The snowmobile incident really happened. Fred drove it through the wheat field and into our yard. This snowmobile was to be turned into a mechanical mule for the annual Mule Derby. But that's another story. Yes, Fred knew this incident was from life- he did it! He also knew who "Arnold" really was. This unpleasant character was based on a farm hand who was a very uncomfortable guy to have around. He lived by himself in a trailer and kept to himself, but liked to check out our underwear on the clothes line. I have hundreds of stories about the farm, living in an isolated town, flying in the arctic, search and rescue, medical missions, doing a clown act at a country fair, playing guitar in coffee houses, working in retail, failed marriages, stuff about my parents my childhood, my friends.... and these stories all overlapped in the fictitious tales I told in For Better or For Worse. The comic strip was a story. It can't be explained away in detail- the stories came unbidden as I worked to stave off the deadlines. Every time I'm asked to explain such minutia, I sigh with exasperation. It is what it is. It was what it was. And, when you read the treasury books you will read as much as I can tell you- as much as I can remember about how and when these stories were generated, whom they were about, what was real and what wasn't. The next treasury will be out in the spring and you can order a signed copy from this site. Thanks.
Lynn Johnston"I hate beets" What a laugh! I was pretty small and we were planting a vegetable garden. I planted green beans because they were one of the few edible vegetables. All summer, we watched them grow. When the big day came, and we were having "Tommy's" beans for supper, they tasted awful! I hated them. (Was a hot, dry summer and they'd gotten bitter.)
Torby from IllinoisPoor Farley. He gets out because his owners fail to properly secure the gate yet he gets yelled at. Years later, Elly still hadn't learned how to secure a gate, and Farley paid the ultimate price.
Cyn, TNThe cartoon of Farley's escape and eventual recapture was timely. Yesterday as I lolled around in the water at our condo pool, I saw one of the other owners come outside with her bouncy golden retriever. The woman tied the dog to a post and walked away to retrieve a clean-up bag. Unfortunately, the exuberant dog lunged after his owner and broke his collar clasp. The sensation of freedom was instantaneous and the golden bolted past everyone and headed for the lake like a man-on-a-mission! I watched in amusement as that shrieking, panicked and barefoot owner chased after her canine friend. She finally caught him and came limping back with stone-bruised feet. Yes, the dog looked quite happy; the owner, not so much!
Diane Siracusa - Hollister, MOLoved today's strip. We don't have a dog, but we have a blue-point Himalayan cat who adopted us in Nov. We are trying to train him to stay home, but he was wild for a time. We should keep him in, but animals were out before they were in. He is always in trouble with the neighbors--into mischief. He'a as hairy as Farley.
Becky Kemp, Birdsboro, PAI loved this "farm series" and hate to see it come to an end! I'm sure it was difficult to decide on which experiences to write about as there were so many. Thank you for this fun and enlightening summer segment!
Bonnie Ramba Stokesdale, NC