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PRIVACY
A.C. | Baltimore, MD | February 22, 2012

It strikes me as unlikely that Alex would ask her gram for privacy. I'll never forget the woman ahead of me in a checkout line on her cell phone telling her boyfriend what color and type of underwear she was wearing, among other things.

ALEX
Dee Martin | Chicago, IL | February 22, 2012

I think Alex is bipolar, like my daughter. They remind me of each other -- very loveable but out of touch. I hope GBT doesn't take Leo away from her!

AFRAID
Burgundy | Naperville, IL | February 21, 2012

I'm afraid we will never see Joanie again.

SURREAL
Paul Hawkins | Wooster, OH | February 21, 2012

Alrighty then, someone nudge Zipper and let him know what's going on with Alex. Unless of course, he's been following online using his Doonesbury iphone app. in which case, he ought be showing up any moment to save the day. Talk about surreal. Is this performance art?!

LOVE HER
Jason | Baton Rouge, LA | February 21, 2012

Though I couldn't disagree more with Alex's (and GBT's) politics, I love her to death. Grab what you want, Lex, don't let anyone hold you back. Here's to Leo bringing her a bit more to the real world!

HOLDING MY BREATH
Gina | Washington, D.C. | February 21, 2012

Well, great. Now I'm holding my breath as this whole Alex-Toggle thing plays out. I swear to goodness if Joanie catches cold (or worse) to give her GranD "privacy" I will have to agree that Alex is just too self-involved. Augh!

P.S. Thanks for the as-always delightful diversion into this marvelous parallel reality. Kudos, Trudeau, kudos!

OH DEAR
Peg Robinson | Providence, RI | February 21, 2012

Oh, dear. I do hope Toggle's biding for time, not actually ditching Alex. I'm one of the folks who loves them as a couple.

OUT OF THE CAR
Bart Simms | Pittsburgh, PA | February 21, 2012

To gain privacy to talk on her cell, Alex could get out of the car instead of Joanie. Joanie ought to stand up for herself. What a self-absorbed, selfish granddaughter!

GOOD SOUL
Tony Phillips | Chicago, IL | February 21, 2012

Uh ....shouldn't we be using the phone, while it has battery, to call 911 or AAA? While Alex may have intellect, she has the sense, the EQ, of a gerbil. A good soul, but nonetheless way too self-involved yet for marriage. That redhead, while she must lend her voice to the beast for her survival, appears to be in possession of herself, and is thus a more likely partner for our boy. Besides, she would add interesting new sauce to the mix.

REALLY?!
Onlyme | Columbus, OH | February 21, 2012

Really?! Really, Alex?? If you're not just a little more aware of the circumstances you are dealing with, you're going to be the subject of an SNL news takedown. Always, always take care of your grandmother. Everyone knows that...

GIRLS
Cassandra Coburn | London, UK | February 21, 2012

Being a year older than Alex and also a girl geek I feel her pain. Us Gen-whatevers do like to have things under control. I hope this doesn't lead to her heart being broken. Or having Joanie's heart broken to see that feminism might have come but girls will be girls!

SUSPENSE-FILLED
Harm Prins | Huizen, NETHERLANDS | February 21, 2012

This is really developing into a 'Who killed JR'-like suspense-filled storyline. I always rush to the mailbox for the new installment, then remember I already read it on the Internet.

FAQ
Bob Stuart | Spiritwood, CANADA | February 21, 2012

I'd just like to say, in reference to the current FAQ, that  "I just want it to rhyme, man" is one of the funniest lines in the whole pantheon of comedy, IMHO. Thanks for making my day.

PROUD OF ALEX
Chris | Washington, D.C. | February 20, 2012

I'm pulling for Alex. I know she seems self-involved, but who wasn't at her age? I see in her so many of my friends at that age, all angst and drama. They grew out of it and so will she. In fact, I'm rather proud of Alex. She's cute and smart and the product of a comfortable upbringing. She could have latched onto some yuppie -- now that gives me the cold shivers. I think she and Toggle balance each other nicely, and I look forward to many years of watching them grow together.

ROLAND'S QUERY
R. Porter | St. Paul, MN | February 19, 2012

I like today's strip. Problem is, for me the answer to Roland's query --  "When I use the words 'demagogic, vindictive, unethical, hypocritical, adulterous and sleazy', who comes to mind?" -- the answer is: "Bill Clinton."

RIGHT OUT OF SHAKESPEARE
William Jameson | Clifton Park, NY | February 19, 2012

Today's strip about Gingrich was excellent -- Roland as Brutus, right out of Shakespeare: "Surely Newt is an honorable man."

A DREADFUL FEELING
Louise | Fort Collins, CO | February 18, 2012

I have a dreadful feeling as the week closes that we readers will be stranded with two unresolved story lines -- the snowstorm and the proposal -- for some time. I remember when Kim proposed to Mike, and she was as miffed as the readers that GBT cut to the mailbag before Mike could answer.

THEY'LL SURVIVE
Kate | Hedley, CANADA | February 18, 2012

Joanie and Alex will survive if they crack two windows an inch -- not just for oxygen but so the car doesn't frost up inside from their breath. Too small a crack for the wolves. Will Alex text for help? Nah.

RED
Sara | Boston, MA | February 18, 2012

GBT's drawing style continues to evolve. Ever since Becca show up last summer I've noted pops of red hair and red hats on the heads of destabilizing influences. A motif?

LET'S NOT FORGET
Lisa | Paoli, PA | February 18, 2012

Re the chance that "Sorkh Razil comes to the rescue and it's love at first sight": Let's not forget that Sorkh Razil is also Jeff, who is Alex's grandma's son and her mom's half-brother. So I don't see the storyline heading in that direction. Of course it would be heartwarming if Jeff -- in any guise -- somehow got to Massachusetts fast enough to rescue his mom, which there's no way will happen. It would be romantic if Toggle showed up to rescue his sweetheart, and I hope he does. But we're losing sight of what's going on here: Two of the best characters ever are in danger of freezing to death, and so far they haven't even bundled up tighter or taken care not to lose their toes. The cartoonist is the only one who can save them, and this is a comedy, after all, so he has to save them...Right?