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Valentine’s Day: Busker Gets Lucky

February 14, 2015

Yes, friends, it’s Valentine’s Day. Busker, our favorite street musician, is out on the corner with his loyal saxophone. I’ll bet he’s playing something soft and romantic.

Was that a CLUNK? Did someone just drop a coin in his tin can? Wait a minute– that’s not a coin. But it looks promising…

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Tall beautiful blonde woman dropping something in donation tin can for Busker street musician playing saxophone

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Street musician Busker finds Valentine candy conversation heart which says Kiss Me in tin can donation cup

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Street musician Busker asking tall blonde girl to wait while he runs off to fetch something

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Street musician Busker very excited running so fast his beret flies off

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Street musician Busker happy excited running fast carrying stepladder

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Street musician Busker standing on stepladder so he can kiss tall blonde babe woman

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Do you like Valentine’s Day, or is it something you could do without?

Do you ever buy conversation hearts? Do you always read them before you eat them??

Do you go out on February 15th looking for Valentine candy that’s 50% off?? Save some for me.

Hope you’ll leave a comment.

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40 Comments leave one →
  1. February 14, 2015 11:53 AM

    Ha,ha, ha, lovely illustration ❤ My jokes are mostly inspired by true life. Wonder where yours come from :-p Happy Valentinesday to yoooouuuu……


    • February 14, 2015 2:44 PM

      Ah, my dear Tutti! I’m afraid I can’t rely on true life– mine is so dull. Fortunately, I have a warped and twisted mind, which comes in handy in the humor department… : )

      A very Happy Valentine’s Day to you, and I hope you got that big box of chocolate-covered bratwurst dainties I sent you… : )

      Liked by 1 person

  2. February 14, 2015 12:32 PM

    PS: You were my muse these days. I remember one post of you, where you wrote that two differet things melt to a third new. Well, my brain does the same with me… 😉
    So, thanks dear Mark, for being always so inspiring!


    • February 14, 2015 3:17 PM

      Blush, blush, blush, and more blush!! If my face gets any redder, I’ll look like a box of Valentine candy with a mustache… : )

      I’m honored to be your muse, dear Tutti, I just hope you don’t get arrested for anything!!

      Thank you for your wonderful comment. : )

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  3. February 14, 2015 12:53 PM

    Haha! Something tells me Busker was a boy scout in that he always comes prepared!!

    Happy Valentine’s Day!!


    • February 14, 2015 3:30 PM

      Ha! Right you are, my dear Linda! Busker was indeed a Boy Scout. He earned merit badges for Saxophone, Panhandling, and Being A Public Nuisance. Oh– and one for Kissing Technique. He, er, belonged to a very progressive troop… : )

      Happy Valentine’s Day, and I hope you got a box of chocolate-covered Funyuns!! : P


  4. February 14, 2015 7:35 PM

    So happy that Busker found true love. It did seem like he had “high” hopes. But resourceful guy that he is, it all worked out. Happy Valentine’s Day, Mark.


  5. February 14, 2015 11:31 PM

    I’ve never heard of conversation hearts.

    Until I met my partner, I never paid attention to Valentine’s Day when I was single.
    Even now, our celebration is a simple meal or small dessert for the day.

    But today we went to our favourite chic pizza place where they had a mult-course fix prix menu. Filling meal plus leftover thin pizza for next day and free rose for the ladies.

    Dearie has been looking after me a lot ever since I sustained a head injury after another cyclist crashed into me on this New Year’s Day. It’s been slow recovery.

    🙂 It was good and enough for V-day. But every day is V-day: day of peace. Not victory. 🙂

    Hope your day was lovely.


    • February 19, 2015 9:16 AM

      Jean! I’m so sorry to hear about your head injury. How awful. Every so often I hear about a serious bicycle accident, but it’s rarely anyone I know. I do hope every day brings you closer to a full and complete recovery.

      Pizza for Valentine’s Day– sounds good! I hope they topped it with heart-shaped pepperoni… : )

      I did have a nice day myself, thanks, despite– or perhaps because of– chocolate overload!

      I liked your “Every day is V-day: day of peace, not victory.” Cheers, and get well soon!! : )


  6. February 15, 2015 9:36 AM

    I like valentines day…spreading love is always a good thing. Spread it to friends and strangers. Yes I buy conversation hearts and I read them and then try to communicate with my husband using only the hearts. But news flash I ate a few, okay a lot, this year because they actually had flavors…not just the sweet hard chalk like stuff of my youth. Thanks Mark always enjoy a visit to your world.HV Day much better abbreviation than HVD, don’t you think?


