If you're a bird, then I'm a bird.
You lost me with the classist comment about the train wreck nature of "working retail" in one's "thirties". Lots of all too grown-up "can't afford to be a train wreck" single moms work in retail - or fast food - to support their children. Perhaps the train wreck serves to help over-burdened working class women to feel less defeated. We may be carrying the world on our shoulders (working jobs that privileged people roll their eyes and sneer at) but at least we aren't dropping the ones we carry.
I am SO glad you are back. I have missed your comics terribly. I completely understand where you are coming from when you say that it is both easier for you and more entertaining for the reader when you tell self-pitying/nightmare dating experience stories.
However, having followed some of your dating journey via your spellbinding storytelling, I have to say that not only am I really happy for you and your BF for finding eachother, I also still think your art is unique and needs to be shared.
Sure, the phase of your life where you were rife with stories about awkward dates may be in the past. But I for one would still love to hear about your life. Life doesn't stop being funny or entertaining or crazy even if your relationship changes. I can only imagine the hilariousness you will have to share as life goes on.
Esther, you have a real gift for observing the absurdities in life and translating that into art. I will always want to hear what you have to say, no matter what stage of life you're at. I will still read your comics when you're in an old age home writing about how stingy the kitchen is with the sour cream.
@lora.bee The female singer from Bran Van 3000 is now a lawyer and is running for the NDP nomination in Bourassa!!
(I dorkily love both Big Shiny Tunes and politics - now at last they come together!)
Oh man. A few thoughts:
I also think The Way is still super catchy, but definitely not as catchy as high school me thought.
I am not a huge Flagpole Sitta fan, but I will admit that I enjoy it more now than I did then. It is perfect for karaoke/large scale 90s dance parties/power hours.
Unabashedly all about the Tonic and Everclear singles, but then again my 90s were all about bands made up of white dudes (from Soundgarden/Nirvana to Our Lady Peace/Collective Soul/Oasis/Weezer). I'm sorry you guys, but I had a reputation to upkeep and I couldn't be liking anything that wasn't on the alternative rock station (yet I owned that Aqua album). Over that now!
Jock Jams next?
HOW CAN THESE BE SO PERFECT?!
(Clarification: I am shouting with happiness)
"The most ornate thing you can buy from an ice cream truck."
Oh, beautiful truth! The best truth.
'...or better yet just clawing your skull open and holding out your brain like a ripe fruit: "Here, take this, know me."'
Here, take this, know me.
These make me wanna cry, in maybe a good way but maybe a bad way too.