Monday, August 27, 2012

Doodle 027 - Fall and Goose

Ready for a new week? I kinda am... haha! Yeah...

The weather is keeping pretty mild so far, Isaac is staying away, but they are forecasting buckets upon buckets of water for us mid-week. We shall see.

For now, we have all our emergency supplies ready:

Me, basking on hurricane preparedness supplies... "We have soup, we have flashlights! BWAHAHAHA!" - Graphite and mechanical pencil on plain Moleskine notebook. Aprox 5 mins.
 On the way home we had a run-in with one of the local herds of Canadian geese... everybody is forbidden from messing with them at all. This can actually create very spoiled geese. We didn't really get into a fight per se... I just sorta shook my fist at them as we drove by and gave them "the eye".

At my old job we lived pretty peaceful lives, on time to time a gator would pop out of a pond and park itself in front of one of the buildings there, but it wasn't much of a problem... it is Florida after all, we are used to that stuff (or you get used to it real fast).

Things changed... when the geese nation attacked (Avatar: The Last Airbender reference anyone?).

A couple of Canada geese decided our office building's employee entrance was the perfect place to nest at. Overnight we were being viciously attacked by seemingly innocent poultry. What was worse? We weren't allowed to fight back. Memos, notices and warning posters were circulated and put up around the office.

My favorite warning from a list of at least 20 things that were "No-nos"?
- Do not make eye contact.

At first I thought our HR and security departments had suddenly decided to coordinate a very fancy elaborate joke on us, but when the Fish and Wildlife Department made an appearance to tell us how to behave or face hefty fines I figured it was for real.

The geese got out of control pretty fast. They patrolled the parking lots with zeal and made sure to keep us in line with an iron beak.

Anybody that dared walk in or out of the door would get jumped on, scratched, pecked, honked and hissed with a passion. And really... those things are HUGE!

When they didn't have a human to attack, they would take their rage on the cars, anything shiny really. They had this incredible hatred towards reflective vanity plates... maybe they thought they weren't dignified automotive accessories.

Anyway, the geese reminded me of all of this, so I doodled a very fast comic/storyboard to illustrate this:

Goose Rage! (Based on actual events... I lived this people! I did!) - Graphite and mechanical pencil on plain Moleskine notebook. Aprox 20 mins.
 Sorry the text is practically impossible to read, here is a transcript of my chicken scratches:
  • Panel 1: Car with shiny tag parked (legally)
  • Panel 2: Shiny tag outrages goose! (arrow: So very outraged!)
  • Panel 3: Burning with rage... the tag will pay!!!
  • Panel 4: Thousand pecks of death!!! (arrows to car and tag)
  • Panel 5: Goose kick of doom!
  • Panel 6: Victory!
True story.

And finally I just doodled a Fall inspired drawing:

Fall - Graphite and mechanical pencil on plain Moleskine notebook. Aprox 15 mins.


MichelleH said...

Sorry about the geese...most of us Canadians are far more polite. :)

Maria said...

Ahhh I'm sorry about the geese.Maybe the reason they are so ragey at the cars is because their nesting. We had a robin nest in our yard a couple years and it would poop all over the cars and fly at our windows constantly because it thought it needed to protects babies.

Mrsblocko said...

OMG! Geese are evil and mean. Up here when they get out of control(population wise) Wildlife rounds them up and relocates them.

Whatever you NOT...EVER...feed them. I swear those monsters will rip you limb from limb.

ps I hate Geese. Can you tell?

pps i love the soup/flashlight drawing. I feel like that right now, except that I made it through work this AM.

Scraps said...

Those things are mean but your comic of the goose-rage is awesome. Thanks for the chuckle.

Jan said...

Agree on geese. When I was two my Aunt and Uncle's goose attacked me. Needless to say his goose was cooked after that!

Saudade said...

@MichelleH: I am 100% sure Canada geese are not representative of the great Canadian people... to be sincere they don't even seem to migrate to Canada anymore, they sorta hang out here all year round, lol

@Maria: Yup, it is because of the nesting, they get so testy during nesting season, the rest of the time they are mostly mellow, but they seem to have a penchant for stopping traffic on our busiest streets lol.

@Mrsblocko: Nesting geese = eeeevillll LOL

@Scraps: So happy I made you smile :)

@Jan: Oh schnap!