Harriet Dinkle, an unseen character throughout Act I, gets lots of panel time in today’s strip. I am pretty sure she had more lines back when she was drawn like a Peanuts adult, though, and the adults in Peanuts never had to put up with jokes at the expense of people who have crooked or no teeth.

Oh look, it’s raining, like it did at every single one of the Battle Of The Bands that Dinkle conducted. This running gag is more of a crawling gag these days.

One last thought here, should I be concerned that my iPad’s Autocomplete recognizes the word “Batiukmobiles”?

I hope everyone here has a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day weekend. Thanks for putting up with me for the last couple weeks. The great beckoningchasm takes over tomorrow, on Memorial Day proper, always a big day for this strip…



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8 responses to “Gingivibrato

  1. Epicus Doomus

    Other than the Motley Crue bit (which was surprisingly weird IMO) this arc was a real slog. The Dinkle character must be at least in his early 80s by now, so why is HE delivering (weak) gags about the elderly? It’d be like if Becky started mocking amputees or if Wally started joking about a coworker being “jumpy”. I’ll never understand why TB thinks these “elderly folks” jokes are so hilarious, especially given how he has an ENTIRE other strip devoted almost totally to those gags. But alas, he does.

  2. SpacemanSpiff85

    Dinkle might want to ease up on the old folk jokes, given that Harriet’s mind seems to be going. He’s having to remind her exactly what band he was conducting immediately after she asked how it went.

  3. SpacemanSpiff85

    Alternative jokes Batiuk might eventually use when he returns to this strip:
    He used to have to remind his band to empty their spit valves, but his new band doesn’t have enough spit to fill them up, because they’re old.
    The only problem is the creaking and cracking of their joints sometimes drowns out the music, because they’re old.
    His old band members used to hate him so much they’d tell him to drop dead, but his new band members have actually dropped dead themselves, because they’re old.

  4. Gyre

    So this is going to be a recurring thing he does? What happened to the community band?

  5. What’s more hilarious than watching adults pick on teenagers? Watching adults pick on older adults!

  6. Charles

    “Actually, I think that conducting the band at the Bedside Manor Nursing Home might turn out to be kind of fun.”

    There’s the master at his craft.

    Also, why is it raining in this strip?

  7. Pretty strange definition of sensitive and thoughtful if you ask me. Looks for all the world like insensitive and thoughtless.

    Ah, well. At least we have a new dangling plot thread to talk about.

  8. Jimmy

    This is an awful long way to go for a joke. I’m fixated on beeswax and braces. That’s an actual thing?