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Trump Card

I mean every word in this week’s Dustinland comic. I think deep down inside, a lot of Trump supporters know that he’s a horrible president, but they feel that if they withdraw their support of him, their either saying they should have supporter Hillary, or saying their opinions were wrong on issues like immigration, gun control etc…  Or they just don’t want to admit they were wrong, especially to a bunch of pretentious liberal dicks who already acted like we were smarter than they were.

That is why now I am saying let’s stop all this “our team vs your team.” Let’s unite. No rubbing it in. No right or wrong. Just all of us together against Trump. Let’s kick him out and reset. Even with a completely conservative government. That’s fine. As long as they are adults and not complete incompetent criminals and traitors set to doom America and Earth in general.

Come on friends. We can still disagree on just about anything and everything. But this is one thing we need to agree on. Trump has us on the path to ruin, and he has to be stopped.

Fundamental Attribution Error

This Dustinland comic was not inspired by any one particular person or event (wouldn’t it be ironic if one of my friends got mad at me because of this?), but rather by a conversation where someone educated me about the phenomena of fundamental attribution error. Now I try to keep it in mind whenever I get offended or irritated. Basically you’re just giving someone the benefit of the doubt. It’s very David Foster Wallace, really.

Old Friends

This week’s comic is not about right and wrong. It’s about friends and time. It’s about taking different paths and growing apart. It’s about getting older.

Now, clearly I’m on the family side of this strip. That’s the route I went. I’m not saying it’s right. I’m not saying it leads to happiness for everyone. In fact, I think it’s better to be single and happy than to get married and start a family with the wrong person. What does make me sad though, is watching friends who seem stuck in a rut—eternally in college, just without the classes. And it’s not about money. I wouldn’t have double majored in art and philosophy if I cared about that. It’s about direction and meaning. Can you spend your whole life living only for today? And when does the sex and drugs lifestyle go from fun and exciting to routine and empty?

But ultimately, the saddest thing is that even if both sides are completely happy in their lives, there’s still a disconnect once marriage and children enter the picture. As a parent, it’s not just the loss of free time to do fun adult things. It’s about a sudden change in your priorities. Life begins to move in a much more “serious” direction once you have kids. And suddenly you just don’t see certain friends very often. You find yourself spending more time with people you would never have hung out with if you weren’t both parents, while those some of those long-term friends you share every interest with—who you speak to in a language of in-jokes based on years of good times—start to fade away. But what’s hard from the parent point of view is that while you still can appreciate the things your old friends do—the stories they tell, the lives they lead—they are at a loss when it comes to your new life. Not only do they not understand it, most of it doesn’t interest them. And it’s to see why, since parenting can sound awfully mundane to the uninitiated.

Yup, not the funniest comic this week. But a true one.