|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.