Putzin’ in P.A.

first_imgThe term “to putz” isn’t really in any dictionary.You know what it means though, putzin’ arahn (around, in yinzer). Dilly-dallying. Dawdling. Lingering. Hem and hawing. Moseying.My last day in Pennsyltucky, I was putzin’ hard. I was not ready to leave.IMG_5890My rig felt in good company all week.My rig felt in good company all week.In the week and a half or so that I had been staying outside of Ohiopyle, I’d managed to keep pretty busy. I knocked off three runs on the Upper Yough, a few solo laps on the Lower Yough loop, a little yoga here, a little hiking there, even a little wake surfing up in the ‘burgh. I’ve never spent much time exploring Pennsylvania, but the few times I’ve visited its southwestern corner in particular, I’ve become more and more enchanted with the Keystone State.So as I sat on the steps in front of Falls Market on my last day in tahn (town), shoving mint chocolate chip ice cream in my face and eyeballing the various trucks and cars that idled by with teetering stacks of kayaks strapped to the roofs, I felt for the first time in a long time very much unhurried. I was in no particular rush to move on to the next destination, and the thought of posting up in a town for longer than a couple weeks actually appealed to me (sorta).DCIM100GOPRODCIM101GOPRODCIM101GOPRONormally, I’m pretty restless. I’m always itching to be on the move.But the pace of life in that corner of Pennsylvania is much slower, though just an hour’s drive from the hustle and bustle of Pittsburgh. After a particularly busy week at work, I found myself really starting to appreciate that quiet. Countryside dominates much of the landscape. Sprawling farms and state park land interwoven with winding backcountry roads connect one-traffic-light-towns. Everything here is charming, down to the last hahs (house), post office, and four-wheelin’-local.IMG_6187 IMG_5928 IMG_6252The more I travel, the more I find that these one-traffic-light-towns are the places I connect with best. Having grown up as part of a small community, being welcomed into these tight-knit towns gives me a sense of ‘home’ despite my transience. It’s the people I’ve met these past few months that have had the biggest impact on me. Strangers, old friends and new, the cashier at the local convenience store. It’s been humbling to see how much the people have really defined this “on the road” experience. Everyday there is someone new who crosses my path and inspires me, or teaches me something new, or redefines my ideas on generosity and selflessness. Everyday, someone somewhere is looking out for me in some way and I feel incredibly fortunate to know so many good people.Sunrise on Laurel Mountain.Sunrise on Laurel Mountain.Ben Crandell cruisin' at dawn.Ben Crandell cruisin’ at dawn.IMG_5618When I think back to some of these great people though, I wonder how many of them I’ll see again. Of the typical challenges I encounter daily with the logistical reality of living out of a vehicle, I’d say none of those compare with the difficulty I have in accepting that sometimes, people aren’t meant to stay a part of your life forever. A stranger at a restaurant can tell you the most profound and sound bit of advice, and you may never even learn his name. One lady’s story may change your life ambitions, but she may never know that.How do you begin to cope with that disconnect? How do you come to terms with these fleeting encounters, with letting people come in and out of your life like a receding tide? How do you begin to ever express the ineffable gratitude that can come from both a simple gesture and a weeklong stay alike? How?I was thinking about all of this as I putzed around that last day in Pennsylvania.“Why don’t you watch a movie?” my friend Jess said. He and his lovely wife Theresa had opened up their cabin to me the week I was in town (thank you thank you) and were on their way out the door that last day. Perhaps sensing my putzin’ mode, they told me I should take a nap, twiddle my thumbs, do nothing, watch a movie.A movie? Of all the things I had done in the past few months, watching a movie was not one of them. But since I was in no rush to leave, I figured, why not? I picked the first DVD (no, those aren’t outdated…yet) my eyes came to, which just so happened to be Eat, Pray, Love, and, after nearly a half hour of trying to work the damn TV (am I really that uncivilized already?), I finally settled in and propped my feet up.Aside from remembering just how much I love Julia Roberts as an actress, one of the things I couldn’t stop thinking about was Elizabeth Gilbert’s book Eat, Pray, Love from which the movie was made. I read the book when it came out in 2006. I was still in high school, but I remember how much her words spoke to me then. I connected with her story, sensing my restlessness may one day lead me down a similar path.I whipped out my laptop and started browsing through some of the quotes from Gilbert’s book, curious as to what I had connected with so well. I scanned her words on God and love, happiness and suffering. Soon I found myself re-reading whole pages.It wasn’t long before I stumbled across a section she wrote on people. Her words, written over a decade ago, seemed, quite literally, to have sprung from my questions on giving thanks and processing kindness, like Gilbert herself was watching me putz and ponder.“In the end, though, maybe we must all give up trying to pay back the people in this world who sustain our lives. In the end, maybe it’s wiser to surrender before the miraculous scope of human generosity and to just keep saying thank you, forever and sincerely, for as long as we have voices.” Some people buy gifts, give money, send cards as tokens of gratitude. Others simply say ‘thanks.’ I fall somewhere in between, always expressing my appreciation in words but somehow feeling as if that alone is not enough yet anything but is insincere.I got to thinking, perhaps Gilbert is right. Perhaps all of this, all of us, are connected. It seems nearly impossible to genuinely thank every single person who has ever had a positive influence on my life. But perhaps one day, I will be the one to contribute to that “miraculous scope of human generosity” by providing a couch to crash on, a kitchen to cook in. Perhaps one day I will be able to return two-fold the kindness I’ve experienced in my journey and become a part of the good people continuum.So to Jess, who pushed me to step up in kayaking, to Theresa, who reminded me how good it feels to let loose and dance, to Crandell who rallyed at 3 a.m. for some Zoolander-sunrise action and taught me more things than I’ll ever remember about our solar system, to Dr. Mitchell, who’s stoke for kayaking was nothing short of entertaining (and contagious), and to Clark, Jay, and all the other super people I met in P.A. – thank you.IMG_4948IMG_4987IMG_5035last_img read more

