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I'm very uncomfortable with the Alex-Toggle wedding plan series because we're the people being skewered -- the "peace, love, dope" generation of the 60s and 70s, me and the people I emulated. I'm not saying that it's not accurate; it's just that being on the receiving end can be painful.
I read the Flashbacks daily, and I see that 25 years ago today (May 14) Duke uttered one my all-time fave Doonesbury lines. "Well, to generate short term profits, of course..." Thank you for understanding.
I read Mr. Speaker's remarks three times -- just to make sure he hadn't said "histrionic" instead of "historic." A wonderful collection of adverbs, by the way!
Saturdays strip: What a thought -- that Toggle could be Tony Iommi or Ozzy Osbourne's love child and therefore half British. If he's Ozzy's then his own reality TV show is imminent.
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.