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The 37th annual "Human Race"

By: ycd0108 , 2:03 AM GMT on May 28, 2012

Today we attended the 37th (or something) annual "Human Race". I was handed the duty of keeping the "Infernal Flame" going (and starting it in the bucket in the photo). All the runners are encouraged to leap over the bucket and I was supposed to take the pictures. This one is the best so far. The young ones run (or bicycle) and the more mature stroll with a dog on a leash. The Elders like me are tasked with starting and fueling the fire in the bucket.
One year my long gone friend just built a fire on the pavement. Neighbours called the police and one officer showed up to tell us we were not supposed to light bonfires in the road. That's why the fire is now in a bucket.
I still hit the pothole we burnt there every now and then.

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29. OrangeRoses
4:32 PM GMT on June 06, 2012
moved to more recent blog comments
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28. ycd0108
2:55 PM GMT on June 05, 2012
Worth repeating:
http://bigthink.com/ideas/why-smart-people-deny-c limate-change
Posted by CiacosSailor on Dr. Masters' blog.
I have been puzzled for some years about deniers but I have done my share of denial/ignoring for the moment when it suits me.
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27. Ylee
3:04 PM GMT on June 04, 2012
If I'm not mistaken the Canadian Coast Guard isn't a military entity as the USCG is, but a civilian force?

It sounds like the volunteers were similar in philosophy to volunteer firefighting; although yhey get basic training, a lot of the times they don't have the resources that a fully professional team has.

I say they need to at least get rid of the volunteers and supply the funding and training for a fleet of professional search and rescue teams!
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26. ycd0108
2:13 AM GMT on June 04, 2012
I'm gonna have to doctor this cut and paste up so bear with me:
"Statement Sunday evening saying he was "deeply saddened" to hear about the deaths of the two volunteers.

"I would like to express my sincere condolences to their families, friends and crew members. As search and rescue partners there to protect Canadians on the water, the Canadian Coast Guard shares the pain of this tragic loss," read the statement.

"The volunteers in the Royal Canadian Marine Search and Rescue team and the Coast Guard Auxiliary make up a crucial part of the marine search and rescue network in Canada. Their commitment and dedication to saving lives, with all the dangers associated with marine search and rescue missions and training, is second to none."
The BSer here is none other than the Federal Minister responsible in this case. Would you feel comforted by his words? Two young women died today.
BS does nothing to reassure me.
"2 Coast Guard volunteers killed when boat capsizes"
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25. Ylee
10:29 PM GMT on June 03, 2012
Nothing wrong with a little overengineering! Colin Chapman may have disdained it, but I always liked a little "Better safe than sorry."!
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24. ycd0108
7:19 PM GMT on June 03, 2012
Hi Ylee: I'm practicing on the iPod at my daghtr's as is obvious from the garbled message here. Looking at the slab just now - it's "Hard as the hubs of Hell" now and the walls are mostly framed up withenough plywood sheathing for me to sleep at night.
I'm "Home Alone" here except for Morris, the German shepherd
Trying to envisage/shapeshift the roof structure into reality.
Got some fir beams in various dimensions SIL Alaska milled some years ago so they will find a place in the structure. Gonna be more wood in that roof than a normal "Spec. House" but it is "use it or loose it" when storing wood in this climate.
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23. Ylee
3:49 PM GMT on June 03, 2012
Except for Christmas and Thanksgiving, when the plant is mostly shut down, weekends and holidays are "just another day".

How did the pad turn out?
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22. ycd0108
3:30 PM GMT on June 02, 2012
Morning Ylee:
If it were not for WU blogs we would never have known anything about each other and even with the blogs we seem to be posting comments and answers when the the other guy is off line. Your blog is changing all the time with the cams running so I check it even when I know you are at home fixing hail damage.
My blog changes with my interest of the day and the little iPod camera has become a fixture in my tool kit.
I miss photographing some of my main concerns partly because I'm too concerned and involved at the time.
Week ends don't mean very much to me - my work schedule is more dependent upon weather than the calender.
That is probably why I found WU in the first place - concrete pours are weather dependent, especially slabs.
I watched Dr. Master's blog for years before it occurred to me to sign up here and even comment let alone have a blog. It seemed that I had been using the site for free and I should contribute just a little to help keep it available. Certainly the best lasting "bang for the buck" I've found.
'Course now I spend way too much time reading and typing here when I should be doing the dishes or something.
Today's Monbiot is amusing:
http://www.monbiot.com/2012/05/31/manipulation-me rchant/
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21. Ylee
10:33 AM GMT on June 02, 2012
I'm ready to get home and do some real work in the 24 hours before I get back here! :)

