How to Plan Your Retirement

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Reader Comments (34)

Shouldn't it be "at retirement age" in the first balloon? :)

July 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRafael Cavalcanti

I share the road with enough "golden years" people as is. The burning of Fossil fuels is the least of my worries with most of them. Survival of the fittest, indeed.

July 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWes

Why do you have so many grammar Nazi's following your strip?

July 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNikkimay

or "retirementally aged"

it's dialogue, not exposition, so really it should be whatsoever the author wants it to be.

July 29, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDArtagnon

Mind your manners, youngster! You shall address Herr Meyer as "Mein Fuhrer!" and a proper sieg heil, while hanging a dangling participle at the gallows of public opinion! Didn't you know Scott was actually Adolf "verb conjugation" Hitler, the more-evil-than-the-Austrian-with-only-one-testicle clone of the original Fuhrer? Ah, of course not, you kids today don't know anything about history, or the re-writing of it!

July 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJiggly McSickfingers

I know, right? I hate those fucks that all they can do is be the first to find mistakes and point them out. They probably did the same shit in school.

@ Rafael Cavalcanti: You, Sir, are a loser, with or without your :). SDASTFU.

July 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAtheismo

July 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAtheismo

okay, I know an apostrophe is sometimes used for plural rather than possessive, but isn't the plural of "Nazi" just "Nazis"? PBTHHHHHHHHHHHH. I'd much rather correct your grammar than Scott's.

July 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBI Fan

"She hates camping... and you." "Oh."
FUCKING BRILLIANT! Look at that hang-dog posture Mullet Boss has! Scott, you are genius.

July 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBI Fan

No. An apostrophe is NEVER used for a plural. See this handy guide:

July 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterNathaniel

Nice one, good laugh indeed ... the strips are very very good lately.
And this reminds me that indeed I have to check my retirement plan.

July 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFrancesc

. . . .And they are first to post, too. This is happening almost every comic, now. I'm laughing and then that really spoils it.

July 30, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteramber

Scott Meyer's publicist, Scott Adams, has published a financial and general retirement plan. It is supposed to be very good.

July 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMike Geordie Brown

I love the bit of 'information' at the top of panel three, it should be on a De-Motivational poster. Can I yoink it for a signature?

July 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBrother Random

It would be awesome if you would make these a little bit larger :|
I can barely read it. D:

July 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLes

Ops, first thing I read there is, again, a campaign about vegetarianism ... which is also supposed very good, surely against an American red meat and fast food diet ... can't apply to me XD.

July 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFrancesc

The Boss's posture and last line in the strip really speak to me. It says, "I grudgingly acknowledge your point, and am willing to settle for whatever I can get."

As far as body language contributions to the overall efficacy of a comic strip goes, Basic Instructions is where it's AT!!

July 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSimon

Wow Scott, this is dark even for you.

July 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPrattle Assassin

Classic. And as far as the nitpickers, it seems Scott writes how people talk, 'bad' grammar and all. Sheesh. But apparently Scott reads these comments because many of the nits are corrected by the time I read them.

July 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterZoltar

Lol, you're right. An apostrophe is used for a plural for words that end in s, like Kris' house. I am a confessed Grammar Nazi. But of course, I wouldn't dare touch Scott's (or anyone else's) dialogue that's vernacular and how ever they say it is right. I will point out errors in the title or narration, I have before, but I only do so for Scott's benefit. If I were publishing I'd appreciate being shown such errors. If Scott doesn't want me to point them out, all he has to do is say so and I won't anymore. As always I love the strip.

July 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMike

I got some news for you now. Oil is not really a fossil fuel. That is the lie we've been told by the oil companies. The Earth produces oil and is producing it as we speak. Pressure, temperature, carbon and hydrogen is all that is needed. It's called abiotic oil. It does not come from dinosaur bones or decayed plants., or fossils. We will never run out of oil, just might have to go deeper to find it. Don't believe anyhting you've been taught because it's all lies. I dicovered that when I found about Santa Claus not being real. Damn.

July 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJames Yeamans

Actually, the apostrophe after the "s" is still to indicate possessive, not plural, as in "Kris' house" meaning the house where Kris lives, not one house full of Kris(es). I believe that rule for pluralization of words ending in "s" is to add another "s" before the "es" as in "busses" but it's also common to skip the adding of that "s". Isn't the only time an apostrophe is added when you're talking about individual letters or numbers? As in, "there are a lot of 3's in your phone number".

July 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBI Fan

Nope, no apostrophe. 3s is proper.

July 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMister Atlas

Point 1: it still takes a long-ass time to form.
Point 2: burning it still throws nasty shit into the air.

July 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMister Atlas

There've been a good run of funny strips lately. Just thought I would take the opportunity to mention that.

July 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBeckoningChasm

Like you, I discovered that Santa was really my dad. However, I was not disappointed, because he really is Santa.

July 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBill

Bill... that's awesome

James... then why the f' would oil companies want to tell us oils is a fossil fuel?

July 30, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjoseph

People get real confused when trying to shorten something like the decade of 1970-1979. They'll try '70's or 70's. It's '70s. The 19 is left out and the apostrophe is used to indicate the omission, just like in "can't".

We often joke that an apostrophe means "look out, here comes an S".

July 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSoul of Wit

Is it bad that the highlight of my day is when I find out you've updated?

Also, I really like your comics.

July 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRvo

Doh!, you're right BI Fan. I was wrong about the apostrophe being used for a plural. I believe Mr. Atlas and Soul of Wit have the right of it.

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMike

So that they can tell us that supply is limited and prop up the price of fuel, there is an endless supply of oil and they don't want you to know about it.

July 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJames Yeamans

Mister Atlas: Too true and Too funny!

August 1, 2009 | Unregistered Commenteramber

[...] concerns about future retirement funding, I thought that this cartoon from the excellent Basic Instructions site hit on some important [...]

Shouldn't the strip be in colour? And people aren't that small. And don't write what they want to say in speech balloons and hang them above their heads. And they should be moving. And in 3-D. And not existing in four places at the same time. Other than that, good comic.

December 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSteve
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