If you’ve ever had poison ivy, you have a story. I’ve heard many and none of them are pleasant. Some people can wallow in it, or as we say in our family, “waller” in it and have no reaction at all from the plant to those who will only have to look at this sketch and will get a rash…my apologies. If you aren’t sure where you fit on the scale, I’ve given a detailed illustration of what to look for if you are the outdoors type and enjoy a walk in the forest or woods. Simply find the plant, stop, drop and roll in it to see what your immunity levels are. Hey, I’m here to help.
A few years ago, one of my best friends in Tennessee introduced me to Blonde Oreos and I have loved them ever since. Many years ago, my basketball coach in Tennessee introduced me to another blonde and I have loved her ever since. I married her 31 years ago this last week! If you go by the pictures, we were 13 years old when we married…I am a man of many cookies, but only one wife. How blessed am I?
Over the past couple of years I have drawn some local coffee shops/ coffee houses. 5 of them have closed …I don’t know, maybe my portrayal of their establishment had something to do with it…One is now a day spa, the other is some fing-shcwee sushi place, one became a Papa Murphys Pizza joint, and another one is now a Wing Stop. Coffee Studio is one of my favorite places. Great atmosphere, clean, great service, but most importantly they know how to make my drink and they don’t roll their eyes when I ask for special stuff. So, just to be safe, I’m NOT going to draw the shop, just a cup, I want them to stay around for awhile. “Am I superstitious? No, I don’t think so, but I may be a little stitious.”
The Andy Griffith Show was one of my all time favorite shows and I drew this sketch of the courthouse in Mayberry when Andy Griffith passed away a couple years ago. Well, I actually wasn’t in Mayberry, because it doesn’t exist. But this is the courthouse on the show. Yes, the same courthouse where Goober took a car completely apart and put it together inside the courthouse while Floyd the Barber called it a thing of beauty…classic.
We lived in Spokane for awhile a couple years ago, and there was a store in the Hillyard neighborhood called Hillyard Variety Store. It was a landmark in the area, mainly I think because the store was painted turquoise and obviously stuck out. This sign has been around for thousands of years. You could find anything at the store, kind of like a flea market in one place. I got a metal lunchbox with Ichiro and other Seattle Mariner players on it. I ended up giving it to my daughter for her birthday.