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Friday, October 6, 2017

Vic and Sadecast 042 – Howard’s New Harness (10/6/17)

garbagewagon (18:36) Sade worries about how Uncle Fletcher spends his money.

Examine this episode more closely: 40-12-31 Howard has a New Harness

“Vic and Sade” was written by Paul Rhymer.

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posted by Jimbo at 4:08 am filed in Jimbo,Oct17  


  1. Hey, if I didn’t know better (and I don’t) I’d think Sadie was worried that Uncle Fletcher was going to fritter away her inheritance before he passed on. She’s really focused on this topic for some reason, rather than being her usual distracted self. I guess it would be more charitable of me to assume she’s only concerned about her uncle’s well-being, but as in real life, it could be a combination of the two motives.

    That’s why we can debate about their motives, I guess: because they seem so much like real people. I mean, who doesn’t have (or at least used to have) a half-cracked uncle that you both worry about and wonder whether they’ll leave you something when they kick the bucket. I notice you speak of Vic and Sade (and Rush) as if they are real people, kind of like the members of the society of Baker Street Irregulars speak of Holmes and Watson as if they were real people, and write learned treatises attempting to explain some of the seeming contradictions in the canon (or Conan, if you will). Your site is kind of like that, in a way. You have researched Rush and Russell enough to be certain that they are actually two different characters, not just two different actors playing the same part. Heck, you even had a guy on your site trying to explain the use of “an automatic revolver” in one of the Third Lieutenant Stanley stories, which I think is taking it a level too far! Vic and Sade are real, but Third Lieutenant Stanley is fiction even in the context of Vic and Sade.

    Comment by Dave in Kentucky — October 6, 2017 @ 10:47 am

  2. Thanks, Big Chief, for the comment.

    Sade is just not the greedy type, although I do think Fletcher is probably wealthy. But Sade has shown considerable care for her uncle in various episodes (we have the advantage to be able to see into the future on Vic and Sade).

    Yes, yes, I do take Vic and Sade very seriously. I know people who are bigger fans than me and they just poo-poo my taking the show real. But I don’t care. I think I get more enjoyment out of the show because of the way I look at it.

    Dave from Wisconsin (Dave Duckert) is the guy who wrote about guns and he’s as big of a fan as I am. You can hear him now and again on the Vic and Sadecast (he did the Brick Mush Man revolving door episode recently) and he can be heard on just about every Overnightscape Central podcast here on the Onsug.

    Thanks again for your interest and comments.

    Comment by Jimbo — October 6, 2017 @ 11:53 am

  3. You can just call me Chief if you want. We won’t worry about how Big I am, in size or status.

    Comment by Dave in Kentucky — October 6, 2017 @ 12:20 pm

  4. She does worry about money, though. For instance, how much Vic spends on his Lodge. “Lodge, lodge, lodge, money, money, money!”

    Comment by Dave in Kentucky — October 6, 2017 @ 12:22 pm

  5. Well that’s true. However, Sade only buys small things for herself (pins, thread, weigh herself).

    Comment by Jimbo — October 6, 2017 @ 1:07 pm

  6. RE: Big Chief

    Ok Chief. But Big Chief is still cool. “Dave from Wisconsin” is also in the comment section, so if we called you Chief, that would easily distinguish you two.

    Comment by Jimbo — October 6, 2017 @ 1:10 pm

  7. Chief, yes, Vic and Sade are real – in fact, I bumped into Sade at Yamilton’s yesterday. I stopped in there on my way to get an ankle bolt for a wheelbarrow and, by george, there was Sade and Ruthie buying some wash rags!

    All joking off to one side, V&S is a nice idyllic world to visit from time to time. I do admit to getting carried away once in a while though.

    Dave from Wisconsin

    Comment by Dave from Wisconsin — October 7, 2017 @ 2:35 pm

  8. “All joking off to one side” haha Dave, wink wink 😉

    Comment by Jimbo — October 7, 2017 @ 3:14 pm

  9. We cordially invite no riders. An interesting but very different message from similar bumper stickers in this shows future. The 1960’s, the 70’s: “Gas, Grass or Ass, no one rides for free” is an entirely different mindset. In the gas of Howard, you can imagine how he would come to or even be issued a “No riders” sign, this to help people needing a ride understand, that it was not Howard’s fault, or cruelty, but rather a rule, than Howard, and thus the potential rider were subject to. We can imagine, that in living with such a sign, you might want to take the edge off, so for instance if you found something among the trash, something like a “We cordially invite sign”, it would give you some pleasure and sense of control over your life and your work, to add such a sign, to inject some humour into the rules that have been set upon us.

    I found this moment of the show quite realistic and likely based in some truth, implied or borrowed from real life.

    This was not a “me generation” statement such as the previously mentioned bumper sticker, it was not a statement of entitlement or enticement for some personal gain, it was differently a statement of levity, adding some humanity to the bureaucratic rules of the sanitation department. We can understand from this act that Howard was a kind poetic soul, someone that might inspire Uncle Fletcher to give a great gift of a new horse harness. This was a great insight into why someone like uncle Fletcher, would be moved to care for Howard so much.

    Comment by Chad Bowers — October 9, 2017 @ 10:02 am

  10. The ironic thing about the sign is that Uncle Fletcher rides on the garbage wagon all the time; it’s like it’s his personal Uber. He is even issued a yearly “pass” from the mayor. It is never told to us how or why he is the benefactor of such a pass. Does he pay for this or perhaps bribe the mayor?

    The sign on the garbage wagon might have also come from Uncle Fletcher, as his way of stating that he is part owner… or something of that ilk. 😉

    Comment by Jimbo — October 9, 2017 @ 11:14 am

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