Understudy 37

November 19th, 2013, 5:16 am

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Reply TheCatMolloy, November 19th, 2013, 5:24 am

Heard a loud "FOR FUCK SAKE" coming from the kitchen this morning, and followed Paige in to find this. Of course, we can't prove it was Aleister that knocked everything down, it might have been Ollie. But it was Aleister.

Today, Cosmo the Quote Bunny is quoting Paul 'the rest of the story' Harvey

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Reply Agen (Guest), November 19th, 2013, 7:19 am

I coaxed him to do it...

Reply GDA (Guest), November 19th, 2013, 8:33 am

Run kitty. You about to be in big trouble.

Reply Agen (Guest), November 19th, 2013, 9:49 am

@ GDA, Aleister will probably use the excuse that he saw a mouse on the counter & was trying to catch it

Reply Krystal Sky (Guest), November 19th, 2013, 10:07 am

Trashman I like that the trashcan still has those googly eyes on it...I notice small details...I also like that rug, that is a nice rug.

Reply VictorB, November 19th, 2013, 10:55 am

haha nice Gar! but why is your washing machine in your kitchen?

Reply GabrielsThoughts, November 19th, 2013, 11:05 am


Because, like most working class individuals, he lives in an apartment. And, for some reason, architects of apartments like to set the kitchen and the laundry room side by side if the complex doesn't have a laundromat. I've lived in dozen's of apartments over the years, so I can assure you it's quite common.

There are a few "rare" exceptions where the bathroom is right next to the kitchen, but those are mostly in weekly rentals or mother in law cabins... I also studied art history, of which, at least a third of it is related to architecture. Based on what I know, I feel pretty confident that this anomaly has been present for at least 100 years or alternatively since the invention of the washing machine, whichever came first.

Reply VictorB, November 19th, 2013, 11:32 am

ok ok @GabrielsThoughts, I have, where I live, yet to see an apartment with that set-up. I can see architecturally where that could be beneficial, and most places consecrate one room every or every second floor to be a laundry room. However if I saw it in a house, it was normally in a bathroom pantry. I am guessing the achithect tied in the two vents. In any case, it's still new to me.

Reply GabrielsThoughts, November 19th, 2013, 12:00 pm

Consider me shocked. Admittedly, most the apartments I've lived in are presently in Southern Nevada. And, including a refurbished 100 year old brothel/bordello next a Bob Vila home, and an assortment made within the last 40 years, including some made as recently as 2007. I have never encountered a home where there wasn't such an arrangement. Oh dear, my inductive reasoning has failed me. Whatever shall I do?

That's odd, really, I've even lived in rental homes, and explored model homes under $250,000 where that set up was the norm. I've even lived in other parts of the United States of America, where the set up was similar.

I find myself particularly curious about how homes are arranged in your part of the world. The layout must be absolutely fascinating. Mind you, I'm sure you take the arrangement for granted. You've already mentioned a laundry room on every second floor. I've never actually lived in apartment building that was more than three floors high, so I cannot vouch for anything beyond that. But I assumed the architectural arrangement was quite common among rental properties.

Reply VictorB, November 19th, 2013, 12:08 pm

I do not know how to take what you are saying. It seems quite riddled with sarcasm that it almost appears as an insult.

Reply NtKPaige, November 19th, 2013, 12:17 pm

@Krystal Sky: Thanks :P The rug is a genuine Moroccan one picked up on holiday there in 2011. I refuse to say how much it cost me. You'd all be shocked.

@VictorB: Meh, if the troll gets too trolly just ignore it. It's what we do. It's very common for apartments with washer/dryers (ours is a combi) to have them in the kitchen. Space is very much at a premium in Ireland, Dublin especially and while the apartment we live in is really quite large by two-bed Irish standards I suspect most Americans or those from other larger countries would find it on the small side.

Reply VictorB, November 19th, 2013, 12:25 pm

@NtKPaige: Wait, what do you mean a combination washer/dryer? I've heard of such things that washes and drys in the same machine, but never saw one... does it work well?

By the way, this was too cute not to share with you guys https://scontent-b-ord.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-frc3/1456121_10202467792555759_1906431212_n.jp g

Reply NtKPaige, November 19th, 2013, 1:17 pm

@VictorB: It runs through a wash cycle then a drying one. Ours is fancy, so it's great, we can programme it to do both and just come back a couple of hours later and hang up the laundry.

And funny enough, you're the second person today to link me to that image. People must know us or something :P

Reply lex (Guest), November 20th, 2013, 6:28 am

@VictorB. In the UK you will hardly ever find flats/apartments with comunal laundry's. I nearly burst out laughing when I saw your original comment because 99% of houses or flats in the UK will have washers and dryers in the kitchen but I realise now that this might seem odd to someone from elsewhere.

Reply VictorB, November 20th, 2013, 9:27 am

@NtKPaige: WOW! I've heard of those machines, but never got a chance to see one. I need to get a better paying job and when I do, I will get my own place (living in a basement sweet with common kitchen). Then I will have to seriously consider either a combination like yours, having to wait 2 hours per batch of clothes, or else getting two machines, having to wait two hours for the first batch, then an hour per batch following...

As for common friends, I'd like to believe that we'd attract the same friends, singing Kumbaya around a campfire and then "It's a small world afterall", however, sadly, I'd only be feeding myself false hope. Having close friends like you and Gar, Paige I'd be a lucky person.

By the way Paige, Parles-tu français?

@lex(guest): I have yet to have the finances to travel to different places, and I know that when one looks for "cool stuff in Dubai", laundry room locations never come up, so it's little things like that which interest me the most... Another interesting fact, if it is actually correct, is that North America is the only place that uses a compressed dry rock called drywall or gypsum for walls. I know in Japan they have cement brick walls, but that's about it. However, I do feel foolish blurting out such silly amazements, however fortune cookies say "He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever."

