Mean Girls.
Blame the Cook.


  • October 2, 2020 at 12:05 am
    Too Tall

    Screens kind of blurry. Who knew allergens could be transmitted by a web comic?

    Nicely done, Chris.

    • October 2, 2020 at 12:27 am

      Same. Potent allergens.

    • October 2, 2020 at 7:24 am

      No matter how many times I’ve cleaned my screen it’s still a little blurry. The allergies are really something this fall….

      My dad’s been gone almost 6 years now and I still miss him somethin’ fierce. I still hear his voice when I’m puzzling over something doing with family.

      • October 2, 2020 at 8:06 am

        Lost my Dad back in ’93. Still miss him, and still thank him for the trade skills he taught me: Carpentry, plumbing, electrical, landscaping, masonry. Enough for me to have a good leg up on Heinlein’s basic skills:
        A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects

        Thanks, Dad

        Zar Belk!

      • October 2, 2020 at 10:18 am
        Chiang Rai Jay

        Bravo Zulu Mud man !!

      • October 2, 2020 at 2:24 pm

        I envy you your dad. Mine was a sculptor and I had no talent. He did teach me to appreciate classical music, so i guess it wasn’t a total loss.

      • October 2, 2020 at 6:37 pm

        “Plan an invasion” is just a *wee* bit trickier than any of the others listed …

      • October 2, 2020 at 9:52 pm

        And, because of you, he remains among us. 🙂

    • October 2, 2020 at 11:20 am

      Yup Chris, appears all of us are experiencing the same problem.
      I wish to thank you to let me sit back and reminisce of my own education working with Dad on his job sites and uncles at the farm.

  • October 2, 2020 at 12:10 am
    Too Tall

    The second panel is pure artistry. Especially if you are the father of daughters who lost both grandfathers in recent years.

    • October 2, 2020 at 9:56 am
      MAJ Arkay

      Yeah. My niece lost both her grandpas within four months of each other. My dad first, then her maternal grandpa. She got a little fuzzy seeing this strip, as did I.

      • October 2, 2020 at 9:51 pm

        They still remain, though, if they helped teach her the values that have her reading this strip.

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  • October 2, 2020 at 12:19 am

    Tough things.

  • October 2, 2020 at 12:31 am

    Mending fences…. keeping memories alive. We grieve with thee, Chris.

    • October 2, 2020 at 11:38 pm
      Don D.

      Well done, Chris! Just lost my Dad before Christmas. My daughters and Grandkids remember his wisdom that he passed to them. What is remembered lives.

  • October 2, 2020 at 12:37 am

    Yes, allergens. Blurry screen here too.

  • October 2, 2020 at 12:43 am

    Very poignant.

  • October 2, 2020 at 1:10 am
    Too Tall

    “Punkin” for the light-hearted stuff, “Mari” for the most important lessons.

  • October 2, 2020 at 1:20 am

    The first tool my Dad gave me was the wire cutter/pilers/hammer commo to build fences on our new ranch. Still got em.

  • October 2, 2020 at 1:37 am

    The President and First Lady has tested positive for Covid19. Just what we don’t need!

    • October 2, 2020 at 2:13 am

      Need it or not, those are now the cards we have been dealt.
      Win from here!

      • October 2, 2020 at 2:16 am

        I pray they will recover with no complications.

      • October 2, 2020 at 11:50 am

        No reason the think they won’t. I’m sure there are many who will donate their brand new antibodies to make sure they don’t even suffer.
        Now Sleepy Joe on the other hand, do we want him to last through the election or not?

      • October 3, 2020 at 12:02 am

        Well, we get a great “Told ya so” moment with him having taken HCQ for the past 6 months, when he breezes through it in a week.

    • October 2, 2020 at 2:46 am
      Punta Gorda

      Suspicious of jf being a forced positive. Pcr tests run past about 30 cycles give bullshit results.

      • October 2, 2020 at 2:52 am
        Punta Gorda

        (The reagents contain the genetic sequence your looking for, so if you run the cycle enough, eventually you’ll get what your looking for)

    • October 2, 2020 at 7:59 am
      Old Codger

      Somebody tell me how it would serve the left for the President to show up positive now? As long as he doesn’t become deathly ill from it it seems to me that him getting a regular (mild) case of SARS2 would aid in the propaganda war more’n it would hurt.

      • October 2, 2020 at 9:49 am

        If he’s positive, even asymptomatic, no more debates?

    • October 2, 2020 at 8:47 am

      Jack Nicklaus and his wife recovered from it early on, contrary to DemPanic squealing COVID-19 is not Ebola! The CDC even reported that as an exclusive cause it is about 6% of the 200k+ being popularly broadcast.

      • October 2, 2020 at 5:50 pm

        Maybe less Paul.

