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  1. I guessed quite wrong about what the “That Talk” red herring was. Nowadays minority group parents in the U.S. have a thing about coaching their sons on how to safely deal with police. (Is Baldo set in the U.S. or Mexico or elsewhere?)

  2. Especially when driving, I think, so the car in the picture prompted this thought. Though I guess it’s also relevant to the even older topic of a “That Talk”.

  3. @Mitch4-

    Although i don’t think it has ever been specifically stated, I believe Baldo takes place in Texas as this is where the writer grew up and still lives..

  4. And, to answer someone’s question from another thread, that’s how Baldo bought the car (very cheaply). He intends to fix it up. And he’s shown no reticence in doing so before this strip.

  5. Actually Baldo’s dad bought it as a surprise. Originally it was supposed to be the two of them working on it together to restore it. Then Baldo wanted to pay for it himself, which makes no sense. I mean, it’s a cool vintage car but the cost of just the missing parts would be all the money he makes at his part-time job and then some. It’s not even clear if it has a working engine.

    I don’t know what the ordinances are where they live, but in my city a car in that condition couldn’t sit in the driveway long.

  6. A couple decades ago I took a German aquaintance on a sightseeing tour into the countryside towards Harper’s Ferry, WV (northwest of Washington). After witnessing a number of heaps in front of various houses (not to mention the usual number of broken down cars on various highways), I was asked, “Don’t they have any junkyards in America?” An understandable question, but I still thought it was hilarious. (Disabled vehicles are never seen on German autobahns, unless it just happened, and the tow-truck hasn’t arrived yet.)

  7. “That talk” to me means The Birds And The Bees.

    Admittedly I haven’t been following this strip, but the lowrider (the type of custom car he’s planning) theme of the arc made me think California was the setting.

    And, going by the artwork, Baldo can count his blessings his windshield appears to be intact. He just saved himself a few hundred bucks.

  8. I don’t think it’s been made clear where the strip is set. As noted, writer Hector Cantú is a Texan so that’s a decent bet. While it’s natural to think of lowriders and California, they’re popular in Mexican-American communities in many states.

  9. Hector Cantu was featured on the PBS Newshour last night (Thursday 7/11) of you want to search for the clip. It was a talk about the effect the comics still have.

  10. My son bought a car like that intending to restore it, and it’s been in our garage for 13 years now. Not only is he long gone, but the car has been in the house for more years than he was.

  11. Ha…what kind of car is it?

    I’m glad I’ve never been really tempted to buy an antique car. I’ve got plenty of model kit projects in various states of incompletion, so I can only figure a 1:1 size project would just sit for a long time. In my college years a couple of friends had old cars of their own, so it was fun hanging out with them working on their cars, which did run pretty well.

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