Monthly Archives: March 2012

Thursday March 1, 2012

Lynn’s Notes:

I’m not someone who reads in bed. In fact, I find it really uncomfortable and can’t quite see why people do it. Still, when you have a fantasy character to work with, you can have him or her do a lot of stuff you wouldn’t normally do. I guess this is why avatars are becoming so popular with folks on the internet. Neat idea…but I won’t get involved until an avatar can do my laundry!

Sunday March 4, 2012

Lynn’s Notes:

Feeling soft and out of shape, a few of us decided to create an exercise group. We found a capable leader who, for a modest sum, agreed to make us sweat a couple of afternoons a week. She turned out to be a drill sergeant. After a few serious workouts, we were all stiff and sore. I remember lying on the couch in pain, feeling muscles I didn’t know existed. I thought that running after, picking up, and carrying kids would have put us all ahead of the game.

Monday March 5, 2012

Lynn’s Notes:

My friends Jim and Nancy Lawn had just moved to Lynn Lake with their two daughters, Jennifer and Deanna. As Nancy was unpacking the children’s clothes, she noticed that two black plastic bags full of her daughters’ best clothing was gone. Thinking the bags were garbage, Jim had inadvertently taken them to the dump. A long and fruitless search made it clear that someone had already found and taken the clothing home. Our dump wasn’t called “the exchange” for nothing!

Tuesday March 6, 2012

Lynn’s Notes:

Sadly, this happened to a lot of folks until clear bags came onto the market. After this series of strips ran, we had many letters from folks who had done the exact same thing. At least, the Lynn Lake dump was well maintained and if you went in empty handed, you could just as easily come out with a trunk load of good stuff, in return!

Thursday March 8, 2012

Lynn’s Notes:

I like to think that I make good soup and, when I do make it, I tend to make a lot! I like to have enough to freeze and to share and some to eat right away. It was a blow to the ego when they preferred the canned or packaged stuff. Mine was chock full of “goodns” – a meal in itself. Somehow, with the passage of time, they have learned to appreciate home made soups and often make it themselves. Katie makes enough to freeze, enough to eat and enough to give to me!

Friday March 9, 2012

Lynn’s Notes:

This strip has a bit of a story behind it. I was travelling quite a bit for work and was often waiting to board a plane somewhere. I was en route to New York and sitting in the lounge were all kinds of folks heading to meetings and events and so on. Our flight had been delayed. Some were late for connecting flights, some were unable to contact people who were meeting them. We were all getting frustrated and anxious. An hour went by with no information. Then another hour passed. Eventually we were all furious. The tension was awful … but then a miracle occurred.

A man went completely berserk – he stood up, cursing the airline, and the attendants at the gate. He threw down his briefcase and stomped on it, shouting and waving his arms. He threatened to sue. He screamed obscenities. At that point, the rest of us relaxed. We all watched as someone else acted out our frustrations perfectly. As he ranted, we said to ourselves, “Yeah, that’s right. That’s exactly how I feel.”

By the time the authorities came, the lounge was a quiet place full of calm people. It was instant stress relief. It occurred to me that I performed this same service for my family; the more irate I became about something, the less they cared about it!

Saturday March 10, 2012

Lynn’s Notes:

Kate and Aaron liked to answer the phone. I made sure they were polite and respectful. Aaron could write a message and take down the number. Katie just had to say I was busy and to please call back later. She answered while I was in the bath one day and had this very chat with the person who called. I never did find out who it was!

Sunday March 11, 2012

Lynn’s Notes:

This was when three dollars bought a toy that would last! We tried to introduce the concept of earning and saving and waiting until you could afford the things you want, but understanding money takes time.

Aaron had a weekly allowance and what didn’t go to Fergy’s candy counter, went to the toy department at “The Bay.” The Lynn Lake Hudson’s Bay store was a long cinder block building, which carried everything from groceries to long underwear. The toy department was smack dab in the middle of the store. We couldn’t navigate the aisles without going past the toys and Aaron knew the entire inventory. He liked Lego, in particular, and wanted every kit available.

We insisted that he buy these kits with his own money. Every week, he’d skip down to see if his box was still on “hold” and put a dollar more down on his prize and calculate how much more he had to pay. It was a great way to make a toy mean something! Aaron learned about what things cost. He learned about taxes and he learned a lot about planning and patience … and in so doing, I learned a lot about him.

Monday March 12, 2012

Lynn’s Notes:

I have never had great organizational skills- unless it was comic art related. When income tax came, we were forever grateful to my dad in law who went through all the envelopes and shoeboxes full of cancelled cheques, bank statements, invoices and receipts. Like everyone else we dreaded income tax time- not so much for the taxes we’d have to pay, but for the energy spent in figuring out how much we owed.

