Lio by Mark Tatulli


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  1. Bruno Zeigerts

    Bruno Zeigerts said, over 2 years ago

    Power of positive thinking.
    (Or a sign of delusional thinking.)

  2. BRI-NO-MITE!!

    BRI-NO-MITE!! GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    I used to have a teacher who told us that we’d wind up as ditch diggers if we didn’t study. Thing is, they dig ditches with backhoes, and heavy equipment operators earn more than teachers.

  3. Nabuquduriuzhur

    Nabuquduriuzhur said, over 2 years ago

    Lio’s probably more a Los Alamos, Oakridge, or Lawrence Livermore type.

  4. Nabuquduriuzhur

    Nabuquduriuzhur said, over 2 years ago


    Heavy equipment can be fun. One has to be extremely careful, though. I was always chewing nails when someone had to be next to a forklift, front-end loader, or other piece of machinery I was running when I worked for USACE. One screwup and somebody’s hurt or worse. Biggest one we had was a 5 ton 1950s gasoline-powered forklift. Wiring was shot, the choke didn’t work at all, and it had a chain drive. Two speeds, manual transmission. Crazy part was that it was actually fun to get the stupid thing to run properly.

  5. Arbitrary

    Arbitrary said, over 2 years ago

    Considering Lio has a high propensity for robotics and science at such a young age, I’d say he’ll be fine. Heck the reason he doesn’t do well in school is probably the same reason a lot of smart kids do. He’s bored.

  6. Sisyphos

    Sisyphos said, over 2 years ago

    I really like Dad’s thinking. He manages to be proud of his son and confident in him despite all the pranks! Good for you, Dad!
    Back in the Way-Back-When days, I had a summer midnight shift job in a factory where some of the guys would run forklift races. And then there were other things we sometimes did that might be considered dangerous and/or foolhardy. Thankfully, all survived.

  7. pcolli

    pcolli said, over 2 years ago


    Bored in school?
    I’ll say I was. It was a question of retaining facts rather than learning just how things work and what happens if…..
    None of the teachers could ever explain the reasons and why things work as they do.

  8. SteepBumps

    SteepBumps said, over 2 years ago

    Seeing it on the side of their rockets made me go look it up.

  9. Duffer37

    Duffer37 said, over 2 years ago


    I saw it on their hockey jerseys during the 1980 Olympics… it wasn’t as intimidaing after that! :)

  10. geneking7320

    geneking7320 said, over 2 years ago


    An the heavy equipment operators have to study to know what they are doing.

  11. sweetaddietude hansen

    sweetaddietude hansen said, over 2 years ago

    My son used to tell me he was going to grow up to dethrone Bill Gates and would then buy me a purple truck. I’m still waiting.

  12. Retired Dude

    Retired Dude said, over 2 years ago


    Back in the day when my teachers told me the same thing they dug ditches by hand. I always used to wonder why someone would want a ditch in the first place.

  13. Retired Dude

    Retired Dude said, over 2 years ago

    Last month I was trying to figure out how much gas I would need for a trip I was planning and I realized I was using algebra. Guess Mrs. Dobbs was right.

  14. skipper1992

    skipper1992 said, over 2 years ago

    At least all your teachers weren’t actively working behind the scenes to have you removed from their classroom. I started school right after IDEA (the public-school counterpart to ADA, which became law in 1978) became law, and on an almost weekly basis, someone would go to the principal, go to the superintendent, go to my mother, etc., with the latest research showing what irreparable harm a “special needs” child would do to a regular learning environment. (My “special needs” were/are that I’m hard of hearing and am missing part of one leg.) Of course, once they discovered that I had an advanced vocabulary (my mother had me reading the Boston Globe at age 5) and had at least a general understanding of current events like (at the time) the Falkland Islands Crisis, then they were all too happy to not only have me in the classroom, they were all too happy to take credit for it.

  15. Skyrider

    Skyrider said, over 2 years ago

    Almost nothing I learned in school has helped in in real life. But learning how to LEARN, that has helped me immensely!

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