Comic 1423 - Once More, With Feeling

15th Dec 2016, 9:00 PM
Once More, With Feeling
Average Rating: 5 (25 votes)

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Tokyo Rose 15th Dec 2016, 9:00 PM edit delete
Tokyo Rose
Upon this day some years ago, I entered the world. My mother will neither confirm nor deny that when the doctor smacked my bottom, I called him a "ham-handed fuck-faced quack-tard".
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Stormwind13 15th Dec 2016, 9:08 PM edit delete reply

Happy Birthday, Rose! :-D
Sheela 16th Dec 2016, 6:12 AM edit delete reply

Yah, happy birfday! :D

Also, you certainly didn't bite his hand .. noooo.
Timotheus 15th Dec 2016, 9:09 PM edit delete reply

Well, in the words of Ralph the wonder beagle, "Arffy Barfday!"
Stormwind13 15th Dec 2016, 9:12 PM edit delete reply

Sounds like Setorius DID detect that Miraiko wasn't exactly as she was presenting herself.
Sheela 16th Dec 2016, 6:37 AM edit delete reply

Well of course, unlike others, Setorius actually use that brain of his.
And he usually doesn't just stand around doing nothing either.
Which, btw, must be getting real old, real fast for him.
I wonder how this conversation is in his head?

*Setorius' thoughts*

Julia : "Blah blah blah blah"
Setorius : "Ugh, do we have to stand around here and talk so much?"
Setorius : "I have a young man to repair, and science to conduct."
Julia : "Blah blah"
Setorius : "But noooo, they just want to gab about leaving - Just leave already then!"
Setorius : "Waste of time it is, I could be doing science!"
Julia : "blah blah blah"
Setorius : "Wait what ? What does she mean I am correct ? OF COURSE I am correct."
Setorius : "Ooops, did I slip that out ? Ah well."
Miraiko : "blah blah blah"
Setorius : "Aaand now the asian girl is speaking as well, yes, yes, you can leave now."
Setorius : "All you have to do is put one foot in front of the other."
Setorius : "I wonder if I have to repeat myself again ?"
Miraiko : "blah bluh"
Setorius : "*whew* ... nope, dodged that bullet."
Setorius : "I wonder if I could make the young bodyguard dodge bullets ?"
Setorius : "Or maybe he would be more combat efficient with some tentacles ?"
Miraiko : "blah blah blah blah"
Setorius : "Wait, the asian girl is speaking again, stop interrupting me dammit!"
Julia : "blah blah"
Cassy : "blah"
Julia : "blah blah"
Setorius : "Oh good, now they are talking to one another, good, good, that don't bother me none."
Setorius : "Now .. tentacles, hmmm."
Setorius : "I wonder if he's smart enough to control them in an efficient manner?"
Setorius : "Maybe I should add some octopus brains as well, that could unload the strain on the human brain."
Setorius : "Ah yes, brains. Maybe I should add some of those on my regular test cases as well."
Setorius : "But Tentacles will probably be more popular in the arena, raising more funding for .. experiments."
Miraiko : "Blah blah blah blah blah blah blah"
Miraiko : "Blah blah blah"
Julia : "Blah"
Setorius : "Are we done standing here, gabbing, when I could be adding tentacles to the young bodyguard ?"
Setorius : "Bah ... waste of time."
Setorius : "..."
Setorius : "..."
Setorius : "I do so hope that the First Aid station is still not on fire."

Gilrandir 16th Dec 2016, 6:40 AM edit delete reply
Sheela 16th Dec 2016, 6:44 AM edit delete reply

Gilrandir - I stole your idea! :D
Gilrandir 16th Dec 2016, 8:08 AM edit delete reply
I give it to you, freely, @Sheela. It is such fun to see what you do with things like that. ^_^
Sheela 16th Dec 2016, 8:54 AM edit delete reply

I tried to improve it!
It's still your idea though. :)
Just_IDD 16th Dec 2016, 7:01 AM edit delete reply
That. Birthday. Thing.

