What is worse? A strange noise you hear, or a strange noise you hear for a little while that stops as soon as you start getting to the bottom of it? In case of an annoying whining noise as in this strip, we can all agree that it’s probably better if it just stops.
I’m a very easy going, and usually friendly person. But when I’m hungry I get grumpy. Sometimes I even notice my grumpiness before I notice that I’m hungry. I know a couple of other people in my family in which this phenomenon is even more pronounced than in myself! If we travel in a group and a certain person’s stomach grumbles, food becomes the number one priority for everyone! Ahem, ahem… They’ll probably crack up when they’ll read this here.
We have a small airport here in the little town that I live. I remember that, many years back, there was a group of anti airport activists who wanted to shut it down. Fortunately, the folks at the airport reacted in the best way possible and started their “friends of the aiport” society, which did some really great PR work, without attacking the opposers, but focusing on a positive message. So the anti airport movement fizzled out soon.
But I think that they optimized the approach routes and traffic patterns too. An airport is part of the community, and it is important to listen to each others concerns. A lot can be done without going all confrontational and demanding the shutdown of an aiport.
I understand that there are legitimate concerns, and some people really suffer, e.g. when they build a new runway at a major hub and suddenly giant freight planes fly over your house throughout the whole night. I wouldn’t want that happening to me either! But then there are also people who buy cheap real estate next to a 100 year old aiport and then complain about the noise.
It’s a touchy subject. Although I guess I know where the bias in our readership will tend to lie!
This is one of those strips where I would tell a story and Stefan would have an idea the next day which doesn’t even resemble the original story at all anymore. It probably was because it wasn’t all that funny of a story but it got the mind wandering.
In the earlier days of noise cancelling I had my flight helmet refitted with the latest technology because I started catching on to how important it is in the helicopter business to take care of your ears. It worked alright in the 3 bladed AStar but then I went on contract in Arkansas with a 2 bladed Long Ranger I had a hell of a time. After only 20min of battery time the thing couldn’t compensate for the signature blade slap of a Bell helicopter and was completely out of step. It felt like somebody was standing behind me slapping me on both ears with both hands! I had to turn it off. Eventually I went back to what was in my helmet before. Back then noise cancelling must have just been designed for fixed wing engines…..
It is also one of those strips which I am not 100% happy with. I keep thinking we can think of something funnier for Julio to say other than commenting on Chucks body functions.
Maybe you guys can think of something for us!