Considering his skill set, Chuck really has come a long way, especially for a chicken.
But I’d venture to say it wasn’t all completely without help. Any aircraft, small or large, needs a fair amount of support to keep flying. Working for a small outfit such as Roost-Air, can be very challenging because a lot of different responsibilities fall on the few people who work there. I have been there myself. A lot of people thrive and welcome these challenges and so have I in the past, but I am currently enjoying working for a bigger outfit that has a great support structure.
Should I get bored and crave to be in charge again, I might apply to fly the Hughes 500 for Roost-Air one day. I hear they have a great mechanic over there.
Being well prepared is much more important when you’re on a plane than when you’re in a car. After all, you can’t just stop for gas, snacks or a bathroom break. Speaking of which, I just realized that Chuck forgot to mention an empty Gatorade bottle among the necessities!
Don’t you love it when you’re trying to make a serious point and somebody else is constantly adding their own two cents? This strip features one of the rare role reversals where Chuck is serious and Julio is messing around. He must have been in a good mood with little work to do that day because when mechanics get busy they usually get quiet.
One the other hand, when a pilot gets quiet and stops whining, watch out! It means he’s about to quit…
Fame or notoriety isn’t always a good thing, it seems. Seriously, as much as I hope we’ll become famous with our comics, there is a level of fame I hope I never achieve.
In particular, I really don’t envy celebrities. Imagine having to deal with people recognizing you everywhere you go. Never being able to poke your nose without it being in a tabloid the next day, having tv reports about your weight gain or loss, and complete strangers acting like your best friends and like you owe them something.
Fortunately, the chances of becoming that famous are slim. Bullet dodged!
Although this example might be debatable, it very often is the advice we don’t like to hear that is really helpful. Even though we don’t want to hear it at a certain point.
Same thing with any kinf feedback. In the case of my artwork, sometimes I just want to be complimented, but actually I always appreciate constructive feedback. The dilemma is that I especially appreciate advice from experts, but the feedback I get is usually from customers, who, by definition, aren’t more expert than me or they wouldn’t hire me. But of course, the customer is (almost) always right! That’s why I often wait for half a day or a day, before I send the completed work out, because it especially stings if you’ve just spent hours or days on a piece of work and get change requests right away.
In school, our teachers would pull that trick all the time, and I think it usually worked. And let’s be honest, we would probably have made fun of our teachers if they confessed their ignorance about a certain subject. Kids can be jerks sometimes, especially when they’re in a pack. I know we were!
But the older you get, the more you respect the answer “I don’t know, I have to look that up first”. I guess that doesn’t come with age per se, but with the experience of how much you can’t remember yourself!
I would love to be able to play the saxophone! Unfortunately it is one of the many many items on my list of things to try and do that I never get around to. Sometimes I think that even if I was a billionaire and could endulge in my hobbies full time, I wouldn’t be able to check every item of that list though…
I think this flip side of the freedom of speech is as important as freedom of speech itself. At least I know a few people who would otherwise have to be stripped of their First Amendemt right, because it’s an ordeal to listen to them. And, after all, it’s exactly unpopular speech that needs protection.
The plane you see in this strip is supposed to be the “China Doll”, a Curtiss-Wright C-46 based in Camarillo, CA. Since Mike used to work in Camarillo for a long time, he grew fond of it and that’s why we decided to feature it in one of our strips.
And yes, I know, the scale is a bit off. But otherwise I wouldn’t have been able to fit it in the pictures.
This one goes out to all the flight students out there! We know that we have quite a few among our fans. We sincerely hope that you’re not cursed with a flight instructor like Chuck though! But if you are, send us your stories!