Also, nailed it. Setorius is a pragmatic empirical sociologist (minor psychopath) with an auto-didact memory for faces and situations. A Sheldon type who keeps many of his discoveries to himself because he does not need the validation of others to confirm his world view. However he has been repeating himself because his conclusions while blindingly obvious to himself need more comprehension time by his underlings.
DLKmusic 15th Dec 2016, 9:14 PM edit delete reply

Happy Birthday Rose! And I don't for a minute believe you said that to the doctor when you were born... I would have taken you at least 3 months to get that proficient with your profanity!!!!
Ryu Santos 15th Dec 2016, 11:14 PM edit delete reply

You must realize that the adults in the room couldn't understand what she was saying at the time.
Speedy Marsh 6th Apr 2017, 6:29 AM edit delete reply
It's tough to enunciate properly in air, when you've been speaking in amniotic fluid, your whole life.
StellarJay 16th Dec 2016, 12:41 AM edit delete reply

What I was wondering is how long the doctor kept spanking for the insolence.
Sheela 16th Dec 2016, 6:13 AM edit delete reply

Well .. she did keep telling him bad stuff .. sooo ...
Speedy Marsh 6th Apr 2017, 6:20 AM edit delete reply
Her mom used to put headphones on her baby bulge, and play classical music on the CD (or cassette) changer. When Rose was born, and cursed out the doctor, her dad said, "Ooooh... I've been looking for that album, for months!"
jamie59 15th Dec 2016, 9:35 PM edit delete reply

Happy Birthday Rose!
This part is going a lot better than I thought it would.
Waiting for the other shoe.
Ryu Santos 15th Dec 2016, 11:21 PM edit delete reply

That other shoe will be when Lynn and company arrive.
mjkj 16th Dec 2016, 12:19 AM edit delete reply

No! No waiting for the other shoe - Someone already got it... *looks at Sheela...*
Sheela 16th Dec 2016, 6:14 AM edit delete reply

*looks innocent*

Haegan2005 16th Dec 2016, 8:55 AM edit delete reply

There is a type of innocent look that causes instant conviction. Hi sheela!
Sheela 16th Dec 2016, 9:18 AM edit delete reply

Oh hai Haegan ... I'm (mostly) innocent! :D
Nystran 17th Dec 2016, 7:18 AM edit delete reply
3 parts innocent
2.5 parts Red Dog Vodka
Morituri 16th Dec 2016, 12:05 PM edit delete reply
The other shoe is when the fast craft they're getting the hell out of Nova Roma with turns out to be the same fast craft that Ada & Maxus & Lynn & Noctis & Co were relying on to get Acantha the hell out of Nova Roma.

Picture it: The whole crew arrives at the hangar just in time to see the craft they need to save the Princess's life, lifting off its landing pad and heading for the wild black yonder.
Sheela 16th Dec 2016, 12:36 PM edit delete reply

Alternatively, it's buried in the backyard.

Not that *I* would know anything about that .. because I'm like, *so* innocent and all ..
But .. y'know .. just sayin'. :)
Dragonrider 15th Dec 2016, 9:50 PM edit delete reply

Happy Birthday, and in the words of someone, dunno who, many happy returns.
Gilrandir 15th Dec 2016, 10:16 PM edit delete reply
Why, oh why, @Tokyo Rose, do you tempt me this way when I am supposed to be polite and respectful to you on your birthday?

Many happy returns of the day to you.
HiFranc 15th Dec 2016, 11:06 PM edit delete reply

Yay for good resolutions. I'm glad that he has more compassion than he projects. Then again, I doubt he would have been so successful in protecting his people if he showed it.
Ryu Santos 15th Dec 2016, 11:08 PM edit delete reply

Happy Birthday!
HiFranc 15th Dec 2016, 11:11 PM edit delete reply

Happy Birthday, Rose!
mjkj 16th Dec 2016, 12:17 AM edit delete reply

Wow, Julia is hard to convince... =P

@alt text: *lol* indeed...

