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0646: Family Photo in Father Christmas 17th May, 2021
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0646: Family Photo
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Mel Cormac
I love my family, and we haven’t had a photo argument like this in years.

I don’t know if I consciously stole this joke, but...
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mitchellbravo
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mitchellbravo
Hahaaaa
Mel Cormac
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Mel Cormac
😁
Microraptor
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Microraptor
You know, the last panel actually took me by surprise, because the joke this made me think about instead was this one!
Mel Cormac
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Mel Cormac
Haha I forgot all about that! Old Simpsons was weird and great
Guest (Guest)
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No Santa photobomb?
Mel Cormac
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Mel Cormac
Tragically, no
LinkyBoy
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Jon is not a selfie guy; I appreciate that. Instead of pestering him, Dad ought to go fetch a comb and make good use of it before the shot.

On a totally unrelated matter, I used to wear the same kind of striped sweater as Seth (exact same colours). It was an expensive brand (now gone bankrupt, good riddance) that I had purchased out of stupid social conformism, just to look cool (well, I didn't). It couldn't be properly ironed without melting and kept me cold when I was wearing it (because all synthetic crap). On the plus side, it left me definitely vaxxed against fashionism.
Mel Cormac
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Mel Cormac
I was sort of thinking about how my family found out there were barely any photos of one of my relatives because they were always behind the camera and never in front of it, and Jon would be that person if his parents didn't insist.

Huh, I guess I can see a jumper like Seth's being designer, just because most designer clothing looks mundane to me!
Squirreltastic-Blue
That awkward moment when Seth has more visible scars than both of his parents combined!
So, do you keep like a chart with all their body markings on it or is it all by memory?
Mel Cormac
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Mel Cormac
I have character sheets to remind me of details like that, but some of the scars are just stuck in my memory now because I've drawn them so many times
anonymous coward (Guest)
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I see, it looks like the Walker brothers may have inherited their ability to pick a fight for dumb reasons from the father's side. I thought at first that was just them being brothers that grew up in a home or neighbourhood that was too small for them. However, since this arc has started George has shown a real gift for finding reasons to disagree, and then escalating the disagreements. What does he do that sharpens this talent so well?

It's not the most original joke, for all that it fits so well with the three men in this group. Most of us have been conditioned into some degree of pose training before we leave childhood, so it's something that comes up often enough to be worth joking about. While there's lots of ways to make a joke out of it, this is simply one of the more straightforward classics.
Mel Cormac
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Mel Cormac
A little of both honestly, they fight like when they were children, but also unconsciously modelled some of their behaviour after their dad who just sort of says whatever pops into his head, then doubles down when someone argues with it. I didn't intend for him to be a super confrontational person, just blunt and defensive in almost equal measure. Healthy family dynamics!
anonymous coward (Guest)
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It makes sense if he's been nearly as stressed over Seth as the reverse: Most people's best patience and grace takes a hit when confronted with someone that's belligerently hostile and critical. He's still short of sleep at this point too, which measurably impairs self control.

I guess it really isn't fair to judge who George is off of this and the argument over Seth's name. But, it is daft to heckle someone with non-constructive complaints while they're busy figuring out a gadget. That's not the kind of thing that is improved by distraction unless a person is severely lost or overlooking the obvious.
Mel Cormac
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Mel Cormac
I know people who can't drive with their parents in the car because they'll badger them so much they'd risk crashing the car, so I feel like it's less of a George thing and more of a dad thing
anonymous coward (Guest)
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Oof, I know someone whose mum effectively un-taught them how to drive that way after they went to driving school. But that's anomalous behaviour, a small minority learn to stop doing that by themselves, and most others eventually figure out their child is not a voice-operated drone during the, "teenage rebellion," or, "young adult rebellion," years.
Matt Jones
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There are so many photos like this in my family. Except towards the end of family Christmas, my eldest brother could no longer contain his disdain for the camera, and it shows. You can time how the day is going by how sour by brother looks in the pictures. And it's great. :D
Mel Cormac
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Mel Cormac
That sounds about right haha, I think I've accidentally discovered why my family usually takes the family photo the first day everyone arrives!
idonotproduceillicitmater (Guest)
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I vaguely remember my family doing this too