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HALLELUJAH!
Kathleen | Brooklyn, NY | February 22, 2012

Thank god! Praise whatever! Hallelujah! Alex and Leo are on solid "probably-maybe-sure-why-not" footing. I'm not concerned that Alex is too self-absorbed in using her phone for romance; she has supreme faith that technology will never allow them to be lost, and I can't say I disagree with her. I'd most likely be the same way, and I'm the major problem solver in my family. It will only take a few minutes to call for help, but it feels eternally satisfying to lay out a plan for the rest of your life. Also, even though many people fault her whammo! pow! way of making decisions, studies show that this way of thinking is no less valid or successful than agonizing over the big choices.

HER HAND IN MARRIAGE
Ellen | Atlanta, GA | February 22, 2012

I don't understand why Leo feels he has to ask Alex for her hand in marriage and why Alex is okay with this. Leo should just say yes if this is what he wants.

FAST ONE
Betsy Vane | McGaheysville, VA | February 22, 2012

Oh, I can't believe what a fast one you pulled! I was really afraid for Alex. What a relief...There is an inconsistency here though. The Joanie I've known and loved all these years would have said "Sweetie, there's lots of privacy out in the storm."

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.