October 3rd, 2011

Snarky Candiru2

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

In today's strip, Mike's need to ask what's going on collides with Elly's inability to multitask.

(Strip Number 4239, Original Publication Date, 5 October 1982)

Panel 1: We start things off with Elly huddled over her typewriter; as she ticka-tacka-tappas away, Mike asks her if she's busy to which Elly replies 'Yup'. His asking if she's working gets a mildly huffy 'Uh-huh' for an answer.

Panel 2: His asking if she's typing? huh? for that paper? causes her to yell "YES! YES! YES! MICHAEL!!!"

Panel 3: As he walks off, his eyes are bulged out in confusion as he says "Boy! I can't even ask a simple question!"

Panel 4: Elly tells no one in particular that it's the simple questions that drive her crazy.

Summary: This sort of puts paid to Mike being some sort of genius, doesn't it? A child of average or above-average intelligence would have picked up on the fact that Mommy can only concentrate on one thing at a time long ago. As a matter of fact, I remember a strip that had teenaged Liz realize that Elly is flat-out wrong to say that multi-tasking is impossible.


When the strip in which Blandthony proposes to Liz came out, a lot of people in this community complained that it was the most unromantic proposal in the history of mankind.

At the time I didn't say anything, even though it left a bad taste in my mouth, I could not particularly say why I didn't like the proposal
since I hadn't been involved in a relationship then.

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Recently a man whose blog I read semi-regularly proposed to his girlfriend through one of his columns after listing 5 reasons how couples know they should get married. It was after reading this column that I realized why people gagged so much at the proposal and the wedding.

Even if I have never been even close to proposing or getting proposed to yet, I now really see why Blandthony is so hate. Ye Gods, he really is awful @_@

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Chucique made this comment in the previous discussion:

I wonder, though, how a stay-at-home Dad would have been portrayed in
the strip. Not a dad on paternal leave who nonetheless was working, or a
dad who worked from home, but an actual, honest-to-god Dad who took
care of the children and household needs while his wife worked. Would he
have been villainized like cheater Steve, or womanizer Ted? Or worse?
Or would he not have been as bad? I'd think at the very least LJ
would've regularly made fun of him for being a sissy, and if she wanted
to get more serious, as a terrible person who is preventing his wife
from being a "real woman" by refusing to be a "real man".

And yet Therese went to work, and Anthony stayed home, and Therese was villified, and yet Mike stayed home and Deena went to work and all was sunshine and roses.  As for his guessing of how Lynn would have handled a SAHD, I'd say Chucique was spot on.  The comic strips in general are not nice to SAHDs.  Adam@home being the only one I'm aware of, where he is home while the wife works, and he is taking care of a baby, and he used to have a writing business, but I haven't seen him working at it lately.  Other times the guy is retired, or, as in Ted Forth's case, miserably unemployed.

On another note--am I the only one who can't cut and paste any  links on LJ anymore?