It’s amazing how easily Chuck gets distracted. But don’t we all know that guy in a way?
I have had countless situations where people started out with the intention of helping, yet when you actually need them they are missing doing something else. I also know people who HAVE to answer the phone if it is ringing and just cannot let the call go to voicemail no matter how unimportant that call may be. Apparently all calls are important for some people. My favorite was when this happened while I was teaching a class. Really? Somebody better be in the hospital if you can’t wait the few minutes until the module is done or at least let me finish my sentence. By now you might be able to tell that this is a pet peeve of mine.
Ok, rant over back to Chuck:
I think what we have here is another example of Chuck starting out with the best of intentions. Yet, being the quintessential Type A Personality pilot that he is, he gets distracted often by shiny objects or planes flying over. Maybe he wasn’t feeling like he was contributing enough to Julio’s operation and therefore had little reservation about taking a call? But my guess is that there isn’t all that much of a thought process going on in Chuck’s bird brain. Wait! Was that my phone? Gotta go!
Who doesn’t love new equipment? Whether it’s tools or gadgets, nothing seems to satisfy the hunter and gatherer instinct better than stumbling across a nice tool discounted at a hardware store or getting the latest new technological gadget that has more computing power than all the world’s computers of a generation ago combined. I have to admit that I hoard a few tools in my basement, that I have never used. But oh, what glorious feeling, if one day, during a project, you actually DO need one of those tools! I’m not so much of a tech gadget geek, but that’s simply out of budget constraints.
Oh boy! All the places I used to work you’d probably get lynched by the maintenance staff if you took ANY of their tools, let alone a whole bunch, without asking them first. The one thing that is worse than being in the middle of a project and not having the right tool you need for the job is being in the middle of a project and not having the tool you need EVEN THOUGH you KNOW you own the tool but it’s gone because somebody just took it without asking!!
And bringing a tool you used back completely dirty, or worse, covered in pro-seal? You might as well just pack your bags and find a new job because you’re not going back to that hangar again…
I do have to give it to Chuck though for his quick thinking on a response for this one. My wife is very good at turning things around like that as well. 😉
You just don’t mess with a man’s tools, period. It doesn’t matter if that man is an aircraft mechanic, or car mechanic, or a male chicken working on cartoon airplanes. Aviation tools are expensive and a life-time investment and guys rightfully get very protective of them.
In my house we have two different systems. I have a MAC toolbox almost exactly like the one Julio uses. It’s not super organized with tool shadowing anymore but everything has its place. My wife has a “tool bowl”. It’s an old salad bowl with a bunch of random tools in it. She claims there is a system but even if there was, it sure would be hard to figure out for the average guy. Somehow when I’m gone for longer periods, some of my tools seem to wander out of my tool box just to miraculously end up in her “tool bowl”. Doesn’t always make me happy but at least I know where to look when something is missing out of my box.
P.S.: Sorry for posting later than usual! We were experiencing internet connection problems.
Merry Christmas, everybody! We hope you’re all able to enjoy the supposedly calmest time of the year. And may your presents be as creative, useful and thoughtful as Chuck’s!
All the best from the Roost Air crew, Mike and myself!
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.
I think you don’t have to be an aircraft mechanic to sympathize with Julio in this strip. I think everybody had to open something in their lives, some kind of gear, device, or only just some packaging, where they had to go through half the toolbox to eventually succeed. I, for one, sometimes wonder why they don’t make bank vaults out of the same material and design that some clam shell packaging is made of!
I’m not sure if you guys noticed but in this comic, the punchline is actually in the first panel instead of the last 😉
We thought it was really funny having Chuck say “I’m a reasonable man”, HAHA!
So now Chuck will have a fixer-upper airplane in a fixer-upper hangar. Where will the story go from here? What do you think? Let’s have you guys inspire us!
While Chuck is busy organizing and repairing his hangar, we have not been idle either! We have recorded and uploaded our first Youtube video! Took us long enough, didn’t it? It’s an instruction on “How to draw Chuck”. It’s not very impressive yet, but it’s just a test run for us to try recording, cutting and publishing etc. It’s a bit early to say, but I think we may have acquired a taste here! I’m sure there will be more videos to come in the future!
The reason we started with this video in particular is that we have a contest coming up soon. We’re still working on the details, but please stay tuned!
And once again Chuck is near the tool cabinet! Apparently he is one of the guys who didn’t read my last post. I love this strip. Julio is a quick thinker! It seems for Stefan and I, Star Wars references are like fart jokes, they never get old, HAHA!