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  1. USN1977 commented on For Better or For Worse about 10 hours ago

    howtheduck is right; the strip does seem unrealistic at times. Unlike the fantasy world of many other strips such as Calvin & Hobbes or Hagar the Horrible, Lynn Johnston claims this is real world as she based this on her own family, thus blurring he lines between fact and fiction.
    Michael got a publishing contract on his very first try, which is virtually unheard of. Joanne Rowling got rejected time and time again, so did Stephen King and Tom Clancy.
    Elly is a dropout, so that was somewhat realistic that she was shown throughout the strip either not being in the labor force or working at menial jobs until she was fortunate enough to get the bookstore job then buy it out with John’s help.

  2. USN1977 commented on For Better or For Worse 9 days ago

    At what point in the strip did the Enjos eat Asian food?

  3. USN1977 commented on For Better or For Worse 10 days ago

    The Enjos are probably saying “Michael, what are you looking for, your manners or your common sense?” :)

  4. USN1977 commented on For Better or For Worse 10 days ago

    I will wait to see what happens, but I wonder what the Patterson family’s reaction will be when they find out Elizabeth is a public nudist and Michael is a Peeping Tom!

  5. USN1977 commented on For Better or For Worse 11 days ago

    Not sure about the “in my day” routine, but it was true that in earlier times, televisions were very expensive. Same for hi-fis, VCRs, the Atari 2600, et cetera. First-run electronics tend to be expensive because of the time and effort put into making them. As time goes on, electronic products have been classic price-droppers as the manufacturers master making them. I was reminded of a Back to the Future, where Marty has dinner with his maternal grandparents, as well as his aunts and uncles, who are only kids in 1955.
    Marty: Hey, I saw this episode of The Honeymooners. This is the one where Ralph went to the costume party as the man from space!
    Milton: When did you see it? This is brand new!
    Marty: I saw it on a rerun.
    Milton: What is a rerun?
    Marty: You will find out soon enough.
    Milton: Does your family own a TV?
    Marty{talking about his 1985 family): Yes, we do. Two of them.
    Milton: Two TVs?! Wow, you must be rich!
    Stella: Honey, he is joking. No one owns two TV sets.

  6. USN1977 commented on For Better or For Worse 12 days ago

    Elly has been teaching her son lessons throughout this story arc. Lesson #1: Do not disturb your mother while she is working. Lesson #2: If you cannot be helpful, be gone. Now time for Lesson #3: Do not invite yourself to other people’s houses!

  7. USN1977 commented on For Better or For Worse 13 days ago

    If Elly says Michael needs to have some fresh air, then how come she is not outdoors enjoying the day herself?

  8. USN1977 commented on For Better or For Worse 14 days ago

    Why is Elly shouting at Michael for being shirtless while thinking it is a funny to see April running around with no clothes on?

  9. USN1977 commented on For Better or For Worse 15 days ago

    It is doubtful the joke would work if Elizabeth did that gag when she was 13.

  10. USN1977 commented on For Better or For Worse 15 days ago

    Epsom would teach her not to eat earth. So can Farley.