For anyone unfamiliar with Texas Country music, there’s a singer named Pat Green, who really helped put the Texas music scene on the map in the early aughts. Now, that’s not to say that he was the one who got Texas music started; far from it. The Texas music scene has been around in much the same capacity as it has been since Willie Nelson, Jerry Jeff Walker, Guy Clark, and even Jimmy Buffett roamed the Texas landscape. Green’s popularity, however, helped put Texas Country, also known as “Red Dirt Music”, out in a position of prominence again and helped shine a light on so many talented musicians which call this area home.

(Of course, by the same token, this is a singer who also said he’d never want to go to Nashville…until Nashville told them how many zeros they wanted to add to his record deal. I guess everyone has their price. Yet, I digress.)

Anyway, Green has a great song, entitled “Carry On”. The chorus begins with these lines:

“Everybody’s gotta get away sometime,
Forget about yourself for a while.
Seems to me that all you need
Is a ragtop car and a ride with me.”

It speaks to the simple joys of escapism. Everyone has a place they hold dear to them, some place of significant happiness and peace, where they often return by some means to rejuvenate their spirit.

For me, that place is northern New Mexico. If you can’t find serenity here, you’re doing something wrong. I could stare at the Brazos Cliffs and the Pedernale all day and never tire of the experience, or lack thereof. The stillness is magnificent.

We took advantage of the holiday weekend to come back here for the first time in over a year. Customers can grind you down, as can the day-to-day of running a shop and an aviation business.

Fortunately, it also comes at a time right at the transition point between two points in my webcomic’s story, whose second chapter begins Thursday. It’s an incredibly fortunate position for me, and I plan to take full advantage of it, recharging myself and planning out the run of this next story chapter. I’m excited to be here.

Mental health is incredibly important, and if you’re struggling to maintain yours, find your getaway as soon as you can. Find your escape, and even if it’s only in your mind, get there and revel in joy it brings you.

Where is your escape, comrades?

-The Retail Explorer

Valentine’s Day 2018


I just want to say I love you all. And this holiday is absurd. There, I said it.

No new special holiday comic this year, comrades. The new job demands have been greater than I thought. Plus, this comic is pretty solid and worthy of a reposting. I came up with the idea back when the comic was a flight of fancy and reworked it to what you see here. I need to do a follow-up to this. Maybe next year.

So, even though this is a fake holiday made up by the card manufacturers to sell crap no one needs, I just want to take a moment to say I love you all. Thank you so much for reading and sticking around through the first year and a half. It really does mean the world to me.

Hugs and Kisses,

-The Retail Explorer

Happy New Year 2018

Happy New Year 2017 (Completed)

“Let’s let the old year die with a fond “good-bye” and our hopes as high as a kite.”

The above quote comes from the classic Christmas/holiday movie¬†Holiday Inn. Bing Crosby sings Irving Berlin’s words beautifully, as he did with any lyrics that came his way. I don’t know how fond of a good-bye most of us will give to 2017; it has been a trying year, one many of us would rather forget, and I agree with those who are in that boat. But there are more than a few positives for me, so I leave this year with mixed feelings. Among them has been the growth of the comic, which leaves a great deal to look forward to in the coming year. (Keep an eye out in January for the opening our online store! Gonna have lots of fun stuff available!)

Regardless of what you made of 2017 in your mind, this comic grew stronger over the course of the year, and that would not have been possible without all of you reading and commenting and sharing the comic like you have. You guys have made this possible and made me want to keep going, and for that, I can never say thank you enough.

So, from all of us here at “Observations in Retail” to all of you around the world, let’s drink a toast to the close of 2017 and the bright start of a wonderful 2018! Here’s to all you wonderful people out there, you amazing comrades. Here’s to an amazing new year for all of you!

-The Retail Explorer