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Thursday, May 17, 2007


Yesterday Night I went to a Josh Groban concert. Oh, shut it! He scored some points with me when he referred to himself as a cheeseball. A joke lost on many an Icelander, but it made me laugh.

Then this happened:

he looked over his audience and said:

"I see a lot of women here tonight." *slicks back hair and smiles*
"I see a few man here too." *grins*
"And we all know why you guys are here, it´s ´cause you love the woman sitting next to you!" *general applause and laughing*

I looked to the half-drunken stranger sitting to my left, and I could tell he didn´t love me. Something in his vacant expression ... But when I looked into the front row I saw a woman putting her hands on her husbands thigh as "love the woman sitting next to you" was uttered. He just starred ahead and didn´t reply in any shape or form to that gesture. Muppet!


His only art training came from a correspondence course, but his drawings are world famous. After serving in World War II, he taught art and tried to sell his cartoons. In 1948, the Saturday Evening Post finally published his work and two years later a large syndicate bought his comic strip, Li’l Folks.

Any ideas? Give clues or hints in the comment sections and let the guessing commence!

If you have time and an inclination to laugh...go to Humorblogs...where I am sure you could find sweet nothings, if you look real careful :)


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At 14:26, Blogger Minka said...

Anybody seen my blanket?

At 14:32, Blogger Theresa said...

I think he must have liked eating a certain legume, which is something he had in common with Jimmy Carter.

At 14:34, Blogger Miz BoheMia said...

Oooh! Glad to hear that a good time was had my friend!

Now... lil' bohemian girls would like to know... were there any Magnus Schéving sightings to be had? ;-P

At 15:00, Blogger Minka said...

Minka, I love you and well hinted. By the by, I hope this is not an inappropriate time to say this: but you look absolutely beautiful today!

Theresa, legume, ey! :) Nice!

Miz B, no Magnus Scheving sightings whatsoever. We even went to a very fancy restaurant, and nope...maybe he´s abroad? 'cause I saw about everybody that is somebody yesterday at the concert.

At 15:09, Blogger Theresa said...

What color is your blanket? We'll help you look, maybe you left it at the concert.

At 15:20, Blogger Doug said...

While his characters can't be called regal
And his heroes won't be played by Steagal.
You have to admire
A place-kicker's fire
And an artist who once loved a beagle.

AP3 and TLP get to hint just by showing up. No fair!

I think the drunk Icelander next to you did love you and just didn't know how to express it.

At 16:13, Blogger G said...

Yes Doug, sometimes a drunken stare expresses it all.

Yet another source of my classical music education - the piano virtuoso who played a starring role. Now I also have the music in my head that the gang danced to, which is not unpleasant.

At 20:29, Blogger goldennib said...

Would it be snoopy of me to look it up on google?

At 21:24, Blogger ariel said...

my first thought was that I knew but this guy looks better.

At 21:30, Blogger tsduff said...

Each Christmas and Hallows Eve evenings,
I sit around waiting til eight
When onto the tube comes my favorite cartoon,
About that kid with a round pate.

The Master who wrote about baseball,
Of beagles and puppy farms too,
Is dear to my heart
How I hate his depart
He loved children and dogs through and through.

At 21:38, Anonymous Joel said...

Good Grief!

At 21:57, Anonymous neva said...

BEST advice by a novel writing beagle: "How to look younger. Don't be born so soon." hahaha! i can't count how many times i read: It was a dark and stormy night... followed by something completely silly, and laughed my head off.

gotta love it, and i DO. i loveloveloved this artist (he was a Good Man), and adored his comic strip. well played, dear Penguin (too bad one of those didn't find their way into his strip)

as for teh concert? sounds like a perfectly lovely evening. i have it on good authority that Larry from Starbucks would have held your hand through the entire concert and whispered sweet nothings in your ear as Groban crooned. i'm guessing "Good Grief" and/or "You Blockhead" isn't all you'd have had to say, in order to get him to stop. ; ) xox

At 22:05, Blogger ariel said...

is this the guy who wrote the "It was a dark and stormy night..." thing? I knew when I looked at the picture that I like him!

At 23:14, Blogger Minka said...

Theresa, it´s my security blanket, I need it back...otherwise I´ll re-start sucking my thumb and with my age...that would send mixed signals :)

Doug, very nice limerick. When I read about the beagle association with this fine man, I had to think of you. I survived. barely! Nice hint with the Pezes too ;)

G, I love the virtuoso on the piano...this was an easy one, wasn´t it?

goldennib, It looks like you don´t need to.

ariel, Doug´s Pez comment should help you on your quest ;)

terry, *claps* that was nice. *hands her some corns to pick*

Joel, don´t get religious on me now!

