Swenson Funnies Will Transition To Off Jaw Comics

What the hell is Off Jaw Comics & Publishing? 

For the last year or so I’ve been working towards regular releases of comic strip collections and cartoon collections for Kindle (you can search for my name Jeff Swenson to see a list under books on Amazon) with the intent of starting a small press publishing outfit called Off Jaw Publishing. While currently Off Jaw has only my titles in circulation my hope is to expand to comic books and fiction and include other authors I know or have come into contact with. I also want to rescue any old material I’ve done for the sake of just putting it out there for readers who like old web comics and humor. Quite a bit of content from “ma and pa” sites has been crushed by commercial sites overloaded with ads, video ads and click bait. I don’t think old cartoons and cheesy comics from the past need to be buried by the future.

In addition, I am churning out new material and have written scripts for a couple of series ideas as well as plenty of new material for The Cynic comic strip. The first volume of The Cynic is being wrapped up in the new year with a total of 5 digest issues. I wasn’t even sure I would collect 5 issues, but it’s happening. They are all experimental and were the result of completing storylines that had never been finished due to freelance work and the general interruptions of life. Admittedly, the first volume was also gratuitous and may not be to everyone’s taste (fuck it, if you like silly nudity with your character humor than you’ll love the comic strips). Volume 2, however, will be more orderly in format and will feature some social issues in the storylines which I think have more potential for laughs considering the political atmosphere we’re in. I’ll write more about this on The Cynic website.

I have no illusions that small press comics are released into a crowded market dominated by larger rivals, but who the hell cares? My old comics already made enough money to justify the effort put into them and for any new work the concentration will be on putting out some new titles and building upon established characters. Let’s just have some fun with it!

So if for nostalgic reasons you came back to Swenson Funnies to rummage through some old games or comics, no–you’re not in the wrong place. I had seriously considered shutting the site down as it no longer had a real function in my life except to sell the occasional ad, but then I figure it’s worth the effort to convert it to my new venture.

Archived Junk

I’m doing some clean up and therefore “Archived Junk” will be moved to a post instead of being displayed on the home page. Unfortunately, if you want to sort through playing the games you’ll have to download a Flash or possibly a Java plug-in. Even with that I can’t guarantee the games or links will work. Support for Flash based games has been dropped from most browsers. The rotating comic strip and panel cartoons are extinct as I have moved on to publishing. This is truly web junk but I’ll leave it up for the time being as a remnant of the past.

ARCHIVED JUNK
From here on down you’re on your own. I haven’t updated these listings and partner sites in awhile but they still contain plenty of stuff to amuse. Swenson Funnies has been around since 2000…

Older Stuff from when Swenson Funnies was young…Ahhh, youth
GAMES
SWENSON FUNNIES ARCADE–OPEN!

Full Game Listings here…
Also see: Games by Category

OFFICE GAMES
Games to play at the office that are about the office.

SUPERHERO GAMES
All your favorite hero flash games in one spot, ain’t that super?

SPORTS FLASH GAMES
Bring on the hotdogs, the cheering crowds and your own bad self. Football, Baseball, Soccer and more.

The Cynic’s Jungle Java Arcade
All Java games from car racing to puzzles to nostalgic games.
CLASSIC ARCADE
Mean apes, big yellow mouths, spinning hedgehogs — they all bring tears back to your nostalgic heart.

Game Category Listings…

WEBMASTERS
LEARN HOW TO LOAD FUNNIES INTO YOUR SITE
Funnies Feeds have now been canceled after a run of 10 years or so. If you would like a complimentary set of cartoons to archive please Email me with your website URL and I will send you a zip file

CLIPART SILLINESS
CHRISTMAS UGLY BABY CLIPART The holiday sequel to the original ugly baby clip art.

UGLY BABY CLIPART
It has a reputation on the net. See the originals and a couple of new ones. Free to use.

GUINEA PIG CLIPART
Featuring Doyle, that feisty character from The Cynic Comic Strip.

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Comcast Doesn’t Have a Clue, Or Is It Comcast Customers?

At first glance, it sure seems Comcast doesn’t have a clue about the new disruption to it’s legacy cable service, but maybe not? Maybe it’s us, the customer who needs to wake up?

I convinced my significant other to cut the cord this year. Finally, I’m free from the shackles of the monster cable company and their increasing bills. It feels great! For now… Of course, we’re still reliant on Comcast for our Internet connection and, interestingly enough, when I went to cancel (and rejected any offers to keep cable) they offered me $10.00 off the monthly price for the year for Internet. Then when I went to return my cable boxes they gave me a better modem/router (dual band) that has fixed numerous streaming interruptions. It almost was like they made it easier for me to cut the cord and just shrugged their shoulders at the loss.

