How to Help Someone Plan a Visit

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I'm pretty sure I've stopped in that gas station -- the one near the Orlando airport that preys on people who don't look at prices before filling up their rental car....

November 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTravisD

This is the first time I've not "gotten" the punch line. Why would you take your guest to the most expensive gas station you could find? It doesn't really benefit you at all . . .

Note from Scott: I'll admit that this joke doesn't really stand up to too much scrutiny. If I disliked the guests in question, I wouldn't let them visit. Let's say that I take them to the expensive gas station because there they sell "the really good stuff" and get on with our lives.

November 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPaula

you are willing to let your guests stay unchaperoned in your home after abusing them at the gas station? or are you just getting back a missy for some prior injustice?

i have to admit, panel 2 is my favorite


November 29, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterirrogical

Is this the first time we've seen that evil grin?
In any case, it was truly awesome.

November 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVanessa

Unless you count discomfiting your visitors as a benefit.

November 29, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTroyG

Panel 2 was awesome. Also love the evil grin in panel 4. We need to see more of that, preferably while dealing with mullet boss or the angry customer.

November 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLummox JR

@Paula: Because he doesn't like them, so seeing them get ripped off gives him a warm fuzzy feeling whether he profits from it or not?

November 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

Because, Paula, ALL your nearby gas stations are the most expensive gas stations in the world.

November 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNalano

I don't recall seeing that Scott with the wicked smile before - is that new?

November 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterStewart

In a contrast to most of your comics (in which the third panel is usually the funniest and elegantly closed in the fourth) I found this one to have each panel being less funny than the last, it started great though.

Excuse the poor grammar. Cheers.

November 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCornh

This is the best B.I. I have seen in a long time. Having moved to Los Angeles when I was 18, and never looked back, I am exactly "that guy".

November 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEdgar E. Cayce

Revenge! Sweet, sweet revenge!

November 30, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterroses

@Paula, it's because he hates his guest.

November 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDazzle

I love panel 2... I LIVE panel 2!
Absolutely love your look in panel 4, though I hope never to be on the receiving end of it.

November 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCR

love the 'evil grin' face in P4. I laughed out loud before I'd read a word of this one.

November 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNew

Is that a troll face on the last panel?

November 30, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbarbossa

love the evil smile in the last panel

November 30, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermashedpotatoes

Nose looks different in P4.
Put some glasses on it, you look like steve jobs, i think.

November 30, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjoseph

Oh you americans and your "expensive" gas. Where I live, gas costs about eight bucks per gallon.

November 30, 2011 | Unregistered Commenternman

re hublot replica watches's post, I had to read that a couple of times to deduce it is likely spam and the link, of which I have not clicked, confirms it.

The beauty of your comic, Scott, is that any one panel can be a good one and when they hit on all 4 cylinders, it is awesome. While this one did not hit on all cylinders, I enjoyed it and getting enjoyment at the beginning of the day is not something to be take lightly.

November 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAC

aaaa! a spammer got in! Selling superfluous wrist time pieces no less.

Note from Scott: I'll go find and destroy said spam. Sorry about that.

While we're on the subject, I caught a peice of spam that actually entertained me with it's bizarre text. Here it is, with the link removed.

"Our destiny offers not the cup of despair, but the chalice of Scarpe Gucci. So let us seize it, not in fear, but in Gucci Sito Ufficiale."

November 30, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkschobert

Panel four made me giggle with glee. Great evil smirk.

November 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSaith

Perhaps the fourth panel punchline is only funny for those of us that live in Orlando, because I found it hilarious. And the evil grin really should be enough to make anyone's day. More of that please!

November 30, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermoojen

The last panel gave me a giggle, having been trapped by that damn gas station. If you don't know that it exists, though (and really charges double what every other station charges, and doesn't display its prices, which I think is illegal, or should be), I can see how it would be slightly confusing and/or not funny.

November 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKatherine Hoffman

I believe it's more of a 'strained attempt to continue being civilized over the phone in the face of extreme douchebaggery'-grin rather than an evil grin, but I agree it could certainly be well-utilized in future comics...

November 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSkotavus

Fanel pour made me piggle with pee.

November 30, 2011 | Unregistered Commenter408wij

ha! panel four--- the expression on your face is prime! the evil scott.

November 30, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersleepy


Here in UK I'm in a cheap area and it's still the equivalent of $9.50 a gallon (though to make it look cheaper they advertise it as £1.33 a litre)


November 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBig Dan

nman: Oh you Old Worlders, especially Brits with a superiority complex. Quite a few states in the nations of the Americas are bigger than that of the British Isles and Europe. Electricity is on alternating current, not direct, to be transported many more miles. MOAR DISTANCE. It's not a fair comparison, even factoring in that petrol/gasoline IS comparatively cheap here.

(Let's not get into the natural gas lines piped over from Russia, shall we? I mean, really, acting all superior about cost of resources... THAT's gonna get you burnt.)

Oh, and can we please drop the British English "America" to mean only the U.S.? Since when did Canada get a free pass? I mean, hey, Spaniards are a little more accepting of Latin America these days... if residents of the UK are going to act like cocky older siblings, they might do a little better to practice some of this metropolitan "global view" doctrine constantly preached during political discussions. Y'know, use a terminology like: "the Americas." Oh, but then the stereotypes just wouldn't fly so well, would they?

