I just realized when looking at today’s strip, that I can’t really relate with either of the characters in this context. I’ve always been self-employed, so I never had to ask for a raise. On the other hand, I don’t employ others, so I never had to think about giving someone a raise. The only thing I have to think about is how high I bid when I make offers to clients. That’s an art in itself, and one which I’m very bad at. Maybe that’s the reason why I don’t have employees! Hmm… Food for thought.
Oh, and last but not least: Don’t do drugs, kids! Drugs are bad, m’kay!
I wanted to write something about the fact that I can’t really speak about drugs, outside of a theoretical perspective, because pretty much the only drug I do is beer. And even that I don’t consume very regularly in recent times.
But then I thought about the feeling I just had. I just had lunch, and when I got back into my office, I felt this absolute craving for sugar. It can’t be that I’m hungry, because I just ate. For a minute or two it was at the absolute forefront of my mind, and I had to concentrate to be able to work. I more and more get the suspicion that sugar is one of the most addictive substances out there. And it’s so hard to avoid, because it is present in so many foods, either naturally or added. I significantly reduced my sugar intake in the last year and a half. But recently, because of vacation, where I don’t skip the dessert and do indulge in ice cream, and because of the delicious jams we just made out of the cherries and apricots in our own garden, I think my digestive system has already reverted back to the old sugar routine. Also, I show pretty much all of the warning signs that Chuck is showing, so it’s high time to wane myself off again!
Well, when it comes to walking into a room and then trying to remember what you came in there for, or what you were planning to say, Hans is in good company. A company of billions, probably. I think the only people who don’t have that problem are those who don’t have rooms to walk into.
This part of your typical bomb disarming movie scene is as essential as the part where the countdown stops at 00:00:01. It’s actually one of the tropes that kinda annoys me. Nothing against tropes, stereotypes, archetypes, etc. in movies. They usually became so stereotypical because they work!
Screen writers like to top something and then top it even more, in order to turn on our emotional screws, But for me there’s a certain point when you can take that topping too far. Then I go “this is not just unrealistic, this is ridiculous” and I snap out of my state of suspended disbelief that I need to enjoy a movie. And letting the countdown go to 00:00:01 does that for me.
Do you also have a certain thing that destroys movies for you?
Summer time is airshow time! So we thought we’d dig out this classic strip for you. By the way, is it “airshow” or “air show”? Or can you say both? As a native German speaker, I tend to form long combinations of words, while in English the tendency goes towards putting words in a row but keeping them separate. It’s probably a common mistake of mine. I think the German way makes it easier to identify which words actually belong together and form a term. But on the other hand, in extreme cases it can lead to words like “Rindfleischetikettierungsüberwachungsaufgabenübertragungsgesetz” (which is officially the longest German word) or “Donaudampfschifffahrtsgesellschaftskapitän”.
Anyway, hope you’re having a nice and sunny summer day like I do! And I hope you don’t have to spend it painting your garden fence, like I do.
I think we already established a little while back, that I’m somewhat of a coffee philistine. But have we yet talked about when we drink our coffee? I know many, many people for whom coffee is the very first thing that touches their lips in the morning. I’m totally opposite. I like my coffee after finishing breakfast. I make myself a big mug, wander up into my office and then start my working day with sipping on that cup for about an hour or so. Then I’ll have another, smaller cup in the afternoon.
Do you guys have any coffee rituals?
Ha! We drew this strip right before I went to Greece for the fire season and right when I got to the helicopter fire base the internet was down for two days. Boy, was the helicopter and the base clean after those days! Could we possibly predict the future with our comics?
On the same token I couldn’t help but wonder the whole time if the crew chief didn’t do to us what Hans did to Sally. As I am writing this blog I am actually starting to wonder if we should even publish this strip since my boss might be reading it as well. But Stefan is on vacation and I can’t make the changes so I will have to live with the consequences I guess.
It seems that every time Chuck gets into something (which is quite frequently), he always goes all in, head first, with a ton of passion. One thing you can’t say about Chuck is that he isn’t committed. I like how Julio always finds a way to “fix Chuck”, so to speak, and steers him back to reality. Last week he was laughing at Chuck because the new “Think about the planet, man!” kick hadn’t affected him directly, but the second it did he quickly took care of it.
It probably wouldn’t hurt most of us if we all thought about the planet some more. I know this is a tough subject with many different opinions so I won’t get into it too much. I just recommend finding better ways to think about the planet than Chuck does 😉
“Think about the planet, man!” This seems to be Chuck’s latest tag line because we see it in a few strips lately. Well, at least he’s trying. Yet it once again looks like he is not quite as good at it as he thinks he is in his mind. As for the actual survival tool Chuck is holding: I have used it. I am not sure how long it would work in an actual survival situation but in theory it is not a bad idea. It may just be a gimmick that’s fun to play with.
I am not a prepper by all means but I do have a few things in place to prevent me from getting caught with my pants down and survive a week or two should the power go out for an extended time. It always amazes me how many people have no water at home and don’t even carry cash in a country that has a long track record for big disasters like hurricanes, fires, earthquakes and such…
Sorry for the late upload, guys! I have a construction site going on in my garden that’s keeping me busy. And, as usual with my projects, I underestimated the real amount of work I’d have to put in. I know that I always underestimate the effort, but this time I underestimated how much I underestimated it! Also, the fact that it has been raining every single day in the last weeks didn’t help to expedite the work. Today it has been sunny, so I’ve been working my hind end off to seize the sun.
Anyway, to the real subject: Air Traffic Controllers! They are real people, just like you and me. I’ve even met a few and they all were perfectly nice and normal. Only one thing I noticed: I’m sure I haven’t met a representative sample, but I got the impression that they tend to be a bit on the twitchy side. And one friend of mine, who is one of the most relaxed persons I know, started to become an ATC, but he only lasted a few months. So maybe there really is a certain character trait you need for the job?