Here in Austria we have a general draft, so every man (or rather boy) has to do service in the military. And in the military we had the saying that went like “For a soldier, five minute early is on time.” That’s a good habit to pick up!
But after that I went to university. And I don’t know what the culture is like on other European countries, but in Austria there is the term “academic 15 minutes”, which basically means that almost anything on university starts 15 minutes later than advertised and/or that students as well as professors are usually 15 minutes late. Throw that in with what I picked up at the army, and now I’m usually 5 minutes late on average, haha!
Actually, Sally is closer to the date of the actual legal separation of the Thirteen Colonies from Great Britain than the 4th of July is. The Congress actually voted for it on the 2nd of July. THEN the Declaration of Independence was written, then a few words were revised, and so forth with Congress finally approving it on the 4th of July.
Can you imagine it only took TWO DAYS to push something big like this through Congress back then?!?
Times sure have changed …
Another interesting fact is that this holiday didn’t just end up being the typical barbecuing, beer drinking, sports watching kind of American holiday while the younger generations are forgetting why we’re even celebrating. Most American holidays have met that fate. This one was actually MEANT to be that kind of holiday.
In a letter to his wife John Adams wrote “… It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.”
And knowing Chuck, there’ll probably be most of these. At least fires, illuminations, shows, pomp, and parade …
Summer is here! At least here where I live. If you’re based on the Southern hemisphere, please disregard this announcement. I sure greatly prefer the warmer time of the year to the colder one. Even though my office, or shall we say “studio” (sounds much better), is right under our roof and the 35 year old windows don’t do much to keep the heat out.
But now is the time for barbecues, sitting outside at night with friends and a bottle of wine… I really look forward to the next two to three months!
Ah, the old IFR hood. I have spent many hours wearing this sexy hat going through my instrument training and even more time putting young hopefuls through their training when I was a CFI. Some of those hoods have gotten a little more sophisticated than the ones they had back in my days but the idea is the same. The ones of you who fly instruments are very familiar I am sure.
For the ones of you who don’t have an instrument flight rating: “The hoods” function is exactly as Chuck describes it in the strip. You put this thing on and it keeps you from looking outside the window when you are practicing flying solely by instruments. That way you don’t have to actually be in the clouds (especially if you’re training in areas like California or Nevada where there aren’t a lot of clouds) and the instructor can look for traffic instead of you while flying in perfect conditions. If things go wrong, you take the hood off and just keep flying the way you’re used to under VFR conditions (which means looking outside and enjoy the scenery – for more info on pilot lingo, check out our page.
Let’s hear some IFR training stories from you guys!
Today’s strip reminds me a bit of this one here. It seems making quick and decisive calls is one of the strengths in Roost Air company culture!
All kidding aside, I think being able to allot the right amount of time and brain computing power to a decision, in accordance to the importance of the decision and the availability of facts, is one of the most important skills you can attain. If you spend half an hour in front of the yoghurt aisle or trying to make you mind up when reading a menu in a restaurant, you may have a serious problem in your life that you’re not even aware of.
I just filed my income tax statement yesterday, so this comic strip somehow struck a chord with me today. Where I live, we have a public expenditure / tax quota of almost 50%. I think we rank number three in an international comparison. It’s mind boggling to me how they can take half of our economic output and still not have enough and pile ever more debt on the shoulders of our children. I think if they’d tax us 100%, they’d still manage to produce a government deficit.
Another example of how deep and philosophical musings are often started by chance or even mistake.
Hope you all had some enjoyable holidays and a great New Years Eve! Does anybody have any new years resolutions? I hope you’ll all continue put up with us throughout 2014! May it be a great year where all your wishes come true!
Merry Christmas, everybody! I hope you all are as lucky as Chuck and get many presents. Big, expensive presents. After all, that’s what Christmas is all about!
Just kidding. The older I get, the less I care about getting any presents at all. By now all I really want is to spend time with my loved ones and see people be happy. When I was a kid, I always heard grown ups express opinions like that, and it boggled my mind how somebody could say such a thing and keep a straight face.
I don’t know how many of you already know this, because I didn’t make a public announcement on this website or in our Facebook group, but 2013 was a very, very special year for my wife and me. Because, a few weeks back, our first child was born! Today, the three of us will drive out to my in-laws for the first time and will celebrate a very special Christmas this year.
I hope all of you out there will also be able to enjoy these holidays and have a great time with you family, friends, or whoever you spend them with!
Does anybody else always have to think of Austin Powers when he hears the word “mole”? And is anybody else amazed sometimes when he looks up how old that movie already is that feels like you’ve watched it five years ago? Austin Powers was released in 1997, I just looked it up. Now I feel old.
If all the people who don’t have anything nice, interesting or smart to say were to shut up, the world would be a quiet place. And we would probably have to live without reality TV too!