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Tales from the O-NO Ranch

Mad Jack Hanks
Wellington, Colo.

I’ve discovered, as you have gentle readers, that not everyone has the same sense of humor, right? Our funny bones apparently just don’t line up alike in all of us. I think that I have a good, no, not good, but GREAT sense of humor, I really do. I can get tickled at most anything that has comedic value, unless it’s some sort of way off color dribble. That, I just don’t find any humor in. I think that is where a lot of the new sit-coms are headed or have already been. Some folks think that sort of stuff is funny, but there we go again, not all of us have the same sense of humor. Those of you who read my cartoon panel, “Hoots from the O-NO Ranch” have figured out how my brain works most of the time. There have been times that you have read my cartoons and said to yerself, “that’s not funny, it’s not even cute.”

Well, over the last 17 years of cartooning, I have done something over 800 cartoons. Some, I believe, are GREAT, and of course, some aren’t that funny at all. But, for Pete’s sake, you just can’t win them all!

One of the cowboys in my cartoons is a feller by the name of Otis. Ole Otis is a lot like me. He get’s easily confused and seems to always be on the short end of the stick when it comes to being the hero for the day. Otis tries really hard to not make mistakes and it seems the harder he tries, the worse things seem to get.

Otis has trouble getting his words right at times, like he thought in one cartoon that the song was about “Lookin’ Back, Texas” and not “Luckenbauch, Texas.”

I remember a conversation Little miss Martha and I were having with another cowboy about a certain horse I had just purchased. I said something on the order that I thought the ole pony was really “doctile.” She “laffed” and said “WHAT?” I repeated myself and she replied, “you mean docile, don’t you?” I had to admit that I didn’t really know what the word was. Just like ole Otis.

I have mentioned that I really enjoy someone who is funny and has original thought when it comes to developing their story line. I have to admit that out of 800 or so cartoons, I have had to pull a punch line off the internet on occasion, but heck you already knew that. I would say however, that 95 percent of my cartoon captions come straight from my little brain, you know, the one that didn’t know how docile was pronounced.

Let me give one of my most recent original thoughts that I believe to be funny. Here it goes … you guys better not mess with me ’cause I got this Indian friend from Red Lodge, Montana by the name of Red Crow, and he’s got a brother named, (get this) Vel Crow and they stick together and help me out any time I need some backup.

Funny, don’t ya think? Some of you are “laffin” and some of you are just shakin’ yer head and sayin, “that ain’t funny, that ain’t funny at all.”

Let me encourage you to tickle yer funny bone each and every chance you get, trust me, you’ll feel better and you’ll live longer!

Stay tuned, check yer cinch on occasion and I’ll c. ya.


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