Seems like Chuck is finally taking the camping rules to heart!
And in my neck of the woods, we have finally had a few decent summer days in a row! I even managed to fire up my barbecue yesterday evening. Although I have to confess that, since I only barbecue maybe once or twice a year, I am not a master fire builder. Once or twice it was suggested that I pour some Avgas over it. I wonder where that stupid idea came from!
Well, Oshkosh is over! How was it? Did everybody make it home okay? In the meantime, our Oshkosh strips continue for a little while longer. It sure seems Chuck is getting quite his share of barbecue experience this year! And I mean that in both the active and passive sense, barbecuing and being barbecued.
What could be more romantic than sitting around a campfire at night, maybe grilling a hotdog or a marshmallow, chatting and philosophizing with friends … Maybe somebody even brought a guitar who doesn’t play Wonderwall or try to hit on your girlfriend. However, it is prudent to check the local camping regulations and apply some common sense first!
AirVenture 2014 has begun! Unfortunately it began without us this year. “Slight” scheduling conflicts (like me working in Greece this summer for example) have kept us from going. But we’ll see what next year brings. Once you have seen AirVenture, you just have to keep coming back. It’s hard to explain if you have never seen it. But I can highly recommend that every aviator or aviation aficionado make the pilgrimage to OSH at least once in their life.
At least Chuck and Julio made there this year. Is it just me or does this strip look very much like “the calm before the storm”?
As a wing walker, I imagine you must have to breathe exclusively through your nose, or at least have to keep your teeth shut at all times. I can only imagine the amount of insects that bounce into you during the average flight! And I guess bird strikes would absolutely have the potential to be fatal. Well, it’s a pretty risky job in general. So I guess it’s wise of Chuck to try a “dry run” first, before going all the way.
Every now and then I upload a strip where I have no idea which title I could use. First and foremost, it’s important that it doesn’t give away the punchline. But it would also be nice if it would describe what’s in the strip, and in a best case scenario it is even funny in itself, or contributes towards the gag. Sometimes I just draw blanks. And that’s when I come up with a title like today. Sigh, the life of a comic artist can be difficult, I tell you!
I don’t know why this is, but there are quite a few designs out there in this world, of cars, planes, buildings, or objects of any kind really, that look much better in real life than as a line drawing or draft. To me, the Tornado definitely falls into that category.
Keep the fire burnin’
Let it keep us warm
The world will keep on turnin’
Let it turn you on
And let us not stop learnin’
We can help one another be strong
Let us never lose our yearnin’
To keep the fire burnin’ all night long
… if you have visions of incredible 80s hairdos flashing before your eyes now, you’re welcome! If not, search for the music video, and you will be helped!
Happy Independence Day to all our American readers out there! Hope you all have a great holiday! Here in my neck of the woods, there’s no holiday, but perfect barbecue weather. It’s a shame those two conditions don’t always match.
But it seems the gang at Roost Air has everything they need for a great barbecue. Good weather, some burger paddies, real hardwood lump charcoal, to give the burgers that special flavor, and a time-saving kindle strategy …
To all our British readers, our sincere condolences to losing that pesky colony!
Actually, Sally is closer to the date of the actual legal separation of the Thirteen Colonies from Great Britain than the 4th of July is. The Congress actually voted for it on the 2nd of July. THEN the Declaration of Independence was written, then a few words were revised, and so forth with Congress finally approving it on the 4th of July.
Can you imagine it only took TWO DAYS to push something big like this through Congress back then?!?
Times sure have changed …
Another interesting fact is that this holiday didn’t just end up being the typical barbecuing, beer drinking, sports watching kind of American holiday while the younger generations are forgetting why we’re even celebrating. Most American holidays have met that fate. This one was actually MEANT to be that kind of holiday.
In a letter to his wife John Adams wrote “… It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.”
And knowing Chuck, there’ll probably be most of these. At least fires, illuminations, shows, pomp, and parade …