And I'm right; it's another example of John refusing to take Elly's complaints about his wardrobe seriously.
(Strip Number 6654, Original Publication Date, 26 July 1981)
Panel 1: We start out with Hot-Dog Fingered Elly asking John what he's putting on; that's because he's putting on a ratty old jacket that's seen better decades.
Panel 2: He reminds us of this by saying that he believes that they call it a sports jacket.
Panel 3: She says that he's NOT going out in that jacket; his Gorey-eyed response is, of course, "Why not?"
Panel 4: She points out that for one thing, his hands come right through the lining.
Panel 5: He hollers that he refuses to part with the damned thing way too loud.
Panel 6: He then switches from disproportionate anger to wounded pride as a debating tactic by pointing out that it might not have class but it does have convenience.
Panel 7: For example, he can make sure his belt is done up and his shirt is tucked in.
Panel 8: And he can scratch himself in complete privacy.
Panel 9: As he saunters off to make people what's wrong with his wife that she lets him dress like a hobo, Elly tells us that at least she cannot be accused of marrying for status.
Summary: What she can be accused of is not having something sufficiently heavy at hand to heave at him; a coffee cup or two to the skull will adjust John's attitude pretty good. I kid, of course; in a few years, she'll be so glad that he has the railroad bug that she'll let him dress like a fool just to keep him happy.