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Arturo, the hot dog vendor:
Hey, what's up Mr. Roy?

You likey the Doki Doki?


Haven't seen it yet, but I'm waiting on it as eagerly as I do a buffering download of a 7 minute German gangbang on youporn.com.


Arturo, the hot dog vendor:
Yeah, well, just think — While you're petering your life away with Achtung Baby, othah young men like Jonathan Papelbon are inking three quartah million deals.


Well you know me — I take each day a little easiah than the previous one.


I've stahted the long slow fade to retiahment and senility.


Arturo, the hot dog vendor:
You were saying that 3 years ago.


I was joking then. Now it's really happening.

I didn't realize it at the time but those jokes were just a premonition of what was to come.


Arturo, the hot dog vendor:
What is the past, though, if not an intense premonition of the inevitable?


Seriously. Like all those years of Red Sox frustration foreshadowed these times of Red Sox Über Alles.


Arturo, the hot dog vendor:




Arturo, the hot dog vendor:
Hey, everyone's got broadband these days.



Notes on the strip:

The dialog concerning Doug's "long slow fade to retirement and senility" is taken from Geoff Dyer's first novel The Colour of Memory (and I swear I've used it before in a strip, but I'm too lazy to go find out).

Update on my wife:

We are on a holding pattern right now. There is some disagreement among the cardiologists and infectious disease specialists over the exact best course of action. Surgery no longer seems imminent, but it is still very much in play.

//long slow fade to retirement and senility//

I think my GF actually said that about me before Geoff Dyer wrote it.

Kinda/sorta good news abut your wife. I asked the doc here, and he said disagreements are common in these cases. The vast majority don't require surgery, so I'll keep my fingers crossed for you.

Erased the Red Sox video?!? Now I know for sure Ben is evil.

h.b., it seems that if surgery has been relegated to a somewhat back-burner status then we have reason to hope things are less dire with your wife's situation. My thoughts are still with you guys.

@ParkerStPete, I totally thought that once Ben inserted the VHS tape (it's been probably 10 years since I last touched one of those) it would open up with Papi being greeted at home plate and then fade to static before we see The Economist...

I hope this is a positive direction for your wife and yourself.

Surgeons love to cut - its what they do, so no surprise there is some disagreement about the best course of action.

Good luck!!! thanks for the update.

Was it me, or did last night's Lost feel like a real let down after how good the previous week's episode was?

I felt like I was watching a nightime soap opera last night rather than a sci-fi show.

Ben = J.R.
Jack = Bobby Ewing

In re: Lost

agreed, hb. and, although "Harper" may have been in an earlier episode, I don't remember her. Nor did I remember that her husband has been offed by Ana Lucia. It's a wonderful show (esp in HD), but all these characters are hard to keep track of (even with the benefit of Lostpedia

As for today's strip, it called to mind one of the most hilarious lines I ever heard in a movie, from something about Mary.

Guy to Chris Elliot: "How's it going?"
CE: "each day is better than the next"

Here's hoping that the reverse is true for Mrs. hb.


Doki-doki? I thought that was what the Sox scout was doing while overlooking the swimming pool.

Last two Lost episodes left me disappointed.
I know I am in the minority in my dislike of the time travel ep. Juliet=yawn.

hb -

I'm a loyal reader of the strip but comment very infrequently. I just wanted to say I hope your wife gets better soon. I too have my fingers crossed for you guys.

Thanks for the good work.

just got my tix for this season - section 16, the fiske pole neighborhood. i am so excited to see these seats!!!!

hb if i could pray without bursting into flames i would, but all my good vibes are centered on your wife. that doesn't sound kosher, but u know what i mean...

Encouraging news about your wife HB. Hope things keep improving.

Hate to admit it, but I still have the 2004 postseason on VHS tapes, and still haven't finished transferring them to DVD.


My husband and I are sending positive thoughts your way. We all hope that things continue to improve.

Thank-you for keeping us up to date!


h.b. - Been out all week so no chance to post. Both mine and Mrs. Sitter's thoughts and best wishes for a speedy and complete recovery for your wife.

Best wishes to the wife of a guy I've never met, but whose work more often than not gives me more than a chuckle to start my day. FWIW, and that's very little, I know a guy who had a couple heart valves replaced many years ago due to a congential issue and is still going strong. As noted above, that fact that they're not rushing her to the operating table is a very good sign.

Nice to see you're keeping a dirty mind during all the stress. Hope all ends well for you both.

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