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Extremely mild feelings of pride goeth before the fall

The Lockhorns, 3/8/05

Today’s Lockhorns isn’t particularly cruel, but is notable: I think this is the first time I’ve ever seen Loretta in a good mood as a result of something Leroy’s done. I’m going to give her the benefit of the doubt and guess that she’s actually pleased that he’s going to get into shape, not because he’s just embarrassed himself in front of the himbo behind the counter. Leroy, of course, has no illusions about his chances of becoming buff; his own grim visage indicates not only his foreknowledge of his own personal failure, but also that he realizes that Loretta’s disappointment will be all the bitterer because her hopes were once ever-so-briefly lifted. Our muscled he-clerk, meanwhile, seems gripped by the soul-sucking listlessness that affects nearly everyone who has the misfortune to wander into the same frame as the Lockhorns. Presumably the two of them are so fundamentally unhappy that their ennui radiates off of them in infectious waves.

33 responses to “Extremely mild feelings of pride goeth before the fall”

  1. pjm
    March 8th, 2005 at 3:45 pm [Reply]

    Is it me, or is Loretta’s skirt disturbingly short?

  2. RememberByronFrost
    March 8th, 2005 at 4:11 pm [Reply]

    Either that or her legs are disturbingly long.

  3. Katmandoo
    March 8th, 2005 at 4:12 pm [Reply]

    Looks to me like the he-clerk is the source of Loretta’s enthusiasm! (And I think she’s hiked up her skirt for his benefit!)

  4. Sourbelly
    March 8th, 2005 at 4:19 pm [Reply]

    And she’s showing off her fancy pink swim fins.

  5. tal
    March 8th, 2005 at 4:23 pm [Reply]

    dude, did you SEE today’s family circus? “We’ll be the good guys; you be the insurgents”

    I never thought that i’d ever be offended by that comic, but there you go.

  6. tomthedog
    March 8th, 2005 at 4:41 pm [Reply]

    Loretta’s expression is the definition of schadenfreude. She relishes the pain exercise will bring to Leroy. And I think the guy behind the counter accidentally wandered in from the Anorexia Group Counseling center next door. Look at the way his skin clings to his skull, his protruding rib cage, his twiglike arms. He needs help.

  7. The J. C.
    March 8th, 2005 at 4:46 pm [Reply]

    I can not believe this horrid comic is still around.

    In any case, no matter how high Loretta pushes that skirt…the he-clerk will still be gay.

    Also, is it me or does Loretta have one duck foot?

  8. Jeff
    March 8th, 2005 at 5:35 pm [Reply]

    Did you just say “himbo?” Shit, I haven’t heard that term in 10 years.

  9. Aaron
    March 8th, 2005 at 5:59 pm [Reply]

    Perhaps Loretta is pleased at Leroy’s shaming degradation before the god-like Adonis that is the himbo. Seems more in character.

  10. Curious George
    March 8th, 2005 at 7:36 pm [Reply]

    Lorretta’s odd looking foot has already been mentioned, which of course stuffed up my take on the matter.
    I was going to comment on Loretta’s one giant flipper, tying it into the Gym’s aquarobics program, and it was gonna be funny too.

  11. islamorada girl
    March 8th, 2005 at 8:02 pm [Reply]

    Perhaps Loretta is thrilled because the Xanex are finally kicking in. . . the ones she stole from Laura Bush’s purse.

  12. Aster
    March 8th, 2005 at 9:13 pm [Reply]

    Are we sure she’s even wearing a skirt? Yikes.

  13. Johnny Arson
    March 8th, 2005 at 10:25 pm [Reply]

    What the hell is going on with today’s Doonesbury?
    Is it supposed to be like the last scence in Fight Club?

  14. Woodstock
    March 8th, 2005 at 11:45 pm [Reply]

    Duke = Hunter Thompson’s Doonesbury Doppelganger. So, it’s Trudeau trying to deal with the death, methinks. Reckon it’s Gonzo cartooning.

  15. Josh
    March 9th, 2005 at 1:15 am [Reply]

    Doesn’t the Himbo look oddly British?

  16. snowshovel
    March 9th, 2005 at 7:56 am [Reply]

    I’m assuming Brewster Rockit isn’t in the standard rotation here, since it’s not in the newspaper rotation of the author of this site. It’s probably got the highest standard deviation of truly awful, to truly brilliant, of any strip out there.

    Anyway I just had to forward this as, while the gag itself is pretty lame, every time I look at the way the author draws the Alien, I completely crack up (but he’s SOOOOOO cute!!!):

  17. Johnny Arson
    March 9th, 2005 at 10:25 am [Reply]


    I know Duke is based on Thompson, but isn’t is a little weird that Trudeau drew Duke’s head exploding after Hunter S. shot himself in the head?