I thought I might miss access to cable, but honestly I don’t. I hooked up an old Radio Shack antenna that is able to lock on to over the air digital signals (wasn’t sure that would be possible with an old antenna since it was meant for analog but I guess it works when your TV has a digital tuner) and I get the basic channels and even a couple I wasn’t aware of. My only regret is I can’t get a lock on the MeTV signal to watch Svengoolie (cheezy horror/monster movies late show) on Saturday nights.

What gave me the impression that Comcast is clueless is the offer I just received in the mail to upgrade to X1 Premier Quad Play for $219.95. Over 200 bucks? Are you crazy?! It includes all the premium movie channels, a DVR service and their Streampix movie selections (many of the same movies you can get through Netflix or Amazon). Mind you, $219.95 is before all of the cable fees and rental fees and taxes. This is why I rejected an offer I got over the phone when canceling cable. The offer was to keep the basic channels for $13.00 per month, but then it’s not really that price because with cable fees and taxes it bumps it up to more like $30.00 per month. I was going to give Comcast the benefit of the doubt on some of these fees as I thought they may be government regulated–however, according to The Consumerist, this IS Comcast regarding such fees as The Broadcast Fee, The Regional Sports Fee and franchise fees. Add to that other fees like The Regulatory Recovery Fee, The Universal Connectivity Charge as well as taxes and rental costs for your extra digital TV adaptors and your cable bill ends up being something like $30.00 or more over the initial offer.

It’s ridiculous in a time where you can get premium content from Netflix for $10.00 a month or Amazon for less than $10.00 per month (plus free shipping, music streaming and special Kindle book offers). You can also choose to subscribe to a single premium channel like HBO Now if all you want is Game of Thrones. Or you can just not subscribe to any premium service and stream free movies and content on YouTube, PBS (and other channels that offer free episodes) and several free TV and movie apps.

But according to a Fortune Magazine article earlier in 2016, Comcast added 53,000 subscribers despite cord cutting. This makes no sense and you begin to wonder where people’s priorities are when the cable bill increases while the free or low cost entertainment options also increase. Or is it that Comcast isn’t seeing the losses yet and it will take more time?

What has Comcast done to keep its customers? They added the Netflix app to Xfinity. That helps Netflix broaden it’s reach, but I don’t see how it helps Comcast? They have also launched Stream TV  for $15 per month in select markets which may account for some of the subscriber growth mentioned earlier (as apparently those subscribers could be included in the growth numbers which can be misleading)–question is, does streaming channels in a Comcast channel bundle include the fees or not? Or are they delaying the fees on Stream TV and they’ll be snuck in just like cable fees as time goes on?

I’m an example of a delayed cord cutter because for the last 3 years I called every January and renegotiated my monthly cost. We were hesitant to cut the cord due to constant streaming interruptions with the Internet (due of course, to Comcast). But Comcast fees kept bumping up the bill so I could no longer justify the waste of money. I also know Comcast likes to make the cable portion of your bill seem negligible when it’s bundled with Internet–but remember the fees are primarily on the cable side. Over the phone they will tell you the difference to drop cable is $10 to $20 so that it sounds inexpensive–but you have to remember the fees on top of it!

As to the Quad Play, if you are paying over $200.00 for cable in the time of Netflix, Amazon Prime, YouTube and free TV streaming apps, you are crazy. Comcast is not crazy for suckering people into buying such exorbitant bundles if people don’t protest. Unless you have money to burn, why would you pay that much for entertainment you can’t possibly have time to watch? Considering the national savings rate, cut the cord and open a Roth IRA to pocket the difference in costs.

Hopefully Comcast customers will wake up and revolt. The add on fees being charged are an insult. The problem is the next revolt will be when Comcast starts adding fees to its Internet service to make up the difference in loss from customers cutting the cord. We need more providers competing for this space to lower the pricing.

‘The Abandoned’ Should Be Left Abandoned

Last night I took a chance on a horror movie on Netflix, they have a large selection of so-called indie horror films licensed to view which means wading through a lot of crap. I can’t call The Abandoned crap, but it is disappointing and a waste of time. Without trying to give too much away, it’s one of those movies where they try to pull a M. Night Shyamalan on you. Trick endings either work or they don’t and even when they do work you don’t feel like watching the movie twice, or at least I don’t. I’ve only seen The Sixth Sense once because if I watch it again I’m going to know Bruce Willis doesn’t realize he’s dead throughout the entire picture.

