Jul 14, 2007

Up Up And Away


I don't like the feeling of being in an airplane. It's worse if the in-flight movies are "The Astronaut Farmer," and the dumb buddy movie with John Travolta, Martin Lawrence and Tim Allen as a motorcycle gang. Ouch. I forced myself to draw the same dumb drawing I always do on airplanes. Somehow mine never comes out the way James Jean airline drawings do. I just have to try, try again.
The other morning there was a huge rainstorm in New York. It knocked out all the subways. The city was in chaos. I walked over to 6th avenue. Bus after bus went by packed with people. There was no way to get uptown. I managed to finally squeeze onto one. There was an MTA worker with a bullhorn standing next to the driver. He was telling people to squeeze in. He said this morning there could be no complainers, we all had to get along. Then he announced he had good news and bad. He said the bad news was that all the trains were shut down, even ones going in and out of brooklyn, queens and the bronx. The bus fell silent. About a minute passed and someone on the bus yelled out,"hey what's the good news?" Without missing a beat he says,"I just saved $200 dollars on my car insurance." The whole bus exploded with laughter. It was a great New York moment in a bad situation.

10 comments:

spacedlaw said...

That's a great anecdote.

Tommy Kane said...

It happened.

LitPark said...

That's a great story. The day of the big storm, we all got up early and had coffee and hot chocolate on the front porch. It's what we do during thunderstorms.

Later, it sucks, but when you don't have to go out in it, thunderstorms are probably my favorite thing in the world.

Tremendous link.

spleenal said...

love the inclusion of the "in case of emergency" bit on the right and the transparant guy walking up the aisle.
I bet that took your mind off your worries for a bit. A transparant guy walking past saying "Would you like some refreshments sir?"

Tommy Kane said...

I always worry on planes.

Felicity said...

I love your use of colour - I keep looking at this and your Lindsay Lohan drawing, they're amazing!

I've never been to the States but NY would be my first choice, sounds really unique!

Tommy Kane said...

New Yorkers are a fun bunch.

LitPark said...

How did I miss Lindsay Lohan?

Claire said...

Another reason to love New York.

Jeannette said...

I hate flying. I have a flight to Osaka to look forward to next month. :(