Everyone loves a good laugh. As a cartoonist, it is part of the job description. But there are times when you unequivocally do not want to laugh. For one, you should not laugh while driving at 80 miles per hour. If you do, you definitely don’t want to laugh so hard that your eyes fill up with tears, because then you cannot see and that is dangerous. So it follows that, while going 80 mph down the interstate in Wyoming, you absolutely should not listen to your brother tell the story of the first time he got sent onto the…

There is a well-kept secret among aviators that very few people know about, and even fewer actually witness. It is kind of like the green flash that supposedly can be seen at sunset. People have heard about it, many have claimed to have seen it, and a much smaller number actually have. The secret is called Carrier Quals, and it takes place in bars where aviators hang out. There are only two things needed to play Carrier Quals: a long table and alcohol. The idea is to run toward the table, jump on it and slide forward until your feet…

This lady has asked for anonymity, but what I can tell you is that Monday was her birthday. It was a milestone birthday – one of the biggies. But she doesn’t want me to make a big deal out of it. She has known me and my brothers for our entire lives – the only person on the planet who can say that except maybe my big brother – so when she lays down the law, we listen. But take a look at that picture. It is the picture of a lady who grabs life by the tail at an…

I went to a seminar today on networking. Networking is important because it is how civilians get jobs, and (don’t tell anyone) veterans are civilians too so we all need to pay attention. Our speaker was great. She talked about important elements of networking that we should practice, such as how to introduce people, how to shake hands, and how to listen in order to impress people who might have an influence on the job search. During the discussion, topics such as mentoring and leadership came up too. Then it occurred to me that the military already gave us those…

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