415: Restraining Order
Title text: On Mondays I go running, so you'll have to get up early and follow along a parallel street. What fun!
A restraining order is a legal injunction requiring a party to do, or refrain from doing, certain acts, under penalty of fines or imprisonment, designed to safeguard the complainant's life. The kind of restraining order referred to in this comic is one that forbids someone from getting within a certain distance of the other person (real restraining orders don't work in such a manner, because they would be impossible to enforce properly, but such terms are nonetheless instantly iconic to the average reader).
But the joke in this comic is that Ponytail has gotten a restraining order against Cueball that requires him to stay between 500 yards (~457 m) and 600 yards (~549 m) of her at all times, which needless to say, will cause a major disruption to his life.
The title text says he'll have to get up early on Mondays and follow her jogging course along a parallel street.
A yard is a unit of length used in the UK and the United States, 1 yard = exactly 0.9144 metre.
- [Cueball and Ponytail stand facing one another. Both hold sheets of paper. Cueball holds a restraining order, while Ponytail holds a map with two concentric circles drawn on it.]
- Not content with normal restraining orders, my ex got creative.
- Cueball: Wait... I can't get closer than 500 yards of you... or more than 600 yards away?
- Ponytail: You'll have to move somewhere within this ring.
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