Spring Break ’15: The First Day Cometh!

The first day of Spring Break is GLORIOUS.  Just ask Rainbow Brite and Strawberry Shortcake.

The first day of Spring Break is GLORIOUS. Just ask Rainbow Brite and Strawberry Shortcake.

It’s harder to draw like Greg Land than you’d think. I wouldn’t call it HARD, but there is definitely something to his own “style” that is more challenging than one might think. Just saying.

So, this came about because I’ve been playing “Strawberry Shortcake: Berry Rush” on my Kindle Fire. The game is MENTAL. You run, infinitely, like a Temple Run style game. Along the way you jump over things, or slide under them, and collect coins and berries. Sometimes you ride a magical rainbow, other times a massive flower grows out of the ground and showers you with money. On other occasions, you jump on a giant butterfly and collect money while your dog barks even more money out of its mouth. When you get hurt, you buy a cupcake.

It’s like Salvador Dali made a videogame about happy thoughts.

That got me into doing some research into the history of Strawberry Shortcake, which we won’t get into here. Strawberry Shortcake has done well financially over the years, with several revivals, by her parent company, American Greetings. Not so much for Rainbow Brite, from roughly the same time period, and owned by Hallmark. Since the 80’s, not much Rainbow Brite has been seen.

Both characters would be about thirty by now. Hence, the concept above. A night at the pub with 80’s Icons that have maybe all seen better days. I certainly feel like I’ve seen better days as a teacher, things have been an epic struggle. Still, Break has started off strong…the defeat of a migraine, massive quantities of Chinese Food, and a whole lot of comments to the site. I’m posting this on a lazy Saturday Morning after using my iPad to watch old Saturday morning Cartoons.

My biggest problems are whether there is any coffee left, and what I might have for lunch.

On some level, after the herculean challenges of managing a school day in South Central LA, at a location featuring one of the largest suspension rates and at the borders of several gangs’ territories…the lack of problems is jarring. Like a sudden stop in a car, but no accident. You have to take a deep breath, look around, and figure out what’s going on.

Not that I’m complaining. Because I’m NOT. I needed a week or so, to brace for the hard push to the end of the year. To hang out with Rainbow Brite and Strawberry Shortcake, draw, and generally not be troubled or worried.


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