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Metapost: Josh fails at blogging today. But soon: Meet Josh!

OK, boys and girls, your blogger had a lot of real work to do today and wasn’t even able to read the comics, much less blog about them. Expect Tuesday and Wednesday comics tomorrow morning. But! To tide you over, I have a big exciting announcement! Well, exciting if you live in Tucson, anyway.

Do you live in or near Tucson? At the beginning of March, I’ll be taking one of my many vacations (start whining about it now) in the greater Sonoran desert region, and I’d like to plan to meet up with y’all! And there will be a special guest: MR. BOB WEBER, JR.! March 7! Early evening! The Kon-Tiki at the corner of E. Broadway and N. Swan! MARK YOUR CALENDARS!!!!

Everyone who doesn’t live near Tucson: Um, comics tomorrow, I guess. G’Night!

115 responses to “Metapost: Josh fails at blogging today. But soon: Meet Josh!”

  1. Krazy Kat
    January 15th, 2008 at 11:01 pm [Reply]

    Too far. Call back when you’re coming to Charleston and I’ll see what I can do.

  2. C. Havoc
    January 15th, 2008 at 11:04 pm [Reply]

    Nothing says “Winter Vacation” like the Frozen Tundra of Northern Minnesota. C’mon, you don’t know what you’re missing.

  3. bats :[
    January 15th, 2008 at 11:07 pm [Reply]

    The Kon-Tiki? Cheezeball Heaven?? Where Mr. bats’ mom got wrecked on a Scorpion (the drink, not the arachnid) many moons ago??? I’m so there!

  4. Uncle Lumpy
    January 15th, 2008 at 11:10 pm [Reply]

    #3 bats :[ –

    Actual or metaphorical cheezeballs? Both? It makes a difference.

  5. Rainbird
    January 15th, 2008 at 11:12 pm [Reply]

    Wow Cool Josh.

    Yes, I have had days where I can’t read your blog and the comments to save my life.

    And I really should go back to work now. :)

  6. Big Sims
    January 15th, 2008 at 11:12 pm [Reply]

    You forgot to mention your visit to New Orleans this Mardi Gras – didn’t you?
    No? OK.

  7. huntingbyrd
    January 15th, 2008 at 11:15 pm [Reply]

    Dear ChattyJeans
    I’m glad your happier and you changed your name. Have a good day in japan where i want to go.

  8. Cobra
    January 15th, 2008 at 11:16 pm [Reply]

    Say hi to Cassandra for us. (And by “Say hi,” I mean give her a big ol’ smoocherama.) (And yes, I know there’s no real Cassandra Cat for you to actually give a smooch to. But I’m also not convinced there’s a place called “Tucson”, either.))

  9. Moon Mullins
    January 15th, 2008 at 11:17 pm [Reply]

    Hey! My wife needs to plan a business trip to Tucson! Maybe I can trick her into going that week! It would be worth it to meet Bob Weber Jr! Oh, and Josh, too, I guess. ;]

    I imagine it might be nice in Tucson in March. Do they have any spas with outdoor monster pools there? How about spring training baseball?

  10. huntingbyrd
    January 15th, 2008 at 11:18 pm [Reply]

    #5 Rainbird
    I have been visiting your blog and you don’t update it unless you have time from your work.But of course i haven’t updated my blog in about a year so how could i complain. And yeah you should go back to work now. :)

  11. Freezair
    January 15th, 2008 at 11:23 pm [Reply]

    Of course you’re going to be there while I’m up in Flagstaff. Boo! I want to meet Bob.

    Unless it’ll be over spring break.

  12. bats :[
    January 15th, 2008 at 11:33 pm [Reply]

    4. Uncle Lumpy: Kon-Tiki has a Polynesian theme (which I suspect you might gather from the name), which is a bit cheezy; it kind of slid into an old, tired cheeziness over the years, but suddenly it’s become quite the hipster, popular handout. (Josh, you really want to plan on a Friday night? Unless your early evening coincides with things like the oldster 4 PM dinner special at some places (I’m cool with that), this place is PACKED on weekend nights.) UA spring break isn’t until 17 March, either.
    Yes, I worry about these things. Why do you ask?

  13. dyslexic dog
    January 15th, 2008 at 11:34 pm [Reply]

    Finally, my one opportunity to research that beautiful city 896 miles away (I’d like a rain check, please, Josh)…

    According to the Tucson Chamber of Commerce, the name Tucson is derived from the Indian word, “Chuk-son,” meaning ‘Village of the dark spring at the foot of the mountains.”

    Guess that’s better than Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg (“Englishmen at Manchaug territory at the meeting and fishing place at the boundary” or, more popularly, “You fish on your side, I fish on my side, nobody fish in the middle.”)

  14. Starrynight
    January 15th, 2008 at 11:35 pm [Reply]

    I think you should make a side trip to Dallas. You could even get an authentic Texas flaming-arrow cowboy shirt, ala Blaze in A3G…

  15. Alt Comix
    January 15th, 2008 at 11:42 pm [Reply]

    Judge Parker Sam seems to have a better relationship with his receptionist, Gloria, then he does with his wife, Abbey. What’s going on?

    Click here to find out:

  16. Katbecky
    January 15th, 2008 at 11:46 pm [Reply]

    I do live in Tucson! But Kin-Tiki is 21 and up! :( I can’t go until July. I hope you guys have a great time anyway!

    And it was such and exciting announcement too…

  17. Forthillrox
    January 15th, 2008 at 11:49 pm [Reply]

    Damn, I’ll be going out there to visit my sister and her family who live in Oro Valley (Yes, Bob Weber, Jr’s hometown), but not until May. My oldest nephew graduates high school then and it will be my first visit there. They live in a modest subdivision on the edge of town, so I assume that Mr. Weber, being the celebrity that he is, must live somewhere in an exclusive gated country club community somewhere else in Oro Valley. Despite the fact that it’s a small town, I’m sure their paths rarely cross..

  18. ltrftp Hedly
    January 16th, 2008 at 12:10 am [Reply]

    Perhaps an Emperor with some free time on his/its hands/appendages will be able to fill in officially/unofficially.

    Today I learned/was taught about the slash/forward slash.

    Can you tell/discern?

  19. Solocardate
    January 16th, 2008 at 12:26 am [Reply]

    Well, dammit, now I know that leaving Tucson for Boise back in 2001 was nothing but a big mistake. Never mind the subsequent collapse of my marriage, career, and mental health; never mind that I’ve had to trade Lute Olsen’s perfect hair for the Smurf Turf of BSU (and the folks who say “Bronco Nation” without a trace of irony); never mind that Idaho politics made me long for the sun-bleached leftists of Baja Arizona…now I gotta miss Josh and Bob Weber Jr. too?

    This whole situation just really…smokes the small cigars.

  20. Moon Mullins
    January 16th, 2008 at 12:31 am [Reply]

    Wed RMMD:

    “I do have some paper, Rex. But you have to promise not to get mad when you see it.”

