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|I Have Owned Two Electric Skateboards|
Title text: Both the skateboards I owned were pretty cheap and broke from heavy use; I'm gonna get a really nice one if I move to the city.
Randall likes electric skateboards (he has owned two already by the time of this comic) and this comic is just showing a simple move where Cueball drives one from A to B.
It's not very artistic but the "chicks" are cheering; and the comic states that this is how they work. The humor of the comic is an understated joke that if you use an electric skateboard just to get around, by the time you get to where you are going, there will already be a group of chicks cheering and following you just because electric skateboards are awesome. (The pickup artist in 1178: Pickup Artists would be disappointed to learn that this is not actually accurate, as it would save him the bother of "sleazy" social manipulation of the desired "chicks", assuming they can afford to acquire an electric skateboard instead.)
In the title text Randall tells us that both of his two electric skateboards were cheap and have been worn down by heavy use. If he ever moves to a (the) city he will buy a really nice skateboard. If it is to be able to get around over the shorter distances of the city or if it is just because there are many more "chicks" to impress is left up to the readers imagination.
Electric skateboards have been the subject of several other comics, but this was the first. It has been featured most prominently in The Race, a five part comic series.
- [Caption above the panels:]
- How electric skateboards work:
- [Cueball is standing on a skateboard, just to the right of a sign. he pushes a button on the remote he has in his hand. The remote is connected to his skateboard through a wire.]
- Sign: Point A
- [Cueball skates while he stands still on the board.]
- [He stops just in front of another sign saying. To his left is three girls; Megan, Ponytail and another Megan-like girl with even longer hair than the first. Below them are three arrows pointing to each of them and a label connected to all three arrow.]
- Sign: Point B
- Label: Chicks
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I can hardly believe that Randall yet had any thougt of Danish, as he introduced her in 377: Journal 2. It's just a "chic", like "Megan-2", who only just happens to have a little longer hair. –St.nerol (talk) 08:53, 25 February 2013 (UTC)
- We know Randall likes electric skateboards. And most of his early comics are not on a deeper sarcasm. This was just a fun comic. --Dgbrt (talk) 22:13, 29 May 2013 (UTC)
- Definitely not Danish. Danish is one of the characters that are defined by her malice and her relation to Black Hat. She does seem to have longer hair than the one we usually call Megan (but Megan's hair length changes). But a character should never behave like this, and then be linked to Danish! Have removed the category. Instead this is one of the examples where Megan actually has a Megan-like counter part, which is similar to the Multiple Cueballs that are often used. --Kynde (talk) 10:23, 28 December 2015 (UTC)
Do you really want a longer explanation, if there's nothing more to explain? –St.nerol (talk) 13:23, 1 June 2013 (UTC)
- Your link to bitches is definitively wrong. I am sure it is related to this song: Chicks DigIt by Chris Cagle. The video was performed at a skate park and he tries to impress females, because the "chicks dig it". What do you think?--Dgbrt (talk) 16:49, 1 June 2013 (UTC)
- Randalls arrows pointing towards "chicks" is probably not referencing anything else than the chicks. It's just a word. I don't know who linked to the "biches love X" meme, but I am quite sure it was just for the fun of it, and nothing more. :) –St.nerol (talk) 18:12, 1 June 2013 (UTC)
- I was just checking the early history of this explain and this "bitches" are from "Revision as of 20:04, 17 September 2012 by Lcarsos". Maybe I did misunderstood you but this explain still does need some polish. So I will work on this soon.--Dgbrt (talk) 18:52, 1 June 2013 (UTC)
- I feel that the connections are too vague for the conclusion that the comic was inspired by the "Chicks dig it"-song. The comic doesn't use the phrase "chicks dig it", and the song doesn't seem to touch upon skateboarding.
- I don't think the comic has anything to do with the "bitches love X"-meme either, I think lcarsos only linked to it because it humorously related to the topic (like the song). I suggest that we have those two things somehow linked from the explanation or trivia without any claims that the comic was inspired by or references them. ––St.nerol (talk) 00:18, 8 June 2013 (UTC)
I did remove the "bitches" last week and now I found a proper sentence for the title text. The "incomplete" tag is removed.--Dgbrt (talk) 12:50, 8 June 2013 (UTC)
- Often it feels like explanations of self-evident stuff just describes or repeats the stuff concerned... Secondly, how about: "I suggest that we have those two things somehow linked from the explanation or trivia without any claims that the comic was inspired by or references them." ––St.nerol (talk) 22:24, 9 June 2013 (UTC)
- Please never edit posts by other people! Ok? --Dgbrt (talk) 22:29, 9 June 2013 (UTC)
- Hey, I didn't edit your post, I indented it, only to help people follow the conversation. I assumed it was a reply, since you were talking about the "bitches"-meme. Sorry if I misinterpreted. Why did you remove "bitches love X"? –St.nerol (talk) 12:00, 10 June 2013 (UTC)
Is it Cueball or Randall talking in the title text? I always thought of it as Randall's side note, rather than the characters in the comic saying it. Alcatraz ii (talk) 23:47, 7 November 2013 (UTC)
- I agree. Unless it's a clear continuation of a thought expressed by a character, I tend to assume that the title text is directly from Randall. In this case no characters are talking so Cueball likely wasn't even assigned enough personality for this comic to have that kind of back story. He's just a guy with an electric skateboard.--188.8.131.52 04:02, 2 January 2014 (UTC)
- It is Randall, all of it.
This explanation seems to miss the main point. Electric skateboards get you from point A to point B and by the time you get there you will have a crowd of screaming chicks chasing after you (because the skateboard is just that awesome). What's all this talk about a song that was at no point clearly referenced?--184.108.40.206 03:54, 2 January 2014 (UTC)
- I absolutely agree with the above poster's point. Nowhere in the explanation does it even mention the entire point of the comic, which in my interpretation is an understated joke that if you use an electric skateboard just to get around, by the time you get to where you are going, there will be a group of chick cheering and following you are because electric skateboards are just that awesome. Also, I agree with the assertion that the title text is directly from Randall, especially because we know that Randall has had two electric skateboards break in the past from his weblag, and eventually bought a new one when he moved. Thus, the explanation should reflect these two points.Rmyere (talk) 14:42, 2 January 2014 (UTC)
I think a big part of the joke is the phonetic similarity between "Click" and "Chick" (only one letter difference): The electric Skateboard allows cueball to turn a "click" into "Chicks."
Also, I read points 'A' and 'B' to represent states of being (A: alone, clicking; B: with admiring Chicks) Mountain Hikes (talk) 09:02, 14 September 2015 (UTC)
- Disagree completely with both the click thing and the Alone. --Kynde (talk) 10:23, 28 December 2015 (UTC)
Also, electric skateboards. 220.127.116.11 20:03, 30 October 2015 (UTC)