Thursday, April 20, 2017

Mary Worth 2569

I'm not sure what I was thinking, but I've tried to make a collection of the descriptive words in this story so far. I'll leave the interpretation up to you. Enjoy!

Traveling: Love
Cruises: Enjoyed
Travel: Fun
Cruises: Enjoy
Amenities: Love
Food: And the... !
Cooking: Love
Deal: Good
Spread: Delicious
Cooking: Better
Cruise: Enjoy
Deal: Good
Deal: Great
Trip: Enjoy
Cruises: Love
See: Easy
Food: And the... !
Trip: Enjoy
Seattle: Beautiful
Fly: Good
Walks: Beautiful
Classes: Fun
Entertainment: Galore
Food: Endless
Ports: Several
Time: Great
Time: Enjoy
Smoke: Dying
Promises: Good
Ship: Big
Cruise: Treat
Hints: Helpful
Hints: Helpful
Ship: Big
Cruise: Enjoy
People: Friendly
Idea: Good
Dining: Crowded
Seats: Glad
Luggage: Good
Friend: Dear
Room: Nice
Outside: Exciting
Feel: Fortunate
View: Beautiful
Cruise: Memorable
Anywhere: Memorable
This: Beautiful
You: Beautiful
Smoke: Hate
You: Worth
Marriage: Worth
Today: Enjoy
Shapes: Interesting
Sea: Love
Break: Short
Chairs: Inviting
Air: Love
Air: Refreshing
Yourselves: Enjoying
Walk: Enjoying
Activities: Worth
To do: Plenty
Class: Early
Dinner: Formal
Excuse: Love
Entertainment: Good
Shows: Worth
Tonight: Enjoy
Entertainment: Enjoyed
Dinner: Fun
Demonstration: Nice
Walk: Nice
Couple: Nice
Love: Young
Love: Real
Dining: Grand
Buffet: Love
Eating: Casual
Evening: Good
Lobster: Good
You: Nice
Dinner: Enjoy


Nance said...

Today's Boldface Haiku is titled "Toby Orders The Red Meat".

Very good. Lamb chops?
--Hello! Hello!
Oh, Derek...Katie!
Nice! Enjoy?

Wanders, did you, by chance, do a spreadsheet on Exclamation Mark Occurrence or make a Tally Of Nice Usage? That's information I could really use. ;-)

smooth said...

Will we ever find out if Toby enjoyed her lamb chops or not? Perhaps by next week? The suspense is killing me.

Anonymous said...

So Derek is wearing a tux and Katie is wearing an apron. Apparently they're defraying some of the cost of their cruise by working as a waiter and kitchen help, respectively.

-- S. McW.

fauxprof said...

Either we're still off the coast of Florida, or the ship is circling the same island. Will they ever dock? Will Mary and Toby go on a NICE shore excursion which they will proclaim to have been GOOD? Will Derek disembark and find a place to buy cigarettes? That would not be GOOD.

(I'm grasping at straws for something interesting here, but doesn't Derek bear a passing resemblance to Benjamin Bratt?)

Bill the Butcher said...
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Anonymous said...

Wanders, your list? My guess is that you were sitting at your computer, trying to convince Mrs. Wanders that you were finally filing your tax return.

Bill the Butcher said...

Please, please let ISIS hijack this ship and threaten to cut off heads! I'd forgive al Baghdadi everything.

KitKat said...

Wanders, just reading the list you compiled gave me a headache. I hope you recovered well.

Apparently the food is so unidentifiable, Mary and Toby have to remind each other what they're eating. This is already the Cruise from Hell, and we haven't even heard Adjunct Professor Harlan Jones's cruising art history lecture yet.

So, how long before Katie catches Derek smoking and she runs to Mary sobbing? "Oh Mary, our marriage is a sham!"

Anonymous said...

In Wilbur and Dawn's cruise storyline, within one week the ship had started to founder. Two weeks and counting into this cruise, we haven't even gotten to the discussion of the dessert cart.

Shmoopie said...

Chin napkin returns!!!

Anonymous said...

This reminds me of my lunch yesterday. My buddy screamed, "How is your TURKEY AVOCADO WRAP with the side of BAKED BEANS?" And I yelled, "It is GOOD. How is your STEAK SALAD?"

Nance said...

@Anonymous 9:56 AM--The parallel is this: within one week, the Readership had started to founder. Two weeks and counting, we are already fighting for space in the lifeboats, and Wanders has loaded up "Nearer My God to Thee" in the Charterstone Jukebox.

Downpuppy said...

My challenge (that almost always fails) is to find the secret message in the bolded words.

Today, there was a clue in the Hellos, pointing back to 1963, when Mary was in her early 60s.

Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah
Here I am at dinner table
Food is very enjoyable
And they say we'll have some but you won't see it

I was sitting in a deck chair
Tiny cruise ship
You remember Derek Katie
4 of us are on this endless voyage

Gina said...

The Boldface Haiku has become a highlight of my day.

I'd like to think that says more about Nance's talent than about my life. :-)

Chin Napkin Groupie said...

Thank you June!! I hope Chin Napkin is enjoying this cruise more than the rest of us, but I doubt it.

r u ok? said...

I thought cruise ships generally have large round tables set up for formal dinners. At least formal dinners on Bargain Cruise Lines have plates, flatware, and Chin Napkins! I hope Mary shows Toby how she can fold Chin Napkin into a rhino or something.

Dawn Weston's Evil Twin said...

Wow! This conversation is scintillating! I wonder what they could have talked about while they were eating their "VERY GOOD" meals? Obviously, it was less interesting than today's dialogue, otherwise the strip would have shown that conversation, amirite?

Mary's Helpful Hint #21: If your new acquaintances show up at your dinner table, invite them to sit down and enjoy a nice cup of coffee and desert with you and your traveling companion. Ask the new acquaintances all about their lives! Begin to meddle and give them advice! Don't resist the urge to be nosy! After all, it has to be more interesting than your friend's description of the tastiness--or lack thereof!--of her lamb chops!

Nance said...

@Gina--Thank you so much. I'd like to think that, too. So, do let's go right on Doing So.

Yahoonski said...

DWET: I think you're on to something. The subject of food quality never came up the whole time they were actually eating the food. Toby knows not to interrupt the old crustacean crusher until she's consumed her whole lobster, shell and all. Toby desperately wanted to tell Mary how absolutely second-rate her chops were, but it doesn't look like she'll ever get the chance now.