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January 2011 Archive for Rubes Cartoons - Tales from a Twisted Mind

RSS By: Leigh Rubin, AgWeb.com

A cartoonish look at life...

Inflexibility

Jan 30, 2011

My wife and I have a mixed marriage. I’m an omnivore and she is a vegetarian. We have been married for 25 years so from my personal experience this proves that two people with different viewpoints can indeed co-exist. Recently a friend of mine brought up the subject of vegetarianism and then told me that someone she knows is a vegetarian but occasionally eats chicken or fish. I pointed out that by its very definition a vegetarian does not consume the flesh of “anything with a face.” But she was doubtful of my knowledge in the area. Now you have to know that after being married to a vegetarian for over 25 years I have been pretty well educated on the various categories of vegetarians. I will not bore you with those definitions here, but you have to trust me on this, if a person eats the flesh of a bird, mammal, reptile, insect (yummy!), fish, etc., then that person is not a vegetarian. Despite my vast reservoir of knowledge on the subject my neighbor remained skeptical.  Just today she produced a newspaper clipping which was given to her by one of her neighbors which had a list of the different types of vegetarians. At the bottom of the list was a new term that I had heretofore (gosh, I have wanted to use that word for such a long time. It really impresses people at cocktail parties!) never heard of. That word was “flexitarian.” A flexitarian is a person who eats a mostly vegetarian diet, but occasionally eats meat. (Hey, sometimes I just have a salad; would that make me an occasional flexitarian? Or what if you consume mostly meat but eat a carrot every now and then. Would that make you the opposite version of a flexitarian? Man, this is so confusing!)  Now let’s get this straight. Either you are pregnant or not pregnant. Either you are kosher or not kosher. Either you are wanted “dead or alive.” Either you are a vegetarian or you are not. There are no shades of gray here. And again, in my humble opinion, if you think otherwise you are in the dark. Oh, and if you are a flexitarian reading this and disagree with me, please, try not to have a cow.

Herbivores 2

 

The Wild and Twisted Live Rubes Cartoony show comes to Denver, CO on Feb 3! For details see...

 

 

 From the Denver Post:

http://www.denverpost.com/husted

 

And...From the Broomfield (CO) Enterprise:

Boccard: Cartoonists help us laugh at ourselves - Broomfield ... (Broomfield, CO)

 ...And...

http://www.rubescartoons.com/events.html  

Don’t forget to get your 2011 Rubes Zoo in a Box daily desk calendar, now at half price!!!

To Order just click on the link below: Zoo in a Box 2011 Calendar [Calendar]

 

 

Zoo in a Box Cover 2011

Tripping Down Memory Lane

Jan 23, 2011

This past year I have had the privilege and good fortune to give thanks to almost all (I say that for fear I am leaving somebody out) of the people (my parents included) who encouraged me in some way to pursue a career in the arts. Last May I gave one of my cartoony performances in Orange Co. California and was honored to have my third grade teacher in the audience. It was a real treat for me to be able to thank her publicly for encouraging me artistically. Well, I had the opportunity last week to acknowledge her again not once, but twice...and on the very same day! (Drawing on his experiences - Press-Telegram  and Tim Grobaty: LB's Rubin creates `Rubes' humor on the hoof - Press ...) Last Tuesday I took a trip back in time and returned to Cubberley elementary school (now “middle school”) where I attended from kindergarten through the fourth grade. It was sort of like experiencing a real life déjà vu walking through the same halls and going into the same class rooms I hadn’t seen in over 40 years. (The desk that I sat in seems to have shrunk a bit). I even saw the sandbox where as a first grader I got in trouble for throwing sand (what else?) and having to wait for my mom to come get me after school. (For some reason I cannot recall any punishment for that heinous crime). The reason for this “return to my roots” was to give my cartoon presentation to an assembly of eighth graders which was the idea of a very cool school volunteer and comics fan who I met last year at the L.A. Times Festival of Books. It was great fun to again publicly acknowledge Mrs. Mullen, this time at my old school and in front of her grand kids who attend the school. That evening I gave another performance at the Long Beach public library and was able to thank her again. (Hope I didn’t embarrass you, Mrs. Mullen!)  As long as I’m on the subject I also had the opportunity to thank another individual who greatly influenced me at a very early age. That person was my uncle Brian, who is himself a very talented artist/cartoonist and who is also quite good at wordplay. My uncle, cousin and her family attended my cartoony show at the Orange County Register last Wednesday evening. What a thrill it was to see and thank him after so many years! Well, that's enough tripping down memory lane....now it's back to the future...

