Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson for January 02, 2023

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    BE THIS GUY  over 1 year ago

    If Dad can bicycle in the snow, he can shovel it.

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    codycab  over 1 year ago

    In the end, everyone wins!

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    Robert4170  over 1 year ago

    If Calvin was building snow goons, he’d think the shoveling was fun.

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    oldpine52  over 1 year ago

    And such a character Calvin has built.

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    sirbadger  over 1 year ago

    Dad’s trying to get Calvin in shape to handle Moe.

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    M2MM  over 1 year ago

    I don’t know many parents that put a 6-year-old to work shovelling their driveway. :P

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    Saddenedby Premium Member over 1 year ago

    actually, Calvin already is a character, so I think good ol’ dad is just trying to dampen his character with a little bit of exhaustive physical exertion.

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    in.amongst  over 1 year ago

    Calvin – Shovelling cold hard reality. Feel ya’, lad!

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    DaveG1960  over 1 year ago

    Calling a spade a spade………

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    The Reader Premium Member over 1 year ago

    Pretty convenient how he is already a comic strip character.

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    Dr. Quatermass  over 1 year ago

    Where I live, I shovel the front steps. Everywhere else I snowblow. If I shoveled everything, there’d be times when I couldn’t keep up. Think Watertown NY. And yes, I’ve seen Viggo Mortenson at Shorty’s Place!

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    flyertom  over 1 year ago

    Tasking a 6-year-old with snow shoveling isn’t building character.

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    hariseldon59  over 1 year ago

    Dad’s good at shoveling something, but it’s not snow

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    Troglodyte  over 1 year ago

    s no use complaining, kid!

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    mrwiskers  over 1 year ago

    A great bonding exercise for young and old(er) alike.

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    bluram  over 1 year ago
    I agree with you Calvin, Dad’s just a big cheapskate!
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    jr1234  over 1 year ago

    Thanks to Calvinist1966, I am on here. :D

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    jagedlo  over 1 year ago

    Well, if you knew how much things cost, you should be glad that he’s saving money!

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    jrankin1959  over 1 year ago

    When you start making the money, kid, you can buy the snowblower.

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    vaughnrl2003 Premium Member over 1 year ago

    You know, now that I think about it, the words “good ol’” are usually invoked to describe equipment I have to use when work is harder than it needs to be.

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    Adolf Trump  over 1 year ago

    At least Calvin has a shovel. We had to use our bare hands. We had it rough.

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    goboboyd  over 1 year ago

    A pittance for you college fund. Or Bail.

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    Daltongang Premium Member over 1 year ago

    Well Calvin, all play and no work makes for a useless child.

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    Zebrastripes  over 1 year ago

    Where Calvin lives, they need all the shovels they can get.

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    sandpiper  over 1 year ago

    That’s the nature of Dad’s character

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    g04922  over 1 year ago

    Up North kids start shoveling snow at an early age. I remember, for sure.

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    g04922  over 1 year ago

    Where’s Hobbes??

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    gantech  over 1 year ago

    My dad never played the “character” card with me; he was just too cheap to buy a snow blower!

    Same thing with mowing the lawn. He had this ridiculous little electric mower with a coffee grinder motor that would stall out if the mower ran over more than two blades of grass. Plus, he had a large back yard with many trees, so the extension cord was snaking all over everything. I kept telling him to get rid of the tinker toy and buy a gas mower. He kept saying they weren’t reliable.

    So the minute I went off to college, what does he do? Yep…

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    buflogal!  over 1 year ago

    At least give the kid a better shovel. I had a snow shovel that was a smaller version of the normal one: a good metal shovel that was proportional to my size. Dad kept it in the car trunk after my sister and I outgrew it. I only cleared the sidewalks when I was so young.

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    ChessPirate  over 1 year ago

    Ooo, dad’s poll numbers are gonna suffer… ☺

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    dap1004  over 1 year ago

    Maybe parents should have 6 year olds shoveling snow with the parents out there with them. Teaches the value of teamwork and provides the opportunity for sharing and talking.

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    formathe  over 1 year ago

    Hard to find good help within the family to do snow stuff. Around here the kids don’t even want to go around trying to make a buck. We had two adult guys the other day come around after 4" of powder snow and I asked them how much to do my double wide single car deep driveway and they wanted 50 dollars cash for what takes me 15 minutes by myself. Sent them on their way.

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    Otis Rufus Driftwood  over 1 year ago

    You ought to get a cut of those savings, Calvin.

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    PassinThru  over 1 year ago

    It doesn’t just build character – it builds muscle as well. Then you are able to crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their women! This is what is best in life (according to some). I’m sure it would appeal to Calvin.

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    Cincoflex  over 1 year ago

    as a former kid, I can assure you it builds resentment, not character.

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    sobrown51  over 1 year ago

    When I was young, I begged my dad to let me push mow the yard. Seemed like fun. Little did I realize it then became my weekly chore. Dumb kid.

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    anomaly  over 1 year ago

    It’d be even more convenient if Calvin would shut up and do his job.

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    brooklyn51  over 1 year ago

    I remember when I was young having tp shovel the driveway whenever it snowed. Working out in the cold, biting snow, miserable, thinking about how unfair it all was, I swore, as God was my witness, that someday when I had a child of my own that I would NEVER shovel another driveway again.

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    InuYugiHakusho  over 1 year ago

    Will it build character if Calvin injures his back lifting all those heavy loads of snow?

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    Is that what snow blowers went for then…

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    mindjob  over 1 year ago

    Calvin should be saving up for his flame thrower

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    dv  over 1 year ago

    I think Jeremy Renner might not agree

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    kathleenhicks62  over 1 year ago

    The money he saves not using a snow blower goes to a fund for bail money when you get older.

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    j.l.farmer  over 1 year ago

    I usually shovel unless there is 5 inches or more of snow them the snow blower comes out. Back in the 50s and 60s we didn’t have any choice but to shovel.

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    Ka`ōnōhi`ula`okahōkūmiomio`ehiku Premium Member over 1 year ago

    Calvin, the money dad saves is earmarked for your upkeep.

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    AndrewSihler  over 1 year ago

    It looks like a front walk, not a driveway. (And if you will forgive a bit of snark, in how many other ways does little Calvin contribute to the household bottom line? After all, in some ways the deepest human craving is “to matter”.)

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    wiley207  over 1 year ago

    Classic “builds character” moment. And of course, this was when only a small percentage of households in the USA had snowblowers. But geez, looks like they’ve fully jumped back from 1993 to 1989. Hopes this gets fixed soon…

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    Bilan  over 1 year ago

    Dad has to save a couple of hundred dollars because of the expense of the Noodle Incident.

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    wnbresn  over 1 year ago

    Back when I was a kid in the mid 60’s my father used to say the same thing.. “Why should I buy a snowblower for several hundred bucks when I have 5 kids who I don’t have to pay to do the shoveling for me?” lol BTW our driveway was a few hundred feed long and wide.. It would take us hours to shovel it!! lol

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    Arghhgarrr Premium Member over 1 year ago

    My father shoveled his driveway himself even when he got into his 80s. If it was a really big snow storm he would have to go out to do it several times because he could only shovel so many inches of snow at a time. Family bought him a snow blower but he refused to use it. He had character.

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    hagarthehorrible  over 1 year ago

    Offer your comic book to Hobbes in exchange and see the result, Calvin.

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