Happy birthday, Rose *hugs*

Pirtnac 16th Dec 2016, 12:20 AM edit delete reply
Happy birthday Rose!

May the sun shine bright, the magic hate ball be ever full of wisdom, and the eggs remain unmentioned.
Mark_L_A 16th Dec 2016, 12:42 AM edit delete reply

Happy 29th Rose,

And Setorius is leaving clues upon clues.
Sheela 16th Dec 2016, 6:16 AM edit delete reply

Well, of course he is, that way maybe he won't have to repeat himself ... AGAIN!
Mark_L_A 16th Dec 2016, 1:35 AM edit delete reply

I don't know who else reads Middleways, but I found out that Bryan had a heart attack Sunday and he didn't survive.
Kamy 16th Dec 2016, 2:23 AM edit delete reply

Happy Birthday !!!
May your cussing going even better by day and your talent never wilt.
cattservant 16th Dec 2016, 2:30 AM edit delete reply

Sticking to the point.
Greenwood Goat 16th Dec 2016, 4:07 AM edit delete reply
I doubt that even the great Tokyo Rose would have be able to verbalise immediately after birth. Having her mouth plugged with mucus would have made practice difficult, after all. More likely she had express her feelings by grabbing hold of her umbilicus, yanking the placenta out, and using it as a flail. And if the birth had involved a caesarian or episiotomy...

Newborn Rose: *grabs scalpel/scissors* *stab!* uuwaaah! aH, waaaa-AAAA!†

† "You cut my mother, now I cut YOU!"


But I also doubt that the foetal Rose would have let her antenatal status be a barrier to communication either...

Sonogram techician: And there she is, little baby Rose, all ready to come out in a few weeks!

Mr. Rose: Is she... flipping us off?

Sonogram technician: Haha, no... babies can get into sorts of funny poses at this stage of development... and it does mean that her hands are properly developed... now, if I scan from this angle, you can see...

Foetal Rose: *turns in the womb* *gives them the finger again*

Sonogram technician: ...

Mr. Rose: *awkward laugh* She IS flipping us off!

Mrs. Rose: No dear, I think she's flipping this off. *taps sonogram wand* (to sonogram technician) Can you finish up quickly, before she starts kicking... and punching?

Foetal Rose: *makes fist, shakes it at sonogram wand*


So, have a nice one, Rose, and try not to turn the air blue! >;=)>
Sheela 16th Dec 2016, 6:18 AM edit delete reply

Ha ha ha, yeah, she would have had to be messing with all the hightech stuff around her, wouldn't she ?

Mr Rose : "Dear, why is my smartphone telling me that you want chocolate?"
Mrs. Rose : "Uhhh ... dammit, how does she know when I'm craving ?"
Wolfsbane 16th Dec 2016, 5:15 AM edit delete reply
Just_IDD 16th Dec 2016, 7:26 AM edit delete reply
It's early for this, but, "Happy Nude Deer to all!" They are not really nude because they are wearing their coats.
highly irregular 16th Dec 2016, 5:56 AM edit delete reply
Happy Birthday, Rose.
Gilrandir 16th Dec 2016, 8:14 AM edit delete reply
Does anyone find it a revealing coincidence that it is only when we get to a series of pages featuring Setorius that @Tokyo Rose starts talking about getting spanked by doctors? ^_^ Should we send @Mr. Black a package of surgical masks and a toy stethoscope as a present? Do we know that he doesn't already have his own? ^_^
Mister Black 16th Dec 2016, 8:33 AM edit delete reply

I appreciate the offer, but I have a supply of surgical masks from my days in the print shop (don't change 20lb cans of toner without them!).

I don't have the stethoscope, but I was a firefighter working on an EMT certification when I was younger and (more) foolish, so I can at least play doctor. *leer*

Time out, 08:23. KMG-365
Gilrandir 16th Dec 2016, 8:40 AM edit delete reply
Were you with Station 51 in LA county? ^_^
Mister Black 16th Dec 2016, 8:52 AM edit delete reply

Not even remotely, although That Show (currently on Netflix behind me) was at least partially responsible for getting me involved in the whole thing. I just had to throw an obscure reference out there to maintain my 'nerd' credentials.

