August 20th, 2010

Snarky Candiru2

Saturday, 21 August 2010

In today's strip, John gets a coffee cup tossed at him for making a wisecrack about how Elly's life is spent dealing with things that don't matter. The odd thing is that the nothing that Elly is ranting about is definitely something.


Panel 1: We see Elly, who's fortifying herself with a cup of coffee, complaining to John that she's exhausted; it seems that Mrs Baird came over and never stopped talking.

Panel 2: She then explains that the woman goes on and on nonstop and it really wears her out.

Panel 3: As she splays her fifteen-inch long fingers in that stupid palms out gesture, she says that what really bothers her is that Thelma talks about nothing.

Panel 4: As John walks off, he smiles and says that she ought to be able to handle THAT; her reaction to being told this is to toss her cup at him.

Summary: What most annoys me is not that John doesn't take Elly seriously as a person; it took him years to realize that she's as thin-skinned and ready to go into a tearing rage about perceived digs at her expense as he is. What bothers me is what she calls nothing. When one remembers Mrs Baird's horrified reaction to seeing how the Pattersons shaved Farley bald and probably broke his skin in a failed attempt to de-skunk him and her refusal to take passive-aggressive bitchery about giving the kids something nice while they're waiting to be fed indigestible slop seriously, one realizes that 'nothing' is short for 'nothing Elly wants to talk about as it would tend to make her feel bad about doing something stupid and hateful.'
Snarky Candiru2

Money matters in the Foobisphere.....

Hypothesis: Lynn's self-willed ignorance of financial matters owing to her glaring inability to do basic arithmetic results in her characters behaving unbelievably by making ludicrous financial decisions and being chronically short of money despite having real world jobs that would put them in an enviable financial position.

Examples:
1) John and Elly's ongoing difficulty keeping their financial records straight at tax time.
2) The odd way in which a mildly prosperous dentist like the John of the early years looks as if he makes minimum wage and spends most of it paying off a Mafia loan shark.
3) Elly's constant struggle with utilities and banks.
4) Mike and Deanna being soooooo poooooor that they have to buy second-hand items for their children and only being able to afford to live in Lovey Saltzmann's antiquated barn of an apartment despite both of them making enough per annum to live in a condo on the Danforth.
5) Their seeming inability to afford the down payment on a new house after the fire.