I love it when we get these dumps of snow, it makes driving so fun. No seriously, I’m not being sarcastic. I put the truck in 4 wheel drive and snow goes everywhere. The roads seem so perfect for that short period of time before everyone else drives on them and the grader ruins them again. Driving relaxes me, it is the one this I just enjoy doing. To some people or most, driving is just a bonus in life, to me on the other had is like a sport. Like Hockey to an athlete. I go driving when I need to think or blow off some steam.
Did you know that I have been out of school for all most a year now. Scary I know. Well recently I have been thinking about it a lot. My future, my past and where I am today. I believe that working over the last year has been an excellent decision. I say decision not because if I wasn’t working I would be lazing around at home, but because if I wasn’t working I would have gone and done some sort of schooling. I think that would have been a bad decision, over the last 4 years I have had no idea what to do in life. Go do a trade in something I don’t really like, go do 2 years getting a degree I don’t want, I had no clue.
Having finished school and not gone right back into it puts you in a simulated version of real life. Yes I worked a full time job and took it on like any other person but I didn’t quite have the same responsibilities at home. No Mortgage, Heat, Electrical bills or even food for that matter, just simply my phone and truck. Deciding to take out some money to buy a semi decent truck at the age of 16 was one of my wonderful learning experiences. I borrowed some money and I had to pay it back plus interest. Okay I will do it and I am doing. At the time I was in school and only working part time so my payments are small and so for that fact 2 years later I’m still paying it but no matter. I have learned many thing with this truck and loan. I learned how to expect the unexpected and how to properly deal with it instead of blaming it on others. Trucks brake, it happens there is nothing we can do about it. I learned how to manage the money I had so if something did happen I was able to get it fixed in a timely manner with out being stranded, now these fixes have been minor but they prepare you for the worst.
Having been thinking about school a lot I realize how much I do miss it. I know they say you don’t know how much you actually liked school until your out of there but I did. School was fun for me, I like challenges. I was by no means paper smart. I didn’t take the top English or Math classes instead I did the Applied classes. In grade 12 I seemed to really do well in them. In my English call I had one of the best teachers in my opinion. For reasons I can’t explain I could just understand him better than other teachers. I shared his views on things, like being on time class. Man, that guys was is my idol. I seemed to always have an answer or an opinion for him. He is who I want to be someday, someone with class and style but still not afraid to get his hands dirty and do anything to get a job done. Thank you Mr.Curren!
Onto math, this was odd. I don’t think I was smarter than anyone else in the class but because for some strange reason I understood it better than the teacher I was able to surpass many of the mates. We were working with these child like workbook and the teacher seemed to not really go through it before teaching our class therefore she was much like us. I would fly through lessons with decent grade and get ahead of the class and then relax.
The reason for me thinking so much about all this lately is that I have decided to more or less go to school in the fall. I am looking in to taking a Business Management course which will only take me one year. It will be a big step for me not because it is school but because I will be going into something I don’t know and I will have to adjust out of my comfort zone for a short while. Not only that, it is a tough decision for me to make about what to go to school for.
It will be fun. “Live life with no regrets”
Because of the high amount of traffic I am receiving from my first last post about Ice Thickness, I thought I would write another one with more information that would apply to people out side of Yellowknife.
Here is a Ice Thickness Chart that show how thick the ice has to be to be able to support you, a snowmobile, car, truck etc.
I also wanted to explain how to properly measure the ice you are on.
What you need: Ice auger(an axe could work, I have done it, but it makes a mess), L shaped stick (can be anything), measuring tape, and a shovel.
How to Do it:
- Shovel away all the snow in the area where you want to drill your hole in the ice
- Prep your Ice Auger, make sure blade is sharp. Start it up if it is a gas auger.
- Start drilling by slowly drilling your hole so that the auger goes down in one spot and continue down.
- While your drilling it is a good idea to pull up the Auger once and a while to get the ice shavings out of the hole. Use the shovel to remove them once they are up.
- Once you have gone throw bring your auger back up and make sure you don’t put it in the snow so it does not have clumps of snow and ice on it when you want to put it away. (Not something you have to do, just something I do)
- Clear all the slush and ice chips out of the area with the shovel and try to get as much as possible out of the hole.
