A comics double-take

So I was reading the comics on Sunday and thinking about the Dalai Lama. You know, that spiritual dude who let Bill Murray carry his bag in “Caddyshack.”

Well, that’s how the story went anyway. We never actually got to see the Dalai Lama. We just heard about how he was all bald and dressed in flowing robes. Apparently he’s a big hitter, the Dalai Lama – that’s Lamma in “Caddyshack”-speak – and he wound up and whacked a drive into a 10,000-foot crevasse at the base of a glacier. After the round was over, he stiffed Bill Murray.

No tip, except – and this is huge – except that the Dalai Lama tells Bill Murray that on his death bed he (Bill, not the Lamma) will receive total consciousness.

No money, but total consciousness.

And Bill Murray says – and here’s where the comics come back into play – “So I’ve got that going for me, which is nice.”

So if you think all that was running through my mind while I was reading the Sunday comics, maybe you should be carrying my golf bag. But then, I don’t golf, so never mind.

So anyway, I was reading the Sunday comics, trying to make sense of “Girls and Sports,” which is usually a challenge. One panel said one of the characters was speaking nothing but lines from ’80s movies. Had it not been for that, I’d have been clueless. (Please, no cheap shots.)

Except that I go to the adjacent comic, “Home and Away,” and one of its characters uses the very same line from “Caddyshack.”

Except that the quote is rendered with ellipses instead of a comma.

Adjacent panels in the Sunday comics use the same obscure quote (obscure to me at least) from a 30-year-old movie.

What does it mean?

Probably nothing except that the comics writers watch the same movies.

And that coincidences happen.

And that maybe, if we’re all lucky, we’ll achieve total consciousness on our death beds.

You know the next line. Go ahead and say it.

Caddyshack: Dalai Lama Speech

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