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commented on Gil Thorp
10 months ago
Actually, Holly dated Marty before Gil and before Marty started his radio career under an assumed name – the romantic tension started when she discovered her ex-beau was the radio announcer who was trashing her current bf’s coaching abilities. His actual last name is something like Manischweitz but he goes by Moon on the radio. And Gil and Holly were engaged before she split for LA.
But yeah, it’s definitely her.
Since no one’s recognized her yet – the woman is Holly, whose affections Marty and Gil vied for about 45 years ago. She was the Milford HS drama teacher who left to pursue and acting career in Hollywood and became a big star. She returned to Milford a couple times after that but I don’t think she’s been seen in the strip since about 1970.
Maybe this means Gil will be renewing his private pilot’s license as well. Stories about him renting a small plane and winging off somewhere were pretty common back when Holly was a main character in the strip.
commented on Frazz
over 1 year ago
Ok, I tried to share this but it keeps linking to Sunday’s strip, even when I use the March 30 URL. What gives?
commented on Brewster Rockit
over 1 year ago
They’ll bring him back. They always do.
commented on Arlo and Janis
over 1 year ago
“Janis! Your hair am ugly! Me no want to have sex with you!”
“You make me very hot, Arlo! Come, fall asleep with me now!”
Judy – so why does being interested in sex mean that’s the only thing we’re interested in? I’ve never heard a good explanation for that.
pschearer – The only version I’ve ever heard goes:
Hitler, has only got one ballGoering, has two but very smallHimmler, is somewhat similarBut poor old Goebbels, has no balls, at all
This seems to have better rhythm and rhyming.
The tilt is related to it, but the biggest reason is due to the elliptical shape of Earth’s orbit around the sun, which causes the length of the solar day to vary slightly throughout the year.
Right now, it takes about 24 hours and 1 minute for the sun to make a complete circuit in the sky, which has the effect of making it seem as if your clock is running 1 minute slow when observing sunset – which starts coming later and later.
Dec. 7 is usually the date in the US when this phenomena overtakes the effect of the sun’s southward movement and starts making sunset appear later, rather than earlier. The earliest sunrise, on the other hand comes around Jan. 6.
The tilt of the Earth is what makes the sun appear to move north and south throughout the year, but the elliptical orbit is the main factor that causes the solar day to vary in length. That’s because when the Earth is near its perihelion, or closest point to the sun, it travels in a slightly larger arc of its orbit each day than it does at aphelion – so the Earth has to rotate a bit further each day for the sun to return to high noon.
It’s hard to visualize, but if you Google “analemma” and “earliest sunset” you’ll find some good illustrations of the phenomena.
As I recall, the protagonist in “To Build a Fire” is simply called “The man.”
commented on Pearls Before Swine
about 2 years ago
Awesome. For the story behind Watterson’s guest apperance this week, see Stephan’s blog at http://stephanpastis.wordpress.com. It’s really a very cool story – and if you’ve followed Pastis’ career at all, an honor very much deserved. Way to go, slacker-boy!!!
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