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Monday, February 8, 2010

West of Bathurst 645

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Monday, February 8, 2010
Valentine's Day Header: On the left side of this bright pink header is a big frilly pink heart on a stand. Writing on the heard reads, "To my darling schmoopsy on Valentine's Day!!! I wuv u!" All the "i"s and exclamation marks are dotted with little hearts. The rest of the panel is occupied by a Rube Goldberg machine. Barbara, in a white lab coat, is dropping a marble into a small catapult, which will propel the marble towards a tiny trampoline; it will bounce off the trampoline and fly into the mouth of a tube. The marble will also flip the trampoline, which will propel a red ball down towards a bag of rocks, which will hit a hairdryer and turn it on. The hairdryer will blow the marble down the tube; it will land in a scale. Off balance, the scale will activate a flamethrower, which will set the pink heart on fire. At the bottom of the header are the words "West of Bathurst" and "by Kari Maaren."

Panel 1: 
Marie is in a store, walking past a large display of Valentine's Day chocolates in heart-shaped boxes.

Panel 2: She continues to walk through the display. There are hearts everywhere.

Panel 3: The display goes on forever. It involves generous use of the word "love" and a picture of a happy couple kissing inside a heart. Marie is glaring at it.

Panel 4: Marie is in her therapist's office, getting up from her chair while simultaneously grabbing her jacket. The therapist is a young woman with braided black hair.

Marie: ...and then I heroically restrained myself from bludgeoning the displays to death with a box of chocolate hearts. Time's up!

Therapist: Well, it will be in fifty-eight minutes, sure.

Alt-Text: At least Christmas and Easter are associated with more than one colour each. The pinkness of Valentine's Day makes my brain bleed.

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