I am pretty sure I am not the only one who has jumped on “a good deal” before, only to wonder later why I purchased something I don’t really need. Other times I stand in front of the grocery shelve for hours and end up selecting, for example, a certain cut of meat because it’s a dollar cheaper while on the same day pulling the trigger on a new 300 dollar tool I just have to have without even thinking twice about it.
Maybe Chuck and I are alike in a lot of ways even though I would like to think my landing skills are a little better than his …
Roses are red, violets are blue, I have no idea what to write today, so here’s some poetry for you! Hey that even rhymes! Now isn’t that awesome? But now what rhymes with awesome? I guess nothing but possum.
Well, I guess Mike could write more about power line survey flights than me, but he’s flying right now. Not in a helicopter, but in the passenger seat of an airliner. But I guess that doesn’t exactly minimize the risk of having somebody with smelly feet around. Plus, on airliners, people even take their shoes off too!
Anyway, on to more serious stuff. I’ve been thinking about commenting about the shooting in Paris, because we’re usually not big on political stuff here. But it’s very sad that, just a couple of day after I write about empathy and understanding, and how people and groups are pitted against each other, the terror incident in Paris happened. As a cartoonist, it hits close to home.
People who commit such acts truly have very, very narrow minds and I feel pity for them. Not as much as for the victims, by far. But if you end up in a place like those murderers, your life must suck pretty bad.
Norway did such a great job after the Breivik shootings in NOT reacting with a police state reflex, and keeping an open society and upholding their values. I sure hope the French and all other Europeans can follow their example.
When I heard the news, I instantly felt really, really angry. But we need to be careful who we direct our anger against and not not fall into the „us vs. them“ trap. Of course, the murderers should be brought to justice and contemplate their actions behind bars for the rest of their lives. But we need to approach the underlying problem, which, in my humble opinion is a lack of education and love, and the bad childhoods that form monsters like that.
Violence breeds violence. But philosophy can prevent and cure fanaticism and peaceful parenting can prevent the emergence of psychopaths.
Love and peace!
This comic strip would be the perfect starting point for a fully-fledged philosophical exposé on how there are always different sides to every story, how perception shapes our realities, how different realities can coexist, and how important empathy and the ability to see things through other people’s eyes is. One could then draw parallels from personal relations to societal discussions and even international relations and investigate why sometimes it appears that our empathy seems to be stifled on purpose by so many issues being framed in black and white, or good vs. evil, or us vs. them. Do those simple narratives pander to our simple minds? Or are our minds being kept simple on purpose, because otherwise the age-old strategy of divide and conquer would be less effective? And if the latter is the case, who’s dividing and conquering?
Alas, ain’t nobody got time for that.
Also, I prefer talking about these things over a beer, not on a comic website, haha!
Happy New Year, everyone! Hope you’re all starting this year like Chuck: Full of optimism and with a can-do attitude that extends beyond the imagination of mere mortals! Looking forward to a great year 2015 and hope to see all y’all (or is it “all y’alls”? Somebody from Texas, please help out) around our online premises often!
What happened here? Did Chuck become a better pilot?! Or did the FAA inspector misplace his files? Or maybe Chuck got himself a fake ID and is flying under a different name now?
Hope you’re all having some great Christmas holidays, wherever you are! Maybe somebody even tried some positive reinforcement on you! Did anybody hand you a cookie in the last few days? Kinda gets you thinking now, doesn’t it!
Merry Christmas from “the coop” everybody! May you all have all your wishes come true in 2015 and find time to spend the holidays with your families and most of all, be happy in doing what you’re doing!
Again, Chuck is applying logical thinking here. Well … at least what qualifies as “logical” in his little bird brain. I bet most of you have ever thought of the square footage for presents before.
I think the last 3 strips have shown us again what CRM is NOT about. There were a lot of communication errors and misunderstandings and maybe Chuck and Julio will learn from this. On the other hand, Roost-Air is also like a family and as far as I know there are no families out there without constant communication errors and misunderstandings …
Poor Chuck. There he goes and picks out a beautiful tree that fits perfectly into the hangar and now he has to move it into the tiny chicken office. I’m not sure if you guys are aware of the exact layout of Roost-Air but they do not have a grand front office and flight desk facilities Million Air has. Who of you all in here has worked for a tiny operator like Roost-Air before?
Well, Christmas is approaching fast and I hope you all have your Christmas shopping done already. We are still receiving orders and we will send them all out as soon as we can but please keep in mind that by now the postal services are probably too overloaded to have them delivered in time for Christmas Eve. In my case, for example, it wouldn’t matter since “my chick” and I are both working and we’d have to celebrate later. Oh, the joys of making a living in the aviation/fire/emergency profession …
The end is near! Only a couple of weeks to go and 2014 is over and done with. And that means Christmas is even nearer! Maybe some of you have already put up their Christmas tree, like Chuck has. My in-laws actually have a Christmas tree plantation they run as a little side business, so we always have access to the best Christmas trees. However, this year, we’ll skip the tree altogether, for a variety of logistical reasons. One of which is the fact that the new guy who moved in with us last year would probably tear it down and rip off everything on the lower branches. Now that he can walk, it means constant vigilance for us parents anyway, but we think that the psychological pull of a decorated tree would be just too irresistible and too much for us to handle on top of everything else. Well, next year, I’m sure things will have changed again!
Seems Hans is getting some ideas from the NSA. Of course the equipment he uses looks more like it’s from the era of the Armed Forces Security Agency in WWII. But I admit that that’s more because of my limitations as an artist. You see, it’s a bit of a dilemma that all electronic equipment gets smaller and smaller and looks more and more the same. Nowadays, if you want to draw somebody listening to music, taking a photo, filming or looking something up on the internet, you can do all that by drawing a small rectangle that represents a smartphone. But while on one hand that’s easy to draw, on the other hand, it’s not that easy to actually show what’s really going on. In the days of the grammophone or the ghetto blaster, it was way easier to symbolize somebody as listening to music than nowadays, when people use rice grain sized iPods and pea sized earbuds. Try drawing that without a .18 technical pen and so that you can still see what’s going on!
Oh, and the whole idea of Chuck and Julio building radio controlled cars is based on real life (again). Apparently, after flying day in and day out, my brother tends to gravitate towards hobbies that have nothing to do with aviation!