Baby Blues by Rick Kirkman and Jerry Scott for December 09, 2023

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    allen@home  4 months ago

    Well Darryl whatever floats your boat.

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    Blu Bunny  4 months ago

    To Daryl, untangling them is like solving a Rubiks cube. He enjoys the challenge.

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    Ratkin  4 months ago

    Lighten up, Wanda.

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    sirbadger  4 months ago

    In January, he could get an empty spool from an electrician and wrap lights around it. That might not fit as well in the attic.

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    einarbt  4 months ago

    Fair point there from Darryl. She should just leave him to it.

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    angelolady Premium Member 4 months ago

    They make spools for those, even. My husband coils them up like a hose and stores them in round tins. They uncoiled without tangles.

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    Cornelius Noodleman  4 months ago

    He’ll probably electrocute himself before he gets half of them put up.

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    iggyman  4 months ago

    Next time use a larger container, Paul!

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    Macushlalondra  4 months ago

    You have only yourself to blame, Darryl. Wanda, just leave him to it. Shut the attic door lest his language be heard by the kids.

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    cdward  4 months ago

    Every year after Christmas, I put them away neatly, and every year before Christmas when I bring them down, I find they have rebelled and formed a giant knot.

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    dlkrueger33  4 months ago

    That’s why I got a tree with lights attached. I’m not dealing with that nightmare anymore.

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    oakie817  4 months ago

    remember it’s @ before # except after $

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    Huckleberry Hiroshima  4 months ago

    She has one eye with two pupils. Don’t expect a lot of insight.

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    eced52  4 months ago

    Send him down to tractor supply and buy a hose wheel.

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    nosirrom  4 months ago

    Being the designated detangler and bulb tester as a kid trained me to put this stuff away neatly.

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    ctolson  4 months ago

    Hopefully the kids aren’t in ear shot, especially Hammie. FFFFUUUUDGE! No lug nuts involved.

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    goboboyd  4 months ago

    Suspend the ball of lights, as is, and call it the star that guided the dudes bearing gifts.

    Across the room from the Festivus Pole of course.

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    6foot6  4 months ago

    it doesn’t’ matter how well you attempt to store the lights. They will always end up in a tangled mess.

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    Webby_dog  4 months ago

    Packing it up early I see!

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    ladykat  4 months ago

    It never mattered how carefully we stored the lights when I was younger; they would all end up in one gigantic snarl. Later on, I stored each strand in a large freezer bag. Now I have a nice fiber optic tree.

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    DawnQuinn1  4 months ago

    Hey guys! Why put them away? Christmas is not come yet.

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    Cozmik Cowboy  4 months ago

    1) Go to your local hardware (or, as a last resort, home improvement big-box)

    2) Find the extension cords (outdoor ones, 25’-100’ range; household ones are probably elsewhere)

    3) Look around until you find the reels they sell for winding a bunch of cords on and buy a few

    4) When you take down the lights, just wind them onto the spool and Bob’s yer uncle; my 2 spools held several thousand lights

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    cracker65  4 months ago

    You do it Wanda.

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    Charles & Susan  Premium Member 4 months ago

    My husband does it the same way :)

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    Frank Burns Eats Worms  4 months ago

    Santa will find out if Darryl’s been knotty or nice.

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    EMGULS79  4 months ago

    Darryl, the fact that it’s the best way to deal with fitted sheet sets doesn’t automatically mean it’s also the optimal technique for storing Christmas lights.

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    Pet  4 months ago

    Our holiday tradition is me making a giant bowl of coleslaw for 16 people and forgetting it in the basement fridge :-D

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    The Quiet One  4 months ago

    That is the one tradition I can do without.

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    Smitty  4 months ago

    Even when you TRY to put them away neatly, it’s almost guaranteed that next Christmas, those lights will have reverted to their natural state of tangled anarchy.

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    Teto85 Premium Member 4 months ago

    Some holiday traditions deserve to be reverently pulled out, gazed at, stomped on, shredded and reused as fire starters. This time put them away after carefully packaging them.

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    mbhiggins5555  4 months ago

    “If I get stoned and sing all night long…”

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    Thehag  4 months ago

    I When I had a house I used to; take them down, separate each string. connect the string to itself. fold to fit a plastic grocery bag. tie the bag loosely. put the bags in a box.

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    Quentin1992  4 months ago

    He just doesn’t want to be told what he already knows.

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    kaycstamper  4 months ago

    I’d be outta there! Leave him with the mess he created!

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    prrdh  4 months ago

    Darryl uses this to exercise his capacity for patience and forbearance in preparation for the trials the holiday season will put those qualities to.

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    J-Yoshi64  4 months ago

    What is it that Lucy van Pelt said about traditions?

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    dv1093  4 months ago

    Here ya go Wanda. Show me how it’s done. (later) You did a great job! It’s all yours from now on.

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    pchemcat  4 months ago

    “If you don’t like how I do it, then let me suggest that you take over the job.”

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    Alyssa the Great  4 months ago

    I do put them away neatly. They ball themselves up. And half of them break in storage.

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    comicaluser  4 months ago

    Take a thin, flatter piece of wood and wrap them around it . . . it is not hard!

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    wildlandwaters  4 months ago

    Actually he did, but some nasty elves…..

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    John Jorgensen  4 months ago

    Anyone have a holiday tradition that is aimed at anticipating next year’s holiday season rather than augmenting this year’s? I always watch the Simpsons episode “Kill Gil Vol 1 & 2” with the last of my Christmas leftovers. To me it very nicely illustrates that the festive spirit rapidly diminishes once the holiday is past, but also includes a dramatic reminder that the season will come around again.

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    rshive  4 months ago

    I wonder whether there IS a neat way to put away Christmas lights.

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    DevilDog2001 Premium Member 4 months ago

    They make “light wheels,” where you roll the lights around a plastic wheel, and they don’t tangle. But Darryl doesn’t care. He likes to make things harder for himself.

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    BenGMan  4 months ago

    No, she doesn’t.

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    Takos  4 months ago

    It doesn’t matter how neat or careful you put them up. They somehow always come out tangled like they were in a hurricane.

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