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PostPosted: December 25, 2018, 3:51 pm 
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My son is a Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) officer and he was posted last September to Arviat in the northern Territory of Nunavut. Arviat is located 860 miles north of the USA/Canada border on the western shore of Hudson Bay. Arviat is a hamlet of 3500 people that is served by barge in the summer and is fly-in only in the winter. Last week my wife and I visited with my son and his family.
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Living in Winnipeg we're used to cold weather but Winnipeg is no where near as cold as Arviat. Having wide open tundra to the west and wide open water (frozen at this time of year) to the east, Arviat always has high winds and the wind chill is pretty severe. Last year's recorded low was -68*C. This is my wife outside the Northern Store at -41*C.
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Because it's a fly-in community prices are pretty crazy. $17.49 for a bottle of orange juice is representative.
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Caribou is a staple of the local diet. We had caribou stew one night and it was really good. Arviat is an amazingly friendly community where people stop to chat when they meet you on the street (even though it's 30 to 40 below!). At minimum there is always a friendly wave from the truck, quad or snowmobile as it goes past. Since arriving in September my son has seen seals and a polar bear on the ice just across the street from his house. He's also seen some locals harvesting a Beluga whale on the beach across from his house...this sure ain't Kansas!
This is the brand new RCMP detachment. That's Hudson Bay in the background. Almost all signs are in both English and Inuktitut. Note the length of my shadow even though is wasn't yet 1:30 in the afternoon.
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It was a fantastic trip to a very interesting place. And we got to spend time with our grandsons. I hope to get back this summer flying my own plane.

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PostPosted: December 25, 2018, 7:25 pm 
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How fun! Congratulations on the great trip!

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PostPosted: December 26, 2018, 8:39 am 
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"recorded low was -68*C" , and that is cold, Whoa
and you really have to like orange juice for that $
All worth it to see your son! :D :D :D
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PostPosted: December 26, 2018, 12:03 pm 
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WOW! What a trip! All that and visit with kids/grandkids too. Quite an adventure! Good on ya for going!
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I made a clock for my dad for his birthday.
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It's a slice from a small log of juniper that someone gave him years ago. He gave it to me when I was scavenging around the farm for interesting pieces of wood for projects. It seems fitting that he gets the first project from it.
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PostPosted: February 14, 2019, 6:55 pm 
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Good looking project. I'm sure he will like it.


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PostPosted: February 14, 2019, 7:26 pm 
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Hi Kristian-
I agree with Walt. It looks good and I'll bet ya a nickel that your dad loves it. :mrgreen: Tell him I said "Happy Birthday" too.

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Nice looking clock there! :cheers:

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Thanks guys. If anyone's interested in a similar one, I can make more. I definitely made some mistakes on this one. I may have to redo it, but his birthday is today, so no time right now.
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turbo_bird wrote:
Thanks guys. If anyone's interested in a similar one, I can make more. I definitely made some mistakes on this one. I may have to redo it, but his birthday is today, so no time right now.
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Where you buying your mechanicals? I'm thinking of doing a 5' wide clock for my living room...

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Klockit is where I get mine. https://www.klockit.com/?gclid=CjwKCAiA ... KUQAvD_BwE

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I got the parts at Michael's, it's a chain craft store here in Canada. I don't know if they're in the USA or not. I did find some giant wall clock movements on Amazon though, they'd probably work for what you're doing.
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Where you buying your mechanicals? I'm thinking of doing a 5' wide clock for my living room...
She will still be late... :rofl:


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I'd never raced on ice before, and had some studded tires sitting around so I took the little Yaris to an Ice Attack event. Time Attack, but on ice. You are supposed to do a slower IceX event prior to Ice Attack, but due to weather and conflicting race schedules I wasn't able to do IceX. I asked if I would be allowed to attend Ice Attack despite that and was told my experience was enough to meet the requirement. So we do the parade laps, and my tire pressure was to high and car was sliding excessively. Dropped pressure and started heat 1. My 2nd lap in I literally thought to myself "I don't belong out here. I don't know wtf I am doing!" and was very much regretting not attending an IceX prior. I felt like I couldn't get the car to do anything, and was getting flagged to the passing lane almost every lap (having a car in my heat on racing-studs didn't help). Driving on ice is so different than pavement or gravel but by the end of the 2nd heat, I was starting to learn the nuances of ice. Heat 3&4 I was pretty comfortable in the car, though still learning. Day 2 went well, though the surface had less grip and times were a bit slower. End result I was quite pleased with my driving, and even got the world's smallest trophy (2nd place in 2wd street-stud). Looking back at the onboard video, I didn't do as poorly my first few laps either, but I sure felt useless.

As far as the driving goes, you really have to reprogram your brain/reflexes. The steering wheel does not turn the car at all at speed. It's just used to transfer weight, and the rear end sliding out is what steers the car. You have to NOT correct the slide until you have the car aimed where you want it. This is tough as you reflexively will dab throttle or countersteer to straighten out. Once you get used to that, the next problem is you forget what position the steering wheel is in. So mid slide, the car gets a little front grip and suddenly bugs out to the side 10ft before you realize the steering wheel was upside down . Speeds on the straight were a little over 100kph.

Video of my best lap below. Also includes my biggest oops of the weekend (may have a small dent on my quarter panel from it). Lap looks boring, but it's because I was keeping it tidy and trying to maintain momentum. Keep in mind though, that any time the car turns, it's actually the rear end sliding out and not the front turning.

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