Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Back in the SADdle Again!

I'm not sure if DeMartino is more, less, or exactly as stressed as usual as Gene Autry for the singer/actor's birthday. Autry was born on this day in 1907, and I think Mr. D would have been happier as a singing cowboy, but then I think he'd have been happier in any other job, no exceptions.

Today is also World Heart Day, and I hope Jake remembers what the doctor told him about cheese. If he does, I also hope he'll share it with the rest of us because I'm dying to know!

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Sunday, September 27, 2020

Have an Easy Fast!

Rabbi Trent wishes "G'mar Tov" to all Jewish Daria fans for Yom Kippur, which begins at sundown tonight. There are a few fanon conventions that Jake and/or Tiffany is Jewish, but neither theory was ever confirmed on the show itself. Still, fanfic can always fill in the gaps!

Today also begins Banned Books Week, so please either read a controversial book or join Daria in yelling at the television. Hey, why not do both?

Fanfic Update!
  • Backseat for No One, by EntrancedCat (COMPLETE!): "'This,' Daria thought as she approached her locker which Lawndale High's starting quarterback was currently slouching against. 'Is why I should never leave the house without my whistle?'"

  • Bearing the Summer, by Lady Evil (part 8): "'Unless someone’s given me gag binoculars,' Vixx announced. 'It looks like Jesse and Jane have broken away from the pack setting a bone rattling pace! They are neck and neck, looking like neither notices the other. I wonder what’s going through their minds.'"

  • Boxing Quinn, by WildDogJJ (parts 1 and 2): "It was late at night and five years old Quinn Morgendorffer was laying awake in her bed looking terrified. The source of her distress was the sound of her parents yelling in another room." (Part 2)

  • BroadcasTed (The Ted Zone), by Kristen Bealer (COMPLETE!): "Ted was still two blocks from the high school when he heard loud music and shouting. 'Oh, no!' he whispered in dismay. 'My parents told me if I went to public school it would be a slippery slope to substance abuse and music raves.' He sighed and trudged onward to the school. 'I might as well get my drug addiction over with.'"

  • Unnamed story (Scenes No Daria fanfic should have: The Closing Walls of Schloss Morgendorffer and Casa Lane), by WacoKid (COMPLETE!): "'Daria, you have no idea how glad we all are that you've finally woken up from that 20 year coma,' Quinn said happily as she pushed her sister's wheel chair down the hospital hallway."

Friday, September 25, 2020

Can the Three Js Even Spell "Love"?

Quinn's having a great Love Note Day, although I don't think anyone could love Quinn nearly as much as she loves herself. Stacy, meanwhile, won't be sending any love notes because she is done giving away her poems for free, darn it!

Today is also National Comic Book Day, so feel free to join Kevin in reading a few issues of Ratboy. Hey, wouldn't it be cool if Daria and Jane teamed up to make a Melody Powers comic book? I would read the heck out of that thing.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Celebrate...With One Exception!

Today is Celebrate Bisexuality Day, and while the holiday and all bisexual people should be celebrated I really can't say the same for Alison herself. It's a shame that MTV turned the lone bi character on the entire Daria series into a predator, but the good news is that fanfic has given us plenty of positive bisexual characters to choose from. So...boo to Alison and yay for fanfic!

This is also Checkers Day, so while Tom sits down with his uncle to play yet another round, Kevin will stand nearby and yell "King me!" at Mack. (Yeah, I know the holiday doesn't actually relate to the board game, but I love that scene.)

Fanfic Update!
  • Another Night At Daria's, by WildDogJJ (COMPLETE!): "Jake's angry voice could be heard by the entire neighborhood. 'HOW DARE YOU VIOLATE MY DAUGHTER! I'LL FUCKING KILL YOU, GODDAMMIT!!!'" (Part 3)

  • Daria Does the DCU, by Lady Evil (part 4): "Daria checked the address, 539 Kane Drive. The woman who lived here, she gave her name as Miriam Valenza, said she needed a babysitter for her daughter, Mary and insisted on Daria, which pissed off Quinn to no end."

  • Star Trek: Voyager: Q Junior's Lessons, by cfardell_Brenorenz29 (prologue): "Q Junior pressed the announce button. 'Come in,' Captain Janeway said."

