Breathe Culture

where beautiful mistakes thrive

I’m Ange.

Hi I’m Ange, and I have not blogged in over a month.

It’s a good thing I am cute… or else Keira might un-link me ūüôā

 

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Russell Peters and getting low

This post is inspired by a night out at the bar in Fort St John. 

Intrigued yet? 

Having watched one of my favorite comedians again the other day, his words were fresh in my mind as I was shaking my junk all over the place.

The song “Low by Flow Rida” came on, and everyone piled onto the dance floor.¬†

As the chorus blares over the speakers with the bass pumping I notice one thing, and it made me burst out into laughter. We Canadians LOVE doing actions to songs…

Get low, low, low, low, and what are all the people on the floor doing? Getting low.

I have to admit there was maybe one person on the dance floor that actually looked GOOD while “getting low”, so I stood tall, rebelled against this terrible “getting low” phenomenon and laughed.

You should watch this video¬†from Russell Peters and you will understand the hilarity. I’m not making this up, you will giggle! (especially¬†if you were like me and had to learn random dances in¬†elementary¬†school)

Maori Art


Skin III

Originally uploaded by isolatediguana

While in New Zealand back in 2006 I fell in love with the Maori people and culture. The tattoos specifically were something that drew me in. Many of the tattoos are traditionally on the face, of course I doubt I will ever be that brave. I love the strong bold designs as well as the flowing curved lines.
The most recent tattoo of mine is Maori inspired and I am proud to have a piece of their culture as part of my art.
Check out some more pictures here.
Check out some more about the culture here & here.

 

Beach Boy


Beach Boy

Originally uploaded by Marcela P.

gorgeous.  Love the light, the disheveled hair, the desaturation, and the ink.

A lesson

In some frustration I have been experiencing lately, I would like to share with the internet world the proper back-road driving etiquette.  

As a part of my job I drive my medical unit out to different locations. In doing so, I usually end up driving on a highway riddled with moose, deer and frost heaves in all sorts of weather conditions. And if that wasn’t bad enough, they then get us to drive on gravel/mud/ice “lease” roads to actually reach our site location.

MTC

I will use the Alaska Highway as an example as it is a hub for all oilfield activity in BC. ¬†Just to confuse us, they decided to mark the highway in Miles starting at Dawson Creek, Fort St John is mile 32 and so on, all the way to Alaska. ¬†The roads that we work on are named with the number of the mile you are at, which tends to be rather confusing for us as we are given all of our directions in KM’s.¬†
Anyways, when you do find the lease road you were looking for, you then get to do the FUN part.

Immediately upon turning onto the road you should pull over, there will be a sign posted somewhere in that vicinity stating the frequency that you should turn your radio to. 

(I’m on the 103 RD and using the Anadarco Channel)

Photo Cubwolf (Dave Smith) on Flickr

Once you do this you should announce to everyone on the road what you are driving, which direction, and where you are. For insance: Pickup, empty at 0 on the 103.

It’s very unfortunate but even these beginning steps are too hard for some, and it creates real danger for the others on the road.

In case you didn’t know, anytime you are driving INTO a site you call “empty” (I use logging trucks to help me remember, as they would be empty going into the forest to pick up logs)

When you are leaving your site you call “loaded”, not because you are drunk, but because your logging truck would now be full! How exciting!

The KM’s are marked in nice yellow, white, or sometimes even red signs easily seen from the road.¬†
This system is handy because on the thin, muddy, twisty turny roads it’s nice to be able to pull over and wait for someone to pass rather than risking a head on collision.

One other thing that you will need to know is that “loaded” trucks always have the right of way, that means that if you are EMPTY you must be the one pulling over to let the loaded truck go by. This also is the case with one lane bridges.

I also recommend when driving in the back road to follow the posted speed limit (usually 70KM/hr) and to anticipate road conditions and use 4×4 when appropriate.

Have a road safety kit with you, as sometimes there is help nowhere near and no cell phone service in the area. You do NOT want to be stranded without the basics like food, warm clothes, water etc.

Be sure to call A MINIMUM of every second KM on the road and when you arrive at your location announce “empty/loaded pickup clear the ___ rd at KM___.¬†

The radio is not a personal cell phone, you should not carry on in conversation with your friends, no matter how interesting YOU think your story is. Blabbering on and on makes it impossible for this system to work as only one person can talk on each frequency at a time.

I have personally heard FAR too much personal information shared on the radio, keep those stories to yourself.

If everyone follows these simple guidelines there’s a good chance that we will all be able to travel on these crazy roads and continue to do our jobs in a safe and respectful manner!

 

For everyone that has never been on a back road and never used a radio, it can be fun, you CAN use nicknames like “rubber ducky” and you can use lingo like “10-4”.¬†

It’s something about my job that is unique and fun, and that you would never do while working in an office in downtown Vancouver. Hope everyone learned something from this very random post!

 

Happy

At the moment I am the only girl within aprox 25 km in all directions. The crew that I am working with is amazing and only a couple times have I been hit on. Yesterday though I had an interesting conversation with one of the guys. He asked me a very simple question. “Are you happy?” It seemed that for the first time in over 2 years I was able to say without hesitation, “Yes!” ¬†What a great feeling, to be happy despite daily stresses, missing people, and busy day to day life.

I Angela Campbell am HAPPY!

Looking at Flickr today I decided to search through the top interesting photos for the word happy, and needless to say, there were some amazing shots. I will share a few!

Walkabout Wolf - Flickr

bocalvermelha - Flickr

Luis Montmayer - Flickr

(Please click on the photos to be taken to the Photographers site, browse their pictures and leave comments on the gorgeous work!)

I ride my bike.

Life is busy, and the north is slowly warming up. Basically that means there is mud, slush, water, and dirt everywhere. Fortunately there is also warm air, and sunshine! ¬†My friend Katie and I have decided to take the month of May to recharge and focus on getting fit. To help me along with this, I decided to buy a bike. Personally I hate biking, but decided that it’s great exercise and having found a bike I thought would actually be fun to ride around helped a lot.

I went to Canadian Tire and bought a wonderful “Cruiser Bike“! ¬†It’s an old school bike with springs in the seat, no gears and the simple back pedal brake. I love it. ¬†It reminds me of what my grandparents would have been riding around on while meeting up with friends at the local ma and pa diner!bike

It is going to be the perfect thing for me to doddle about on, because I know I won’t be going on any “mountain” excursions unless I am in my xterra!

What might just be the best part, is that it came with a basket. Meaning, my lovely little puppy Tonka will be coming along and riding in style!

Next step, gotta buy me a helmet! (Safety First!!)