How to Understand Kids These Days

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Reader Comments (29)

Scott must really love his hand sanitizer.

February 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJoel

Dear God. Jenkins has offspring?!

February 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterGasBandit

Jenkins has kids. This comic just stopped being believable.

February 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJohn

What brings us together, only keeps us apart!
I spent MY teenage years playing dungeons and dragons - the original, face-to-face around a table game, and jamming my ass off with whoever wanted a sax player - or would let me sit in.
I won't apologise for either one - they were fun, and anybody who didn't try them shouldn't bitch.

February 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDee

Jenkins not only mated, but produced at least one hatchling? Truly, this means that there is someone out there for everyone, no matter how inhumanly gross they may be.

February 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKG

I was a good teenager who spent my time reading, studying, and acting in drama class. No drinking, drugging, sex, partying or other misdeeds whatsoever. And then I went to college and made up for lost time. At least my parents didn't know:-).

February 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

Oh man! I can't win if I'm not on the states :/

I still look forward to buy your books but it is hard with the salary of a student (zero).

February 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAl

You touched Jenkins, after knowing that he has...

you know...

"sown his royal oats" once?

Probably with Frank Zappa playing on an 8-track in an El Camino.

February 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

So, did this chronologically occur before the great hand sanitizer search?

February 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMark

I can only assume that Jenkins reproduced by budding, relying on cosmic radiation to induce genetic variance.

February 4, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLydia

Ack! Sympathy for the Jenkins!

February 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLummox JR

I'm also shocked that Jenkins reproduced. This is terrifying. Maybe she takes after her mom. Who would mate with this man?

February 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterKristina L

If texting/facebook = (reading+making friends -> game)
then
Next-gen-thing = (games+movies -> texting)

ARGs maybe?

February 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJaco

Did he adopt, or did he kidnap someone?

Note from Scott: Teenage child by a former marriage. I did a strip earlier about his daughter crashing his car. Just for the record.

February 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterThe Chosen One

Wise thoughts, Scott. I wish more members of your generation understood this.

February 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterORione

When I was a kid, we didn't have no stinkin' facebook, texting, or even internet. Gossip was spread by a thing called "word of mouth". No such thing as 'cyberbullying' either. You wanted a kid's lunch money, you'd walk up to 'em and pop 'em in the mouth. When we wanted to say something to someone, we'd have to dial them up on a telephone. No "autodial" features back then either; nossir. We'd send each other letters in the mail, waiting weeks for replies. And you know what? We were THANKFUL! (Well... actually... even back then we'd complain about how slow the mail was, and I really can't recall a single time I was ever thankful for getting beat up for my lunch money)

February 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJerryWeis

Kids horrify their parents; that's their job. Parents provide ludicrous standards and overreact; that's their job.

Some perpetuate the cycle; others remember the absurdity and vow to break it. That's why I joined the brotherhood of frozen peas rather than participate.

Footnote for those who champion reproductive freedom: the physician I hired refused to perform the procedure without my WIFE's permission.

February 5, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterkhereva

Obviously, we have crossed the line here into pure fantasy. Meyer, there is no way you can pull off the concept of Jenkins siring offspring. Obviously, Jenkins could not get laid if he walked into a whore house with 2 suitcases stuffed with hundred dollar bills. Another bit of fantasy is Meyer and Jenkins carrying on a normal, friendly conversation. It's just too much to believe.

February 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMr. Obvious

Dang. Signed up for Goodreads to enter the giveaway, only to discover right at the end it's US-only.

February 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMaf

Are people's memories that short, they don't remember Jenkins had a daughter in a prior strip?

And do people not realize, for every Jenkins out there, there is also a she-Jenkins? A Shenkins, perhaps?

February 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterFMA

I actually feel bad for my kids because they live such a restrictive life without all the insanity that me and my friends did. But then, I grew up in an ex-patriot community in a 3rd world country with no TV or Radio (in English). It took some creativity to suppress boredom enough to ... well, I'm wanting to say "stay sane" but that would be a figurative colloquialism.

February 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterDrowlord

@Scott - I think you need to rerun the Jenkins Daughter Car Crash strip. I could not find it with your search bar; 'car crash', 'crash car', daughter, automobile, accident did not turn it up for me. Clearly there are others of us out there who have poor memories too. If nothing else, you can follow 'shock' with 'awe'

--roger

Note from Scott: Here it is:
http://basicinstructions.net/basic-instructions/2010/10/31/how-to-deal-with-a-bad-day.html

February 5, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterirrogical

I look just like Jenkins. I talk just like Jenkins. I get laid all the time just like Jenkins. And I'm a pathological liar just like Jenkins.

February 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBabyDoc

And here my guess was Asexual Reproduction. Now I need to clean my mind with turpentine

February 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBasic Complexity

Ah, yes. I do now remember Jenkins' daughter. The BCP crash.

February 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMatt

I vote you retcon Jenkins kid so the world can make sense again.

February 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterBash

to roger:
We need a database for Basic Instructions just like the penny arcade database

February 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJono

FMA is correct. And if there's one thing we can learn by wasting our irreplaceable time watching daytime judge shows, it's that no matter how obvious a loser a man might be, there is almost always some woman who is willing to settle for him. And buy him a cell phone and/or pay his bail.

February 5, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

So that's how he touched Jenkins.

February 7, 2014 | Unregistered Commenterzeugenberg

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