- With your “L” shaped stick put the vertical end ( — part) into the ice and then pull the stick back upwards you that the vertical part of the stick is underneath the ice at the very bottom of it.
- Then mark on the sticks horizontal part (|) where the ice (top) begins.
- Once you have pull the stick our again, with the measuring tape measure from where you mark the ice began to the bottom part.
You will now have a general idea of the thickness of the ice in that area. But remember Ice Thickness can change very quickly and can be different thickness’s only a foot away from where you measure. Many things contribute to how thick the ice can be, such as the depth of the water, if the ice is exposed to the air and/or sun, as well as how much snow is on top of the ice. Think of the snow as a blanket. When snow if on ice it insulating it, preventing it from becoming thicker and stronger.
Read up more on ice here
Remember to always be safe and cautious. And have Fun.
Disappear: dis·ap·pear (dĭs’ə-pîr’)
“the act of leaving secretly or without explanation” [syn: disappearance] [ant: appearance]
January 2, 2009
The Act of disappearing. Getting your audiences attention to focus on something while making something else disappear. While you looking over there, something else is happening over here. A trick of the mind, Slip of the hand, An illusion made real. Magicians have been doing disappearing acts for centuries and some will always remain a mystery on how it is done and why. They show us only what we want to see, no explanation. Just vanish.
The Reality. Negativity, its my enemy. I can be very negative, which in turn makes me depressed and stressed. Always complaining about everything, the weather, the city, my truck, snowmobile, whats on TV, people! All these things and more are what I complain about with a “negative” perspective. Its horrible, when I complain about these things it cause me to get stressed because I start to think about the bad side of things. What if it break, I can’t fix it, I don’t have any money, HOW AM I GOING TO SURVIVE!
Lets go over some of those “things”.
Lets see, The Weather, why bother complaining about it. We choose to live here, you don’t want to deal with the snow and the cold. MOVE! Only God controls the weather, and I think he knows what he is doing.
This beautiful city…. Its just like any other place, it has it problems. Its whether you help improve them or just complain, constantly about them is the problem. Here is my issue, I don’t mind this place, its nice and it offers a lot and although I don’t have to worry about property taxes and the cost of living I think it is a good place to live. When your around people who only complain about it it does rub off on you. You have to….. I had to disappear so I could cool down and relax. If all someone is going to do is complain about a place, MOVE!
As for my Truck and Snowmobile they are just apart of life. I don’t have to have them if I don’t want to. They’re going to break that’s what they do. If I maintain them and use them with care and respect instead of driving like a mad man and beating them they have a better chance at working properly longer. If they do break on the off chance and they do I have learned how to handle myself when. I have started to hide money on myself for that rainy day so I can get them fixed and go on living my life. Not complaining about the fact it happen and how I don’t have any money to fix them. You make you own path!
The People, ah this is a touchy one. Brod: If people your around are negative, chance are you will be too. Defined: To be blunt I am sorry. We all need to decompress to someone but it gets to a point where a person has to shut up and think about what they are talking about. Don’t get all depressed and jealous if that girl you like, likes someone else and isn’t hang out with you as much any more. Get over her and get over yourself. There’s more fish in the sea as they say. To the person who spends 10 grand on a transportation device, don’t complain to me about the payments and how you can not afford it to break. I also did that and have learned that I need to take responsibility for my actions instead of complaining about it. Your the one who spent the 10 grand of the banks money to get it. If you can’t afford to fix it, that’s not anyone else’s problem other than your own. 100% self inflicted, deal with it. I’m harsh I know. To the people who do not approve of the way something is being run don’t just flippin’ complain about it do something about it. Okay. And if you are trying to do something it, don’t continue to complain. We Get It, You Don’t Like It Enough Said.
All these things combined are to much for one person. What happen to Positive. I suppose it is easier to rant than praise. I want to praise, I want to be positive, I don’t want to complain. I hope I have gotten what you wanted to hear aross properly. I vanished because I needed to decompress and think about life. We are who were are, I am who I am. Don’t take this personally.
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”.