I think I learned the word “olfactory” from the novel “Perfume” by Patrick Süskind. I can really recommend that book! And for those of you who prefer movies, there’s even a really good movie adaption. It was really big here in Europe, but I wonder if it made its way over the pond to the States. So few movies make it big in that direction!
And although the movie was really great, with stunning camera work, I feel like the book does a better job with describing the world of smells the main character lives in, something that’s hard enough with language, but even harder to do with images.
Anyway, now I can show off with that word every now and then. And that’s the main goal of reading, right? To be able to sound like a pretentious snob by using lingo the plebs don’t understand and throw around phrases like “I guess the movie was fine, but I really preferred the book”. I think I have managed to do both in this blog!
As a former airplane owner AND former boat owner I can more than relate to this strip 😉
It’s probably going to be a while before I will own either again. Boats are best rented for sure. We had a lot of fun with the plane but the guys I owned it with moved away and I wasn’t using it enough to justify the investment. I do know a lot of people though who own a plane and use it on regular basis for work and for transportation. Depending on where I end up and if it makes sense as transportation, I can totally see myself owning another plane. Not sure about another boat though, LOL.
We really love this strip because it’s so “typical Chuck” and how the guy just walks away after being ridiculed. Chuck sees a Cessna as a bad idea and an old WW2 warplane as investment. On the other hand, if you look at what a flying Mustang or Corsair currently goes for, he might even be right. Not sure how much you need to put into it though to get these things sold for millions. Also, note I said “flying” … and “might” be right …
Well, I posted last Tuesday’s strip on reddit, and was consequently schooled that we probably meant “biennial” instead of “bi-annual” and that we’ve got it mixed up. Well, to our defense, we’re both not English native speakers. But, I got curious in the subject and looked it up in the dictionary. It turns out that it’s a rather confusing subject, because both definitions (twice a year and every two years) show up. The same goes for bi-weekly and bi-monthly.
Ah, English. Such a tricky language! One of my favorite oddity is “flammable” vs. “inflammable”, which, apparently, both mean the same thing. Do any of you know other funny glitches in the matrix of English?
Man, is it hot again today! We really have a serious heat wave going on here in central Europe. I’m not (really) complaining, I absolutely prefer heat to coldness. It’s just that sometimes, when it’s too hot, my brain slows down. So, as it’s currently 36°C (97°F) in my office, I can’t be bothered with coming up with a blog right now, I hope you understand! Fortunately, I can’t be swapped out with the comic artist next door!
At the company I’m currently flying for we recently switched everything to iPads. They are a great tool and the “Foreflight” app is pretty much the best app ever invented as far as I’m concerned. Another cool invention was that on some fires we can get the fire map as overlay on the iPad to navigate around the fire which is really handy on a big California Fire with many Branches and Divisions.
But we have to keep two iPads for every machine on hand, just in case one goes out on us. We also have to make sure we keep them in the shade so the iPad doesn’t overheat, so we can’t keep them in the aircraft sitting in the sun. Then there are the chargers, the need to keep them charged at all times, and most of us still have their own iPad as well. Additionally our old machines have hand-held GPS’s with a mount for the cockpit. It’s a lot of technology to keep track of to compensate for having just one paper map 😉
Ah, the modern day conveniences… gotta love them!
When it came to things like juggling or balancing something on your hand, my brother was always better than me. Maybe that’s why he became a helicopter pilot and I a cartoonist. Rarely do I ever have to balance a pencil on my palm, but my brother needs to keep those metallic beasts from losing balance all the time.
And now this strip gives me an idea … Maybe I should get him a unicycle for Christmas!
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 guess I’m lucky that a) nobody ever gets close to my computer, since I work from home, and b) that I managed to surround myself with polite people who would never think of touching my computer without asking.
I remember that, in the old days, when computer were just becoming popular, it was more common to just go on somebody else’s computer and do whatever with it. I vividly remember self-appointed computer experts changing system settings or installing software on other people’s computer without asking. Nowadays I think that’s almost unthinkable. Same goes for smartphones. Only one person ever took my mobile phone out of my hands without asking, to play with the settings. What can I say, I’m not a confrontational person, and we were just talking about phone settings, so I just let him have at it, but still, it was a bit of an awkward situation.
Our dad used to be a teacher at and later the principal of a technical school here in Austria. He always used the password “work” for all his computer stuff at school and said it was probably the safest password to have, because it’s a word that none of his students has ever heard of.
I guess now you can guess where my brother and I got our sense of humor from!
Nowadays, of course, you wouldn’t get away with a password like that, because the software forces you to choose a word that’s at least 30 characters long and contains at least a capital letter, a number, a special character and the name of an Sumerian god.
Ok, as some of you have pointed out, not every pilot is driving a nice pretty car. I was not generalizing but rather speaking of my own experience. And as long time readers might know, Chuck and Julio get a lot of their ideas from some of my personal experiences and not the news.
Also, want to lay the rumors to rest that Chuck is done with his Corsair just to buy a car. Chuck can do both. Knowing Chuck, this car may be leased and if you think about it, he hasn’t spent all that much money on his Corsair quite yet. He is still missing a motor and has accumulated a bunch of stuff from junk yards so far, boosted by some gifts from his airline-pilot-uncle Ed. Don’t worry aviation fans, we were just working on a possible B-Story Line we can use every now and then.
One of you, a copilot of a regional airline, commented on the last strip that he was driving a tiny car with 280,000 miles on it. I feel like I want to address this post personally. The official Chicken Wings position (well, mine for sure, … so at least 50% of Chicken Wings) on what co-pilots are making in this country is a crime in our minds. We have addressed this many times in the past and it is near and dear to my heart. And one thing we feel we can do and have done is bringing more awareness to this issue. I believe that any pilot who put in many years of training and spent many years of eating Ramen Noodles taking out multiple loans in a lot of cases having peoples lives in his hands, should make more money than a teenager flipping burgers at Mickey D’s …