July 3rd, 2019

Snarky Candiru2

Friday, 5 July 2019

It becomes obvious whence came all of that "CHEE!!! Isn't it great that the kids get packed off to Exile Farm doing stuff I think is wonderful when THEY do it and I do not?" bullshit in John's letters when he 'volunteers' Mike for the wonderful opportunity of standing around feeling stupid and selling hot dogs.

Panel 1: Since all he really bothered learning about Mike (because learning who he is and how he got that would get in the way of resenting him) is that he tends to delay decisions for as long as possible, John is all smiles as he tells Mike that he's got him a summer job. It's only three hours a day and he can choose his shifts. Since Mike doesn't like the idea of being a wage slave like a boring, ordinary person, he starts to object.

Panel 2: John talks right over him when he says that one of his patients is hiring kids Mike's age and he'd really like him to meet him this evening. Again, he starts to object only to be cut off.

Panel 3: As they drive downtown, John is beside himself with glee when he tells Mike to believe him when he says that this is a wonderful opportunity and if he was his age, he'd think it was perfect.

Panel 4: When Mike says that John's perfect opportunity is working at a hot dog cart called "Walt's Weenies", he's horrified.

Summary: Oh, dear. The poor boy. Instead of being this awesome dude, he's another anonymous drone wearing a hair net asking us if we'd like to gargantusize our order. For someone with his exaggerated dread of public humiliation, he's not going to see this as paying his dues like everyone else. He's going to see it as yet another means by which everyone laughs at him and would be baffled by kids who actually would like to do something easy like this. In this, he is like his creator who does not realize that most kids wanna do something wicked easy like this if it means making reams of spondilucks.
Snarky Candiru2

Learned Helplessness and Malignant Narcissism.

The latest entry in Lynn's blog is about a meeting Cathy Guisewite set up after the Reubens to blubber and grouse about their retirement or some such thing. As you can see, she's light on details and real good at namedropping:

At the Reuben awards in Huntington Beach, Ca. recently, Cathy Guisewite collected a few longtime friends together for lunch. The theme was “Thorns and Roses.” We each briefly said what had happened to us during the past year – good and bad. There were some amazing stories. We all got to know each other just a little better!

Reuben Awards Thorns and Roses Lunch

Seated in order from left to right are:

Hillary Price (“Rhymes With Orange“)
Cathy Guisewite (“Cathy“)
Linda Houden, who is Jerry Van Amerongen’s partner (“Ballard Street“). She works with companies to problem solve and is an Executive Coach.
Betty Evans; married to Greg Evans (“Luann“)
Sally Mitchell, widow of Mell Lazarus (“Momma” and “Miss Peach“)
Andrea Biezer (“Alice”)
Jenny Robb, curator at the Billy Ireland Museum of Cartoon Art
Amy Lago, comics editor for the Washington Post
Ann Telnaes, editorial cartoonist for the Washington Post