What’s with the Blue?

The color of Ken’s shirt matches the highlights in Mark’s hair which matches the accent color of the lampshade.  OK, I’m reaching.  Big time… but watching ken do an internet search is about as exciting as, well, Ken doing an internet search.  Almost as exciting as the yet to be released thriller about Edward Snowden downloading a bunch of classified data… or the 1995 Sandra Bullock vehicle The Net

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“Oh, there are things called articles?  Oh yes, I write those.  I need to make sure I keep that in mind if I am to justify renting a cigarette boat…” …Mark must be thinking…

Panhandle Florida!

Assuming the moon still rises in the east, that shoreline is facing south which suggests North Florida coastline…  Nice digs!  Ocean Front with a view!  $2 million dollar home if it’s a nickel!  Maybe it’s Uncle Doyle’s…  Maybe Ken is really rich!  It’s nice to see that Kelly has colors other than pink in her closet from which to choose…

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Mark, what would you do if the world did not stand ready to feed you?

Well, that explains that…

Kelly is ashore, and probably shopping for dinner…  since she is the woman and therefore must prepare the meals!  So yes, let’s race back to Ken and Kelly’s.  Literally.  Race.  Mark should be able to smoke the Shur Ketch3 in his cigarette boat… Ha!  get it?  Smoke him??

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But no time for silliness here…  there’s “research” to do… like look up shipwrecks and stuff…  too bad that for the first time in his life, Mark did not have a camera with him!  What was he thinking??

Ol’ Ken is keeping his chill…

…while Mark continues to lose his!  “Seriously?” he says…  Ken is starting to think that Mark has made the whole thing up…  Still perspiring heavily (what- radiation poisoning already?  Or is it the bends, considering how fast Mark shot to the surface…) Mark continues to gesture wildly in making his point.  And it would also seem that Mark keeps an eagle-eye on the maritime shipping news- not ONE story about a shipwreck in the gulf…

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So what are we to make of all this?  Ken, chill.  Mark, manic…  Mark’s brain is working hard now… no report of a wreck, must have been an unflagged vessel… smugglers!  TERRORISTS!!

“Nuclear Material”

OK, we get it…  but isn’t it more accurate to call it “Radioactive Material?”  Whatever’s down there, Mark is starting to sweat bullets, and most every one of his hairs is back in place…

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And with Mark worried and using clumsy hand gestures, you know that we are only a few dozen strips away from real action!  Stay with us, boys and girls!

Where the Devil is Foxylocks??

OK, this has gone on way too long…  but come to think of it, has she shown her face the entire time Mark has been on the scene?  Maybe she got sick of waiting and demanded that Ken take her ashore…

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But with Mark safe on board the Shur Ketch3, I guess it doesn’t really matter all that much.  As we see in panel two, Mark’s hair is quickly snapping back in to place (oh what The Donald wouldn’t do to have that low-to-no maintenance mane…) so we can now get on with what is really the mystery- what is down their on the freighter that has the NUCLEAR SYMBOL on it?  Where did that symbol come from- when did it start to signify to the world Danger!  Radioactive material!!  It is, according to Wiki, the “Radiation Warning” symbol, one of many warning symbols used in the world, and did not always have the black on yellow trefoil that we commonly associate with danger today…

Mark, dude, it’s not like you to panic…

Faster than a billfish, featured in panel one, Mark catapults to the surface, clearly shaken by what he has seen and been exposed to…  even dropped his light… that’s too bad.

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But really Mark?  “Cough, Cough, Ken! Ken!!?”  Couldn’t spit out MISSISSIPPI?  But at least stage one of the mystery is solved- what is making the fish sick…  or at least the sharks.  Who owned that boat, what’s with the cargo?  Much more to figure out here.  Let’s see whether Mark goes all vigilante or whether he calls in the proper authorities, which would be who??? EPA? DOE? LMNOP?

Oh… and a big shout-out to #Scuba Sports Club on Facebook.  They have been following Mark’s exploits in the Gulf and my commentary on same!  Welcome to the Trailverse, everyone!!