Joyce’s father in an It’s Walky! strip from March 17, 2003

Joyce’s father, Hank Brown, in today’s Dumbing of Age strip articulates some of my feelings upon revisiting my old college dorm online.  They have all these pictures, and it’s all sparkly and they have these awesome-looking loft beds and… oh my god, they’ve probably upgraded from ethernet cords to wifi at some point in the past 13 years.  My mental image of my college home hadn’t been updated since then.

I’m still closer to this Joyce’s age than her father’s (oh thank god), but it feels weird writing a strip in which he’s the mouthpiece instead of the wide-eyed freshman.  Thankfully, until I crank out four kids and get the youngest to college, I won’t have much more in common with him.