She is so cute!
I love the bouncy little-girl wind up!
Well, as was pointed out, even if she’s lived multiple of thousands of years, she was only seventeen or eighteen when she was fixed forever as a golem…
LOL!! “Snow Bunni”…
Gotta love the Jin/Tochtli references. XD
I didnt even think that til i saw your comment 🙂
Agreed, very nice notice!
Ruh-Roh… He gonna die… and it gonna hurt… 😛
Actually, he could be acting pretty considerate if you think about it.
I’m certain he knows how much she hates the cold (while I still not totally clear on how temperature affects the golem girls) and maybe the snow suit will keep her toasty warm.
It’s all frame of mind. They still feel the temperature, and even knowing it won’t cause harm, she’s more comfortable in warmer climes.
Makes sense. So it more just personal tastes. Like favorite flavors or colors. Jin just doesn’t like cold weather (as opposed to Bud, who doesn’t mind stripping naked in it).
I just hope he gets an oven mitt from the kitchen before things get frisky….
Also, she COULD have just disrobed and sat in the fire. Talk about a sweat lodge. THAT would have been a sight to come home to. Especially if the suprise had been “Honey, I’d like you to meet my boss….”
There’s a bit in one of Tamora Pierces’s “Circle of Magic” books – Daja Kitsubo and her mentor Frostpine, both of whom are Fire mages and routinely handle molten metal bare-handed in the forge, are somewhere in the far North, where ice-skating on frozen canals is the best way to get around for half the year. (Imagine “Hans Brinker” set in Norway, maybe.)
Daja and Frostpine are both black (though of different ethnicities – one sort of African-sounding, one rather like the Australian Abos in some ways. Neither really likes the cold.
One day, the domestic staff of the well-to-do family they’re staying with get a bit of a shock when they come into the kitchen to begin the day and find Frostpine, stark naked, sitting in the middle of the kitchen fire…
I thought ‘Hans Brinker’ took place in Minnesota…
It’s also been implied that the Golem girls have different abilities. Bud was built on the Supergirl plan. She’s strong and invulnerable. *Bud* may not feel the cold the way Jin does. That’s not to discount the idea that Jin processes cold differently.
I guess it’s a bit like someone else breaking wind in an elevator. Most times it won’t kill You, but that doesn’t mean You’ll ever be a fan of it… 😆
Ewww…reminds me of the time I got on an empty elevator only to find I was riding down 15 floors in someone else’s fart cloud. Worst part (or maybe second to worst because it was a vile experience) was getting off at the ground floor where other people were waiting to get on…and knowing they’d think I did it. 🙁 Not fun.
The worst part of the elevator “cloud” is realizing that you detect odors when microscopic particles of what you are smelling drift into your nose and come into contact with the sensors in you nasal passages and taste buds on your tongue *suddenly has the urge to gargle and spit*
As George Carlin once remarked, did you ever wonder what an elevator smells like to a midget?
I know I started it, but the following answers made me lol pretty hard..
Have to admit I once used the “Elevfart”as revenge when I saw a very unpleasant colleague approach my elevator, I squeezed one away while leaving, and to my satisfaction there sounded a decidedly choked “eep!” when the doors closed…:lol:.
The elevator in the science building has two doors. One opens to the hall, the other to Biology Storage. Biology Storage always smells like farts…and other nasty science smells like used food and microbial forests and canned air and diesel fuel.
Its just that they dont feel *physical* pain, but do feel heat and cold.. I could do with that sometimes, when my hands are so cold they feel like they are wrapped in scissor wire.. :'(
When the title came up, I thought it was going to be the ring. But this is much better.
Love her outfit.
Heh, I was hoping it was going a ring. I love these two together. I would have been fangirling all night long.
LOL I would have been worried for Alan’s life. Getting engaged would have sealed his doom.
LOL, I want to get the joke, but I’m apparently a bit dense tonight. What do you mean? X3
I made the comment late yesterday that if I’ve learned anthing from anime, it’s never get engaged and go out on a mission. It’s certain doom.
Ah, got it.
they are made for each other 🙂
in Jins case, literally
Oh hell! It’s a death trap! There’s a ring in the pocket!
