In our family we have a few “traditional jokes” that never seem to grow old, and in certain situations it would feel weird if somebody wouldn’t bring it up. This “Livin’ On A Prayer” reference is one of them. Well, I’m sure most people have “traditions” like that.
For those of you who are too young to get it or just are into a totally different kind of music, you need to check the lyrics of Bon Jovi’s “Livin’ On A Prayer”. Check out some 80s music video goodness here!
Well, the aviation charts and maps I’ve seen so far looked quite confusing! But I have to admit that I prefer a good old map to those fancy new electronic GPS thingies nowadays. Fortunately road maps don’t have VOR beacons and restriced air spaced on them…
This strip is another one of those “not invented” stories. It is actually an old story that we heard quite often from our dad. When he and a good friend of his were driving through the desert of South Africa, they came to an intersection and had to make a quick decision… and this exchange happened almost verbatim.
It is not known if there was a slap in the face too. We assume not, but added that for comedic effect.
It is true though that sometimes it is more important to make a decision quickly than to be 100% right…
Well, to be fair, not all women give directions like that. But there seems to be a lot of truth to the fact that men use geographical directions, distances and the general landscape to orient themselves, whereas women tend to use specific points. And even *if* us men use specific points for orientation, we rather use electronic stores, home depot or gas stations. I found this one of the stereotypes that are absolutely true. Very much like the one about men never wanting to ask for the way.
Fortunately, with the advent of GPS, this potential source of stress and argument within relationships has almost disappeared! Although I have to admit that I am one of the few people who doesn’t like GPSs. I actually *enjoy* looking up the way on a map beforehand and then finding my destination the old fashioned way. Every once in a while I get lost, but fortunately I have a very patient and understanding wife.
Well, real men don’t need stinkin’ signs for orientation! All we need is a compass and our masculine sense of direction!
I love giving my wife directions along the lines of “Go north-north-west, half a mile as the crow flies.” It’s payback for her directions that usually refer to shops as landmarks and, for some reason always use “up” and “down” in the opposite way that I would…
Well, with all them electronic thingies in the cockpit nowadays, it’s good to also have a good old fashioned compass to rely on.
And call me old fashioned, but I am probably one of the last few people who doesn’t have a GPS in his car. I still prefer the good old road map, combined with decent “flight planning” when I’m going somewhere new. I also don’t have a laptop and my cell phone doesn’t have a camera. If you’re a salesman on the road or something, a GPS can probably make your life a lot easier… but I guess I’ll end up being one of the old geezers complaining about the technological bells and whistles of the youth. Hm, to the 15 year olds I probably already am!
…and I am heading west! And I hope my luggage will do so too. Going to visit my brother for a couple of weeks, starting this weekend. During that time, updates will be a bit later than usual. I usually upload the newest comic around noon CET, but the next couple of Tuesdays you will have to wait until it’s morning on the west coast!
Also, while I am away, I will have to turn off our European Online Shop, so everybody who desperately needs some of our stuff before the middle of October, please order by Thursday, so I can ship on Friday!