Kicking

Cidu Bill on Jun 8th 2017

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Filed in Bill Bickel, CIDU, Tina's Groove, comicscomic strips, humor | 20 responses so far

20 Responses to “Kicking”

  1. Mona Jun 8th 2017 at 12:04 am 1

    Looks like Grandma kicked her in the eye. That’s all.

  2. Minor Annoyance Jun 8th 2017 at 12:38 am 2

    Similar older joke:
    “Granny started walking five miles a day last month …We don’t know where the hell she is.”

  3. Treesong Jun 8th 2017 at 01:13 am 3

    I’m reminded of the Southernism ‘Bless her heart’ as in ‘Bless her heart, she’s as dumb as a bag of hammers.’

  4. Chipper Jun 8th 2017 at 06:55 am 4

    Mona has it. The strip is so busy, visually, it was hard to find the key in the last panel- the woman’s black eye.

  5. Mark M Jun 8th 2017 at 07:28 am 5

    Wow thanks Mona. I thought it was a commentary on how well Grandma is doing at her age while all three of them are not even moving.

  6. Mitch4 Jun 8th 2017 at 09:02 am 6

    Yes, thanks for clearing that up. My overstretched speculation was going to be that the bartender is a one-legged man (known to the women and some regular readers), so talk about kicking is awkward around him.

    Or else… At that age, and kicking, is she going to kick the bucket?

  7. mike smith Jun 8th 2017 at 09:55 am 7

    Mona in one. The key is the first woman’s face is obscured in the first panel and the second panel has the big reveal.

  8. Dr. Shrinker Jun 8th 2017 at 12:28 pm 8

    She’s pretty nimble, too, if she can kick all the way up at her granddaughter’s eye level. I think that’s why this was so hard to understand. I’m only halfway to 93, and I could no more kick someone in the eye than I could fly.

    If there were zig-zag lines and stars coming from her rump, though, “kicking” would have made more sense.

  9. Boise Ed Jun 8th 2017 at 02:27 pm 9

    MA [2]: I used to have an elderly neighbor, with dementia, who would just start walking. Eventually, the family put a tracker bracelet on her.

    Chipper [4]: Thank you. Once Mona pointed it out, I figured I was the only one to miss that.

  10. Bookworm Jun 8th 2017 at 03:38 pm 10

    Treesong #3: “I’m reminded of the Southernism ‘Bless her heart’ as in ‘Bless her heart, she’s as dumb as a bag of hammers.’”

    I’ve read this lately in a lot of places. It really surprises me every time. I’ve lived in the south in different places for all of my 70+ years and traveled all over the south, and I have never heard it said sarcastically like that. It’s always in a very sincere tone of feeling sad or sorry about a person who has had a life setback of some sort, major or minor. It’s usually said by a person who is a fairly religious Christian. I wonder if it’s a northern myth. Or maybe it’s a newish way of saying it, maybe it’s changed over the years.

  11. Winter Wallaby Jun 8th 2017 at 04:07 pm 11

    Boise Ed #8: I saw the coloration of the black eye, but didn’t process it as such. The connection between a black eye and kicking wasn’t particularly strong for me, since in most situations it’s not really easy to kick someone in the eye.

  12. Big Chief Jun 8th 2017 at 10:09 pm 12

    My wife, a southern girl, was severely wracked up in a car accident many years ago, an accident which put her in bed for years ( she’s much better, finally,now ). That’s when I, a yankee, learned that the expression ” bless her heart ” means ” I’m sorry to hear this sad story about your wife,but if you think I’m going to visit, or help out, or care in any way, you’re sadly mistaken.” The expression ” God bless her ” may mean something different, I never really heard that one. ” Bless her heart ” I heard a lot, though.

  13. Mark in Boston Jun 8th 2017 at 11:33 pm 13

    “Bless her heart” makes me think of those Yiddish comebacks. For instance, on hearing that your hard-hearted landlord has won the lottery: “It couldn’t happen to a nicer person!”

  14. guero Jun 9th 2017 at 02:59 pm 14

    Bookworm - Also in my seventies (just barely), and have spent the majority of my life in various parts of the South. While I certainly agree that the phrase can be used sincerely, most of the times, in my experience, there is at least a sense of mild condescension. And lest we forget, Tennessee Ernie Ford’s go to catch phrase was “Bless her little pea-pickin’ heart.”

  15. Bookworm Jun 9th 2017 at 05:32 pm 15

    guero #14, I loved Tennessee Ernie. I lived in Tennessee when he was most popular, and we felt like he was our friend.

  16. Brian in STL Jun 9th 2017 at 06:21 pm 16

    The bartender is a coworker of the two and Tina’s boyfriend.

  17. Brian in STL Jun 9th 2017 at 06:29 pm 17

    I guess former coworker in Tina’s case. She recently quit the restaurant and trained her replacement, for the job of comic strip waitress.

  18. Ian D Osmond Jun 9th 2017 at 07:55 pm 18

    Mark in Boston — didn’t you punctuate that wrong? “He won the lottery? It couldn’t have happened to a NICER person?”

  19. Mark in Boston Jun 9th 2017 at 09:58 pm 19

    I remember a particular Tennessee Ernie Ford line: “Right now I’m as nervous as a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs.”

  20. Hank G. Jun 11th 2017 at 12:34 am 20

    Kicking someone in the eye would not be that hard if you were bedridden and someone was bending over to tend to your feet.

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