Part of me is always on the lookout for words, phrases, or situations I might use in a cartoon. After so many years it's not even a conscious thing anymore. It's just always there below the surface, and occasionally something trips my cartoon radar and I jot it down. I remember hearing a business story on the radio and the phrase "costs are skyrocketing" popped out at me. It's so common that you generally ignore it, but "skyrocketing," when examined more closely, opens up a lot of opportunities, like the cartoon above.