Thursday, March 22, 2007

Is the riot squad related to the brute squad?

Al is seriously trying to kill me with today's strip. Well, not just today's strip. It just seems that a few recently have been like, "When a child is very small, he or she acts one way. And then it grows up and is suddently acting differently! Can you imagine?" It would upset any parent if their child wasn't speaking by age 2; by that point, most children are talking. I'm kind of hoping we're supposed to be shaking our heads at the parents: Mom and Dad were so worried when Hekkie didn't speak as a baby; but now that he's a teenager and chatting on the phone, all they do is complain! But I don't think that's supposed to be our reaction. More like, Hekkie didn't talk when he was an infant, but now he won't shut up! What a brat!

Man. And who actually says "Yakking" like that? Quite frankly, if I use the word "yak," it's most likely in a totally different context.

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At 2:21 PM, Blogger Kaitlyn said...

What context for yak?

The animal or the sound of barfing?

(barfing came to my mind first)

There's that song, Yakety Yak (Don't Talk Back). I have it, it's a nice, simple 50s rock and roll song.

You're right - the cartoon makes no sense.

It would make sense if Hekkie was a 4 or 5 year old who could talk, but didn't around his classmates, and now, ten years down the line, that's all he does! Oh yeah!

Or the 8 year old Hekkie hates girls, they have cooties, he won't talk to them, but ten years down the line, he's got one knocked up and they're getting married. Oh yeah!

But that actually does happen all the time, so it wouldn't qualify for a strip called "They'll Do It Every Time".

Speaking of 2 year olds and the word "doggie", when we lived in Italy, I was 2 for some time (about a year, let's say) and I had a dog named Ogie. Well, I didn't have him, we lived in an apartment, a friend who lived in a house outside the town kept him. He was a stray mutt, and Ogie was my word for Doggie. Long O, hard g. Doesn't rhyme with Doggie, but it's go the same g.

My sister was almost deaf as a baby, due to chronic ear infections and the pollution in Italy, and now, 16 years later, she never shuts up! Oh yeah!

She was supposed to have surgery in the states - New Jersey - when she fell down a flight of concrete stairs. At the doctor's the next day, there was no blockage, she wasn't deaf. But a baby surviving - actually being better for it - a ride down concrete stairs onto a concrete floor does not happen every time.

But when her sinuses get blocked up now, I offer to shove her down our carpeted stairs... she always refuses. Oh yeah!

At 3:41 PM, Blogger Skipperdee said...

Well, to be fair, he's right: the odds are strong that this is something they will do it every time. Where they = normally developing humans, and it = something that's part of basic human development. It's practically inevitable, if somewhat banal, that a 15-year-old will talk moe than a 2-year-old. Well done, Mr. Scaduto.


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