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  1. Make Mine Marvel commented on Luann 3 days ago

    Did the rest of the crew already change out of their gear? Why are Brad and Toni the only ones still in the inside parts of their uniforms?

  2. Make Mine Marvel commented on Luann 3 days ago

    No Jonah in particular..I wonder if he quietly slipped off to his “audition” while everyone else was distracted. He knows Brad, Toni and the rest of the DeGroots will look after Shannon.

  3. Make Mine Marvel commented on Luann 4 days ago

    I believe I’ll have another beer!

    Old joke. Sorry.

    I lost an hour’s sleep last year on Halloween. I was out walking my dog and saw a guy pushing his car, with two kids inside. One was done up as a Fairy Princess, the other was some sort of goblin pirate. It was about eleven, pretty late for the kids.

    I thought having your car break down was a pretty sucky way to celebrate Halloween, so I called AAA and used one of my service calls (I get four, annually). I stayed with him till the tow truck arrived in half an hour — only it wasn’t a tow truck, it was a kind of diagnosis/first aid van. The van could diagnose the problem, but couldn’t fix it, so we had to call for another service vehicle, who was able to get the guy squared away another half hour later.

    I spent a full hour waiting for two tow trucks because the Auto Club member has to be there with his card. When all was done, the guy asked if he could give me something for my trouble. I told him: “Just remember this, the next time anyone tells you that atheists have no morals. When someone tries to insist that a person who doesn’t know God can’t know right from wrong — remember tonight.”

    And off I went.

  4. Make Mine Marvel commented on Luann 4 days ago

    And speaking of Shannon, I feel that Brad has missed a bet by not having a conversation with Toni about what the two of them want to do about her (It’s possible they have, offstage). They both care for Shannon a lot, and neither of them seems all that confident of Fishbait’s parenting skills.

    I’m not suggesting that they need to adopt Shannon, (possibly over her objections), I just wonder that they don’t seem to have addressed this issue before. Kind of like Toni asking if Brad believes in an afterlife, long after they presumably decided on who would perform the ceremony. Really?

  5. Make Mine Marvel commented on Luann 4 days ago

    My recollection may be off, but I thought Toni said she got her car from “an uncle”, and in another strip said she was raised by “her aunt” after her parents died. I don’t remember any clue that the aunt and uncle were necessarily married, they could have been siblings of one parent or both.

    It’s possible that Toni got her uncle’s car because he Didn’t Need It Any More. It’s also possible that Toni and Fishbait moved to Pitts upon the death of the aunt. Both of those are pure speculation on my part, except that Toni has referred to Fishbait as her only relative (presumably forgetting about Shannon) multiple times.

    I line up with those who think the whole idea of a bride being “given away” by a male relative is an outdated manifestation of the whole “property/ownership” thing, which I find primitive and offensive. Others are welcome to disagree. I should probably mention here that I’m a guy.

    From what we know of Toni, I don’t think she would think any of her relatives has any business “awarding” her to Brad. The uncle we’ve never seen? Her parasite brother? Maybe Shannon, but that’s about it…

    And count me among the atheists who get annoyed when I identify myself as atheist, get jumped on by half a dozen believers, and am then accused of being confrontational because, of course, if I’d kept my mouth shut about my beliefs nobody else would have found it necessary to get angry and upset.

    I’m not saying that’s what happened here, but it absolutely does happen. For a lot of atheists (Hard/Soft, Strong/Weak, capital-A or small-a), it’s just not worth saying anything at all.

  6. Make Mine Marvel commented on Luann 5 days ago

    And the “surprise guest” will be Zane, showing one of the Happy Couple how to get around in a wheelchair.

    Or maybe Cutter John.

  7. Make Mine Marvel commented on Luann 5 days ago

    Nope. That was the foreshadowing. Tomorrow it’ll be “Screeeee-WHAM!”

    I don’t actually want that to be tomorrow’s strip, but it would be a totally predictable follower to today’s conversation.

  8. Make Mine Marvel commented on Luann 5 days ago

    I’ll go along with Mrs. Horner showing up, but a lot of the other guesses are mostly part of Luann’s social circle, like Aaron Hill and Elwood Druit. It’s possible, but unlikely, we’d see any of them. But then again, the Sheriff did seem to be suggesting that we’d “never guess” who’s going to be there, so maybe the likely guesses are wrong.

    Greg and Karen have been seen before, so there’s a decent chance they’ll show up. Ann Eiffel does indeed have a history with Brad, but this makes me think she’s bloody *un*likely to show up, unless it’s with some sort of court order.

    Diane was never really interested in Brad, though he crushed on her. I don’t see why he’d bother to track her down, much less invite her.

    Dirk and his wife are a bit more likely to get an invitation from Toni, but I can see Brad accidentally losing their invitation at a convenient fire.

    I wonder if Stan Lee will have a cameo!

    Dagwood and Blondie Bumstead? Mike and Deanna Patterson? Sally and Ted Forth?

    Mam’selle Hepzibah?

    Barnaby and Mr. O’Malley?

  9. Make Mine Marvel commented on Luann 7 days ago

    Mr Kelly was great.

    Oh, yeah. I’ve already sung “Deck Us All With Boston Charlie” once this year, and it’s not even December, quite.

    “People allus complain about what a raw deal they got from life. They tend to forget that it ain’t nohow permanent.”

  10. Make Mine Marvel commented on Luann 7 days ago

    JPuzzleWhiz: Walt Kelly said that when you sleep on your side, the Zs turn to Ns.