January 17, 2018
you misheard Leslie, Gunther: “manly”
A tually, I agree with Les on this. That “couch” doesn’t even look comfortable.
Les does have a point even though that sofa is Gunther mom’s it’s just for manly enough.
Mrs. Berger continues to have no clue about how young guys think – and neither does Gunther. Does that piece of furniture have any vintage value? If so – selling it would be best – except Mrs. Berger – and maybe even Gunther – are probably still attached to it. Al would probably just say, Beggars can’t be choosers."
Les’ command of the English language appears to be lacking and he also does not seem to grasp what kind of clothes a person usually wears when they move furniture. In many respects it is a wonder that Les has any room to be arrogant when there are so many ways to ridicule him.
Here we go…… Oscar and Felix, round 1. Somehow i think Tiff is needed here.
Les have You priced new furniture lately? And Irma old stuff while not exactly man-cave material is, I dunno. “FREE?”
Looks like “poor” Leslie will have to Steal His Mom credit card again in order to buy new stuff.And Gunther? Keep unloading the truck and put your mom’s old stuff in the Gulag. You’ll need it because I doubt very seriously that Les is going to “Allow” You to use HIS new furniture.
Granny stuff! LOL
We He-Men-ie types understand exactly…other than the fact we tend to sit and sleep on bare floors unless She-Women-ie types are around.
The lamps seem too frilly to be for a guy’s home, and the other furniture is old fashioned. But it has the great virtue of being free to guys who don’t have a lot of money to spend on stuff like furniture…
I foresee several awkward situations when they go furniture shopping and the salesperson is ‘confused’.
Calgon (er, IKEA), take me away!
What century is all that furniture from?
@PRIYANSH: Guess you’ve never heard the saying about not looking a gift horse in the mouth, or about beggars not being able to be choosers. When Les has a higher paying job, he can go buy what he likes. Till then, unless he wants his guests to sit on the floor, he should be able to deal with free furniture even if it isn’t covered in black leather…
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I’d like to see one of the crew from Antiques Roadshow stop while driving by and inform Gunther that the yard is full of “priceless” antique furniture. Les then sells it at a discount to the guys from Pawn Stars but lies to Gunther that they’ve been robbed. Tiffany helps unravel the deception and Judge Judy finds for the plaintiff. Les leverages the notoriety to land a job at Breitbart, Gunther moves into the main house’s basement, and the guesthouse is rented by Knute and Crystal who have recently eloped.
Okay, we’re staring to despise Leslie now.
Step up to the plate, Gunther. Step up to the plate. Now’s your chance.
What happens when Irma asks, “What happened to my grandmother’s settee?”
Can’t say that I blame Les for not wanting the brocade love seat, but unless it is a true antique, he won’t sell it for enough to cover the cost of the man cave furniture he wants. Has he the resources to fork over the difference?
The way GnK have been writing Gunther, I fear we are being primed for the next round of simpering, whining, stifled anger. (#freegb)
Step up to the plate, Gunther.
Enough of Gunther and Less! How about Luann and Bernice!?
The sofa and lamps appear to be Victorian which was popular during the late 1800’s. The round table looks somewhat Louis XV or the more rural version of French provincial/country French. They are probably reproductions which, of course, are not worth much. Hard to tell from the drawings.
Les and his language.
He has not said a great deal in the strip to evaluate and also little t base a level f intelligence. I’d say his label of “man-ie” stuff is a weak but positive attempt to rhyme with granny. In my decades of working with college kids, I think he is fairly typical off college freshmen who come from families with limited higher education. Their diction evolves during their college life to a more erudi
Les and his interior decorating tastes:
A couple of weeks ago when Gunther and Mrs. B were sorting stuff to keep, I wondered about how inappropriate this stuff was for two college guys. I can see lots of potential for learnng to work together with a thrift store or flea market dealer to trade the granny stuff for man-ie stuff. Just like newly weds. This venue has lots of opportunity for humor and growth. Personality change takes time. I hope readers/commentators will be patient with them. I have a feeling Gunther is about t learn more about being a man.
