“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…
While I have seen many people using a selfie stick, I don’t think I know anybody who owns one. Statistically speaking, I think I should know many people who do though! I guess it’s not an item to flaunt. Which is not to say that it isn’t useful. Most people don’t flaunt their underwear, and that’s rather useful too! Statistically speaking I know I know many people who own that.
Anyway, if you have a selfie stick, please use it responsibly. Not like Chuck.
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 …
That strip is based on a tale told by a pilot who wishes to stay anonymous. It may or may not have happened exactly like in this strip. I guess in real life, the controller would probably have had a hard time reproducing such a marvelous sound effect. Unless he had a bottle of soda ready too.
A serious question though: Do carbonated drinks bubble more when you take them up to altitude?
Flying and working on the Coast of Southern California we used to joke about how easy navigating was around here. Mountains to the right and water to the left, you’re going north. Water to the right and mountains to the left and you’re going south.
Yet some of our students still managed to get themselves lost on their solo cross country. The incident that took the most “un-doing” was when a student landed at the Vandenberg Air Force Base instead of Santa Maria. How she did that we will never know since one is right off the beach with a single space shuttle sized runway, while the other is further inland with intersecting, comparatively small, runways. She had to spend the night there of course and the plane was pretty much taken apart but after a bunch of bitter tears they let her go eventually.
So naturally the next step for us with this simple coastal navigation technique was to have Chuck take it to the next level and actually apply it while circling one of California’s bigger islands off the coast. Although for me personally, my favorite joke in this strip is Chuck conserving electricity by shutting the GPS off in flight to help out the planet…
OH! And have we mentioned this already? The new book is now available here!!!
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!
When I was young, we only had two TV channels. On one of those channels, they were running a repeat of an old TV show from the Seventies, called “The Good Soldier Švejk”. It’s the story about a Czech soldier going through various adventures in the Austro-Hungarian army during World War I. Soldier Švejk distinguishes himself by being almost absolutely useless. He always seems well intentioned and eager to please his superiors, but somehow always fails, because of his dumbness and clumsiness. By acting that way, nothing can be held against him, but he avoids being tasked with any difficult, taxing or dangerous missions or jobs. All the while, you never know if Švejk really is dumb, or is only playing dumb.
While we were watching, our father said to us: “I want you to pay good attention to this, my sons. That’s how you behave in the army! If you’re too eager, not only will your superiors dump more work on you, but also your comrades will hate you for raising the bar for everyone. Keep your head down, don’t mouth back, and don’t show how intelligent you really are. The only thing to do differently than Švejk is to make no waves, positive or negative. Basically, make it your mission that on the day you leave the army, your superiors aren’t even sure who you are.”
That was great advice! I sailed through the army like a breeze (more or less). It probably depends on the type of army you are entering, but here in Austria, we have a general draft, so there’s a widespread culture of “let’s get this over with” among the recruits. If you voluntarily sign up for the US Marine Corps, for example, and want to make a career in the military, I would assume that a totally different strategy would be advisable.