When it comes to humor and comedy, timing is everything. And, as so often, I really sympathize with Chuck here, because I couldn’t tell a joke right if my life depended on it. Considering the job I have, this may sound pretty counterintuitive, but it’s true! Ask my friends and family. Maybe that’s why I like the format of comics so much to express myself, because when you draw a comic strip, you can calmly think about it and re-work the wording a hundred times before you put it on paper. And then it stands for itself, even giving the reader the opportunity to read his own timing and emphases into the text. And now imagine some final thought, preferably also including a pun, that rounds up this blog and brings it into a logical conclusion. That’s also not one of my strong points, it seems!
When I posted the previous snowball-fight strip last Friday, I thought that we are probably too late in the year for a subject like that, since probably the worst, if not all of the snow was likely behind us this winter. Hahaha! I know, right? Well, good luck to all you people on the East Coast and everybody else who is buried in snow right now! Hope that some of you can seize the opportunity for epic snowball-fights or snow man constructions!
Although in the case of Hans, it would not be too bad an idea to avoid food every now and then. Let me use this opportunity to remind you that we have our own little Aviation Safety Poster section in our cafepress.com shop! We don’t have a F.O.D. related poster yet, but we’re working on it!
Call me old fashioned, but I like it when I get to repair stuff, chip wood for the stove etc. and do other “manly” work around the house. I also do other household work, of course, but it’s nowhere near as much fun. I dare say I’m not bad at fixing stuff, but fortunately I’m not as good as Julio, to the point where my reputation would bring everybody to me seeking for help.
With this strip you are officially looking at one of my all-time favorite strips we have ever made! It was a lot of fun to come up with real sounding and somewhat plausible technical expressions and we now know how the actors on “The Big Bang Theory” must feel.
Although we’re amazed afterwards about how quick Chuck and Julio are on their feet when it comes to avoiding work. We think they might have rehearsed this conversation a time or two before …
It took us at least a half hour of research, although I have to admit that there was a lot of giggling involved.
And speaking of giggling: I also remember that our dear friend Rob, the “Tumbling Bear”, laughed at this strip literally all day. His wife kept texting me “he is STILL laughing!”
Whoa, first week on the new schedule and I almost forgot to upload this strip today. Talk about being a creature of habit!
I recently felt like Julio in this Strip when I changed the tires on my car. It took me pulling upwards with all my strength on one side of the wheel spanner and my wife standing on the other end to loosen that nasty nut.
By the way: We’ve still got our t-shirt contest going on! Thanks to everybody who participated already! A lot of ideas that made me chuckle, some that made me think and a few even made me laugh out loud! Keep ‘em coming!!
Can anyone of you aviation nerds out there explain what an “STC” is, in a paragraph or so? I know it is a “supplemental type certification”, some kind of permission by the FAA to make certain modifications on your aircraft, right? But I tried to sum it up correctly in a couple of senctences for our un-initiated readers and failed miserably. Usually Mike writes about this kind of technical stuff here, but he’s gone flying somewhere and I chose this strip last minute. So, geeks to the rescue!
With Top Gun they really managed to produce an iconic film. I wonder why it is so hard to make a decent movie about flying, but I don’t know a lot of aviation themed movies that I really enjoyed. Just recently I’ve watched “Flyboys” and was quite disappointed. The computer graphics were too obvious, the pilots are always able to look into each others eyes and read each others faces (even their enemies’ faces) while up in the air, and the whole plot wasn’t too great either.
A movie that I really enjoyed was “Sky Fighters” (Les chevaliers du ciel), a French movie. The air shots and cinematography rivals that of Top Gun! So, especially you Americans out there who don’t watch European movies that much, you should really check that one out!
Hey, I just thought we could make our own list here too! I’ll start: If I had a nickel for every time somebody asked me why Chuck has only three stripes on his shirt, I’d have enough money to go and see a movie!
Man, sometimes I wish I had employees that I could tell to go and clean my office. But then, on the other hand, I wouldn’t want anybody to touch anything in my office, because I’d be afraid not to find things anymore. After all, I know my way around this creative chaos.
By the way, check out our Chicken Wings Facebook page! Alastair, a reader of ours, sparked a “Chuck Alike” contest, where people post images in which they look like Chuck. It’s not an “official” contest, because there are no rules or deadlines, so all that’s in it for you right now is fame and glory, but Mike and I will definitely think up some sort or reward, prize or ‘thank you’.