Pickles by Brian Crane for December 24, 2021

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    grayjacobs  10 months ago

    Yep. That’s my husband.

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    LastRoseOfSummer 1 Premium Member 10 months ago

    My late husband ALWAYS did this! Made me so mad!

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    Ratkin  10 months ago

    That happened to me once when I didn’t even buy it. I won something in a drawing at a trade organization. My wife had already bought the same thing for me.

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    monkeysky  10 months ago

    Dual Wielding

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    Храм С.О.Д. (Templo S.U.D. ucraniano)  10 months ago

    Now what to do with two drills?

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    sirbadger  10 months ago

    Maybe Opal can use it with Corn on the Cob.

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    stairsteppublishing  10 months ago

    Always need a backup. What if you lose electricity, or the extension cord can’t reach. An battery drill comes in handy.

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    Concretionist  10 months ago

    I’ve given up trying to get Spouse tools that she wants, for exactly this reason. Clothing is out too. Got her an electronic gadget this year, one that she has, but it’s outdated. I’ll get her cast-off to replace mine that the company won’t even update at all. Win win.

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    Cornelius Noodleman  10 months ago

    You can never have too many electric drills

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    Algolei I  10 months ago

    I bought my father a battery tester for Christmas this year, but then he went out and bought himself an even better one last week. Now my brother-in-law is getting a battery tester and my father is getting a lump of coal

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    syzygy47  10 months ago

    The level of uncertainty and frustration finding a ‘right’ gift for most people, I can understand why socks (and gift certificates) are a go-to option.

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    iggyman  10 months ago

    At least you may have a “holey” Christmas, Earl!

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    Doug K  10 months ago

    In one sense, this is wonderful – they’re like a perfect couple: in sync, in tune with each other – thinking alike.

    In another sense … well … “What we have here is … failure to communicate.”

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    Frankie5466  10 months ago

    seems like it would be kind to not buy yourself any expensive items within a couple of weeks of Christmas, especially if it’s anything you’ve been saying you need/want! Besides the sales are probably better after Christmas in the case you don’t get something you wanted

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    Qiset  10 months ago

    Nothing wrong with having two! I have two and it is really nice to have a drill bit and a screw driver bit available without having to change it back and forth.

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    juicebruce  10 months ago

    Thus the magic of the Gift Card ! The card holder uses it for whatever they want ;-)

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    jagedlo  10 months ago

    To say the least, Nelson!

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    wilhemenacooker  10 months ago

    i always buy expensive items six months before xmas, then there is something under the tree

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    cmerb  10 months ago

    What is wrong with this cartoon , I wonder . There is no excuse for not having the precious Roscoe in it . NONE !

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    sandpiper  10 months ago

    Hope all have a most enjoyable tomorrow. :} )=

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    walt1968pat Premium Member 10 months ago

    I’m forever in trouble.

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    monya_43  10 months ago

    Hope that everyone has a blessed and merry Christmas!

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    Gameguy49 Premium Member 10 months ago

    Who would know best which electric drill to buy? When my wife or I need something we buy it so there is nothing we need come Christmas time. We have no need for presents.

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    alison  10 months ago

    My husband does this every year, despite agreeing NOT to buy himself anything from Thanksgiving to Christmas. Every year. He buys them and then hides them so I won’t know about it. Thank God for kids who tell me not to buy items as I put them in my cart. “Daddy said not to tell you, but….. he already got that and hid it in his closet so you won’t see it.”Why, spouse-man? Why?!?!

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    Ed The Red Premium Member 10 months ago

    People who buy things for themselves in December are the worst.

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    forusingyt  10 months ago

    Ah, yeeeess….the true meaning of Christmas revealed at last…(rolling eyes)

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    Redd Panda  10 months ago

    Uh oh! I just picked up a really ghastly sweater, you don’t suppose ….?

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    Linguist  10 months ago

    This happened the other day. I had to stop my wife from buying something I’d already planned on getting her for Christmas. I think she thought I was just being frugal when she held the item up and I just shook my head. Crises averted, I hope.

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    oldlady07 Premium Member 10 months ago

    Husband and I have everything we want so we have given up Christmas gifting for each other.

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    KEA  10 months ago

    My SO and I had a pact to not buy ourselves anything within 30days of Xmas… but it was Awfully hard conforming to that sometimes.

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    MuddyUSA  Premium Member 10 months ago

    Poor Nelson!

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    donwestonmysteries  10 months ago

    That’s my problem. I’m at the age where if I need/want something, I buy it. Then when Christmas rolls around, I can’t think of anything I want when asked.

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    "It's the End of the World!!!" Premium Member 10 months ago

    I had always told my ex-wife, and now I tell my girlfriend, don’t EVER buy me tools or clothing without asking first. I am too picky and I know exactly what I want in those two areas.

    It has worked out well in that regard.

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    kathleenhicks62  10 months ago

    The rule is not to buy yourself any thing you want the month before Christmas- – -after Christmas no holds barred.

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    HereWeGoAgain  10 months ago

    This is why we stopped giving each other gifts.

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    goboboyd  10 months ago

    Re-gift it to the lad. Unless it is underwear, his gift from Grandma may work for you. (Or be an embarrassing story that can be retold for years to come.)

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    Zebrastripes  10 months ago

    Old habits are hard to break….LOL! Probably doesn’t even remember what he did last year…OR THE YEARS BEFORE….MERRY CHRISTMAS. BRIAN AND THANK YOU FOR THE GENIUS COMIC STRIP IVE READ FOR YEARS!


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    ANIMAL  10 months ago

    ALWAYS KEEP THE RECEIPT..!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    momkastner  10 months ago

    My Dad did this Every. Stinking. Year. Except the year we bought him a (real live) monkey :)

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    cuzinron47  10 months ago

    As they say, many happy returns.

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    Grutzi  10 months ago

    I’ve tried to get my spouse to wait on purchasing items but he usually buys it as soon as he thinks of it. After seeing all sorts of car clean/repair/fixit items come in the mail the last month, I just told him that I didn’t get him a gift. That lets him off the hook for me as well.

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    Wichita1.0  10 months ago

    RUN. man! Have you never seen a horror movie or an supremely annoyed wife?! NOT a heady mix!!

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    Back to Big Mike  10 months ago

    My bride makes me promise not to buy anything between the 15th of November until a week after Christmas, so I don’t buy what the kids may give us.

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    ZBicyclist Premium Member 10 months ago

    My daughter loaned me her light-up vest to cycle home after dark. When I returned it, she asked what I thought.

    I said, “I think I’ll get one of these. It seems to work really well.” I got a look that said “order it, and you’re a dead man. It’s your Christmas gift.” Just a look. That was enough. Looking forward to getting it tomorrow morning.

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    Happy, happy, happy!!! Premium Member 10 months ago

    Always have two drills. One with the drill bit to drill the pilot hole, the other set up with the bit to drive the screw.

    Much faster than having to change every time.

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    j.l.farmer  10 months ago

    i am pretty sre we have a experienced this scenario. we stopped exchanging since we wold prchase items we wanted throghot the year.

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    pbr50138  10 months ago

    I learned, from my first marriage, to let my wife buy her own gifts. That way, she gets what she wants, it’s always the right size, color and she never has to return it. And it’s one of the first things that I told my my wife now.

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    Spacetech  10 months ago

    I buy a vacuum and she goes nuts!!!But a drill is OK?

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    graham.barbara39  9 months ago

    Oh my gosh.. Sounds just like my late husband.

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