Psycho babble stuff:
The transactional analysis theory shows Les as in the “I’m OK, You’re Not OK” mode created when he was about two years old by lack off positive attention and encouragement from an inept mother. Social psychologists tell us the first two years are when we learn to trust people versus an attitude of not being able to trust, not having basic needs met. Gunther, on the other hand, is reeking with “I’m not OK; You’re OK” style. He needs a huge booster shot of confidence. I’m guessing his dad left the scene when G was about 3 to 5 years. His issue is developing confidence rather than experiencing shame and doubt. Enuff!!!
sorry about the typos above. my keyboard batteries just died. :Erudi" should be “erudite”
Good furniture if you are into gerontophilia.
Real Man-ie furniture is MADE with either PVC pipes or 2×4′s. Some concrete blocks are mandatory.
Yeah, this is going to work out real well. Gunther shouldn’t be surprised if he goes to classes in the next few days and returns home to find all of his mother’s stuff gone and Les counting the cash before heading to the cheap furniture store.
It sure is ugly.
Am I the only guy who would love to have that “granny” stuff, assuming it’s in good shape? It’s gorgeous and interesting, will give the whole place character, and it’s built. Real furniture, not that pressed-wood garbage they’ll probably buy instead.
The new, dark color scheme reflects the mood of the current arc. The post high school era, should be an era of textbooks and hormones, and often a reckless need for adventure, not the gloom of these two losers.
First “ding dong,” now “man-ie”? What gives???
Zebra stripes here we come !!!!
Here is where gunther gets his first lesson in letting go. This is also where Les gets his first lesson of what it means to be part of a family.
Cue the “The Odd Couple” music…
so how much do you think Gunther can get for Les?
This can go one of two ways. 1) Evil Les vs. Wimpy Gunther. 2) Crusty but Benign Les vs Helpful but Grating Gunther. Neither sound appealing right now.
Why not a knock-down drag-out fight over the favors of Tiffany, with Tiff being hopelessly torn between the two? Yeah! That’s the ticket!
Wake me when this is over.
Man-ly, Les, or man-ish.
Les wears shoe lifts on his shoes? (1st panel)
Well we might have figured out the vehicle they were driving in the panels yesterday, the moving rental van. As to the furniture, Les has a right to express an opinion. I know from personal experience that it makes more sense to keep good condition old furniture when one is first getting established, or in this case, if you sell it, make sure you get a good price for it; this ugly granny couch might buy a room full of furniture depending on its provenance. It could be he is being practical and Gunther is being sentimental, both of which are not surprising, but, as I keep trying to say, let not jump to conclusions yet.
Why do they need a moving van? Aren’t the just moving from the front to the backy?
@TYGE: Ya know what would really be interesting? If the two dumped the furniture off at the nearest second hand store, and Tiffany (who decided to leave school and her father’s insistence that she attend behind), starting a modeling job, finds the furniture to furnish her new apartment. She’s posing with the furniture for a series of ads in some flea market ad circular when (1) an appraiser who came with the photog tells her the stuff is worth a fortune; (2) the ‘property brothers’ Les and Gunny show up to both invite her to their housewarming; (3) when Les and Gunny hear what the appraiser has to say, they start fighting over who should get the money; and (4) Tiffany tells them both to take a flying leap, and she runs off with the appraiser…
It bothers me how quick Les is to want to sell something that doesn’t belong to him. Shades of his mother.
Sentimental meets practical.
This story arc is just starting, but it’s already getting tedious. I wish next week would be devoted to Mr. Gray’s showing all his old Las Vegas haunts to the new Mrs. Gray, but in all likelihood it will be just more of this surly-guy-Les vs. surly-guy-Gunther shtick.