November 30, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjaklumen

It seemed to me that Scott was trying to discourage the caller from visiting without actually saying "Don't come here, I don't like you":
Why wouldn't he just say it? Maybe there's someone else he doesn't want to offend (mutual friend, relative, etc) who would be offended if he was that direct, but being discouraging might fly under the radar..." I decided not to go, because he saId he'd have to move out to a motel to put me up, and he was willing to drive me around but he buys expensive gas..." sounds like whining. "Don't come here, I don't like you" sounds like what it is.

November 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDee

@ Dee - I think the whole point is, what a pain in the ass it is to have out of town visitors, who want to use your place as a free hotel and be driven around to lame tourist spots all week. But, of course, you have to be gracious and put up with it, if even in a very snarky Scott Meyer way.

November 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEdgar E. Cayce

I *love* panel 2. And will keep it in mind for relative visits.

November 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChuck

@jaklumen: Wow, nman's simple one sentence comment really set off something in you. I guess the "Oh, you americans" way he started his sentence got you going -- it did sound condescending. He did have a point though -- I hate paying the $3-4 I have to pay for gas here in the U.S., but compared to most of the world we still have it good.

What I don't get is your last paragraph where you read into his sentence that he was singling out the U.S. when he (or she) referred to "americans"? That seems to be something *you* are reading into his sentence, not something he put in there. How do you know he wasn't including Canada (or Mexico, or Central America, or South America) in his comment? He didn't specify one way or the other; indeed, spelling it with a lowercase 'a' might have been his or her way of indicating it was a generic continental "american" rather than a specific country. For that matter, it seems to me U.S. Americans are by far the worst at using the word "America" and "Americans" to refer *only* to the U.S. (and I should probably specify U.S.A. rather than U.S. since Mexico is actually named United States of Mexico or United Mexican States depending on translation, meaning U.S. *could* refer to Mexico), so getting on nmap's case about him (and apparently UK residents in general, according to your own stereotype...heh) using the word to refer to only the U.S. citizens, when it's not even clear he did, is a bit disingenuous. I do admire the way you ended a diatribe of your own stereotypes about how U.K. residents superiority view over the U.S. with the sentence "Oh, but then the stereotypes just wouldn't fly so well, would they?"

I get that you had a chip you needed to get off your shoulder, I think we all understand that feeling. Hope you're feeling better. :-)

November 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBob

Heh, heh... Bob's rebuttal to the jaklumen reaction to the nman post refers to "US Americans." Am I the only one who instantly thought of Miss Teen South Carolina's wonderful 'map question' answer from a few years ago that used the same term, though not in the same context? Also, as further proof of that speech being hardwired into my psyche, I offer this bit of evidence: in Bob's sentence " seems to me U.S. Americans are by far the worst at using the word "America" and "Americans" to refer *only* to the U.S.", I unconsciously replaced " seems to me..." with "I personally believe..."
(By the way, not siding with anyone nor against anyone in this debate about nationlism, or whatever it is, but I actually agree with Bob's sentiment in that sentence. For the record, I am "US American.")
Anyway, take it easy, everyone. We're here to have fun, right?

November 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCR

Utterly brilliant! Such timely advice with the festive season looming nearer. It reminds me for some reason of the one about how to increase a City's tourism which must have done some much for Reno.
The comments so far are also hilarious. I've never seen one where so many people seem to have no idea what it's about. Full marks to Edgar E. Cayce for explaining it properly, though why it should be necessary is beyond me.
And another thing, have I told you about the price of petrol where I live (or should I say gas as you North Americans so quaintly call it) ? Oh, what do you mean you don't care?
Anyway, keep up the good work....

November 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterIan

Evil grin? Oh. I thought it was just a happy smile. He did say he was happy. It doesn't seem unreasonable he would become even happier that he wouldn't be paying for gas.

November 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterThom

Regarding the fourth panel, I would say it could always be a joke between friends being represented. When I'm with close friends and family, we always poke fun at each other. That seems like a typical sort of witticism we tend to spout toward each other -- devious, but not serious at all.

I like that grin, by the way. Reminds me of my own. My smiles always come across as rather evil-looking. Or crazy, at the very least.

December 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShiggy

That's one of the best ones in a long time!!! And yes, evil grins are gratifying somehow

December 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChris

I'd say that panel four grin is "sly" rather than "evil," but that doesn't really change the strip's hilarity, nor my earlier stated hope that I'm not on the receiving end... although now that I think about it, being deviously duped by Scott might actually be something of a badge of honor, in a twisted way!

December 1, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCR

I am always slightly disappointed in the comments section. Not because the people posting there are ignorant morons, but because they are witty and possess powerful working knowledge of the English language; excellent observation, and wit.

By time I get to the comments section, people have already said things like, "You are willing to let your guests stay unchaperoned in your home after abusing them at the gas station?"

I have noticed that oftentimes the humor is not in the comic itself, but in all of the great consequential jokes it prepares.

March 9, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAtari
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