HAHAHA!! I thought about that too.
(There’s still hope for some serious fangirling this week. XD)
i dunno, if he’s so comfortable with her being immortal, he may have watched highlander… after that, knowing that the one you love is going to be sad for hundreds of years when you’re gone, it’s a question of whether you’re selfish enough to be the one to ask.
At this point it doesn’t matter. She is going to be sad when he’s gone regardless. The rest of us will be fearful for the world. Perhaps May can turn him into a golem. At least figure out a way to put an expiry date on Jin.
Maybe they could just restore her sanity so she could deal with it in a healthy way…
I don’t think there is a healthy way to deal with being immortal in a world of mortals. Not if you have empathy and deep feelings for some of the “soap bubbles” you come across.
Oh, man omanomanoman,
I cannot wait to see how she looks in this…
I am afraid I must question your taste in ladies lingerie….
naughty!! 🙂 lingerie they have, playing in the snow, hopefully will be much nicer.. 🙂
… and she wont be too cold for later…. 😛
:3 can a lady only be sexy in lingerie?
I agree with Akmar. Women can look amazingly hot while completely covered head to toe. It’s all about the fit and how they wear it (meaning emotionally/personality-wise).
Uh huh. Paraphrasing a quote I read once; “A woman goes to the beauty shop and dyes her hair, spends time each day putting on her make up, maybe has breast augmentation, fake nails, and liposuction only to exclaim Where are all the real men?“
I guess I was wrong… maybe. Let’s see what happens. 😉
It’s reasons like this that I flat out refuse to buy my wife clothes.
I have yet to see a usable Venn diagram for the subset of practical vs romantic…
That’s because it depends on the woman. For some women, a practical, but also well-thought-out and personal gift could be romantic–but not a tool set or a vacuum cleaner!–but for many, the Venn diagram would be two separated circles.
*points to bmonk’s comment* Very true. Example: My s.o. is not what most women would consider “romantic”. I’ve never gotten flowers (he doesn’t see the point in spending that much money on something that will die in a week). It took three years of dating before he got me so much as a card for Valentine’s Day (he doesn’t understand why he has to show affection on a specific day of the year). I got jewelry once early in our relationship, and never since (he realized I don’t wear that stuff often).
He’s fairly practical in his giftings, but always exceptionally thoughtful, and it means so much more to me that way. It’s a sign that he listens to me (even when I’m rambling incessantly), and he cares enough to act on randomly dropped comments.
My first wife and i used to give each other music. One Christmas, we each gave the other the same three Kinks, Ramones and Joan Jett albums…
One year we went Christmas shopping at Atlanta’s “SF & Mystery Book Shop” – she got to go in for an hour while i went off and had dinner, then she went to get dinner and i got an hour. When i arrived at the counter with a stack of books, Mark, the owner, who was a friend, looked at my stack and said “Don’t buy anything blue…”
I’ve had SO’s that the who’s idea of the perfect gift was a Home Depot gift card, and other’s that would earn you a bedroom freeze out. It is very different for every woman.
True enough…just like every man is different when it comes to how he chooses to show affection (if he chooses to show affection at all). 🙂
Does Alan work at the salvation army, or is he really the long-lost Billy Shears?
Nah, no chevrons….
How can you tell where he buys his gas?
For those too young to know… (and how sad it is):
Incidentally – in the picture of the four of them in uniform where Paul has his back to the camera – it’s not Paul. He’s dead.
No, actually, according to a former friend who was a huge Beatle fan, that picture was taken a different day and Paul couldn’t be there.
And it was actually Paul’s girlfriend’s brother standing in.
Peter Asher? I always thought it was Mal Evans standing in for Paul…
Maybe it was – it was something like thirty-five years ago when Cliff told me, and i may have mis-remembered.
But i do love the way it dovetails with “Paul is dead…”
There are those of us who are too young to have been around during the height of Beatlemania but still know the Sgt Pepper’s album cover. 🙂 Some of us are even raving fan-girls of Paul McCartney.
…and how many of us remember this response to “Sgt Pepper”?
