Of all the varied landscapes in Santa Royale, Dead Jogger's Curve is perhaps the most perilous.
Today's Full Strip
I love Toby's new dark highlights, shown in Panel Two. Her hairdresser at The Salon has created the new Zebra look - sure to be a favorite with clown artists and retired joggers!
Jeez, Toby can't wait for Mary to dish gossip. Her boring Charterstone life has pushed her to the breaking point. "For @%$&'s sake, what IS it?" We have to wait for tomorrow (and the day after, and maybe the day after that) for Mary's description of Elinor. "Well, Mrs. Kinley was somewhat hostile. And, she refused my offer of leftovers!"
That was Mary's idea of a dinner that went well? What would it take to rattle her? Genocide over the appetizers?
It... went well? Way to set the bar low, Mary!
Doesn't it look like Mary is scratching herself in the first panel, then sniffing her fingers in the 2nd? No???
It went well because she was able to advance her Primary Meddling Agenda: Matchmaking. Whether or not anyone ate the dinner, liked the dinner, or enjoyed their evening is collateral trivia to Mary.For the next several days, Mary will relate to Toby the Sad Tale of Elinor and her aversion to Romance, due to her failed marriage and abandonment by Beth's father. Toby will offer some flippant commentary and eat a bag of trail mix.
@Carl: Super star! (or Super Meddler as it were).Mary: "The only thing is....they didn't invite me along on their next date!"Toby: "but enough about Tom Harpman; did they like your asparagus?"
Mary scares me these days.
Elinor Kinley went ballistic, was egregiously rude and abusive, and aired her family history in front of virtual strangers, and IT WENT WELL???Mary is delusional.
I had to laugh yesterday when in our Sunday paper, there was a letter written to Miss Manners as follows:"DEAR MISS MANNERS: Say I have a guest over for a meal and I don’t agree with their opinions and lifestyle. How do I politely tell them I disagree without coming on too strong?"
@fauxprof, Mary is soft-peddling the dinner disaster because she hopes Toby regrets dodging her invitation. Toby likely expected the typical MW ho-hum gathering and will be sorry when Mary describes Elinor's behavior. I bet @meg can tell us what Ian would have exclaimed, i.e., "Stifle yerself, ye ol' biddy!" (I'm confident that @meg can do much better.)
Mary's workouts are paying off. Look at how she lifts that park bench with one hand! Though possibly as a result of a slight misunderstanding ...Mary's Personal Trainer: You should be adding some bench presses to your workout.Mary: Um ... Okay.
Mary Worth's tips for dinner party success: Invite a hag in a purple dress.Hag must berate her daughter Beth;Frighten the other guest nearly to death; Criticize the food that's served; (Criticism is well-deserved); Rant and rave and chew her fork. Meanwhile other guest (a dork): Pretends to like a romance novel; Lays his praise on with a shovel Hoping to get a hot date. Downtrodden Beth says, "I can't wait!" Push off leftovers on the guests Fill gray boxes with all the rest.Toby and Ian should be waryOf what they'll get from Mary.Just a hint to both of them:Mary will tell you that it's lamb!
Mary had a little lamb,It's fleece was white as snow.She served it to her dinner guestsAnd gave them some "to go".
KitKat- Here's what Ian wud hae said, but he wisna bidden:Haud yer wheesht ye nastie an' mingin auld fick! It's rairin fou ye be.
Thanks, @meg at 11:50 AM! Too bad we did not get to see a kilted Ian confront Elinor like that. I'm sure it would have been a candidate for a Worthy Award panel of the year.
Thanks, KitKat- I am an aggrieved Ian fan. He's only been in a couple of strips over the past two years, and hasn't had a single bit of dialog. That dratted ChinNapkin - er, the sublime ChinNapkin has had more exposure!
@meg, I'm glad you corrected yourself!! There is no MW character half as interesting as that textile... although I have to admit that Ian's beard is pretty darn hilarious!!OT, I was arguing with a Scot online about something and started using the Scottish translator as a joke. Amazingly, it made what I was saying much more understandable and he ended up agreeing with me in the end! True story.
Meg, this should brighten your mood. Yesterday I stumbled on this Ian classic on Comics Curmudgeon and just about died laughing!http://joshreads.com/?p=1025Ian Cameron is "the grandstandingest oddball who ever grandstanded."
DaveSF- aaaaaghhh -can't breathe- can't stop laughing! I never thought of Ian being one of those types of professors. I always imagined him as being stuffy, pompous and totally...self-absorbed. Yet, he did marry one of his grad students...and he does wear a Hawaiian shirt on occasion. OMG! He's an aging hippie!
It went well?? I'll bet Chin Napkin didn't think it went well. First Elinor throws it to the table, then she sneaks it into the waistband of her elastic pants and takes it home, to get back at Mary for trying to fix up Beth, and for the awful meal.
Won't come back from Dead Man's Curve---"oh, no..."
Tuesday...Mary knows next to nothing about Tom Harpman and even less about Beth Kinley, yet she has them ready for the altar. This is meddling on steroids - she should be tested for performance-enhancing drugs.Reading yesterday's blog comments, I note nostalgia for Professor Chinbeard, whom Karen Moy has relegated to the D list for some reason. We want Ian, we want Ian! And a cameo by ChinNapkin as Ian's kilt!
KitKat- that would be a job for Chin Napkin's parent, Waist Tablecloth.
TUESDAYToday's dialogue leaves me dreadfully confused. Mary should have every idea why Elinor doesn't like Tom Harpman--and every man--because she and Beth aired out their family issues at the dinner party. Elinor has trust and abandonment issues with men, Mary, remember?Then Mary makes some remark about Tom being "very much into his work", and we don't even know what that is, do we? Yet she thinks that "a girl like Beth" who writes romance novels and has a witchy mom would be good for him. Finally, Toby, who doesn't know either one of them, weighs in. From her vast observation, she thinks Beth needs to get away from Elinor once in a while. How much experience has Toby had with Beth and Elinor, anyway? Isn't she the one who knew more about Tom Harpman?I'm going to start adding a slug of booze to my coffee before I read MW. Clearly, I'm too involved.
Mary must have been zoned out in a state of lamb-induced bliss, not to have noticed Elinor's "Men are cheating scum and not to be trusted" diatribe. It's not that Elinor doesn't like Tom, she hates all people with Y chromosomes, and isn't that fond of the rest of us, either.(To meg and KitKat--maybe Chin Napkin could be Ian's sporran, and for his Skean Dhu, he can carry one of those tiny Worthiverse sporks instead of a dagger.)
fauxprof and Nance- May I suggest that you both seek help soon? It didn't help me, but maybe it's not too late for you."My name is Meg, and I'm a Worthoholic.""Hi, Meg!""It has been 4 hours since my last ridiculous thought, but I'm trying hard."
I thought this was the support group? Am I in the wrong place?"My name is Dave, and the Worthiverse gives me a superiority complex."
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For someone "very much into his work, Tom Harpman sure has been spending a lot of time at home, or at Diner, lately. Maybe he's the new restaurant reviewer for the Santa Royale Daily News? If he is, we'll see him soon sitting at a booth at the Bum Boat, the only other eatery in town. Or did he quit his job so he could spend his time dating Beth?
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