I just completed another summer working for the Center for Talented Youth at Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA. CTY means many things to many people, but nearly everyone agrees that it is a wonderful and unique experience. To me CTY is, among other things, a summer job, a place to leave the stresses of daily life behind, a place where I've met many of my best friends, the place where I fit in most, a place that I hope to always return, and the only place I feel comfortable duct taping myself to my party date.
I like to make new years resolutions. I've done it for the past several years. And I like to think of myself as a pretty dedicated person when I'm trying to be. Yet, more frequently than I'd like to admit, I fail to complete my resolutions. Don't get me wrong, I do a pretty good job completing them, but there are usually a few that slip by me.
So I've put some thought into what causes me to fail my resolutions, and what I can do to avoid it. Thus, I present to you tonight: Tips for keeping new years resolutions.
From time to time I think about where I've spent my life. I've moved around a decent amount, but most of it has been lately. As any good scientist knows, the key to understanding your data is visualizing it properly, so I've tabulated which states (and provinces technically.) I've spent my time in and made a pie chart to summarize.
I was biking the other day and saw a few signs in a row saying "Stop the Power Plant!". I don't know anything about the power plant, but it got me thinking about voting and some fundamental problems with the system used in virtually every legal jurisdiction (that I know of (which isn't many)).
Since I had to get from Alaska back to the lower 48 for another year of CTY, I figured I should do it the exciting way. My last big motorcycle trip was from Grand Rapids, Michigan to San Francisco, California with Nate back in 2009, and I learned a lot about myself and about life on that trip. I was curious whether this trip would be the same.
Wood is really valuable in the bush both for heating and construction. Each spring when the river breaks the ice moves out in big chunks and takes down some trees with it. Conveniently the ice (usually) strips the trees of limbs and leaves them on the banks of the river. Although some of the logs are higher up the bank and still have some branches. So we took the opportunity to boat up river, collect the logs, build them into a raft, and then push it back to Bethel to use as firewood for the winter.
I just came back to the lower 48 after living with Nate in Bethel, Alaska for the last four months. I was working up there managing a new startup agent company for Everts Air Cargo. I'm in the process of posting a few other photo sets of specific interesting things I did in Alaska, but was having a hard time figuring out how to explain daily life in the bush. So I decided to post a few pictures of my everyday endeavors since most of them may be new or interesting to people who have never been there.
So here it goes, a few pictures of everyday life in Bethel.
One of my new years resolutions this year (and last year) was to build a boat. My sister got me two books about boat building for Christmas and I spent a while studying, reading, and planning before finally getting down to business. Although I had originally planned my first boat to be Gavin Atkin's 12 foot Ella Skiff, I decided to start with something smaller so I wouldn't have to scarf plywood together on my first build.
It's time for my 2015 New Years resolutions. (See also: Other Years). To be honest, I did terribly with my resolutions last year, not making a single one of them. Some of them will be recycled this year. In fact most of this years resolutions are repeats from previous years that I liked and worked well. Last year was not a good year for me in terms of doing things I like or growing as a person, so this year I'm quitting my job and trying to get back to being the kind of person I can be proud of.