January 17, 2018
Seriously, Luann? Plug in an electric radio during an electrical power outage?
It was a good thought. ✨
Nancy enters and Brad and Shannon disappear. And Luann once again is the doofus.
Now that is funny!! :-D
Yep, That I’ve said and shall not repeat.
Next you can try the light switch! (Been there; done that!)
Have you ever heard someone say something, and in your mind the record player just goes “SKRRRREEEEECH!” That’s Frank and Nancy’s faces.
Aw, come on. It’s so natural to walk in a room and reach for the light switch so you can get the flashlight or candles.
I moved into this ‘retirement residence’ in my old hometown in November of 2020, and a big storm hit the second week I was here. Main power was out to our building for 4 days; a backup generator kept hall lights, one elevator and emergency lights running in each apartment, but I lost a fridge full of food (which was really bad, because I was required to quarantine, so I had to have relatives bring food to me and leave it downstairs.) In spite of knowing that the main power was out, I would still walk into the bathroom and try to turn the lights on. It’s just an instinct. We are so conditioned to be dependent on electricity…
Wow luann, the blonde in you REALLY showed up on that one. lmao
Now that was a blonde moment if there ever was one.. But that is why we love her so. She is such an adorable ditz…
If Frank has no mouth in the darkness, can he still make snide remarks? (ancient Zen koan)
Her smartphone’s charged, but her light bulb died. Cute.
Seriously Luann you can’t be that dumb.
Out of habit, Frank will hold his radio while Nancy turns his crank.*
*Airman sent me an email to make this post as he will be arriving late.
Fade out on Shannon.
A week full of Sunday strips.
By the by, other than scale (size), it looks a lot like the Etón F-150.
“Welcome one and all to the first ever Pittsville “Electricity Appreciation Week!”
“Starring our lovely, bumbling, Hostess with the Mostest, Luann!!!. ;)
With my luck, new rechargeable batteries take forever to take their first charge-up. You can imagine how long it is going to take her to charge it by cranking. I would leave LuAnn to do the cranking.
This is funny and a nice observation on what might happen with so many of us what with our security systems, smart homes, crank powered radio’s you have crank providing you can find where you put it. I don’t think this qualifies Luann as a doofus per se—anyone could make that brain fugue and as AG says conditioning—but this is so funny, and that is really good. Need all the chuckles we can get right about now.
Use your solar powered flashlight.
Dad: “Oh no! The battery went bad! It won’t take a charge!”
Mom: Well, you DID buy it from Radio Shack back in 1978."
Luann: “Dad! That emergency radio is older than me!”
Huh! It’s amazing revelation! Luann just realized her fate.
I feel like this joke is the origin of the week’s events. Greg thought it was funny for a emergency radio to have a power cord.
they usually do Luann
We have smart switches on a number of lights in our house. It’s very convenient to ask “Miz Thang” to turn on a light as you’re heading toward a dark room or to switch on the outside lights when you hear a strange noise. That is, until you find yourself doing it from habit during an internet or power outage. Then you feel just like Luann in that last panel.
Thank you for your contribution, Luann. Anyone else? Bueller?
I’ve done the same….Guilty as charged…
Had one of those for emergency use. Didn’t use it for years (no need). When the week long loss of power finally arrived… It turns out the battery deteriorates if not used. New battery, after the week without power, cost as much as the original radio.
Maybe it’s time to wind this up!
Yeah, been there…
The trick is remembering where you put the torch, candles and matches.
The awkward good times when you realize you’ve been saying real nonsense. I love it because, usually, then everyone laughs, even yourself♡.
I’ve got one of those knocking about. I leave it on a windowsill to charge with its solar panel.
Mean while, Shannon is stacking up all the birthday candles she found and getting ready to light them for one quick burst of light. She will probably launch into a rendition of Happy Birthday for good measure.
A power outage. What an amazing, engrossing subject.
Ahhh ,the number of times I have received calls about computers that wouldn’t turn on when the power is out. All because people think the power strip stores power.
Back in October we had a freak ice storm which brought down power lines all over the city. Lost power for 5-1/2 days. Fortunately, we had a small generator (and a fireplace) to keep going.
Don’t you own a flashlight?
Did that once, in a dorm room. Power went out so we got out the corn popper, added the oil and corn. Well about 10 PM it popped. (Forgot to unplug it) Fun memories
Last September a freak snow storm took down power lines in our little town in the Colorado mountains. Lots of lessons learned.
