Dim & Dash: Being a Houseguest

by Brett & Kate McKay on March 30, 2012 · 27 Comments

in Dim & Dash, Visual Guides

{ 27 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Brennan March 30, 2012 at 5:32 pm

In-laws visiting this week?

2 Zach March 30, 2012 at 5:50 pm


3 Matt March 30, 2012 at 6:59 pm

hahahaha, Dim’s name is Tom, same as the guy who lived on my family’s couch for 6 months.

4 Rowdy March 30, 2012 at 7:55 pm

I wish we could thumbs up or thumbs down these posts…

5 Nathan March 30, 2012 at 8:11 pm

So Dim overstays his welcome, and wears someone elses bathrobe with the name “Tom”? Wow

6 Andrew March 30, 2012 at 8:51 pm

Haha. Fish and visitors combined at last.

7 Josh Knowles March 31, 2012 at 12:33 pm

I love that Dim’s presence has caused the flowers in the vase to wilt.

8 Nick March 31, 2012 at 2:01 pm

Dim not only overstays his welcome, he has no consideration for his friend’s home. I’d kick Dim’s ass to the curb on the first day if he pulled that.

9 JeffC March 31, 2012 at 3:19 pm

No doubt “Tom” is the name of Dim’s host.

I had a Dim on my couch once: his name was Steve. Had to confront him to get him out, and he left an oil stain on my driveway.

10 Chase Christy March 31, 2012 at 3:38 pm

I think we’ve lost the art of visiting friends and family. We have such easy electronic access we forget our actual presence goes a long way.

I’d like to see us get better at visiting….and staying for no more than three days.

11 Jon March 31, 2012 at 4:13 pm

What is fish? And why do the visitors stink for 3 days? Why is that good?

12 Calvin March 31, 2012 at 6:28 pm

Jon, the statement “fish and visitors stink after 3 days” is a metaphor that takes the annoying smell dead fish develop after 3 days and applies it to house guests, suggesting that having house guests loses its novelty and gets annoying after 3 days.

13 Dirk Folmer March 31, 2012 at 7:28 pm

I would state that ” unless otherwise arranged “…but even then, all laws of courtesy apply, or the 3 day rule takes instant effect.

14 NathanH March 31, 2012 at 7:52 pm

The “fish and visitors” comment is based off of a Benjamin Franklin quote.

15 KarlC April 1, 2012 at 9:17 am

Seems like Dash is trying to hide a corpse in his briefcase.

16 Reginald April 1, 2012 at 10:53 am

Dammit!!! Dim is eating all of our HIP!

17 Raul Pandeli April 1, 2012 at 10:43 pm

Without the subtitles, it looks like Dim broke into Tom’s house and ate his food and wore his clothes (and possibly killed his flowers). Logically, Tom called his friend Dash to exterminate Dim and he is carrying away what I can only assume to be Dim’s severed limb (or limbs) in his briefcase. By the looks of Tom’s roof and his wife’s skirt, things got a little messy.

That Dash sure is a pal!

But on a more serious note, I try to arrive Friday afternoon and leave by Sunday at midday (or sooner if its all right) for these types of situations. That way my host doesn’t have to worry about work and he/she has Sunday afternoon to relax alone.

18 MaryGrace April 1, 2012 at 11:26 pm

@Matt, Dim is wearing Tom’s robe.

19 novembertwentyeleven April 2, 2012 at 5:11 am

Unfortunately, my guests are usually relatives from overseas. Hosting them for 2 weeks is supposed to be our pleasure and we have to cook them the best food and chauffer them to the best places else we will suffer their eternal disdain!

20 Moeregaard April 2, 2012 at 1:47 pm

At least Dim had the good sense not to steal Tom’s wife’s bathrobe….

21 EddieViper April 2, 2012 at 1:57 pm

Come on bros leave Dim alone, he just has a gnarly fever.

22 Katie Smith April 2, 2012 at 5:54 pm

We often had this problem with a dad and his son. They would stay way too long, invite themselves to dinner, and so on. My husband is a really nice guy and wouldn’t give them the boot but after a year or so of that he finally learned to be firm. Life is so much better now:) You can give your guest the boot in a gentlemanly way.

23 lg April 3, 2012 at 2:39 pm

@EddieViper — a man cold!!

24 don Roberto April 4, 2012 at 7:57 pm

Plus, he wears his hat in the house. No gentleman wears a hat indoors, unless there’s some overriding reason for it (hard hat on a construction site, uniform requirements, etc.). He certainly doesn’t wear one with a bathrobe in someone else’s house.

25 Diocletian April 4, 2012 at 11:02 pm


or Tom’s wife !

26 Flavio April 17, 2012 at 4:34 am

I wish some of my friends and family members read this…

27 Axel October 13, 2013 at 10:18 am

Thank you for the Dim and Dash series. I’ve just discovered art of manliness and stumbled unto this. Very nice!

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