January 12th, 2007

Second thread

For the daytime crowd.

I'm actually looking forward to a week of Jim saying "Ta!" or Elly flapping her arms. This is wearing me out! I thought I was going to have a freaking heart attack Wednesday night, waiting for the new strip. And I'm already bracing myself for Saturday's strip. I was thinking it'll be Viv dispensing wisdom, but another possibility is Liz staring at the woods/lake/sky, telling herself in a series of thought bubbles that she doesn't deserve any of this, and she's been the perfect girlfriend. Then, in the last panel, there'll be the first ever LIZ thought bubble about GRANTHONY.

Saturday, January 13.


Holy crimeny. wengeue was kind enough to share the above link. By your leave, I will post synopses and URLs of upcoming strips as well, but not right this minute; I gotta EAT!

Panel 1: Well, as others have speculated, that's understandable if Chudsers had not been carrying on in Mtig, but merely discovering their feelings for each other. If, OTOH, Paul had two fish on his line, then all I can think is that Liz is even more hopeless at picking up verbal cues and reading tone of voice than we ever thought. Or Paul's a sociopath. But probably the first one. Meanwhile, Viv looks as if she's loving this. Like it's an interesting story being told by someone she has no emotional ties to.

Panel 2: Oh, so that settles that. Well, that puts Paul in a poorer light, certainly. OTOH, I can see him being afraid to bring this up with the very unstable Liz. And it's hardly as if she's 100% honest and forthcoming with him. Viv looks uncomfortable, like eventually she's going to be forced to point out that Liz is not completely blameless.

Panel 3: Well, I don't entirely agree with the idea that Natives can never survive in the Big City. But why should Paul have to adapt to anything, when it seemed, when he met Liz, that she was in the process of successfully adapting to the North? And I hope "one thing led to another" doesn't mean Chudsers have already gone roadside.

Panel 4: Uh, yeah, good question. All I can figure is, perhaps they thought she didn't want or need to be told. How were they supposed to know the depth of her commitment to Paul? Look at the depth of her commitment to Mtig.

Panel 5: Er...I don't entirely buy that. They certainly think everything else is their business, including keeping tabs on Chudsers' increasing coziness. I know this is supposed to be irony, but I choose to look at it more like, why should they try to spare Liz's feelings. What is she to them any more? What are they to her, would be the first question. And Viv looks almost angry.

Sunday, January 14


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Panel 1: AAAAAUGH! Elly-butt!

Panel 2: That's supposed to be a sharp outfit? I wouldn't even wear that to work, much less to go out.

Panel 3: But it gets a reaction from John, so that's good. Wonder what makes him so enthusiastic? Is she wearing the same colors as one of his locomotives?

Panel 4: Hovercar.

Panel 5: Now that's interesting. Wonder how often John makes this courtly gesture.

Panel 6: Apparently not unless it serves the gag.

Panel 7: Okay, Elly has lived in Canada her whole life. She never anticipated that this would happen?

Panel 8: Wow, I had no idea John was strong enough to lift Elly in the air! Especially impressive since he's lifting her by her ribcage: you know the ass grab/hoist is out of the question.

Panel 9: Good grief, it takes TWO people to get her up a flight of stairs? Lay. Off. The. Muffins.

Panel 10: Okay, so they're eating. Is she going to thank him? Unlikely.

Panel 11: And they're driving again. Wonder how they got to the car?

Panel 12: Jeez, Elly, calm down.

Panel 13: Ha...ha. Whatever; at least it wasn't about the pets.

Meanwhile, this is from raeling:

"You shouldn't take this so seriously, bro."

Paul Wright looked dazedly up from his third beer. He wasn't much of a drinker, so his vision was already a little blurred, but even through his tipsy confusion he recognized the face.

"Aren't you- aren't you that guy? The one who... in White River..." He looked back down, embarrassed at his slurred voice.

"Okay, I'm cutting you off here." And the firm hand reached over Paul's shoulder and pushed his half-full beer away from him. "No more drinking- I know from experience that's not going to help."

"It won't help. Nothing's going to help." His head slumped in his hands. "Ugh, I'm the most pathetic drunk..."

"You are, but I don't blame you." The man's reflection in the bar moved as if her were going to sit on the stool next to him, but instead Paul felt hands on his shoulders. "Up. You're getting some fresh air and going home."

"I'm intoxicated. I can't drive."

"You're such a boy scout. Well, you can't stay here all night." The hands were pulling insistently at Paul's shoulders and he found himself being unceremoniously dragged to his feet.

"I don't have anywhere to go- not anymore..."

"No more melodrama. Come on, sleep in your car or something."

"I did everything I could! I went up every weekend- used all my vacation days- catered to every little whim-!!"

"I know, I know." And those hands were somehow very effectively bundling Paul out the door into the warm July air. "Look, you have to stay the night somewhere to sober up. If you don't have anywhere else to go, you can crash with me. I have a motel room here."

"I don't even know you- besides, why're you being so friendly...?" Paul tried to raise a sensible defense, but he's staggering down the street with the man despite himself.

"Let's just say I know what you're going through."

A more sober Paul might have figured it out, but after driving all the way up from Milborough without a break and downing three beers, he wasn't about to make that particular leap of logic. It was all he was capable of to make it up the stairs to the motel room (with assistance from those damn persistent hands on his back) and collapse all over the sagging bed. The rest could happen in the morning.

Monday, January 15


Aaaand, here it comes!

Panel 1: Yes! Someone's finally saying it!

Panel 2: I got no comment, because this is what we've all been saying! Guess it takes a native to finally tell it like it is! I wonder, though, how many cups of coffee they're going to pour down this chick while she's in Mtig. And I wish we could see Liz's face as she absorbs what Gary is saying.

Panel 3: Now, this I'm a bit unclear on. How recently was the Spruce Narrows transfer approved? We know it hadn't been yet when Liz left Mtig. But Paul carrying on with Susan while he was still in Otter County would, as we've said, require some serious tweaking with time and space. So is Gary saying that the Spruce Narrows transfer, for which Paul applied because of Liz, came through shortly after she left? And that enabled him to spend more time with Susan?

Panel 4: Because if so, then that reinforces the "guided their journey" theory. The SN transfer was inspired by Liz, but worked to Susan's benefit. I could do without the "shared culture" jazz, though: as we've said, Liz and Paul did have SOME common culture.

And gee, Liz, I wonder who IS going to guide your journey? It couldn't possibly be you, of course; that's ridiculous. It didn't seem to me, though, that you gave a rat's ass about Paul's journey, so I wouldn't even take credit for Chudsers' happiness. In fact, you really don't seem to care about anyone but yourself. I thought you went to Mtig to teach, to guide those kids' journeys. Guess not.

ETA: And furthermore, wasn't it Elly who guided your journey? You and Paul once agreed that it was a pleasant set of circumstances that led you to meet, and that someone was watching over you. http://www.fborfw.com/strip_fix/archives/001660.php

This still leaves the question of which transfer Paul was talking about in the December kisses-and-hugs phone convo. Did he lie and say Toronto came through when it didn't? Did he lie and say SN had JUST come through when it had already happened? Or did he get Toronto just now? And if so, did he turn it down, or is he going to accept it, and if the latter, then what will happen with Susan?