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  1. USN1977 commented on For Better or For Worse about 17 hours ago

    Michael does not want try on the clothes John and Elly bought for him? Does that mean he also does not want to eat the food John and Elly bought, drink the water from utilities John and Elly subscribe to, use electricity John and Elly paid for, nor sleep in the house John and Elly are paying for?

  2. USN1977 commented on For Better or For Worse about 17 hours ago

    Cleanliness is next to godliness. To be neat and presentable in public is to show respect.

  3. USN1977 commented on For Better or For Worse 1 day ago

    The one person who is always at fault for Michael’s lousy attitude? Michael.

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

    This is an excellent case for school uniforms.
    Not sure if Michael, or even Elizabeth wore a uniform. However, April’s school was shown with kids wearing unacceptable clothes which prompted the institution of a dress code. As a result, April was made to wear a uniform, to Elly’s great thanks.

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

    Had it been something where Elly had said “Michael, today I want you to clean the toilets, wash the dishes, clean your room, mop the floors and try on your new clothes”. Sometime later if Elly asked “Michael, how come you didn’t try on your new clothes?” and Michael responded “I just finished cleaning my room and scrubbing the toilets, I have not gotten to that yet” then that would be an acceptable excuse.
    However, Elly finds Michael sitting on his butt shooting the bull with his friends, in essence goofing off. That probably added to her anger that he is letting the day pass him by and he cannot do one simple thing for her.

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

    A couple of issues to clarify, and yes, some are story spoilers:
    1.) The Enjos’ native country is Canada, not Japan. That was pointed out in a story arc where Dawn tells Elizabeth none of her family speaks Japanese (except her grandmother) and that when her parents were children they were decked by teachers for speaking Japanese words in a public school system designed to beat the individual out of the child (to Liz’s understandable horror).
    2.) Only Brian married a Japanese woman. Dawn married a white man and still lives in Canada, albeit a different part of the country.
    3.) Michael’s “transformation” that 3 Fighting Fish was talking about came when Lynn Johnston somewhat stopped basing the Pattersons on her personal experience. When her son Aaron announced his plans to pursue a career as a photographer, she decided to make a new character off him, Joseph Weeder, who was an aspiring photographer. Michael then followed the career Lynn had wanted for Aaron, and conversely, he became a tamer individual. Aaron Johnston mentioned this in an interview that towards the end of the strip, the Pattersons started becoming less like the Johnstons and more like the family his mother wanted to have.

  7. USN1977 commented on Nick Anderson 3 days ago

    What about 3 Fighting Fish’s comment?
    No doubt many would agree this is horrible what happened to the two people, Adam Ward and Allison Parker. Let us keep their loved ones in our thoughts, as it could have been anyone we know. When I saw that I was thinking “If I had a wife, she’d look like Allison”.

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

    Is there some prevailing belief that all families have to have children of both sexes for the sake of the kids? Some have said families that have all girls or all boys will be putting their kids at a developmental disadvantage.
    No. That has been regurgitated due to a stereotype that the “typical family” has children of both sexes. Other arguments have been that “every boy needs a sister” or else he will fail to grow up to understand women. Time and time again that has been disproven, as there has been no evidence to show that children who have siblings of the opposite sex have any distinct advantage. This idea likely goes back a long way, as Johnathan Swift wrote of it in Gulliver’s Travels, in the chapter about the land of the intelligent horses. Their law was that every family was to produce two children, one of each sex. In the case where parents had two girls or two boys, they met up with another family at their annual convention and traded one for the other. As Swift was known for parody, he was likely spoofing the idea of the “proper British family” is to have both boys and girls.

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

    Why is Elizabeth in a swimsuit when she is not shown going to the beach? Did she wear it so she can better inspect herself in the mirror?

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

    I doubt it. Most schools would not allow it. That happened when I was a kid. I was the eldest, followed by my younger brother. When I was 8 my parents had another baby, a girl. When she was turning one my brother thought of bringing her in for show & tell as he was in kindergarten at the time. His teacher thought it was a good idea and told the headmaster. He took eight seconds to give his response: Absolutely not! That was too much of an insurance risk.