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Complain Episode 1: Jetpacks


Growing up in the 1950s, magazines had a lot of coverage of new technology. Pictures of flying cars, anti-gravity boots, and, of course, jetpacks.

I discovered recently that you can actually buy a jetpack. They're available. I still don't own a jet pack. What a cool way to walk the dog.

Sadly, when I looked closer at specific models, I see they’re not for me.

First, a good jetpack costs $400 thousand dollars or more.

Second, none of them include any cup holders. Like I’m going anywhere without a couple of handy cup holders in reach? Not going to happen.

Don—Pittsburgh, June 21, 2023

9 Responses

Jane Lawson

November 01, 2023

I started using a jet pack to get out of scary situations in my dreams when i was 4 or 5. I had seen the guys on " Lost In Space" use them. I cary a super light weight version into my dreams which I can pull from thin air or out of a pocket. Very handy gadget , that. Purchase price has never been an object for me . I may not have hundreds of thousands to spend but a girl can dream .
Thanks for sharing so many laughs through your art. – Jane

Caroline Sokol

July 27, 2023

Boba Fett has Jet packs. I’d fly with him anywhere. I’m in the 501st (Dark side) and Rebel Legion (Light side) costuming group in Star wars. Being age 60 now (born in the 60’s) I’m also seeing the value of Jet packs. We need more solar powered transport as well. Environmentally friendly jet packs please :)
Tried to send you a picture of me with Boba Fett but this blog won’t take a picture download. I love the costumers who have added CO2 cartridges to their jet packs so they can burst steam out of the jet packs and startle the kids who get close. It’s so fun to belong to the future of pretend play. I can recommend it to those who still dream big ;)

Linda H

June 23, 2023

I think the caption should read, “I don’t need a jetpack, I eat beans!”

Ronda M

June 23, 2023

I want the I can’t complain….T shirt too. And, because I’m 71 and fat, with bad knees, I’d love a jet pack. You are right about the cupholder being essential. Thanks for the humor.

Phyllis Bleiweis

June 22, 2023

Don, I’m so sorry, but I agree with you, jetpacks without cup holders are passé. Have you thought of building your own?

Teresa Schott

June 22, 2023

But does your Maserati do 185? ;)

Dawn Gilkison

June 22, 2023

I agree about the jet packs – growing up in the 60s, we were all certain that flying cars and jet packs would be commonplace in the future. We didn’t imagine the internet though, did we?

Kathryn Guillaum

June 22, 2023

Well, ya know, there is another reason for me; I don’t like heights, so even if I was a trillionaire, I would just keep shopping for something else that’s cool. Maybe I would buy a zillion mugs and share them with everybody I come in contact with. In that case, I would still need a warehouse built on my property…….need I say more? You are so lucky, I don’t.

Beth G

June 22, 2023

So… I want a T-shirt with “I can’t complain, but sometimes I still do.” I have a 72-year-old curmudgeon here in our house for whom that would be most appropriate.

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