I just noticed, in shock, that we are approaching our 15th anniversary rather quickly, and that we have totally forgot about it. I guess we can cite the same reasons for that oversight that we already invoked in the preface of our new book: We’ve both been extremely busy with other stuff. Mike moved and is sent around the globe by his company for weeks on end, and I am constantly busy, distracted and sleep-deprived as a new father to two toddlers.
Now today’s strip reminded me about the “Japanese Skywriter” cartoon, which was one of the first ideas we had and which we later turned into a t-shirt. So that got me thinking and made me realize that we are just a week away from the anniversary of that fateful day, when we were sitting down with a glass of wine and started doodling on a couple of paper napkins after returning home from our mom’s 60th birthday dinner. That’s the reason why it’s so easy for us to remember the exact date, by the way.
I am not sure if we can come up with any special ideas this year. For our 10th anniversary, we made a silver coin, which was very popular, so maybe we can do something like that again? Anybody interested in investing in another ounce of silver? In any case, it would probably be rather late. I’ll talk to my brother and get back to you!
Do you all know the saying “It’s easier to ask for forgiveness than for permission?” Well, Alex can be glad that Chuck doesn’t seem to have heard of that one yet. Or maybe he has, and Alex just knows she really has to keep an eye on her keys!
Way to go, Chuck! There you happen to encounter some of the not-all-that-common girls who would actually appreciate a thorough knowledge of Star Wars quotes, and you manage to mess it up.
And we know that Chuck should know his Star Wars quotes, because he likes to call Jason “his young Padawan”. By the way, I wonder what other five episodes of Top Gun would have looked like. Wouldn’t it be great to have prequels set on aircraft carriers in the Pacific during World War II?
Chuck sure knows how to make an entrance, doesn’t he! Thanks again Alasdair for the idea for this strip!
I wonder if Chuck ever heard of the saying “If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.” It would appear not. And I also wonder if, when Alex is calling him not the sharpest tool, if she wants to imply that he is a tool though.
Maybe the reason Chuck has such a big mouth is that he always puts his foot in it somehow? This slip is almost as bad as unintentionally stealing a poor guys private robe in the sauna, for instance. Don’t ask me why that popped in my mind just now …
Another day, another try! But I’m sure that Julio is spot on. After going on maintenance flights with Chuck more than once, he is probably the most qualified person to judge the excitement level on the seat next to Chuck.
Every year the Strasser family converges for a traditional skiing trip in Salzburg, Austria. This includes, obviously, a lot of traditional skiing, traditional visits to the sauna, some traditional beer and a lot of traditional jokes being told and traditional fun being had. It’s all very traditional, as you can see.
Anyway, this means that the next few comic strips will be re-runs of older, and classic, you might even say traditional, material. I hope you will enjoy them anyway!
Every year the Strasser family converges for a traditional skiing trip in Salzburg, Austria. This includes, obviously, a lot of traditional skiing, traditional visits to the sauna, some traditional beer...
I have had more people puke in the glider back in the first two years of my aviation career than all of my 18 years of flying helicopters. Maybe it was because I was new and my skills have since improved a little, but I think it’s more because gliders do get bounced around quite a bit. With the gigantic wings they pick up every little updraft (duh! That’s the idea!) and the sun beating down on the poor passenger through the bubble creating the “ant underneath the magnifying glass” effect isn’t really helping either I’m sure.
My brother, the artist, once filled up the bag in the back of my plane but got everything inside the bag at least. However he forgot to take the microphone out of the way. Good times …
When I tell people that helicopter flying is actually surprisingly smooth I often get asked the question “But not when you’re flying into a fire, right?” “That HAS to be pretty rough!”
I used to say “not really” and “you’d be surprised” but I have since learned that I just never noticed how rough fire flying can actually be because I was always too busy driving and working. Now that I am flying a in a multi-crew cockpit environment where I am not always the one driving I often think “holy moly, this is rough!” and “how come I’ve never noticed that before!”
It may also have something to do with the fact that this gigantic aircraft is not exactly known for being the smoothest machine in the fire world. It kinda feels like driving a gravel truck down a gravel road. It’s probably a good thing we don’t have any passenger to worry about while fighting fire.