Apparently, Gene is going to work in one of those high-end burger places, where the patties are made by hand. That is indeed a skill compared to rangling frozen slabs of exhausted dairy cow. (If it has ever struck you as comical that those Chick-fil-A cows obviously are dairy cows, they’re hardly inappropriate. In fact, you can bet the farm they are a subtle tweak on the part of the copy writers.) Little did Arlo or Janis or Gene—or I—know he would grow up to work in the restaurant trade!
Let me point out, before someone else does, that this old strip contains a rare misspelling. A hamburger begins as a “patty,” according to dictionary.com.