Sunday, January 26, 2014

Goofus and Gallant Deliver my Mail

Goofus and Gallant. Remember them? Highlights Magazine? Ring a bell yet? Goofus was the bratty kid who always made wrong choices, and Gallant was the goody two shoes kid who always made the right choice in the same situation.

For Example:


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Goofus: lets change the rules.

Gallant: Lets stick to the rules.

Goofus takes the last apple.
Gallant shares his orange.

So that's how it goes. Goofus is an asshole and Gallant is Mr. Perfect.  For decades. Highlights magazine's message was pretty much, "Don't be a Goofus!" But to be honest with you, I'm not sure which one I hated more....

There are some real life Goofus and Gallant situations. It's real. Its real in my neighborhood. Take for example, my neighborhood postal carriers. Earl and *Al (name changed, Frankly because I don't trust the likes of him, and don't want to face any sort of retaliation.)

Earl is like Gallant. He is our regular postal hero around here. He is handsome, kind, funny, super friendly, helpful...just all around well loved and awesome!

Al is like Goofus.  He is our substitute carrier. Mean spirited, angry, sucky mailman...okay, you get the idea.

Since I didn't want to bother them for a photograph (nor did I want to answer questions as WHY I needed a pic), I did my best to draw them:

EARL- The good guy, the Gallant.

Al- The bad one, the Goofus
Al: I like to deliver the wrong mail to people.
Earl: I like delivering the right mail to people.
Al: I am going to rearrange everyone's trash bins, because, even though they are not in my way, they still irritate me. And it helps waste my time.
Earl: These trash bins are nowhere near interfering with my postal route. I'm glad to see so many people recycling. And those trash collectors are hard workers.
Al: I like to leave nasty notes in peoples mailboxes telling them correct procedure. Such as no cars parked on the street and where to place trash bins.
Earl: I don't even know what a nasty note is. And I would never leave one in this nice community.
Al: This school bus is taking too long, I'm just going to drive around it, even though their stop sign is up. After all, they didn't pay attention to all that honking I did! I'm in a hurry, I have trash cans to rearrange.
Earl: Awww...Look at all those nice children coming home after a hard day at school.
Al: I hate when people leave birthday invitations in the mailbox without a stamp, even when they live next door. I'll just take it.
Earl: How nice, another birthday party.
Al: "Grumble, Grumble, Grumble...."
Earl: "Oh Hi, Mrs Smith! I hope you are having a nice day, How are the kids?"
I could go on all day, but you get the idea. Earl is the best postal carrier ever. All of us in our community love him. We all cringe on Tuesdays when Al is around. I used to like our old sub. Some sweet lady with a super high voice who said I looked like a super model. I liked her...what ever happened to her?....
Good and evil. Its always around, in life, in movies, in books......
Naughty Nicky. A little boy, who is naughty, learns a valuable lesson, though a weird dream. Available-----HERE

Cranberry Thanksgiving. A bad guest tries to steal the delicious, amazing and secret family recipe for cranberry bread. The good guy looks like a pile of dirty crap bum, while the bad guy looks like Brad Pitt. Don't judge a book by the cover.


The Hat. A good guy, who is disabled, lonely and poor, receives a magical hat that helps him, fight crime, meet a love, help people, become rich and get married, before his hat flies off to another adventure.


The Flying Shoes. Various town people take turns stealing a man's magical shoes, only to find out they can't handle the magic.
Now on to the good:
Detroit Threads is a Vintage Clothing Store as well as a Record Store. In stock you will find Techno, House, Electro, Dub Step as well as many other styles of Electronic music as well as Rock, Soul, Funk. They also carry Detroit & Hamtramck clothing.

Look at all this stuff!!! You come in here and you don't even know where to start! Its album insanity, I tell ya!

You all know I'm not running. Not even if a bear was chasing me. However, isn't this the coolest thing ever? A running team! What an incredible way to meet the community and encourage fitness. A store with a running team-Love it!

If you are in the area, go there and show them some support. An independent business like this can offer you knowledge, customer service, variety and a community connection that you will never get from crappy Walmart and other big box stores. Walmart will sell you a 25 cent Frisbee made in China.  Detroit Threads will sell you a kick ass vintage record.

So, Are you a Goofus or a Gallant? I hate to admit this, but I am probably more of a Goofus. I don't really follow the rules, and I probably wouldn't share the last chocolate chip cookie. But at least I don't spend my time rearranging people's trash cans for no reason!




  1. Love the peek at the vintage shop, very inspiring :D Never heard of Goofus/Gallant but love it!

  2. Goofus and Gallant have been in that Highlights for Kids magazine for probably over 40 years, I can't stand either of them! They needed to create a middle grown boy, one who occasionally bucks the system and questions authority without being an asshole...