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Bad lawyerin’

Mark Trail, 3/14/06

“OK, Josh, we get it,” you’re saying. “Rex Morgan and Doctor Troy are gayer than two cowboys who have surreptitious man-on-man sex with each other in a tent, then move to Massachusetts, get married to one another, open an interior design firm, and serve on the board of directors of the local chapter of GLAAD! But what I really want to know is, what’s going on in Mark Trail?

Well, I’m glad you asked. When last we checked in on this plotline, “You’re My Lawyer” Blake had been charged with figuring out a way to get the local government to use its power of eminent domain to allow a shady developer to build a road through Lost Forest to his shady casino. What with the Supreme Court’s recent decision about the potential scope of eminent domain, it seems that Blake should be getting to work wining and dining local officials, making sure backs are scratched, and lining up votes, maybe with the help of a kickback or two from his bald-headed boss’s deep pockets.

Instead, he’s placing calls to explosives-wielding miscreants seeking to hire them to blow up the existing road, which, in the it-totally-makes-sense-until-you-think-about-it-for-thirty-seconds world of Mark Trail, will force the government to build an entirely new road to the casino. The flaws in this scheme are too numerous and glaring for me to bother going into, so I’ll content myself with asking the following: did the Bald Baddie really need a lawyer to do this? Surely he has any number of (no doubt bearded and/or sideburned) thugs on retainer who would make the necessary illicit road-demolition arrangements. If there’s one thing I’ve learned from watching mob movies, it’s that even the boldest criminal enterprise tries to keep its lawyers from actively participating in criminal acts.

The person to watch in this drama (such as it is) is clearly Baldo’s creepy, affectless grandson Tony. We’ve been told that he’s been “having a hard time” since his parents died in an auto accident, yet he’s showing an unseemly interest in watching the road get blown up — just the sort of thing that could make more little boys and girls wards of their sinister grandfathers. Clearly Tony’s loss has destroyed whatever sense of right and wrong he once had. I’m looking forward to finding out just what it is that’s going to make him snap and turn into an unstoppable pint-sized, tousle-haired killing machine.

Meanwhile, here’s a few other things of note that happened in today’s funnies:

Spider-Man, Family Circus, and panels from Curtis, One Big Happy, Get Fuzzy, 3/14/06

As the drama of the fake Spider-Man grinds on, we learn that the Spider-Suit does carry with it one Spider-Power: Spider-Self-Narrative! The relative inability not to verbalize one’s thoughts of a spider!

This panel is noteworthy because, as Curtis’ dad heckles Curtis, his fingertips (or possibly forehead) actually emit the sound effect (stage direction?) “Heckle!” I find this technique pretty charming (much more so here than the last time it was used).

I should also make it clear to all of you that the today’s Curtis is nowhere near as filthy as the dialogue in this panel might lead you to believe.

Also, today’s One Big Happy, Family Circus, and Get Fuzzy are about vomiting, urinating, and eating something unidentified that is almost certainly vomit or feces, respectively:

Actually, now that I think about it, the Family Circus is vaguely about vomit as well, since it reminds us that the family dog is named “Barfy”, which strikes me as the sort of name you earn, if you know what I’m saying.

64 responses to “Bad lawyerin’”

  1. Kiesha
    March 15th, 2006 at 12:48 am [Reply]

    For some reason, I want to believe that the dog’s name is Barfy because the kids couldn’t pronounce Barky.

    How cute. Name your dog something midly repulsive because your kids can’t pronounce the real deal.

  2. randomdude
    March 15th, 2006 at 12:49 am [Reply]

    One Big Happy is just Family Circus with square panels.

  3. Weasel Boy
    March 15th, 2006 at 1:18 am [Reply]

    Those FC kids blew their wad on the name “Barfy” – the cat’s name is “Kitty-cat.” That pet-naming well ran dry real quick.

