0439: "Thinking Ahead"

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0439: "Thinking Ahead"

Postby strikinglysara » Fri Jun 20, 2008 4:07 am UTC

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Alt-Text: "Did he just go crazy and jump out the window?"

Hahah this actually made me LOL. Such a true scenario.

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Re: "Thinking Ahead" Discussion

Postby malec2b » Fri Jun 20, 2008 4:09 am UTC

Well, at least he made a...memorable...first impression with that girl...

If they ever meet again and end up in a relationship, he could eventually say "remember that time I jumped out the window", and they would laugh, and laugh...good times.

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Re: "Thinking Ahead" Discussion

Postby steewi » Fri Jun 20, 2008 4:09 am UTC

Who *doesn't* identify with that?

I haven't quite gotten to the jumping through the window stage. I have had to leave the room rather abruptly from overthinking.

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Re: "Thinking Ahead" Discussion

Postby TwilightWonder » Fri Jun 20, 2008 4:09 am UTC

God, I hate it when I do something like that. Which is anytime I think about anything to do with women.

Also, just over-analyzation. It's like "Well, she likes this one band that I don't like. I'm sure that will drive me away from her in the end."

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Re: "Thinking Ahead" Discussion

Postby Space Dog » Fri Jun 20, 2008 4:09 am UTC

What he didn't think of was how high up the window was.
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Re: "Thinking Ahead" Discussion

Postby Saturn » Fri Jun 20, 2008 4:13 am UTC

Story of my life.

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Re: "Thinking Ahead" Discussion

Postby cmill126 » Fri Jun 20, 2008 4:13 am UTC

I demand more reckless abandon; thinking is far too dangerous.

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Re: "Thinking Ahead" Discussion

Postby Pants » Fri Jun 20, 2008 4:13 am UTC

I wonder if this will mark the beginning a new sub-arc of "My Problem" strips. God knows xkcdians have unusual problems enough to fill up an internet.

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Re: "Thinking Ahead" Discussion

Postby Shadow6363 » Fri Jun 20, 2008 4:14 am UTC

Space Dog wrote:What he didn't think of was how high up the window was.


In that case, does it really matter?!?

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Re: "Thinking Ahead" Discussion

Postby malec2b » Fri Jun 20, 2008 4:15 am UTC

I had this happen once. Not the jumping out of the window part...

I was trying to ask a girl I liked out, after a few seconds of stuttering, her cell phone rang. I took that as a chance to escape.

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Re: "Thinking Ahead" Discussion

Postby cmill126 » Fri Jun 20, 2008 4:15 am UTC

Pants wrote:God knows xkcdians have unusual problems enough to fill up an internet.


Truth. And the forums are where they come to solve or commiserate about them.

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Re: "Thinking Ahead" Discussion

Postby Shadic » Fri Jun 20, 2008 4:15 am UTC

This comic basically has my thought process down to the wire.

Hell, my Ex (As of a bit over a month) is even named Megan.

It made all those relationship comics nice when I was with her, but wow..

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Re: "Thinking Ahead" Discussion

Postby benjhuey » Fri Jun 20, 2008 4:18 am UTC

I say we need more excuses to jump out of windows.

-OR-

He could have pretended he was a stunt man. Chicks dig stunt men, right?
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Re: "Thinking Ahead" Discussion

Postby Enginerd » Fri Jun 20, 2008 4:18 am UTC

Wow, that right there, is me in a nutshell. Second panel is me - now -. I love it.

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Re: "Thinking Ahead" Discussion

Postby MarioMaster151 » Fri Jun 20, 2008 4:18 am UTC

Oh man. I totally remember last time that happened to me. You have no idea what it feels like until it happens to you.

Don't worry, i did go back to pay for the window.

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Re: "Thinking Ahead" Discussion

Postby Ronfar » Fri Jun 20, 2008 4:21 am UTC

Reminds me of Hamlet, who also had the habit of overthinking everything and never actually getting anything done...
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Re: "Thinking Ahead" Discussion

Postby moviepyro » Fri Jun 20, 2008 4:23 am UTC

Wow. This speaks to me so completely, particularly where I stand right now, it's freaky.

Randall, please get out of my head.

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Re: "Thinking Ahead" Discussion

Postby Rowan_of_Rin » Fri Jun 20, 2008 4:25 am UTC

I have this exact situation about moving etc..
Goddam Randal, how do you do it?!

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Re: "Thinking Ahead" Discussion

Postby vodka.cobra » Fri Jun 20, 2008 4:26 am UTC

I have the "thinking ahead" problem, but I also have the "coolheadedness" solution to the "thinking ahead" problem.
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Re: "Thinking Ahead" Discussion

Postby pyroman » Fri Jun 20, 2008 4:26 am UTC

wtf randall?! get out of my head! I just spent the last hour discussing such with friends on what i should do with this girl i want to date. Randall somehow has the ability to line up the comics with my daily life. Its rather creepy at times.
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Re: "Thinking Ahead" Discussion

Postby Master Gunner » Fri Jun 20, 2008 4:27 am UTC

OP, you forgot the link.

Great comic, I love neurotic meltdowns and window-jumping.

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Re: "Thinking Ahead" Discussion

Postby botanydave » Fri Jun 20, 2008 4:28 am UTC

:shock: Y'know, sometimes it seems like this comic is reading my mind...

It just never occured to me that other nerds were also going through this, or that it would make good material for a comic strip. Go figure, eh?

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Re: "Thinking Ahead" Discussion

Postby malec2b » Fri Jun 20, 2008 4:29 am UTC

pyroman wrote:wtf randall?! get out of my head! I just spent the last hour discussing such with friends on what i should do with this girl i want to date. Randall somehow has the ability to line up the comics with my daily life. Its rather creepy at times.


