Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Chuck

Seen exiting the Red Line to Howard at about 8:40 a.m.

Chuck tried office jobs for a while, but he couldn’t stand the pressure—the social pressure, that is. If there’s one thing he’s learned, it’s that people are schemers, and Chuck’s never been particularly adept at scheming. Water cooler conversations went over his head. Sometimes people scrawled cruel things about him on the bathroom walls. His immediate superior, Lucille, once dangled a promotion in front of his face, then gave it to someone else at the last minute. No, the cutthroat culture of the American corporate world was not for Chuck.

Now he works from home as a consultant, which he much prefers. He gets to wear a t-shirt and shorts every day. The only other life-form he has to encounter is his beagle, Snoopy IV. Chuck’s never been particularly creative at naming. This life is as close to paradise as Chuck can imagine. When he watches the news and he sees all the troubling things going on in the world, only one thought crosses his mind: “good grief.”

Seriously, this guy really did look like an adult Charlie Brown. It was weird.

4 comments:

  1. Fun flash! It's both sad and interesting to consider what cartoon characters are like when they finally grow up and to think about fictional characters as subjects of Missed Connections. (I get bummed out when I see those images of Calvin all grown up.) Is there an inherent disconnect between "the cutthroat culture of the American corporate world" and the spirit of play that motivates most folks to love comic strips in the first place?

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    1. Thanks! I do think that the corporate world motivates adults to enjoy comics, definitely. They want to escape their "grown-up jobs" back into childhood.

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