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December 19, 2007

My Date With Les

Filed under: Bill Bickel, comic strips, comics, Funky Winkerbean, humor, Les Moore, Tom Batiuk — Cidu Bill @ 6:12 am


Okay, see, since pretty much our first impression of the middle-aged Les/Summer relationship was kind of creepy, and she came right out and called him creepy, it’s difficult not to read a strip like this one other than through ick-colored glasses.

Les really has gone too long without a woman.


  1. Also, wtf is a “solo car date”? I mean, I get what it must be from the name, but who the hell has ever used that phrase before in the history of mankind?

    Comment by Count Shrimpula — December 19, 2007 @ 9:33 am

  2. “Solo Car Date” is either a) an indication that Les has no idea how people talk nowadays and has reverted to sounding like an immigrant with only a basic grasp of English, or b) a case where the writer is knowingly making up new terms, like “roadside” (For Better or Worse).

    Comment by El Santo — December 19, 2007 @ 11:29 am

  3. Actually, wouldn’t a solo car date mean she’s going alone?

    Comment by Cidu Bill — December 19, 2007 @ 1:10 pm

  4. I know right! Until I read another comics blogs, I thought that Les didn’t want her driving by herself to the dance. Like, she needs a DD? Or he’s all about carpooling?

    ‘Solo car date’ sounds just awkward enough to be something that the They’ll Do It Every Time guy (rest his soul) would come up with.

    Comment by Cedar — December 19, 2007 @ 2:09 pm

  5. Maybe Baituk is predicting slang 10 years in the future? Maybe we should “axe” him about it.

    I’ve been saying it ever since the last time jump, but yesterday’s Evil Les laugh proves he is DEFINITELY The Master

    Comment by Rasheed — December 19, 2007 @ 2:31 pm

  6. I thought “roadside” was a word. Maybe its Canadian.

    Comment by Judy — December 19, 2007 @ 2:49 pm

  7. I have often heard parents use the term “solo date” to refer to a “single couple” and made it a stipulation for daughters in their early teens (*I* am not discriminating gender, this is just what I have observed). That doesn’t make it any more grammatically correct; we can still ridicule Les for having bad grammar, but not for having his own personal, nonsensical slang.

    Saying “solo car date” does sound a little odd, but “car date” (I am assuming everyone has heard this one) and “solo date” have different connotations in how they restrict the date participants.

    Comment by M. Dabney — December 19, 2007 @ 3:06 pm

  8. To me, Les doesn’t come across creepy here – just overprotective. He’s apparently wrapped his whole life up in Summer since Lisa’s death (not uncommon), and is trying to shield her from harm. In my 17 year old daughter’s world, there are “solo dates” and “group dates”. Group dates are totally okay with all but the most smothering parents. Many don’t allow solo dates at all. This is a rather extreme response to a dangerous world, but if handled correctly the kids turn out better than if they’d been allowed to do whatever they want. I think Les just wants the best for Summer.

    Comment by Dan V — December 19, 2007 @ 4:06 pm

  9. Roadside has been around as long as I have (very long). Roadside stands usually sell locally grown fruites and vegetables. Roadside cafes have big parking lots so you can pull in and out easily. Roadside Inns were located on highways (before the interstates). Plus, I used to sit on the roadside and hitch hike.

    Comment by Lola — December 19, 2007 @ 4:08 pm

  10. … I meant how For Better Or Worse uses “roadside.” There’s a strip from earlier this year where “roadside” was pretty much the equivalent of “slutty” or “prostitute.” (It was a strip where April’s friend was talking about her music rival.)

    Comment by El Santo — December 19, 2007 @ 4:10 pm

  11. Also, to clarify a bit further, in an interview Lynn Johnston did admit that she basically made up “roadside,” since she loves making up slang.

    Comment by El Santo — December 19, 2007 @ 4:11 pm

  12. Roadside!

    Comment by Cedar — December 19, 2007 @ 4:25 pm

  13. That’s better than what my brother in law told his 17 year old daughter who had a date with an 18 year old boy:

    “Just remember, what ever he does for you tonight: if he buys you dinner takes you to a movie…I get to do the same thing for him tomorrow night.”

    Comment by Robert Warden — December 19, 2007 @ 5:34 pm

  14. I’m a little more disturbed by how easily Les gave in. I would tend to agree with him that car dating — which to me carries with it the implication of serious making out at the very least — is not appropriate for a 15-year-old.

    Comment by Powers — December 19, 2007 @ 7:52 pm

  15. Some cars are being turned into an instant motel.

    Comment by Bohol — December 20, 2007 @ 4:19 am

  16. Dan, the reason I find Les creepy is that he began acting creepy the moment we first saw him “post-jump”, and Summer’s already CALLED him creepy — so by default if his comments CAN be interpreted in a creepy manner now, they WILL be.

    Comment by Cidu Bill — December 20, 2007 @ 6:40 am

  17. What Dan V. said.

    Bill, it’s creepy when a single adult male who is not a coach watches an all girl’s team practice. It’s not creepy when a parent gets the better of a teenager by tricking said teenager. It’s damned annoying. Stupid grown-ups.

    Comment by Keera — December 20, 2007 @ 1:42 pm

  18. Robert – Wha- what?

    Was your brother-in-law’s intention to force his daughter’s date into choosing only kind, chaste activities? Or to get to know her boyfriend better? I have to admit I’m a little perplexed… and bit scared.

    Comment by The Ploughman — December 21, 2007 @ 11:48 am

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