Here in Austria, we have a military draft for those people unfortunate enough to be born with the wrong 23rd chromosome pair. I kinda lucked out, because I came to a rather relaxed unit and was trained to be a truck driver. We learned on really, really old Steyr trucks where you had to double clutch etc. They were really fun to drive though! Because their parking brake was not operated by air, but via a cable, you could ease it in with a lever, just like with a normal (manual) car, and drift through rubble or on snow. Good times.
Anyway, what I really wanted to write about was that, during and after my time as a truck driver, I had a totally different attitude towards cars in general. I would check on the tires, equipment, engine etc. much more frequently than I do now. Nowadays, I’m basically like Chuck: Four tires? Steering wheel? Let’s go!
This is one of the strips that was inspired by a discussion in our forum or on our Facebook group, although I can’t remember who came up with the idea of “throwing tools” and when. But it certainly is a strategy that will save Julio a lot of money in the long run!
Every year the Reno Air Racing Association puts on a rookie school for pilots who want to enter the Air Races and get their Race Class Pilot Certification.
And of course since Chuck has been dying to enter his Corsair in the Races he has wanted to go there for years. And of course, since his Corsair still isn’t finished, he might be inclined to take another plane to the class. Not sure if you can bring a Cessna but I don’t think Julio wants to take a chance having known Chuck for as long as he has …
Personally, I would love to fly one of those Formula One Class planes one day having been a Formula 1 fan AND a plane enthusiast my whole life. It would be the perfect combination! But I’d probably pee my pants since I’m not used to going that fast after thousands of helicopter flight hours at 100kts or less …
And who wouldn’t want to fly one of those modified WW2 planes??
Have any of you ever sat in on one of those seminars?
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!
That kinda reminds me of our childhood. I think we watched Top Gun at least a dozen times back then, and when we were playing outside with the other kids from the block, we used to ride our bicycles and pretend they were fighter jets. We even drew an aircraft carrier deck on a backstreet with chalk, where we would take off and land… Good times!
Actually, a lot of problems *do* go away if you wait a little while. I use this tactic sometimes in real life, although it takes some kind of discernment to tell the appropriate cases from the inappropriate ones.
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This is another one of my personal favorites. The artwork is great and the glider looks like you can step in and fly away. But the ending in this one is something we haven’t done before. We wanted to lead up to a certain obvious punch line and then end with something that makes absolutely no sense. Or does it?
Maybe our heroes are deeper than we think. HA HA, yeah, right.
Also, I have finally started to post pictures from my adventures in Oshkosh! Check them out in the forum under “Oshkosh 2011”. And join us in the forum if you haven’t yet. We always love to see new faces!
Mike is off to Oshkosh today. I’m looking forward to his tales!
I’m quite busy here holding down the fort and working on commissions. Not Chicken Wings related, but hey, a man’s got to eat. Have fun y’alls in Wisconsin!!
Well, well, I wonder if we get any hatemail about “demeaning pilots” with this strip! Or maybe feminist hatemail. That’d be a first! Although many a woman has commented privately that they think Sally is quite the sexist stereotype. (Well, then you try drawing a chicken that’s easily recognized as female). You’d be surprised about what goes on behind the scenes here sometimes. We’ve been thinking about creating a section with all the feedback that just makes you go “whu..?!?” here, but haven’t yet gotten around to it. (One more item for the never ending “nice to have” to-do-list).