    What could the paper be that might make Rex mad?

    a) A picture Nikki drew of when he cleaned June’s garage
    b) fouled toilet paper that Nikki was “packing out” to be ecofriendly
    c) some of that cash from Roy Orbison’s illegitimate bank-robbing son’s satchel

    c, duh. Now Rex will be mad at Nikki and Nikki will have to see the agony of more than three months of his mom’s salary burning up in the fireplace.

  21. NotThatGuy
    January 16th, 2008 at 12:36 am [Reply]

    The Comics Curmudgeon: “I Don’t Read The Comics So You Have To!”

  22. Moon Mullins
    January 16th, 2008 at 12:40 am [Reply]

    Wed MT:

    Why does every single character in Mark Trail have jet-black hair with blue tinges?
    Lost Forest must be the source of Goth culture DNA.

  23. Joe Btfsplk
    January 16th, 2008 at 12:44 am [Reply]

    Tucson. Why is that word pronounced the way it is? Or, spelled the way it is?

    Snuffy Smith – Has anyone else noted how Honeypot in Saturday’s strip and Snuffy’s Maw, who is visiting this week, are dressed exactly alike? Has anyone wondered why? I would have said, “Has anyone else wondered why,” except I don’t actually care, myself.

    Family Circus – See, this strip should not have been colorized. Unless those blotches on his cheeks are supposed to be bruises, or he’s been playing in the coal chute again.

    Garfield – Let’s dial it down a bit on the feet, OK? Seriously. Those things are really getting out of control.

  24. illyanadmc
    January 16th, 2008 at 12:48 am [Reply]

    aww, man! i am from tucson, but now i reside in rhode island. oh, well – enjoy the weather! and check out bisonwitches on fourth avenue if you want a dee-licious sandwich.

  25. ChattyGenes
    January 16th, 2008 at 12:55 am [Reply]

    #7 huntingbyrd. Thank you! And I’m glad to hear you are interested in Japan, and want to come here someday. I don’t get enough foreign visitors!

  26. bats :[
    January 16th, 2008 at 1:01 am [Reply]

    23. Joe B.: I think the modern spelling is a corruption of the Indian word Chuk-son (thanks, dyslexic dog). I’d guess it should really be pronounced CHUCK-son (or TUCK-son), then but waddiknow? It’s mostly to mess with newcomer’s heads and provide extra business for printing companies (after the first order with the letterhead “Tuscon, Arizona” is rejected).

    The local science fiction convention in town capitalizes on the misspelling, though: TusCon.

    Anyhoo, some thoughts on the Wednesday funnies (not many):

    A3G: Blaze, in the background, senses trouble. (Thank heavens for distinctive shirts!)

    FC: Billy’s insidious plot to regain his status as an only child proceeds apace:

    (Josh, while you’re here, are you planning on leading a torch-and-pitchfork brigade up I-10 to Phoenix and accosting the Keanes?)

    FOOB: the yammering continues. Thirty years or thirty minutes ago, it’s all the same. STFU, Elly!

  27. Rainbird
    January 16th, 2008 at 1:08 am [Reply]

    Pluggers Wednesday

    I have called people to tell them they are getting an email. But, it is usually because a) it is an address they don’t use that often and it is being sent for testing purposes, b) it is a large file and I want to be sure they do get it or c) they have been expecting it, now, now now, and where is it.

    So, it really isn’t that stupid a thing to do.

    Although I find i usually IM people to tell them all this, rather than call, but oh well.

  28. Rainbird
    January 16th, 2008 at 1:10 am [Reply]

    Marmaduke Wednesday was at the Apartment 3G party, but I guess he got bored and went home.

  29. Rainbird
    January 16th, 2008 at 1:11 am [Reply]

    25 ChattyGenes

    I will tell Huntingbyrd what you said, as she has gone to bed already.

    She loves to eat Japanese, read Manga, and has several books on homes done in the Japanese style.

  30. PeteMoss
    January 16th, 2008 at 1:12 am [Reply]

    How cool is that for you Arizonites…Arizanians… Arizonastaners…folks from the greater Tucson area!!! If I were one, I’d definitely go and meet Mr. Bob Weber Jr. But first I’d buy one of those ultra-cool and always fasionable bikni-clad Casandra Cat items from whats-his-face-curmudgeon guy’s blog site. Then I’d take it with me to the ever so hip Tiki lizard lounge for cheeseballs at the corner of E. Broadway and N. Swan, and I’d get my Cassandra Cat merchandise autographed by the artist himself! Then I’d patiently wait for Weber to die to make it worth a fortune!!!! ha ha. Or I’d just wear it to make my friends and family jealous.

    Maybe while I was at the Kon-Tiki, I’d shake hands with what’s-his-blog-funnyguy-comic-reading-and-bloggin’-facial hair-dude, too.

    What a oppportunity for you people!

  31. LardashPWellbottom
    January 16th, 2008 at 1:41 am [Reply]

    Wednesday’s Baldo: So, in that last panel, what do we have there, exactly? Is Charles the Lovable Comic Strip Bigot coughing up a quality lunger or a terrifyingly oversized sperm?

  32. Loopina
    January 16th, 2008 at 1:43 am [Reply]

    Bizarro: made me laugh.

    Ziggy: did not.

    A3G: LuAnn doesn’t appreciate sloppy seconds. I want to see Blaze punch that guy in the face. Go Blaze!

    Pluggers: Awright, Da Burgh representin! This is notable for a rare appearance of the Cat Guy. At least he knows how to operate email.

    FC: Squick, Daddy’s getting a boner just reading the text (or admiring the pictures). New lower caption: Let’s play Greek Olympians! What else did the Greeks do, Daddy?

    FOOB: Good God, was there ever a time in this woman’s life when she didn’t bitch about how hard things were for her? I’m sure a lot of women would have given anything to be able to stay at home and raise their kids. And, a lot of the people I go to school with have children, and are getting out there and doing what they want – one in particular is a single mom with two kids in elementary, one in high school. Elly/Lynn had her kids early; there’s no reason she couldn’t have finished college and embarked upon a career when they were in school. Oh wait, she did! She had the freedom to buy a business, and the freedom to sell it a few years later – she wasn’t trapped in debt and obligated to work like a lot of small business owners.
    Blame the kids again. No wonder they don’t &$^& appreciate anything – your complaints have been a constant drone in their ears since they were born.

  33. Loopina
    January 16th, 2008 at 1:46 am [Reply]

    Pluggers addendum: I do call my mom sometimes after I send her an email.
    “Did you get my email?”
    “No, what did you say?”
    Then I recap. Good times.

  34. Carly
    January 16th, 2008 at 1:54 am [Reply]

    Well, dang, I used to live near there (you’re hearing that a lot, huh?)

