Eh, I’m sure it’ll be fine.


Tracy: Did you hear that? I can’t WAIT to break out the bikini and show these little flat-chested cashiers what a REAL woman looks like.
Nate: I’m sure that will be fun for you.

Tracy: You sound real excited. Have I spoiled you by letting you see me naked so much lately?
Nate: It’s not that. It’s just… we need to talk.

Tracy: Well, I know someplace reasonably private, and familiar…

Miranda: Looks like someone stole Sudafed again and hid the empty box under the French loafs. What should I do with it?
Deli Mgr: There’s a box for that in the HBA Room.
Miranda: Oh, okay!

Posted on February 23, 2011 at 12:00 am in Treading Ground. Follow responses to this post with the comments feed. You can leave a comment or trackback from your own site.

160 Responses

  1. Err says:

    Everybody get an umbrella, ’cause the shit is about to hit the fan.

  2. Zachery says:

    This won’t end well, will it?

  3. James says:

    and the plot thickens

  4. RotSman says:

    Dude, if Miranda goes in there and sees those two just talking, he’ll have redeemed himself. Otherwise, have Tracy start quoting Palpatine, because Nate is officially lost.

    That said, I might myself make the turn if I were getting my shelves restocked by Tracy, so who am I to judge?

  5. chumash99 says:

    Oh boy, it’s the old “I think we should see other people” speech. But then Miranda steps in and ohhhh, crap; Nate is a dead man. Also, first!!!! Yay, me! :)

  6. Minty-Phresh says:

    Jerry! Jerry! *applauds wildly

  7. Sara E. says:

    Well fuck…

  8. Andrew K says:

    No Nathan! Don’t take your stupid pills now, you were on a roll!!! Well anyway, nice stuff on the comic.

  9. Lando says:

    why does this have to be a bad thing? maybe she will see them going at it and ask to join. that way Nate can cross off two, no make that three things in the man book at once: threesome, interracial, and interracial threesome. epic win is epic.

  10. Oxford says:

    Two words come to mind: “Oooooooh SNAP!”

  11. Lazruth says:

    You know those movies where you’re telling the protagonist to “not go into the room” or to “Look behind him, the killer is there?”

    Yeah, same thing here, methinks.


    • Pink freud says:

      Methinks this be more like an old western…. and I’m the drunk at the bar saying”Someone call the sheriff, this is gonna get ugly…hey bartender, another round”

      • The Negro Guy says:

        The Negro Guy thinks this is mostly gonna be like some hood confrontation. The Negro Guy is gonna be the black guy trying to instigate the fight.

  12. Hmm, maybe they won’t fuck, they’ll just talk… with their pants off… and his dick inside her.

  13. NoWhere_Man says:


  14. The Aussie Bloke says:

    We’re currently tracking a category 2 shitstorm on approach. There is some possibility of it developing into a category 3. The storm is currently looking to hit on Friday, but circumstances may change. Please stay away from windows and doors until we have determined that the storm has passed.

  15. KevinK says:




    I sense a great disturbance in the HBA Closet

  16. cailement says:

    This will not end well. :(

  17. LadyMaul says:

    I suddenly feel like I’m in the front row at a Gallagher show, only what’s going to be coming at me won’t be watermelon…

    I am very correct to have my plastic up at this point. I shall score myself five bonus points….

  18. Cresci says:


  19. MeestaShane says:

    Y’all got it wrong. Waiting in the HBA room is… Purvous! With Nina!

  20. Madock345 says:

    I’m just excited we are going to get to see more Naked Nate!

  21. DiDi says:

    It was bound to happen, wasn’t it?

    Let’s see how far we go on the cliche meter.

  22. Mike says:

    This comment thread is sorely lacking in Negro Guy comments.

  23. Hail to the King says:

    This One can’t wait to see the fallout of this situation. there’s only 6 maybe 7 ways this can end and one them is a cat fight that leads to other things

  24. Plasmo says:

    Oh damn shit’s about to go down! Can’t wait for the next comic.

