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I wonder how many people got the joke in the last panel of this comic. Do you know what the "lucky guess" refers to?



On a totally unrelated note, which I add because this blog post would be otherwise inadequately sized, here's an update on  my voice, in case anyone is curious. Thanks to surgery in July to correct my exotic voice problem (Spasmodic Dysphonia), I now have a virtually normal voice. It started coming back strong in the past few weeks.

This is a life changing event for me. I lived for 3.5 years without the ability to speak in most situations, and with the knowledge that the condition was considered incurable. However unpleasant you imagine it is to be unable to speak, I can assure you it was worse. But thanks to one surgeon, Dr. Berke at UCLA, apparently my problem is solved.

And so I am reborn, in a sense. Every day since the rewired nerves in my neck regenerated, and speech returned, life has been terrific.


 
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Nov 26, 2008
Just a thought. The pointy-haired bosses of this country have now destroyed the economy. For many, the crash was 100% predictable and inevitable, once professional success got decoupled from intelligence and reality. Scott, like a modern-day Aesop, you have been exposing their emporer's-new-clothes-ness for years and years. Can you think of some way to take it to the next level? The phbs must be identified and banished, and the Dilberts, if there are any left, must be approached with respect and listened to. What do you think?
 
 
Nov 23, 2008
Congrats on the voice returning. My mom hasn't been able to talk for a few years (ALS-related disease centered around her throat), and I ended up getting her a 2 lb laptop with some specialized software to talk for her. She calls it "Heather" after the name of the voice she chose to have on it. Given the low cost of the technology, its an option for many people.
 
 
Nov 15, 2008
Great to know your voice is back. Congratulations :-)


Yep, I got the joke. Everyone with a Yahoomail will get the joke as "those" mails are never filtered.
 
 
Nov 14, 2008
scottie shud ve drawn the PHB's PH all limp in the last panel.
:-)
 
 
Nov 14, 2008
I wonder how many people *didn't* get the joke, outside of the few who read the comic only in newspapers and don't have computers.

Personally I've been getting more of the financial scam spams lately, and fewer of the sex related ones. Maybe I should be insulted.
 
 
Nov 13, 2008
I didn't think about what it meant until I read the blog, I knew instantly what it was then.
It's great to hear about your voice COMING back. Hope everything continues to go well for you.
 
 
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Nov 13, 2008
Scott Congratz on getting your voice back! I'd love to listen to your speech if I ever have the chance. btw, I don't get the joke.
 
 
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Nov 13, 2008
Would "Method and apparatus to enhance the size and rigidity of an elongated member" be yet another lucky guess?

Don't forget to forward the story about the miraculous return of vour voice to the Vatican.
In due time, it will become important for the beatification and sanctification proceedings of St. Barack Obama, as one of the miracles attributable to him.

Have fun in your lucrative second job as Public Speaker (you asked for it - now you got it).

cMAD
 
 
Nov 13, 2008
Uhhhhh...it was VERY obviously a reference to all the pre-op transexuals' dating services spam that everyone gets. I'm amazed that nobody else got it.
 
 
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Nov 13, 2008
I like how you tied your comment about the strip and your comment about the post together:

"otherwise inadequately sized"

just to make sure everyone got it...
 
 
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Nov 13, 2008
I understand that not being able to talk have some disadvantages, but does it also have som advantages that are worth mentioning? People who don't know about you're condition might look at you as a dignified, wise man who doesn't feel he has to voice his opinion, but let others talk. And you can get really drunk at parties without have to worry about saying anything stupid - you only have to fight the urge to do a striptease.
 
 
Nov 13, 2008
"I now have a virtually normal voice. It started coming back strong in the past few weeks."

Introduce it slowly to your family! Have you considered that maybe they found you easier to deal with because of your silence?
 
 
Nov 13, 2008
Wonderful, wonderful news. Thanks for the update. Hope you'll keep us posted on the progress to the voice being better than it was before.
 
 
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Nov 13, 2008
I saw this and KNEW this was going to be the topic of your next blog post! Another naugthy one you got away with, what?!
Brilliant strip - I didn't think of the viagra angle till I read the comments. Somehow the pointy-hair boss seems to be a person with short, ummm, equipment, so an ad for the enlargement stuff fitted right in!
Congrats on the voice - miracles do happen - whether you believe in free will or not!
 
 
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Nov 13, 2008
I'd be amazed if your readers didn't get it - beautifully done.

It's just struck me that you must have courted your wife with no voice, I guess you really did whisper (sweet) nothings in her ear! How does she like it now you can talk?

There were times my wife (and thus I) would have preferred my silence, especially in the early years. Happily the mind to mouth valve has now grown and is pretty reliable (after 14 years) - but I still regret over-riding it, so be careful what you saay (since your wish has been granted).
 
 
Nov 13, 2008
obviuosly little blue pills is the "lucky guess"

here in the UK I get them for free because of my medical condition (MS). however the govt guidelines mean I am only allowed 1 a week. Big brother might not be watching me, but he does decide how often I can get lucky
 
 
Nov 12, 2008
Yup, got that one.
My nerve regeneration story IS related though. I had an operation for cancer some years back, and some of the nerves to a vital part of my anatomy had to be removed due to their proximity to the cancer. Shortly after the operation those little blue pills so beloved of spam didn't even work. However, eventually the nerves have regenerated, restoring a function a lost function which was less obvious to the casual observer than your loss of voice. So congratulations on the success of the operation.

Now here's a real office story which could be a challenge for your cartoon strip. Our office decided to save money by buying refillable highlighter pens. A friend of mine was trying to refill his pen, and it suddenly fell apart, dropping highlighter ink into his lap. It dried out pretty quickly, and he forgot about it (he was wearing black trousers), until he got undressed that night. Every part was a bright yellow! And it wouldn't wash off. It had to wear out, so he was dayglow yellow for quite a while.
 
 
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Nov 12, 2008
I am SO HAPPY for you! I hope the point-haired boss is equally happy with his Viagra. Or is it a penis enlargement system?
 
 
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Nov 12, 2008
Totally unrelated to the blog, but it sounds like Barack Obama may have some of the same ideas about being president that you described in 'Stick to Drawing Comics, Monkey Brain.":

www.change.gov

 
 
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Nov 12, 2008
Your poor wife. You probably haven't been able to shut up since you got your voice back! ;-)
 
 
 
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