It surprises me that so many people don't get this strip. For me it was the most fun one in a long time. And I think the reason is that it uses Irony. Coming from Denmark I grew up with irony. That conversation in the strip is not at all made up. It could easily happen in Denmark. And it doesn't at all look down upon people who have a hobby, but is ofcourse saying a lot more about Dilbert and Wally.
A dane should usually be very careful using irony on people not from Denmark. (As you can also see on the comments)
If irony is used only to be mean it usually means that the person using it is jealous in some way. The border between funny and mean is very subtle, and different people have different borders
Wow! Can't believe the comments here and those that don't just take this at face value. Of course, I wouldn't waste/spend my time restoring old cars; but what I would give to see my parent's old, green Ford Hornet station wagon just one more time!
Good point, but still... when was the last time you HEARD a joke about someone restoring old cars? Where's the humor here? Okay, everyone is game for jokes- the fact though is, this one isn't funny. It isn't about a group that is typically made fun of (or, let me clarify, a group people like making fun of and find it kosher to do so), nor does it have an unexpected witty response. That's why it doesn't make sense to anyone. Why should a joke on restoring old cars be funny? It isn't, not without some redeeming wit strikingly absent here.