  4. kippetje2000
    March 15th, 2006 at 1:26 am [Reply]

    Maybe the dognapper’s from the previous plot and out on bail are moonlighting for Lawyerin’ cash and are taking up some dark-lit demolition. And isn’t that the smallest handset of any desktop telephone you’ve ever seen? It’s like he’s talking on a kid’s toy. He should set up the boy to take the fall. Leave him out there with some sticks of dynamite for Mark to find.

  5. Kiesha
    March 15th, 2006 at 1:27 am [Reply]

    3/15′s For Better or For Worse better reveal Connie hiding in the basement making all that noise. Otherwise the Patterson’s house is going to be condemned because with all that creaking and cracking and ‘mmmm’-ing it’s about to fall down.

  6. Pantsman
    March 15th, 2006 at 1:39 am [Reply]

    #4 I also noticed the very tiny handset…. in addition that guy seems to have the magical ability to operate a phone without A) needing to hold it to his ear or B) open his mouth to speak.

    As for the rest of these idiotic comics, I just say “Heckle!”

  7. Sarah
    March 15th, 2006 at 3:55 am [Reply]

    Curtis: I thought that panel was dirty to begin with, when I read the entire strip.

  8. Chet McCord, Wildlife Defender
    March 15th, 2006 at 8:08 am [Reply]

    The Phantom seems to be alone with his wife, who probably does know who he is. And he’s still wearing that stupid mask and latex costume.

    I don’t understand the Phantom.

    Superheroes are all too concerned about this identity problem.

  9. Barry
    March 15th, 2006 at 8:35 am [Reply]

    This might be the place to ask. Why do people find “Get Fuzzy” funny? Is there some special card you get in the mail that, when placed over the strip, reveals a punchline?

  10. MotoMike
    March 15th, 2006 at 9:33 am [Reply]

    Barry -
    I’m pretty sure that nobody can explain what makes them laugh. There are lots of reasons I like Get Fuzzy, but mainly I like Bucky’s “attitude” and Satchel’s soldiering on near-cluelessly. It’s (to me) a similar dynamic as between Lucy and Charlie Brown – the naif being persecuted by a bully, who sometimes gets his or her comeuppance.

    Yow. Didn’t mean to go all Dick Cavett here.

  11. Moesy
    March 15th, 2006 at 9:47 am [Reply]

    Barry, This MIGHT be the place to ask, if you are willing to get an onslaught of rabid Get Fuzzy fans (of which I am one) trying to explain the genius that is Bucky. It’s like trying to explain The Far Side. If you don’t get it, you just don’t get it, but if you do, it’s friggin hilarious!

  12. Howard Erk
    March 15th, 2006 at 9:53 am [Reply]

    I can explain Get Fuzzy.

    It is not funny and it tries too hard.

    Next.

  13. Anonymous
    March 15th, 2006 at 9:54 am [Reply]

    I think we are going on from golf in RMMD and into the world of three-some bi guy-guy-girl action.

    bwooooommm chiccckkka bwooooo bwoooooo

  14. King Folderol
    March 15th, 2006 at 9:59 am [Reply]

    My friend and I have been bitching about Mark Trail ever since this lame storyline began. Most of these points are his, but why did they build the casino in such an out-of-the-way place first? Or, at least, why didn’t they build the road before they built the casino? Blowing up the road that offers poor access will only mean that it will take years for a new road to be built. I don’t know what universe Blake lives in where he thinks that a new and improved road will magically appear five seconds after he blows up the old road. In my universe, there would be months of fighting for appropriations money, then months if not years of 18 miles of traffic cones while the construction crew takes its sweet old time building a road. I mean, have you seen how long it takes to fix an existing road??? I’ve seen highways languish in road repair purgatory for years. I don’t know how Blake thinks this is going to end, but it isn’t going to be with a brand new road that takes one month to plan, design and pave!!!

  15. Valiant
    March 15th, 2006 at 10:05 am [Reply]

    Isn’t it obvious that the kid in MT is going to flip on his granddad and go state’s evidence? And now he has a camera–I’ll bet he “tests is out” on some papers on the old man’s desk.

