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IRONIC
Suzie Null | Durango, CO | March 29, 2015

I find it ironic to hear Mike complaining to another middle-aged man about how aging has left them feeing "invisible" in front of a "hot" younger woman. How many women who they had not considered "hot" had been invisible to them over the course of their lives?

ANGST
Harvey Dobrow | Fort Lee, NJ | March 29, 2015

I've been smiling all day since reading today's strip. It tapped into my angst of being a teenager in the '50s. Since I know you weren't one, I wonder how you became so insightful about what we now-70-year-olds remember all too well. Brilliant!

INVISIBLE
Bruce Miller | Antelope, CA | March 29, 2015

The young ladies, regardless of their natural beauty, don't ignore me, perhaps because I tend to regard them as grandchildren of a sort. This is not to say I've never come upon rude young women, or rude young men for that matter, but they appear to be rude to everyone, not just this old "invisible" fellow!

LOOKING AT WOMEN
Margaret Lark | Littleton, MA | March 29, 2015

Gentlemen, gentlemen, gentlemen...Try looking at women who have learned over the years how to see you. As a stunningly beautiful, totes-rocking woman just a teensy bit younger than GBT and therefore of Mike and Bernie, all I can say is: Didn't mean to ignore you back then. Life was weird; I was learning. Take off your babe-o-scope glasses and look around.

THE WORST PART
Edward Cherlin | Columbus, IN | March 29, 2015

To me, the worst part about aging is the certainty that I will miss out on so much that is to come. On the other hand, our current old people not aging and dying would mean that our current billion or so children would not get to take over and likely do rather better than their elders by forming the first truly global civil society. If hanging around to see it would mean that it wouldn't be there to see, I guess I'm OK with the whole old age and death thing.

VISIBLE
Patrick Michael | Chicago, IL | March 29, 2015

I find kindness, a smile, and most of my attempts at humor keep me visible, even at 60.

WAXED MOUSTACHE
Michell | Ashford, UK | March 29, 2015

Poor Mike! Can I suggest he ask Garry to give him a fashionista waxed moustache? It works wonders for my 50-something husband, who now gets ladies of all ages chatting to him. It seems as successful as having a cute, small dog but without the cleaning-up-after-it issues. Meanwhile, as the 50-something female partner of the 'tache, I still get zip!

HE AND JOANIE
Eileen | Salt Lake City, UT | March 29, 2015

Re HIGH POINT: Rick's wide-eyed wonder looks like sheer terror to me. But notice as he looks around he realizes that this is exactly what he wants, and we all know that he and Joanie go on to be one of the world's greatest couples.

 

WEARING SHOES
Stuart Seaborne | Madison, WI | March 27, 2015

Rick gets the funniest lines. His remark about wearing shoes still makes me laugh after all these years and having read it innumerable times.

BEST SEGMENT
Julia | AUSTRALIA | March 27, 2015

This is the best story segment for a while. But who are the little kids in Tuesday's wedding ceremony strip?

Editor's Note:

 Those are Ellie and Howie, two of Joanie's charges at the Walden Daycare Center. Longtime readers may remember their support of Ginny Slade's congressional campaign and the ERA.

HIGH POINT
Jason Thorn | Phoenix, AZ | March 27, 2015

The look of wide-eyed wonder in Rick's eyes as the vows are being read is the high point of the week.

DISTINCTIVE NOSES
Linda Taylor | North Attleboro, MA | March 26, 2015

I love how the twins already have fully formed personalities (including the distinctive noses). Can't wait to see where this goes.

PERSPECTIVE AND APPRECIATION
John Ghalt | Anchorage, AK | March 25, 2015

I love that GBT a practical male perspective to one matrimonial tradition. Indeed, "Why (not see the bride)? What's wrong with her?" The minister had a practical male appreciation for Joannie as well. (With approving glance: "I'd go through with it."). Of course Zonker had to weigh in....

COMICS
Maryhelen Posey | Calgary, CANADA | March 25, 2015

The WAY BACK WHEN post reminded me of my brother telling me that he was always very popular on the days my mother's shipment of the week's comics (from four newspapers) arrived in Korea. Beetle Bailey wasn't otherwise available!

WAY BACK WHEN
Mike | CALIFORNIA | March 25, 2015

Thank you for running these strips from way back when. I had enlisted in the Army in early '77, and missed everything due to being overseas until your 1983 hiatus. I'm loving the Sunday stuff as well. Please, keep it going!

THE TWINS
Michael | Edmond, OK | March 22, 2015

Boy oh boy, the twins sure have grown. I feel like I've missed their early years.

SWEET
Big Guy | Forest Hills, NY | March 22, 2015

Toggle dealing with his kids imitating his aphasia is real sweet. Well done. Thank you.

TOO FAST
Mr. B. | Orlando, FL | March 22, 2015

The twins are growing up much too fast. I wish they could have stayed telepathic infants a bit longer

INTERESTING
Rex | Taos, NM | March 22, 2015

One twin has "the Doonesbury nose," the other has Toggle's. Interesting.

15 YEARS AGO
Old Guy | Underhill, VT | March 20, 2015

Today's 15-years ago Flashback, to Duke seeking corporate sponsors for his election campaign, was stunningly prescient.