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Third panel. Third panel wins.
That 3rd panel has slain me in an instant hahahaha
I >am< Rick.
Rick and I have way too much in common!
Panel three for the win!
As a 40-something, this comic disturbs me with its insight and accuracy! Love it.
One of your best comics yet. A laugh in every panel.
Everything Rick says feels like it should be my slogan. I'd say "God bless you, sir!," but I know full well that he doesn't... ;)
Thank you for helping me frame my day.
Cue the shame, regret and self-loathing.
sad to say but i can identify with rick
"Steady as she goes. No speed ahead." got me. I lolled hard.
Man, I've been following you for such a long time. Your ability to make the wittiest comics time after time leaves me in awe. Kudos to you!
"no speed ahead" is a tremendous phrase with limitless applications.
Thank you for describing my life. (sigh)
Hundreds of comics, and somehow this third panel is the first time I've actually felt SAD for Rick.
Either I'm a bad person, or Rick is just genuinely unlikeable.
This whole comic, funny as it is, is really just a lead-up to my new favorite word, "self-obstruction." While great in the context of humor, I think it describes a lot more of what goes on in the real world with everyday people than self-destruction. People get in their own way, doubt themselves, or just lull themselves into inaction. Nothing like condensing a wordy, blowhardy paragraph like this one into a single succinct word. Bravo.
Also, if you have any control over it, you might want to update your Affiliate link to showcase your more recent book. Don't know if Amazon controls that itself, or whether you can. I use the link every time in any case, so no worries.
"No Speed Ahead." That's me! Thanks for the validation!
I followed in my father's footsteps too - I moved far away from my relatives and rarely if ever speak to them!
I know so many people like Rick. delusionally contented. no insult intended, just an observation.
Last line: shortest description of my life.
I recall a cartoon, seen at the now defunct but still awesome hamburger and shake stand Mad Dog & Bean's in Austin, TX: one panel, a guy mopping a coffeeshop floor, saying, "I wonder what my life will be like... " A passing waitress mutters, "This *is* your life. This *is* what it's like."
So it goes.
Dang, Scott!I chuckled at the first three panels, then cringed in self-recognition at the fourth. Yikes....
Ouch! This one hits a little too close to home.
No comment? Well, then, I'll mention that when I was mowing the back pasture today, a hawk followed me around, hoping for stray mice that my mower would have chased from their homes. The hawk was disappointed.I think that this is what Rick's mother would have wanted for me.
I actually heard the "ba-doom-boom ching" in Panel 3. I think it was Rick's "delivery gesture."