For Better or For Worse by Lynn Johnston

For Better or For Worse

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  1. howtheduck

    howtheduck said, 11 months ago

    If I remember correctly, in Canada a “pogo” is a corn dog, in case anyone was wondering if it was a strange reference to the Walt Kelly comic strip in Panel 4.
    Given how Elly’s table manners (or lack thereof) have been portrayed in other strips, I don’t think she has much reason to complain about her kids’ table manners (or lack thereof). John and Elly at the posh restaurant would not look much different than Mike and Lizzie here.

  2. MayKitten

    MayKitten GoComics PRO Member said, 11 months ago

    I don’t get it:
    Adults come into a nice full service restaurant (FSR) and display manners a baboon would be ashamed of.
    Teens on a date come to the same FSR, and display manners a Parliamentarian would be proud of. (Other than the Labor party of course.)

  3. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, 11 months ago


    You should look up “Pogo Plane” a tail sitting plane. It was later used in the Fantastic Four. It was a tail sitter. Then never did build the original design which would have worked much better.

  4. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, 11 months ago

    Lynn’s Notes:

    I took my kids to fast food joints. I knew the value of cheap, fast, and fried, and it had everything to do with convenience. Tiled floors and washable seating, disposable plates, cups, and cutlery offered respite from kitchen duties and the possibility of communicating with another adult (with kids the same age). It also meant my offspring would eat everything on their plates. It might not be with sustenance, but their stomachs would be full. I ushered my charges, unapologetically, into plastic indoor playgrounds. I ordered the specials, the biggies, and meals — which came with toys. I too ate with gusto, knowing that what I was doing was addictive, that I was introducing my children to substances I wanted them to avoid. Still, the positive outweighed the negative: an hour of freedom vs. a hassle at home. I plead guilty to falling for an easy solution to lunch.

    I can’t remember the last time I went to a fast food joint, but I know the time will come when I will fall off the wagon again. I look forward to sitting at one of those colourful plastic tables with burgers, onion rings, and a rot-gut pop while my granddaughter romps in the plastic kid-proof play area, her stomach full of fries. I’ll count the useless calories in the grub that I’m eating and try not to feel guilty for enjoying every bite!

  5. Vice Admiral Allan |

    Vice Admiral Allan | said, 11 months ago


    You’re pretty smart for an American. (j/k)
    You are correct though.

  6. gmartin997

    gmartin997 GoComics PRO Member said, 11 months ago

    She left herself wide open for that one.

  7. K.C. Fahel

    K.C. Fahel said, 11 months ago

    Our daughters rarely care about the toy that comes with kids’ meals. Sometimes, if it something they don’t like (like a SpongeBob toy) they will actually return it to the counter. I don’t make them; it’s something THEY do.

  8. mdcdjg2008

    mdcdjg2008 said, 11 months ago

    @K.C. Fahel

    My neice gave hers to another kid in the play area because she didn’t care for it once.

  9. LadyKat

    LadyKat said, 11 months ago


    Don’t forget that a lot of those workers now are seniors trying to make ends meet

  10. rundstyk

    rundstyk said, 11 months ago

    We took our son to restaurants from very early on. He only made a terrible appearance once at age 4, when we had to break off the meal and go home. He still (18) has good table manners when eating out. At home it was (and sometimes still is) a totally different story.

  11. MeGoNow

    MeGoNow said, 11 months ago

    Because you’re ill-raised little snots. I went to such “posh” places with my parents at a lesser age than he. Knew how to behave, too, which kept me from being tossed when I spilled a whole glass of milk on their beautiful wine-red carpet. You see, Cindy, the strip is passably amusing BECAUSE they’re ill-raised little snots. Watching them behave properly in this or any other restaurant would be pretty dull.

  12. JPuzzleWhiz

    JPuzzleWhiz said, 11 months ago


    If I remember correctly, in Canada a “pogo” is a corn dog, in case anyone was wondering if it was a strange reference to the Walt Kelly comic strip in Panel 4.

    Aptly named, seeing as how it’s on a “stick”.

  13. westny77

    westny77 said, 11 months ago

    Ellie you earned the night out with John. You may ask Calvin’s mother if she will join you.

  14. JPuzzleWhiz

    JPuzzleWhiz said, 11 months ago

    Very predictable comments all. KC bragging about her perfect mothering, Newman making something political over a cartoon, blah blah blah. Pickles comments much more lighthearted and funny. Get over yourselves!

    Practice what you preach.

  15. snakemama

    snakemama said, 11 months ago

    when i was a kid, going to burger king or mcdonald’s was a big deal (we kept kosher at home). eating bacon was a rare treat and we looked forward to every outing

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