Thursday, August 15, 2013

Mary Worth 1,653

So, this is going well. The Sharing Circle has turned into a competitive pity party. Listening to strangers whine about raising their families and being gainfully employed is far better than going home to families and gainful employment. Best vacation ever. Why would anyone ever want to leave?

Today's Full Strip

38 comments:

Nance said...

Oscar the Grouch is really irritated. Mary Worth is going to be so glad she took all that time for herself. She will take all of five minutes (five weeks in KM Time) to straighten these ingrates out.

Gina said...

At least the strip is being realistic for once. Competitive pity parties have been popular for years -- although I can't say I've ever seen one start quite THIS fast!

KitKat said...

Emergency! Emergency! Quick, Shannon, pull out the yoga mattresses!

heydave said...

This is therapy, Ms. Moy, not a resort spa. I realize your blurred experiences result in you have a tough time telling them apart.

kathyo said...

Is Mr. Token Male cracking his knuckles, or resting his arms on the bottom of the panel? All the chairs are armless except for Shannon's.

Toby's Non-Sharing Evil Clown said...

I got a good laugh out of someone calling the androgynous person "Pat" the other day. Can we make that her nickname permanently?

Robin in DC said...

Mary is now so in sync with her hero, Great Shanon that they now are thinking the same thing at the same time. Why does everyone seem to gain weight as they yell in this sharing circle?

Maude Findlay said...

For a second there, I thought that was Bonnie? Bonnie Johnson! Although, as Toby said, there is a bit of androgyny going on there. Does Bonnie have a brother? Ronnie? Donnie? Lonnie? Banana Fanna Foe Fonnie?

Duckduck Goose said...

I think Mary is vacationing in an addiction treatment center.

Anonymous said...

Ditto to what everyone else said.

The whole idea that a resort would have a yoga instructor lead a 'sharing group' is idiotic beyond belief. You'd have to be a nitwit to be completely unaware that this could draw out psychopathology in people.

But have no fear Shannon. Mary, with her many years of graduate study in clinical psychology will surely know how to handle things...

Chin Napkin Groupie said...

As this is the first time in Pat's life that he/she has been given an opportunity to vent to a captive audience, years of pent up emotion are about to pour out. Mary, of course, will come to the rescue and not only restore him/her to mental health but offer fashion tips for the androgynous.

Carlye said...

Is this a spa, or rehab? Who would want to go to a group therapy session at a spa? You are there to relax, not to listen to other people's petty gripes. I'd demand my money back.

Jill Blacksoul said...

Hmmm... maybe this IS rehab! Has anyone checked Mary's arm for track marks?

Dave in Parma said...

Hubba wha?!

Right about now I'd be backing slowly to the door before the angry pear attacked me.

Did Shannon draw the short straw amongst the staff to become group moderator? Do people really pay to sit in a room with other peopple who paid to sit and said room and complain about their lives? Will Mary try to group meddle/solve, or pick one at a time? So many questions.

maconmemad said...

Whose creepy arm is that shooting up beside Mary and resting itself on Blondie's face? Pat's outburst is so violent it's blasting people's appendages off their body!

Anonymous said...

Maybe everyone's getting cranky because their faces and positions keep changing from panel to panel.

Anonymous said...

I believe that Pax Wellness is actually a rehab center and unbeknownst to Mary she is there for an intervention. This is just part of the therapy process to deal with her compulsion to meddle. Everyone at the gripe session is a trained professional and Shannon is the chief psychiatist.

Yahoonski said...

At least you still HAVE a best friend.
Why, what happened to yours?
I ate him.

Brenda said...

I'm extremely curious about where the "mind meld" between Mary and the group leader is going to lead!
Could they both have the EXACT same thoughts about the group whine fest thus far?!?!

Vicki said...

If I were in this group I would complain about how much vacuuming I have to do because of my two cats. Then "Pat" would probably stand up and shout out, "at least you HAVE a cat!" And then I would just go "well, YEAH!"

Anonymous said...

" I HAD a best friend,his name was Aldo, now he's dead..."

Dave in Parma said...

I keep expecting someone here in Shannon Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club to yell out "George is getting angry!"

heydave said...

Poor Pat; she's lost her best friend, Chris.

Duckduck Goose said...

