I've said before that I do a lot of sales graph cartoons. I don't exactly know why, but as obsessions go, hey, I could do worse. One day I was drawing a series of bar graphs going down. As I drew them, I wondered if there wasn't a cartoon where I could show a downward trending graph that everyone was really happy about. After further rumination (that sounds better than staring blankly at the carpet), I thought the bar graphs looked like a staircase, and the above cartoon was born. Now if I could just get that old Slinky song out of my head!