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Timeline – 1964 Part 1

Hi and Lois Sunday page color proof, January 26, 1964.

Hi and Thirsty are best buddies and next-door neighbors. They’ve known each other since childhood. They work in the same office, take a bus home together and complain to each other about their problems.

This classic episode features many aspects of their relationship. At first Hi is sympathetic to Thirsty’s griping. But he eventually has to give Thirsty a reality check about how easy he has it. Hi describes life in the “olden days” as being much harder. Thirsty has a different picture of the past. He’s not completely wrong. Primitive hunter-gatherers did work less than modern office workers, but their life expectancy was much shorter.  Women were just as important in the division of labor as they are today.
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Cash for Christmas

Hi and Lois Sunday page, December 11, 2005,

Hi and Lois Sunday page, December 11, 2005,

Thirsty always takes the easy way out when it comes to his responsibilities. But his solution to shopping efficiently is actually not a bad idea.

Many people, particularly teenagers, prefer to get money for Christmas. Gift cards are an option when a shopper has no idea what to give, or runs out of time. But these come with the obligation of having to make a purchase at a particular store or site. The problem is, giving cash conveys the message that not much thought went into the gift. No one wants to be perceived as a lazy present-giver.
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