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October 11, 2007

You know… It reaches a point where the unrelenting misery just becomes perversely funny

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 or country music.

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  1. Does that headline say “Soldiers Taken Hostage”? Is Wally in danger too?

    This is getting worse and worse. What’s next?

    Comment by Charlene — October 11, 2007 @ 7:28 am

  2. “Doom Despair and Agony on Me…”

    Comment by John DiFool — October 11, 2007 @ 10:44 am

  3. This is why the story is being told in flashback, so we know that Les didn’t kill himself to escape the unrelenting torment that is his life.

    Comment by David — October 11, 2007 @ 11:02 am

  4. You know what’s going to be the last straw for Les? Now that his cell phone’s been stolen, he’s going to sign up with Sprint.

    Comment by Cidu Bill — October 11, 2007 @ 11:39 am

  5. Forget Chadwatch. Now we have Funkywatch.

    I was ok with the death and dying part, but I have to admit it’s getting pathetic now.

    Comment by Charles — October 11, 2007 @ 1:22 pm

  6. Sad that it seems, the pickpocket sequence is actually a nice touch, a little underscore of how bad things have turned for Les, surrounded by an uncaring city in an unfeeling rain.

    Don’t forget, this is now about Les on the couch letting it all out – so there’s gotta be some “all” to let out!

    Comment by O.B. Dan — October 11, 2007 @ 3:14 pm

  7. The woman looks a lot like someone else in the strip, but I’m not sure who? Darrin or Jess, maybe?

    Comment by Cedar — October 11, 2007 @ 4:22 pm

  8. Did the pickpocket also steal his glasses?

    Comment by DPWally — October 11, 2007 @ 5:47 pm

  9. If this is a set-up to where Les has to hitchhike home, only to get cuffed over by the cops in Sticksville because hitchhiking is illegal, and he has to serve some hard time a la “Requiem for a Dream” … well … I seriously would not put it past Tom Batiuk.

    Comment by El Santo — October 11, 2007 @ 5:48 pm

  10. Actually, the thing that puzzles me the most is why Les is talking to a psychiatrist about all this 10 years later. Seems to me he’d either have gotten his act together or become a complete basket case long before that point.

    Comment by Cidu Bill — October 11, 2007 @ 6:37 pm

  11. I agree. I thought it might have been more effective to have Les having these flashbacks, perhaps, while flipping through a photograph album on the 10 year anniversary of Lisa’s death. I think it would have me worried a little less about Les’ mental health.

    Comment by El Santo — October 11, 2007 @ 6:44 pm

  12. Maybe he’s just coming off a ten-year bender with Funky.

    Comment by Cidu Bill — October 11, 2007 @ 6:53 pm

  13. I’m not a Funky fan, but I’m still holding out hope that this is leading somewhere. I think this is all eventually leading back to Les’ cryptic statement (on Tuesday)about how being so distraught in his grief almost caused him to lose everything else that mattered. Every other strip since Lisa died has seemed to be a random amalgram of 2 or 3 other strips, but they were probably all clues to some grand finale that’s all going to fall together in the end. And then Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny will get married and lived on a secret island in the Bahamas and raise pink pygmy goats.

    Comment by Laurie Wylie — October 11, 2007 @ 10:19 pm

  14. And then a piano falls on Les, and the paramedics pull him from the mess but accidentally wrap a high F string around his leg, and toss him into an ambulance which runs a red light and gets t-boned by an 18-wheeler and Les gets thrown over an electrical wire next to the highway and the piano cable cuts through his leg, amputating it, and Les drops to the ground, sustaining a major head wound before the 18-wheeler explodes and burns 90% of Les’ body and then the Emperor creates a new body for him before informing him that Princess Amidala died and you know the rest of the story.

    Comment by LostInTarnation — October 12, 2007 @ 4:27 am

  15. “This is why the story is being told in flashback, so we know that Les didn’t kill himself to escape the unrelenting torment that is his life.”

    Too bad we don’t have the same option (okay we do, even if it means I have to avoid visiting this site as well).

    Comment by John DiFool — October 12, 2007 @ 11:37 am

  16. “Actually, the thing that puzzles me the most is why Les is talking to a psychiatrist about all this 10 years later.”

    If you really need an answer to that question, I suggest you go to the nearest VA hospital or outpatient clinic and ask a Vietnam vet why he’s still being treated for PTSD when he’s been home a bare minimum of 34 years…

    Comment by O.B. Dan — October 13, 2007 @ 12:35 am

  17. I know everyone deals with any given situation differently, but Les wasn’t screwed up in Viet Nam. Since Lisa was so at-peace with her death, I doubt she would be very happy to know that he’s been screwed up about it for 10 years. And Les is going through the whole story like this is an initial visit to a counselor. Seems like either it took him 10 years to finally seek counseling (which I don’t think anyone would say was a great idea) or his last counselor took early retirement or jumped off a bridge. After all, even the pro’s have their limits to how much misery they can take.

    Comment by Laurie Wylie — October 13, 2007 @ 12:58 am

  18. But Laurie, this doesn’t seem like a “still,” but rather that Les is just getting around to telling his story now (10 years later).

    Of course he had no choice since Batiuk fast-forwarded the strip 10 years, but still…

    Comment by Cidu Bill — October 13, 2007 @ 1:09 am


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