For Better or For Worse by Lynn Johnston

For Better or For Worse

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  1. howtheduck

    howtheduck said, over 1 year ago

    There’s nothing that makes me more claustrophobic than sticking a nicotine filter in my ear, so I completely get what Phil is talking about, except for the “taking a few strides” part and calling his girlfriend Georgia by “man”. I guess that’s Phil speaking that Canadian lingo again. I would say, “taking a walk” and “honey” instead.

  2. Nabuquduriuzhur

    Nabuquduriuzhur said, over 1 year ago

    Reminds me of the usual “you’re nosy” or some similar B.S.

    Invariably it’s someone wanting to hide something wrong by attacking the questioner.

    When the wrong is finally revealed, it makes for more problems than if the person had just fessed up.

  3. bluskies

    bluskies said, over 1 year ago

    Nagging and/or spying rarely accomplish the desired result; usually the opposite, in fact.


    INGSOC GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    Your shouting seems to give it away..

  5. gmartin997

    gmartin997 said, over 1 year ago

    If the Doc gave me one day to stop smoking, I don’t think I’d have picked THAT day.

  6. Chris Kenworthy

    Chris Kenworthy said, over 1 year ago

    I’m Canadian, in fact I think I grew up not far from where Lynn was working at the time. And I don’t think I’ve ever heard the phrase ‘taking a few strides’ before.

  7. Macushlalondra

    Macushlalondra said, over 1 year ago

    I don’t know about “taking a few strides” but when I was a kid in the 60’s we called everybody “man.” It was just a word you threw in the way kids today say “like.”

  8. Ray Thomas

    Ray Thomas said, over 1 year ago

    This is a funny series, but quitting smoking is only hard for people who MAKE it hard. I woke up one morning 30 years ago and didn’t want to smoke any more. I was a bit uncomfortable for a couple of days, but that was it. I haven’t smoked, nor wanted to, for 30 years.

  9. Dr Dave

    Dr Dave said, over 1 year ago

    @Ray Thomas

    That’s the trick
    You have to WANT to

  10. lightenup

    lightenup GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    I don’t know about the “wanting to” part. My mom really wanted to quit for years, but it was so hard for her to quit. Other than the nicotine part that is hard to kick, I think she has one of those addictive personalities that’s hard for her to give up habits.
    My husband was able to easily give up smoking with hardly any effort at all, and he only gave it up because it was such a pain to smoke in the US when he moved here. Obviously he could have continued smoking if he “wanted to” because there are places to smoke with a little effort.

  11. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, over 1 year ago

    Lynn’s Notes:
    When my dad tried to quit smoking, he got rid of his cravings, he said, by going for a walk. We knew it was an excuse to grab a fast cigarette, ‘cause Dad didn’t like exercise and rarely walked anywhere!

    Can’t trust an addict.

  12. Poollady

    Poollady said, over 1 year ago

    That would be NO

  13. exturk

    exturk said, over 1 year ago

    Several years ago there was a generic brand of cigs merely labelled SMOKES.
    They still around?

  14. JanCinLV

    JanCinLV said, over 1 year ago

    What quitting smokers who “cheat” don’t understand is that the odor clings to their clothes and breath. They don’t fool anyone except themselves.

    Ray Thomas: How unfair and judgmental can you get? Just because you and a few others had a relatively easy time quitting doesn’t mean those who don’t are deliberately making it harder for themselves. I have known people who quit cold turkey with almost no problem at all and people who have struggled for years trying to overcome what is, after all, a physical addiction.

  15. pshapley

    pshapley said, over 1 year ago

    @Ray Thomas

    20 years after my mom quit she told me she still dreamed about smoking, and that at times, if there had been a cigarette in the house when she woke up, she’d have been puffing away before she was fully awake.

    Yet she stayed clean (and unsmelly) the rest of her life.

    Glad it was easy for you.

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