Thursday, October 12, 2006

Ignorance Kills

I haven't posted here in awhile as my attention the past ten days have been concentrated on the house. The day after our household goods arrived I got sick, so the going has been slow in getting everything unpacked, but we'll get there, we always do.

On October 5th Rick and I went to the "Cheechako" Winter Orientation (Cheechako is Native Alaskan for "Tenderfoot", aka: newcomer or foreigner). The meeting was held from 9:00 - 12:00 and covered the following topics:

  • Fire Safety
  • Services Activities: What is there to do on Eielson? (There is A LOT to do!)
  • Winter Health and Fitness
  • Dressing for Cold Weather
  • Coping with cabin fever
  • Winter Activities: What is there to do in Fairbanks?
  • Winter Driving
  • Pet Ownership in the Sub-Arctic
  • Northern Lights Snowmobile Club (The presentor told us a story of two teenage boys who went snowmachining up in the mountains without the proper clothing - you know, since teens are invincible and all. Their $11K snowmobile broke down, stranding the boys. They ended up setting the it on fire that night to survive the 20-below night (we got to see a photo). Them boys shoulda listened to their mothers!)
  • Military Family Life Consultant

I must have picked up about 20 handouts that were available at the meeting. Topics included:

  • Instructions on how to make a coffee can survival kit for winter driving (who knew you could get all that in a coffee can?)
  • Recommendations for survival kits
  • Cold weather checklist
  • 101 Things to Do In Alaska #6 - Land a barn door-sized halibut
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder: Helpful Hints to Keep You From Being "S.A.D."
  • Winterizing your car and camper
  • Winterizing your home
  • Use of vehicles for shelter in cold
  • The adverse effects of alcohol in a cold environment
  • Choosing winter gear
  • Care of outerwear garments
  • Hypothermia and frostbite
  • Information about the Aurora (Northern Lights)

The Fairbanks newspaper, the Daily News-Miner, puts out a Winter Survival Guide, which has a lot of information, articles, photos, and advertisements for local businesses that can supply your needs.

Fairbanks Convention & Visitors Bureau puts out my favorite schedule of events for the year. A sample: the month of October:

12th - Ladysmith Black Mambazo (I tried to get tickets but they were sold out. Bren and I are still going tonight to see if we can get in).
21st - 20th Annual International Friendship Day
27th-29th - International Sled Dog Symposium
29th - Nov 12th - Arsenic & Old Lace
29th - Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra in Concert

In summary, if we are bored or freeze to death here it wasn't due to a lack of education!

1 comment:

CereneOne said...

All very good things to know and DO! Have fun!