Mankind can be separated into two broad groups: Those who clean a little bit all the time and those who let the mess pile up and then clean in one fell swoop. I fall into the second category, my wife into the first. Fortunately we communicate quite well (or so I like to believe), so that we have talked out most of the instances where this can lead to tension.
Fortunately, my office is a separate room, or I guess we’d end up in marriage counseling. And also, there’s always the basement, where I can put stuff out of view to deal with it later. I think I’ve been doing that ever since we moved into our house.
Time to clean up and re-organize the basement. Maybe I’ll get around to it this year.
Which type are you?
While United Airlines are probably working hard on their bettering their image, Hans seems to have taken a liking to the airline business model. When I was working for a certain flight school (way back when, yes, the one where most of our ideas originally came from) we often had students cancel last minute which left the plane parked and the instructor roaming around the airport rather aimlessly getting him or herself into trouble.
I can’t believe we never thought of just overbooking the planes!
One summer there we had this father/son team from Europe book a Cessna 172 for 3 weeks. Since they were already licensed, they were going to just get checked out and then tour the States for the rest of the time by plane. The “real” Hans was very excited and already saw big dollar signs because he expected the plane to fly every day. We did a fresh 100hr and moved a bunch of students to other planes to accommodate for the trip. The two jokers showed up and flew ok so they got signed off. The next day their big adventure started with their first over-night stop being Las Vegas …
(* pause for effect *)
Well … and that’s as far as they went. After not hearing from them for almost a week we finally received a phone call that they lost all their money gambling and couldn’t continue on with their vacation. If I remember right, they didn’t even have enough money to bring the plane back (or they didn’t want to have to face Hans, LOL). So they just left the plane and went home and that was the last we ever heard of them.
Maybe Hans is on to something here after all. Though it looks to me that Scott is a fairly buff chicken though so I’m not sure how Chuck will fare on this one.
Actually, now that I think about it: It seems to me that my dentist does the exact same thing. Every time I show up there, I’m far from being the only one in his waiting room …
We would like to thank United Airlines for, once again, providing us with great material. You knew it was only a matter of time until our chickens would tune in to current airline events. Just wait until Hans reads about the latest United Airlines incident. Stay tuned for more!
On a more serious note, I am hoping this will shed a little more light on what has been happening to airline travel over the years. Many of you know I travel a lot for my job and can’t get around the airlines. Overbooked planes, running out of overhead spaces, broken planes, angry flyers, those are all almost daily occurrences for me. I have to admit I enjoy a certain degree of status with some airlines which helps but what I have noticed the most lately are routinely completely booked or overbooked flights in the last few years. I can’t remember the last time there was an empty middle seat next to me. And if you miss your plane because you can’t make the connection, you’re almost completely out of luck. And that’s not just United but some of the others as well. Maybe now they will all make an effort in order not to be “that airline” …
And it’s not just the airlines. The passengers get more annoying every year as well. Refusing to turn their phones off, making a total mess on the plane, being rude to the crew, the list is long. Human decency has gone out the window. Airline travel sure isn’t what it used to be anymore. But how to fix it?
So I made it back from AERO last week. It was awesome! I really had a blast! Thanks to everyone who stopped by to say hi or to buy a book! There were times where I could barely keep up with signing and chatting. There were lulls too, of course. But as soon as I left my table to get a coffee, go to the toilet or whatever, I could see people approaching my stand from across the room. As soon as I hurried back, they often were gone. So I ended up being pretty much glued to my table and not seeing much of the rest of the show, which was enormous this year.
I hope I can convince my brother to accompany me next year. That way one of us would be able to roam the other exhibition halls a bit.
But I’m not complaining! It was great to be such a popular target and to meet so many old and new fans! As a cartoonist, I spend most of my days behind my drawing table or computer, so it’s a really nice change to get out and about and meet some actual readers and too get told how much people love your artwork all day long. I really appreciate that!