Neva, you know what...I wouldn´t have minded Larry right next to me
instead of the beer consumer to my left...I hate the smell. I can handle a Larry!

ariel, yep...that would be him! He´s great! I love that poem too...and to all a good night!

At 00:34, Blogger actonbell said...

He looks like a Pez dispenser.

I loved your pictures over at the Snark--very interesting! (My computer would not let me comment over there, though.Mumbled something about being to old)

At 09:56, Blogger Theresa said...

I can lend you one of my kids' blankets, they have a few extras lying around.

Hmm, I suddenly have a craving for a dark chocolate covered peppermint confection.

At 11:46, Blogger I Dive At Night said...

When I was a kid, it wasn't truly the Christmas season until I had seen this guy's creations dancing around a piano and singing their charols on TV.

As for the concert, if a woman drags a man to see Josh Groban, why wouldn't he take advantage of the snogging op? Like those guys were there to watch Josh???

Cold Icelanders.

At 11:59, Blogger Dan said...

Josh Grobin??

My mother-in-law likes Josh Grobin. How can anyone my mother-in-law likes be good?? :)

At 12:52, Blogger Doug said...

Morgan, me too. Luke and L.... and the meaning of Christmas.

At 13:30, Blogger Minka said...

actonbell, I am glad you liked them. despite what I let on soemtimes, I love this little ice cube of ours and it sure has its beautiful sides, there is no doubt.

Theresa, Ap3 might be able to help you out there.

Morgan, thank you. See that is teh kinda thinking that is missing here!

Dan, even mothers-in-law have their moments. Rare and far in between, I grant you...but still!

Doug, shoudl I worry that you know those names? How uncurmudgeonly of you!

At 13:45, Blogger ariel said...

I know his works in Hungarian only, so the English names say little to me, I did recognize those worldfamous words immediately, though. heck, I'd recognize them in Chinese, even. :)

At 15:21, Blogger Theresa said...

Ap3? At the risk of sounding stupid, what is that? Sounds like ATP, which brings me back to high school biology class.

At 16:56, Anonymous neva said...

Ariel: yesterday i came across a variation of his famous beagle-turned-novelist's opening line ~ which he (aforementioned beagle) wrote after a certain "crabby" girl told him to write a story about a dashing hero: "He was a dark and stormy knight..." : )

Theresa: Good Grief, girlfriend, you mustmustmust meet AP3! (eventually, we'll introduce you to the all the Pez Pal Gals, but for now, Doug's twin sister is a great one to start with!)

Minka: careful what you wish for -- our boy made it very clear to me only yesterday that "hanging" out with you in the near future is high on his list of priorities... bless his little heart. ; ) xox

At 17:51, Blogger Theresa said...

Met her, now I'll have to ask her if she can get me one of those chocolate thingies I was craving.

At 17:53, Blogger birdwoman said...

I would think his shirt would look better with a single, black, horizontal zigzag stripe.


At 18:59, Blogger Diesel said...

He also became ridiculously wealthy, even though cartooning doesn't pay peanuts.

At 18:59, Blogger Diesel said...

Wait, I mean, "George Washington?"

At 20:12, Blogger Minka said...

ariel, but would you recognize them in Botswanese backwardsm is the question!

Theresa, as you know by now...AP3 is an awesoem Pez despenser. She belongs to a blogging family here on the net, which we all would love to become a member off. Believe you me, I have tried.

Neva, some people are just lucky I guess :)

Theresa, there you go! Now you have left on yoru list...TLP (the patriarch of teh Pezes), Actonbell belongs there too and DDDragon. From there you´ll be moved on to twins...you see where I am going with this, right?

birdwoman, as a matter of fact, it certainly would! I also like the color brown. I thought I´d throw that into the mix!

Diesel, impressive..this must be your first rigth answer...but George Washington was bound to come up eventually :)

At 03:47, Blogger J. D. said...

Minka...When you said that you saw a Josh Groban concert, my mouth fell wide open and a loud, involuntary sound came out. Since your next words were, "Oh, shut up.", I looked around for the camera you were using to watch me. I roared laughing.

Well, you didn't tell the cartoonists name yet? Glad I made it. He gave his own first name to his character/son/alter-ego .........Judy

At 21:36, Blogger Minka said...

J.D.: correct and I am glad it made you laugh.

This weeks answer is, of course:

Charles M. Schulz

Long live the Peanuts!

I just love Snoopy!

At 01:27, Blogger Logophile said...

I believe in the Great Pumpkin!
And I'm glad the drunken man beside you did not start professing his love, that might have been uncomfortable.

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