As an inspiration for today’s strip, all I had to do was look up from my drawing table and take in my surroundings. Although there’s a much larger percentage of papery stuff and fewer model planes than in Chuck’s case. Also, it’s strictly my own crap, which makes it easier to a) tolerate and b) still be able to find things.
One of the better investments I made was a slightly tilted drawing table. Although I still manage to fill it up with crap, the amount of crap and the height of the various piles I can construct on it is limited by gravity. Also, it is set right underneath my window, so sometimes the wind just blows half of the stuff on the floor, from where I pick it up and put it on another table. Well, you get the picture!
About twice a year I get a cleaning fit and tidy up my office, which usually is almost a full day job, haha.
Nobody can tell me we haven’t all been there before! I am certainly guilty and learned many lessons like this the hard way, sometimes over and over. I guess I’m not a quick study. It almost looks like Nobu is getting off easy on this trip by Chuck getting sick. Julio had to endure so much more in the past. We have so many Chuck-airshow-adventures by now I’m starting to wonder if we have enough for a book even 😉
I hope some of you actually get to see the Blue Angels live, if not this weekend then in the near future at least. As far as I am concerned they are a must on every aviation enthusiasts bucket list. Even us rotor-heads all agree that if one must go stuck-wing, this would be the way to travel and the thing to do. Plus those jets are so shiny, I just love them.
The ones among you who are going: Post pictures please! And let us know how you enjoyed the show and what all we missed.
Of course the Blue Angels are one of the main reasons for Chuck to go to Miramar in the first place. I’ve never seen them at a show, but I did see them in real life once. It was 2008 and my wife (at the time girlfriend), my dad and me were visiting the States for Mike’s wedding. After the wedding, the three of us went on a short trip around California.
And just when we were at the scenic spot in San Francisco, where you can get a good view of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Blue Angels were flying across the bay in close formation! It was really cool and I was very excited! When I turned to my girlfriend with a big grin on my face, asking her if this wasn’t absolutely awesome, she said something like “yeah, nice.”
I married her anyway!
Have you ever been riding in a car with somebody who doesn’t pay attention? Think we all might be able to relate to this one. My favorite is when I sit in the back seat and the driver keeps turning around half way to talk to me. So far my scariest experience with was in Athens with the cab driver telling stories, constantly yapping away on one of his two cell phones yelling at the other end in Greek. Finally the other pilot asked the cabby “Hey! Are you a stock broker?”. The guy said “No. Why?”, so he finished it off with “Then get off the phone and drive the damn cab!” Haha!
It seems Chuck has found another victim … I mean … buddy to enjoy the airshow with. Let’s see how Nobu will handle hanging out with Chuck or if he is ready to kill him by the end of the day like Julio is. Who all of you friends of the coop are going to the Miramar show? Unfortunately I will have to skip it since I have to work the weekend with the California Fire Season still being in full swing. I am bummed since I love the Miramar Airshow especially watching the Blue Angels perform. It is probably no coincidence that Chuck also likes the Blue Angels.
Speaking of the Blues: We happen to have a few original “Blue Angels” patches in our other online store AVIATORwebsite if you guys are interested. They are a few extra patches from our friend who makes them directly for the Blues so they usually are not available in stores. Check them out!
The Reno Air Races are in full swing right now, so we thought we’d dig up a strip that fits the subject. Is any one of you guys out there? If so, please share a photo in our Facebook group and tell us what it’s like!
Not to take anything away from the trusted good old Cessna 172, but I suspect what Hans really needs is a bigger and faster airplane to keep up with the competition. Maybe a King Air or a Pilatus. But then, who would fly it? Chuck? Maybe he needs a more competent, yet equally enthusiastic pilot? And the next question is, how much of a plane does a bunch of chickens really need?
Also, one needs to keep in mind that almost all of my expertise comes from an aviation background and less from a Particle Physics background. Maybe a boson, Higgs or otherwise, really IS the answer to Hans’s problem. I really wouldn’t know, but I doubt the Higgs Boson is FAA/PMA certified already …
It’s time to throw in another classic. This one stems way back to the beginning when the chicken strips were just passed around the office and long before websites, books, etc…
The “Chuck, is that you?” phrase was just barely coming to fruition back then but we knew already we wanted to keep it going. And to be honest, we still think they are funny. By now the black&white strips have just about disappeared from the internet but you can always get the whole collection by buying Book No. 1.
It’s hard for me to look back at some of the old jokes we had done because I can tell we just barely got into the groove on how to properly set up a 3-panel joke. A few stories are literally how they happened and therefore a little disconnected before we figured out hot to properly twist and cut them to fit the format. I guess it’s probably the same feeling an old actor must feel when looking at his or her early work. But I like to compare the old material to our newer stuff and see how much Chuck and his friends “have grown”, so to speak. My personal favorite Chicken Wings book out of the bunch is still our fourth book. Maybe there will be a new favorite soon? 😉
Have you ever had somebody “helping” you and their “help” kinda made things even harder? I sure have and I am certain a lot of you will be able to relate. Some people have that natural tendency to make things way more complicated than they need to be.
One of my faves as mechanic was students coming into the hangar and asking question after question after question. In the beginning I always answered them because that is just the guy I am. But it always got me into trouble with the boss (Hans?) because my efficiency as mechanic was going down and I wasn’t really getting paid to answer question but to fix airplanes. I think a lot of interaction between Chuck and Julio stem back from that time in my life. And in the long run I probably did better as flight instructor since I do love to talk and answer questions. So it turned out to be the perfect job for me 😉
When I was in the army (which is mandatory here, if you have the wrong sort of genitals), we had a guy who was constantly trying to make jokes and witty remarks. Every now and then, they were really funny! But 95% of the time they were duds, and everybody would just shake their heads and sigh. One of the guys once said to me: “I like you better, because you don’t say much, but when you do it’s funny. Not like this guy!”
To which I replied: “I come up with pretty much the same amount of dumb things to say as the other guy. The difference is just that I filter out 95% and don’t say it.” Which they also considered to be funny. But actually I was just speaking the truth. My brain comes up with ridiculous stuff all the time, and the majority is actually pretty un-funny. The key is just to have enough self control and the discernment to tell when to speak and when to keep it shut. But good lord, I hope I never lose the function of my frontal lobes, because then I’d probably be an insufferable human being.
Oh and sorry for the late upload! I was engrossed in some other work and totally forgot about it …