Day By Day


  • formwiz

    Zed’s gonna pay for that.

  • Ozymandias

    I love this strip. I might not agree with y’all every time, but you are like family to me.

  • Deplorable B Woodman

    “Woman, go make me a sammich.”

    Not that I ever need to ask. She usually is asking me what do I want for dinner, and do I want more (when I’m usually full two servings back).

    • Delilah T.

      Make your own damn sammich, Woodman.

      • Deplorable B Woodman

        That’s the satire. I never need to say that. The “sammich” is already done. My Good Wife of Many Decades usually had dinner made by the time I get home from work. And if I’m late due to running a few too many errands on the way home from work, she gets mad (and deservedly so) because dinner will be overcooked, or getting cold. She makes excellent “sammiches”.

      • PaulS

        Awe well, you probably couldn’t make a good sammach anyway. 😉

        • Delilah T.

          PaulS, you have NO idea what a truly good sammich is, until I put one in front of you.

          • John

            Or Else!

  • Deplorable B Woodman

    Now where’s Tim Curry when he needs to make an appearance?
    “I, am your singing telegram.”

  • Pamela

    Sam ~ I’d advise cool compresses soaked in green tea.

    • JTC

      Or a nice warm balm might work.

      • Kafiroon

        Bag Balm?

        • Pamela

          Epsom salt soak to reduce inflamation

  • John Trauger

    This kinda emphasizes Sam’s mistake but underplays the more serious issue.

    Skye made a play for Zed. Not a romantic one, of course, but a sexual one. She’s completely toxic if her sister’s marriage means so little to her.

    • silvergreycat


    • JTC

      Never happened, in this arc at least. And I don’t think it will.

      Skye’s a new woman. Just needs some guidance.

      Or maybe just a good man to love her, protect her, and spank that ass when needed.

    • Isn’t the first time. I remember a certain play she made for Zed when he was in the hospital and his head was kinda wonked; she came in claiming to be his wife. I just can’t find the durn sequence of strips now.

      • Malatrope

        That was a Zed dream sequence!

    • LowKey

      She didn’t make a play on this visit. Zed groped her, unaware of who it was.
      Skye was actually surprisingly decent about it considering her past behavior. She didn’t try to prolong the contact, she didn’t try to exploit it, and she didn’t try to turn it into drama.
      She may fail in the attempt, but I suspect she’s actually going to give the whole “growing up and wising up” thing a shot.

      • GWB

        And that’s the most surprising evidence of a conversion, of all!

  • NotYetInACamp

    Too many women that I have know got food by making reservations, or deliveries. (Or, Dear God, the maid made it.)
    Maybe the DDQ will deliver? 🙂
    It’s the closest.

    I shoulda paid more attention to the others. like the ones that would make me a sammich! woulda. shoulda. coulda.

    • Pamela

      I would have made you breakfast the next morning…

  • Grunt GI

    So, if I had Sam mostly naked, willing, and with her gorgeous ass at my whim, a sammich would not be on my mind.

    Still, a mostly naked and very contrite Sam making me a sammich would not be so bad either.

    I guess Zed wins either way.


    • JTC

      Sticky buns then?

      • WayneM

        I see what you did there… They’re red but didn’t appear sticky yet…

        Brings a whole new meaning to “hot cross buns” doesn’t it?

  • Interventor

    Zed knew he would lose concentration after a couple of swats.

  • Ultracon

    Should have used his hand……. Guess he wasn’t thinking.

  • Spin Drift

    As G_d is my witness, I’ll never sit down again.

    Up her creek with a paddle

  • JTC

    And who will revive the mood?

    Alphaman, wherever he wants, HOWever he wants.

  • eon

    Miss Scarlet, in the garage, with no pants.

    Oh, well played, CM!



    • Chris Muir

      I got it from whoever mentioned clue a few days ago.

      • Aldo Cella

        One of the things I love about DBD is your reader interactions and their seamless integration into the strip, Chris. I knew as soon as I saw it that you were playing off that recent “clue” comment – well done!

