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So, now what? (Two votes each)

Clinton begs his mum to let Eyebrow Girl sleep over for the night
Clinton begs Claire, Marten and Faye to let Eyebrow Girl sleep over for the night
Clinton begs his mum to let Eyebrow Girl sleep over for the night; it turns into a longer-term thing
We cut back to Marten and Claire; Clinton's call for help interrupts a... moment
Bubbles has things to think about and notices a fire in the city... a BIG fire
We meet another of Jeph's new characters when she comes into CoD the next morning
New arc! Steve returns and he needs Marten's help for something!
New arc! Just what has Hannelore been doing with her time when she isn't at CoD?
New arc! May's probation hearing is coming up and she needs to persuade her friends to speak on her behalf
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WCDT Strips 3221 to 3225 (16 - 20 May 2016)
« on: 15 May 2016, 12:46 »

Timed Poll so that votes must be in before we're too long into the week. I've made it a two vote poll because Jeph can and does sometimes squeeze two different story-lines into a week.

I've voted as follows:
  • Clinton begs his mum to let Eyebrow Girl sleep over for the night; it turns into a longer-term thing - Because I think Mrs A is going to be lonely now both of her birds have flown (Claire spending most of her time at Marten's place now) and is willing to take on an eccentric lodger;
  • We cut back to Marten and Claire; Clinton's call for help interrupts a... moment - Because a one-off interlude of this nature could easily be a nice cheap laugh or two.
I'm sure that other readers have their own ideas, so don't be shy about voting 'Other' and telling us!
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Re: WCDT Strips 3221 to 3225 (16 - 20 May 2016)
« Reply #1 on: 15 May 2016, 13:43 »

New Arc: We find out the Bar was owned by Hannermom who makes a reappearance - Corporate fun and games ensue
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Re: WCDT Strips 3221 to 3225 (16 - 20 May 2016)
« Reply #2 on: 15 May 2016, 15:32 »

I really hope we get a name, soon. Eyebrow Girl is a weird nickname.

(Also sorry I untimed the poll, timed polls seem so unnecessary. You can always change the poll question midweek if you want, but stopping people from voting at all if they see it too late is kinda cruel.)
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Re: WCDT Strips 3221 to 3225 (16 - 20 May 2016)
« Reply #3 on: 15 May 2016, 15:56 »

Her name is Mel, short for magnificent eyebrows lady.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3221 to 3225 (16 - 20 May 2016)
« Reply #4 on: 15 May 2016, 16:02 »

Massive also works.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3221 to 3225 (16 - 20 May 2016)
« Reply #5 on: 15 May 2016, 17:26 »

Clinton falls into same trap he did with Emily, puts on fake eyebrows.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3221 to 3225 (16 - 20 May 2016)
« Reply #6 on: 15 May 2016, 18:30 »

Clinton will chip in for a motel room for the barkeep.

This arc needs an interlude.  Let Pintsize give us an accounting of his whereabouts during the fire.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3221 to 3225 (16 - 20 May 2016)
« Reply #7 on: 15 May 2016, 18:49 »

It's usually 'other'.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3221 to 3225 (16 - 20 May 2016)
« Reply #8 on: 15 May 2016, 19:00 »

It's usually 'butts'.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3221 to 3225 (16 - 20 May 2016)
« Reply #9 on: 15 May 2016, 19:04 »

It's always butts.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3221 to 3225 (16 - 20 May 2016)
« Reply #10 on: 15 May 2016, 19:07 »

Changing my vote to butts.

Comic: it may actually end up being the Claire, Marten, Faye option.

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Re: WCDT Strips 3221 to 3225 (16 - 20 May 2016)
« Reply #11 on: 15 May 2016, 19:20 »

Party at Marten and Fayes place! Barlady and Faye can share home burning stories, and Marten can tell Clinton how well taking a girl in after that turns out! Add in some music and set the roof on fire!  :claireface:
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Re: WCDT Strips 3221 to 3225 (16 - 20 May 2016)
« Reply #12 on: 15 May 2016, 19:51 »

Clinton will chip in for a motel room for the barkeep.

This arc needs an interlude.  Let Pintsize give us an accounting of his whereabouts during the fire.

No, he'll offer a room at his mom's. He knows his sister won't be home so there will be separate rooms for both without any questions. If his mom can accept Claire, walking in with her won't even rate a raised eyebrow.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3221 to 3225 (16 - 20 May 2016)
« Reply #13 on: 15 May 2016, 19:57 »

Why wouldn't she accept Claire?
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Re: WCDT Strips 3221 to 3225 (16 - 20 May 2016)
« Reply #14 on: 15 May 2016, 20:49 »

Eyebrow Girl?  Give the poor woman a name!
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Re: WCDT Strips 3221 to 3225 (16 - 20 May 2016)
« Reply #15 on: 15 May 2016, 20:51 »

Eyebrow Girl?  Give the poor woman a name!

