Something I’ve been noticing the past few years. Maybe I’m wrong. Anything’s possible, after all. But I suspect there might be something to this.

Back in the day, Sunday strips seemed like the highlight of the week, and everybody brought their A-Game. Lately, it seems as if a lot of artists kind of phone in the Sunday gag.

Now, I’m not saying the overall quality of the strips have gone down, just that Sunday has been non-prioritized (along with Saturday, which has always been a dead zone).

And I’m thinking this might be because people are no longer reading Sunday comics in all their large, all-color glory: now almost all comics are in color seven days a week, and online comic readers might actually be less likely to read a Sunday comic than a weekday comic.

I wouldn’t submit this as hard evidence, of course, but I do know that Sunday traffic on CIDU is generally about half of Monday’s.

I don’t know… any thoughts?


  1. According to Wikipedia, that font of inerrant data, “Since the late 1960s, this broadcast programming schedule typically includes between 20 and 26 episodes. Before then, a regular television season could average at least 30 episodes, and some TV series may have had as many as 39 episodes in a season.”

  2. “I’m pretty sure that earlier, the first-run television season ran 39 weeks.”

    Some were 39 weeks, and some were 36, and some were 52. Except for the soap operas, however, everything was down to 24-26 by the time I was watching primetime TV. 24-26 allows them to run each episode twice per year. Since back then your choice was to watch it when it was broadcast or wait until it was broadcast again, this meant that you had to choose between programs that aired at the same time on different channels… you could watch one the first time around, and catch the other when it was in reruns. Then came the VCR, then came the DVR, and finally the on-demand from your provider, to resolve that problem. Of course, that also killed the demand for rerun season, and broadcasters now air different programs

  3. (four parts . . .”

    There are actually EIGHT parts to this ‘Grumpy Old Women – Christmas’ series. And why one has to be OLD to be grumpy about Christmas, I don’t know . . . First Hubby loathed Christmas from the time I first knew him at age 17, whereas I’d loved the season ever since I can remember, until around 1995.

    This thread has drifted so far, we need life jackets, I swear. ‘-)

  4. I’ve a theory about why some of us go ‘overboard’ . . . it’s the only time we can be as overindulgent, kitschy, cluttered as we want to be and then, when we’re tired of it, take it all down . . . then, for a few days, the house looks SO MUCH LARGER than it had the previous few months ’cause they are now so empty.

    That’s my theory and I’m stickin’ to it!

  5. Meryl: 21 trees and counting. Not putting any up in the past few years; blame it on the internet and the Florida weather.

    “One year a big Christmas decoration was wax in can that was sprayed on stencils held up the window and one would have the wax design on their window when the stencil was removed.”

    I remember this so well – and it flaking off when scraped with a razor blade ’cause that was the only way to get it off. I think mine was PRIOR to spray wax – I seem to remember daubing with a sponge . . . did yours look like this . . . ?

    (taken a year or two after we came to USA; landlord on left, me and my family hand-me-down/heirloom teddy bear [Dutch name: Bear], and my Mother, who did all the work and always indulged me).

  6. presumably, the snow in January and February comes from people who leave their lights and decorations up

  7. @Andréa,

    You really ought to warn people who might be eating cereal when you post something like that. But then again, “Practice safe surfing – use a screen protector.”

  8. I’m glad to know it brought a [spitting] chuckle to you, and I had to laff at James’ statement about January and February snow. Makes sense to me!

  9. My wax design was individual snow flakes (on the living room window) and may have also been put other than by spray now that I think of it as it all came in the kit which I sort think was flat. (as much as anyone can remember back to when they were 3 and 4, 5 at the oldest.

    Is that where the dreaded snow comes from?!

    Any snow a real problem this year as we schlep mom to doctor after doctor. Now that she is finally letting us help her deal with her medical problems – so far

    Cardiologist to deal with DVT in her legs (that was the doctor office from hell – if it was a movie no one would believe it – hopefully next visit will be last as they sent us instead of her other cardiologist who actually did heart related things the leg scan that says that she does not have any clots, plus I have to give her name, birthdate, phone number and address to make an appointment – umm, are there two Lily Goldbergs with the same name, birthdate and phone number that they need her address also to figure out which one she is? We drive to the residence by GPS and now by instinct and I had no idea what the address was.

    Cardiologist with great office staff, well run, who replaced her pacemaker and his staff offered to set her up for the periodic testing to be done at her assisted living residence, saving us the schlep out there.

    In the testing for above they found out she had internal lesions and she had surgery for same – going to that doctor tomorrow for follow up. Her office does not seem well run either – when I called for an appointment they could not find her in any records and setting up the appointment took 2 days.

    Next will be the plastic surgeon for a growth on her face.

    Then Costco for hearing aids – so I won’t have to repeat everything to her three times when we go to the doctor.

    Then she wants to go to an orthopedist “to get the shots” in her knees – we have been hearing about same for about 20 years since Robert’s older niece’s adoption was being planned.

    Then, as I told her, we can take her out for fun things instead of doctors all the time. Robert, my extremely patient husband, insists on coming with us to all of these doctors – he’s actually very handy – he can talk “doctor” from his years running a mental health agency.

  10. Bill – there are several movies that we have seen sooooo many times that we can do just about all the of the dialogue in the movies. The magic of a beta recorder/player as an engagement gift for him, followed by VHS recorder/players followed by DVDs.

  11. That bear was my father’s (born in 1923), then his sister’s, then mine. I still have him, altho unbeknownst to either father or aunt, his face was chewed upon by one of my dogs, back in early 70s. Always wanted to have him repaired; never trusted anyone to do so, or even put in the mail to a doll repair store. He must be 90 years old by now. And I have – packed away – a collection of several hundred bears of varying ages, sizes and styles, so when you tell us about your Bear Village, I can identify, albeit on a larger scale.

    There was a Teddy Bear Museum in Florida, which we visited with my stepdaughter in the 1980’s. When I thought to donate my collection, as we now live nearby and I’ve not unpacked them for many years, I found that it was closed. A pity, as the history of the teddy bear is an interesting one.

    Oh, you meant *I* was cute? Ha . . . cute goes away with age; beautiful, as my Mother was, stays with you forever.

  12. Andréa – In addition to the village, the smallest bedroom in our house (aka the guest room but guests never come) is “the bears’ room”. Stuffed bears, glass bears, ceramic bears, metal bears, a bear made from coal, a bear that is a radio, cups that are bears, stuffed bear logo of the Olympics in Russia, plates with bears, 2 banker bears, Christopher Columbus Bear – Bears from UK (Harrods), Italy (gondolier) – all sorts of of other places – and their friends (Cabbage Patch dolls and others). In the living room 2 shelves of a corner unit are set aside for a set of bear figurines that I have accumulated over the years – I change them monthly (except January) by season (some doubles from same have moved to the village upstairs). The village is the least of them..

    I did come across a toy bear museum in California and recently heard of one upstate NY.

  13. “I did come across a toy bear museum in California and recently heard of one upstate NY.”

    I would HOPE it was a toy bear museum . . . ‘-) . . . I will do a search and if I ever decide to downsize, see if they (or you) want any of ’em.

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