Piping Hot: North Carolina hikers begin 180-mile trek along pipeline route

first_imgConcerned citizens in North Carolina are currently hiking 180 miles along the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline route from Whitakers, North Carolina, on the Virginia border, to Pembroke, North Carolina.The anti-pipeline hike is attracting everyone from senior citizens to college students on spring break. The hikers hope the protest will inspire others to take a stand against the building of the pipeline, which will cross the Appalachian Trail and other cherished public lands, threaten drinking water, and pollute the surrounding environments.They are also concerned about the use of eminent domain to seize rights-of-way through private lands and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s (FERC) lax approval process. Activists say that the environmental assessment issued in late December is missing crucial information, such as an inaccurate description of the pipeline’s environmental impact and violates federal law.Several groups have filed a legal motion requesting for the environmental impact assessment to be updated or replaced. Read more here and follow the progress of the march here.last_img read more

COVID-19: Govt reminds businesses that Idul Fitri bonuses are ‘mandatory’

first_imgRead also: COVID-19: Jokowi considers adjusting Idul Fitri break, orders regions to be obedientHe added that the government would expand fiscal stimulus eligibility beyond the manufacturing sector. “We will support more business sectors, not just manufacturing, but others that have been affected, such as tourism and transportation,” he said.The government has said the country’s economy may grow 2.3 percent this year, significantly slower than the 5.3 predicted by the 2020 state budget. In the government’s worst-case scenario, the economy could contract by 0.4 percent. The World Bank has also slashed its projection of Indonesia’s economic growth to a baseline of 2.1 percent if the situation starts to normalize by June. (aly)Topics : Coordinating Economic Minister Airlangga Hartarto has reminded businesses that they are obligated pay out Idul Fitri holiday bonuses (THR) to employees despite the economic pressures brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.“President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo has discussed the business sector’s readiness to pay THR [Idul Fitri bonuses], and [we remind] the private sector that paying out THR is mandatory,” Airlangga said during a virtual press briefing following a Cabinet meeting at the Bogor Presidential Palace in West Java on Thursday, as quoted by Antara News Agency.Airlangga said that the government had allocated Rp 405.1 trillion (US$ 25.1 billion) to fight COVID-19, as stipulated by Government Regulation in lieu of law (Perppu) No.1/2020 on state financial policy and financial system stability for handling COVID-19.last_img read more