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Re: WCDT Strips 3221 to 3225 (16 - 20 May 2016)
« Reply #16 on: 15 May 2016, 21:52 »

Why wouldn't she accept Claire?

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« Reply #17 on: 15 May 2016, 23:04 »

I'm more sure than ever that this new character has some kind of social or behavioural disorder. Most people would be hysterical in her situation but she remains deliberate, calm and monotone. It really seems that she can't properly process emotions and non-verbal communication. Because she doesn't 'get' it, she can't do it herself.

I'm left with two possible conclusions:
  • She is somewhere on the autistic spectrum;
  • Her life to date has been so shitty that she just has had all the pain and rage burned out of her by the hopelessness.
The second option wouldn't explain her failure to get that Clinton wasn't a troublemaker, so, yeah, I'm thinking that this is autism of some kind.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3221 to 3225 (16 - 20 May 2016)
« Reply #18 on: 15 May 2016, 23:42 »

I think she's an AI, one not terribly well programmed for human interaction.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3221 to 3225 (16 - 20 May 2016)
« Reply #19 on: 16 May 2016, 00:40 »

At first, I thought that it made no sense for an AI not terribly well programmed for human interaction would have a job that primarily involves human interaction.

Then I asked myself why it would make less sense for an AI to have such a job than for a human, and didn't have a good answer.

Still, that feeling persists, so there it is.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3221 to 3225 (16 - 20 May 2016)
« Reply #20 on: 16 May 2016, 00:59 »

So...
What happened in the 90 minutes we didn't get to see? Did he really just drink quietly at the bar for an hour before the fire started?

And if it is Autism that drives her character's unusual traits, I can't say I'm a particular fan of the representation here. (Amd it seems weird that she was so acute and on point in 3215.)
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Re: WCDT Strips 3221 to 3225 (16 - 20 May 2016)
« Reply #21 on: 16 May 2016, 01:00 »


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Re: WCDT Strips 3221 to 3225 (16 - 20 May 2016)
« Reply #22 on: 16 May 2016, 01:06 »

I'm more sure than ever that this new character has some kind of social or behavioural disorder. Most people would be hysterical in her situation but she remains deliberate, calm and monotone.
I'm no psychologist, but I think she is still just in shock. The reality of all her earthly belongings going up in flames in front of her eyes has not fully registered yet.
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« Reply #23 on: 16 May 2016, 01:10 »

I'm more sure than ever that this new character has some kind of social or behavioural disorder. Most people would be hysterical in her situation but she remains deliberate, calm and monotone.

I'm no psychologist, but I think she is still just in shock. The reality of all her earthly belongings going up in flames in front of her eyes has not fully registered yet.

The thing is that, with the exception of her only semi-canonical response to Barry's fishing story, she always seems to act like this. It doesn't seem to be shock (which was my first idea too). It just seems to be the way she talks and acts!
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Re: WCDT Strips 3221 to 3225 (16 - 20 May 2016)
« Reply #24 on: 16 May 2016, 01:34 »

I think she's an AI, one not terribly well programmed for human interaction.

I think it would have great potential for interaction with Clinton, who has been seen as a bit AI-fanboyish. An AI whose personality does not mesh too well with his would be interesting.

Then again, I don't think she's an AI based on her appearance. AI chassis in the comic tend to be simple visually and with a "robotey" features to their faces.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3221 to 3225 (16 - 20 May 2016)
« Reply #25 on: 16 May 2016, 03:13 »

Most people would be hysterical in her situation but she remains deliberate, calm and monotone.
Not IME. When my house burned down no-one was hysterical.
One of my mates I think still tells the story of me knocking him up at 3am and saying,
"Hi Simon, may I borrow your sofa, my house has just burnt down"

you could see the wheels turning :
'is he drunk, is he stoned, is he telling the truth, DO I CARE?'

Her reaction very much mirrors how we were. Some things are just too big for shouting and hysteria.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3221 to 3225 (16 - 20 May 2016)
« Reply #26 on: 16 May 2016, 03:26 »

"Hi Simon, may I borrow your sofa, my house has just burnt down"
Where were you going to take the sofa?
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« Reply #27 on: 16 May 2016, 03:33 »

So...
What happened in the 90 minutes we didn't get to see? Did he really just drink quietly at the bar for an hour before the fire started?

