Saturday, January 19, 2013

Hi and Lois watch

[Hi and Lois, January 19, 2013.]

Sigh. Today’s Hi and Lois just doesn’t make good sense. In the first panel, we see Hi and his dissolute neighbor Thirsty Thurston talking. Says Hi, “The election is over. Aren’t you going to take the bumper sticker off your car?” “No,” says Thirsty. And behold the punchline, such as it is. But Hi lives next to Thirsty. He has seen Thirsty’s car. He knows that it bears a Romney sticker. Hi must also know that the car bears stickers from forty years of presidential elections. Why then would he wonder about the newest one? And why doesn’t it occur to him to wonder why his neighbor is driving a forty-year-old car?

Thirsty’s chronic intoxication might explain his crazily veering political allegiances. Two states still restrict alcohol sales on Election Day, but there appear to be no restrictions on voting while drunk.

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comments: 5

count reeshard said...

Thirsty's car sports a window height-to-fender height ratio suggesting a more modern car, possibly a Scion. Which suggests that Thirsty has another hobby besides drinking: Peeling old bumper stickers off his previous cars and re-gluing them to his latest vehicle. The plot thickens.

Michael Leddy said...

Yes, it does look like a Scion. And your explanation makes sense, so much so that it scares me.

Michael Leddy said...

P.S.: I’d forgotten how easy it is for cartoon characters to remove and reattach bumper stickers. :)

Daughter Number Three said...

Plus I believe it's illegal to put stickers in your rear window, so the police in Thirsty's town, who have been ignoring his flouting of the law since 1972, have not been doing their jobs.

Michael Leddy said...

Come to think of it, I’m not sure I’ve ever seen the police at work in Hi and Lois.