Whoopsie! Somehow it didn’t feel like Friday today, that’s why I totally forgot to upload today’s strip this morning! I apologize sincerely! When you’re self employed and working from home, and consider weekends more or less normal workdays, like I do, it seens it’s easy to lose track of time sometimes.
My wife is an occupational therapist and said that asking the date and weekday is one of the most basic cognitive tests. I think I would very easily be diagnosed with temporal disorientation, because I rarely know exactly which date it is.
Anyway, to stay with the subject: When I announced yesterday that I’ll be attending the Air Expo in Zell am See next weekend, I got the date right, but the weekdays mixed up. So, it’s Saturday and Sunday, September 7-8! Hope to see some of you at our Chicken Wings booth there!!
There’s something about the smell of machinery, isn’t there? Modes of transportation in particular. Maybe we associate that smell with freedom? No wonder some people sniff gasoline.
The story behind this strip is almost exactly the same. We just changed the conversation around in order to create a punch line.
The mechanic I flew with for many summers was out alone with our fuel truck for a government project that only required a fuel truck and no helicopter and no questions asked. I was interested to see how everything went so when he got back I asked him what happened out there assuming he’ll tell me great tales of secret government operations. Instead this conversation transpired:
How was it?
It was horrible!
Because I really had to take a leak but they told me I wasn’t allowed to ask any questions!
So you held it all day?
Yup, pretty much.
And this, my friends, is how Chicken Wings Strips are written …
Where I used to work we flew right over a golf course if we were departing southbound. Being the cartoon-type creative mind I had always wondered what would happen if we “picked up” a golf ball on departure. I’m sure it wouldn’t have been pretty in real life.
Still it didn’t seem as threatening as what we had near our practice area where we did a lot of our training. There was a skeet shooting range close by so I always made sure I gave that one a really wide berth …
Speaking of golf balls: I just recently learned that the snorkel heads on our Sky-Cranes had to be re-designed at some point so they don’t suck in golf balls which then would ruin the tank doors. I guess engineers originally didn’t think about the possibility of the Crane dipping out of golf course ponds. But then again you can’t think of every scenario ahead of time …
I love how nothing ever gets Chuck down. No matter how hard he gets shot down, rejected, or beat up, he always starts every day with a great outlook on life. He really believes in himself, doesn’t he?!
This strip also shows how being a pilot is more than just a job. It’s a lifestyle. Most jobs in aviation are like that and it makes the people you meet in this business so interesting.
But do you see what Chuck is doing wrong again? Besides being an overbearing personality, he also hasn’t noticed the girl isn’t drinking beer …
It was not on our minds when we came up with today’s strip, but looking at it again today, I feel that it could almost serve as a parable to how many companies are handling the concept of “going green”.
We all know people who give answers like that, don’t we? But, to be honest, people who ask questions like that kinda have it coming too, haven’t they? (For some reason I now have to think of my lovely wife). All you have to do is ask the question so it can be answered with a clear yes or no!
Uh-oh! I hope Chuck isn’t trying to start a new internet thing because this one might get expensive! But as so many times before he might just be trying to get out of admitting he made a mistake. At least he didn’t have a bus full of passengers like the Southwest plane on Monday.
I am however relieved that neither Chuck nor anybody in New York got seriously hurt in these incidents. I fly Southwest all the time and they have been one of the best airlines I fly with, especially because of their flexibility when it comes to plan changes which happen all too often in my job. I wonder if the tower said “Chuck, is that you?” as the plane was sliding down the runway …
Good advice is a rare commodity. That’s why some people advise to not give advice at all. Some advice is so generic that it’s hard to follow. “keep calm!” or “Be prepared!” or “Be spontaneous!” or “Get well soon!” … Duh! If only I knew how!
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.