Updates + Hello April
Well hello April, you got here fast!
Man, am I sore. The nice weather in Seattle coupled with a few days off resulted in lots and lots of yard work. My husband and I are in the middle of building about 3 separate retaining walls in our backyard. This morning I woke up with a very sore finger, maybe an infection (ew) and it's probably from all the stress I put it through yesterday after 4 hours on the roto-tiller.
View of backyard and back-of-husband
All soreness aside, I still got some cartooning done. I hope you liked the newest cartoon "Food Pyramid". It came as a sudden idea while I was on the jumpseat with another flight attendant the other day. We were just giggling about something or other and somehow that idea came out of our joking around.
That's really all there is to it sometimes. Some think coming up with ideas means I'm locking myself in my office all night, working by a single, flickering lamp, my fingers bandaged and bleeding from scribbling, sinking in a sea of crumpled up ideas on bits of paper. OK, well, maybe nobody thinks that. But ultimately ideas come out of just joking around and having fun. And if my brain is really in the zone, they'll come when I'm not even trying.
Bailey "helping" while I color "Food Pyramid"
I flew up and down the west coast this week. All flights were pleasant and uneventful. Probably not the best for writing material, but good for my sanity. However, since it's spring break there are a ton of once-a-year-flyers and young people. They're great, but a little naive. My favorite overheard interaction was between two young coir girls:
(A loud bang issued from the tug when it released the plane after pushing back from the gate)
"What was that?!" said one girl.
"Don't worry," said the other, "that was just the plane changing gears from reverse into drive!"
Awe, so cute! But, no. Incorrect. I've gotta thank them for saying it, though. I think it'll make a nice little cartoon down the road. :)
In other news, this month will (hopefully) be very productive on the Jetlagged front! I am plugging along, putting up cartoons almost every day on the new website. My flying schedule for April is extremely straight-forward: morning LAS turns, alllll month! So if you're flying to LAS at 8:10 in the morning out of SEA this month, you will see me. Oh yes, you will see me. Let's hope I get a ton of new ideas from all those crazy crown-drinking gamblers.
Other Goals for April include:
-250 new cartoon uploads on the new site
-1 new product!
-Revamp Patreon tiers and release a special offer to new sign ups (got any ideas?)
-5 New Patrons!
-Get ahead by 1 month in cartoons (I say this every month)
-Fly my line and Retain sanity (or what's left of it)
Although it’s been over 30 years ago since I retired, I LOVE your strip!!
Sad to see NOT MUCH has changed, except I think it’s even more difficult for YOUR generation in todays times, due to the blasted cell phones! OMG – I think I would be so fired today!!
When “Walkman” became popular, I would only “mouth” the words offering drinks and it was amusing to see some of the paxs get this panic look in their eyes, wondering if they are going deaf. But once they removed their ear piece, I spoke up – made me giggle for the remainder of the cocktail time, which kept my smile on my face!
Btw – when I first started out in the 60’s a then senior F/A asked me what was wrong because every time I came near the Galley, I looked like I was about to cry. I heaved a sigh & tried not to let the tears come and told her that I’ve bent backwards for this one particular F/C pax but he keeps giving me a rough time! She closed the (707) galley curtain & said: “Honey straighten your shoulders, be proud of yourself & your uniform and ALWAYS remember, the ‘bigger the prick – the smaller the dick’ so go out there, keep smiling because now he knows YOU know and he’ll calm down”!!
It worked – then, as well for the remainder of my career & beyond – best advice I EVER got in this turbulent life!! Bless her soul wherever she may be today!!
FYI – there are times I STILL miss flying, and yes, I STILL dream about it and yes, to this day, I still remember forgetting to bring a glass of milk to 52C – who was a sweet older Lady – about my age – but Karma wouldn’t remember!! :-)
I won’t be offended if you can’t post my comment – after all we live in SUCH SENSITIVE times & we have to watch peoples “feelings” – especially here in Seattle!! Best wishes and good luck to you – I’ll still follow you!!