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Re: Luggage back-log at YVR by Lounge Trekker on 4 January 2009 4:30am
 
There isn't much info on Nunavut in Wikipedia...
Area

Population
Total (2008) 31,152 (est.)[2]
Density 0.015 persons/km²

Do you think it is safe to walk down the street in Iqualuit? 0.015 persons per km2! Maybe your friend was in Yellowknife in Northwest Territories or Whitehorse in the Yukon?

Lounge Geographer
 
Re: Luggage back-log at YVR by peripatetically on 4 January 2009 12:38pm
 
None of them either, Pete. I'm going to look at a map sometime today, maybe during the football game. It seems to me the place has one syllable, maybe two --a short name if I recall correctly. I'll know as soon as I see it.
 
Re: Luggage back-log at YVR by peripatetically on 4 January 2009 2:17pm
 
Hey Pete! I found it! I couldn't stand it any longer so I first got out a huge atlas and saw it. I wanted to verify so I found my old journal from that trip in Sept., 1984. The guy's name was Russell Toews and he was fire chief at the international airport near Inuvik. The pin he gave me represented the housing of the Inuit people--- an igloo, a house and a teepee and also showed the midnight sun. Inuvik is near Alaska and he told me means "Place of Man". He was very cute too as I mentioned that in my notes! : ) We talked about 45 minutes and then I returned to my room. I went back later to meet him again and we talked until the wee hours--- when the bar closed.
 
Re: Luggage back-log at YVR by Lounge Trekker on 4 January 2009 6:58pm
 
Great you found it, Patty! The area has undergone significant re-naming because it has been essentially 'returned' to the Inuit.

My Dad had some airmiles so he just had to go to Inuvik. It is a small town heated by a central source. All the utilities are distributed from the centre to individual houses with a large conduit built on the surface. It can't be buried because of the permafrost.

The road through town has a large hump in it where the road is built over this conduit.

Lounge Northerner
 
Re: Luggage back-log at YVR by peripatetically on 4 January 2009 11:19pm
 
That's pretty interesting, Pete. That all sounds completely new to me regarding the town. But it's been 24 years after all! lol. I do recall it being small and in a very remote area. It sounded like pure punishment when Russell was telling me about it. But he said the pay compensated greatly for the hardships. Also, it seems to me he was working there temporarily and I think he was definitely not staying there forever. I'm not sure where his hometown was, but he was willing to help fill this position which was badly needed.
 
Re: Luggage back-log at YVR by peripatetically on 4 January 2009 11:30pm
 
Whoops!
 
Re: Luggage back-log at YVR by mrsthing on 5 January 2009 1:37am
 
The Frozen Logger

As I set down one evening in a timber town cafe
A forty year-old waitress, to me these words did say
"I see you are a logger and not a common bum
For no one but a logger stirs his coffee with his thumb

"My lover was a logger, there's none like him today
If you'd sprinkle whisky on it, he'd eat a bale of hay
He never shaved the whiskers from off his horny hide
But he'd pound 'em in with a hammer, then bite 'em off inside

"My lover came to see me one freezing winter day
He held me in a fond embrace that broke three vertebrae
He kissed me when we parted so hard it broke my jaw
And I could not speak to tell him he'd forgot his mackinaw

"I watched my logger lover going through the snow
A-sauntering gaily homeward at forty eight below
The weather tried to freeze him, it tried it's level best
At a hundred degrees below zero, he buttoned up his vest

"It froze clean down to China, it froze to the stars above
At one thousand degrees below zero it froze my logger love
They tried in vain to thaw him and if you'll believe me, sir
They made him into ax blades to chop the Douglas fir

"That's how I lost my lover and to this cafe I come
And here I wait till someone stirs his coffee with his thumb
And then I tell my story of my love they could not thaw
Who kissed me when we parted so hard he broke my jaw.
***************************

I can't find out who the author is, but I've heard the song done by several different folk singers.
 
Re: Luggage back-log at YVR by johnnythemonkey on 5 January 2009 1:42am
 
That's funny Judy. I can just picture Pete. ;)
 
Re: Luggage back-log at YVR by peripatetically on 5 January 2009 1:32pm
 
I like that !
 
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