989 Beating A Dead Clothes Horse.

Jo and Jess are weirdly perfect friends for one another. Jess has enough confidence for two people, likes to show off, and is generally interesting. Jo is curious, drawn to talent and intelligence, and feels safe with a stronger personality drawing all the attention away. Plus you get the feeling that Jess always wanted a little sister. Although Brooksie is aproximately the same age as her, so she’s not all that little in that respect. In any even they get along well. That was obvious enough the first time they met.

I’ve never been much for used clothes. Firstly they almost never fit me to start with, and secondly they always smell weird. Even after being washed a lot of times it seems like they never lose the smell of otherness. maybe that’s just because of my limited experience with them. I tend to wear something until I’m forced to get rid of it. By the time I get rid of a shirt it’s no longer fit for anyone to wear. Which is good in so far as I’m not wasteful. I spend a lot of time looking like I’ve been in some kind of fight though. Right now all the clothing companies are trying to squeeze every cent out of the consumer and have started cutting shirts in a really strange way that hangs on me funny. I really hate it, but they all started doing it, so my oldest shirts are precious. Soon I will have no shirts that make me feel happy to wear. There are 3 left. I can’t even wear them in public anymore since they are all but falling apart. Dark times, kids. Dark times. Now that the clothing makers know they can get more with less they won’t go back. Just like how bags of chips got smaller but cost the same then they offered bigger bags, but they weren’t really bigger. They were just taller and thinner so it looked like more. Or Cadbury eggs, they used to be bigger, then they shrank and Cadbury said “Oh they are the same size, you’re just imagining it!” Except that one famous guy saved some from the year before and took one on a talk show and proved they were lying. It doesn’t even matter that they are smaller. I mean they are just a ball of sugar. Less is probably better, but don’t say it’s the same when it clearly isn’t. That’s the crap thing about it. Chicanery!

I decided not to let myself be limited in my choices with Pokemon Black 2. Since I have most of them from White I decided to play with some late game pokemon I bred. That’s one of the worst thing about RPGs. Once you get all the best stuff the game is already almost over, so you don’t get to wander around like a force of nature very long. That feeling is less pronounced in Pokemon because the game is actually pretty well balanced. I have a Dieno, an axew, a sneasel, a Riolu, an oshawat, and a gothita. I’m not sure if the spelling of those are right. (I used to play without changing the names of pokemon, so I learned all the names of the types, but now I give them all nicknames, so I never learn the proper names. XD) The dragon types are generally pretty strong, but they still get taken out by unexpected things, like normal types with ice moves, or what have you. A bug knocked out one of them because I guess dark is weak to bug. Something like that because I’m not exactly sure what happened. I always expect bugs to suck, so when they don’t it’s a shock. Anyway, being able to trade pretty much anything into the new games early on helps ease the tedium of training the same sorts of things every time. That said, the mix of pokemon available early on is pretty diverse. If you were a new player you’d have a nice choice of types and whatnot. I’ve seen pokemon from every generation already. Running into a psyduck was surprising. They were always a favorite of mine in the early games. Since they could learn psychic moves they were a little overpowered in the original games. They could still be taken down with electricity and grass, but you could pit them against a wider range of things without worry. They made a good backup for when your main psychic guy was out.

I’m not one of those people who hate new pokemon for no obvious reason apart from I DIDN’T GROW UP WITH THEM. I didn’t like all the original ones, I don’t like all the new ones, but there are enough that I do that it doesn’t matter. The thing that always bothered me about the games is that they encourage you to use whatever pokemon you like, but punish you if you do. Because I like several bug pokemon, and they can’t compete in the endgame. That’s especially true for the older ones across the board because they’ve never been rebalanced. Some of the newer bugs are okay, but I don’t care for them. My favorite type is ghost, but they are just too easy to take out most of the time. Same with rock and ground. Basically everything I like is easy to take out. XD


But how do you KNOW they didn’t take the clothes off them?

You think they died in that tux they’re wearing at the funeral?

That may be a box of the last things people were wearing.

…Which, for a buck, is still a pretty good deal I guess.

Apparently, estate sales don’t just happen when a person dies. I recently overheard a couple of elderly people talking about a friend who had to be placed in a nursing home whose things were sold in an estate sale.

I was sort of under the impression that you weren’t a fan of Homestuck. I’m not a hundred percent sure where I got this impression but now that I keep reading your comic I notice that you make a couple of very slight references to it. So I guess what I’m asking is are you a fan? Are the references ironic? Are they meant to just be a character trait of the person wearing saying or making the reference? Or am I digging to deep?

Those of us who grew up lower middle class tend to assume that most clothes were previously worn by other people — friends, relatives, strangers, whoever. No big deal. Even now that I buy a lot of my clothes new, I get them from a place that has changing rooms, so they’ve probably at least been tried on by somebody.

I was about to add that I don’t know if I’ve ever worn clothing that previously belong to someone who had died, but then I realized that I did inherit a couple of my grandfather’s ties after he finished the race. Does that count?

If I didn’t wear previously owned clothes, my wardrobe would shrink by at least 90%. Lived with my sister for a while. She would buy shirts (and jeans) at garage sales for 25 cents or so, and put them in my closet. Someone would ask where I got a particular shirt, I’d say,” The closet. No, really, I’m not being cute-I’ve never seen it before this morning.” I buy my jeans at the local thrift store-several of them with the tags still on-for no more than $5. The main annoyance I have is that shirts are apparently made to fit fat stick men. I’m 5’6″ but I have to have a large shirt or the cuffs will be too small. I make sure to get a thin watch so my cuff will (probably) fit over it.

Gahh, just caught up from reading the archives. Why won’t the next button work?

I think I’ve already having withdrawal symptoms.


Noticing a typo just as you hit ‘post’ and it’s just barely too late to fix it is quite possibly the worst thing.

I’ve been reading this comic for a few months now (read it mostly at work) and I really like it. As others have said, it feels like you could walk into this store and meet all the chars.

I have a question though, I’ve seen where you talk about your too update areas (.com/.net) and I’ve only ever used the .com, Am I missing out on things? I’ve never been able to find any of your one-shot drawings, are they only over at .net?

Oh and I went to your FB page and sent a request to join the group, looks like a fun place. Now that I’m almost to the last of the archives, I’ll have a place to wander waiting for the new update.

Keep up the good work, you have one of the best webcomices out there!

The sites are supposed to be mirrors, but some technical stuff has messed them up. Most of the one shot stuff goes on the tumblr or on my deviantart. I think they are linked up top.

Thanks for reading. I appreciate it. See you on facebook.

A few months after posting this WebComics were blocked at work (I work nights and it’s the best time for me to read this.) and I lost track of the comic. I’m glad I joined up over on FaceBook, it was a e-mail I got from there that reminded me of your great comic! My new job let’s me read the .com postings, so I started from page 1 again and have made it back to this point.

You still have one of the best WebComics out there!

I already thought that this comic was amazing showing relatable characters, and having a very nerdy side, and bronies, but the home stuck shirt has convinced me that I’m going to be wasting a lot more of my time on this comic

So I’ve been thinking for a while that Jess looks really familiar. Can’t believe it took a Homestuck shirt to make me realize she reminds me of Jade.

I’m so angry
“Well at least it’s a break from all the homestuck I’ve been reading this week”
Biomedical had

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