When Mary presses firmly on the soft flesh of her cheek, a floating head pops out of her ear.
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Wanders, is that always true?! At least it's been true the past two days.Mary is not concerned about any old Waiting List. Doubtless she Knows Someone and can get Hanna a room with a view That Day if things work out.Ha! "Waiting List." It is to laugh.
This place is really exclusive. It's got a waiting list for applying for an apartment. Hopefully your worsening arthritis will still allow you to grip a writing implement when it's finally your turn to actually fill out the application form. By the way, what's with all the "items"? First Mary was going to pick up "prescriptions," then it was "things," but lately it's all about the items.
"And laying her finger aside of her nose, and giving a nod, to Somerset Dingdon rose!"Somerset sounds pricey. However, if Hanna's modest means are insufficient to gain admittance to this paradise, maybe she and Elinor Kinley can share digs there. It would be a win-win for all: Beth and Tom Harpman can finally have some privacy, and Amy and Gordon will be stopped at the gate and refused entry.
The best part of all this is that we still don't know if Hanna's only problem is distraction vs. visual deficits. So many assumptions so few facts. That's Mary-Meddling in a nutshell.
When my aunt went on a waiting list for a place like that, her son offered to go over and visit a few of the residents late at night, with a pillow. I bet that's just what Mary's thinking too!
I've only been following this strip on a daily basis since I discovered the online comics site previously known as Daily Ink, which soon led me to this wonderful site. But perhaps one of you long-term readers can answer this question for me: has any character ever had enough spine to look Mary in the eye and say "Why don't you mind your own damned business"?
TuesdayJudging by the looks of her, either Somerset is not active enough or Felicia doesn't participate in enough of the ACTIVE activities. In fact, Felicia seems to be gaining weight right before our eyes in Drug Store.@Yahoonski at 8:45 AM, the only character who stood up to Mary was the late Aldo Kelrast (see the excellent archive provided by Wanders). Aldo, a Captain Kangaroo lookalike, didn't object to Mary's meddling (more's the pity), but he refused to accept that Mary was not interested in pursuing a romantic relationship with him. (Most readers noted pretty quickly that "Kelrast" is an anagram of "stalker.") An intervention arranged by Mary went bad, Aldo drove off a cliff, and Mary felt not even a tiny bit of guilt. The Gospel According to Moy says, "One who stands up to Mary must DIE!"
This isn't really an answer to Yahoonski, but I'm reminded of a line from the Simpsons where the Comic Book Guy mentions his prized "very rare Mary Worth, in which she has advised a friend to commit suicide".
Wednesday: The computer that generates the dialog in this strip is functioning even worse than usual. What is a "running shuttle service"? Is there some other kind?
@Imogene. That's one where the old folks have to sprint to get a seat. It's more fun for the drivers. There's a betting pool, too.
If Hanna is really fortunate, Somerset has a running child-care service to exhaust Gordon.
Speaking of anagrams, has anyone mentioned that Dingdon is an anagram of "nodding," as in "off behind the wheel"?
Actually, Vince, I noted that anagram near the beginning of this "story," but my hope was that we were going to take an exciting turn into the topic of narcolepsy. Another hope dashed...And a running child-care service would be wonderful! Take a few pounds off pudgy Gordie.
@Yahoonski: Let's not forget the absolutely marvelous Nola Wolvenson who shamelessly shocked that goody-goody Mary Worth on a daily basis, not caring at all what Mary though of her antics. Bring her back, please!
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