Memory Lane

 

 

 

The Wild and Twisted Live Rubes Cartoony show comes to Denver, CO on Feb 3! For details see:

 

Boccard: Cartoonists help us laugh at ourselves - Broomfield ... (Broomfield, CO)

 ...And...

http://www.rubescartoons.com/events.html  

Don’t forget to get your 2011 Rubes Zoo in a Box daily desk calendar, now at half price!!!

 

 

 

 

 

To Order just click on the link below: Zoo in a Box 2011 Calendar [Calendar]

 

 

Zoo in a Box Cover 2011

 

Maui Wowie!

Jan 16, 2011

Last summer my youngest son was asked to be (at the last minute) in a local production which involved my wife driving him daily for over a month to the little playhouse twenty miles north of us. By the time the production was over there was only a couple of weeks before school started and therefore my wife had no vacation. Now you might say what’s the big deal, lots of people don’t have vacations. That is true, except I did have a “guys” trip (great time up in Oregon as usual!)  earlier in the summer so let us say the little woman was not terribly happy about that. So in order to preserve a more perfect union (and to get me out of hot water!) I suggested that we take a trip just after the first of the year to Maui. There’s nothing like something to look forward to right after the holidays like a tropical vacation. What can I say about Maui that hasn’t already been said? If you were looking for paradise that would pretty much fit the stereotype. Palm trees gently swaying in the warm breeze, crystal blue water, an overall sense of being relaxed and everyone else being equally calm. Not a care in the world. Suffice to say I could get used to a lifestyle where wearing anything more than shorts and a t-shirt and thongs (the footwear, not the women’s undergarment) is considered dressing up. (Truth be told, that’s pretty much my daily attire except the thongs...I prefer sneakers at home). So my wife and two of my sons all had a blast swimming, snorkeling, hot tubbing, hiking and mopeding (I had no idea how well my wife can ride one of those things!) around the island.  All the activities were fun but the best part of all is that we were able to hang out together as a family like we used to do on family vacations when the kids were younger. (Instead of just seeing each other in passing like we usually do each day during our busy lives.) My oldest son even suggested we take vacations together more often so he must have had a good time. (...and he even paid for his own flight!) Now even with frequent flyer miles the trip wasn’t exactly cheap and to be honest I am not looking forward to receiving my next credit card statement but as they say in the MasterCard commercials, (paraphrased here) “Trip to paradise, a few thousand dollars....Spending precious, quality time with your family, priceless.” 

 Coconut Milk

The Wild and Twisted Live Rubes Cartoony show comes to Long Beach (Jan.18), Santa Ana, CA on Jan.19 and Denver, CO on Feb 3! For details see:

http://www.rubescartoons.com/events.html

 

Don’t forget to get your 2011 Rubes Zoo in a Box daily desk calendar, now at half price!!!

To Order just click on the link below: Zoo in a Box 2011 Calendar [Calendar]

 

 

Zoo in a Box Cover 2011

 

 

Forgetfulness

Jan 03, 2011

As I have gotten older it happens more frequently that it used to. No, I am not referring to an overactive bladder, at least not yet. I’m talking about forgetfulness. To be precise, that odd phenomenon when you walk into a room to get something and then as soon as you reach your intended destination you forget what you went there for in the first place, that is until you walk all the way back to where you started. One trick to circumvent this situation is to repeat to yourself out loud why it is you are going to that other room in the first place. This works but be prepared to receive strange looks along the way. Even the dog tilts his head when I walk from one end of the house to the next endlessly repeating, “Printer cartridge, printer cartridge, printer cartridge...” It also depends upon not getting interrupted while on route. For example, I’ll be on my way to the garage to get a screw driver (the tool, not the drink), repeating over and over again “screw driver. Screw driver, screw driver...” when, as I pass by my wife she asks me to take something out of the oven. As soon as that happens it’s instant amnesia. (Funny how this never happens when I am actually going to get a screw driver, the drink not the tool).  I find that this is why shopping with a list is so important. There have been a few times when I have been listless (that is to say without a shopping list, not the state of lethargy) and I have had to wander up and down each aisle until I came across what I was looking for. That can be exhausting and leave one listless (the lethargic kind not the condition of having no shopping list). The important point I am trying to make her is that, oh, wait a minute...I’ll be right back. My wife wants me to take something out of the oven...Okay, I’m back....Now what exactly was the point I was trying to make?Forgetfullness

 

The Wild and Twisted Live Rubes Cartoony show comes to Santa Ana, CA on Jan.19 and Denver, CO on Feb 3! For details see:

http://www.rubescartoons.com/events.html

 

Don’t forget to get your 2011 Rubes Zoo in a Box daily desk calendar, now at half price!!!

To Order just click on the link below: Zoo in a Box 2011 Calendar [Calendar]

 

 

Zoo in a Box Cover 2011

 

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