I draw the webcomic Manly Guys Doing Manly Things and work on cartoons you might see on TV sometimes.
That’s amazing, I had no idea.
Basically, the temptation to say a character is super rich is appealing because it seems like it makes things easier if your character never has to worry about finances. Like, you can just wave your hand and say “and we never had to worry about how they afford this nice house/education/collection of possessions again”. But at the same time you can write yourself into the “why don’t they just-” corner with it. Wealth is almost like magic in a storytelling perspective. What are the limitations of this magic? What are the consequences of this magic? What happens when a character who has never experienced magic suddenly becomes imbued with powers? What happens when a character who’s used to having unlimited magic at their disposal is suddenly depowered? If a character has basically all the magic they could ever want, what’s stopping them from fulfilling their every whim?
Plus they had Angela’s dad be a member of ZZ Top so I doubt “poor” ever really applies to either of them or their family.
I remember an episode where Angela is pulling her hair out over trying to assemble this baby toy and says that she doesn’t want to pay $50 to have the woman at the store do it and it’s like… okay I think stressed out mom rock royalty best selling novel co-author respected forensic scientist wife of one of the richest dudes in America character isn’t going to be so stressed over saving $50 that she’d go through this headache. The joke is there because it’s an easy relatable new parent joke to the average middle class American watching the show, but nearly every character they’ve written is too wealthy to believably kill themselves over fifty bucks. Like, even I would be like “fuck it here is $50 release me from this play structure prison” in that situation and I certainly don’t have Angela money.
They keep trying to do all these “lose all the money” and “get all the money” storylines, like Bones’ crazy novel paycheque or Saroyan’s identity theft, but whatever sum of money they’ve “gained” or “lost” never seems to really effect anyone as more than passing remarks or moral-of-the-day buttons. It’s like, just stop talking about money guys, you clearly have no idea what it’s worth or how it effects people. The subject of finances could never come up again and all of the characterization would remain the same.
I went to Atomic Tattoo in Hollywood, I think Liz was the piercer, she was super friendly and professional. Like the difference between her attitude and the guy who did it the first time and messed it up was so completely different. He was super laid back and acted like I was a buddy he was piercing in his basement or something, even let his friend watch because she’d never seen someone get their nose pierced before. And because I’d never really visited a piercer before I was like “I guess this is what piercers just act like?” I had no idea what to expect. But she was super professional and informative without being impersonal and told me what to expect every step of the way and triple checked all her guide markers to make sure everything lined up right. I went back to her again when I wanted to swap the wire gauge for something thicker and switch from a horseshoe to a ring.
Pigeon didn’t make it, at least he got to go somewhere safe and quiet instead of a puddle on a busy street.
We went to get ramen and a pigeon flew into a torch at the tiki bar next door and caught fire so fablepaint scooped him up in a towel and we brought him to my place and set him up in the vet cage with a shallow dish of water to lie in and a towel and a bowl of food. We left him there to calm down, I’ll pick up some polysporin on the way back, it looks like his body is fine but his feet are kind of burnt.
The Jurassic Park velociraptors in the kitchen scene except the raptors do the chicken head bob thing when they walk.