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WAY TOO MUCH
Marcia | Boulder, CO | February 17, 2012

Whew! I identify way too much with Alex -- the clever but emotionally flaky girl geek that I was a generation ago (and still am at heart). This morning I as I began my start-up ritual of reading Doonesbury online, I got that sick sinking anticipating-rejection feeling that I haven't experienced in real life since back in that day. What a relief to see that the redhead will bow out gracefully. At least, I hope that's what it means. Shiver...

CAN'T DUMP ALEX
Wallace Rouse | Oshkosh, WI | February 17, 2012

No! Leo can't dump Alex unless Sorkh Razil comes to the rescue and it's love at first sight.

NEW
Bill | Charlottesville, VA | February 16, 2012

I have a feeling an eye patch isn't the only thing that's going to be new in Leo's life in the next few strips --  leaving Alex stuck all alone in the snowy wilderness.

CONFLUENCE
John Ghalt | Hershey, PA | February 16, 2012

I love the confluence of the new and the timeless: proposal-via-text-message crossed with the prehistoric drama between the better and lesser halves of humanity. And a cliffhanger no less: Toggle gets a snazzy new eye patch with a snazzy new marriage proposal -- all before lunch!

ALEX WITH HER FANTASIES
Linda | Baltimore, MD | February 16, 2012

In my 20s and 30s, I was like Alex with her fantasies. (She thinks of so many reasons why Leo hasn't proposed, except the one that's based in reality -- he's not sure he wants to be with her for the rest of her life!) I think I understand why so many of my "intendeds" headed for the hills. Ouch. I sympathize with Alex, having been so deluded myself, but I'm liking Leo and Skye. Whether they're meant to be an item or not, I can see her as a breath of fresh air for him.

SKYE
Pat Goudey O'Brien | Warren, VT | February 16, 2012

Other than not being an overbearing harridan, the voice-over lady Skye bears a striking resemblance to Toggle's Mom. Oh, my. And I'm such a fan of the Alex-Toggle connection, too. Sigh.

MARRIAGE
Tom | San Francisco, CA | February 16, 2012

Speaking of marriage, Alex is 24 years old, and in grad school. Most of the girls I grew up with started stressing about marriage at age 16 and continued stressing on into their 30s. Especially with Prop 8 creating a Circuit Court split on a constitutional question the Supreme Court is bound to review, and more and more states okaying same-sex and transgender marriages, the right (and the expectation) of marriage and the awareness of its social benefits and responsibilities are on most young minds.

And GBT, if you hurt Alex again, as badly as it looks like you are fixing to do, you will hurt a lot of young readers along with her. From Jeff to Alex to young J.J. to Sam, you've depicted a whole cast of children and youths emotionally abandoned by their preoccupied parents, forced to assume adult responsibilities and raise themselves. Even "lazy" Jeff -- his parents didn't even notice when he became class president, so he left for college before graduating high school. No wonder Alex is seeking the stability of an adult family

NEW
Jan | Sacramento, CA | February 16, 2012

I think Toggle got a New eye patch because of the New girl. On the Flashbacks page we were just treated to a Flashback of Alex already planning her life with Leo a long time ago. So sad.

NEW PATCH
Judy | Madison, WI | February 16, 2012

Bless you, Garry Trudeau! How ever did you learn one of the secrets of us eye-patch wearers? That we feel great, invincible, on top of the world whenever we're wearing a snazzy new (and comfortable) eye-patch! It's a small miracle and comfort that few non-gimps can appreciate. It would not surprise me if Leo's self-confidence and indeed his very life is transformed in the course of wearing his new patch.

VIA TEXT
John | Memphis, TN | February 15, 2012

in the midst of the snowstorm stranded conversation in re marriage, Gram's concern about the proposal via text is met by the generational response, "It is the way of my people."  Excellent. How tribal! Another well-hammered nail.

HAPPY
Paul Hawkins | Wooster, OH | February 14, 2012

Although Doonesbury weddings have proven whirlygigs of emotional and comical epicness, (Joan and Bick being a personal favorite) Alex's self-indulgence is tedious to the point I may stuff a wolf in the car, thus increasing the odds of everybody being happy.

WOLF ATTACK
Maryhelen Posey | Calgary, CANADA | February 14, 2012

Statistics, those persnickety little deceivers, fail to highlight the fact that a wolf attack, however unlikely, is more likely in Massachusetts in the winter than in Hawaii at any time of the year. And when Sorkh Razil shows up (on his bright red snowmobile) he will still be wearing sunglasses.

NO FAVORS
Tari | Grand Rapids, MI | February 14, 2012

I love the sentiment in Sunday's strip. I'm always careful to use the phrase "the grade you earned was a ..." rather than "you were given a...". We do our students no favors if we send them out into the real world unprepared for real responsibility!

MARRIAGE
Allie | Gettysburg, PA | February 14, 2012

I have two daughters in Alex's age bracket, and neither they nor their peers are stressing over marriage. These days, the common sentiment I'm hearing is, "Why buy the pig when the sausage is free?" So what's the deal with Alex? I wonder if her mother's neuroses have come home to roost.

STRANDED
W.D. | Chicago, IL | February 14, 2012

There's only one person who can save Alex and Gram from being stranded in a Massachusetts snowstorm -- Sorkh Razil! (In a snowsuit, of course.)

WOLVES
David Ferrier | Edmonton, CANADA | February 13, 2012

Re: "I wonder if Massachusetts has wolves." Wolves attacking humans is an urban myth. A person has a bigger chance of being struck by lightning than being attacked by wolves. Wikipedia reports 38 wolf attacks on humans from 1910 to 1999. Thirty-eight attacks in 90 years is one wolf attack every two years. During this period, world population went from 1.6 billion to 6 billion, averaging 3.8 billion. So, a person might have about one chance in 100,000,000 of being attacked by wolves. That same person had one chance in 3,000,000 of being struck by lightning.

LOVE
Fiona | Melbourne, AUSTRALIA | February 12, 2012

I. Love. The. Walden. Teacher. I'd like to clone her.

THE THING
Suzie Null | Durango, CO | February 12, 2012

I've had days where I would love to say what Zipper's professor said in class. But much of my tenure depends on student feedback, so . . . That's the thing about the self-esteem culture -- it becomes more and more of an echo chamber, because those who could say something often aren't allowed to because it wouldn't be popular or profitable.

EVERY STUDENT
Ben Tzvi | Palmer, MA | February 12, 2012

Today's strip should become the home screen for every student everywhere, with copies going to the students' parents, and the local and state boards of education! On a lighter note, just how much stock does Uncle Duke own in myFacts?

GOODBYE
Jeffrey Emge | Tyler, TX | February 12, 2012

I'm posting the "goodbye to inflated self-esteem" strip on my bulletin board tonight. Stay tuned for reaction posts...