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It used to be that when I would see an old man dressed particularly badly I would wonder if I would one day be that man. Now I think it is more likely that he never cared about the way he looked in the first place, or just has lousy taste. People don't change all that much when they get old. But on many occasions I have pointed at strangers and asked my wife to shoot me if I become that guy.
Here's a bit of oddness: The day after this cartoon appeared in papers, I received the following email.
"I dont like how you put guns in your comics, espically on Valentines Day
- (man's name) for my daughter who is 11"
That was the whole thing. I usually answer all of the mail I get, positive or negative, but this one stumped me. I have no idea what to say to this man and his daughter. I want to ask so many questions.
- How about knives, can I show a person chopping onions with a knife?
- Are sticks okay?
- Is there a day other than Valentine's Day when a cartoon gun would be less offensive?
- Have you ever heard of words like "humor," "satire," "hyperbole," "unrealistic desires to control a world which is essentially a festival of random chaos heading downhill without brakes," "choose your battles"?
My sincere apologies to anyone who finds ink strokes in the shape of a gun in a cartoon offensive. Next time, I'll use a potato.
"If I ever try to leave the house dressed like that, point a harmless tuber at me."