The main reason I took a chance on it was because it’s about a night shift for two security guards. I worked security for 3 months or so when I got out of art school, pretty much all night shifts, and it was interesting to say the least. I often didn’t have a partner so it was easy to get spooked and yet I was that idiot who tended to explore dark passage ways or stairs that led into the unknown or walk the upper floors of business buildings out of boredom. I never did see a ghost, but then maybe that’s because I’m not superstitious.

The Abandoned does star Jason Patric of The Lost Boys who is real dick as Dennis Cooper, grumpy, handicapped night security man. This was a plus for me as I’m a fan of The Lost Boys and his role in it. I guess Patric has been starring in several movies over the years, but I don’t recognize any of them on his filmography after the aforementioned film except for Rush and Sleepers. I always thought it a shame that Kiefer Sutherland gained more fame after The Lost Boys than Patric. I prefer Patric’s acting abilities and from what I’ve heard Kiefer is a real life dick–but then he’s also an alcoholic which I guess explains it. The other character is Julia Streak played by Louisa Krause, a young unwed mother who needs the security job to make sure social services doesn’t take her child away. Which explains why she puts up with Dennis Cooper’s burping and verbal abuse.

Now if The Abandoned had kept it simple instead of going for the trick ending they might have had a good B movie with ghosts. The relationship between grumpy male security guard with a naive young girl security guard solving a mystery was working. Fact is, the story didn’t have to be about ghosts, they could could have done numerous things with the beautiful interior of the building they were guarding: a murder mystery, a strange intruder, a creature feature… I can confess that I did enjoy about three quarters of the film until the plot stopped making sense and the trick ending didn’t do much to explain everything that happened.

Oh well, another bad movie to forget.

Brexit Bigotry

I’m not sure if this is just media hype, but it seems like Britain and for that matter Europe are regressing.

Racism Unleashed is an extensive article on the bigotry following The Brexit decision. Brexit seems to have given permission for all the racists and xenophobes to come out of the woodwork and display themselves and their hatred proudly. Not that we don’t have some of the same in the the United States. Yeah, I’m not a Trump supporter. Not a huge Hillary fan either but I’ll settle for her. Trump can go fuck himself (and knowing how narcissistic he is, he will do just that. Hope he can stretch that tiny dick around to his ass.).

Speaking of which, check out this hate sticker from UK’s National Action:
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I guess they’re against Russians, Pot, Syringes and Gay Sex. Only someone had to draw the gay sex symbol which is pretty explicit. Due to the detail I would almost suspect the artist of being a closeted homosexual. Can you imagine an organizational meeting over this sticker at National Action in the UK?
“So Alfie, um, why didn’t you just draw two guys holding hands?”
“Are we against guys holding hands too? I thought it was just anal sex?”
“I think we could have gotten the message across with two guys holding hands. I’m just sayin’. We’re against anything gay. I don’t need to see a symbol that reads like an instruction manual.”
“How many of these gay porn stickers have we passed out? It could create more gays with an image like that. It’s like when you tell kids not to do something but you show them exactly how to do it.”
“Look, if you guys want approval over the art then you draw the next sticker!”

Jesus, bigots are clowns.

 

Back from Seaside, Bad Motel Room

I think all of us who went on beach trips as kids remember them fondly even though I know they were a pain in the ass for our parents. Smelly car rides, ungrateful children and moving luggage and coolers back and forth from the car to the room and the room to the car. I don’t know why parents put up with it–SUCKERS!  That’s right! I have no friggin’ kids! I plan to retire with some money still left! And if you breeders tell me I’ll regret not making some kids to take care of me in my old age I can show you numerous examples of kids not giving a damn and actually feeding off their parents well into their forties when Dad and Mom are living on Social Security and bitching about how high their cell phone bill is! Ha-ha-ha-ha!  …Whoa, had a moment there where I threw my head back and gave a villainous laugh.

Pfft, I like kids. Honest! I just don’t want to take care of them. My thanks to everyone that had sex and forgot to use adequate birth control. I’ll be sure to thank your kids too when they’re changing my diapers in the nursing home.

