Thursday, December 31, 2009

Mary Worth 643

Yes, I, Wanders, have returned, like a long lost son that you never knew about (if you are my dad; if you are my mother, you probably knew about me), and who you met on Facebook. I have decided to move in with you and my hot sister. I only hope that when you look at me, you'll think of my mother, and not resent me for being a total weirdo. And that you won't ask too many questions... like where have I been the last couple of weeks? There's a three part answer. First, I was sick a lot in December. Second, it's the holidays, so I spent as much time with Mrs. Wanders and the little Wanderers as possible. And third, we got Beatles Rockband for Christmas. Need I say more?

There's still a few more hours to stuff your ballots in the Worthy Awards ballot box. I know there won't be many surprises this year since the poll shows you the current results, but I hope you've had fun voting.

Happy New Year! Here's to all the great stories we'll read in 2010! And also, the Mary Worth stories we'll read.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Mary Worth 642

Yeah, yeah, we're all familiar with Jeff's commitment to family. The strings he pulled to get his children through medical school, and then placing them on the staff at his own hospital where he can continue to cover up for their malpractice. But at least he has contact with them, unlike Wilbur Weston, who last we knew was weighing the consequences of actually sending an email to his illegitimate son. What a great story that was. And it only took two weeks to tell. The new mini-format needs a little work, but if Karen Moy excels at anything it is telling stories in ways no one else would ever even consider.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Mary Worth 641

Another groundbreaking story is being developed in Mary Worth. For the next five weeks, we can expect to watch Wilbur type at his computer in a too-small sans serif font as he seethes in resentment over Abby, the girl who dumped him never revealing she was pregnant with his child, and who had the audacity to die just before he could reconnect with her on Facebook. The excitement never ends.

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Thursday, December 17, 2009

2009 Worthy Awards

Yes, it is time for the 2009 Worthy Awards! This year, the Condo Board was faced with so many difficult choices, just winnowing the options down to a few outstanding nominations was a painful and distressing process. But, we've done it. And now it is your turn to determine who will go home with the coveted Worthy Award Loving Cup. Voting Ends Midnight, December 31. You have until the New Year! Cast your vote now!

Mary Worth 640

Oh, Abby. So headstrong and wild and free, with your fringed jacket and pirate shirt. And your man hands. You were an amazing girl. Just the thought of you makes me look suspiciously over my shoulder.

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Merry Worth 639

As Wilbur sucks down another ham on Wonder bread sandwich, it seems like a good time to pause and wish all of you a very Merry Worth Holiday. 'Tis the season for all of us at Mary Worth and Me to thank you for a year of great comments and commiseration as we share the exciting adventures of Mary Worth together. To celebrate, we dressed up like elves and had some fun.

I hope you enjoy our video.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Mary Worth 638

Do I really need to say anything? As Kurt "The Skeleton" Evans emerges from his closet, Wilbur is so distressed that he's inhaling not one, but two ham on Wonder bread sandwiches.

It's about time for an I.M. to pop up from Mary to begin some cyber meddling.

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Saturday, December 12, 2009

Mary Worth 637

NOT the information he was looking for, Wilbur.

Puzzle Corner:

Can you find Seven Differences between Wilbur Weston and's computer user?

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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Mary Worth 636

I can't tell if this is a story warning us about the dangers of the Internet, going to college, or dating women whose names are anagrams for the word "BABY." Possibly all three.

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Monday, December 7, 2009

Mary Worth 635

Yesterday, we began with the iconic Charterstone Bench of Despair, but after the second panel, I found that I couldn't go on. Wilbur's attempt to type with his claw-like deformity just made me so uncomfortable. Oh, sure, I tried to ignore it, tried not to stare, but eventually I became so self-conscious of my gawking, that I thought it was best just to turn away. So, imagine my surprise this morning to see that the email I sent Wilbur Weston was actually published!

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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Mary Worth 634

This is the generation gap issue announced in yesterday's strip? I've got friends on Facebook in their seventies and doing just fine. I think what has depressed Wilbur so much, besides the poor selection of Ritz crackers, ketchup and pretzel sticks at this year's pool party, is that he just can't seem to find any friends. Maybe he should try that Santa Royale Fan Club site where Adrian met con-man extraordinaire Ted Confey.

I'm very excited for Facebook this morning. This kind of publicity will really build their audience. I hope they'll be able to handle the surge in bandwidth!

