Don’t we all feel like this when we witness a pot of perfect coffee waiting for sole consumption by us…
If we aren’t doing then it’s not a PERFECT cup of coffee…
If we aren’t doing THIS: http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20070622
then it’s not a PERFECT cup of coffee…
That’s only after you take a sip. The smell alone isn’t enough to get that reaction.
A truly perfect cup of coffee is one which, upon the first sip, causes you to do the Yummie Doggie Biscuit. I’m too tired to look for it on YouTube right now, but I’m sure the old-timers among you will know what I’m referring to.
Here’s one example:
You have just been WAITING to use that link, haven’t you?
IT WAS PERFECT!!!</strong
Damn you, I just spent the last 5 hours trying to make sense of that pic
That comic still confuses me too…
Um … No, not really. I prefer a decent cup of tea. Or 20 of them. Or even more.
esp. if you’re used to station house coffee…
Girlfriend made coffee >>> squad made coffee
I feel for you, man.
Justin is so adorkable.
I see Justin’s danger sense is finally going off.
“OH NO! Shelly’s not happy. What’d I do? What’d I forget? Think Justin. THINK!!”
It may be going off but it missed the main danger. Shelly was trigger by the picture and feels like why not her too. Now comes the question most men are never ready for. ‘Do these jeans make my rear look fat?’. oops wrong question. I mean the RELATIONSHIP question. Where are we going with this? Is it time for a comitment? Do you love me? etc. If these come too soon the guy will get a deer in headlight look and then bolt for the woods. Justin’s best move now is to spill the coffee on himself and run home to get clean clothes. Once there he can make a try for freedom but it may already be too late. If he waits after the fifth beer he’ll be complaining how his love life sphynixs
But it could be just the opposite. He’s oblivious, but he answered in just the right way, by being there when she needed him to be there and pay attention to her.
Danger sense? Or just the usual “man in a relationship” paranoia?
its seems you missed the part where she seems to say “awwww… poor you, come here, love bunny… <3 <3"
I see what you did there.
* shakes pun jar…truck…no, er vault..er wait. What are we up to now? tesseract storage facility?
It’s still just a jar. How do you think we pay for all the coffee we drink in Confusion Corner?
The vault is a jar?
That the vault is a jar is nobody’s vault but our own. Er…
Just a jar. Some days, we need to dump it out into the vault several times 🙂
The vault is ajar because someone has been emptying it to get all the cash back into circulation. Except, of course, the uncirculated proof coins.
But that’s not the end of their magic. I think on the last trip they turned their armored truck into a concrete abutment.
[refills the pun jar. Twice.]
you forgot the pun jar looks very normal on the outside.. it belongs to a time lord, see…. :/
So it’s not the vessel with the pestle?
You’re reaching back a ways for that one!
Shelly’s coffee pot contains the brew that is true.
No, the Vessel with the Pestle has the pellet with the poison, the Pot from the Cuisinart has the brew that is true. GET IT RIGHT! ;-P
I comment here very rarely (maybe once or twice before), but I have to state that I am now completely in love with everyone in this part of the thread for quoting/paraphrasing one of my favorite movies.
But what about the flagon with the dragon or the chalice from the palace?
One of the funniest movies of all time – The Court Jester
I don’t know, what’s the pun equivalent to hammer space?
Love Shelly’s transition from Panel One to Panel Three…
Hmmm. Close inspection reveals evidence of The Dark Side of Justin’s Healing Power.
When worried, he instantly grows stubble on his chin and cheeks.
Must be a stress reaction… perhaps he is part werewolf?
However, Shelly appears to find this adorable. Possibly a sphinxette thing, I suppose.
How about he’s further away in panel 1 than in panel 3? 😉
Well, yes. But he’s also several seconds older in panel three.
Sudden anxiety will do that to you…
(measures distance from eye to monitor while viewing frame 1)
(measures distance from eye to monitor while viewing frame 3)
Naah. No closer. 🙂
nope, its just the light is at a differ angle, so you can see his ‘5 o clock shadow’ …
Jeez… what’s going on with all these reasonable, mundane, practical answers to Wapsiverse issues? This place isn’t “Blondie”, after all! 😀
Occam’s razor. If a mundane, no-magic explanation is possible, don’t postulate a magic answer.
