Who doesn’t love new equipment? Whether it’s tools or gadgets, nothing seems to satisfy the hunter and gatherer instinct better than stumbling across a nice tool discounted at a hardware store or getting the latest new technological gadget that has more computing power than all the world’s computers of a generation ago combined. I have to admit that I hoard a few tools in my basement, that I have never used. But oh, what glorious feeling, if one day, during a project, you actually DO need one of those tools! I’m not so much of a tech gadget geek, but that’s simply out of budget constraints.
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 😉
In the earlier days of my aviation career I was working as mechanic helper for a little outfit at my home town air field. I actually was more like our Jason character back then with tons of questions (except that I had better tutors than Chuck who actually pointed me in the right direction) coming in early and staying late just so I can hang out at the airport. One of my many jobs there was sweeping and polishing the hangar floors on a regular basis. This was very important not only for professional maintenance reasons but also because one of our senior mechanics in the hangar liked to walk around barefoot in the summer and didn’t want to step on fasteners and safety-wire pieces.
However, I was also able to balance a broom on my forehead similar to what Julio is demonstrating in today’s comic. And of course the moment I first demonstrated this skill to my fellow employees ended up also being the exact moment when the boss walked into the hangar with his boss from corporate. So, once again, can you see how the inception of Chicken Wings was just a matter of time?
I have vague memories of some of our toys mysteriously going missing when we were kids. I also have a lot of memories of our mom telling us to tidy up our room “for the very last time, or else!”. It didn’t struck me at the time I drew this strip, but now that I look at it again, I get the weird feeling that there might be a connection and similarities to our childhood. It seems I may have more in common with Chuck than I’d like to admit. But don’t we all?
Have you ever dealt with people who lose all situational awareness the second they get dialed in into their device, whatever it may be? It funny, we’re so connected all the time but don’t even listen to each other anymore, which Chuck is demonstrating here so flawlessly …
I actually enjoyed the few weeks we had this year fighting fire in the woods without cell reception and internet. We spent the little downtime we had with telling stories and playing games and ended up with a really tight crew that works together well. But getting back into civilization every night was rough, getting hit with emails, phone calls, and everything all at once. It makes it way more obvious how often we “connect” on a daily basis.
Talking with some aviation safety guys the other day they said that accidents related to “device use” is extremely on the rise. Pilots play with their phones and the internet until the early morning hours and then show up to work dead tired. This just may be the next new thing after “8hrs bottle to throttle” …
I always think it’s funny when Chuck takes Julio literally. Not sure if it is coincidence or not but it usually only happens when it works in Chucks favor. It’s a strange world …
Who of you know the game “Airport Madness”? We got into it recently and promptly proceeded wasting a bunch of time directing air traffic across the little runways. It kind of put me behind on my own TPS reports. My current day-job has so much paperwork going along with our daily flight operations that it really comes in handy when there isn’t a fire every day which gives me time to catch up on my TPS … I mean … OPS reports. I used to think “Office Space” was a funny movie until I started working for a big corporation myself, HAHA! That sure is not something they tell you in flight school. Even a small operation like Roost-Air has it’s own fair share of paperwork. Let’s see how this plays out for Chuck …
What other cool quick aviation online games do you guys know?
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.
I absolutely love Chucks first line in this one! It’s so typical for him …witty, when it comes to getting himself out of doing real work.
We were looking for a lead-in on this one, because the rest really happened almost verbatim (as it does so many times with our comics). My mechanic Billy and I were washing and waxing the helicopter on the only slow day we had up in Alaska in the summer of 2012 and there was a discussion whether to use or not-to-use a certain cleaner for the tailboom. The label said ‘not to use it on aluminum’ but the argument was that we’re not really using it on pure aluminum but rather on the paint “on top of the aluminum”. Billy ripped off the label and said, “Well, there you go! Problem solved!”
And once again I was reaching for my notebook that has all our CW ideas scribbled in it…