Never taunt mother nature.
At least it’s not the universe. The universe makes it personal
You’re talking to a woman who went to an unknown place – went through an unknown adventure with some (sort of) unknown people (one of them Jin) – to handle an unknown object – AND SHE SURVIVED!!!
I taunted God once like that, because I’d managed to scrape enough flour out of an almost empty-bin to get the required amount for my class……
Next thing I knew I was getting the broom. >.<
That remonds me of a bit in the Xanth series of books, “never underestimate the perversity of the universe”.
I do believe that the snow has delivered the appropriate response to Shelly’s inquiry.
“What’s the matter, Bjarni? Forget how to walk on ice again?”
This is entirely too much like my past two days. I would laugh but I bruised my ribs on the ice today. Nature doesn’t fight fair!
Awesome! A pratfall joke! I knew there was a side to Pablo that we hadn’t seen before. Now all we need is a pie fight, and my life will be complete. 😉
Well, hopefully it is just a pratfall. I can’t help but being reminded of the time Shelly got hit in the head with the bowling ball, though.
Re: Comments about shoes further down:
Athletic shoes usually do a decent job of gripping the ice. I’m more surprised that she is wearing her jacket open without much underneath it if the temperature is still in the 30s.
Re: Shelly’s clothing:
Temperature may be measurable to the degree, but there’s a sliding scale of “cold”. People here in Phoenix bundle up in six layers when the temperature dips below 60F. Folks in Minnesota probably start wearing shorts and t-shirts when it gets up to 50F.
The bare midriff is what i’m wondering at.
Here in North Georgia, i usually wear my light jacket and don’t zip it if i’m not going to be out too long in the winds and the temp is in the 40s or so.
OTOH, when i was in Louisville after the blizzards in ’92, i wore a sweatshirt under a heavy leather coat. (The coat wasn’t all that warm, but it shut out the wind a treat…)
Well, one thing is that she is out in the sun. That makes a huge difference if there is no wind, even in the winter. And there is a sense of “I’m so sick of being bundled up” that makes you want to do the opposite of that. But still…
By the way, thanks for reminding me of the term “comic relief” yesterday. I’m surprised I forgot that.
Also, by March (early spring), a person is pretty well acclimated, so that 40° is a lot warmer than it was back in October. In March, this sort of outfit is just fine.
It’s a cultural thing, I’m convinced–the same insane impulse that has people here in Austin (the OTHER Austin, the southern one) going about outdoors last week wearing short-shorts and T-shirts in five-degree (that’s 40 degrees American, allowing for the exchange rate) weather. I think they’re trying to adopt a Coué-like approach, and auto-suggest themselves into believing it isn’t as cold as it is.
On t’other hand, in the OTHER Austin today it’s sunny and 21 (yeah, yeah, 70), with light, variable winds. That’s shirt-sleeve weather, T-shirt weather, shorts weather. It’s a thing we have here, called March.
YAY Minneapolis skyline! (seriously, it’s one of my favorite sights EVER.)
Also…I totally had a moment like that a couple of weeks ago. My neck is still mad at me for that one. 😛
Maybe she’ll get lucky and land on her head. That way she wont get hurt 🙂
I do this several times each winter thinking that the season is at an end by taunting Mother Nature. Each time it comes back with a vengeance. Lol
Converse Chucks on Icy Roads? Yeah.
Normally they’d be fine(I wear them in the winter when it’s not monstrously damp). It’s when you taunt both Mother Nature and Murphy that you go into dangerous territory.
This happened to me last week…where are you hiding the cameras Mr. Taylor?
Gorgeous attention to detail as always. Thanks for keeping my mornings bright!
With temperatures in the “upper 30s”, you need spikes or crampons to be safe. I’ve used golf shoes to navigate sidewalks after ice storms with remarkably good results.
I think I’ve fallen on ice about 3 times in the past 30 years. Well, heavy falls like the ones Tina and Shelly went through, that is.
As long as you know it’s there ice isn’t much of a hazard unless you’re infirm in some way. Except for black ice, that is. That stuff’s dangerous.
*sings* Fly Robin Fly!!! Feet up to the skyyyy!
“It’s all fun and games ’till someone gets hurt…”
“…and then it’s hilarious.”