  16. Chet McCord, Wildlife Defender
    March 15th, 2006 at 10:17 am [Reply]

    Would this be a gambling casino, or the other sort?

    It is a bit surprising that there isn’t a better road, because there is already the Lost Forest International Airport in the Lost Forest Metro area, just over the hill from canoe country, which has nearby conference facilities suitable for international dignitaries.

    That kid is going to be nothing but trouble. Ship him to a Swiss boarding school, ASAP

  17. MaryAnnTheRest
    March 15th, 2006 at 10:21 am [Reply]

    I’m trying to imagine having a friend who would argue about Mark Trail storylines with me on an ongoing basis… nope, can’t do it. King, I hope you reward your friends generously.
    I love this site, although I haven’t posted comments in a while, I’m always reading it. Thanks all for clueing me into the Monty Gilligan story, I’m in awe of its awesomeness. As for Get Fuzzy: PIE! Perceive! Identify! Eat! It’s an acronym. Acronyms are always funny.

  18. Widdle Jeffy
    March 15th, 2006 at 10:45 am [Reply]

    Barfy is not only an acrobat, he is also a beverage dispenser. While he was doing his acrobatic trick he filled my water bottle with Mountain Dew!

  19. Ianscot
    March 15th, 2006 at 10:59 am [Reply]

    Tony’s got a recording device in that jacket he’s so persistently wearing indoors. Check out how he’s operating the controls in the last panel. Possibly the book in panel one blocked his sound, so he came over and prompted his granddad again, to get things on tape.

    Is this Rusty, undercover? Orphan, striking resemblance… How long has it been since we saw the lad whittling away the school-free hours back at Lost Forest?

    “Papa” shows about as much foresight with his excuses as he does with his demolition plans. “Uh… I was just kidding around… with a friend. Yeah. Kidding around with a friend about a terrorist act.” Still, as dialog goes, it’s not the stupidest thing… er, in this set of MT panels. Given that we’ve got “I heard you say you were going to blow up a road, can I watch you?” to look up to, and all.

  20. Hogenmogen
    March 15th, 2006 at 11:09 am [Reply]

    I’m amused by the blase attitude towards security that this terrorist squad is taking. First, Baldo announces to the residents of Lost Forest that he’s going to ram a road through no matter what. That is enough to raise suspicion when the road gets blown. Then he includes the lawyer with the cheap looking moustache into his plot. That nullifies attorney-client priviledge and means that there’s no one to defend them when they get caught. There’s little Tony who overhears the plot on the phone. They can rub him out, but today’s strip reveals the presence of four shadowy figures in the office, too.

    Yeah, it’s amazing that they didn’t discuss it in front of the waiter at the local Denny’s. “So we’re going to blow up the road, committing terrorism, sabotage and displaying a callous indifference to human life – oh, my order? Eggs Benedict, please.”

  21. MLH
    March 15th, 2006 at 11:16 am [Reply]

    In today’s “Mark Trail”, the plot thickens, as it were. The young lad, having been told to disregard all conversations regarding the bolwing up of roads (which, being a normal kid, he can be reasonably expected to do, since blowing up of roads is so much less interesting than everything else he does), has now been presented with a digital camera. The dramatic elements are all in place – neglected lad takes incriminating pix of some sort (granddad with road blower-uppers, or something); meets with and is befriended by MT, who shows lad avuncular attention missing in lad’s life; lad comes to appreciate nature, and more specifically Lost Forest; rats out granddad, using pix. Lost Forest is saved; MT notched another win for wilderness in general.

  22. lilybdcsa
    March 15th, 2006 at 11:30 am [Reply]

    They serve Eggs Benedict at Denny’s? Are those the ones named after B-16?

