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QUITE THE KICK
Donna C. | Lucerne, CA | February 18, 2012

Well, I'm getting quite the kick out of the texted marriage proposal. My youngest son is still active duty and his sweetie proposed to him during his last deployment by mailing him a ring pop with the query. He accepted, though apparently a ring pop is not part of the UOD. Like Alex, his fiance is also a very intelligent overachiever, and I couldn't be happier that today's young women know what they want and go for it.

STANDING UP
Terry D. McGee | Sydney, AUSTALIA | February 18, 2012

Re "MARRIAGE": It's good to see someone standing up for Alex. GBT shouldn't just play with her as if she's his toything. There are other people whose identities depend on Alex's survival. Occupy Alex! if that's not rude.

SURPRISED
Macfie | Prince Rupert, CANADA | February 18, 2012

Doonesbury has been my daily stress relief for 10 years. While I enjoy reading the Blowback from fellow fans, I was surpised to see the comments regarding wolf attack risk and lightning strike risk. Being a person who works teaching wilderness skills, I am a bit annoyed at the urban myths about these subjects. To be straight about it, the only people at risk are those exposed to wolves or lightning. The majority of people, being urban dwellers away from lightning and wolves, are not exposed to those risks, and including them in the calculation is meaningless...

STUCK
Lars Tornfeldt | Gothenburg, SWEDEN | February 18, 2012

A man was found in Sweden yesterday after being stuck in his snowed-in car for two months. So there's no hurry to resolve the storyline with Alex.

AN AWFUL FEELING
Kerryn | Adelaide, AUSTRALIA | February 18, 2012

Given Joanie's age and the way that snow's piling up, I've got an awful feeling that it might not be Alex who's in for a rough time.

ENOUGH
Bean | Milwaukee, WI | February 17, 2012

Leo has enough on his plate already, and having to tow around Alex's upper-middle-class emotional baggage on top of his own battle is just too much. Maybe I have a different point of view, being a disabled combat veteran myself, but I can hardly stand to be around stable individuals on my own bad flashback days. Leo not only has Alex taking him into densely crowded protests, she's even instigating sketchy situations with gun wielding Starbucks customers. Leo is trying to get his own life on track despite PTSD moments and a less than stellar background, so the last thing he needs is Alex spinning off into La-La land and dragging him along with her. With all due respect to those folks who identify with Alex, I just don't see the charm anymore. Leo has both stolen my heart, and served as inspiration to improve my own life despite injury and obstacle. I'd hate to see him wasted...

WATERSHED MOMENTS
Ian | Tallahassee, FL | February 17, 2012

It's curious how Alex's watershed moments come when she's behind the wheel. Remember when she was driving through the Occupy demo and wanted to join, but Leo was having a bad flashback? She stuck with him -- good girl! He'd better remember too.

POOR ALEX
Diane | Barre, VT | February 17, 2012

My heart sank when Skye was introduced. Poor Alex. How these little strips tug at your heartstrings!

OF ALL WEEKS
Sperry | London, UK | February 17, 2012

I can't believe I'm going to be out of touch for a week, starting tomorrow. Why propose now of all weeks? Couldn't Alex wait till the end of the month as tradition demands? And did I just answer my own question?

WAY TOO MUCH
Marcia | Boulder, CO | February 17, 2012

Whew! I identify way too much with Alex -- the clever but emotionally flaky girl geek that I was a generation ago (and still am at heart). This morning I as I began my start-up ritual of reading Doonesbury online, I got that sick sinking anticipating-rejection feeling that I haven't experienced in real life since back in that day. What a relief to see that the redhead will bow out gracefully. At least, I hope that's what it means. Shiver...

CAN'T DUMP ALEX
Wallace Rouse | Oshkosh, WI | February 17, 2012

No! Leo can't dump Alex unless Sorkh Razil comes to the rescue and it's love at first sight.

NEW
Bill | Charlottesville, VA | February 16, 2012

I have a feeling an eye patch isn't the only thing that's going to be new in Leo's life in the next few strips --  leaving Alex stuck all alone in the snowy wilderness.

CONFLUENCE
John Ghalt | Hershey, PA | February 16, 2012

I love the confluence of the new and the timeless: proposal-via-text-message crossed with the prehistoric drama between the better and lesser halves of humanity. And a cliffhanger no less: Toggle gets a snazzy new eye patch with a snazzy new marriage proposal -- all before lunch!

ALEX WITH HER FANTASIES
Linda | Baltimore, MD | February 16, 2012

In my 20s and 30s, I was like Alex with her fantasies. (She thinks of so many reasons why Leo hasn't proposed, except the one that's based in reality -- he's not sure he wants to be with her for the rest of her life!) I think I understand why so many of my "intendeds" headed for the hills. Ouch. I sympathize with Alex, having been so deluded myself, but I'm liking Leo and Skye. Whether they're meant to be an item or not, I can see her as a breath of fresh air for him.

SKYE
Pat Goudey O'Brien | Warren, VT | February 16, 2012

Other than not being an overbearing harridan, the voice-over lady Skye bears a striking resemblance to Toggle's Mom. Oh, my. And I'm such a fan of the Alex-Toggle connection, too. Sigh.

MARRIAGE
Tom | San Francisco, CA | February 16, 2012

Speaking of marriage, Alex is 24 years old, and in grad school. Most of the girls I grew up with started stressing about marriage at age 16 and continued stressing on into their 30s. Especially with Prop 8 creating a Circuit Court split on a constitutional question the Supreme Court is bound to review, and more and more states okaying same-sex and transgender marriages, the right (and the expectation) of marriage and the awareness of its social benefits and responsibilities are on most young minds.

And GBT, if you hurt Alex again, as badly as it looks like you are fixing to do, you will hurt a lot of young readers along with her. From Jeff to Alex to young J.J. to Sam, you've depicted a whole cast of children and youths emotionally abandoned by their preoccupied parents, forced to assume adult responsibilities and raise themselves. Even "lazy" Jeff -- his parents didn't even notice when he became class president, so he left for college before graduating high school. No wonder Alex is seeking the stability of an adult family

NEW
Jan | Sacramento, CA | February 16, 2012

I think Toggle got a New eye patch because of the New girl. On the Flashbacks page we were just treated to a Flashback of Alex already planning her life with Leo a long time ago. So sad.

NEW PATCH
Judy | Madison, WI | February 16, 2012

Bless you, Garry Trudeau! How ever did you learn one of the secrets of us eye-patch wearers? That we feel great, invincible, on top of the world whenever we're wearing a snazzy new (and comfortable) eye-patch! It's a small miracle and comfort that few non-gimps can appreciate. It would not surprise me if Leo's self-confidence and indeed his very life is transformed in the course of wearing his new patch.

VIA TEXT
John | Memphis, TN | February 15, 2012

in the midst of the snowstorm stranded conversation in re marriage, Gram's concern about the proposal via text is met by the generational response, "It is the way of my people."  Excellent. How tribal! Another well-hammered nail.

HAPPY
Paul Hawkins | Wooster, OH | February 14, 2012

Although Doonesbury weddings have proven whirlygigs of emotional and comical epicness, (Joan and Bick being a personal favorite) Alex's self-indulgence is tedious to the point I may stuff a wolf in the car, thus increasing the odds of everybody being happy.