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Rachel Blackman (rainpacket) says:

Dogs are very efficient in terms of what they'll consider 'viable edible intake.'

Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: Tricksy gravity!
Ysabet Just Ysabet (theysabet) says:

Is that Cafe du Monde they're at (the old one on Decatur, not the newer one inside that riverside mall thing)? Could be the railing of St. Mark's Square behind them...

Daniel Barkalow (iabervon) says:

The Cafe du Monde (on Decatur) isn't right next to a railing with a matching railing some distance away, and the chairs and tables don't match current photos. But it feels like that ought to be right, although I think we're looking toward the park with the visitor center, not across the street at the square. And I think they used to have tables that were more that style, and maybe even a more decoartive railing.

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Waterfalls", TLC)

I'm feeling cruddy, with my head on the table,
Can't believe how much I've eaten tonight ...
I need some exercise, but I am unable
'Cause the gravity ain't workin' quite right ...

You sit there waving at your new lady friends ...
OK, I've heard enough advice out of you!
Tellin' me to barf it and then eat and then barf it again,
Just like a normal dog would nat'rally do ...

Listen, human,
I'd go chasing mailmen
If I were reverting to my old canine ways!
I know I've got nat-u-ral impulses I indulge now and then,
But they carry tasers these days ...

Andrew Kunz (ampersand888) says:

I went to a place over the weekend where the food was so bad, the dog wouldn't eat out of the doggie bag. That was really bad.

Ruben Krasnopolsky (ruben) says:

Would a dog eat what Nick eats these days?

Brian Petery (ugwump) says:

I'm still wondering what The Captain did to Sweetheart's bio-chem that lets her eat people food and not suffer permanent damage, but still complain about indigestion.

The man was a genius!  The AKC should be ashamed.

David Harmon (mental_mouse) says: Oh, dogs can eat most people food -- as I understand it, the usual problems are onions/garlic (Heinz anemia) and chocolate (lover toxicity).
Ysabet Just Ysabet (theysabet) says:

iabervon: Think you're right, I don't think CdM has a spiky railing, everybody'd skewer themselves. I know it's got SOME sort of railing, though, or so my poor brain vaguely remembers. It's been a while.

John Ames (commodorejohn) says: Is there any way for Sweetheart to not be adorable?
Brian Petery (ugwump) says:

>> Is there any way for Sweetheart tonot be adorable?

I think it's an artistic decision.  After all, we've never actually seen her eating her own barf. ... or rolling in a pile of Unity's castoff body parts.

Although there is no guarantee she wouldn't be adorable doing that.

vicka corey (drbrain) says:

the ladies are *leaving*?  tip's mojo must still be at low tide....

Mike Kozar (mikekozar) says:

I must insist that the New Orleans landmarks being referenced in this comic be rendered accurately!  Simply slapping together some iced drinks and classy ironwork and claiming it's the Big Easy is well beneath what we have come to expect, nay, DEMAND of Project Skin Horse!


To that end, I encourage everyone to donate heavily this week.  Our artists need a research trip to the French Quarter, stat.  It is for Art/Science!

Andrew Kunz (ampersand888) says:

After this, Sweetheart marked Tip.

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: . . .
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "I Feel Pretty", Bernstein & Sondheim)

I am pretty!  Really pretty!
Sing this ditty 'bout pretty with me!
In this city,
I can show off what I truly be!

I am styling!  Yes, I'm styling!
Can't stop smiling, 'cause styling is great!
I'm beguiling,
Blond and beautiful, a fashion plate!

In the Crecent City, it's finer there!
You can be yourself, yes you can!
Got designer clothes, got designer shoes, got designer hair,
I'm a pretty man!
(He's a pretty man!  He's a pretty man!  He's a pretty man!)

I feel girly!  Sweet and girly!
Don't be surly, be girly like me!
I just scored
An enti-re so-ro-ri-ty!

