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Another cosmic strip today. Had we known what point guards and Goth were in the 70s, I could have been Mel. I too knew my way to the vice principal's office. Not surprisingly, that started in the fourth grade. (Hey, Mr. Doyle!)
I've been a fan of Doonesbury for years, but it rarely makes me laugh out loud. Tuesday's strip did. Perfect, Garry!
I really like Mel & Roz -- they seem like the 'Mike & Mark' of the new millennium. They're strong, likeable people, and I look forward to hearing more about their lives.
Re HITTING ON A GIRL: This is Mel's gentle reminder to her father that if his stereotype were accurate, all lesbians would instantly know that she wasn't one of them. This is a father/daughter pair who talk to each other a lot -- and effectively. They don't reach a meeting of the minds exactly, but each knows where the gaps are, and they have shorthand reminders of past discussions. Nice to see them not just talking past each other.
Re Roz. It's nit-picky I know, but: "Hair will not fall over the eyebrows or extend below the bottom edge of the collar at any time during normal activity or when standing in formation. Long hair that falls naturally below the bottom edge of the collar, to include braids, will be neatly and inconspicuously fastened or pinned, so no free-hanging hair is visible."
There's a flashback -- kids will ask the darndest things. At an elementary school in El Paso, (fortunately) before either of my two OIF tours, third-graders weren't interested in hearing about anything except whether or not I had ever killed anyone. Admittedly, this was the first summer of the war (2003) and imagery was rampant. Still...
As for Roz's hair -- above the collar, please! I remember what I had to go through (even overseas) to keep my hair from attracting negative attention, and it keeps distracting me to see her hair that way. I'm not saying the crazy buns people stuffed under their miche helmets in Iraq were much better (how are you going to get that pro-mask on if there's an NBC attack, soldier?) but it's more realistic.
Love today's strip, but Roz needs to get her hair up to conform to regulation. Ponytails are only allowed when wearing the PT uniform. Sigh...
PT = Physical Training
If Roz has almost eight years and she's a Specialist, she may find herself out on the street unless she makes SGT very soon. Even so, with the cutbacks looming, she and Mel may both be out!
I really appreciate your portrayal of the enduring friendship of Mel and Roz. May Mel's father come to fully appreciate it as well.
What a treat to see the strip featuring down home patriotic, straight up (especially Mel) complex-free American folks! The world can't get enough if them these days.
I hadn't actually thought about it until I saw today's strip, but it's been just over 20 years since I was discharged from the USAF for being bisexual. At the time, I sure didn't think I'd actually see the changes I've seen in a short two decades. This leaves me hopeful for yet more positive changes! Thank you for bringing these happy thoughts to my day.
Today's strip could be subtitled "Don't ask, tell!"
Since when does having long hair keep lesbians from hitting on a girl?! Maybe I just speak for myself, but we do love any kind of hair -- especially if there's a brain under it.
Welcome home, Melissa and Roz. A job well done.
Today's strip brings up a point that confuses me. Were Mel driving with a guy, would Dad worry if the guy hit on her? Why is being hit on by the same sex any more/less annoying or complimentary?
Good on ya, B.D.! And just in time for Memorial Day, too.
As a veteran, mercifully spared combat over my 20+ year Navy service, I truly appreciate your consistent support of all veterans and helping to keep the public aware of important issues that politicians would seem to rather let lie, undisturbed. Thank You!
Awesome Mastery of Art demonstration: The last frame of today's strip -- B.D.'s slump into lightbulb-changing attitude. The dramatic change from frame one to frame last was beyond it! Thanks for the creative inspiration, and thanks for all the years.
Glad to see you back with B.D. and the V.A. Center. Hope you stay with it a while. People need to be reminded. It’s not like WWII (when I was growing up), when everyone knew someone who was in it or had been in it, whether it was a father, brother, spouse, son, neighbor or other relative. Now we all say we support our troops, but what do we do to show we mean it?
Of course Mr. Romney's positions haven't evolved. Most of them have devolved. Keep up the good work, Mr. Trudeau.