Saved by the Duck!

Whew! No kidding. Last Monday the Frau and I were heading to Rehoboth Bay, Delaware to do one of my very favorite things. DIGGING CLAMS! I am probably the world’s best clam digger. I’ve dug clams ever since I was a kid. All over the East Coast. Maine to Florida! But wouldn’t you know it, halfway between Federalsburg, Maryland and Bridgeville, Delaware Frau Grace’s Sebring blew up! Well it didn’t quite blow up. It overheated. After about an half an hour, after scores of cars and trucks and tractors and those big things they use to pick corn drove by, somebody finally stopped. I think it was Frau Grace’s legs that did the trick. You can’t imagine how kind and helpful Mr. Troy Hill was to us. He drive us to three garages trying to find a mechanic to work on the car, he took us to a towing company, and he even drove us to Seaford, Delaware so we could rent a car. The garage we finally found was overbooked, but he was so well known and liked by them they worked us in. By the way the garage was East Coast Collision and Restorations in Bridgeville. If you are ever there and need your car worked on, that’s the place to go. It turns out that Troy Hill is the general manager of MTS Broadcasting. They have 106.3 FM The Heat, 100.9 FM Waai Country, Radio 1240 AM and, of course 107.1 The Duck. What a great guy!

Oh, by the way, Frau’s car had a bad radiator cap.

Saturday we took a short cruise on the Choptank River on a paddle wheel boat (if that’s what you call it) The Suicide Bridge restaurant has two of them. It’s called suicide Bridge because a couple people have jumped off and drowned. It’s only about 12 feet above the water. And the water isn’t very deep. You wonder how they managed. The last suicide was in 1930. They better get up to speed. They could have a contest or something. Here’s a little movie…

Hey. Pay Attention. Next week the Frau is dragging U-No-Hoo on a cruise from Baltimore all the way up to Halifax, Nova Scotia. It may be hard for me to update my blog. I’ll try. If I don’t get it done, I’ll take care of it as soon as I can.

Buddy Valentine stopped by. Hold Yer ears, folks…

Roscoe asked if I would put up the story where Effie is selling stomach pumps. It’s from 2005. There were three strips where I had to change the dialog. Things like “Suk-O-Matic” and changing “push-up bra” to “French maid outfit”. Here are the original unedited strips:Ernie 05-06-13 Ernie 05-06-14 Ernie 05-06-15 Ernie 05-06-16 Ernie 05-06-17 Ernie 05-06-18 Ernie 05-06-20 Ernie 05-06-21o Ernie 05-06-22 Ernie 05-06-23 Ernie 05-06-24 Ernie 05-06-25o





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Arnold Learns How to Dance

That’s at the end. First, check this out…IMG_5945The guy just up the road does stuff like this all the time. My understanding is that he once was a prop man for a major movie studio. The people aren’t real, they’re dummies.

IMG_5947 IMG_5948One Christmas he had Santa, his sleigh and the reindeer and a jet plane. No kidding. It looked like the plane had run into Santa and landed. I have a photo someplace. If I can find it’ I’ll post it.

Yesterday Frau Grace and I took a little drive down to Tilghman Island about 15 miles down the road. Here’s the bottom of the Island on the Chesapeake.

IMG_5954Tilghman is an old waterman’s community. Watermen are what they call people who fish and crab and harvest oysters for a living. In the past they also trapped eels and dredged for razor clams. Not so much anymore.

About two miles this side of Tilghman is Lowe’s Wharf, a popular spot for locals and boaters from the western shore of the bay. Where I am is on the Eastern shore. It was packed.IMG_5955 IMG_5958 IMG_5962Enough of that. I worked on my boat lift all last week. Finally got it fixed and tried to take the tub out yesterday but it overheated. Today I have to yank out the waster pump. I hate it. This is about the 4th time I’ve had to repair it.

But back in 2001 Arnold learned to dance. Here’s hwo it happened. There are three instances where I had to redraw the strips. They were too sexy for the newspapers. The first few strips reference a popular quiz show at the time called “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” The question in the first strip was an actual question asked on the program. The possible answers were Camels, Llamas, elephants and something else really stupid. The contestant went through two “lifelines” as I remember. He asked that one possible answer be eliminated and he did something else. His final answer was “Llamas”.

