Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Indexed Shifting

I'm still on crutches, it's still not fun. My ankle is getting better, sometimes it's stiff and it moves like indexed shifting. I can put weight on the ankle, but I could be on crutches for another week.

I got some work done at the UM LacCore lab for the cores from the wild rice lake. It's fascinating what you can find in a core. There was an exoskeloton case of a midge head, complete with antennae and mandibles. There was also a piece of grass charcoal from a fire that happened about 300 years ago.

Jon and I hit up Fleet Farm yesterday. It seems like we are there almost every week. This time I found a pair of Joka polar gloves, made in Finland. I wish there was more in stock, I would have bought 3 pair. These gloves come in handy when working with frozen lake cores and ice fishingk.

Monday, March 07, 2011

AD Annoyed and Disabled

I've been on crutches for the last couple of weeks. I have a sprained right ankle. Jon and I were in an accident. I'm tired of telling the story, I should just
wear a sign with my story. I dislike the sympathy attention from crutches. Using crutches is almost like double poling all day. I suppose the good thing about crutches is that my triceps made a comeback.
Ok so here goes, Jon and I were going to his place out in Foley and it was the end of a snowstorm and the roads were pretty bad. There was a car in the oncoming lane so Jon instinctly moves over a bit to give the guy some room when he got tugged into the deep snow on the shoulder, he lost control, we fishtailed, did a 270 when the other guy slammed into my side of the Jeep. It was enough force to crush the front axle, tip us over on my side and the other guy went into the ditch. I got the wind knocked out of me, and I knew my ankle was hurt right away. I managed to unbuckle and crawl into the back of the Jeep so Jon could then unbuckle without falling or crushing me. Jon was fine, he called 911, then called his Mom. We got out of the Jeep much like getting out of the hatch of a tank, through the top, I hopped down despite the ankle and by that time his Mom was there since we were only half a mile from home. Jon had a sore back/neck for a few days, but he's ok. The other guy told us right away he wasn't wearing a seatbelt. He was in the hospital for a week with 5 broken ribs and a busted spleen.
Jon's Jeep has been replaced with a 2006 Subaru Legacy wagon, it's no Jeep, but he is happy with the mileage it gets.

A few days BC (Before Crutches), I went to Glen, MN. My research project is studying how lake levels effect wild rice growth. The lake is used by members of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe. They have been harvesting wild rice, manoomin (in Ojibwe), on it for ages.
Using an electric auger to drill through the ice.

This core didn't work out, it splattered all over the ice.

Me taking temperature of the water from the lake bottom.