Cue the Bowie references.


Nate: So that was an interesting weekend.
Tracy: “Interesting” is one word for it. I’m still walking a little funky.

Nate: I wanted to let you know that I’ve made a decision.
Tracy: Oh?

Nate: You and I are a shitstorm waiting to happen, and yet we keep doing this. The only way to stop is for us to separate. I’ve already talked to Bill and made the arrangements.

Tracy: You’re quitting?
Nate: In this economy? Jesus, no. There was a position open in Frozen Food.

Posted on May 30, 2011 at 12:00 am in Treading Ground. Follow responses to this post with the comments feed. You can leave a comment.

111 Responses

  1. That Jewish Dude says:



    • Zerokt15 says:


      • Nick Wright says:

        Sadly, the server apparently could not withstand so many repeated F5s.

        • zerokt15 says:

          I shall not be disheartened!
          The comment shall come!
          It shall be a win for all us Aussie readers =D

          • The Negro Guy says:

            …right…said by The Negro Guy.

            • I’m an aussie and I got a few firsts.

              Of course I didn’t feel the need to announce it, but I still won.

              • Nick Wright says:

                This is true. For a while I could count on David’s comment to be the first in my Inbox.

              • Ghost says:

                I know I should care more about this (what with the whole Aussie/Kiwi rivalry), but this is one of those times when it’s not really a contest because we in New Zealand know better than to bother with it, and honestly don’t care. Like Russell Crowe – you guys can keep him.

                • CWR says:

                  The Kiwis have Russell Crowe?!

                  Good on them. I guess.

                  • Ghost says:

                    He was born in New Zealand, but no one really wants to claim him as theirs. Or in the words of Rove McManus:
                    “When he’s good, he’s a New Zealander. When he’s throwing phones, he’s one of us Aussies.”

                    Or something to that effect. It was a couple of years ago that he said that, so it won’t be word-for-word.

        • Chaos says:

          Damn refresh monkeys!

        • TheGurw says:

          You know, a simple solution to the ‘First’ dilemma is to post at a random time between 10PM and 10AM the next morning. You could even decided on the time the night before and have it auto-upload if you wish!

            • T-Wb says:

              Well, this comic answered my unspoken question of where the finger(s) went: the hoohaa or the pooper…
              It was the pooper.

              • Steel says:

                I don’t know, the hoohaa if poked hard enough really makes you cringe, just ask my ex >_> <__> not that it was on purpose

                • Pashakitty says:

                  Yeah, but up the hoohaa doesn’t leave you walking funny for a couple of days after. It’s remarkably resilient but the pooper is only meant to be a one way street so anything shoved up there without warning is going to make you walk funny for a while.

                  • Ammyanto says:

                    What the..? o.O If it hurts enough down there it’s gonna make you walk funny! You don’t know if she got scratched by nails, and that really makes it hurt. Especially while walking.
                    You should see me walk after riding a horse for too long. My legs are fine, and so is my ass, but when there’s blood between your legs and you’re not on your period – that’s a good way to start a funny walk.

            • The New Tony says:

              I say let the people look forward to their “First” comment… as long as that’s not all they are here for and enjoy the comic!! (and post about it).

          • Paul says:

            Hehe, then the “first” guys could be sitting there refreshing until 4am!

        • Foxhack says:

          That’s easy to fix.

          Disable comments for half an hour after posting the comic. ;)

    • Minty says:

      I commend you on your win, good sir. Now to enjoy the comic.

    • That Jewish Dude says:


      Now on to the comic…i fail to see how Nate transferring to Frozen Foods is going to solve anything. He and Tracy will still work in the same store.While they will see less of each other, they will still run into each other every now and then.

      Unless one of them takes the initiative and constantly ducks behind shelfs to avoid contact with the other.


      • Zerokt15 says:

        mm… I agree with you TJD
        I was expecting something slightly more drastic lol
        Also wow! the picnic ended quickly!
        I guess after a main event like that its hard to really make the rest of it seem interesting =p

        • That Jewish Dude says:

          Is it just That Jewish Dude? Or does Tracy’s expression in the last panel look happy? Perhaps she enjoyed the finger more than she lets on.

          *Miranda Walks into the store*

          *Tracy runs into her arm and kisses her passionately*

          “Miranda!! My love!! Ever since the beach I have been burning with desire that I could not quench alone!! Take me, right here in the middle of the Store!! I don’t care who sees!! For our love is pure!!”

