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 12, 2008
Insomniak wrote:
"Honestly I think it might have been kind of nice to not have full use of my voice, it would give me a reason for not talking to people. If people knew that it was difficult or near impossible for me to answer I would not have to listen to peoples constant stream of inanity. Just thinking about the positives ;)."

I don't think you understand how most people work: when they know you can't respond, they talk more to fill the void. And, if you can't talk, you can't tell them to shut the f uck up.
Nov 12, 2008
Congrats on becoming vocal again Scott, I can't imagine how it would be, but I'm sure it's a re birth like you described it. How about a little voice clip to all the fans who have been waiting for this since you first talked about your condition? Would be nice. No singing in the shower for you though.
Nov 12, 2008
Honestly I think it might have been kind of nice to not have full use of my voice, it would give me a reason for not talking to people. If people knew that it was difficult or near impossible for me to answer I would not have to listen to peoples constant stream of inanity. Just thinking about the positives ;).
Nov 12, 2008
So now you've got your voice back, when can we expect your first hit single to be released, Scott? ;)

Congratulations -- it's been interesting and heartwarming to hear your experiences from before going through the surgery to these latest results. As you say, for those of us who are lucky enough not to have been through anything like that, it's impossible to imagine the helplessness you must've felt.

...And yes, that strip was almost *too* obvious! I cringed. :)
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Nov 12, 2008
My mind went to...uhm..."male enhancement products". ;o)

I about laughed myself silly reading that one! One of your best comics.
Nov 12, 2008
Congrats on the voice and re-entry to the real world. How do the kids feel now that you're vocal again? And, yes, I got the last spam comment. But to tell you the truth, I love the animated comics during the week. Bulldozer - perfect and then today's about the 10 year and 20 year luncheons. Really struck a cord.
But I regress - welcome back to the 'real world' and please don't add too much noise pollution to it!!!
Nov 12, 2008
Dear Scott,
By no way could I imagine to what kind of spam reference is made... ;-) Great to hear about the tremendous progress of your voice. I very well recall your blogpost just before the surgery. It was very touching. Congratulations to the doctor and you and very best wishes.
And something else. Last week I have received Dilbert 2.0. Had to go to pick it up at the customs office (maybe they thought that I had ordered 4.6 kilogrammes of those pills referred to above ;-). Gosh, when I held it in my hands for the first time! A true Encyclopedia, so nicely designed and packed. I have not opened it though because it will be my Christmas present.
Thank you for everything and my very best wishes again,
Nov 12, 2008
I read that comic in the paper and thought, "That's filthy. And Scott Adams is going to congratulate himself on it in his blog."

Congrats on your voice!
Nov 12, 2008
Just wanted to say how delightful it is to hear the news about your voice. Thanks for your comics and this blog!
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Nov 12, 2008
Great news about your voice, it does generally take these things to make you appreciate live fully, Luckily for me, I'm bordering on being a hypochondriac, so often think that I'm about to die, only to find out that I have a cold or something. The positive by product being that I get that whole "lucky to be alive" vibe again for a couple of weeks, without actually having to suffer from any real illness.

As for the joke, I'm assuming viagra/member enlargement spam is what we're looking at here.
Nov 12, 2008
Of course we know what the "lucky Guess" is. The PHB is a man sorely in need of a Rolex watch.
Nov 12, 2008
Oh my, what a big blog post you have!

Well, you're kind of slapping us in the face with it, so hopefully it sank in right away. If anyone missed the point of that strip, I doubt your (b)log will ever be able to give him or her sufficient pleasure anyway.

All puns intended.

OK, stating the obvious (as you sort of encouraged us to): Obviously the filter also "lucky-guessed" that the boss needs a penis enhancement and let one or more offers through. I, for one, laughed.
Nov 12, 2008
Obviously the joke is about his credit score!! I know how you feel. Didn't have loss of voice, but apparently I've been living with Crohn's disease for a couple of years, but after they finally diagnosed it, and got me on medication for it, I'm living like a human again. Very liberating feeling, too, almost dying. Makes every little thing ten times better in life.
Nov 12, 2008
I'll bet it isn't about refininancing his mortgage. :)

Congratulations on your voice, Scott.
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Nov 12, 2008
I assume anybody with an email address gets that joke. At least anybody actually paying attention to their email.

Congrats on getting your voice back. I can't imagine what it would be like not being able to speak.
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