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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Mary Worth 633

Gasp! "Thank goodness?" Really, Mary Worth? Really? Can't you see that Wilbur is definitely distressed about something? Why, it's as plain as the Rorschach test on his face. Oh, Mary, what's wrong with you that you can't recognize a problem to be solved? There is something odd about you today, Mary. Wait a minute... ARE you Mary Worth? Or some sort of duplicated pod person interloper? I knew it! There goes the real Mary Worth not seven feet away. When pod person Mary sees that the real Mary has escaped from her formaldehyde tank in the alien laboratory there's going to be carnage.

I thought you might enjoy this article in a Naples, Florida, paper in which MW&M "reminds us of Mystery Science Theater 3000." Perhaps the highest compliment this blog has ever received! Be sure to let the writer know that you agree!

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Monday, November 30, 2009

Mary Worth 632

What? The Adrian Corey story is over already? It just started in February. But if it must end, at least we get to have a pool party, and the promise of a Wilbur Weston story. And we get a glance at Ian's legs. Ian seems to be the only one who knows how to dress for a pool party. Everyone else is ready for church.

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Sunday, November 29, 2009

Mary Woth 631

Mary-Worth Time has always been a tricky thing. Although Mary Worth and Adrian were doing dinner dishes in yesterday's strip, today's strip clearly picks up with breakfast dishes the next morning. It's seven a.m., the sun is shining and every one has put on their Sunday best. Then, sparing us five more hours of this conversation, the strip finishes with the lunch dishes at 12:30.

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Saturday, November 28, 2009

Mary Worth 630

I feel like Karen Moy has heard about irony, but doesn't really understand the concept. When Scott was saying early in this story things like, "We have our whole lives together," and "I finally have something to live for," then IRONY would be Scott dying from the gunshots that riddled his body and left his arm in a sling for two weeks and made his leg a little numb. Death was ironic. Doing the dishes after Thanksgiving dinner and talking about how much you love Scott and how you'll always be there for him no matter how much face touching his recovery requires is not ironic; it's expected.

If you want to keep us on our toes, Karen Moy, have Mary suddenly sprout a third arm from the middle of her chest to help her reach the high shelves. Wait a minute. Whoa. This strip is full of surprises after all.

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Thursday, November 26, 2009

Mary Worth 629

I'm indeed thankful for this day too. I'm also grateful for yesterday, and all of your birthday wishes! I join my voice to Karen Moy's and Joe Giella's in wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving.

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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Mary Worth 628

Aww, Karen Moy, how did you know that today is my birthday? This is the sweetest birthday message I've ever received. I'm glad you enjoy the blog. Every day with Mary Worth, Jeff, Toby, Adrian and Drew, and all the rest of our special friends is a gift to me too.

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Mary Worth 627

From yesterday's strip:

And today, perhaps the oddest piece of Mary Worth continuity ever: The chair in the hall facing the wall.

Okay, I admit it... it's the only piece of Mary Worth continuity ever.

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Monday, November 23, 2009

Mary Worth 626

Wonderful. But what's motivating this sudden case of dwarfism?

And here Adrian was expecting to endure a lengthy recovery with Scott. She must be very disappointed. Never underestimate the power of face touching.

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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Mary Worth 625

Delilah Jonis definitely has a crack with lots of light getting in. She calls Mary just to say how happy she and Lawrence are, when in reality she's run away from home again and is hiding out at the Yellowstone Lodge. As we learned last spring, her home in the Valley is nowhere near as nice:

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Friday, November 20, 2009

Mary Worth 624

That's funny, I was just kicking myself the other day for all the time I wasted while you two were apart. Perhaps we're not that different after all.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Mary Worth 623

"Oh, Lawrence? Well, I haven't quite told him yet, Mary. I'm afraid he might react badly, what, with all his Podcasting and everything. I was wondering if I could stay with you until after the baby arrives."

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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Mary Worth 622

For those of you who might not have recognized Delilah since her rhynoplasty, you just need to remember: Headband. Delilah has that headband growing out of her head. One day she may have it surgically removed, but not until after the baby arrives. If it's a girl, it too may inherit a bow of skin to tuck her hair under. If it's a boy, he can inherit his father's love of Podcasting.

Although Mary was in the car when the phone first rang (see yesterday's complete strip), she somehow managed to get to her phone in time.

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Monday, November 16, 2009

Mary Worth 621

Could it be a new story? Or is Adrian just going to call the hospital to see how Scott's recovery is coming along?

