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Playin’ Hooky

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008

Finally, I have a fixed schedule for the comics! Weekdays, baby! Come early and come often! (New comics post at 1:00 am CST, if you really want to be early. I’ll be in bed.)

I let my 8 year old daughter stay at home from school today. Now, I don’t know what kind of parent I am, but I think I may have been bamboozled. Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure she’s not feeling well. It’s not like she’s going to go all “Ferris” on me and take her friend’s dad’s sports car for a joyride. But I think it’s just a sore throat. My wife just smirked and rolled her eyes when I told her my decision to keep her home. At least she respected me enough not to rescind my orders. But, now that I think about it I should have sent her. When my children are sick I get completely clueless about what to do.

It’s probably better I kept her home so as not to inflict a plague on the other third graders. I hate when that happens.

Running Man

Friday, December 5th, 2008

Yes, this will be the last time I draw an animal without looking at some reference material first. Just pretend that dead armadillo has been mishapen by the hot, desert sun.

Tomorrow, I’ll be running in the Memphis St. Jude Half Marathon. This will be my first large running event. My wife and I started training around September, so we’re both pretty excited. Just to let you know how big of a deal this is, I weighed about 250 lbs. two years ago. I’m now at 189. This is due in part to a gym membership that I refused to let lapse and great instructors. I still eat like a fat man, but I burn the calories like a champ. Nothing on the level of Michael Phelps though.

If you’re not in the know, a half marathon is 13.1 miles and it will take me a little over two hours to complete, based on my training speed. I have successfully run 12 miles before in the cold and the wind, so I’m hoping one more mile won’t be a big deal. The nice thing about all this is the amount of carbs I get to eat today. Tonight the Running Club is having a Pre-Race Pasta Party. Take that Dr. Atkins!

So, wish me luck this weekend and thanks for visiting. There’ll be more Spud Comics starting Monday!

What a Christmas!

Thursday, December 25th, 2008

It is amazing how this holiday season is going! I can’t think of another Christmas when everyone has been so nice and in the spirit. I know it all sounds hokey and cheesy, but it’s been hard to be a Grinch this past week.

It all started on the 23rd. I took my wife and daughter to see the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. The show was awesome, especially the second “act”, but it was the trip to McDonalds afterward that was noteworthy. We decided to stop there after the show to get some drinks. I ordered in the drive-thru and when we got to the window, the cashier said, “Your drinks will be coming up soon, but I want you to know the car in front of you paid for your order and said ‘Merry Christmas’.” Needless to say we were stunned. I don’t think I’ve ever been on the receiving end of a random act of kindness. I thought about returning the favor for the other car behind us, but the McDonalds employees wouldn’t give me the chance.

The second odd, happy occurrence happened Christmas morning. My kids were up at 3:30 am, but at around 7, my son comes into the bedroom and tells us that Santa left a present on the back porch. He heard a noise, thinking it was his aunt and uncle, but saw nothing but the wrapped box. He and the other kids opened it in our bedroom and proclaimed “It’s a Wii!” I’m thinking, no way. Who would give this to us? But, indeed there was a new Nintendo Wii under the wrapping paper. The note read:

I made it to Germantown to leave gifts for the Easterly family and realized that I had forgotten a gift for the Easterlings. I didn’t want to push my luck and come in the house twice.

Merry Christmas: Santa C.

This mysterious gift did not come from the aunt and uncle. It did not come from me and my wife. In fact, the only person we could think of was Santa Claus. And that, my friends, is truly a Christmas miracle.

I also want to let you know that you have been a big part of my amazing Christmas. I have been receiving lots of kind words about the comics and the website in general and it means a lot to me! Keeping this in mind, I’m making it a top priority to bring you only my best and hope you continue to visit here every weekday. Thanks again, and have a wonderful New Year!

Want a Free Whopper? Sacrifice Your Friends

Friday, January 9th, 2009

Burger King has a new promotion that’s hilarious. They’ve created a Facebook app called Whopper Sacrifice. Once you install it, delete 10 of your friends and you get a coupon for a free Whopper. Finally, a reason to get rid of those people that barely talked to you in high school but requested you as a friend to justify their lives now. Have it your way, Jack!

Speaking of Facebook, you can join the Spud Comics Facebook Group here! See all the beautiful people that have already joined.

Put Your Head on This

Saturday, January 10th, 2009

Popped Culture has a list of very strange throw pillows that you can actually buy, from a life-size horse’s head to a set of pillows representing Mac dock icons. There’s even one shaped like a pair of woman’s knees wearing a mini-skirt. Three guesses as to where this one comes from. If you said “Japan” then forget the other two guesses.