Lynn's Comments: This happened to me. I had Aaron on my back and he pointed to a complete stranger in a supermarket (a very down and out character) and said, "Daddy!" It was a cringe-worthy remark. I was a single mom at the time.
Lynn's Comments: I lived for drawings like this one. This is when you know the muse is with you. There were times when I’d look up to some invisible source and say, "thank you." Most cartoonists and stand up comics will tell you they feel that they often have "help"! Maybe we channel some comedian from the past who still wants to create gags for a living!
Lynn's Comments: The great fun in doing strips like this—making up goofy words and dialogue and funny names for things. When I came up with the title for the country song, I wanted to write all the lyrics. In my next life, I'm gonna be a musician. I won't make it big, but I'll be laughing!
About This Strip:
Originally Run: 1989-07-09 Appearing:Elly, John Location:home
Lynn's Comments: When I was a teenager, The Pacific National Exhibition grounds were a short bike ride away. My friends and I would ride over the Second Narrows Bridge and around the bend to where we could see the big arc of the rollercoaster. We'd go to the park even when the fair wasn't on, and without too much in the way of security, we could roam around quite freely. One time, there was an opening in the fence around the roller coaster, so we went under the huge track and looked up at what was, for its day, one of the scariest rides in Canada. We looked at the way the ride had been engineered and how the struts had been anchored to the ground. This was exciting. The best part of our adventure was finding stuff that people had lost while they were on the ride. I found a hat, glasses, some loose change and a toy or two…but the funniest find of all was a set of dentures. We could only imagine the anger and frustration of the person who got off the ride…without their teeth!
Lynn's Comments: These drawings were done with all of the sounds, sights, rides and disappointment I could remember. The only thing I ever won at an arcade was a big box of chocolates. Crazy with excitement, my friend Marian and I opened them up on the bus on the way home. Inside we found the dusty, grey, broken remains of what must have been the oldest chocolates in the world. Oh well, we did get a story out of it, which in the end, is better than a first prize after all!
Lynn's Comments: My first house cost $27,000. It was a 2-bedroom bungalow with no basement, but it did have a nice sized lot on a ravine with a beautiful view. I'm guessing that same house today would cost well over $800,000.
Lynn's Comments: My first husband had Phil’s philosophy. We saved and saved for the down payment on a house and when we were ready to buy, he suddenly wanted to spend it on a sailboat. We bought the house.
Lynn's Comments: My partner hates to shop for clothing. If I am lucky enough to steer him into a men’s wear store, I have to be careful not to be too enthusiastic, too desperate or too demanding. A few weeks ago, we were successfully collecting things for him to wear on a Mexican vacation. Miserable, he had tried on shorts, shirts and two pairs of light pants. Some of these were going to work!
As I waited outside the changing room, I could hear him mumbling about the music. It was the awful boomf-boomf you hear everywhere; the kind with a wailing auto-tuned voice and repeated lyrics, repeated percussion. Suddenly, he burst out of the cubicle and sprinted for the exit door. I ran after him with the clothing and he told me to leave it all behind. "What’s wrong?" I hollered as he headed for the car. "I can't stand the music any longer!" he cried. "It’s driving me crazy!"
It had been driving me crazy, too. As we drove away without our purchase, I wondered who in the world chooses that awful music, and if anyone had done a study on the economic loss to retail shops, bars and restaurants since this stuff began to "stream"!