According to Alasdair, our reader who wrote us with this idea, this really happened, albeit at a supermarket checkout instead of a bar. Too bad that there are no epaulets for comic artists! Or maybe I should start this fashion trend? One stripe for each comic strip that’s being published, and medals for special achievements, such as unpaid bills. I’d soon look like a third world dictator!
The real Nobu has a lot more stories about this particular subject since he has many more hours of flying helicopter tours than me. I had most of my “pukers” during fixed wing flights (among them my dear brother even) and not quite as many in helicopters. People are always surprised when I tell them that but I think with it fast moving skinny blades, a helicopter “cuts through” a lot of turbulence as compared to a stuck wing with a whole bunch of surface area for the turbulence to act on. Although, it’s been said that once you get sick in a helicopter, it will take you the better part of the day to recover. After many years of flying I have developed almost a 6th sense about spotting a puker before he or she gets in the aircraft. It has saved me from massive clean-up operations many times.
And on a side note: I have had days where I did so much flying and making so many decisions all day that when the clerk asks me at the end of the day if I wanted plastic or paper, I’m often so burned out and tired that I find myself unable to make that one more decision.
Has that ever happened to you?
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.
Considering his skill set, Chuck really has come a long way, especially for a chicken.
But I’d venture to say it wasn’t all completely without help. Any aircraft, small or large, needs a fair amount of support to keep flying. Working for a small outfit such as Roost-Air, can be very challenging because a lot of different responsibilities fall on the few people who work there. I have been there myself. A lot of people thrive and welcome these challenges and so have I in the past, but I am currently enjoying working for a bigger outfit that has a great support structure.
Should I get bored and crave to be in charge again, I might apply to fly the Hughes 500 for Roost-Air one day. I hear they have a great mechanic over there.
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!
Always dress for the occasion! Can’t think of much else to write, because I’m totally immersed in work right now. We’re just putting the finishing touches on our new book which will be released this summer. Since all the lead time, production and delivery will take quite a long time, there is not much time left for us to finish in time. There, four times the word “time” in one sentence! I can’t even be bothered with writing decent English anymore, that’s how busy I am!
There’s this old joke going “How do you know there’s a pilot at a party?” I’m sure all of you know the answer to that. Well, this strip is our take on it!
Actually, having an interesting job is a good conversation starter. In my case it usually goes something like this:
“So, what do you do?”
“I’m a self-employed comic artist.”
“Wow, that’s cool! [pause] Uhm… and can you make a living off that?”
As a good mechanic, Julio displays some real paractical thinking here. Sometimes the solution can be so easy!
I’ve picked this strip last minute, but actually Mike should be writing this blog here. I’m sure he could tell you a story or two about hiring pilots! Well, maybe he can add a comment underneath later on…
Well this kid sure has figured it out! But seriously, most pilots didn’t choose their carreer path for monetary reasons. If you want to get rich quick this way, you might want to reconsider your options.
You might want to consider the path I took. I chose my life of being a cartoonist solely for the filthy riches this profession provides! The hardships of having to draw funny chickens are easily forgotten every time I enter my Money Bin to roll around in cash.
Sorry for the slight delay with todays comic, but I just got back from a weekend trip to Berlin!
For me it is still an adventure everytime I get the chance to fly! I mean, anything other than economy class, which kind of lost it’s attraction to me a long time ago. Hitching a ride on my brothers helicopter or in the cockpit of an airliner will give me stuff to talk about for months! But Mike says that after a whole day of flying, he’s quite happy to talk about anything other than aviation. That’s sorta how this one here came about…