Gift-giving countdown

Well, the holidays are barreling down upon us like Santa’s sleigh, if it was pulled by Wile E. Coyote and he made the mistake of looking down. Hannukah starts on December 15th this year, and Christmas is slated for December 25th this year. At this point, there’s still time to shop for your gifts at and have them shipped to US addresses using Amazon’s free shipping on orders over $25 (too late to hit the start of Hannukah, but there’s still time to hit the end of it.) And even after that, there’s time to order with somewhat more expensieve shipping options.

For those of you who have never shopped for gifts online, it’s a great way to shop, particularly for gifts for people far away. You get the savings, depending on where it’s shipping you might not have to pay sales tax, and you save yourself having to pack things up and then head off to the long holiday lines at the post office. Amazon can even gift wrap thing for you.
And when it’s too late to get something shipped out (or if you’re buying a gift for someone who may not have everything but you can’t think of what they don’t have), then an Amazon gift certificate is always a good gift, and it can be delivered instantly via email.

So head on over to and figure out who you want to buy a Peanuts Holiday DVD box set for, who gets The Complete Peanuts, and who gets It’s Only a Game. And if you’re shopping for my family, I don’t need anything… but my two year old daughter keeps saying she’d  like a 42″ plasma HDTV set!

An unexpected Snoopy sighting

So I’m sitting here in pain from wiping out on my bicycle today, looking for some comfort viewing on TV. I start streaming Cybill, the 1990s sitcom created by Chuck Lorre as a vehicle for Cybill Shepherd. In episode 2, Cybill-the-character is sitting with her ex-husband talking about their impending grandparenthood, …

Peanuts sightings in Japan

I’m still recovering from the cold that I picked up in Japan (which luckily didn’t strike fully until I was  back), but here are a few stray things that I saw while there. A vending machine of Snoopy charms. (There were also similar “Gacha capsule” machines with three Snoopy figures.) …

Free Comic Book Day tomorrow

Just a quick reminder that tomorrow (Saturday, May 4, 2019) is Free Comic Book Day. At most comic shops in the US and Canada (and many elsewhere), you can walk in and get free comic books, no purchase needed. Some shops will give you just one or two, others will …