December 10th, 2010

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Saturday, 11 December 2010

We end the week with Mike being unable to wrap his empty head around the concept that his teacher is playing favorites; why they call a child this dense a genius is beyond me.

(Strip Number 4104, Original Publication Date, 12 December 1981)

Panel 1: It's night-time at the Pattermanse; as Elly tucks him into bed, we see Mike react strongly in the negative to Elly's 'good news'. Since she's an idiot, she doesn't know why Mike is panicking because she talked to his teacher about him.

Panel 2: Tentacle-Fingered Elly ignores Mike's baffling and meaningless panic so as to tell him that Mrs Hardacre is strict with him because he's bright and thinks he could do very well if.....

Panel 3: Since Elly didn't get to the part about silly, attention-getting stunts yet and since not playing the fool would be too much to ask of him, he's all incredulous when he asks "She picks on me because I'm smart?"

Panel 4: He then tells Super Teddy "Boy! And they say kids are hard to understand!"

Summary: I don't see what's so hard to understand about this; she's picked one discipline problem to turn into her Special Project while ignoring the other students. Since he's too oblivious to realize that he's a Special Project, he's not much of a Genius. He's still Delicate, though.
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Lynn Does Peru, Day Five...

Since Lynn is probably about to do actual volunteer work today, we can expect sweeping generalizations about local problems and passive-aggressive bitchery about people complaining about their problems to her face.

ETA: We're still getting ready for the volunteering section of Lynn's trip.

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- Lynn doesn't seem to have too much of a handle on the position of Mennonites in Peruvian society. Given that there are less than a thousand of them in the country, it would seem that her information is sort of garbled.

- Next, we have her breezy and ill-informed look at religion as a whole in Latin America.

- We follow that with yapping about cold Diet Coke and her being a piss-poor pharmacist's aide.

- Finally and at long last, she talks about the freaking biff.

Tomorrow, of course, she gets to work. Generalizations, HO!!!!
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Something Old, Something Full of Lynnsights...

While doing some Christmas shopping at a local book store, something interesting caught my eye: the first of the treasuries. Having skimmed it, I can give you all a heads-up about what to expect. First off, the format is that of a typical collection but in a hard cover. Second, we get everything from September 1979 to March 1981 interspersed with new-ruins in a logic- and timeline-defying tangle. Finally, we get a lot of Lynnsights. The most interesting is that Lawrence wasn't originally supposed to be Connie's child in the first place. Y'see, back when she was the Evil Anti-Elly, she was also childless; she only gained a child when Lynn assigned her the role of Lynn-as-needy-single-mother. Lawrence, who was established as Mike's best friend, was simply assigned to her to make things simpler. Also, she honestly seems to have believed that Deanna left for Burlington when she was five (only to be told different by a fan), gets all prissy and smug about not admitting that Man is at his most darkly comic when sex and other icky biological functions come into play and sticks to her guns about how anyone who criticizes Elly's chronic stupidity and criminal negligence as a parent must be childless.