If you think your neighbours are odd, wait till you meet the folks of Ballard Street. The stripe by Jerry Van Amerongen is a single-pane vignette about the area. Ballard Street’s creative scenarios and amusing graphics will make you pay a bit more attention to your neighbours, from synchronised cell phone users to pet schemes.

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1 It’s never a bad idea to stay hydrated. Ballard Street might morph into a large Saharan desert at any time.

2 Gertrude wouldn’t take them away again if Stanley didn’t keep trying to build pillow forts with them.

3 On the one hand, Neal appears to be feeling better, while Skippy appears to be happier. The porch railing, on the other hand, requires upkeep.

4: Let’s hope the Excavator’s Club and the Pulley Club don’t cross paths again.

5: Some of these tales are enormous in scope and weight. Have you got anything that’s a little lighter yet still gritty?

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7: “Now it all makes sense,” Fernando reflected. “I assumed she was referring to sacrifices when she stated we had to make them.”

8: His wife informed him that the Snarnsworths had opened their bathroom blinds again, but he ignored her advice.

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12: It’s a good thing it’s not a pair of ferrets. I wouldn’t want them in my pants, but they’re cute little rugrats. He seemed to be unconcerned with the presence of a cat.

13: Marcus had devised a new pastime sport, which was bad news for the mailman and the people strolling along the avenue (not to be confused with Ballard Lane). He was overjoyed when he received a 65.233 on his first attempt and believed he had a chance to excel. Even though he knew he’d get something just for showing up.

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