Sunday, September 1, 2013


Working to keep you amused, I think
Hello everybody. Your humble Editor-In-Chief Lee Houston, Junior here since both Autumn the Puppy and Waxy Dragon have the weekend off.
The ladies have a running bet between them about how good a substitute I make when they're not here, so let's hope I can pull this off.

It's Labor Day weekend here in the United States and Canada, that time where we are supposed to honor the hard working stiffs who help keep the economy (and the world) running. Of course, the way things have been over at least the last few years, I personally think the joke is more on the employees with the employers and the politicians in their pockets laughing all the way to the bank. But this is the Sunday Funnies, not a political soap box, so let's start off by doing something we haven't done in a long time and actually look at the funnies.

Clip art courtesy of Google
Over the summer we have celebrated (or should have celebrated) the 35th anniversary of Garfield the cat, the comic strip marks this by making June 19 his birthday; and the 50th anniversary of Fred Basset, which began on July 9. Of course, in the comics, both characters are timeless so we can continue to enjoy their antics year after year.

There is one historical Labor Day comic strip anniversary. It was Labor Day 1990 when Blondie Bumstead announced that she planned to enter the work force by opening her own catering business; and plenty of comic strips poke fun at or focus upon the business world like Dilbert, Bottom Liners, The Born Loser, etc.

But this also would not be the Sunday Funnies without some appropriate jokes, to wit:

Luther Burbank, via Wikipedia
Luther Burbank the famous botanist won great fame because of his experiments in developing new plants. But he was often bothered by visitor and sightseers who didn't believe he cold work wonders with plants.
One morning Burbank was out in his garden when a curious passer-by asked, "What are you doing now?"
"I'm trying to cross and eggplant and a milkweed." Burbank said innocently.
"What in the world do you think you'll get from that?"
Custard pie," was Burbank's answer.

A barber tells his customer that his hair needs to be cut badly.
The man replies that the barber cut his hair badly last time. He let it grow out in hopes of getting a good haircut this time.

Is working at a mortuary truly a dead end job?

Do independent sales people take orders from no one?

I have a brother who works in the department store. Yesterday he came home and said he was fired. He made a mistake and took a sign off a blouse counter and put it on the bath tub display. The sign read: "How would you like to see your best girl in one of these for $19.99?"

And on that note, have a great week everybody and I will be so glad when Autumn and Waxy return next weekend to host our annual back to school edition of the Sunday Funnies!-lh,jr

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