Wish You Were Here!

I’m going on vacation this week!

Unfortunately, that means that I have shut down my computer for the duration.

No, I’m not vacationing in Iowa, but years ago I visited there long enough to buy this snappy postcard. In all seriousness, Iowa is a really nice place. In fact, I would live in Iowa if it was only located near anything. Anything at all. Work on that, Iowa, won’t you? Just get near something and I’m all yours!

While I’m gone, please do check out some of my old posts. I’ve always kinda liked this one.

And – just because – please enjoy my drawing of a happy pig.

This sketch is brought to you courtesy of the long lines at the DMV.

Do feel free to leave me a comment, by the way. I do so love those. I will answer every one of them upon my return. And here’s a prompt: What is your favorite wild animal and why?

See you next week!

6/22: I’m back! And how nice it is to come home to so many likes and comments! It is truly a Sally Field moment. I’ll write up a new post soon.

45 Replies to “Wish You Were Here!”

    1. I know there must be sheep in the wild, but the term “wild sheep” gives me a mental image of a fanged, wooly beast. The next time I’m forced to wait in a DMV-like line, I’ll draw you a picture!

      1. Dahlink, I grew up on a farm in the Midwest. We raised cows, sheep, and chickens. My cousins who lived on the next farm to the west cornered the market on hogs. One could always tell which way the wind was blowing, if you catch my drift. And I even participated in “hog part processing,” a task that involved hanging large cauldrons over a fire. This was before the advent of factory hog farming.

        On our farm, we named the animals when they were born, cared for them like kids, and sent them to hog heaven with tears in our eyes–unless it was a mean sheepbuck who nearly killed my father. We couldn’t wait to send that sucker to the stockyards. We raised mostly Black Angus (yes, grass fed before it was chic), but one of our calves (a white Charolais) was born on the night of the first moon walk. We named him Apollo. You get the idea.

    1. I love the bunnehs! Ellen plants a lot of flowers in our yard and, much to her dismay, they attract scores of the hungry little buggers. This suits me just fine. In my view, a bunneh is far more wonderful to look at than a daisy.

    1. Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, a place where the gas stations are owned by the Turkey Hill Ice Cream Company: “Fill it up with regular and fill me up with cookies ‘n’ cream, my good fellow!”

  1. Your pig brings to mind my favorite movie pig, Babe, even though 48 were needed to play him. Hm, I wonder how many of them played their final role as bacon? As a New Yorker, I’ve had a long love/hate relationship with the the pigeon, especially the one that dropped it’s load on the head of a woman I saw that was rude to a homeless guy that tried to bum a cigarette off of her. I’d share a bagel with that doity boid any day — while wearing a hat.

    1. I own both Babes on DVD. The first one is about as close to perfect as a movie can get. Gene Siskel was right; Babe deserved that Best Picture statue.

      When I worked for a newspaper, I even got to write a story about a woman who fought the township council to keep her two pet pigs on her property. I know I was supposed to be objective and all, but I was unapologetically Pro-Pig. That newspaper story (it was a series of stories, actually) was insanely popular.

      1. Ah, so you did have Babe somewhere on your brain when you drew your sketch! I wonder what became of that woman’s two pet pigs? They must be the size of boxcars by now.

      2. Nope they were potbellies – about 90 lbs. each. That’s what made this woman’s war with the township so absurd. The council kept insisting that her potbellied pigs were farm animals and that she needed at least two acres of grazing land to keep them. (She lived on just over an acre.)

        In response to this bureaucratic pig-headedness, she would regularly storm into council meetings wielding a new affidavit from some expert or other asserting that potbellies are pets, not farm animals. She got testimonials from the head of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, The American Pork Producers Council, and a bunch of others. She even crashed a council meeting brandishing the label from her pig feed bag, which stated it was “for pet pigs.” That woman was a reporter’s dream.

  2. Bill Bryson is one of may favourite authors. He write on a variety of topics (with some great travel books) but a terrific one is “The Life and the Times of the Thunderbolt Kid’ which chronicles his early life growing up in Des Moines … Really entertaining!

    1. I love Bill Bryson and have “Thunderbolt Kid,” “A Walk in the Woods,” and “In a Sunburned Country” on my bookshelf. Believe it or not “Thunderbolt” is my go-to book for a quick laugh. I defy anyone to read about Milton Milton’s dad on the high dive without doing a spit take.

      1. I have all his books except ‘Made in America’. If you get a chance, read ‘The Mother tongue’… I read that long before I knew who Bryson was. He is sometimes criticized for sloppy research, and I have caught him out in a few errors but his look at the English language is really engaging!

  3. Tuning in late to say- cute pig.
    My favourite wild animal would have to be the platypus, because they are just so improbable.

    Though I’ve seen them more often in the zoo. I only once caught glimpses of them actually in the wild. I’d driven out to look at a small farm in the middle of nowhere accessible by a Four Wheel Drive Only dirt track (and I drove a two wheel drive). That was back in the days when I wanted to be a hermit and live way out in the sticks all by myself and do nothing but grow vegetables and write. The wondeful thing about this property was the family of platypi who lived in the creek. Rare and amazing creatures.

    I didn’t buy the farm, by the way. I decided I didn’t want to be quite that much of a hermit.

    1. I am jealous. I’ve never seen a platypus in person — not even in a zoo.

      While I love the idea of a family of ’em hanging around in my backyard, I wouldn’t wan’t to live in such a place, either. That’s a bit too rural for me, to say the least.

    1. Hey! Fancy seeing you here loitering around a three-year-old post!

      To be quite honest, I don’t mind the DMV (or jury duty or waiting rooms) as long as I have a place to sit and doodle.

      A turtle in a hat. Hmm…

  4. What’s wrong with Iowa??? Tell me?? I grew up a mile north of the border…..seems like we were always leaning south. I hear there is a reason for that.

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