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I think you've left something out in the options for your latest Straw Poll. The internet isn't cocaine, alcohol, or reefer: it's caffeine. It's 12:04 AM and though I'm not as alert as I could be, I'm certainly not going to fall asleep any time soon. Not while the monitor's still glowing. My creative juices are flowing! I could keep googling, chatting, etc. all night! And as soon as I shut down, I'm going to crash for like nine hours.
Never mind the genealogy! I love the irony of Jeff talking about being overseas serving his country while Toggle was...um...let me think. Oh.
I am so excited to hear that the newlyweds have reached our state. Alex and Toggle, drive north a few hours and we can join you for dinner! Jeff, back off, your mother is Alex's grandmother! You may not be blood-related, but...ewww!
-- D.F., Fort Collins, CO
Wait a minute, back the truck up! Isn't Jeff the uncle of Alex? That's seriously creepy, GBT. just don't go there.
-- Mable, Burney, CA
Whoa. Did Jeff forget that Alex is his niece? Or just GBT?
-- Allie, Gettysburg, PA
Neither. But GBT inadvertently mixed up the two boys during the course of the week. While Jeff is threatened by Leo's warrior bone fides, it's Zipper who's had the crush on Alex. Apologies to the many horrified, genealogically astute readers who noticed.
Funny, I live in Colorado Springs and when I saw the strip about them being on Pikes Peak, I looked up at the mountain like someone I actually know was up there. I guess they kind of are. Made me smile.
Please don't mess with Toggle and Alex! Some happiness is needed in this world, and if it has to come from Doonesbury, so be it.
I'd worry about Jeff and Zip disrupting the new marriage, except for the ineptitude of Jeff and Zip. How many barbed wires will the newlyweds have to limbo beneath before the strip becomes Mary Worth?
I would have enjoyed going to see the world's largest ball of string rather than spending my honeymoon visiting my new husband's ex-wife and daughter. Needless to say, my marriage was short and a valuable lesson!
Your Sunday strip on "group IQ' was amazing. It has been bouncing around in my head for months that individual cleverness for our hunter/gatherer ancestors was quite meaningless for their survival. You are truly shaping our culture in a good way. Thanks.
Thank you for Sunday's strip highlighting the cultural need for emotional intelligence and the contribution of women's problem-solving capacities and wisdom. Your recognition and representation of the value of balance is very much appreciated. Sexism is flourishing in so many arenas while our world is in crisis. There's such a peaceful and constructive resonance in that strip.
I figured out where Toggle and Alex ate last week: Bangor, Maine.According to John Steinbeck's Travels With Charlie, page 45. "[The waitress] wasn't happy, but then she wasn't unhappy."
Okay, I'm calling today a Perfect 8 on the FLASHBACKS slot machine. Every one of the panels has people talking in different realities, at cross purposes to one another. George W., Sid, Ken Starr, Ron Headrest, Hedley, even Joanie, and certainly B.D. -- all were off in worlds by themselves. Even Melissa's psychiatrist could only try to contact Melissa's headspace.
"She won't friend me" -- bwuhaha! Oh, Zipper, get a grip on reality. There are probably a lot of girls out there that have looked right through you and have seen your potential. Which is zip. There is a difference in degrees between Jeff and Zipper: Jeff is trying, Zipper is denying!
As a man who works in an environment with three levels of female bosses above me I can tell you that women should be encouraged to be inclusive of men. Women are much more cliquish and exclusive than men and need to learn not to discriminate against men. Encouraging the opposite is just leading women to be poorer managers and unfairly limiting the careers of men. Gender discrimination is ugly whether it's performed by men or women. Please don't encourage it.
Wow, did today's strip take me back! I spent two years traveling cross-country in an RV -- only to find that America is, indeed, long stretches of Nothing connecting occasional dots of Interesting. Furthermore, it was during those travels that I received my own "rock," after fifteen years of marriage. Hopefully, Alex won't have to wait that long.
I love this. The newslweds go in search of America and she greets them with open arms. But they have to give a true account when they do that -- and that's what they're doing.
I was so touched reading the comments about Toggle. I want to mention another resource for vets (of any war) who are living with PTSD: Project New Hope. Thank you to all of you who have sacrificed your peace of mind for the rest of us.
Does it fade? Don't know, but my uncle was a Navy corpsman with the Marines in Korea, including at Chosin Resevoir; to all appearances, no PTSD. Fifty or so years later on a tourist-trip to China he was stopped in his tracks and frozen by the early morning light on the foliage, the soft sounds of the local bird life and local farmers going about starting their day. He couldn't speak; his wife thought he was having a heart attack or stroke.
Thank you so much for creating such a fully human character in Leo. Does he have issues? Yes, abundantly. Does he have prejudices? Yes, because he has imperfect experiences. Is he trying to be the best man that he can be, for himself and the woman that he loves? Oh, yes. Here is another thing though. Toggle has had a hard enough time. I know that life is two parts tragedy, but please, please let his be reasonably sweet from here on out.