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#315: The Season of Giving

January 2, 2009

Notes from the Manager

Related Strips: #50: Git-R-Done!; #67: Caution Period

You can read a bit more about the incident this strip addresses over at Movie Make-out ("James Joseph Cialella Jr., folk hero"), if you didn't see it last week. Yes, it actually happened (of course), and — just to nip one line of offense in the bud — no, wanting to help a guy pay for legal fees doesn't mean you're condoning anything he (allegedly) did, up to and including the attempted murder charge — if, in fact, Mr. Cialella was attempting to murder the guy, which I seriously doubt. I'd lay money down that charge gets reduced or dropped.

From the article, it seems as if the gunshot victim was between his family and Cialella, yet Cialella returned to his seat to watch the movie afterwards, which leads me to believe he probably could have easily killed the gunshot victim if he had the inclination to do so — but I'm not a cop or a lawyer, so what do I know?

One thing I do know is how to read, though, and the number of articles that edit out (in my opinion) crucial details in the timeline of the incident, or headlines that are oversimplified to the point of inaccuracy (such as "Phila. man shot because family talked during movie," for instance), disturbs me. No, the two men argued because the family talked during the movie, and the dispute turned physical, after which Cialella allegedly drew his gun. It's not as if they were talking, and he immediately turned around and shot the guy. The scant information we do have from the Philadelphia police makes this perfectly clear.

Anyway, I suppose we'll just have to wait and see how this case progresses.

(Thank you for the translation assist, Jackson and Sofía.)

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Sunday, November 1, 2015

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Thank you very much for the outpouring of kind words since last Friday. It meant a lot to me, and I’m happy to say that I have great news: things may not be quite so bleak as I thought last week.

For some background, since I haven’t shared much of this publicly, my cat Punk very nearly died in September from a urinary tract infection. A slew of medicines turned things around after a rough couple of weeks, and he had two great weeks but then relapsed. As it turned out, the strain of infection he had was resistant to the antibiotics he was on, so he had to go on some new meds.

Because he wasn’t back at 100% (as close to 100% as an 18 year old cat with three chronic diseases gets, anyway), the recovery this time was very, very hard on him. Punk had to be taken to the emergency room last Wednesday evening, then he wasn’t handling the pain medication they prescribed very well — or eating, except when I would spoon feed him baby food — so I was… in a very bad headspace last week.

With non-stop attention and some tweaks to his medication dosages, he began improving steadily on Friday evening, started to eat on his own and seek out my company on Saturday, and he even meowed for the first time in two weeks on Sunday.

If this keeps up, this will be the third time he’s cheated death (last month, and a bout with pancreatitis a couple of years ago), but I’m still nervous about him relapsing yet again. There’s also the very real possibility that there is something else going on behind all his recent troubles…

But… he’s a tough little guy, and he’s had a great couple of days,which is very encouraging. He has even managed to get back to work on the strip with me (pictured above!), and we’ll hopefully be able to keep at it.

The Multiplex update schedule may be a little erratic for the next couple of months. If that happens, hopefully it will be because I need more time to finish my MFA thesis, not another downturn in Punk’s health. Either way, thank you for reading, and thank you for all your support — financial, emotional, and… egotistical?

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