2020: Not Such a Bad Year

You probably noticed that the year 2020 was unusually challenging. But I want to point out that it could have been much worse. Let’s focus for a moment on some things we can be grateful for.


1. The incredibly vicious Murder Hornets seldom attacked me.


2. Obnoxious Martians didn’t land and make a nuisance of themselves.


3. My take-out orders were no more error-prone than usual.


4. Wardrobe failures were minimal.


5. There wasn’t much quicksand. 

I like to think that 2021 will be better. But if it turns out to be no better than 2020, I’ll take comfort in the knowledge that it could probably be even worse.

Don—Pittsburgh, December 11, 2020
PS: By the way, if you need a strangely opulent keepsake to help you remember 2020, we have a ridiculous, limited-edition print here.

27 Responses

Sharon in Philly

December 27, 2020

Although many skunks ventured forth this year none attacked me. Thanks for reminding me to count my blessings.


December 27, 2020

Santa couldn’t locate his sled and Rudolph tripped and broke his leg but Last I heard they are still coming tonight’


Andrea D

December 21, 2020

I survived Covid19 and other calamities in 2020. Holding out for 2021 :)


December 14, 2020

Our children haven’t ask us to move in with them yet?

Lisa Hicks

December 14, 2020

RE: #2 — YET, Don. YET. Year’s not over, my friend.


December 14, 2020

Ya , I miss quicksand too ! Also , a little sad the Martians didn’t show up.
Would you please offer your T-shirts in long sleeve !!!!!
We had a cold day here in Arizona , the other 364 days we need UV protection.
Best regards and keep going ,


December 14, 2020

Another year when I wasn’t eaten by sharks!

And I agree with Kathy about the quicksand. I used to worry about that as a kid, too.

Solange De Santis

December 14, 2020

Mothra did not emerge from the Hudson River and devour New York City. I don’t know where the quicksand went. Yes, in the westerns of my youth, it was everywhere.

Debbie Fritts-Boyce

December 14, 2020

Well, the electrician’s van missed me when it drove up on the sidewalk to make a left from the parking lot exit last Sept.
while I was walking from my doctor’s office.


December 14, 2020

my house burned to the ground yet i feel truly blessed that my garden survived….mostly. truth is i never liked some aspects of the house; example, the dark dark dark granite kitchen countertop. wouldn’t a calamityware countertop be amazing?! one can always fantasize!!!!

Marlene Teter

December 14, 2020

The problem with optimists is that they never see it coming! Optimism is why people get into fender benders, are caught in down pours, and answer jury summonses.


December 14, 2020

I got stuck in quicksand once, many years ago. It was kind of funny until I sank in above my knees.


December 12, 2020

I haven’t been attacked by one zombie poodle!


December 11, 2020

Well, I didn’t get hit by a truck. But seeing as I never went out that was a given.


December 11, 2020

The mostly obnoxious events of this year did inspire us to do what we could to improve things that were in our power to control. So we’re packing up all our Calamityware and moving to Portland on Monday. I’m feeling a bit of optimism- yep, things definitely could be worse! Happy Holidays, Don. Keep making awesome stuff that keeps us all smiling!

Jay Tarleton

December 14, 2020

Hello! My son and daughter (in-law) gave me the teapot for my birthday yesterday (12/10). I already had the cups. I love it! It is sitting in the the show place on the living room table. Thank you! Jay T


December 11, 2020

I didn’t get covid 19.



December 14, 2020

The Pittsburgh Steelers almost had a perfect season in 2020.

The Lagoonies haven’t attacked us yet.

Jana Brenning

December 11, 2020

Love your art; love your sense of humor!!

Jan C.

December 11, 2020

I agree. I had many opportunities to learn and time is never wasted if you spend it on love or learning.

Kathy Dunbar

December 11, 2020

Where has all the quicksand gone? When i was a kid, quicksand was rampant in the kids’ cartoons and in westerns. But i have never encountered it, even though i grew up thinking it was an ever-present danger. Do you suppose its disappearance is because of climate change? That would be a positive effect!


December 14, 2020

Hi Guys!
Please,please work on a way to get ApplePay back in your shop! It is the only way I can charge things without going through a painful process of getting onto my husband’s computer, getting special charge numbers, etc. I am so spoiled in the Apple way of computing!
Happy Holidays, stay safe!

William Shuck

December 14, 2020

No 20 0z. mugs. Little Billy is so sad.


December 14, 2020

Thanks for putting things into perspective!

Judi Israel

December 14, 2020

The mugs were a huge success as early Christmas gifts or on time Hannukah gifts

Judi Israel

December 14, 2020

The mugs were a huge success as early Christmas gift or on time Hannukah gifts

Terri Aquilina

December 14, 2020

In 2020 I learned about and purchased your apes in an airport puzzle. I enjoyed putting it together. So, no, it wasn’t all bad.

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