On “Jobs that Pay” Tour Stops, Governor Wolf Calls on Harrisburg Lawmakers to Pass Minimum Wage Legislation

first_img Government That Works,  Jobs That Pay,  Minimum Wage,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Yesterday, as part of his “Jobs That Pay” initiative, Governor Tom Wolf signed an executive order that ensures employees under the governor’s jurisdiction will be paid no less than $10.15 an hour. Governor Tom Wolf is now calling upon Pennsylvania legislators to pass a minimum wage increase for all Pennsylvania workers. The increase would benefit more than 1.2 million Pennsylvania workers, many of whom are adults with families.“I am calling on the Pennsylvania House and Senate to pass legislation that increases the minimum wage in Pennsylvania,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “A minimum wage increase to $10.15 per hour supports local businesses, creates new jobs, and would boost state revenue by roughly $60 million annually.”In Delaware County, Governor Wolf visited MOM’s Organic Market, a locally owned and operated company founded in 1987. They sell 100% organic produce and pride themselves on carrying the area’s highest quality produce every day.In April 2014 MOM’s Organic Market raised their minimum wage, from $10.00 to $11.00 per hour.  Gordon Scoff, the general manager of the Bryn Mawr MOM’s, said that they viewed raising the minimum wage as an investment into their most valuable assets, their people.  Since they raised the minimum wage, they have seen increased productivity, increased employee retention, and an improved culture. Finally, Mom’s Organic Market is also as profitable as ever.Following his tour stop at MOM’s, Governor Wolf stopped at Trolley Car Diner on Germantown Avenue in Philadelphia. This deli and ice cream shoppe has been operating since 2000.“If the minimum wage is increased across the board, all restaurants in our area will be on the same level playing field,” said Ken Weinstein, the owner of Trolley Car Diner. “By doing so, no one will have an unfair competitive advantage. It will be a win-win because all employees will have more spending power. Small businesses will be able to compete, grow, and keep both employees and customers.”# # #Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf SHARE Email Facebook Twitter March 08, 2016center_img On “Jobs that Pay” Tour Stops, Governor Wolf Calls on Harrisburg Lawmakers to Pass Minimum Wage Legislationlast_img read more

GMS clinches 15 years worth of charters in MENA

first_imgGulf Marine Services has been awarded 15 years worth of contracts for three self-propelled self-elevating support vessels in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region with an undisclosed national oil company.GMS on Tuesday said the new charters were for for one Small Class and two Mid-Size Class SESVs.The charters, subject to the completion of legal documentation and finalization of the vessel delivery schedule, are expected to start in Q4 2018/Q1 2019.The charter period for each of the three vessels is five years (including options) during which time they will be supporting well intervention and maintenance activities in the region.Tender activity picks upDuncan Anderson, Chief Executive Officer of GMS, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded new charters totaling 15 years (including options) by a national oil company in the MENA region.“These contracts more than comfortably double the Group’s secured backlog and are a testament to our strong track record and excellent client relationships. We continue to be encouraged by levels of enquiries and tender activity as our clients focus on increasing their operations in a recovering market.”last_img read more

Schoolgirls the biggest binge drinkers

first_imgAuckland Now 13 Nov 2012Senior secondary school girls are now bigger binge drinkers than their male counterparts, according to a health report into the country’s drinking habits. With the bigger boozing culture, females are also doing themselves more harm and risking their health. The hard-hitting report into the female drinking culture was released at an alcohol harm conference in Auckland today. The percentage of females aged 16 and 17 binge-drinking on a typical night out tripled from nine to 28 per cent between 1995 and 2011. For males of the same age, the percentage increased from 19 to 25 per cent. Binge-drinking has dropped among 18 and 19-year-old males from 30 to 29 per cent. However, for the same age group of females, the proportion of binge-drinkers increased from four to 16 per cent. Alcohol Healthwatch director Rebecca Williams said teenage girls who were binge-drinking risked establishing bad drinking habits for life.http://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/7942561/Schoolgirls-the-biggest-binge-drinkerslast_img read more

