3. Cold is cold. This may seem stupid, but its true. Melissa may disagree with me but -50 is no different than -10, You dress different but if you dress properly it doesn't make a difference. If your dressed improperly it just affects how long you'll survive. AND +15 can feel hot, you can go outside in +15 without a shirt and wearing shorts have a BBQ and a cold drink and it feels hot.
4. Guns don't kill people, people kill people. This little NRA slogan seems to ring true. There are probably more guns in town than people. However no one has been shot with accidentally, or with intent in town for many years. The children understand the danger as they are raised with guns, but guns are tools of protection and substance not weapons. In a enviroment of high domestic violence one would assume that guns would add to this danger, but it is not what I have witnessed. The only gun related deaths I have heard of are suicides. I'm sure the local RCMP have a greater concern of these weapons than I do, however I am simply relating my observations. And yes, regardless of the flak I've taken from my friends to the south, I now own a gun and I and my wife do not feel threatened by its presence in the house, but it will allow us to raom the land more freely and with less concern. In town there is no fear of stranger killing or random violence that prevails southern existance.
5. Judgement is best left to those living these lives. When I first came up here I tried very hard to avoid judging others I didn't understand. It was a impossible challenge, judgements were made changed and revised through the past year. Now all I'm assured of is that judging others you don't understand does not lead positive results. Its strange, my judgement regarding my position is still strong, I know what the market will buy, I know whose going to steal, I know when someone is lieing, etc. However once I leave the confines of the store I understand and speculate on nothing regarding these people's behaviour. Strangers come to my door for a glass of water, people I don't know offer me "important" information of the land they have learned from thier elders. There's one elder in town whom I think is desparately triing to tell me something. He only speaks Inuktituk, however he freqently stops me and talks to me for 5 or 10 minutes telling me stories of what I do not know, but his sincerity is strong.
Take Care, and don't judge:)