Browsing: Broadside moments

No, this isn’t about baseball, even though it COULD be. This is about cartooning. You may or may not have noticed that the shape of Broadside and Greenside cartoons have changed. This is what they used to look like: No, wait. That was in 2014, when online versions were 397 pixels wide. In 2015 the web format changed and they looked like this: The point is that they were square. The originals were 6X6. Recently, Gannett Government Media switched to new formats in the print versions of Navy Times and Marine Corps Times, and they will now look like this:…

Remember August of 2012 when NASA and the Jet Propulsion Lab successfully landed the Mars rover “Curiosity” against impossible odds? I still remember the thrill of watching people with some of the best minds in the world as they awkwardly attempted high fives in mission control. (NASA) For the Bacon family, the championship game this weekend was kind of like that. You see, we grew up in Colorado and have been Broncos fans for life; and like many of the scientists who engineered the Curiosity landing, we took a lot of abuse growing up. If the Broncs didn’t outright stink,…

“Getting old isn’t for sissies.” Bette Davis I used to schedule big things like ships and jets. Now I schedule colonoscopies and timing belt replacements. My car and I are both getting older. I have been through both procedures, and neither is pleasant. As I recall, the last time I saw the doctor who does colonoscopies, everyone except him was – not to sound sexist – female. There are a few, rare times in a man’s life when he would prefer to deal exclusively with males and this is one of them. In addition to all that, my fifteen year…

Once again it is time for pro cartoonists to submit published work to be considered for awards. The winners will be announced at the Reuben Awards dinner in May. In the vernacular of the cartooning world, this process is known as the Annual Dose of Humility. My goal in life is to be nominated before I die. The judges are usually other cartoonists with no military experience, so the trick – at least for me – is to choose cartoons that translate to civilian readers. So here are my twelve submissions for 2015! Wish me luck!

This is a banner year because I have started my taxes earlier than ever before. Note the key word “started”, meaning I bought a box of TurboTax. I have not opened the box, of course, because I would rather poke sharp sticks in my eye than do taxes. Tax season, like grieving, has stages that people go through. First is denial. By ignoring taxes, we hope they will go away. Then guilt. We know we should be doing them, but look! Prospectors is on. Then anxiety as the inevitability begins to set in. Then anger. Then resignation. In the end,…

Look, I’m a cartoonist. I exist to make people happy and that includes my doctor. But sometimes I’m just not sure what scratches his itch. The last time I saw him, after accusing him of having a broken scale, I asked him what he recommended to control weight and blood sugar. He told me, “Stay away from anything that tastes good.” Since that was impossible, I decided to cut down on carbs, meaning I ate a lot of meat. This year I was back for my annual physical. I was lighter and the blood sugar looked great. But my cholesterol…

What is it about military people that they can’t stay away from places where they should not be? There is a dark force in the universe that pulls them in like a giant vacuum. I may or may not have once been susceptible, but that was a long time ago. Today I am different. I am older and wiser. I have a family. I don’t do foolish things any more. Except this weekend when we went tubing on a mountain. Taking an informal survey, I was (by far) the oldest person on the slope. If you can call it a…

As my family prepares for Christmas, we like to follow the time honored tradition of stuffing our gullets until we can’t walk. To that end, we visited a place tonight that specializes in all you can eat pizza and fried chicken. Pizza and chicken. All you can eat. The best characterization of the evening came from my brother who told me not to expect many “pretty people” in there. Good call. What is it about the holidays that flips an invisible go switch within our brains? I am no doctor but I have been told our bodies have little sensors…

Just what is delegation anyway? We have all heard that the goal of any leadership position is to delegate oneself out of a job. That makes sense if you are the delegator; not so much if you are the delegatee. Look it up and you will see that to delegate is to, “…entrust (a task or responsibility) to another person, typically one who is less senior than oneself.” Delegating responsibility is a way to acknowledge a junior person’s growth, and the senior person’s faith in his or her ability to complete a given task. I think it is more basic…

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