Simon Says

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Well it’s certainly been awhile since I posted anything here and there is a reason for that, be it good or bad.  Bottom line, my family and I moved across the country from upstate New York to Texas.  While everything involved with a cross-country move, learning a new job and settling into a new life is definitely time consuming, one could make a reasonable argument that I should have been able to post SOMETHING within the last 18 months.  Oh well.  I can catch up now.  So they might be a couple years old now, but they’ll be new to most people.  For those of you who were lucky enough read them weekly in The Chronicle it’s a trip down memory lane.  Either way, enjoy!  And I’ll try to post another cartoon sometime within the next 18 months.

Unless you’re a long time reader this one might be a head scratch-er.    For the full story, see “Sad But True”  It is actually based on something my son did and I thought it was pretty funny, so give him a writing credit on this one.

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Sad But True Story

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This is a very condensed version of how we spent one recent weekend.

The prom is nerve-wrecking, of course your stomach has butterflies.

You can’t miss your first day of work because you ate a bad yogurt.

Hmmm, maybe three days is a little long for an upset stomach to keep getting worse.

The original sketch for this cartoon was done on a hospital paper towel during her week long stay there.  It’s not my proudest moment as a parent, but I guess it could have turned out a heck of a lot worse so I’ll take it.

The final panel is a nod to one of my favorite TV shows, “Arrested Development.”

SPCA Puppy

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Every spring I wonder when my wife will begin looking for a new puppy, or baby animal of some sort to bring home.  She’s mentioned pigs, goats and chickens in the past.  This year it turned out to be a puppy that was was rescued from death row at a kill shelter in Tennessee, brought to the SPCA in upstate New York and ultimately to my home and comic strip where she will likely be a fixture for a long time to come.  Let’s hope those strips don’t involve peeing on my new hardwood floor too much.

Kale Chips

Kale Chips

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Regular readers will note my wife’s thankless efforts to get the rest of us to eat healthier.  She recently started making kale chips as a snack, which inspired this strip (though the conversation itself never actually happened).  I have to admit the kale chips are actually kind of tasty, especially the ones that get crispy.  That said, whenever she makes them I can’t help but think of the “Cheers” episode where Woody gets a job hawking some kind of vegetable juice (replete with kale) in a TV commercial.