How to Drive a Long Distance

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Al and Dirk....Clive Cussler fan much?

February 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

Scott, I cannot begin to express how utterly and wonderfully cool this strip is...my boss pretty much high-fived me over the phone (I turned him on to BI, so let's hope he doesn't go for the duct tape and ball gag or something). Seriously, I would name my first child after you, but I think she would object to me changing her name from Maddy to Scott.

February 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJiggly McSickfingers

Basic Instructions is becoming the next best alternative to Dilbert. For April Fool's Day, would the two Scotts draw each other's comic? Adams take on Mullet Boss would be worth it; how Meyers would attempt Dilbert, Dogbert, Wally, Alice and Pointy Haired Boss would have me on edge of my seat.

Also, never speed through Ellensburg. There is always a speed trap there.

February 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMattman

I second the Dilbert-BI switch. I think Scott Meyer could write sublime Wally dialogue.

February 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBrandt

Bloody hell please tell me you are not listening to a Clive Cussler book on tape. I had to sit one of those on car trips with a boss of mine. UGH.

February 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStevil

Great strip though! Didn't mean to be negative there.

February 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStevil

Ha, I showed up to make a comment about the Cussler as well. Back in the day, I really used to like those books though...

February 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterTim

I end up having to drive a lot for work; the right traveling companion can make or break the trip. Unfortunately for my co-workers, I am not the right companion. Maybe on my next trip, I'll read BI comics to them from the book.

Lastangelman, intersting you'd make the comment since both Scotts have their characters on road trips right now; long enough road trips could dovetail in a truck stop some where.

February 18, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGryffin

Hail, fellow Dirk Pitt fan.

February 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJonn

Haha, Clive Cussler and foot callouses. Perfect road trip conversation material. Nice one Mr. Meyer!

February 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAzriel

Quite right Jiggly, this strip is so great I'd like to grind it down with a pumice stone and slather it with moisturizer.

(But Scott, the first word in the second panel is a typo :-))

Incidentally, the longest work-related road-trip I've ever done was Boulder to Bozemann with a couple of colleagues in a minivan - can anyone here beat that? The trip was fun but is the source of one of my great regrets - I have now driven past the Custer Battlefield site twice (on the way up and the way back) without stopping to visit, and my gut tells me that now I'll never see it.

February 19, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercsrster

haha, my dad used to be an interstate trucker. Ironically, now that he works for Interstate Distributor Co. he drives local only. A good CB radio can provide loads of fun, especially for someone who is young.

February 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterShin

I know I should by now, but I just didn't expect those words from the book on tape. They were positioned so perfectly that I didn't accidentally pre-read a single word in that bubble and it was shocking and hilarious.

Reminded me of: "No Albi you didn't kill me with you dragon flames, I crawled to safety! But you did leave me very badly disfigured", laughed the boy.

February 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDArtagnon

How come you and Scott Adams have the same theme on today's strips?
http://dilbert.com/strips/comic/2009-02-19/
( go back one as well )
Great minds must think alike.....
or they shared the same car on a road trip
or they love each other so much
or there is a road trip killer story in the news
or Scott and Scott are the same person
............

February 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAdrian

Would it have been possible to take Amtrak instead of driving?
It wouldn't have been necessary for you and the boss
to sit together.

February 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBill

Amtrak is just great -- if you don't mind being siderailed for every freight train that comes along, if you don't mind it taking twice as long as driving, and if you don't mind it costing more than flying.

Waddaya think this is, Europe or something?

February 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRob

Yeah, Cussler!

February 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBrian

I could've been worse scott . . . try traveling across Nebraska from Omaha, going to Denver, in a suburban, with a hyperactive five year old, and two autistic children. Plus the cooler, the box with all the games, and the bags the little kids packed full of books, stuffed animals, and thir blankets. By the time the trip is over, you'd be wishing you were with your boss and his foot caullouses. I'll trade you! I'm great at tuning stuff out!