So my wife and I just got back from a family meet-up at the Ocean Front Motel at Seaside, Oregon located on the beach and across the street from The Seaside Aquarium. The Seaside Aquarium, by the way, is not exactly a real aquarium. It’s incredibly small with some seals stuffed in it that you can pay to feed. Apparently, it’s had some updates but I refuse to pay admission again to be disappointed. It exists as a boardwalk sideshow to draw in parents who think they’ll be entertaining their kids with something educational. Once you get in, you’ll pretty much have a headache from the sound of the seals begging for food and then your kids begging for money to buy the food to give to the begging seals–then begging for money for the gift shop and by that time they’ll probably be imitating the seals. Long story short you’re going to feel like beating a seal once you leave.

Anyways, I had booked two rooms with full kitchens. One for my wife and I and one for my parents. Then I stepped inside our room…to the Sixties. And it smelled like the Sixties. Dirty hippie pit hair.

Here’s the thing, I fully admit I was taking a chance on the Ocean Front Motel because the reviews were mixed, but because it was in July it was one of the few places left with rooms available–and that was when I booked three months ago. If I had my choice I would have gone with The Inn at the Prom which has wonderful little cottages with bright, sunny decors. The Ocean Front Motel rooms came with serial killer decor.

Being that I have a twisted sense of humor and like to draw questionable cartoons, I found the place amusing. My wife did not. Especially after opening the fridge from the Sixties and seeing the paint was peeling off the racks with a rust color showing underneath.  Then she found ants in the cupboard. My wife is a sworn enemy of ants. I suggested they followed her from home to ruin her vacation. She didn’t find that funny and killed them (sorry ants).

Now my parents didn’t seem to mind their room as much and I suspect that is because of the fact that they had a new fridge and possibly some other updates like clean carpets. Plus, they’re old. They’ve lost most of their senses and would be unable to detect imperfections like the keen senses of my lovely wife. Our place was half-assed with new carpet in the main room and old carpet in the bedroom which stunk. And a hallway light with a pull cord that for some reason was snipped short and therefore you had to use a chair to reach the remaining portion of the cord.

On the second night of our stay, the bathroom light went out. I figured it was just a lightbulb so I grabbed one from a lamp we weren’t using and attempted to take off the cover of the ceiling light. Normally this is easy, but whoever installed it jimmy-rigged it with a screw on one side that seemed too big and glued in and a smaller screw on the other side which came out but that’s all it did. The damn cover wouldn’t come off to get to the bulb. I needed a wrench which I didn’t bring and by this time I figured it would be more entertaining to watch the staff change the lightbulb…and it was.

The lightbulb was tackled by a very nice and determined woman from the front desk who kept having to go back to the tool shed because the ceiling light cover was not coming off without a fight. Finally, when she got the cover off and the lightbulb replaced she smiled and went to test it. No light. Her smile faded. So she began a search for the breaker box–and so did I and so did my Dad who was now involved, which was great for him because I think he was tired of the conversational onslaught between my wife, my mom and my aunt. After all, we’re men, we live for the challenge of finding a breaker box. And yes, it was found, on the outside of the motel room under lock and key because they didn’t trust their patrons not to mess with it. Also to prevent serial killers looking to cut the power so they can revisit their old decor and redecorate with our blood.

I’m always happiest when my problem, whatever it may be, brings in more than one person. The motel staff lady called in the manager from home. The manager, also a nice and determined lady, came in and proceeded to test the lightbulb with no luck while my Dad popped in his head to ask what the problem was (which is what you always want to hear when things aren’t working). She finally determined that it was an electrical problem with the light switch and it could not be fixed until morning–the day we check out! Thankfully, they provided an LED lamp to pee by. It made the bathroom kind of like camping.

Considering all that I’ve detailed thus far you would think there might be a discount off the room. However, in my experience traveling the Oregon Coast there is never a discount. Not even for the motel where our water heater died and we had no hot water for 2 nights. They offered a discount off our next stay–knowing that we would never come back. Why would you come back to a motel where you weren’t taken care of in the first place? The same is true of the Ocean Front Motel. I rarely fill out Expedia surveys but this time I did so to warn other travelers. What I got back from the motel management was:

“It was nice to have you here – We do regret that the room did not meet your standards and hope to see you again in the future.”

