I’d never heard of Ōmisoka until few days ago when I updated the site’s subject line. And today…
So I need to add a Baader-Meinhof tag.
And absolutely true story: I’d never heard of the Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon until last month, and then two days later…
Okay, so Janis won and her decorations are going to be used this year — because for all I know it’s normal for couples who’d been married to one another for all their adult lives to each have their own decorations — but then is what we’re looking at in the final panel (and Arlo is equally happy with) actually the tree with Janis’s decorations?
This CIDU-DU-DU is over on the Arlo-lo-lo Page.
We did this a few years ago — probably longer ago than I think — so I thought it was time to have another go:
To take part, send me an e-mail at (not in the Comments section below, please) with Secret Santa in the subject line. I’ll send you the names of three comic strip characters; you choose one of them (or more than one if you feel inspired), then pick the perfect gift for him/her/it.
It’s not mandatory, but if you let me know which one(s) you choose, I can put the others back into play; but please don’t send me your responses: December 16, I’ll put up a post asking for them.
(I’ve already been given my own assignment)
If you’re not familiar with any of the names I give you, you may exchange them for a new set.
Edited to add: In case anybody’s wondering –which is, granted, unlikely — I’m working with a long list of character names, and a Randomizer gives me three names for each person.
And a reminder: if you can, please return whichever names you’re not using — or else eventually I’ll be assigning somebody “That Girl in Pardon My Planet Who Wears the Tiara.”
(Though actually… that really isn’t a terrible idea)
Oh, and all you thousands of new visitors from American Samoa are welcome to participate!
Really, after a day of comics about mental illness and child abuse (and Arlo’s dirty underwear)…
Submitted by Andréa
This has already been sent to me as a CIDU twice today.
My aunt and uncle were married for over 60 years. My aunt is really, really smart, but… a bit on the gullible side. He would always be saying things… well, like this… and she’d always fall for it.
Toward the end of his life, when I saw him doing it again, I said “Uncle Doug, doesn’t this ever get old?” and he said “Nope. Never.”