Dim Bulbs

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Q: How many Westviewians does it take to change a light bulb?

A: Just one but it’ll take a really, really long time and ultimately be disappointing, confusing and possibly fatal to everyone involved.

I don’t know about you but these Christmas-themed strips are really beginning to grind my gears, man. He didn’t even check to see if the lights were plugged in first? What an imbecile. Do these Westviewian couples ever communicate with one another or what? Linda had no idea what Bull was doing, Cayla had no idea what Les was watching and now Holly is gaslighting Funky with Xmas lights. What a bunch of self-centered jerks. No one in this stupid strip is ever just having a plain old normal good time, even the smallest things are an endless tide of frustration and angst.


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18 responses to “Dim Bulbs

  1. CRM114

    Christmas tree lights haven’t been like this for, what, 40 or 50 years? WTF I shout!!

    • billytheskink

      Yep. Heck, this was a groaner even back when Bob Rivers’ radio group used it 30 years ago.

      And who puts tree lights on a timer? Even people on vacation don’t do that…

      • comicbookharriet

        >.> I put my Christmas tree lights on a timer, because I like it to be on earlier than I get home from work and later at night than I usually stay up since it can be seen from outside through the window.

        I’m very concerned that Funky is either becoming senile and flashing back to Christmas lights from 50 years ago…or that the Winkerbeans use old dangerous lights on their tree.

    • Professor Fate

      Longer – i’m 63 years old and I know my folks Christmas Tree lights were NEVER like this. I remember them talking about it but we never had those kind of lights, their parents did. This is an absurdly stupid premise (did he look to see if the lights were plugged in? Where is the timer – if the Winkerbeans are as Antiantediluvian tech wise as the lights would suggest the timer would be plugged into the outlet.) on the level of Funky trying to change a manual typewriter ribbon but may i also suggest that it’s the wrong character to be doing this?
      Funky is simply too sad sack a character to go and take all that time to try and fix the lights. He’d be more likely to simply sit in the dark bemoaning his fate – until the lights came on (which would actually be almost funny if handled right). No the character most likely to jump to a conclusion and do something like this supremely confident in his own judgement is Les. I consider it a mark of the Author’s basic creative dishonesty that he didn’t use Les for this as well Les can do nothing wrong.

    • Margaret

      Well, mine are still incandescent and work like that, and I bought them new two years ago. (I hate the way LEDs look, too bright and ugly colors) Not to say that the stip is funny, though. It’s not.

  2. William Thompson

    “Oog want candles on tree! Make plenty fire!”

  3. William Thompson

    It could only be more stupid if Holly’s mom got involved. I don’t know how she could make it more stupid than this, but I’ve learned not to underestimate Batiuk’s power to bring on the dork.

    • comicbookharriet

      It would be more believable if Holly’s mom was involved. Since you’d have to be as old as Holly’s mom to remember when tree lights worked that way.

  4. Banana Jr. 6000

    Forget the out-of-date, illogical, poorly-written joke. WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED TO FUNKY IN THAT LAST PANEL. He looks like an R. Crumb character being shown his own beating heart before he dies. I’ll be having nightmares about that, thanks.

    Really, Tom Batiuk, you finally decide to put some effort into a drawing, and you picked NOW to do it? A Christmas tree lights joke? We just had a main character die over seven weeks, which you treated with all the importance of a broken pencil. Funky can’t turn on a stupid Christmas light and out comes the thousand yard stare? What is wrong with you, man?

  5. William Thompson

    Funky spent three hours messing around with the tree, and he didn’t break one ornament? Riiiiiight.

  6. spacemanspiff85

    So Funky was messing around with the tree for three hours and Holly had no clue what he was doing that entire time?

    • gleeb

      She knew what he was doing. He was keeping out of her hair.

    • Charles

      If it wasn’t over something so stupid, it’d actually be impressive that a guy like Funky could keep his focus on an activity for that long. I mean, after all, dementia runs in the guy’s family…

  7. Paul Jones

    What a lovely man our creator is. When he’s not having Lillian The Lizard bitch because times change, he’s got an idiot having a miserable time because he can’t look down and see if they’re plugged in, let alone what they’re plugged into.

  8. Count of Tower Grove

    BWAWHAWHAWHAW! It’s funny because Fungy uses Morty’s hand-me-down lights from 1946!

  9. William Thompson

    Funky is so dumb he has to tell himself it looks like the Christmas tree lights are off. Funkies, amirite?

  10. sgtsaunders

    That one-bulb-out-kills-the-strand went out with disco, man. The big thing nowadays is the LSD bulbs, you know? Far out.

  11. Notice the second-to-last panel. It’s clearly getting dark outside. When, exactly, did Holly set the timer for the lights to go on? Why didn’t they come on thirty minutes ago?