I'm hoping this is the very first panel of a brand new story because it is so rich in foreshadowing possibilities!

Literal: Toby tries to call Mary's home, but she gets voice mail.

Romantic: Wilbur gets a call from a mysterious stranger who sends him roses every day.

Cute: A young woman in Russia strikes up a telephone friendship with Mary when they discover they both love to wear yellow.

Ironic: Dawn's telephone doesn't work, but she falls in love with the telephone repair man who ends up getting shot in a drug raid at the Santaroymart customer support call center.

The promise of a new story always feels so hopeful!

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Sunday, November 15, 2009

Mary Worth 620

"I'll do whatever it takes. I'll stand by Scott no matter what! Even if it means changing his sling twice a day. Even if it means removing his neck Band-Aid. Even if it means never having my face touched again!"

By the way, who is that little girl? And where's Adrian with her lab coat and pearls? Fortunately, Jeff has put on a cool sweater vest. I admit, I don't know a lot about producing a daily comic strip, but why does everyone change their clothes on Sundays?

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Friday, November 13, 2009

Mary Worth 619

I'm glad someone finally thought of a way to help Scott. That sling and head bandage weren't really appropriate for his leg wound.

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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Mary Worth 618

As Adrian touches face, Scott lies in his bedroom, listening to hospital hi-fi, wondering where everybody went. Don't worry, Scott, someone will come by in a few days to assess your numbness. Hopefully, a medical professional of some sort. And maybe they'll ask you, "Who put this tourniquet on your head, and why are you wearing a sling? Well, as soon as your leg wakes up, I guess you can go." It'll be a great relief to get so much. (How much? A lifetime's worth!)

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Mary Worth 617

Jeff, your love for Scott knows no bounds.

Oh, Scott, I hope you make it. Almost shot in the leg, poor man. It could go either way. Vital areas were spared in this almost-mortal grazing.

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Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Mary Worth 616

He told you that you were a minor pain in the neck? I think he was just trying to spare your feelings, because you are definitely a major pain in the neck.

Jeff seems very excited to learn that Scott may need his assistance for the rest of his life.

But, hey, if not all vital areas were spared after all, and Scott's got a numb leg, our favorite mail order catalog, Harriet Carter, has just the thing:

The EZ Up Chair Riser

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Sunday, November 8, 2009

Mary Worth 615

One day, someone is going to give Scott and Adrian a frozen s'more and then it's "Honey, you're the second BEST thing that ever happened to me."

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Friday, November 6, 2009

Mary Worth 614

I just want Scott's dying words to be whispered very faintly: "Moy.... Giella...." And then the rest of the Charterstone gang can spend years trying to figure out what he was talking about.

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Thursday, November 5, 2009

Mary Worth 613

So, at first Adrian is all, "I love you. I'm wearing your ring. For better or worse, sickness and health..." But now she's all like, "Why don't we just wait and see if you get better," and hiding her ring to avoid arousing his hopes.

Poor Scott looks absolutely delusional. He appears to believe he's at the church getting married. But he is right about one thing: He can't leave. Because he can't walk.

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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Mary Worth 612

One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,
One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them
In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.

Scott, clearly, has become one of the Nazgul.

Meanwhile, down in the Mountview Hospital cafeteria, Mary tells Jeff the same story she told Adrian... about the only man she will ever love. Jeff's had a really rough day. Sucking the grease out of that hashbrown patty is his only comfort.

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Monday, November 2, 2009

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Mary Worth 609

Adrian's eerie fantasy of her future life married to the specter of her deceased fiance is gruesome Halloween fun. Well done. I shall have nightmares for sure.

Speaking of Halloween, last night we had a campfire in the backyard and made S'mores and listened to spooky stories. I was so excited to find one of my favorite childhood records available for MP3 Download: Alfred Hitchcock's Ghost Stories for Young People- a collection of spooky stories that aren't too scary for kids (well, maybe the first one). I downloaded it right away, and we listened to it as we sat around the campfire. Mrs. Wanders and I loved it more than our little Wanderers, but they still had lots of fun.

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Friday, October 30, 2009

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Mary Worth 607

For days, Adrian has been raising Scott's bed, then lowering it, then raising it. But today, she's actually lowered the mattress to the floor so she can climb on top of Scott while she waits for him to go either way. Because there's nothing like 114 pounds of weight pressing down on fresh bullet wounds.

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