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Tuck 141 [message #6096] Sun, 30 November 2008 13:41 Go to next message
Ellen Hayes  is currently offline Ellen Hayes
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Not worth the wait, but here it is.

"I'm not dead yet..."


Ellen Hayes
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Re: Tuck 141 [message #6097] Sun, 30 November 2008 14:21 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Ellen Hayes wrote on Sun, 30 November 2008 16:41

Not worth the wait, but here it is.


Good news! Yay!

Ellen Hayes wrote on Sun, 30 November 2008 16:41

"I'm not dead yet..."


Even better news! Double Yay!


Don't call me Shirley. You will surely make me surly.
Re: Tuck 141 [message #6098] Mon, 01 December 2008 10:04 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Ellen, a chapter of Tuck is always worth the wait.

Thanks.
Re: Tuck 141 [message #6099] Tue, 02 December 2008 22:27 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Parsed from Tuck#96:

16:39 25 Sep
....
Mom shrugged. "This stuff is strange, and while some of it can come from direct mutation - either in a sperm or an egg - some of it isn't, and some of it is recessive, which means one or the other of us might be a genetic carrier of some of it. And tonight I have to call everyone on my side of the family and tell them about this so they can get tested. We'll get tested tomorrow,"

and,
Parsed from Tuck#141:

18:22 23 Nov
Susan was shaking her head too. "Never works. C'mon. _I_ can't leave until we're done eating," she complained. "Oh shit... I can't leave at ALL."
"What?!"
"I have to go in tomorrow morning to a fucking doctor thing, Mom said I have to go, SHIT!" she cursed and punched the doorframe, which was a bad idea. "Ow .."


A. Wondering if the "doctor thing" is related to the Sept 26th testing mentioned.
B. Was the Thanksgiving visit by the blood relatives of Sarah doubled as a family gathering for review of the results of medical testing?
C. I noticed there were no mention of Sarah's male relatives visiting...
D. Where's Amy? - I thought she would come. Of course, Wednesday before Thanksgiving is usually the largest holiday travel day in the US, so she may show up in the next Tuck chapter....
E. Does Sheila think that Tuck isn't comfortable unless dressed as Valerie? Or is it that Tuck just doesn't have a clue of what Sheila is trying to accomplish in therapy?

* * *
Parsed from Tuck#141:

14:48 23 Nov
"God, you look like a-" Whatever Marion was going to end with was cut off by my sister, who slugged her in the arm.

F. Obviously, there is talk among the relatives about Tuck's condition, they just won't talk about it in front of Tuck. I wonder what Marion was planning to say, there are several possible nouns.

* * *
Parsed from Tuck#141:

20:39 25 Nov
... I flicked the hook and said, "Hello?"
"Tuck! It's Jill," Jill said. "Wanna do something Friday?"
...
"We were thinking REALLY early, to get ahead of the crowds a little and maybe get done earlier. Like seven."
...Still, this explained why Susan was never around for breakfast on Friday-after-Thanksgiving mornings the last few years.

G. Ellen's cultural reference to Black Friday, something the Pack understands and Tuck just realizes - for some reason I find amusing. I had been profiling Tuck as a penny-wise youth because of Bill and Sarah's view of finances with the kids. I didn't expect Tuck to be clueless until now of this yearly Xmas shopping ritual.I half expect to see Tuck lining up at 4am to get a deal on a computer or what some of us thought was big in 1997, a Palm Pilot. Useless by today's standards, but with Tuck's hacking ability - who knows, he might work out a way of not having to drag the Toshiba around all the time. Smile

More musings later....

Re: Tuck 141 [message #6100] Wed, 03 December 2008 05:43 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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lurker wrote on Wed, 03 December 2008 01:27



A. Wondering if the "doctor thing" is related to the Sept 26th testing mentioned.
B. Was the Thanksgiving visit by the blood relatives of Sarah doubled as a family gathering for review of the results of medical testing?
C. I noticed there were no mention of Sarah's male relatives visiting...
D. Where's Amy? - I thought she would come. Of course, Wednesday before Thanksgiving is usually the largest holiday travel day in the US, so she may show up in the next Tuck chapter....
E. Does Sheila think that Tuck isn't comfortable unless dressed as Valerie? Or is it that Tuck just doesn't have a clue of what Sheila is trying to accomplish in therapy?


