Pickles by Brian Crane for January 28, 2021

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    macky87  over 2 years ago

    Speaking for myself, it’s not so much the one defect that gets to you, it’s the accumulation of them that wears on you.

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    sirbadger  over 2 years ago

    A dent could reduce the value of the car by $5,000. I don’t know for sure.

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    Mikey Jay  over 2 years ago

    I live in a town that was transformed into a retirement community after the uranium mines shut down. I know for a fact that some young folks observing Earl would call him an old fart. So with that in mind be good Earl, chill and stop being such an old crank! You are making the rest of us look bad! :-)

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    Templo S.U.D.  over 2 years ago

    got any other ways, Opal, to cheer Earl up from this little mishap you had caused?

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    Cminuscomics&stories Premium Member over 2 years ago

    I remember when my next door neighbor Mr. Brown had a 1950 Studebaker Champion. Then, the South Bend factory closed down about 1962 and he lost his job there. The old bullet nose was terrific. Apparently, I am older than grandpa and his cartoon vehicle. But, my 1947 Plymouth Special Deluxe is older than grandpa, his Studebaker, and myself. I remember crunching the Plymouth against the garage door and being depressed until I had the body shop repair it. I hope he has enough money in a shoe box to have the old car repaired.

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    some idiot from R'lyeh Premium Member over 2 years ago

    Come on, Earl is barely run in properly!

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    Breadboard  over 2 years ago

    Opal you talked yourself into that not Earl ;-)

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    The Old Wolf  over 2 years ago

    A little contrition and a little compassion would go a long way, Opal, instead of trying to shift the blame for your mistake onto Earl.

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    iggyman  over 2 years ago

    Go to the Paintless dent removal shop, after which you would never know the dent was there!

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    GROG Premium Member over 2 years ago

    But you don’t ever make sense.

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    Ubintold  over 2 years ago

    They don’t make Studebakers anymore, so I can understand his grief.

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    ecc129 Premium Member over 2 years ago

    That’s not the bumper, that’s a fender.

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    jagedlo  over 2 years ago

    Do you think you would allow Earl the same type of latitude if it was one of your items being damaged, Opal?

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    Zebrastripes  over 2 years ago

    Opal never stops insulting him when it was SHE who caused the dent!

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    mgl179  over 2 years ago

    A couple of points there Opal.

    You’re about the same age as both Earl and the Studebaker

    Would you ram a shopping cart in to Earl, even if accidentally, then just blow it off like it wa nothing.

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    jwfperplexed  over 2 years ago

    she expects him to be all right with a dent, but he is not allowed to sleep on her new bed covers, not fair.

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    Darryl Heine  over 2 years ago

    Sell it on Antiques Roadshow!

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    e.groves  over 2 years ago

    Not long ago, Opal wouldn’t let him lie on her new comforter.

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    1953Baby  over 2 years ago

    Maybe a few loving taps with a hammer might work on earl, Opal. . .

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    Roy Lamberton  over 2 years ago

    I wish we still had my parent TWO Studebakers from the 1950’s. One was a Champion 2 door.

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    sheilag  over 2 years ago

    Assuming here, but remember: it can be restored many, many times, but it’s only original once… :-)

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    Inahastation(eye nuh ha station)  over 2 years ago

    Earl didn’t take care of that Stude all those years to have someone ram a shopping cart into it! I truly understand how he feels. Come on Opal-apologize and y’all can move on!

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    ANIMAL  over 2 years ago

    Who is she TALKING to in that last panel.??

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    DawnQuinn1  over 2 years ago

    If Opal wants to see what age does to you, she should just look into a mirror. Sleeping Beauty, she is not. Time is a cruel Mistress.

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    phboles  over 2 years ago

    my wife doesn’t even notice when the car gets a dent of ding. When I notice and ask about it she has no idea where or when it happened. Sigh

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    Homerville Premium Member over 2 years ago

    No. Opal.

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    66mustang  over 2 years ago

    Drive the car, enjoy it. Do what it was made for.

