0310: "Commitment"

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0310: "Commitment"

Postby antonfire » Fri Aug 31, 2007 4:05 am UTC

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Alt text: "Could be worse. The last guy in that situation fell for one of the transient trumpeting angels."


Yea, this scares me a bit, but I'll stick with the "no angel chorus" theory.
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Postby ysth » Fri Aug 31, 2007 4:09 am UTC

So, the trumpets are for Ms. Choices's arrival, but is she for him or her?

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Postby antonfire » Fri Aug 31, 2007 4:12 am UTC

One could take the (very) optimistic view that she is somehow the catalyst for the trumpets that are between the married couple.
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Postby cephalopod9 » Fri Aug 31, 2007 4:17 am UTC

ysth wrote:So, the trumpets are for Ms. Choices's arrival, but is she for him or her?


I would suspect the choir is for the taller bald one, since it is that character making the move and proposing, there for most likely the owner of the naration.

Their wedding is kind plain.

Dang, this stuff keeps me up at night. A great comic it is.[/quote]
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Postby vampyre459 » Fri Aug 31, 2007 4:28 am UTC

damn... don't you hate it when that happens?

i feel sorry for the girl he just married.
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damn...

Postby le_sacre » Fri Aug 31, 2007 4:29 am UTC

this comic is waaaaaay too timely.

p.s. in the comic, i'm the blonde, and the brunette never showed up with the chorus, but i got dumped anyway. and i'm terribly bitter about it but i still don't know whether there's a chorus of angels.

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Postby marshlight » Fri Aug 31, 2007 4:32 am UTC

I tried to get talking about when it is that you "know" in the old SB marriage thread. I have accepted that what I have is what I want (for now), but am not nearly over the "what if I'm missing a choir????" thing.

So basically a lot of my relationship doubt is summed up in this comic. Brilliant.
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Postby svk » Fri Aug 31, 2007 4:32 am UTC

I like this comic more for its zen quality than for the humor. Here I was waiting for the chorus...

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Postby joey2264 » Fri Aug 31, 2007 4:57 am UTC

Made me chuckle. I definitely love how XKCD can surprise me with the climax.

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Postby The_Toad » Fri Aug 31, 2007 5:01 am UTC

this one just reminded me I am lonly

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Postby humanoftheforest » Fri Aug 31, 2007 5:02 am UTC

Would this comic have been better had Hat-man been the minister?

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Postby TwilightWonder » Fri Aug 31, 2007 5:08 am UTC

Oh how I fear something like this might eventually happen to me.

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Postby deja » Fri Aug 31, 2007 5:12 am UTC

god thats funny. I like the bluntness of the ending.
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Postby Peshmerga » Fri Aug 31, 2007 5:12 am UTC

TwilightWonder wrote:Oh how I fear something like this might eventually happen to me.


It probably will.

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Postby OfficiallyHaphazard » Fri Aug 31, 2007 5:14 am UTC

Oh me yarm this one was great... I liked the last, one, but didnt really find it this funny....

but LOL... the girl on the string was the transient angel
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(excuse me for have stating the obvious)

I love the bitter irony
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Postby Ronfar » Fri Aug 31, 2007 5:17 am UTC

This makes a pretty good case for polygamy. ;)
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Postby Invisible Queen » Fri Aug 31, 2007 5:28 am UTC

"What you have is what you want" is a paradox, isn't it? In order to want things, you need to not have them. Not to get into the happiness is in the pursuit philosophy, but the definition of "want" is to desire that which you don't have, I think. I don't want a signed copy of Sandman: Brief Lives, I already have it.* Though I do want to not lose it. . .

"What you have today is what you want tomorrow" might be a better way to put it. Or maybe that's implied and I just wasted a post.


*Yes, I have a copy of Brief Lives signed by Neil Gaiman. I just wanted to point that out. :D
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Postby e946 » Fri Aug 31, 2007 5:28 am UTC

I detect a threesome in the near future.

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Postby narg » Fri Aug 31, 2007 5:32 am UTC

The implication of the alt text: He fell for the angel that was part of the chorus for meeting your soul mate. But they need to come for him to meet her, and he needed to meet for for them to come. Paradox!

Or perhaps I'm over-analyzing it...

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Postby __Kit » Fri Aug 31, 2007 5:36 am UTC

One of my favourite in recent times, thanks Randy!

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Postby Cabhan » Fri Aug 31, 2007 5:39 am UTC

This made me and two of my roommates giggle like schoolgirls.

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Postby sanslumiere » Fri Aug 31, 2007 5:50 am UTC

I felt compelled to come comment on this one, because it hit close to home - I had a boyfriend in college who was terrified of committing to anything or anyone, because he was afraid that something better (or in his words, "the right one") would come along.

(Just imagine how that felt...any time we went out somewhere, I knew he was keeping an eye out, just in case. That usually manifested in him hitting on waitresses and checkout counter girls.

For a non-romantic/sexual example: he was visiting me and my family for the holidays and while we were in a different city, he got a job offer for New Years' Eve - and instead of being happy to share the holidays with friends and loved ones - specifically me! -, he was disappointed and angry for missing the opportunity to make money. It wasn't even a well-paid job.

...why we kept dating is a topic for a whole 'nother post!)

In the end, all it meant was that he could never (and will never) be satisfied with what he's got, no matter how good it was (or is). I think that's a sad way to live.

Luckily, life and love is more like the first panel than the third and fourth. There's no chorus of angels...it's hard work, but ultimately so rewarding.

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Postby Akula » Fri Aug 31, 2007 5:58 am UTC

Invisible Queen wrote:"What you have is what you want" is a paradox, isn't it? In order to want things, you need to not have them. Not to get into the happiness is in the pursuit philosophy, but the definition of "want" is to desire that which you don't have, I think. I don't want a signed copy of Sandman: Brief Lives, I already have it.* Though I do want to not lose it. . .

