9 Chickweed Rage

001: The New Car Aroma of Her Khakis

August 29th, 2022

Our long-awaited first episode! Is it the dumbest idea for a podcast? Probably!

We talk about our least favorite newspaper comic strip, 9 Chickweed Lane, written and drawn by Brooke (no relation) McEldowney. We kick this journey of rage off with the romance (?) of Thorax and Esme. According to Wikipedia, Thorax is an amiable elderly farmer, who is "brilliant and odd beyond all description." He also appears to be anwhere between 90 and 100 years old. The object of his affection is Esme, a policewoman who is definitely in her 30s. In this first part (of three), Thorax introduces himself to Esme and has a lengthy conversation with himself through a typewriter. It ends with a sigh and a cliffhanger. Which seems an impossible combination, but here we are.

The Chickweed strips we discuss this episode:

The first three are here.
The last two are here.

This episode's wild journey includes:

  • Stephen Sondheim's Company
  • Calvin & Hobbes
  • The Pandemic
  • Grindr
  • Manual Typewriters
  • Ellipses
  • Dear Abby
  • Julie Andrews
  • Googly Eyes
  • Roget's Thesaurus
  • Khakis
  • Barf bags

Show Notes

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