Hat trick

This strip was another one of those ideas we have been tossing around for a few years. Stef didn’t think it was funny enough. But having been a pilot and an A&P mechanic my whole adult life, I am a little on the OCD spectrum. I don’t think that is a bad quality for an aircraft mechanic actually. And helicopter people are often into thinking about and/or calculating worst case scenarios rather than always being happy-go-lucky all the time because helicopters break a lot. This as well isn’t too bad of an affliction to have in this particular industry, I feel.

Therefore I am sensitive to things just being or feeling “off”. That sense, often on preflight or even in the air, has helped me in my career in the past. Last year, for example, I had the helicopter pointed towards the barn before the warning light came on because something didn’t feel and sound right which was later confirmed by numerous hydraulic warning lights when I was just about to turn final. So, I insisted on drawing the comic and I hope you guys understand what’s going on here and think it is as funny as I did.

The next problem (well “problem” is a strong word – “first world problem” rather) we faced was that there are just so many lines Julio could say in the last panel. We did put them up for vote within the Patreon Group and settled on this one, but maybe you guys can think of even better ones. Let’s see them 😉


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5 comments on “Hat trick
  1. JP Kalishek says:

    Positions you want someone a bit OCD doing
    Accounts Payable and Accounts receivable

    too early and not enough caffeine for more

  2. Faller says:

    Oh, a really good one! I went full Chuck on this one 🙂 first three panels, I was – what’s wrong with Julio?! Not until he flipped his hat was I able to tell. I am a bit OCD myself (“A BIT?!?!?” would shout my wife in the back).

  3. Karel A.J. ADAMS says:

    What is “OCD”? Excuse me for whining, but imho codes and abbreviations should be explained, at least in a footnote.

    And no, I don’t get the joke, though it must have to do with Julio turning his cap. I cannot see what’s funny about that, so sorry.

  4. None says:

    I find it very funny.

    @karel: it is funny because what the pilot feels as « off » is that the mechanic has his hat on the normal way! He can’t say what is off, but detects things are not normal. At my local airline, this happened to a cabin crew; she told the captain something was off but couldn’t articulate what. The captain trusted her gut feeling and experience, taxied back to the stand and and everything rechecked. The w&b was off; the airplane planned for that flight had been switched for another (longer) one, but the passengers hadn’t been reassigned seats, so the back of the plane was « too empty ».

    As for OCD, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OCD

  5. Faller says:

    @Karel A.J. ADAMS

    Hi Karel. What is “imho”?

    Sorry to be a prick here, but GIYF*

    All the best!

    *Google Is Your Friend (Internet slang, used to tell people to spend 3 seconds and Google things themselves instead of expecting others to do it for them.)

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