Every once in a while I draw a cartoon in my journal. I havn’t been doing it as often as I used to—there are only two in my whole current 600-page journal, and I’m 520 pages into it. But here’s one I did a few days ago. Click on it to see it full-size.

I’ll explain a little bit first. These cartoons are based on a karacter I came up with when I was in, oh, fourth grade, called Chicklet. Probably a lot of his appeal to me then was that he’s easy to draw. Over time, more karacters hav joined the strip, which is good, because it’s tuf to carry out a strip with just one karacter. Each one represents someone I know. Aaron and Keith bothe hav one based on cartoons we used to draw in classes when we wer supposed to be doing other things that wer too boring. Keith’s is a chameleon, a spin-off from his strip The Chameleon Brothers. Aaron’s is an orb with eyes. The only one that makes an appearance in this strip, tho, is a snake that’s supposed to represent Micah, for reasons I’v forgotten by now. He drew cartoons, but none of them wer snakes—I think I may hav asked him once what kynd of cartoon he’d like me to use to represent him, and he picked a snake. If I fynd some more good cartoons, I myte scan those in and post them here. One of the volumes of my journal is still in Iowa, but I have the other three big ones (plus the small, old one) here in Ohio.

This has been an uneventful week. I’v been reading, and (while the snow was around) sledding, and werking on my font, and stuff. I’m going back to Iowa this weekend. I’ll hav lots of fun stuff to tauk about this semester. The latest news is that the assistant manager of Bob’s is stepping down, and I myte take his place—I havn’t decided yet, since I don’t know all that it entails. I’ll also, assuming this program is still underway, be volunteering to teach English to immigrants in ?Cedar Rapids, most of them Somali. And of course I’ll be going to Costa Rica. I’m definitely excited about the near future. And the future after that, actually. I’m all sorts of excited.

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Pritty darn well, in fact. It's been a great break. Too bad I'm going to be gon so long starting this weekend. Once it's over, I'll tally up how many pages I red. A lot of them wer pages I hadn't planned on reading, but I did burn thru plenty of books.




I either just don't get it, or it's just not funi. No matir what, you hav inherited your dad's sense of humor. But don't worry, with time you may be able to overcome that.




I was afraid of the don't-get-it factor. The punch line is that Chicklet has tricked the snake into going outside in the cold, and he reveals it was a trick from behynd a snow fort, because he expects a snowball fyte to ensue because he tricked him.

You spelled some werds wrong.

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From Grandpa


1. A bicycle can't stand alone; it is two tired.

2. A will is a dead giveaway.

3. Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana.

4. A backward poet writes inverse.

5. A chicken crossing the road: poultry in motion.

6. When a clock is hungry it goes back four seconds.

7. The guy who fell onto an upholstery machine was fully recovered.

8. You are stuck with your debt if you can't budge it.

9. He broke into song because he couldn't find the key.

10. A calendar's days are numbered.

11. A boiled egg is hard to beat.

12. He had a photographic memory which was never developed.

13. The short fortuneteller who escaped from prison: a small medium at large.

14. Those who get too big for their britches will be exposed in the end.

15. When you've seen one shopping center you've seen a mall.

16. If you jump off a Paris bridge, you are in Seine.

17. When she saw her first strands of gray hair, she thought she'd dye.

18. Santa's helpers are subordinate clauses.

19. Acupuncture: a jab well done.

20. Marathon runners with bad shoes suffer the agony of de feet.

21. The roundest knight at king Arthur's round table was Sir Cumference. He acquired his size from too much pi.

22. I thought I saw an eye doctor on an Alaskan island, but it turned out to be an optical Aleutian.

23. She was only a whisky maker, but he loved her still.

24. A rubber band pistol was confiscated from algebra class because it was a weapon of math disruption.

25. No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.

26. A dog gave birth to puppies near the road and was cited for littering.

27. Two silk worms had a race. They ended up in a tie.

28. A hole has been found in the nudist camp wall. The police are looking into it.

29. Atheism is a non-prophet organization.

30. I wondered why the baseball kept getting bigger. Then it hit me.

31. A sign on the lawn at a drug rehab center said: 'Keep off the Grass.'

32. A small boy swallowed some coins and was taken to a hospital. When his grandmother telephoned to ask how he was, a nurse said, 'No change yet.'

33. The soldier who survived mustard gas and pepper spray is now a seasoned veteran.

34. Don't join dangerous cults: practice safe sects.


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