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Jeff needs sage financial advice. Since he obviously won't listen to his parents, maybe Zonker could help. "Sir Rascal the Red" has a nice ring to it. Or perhaps "Geoffery, Duke of Sorkh and Hinterlands."
Jeff would not be the first naive young person ruined by sudden riches and fame. Elvis comes to mind. He never had anyone who could tell him, "No." Please, please get Jeff a good agent and other level-headed advisors to protect him from gold-diggers, hangers-on, and other parasites. They cruise in packs for people like him.
I'd give it three or four strips before Jeff blows this. The only question is, how?
Re: today's strip. It's been years since I've seen a Sgt. Rock comic. Thanks for updating it for the new millenium, not to mention the peace-digging chicks!
The homes Jeff has been looking at are quite realistic. As one who is paid to take pictures of them, I have seen plenty with these amenities and more, including private airports and harbors. Many of these megamansions sit empty for all but a few weeks a year, as most are second homes.
It's amusing that Jeff/Red Rascal is shopping for a crib on the strength of his so-called fame and the revenues from book sales about which we've heard nothing. Alex catches flack for having her head in the clouds, but Jeff's is in another dimension.
"If a fool and his money are soon parted, what do you call someone who parts with money he never had in the first place?" Answer: a banker.
"If a fool and his money are soon parted, what do you call someone who parts with money he never had in the first place?" Answer: the American consumer.
"If a fool and his money are soon parted, what do you call someone who parts with money he never had in the first place?" Answer: a politician.
Jeff does not want decadence and frivolity in a home. He wants a loft over an abandoned sewage station where he can park his amphibious assault vehicle. Now that is a real man cave. He also wants a helipad.
Why doesn't the agent just say it: They're looking at Neverland!
I just realized that last week's story arc should have run this week. Today is the traditional "reverse-proposal" day.
A marriage made in heaven: Jeff, who actively works at being a waste of space, and an infinity pool which is ... a waste of space.
Jeff is having his version of Mike's Summer Fantasy. Publicity tour authors don't get infinity pools.
All that money for something that looks like an airport lounge. If a fool and his money are soon parted, what do you call someone who parts with money he never had in the first place?
Yes, Alex is used to being on top of things, the master of (almost) all situations. But remember her freshman angst at MIT? For once, she was afraid she wasn't up to the challenge, but she made it. Now there's Leo, and Leo can turn her down. Such power!
Alex may not have chronic self esteem issues, but facing possible (if not probable) rejection by the opposite sex usually rattles even the most confident modern young woman. This is just another example of why Alex seems so real to me. Can't wait to see what twists GBT puts on this storyline.
I suddenly have a strong suspicion that Jeff's recent meteoric rise is going to be followed by an even more entertaining fall back to earth. And if he has Zip along for the ride, so much the better.
Thanks for the memories. The Alex/Leo courtship takes me back a half-century. Even so, it's hard to really remember that I was once that young. Of course, so was Mary. But we're still here -- and together. So even geeks can find lasting love.
Yes, Rick the Blogger wears a tie at home to blog. It's his last remnant of employment as a professional journalist, It's a reminder of the standards he still holds in high regard. Would Edward R Murrow have to blog today, because no one would hire him?