This is the follow up strip to the one we posted last Saturday. But I’m afraid we might have to end the story line here and not show you how Chuck actually flies. After all, we don’t want to upset your fragile and delicate minds!
Don’t you hate it too when other people organize your stuff? It started out when I was a kid. I always had a messy room and my mom would always beg me to at least just leave a lane of floor open from the door to the bed and the window. After stepping on my share of lego pieces, I now understand where she was coming from and want to apologize retroactively! Occasionally she just couldn’t bear it anymore and would clean up the room. And I would say, “Moooo~~m! Why did you do that? I was gonna clean it myself today anway!”
Well, now, as a grown-up (not sure if “adult” applies), no one interferes with my PIDS (put it down somewhere) organizing system in my office. Still can’t find half my stuff most of the time. I am convinced there are gremlins in this house, disorganizing my things! Now where did I put my tin-foil hat?!
Well, if they built parking brakes into these things, one wouldn’t have to bother with the chocks at all! Actually, I assume airliners do have hand brakes, otherwise how would they be able to pull off maneuvers like these here?
Well, real men don’t need stinkin’ signs for orientation! All we need is a compass and our masculine sense of direction!
I love giving my wife directions along the lines of “Go north-north-west, half a mile as the crow flies.” It’s payback for her directions that usually refer to shops as landmarks and, for some reason always use “up” and “down” in the opposite way that I would…
It’s amazing how imprecise we often are with our language. In fact, I can’t remember a single instance in my life of me or somebody else using the phrase “just a second” and it really took just a second.
Nerd that I am, I often try to be precise and say things like “I’ll be with you in seven minutes” etc. I also try to be as realistig and truthful as possible when making statements about probabilities, e.g. telling my wife that “I’m 90% sure it’ll work out” or when commiting to an appointment. Like “I’ll try my best to come to your BBQ, but I’m not sure if I can make it. The probability is about 70%”. But surprisingly, many people are either not capable of computing percentages or probabilities, or have been lied to so many times, that they take anything less than 100% or 99% as a “no”, when, in fact, 70% is very likely that I’ll come.
On a side note, I can’t help but wonder how beautiful the world would be if everybody just had a basic understanding of statistics and probability. Politicians and lobbying groups probably wouldn’t get away with 87.56% of their lies anymore!
Well, uhm… Today is one of those days where I can’t come up with anything to write about, related to the subject. Just enjoy the strip!
But here are some news for those of you who aren’t subscribed to our newsletter:
NEW CORSAIR T-SHIRT
We have recently added a new t-shirt to the portfolio of our US Online Shop. This design is another shot at a cool shirt instead of going for funny or cute. The Vought F4-U Corsair is our favorite airplane ever, so no wonder Chuck is loving them too and trying to build one. This shirt is a tribute to a world class famous fighter plane from back in the day, Chicken Wings Style.
Talking about F-4U Corsairs… You will be able to see a lot of those AND buy this t-shirt at the Chino Airshow this coming weekend:
CHINO AIRSHOW, MAY 14/15
We’ll have a booth at this year’s Chino Airshow this weekend. If you’re in the area, be sure to go! And if you’re going, be sure to stop by at our booth, where you will be able to meet and talk to Mike, who will be trying to peddle our trinkets there (including our new t-shirt).
You can find out more about the event at their website: www.planesoffame.org
The program is jam-packed with awesome vintage warbirds, flybys and aerobatics performances. One of the aerobatics pilots is a friend of ours, Rob Harrison a.k.a. the “Tumbling Bear”, who will be flying at 11:25-11:40 in his Zlin 50LX. You definitely don’t want to miss out on that one!
Well, well, I wonder if we get any hatemail about “demeaning pilots” with this strip! Or maybe feminist hatemail. That’d be a first! Although many a woman has commented privately that they think Sally is quite the sexist stereotype. (Well, then you try drawing a chicken that’s easily recognized as female). You’d be surprised about what goes on behind the scenes here sometimes. We’ve been thinking about creating a section with all the feedback that just makes you go “whu..?!?” here, but haven’t yet gotten around to it. (One more item for the never ending “nice to have” to-do-list).
We got a lot of feedback from professional or hobby mechanics about this strip. Though it’s not surprising, it’s definitely comforting to know that obviously everybody who ever wielded tools for a significant amount of time, has been in Chucks and in Julios place. Usually more often than once.
And let’s face it, no matter how great the feeling is when you’re smart, organized, concentrated and something works out perfectly according to plan, the times when it isn’t usually make much better stories!
So, Hans is a regular guy it turns out. It’s good to have a predictable boss. Of course the story is completely invented!
Hey, did you guys ever notice that the old C-172 always seems to be broken?
Almost every Air-Attack pilot has a soda bottle or other form of range-extender story. You need a good bladder for that job. And I have found that Gatorade bottles are way better because of the bigger neck Luckily I fly helicopters where you can just land, and I have done that plenty times as well.
But I guess the proper sequence should be 1) drink Gatorade, 2) water plants, 3) save in the airplane.
Don’t mess up the sequence!