I’m still pretty busy moving…

so I haven’t been able to do any drawing for the past two weeks. But we did have time for dinner with friends. Actually this is getting boozed up before dinner…IMG_5530Umberto is checking out some Argentine vintages…

IMG_5534Evidently La Dulce Vita in Fairfax gives out prizes for the longest cigar ash. This guy also had a terrific shirt…IMG_5535Check out my pretty iris patch at the shack on the bay…IMG_5537One more week of moving and then I hope to get back to work, at least for a week or two before we have to go visit the old folks in Florida.

Speaking about getting boozed up, back in 2004 Sid got into a little bit of trouble with the FBI. There’s 13 strips here for the two weeks in March instead of 12. I didn’t use the seventh in the series. Don’t know why. I probably thought some little old ladies would complain. Believe me, it happens. Na Zdrowie! (Polish for “Let’s get loaded”)Ernie 04-03-15Ernie 04-03-16Ernie 04-03-17Ernie 04-03-18

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HI, Everybody

I’ve been so busy with moving to the Chesapeake, that I haven’t had time to do much more than put up some strips this week. I apologise.

Have you downloaded the daily strips from 2005 yet. It free. go to my Buy Stuff page.

And If you want to have an original strip, please tell me as soon as you can. I’m getting ready to archive my strips from 2012, 2013, and 2014.

Back in the winter 0f 2007, Ernie came up with another brilliant money saving idea…

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Happy Mother’s Day

Yes, happy Mother’s Day. My dear sainted mother passed away ten years ago. She was something else. A kind, loving heart, but just a little screwy. I miss her. If your mom is still with you, make certain that you tell her you love her.

If you would like an original comic strip, let me know as soon as y0u can. As I mentioned, we are moving. I still have strips from 2012 and later, but I’m getting ready to send them to the University of Ohio for archiving. Also, if you haven’t downloaded my daily strips from 2005, what’s the matter with you? It’s FREE! Go to my buy stuff page.

Sid’s mom came to visit him in 1998…

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More Fruitcake

Last Sunday Frau Grace and I took a drive up to the monastery near Berryville Virginia to buy another load of the monks’ fruitcake. (I bought 3. I love fruitcake.) Brother Vincent was no longer the gift shop guy. Brother Joseph was there. Last November when we were there, Brother Vincent was complaining a bit too much. The new head monk was thinking about dropping the fruitcakes from the line up. Now Brother Vincent has other duties. Feeding the Bulls or something. Brother Joseph cleared out the shop. It used to be loaded with stuff from floor to ceiling. No more. I said “You really cleared out the gift shop” He said “What I did was get rid of the junk”. And no more cute little kittens in a basket, either.

Here’s the monastery…IMG_5397One source of their income is Angus Bulls. What a life, lying in the shade of an oak chewing your cud. And oh, the babes!IMG_5414On the way back we stopped in the old village of Waterford, Virginia. It’s very picturesque.  It’s also a National Historic Landmark. http://www.waterfordvillage.org/about.htm. It was founded in 1733.  Here are some pictures…IMG_5458IMG_5424IMG_5470IMG_5471Derby Day. Here’s Frau Grace’s hat…IMG_5485Back in 1995 Mr. Squid gat his own tv show…Ernie 95-11-27 Ernie 95-11-28 Ernie 95-11-29 Ernie 95-11-30 Ernie 95-12-01 Ernie 95-12-02 Ernie 95-12-04 Ernie 95-12-05 Ernie 95-12-06 Ernie 95-12-07 Ernie 95-12-08

 

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Great Falls, Virginia

Last weekend I took a walk through Great Falls Park in Virginia. Great Falls is on the Potomac River, just above Washington. DC. (I went there hunting the elusive morel. No luck.) Below Great Falls the river becomes tidal. I thought you might be interested in what it looks like.

Here’s a stream in the forest near the falls:IMG_5372This is the Aqueduct Dam above the falls. I believe that it was built to make the river navigable above it:IMG_5378Two signs along the treacherous part of the river. And they’re not kidding. Once you’re in, you’re sucked under, and very few people escape:IMG_5385IMG_5388George Washington formed the Patowmack Company in 1785. It built this canal skirting the falls:IMG_5386Here’s some info about the canal:

IMG_5387The canal operated in the early 1800s for 26 years. The brochure says that flatboats which were about 75 feet long were poled down the river and through the canals. Afterwards the boatmen would dismantle the boats, sell them for lumber and then walk home.

This kid was having fun:IMG_5389The Falls:IMG_5391The total drop of the falls and the rapids is 76 feet. The people on the opposite shore are viewing the falls from Maryland:

IMG_5392And finally, here is a short film that I took.

Have you downloaded my dailies from 2005? It’s in PDF format and it’s FREE!

I am told that Hairstyle Appreciation Day is this week. Back in 2001 Sid opened a beauty parlor…Ernie 11-09-26Ernie 11-09-27Ernie 11-09-28pErnie 11-09-29Ernie 11-09-30pErnie 11-10-01

 

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All Good Things Must Come to an End

I’ve been a volunteer at a the Birmingham Green nursing home for quite a long time. But that came to an end last Wednesday. As I said, the Frau and I will be leaving the area next month. My mother was a resident there for two years until she passed away in 2004. I never stopped my visits. Very few of the current residents were there when I first began. never stopped going. I take  music out there, and with a few singers, we entertain the residents. Buddy Valentine sang his last song, and meant every word.

This Wednesday is Earth Day and Friday is Arbor Day. If you don’t know it by now, Ernie is a big tree hugger. He’s just like me. It’s awful. I’m so bad, I feel sorry for the vegetables that I eat. Two weeks ago I drew a story about Ernie turning vegetarian. Next time I go in for a tune-up I think I’ll have the shrink see if he can do something about it. But I love trees. In honor of Arbor Day, here is Ernie back in 2001 doing some high level tree hugging.

