How to Keep from Acting Like a Tiresome Old Coot

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Last night I heard somebody say "Who is number one?" while playing cards and deciding who went first. It was a struggle to keep myself from saying "You are number six."

August 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterConley

I'm 21, just this past sunday I decided to start watching the prisoner so.......

August 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterTrollish

Half of the fun of being old is acting like a tiresome coot. Heck, it might be all of the fun.

August 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMarco

Did he say, "Be seeing you" when he left the optometrist ? That would have been fitting.

August 26, 2014 | Unregistered Commenternotanumber

But surely everyone knows the Iron Maiden song? Oh, wait. That album came out in 1982...

August 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDave

Panel 4 has it all wrong. Outdated pop culture references follow a predictable 3 phase cycle: Phase 1. Painfully outdated -> Uncool -> Do not use under any circumstances regardless of one's own age. Phase 2. Hilariously outdated -> Ironically Cool -> Use sarcastically. 3. Charmingly outdated -> Conventionally Cool -> Use straightforwardly. The cycle repeats itself forever. No pop culture reference ever falls from use permanently. Also, I am not a number! I am a free man! I memorized that quote from the Iron Maiden song from the album that came out 8 years before I was born.

August 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGregory Bogosian

I certainly know the Iron Maiden song!........and the show.

August 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMikey

Panel 1 is silly. All Rick has to do is say, "I went to visit the optometrist," and Scott can't use that stupid joke anymore. Or, "I had my eyes examined."

Also, I recently attempted to watch The Prisoner because I had heard about it in this comic. Is it one of those things that you're meant to be watching whilst taking psychedelic drugs? I tried it without such drugs, and it seemed so completely incomprehensible that I feel like I must have made a mistake somewhere.

August 27, 2014 | Unregistered Commenteruncollated

I hate that new test. Maybe it is more accurate, but it takes about 10 times as long to do, at least for me, due to the involuntary flinching when I feel something about to press against my eyeball, much to the undisguised irritation of the optometrist.

I feel I can still get away with being distrustful of new advances without seeming too old as long as I'm still in my 20s, but time is running out.

August 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKieran E

Obviously, I am a tiresome old coot. I am beyond the point of caring whether I act like one or not. Embrace the cootness!

August 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMr. Obvious

Getting older is like a LICENSE to be a tiresome coot. Also, to pass gas in public.

August 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGraham

I haven't seen the new "gently touch your eye" to make you flinch test, only the air poof one. However if the goal is to make you flinch, as a contact lense wearer, I can't immagine that test would work all that well on me.

*object gently touches my eye, I sit there and do nothing*

Disappointed Optomotrist - "You are supposed to blink..."

Me - "Oh... sorry" *Slowly opens and closes eyes leisurely*

Annoyed Optometrist - *sighs* "I'll go get the air poof machine..."

August 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGarrett

Oh, goody! A new "flinch" test when I get my head examined next! I mean, um, EYES, but yeah. Yay. :/

I know neither the song nor the show and have no inclination to learn either. My mother was "Seven of Nine" in her birth order, though, in case anyone cares for a nerdier pop culture reference.

August 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBI Fan

The answer spoken in the opening credits, "You are Number Six", seemed to have a slight pause after the word "are", as if there were a comma there. I wonder if that was on purpose?

August 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterFran

uncollated, the world is divided into two kinds of people: those who find british television manna from heaven above the ken of mere mortals and americans, and those who find it overrated trash no different from american television. it's also, per the short story about the benchley paradox, divided into two kinds of people: those who believe the world is divided into two kinds of people, and those who don't (in the short story, the anti-benchleyites were those who refused to accept the benchley paradox).

August 27, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterkhereva

Fun fact: I watched The Prisoner after reading about it in a Basic Instructions strip. (It was really good.)

August 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRoto13

Rick is right.
Am I on the Island?

August 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterHoney

@uncollated - No, you understand it perfectly. It's a spy story, it's not meant to be easy to understand. Understanding comes slowly, if at all, after watching many episodes, some repeatedly, and reading the companion book. Sometimes not even then.... For bonus credits, read Len Deighton

August 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterSolak

uncollated: Did you try to watch the original (1960's) version, or the more modern (2000's, and unwatchable) version? If the latter, try the original: it was at least *coherent*.
Although, both versions probably improve with drug use...

August 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJoe F.

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