Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson for April 25, 2011

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    margueritem  over 10 years ago

    I’d join, except I’m a girl…

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    comicgos  over 10 years ago

    Sure those aren’t tinfoil hats?

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    Hobbes Premium Member over 10 years ago

    OK, now for a lengthy, highly-profound dissertation:

    Let’s see……. how do you click this thing again?……. Rats!….. Where did I put that password?……

    It is nice to be back; it has been a long time. This looks like a day for speaking in rhyme. Today it seems like it’s beyond the ability Of Calvin and Hobbes to speak with humility. They consider themselves nothing short of iconic, But to me it just seems to be highly ironic That the egos of both get a really big dose Of self-praise for creating a club that is G.R.O.S.S.

    In addition to poetry, it looks like one of today’s topics will be humility – or the distinct lack thereof.

    Along those lines, and with this being the season of Passover and Easter, I’m reminded of a scripture quotation that is shared by Jews and Christians alike:

    ”And what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”

    Whether or not one is religious, we could all greatly improve our lives, and our world, by focusing on justice, kindness, and humility.

    (This is not fully expected of Calvin, of course, since he is only six years old. But most of us can no longer get away with that excuse.)

    Speaking of humility and kindness, I want to let everyone know that I was truly humbled by all of your kind comments when I left on my break. I really hadn’t expected my departure to generate so much discussion for two days, including postings from readers who hadn’t commented in the past. Nevertheless, like for a radio announcer, it was very encouraging to learn that there are quite a few other people out there “listening,” even if they generally don’t “call in.”

    I always appreciate the humor, insight, and life experiences that so many of you share here, and I have really looked forward to returning. Since I began posting here back in November, I have learned a lot from all of you in ways that I did not expect, including learning some things about myself. My break was both refreshing and difficult at times – sort of like life, but with a bit more focus.

    When I left for six weeks, I didn’t want to just disappear without any warning, since I knew that would generate a lot of discussion. You know – various theories about Hobbes being caught in another tiger trap, or choking on a tuna sandwich, or being run over by a cement mixer when he failed to look down the road…..

    I expect to be a part-time contributor to this site in the future, coming and going more or less at random, and this should make it easier by avoiding additional goodbyes. At the moment, I’m enjoying catching up on your comments that I missed – assuming that I eventually make it through all of the 88 math comments from my first day off. :>)

    – Hobbes

    P.S. A warm welcome to all of you who have joined this group in the past few weeks, and who right now are saying, “Who the heck is Hobbes?”

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    COWBOY7 Premium Member over 10 years ago

    Sign me up, Calvin!

    G’Morning, Grog, Marg & Mike!

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    rentier  over 10 years ago

    Best is, we love each other!

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    LittleSister18  over 10 years ago

    Your club needs a new name Calvin.

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    pouncingtiger  over 10 years ago

    Talk about the pompous of the circumstances.

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    Gocomo2011  over 10 years ago

    hey marg? no eggs today? I’d love to join Calvin’s club too..i mean Calvin the bold…

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    JoanHelen  over 10 years ago

    Welcome back, Hobbes. As always your comment has deep insight. I look forward to reading your comments again.

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    jayendra1977  over 10 years ago

    hey Hobbes, it is so good to see u back that it made me create an account and write for the first time. We did miss u.

    As for Calvin, “praise be to the lord for creating such self-involved losers”…. can i join ;)

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    MontanaLady  over 10 years ago

    Good Morning, C&H Fans………….I, too have been away for a long time. Love that imagination of Waterson, and of course, Calvin and Hobbes!!!!

    I’m not too sure if I want to be a member of Calvin’s Grand Dictator for Life Club………is Susy a member?

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    Francine Long Premium Member over 10 years ago

    Oh Hobbs, I’m so glad to see that you are back. I have always enjoyed reading our comments. You can be insightful or funny or wax poetic. But you are always a joy to read.

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    lewisbower  over 10 years ago

    I was wearing a newspaper hat to beat the heat at a concert in the park last summer. Some Trinity College girls asked me to show them how to make one (smart kids they got in expensive college these days). Soon I saw them selling “Sun hats” for $1 Now I remember being an impoverished student, but I always had pride.

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    mike.firesmith  over 10 years ago

    **Good morning Marg! Good morning Fran! Good Morning L’Wolf! Good Morning Grog!**

    I would never join a club that wouldn’t let Marg in.

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    Elaine Rosco Premium Member over 10 years ago

    Lots of panache? lol…..welcome back Hobbes :o)

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    TheSkulker  over 10 years ago


    Welcome back. You have been sorely missed.

    Your equanimity, comments and insights are so far above the norm that it is hard to remember you are real without a reminder now and then.

    One can only aspire …

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    ff1959  over 10 years ago

    I remember an introduction like that … in Lilliput

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    GROG Premium Member over 10 years ago

    You’re lucky that you’d never catch Danae there. It’s just another Stinky Booger-Brained Boys Club

    Good Morning, Marg, Mike & ♠Lonewolf♠

    Good to see you back, Hobbes

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    chovil  over 10 years ago

    Daaily Affirmations, that’s all.