I concur with jwhouk, it’s not rocket surgery to remember how to walk or drive et al on the stuff. I also concur with those who mentioned that taunting nature is never wise.
However, even before they introduced metric to Canada, I never could get a handle on Fahrenheit, most nonsensical system I ever encountered. For a moment there I was wonder what was in the upper 30s, immediately thinking of an address or something until the rest of the sentence registered that she was talking about the temperature.
Meh, the Celsius scale started out even more weird than Fahrenheit — originally Celsius had 0C as the boiling point of water and 100C as the freezing point. Fortunately he died a couple years after creating this absurd thing, and Linnaeus applied a bit of sanity and reversed the scale. There’s seems to be something fundamentally warped in the nature of guys that create temperature scales — kinda like the guys that name birds.
Bjarni has appeared in the strip before, actually…
Ice has too…
Oh hey! There’s the comic I mentioned yesterday!
Ass on fire
Great line of action in that last panel.
“Awesome! Another day in the upper 30s!”
Both funny and true – and something you have to live up north to appreciate.
Funny how 39 in March can feel warmer than 59 in October.
We Brits are such wimps. Back in January we got two weeks and half an inch of snow and ice and the country completely ground to a haly. On the other hand, if you do live somewhere that gets six inches of snow for six months then you kinda get used to it.
Not where I lived 🙁
It bypassed my area completly. Made a little snow circle round us 🙁
Im still upset over the lack of snow this year 🙂
Wow, She’s channeling Nate from Overboard. He does this every winter.
Taunt ye not Nature, thy Mother.
For thou art mortal,
And doth bruise easily when smited.
My Comanche Grandmother would have made a sideways hooking motion with her index finger and said, “Eeh-ha, that’s what you get! Act tough some more!”
Shelly will be all right, the Wahnees are a resiliant bunch, actually. Even for Comanches, they can take a lot.
Nemesis is always listening for hubris…
Would this be a bad time to talk about how little cold, snow and ice we got here this year?
That’s the trouble with ice. It doesn’t say much. It just fangs your fanny if you stop paying attention to it.
In the Avalon-Hill game “Panzer Blitz”, one of the weapons that’s available to both players is mines.
The rules say “Mines have no friends. They attack any force that moves over them at 2 to 1.”
Panzer Blitz? Talk about a blast from the past! Great game, but it took forever to set up and moving the stacks of little pieces was a pain.
Did they ever convert it to digital play? Seems it would have worked out pretty well.
SSI (which, as i seem to recall, acquired AH) published a computer game called Panzer General; there’s a free Linux clone.
Not sure if it’s still available commercially for Windows, but apparently a lot of people still play it.
Oh, that would rawk. I was a big AHer back in my day, shortly after the Pleistocene.
Lot of ice between then and now. as well, let me tell you.
And Fnord, if you post on BigSoccer, I’ll send some rep your way.
Ohh it’s so true. Yay life in the midwest. Acutally Minneapolis is horrible for this. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve banged up my knees on the sidewalks there and I don’t even live in Minnesota.
And there we have it, folks. another vicious attack on the weather.
Ice is Lucy holding the football and Shelly is Charlie Brown. Neither ever learn.
So, is Shelly channeling Nate from Overboard today?
Oh… it’s not nice to mess with ‘Mother Nature’! Fortunately don’t experience that too much where I’m from.
Ain’t California grand?
That last panel is a “Woopsie square” — sorry, guys, couldn’t resist
When I first came to this site I read it as Waspi Square for quite a while. That led me to expect it to have some sort of right wing kind of theme. Fortunately it seems to be pretty much apolitical which is a very good thing.
I always read it as Wasapi.
Like a japanese drink/dish or something 🙂
Heh, it’s funny that of the eight people on the current cast page, Katherine Gilchrist is the only person who might even be in the right ethnic group.
PHWEEET! Gunnr, two minutes for Bad Punning! 😉
Just mother nature idly passing the time before the asteroid hits.
In the end, she will just outlast us. 🙂
That was so me like 2 days ago.
serves you right Shelly, for being so FLIPPANT (hee hee)
I think this has happened to everyone in Minnesota.
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