This one initially ended with the “I’m gonna be a drummer!” line, but when I showed it to my wife, she thought it was entirely too dark, so I changed some of the dialog to make it slightly less ominous and came up with the “shot” bit.  If anyone doesn’t know what a rim shot is, this Wikipedia article probably won’t help.

My wife and I were actually completely sober when we bought our son his drum set a couple of years ago, and signed him up for lessons to boot.  We’ve been told we’re brave for doing this, but it’s the first instrument he really expressed an interest in playing, so what the hell, we’re encouraging it.  His favorite band right now is Anthrax, though, so I really need to get him a double-bass pedal before he hurts himself.

ALTERNATE LAST LINE: “Oh death, where is thy sting?”

MRS. SHOEBOX’S ASSESSMENT OF TODAY’S STRIP (post-adjustment): I like it!