When it comes to humor and comedy, timing is everything. And, as so often, I really sympathize with Chuck here, because I couldn’t tell a joke right if my life depended on it. Considering the job I have, this may sound pretty counterintuitive, but it’s true! Ask my friends and family. Maybe that’s why I like the format of comics so much to express myself, because when you draw a comic strip, you can calmly think about it and re-work the wording a hundred times before you put it on paper. And then it stands for itself, even giving the reader the opportunity to read his own timing and emphases into the text. And now imagine some final thought, preferably also including a pun, that rounds up this blog and brings it into a logical conclusion. That’s also not one of my strong points, it seems!
With this strip you are officially looking at one of my all-time favorite strips we have ever made! It was a lot of fun to come up with real sounding and somewhat plausible technical expressions and we now know how the actors on “The Big Bang Theory” must feel.
Although we’re amazed afterwards about how quick Chuck and Julio are on their feet when it comes to avoiding work. We think they might have rehearsed this conversation a time or two before …
It took us at least a half hour of research, although I have to admit that there was a lot of giggling involved.
And speaking of giggling: I also remember that our dear friend Rob, the “Tumbling Bear”, laughed at this strip literally all day. His wife kept texting me “he is STILL laughing!” 😉
That kinda reminds me of our childhood. I think we watched Top Gun at least a dozen times back then, and when we were playing outside with the other kids from the block, we used to ride our bicycles and pretend they were fighter jets. We even drew an aircraft carrier deck on a backstreet with chalk, where we would take off and land… Good times!
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…
Have you guys ever taken something apart and then put it back together without finding of fixing anything and then, magically, it started working again?
I have, but it usually doesn’t work that way on aircraft. In fact, it usually tends to go the other way even. When you take the valve covers off on a Cessna 172, you need to install new gaskets. Especially when they have the cork gaskets on them and the last guy torqued them up pretty hard and installed them dry. They rip and tear and it’s usually a mess which you have to carefully clean up before installing new gaskets.
Something tells me that’s where Chuck might have failed…
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Coincidentally, I started a thread in our forum about the Mythbusters episode where they had the plane take off from a conveyor belt. While I usually respect the Mythbusters and acknowledge that they have to make concessions for the TV audience, I think this “myth” was completely botched. Either that, or they didn’t phrase the question clear enough.
By the way, the advice to not try anything you see here at home is also true for Chuck’s adventures!
Seems like Julio will always find something to criticize. I mean, after all, if you took flawelessness and perfection too seriously, they could never be achieved!
Actually, there is quite a bit more to kites than meets the eye. When I was a kid, I thought all you had to do was glue some paper or plastic sheet to a couple of sticks and attach a string. Needless to say, I can’t distinctly remember any significant sense of achievement in combination with kites.
The next scheduled vacation for me is a skiing trip in a couple of weeks. Sure hope the snow will last that long, but considering how much snow there is up on the mountains right now, I’m sure there’ll be something left for us. Sadly, my wife won’t be able to go with us, because she has to work. Somehow I think the farewell scene will be eerily similar to today’s strip though…
I don’t know why Julio is that shocked. After all, scrap metal isn’t all that worthless nowadays!
Talking about scrap, my refrigerator broke down yesterday, and I spent about two hours just trying making it stop beeping. I ended up having to take out the cicruit board and remove the beeper with my soldering iron… Good times, good times. Fortunately it’s quite cold outside right now, so I can stash my food on the porch in the meantime.