As you might know I’ve just recently moved to a new office. It’s pretty fun here.
So we’re located on the fourth floor of a building and next to us is a banana-tree plantation. I think they make money from selling banana leaves.
But how’s inside the office? The interior? That doesn’t matter actually. What matter is the fact that we’re on the fourth floor and there’s a banana-tree plantation next to our building.
Because we fly paper planes!
So usually in the afternoon when there’s no wind (or sometimes with wind) we’d fly some paper planes outside (if you think we don’t comply with green policies wait a sec and read on).
Almost every guys in the office participates in this activity. I don’t know who started the trend. It had existed before I got in.
There are many techniques of making planes that we naturally know ever since we were a kid, and we relied on that knowledge to make our planes. It was very interesting to see that actually almost every people had a different way to make planes, and they all could fly.
Each person would fly the plane one by one and somebody would keep time. Yes, there’s a tinge of competition spirit in this paper plane stuff. Sometimes we looked for the one that flew the longest; sometimes we looked for the one that flew the farthest. My point is we kept score.
And as the competition developed, some plane designs flew farther, and some were just plain sucks. And usually the ones who won would be the same persons over and over again. And that was when the game changed: people started looking in the internet how to make proper paper planes.
And there were more people joining to make one…
And basically you could see paper planes were simply everywhere.
(Oh well, that’s off-image but I just can’t help it so…)
Anyway, the game was on another level by then. The flying duration was greatly improved, and also the distance. But then some people noticed another factor that actually might enhance the aerial performance of a paper plane. And that was precision.
So people started doing their planes with a frightening obsession for bloody precision, treating the subject like mathematics or architecture.
It was like, “Are my left and right wings equally leveled?” “Is there any crease on the back?” “Are the folds crisp and sharp?” “Is this paper dry and light? Or is it humid and heavy?” “Oh, should I make a smaller paper plane?” And so on.
I also started to realise that it wasn’t only the designs and precision that matters, but also how you throw it. Some planes are good when you throw it overhead—as strong as you could. But some planes need to be thrown gentler and some planes can’t be thrown at all but must be pushed slowly into the blowing wind. Okay this is getting so geeky I’m going to stop.
Anyway, not every people care about how to make a plane flies better. Some people care more about how to inject some meaning into it. Like this one (translated—For mum):
So we get to the final question: Does all of this comply with the green policies? Well I’d say, borderline, yes.
Firstly, we only make planes from used papers that contain no sensitive information regarding the companies and its clients. And also if we didn’t make them into planes, the office would throw them away anyway.
Secondly, does this activity leave paper waste all over the place around the building? Yes. Take a look:
We went down ourselves and collected the waste as soon as after we flew them.
I know you’d ask, what happened with the planes that went over the fence and fell into the plantation?
The wonderful thing is, the kids in the plantations love the planes. They’d pick them up and play them among themselves. This is one of those rare cases where I like kids. So it isn’t so bad isn’t it? Convert waste papers to toys and give playthings to the kids who need it.
I’m just wondering what’s the next evolution in this paper plane stuff. Aesthetics?