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It would be all too easy—and completely wrong—to blame a very convoluted year of Judge Parker on a previous writer. I made several mistakes as I tried to find my feet with the comic. I'm hoping I have learned from my errors and do right by the readers from now on.

sean martin

I got a phone call from a friend yesterday asking if I would help him move his son, his wife, their three year old, *and* his mother-in-law to a new home. I dont mind doing things like that — they're all good people, and this move was a major upgrade.

But here's the thing: I get there at 8 this morning to find their apartment in complete chaos. We were only to move the big pieces — the sofa, the bed, the other large/heavy pieces of furniture... except that we couldnt get to them. They had so much *stuff* that they had yet to sort through to figure out what was moving and what was getting tossed.

So we get the son and his family finally moved to the new place, then we have to drive over to the mother-in-law's place, which is likewise in chaos — because as MIL is moving out, her daughter and *her* family are moving *in*: we're shifting things out of rooms only to shift new stuff in.

So now we have the contents of a two bedroom apartment and the contents of a two bedroom house — just the major pieces of furniture, mind you — all now crammed into their brand-new three-bedroom house some twenty miles away. When I left, I looked around and thought, Self, dont ever let your life get this out of control...

Mike Peterson

Somewhere is a happy medium. I have a three-room apartment -- livingroom, bedroom, kitchen -- with a walk-in closet and I think that's modest, but, goodness, I still have space for more than a pot and a frying pan and a Kindle plus two changes of clothes.

To be able to live in a tiny house without renting a storage unit, you'd have to be pared down to nothing. I admire mobility but the usual term is "wings and roots," and there aren't a lot of roots in that lifestyle.

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