Sometimes, visual details bother me more than they have any right to. Tuesday of last week, Connie has a tote bag. Elly and Connie are sitting side-by-side on a park bench, and the tote bag is positioned on the side of Connie that's facing away from Elly. Doesn't that suggest to you that the tote bag belongs to Connie? I might have missed that visual detail altogether had I not used that strip as a reference for the 7/22/09 FOOBAR. By Friday, Elly has apparently taken possession of the bag, and implausibly impresses the heck out of Lawrence and Mike with all the supplies she extracts from it. Saturday, Connie is seen holding that bag while Elly pushes Nizzie on the swings, but Elly reswipes it immediately afterward and takes it home. Either they have a tote-bag time-share arrangement, or Elly is a tote bag thief AND a credit thief. Hence, today's FOOBAR. :)
It occurred to me that if Elly were to discover her decoy journal missing, she'd have a hissy, probably unleashing her unhinged-jaw fury at John. So I thought of April scanning it and having Mike return it before its absence could be noted. I felt this should be touched on, but wasn't able to think of a way to do so without some clunky exposition, so I decided to just go with it and have April comment on it as we might. :)
If Lynn does what I'm expecting her to do, the Friday, July 17 strip will be a reprint featuring Lawrence shoving Lizzie and Lizzie screaming that "him hit Lizzie." Then Saturday, I expect her to re-repeat the one she repeated on February 16, 2008--with Mike telling Lawrence that he (Mike) is the only one allowed to pick on his baby sister.
So I'm mocking Lynn pre-emptively by recycling a FOOBAR I posted on February 6, 2009 (though, unlike Lynn, I've given mine new dialogue). If it turns out that Lynn is not going to re-repeat that strip after all, I guess it will be like those times when you have an umbrella and that makes it not rain. But even so, the "stutter" point will hold, I think. :)
Shout out to insertmonikerhere/canuckdownsouth for the whole "two journals" concept. :)
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