How to Remember the Good Old Days

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I see the biting satire continues. But I shall continue to love Eastern Washington, for good or for bad. Me, after a short stint in the land of Napoleon Dynamite (where my family was forever outsiders), we came to Benton City, and we were bump up against hick, redneck, and some Texas-southern fried racist culture. People I love are still there, but I laugh at the idea that the area will experience culture shock soon, from wine tourists coming from the west, and increasingly urban West Richland Hanford employees from the east. I hope the scrappy mean ex-mayor that no one likes will take it the hardest, 'cuz I bet even the hickiest of the hicks will probably cheer when that happens.

September 22, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjaklumen

You know, I've always thought that about the phrase "salt of the earth".

September 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLydia

That's a pretty good new take on "salt of the earth". I've always wondered about that. Anyway "If that salt has lost its flavor, it ain't got much in its favor." (Godspell)

Maybe they're really the "silt of the earth", and no that's not original with me either.

September 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMarco

Do all Meyer men have awesome facial hair?

Note from Scott: In the comic, yes.

September 22, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMatthew

Ah yes, the East of the Mountains, where people who tried to move in to the Puget Sound Region were exiled as punishment for using words like 'Worshington', 'Spokayne', and 'Orygone'. Good ol' days.

September 22, 2013 | Unregistered Commentergobbler

Ah, the salt of the earth. People who are white, square, and bad for you in large doses.

September 23, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterchumley67

As usual - perceptive and hilarious.

But as always when the Meyer Bothers are gathered on masse, the magnificent facial furniture eclipses everything else.

What was/is Daddy Meyer's moustachios and beard like?

Note from Scott: Too magnificent to draw.

September 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPaddy

We've been promised the global village for decades - finally, someone else who realised it meant constant surveillance. I guess most proponents of the idea never actually went near a village.

September 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJess Hurchist

Bitter cynicism: the best humour.

September 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJoshua

Wait why are your brothers in a lighter more ghostly shade than you Scott?

Are they dead and you communicate with their ghosts? (If so my condolences)

Alternatively have you never had any brothers and they are lighter as they are figments of your imagination? Thinking back to previous strips I don't every remember them talking to anyone but you.......

Note from Scott: I have two brothers, both of whom are still alive, and both of whom have blond hair, while mine's dark brown. Genetics, eh?

September 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterStevens

When salt was scarce it was used as a currency. The Romans were known to pay soldiers with salt. Thus the phrase, "That man is worth his salt."

I would assume, without doing any research, even though I'm on the internet and am taking the time to post this, that "salt of the earth" has pretty much the same meaning.

September 23, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersdh

I never truly understood "salt of the earth" until this comic. Thank you.

September 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterResuna

Lol, Stevens.
I just assumed they were either blond or going gray.

September 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEaglesQuestions

I've rarely seen small-town life summarized so neatly. It's great if you're not someone who sticks out in any way. If you're at all odd or unconventional, though, they will punish you for it until you leave. I don't even visit the town I grew up in anymore.

September 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterOrv

As long as we're getting all historical--"salt of the earth" comes from the Bible, Matthew 5:13. "You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men." Jesus was telling the Jews that they were supposed to be enriching/improving the world.

September 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMark

I think it's funny how their mustaches make them look a lot bigger than Scott.

September 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMatt Thompson

Making your way in the world today takes everything you've got.
Taking a break from all your worries, sure would help a lot.
Wouldn't you like to get away?
Sometimes you want to go
Where nobody knows your name,
and they wonder why you came.
You wanna be where you can see,
your troubles have no fame.
You wanna be where nobody knows
Your name.
You wanna go where people know,
the government's gone insane.
You wanna go where nobody knows
your name.

September 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFantasticMoustache

Scott,
Were you adopted? Or, are those two guys your step-brothers? :-)

September 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterA. Fan

I feel compelled to point out that "salt of the earth" comes, at least in English, from the King James Bible (the Sermon on the Mount). It's an idiom that doesn't really translate into English.

That said, I've always been hugely amused that there ISN'T a way to translate the phrase into English without referencing, say, the destruction of Carthage.

September 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRebekah

To anybody from a city who doesn't realise quite how true this is, here's a true story.

A friend of mine who grew up in a small village in Palestine, was working as a cabby in London (which isn't a small village), and got a fare to take a bloke to a small village about thirty or forty miles outside of London. When he gets there, the bloke claims that he just needs to nip home and get money from home, and then disappears round a corner. Twenty minutes later, he's still not back. This is at about 3:00am What to do?

My mate just drove his cab ten yards forwards, ten yards back. ten yards forward, ten yards back. The village copper had turned up within ten minutes asking if he was alright. Once the problem had been explained, the copper knew exactly who the culprit was, and went off. Back ten minutes later with the fare.

As my friend explained to him. "I needed to get hold of you, and didn't know where you might be. It was 3:00am and I didn't want to wake anybody up. But I knew that somebody somewhere was watching me. I don't know who, and I don't know where, but I know how villages work. All I had to do was something a bit strange and you'd be here soon enough. And I was right."

September 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterStevie Hair

All of my in-laws live in eastern WA, so I always enjoy Scotts' return to his roots. But nothing comes close to Dave Barry's epic apology to the Tri Cities: http://articles.baltimoresun.com/1999-05-23/news/9906040355_1_radioactive-city-herald-tri-city

September 27, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJustRuss

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