Welcome to Michigan — Prepare to Lose Your Fillings…


Originally published in the Grand Rapids Business Journal, April 14, 2008

Michigan roads are notoriously bad, what with our endless freeze/thaw cycles and a maintenance budget that has been bled nearly to death (and a fresh infusion of gas taxes highly unlikely). At least we natives are prepared. We navigate the streets like drunken opossum, staying low, sniffing out possible danger, and swerving wildly when it’s detected. Pity the unassuming tourists coming to seek a pleasant peninsula and making the mistake of taking their eyes off the road momentarily to look about them. WHAM! There goes the alignment….

If I had to do this comic over again (and I always think exactly that when I post these things), I would have spent more time looking for a Photoshop filter with a sharper, more “shatter” effect. I settled for this one under deadline pressure. I think you get the general idea that the driver is hitting potholes, but you may also assume that he also dropped acid at the state line. [Cue Jefferson Airplane sound effect.]

Hmmm… providing LSD to mitigate the unpleasantness of having your car consumed by the highway may actually be a cost effective solution for the state. Or it may be a bad tip, man. [Cue ABC Afterschool Special program.]


  1. john hoslett said,

    April 28, 2008 @ 8:07 am

    To be honest, John, I didn’t realize what effect you were going for there. It looked kind of like a rainy windshield. Loved the airplane reference.

    So has your celeb awareness factor gone up from being prominently featured on doodle day?

  2. John Auchter said,

    April 28, 2008 @ 9:55 am

    No, no paparazzi quite yet. I waited all weekend with no underwear and a crack pipe hoping to get “caught,” but nothing. This celeb life may be overrated….

  3. Tyler said,

    April 28, 2008 @ 2:23 pm

    > JohnA said, “I waited all weekend with no underwear and a crack pipe”

    So just another Saturday at home for you, eh? 🙂

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