We can say, reflex response … … For NOW! :)
Lol! Been there, done that!
Great idea Luann, plug it in!
if the laptop is fully charged it ahouls be fine if she has basic games on her desktop
Another week of banter.
Not the gripping drama of Les and Punk on the roof, but it is what it is.
(Gotta admit, though, I’ve heard people say things like what Luann said.)
We’ve all done that
Better yet, if a person keeps a spare car battery (preferably a deep cycle/marine type) on a small battery tender that keeps the battery charged and connects a small inverter (inputs 12 volts DC from battery and outputs 120 volts AC like the regular line voltage), it can run for days and power cell phone chargers, small laptop computers so you can tether your computer to your cell phone and still have internet if you need it. A small 150 to 200 watt inverter should work well for these SMALL devices, including lighting. An LED bulb in a regular table lamp that puts out as much light as the old 60 watt incandescent light bulbs now only draws about 4 watts. If you mainly use it to keep cell phones charged and use the other things sparingly, it will last for days. Won’t run your refrigerator, though.
This reminds me of the time I was looking for my necktie and started getting panicky because I couldn’t find it… only to remember that I was already wearing it. I hate when my brain takes unannounced time off.
How cute… how insightful… how millennial.
A blonde joke! That was funny Greg.
LOL…. I needed this today.
Uh-huh. Thank you for your input, dearie. Now, go back to your room and be sure to shut the door. We’ll call you when we want you to come out again….
The power is out and Luann is going to plug a light into a nonworking outlet. Our main character, everybody!
G & K are taking what should have been a Sunday cartoon and trying to get a week out of it. I continue to hope G & K can find an interesting plot for Luann, their title character.
The old magazine Radio Electronics used to run, in its April issue, an article by Mohammed Ulysses Fips, I.R.E. These articles would generally announce some (literally) fantastic new invention or project, complete with slighting references to “The Boss,” aka “Bignose” (presumably Hugo Gernsback, editor and pioneer of both electronics and scientifiction, and presumptive person behind Fips). I remember one April when RE announced three simple projects: a one-station intercom (“for highly secret communications”), a single-use visual electrical indicator (using a bulb, “M-2 or equivalent,” emitting “a brief but very noticeable visual display”), and (this is the part relevant to this strip) a solar-powered night light, “for those nights when the sun is shining brightly.”
(I’m excited: my unsuccessful search for this actual article unearthed a book I hadn’t known about before: The Collected Works of Mohammed Ulysses Fips. It’s now on its way to me.)
El cable serviría en caso de que tuvieran una batería portátil
Nobody is blaming you, Luann.
That’s a problem with power outages. When power returns hours later, often in the middle of the night, every room light in the house comes on because I absently snapped the light switches without even thinking about it as I went from room to room in the dark.
We own a Freeplay crank radio/emergency light. It has solar cells on the top that will run the radio, but not much else. It’s not needed much, but it’s in the middle of our house, just waiting…
I bet that Gunther has a backup generator or house battery backup system!
Candles are dangerous if you don’t know how to use them.
It’s hard to shut off reflexes.
Who hasn’t done something like this during a power outage? I lost power this past summer for 3 days and I was constantly flipping the switch in the bathroom, especially at night. This is a 2 day gag that G&K are stretching mighty thin.
I have a couple of those “Turn the crank” flashlights lying around somewhere.
The couple times I needed them, I discovered that the Batteries in them just don’t hold a charge very long, no matter how tired your arm gets from cranking them.
Come ON! I just told the story yesterday about my in-laws going out to buy a hand crank radio. What about batteries? Or the G-D smart phone in her hand, Or, I don’t know, maybe just GO OUT TO THE FREAKING CAR!
Pretend I’m not here, at least not all here.
Tomorrow: Les makes a delivery from The Fuse.
I’ve said the same before as Luann….totally relatable
When my daughter was about 3, we came home to find we had lost power due to an ice storm. “That’s ok.” She said. “We’ll just watch tv.” …..“It’s not coming on?!?!”
When I still had a landline and answering machine at home, if the power was out and I had to go somewhere I’d call home to see if the power was back on. If the answering machine picked up, the power was back; if not, power was still out and there was no sense rushing home to a dark house.
This is like the black out that happened in maryland but it happened for three days i think. But how long will the black out last for this comic strip??
Got my emergency radio just before hurricane season. Pretty cool little thing.
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