We recently stumbled over the Portugal Skyuber story through reddit and thought it was interesting. Personally I have no idea how that would work in the States, or in any other country for that matter. I think you would need at least a commercial rating and then I’m not sure if I would get into a small plane with just anybody. The longer I fly, the more careful I get. What do you guys think?
The regular Uber on the other hand is an awesome idea! They finally made it into Vegas which makes me really happy, since the cabs here were more or less a Mafia-esque monopoly-style operation doing whatever they wanted to do. There were even times when I couldn’t get to the airport (Yes, “ABC Union Cab Company of Las Vegas”, I’m calling you out specifically) because the driver decided to “not accept” the fare since it wasn’t worth his time. Apparently I live too close to the airport. Yet nobody told me of this decision until after I called in for the 3rd time wondering where my cab was. Then there was no excuse or apology.
Another time I had a guy tell me to “get the f… out of my cab” as we arrived at my house because once again the trip wasn’t long enough and the fare not enough for him. Of course this (Union Cab, again) driver waited for me to pay him first before becoming all angry. I could go on but I won’t…
There will be no love lost on my part if all of these guys go broke thanks to Uber. And you can tell that they have already started to pick up their game slightly right when the news broke about Uber.
Back to flying! You think a Skyuber is a good idea, or even possible?
Halloween costumes are getting more and more amazing. The effort some people seem to be putting into trying to look like a corpse is baffling to me. Some people, of course, need more effort than others to begin with. Personally, I think I wouldn’t need a costume this year to look like a Zombie, because I’m just living through the most sleep-deprived stage of my life right now. As some of you may have heard, I’ve become a father for the second time, a few weeks ago. And it’s amazing at how being drained and exhausted, while at the same time being happy can be taken to an even higher level than with one kid.
Well, anyway, we wish all of you zombies, corpses, witches, ghosts and monsters out there, real or not, a very happy Halloween!
Whoever runs their own business or works in the service industry knows that there is nothing more annoying than customers. I kid, of course! Most of them are nice, actually. But even the nice ones have a habit of calling or disturbing you when you’re right in the middle of something. Just like in this case, when the whole crew is busy thoroughly testing the new lounge, a very demanding task, not to be treated lightly!
In the earlier days of my aviation career I was working as mechanic helper for a little outfit at my home town air field. I actually was more like our Jason character back then with tons of questions (except that I had better tutors than Chuck who actually pointed me in the right direction) coming in early and staying late just so I can hang out at the airport. One of my many jobs there was sweeping and polishing the hangar floors on a regular basis. This was very important not only for professional maintenance reasons but also because one of our senior mechanics in the hangar liked to walk around barefoot in the summer and didn’t want to step on fasteners and safety-wire pieces.
However, I was also able to balance a broom on my forehead similar to what Julio is demonstrating in today’s comic. And of course the moment I first demonstrated this skill to my fellow employees ended up also being the exact moment when the boss walked into the hangar with his boss from corporate. So, once again, can you see how the inception of Chicken Wings was just a matter of time?
The Roost Air crew sure knows how to deal with customers. I actually prefer seeing employees having fun at their job, or not being 100% serious all the time to dealing soulless zombies, who had the love for life sucked out of them by the corporate machine. But if I was scared of flying, I would probably prefer them being serious in front of me too.
When passengers suddenly get quiet, it is almost never a good sign. In this case Chuck lucked out but in general my experience has shown it means that they are getting sick. I have been flying for way over half of my life and over time it seems you develop a second sense about these things. I can often just look at a passenger and will know if he/she is a puker or not. And it is usually the ones who are way too excited when they show up and talk way too much. It shows that they are nervous even though they don’t even know it yet. I have surprised a few when I gave them an extra bag because they thought for sure they could handle the mission but were glad later on that I prepared them.
What seems to be the worst part (I know from watching since I don’t get sick myself) is that once you get sick in a helicopter (or plane for that matter), it will take you a long time before you recover from it long after landing.
Kids are more tricky. I usually did better not ever bringing up that there is a possibility of getting sick. That way they don’t think about it, have no idea they COULD get sick, and just enjoy the awesome ride while you keep them engaged. It almost always works. But if you mention it they start thinking about it. They get scared “Wait? I can get sick?”, and you almost guaranteed have a puker who, which makes kids worse than adults, NEVER give you a heads up 😉
Oh boy. If I had a nickel for every time this happened in my career as pilot so far. The always welcomed last minute charter when you already have plans and the small operator who doesn’t have anybody else to do it. I can really feel for Chuck on this one and so can a few ex-girlfriends of mine I am sure. Lets see how this shakes out. This story may or may not be based on a true story again.
What do you guys think?
And you know what I just realized while I am writing this? Considering my salary as up and coming charter pilot back then and the California tax laws, I probably did get an actual whole nickel in over-time bottom line every time this happened 😉
So this strip may need a bit of explanation for some folks. First of all, for all non-native English speakers: RV can mean “recreational vehicle”, basically a little home on wheels. So when a reader suggested to us that we should do a strip about RVs, and I have to admit that my initial reaction was not that different to Sally’s. But it turns out that RV can also mean a series of homebuilt planes by Van’s Aircraft. Apparently they are so popular that an average of 1.5 RVs is completed each day.
Well, I’m sure this won’t be the last glaring aviation knowledge gap to fill in my little cartoonist brain!
Happy Easter, everyone! Hope you can enjoy the holidays either with your family, or kicking back and relaxing, whatever you prefer! May the Easter Bunny be generous and the eggs and chocolate plentiful!
Okay, although we used the whole “IKEA instructions can be confusing” meme for this strip to work, I have to admit that I never really had any problems reading their instructions and assembling IKEA furniture. I have bought assemble-it-yourself furniture in other stores too, and those instructions were not always that straightforward.
Although I have to admit that I did make some mistakes when assembling stuff. My “favorite” one is this:
We had these skirting along the walls. By the way, I had to look this word up in the dictionary and it told me the correct term is “plinth”. Seriously? What kind of word is that supposed to be? Is that correct? Anyway, I mean this wooden strip at the bottom corner of the wall, that prevents you from hitting the wall with chair legs etc.
We bought this brand new wardrobe closet from IKEA (Pax, for anyone who’s interested), and I decided to saw off the bottom corners of the side panels, so I could push it all the way to the wall. Turns out, it would have been smart to saw the corners off in a mirror-inverted way. So I ended up with a closet that has three corners missing …
But that had nothing to do with the instructions, of course, and I accept full responsibility!
Do any of you guys have any funny furniture stories?