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In today's strip Joanie doesn't look at all like someone who would become one of the Beltway's slickest political operatives, working for the likes of Lacey Davenport and Elizabeth Warren. I wonder if Mike had an inkling, there by the side of the road looking at a map and talking about Cleveland, that he was talking to his future mother-in-law.
I don't recall whether I've said this before, but as you wind down The Sandbox, it's worth repeating if I have. Thank you for creating this milblog. It was a huge source of personal education as these wars plodded, struggled, bounced, and screeched on their way. Our news media in Canada kept us a bit better in touch with what our troops were doing and how they were doing (smaller country, higher reporters-to-troops ratio, I think), but I never did find a milblog that kept me more aware of the world they lived in than The Sandbox. To all the contributors, a huge thank you, and all my hope for your well-being as we move away from these wars in an uncertain world. I assume that the contents of the Sandbox will be archived and available -- I certainly hope so.
The Sandbox will remain in place as an archive. The final post will introduce future visitors to the wealth of content it contains: almost 800 posts by around 150 contributors. The first post went up in October 2006.
Nothing like a Beemer and a side car for a cross-country road trip! My brother had this on his door when he first got his R75/5 as an example on how cool it was to own a BMW.
Love, love, love that a case of Schiltz can be used as a diplomatic olive branch. Love it almost as much as loving that B.D. is a "sweet drunk."
When the extended hiatus was announced, I was disturbed; there are too many characters whose stories I want to see develop. Now, I detect a pattern in the reruns. The characters are being introduced. Last week, Phred the terrorist, and before that a little dark-haired guy who I realized grew up to be Uncle Bernie. I assume we are about to meet Joanie this week as she runs away from home. Even though I have been reading Doonesbury from the beginning, and have a copy of 40: A Doonesbury Retrospective, this is fun and a great service to readers who have joined in over the years.
What a wonderful video you picked for this beautiful day, just as spring is coming to North America and the growing season is starting. Growing is forever.
I hate to burst Alex's bubble, but the garter/holster has already been done. Someone was selling them at the annual "Women's Expo" here in March.
Ah, the developing friendship between BD and Phred. I first encountered this during my initial exposure to Doonesbury "back in the day" as a student at Lafayette. Thanks for the memories, GBT.
Like others, I feel happy to re-see the old old flashbacks, but I am especially glad to see B.D. and Phred bonding in color; makes more difference than with the college strips. It's a jungle out there.
While I have seen these strips many times, and have them in book form (I just ran across them unpacking my library), I do enjoy the reminiscing. In particular, the first meeting with Phred is wonderful. I wish we would see more of him in current strips.
Sorry, but unlike others commenting here I am not enjoying these early strips. Doonesbury used to be the first thing I looked at in the morning, before the NYT or The Dish or 3 Quarks, but now I only drop in from time to time to see if anything has changed. I wish GT success in his new ventures, and I have enjoyed "Alpha House" a lot, but I feel like I have lost an old friend here.
The really worrisome outcome in the current "Better Sex After 60" Straw Poll is the low number of under-30 responders. Although it may reflect a natural lack of concern for a situation many years in their future, I fear it reflects the low proportion of under-30 readership. I wonder where the younger generation goes, then, for its dose of reality. Talk radio?
I've been enjoying the Flashbacks, although I know so many of the strips by heart. I woke up this morning to the sight of this horrible fluffy white stuff falling from the sky, and Duke instantly popped into my mind. Facing a similar situation whilst standing in the Samoan surf with his aide-de-camp MacArthur: "I'm a reasonable man, MacArthur, so I know this isn't snow." Thanks, GBT, for so many years of smiles!