Monday, January 31, 2011

Mary Worth 944

YES, Kindle! After this week long commercial, I just got back from Target with my new Kindle... Now, excuse me, I'm going to go eat dinner in my room.

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Friday, January 28, 2011

Mary Worth 943

Heh heh. Jeff just called Mary Worth a Luddite. She is afraid of technology. Because Jeff spends a lot of time reading, he knows that the Luddites were a group of early 19th century workers who went around destroying machines they perceived to be taking away their jobs. They took their name from their folkloric hero, Ned Ludd,who apparently was an idiot who smashed a weaving machine because he preferred using his needles.

Mary Worth, like Ned Ludd, is too stupid to see the benefits of Jeff's new Kindle Wireless Reading Device, Wi-Fi, Graphite, 6" Display with New E Ink Pearl Technologyand tomorrow she will smash Jeff's portable reading device to pieces over his highly educated head.

In other (slow death) news: The Central Illinois Post-Gazette has announced it will no longer print Mary Worth. In their classifieds section. Boy, talk about being tossed off the garbage scow. Not fit for the classifieds? You may want to post a comment on their blog and let them know that they have no sense of humor at the Post Gazette. I mean, how could a comic strip that just spent an entire week discussing differing opinions about the Kindle not be genius funny?

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Thursday, January 27, 2011

Mary Worth 942

Like computers, gate departure announcements at airports, or the instrument panel of my car. When I see electric words, I just CLOSE MY EYES!

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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Mary Worth 941

Uh, technically, isn't a BOOK a portable reading device? Mary, what do you have against BOOKS?

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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Mary Worth 940

Wow. Jeff's new Kindle Wireless Reading Device, Wi-Fi, Graphite, 6" Display with New E Ink Pearl Technologyis amazing! It even adds bookmarks without having to embroider a real one yourself. Still, Mary is skeptical. Come on, Mary. Get with the times. Buy a sleek new Kindle Wireless Reading Device, Wi-Fi, Graphite, 6" Display with New E Ink Pearl Technology!

And I agree with an Anonymous commenter yesterday that Jeff has been looking more and more like Charley Smith ever since he got his new Kindle Wireless Reading Device, Wi-Fi, Graphite, 6" Display with New E Ink Pearl Technology.

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Monday, January 24, 2011

Mary Worth 939

YES! Another "Perils of Technology" story! Electronic reading device? Mary does NOT approve. But soon Joe Giella will never have to draw another bookshelf loaded with cement gray volumes.

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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Mary Worth 938

Erm... Scott, on your way to your local honeymoon destination is probably not the best time to bring up Ted Confey. Maybe before you proposed. Yeah, that would have been a better time to assess Adrian's feelings about her former fiance. But now, you just come across as insecure. It's very unattractive. I'm sure Ted was never so insecure.

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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Mary Worth 937

Please... stop the car... I need you to let me out... I do not want to be here... I do not want to go on this honeymoon. I keep waiting for the story to change, but each day brings us closer to their local honeymoon destination. Let the couple have their privacy. Spare me.

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Mary Worth 936

For three days we've watched Scott pack that trunk with about as much hand-me-down luggage as it can hold, and where are they going? Northern Santa Royale? That sounds pretty remote. Be sure to pack your microwave so you can make popcorn.

Even if Heaven's Orchard Resort is as great as Jeff says it is, it is not so great that I actually want to go on this honeymoon with them.

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Friday, January 14, 2011

Mary Worth 935

Kids, let this be a lesson to you. Jill Black could have easily saved 700,000 French Pacific Francs if she hadn't gotten so drunk at last night's rehearsal dinner.

Now Adrian and Scott are headed off for a week in Bora Bora. As you'll remember, Scott wanted to have a local honeymoon, so no doubt, this is just one more attempt by Jill to sabotage their marriage. Now they just need to get their passports, drive to the airport, buy a ticket to Bora Bora, walk into the Four Seasons and hand them those really pretty vouchers that Jill made with her Crayola markers. Then, they can catch some water borne illness and spend the week throwing up over the railing of their hut.

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Thursday, January 13, 2011

Mary Worth 934

If you think things have been exciting this week as Adrian has read Jill's letter, just wait until next week when Scott reads it!

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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Mary Worth 933

You mean, erase from our memories the most memorable, spectacular, excellent moment in Mary Worth in 2010? A moment so awesome that Joe Giella has chosen to recreate it for today's strip just to remind us of what you want us to erase? Consider it erased.

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Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Mary Worth 932

"It doesn't matter how... It doesn't matter that you were a fool to lose $50,000 to a con man... it doesn't matter that you fell in love with the cop who 'saved' you... it doesn't matter that you make three times as much money as him... What matters is that you are both desperate enough to think you're happy together..."

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Monday, January 10, 2011

The 2010 Worthy Awards

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, it is time once again! Welcome to the third annual Worthy Awards, where we gather to celebrate the remarkable achievements of those who live, work and love in Santa Royale, California. Only a few will walk away tonight with the prestigious Worthy Award Loving Cup, but all nominees can take comfort in knowing that there are no real losers when everyone is a real loser.

