it’s harder to get away with that sort of nonsense, and maybe there are some sort of government regulations.
Sorry that happened to you. There are now funeral plans that guarantee prices will not go up. Only if you order something extra that wasn’t in the original plan do you have to pay extra. I read the documentation for my plan very carefully and questioned the salesman to make sure that was the case, as I didn’t want my family getting stuck with extra costs.
Good for you! I once had done the paperwork to donate my body to my state’s medical school. But in the years since, I have had so many surgeries and so many problems that I really wouldn’t be a good subject for student doctors to learn from. Also gave up my organ donation status, because what organs still remain aren’t in any shape to be used by anybody (barely by me!) But in order to make things easier for my siblings when I go, I paid for a funeral plan, with cremation, very simple, without even a service. If I have money left, or life insurance, my sibs are free to give a small service if they would like, but they are not obligated to. My father died suddenly, without any arrangements or life insurance, and it was a nightmare. My mother died with a funeral plan and all her wishes in place, and it was so much better. I encourage everyone, even if you can’t afford to pay for a funeral plan completely, to at least write down your wishes to help your family plan when you are gone. Or at least talk to them. A classmate recently died, who was good friends with my brother, and his widow was anguished trying to decide what song he would have wanted at his funeral. Brother helped her decide and found some musicians willing to do the service. How much simpler if the guy had just talked to her or written it down! Anyway, lecture over, lol! :-)
@Eric S: It does get political from time to time. Other times, it just shows Queen V. and her reactions to current events, and mixes people from the past with people from today in an amusing way. I enjoy the comic very much, so I’d encourage you to read it for a couple more weeks and see how you feel about it then.
Dad might object to the fact that it seems to be “door dash, tree smash”!