Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis for June 27, 2021

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    BE THIS GUY  over 1 year ago

    Did Stephan return to Berkeley every few years? He did not attend Cal at the same time as Kidd and Rodgers.

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    ImDaRealAni  over 1 year ago

    Story of my life too.

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    Renatus Profuturus Frigeridus Premium Member over 1 year ago

    Maybe Stephan is a little confused about periods or has been studying for many more years.

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    Храм С.О.Д. (Templo S.U.D. ucraniano)  over 1 year ago

    Rough, ain’t it?

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    Leojim  over 1 year ago

    College was indeed the best of times.

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    Georgette Washington Bunny  over 1 year ago

    Just how long was Stephen going to Cal to see both JKidd and AA Ron suit up for the Golden Bears, cuz those two played a decade apart?

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    BasilBruce  over 1 year ago

    Steph, maybe you could cheer her up by talking about rotary phones; she’ll find them so incredible, she’ll laugh her head off.

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    Bilan  over 1 year ago

    If you’re in your room staring at a computer screen, you could consider it a sit-in.

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    ULTRA MAGA Wasa Bista  over 1 year ago

    Next up: Climate lockdowns. Strap in.

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    Caldonia  over 1 year ago

    The covid generation! That’s sad, if that ends up being what they’re called. In my town, a bunch of college football players kept getting covid from each other at the start of the pandemic. Glad the college had their priorities straight (not).

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    iggyman  over 1 year ago

    Rough year for the high school kids too ! So much uncertainty!

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    Doug K  over 1 year ago

    Oops. Even without the things of this past year, it’s never quite the same as it was or as you remember it.

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    Say What Now‽ Premium Member over 1 year ago

    He did not once mention studying.

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    ACW1  over 1 year ago

    So comic Pastis was in college for at least 10 or so years?

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    Breadboard  over 1 year ago

    It was the best of times ….. It was the worst of times …..

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    rdav1248961 Premium Member over 1 year ago

    Too bad Stephan did not remember learning anything in college. How did he graduate if he spent most of his time eating, drinking, and getting involved in extracurricular activities?

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    Gent  over 1 year ago

    Whatever you say, it’s been a great time for us solitary creatures.

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    Aladar30 Premium Member over 1 year ago

    Today’s reality is cruel.

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    Zebrastripes  over 1 year ago

    My grandson graduated this month at the school stadium, parents, etc sat in the bleachers…….it was great…they sat in rows of chairs on the field and speakers did their thing…better than being stuck in an auditorium ……

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    Ellis97  over 1 year ago

    COVID ruined everything.

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    Potamus  over 1 year ago

    Adding insult to injury, they’re now known as The Covid Generation.

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    uniquename  over 1 year ago

    My daughter got her master’s degree last year. We were going to have a big celebration…

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    EdMeiller  over 1 year ago

    She is still alive isn’t she. She should get over herself.

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    artmer  over 1 year ago

    Oh, for f%^k sake. It was a year. Stop wallowing, straighten up, and move on.

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    tripwire45  over 1 year ago

    I never went to Cal but I worked in Berkeley just north of campus in the late 1970s and early 80s. I have fond memories of living and working there, but none of those.

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    rgjuul  over 1 year ago

    I’m glad to see ‘Top Dog’ still in business.

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    Olddog04  over 1 year ago

    Yes folks. We have lost two years of our lives. That’s not bad, considering that some of us lost our lives. Peace.

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    Mentor397  over 1 year ago

    That’s what I did at college, twenty years before COVID was invented.

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    MitchellTimin  over 1 year ago

    I have had some delicious hot dogs at the Top Dog! I wish I could have one today.

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    TSRaman  over 1 year ago

    Is it Stephan or Baron Munchausen?

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    verticallychallenged Premium Member over 1 year ago

    Rats. I was hoping that was a massive set up to a dreadful pun. Blast you, COVID!

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    JosephShriver  over 1 year ago

    Even before COVID I would have just sat in my room front of my computer, or with a book

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    del_grande Premium Member over 1 year ago

    What – no mention of Blondie’s Pizza? Which alternative universe Cal did Pastis go to?

