I’m sure this one strikes close to home not only with mechanics, but with everybody who has a well-sorted toolbox and any kind of spouse, friend or roommate living under the same roof. More than once have I searched for a certain tool, and finally given up, thinking that I must have put it somewhere stupid (my basement is a mess, and if you put a tool in the wrong place, it blends in the chaos and disappears like the Predator). But sometimes, a certain person who shall remain nameless, sneaks off a tool, e.g. my combination pliers, to fix my wife’s broken earrings, and forgets to bring it back. It may or may not have been a situation like that, that inspired today’s comic strip!
Careful what you wish for! I know I would really like to listen in to what other people are talking behind my back. Although I assume that in 99% of all cases I wouldn’t make an interesting enough subject and they’d probably talk about something completely different. And with some people I know, I’m probbably better off not knowing what their true opinions are.
When it comes to humor and comedy, timing is everything. And, as so often, I really sympathize with Chuck here, because I couldn’t tell a joke right if my life depended on it. Considering the job I have, this may sound pretty counterintuitive, but it’s true! Ask my friends and family. Maybe that’s why I like the format of comics so much to express myself, because when you draw a comic strip, you can calmly think about it and re-work the wording a hundred times before you put it on paper. And then it stands for itself, even giving the reader the opportunity to read his own timing and emphases into the text. And now imagine some final thought, preferably also including a pun, that rounds up this blog and brings it into a logical conclusion. That’s also not one of my strong points, it seems!
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!
Can anyone of you aviation nerds out there explain what an “STC” is, in a paragraph or so? I know it is a “supplemental type certification”, some kind of permission by the FAA to make certain modifications on your aircraft, right? But I tried to sum it up correctly in a couple of senctences for our un-initiated readers and failed miserably. Usually Mike writes about this kind of technical stuff here, but he’s gone flying somewhere and I chose this strip last minute. So, geeks to the rescue!
For today we’ve dug out another classic from many years ago. I’ve never been on a maintenance flight before, but I assume it is like in many other situations in life. If you pay close attention to detail, strange sounds etc. you will suddenly notice all kind of things that make you wish you had never paid close attention in the first place …
Hey, I just thought we could make our own list here too! I’ll start: If I had a nickel for every time somebody asked me why Chuck has only three stripes on his shirt, I’d have enough money to go and see a movie!
One day left until this year’s Reno Air Races officially begin! We wish we could be there! Well, we hope that all those of you who are going will be enjoying it on our behalf too! And be sure to shoot some photos and upload them in our forum or our facebook group!
Being self employed, I have to say I also have problems to relax sometimes. What’s worse, with my home office, there is practically no distinction between being at home and being in the office. The opportunity to do work is always there, and there is always some work sitting and waiting for me. Recently, I have decided to at least take one day off a week where I don’t lift a finger, or a pen.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s not as if I never relax or chill out, but it’s really hard for me to do so without a guilty consciousness. Also, the benefits of my work/lifestyle still outweigh the downsides, but whenever I have to list the drawbacks of my job, this is always number two on the list!
This one is for all you mechanics out there, especially the ones who have trained a new helper before. I have seen this three times on a Cessna where somebody hooked up the nitrogen bottle to the nose strut and just turned on the valve. Twice, the plane rocked back on its tail as the strut shot up, and one time it even blew out the seals (which could have been installed improperly before) spraying hydraulic fluid everywhere.
Just another reason for Julio to not let Chuck near any planes or any tools…