How to Take Pleasure from the Little Things

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Reader Comments (56)

LOL!!!! i do the exact same thing when i get an awesome shave. its nice to know that i'm not the only one who does it. unfortunately, none of my co-workers want to touch my baby smooth skin either.

April 7, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterquesito

Did you spend all week drawing yourself rubbing your face and moaning?

April 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJason

"By shunning me but good." I cannot make any sense of this sentence.

April 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAspirant

I can't wait to see how the "Scott rubbing his face" graphic will eventually be reused.

April 7, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterIan

The perfect shave rule: If you rub it more than twice, it's facesturbation.

April 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRichard

I like how he gets that last word, even if they're not exactly words.

I foresee facial rubbing and moaning becoming a useful meme in my household.

April 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSoul of Wit

I do the same thing after a really good shave. Now I realize just how creepy it is. Thanks, Scott!

April 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSteven M.

That last panel is excellent, sir.

April 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRvo

Oh yes, I can totally relate. I hardly ever get a truly smooth shave, and it is really one of the greatest little things you can get pleasure from.

April 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterElectricPaganini

Oddly reminiscent of that one painting by the artsy guy.

I tried not to giggle out loud, but panel 4 snuck up on me! Couldn't help myself.

April 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAtheismo

That's just crazy enough to work!
thanks again for an excellent strategy, er.. comic.

April 8, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersuperimposed

I love the comic but in the last frame the line "By shunning me but good!" doesn't make sense to me.

April 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSuperion

Oh, pure gold! I'm still laughing out loud over today's strip.

And my cubicle mates are shunning me! Even better!

April 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRob

Gee, my good shaves never last all day. Even when I use the technique Scott taught us.

April 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterClassic Steve

Rob, you mean that your cubicle mates are shunning you, "but good", surely?

April 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterRinkums

I find it a little strange that so many people don't understand "but good"

In the context of the panel, it adds to the "By shunning me" part, turning it from "They shunned me" into "They shunned me greatly" or something like that. It's similar to adding "And how" at the end of a sentence to add emphasis.

April 8, 2010 | Unregistered Commentersome guy

Hilarious! Another masterpiece. Also, I think I'm gonna try that rubbing my face and moaning thing.

April 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMike

I can read the line "By shunning me but good" just fine. My mom used the "...but good" phrase quite frequently, as in "I'm gonna tan your hide but good!"

Also, this rubbing and um, moaning, isn't gender specific. However, it's even less appropriate to ask your coworkers if they want to rub your legs. Especially if you know they'd say yes...

April 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVictoria

The whole thing had me chuckling, but panel 4 made me laugh out loud! Nice way to introduce face-rubbing-Scott, too.

April 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterVictoria

Long time fan, first time poster just saying: Great Comic!

Also wanted to let the folks who don't understand the "By shunning me but good!" line know that it makes perfect sense so long as you don't over think it & understand basic American slang-talk. Adding a "but good!" to something just means that the something was done very well.

It's really just another (less "refined") way of saying that he was shunned by his co-workers, as saying "My co-workers did a really good job shunning me!" or "I was quite impressed with the shunning ability of my co-workers!" would have sounded a lot stuffier & lacked the zing of the "but good!" line.

I think I'll stop now, as I seemed to have rambled on this but good!

April 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterZirconia Wolf

"By shunning me but good!" does not read as well as it sounds when spoken with proper tone. The "but good" part would be drawn out ... "but gooooooood". Hmmm, my explanation is not working for me either. I usually here that phrase without the "but".

Basically, the coworkers did an excellent job of shunning him.

they shunned me good

April 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAC

For those confused, "...but good" is an idiom that expresses something to a greater extent. Essentially the same as saying "Boy, did they ever!". See also: "...and how!".

It is a slightly unexpected usage, but trust me, that just makes the sentence even funnier.

April 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGawain

i totally got it but good.

April 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterUncle Staple

Damn it, now I have to shave.

April 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShan

Awesome comic. I recommend all men get a profession hot shave at least once in their life. mmm smooooth.

April 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterGeekoid

The "but good" thing must not be an Arizona thing, because I have never heard that in my life. But whatever. Excellent comic.

April 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterScott Not-Meyer

The first frame alone had me laughing, both for its usual banter between Scott & Missy, and for my ability to relate to the shaving thing. I also liked the way he shut her down in frame 4, though that doesn't mean he's doing himself any favors.

As for the "but good" thing, for a split second, I thought there was a missing comma before "but," but when I read the whole sentence through, it made perfect sense to me. Can't add anything to the definition of the term that hasn't already been said!

I've got to get more people at work to start reading this strip... I make references to it, and nobody gets them! I don't want anyone I work with to think I'm even more nuts than usual when I try the face-rub-moaning thing.

April 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterCR

Yer darn tootin!. I bet they shunned ya something fierce! .... get it, huh?

April 8, 2010 | Unregistered Commenterjames yeamans

I enjoyed this comic but good!

April 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterTrace Belcher

HSUAHSAUHSAUHSA Laughs from Brazil!

April 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMateus

facesturbation. ............ mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

April 8, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermandydog

I thought the phrase meant "other than the fact that they shunned me, their reaction was good" (I think I mentally put a comma between "me" and "but"). Apparently I'm not as good as Americanese as I thought. Let me try to use what I learned today:

That last panel was awesome! It made me laugh... but good!

April 8, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterChare

"but good" is not a phrase used in the UK, and would be seen as bad English; thus the high number of people not understanding. I was thinking that a comma was missing meaning "I was shunned, but it was good". Thanks to those who explained it.

April 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAnnon

Imma teach you english but good!

April 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMaul555

I thought the but good meant it was a good thing they were shunning him, it was another way of him saying he doesn't want to talk to his co-workers....

April 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

I must say, I feel the same way about my freshly shorn scrotum. Never tried to get co-workers to feel the smoothness, though.

April 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSmoothie

Oh come on. Why would it be any more creepy/satisfying to rub your smooth face than to rub/stroke/pull/chew your beard or mustache? Or to wipe your nose/upper lip/chin a few extra times to get the snot out of that beard/mustache after sneezing? Or get shunned "but good" if you don't get it all?

April 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMr. D

I'm sure it was a lovely shave, but you missed a spot, mate.

April 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterShroomi

Have had many similiar experiences trying to avoid talking to the wife.The other thing after being at the pub half the day to run in and grab a beer straight away, throws the smell of the breath straight away

Raising Goats

April 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLloyd

I'll have to try this. My coworkers are annoying. Too funny!
T1 Line Cost

April 10, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSteve
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