For Better or For Worse by Lynn Johnston for March 30, 2023

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    Templo S.U.D.  about 1 year ago

    have at that, John

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    LookingGlass Premium Member about 1 year ago

    That’s why it’s always a good idea to buy Christmas present that “need some assembly” in early ….. JUNE!!!

    /SHMIRK/

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    Enter.Name.Here  about 1 year ago

    I see a lot less “Needs assembly” products these days. Probably due to cheap Asian labor.

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    Black76Manta  about 1 year ago

    I agree, those self-assemble devices are real torture

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    dcdete.  about 1 year ago

    In some ways the progress achieved with internet shopping takes a step backwards. When I was a small boy some 50 years ago my father took me to a bricks and mortar bicycle shop to buy me my first bike and I could choose and pick up an already factory assembled bike that was on a long shelf in front of me.

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    Johnnyrico  about 1 year ago

    Wisdom teeth, yet still no wisdom…

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    hagarthehorrible  about 1 year ago

    The instruction manual sure is miserable.

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    oakie817  about 1 year ago

    remember it’s @ before # except after $

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    kaycstamper  about 1 year ago

    We paid the extra $10 to get my son’s put together! Of course that was 34 years ago…

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    Anon4242  about 1 year ago

    Little kids out grow those bikes fast. So it’s really easy to get one at a thrift store that looks like new and is already fully assembled.

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    door72067  about 1 year ago

    ALWAYS pay for a professional to put a bike together, worth EVERY penny!!

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    HappyDog/ᵀʳʸ ᴮᵒᶻᵒ ⁴ ᵗʰᵉ ᶠᵘⁿ ᵒᶠ ᶦᵗ Premium Member about 1 year ago

    Some people are engineers and some are … not!

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    jango  about 1 year ago

    Darn it, Elly. I’m a dentist (in my best Dr. McCoy voice)

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    mckeonfuneralhomebx  about 1 year ago

    That is why you pay the helper in the back of the store to put it together.

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    rebelstrike0  about 1 year ago

    That would be seen in a later strip where the Pattersons had car trouble. John orders April to bring him the jack

    April: “Why not call road service?”

    John: “In this family we change tires.”

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    pheets  about 1 year ago

    Fair enough!

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    minty_Joe  about 1 year ago

    Just be thankful the instructions aren’t in another language other then English…or…that John’s not assembling IKEA furniture.

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    donwestonmysteries  about 1 year ago

    I was 5 when I rode my first bicycle. It belonged to another kid trying to learn to ride it. My mother said, show him how, honey. I did.

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    Diat60  about 1 year ago

    We just call our son who, I swear, could put anything at all together including the International Space Station if you gave him the materials.

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    mindjob  about 1 year ago

    It’s even harder now. There are no written instructions, only pictures of the stages of assembly

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    Robert Nowall Premium Member about 1 year ago

    My parents wanted to give me and my brothers bicycles. I asked if I could have a typewriter instead. Many—-many!—-years later, their bicycles are long gone, and I still have the typewriter.

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    g04922  about 1 year ago

    Walmart… they have fully assembled bikes. Borrow a frien’s truck !

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    198.23.5.11  about 1 year ago

    It’s even more fun on Christmas Eve when you have to put it together in a hurry after the kids are finally sound asleep(you hope)./

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    drycurt  about 1 year ago

    A company I started working at had a charity project. For part of it, they bought a buncha bicycles that needed assembly. The engineers had teams of volunteers to see which could assemble their bike quickest. I arrived too late to join a team. They had to put the wheels, pedals, seat and handlebars on. I couldn’t believe how these young professionals fumbled around. Only one team was even slightly organized. Other than that one team, I swear I could have put one of those together faster all by myself. The all female team (all degreed engineers) was the slowest.

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    JanLC  about 1 year ago

    We’ve bought some Ikea or Walmart furniture. It’s always an adventure putting it together. I went around the house the other day and counted. We have more “build-it-yourself” furniture than ready made.

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    CoreyTaylor1  about 1 year ago

    We’ve all been there. Of course, some of us have it worse by having an Elly Patterson in our lives who pretends to help while entitling us to her negative opinion!

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    sobrown51  about 1 year ago

    You can pay the store to assemble usually. Probably worth the few bucks unless you are a masochist or just very handy.

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    onespiceybbw  about 1 year ago

    I’m so glad that I can tell how something goes together by looking at it. Those written instructions never make any sense to me.

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    lizschmidt82  about 1 year ago

    assembly of Chinese bicycle, require great peace of mind.

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    rob  about 1 year ago

    It took me, or should I say Santa, forever to put together a Hot Wheels three story garage with a hand crank elevator together one Christmas Eve.

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    eced52  about 1 year ago

    Spoken like a true parent, although being a dentist, not sure this would apply.

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    Angry Indeed  about 1 year ago

    I don’t know about John but when I had to put something together, the package should have read “Some obscenity required.” ;-p

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    gigagrouch  about 1 year ago

    This is a big reason why one should only buy a bike from a reputable shop!

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