        You will never see these numbers side by side in what is claimed to be the news media, but a simple comparison of ALL deaths in the US from ALL causes for the periods 1/1/19 to 10/1/19 and 1/1/20 to 10/1/20 shows an increase of about 6000. Raw numbers but equally so for both periods and actually a very accurate measurement of actual primary cause ChiCom flu deaths…to wit, about 6000.

        You’ll hear a lot of hue and cry about such a basic method and the obvious conclusion if you hear anything at all, but I would love to see some of the usual talking heads try to explain it away.

        Numbers don’t lie, and they hate that.

    • October 2, 2020 at 3:16 pm

      Commented late last night…

      “POTUS and FLOTUS test positive for the ChiCom flu. Good. Great secluded rest and recharge period in beautiful surroundings with a red hot wife, maybe a bit of yada yada yada which helps with the recharge too.

      Full recovery from minor symptoms if any is a yuge boost in the BS battle. Then, on to the homestretch, I love it!

      Debates? Pfft.

      • October 2, 2020 at 5:31 pm

        Melania – Making Quarantine great again!!!

  • October 2, 2020 at 2:22 am

    Prayers and condolences, Chris, for you and yours.

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  • October 2, 2020 at 6:53 am

    My pop passed on 10/13/13 and my birthday is 10/7. I spend a lot of time remembering the things we talked about and the stuff I learned to do his way around this time of year. His favorite saying was “When I get to be king, it’ll be off with there heads!” Funny how those times pop up in our heads. Love ya my brother!

  • October 2, 2020 at 7:26 am

    The Patriarch in our clan, now enduring Alzheimers medication, spent the first half of his life as a liberal, the second half a staunch conservative. Half his children learned from him, half chose not to. The many grandchildren, with few exceptions have chosen TDS, but have the second half of their lives approaching in which to remove that severe impediment to their mental health. One would think genetics would play a larger role, but, at least in this clan, the ability to utilize intelligence has mostly resembled a crapshoot.

  • October 2, 2020 at 7:45 am

    Thank you for the memories Chris – thinking of you and your family.

  • October 2, 2020 at 8:02 am
    Gus Bailey

    Onion Ninjas.

  • October 2, 2020 at 8:03 am
    Old Codger

    Beautiful work, Mr Muir. I lost both of mine in the aughts – Mom in 04 to the big “C”, Dad in 07 to eating right – and it still hurts today.

  • October 2, 2020 at 8:17 am
    William Henry

    Every time I reload a box of 30.06 brass for my son I think of Dad, he started teaching me at 12 and by the time was 15 I was doing it on my own.
    That was 45 years back and Dad passed in 2006. The RCBS 30.06 dies I use to reload for my son was bought by him in 1958… the year I was born,
    Sometimes I feel he’s standing right there watching and approving.

  • October 2, 2020 at 8:52 am

    And here I thought the smoke from the fires was clearing. There with ya, brother.

  • October 2, 2020 at 12:06 pm

    “The highest tribute to the dead is not grief but gratitude.” —Thornton Wilder

  • October 2, 2020 at 12:18 pm

    It is catching, kid’s got it now too.

    Not the anniversary of “Wade” passing is it? That’s the last time I remember this powerful feeling. Good job Mr. Muir…both of you. 🙂

    • October 2, 2020 at 12:31 pm

      Sorry, if I weren’t so lazy and blabber before reading comments I would have known it was the date.

      As I referenced above that toon that day, considering the beautiful and heartbreaking breach of the wall between us, took my breath away.

      Mine left me in ‘93.
      But he made me what I am.
      I wish I was as good as him.

    • October 2, 2020 at 3:56 pm

      It’s not the date, that was July 26, 2016. It’s just a memory of the Wadester®…

  • October 2, 2020 at 2:54 pm

    Mine gone 1 year ago. My 2 daughters knew him and loved him. I’ll take that as a true blessing to have been raised by such a man. Still love him and miss him.

  • October 2, 2020 at 4:09 pm

    Many HUGs Chris

  • October 2, 2020 at 4:14 pm

    Double damned, unfortunately. Lost my genetic father when I was 4, Mom’s second in ’89. As a friend once remarked, “you’re a self made man!” I envy all you who have good memories of fathers and even grandfathers helping you become the “men” you are today. Thoughts of those who have gone on keep them alive to us, and those we pass these thoughts on to. As long as even one remembers, they are NOT gone! Thanks, Chris….

  • October 2, 2020 at 4:58 pm
    Brent Dotson

    Don’t remember my real father; step-father was an alcoholic wife and child beater and had the driest eyed funeral in the history of the state of Idaho. Didn’t teach me squat expect to withstand a beating. I still hold the emotional and physical scars and he’s been dead since 1971. (the experience did kind of help get me though Marine Corps boot camp though)

  • October 2, 2020 at 6:13 pm

    Damn… Thought the wind and the rain had cleared out all that particulate matter from the fires in Eastern WA … must be from the construction going on across the street.

    Yah, that’s what it is. After all, Dad’s been gone 21 years now… I can’t possible miss him more each year, can I?



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