When I was young, we only had two TV channels. On one of those channels, they were running a repeat of an old TV show from the Seventies, called “The Good Soldier Švejk”. It’s the story about a Czech soldier going through various adventures in the Austro-Hungarian army during World War I. Soldier Švejk distinguishes himself by being almost absolutely useless. He always seems well intentioned and eager to please his superiors, but somehow always fails, because of his dumbness and clumsiness. By acting that way, nothing can be held against him, but he avoids being tasked with any difficult, taxing or dangerous missions or jobs. All the while, you never know if Švejk really is dumb, or is only playing dumb.
While we were watching, our father said to us: “I want you to pay good attention to this, my sons. That’s how you behave in the army! If you’re too eager, not only will your superiors dump more work on you, but also your comrades will hate you for raising the bar for everyone. Keep your head down, don’t mouth back, and don’t show how intelligent you really are. The only thing to do differently than Švejk is to make no waves, positive or negative. Basically, make it your mission that on the day you leave the army, your superiors aren’t even sure who you are.”
That was great advice! I sailed through the army like a breeze (more or less). It probably depends on the type of army you are entering, but here in Austria, we have a general draft, so there’s a widespread culture of “let’s get this over with” among the recruits. If you voluntarily sign up for the US Marine Corps, for example, and want to make a career in the military, I would assume that a totally different strategy would be advisable.
When I’m hungry, I can turn really, really grumpy. So I feel for Hans in this strip! Anyway, I think “going on a diet” is the wrong approach anyway. The best thing is to “change” your diet. It’s amazing what bad habits you can develop over time. But that’s a long discussion for another time.
I wanted to give everybody a quick reminder that I will be at the Comic Con Austria in Linz this weekend! It’d be great if anybody would come and visit me there! I’ll be sitting at an artist table, probably also on a special diet, namely coffee and chocolate bars.
Back in my younger days, while working for the volunteer fire department, they would put on classes for people in bigger companies who were slated to become the new fire prevention or safety officer. One of my favorite jobs there was to fog out the hallway and stairways right outside the classroom with the machine we had for training while the trainer inside was teaching about fire and safety. Then, when they would break for lunch, the first person to open the door would find nothing but smoke outside where the hallway used to be. They did this to see how people would react to what they think is a real emergency (an ironic one it would seem, having the firehouse on fire). I was always amazed how many of these office workers would completely freak out and panic even though they just spent all morning learning about fires, safety, and what to do in an emergency …
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!
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.
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.
We recently stumbled over the Portugal Skyuber story through reddit and thought it was interesting. Personally I have no idea how that would work in the States, or in any other country for that matter. I think you would need at least a commercial rating and then I’m not sure if I would get into a small plane with just anybody. The longer I fly, the more careful I get. What do you guys think?
The regular Uber on the other hand is an awesome idea! They finally made it into Vegas which makes me really happy, since the cabs here were more or less a Mafia-esque monopoly-style operation doing whatever they wanted to do. There were even times when I couldn’t get to the airport (Yes, “ABC Union Cab Company of Las Vegas”, I’m calling you out specifically) because the driver decided to “not accept” the fare since it wasn’t worth his time. Apparently I live too close to the airport. Yet nobody told me of this decision until after I called in for the 3rd time wondering where my cab was. Then there was no excuse or apology.
Another time I had a guy tell me to “get the f… out of my cab” as we arrived at my house because once again the trip wasn’t long enough and the fare not enough for him. Of course this (Union Cab, again) driver waited for me to pay him first before becoming all angry. I could go on but I won’t…
There will be no love lost on my part if all of these guys go broke thanks to Uber. And you can tell that they have already started to pick up their game slightly right when the news broke about Uber.
Back to flying! You think a Skyuber is a good idea, or even possible?
Halloween costumes are getting more and more amazing. The effort some people seem to be putting into trying to look like a corpse is baffling to me. Some people, of course, need more effort than others to begin with. Personally, I think I wouldn’t need a costume this year to look like a Zombie, because I’m just living through the most sleep-deprived stage of my life right now. As some of you may have heard, I’ve become a father for the second time, a few weeks ago. And it’s amazing at how being drained and exhausted, while at the same time being happy can be taken to an even higher level than with one kid.
Well, anyway, we wish all of you zombies, corpses, witches, ghosts and monsters out there, real or not, a very happy Halloween!
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!
Not to take anything away from the trusted good old Cessna 172, but I suspect what Hans really needs is a bigger and faster airplane to keep up with the competition. Maybe a King Air or a Pilatus. But then, who would fly it? Chuck? Maybe he needs a more competent, yet equally enthusiastic pilot? And the next question is, how much of a plane does a bunch of chickens really need?
Also, one needs to keep in mind that almost all of my expertise comes from an aviation background and less from a Particle Physics background. Maybe a boson, Higgs or otherwise, really IS the answer to Hans’s problem. I really wouldn’t know, but I doubt the Higgs Boson is FAA/PMA certified already …