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  1. about 8 hours ago on Luann

    Howie has no authority. He’s a minor improvement over a multiple choice dot scanning machine, most likely employed at all because the machines can’t handle stapled pages. (He’s found his niche.) Tara and Luann were both offered that job as well. He’s not a graduate assistant who is senior to the other people in the class and doesn’t do the same coursework.

    I had that position for a while. The pay is slightly above minimum wage and the bonus is plenty of pity and contempt from your classmates. Pretending that the position carried any authority would have been more ridiculous than it is when Cartman claims authoritah on South Park.

  2. about 8 hours ago on Luann

    You had it right the first time…the number of makeup bottles alone is probably about the same as in an Egyptian pharaoh’s pyramid.

  3. about 20 hours ago on Luann

    You might be willing to make allowances.


  4. 1 day ago on Luann

    The movie “Office Space” is one of my favorites. The Milton/stapler subplot is one of its highlights. For the picture, I googled “Office Space Milton” and clicked on the image results.

  5. 2 days ago on Luann

    He didn’t ask her out. I agree that there’s a high probability he’s interested in her and is just socially awkward, but there’s a low non-zero probability that he’s actually just really into staples and wonders why everyone else isn’t.

    Either way, Luann isn’t suddenly going to take the initiative to ask him out. Unless he eventually does take that initiative, Howie’s just a plot device. (However, I enjoy him as a character because of the Office Space jokes he catalyzes. Good movie.)

  6. 2 days ago on Luann

    It’s been a while, but I don’t remember any evidence that she actually was Aaron’s girlfriend. She answered the door, spoke Chinese, and Luann assumed she was his girlfriend and left without clarifying it. Or at least I think that’s how it went. I may easily stand to be corrected.

  7. 2 days ago on Luann

    Why, Milton Waddams, of course. Howie’s guiding light.


  8. 2 days ago on Luann

    If Tara is squirrel, perhaps Ox is moose? That could make a fun arc. Tara the free spirit and Ox the extremely stable guy.

    (Actually, I think the squirrel comment is about Luann changing directions like Dug from Up, and has nothing to do with Tara, or even with Doug from Luann.)

  9. 3 days ago on Luann

    Luann and Tara both turned down the TA job. Howie’s just another student at their level who the prof is paying to validate answers so he doesn’t have to spend time doing it.

    I did that job once upon a time. It comes with contempt, pity and money… but no authority. Howie’s Word isn’t final. All scores can be reviewed by the prof; mistakes or purposeful misgrading would get Howie fired at best, expelled at worst.
  10. 3 days ago on Luann

    Good to see you back, Trilogy.