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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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.)
Re: "I wonder if Massachusetts has wolves." Wolves attacking humans is an urban myth. A person has a bigger chance of being struck by lightning than being attacked by wolves. Wikipedia reports 38 wolf attacks on humans from 1910 to 1999. Thirty-eight attacks in 90 years is one wolf attack every two years. During this period, world population went from 1.6 billion to 6 billion, averaging 3.8 billion. So, a person might have about one chance in 100,000,000 of being attacked by wolves. That same person had one chance in 3,000,000 of being struck by lightning.
I. Love. The. Walden. Teacher. I'd like to clone her.
I've had days where I would love to say what Zipper's professor said in class. But much of my tenure depends on student feedback, so . . . That's the thing about the self-esteem culture -- it becomes more and more of an echo chamber, because those who could say something often aren't allowed to because it wouldn't be popular or profitable.
Today's strip should become the home screen for every student everywhere, with copies going to the students' parents, and the local and state boards of education! On a lighter note, just how much stock does Uncle Duke own in myFacts?
I'm posting the "goodbye to inflated self-esteem" strip on my bulletin board tonight. Stay tuned for reaction posts...
As a retired teacher, I feel like posting today's strip on every billboard in town. Bravo! One of my favorite memories was the day a total slacker asked me why I had given him an F. I looked him in the eye, smiled, and said, "Because I couldn't give you the G you deserved." Years later, we're still friends.
"A newspaper is not just for reporting the news as it is, but to make people mad enough to do something about it." -- Mark Twain
Alas, you report, and have some fun with, but you just don't rabble rouse hard enough. You must strive harder to make people furiously angry about issues worthy of a proper lambasting. Thank you very much for tha amusement. Now could you give me some high blood pressure? Amp up the outrage!
I've been a fan since the beginning some 40 years ago, but MyFacts is the best idea yet. Simply superb! I want it to go on for weeks and weeks.