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October 2009 Archive for Rubes Cartoons - Tales from a Twisted Mind

RSS By: Leigh Rubin, AgWeb.com

A cartoonish look at life...

The pursuit of happiness

Oct 29, 2009


I am happy to report that both my recent cartoony shows in Roseburg and Corvallis Oregon went smashingly well. Nothing like a standing room only

crowd to make a goofy cartoonist feel appreciated! See:
 Cartoonist Leigh Rubin brings laughs and lessons 

and: ‘Rubes’ cartoonist: Keep it fun

I came home and had one day to prepare for my presentation to the California Assessor’s Association, which was a real pleasure. It’s always gratifying to leave a room of smiling people...and they’re not just smiling because you are leaving the room. It got me thinking...what would life be like without laughter? Let’s suppose for just a minute the world was void of humor. This planet would be an awfully dull place, not to mention I’d be out of a job. I like to think I provide a valuable service. (At least that’s what I keep telling my wife!) I know that if I can bring a bit of cheer into someone else’s day it makes me happy and that’s a daily goal worth pursuing.


C’mon, get happy at: www.rubescartoons.com








Going green

Oct 24, 2009

 Seems like everything is going green these days. Green cleaning products, green automobiles, green tea...Yep, green is definitely in. Unlike Kermit’s old lament, nowadays it is easy being green. Not only is easy, apparently it’s profitable too. Just slap a “Green” sticker on whatever it is you are selling and people can buy it guilt free because “green” = “environmentally friendly”. I am a little confused on just exactly what it is that makes a product “green.” How do we even know what we are buying is really green?  Is there a green organization that has set green guidelines so that “green” products meet the minimum "green"standard requirements of greenness? Call me cynical, but I can’t help thinking that many of those who have jumped on the big green bandwagon are just in it for the green.

100% environmentally friendly cartoons at: www.rubescartoons.com



Oct 21, 2009

I like surprises. I especially like fun surprises. Big surprises, little surprises, it doesn’t really matter, just as long as they are fun. My wife has given me surprise parties on three of my birthdays...30, 40 and 50. (I guess I shouldn’t be surprised if she gives me one when I’m sixty, but I might be surprised if she can put up with for that many more years!)

Yesterday I was pleasantly surprised on my flight(s) from Santa Barbara to Seattle to Eugene. Why was I surprised? Because there were no surprises! The flights were all on time, nice and smooth, no delays and there was free micro-brew beer served during the flight and even free chocolate offered as we departed the plane. (Hats off the Alaska/Horizon Air once again!)  I had a very pleasant conversation with the  gentleman sitting next to me, a chemical engineer, and I have to admit I was a bit surprised that I actually (somewhat) understood what he was talking about.  

The last surprise of the day came when I got to my hotel without getting lost. Now that really was a surprise!*

(*In the interest of full disclosure I brought along a GPS unit...)

 Always lots of fun surprises at: www.rubescartoons.com ...If you happen to be around Roseburg or Corvallis Oregon please come on down see the Rubes cartoony show this Wednesday, Oct. 21st in Roseburg and Thursday, Oct, 22nd in Corvallis... For details see: (You are invited!  For details see: http://www.rubescartoons.com/events.html)

Dumb and Dumber

Oct 19, 2009

People sure do dumb things. More accurately I should say that some people do dumb things. Even more accurately I should say some people do really dumb things. I could go on and on but I think you get the point. I also think that the winners of this week’s “Really, really, really dumb thing contest” goes to the parents who faked losing the kid in a flying saucer shaped balloon. I mean, come on, just how long did they think that it would take investigators to figure out that it was a hoax? You see, that’s the problem right there. They weren’t THINKING. In fact, the more I think about it the more unbelievably STUPID it seems. Then again, they might realize just how bone headed they were because if they end up being put behind bars they will have lots and lots of time to think about it. 


 If you’re thinking what I’m thinking then I think you should click on: www.rubescartoons.com ...If you happen to be around Roseburg or Corvallis Oregon please come on down see the Rubes cartoony show this Wednesday,Oct. 21st in Roseburg and Thursday, Oct, 22nd in Corvallis... For details see: (You are invited!  For details see: http://www.rubescartoons.com/events.html)

As the crow flies...

Oct 16, 2009

Yes, I admit it. It’s true. I don’t like to stop and ask for directions. “Big surprise!” you say seeing as how I am a stereotypical male member of the species. But seriously, on my last trip to Wisconsin I got lost, made wrong turns and screwed up so many times that I probably doubled the amount of miles I put on the rental car. (Good thing I had unlimited mileage!) Even though I had printed out all the directions before I left home so I “knew”  exactly where I was going I still couldn’t help but messing up almost every time I got behind the wheel. So on my trip to Oregon next week, in addition to bringing the printed out directions, (old habits die hard), I will also be using my new GPS unit. I have tested it out a couple of times already and it seems do an admirable job of getting me from point A to point B. But I am not going to get too cocky about it. Sure, I may now have modern technology on my side but it’s still too early to say I won’t get lost. If I do might end up having to eat crow.