And being that I have worked in customer service I know how to wordsmith an apology so that it is not an apology. When they say “did not meet your standards” they mean their standards are just fine and that I can go eff myself.  Here are Ocean Front Motel’s standards:

  1. An unappetizing fridge from the Sixties with paint peeling off on the inside racks and brownish wear and tear showing on the outside.
  2. A sink with no garbage disposal. I did my best to keep food out of the drain, but eventually it was a lost cause and backed up on me.
  3. Dirty dishes in the cupboards, probably due to point number 2. There’s no dishwasher so the previous tenants did their best with hand washing.
  4. Kitchen tile needs to be replaced. It’s severely worn.
  5. Carpet that smells like mildew. I don’t have a strong sense of smell so when I think something stinks, it really stinks.
  6. A hall light with the shortest pull cord ever.
  7. Electrical problems. The bathroom light went out. We also were duped into using an outlet in the main room to charge a Kindle only to discover there was no current coming out of it.
  8. Ripped blanket on the bed. Looks a bit too used which is why I was smelling the sheets to see if they had any indication they were recently cleaned. I’m guessing between the shower and the bed my souvenir from this trip will be fungus.
  9. The bed farts! Seriously, if you sit on the bed it makes a loud fart noise. It was ancient. I agree this would be fun for the kids though.
  10. Location is next to the street by The Seaside Aquarium. Lots of noise and temper tantrums from kids.
  11. Minor points: No toaster that I could find and no DVD player. Normally I bring my own mini-DVD player, but every other time I’ve gone to the beach there has been one with available DVDs to borrow in the lobby. It’s kind of expected. My fault for assuming.

Speaking of the lobby, on the outside of it there is a sign that says: NO PETS!  Once you go into the lobby it absolutely reeks of wet dog. Considering the rooms smell anyways they might as well allow pets and cigarette smokers.

If you want some adventure and personality to your room with a friendly staff I would recommend the Ocean Front Motel. If you want to overpay for a low quality room that smells and the staff doesn’t think to discount you for an electrical problem then I would avoid it. …I still feel sorry for the ants.

 

Saturday The 14th Strikes Back Is A Stinker

Just a warning to all those feeling in a nostalgic mood for eighties films: Saturday The 14th is a great little film produced by Julie Corman. The sequel Saturday The 14th Strikes Back is not, and yes, it was also produced by Julie Corman and written and directed by Howard R. Cohen who did the first film. Not sure how they screwed it up so bad unless they wrote a script page at a time day by day and ran out of money at the end. It is weird for the sake of being weird which then leads to boredom. The plot is everywhere, nothing makes sense and it’s a big disappointment compared to the original.

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I never saw the sequel as a kid, only the original. Saturday The 14th was one of those movies my friends insisted on renting. It was a kids’ horror movie–goofy with vampires and monsters and an evil book. I suppose to those who didn’t see it as a kid it may be considered pretty bad too. It’s weird humor, but somehow it works.

The poster art is by Gahan Wilson. He loves his monsters. I have his book collection called Monster Collection filled with cartoon spoofs of horror. The kind of cartoon humor you used to find in magazines as filler material between articles (but magazines used to pay good money for them).

Midtown Comics Up To 75% Off Everything Bait Ads

Y’know, I was all set to bitch about Midtown Comics’ email offers for 75% off everything  for their Black Friday sale when I finally noticed it says “Up to 75%” instead of a flat 75% off  online with exceptions. Well duh! It’s right there in smaller print off to the left (see image below). Originally, my complaint was going to be about the small print in white below 75% off: “online only some exceptions may apply.” AND how they redefine the word “everything” to mean “not everything.” …But I can’t complain…because they slipped in “up to.” The sneaky bastards! (I must be blind!)

When I did my order of back issues I didn’t find one item that was 75% off or an offer for a stack of  back issues (volume discount) for 75% off. I figured the new release issues would be the exception to any 75% off offer, but not the back issues. I also didn’t see any graphic novels on my personal wish list that were 75% off either.  In total I ordered 33 issues. So it turns out that back issues were 25% off and new releases were 15% off.

So what the hell is 75% off? Because that’s the bait in this ad.

Apparently, you’re supposed to go to the blog if you click on the offer on the website… All it says is the same thing, up to 75% off everything and then lists comics, back issues, select back issues, graphic novels, manga, books and statues. Customer service also directed me to the blog when I emailed them.

I went on a quick hunt to see what I could find on the site. You can get 75% off  a Wizard Of Oz Double-Sided Wizard Figurine or a Grand Jester Frozen Anna Mini Bust. For graphic novels I found Mad Max: Fury Road TP or Batman War Years.  For Manga, Slayers Special Book 3. For back issues, nothing (but possibly it’s there somewhere).

