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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #600 on: 09 Jan 2021, 18:55 »

Imma be honest, Joyce is being a big baby and it seriously starting to annoy the crap out of me.

Whats gets me is its for her nearsightedness. So she only needs to wear it for when she's in the back of the class, perhaps driving and maybe when she's at the movie theater. She can have them off in between. As a near sighted person, I don't wear my glasses all the time, just when I need to.
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #601 on: 09 Jan 2021, 22:48 »

Depends on your degree of nearsightedness. I can't do without my glasses.
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #602 on: 09 Jan 2021, 23:18 »

I don't wear glasses, so maybe I a way off here, but we've seen Joyce wear sunglasses without complaint, so how is this any different? Aside from the obvious that she is actively looking for reasons to complain.
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #603 on: 10 Jan 2021, 02:11 »

Off the top of my head, with no particular backing - sunglasses are because of something external, correctional lenses are because of something internal.
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #604 on: 10 Jan 2021, 03:16 »

I don't wear glasses, so maybe I a way off here, but we've seen Joyce wear sunglasses without complaint, so how is this any different? Aside from the obvious that she is actively looking for reasons to complain.

The difference in my experience is that people who haven't had to wear glasses from a young age, will quite happily adopt all kinds of eye gear as a fashion choice, but will bitch about having to wear glasses when they actually need them. As long as it's a fashion choice, they can leave them off whenever; it's a choice. If you need them, it's not a choice anymore.

The same kind of people that will tell me that it's no big deal the opticians were closed for months as non essential business, because it's, like, just a fashion accessory, right?

Then again, for a lot of people, it's something they associate with aging, and so, in the age of the forever young ideal, will go any lengths to avoid acknowledging time passing. For someone I know, it was part of the midlife crisis, to leave off his glasses, to look younger. Probably helped him crash the car he bought to match the image. Just minor injuries, luckily.
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #605 on: 10 Jan 2021, 08:06 »

Depends on your degree of nearsightedness. I can't do without my glasses.

That's true. I guess I was basing it on my own experience which really seemed to match up with Joyce being unable to see from the back of the large classrooms, but fine in smaller ones. We don't know her prescription or how bad her eyesight was. Perhaps we'll find out when she gets the glasses and notices how different everything looks. When I got my first pair of glasses at 17 years old, I noticed that everything looked different. I could see individual leaves on trees! It was like going from soft definition to HD. But then again, Joyce, as well as others, may have a different experience.
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #606 on: 11 Jan 2021, 10:30 »

Divorce!  :-o

Yes!  :-D

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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #607 on: 14 Jan 2021, 04:42 »

I find it very unlikely that Joyce would ever be able to bring herself to put something on her eyeball.
Its honestly why I don't use contacts.
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #608 on: 17 Jan 2021, 06:37 »

Was Billie's tag always "jennifer" or did Willis change it?
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #609 on: 17 Jan 2021, 07:11 »

They changed it. Very meta.
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #610 on: 18 Jan 2021, 08:07 »

Dina is amazing and I lover her. She can disembowel me anytime.
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #611 on: 20 Jan 2021, 05:57 »

Booster is playing Pokémon Snap.
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #612 on: 06 Feb 2021, 05:04 »

Does Dina have a second hat entirely for dramatic gestures?
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #613 on: 12 Feb 2021, 05:00 »

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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #614 on: 19 Feb 2021, 09:50 »

I oddly am missing Ethan in DoA, even though I didn't even care for him that much
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #615 on: 20 Feb 2021, 07:22 »

Hopefully he shows up
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #616 on: 27 Feb 2021, 10:36 »

So I'm not sure, does Becky know why they broke up? Does anyone besides those two? Will we ever?
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #617 on: 27 Feb 2021, 11:01 »

Unless it was public, I doubt anyone knows. Jennifer cut everyone out of her life and Ruth was never friends with anyone. Asher might know if Jennifer bothered to tell him.  I am pretty sure we'll hear about it eventually.
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #618 on: 28 Feb 2021, 09:05 »

Re: sit - Gotcha, makes sense. Seems cruel even for Willis to have that happen during a time jump, but that's Willis for us I guess. Damn him.

Re: today's comic - Dina's ace, or at least on the ace spectrum, right? If so, hopefully Becky doesn't think that Dina loves her any less than she loves Dina just because her attraction works differently.

