Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Mary Worth 2674

"It's okay, my lovely, I won't rush you."

"What part of overwhelmed don't you understand? I am feeling rushed. I just said it was overwhelming. And you won't rush me to what, exactly?"

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Mary Worth 2673

I for one can't wait to see the dramatic tension added to this story by Dawn and Ned being discreet at work.

I think the only thing that will calm me down will be a few hours of listening to the Charterstone Jukebox. By the way, I keep getting requests to add "Dawn" by the Four Seasons to the Jukebox. It was added years ago. I've moved it up in the playlist on occasion when past requests have been made, but I'm just going to leave it where it is for now, and let you enjoy "Dawn" and all the music on the jukebox. I most enjoy listening in the car, while I'm mowing the lawn, and when I'm being discreet at work.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Mary Worth 2671

Dawn's amazement stems from the fact that stuff doesn't happen in the Worthiverse. So when something does, it is first to be doubted and then avoided. Trust me. Today's thrill is merely a prologue to tomorrow's tedium. Even after Jared rustles the hydrangeas.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Mary Worth 2670

DAWN... You and I have a lot in common. I'm divorced and my four kids live with their mother in New Hampshire. In many ways, I'm just like your father.

Friday, August 18, 2017

Mary Worth 2669

Hmmm... Wasn't the last French restaurant that Ned took Dawn to called The Pig? Now it's The Love Dog. I think the restaurateurs in Santa Royale are trying to warn Dawn about something. Probably the cuisine.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Mary Worth 2668

Dawn Weston Dating Ethics: Dating your professor is only okay if you say you're taking a break from dating. Dating the boss is aMAZing!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Mary Worth 2667

Ned is going to be really disappointed to discover that Dawn is taking a break from dating.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Mary Worth 2666

Wait. I thought dinner was last night. Maybe Dr. Ned has actually been hovering over Dawn for literally four days.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Mary Worth 2665

I'm really happy for Dawn. It looks like she has found true love at last! All signs point to yes! I'm equally happy for Ned, whose bitter divorce left him emotionally devastated. But now an attractive young coed has looked deep into his soul and revived his heart like no medical professional ever could.

Also, happy for Jared, who dodged a bullet.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Mary Worth 2664

"Dawn, there's been a lot of confusion about health insurance. As you know, Congress hasn't been able to fulfill its manic ambition to deprive millions of people of their health care. I'd like you to summarize all of the issues and view points and send it out in a MASS MAILING to my patients. Thanks. You're amazingly mature."

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Mary Worth 2663

It looks like Jared has been keeping his nose to the grindstone. That thing could fillet a salmon.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Mary Worth 2666

Las Vegas oddsmakers are saying Dr. Ned Fletcher is the creep, and Jared will be the frog prince that rescues Dawn, but Atlantic City is saying that good looking men with money are always princes, and quirky oddballs like Jared are the creeps. Place your bets.

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Mary Worth 2660

Ha ha ha ha ha! Ha ha ha ha ha! Ha ha ha ha ha! Ha ha ha ha ha!

(I seriously thought he said "You're still a college student?")

Friday, August 4, 2017

Mary Worth 2659

Since when has being nosy been a negative personality trait in the Worthiverse?

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Mary Worth 2658

Whoa! What kind of meddler is Medical Assistant Jared anyway? A real meddler doesn't ask questions! A real meddler simply inserts advice without all the facts. Amateur.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Mary Worth 2657

Dawn is so awesome. She can already tell that Jared is a total loser, with his orange scrubs and his shaggy hair. Heck, he isn't even thirty yet, which makes him nothing more than a snot-nosed child, good for nothing more than a trifling annoyance in her day. I love Dawn. She's awesome.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Mary Worth 2655

Maybe it's just because I'm a guy, but is anyone else starting to get the impression that Dawn is hitting on Ned, and not the other way around? Or is Dawn saying things that accelerate the relationship without actually intending to establish a relationship? After Sunday's strip, and today's, I'm not so sure what's going on anymore. Actually... I never have been.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Mary Worth 2654

Careful, here, Dawn. This isn't some widowed art professor who takes you to lunch at the student center cafe. This is Dr. Ned Fletcher, Divorcé, who takes you to dinner at Le Cochon ("The Pig" - French foreshadowing) and makes a point of telling you how excruciatingly "lonely" he is. When he invites you home to practice yoga, he won't mean it literally this time.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Mary Worth 2653

"Well, first of all, you should know I'm not your employee. I'm a temp. An independent contractor. Second, I already have a history of inappropriate relationships with older, creepy men. And third, I sunk a cruise ship."

[Sidenote: Did anyone see this and NOT think of the Hoosiers?}

Friday, July 28, 2017

Mary Worth 2652

I love crossover characters in the comics! In panel 1, Li'l Orphan Grandma; and in panel 2, I'm not sure who that is, but he appears to be some sort of Dick Tracy villain.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Mary Worth 2651

I can't believe it's only been a couple of weeks and Dawn hasn't been dumped by Ned yet.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Mary Worth 2650

Those who know me, know that I would never encourage reckless drinking... But if I did want to invent a drinking game, it would be one shot for each time the word "good" appears in this strip. By the end of the month, you'd be so wasted.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Mary Worth 2649

Every day, in every way, this is looking more and more like my college summer job working at the Medical Group. I hope Dawn doesn't have to put up with the same kind of sexual harassment I had to put up with from some of the ladies on the staff. Of course, back in those days, I had no idea what sexual harassment was. I only know it made me feel uncomfortable.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Mary Worth 2648

Woah, Mary. Not medical practice. Medical group. They don't have to practice anymore. They know what they're doing.