Dear Wendy -
My co-worker, Pat, thinks I'm her friend. I want to be sensitive but must put a stop to the constant texting. What should I do?
- NOT UR BFF


Dear NOT BFF -
Perhaps if you limit contact with her, she'll realize eventually that you're not interested.
- Wendy

Thorpnotized said...

I feel the need to recap the wild and wonderful game of musical chairs/people/outfits that has been going on all week. Here is my unofficial summary...

SUNDAY: In the top row (of the 3-panel strip) we start with six chairs in the first panel. Mary is in the foreground. A short-haired blond in purple and a woman in white with brown hair have already taken their seats. Two women with blond hair are entering the room, one is wearing a purple and black top, the other in pink. When Shannon eventually arrives to sit in the chair with arms (only one arm is supported, by the way) all the chairs will be taken. But the second panel reveals there is now a brown-haired woman in green in the room.

SUNDAY -- second row: In the first panel of the second row, careful analysis of the heads and feet shows there are eight people seated, and the empty chair for Shannon. While Mary prays, let's see who is with her: there are two heads with blue/black hair in the foreground -- one head actually looks like it could be sporting an Afro hairstyle. There is the woman with short brown hair dressed in green, one of the women with long blond hair, a woman in yellow, another in a light blue ensemble with strange open-toed shoes, and the last with light brown shoes. 8 seated people + 1 empty chair = 9 chairs.

SUNDAY -- bottom row: There are six silhouettes clumped together in the first panel of the bottom row; one head has a short ponytail. There is no space for Shannon, who is about to make her appearance in the final panel. When Shannon does arrive, there is a new short-haired blond woman in purple and two women with brown hair. the blue/black haired people are both gone, as is the long haired blond. Shannon's chair has grown a support.

MONDAY: A previously unseen man (I'll call him "Donny Downer" is now a part of the group, seated at Shannon's right in the first panel. A woman with blue/black hair dressed in light blue, sitting between Mary and Donny, makes a brief apperance. Amazingly, the two brown haired women are still there.

TUESDAY: The original woman with blue/black hair who sat between Mary and Donny is now gone. A new woman with brown hair, wearing a light blue tanktop ("We hear you.") joins the group. There is no longer anyone sitting between Donny and Mary.

WEDNESDAY:
Before disappearing, the original brown-haired blue tanktop woman moves next to Donny and then vanishes in the second panel. Two other women fill the void -- short blond hair in light blue ("It's about time!"), and straight brown hair in green ("I can relate.")

THURSDAY:
The blond woman with three boys and a best friend has grown her hair out and takes Donny's seat next to Shannon in the second panel. Pat, in the green outfit and who has no best friend, rejoins the group. She has moved her chair so she is positioned on top of Shannon's legs. Also in the second panel, Mary changes seats and is now next to the blond.

FRIDAY:
The "That's a shame" lady, dressed in purple, drops by to make a comment. The blond in blue has given the seat beside Shannon back to Donny, who is staring intently at Shannon.

Is your head spinning yet? I get the feeling this mishmash will continue for quite some time and look forward to the next round of comings and goings.

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Vicki said...

awesome summary, Thorpnotized!! Shat the heck kind of "Sharing Circle IS this?" It's more like musical chairs meets Twister!

Vicki said...

oops! "Shat" = "what".

Anonymous said...

Saturday

Did the Man in Blue leave when he lost Whiner of the Day?

Is Mary going to teach the Art of the Meddle to Shannon?

Duckduck Goose said...

Are we supposed to care how Pat lost her BFF? I'd rather hear man in blue describe his town hall desk job. Really.
Can't... hold... on... much... longer...

Anonymous said...

Will the "winner" of biggest sob story's prize be a private meddling session with Mary or will Mary get to meddle everyone in one big mass meddle?

Dave in Parma said...

Isn't Aggie the steer that's the mascot for Texas A&M?

Anonymous said...

Great work, @Thorpnotized! KM must be studying for her LSATs and needs to sketch out those evil logic problems.

kathyo said...

So Shannon Yoga fails the PYNOR test. In the ultimate meddling challenge, Mary Worth takes on a humanoid robot meddler.

Link3220 said...

@Dave in Parma - Pat/Aggie is Johnny Football's mom. Her best friend stopped talking to her right after Johnny demanded $100 for an autograph.

Dave in Parma said...

@Link : I'm waiting for Aggie to put her head down and charge Shannon to hook 'em horns.

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