  23. Concerned Citizen
    March 15th, 2006 at 11:38 am [Reply]

    This escapade reminds me of the ancient movie serials a local TV station used to run when they ran out of real programming. A powerful alien lands on Earth with conquest in mind, so naturally he hires some cheap hoods with fedoras and wide-lapeled pinstripe suits while he fiddles with his knob and tube festooned cardboard boxes. The intrepid good guy easily gets the better of these fiends and sends the pointy bearded alien packing, unless he merely takes him into custody and allows a judge to interpret interplanetary law on his ass.

    Say, the hoodlums looked remarkably like that lawyer. He needs a better tailor.

  24. BigJoe
    March 15th, 2006 at 11:44 am [Reply]

    RMMD: Based on the conversation in today’s script, looks like my prediction of “Two Docs and a Duck” is coming true!

  25. SunnyDaze
    March 15th, 2006 at 11:53 am [Reply]

    #9 – Get Fuzzy is not always laugh out loud funny but is brilliantly drawn and has great characters. I love Bucky’s sarcasm but I like cats. P.E.W. – Perceive, Eat, Wretch, now that’s funny! Best comic since Calvin & Hobbes.

  26. TheMatt
    March 15th, 2006 at 11:57 am [Reply]

    Ah, Get Fuzzy, I do love it. Although, I have to say that “Cow and Boy” might just be my new fave with “Brewster Rockit” close behind. I mean, how can you not love a boy who knows all good stories end in leprechaun fights, a cow pirate. Something about that cow.

  27. 420
    March 15th, 2006 at 11:57 am [Reply]

    Get Fuzzy- You either find it funny or you are Howard Erk.

    Next.

  28. Sassy_Rocks
    March 15th, 2006 at 12:13 pm [Reply]

    The best humor imho is not in Get Fuzzy but in the soaps, strips like Mary Worth, Mark Trail, Judge Parker, etc. This could be because there is no comedic effort whatsoever, as opposed to many humor strips that try way too hard and fail miserably. Humor is strictly subjective, but the utter inanity, mundanity and banality of the soaps are really amusing if you know how to appreciate them.

  29. AnonymouslyDone
    March 15th, 2006 at 12:57 pm [Reply]

    I don’t get why MT and friends are so worried about this big highway through Lost Forest. Highway shmyway. Since it’s already taken 15 years to get through this plot line; they’ll be dead and gone by the time construction starts. By then Tony will have inherited the casino which, of course, is part of his evil plan and why he doesn’t just go outside and play instead of hanging around some suit’s office all day reading Insurance Fraud Monthly.

  30. Goober
    March 15th, 2006 at 1:08 pm [Reply]

    In today’s GT, is “Hadley V. Baxendale” a recurring character? She’s the “expert” in countering anti-homeless demonstrations.

    BTW, Hadley v. Baxendale is an English case that every first year law student studies. It limits contractural damages to those “reasonably foreseeable.”

  31. BassoGap
    March 15th, 2006 at 1:39 pm [Reply]

    Goober (#30) — Hadley’s the Velma Dinkley impersonator who’s going to sit in the stands wearing a short skirt, keeping the boys in the opposing bleachers transfixed throughout the game with her Sharon Stone leg-crossing maneuvers.

  32. 10-96
    March 15th, 2006 at 1:44 pm [Reply]

    Note the genetic ramifications of that particularly bizarre pattern of male baldness in panel 3 of Mark Trail; the kid’s been infected already. And the scariest thing in that strip is that leisure suit thingie Tony has on. Forget that Grandpa wants to orphan other children & populate the world of MT with homeless people~~ Check out that outfit & tremble in 70′s flashback horror.

  33. yellojkt
    March 15th, 2006 at 2:00 pm [Reply]

    As about five people already mentioned this morning, the Mark Trail plot is being Morse coded with a sledge hammer.

    “Here kid, don’t take any pictures tomorrow of my goons blowing up the road with your brand new camera.” With that sort of advance notice, I think the CIA, FBI, NSA, and MVA might have been able to stop the World Trade Center attacks.

