Café Oy Vey

The folks who bring you SoSF rely on Grandpa Google too: mainly to confirm a suspicion that ol’ TB has once again drawn inspiration from his tiny Ohio Universe. The black squirrel on the poster in panel 5 is another tipoff that we’re at Kent State. But KSU’s “Cultural Café” IRL isn’t a permanent dining facility: it’s a monthly series of events  “that seeks to educate and familiarize [students, faculty and staff] about the home countries of our international students.” There’s one this Tuesday. With the exception of Adeela and possibly that swarthy guy with the glasses in panel 1, this “café” doesn’t seem any more or less “cultural” than any other spot on campus. But wait! Who’s the gal with the light blue hijab wrapped around her elongated head? Well, since TB teased it in his blog (and Gerald Plourde reminded us in a comment yesterday) it’s not really spoiling the surprise to tell you it’s Wally and Becky’s adopted daughter Rana, who, like Wally, has been missing in action for years.

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21 responses to “Café Oy Vey

  1. To really be cross cultural, maybe she took one look at Buddy and reacted like we would if a top piece of Filet Mignon walked into the room.

  2. spacemanspiff85

    Yeah, because normal, well-adjusted people can’t do that outside of a designated space for it.

    • Epicus Doomus

      And how does the cafe ensure a culturally mixed crowd? Do they recruit? “Hey look, a Mormon! We need one! Get him! Hey, would you like a complimentary muffin with a purchase of a large seasonal coffee?”.

      And if it’s a place where students from different cultures gather, why is the other Muslim woman shocked upon seeing Wally? “Slow-witted white Ohioian” is a culture too. Or is she shocked for some other reason?

  3. billytheskink

    A place where you can learn about people from different cultures by interacting with them in person? Sounds like a place TB has never been.

    Also, this “cultural cafe” is a heck of an amenity for a community college. I took classes at a community college and the only place on the campus that sold food would go weeks without restocking the orange Tootsie Roll Pops. It was still busier than Montoni’s.

    • Epicus Doomus

      “And the kids on campus, no matter what their backgrounds were, they were INTERACTING with one another! Why, I never thought I’d see the day! Society sure has changed all right!”

      • The Nelson Puppet

        All Batiuk knows is Silver Age Komix, pizza, and marching band. He probably envisions Muslim culture as something from “The Arabian Nights” cartoon on The Banana Splits!

    • spacemanspiff85

      Remove “from different cultures” and it would be just as accurate.

  4. Epicus Doomus

    Oh boy. I thought this arc was at long last over but now, completely out of nowhere, it appears that something might be “happening”. Which is, as all FW readers know, bad news, as whatever might be happening could take weeks, months or even years to unfold. Given that this is just a Sunday strip, this scene is going to replay itself all week at a minimum because as we all know the Sundays strips don’t really count.

    What the f*ck is a “cultural cafe”? It can’t just be a regular cafe where students from different cultures happen to be? What lesson is BatBore trying to drive home here? That different cultures exist? How did this small-town community college end up playing host to this insular female Muslim enclave and how did Wally not notice it during his six years at the school?

  5. Gerard Plourde

    TomBa Appears to have heard about this at Kent State when he was getting the Lisa Trilogy published. It’s not a place, it’s a monthly event. Here’s the official description:

    “To foster multicultural diversity and awareness on campus, International Student and Scholar Services at the Office of Global Education sponsors a series of Cultural Cafés every semester. Each month, students, faculty and staff are invited to the informal and free Café that seeks to educate and familiarize them about the home countries of our international students. During each Cultural Café, two international students from different countries give a short presentation about their home countries.”

    Part of the presentation includes food. Again from the official website:

    “Perhaps the most attractive and interesting feature of the Cultural Cafés is the traditional food dishes from the presenting countries, which Café guests can enjoy during the intermission between the two presentations. The student presenters provide the ethnic recipes for the dishes to Dining Services, which then prepares the food. Dining Services prides themselves in preparing and presenting the food in an authentic manner, so the presenters can offer attendees a “true taste of home.” Because each entree and dessert is traditional to the presenters’ native country, it can be unusual for American palates, although there is always good reviews.”

    As an example of running with a concept it’s actually not bad, but the scenario he’s presenting raises a bunch of questions. Doesn’t he know Rana attends KSU? Hasn’t he had contact with his kids (he is Wally Jr’s bio-dad as well) for the past eight or so years?

    • We had something similar back in elementary school were we kids would bring in food from our own ethnic heritage: the Polish kids would bring delicious chruściki, the Italian kid, maybe some meatballs…I think I brought a potato…

    • The Nelson Puppet

      Gerard, to be fair, if Dead Skunk Head John Howard was your “father” and Sorry, Becky! was your “mother”, you’d probably keep a low profile, even going as far as wearing a hajib.

      • Gerard Plourde

        Good point. It’s just that the whole Wally business is so labored and improbable. It’s a stellar example of his total disinterest in thinking his storylines through.

    • Hannibal’s Lectern

      Please, please, please tell me a State University didn’t actually say: “it can be unusual for American palates, although there is always good reviews.” Somewhere, the ghost of Dubya is asking, “is our children learning?”

  6. Paul Jones

    His inability to understand that the cafe isn’t a brick and mortar building is rather sadly indicative of the fact that we’re in for an incoherent mess when we catch up with Rana. His latest sock puppet might whine that we’re jealous but of what? A boob who can’t draw well and can’t write anything that isn’t a second rate Archie daily.

  7. Charles

    I like how both Rana and Wally’s heads are drawn with the rough dimensions of a paper towel tube. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a person with a head approximately six times as tall as it is wide, much less two of them in the same place.

    The fact that Rana’s Wally’s daughter and apparently has absolutely no idea what he’s doing with himself is par for the course.

  8. Rusty Shackleford

    I see that Mrs Anna Batty has invaded the comments section at CK.