I’m not sure if Hans really needs to read up on the use of the word “no”. Maybe pertaining to subject of cream cake. But maybe the chapter in the technical literature he is consulting is more about how to use it properly and when not to use it.
Personally, I like reading parenting literature every now and then. Obviously you can’t raise a child by the book, but quite often there are very useful tips, leads and ideas on how to handle certain situations. Also, knowing what an average child is capable of processing at a certain stage of neurological development, really helps having the right expectations and handling problems accordingly.
Our older son is now in the “Terrible Twos” phase. And, knock on wood, as of yet, they haven’t been very terrible. He is still stubborn, but he already was that from the very beginning. But either we’re such great parents, or we lucked out in that regard. Oh, well, there are still nine months to go, and then we enter the “Threenager” phase, which, according to many parents is supposed to be worse.
Right now, I’m explaining a lot that what you WANT to do and what you SHOULD or are ALLOWED to do can be totally different and, in fact, opposite things. It hasn’t registered yet, so the reason “but I want to!!” is often brought up as the ultimate, trump-all argument. I’m sure with patience, that lesson will eventually sink in. When he’s 25 or so.
Personally, I don’t think Hans has stumbled across some big secret here. I mean it’s obvious that this management strategy is already applied liberally all across various industries all across the world. I mean, I am a single, self-employed artist and I apply this strategy to myself!
Whoops, this strip is a little later than usual. I apologize! Today we bring you a classic strip again, from our first book. Apparently Hans was already running a tight ship back then!
The terms “the terrible twos” and “threenager” etc. don’t come out of nowhere. I only have two years of experience as a parent now, but it is amazing to witness your kid go through how the various stages of mental development.
We have this one book that detailed all the development phases in the first couple of years, when you can expect your kid to be clingy or moody or just crying all the time. And our first kid passed those stages like clockwork. Now we have entered the terrible twos. Dun dun duuhn! However, so far they weren’t that terrible. If our kid keeps behaving according to international standards, we’ll have some terribleness in front of us though. But apparently that phase is extremely important, so we’ll have to tough it out. It’s not like we’d have a say in it …
Anyway, Hans having the experience of kids going through the terrible twos may be the explanation how he keeps Roost Air running as a business after all these years!
As the year is drawing to its close, ’tis the season again. And no, I don’t just mean the season to be jolly, but the season of flashbacks, best of’s and reviews. As I watch very little TV recently, I haven’t seen a single TV show like that, yet. And I will try my best to keep that number steady!
I will wait with my personal yearly evaluation of 2015 until it is really over. After all, I still have an open lottery ticket. Just the other day, I won € 1.50 (which I promptly spent on champagne and caviar of course), so anything is still possible! But even if I don’t hit the jackpot, I can already say that it was a great, if somewhat busy and exhausting year. I’m optimistic I’ll somehow manage those last couple of weeks with style too.
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!
Talking about forces … is anybody else counting the days to the premiere of the new Star Wars movie? Usually, when there’s a movie I look forward to, I try to watch as few trailers and gather as little information about it as possible. But what I have seen so far all looked pretty awesome to me! And the fact that Han Solo makes a reappearance is reason enough to see this one!
Whoever runs their own business or works in the service industry knows that there is nothing more annoying than customers. I kid, of course! Most of them are nice, actually. But even the nice ones have a habit of calling or disturbing you when you’re right in the middle of something. Just like in this case, when the whole crew is busy thoroughly testing the new lounge, a very demanding task, not to be treated lightly!
In the earlier days of my aviation career I was working as mechanic helper for a little outfit at my home town air field. I actually was more like our Jason character back then with tons of questions (except that I had better tutors than Chuck who actually pointed me in the right direction) coming in early and staying late just so I can hang out at the airport. One of my many jobs there was sweeping and polishing the hangar floors on a regular basis. This was very important not only for professional maintenance reasons but also because one of our senior mechanics in the hangar liked to walk around barefoot in the summer and didn’t want to step on fasteners and safety-wire pieces.
However, I was also able to balance a broom on my forehead similar to what Julio is demonstrating in today’s comic. And of course the moment I first demonstrated this skill to my fellow employees ended up also being the exact moment when the boss walked into the hangar with his boss from corporate. So, once again, can you see how the inception of Chicken Wings was just a matter of time?