In a certain way, being a parent is a bit like being in an army bootcamp. I don’t mean just the fact that you don’t get enough sleep, but also that it is such an all-consuming task that it’s nearly impossible to be able to talk about anything else. I try my best to avoid the topic with strangers, because I know how much other people’s kids interested me before I became a dad. But anyway, looking at the first panel of today’s strip, I can’t help but make a connection to the subject of “stuff on the floor.”
There always, always is stuff on the floor. Crumbs, for instance. Or spit. The days where I was appalled or confused when I stepped in something wet are long gone. And toys, of course. We don’t even buy that many toys, but somehow they seem to accumulate to ridiculous amounts almost by themselves. I estimate that half of the world’s oil production ends up as plastic toys in the living and kids rooms across the globe. And no matter how much you try to organize and clean up, the natural habitat for a toy is the floor. So I really sympathize with Julio here!
In principle, some things are just as much fun when you’re six years old as when you’re 60. And I think popping bubble wrap is definitely on that list. The only difference is, that, as a kid, you don’t have as easy access to bubble wrap as when you’re an adult, but on the other hand more time if you do. Nowadays, I am usually busy packing or unpacking something and rarely find the time for a few pops. Unless it’s bubble wrap with particularly large or tiny bubbles. You need to appreciate those. Anyway, I can totally understand Chuck in the last panel!
“Think about the planet, man!” This seems to be Chuck’s latest tag line because we see it in a few strips lately. Well, at least he’s trying. Yet it once again looks like he is not quite as good at it as he thinks he is in his mind. As for the actual survival tool Chuck is holding: I have used it. I am not sure how long it would work in an actual survival situation but in theory it is not a bad idea. It may just be a gimmick that’s fun to play with.
I am not a prepper by all means but I do have a few things in place to prevent me from getting caught with my pants down and survive a week or two should the power go out for an extended time. It always amazes me how many people have no water at home and don’t even carry cash in a country that has a long track record for big disasters like hurricanes, fires, earthquakes and such…
As one of our readers rightly pointed out, of course a “mancave “isn’t synonymous with “junk pile”. In fact, The perfect mancave is kept meticulously clean! I can’t say that I have a mancave myself, but in the places in the house where I am solely in charge, i.e. my office and the basement, I have to admit it looks a bit like a dump. At least in my office I get a cleaning fit about twice a year or so. But the basement is a different story … Well, but I guess everybody needs a “buffer” of some sort, where they can just drop stuff and have it out of sight. Maybe in retirement I’ll get around to finally clean it up and maybe even turn it into a mancave. Too bad that I won’t be able to go full Chuck-style, because the ceilings are definitely too low for a bouncy castle.
Now, how is Chuck ever going to finish his Corsair if he spends all his money on sunglasses, watches, and now racing stripes for his car? I am amazed he is still at it and actually making progress. Ten years ago, all he had was the wheels and the stick. The next question now is if his hangar is actually a man cave with tons of Corsair parts all neatly categorized and organized in multiple shelves or just a heap of parts randomly strewn about. I guess you’ll have to wait until the end of the week to find out.
My own new garage is more leaning towards “filled with crap” if you talked to my woman even though I totally have a system (I do). And it does have shelves. But I don’t think I could fit a Challenger in there right now either. Luckily that’s not a problem of mine since I currently neither own a Dodge nor racing stripes …
I always like it if we can fit in a few jokes in addition to the punch line. We were both laughing at Chucks line “It’s just that my motto is ‘safety first’!” HAHA – I hope you guys enjoyed that one as much as we did.
I also like “the reclusive brown widow”. I often like to mess with people who are all into something for example a sport. I would ask how many innings are left in the middle of a football game or when the second period will start during a baseball game. It’s amazing how fast people point out how wrong you are, even get upset about the lack of knowledge, and not quite see my mission right away. So, I guess what I am getting at in a long roundabout way is this, we know there isn’t such a spider but we like how Chuck mixed them up. …Or is there? (eek!)
And on another, even brighter note: BOTH of our online shops will run a “pre-order” program for our new book “Chicken Wings 5 – Turning Crosswind” in order for us to get a headstart on the shipping and for you to get the book right after the weekend. Also, it’s an experiment to see how many people actually read my blogs all the way to the end. 😉
I can’t remember exactly but I am pretty sure this round of strips was invented while I was working in Australia as I touched on last week. Are you guys familiar with the Huntsman Spider? They say it’s pretty harmless but just the size of the thing makes me want to react like Chuck. It takes every fiber of my being to remain calm on the outside while I am going “WAAAAA” on the inside, LOL.
By the way! Nobody guessed the title of our new book! I am sure you guys have found that out by now and we have notified the winners. See the explanation on how the winners were chosen in our facebook group. We are still missing Joe Black, so if you read this Joe, please write me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) with you address if you want the free book. Thanks for playing everybody. We saw some very great and creative ideas in the submissions we will definitely take into consideration for the next book.
“Chicken Wings 5 – TURNING CROSSWIND” will be available in our stores starting this weekend May 29th! But if you like, you can pre-order them now HERE to get a head start on the chicken feeding frenzy!
I think we have already established previously that Chuck is not a very big fan of spiders. It is kind of ironic since real chickens I’ve observed actually seem to be very fond of spiders. It appears they make great snacks. But Chuck may have inherited that from his inventors who are also not into them at all, and boy, are they big “down under” as I came to find out during my last tour down there. Let’s see how it plays out next week. I have a feeling there will be more to this story…
And speaking of more to a story: Only one more day until we reveal the title of the new book and only NINE MORE DAYS until the official release date!!
You guys have been coming up with some great titles so far. We absolutely love it! Some have potential for book 6 since our current title can’t be changed anymore. Nobody has quite guessed it yet but a few look pretty close. Keep posting! Multiple entries are ok! You can post underneath this thread here as well if you like! Or on facebook and twitter. We will be revealing winners tomorrow!
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?