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  1. codedaddy GoComics Pro Member commented on Pearls Before Swine 2 days ago

    It’s amazing how many of today’s comments are autobiographical. Why should readers have any interest in another’s report of personal experiences? Perhaps the rare absence of humor in today’s installment somehow invites serious discussion.

  2. codedaddy GoComics Pro Member commented on Pearls Before Swine 4 days ago

    I’ve been riding a stationary bike for many years, but never heard of it being called spinning (if I have surmised the meaning correctly). Is it a west coast thing?

  3. codedaddy GoComics Pro Member commented on The Argyle Sweater 4 days ago

    And is that former congressman Weiner I see standing there?

  4. codedaddy GoComics Pro Member commented on Pearls Before Swine 8 days ago

    There was no pun.

  5. codedaddy GoComics Pro Member commented on Pearls Before Swine 9 days ago

    My kind of PUNishment. The baseball theme called to mind my favorite of that genre, which I’m compelled to include here:
    A number of years ago, the Seattle Symphony was doing Beethoven’s Ninth under the baton of Milton Katims… At this point, you must understand two things:

    (1) There’s a long segment in this symphony where the string basses don’t have a thing to do. Not a single note for page after page.

    (2) There used to be a tavern called Dez’s 400 right across the street from the Seattle Opera House, rather favored by local musicians.

    It had been decided that during this performance, after the bass players had played their parts in the opening of the Ninth, they were to quietly lay down their instruments and leave the stage rather than sit on their stools looking and feeling dumb for twenty minutes.

    Well, once they got backstage, one suggested that they trot across the street and quaff some brew. After they had downed the first round and a shot, one said, “Shouldn’t we be getting back? It’d be awfully embarrassing if we were late.”

    Another, the one who suggested this excursion in the first place, replied, “Oh, I anticipated we could use a little more time, so I tied a string around the last pages of the conductor’s score. When he gets down to there, Milton’s going to have to slow the tempo way down while he waves the baton with one hand and fumbles with the string with the other.”

    So they had another round and finally returned to the Opera House, a little tipsy by now. However, as they came back on stage, one look at their conductor’s face told them they were in serious trouble. Katims was furious! And why not? After all…

    It was the bottom of the Ninth, the score was tied, and the basses were loaded.

  6. codedaddy GoComics Pro Member commented on Pearls Before Swine 9 days ago

    My exact thought but you beat me to it. “discuss it with I” doesn’t fly!

  7. codedaddy GoComics Pro Member commented on The Argyle Sweater 13 days ago

    Plastic man indeed was my first thought as well. As it is I don’t get the comic. Apparently there is a copy cat hero called number 4 or something.

  8. codedaddy GoComics Pro Member commented on Close to Home 15 days ago

    Check out the tracks at upper right. The folks will soon be upside down, chow and all.

  9. codedaddy GoComics Pro Member commented on Pearls Before Swine 16 days ago

    A relative of “It is what it is” is “Que sera, sera”.

  10. codedaddy GoComics Pro Member commented on Pearls Before Swine 19 days ago

    Adding that one to my list of repeatables if you don’t mind.