Day By Day

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  • NotYetInACamp

    I defer.

  • Steve_1066

    Skye, you are as clueless as ever! And Zed is continuing to cloud over. Storms are a’commin!

    • KenH

      Clueless my ass. If she was completely up-front and all “NEW, virginal, improved!! SKYPE”…. she would have said. Asked. ANSWERED

  • formwiz

    That’s why he washed his hands.

    Not your fault, dude.

  • JTC

    All good…Sam’s working it out, Zed’s understanding her regret, and Skye exhibits love for family and lack of ill intent. It’s gonna be alright.

    Spin, as to yesterday’s…

    Heh, being more oriented to precious metals, gems etc. these days my brain transposed the acronym to PCGS and I thought what the hell does this have to do with graded coins…

    Yep Sam’s a big bore as I said, and a rare config for sure but I would go outside the nomenclature and call her a grade “10”. 🙂

    Do remember that while orgs can be great resources of info and camaraderie they can be a little stuffy. What’s important is to collect and enjoy what pleases you. Some of them may look down their noses at Damascus for instance while I find them the most beautiful…just makes them more affordable to those who appreciate them. Same with gauges; scarcity of the smallest tube examples may drive up the price four-fold but they do not have the heft, balance, and swing of proper guns…as with all things if it doesn’t feel right it’s not right for you, regardless of market value.

    Your daughter is a lucky and unusual girl. That 20 would fit her frame perfectly and will be a thing of beauty and source of pride for her and you forever.

    • Spin Drift

      I love good damascus whether it be blade or tube. The PGCA guys and gals are not stuffy and some are unbelievably knowledgeable. As to my special snowflake I am the lucky one. She is a junior version of Sam right down to the BSME. She refers to my collection as “her Parkers.” She goes ape shit when her mother threatens to sell them after I throw off this mortal coil. Might have raised her right.

      Spin
      War Damn Eagle

      • Deplorable B Woodman

        If I remember properly, if shotguns have Damascus barrels, you need to use hand loaded low powder level shells, otherwise, with modern shotshells, you’ll burst the barrels.

        • JTC

          Not with Parkers. I’d have no compunction with shooting them with modern low-brass loads, though I have seen the results and tragic effects of some others. That common perception is exactly why the Parker Damascus examples can be bought at relative bargain prices, even though their quality essentially exempts them from those concerns.

      • JTC

        She won’t sell. When you bite it daughter will take them to love.

        Such is not always the case; the 20 I mentioned was brought to my shop by an elderly widow to see if her recently passed hubby’s “friend” was being honest when he told her she should get rid of that “dangerous old thing” and offered her $100 ostensibly for him to use as a mantelpiece. I showed her the bluebook value range (about 2K at that time) and told her I’d give her 1200 cash on the spot. She took it and referred a friend of hers in a similar situation which brought me a NIB ’66 Gold Cup National Match with matching .22 conversion that her longtime neighbor also offered $100 for, and some very nice WWII militaria. That Colt brought 3600 from a specialized broker in Birmingham, with me keeping 33% and netting her 2400.

        It’s the same with other things like fine vintage jewelry, and watches like the Ball railroad watch complete with conductor’s passes and military deferment from the widow of a 30’s and 40’s conductor on the Illinois Central. When there are no appreciative or deserving heirs, people love the idea that their cherished items will find heirloom status and have a whole new life that transcends theirs. They understand and want an honest broker to make a profit, they just don’t want to be hustled.

        That practice of documenting market value to the seller and making a fair wholesale offer was passed to me by a third generation Jewish pawnbroker from New York when I started the business in W. Palm Beach in ’78. It has served me and my customers well for these forty years since, and hopefully kept me in good graces with the Man upstairs as well.

        All of that is another reason Red won’t hurt that ‘Cuda. She too understands the history and value beyond dollars represented in fine craftsmanship of many kinds and would never commit such an heresy to assuage her personal anger or guilt.

        • Calvin

          Those poor widows. I was in a gun shop in Chalmette, LA when a mature woman came inside. She asked the owner if he bought guns. He and a number of us went outside to see what she had. The back of her station wagon had a number of World War II pieces including three Garands. He asked her how much she wanted and she said something hesitatingly about $3,000. He agreed (of course he agreed!) and we helped unload her car. I asked what the Garands were going to sell for and he told me $525. The money went flying through the air and I had my second Garand complete with cosmoline in the barrel. Widows and other gun owners need to take care and avoid gun dealers until they know something. Should I feel guilty doctor?

          • JTC

            They just need to avoid hustlers period. The best customer is one with knowledge, whether self-acquired or through documented data provided to them as I described. Most would also rather avoid selling firearms to unknown private parties and understand that selling to a dealer will absolve them of liability. Every transaction if handled fairly, can be a win-win.

