Monday, July 28, 2008
It's raining, it's pouring, forest fire smoke prevents me from breathing well enough to be snoring
Just a quick update for today (and you damn well better be grateful for it too!):
It's back to a full work week for me today, and it's gonna seem like a hella long one too because the first 6 weeks of work have been full of 4 day weeks with Treaty Day, Aboriginal Day, Canada Day, a day booked off to travel, annnnd then a day being forced to stay in Yellowknife.
Perhaps I should explain my Yellowknife kidnapping of sorts: A few of us from Simpson drove down to Yellowknife for a big music festival last weekend (Folk on the Rocks) and then when we attempted to make the drive back Sunday night a forest fire outside YK closed down the highway and we were turned back. Not that I could really complain about staying in a hotel and eating restaurant food an extra day. Speaking of driving, I bought a truck a few weeks ago too. So what if it's only "new" to me. Don't judge me! Please! You can't! For anyone wondering, it's a 2000 Ford F150 Supercab Lariat. That's right. 5.4L V8. I'm talking downtown baby. Vroom Vroom. And it loves gas probably about as much as you think it might. No wait- more. But with gas being at the low low price of 1.64/L here who can complain! To the moon I say! Or at least drive to that Space Elevator that will take us to the Moon. They built that, right??
Anyway where was I...right, new automobile likes petrol. I'll post pics of it once I take some. I do have this one though, taken as we drove through the smoke of a forest fire:
It even has a winch! No, I don't have any immediate uses for a winch...but I do have a plan: Go to a big party at somebody's place (who I don't really know that well, and to be honest, I don't even like them!), be a complete dick to everybody there, and then get asked to leave. I'll be all like "yeah okay, I'll leave alright, you won't have anymore problems from me man". But secretly at some point in the evening I will have secured the winch around the guy's deck or his tent or dog house or something he likes, and then I'll back out of his driveway with the truck and start tearing the hell out of whatever I hooked the winch to! I'll casually turn back forward in my truck, reacting to the party-goers mad screams. I'll do a kind of eyebrows half-raised look of "oops", and then haul ass outta there! I also hope that by this time I have installed a novelty horn in the truck so it makes my departure that much better.
Moving on, I also have a roommate now as of last week. For the first 5 weeks here I was living in this 3br with just Sadie, so it was kind of empty. She's a nurse here in Simpson who just moved here from New Brunswick. There's another nurse moving in too in a few weeks, also from New Brunswick. Maritimes to the extreme! I know.
Hey I forgot to mention yesterday, the bad ass looking guy who picked me up at the airport when I got here turned out to be my neighbor. What a small world. (or you could say it's really not that unlikely when there's only 1200 people in the middle of nowhere)
There's another forest fire burning close to Simpson right now so it's been really hazy all over town and people have been dying and falling into the ditches. True, I don't have any proof whatsoever of anyone dying and falling into a ditch as a result of this fire, or anyone dying in general, but you just don't know with Mother Nature. You just don't. It does smell like a campfire 24/7 though, so if you like that kind of thing...yay!
I know I've mentioned "forest fires" 14 times too many already in this post, but apparently there's been something crazy like 140+ fires of a substantial size so far this season! There's several new ones everyday.
That's it for now. Bye!
I think what I like most about the picture of the Park Ranger in the picture at the top of this post is that either the Ranger shot the bear and is now looking the other way, perhaps in mourning or as an ultimate fuck-you to the bear he just killed;
he pulled off an amazing trick shot where he held the rifle behind his back and still got the bear right behind the head!
at 10:45 a.m.