My Last Day at Them Days (Again)

Well, it’s time for me to head back to school once again. I’m here to write about my last day working for Them Days, for a second time! I’ve enjoyed working here over the past two summers. I’ve had great co-workers and rewarding work, which is probably why I came back! Like most people, the time has really flown by and it feels like I’ve just started. These three months didn’t feel like three months, that’s for sure.

Today was a nice day. Alicia, Aimee, Daphne and me headed out for a last-day meal. Alicia, our project worker, is nearly done working here. Tessa is too. This means the office will be nearly empty in a few days. Lots of changes for everyone here at Them Days!

Well there’s not much more to say, I hope you enjoyed the blog, which is not going back to school thankfully! There’ll be lots more to read since you still have Aimee. Thanks for reading!

Last picture!

Last picture!

 

 

 

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A Blog Reader Stops By!

It’s always exciting to get visitors at the Them Days office, and even more so when it’s someone from away that we know but have never met! Yesterday, Doug Bostwick of Florida stopped by our office. He’s a loyal blog reader and former Goose Bay resident, so it was really neat to meet him!

Wallace and I with Doug

Wallace and I with Doug


Doug was familiar with us and what we do, so it was a lot of fun to show him around the building and have him see in person all the things he reads about on our blog.

Thanks for stopping by, Doug! It was a real pleasure to meet you.

Aimee

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Them Days in Black & White

Well today, myself, Aimee, Alicia, & Daphne came to work wearing something black and white. None of us knew exactly, that we’d be wearing something the same colors lol. I’ve decided to get our photo taken to blog, seeing I never blogged in a while. Seems like, most days a couple of us will be wearing something similiar :) 

 

 

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Fires Near Mud Lake

For those of you who don’t know, I live in Mud Lake. So I had a really good view of one of the fires. I first heard the thunder around 6pm yesterday or so, and was expecting some rain! The rain didn’t come though, which is a problem for fires. I went out into the lake with my parents  and along with the fire that started we saw other Mud Lakers gathered in their boats. The fire seemed to be quite close to where we were and it looked to be moving towards us. We were all quite relaxed though.

People gathering in the lake, fire visible in the background

People gathering in the lake, fire visible in the background

Some flames visible

Some flames visible

I was out in the lake for about 20 minutes or so! However as you can imagine there were people back and forth into the lake throughout the whole evening and night. Lots of smoke entered Mud Lake’s vicinity for a short time, and I thought we were going to be evacuated, but the wind changed direction again. Later, in the night, I heard that the fire was picking up some intensity, and I went with my parents to the lake again. Now, we can’t see the lake from our wharf, but we could easily see the light from the fire over the trees.

The camera doesn't do it any justice

From the lake entrance. The camera doesn’t do it any justice

Indeed, the flames were burning brightly and were very visible. Every couple of minutes you would see a tree or two light up and we could see how far the fire had moved in the ~6 hours it was burning. It was quite a sight, and it would be a beautiful evening if it weren’t for the fire. However there seems to be no immediate danger to Mud Lake, so that’s a relief! This morning the fire is still active but there are water bombers working on it.

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Mulliauk Mouche: VICTORIOUS!

Well, I haven’t left much to the imagination in this blog post title. As you can see, Mulliauk Mouche, the storied Them Days regatta team (in its 25th year or so) has won a medal at th 31st Annual Labrador Canoe Regatta!

We had assembled a pretty good team, and we even pulled in an alternate on the day of the race (Tessa wasn’t able to make it, and Kerra thankfully agreed to sub in!) so I was pretty hopeful that THIS year would be the year we would win a medal. Of course, I always think this, so I’ve learned not to be TOO hopeful. haha.

But then, when they announced the teams, only three groups had entered, so we were at least guaranteed a medal–assuming we finished, which, unfortunately, hasn’t always been the case.

In all other years, they’ve pulled in a fourth team at the last possible moment, but not this year!

I'm always the last one to the canoe!

I’m always the last one to the canoe!

Ready for our race! Sorry for blocking your face, Kerra, and for blocking your whole body, Theresa.

Ready for our race! Sorry for blocking your face, Kerra, and for blocking your whole body, Theresa.

We had a good rivalry going with the other teams on the water. It’s all very friendly, but we like to tease each other.

About to start our "practice." (ie, we paddled in a little circle before the race. this is the extent of our preparation)

About to start our “practice.” (ie, we paddled in a little circle before the race. this is the extent of our preparation)

Waiting in the far lane

Waiting in the far lane

Waiting at the start line

Waiting at the start line

And we're off. We probably should have chosen a lane further to the right.

