Aaron's circle of friends was broken when we moved to North Bay. He had to adjust to a new school and a new language (he went into French immersion) and any cartoons depicting Michael and his buddies, at this time, were based solely on my own childhood memories. The Janice, on whom this character was based, lived down the lane from me. She was tough, but cool! She could take down a kid twice her size; so being in her good books was a must. Janice and I got along because she had the muscle and I had the mouth. We were a duo to be reckoned with -- racing about, getting into mischief...and, I thought she was lucky because her parents didn't care! Mine did and they were grateful when she moved to Calgary with her dad when her parents split up. It was the first time I'd known someone whose parents had divorced.