  34. Geezil
    March 15th, 2006 at 2:20 pm [Reply]

    I’m “surprised” that no one has “mentioned” that no one in “Curtis” is “putting” the word “rap” in “quotation” marks any more.

    http://www.chron.com/apps/comics/showComick.mpl?date=20060313&name=Curtis

  35. loudfan
    March 15th, 2006 at 2:53 pm [Reply]

    34: But THE “FUNKADELICS” (sic) still get the “quotation mark” “treatment,” showing that Ray Billingsley is still as cluelass as ever.

  36. Sturgeon General
    March 15th, 2006 at 3:11 pm [Reply]

    You better watch out RMMD or the govmint is going to swoop down on you and June and take everything away. Complain about our red-tape will ya. With all that you take home from Medicare fraud you have enough to feed widdle Sawah for her lifetime. But considering the way you feed the waif, she would have enough money left over to buy a small tropical island.

  37. z
    March 15th, 2006 at 3:32 pm [Reply]

    Isn’t the voice coming out of the wrong end of the handset in Mark Trail?

  38. Zorba the Geek
    March 15th, 2006 at 4:26 pm [Reply]

    Oh, bring out the hankies and cue the sappy violin music for the doctors in RMMD. Boo, hoo, they can hardly survive, it’s so-o-o-o-o hard for them. Yeah, almost as hard as it is for the ever-increasing number of people without HEALTH INSURANCE that most doctors won’t even treat (unless they pay up front). Get back to the gay sub-text, Wilson and Nolan.

  39. lilybdcsa
    March 15th, 2006 at 4:26 pm [Reply]

    #26 Brewster Rockit: Space Guy! is one of the most delightfully stupid comics I’ve seen in a long time. It quite often makes me laugh out loud. Thank you for the heads-up about Cow and Boy — Yet another to add to the long list of must-read comics.

  40. dimestore lipstick
    March 15th, 2006 at 4:30 pm [Reply]

    I know I’m splitting hairs, and I can’t deny that I did laugh out loud at today’s Get Fuzzy anyway–
    But the kind of “wretch” Bucky is talking about is actually spelled r-e-t-c-h.

  41. mentarman
    March 15th, 2006 at 4:42 pm [Reply]

    At least it’s not coming from the wrong end of a poorly-porportioned carrier pigeon or wildebeast.

  42. Bitter Scribe
    March 15th, 2006 at 4:59 pm [Reply]

    #39–Thank you! I thought I was the only person in the world who liked Brewster Rockit. It has a sort of pompous silliness (silly pomposity?) that I find delightful.

    #2–Blasphemy. Nothing, nothing is as dreadful as Family Circus.

  43. Marc
    March 15th, 2006 at 5:08 pm [Reply]

    MW: Boy, would I love to take that block full of steak knives and fling them at Mary and Toby and Jane Hand, too! Not Ritzilla though, or Wilbur….They’ll get their spin off strip called “WASP love.” Ritzilla will be the work at office mom, and Wilbur will be the work at home dad. Aka, Mr. Mom. Ritzilla kills her brother in a rage and takes her niece whose hair changes every strip, to live in Wilbur’s Charterstone pad. Dawn is in jail for grand larceny (who woulda thought?) so the extra room is ready for niece! Another enchanting strip about the everyday WASP family.
    But alas, we will see Mary and Toby wandering aimlessly (like the strip itself) for three weeks. I’d like to see how Mary deals with the hipsters at Starbucks. Better yet, I’d like to see a teenage boy “fronting ” Mary. I would imagine that Moy & Giella could draw better youths than the guy from Gil Thorp.

    Ah Marmaduke, eyeing up the lhasa apso babe are we? Brilliant, another animal sex reference.

    SF: Am I the only one who sees Ralph and Sally being co-workers in the same position? Hilarity ensues.

