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!
Those of you who fly for a living or even just for fun should at least know what a NASA form is, while at the same time not be as intimate familiar with it as Chuck is. I think it’s best to have an idea where to find it but not “need” it every time you go fly. Nobu almost sums up its purpose in one sentence but check out this link for more info. This guy also has other great articles that may come in handy one day.
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!
Although the worst of this year’s winter seems to be behind us, we just had snow here again yesterday. Also the ski world cup is in full swing (which is held in Austria this year, by the way). So winter is not over yet! Personally, I like the end of winter better, because even if it’s cold and snowy, it’s not as dark as in December.
When dealing with unknown machinery, nothing beats the scientific approach, the step by step analysis that Chuck and Nobu demonstrate so exemplarily here. Nothing but consulting the manual, of course. But if you’re anything like me, you will keep every manual of every little thing you buy, only to not be able to find it when you really need it. Come to think of it, I must be really desperate if I resort to the manual, which makes it all the more frustrating if you can’t find it!
When dealing with unknown machinery, nothing beats the scientific approach, the step by step analysis that Chuck and Nobu demonstrate so exemplarily here. Nothing but consulting the manual, of course....
Sorry for the delay with today’s strip guys! It seems the data center of our provider is locaded in Boston and experienced some difficulties because of the hurricane. Maybe a dolphin bit through some cables or something!
We keep our fingers crossed for everybody in the area! By what I’ve read in the papers so far Sandy has caused quite some devastation. Hope none of you are affected personally!
This one came from a conversation with the chief pilot of one of the local fire departments here in the greater LA area. He had one of their helicopters at our ramp for some overhaul work and Nobu and him were standing around and catching up. I walked over and joked “Hey, there is an FAA guy here. I think he’s looking for you!” and he jokingly did the exact same thing we have Chuck do in this strip.
Good times were had and a new strip was born.
This strip is based on my career flying offshore. I got checked out on this Eurocopter AS355F1 Twin-Star which had one button on the dashboard labeled in french of which nobody knew what it did. When I asked my chief pilot during training “What does this button do?” he responded “I don’t know. Don’t touch it!”
…and I never did. Being many miles offshore is never a good environment to try new buttons.
I also wanted to remind everybody to come hang out at the Chino Airshow! I will be there on Sunday all day! FB where you guys are at and I will try to tweet my location.
Chances are I’ll be hanging around the F4U Corsairs when I’m not cruising with the Tumbling Bear who’s flying at the show.
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!