Cul de Sac by Richard Thompson

Cul de Sac

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  1. margueritem

    margueritem GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Best thing about the beach-that lamp!

  2. Linux0s

    Linux0s said, over 3 years ago

    Purchasing a seashell lamp could save a lot of money.

  3. thebird55

    thebird55 said, over 3 years ago

    Three years in Hawaii spoiled me for beaches.

  4. Sisyphos

    Sisyphos said, over 3 years ago

    Alice’s memory is so typical of very young kids! Go, Alice! (Stay, Petey!)

  5. cdward

    cdward said, over 3 years ago

    Grew up in the Midwest. Never saw the ocean till I was a teenager. Actually, I like the beach and jumping in the waves. And yes, the bikinis do make for a nice change of scenery. Of course so do the dolphins playing off the shore. What I hate most is the sunscreen ritual before getting there. But Alice is right – the sea shell lamp makes everything better.

  6. GROG!

    GROG! GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    I wonder if they’ll leave the lamp on for you.

  7. Rp GG

    Rp GG said, over 3 years ago

    It’s funny what we do and don’t remember from our childhood. Is it random?

  8. Puddlesplatt McLearn

    Puddlesplatt McLearn said, over 3 years ago


    Try Midway Island for 5 years…Nada

  9. Gokie5

    Gokie5 said, over 3 years ago

    Our grandkids came down to St. Petersburg from Wisconsin for our fiftieth wedding anniversary. The almost-three-year-old, our “Alice,” went to the Gulf beaches off Pass-a-Grille and Fort Desoto, visited the Suncoast Bird Sanctuary, and stayed at a motel with a great pool. All she could remember, though, was the drink machine outside her room.

  10. Perkycat

    Perkycat said, over 3 years ago

    My daughter and I were talking about things we did when she was little. So funny the things they remember. You try to make a great experience for them and they remember the lamp.

  11. calliopejane

    calliopejane GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago


    But I don’t think the great experience is exactly “lost” from memory. Rather, the remembered object is imbued with the joy of the experience; it is recalled as being awesome because of the way you/he/she felt when it was seen/used.
    If Alice had encountered that same lamp a year ago in, say, some neighbor’s house, it probably wouldn’t have made such an impression.

  12. MysteryCat

    MysteryCat GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago


    Thank you for that comment. I think it was very insightful, it rings true. :)

  13. Perkycat

    Perkycat said, over 3 years ago


    Thanks. And, yes, that is very insightful. Makes me feel better. So I didn’t waste my time,

  14. Rick

    Rick said, over 3 years ago

    That sounds like the way some of my tutoring students describe their vacation trips to me!

  15. Cartoonacy

    Cartoonacy said, over 3 years ago


    So true. I’ve been a comic book collector since I was five. My parents used to complain that when we went on a family vacation, I would sit in the back seat reading comic books instead of looking at the scenery. My parents are gone now. My comic book collection numbers about 8000. But for a good number of those books, especially those of my youth, I remember when and where I was and who I was with when I first got it. They bring back memories of long-ago vacations and holidays and summer afternoons on the porch more vivid than any kitschy souvenir-shop dust collector.

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