"What you have today is what you want tomorrow" might be a better way to put it. Or maybe that's implied and I just wasted a post.


*Yes, I have a copy of Brief Lives signed by Neil Gaiman. I just wanted to point that out. :D


I think your brain needs an off switch. Or at least a potentiometer so you can turn it down :P

As to the comic... it's a love hate thing whenever XKCD makes me kind of depressed.
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Postby Elfenmaedchen » Fri Aug 31, 2007 6:25 am UTC

Peshmerga wrote:
TwilightWonder wrote:Oh how I fear something like this might eventually happen to me.

It probably will.
</bitter>


Well, get lost, guys. I'm getting married... tomorrow. :D

Anyways, there's no "the right one" thing. There was this survey which showed that every 7 years one meets a person with whom they could potentially cope with all life long. There's more to love than the first sight magic, really.

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Postby __Kit » Fri Aug 31, 2007 6:48 am UTC

3rd Panel: Holding hands.
4th Panel: Not.

I love that.

Also imagine how fucking helpful it would be if angels did appear, I would just go around saying 'Hi' to everyone I saw.

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Postby Notch » Fri Aug 31, 2007 7:13 am UTC

__Kit wrote:I would just go around saying 'Hi' to everyone I saw.


Do you really need angels for that?

(I know I do)

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Postby Piarew » Fri Aug 31, 2007 7:19 am UTC

I just thought I'd point out that there is a movie that has this as the central storyline. Only they haven't quite gotten married yet. The end choice is rather surprising, and overall its a pretty funny one. Its titled Its a Guy Thing. Check it out if you like (I'm sure you all have sources..)
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Postby caliman83 » Fri Aug 31, 2007 7:38 am UTC

That was worth staying up for. this is one of my favorites.
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Postby TheKhakinator » Fri Aug 31, 2007 7:55 am UTC

Cabhan wrote:This made me and two of my roommates giggle like schoolgirls.

Perhaps that's because the three of you are schoolgirls.

Or maybe this was a VERY FUNNY COMIC

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Postby Edna » Fri Aug 31, 2007 7:57 am UTC

I'm getting married tomorrow.

Is it wrong I find this a bit unnerving?

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Re: "Commitment" Discussion

Postby Domovoi » Fri Aug 31, 2007 8:04 am UTC

Excellent comic. Another tired old statement about what love is, twisted and discarded to provide an unhappy ending. Loved it!

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Re: "Commitment" Discussion

Postby robzy » Fri Aug 31, 2007 8:09 am UTC

Domovoi wrote:Excellent comic. Another tired old statement about what love is, twisted and discarded to provide an unhappy ending. Loved it!

As above, really good comic. The point may have been made before, but xkcd has nailed it anyways.

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Postby Elfenmaedchen » Fri Aug 31, 2007 9:14 am UTC

Edna wrote:I'm getting married tomorrow.
Is it wrong I find this a bit unnerving?


So am I :) And all you need is to remember there's no "the one and only", there's just you, your spouse and your relationship you need to take care of. Finding another "one and only" is never an excuse. Best wishes for you both :)

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Postby predatormc » Fri Aug 31, 2007 9:14 am UTC

Is it just me, or is the the arch/arbor a giant electromagnet?
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Postby Domovoi » Fri Aug 31, 2007 9:16 am UTC

predatormc wrote:Is it just me, or is the the arch/arbor a giant electromagnet?


I was thinking the exact same thing. Odd.

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Postby antonfire » Fri Aug 31, 2007 9:24 am UTC

I would find it hilarious if Elfenmaedchen and Edna turned out to be getting married to each other tomorrow.
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Postby Domovoi » Fri Aug 31, 2007 9:30 am UTC

antonfire wrote:I would find it hilarious if Elfenmaedchen and Edna turned out to be getting married to each other tomorrow.


I agree. What if neither realised the other also had an account here, and didn't know the other's nickname?

"Hey honey. Anything interesting on the internet?"
"Somebody on a forum I know is getting married tomorrow as well, just like us."
"Weird! Somebody on a forum I know is getting married tomorrow too!"

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Postby Edna » Fri Aug 31, 2007 9:32 am UTC

Elfenmaedchen wrote:
Edna wrote:I'm getting married tomorrow.
Is it wrong I find this a bit unnerving?


So am I :) And all you need is to remember there's no "the one and only", there's just you, your spouse and your relationship you need to take care of. Finding another "one and only" is never an excuse. Best wishes for you both :)


Chesney Hawkes is the one and only, and that is going to fly over most of your heads, sorry.

Congrats and best wishes to youse two and thank you :)

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Postby Edna » Fri Aug 31, 2007 9:33 am UTC

Domovoi wrote:
antonfire wrote:I would find it hilarious if Elfenmaedchen and Edna turned out to be getting married to each other tomorrow.


I agree. What if neither realised the other also had an account here, and didn't know the other's nickname?

"Hey honey. Anything interesting on the internet?"
"Somebody on a forum I know is getting married tomorrow as well, just like us."
"Weird! Somebody on a forum I know is getting married tomorrow too!"


That would be such a head fuck.
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Postby tarkadal » Fri Aug 31, 2007 10:49 am UTC

I... I love this one. I can feel it on so many levels. I know exactly what that feels like. Any lesson that this comic might try to teach me I feel I already know all to well. It's just so sad, for me, anyway. The timing of this comic probably couldn't have been any better either. Damn you and your comic of pure awesomeness! It makes me want to cry...

Or it could just be wacky stick figures in a hilarious situation.
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