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I'm really, really enjoying the Classic Doonesbury look further back in history. During the hiatus last fall the reruns of more recent strips -- especially the Red Rascal stuff -- was too soon after their original publication. The depth of years of stuff here -- brilliant.
I hate to break it Rick, but "Boehner Seeks Rules Change" would have bombed back in the days of print, too. First rule of headline writing: What's the news? "Boehner Seeks Rules Change" isn't news. "Boehner: Limit Back-Benchers' Power" is inside baseball, but that'd be news. Or if you're at the NY Post: "Boehner To Back-Benchers: Drop Dead."
I've been a reader since the early 80s, thanks to the Guardian. I showed the "How did you know it was an American plane?" strip to my daughter (born '84). Her response? "That could be a drone today." The more things change...
What?! Facts at a Congressional hearing? And the questioner accepts them? I mean, I know it's a fantasy cartoon, but you wouldn't be able to get away with that today.
As a Tulsan and longtime reader of the strip who remembers many of the originals in the current Classic Doonesbury retrospective, I am appalled that the Tulsa World has dropped the strip. Michael is from Tulsa! I hope that we will someday be able to read the strip in his hometown again.
If the word "classic" can mean something as meaningful today as when it was created, then today's "bomb" strip is the all-time classic of the Doonesbury collection. Talk about standing the test of time -- unfortunately and tragically.
Funny that the Blowback from Sunday's strip focuses on the doctor's waiting room time and not the tidbit that an oil exec (propped up by federal tax subsidies) is making EIGHT THOUSAND DOLLARS AN HOUR.
I see that the site is now carried by The Washington Post instead of Slate. I hope this is not going to cause any issues, like subscriptions, sign-ins and fees.
Nope! And you can read about the move in Michael Cavna's "Comics Riffs" column, here.
My guess is the fellow in today's strip doesn't have to wait to see his doctor. If perchance he does, well, you get what you pay for, don't you?
The most likely reason patients are kept waiting is that previous patients have taken longer than their allotted time, and the doctor has been patient with them. When I read "Rate My Doctor" comments, the largest number either complain the doctor has reminded them they've exceeded their alloted time, or complain of being kept waiting. I have a very good doctor, who has a sign posted: "One issue per appointment, please." If you have two issues, you book two appointments. Here in Canada, this costs people nothing. Sometimes I run over my allotted 15 minutes with him, and often I have to wait 15 minutes past my appointment time. The later in the day my appointment is, the longer I have to wait.
Today's strip, in which a patient is kept waiting two hours past his appointment time and charges the doctor for that time, is very familiar. A friend of mine did just that a couple years ago. She was kept waiting about an hour-and-a-half. She could wait no longer. She handed the receptionist a bill for her time and left. The doctor paid her bill.
I've been re-reading B.D.'s 'adventure' in the 10-years-ago section of the Flashbacks page. Oh, seeing that he actually has hair? Yeah, that's a shock. Anyway, flew SAR in 'Nam so I can relate too well but it's not a flashback trigger -- not the way it's presented -- but a deep sigh of relief. And in the 5-1-04 strip, the line "Daddy's coming home!" -- there just isn't anything more to say, on so many levels. Thanks for tolerable reality; thanks for relief; thanks for the attitude.