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Look at this crab…

DSCN0012That’s a twelve inch ruler there. Around the Chesapeake Bay we have the best blue crabs in the world. I caught this guy off my dock. Here’s my dock and crummy boat. It broke down again.


The way they cook crabs here is they drop them live into boiling water or steam them. Many years ago a friend of mine down in Tallahassee showed me a more civilized way to cook and eat crabs. First you put them in ice to numb them, then you clean them, and then you cook them. The way they eat crabs around here is you have to clean them after they’re cooked. You do it as you sit and eat them, and it’s very messy. Here they are cleaned and ready to cook.


Blue crabs are the best tasting seafood there is. Even better than lobster. I know that many people would disagree. The only problem is they are difficult to eat. But that’s good because you can sit there for a couple hours with your friends picking and eating crabs.


Back in 2010 Sid got Arnold yet another job…

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My Favorite Restaurant

Every evening my cousin, Al, goes to the same restaurant in Cortez Florida and eats a dozen clams on the half shell. Every single day of the year! Raw clams are good, but that’s a little too much. Last week Dag and I dug clams in Rehoboth Bay. I made some tasty spaghetti and clam sauce. Mighty fine. But I don’t do it every day. Here’s a little video I took in the men’s room in Al’s favorite restaurant.

I was trying to get my crummy boat started yesterday and I got hit by a wasp. My left arm looks like an overstuffed kielbasa. I think I ave to buy two new batteries. Meanwhile, here’s another short video of my hummingbird.

2008 Ernie loses his job (yet again). Don’t worry he soon lands another with Mr. Shultz, the butcher.

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The House Guest from Hell

Actually he’s not quite that bad. We had a terrific time. I’m talking about my old pal, Dag. Dag’s from Norway. Norway is where 25 years ago I ate half a sheep’s head. Mighty tasty. Right. Check out the dark, curly hair. After this meal it turned grey and went straight.Smalle hove

I picked Dag up at the Newark Airport just outside of New York and we went to lunch. Where you might ask? Bayonne New Jersey.


Then we drove down to Atlantic City.

IMG_5829We stayed at Caesar’s Palace.

IMG_5826Don’t go to Atlantic City. It’s a big rip off. An eight ounce drink of water at the hotel costs $2.25. See that little bottle on the stand?

IMG_5842After that we drove down to Cape May. Cape May is very civilized. It’s an old resort town at north side of the mouth of Delaware Bay. It’s noted for it’s Victorian houses, most of which are inns.

IMG_5853Dag beat me miserably at skee ball. I suck at skee ball. Always have. After you play all the arcade games you exchange the tickets you won for prizes. We gave our tickets to a little girl.IMG_5859Here’s the Cape May Lighthouse.

IMG_5867We took the Cape May-Lewes  Ferry to Delaware and drove home to my place on the Chesapeake. The next day we drove back to Rehoboth Bay and dug some clams. Here’s Dag on the Boardwalk at Rehoboth Beach.IMG_5901Enough of that. By the way, if you live in Sweden or Finland, the Summer issue of the Ernie Comic is out.

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Last year a reader emailed me and said he’d like to see Earl (Ernst in Scandinavia) have a story. I thought it was a good idea, so I drew a little story about how Sid found Earl. It appeared in May. If there’s some character you’d like to see again, just let me know. Back in 1996 some head hunters came looking for Earl. Here’s that story. Unfortunately I seem to have lost two of the strips. There should be 18 and there are only 16. Sorry.

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No Time This Week

Loinfruit and I have been working on my deck all day and I have to get up early tomorrow, Sunday to drive to Newark Airport in New Jersey to pick up the Editor. Maybe if your’re in Norway you remember the Editor. Pyton Magazine? Ring a bell? Yes, he’s just as nutz now as he was back then. So this week all I have for you is this story from 1993. Who’s Ernie 93-03-15 Ernie 93-03-16 Ernie 93-03-17 Ernie 93-03-18 Ernie 93-03-19 Ernie 93-03-20 Ernie 93-03-22 Ernie 93-03-23


June Cleaver was a very wholesome mother from a 1950s tv program, “Leave it to Beaver” She and her husband, Ward Cleaver had two sons, Wally about 13 years old, and Theodore about 8, who was called the Beaver. One time June was told Ward “Ward, you were very hard on the Beaver last night.” If you don’t understand what’s so funny about it, email me, and I’ll send you the answer in a brown paper envelope.Ernie 93-03-24 Ernie 93-03-25 Ernie 93-03-26 Ernie 93-03-27the bigger rat? Sid or Enos?

