Friday, October 17, 2008

Mary Worth 344

"In fact, I'm so blatantly obsessed with my daughter's success that I didn't even notice my computer getting swiped right out from under my nose."

Today's Full Strip

20 comments:

shandyowl said...

I'm really not comfortable with Coach Griffin talking about "going all the way" with his daughter but thankfully I am sure this will be a red herring and the storyline will in actual fact be about corrective eye surgery as Mary has had a terrible squint for the past couple of days. One of her eyes is going for chocolate and the other is coming back with the change, as the saying goes.

Anonymous said...

The curtains were also stolen....
Either that or he's developing some decorating sense. Can't wait to meet the perky little skater who is only looking for a father's love.

Wanna-be-Wilbur said...

Frank's desk is really shiny. Does he have some kind of minature Zamboni-type waxing machine for it?

BaHa said...

"If only she'd apply it the way it was intended" is screwed up on so many levels that I can't begin to untangle it. And one of the things I do for a living is untangle words so that they can be applied the way it was intended. Or something. Frank already makes my head hurt.

Anonymous said...

I'm still sticking to Moy writing in a drunken stupor. If only she would apply her great talent the way it was intended.

boojum said...

I, too, think Karen Moy should apply her talent the way it was intended. Surely Hallmark could develop a special line of bitter yet saccharine cards, geared toward geriatric depressives.

I'm not sure I buy the drunken stupor, though. Let's see... a distorted sense of time, incoherence, loss of touch with reality, and a misguided sense that everything you're saying is deeply profound? Yep -- it's reefer, all right.

The only question is what Giella must be on, to draw this strip the way he does. For now, I'm thinking a cocktail of hallucinogenic toad sweat, Percogesic, and Jell-O shots. Anyone else?

shandyowl said...

wanna-be-wilbur Frank's desk is so incredibly shiny because he wisely polishes it with ZAF table wax.

Anonymous said...

Very good observations Boojum. Regarding her "distorted sense of time", in a Q&A with Karen Moy (http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/07063/766684-109.stm) she states that the former author John Saunders would carry a storyline for as long as 18 months but she has whittled it down 5 to six months for "this day and age". It just seems longer. I think Giella is simply old and tired. That may also explain his 1940's decorating sense and his problem with modern technology. But I give him credit for still working.

Wanders said...

Anon (I): Don't forget to read your FREE Secret Messages.

Anon (II): Very funny!

Anon (III): Credit well earned. Giella is an icon and just turned 80. I love his art in this strip.

spike said...

wanders: You neglected to mention the gremlins who rearranged the photos on the back wall as well!

caroline [from yesterthread]: "Meddling across state lines" is a first-class LOL. Thanks.

boojum said...

Sorry, wanders! I actually meant to include a disclaimer at the end of my comment:

The opinions expressed here in no way reflect the opinions of wanders, "Mary Worth and Me," or The Management, insofar as there is one. God bless and keep King Features Syndicate and its lawyers... far away from me.

Mollie said...

Gosh, what is Frank's problem-that-requires-advice-from-Mary going to be? I just can't guess. No warning signs at all. (Besides the computer disappearing, of course -- but given Toby's experience, that's probably a blessing.)

Mary, Quite Contrary said...

I think Frank is one of those "skater mom" people who pushes their children too hard! Mary will step in and take Frank aside and tell him that "if you love something, you should set it free", or "Don't make a mountain out of a molehill." Conversely, she may say something like, "speak softly and carry a big stick" or "spare the rod, spoil the child." It's too early to say what platitude Mary may pull out of her sack of sayings.

Anonymous said...

Skating, skaters, Mary...I see a busted kneecap very shortly.

Karen Moy must be taking her story ideas directly from the headlines, er old, musty, yellowed, headlines.

Karen, they'll never hire you as head writer at "Law and Order"

Spike said...

Mary, QC: With all due respect, Mollie was being quite sarcastic.

Anonymous said...

I thought I'd have to wait a little longer for the scenery to transmogrify. Oh glory day!

Isn't that Ron Amalfi's councilman's office?

Anonymous said...

[from the full strip] I thought it was just some weird inking choice before, but now I see plainly that Mary actually has painted one of her walls pitch black. For the coven gatherings of course.

And that window curtain in the background ... where's the actual window..?

caroline said...

Spike, glad I made you laugh. I was wondering how Mary was going to meddle since it's a long way from CA to upstate NY. There should be a Mary equivalent of an 'Amber alert' for such actions.

Who is going to put money on Frank and Frankita Jr. (forgotten her name already) traveling to CA for some national tournament we never heard of that's normally never held in CA? I think that's more likely than Mary talking Jeff into a road trip so he can see if his emasculation feels any different in another state.

pandagrandma said...

Caroline, you're too funny!

I don't think they've said the daughter's name yet, have they?

You know, in Florida we have just recently begun a "Silver Alert". I wonder if someone has the "inside" on the future of this strip!!

(No really, it's for elderly who wander off or go missing.)

pandagrandma said...

Sorry, Oct. 14 mentions "Lynn."