Tuesday March 13, 2012

Lynn’s Notes:

For many years- even before the strip began, I ran a business from my home. For 15 years, I have been grateful to have Liuba, my long-suffering bookkeeper, make sure that personal stuff is separated from the business and that everything is documented, accounted for and filed. I also have a good tax accountant who – even with the files and folders we supply – still asks for things I’ve overlooked or forgotten. Folks who think that artists are talented have no idea how much we admire those who can handle math!!

Friday March 16, 2012

Lynn’s Notes:

This strip a favourite. Folks who came home from a hard day’s work to see their dog happily lolling on the living room carpet in the warmth of the sun let me know that this strip was on target. Forgetting that a dog’s life is really a kind of captivity…we do tend to envy them. The one time I was glad NOT to be a pampered pet was when I opened a can of dog food and watched ol’ Farley gulping mystery meat from a grubby plastic bowl.

Sunday March 18, 2012

Lynn’s Notes:

Eddy King, our local barber, was a neighbour and friend. Our cabins on Berge Lake were side by side. Whenever Rod had a chance to talk to Eddie, it was usually a long conversation. When it came to giving a haircut, Eddie would cut for as long as the conversation lasted. Occasionally, Rod would come home with almost no hair left -I hated it! I kept hoping that next time he had his hair cut, they would have much less to say!

Monday March 19, 2012

Lynn’s Notes:

I recently returned from a trip to Cuba. At the resort we stayed at, topless sun bathing was not discouraged and a number of ladies did let it all hang out. There were also a few people close to my age wearing two-piece suits with thong bottoms. Not nice- especially close to lunchtime. So, it seems to me that either there are still no flattering bathing suits being designed, or women are baring more of the unbearable. Mind you… we do live in an age where “shock value” is no longer shocking.

Wednesday March 21, 2012

Lynn’s Notes:

When I was in art school, English Bay was an easy walk away. Many of us would take off with bags full of food and a change of clothing and hit the beach. My friend Addie had a brand new white bathing suit in which she looked stunningly beautiful. She pranced about the lifeguard’s stand enjoying his admiring looks, but was stunned when, after a dip in the ocean, he ran towards her with a towel. Her white bathing suit became completely transparent when wet! Addie turned beet red- and it wasn’t from the sun!

Thursday March 22, 2012

Lynn’s Notes:

Here is an embarrassing moment from my personal file. While stewing away about something, I ran into another driver who had stopped at a stop sign. He was understandably irate and came to my driver’s side window to say so. I felt like a kid who was about to be sent to the principal’s office. I rolled down my window and listened while he berated me. What I recommend doing at a time like this is to just agree with the other driver. It’s hard for them to do you in when you keep saying; “You’re absolutely RIGHT!”

Sunday March 25, 2012

Lynn’s Notes:

Farley had great wide hairy feet and every time he came indoors, I wiped them as best I could – knowing that dirt would come in anyway and I’d just have to deal with it. When my kids came in carrying the same amount of flotsam, however, I bounced around pointing at the inevitable grime and water, telling them in no uncertain terms that they had to be more careful and considerate and bla, bla, bla….

Maybe we’re so much more patient with them because dogs can’t talk back!

Monday March 26, 2012

Lynn’s Notes:

It’s interesting to think about how almost “desperate” I was as a single mother. Not to “snag” a man; not to find a replacement for my ex. – I just wanted to be wanted by someone who would treat me and my child, with respect and affection. I was responsible for another life, but I needed someone in MY life, too.

Wednesday March 28, 2012

Lynn’s Notes:

A bad guy in this case was also someone who would throw a wrench into the works; say out loud the very thing happily married people really think about: Am I still desirable? What would it be like to be dating again? Should I feel guilty when I spy someone who could be “mate material”? We all flirt- but it’s how we manage the results that defines our characters. John believed he was happily married and Ted was there to make him question his beliefs.

Thursday March 29, 2012

Lynn’s Notes:

As in any sit-com, my saga had to have characters who were “pawns”. These are people who ask the questions the audience wants to ask and pressure the characters to give more information than they could otherwise give. In a strip, you can do this with thought balloons, which work from time to time. The best gags usually require some repartee. This not only gives you the opportunity for TWO smart minds to make a remark, but provides the artist with appropriate facial expressions as well.

Friday March 30, 2012

Lynn’s Notes:

I expected my first spouse to change after I married him. I hoped that he would have more confidence and more self-control. In retrospect, I’d now advise people to accept their prospective partners the way they are. “If your partners’ quirks irritate you before you marry, I guarantee they will drive you stark raving mad afterwards!”

Saturday March 31, 2012

Lynn’s Notes:

It’s easy to see when things aren’t working in someone else’s relationship. As observers- free from the commitment and the history and all those intimate moments which unify a couple… we can point out all the reasons why people should go their separate ways. We are confused by their willingness to hang on to something painful and we wonder what the attraction can possibly be. It makes you wonder: does our constant judgement of others make us more aware of ourselves?