  35. True Fable
    January 16th, 2008 at 1:58 am [Reply]

    I love a rainy snark…!

    9CL Ah yes, it’s time for the quarterly “say, did you know Juliette wears animal-print underwear?” strips. *yawn* It was cute and clever the first couple of times but now it’s strictly fall-back status.
    Archie Archie’s grinning in the last panel because as the Ultimate Moocher, he knows Veronica feels she must buy his affection. You don’t honestly think those packages he’s holding is for Veronica, do you? Archie’s a gigilo, plain and simple.
    BC Heh! Still good, I’m getting giddy.
    Cathy (Must Die) Cathy’s entire cast must die, as a matter of fact.
    Crock Gross.
    Curtis Today, Curtis channels April Patterson.
    DtM Sure, kid…and take this one for yourself.
    FC Everybody all together now: “Billy, have you ever watched movies about gladiators?”
    FBoFW If she never had time to take a break from being a housewife and mommy long enough to do something for herself like, oh, take classes and finish college, or get a meaningfrul hobby or develop her self-esteem, then why the hell wasn’t she a BETTER housewife and mommy who spent quality time with her family? This just doesn’t make any fucking sense, Lynn.
    FW I’m still not clear on this. Are the Band Director’s Widows actually supposed to be the parents whose spouses are gung-ho about marching band, but the “widows” aren’t all that into it? Or is Comic Book John trolling for extracurricular activity of his own?
    HotC Tatulli invokes Keith Olbermann! Okay, I’m definitely watching this strip now. Keith Olbermann is just short of worship in the Fable household. :-)
    JP And I think you should at least make love to your wife when you get the chance, Sam you fool, rather than calling some guy you don’t even need as a partner. Dumbass.
    Luann Shut the fuck UP, Bernice.
    MF Oh, shut the fuck UP, Tinsley.
    MT Amphibious planes look remarkably like mallard ducks. And Evil Sam Hill Wannabe is about to have birds EVERYWHERE! oh boy, let’s see Mark Trail try to punch out a pontoon or two.
    Big Dog The question here is, how is it you manage to get around the leash laws, mister? That mutt should have been hit with a tranquilizer dart and hauled into Animal Control by now.
    Marvin Marvin’s parents are worse than Mike Patterson when it comes to child care.
    MW As Drew continues to use his telepathic powers to circumvent phone charges, Vera is so busy on the phone she doesn’t notice that passersby mistake her conversation for something from “Butterfield 8″.
    Momma Oh, Momma; promise??!
    Phantom Looks more like the Savanna Patrol than a Jungle Patrol, but that’s just me I guess.
    Pluggers I call bullshit on today’s strip, sometimes you need to let someone know it’s coming since e-mails can get overlooked, kicked out by overactive spam filters or sent by Yahoo.
    RMMD Now, Rex… don’t get mad, and don’t you dare show that boy what you’re reaching into YOUR pocket for.
    SFx 5) Pastis and Weber Jr. are two of the coolist comic strip artists in the history of Ever. (5) True!
    The BM of Edison Lee I want this kid to get beaten over the head repeatedly by a snow shovel wielded by Jim Cantori.
    Zits You work so that asshole son of yours can lay around the house on YOUR dime and still make money on the side dealing crack, Walt. And no, he’s not going to share and why? Because Jeremy is an asshole. You’re not very bright, are you Walt?

  36. True Fable
    January 16th, 2008 at 2:04 am [Reply]

    Josh – There is always the beauty and wonder of visiting a goat farm in beautiful Greater Metropolitan Roopville, y’know. :-)

  37. Solocardate
    January 16th, 2008 at 2:31 am [Reply]

    SFx: I dunno about the rest of you, but my answer to #2 was, “God, if only!”

  38. Poteet
    January 16th, 2008 at 2:50 am [Reply]

    Have a good time in Tucson, Pope Josh! If you ever plan a trip to Iowa, do let us Hawkeye Mudges know. But that doesn’t seem likely unless you decide to run for President, and having seen what presidential candidates have to endure here, I truly hope you won’t.

  39. indichik
    January 16th, 2008 at 2:52 am [Reply]

    Missed my chance. I spent three and a half years in Tucson, at the University of Arizona, but graduated last December to take off for the Big Apple. Oh well, maybe I’ll send my little brother, who just flew down to start his second semester there. He only reads the comics when I tell him to, though. The only thing he has become convinced of is that Family Circus is always good for a laugh, but usually not in the good way.

    Pick for the best Mexican place in Tucson (since everyone always asks me this): Either La Parilla Suiza or Guadalajara Grill. Those of you who know, anyone agree/disagree?

  40. Poteet
    January 16th, 2008 at 2:56 am [Reply]

    JP — Oh come on — is that typical female office wear? I suppose the next time we see Sophie and Neddy, they’ll be wearing bikinis.

    MW — Now that’s what I call a stylish suit, Vera — love the lavender-grenade jacket. But why the hell don’t you take the money (you did get money from Bro, right?) and move to a location where there are better romantic options than you’ve encountered so far? Hell, Folsom Prison would be an improvement over Charterstone.

  41. Mibbitmaker
    January 16th, 2008 at 3:01 am [Reply]


    FOOB: The unedited version of the last panel goes, “I’ve got to wait… until this strip gets all soapy and badly misguided and embarrassing — then it’ll be too late!”

    FW: Being in a Batiuk comic strip post-1993 isn’t pretty, either.

    A3G: Bad moves there, Alan. The entire room, and most of the people there, are turning real cold on you, Alan. Very very BLUE-cold.

    GT: Man, that Andrew guy is like Peter Parker on steroids!

    GF: “Lions are good at improv” would make a great bumpersticker.

  42. Anna Nimity
    January 16th, 2008 at 3:04 am [Reply]

    35. Oh True! How can you call Elly a bad housewife! She SHAVES SHEETS fer god’s sake! And has a vaccuming compulsion. And follows the dogs around with a little whisk broom and probably picks up their poops before they hit the ground! Elly is the UBER housewife, in a truly neurotic and scary way.

    Frankly, I think the house is about all she’s really ever cared about, given that she ignores her ailing father, and instead dances around in front of a mirror shouting,”hoop ya, this is meeeee!” while Iris slaves tirelessly away with gwanpa.

    I think the FOOB snark for today is, “Shut the fuck UP, Elly!”

  43. Trilobite
    January 16th, 2008 at 3:04 am [Reply]

    Holy crap. I live within walking distance of the Kon-Tiki.

    Mind you, I haven’t been in there in YEARS, and so I’m taking the news of its sudden surge in hipness a bit badly. Back when I was working in tech support hell, it was one of our favorite dive bars to go dissolve our brains at after a bad week, and in my heart it will always be a murky, grimy, charmingly off-putting den of faux-polynesian decrepitude.

    Anyway, March 7th is duly noted. I await times and further details eagerly.

