Fade-Out on For Better or For Worse

The last panel in the storyline of the Patterson family ran today for the comic strip “For Better or For Worse,” as evidenced by author Lynn Johnston’s ‘sign-off’ note. From here forward, the strip will be reborn somewhat, starting from essentially the beginning in what the author calls “new-runs.”  But the storyline as it was has now ended and the characters will be frozen in time.

For years, this strip was a highlight of the comics pages for me and my family. While it started as a running-gag-a-day strip with occasional storylines, it grew into a soap-opera of sorts, with long-playing storylines that included everything from births to deaths, growing older, and even coming out as gay. It’s one of the last truly groundbreaking comic strips still being produced.

But for now, the story has ended. I’m sad, but thankfully there are 29 years of memories to fall back on.

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Today in History: I Have A Dream

On this day in history, August 28, 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his monumental and historic “I Have A Dream” speech in Washington, DC.

Tonight, history will be again be made on this date, when, for the first time in American history, an African-American man will accept the nomination for President of the United States of America.  How far we have come, and how far we still have to go.  Martin Luther King, Jr. would be proud to see his dream realized.

Blast from the Past: Great Space Coaster!

TheBadMonkey, a friend on Plurk, shared this video with everyone, and in a matter of seconds I was 10 years old again. I swear it’s groovier and more wonderful than I even remembered it:

And my favorite segment from “Great Space Coaster,” Gary Gnu. No Gnews is Good Gnews!

What's Bugging Rick? (Episode #483)

1. I really like my new blog template, but I hate all that crud at the bottom.  And I don’t like that it just says “Comments” where you click to go to the comments page.  Does anyone have any suggestions on how to (easily) fix this?

2. My allergies have been THROUGH THE ROOF this last week, and even though drugs are helping (yay drugs!), I still feel like my head is full of cotton or poly-fill or some other crud that doesn’t belong there.  Is there ANY time during the year where allergies are not a problem (besides the dead of winter?)  Just being rhetorical here… unless, of course, you have some magic solution.

3. I just bought a new 22″ flat screen monitor that I LOVE but now I have three… count ’em… THREE monitors hanging around my apartment: The new one and two 17″ CRTs.  Anyone need a monitor?
I bought a new mop a couple weeks ago that featured a “convenient” telescoping handle for “easy storage.”  I can’t get the goddamned thing extended.  And I was desperate for a mop, so I used it anyway.  The kicker: It cost me $15 for the stupid thing.  Now I’m stuck with a mop fit for a little person.  Any little people out there that need a mop?

4. My air conditioning is out on my car (and has been for the last year and a half), and now the brakes are going.  It just doesn’t pay to have a car.  It costs.  Lots.

5. Barack Obama made his VP choice and the media has leaked the news… before I got my text message.  (His website now shows Biden.  I guess it’s official now.) And instead of more people jumping on the bandwagon, all I see in news comments and other reports are more bitter Hillary supporters saying they are voting for McCain.  What the hell is wrong with these people?  I just don’t understand their supposed logic.

*UPDATE* 4:00a.m. – I finally got my text message.

6. On the other hand, I am fully in support of Obama and will vote for him in November, but the man has got to grow a pair and fast.  I’m tired of his silence in the press.  Lately it seems that all he does is defend himself against McCain’s attacks.  It’s time for Obama to start attacking.  Change, schmange.  It’s MAKE IT WORK time.

And that’s all for this week’s installment of “What’s Bugging Rick?”  Have a great weekend!

I've been totally read!

And it was by a Color Test meme. Thanks so very much to Michael at What’s A Boy To Do/Are You Sure You Want To Know? for this little gem.

The most freakishly accurate item:

Rick’s Actual Problem #2
Disappointment and the fear that there is no point in formulating fresh goals have led to anxiety, and he is distressed by the lack of any close and understanding relationship. He attempts to escape into a substitute world in which things are more nearly as he desires them to be.

The most amusing item:

Rick’s Desired Objective
Wishes to find his stimulation in a voluptuous atmosphere of sensuous luxury.

Amen, sister.  Couldn’t have put it better myself.

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