Monday, April 28, 2014


A few months ago, I introduced you to these animals drawn by Sandra Boynton.  (link).  With apologies to Ms. Boynton, I'd like to show you what I did with them in my letters:

This is the original:

These are mine:

Since I stole used the cartoon from Ms. Boynton, it seems only fitting that I follow with this post by Man Martin.  Besides, he probably was thinking about me when he wrote it on 11/18/13:

I suffer from a strange condition I hate to bring up in public: I am too good.  I don't like saying it because it makes people feel sorry for me, which is just another manifestation of my kindness that I have way too much of. 

My friends try to make me feel better about this.  "You're not all that good," they say.  My wife playfully adds, "Actually, I'd be more likely to call you selfish."

I know they're trying to reassure me, and I appreciate it because that's the way I am.  I can't help being such a good person, and I take no particular credit for it.  You see, added to all my other good qualities is my towering humility.

For example, when I see on Facebook someone's donated to the relief effort, I click "like" every time.  Every time.  Think of all the "likes" people would get if everyone were as considerate as I.  When Nancy told me she'd donated to the relief effort in the Philippines, I told her that was nice.  That's the kind of guy I am.

And when I leave a store, I always tell the cashier, "Have a nice day."  Sometimes I just say, "Have a good one."  Keep in mind, I'm not doing this for some life-long friend, but a complete stranger.  How good can one guy get?

By this time you're thinking, Man, you need to dial it back a bit.  You can't go on giving, giving, giving this way, you need to take care of yourself as well.  I know, but I just can't help it.

I'm too good.


To paraphrase a quote from Robert Brault: If you were the last person on earth, would you rate yourself as interesting & entertaining, boring or just average?----fishducky



  1. I suspect if I was the last person left on earth I would bore myself to extinction.
    My brother is obviously a clone of Man Martin. He tells me (often) that the only mistake he has ever made ... is thinking he made a mistake.

    1. And an important PS - (more important than the comment). I hope you are healing fast and well. Cyber hugs.

  2. Last person on earth? I'm boring. Like a log of wood just lying there.
    I love what you did with the drawings!
    Man Martin leads straight into the music clip I have planned for next Monday morning.
    I hope you are feeling much more comfortable now and getting better.

  3. I was going to post all of this stuff tomorrow, now I have to steal some different stuff.

    You had me with Elephuncle.

  4. I thought I was the only one with a towering humility.

  5. So there are others out there like me lol.....

  6. I love how funny you are.....

  7. It seems I am not alone, unless you count the last lines.

  8. I love elephaunt! She looks so much like . . . shut up, Janie. Just shut up.


  9. Is your arm better that you can draw that well or did you do that with your other arm. If that is so WOW!!!! As for how I would describe myself. All of the above and EXTRA humble. :) Hope you are doing better!

    1. my arm still hurts like hell!! i drew those years ago.

  10. oh laugh out loud... I'm tellin ya! don't know which is my favorite ... hilarious ... glad I had my coffee supped

    and hiss on your arm hurting ...!

  11. Dear Fran, how about for your speech balloon for the hippopotamus, you print something like "Hip Hip Po Ray for the mature look!" I so enjoyed the blog posting on being so good. In fact I laughed out loud. It's such a delight to see how we can skewer the way we view ourselves! As to your last question, I'd say I was interesting because I find my points of view interesting and always have. That's the reason I think that living alone all these years has worked for me. I don't get tired of my own company. Of course, that's really not true because I have company all the time--all the characters in the books I read! Peace.

  12. Hope you're feeling better, and to answer your first question, no, it's not, if the used item/image is referenced properly. I like to think of it as creative recycling.

  13. creative recycling--i love it!!

  14. I know many good people like Man Martin. THEY bore me to tears--LOL!
    Your cartoon adaptations had me in stitches!
    I think I am interesting (or shall we say "interested" in everything). Karma may beg to differ. ;)


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