Sometimes we don’t think. Like today, when I chose a strip to upload, thought long and hard about what to write in the blog and then uploaded it, only to discover that I already uploaded the same strip about a year ago. The thing is that I already had a hunch, but decided to ignore it.
Anyway, if any of you received some weird RSS or twitter message about a new strip with a link that lead nowhere, I plead guilty and apologize!
Sometimes I think the advent of modern communication technologies has hampered communication almost as much as it helped it. Sure, there’s exponentially more information being exchanged, but the human interaction is sometimes less efficient than before. In the old days you would agree to meet at the movie theater on Friday at seven. Nowadays you need a dozen text messages and “let’s call each other’s” etc. and still people manage to show up late. Then there’s people who send out emails a couple of hours prior to cancel an event, instead of calling, even though they should be aware that the other party doesn’t get it in time. People missing out on parties because they don’t have a facebook account or aren’t checking it, etc. etc.
But still, information technology is awesome. I remember as a a kid, being amazed at our first telephone with buttons instead of a dial plate. When I compare that to where we are now and extrapolate what other technology I will live to see, my mind is already boggled in advance! Still, communication skill is something people will have to learn no matter what technologies are available.
Sometimes I think the advent of modern communication technologies has hampered communication almost as much as it helped it. Sure, there’s exponentially more information being exchanged, but the human interaction...
Isn’t it amazing how the gut literally functions as a second brain sometimes? I can usually trust my gut, although I wonder how to distinguish between gut feelings and subconciousness, or if there’s a difference in the first place. And then there’s the problem with the arrogance of the conscious brain, who more than once in my life has overruled my gut feeling and turned out to be wrong.
While Chuck and Julio are reminiscing about the good old days (I can’t believe Top Gun is already over 25 years old!), we here at Chicken Wings are embracing the future. And by that I want to say that we have just published our first eBook! Our newest book is now available for your Kindle through Amazon:
Check it out! All the strips to take on the road in their colorful glory!
How would you react, if your belief was put to the test in as brutal a way as this? Well, I myself am no religious man, but those of you who are and ever experience a crisis of faith, like the pastor in this comic strip, might find strength and inspiration in this quote here:
“Keep the faith, keep the faith, Lord we got to keep the faith.”
John Francis Bongiovi jr.
We keep hearing a lot about these new developments in solar powered planes. Many of you have written and posted in the forum but thus far we have never actually seen one in real life. So this is Roost Air’s take on electric planes for now. Enjoy!
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.
And so we were also watching the show “Pimp my Ride” back in the day and the question came up why they would never pimp out an airplane. Maybe it’s because there are no STCs for chrome exhausts, footprint pedals, low profile tires, or chain-link yokes out there.
We may never know for sure. But at least Chuck found a way to get around those pesky FAA approvals…
I chose this strip for today, because I can totally relate to Chuck. Summer seems to finally have hit us here in full force, and the weather report says we’re experiencing the hottest days of this year right now. And I am sitting here in my office right underneath the roof of my house, with no air condition. Well, at least I have a fan and a very liberal dress code here!
The dress code, or lack thereof, is one of the things I am really grateful for in my line of work! I couldn’t imagine wearing a suit and a tie at days like these. Or worse, I saw a motorbike cop yesterday in full black leather gear. I started to sweat more by just looking at him…
When I worked as mechanic for the flight school (the one which was the main inspiration for Chicken Wings) I always inherited the customer Cessna Skymasters. I worked for a Cessna dealer before and knew a little about them and in this new job I was the only guy who knew them. And as the local C-337 owners talked amongst themselves, word spread quickly that there is a guy on the field who knew Skymasters. I spent almost 2 years working on nothing but Skymasters. They fly nice but as a mechanic I hated them! So much maintenance and so few parts!! And you have to be quadruple jointed in order to reach certain sections in the rear engine compartment.
So, this conversation happened exactly like you see it in the strip (with me being Julio in this) between me and a customer. The plane taxiing by was even the same color.
Another fun fact: Trade-a-Plane refused to print this strip. Their argument was that Cessna is one of their biggest customers and they didn’t want to offend them. They also said that they have Cessna Skymaster Fan Clubs who might take this strip the wrong way. Made sense to us when they said it but we never thought of it before.
But we have not received any threatening letters yet, and something tells me this “fan club” must be comprised of pilots and not mechanics…