Set Up to Fail

Irony. It’s a word whose definition has been tortuously stretched since the mid-1990’s. So I don’t know if this situation is truly ironic, but boy, don’t you bet Cindy would love to have back that Channel One News set that she so blithely gave away to Westview’s high schoolers? I’ve seen hostage videos with more elaborate staging than what passes for a “news set” at buddyblog. All their budget must have gone into the signage on the building’s facade. Cindy, who yesterday was cracking snide about her boss’ youth, is taken down so many pegs that it’s surprising Batiuk didn’t resort to those Benday dots on her cheeks signifying shame or nausea. Or both.

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Echoes of a Summer

California! Home of palm trees, bicycles and bottled water. Cindy has picked up and relocated here, in a desperate bid to be near her younger, movie star boyfriend, but also having accepted a vaguely defined job with an undetermined salary from an internet startup who hired her because she was affordable. And not until she arrives on her first day does she meet, and proceed to dismiss, her new boss, who resembles a catatonic and even more androgynous Summer.

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What a Jukeoff

TFH here, starting things off with a hat tip to SoSfDavidO and the rest of the guest author rotation for bringing you the daily snark!

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June 27, 2015 at 1:50 am
So Funky had the band box repaired…[b]ut he repaired the Bandbox specifically to watch these individuals dance…[i]nstead, they are jamming to the music from the jukebox. Which didn’t need fixing…[a]nd probably worked all along.

I’ll bet Les’ friends cringe anytime he starts a sentence with “I don’t know if you guys know this, but…” With Westview’s cultural totem refurbished and restored to its place of honor, Montoni’s is once again “alive with music”, if not with paying customers. Naturally Les, the walking Wikipedia, cannot resist using the occasion to school his lessers on the history and etymology of the jukebox, and is chastened by Funky—Funky!—for being a buzzkill.

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Tone Deaf

SoSfDavidO here, and wow, do I ever hate Funky & Co in Today’s strip! The band box got sent off for repairs a few weeks ago and now it’s back. Funky, Crazy Harry, Holly and more turn out for the box’s triumphant return like the thing is Westview’s biggest celebrity. Cheer, clap, dance, take photos, play music, roll credits.

So why does this bother me so much?

Contrast this homecoming with the “Here’s your damn trombone.” homecoming Wally Winkerbean received when returning from being an Iraqi POW for, and I can’t repeat this enough, ten years. Where is Wally now? Can’t they even bother to ask him to come up front from the dishwashing area to say hi to everyone?

Grr. Maybe it’s intentional, and this is all some long, drawn out way of showing how our country disrespects out veterans somehow but I doubt it.

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Wheely Funny

SoSfDavidO here! Aw, look who rolled into Today’s strip! It’s Wade! And to think to us die-hard wade fans it’s only been 418 days since his last appearance. Wade is kind enough to regale us with a tale of something that happened off-strip that sounds 2.7 kajillion times more interesting than the humor black hole we’ve been sucked into this week.

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Unticipation

SosfDavidO here, watching in bleary-eyed boredom as you probably are at the excitement over the band box returning. I’m guessing, if Keith did his job, it’s going to play exactly like it did before it broke. Today’s strip also makes me wince at the thought of having to listen to that damn thing all day long with its mechanized whirrlings. It’s like the singing Billy Bass trout. A great idea for the first few days, until you’re so sick of the thing you rip the batteries out and throw the thing into the closet. Unless Keith added levitation or lasers to the band box there’s no reason for this kind of excitement.

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iForgot

SoSofDavidO here, hoping from the looks of today’s strip that the Alzheimer’s storyline is kept to Crankshaft and not bleeding over into Westview as Crazy Harry seems to have forgotten his phone. But hey, at least they made it back before things got too crazy with Holly and Darin alone in that sweltering pizza shop.

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Meanwhile, Keith Repairguy doesn’t have enough space above his character for a word balloon so we’re left wondering what the hell he’s still doing there. Is Funky supposed to drive him home? Is he waiting for a tip?

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