There's nothing better for a cartoonist than a running joke.
There are quite a few going on through the years, starting with Karen's admission that when she cooked, the fire alarm often went off because it was poorly placed too close to the stove, causing Kara to scurry out of the house quickly whenever Karen went into the kitchen. The fire extinguisher became Kara's constant companion:
And... THE PANTS!
During the 2008 Iditarod, Karen's pants took a beating. First, nearly losing them while being dragged through rocks
she caught them on fire:
I admit... I obsess about the pants on fire.
While other list members suggested various electronic devices, like hand warmers, to solve the problem, I pitched in with: "Have you tried setting your pants on fire? Seems to work during
Those pants were legendary... at least to me.
So a while back I get an intriguing e-mail from Karen saying a box is on the way. I've learned never to ask, but was curious. I mean, I have just about everything "North Wapiti": t-shirts, jackets, sweatpants (which I live in), I've been sent booties, pictures, and other cool stuff to auction off for fundraisers... so what could it be?
Some of the possibilities in my head were:
A life-sized sheep
A Border Collie stuffed dog
A live Trampling (I did ask if the box had holes)
A Fire Extinguisher
So, when the box arrived, and I opened it, initially I was a bit confused, because I thought it was a fleece jacket (already have one), and then I read the handwritten note:
The pants that traveled the entire length of the Iditarod. The pants that are covered in Pretty Sled Dog fluff. The pants that are immortalized in cartoon form....
Then yesterday I get an e-mail from Karen telling me to check out the Kentucky Derby horses... I would know which one.
When I saw the name, I shrieked with laughter... on my deck... at 7am (sorry neighbors). As odd as it may sound, its like a whole cosmic convergence and too perfect to be coincidental, and in my cartoon brain, it means all is right with the world.
Thank you my friend, I'll cherish them forever :)