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The Occupancy Limit - What will it bring?

A week of heart-to-heart between Claire and her mother about flying the nest
Bubbles gets it in her head that she needs to find somewhere else to live
Pintsize finally reveals his long-term game-plan about achieving his unholy goals
Hannelore has a suggestion that might solve all their problems
Faye counsels just carrying on as if nothing is wrong because, as far as they know, it isn't
Marten chairs a House Meeting on the subject
We finally meet the landlord
Jeph doesn't follow this up at all and just goes off on some other subject
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Re: WCDT Strips 3466 to 3470 (24th to 28th April 2017)
« Reply #50 on: 24 Apr 2017, 18:55 »

Halberd?  I thought Bubbles was more of a mace or war hammer. 
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Re: WCDT Strips 3466 to 3470 (24th to 28th April 2017)
« Reply #51 on: 24 Apr 2017, 19:05 »

And an excellent deterrent ti burgles

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Re: WCDT Strips 3466 to 3470 (24th to 28th April 2017)
« Reply #52 on: 24 Apr 2017, 19:40 »

Argh, Faye and BUbbles are so cute.

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Re: WCDT Strips 3466 to 3470 (24th to 28th April 2017)
« Reply #53 on: 24 Apr 2017, 20:31 »

Halberd?  I thought Bubbles was more of a mace or war hammer.

Definitely a Guisarme-Voulge.

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Re: WCDT Strips 3466 to 3470 (24th to 28th April 2017)
« Reply #54 on: 24 Apr 2017, 20:36 »

Argh, Faye and BUbbles are so cute.

(Jeremy catches Bubbles in the workshop with a roll of red dermal covering that she's heat-shrinking over a rather large female torso form)

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"It's... it's not a birthday present for Faye..."

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Re: WCDT Strips 3466 to 3470 (24th to 28th April 2017)
« Reply #55 on: 24 Apr 2017, 20:37 »

I want the trilance sruss or the demi lune.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3466 to 3470 (24th to 28th April 2017)
« Reply #56 on: 24 Apr 2017, 21:50 »

Northampton seems to be mostly a safe place but yes, nobody would risk trouble with Bubbles.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3466 to 3470 (24th to 28th April 2017)
« Reply #57 on: 24 Apr 2017, 23:15 »

Today's comic is all about aesthetics. Faye's aesthetics are all about heavy metal objects that could kill but are also amazing to look at. Claire's aesthetic is... well... as Jeph put it, 'there's a lot going on there'. I think that Claire is either struggling to find a consistent aesthetic or she sees no point to going by anyone's lights except her own. I mean, combat boots and a sun-dress with a fleece jacket on top? You have to admit that's a mix of lots of styles!

So, it looks like we're going to meet with Mrs A this week. I strongly suspect that we're going to get: "That's nice dear", "I'm happy for you dear" and, after Marten and Claire leave, her to do something empty nest-driven like calling Chad over for a tumble or going out on a bar crawl.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3466 to 3470 (24th to 28th April 2017)
« Reply #58 on: 25 Apr 2017, 01:11 »

I mean, combat boots and a sun-dress with a fleece jacket on top? You have to admit that's a mix of lots of styles!

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Re: WCDT Strips 3466 to 3470 (24th to 28th April 2017)
« Reply #59 on: 25 Apr 2017, 01:15 »

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Actually, that is a very good catch! Claire's clothes in today's strip are almost precisely those of River Tam's outdoor wear! Does this mean that Claire could possibly kill someone with just her brain?
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Re: WCDT Strips 3466 to 3470 (24th to 28th April 2017)
« Reply #60 on: 25 Apr 2017, 01:25 »

I did some googling to try to figure out how much rent would be for a 2-bedroom in Northampton split 4 ways.

Jesus Christ, how does anyone live in Massachusetts. I mean I knew rent in Boston was ridiculous, but holy shit is the whole state like that? With prices like that I'm surprised the whole place isn't just devoid of people.
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« Reply #61 on: 25 Apr 2017, 02:09 »

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Actually, that is a very good catch! Claire's clothes in today's strip are almost precisely those of River Tam's outdoor wear! Does this mean that Claire could possibly kill someone with just her brain?