Glenn Gorsuch (glenn) says:

ED!  Now I'm never going to be able to listen to that song again without picturing Tip dancing about!  is there no end to your perfidy?  (I sure hope not)

And I just love Sweetheart's "one ear up, one down" disgruntled look.  I wonder if she can teach MY dogs to STOP rolling in the dirt?

woozy (woozy) says:

>> the ladies are *leaving*?  tip's mojo must still be at low tide....

That would be assuming Tip would be wanting them to stay.

John Sears (john_sears) says:

That 'real dog' comment is kind of harsh.  I wasn't going to say anything but I keep thinking about it.

Maybe someone (not it) needs to start a Transgenic/Chimera/Homunculus Rights Campaign

Norman Thallheimer (normanrt) says:

Only one innocent young girl?  I was sure there were at least parts of several...

Dieter M. (tangerine) says:

Are you suggesting that UNITY is greater than the sum of her parts?

Roose Hurro (roosehurro) says:

... aaand, as we all know:  "Parts is parts!"

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Drive My Car", The Beatles)

I said to Sweetheart, "You're such an old grump!
On Unity, all your anger you dump!
Imagine if someone did that to you."
Although she once ate my Su-ba-ru ...

Unity once ate my car!
Smelled like berries in a jar!
Unity once ate my car,
And then pooped a moped ...

(Vrroom-vrroom-a-vrroom-vrroom, ow!)

Brian Petery (ugwump) says:

... wondering what Tip showed to get those beads ...

Rachel Blackman (rainpacket) says:

Tip has just acknowledged one of my major issues with any sort of giant-monster story.  I mean, honestly, when we put air fresheners in that make our vehicles smell edible, WHY should we be surprised when abominations against nature, god and man then are tempted to eat said vehicles?

John Sears (john_sears) says:

So Godzilla smashes Tokyo because it smells too good?

Ysabet Just Ysabet (theysabet) says:

It's all those wonderful Japanese bakeries. If you don't believe me, try one sometime. **sniffs appreciatively**

Kirt Dankmyer (xiombarg) says:

I think if you're an abomination against nature, the machine oil and metal smells edible even WITHOUT the air fresheners. The air fresheners are like the stawberry on top of the petrochemical slurry-sundae.

woozy (woozy) says:

Tip, dating is weird for *everyone* except you.

Sam Ashley (evilmidnightlurker) says:

...They're roomies?!  Sweet Zombie Jesus I want to see that sitcom.

Dave Van Domelen (dvandom) says: The Exceedingly Odd Couple.
Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

@Sam:  Yes, they're roomies.  Check back at the start of the "Dead Dogs" story arc:

In fact, you should probably re-read those strips before you read today's filk ...

(TUNE: "Sunny Came Home", Shawn Colvin)

Unity came to my place to stay,
Unity brought her own kibble ...
Saying my Salisbury steak she'll steal;
Unity wants just a nibble!

    She says, "Girlfriend, you don't understand
    The unlife that I've had!
    Now adult desire just fills her up like fire ...
    (And "Fire bad!")

Unity says that she needs a hand ...
Says that my cobbler she'll steal!
Silly old hand won't obey commands,
No, it won't sit, stay, or heel ...
   (repeat CHORUS)

Andrew Kunz (ampersand888) says:

@Sam: Did you just say "Sweet Zombie Jesus?" Isn't that an oxymoron?

Mary Potts (queenofcapes) says:

Hmm, "Wine in bottles"?  Do I detect an implied reference to the ever popular Boxed Wine? =D

Rachel Blackman (rainpacket) says:

@Andrew: No, an oxymoron is two words which seem to contradict each other, like the ever-popular example of 'military intelligence,' whereas 'Zombie Jesus' is merely redundant. ;)

John Sears (john_sears) says:

I think it's useful to remind people of the Zombie part.  Helps with the Pro-Zombie PR effort.

Sam Ashley (evilmidnightlurker) says:

Resuming "Sweet Zombie Jesus" discussion from yesterday: Sweet Gorilla from Manila, have none of you ever seen Futurama?!