Do I get points for looking at that image and recognizing Zappa? 🙂
Maybe. How many of the others did you recognise?
Off the top of my head, i can name three right off the bat…
…and then there was “Sergeant Fury’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” in Marvel Comics’ “Not Brand Ecch”#12 – a wonderful four page piece with a full set of lyric parodies on the “back cover”:
…picture yourself in a land full of flowers
where children are happy and nobody dies
suddenly someone is there right behind you
the angel of death in his eyes
adolph in the sky with buzz bombs…
I had all 14 issues of Not Brand Ecchs (along with 1-12 of Conan the Barbarian and the first three B&W Conan annuals) in with my older brother’s comic collection when he up gave them all to his girlfriend when they broke up….
Now I get to mourn anew 🙁
I sold the first twenty issues of Cerebus in Mint-to-Near-Mint conditions (with #1 personally authenticated by Dave Sim – i actually owned two of the original 5000-copy first run) to finance a trip. (The store also threw in the reprint volumes with all of the stories in them as part of the deal.)
In 1990, on a trip to England to go to Fairport Convention’s Cropredy Festival, i wandered into Forbidden Planet,and encountered a couple of people trying to decide if the copy of Cerebus #1 that was part of a collection they were considering buying was authentic or one of the counterfeits. I was able to assure them that it was. (If you’re ever in the position of needing to know – the real Cerebus #1 has a printing screwup where the red plate runs raggedly under the black – you can see it, and it has blue staples…)
Perhaps he’s taking her on a ski vacation. That would just be wonderful considering how much she loves snow.
I like how she can still be so giddy over a gift despite being around in excess of 80,000 years and countless relationships. Likewise, she can’t quite hide her disappointment over what it is. It’s rather unrealistic, but cute.
Since the destruction of the calendar machine, she’s been much less the cynical 80,000 year old immortal, and much more the giddy 18 yo.
Heh, I’m not sure it’s really that unrealistic.
It’s not so much the gift, but it the excitement of finding out what the gift is. And she’s never gotten to this point in any timeline before, so she really has no idea what’s it’s going to be.
And besides, she’s a little less than stoic and level-headed lately.
Great minds and all that…
This is true. She does seem to be regressing of late. Less and less of the worldly, sophisticated woman and more the happy teen. Perhaps a side effect of her mental problems.
Perhaps. I do believe it was said that she was converted back to her original state (who she was before the calendar machine) after the calendar machine was destroyed. That likely means she not only got her mental issues back, but her teenaged personality.
Well, I think that’s what she hoped would happen, but I’m not sure it did. She certainly didn’t become human again as she thought.
“… Perhaps a side effect of her mental problems…”
Or simply tremendous relief from stress?
I especially like how her expression quickly goes from child-like uber-glee to the *what the hell were you thinking?* look as she says “It’s a snowsuit.” In her mind I’m sure she said “Oh … it’s a damn snowsuit …”
I can imagine her snowboarding 🙂
Think she would prolly enjoy it but with her adverse ott reactions to snow – she prolly has never tried it.
Think of the poor trees in her path.
Wouldn’t have to do that. He could just be giving it to her so she can be more comfortable in a Twin Cities winter. That is, it would keep her a bit warmer than her miniskirts.
“Please, try it on.”
“Why is there a big ball of cotton on the butt?”
“Oh yeah, I almost forgot, wear these long ears too!”
“Okay … now what?”
“IT’S WABBIT SEASON!!!”
And a follow-up with snowsuits….
Of course, my inspiration was;
Are the archives being updated consistantly? Other than the 5 a week, of course? I’ve read the archives, twice, and I am still seeing strips I don’t remember, this being one of them, when people put up links.
Constantly, not consisitantly…
Consistently not consisitantly…
(MY computer spell checks whilst I type on-line, this one does not…)
Whoa! Whoa! … Is that right? Wapsi just went from 60-something to 29? How did that happen?
I noticed, too. Maybe they reset the counter? The numbers did wierd stuff after midnight Jan first, too.
Or maybe they discounted a bot’s votes.