    And sometime this week, I might actually have a chance to get caught up with the comics. (I’ve been letting Josh read them for me these past few weeks, for which I am eternally thankful.)

  44. Trilobite
    January 16th, 2008 at 3:08 am [Reply]

    #39 indichik — Personally, my favorite Mexican place in Tucson is El Charro. They’ve got the best carne seca, at any rate. (And a decent claim for being the inventors of the chimichanga.)

    La Parilla Suiza’s good, though. Definitely not a bad choice.

  45. ChattyGenes
    January 16th, 2008 at 3:13 am [Reply]

    #40 Poteet. My God, how late are you up?!

  46. Mr. O'Malley
    January 16th, 2008 at 3:17 am [Reply]

    Once again it is taking this site 10 minutes to load each page.

    And once again it is “Project Wonderful” that is responsible.

    Would it not be possible to get someone with tech skills to work around this problem, whatever it is?

  47. A Monkey's Uncle
    January 16th, 2008 at 3:58 am [Reply]

    I’m having a rotten morning, so lashing out at Cathy and MF might make feel better.

    the artwork in Cathy makes my eyes hurt. I could excuse it if the jokes were actually funny or thoughtful, but I have never in the past decade seen an actual funny Cathy strip. There must be fans of the strip, but come on, are their standards that low? Isn’t there another strip that fills the same niche thats actually good? It can’t be that hard considering that Cathy reeks. Guisewite should be congratulated…she sucks as a cartoonist, but she’s a successful hack.

    Speaking of Hacks, is there anyone, anywhere that seriously likes Mallard Fillmore? Its not the conservative viewpoint that bugs me, its the dittohead punchlines, if you can call them punchlines.

    Ok, sorry for the rant…I had to let off some steam. Back to my crappy morning….

  48. Mr. O'Malley
    January 16th, 2008 at 6:23 am [Reply]

    47. There is no need to have anyone who actually likes Mallard Fillmore. The marketing angle is to sell it so that the paper can cite it as a balance whenever readers complain about Doonesbury. That explains why Tinsley puts so little effort into writing it.

    I can’t think of any comic strip with a conservative political viewpoint that is actually amusing. Not that I doubt the concept, I just can’t think of one. But some adventure strips with a right-wing outlook have worked quite well in my opinion.

    I have been a great fan of Tintin since I was a youngster, and it was originally published by a very right-wing Catholic paper. (In my school we had to read it in French.) But I don’t think it meets the definition of a comic strip. (Yes, I admit that a few of the stories were racist, but others were anti-racist. Maybe our thinking is a little clearer now than it was then.)

    Little Orphan Annie when Harold Gray was writing it would make Ron Paul look like a Marxist, but it was quite popular in its day. It did have good artwork and plenty of action in the plotline. Steve Canyon was not quite so aligned with the John Birch Society, but still fairly conservative, but also well drawn and plotted.

    (The John Birch Society, are they still around? Famously parodied by Walt Kelly in Pogo as the “Jack Acid Society”—apparently not censored by papers back in the Dark Ages. They had an office down the street from here for years, now gone, ironically taken over by “King Tubby’s African Records”.)

    I think that ultimately good art, characterization and imagination are more important to the artistic value of a strip than the political views of the author.

  49. Mr. O'Malley
    January 16th, 2008 at 6:43 am [Reply]

    Last Friday I had the chance to meet up with Skullturf—unfortunately no other Curmudgeons answered the hastily posted call. I was busy visiting my mother in the hospital, so I was somewhat distracted, or we might have organized things a bit better.

    After two pints Mrs. O’Malley turned up with many interesting stories of her travels, so we had another pint and some bar snacks to celebrate. We had so much fun that I forgot to take any pictures.

    There was a good bookstore across the street (near Bloor & Spadina) with lots of comic books and related material. I got quite an education reading about “Tijuana Bibles”.

    That neighbourhood used to feature a lot of family-owned Hungarian restaurants, but it has changed over the years. However, better quality beer is now available.

  50. gleeb
    January 16th, 2008 at 6:47 am [Reply]

    9CL: Yes, McDowner, when among themselves, women spend their time talking about underwear.

    Baldo: ACTION cartooning! Mister Charlie is caught in mid-spit! Eh, with the Phantom taking on graffiti and jaywalking, I have to get my action where I can.

    BB: I think that craft in the second panel must be one of those failed projects that costs hundreds of millions and ends up killing lots of Marines. It’s good to see them making some use of it.

    Dick: Just when you think it’s over, this dumb story tacks on a sixth act.

    ‘bean: She’s right. Everyone knows you serve smarties with beer.

    Sam Driver, Attorney-at-law: Check out the extreme cross-hatching on that coffee mug. Pity this strip doesn’t advance the story, though.

    Phantom: Sure, they talk about the jungle, but this is still just three folks chatting over coffee. Not a smuggler or pirate in sight.

    Rex: Uh oh, Niki’s been keeping an anti-fly-fishing diary.

    Slylock: A look behind the scenes. Cassandra is an ordinary cat. Max is an unchecked vermin. And Slylock is no doubt outside, rooting through the garbage cans.

    Zippy: There’s no way this is anything but a desperate cry for help.

  51. A Monkey's Uncle
    January 16th, 2008 at 7:01 am [Reply]

    #48: I can understand what you said about papers and MF. But isn’t Prickly City a conservative strip? I’ve only read it a few times, and while I didn’t think it was the greatest thing since sliced bread, I thought it was far more amusing than Mallard Fillmore.

    I’m only guessing, but there have got to be a few struggling cartoonists that draw conservative slanted strips that would love a chance at syndication. If tinsley can’t be bothered to put effort into his strip (make it funny dammit!) one of them should get a shot.

    Of course, maybe there just ain’t no one else….which I guess means conservatives ain’t funny.

  52. Saluki
    January 16th, 2008 at 7:12 am [Reply]


    BC: The fat broad will never get laid with an attitude like that.

    DTM: Nasty store bought card – 5 menacing points. Anonymous homemade card using letters cut out from newspapers and magazines – 100 menacing points.

    GA: C’mon, everyone knows the mailman known as Mac. There was even a song about him some years back. The Macarena.

    GT: I can see why Andrew could be a problem for Coach Thorp. He’s an athlete who hates to lose.

    MF: Oh shut up.

    Marmaduke: If you were a fun guy you wouldn’t have to ask.

    MW: If Drew has a lunch date with Vera he can expect a shotgun wedding.

    TDIET: I don’t know why Dad is so confused, he just needs to remember this simple phrase: If you want something done, do it yourself.

    WofI: The fat broad will never get laid with an attitude like that.

  53. F. Cecious Lee
    January 16th, 2008 at 7:31 am [Reply]

    Yesterthread #311 Virginia

    I had to go to the internets to find all of the words, It turns out it’s a verse from “A Nervous Wreck From Ga Tech”, Here’s one version:

    I’m a nervous wreck from Georgia Tech, what the hell am I doing here?
    The ratio is four-to-one, and half of them are queer.
    I can’t afford the whiskey; I hate the taste of beer.
    I’m a nervous wreck from Georgia Tech, what the hell am I doing here?