So the 75% is available on very few items, it’s just buried and probably something you wouldn’t want anyways unless you’re a parent looking for cheap crap to stuff a stocking with. It’s hard to complain about 25% off back issues, but it would make sense to do a volume deal. Give me 25% to start, then up it to 75% if I buy 100 issues (or something like that).  That’s probably too much to ask, but for a Black Friday sale? Maybe not.
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Sugar In My Meat?

Fed Up Movie

Last night, my wife and I watched Fed Up which was produced by Katie Couric. I didn’t really want to watch it as I’ve seen numerous health documentaries on Netflix, but I have to admit it was a simplified answer to the obesity epidemic–sugar. No matter it’s form or how it’s called, we have too much of it in our daily food intake. The question is, why does it have to be in my meat?

I’m not naive about sugar and I own up to it when I have it. I had to eliminate soda a year back with few exceptions because carbonated drinks can upset my stomach, but I do confess to drinking one noncarbonated energy drink a day. Originally my favorite energy drink was the carbonated Monster Khaos which was hard to find until I gave it up–seems like I can find everywhere now? I switched to Rockstar Recovery which is the equivalent of Tang with caffeine. It is a guilty pleasure much like a morning cigarette (and I don’t smoke so caffeine and sugar are my vices). I don’t pretend it’s healthy. I also don’t pretend that my favorite snack at night, a bowl of Cap’n Crunch, is healthy either. When I aim to eat something sugary, it’s on me.

However, going through my fridge, why does the turkey bacon have to have sugar in it? Why does the sandwich meat? This is what is frustrating because I shouldn’t have to look for sugar in meat products unless it’s Thanksgiving ham with honey and brown sugar glaze.

According to the documentary Fed Up, part of the reason are government subsidies for agriculture. We grow a LOT of corn and that corn gets turned into sugar. It is the equivalent of a drug we lace our food with. The other part of the problem is the strength of the sugar lobby who has both Democrats and Republicans in their pocket. When Republicans say they want to get rid of big government, I tend to roll my eyes because they are always catering to big business with government hand outs and perks. Democrats are guilty too, you just don’t hear that same mantra of get rid of big government. Also, any time any one suggests regulation on the obesity issue you hear republicans cry out that they’re taking away their food choices. I was especially appalled when I heard all the whining concerning the criticism of taking soda out of the public schools. I’m all for individuals and their vices, but if the focus is on public schools I do have a say on what your kids eat. My property taxes just went up increasing the escrow requirement in my monthly mortgage bill this month. So if my taxes are subsidizing public schools (and I don’t even have kids!), I don’t want to pay for any place of learning where kids go to get fat (and stupid, but that’s another discussion). Private schools can fatten up their students all they want.

On healthcare, whether you agree with Obamacare or not, it looks like it’s here to stay. Which means the government is both subsidizing health costs and catering to the food companies that cause health issues. I think it’s fair for the government to come out and at least condemn the high use of sugar in products that don’t need it and even run ads that say so. The only regulation that is needed is honestly to kick fast food, soda and junk food out of public schools. Kids aren’t free to do as they please? They make stupid decisions. Offer a kid the choice of a banana or a bag of M&Ms? Gee, what do you think they will choose? It’s like having a mandatory literature class and then offering the kids a choice of either studying Shakespeare or Twilight or Hunger Games or whatever tops the teen fiction list. Public schools shouldn’t be about lazy choices. The point of it is to fund and turn out good citizens who can take care of themselves, not burden society with their health issues and poor learning.

This year I started an exercise regiment with weights and have kept at it for 6 months now, about an hour a day. No, I do not look like Schwarzenegger. Muscle does not come easily and weight does not just fall off because you lift a dumbbell. I have definitely added muscle and trimmed down a bit though. And it’s good for my back. I still look like a cartoonist though (insert any geeky stereotype image you want)!

Considering that any time spent exercising cuts in to my creative efforts drawing cartoons and comic books it is a sacrifice. It’s not hard to understand why people say they don’t have time to exercise. And I can tell you that every time my hour comes I’m in a mental battle not to skip it. In the prior 4 years I mainly walked for exercise after giving up jogging due to some hip and back pain. I figured diet would come next to lose more weight, but I think all I’m going to do is simply look for sugar in foods where I don’t think they should be and eliminate them from our shopping list. Meat, bread, condiments, convenience meals, etc. As I have already had to cut out dairy to being lactose intolerant this shouldn’t be too difficult. I still love my daily energy drink and will keep that indulgence, but I doubt I will miss sugar in my meat.