Its been a couple days since I lasted post anything, that’s not to say I didn’t have anything to post but I just didn’t find that time. Friday evening was our Christmas party with our family and Randy and Leslie’s, which was a lot of fun. We did a gift exchange and I received a awesome duct tape wallet kit from Randy. It was pretty advanced for duct tape. I will have to get some pictures of it. We played some games and eat some food and just had a good time. On Saturday I got to sleep in which was nice as it was the only day off that I actually did. As soon as I got up, which was probably around 11am, Dad asked me if I wanted to go for a ride out to the cabin. So off we went at around 12pm, we arrived at the cabin about 12:20pm and had a quick stay there before heading out again. We just ventured around the area looking for dead fall to cut up and use for firewood. We got home and I took it easy for the rest of the night, and watched a Christmas movie with mom and made some very good fudge. Sunday I was up much earlier and outside taking the truck apart trying to find the problem causing the clunking noise coming from the front end. No such luck. The rest of the day I went Christmas shopping and got nothing, I’m not very good at that whole thing. Now I’m at work, sitting here. Here’s something to think about” I will be up for 24 hour all day on the shortest day of the year”.
We got out to the cabin today for cleaning. We got there at about 12:30 and got a fire going right away. The cabin warmed up very quickly dispite the fast it was -39*C outside. Our goal was to clean the inside and set out mouse poison. As I found the hole the mice created I would shove poison in them and then board them up so hopefully we can fix the mouse problem. There was a lot of crap out there and garbage and it took us a couple hours to get completely clean and just as it was getting dark we had it done. Of course there was time in there to have lunch, which scot so proffensionally cooked ontop of the stove. Here is a link to all the picture of the day Flickr Photos
We finally made it to the Cabin yesterday. Its was a quicker ride than I remember but we could have been moving fast than I use to. When we arrived the were snowmobile tracks going past it but it didn’t look like anybody had gone in. When I first entered I didn’t know what to expect, I hadn’t been here in about a year, so who knows what could have happened or who was there! It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. The mice are the biggest problem out there and I need to get on top of that. Get as much mouse poison as I can find and shove it in the walls then board up all the wholes they have made and it should be good. They were in most things including the musk-ox rugs that are out there which were mostly in pieces. It also looked like someone had gone through the cabinet and pulled everything out and taken what they wanted. The wood stove is in need of replacing, which is for my safety only…. It is an old traditional wood stove like the ones you normally use in a wall tent. The problem with this one is that over time it has rusted or burned through and there are wholes in it. There isn;t much work that needs to be done and I hope by the middle of January it should all be done and we will have January and February to enjoy it.
Okay so here it is. Sunday morning I finished my last shift of that rotation and after I got a couple hours of sleep, Taylor and I went out for a snowmobile ride. As I was just going on to Range lake I pinned it to full throttle and instead of shooting off across the lake, I bogged down. 4 Days latter and 200$ I have the sled on the lakes again. On after changing the plugs and making sure I had compression and spark I took out the carburetors, to take inside to clean out and dry. I like any redneck used my bathtub as my workshop….. On Tuesday I proceeded out and put the carbs back onto the sled and found it made no difference, what a disappointment. That evening Scott came over and we pulled it to a friends garage where it stay. Wednesday morning bright and early … well 11am by the time I was up and ready to go, I went over to the sled and started taking it apart to sadly find out that I had blown a piston! So I continued to take it apart. When I had what I needed off it was about 4:50pm and I needed to get to Force One (Polaris dealer) before 5. I got there, I needed 3 things 1 piston, 1 reed valve, and 1 base gasket. When I was in there I got 1 piston and 1 reed valve. I then drove all the way back to the sled thinking I might be able to start putting it back together tonight. WRONG. It was 10 after 5 when I realized I forgot the gasket, oh well at least I got to relax for an evening. But first thing Thursday morning and this time I mean 9:30 i went to Force One and got the gasket and with no help at all (I been getting guidance from Sam, a friend of the family, who with out him I wouldn’t have been able to do this. Thanks) I managed to get it back together and running strong by 12:30pm. I cleaned shop and took off down the road a couple time to make sure everything was in order.