It is a new month…
Lessee: Minneapolis.. -17C, 4c max, grey.
Well that’s a pretty considerate gift from Alan.Very practical too.
I wonder what Jin actually expected. She seems dissappointed. It could also be because she hates to go out in the snow..With a snow-suit, there’s no excuse any longer.
And, come on! What girl doesn’t like romantic walks in the snow with someone she loves??
And “Snow Bunni?” Heh.. 🙂
Yeeeah…well, that’s about the expression I get when giving a practical gift to a ladyfriend.
Microwave fans!! 🙂 the link above led me to the *real* ‘microwave fun for golems’ strip… and the one after that.. 😛 😛
heheh..I still do not have the cojones to try the whipped-cream thing though.. 10min??? That could be a mighty big “kablooi”
The worst thing I ever did was leaving a fresh egg in a friends microwave and set the timer to start an hour later…nice ker-splat..and friend about as miffed as bud is in said comic..:lol:
Years ago, someone online told me to try putting a marshmallow peep in the microwave.
Before i tried it, i asked “Is this something i should do in My Microwave, My Friend’s Microwave, or My Worst Enemy’s Microwave”?
As it turned out, it was safe to do in my own.
Almost as much fun as a CD (use one you’re not going to miss), but lasts longer…
Silly me, I used a blank cd for that…
“How about the biggest thing of its kind the world has ever seen?’
“Oh, Isambard … oh – it’s a ship!”
(Great!, 1975 best animate short Oscar winner.)
Love the stockings.
So if one were burdened with immortality, would you eventually stop falling in love, or perfect the art of the heartbreak?
My first real sympathy for Jin is when she said that she fell in love with M’s G’pa. Knowing she had to give him up so he and his wife could produce offspring to produce Monica.
And did it five times….
I don’t know that I could have done that.
True. It’s hard to imagine anyone with a heart being able to do that. OTOH, it could have given her something to look forward to in some cycles. It’s the old question as to whether it is better to have loved and lost than to have never have at all. Of course it may have simply been a more pragmatic consideration in that it was necessary in some cycles for things to work out properly.
I just realized that I’ve seen three different icons on this one page for this posting name. How many Gravatar accounts do you have? 😛
I was wondering the same…
Personally, i have six Gravatars, each linked to a different e-mail account; two of those use the same username but on different services.
(Oopsie – misspelt the e-mail address the first time i tried to post this and it went to moderation…)
This was originally a reply to Julie’s response to Jabberwonky’s post a ways up; if the original that the post that this is a reply to *which was a reply to Julie) ever shows up, it may wind up up there rather than down here at the bottom…
Three different E-mail accounts. I use the different Gravatars to denote my attitude on the post. Connie is more thoughtful, or reference to past strips. Tina is just regular, and The Bumbling Bumble-Bee is silliness.
When I can remember which is tied to which email. I have a sticky note cheat sheet, that has a tendency to flutter away when I need to use it…
See Fairport’s take on this at the bottm. At this point, anyway.
Alan does not seem worried by the death glare. He must have anticipated this, and there’s something better to come. Keep your fork, Jin. 😀
Guys can’t catch a break!
He intends to invite her skiing and even buys her a snowsuit.
(I’m guessing about the skiing.)
Next box better have moon boots.
Hm. I keep thinking of that scene in ‘Hitch.’ Maybe he plans to take his Snow Bunni snowmobiling. Wait. No. Don’t know if that’s allowed on city streets no matter how high the snow is. Snowshoeing?
Looking at Alan’s hirsute face in the last panel, I was struck by the thought that it may be possible that he is a sphinx himself, or other mythological. That might explain his tolerance and wisdom, and would be a great out for the problem of Jin’s immortality versus Alan’s mortality.
Not given his freak-out over Jin-and-the-kitchen-knife…
I was just looking at Alan in the next strip and thinking how lycathropic he looked…
If the first panel is anything to go by if she stood up straight she would be taller than him
“i love boxes! thanks!”
just noticed alan’s uniform. all i remember is that he is friends with kevin; i don’t know if in fact they work together, but alan’s uniform, kinda makes me think of a hotel busboy
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