Monday, September 21, 2020

Be Thankful for Hobbits!

Helen's not entirely sure she wants to celebrate the anniversary of The Hobbit's publication in 1937 with a lumpy piece of wax, but she can hardly hurt Jake's feelings, can she? Okay, maybe she can.

Still, she'd better at least tell him thank you because today is also World Gratitude Day. Anyway, it's the thought that counts, right?

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Saturday, September 19, 2020


Upchuck needs to watch where he's swinging that cutlass on International Talk Like A Pirate Day. Even his parrot is giving him a dubious look. Everyone brush off their "Arrrr"s and "Ahoy there"s for a fun holiday!

If that's not enough excitement, you could also celebrate National Dance Day, but I think Upchuck should put down any sharp objects before trying to join in. Jane will spend today thinking back fondly on her tribute to Jackson Pollack and the week she forgot to sleep.

Fanfic Update!
  • Another Night At Daria's, by WildDogJJ (part 1): "That's Amore Italian Restaurant is one of the most romantic restaurants in Lawndale. Inside, the decor includes murals of such romantic scenes as the canals of Venice, the streets of Rome, Cafe's in Naples and beaches in Sicily. The restaurant has an in-house band playing romantic music and a dance floor. Each table is decorated with a lit candle and a red rose in a jar. At one table Quinn and Jim were on a double-date with Daria and Link."

  • Doctor Who: Changes in Time and Space, by cfardell_Brenorenz29 (part 2): "The Doctor and her companions were still behind the trees in the park as they watched foot soldiers march out of the Drahvin starship. Felicia was worried. 'What are we going to do?'"

Thursday, September 17, 2020

"Governmental THUGS!"

I don't think Mr. DeMartino is enjoying Citizenship Day, but that's only because Ms. Barch called INS on him again. You'd think after the first false alarm they'd be a little more discerning, and yet....

Today is also the anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movement, which started in 2011. For a fun switcheroo on the movement, see CharlesRB's "Occupational Hazard," in which the Landons occupy Dega Street. Yes, that's right. Now go read it!

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Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Happy National Women's Frenemy Day!

Helen and Linda are catching up for National Women's Friendship Day, and by "catching up" I mean "competing until they both want to kill each other." It's a good thing they're talking over the phone rather than in person, and not just because of the pandemic!

Today is also National Linguine Day, and Jake's going to whip up a batch of his best pasta. It's probably Trent's favorite dish, as long as it hasn't oxidized.

Fanfic Update!
  • The Tell-Tale Art, by welltemperedclavier (COMPLETE!): "Jane bowed before some clients, but not this one, not Haldskyr Bear-grip. It's not that she didn't respect him—but Nords didn't like bowing. Better for her to stand and watch as Haldskyr studied the three-quarters portrait she'd spent the last month working on for him."

Sunday, September 13, 2020

(drools blissfully)

Mrs. Johannsen and I wish you all a great International Chocolate Day, although it's up for debate which of the two of us is a bigger fan of the sweet treat. I will admit to never turning myself into a giant chocolate bar, so I guess I forfeit.

Today is also National Peanut Day, so you can mix up your chocolate with some peanut butter! Or take a cue from Daria and sit on a peanut butter sandwich. Or listen to Trent sing about peanuts that have hijacked your brain. Totally your call!

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Friday, September 11, 2020

Quinn's More Worried about Fashion Emergencies

Daria is calling 9-1-1 for Emergency Number Day, but the emergency in question is that everyone and everything sucks except her. So I don't think the dispatcher will be impressed. Jake, meanwhile, is still hoping that Helen will remind him what, exactly, is the number for 9-1-1.

We also observe 911 Remembrance Day today, the anniversary of the World Trade Center and Pentagon tragedies in 2001. The Angst Guy wrote his first fanfic, "Nine-Eleven and Counting," on the subject and I highly recommend it.

Fanfic Update!
  • Raiders of the Lost Arkngthand, by WellTemperedClavier (COMPLETE!): "Ash-tainted rain poured down from a sky the color of rust as Daria marched uphill, drawing her mom’s old woolen robe tighter around her. Thunder pealed in the distance, booming across the jagged hills and blackened gullies of the Ashlands."

