How to Ask the Obvious Question

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Reader Comments (40)

Did you lose a large bet with Rick?

I mean, he's really been getting his own in lately.

December 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJack

I've done that myself . . . worn plastic bags that is . . . they work pretty well if you choose your plastic bags carefully. Wal-mart bags are prone to leaking. They are also slippery.

December 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPaula

Each panel is gorgeousness and gorgeousity made flesh.

December 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

I remember wearing bread bags on my feet as a kid because the moon boots I wore in the snow leaked like crazy. I had about as much dignity then as Rick has now.

December 20, 2011 | Unregistered Commentermisterfweem

I struggled with whether to even post, desiring to preserve at least some dignity.
Finally, I decided to go ahead with the post, but to try and do it anonymously...

First post!


December 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSmallDignity

My friends did that at camp, back in high school. I was impressed at the time.

December 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

The third panel made me laugh out loud. Good show.

December 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRobert

I'm not the only one that does that. Although I'll wear them between my socks and shoes. Never on the outside.

December 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJason

I think Rick got you this time. :D
Great comic!

December 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKyokai

My dog is more than willing to provide a way to recycle plastic grocery bags. Good boy.

December 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSoul of Wit

My friend tried this. If it is icy underfoot hilarity (and possibly broken bones) will ensue.

December 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMike Brown

Oh man, this is some funny stuff!!

Banter with Rick ALWAYS hits the nail on the head, and today, you've got it spot on!!

Once again, I bow to your greatness.

~ Sniff.

December 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSniffy

I hope this is based on something you actually saw! Why?

W-e-e-l-l-l, one winter it snowed before I had time to go out and buy new snow boots for my son (because (1) I am a somewhat lazy mom and (2) he was growing like a weed and had outgrown his previous boots). He could choose between wearing his older sister's outgrown pink flower boots, or wrapping his feet in plastic shopping bags. He chose the latter, which, in that case, was better for his dignity, I think.

December 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMechTeach

Third panel is hilarious.

December 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSammy

We used to do that exact same thing as kids when we went to play in the snow. Only we put them INSIDE the shoe so nobody else could see them, even though everybody did it!

December 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterhergieburbur

I have similarly tried to save the planet, having seen this idea modeled by a dog walker I occasionally run into.

I stopped because:
1) they are very, very slippery in almost any weather conditions that would require waterproof footwear, and
2) your feet sweat like buggery.

Dignity did not enter the equation.

December 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPaddy

Obvious answer is obvious.

December 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjh

Lost it at the last speech box of panel 3. Though the rest were hilarious as well.

December 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRyan

Panel 3 made coffee go up my nose. Thanks for the bittersweet laughter.

December 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBen Myers

Brilliant. As per usual, always look forward to a new comic and you never disappoint!

December 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTrevaskeez


December 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMarisol

Ah, but Rick, you only get as much as you pay for!

December 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBiscus

I want to know where he gets waterproof shopping bags. All the ones I get have holes in them.

Dignity? What's that?

December 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDave H

"Because golashes cost money"
That line is especially funny to me based on a good friend of mine. great job as always, keep it up.

December 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAlan


December 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDT

Wouldn't the question then be, "Why are you wearing galoshes?!?"

December 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAckapus

Riiiiiight - 'cos galoshes are the dignified way to go...
I'm with Rick

December 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKibi

I'm with all the people who wear the bags over their socks but inside their shoes. We used to do that all the time.

December 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRich

@misterfweem I wore "bread bags" on the INSIDE of my boots as well as a kid when playing in the snow.

And I think we either dated and/or located ourselves by saying "bread bags."

December 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJen

Man, 4 straight panels of win! Basic Instructions is the funniest webcomic out there...

December 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRoss

And to complete the ensemble;
A garbage bag poncho!

December 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDee

"Galoshes" is a funny word.

December 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterByron Black

INSIDE the shoes! *head smack*

December 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPaula

Read carefully, guys: Rick didn't win the exchange. "Small price" indeed!

December 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMike

Hmm, he needs to complete the look with the Seattle Raincoat... a trash bag.

December 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterChuck

Yeah, shopping bags have little holes. I guess you can tape over them.

If I want to cut the lawn wearing relatively nice trousers, saving the time of changing clothes, then I figured out I can wrap one of the plastic bags I'd put the lawn clippings in around each leg, with bicycle clips to hold them on. However, I can't walk safely on most surfaces whilst wearing those.

By the way, my local "amenity" (trash) site takes waste grass and presumably re-uses it somehow, and you're supposed to tip it out of, for instance, the bags you brought. So, buying bags graded as "rubble sacks" means that you have relatively inexpensive but quite re-useable bags. As long as you don't re-use them as trouser protectors the next time.

Merry Christmas!

December 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRobert Carnegie

I wonder if there are harsh class distinctions among people who use shopping bags as galoshes. Like do people who use shopping bags from clothing stores look down on people who use bags from supermarkets?

December 24, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJames Hutchings

FUN FACT TO KNOW AND TELL: A small or skinny person can make an inexpensive tank top by cutting the bottom out of a plastic shopping bag.

January 10, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMario

I am also in the "Scott won this one" camp.

On a related note, this strips subtlety is one of the reasons I love it.

January 13, 2012 | Unregistered Commentertrigonman3

If he would have respomded like most people do then he would have ended up in a fight anyway, so it was good to make a answer just to shut somebody up.

May 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterFrank Taylor
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