          *Miranda drops her*

          “Uhhh… I’m here to buy Hand sanatizer in a vain attempt to get the feeling of you off of my hand. I know it is vain because I still feel it there after using boiling water, acid, and boiling acid.


          • The Negro Guy says:

            The Negro Guy says sadly life doesn’t work that way. As Murphy’s law states, “Anything that can go bad, will go bad.”

            • Mujaki says:

              Yeah, but that’s why they invented the freezer. To delay it from going bad immediately.

            • Kirrawayru says:

              You’ve clearly never heard the O’Toole theory “Murphy was an optomist.”

            • Neil says:

              It’s usually quoted as “Anything that can go *wrong* will go *wrong*”. Then again, that bears very little relation to the original version, because Murphy’s Law tends to act on itself.

              (Oh, and I admit to refreshing when the comic was due, but my laptop battery died about 10s after it came up. I’m in the Greenwich time zone, so I’m very rarely online at that time.)

              • The lorax says:

                Theres also murphy’s extended law stating that what ever can go wrong will go wrong and in the worst way possible. Which leads into murph’s compound law. Whatever can go wrong, will go wrong, in the worst way possible, and in the worst order.

          • Lazruth says:

            Yeah, I thought she looked pretty happy too. Glad to see it wasn’t just me.

          • Plasmo says:

            Okay seriously, how is hand sanatizer going to clean what boiling water, acid, and, for some odd reason, boiling acid, couldn’t?

      • xoer says:

        congrats on being the FIRST to actually say something about the comic *genuine aplause and hands you a little purple crown*

        they will work in the same store, but at a super market the office staff NEVER are on the floor; or they look like they don’t have enough work to do and maybe need to have there hours cut.

    • xoer says:

      yep you are FIRST!…with nothing to say *slow sarcastic clap* congratulations

    • am-storm says:

      you know, its not always good to be first

  2. Firsty (Minty) says:


  3. Crestlinger says:

    Check the meat lol, that long at cooking may have something in/on it

  4. Minty says:

    Wait… so won’t they still see eachother?

    • xoer says:

      She works in the office he works on the floor now so Not unless he’s getting reprimanded or she’s angling to get her hours cut (office staff except for the Manager and assistant manager stick to the office and the floor ppl stay OUT)

    • bodug says:

      also because he is not working the front end anymore she won’t be making his schedule anymore.

  5. Mike says:

    I once worked in the Dairy/Frozen department a number of years ago…..SO MUCH BETTER than dealing with customers ALL DAY LONG (This place had stupid prices so very few people shopped there during my shifts).

    • Oberon says:

      Wait, wait… Which one was it: Were you dealing with customers ALL DAY LONG, or were the stupid prices keeping it down to very few people during your shift?

      Just trying to resolve the apparent contradiction.

  6. Tripp says:

    Uh…. Wait! Hold on! Trying to give a damn about those who are first….. Almost… Dere…. Nope, comic strip got in the way of the attempt to give a damn to those that were first to make a comment…

    • That Jewish Dude says:

      You’re just jealous. To be honest, I used to think that the whole ‘FIRST!!!’ Game was a load of crap as well, but after I was the first to comment, I was addicted.

      You have to try it sometime. Feel the rush that comes with being first.

      FEEEEEELLLLLLL IIIIIIITTTTTTT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    • chumash99 says:

      I only care about improving the quality of the first posts; just plain “First!” simply doesn’t cut it any more. Anyway, I’m glad Nate’s not quitting. Now he can keep making Tracy’s life hell, and ours more fun. :D

  7. Renadt says:

    Tracy seems… humbled. And it seems we all were wrong. It was only a transfer.

  8. kitenkaiba says:

    I looked away for 2 minuets >.>

  9. The Negro Guy says:

    The Negro Guy is just glad that Nate grew some balls and did what he said he was gonna do.

  10. Nerdtress says:

    Wait, why does Tracy look so happy, when she thinks Nate has quit? Bitch is the one who started it. And refused to end it. If anything, SHE should be quitting. >.<

    • Renadt says:

      She may not be. It could just simply be the angle that her mouth is that creates the illusion that she is smiling, unless the artist says otherwise.

  11. Dr Angry Ed says:

    The history of my life…and that’s why I was clinging to the idea of them working it out…pathetic from me u_u

    • Renadt says:

      They never were. Nate hated Tracy with a passion, but at least she was good sex. Nate wanted more. Tracy would have never provided.

