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this one is sweet

December 15, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermashedpotatoes

i just want to tell you how much i love your comics!
i check them everyday and they make my day happier!
i laugh out loud almost every time!
i hope you never stop, there would probably be a mutiny of some type.................

December 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterFirehead

OK, eastern WA isn't THAT bad.

At least we know how to drive in the snow. Unlike some *cough cough* westsiders.

December 15, 2011 | Unregistered Commenternatedogg

Ha! Living in Yakima now -- parking really is great almost everywhere, and the flies are still that bad. You'd think the dry summers would be bad for the bugs, but you'd be wrong.

December 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJames

natedogg; that's funny, since the westsiders I know claim that, for you guys, "driving in the snow" means slamming on the brakes and idling home the moment a snow flake touches the windshield.

December 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBWM

Yes Eastern WA istn't THAT bad; it's WAY better than Eastern Or a Gun.

December 16, 2011 | Unregistered Commentertimbo

I grew up in rural Northern Nevada. When I was six or so I once made a fort out of sagebrush.

We didn't have fly swarms though. It was too dry; the water in the dung would evaporate before too many flies could feast. We did have hordes of mosquito, though. And occasionally the town would be invaded by Mormon crickets. For those unaware of Mormon crickets, they are an insect the size of a mouse, are cannibalistic, and swarm in the billions.

December 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRob

Funny! And I just checked and that area really is called the Scablands. And the Scabland photos look pretty interesting.

I spent my childhood in a large sprawling urban area where there was never any parking, and I never want to live in a place like that again. The boonies for me.

December 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

An amazing collection of facial hair

December 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDally

Could have been worse, you could have lived in the Naches Valley. It's like living in Yakima, except I actually had to go to Yakima if I wanted to shop, and the manure didn't thaw until May.

And yet here I am remembering it fondly now. I'm not sure if it's nostalgia, or simply the fact that I've somehow ended up living in Tacoma, which of course makes everything seem awesome in comparison.

December 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterYozul

It would be so awesome if you had a little brother with a pencil thin Clark Gable mustache or some such fantastical facial hair.

December 16, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterhwuu

I was chalking up Scott's dislike for his hometown area as typical teenager angst. Now seeing some other comments it looks like there is a bit more to it.

December 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAC

I have family that lives in Yakima. I laugh every time we drive into town and see the giant billboard proclaiming Yakima to be "The Palm Springs of Washington!"

December 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJon

I literally began clapping when I saw both brothers in the first panel...before I even read a word! Each panel was pure winI I laughed my ass off much to the surprise of my workmates who have nothing to laugh about.

December 16, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermaribethann65

Ah, Crackima! What a wonderful place to be a former resident of! There's still plenty of parking, because all of the cars have been stolen.

December 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJoker

I grew up in the suburbs...
That old song "Subdivisions" doesn't quite get it; you'd need to add religious and racial hatred, patiently taught to children, so they can cluster with the right classmates and hate the wrong ones.

December 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDee

That is funny, I have read your comic for a long time now since, Scott Adams first mentioned you. And now to know that you were from the Palm Springs of Washington it makes me feel sorry for you a little bit more. I have to say Eastern Washington is great place to live, except for the arm pit (Yakivegas)

December 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMichael

i want a fortress of scratchitude...in which to inter my enemies.

December 16, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersir bunny gah

Today I finished reading your archived comics. It took me over a month, because there are no forward/back navigation buttons so I couldn't bookmark where I was... I had to try to remember which one I had read when returning to the archive page. Navigation buttons would make this comic amazing.

Note from Scott: Thanks for reading the comics. I'm glad you enjoyed them. Please don't read any attitude into what I'm about to write. Under the comic there should be a black line with the words "Previous Instructions: and Next Instructions."

December 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGebus

For those saying "Eastern WA isn't that bad":

Western Washington
Eastern Washington

December 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJordan

Wow, I feel both stupid and blind. Haha! Thanks Scott! Your comic really is amazing. Unlike mine:

Save Me, Gebus!

December 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGebus

@Anne - The Yakima Valley is not actually the Scablands. The Yakima Valley is where all the topsoil scraped off the scablands by the Bretz floods was deposited. It is, as a consequence, one of the most fertile bits of land in the world, with topsoil 100 feet or more deep, though without irrigation, nothing but sagebrush and bunchgrass will grow. @others. I grew up in Sunnyside. Yakima is where you went for shopping, until they built Columbia Center in Kennewick. Then you could drive an hour EITHER direction for shopping! Uhmm, there were more manure piles (dairy and beef), they thawed earlier AND we had the rendering plant.... 90% of the world's mint was (is?) grown around Sunnyside, so on a warm summer day you could get (at any given moment) the strong, sweet smell of spearmint or peppermint or, uhmm, the strong, not-sweet smell of one of the manure piles or worse yet, the rotting carcass smell of the rendering plant..... We built our tumbleweed forts (really, tumbleweed warrens) in the empty irrigation canal across the street during the winter. It accumulated an inexhaustible supply.