    A twiddly twat from Agnes Scott went out with a guy from Tech,
    He took her to the Varsity and taught her how to neck.
    He filled her full of whiskey, he filled her full of beer,
    And now she is the mother of a bastard engineer.

    I’m a whore from Bauder and I’ll fuck for fifty-cents.
    I’ll lay my ass upon the grass, my pants upon the fence.
    I’ll let you rub my belly, on Sundays fuck for free,
    But get off of me, you son of a bitch, if you’re from Emory.

  54. illyanadmc
    January 16th, 2008 at 8:00 am [Reply]

    #39: la parilla suiza is delicious! those chicken enchiladas with tomatillo sauce… yum!

    i am also a fan of macayo’s and crossroads (and the cheap-o stuff like losbeto’s).

  55. John E.
    January 16th, 2008 at 8:12 am [Reply]

    I think, “That’s the answer! Jungle Patrol!” would make a cool t-shirt…

  56. Gregoire
    January 16th, 2008 at 8:33 am [Reply]

    FOOB – Be careful what you wish for… Bitch!
    Of course, I’m wishing for a quick death to this strip.

    JP – Living on the “Island of Hot Women” like Sam does would mean that he would be walking around in a constantly aroused state. Well… if he wasn’t gay, that is…

  57. AtomicDog
    January 16th, 2008 at 8:37 am [Reply]

    BB – If Mort had drawn a V-22 Osprey, it would have made his point better.

  58. mnemonica
    January 16th, 2008 at 8:38 am [Reply]

    Omigosh! That is as close to here as you’ll ever travel, I’m sure, but I can’t make the trip. If your plane stops in El Paso, let me know and I’ll buy you a cup of airport coffee. (I can’t afford an airport beer.)

  59. Isaac
    January 16th, 2008 at 8:50 am [Reply]

    Has anyone checked out lasagnacat?

    Displaying Garfield newspaper strips in live action form. Although it’s at the expense of the Garfield legacy the hilarity is delivered.

    The site-
    You Tube-

  60. The Spectacular Spider-Brick
    January 16th, 2008 at 9:02 am [Reply]

    Pope Josh @ Übersnark: I know that Tucson was the location of the first sizable ‘Mudgeon meet-up, but need I remind you that the southern Wisconsin/northern Illinois area gathering that followed was even BIGGER? Come see us for your summer vacation! See the beautiful Wisconsin Dells! Drink beer made by people who really know how to make it! Experience the humiliation and shame that is a Cubs home game! And take in the beautiful rolling hills and sparkling lakes during the two months a year they aren’t coated with ice!

    Mr. O’Malley @ 46: Norton Utilities’ Ad Blocker does a fine job of blocking those slow-loading ads for me. Sorry to say I’ve been not doing my part to earn Josh those micropayments, but hey, I make up for it by buying merch! Don’t judge me, man! It’s my life and I’m the one who has to live it! You’re not the boss of me! Maybe it’s YOU who needs to be spanked and stand in the corner wearing his mother’s underwear!

    … uh, ha ha! That’s a joke of course! I’ve never… known anyone that happened to! ha ha of course not! silly!

    Isaac @ 59: Yes, we’ve all seen Lasagna Cat. It’s been linked here four times in the past two days. In fact, I’d bet that this blog is where you actually discovered it in the first place.

  61. Joe
    January 16th, 2008 at 9:03 am [Reply]

    FOOB: I had very very bad indigestion this morning. I read FOOB. At that point, I felt I had to puke. I ran into the bathroom and barfed for about 5 minutes.

    I feel a little better now.

  62. The Divine O’F
    January 16th, 2008 at 9:06 am [Reply]

    Josh, I’m almost so excited! Almost because I don’t drive at night and Mr. O’F does not understand my thralldom with this site, so I don’t know if I can talk him into going. We live pretty far from Kon Tiki–up near Oro Valley, as a matter of fact. Plus we’re those guys bats:[ disdains–we eat a very early supper. We are tragically unhip. Any chance you’d be up for lunch in a good Mexi restaurant during your visit here? If so, I would be happy to treat you and Amber.

    The weather SHOULD be great during your trip. Maybe low seventies, blue clear skies.

    La Parilla Suiza sucks rocks, IMO. I like Macayo, Lerua’s (they catered our wedding) and especially Karichimaka, which is way too far out of town to go to unless you’re planning to see the Mission, in which case stop by Karichimaka on the way to or from.

  63. Steve
    January 16th, 2008 at 9:14 am [Reply]

    Judge Parker: Gloria looks mighty fetching in that off the shoulders blouse. Even with the frontal shot she clearly has a great body. Ah to live in Judge Parkerville, where all the men are handsome, all the children are smart and all the women are above average cup size.

    Rex Morgan: I thought Rex and Nikki were trying to hide from the bank robber. Why are they trying to build a fire to advertise where they are?

  64. C. Havoc
    January 16th, 2008 at 9:14 am [Reply]

    With hordes of frenzied, screaming fans anticipating his arrival at every stop, Josh realized, somewhere around Tucson, that he had, indeed, become the Beatles of the glamorous, but ultra competitive Getting Up in the Morning, Reading the Comics, and Making Fun of Them world.

  65. Tweeks_Coffee
    January 16th, 2008 at 9:16 am [Reply]

    A3G: Blaze is slipping, he let a pink balloon sneak into the first panel.
    BB: I would pay good money to see how that thing actually flies. Well, not good, but you get the idea.
    CtH: Unless you hate your kid, you can eliminate some of those names right now.
    Curtis: In addition to yesterday, I’d like to say that I hate Curtis. The strip itself is okay, but I really don’t like this kid.
    FC: Oh sweet Jesus, this strip reads like a brochure for a nudist colony. Next he’ll be telling Billy about how it’s completely natural.
    FW: So…so he actually is hosting some kind of event for director’s widows? I guess I owe an apology for acting like I knew what was going on yesterday.
    Lockhorns: Dear Lockhorns; I’d appreciate it if you didn’t attempt perspective again. The last thing I need to see is Loretta towering over Leroy. Unless, of course, she’s about to bludgeon him. Thank you.
    MF: Best evidence that global warming is man-made? Tinsley thinks it isn’t.
    Marvin: Where the hell are Marvin’s parents during all this? Watching TV? Shagging? Popping champagne as they watch their demon spawn get buried in the snow?
    MC: Still awesome, of course. Though I must wonder exactly what that bunny-girl in the first panel is doing.
    Phantom: A story about middle class career women joining some kind of jungle/tundra patrol? I’m on board. I can’t way to see what kind of wacky antics these ladies get up to.
    Pluggers: Apparently the vast majority of employees in our Pennsylvania office are pluggers. This explains a lot, actually. Like why they insist on trying to reuse toner in the waste cartridge.
    RMMD: Rex smash! REX SMASH!!!
    SFx: Is this another shout-out by Bob? Oh sir, you are far too kind to us. And yeah, it would be so awesome if Pastis did Beetle Bailey. Can you imagine the mayhem?
    Zits: Is Jeremy employed or is this all from allowance? It may be time to ratchet back his pittance, Walt.

