#540 – Zen

When I was a kid the sides of the road I lived on were gravel. I spent a lot of time looking at rocks as I went from one place to another in the neighborhood. Occasionally one of them would stand out from the rest. A different color or texture than most. I collected those special ones and kept them in a drawer in my bedroom. Now the gravel is gone, replaced with cement curbs up against the grass. My little collection is sitting in a box somewhere. The only remaining evidence of what was once a river of stones that flowed past my house.


29 thoughts on “#540 – Zen”

  1. PsychoDuck says:

    Biff’s got one hell of a Gray Thumb.

    The Duck Has Spoken.

  2. 3davideo says:

    Oh great, what will the theme be now? Rocks? Gardening? 70’s fads?

  3. Chris says:

    The first non exercise cartoon in awhile. I sure hope Biff is wearing some sunscreen. He looks awfully pale and that sky is awfully blue, he’ll look like a lobster in no time.

  4. 23c0n says:

    I loved how that sounds “The only remaining evidence of what was once a river of stones that flowed past my house”.

    I am shure I won’t forget that sentence in a while.

  5. Shanchan says:

    Now I’m gonna go throw flowers at the lake.

  6. Kbman says:

    The caption made me facepalm and laugh at the same time.
    Also; the last sentence in your blurb sounds like it came from a poem.

  7. Metal Matt says:

    The last sentence is very poetic and deep sounding. I likes it.

    Reminds me of my rock collection that I had as a kid. I also only collected the special looking ones… the white crystally-looking ones and the ones with lots of micah. I kept it in my red plastic bucket in the garage… but then when we moved my parents dumped all of my glorious collection out in the woods without telling me… and it was gone just like that. I cried.

    I miss the innocence of being a kid sometimes.

  8. Micah says:

    Just make sure his pet rock doesn’t dig up his rock garden!

  9. brickface says:

    But then there might be mutant plant/pet rock puppy seeds

  10. bghvgjdh says:

    Being Biff, I can see these rocks growing in a later comic.

  11. Dzelda says:

    I find this offtopic, but then again it feels like its on the same level with Chris’s last sentence. I feel that after I played Minish Cap, it made me look at things very differently. That, or I think Biffs not too smart; rocks dont grow in gardens………. Wait, biff and stupid go together like peas and caroots, my bad. 😆

  12. Mike says:

    I loved the cartoon, but your comment is depressing. But, I’ve never known a river of rocks past my house, it’s been concrete for as long as I can remember…

  13. Wannabeelf says:

    good to know I wasn’t the only one who collected random pretty stones when they were a kid.

  14. I used to collect rocks too. My mom says that when I would come home from kindergarten I brought nearly the entire playground with me, and that my jacket pockets always had dirt in them from said rocks. We had ones that had tiny bits of copper and some really shiny mica in them in the plant beds outside my house, so I had about a million of those.

  15. SamuS says:

    A rock garden? Awesome. xD I wanna see rock flowers and veggies, too, Biff!

    I used to collect the rocks on the road near my camp when I was younger and do the same thing. The road’s still there, I just haven’t looked at the rocks. …now I think I will this next trip. And that does sound sad. :[

  16. Gobbledegook says:

    This was a real groaner… still funny, but the pun is inescapable.

    @Dzelda: I don’t think Biff is stupid… I think he just sees things differently than everyone else does. Besides, he lives in a world where Giants and Monsters are real, so who’s to say rocks don’t actually grow there, too?

  17. Seraphine says:

    is biff growing rock cocaine or rock sugar?
    there’s a difference in the monetary value
    of the respectice crops.

  18. Chris says:

    @Seraphine – Pet rocks.

  19. Gato says:

    Ah, but what if there’s a mid April frost?

  20. DracoZereul says:

    We never had gravel on the sides of the roads, but I do remember the neighborhood I lived in as a kid had a lot of houses with no sidewalk. It was one of those neighborhoods where the houses had been there for decades, I’m guessing before the invention of sidewalks, but whatever.

    We had these dips on the sides of the roads, you know, as archaic raingutters. My friends and I loved running around in them, especially the ones which were about 5 or six feet down. If you didn’t get enough momentum going down, you couldn’t get back up without help.

  21. Trip Hazard says:

    I had a rock garden . . . they all died.

  22. FSOneblin says:

    “The only remaining evidence of what was once a river of stones that flowed past my house.” Reminds me of the line in 39′ “It’s been many decades but I’m older but a year” For some reason.

    Don’t Panic: fSOneblin

  23. jeremy says:

    Best way I know of growing boulder trees.

  24. Garrett says:

    Back in elementary school, I would find tiny shells in the rocks on our playground, which I collected.

  25. bghvgjdh says:

    That’s exactly what I’d do! I remember my uncle had a stream with TONS of fossils in it; I would always bring bags of them back to my house. I would also stuff my pockets on the playground, and onece i found a tiny geode 😀

  26. beaty_boop says:

    That is so poetic. I used to do the same thing, and had the same feeling, like I had a tiny part of something lost. I love the way you put it. Brings back a lot of memories. My kids collect their favorite stones now. 🙂

  27. Halo ChIef says:

    @ Seraphine: Biff doesnt seem like one to do crack.

    @ Trip Hazard: How can you tell?

  28. Amake says:

    Poetic indeed. Reminds me of a recurring dream I have where the street by the house I lived in as a child is a river.

  29. Kyle says:

    But be careful not to eat the fruit

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