Charlie Brown said it best, “As soon as a child is born, he or she should be issued a dog and a banjo.”

Many moons ago I did own a dog and I did attempt to play the banjo, but never owned one. I was NOT good at it – guess my beard wasn’t long enough; I had no red plaid, long-sleeved, flannel shirts, and my hillbilly gene was virus infected!

I guess the point is that everyone needs a companion and accompaniment for a tune.

Brandon Specktor, of Readers Digest fame, continues his interview with our cartoon heroes: Charlie Brown and some of the Peanuts gang – Snoopy , Linus, And Sally; Garfield, the flabby tabby; Dilbert, the Confucius of cubicles, Dogbert, his conniving canine, and Wally his lazy co-worker; and young adventurer Calvin and his stuffed tiger, Hobbes.

“How do you spend your free time?

Dilbert: I like to read obscure articles on the Internet and imagine having friends who are interested in the same things.

Wally: Of all the pleasures of life, I think I like nitpicking the best!

Calvin: My favorite ritual is eating three bowls of chocolate-frosted sugar bombs and watching TV cartoons all Saturday morning.

Snoopy: Jogging is very beneficial. It’s good for your heart and your legs and your feet. It’s also very good for the ground – it makes it feel needed!

Next question: You are named president for a day. What statement do you make at your press conference?

Dogbert: I’m calling on the dogs of the world to rise up and take their rightful places as rulers of the planet.

Garfield: I seek truth. But a cookie will do.

Dilbert: My plan is to act randomly and hope for the best.

Calvin: I say it’s a fallacy that kids need 12 years of school! Three months is plenty!

Charlie Brown: As soon as a child is born, he or she should be issued a dog and a banjo.

Charlie, you’re circulating a petition to get on the ballot for 2016. Do you really think you stand a chance?

Charlie Brown: There must be millions of people all over the world who never get any love letters . . . I could be their leader.”

Have any other thoughts on banjos or presidential candidates? Better keep them to yourself!

We’ll talk again soon with Snoopy and Dilbert about love, pizza, and life-mottoes!

Keep smiling – it takes fewer muscles than frowning!


P.s. I may just settle for 2 dogs playing banjos!