        As for all the other things I love about DBD, well … fearless masculinity is certainly up there somewhere, but by the time I start the list with Sam and Jan and … what was I saying, again?

    • Delilah T.

      Yeah, when do I get my share of Wade, CM???

      • Chris Muir

        Is Wade’s wife name Clara or Olivia?

        • Pamela

          Clara Janet Owens

          • Chris Muir


          • Grunt GI

            Pamela, your DBD trivia knowledge is awesome.

      • Delilah T.

        Eye candy, CM, eye candy. A girl’s gotta have something.

  • epilitimus

    First off Chris let me commend you on a very interesting thought experiment, whether intentional or not. I enjoy events like this as they give me an opportunity to examine my reactions and the beliefs they are founded on to see if they are consistent. I have also found it interesting to read the discussion.

    Some observations:

    1) Numerous posters claimed that it is never all right to hit a woman (though some did allow a self defense exception) while others (joined interestingly enough in some cases by their wives) have taken the position that in this situation Sam had it coming.

    What I find interesting is that it points out that one size fits all rules (the hallmark of big government/bureaucrats) are rarely applicable in all situations. Rather the more closely the rule-making is to the persons involved the better.

    2) Replace Sam with Anatoly as the party in the wrong (okay the events would be different but the betrayal would be comparable). Who here would have objected had Zed decked him? I suspect few.

    If she requires special protections she is not my equal.

    3) There have been numerous occasions where I have seen calls here for one sort of violence or another against other females both fictitious and real. In some cases far more serious than some swats on the ass with a paddle. In all such cases the targets of those calls had the common characteristic of not agreeing philosophically with those targeting them.

    Do the laws of chivalry only apply to those who agree with us? Do the ends justify the means?

    Similarly in a previous (much applauded) story arc Naomi cleared out a bar of Muslims. Whether you think they had it coming or not the (as I recall it) universal applause would suggest it is fine for a woman to beat the crap out of a man.

    How many here have condemned politicians for promoting one set of rules for themselves and their “friends” and another for the rest of us?

    4) There is no way from “Ka-Whack” and “Ka-Wok” to know just hard Zed was paddling Sam. While that is a question only Chris can answer the point is this: Some seemed to assume he was using every bit of strength he could muster.

    To me this says more about what they would do were they in Zed’s place than it does about Zed.

    So overall thank you Chris for making me think.

    • LowKey

      You hit it right on the mark.
      There was a whole lot of hypocrisy on display the other day.

      TANSTASFL applies to interpersonal relationships and social constructs just as much as it applies to issues of supply and demand.
      You get nothing for free, everything get paid for one way or another in the end.
      In the social proscription against striking ladies the “payment” is that there are certain constraints by which they must abide. When they don’t they lose the protection of that status.
      Doesn’t make them less equal in any way they’re just trading one thing for another, and they aren’t the only set of people that does this.
      Where we run into trouble are the well meaning people who want to treat them like children….give them the right without the obligation that balances it….and then wonder why so many of them act like children.

      • GWB

        “In the social proscription against striking ladies”
        Which is how I learned it: Gentlemen don’t hit ladies. For the very reason you mention. (Note how I began that proscription, too.)

        @epilitimus – Whether I entirely agree, you put down some very good thoughts.

      • epilitimus

        Taking it as given that in our current culture the prohibitions are clearly defined while the obligations are ignored. Are we still bound by the prohibitions, or is it a matter of choice on our part whether to abide by them?

        As with the sucker punch question below, requires some thought.

    • David W

      As mentioned, some really good points here and your comments about “Had it been Anatoly…?” helped to clarify one issue for me. However, it requires another question to be asked: did Zed deck Anatoly with a sucker-punch? Aside from the fact that Zed CHOSE to turn things physical, what he did was the equivalent of hitting Sam with a sucker-punch. It’s evident that Sam was not expecting a spanking as she leaned across the hood. If Zed’s not the kind of guy to throw a sucker-punch, then he shouldn’t be deceiving Sam into thinking there’s some loving on the way and then WHACK! WHACK!

