Original Release Date: June 25, 2004
There's a lot of real-life influence on this page. I really did hate those new Cadillacs, and Mike keeping a journal is straight outta my recent real-life journaling. Mike even takes a shot at his old boss by keeping his journal in a Bob's TV and Bridge Repair guide, presumably dug out of the truck's glove box. Also, as an English major, Mike's confusion over the usage of well and good is a grammar reference I can appreciate.
Then there's the joke concerning sneaking marinara sauce into soda. This originates from my days as a youth bowler. One of the guys on our team, my friend Chris, always got mozzarella sticks with marinara and a Mountain Dew from the snack bar. My friend Nick, Chris's cousin, would always threaten to dump Chris's marinara into his Mountain Dew when he was up to bowl. I don't recall that it ever actually happened, but surely it did at least once. I miss those Saturday afternoon bowling alley antics, which also included entering our names as Space Ghost or Powerpuff Girls characters and issuing nerdy battle cries before games started.