Note from Scott: What year did you graduate? Did we know each other?

December 16, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkimalanus

Ahhhh, Yakima! With any luck at all, I'll never ever ever have to visit there again.

December 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEric

The continuing difficulties w/the navigation is probably due to:

1) it's too far away from the comic, and
1b) rather understated

2) At my default size browser, all the trivial stuff (fb buttons and whatnot) are visible, but the navigation is off-screen.

Let's put it this way: I >>KNOW<< it's there, and I have trouble seeing it.

If possible, it should be moved up to directly underneath the strip.

And, as always, thank you for writing the strip: it's consistently funny and .... ummmm... unique in the best way possible.

December 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEric

Note to Scott: I also didn't know that was there. Your comics are so brilliant, I just couldn't see them, I guess. I'm so used to those giant arrows that scream ''DO IT, DO IT NOW". Thanks for the personal touch.

December 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJoe Hamburger

So, just to check - weird facial hair is a genetic trait within your family?

December 16, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPhilster

kimalanus, thanks for the info. I really like grasslands, so the Yakima Valley sounds appealing, unless it's horribly overgrazed. And Jordan, I don't think I got the intended impression from your photos. Like I said, I'm a fan of flat grasslands, so the photos make me want to visit eastern WA more than western WA.

December 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

Born and raised in Yakima, St Josephs and Davis Senior High....kicked Selah goatroper ass for fun. My mom worked at the Palace tavern and the Del Monte plant. Hitched to Seattle on the 410 plenty of times.....-30 and snow in the winter, 105 and no humidity in the summer....left a week after I turned 18 'cause the cops had a pool on who was gonna bust me as an adult (Bart Simpson level delinquency, nothing serious). Never been back, but keep a Yahoo notice on news from "home".

December 17, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTedBike3000

@scott I graduated in 1972. My older brother (Bruce) in 1968 and my younger sister (Gayle) in 1976.

Note from Scott: Ah. We wouldn't have been in school at the same time then. My family was really more from Outlook anyway.

December 17, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterkimalanus

Purely coincidence that I happen to be from the Yakima Valley AND feel some sort of bond with the characters of B.I. ? I hadn't realized the connection until I saw the Seahawks jibe a few weeks ago, and now the Yakima (Yakama?) Valley manure piles featured... So, (Grizzlies '86) where/when DID you graduate? And, who is the office-mate with the long dark hair, really?

Note from Scott: The answers are: Sunnyside, '89, and a friend in Seattle who was foolish enough to say I could use her image.

You'd have graduated with my brother Mark!

December 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHorse Heaven

Western Washington is even better than the picture - most beautiful place in America, cold rainforest.

December 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlex

Western Washington is even better than the picture - most beautiful place in America, cold rainforest.

December 18, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlex

Now I wonder what part of the Yakima Valley you're from, having spent quite a lot of time there, myself. Mostly Grandview, Sunnyside and Mabton. And, of course, Miner Burger...

Note from Scott: Ah, Miners. Far superior to Burger Ranch. I'm from Outlook, but went to Jr. High and high school in Sunnyside because ... well, that's what one does.

December 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGreg

I did see the previous/next buttons when I read through the archives, but they were too hard to use. Because they go after the comments, there's no guarantee they'll be on the same spot of the screen as the previous page. Navigation buttons should ideally be in the exact same place on every page so you can just click next continually without having to move the mouse from page to page

December 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBrian

I would trade Yakima any day for Winlock (in southwestern WA). We got all the eastern WA snow and flies, and it was the 'Egg Capital of the US', meaning that persistent manure smell was chicken manure.

December 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJane

I totally LOVE the fortress of scratchitude! Those words filled me with joy.

December 22, 2011 | Unregistered Commentereverlastinggaze

Hey now, Outlook has gotten way better since Sunnyside bought out the Monson feedlot. And there are at least four stores in Sunnyside where you can buy a Christmas present now, if you count Safeway. Also, your old principal at Outlook Elementary and your first grade teacher say "hello." They had some amusing comments when I told them about your comic strip.

Note from Scott: WOW! Say Hi to them for me! I'd be happy to send some books for the school library, but I'm not sure that's be appropriate. Maybe for the teacher's lounge.

December 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterIronOre

I can say that this comic is entirely true. Eastern Washington is just a giant sprawling hell-hole, with temperatures to match. And seriously, driving through almost any Eastern Washington town, such as Sunnyside or Yakima, brings about it's own unique smell. The smell of indignity and cow poop. Oh what a horrible place.

January 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChris

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