Probably, maybe, interesting, probably, I would go with the second option.

lurker wrote on Wed, 03 December 2008 01:27


Parsed from Tuck#141:

14:48 23 Nov
"God, you look like a-" Whatever Marion was going to end with was cut off by my sister, who slugged her in the arm.

F. Obviously, there is talk among the relatives about Tuck's condition, they just won't talk about it in front of Tuck. I wonder what Marion was planning to say, there are several possible nouns.

I would go with "girl." It could be "wreck" or similar, of course, but I don't think Susan would be so defensive of Tuck's ego in this case.


lurker wrote on Wed, 03 December 2008 01:27


G. Ellen's cultural reference to Black Friday, something the Pack understands and Tuck just realizes - for some reason I find amusing. I had been profiling Tuck as a penny-wise youth because of Bill and Sarah's view of finances with the kids. I didn't expect Tuck to be clueless until now of this yearly Xmas shopping ritual.I half expect to see Tuck lining up at 4am to get a deal on a computer or what some of us thought was big in 1997, a Palm Pilot. Useless by today's standards, but with Tuck's hacking ability - who knows, he might work out a way of not having to drag the Toshiba around all the time. Smile



I would think that in previous years Tuck didn't engage in SERIOUS Christmas shopping, he was just too young / didn't have enough pocket money for that. Meaning that he bought only a few gifts, mostly inexpensive stuff, for the people he was closest to. This year is the first time he has a year-long job, so he has more money and intends to buy more stuff.

Oh, and it's not a Toshiba, it's an IBM Thinkpad.


Don't call me Shirley. You will surely make me surly.
Re: Tuck 141 [message #6104] Thu, 04 December 2008 08:14 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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Two nights in a row that Tuck, who's usually up at all hours, has missed significant stuff involving his friends. (Not that he'd necessarily prefer hearing Jack and Maddog jam at a restaurant over sex with Pam.)

Lots to consider here. No surprise about the cousins so far: Susan and Marion, college age, can show up on or after the weekend; Derek and Amy have to wait until school's out. (Marion and the grandmother are surprising in another way: see my comments about Tuck's relatives in the TuckerSpawn section.)

Still, given the stormy relations on that side of the family, it seems surprising that anyone would want to come early. The medical issues may well be the catalyst here.

First reference I've seen to the "cargo hatch" -- which I assume is the tube to/from the attic -- since Tuck used it in an unsuccessful escape attempt a few months ago. Didn't think it had any normal function...

Quite interesting to see Tuck opt for therapy next Sunday. That anxiety situation Friday night seems to have made Tuck aware that he's closer to the deep end than he had realized. (That and the family.)

I didn't get the reference to the Trebles in West Virginia preparing for the Big One. They didn't strike me as survivalists to the extent the Tuckers are.

Possibly the most subtle reference yet to the daily nightmare, on Tuesday morning.

Eric
Ten's a Crowd -- Not? [message #6109] Sat, 06 December 2008 10:38 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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It occurred to me last night that Ellen may feel she needs more people at the Tucker house this holiday than we previously knew about from Sarah's side of the family (two aunts, Derek, Amy and probably a grandparent or two).

In past crowd situations, it doesn't appear that part of the basement was available as bedroom space. (It was too cluttered last spring, the first time Sabrina considered it for a sleepover.)

But it's clearly usable now, and there may not be enough people to force Tuck, Brian and Susan into one bedroom (as the current chapter specifies) if Ellen doesn't increase the population. Marion's one addition; we'll see if there are others.

Eric
Re: Tuck 141 [message #6110] Sat, 06 December 2008 16:15 Go to previous messageGo to next message
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One thing no one's commented on yet - Susan went to get her test results on Monday, and here we are Tuesday night and no word? Hopefully we get good news in the next episode.

LuLou
Re: Tuck 141 [message #6112] Sun, 07 December 2008 19:22 Go to previous message
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Leave it to Ellen to give us more to think about until she posts again.
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