  66. Tweeks_Coffee
    January 16th, 2008 at 9:24 am [Reply]

    #51, #48, etc… Yeah, Prickly City is a conservative themed strip. Though the art leaves something to be desired, the writing is leaps and bounds over Mallard. Though they do tend to go off on rants sometimes, like when a week was spent on Pelosi’s plane. Of course Mallard isn’t even the worst political “strip” out there, try giving State Of The Union a read.

  67. Randall
    January 16th, 2008 at 9:26 am [Reply]

    It struck me that Foob is a typical self absorbed, self centered baby boomer. Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me Me. What a pathetic excuse for a mother.

  68. teenchy
    January 16th, 2008 at 9:31 am [Reply]

    # 53: I LOL’ed.

    Yesterthread: # 250 and other Atlantans: Yes, Everybody’s! Thanks for jogging my memory. When I was at Emory there was also a decent meat-and-three lunch place around the corner from there called Moto’s or something to that effect (Mojo’s?). I’m sure it’s long gone but it helped extend my stipend from time to time.

  69. Artist formerly known as Ben
    January 16th, 2008 at 9:44 am [Reply]


    RMMD: In a preview of what would happen to the economy without foreign investment, Rex and Nikki have to burn money to keep warm.

    JP: “And I don’t want any incidents this time, so please keep the words ‘gimp’ and ‘Pegleg Pete’ out of the conversation.”

    FW: It’s not even good beer, you cheap bastard. Did you at least spring for M&Ms with peanuts?

    FC: It’s like the Keanes want perverted Photoshopping here.

    9CL: From Brooke McEldowney’s women in power phobias to his jungle dominatrix fantasies with no stops in between. I feel like I should be charging $90 per hour.

    PBS: Neighbor George’s mother is Dilbert’s mother scaled down.

    MC: My favorite detail is the monkey pumping iron with his prehensile tail. Don’t know why the gnomes made him green, but it doesn’t take away from my enjoyment.

    SFx: Weber name-drops Stephen Pastis. I conclude that he approves of “Slylock Fixed.”

    OBH: Actually, that makes her a ticking time bomb.

    GT: Andrew may have lost the free throw contest, but he’s got a head start in the nut-grabbing faceoff.

    S4th: “Funny, this coffee has a bitter almond aftertaste.”

    Blondie: The strap on Blondie’s nighty is slipping down just so. If I were Dagwood, I’d be doing a bit more to distract her from the fight.

    GA: It just occurred to me. Isn’t it foolhardy to get belligerent with a postal employee? How do you know he’s not packing?

    S-M: That’s right, Krandis. They say no once and then comes the restraining order.

  70. Treadwell
    January 16th, 2008 at 9:44 am [Reply]

    JP (Tues): “As far as I’m concerned, you were my first partner in this firm!”

    I don’t pay you like one, of course…

  71. mere cog in the machine
    January 16th, 2008 at 9:46 am [Reply]

    I was in a sleazy bar in Tucson about ten years ago, on a side trip from New Mexico. I was nearly assaulted by a Native American with a swastika tattoo on his forearm (I’ve never really understood that), so when you’re down there, watch out for that guy. And definately don’t stare at him and point.

  72. Artist formerly known as Ben
    January 16th, 2008 at 9:50 am [Reply]

    #65 Tweeks_Coffee,
    Pastis actually did do a strip where Rat publishes a photo of Beetle and Zero embracing. It was ROFLMAO funny, and if you look back through CC’s archives under PBS you’ll get to it.

  73. Artist formerly known as Ben
    January 16th, 2008 at 9:55 am [Reply]

    #52 Saluki,
    The Fat Broad from BC should corner Clumsy Carp one of these days. He seems like he could be a closet chubby chaser. Paint a few scales on herself and she’d be his dreamgirl.

  74. Deena in OR
    January 16th, 2008 at 10:01 am [Reply]

    69, AfkaB- $90?? The going rate for a psychiatrist in private practice around here is more like $300/hr. You’re selling yourself short. :)

  75. Rainbird
    January 16th, 2008 at 10:27 am [Reply]

    Gregoire 56 Everyone keeps saying Sam is gay, but if he were, wouldn’t he be getting some guy on guy action. I think he is ambiguous about sex. What would that be called.

  76. Artist formerly known as Ben
    January 16th, 2008 at 10:30 am [Reply]

    Nice catch, Deena in OR. I gotta stop doing that.

  77. ltrftp Hedly
    January 16th, 2008 at 10:32 am [Reply]

    The MPAA?

    January 16th, 2008 at 10:32 am [Reply]

    MT: It is deeply creepy the way everyone in Mark Trail uses “the community” to refer to the nearby town. “He’s 10 miles from the community!” Sounds like a term that space aliens unfamiliar with the finer details of our society would use. Which, now that I think about, would explain a lot about this strip.

  79. ltrftp Hedly
    January 16th, 2008 at 10:32 am [Reply]

    Deena in OR

    How did you get through the storms?

  80. A Monkey\'s Uncle
    January 16th, 2008 at 10:37 am [Reply]

    #66. YE GODS! You’re right. I just read a handful of State of the Union….about as much as I could stand before I began puking. It even lacks the wit of Mallard Fillmore….and since Mallard Fillmore’s wit is in negative numbers, thats no mean feat.

    Any paper that carries that must be hard up for a conservative strip. Really hard up, like crackhead desperate.

  81. Niall
    January 16th, 2008 at 10:40 am [Reply]

    A meetup of epic proportions! Whoo! And so far from me. :) I hope no one decides to dress up as Slylock or Cassandra… *grin*

    Josh, it’s a hobby, I’m sure we understand. I do at least.

  82. Niall
    January 16th, 2008 at 10:41 am [Reply]

    Hump Day Goodness:

    A3G: He’s asking for it, he’s asking for it… POW! Right in the kisser!

    BC: Genuinely funny due to a great twist. Wow. More ups than downs – this strip’s turned around!

    BB: What the bloddy HELL is that THING??? Not even the 50s futurists could have put together such a farcical monstrosity!

    CUrtis: Enough already! I’m already pining for a return to Kwanzaa tales.

    Dtm: Mom looks like Dennis lobbed a small balloon filled with confectionary sugar on her head. Which is definitely more menacing than what he’s saying – though at least it’s not quite purely unmenacing.

    DT: Even for Dick Tracy this is bad. Since when does Dick get hung by others’ Deus Ex Machinas? He usually engineers his own!

