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Strip For 110981
ID: 192
Publication Date: 1981-11-09
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Is This "One of Those Days", Daddy? (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: In The Beginning, There Was Chaos (Signed Copies)
Description: Michael asks Elly if he can play hockey. Elly says no. He tells her Lawrence and Gordon and everyone will be joining. They will learn sportsmanship, team spirit and discipline. When Elly says well instead of no, Michael tells her he's ordered a uniform.
Caption: Great. I already ordered my uniform!
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Strip For 111081
ID: 4092
Publication Date: 1981-11-10
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Is This "One of Those Days", Daddy? (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: In The Beginning, There Was Chaos (Signed Copies)
Description: Elly is amazed that a hockey outfit costs a fortune. She shows John the outrageous cost and the schedule. John gets dreamy eyed and says that he played hockey when he was a kid. Michael is overjoyed. Time and money commitment to hockey.
Caption: Case closed.
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Strip For 111181
ID: 4093
Publication Date: 1981-11-11
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Is This "One of Those Days", Daddy? (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: In The Beginning, There Was Chaos (Signed Copies)
Description: Over coffee, Connie tells Elly about Ted wanting Lawrence to play hockey. He bought skates and a helmet and is planning to take the boy skating. He's always wanted a son. Connie wishes he'd say something about wanting a wife.
Caption: I wish he'd say a little more about wanting a wife!
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Strip For 111381
ID: 194
Publication Date: 1981-11-13
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Is This "One of Those Days", Daddy? (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: In The Beginning, There Was Chaos (Signed Copies)
Description: Michael and Lawrence interrupt Connie and Elly saying that a friend just got roller skates and now they want some. Connie says they just bought ice skates and hockey uniforms. Changed their minds. Michael doesn't know why the Moms are upset. Only money.
Caption: I don't know what they're so upset about. It's only money.
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Strip For 112581
ID: 6004
Publication Date: 1981-11-25
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Know which book? Let us know!
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: In The Beginning, There Was Chaos (Signed Copies)
Description: Michael's hockey uniform arrives. Klotz Automotive. Michael cries "hello hockey team" while Elly laments "goodbye weekends." Elizabeth, John.
Caption: Goodbye, weekends.
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Strip For 113081
ID: 4095
Publication Date: 1981-11-30
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Is This "One of Those Days", Daddy? (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: In The Beginning, There Was Chaos (Signed Copies)
Description: John gets Michael into his new hockey uniform. Shin pads, elbow pads, everything in order. He calls Elly over and she gets a strange look. Michael asks what's wrong. The last time he looked at her like this was through a playpen. Klotz Automotive.
Caption: The last time you looked at me like that was through a playpen!
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Strip For 120281
ID: 4097
Publication Date: 1981-12-02
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Is This "One of Those Days", Daddy? (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: In The Beginning, There Was Chaos (Signed Copies)
Description: John and Elizabeth watch as Elly yells to Michael at a hockey game. She tells him to get them puck, but Michael is lying in a heap and doesn't know how to get up on his skates.
Caption: I would - if I could figure out how to get up!
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Strip For 030282
ID: 4137
Publication Date: 1982-03-02
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: It Must Be Nice to Be Little (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: In The Beginning, There Was Chaos (Signed Copies)
Description: John, Elly and Elizabeth take Michael to his first hockey game. Micheal is very excited and hopes they win. They have some really neat players. Some guys can even skate and hit the puck at the same time. Hockey mask, hockey stick.
Caption: Some of the guys can even skate an' hit the puck at the same time!
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Strip For 030382
ID: 4138
Publication Date: 1982-03-03
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: It Must Be Nice to Be Little (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: In The Beginning, There Was Chaos (Signed Copies)
Description: The coach helps the hockey team with chin straps, tape, and tying skates. Even dealing with name calling. He then asks which of the referees keeps calling him "Mom."
Caption: - Which one of you guys keeps calling me "Mom"?
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Strip For 030482
ID: 4139
Publication Date: 1982-03-04
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: It Must Be Nice to Be Little (Signed Copies)
Other Books: Suddenly Silver (Signed Copies)
 Treasuries: In The Beginning, There Was Chaos (Signed Copies)
Description: John, Elly and Elizabeth sit beside Gordon's father in his first appearance. At the hockey game he is screaming at Gordie to skate, get up stupid, kill 'em and hit hard. He asks John if the kids think this is some kind of kids's game.
