When Mary Worth says she can compete with the best of them, she's referring, of course, to Ivin Karpunski, world class Bulgarian cake carrier. Whose number, by the way, is only 28.
Today's Full Strip
Now that Mary and John have successfully moved their cake without dropping it, I wouldn't want to be the heckler in the audience.
Seriously, if this whole thing was just an age discrimination PSA, couldn't it have been based on something more relevant than a cake-decorating contest?Once the Dillworth extravaganza wins the ribbon, the hoodlum heckler is going to be wearing a big glob of pinkcake. (He may be an unredeemed relative of Jill Black. That "Ha-Ha" sounded familiar.And bravo, Chin Napkin! You are really dominating that pinkcake in a way that sugar Mother Mary Naturebutterworth could never manage!
Girlfriend is about to go postal.
When oh when will Mary and John Dill realize their cake is on the Judge's table and not on the Cake table?!?!?
Sing it loud and proud John Dill!"And I feel like a number Feel like a number Feel like a stranger A stranger in this land I feel like a number I'm not a number I'm not a number Dammit I'm a man I said I'm a man"(with apologies to Bob Seger for associating him with this strip)
The now-you-see-it, now-you-don't Mary-Ought monogram on Mary's apron is missing today.For a more nuanced and insightful take on aging in contemporary America, see this week's Doonesbury strips.I expect that Sunday's Mary Worth will feature the crowning of Team DillWorth. John will give all the credit to Mary, who will spout some cliche. I just hope that Mary encounters Cake Hooligan in the parking lot.
Aren't Mary and John Dill jumping the gun a little? They've already put their cake on the table reserved for FINALISTS, according to the sign above it. Today's strip is all about Hand Gestures. I'm going to incorporate them all into my daily conversations. I know my two cats will be incredibly impressed if no one else will.
It appears that their only competition was Team Blue Cake, who obviously didn't train enough for the schlepping event. So Team Dill-Worth, with their cake successfully transported to the "Finalist" table automatically wins! Hurray! There will be lots to talk about at next week's Charterstone Pool Party!
@Dave in Parma: Thanks for another 'walk down memory lane'. I haven't heard "Feel Like a Number" in ages, so I went straight to YouTube and listened to it. Then I had to dig out my Bob Seger's Greatest Hits CD...
@KitKat: Oh, if only Mary spouted JUST ONE cliche life would not be so brutal...
@Nance 9:54--I noticed the gestures too. The usual "I'm about to make a declaration" finger point to the sky looks a little angry though today, more like it is about to come wagging back to scold, or to give a 'Living Coloresque' 3 snaps at the young whippersnappers for doubting the greatness that is Mary Worth.@Thorp 10:01: Not sure if the exhibit is still there, but my now 8 year old (a.k.a. the Thin White Luke) reminds me every time a Bob Seger song comes on the radio that there's a Bob Seger display at the top of one of the escalators at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. He even remembers that the Ramones were on the other side. Fun thing to check out if in the Cleveland area.
The scene: John Dill strides purposefully toward the men's room,only to encounter a very long line.Mary, meanwhile, waits proudly next to Pinkcake. When a judge approaches her, she eagerly awaits his words."Hey, Lady, can't you read? This is the table for the finalists, and those are yet to be determined. Your cake will be disqualified if you don't immediately move it to the display table with the contestant's name on it!"Mary gasps as her worst fears are realized. She bravely approaches the cake, muttering, "I'm good enough, I'm strong enough, and doggone it, people...don't always avoid me." She grasps the handles of the cake platter, bends her knees, and just as she lifts it..."Don't drop it, Granny!" With a strength she didn't know she had, Mary grits her teeth, and
Is it me, or is John Dill warping into Mr. Whipple?http://www.deadcelebrityhaiku.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/11/MrWhipple.jpg
Why is Mary so bitter about that Granny comment? You don't live that long without getting used to it! (I'm just assuming she's 1,800.)
@Nance and meg,I failed to notice that this magical cake contest table now has a third sign! I'm getting old, I guess, but nobody better mess with this grampy!!@Inkwell,According to my calculations, Mary is 127 years old.
Nothing like a senior citizen showing they're still in the game than by carrying a cake across a room. Way to go Granny Worth. You have every right to be proud. I mean, it's almost as big an accomplishment as getting out on that shuffleboard court.
Alan Saunders, creator of Mary Worth, was on Password in the mid 60s. I won't tell you if he won or not.
I think Mary having that extra arm (probably borrowed from Jim) sticking out of her chest might be regarded as an unfair advantage in the cake-hauing portion of this event.
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