A while back Francesco Marciuliano, the writer of Sally Forth, decided to shake things up a bit by having Ted Forth lose his job. (It wasn't just him; all the people in his office lost their jobs together.) Ted's post-employment career has parallelled my own experience: cheerful optimism has given way to an awareness of the bleakness of the situation. The past week or so of strips have been especially relevant, but today's really hit home: "I apply for jobs I want and I don't hear back. I apply for jobs I don't want and I don't hear back."
Well, we're trying. At least I haven't been sucked into watching a "Press Your Luck" marathon on Game Show Network like Ted was last week! Plus I'm a bit bulkier and less feminine-looking than Ted. (Those hands!) So now it's a race to see who gets a new job first, me or Ted Forth!
(How cool is Francesco Marciuliano? So cool that he posts comments as "Ces" on The Comics Curmudgeon! He didn't even seem to mind when we suggested that the feminine-looking Ted Forth is in fact a woman, and Sally Forth is actually the first mainstream comic about a lesbian relationship. The whiskers that out-of-work Ted has been sporting lately seem to indicate otherwise, but you never know!)