I have never been on a rope swing where someone didn’t say something along the lines of, “okay, make sure you get out past that light colored area, so you don’t hit the rocks.
They’re still madly fun and an adrenaline rush.
I find that so much of humor is based on the “nature” of a character, and so telling a dog “fetch” is so repeatedly ripe for it. Dog’s can’t help it. You say “fetch” and bang, they’re off.
As the story goes, the scorpion said “No, frog, of course I won’t sting you if you carry me across the pond. If I did, then we would BOTH drown.” Upon stinging (of course), as they both sink, the frog asks why. “Because,” said the scorpion, “it is in my nature.”
Ted’s temper is shown a little bit here, although it later rather mellowed out.
I was particularly proud of Blake’s line in this one. Not only to show his earnest/clueless nature, but also because it gave us a visual to imagine — that of Dee sitting at the bottom of the lake not swimming at all.
In real life this would not be funny at all. Just so’s you know.
My favorite part of this strip was coming up with things a kid would promise to do, to convince a parent to let the kid keep an alligator.
This strip also begins the ongoing tension between the alligator and Blake.