Like Kravis, I have a landline with nothing on it as well, for the same reasons, and I LOVE the strip. Hilarious! I'm a EE and only got a cell phone a few years ago when I was forced to by the lack of available public phones. All of us EEs are going to burn in hell for the creation of these devices of Satan! :)
But, I do have to expose my nerdiness and point out that percentages add up to 110%. I guess the last category isn't mutually exclusive with the first two, but it sort of leapt off the page at me. I'd call Scott and let him no personally, but my phone does not have long distance. :)
I do agree that the references to "Fiddlesticks" & "Hard candy" fit the stereotype of "old people" and I find it absolutely hilarious! I for one know that when I grow up I will be one of those people who resist any technology they can throw at me. Heck, I might not even leave my house for a whole decade, just to prove my point!
I think it is perfectly alright to make fun of old people unlike other racial groups. Why? Because EVERYONE will someday become old. Not everyone will be Asian, African, American, etc. But we will all be old!!! Sooo I will continue to laugh on!..... besides, all the â€œold peopleâ€ wonâ€™t even see this commentâ€¦ it is on the I-N-T-E-R-N-E-T.
I'm a 30-year-old developer and I have a land line with no caller ID. It also has no long distance service and no other unnecessary frills. It exists for emergency calling and so that I can have a phone number to give out when I don't want someone to be able to reach me on my mobile 24/7.
And "fiddlesticks" is a perfectly appropriate response to new technology, especially anything that might be approved by a PHB.
Commenting on comment's comment is probably the worst comment ever. So I promise not to do this again. I actually think very much like marpag here. I guess that quite many of us have specifically experienced exactly same kind of bigotry against our own parents as depicted in this very cartoon. And I am not patronizing elderly people here, believe me on that. Correct me if I'm wrong, but (in short definition) isn't it precisely satire which represents the impossible as possible? If so, another excellent strip, says me.