E.T. the Eccentric Type (et_the_eccentric_type) says:

...Followed by jaw-to-brain.

Kay Gilbert (kaygilbert) says:

tune: How insensitive, Antonio Carlos Jobim

Graaaaah, a zombie's here
Or is this just a sign of a hangover?
Time to get to work
Let's sober up
'Cause our heart-to-heart is over

Unity's away
And we're alone
We could really use her savvy
With her zombie kind
Although this one
Isn't sentient and perky

Here's a Skin Horse job
Hey New Orleans, y'all better take cover
We let down our guard
Let's sober up
Or the zombies will take over

Dieter M. (tangerine) says:

Good news, everyone!

So It Begins (soitbegins) says: Anything that moves, huh? Wow.
David Harmon (mental_mouse) says:

The Zombie seems nonplussed by their lack of reaction....  

Also, Stomp the shoe spam!

Tom Powell (top1950) says:

God I hate spammers!  Do they really think I'm gonna buy their product when they're irritating the hell out of me?  How stupid can they be?

On the other hand, where in the world are Shaenon & Jeffrey going with this story?  I don't see how they'll ever bring it all together, let alone get poor Unity put back together from the beginning scenes!  I mean, what if the world ends tomorrow?  How will I ever find out what happens in the end?!?  I can't stand the suspense!!!   AHHHHHHH!

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Pure And Easy", The Who)

We once had a talk, drunk and dizzy,
How would our Unity act, dating a guy?
With killing or kissing?
'Cause free will she's missing,
She's just like that zombie right there, shuffling by ...

Unusual to meet ... zombies in the street,
The zombies that shamble, not run!
They're nothing like our buddy,
They're all stinky, gross, and bloody!
And it seems to me our drunken chat is done ...

Andrew Kunz (ampersand888) says:

There are so many ways this can go. Zombieland, Shaun of the Dead...

... honestly, I think it's scarier seeing people have a drunken heart-to-heart talk.  Never usually ends well. Not as bad as meeting a regular zombie, granted.

Rachel Blackman (rainpacket) says:

I hereby name this zombie 'Graaaah-nny.'

Dieter M. (tangerine) says:

At least they appear to be lurchers, not Dawn of the Dead Redo impossibly-fast sprinters.

Joyce Melton (halfelven) says:

Bureaucrats to the core, this is hilarious! 

lincoln douglas (chumpchange) says:

Thanks for delivering the first big laugh of the New Year, Shaenon and Jeff.

Mark SHANKS (drhistory) says:

Is this poor undead going to have to order out for brains?  Neither of this two bureaucrats seem to be in possesion of a functioning one...

Rachel Blackman (rainpacket) says:

Poor Grah-nny seems somewhat bewildered.  (Not that this is a terribly unusual situation for the elderly when being forced to deal with civil servants fixated on Red Tape and Procedure.)

Rachel Blackman (rainpacket) says:

...also, how did Tip and Sweetheart switch sides of the bench?

John Sears (john_sears) says:

Hooray, our dedicated civil servants remember their noble mission! Very nice work.

Dave Estep (cyaegha) says:

 This is frighteningly accurate.

Ed Gedeon (eddurd) says:

(TUNE: "Auld Lang Syne", Robert Burns)

In old New Orleans, now we feast
On gourmet food and wine!
But now, it seems, we've got at least
A million forms to sign!

   A million forms to sign, my dear!
   A million forms to sign!
   A lousy way to start the year,
   With all these forms to sign!

This contact we must now report,
Or we'll be charged a fine!
To offer gov-ern-ment support,
There's tons of forms to sign!

   There's tons of forms to sign, my friend,
   There's tons of forms to sign!
   But in the bar, I lost my pen!
   How will these forms be signed?

Johnn Reynolds (sleepyjohn) says:

And he has to fill out forms to report the loss of an official shadow government pen!

Andrew Kunz (ampersand888) says:

Bravo, Ed. Bravo.  Salud!

Tom Powell (top1950) says:

Rachel:  Good question.  I didn't even catch that! 

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