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    cdward  over 10 years ago

    marg, I only have one word for the idea of a girl joining Calvin’s club: Gross!

    Welcome back, Hobbes!

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    davidf42  over 10 years ago

    Funny thing is - I got as far as the line all tigers do before I realized it was done in rhyme. That’s what comes from trying to read before I’ve finished my morning coffee, I guess.

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    Calvin Nelson Nelson Premium Member over 10 years ago

    Welcome back Hobbes.

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    Rakkav  over 10 years ago

    Calvin the Bold never quite went away, I see!

    Dogsniff, what on earth do you have against Hobbes?

    Hobbes, if you don’t have a blog you probably should.

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    rshive  over 10 years ago

    After the start there’s not much one can add.

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    Tammycrookshanks  over 10 years ago

    Yay!! Hobbes is back. I’m looking forward to your comments. I was hoping you would be back after Easter.

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    Hansternator  over 10 years ago

    I’m new to this strip, what does G.R.O.S.S. stand for?

    Hi Marg - Easter is over, but you can still put up some of those eggs every once in a while.

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    jonathan.james  over 10 years ago

    SOMEONE’s sure full of themselves, but so what??? If it weren’t for the differences, what would we have but a very boring society, and not tolerance for Calvin and/or Hobbs … Calvin still reminds me of a little guy my wife watches on occasion, from his dreams and aspirations to his extensive vocabulary, and even his unruly hair … .

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    BaconBoyCamper  over 10 years ago

    Hansternatror, I believe G.R.O.S.S. stands for Get Rid Of Slimmy girlS

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    twj0729  over 10 years ago

    Love Calvin’s look in the last panel!

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    kab2rb  over 10 years ago

    Calvin at least you can make up your own rules since you and Hobbes are your only members.

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    vzs1022  over 10 years ago

    I love the way you start your meetings, but alas, I am a girl, too.

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    Hobbes Premium Member over 10 years ago

    Dogsniff: There are people in the world who pretend to pursue kindness and humility, but who have evil motives underneath. Perhaps you have been burned by one of them in the past.

    But trust me, there are also people in the world who have good motives at heart, and who really do try to pursue kindness and humility. None of us can be totally unselfish, but what matters is whether or not we strive to be, by trying to live our lives for the good of others rather than just for ourselves.

    Personally, I long for a world free of evil, where everyone genuinely practices kindness and humility, where we all perfectly understand the motives of one another, and where you and I are good friends.

    – Hobbes

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    Scrubb  over 10 years ago

    Good morning everyone. I’m a new guy. Just signed up. I have been enjoying all your comments for about a year now and thought maybe I could add some of my own from time to time.

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    cleokaya  over 10 years ago

    They look pretty cute in their fancy chapeaus.

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    florchi  over 10 years ago

    Get Rid of Slimy GirlS is probably right. But how ‘bout Grandiose Rulers of Supreme Superiority? Or something like that.

    Welcome back commenter Hobbes.

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    bmonk  over 10 years ago

    I think the meetings of G.R.O.S.S. start in an even more interesting manner when Hobbes gets there first, and makes Calvin sing the Tiger Song before he can come up.

    Hobbes, welcome back!

    Dogsniff, you’re welcome.

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    eddyjames1952  over 10 years ago

    Their club meetings start off sounding like congress.

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    fran650  over 10 years ago

    commenter Hobbes …. it is okay if you disappear with no explanation. After all this is Watterson’s strip, not yours. So going somewhere else to do your own blog is a great idea. Those who like your ideas can follow you, the rest of us can enjoy this space. And when you do comment on here, please try to keep it to a few short sentences.

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    ratlum  over 10 years ago

    Great club Hobbes you make a great El Presidente I mean the cartoon Hobbes of course How come someone hasn’t called herself Calvin

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    agvarga Premium Member over 10 years ago

    a GIRL Calvin???? ewwwwwwwwwwwwww!!!

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    KansasDrifter  over 10 years ago

    First post… nice to find the old strips… don’t have all the ones here that I had when I lived in Oregon. OMG… since 95.

    I was waiting for Hobbs to say something that lead to a tussle with Calvin… they do have shining moments.

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    Wiseguy411  over 10 years ago

    I don’t care to belong to any club that will have me as a member … Groucho Marx

    Welcome back Hobbes. Good Morning Marg.

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    hippogriff  over 10 years ago

    There is a Trinity College in San Antonio; I thought of that one first.

    I don’t remember how to fold the hat any more either. With effective tremor (formerly senile palsy), I can’t handle origami any more. :-(

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    gofinsc  over 10 years ago

    By the time they finish the start of the meetings, they are too tired to do anything else.

    Hope it’s not always going to be this hard to skip over the Hobbes stuff. My finger got a cramp.