So, if nothing unforeseen happens, I’ll surely be there again next year!
Oh, and last but not least: Is today’s comic strip a metaphor on politics? On the business world? On marriage? Or is it just a couple of goofy chickens in an airplane? You decide!
Shear tables are awesome. But boy, do you need to pay attention to your fingers. That’s definitely one of the tools I wish I had, but I’ll probably never own a big enough workshop to put it in. Also, I don’t really need it very often, to be honest.
Talking about tables: I’m driving to AERO today! It’s going to be the first time I have my own table there (Foyer Ost) and also the first time I’ll be there for the whole duration of the show. If you’re a fan or just a casual reader, please stop by and say hi!
You have to give it to Chuck that he is very ingenious in coming up with explanations. And to be fair, I guess one could assume that Chuck borrows so many parts and tools from Julio that he can do it in his sleep.
Anyway! Next week: AERO in Friedrichshafen! You’ll be able to find me at my table in the Artist Foyer (Foyer Ost) which is right next to the East Entrance. I’ll also be roaming the halls a bit, but I plan to hang out around my table about 75% of the time. Hope to see you there!
Julio is getting more sophisticated in his quest to keep Chuck out of the parts room. I wonder how many Cessna parts Chuck has already “modified” to fit on his Corsair. We might never know …
I kinda wish I had a deer cam in my “parts room” as well. Our storage unit where we (used to) keep the bulk of the Chicken Wings books got burglarized the other day. They took 2 boxes of books, which for us are easily replaced. But they also took all my toy prototypes and some rare toys I had from back when I was in the toy business over 20 years ago, together with designs my brother and I worked on in the past. The material value might be minimal but the sentimental value was very high. And they took my “Hot Wheels” collection which were all semi-rare German cars from the 1990’s until 2000’s! Again, very high in sentimental value and pretty much impossible to replace. Only for the old ink printer they took the joke is on them because it was a piece of crap. Oh! And they took one old timed out tail rotor blade I had that came of my dear girl “Panaca Jane”. Maybe that will stick out enough in some tweaker’s house to make the cops remember my police report. Good luck selling that, but I would have wanted to hang on to it.
I am starting to understand now how Julio must feel like pretty much every day …
I suck at messaging. Some people text with a speed and and effortlessness that it’s amazing. Especially young people. Personally, in most social settings, it makes me feel uncomfortable to be look at my phone, let alone text something back. I usually have to excuse myself and leave the room, because on one hand I feel disrespectful, and on the other hand I can’t formulate sentences with a discussion going on around me.
I wonder if that makes my a hypersensitive person who sucks at multitasking, or a polite and considerate person who prefers real interactions to impersonal ones.
Anyway, that’s one of the reasons it usually takes me forever to text back. I usually call anyway, because it’s quicker. Especially in a business context. I used to prefer writing emails, and emails do have their use and merits. But in many situations, a 5 minute call can solve more than an email that I spend 30 minutes on, trying to find the right way to get all the nuances right.
I guess this strip would work with many, many other professions as well. My brief brushes with employment gave me enough insight to appreciate my state of self-employment. I’d be lying if I said I enjoy it every day though. There’s some upside to having a regular paycheck, paid sick leave, paid vacation, not having to bother with accounting and taxes, etc. etc. Besides a reliable, I’d say the fact that I’m always on the job is the most grueling part of self-employment. No matter what I do outside my office, a little voice in my head always keeps telling me: You could be working!
But at least I don’t have a boss! Ha!
Who knew Chuck was trying to get as many girls’ phone numbers as possible? Well, I guess we all did, probably. Looking at that stack I am thinking there will be more material about Chuck dating in the near future. I am actually surprised a little that Sally isn’t mad at him. I’d be a little miffed if I had to sift through all those business cards.
Here is a good question: What if there is a chick out there for Chuck? One that puts up with his crazy ideas and his passion? After all, I was able to find one eventually and if I can do it …