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Offline zeker

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and the winner is
« on: February 20, 2016, 03:32:45 PM »
our small town has its winter carnival this weekend.

I show up for the free hotdog.

I,m not a joiner or entirely sociable.

as  I am getting there, a fella says "you gonna get in the teaboiling contest?"
I ask whats that.

he goes on to explain THAT they give you some wood and a cpl pieces of paper and birch bark and an axe. and some matches./

the first person to make boiling tea.. wins.

it was a rainy day here and I looked at the wood . it was wet punky crap but there was a cpl pieces of 1x4 in each bundle.
(also wet)

the contestants are to choose a spot in the deep snow and .. have at it.

I signed up.

first thing I realized was that them humongous chunks of wet soggy wood would never burn. :o  BUT..

they would be a perfect base to make a fire that would not slush up and melt the snow.

I prepared my area and laid down the soggy crap. my biggest problem was the wind.

Building a windbreak and started the fire with 2 matches (a whole box was supplied).

less than 20 min later I had snow melted and tea boiling, and won a very nice 'preppy' survival pack. first prize.

the organizer looked at me and said "this aint your first rodeo" :P

I hung around for the childrens time.

I helped all the kids with their fires.

some were VERY chALLENGEING. a whole pk  of matches at one fellas and still nothing workt.

a young girl won for the kids. she was about 13-14.

I am not.. nor ever will be, a people person.. but I enjoyed helping the kids.

none were arrogant or cocky and seemed to welcome the input.

I wouldn't do it for them, but I explained why 'this' worked, or 'that' didn't work, and I feel they each got a decent shot at it.

since there was only 3 prizes for the kids.. and 3 contestants.. they each won something.
« Last Edit: February 20, 2016, 03:43:30 PM by zeker »
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Re: and the winner is
« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2016, 07:29:56 AM »
Thats great Zek! Teaching willing kids is one of the most beneficial things we can do. Finding willing kids.... thats a different story heh!
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Re: and the winner is
« Reply #2 on: February 22, 2016, 04:01:53 AM »
one young fella.. about 14-15.. couldn't figger how to strike a match.

he held the wooden match at its very end, then tried to strike  with the side of the match..

I kept telling him to strike the point and snug up. I almost think he was afraid of it.

not only did the match, not lite, but it always broke.

I then told him to strike more than one match ata time, for a better flame and at least a chance.

I stayed with him til he finally used up all his available kindling and birch bark, and matches.

I wasn't allowed to physically do the job, but I could coach. :'(

he was the only one to NOT get a decent  fire going, ..

these methods must have seemed primitive to the kids.

its amazing to me that the simplest skill is so foreign .

teach your kids and grands how to light a fire. it may save their life.

teach them wooden matches, paper matches and lighter etc.

when the spring comes teach them to use alternate methods/materials and where to find it.

« Last Edit: February 22, 2016, 04:08:27 AM by zeker »
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Re: and the winner is
« Reply #3 on: February 23, 2016, 07:09:23 PM »
I picture today's kids looking at most things prior to 1990 as some kind of alien technology.


https://youtu.be/KTc3PsW5ghQ


Even computers, which used to require some kind of attention and ability to learn, can now be used by squirrels, monkeys and just about anything else on the planet to take selfies.
The internet is rife with secret plots of Machiavellian organizations out to subvert all power in the world. Do they really need to pull a Bond villain plot, when the competition can't find their way out of a wet paper bag (even with the map app)?

Your patience to teach them is nice to see, good on ya!
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