What EXACTLY is she getting at here?

Cidu Bill on Jun 12th 2017

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29 Responses to “What EXACTLY is she getting at here?”

  1. billybob Jun 12th 2017 at 12:35 am 1

    when she got a weekend off, it instantly got rainy and 20 degrees colder in the forecast…well, except it didn’t.

  2. Treesong Jun 12th 2017 at 12:43 am 2

    But if that’s the joke, why isn’t the second panel after the third? I have no idea on this one.

  3. Kamino Neko Jun 12th 2017 at 12:56 am 3

    Why would the updated screen come before the screen saying it’s updating?

    Narrative path:

    She finagled a complete weekend off. She assumed the weather would be nice for lizard people, based on past weather. Then she looked at the actual forecast for her days off, and it’s rainy and a sane tempcooler. Which felt the same to her as if the weather forecast suddenly changed when she scheduled her time off.

  4. James Pollock Jun 12th 2017 at 01:43 am 4

    Here is what happened, EXACTLY.

    She got a whole weekend off. She anticipated a weekend full of fun and happiness. However, events conspired to ruin the fun and happiness.

    This is symbolically represented by the weather forecast changing from warm and sunny to cloudy and cold for the affected period. The WEATHER didn’t actually change, but things that perhaps she’d perhaps prefer not to discuss DID change.

  5. James Pollock Jun 12th 2017 at 01:45 am 5

    Case in point: Bill’s away, so OF COURSE mystery moderation was triggered. It’s like a thunderstorm showed up on parade day (which happened her in Portland.)

  6. Ted from Ft. Laud Jun 12th 2017 at 01:48 am 6

    Not nice for the Rose Parade? I was there for a week (left on Wednesday) and the weather was beautiful while I was there…

  7. Ted from Ft. Laud Jun 12th 2017 at 01:54 am 7

    And Kamino Neko - mid to high 70s seems wonderful compared to what the weather here has been - only the massive amount of rain has been keeping it in the mid to high 80s rather than the mid 90s… (That’s lizard weather for lizards that like it wet - like alligators.)

  8. Winter Wallaby Jun 12th 2017 at 02:23 am 8

    I guess I’m a lizard person, because I would have the same reaction as the saleswoman.

    Admittedly, I live in the Seattle area where it’s cool, overcast, and rainy most of the year, so days of unblocked sunshine are like magical treasures.

  9. James Pollock Jun 12th 2017 at 02:34 am 9

    “Not nice for the Rose Parade?”

    We have a long-standing tradition of rain during Rose Festival.

    I spent Wednesday driving to Eastern Oregon for a job interview, when I came back Wednesday evening it rained on me pretty consistently from The Dalles to Hillsboro.

  10. James Pollock Jun 12th 2017 at 02:38 am 10

    “I live in the Seattle area where it’s cool, overcast, and rainy most of the year, so days of unblocked sunshine are like magical treasures.”

    Notably, Seattle schedules Seafair later in the summer than Portland schedules Rose Festival. Another difference: Seafair has boat races featuring boats that have turbine engines and can go a couple of hundred miles per hour; Rose Festival features boat races where people row, and boat races for boats made out of milk cartons.

  11. Ted from Ft. Laud Jun 12th 2017 at 03:36 am 11

    Actually, I was there for the Starlight parade (well, not for the parade itself, but earlier in the afternoon was having a few libations at 10 Barrel and at Rogue and saw some of the floats setting up) and the weather seemed fine for it. And was on Mt. Hood on Sunday the 4th, where it was very sunny, if perhaps a bit brisk. But around the time you drove back, I was probably flying into real nastiness - but that was about as far away as you could get from Portland and stay in the (contiguous) country…

  12. Carl Jun 12th 2017 at 06:36 am 12

    Ted, according to my relatives down there, the problem in Ft. Lauderdale is not alligators any more, it’s giant, fearless iguanas. They weren’t a thing when I was growing up there back in the 1960s/1970s.

    I would have agreed with you on temperatures back then–I was perspiring whenever it was over 70 degrees. Then I lost 40% of my body weight and stopped being obese. Now I’m cold below 80 … and I live in New York. My timing is as bad as the Retail strip above’s, but differently bad.

  13. Mitch4 Jun 12th 2017 at 09:31 am 13

    76°F is perfect…. For staying inside enjoying the A/C.

  14. Keera Jun 12th 2017 at 10:26 am 14

    That’s how things go where I live: Every time you think the weather’s going to be good so you make plans, it turns bad.

  15. Powers Jun 12th 2017 at 11:06 am 15

    Wait, when did “slightly above room temperature” become intolerably hot? Where do you people live that 56 is comfortable and 75 is sweltering?