  25. Los says:


    • Harpuia says:

      The part of my database that contains any references to Leonidas having any knowledge of the Norse pantheon must be corrupt.

  26. G says:

    Empty box and HBA closet…… why do I smell setup from Tracey??

    • HOMER'S Law says:

      i likes the way you think sir…… i like it indeed…… but …….or it could just be a sad and twisted unfortunate coincidence that both of these 2 events are intertwined with one another…… id just hope Nate with all his sense and wisdom….. if any atm…. will not take the goading from Tracey and talk there and then.

      • Pink freud says:

        Empty boxes are a way of life in grocery stores. assholes hide them *EVERYWHERE*… However, from a loss-prevention standpoint, Miranda’s long-awaited entrance to the HBA room will give a whole new meaning to the concept of “Shrinkage”

      • The Negro Guy says:

        The Negro Guy says thank you for thinking.

  27. That One Mexican says:

    TOM’s thoughts after finishing reading Part 1 of storyline “oh shit oh shit oh shit oh shit………” TOM will see about Part 2

  28. Lousienne says:

    Where *is* The Negro Guy anyway? I’m missing his commenting…

  29. Greenwood Goat says:

    Enter Miranda.

    Miranda: What the…?

    Tracy: Mmmm. Speak of the Devil: a flat-chested cashier.

    Miranda: I… what do you call these, then? (sheds top)

    Tracy: (chuckles) So you’ve got a rack – I’m still the real woman here.

    Miranda: (snarling) There’s only one way to settle this, bitch!

    Tracy: Yeah?

    Miranda: Competitive titty-fuck!

    Tracy: Bring it on! I mean, bring them on!

    (cue porno music)

    We can but hope.

    • Mark says:

      Forget porno music, that situation calls for something a little more… epic. Bring on Carmina Burana (O Fortuna)!

      • Greenwood Goat says:

        Well, if we’re going to get arty, how about something from Wagner’s Ring Cycle: Heda! Heda! Hedo! No, the title isn’t supposed to be suggestive, or wasn’t when Wagner wrote it – in that part of the opera, Donner/Thor just stands erect, brandishes his big hammer, and then summons a burning white bolt to clear the way to Valhalla… er…

        Anyway, pick a symphonic version of this (no vocals), slow the action down so that every jiggle is visible, brighten up the scene and have bloom highlights and possibly a star filter, and film most of it from a worm’s eye view. And obviously, synchronize Thor’s hammer strike to the money shot. Instant art porn (Rhein)gold!

        Oh, and have a listen to the next section of the opera: The Entry of the Nate Gods into Miranda Valhalla. >:=)> How does the first line go, again? Ah, yes: “The bridge leads to the fortress, light but firm beneath your feet, boldly tread its terrorless path!” >:=P> Fortresses fall, baby!

  30. Jim warrington says:

    Duh Duh Duh …… I say ……

  31. Jim says:

    Nate is just – TOAST!

    He is gonna be SO screwed, sex with the “Tennie-boffer” Rose will be a BLESSING !!

  32. Gojira says:

    I love the warm look Tracy’s casting Nate’s way in panel two. She really does seem to care about him deep down. Call me an optimist, but I’m really hoping that this ends well. But the laws of comedy and drama seem to indicate a meltdown coming.

  33. OverlordLaharl79 says:

    As EVERY single good guy in Star Wars says, “I’ve got a bad feeling about this”

    • The Negro Guy says:

      The Negro Guy says as every single red uniformed personel thinks in Star Trek when a mission is announced and they are picked, “I’m gonna die aren’t I?”

  34. The Negro Guy says:

    The Negro Guy says come on Nate, you’re on a roll. Don’t get seduced now. Prove that you don’t need her in your life (or on your dick, which ever works for you) for it to feel like it matters. Be the better man, Nate. BE THE BETTER MAN!!!!!!

