Oh yeah. I was so excited when I read that (but in a happy nostalgic way, not a creepy way). I remember exactly what that penultimate panel was like, back in the day. That whole comic was just moment-by-moment perfect young nerd-boy gettin' some love and not really being able to assert any mental ownership of what's going on until well after the fact, which at least was my experience, and I don't think I was alone in that.
Also, how many of us here don't identify with The Boy, at least a little? I think it's a pretty small number. I know I'm still lookin' for a lady who will be my dark ally.
(By the way, de-lurking here. My name's Devin, there's no reason any of you would know me, but I figured some sort of introduction was in order)
You guys are all like "w00t The Boy! Score!" Where's the love for, y'know, The Boy? Because yeah it's sweet for The Boy that he gets to sleep with Dark Esther, but it's also wicked sweet for Dark Esther that she gets to sleep with The Boy too, don't you think?
We're probably all betraying our geeky male identification with The Boy, is all.
Plus Dark Esther is, y'know, hot, we're all saying to ourselves as recovering The Boys. She doesn't need to settle for The Boy, we say even as we just learned she's been in love with him for three years, she could have any guy she wants!
Next time you see Ron, buy him a drink, give him pen and paper, and ask him to tell you about "goofy, sexy, sought after." When Ron says "...and he's like, shit! How'd life get so good?" you'll be like, "oh yeah!"
I don't dare explain further. It's related to the ainbray amageday.
For girls/women, I think it's not so much being 'sexy' as being respected. I mean, as a geek girl, you still know there are guys who will happily have sex with you (maybe not always the guys you *want*). What's amazing is having some guy think that what you do or say or are interested in matters and is cool *without* sex. There was a guy in my 12th grade Am.Gov. class who was utterly different than me in nearly every way - we were on the opposite sides of most issues in debates, our politics were different (mostly), and we came from very different religious and socio-economic back grounds. At the end of the year, he would regularly wait to walk with me after class so we could continue talking. There was no hint of romantic or sexual attraction, but I knew he wanted to know what I thought, respected my opinion, and valued talking to me. It was awesome, and eye-opening in examining my relationships with other guys.
Vincent, I wish I had a camera because I believe you would have appreciated the expression on my face when I finally figured out what you said in pig latin. I had never even considered the personal and social implications... Its especially cool for me because I'm going through what you guys are talking about right now.