It doesn't have to have been ninety minutes. It could have been a lot less and then the rest of the time being filled with Clinton getting people out, giving statements to the police and then making an effort at comforting the still-nameless barkeep.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3221 to 3225 (16 - 20 May 2016)
« Reply #28 on: 16 May 2016, 04:02 »

I'm wondering if she's still in shock, though...
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Re: WCDT Strips 3221 to 3225 (16 - 20 May 2016)
« Reply #29 on: 16 May 2016, 04:41 »

I'm slightly hoping for a "Sucks for you." then Clinton decides to walk home. It'd be funny.

I'm expecting a Marten/Faye style perma-sleepover.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3221 to 3225 (16 - 20 May 2016)
« Reply #30 on: 16 May 2016, 05:08 »

"funny"

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Re: WCDT Strips 3221 to 3225 (16 - 20 May 2016)
« Reply #31 on: 16 May 2016, 05:30 »

I'm changing my vote to "Clinton and Eyebrow Lady end up in a whirlwind romance culminating in a massive blow-out wedding that makes Marten's dad's look like a monastery repainting.  We never learn her name.  Ever.  And neither does Clin-ton."
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« Reply #32 on: 16 May 2016, 06:54 »

She might also be from a culture that ingrains self-control and understatement.
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« Reply #33 on: 16 May 2016, 07:19 »

I'm more sure than ever that this new character has some kind of social or behavioural disorder. Most people would be hysterical in her situation but she remains deliberate, calm and monotone. It really seems that she can't properly process emotions and non-verbal communication. Because she doesn't 'get' it, she can't do it herself.

I'm left with two possible conclusions:
  • She is somewhere on the autistic spectrum;
  • Her life to date has been so shitty that she just has had all the pain and rage burned out of her by the hopelessness.
The second option wouldn't explain her failure to get that Clinton wasn't a troublemaker, so, yeah, I'm thinking that this is autism of some kind.

Huh. I had her pegged for a recent immigrant from Central/Eastern Europe. The seeming disregard for fashion/grooming standards and 'customer service' and the short sentences would fit, as well as the (apparent) stoicism.

In my experience, people that just had their Bar burned down over their heads tend to be shellshocked, with the occasional short bout of sobbing or two.
Not much emotion on display, overall.

(Yes, that actually happened - We came to play a gig in a little Bar in Cologne, only to find it ... 'well done'.)
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« Reply #34 on: 16 May 2016, 08:04 »

Huh. I had her pegged for a recent immigrant from Central/Eastern Europe. The seeming disregard for fashion/grooming standards and 'customer service' and the short sentences would fit, as well as the (apparent) stoicism.

That's how we're viewed by the outside world...? OK then. That's kinda sad  :meh:
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« Reply #35 on: 16 May 2016, 08:19 »

Huh. I had her pegged for a recent immigrant from Central/Eastern Europe. The seeming disregard for fashion/grooming standards and 'customer service' and the short sentences would fit, as well as the (apparent) stoicism.

That's how we're viewed by the outside world...? OK then. That's kinda sad  :meh:

Tough, capable, no-nonsense, resilient?

That's how this particular German views our eastern Neighbours - that insulting?

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Re: WCDT Strips 3221 to 3225 (16 - 20 May 2016)
« Reply #36 on: 16 May 2016, 08:25 »

Huh. I had her pegged for a recent immigrant from Central/Eastern Europe. The seeming disregard for fashion/grooming standards and 'customer service' and the short sentences would fit, as well as the (apparent) stoicism.

That's how we're viewed by the outside world...? OK then. That's kinda sad  :meh:

Tough, capable, no-nonsense, resilient?

That's how this particular German views our eastern Neighbours - that insulting?

I never said I was insulted. I said I was sad ;) anyhow, based on the character attached to those comments, you might say "tough, capable, no-nonsense, resilient", and you also might say "thick-skinned, drab-looking, gruff, emotionally cold and less-than-comfortable with the English language". That's the vibe I got from the part of your post I quoted :)

And since at least in some situations I've heard such labels attached to people from Central Europe/Poland by Westerners (or at least some of those), I think that view is not exactly uncommon. Heck, I'd agree with some of that, overall.

...I guess it's still better than the "you guys steal ALL the cars around here" stereotype that most Scandinavians seem to have  :-D
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Re: WCDT Strips 3221 to 3225 (16 - 20 May 2016)
« Reply #37 on: 16 May 2016, 08:35 »

Huh. I had her pegged for a recent immigrant from Central/Eastern Europe. The seeming disregard for fashion/grooming standards and 'customer service' and the short sentences would fit, as well as the (apparent) stoicism.

That's how we're viewed by the outside world...? OK then. That's kinda sad  :meh:

Tough, capable, no-nonsense, resilient?

That's how this particular German views our eastern Neighbours - that insulting?

