Sunday, July 6, 2014

Why no blog postings?

It's been said that we're all in the same canoe. I think that's usually meant that no matter what we think about other people, we still have to take their opinions into account.
I see it a bit differently. I see it as anything that anyone does has a ripple effect on the others. That's what has happened to this blog and why there has been a dearth of postings this early summer.
It started with Microsoft. For no reason that I can see other than to force me into buying another computer, it did away with Windows XP. About the time we left home for camp I was thrust into a new operating system, Windows 8.1. It sucks.
Oh I'm sure that given a few weekends, curled up with the laptop and a warm cup of cocoa I could figure out how to operate it better and probably feel all warm and cozy-like. I'm being facetious here. I'm a camp operator, not a bored person with nothing better to do but push and click all the icons on my screen to see what will happen. I barely have time to sleep, for goodness sake.
To make matters worse, Microsoft Office is utterly different than what I'm used to. I have had e-mails arrive, then disappear. I spend 15 minutes -- an eternity for me right now -- answering an e-mail only to find it won't send anyway. I'm sure the help desk in India would eventually get back to me. Maybe I could read a good book while I'm waiting.
Then there's the Internet itself. It has become as addictive as crack to many people these days. They can't go more than a few hours without checking it and when they check it here, say update their Facebook profile, then I can't get on to write something for the blog. Our internet connection is via our cell phone which must have an external antennae and a signal amplifier just to get a weak signal.
I'm sure we could sink thousands of dollars into a SETI-like bank of satellite dishes and boosters and coaxial cables that would let everyone sit in their cabins and work their tablets, I-phones and Android devices to their hearts' content but frankly, I'm not going there.
There is no way that with all the other things Brenda and I must do that we can keep on top of developments in the virtual world. We're cooking and cleaning and fixing and lifting and stacking and buying and transporting from daylight to dark. When I finally get a chance to fire up the computer, it spends the entire time I had updating itself. It's as if the point of computers is to go on-line and update, not for us to use for some purpose or another.
One thing about working at camp, it certainly makes me see how everything in life is interconnected. When we get a shipment of diesel for our generator that is mixed with a large quantity of water, then I can't post blogs because I spend days and days cleaning out our diesel tank, taking the spoiled fuel back to town, getting new fuel, installing water separating filters, cleaning out our transfer pump, etc.
Well, so much for my rant. I think I feel better.
Anyway, I can bring everybody up to speed in a few sentences: the fishing is great, especially for walleye. All the usual things are working. The weather has been cool but not especially wet. The lake level is more or less normal. Weed growth is absent from the big bodies of water but about usual in the shallow bays. These latter places are where just about all of the fish are being taken.


Anonymous said...

Dan, please don't get Internet and cellular telephone service for the cabins. It is a great source if joy that I can tell my office and my clients that they cannot contact me during my week at Bow Narrows. If they could, just knowing that they can reach me there would drastically change my experience, and not for the better.

Winston Trench said...

I agree with Anonymous about service to the cabins!! Don't need it don't want it!!
On the other topic I gave up on Microsoft years ago and switched to Apple. Haven't looked back since! Might want to give them a look in the off season.

Winston Trench

Don Graham said...

Hooray for Dan! I feel your pain. Keep on providing for a great fishing experience. We can survive.

Anonymous said...

I have to agree. The whole point in going up there is to get away from the everyday life. There shouldn't be phones and internet and TV. I have been going to Bow Narrows Camp since I was a young boy and we never had any of those things. We went to enjoy the great outdoors and fish. We all have busy lives but this is the one place you can go and truly have a vacation. If you can't get away from your every day life for a week then this isn't the camp for you. Life will wait for you to return to the states and continue on with your busy and hectic life. Keep things they way they are at the Camp and keep your computer and phone for business only.

Al Andrin

Anonymous said...

Same here, PLEASE don't wire the camp. I also look forward to getting disconnected for a week.

Charlie Stevens said...

I also had to get rid of XP. Im so discussed with this new stuff that I really wish I had gone with apple. As for in camp the last thing I want is Internet. Cant wait for next week to get here.

Anonymous said...

Dan, I agree with the other comments, but would like to add one of my own. Don't even offer internet service from the lodge except for your staff (they are spending the summer away from their family and friends). What good is getting away from it all if you bring it with you?
Joe Overman

Terry Matson said...

I have managed to survive a week in Canada nearly every year since the late 60's without a phone, tablet, computer, etc. In fact I enjoy turning the phone off after the border crossing and not turning it on until the return crossing. I use that as a selling point to get guys to come along. Stop the madness! Life begins where cell service ends.

Doug Billings said...

Hey Dan,

It appears you have hit upon a subject that stikes a few nerves. Like the others before me, I too like the idea of no access to the Internet while at camp. I use it and am subjected to it all year long and truly cherish my time away from it while in Canada.

If I could, I would be more than happy being away from all this technology more frequently. I have been "Facebook Free" for over a year and a half and don't miss it one ioata. Because of my liberation from the burdens of Facebook, I have discovered a lesser need to be attached to the shackles and chains of social networking. I appreciate and recognize the many benefits of technology, but at the same time, I am thankful for not being addicted to it. With it or without it, I can be satisfied.

With all that said, I know that many don't see this the way I see it. The generations under me seem to approach social networking with intense fervor (fervour-British variant). Many businesses that cater to people have met the obvious demand by offering free WiFi for those patrons who feel they have to be connected anywhere at anytime.

I frequent Major League baseball parks throughout the country and have discovered that many clubs are changing their approach to what the fans will experience and have available to them while attending a ballgame. Technology is more prevalent and everywhere in the ballpark. Fans fall into two categories in the twenty-first century: Old farts like me that go to the game to watch the game and action happening on the field then and there, and the younger generations that go to the game to socialize as if they are at a party on the back porch of someone's home. If you haven't noticed it, just watch what is going on in the background of any televised game. Some fans are actually watching the game--old-timers, while others are visiting with neighbors or on cellphones, texting, talking, etc.--younger generations. Businesses are making the adjustments to the percieved desires of the public.

I am not sure what the future holds for the fish camp business. During my week in June, there has only been one youngster at camp, and he seemed to be at ease and comfortable with no access to technology. I suppose that I would consider including networking if the younger generations considering coming to camp frequently ask if it is available. If you lose potential customers for not having something desired, then it will become an issue. However, that is a long-term issue, not necessarily one to be concerned with in the short haul.

I agree with Joe Overman when he said that you should at the most have the Internet available to your staff at the lodge. Don't worry about us out there in the cabins. As for me, I want to be away from all that clutter. I am at Bow Narrows to fish and get away from the rat race of life back home. Doug Billings

Anonymous said...

I couldn't agree more with all the comments. The whole idea of coming to camp is to get away from all the pressures of every day life. If someone finds that they need to be connected to the internet, I suggest they stay home. As for myself, getting away and coming to camp to fish and see the beautiful sights is all I need.
Keep it simple Dan. They will survive!!
Dave Myers