Aww, their first quarrel. Cayla has decided that now she's gonna give Les shit about having to plan the wedding on her own, even though she did agree to "deal with all of the wedding plans", and even though she declined at least twice to join Les on the Kilimanjaro trek.
Category Archives: Kilimanjaro
Faithful snarkers are cautioned not to wishfully take Les' "medically induced coma" comment as any kind of foreshadowing.
August 4, 2012 at 1:08 am
Welcome to Westview, where every experience, regardless of how exciting or profound it may have been, is reduced to block-headed, witless remarks and stupid smirks. What a bunch of pathetic, soul-less cretins.
Don't know if Epicus peeked ahead at today's strip before posting that comment about yesterday's, but it certainly holds true! Les is positively giddy to be back on his porch swing. Cayla's excited too; in fact, in panel 3 she's looks like she's about to slide off her seat. When asked to share the "wisdom" they've gained on their trip, naturally dad and daughter offer the most mundane, snarky comments about their experience. Whatever.
Note that Dan Messina (who never did respond to my email) gets a shout-out in the last panel. "Boon companion"? More like buffoon companion. I hope he appreciates his friend Tom Batiuk portraying him as a hapless twit.
Let's assume, shall we, that the warm, passionate hugs and kisses between Les and his betrothed Cayla have already been exchanged at the arrival gate. This allows us to cut directly to Cayla complimenting Les' appearance. "I know," replies Les (instead of something like "Gee, thanks honey!"). The always self-effacing Cayla wryly supposes that perhaps she could benefit from losing some weight. Rather than attempt to dissuade her or even smile, Les responds with a blank look. Batiuk inexplicably closes the Kilimanjaro epic by inserting a completely random sketch of some "flat top acacias" from his Africa journal.
Batiuk couldn't be arsed to come up with names for the same-sex prom couple, but made sure that the cute li'l kitty gets a cute li'l name.
I summited Mount Kilimanjaro and all I got was this lousy certificate. Back in "civilization," the climbers enjoy a last meal together. Naturally, Les (in his trademark yellow shirt) and Summer are seated near the head of the table. So pleased is Les with his latest clever bon mot that in panel 3 he has smirked himself into unconsciousness.
July 29, 2012 at 12:33 am
Okay, the only way, and I mean only way this works at all is if this is Les' final farewell to Lisa. "Thanks for coming with me one last time. Our adventure is over, and my next adventure begins now." Don't get me wrong, it's still maudlin to the point of nausea, but it sort of works that way.
July 29, 2012 at 12:53 am
Why couldn't he pull the photo out in front of Summer and share his little moment with her? Why does his unending devotion have to be so freaking creepy and weird all the time?
July 29, 2012 at 1:02 am
Summer: He's placing a picture of Lisa, my late mother, at the summit. You probably heard of her 15 years ago when she died of breast cancer.
James: Yes, I remember that. It was on that day that absolutely no one in Tanzania died, so the newspapers had to run Ohio obituaries. Anyways, littering fines double to 400 shillingi in national parks.
July 29, 2012 at 1:35 am
…Yes, a loose photograph, on top of the tallest mountain on the continent. That's gonna stay there forever… I smile imagining it blowing off the mountain all the way down to Mogadishu.
July 29, 2012 at 12:19 pm
Back in the day I did my fair share of non-technical high peak climbs so I'm familiar with those boxes. And do you know what every one of those boxes had? A LID!
July 29, 2012 at 10:32 am
Cheap ass doesn't even spring for a plastic sheet protector
A real brief Google check suggests that yes, there is some cellphone service available even near the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, so I'm not gonna fuss over that detail. Anyway, it's all downhill from here…