The Dinette Set by Julie Larson

The Dinette Set

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  1. simpsonfan2

    simpsonfan2 said, over 3 years ago

    Only twice?

  2. peggykb9

    peggykb9 said, over 3 years ago

    Why are Joy and Verla at the same reunion?

  3. SusanSunshine

    SusanSunshine GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Well, this temporarily answers the question on many minds…

    Burl was originally supposed to graduate in 1966… so he was born in 1948… or possibly late 1947.

    That means today he’s 64 or 65.

    Then again, this strip has almost no continuity… Julie said it’s set in the 1990’s, but some days it’s obviously this century…
    It’s summer one day and winter the next.

    Things like their anniversary, and Burl’s birthday, show up in different months…
    and they’ve referred to being in their 50’s.

    They also have a daughter who dates a college guy… possible but not likely, if Joy is over 60.

    So all we really know about their ages is ….
    they’re old enough to know better than to act the way they do.

  4. SusanSunshine

    SusanSunshine GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    BTW… the above is not a complaint…
    it’s what I expect from a comic strip….
    Most have pretty elastic timelines.

    They’re not historical documents,
    so I always laugh when someone asks why the snow melted or whether they’re still on their trip to Florida.

    And Patty dating the Yale man makes perfect sense if that day in the strip it’s 1992, and Joy is still 40-something.

  5. purple sky

    purple sky GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Maybe Joy got left down, too, and they all ended up in the same graduating class?

  6. mikie2

    mikie2 said, over 3 years ago

    If you don’t belong here, please leave by 7 pm. Now that’s really cold. And I’m glad that Burl (most likely) got to spend most of his Senior Year(s) in the Vice Principal’s office.
    Years ago, a single lady that worked for me was going to her 20th HS reunion. She worked out for a year and bought a tight red silk dress and went with the express intention of causing trouble. Just like Shari Scaggs most likely is, considering the teasing she took about her name.
    I think I’ll give up Girl Scout cookies for Lent.

  7. Jean

    Jean said, over 3 years ago

    I graduated the class of 67 but our group looks much better than this group. Of course a group of 60 somethings can’t look all that good to start with. lol

  8. brightr1

    brightr1 said, over 3 years ago


    Ditto – and way too much non-gray hair on the men.

  9. InTraining

    InTraining said, over 3 years ago


    Seems like JOY repeated two or three grades such that VERL caught up to her… ! ! !

  10. Last Rose of Summer

    Last Rose of Summer GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Am I wrong in thinking that Joy and Verla were (are) twins?

  11. Marc

    Marc said, over 3 years ago


    You’re assuming his senior year was the ONLY year he had to repeat.

  12. SusanSunshine

    SusanSunshine GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    As I said…. Julie told us herself she tries to set the strip in the 90’s….
    so this could be “today”…
    or it could be their, say, 30th reunion, in 1997, before the men were all grey.

    (which makes it even sadder that they look so middle-aged!)

    There is NO consistent timeline to this strip!

    And your spouse, or any other guest, doesn’t have to have graduated with your class, or even from your school, to accompany you to your reunion.

    Marc… LOL… true!

    2old…. they’ve remarked a few times that Joy is two years older than baby sister Verla… that’s why Verl is so admiring sometimes, and why she listen’s to Joy’s advice.

    My own two-years-younger sister, however, usually rolls her eyes at my advice.
    Wonder which is typical!

  13. missjunebug

    missjunebug said, over 3 years ago

    Susan, who is older Joy or Verl? Maybe spouses were invited and it is Verl’s class…….

  14. imnormal

    imnormal said, over 3 years ago

    looks like to me Burl’s got his eye on Shari right now. Shari is probably thinking talk about lucky, look at that slob.

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