    Also, replace “in my bedroom” with “in whatever room in (choose: Evans, Cory – for those of you familiar with Cal, Soda Hall didn’t exist back then) Hall the computer terminals were located,” and this describes my, and pretty much every other Cal computer science major in the 1980s, time there. And at least Julia’s computer screen had colors.

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    Otis Rufus Driftwood  over 1 year ago

    Could this be in reference to Pastis’s daughter Julia graduating from Berkeley?

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    53comics53  over 1 year ago

    Stephan made her story his story.

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    WCraft Premium Member over 1 year ago

    Pastis is from Berkeley? You’d never know it by the tone of his cartoons. Doubt they’d ask him to be a guest speaker! (Kudos to you, Mr. Pastis!)

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    Michael Rowe Premium Member over 1 year ago

    This information explains a lot…

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    willie_mctell  over 1 year ago

    Top Dog was my favorite restaurant for many years. Saag’s sausages. A friend of mine lived two doors down from the south campus store.

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    Huckleberry Hiroshima  over 1 year ago

    At least she was able to tell the truth. Some have cracked and are making things up… or fantasizing big time.

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    El-Kabong  over 1 year ago

    There aren’t “generations.” Being college aged during an event does not define an historical epoch, lol. There are baby boomers because there was a baby boom.

    Popular references to generations are, and have been, marketing (Covid-Generation) and propaganda multi-tools.

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    asrialfeeple  over 1 year ago

    Just remember. One day these will be the Good Ol’ Times.

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    amaryllis2 Premium Member over 1 year ago

    Cal State Hayward? Pretty campus.

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    cherns Premium Member over 1 year ago

    My time as a graduate student at Cal (1964-1968) was memorable in many ways, including taking part in the Free Speech Movement—my then-wife and I left just before the cops started killing protestors—but I think that my generation was a little before some of the events or places mentioned. I have no memory of Henry’s; the popular lunch eatery at the time was The Mediterranean, and the Mexican place at Telegraph and Haste? Dwight? I do have a great memory of Top Dog, that anarcho-liberterian stand, then just one location at Southside. (They venerated The Prisoner—you can guess their motto, starting with “I am not a number…”) I remember Cody’s books, and Moe’s (formerly The Rambam), the Cinema / Studio / Guild / theatres. In my day, I think that graduations were held in the Greek Theater, not in Zellerbach Hall—but we were discouraged from attending—“You can come if you want to, but why don’t you just come to Window 37 at the Registrar’s Office to pick up your diploma?” Exciting times, full of hope—some of those hopes were realized, but many not.

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    Sailor46 USN 65-95  over 1 year ago

    Life is simply a set of doors, when one door closes, another opens. Or you can open the closed door. That’s how life works. It will never be perfect. Make it work.

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    Sisyphos  over 1 year ago

    Yo, Berkeley-Boy (and Sometime-Cartoonist)! Why are you so mean to the victims of Pandemic Lockdown Fever? It’s no wonder she’s still crying….

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    brianbattuello Premium Member over 1 year ago

    He forgot LaVal’s Pizza!

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    ronaldspence  over 1 year ago

    Well, bears do hibernate in caves so…

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    comics001  over 1 year ago

    She must have graduated very, very fast if Covid is the reason.

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    Goat from PBS  over 1 year ago

    Stephan has said in his treasuries he has a daughter named Julia. Perhaps this is his daughter in the strip?

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    Bicycle Dude  over 1 year ago

    Our daughter took five years to finally graduate from Oregon State University. The letter to parents stated the graduation ceremony in May, and would be held regardless of weather with no umbrellas allowed, plan accordingly. The letter was mailed out February 2020. Our daughter along with the rest of the class of 2020 were mailed their diplomas. They didn’t have any kind of celebration, let alone a virtual ceremony.

    Class of 2021 had a very limited ceremony for graduates only. Family and friends had to celebrate separately, on their own.

    Most of class 2020 moved on with their lives. What a bittersweet way to end one’s collegiate days. Fortunately, our daughter met a very nice and sweet man her last year at OSU, they are getting married this September. We’re very happy and proud of her fortitude and faith to get through all life’s challenges she’s faced.

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    hshopkins7  over 1 year ago

    Go Bears!

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