    Kiesha- Sounds like split-level houses in Foobville ain’t built like they used to!

    and.. one more, Hi and Lois: Why does Lois let the windows get so dirty that sun cannot shine through?

  44. Old Fogey
    March 15th, 2006 at 5:09 pm [Reply]

    Yes, Brewster Rockit ROCKS! It makes me laugh out loud too, usually more than once a week.

    GF is a quite special comic strip that seems to take place in an alternate but strangely familiar universe. I once had a cat like Bucky. Hell, I once had a boyfriend like Bucky.

  45. Occam
    March 15th, 2006 at 5:19 pm [Reply]

    #40 Dimestore Lipstick:

    I thought the same thing, too, about Bucky’s use of “wretch.” However, the character is known for getting words wrong (such as “Virginia Moose” the other day rather than “VA-moose”) so I figure it’s a deliberate “error” by the cartoonist in keeping Bucky in character.

  46. BassoGap
    March 15th, 2006 at 5:28 pm [Reply]

    Today’s Luann…

    Dirk’s about to commit multiple murders, take back the envelope of cash, and disappear across the state line with Luann, troopers in hot pursuit, in his near-photo-realistic car.

    Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry…

  47. Dennis Jimenez
    March 15th, 2006 at 5:34 pm [Reply]

    Re: 38 – RMMD – I think Rex is getting set up for some sort of Medicare fraud scam, through some sort of irresistible Robin Hood healthcare redistribution motivation.

  48. Sassy_Rocks
    March 15th, 2006 at 5:47 pm [Reply]

    Yes, Ralph is definitely going to be back at Sally Forth’s office in some capacity. That much is fairly obvious, although Sally Forth will get the promo, too. Ralph is one of those types who seems to have even less redeeming characteristics than Professor Ian Cameron, but just can’t be written out of the comic, for some unknown reason.

    It will be interesting to see what type of goon they find in Mark Trail for the roadside bombing. Has anyone ever seen a non-white person in Mark Trail? A while back there was an episode with supposed “Mid-East” terr’ists who tried to shoot down a jet at LoFo International but failed miserably when attacked by MamaBear. Even they looked like the typical Mark Trail white person with facial hair.

  49. Hank Kimble
    March 15th, 2006 at 6:36 pm [Reply]

    re: Barfy. Barfy might be the Family’s alarm clock. I wished I knew the comedian’s name who came up with the concept but it goes something like this. . . Anyone who has a hard time waking up to an alarm clock needs an indoor dog. Once the dog starts heaving, you get up right away! ‘Cuz you only have ten seconds to get him out!

  50. Chet McCord, Wildlife Defender
    March 15th, 2006 at 7:15 pm [Reply]

    Speaking of heaving…

    I once thought Cathy could not get any worse as a strip. This was before she married Irving.

    I was wrong, very, very wrong. Now we have all the clichés of married couple humor to explore. Lately, it’s been husbands and their love of technology. We’ve learned of the horrors of digital cameras, looking wistfully back to the days of the instamatic and now we’re finding the always-amusing Irving overwhelmed by his plasma TV installation.

    I hate their dogs even more than I hate Cathy and Irving. And I think I hate Cathy’s mom more than I hate their dogs. I just look at the strip and find myself screaming “die! die! all of you, die!”

    Sorry.

  51. mooselet
    March 15th, 2006 at 7:15 pm [Reply]

    No doubt the MT goon will be sporting facial hair. Facial hair = evil in the MTverse.

    FBOFW: I’m really hoping that Connie is outside the house deliberately scaring the crap outta April and her too-cool-for-you attitude. Either that, or it’s an axe murderer and this will be April’s last appearance. Hey, I can dream!!!

  52. Marc
    March 15th, 2006 at 9:35 pm [Reply]

    ChetMcCord, you’re not alone. Not only are the characters stupid as hell, and a cliche of upper-middle class america, the style is terrible! Why is it that Cathy’s drawing style make me want to rip the comic to shreds with me teeth. I’m so glad my paper dropped Cathy years ago, even if its spot was filled with Baldo.