Hope you have a good weekend!
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20. ycd0108
2:10 PM GMT on June 01, 2012
Mornin' Ylee:
Gonna be a fun day. It's a bit damp here and grey but none of that chunky hail stuff so far.
It was the first report I have seen of an earthquake on that continent.
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19. Ylee
6:39 AM GMT on June 01, 2012
A 5.6 in Antarctica? That's different!

Talking Heads?

Actually, I was about to have some peanut butter sandwiches for lunch!
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18. ycd0108
6:15 AM GMT on June 01, 2012
"this ain't no party"
This is an earthquake:
http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsw w/Maps/10/220_-75.php
"I got some peanut butter"
Hang on
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17. ycd0108
5:57 AM GMT on June 01, 2012
Ylee: Lets see see if I can remember the names:
"Pudge" came with Tloml and was killed on the road. One fine dog but when I first snuggelled with her Pudge was some upset. He would attempt to stave me off by laying between us. Luckily for me I'm was almost as smart as Pudge and soon Tloml got pregnant and a marriage happened much to my surprise.
Can not go farther back in memory but since we have run through so many good animal friends we do not want to lose any more.
Now we just Dogsit.
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16. Ylee
8:23 AM GMT on May 31, 2012
We've only had one instance where a dog was put down via gun; a few was put to sleep at the vet, but most of them were killed on the road.
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15. ycd0108
2:44 AM GMT on May 30, 2012
Ylee: It's a done thing now. Tloml got Farley that long ago for our two year old grandchild. She is now 20 but the whole works of us broke down today. I'm concentrating on the little concrete slab and my daughter is crying and asking what she should do and Farley is busy horking on the porch or the stairs and looking seriuosly gaunt. I had nothing to tell her except that when my animals went off food and water I shot them (actually I called in a shooter) too many dogs I have outlived.
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14. Ylee
2:04 AM GMT on May 30, 2012
I'm sorry to hear that about Farley; sounds like he had a long and good life.

I'd imagine it's really hard on your daughter; he was probably like one of her kids.
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13. ycd0108
12:28 AM GMT on May 30, 2012
BriarCraft: I don't know where the post I was working on went but: Yes and that is pretty well the whole point of the "Yellow Pointer Sisters". We are aging now but that notion still lingers. I'd say this hodge-podge yearly get together is our last remnant of our hopeful middle 1970s. Seems to me we were talking then about the same things that are mentioned on the WU blogs now but we had less access to current information.
Daughter is "putting down" her beloved Farley cat as we speak. Looks like 18 years is all Farley gets and I can not see the keyboard now.
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12. ycd0108
12:03 AM GMT on May 30, 2012
BrairCraft: So it does. I'm hoping one of those boneheads who started the "Human Race" will pop up here as it has once or twice. Don't hold yer breath.
On another note Monbiot is already out of the theatre:
http://www.monbiot.com/2012/05/29/the-estate-were -in/
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11. BriarCraft
9:21 PM GMT on May 29, 2012
That Human (or Hugh Mann) Race looks/sounds like the sort of local event that draws a community together in a fun sort of way.
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10. ycd0108
5:48 PM GMT on May 29, 2012
Pat, the concrete finisher, called at 0700 to say the concrete would be there at 0830. I went to place the vapor barrier and last minute the forms. They sent the biggest truck so we could not get right up to the form but everything went just fine. Now it's just a matter of another hour or so before Pat can walk the power trowel over it. I came back to get a sprayer I bought years ago at a "Silent Auction" fundraiser and haven't used. Pat uses sprayers all the time for exposed aggregate and gives me a good deal on these small slabs so he can have the sprayer.
"29/05 – 17:11 UTC – Missing, Unions and Employers
- The Interior Ministry has increased the number of missing to12 (instead of 7 during our latest update)
- Employers and Unions have agreed to take multiple initiatives to help the people and the companies in the damaged area."
From Earthquake-Report.com
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9. ycd0108
1:53 PM GMT on May 29, 2012
From "EarthquakeReport":
"Earthquake and aftershocks Northern Italy : May 29 (15+ dead and 4 missing) aftershocks as powerful as the May 20 mainshock (7 dead)"
Another significant 'quake north of Sofia, Bulgaria in the same time frame.
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8. ycd0108
1:27 PM GMT on May 29, 2012
Got a bit of a jolt yesterday when SIL called at about noon thirty to ask where the concrete trucks were. Apparently the Placer, we call him Paddy, had told my daughter he would set up the pour for 1100 hours Monday.
Since I had expected to be informed before the pour so I could lay out the vapor barrier and do my helpful fretting I panicked and called the Redimix company. No trucks were scheduled so I phoned SIL to relax and left a message for Paddy. Turns out he did not think it was necessary to tell me that they were not pouring that day. Today looks good for 1100 hours. My main worry now is how to keep the dogs off the slab. Somehow a concrete slab will tend to attract animals as it cures.
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7. ycd0108
12:54 AM GMT on May 29, 2012
Hey Ylee:
I was gonna tell this story over on your blog about an event recently just up the channel on the Vancouver cam:
Seems a team of loggers were running the Sechelt Rapids on their way home a week or so ago and they spotted something in the current so they went over to check it out. Turned out to be a bear which started swiming toward the boat. They pulled out in an hurry. I don't think I'm doing justice to that story so I'll try to track down where I heard it.
"Yets", well Tloml has always wanted to go to India and I want to "Close the Circle". We have been east as far as central Turkey:
and west to the border of Thailand and Burma:
So there is quite a chunk of world "Left unstoned" by me . 'Course I am also limited in my north/south extent to about 55 degrees each way.
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6. Ylee
11:46 PM GMT on May 28, 2012
I'm somewhat surprised that you haven't been to Kashmir, but I like the "yet" you put at the end of your post!

