Unbelievable! Did Jason really learn a lesson last Tuesday? Or is this just a case of temporary confusion? I know where I would place my bets.
The thing with stupid answers and explanations like that is that you probably remember them better than right ones. The best case scenario is that you learn the real explanation later (usually when you embarrass yourself by explaining what you just learned to somebody else) and thus remember it even better! Maybe Julio isn’t mean, maybe he’s just a master pedagogue!
So it seems Chuck might go with the Pappy Boyington paint scheme after all. Well, I guess we will have to wait until he can wrench himself away from the TV screen before any new steps are taken. And who knows how long that will take! How many seasons of Baa Baa Black Sheep have been produced? Does anyone know?
Chuck sure has his priorities straight. My guess is that his top priority right now is to spite Nobu. In a chummy sort of a way, I’m sure.
Somehow the whole idea of WW2 rivalries reminds me of a scene during my stay abroad in Tokyo. An American, a Brit, a Japanese and me, an Austrian, were sitting and having a beer together. It sounds like the beginning of a joke, but it was a profound experience for me, because we were talking about how great it is that we all can be friends, when only a few decades ago our grandfathers used to fight each other in WW2. To me personally, it shows that hatred for other peoples and countries is not something innate, but something that is instilled from above.
The Roman empire is long gone, but their strategies, in particular “divide and conquer” are alive and well. Black against white, Christians against Muslims, East against West, rich against poor, French against Brits, Cowboys vs. Redsins (I mean the American football teams) etc. alll our petty rivalries serve the main purpose to focus our energies on people like us and topics which ultimately will not change or have no real significance. Only just don’t look up or at the man behind the curtain!
It makes me sad. Because when you travel you can see that 99% of all people would get along with each other well. Everybody wants to live a peaceful and happy life and be left alone. I think the best way to “fight the system” is to not perpetuate the stereotypes and hate and be loving and kind to everybody. If you feel like you hate a certain group, think twice, or preferably even more often about where that hatred comes from. It’s not from within you.
There, now you know it, I’m a Hippie at heart! Sorry for going all philosophical on you guys! Somehow this blog got a bit out of hand…
If I was Julio, I would keep my cutting torch under lock and key. Actually, I would keep everything that cuts, or welds, or creates any kind of heat locked up and hidden if I was working with Chuck. He should have known right away that Chuck would never let anything happen to his precious fuselage. We’ll see if he can get himself a hangar soon or if he will try to go cheap as long as possible by using Roost-Air’s hangar …
PS: I really like how Chuck refers to the other planes as the “non-vintage aircraft”. It’s not the first time he’s done that.
It was about time for Chuck to find another piece for his Corsair. We weren’t sure how much of the plane we would let him buy and if he will ever finish it. We like to think he will someday, at least I would like to see the plane done. But having this big fuselage be in the way for the next couple of weeks will give us plenty of new material. It’s actually kind of hard to draw a full sized Corsair for Stef since it’s such a big airplane compared to a Cessna 172 or Hughes 500, so forgive us for a slight scaling error here and there.
Of course, in true Chuck fashion, he is jumping the gun slightly on how to paint it. But I do admire Chucks continuing enthusiasm about everything aviation and flying. Since I fly for a living it’s not every day I wake up as enthusiastic as Chuck (especially when it’s 4am) but I do have a lot of great days where I think to myself “Man, I can’t believe I get to fly this thing for a living!” It’s a great feeling.
And here is a question to you guys: Should Chuck paint his Corsair like Ike Kepfords machine or more like Pappy Boyingtons? Let’s hear some opinions!
Before we publish our books, we usually have them proofread by various people. Considering that, it’s amazing how many spelling errors and typos make it into the final product. Sometimes, people write us when we upload a strip to the website, and then we either wonder how we could have possibly missed such an obvious mistake, or, occasionally, have to look the word up in a dictionary.
Sometimes we discover the mistakes ourselves. In todays strip there were even two! We won’t tell you what they were, of course. You could look them up on page 127 in our third book. but of course we’d prefer you not to!
It’s important to find the right balance between trusting somebody and verifying their actions. And it’s not that easy. Exert too much control and you frustrate your employees and reduce productivity, trust too much and verify too little, and you end up with what can be seen in politics around the globe.
I can’t really come up with anything thoughtful to write today, because my brain seems to be one of the casualties of the heat wave we’re enjoying in these parts here lately. I can’t really complain, because I sure prefer hot weather to cold, and after an extremely cold and wet spring, it’s nice to have some serious summer weather for a change!
Sorry for the slight delay with today’s upload, folks! I had a dentist appointment that took longer than planned. But you can’t prolong fun and joy forever, so I finally had to leave and just came back to the office.
Now to today’s strip: If I remember correctly, this one actually happened almost word for word. Not the fight between Chuck and Julio, but the way that a boss who shall remain unnamed handled the situation. I think it happened many years ago, before Chicken Wings was invented even, but it’s another example that sometimes all we have to do to come up with jokes is Mike taking notes at work.