...you were planning to jump out of a window with her?

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Re: "Thinking Ahead" Discussion

Postby Radikalskippy » Fri Jun 20, 2008 4:33 am UTC

I've been thinking for over a month how to ask out a girl I like. Is that thinking ahead too much?

This strip is the story of my life, too.
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Re: "Thinking Ahead" Discussion

Postby shadow_spork » Fri Jun 20, 2008 4:35 am UTC

This is right on the money. I remember those situations like it was yesterday... sans the jumping out the window part.

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Re: "Thinking Ahead" Discussion

Postby Cooley » Fri Jun 20, 2008 4:37 am UTC

Wow, and I'm moving in the fall, too.

I went for it though, and I'm glad I did.

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Re: "Thinking Ahead" Discussion

Postby pyroman » Fri Jun 20, 2008 4:41 am UTC

malec2b wrote:
pyroman wrote:wtf randall?! get out of my head! I just spent the last hour discussing such with friends on what i should do with this girl i want to date. Randall somehow has the ability to line up the comics with my daily life. Its rather creepy at times.


...you were planning to jump out of a window with her?



heh not quite. i can assure you i am not suicidal although that doesn't mean i haven't considered dramatic escape options as such.

but on another note it feel good to know that i am not the only one whose decision making process is hindered by over analysis
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Re: "Thinking Ahead" Discussion

Postby SteamPunk » Fri Jun 20, 2008 4:46 am UTC

My family quotes Firefly all the time.

"Look! Look where I'm pointing!"
"We're just too damn pretty for God to (insert any phrase here)."
"What day is it? What month is it?"
"Smells like crotch."
"Don't be a dummy."
"He/She is a creature of extraordinary grace."
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When my niece is born, I'm going to tell my nephew to call her xiao mei mei (little sister).
And on his first birthday, his cake had some blue icing, and he got it all over his hands, and we were all like "Two by two, hands of blue..."

So, basically, I come from nerds. We also quote Doctor Who.
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Re: "Thinking Ahead" Discussion

Postby TheHand » Fri Jun 20, 2008 4:47 am UTC

I don't know what the big deal is.

Picking up chicks in the supermarket has always worked for me.

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Re: "Thinking Ahead" Discussion

Postby Philwelch » Fri Jun 20, 2008 4:53 am UTC

We were JUST discussing this in LSR.

I'll repeat here what I said there:

Be bold. And if you can't be bold, than at least be italic.

There's a saying, "Fortune favors the bold." Fortune is the goddess of luck, but other than that she's just like any mortal woman.
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Re: "Thinking Ahead" Discussion

Postby aleflamedyud » Fri Jun 20, 2008 4:56 am UTC

That always happens to me. I meet some great girl and BAM! Right out the window.
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Re: "Thinking Ahead" Discussion

Postby sanitycheck » Fri Jun 20, 2008 4:56 am UTC

It's all right. The glass is just a hologram, right?

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Re: "Thinking Ahead" Discussion

Postby toysbfun » Fri Jun 20, 2008 4:57 am UTC

I don't know what's worse: that Munroe's in my head or that Munroe's in more than just my head. I spent about a month working through the various permutations the relationship might take before asking her out. Unfortunately, it's run longer than my projections showed it would, so I've been winging it the past year. How the hell do neurotypicals do this?

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Re: "Thinking Ahead" Discussion

Postby Green9090 » Fri Jun 20, 2008 5:00 am UTC

Enginerd wrote:Wow, that right there, is me in a nutshell. Second panel is me - now -. I love it.

Same, especially the second panel, except that was me about three weeks ago. I already chickened out with that very reasoning as my excuse.
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Re: "Thinking Ahead" Discussion

Postby sab39 » Fri Jun 20, 2008 5:02 am UTC

Girl's a mind-readin' genius and she can't even figure out how to eat a gorram iceberg lettuce.

(am I really the first to finish the quote? Geez you guys are slipping)

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Re: "Thinking Ahead" Discussion

Postby Philwelch » Fri Jun 20, 2008 5:03 am UTC

toysbfun wrote:I don't know what's worse: that Munroe's in my head or that Munroe's in more than just my head. I spent about a month working through the various permutations the relationship might take before asking her out. Unfortunately, it's run longer than my projections showed it would, so I've been winging it the past year. How the hell do neurotypicals do this?


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Re: "Thinking Ahead" Discussion

Postby espire » Fri Jun 20, 2008 5:04 am UTC

I love how this comic works just like a storyboard. You have the wide shot, showing the environment. Then a body shot. Then a close up. Then CRASH!

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Re: "Thinking Ahead" Discussion

Postby pyroman » Fri Jun 20, 2008 5:05 am UTC

see i tend to find that i spend so much time analyzing that *IF* i ever do come to an effective solution's the opportunity already passed. whats a nerd like me to do?
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Re: "Thinking Ahead" Discussion

Postby fersrs » Fri Jun 20, 2008 5:09 am UTC

Unfortunately, there aren't always windows to jump out of. My brain always stalls when I do this and I start to spew this unintelligible rambling that only makes sense in my head.

"Did you know that elephants are the only animals that can't jump? Yeah, and the myth that an elephant never forgets was based on observing that it's crucial for elephants to remember where a watering hole is and that's why they have to have good memories. For watering holes that is. And they also can't magically spout water, just like a camel hump isn't made of water, it stores fat. Although that's sort of weird because fat is generally used for insulation in cold climates for animals such as whales, and camels don't live in cold climates. I mean, except at night, that can get cold in the desert."
*horrible awkward silence*
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Re: "Thinking Ahead" Discussion

Postby Bulvox » Fri Jun 20, 2008 5:10 am UTC

argh, this is my curse. to overthink every single situation. although i could never jump out of the window, i have a fear of heights.
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