I gather we’re supposed to think less of the blonde-haired fellow in this strip because he’s suffering from a mean case of writer’s block. But to me, staring at a blank screen for a long period of time is not a sign of stupidity. If this soldier were truly stupid, he would pound away at his keyboard, churning out any old words he pleased. His e-mails would be rambling, incoherent, and full of spelling and grammatical errors. The fact that he’s pondering what to write before committing words to the screen is rare, and obviously not appreciated by a generation of peers who prefer acronyms and minutiae to complete thoughts and complete sentences.
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Ah, the power of positive reviews. Late last year, I was drawn to XOCO, a recently opened soup and sandwich place in downtown Chicago. The ostensibly Mexican restaurant was designed to complement its neighbors, the impossible-to-get-into Frontera Grill and the impossible-to-afford Topolobampo. All three are owned and operated by Rick Bayless, whose star rose after he took home top prize on the reality show Top Chef Masters. The first time I went to XOCO, I was high on the hype of Bayless opening his first restaurant in 20 years and thoroughly enjoyed my meal. The second time I went there, I realized my soup consisted of bland cabbage drowned in overpowering pepper. I’ll probably try his other restaurants at some point, but for now I’ll just stick to my favorite neighborhood spots for Mexican food: Nuevo Leon, Los Nopales, and Sol de Mexico.
I’m no expert on the military, but I think its safe to assume that bombing raids are conducted by the Air Force and not the Army (unless you count shelling and heavy artillery). But if Beetle is referring to “the Army” as a term for the entire armed forces, then I’d have to say no, it doesn’t seem like the Army is moving away from bombing things. Maybe this is wishful thinking on Beetle’s part at a time when the military is fighting in two foreign wars.