Let me start out with wishing all of you a HAPPY 2017! Turning over a new leaf is always exciting! May 2017 bring you great times and adventures! I’ve been very busy in the last couple of days so I didn’t get to blog quite as much. Luckily my brother can take over these duties. We both appreciate everybody tuning in every week and all of your comments / ideas / stories. Please keep them coming!

Before you say Chuck should already know all the parts of an engine, which he probably does, I want to add that today’s strip mainly describes a feeling. It’s that feeling you get (and it happens a lot in aviation but I bet a lot of you working other jobs will be familiar with it as well) when somebody who has no idea what you are doing decides to take it upon himself to help out. It is usually totally unsolicited and most of the time more annoying than helpful. Then you fix what you were working on and they take a lot of credit for helping even though they had nothing to do with the outcome. Most of those individuals seem to also be the “Have you tried turning it off and then back on again?” type of guys as well I have found.

Has this happened to you before?

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6 comments on “Teamwork
  1. Magnoire says:

    Oh, my sweet baby peas! In Libraryland, a bare minimum budget makes some of us to be our own IT. It never fails when you get clueless coworkers (and some patrons) trying to give their $0.02 on what THEY think the problem is. Yes, sometimes I find myself crawling under a computer desk next a particularly pungent patron who won’t even scoot the chair over an inch while insisting I fix the problem NOW! Um, sir, your big stinky feet just dislodged the power cable. KTHNXBYE (Disclaimer: a majority of my patrons and coworkers are lovely people and a joy to work with)

  2. YawningMan says:

    It is soooo hard for me to not be that guy!

    It just is. It’s a struggle… I have to tell myself that I really just don’t know what I’m talking about, and walk away sometimes.

    Do you have any idea what that’s like for people like us?!

  3. Captain Dunsel says:

    My last 11 years in the working world were as the sole computer tech in a small, NJ school district. Lots of interference from teachers and staff, but the worst part was being called in to fix one problem, only to be told ‘while you’re here, you can fix…’ followed by a long list of problems (many of which required parts I didn’t have with me, as they weren’t required for the job that brought me to the room).


  4. Captain Dunsel says:

    Gee, I’d bet Julio gets lots of those added-on jobs!


  5. L says:

    Hah, yes, that just gets to show that there are some pilots out there who slip through the cracks of DPEs, either by finding DPEs with big cracks or by greasing the gap to squeeze through.
    Lord knows I’ve talked to pilots who have no idea how a wing achieves lift or what a magneto looks like.
    And then there are those who DO know … but just barely enough to be dangerous. Like putting an automotive carb on a certified airplane engine.
    That makes me feel surprisingly better about Chuck! 🙂

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