Randy Jones
October 2007
Long Island Railroad Cellphone rage

    I recently illustrated a New York Newsday article by Claudia Gryvatz Copuin about a LLIR commuter , and who went berserk about loud cell-phones . " He's gotten into scuffles, shouting matches, and even poured coffee on someone for what he considered rude rail behaviour. As a result, this 59 year -old so-called train terrorist from Long Beach has been rightly issued summonses or arrested by MTA police many times, for his boorish behaviour."
     She identified him as John Clifford and all he wants is a "Quiet Car"-- one designated area where cell-phone and IPods would be forbidden.
    I'm not a commuter, nor do I hate cell-phones, but, this is all I needed to take from the article. I Googled the interior and exterior of the trains and I came up with this image.
 After publication, I was reminded of another train drawing published in the New York Times , Week In Review section many years ago. It illustrates David Gunn, then president of the MTA , snake charming a subway train, to illustrate that he was cleaning up graffiti in the subways. It won a humour award at the Society of Illustrators.
ARM Monster, Real Halloween Scare
   This Illustration was publishing in last Wednesday's Wall Street  Journal . the article was " Countrywide's New Scare"  . It shows their chairman and CEO Angelo Mozilo cowering under the company covers from the ARM Monster, (loans known as option adjustable -rates mortgages . option ARMs) .                         
   Since it's publication, the story has  has evolved into a scarier  Halloween story each day.
     Last night , we spotted Carrie on commercial television. We like watching scary movies around Halloween. I was surprised that there were several Countrywide Investments commercials during the movie.
     Of coarse, you hear how bad SUV's are, and you get Hummer ads. You hear about childhood obesity and diabetes, you see the sugar ads on the kid shows.
Now we hear home mortgage advertisements  selling minimum payment  that covers none of the principle. and their loan balances grow-- a phenomenon known as"negative amortisation." ( obvious quote from the article)
     It was a pleasure to draw the ARM Monster.
    I used my own hand as a model. If I happen to meet any Drawger members out there, you might hesitate shaking my hand.

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