            Incidentally, any counter junkie that attempted to eavesdrop, insert himself into my private transactions or try to divert or engage my customer or “help” (that’s what paid employees are for), found himself out on his ass at my shop. I’d tell them to get a license, rent a store, run some ads, and take their chances in business. Also, not sure about LA but in my state as in most, purchased items get documented, screened, and held in storage for a month before they can be touched let alone sold. Guilty feelings are for guilty parties; only you and God know that.

        • Spin Drift

          Actually she can’t sell now as I added a rider to my will that the special snowflake gets em all. By the way the kid shoots left handed so that has complicated things but stocks can be massaged.

          JTC, by the way, did you know a gentleman named Tony (aka Red) Muolo in WPB in the 70’s and 80’s. He had a 10 unit just off Riviera Beach then. He was my cousin. He’s gone to his great reward but was one of the many who enlisted in the Marines on 12/8/41. Was on the Guadacanal, Tarawa and Tinian campaigns.

          • JTC

            Smart. As for lefty (as opposed to leftist!) daughter, I had some customers and collectors of high-end guns who would rather than altering the original, attach an aftermarket butt stock with the original in safe storage for the future, I thought that was pretty smart.

            Possibly, I knew some Tony’s in the business then including one who dealt with high-end estate jewelry, coins, etc. on 45th St. That was a nice bustling area back then but Riviera is not incidentally 90% OTW now and has devolved into a very low-tone area over time, which is a little odd as it is just over the bridge from Singer Island and just south of Palm Beach Gardens, two of the most spendy zones in PB County. My son’s custom shop The Jewelry Doctor is in the Gardens but the UPS depot is in Riv. Bch., and even it has been infected; he had an internal theft of a shipment of a $4500 gold chain there recently. That after many years of weekly back-and-forth from Central FL to Delray and Lauderdale with parcels up to 20K and never a problem. Things change and that area definitely has, your cousin Tony is fortunate to have missed it, and we are fortunate to have had men like him save the world for us back then.

  • KenH

    Sure
    Such a change
    Nothing like keeping a secret like that, in your pocket, eh BITCH? Just ready to pull out when you happen to need it, huh??

    This scumbag hasn’t changed one FRAKKING BIT

    • Greg B

      Precisely my thought.
      If Skye hasn’t told Sam, it’s because she wants to blackmail Zed in the future.

    • Deplorable B Woodman

      Zed, you need to have ‘Toly drop you and Sam out to the back forty, about 10-15 miles away from the ranch house, and talk to each other as you walk your way back. Catharsis, (re)bonding, battle plan together, scream and shout, be mad and angry,………

  • Stormhawk

    Excuse me, but wasn’t part of her NOT going to jail the last time she was in town, her Leaving town and Not coming back?

  • Ultracon

    I wondered about Sam’s hair color a couple of days ago! I get it all now…. slow to pick up the phone sometimes.

    • Lee

      That’s two of us. 🙂

  • Pamela

    Yikes! If Sam breaks out the Sawzall on the Cuda, watch out.

    • JTC

      Nah, it would be to worry if Zed were to chop it up, but with Sam in her state of mind working on something she understands completely is just a diversion to help her work through something she doesn’t.

  • Deplorable B Woodman

    This situation puts me in mind of two of the best lines from the movie “Second Hand Lions”….
    The two brothers are sitting on the porch watch a car drive up to the house…
    “Relatives”
    “Damn!”

    Sez it all…….

    • NotYetInACamp

      I like that movie. 🙂

    • Polly Cy

      Too true, and a nice tribute to one of my favorite movies

  • Halley

    Perhaps I’m missing something, but accidentally copping a feel doesn’t seem to be any big deal to Skye or Sam, and would be a silly reason for Zed to punish himself. Skye seems happier and more at peace than she’s ever been (purging the Left from your soul can do that), and I believe Sarahcuda was a song by Heart…

    • Gary-In-Phx

      Perhaps there was more than “copping a feel”, but not full intercourse. That could be why he was washing his hands.

      • He popped her…blouse?..open. Didn’t see any grabbage, betting that didn’t happen. Popped her top and laughed. Until Sam called him from inside. Alpha males hate that sort of thing.

      • Pamela

        The last guy that tried that with me found himself on the ground with his arm twisted and my heel on his neck. Oh and it wasn’t my Hubs

    • Halley,

      Zed may be more disturbed by Sam’s secretive behavior than the accidental groping. He’s not punishing himself, he’s sad/angry/disappointed that Sam did not trust him with what she was doing. It may be the understatement of the year to say that Zed is not a member of the Skye fan club (he wouldn’t support DBD at the Skye-high level), and Sam knows it. For her to pop this on him comes within an ace of betrayal. For her to treat it in a casual fashion added a dash of insult to injury. Sam needs to stop banging on the ‘Cuda and apologize. Grovel may be the mot juste.

