How to Stay Awake

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Reader Comments (12)

May I ask which brother you thought of as "gay"?...My dad saw this and said it may be the youngest brother.... ^_^

December 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChels

I usually imagine that I'm on an airplane that's about to crash into the ocean - and try to think of what I'd do. This usually stirs up the good old adrenaline enought to wake me up.

January 11, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGabor Wolf

I lived in athens, ga for quite some time and never once ran across the b-52s (though REM plagued me like a swarm of angry fire ants), though I did at one point possess a slightly chewed pencil with Kate Pierson's name on it and The Athens Banner Herald...wish I still had it, but not because I'm gay. Hell, I'd sell it on EBay and probably pay off my car!

January 16, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjiggly mcsickfingers

But what if you're in a covert stakeout and you haven't slept for two days?

July 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterIsaac

Catholic weddings... if it wasn't for the torturous kneel, get up, kneel, get up; I would have fallen asleep at my uncle's wedding too. I tried looking for the "hot Catholic girls" but that's just another crazy Irish superstition.

October 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJoshua3886

You've clearly not been to enough Catholic weddings, Joshua, but perhaps you're definition of hot differs from mine. Hot Catholic girls at Catholic weddings aren't usually especially obvious until the reception, when the dancing starts ...

November 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLT

The ending is funny... But even more so when you remember that he shouted this while still at the wedding.

September 25, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJakobseawolf

How is having a gay family member, or being gay in general, scary?

Note from Scott: It makes life more difficult but subjecting them to petty bigotry. Also, the fact that I'm not sure would suggest that if he is, then he's living a lie and feeling a need to keep secrets from his family. That said, the comic isn't particularly clear on those points and could easily be read as being pretty homophobic. I haven't removed it because it'd be hypocritical of me, and also because you're the first person to complain. Thanks for the input, and the opportunity to explain myself.

October 23, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterClaire

Nice to see a balanced response to what was also a legitimate question - too easy for "gay" to be used or interpreted as an epithet, but explorations of identity, knowing yourself, public perceptions and conformity/non-conformity are valid and reasonable: cutting these off doesn't do anyone any favours and I'd agree that - at least taking the comic and comment response together - you trod the line well :)

December 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJay

I don't know about your brother, but ... wouldn't you know if you were gay?

May 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterThiago

I recently read an instruction that was fairly basic which suggested that you should count things when your bored. I think it would work while trying to stay awake too. Might not work if you're trying to stay awake while herding sheep though.

btw, for those who are reading the comics last to first ... the end is near

August 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDGthe3

One time, when I found myself getting sleepy while driving, I played “Radar Love” in my head until I got home.

August 13, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterTamfang
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