July 5, 2022 by EditorM Recovery (bonus LOL) (Not a Cidu), Ironies of modern life LOL, LOL Carol Lay, Lay Lines 7 Comments This is probably well understood as one of those “ironies of modern life” LOLs. But it’s too long to comfortably go into a “Sunday Funnies LOLs” list post, so here it is as a bonus on its own. Related
That’s me in the last panel. (But no, the rest is not my wife!)
phsiiicidu beat me to it.
Is this just that the woman is treating recovery like a competition? One in which her competitor doesn’t know he’s competing?
Why is it funny?
@ Powers – It’s really more “tragic” than “funny”, but the humorous contradiction is supposed to be between “recovery” as an opportunity for holistic healing and growth, and this woman’s misinterpretation of it being just another contest that she intends to win, no matter how many people she has to offend to do it. (See the expressions on most of the faces in the first panel.)
Here’s Watterson’s take on asocial competition:
I love Carol Lay, and I really miss the inhabitants of Murderville.
Bob’s Burgers had an episode where Bob learns to meditate, and achieves some level of inner peace from all his aggravations (S11E19). His nemesis (and owner of the competing restaurant across the street) is upset that Bob is now happy, so he claims to have learned meditation better than Bob, and has achieved greater inner peace. The episode ends with a contest to determine who is more Zen.