Don’t rental companies charge by the day for a moving van? They should have rented the truck before or after the wedding and moved in one day. Not load the truck, fly to Vegas for a wedding, then fly back and move the same day. They are wearing the same clothes they wore to Vegas, so it must be the same day.
For once I agree with Les. But the boys are sadly mistaken if they think that stuff is worth anything. After downsizing, I know: almost no one wants antiques or vintage items anymore.
They can start a new hobby together of upholstery.
antiques roadshow (a good show) has man-ie furniture from the USA made of animal horns and antlers. not my style though.
All right, I’ll say it: Gunther needs to join the military. And he needs to NOT be in the mess, or clerking, or any such thing. Something that needs muscles. Maybe not infantry, but something definitely military.
Les is becoming TJ jr
@50srefugee: I’ve had a lot of guys in my family who served, and women in medical corps positions. Since I was born with disabilities, I wasn’t a good candidate. I admire those who can and do, just like I admire first responders. It takes a certain type of person to put country (or other people) ahead of concern for a person’s own safety. That said, I wish people would quit saying that serving would ‘cure’ whatever ails a guy (or woman) who seems unable to get their lives in order. The military does provide discipline and a way of looking at the world (as well as physical strength for those who carry out the kind of duties that require it.) But if you aren’t mentally tough, the military can’t ‘fix’ you.
You what would be fun? At least for Me anyway.
That before Al and Irma fly back to Pitts, they take a side trip to Paris and just to stop by Souffle Lingerie. (Irma wanted to indulge her kinky-side)And Who do they happen to run into? Tom Farrell and Ann Eiffel. After an uncomfortable silence Al says:
Al – “Uh Irma, I’d like to introduce you to my sister Ann Eiffel. Ann, this is my wife Irma. We just got married in Vegas, and are here in Paris to do a little shopping.”
Ann – “(Grrrrr!) Tom? Al. Al? Tom, Tom and I just got married too. Goodbye!”
Irma – “Please to meet you Tom! And Congratulations, Ann! You two make a lovely Couple!”
Ann – "Thanks. YOU make a “Couple,” too. Isn’t nice that Souffle is now offering plus sizes Irma? Well Gotta Run, don’t we Tom?"
Tom – “Nonsense, we have a minutes! Pleased to meet you BOTH!”
Al – “You’ll be happy to know that Les in good hands and is coming along nicely. I’ve volunteered my new step-son Gunther, to serve as role model for him.”
Tom – “Les? WHO is Les???”
Ann – “Tom, Honey we REALLY must be goi……,”
Al – “Why Les is Ann’s son! You mean she hasn’t told you about him yet?”
Ann – “Tom, I can expla……,”
Irma – “Les is such a nice young man, Tom! Why he was a perfect gentleman when he came over for dinner last Summer! He and Gunther’s little friend Tiffany really hit it off! They make such a Cute couple!”
Tom – "Tiffany? As in Tiffany Farrell? That’s MY daughter!!!
Irma – “Tiffany is so sweet! She’s going to make Les very happy. I wish My Gunthie could first find someone like her then HANG ON to Her!”
Al – “Irma, we must be going too. We’ve got get back to Pitts so I make sure Les sees his parole officer. And I really must get around to finally having that civil conversation with Gunther that I keep putting off.”
Tom – “Wait! Les has a parole officer? MY daughter is in love with an ex-con, who is your son that you haven’t told me about?? ANN?!!!?”
Ann – “Oh put a sock in it, Tom!”
Gotta say it: Les is right. Those antiques have only sentimental value and if looked at without bias are ugly. Give them to the Salvation Army and buy “man-ie” stuff!
I wonder if they’ll buy any Lava Lamps ?
I tried to give my Mother’s furniture to the Goodwill. I wound up paying for the Goodwill to haul it to the dump.
Final impression: The furniture is more interesting than the drably dressed boys.
I do not see these two working out as roommates. Why can’t Gunther stay in the dorm? That’s where he was living right?
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