about now you may well be asking yourselves "What
the hell was that?"
Well, here's a little explanation.
As a fan-boy of almost all things Apple I was,
to say the least, a bit perplexed by all the
frenetic media hoo-hah over the latest iPhone.
As near as I can comprehend critics complained
bitterly that the iPhone had the infuriating
tendency to drop calls...
if you touched the case in one exact spot....
while trying to make a call in an area of weak
reception... and you were left-handed.
Those Apple bastards!
Kids, that's not a major inconvenience. That's
not even a design flaw. That's life in the Technical
Age. Especially since a rubber device, a so-called "bumper",
could fix this minor technical flaw in a jiffy.
And though initially it cost a befuddlingly-high
$29, it's now free for all iPhone buyers.
Now, you wanna talk inconvenience?
I just spent a week where every time I picked up my phone, a bullet-proof
land-line connection, it sounded as though a horde of drunken, horny
bees were having a town hall meeting about health care... in a garbage
can... in a war zone. I actually had to tell my clients to yell so that
I could hear them over the static.
That made one feel so professional.
It took three, count 'em, THREE trips by AT&T technicians
to discover some wires had crossed at the main junction.
Back to the comic.
It occurred to me that our own ears had a similar problem as the iPhone...
place a finger in the right spot and reception gets a bit muted. God's fault,
of course. The joke, as initially written had promise: Man complains about
dropped reception, clerk tells him to take finger out of ear. Big laughs
all around at this clever allusion. It even made Beloved
laugh out loud, but when it came time to putting it on paper it was a Drabble
You might know Drabble. It's a syndicated comic strip about a family and
their duck. The jokes are good-natured but one-dimensional. Set 'em up and
knock 'em down is the artist's credo, and American eats it up they way they
eat their Cheerios while reading Drabble.
The biggest problem I had is that I try to write gags as logically as possible.
By that I mean, when a man in a chicken suit is featured in one of my strips,
you can bet he has a deep-seated neurosis towards the little feathered fucks.
Either that or he's part of an ad campaign for KFC. So while having a man
a finger in his ear might be amusing, it didn't make much sense to me. But
a man standing there with a finger in his ear and brandishing a chainsaw?
Just... don't ask me why.