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    Hobbes Premium Member over 10 years ago

    Sorry, fran650 and gofinsc. It’s just that Marg has 24,971 postings so far, and I only have 219. So, I figured my only chance to catch her was with the total number of words. Not sure, but I may have passed her up in that category during the second or third week that I started posting. :>)


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    LeslieAnne  over 10 years ago

    Hobbes good to have you back!! :) I love the club… (I am a secret member even though I’m a girl!! SHHH)

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    LeStats  over 10 years ago

    “Dictators-for-life” usually have an ornate palace, not a crate sitting in a tree…

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    mhs1075  over 10 years ago

    The are lots of clubs like this one in real life. Our good friend Gaddafi is head of one. @Hobbes- I understand where you are coming from and can appreciate your philosophy. Are you sure you want to stand up and be a target for those who don’t?

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    GROG Premium Member over 10 years ago

    Dogsniff, did you forget to take your meds today? There are many here who like & appreciate Hobbes’. I’d suggest you skip over them if you don’t like them….as I may do on many strips, especially Non Sequitur.

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    sendlove  over 10 years ago

    He sounds as prolific as our governor.

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    khpage  over 10 years ago

    Hobbes - I think what you were referring to is called the “Millenium” but it’s a bit away from now and you might just want to keep your seat belt fastened pretty well as things are going to get bumpy from here on out….

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    Scrubb  over 10 years ago

    Hobbes, don’t let the negative people discourage you. You are the main reason I signed on this morning.

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    Dry and Dusty Premium Member over 10 years ago

    And yet another interesting day at Calvin and Hobbes!

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    lin4869  over 10 years ago

    Welcome back, Hobbes!! You too, Montana Lady!

    [Hobbes, we sing a lovely hymn with the words from Micah included. It’s a favorite. :-)]

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    Gretchen's Mom  over 10 years ago

    Hobbes: Glad you’re back! I, for one, have missed your insightful comments here each and every day … not to mention your really cute, happy, smiling avatar!!!!!

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    Reenster  over 10 years ago

    Hi, Hobbes! I post rarely, but love reading the comments, especially yours. As a matter of fact, I haven’t been reading the comments as faithfully, knowing you wouldn’t be here. I came back specifically to see what you would share with us. I know you don’t need me to, but I just wanted to stick up for you. I love how you treat even your detractors!

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    TheSkulker  over 10 years ago

    fran650 and gofinsc

    What’s the matter? Have you run out of other things to complain about - such as the sun shining or the air being too thick? I pity your lives and the people around you.

    The rest of us will ignore your complaints and then welcome and enjoy Hobbes’ comments as long and as detailed as he wishes.

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    afeeney  over 10 years ago

    Welcome back, Hobbes!

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    TheSkulker  over 10 years ago


    It’s a lost cause. Dogsniff doesn’t have a nice thing to say about anybody or anything. He leaves nasty comments all over this site (and probably many more), and has been doing so since he first showed up here a couple of months ago. I bet he even says the same things to the face he sees in the mirror.

    He is of the philosophy: “if you can’t rise to the level of your betters then try to lower them to yours”.

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    Hobbes Premium Member over 10 years ago

    Thanks, everyone, for your support, and it’s nice to be back.

    Earlier today, as I was writing my second posting, five fire trucks and two ambulances arrived on my street, and I looked out to discover that my neighbor’s house was on fire. An 84-year-old man was in the house alone, and his life was probably saved because one of my neighbors was out walking her dogs, and she saw the flames in his living-room window.

    The important things in life do not include getting stressed-out over the length of the postings that someone writes on a comic-strip Web site.

    – Hobbes

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    W6BXQ, John  over 10 years ago


    Welcome back. I won’t comment about a couple of people’s posts.

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    FerBurger  over 10 years ago

    Welcome back, Mr. Hobbes, you’ve been missed, Your “vacations” should cease and desist, Cause we like what you say And it brightens our day Thinking maybe you really exist!

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    GROG Premium Member over 10 years ago

    Hobbes, I hope the old guy’s ok. I hope he still has a house to live in, but insurance will take care of it if it wasn’t. I hope he has insurance.

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    FerBurger  over 10 years ago

    And, Mr. Dog, there -

    Sniff this

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    GROG Premium Member over 10 years ago

    Now now, FerrBurger, no need for mud (or excrement) slinging. It’s too easy.

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    FerBurger  over 10 years ago

    Been an unusual day …

    You’re right, though -

    See you tomorrow …

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    XavierRK  over 10 years ago

    Ha..Ha..These Two always gave Me a Good Hearty Laugh…

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    gofinsc  over 10 years ago

    Skulker, you can read them if you want, but I don’t want to, which is my option and privilege. You can also ignore any you want, mine and all others, for all I care. I’ll stick with the philosphy in the strip and not in the comments. And I promise I won’t yell “FIRE!!” in a crowded theater.

    Finally, I don’t need or want your pity, so you can save it for yourself. I’M JESS FANNNN!!!

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