And we inch along to the next game, which happens to be one Aarons mom attends – has she seen a game yet? We hadnt explored this angle – that maybe his performances are tied to her being there. Of course we only had 3 months to get this far – Aaron was introduced on December 15, a mere 100 days ago. Looks like a recycled panel in P3 but not quite
By the way, I was thinking about the pace of this strip when I was in 2 traffic jams on my recent trip to Arizona for Cubs spring training – on 10 West in Phoenix, a 6-lane interstate that apparently still isnt enough room for everyone; my 21-mile trip to Goodyear Stadium took over an hour. Then driving home from the airport took 2 hours to go 115 blocks. Yeesh. Thats what I get for scheduling a later flight so I dont have to get up at 5 to go to the airport to take my shoes off. :) Good ol rush hour traffic plus a closed road.
Gil looks resigned to the fact of Aaron shacking up with him and Mimi; he had second thoughts 5 seconds after his proposal.
Well gang, its back to black and white for the moment as I cant copy the Seattle Times strip for some odd reason. Sorry – I know you all miss that blue hair!
So Aaron finds Ma’s pills in her hiding place and reveals her to be a pathological liar as well as a drug abuser. I suppose the pills maybe help her to stay awake for long hours or whatever, but still no excuse to sacrifice that for her sons well-being.
Of course, she could ask Gil the same question in a way – his idea of coaching is to let someone else do all the work for free until the shit finally hits the fan, then he hastily cleans up all the months-old stench left behind from his own neglect of his team(s).
Again we waste all winter with this one issue and the girls team has been left invisible with nary a Hadley V. Baxendale around to stir up some more interesting trouble.
Finally – why does Mom need her glasses on her head sitting at home? Cant anyone in this strip who wears glasses wear them ON THEIR FACE?? Only exception is of course Marjie Ducey; but everyone else feels the need to show off their frames as a head ornament.
Yeah its funny how 2 months of beating around the bush can result in finally slowly leaking all the info that we couldve had in a day or 2, then moved on to more hoops action. Guess mom Aarvark is still high on her horse (pills). So his uneven play is because of being hungry? Guess that makes a little sense, but some players actually function better on little food before a game, then eat up afterward. Food slows you down if your too full; thats why swimming right after eating isnt always a good idea. I always thought I could run faster on an empty stomach; there was a pancake 5K event I ran in for a few years where everyone ate pancakes AFTER the race. So I still have a problem with his excuse about his mom affecting his play. He could also get a part-time job somewhere (a restaurant?) that not only helps pay the bills but gets him some more access to chow.
PayDay – that old candy I used to see on TV but never ate. Well I dont know about you but every job doesnt get a paycheck every other week. Some are every week, like the lower rate jobs like a clerical in a hardware store. My jobs at a restaurant and a retail store were every week pay too. Good thing Gil and Kaz both recognize the absurdity of the boys analysis. What difference does a paycheck make with an amatuer basketball performance? We finally get some answers but they make no sense, so we’re back to square 1, or so it seems.
Maybe its because his mom can afford to let him have an allowance for his weekend tiffs with Molly, thereby making him happier, and thus affecting his play in a positive way. Thats the best I can do here. Meanwhile I’m gonna have another PayDay, if I can find it at Walgreens.
By the way I love the girl in the short blue top with the longer orange shirt underneath..
Still no answers, just more questions we heard already. Its more clear that the mom is more the problem then the kid, even though usually its the parent admonishing the kid about stuff like that. I dont know who to believe, only that the hardware store suddenly split in 2 and became 2 hardware stores, under 1 roof. OMG its gonna be at Least Monday before we have any answers; I’m sure tomorrow will just be another cliffhanger.
I’m running out of songs for this theme, but thank God for the 4 Tops:
Well we’re getting to the point where everyone that gives a crap about Aardvarks play and his moms job or lack thereof has jumped off the ship, shrieking like a banshi. I cant believe a whole week has gone by and I basically have the same thing to say, and that is we still dont know whats going on. 21 panels wasted on dicking around and shadows and Gil drinking coffee and Marty surprised about AA off the bench and so on. No girls basketball to speak of still and its 8 days past Groundhog Day. And it gets worse – now they know and they wont tell us for another week or two.
At least Marty found his partner Paul Strange.
More dumb questions we heard before, with no answers, Gil with his fresh cup of joe telling Aaron he’s on the bench again due to inconsistent play, the reason for said behavior will be revealed at the end of the plot, not now, when we could use it so we can MOVE ON TO SOMETHING ELSE ALREADY!!
Sing it David Byrne: