July 9th, 2010

Snarky Candiru2

Saturday, 10 July 2010

We end the week with the family in the driveway standing around like idiots because John forgot something important because he was in an all-fired rush to get going.

(Strip Number 4034, Original Publication Date, 11 July 1981)

Panel 1: Scanning the panel from left to right, we see the following things:
  1. John standing in the driveway with a sheepish grin on his face.
  2. A barely-awake Elly with a camera around her neck and her purse in her left hand.
  3. Farley and Lizzie sitting in the hatchback
  4. Mike standing next to the car wearing his snorkel and holding up his flippers.

The reason for this tableau can be summarized by what John says: "After getting everybody up at six AM, (heh heh) it would be funny if I couldn't find the car keys, wouldn't it?"

Summary: So far, things are going pretty much as one would expect given what we know about these people; I for one can believe that John would be in a blind rush to get his family out of bed at an ungodly hour to beat traffic and thus forget his keys. I can also believe that he's the sort of idiot who takes twisty backroads that waste a lot of time in order to avoid highway traffic. We'll see THAT come into play Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday; we'll also see the really important thing he forgot Thursday: the directions to Ted's nice little cottage.

Just spilled my beans.

I'm banned from posting at Yahoo, but I still subscribe. So when I saw a poster claim that April acted as if the Housening was "some kind of exile," I had to post at Coffee Talk since I can't post at Yahoo. Look for "Lorna". I didn't give an email address or location.

My question was "Were we or were we not supposed to sympathize with April?" Because of the character limit, I didn't get to say all I wanted to say. Mostly I tied it in with the Xmas dinner kids' table insult (though I didn't say "insult") and suggested that Dee and Mike might have done better to personally and sincerely thank April for the use of her room, and tell her that from then on, she could always count on them, and that the words "kids' table" should never have come up. (I should have said "As it was, they acted as if there was simply a room available at the Patterson house that no one else needed." But I didn't think of it until just now.)

What I also didn't get to say was that I'm not sure April owed Mike and Dee anything. Yeah, Mike changed Apes' diapers a few times, aeons ago. But neither he nor Deanna has fed (in the sense of buying food), clothed or housed her, so I think there was a limit to how much she should have given up for them. Now, if she had been shown being asked by John, Elly or both to do this for them, I could understand better. But in that case, there should have been an assurance that it would only be for a short time. Which makes me wonder: All the people saying April didn't appreciate her circumstances, would they do this to their kid? It's appalling in retrospect that neither of April's parents ever had a moment of clarity and said, "Hey, Mike, April really needs her room back; are you making ANY progress?" And I also should have said that it was disturbing that April told Elly right to her face that she was nearing the end of her rope, and Elly simply shrugged her off didn't seem to take her seriously at all. (You always have to say "seems" and "As far as we know" and other disclaimers. Otherwise, KAN will jump right in and say "Well, Elly didn't shrug her off! She said 'Can I come?' and she was smiling! Elly had problems too, and April was too self-centered to care!")

But in the end, I went with the Christmas speech because it was the most glurgey. It's the kind of thing that if Lynn DID do it, KAN would eat it up. So why didn't she?!