Talk:2386: Ten Years

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There is little or nothing I can add to this except to say that there is at least one good thing that has happened in 2020.  Congratulations, Randall and Megan.RAGBRAIvet (talk) 04:14, 17 November 2020 (UTC)

I'm not sure why would counting this non-event as something good happening in 2020 made more sense than counting, for example, the 75th anniversary of end of World War II which happened in September. Regardless, congratulations, Randall and Megan. -- Hkmaly (talk) 16:44, 17 November 2020 (UTC)

Its been 3 Years since 7 Years?! Damn, time sure does fly fast. Congratulations to Randall and his wife!

I was so confused when I read the comic-until I realized it was based on a true story. This is very sweet of Randall to dedicate this comic to his wife's progress. -neverdroptop 04:37, 17 November 2020 (UTC)

Congrats Megan and Randall! - skotos

I'm not crying, _you're_ crying. Such a heartbreakingly gorgeous comic, thanks Randall. Congratulations to you both. - Excession_OCP

Same; that second-to-last panel was so sweet! -- // (talk) 13:19, 17 November 2020 (UTC)
Also not crying, it's only something in my both eyes. Congrats to both of you!!! -- 15:24, 17 November 2020 (UTC)
Nope, I'm crying.

This is lovely. Congratulations on 10yrs cancer free. May your 15 year traditional anniversary gift not be cursed. Iggynelix (talk) 12:34, 17 November 2020 (UTC)

The start of this topic is here : [1]. The following posts are very touching too. Thanks Randall and Megan. JulienG (talk) 14:21, 17 November 2020 (UTC)

Congratulations Megan and Randall! Many more years! -- 14:30, 17 November 2020 (UTC)

Damn, a new pandemic has arrived: it affects xkcd readers exclusively and adds little salty droplets near their eyes!

Why does the transcript refer to her as just "Randall's fiancée?" We know her name is Megan. Regardless, happy 10 years, and may you have many, many more. Duraludon (talk) 15:51, 17 November 2020 (UTC)

Randall's wife is not called Megan, Megan is just something we call her, because he used that name a few times in the early comics for that character. In this comic Megan depicted Randall's wife, and thus it is not wrong to call her that in the transcript. Just like we call Cueball Randall in this comic, but not generally. --Kynde (talk) 16:42, 17 November 2020 (UTC)
Has Randall ever publicly shared his wife's name? 19:04, 17 November 2020 (UTC)
I Googled "randall munroe wife" and the first result is an article [2] on about Seven Years which calls her Megan, but Randall's Wikipedia page doesn't mention her name at all. I think that's why I was confused. Duraludon (talk) 20:13, 18 November 2020 (UTC)

This one just makes me so, so happy. I was scared that it would be a sad comic, but was overjoyed upon reading. --Char_Latte49

The thing that struck me was what he said about "not and act of grace, but something I desperately wanted to do". And I thought, hm, isn't it both, and isn't that the best kind of grace? Grace may be undeserved, but it doesn't have to be grudgingly given :). -- 17:27, 17 November 2020 (UTC)

Grace is something you can give to someone if you want/have to make the other person feel better (in whatever degree and whatever "feel" may mean in context). It is thus per definition not an act of grace if your motive is just your own feelings ("I desperately wanted to do"). That his soon-to-be wife felt better with that act (otherwise she most likely wouldn't have agreed) is just some lucky coincidence. That sounds somewhat cold and isn't meant as such. My point is that something may look like an act of grace but isn't one. Elektrizikekswerk (talk) 11:17, 18 November 2020 (UTC)
Grace is a direct referent to God (though you can use it another way, if an unbeliever). The notion of being saved is due to God's grace, an "unearned gift". You don't get it because you deserve it, you get it because God is generous. Even lacking the Judeo-Christian context, it still is used generally in a similar context -- a gift given by a generous spirit, not a gift deserved or earned. Randall rejects that notion, and says it was very much a gift he wished to share with her -- time together, whatever it wound up to be. And, in the end, that's all you can hope for, anyway. One of you can get hit by a bus tomorrow. -- 01:54, 24 November 2020 (UTC)

I have made a new series category, Category:X Years, for these three comics. Should in principle have been done after number two, but better late than never. A beautiful series. --Kynde (talk) 15:03, 18 November 2020 (UTC)

I tend to think the category is better called "N Years" rather than "X Years" since the number is not continuously variable, as x implies; n better suggests discrete numbers. Although I wonder if a more self-explanatory topic would be better, e.g. "N Years Cancer-free"? JohnHawkinson (talk) 21:12, 24 November 2020 (UTC)

I adore that panel of them sitting by the river. I wish Randall would do "serious" art like that more often, he's clearly got talent. --Youforgotthisthing (talk) 19:30, 18 November 2020 (UTC)

That frame of them walking up a that related to comic 1190? Because it looks a bit like that. 22:12, 18 November 2020 (UTC)

Yes. Everything is related.

Um... while I love a good "citation needed" as much as the next person, I don't think there's any good reason why the Wikipedian Protestor should be mentioned here. More importantly, congrats to Mr. and Ms. xkcd! BlackHat (talk) 04:40, 21 November 2020 (UTC)