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work ethic of northern climates

updated tue 12 jan 10


David Beumee on mon 11 jan 10

I miss Montana winters too Marcia. I grew up in Billings and Red Lodge and
learned to make pots in art school in Bozeman.
I always loved getting into a stand of lodgepole in the summer and thinning
out the standing deadfall in preparation for long winters. I've always love=
cutting and stacking and chopping wood. In the early seventies there were
still lots of folks in Bozeman who used wood as their only source of heat,
and I loved every minute of it, even at thirty below. All of us arranged ou=
winter quarter classes so we could ski in the cold smoke at Bridger Bowl in
the afternoons. Those were the days.

David Beumee
Lafayette, CO

On Mon, Jan 11, 2010 at 1:39 PM, Marcia Selsor wrote:

> I miss the Montana winters and the minus zero from Jan. 1 to mid- Feb. Th=
> tropical living in SOuth Texas makes me forget what time of year it is.
> We had a good wood and pellet stoves at the studio. I collected hard wood
> from a cabinet maker. Could also make nice little tools from the scraps. =
> use to use coal in my little house in Huntley. We could back up the picku=
> to a conveyor belt and get coal right out of the mine. Wood was not as
> abundant in the area. I miss Yellowstone Park in the Winter and swimming =
> the hot springs while your hair grows icicles and you sit and watch the
> bison..
> I missed the squeaky sound of "dry" snow in the bitter cold and the car
> seats cracking when it is minus 30. And let's not forget headbolt heat=
> to keep your car engine from freezing. I was only snowed in once in 25 ye=
> of teaching. About 1990, the university stayed open when it was minus 30
> because they would otherwise forfeit a basketball game to Alaska. I did
> learn how to solder pipes after they froze. Montana is a lesson in surviv=
> and self-reliance. I really do miss it.
> Marcia Selsor