Thursday, June 11, 2009

MAXINE ... my alter ego????

Maxine is just plain crabby and I 'love' her for that reason. She's also very funny ... but did you know she is written by John Wagner, a Hallmark artist since 1970. Wagner says Maxine was inspired by his mother, his maiden aunts and his grandmother, the woman who bought him art lessons ... 'If Maxine can get a laugh out of someone who feels lonely or someone who is getting older and hates the thought of another birthday, or if she can make someone chuckle about stressful interpersonal relationships, then I'm happy. Putting a smile on someone's face is what it's all about.'"

There are days, thankfully not too many, that I feel just like dear ole Maxine. I can be crabby (please don't ask my family about this, though) I find myself acting out my frustrations (and not so silently, I might add) on this Gaul-darn contraption called a computer. I'm guilty of spending too much time in my 'cave' with this machine ... time that takes away from other 'duties' ... duties that go on even if I am "retired" ... like cleaning the house or cooking (we're talking about preparing meals that do not require a microwave ... I was astounded to discover that not all spices come in little plastic jars with screw on lids!!) Even the new he (that's high efficiency not a gender thing) washer and dryer the Duck bought require my time and concentration and it's sad that both machines are smarter than I am ... THEY know how long it takes to dry the sheets and how much water is needed for the undies ... and that's another thing, even though I'm retired, I still have to change sheets and the towels regularly (thankfully I still change undies daily without grumbling, but I don't know how long that's going to last!) I attend a water aerobics class and now think that putting on a bra with damp skin should be an Olympic event!

Maybe my crabbiness is associated with the heat ... here in the 'heart' of Texas we've had temperatures in the 90s for a couple of months already! Although, I still use a light weight blanket for my afternoon naps. No ... I am really not as crabby as Maxine ... I just wish sometimes that I had the ... uh, nerve or ... bravado (bet I had you worried on that one didn't I ?) to " let 'er rip" like Max ... you know, age does have one benefit I had not appreciated ... I am an old(er) lady and therefore people usually defer to me and my age ... and my crabbiness. I am not the 'man hater' that Maxine tries to embody ... I LIKE men ... very much ... as long as they don't have that ear hair thing going on, you know, you could lose your car keys in that stuff and dirty finger nails (yuck!) or high-water pants .. or dark socks with sandals/or tennis shoes ... oh, and I don't like to see men wearing their belts up under their arm pits ... and plaid l-o-n-g shorts or wear ill fitting 'rugs' or have sparse 'comb-overs' NO ... I do like men, really ... I do ... so I am not like Maxine ... not yet!!!

A clean house is the sign of a broken computer.


Robynn's Ravings said...

Amen to your last statement and AMEN. The End.

Kelly said...

Maxine rocks. The second to the last cartoon seems to be me lately. I might need to work on that!!

Tatersmama said...

Oh honey, you had me laughing. And at my age, with a fabric seat cover on my computer chair, that's not always a good thing.
The whole ear hair/high-water/belts up in the armpits thing had me rolling on the floor.

I have no fear now, of you wanting to run off with my Old Guy.
None whatsoever!