    • February 19, 2015 12:43 PM

      Hi, Alison! Great to see you, sorry for this tardy reply. You try to communicate with your hubby using only conversation hearts?? That conjures up quite a scenario!! I’ll hafta take a closer look at those hearts next year. Sounds like some of them now have very hubby-specific messages like DIRTY SOCKS and TOILET SEAT… : )

      I’ll confess I haven’t eaten any conversation hearts in a couple of years. They have flavors now?? They’re no longer hard and chalky?? Boo-hoo! I feel like part of my decadent, sugar-laced childhood just died… : (

      HVD… well, gee, I dunno… there’s something kinda romantic about a Holographic Versatile Disc… : )


  7. February 15, 2015 5:30 PM

    Actually it is the girl who is the lucky one!!!! 😉
    Even though I am not into Valentine’s day, this cartoon by you my dear friend has just made it special! 🙂
    A belated Happy Valentine’s day, Mark. May you enjoy love and chocolate every day though! 😉


    • February 20, 2015 9:43 AM

      Ha!! The girl was the lucky one!– now there’s a refreshing new perspective that amuses and delights! You must be an artist. You definitely see the world thru a different lens. Probably a telescope, since you’re way up on Mt. Olympus… : )

      My dear Marina! Your charming comment sent me into a swoon. Not even a 5-pound box of chocolates could achieve such a pronounced ecstatic effect! Sorry to be so late in wishing you a very Happy Valentine’s Day. I hope a legion of Cupids descended on you, bearing chocolates and flowers, and singing beautiful songs from your new CD!! : )

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      • February 20, 2015 5:52 PM

        Awwww… thankfully the Cupids dropped some chocolates on their descent. Much needed after those hours at the studio!
        The new cd isn’t available even to them yet [being burned and printed as we speak], but your words are a divine song, so I am more than happy!!! 😉
        Thank you, my friend! 🙂


        • February 20, 2015 7:07 PM

          Ah! That’s exactly why I always keep a butterfly net handy– in case chocolates start falling from the sky! It pays to be vigilant, as the art patron said when he spotted a new Kanavaki hanging in a gallery… : )

          The new CD has gone to press?? Excellent! I’m predicting it will soon be No. 1 on the Mt. Olympus Hit Parade!! : )

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        • February 21, 2015 5:49 PM

          🙂 Ah, yes, I hear all 11 gods are going to get it! 😉
          Enjoy a beautiful weekend, my friend! 🙂


        • February 25, 2015 8:33 AM

          Oh, joy! Soon Mt. Olympus will resound with beautiful music!! Not just MK-O’s great new album, but I know you like to sing Elvis Presley’s Hound Dog while you paint… : )


  8. Martes de cuento permalink
    February 16, 2015 3:08 AM

    😀 😀


    • February 20, 2015 9:49 AM

      Wow!!– two happy faces??

      Your wonderfully concise comment has given me double joy– gracias, gracias!! : ) : )

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      • Martes de cuento permalink
        February 21, 2015 2:12 AM

        Ha ha, Mark, my English is very bad. I can read, but I can not write well. I prefer to write a smiling face and not write nonsense;)


        • February 25, 2015 8:25 AM

          Your English is fine, my friend, and so are your smiling faces. You put a smile on my face, no matter what you do! Many thanks for your cheery support!! : )

          Su Inglés está muy bien, mi amigo, y también lo son sus caras sonrientes. ¡Usted pone una sonrisa en mi cara, no importa lo que haces! ¡Muchas gracias por su apoyo alegre!! : )

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  9. soul . to . earth permalink
    February 16, 2015 5:01 PM

    Oh, Mark, with a face so red
    whose humour is far from dead
    with a heart so very big
    making witty comments we all dig!

    Your Busker is such a funny fella
    even when he doesn’t go a cappella
    his take on the spirit of Valentine
    is such a far cry from auld lang syne!
    Tee, hee…..frozen brain rhyme thanks to – 37°C today.


    • February 20, 2015 7:55 PM

      There once was a gal named Radhika
      An Indian word which means “Seeker”
      When the cold froze her feet
      What she sought was some heat
      As in beaver fur socks, oh Eureka!!

