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A classic case of reverse psychology.
Or is it?
The wonderful, oh-so-wonderful aspect of C&H is that Hobbes, in Calvin’s eyes, is a real tiger. Everyone else sees a stuffed tiger. (There is one incident where Calvin’s mom starts talking to Hobbes in “stuffed mode”, but I digress.)
The charm of this particular strip is that Calvin wasn’t afraid at all. It was the child-like confidence in his tiger friend meeting the cowardice and paranoia of bully Moe that ended a potential conflict.
One of the sweetest strips in the C&H canon. I love it.
Everyone is fully aware of Nate’s relationship with Mrs. Godfrey.
Curious, I fired up NetFlix and watched the two-parter episode. It’s all about the relationship between a torturer and his victim.
The parallel – and I use that word strongly (not equivalence) is relationship between torturer/tormentor/warden and prisoner gets blurred when both have something in common – in this case, Star Trek.
We all know the feeling. We love the music of a certain band, we adore a movie star, we cheer on a sports team – but the moment that we discover that an adversary, a higher authority or flat-out enemy loves something as much as you do….
…uh-oh. You have a mutual interest. And this always throws a wrench into the relationship, and it always seems to tarnish something we cherish.
Red alert, indeed.
Mrs. Godfrey is not my favourite person. While she may be a very good teacher, she is, at her core, a bully. When she umpired Nate’s baseball game and called a strike on a ball that bounced off home plate – and then sent Nate to the showers for losing his temper and challenging her judgement – sorry, everyone, but I lost all respect for Mrs. Godfrey.
Here she is, suddenly being very friendly with Nate – and Nate quickly begins to humanize his harshest disciplinarian.
I, too, would have my guard up, high and strong – and discovering that a mutual interest by a tormentor saps the joy out of something wonderful that is Star Trek.
I’ve always liked the character of Dee Dee. Glad to see more of her.
I’ve always liked SPG. He has a wide variety of talents, always employed (albeit underemployed) and consistently exerts a positive attitude.
His potbelly, his Les Nessman-inspired bandaid on his balding forehead and his geeky persona keeps him single, which is a shame, as he has a beautiful heart. He’d make some lonely woman out there very happy. They aren’t treated with much respect, but they still maintain a positive attitude.
The world is full of SPG’s. We love them because they are the silent, underappreciated best of what humanity has to offer each other.
I know, because I am one of them.
Many of us Canadians are just as worried about the USA election as most Americans are. We Canadians – unless we have dual citizenships – cannot vote.
To my American friends – please register to vote and vote. Please. It matters.
I adore that kid.
I enjoyed this particular strip.
And I wholeheartedly approve. Didn’t Michael and Deanna of “For Better or Worse” elope as well?