Comic 1782 - Preparing to Depart

26th Jan 2022, 12:00 AM
Preparing to Depart
Average Rating: 5 (8 votes)

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Tokyo Rose 26th Jan 2022, 12:00 AM edit delete
Tokyo Rose
The alt-text is surely not intended to suggest any degree of irritation at people cold-calling me to talk about my fucking 1996 Buick.
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mjkj 26th Jan 2022, 12:05 AM edit delete reply

Yeah, get out of there before the others realize there is trouble...

@alt text: *lol* I hope they use LunarCom and need to pay through their teeth for these calls...

@writer's note: oh? never would have insinuated such...
Centcomm 26th Jan 2022, 5:06 AM edit delete reply

She gets a discount...
mjkj 26th Jan 2022, 6:13 AM edit delete reply

Oh ... and I like how Goldie does not understand that the weak one runs instead of taking his offer and still thinks that he needs to explain better...
DLKmusic 26th Jan 2022, 12:23 AM edit delete reply

Buick? You don't drive a Honda?

I need to sit and rethink things, you have just shattered my understanding of the cosmos...
MirrorField 26th Jan 2022, 1:28 AM edit delete reply
So, our golden cyborgs are cyborgs with organic parts. Another datapoint.

Big minus for Ranger Jorvik for poor trigger discipline. You keep finger off the trigger when you're not shooting. No matter what. The man needs a refresher. (Centcomm? Take note for future panels.)
MirrorField 26th Jan 2022, 4:57 AM edit delete reply
Oh, and sorry. Forgot the magic word, Centcomm. "Please."
(Sorry about the nitpicking, but that particular issue is ...significant and irritating to some.)
Centcomm 26th Jan 2022, 5:04 AM edit delete reply

actually is is aiming at the bad guys.. so yes .. finger is just off the trigger but close.. i had a person remind me about TD.. and i mostly follow it..
its hard to make out due to the angle of the pistol and all that...
Oldarmourer 26th Jan 2022, 6:30 AM edit delete reply
I swear, the next time I hear "booger hook off the bangswitch" I'm going to pop an aneurysm...I've even seen someone write it for apicture where the female shooter was very clearly engaging targets..and it always seems to be aimed towards women (and in this case, we don't know enough about our Ranger friend to decide yet)
Once your weapon is pointed in the direction of what you intend to shoot or if you're in a 'watch and shoot' scenario then you pretty much have to put your finger on the trigger to get stuff done.
Holding your finger rigidly straight along the side of the weapon is a bad drill as well, deaths have been reported from people not returning fire because they were subconsciously holding their finger off the trigger too long and it's easier to have a ND when your finger can slip down onto the trigger after an impact.
Safety is paramount, until it gets you killed, but I taught my students to keep their finger under the trigger guard until a valid target comes into view and requires shooting, it's harder to lift the finger up accidentally than let it slip down and just as fast to do it deliberately.
Fairportfan 26th Jan 2022, 6:15 AM edit delete reply

Why is the Doctor not helping here?
Ryu Santos 26th Jan 2022, 1:30 AM edit delete reply

Warranties will eventually run out so go for it.
Goldie just needs to say he got hit by a Harley Davidson. The boss will understand.

I will not allow snide remarks about Tokyo Rose's classic 1969 Buick. Whoopsie, my bad. It's a '96 Buick. In that case I recend my previous statement.
jamie59 26th Jan 2022, 4:28 AM edit delete reply

Don't worry I get those stupid calls. My car is even older & I'm a mechanic.
Centcomm 26th Jan 2022, 5:05 AM edit delete reply

I dont even have a car and i get them,.,
megados 26th Jan 2022, 5:50 AM edit delete reply

LOL EVERYBODY gets them!
I hear they even call dead people.
Deoxy 26th Jan 2022, 7:19 AM edit delete reply
Yes, everybody I have asked in the last several years does indeed get them - they are ridiculous.

The thing I can't figure out the ANGLE. I mean, when it was new, they probably got some suckers, sure, but they *KEEP GOING*....

What, is it just so insanely profitable that they can make money off the 0.002% of people who *might* still fall for it?
Some Ed 26th Jan 2022, 8:57 AM edit delete reply
Both of my flatmates get them. Neither drive. One is blind.

(Ok, she has some slight amount of vision, but not enough to pass the driving eye exam with the best glasses for her ever. Also, no peripheral vision and one of her eyes never had a fully contiguous optic nerve.)

The really sad thing about those calls... yes, they do still get suckers. Dementia is a terrible state to be in.

Sure, the percentage of people that fall for it is really low, but the cost to place a phone call is incredibly low and once you have the equipment and everything to do it, the most expensive part is probably the phone call. 99.9% of people probably hang up on them early, minimizing their costs.

It's probable if we wanted to end it, we'd press the button for more information and talk to the poor people they've hired to work those calls, so that we increase their operating expenses. But I think 99.9% of people don't have time for it. I know I usually don't.
Bullwinkle 26th Jan 2022, 5:34 AM edit delete reply
When I get those I ask if it is for my 2015 Ford Eagle the eagle was a late 80s early 90s Jeep sedan, or some other brand model mash up.
megados 26th Jan 2022, 5:59 AM edit delete reply

I really like that dynamic first panel, with the scratches and dents on the bike. (Something tells me he voided the warranty some time ago! )

Even Goldie has some dings in his suit/armor. Too bad there aren't more on his HEAD! ;)
Oldarmourer 26th Jan 2022, 6:37 AM edit delete reply
Next time, if you're bored and have time to waste, keep them on the phone as long as you can...ask questions, pretend you've never heard of such a wonderful thing, make them go into detail and explain everything twice, go into payment plans and 'what if's' LOTS of 'what if's'...the longer you keep them talking the less time they have to bother other people :)
My record so far is about 45 minutes with "hello, my name is 'William'(pronounced Weel-eye-ohm) and I am seeing you are having a problem with your WEEN-doze" when I was using Linux...
knuut 26th Jan 2022, 8:31 AM edit delete reply
That works great on the guys (and girls) from India selling Viagra pseudo-clones but not so good on the computer run auto-dialers selling car warranties.
robnot 26th Jan 2022, 6:38 AM edit delete reply
gan xie - thank you.
for those who don't want to look it up..
To 26th Jan 2022, 9:28 AM edit delete reply
Woah, accent marks in pinyin. Chinese mainlanders rarely if ever write those. So, I guess Taiwan didn't take over the world like I expected?
Todd 26th Jan 2022, 10:37 AM edit delete reply
I get these calls at least once a week. Used to be more like 3 times a week. And yeah, on my 2000 Honda CRV.
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