  35. Ginger says:

    *raises hand* Does the TG shop sell ponchos? I feel like we’re about to get something on us.

  36. scotticus01 says:

    I’d hope for Nate to make it through this like a good man. . . But you need to have a larger brain than Penis and I just thiink two brain cells isn’t enough.

  37. Jaded Cynic says:

    I just thought of something – Tracy seems to prefer the cold storage rooms for their ‘liaisons’, so just because she and Nate were *standing*in*front*of*the*HBA*room* doesn’t mean they will be using _IT_ to ‘talk things over’.

    Narrative causality may have other ideas, though – excuse me while I cover my desk with Visqueen and grab some foul-weather gear for Friday…

  38. Tia says:

    I think Nate’s pregnant, and it’s Tracy’s.

  39. Hornet says:

    Well this is what I think.

    “It Wasn’t Me”

    “Honey came in and she caught me red-handed
    Creeping with the girl next door
    Picture this, we were both butt naked, banging on the bathroom floor”

    • Alchemist's Apprentice says:

      You know, to this day, I have no idea what the lyrics were to that song (besides the refrain). But it should could be applicable to Friday’s comic!

  40. Kaylin says:

    Two words:”Oh shit.”

  41. destoria says:

    hmmm i actualy think in the hba closet will be les in there with his blood!

  42. Eric says:

    Oh dear. This can’t be good.

  43. Bubbaclaw says:

    All I know is I have the feeling that Tracy at least will be in a state of semi-dress, amd Mirranda will walk in on her planting a lip lock on Nate.

  44. cyberdoo78 says:

    Pardon me for a brief off topic reality check, but I don’t know where everyone lives, but in quite a few places, you couldn’t put your hands on a un-paid for box of Sudafed because some people use it to make Meth.

    I now return you back to your previous reality, thank you.

    • Kaly says:

      We can get it where I live without paying for it. Actually Costco(my wotk) has a lot of stuff on the shelves that can be used for making meth and speed… they even told us cashiers what ones were used for which…

    • Alchemist's Apprentice says:

      After the “oh crap” moment, that was my second thought. You have to get Sudafed from the pharmacy and pay for it right there. Man that’s annoying because you’re typically, you know, sick when you’re buying it and the added hassle is a pain in the ass. [/rant]

  45. BriGuy says:

    Okay, lets say that Miranda walks in there and they’re going at it. What are Nate’s options?

    1. Zip up, futilely try and explain to Miranda.
    2. Zip up, walk away.
    3. Continue going at it, possibly throwing a “Do you mind?” Miranda’s way.

    Now, Nate’s a nice guy, but I don’t see him as being nice enough to not consider option 3.

  46. Grizz says:

    Am I the only one who hopes this ends well? I love the comic, but the endless Charlie Brown syndrome of constantly being the loser in every situation is starting to sound too much like my own life…, I mean is starting to get old!

    • Hail to the King says:

      i hopes it well too… just not before the mandatory cat fight and/or make out session(whose says Nate has to come out on top after that, think about it)

  47. Zoken says:

    Please let him have the testicular fortitude to JUST be talking to that heinous bitch!

  48. That Jewish Dude says:

    That Jewish Dude’s Shitstorm Senses are tingling! Also, who steals sudafed?


  49. Tracy is Porn now says:

    You’ve gone and ruined Tracy for me. First she was the bitch. Then the supposed slut. Then you proved she had more miles on her than Rose. Now I cant even look at her without thinking of her riding Nate.

    Not always a bad thing, but does she really have to look like she is only 3 seconds from stripping at any giving moment?

  50. Kona says:

    BriGuy, I think Option #3 is perfectly viable, and it doesn’t make Nate a bad guy, just a hopelessly screwed guy where Miranda is concerned. If he is buried to the taproot in Tracy when Miranda walks in, he may as well finish the one good thing he has left.

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