This has all been so real, I feel as if I were actually there, enjoying my friend's set at the showcase Mary prepared just for us. It has been a truly magical night. The beautiful Japanese artform Karaoke reminds me that life is indeed good.
We're STILL flogging this boring plotline? I thought/hoped we were going to move on to a new story today, although I don't know why I would expect it to be any better than this drivel. So we need some fresh ideas. How 'bout this: Ian and Toby announce that they've joined a swinger's club, but Ian is enjoying it way more than Toby is, and this leads to conflict. Toby seeks help from Mary, who tells her to Ask W. . . no, that's no good. Karaoke On, Wilbur the Warbler.-- Scottie McW.
Today's Boldface Haiku is titled"Freud Was An Idiot".So much! Lifts up! Much better!Enjoyed!Reminder good!All!
Not ANOTHER week of Wilbur’s singing and blubbering?! This is cruel and unusual punishment indeed. KM must be taking revenge on us for our excellent snark.How’s this for a plot twist? One of those strange shapes that have been floating around in the background smack Wilbur in the head and knock him senseless. Ian throws a drink in Wilbur’s face to revive him. Unfortunately for Oan, it was Toby’s drink, and she lands a haymaker right at his beard. Mary clutches her pearls and shrieks, “Oh my stars!”
So the moral of the story is, if you pay attention to Wilbur and tell him he's the greatest thing since sliced bread and his columns are comparable to Hemingway, his depression will be lifted.I have been hesitant to share my experience with depression, but I am so annoyed at the way KM has once again taken something she knows nothing about and writes a strip that is so left field from reality.I suffer from depression. It is not something that you can turn on and off. The only way to describe it is like an anvil on your head all day, every day. It is the worst, most horrible feeling imaginable. You just don't "snap out of it" or it leaves when someone tells you what you want to hear. It doesn't go away by singing in a Karaoke bar, having someone put your lousy newspaper column back in the paper, having one visit with a therapist or having people praise you. I am lucky that I am finally on the right medication and I am here right now. I am only telling everyone this because I feel I have a family here and the way KM does storylines about things she knows absolutely nothing about (drugs, sexual harassment, depression) really irks me. I know we love to snark on it, but she is so clueless and so out of touch with reality, maybe she should do a story on that. The characters name will be Maren Koy and maybe Mary can help solve her problem of being a clueless twit.Sorry to digress from the story. Wilbur's still a repulsive human being and if there were more than three people in the place, I'm sure Wilbur would have gotten booed off the stage.
Regina, Right on! Our family has struggled with depression also, and I agree that the superficial depiction of a solution to a serious problem does nobody good, especially people who struggle with the stigma of these conditions. I'd like to see a storyline where Mary gets her Masters in Social Work and has to learn about what REALLY happens to people who suffer from sexual harassment, PTSD, depression, etc. I can just imagine the thought balloons, floating heads, exclamation points, and opportunities for Nance to create some truly fascinating boldface haikus.
While we're sharing it also seems KM has no concept of sadness or grief caused by things as opposed to imaginary sadness caused by trivialities and self pity. My wife died very suddenly 4 1/2 months. I doing pretty well but I've taken concrete actions to deal with my grief. That's why this storyline has triggered me.If that's oversharing sorry. Any how it's past, plus infinity, to move on from repulsive Wilbur.
Tim, so sorry for your loss and thank you for sharing. I know what the pain of losing a loved one is like. Thank you as well Louise. Like I keep saying KM has no idea how the real world works.I didn't want to feel like I was oversharing as well, but this storyline has irked the heck out of me. You go from deep depression o deep you consider getting ready to jump off a cliff, possible alcoholism, depression to all happy because three nitwits pay attention to you. I only wish it was that easy.Now if KM reads this (and I'm sure she does) now that Wilbore is all happy again, can we move on to someone or something less arrogant and unlikable as him? What happened to Dr. Drew's daughter? We haven't seen her in 6 YEARS! When last we heard she was going to Bali. Did she and her hubby fall into the Bermuda Triangle?
I'm sorry, it's been 7 YEARS and they went to Bora Bora. (That's how boring that story was.)
Today I'm particularly proud to be a member of (or at least to be tolerated in) this community. I don't think any of you are oversharing. It IS like a family. Hugs to y'all.
You all are forgetting that Mary's meddling is MAGICAL and can instantly cure any malady. That's why Mary Worth is in the comics section of the newspaper.
The off-kilter view of depression in this story has bugged me, too. Years ago I needed anti-depressant medication because karaoke just wasn't helping. Please, can we move on? I want to check in on Iris and Zak's camping trip.
I know some comic strips have their true fans who love everything but I can's imagine anybody giving KM positive feedback for this storyline, or the Ted the Character, storyline. So why does she press on?
I echo the sentiments of my fellow Worthies. Reading the most excellent snark on MW&M helps me deal with the hellish demon that is chronic depression. It is, indeed an anvil. When I first wake up in the morning, there's about two minutes of happy and then the anvil is back for the day. And Wilbur is a dope.
There are some comic strips that deal with Real World Issues extremely thoughtfully and well, for example Funky Winkerbean, which has dealt with cancer, bullying, interracial relationships, blended families, and a host of others with great insight and care. If KM takes up Real World Issues, she needs to deal with them realistically and adeptly. Otherwise, she needs to Stay In Her Lane, whatever that is, because her treatments are, at the very least, superficial and insulting.To Tim and Regina Wolfe-Parkes, I'm glad you're here. Like so many in this community and all over the world, I understand depression only too well. And no one in the history of my family (either side!) has undertaken karaoke as a medicament.
To everyone who has shared, my thoughts are with you, and I wish you the best.Today's comment:YAY! Let's have another week of Wilbur! I can't wait! More Mary-worship, please!!!Wish List:Could a country music agent be in the establishment? Could she/he "discover" Wilbur? That would be awesome!Could the next plot involve Nola Wolvenson moving back into Charterstone? That would be SUPER-AWESOME!!!
Wilbur had such trivial concerns compared to what many people face. I don't think it's fair to call his minor slump "depression". Depression is something that many people need to face every day, as many of you have attested. He was having something equivalent to a Bad Hair Day or a Terrible Tuesday.
This group is indeed like a family. Tim, Regina, thank you for sharing your stories. We’re all here for you like everyone was for me! I’m afraid we’re in for another week of Wailin’ Wilbur and his loyal posse, the Traveling Wilbores. KM doesn’t seem to have noticed that this story has ended. She keeps passing the exit.
Thanks all for your kind words. You are all like family here. A family that snarks together stays together.Fauxprof, this story seems like the movie Groundhog Day. KM seems content on repeating the same banal story and having Wilbur as the star of it.
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