It's become a tradition to start the Worthy Awards by awarding the coveted Aldo Kelrast Memorial Award to a character who died during the year. It kind of gets things started on a real upbeat note. This year, the coveted Aldo Kelrast Award goes to Richie!

Poor Richie gunned down in the middle of the night, and only an inept vigilante to avenge you. On the upside, no one rocks a vest like you. So congratulations, Richie, on your remarkable achievement.

But now, onto the main event.

This year's nominees were selected by the Charterstone Condo Board, but the final winners were chosen by you, dear readers. Your love and support and interest in these remarkable characters, wonderful stories, and ground breaking artistic accomplishments is what makes tonight so special.

Our first category is:

Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design

And the nominees are:

"Dawn, Your Shirt is Boiling Over"

"My Suit Matches My Lemon Meringue Pie"

Jenna's Non-Reflective Dress

The Perfect Combination of Features I Love

And the award for outstanding achievement in costume design goes to:

"Dawn, Your Shirt is Boiling Over"

I have to admit to being personally satisfied with this recognition. While there aren't any free secret messages during today's awards ceremony, the "boiling over" observation originally appeared as a free secret message. The fact that you, dear readers, chose it reassures me that I'm not the only one who found Dawn's shirt in this panel to be hilarious. Additionally, it should be noted that this is the first time the costume award has gone to a costume that did not include partial nudity. So I have hope that my readers' tastes are improving.

Our next Worthy Award category is:

Outstanding Performance by a Guest Character

And the nominees are:

Lonnie Roberts

Helen Clark

Chin Napkin

Jill Black

And the award goes to:

Helen Clark

Helen Clark touched a lot of hearts in her short visit at the beginning of 2010. She touched them so deeply that her memory lingered throughout the year. And while there were many wonderful visitors to Santa Royale this year, no one was more reminiscent of David Bowie, circa 1997. Thank you, Helen Clark, for the music.

I should also note that Helen Clark beat Jill black by only 3/10's of a percent! Jill Black is FURIOUS about it. She'd go out and get drunk, but Helen Clark already drained the liquor cabinet. I guess we just love alcoholics.

Moving on from the closest victory ever to the biggest blow out ever...:

Outstanding Performance by an Established Character

The nominees are:

Mary Worth

Dr. Adrian Corey

Wilbur Weston

Dr. Jeff Corey

And the award goes to:

Wilbur Weston

As I mentioned, this was our biggest blowout in the history of Worthy Awards. Wilbur really pulled it out for this one: frolicking, life-long regret, ham sandwiches. It was a performance that will really be hard to equal. Well done.

And now, one of my personal favorite categories:

Outstanding Panel of the Year

And the nominees are:

What Are These Feelings?

* @ ^ % $ # !

Final Parting

Bonnie Johnson's Back Window (all four times it was used)

And the Outstanding Panel of 2010 is:

* @ ^ % $ # !

This outstanding panel was saved until the very last few weeks of 2010, much like Hollywood releases its finest, most artistic films at the end of the year so that more people will buy tickets once the award season begins. Moy and Giella should be very, very proud of this particular artistic achievement.

And now:

The Outstanding Mary Worth Story of 2010

Love Child Wanna Be

Love Isn't for Them

My Father the Vigilante

She Has Wedding Planning Experience

And the winner is:

She Has Wedding Planning Experience

I hope, dear readers, that you enjoyed 2010 as much as I did. Your daily participation here, even if you don't make a comment, is truly appreciated. I laugh every day at your observations. You make this blog very fun for me.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Mary Worth 931

"I'd know that handwriting anywhere... it's on all of my performance reviews."

In other news, an exhibit called "All Works Guaranteed Stolen," is running from January 6 – 22 at the Atlantic Works Gallery in East Boston. In this exhibit, the artists are pushing copyright boundaries with extremely "derivative" pieces. The Mary Worth piece is not only startling good, but remarkably timely. I mean, in the Worthiverse, this happened LAST NIGHT!

And finally, today is your last day to vote for the Worthy Awards!

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Thursday, January 6, 2011

Mary Worth 930

I can't quite pin it down, but there's something about that large manila envelope that stands out from the rest. Perhaps it is Jill's letter bomb.

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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Mary Worth 929

For those of you who have planted your flags in the Drew/Jill romance camp, I think we can safely say that our new story is either about Jeff and Drew helping the clinic in Vietnam, or what happens when you eat an entire plate of salmon squares in a public setting.

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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Mary Worth 928

I'm not saying you can't clap like that... it's physically possible, but emotionally disturbing to witness so close up.

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Monday, January 3, 2011

Mary Worth 927

Drew! Oh, Drew! You made it. I can't tell you how excited I am to see you. You seem to have really matured since you left for Vietnam. You've already said two sentences without talking about how great you are.

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