If the answer is magic, use the Razor to shave.
Yeah, I know… I’m just giving you a mild hassle 🙂 and I agree with you… in this particular case, bog-standard razor stubble is the most reasonable conclusion.
Although, sometimes the world works differently, and the best solution is actually defined by Arkham’s Razor: When faced with competing solutions, the one most likely to be true is the one which has you ending up in an asylum for the criminally insane, flipping coins and raving about six-foot bats. I’m sure you’ve had workdays like that occasionally… most of us have.
Owen wasn’t the only one who got married! Those two are acting like it for all intents and purposes right now! 🙂
Naa, Justin is just responding as any intelligent male with experience in a relationship would/should respond.
If she’s not happy, automatically assume you did something until proven otherwise. And apologize anyway just to be safe 🙂
Oh, yes. The face in panel 3 is well known for any male who has had a long-term relationship…
Smart man, that Justin. His survival instincts are spot on!
Sooo….am I the only one alarmed by the statement “Wait, I’m not awake. Something’s wrong.”?
Be more alarmed by the demure “Why, whatever do you mean?” look on Shelly’s face. That look never bodes ANY male any good. It just….bodes….
Her next words: “I’m gonna have a KITTEN!!” Then watch as he s#!ts one….
Agreed – my danger sense has gone off too. I thought he might be super hurt, in a nightmare, another super of some sort is fucking with him – maybe that shadow chick they met?
Cause Shelly looks partially translucent too in the second panel. Especially when she said he didn’t do anything… It can go the scary route like he’s in a coma (although no reason for it that I can recall), or maybe just sleeping and people invaded his dreams…
Or I’m reading too into it overall and its just one of those paranoid relationship talks in the morning… =\
I hope they really are ok. =\
I can see this being a succubus invading his dream. The way he found out its a dream was cause of the perfect coffee pot. Maybe Shelly makes bad coffee? 😉
That and Shelly’s face in that same panel I mentioned looks… odd. Like she’s going to either explain something deep and meaningful, or about to start doin’ somethin in the naughty spectrum. Or I can be completely off again.
Thank you for verbalizing every thought I had about this comic. Seriously. All of those thoughts! So obviously we’re not alone in this but does that mean we’re right? I dunno! Heh.
I think it’s just that he was half asleep and just fully woke up. He’s trying to figure out what he was just saying.
The ‘translucence’ of Shelly is just the glare of the window, which illustrates her joy at realizing that he’ll say exactly what’s needed even before waking up.
That’s my take on it, too. “Oh… you’re clearly upset about something… and I didn’t really notice it and laughed it off. Sorry about that… I hadn’t fully woken up yet, hadn’t had my coffee, and neither my brain nor my empathy were working properly. Are you upset about something I did, or failed to do?”
Most of us guys have probably been there, done that a time or two (or more). Our linear brains don’t always properly detect all of the sub-channels of a communication at first. If we’re lucky, the women in our lives have learned to recognize and forgive this shortcoming in our communications capabilities 🙂
In general I agree with the concept of “men are learning to accept women’s position so why can’t they at least accept a bit of ours”. And yes, I too get cranky that so many women want to hold the worst examples of us against the rest of us but get a bit testy if we do the same in reverse.
I also subscribe to the philosophy that men are more emotional than they are given credit for and women are not nearly as overly emotionally developed compared to men as they are claimed to be. Instead it’s a matter of conditioning … girls are encouraged to embrace their emotions, boys are told to suck it up “like men”.
No wonder it’s more likely to be a male in the bell tower with a high-powered rifle, when you think about it.
It’s a work in progress, a sudden (history-wise) change in the societal norm, so as usual then pendulum swung a bit far the other way and we are waiting for a correction.
But damn, SWM … your attitude there and in your post further up the page is just downright misogynistic bud. Seriously. Whoever she was, it must have been downright nasty to make someone so bitter. But taking it out on the rest of women for it? That’s just petty, man.
My first wife was the spawn of Satan, and my attitude didn’t go that badly afterward, even while the scars were still fresh.
It’s ironic that you use a blanket statement to protest what you see as the use of blanket statements. 😉
I am not “everyone” nor do I throw out terms like “misogynistic” at the drop of a hat. I am neither a feminist nor an anti-feminist. I believe in equality but I do not believe in overcompensation. Just because the paint is grimy doesn’t mean you burn down the house.
