Oh, congratulations to Mary on her proper use of the oft abused phrase "deep-seated."
Also, I thought it might be fun to watch this video:
Today's Full Strip
Here is today's First Panel, translated for you into RealSpeak:Mary: Aggie has big problems.Shannon: I don't care.Narrator: At Pax Wellness, stuff happens. We are not trained for most of it. Oh well.
Aggie's BFF of a decade suddenly bails, and Mary hopes Aggie will find peace with her situation. What a comfort! Meanwhile, Shannon is all set for her third job at Pax, staffing the gypsy fortuneteller kiosk.Wanders, that drying paint would be even more exciting if it were on a wall at Charterstone.
"I TOLD you I would hold this pose!"
Note to Mary and Shannon: MIND YOUR OWN BUSINESS!
These episodes happen all the time in the sharing circles. The problem is the sign above the door. Only emergency exits open outward, so that even the most out-of-control mob will be able to escape. When Aggie fled the room, followed by the rest of the group, they fell straight into a dark pit. Pax Resort is a freaky, mysterious place.
Seriously, does Joe's heart sink when he receives a script like this? The man who drew caped heroes engaging in acrobatics and fisticuffs, and now he's tasked with illustrating a strip about nothing. Well, nothing but medding.
I have to wonder which of these two is going to track down Aggie first, and help her find peace with her situation. Maybe there will be a meddling competition!
OOver at Cleveland.com, an idea has come up that I think bears considering: this whole storyline is an existential metaphor, illustrating Sartre's idea that "hell is other people." Mary doesn't know it, but she's actually died, carrying her meddling into the afterlife, where it drives people screaming from rooms, into the desert, and, as we may find out, even worse.The twist? For other people, it's hell. As for Mary Worth - well, she's in heaven.
In a dark desert resort, hot wind in my hairDank smell of salmon squares, rising up through the airThursday night, in the rec room, I saw a sharing circle lightI unloaded my problems, just to get some insightThere I stood in the doorway;I had a story to tellAnd I was thinking to myself,"Is that Miracle Whip I smell?"Shannon tried to play doctor, though she has no degree,There was bad advice given,All directed at me...Welcome to the Pax Wellness CenterSuch a boring place (Such a boring place)Such a homely facePlenty of meddling at the Pax Wellness CenterAny time of year (Any time of year)You can find it hereMary is Yoga pants-twisted, she got the Santa Royale bendsShe got a lot of boring people that she calls friendsHow dare they judge me, when they don't know me yet.Some can't tell my gender, even won't make a betSo I called up room service,"Please bring me my Kelk!"He said, "We haven't had that product here since the days of Lawrence Welk!"And whining voices are calling from far away,Wake you up in the middle of the nightJust to hear them say...Welcome to the Pax Wellness CenterSuch a boring place (Such a boring place)Such a homely faceThey're livin' it up at the Pax Wellness CenterWhat a bland retreat (what a bland retreat)Where the boring meetMirrors on the ceiling,The pink Gatorade on iceShannon said "We are all just meddlers here, who pretend that we're nice."And in the rec room's chambers,They gathered for the night,The passive aggressive behavior rules,But they wonder why it starts a fightLast thing I remember, I wasRunning for the doorI had to find the passage backTo the place I was before"Relax, " said the night man,"We are programmed to receive.You can check-out any time you like,But you can never leave! "
BRAVO Maude Findlay!! Well done! Interesting, isn't it, that the contributors to this blog are usually more clever and entertaining than the stupidity spewed by Moy and Company?!? And she gets PAID! Wow.
Maude, amazing! Belongs on the Charterstone juke box -- where is it, by the way? We also need to add "You've Got a Friend", or "Thank You for Being a Friend", or maybe "I Get By with a Little Help from my Friends" (something for Aggie).
@Maude Findlay, that is a classic! Thank you!
Maude...you nailed it!!!
Mary is sure quick to say Aggie has "deep-seated" problems! For all she knows, her BFF may have done something really ROTTEN right before the Sharing Circle. Maybe she euthanized her dog or stole her Lexus and crashed it, and then called her up to chortle and say "hey, sorry, Aggie..not really my fault! If you hadn't gone off to that Pox Wellness place for weeks on end..."
@Maude - Wow,great job!@Yahoonski - Of course JGiella's heart sinks, every day as he draws this pap. But he realizes this is the stage of life he's at, not unlike a great pitcher who once stood on the mound for game 7 of the World Series, and who now shuffles out on old timer's day, to stand halfway to home plate, trying his best to get the ball to the catcher on a fly.
Maude, that was epic! Spot on!
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