How to Grow Up

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Reader Comments (22)

Wow, that first panel hit home for me. I became a father (by adoption) at the same age that my father was when I was born. During the last few years of working at the VA hospital, I started meeting veterans - disabled, discharged combat veterans - born _after_ I had started working there.

As for panel 3, I've been turning _into_ my father over the last few years. Not a bad deal, although I could do without the Neil Diamond songs. And he did NOT have a comb-over - he kept combing it straight back, no matter how thin it got. I always admired/respected him for that.

Anyway, great strip. I especially liked the zing at the end.

February 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRobert

The second panel is so funny that I wept bitter, bitter tears for 10 minutes.

Great strip.

February 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBrian

HI-larious! The instructions in the first panel are pure gold!

February 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterBI Fan

Gosh, so true. I remember when I was young, full of hopes and dreams- thank god im not so naive now!

February 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTravis

Oh man. I looked up that song from panel three. That is... and interesting favorite song.

February 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKnastymike

Having just turned 39 on Saturday, this one hit home particularly hard.

February 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterFrank M

The first panel is a rewording of one of my favorite quotes. "Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional."

February 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSomepartsareme

The 5th panel, with its reference to the bygone year of my childhood, 2009, had me rolling on the floor ROFLing.

Honestly, Scott, how long must we mock you?

(Note from Scott: As I have explained NUMEROUS TIMES, the comics that are posted on Sunday night are from at least 30 days before, due to contractual obligations with the newspapers that run my strip. This one is slightly older, and was in fact created in 2009.

Mock me as long as you feel you need to for the wretched mistake of putting an accurate copyright date on my comic.)

February 15, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterspiffy

Indeed, very true. I plan on posting this on my office door. Great comic!

February 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSpam

For some reason, whenever you feature your "mom" in the scooter-thing, I hear her with actress Park Overall's voice.

February 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKaa

So this is what I have to look forward to? Great...

February 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterPatrick

I may be a fifty-some year old working with a bunch of people 20-25 years younger than me, but at least I get the humor in Basic Instructions.

February 15, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKeepin'itReal

@Travis - yes...thank god you are not naive...

Phenomenal 2nd panel! I have noticed my consistent instigation of my own issues (see above) and no matter how it is used, the angry shouting face is inspiring

February 16, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteratheist Tony

I think panel 2 needs a permanent home in my cubicle...can i be fired for that???
Might get me out of my no win situation

February 16, 2010 | Unregistered Commenteruhmmmm...yeah


You paint with too broad of a brush and I got paint on from every panel. (good job)

February 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAC

Hilarious! I'm currently at work so panel 2 kept me laughing straight through lunch! Thinking back I think I actually thanked my employer for hiring me too, what was I thinking?!

February 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterWalter

Are we allowed to question Hunter S.? I didn't think we were. Great strip, though, other than that minor bit of heresy :-)

February 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMark

Mock me as long as you feel you need to for the wretched mistake of putting an accurate copyright date on my comic.

Ok, I can do that. Back in my salad days of 2009, I was known to mock for far, far less.

February 17, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterspiffy

Man. That second panel is pure gold. I'm tempted to print this out and post it in our breakroom....

February 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterR.C.


November 16, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterdvkal

I thought maturity was marked by realizing that you are no smarter or more perfect than your parents. =P

February 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJan

I've been reading these comics with Yakety Sax playing in the background, and it really adds to the comedy.

October 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCamden
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