Frazz by Jef Mallett


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  1. fear-ciuil

    fear-ciuil said, over 1 year ago

    Huh? In my district, it’s the superintendent that makes the call, not the principal.

  2. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, over 1 year ago

    He does have a valid point. Crashes increase after a drastic change in the road conditions before people adjust.

  3. mkilby

    mkilby said, over 1 year ago

    This happens in Los Angeles every year, except that it’s not snow. The first rainfall in autumn releases a whole summer’s worth of oil and other residues from the road surface, producing ideal conditions for waterplaning. Drivers beware!

  4. Varnes

    Varnes said, over 1 year ago

    Even in Southern Michigan, people seem to lose their minds during the first snow…..(Don’t worry about the ones north of Cadillac, they’re just pissed at the poor sledding in the summer…)….Copper Harbor gets as much as 200 inches a year, and they bus the kids 40 miles to Calumet, on Highway 41….Only one “Ice” day the year I was there….Of course there’s only that one road to keep clean….

  5. Leslie Barks

    Leslie Barks said, over 1 year ago

    @Varnes “poor sledding in the summer”—classic. But only a problem if summer falls on a weekend.

  6. Stew Bek

    Stew Bek said, over 1 year ago

    When I moved to Chicago in 1999, folks at work asked why I moved to a place where it snows, to which I replied have you ever been to Marquette MI in the winter?

  7. Leo Autodidact

    Leo Autodidact said, over 1 year ago

    I’ve always found it astonishing that people who’ve lived all their lives in Snowy places, (The Northern Great Plains, the mountainous parts of Maine and New Hampshire, the Rockies, not to mention Alaska) get elected, got to D. C. and IMMEDIATELY lose their minds if two snowflakes are seen within a City Block of each other!

    My friend lives there and it’s been the same thing for over Twenty years!

  8. AshburnStadium

    AshburnStadium said, over 1 year ago


    I’m guessing you’re talking about US 41, because Michiganders put the letter “M” before a state route number, such as M-41.

  9. AshburnStadium

    AshburnStadium said, over 1 year ago

    I grew up in the Philadelphia area. When I went to school in the late 1970s – early 1980s, we had a full school day (no snow day, no late arrival, no early dismissal) as it snowed all day and accumulated 8".
    My nephew went to another school district that bordered mine, and got a snow day because of the threat of snow – but not a single flake fell all day!

  10. olddog1

    olddog1 said, over 1 year ago


    You got that right. Plus here in the D.C. area there is a significant population whose first language doesn’t have a word for “snow” much less have any idea how to drive in it.

  11. AshburnStadium

    AshburnStadium said, over 1 year ago

    My cousins went to school in Charlotte, NC, and they would cancel school if a half-inch fell.

  12. Ewal Doh

    Ewal Doh GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago


    Since US 41 is the only “41” going through Calumet, I’ll guess your right.

  13. Ewal Doh

    Ewal Doh GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago


    In 1971, we had 6" on the ground and went to school with a forecast of an additional 8". A foot had fallen by 1:30 and they called an early dismissal.
    With everyone leaving at once, the teachers were helping each other clear their cars. When they were done, many couldn’t open their car doors. They all managed to clear the lot and everyone got home.
    Today, it’s more the threat of litigation than of the snow. We too close schools for as little as a couple inches.
    Worse, the cities plow and salt the first inch. Now none of us get to even learn to drive in snow.

  14. Dr Dave

    Dr Dave said, over 1 year ago

    Ah, snowdaze…

  15. Slywlf

    Slywlf said, over 1 year ago


    You said exactly what I was going to say! One other factor also – allowing sufficient time in foul weather! Years ago when I lived on Long Island we had plenty of advance warning of snow and ice overnight, so with a normal 45 minute commute I allotted myself 1 1/2 hours to be on the safe side. My little car – no 4 wheel drive, just decent radial tires – made the trip safely despite the horrendous slick conditions because I was cautious, alert and paced myself. Along the way I passed between a dozen and 16 wrecks, mostly single vehicle, and with the exception of one regular car that had been taken out by an Escalade every vehicle I saw in ditches, some upside down or on their sides, were 4 wheel drive and/or SUVs. I just shook my head and kept a careful watch in every direction to make sure I wouldn’t be another victim! Once I pulled off to the side to phone in a fresh wreck – the operator took my info and didn’t even ask for my name – there were too many to keep up with. The end result? Even though I had to pass my usual exit (overturned SUV in the middle of the exit ramp) I still got to work on time.

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