Comments from Toady about Stars 'n Toads office humor comic strips. He might be happy, frustrated, mad or sad, but in this blog Toady tells how various 'toons came about. Also, an opportunity for his readers (stars, of course) to comment back. Ribet!

Monday, January 16, 2006

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions

It doesn't matter what the decision is, we just need to know!!!

It happens all the time. Gully is such a fud. He couldn't make a decision if his life depended on it! If he had a brain he'd take it out and kick it! (but he doesn't)

The current problem is that we need to decide whether to use supplier A or B for this particular little electronic chip. Each supplier has it's advantages; some people like one and some the other. But it doesn't really matter. What matters is that we get parts ordered in time for production. Gully won't get blamed if we are late, we will, and he is sitting on a decision.

There are several theories about why. It may be that he hopes one of the suppliers will take him golfing. It may be that he likes one better but is afraid some big bird out in production likes a different one. It may be that his girlfriend is trying to get set up as a supplier's rep for one of them. (Dumb theory; Gully never had a girlfriend that smart!) Probably it's just that he cant make decisions and avoids them like the plague!

It wouldn't be so bad if this were the only time it has occured. No, it's about everything. First he can't decide whether to have a weekly staff infection; then he can't decide on any agenda; then he can't decide if he wants to hold it or cancel it, since he doesn't have anything useful to say. But it is good to say to your bird that you communicate regularly so we keep trying to have it.


Cartoon: No Decision from Dopey de Gull

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Ode To A Toad, from Square Toed Shoes

Darling Toad...

Oh darling toad of the slimy skin

Could there be more to you within?

I’d like to believe you are a prince

But that fairytale died for me long since!

Oh darling toad all covered in warts

Could you be a prince of sorts?

I can’t imagine you on a shining steed

But to believe in you I feel a need!

If I should deign to give you a kiss

Would I get warts upon my lips?

Could a slime like you make my heart sing?

If I’m to find out I must do this thing!

*Mwah* There! The deed is done!

Damn! I knew you wouldn’t be one!!!

Author: Andrea Da Costa - Poetry Site

From Ode To A Toad Collection at Square Uniting all the toads of the world, one amphibian at a time. The site has an Ode to a Toad section, toad links, toad products, toad collectibles, and square toed shoes (a play on words that started the site).

The Dartboard Of Customer Opinion

We have one customer from the dark side. Every time we take them to dinner on the River Walk I try to get them to sit under a tree full of pigeons, but they haven't been birdied yet.

One day as I was listening to their whines on the phone I started feeling like they just liked to throw darts at me because I was a defenseless target. I had this image in my mind.

Only thing is, I wanted to put a dart IN me somewhere. Couldn't figure out how to make that funny. It would just hurt, like reality.

Check it out at Dartboard of Customer Opinion Cartoon

Boss Takes A Big Bite Out Of My (Hide)!

This happened a long time ago, I wrestled with how to make it funny. Based on feedback it is one of the better 'toons.

There was one manager (Tom) who always seemed to be eating something or sucking on something when you got him on the phone. It was a bit of a gossip subject for break: "I wonder what he was sucking on today?" Or: "He must have been eating a sour pickle today; bad mood!"

Then one day Twinkles was mentioning how Tom must have gotten a rock in his cookie this morning. Slider said: "No, worse than that, he got a piece of my tail." I said: "No wonder he was feeling nasty; your backside probably tastes really bad." Everyone laughed but poor Slider.

Take a look at Big Bite From My Tail