Sun and sunlight. I vaguely remember seeing something like that in the past. Well, to be honest, yesterday it was sunny here. But before that we had a winter that lasted about 5 months, and certainly felt like 7 months. It’s high time for spring! I think I can imagine now what winter in Finland or Alaska must feel like, and I can’t say I envy the folks up there. I’m more of a spring and summer guy, after all (although I do love skiing!).
I’m in a really big hurry today and can’t think of anything smart or funny to write, so I guess I better don’t write anything then. But damn! I can’t seem to even get that right, since I obviously just failed at not writing anything!
Happy Easter, everybody! Or, depending on where you’re located or what your religious affiliation may be, Happy Wester or just have a nice weekend! My personal Easter highlight will be the feast at grandma’s. What I’m not looking forward to is the weather. Looks like Easter is going to be colder than last Christmas. We still have snow around here, and the forecast says that it’s going to snow on the Easter weekend too. Makes it easier for the Easter bunny to hide the eggs though. He just has to cover them with snow. But on the other hand, we will be able to see his tracks!
So I guess sequestration finally hit Roost Air as well. Or did it? Having flown in and out of Santa Monica myself I know that they just “love” pilots like Chuck over there …
But on a more serious note, we really think that the proposed tower closures will have a profound impact on aviation safety. A lot of “small towers” on that list aren’t all that small and a few of them are feeder airports underneath or around very busy airspace. So please call/write/fax your representatives in the pilot organizations, your senators, whoever you can find to fight this. It will hurt us all if this goes through. This isn’t just about the job loss on the controller side, this is about safety and human lives. There was a reason why those towers were put in in the first place.
In case you haven’t seen the list yet and how many towers are actually on there, here is one of the links: http://www.scpr.org/news/2013/03/19/36446/smaller-air-traffic-control-towers-anticipate-clos/
The gut is an underestimated part of our body. I don’t want to bore you with my personal opinions about health, but I am convinced that nutrition and the digestive system are the key to being healthy. Not that I would have it all figured out, or would have enough self control to stay away from unhealthy foods.
What few people know is that your gut is an integral part of your nervous system. When you feel like you literally think and decide with your gut, it’s because it’s true. Not rational, conscious thought, of course, but there’s a reason we call it “gut decisions”.
I read a really interesting article about gut bacteria once. But I think this would maybe go too far for a comic website. And I don’t want to spoil your next meal either …
I had a favorite muesli bowl that I brought from Japan, and also purchased in a 100 Yen store. By the way, we saw that a few people caught the hidden joke in the last strip. But for all those who didn’t: “Hyaku en” is not the name of a famous Japanese pottery artist, but means “100 yen” (which is about one US dollar).
Ironically enough, that bowl met the same fate as Chuck’s. Maybe I should hang up some safety posters in my kitchen!
During my stay in Japan, I also liked to shop at one of master Hayku En’s famous shops. And it really is a great place to get gifts and souvenirs even if your budget is limited. So if you plan a trip to Japan, let me know and I can point you in the right direction!
The last few days I have been distracted by other important stuff, and also I live in Europe, so I have to be honest that I didn’t follow the whole sequestration debate going on in the States very closely. Although I have read about how it will affect the Blue Angels and the Thunderbirds, what kind of impact will this have on general aviation?
Anybody who has ever been to the International Helicopter Expo will know about the “bag of swag”, the tote-bag of helicopter related gift and promo items that gets heavier as the day goes on. Some people even seem to have turned this into a sport of some kind.
So when Vertical Magazine asked us to make a comic about HAI, the big bag everybody carries around was the first thing we thought of. And I am sure this will not come as a surprise to you that Chuck is taking the promo gift collecting to a whole different level.
And I have an announcement to make:
Meet me at the Vertical Magazine Annual Beer Party at booth C4125 today between 3pm and 5pm! I’d love to meet with the helicopter guys among you all who can make it to HAI Heli-Expo in Las Vegas this year! Every time the show finds itself in Vegas, it always seems to be the biggest Convention with the most people for some reason. I am not quite sure why that is
Whatever I write here shows up first on any links shared on Facebook and other places. So I always try to not give the joke away by mentioning something from the punchline in the first couple of sentences. I don’t know if I always succeed, although I think I’m already in the clear by now this time. Anyway, I assume the lesson for you here is that, if you want to avoid the risk of spoiling the punchline, you must unthinkingly always click anything Chicken Wings without any hesitation or reading what it’s about! Yada yada, Chuck Yeager! There, I said it! And Julio is right, he sure is a great guy!