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Jim Borgman has been the Enquirer's editorial cartoonist since 1976. Borgman has won every major award in his field, including the 1991 Pulitzer Prize, the National Cartoonists Society's Reuben Award for Outstanding Cartoonist of the Year in 1993, and most recently, the Adamson Award in 2005 as International Cartoonist of the Year. His award-winning daily comic strip Zits, co-created with Jerry Scott, chronicles the life of 15-year-old Jeremy Duncan, his family and friends through the glories and challenges of the teenage years. Since debuting in July 1997, Zits has regularly finished #1 in reader comics polls across America and is syndicated in more than 1300 newspapers around the world.

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Monday, November 27, 2006


I spent the Thanksgiving break (and a bit more) in southern California visiting my son Dylan in LA and my wife's family in Orange County. Missed an armload of newspapers and probably some worthwhile stories. When I got back home last night I couldn't force myself to wade through the pile, so I'm baking from scratch this morning.

Difficult as re-entry can be, I've learned that making clean breaks from newswatching in order to think fresh thoughts is critical in this business. It's an occupational hazard of a life in journalism to think that everyone else is thinking about the Pope in Turkey, when in fact they are battling traffic, their own deadlines and the myriad balancing challenges of everyday life.

So we caught up on family, took walks, visited the Getty Museum, saw a bunch of movies (especially enjoyed Stranger Than Fiction and Happy Feet) and generally forgot about headlines and deadlines for five sweet days.

Perspective. Now there's a concept.


at 11/27/06, 12:13 PM Anonymous Chuckie G. said...

Perspective and BorgBlog as 101 thigns we love.

High gas prices are a belabored point, but your last two blog posts reminded me of a rather humorous experience that caught this me off guard. Plus it is one of my favorite stories to tell while at a cocktail party.

One of my friends and I were riding our motorcycles along the freeway to meet up with a group of riders at a gas station. My friend's bike ran out of gas on the way there.

I went on to the next gas station looking to borrow a small can from the gas station so I could take some fuel back to my friend and then return the tank. I asked the attendant if they had a gas can and they said they were unable to lend them due to liability. At this point pragmatism kicked in and I spied a one liter bottle of Aquafina. I decided to buy the bottle of water, empty it, then fill it up with gas.

I went up to the register, and purchased the bottled water. The cost, $1.42 including tax, crv, etc. I thought nothing of it as I took two swigs then dumped the water and strolled over to the gas pump. I filled up the bottle to the brim with premium grade fuel. The cost, $.62.

I realize the water is individually packaged but you cannot convince me that it costs less to dig miles into the earth, extract crude, refine it and send it to gas stations all over the country. It made me laugh because I don't think a week goes by where I don't hear a comment or make a comment on how high gas prices are, yet I don't think twice about buying a bottle of water when I'm thirsty. How's that for perspective?

at 11/27/06, 4:38 PM Anonymous H.B. said...

I would like to have seen the reaction of passerbys upon seeing you fill the motorcycle up with designer water.

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