Saturday Morning Oys – April 10th, 2021

This Mutts is from a series introducing “King”. Not the deepest of puns, but has its little charms.

Another not-so-deep Oy, but considering how much grousing and joking has attached to the Zoom software, there has been surprisingly little using this older generic sense.

From Andréa, who asks “How many even know what a CARE package was?”.

Further from Andréa, who says “I was expecting a ‘men don’t ask directions’ joke; this is funnier”.
And it’s a triple hit for Andréa!


  1. When I submitted the David OY, I wondered . . . what was she intending to do on the other side of that rope? Might this become an EW, or an ARLO? The expression on her face suggests the latter . . .

  2. what was she intending to do on the other side of that rope?

    Can you say “ogle”?

    [Actually, I’ve heard it said three ways (and seen it spelled two ways), so it’s an open question who can say it. ]

  3. Yes, come to think of it, the “rain” and the “hail” Mutts episodes do belong together and are nice Oys.

  4. I think she can ogle more fruitfly from outside the ropes – better angle – so I think what she plans to do inside the ropes involves clambering up for a more tactile experience.

    (I was genuinely trying to write fruitfully but fruitfly popped up so I thought it worth keeping).

  5. I don’t think I have heard the term “docent” before. However, in all honesty, I will probably be able to say the same thing again in 2-3 years.

  6. futabakun,

    That was excellent. Fortunately I practice safe computing, with a plastic protector for my screen.

  7. It has been my experience that 99% of docents are women, which is why one automatically assumes this is a guard, not a docent. Not until I saw the caption did I realize the he was supposed to be a docent.

  8. But really narmitaj, do you think this LOL is in shape for “clambering”? (BTW, that was one of the pre-Internet meanings of LOL – the Little Old Lady.)

  9. By going inside the ropes she can look up under the fig leaf.

    The plaster cast of “David” at the Victoria and Albert Museum did and probably still does have a fig leaf that could be quickly put on in case of a visit by Her Majesty.

  10. Re Andréa’s question, CARE packages are probably a geezer reference. They stopped in the late 60s, though they have cropped up again since, notably during the Bosnian war and again last year. OTOH, care package is a fairly common generic term, certainly known to students who attend university away from home. Whenever a parent sends foodstuffs or other things they think a child living far away might need, it’s often referred to by that name.

  11. Care packages were an early component of the Covid lockdown and I had to tell my kids to stop. The junk food mixed in was much too easy to reach for during long stretches of newfound boredom. Loved it and ate every bit but, finding myself suddenly much heavier, realized I needed to stop behaving like an like a toddler. I exercised restraint by having them remove the temptation.

  12. narmitaj –

    Docent sounds so much better than volunteer or tour guide or unpaid worker.

    I prefer docent to volunteer when giving tours of our reenactment unit’s headquarters or when our unit volunteers at the local restoration village during the December Candlelight nights event – not that I would ever be upset at being called a volunteer. (Rest of our events we are just doing reenacting and giving tours or presentations for the antique building at which our encampment is set up (no encampment in December). – Oh did we all miss the December event last year – for Robert and me, much more so than the unit’s regular events,we actually feel as if we are living in the period at the December event -we both do first person interpretation during the entire week plus event.

    Docent just sounds like a more learned person, while volunteer sounds like the kid who needs credits from volunteering to graduate from high school.

  13. “Indocent Proposal” gives me an idea for a new Jerry Lewis movie, a sequel to “The Disorderly Orderly”: “The Indecent Docent.”

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