Also even if Ruth did something to cause a breakup, I still say Jenny B's being shitty towards her friends.
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #619 on: 28 Feb 2021, 12:22 »

Dina is cannon ace, by Word of Willis, although it has never been explicitly stated in the comic.

And yea, I am hoping Becky can learn that Dina being ace doesn't mean she doesn't love Becky nor that she is interested in having sex with her. Dina has flat out and repeatedly said that she is. Currently Becky seems to be conflating Joyce not being interested in her romantically because she is straight with Dina not experiencing sexual attraction in the same way she does. These are very different scenarios and I hope she can internalise that eventually.
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #621 on: 11 Mar 2021, 11:38 »

Joyce is me as a GM, Walky is me as a player.
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #622 on: 11 Mar 2021, 14:04 »

In my experience, being a GM is spending days working out plot lines, settings, NPCs, etc.  And by the time the actual game session has lasted an hour, the players have already taken it all off the rails.
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #623 on: 11 Mar 2021, 16:44 »

Our druid, who is definitely somebody else and not me, basically took up an entire session trying to figure out a springbok's stats. Our DM loves showing us around the world, which we didn't get to do because of that, so I our druid felt a little bad for it.
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #624 on: 12 Mar 2021, 02:41 »

THE FOLLOWING SCENE is from a YouTube video I watched once about the impossibility of predicting your adventuring party's decisions in a stressful situation.

GM: "So, this little girl is magically and physically bound to the pedestals on which the artefacts are mounted." *Dice clatters* "Mage, your manna sense indicates that there is no way to remove the artefacts without killing her."

PALADIN: "We can't kill a child for those trinkets!"

GM: "You'll have to if you want the powers they'll give you to use against the Evil One!" (Evil grin)

BARBARIAN: "So, basically, the girl is magically bound to the pedestals and there is no way to remove the artefacts without killing her?"

MAGE: (Reads private message note from GM): "Yup. Looks like the security spells are linked to her life-force or something. Maybe some kind of ritual sacrifice connection?" (GM nods)

ROGUE: "So, what happens if we destroy the artefacts?"

LONG PAUSE

RANGER: "What do you mean?"

ROGUE: "Look, if we want to save the kid, we need to hit the thing threatening to kill her and it strikes me that it's the booby-traps on the shiny trinkets!"

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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #625 on: 21 Mar 2021, 01:46 »

So the meta-referential recursion loop has begun. Today's Dumbing of Age (3/21/21) is basically a panel-for-panel redo of an early Roomies strip, right down to the art style. The only difference was 'Joyce' replacing Dan with (future Starfighter Corps Captain) Julia Grey and Joe with (future Earth Alliance President) Doris Kenner.
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #626 on: 27 Mar 2021, 05:07 »

Sarah's probably 10% mad at Joe and 90% mad at herself for setting him up so well.
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #627 on: 08 Apr 2021, 05:13 »

Am I missing something or is this supposed to be confusing?
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #628 on: 08 Apr 2021, 05:30 »

My guess is that, now Jennifer has seen Walky (she was shown staring at his hair in the last panel of the 4/8/21 strip), we're going to get more information from her.
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #629 on: 20 Apr 2021, 04:31 »

"She's out of line, but she's right!"
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #630 on: 01 May 2021, 08:27 »

The straights are most certainly not okay. I should know, I thought I was one of them for like three decades.

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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #631 on: 01 May 2021, 10:42 »

The straights are never okay, but Joyce's straightness is dubious at best.
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #633 on: 07 Nov 2021, 14:58 »

He looks like he lost weight
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #634 on: 07 Dec 2021, 07:40 »

Ethan being "stabbed in the back" by Danny seems a bit over dramatic.
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #635 on: 07 Dec 2021, 12:00 »

Maybe, but Danny did hurt him.
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #636 on: 07 Dec 2021, 12:09 »

To be fair, these are supposed to be 18- and 19-year old kids. I had no sense of proportion when I was 18, either.
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #637 on: 07 Dec 2021, 16:13 »

Maybe, but Danny did hurt him.
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #638 on: 07 Dec 2021, 16:54 »

Danny went to visit Ethan in the hospital while Mike was in the coma, and then proceeded to stick his foot so far in his mouth that his toes were poking out of his *ss:

