Balloon Animals

a box full of junk

It’s time to go dumpster diving behind Google HQ for another titillating edition of Random Image Inspiration!  The Randomator looks like it was trying to lowball us this week…

5, 6, 15, 26

The 5th post in my Reader was this one by River

The 6th word in that post is “I’ve”

The 15th word in that post is “yes”

Putting “I’ve yes” into Google Images brought this up as the 26th result…

Alright, I got nothin’.  So how about a classic Evil Squirrel’s Nest strip about balloons?

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Rice A Roni

Ummmmm, they don’t look like the San Francisco treat!

The Nest has one more week of Mecca Muzak Monday’s takeover from the Dusty Vinyl Archive to present for our version of March Madness.  Yes, we have one final new age shopping tune for DJ Scratchy to present that we hope will leave you dancing in the aisles!  Just watch out for that lady coming by in the scooter…

MMMMM will be going out with a bit of a bang, as I chose probably the most unusual of the five songs I chose for this month to close out on.  Chromeo is a dance/hip hop duo that formed in Montreal back in the early 2000’s featuring David “Dave 1” Macklovitch and Patrick “P-Thugg” Geymayel.  Over the past two decades, Dave 1 (who is Jewish) and P-Thugg (who is of Arab descent) have shown that the power of music can bring even long time enemies together…. even if that music ends up being piped into retail stores once the deejays quit playing it in the clubs.

I never thought I’d be spinning records for elderly shoppers. At least I don’t have to wear a company vest.

As has largely been the theme of Mecca Muzak Mondays since I debuted in on this blog seven years ago, this isn’t your father’s canned muzak.  Chromeo released an album in 2007 titled Fancy Footwork, and the second cut from that record has seeped into stores around the nation in recent years.  The song is just as funky and fucked up as its title…. “Tenderoni”

Now isn’t that a goofy little earworm to brighten up your week?  Who needs Kenny G and Engelbert Humperdinck when you can check off your shopping lists to the electronic melodies of Chromeo?

You might even subconsciously purchase some of this…. even if you don’t have a dog.

OK, that’s a wrap for March Madness, Mecca Muzak Monday style!  The DVA returns next Monday with another great, forgotten earworm from the past…

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The Great Escape

“Life sucks, man!  I’ve been locked up in this prison for 30 (pronounced: thoity) years now!  They can’t keep Scruffy The Nutjob behind bars forever!  I gotta bust out of this joint!  Get back on the outside!  Where the acorns are plentiful, and the dames don’t look like that one guy Bubba who keeps feeling me up in the shower!  There’s gotta be a way out of here somehow!

Oh, wait!  I’m a squirrel, and I know how to scale fences!  This is it…. I’m goin’ for it!  Keep a lookout for the guards while I escape, guys!”

“I did it!  I made it to the top of the fence!  This is the first (pronounced: foist) time I’ve seen the outside since the Berlin Wall fell and Milli Vanilli was all over the radio!  I wonder if they’re still pop stars?  I gotta make a run for it!  I’m sure there’s a payphone around here somewhere I can call my girl (pronounced: goil) from!  I hope she didn’t forget me while I was in here and go with that loser Vinnie!  I’ll moidalize that bum if he touched my sweet Sue!  Boy it sure looks different out here all these years later!  I hope I can adjust to life back on the outside, away from three squares a day, all the cable TV I can watch, free gym membership, free prison tats…………..”

“On second thought…. maybe the inside isn’t go bad after all.  After all this climbing, I think I’ll take a nice, hot shower.  Don’t anyone dare tell Bubba!!!”

We hope you enjoyed this week’s episode of Saturday Squirrels in Sing Sing!

Have a great weekend everyone!

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What’s In A Name?

a box full of junk

Yes, it’s Friday….. not Wednesday.  But I wanted to post something today, so I decided to run the Randomator this morning and play Random Image Inspiration.  With one condition…. since I wanted to do something SCT-related due to it being Friday, I am limiting the inspiration I can draw from today’s image to something related to the gang.  Now, let’s see those numbers…

2, 65, 60, 24

The 2nd post in my Reader was this one by My Dang Blog, which surprised me since Suzanne usually only posts on Sunday!

The 65th word in that post is “story”

The 60th word in that post is “name”

Putting “story name” into Google Images brought this up as the 24th result…

The origins behind many of the things that exist today can range anywhere from mundane to fascinating… though even the most boring root stories can have interesting aspects.  Since I wanted to make this an SCT post, how about we look into what inspired many of the names you know from The Theatre!

Sounds like a shitload of fun……. NOT!

I’ll skip over the obvious characters whose names were already defined, like Snuggle, Scrat, Troll, the ponies, and such.  So, where did your favorite SCT critters get their names from….???