Caption: What do they think this is - some kinda kid's game?
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Strip For 030582
ID: 4140
Publication Date: 1982-03-05
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: It Must Be Nice to Be Little (Signed Copies)
Other Books: Suddenly Silver (Signed Copies)
 Treasuries: In The Beginning, There Was Chaos (Signed Copies)
Description: While playing hockey Michael falls while hitting the puck. The referee tells him they scored and he made an assist. He asks if his mom saw him. Elly is jumping, cheering and hugging / throttling, John in her excitement. Elizabeth.
Caption: Do you think my mom saw it? No Caption
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Strip For 030682
ID: 4141
Publication Date: 1982-03-06
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: It Must Be Nice to Be Little (Signed Copies)
Other Books: Suddenly Silver (Signed Copies)
 Treasuries: In The Beginning, There Was Chaos (Signed Copies)
Description: Michael has lost his hockey game. Elly comforts him by saying that they played well. He thinks nobody can say anything to make him feel better. Then Elizabeth pridefully tells someone that her bruvver's a real hockey player. Michael feels better. John
Caption: Well ... hardly anybody.
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Strip For 011083
ID: 363
Publication Date: 1983-01-10
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: It Must Be Nice to Be Little (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: In The Beginning, There Was Chaos (Signed Copies)
Description: Michael complains about having to rush through dinner, drive to the arena and get on all of his equipment for hockey. He thinks it's really tough on kids with no thought to how much work Elly has to put in as well.
Caption: - Hockey sure is tough on us kids.
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Strip For 011183
ID: 364
Publication Date: 1983-01-11
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: It Must Be Nice to Be Little (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: In The Beginning, There Was Chaos (Signed Copies)
Description: Michael and the other kids whine and complain about getting their hockey gear on. The coach asks if everyone is ready and calls them "men".
Caption: Let's go, MEN!
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Strip For 011283
ID: 4274
Publication Date: 1983-01-12
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: It Must Be Nice to Be Little (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: In The Beginning, There Was Chaos (Signed Copies)
Description: While playing hockey Michael and the team create a pileup trying to get the puck. Elly asks Connie if that's "smothering the puck".
Caption: Is that what they call "smothering the puck"?
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Strip For 011383
ID: 4275
Publication Date: 1983-01-13
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: It Must Be Nice to Be Little (Signed Copies)
Other Books: Suddenly Silver (Signed Copies)
 Treasuries: In The Beginning, There Was Chaos (Signed Copies)
Description: After hockey practice Michael rudely demands money for pop. Elly asks him to be polite but he doesn't want to say 'please' in front of the other players.
Caption: Mom! - Do I hafta say 'please' in front of the guys?!
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Strip For 020683
ID: 6099
Publication Date: 1983-02-06
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Our Sunday Best
(Signed copies of this book are not currently available.)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: In The Beginning, There Was Chaos (Signed Copies)
Description: Michael complains about being bored. When Gordon shows up and asks him if he wants to play road hockey or go to the park or bust icicles Michael declines. Elly asks why but Michael wants to do nothing.
Caption: What do you want to do? Nothin'.
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Strip For 042483
ID: 6107
Publication Date: 1983-04-24
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Our Sunday Best
(Signed copies of this book are not currently available.)
Other Books: A Look Inside...For Better or For Worse: The 10th Anniversary Collection (Signed Copies)
 Treasuries: In The Beginning, There Was Chaos (Signed Copies)
Description: Michael calls Grandma Marian and Grandpa Jim. Elly constantly prompts him to talk about various subjects: winning the hockey tournament, thanking them for the sweater, how school is going. When he offers her the phone, though, she says he's doing fine.
Caption: No thanks, dear... you're doing fine all by yourself.
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Strip For 111984
ID: 749
Publication Date: 1984-11-19
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: The Last Straw (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: Elly sits in the bleachers watching Michael's hockey game. She yells encouragement and waves her arms. Uncle Phil thinks she's being supportive of the team spirit, but Elly is just trying to stay warm.
Caption: Are you kidding? I'm trying to keep warm.
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Strip For 112084
ID: 750
Publication Date: 1984-11-20
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: The Last Straw (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: Now that Michael is in the Tom Thumbs hockey league, he has to tie his own skates and get himself ready. He tells Elly he's sorry she can't go into the dressing room. Elly is relieved and does a little heel-clicking jump for joy.
