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These two are really cute together. I really love how the power balance shifted with them then evened out to this sort of equality. Like, if they got married I think they would be really happy together.

My family isn’t having Thanksgiving this year; what with grandma being in such die straights. I wish I could be super broken up about it but I’m just not. The last few years have ruined holidays for me in a lot of ways. A lot of food at once makes he really sick now, I don’t travel well, I can’t maintain my own body temperature properly, and so on… That’s not to say I’m happy either. I love my family and find them very entertaining and we don’t come together without holidays. It’s just that the holidays are so disruptive that it messes up life for weeks. The fact of the matter is that life is changing and the holidays of my youth are coming to an end. Something new will take their place eventually. I wish I could say that it might be something better, but I know it won’t be. Life is slowly working toward the eventual lonely ending I’m going to get. It’s the most depressing reality I’ve had to get right with. The future is getting more and more bleak. Even as it seems like my foot is finally starting to heal my body just finds new things to have wrong with it. I’m sick of being sick and I’m running out of things that can distract me for long enough periods to tolerate it.

In case you’re curious my grandma survived against really impressive odds. It’s practically her special skill. She’s lived though so many almost deaths it’s crazy. Lung cancer, polio, all kinds of shit. He will to live is insane. Plus she’s always looking forward to whatever goal it is she has even when she’s sick. You can’t throw stuff away because she’s going to use it for something at some unknown future time. It’s a weirdly positive way to be in spite of everything and her general outlook on things. On the other hand some of it must have been passed on to the rest of us because we always keep going in the face of all evidence that going isn’t all that great. Unreasonably stubborn people just carrying on to what end we know not.
They are transporting her to a place with better gear so she can get off of the breathing machines and that. which is handy since it’s where my sister lives and where my mother goes all the time to take care of my nephew. Little victories here and there.


Not sure if this is a power move as the wordy person or she just got it wrong. Farther is valid there, though further is as well. Both mean “more far, in terms of distance.”
The most substantive difference is that you never “farther a cause.” But you can go farther down the path to corruption, in order to further your own ends.

Per dictionary.com: “The widely accepted rule is to use farther when being literal and discussing a physical distance, as in ‘He went farther down the road.’ Further is used when discussing a more symbolic distance or to discuss a degree or extent, as in ‘I wanted to discuss it further, but we didn’t have time.’”

So I think the librarianess (I know it’s not a word I’m just adding the “-ness” to indicate the lady) is correct.


Everything you’ve said is accurate, but in the context of this sentence the metaphorical distance is presented as physical – that is, the distance of a fall. Thus, farther is still valid.

Every time you show Alex’s eyes, (either in the strip or in a Patreon sketch) I suddenly realize that I think about her totally differently when I can see her eyes.

I always thought that Alex was taller than John, for some reason.
Maybe that is from, personality-wise, that Alex is always a bigger presence in a room, than John is. Hmm.

So glad to hear your Grandmother pulled thru and is going strong…. Grandparents should always be held near and dear to our hearts.

It wasn’t until I read the comments that I realized what was meant. I didn’t even realize he said “farther” while she said “further”. I thought he just left it sufficiently open-ended that it gave her the opening to imply that he could/would “fall further” (in love with her), but it wouldn’t necessarily be reciprocated. Hence the uncovered eye with a shockingly blue color that would certainly get my heart thumping. I kind of like that interpretation actually.

Really liking this arc – is it Alex’s intention to trample John’s player persona, bend him to her will, or is she throwing him curve balls just for the fun of seeing him twist in the wind?

I think she’s trying to find out what kind of man he really is. If he’s willing to actually admit he actually cares about what’s going on in a meaningful way.

Makes sense – John has shown a surprising amount of maturity lately, so maybe he’ll actually manage to impress her …


I hope your sudden increase in activity here is a sign that you’re feeling better!

Gahd, but I love a woman who can take a pun and put it to good use! I went out with a Hessian German woman for a while, and she considered puns below potty-mouth. The Kitsune uses them from time to time (although she’s not a patron of Foster’s Home for Impecunious Puns), but my former girlfriend loves them, even saves them for rainy days.

I loves me some good banter, and this example is well-pitched. I get your health worries, though – it can be depressing to see the slope heading all downhill from here. I’m in that place too, but I’ve never been a positive person, so it doesn’t bug me. (Seeing myself barely surviving to an impoverished retirement tho’ – not so much equanimity with that. Things were supposed to go very differently than they have.)

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