I was with a small, rural VFD that got a lot of support calls from surrounding departments, probably because we had an M-970 converted to a water tanker (want to make friends with every department within 50 miles? Bring 5,000 gallons of water and a transfer pump to the party *grin*).
Sheela 16th Dec 2016, 8:56 AM edit delete reply

Gotta admit, bringing water to a fire fight, is a good way to make friends quickly. :)
Haegan2005 16th Dec 2016, 8:56 AM edit delete reply

Another year older Rose!


Professor Fate 16th Dec 2016, 9:29 AM edit delete reply
Hippo bird day two ewes, Rose

"When I was born, I was so homely the doctor slapped my mother." Henny Youngman.
Hornet 16th Dec 2016, 9:34 AM edit delete reply
Have a Great BirthDay!
chk 16th Dec 2016, 9:43 AM edit delete reply

Hoppy Birfday Rose.

I'm sure your birth doctor will never forget you.
SchattenTec 16th Dec 2016, 10:56 AM edit delete reply
May you have bountiful more of them !!
Timeghost 16th Dec 2016, 1:23 PM edit delete reply
Happy birthday, Rose!
Cal 16th Dec 2016, 1:58 PM edit delete reply
Happy gorram birthday, Rose! Givin' 'em hell since birth!
Matt Knab 16th Dec 2016, 2:21 PM edit delete reply

He is the best at being correct?
highlander55 16th Dec 2016, 2:36 PM edit delete reply

rob 16th Dec 2016, 3:56 PM edit delete reply
happy womb day
rob 16th Dec 2016, 4:04 PM edit delete reply
rob 16th Dec 2016, 4:23 PM edit delete reply
? um >> @Tokyo Rose ,? do you speak / wright Nipponese.?
Dragonrider 16th Dec 2016, 4:15 PM edit delete reply

Ain't it nifty,
Rose is closer to Fifty.
rob 16th Dec 2016, 4:20 PM edit delete reply
Never... never comment on a females age.!
Miamistax 16th Dec 2016, 4:49 PM edit delete reply

Happy Birthday Rose!
oldarmourer 16th Dec 2016, 5:40 PM edit delete reply
Take every birthday with a grain of salt...

Of course, this is much better if the salt is taken as part of a very large margarita

Happy Orbit Day...may you make many more trips around the Sun
KarToon12 16th Dec 2016, 7:13 PM edit delete reply

Happy birthday to Rose! :D
velvetsanity 16th Dec 2016, 9:25 PM edit delete reply

Happy birthday! And I highly doubt you said that, you probably said far, far worse and included commentary on the doctor's probable ancestry, probable relatives, their probable ancestry, the nurses and their probable ancestry etc, the entire history of modern medical science and the probable relatives and ancestry of everyone involved in making it what it is, and so on :D
Oberoten 17th Dec 2016, 5:54 AM edit delete reply

May your birthday be a joyous one and the year ahead strewn with many blessings and only enough sorrows and hardships to remind you to aprechiate the blessings you allready hold.
Boren 17th Dec 2016, 11:31 AM edit delete reply

Happy Birthday you foul mouthed little monster of profanic hilarity
Gilrandir 17th Dec 2016, 12:49 PM edit delete reply
That which is hilarious is never profane, but always sacred (if occasionally earthy ^_^). To quote Poul Anderson's Operation Chaos, "... Then I remember it's the Adversary who is humorless. I'm sure God likes to laugh."
Coolhand77 17th Dec 2016, 8:47 PM edit delete reply
Skweeee 18th Dec 2016, 10:56 AM edit delete reply

Happy Birthday Tokyo-Rose!!!!
PaulRein 29th Aug 2017, 8:21 AM edit delete reply
Setorius is much like Noctis; preternaturally calm, imperturbable and always three steps ahead of you.
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