Don’t Worry, Rusty…

…it’s only natural to be mortified by your parents’ actions… it’s part of the plan- the plan that will get you to leave the nest at some point.  Except that you are locked in a world where no one actually ages… what hell… OK if you are perpetually in your mid thirties, but what if you are forever twelve years old?  Ick.  Awkward.  Voice cracking.  Confused.

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And I will say it one more time… What’s with the mane of silver hair on Mara?  She’s of course drawn to be fetching, but the gray mop continues to be confusing, at least to me…

Isn’t she… um, running toward them??

Or perhaps she is spinning in place, wanting to display her bikini-ready form in what her mother has covered with a sensible tankini…

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Or maybe she’s blind? We certainly didn’t get that impression on the plane… And where are her parents?  Hopefully just off camera.  I wouldn’t want my daughter roaming the beaches all by herself…

So as Rusty and Cherry have a conversation about Mara, (like she’s not within earshot of them talking,) Rusty ponders the imponderable and Cherry strongly encourages him to “go say hello…”  So go on, boy… time to make a friend!

I see the blowhole, but where are the eyes??

An’ a-one-a an’ a-two-a… into the water goes the whale.  Glad we didn’t drag that one out longer than it needed to be…

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Now it’s time for some mea culpas…

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What’s Mark doing in the first panel  The twist??  Working on his 7 minute abs?  Mr. Racing Stripes is feeling a bit sheepish about having doubted Mark, although he still hasn’t the foggiest idea who he’s dealing with…  I find it annoying anytime someone calls me “Buddy.”  I mean, how hard is it to introduce yourself and learn names??

 

Where did all the people go?

If I am not mistaken, there was a relatively large gaggle of folks on the beach when Rusty (where’s Rusty?!) first pointed to them in the distance… Then there were six, not counting the Trails… and now there are only three, with Mark and Cherry making five??

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Again with the beast reference… or in another context, “That’s what she said…”

And by the way, I didn’t know that whales could talk!!

Do tides make sounds?

Never daunted, or missing an opportunity to waggle his finger at someone, Mark lets Mr. Grumpy (off camera) know that he needn’t worry… that he’s an expert in matters pertaining to wildlife…

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But what’s up with the lady in panel three?  Is this the angry panel?  She was just crying 30 seconds ago… Is she mad that Cherry’s swimsuit is from the same dye lot as hers?

But I repeat… can one hear the tide coming in?  And if tides are hours apart, wouldn’t that whale be suffocated under its own weight by now?  And I am sure that it didn’t occur to any of the other humans, before the Trails showed up, that they might work together to get the whale back in the ocean…  where it will probably lose its way again and get itself beached outside of the prying eyes and meddling hands of random (really) white folks on vacation…

Some people are just insecure and angry, I guess…

But I guess I’d be angry too if I had to get my hair colored the way this guy’s is…  what’s with the blue racing stripes down each side?!  And why does every woman in the Trailverse have to have ginger highlights??

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But how does one pronounce Minke?  Is it like the way that Inspector Clouseau pronounced Monkey in the Pink Panther Series?  Or is the ‘e’ silent?  Like the varmint we make fur coats out of?

Well, this vacation is off to a rousing start!!  Strap in, campers!

Not to be confused with the Beached White Male…

A Beached Whale, huh?  And how disappointing!  I thought that the resort was clothing optional!  Although it seems that Cherry has scared off a good chunk of the crowd with her killer profile…

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Check out the punctuation in Cherry’s statement.  Shouldn’t there be an exclamation point after the word ‘whale?’  The way it is written, it seems like happening upon a whale high and dry on the beach is no big thing… the only surprising part is the fact that it’s still alive!!  Where’s a Marine Biologist when you need one??  I guess Mark will have to spring to action (again) and announce his presence…