      Busker looked with dreamy eyes at her
      Said: Oh, won’t you make my heart gladder?
      She said: I can try
      But I
      am five-foot-five
      So he fetched a much taller ladder!!

      Ah, poetry… (sigh) You cain’t rightly beat it fer purdy words, ah reckon… : )

      -37°C??? Why, in Fahrenheit that would be, uh, uh… cold!! Real cold. Well, stay warm, wear your beaver fur long underwear, and many thanks for your mirthful, heart-warming comment!! : )


  10. February 17, 2015 8:03 AM

    A great one! The ‘Clunk’ was really Busker’s future clunking into place, when he least expected it!



    • February 24, 2015 2:16 PM

      Ha, ha! Thank you, my friend! Your quip about Busker’s future clunking into place made me laugh with delight– that sums it up perfectly! Thank you for your visit and kind comment, and do forgive my very late response here. Wishing you health, happiness, and “good clunks”!! : )


  11. February 25, 2015 5:42 PM

    Hi! Great job, it’s awesome =)


  12. Martes de cuento permalink
    February 26, 2015 2:32 AM

    I think that thanks to Google, you and I can understand us, Mark: D: D: D
    Hugs and kisses!!


    • March 1, 2015 3:45 PM

      Yes, thanks to Google Translate, we’ve both become linguistic scholars, and can speak each other’s language fluently! Let’s face it– we’re alarmingly talented!! : )

      Sí, gracias a Google Translate, hemos ambos se convierten en eruditos lingüísticos, y se puede hablar el idioma del otro con fluidez! Seamos realistas it– estamos alarmantemente talento !! : )


      • Martes de cuento permalink
        March 2, 2015 2:06 AM

        Our other name is “The two great linguists” 😀 😀 😀
        A great week for you!!!


  13. February 27, 2015 4:47 AM

    My wife says she’s happy to be just enough shorter than me to rest comfortably on my chest if she needs to. *shrug* Whatever works. I would be okay if she was just as tall; I tended to date women close to my height, even those that could look me dead in the eye. At 6’1″, I’m not necessarily TALL tall for a guy, but that same height is considered very tall for women… even though I see a lot of the newer generation bringing young women much closer to that, on average– I guess Busker’s solution wouldn’t be all that unusual, these days!


    • March 1, 2015 3:54 PM

      What’s that?? Your wife likes to rest her head on your manly chest?? Hmm. Many men would like to face similar challenges, Jak… : )

      I know a couple with two daughters: the older daughter’s 6’0″, the younger’s 6’2″. The couple and the younger daughter showed up trick-or-treating one Halloween. I noticed the older daughter was missing, and said: “Hey, you’re one short.” The younger daughter looked at me and deadpanned: “No one in our family is short.” Ha! A wise apple like her mother. : )


  14. Margie permalink
    March 1, 2015 1:45 PM

    Busker has the same problem I have – short legs!


    • March 2, 2015 10:32 AM

      Ha! Your legs may be short, Margie, but you stand tall in the great photog fraternity and the blogosphere! Always a pleasure to see you, thanks so much for checking in! : )


  15. Lily permalink
    March 31, 2015 5:37 PM

    If you take away the commercialism that comes with Valentine’s, I think it’s a really nice idea. I mean, why not spread the love and joy? 🙂

    There was a Japanese anime I watched (called Fruits Basket) where the main character gave Valentine’s chocolates to her friends, not for romantic reasons, but simply to show them how much she cared – I thought that was really sweet. Sure, romance is nice, but if it’s a day celebrating “love”, maybe it doesn’t have to be limited to the romantic kind!

    I’m a little late to this post. So here’s an early Happy Easter to you, Mark! Hope the Easter Bunny brings you lots of treats 🙂


    • April 8, 2015 4:06 PM

      Dearest Lily!! Must you be so nice?? Well, well, I suppose you can’t help it… : )

      I totally agree with you about Valentine’s Day: restricting “love” to romantic love doesn’t seem right. First, love shouldn’t be restricted, and second, not everyone is in the Romantic Zone when ol’ St. Valentine makes his yearly round. Well! I’m glad we got that settled… : )

      Yes, the Easter Bunny came thru for me this year. I suspect he was bribed by my dentist. Hope your Easter was exultingly joyous, dear Lily!!


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