187: The Familiar

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The Familiar
When I say we should do something sometime, I'm secretly hoping you'll say 'Why not now?'
Title text: When I say we should do something sometime, I'm secretly hoping you'll say 'Why not now?'

[edit] Explanation

Cueball asks a friend to go with him to view the sunrise over the ocean. The friend refuses by giving a list of excuses including the statement that "rationalizing the familiar is easy." This statement is amusing because the friend is acknowledging the fact that he is making excuses and seems to refuse going out on the basis that rationalizing going with Cueball to see the sunrise would require much more effort. This criticizes some people's tendency of not trying new things or going out with friends even though one would likely get more fulfillment by doing these things.

The title text indicates Randall's frustration with this mentality and his hope that when he wants to make plans with someone they are just as eager.

[edit] Transcript

[Cueball's friend sits at a computer, Cueball is standing behind him.]
Cueball: Let's go see sunrise over the ocean.
Friend: That's a long drive, it's cold, I'm tired, and rationalizing the familiar is easy.
[Cueball leaves. In the next two frames the friend remains at his computer.]
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Cueball is an invention by this Wiki and other sites discussing about xkcd. But he is always an active person who likes the nature. The both persons should be switched.--Dgbrt (talk) 18:10, 25 June 2013 (UTC)
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