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  1. The humor is that while we’ve known all along that he (often) doesn’t act like a dog, now we find out that it’s because he doesn’t know (now) that he *is* a dog.

    But he has acknowledged often enough in past strips that he’s a dog. And I’m fairly sure I saw this comic years ago.

  2. The humor is that while we’ve known all along that he (often) doesn’t act like a dog, now we find out that it’s because he doesn’t know (now) that he *is* a dog.

    But he has acknowledged often enough in past strips that he’s a dog. And I’m fairly sure I saw this comic years ago.

  3. We’re all in denial about something.

    Every now and again we look in the mirror and decide “I guess I never will be an architect” or “I guess I really *am* ugly” …. and then we go back and… sometimes forget about it.

    This takes it to a bit of an absurd level but….

  4. Many years ago, I had heard of an animal study where a chimp raised by humans was given the task of sorting photographs based on whether they depicted a human or a chimp. (The photos of humans went into the “Human” pile, whereas the photos of chimps went into the “Chimpanzee” pile.)

    The chimp got a perfect score except for the photo of himself; he had placed his own photo in the “Human” pile. Apparently he associated himself with being a human. Or maybe he was in denial that he was a chimp.

    We see the same thing here with Grimm… He was in denial about being a dog, and is now trying to come to terms with the fact that he was never a human.

    It was the same thing with me when I found out I was just a common seagull.

  5. “We’re all in denial about something.”

    Just this morning, my wife pointed out that I could go to the supermarket early, when it was less crowded, because they set aside special hours for seniors only.

    I literally had no idea what she was talking about at first.

  6. Bill, this showed up on Usenet recently:

    I was reassured by the claims that adults under 60 have little to worry about [from covid-19] — until I remembered that I’m over 60. Sigh. I don’t *feel* over 60.

  7. Every story I’ve seen about some store having a special hour for seniors has it at some weird pre-dawn hour, when some of us are cherishing out sleep. Totally useless for those of us who don’t have the earlybirds gene. Besides, how would we know that those other seniors aren’t infected?

  8. Ed, the idea is so the seniors won’t have to do battle for the last remaining roll of toilet paper. Also, they might not be able to navigate a crowded supermarket very well.

    I’m not sure when they can do this OTHER THAN ungodly early: it’s not as if they can throw everybody under 60 out of the supermarket for an hour in the middle of the day.

    There are really few good answers for any of this: we all just do our best

  9. >Just this morning, my wife pointed out that I could go to the supermarket early, when it was less crowded, because they set aside special hours for seniors only.

    >I literally had no idea what she was talking about at first.

    I suspect that’s how it begins. Our market had an open hour for people over 65. Well, I say to my partner who is older than me, you could take advantage of that.. Exacerbated look, “I *know*, but we don’t need it. It’d be very wrong to take it from those who need it. Get into the line going down two blocks. Every few minutes …. “well, you know we could….” but No, as horrible as this is,, if others can hack it so can we. And when we finally left “well, we won’t need to go shopping again for another couple weeks but if I do, I’m going to the front of the line because…. well, we’ll only be picking up a few things so our getting out of our way will be a good thing, or, yes, we’re taking advantage but we don’t do it often and we *do* have bad knees and … well, maybe we *are* over 65….”

  10. I was tempted for the first time to use a senior discount just today. (Walgreens offers a discount to 55 and over.) Not that I have health issues, just that I hate shopping at the best of times, and these are not the best of times.

  11. I joked with family, “Eh, 6am. Not sure I want to stay up that late.” I’m not known for being a morning person, worse since I stopped being a productive member of society. The recent events have had less impact on me than many others.

  12. “The recent events have had less impact on me than many others.”

    Some introverts are saying, “Yes! This is the kind of crisis I’ve been waiting for.”

  13. Bill – Way back when I was in my early 30s we did a craft show at a mall. I went alone to Orange Julius for lunch while Robert worked our booth. There were two boys (they were alone and I will say maybe 11 years old or a little younger) and they were giving me the looks that one gives grown ups – it was the day I realized that I was an old grown up person.

    Around the same time I bought a bottle of wine for a party and for the first time was not asked for proof of age.

    But best of all – was the day at Wendys when the manager was ringing up our order and put in us in for (free) senior sodas – which we did not know existed. Robert politely explained that we were in our 50s – and we found out that same starts at age 50 there. Since then we always ask.

  14. I probably mentioned this before here — maybe even more than once — but the first time I was given a senior discount (without even being asked), I was still in my 40s. I was seeing Hollywoodland, about the death of Superman actor George Reeves, and the audience was pretty evenly divided between geezers old enough to remember the television show and young people who were there for the star, Ben Affleck. Everybody who clearly didn’t belong to the latter group got the discount.

    My uncle threw a fit the first time he was given a senior discount (because he wasn’t old enough but he really looked as though he was). My attitude was You want to give me money, be my guest.

    (And now, of course, since I’m not only old enough but look like Bernie Sanders on a bad hair day…)

    I do, however, draw the line at going to the supermarket during the hour they set aside for seniors: a lot of my 60+ friends take advantage of that, but I feel they’re for people who need them. I’m not going to criticize anybody who feels differently, but it doesn’t feel right to me. I’ll take their senior discount, you betcha, but not their set-aside time.

  15. The first time someone offered Robert a senior discount he was in 20s – he had salt and pepper hair and looked like his hair was graying (better to have his maternal grandfather’s grey hair then his paternal grandfather’s baldness). He was honest and used to turn down the discount.

    At the Wendys we go to, the manager started giving him free senior soda (free senior beverage also applies to coffee or tea) He explained that we were in our 50s – and she said that the free beverage was for 50 and up.

    I managed to stay younger looking than I was until I was actually in my 60s. (I have a sister 5 years younger than me – when we were young she stopped being asked for proof of age long before I was.)

    Of course we ask if there is senior discount these days – the movie theater we go to has a senior ticket price of $7.

  16. Bill – we would go to the senior hours as we are both also Diabetics – but it is too early in the day or too late at night as we look at it. The hour set aside here varies from starting from 6 am to 8 am and we go to bed around 3 am so it is problem to get up that early – or to stay up that late.

  17. A few years ago when I was traveling, I was chatting with the manager of a restaurant — as one does — and he mentioned that I could have asked for the senior discount. I said Well, thanks for the offer, AND thanks for thinking I’m older than I am, and then I mentioned I was actually just six months short of eligibility. He said Then it would be my honor to give you your first birthday present.

    So I saved two bucks on my pizza.

  18. I think the special hours should be based on need rather than just age. If you’re 59 and can’t get around well (e.g., a friend of mine), you should damn well be allowed to shop at the special time.

  19. That gets into a thing where already over-worked employees having to serve as gatekeepers and make decisions about who’s eligible. That being said, I think it likely that if an obviously handicapped person showed up at the special hours it would be likely that no one would challenge.

  20. I agree that no obviously-handicapped would get turned away, but it would decrease anxiety for everybody if they just called it “seniors and anybody with special needs.”

    I’m not sure whether “over-worked employees [serving] as gatekeepers” would be an issue, though, because most supermarkets (around here, at least) already have guards at the doors restricting the number of people who can be inside the store at once. One local supermarket said their criteria was “one-third the normal number of shoppers.”

  21. Right, but then it’s easy in the special hour to only allow 60+ (or whatever) in, while the guard not having to make decisions about younger people with special needs.

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