I'm sensitive to this, having worked at the Palo Alto Center for Pulmonary Disease Prevention and Smoking Cessation Medical Group when I was about Dawn's age, summers, while I was in college. Making appointments, filing, running errands... as I mentioned a few weeks ago. Wait. Is Dawn going to live my life now?

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Mary Worth 2647

Oh, come on Mary, adulting is easy. For one thing, you can buy candy whenever you want.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Mary Worth 2645

Oh! Oh! Let me answer! Let me answer! It was the best cruise EVER! I especially enjoyed the many offshore activities such as door kicking and horseback riding on romantic isolated beaches! But there were very good onboard activities, too, like browsing the photo gallery and towel folding. And the FOOD!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Mary Worth 2644

I take it back! "Enjoy" makes a last minute surge toward the finish line. We are almost finished, aren't we?

Good: 21
Enjoy: 20
Love: 18
Nice: 7

Monday, July 17, 2017

Mary Worth 2643

If this story is truly over, maybe it's time to award the word "Good" for being the most used word in this story. I always enjoy a nice love story. They're good. Now, where'd I put my cigarettes?

Good: 21
Enjoy: 19
Love: 18
Nice: 7

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Mary Worth 2642

It would also be a shame for them not to work things out because Derek lied to Katie after she caught him making out with a flaming hot strawberry blonde whom he spent hours with, smoking cigarettes and singing show tunes. But, yeah, misunderstandings are also bad.

Good: 21
Enjoy: 19
Love: 18
Nice: 7

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Mary Worth 2641

A perfect example of dialogue that would work better if Katie had allowed Esme to fall to her death. I think I'm just going to imagine that's what really happened.

Good: 21
Enjoy: 19
Love: 17
Nice: 7

Friday, July 14, 2017

Mary Worth 2640

Katie's Thought Bubble: I love him, but can I trust him again? That look in his eyes tells me that he wants to quit smoking and shipboard entertainers for me, but he lacks the confidence in himself that he needs to succeed. Is there anything I can do to help him? Is there some change I need to make to help him overcome the powerful addictions he has to tobacco and show tunes?

Derek's Thought Bubble: I'd like to eat now, but I can't be the first to break eye contact.


No change today in our verb and adjective tally, but I missed a few days so I want to post an update. "Good" took the lead on Thursday:

Good: 20
Enjoy: 19
Love: 17
Nice: 7

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Mary 2639

Even Toby has fallen asleep listening to Mary drone on about her encounter with Derek in the photo gallery....

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Mary Worth 2638

Hey, guys, I'm over at Derek and Katie's cabin listening to her tell Derek all about how Esme tried to murder her and fell overboard, but Katie saved her. I'm sorry you aren't here. It's awesome. Derek is all like, "No WAY!" and Katie is like, "Way!"

Monday, July 10, 2017

Mary Worth 2637

Let the victory lap begin!

But frankly, I'd much rather listen to Katie recap her encounter with Esme, than to Mary recap her encounter with Derek. But an employee falling overboard just isn't as significant as buying a photo in the photo gallery.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Mary Worth 2636

I'm not sure how Derek intends to fulfill his promise never to look at a cigarette. Maybe he'll put the patch over his eyes.

His sudden visual aversion to cigarettes, however, reminds me of our oldest daughter who as a very young child would freak out if she even saw someone smoking. She'd make quite a scene. One day, when she was three, she said to me, "Cigarettes are yucky! My friends smoke cigarettes and they say, 'yuck!' John says yuck! Ashley says yuck! They just like normular food, like canola bars and juice."

Enjoy: 19
Good: 19
Love: 14
Nice: 7

Friday, July 7, 2017

Mary Worth 2635

Today's strip would be a lot more satisfying and make a lot more sense if Katie had quietly watched until Esme lost her grip and plunged 300 feet to her death.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Mary Worth 2634

No, Derek, Mary didn't say apologize! She said make Katie understand. You are totally off script right now, and I won't be held responsible.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Mary Worth 2633

"Your paramour tried to murder me during the hurricane, but when the ship lurched she fell overboard. I saved her life, and she vowed never to see you again. What did you want to tell me?"

"Uh, Mary Worth gave me a picture of us."

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Mary Worth 2632

Hey, June Brigman must be a magician, too! That's exactly what she did when she took over the artistic responsibilities last year. I sure wish she was drawing my life.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Mary Worth 2631

Mary's night wasn't just good -- it was VERY good! Because she bought a photo at the gallery.

Enjoy: 19
Good: 19
Love: 13
Nice: 7

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Mary Worth 2630

"Here, I just ordered this print of you and Katie before you walked in. I keep pictures of all my victims. But I think you need it more than me right now."

Friday, June 30, 2017

Mary Worth 2629

Mary offers excellent advice! The only problem is that she's basing it on faulty information. I think Derek should probably "review past interactions" one more time and see if he has anything else to add, like "Esme is a goddess, and she kissed me on the veranda!"

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Mary Worth 2628

"The other thing I have in common with Esme is we both know all the words to all the songs in all the Bing Crosby "Road" movies. So we have two whole things in common. Katie and I have built our entire world around each other, but if I can't be free to smoke and sing show tunes, well, I'm just gonna die. Oh, Mary, what ever shall I do?"

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Mary Worth 2627

Derek, it's your choice. You can either be a caveman (smoking, lying, cheating), or you can be a sensitive new age man (crying on the shoulder of an old lady you don't even know). You can't be both. Being both wouldn't make sense.

Oh, wait...

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Monday, June 26, 2017

Mary Worth 2625

Derek mourns at the wall of missing passengers. Most of them either slipped under the "safety" rail, or were thrown overboard by Entertainer Esme.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Mary Worth 2624

"Attention passengers: Parents are reminded to never ever ever ever let go of their child's hand while onboard this vessel. That is all."