I've been reading Tommy's thoughts all week! Being deep inside his mind has indeed been troubling. It's time to end this Vulcan mind meld!
Groan, we're still here, blowin' through the chasm in his mind.-- Scottie McW.
BTW, KM, "ex-convicted felon" is a pretty awkward phrase for someone who writes for a living. -- S. McW.
Today's Boldface Haiku is back from a little vacation, apparently didn't miss a thing, and is titled"What This Relationship/Strip Needs Is Way More Angst".(Ex-convicted felon...drug dealer!Hit bottle! Hates! Tell?From?)
Oh noooo...I bet a dollar to a donut that Tommy is going to walk right into Mary. “Tommy, how ARE you?! How’s your NEW job, and your LOVE LIFE?!” Mary’s Cliche Meter is probably tingling.
"Ex-convicted felon" makes absolutely no sense.
Frankly, the contents of Tommy's thought bubbles make him sound a lot more interesting than how he is depicted.I've been trying to parse 'Ex-Convicted felon' too. My best guess is he somehow got his conviction expunged, maybe? On account of his youth maybe? Or possibly because he lacks the mental capacity to truly formulate criminal intent? Yeah, it's probably that last one.
There isn't such a thing as an "ex-convicted felon". Tommy could have accurately called himself a "felony ex-offender". Most likely he couldn't get an expungement of a trafficking conviction in California (I looked it up.), so calling himself an "ex-convicted felon" is his fantasy way of not owning that he is (and will always be) a felon. To say nothing of the fact that nobody thinks awkward phrases like "ex-convicted felon" in his/her head. I love today's boldface haiku, Nance. Bet you were happy to come back from vacation to such meaty material.
Hmm, maybe Tommy received a pardon from a certain POTUS.@Nance, your little vacation kept your remarkable powers intact. When I read today's haiku, I pictured Tommy actually hitting a bottle and hoped that the bottle would hit back - ooofff owwwww!
I imagine Moy thinking : Ex-con..hmmm too informal for the strip. Why don't I write it out in full? Being Moy, she wouldn't bother to look it up & discover that the long version is just convict.A week ago I was saying -Just tell her Tommy & get it over with.Now, screaming & cursing the same thing.
Run Brandy Run! Maybe Zac has a twin brother...
One more thought about the ex-con business. In my experience the label has always denoted somebody who was convicted of a crime and served time for it. But it never really made sense unless, as Timmy suggested, your conviction had been expunged. Otherwise, when you get out of stir, you're still a convict, you're just not an inmate anymore. So, we should probably have been saying ex-inmate all along.
Better brains than mine have parsed “ex-convicted felon” and I will only add to KitKat’s observation of a possible pardon from a certain POTUS, that Tommy has been getting language lessons from the same source.BTW, Tommy’s posture is really terrible. My neck hurts just looking at him.
Excellent observation, Yahoonski. Now if you can tell me what that "thing" is between Tommy's nose and upper lip, I will be able to sleep tonight.
I thought Tommy's drug of choice was Vicodin, not alcohol... Has Karen Moy forgotten which addict is which?
Re: the "ex-convicted felon" thing: This is from someone who quotes Nietzsche and does't have a clue what the quote means. Why are we expecting KM to make sense?Also, I too wanted to know when Tommy was hitting the sauce. All I remember is him being addicted to Vicodin. Did we zone out and miss some strips where he was boozing it up with Jill Black, Helen Martin and Nora Wolvenson's coworker Dan Smithers?
Anonymous: I went back and looked at the "thing" under Tommy's nose. Maybe the triangular area that it outlines was supposed to be filled in with black, and represents the shadow of Tommy's nose thrown on to his upper lip. Blame the inker.
@KitKat, @LouiseF--Thanks, you two. Being away/unplugged was its own Kind Of Joy.As a former teacher of English and creative writing, and a current freelance writer/editor, today's offering from KM is as painful to me as a sign using the 's for a plural. I'm just grateful that I don't have to grade her stuff.
It’s getting to be a daily struggle not to hit Tommy.
TuesdayIt appears that Wilbur decided to buy the new shoes after all.
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