    EC: *grinds teeth* Can I bop him one now? Can I? Can I? Although there is a precedent for jewelled navels in cabaret performances, it’s for places which consider any visible “holes” in the body to be equally pornographic. Also, stretch marks mean nothing, it’s the state of the muscles you have to be concerned about.

    FC: …will anyone forgive me if I chuckled? Okay, it was stupid to come out of the child’s mouth; it’s more an adult’s retort. A silly one, but not completely devoid of humour. For once.

    GT: Panel 1 mental image: Maureen is better hung than Andrew. Panel 2 misread: “He sucked for days”. *BRAIN BLEACH NOT ENOUGH*

    JP: Words and pictures are not matching! Someone here will uncover the original script, just like yesterday, I’m sure. :)

    Big Dog: Is this a crossover with A3G now?? I’m scared!

    MW: To Drew: After the third unreturned call, it’s a rather clear sign to stop trying. He seems to have left at least ten. No wonder he gets snubbed. To Vera: You’re being sized up by a guy and his doctor wife still in her scrubs. Change wardrobe.

    MC: WIN WIN WIN WIN HAHAHA WIN Everything’s perfect. Yay monkey in foreground! Is that a stork in teh gerbil wheel? The “pugilists” in panel 2 are just perfect, and the joke in panel 3 is hilarious. Also: ferret on ball!!! Wheeeeee! And finally: that gym is a rip-off. Any proper gym will give you assessment and training regimen, not leave you hanging as soon as you’ve paid – but those types certainly do exist!

    Phantom: That much glee in panel 3 should be against the law.

    Pluggers: gets a free pass for correctly showing both forms of it’s and its. And showing a cat.

    RM: Hah! We called it! (Was it Razmytaz?) Rex is pouting in panel 3 because he thought that all this time Niki was happy to be with him – and it ends up it’s just something in his pocket after all. (Also, how can you run or climb anything with that huge a wad of bills in a pocket??)

    SlyFx: Bwahaha! Payback/homage to Pastis! Now I’m wondering how he’d handle Beetle…

    TDIET: Okay, that’s pretty accurate student behaviour of any age. :)

  83. Gregoire
    January 16th, 2008 at 10:44 am [Reply]

    Rainbird 75 – He leaves the hot guy-on-guy action to his cousin Dr. Rex.

    I think the word we’re looking for is Eunich for Sam

  84. blueberrygrrrl
    January 16th, 2008 at 10:46 am [Reply]

    #71 mere cog: The swastika was used by Native American cultures (Navajo and others) as a symbol of the four compass directions long before it was made unpopular by the Third Reich. Anyway, the guy you saw was probably not a neo-Nazi, if that’s what you were wondering.

  85. mere cog in the machine
    January 16th, 2008 at 10:51 am [Reply]

    #84 blueberrygrrrl: I had no idea. Considering the guy that I was with was also Native American (albeit Ojibway), you think SOMEONE might have clued me in. Well, it’s nice to know that Aryan Nations or what have you doesn’t, after all, have a foothold among the Hopis and Navajo!

  86. Deena in OR
    January 16th, 2008 at 10:52 am [Reply]

    ltrftp Hedley-

    Just fine where I was. Vancouver, USA area got it worse-lots of trees down and property damage. Just a puny little F-1 storm. :)

  87. Beelzebug
    January 16th, 2008 at 10:57 am [Reply]

    Hey, I live in Tucson! I guess I’d better quit lurking before I crash the party…

  88. Anonymous
    January 16th, 2008 at 10:57 am [Reply]

    Tweeks, as someone said, Pastis did do Beetle Bailey, sorta. It was fun times.

    Also, yay for the rare appearance of Claude in Pluggers today, though without his trademark cabbie hat. Even if the point was so unpluggerific (Pluggers do things that high executives and everyone else does) as to be a black hole of blue collarism.

  89. Gabe
    January 16th, 2008 at 10:58 am [Reply]

    Oops, 88 is me.

  90. Gabe
    January 16th, 2008 at 11:01 am [Reply]

    Cog: There’s a famous picture of a black man with a swastika floating around on the internets. Apparently a legit neo nazi. Go figure.

    Even stranger, there was an article I read in Seattle a few years back about jews in prison joining neo nazi/white power gangs and getting the swastika/white power tattos. Even weirder.

  91. Anne
    January 16th, 2008 at 11:03 am [Reply]

    I never thought I’d be sad that I don’t live in Tuscon! It almost makes me want to fly across the country. Wah!

    Slylock is awesome today — Weber gives props to some of our fave cartoons. The idea of Pastis doing Blondie makes me feel kind of funny, though. Like, bad funny.

  92. Niall
    January 16th, 2008 at 11:04 am [Reply]

    289. Trotzenbonnie yesterthread: Oh, using a dance pad with Stepmania is not as easy as it sounds. I don’t have one, but I know many who do – and not every pad works properly. Some say just buy a USB-PS2 converter, but most won’t allow a reading of “left + right” together, so only very few are compatible for dance games. You can take your chances with the full universal pads with integrated USB connection found in GameStop and the like, but get their extended warranty for a year for a few bucks more – you might have to return a few of them. Some of them introduce a lag in reading the input from the mat, which rather defeats the whole purpose of the game…

  93. Loopina
    January 16th, 2008 at 11:05 am [Reply]

    Slylock: Best of all? Black sweater vest!

  94. gkl
    January 16th, 2008 at 11:09 am [Reply]

    GA: Gasoline Alley might not have the highest violence-to-panel ratio, but it absolutely has the highest absurd violence-to-violence ratio, that being “1″

    TDIET: I thought we would be so gr8 together,
    Your touch is just like a 10der glove
    I only 1der if you’re gonna feel it,
    I only 1der if you’re gonna feel my purple love.
    Purple love! Purple love!

  95. blueberrygrrrl
    January 16th, 2008 at 11:11 am [Reply]

    #85 mere cog: Yeah, I’m surprised your friend didn’t know, since the symbol is (or was) used pretty widely in art around here. There was a Hotel Swastika in Raton, NM, that had to change its name when business began dropping off in the late 1930s. There’s an interesting article on it here.

  96. gh
    January 16th, 2008 at 11:19 am [Reply]


    Okay, I think I’m getting the hang of this. A delicate, undamaged jewelry box was dug up by a bulldozer and inside is a note from the ghost lady that says HELP the governor wants to kill me (because if you really need help you want to make sure the note is somewhere buried deep so no one will find it without using a bulldozer) and the ghost lady’s brother to whom I don’t believe we’ve been properly introduced killed her (their) father but the governor, who is not her brother, wants to kill her. Except she’s dead.

    Dang! Almost had it. Maybe if I start with the brother . . .