February 19, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterizzy_wolfe_13

Pumice stone... moisturizer... gotcha.

February 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnother Rob

The trip could've been worse, The boss might've has a small bladder and kept reminding you of it.

February 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJames Yeamans

I just read it. It's true! I laughed at that.
maybe they ARE the same scott . . .

February 19, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterizzy_wolfe_13

"Amtrak is just great — if you don’t mind being siderailed for every freight train that comes along, ..."
Usually not much except on the Union Pacific, and they're getting better.

"... if you don’t mind it taking twice as long as driving, ..."
Not if you're spending the night in a motel not moving.
Not if you're stopping someplace for lunch.

"... and if you don’t mind it costing more than flying."
Are you perhaps comparing Amtrak's first-class sleeper fares with the cheapest coach air fares?

Examples short and long:

Chicago - St. Louis: $23.00 - $65.00. Add $16.00 for business class seating.

Chicago - Seattle:
Coach: $143.00 - $318.00.
First class:
Roomette: $349.00 - $814.00.
Bedroom: $596.00 - 1543.00.

For business trips like the one Scott cartooned about,
probably booked at the last minute, you'd likely pay
the highest fares; and the sleepers might be sold out.
("Nobody goes there anymore, it's too crowded."--Yogi Berra)

February 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBill

...complete with lot lizards, if The Scott Collective is fast on their feet...someone might even get in a jab about shivs or one below the belt about underage sex slaves (truck stops are filthy, horrible places...all puns intended btw)

February 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJiggly McSickfingers

…complete with lot lizards, if The Scott Collective is fast on their feet…someone might even get in a jab about shivs or one below the belt about underage sex slaves (truck stops are filthy, horrible places…all puns intended btw)

February 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJiggly McSickfingers

hmmmm, let me see, I think the time I carried some sort of fresh fruit from just outside of L.A. to Atlanta, GA might do the trick there crster. nice long road trip, eh?

February 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJiggly McSickfingers

it can also provide a good living, if you know how to hawk what you're selling to the right people in the right place....that's what I HEAR anyway.

February 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJiggly McSickfingers

other people's funguses is all i can think of Bill

February 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJiggly McSickfingers

Or the need for a car upon arrival makes taking your own more cost-effective.

February 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBI Fan

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February 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSomething Shiny » Webpou

Spokane ... the entry I got from google maps was more than 4500km from Orlando (if that's where your cartoon personification also works ...) I am just scared about the "too close for flying to be practical" I know here, in my country, is becoming more and more impractical, but, I think, I would never fly again to yours :). Nice strip!

February 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFrancesc

being nitpicky about spelling:

2nd panel - "They key..." should be "The key...".
4th panel - "striaght" should be "straight".

Either way, hilarious as usual.

February 20, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdamo

I think this strip is when he used to work in Seattle.

I am frightened that I know this much about Scott.

February 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCBS

Thanks for the clarification CBS, I thought it has to be for sure a route quite shorter, hehe.

That is about the distance I drive to visit my relatives, uhmm ... audio books ... may be, but, Ill get better noise canceling headphones as the usual companions (my family) are always watching films ... grrr.

February 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFrancesc

Ack! Stroppy Pedant spots spelling error in panel 4. Must gouge eyes out. Can't take the pain!

February 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLolaBaby

Wow... I'm usually very cognizant of things like "they key" and "striaght" but for some reason the content of this particular comic completely turned off my spelling and grammar radar. Your Moon Men aren't blinding me to the truth, are they, Scott?

February 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBI Fan

I could suggest some great audiobooks for such a long trip...try the new 1000 page economic stimulus bill. I'm sure that would have to be about as bad as something concerning grinding down calluses with pumice stones and slathering them with moisturizer!

February 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJiggly McSickfingers

It must be the references to truck drivers...the typos fit in this contextual environment, don't they?

February 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJiggly McSickfingers

except for the fact that Scott has fixed these errors... thank you, Scott!

February 21, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBI Fan

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