And of course you see it as realistic. I can go down quite the list of disturbed individuals in history who saw their POV as perfectly normal and the rest of us who disagreed as the actual disturbed ones for not seeing it their way.
Also ironically, people like that have a “typical response” of accusing those people of being mindless sheeple and following the herd rather than being “radical and awake individuals” like themselves.
It is true that all too many people tend to follow the herd rather than thinking for themselves. But anyone who thinks that just because they think differently that must make them right … is just as much a fool as the others are, sorry.
“I’m unique! I’m different!” Yeah yeah, just like everyone else …
Then follow your own advice, bud. You were responding to my comment when you said … and I QUOTE …
“I’ve yet to see the word misandric used in the comments, yet misogynistic is thrown about with abandon, and not just here.”
So I paraphrased it as “at the drop of a hat”, but it (“thrown about with abandon”) means the same thing. If you didn’t mean it in reference to my statement, then why even say it? You were implying, whether you meant to or not, that I was recklessly using the term and you feel it was not warranted.
Sad part is we agree on subject, just not on degree. Do men reflexively overcompensate? Yes. Because the bad old days of the Patriarchy and hitting women who don’t fall in line is dead and gone … thank GOD. Yet another blemished part of our history.
But do I think men are a poor, ostracized and mistreated group? Only when we allow it. We forgot (as a group) that this means we need to learn the mental game. Our fathers didn’t know how, the big change happened on their watch and they are still figuring it out. Which left us, the next generation, in the lurch. Some of us just see it as the new big challenge and are having fun figuring it out.
Same goes for women – the mental game was all they really had prior to the big switch. I think they’re still figuring out how to dial it back a notch before they drive us men up a wall, and give up on the whole thing.
My first big victory was the year she came home from work, found a rose and a card, and herself with a flustered look on her face as she realized *I* had remembered our anniversary … and she didn’t. :: snicker::
Yeah, two can play THIS game …
Ironically, I was basically saying the same thing. 😉
See reply above … was trying to sync with same level as your post to avoid over-embedding, and I missed.
Awww.. He’s such a sweetie…
We are seeing the growing of a “true” relationship. Beyond “bang till you drop” I mean.
Shelly’s last reaction just shows how Justin’s concerned remark, made her “my first grand love got married before me” -funk dissipate. She realized that there’s no use in dwelling on the past, while this great guy is so nearby.
I’ve been there..
What Jay-Em said…. 🙂
…only add that I want to glomp Justin right now for being so cute. 🙂
Stage 1 (infatuation): The beloved is perfect.
Stage 2 (growing love): The beloved has irritating habits and opinions, but I still want to be with him/her and choose to be good to him/her anyway.
Stage 3 (mature love): The beloved is irritating at times, but still worth every moment.
Looks like Justin and Shelly are into stage 2, which is a good sign.
I’m hoping that she’ll realise (or that Justin would remind her) that saving the galaxy tends to get in the way of a love life and that, whilst it was put on hold, their current situation means that it is still running.
we don’t see something that is there …
we see things that are not there …
we think something’s wrong when all is fine …
we don’t know when all hell is about to break out …
we really mean well …
but in most of these cases, the gal has given us some sort of look/indication that there is a need for us to be reacting to …
And through all this, we can still have someone to love us …
Aren’t we lucky?
I count that particular blessing every damn day. I am one lucky bastage.
It is a true testament of Paul’s skills of observation and storytelling that we understand Shelly’s every reaction in this scene, her sense of lost opportunities, the chasms of time separating her from her old friends and new, her not wanting to be teased or appreciated for her body alone, her realizing after only a few more honest words out of her man that all her concerns and doubts have already been resolved entirely in her favor, and then he adds a final touch of gormless thoughtfulness to prove that her lot could hardly have turned out more perfect, and that this is the man she loves. All plain and crystal clear to the reader.
But for Justin, her emotions and reasonings are more mysterious than the Sphinx.
Never forget, whatever differences the sexes and genders may have, when you’re in a relationship, you’re on the same team. Knowing and acting on that, it’s hard to go wrong.
ever so true. we weren’t ‘wired’ to compete with each other (as certain clueless people want us to).
