As you can guess, some of these strips have been inspired by my own experiences. When I was younger I loved programming computers, especially using the BASIC language. Much, much later, when I tried to go back to college, I tried to get a degree in computer science. That included taking courses in programming in C++. Although I did well with the first programming class, the second one didn't go so well. I was able to get one program to do what the teacher wanted. Most of the other ones didn't even compile. Needless to say, that course - combined with my abysmal math scores - convinced me to focus on my English degree, instead.
Also, some food companies put way too much onion salt in their potato salad. Ugh.