Reply NtKPaige, November 20th, 2013, 11:40 am

@VictorB: Mais un peux et trés mal! Pourquoi?

Reply VictorB, November 20th, 2013, 5:50 pm

Je suis sensible aux autographes français. Tu viens d'écrire "Programme" au lieu d'utiliser son autographe anglais "Program" Fait intéressant, je suis née au Canada dans le parti anglais, mais le français est ma langue matèrnelle.

Sorry @NtKPaige: I should have been more sensible since you said badly.... I said that "I notice french writings. You wrote "programme" instead of writing it in english "program". Interesting fact, I was born and raised in English Canada, yet my first language is French.

Reply KittehLuv (Guest), November 21st, 2013, 7:54 am

W/D I live in a studio in Washington DC and have never seen a W/D in the kitchen, that was the first thing I thought when I saw the comic as well, apart from , "how the heck did he manage to get all that heavy stuff to move!?" Though Im assuming the plates were stacked on the pan.. I just assumed that in Europe apartments were this way.

Reply NtKPaige, November 22nd, 2013, 10:39 am

@VictorB: I got the gist of what you said :) Really the spelling was nothing to do with any foreign language or even the difference between Irish "English" and North American "English" and absolutely everything to do with the fact that I can't spell for crap. Seriously. Spell check is my best friend.

Reply GabrielsThoughts, November 22nd, 2013, 12:58 pm


Why do people from the united kingdom spell so many words with the silent "U?" Is there some imperceptible variation in pronunciation or mcgurk effect that occurs if you leave the letter out, as when the English make "ah" sounds but it sounds like "are?"

Reply VictorB, November 22nd, 2013, 2:19 pm

@NtKPaige: you and me both... but wait, there's an Irish "English"? and you realize that North american "English" would be diverse. Here in Canada we spell it colour and US spells it color.

Reply GabrielsThoughts, November 22nd, 2013, 6:21 pm

You just finished explaining that you're French Canadian... but you later ex patriated to British Canada and speak both languages. (sort of) Polyglots get special treatment and are not expected to have the same level of vocabulary or competency as primary residents. There are other possibilities and reasons as to why color is spelled with a "U" in Canada. I have absolutely no knowledge about your educational background, and it is entirely possible that one of your teachers was british.

Reply VictorB, November 24th, 2013, 3:05 am

@GabrielsThoughts: No, my teachers were Canadians, all except one. He came from France.

I do not like talking about my personal life for all to see however I shall indulge you in a history lesson:

Back in the day, after the British won against the French on the Plains of Abraham, The King felt a mutiny forming. To prevent the French from using that opportunity to create their own mutiny, he created a declaration that the people belonging to the French community would be allowed to keep living as they did, with the only exception of having equal rights to the British and they had to pledge allegiance to the British Empire. This also declared as French being a main language (for the area, Trudeau making it officially for Canada later on) The area given to the ex-French is known as Québec. After that, people from France still traveled to the new world being promised land titles and equal status as the previous residence. This caused the Western Colonization of Canada.

In conclusion, dear Gabriel of the United States, There are French Canadians who are not affiliated with Québec. I have not expatriated myself, as you claim, rather patriated my ancestors' British given claim to be French Canadians outside of Québec.

@TheCatMolloy and @NtKPaige:I apologize for having sidetracked from your comic on here. I know that it is not my site and I try to be respectful of others things, especially ones I have access to. If you so wish it, I shall remove this comment from your wall, however, once reviewed in a less.. defensive light, I thought that you might be interested in knowing something possibly new about Canadian history. Again, a thousand times apologies for my audacity.

Reply NtKPaige, November 24th, 2013, 7:26 am

@VictorB: Eh, once you haven't mucked with the comic itself and your comments are kept respectful, we're pretty easygoing really. The forum is for you guys too.

Reply VictorB, November 24th, 2013, 10:07 pm

@NtKPaige: I am a little hypocritical when it comes to respectfulness in someone's blog. When it's on my own blog, then yes, like you, pretty well anything goes if you keep it clean and whatnot, however when it comes to me posting on someone ELSES blog, then being respectful is defined by "Be polite, courteous and kind, and only speak your mind if and when you find the topic on path of the main topic. In this case, if it's not in a way related to an author's comment or a comic, I should probably not say it.

Reply GabrielsThoughts, November 24th, 2013, 11:39 pm

Funny thing about respect... @VictorB:
There are people who confuse fear for respect, and those that confuse honor with respect in general as well.

Personally, egalitarian as I am, I treat everyone pretty much the same. I am also a libertarian in the sense that I believe all people should be free ( excluding, of course, criminals since I believe in a form of justice that includes capital punishment for violent offenders). Violent and unethical behavior are obviously unacceptable. However, when it comes to inappropriate behavior there have to be clear guidelines that I can hear, see, read, or in general have a copy of and agree with, otherwise there is nothing to be done about it.

You can have a set of boundaries, but If I don't know about them or what they are, there's always a possibility that I'm going to cross a line. Not to mention, since boundaries are personal things and I am human, there is always the possibility that I will chose not to honor your boundaries, but say I will anyway. It's a risk you'll have to take.

If you need a list of my ethics, values, or virtues, I will happily oblige. My definition of morals, being that of life lessons or social protocol, are obviously not going to include the same lessons or social grace as your own (relatively speaking).

However, since morals are malleable things anyway, I don't know why people think having different morals is a problem when what should really be of concern are values and ethics. Still, to each their own.

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