May 29th, 2008

Hitting the powwow trail...

I'll be offline for a while; I'm not sure how long.

Cookie Monster and I are going to visit his dad, who is recovering quite well but you never know so we're going. I will probably be able to get Wi-Fi on the road, but when we get where we're going, we may not have net access at the house. So I'll be in and out for a while.

I hope this doesn't mean I'm like Liz, waiting until the last minute to tell you! Actually, we're not leaving for a couple of days yet, but I'm not sure how long I'll have the computer or the net. So I'm letting you know now. At least the strip is in reruns for the moment!

Friday, 30 May 2008

It's day 2 of the latest flashback sequence focusing on Elly assisting John at his dental practice. As aprilp_katje pointed out on her blog, yesterday's featured John at his least insulting, condescending and tyrannical. Will today's strip be:

a) the one that features him riding her all day and then telling a patient it's okay if he insults her because she's just his wife.

b) the one where he stands there and lets his pal, pathetic skirt-chasing momma's boy Doctor Ted, pay her left-handed complements that make her feel bad about herself.


c) the one where he tells her not to take being called a klutz and dummy seriously?

The answer is C: We see an increasingly-defensive John telling an infuriated Elly that dentistry is an exacting business which makes him tense and liable to snap at her so she should not take being called klutz and dummy so personally. This is, of course, JFTF digging his own grave in four dialog-heavy panels because not only was he a chauvinistic ogre, he was the stupidest man on the face of the Earth.

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You can see why the Hell Rod pleaded with her to make John less of an arsewipe. The notion that people thought he acted like that in real life and was judged accordingly went in one of Lynn's ears and out the other.