I rarely lack overall motivation. I often lack the motivation though to do something particular that needs to be done. When I work, I think I should be doing yard work, when I do my accounting, I think I should be drawing, when I draw, I think I should be playing with my son etc. I really wonder if there’s a way to make ones mind accept the fact that there are only so many hours in a day and that it’s okay to be doing what I’m doing. Maybe I should hire a motivational speaker for myself! I need to find where my wife hides the coffee money …
It’s raining cats and dogs here right now. Weirdly enough, when I’m really busy and have tons of work, I like this kind of weather. Because it means I can’t do any other things like gardening etc., since I can’t leave the house (I’m allergic to dogs and especially cats). That means I can really focus on my work with a clear conscience.
What a great idea of Hans! He sure knows how to motivate his staff. And, since we want to spread the positivity around you guys too, how about a really motivating blog post to go along with today’s comic?
A good place to start is always a Winston Churchill quote. Allegedly he once said “Never, never, never give up.” Awesome quote, isn’t it? Now imagine a great photograph of a sunrise in the mountains, or a serene lake, or a guy climbing one of those monumental rocks in the Colorado desert, with that quote superimposed on it in a stylish font. Makes it even better, doesn’t it?
Churchill definitely pictured something like that in his mind, because he took his own advice seriously, including smoking and drinking. Another great motivational quote comes to mind, from Walt Disney: “If you can dream it, you can do it.” Unless you dream of fighting ice giants with a laser lance, riding on godzilla. That’s quite impossible, because the laser would only pass through the ice, of course.
And last but not least, you should aim for the moon! Because if you miss, you may hit a star. Albeit many thousands of years later, and you will be incinerated instantly. But that’s nothing to worry about, because you would have suffocated long before that.
Anyway, I hope I could motivate you and inspire you to some great deeds today with these words! Go forth and be awesome!
I can understand Julio’s frustration. Going out to a bar with Chuck must be taxing. Although it can probably also be entertaining, if you like to see other people fail.
We’ve been doing this comic for long enough now to know exactly what kind of feedback we would be getting for this particular strip. So, let us come out up-front with an explanation: Yes, we know that most aircraft have circuit breakers installed and not old fashioned glass fuses (or whatever you call those type of fuses with a melting wire in English). But the Roost Air Cessna is very old, and also has a lot of custom modifications installed by Julio. There you go!
After last week’s comic strip full of Star Wars movie quotes, we thought we’d keep everybody in the spirit and post today’s strip full of Top Gun quotes. It is not our first strip of that kind, of course. All those movie quotes are some of the most challenging things for me to translate, when I turn our comics into German. Because my memory isn’t good enough to know all the movies completely by heart, and that in two languages, I need to find both versions, or scripts or short clips on Youtube to find out how a certain phrase was translated into German. That’s a really interesting experience, because it is amazing how much the original and the dubbed version sometimes differ. It can be a really grueling task.
Cloud storage is a great thing. When I think back even just 20 years, when 3.5″ floppy disks were the state of the art to save and transport data, it is amazing how far we’ve come. I wonder what progress we will see in the next 20 years!
Keeping duty times is a serious thing. I remember when I was a truck driver in the army, I was out driving the whole day during a maneuver in winter, and some sergeant wanted me to take a guard duty shift, essentially cutting my sleep down to three hours for that night. I flat out refused. I wasn’t going to drive a seven ton truck with a dozen men in the back around on icy roads after hardly getting any sleep. Of course, it’s easier to refuse when you’re drafted and don’t care too much, than when it’s your career and you don’t want to disgruntle your employer.
As a cultured and refined gentleman with a sophisticated sense of humor, I find it hilarious that the English words “duty” and “doodie” are pronounced in almost exactly the same way. And I never noticed until I saw the movie “Wreck-It Ralph” in which they managed to insert a whole lot of jokes of that kind! So, ever since I saw that movie, I have to chuckle when I hear the word “duty time”. (Not that I’d hear that word a lot, as a cartoonist!)
One thing that really drove me nuts back when I was working in maintenance was when somebody took a special tool and didn’t bring it back to the tool locker. That’s when my throwing tools came out! (see last strip, LOL). It’s almost as bad as taking the last beer out of the fridge and putting the empty six-pack carton back in the fridge!
Also, we seemed to only have one label maker there for the whole company. I wonder how much time was wasted and how many billable hours the company lost while mechanics and office personnel alike were looking for that thing. It was never in the spot it was supposed to be.
But on the other hand, another thing that I really hate is when the damn vending machine takes my money! Maybe Julio will forgive Chuck this time …