      My two-bit, psycho-babble analysis. 😉

  • Don in AK

    Chris, up until a couple days ago, there was a slight color difference between the speech bubbles of the different characters. For the last 2 days, I’m not seeing that, and I’m going slightly batty trying to figure out who’s saying what. Did my ‘puter drop the ball, or are you not tinting the bubbles any more?

    • On my laptop, if the screen isn’t at just the right angle, I can’t see a difference in the shading of the bubbles. It’s pretty subtle. Try shifting your perspective a little.

    • gafling

      Funny that you should mention the background color in the speech bubbles … while I may be a bit slow on the uptake here, it was just recently that I realized the bubble color was a way to differentiate who was saying what. In fact that is how I have been able to make any sense of the last several ‘toons. The story arc now makes a bit of sense if one keeps a few things in mind such as … in a dark room black hair is indistinguishable from red hair. Also, Zed is mad that he made that mistake despite the circumstances but I have faith that Sam, hot-tempered red-head or not, is not going to sacrifice her marriage over what was an honest mistake.

    • Malatrope

      I agree. Chris, if you’re reading these comments, take out some white content on your pale parchment color. If you’re setting it using RGB values, just drop back on the blue.

      You’re using , and I would humbly suggest . A lot of monitors (and some eyeballs) just can’t see a difference of only 16 parts in 256.

      • Malatrope

        Oops…HTML ate my numbers…

        “…using [255,255,239k]…suggest [255,255,185]” might make more sense.

        BTW, the reason I got confused over this arc is because I missed the 5/17 toon where it all started. Now it makes sense, duh!

    • Larry

      Chris,

      First things first…keep up the good work, love DBD!

      Also, using different shapes (ovals, rectangles, rhomboids, etc.) for each person speaking would help too, if your software allows for that. It gives you two ways to distinguish the speaker (shape and color) which helps your readers with our range of abilities.

  • Bill

    Sick evil s%#t, man…….

  • gafling

    For some reason it just occurred to me that the reason Sam went thru her ID spiel in yesterday’s ‘toon (panel 6) was because she does indeed know about the ‘lark in the dark’ ie Zed’s unintentional mistake. Fortunately she does not seem upset about it.

    Kinda slow here some days …

    • Grunt GI

      Hmmm, an excellent point. And it is clear that Sam is making her act of contrition, in her own way.

      So maybe Zed and Sam will have some make up mechanics and work on the torque and lube in the next couple of days.

  • Olddog

    Anybody else remember the movie “Single White Female”? Early 90s.

  • Dread

    Okay. I’m beginning to wind this in. My brain pull just wasn’t fully engaged.

  • MasterDiver

    Skye may have (jury is still out on this) renounced the Left, but she is still the same, word -nuancing, manipulative, half-truth spouting, control-seeking, sophomoric, sociopathic, scheming bitch that she always was. She is on the hunt for a meal ticket, and does not care who gets hurt, what relationships destroyed, or whose homes wrecked in the process. No good will come of her presence. She is Golem! She is Wormtongue! Purge her! Drive her out! (The children may be spared, but keep an Exorcist on retainer). Drive her into the desert to perish with her sins like the ScapeGoat.

    Now, if you’d like to know how I REALLY feel…

    Zar Belk!

    • JTC

      You been talking to KenH haven’t you? That way lies madness. 😉

      • KenH

        I just want her DEAD
        You don’t need to be creative

        • Pamela

          KenH,

          If you can’t stand her that much and want her punished for whatever your reasons might be, outside of her death, what would you do? Well…

      • JTC

        Did I mention homicidal? Heh.

  • Gus Bailey

    The youngster looks a lot like ‘Toly. The eyes. Just sayin’.

    • Unca Walt

      Yeah, paljosta but can he speak Russian? 🙂

    • WayneM

      If memory serves, Skye claims ‘Toly was the dad… although ‘Toly thought he was firing blanks… later disproved by Naomi…

      I have ever confidence Zed and Sam will work their way through this without the necessity of orphaning Skye’s children.

  • John Trauger

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Skye’s tattoos are only covered with makeup. It would make a great metaphor.

    Skye is attempting to acquire a hold over Zed perhaps?

    • Pamela

      Maybe a Safe Harbor situation until something better (i.e. a really rich idiot male) comes along.

  • Ol' Tanker

    Unlike some other commenters, I do not share the vitriol directed at Skye. Chris needed a progressive foil for the other characters in the strip after Jan became more conservative. I find Skye amusing and poignant at times. Chris does a great job with his writing, and I believe he is sometimes surprised that Skye is the bad girl who so many readers hate so passionately.

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