Peter Pain and other things


Today we are going to Muse about Peter Pain and other things.  If this is your first visit, welcome to Musings. If you have been here before, welcome back. Over time we are going to talk about many things: the past, the present, perhaps the future, travel, art, society and more. Wherever my musing takes me. I hope you will come along with me.

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It’s a problem

For nearly thirty years I have lived in Florida.  Before moving here, except for my high school years, I had spent nearly all my life in the west, primarily in Arizona and California.  My childhood was spent in small towns;  my adult life in large cities.

It is different down here, but not so much in the stereotypical South vs. North way.

My part of Florida is densely populated.  Much of the state is not. And that makes the difference.

I saw the following posted on Facebook.  Most of it comes from a book of Red Neck jokes.

The Orator

The Orator


1. Save all bacon grease. You will be instructed later how to use it.

2. If you do run your car into a ditch, don’t panic. Four men in the cab of a four wheel drive with a 12-pack of beer and a tow chain will be along shortly. Don’t try to help them. Just stay out of their way. This is what they live for.

3. Remember: “Y’all” is singular. “All y’all” is plural. “All y’all’s” is plural possessive.

4. Get used to the phrase “It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity”. And the collateral phrase “You call this hot? Wait’ll August.”

5. Don’t tell us how you did it up north. Nobody cares.

6. If you think it’s too hot, don’t worry. It’ll cool down-in December (if ur lucky)

7. A Mercedes-Benz or Lexus is not a status symbol here, a Chevy, Dodge, or Ford is.

8. If someone says they’re “fixin” to do something, that doesn’t mean anything’s broken.

9. The value of a parking space is not determined by the distance to the door, but the availability of shade.

10. If you see a slower moving vehicle/equipment on a two lane road coming towards you, pull onto the shoulder, that is called “courtesy”.

11. BBQ is a food dish. It does NOT mean grilling burgers and hot dogs outdoors. That’s called a cookout.

12. Weddings, funerals, and giving birth must take into consideration NASCAR races and Football games.

13. Everything is better with Ranch dressing.

14. Dukes is real mayo… Not that Miracle Whip stuff.

15. DO NOT honk your horn at us to be obnoxious, we will sit there until we die or until Jesus comes back, which ever is first.

16. We pull over and stop for emergency vehicles to pass.

17. For funeral processions, pull to the right and stop, turn your music off and wait for the entire procession to go by. We men also remove hats or caps. Some people put their hand over their heart.

18. “Bless your Heart” is our nice way of saying you’re an idiot.

19. No matter what kind: sprite, coke, pepsi, mtn dew, its called Coke.

20. If you don’t like the weather in Tallahassee, wait 30 minutes, it will change.

21. We say ‘Please’ & ‘Thank you’, it’s called being polite.

22. We hold the door open for our women, especially the elderly, it’s called being respectful.

23. Our state bird is the mosquito.

24. Our state drink is sweetened iced tea.

25. Our four food groups are meat, sodium, sugar and alcohol.

26. We deep-fry everything!!!

27. If you don’t like it here, GO BACK TO WHERE YOU CAME FROM!!!


Meant to be Humorous

This is meant to be humorous but I think it speaks of differences that result in large part from economic and cultural inequality.

I read that within twenty years more than half of the population in the United states will live in fifteen  states, mostly along the East and West coasts.  These states will elect 30 senators.  The lesser population, largely living in more rural and less densely populated areas, will elect 70 senators. That is a problem.

On a different note:

Do you remember Peter Pain?

When I was five, the high-light of the week was having my grandmother read me the Sunday comics.    My favorite was Li’l Abner.

li'l Abner

li’l Abner

He brought us Daisy Mae, Fearless Fosdick, Shmoo, Sadie Hawkins, Marryin’ Sam and many more.

Daisy Mae

Daisy Mae

Fearless Fosdick

Fearless Fosdick



sadie hawkins

sadie hawkins

marryin sam

marryin sam

It was the best!

But a close second was Peter Pain.  He made a big impression on a 5 year old.

After all these years I still remember

Peter Pain

peter pain 1944-10-29

peter pain 1944-10-29

1951 peter pain ben gay newspaper ad

1951 peter pain ben gay newspaper ad

Don’t know why!

more to come

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Fine Art America, a company is now offering Coffee Mugs, Throw Pillows, Greeting Cards, Bath Towels, Hand Towels, Shower Curtains, Duvet Covers and more with reproductions of my artwork.  If you want to check them out, here are the steps:
1.  Click on this
2.  Click on one of the galleries to open up the page of images.
3.  Click on an image you like.  It will open up a side bar with a number of options.
4.  Click on “HOME DECOR“.  It will open up a menu of products.
5.  Click on the product and it will open up a sizing slide so you can adjust the image.

Have fun.

My work is available as traditional prints on canvas, paper or metal, but it also available on greeting cards, phone covers, tote bags, shower curtains,  t-shirts and more.  It makes for some very personalized gifts.  Below is the link to the site.  When you click on an image in the site,  a menu of products will appear.  I hope you like it.

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Books by Thomas L. Tribby Available
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Works on Paper

On The Waterfront

Impressions of Florida

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Colony Hotel

Colony Hotel

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View West

View West

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About Thomas L. Tribby

Professional artist: painter, sculptor, print maker. Maintains a studio in West Palm Beach, Florida
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