We are ‘wired’ to complement each other. This means her mental strengths cover his mental weaknesses and his mental strengths cover her mental weaknesses.
Now, I’m gonna sound like I’m stereotyping here (but I’m just generalizing, there are plenty of exceptions to the rule I’m about to state).
the mature male brain tends to focus tightly on one subject to the exclusion of other stimulus in times of… ‘interest’. our tendency for such focus tends to ‘drain our batteries’ and thus we also delve into times of ‘brain neutral’ where we relax without a coherent thought.
our transition between these two phases (and the phases themselves) are totally incomprehensible to females because they are ‘wired’ so different.
The mature female brain can not conceive of being so focused on one subject nothing else intrudes, simply because she is ‘wired’ to notice anything and everything at all times (and keep perfect track of it all).
being ‘in neutral’ is also foreign to her because her brain is ALWAYS shifting subjects without focusing on one and thus no particular subject has a chance to ‘drain the batteries’ for her.
an example? a couple come home from an ‘outing’. while they are walking to the house, she notes the lawn is brown and needs watering. She mentions it to him and thus he sees a problem that needs fixing.
while SHE goes inside to find out why the dog is barking, ‘who could possibly be calling this time of day’, and decides the laundry needs to be done so they can both go to work tomorrow (the lawn hasn’t been forgotten, these things are important, too);
He is discovering where the outside faucets are (newly rented apartment) and there are no hoses or sprinklers readily available.
He visits the storage shed and finds hoses for EACH faucet and also discovers switches that turn on water for an automatic underground sprinkler system.
He reads the manual and turns on the automatic system. then he takes a hose and sprinkler to each faucet (to water the lawn when it’s dry and the automatic timer has a while to go) and tests each faucet.
While he’s doing this, she calms the dog, answers the phone, feeds the dog, starts the laundry, THEN wonders what’s taking him so long outside.
She calls to him, but he is working on a stubborn faucet and is so focused, he doesn’t hear her.
She finds him and “BOY!” he hears her now. But he is totally unaware what he did wrong.
Been there – did that .The rest is a very fond memory..
Some days these panels are just too darn small…
I can’t says that I blame Justin’s reaction in the last panel.
Justin not only has a good heart and a good mind, but he’s also a cop. They’re trained not only in how to use a baton (no pun intended… well, yes it was), but in how to use psychology to talk people down. He saw what was happening a mile away, and used his skills to good advantage. Fine work, Officer!
I wonder if Shelly is going to have Justins’ child? Seems to be a theme of late in some comics. Maybe its the ♥♥♥’s around his name that make me think shes got something to tell him.
It’s about time Justin met Shelly’s family.
Isn’t that what they did yesterd–OH RIGHT She’s got a dad. Silly me.
And a little sister. A good 12 or 15 years younger, which makes her about, what? 79,988 years old give or take a millennium?
Aww, Justin honey…
So I guess the library visit went well… er… didn’t get any worse… but Justin hasn’t met Monica yet!
I would chug that cuppa joe, son.
Well, he’s been swipe-clawed down to the bone, grabbed and flown through a blizzard, confronted for not being honest about himself, had a rather awkward meeting with an apparently-airheaded golem who could vaporize the whole planet, had his clothes burned off by snorting cerberi, and had his working apparatus loudly evaluated by a mischievous demigod…
… and he still slept well and woke up smiling, glad to see Shelly, and (a bit belatedly) concerned that she’s unhappy about something. If he’s handled all that’s occurred in the last couple of weeks, and was strong enough to decide not to run screaming for the hills, my guess is that he can handle meeting Monica.
Having that cuppa (and maybe another one or two) is probably good, though!
Perhaps it’s a pot of Ersatz Bros. coffee!
Ersatz Bros. Coffee, the real one! (Look for the can in the plain brown can.)
Captain Ersatz Coffee, it’ll seem familiar.
Yes, I’m sure meeting Monica would be quite tame for him (tame? in the wapsi universe? right).
Meeting the fan club associated with Monica, Shelly, and company would be a whole ‘nother ballgame (if a certain serpent-haired gal and a certain shadowy girl is any indication).
in answer to justin’s statement, this brewing technique takes 80000 years to perfect
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