You know, when people read comics like this one, they might get the wrong idea and think I don’t love having a baby around the house. Hey, it’s great, it really is. It’s just funnier to talk about the hard parts. And nobody wants to hear some lame ass dad spout parenting clichés. Really though, it’s pretty awesome. You should try it sometime, but only if you’re really ready and have a steady income and a spouse you really get along with.
Speaking of crawling, here’s something funny. My mini me started crawling a bit earlier than the other kids. So when we went to a little parent party and he did his thing, all the other parents were so impressed. Now, of course there’s that part of you that, as a parent, gets excited when your kid does something “first.” But, like I told the other parents: “Hey, your kid has the rest of his or her life to be mobile, and those first few years are going to be spent ruining things in your home. Be happy that you have a few extra weeks where you can relax and just sit the little one down on the floor and take care of stuff around the house, because once they are moving, it’s all over. If there is something breakable that isn’t on higher ground, they will break it. If there is a place you haven’t managed to clean, they will lick it. They cannot be stopped. So enjoy it now!” Well, I didn’t tell them all that, but you get the picture.
In terms of this comic about the paleo diet, you know, I mean, it could be a good thing. It could be right, it could be healthier, it could make a lot of sense. But man, as a person who has lived life and taken much joy out of eating many things, I have to draw the line somewhere. I go along with the whole Michael Pollan thing—eat food, not “food-like objects” aka processed concoctions made of chemicals in a factory. I realize eating carbs all the time may not be great for you. And I think we should all eat less meat, if only for the sake of the planet ala global warming via methane from livestock as well as deforestation. I get all that. But to only eat meat, nuts, veggies and fruits, forever? That is the strictest, least fun diet ever.
Hey, drinking isn’t good for you (well, maybe a glass of wine or so a day) and I do that from time to time. Why? Because I’m alive and it’s fun. And that’s why I eat tacos and pancakes too.
Hey, here’s a fun surprise. I received a large package in the mail yesterday. There was a book inside. This book—a compilation of work from MAD Magazine’s 60-year history. And after a quick skim, turns out one of my strips made the cut. Pretty cool! It’s really an honor to be included in such a tremendous history of cartooning and other tomfoolery, so yes, that’s great. Also I think they may owe me 17 cents for this somewhere down the road but that depends on whether more than 4 people buy the book (see, that’s called self deprecation, something MAD likes to do, So I’m doing it here since I’m writing about them—genius, I know).
Well, the election is over, and I thought I would celebrate with a comic that has nothing to do with it! Actually, this comic is the result of several efforts to legalize medical marijuana, or just plain pot in general, in states like Colorado and Washington. Definitely a more fun subject than politics—as long as you don’t go into the whole drug war not working thing. Basically, making fun of jam bands = funny. Dude in Montana going to jail for 80 years for growing weed for cancer patients = not funny.
Yay! It’s almost over! Soon I can stop doing comics like this one, about how awful the Republicans have become and how they’re a threat to our future because they care more about power than about helping the country and are just a tool of big business and right wing extremists and they don’t believe in science.
So yes, vote for Obama, especially if you live in a swing state. If you live in a state like NY though, you could probably vote for a third party guy like Gary Johnson and it would only serve to help him reach the 5% he needs to get federal funding or something like that. I’m not a Libertarian, and sometimes I think Libertarians are either incredibly naive or just trying to justify greed. HOWEVER, I like what I’ve heard from Johnson. He has a great line: “I’m more liberal than Obama and more conservative than Romney.” Very interesting. He’s anti war, anti war on drugs, and he’s the first Libertarian I’ve heard actually say the government should protect the environment. So yeah, check him out.
But if you’re in a swing state, vote for Obama because Romney would be another Bush Jr…. same sketchy Rove types secretly running things, same sort of embarrassing guffaws that make the rest of the world laugh at us, same sort of policies that further the gap between rich and poor. Oh and also, the Republican Party steals elections and tries to prevent people from voting. Just on that basis alone, you should vote them out of office. Etc etc etc… Fie.