Thursday, January 23, 2014

TAGS July 27 & 28, 1994

07/27: Fun o’clock A.M.

07/28: Better with Bacon.

July 27: In the summer, Disneyland host a little Cast Member team building activity that is the canoe races. Before the sun rises, well before the main gates open to the day’s guests, teams clamor into the Davy Crocket Explorer canoes and are timed in one circuit around Tom Sawyer Island. There is the men’s, women’s and co-ed divisions, but wouldn’t you know it that the D.C.E. Cast Members invariably take the men’s prize every year. 

It’s tough pulling a canoe through the waters of the Rivers of America. It’s tough getting eight to twelve people to synchronize their rowing. Finding eight to twelve people to form a team is difficult. I often thought the most difficult thing to do was waking up early enough.

The TAGS equivalent to the canoe races are the hand car races on Jebidia S. Coyote’s Sidewindin’ Hand Cars. Hand cars being the things requiring people to pump a crank to it to roll along train tracks really isn’t a viable attraction for folks on their vacations, nor for a company worried about liabilities. Not to mention that at four riders per hand car, it wouldn’t be much of a “people eater”.

It is, for a comic strip, sufficiently physical and has potential for some visual gags.

July 28: Stacy’s diner (introduced in the March 08, 1994 strip) is the perfect place for teams to cool down after a heated hand car race and have some breakfast. 

If hand car races require more than a minimum of eight people on a team, then I suppose it’s some sort of relay race. 

Al (beagle, 4th appearance), Bingo (snake, 4)

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