I feel with Chuck. Although in my case, I’m mostly allergic to dogs, cats and dust mites and a bit allergic to a few plants. Since there are no dogs or cats in my personal environment, and my other allergies (e.g. poplar trees) are rather mild, my life is almost completely unaffected. The only thing that bothers me is my dust mite allergy. After cleaning my office, for example, I sometimes have a hard time breathing when I’m lying in bed at night. After going to an allergy test, I even have a written recommendation from my doctor that “dusting should be done by third persons”, which I like to quote to my wife. Who likes to respond she’s no third person, she’s my wife.
Anyway, that’s why I’m a comic artist and don’t work as a cleaner.
I love flying Skycranes! They are not a comfortable helicopter to fly in by any means nor do they go far or fast, but boy can they pick up a lot of weight! It’s nice to watch the fire go out when you drop that much water on it per shot. As far as aerial firefighting goes and when utilized properly as a fast moving “initial attack” tool around urban interface, the Crane is absolutely the best helicopter for the job I have ever flown. It works really well here in Greece with the added ability of picking up salt water from the sea.
But now, after almost 3 months on the road, I am happy that today is my last work day I am getting a few day break away from the orange beast. I thought it would be appropriate to post a comic about Cranes to celebrate the occasion.
Orange is actually not the best color for flying around in the smoke I have found btw. We always get all kinds of questions about this helicopter. And most of the time, people even let us finish our sentences, LOL. I’m sure you guys all have met somebody who bombards you with questions without listening to the answers. We also have the guys who come up to us with a question and then proceed to dazzle us with how much THEY know about the machine 😉
Let’s open the blog section for Crane relate questions y’all might have. I’d be happy to answer them.
Look it up! It’s a thing! It’s actually a big thing we are facing all the time in the industry. Time zone changes, red-eye flights, maintenance delays, the list is long. Even with many breaks in place it is almost unavoidable because the nature of the business. I can mainly speak for the helicopter industry of course given my extensive background there vs airline flying. August is pretty much the toughest month in my business with the long days and the high fire danger. Hot windy conditions and utility aircraft without air-conditioning aren’t helping either. Now combine that with the typical Type A personality and our “Can be done” attitude and we are setting ourselves up for trouble. Who of you in here flying for a living can honestly say they have never been there or allowed themselves to push the limits every now and then?
Not me, I can tell you for a fact.
But the FAA is starting to look into exactly what is happening to Chuck here. They are finding out that a lot of us are not using their rest time properly. Instead of going to bed, reading a few pages out of a novel and then sleep, we are getting carried away playing around on social media half the night.
I wouldn’t be surprised if there will be regulations on this sort of thing sooner or later once the first big accident can be directly linked to a gaming, social media, or a Pokemon Go addiction …
I could be the only one here but I always find it interesting and somewhat amusing which disciplines get added to the Olympics every year (well, every 4 years, I know), especially now after visiting Ancient Olympia and learning about the original games. Rugby? BMX? Golf even? Maybe Formula 1 will be an Olympic event one day …
So in my mind you can’t really fault Chuck too much for stepping right into Julios trap. I think over the last ten years, Julio has found almost enough clever ways to keep Chuck out of “his” hangar or parts room for us to turn the collection into a whole separate book. 😉
Weird! How Julio can jump to conclusions like that. Here’s a short trivia question about today’s strip: Does anybody know where Chuck really is?
I guess a real air traffic controller, who already had to deal with Chuck, would burst into laughter by the time Chuck claims he’d do anything he or she tells him to do. But other than that, that was probably one of Chuck’s better pickup lines.
Well, as the saying goes, any landing you can walk away from is a good landing. To have a constant sense of success and achievement, the trick is to set the bar low enough. As a natural born perfectionist, I struggle with this idea every day, but I’m getting better at it. Getting a house was probably the best therapy in that regard, because whatever I do, nothing ever turns out perfect. But a lack of time and money helps me to embrace the concept of “it’ll do” or “good enough for now”.
The first couple of sentences in this blog are just to avoid using the words that would give away the punchline. If you have already read the strip, you can continue reading… So, overworked and underpaid. Aren’t we all? I’m sure there are a few people with cushy jobs and even some who are happy with their salary, but I don’t really know that many. Or maybe it’s because nobody likes to admit when they’re not working hard. At least I can’t complain about being fed cheap coffee. Not that it wouldn’t be on the cheap side, but as I said before, I’m a bit of a philistine in that regard.
So, anybody in here who’s NOT overworked and/or who feels paid well? Wait, that’s not the right way to get a discussion going. I can already hear the crickets and see the tumbleweeds!
Hans is continuing his thorough investigation into Chuck’s drug habits. I wonder what dark secrets he will bring to light in the end! And although in this context it isn’t meant in that way, I’m sure “going down in flames” is code for something to do with drugs. I don’t even know half the language for that stuff in my mother tongue. But I can vividly remember the day when I was offered “a slow one” and “a fast one” on the same day in a, back then notorious, subway station in Vienna. I still don’t know what they were trying to sell me.
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!