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Brian Fies

Ces has made "Sally Forth" one of my favorite strips, and is Exhibit #1 of guys who took over a strip from its creator and made it better. Doesn't happen often.

I can't believe that more than 40% of those spectacularly failed proposals were authentic rather than two friends having a goof, but point taken. Like an attorney in court, if you're in that situation you probably shouldn't ask a question you don't already know the answer to.

Mike Peterson

I'm a pretty suspicious guy, but I think those are real, though the one in the food court is awfully prolonged -- seems she could have started stopping him at some point.

But the growing "omigod this isn't happening" horror in each of them would be hard to fake.

And, while I admire the woman who can say "no" with the cameras on, I agree with that sportscaster who suggested that "Yes" under the spotlight can easily be followed by, "Okay, now that your audience is no longer watching ..." and probably is in a lot of those cases.

Worst case scenario: "Yes" followed by a wedding. When you have that clear a warning that he likes to yank your strings, you're signing on for a lifetime of being prodded and bullied.

As was said in 1902:
"No lover will assume a domineering attitude over his future wife. If he does so, she will do well to escape from his thrall before she becomes his wife in reality. A domineering lover will be certain to be still more domineering as a husband; and from all such the prayer of the wise woman is 'Good Lord, deliver us!'”

More such wisdom here:


Those were so painful to watch...and I watched every single one to the end. I like to think I'd find a graceful exit for both of us, but as Ben Carson would (never) say, "You don't really know how you'll react until you're in the situation."

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