Many of you know, I have never been comfortable participating in direct discussion of my work: explaining a cartoon or participating in speculation about what the author (me!) and the characters think or intend. I figure I have said all I have to say in the comic strip. However, like many of my principles, this on is eroding. Someone already has written today to say they fear for Arlo’s safety as he goes to “check out” Gus’ sailboat. Fear not. Arlo is just going to unlock the boat and look around. Now see? I’ve gone and spoiled several possible scenarios in your mind, even if those scenarios turn out to be dead ends. That’s what comes of playing fast and lose with principles.