Caption: Sorry to disappoint you, Mom, but you can't come in here. No Caption
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Strip For 112184
ID: 751
Publication Date: 1984-11-21
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: The Last Straw (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: Making Ends Meet (Signed Copies)
Description: Michael tells Elly that his skates no longer fit properly and that he needs new pants (only $90). He tells her that hockey is the best thing in his whole life. Elly wonders who thought "the best things in life are free."
Caption: Who ever said "the best things in life are free"?!!
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Strip For 022685
ID: 811
Publication Date: 1985-02-26
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: The Last Straw (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Elly has to work late so asks Michael to arrange another ride to hockey practice. Michael complains that it was supposed to be a part-time job but she's always there. She says they need her right now, but Michael says that he needs her too.
Caption: I know, Mike. It's just that right now they really need me! So do I!!
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Strip For 110585
ID: 4529
Publication Date: 1985-11-05
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Keep the Home Fries Burning (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: At hockey practice Elly starts off by yelling at the boys to skate, go, and is generally encouraging. Little by little she gets quieter. Finally, as Elly is huddled in her parka, Elizabeth observes that the practice is running long.
Caption: It's a long practice... isn't it, Mom.
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Strip For 110685
ID: 972
Publication Date: 1985-11-06
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Keep the Home Fries Burning (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: At hockey practice, Elly is freezing and Elizabeth is hungry. Elly, her teeth chattering, takes Elizabeth to get a hot-dog. The lady at the concession / canteen says it will take a few minutes because her buns are frozen. Pun. Elly glances at the reader.
Caption: I'm sorry, it'll take a few minutes... my buns are frozen.
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Strip For 110785
ID: 4530
Publication Date: 1985-11-07
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Keep the Home Fries Burning (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: After hockey practice, Elly gives Michael tips on skating, playing the game, handling the puck, etc... When Michael finally gets into the change room he looks harried. Another kid (Darryl?) sympathizes. His mother doesn't skate either.
Caption: I know how you feel, Mike... my mother doesn't skate either.
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Strip For 110885
ID: 973
Publication Date: 1985-11-08
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Keep the Home Fries Burning (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: After hockey practice Michael shows Elly the new area schedule. Michael has hockey Money, Wednesday, and Saturday while Elizabeth has beginner figure skating on Tuesday and Friday. Elly now considers the Eastgate arena her home away from home.
Caption: The Eastgate Arena ... my home away from home.
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Strip For 110985
ID: 974
Publication Date: 1985-11-09
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: Keep the Home Fries Burning (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Elly shares the new schedule with John. They have both kids signed up to so many extracurricular activities that there are no nights of the week left where one or both of them won't be chauffeuring kids. Michael, in his hockey uniform, shouts for a taxi.
Caption: There isn't one night that one or both of us won't be chauffeuring kids somewhere! TAXI!!
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Strip For 010586
ID: 6154
Publication Date: 1986-01-05
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: (This strip was not published in book form.)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Post holiday chaos. Michael plays with an airplane, Elizabeth roughhouses with Farley, and John watches a loud hockey game. Elly goes to take a relaxing bath. With her ears under the water she can't hear a thing.
Caption: I always relax so much better in the bath... ... I can't hear a thing.
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Strip For 091686
ID: 4675
Publication Date: 1986-09-16
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: It's All Downhill From Here (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Elly complains about the city. It took 2 weeks to get a grant for the arena, the sportsplex got funding overnight. There is never money for the arts community. Committee meeting sometime between baseball season and hockey. John. Old Town Hall
Caption: Sometime after baseball season ends and before hockey begins.
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Strip For 011287
ID: 4745
Publication Date: 1987-01-12
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: It's All Downhill From Here (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Holiday visit. Connie and Elly talk about men. Greg explains to John that women discuss men, criticize them, compare them, analyze them. Unlike men who discuss things of importance. Like Hockey. Stanly Cup.
Caption: So Who's going to win the Stanley Cup?
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Strip For 022887
ID: 4774
Publication Date: 1987-02-28
First Published On (if retro):
Collection Book: It's All Downhill From Here (Signed Copies)
Other Books: N/A
 Treasuries: We're still working on this!
Description: Street, Winter. Playing hockey on the road, Michael and Brian talk about Lawrence moving back into town. Michael wonders how they will feel about Brian living in his old house. Brian is worried they might want it back.
Caption: Mike, they won't want it back will they?
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