I have a lot of "yets" in my life, the goal is which to do as many as possible! :)
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5. ycd0108
11:22 PM GMT on May 28, 2012
Thank you for the poem. I went to the same camp while re reading it. We are familiar with the word Elder here partly due to the First Nations tradition of deferring, or at least listening to their elders. Some white folks here maintain an "Elder College". My mother attended some of the functions.
"To sit with elders of the gentle race, this world has seldom seen"
I've never been to Kashmir
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4. OrangeRoses
6:04 PM GMT on May 28, 2012
Dear YCD,
Seeing your word "Elders" above put me into an intense concentration camp,  until I linked to Elders. It is in a song I like and so if it is ok to share just a little I shall.


Oh let the sun beat down upon my face, stars to fill my dream
I am a traveler of both time and space, to be where I have been
To sit with elders of the gentle race, this world has seldom seen
They talk of days for which they sit and wait and all will be revealed

I did many lyrics searches for this title and even joined GraceNote, a music publisher along the way. I hope the intensity is conveyed and this unexpected moment as well.
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3. ycd0108
3:10 PM GMT on May 28, 2012
Morning Ylee:
If my memory serves: Two guys were sittin', drinkin' and whatnot one evening and they got to talking about track and field days in high school. They both figured they had been good at distance running. After some more whatnot there developed a challenge for a one mile foot race between them the next day. I don't remember much of the detail but one of them had to retire to the bushes soon after the starting pistol was fired so old "Hugh Mann" won that footrace. The spectators were so entertained they imagined they could do at least as well as the retiree and the next annual "Hugh Mann Race" was already planned.
As far as the symbolism of leaping over a fire goes I think that one of the elders did not run but cooked up the fire idea in the middle of the road. One year some local firemen even drove their vintage fire truck along the route with the runners. Sometime pregnant ladies would run as part of the "Yellow Pointer Sisters" relay team and a few years later the child that rode along would be running too. Of course the whole point of the exercise was not exercise but the get together afterwards.
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2. Ylee
2:02 PM GMT on May 28, 2012
What was the origin of the race, ycd? I'm lost on the symbolism of jumping over the flames( I'm kinda dense when it comes to such stuff, lol!).

Haven't seen a coal bucket like that in years. It used to take two buckets of coal to keep grandma's Stokermatic going all day, up to five if it was really cold!
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1. ycd0108
4:47 AM GMT on May 28, 2012
It can't be this simple:
http://thetyee.ca/Video/2012/05/17/victoria-grant /
Or can it?
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