I AM JOE COOL OR SHOULD I SAY JOE KOOL!

 

It was 19 years ago we learned of the death of Charles Schulz.  The creator of the comic strip Peanuts had a huge influence on me and my life.

The Peanuts comic strips were drawn simple but in just a few words Mr. Schulz helped me become the man I am today.

The Peanuts Christmas is a classic telling the story of Charlie Brown and his internal struggle with the true meaning of Christmas and the unforgettable reading of the Christmas story

Linus with his love of the Great Pumpkin and his blanket

But why am I Joe KOOL?

As a teenager I was reading Peanuts in the paperback forms almost every day and when Snoopy put the sunglasses on and became Joe Cool to impress the ladies, well so did I.

This is a true story.  One year for Christmas my cousin gave me a deck of playing cards where the back had Joe Cool on them.   I thought it was sooooooo cool.  However I had some nephews who thought they were cool too and decided to play with them (they were about 3 years old)  they tore most of them except the 7 of hearts.

In my teenage mind I thought it was a sign!  I took that 7 of hearts playing card with Joe Cool on it and placed it in my wallet and would use it as my business card to flirt with THE LADIES. Yes I am that much of a geek!

Did it work?   Not really, I guess I wasn’t as cool and Joe Cool.

By the way several years ago the same cousin found another deck of Joe Cool cards and sent them to me for Christmas.  They are now proudly displayed along with my wife’s Snoopy collection.

But I got to say my favorite Peanuts character is Sally Brown.

Her constant pursuit of her “Sweet Baboo” always made me laugh.  When Sally sat with Linus in the pumpkin patch waiting for the Great Pumpkin she said  “If you try to hold my hand I’ll slug you”  Makes me laugh just writing it down.

Sally had one of my favorite strips in the entire Peanuts catalog.  Well making an oral report on dinosaurs to her class she tried to start with some humor.

“MY FAVORITE DINOSAUR IS THE BRONCHITIS.  IT BECAME EXTINCT BECAUSE IT COUGHED A LOT”

That line alone has brought me so much laughter in my life.  I think I have told that joke thousands of time myself to a mixed reaction.  I love that joke.

So thank you Mr. Schulz for the years of such a simple and sweet comic strip that had some many life lessons too.

One more great line from Peanuts and Lucy Van Pelt.  I think of this almost daily when I look at social media.

        THE QUALITY OF YOUR STUPIDITY IS RISING”

On the morning show a feel good story out of Huston and naming a Salmon for your Valentine.

Stupid news- Tigers in Huston and a Birthday Celebration in Utah.

Laff lines:  Looking like my dad