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Kerryn | Adelaide, AUSTRALIA | February 18, 2012

Given Joanie's age and the way that snow's piling up, I've got an awful feeling that it might not be Alex who's in for a rough time.

Bean | Milwaukee, WI | February 17, 2012

Leo has enough on his plate already, and having to tow around Alex's upper-middle-class emotional baggage on top of his own battle is just too much. Maybe I have a different point of view, being a disabled combat veteran myself, but I can hardly stand to be around stable individuals on my own bad flashback days. Leo not only has Alex taking him into densely crowded protests, she's even instigating sketchy situations with gun wielding Starbucks customers. Leo is trying to get his own life on track despite PTSD moments and a less than stellar background, so the last thing he needs is Alex spinning off into La-La land and dragging him along with her. With all due respect to those folks who identify with Alex, I just don't see the charm anymore. Leo has both stolen my heart, and served as inspiration to improve my own life despite injury and obstacle. I'd hate to see him wasted...

Ian | Tallahassee, FL | February 17, 2012

It's curious how Alex's watershed moments come when she's behind the wheel. Remember when she was driving through the Occupy demo and wanted to join, but Leo was having a bad flashback? She stuck with him -- good girl! He'd better remember too.

Diane | Barre, VT | February 17, 2012

My heart sank when Skye was introduced. Poor Alex. How these little strips tug at your heartstrings!

Sperry | London, UK | February 17, 2012

I can't believe I'm going to be out of touch for a week, starting tomorrow. Why propose now of all weeks? Couldn't Alex wait till the end of the month as tradition demands? And did I just answer my own question?

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...

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.)