Today's Full Strip
Of course Mary's never been there. The last time she was in the City, circa 1950, the park was an operating elevated train track!Thankfully, Broadway Legend Ken Kensington is here to drag Mary into the 21st century.
Wanders, thank you for the link about the invasive cockroach, Periplaneta japonica. Professor Scharf's comment is equally applicable to Mary: "To be truly invasive, a species has to move in and take over and out-compete a native species...There's no evidence of that, but that doesn't mean we shouldn't be concerned about it." So, stay vigilant, New York!
Mary doesn't love New York, per se; she loves The Idea of New York. And being squired around by a dashing Has-Been.
Kudos once again to the indefatigable Moy-Giella team - they can make even a tour of glamorous Manhattan seem duller than watching ice melt (which I can now do lookig out my window when the agony of reading Mary Worth gets too much to bear).I'm going to be really disappointed if Mary doesn't manage to look up poor John Dill while she's (endlessly) visiting New York.
I, for one, am eagerly anticipating a meeting which involves John, Jeff, and Ken. Will they get into a silly old men's fight over the lovely Mary? Or will they laughingly go off arm in arm to a manly old men's bar, leaving the fair Mary sobbing, What about me? What about me? Reminds me of the time Paw Kettle and Johnny Weismuller got into a tussle over Maw Kettle. Good times...
This is the best K2 can do in New York City at Christmastime? No ice skating in front of Rockefeller Center? No Radio City Music Hall Christmas show? No Rockettes, for Pete's sake? Of course, he wouldn't know that Mary tried out for the Rockettes back in 1953, but backed out when she discovered, to her shocked dismay, that she was expected to Show Her Legs! In fishnet stockings! She was too demure a young lady (about 47) to submit to such vulgarity. So, better off at the cockroach park, I guess.
@Nance,I adore your turn of phrase.Why yes, Mrs. Worth, we can book you on the "Squired About by a Dashing Has-Been" package tour.Would you like the standard "meet cute" or how about something more daring, like our "Matron in Distress"?"Does this include a stop at the Auto-Mat?""Oh you're thinking of the 'Touch of Mink'? No that tour hasn't been running for forty years."
Such gladness of the holiday season: - no snow in NYC- people adhere to the strict blue and orange dress code- nobody pays undue attention to the shifting yellow spot on K2's head- Mugger Mole Man (M3) is blithely forgotten- Jeff and those dirty locals from wherever never enter into conversation
I have to give K2 credit for one remarkable feat. He is managing to escort Mary on a tour of NYC in which she sees nothing but white people. This might be why he has to avoid anything of current interest. You never know who might be in THOSE crowds.
"The reader is asked to remember that Mary Worth stories are not about Mary. They are about a continuing parade of people who enter Mary's life. If you look closely, you may recognize one of your neighbors — or even yourself."I knew K2 looked familiar...He's the guy down at my local county courthouse standing on a cardboard box reciting scriptures and yelling.
Kit Kat might be on to something here. Mary = Invasive Species. Dear OLD Shelly Cohen = Native Species.
The Highline? How random is that?! Karen Moy must have gotten that from Googre.
What's with the sudden onset of Ulysses S. Grant poses by K2?Maybe K2 can take Mary to the talkies next.
Mid stroll, Mary feels the call of nature and stops at the Standard to use the facilities. Hilarity ensues.(And she thought dancing with the Rockettes showed too much skin!)
Ken Kensington is looking more and more like William Shatner. This can't be a good sign. Soon, he'll tie Mary to a chair and force her to listen to his rendition of "Rocket Man"...
I say K2 is similar to Ted Confey, has no money, and will try to con Mary out of her life savings. Mary may have been better off if the troll had taken her purse.
Speaking of the Standard, Mary better not look across the street. http://nypost.com/2009/08/24/high-line-is-a-lust-cause/Maybe Ken 2K is trying to tell her something by taking her to the High Line.Being from NY, the High Line would be the LAST PLACE I'd take someone visiting. There's Radio City, Rockefeller Center, even one of those tour buses! If this is 2K's idea of showing her the town, count me out. I would cut my vacation short and high tail outta town.
In their time travels through NYC, they seem to have landed again in the summertime.
@ Regina 7:30 --maybe getting Mary to high tail it out of town is K2's plan.There's Mary in panel 2: "You were popular. Now you're not. How times change!"
Maybe Mary can be on the Howard Stern show while in NYC. Oh the stories he could pull out of her.
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