It’s pretty rare to see the boss off the clock like this in his fancy
apartment in Hobarken. What’s even more rare is to see him filled with
self-doubt about what to do next. I mean, as a boss, he usually knows
how to boss people around. That’s his bossy role, right? So, it’s nice
to see him step aside and show some interiority for the readers.
As we see in the comic though, long periods of self-reflection are
often a luxury in the fast-paced world everyone inhabits. Sure, there is
Twitter, Facebook, dog videos, and binge-worthy Netflix shows to help
us avoid thinking about ourselves, but the biggest inhibitor of moments
of quiet reflection are other people! Kimber comes out to see what the
boss is doing, interrupting his ruminations. I guess it is pretty
alarming for the neighbors to have a dog on a balcony screaming into the
However, he, and we, need our time alone with our thoughts, don’t we?
Sure, it’s those times alone that allow crippling self-doubt to seep
in. Sometimes it’s self-doubt and sometimes it’s your better judgement
trying to signal you, like Nicolas Cage on Alcatraz island,
before you make the wrong decision. It’s your mind’s time to figure
things out. I’ve seen in the news lately, a lot of stories about people
(mostly men) who probably should have spent some more time alone with
their thoughts considering their actions before they took them. Louis
C.K., Roy Moore, et al. Right?
Don’t forget! Your time in your head can also be the time for you to
vent. This is precious. I think we all deserve some time to look to the sky and scream once in a while, right? In fact, right now I might just scream about…Oh wait, that’s my girlfriend calling me to watch Netflix. Maybe next time.
Trivia: The layout of the office at the Hobarken
Herald used to have less of an open plan, with closed cubicles. This
lasted until Mary protested the “divisiveness” in the newsroom, putting
an axe through Frank Szymanski’s cubicle wall to chop it down. Who is
Frank, you ask? He doesn’t work there anymore for some reason.