1. https://www.dumbingofage.com/2020/comic/book-10/04-is-a-song-forever/alonetime/
2. https://www.dumbingofage.com/2020/comic/book-10/04-is-a-song-forever/alderaan/
3. https://www.dumbingofage.com/2020/comic/book-10/04-is-a-song-forever/hospitalized/
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #639 on: 08 Dec 2021, 04:33 »

Oh right, I always forget about that. Ethan was kinda shitty then, too.
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #640 on: 08 Dec 2021, 07:18 »

Danny went to visit Ethan in the hospital while Mike was in the coma, and then proceeded to stick his foot so far in his mouth that his toes were poking out of his *ss:

1. https://www.dumbingofage.com/2020/comic/book-10/04-is-a-song-forever/alonetime/
2. https://www.dumbingofage.com/2020/comic/book-10/04-is-a-song-forever/alderaan/
3. https://www.dumbingofage.com/2020/comic/book-10/04-is-a-song-forever/hospitalized/

I was thinking of those comics too, but Ethan talks about Danny stabbing him in the back. Since that is not what happened in those comics (I mean it was just in-your-face lack of consideration for Ethan's feelings, but nothing back-stabbiness), so  am wondering what Ethan is referring too. I am sure somebody here will know...
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #641 on: 08 Dec 2021, 11:54 »

It might be that I'm thinking of the wrong occurrence, but IIRC that was the last interaction that Danny and Ethan had?

'Back stabbing' can mean different things to different people, and to me it translates to 'you hurt me badly and unexpectedly' which would fit the hospital incident.
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #642 on: 08 Dec 2021, 12:16 »

It could be he's referring to Danny getting him to trust him and like him and think he's a really nice guy only to turn around and hurt him later. Or he was simply playing off Amber's mention of the knife with a little word play, sacrificing accuracy and precision for poetics
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #643 on: 08 Dec 2021, 13:10 »

I suppose there is some flexibility with interpretation of "back-stabbing", so ok maybe it is that last interaction.
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #644 on: 12 Jan 2022, 19:05 »

Joyce hasn't experienced any music outside of christian music. You're Dorthy. What song do you play for her?
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #646 on: 13 Jan 2022, 10:59 »

Dvorak's new world symphony of course: her mind will be blown around 1:57

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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #647 on: 31 Mar 2022, 20:49 »

I always forget that Jennifer's old nickname and Walky's current one are based on their last names. Also, great, Billie's back. That great is not sincere.
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #648 on: 06 Apr 2022, 07:27 »

I grew up in a household where my parents would spank us for being disobedient. I remember growing up and thinking it was normal. That it was the best way to teach kids to behave and not grow up being a bad person. That if x person who got in trouble with the law was hit as a child, they never would have become a criminal. I am a father of two girls (a 4 and a nearly 3 year old) and I can attest that it was all bullshit. A lie my parents (and probably others) were themselves indoctrinated by their parents as "ok," when really it was a loss of patience on the parent's part. I have found myself very close to loosing my patience with my girls a number of times, but I never hit them, even if I lost my patience. I take a step back (mentally) and reflect where loosing my patience will get us. I realize now that those spankings were because A) My parent lost their patience and so hit the kid to make me stop or act right, or B) They didn't want to take the time to teach me WHY we behave or why what I did was bad or potentially dangerous. Hitting was the shortcut. The only punishment I do with my kids is usually take them to their bed and tell them they can come out when they've calmed down. I'm usually in the hallway just outside their room until they're ready which can be anywhere from 5 minutes to an hour (depending on how upset/bratty they were being can effect how long it takes themselves to calm down). Most times the misbehaving is due to them being over stimulated and being removed from that stimuli (or an audience that is fueling the misbehavior) and allowed to calm down allows you to explain what the kid did wrong and why we don't do it. Every time I have done this, my kid has learned why and have corrected their behavior. No "beating" required, no feeling like I am mad at them or that I don't love them. They also reflect on what they did and would often apologize for it without prompting. Kids are smarter than given credit for, especially on an emotional level. You just have to take the time to explain it to them. My parents didn't. It was for "my own good." In reality, it was trauma, normalized trauma.

Edit: For context, my father was not a very patient person in general. For anything. My mother tended to prefer shortcuts for anything.
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Re: Damn You, Willis! (Dumbing of Age) PART 2
« Reply #649 on: 16 Apr 2022, 07:18 »

Well, fuck. So that's why she was called Billie. Damn you, Willis :/
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