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Big Week, Folks!

All I did was work. Oh, I drew a little bit, but that ain’t work. That’s fun. Thank God Loinfruit came over and helped me move my old shed. What a nightmare. We had to push it uphill.I have a new, bigger shed coming tomorrow, Monday, and I had to get the old one out of there. We moved it to my driveway. Here’s Loinfruit busting his poor emaciated buns. And I do mean buns.IMG_5765IMG_5769


The new shed goes where the old shed was, and the old shed, which is 5 by 10 goes on the side of the driveway. IMG_5772

Laying the foundation, this is what 3 tons of crushed rock looks like.




I finally finished the foundation today.


In Trappe, Maryland there is an old used bookstore called the Unicorn. I love to go there. I took Loinfruit, who is not as illiterate as you might think.

IMG_5777IMG_5776I did manage to do some drawing this past week. I drew Saturday and a little Sunday. I like it. Arnold makes another appearance as Arnold the Geek. It was back in 1989 he first put on the the tights. But wait for it. I have a few surprises. Here he is way back when…

I was worried about this first on freaking the old ladies out. This is how I originally drew it:Ernie 89-11-13o

I changed the dialog a tiny bit for the papers. It turned out it was a good idea. It led to more gags. Here is the replacement.

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The reference to Errol Flynn had to do with his autobiography. I think that I recall that when he was a teenager his job was castrating sheep. I could be wrong.

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A Day on the Bay

By the way, this is what happens when you get a jellyfish down your pants. (Portions of the photograph have been edited in the interest of good taste)


But at least I finished my dock.  Before:IMG_5735


Now I have to move my shed. What a pain this is turning out to be. It was set on posts in the ground, so I had to cut them off.  It was really tough. I had to get jacks under it. I was doing great until it fell off the jacks. Guess what I’m going to be doing all day tomorrow.


Enough of my troubles. Back in 2008 the Porks went on a romantic second honeymoon in a little cabin in the Poconos…Ernie 08-11-17 Ernie 08-11-18 Ernie 08-11-19 Ernie 08-11-20 Ernie 08-11-21

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My neighbor found an old box of fireworks in his mom’s barn. God knows how old they were. But what a spectacular display. Wow. This is about as exciting as my life gets these days. Check it out. And what was the crowd on the next dock over doing? Party Time!

Last week I worked on my deck. I am a master craftsman. It was tough because it rained constantly. The water table was so high I couldn’t plant my posts. IMG_3348Here it is now…IMG_5730 IMG_5731I also put in a little herb garden. Mint, basil, tarragon and parsley..IMG_3349

The last two days I’ve been repairing the cap of my bulkhead. After that I’ll fix my dock. Maybe I’ll have time to draw some comics if I give up sleeping. Here’s some of the lumber. The dirt is to fill in the ruts from the forklift that delivered the the wood. The ground was saturated and the ruts were quite deep.IMG_5732Enough of that.

Tom from Richmond suggested that They offer a new menu item at Mr. Squid. A squid smoothie. Tom and I are on the same wavelength. Here’s a story from 1992…Ernie 92-02-17 Ernie 92-02-18 Ernie 92-02-19 Ernie 92-02-20 Ernie 92-02-21 Ernie 92-02-22

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Not much this week.

All I did was work. Worked on my bulkhead, tore up the old caps.  Tomorrow I’ll order planks to replace them as well as the decking on my dock. I also have to order new boards for my deck. I’m making it bigger. I would have gotten more done, but we’ve had so much rain that thew water table is only about six inched down, so I can’t place my posts. The cement won’t cure.IMG_5717I also made a little herb garden down by the water…IMG_5718My sister sent me this photo of her foot. Her little friends there bring back memories for me.

0622151805bWhen I was a kid down on the island, raccoons were our constant companions. I had several pet raccoons. My last one, named Coonie, slept with me until she matured and went back into the jungle. But every year she would come and visit me with her babies, and we would play together just like when. I loved her to death.MeandCoonie 5-56

A month or two ago I drew another Stinky Stinkbug story. Here’s a link to my stinky movie.

And here’s Stinky’s first appearance in 2010…Ernie 10-03-01 Ernie 10-03-02 Ernie 10-03-03 Ernie 10-03-04 Ernie 10-03-05 Ernie 10-03-06

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