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 really love the comments you guys leave underneath each strip! Some are really funny, some are really insightful, some are both. A few are downright weird, but well, that’s only to be expected in a public forum. (We are usually very hands-off in our moderation style and only erase posts if the profanities get out of hand). I think I also speak for Mike when I say that we both really enjoy reading the reactions to our strips or related blog posts.
What’s interesting to us is that it is so hard to predict when a discussion will erupt and when there’ll only be the internet equivalent of tumbleweed and crickets. Last Tuesday was an exception, because we were pretty sure that everybody has an opinion on Christmas traditions and chocolate. And I also expected that some people wouldn’t know what an Elf on a Shelf is, since I haven’t heard of it before myself. It turns out that the “tradition” is even less old than Chicken Wings, so either it doesn’t really qualify as tradition, or we can call our strips “traditional” too! For me personally, the regular update routine for our website certainly is more deeply ingrained than many other traditional or habitual tasks.
Anyway, I’m rambling! So here’s another strip on the subject of advent calendars. Then we will lay the subject to rest again, even though Christmas is still a couple of weeks off.
Oh, and last but not least: We are having a Book Cover Contest! Basically, we’re looking for ideas for our next book cover. You can win a Julio-style Roost Air hat!
I have to admit that I have only learned about the Elf on the shelf tradition a few days ago, when we were thinking up this strip. It’s a funny idea! I guess everybody has played the “hide item X in a different spot every day” game at some point in his/her life.
But honestly, the German “Adventkalender” custom is not that bad either, is it? I’m surprised that American chocolate manufacturers haven’t climbed on the bandwagon yet!
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!
Remember remember, the 24th of December! Merry Christmas everybody!!! Since this is our last post before Christmas, we would like to take this opportunity and wish you all some Happy Holidays!
As a little Christmas gift to all of you who will discover some product from the company with the fruit logo underneath the Christmas tree, we have set the iPhone App version of Gold Rush at a 50% discount from December 22nd to January 5th!
Christmas is fast approaching! I hope you bought or otherwise prepared all your presents yet! As for me, every year I am more and more relying on shopping online. I’m not a big fan of crowds in the first place, and when I think back to fighting my way through an electronics or book store in the week before Christmas, cold shivers run down my spine…
Whoops! I totally spaced to upload the comic strip today! Well, not totally, obbiously, because right now I thought of it. I blame it on the new upload schedule and the pre-Christmas stress, because then I don’t have to feel responsible for my actions! Anyway, sorry for the delay, guys! I hope Hans in a Santa suit was worth the wait!
Wow, seems we’ve hit a nerve with out last strip! And to pour some more oil into the fire, we’ve scheduled another anti airport activist related strip for today!
Let us point out that we do not agree with Chuck’s proposed tactics in this case, and that we are all for peace, love and understanding, like Sally. It’s interesting to see how entrenched the camps are in this matter. I have to be honest that I am somewhere in the middle on this.
Do I enjoy the sound of a passing Cessna? Sure! But I can understand that to some people, mainly those who have no fascination for flying, it’s the equivalent to a moped in the sky. And while I can appreciate the awesomeness of an airliner passing over me on final approach, I wouldn’t want to have to listen to that noise all day long in my house or garden.
One difference between America and Europe is that in Europe most towns have been there way before the airports and that it’s much more densely populated in general. A lot of families live in places way longer than even the advent of aviation. But does being somewhere first and the fact that you’re inconvenienced give you the right to demand the shutdown of an airport? By the same logic you could demand highways and railways to be shut down. Or in the place where I live, a lot of new apartments were built on one side, and a connecting street on the other side. Do I have the right to demand people to move out, because the traffic is annoying to me? And it is annoying, especially the mopeds.
It’s not a black and white issue. We aviation enthusiasts need to recognize that not all airports were there first, that, although in some cases it’s blatantly obvious that there’s a different agenda at play or that people moved next to the airport knowingly, there are cases where it’s the other way around and that there is a limit to the noise you can take before it starts adversely affecting your health. The other side has to recognize that not all airports are alike and that general aviation is already a dying field, because once an aiport is shut down, it stays shut down. The only airports that seem to grow are the big hubs, and those are the ones with the really noisy planes.
That’s why I cited the example of the airport in my home town. It really worked out fine for all sides and it shows that when you talk to each other, and, as an airport, take the grievances of the local residents seriously, and when both sides are willing to compromise, that we can all live peacefully side by side.