Gaming the Financial System…


Originally published in the Grand Rapids Business Journal, April 7, 2008

This particular comic is clearly the work of a pre-vacation mind. It has all the tell-tale signs: words that are only slightly distilled into comic form, deep dark sarcasm, general bitterness. This comes from the sprint to work a week ahead and tie up loose ends before the vacation begins. Not to mention the planning and packing squeezed out of precious sleeping hours.

So I think it’s obvious I was an over-caffeinated mess lamenting in a very direct way — why should I have to work so hard when others don’t try and get a “do-over”? Why is my sweat subsidizing their extravagance? My caution supporting their carelessness? All valid, to be sure, but also very much a product of my mental state.

And now having been to the San Francisco Bay area and back on a grand family vacation, I’m taken slightly aback. Life just doesn’t seem to need to be so caustic. No doubt the acid will return when the vacation bills start rolling in…. 


  1. Hoz said,

    April 22, 2008 @ 8:00 am

    Hey John:

    Welcome back. I’ve been showing people your doodle day doodle. You’re hobnobbing with some major celebrities there.

    Not to nitpick, but I don’t think you’re using the word foreclose correctly in this comic. That’s something a bank does to a creditor, not something a creditor does to themselves or has done. To me, it just doesn’t read right.

    The weather’s been great. How about some volleyball.

  2. John said,

    April 22, 2008 @ 10:51 am

    Yeah, you’re right. I took a language shortcut with the “foreclosing.” I had actually written it accurately in my rough sketch, but then as I’m drawing and lettering, I chop and rephrase on the fly. And by “on the fly,” I mean “not bothering to check for correctness.”

    Went by McKay yesterday — no nets yet. But it sure feels like volleyball weather.

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