Friday, December 31, 2021

Mary Worth 3801

This is an appropriate song since Wilbur is kind of a jerk as was Prince Hans. Plus, the song is awesome enough to be added to the jukebox because who doesn't love Kristen Bell and Santino Fontana? It brings back hilarious memories of my teenaged son and daughter singing this spot on in the back of the van on long trips.

I wish everyone a spectacular New Year! The nominees for the Worthy Awards will be announced on January 3rd. Get your voting fingers ready.

Thursday, December 30, 2021

Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Notes from the Editor: June, do you think you could lower the side board to Mary's elbow, instead of her shoulder? Could the vase be a bit smaller? Cats pretty much do what they want, but why is the dog sitting on the table? And that artwork... is that a Picasso line drawing? Could you lower it a little? It's just a bit high.

And Karen, what the heck does "a renewed sense of Try-Again with each other" mean? It sounds like they're headed toward another falling out. Please, let's not go through that again.

Monday, December 27, 2021

Mary Worth 3798

No, no, no no nonononono! NOOOOOO! Looks like we get to begin the year on a cruise with Estelle and Wilbur, or watching Mary watch Libby and Pierre. No. No. Nooooooooo. Nononono!

Friday, December 24, 2021

Mary Worth 3796

First of all, ewww. Second, I am going to parse the Shakespeare quote, of course, but first let me say that everyone uses it this way, so I don't blame Mary for missing the context. But this is from Twelfth Night. In fact, I think it may be the very first line. The issue here is that a young man is so love sick, he wants to "eat" so much music that he loses his appetite for love. I think we've all known that feeling while "reading" Mary Worth.

Thursday, December 23, 2021

Mary Worth 3795

My goal is to set more specific goals.

I'm always a little thrown by Mary's inner monologues. She has done ths before where she just hammers herself with platitudes. She ought to just open her mouth and start preaching to that run down apartment building. I'm sure the people who live there will appreciate it.

I don' think I'm going to add "Seasons of Love" to the jukebox, but if you haven't watched Tick Tick Boom on Netflix yet (about the writer of Rent), I highly recommend it.

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Mary Worth 3793

Golly, Mary. You've really grown this morning. I guess you'll never meddle in people's relationships again. I mean, who are we to judge? (Even after the drunken noodles incident and the karaoke hostility.)

Monday, December 20, 2021

Mary Worth 3792

Mary, you've just described a disfunctionally co-dependent relationship perfectly.

Saturday, December 18, 2021

Mary 3791

So, when I last visited, Wilbur was groveling for forgiveness with pet toys and pulled pork. Now he's inviting Estelle on a three day cruise. And she's all for it. I don't know which story I will hate more, Wilbur and Estelle on a cruise, or Mary Worth frolicks with Pierre and Libby.

I long for the days when there were characters I loved to hate, instead of just characters I hate.

Also, here's a link to an "old familiar" for those who read yesterday's strip.

Monday, December 13, 2021

Mary Worth 3789

"Wilbur, you shouldn't have..." How many times has he heard that in his life?

Sunday, December 12, 2021

Mary Worth 3788

Ah, Beckett. From his wonderful essay, Westward Ho. Here's the next parapgraph:

“First the body. No. First the place. No. First both. Now either. Now the other. Sick of the either try the other. Sick of it back sick of the either. So on. Somehow on. Till sick of both. Throw up and go. Where neither. Till sick of there. Throw up and back. The body again. Where none. The place again. Where none. Try again. Fail again. Better again. Or better worse. Fail worse again. Still worse again. Till sick for good. Throw up for good. Go for good. Where neither for good. Good and all.”

Very inspirational. Somehow the full quote reminds me more of Wilbur than the first.

Friday, December 10, 2021

Mary Worth 3787

Estelle went from vague recognition in yesterday's strip to smooching on the bench. Her dementia explains a lot about this relationship.

Thursday, December 9, 2021

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Mary Worth 3785

Third! It's the third chance. I am not sure how I can make this any more clear. At least last time the break up was over his alcoholism. This time, it's over a cat.

Monday, December 6, 2021

Mary Worth 3784

Several weeks later... Willa is dead. Stellan has been given to Estelle. Along with a turtle, a hamster, a gecko, and a pot bellied pig. Wilbur is back at the pet store, and leaning towards an exotic snake.

Sunday, December 5, 2021

Mary Worth 3783

I really am perflexed by Wilbur's brain sometimes. I am not going to parse these names too closely, but I get it. He's naming his fishes after his Ex. Sort of an Audrey 2 kind of scenario, from Little Shop of Horrors. Or perhaps maybe more like "A Fish Out of Water."

Saturday, December 4, 2021

Mary Worth 3782

I'm not sure those fish are warming up to you, Wilbur. Maybe tomorrow you can give them to Estelle.

Friday, December 3, 2021

Mary Worth 3781

She already gave Wilbur a second chance back before the pandemic that never happened in the Worthiverse so this will technically be his third chance, but who's counting? Just keep it coming, Moy, we can take it.

Thursday, December 2, 2021

Mary Worth 3780

At first I thought Mary said, "Isn't that ALL we're looking for in companions?"

Someone who makes me laugh and I can be myself around. In other words, no expectations for personal growth and spiritual development. Sure sounds like relationships are easy.

And the Charterstone Jukebox has been updated for Christmas. Enjoy!

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Mary Worth 3779

One of the great literary ironies of our time: There is no way that Wibur deserves someone like Estelle, but Estelle certainly deserves Wilbur. This is the foundation of a beautiful relationship; three break ups, and only getting back together for your own self-improvement. "Dating Wilbur will make me a better person," should not be your sole reason for getting back together for the third time. Maybe you should be counseling with Libby instead of Mary Worth.