"Also, I can kill you with my floof."
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Re: WCDT Strips 3466 to 3470 (24th to 28th April 2017)
« Reply #62 on: 25 Apr 2017, 02:33 »

Halberd?  I thought Bubbles was more of a mace or war hammer.

Definitely a Guisarme-Voulge.



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Re: WCDT Strips 3466 to 3470 (24th to 28th April 2017)
« Reply #63 on: 25 Apr 2017, 03:01 »

Halberd?  I thought Bubbles was more of a mace or war hammer.

Definitely a Guisarme-Voulge.



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Re: WCDT Strips 3466 to 3470 (24th to 28th April 2017)
« Reply #64 on: 25 Apr 2017, 03:54 »

I honestly thought  that Claire was still in her nightgown. "Wait - she's going out in her nightgown?"

I want the trilance sruss or the demi lune.

Naginata's better against unarmored or lightly armored opponents. Against heavier armor - well, the guisarme looks like an oversized can opener because that's pretty much what it is.

I did some googling to try to figure out how much rent would be for a 2-bedroom in Northampton split 4 ways.

Jesus Christ, how does anyone live in Massachusetts. I mean I knew rent in Boston was ridiculous, but holy shit is the whole state like that? With prices like that I'm surprised the whole place isn't just devoid of people.


There are places in Massachusetts where housing costs are less outrageous, but that's precisely because nobody wants to live  there. And after four years in the Boston suburbs Northampton seems downright reasonable.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3466 to 3470 (24th to 28th April 2017)
« Reply #65 on: 25 Apr 2017, 04:07 »

I mean, combat boots and a sun-dress with a fleece jacket on top? You have to admit that's a mix of lots of styles!



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Re: WCDT Strips 3466 to 3470 (24th to 28th April 2017)
« Reply #66 on: 25 Apr 2017, 08:21 »

I'ma need Faye and Bubbles to stop being so stinkin' cute.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3466 to 3470 (24th to 28th April 2017)
« Reply #67 on: 25 Apr 2017, 09:29 »

Hey Clinton!  (Probably been posted before, but it's still 'way cool.)

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Re: WCDT Strips 3466 to 3470 (24th to 28th April 2017)
« Reply #68 on: 25 Apr 2017, 10:00 »

. . . Claire seems to have an affinity for old books so it's not that unusual for her to do things the old fashioned way.

I have no doubt Claire writes with a fountain pen in blue-black ink and has blotter paper or even sand close at hand, keeps postage stamps in her purse, and has in her possession the accoutrements necessary to close envelopes with sealing wax (even if she doesn't always use them).  She owns an antique pen knife and has a supply of quills but only employs them on special occasions.  It's quite likely she also carries her embossing Notary Public seal with her.
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« Reply #69 on: 25 Apr 2017, 10:42 »

...

Actually, that is a very good catch! Claire's clothes in today's strip are almost precisely those of River Tam's outdoor wear! Does this mean that Claire could possibly kill someone with just her brain?

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Re: WCDT Strips 3466 to 3470 (24th to 28th April 2017)
« Reply #70 on: 25 Apr 2017, 11:03 »

Halberd?  I thought Bubbles was more of a mace or war hammer.

Definitely a Guisarme-Voulge.

Not a glaive-glaive-glaive-guisarme-glaive?
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« Reply #71 on: 25 Apr 2017, 17:19 »

I honestly thought  that Claire was still in her nightgown. "Wait - she's going out in her nightgown?"

I want the trilance sruss or the demi lune.

Naginata's better against unarmored or lightly armored opponents. Against heavier armor - well, the guisarme looks like an oversized can opener because that's pretty much what it is.

I did some googling to try to figure out how much rent would be for a 2-bedroom in Northampton split 4 ways.

Jesus Christ, how does anyone live in Massachusetts. I mean I knew rent in Boston was ridiculous, but holy shit is the whole state like that? With prices like that I'm surprised the whole place isn't just devoid of people.


There are places in Massachusetts where housing costs are less outrageous, but that's precisely because nobody wants to live  there. And after four years in the Boston suburbs Northampton seems downright reasonable.

I meant in terms of just having to mess around with.  Paddles and monk's spades are my preferred polearm.

