Every day the sun is taking longer and longer to break into the sky. This causes amazing sunrises (for those of us on funemployment) that keep starting later in the day. With the recent snow that might not leave until spring, getting outside is absolutely beautiful. With snow and leaves crunching under your feet, seeing your breath in front of your face, these stunning sunrises and sunsets are incredible.
Never wonder what to do with your free time. I promise I will never waste a day wondering what to do because I have nothing to do. Laziness is to be appreciated. I am quite envious of people that I see only working or only going to school. The combo of both is very taxing.
So please, if you have any free time, appreciate it or better yet, go outside.
Amanda got us cross country skis for Christmas. We met up with Uncle Ben when he was in town and he showed us what to do. We have returned to the mountains on our free days to find snowmen and snow caves. It is pretty awesome.
Ride a bike. Waaaa, it’s cold. Get a jacket! I got this jacket this winter and have never been happier. It is the best cycling jacket I have ever owned. Totally windproof and highly visible, if I can ride in the northwest in the winter, you can do it where you live, too.
As gas prices are increasing at astonishing rates I am riding my bike more and more. I stopped riding my bike to work when school started. I was using the excuse that it took too long. I ride to school every day. It is just over a mile, but it takes a lot less time than driving, looking and paying for parking, and getting to class. Parking is $3 a day at a community college!
My grand hope is that gas hits some outrageous price this summer. $7 or $8 would probably do it. I think that it might eventually lead to more bike paths. Not bike lanes where a small white line separates me from the fast moving vehicles, but an actual bike only lane. Kind of like this:
Yes the title is intentional. I understand the difference in whether and weather. The point is that my everyday activities can be heavily influenced by the weather. The weather can stop boats from fishing. Keep in mind that these boats can be over 100 feet long. Shoot, some can be 300 feet long. It takes some serious weather to slow these guys down. If they aren’t fishing, they aren’t making money. They want to be out there.
Boats that are trawling nets are commonly called “draggers”. They drag a net behind them. There are rumors that they drag them along the bottom occasionally. These draggers will ruin their nets when they wind is whipping at 50 knots (like it currently is). So most of the boats will head to Dutch Harbor and wait out the weather. That means they aren’t fishing. It makes it tough to be a fisheries observer without the fishies.
So there are no boats coming in. That means I have plenty of free time. Well, I have to keep a radio on me so that someone can always contact me. But I can go explore the island. Of course the problem is the weather. The wind has been clocked up to 100 mph here on the island while I have been here. It howls as they say. So the snow is blowing in every direction and I am free to do what I want.
I live in a small box that has a bed, TV, and desk. The TV gets about a dozen channels. They come and go as the weather changes. Sometimes, I get the food network which is more of a tease than a strip club. (See previous post). Mostly, I get 4 different ESPN channels, and HBO. Not being a big sports fan, I find myself watching HBO more than anything.
The weather affects which channels come in on the TV. The weather prevents boats from fishing. The weather dictates if I leave my room or not. I think that Seattle in the winter won’t slow me down when I return to what I have been referring to as “The real world”.
They were filming Deadliest Catch yesterday. It is King Crab season. I wonder how the y will make it seem exciting.