  53. Hank Kimble
    March 15th, 2006 at 9:38 pm [Reply]

    Cathy married Irving? I AM out of the loop!

  54. ahclem
    March 15th, 2006 at 9:56 pm [Reply]

    “Isn’t the voice coming out of the wrong end of the handset in Mark Trail?”

    “At least it’s not coming from the wrong end of a poorly-porportioned carrier pigeon or wildebeast.”

    Ah, those woodland creatures. You can teach them to talk but just try getting them to understand good phone etiquette.

  55. TDB
    March 15th, 2006 at 9:57 pm [Reply]

    # 50- Ah, things can always get worse. I once thought that soap operas were as bad as television could get…then came reality TV.

  56. Carrots
    March 15th, 2006 at 11:09 pm [Reply]

    Is Satchel walking bucky? Like on a leash? Hee!

    I would really like the One Big Happy crowd to age over time. Their demented neighbors, cruel friends, and that litle girl’s horrible inability to understand common English words and phrases would clearly give rise to a nice morbid little strip about.. teen suicide, or something.

  57. 2fs
    March 16th, 2006 at 1:04 am [Reply]

    You’re all missing the point in MT. Lawyer guy’s clearly an alien – my god, his head’s twice as big as the rest of him. At least in the first panel, wherein his extra-teensy hands clutch a tiny toy telephone.

  58. lilybdcsa
    March 16th, 2006 at 1:13 am [Reply]

    #47 RMMD– It’s even worse than that….it’s…it’s…..POLITICS!!! The Horror!!

    Sorry for the exclamation points…it was necessary.

  59. MotoMike
    March 16th, 2006 at 9:22 am [Reply]

    dimestore lipstick says:

    “…spelled r-e-t-c-h….”
    I thought that too. It’s not clear to me whether that was a deliberate attempt to get the “W” into the acronym on Bucky’s part or an honest mistake on the part of the artist. But you’re not picking hairs – I can split that nit too. Hey, my kids read the thing and my daughter is thinking of majoring in English (where the golly darn HECK did we go wrong???) and I don’t want the other English majors to laugh at her in the middle of a discussion about Middlemarch or something.

  60. Mibbitmaker
    March 16th, 2006 at 8:03 pm [Reply]

    One Big Happy, FC and Get Fuzzy (aka Howard Erk’s nightmare). All those comics doing gross scatological humor, and none of them FBOFW.

    #55: Right on the money!

  61. MotoMike
    March 17th, 2006 at 9:13 am [Reply]

    Re #55 (TDB) “… I once thought that soap operas were as bad as television could get…then came reality TV…”

    I thank the Lord often for reality TV – I have read so many great books (okay, entertaining books (okay, okay, I’ve reread my Stephen King collection)) during the time that I would normally be watching TV, because of reality TV.

    Of course, then I made the mistake of getting addicted to Grey’s Anatomy. Darn you, Meredith!

  62. Smitty Smedlap
    March 17th, 2006 at 1:51 pm [Reply]

    Unfortunately, the Keanes had to put down their first dog, “Coprophagia.”

  63. roler
    January 1st, 2007 at 8:31 am [Reply]

    This comment is seriously late, but Barfy is apparently short for “Barfolomew.” My family actually has the comic in which this nickname was explained magnetted to the refridgerator, presumably because our family name is Bartholomew, but that’s exactly why I wouldn’t be proud of it.

  64. Roger M. Wilcox
    June 10th, 2013 at 9:25 am [Reply]

    Back around the time I was born (1965), my dad got a new dog for my mom for her birthday. He kept the dog hidden in the kitchen as a surprise. Well, apparently, something the dog ate didn’t agree with it, and the “surprise” that greeted my mother for her birthday were little piles of dog vomit in the kitchen.

    My dad’s response? “Well … happy barfday.”

    From that moment on, the dog’s name was Barfy.

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