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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, February 19, 2007

Another Crate of Those NASA Diapers, Stat!

On a trip to Asia once, my group boarded the plane in Chicago and settled in for the 14-hour flight to Tokyo. Several members took their Ambien and promptly dropped off into a deep sleep while the rest of us read, talked or otherwise killed time as the flight was delayed...

...and delayed...

...and delayed.

First it had something to do with a stray piece of luggage that seemed to belong to no one on board. Then it was a small maintenance issue, the pilot told us. They'd have us up in no time. A couple of hours later the issue had become union rules: the crew onboard now would exceed its maximum allowable shift if we were to take off.

And so on.

Four and a half hours later, one of the sleepers woke up refreshed, yawned, noticed that we were on the ground and said, "That wasn't so bad! I thought a flight to Japan would feel longer than that."

A full five hours after boarding, we took off on our fourteen hour flight. But the tough part, (I mean besides being crushed behind the reclining longshoreman,) was knowing that when we landed we had an hour to switch planes for our next eight-hour flight to Bangkok.


at 2/19/07, 5:57 PM Anonymous John Carey (NJ) said...

Once when I lived in Cincinnati I traveled by plane to New York for an art show I was in. It was a plane that for some reason went to Buffalo first. I was a bit nervous flying and I -- having stayed up most of the night -- was looking forward to sleeping through the flight. My seat was in the front section of the plane. There were very few people on board. I shut my eyes, but was kept awake by the sound of a woman's voice. The only people in the front of the plane with me were two women across the aisle -- one seat up from me -- and a man three seats ahead of me. Something about one of the women's voices was familiar. It would not allow me to drift off. After trying to place the voice and failing I finally rose from my seat and craned my neck to peer over at the two ladies. Both were black and the passenger next to the window was ... Ella Fitzgerald. I sat back down -- now hanging on every word I could make out. "Some folks think I should have more -- more this, bigger that -- but I only want what I want, not what I'm supposed to want..." After the pilot announced our approach to Buffalo I began to hear humming and for the remainder of the flight Ella Fitzgerald sang and hummed "Shuffle Off To Buffalo."
7th heaven.

at 2/19/07, 9:34 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everyone wants cheap flights so airline workers are suppose to work short , and for 1980's wages . They probably didn't have enough people to park the planes . You get what you pay for .

at 2/20/07, 1:27 PM Anonymous Jealous said...

I think Jim Borgman must be the most travelled cartoonist ever.

Colorado on the weekend, California, Asia, Africa ...

at 2/20/07, 6:38 PM Blogger who said...

When I was 21, my first child, a son, and I took a trip to Etain, France. There was a wall abuilding in Berlin and Pres. Kennedy activated the Air National Guard, among other units. Our trip to join husband/father was to be Cincy to NY to Rekyavik (sp?) to Dublin to Luxemborg. The US flight circled the airport because the landing gear would not lock. We prepared for an emergency landing on the newly employed "foam." I said goodbye to our lives and immediately the landing gear locked and we landed safely. Yeay. The second flight made an emergency landing in Newfoundland. Only a slight delay. Then, on to Ireland, but.....Luxemborg was fogged in so we landed in Amsterdam and rode a bus for 8 hours. The whole trip was 18 hours. We slept for two days. I also enjoyed the cognac being served on board the aircraft.
Oh, yes, this was my first airplane trip. smile. When we returned, a group of military chartered an Air France flight that took 6 hours. My son doesn't remember.


at 2/22/07, 8:55 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just don't understand how any airline would allow passengers to stay on a plane for more than 2 hours or so. At that point I would do whatever it took to get them off. Seems like the bad press would out weigh any extra costs.

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