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My Life, Or – Living La Vida Oblong

The Oblongs. Courtesy: Cartoon Network's Adult Swim

The Oblongs: Bob, Pickles, Beth, Biff and Chip, and Milo. Courtesy: Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim

Have you seen The Oblongs? If not, you are missing a treat. The family (pictured above) live down the hill from the rich folks, including the Bob’s boss, who is the father of the snootiest girls around. The Debbies all look alike and dislike just about everyone else, particularly the valley kids.

The Debbies - rich, weird, and perfectly dislikable.

The Debbies – rich, weird, and perfectly dislikable. If you think hard, you’ll be reminded of someone who fits the bill in real life … Courtesy: The Oblongs – Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim

Milo Oblong (the dude in the family photo at the start of the post with the fabulous ‘No’ shirt on) is my favorite. He has some wildly funny friends as well:

The Clubhouse Friends: Milo, Helga Phugly, Mikey, Creepy Susie, and Peggy. Courtesy: The Oblongs – Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim

There are days when I come to the realization that life was not meant to be normal.

If you catch an episode of The Oblongs, you may note that while Milo and his friends often have a harder time fitting in and all that when compared to the hill kids, they seem to be more genuine. No one is perfect, we all have Oblong-like features (maybe not as pronounced as the ‘real’ Oblongs, but you know what I’m saying), and I would submit we are better for it.

If no one laughs at the jokes you hear in your head, so be it.

Root for Hannibal Lecter in ‘Silence of the Lambs’? Good for you (it was on today, so I had to include it. Sir Anthony Hopkins is one of my favorites).

Considered the geek or nerd by your neighbors as a kid? Great – Own it, babe.

Live la vida Oblong and be proud.


  1. Lyn December 20, 2015 4:20 am

    We don’t have The Oblongs on TV here in Oz. I also like Sir Anthony — especially in Meet Joe Black.

    • AR Neal December 20, 2015 9:24 am

      It was quite short lived. I think there may be at least clips on YouTube if you’re curious 🙂 I like Sir Anthony in just about anything!

      • Lyn December 20, 2015 11:30 am

        He was brilliant in Silence of the Lambs, but I couldn’t watch it. It gave me the “oogies” 🙂

        • AR Neal December 20, 2015 12:37 pm

          Oh, yes — I was commenting while watching yesterday (in bright daylight, mind you) how when I saw it in the theater, everyone was yelling toward the end in particular. There was a scene that needed people to yell out. No spoilers here, but it was like one of those ‘Don’t go in there!’ sorts of scenes. I would say there were a few of them throughout. I will also say that there was a sense of humor in the Lecter character as well.

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