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JOANIE
Bill Hansen | Yola, NIGERIA | April 09, 2014

In today's strip Joanie doesn't look at all like someone who would become one of the Beltway's slickest political operatives, working for the likes of Lacey Davenport and Elizabeth Warren. I wonder if Mike had an inkling, there by the side of the road looking at a map and talking about Cleveland, that he was talking to his future mother-in-law.

THE SANDBOX
Maryhelen Posey | Calgary, CANADA | April 08, 2014

I don't recall whether I've said this before, but as you wind down The Sandbox, it's worth repeating if I have. Thank you for creating this milblog. It was a huge source of personal education as these wars plodded, struggled, bounced, and screeched on their way. Our news media in Canada kept us a bit better in touch with what our troops were doing and how they were doing (smaller country, higher reporters-to-troops ratio, I think), but I never did find a milblog that kept me more aware of the world they lived in than The Sandbox. To all the contributors, a huge thank you, and all my hope for your well-being as we move away from these wars in an uncertain world. I assume that the contents of the Sandbox will be archived and available -- I certainly hope so.

Editor's Note:

 The Sandbox will remain in place as an archive. The final post will introduce future visitors to the wealth of content it contains: almost 800 posts by around 150 contributors. The first post went up in October 2006.

HOW COOL
Paul Parsons | Montpelier, VT | April 08, 2014

Nothing like a Beemer and a side car for a cross-country road trip! My brother had this on his door when he first got his R75/5 as an example on how cool it was to own a BMW.

LOVE IT
Jahn Ghalt | Anchorage, AK | April 07, 2014

Love, love, love that a case of Schiltz can be used as a diplomatic olive branch. Love it almost as much as loving that B.D. is a "sweet drunk."

TAKE ME BACK
M.H.F. | Athens, GREECE | April 07, 2014

Being a senior Boomer, these first strips really take me back. I had forgotten about Phred. I was 24 years old, and just settled into D.C. -- Watergate had just happened (nothing to do with my hitting town) -- and I was introduced to Doonesbury. Thanks for the memories.

FUN
Roger Webb | Little Rock, AR | April 06, 2014

When the extended hiatus was announced, I was disturbed; there are too many characters whose stories I want to see develop. Now, I detect a pattern in the reruns. The characters are being introduced. Last week, Phred the terrorist, and before that a little dark-haired guy who I realized grew up to be Uncle Bernie. I assume we are about to meet Joanie this week as she runs away from home. Even though I have been reading Doonesbury from the beginning, and have a copy of 40: A Doonesbury Retrospective, this is fun and a great service to readers who have joined in over the years.

GENIUS
J.J. Parker | Hollywood, CA | April 06, 2014

Love your strip today! The iThigh is genius! You can check it out here. Cheers!

GROWING
Lynn | New York, NY | April 06, 2014

What a wonderful video you picked for this beautiful day, just as spring is coming to North America and the growing season is starting. Growing is forever.

DONE
Sue Lester | Comstock Park, MI | April 06, 2014

I hate to burst Alex's bubble, but the garter/holster has already been done. Someone was selling them at the annual "Women's Expo" here in March.

STRIKING RESEMBLANCE
John Brennand | Langley, CANADA | April 04, 2014

Am I the only one seeing a striking resemblance to a certain sad sack round-headed little boy in the final frame today?

MY SISTER AND I
Nora | Sausalito, CA | April 04, 2014

My sister and I were both avid readers, and stayed up many a late night sharing our parents' Doonesbury Chronicles by the light of our little nightlight. We'd also play "B.D. and Phred" and have adventures trekking around the jungle of our bedroom.

I WAS THERE TOO
K.L. | Boston, MA | April 04, 2014

When B.D. was in Vietnam, I was there too, as a high school student. These strips feel very fresh for me. I really enjoy them. Thanks.

FRIENDSHIP
Rev. Dr. Bob Faser | Hobart, AUSTRALIA | April 04, 2014

Ah, the developing friendship between BD and Phred. I first encountered this during my initial exposure to Doonesbury "back in the day" as a student at Lafayette. Thanks for the memories, GBT.

BONDING IN COLOR
Tim Poston | Bangalore, INDIA | April 04, 2014

Like others, I feel happy to re-see the old old flashbacks, but I am especially glad to see B.D. and Phred bonding in color; makes more difference than with the college strips. It's a jungle out there.

PHRED
Ralph Cox | Houston, TX | April 03, 2014

While I have seen these strips many times, and have them in book form (I just ran across them unpacking my library), I do enjoy the reminiscing. In particular, the first meeting with Phred is wonderful. I wish we would see more of him in current strips.

NOT ENJOYING
Mike Corrado | Durham, NC | April 02, 2014

Sorry, but unlike others commenting here I am not enjoying these early strips. Doonesbury used to be the first thing I looked at in the morning, before the NYT or The Dish or 3 Quarks, but now I only drop in from time to time to see if anything has changed. I wish GT success in his new ventures, and I have enjoyed "Alpha House" a lot, but I feel like I have lost an old friend here.

STRAW POLL
Joshua | Givat Ada, ISRAEL | April 02, 2014

The really worrisome outcome in the current "Better Sex After 60" Straw Poll is the low number of under-30 responders. Although it may reflect a natural lack of concern for a situation many years in their future, I fear it reflects the low proportion of under-30 readership. I wonder where the younger generation goes, then, for its dose of reality. Talk radio?

B.D.'S VIETNAM TOUR
Dennis Swaney | Oroville, CA | March 31, 2014

Ah, we're back at Firebase Bundy. I was hoping to see B.D.'s Vietnam tour again. I've missed Phred in the modern strips, especially after B.D. was wounded in Iraq.

GOOD MAN, AUSTIN
Barb | Bend, OR | March 31, 2014

Poor Austin. When we first saw him, he had the glow of new employment after months of looking. The glow is gone: the economy hasn't picked up, so he's still there working the phones. I know what the pay was for the call center I worked at a few years ago, and that people who worked there for years had the same pay as us newbies. It did have health insurance, which I paid for with half of my monthly paycheck and nothing from the company except for the privilege of having health insurance. I didn't meet the metrics, so was shown the door, but I got to keep my COBRA package. Some of the best people on earth work at call centers. Good man, Austin, good man.

SMILES
Sandra M. | Indianapolis, IN | March 30, 2014

I've been enjoying the Flashbacks, although I know so many of the strips by heart. I woke up this morning to the sight of this horrible fluffy white stuff falling from the sky, and Duke instantly popped into my mind. Facing a similar situation whilst standing in the Samoan surf with his aide-de-camp MacArthur: "I'm a reasonable man, MacArthur, so I know this isn't snow." Thanks, GBT, for so many years of smiles!