  16. James Pollock Jun 12th 2017 at 11:19 am 16

    “Where do you people live that 56 is comfortable and 75 is sweltering?”

    Well, when I lived on the Oregon coast, that would have been about right.
    Today, in Newport, OR, the high temperature is forecast at 57F On the other hand, it rarely drops below 40F in the depths of winter.

    I’ve been in San Antonio, TX and coastal North Carolina during the summertime. Both are uninhabitable, as far as I’m concerned. On the other hand, I’ve been to Disneyland in January, and to Busch Gardens Virginia in March, and both were wonderful despite the natives complaining about how cold it was (upper 70’s in both cases.)

  17. Dave Van Domelen Jun 12th 2017 at 11:40 am 17

    Makes perfect narrative sense. Pulls out phone to check forecast while anticipating-aloud her upcoming weekend off. Then it updates and the forecast goes sour. The one technical issue is that weather apps like that tend to put today on top, not tomorrow.

  18. Winter Wallaby Jun 12th 2017 at 12:08 pm 18

    Dave #16: I think the weather today is the big 76 on top (along with what are presumably hourly forecasts, with the times too small to read).

  19. Woodrowfan Jun 12th 2017 at 01:31 pm 19

    she pulls out phone
    weather forecast is good
    she says out-loud “I have the weekend off”
    instantly the weather updates to be lousy weather all weekend.
    (or, she notes at the end, that what it seems like)

  20. Proginoskes Jun 12th 2017 at 04:14 pm 20

    @ Powers [14]: It’s something called humidity.

  21. Lord Jubjub Jun 12th 2017 at 05:13 pm 21

    Powers @14, sounds like London in the summertime.

  22. Meryl A Jun 13th 2017 at 01:08 am 22

    The problem is what has been happening to husband and me all this year. Through the end of April he would decide that we would make a day trip to the Lancaster, PA area to go to one of the large farmer’s markets (which have all sorts of vendors there beyond farm items) and since then he has been trying to go there for 2-4 days for same plus some other day(s) in the area.

    He makes plans - the weather is to be nice. Day or two before it changes to heavy rain. While we are not made of sugar, so we don’t melt, there is not much point to going there if most of the outdoor vendors will either not come or leave early due to the rain, particularly when it is over 3 hours and $40 in tolls (tolls round trip, time one way) to go on the trip.

    This problem is so bad that when it was going to rain in PA two weeks ago on Friday, he decided to drive to CT to Cabelas and then dinner at one of the casinos as the RV needs to be driven - so what happened? The nice weather in CT changed to chance of tornadoes. Tornadoes? In CT? And yes there was one.

    Altogether we have planned to go to PA about 10-15 times this year and made it there once - for one day.

  23. Kilby Jun 13th 2017 at 01:24 am 23

    Woodrowfan has it @18, basically the same as Kamino Neko @3, but without the snide commentary about alternative version for people who like hot weather.

    My wife sometimes appears to feel that the weather is just a massive conspiracy, designed to ruin weekends (by being rainy) as well as workdays (by being sunny and nice only when we have to work).

  24. Kilby Jun 13th 2017 at 01:27 am 24

    P.S. Drat it all, blew the closing “strike” token. Since I can’t get Bill to fix it, here’s what it was supposed to say:

    … @3, but without the snide commentary about alternative version for people who like hot weather.

    P.P.S. My wife sometimes appears to feel that the weather is just a massive conspiracy, designed to ruin weekends (by being rainy) as well as workdays (by being sunny and nice only when we have to work).

  25. Kamino Neko Jun 13th 2017 at 04:02 am 25

    Kilby - those asides were self-deprecating, not snide. I run really hot, even relative to others who grew up in the same relatively cool climes as me.

  26. Kilby Jun 13th 2017 at 04:57 am 26

    @ Kamino Neko (24) - Thanks for the clarification. Everyone has their own comfort zone: my wife’s is several degrees warmer than mine, and our daughter’s is just as different, but in the other direction. This make for interesting differences of opinion about appropriate clothing to wear around the house. (”Put your socks on, dear, your mother is feeling chilly.“)

    P.S. As long as we’re on the topic, last Sunday’s “Foxtrot” had a nice gag about weather apps.

  27. James Pollock Jun 13th 2017 at 10:29 am 27

    “The problem is what has been happening to husband and me all this year.”

    Except, no, it isn’t (per panel 4).

  28. Olivier Jun 16th 2017 at 09:43 am 28

    JP@4 has it.
    Related :”Le lundi au soleil : c’est une chose qu’on n’aura jamais”= We’ll never get a sunny Monday off.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u2gYndiOTkg

  29. Meryl A Jun 20th 2017 at 01:59 am 29

    James Pollack - True.

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