You mean they are nature’s chumps?

Prairie dogs exist to feed and house the rest of the animal kingdom?  Do they know this?  Why aren’t they doing something about it?  Nature sure can be cruel…

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At least the vehicles that mark drives now have headrests and seatbelts… unlike the International SUV’s of yore- bench front seat, no head restraint, and no shoulder (or even seat) belts…

Yeah! What makes them so special??

Ahh, poor Rusty lad… realizing that he will always come in second place to whatever Mark is doing, or about to do… that he will only ever fit in on the margin of what is Mark’s raison d’etre.

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So, with that pouty face locked into and burned onto our retinas, let’s hope that Mark is on the plane to SD next.  But I suppose Rusty deserves an answer to his question, so we will have to endure the ride back to Lost Forest just a little longer, kids…

You mean Ferrets eating Prairie Dogs??

As we make the fishing trip last another day, we are witness to the riveting repartee between Mark and his adopted son…

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And once again we are reminded that Mark leads a life that is utterly devoid of deadlines and real commitments, given that he continues to live rent free under the roof of one Doc Davis, father of Cherry Trail (nee Davis) which Mark expects to inherit, through his wife, in order that he never know what a mortgage payment looks like…  OK maybe I ride that note a little long and hard, but it’s always struck me that Mark has little visible means of support, yet never has to make the difficult choices that I’m sure many of us do…

There are things one simply cannot un-see…

…and Rusty’s face is one of them…  You know, if they’d take him somewhere for a proper haircut, rather than subject him to (I’m assuming) Doc’s amature attempts, that would be a start…

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But to know whether Mark’s grammar is correct (and it usually is) one has to make a decision as to whether the word than is a conjunction or a preposition.  “You have caught more <fish> than I have, Rusty!” If we consider the case for conjunction, then Mark is correct in using the  subjective form of the personal pronoun I, but if we consider than a preposition, then he ought to be using the objective form, me.  Further, in the conjunction case, I, could Mark have simply ended his exclamation without the word have? As in “You’ve caught more than I, Rusty!” That doesn’t “sound” correct.  But the biggest dilemma has to do with Cherry’s seemingly ineffective attempts to home-school the young shut-in… He needs to understand that his use of the word till as a replacement for until is incorrect!  A till, of course, is a placae where money is stored, whereas ’til would be a usable form of until, if we are to accept such sloppiness in our diction.

At any rate, Mark is satisfied that he has fulfilled his fatherly duties for the year, so we are not likely to be in touch with Rusty for a while now…  savor the moment.

And the Little Ones Chewed on the Bones-O

Oh, the fox went out on a chase one night, Prayed for the moon to give him light, He’d many a mile to go that night, before he reached the town-o… Huh.  I guess it’s “Chilly Night” but but we always sang “Chase one night…”

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Well, I’m certainly glad that we have that all sorted… at least now we know that the work on the reservation will be sanctioned…

But let’s meet the furry little ferret

Cute little guy, but apparently hell on earth for prairie dogs…

Can we just get on with this already?

And do you have permission?  Is Johnny a member of the tribe in good standing?  Do we need to be contacting the the Bureau of Indian Affairs?  Boy there’s an agency name that needs changing…

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I swear we spend more time taking about what we are going to do than the time it would take to just do it…  And I sure hope that ring-tailed-whatever-it-is gets a meal out of this…

But finally, someone on the comics page is tackling the Space-time dilemma!

comic time

(Arlo and Janis, 3-16-2017)

From Chiseled to Misshapen…

That’s what happens when you go from the clip-art drawer, panel two, to having to actually draw Mark, panel three.

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Couldn’t agree more with the recent comments.  Lots of twine to ball up here, and now we have to endure a “little fishing” with the shape-shifting Rusty?  Or is this a tease like in days of yore?  Recall that Rusty actually got to go fishing on this blogger’s watch- in August of 2013- literally a first…