I don’t get to play golf nearly enough.  I’m not good at playing golf, but, I enjoy getting out of the house to do it.  Of course, truth be told, I tend to drive the cart like an ATV while Casey usually is pretty safe about it. 

To another point, I was asked the question by someone the other day about the timeline in Casey and Scotty.  I used to have a FAQ section on a previous incarnation of the website that would have answered this, but here goes.  Casey and Scotty takes place during a single calendar year.  For the purposes of this answer, lets say it takes place in 2003, which is the actual year Casey was twelve.  Each strip takes as long as it takes, and does not represent a day in the life, but rather the exact amount of time in a particular day that is necessary to allow the four panels to pass by.  In some cases, you will see strips about Halloween or Valentines, and those all take place on the SAME holiday in a single year.  In theory, on the day after I finish drawing Casey and Scotty (whenever that may be), it might be possible to take all of the strips, and arrange them in such a way that they take place in order from day one to day 365, at various times of each day therein.  With day 366 being Casey’s 13th Birthday, ending the strip (this is not a spoiler, as I have said the last Casey and Scotty strip I ever draw will consist of Casey waking up on his 13th Birthday and having to wear the helmet of knowledge which erases his memory and allows him to continue as a teenager with no knowledge of the spaceship).

In reality, I draw about whatever I am thinking about at the moment, and the backgrounds reflect the season of the year(this week and lst, you will notice the leaves are turning colors).  So, if a strip is in close proximity to a holiday, I usually mention it.  Going forward (as is the case this week, and the real reason for this explanation), if the Saturday that a strip falls on is also a holiday, it will usually be a holiday related strip.  If it doesn’t (which is the case this time), I won’t even mention it.

All of this is an attempt to deal with a situation that, for whatever reason, bothered me about many of the strips I loved when I was a kid.  Peanuts being an example.  Although some characters aged before the 1960’s, from the day I was born, Charlie Brown was the same age as he is today.

It does make me realize, however, that I might be able to use ‘wiki’ software to arrange strips by DAY OF YEAR and start straightening out the timeline a little.  I’ll have to think about that.

This reminds me of, additionally, one of the mistakes I made along the way with the infamous go-kart time machine strip.  The machine appeared in the ‘past’, but I have never drawn the strips in the ‘future’ that will send Scotty back to that day that the go-kart appeared in the first ‘production year’ of the strip.  However, I have written a few test scripts dealing with this issue.  Having to contain this in a year is very difficult, but, when I draw these ‘time travel’ strips, we will actually get to see Casey as a teenager.  But that’s all the info I am willing to share.

But, in short, suspend your disbelief.  The strip is magical, just like so many ‘non-aging’ strips out there.  It is what it is.  Nobody ages, nobody dies (well, except Mowbot, but he keeps coming back), and all is well with each passing strip. 

(Casey, Scotty, Zack and Nub, in a Golf Cart, jump a small hill)

(Casey, Scotty, Zack and Nub, still in the golf cart, get stuck in a sand trap)

(Casey, Scotty, Zack and Nub, still in the golf cart, drive through a water hazard)

MR. MICHEALS:  You had to rent them their own cart didn’t you?
MOOSE:  Live and learn.