Free Range by Bill Whitehead

Free Range

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  1. Hillbillyman

    Hillbillyman said, almost 5 years ago

    This is a ‘slice of reality’ at it’s best.

  2. Lewreader

    Lewreader said, almost 5 years ago

    Between the worker and the trooper is a foreman with a clipboard. Ooh, here comes the guy with the coffee.

  3. cdward

    cdward said, almost 5 years ago

    Although I enjoy mocking the state workers as much as anyone, I have been impressed with their responses to the aftermath of Hurricane Irene. With the number of roads knocked out and trees down here, they have been working non-stop. And when they come, they come like a force of nature.

  4. wandle

    wandle said, almost 5 years ago

    this is so true in Virginia. I never saw it take so long to build roads.

  5. Number Six

    Number Six said, almost 5 years ago

    @justrightturnips. I take it you’re also into Def Leppard? I am very sorry you were caught up in the middle of what turned out to be another heated exchange between ‘dogsniff’ and me yesterday. Had I immediately realised he was hiding under the assumed name of Who’s Your Daddy I would have ignored his initial comment as I have vowed to ignore all his derogatory remarks towards me since a regrettable flame war ensued between us 2 weeks ago. I suppose I should be flattered that he goes to great obsessive lengths to continue harassing me.
    He seems to be under the delusion that at some time I was the UK equivalent of Bill Watterson, and for that reason I’m ‘full of myself’. Nothing could be further from the truth. I have a humble little weekly strip titled Oscar & Wild in a humble little tabloid known as the Black Country Bugle.
    I can assure him I am no Brian Crane although one can always live in hope! I’d also like to set the record straight concerning a ‘GoComics’ commenter known as John Drake who emerged sometime after I left. Despite what ‘dogsniff’ thinks – this is not me going under an assumed name. John Drake is a good friend who lives in Chicago, where as I reside in England. John Drake’s been a member since 2008 and I only joined just over a year ago, when I was also contributing to ‘Comics.com’.

    Believe it or not, ‘dogsniff’ and I used to exchange quite witty and friendly banter and I am at a complete loss as to why he’s taken to ‘hounding’ me. I normally go under the screen name of Number 6, but at the moment I’m on vacation and posting from an Internet Café and going under the ‘upside down alternative’. I hope that clears up any confusion! All the best – Number 6 (BCNU) ☺

  6. LafInLarry

    LafInLarry GoComics PRO Member said, almost 5 years ago

    @Number Six

    Posted as a reply but it’s useful info for all.

    While their screen name and avatar can change, one’s account number stays the same. So if there’s someone you want to stalk, er, avoid, make a note of their number when you mouse over their name.
    Dangit, the HTML for strike mode text doesn’t work here.

  7. mrssaskfan

    mrssaskfan said, almost 5 years ago

    Sitting in cruisers, stopping drunk and belligerent drivers, investigating collisions, being sworn at, threatened, vomited and spit upon, stabbed, shot; in general risking their lives every day and night of the year so people can read the paper and fix their mascara while driving to work.

    The median wage for a police patrol officer in the United States is just under $50 000/year. The 90th percentile comes in at $67 149.00. New York State police earn a median salary of $112 537, and in San Bernadino, CA, the median wage is $48 000.

    But even if they were making as much as you claim, would you prefer that they NOT be there? Would YOU want to be driving a cruiser at 1:00 a.m. on January 1 in North Dakota in -40º temperatures? Would you want to be the officer who has to tell a young man that his beautiful wife, who is 7 months pregnant, was just killed by a drunk driver?

  8. Neo Blakkrstal

    Neo Blakkrstal said, almost 5 years ago

    “orange barrels orange barrels every where i see,
    orange barrels orange barrels looking back at me,
    look at larry, darryl, and darryl standing next to the orange barrel,
    looking back at me,

    they have signs that say slow down,
    i drive 25 through town,
    there faces are dark, dirty and brown,
    there looking back at me,

    orange barrels orange barrels every where i see,
    orange barrels orange barrels why can’t i be free,
    look at larry darryl and darryl standing next to the orange barrel,
    in there orange vest apparel looking back at me,

    they stand in there stink and sweat,
    i haven’t seen them working yet,
    they have to pee in a port-a-let,
    and there butt crack smiles at me,

    (if i could fly i would leave this world behind,
    and i’d free up my mind from this debris)
    and the orange barrels looking back at me,

    orange barrels orange barrels everywhere i see,
    orange barrels orange barrels looking back at me,
    look at larry darryl and darryl standing next to the orange barrel,
    in there orange vest appearl,
    they pissed off my girl friend carol,
    whos sitting next to me,

    she makes calls on my cell phone,
    all she does is piss and moan,
    i should have left her big fat ass at home,
    or have her service me,

    look at larry darryl and darryl standing next to the orange barrel,
    in there orange vest appearl,
    they pissed off my girl friend carol,
    whos favorite actor is willy farrel hes a comic just like me,

    we drive through the rain and snow,
    through the orange barrels here we go,
    will the work get done?
    well, no one knows,
    it remains a mystery,
    orange barrels
    orange barrels
    orange barrels
    orange barrels"

    Orange Barrels – Bob and Tom

  9. Eric Alder

    Eric Alder said, almost 5 years ago

    Must be a union job. But boy, do they ever cry whenever anyone talks about cut-backs! Atypical of how an American business goes wrong.

  10. Daviddeer

    Daviddeer said, almost 5 years ago

    Obama’s get Americans back to work plan for only another four trillion.

  11. fishgut3

    fishgut3 said, almost 5 years ago

    Thanks mrssaskfan. Too many old retired complainers that know all of the answers but failed to change anything when younger.

    I appreciate all that risk their lives; be it police, fireman or the military to name a few.

  12. fishgut3

    fishgut3 said, almost 5 years ago

    Lets see… I have been and still am (after 28 years) a volunteer firefighter in my community, served on the local village board for 3 terms (voted in) in the 80’s and early 90’s, have a Masters Degree in Entomology, have worked for a municipality for 30 years (to retire this coming April), my wife is a grade school teacher ..bla bla bla I am just getting tired of too many complainers.

    That being said, out of respect for a fellow firefighter, I am not slamming on you personally and appreciate your service to your community and hope you the best of health in the future.

  13. Number Six

    Number Six said, almost 5 years ago

    Blimey nothing gets past you either! Unfortunately you failed to notice that I accepted your truce back in August so I’m offering it here……BCNU next week? (Good detective work by the way!)

  14. Number Six

    Number Six said, almost 5 years ago

    Perhaps you should change your name to ‘Sniffer Dog’. Chuckle!

  15. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 GoComics PRO Member said, almost 5 years ago

    So you are for minimum wage? That’s part of the problem is paying people below the minimum to survive in our inflated economy. Does that count hazard pay in case some fool runs you over while standing very close to the cars streaming by doing that job?

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