Yeah, I don’t think immersion is gonna do the trick. I think I would just give up trying to like it and be stuck in whine mode permanently. Then Bruce’s Jedi mind tricks would have even less effect .
But actually, I think I am starting to get a little more used to it. It has warmed up some, but still pretty cold. Working in it all day today was not nearly as miserable as earlier in the week. But that may have something to do with the type of work too…But mostly I’m just tired of complaining. Doesn’t seem to help. haha
Today we built 1.5 miles of walking trail through the woods. A lot more fun than a steep roof. And getting to work with my family always makes things better.
So far our little training organization got “contracts” to do 6 different programs next year with two different organizations. One of the other orgs is just down the road a mile. One of the programs we are doing for them is a youth summer camp sorta deal. As many as 100 youth 13-18 year old, a week from different churches/orgs. Erika and I started that program years ago when we worked for that organization.
This year they are going to send them to our campus for a 12 hour appropriate technology day. We are building a walking trail for them to make the trek down here and be able to avoid walking on the roads for safety’s sake.
Got permission from all the land owners between here and there. And we managed to make the whole thing today.
Just need one more little bridge and a 2 little scaffolds to enter and exit a concrete culvert that goes under the highway.
The whole thing is part of an object lesson about the need in the world for carrying household water. Each student will carry a jug of water for the 1.5 miles. We are making banners (signs) along the way with facts about water carrying (queuing) in the world. Then when they get to our campus , they will spend the day learning to make and/or use about 45 AT models, most of which have something to do with cooking or food preservation or water. They will spend the day preparing the evening meal with tech models, butcher & can their own chickens, make their own cooking gas, purify the water they carried in, cook with wood gas, char gas, solar ovens, rocket stoves, biogas, etc.
We also have some other activities planned like an AT water pump relay race with 5 different water-moving techs.
This will all be after they spend three days in a simulated third world village and a simulated urban slum. The idea is to get a small glimpse into experiencing the world of other-than-US-standard of living, and then get a glimpse of some possible methods/mechanisms to help alleviate some of the suffering. Along with an exposure to the idea of actually changing one’s own standard of living so others might live better.
Anyway, didn’t intend for that to take so many words to get out. if anyone is interested in some facts about water, here’s a link to some pics/banners we are making.