  97. SecretMargo
    January 16th, 2008 at 11:21 am [Reply]

    2 quick notes, then I’m off — apologies for any inadvertent curmimicking -

    FC: Good things: The joke is funny and coherent, and at least it’s not one long line being split between the inside and outside of the circle. Troubilng things: This is probably not quite what Thel had in mind for Billy’s first “birds and bees” talk. And she thought she’d thrown out that collection of Young Physique magazines years ago.

    JP: I just love Sam’s fond, resigned posture in the last panel, as if he’s thinking to himself, “Oh that Randy, thinking with his other head again.”

  98. PeteMoss
    January 16th, 2008 at 11:23 am [Reply]

    Pluggers (1/16)-

    Ha, ha. This is so true! It just proves the ol’ adage:
    “Cats call you to see if you got the email. Dogs sniff your butt.”

  99. PeteMoss
    January 16th, 2008 at 11:25 am [Reply]

    Cats – PC/Windows
    Dogs – Eat their own throw-up.

  100. AhClem
    January 16th, 2008 at 11:29 am [Reply]

    BB – Even the most bizarre flying contraptions need three wheels or skids to remain stable, not two. I suspect that’s not actually an airplane at all, but rather Sarge in what was supposed to be a homemade chicken costume that went horribly, horribly wrong.

    Why Sarge would be wearing a chicken costume is anybody’s guess.

  101. Happy Happenstance
    January 16th, 2008 at 11:42 am [Reply]

    Baldo — Yikes!

  102. commodorejohn
    January 16th, 2008 at 11:44 am [Reply]

    Darn it, why does all the cool stuff happen where I can’t get to?

    9CL – Wow, this sure took a sudden turn from “loathsome” to “insane.”

    A3G – Holy…is that anger on Luann’s face? Since when did her facial muscles work?

    BB – I don’t know what I was expecting out of Beetle Bailey today, but it sure as heck wasn’t this. I find it hilarious that it’s actually an autogyro, though.

    Crankshaft – Oh no! He’s driven into Milford by mistake!

    DT – Speaking of “insane…”

    FC – Okay, is there anything about this panel that isn’t unspeakably creepy?

    FW – Care to explain just what is wrong with M&Ms and beer?

    JP – He’s not, Gloria. Nothing ever happens “right away” in Judge Parker.

    MT – This is going to be so awesome. Mark is going to punch out a floatplane.

    MC – There is so much that’s friggin’ awesome about today’s strip, but panel two is particularily badass.

    RMMD – Yeah, after walking around in a rainstorm that money’s not going to be, you know, wet or anything. Also, congratulations to whoever called this one.

    SM – I do like that half-smirk on the chauffer’s face.

  103. mere cog in the machine
    January 16th, 2008 at 11:50 am [Reply]

    Looks like Baldo’s gonna hafta open up a can o’ whoop ass on that cracker! Get ‘em Baldo! I got yer back!

  104. Doggin
    January 16th, 2008 at 11:51 am [Reply]

    Have fun with Tucson – I’llbe recently back from the Virgin Islands, and freezing my ass off in my home state o’ Maine. The Sonoran desert is BEAUTIFUL in spring – I’m so jealous! (Oh, and go to the Santa Fe Chili and Spice Company – killer spice for a killer price!)

  105. odinthor
    January 16th, 2008 at 12:10 pm [Reply]

    H&L — Gee, I try to get the pick-up game going in just about exactly the same way, and with about the same success. Maybe “Baa!” and “Grble!” are not the sterling pick-up lines I always thought they were.

    MW — There’s something cryptic going on here: Panel 1: Drew: ” . . . left . . . ” ; Vera: ” . . . left . . . “; Panel 2: Drew: ” . . . right . . . “; Vera: ” . . . right . . . ” Doubtless, they are in actuality considering our contemporary political uncertainties. Or it’s a new subtle take on the Hokey-Pokey. Oh, wait a minute . . . politics is already a take on the Hokey-Pokey . . .

    RMMD — Niki has been printing out and putting in his pocket Comics Curmudgeon comments about Rex Morgan, M.D. and reading them on the sly. Hilarity ensues!

  106. gleeb
    January 16th, 2008 at 12:38 pm [Reply]

    102: I though it was an autogyro at first too. But autogyros don’t have wings.

  107. bats :[
    January 16th, 2008 at 1:40 pm [Reply]

    54. La Parilla Suiza is more the cuisine of Mexico City, but it is very good. For Sonoran, we like Micha’s, Lerua’s, the little mom-and-pop place like Nico’s and Los Alazanes. Macayo’s is good, too (the first Tucson Mudge meeting was at Macayo’s Norte).

  108. bats :[
    January 16th, 2008 at 1:44 pm [Reply]

    62. Divine O’F: Hey, I didn’t mean to diss the early diners (we’ll do it on occasion…if it means missing rush-hour traffic, or avoiding crowds or means that we can eat before a movie or a play, it’s all good). We might be able to figure out how get you down to Kon-Tiki, or you can promise Mr. O’F that he will have someone entertaining to talk to who also doesn’t quite understand the allure of CC (Mr. bats).

  109. bats :[
    January 16th, 2008 at 1:50 pm [Reply]

    Yeah, I know it’s a dead thread…just doing my bit for Mexican food eateries, the Sonoran desert (we might have a pretty good wildflower season here with a little more rain), and swastikas are not all bad (you can tell OLD Navajo rugs from newer ones…swastikas were a fairly common motif woven into them. Swastikas are also a pretty popular (or were) design motif in Middle Eastern art, nice and geometric, you know).

  110. C.
    January 16th, 2008 at 4:12 pm [Reply]

    I plan to be in Tucson at that time, so I may see you there!

  111. Jimmy Boegle
    January 16th, 2008 at 5:29 pm [Reply]

    Best Mexican, hands-down IMHO, in Tucson, is Cafe Poca Cosa, downtown. It’s delicious. And welcome to Tucson, Josh. If ya want any press for your visit, let me know!

  112. Communist Party Animal
    January 16th, 2008 at 8:05 pm [Reply]

    I’ll be in Tucson in early March, probably 1st-4th or so. When you going to be there?

    I’d pass on letting the Tucson Weekly promote you though, once you get the stink of that rag on you, it’s hard to wash it off :-p

  113. boltgirl
    January 16th, 2008 at 9:51 pm [Reply]

    Egads, I’m late to this discussion, but the new champion Mexican restaurant in Tucson is definitely Guadalajara. For upscale incredibleness, you can’t beat Cafe Poca Cosa. And Raging Sage has the best coffee for shrugging off those Scorpion-induced hangovers after a night at the Kon-Tiki.

  114. boltgirl
    January 16th, 2008 at 9:55 pm [Reply]

    If Jimmy’s going I’m definitely going!

  115. Mrs. C
    January 16th, 2008 at 10:34 pm [Reply]

    Cafe Poca Cosa is fabulous and great for special occasions. But for everyday, my favorite is Nico’s. I think Josh and I went there 3 times during our last visit.

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