Friday, August 18, 2006

Man, those cars have HUGE wheels

Today's strip marks the return of the old, black convertible. Welcome back! It's positively been days since we've seen you! Or, a day. Since Wednesday, in fact. Sad. There are other types of cars, Al.

Anyway, yes, it is annoying when the car in front of you uses the first pump. Well, I imagine it would be. I don't know that I've ever had that happen to me. I like how Scaduto drew a barrel and other crap in the bottom right corner to show that our hapless driver can't just go around, which is what most people would do in that situation.

I don't see being annoyed with people because they're filling up the tank; don't most people? Maybe not always, but it's not that rare, is it? And yet, it's the final straw, pushing the driver to want to "hi-test" the other one to the moon (I guess Scaduto is a big Honeymooners fan, judging from his fondness of threatening to "blank" someone to the moon a lot).

Again with the misuse of the word "nerd." That's not what a nerd is, Al! Catch up on the slang! "Nerd" has only been in common usage, my entire life, and I'm almost 28. Need another sign that Al's living in 1955? The gas station worker, in the overalls, with the old-fashioned oil can. Water can? Not sure.


At 3:40 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The pump jockey's archaic dress and oil can are not suprising, since no such person has existed in the US for the last 30 years.

My mother, who's 82, can use "nerd" correctly in a sentence, so Scaduto must be older than that.

At 4:21 PM, Anonymous pelagius said...

It should be "P.P.S. Of course you're running late"

P.P.P.S: And of course he's driving a clown car.

Oh yeah? Notice that the guy pumping the gas and the "pump jockey" are EXACTLY THE SAME DRAWING, just in different hats and holding different things..

At 4:34 PM, Blogger Barb said...

Gah! I totally meant to mention that it should be "P.P.S." but completely forgot. I'm going to blame my brain being numbed by the stupidity of staring at the strip for too long.

At 4:54 PM, Anonymous BigJoe said...

So what if he had pulled up to the last pump? Then you pull up to the middle one and someone pulls up behind you and then you're stuck anyway due to the bizarre unrealistic design of that gas station. Screwed no matter what, Al.

At 5:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm surprised he drew a self-service station. How modern.

At 5:55 PM, Blogger DaveyK said...

I'm fond of the fact that he's put out by someone getting a full tank of gas.

Yet another indication that this strip is from the 1950's.

Now that gas is paid for with ATM/VISA cards rather than cash-in-pocket, doesn't everyone always fill up?

At 5:59 PM, Blogger Dave said...

Maybe tomorrow he can run one about how whenever you are filling up your car, some "Nerd" who failed to adequately plan his travel time pulls in behind you and yells at you for taking too long, as though you can speed up the maximum rate of flow into your car.

Seems like something he'd do. . .

Oh Yeah!

At 9:42 PM, Anonymous ben said...

Scaduto, and his submitters, live in a permanent state of furious, inchoate rage about the pettiest concern. Remember the waitress who wanted to burn someone alive because he liked his eggs sunny-side up? How was that even a problem? How did it affect her or cost her anything or do her any harm? Now we're fantasizing violence against a guy filling his gas tank. It is just not mentally healthy.

At 8:51 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can also see that the type of pump is rather archaic; the pre computerized, pre credit-card accepting style pumps with the "wheels" displaying the digits of the price and such.


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