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November 29, 2007



When somebody sends me a cat comic, at least sometimes I can explain it. We start getting into latte territory… forget it.



  1. Absolutely no idea. I can’t even hazard a guess as to why a latte would lead someone to the ledge of a building. Unless the joke is that this guy is about to jump, and that’s the only advice she can think to give him. In which case, a dry, “Ballard Street” style caption would have helped.
    Also, he apparently has no feet.

    Comment by Jim M. — November 29, 2007 @ 4:35 am

  2. This is from Jeff Stahler’s non-Editorial strip, “Moderately Confused”, one of the most densely CIDU archives of strips for me. describes his strip as “whimsical” and I would advance that way past free association.

    Perhaps the strong perspective is a clue (because “no-foam” keeps killing every idea I come up with).

    Could the lady be driving him to jump? Can this in any way be made into a Red Bull gives you wings reference?

    I sure hope it’s explainable.

    Comment by Kevin Andresen — November 29, 2007 @ 5:10 am

  3. It’s a comment on the sad over-complexification of coffee drinks.

    In a simpler time, when people drank coffee, her line would have been “stick to decaf”.

    Now that lots of people go to Charbucks and similar places to buy frou-frou milk drinks, she can’t just say “decaf”, she has to specify some weird combination of milk modifiers. I’m surprised she didn’t say “grande”.

    This is mildly reminiscent of a scene early in the movie “L.A. Story”, in which a group of people in a restaurant are all ordering things like “half-caf no-fat soyachino”.

    Comment by Morris Keesan — November 29, 2007 @ 9:00 am

  4. I think the cartoonist is under the impression that there is such a thing as drinking too much coffee, which in this case has made the guy on the ledge so tense he no longer wants to live, thus the decaf suggestion.

    Comment by Robert Warden — November 29, 2007 @ 10:41 am

  5. Perhaps he’s just looking for the nearest Starbucks. With one already on every street corner, they’ve got to expand somewhere, so maybe the guy on the ledge figures they’re expanding upwards, and installing a barista on the ledge outside his office (and if they have not, a good franchise opportunity).

    Comment by another josh — November 29, 2007 @ 12:07 pm

  6. Which reminds me of a great Onion headline that went something like this “New Starbucks Opens in Back Room of Existing Starbucks.”

    Comment by Lola — November 29, 2007 @ 12:15 pm

  7. Think of standing at the bow of the Titanic as it courses through the foam on its way to disaster.

    Comment by Frank — November 29, 2007 @ 5:12 pm

  8. “I’m foaming, Jack! I’m FOAMING!”

    Comment by Jim M. — November 29, 2007 @ 7:03 pm

  9. Hmmm… milk foam never made ME suicidal….

    Comment by L.B. Wylie — November 30, 2007 @ 12:31 am

  10. I think Morris got it.

    Comment by Powers — November 30, 2007 @ 6:53 am

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