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  1. 5 days ago on Fred Basset

    Based on experience, if it were stinking he would roll in it…

  2. 16 days ago on Fred Basset

    Growing up with a Basset Hound, I would have said the hardest thing about fishing would be keeping the dog out of the water. Of course, then we got an American Water Spaniel … and my perspective changed.

  3. 3 months ago on Crankshaft

    Ummm…holding an umbrella over the kid? Unless grandma is the Wicked Witch of the West, the child will not melt. In kindergarten we stood outside in the rain, wearing hats and foul weather gear, just like anything else. I believe the concept was to help make you self reliant rather than entitled and needy.

  4. 3 months ago on Tank McNamara

    Eh….infect them with bowling. I remember that episode of Cheers where it turned out that Diane was the best bowler in the bar — she had to take a phys ed class in college and that was the only sport that didn’t involve sweating.

  5. 3 months ago on Crankshaft

    Ooohhhhh … being captain will probably come with so many headaches that the Tucker twins won’t seem so bad.

  6. 3 months ago on Luann

    Since Stef has been gone away for the summer, he might come to realize that his life is more drama-free without her…

  7. 3 months ago on Tank McNamara

    Wagering is interesting, the house takes a cut and is profitable, so therefore the wagering population as a whole cannot win. However, when dealing with averages, there are wide disparities between individual outcomes. It’s always amazed me how people can be convinced that they are part of the select minority that can benefit rather than part of the great unwashed masses who won’t.

    Years ago, when I got out of college, I was desperate for a job. One of my interviews turned out to be with the state lottery commission (I answered a newspaper ad to send a resume to a post office box). The interview was going swimmingly, and I thought I had the job. Then the interviewer told me that, should I be hired, I would not be allowed to purchase tickets — and then he asked me if that would be a problem. I told him that was no problem since I had never purchased a ticket up to that point. He asked me why, and I told him that I had taken “Probability and Statistics” in college, and hence knew the odds. The interview went right into the toilet after that, apparently they want employees who are also deluded — it probably makes it easier to draw in the suckers.

  8. 3 months ago on Luann

    OK, this is so simple. If a series of events are not important to the overall progress of the story, then they are an unneeded subplot. If the optional subplot is necessary to follow the main story, or to understand the characters, then the writers are unskilled. So, if the subplot is unnecessary, it won’t matter if I skip it. If the subplot IS necessary, then the writing is bad and I am doing myself a favor by skipping it.

  9. 4 months ago on Luann

    This is the problem with dream sequences. Did they actually return home and now he is in a car going somewhere — or has he been asleep the whole time and still hasn’t arrived home? Maybe he’s been only gone a week and the trip has only started…

  10. 4 months ago on Luann

    I get this strip. Some of my best road trip memories were overcoming obstacles. I had the clutch cable go out on my 78 Fairmont when I was in Georgia on my way home to Michigan. The only thing I could find was a hardware store, so I bought some wire cable, a few swages, and rigged a cable from the clutch lever through a grommet I removed from the firewall. Then I clamped a vice grip onto the cable and pulled on that when I wanted to shift gears. Well, sometimes, I could just shift by ear and skip the clutch… Same vehicle, had the carb ice up because the carb heat vacuum actuator failed. I hiked to a local general store, bought a roll of toilet paper, stripped the paper off the roll and put the paper tube into the duct to get heat to the carb. OK, my fuel economy went down because the carb was now overheated, but I got home and drove around for a week or two until I could get a replacement part. That stuff seemed like trials and tribulations right at the moment, but now they are warm and fuzzy memories of a time when I didn’t have as much, but could perservere.