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If the word "classic" can mean something as meaningful today as when it was created, then today's "bomb" strip is the all-time classic of the Doonesbury collection. Talk about standing the test of time -- unfortunately and tragically.
Funny that the Blowback from Sunday's strip focuses on the doctor's waiting room time and not the tidbit that an oil exec (propped up by federal tax subsidies) is making EIGHT THOUSAND DOLLARS AN HOUR.
I see that the site is now carried by The Washington Post instead of Slate. I hope this is not going to cause any issues, like subscriptions, sign-ins and fees.
Nope! And you can read about the move in Michael Cavna's "Comics Riffs" column, here.
My guess is the fellow in today's strip doesn't have to wait to see his doctor. If perchance he does, well, you get what you pay for, don't you?
The most likely reason patients are kept waiting is that previous patients have taken longer than their allotted time, and the doctor has been patient with them. When I read "Rate My Doctor" comments, the largest number either complain the doctor has reminded them they've exceeded their alloted time, or complain of being kept waiting. I have a very good doctor, who has a sign posted: "One issue per appointment, please." If you have two issues, you book two appointments. Here in Canada, this costs people nothing. Sometimes I run over my allotted 15 minutes with him, and often I have to wait 15 minutes past my appointment time. The later in the day my appointment is, the longer I have to wait.
Today's strip, in which a patient is kept waiting two hours past his appointment time and charges the doctor for that time, is very familiar. A friend of mine did just that a couple years ago. She was kept waiting about an hour-and-a-half. She could wait no longer. She handed the receptionist a bill for her time and left. The doctor paid her bill.
I've been re-reading B.D.'s 'adventure' in the 10-years-ago section of the Flashbacks page. Oh, seeing that he actually has hair? Yeah, that's a shock. Anyway, flew SAR in 'Nam so I can relate too well but it's not a flashback trigger -- not the way it's presented -- but a deep sigh of relief. And in the 5-1-04 strip, the line "Daddy's coming home!" -- there just isn't anything more to say, on so many levels. Thanks for tolerable reality; thanks for relief; thanks for the attitude.
Synchronicity, you gotta love it. The Mother Jones article in the today's Daily Briefing -- "America's Real Criminal Element: Lead" -- ties in nicely with the 'Cosmos' episode this week. On 'Cosmos', Neil DeGrasse-Tyson details the efforts of Dr. Claire Patterson to raise the alarm about tetra ethyl lead. The Mother Jones article parallels that with a cogent story of how that chemical toxin altered the patterns of our lives.
Loved the flashbacks to the radio station. I was still in high school when the originals ran. My best friend and I, with help from her older brother, decided to start our own 'radio show.' Our call letters were WGHP -- With God's Help, Peace. We were Sadie and Safire Klutzbutz. Our station also featured the wonderful Randy Twins, two quite handsome young men who were friends with our older brothers. It was a good way to burn off the nervous energy that invaded all homes -- that dreaded draft lottery numbers call.
Mike and Kim are as different as newspaper and tablet. Fortunately, Doonesbury is available in both formats, regardless of which side of the coffee cup your generation gappiness happens to fall!
Since I did not like seeing Flashbacks that were't that old I stopped checking and just read the Sunday strips. Now I discover you are back to 1972, which I never saw -- I never read the paper, and have only been reading the comic on the internet. Keep them coming; these are good as new to me.
Today's is by far my favorite Doonesbury strip. When I was in college in the 70s I worked at the campus day care center and seriously related to Joanie's trials and tribulations. And even today, whenever a baby girl is born, I always say "It's a baby woman!"