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November 27, 2007

Leaving Harry


This week-long Harry Dinkle Rakes His Leaves adventure begs the question of who’s been raking them all the years before he retired (and let’s ignore for a moment the fact that he retired ten years ago although he’s acting as is this is a new development).

My prediction: The next debilitating illness Funky Winkerbean will address is Alzheimer’s: Harry has actually been raking his leaves and mowing the lawn and watching television for the past ten years, but every day he forgets ever having done these things before.


  1. “This week-long Harry Dinkle Rakes His Leaves adventure” is the funniest thing I’ve read in a while.

    Comment by Charlene — November 27, 2007 @ 11:57 pm

  2. I don’t read this strip anymore (except for here), but as I recall, Dinkle was a completely obsessed band director. As such, his wife presumably handled all the details at home, including leaf raking. Maybe she even continued to handle everything after his retirement. If so, this strip then might be the start of Harry learning how much work he has taken for granted.

    Comment by solarrhino — November 28, 2007 @ 2:16 am

  3. Harry stepped down as band director 10 years ago, but he still had a position at the school as head of the music department (or something like that). My reading was that he just recently retired from THAT position.

    Comment by Tim Tjarks — November 28, 2007 @ 10:23 am

  4. Maybe he was being ironic.

    Comment by Keera — November 28, 2007 @ 2:06 pm

  5. Batuik is already addressing Alzheimer’s in his parallel strip, Crankshaft, where one of the sisters who live next door (can’t recall the name, too lazy to search for it) suffers from the malady. And for what it’s worth, I like Funky the way it is now. Don’t always like everything that happens in the strip, but it’s a lot better than the same old recycled high school jokes it used to feature. (e.g., Les is stuck on the rope again). At least it’s no longer totally lame and predictable like Cathy or Garfield.

    Comment by Dan V — November 29, 2007 @ 7:03 pm

  6. Dan, I must come to Garfield’s defense: I was never a fan of the strip but a year or so ago, when Jon began dating Liz, it went through a sudden change and became really entertaining. Is there an expression meaning the opposite of jumping the shark?

    Likewise, while I considered Sally Forth to be a two-dimensional strip, right around the time Ted started crossing over into (the late, much-lamented) Medium Large, the Sally Forth strip developed a weird edge that turned it into one of my favorites.

    Comment by Cidu Bill — November 29, 2007 @ 7:17 pm

  7. Actually, I have to agree about Garfield. It’s a lot better with Liz dating Jon. Still has a lot of lame-o days, though. Today, for example, we have Garfield worrying about Santa, with Odie acting as a spy. yawn…

    Comment by Dan V — November 29, 2007 @ 7:24 pm

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