Before I start: in my defense, I only read the comic strip Mark Trail when it’s posted at The Comics Curmudgeon, like all right-thinking people.
Now. In the latest adventure, Mark Trail and his freakishly ugly boy ward, Rusty, blew out a tire and drove off-road to a beach. Mark, unable to punch the tire into submission, instead had to jack up the car to change the tire the old-fashioned way.
Due to mishaps with Rusty’s incredibly stupid dog Sassy, Rusty crawled under the car and, thanks to said stupid dog Sassy, the jack collapsed and the car landed on Rusty. That’s where we are now with today’s entry. Since the jack is now broken, Mark is now concerned and stymied about how to save Rusty, whose leg is trapped by the axle. Because he has no shovel, you see.
My question to you all is a practical one: If the kid is trapped under a car on a sandy beach, wouldn’t it make sense simply to dig a trench beneath the kid so that the kid can be dragged out while the car remains in place? You don’t need a shovel to dig in sand – hands will work fine.
Would this work, logistically? What would you do in such a situation? Or if there are any other Mark Trail fans, have I missed a day’s explanation about why Mark can’t perform a fairly straightforward digging operation with those manly hands of his?
And this is officially more thinking about Mark Trail than anyone should ever do, and I’m including the writer Jack Elrod.