Okay, although we used the whole “IKEA instructions can be confusing” meme for this strip to work, I have to admit that I never really had any problems reading their instructions and assembling IKEA furniture. I have bought assemble-it-yourself furniture in other stores too, and those instructions were not always that straightforward.
Although I have to admit that I did make some mistakes when assembling stuff. My “favorite” one is this:
We had these skirting along the walls. By the way, I had to look this word up in the dictionary and it told me the correct term is “plinth”. Seriously? What kind of word is that supposed to be? Is that correct? Anyway, I mean this wooden strip at the bottom corner of the wall, that prevents you from hitting the wall with chair legs etc.
We bought this brand new wardrobe closet from IKEA (Pax, for anyone who’s interested), and I decided to saw off the bottom corners of the side panels, so I could push it all the way to the wall. Turns out, it would have been smart to saw the corners off in a mirror-inverted way. So I ended up with a closet that has three corners missing …
But that had nothing to do with the instructions, of course, and I accept full responsibility!
Do any of you guys have any funny furniture stories?
If you look on YouTube you will find that people out there are looping Cessna 172’s, yet mostly without chickens in them. So please don’t go out and do that because you’ve read it on Chicken Wings!
I have only done aerobatics in a plane once in a Decathlon. The closest I usually get in a helicopter is doing “Ag-Turns” flying frost and such. Most of my exposure to aerobatics comes from working with Chuck Aaron, the Red Bull helicopter guy. From him I know that, at least in the Red Bull helicopter, it is very important to have the right CG set up to make the show go down properly or it won’t work at all.
I like how Chuck is the “I-don’t-know-what-I-am-thinking-before-I-heard-what-I-was-saying” kind of type
In other news: Our contest is still running! (click here) You have until next Tuesday to submit your Chicken Wings drawing! And it would be nice if everybody else would take a look at all the entries so far and cast their votes via “liking” the ones they like best!
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 …
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!
Now be honest guys! Haven’t we all been there? Who can honestly say they have never “sampled” the loot of their kids or maybe tested a few candy items “just to make sure it’s ok” before you give it out for Halloween? I admit I’m guilty on both accounts!
Who of you have great Halloween candy stories? Let’s hear them!
It’s raining cats and dogs here right now. Weirdly enough, when I’m really busy and have tons of work, I like this kind of weather. Because it means I can’t do any other things like gardening etc., since I can’t leave the house (I’m allergic to dogs and especially cats). That means I can really focus on my work with a clear conscience.
I assume most of you know the phrase “It is easier to ask for forgiveness than to ask for permission.” Well, it seems Chuck and Julio stumbled on a new variation of the theme and developed the tactic to ask for forgiveness as an evasive rhetorical tactic. I need to try that.
Here in Austria we have a general draft, so every man (or rather boy) has to do service in the military. And in the military we had the saying that went like “For a soldier, five minute early is on time.” That’s a good habit to pick up!
But after that I went to university. And I don’t know what the culture is like on other European countries, but in Austria there is the term “academic 15 minutes”, which basically means that almost anything on university starts 15 minutes later than advertised and/or that students as well as professors are usually 15 minutes late. Throw that in with what I picked up at the army, and now I’m usually 5 minutes late on average, haha!
Today’s strip reminds me a bit of this one here. It seems making quick and decisive calls is one of the strengths in Roost Air company culture!
All kidding aside, I think being able to allot the right amount of time and brain computing power to a decision, in accordance to the importance of the decision and the availability of facts, is one of the most important skills you can attain. If you spend half an hour in front of the yoghurt aisle or trying to make you mind up when reading a menu in a restaurant, you may have a serious problem in your life that you’re not even aware of.