Pearls Before Swine by Stephan Pastis for September 19, 2021

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    BE THIS GUY  3 months ago

    No complaints from HOA?

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    Renatus Profuturus Frigeridus Premium Member 3 months ago

    How difficult it is to please everyone.

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    Concretionist  3 months ago

    ONE key to time management is to avoid doing things that don’t need to be done. But the BEST key is to delegate.

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    BasilBruce  3 months ago

    I use that same method for clearing the table after Thanksgiving dinner; it’s always set for next Thanksgiving.

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    hariseldon59  3 months ago

    I’m surprised neighbor Bob never noticed they were up all year.

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    TEMPLO S.U.D.  3 months ago

    If he were to take them down clear until September without an observant passerby, then Rat would have another two or three months to put the Christmas lights back on.

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    Alexander the Good Enough  3 months ago

    Never do today what you can put off until tomorrow, for events may occur which will cause you to regret your hasty action. Often, it actually does work that way. But then, never do tomorrow what can be put off until the day after tomorrow…

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    finkd  3 months ago

    “You see, you can’t please everyone, so you got to please yourself”.

    Ricky Nelson – “Garden Party”.

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    GaleemCrusher  3 months ago

    A lazy guy is on time once a year.

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    Bilan  3 months ago

    Did he put more effort into saying “You bet … You bet … You bet … Fine” than it would’ve taken to take down the lights?

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    Asharah  3 months ago

    I’ve got colored lights for every holiday. And purple lights for Ravens season

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    ecleme9999  3 months ago

    Why doesn’t Pig just take them down himself?

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    Sanspareil  3 months ago

    Neighbour Bob finally has a positive influence on Rat!

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    franki_g  3 months ago

    This is why I quit with the lights 30 years ago.

    And trees 20 years ago.

    Gift wrap 10 years ago – made some cloth bags but the whole dynamic went the gift card route.

    and THIS year, DH is going to go into our loft, pull out the tree and put it on Freecycle (not a fresh tree, hope that’s obvious).

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    Doug K  3 months ago

    Is it possible that Rat might actually be motivated to annoy others with his Christmas lights?

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    monya_43  3 months ago

    Pig really is a nag.

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    gopher gofer  3 months ago

    the secret is not to put them up in the first place…

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    Procat Premium Member 3 months ago

    My neighbor still has a cardboard Christmas tree on their front door, and a stuffed Halloween decoration sitting in a chair in front of the house. It just makes my house look neater.

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    uniquename  3 months ago

    Why was Sept different than any other month?

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    Ellis97  3 months ago

    Always prepare for the holidays early. Especially if you work in a store.

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    ArtyD2 Premium Member 3 months ago

    Last panel is now my wallpaper

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    Purple People Eater  3 months ago

    I know a woman who kept her lights up for about 18 months. The only reason she took them down was that she sold her house.

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    Aladar30 Premium Member 3 months ago

    But they don’t work anymore…

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    Cameron1988 Premium Member 3 months ago

    I once saw a Christmas tree in the dumpster in the month of April

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    T Smith  3 months ago

    Putting up christmas decorations of any kind before Thanksgiving Day should be a capital offense.

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    NeedaChuckle Premium Member 3 months ago

    I have a white string of lights up all year along the front steps on a fence. A string of colored lights on a bush, I turn off most of the year. And 2 projectors for the holidays starting Halloween.

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    Neil59  3 months ago

    Halloween candy started appearing in stores by late July so why not start getting ready for Christmas now?!

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    Huckleberry Hiroshima  3 months ago

    Still got that old TV. I’ll bet it warms you in Winter.

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    carolemsimon  3 months ago

    A lot of people near me leave strings of lights (clear , not colored) up all year. I always wonder, are they going to have a party soon, or what?

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    Gent  3 months ago

    Rat is a PROcrastinator.

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    Kilrwat Premium Member 3 months ago

    I just don’t see Rat as a ‘Christmas lights’ kind of guy. Pig, more likely.

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    Goat from PBS  3 months ago

    As a procrastinator… I’ll finish this comment later.

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    raybarb44  3 months ago

    I just love Happy Endings. Don’t forget to turn them on tonight. Merry Christmas…..

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    zeexenon  3 months ago

    My sentiments exactly … but, eventually, the nylon clips on the gutters crack and fall off.

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    Linguist  3 months ago

    I’ve been invited to join our local Procrastinators Club, … but I keep putting it off!

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    Troglodyte  3 months ago

    You bet, Rat!

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    LaughterIsJoyMuliplied  3 months ago

    YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS! If you don;t believe me check my office window.

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    Sir Isaac  3 months ago

    Thanks for reminding me to turn on my window pumpkin in 12 days. It’s actually a flat orange plastic sheet outlined with orange incandescent lights.

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    Carl Rennhack Premium Member 3 months ago

    Is Rat getting in touch with his inner Gretchen Wilson?!?

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    oakie817  3 months ago

    i once left my decorations up for 9 years

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    willie_mctell  3 months ago

    I have a clock that is currently running on standard time. It’ll be right soon. It’s not the first time I’ve done that.

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    wiatr Premium Member 3 months ago

    Back in the ’60s our next door neighbour never took down his outdoor Christmas lights. I believe they were there for the new owner to remove.

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    WCraft Premium Member 3 months ago

    Maybe he’s got a plan for our children to pay back the 4.5 trillion spent in the last 6 months?

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    Nobody_Important  3 months ago

    Pig, just enjoy the lights! We need more things in our lives that make us smile! Only 97 more days! LOL

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    Sisyphos  3 months ago

    As something of a procrastinator myself, what can I say but “well done, Rat”?

    I do not do Christmas lights at all, however….

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    aftml Premium Member 3 months ago

    Procrastination is my life philosophy.

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    Bicycle Dude  3 months ago

    I left my Christmas lights up for the entire four years of college. Whenever my roommates and I had a party, we’d tell our guests to look for the house with the Christmas lights on, even in July.

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