I never said I was insulted. I said I was sad ;) anyhow, based on the character attached to those comments, you might say "tough, capable, no-nonsense, resilient", and you also might say "thick-skinned, drab-looking, gruff, emotionally cold and less-than-comfortable with the English language". That's the vibe I got from the part of your post I quoted :)

Actually, not so long ago I've listened to a Greek woman describe Germans in similar terms ...

...I guess it's still better than the "you guys steal ALL the cars around here" stereotype that most Scandinavians seem to have  :-D

Huh? That one never dies out, now does it?

My Father's family are/were Western Prussians from the Tuchel region (Gostyzyn/Liebenau, Oblast Tuchel) - Sadly, my Polish is restricted to "Poproszę o sześć piw"  :oops:


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'She doesn't speak in my name' will have to suffice  :oops:
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Re: WCDT Strips 3221 to 3225 (16 - 20 May 2016)
« Reply #38 on: 16 May 2016, 08:38 »

Just going to mention that barkeep's eyebrows seem to have grown since her introduction in 3210. Dealing with Clinton must have caused a surge in follicle growth hormone, or something. Now they look like England from Hetalia.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3221 to 3225 (16 - 20 May 2016)
« Reply #39 on: 16 May 2016, 08:40 »

"Poproszę o sześć piw" is perfectly correct grammatically, but it strikes me as somewhat awkward. It may depend on the region, but I don't think I've ever heard a person use that particular construction. I think a more natural one is "Sześć piw, proszę" ;) [/nitpick] (in my defense, I nitpick language for a living)
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Re: WCDT Strips 3221 to 3225 (16 - 20 May 2016)
« Reply #40 on: 16 May 2016, 08:55 »

"Poproszę o sześć piw" is perfectly correct grammatically, but it strikes me as somewhat awkward. It may depend on the region, but I don't think I've ever heard a person use that particular construction. I think a more natural one is "Sześć piw, proszę" ;) [/nitpick] (in my defense, I nitpick language for a living)

Well, it was taught to me by a polish-born fellow student during the train-ride to Wolin.  :-D

In Adam's defense: He was 12 when his parents headed west due to some Solidarność-affiliations, so his Polish might have been lacking a bit of everyday practise.

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Re: WCDT Strips 3221 to 3225 (16 - 20 May 2016)
« Reply #41 on: 16 May 2016, 10:50 »

I'm more sure than ever that this new character has some kind of social or behavioural disorder. Most people would be hysterical in her situation but she remains deliberate, calm and monotone.

I'm no psychologist, but I think she is still just in shock. The reality of all her earthly belongings going up in flames in front of her eyes has not fully registered yet.

The thing is that, with the exception of her only semi-canonical response to Barry's fishing story, she always seems to act like this. It doesn't seem to be shock (which was my first idea too). It just seems to be the way she talks and acts!

Maybe her grief is in equal balance with joy.  Perhaps she hated her job and wanted a change and now this happened.  She doesn't have an excuse for staying employed there any longer and the biggest problem she has right now is where to sleep for the night.   
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Re: WCDT Strips 3221 to 3225 (16 - 20 May 2016)
« Reply #42 on: 16 May 2016, 14:08 »

She might have some audotiry processing disorder, not sure.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3221 to 3225 (16 - 20 May 2016)
« Reply #43 on: 16 May 2016, 15:00 »

Or maybe she is just like that. No disorder, just calm and bad at human interaction. Some people are just poorly socialized and even tempered.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3221 to 3225 (16 - 20 May 2016)
« Reply #44 on: 16 May 2016, 15:40 »

So, anyone seeing Clinton offering to help her out and find a place to stay?
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Re: WCDT Strips 3221 to 3225 (16 - 20 May 2016)
« Reply #45 on: 16 May 2016, 16:07 »

Dunno, I have a friend who's a bartender and she really hates the fact that she'll have to get a hearing aid. Barlady really reminds me of her, they even look alike.
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« Reply #46 on: 16 May 2016, 17:00 »

Or maybe she is just like that. No disorder, just calm and bad at human interaction. Some people are just poorly socialized and even tempered.

How can you say that? This clearly is a case of

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Re: WCDT Strips 3221 to 3225 (16 - 20 May 2016)
« Reply #48 on: 16 May 2016, 18:24 »

No, he'll offer a room at his mom's. He knows his sister won't be home so there will be separate rooms for both without any questions. If his mom can accept Claire, walking in with her won't even rate a raised eyebrow.

I feel like it's kind of a leap from "not a complete shitheel to her own blood" to "willing to take in a somewhat frightening stranger."
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Re: WCDT Strips 3221 to 3225 (16 - 20 May 2016)
« Reply #49 on: 16 May 2016, 18:30 »

I know this nice bridge you can sleep under...
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