Take a shortcut to some fun at:
www.rubescartoons.com ...and don’t forget, next week the Rubes cartoony show comes to Roseburg and Corvallis Oregon. (You are invited!  For details see: http://www.rubescartoons.com/events.html )

The change will do me good

Oct 14, 2009

Hey, guess what?!... An article in today’s paper said the recession is over! ...This according to a bunch of really smart people with fancy degrees in economics and other subjects that are entirely beyond my comprehension. I don’t know about you but I am sure glad it’s over. It was starting to get old. Oh, the first few days were tolerable I suppose, but like a houseguest that won’t leave the recession was hanging around way too long. The economic change will do me good because quite honestly I really need to replace the coins I “borrowed” from my kid’s piggy bank before he notices they’re missing.

Need a laugh for a change? Then pop over to:   www.rubescartoons.com ...and don’t forget, next week the Rubes cartoony show comes to Roseburg and Corvallis Oregon. (You are invited!  For details see: http://www.rubescartoons.com/events.html )

On the road again, and again and again...

Oct 11, 2009


In a little less than two weeks I’ll be heading up to the beautiful Northwest do a couple of my Rubes cartoony shows in Roseburg and Corvallis Oregon. (You are invited!  For details see: http://www.rubescartoons.com/events.html).

 After recently spending two days of my life traveling to Wisconsin and back for the World Dairy Expo this trip will be a breeze. It’s just a little more than two hours each way and for that I am very glad. Oh, it also doesn’t hurt that the airline I’ll be flying with also serves free micro-brewed beer. (YES!) I’ve had more than my share of travel related horror stories this year so I’m keeping my fingers crossed that this upcoming trip (at least the flights) will be as uneventful as possible. For my flight out of Madison last week I had dragged myself out of bed at 3:45 in the morning so I wouldn’t miss my 6:30 departure. As it turned out the plane was overbooked and two volunteers were needed to skip the flight before we were allowed to board. Several announcements were made, each one just a little less friendly, that there would be no boarding until there were two volunteers who would give up their seats to make the necessary space on the plane. I was starting to wonder if I’d miss my connecting flight from Dallas to Burbank as the flight was now seriously delayed. I was not happy. It wasn’t due to weather or mechanical problems but to the airline’s own overbooking. This just happened to be the same airline that I had already experienced several other delays on earlier this year. I have to give ‘em this...they’re consistent when it comes to messing with my travel plans! Finally, two brave souls volunteered and I was on my way (there was no apology from the airline for the delay...no surprise there).  After this many unpleasant experiences I have come to expect very little from air travel. Just get me there and back, breathing and in one piece and I’m satisfied. Oh, a free beer now and again doesn’t hurt either.

 Have a monstrously fun time at: www.rubescartoons.com

Reality bites

Oct 08, 2009


 I have heard as well as read that there is a growing shortage of large animal veterinarians in this country. I suppose that working with large creatures may pose certain risks that small animal vets don’t have to face, but trust me, my sister who has done it all, assures me that there is no lack of risk when working with “little” animals. Just recently one of man’s best friends sunk his canines (So that’s why they’re called canines!) into her hand. Ouch. Suffice to say, while I am sure that working with all creatures, both great and small, sometimes the job can be very rewarding and sometimes it can really bite.


 Sink your teeth into something fun at: www.rubescartoons.com!

The gravity of the situation

Oct 06, 2009

Loosely stated, Newton’s first law of motion says that an object at rest will remain at rest unless acted upon by an outside force and an object in motion will remain in motion unless it too is acted upon by an outside force. According to legend, with a bit of help from a wayward piece of fruit, he also discovered the law of gravity.  It’s a good thing he wasn’t sitting under a coconut tree. If that were the case he’d have received quite a bump on that brainy noggin of his which would have required a trip to the emergency room. I’m sure that would have cost him a shilling or two! Yep, Ol’ Isaac was a pretty smart fella, but I’ll be even he would be thoroughly confused by this country’s current health care mess. Then again, maybe he was on to something. After all, you know what they say, “An apple a day...”



 Feeling down and need a lift? Then visit: www.rubescartoons.com!


Oct 02, 2009

I am having a very enjoyable time at the World Dairy Expo. It’s always fun chatting with the folks who visit my happy little booth! Many times people tell me what a fun job I must have just sitting around all day dreaming up ways to make people laugh. Believe me, I don’t ever take it for granted. Some folks have even said they envy my career and tell me how lucky I am to get to work for myself. After all, I have no boss to answer to, no commute to work and flexible hours. On paper it does sound pretty darn appealing. But let’s face it, it’s still work and to be totally honest sometimes my boss is much too demanding. In fact, to be totally really honest, sometimes my boss can be a real  jacka**!!


Lots of hee-hawing to be had at: www.rubescartoons.com !

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