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January 3, 2008


Filed under: Bill Bickel, comic strips, comics, humor, Jan Eliot, pajamas, Stone Soup — Cidu Bill @ 11:02 am

She knew she was wearing pajamas and hoped nobody would notice? She forgot she was wearing pajamas? Or did I sleep through a third possibility?


  1. I can’t see the last panel, even after clicking it, but I guess she’s covering for forgetting. What I really want to say is that I do see many people walking around out in the world in pajamas! What is the statement being made? Do you others notice this trend?

    Comment by panelist — January 3, 2008 @ 11:13 am

  2. The “young salesgirl” told her it wasn’t pajamas, I’d guess.

    Comment by dd — January 3, 2008 @ 11:42 am

  3. oh wait, I thought she was thinking that part too…

    So… yeah, one of your two choices then 🙂

    Comment by dd — January 3, 2008 @ 11:43 am

  4. The “oops” suggests that she didn’t do it on purpose, so it must be the second possibility.

    And that doesn’t look anything like a straight face to me. It looks like an “I’m on drugs” face if anything…

    Comment by furrykef — January 3, 2008 @ 11:59 am

  5. From the first panel “oops”, it would seem she knew she was wearing pajamas and either thought no one would notice or hoped they wouldn’t say anything if they did. Then to make it seem like a ‘mistake’ she tries to blame the ‘sales girl who told her it was a real outfit’. Which is a lie based on the 3rd panel where she’s mentally reminding herself to keep a straight face.

    Comment by BF — January 3, 2008 @ 11:59 am

  6. Clearly, I interpreted “oops” to mean ‘oops, I’ve been caught’ and the mental “straight face” to be her attempt to pass off lie as believable.

    Comment by BF — January 3, 2008 @ 12:02 pm

  7. I find the use of the word “salesgirl” instead of “sales woman” telling. What probably happened is the young person working at the store convinced the (older, probably not fashion forward) character that some tacky trend she wasn’t familiar with (say, wide leg, draw string plaid pants) was not only cool and stylish, but also completely appropriate to wear at work. And the character believed her.

    Comment by Cedar — January 3, 2008 @ 12:04 pm

  8. I think #5 is closest. Someone had already noticed, but it wasn’t someone in management. The previous day’s strip sets it up:

    Comment by Arthur — January 3, 2008 @ 12:11 pm

  9. There has been a trend among “younger folk” (that is to say, college students and so on) to wear those printed flannel pants around town. Most of us would think of them as pajama pants, but many wear them to class and so on. I think the young salesgirl told her it was what everyone was doing, and she believed her, if only half heartedly. The half hearted bit explains the “oops.” As in, “oops, guess I should have listened to my better judgement.”

    Comment by Molly — January 3, 2008 @ 12:59 pm

  10. The strip that ran yesterday explains today’s strip. She knew she was wearing pajamas to work and hoped no one would notice.

    Comment by alley cat — January 3, 2008 @ 1:03 pm

  11. BF got it. The little symbol above the man’s head in the third panel shows that he’s not completely buying the “misleading salesgirl” story.

    Comment by eeyore19 — January 3, 2008 @ 4:35 pm

  12. My interpretation of the previous day’s strip was that Val showed up at work in her pajama’s because she simply forgot to get dressed – just threw on her blazer. A co-worker pointed it out that day, but Val has unwisely tried to bluff the boss today.

    I forgot to shave once, so I took an early lunch and found a barbershop. Unfortunately, the barber had never been asked for a shave before. He did his best – with a cheapo disposable razor!

    Comment by Ooten Aboot — January 3, 2008 @ 5:34 pm

  13. Molly is right on (as usual!). Personally, I love the pajamas look. It doesn’t quite work at work, though. Is Ms. Stone at work? I’m not familiar with the strip.

    Comment by brien — January 4, 2008 @ 2:53 am

  14. I’ve worn pajamas to the doctor a few times, and once, the day after a surgery, to Goodwill.

    There were books, I needed them, I was on a post-surgery cloud.

    I’m a college student, and I’ve yet to do this. I’m too scared.

    Comment by Kaitlyn — January 4, 2008 @ 3:34 am

  15. As for this, yeah, she knows these are PJs and is trying to lie her way out of it.

    I guess.

    Comment by Kaitlyn — January 4, 2008 @ 3:35 am

  16. Don’t have to guess:

    Comment by Mark Jackson — January 4, 2008 @ 10:37 am

  17. This one seems worth the giving of an accessible URL:

    Comment by Kevin Andresen — January 4, 2008 @ 10:51 am

  18. Back in the mid 80s a younger woman started working the overnight weekend shift wearing tight fitted printed paints. It was not unheard of for people to take a cat nap if the workload went smoothly and there was some slack time. I though she was being really blatant about it until my wife started wearing a pair.

    Comment by Frank — January 4, 2008 @ 9:23 pm

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