The List

Cidu Bill on Jan 14th 2013

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Filed in Arlo and Janis, Bill Bickel, CIDU, Jimmy Johnson, comic strips, comics, humor | 10 responses so far

10 Responses to “The List”

  1. PeterW Jan 14th 2013 at 12:03 am 1

    Either he’s anticipating how good it’s going to feel to cross them out, or he’s just skipping the hard part to get to the good part.

  2. Morris Keesan Jan 14th 2013 at 12:11 am 2

    I think it’s the second option: He doesn’t say that it feels good to get each item done, just that it feels good to cross them off. By making the list, he gets the perfect combination of feeling good about crossing them off, without the unpleasantness of doing any of the work.

    In support of this theory, it looks as if he’s crossing them off in the second panel (and he’s saying “feels good”, in the present tense, not “will feel good”), and Janis’s annoyed look and comment in the last panel wouldn’t make any sense if he hadn’t crossed them off.

    Looking at this older strip, I’m also impressed with how Johnson has slowly made A and J look older over the course of the last 13 years.

  3. Kamino Neko Jan 14th 2013 at 12:26 am 3

    It’s a creative way to be lazy and still get the good feels. >_>

  4. Kilby Jan 14th 2013 at 08:01 am 4

    One minor kvetch: July 31st, 1999 was a Saturday, not a Thursday.

  5. Blinky the Wonder Wombat Jan 14th 2013 at 08:03 am 5

    CIDU? This was a pure LOL for me.

  6. Morris Keesan Jan 14th 2013 at 08:12 am 6

    Kilby, the site’s current tag line has been up there for a few days already. It went up when Bill posted this one. And January 10, 2013 was a Thursday.

  7. Powers Jan 14th 2013 at 08:13 am 7

    Kilby: Who said it was a Thursday?

  8. padraig Jan 14th 2013 at 09:02 am 8

    I think the key is comparing your ambition level at the time you write the to-do list to your ambition level when you’re halfway through it. After you’ve replaced the garbage disposal, cleaning cobwebs out of the garage doesn’t seem quite so immediate.

  9. Molly J Jan 14th 2013 at 10:12 am 9

    Maybe he feels he no longer needs to do these things?

  10. J-L Jan 14th 2013 at 12:54 pm 10

    Usually when people make a TO-DO list, they cross off a line when they get what’s written on that line done. Crossing a line off means you no longer have to do it.

    So Arlo is doing just that: crossing a line off so he no longer has to do it. But he misses the first part, in that you should actually do (and complete) what that line says to do.

    Arlo’s kind of funny that way.

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