(Strip Number 1441, Original Publication Date, 12 April 1989)
Panel 1: We find Mike in class with Lawrence and Brian telling them how he can't wait to turn thirteen in a couple of days.
Panel 2: The reason is that instead of being referred to as a kid, he'll be able to say that he's a teenager now.
Panel 3: He even loves the sound of the word thirteen and compares it to getting a degree. Lawrence reminds us that Lynn never bothered learning how "Yeah" is spelled and says "Yah" like the Swedish Chef from the Muppet Show.
Panel 4: Lawrence laughs when Brian says that Mike didn't even hafta study for it.
Summary: The interesting thing is that John is almost aware of how much Mike's life is going to suck over the next seven years. Too bad he's only as aware as Val Stone because he's become the sour old blowhard he used to rebel against too. In any event, howtheduck takes over because That Girl wants to turn Mike's birthday party into a make-out thing or something or other.