  • The Show Must Go Off, by Kristen Bealer (COMPLETE!): "Things didn't get any better over the course of the next few weeks."

  • You Must Not Know Who He Is, by Charles RB (COMPLETE!): "Tommy Sherman was leaning against a bank of lockers and checking out the students, which Daria would have continued to ignored if one of those lockers hadn't been hers."

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Guess She's Not Going to the Teddy Bear Picnic

Daria's not exactly thrilled about Teddy Bear Day, but I don't blame her. I've seen much cuter teddy bears than that! Try harder, bear.

Today is also the tenth (tenth?) anniversary of the start of my career as guest blogger on this very blog. TAG's coming back any day now, I'm sure of it. (waits) Any day now....

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Monday, September 7, 2020

I Hear There are 99 Bottles on the Wall!

Upchuck has come prepared for National Beer Lover’s Day because he has the beer and he considers himself a lover. What everyone else thinks of him is another matter, but if he's offering free beer he probably won't get too many insults. Until he runs out of beer, that is.

Today is also the anniversary of ESPN, which launched on this day in 1979. I'm sure Kevin appreciates this one, because it means he has a backup if the Pigskin Channel ever goes down.

Fanfic Update!
  • Daria Ravenclaw: The Year of the Owl, by Meester_Lee (parts 36 and 37): "Daria and the other First-year Ravenclaw girls in her dorm were out of the tower and waiting to catch the sleighs for the Hogsmeade station by 9:30." (Part 37)

  • The Show Must Go Off, by Kristen Bealer (parts 2 and 3): "Rehearsals began the following week, and while most of the actors had begun to memorize their lines, the script itself was as unintelligible as ever." (Part 3)

  • Unnamed story (Scenes No Daria fanfic should have: The Closing Walls of Schloss Morgendorffer and Casa Lane), by WacoKid (COMPLETE!): "'Daria?' 'Yes, Trent?' 'We've been dating for a while now.' 'Is that what we've been doing?'"

Saturday, September 5, 2020

Does Anyone Actually Like Cheeseless Pizza?

Poor Tom and Daria are super disappointed because today is Cheese Pizza Day and some thoughtless Pizza Prince employee appears to have forgotten to put cheese on their pizza. I'm not going to name any names--Artie--but I have my suspicions.

Today is also Be Late for Something Day, so be sure to celebrate that holiday tomorrow. Get it?

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Thursday, September 3, 2020

Economics in the City

Mrs. Bennett is either a secret Sex in the City fan or she's really, really into National Skyscraper Day. Either way, she's likely to keep her students' attention (for once) if she's going to teach dressed like that.

Also on this day in 1970, Vince Lombardi died of cancer. I have it on good authority (fine, Kevin. I have it from Kevin, okay?) that he definitely did not go to hell.

Fanfic Update!
  • Bearing the Summer, by Lady Evil (part 7): "Daria couldn’t let things end this way. She had to see Jane, to beg forgiveness for whatever it was she did."

  • Burned Out, by Wrabbit7 (part 23): "Jennifer looked up from the book she was reading, and took in the sight before her. Daria sat, stooped over her notebook, writing."

  • Danny Morgendorffer, by ST91 (part 50): "Over the next two hours, Heather showed Daniel and Quinn much of the college. Daniel, however, considered himself anything but satisfied."

  • Lawndale High: The Next Generation - season 1, by Peridaniel (part 6): "The bright September morning sun shown over Lawndale, many kids basking in its light as they enjoyed the final fleeting moments of summer before they were to go to school that morning."

  • The Show Must Go Off, by Kristen Bealer (part 1): "The end-of-day bell had rung half an hour ago, but the halls of Glenfield Middle School were still surprisingly full. Over two dozen students were milling around outside a door with a sign that read 'PLAY TRYOUTS HERE.'"

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

If She's Tarzan, Who's Jane?

Looks like Jane is wishing author Edgar Rice Burroughs an extra happy birthday, which he might appreciate if he hadn't been dead for 70 years. Burroughs was the creator of not only the Tarzan books, but quite a few other fantasy/adventure books. It wouldn't surprise me to find out that Upchuck is a fan.

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