August 24th, 2012

Snarky Candiru2

Saturday, 25 August 2012

John tells Elly about the stressful day he had at the clinic. The payoff is that he's not only life's punching bag, he's the strip's punching bag.

(Strip Number 4364, Original Publication Date, 27 August 1983)

Panel 1: As our story continues, we find a mildly-freaked out John in the kitchen telling Elly about the bad day they had at the clinic.

Panel 2: As she pours him a cup of coffee, he tells her that first the suction backed up and then the high-speed drill broke down.

Panel 3: The end result was that they had to cancel four appointments.

Panel 4: He then tells her that she doesn't know what it's like to have people tell her that they're happy to not to have to see her.

Summary: There's something else she doesn't have to deal with yet: people who contradict her that she cannot intimidate into silence. She responds to that stress by biting phone books.
Snarky Candiru2

On beyond Apaches.

Lynn's recent comment about how she used to let Aaron and Katie wander around loose so she could enter her creative trance not only alarmed me, it put me in mind of other British public information films. As I might have mentioned, Britain used to have a government agency dedicated to scaring heedless nitwits like Elly into thinking about the dangers that surrounded them; if they'd ran ads like this in Canada, Elly might have been scared into effective parenting despite herself.

As a for instance, let's address Elly's tendency to blank out about the risks of small children who don't understand what inertia is. Despite Elly's clear need to believe that simply barking orders will stop a child from doing something lethal, any major dude will tell you that that's not the case. Let's not forget her insouciance about how easy it is for Lizzie to have access to bleach and prescription medicines. As you might have guessed, there's a PIF for that. There's even one for the death of Farley.

That being said, the one oversight that most bothers me is the one that Lynn ascribes to being a concern of the early Eighties: the wearing of seatbelts and the need to keep children in the back seat of the car securely belted in. As we can see from this advert from the early seventies, that simply is not the case at all. Mind you, there is one class of PIF that Elly could get behind: the "Think Bike" campaign. This, of course, would be because she'd be able to lecture someone else about safety. Accidents, you see, happen to people who engage in risky behaviour like riding motorcycles; I mean, what harm could come from children trying to reach foegraffs? Simply put, Elly can't conceive of accidents happening to children because she survived risks she was not aware of and tended not to derive any sort of lesson from the examples of those who did not. Also, there is the danger that the only lesson that Elly might derive is "Now that I have to spend all this time making sure that my children don't die, I won't have time for myself. POOR ME!!!"