As for prices in the coastal states, that's one of the biggest reasons people move to Kansas. You wouldn't believe how many former Californians you'll find in the various college towns.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3466 to 3470 (24th to 28th April 2017)
« Reply #72 on: 25 Apr 2017, 17:24 »

. . . Claire seems to have an affinity for old books so it's not that unusual for her to do things the old fashioned way.

I have no doubt Claire writes with a fountain pen in blue-black ink and has blotter paper or even sand close at hand, keeps postage stamps in her purse, and has in her possession the accoutrements necessary to close envelopes with sealing wax (even if she doesn't always use them).  She owns an antique pen knife and has a supply of quills but only employs them on special occasions.  It's quite likely she also carries her embossing Notary Public seal with her.


I bet she even has her own Sealing Wax and Seal for those more Formal Letters
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Re: WCDT Strips 3466 to 3470 (24th to 28th April 2017)
« Reply #73 on: 25 Apr 2017, 17:31 »

I did some googling to try to figure out how much rent would be for a 2-bedroom in Northampton split 4 ways.

Jesus Christ, how does anyone live in Massachusetts. I mean I knew rent in Boston was ridiculous, but holy shit is the whole state like that? With prices like that I'm surprised the whole place isn't just devoid of people.

Don't google rents in San Francisco, then. We make Boston look affordable.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3466 to 3470 (24th to 28th April 2017)
« Reply #74 on: 25 Apr 2017, 18:25 »

That was pretty much Veronica's response to rental prices in Northampton.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3466 to 3470 (24th to 28th April 2017)
« Reply #75 on: 25 Apr 2017, 18:26 »

I think that Claire is either struggling to find a consistent aesthetic or she sees no point to going by anyone's lights except her own. I mean, combat boots and a sun-dress with a fleece jacket on top? You have to admit that's a mix of lots of styles!

Are you sure those are combat boots?  It looks purple with gold studs.  I don't know of too many armies that go into battle wearing those. 
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Re: WCDT Strips 3466 to 3470 (24th to 28th April 2017)
« Reply #76 on: 25 Apr 2017, 18:28 »

You can absolutely find a place that sells purple combat boots with gold studs in downtown Northampton.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3466 to 3470 (24th to 28th April 2017)
« Reply #77 on: 25 Apr 2017, 18:36 »

Definitely a Guisarme-Voulge.
A guandao can be quite decorative (Sadly Guan Yu's legendary use of the weapon is almost certainly ahistorical, since the earliest references date from centuries after his death, but Bubbles would look badass in that pose):


I have no doubt Claire writes with a fountain pen in blue-black ink and has blotter paper or even sand close at hand, keeps postage stamps in her purse, and has in her possession the accoutrements necessary to close envelopes with sealing wax (even if she doesn't always use them).  She owns an antique pen knife and has a supply of quills but only employs them on special occasions.  It's quite likely she also carries her embossing Notary Public seal with her.
At times, I write with a brush, though my calligraphy is not as good as it should be :-(, and sign the document with my personal seal*. There is pleasure in it, but for everyday use, I scribble with a ball-point like everyone else.
*Although seal is the normal translation of 图章, it is somewhat misleading, in that a Chinese "seal" is not used with wax to seal envelopes, but with ink paste as a stamp on paper which acts as a signature.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3466 to 3470 (24th to 28th April 2017)
« Reply #78 on: 25 Apr 2017, 20:57 »

I learned calligraphy in order to be able to teach math at the graduate level, but I never thought of that as a way to write letters.

Damn. And sealing wax on folded paper -- the real thing.

I think I have a bit of a Claire thing going on here.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3466 to 3470 (24th to 28th April 2017)
« Reply #79 on: 25 Apr 2017, 21:06 »

I think what Claire's feeling is a combination of "but this is a big deal, in my mind, even if the reality is I kind of stumbled into it... why isn't this more of a big deal?" and "aren't you going to miss me?" (except that, as Mom points out, she's not going very far at all).
She's invested this event, this (dare I say it?) transition, with a lot more importance and/or fanfare than it actually seems to be happening with.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3466 to 3470 (24th to 28th April 2017)
« Reply #80 on: 25 Apr 2017, 21:16 »

Trigger warning: guitar nerdery
Don't know what bass that is, but it looks like Claire's mom is playing through a Gallien-Krueger (an RB400, by the looks...)
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Re: WCDT Strips 3466 to 3470 (24th to 28th April 2017)
« Reply #81 on: 25 Apr 2017, 21:31 »

I was pretty much expecting Claire's conversation with her mom to go something like this:

Claire: Mom, I'm moving in with Marten!
Clairemom: Haven't you been moved in with him for the last month?