And we’re off. We probably should have chosen a lane further to the right.

We should have been a bit further to the right. Also, we probably should have clarified with the officials that it was okay to go to the second buoy instead of the first, because that could have shaved some time off.

Heading back from the buoy.

Heading back from the buoy.

We kept up pretty good, and had a good turn around the buoy, but started to lag in the second half of the race. It was pretty tiring out there! And the wind and waves were against us. I know I found it much harder to paddle (especially on the right side of the canoe).

First team about to cross the finish line.

First team about to cross the finish line.

Here we are, behind the second-place team. Not too far behind!

Here we are, behind the second-place team. Not too far behind!

Our competitors come out and high-five us at the end of the race

Our competitors come out and high-five us at the end of the race

Whew! That was a lot of work!

Whew! That was a lot of work!

Posing. (Check out Wallace.)

Posing. (Check out Wallace.)

So there you have it: a winning team! Thanks to all the paddlers on Mulliauk Mouche: Wallace, Theresa, John, Kerra, and Brandon.

YAY!  The first Mulliauk Mouche team to win a medal in...well, at least six years!

YAY! The first Mulliauk Mouche team to win a medal in…well, at least six years!

And there wasn’t as much drama this year…no T-boning, no gladiator-style finsh, no call for help to the rescue boat. Just a good, solid paddle…and look where it got us! :)

Wallace and I were just talking about the size of the canoes we were in (they’re big Voyageur-style canoes from Quebec), and it got me to thinking about Voyageurs. This is a fun video about the life of voyageurs (glad it’s not mine!!).

The Voyageurs by ONFB, National Film Board of Canada

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Avro Lancaster

All this week, there’s been a buzz about town regarding the Avro Lancaster on its way to England. I can imagine that this was kind of like what it was like when the Space Shuttle landed here (but not to quite the same extent–I doubt you’ll see photos of this hanging on people’s walls thirty years from now, but I could be proven wrong).

Wallace and I headed down to the Canadian Side to see the Avro take off. There were a number of people waiting…and waiting…and waiting. A lot of people gave up waiting and left. Wallace himself had a dental appointment to get to. But I stuck it out, and got to see a real WWII plane take off. I was imagining what it used to be like around here, in the days when the Lancaster planes were flying around in much greater numbers.

Getting ready for take off

Getting ready for take off

Gaining speed

Gaining speed

Airborne!

Airborne!

Good bye!

Good bye!

Flying above us

Flying above us

It was neat to see a real piece of history in person!

To learn more about this Lancaster and what it’s doing here, I recommend listening to this podcast from CBC Radio’s Labrador Morning or reading this article.

Aimee

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Labrador Canoe Regatta 2014

Them Days Inc. has been a participant in many Labrador Canoe Regattas over the years. We’re looking forward to being a part of this year’s one as well! We race this Sunday at 2pm. I had the chance to take part in last year’s novelty race with Them Days, and we came so close to winning, despite finishing in 4th place. I’ll tell you how!

We had 6 members who took part in the race: Myself, my father Craig Chaulk, Morgon Mills, Jillian Larkham, Aimee Chaulk and Terrilynn Saunders-Ryan. As we were waiting to start the race in our canoe, we realized that we couldn’t place lower than third since there were only three teams racing. However, another team formed at the last minute.

Our team!

Our team!

The water was quite rough that day. The organizers decided that us novelty racers should go an even shorter distance than usual for the novelty race, and so they placed a buoy closer towards us. We got off to a slow start, with all three of the other teams passing us before we could reach the buoy. However we had the fastest turn around the buoy and came back with the lead, thanks to my dad’s steering expertise. The others gained on us though, and we actually T-boned another canoe! We hit it head on. Our luck kept getting worse as two canoes caught up to us and paddled on both sides, preventing us from being able to paddle. This was how we finished the race, in between the two canoes and in last place. It was a good race though and a fun one. This year we’re hoping to improve!

The original River Rats team, in what is probably the first Labrador Canoe Regatta

The original River Rats team, in what is probably the first Labrador Canoe Regatta

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One of the earlier Mulliauk Mouche teams

One of the members on our team this year, John Gaudi, works for the CBC. He recently interviewed Myrna Gillam, the chair of the Labrador Canoe Regatta this year. Check out the interview here:

http://www.cbc.ca/player/Radio/Local+Shows/Newfoundland/ID/2480919501/

Lastly, I would like to let you know that our office will be closed this Monday, due to a civic holiday. We hope you all have a good weekend, and hope to see you down at the regatta!

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