  12. Nick's Mom says:

    Having shopped for years in the real FoodBaron, I can say with conviction that they could go a long time without seeing each other. However, since Frozen Food is only one aisle over from Dairy, (and I could see Tracy going for natural yeast infection cures over in the yogurt aisle), keeping an eye on the big convex mirror in the corner would be a good idea.

  13. Ray Radlein says:

    Overlooking the title to this comic, I found myself trying to figure out what songs David Bowie ever wrote about the Frozen Foods section.

    • fezzam says:

      im wondering what it has to do with me cause im so egotistical that my last name is now the center of the plot… yea actually i thought something about the baseball team outta maryland

    • PantherScott says:

      For those curious, the reference has nothing to do with the frozen food section. The comic is titled Changes, which is a David Bowie song.

      • chumash99 says:

        Nevermind frozen foods, let’s just focus on their relationship. And forget Bowie, I’m thinking of “Don’t Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)” by Mötley Crüe. :D

    • Pink Freud says:

      What Bowie has to do with being Frozen:

      “Does the Space-cold make your nipples go all pointy Bowie?
      Do you use your pointy nipples as telescoping antennae to transmit data back to earth?
      I bet you do, you freaky old bastard you”

  14. jsnow says:


  15. fezzam says:

    and to anyone that thinks otherwise its bow-e not boo-e ppl that say boo-e make me angry!

  16. Sara E. says:

    Aww, I had wanted that picnic to go on forever. It was the best arc ever…
    You know, Tracy looks a wee bit humbled. I bet having a finger in your ass does that to ya…

  17. Doc Mesa says:

    There appears to be an error with this comic. It looks as though Tracy might actually have feelings but I’m sure this was just an artistic oversight.

  18. Greenwood Goat says:

    Bowie? Nope, my first thought was this track by Yes. The lyrics kind of fit… with Tracy’s view of things.

    Tracy, however, might be tending to think more of this song, what with Nate going off to frozen foods… and dropping her for someone she thinks of as a foreigner.

  19. Yendi says:

    Hey! When did the header change? I swear, I saw Derek up there within the last week!

  20. Shelly says:

    When I first saw the title, I did indeed have “Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes!” blare in my mind… And now I want to listen to “Bowie” by Flight of the Conchords now…. btw, first time poster.. Keep up the great work with the comic!

  21. Thomas O. says:

    “Cue the Bowie references.”

    Am I the only one who thought of Yes? :P

  22. msaturn says:

    This has to be one of the most consistently asinine comment threads in webcomic-dom.

    Glad I don’t normally scroll down.

  23. Adell says:

    I don’t know if it’s just me, but Nate sounds exactly like Dante from Clerks. Especially in the last panel. I kinda squee’d a bit, as I’m creepily fond of that movie. ^u^

  24. PantherScott says:

    I think with Tracy, being somebodies hand puppet for even a short length of time has a sobering effect on someone. It changes your perspective on things.

  25. Stephen says:


  26. Jeri says:

    I’m trying to see it, but I just don’t see the ‘happy’ in Tracy’s face in the last pannel as much as I see shocked and surprised.

  27. Ghost says:

    Honestly, I was hoping it would go something more along the lines of this:

    Nate: I’ve already talked to Bill and made the arrangements.
    Tracy: You’re quitting?
    Nate: God, no! I told Bill how much of a whore you are and he didn’t want to give the company a bad name. You got fired.

  28. JJ Whoever says:

    What time is it now.

  29. NN says:

    An easier solution could be to just wordfilter “FIRST” to “I AM A LOSER,” or something.
    I know a lot of websites can utilize filters.

  30. Omi says:

    im still wondering why people get butthurt about someone saying first, read your comic, enjoy your comic and let people have their fun if they want they arent hurting you or wrecking your comic.

    on another note working in the freezer section could be fun, lots of bets on who can survive the longest in the freezer before lapsing into a hypothermic coma, my money is on pervus

  31. Sam MG says:

    Then, suddenly, out of nowhere David Bowie cries a tear of happyness because someone remembered his name in a non-gay refrence. I squeezed out a tear as well

    • Pink Freud says:

      Back in Baltimore, we had a copy of his performance in Live-Aid where he and Mick Jagger did a Duet of “Dancing in the street’. Now, since we had this as part of the Rocky Horror Pre-show, our version of course became dancing between the sheets. Fifteen years later, I still cannot listen to that song on the radio without filking my version. drives my wife insane.

  32. Hornet says:

    Sorry if this has been mentioned got tired of reading through all the first crap.

    Yeah! now Nate has easy’er access to the freezer!

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