So I'm not surprised her mom is responding so casually -- she's had plenty of time already to come to terms with Claire's departure!

*Although seal is the normal translation of 图章, it is somewhat misleading, in that a Chinese "seal" is not used with wax to seal envelopes, but with ink paste as a stamp on paper which acts as a signature.

Interesting; I did not know that. I've read stories set in China that mentioned official documents marked with personal seals, but I always envisioned them as being the Western wax-imprinted type. Thank you!
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Re: WCDT Strips 3466 to 3470 (24th to 28th April 2017)
« Reply #82 on: 25 Apr 2017, 21:52 »

So I'm not surprised her mom is responding so casually -- she's had plenty of time already to come to terms with Claire's departure!

So much time, she's moved all of Claire's stuff out and that sweet stack of amps in.

"Mom, where's my bed?"
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Re: WCDT Strips 3466 to 3470 (24th to 28th April 2017)
« Reply #83 on: 25 Apr 2017, 21:53 »

The chillest of all moms.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3466 to 3470 (24th to 28th April 2017)
« Reply #84 on: 25 Apr 2017, 22:04 »

There won't be much in the way of actual change, so her chill reaction is not really surprising.

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Re: WCDT Strips 3466 to 3470 (24th to 28th April 2017)
« Reply #85 on: 25 Apr 2017, 22:38 »

Marten, stop ogling your girlfriend's mom's bass. You'll make your significant other guitar jealous.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3466 to 3470 (24th to 28th April 2017)
« Reply #86 on: 25 Apr 2017, 23:32 »

O... kay. Am I the only one to notice that Claire and her mother have swapped hairstyles? Jeph has done a major character redesign here. Completely new face and, as I say, the Mk2 Claire hairdo. I'm sure that this is just so it is consistently easy to tell the two characters apart. That said, I can't shake the feeling that there is some kind of hidden joke here.

FWIW, her easy-going reaction shouldn't actually surprise anyone. Marten "seems a nice boy", remember? Claire's mother has been secretly cheerleading and enabling from the start! Hell, I wouldn't even be surprised if she was the one who suggested to Claire that it would be more convenient to leave more of her stuff over at Marten's apartment! Yeah, I'm thinking that she's wanted to encourage Claire to 'fly the nest' for a while. She was just looking for the right guy!

I suspect that the whole thing about her learning to play the guitar is probably supposed to add to the overall feel (already established by her and Chad) of a woman who had decided to enjoy life without the kids around!
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Re: WCDT Strips 3466 to 3470 (24th to 28th April 2017)
« Reply #87 on: 26 Apr 2017, 00:26 »

Anybody else hearing the opening of the theme to Barney Miller?

Just me?

Okay, then.

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Re: WCDT Strips 3466 to 3470 (24th to 28th April 2017)
« Reply #88 on: 26 Apr 2017, 01:19 »

A 4*10 and a 1*15 cab in a house? Are there any windows left? Or neighbours for that matter...
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Re: WCDT Strips 3466 to 3470 (24th to 28th April 2017)
« Reply #89 on: 26 Apr 2017, 02:23 »


Well!

Did BenRG 'call it', or what!?!?  :)
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Re: WCDT Strips 3466 to 3470 (24th to 28th April 2017)
« Reply #90 on: 26 Apr 2017, 02:53 »

I suspect that the whole thing about her learning to play the guitar is probably supposed to add to the overall feel (already established by her and Chad) of a woman who had decided to enjoy life without the kids around!

Heresy!


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Maaaaaaaybe? Or maybe ...