You’ve probably wondered where the name “Fuzzywig” came from for my perpetually stoned, creepy faced raccoon.  Well, you can credit none other than literary genius Charles Dickens, who would be turning in his grave if he knew he lent a name to a fucked up critter on a third rate blog.  One of Fuzzy’s first appearances on my blog, or at least, the first one where he needed a name, was his role as the jolly character Fezziwig in my five part “A Pony Christmas Carol” I posted just before Christmas 2015. I used artistic license to change the name to the more fitting Fuzzywig.  When SCT started a year later, I figured it was a good enough permanent name for him…

Mitzi also debuted with her name in that same post that gave us Fuzzywig… though Dickens had nothing to do with her name.  Mitzi’s cameo in that story was as a bimbo, which she’s been typecast as ever since.  And what better name for a bimbocorn than “Mitzi?”  It’s just such a light and floofy and airheaded name…

Trisha once mentioned that she thought Chip got his name because his figurine had gotten chipped, but Chip’s porcelain is 100% intact (even if his sanity as the Shelf’s designated straight critter is not).  The name came from a compromise I made over the question posed by the person who gave him to me as to whether he was a chipmunk or a squirrel.  Since I wasn’t sure myself, his full name became Chip Squirrel.

Rainy….. well, what better name to give a skunk holding a rain gauge?  If I’d have named her Flower, she might have sprayed me…

The origin of Buster’s name is interesting, given that the character precedes Shelf Critter Theatre and even my Evil Squirrel’s Nest comic… where he’s happily died a thousand deaths for your amusement.  Buster was originally an unnamed possum I drew to playfully taunt someone I knew who had a memorable run-in with a house invading possum back in 2008.  In 2011, I made a birthday card on my computer to send her that featured the possum… and the last line in her thank you email to me was this:

“Trying to think of a good name for my pal on the back.  So far came up with “Lil Shithead” and “Buster.”  How about you?”

As cute as “Lil Shithead” would have been for the possum……. I chose Buster.  He soon broke out among my characters I was drawing, became a star, and the rest, as they say, is history.  I could seriously dedicate a whole post on all of the fascinating little things that went into Buster becoming what he was, and such a huge part of The Nest… his origin story is easily the most interesting!

Fleabag didn’t even have a name in his first few SCT appearances.  In the final of those scenes where he was billed as “DOG”, Fuzzywig called him a fleabag, and the name stuck.

With his popularity the last three years, it’s hard to believe that Mr. Fox hardly appeared at all in the first 30 or so episodes of SCT.  In his first appearance during a Bashful skit, I not only used the name on his tag (His real name is Slick!), but he actually…………… spoke!  The first time he appeared in SCT proper, the Sponkies referred to him as “Mr. Fox,” and the name, as well as his petrified behavior, stuck.  Thus we can declare Slick and his lone speaking role non-canon….

Before she became the queen of blood, Zeeba was definitely the loose screw among the two Mitzi spawn who were born live in an episode of SCT over three years ago.  Zeeba, borrowed from a Pearls Before Swine character, just seemed like the perfect name for a loony zebra.  As for her sister Bearcat, that came about due to being unable to figure out just what the hell she was.  She kind of looked like a cat, but she also bore an uncanny resemblance to the internet meme Pedobear.

And then there’s Hung Lo………. and if you don’t know the significance of what “hung low” means, well, we’ll spare you the lewd details….

HUNG LO: Wanna hear joke?  Man who go through airport turnstile sideways going to Bangkok!

Sigh, so much for trying to avoid lewdness.  Anyway, I hope you thought this look into some of the SCT names was informative and/or entertaining!

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Share Your World – Week 116

Me, after a 48 work week…

After nearly 23 years of working the same schedule every week, we were switched from five eight-hour nights to four ten-hour nights this week.  While this allows me to tack Fridays onto my usual Wednesday-Thursday weekend, I still had to work my final night under the old format this past Friday, which made for a fun 48 hour week for me the past five nights.  I slept for almost 12 hours yesterday, and didn’t even attempt to run my Random Image Inspiration feature after work.  I’m sure I’ll eventually adjust to the difference.  Plus, it’s better than the track Mecca was on pre-youknowwhat.  Two years ago, they began eliminating overnight stocking from the smaller stores, shifting everyone to mornings or evenings, and it was to spread slowly company-wide… likely to my store by this year.  Now with all the emphasis on online pickup, the importance of productivity during non-business hours has been restored.  I’d rather work 10 hour nights than ANY hours during the day…

And now it’s time to do some work I’ll never get paid for…. my weekly foray into Share Your World!  Questions, as always, by Melanie

I’ll bet Atlas didn’t even have to work ten hour shifts…

If not now, then when?

Did you really need to ask?

Can you describe your life in a six-word sentence?

Rules don’t apply to me.

Good answer, dude. Now let’s go racing!

Do you remember that thing people used to say, about how you swallow eight spiders a year while you sleep? It’s not true, but do you think you’ve ever swallowed any? What bug do you think you’ve eaten the most of by accident?

Accident?  Why would swallowing bugs be an accident?

Mmmmmmmmmmmm, down the hatch!!!

What’s the best approach to resolving conflict?

As someone who is the deadly combination of being a contrarian with passive-aggressive tendencies… I tend to avoid conflict at all costs.  And when I do address conflict, it’s going to be with subtle barbs and a heavy dose of sarcasm and cynicism that will go over most people’s heads anyway.  Some people don’t believe that’s a healthy way to deal with issues…. but it beats the Ninja On A Skateboard option that many others try.

Conflict resolution approved by ten out of ten Zeebas.

Where do you find inspiration?

Under my armpits…

Oh wait, I thought you said perspiration!

Inspiration is everywhere. You just have to not be looking for it to find it…

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