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    kab2rb  over 2 years ago

    Earl wants to keep car looking as new as he can, even though it is old.

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    mauser7  over 2 years ago

    It’s a guy thing. Now lets talk about your….hats, shoes, cookware,grandchild pictures..etc.

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    kathleenhicks62  over 2 years ago

    Most of the time they don’t understand things that make sense (men),

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    Gameguy49 Premium Member over 2 years ago

    It takes a lot to dent the heavy steel of an old Studebaker. I think Earl should be grilling Opal on the cause, doesn’t look like a shopping cart incident to me!

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    KEA  over 2 years ago

    It’s a precious object and only getting more precious with increasing age and rarity. (some things do that)

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    indysteve9  over 2 years ago

    Yeah, but unlike you Opal, the Studebaker is a classic.

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    Calvin  over 2 years ago

    Last comment from me, the “bullet” Nose was meant to hold a third headlight that would turn left or right as the car made a left or right turn to light up the road. Only two cars were designed with this feature, the Stude and the Tucker. None were produced with this as I recall.

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    MuddyUSA  Premium Member over 2 years ago

    A woman’s reason is not to wonder why? Yes, baloney!

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    StevePappas  over 2 years ago

    Earl not only looks like he came off the showroom floor, but he has that new car smell.

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    VICTOR PROULX  over 2 years ago

    Always a house behind a rise in comic land

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    Cozmik Cowboy  over 2 years ago

    The other day when I was recounting Studebakers I’d known and loved, I forgot that the son of the guy with the ’22 – who would be the aforementioned childhood best friend – drove a ’36 Studie coupe in HS; we could take it to the drive-in, park facing away from the screen, open the trunk, and 4 of us could lay full length to watch.

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    LeeBrenneison  over 2 years ago

    Time for a re-paint Earl.

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    Sgt. Snorkle Premium Member over 2 years ago

    Dents in my Studebakers upset me!!!!!!!!

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    ChessPirate  over 2 years ago

    And there it is. Her putting a dent in the car is his fault (sort of)… ☺

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    sarahbowl1  over 2 years ago

    It a definitive classic!

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    Dr_Fogg  over 2 years ago

    I found a picture of my grandfather’s Studebaker last night. It was a newer model.

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    JimandNancy Watson  over 2 years ago

    Call dent masters

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    RonAllbritain  over 2 years ago

    Would love to hear the story of how these two met.

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    sbwertz  over 2 years ago

    We had a ’51 and a 53…..then my legs grew too long for the tiny back seat.

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    mistercatworks  over 2 years ago

    Those older cars can have dents removed not like modern crack-the-plastic-throw-it-away cars.

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    Linguist  over 2 years ago

    A little dimple or ding in an old car can usually be gently banged out by a competent body shop for very little. However, as I found out to my dismay, buffing out a scratch and rematching the paint can be a very costly adventure with an antique car.

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    donwestonmysteries  over 2 years ago

    That car is probably worth more now than when it was new. I paid $2000 for my new 1970 Plymouth Duster. I doubt he paid more than $1000 for the Studebaker and now its an antique classic.

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    buflogal!  over 2 years ago

    In all their years together he obviously has not explained to her the importance of taking care of the car. I would never lean on the fender like that. Even now when my husband isn’t around to be bothered by that.

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    Michael McKown Premium Member over 2 years ago

    He should upgrade. Maybe a 1962 Chevy II (Nova). Or a 2021 Tesla Model S Plaid.

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    wlbr549  over 2 years ago

    I could say that both, Earl’s Studebaker and Opal, look like they have been driven hard, but I won’t!

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    hariseldon59  over 2 years ago

    “A bear in his natural habitat – a Studebaker;”

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    Uncle Kenny  over 2 years ago

    It’s nice to see an arc where Opal screws up (big time!) and Earl gets to humiliate her for a change.

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    jaythor70  over 2 years ago

    You don’t make sense, Opal. You are wrong. And downplaying his anger is compounding your wrong. The car is a classic, and unlike you, is in excellent condition and worth something to other people besides Earl….

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