How to Learn About Someone By Examining Their Possessions

This rerun is part of the fallout from my vacation a couple of weeks ago. There will be a couple more spread out over the next few weeks. Thanks for your indulgence, and for using my Amazon Affiliate links (USUKCanada).

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Reader Comments (28)

I still don't really get mullet boss' panel 4 punchline. I mean, yes, I get the part about "one of the locals made a profit", but don't understand the next sentence.

February 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRaestloz

This seems familiar...is it a rerun?

February 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGreg

I hadn't previously noted how squinty-eyed Scott is in the third panel.

February 28, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJay

A laboriously hand-carved novelty shot glass... is still a novelty shot glass.

March 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTern

@Raestloz, I think the punchliney bit there is his assumption that souvenir = shot glass.

March 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPaige

The point is that Mullet Boss is wealthy and can afford to go to the Bahamas. The shot glass is merely a symbol of that wealth, which he has and Scott does not.

So he doesn't care that it's made in China and has no "real" value. It's a symbol. And that tells you a lot about the person who would desire to own that possession.

March 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterWaladil

@Raestloz: he's saying basically "You actually insist your cheap novelty souvenirs be authentic local handicrafts? What a weird principle to even have an opinion on, let alone be insistent about."

Or so I read it, anyway.

March 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSnails

I think mullet boss is implying that the only thing that the locals really make in the Bahamas is a profit, so good luck finding a hand carved shot glass there. However, it's always a surprise when mullet boss gets the last word...

March 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRiley Holzberlein

It doesn't matter were the shot glass was made, it was still bought in the Bahamas.

March 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAdam Warlock

No pictures of your new souvenir shot glass?

March 1, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersublight

I thought the canonical version of that is "I'm not as thunk as drinkle peep I am"

March 1, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterhuge

I don't think you can carve glass by hand. Isn't it a sandblasting process or some shit?

good luck finding a novelty had carved shot glass anywhere, let alone the bahamas

March 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDevon

In my capacity as Assistant Secretary of the Laboriously Hand-carved Novelty Shot Glass Collectors' Guild, Northeast Division, I hereby register my complaint over the insensitivity of this comic toward our noble calling.

Also, "How to Not Get a Comic" might be a good idea for a comic.

March 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Walters

My first thought on reading panel 4 was "most of the souvenirs I've bought that looked locally made were probably made in China too".

March 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGary

Raestloz - I think the point he is making is that where ever you go all the souveniers are mass-produced chinese tourist 'tat'.

Mullet-boss wins this round!

March 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRick

The points of mullet boss's win in panel four:

1. But I wanted a shot glass!
2. You rarely "hand make" those, though I supposed hand blown is possible (this is yet another of those places, like trumpet, where "blow" really must mean "blow.").
3. Scott's desire is understandable, but not always practical, and perhaps not always reasonable.

And now the joke, like the frog, once dissected, is now thoroughly dead.

March 1, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkhereva

My reading of panel four focuses on the word "laboriously". To Mullet Boss, the locals make money either way. Why not just buy a cheap Chinese made shotglass instead of insisting that the locals put all that hard work into making something just as worthless.

March 1, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterwumpus

Re panel 4: I don't know much about the Bahamas, but I doubt that making novelty shot glasses is part of their cultural heritage. This makes the Mullet Boss's comment all the more snide--not that he realizes that.

March 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDolores

Is it an collectible?
c:

March 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEaglesQuestions

Scott, I'm stuck in a time vortex, and I need you to come help me! You should run some reruns to keep the masses appeased while you find me in the Great Neverwhen. Wait... did I send this message back far enough?

I totally agree with the boss on this one. Farengis for the win!

March 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSantiago

@Riley & Bahamian:
Ah, I get it! So Mullet Boss is saying that:
Scott: "When I buy a souvenir, I want the locals to make something"
Boss: "No matter who made it, one of the locals have made a profit. Then again, good luck finding a hand-carved shot glass in Bahamas"

March 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRaestloz

Yes! At least that's my guess... Still, funny no matter what...

March 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRiley Holzberlein

I read the punchline like this:

"When YOU go to the Bahamas," as if the lowly underpaid wageslave could afford such a trip.

March 3, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAysh

@Typical Bahamians don't have sandblasters:
But I'll bet they DO have sand!

"I dunno. A Bahama"

total LOL XD good one, Scott!

March 5, 2013 | Unregistered Commentera fan

Certainly they could carve a shot glass in the Bahamas. It would be made of wood. Our daughter took a trip there and brought us back carved wooden coffee mugs (not practical for use with scalding hot coffee, which we do), and also a carved wooden pipe (for smoking, which we don't). All quite useless to us. But I guess my point is, even my daughter can afford to go to the Bahamas, which makes me better than you.

March 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBabyDoc

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