That is how I spent my 4 days off. I must say I handled it better then I thought I would. You just gotta learn to take what life throws at ya.
What else has been happening in the last couple days, well theres that federal political things, but I don’t care for that anymore. I just so sick of all the politics. I want to go live in a cabin where I never hear about any of it.
Who are we? Who do we want to be? I find it funny when you find yourself pretending that your some one famous. Its not really pretending because I just silly at this age, but more like inspiring to be that person. We have had a lot of snow lately here in Yellowknife and the roads are a mess (and we all know how I feel about them but anyways) with snow all over them and with the ice underneath that. That makes them very slippery and dangerous for that fact. As I was coming to work this evening I was the only one on the roads and I was in that mood where I felt like I couldn’t be touched, the truck was full of gas, it was warm in side and it was riding really nice considering the conditions. With all that put together it for some reason it made me relax and actually enjoy driving for the first time since I got back. So enjoyable that I get the idea in my head or more or less the inspiration that I could be Mario Andriette! I wouldn’t brake so much going around corners and using the advise of Doc from Pixar’s Cars “Sometimes to go left you need to turn right” I would give it a little more throttle to go around those turns and let the back end slide out ever so slowly and all in slow motion I would drift the corner. Quickly correction it back to straight I would go on my way waiting for my next bit of thrill.
Please Note* That I did this while no other moving or parked vehicles were around and I had complete control of the truck the whole time. And to any batty old women who may be reading this and criticizing me for being reckless let me ask you this! Do I criticize you when you doing something you love and have a passion for?
I will leave you with this quote from Richard Robert “I want to go fast, Because if your not first your last”
There are many other people that inspire me like Sir Richard Branson. When I’m looking in to getting a truck to only flip around for a profit or trying to find someone a good deal I always think of guys like him that just like me started off small. Branson start printing his own Magazine at the age of 16 and started to become so successful he didn’t finish high school. I’m not saying that if your smart don’t finish, in today’s world no one will even look at you if you don’t have a High School Diploma. But look where Branson is now one of the smartest or not the smartest Business Men around.
Note* English Dictionary defines an entrepreneur as a person who attempts to profit by risk and initiative.
I can go from one end of the spectrum to other like that. There is a man, Guy Grieve. You probably have no idea who he is and what he did. I don’t think many do but I think his story is amazing and he has been and will be my inspiration for the winter coming. He’s a man from Scotland who worked for a magazine who got fed up with a desk job and having to travel far distances everyday to work, always missing his family. He needed something extreme to shack up his life. For months he planned and considered with his wife about going on a adventure to save his life from becoming a drone like bore. So for one year he took off to the extreme of Alaska into the interior just along the Yukon River where with the help of soon to be close aboriginal friends he built a cabin and learned to survive by his own means. Hunting, trapping, living in the remoteness of his cabin with just his dogs for company. I read through his book dreaming of going out to the cabin this winter, staying out there for couple nights at a time. Living off the caribou meet I stoke piled over the summer. But I’m afraid of the loneliness that comes with it, the longing for companionship. I mean heck sometimes I long for that right here in town, how would I last out there! Guy repeatedly said that with out his dog and respect toward Mother Nature he would have gone crazy and probably died and its proven. A lot of macho men head out into the land and try and prove there manliness and just end up killing themselves from starvation, freezing, or by making the stupid mistake of trying to out smart Mother Nature. I just don’t know what I am to do. Someday I will take off the mask I put on and actually admit to my issues and do something about them.
One of my favorite quote is one by a man who changed the way we look at life’s joys “We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.” Walt Disney created a kingdom out of a dream. The man was more than a cartoonist, more than a producer or a movie maker. He was a leader. He wanted to improve the quality of urban life in American so he designed the development of the “Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow”. I bet you have never heard of that, but you have you just don’t know it. It is the place we all know as the EPCOT center in Disney World. Did you know it had a deeper meaning than for our amusement while we are on vacation? If nothing else I hope at the end of my life I can look back and think of this quote and know that I fulfilled its meaning.
When I started writing this, which was a couple hours ago I had a specific topic in mind and as I look back on it I think I may be gone off path a bit, you could say I went down a New Path.
Thanks for Reading.