May 30th, 2010

Snarky Candiru2

Monday, 31 May 2010

We end the month with John defending his terrible penmanship; this is a lead-in to John whining that Elly is lucky to have the time to make friends. What makes his whinging but hilarious and infuriating is that since John is an antisocial and immature dolt who fears change and novelty out of an overweening need for control, the only sort of friend he can keep is a desperate low-life like Doctor Momma's Boy. People who matter are alienated by his obnoxious presence. Since Rod seems to be a bit more sociable, one wonders who John's a mouthpiece for this week.

(Strip Number 139, Original Publication Date, 1 June 1981)

Panel 1: We find ourselves in John's clinic trying to read a legal document; since he cannot do so, he asks Jean "Who wrote this claim form?"

Panel 2: She looks at it and says that it looks like his handwriting.

Panel 3: He takes umbrage at this alleged slight and harrumphs "Are you kidding? This decrepit scrawl is absolutely primitive. My writing is NOT primitive."

Panel 4: She rolls her eyes as he saunters off and pouts "It's just illegible."

Summary: Once again, we're having to endure the tired old saw about how bad the penmanship of professional men is; also once again, John gets to be a whiny little bitch whenever someone comes close to criticizing him. What I find interesting about this whole thing is that I asked myself "How old is this claim form in the first place?"; it's almost as interesting as babsbybend's question "Why does Lynn think Americans would think that John has anything to do with claim forms in the first place?" That's because if this were happening South of the border, John would have someone to do that for him; Lynn doesn't know this because, as howtheduck tells us, she's used to the Canadian system in which John/Rod actually has to do paperwork.