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My Most Treasured Possessions

As I said, Frau Grace and I are moving to our shack on the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay. I’ve already cleaned off my shelf. Here’s the kind of stuff that I treasure:

IMG_5297A turtle shell that I found 40 years ago on the shore of Lake Iamonia near Tallahasse, Florida. I was fishing with my old friend Jimmy Johnson. That guy knew how to catch fish. I couldn’t shoot a carp in a barrell. Look how beg. Back in the south we call them “sliders”.IMG_5298This little stuffed doll I swiped from the bingo prize bin at the nursing home. That was eleven years ago when my mother passed away. It reminds me of her. I’ve been volunteering there for the past 13 years. Next week will be my last time since we are moving away.

IMG_5299I like these votive candles even if I’m not Catholic.

IMG_5300This Scandinavian hunter’s horn was given to me by Lennart Gardt from Varmland. He made the gift after our trip to Poland in 199… I forget the year. It was just after the Iron Curtain came down. I was supposed to sign books, and I scoured the City of Krakow searching for a pen. I finally found a shop near the University that sold two and only two items: pens and rat poison.

IMG_5301I made this puppet about 40 years ago.

IMG_5303My 57 Cadillac plastic car radio.

IMG_5304My stylish moustaches.

IMG_5302My statue of a fat man picking his nose. I’ve had this at least 45 years.

IMG_5316Years ago a fan sent me counterfeit money. There is a message that says you can use it to tip the strippers.

In 2008 Spencer wanted still another pet. (Remember the warthog?)

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Ernie and Friends – The First Twenty Years

Here’s that drawing I have on my wall that I mentioned last week. I drew it in 2008. Every character in the drawing appeared in the strip during that time. How many can old time readers recognize?Ernie and friendsOh, and here’s an old self portrait I came across while I was looking for that drawing.

Self portrait oldA while back I realized that I was missing a good deal of my early Sunday strips from 1996 in my archives. King Features (Why do you think they call it a) Syndicate Sent me their files. In 1996 I bought my first computer and started coloring the Sundays here at my palatial studio. Actually Frau Grace does the coloring. I have here three Sunday strips from January and February 1996. The coloring is bad, but it wasn’t my fault. A company in Buffalo, New York made the color plates at that time. Here’s how they looked. Ernie-96-01-07-Color Ernie-96-01-21-Color Ernie-96-02-18-Color

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Where I Work

Frau Grace and I are going to be leaving Virginia in a couple months. We have our place on the Chesapeake Bay where we’ll be living for a while. Before we do, I thought you might like to see the room where I’ve been drawing for the past two years. We rented a townhouse in Reston Virginia after we sold our house in Oakton Virginia two years ago.

This is how my drawing table looks in the morning. It’s pretty typical. The photograph on the board at the bottom left is my mother and my sister and Pete Fountain taken about 15 years ago. The big guy at the top left and elsewhere is my friend and editor of the Swedish Ernie Magazine, Lars.

DSCN0063I do a lot of work on my computer. I edit the drawings and prepare them for publication and send them to the syndicate. I also do this blog, except right now I’m doing it at our Bay place and  I’m using my Macbook Air. My big computer is a 27 inch IMac that I’ve had for about 5 years. I’ve bought many many Macs over the years. That’s my HP scanner on the left. I did that drawing above the computer about ten or twelve years ago. It’s like a Where’s Waldo. It has characters that I’ve used over the years. There must be a hundred of them. I always thought that it would make a good jigsaw puzzle if I colored it. Perhaps I’ll post it on my blog in the near future if I remember to.

DSCN0064Here’s a board where I keep my work schedule and stuff like doctor’s appointments. That’s an old single panel cartoon on top of my audio mixer. I’ve been scanning the old gags into my computer. That’s from about 30 years ago. Tempus Fugit.

DSCN0066My bookcase. I used to have lots more cartoon books, but I had to get rid of them to make room for my junk. Maybe next time I’ll show you some of my treasures. That blue thing hanging on the side is my ukelele.

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DSCN0061These guys watch over me while I draw. I love those talking birds. There’s also a rubber chicken and Ren and Stimpy. Frau Grace thinks it’s creepy. Like Norman Bates.

I don’t know if I recently posted this story from 1997. If I did, sorry. But I kind of like it. Ernie takes a room at the Motel Cucaracha…

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Did I ever show you this?

Peter Steiner and I have been friends for over 30 years. Way back when we were both members of the Cartoonist Association, which was comprised mainly of free lance magazine cartoonists. Virtually all of us of that ilk were members, at least those who lived on the East Coast. Peter was principally a New Yorker cartoonist, and when the Washington Times newspaper was started up they hired him for a daily cartoon. He retired from both positions about ten years ago. Now he lives up in the hills of rural Connecticut, way out in the boonies. He spends his time writing novels and painting. He also has a house in the Loire Valley that he visits every year.  You’ll find information about his cartoons, his portraits, and his mystery novels which, by the way, are all set in France. Peter is a bit of a Francophile. As matter of fact, about 20 years ago he and I together went to the Angouleme International Cartoonists Festival and then on to Paris for a week or so. What I want to show you is the portrait he did of me back in 2005. If you’re interested, here is his web site.

IMG_3684What did I do for St. Patrick’s Day? What do you think? I went to a bar and got loaded. Terruy Lee provided the music. And it just so happens that his mom’s birthday is on St. Patrick’s Day. Here she is all the way from California.Want to hear Buddy Valentine sing an Irish song? Hold yer ears…

Back in 2009 Arnoldine was screaming for a pony:

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