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?
It is funny that most of my aviation friends, especially the guys, orient themselves with cardinal headings while most girls I know go more by landmarks. For me personally, it is really tough getting around on the ground in an inner city, especially at night and/or when I mix in a subway ride or two, because I lose my orientation quite easily. The moving map GPS for the car was probably one of the most important inventions for pilots in our century. 😉
I also had a friend who I used to fly with who loved to use aviation speak in his sentences wherever and whenever he could. He was also a movie pilot so it was actually a combination of the two. It drove me nuts at the time especially when he was trying to explain things to non-aviators, but now that he is gone I actually miss it sometimes.
So I guess this would be another strip inspired by real life. 😉
Talking about seeing signs, do any of you (who are old enough, I guess) remember that song “I saw the sign” from Ace of Base? There you go, now you have a stupid song in your head for the rest of the day! You’re welcome!
I wonder if curling is the sport he would pick, but as long as heli skiing is not an Olympic discipline, I can’t think of a more suitable sport. At least he can keep on his sunglasses then!
The Anaheim Heli Expo in Los Angeles is always one of the really good ones with a big turn-out (even though personally I’m kinda biased towards the Vegas show). And since Chuck doesn’t live far from there, it’s no surprise he NEVER misses this one!
Of course, it also isn’t a surprise that he gets lost in LA traffic and possibly gets sidetracked by Disneyland across the street.
This is actually the first show I am missing in 12 years due to other work commitments. I sure am sad that I won’t get to see all my buddies from all over the world. Some of you might know that I have held many functions there and was part of a lot of forums and meetings in my former job capacity. This year I will get to fly a giant orange helicopter around with a long line on instead. Things definitely could be way worse….
However “Chicken Wings” will still be there! Check out the “Vertical Daily Show News” and make sure to stop by the Vertical booth for great giveaways which also include Chicken Wings books!
Who else here has trouble to move after a few days of Christmas food? Chuck apparently hasn’t, and it seems he is seizing the opportunity of Julio being gone over the Christmas holidays.
Don’t you hate it, when some smartass (and by that, dear reader, I refer to the animal, not the body part (inside joke)) comes along and tells you what you’re doing wrong? And don’t you hate it even more if that smartass is actually right? I know I do. Or I would, if I was ever wrong about anything!
I’m sure this one strikes close to home not only with mechanics, but with everybody who has a well-sorted toolbox and any kind of spouse, friend or roommate living under the same roof. More than once have I searched for a certain tool, and finally given up, thinking that I must have put it somewhere stupid (my basement is a mess, and if you put a tool in the wrong place, it blends in the chaos and disappears like the Predator). But sometimes, a certain person who shall remain nameless, sneaks off a tool, e.g. my combination pliers, to fix my wife’s broken earrings, and forgets to bring it back. It may or may not have been a situation like that, that inspired today’s comic strip!
When dealing with unknown machinery, nothing beats the scientific approach, the step by step analysis that Chuck and Nobu demonstrate so exemplarily here. Nothing but consulting the manual, of course. But if you’re anything like me, you will keep every manual of every little thing you buy, only to not be able to find it when you really need it. Come to think of it, I must be really desperate if I resort to the manual, which makes it all the more frustrating if you can’t find it!
When dealing with unknown machinery, nothing beats the scientific approach, the step by step analysis that Chuck and Nobu demonstrate so exemplarily here. Nothing but consulting the manual, of course....
This one came from a conversation with the chief pilot of one of the local fire departments here in the greater LA area. He had one of their helicopters at our ramp for some overhaul work and Nobu and him were standing around and catching up. I walked over and joked “Hey, there is an FAA guy here. I think he’s looking for you!” and he jokingly did the exact same thing we have Chuck do in this strip.
Good times were had and a new strip was born.