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Alex, elope. You can have a quiet little wedding at the courthouse/city hall and then the popster can throw a big reception/party for you later. It can work.
So Toggle may have been fathered by a member of Black Sabbath? I can hear the screams of anguish from the Motley Crue HQ: "Noooooo! I am Leo's dad!" Are we about to see a literal "battle of the bands" at the wedding?
I have been following Doonesbury.com for a long, long time. It never "gets old." Thanks for keeping it going, Garry Trudeau!
I'm so glad hubby and I (and the sons) ran away from home to make it "official." The oldest gave me away and the youngest was the best man, hubby's sister was our witness -- we told no one else what we were up too. Every wedding we've been too since then has only confirmed that "slipping out the back" was the right move.
I think Leo's dad was "with" Motley Crue, but as a roadie. He was a nice college kid who took the summer off to work with the band. Now he's a college prof who never married because he never found someone who touched him like that one-night-stand wild redhead. When Leo's mom gets in touch with the band, they'll remember him. She'll find him, and tell him about Leo. He'll be thrilled to have a son, and there'll be a double wedding.
Uh-oh! I'm afraid this is going to turn out strange and we'll find out Leo's father is one of the characters. My guesses would be cut down to two, Jimmy Thudpucker not being the kind of gig I think Leo's mother would go to: Sal Doonesbury (which would make it really ironic as he's Alex's uncle and he advertised condoms) or Uncle Duke.
My heart just breaks for Toggle. The weariness as he lies in bed while his mother goes on a belated, casual hunt to discover his father speaks volumes. No wonder he joined the military and worked his whole life to be a stand-up guy. He was trying to be the role model he never had in a father. It's heartbreaking, yet also heartwarming to see how Toggle has adapted and overcome.
I hope Leo has a talk with his Mom. He doesn't need a sperm donor at his wedding. He wants the only person who worked hard to raise him. The one who taught him the values of loyalty and sacrifice. The one who saw him off to be a soldier. The one who was there for him when he came back broken. The one who is willingly letting him go (even if she doesn't understand his future wife). Maybe it's time Leo's Mom had a name. She should be appreciated more because of, not in spite of, her social standing. I see her everywhere.
Can anyone say "runaway groom" ?
Three hundred and forty-six guests? My guess is, that should accomodate all the characters in Doonesbury's history, including secondary storylines, ghosts and presidential widgets.
Once again, the week's storyline is perfectly timed to give us a light-hearted, relevant perspective on current politics -- specifically, the controversy over marriage equality and North Carolina's Amendment One. Thank you for the breath of fresh air.
Personally I think Toggle looks more like Vince Neil, being blond with a thinner face and thinner nose.
Today it's the ever-growing invitation list. I can't wait to see the interactions among the in-laws-to-be. My advice to all the newly-engaged is to elope and avoid the stress.
I didn't hear Alex or Toggle trying to exclude either mom. It's Zeke and some unknown rocker they don't want crashing the party. As to who raised Toggle so well, I offer this: "Two young men were raised by a raging alcoholic. One grew up to be a teetotaller, the other a raging alcoholic. When asked why, both gave the same answer: 'With a father like him, what else did you expect?'" We till the soil, but the seeds are out of our hands.
Daughter number one is getting married this weekend. Have loved the strip over the last two weeks. Glad to know we're not the only ones with 'conflicts.'
So Alex is her mother's daughter, after all! "Secret location." "Branjelina." That wistful desire to "think this through," even as she lapses into drama. Alex is the perfect balance of nature vs nurture. Thank goodness she has Toggle to ground her in reality. And Toggle is also his mother's kid: realistic, forthright, and loving, plus into a wide range of music (see his eclectic playlists while on deployment). Even with all her flaws, mom raised Toggle right.
I don't agree with Alex and Leo's intent to exclude the two mothers from the wedding. They are what they are, and neither is bad-hearted or with evil intent. Both put a lot of commitment and effort into their children, and whatever they are, should not be excluded from their children's important life event.
Toggle is the real reason for Vince Neal leaving the Crue back in 1992. Vince and Nikki Sixx were fighting over who was Toggle's father. Once they patched things up, neither one could go back and make contact -- it was just too painful. Personally, I think he looks more like Nikki.
Alex is goofy, but a good person, and we know who helped to shape her values. But you don't grow up to be such a fine person as Toggle with only a Mom like his for influence. So I wonder who helped her raise that great kid? Maybe a strong married couple with their hearts in the right place -- like Roger Rabbit and his lovely wife Jessica, in cartoon land. That's what I'm thinking. If GBT knows a couple of kids like Alex and Toggle, he's a lucky guy. They're not really wonderful people, they're just drawn that way. But he did a good job drawing them.
Leo's mother looks to me like Samantha Maloney, drummer for Mötley Crüe during 2000-2001. What's up with that?