      Sam screwed up first but, IMHO, Zed screwed up worst.

      • epilitimus

        Good point. Brings to mind the line from Firefly, “If I ever kill you, you’ll be awake, you’ll be facing me, and you’ll be armed.”

        Could the argument be made that the use of subterfuge was required because Zed did not intend major injury? My answer would be no. As you say it amounted to a sucker punch.

        Of course a prohibition against sucker punches is only valid in so far as we ourselves would consider it unethical of someone else to employ the tactic against us. Perhaps Zed’s view of the matter is different. I’ll have to think on that one a bit.

        • Steve

          Remember that Zed is a sniper. They tend to have a rather different view of scker punches than most folks.

      • Aldo Cella

        You didn’t get it, David. Sam was up for either the loving or the conversation-starter. That’s what a wife truly submitting to her husband looks like – trusting him to know what to do to make things right, and to know what she needs to put this behind them. 😉

    • epilitimus

      Consideration of the above questions led me in some unexpected directions. The write up ended up being a bit on the long side and so rather than cluttering up Chris’s board with my inane ramblings I have posted them here for anyone interested.

      Chris, if you prefer that I remove any mention of yourself and/or the links to DBD let me know and I will do so.

  • Pete231

    Hey, you want to drive a libtard crazy ? Tell her she CAN’T make you a damn sammich ! …….

    • Is that like the S&M “Beat me”, “No”?

      • eon

        The dominant’s conundrum; “How DO you punish a masochist?”

        The world is full of BDSM jokes. Unlike the one called the “Fifty Shades” trilogy, some of them are actually funny.

        clear ether


        • Pamela

          I write better Erotica/Porn with a sense of humor

          • Grunt GI

            Heh…I have no doubt.

            I bet your next morning pancakes are awesome too.


  • Dan in MD

    Several things…..
    (1) Given the number of studies students who work in the food induztry I think plenty of libtatds know how to make a sammich…..and coffee
    (2) i was raised in a household with spankings from mom and lectures from dad. We all preferred the spankings.
    (3) Ping Pong paddles were used by mom if neccesary. My yo7nger brother made them so. He did learn.
    (4) When I got married before we tied the knot my wife said if I ever hit her she would leave. I said fine (and having been raised with a bunch sisters who thought hitting a guy was fine) but if you hit me I will leave you and fight for exclusive custody of the kids. She froze and it was several seconds before she said ok. This turned out to be smart as her first reaction anything she does not like is to attack. We still discuss and argue as most couples do but even that is subdued.
    (My sisters hitting…..and girls in the neighborhood came from the normal child play…they hit each other too. The mothers said dont hit to them but never ever hit a girl to their sons. I learned to block easiky as i was quicker than most of the them and by the time i was 10 i was stonger. My sisters took longer to vet the message. They jumped me one day when I was 13. I pinned one under each arm and the third to the floor with my foot. After that the attacks (never serious but I suppose a conditioning tool) and the hitting stopped.)

    • STViking

      HA! my first wife got mad enough one day to haul off and hit me. I wasn’t all that long out of Marine boot camp, so when I saw it coming I tensed my muscles up as hard as I could and took it square in the chest. She thought she broke her hand and cried for like a half hour. She learned a lesson that day without me having to ever hit her.

    • GWB

      “I think plenty of libtatds know how to make … coffee”
      You obviously like over-priced, crappy coffee. 😉

      • Norm

        “Serve” coffee and sammiches, maybe. Making them would be a cook’s job and that’s too much like work.

  • GWB

    And, Chris, I would gladly crown Sam as Miss Lunch any day! 😉
    (And Miss Dinner and Miss Breakfast and Miss Tea……..)

  • Robert

    I’d have guessed that Zed would have fed Sam some lunch or at least something to chew on ever so softly.

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