January 30th, 2013

Snarky Candiru2

Thursday, 31 January 2013

In today's strip, Lynn really, really dates herself because John gasps in horror because he's just now learned about 'take your daughter to work' day.

(Strip Number 4411, Original Publication Date, 2 January 1984)

Panel 1: As our story continues, it's dinner time on Elly's first day as a member of the labor force. As she's about to set one of her infamous casseroles on the table, she tells John how fantastic it is that she goes in three mornings a week and can get a lot of work done from home.

Panel 2: She's even more thrilled because Sue and the other librarians told her that if she had to, she could bring Lizzie with her.

Panel 3: Unfrozen Caveman Dentist John sputters "Take a kid to WORK? Are they NUTS???" Elly tells him "No."

Panel 4: They're all mothers.

Summary: This sure is 2013, isn't it? I mean, imagine the astonishing novelty of something that someone who'd have grown up taking working mothers as a given would shrug off. Also, imagine Rod's reaction when he's yet again called out for being something he isn't.
Multnomah Falls: summer

Joanie and J.J.

Okay, went and did it, went searching through Doonesbury's archives at gocomics.

It was in 1972 that Joanie left her husband Clinton and her children.   The point where Joanie knew that her marriage was over was when Clinton had some bowling buddies over, and when one of them complimented her on her cooking, her husband said, "My wife--I think I'll keep her."  And then she broke his nose.

Joanie, husband and kids were living in Denver when Joanie ran out the door and into Mike and Mark on their motorcycle, touring the USA on their school break.  (Mike was in the sidecar.)  http://www.gocomics.com/doonesbury/1972/09/10

Clinton came out to Walden to try to get his wife to return, using a tape recording of their youngest child, begging for her mother's return.  Zonker headed him off, and as Clinton refused to give into his wife's demands (something about saluting the Sisterhood), he left.

Joanie lived at the commune, and got work at a daycare, and that's what's going on, if you go to the Doonesbury flashback, you can read that 40 years ago, Joanie was teaching in a day care.                       http://doonesbury.slate.com/strip/archive/flashback

I'm not sure when the custody trial occurred, and I have no idea whatever happened to Clinton.  I've sent a letter to Doonesbury, asking about him, and will post here if/when I get an answer.