1. I think the strip works fine the way it’s written, and I don’t understand what Bill is objecting to in the headline. Some people use landmarks for directions, others prefer street names, but both systems work,(*)
    P.S. Back when I lived in southern California, I was never able to get used to the way that people referred to the freeways with (easily confusable, and sometimes contradictory) names, instead of their unique, definitive interstate numbers. Newspaper ads would show a little network of lines, but without the numeric labels, the relevant intersection could have been on the moon, for all I knew.

  2. Kilby, since they’re making a point of how very long it’s been, 24 years is more meaningful than 14 years.

    And 14 isn’t really relevant to the discussion.

  3. Loath as I am to defend Luann, there’s some relevance. If she’d said she worked for some going concern (Walmart, say) there’s a link to the present – even if she hadn’t worked there for twenty years or whatever, the store is still there and the duties are well understood.

    Frank is saying that not only has her employed status gone, even her employer has been gone for a decade and a half. Her employment history is chaff in the wind. She may as well have worked for the British East India Company for all the relevance it has to the 2020 employment market.

    That’s my read, anyway.

  4. I’m with Urban Variable on the likely explanation. A bonus for any husband is not doing math that is closer to the age of said wife!

  5. The comment by Powers sort of explains mine: I do not follow Luann, and figured that 14 was a reference to Brad’s age. He’s probably a good bit older than that, since I think even Luann is older than 14.

  6. The last panel is the problem. Why would he have said “You’ll do fine” on the closure of a carwash she’d quit 10 years earlier?
    Although Luann, in her 5th or so year of community college, still acts 14.
    Also the problem of why someone who owns an understaffed restaurant is looking for a job.

  7. “Although Luann, in her 5th or so year of community college, still acts 14.”

    Possibly younger, based on the interminable “Are Gunther and Bets doing it?” story line (at the conclusion of which the strip and I parted ways).

  8. I actually thought that he finding the business closing down 14 years ago to be more noticeable and indicative of “it’s been a while” than the birth of his adult son *was* the joke.

    I’ve had conversations like that.

  9. @Downpuppy I don’t think he did say it an actual 14 years ago. I think he only said it once, in the first panel, which was before the *thought* or reality, of “14 years ago” was introduced.

    A complete sentence might have been more like: ‘Yeah, but that was before the recognition of “14 years ago” ‘. His wording reflects what’s happening in his mind. His reminiscing about her previous work had popped his context back to the time of that memory, almost like day dreaming.
    I think the writer’s quotes and phrasing, ‘Yeah, but that was “14 years” ago.’ , is awkward if not completely incorrect. It’s like the writer hoped it would work and quickly hit [Send] to avoid the issue of a competing wording coming up, such as: …before “14 years ago”.

  10. Brad is surely more than 14 years old ! He’s never been exactly a child prodigy, but he has aged into a pretty decent guy.

  11. Brad’s also effectively a father.

    He’s done a far better job of growing up tgan his sister has.

  12. Her working there 24 years ago, and the place closing ten years later, are not mutually exclusive. This is ‘not getting it because we never read it’.

  13. He means that work has changed a lot in that time, but hopefully she will adjust to how work goes now.

    I know when my mom went back to work in the 1970s it was a different world than when she quit her job in 1953 – and that was just about 20 years. Accounting had changed a great deal – and she had to deal with computers being used among other things.

    So work in general changed since the wife last worked.

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