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?
So Hans’ original goal has been achieved. Plus, coffee has been made! Maybe he’s not such a bad manager after all?
Looking at this strip, I just wondered when the last time was that I drank drip coffee. I can’t really remember! Nowadays everybody has one of these coffee pad machines. And I’m lazy and a coffee heathen, so I quite often drink instant coffee. In the shop, it’s usually made with an espresso machine. Does anyone of you out there still use the good old coffee filter?
In this case I can almost relate to Hans more than Julio. The last two times we moved I was away on the job when my wife was setting up the kitchen. It took me weeks to figure out where everything is. In fact I still don’t know where some of the stuff is in our current kitchen. Add to that my advanced stage of CRS, I am really lost a lot of times. However I do know how to make coffee 😉
I have to admit that I have only learned about the Elf on the shelf tradition a few days ago, when we were thinking up this strip. It’s a funny idea! I guess everybody has played the “hide item X in a different spot every day” game at some point in his/her life.
But honestly, the German “Adventkalender” custom is not that bad either, is it? I’m surprised that American chocolate manufacturers haven’t climbed on the bandwagon yet!
You wanna see stressed out, pissed off, and irritated pilots, mechanics, and air traffic controllers? Have them go a day without coffee!!
Aviation seems to run on coffee. At least that has been my experience in the last 25 years. Makes you wonder if aviation would have been even possible if we didn’t invent coffee first.
Lots of them are even what I consider “coffee snobs” which is often denied to me because when you are on the road and in the middle of nowhere, you run into a lot of “beggars can’t be choosers” situations. Yet I am not ashamed to say we had a coffee maker in our maintenance pod all season. Naturally, a sleepy, not-thinking-straight, barely-rolled-out-of-bed Chuck might panic at the first sign of being out of coffee. Let’s all just be glad Julio kept a cool head this morning, especially since he is also known to be somewhat of a coffee addict. Have I used the word “coffee” enough yet in this blog?
Well, Oshkosh is in full swing again, and unfortunately, my brother and I aren’t going to make it this year either. But we hope that everyone who’s there has a great time! Be sure to post some photos in our Facebook group or our forum, if you can!
And from where I am sitting, the weather over there looks pretty nice! I just measured 37°C (98°F) in my office right now. I really prefer the hot time of the year to cold, but I wish my boss would make me work less in these temperatures. Alas, that’s the fate of the self-employed!
Today’s strip is based on a true story, by the way. It didn’t happen in Oshkosh though. But you have to ask Mike about the details!
I remember that, when I was a kid, we still had the occasional power outage now and then, during thunderstorms for example. Now the grid has become so stable that I can only remember two power outages during the last two decades or so. The last one was during winter, and boy was I glad to have my wood burner, my head lamp and a battery powered radio! It’s good to be prepared!
It’s funny, but when it comes to the subject of preparedness, people always seem to consider extreme scenarios, in particular the “end of the world”. Then they seem to split into two camps: Those who want to prepare for a “Mad Max” doom scenario and those who say “well, if it’s the end of the world, what’s the use of preparing” and don’t prepare at all.
I’m certainly not prepared for Armageddon. But I think a middle ground approach is the most reasonable one, i.e. in my opinion, food and water for a couple of weeks and some way to stay warm. Oh, and, most importantly, good relations to your neighbors and friends.
Where do you fall on the preparedness-continuum? Do you have your own chickens and have achieved complete autarky? Or do you rely solely on your credit card and don’t think anything bad will happen?
I rarely lack overall motivation. I often lack the motivation though to do something particular that needs to be done. When I work, I think I should be doing yard work, when I do my accounting, I think I should be drawing, when I draw, I think I should be playing with my son etc. I really wonder if there’s a way to make ones mind accept the fact that there are only so many hours in a day and that it’s okay to be doing what I’m doing. Maybe I should hire a motivational speaker for myself! I need to find where my wife hides the coffee money …
It’s raining cats and dogs here right now. Weirdly enough, when I’m really busy and have tons of work, I like this kind of weather. Because it means I can’t do any other things like gardening etc., since I can’t leave the house (I’m allergic to dogs and especially cats). That means I can really focus on my work with a clear conscience.
Well, I guess Chuck isn’t the only pilot who can’t control himself when he sees coffee. I sometimes wonder if airlines hedge coffee prices just like fuel prices. After all, it’s also a vital commodity to keep operations going.
On a completely different note, one of our readers has put up a Chicken Wings page on TV Tropes. That’s a website that categorizes and lists all of the recurring metaphors, characters, story lines, etc. in TV, movies, computer games, comics, etc. I find the website rather confusing, but still can spend hours browsing through the various articles! Thanks to whoever did this!
And, last but not least, I hope to see some of you at the AERO in Friedrichshafen this week! I’ll be roaming the premises on Thursday and Friday, and will be signing books at the Fliegermagazin booth (A5-325) on Friday 11th from 11:00 to 13:00.