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Re: WCDT Strips 3466 to 3470 (24th to 28th April 2017)
« Reply #91 on: 26 Apr 2017, 03:46 »

I was going through the archives and found some awesome foreshadowing for Faye/Bubbles from 2012: http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=2262
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Re: WCDT Strips 3466 to 3470 (24th to 28th April 2017)
« Reply #92 on: 26 Apr 2017, 03:50 »

A 4*10 and a 1*15 cab in a house? Are there any windows left? Or neighbours for that matter...

I've been playing for ~35 years*, and ClaireMom has a better rig than I do.

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Re: WCDT Strips 3466 to 3470 (24th to 28th April 2017)
« Reply #93 on: 26 Apr 2017, 04:40 »

I'm starting to get an image that Clairemom married young and has pretty much thrown herself into her family. Now with the ex gone and both children out of the house she's enjoying a second teenagerhood. Flings with cute boytoys. Picking up the guitar. (Does Deathmole need a new bass player?) And generally just living the shit out of life. :)
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Re: WCDT Strips 3466 to 3470 (24th to 28th April 2017)
« Reply #94 on: 26 Apr 2017, 06:42 »

Yeah, I have a friend who married young. The upside was that her son was out of the house when she was 37. Then it was time to catch up on all the partying she had missed.

Me, I married at 38 and my son was born when I was 39. (As was his mother - she and I are about two weeks apart in age.) There are pros and cons to that approach too.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3466 to 3470 (24th to 28th April 2017)
« Reply #95 on: 26 Apr 2017, 08:15 »

The chillest of all moms.
The daughter who's moving out started out as her son, and ClaireMom* (she really needs a name, Jeph) has been from what we can tell completely accepting and supportive (as has Clinton).  I don't think Claire is capable of doing anything to throw her off balance - that would take a Pint Size personality.

*I guess that should be Claire&ClintonMom.  CC....Cecilia.  "Cecilia Augustus," that works.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3466 to 3470 (24th to 28th April 2017)
« Reply #96 on: 26 Apr 2017, 08:32 »

Just to add to the list of possible Bass riffs
It is being played slower than normal but is how my Brother-in-law plays it while getting the hang of it
Now this is pretty much from the middle to the end of the video and definitely advanced technique / style
Brother-in-law, again, wanted to play that but took one look at the score and just said "Oh sh1=!#"  :-D
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Re: WCDT Strips 3466 to 3470 (24th to 28th April 2017)
« Reply #97 on: 26 Apr 2017, 09:33 »

I think what Claire's feeling is a combination of "but this is a big deal, in my mind, even if the reality is I kind of stumbled into it... why isn't this more of a big deal?" and "aren't you going to miss me?" (except that, as Mom points out, she's not going very far at all).
She's invested this event, this (dare I say it?) transition, with a lot more importance and/or fanfare than it actually seems to be happening with.

I imagine its more the case that nothing Claire does now is a huge surprise, I mean, Claire's mother likes Marten and knows he's a good guy. She probably barely batted an eyelid over the piercings. I'd wager that Claire's mother probably realises that her daughter is far more determined than other people and knows what she is doing and what she wants. She'd have to be, even without thinking about it, for her entire life. At the end of the day, she's raised a good daughter with her head screwed on straight and able to look after herself.

Her mother knows, Claire just needs to realise it herself. She's her own woman now and doesn't need mom's approval.
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Re: WCDT Strips 3466 to 3470 (24th to 28th April 2017)
« Reply #98 on: 26 Apr 2017, 11:34 »

I think that Claire is either struggling to find a consistent aesthetic or she sees no point to going by anyone's lights except her own. I mean, combat boots and a sun-dress with a fleece jacket on top? You have to admit that's a mix of lots of styles!

Are you sure those are combat boots?  It looks purple with gold studs.  I don't know of too many armies that go into battle wearing those.

Not too many armies, no, just the FABULOUS ones.

And where did mom get that amp stack? you could play Fenway with that rig, her poor neighbours.  I have never understood five string bass, why not just get a baritone guitar?
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Re: WCDT Strips 3466 to 3470 (24th to 28th April 2017)
« Reply #99 on: 26 Apr 2017, 13:29 »

I have never understood five string bass, why not just get a baritone guitar?

Depends on the five string. Some have the fifth string being lower, some have the fifth string being higher.

Baritone is smack in the middle between bass and guitar.
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