Posts Tagged ‘Kara’
Remember Bob Newhart’s old telephone routines? Where you only got half the conversation, and your own brain filling in the other half was part of what made it funny?
If you answered “No,” then you need to check out ‘The Button Down Mind of Bob Newhart’ from, I dunno, about fifty years ago or something. And get it on LP, for heaven’s sake. That’s how you’re supposed to listen to that stuff. With a big ol’ cardboard sleeve photo to look at instead of video.
I had hoped to post this as an extra this past weekend, but I had to spend a lot of catchup time on an advertising gig. So, let’s see if I can manage five cartoons this week.
It’s tough, filling a comic strip with characters that aren’t main cast. You gotta go look everyone up and get their eyebrows and skin tones right. Oh, the hours of toil I put in for you guys. And you’re worth it.
I wear a helmet at the skatepark. It’s very uncool. Mostly, I go very early when the cool people haven’t yet gotten out of bed. Everyone knows that getting up early isn’t cool.
But I digress.
Once, at the skatepark, I was trying to master the littlest half pipe. It’s actually so small that your reaction time has to be so fast that the thing is nearly useless for someone of my size.
I had just been asked by a kid, who was also skating early, why I was so careful to wear wrist guards and a helmet. I said it was because I’m generally uncoordinated and not wearing a helmet is equivalent to just kneeling down and smacking my head on the concrete.
He laughed and said that I looked like I was doing okay.
Or something like that. Before he could finish what he was saying, I wobbled badly and came off the skateboard. The sound my helmet made as it smacked against the side of the little half pipe was really impressive. It echoed off nearby buildings in the chilly morning air. If it had been my unprotected head that’d hit, I sure wouldn’t be drawing right now. Drooling a bit and listing to one side, maybe.
I guess I’ll just never be cool.
Two things that led to today’s strip:
One, horsing around with the tall verticals is funny, and yesterday’s strip didn’t take total advantage of that.
Two, I didn’t get started on this until 11:20, and I needed something minimalist. Otherwise, you’d have gotten a Lowell cartoon. Which, I suppose, now means you know what to expect on Friday.
There you go. I’m exhausted.
“Head Over Heels”. Doesn’t really make sense, does it? That’s where your head is supposed to be. I always assume it’s like the other old saying that’s used backward: “You can’t have your cake and eat it, too.” Probably not designed with modern American English in mind. Currant parlance would have it “You can’t EAT your cake, and HAVE it, too.” Y’know, ’cause it’d be gone. So, “Head Over Heels” ought to be “Heels Over Head”.
Or, you could ignore the problem and use P.G. Wodehouse’s version, “Base Over Apex.”
I like that one.