you’ll never walk alone

If you’ve read The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, or better, listened to the audio book version read by the late, lamented author Douglas Adams, you know that the climax involves the spaceship’s computer singing “You’ll Never Walk Alone” in the face of impending disaster.

If you remember that you’ll understand why I had trouble keeping a straight face at church on a recent Sunday when that song was sung as a duet for the offertory. It was beautifully done. It really was.

Yet while I don’t think I showed any emotion externally, inside I was laughing hysterically.

I think the audio book, which we listened to on our drive down here, has ruined that song for me permanently.

my new favorite comic

When we were in Gilroy we subscribed to the San Jose Mercury News and the San Francisco Chronicle. Here in Hemet we get the Inland Empire newspaper, the Press-Enterprise, and the Los Angeles Times.

The Times has a comic strip I haven’t seen elsewhere. It’s called  Prickly City, and it certainly comes from the left wing of the political spectrum. It is so on and gets things so right so often. The author loves to go after politicians and presidential candidates in general, and he certainly has no love for Hillary. Here’s Saturday’s cartoon.


Now don’t get me wrong. I like Hillary. I support Hillary. I am voting for Hillary in the primary next year. And in the general election, barring any unforeseen upsets. I want to see Hillary elected president in November 2016 and I want to enjoy her inauguration ceremony in January 2017.

But two things can be equally true, and Hillary, as much as I like her and support her, is far from perfect. So I enjoy Prickly City, which does a great job of getting it right so consistently.


We have three of those, in fact.



Both of these comics tell us things we already know, but I appreciate the reminders.



the way I was

This was me in high school. Just sayin’.


house calls

I remember Dick’s TV coming to our house to fix the television (it was normally Dick himself). And I remember a house call from the family doctor’s office on a Saturday when I was sick. Those times really did exist!


Doonesbury revisited

I complained rather bitterly here when Gary Trudeau stopped doing new Doonesbury comics and his syndicate began doing reruns of the earliest strips. But you know what? I’m enjoying them. The strip was much more crudely drawn in those early days, but the humor is sharp. More importantly, the content reflects the values of the 1970’s. I loved the 1970’s when I was there. I still love the 1970’s. So I’m really getting a kick out of those old Doonesbury strips.

Did I tell you how much I love the 1970’s?