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Oh, happy day! Hugs and congratulations to Alex and Toggle. I can't imagine a better two for two -- to tackle twins in a trailor, that is. Time for bigger digs, perhaps. Enjoy the ride, the best adventure ever!
I'm reeling. I'm delighted that GBT is looking forward, and thrilled to welcome another generation of the Doonesbury family. As a friend of mine told me, upon the arrival of my first child, "There are two kinds of people in the world. Those with children, and those who are still children." Let's hope Alex finds parenthood a more transformative process than Rick. I can't wait to watch her being forged in the fire of twins!
Mike is going to be a grandad! Joanie is going to be a great-grandmother!!
Alex is pregnant!? Congratulations! I wonder if Mike is really ready to be a granddad. Then again, who is?
Twins. This is the begining of yet another generation in Doonesburyworld. A huge day! Can't wait to know the names.
One word for Alex: Congratulations! Seven words for Drew, borrowed from Carly Rae Jepsen: Here's my number, so call me maybe?
Wow! Sometimes B.D. comes out with something true and sorta profound, as in "Bubba's like free cable -- there for all to enjoy." We call him Cousin Bill, at our house. Happy Sunday morning!
Perhaps Jeff knows one small actual real detail of a scandal that he could tell to Rick who could blow it open? That is my delusion of grandeur for Rick. That he finally breaks through. And it would be nice if he got an assist from Jeff.
Re: today's strip -- please tell me there really is a video of this!
Just when I thought I was the only person on earth who had insight into the true human character, you came along. You have kept me sane for the last twenty years. Thank you.
Props to Jeff for asking his dad for advice. He said it was a professional question, and so it was. Rick's answer was too. Writers must write or -- they don't. Is Jeff smiling at his dad in panel four? It's an awesome moment for the Redfern family, but those two can't start getting along now. Where's the satire in that?
Great advice from Rick (and I'm so happy that those two are finally talking man to man!). I'd take it one step further. Go ahead and write garbage (or paint it, or sculpt it, or whatever your artform) because the moment you recognize it as garbage, you know what it should be; you suddenly realize that the right version already exists inside you for comparison -- and you can tweak what you've done till it's good.
Whoa. Was that a spark of connection I saw there?
I love today's strip! For the first time Jeff is showing respect for his father and his profession, and in return his father has answered him honestly -- resulting in a wonderful final panel where the two are actually communicating and sharing, maybe even laughing together. Oh, I do hope this continues!
Who knew Zipper was such a master of memes and cliches? If he gets pointed in the right direction, I see a big future for him in management.
Oh my goodness. Between yesterday's strip and today's -- Jeff made his bed! I think it shows progress that, besides going through the angst and process of writer's block, he is concerned enough to tuck and smooth the bed linens. Maybe there is hope.
A basement is not a home. The dark and damp is bad for you. Jeff likely knows this is not a permanent solution, and Joanie should know that exiling a former kidnap victim to the basement is not a great way to foster reinsertion into society and family life. I have seen far too many homeless youth in their teens and twenties (yes, even those with wealthy or middle-class parents, like Jeff) who barely get by, using whatever means they can, because they do not feel that their parents' support is an option, or because they are too proud to ask for it. Jeff is to be commended for knowing when he needed support and assistance, and asking for it.
"Hemingwad" -- a classic keeper. Will credit when I steal. Maybe. Another day saved by GBT et al. Thanks!
Riding on luck is not a career, and "In your face! Support my bad choices!" is not the way to respect your parents. When Jeff gets a few more books in the stores, hires a financial advisor instead of blowing his advance, and treats his parents with respect instead of showing them he's still mentally a teenager, then we can consider him successful.
Re DEPRESSING REALITY: There are already two comic strips about "selfish, self-centered semi-adults who refuse to take any responsibility for anything," namely Zits (who blames his parents for everything) and Dustin (whose parents blame him for everything). They may be forever stuck in their Möbius strip story lines, but Jeff at 30 is still working on his adulthood, and we can expect great things from him; great adventures, great gains, great losses, great grief, great joy, and a lot of crashing and burning and laughing (on our part) along the way. He is still his mother's son; Joanie has her own road-rash scars that painfully shine from time to time. Perhaps someday Jeff's heart will break and he will learn empathy and compassion, but not every so-called adult does, and some learn it very late in life. Until then (if ever): Onward, Sorkh Razil !