Evers since I settled down, I developed this tendency to buy stuff in bulk. Mostly things that don’t turn bad, like noodles or toothpaste. It’s a satisfying feeling to stuff away your groceries and think to yourself “well, that pickles problem is taken care of for the next half year!”.
But, unlike Chuck, I have never managed to run out of business cards. It’s one of those things where double the quantity only costs a few bucks more, so I always order more than I need. And since I spend most of my working days in my office, don’t really get to hand out that many cards. In Chuck’s case, I would probably advise him to get even more than 500 pieces this time!
Well, to be perfectly fair, if Julio starts to distinguish between different types of flying, we could also start to differentiate between different types of driving. Driving a regular car on a Nevada highway is probably orders of magnitudes safer than driving a moped in Hanoi, for instance. Those of you who ever visited Vietnam and crossed a street there know what I’m talking about.
And how come we never talk about the dangers of walking? I remember a chapter in one of the “Freakonomics” books about drunk walking, and how it is more dangerous than drunk driving, per distance covered. (Of course you’re less likely to hurt others when walking and, of course, nobody is advocating drunk driving!) Still, I wonder how dangerous sober walking is. Probably still less dangerous than sleeping in your bed, which is how most people die.
Pfew, I tried to come up with a short description of the pitot-static system, to explain to everybody who’s confused about today’s strip what “alternate static air” really means. But during writing I found that I would either have to write a few paragraphs, or spend an hour to make it as concise as possible. Since I’m really under time pressure today, can somebody else maybe explain it in a few words?
Anyway, here’s the link to the relevant Wikipedia Article.
Happy New Year, everybody! Hope you all had a a good start into 2016 (and haven’t been staying in a hotel in Dubai or something). As you can see, we’re kicking off the new Chicken Wings year with a post titled “about to crash”. Good thing we’re not superstitious!
In fact, we actually have a couple of projects lined up this year. People who hang out in our Forum or Facebook group may have picked up on the rumor that we’re in the planning stages of a new book. It’s about high time! So I hope you will all stay such great and loyal fans and keep reading the shenanigans of the Roost Air crew during this new year (and of course the years to come)!
By the way, today’s strip harkens back to the couple of strips we ran last summer. Looks like the clear glass whiteboard is still obstructing the Roost Air office and Julio is taking drastic steps.
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!
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 remember the day well when I built a 1:72 model of an A-10 Thunderbolt. I don’t know how old I was, but it must have been some time in my mid-teens. That particular plane was the model that I put in the most effort yet. And it looked pretty good! I had painted the whole fuselage and even added a lot of detail to the cockpit.
There was one problem though. The real A-10 has a very heavy machine gun in the front, whereas the model was all plastic. So, the weight and balance didn’t work out, and the model would always fall back, if you wouldn’t put in some sort of weight in the front. I had failed to do so, of course, but already had the fuselage glued shut. I could still spread it apart a little bit at the seams though, so, in an ingenious flash of brilliance, I decided to just pour in some glue in there as extra weight. Well, the inevitable happened and all the glue poured into the cockpit, where it dissolved the canopy and turned it into a white, opaque dome. I was so frustrated that I had ruined days of work within a couple of minutes that I pretty much gave up on my “model career” after that.
And that is why my brother still builds all kinds of models and I play guitar instead.
As a father of a 2 year old, I think I know approximately what those two air traffic controllers must feel like. So many things need to be repeated over and over again.
It’s only natural that a little kid must first learn how to listen, and I expect things to improve only slowly and gradually, but it is really amazing how little folk can generate an almost impenetrable force field of ignorance. I can be 10 cm in front of his face and loudly call him by his name, but if he doesn’t want to, it seems he doesn’t even perceive somebody being there.
The recent Facebook post this week about “Janet” Airlines hiring a pilot made us think that Chuck obviously would be all over that as he is with every new and exciting aviation adventure. We had many ideas to the subject yet knowing that we really can’t let Chuck actually fly for them.
But what exactly would make him a bad candidate? After looking at the requirements, we saw that he technically meets most of them. And while looking at the requirements and talking about what kind of job this would actually be in all reality, we came up with today’s strip. Of course to Julio this was obvious right away …
We actually have ONE JANET PATCH procured through Aviatorwebsite and our closeness to Las Vegas for those of you who are interested and/or are patch collectors. These are really hard to get and the new PVC versions just went to the airlines a few weeks ago allowing for more detail in the patch and for a “glow in the dark alien”! How cool is that?!
Available in US shop if you are quick.
The top item on the wish list of many people probably is a real aircraft. But if you can’t afford that, there’s always the option to build and fly remote controlled airplanes and helicopters. However, there seems to be a step even cheaper than that, and that’s a remote controlled helicopter simulator. I wonder if mankind goes down this path even further, and we’ll get a remote controlled helicopter simulator simulator.