Hammock leads to Ark-La-Tex checkers in return visit to Vivian

first_imgVIVIAN, La. (April 26) – Jerry Hammock didn’t recall much about the results of his first visit to Ark-La-Tex Speedway four or five years ago.His second visit proved to be much more memorable. Hammock won Saturday’s 20-lap Sprint Series of Texas main event at Vivian from the ninth starting spot.“I got a good start and made it to the front in about five laps,” he said. “We got there using the top side and after that went away, the middle is where we ended up running.”Multiple cautions kept eliminated lapped traffic. Hammock, in his second night in a new J & J Chassis, pulled away from the pack to win in front of Mike Herring and defending IMCA Eagle Motorsports RaceSaver Sprint Car series champion Rodney Henderson.Kenny Venable and Jason Howell completed the top five. Opening night tour winner Chip Graham was sixth. Round three of the Sprint Series of Texas is Saturday, May 10 at Abilene Speedway.Feature results – 1. Jerry Hammock; 2. Mike Herring; 3. Rodney Henderson; 4. Kenny venable; 5. Jason Howell; 6. Chip Graham; 7. Dustin Woods; 8. Ronnie Henderson; 9. Kenny Elwood; 10. Kerry Rush; 11. Corey Minor; 12. Mark Klis; 13. Gary Kelley; 14. Pete Cobb; 15. Drew Wright; 16. Reagan Reed; 17. Johnny Suggs; 18. Danny Merrell; 19. Bud Hanna; 20. Josh McCord.last_img read more

Men’s basketball is outside top 25 in rankings

first_imgBrian Chin | Daily TrojanBack on the hardwood · Head coach Andy Enfield will begin his fourth season at the helm of the men’s basketball program. He is coming off his best season yet in 2015-2016, when the Trojans won 21 games.Coming off its first appearance in the NCAA tournament in five years, the men’s basketball team will enter the 2016-2017 season just outside the top 25 rankings in the USA Today Coaches Poll and — in a separate poll — is predicted to finish seventh in the Pac-12 by the media.Both lists were released late last week. USC received 14 votes in the coaches poll, placing it in the top 40. Three Pac-12 teams placed in the top 25 — Oregon came in fifth, Arizona 11th and UCLA 20th. Cal received 43 votes, third most among teams not in the top 25.In the Pac-12 media poll, USC finished behind Washington and ahead of Utah, with Oregon claiming the top spot for the first time.Last season, the Trojans were predicted to finish 10th in the Pac-12. They wound up sixth with a 21-13 overall record and a 9-9 clip in conference play, surpassing expectations.This year, USC will be tasked with replacing the production of Julian Jacobs and Nikola Jovanovic, significant contributors last season who both declared for the NBA draft. The Trojans also lost Katin Reinhardt, Darion Clark, Malik Marquetti and Malik Martin and will have to rely on recruits and transfers to step up in 2016-2017.last_img read more

Arsenal Signs Suarez on Loan from Barcelona

first_imgArsenal has signed Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez on loan until the end of the season.The La Liga champions have extended the 25-year-old’s contract until June 2021, although the Gunners have a purchase option in the summer.Spaniard Suarez has played 71 times for Barcelona since joining in 2013 but has only featured eight times this season. Denis Suarez He previously played under Gunners manager Unai Emery at Sevilla, when he was at the club on loan.Suarez spent two seasons at Manchester City as a teenager but only made two first-team appearances before being sold to Barcelona as a 19-year-old.The Gunners remain in negotiations to sign a wide player – Inter Milan’s Croatia international Ivan Perisic is among the options being pursued, with Belgium winger Yannick Carrasco of Chinese club Dalian Yifang also linked.Despite a number of injuries, Arsenal are not likely to bolster their defence.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control celebrates empty kennel due to increase in adoptions

first_imgAn animal shelter in Palm Beach County is completely empty due to an increase in adoptions!Palm Beach County Animal Care and Control posted a video on Facebook  showing the staff cheering for all of the animals. The shelter houses animals who are emergency surrenders of cruelty and cases of domestic violence.The shelter still has animals up for adoption in their main kennel.For more information on Palm Beach County County Animal Care and Control, click here.last_img