Why I Don’t Like Raisins

If we weren’t all crazy, we would go insane. Jimmy Buffet

Writing about Bill the Cat earlier tonight got me started thinking about Kliban.  Bernard Kliban.  I started reading his comics in the 1970’s and they are hysterically funny.  Now keep in mind, I’m also a huge fan of the original Monty Python series so my sense of humor may be seriously flawed, but Kliban’s drawings just tickled me to death.  

It certainly didn’t help matters that my bestest buddy had the same sense of humor and we’d get on a roll.  Still do as a matter of fact, even after knowing each other for 37 years (can you believe it!).  In fact, I’m sure it was Caralyn who introduced me to Kliban.  She also introduced me to Matt Groening’s drawings (long before he was on the Tracy Ullman show – where he created The Simpsons).   If you Google Matt Groening in Images, you can see his wonderful cartoons.

Although Kliban was a well-known cartoonist, I was most familiar with his cat cartoons and some of his later work.  I think one of his funniest cartoons is the one with the cat sitting on a stool, strumming a uekele.  He’s singing this song:

“Love to eat them mousies. Mousies what I love to eat. Bite they little heads off…nibble on they tiny feet”. 

I know, I know, it’s awful but it’s also awful funny. I don’t want to see any tiny feet get nibbled, that’s for sure.

But the cartoon that affected me the most, the one that changed my path in life (okay, I am prone to slight exaggeration very rarely occasionally sometimes pretty often) has got to the one about merchandising. Heck, I was even in the marketing business at one point and remembered this cartoon. And it has certainly affected my cooking style!

Let me set it up for you.  It’s a big white bunny, sitting on a counter in a store. The cartoon is entitled, “Merchandising”.  The bunny has a sign on one side that reads, “Raisins – 5¢”, and of course there are many “raisins” scattered around behind the bunny.

Now you know why I don’t like raisins!

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