Mankind can be separated into two broad groups: Those who clean a little bit all the time and those who let the mess pile up and then clean in one fell swoop. I fall into the second category, my wife into the first. Fortunately we communicate quite well (or so I like to believe), so that we have talked out most of the instances where this can lead to tension.
Fortunately, my office is a separate room, or I guess we’d end up in marriage counseling. And also, there’s always the basement, where I can put stuff out of view to deal with it later. I think I’ve been doing that ever since we moved into our house.
Time to clean up and re-organize the basement. Maybe I’ll get around to it this year.
Which type are you?
We would like to thank United Airlines for, once again, providing us with great material. You knew it was only a matter of time until our chickens would tune in to current airline events. Just wait until Hans reads about the latest United Airlines incident. Stay tuned for more!
On a more serious note, I am hoping this will shed a little more light on what has been happening to airline travel over the years. Many of you know I travel a lot for my job and can’t get around the airlines. Overbooked planes, running out of overhead spaces, broken planes, angry flyers, those are all almost daily occurrences for me. I have to admit I enjoy a certain degree of status with some airlines which helps but what I have noticed the most lately are routinely completely booked or overbooked flights in the last few years. I can’t remember the last time there was an empty middle seat next to me. And if you miss your plane because you can’t make the connection, you’re almost completely out of luck. And that’s not just United but some of the others as well. Maybe now they will all make an effort in order not to be “that airline” …
And it’s not just the airlines. The passengers get more annoying every year as well. Refusing to turn their phones off, making a total mess on the plane, being rude to the crew, the list is long. Human decency has gone out the window. Airline travel sure isn’t what it used to be anymore. But how to fix it?
Shear tables are awesome. But boy, do you need to pay attention to your fingers. That’s definitely one of the tools I wish I had, but I’ll probably never own a big enough workshop to put it in. Also, I don’t really need it very often, to be honest.
Talking about tables: I’m driving to AERO today! It’s going to be the first time I have my own table there (Foyer Ost) and also the first time I’ll be there for the whole duration of the show. If you’re a fan or just a casual reader, please stop by and say hi!
You have to give it to Chuck that he is very ingenious in coming up with explanations. And to be fair, I guess one could assume that Chuck borrows so many parts and tools from Julio that he can do it in his sleep.
Anyway! Next week: AERO in Friedrichshafen! You’ll be able to find me at my table in the Artist Foyer (Foyer Ost) which is right next to the East Entrance. I’ll also be roaming the halls a bit, but I plan to hang out around my table about 75% of the time. Hope to see you there!
Julio is getting more sophisticated in his quest to keep Chuck out of the parts room. I wonder how many Cessna parts Chuck has already “modified” to fit on his Corsair. We might never know …
I kinda wish I had a deer cam in my “parts room” as well. Our storage unit where we (used to) keep the bulk of the Chicken Wings books got burglarized the other day. They took 2 boxes of books, which for us are easily replaced. But they also took all my toy prototypes and some rare toys I had from back when I was in the toy business over 20 years ago, together with designs my brother and I worked on in the past. The material value might be minimal but the sentimental value was very high. And they took my “Hot Wheels” collection which were all semi-rare German cars from the 1990’s until 2000’s! Again, very high in sentimental value and pretty much impossible to replace. Only for the old ink printer they took the joke is on them because it was a piece of crap. Oh! And they took one old timed out tail rotor blade I had that came of my dear girl “Panaca Jane”. Maybe that will stick out enough in some tweaker’s house to make the cops remember my police report. Good luck selling that, but I would have wanted to hang on to it.
I am starting to understand now how Julio must feel like pretty much every day …
I suck at messaging. Some people text with a speed and and effortlessness that it’s amazing. Especially young people. Personally, in most social settings, it makes me feel uncomfortable to be look at my phone, let alone text something back. I usually have to excuse myself and leave the room, because on one hand I feel disrespectful, and on the other hand I can’t formulate sentences with a discussion going on around me.
I wonder if that makes my a hypersensitive person who sucks at multitasking, or a polite and considerate person who prefers real interactions to impersonal ones.
Anyway, that’s one of the reasons it usually takes me forever to text back. I usually call anyway, because it’s quicker. Especially in a business context. I used to prefer writing emails, and emails do have their use and merits. But in many situations, a 5 minute call can solve more than an email that I spend 30 minutes on, trying to find the right way to get all the nuances right.
I’ve never been to HAI, but I have walked around my fair share of trade shows and conventions. I wish I was as resourceful as Chuck! I usually contend myself with a backpack. The ideal case is having a base, where you can drop off stuff to pick up on your way out.
Oh, and talking about shows: I have mentioned it here before, but this is probably a good opportunity to remind everyone: I’ll be attending AREO in Friedrichshafen from April 5 to 9! This year, I’ll even have my own table in the artist foyer! It would be great to meet some of you there. If you’re planning on going, you definitely have to stop by at my table and say hi!
I think my brother would be in a better position to write about the helicopter industry, and how much it really is like a big family, in which everyone seems to know everyone else. But he is kinda hard to get a hold of recently, because he is out and about with “family” members. Not at the HAI, which is in full swing right now and at which this strip is set, but in Montana, of all places. You sure get around more as a helicopter pilot than as a comic artist!
I wonder if there’s an almighty godfather in the center of the family. Or maybe I’m thinking about the wrong kind of family here now, haha!
I’m sure a lot of people will be able to relate to this one. I think I have forgotten more stuff in my life than I remembered. How is that possible, you may ask. Well, by remembering and forgetting things multiple times in a row. Fortunately there are tools like pens and pieces of paper or smartphones which function as an external hard drive for my brain. Talking about external information storage: Considering the pace of technological progress, I sure wonder how long it is going to be until we will have actual external hard drives for our brains and what that will mean for mankind. I’m not sure though if I want to be around to witness that or not.
Anyway, at least I remembered to upload this strip! I did write it down on my to do list for today though.
With all those different kind of inspections, it’s no wonder Hans gets confused. I know I am. But then, I’m not running a charter operation. I’m sure glad my car doesn’t need an inspection every 100 hours. It’s annoying enough to have to do it once a year! But cars don’t drop out of the sky if something goes wrong, so there’s that.
Fortunately, I have found a shop nearby where they don’t try to sell me unnecessary services and that is within walking distance from my home. I don’t know about you, but whenever I found a business where I like the people, they don’t try to push stuff on me and they do a good job, I feel weirdly happy. Maybe because that’s so rare? Haha. I don’t usually bash businesses, but I sure leave positive online reviews of the ones I like.
Boy, have I strayed from the original topic again! Let’s see if I can take it a step further. Online reviews usually provide a ranking with stars, and stars usually star in movies. Has anyone seen that last new movie out of Hollywood? I haven’t, because all I do is work and spend time with my kids, which includes the odd diaper inspection, which certainly should be done more frequently than every 100 hours. And so we’ve come full circle …