  18. Michael Fry
    March 9th, 2005 at 10:33 am [Reply]

    Duke’s “exploding head” is Trudeau’s homage to the wonderfully twisted illustrations that Ralph Steadman did for Thompson’s Rolling Stone articles and books.


  19. chuck
    March 9th, 2005 at 10:58 am [Reply]

    I think comment #17 is referring to the 3/8 strip, where Duke’s head actually explodes (not morphs). I don’t really care, but it is questionable taste….

  20. Moesy
    March 9th, 2005 at 11:41 am [Reply]

    Of course a tribute to HST is going to be questionable taste. Haven’t you read (or seen) Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas. Not exactly “in good taste” but entertaining.

  21. M. A. Work
    March 9th, 2005 at 1:18 pm [Reply]

    Himbo is Australian.

    You can tell because he is six foot four and full of muscles (and underneath the counter he has a vegamite sandwitch)

  22. Isaac B2
    March 9th, 2005 at 1:21 pm [Reply]

    Back to the Lockhorns — Josh calls the himbo British, but, and I think this is more than crystal clear, if he were to speak he would have a German accent. With a lisp.

  23. Tracibub
    March 9th, 2005 at 2:24 pm [Reply]

    Dat man behind the counter vants to “Pump (slams fist into hand) YOU UP!” (points at lockhorns)


  24. Tracibub
    March 9th, 2005 at 2:35 pm [Reply]

    WTF?!?!? It’s not even a fricking HAIKU!!! Not everyone is a frickin’ retard and not going to notice. There aren’t even the right number of syllables! *AUGH*

    This is probably one of those things a therapist would tell me to let go of, but I can’t. It’s annoying!


  25. Moesy
    March 9th, 2005 at 2:44 pm [Reply]

    Tracibub, you are right on so many levels! #24 I was gonna say that, #25 yeah, what Tracibub said! As an English major, I agree!

  26. Semi
    March 9th, 2005 at 3:47 pm [Reply]

    Er… traditional Haiku, or Hokku as it was called before 1890, didn’t neccesarily have to follow the 5,7,5 rule. They just commonly had 17 syllables.

    Haiku, in it’s current form, was essentially brought about in the 1890s by Masaoka Shiki. And even though he was the one that truly refined the form for Japanese language to the 5,7,5 rule, he still states that Haiku in other languages don’t need to follow this form exactly.

    However, I doubt the writer of Strange Brew knows any of this, and his poem is only 14 syllables and not the traditional 17. Still, for the sake of argument,

    I can paint my rear
    blue and call it a Haiku
    if I really want

  27. Sourbelly
    March 9th, 2005 at 5:05 pm [Reply]

    Remember, this is CLOWN haiku. Therefore, it’s gonna be all wacky and stupid.

    Or, something.

  28. Tracibub
    March 9th, 2005 at 5:20 pm [Reply]

    SEMI – I about died just now when I read your haiku!

    Apartment 3-G
    Does promote teen pregnancy…
    Hey! More zippers, mule!!

    I’ve summed up the last several weeks of the comic for all who’ve missed it.
    In traditional 5-7-5 syllables.

  29. ianx
    March 9th, 2005 at 6:27 pm [Reply]

    I’ve done some reading
    Someone should tell Johnny Hart
    Cavemen didn’t golf

  30. Irina
    March 10th, 2005 at 9:36 am [Reply]

    April, you vixen
    Are men giving you the look?
    Oh, boy! She’s “roadside!”

  31. Mibbitmaker
    March 10th, 2005 at 7:52 pm [Reply]

    In New York City
    They have a library there
    It is World Renowned

    On topic: The way Himbo (let’s call that his name) is drawn, he looks like that guy in the commercial for some exercize something-or-other… you know the guy, looks like he was a tiny little nerd who bulked up, and now looks like a tiny little nerd with lotsa muscles. He’s kinda creepy.

  32. Ian
    March 11th, 2005 at 11:08 pm [Reply]

    I was reading that one of the options for Hunter S Thompson’s remains was to shot the ashes out of a cannon shaped like the gonzo fist. So I dont think bad taste has really been met in the comic.

  33. bs
    March 17th, 2005 at 2:26 pm [Reply]

    I can’t believe someone with your taste and imagination has fallen for Get Fuzzy. Take away the post-punk pc attempts at smartass and it’s just Garfield.

    What is it with talking cats, anyway? Why do so many cartoonists go for talking cats? As a memorial to the late, great Hobbes, all talking
    cat strips should just simply go away.

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