May 17th, 2012

Snarky Candiru2

Friday, 18 May 2012

Phil complains about the odd habits of his neighbors and compares being inconvenienced by them with being inconvenienced by Elly.

(Strip Number 405, Original Publication Date, 20 May 1983)

Panel 1: Since Lynn doesn't give a tinker's cuss for continuity, the Vegetable Cultists are the people next door instead of Phil's roommates. Either way, they still tyrannize him by waking him at six thirty in the morning by making fresh carrot juice every single day.

Panel 2: His suffering (which, by the way, causes a mildly pissed off man in Saint John to mockingly mutter "Poor baby") is compounded by their chanting while they meditate and playing music he can't stand.

Panel 3: Since the wilted flower-child acts like every hippy I've ever met, he whines that a man can't lead a normal life around there. What he means to say is that he can't coerce people into jettisoning their beliefs so as to convenience him.

Panel 4: He then seals the deal by angering Elly by saying that he might as well be living at her place.

Summary: Having had to deal with people like him and Elly growing up, I kinda picked up quickly on what hippies really meant by 'freedom of expression'. As we see here, it means "Let me do what I want whenever I want to because I have rights. As for you, you have to bend over awkward to accommodate my whims because I have rights and you have none."