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February 21st, 2017, 1:59 am

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Oh Dear

He doesn't look good, and that pink eye Darkrai has doesn't look good. I hope they have some berries or something to help him.

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posted by MercenaryX on February 21st, 2017, 2:14 am


Jen, I'm not sure that stick is helping as much as you think it is...

posted by Pokemon Fun and Craziness on February 21st, 2017, 2:14 am


@Pokemon Fun and Craziness
I could be used to keep the boat there off shadow rocks or sand bars. Don't need to bump into something like that and make his injury worse then it already is.

posted by MercenaryX on February 21st, 2017, 2:15 am


Jen's expression in the last panel is just pure distilled essence of that moment when. It doesn't matter what comes after "when", that expression will probably work.

That moment when you wake up in the morning feeling strangely well rested, then look at a clock and realize that your shift started without you half an hour ago. (I don't know what my heart rate got up to when I realized that. I thought at the time it was somewhere between 360 and 480 BPM, though I now know that's physically impossible and was probably the result of herpaderped math... if my attempts to figure it out without the aid of a stopwatch later were correct, though, it was probably still somewhere over 200 BPM.)

That moment when you hear the child blurt out "there's pee pee in the slide!" as he leaves the restaurant with his parents.

That moment when you're about to punch out for the night and one of the supervisors tells you there's something for you to sign in the office.

That moment when you're on the register getting slam jammed on a summer Saturday afternoon, then you look out the window to the parking lot and see a tour bus disgorging an endless line of people in the direction of your restaurant.

That moment when you've pegged your speedometer and are backing off, then look in the rearview and see das blinkenlights.

That moment when your totally pro snowy road tankslapping goes wrong and you're about to end up in the ditch sideways.

That moment when your step on your brakes, only for the ABS to kick in at about 1/20th of the pedal's total travel because of ice, leaving you to fly straight through a red light at 40 MPH (As it turns out, I didn't actually).

That moment when the oncoming pickup truck starts to veer out of its lane towards you.

See what I mean?

posted by Shotgun Chuck (Guest) on February 21st, 2017, 4:07 am


What's wrong? It looks like you just saw a ghost.

posted by Someone Anonymous (Guest) on February 21st, 2017, 5:48 am


Pinkeye is not good.

Oh wait is that not what that is

posted by Nashew on February 21st, 2017, 7:23 am



posted by WiispNightmare on February 21st, 2017, 7:30 am


Meanwhile on the SS. Sinksalot.

posted by PJSam on February 21st, 2017, 9:02 am


I'm sorry Lopunny, but the crew of S.S. Sinksalot needs Mewtwo's help

posted by get in the bag nebby (Guest) on February 21st, 2017, 10:57 am


Ah, the universal "OH SHIT" face.

posted by Just That One Guy (Guest) on February 21st, 2017, 11:59 am

Ohhhhh fraaaack.

Sing him a lullaby?

@Shotgun Chuck: That is...rather an exhaustive list. Has *all* that happened to you? *offers sympathy*

posted by ReaderWriterNerd&Geek on February 21st, 2017, 2:57 pm


I wouldn't worry too much. It's like I said before, the condition he's in they could probably knock him out with a light tap on the chest.

posted by PJSam on February 21st, 2017, 5:17 pm


@PJSam: That is true, although it presents its own dilemma: Do we let XD002 take over and possibly kill us all, or do we knock Darkrai out now and risk injuring him further?

posted by ReaderWriterNerd&Geek on February 21st, 2017, 5:29 pm


I'm pretty sure if he went full on XD002 in his current condition he would kill himself from the strain/exhaustion.

posted by PJSam on February 21st, 2017, 6:05 pm


@PJSam: Now I'm *really* worried XD

posted by ReaderWriterNerd&Geek on February 21st, 2017, 7:19 pm


The moment you realize, you forgot today was tax day.

posted by DatGuy (Guest) on February 21st, 2017, 7:31 pm


@ReaderWriterNerd&Geek: To the best of my remembrance, yes. Except with the tour bus thing, I don't really remember if I actually had to go through it or got pulled off the register to do something else. I also can't remember if it was really that busy a day when it happened, though if it was I wouldn't have been able to tell the difference (and tourists are a major source of business in the summer anyway, even when they don't arrive a busload at a time).

The one before that is my fault for staying at that place as long as I have.

The one before that, yeah, that was pretty stupid, and the worst part is, it was only the first of what must be seven or eight times now that I've had to clean something disgusting out of the kiddie tubes, usually some form of bodily waste or fluid - without any HAZMAT training either, I might add.

The first one was my fault; I went to bed at like midnight when I knew I'd have to get up at 4AM to make it to work on time (this was at the job before the one I have now) and was in such a hurry to get to sleep that I forgot to set my alarm. Probably the only reason I got up in time to salvage any honor whatsoever was because it was springtime and starting to get bright out early.

The three after the tour bus one are my fault for driving like a maniac, either for fun or because I'm in a hurry.

The last one was actually scary. It's happened to me twice, once at night. Both times the pickup truck in question was a Ford F-series, and I've seen lots of other annoying/dangerous behavior from F-series drivers as well, more than from any other type of truck.

posted by Shotgun Chuck (Guest) on February 21st, 2017, 8:21 pm


@Shotgun Chuck: Good grief. O.o

Yeah, I imagine those kiddie tubes get pretty disgusting. *sighs* I like kids, I want kids someday, but I *never* want to work anywhere that has numerous small children going in and out on a daily basis.

Ohhh yes, the old I-Have-To-Get-Up-At-Too-Early-O'-Clock-Because-Of-Important-So-Why-Don't-I-Stay-Up-Forever -The-Night-Before routine. I've been there (though fortunately my mom doesn't let me sleep in).

I guess it was scary! Jiminy. And, having looked at a Ford F-series, I have concluded that either people buy one and then feel like they're invincible, or they buy one to make themselves feel invincible. Either way, it's infuriating.

posted by ReaderWriterNerd&Geek on February 22nd, 2017, 5:01 pm


@ReaderWriterNerd&Geek: Yeah, the one thing I still don't understand is how, with all the onerous nanny laws on the books, those kiddie tubes are still legal.

From an employee's perspective, I truly wish they weren't.

From anyone else's perspective, they breed sickness, they never get cleaned unless a customer's kid finds/puts something really disgusting up there (and usually only the affected area even then), and because of all the wonderful hidey areas in them, they can provide concealment for shady adults too (someone - fortunately not me - once found a used heroin needle up there, or at least in someone's playplace, so it's not too hard to believe that a pedo could hide in there too).

If you ever have kids... do yourself and everyone else a favor, and don't let them play in those playplaces and ball pits. Also, out of kindness to my brothers in the struggle, don't buy them ice cream and milkshakes during busy periods.

posted by Shotgun Chuck (Guest) on February 22nd, 2017, 7:55 pm


Just recently found this comic and read through the entire thing. I really like how you've blended multiple aspects of Pokémon canon together! Count me in as a reader!

posted by spudwalt (Guest) on February 23rd, 2017, 12:30 am


@Shotgun Chuck: Eeuurgh. *shudders* Yeah, I seem to recall feeling kind of gross every time I'd play in one of those places as a little kid. I think any future kids of mine will probably survive without them (and my family's pretty strict now about eating junk food, so I probably won't be buying milkshakes or ice cream, busy times or no).

posted by ReaderWriterNerd&Geek on February 23rd, 2017, 1:23 pm