310: Commitment

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Could be worse. The last guy in that situation fell for one of the transient trumpeting angels.
Title text: Could be worse. The last guy in that situation fell for one of the transient trumpeting angels.


In the first panel, Cueball proposes to a woman. While he does this, a narrator (most likely the man's inner voice) explains why he wants to marry her. He says that he realizes that is no choir of trumpeting angels when you meet the right girl. And that one must overcome his fears and doubts to realize that the woman he's with is perfect for him, and that she is 'the one'.

In the second panel, they get married. And in the third panel, after they are married, Megan comes in saying 'Hi'. And the Cueball has the full 'love at first sight'-experience. He sees a choir of angles, and they are trumpeting and all. She is definitely the 'one' he was looking for all the time.

So he realizes that his theory he had when he got married, is false. And that his true love is standing in front of him, and is not the one he married. A difficult situation, he doesn't know how to react or what to do at all. And this is expressed by him just thinking in his head 'Well, shit.' (what now?).

The title text notes that the last time some had this (probably another guy), the guy fell in love with one of the angels. Which is of course even worse, because they are transient, and the only way to see them again is by meeting the perfect 'girl'. But if this girl is one of the trumpeting angles, this leads to a sort of paradox. Thus the guy can never see his true love again.


[Cueball proposing to a girl on his knee.]
I understand now. There's no choir of angels when you meet the right person. It's about growing out of your fears to realize what you have is what you want.
Cueball: I do.
Girl: I do.
[A cloud with trumpeting angels appears.]
Megan: Hi.
Well, shit.

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This is my greatest fear. (talk) 00:15, 6 May 2013‎ (UTC) (please sign your comments with ~~~~)

Totally agree --SergioCastanneda (talk) 21:48, 24 May 2013 (UTC)
Disagree. There is no true one. You join in commitment and make it work. Because, even if there was a true one, what if "the one" mucked up, and didn't pick her true one. We'd have to assume that both people would be capable of picking out their true one love. What if yours mucked up and ended up addicted to drugs, went insane, or worse. So, at this point we have to assume that the true one would be good enough to avoid all that. Then, they'd have to be better at us at recognizing their true love. They'd have to better at us at building relationships to make up for our inadequacies. They'd have to be better at us at a lot of stuff. And if they were better than us, then we'd be unequally committed. We'd be the butt of all the screw ups. Everything we did would be wrong. It would be marriage hell. No, I like the idea that me and my wife picked each other, and we are equally inadequate, and that our love for each other is what makes us strive to make it work. That to me, is more romantic than finding a one that I'd always feel inadequate to have. Cflare (talk) 14:36, 21 July 2014 (UTC)
I disagree with the last sentence of the explanation. I think it was not Cueball that was the "last guy in that situation". I think it is Cueball or someone else observing Cueball, and making a comment about a previous person. Tryc (talk) 15:56, 20 June 2013 (UTC)
In general I do not edit other posts but here was something broken. I am pretty sure this comic refers to the movie The Graduate feat. Dustin Hoffman. Hoffman became very popular after it was released AND the ending of that movie is very similar to this comic. I will add an incomplete tag for further investigations.--Dgbrt (talk) 19:05, 20 June 2013 (UTC)
There is nothing similar to the Graduate in this comic. In the movie it is the girl that leaves another man at the alter (before saying yes), for the boy she loved, but at first could not forgive for having had sex with mrs. Robinson - her mother. When he came after her, she decided to flee from a marriage she had chosen in spite of having experienced the trumpets for him. So no relation here. And I can see the incomplete tag has been removed...--Kynde (talk) 19:27, 20 October 2015 (UTC)

Randall has a What If? article about the one perfect match; would it be worth referring to it here? 07:13, 17 February 2017 (UTC)

I say no. What If came waaaay after this DPS2004'); DROP TABLE users;-- (talk) 15:01, 12 February 2018 (UTC)