This week Pegman takes us back to the “Great White North” Resolute Canada.
This is my photo prompt:
This is my fiction
genre: Realistic Fiction with attempt at Humor
Title: Don’t be a Nebbish
(word count: 150)
Dude, you’re a Nebbish.
A Nebbish? Is that negative person?
Sorta. It’s an old Yiddish “type” for behavior modes that are pessimistic, hapless, and ineffectual. Kind of stuck. Like a cow in the middle of the road with no detour sign.
Sure wish we could see a cow in the middle of the road right now. But we only have bleakness and snow.
You knew it’d be bleak when you joined the research team.
I was only invited because no one else knew SPSS.
That’s Nebbish talk. We wanted you for you. But now all you’re doing is complaining about feeling cooped up, having brain fog, not enough sunlight, and no laughter?
Actually, I’m doing more than complaining. See that Amazon snowmobile delivery guy out there? Here come snowshoes, acytel l-carnitine, vitamin D3, a sunlamp, and Jim Gaffigan DVDs.
Amazon delivers to Resolute Canada?
Yep. Well… it costs extra for shipping.
Here are some facts about Resolute Canada:
- Resolute enjoys constant 24-hour sunshine from April 29 to August 13.
- It’s the ‘place with no sunset’ in the summertime!
- Sledding season begins in September and lasts until the middle of June. The hard packed snow of Resolute is excellent for snowmobiling, affording wilderness excursions of great distance.
- Resolute is named after the British ship HMS Resolute which became trapped in ice and abandoned here in 1850 while searching for the lost Franklin Expedition and the Northwest Passage.
- Hiking the ancient seabed terrain, you will find fossils of fish 400 million years old.
- This wetland ecosystem is a nesting area for 30 species of arctic birds, including king eider ducks, greater snow geese, gulls, jaegers, phalaropes and plovers.
- Canada and the United States jointly built a weather station and airstrip here in 1947, followed by a Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) base in 1949.
- Efforts to assert strategic sovereignty in the High Arctic during the Cold War (c. 953) led the Government of Canada to forcibly relocate Inuit families from northern Québec to Resolute. The Government of Canada formally apologized to the Inuit in 2008.
- This High Arctic hamlet (with its excellent airport) often serves as a starting point for international scientific research teams and extreme adventure expeditions to the North Pole.
- When you visit this special place be prepared for polar conditions. Resolute is situated so far north that most times you have to look south to see the Northern Lights!
Also, check out this On My Way to SAR‘s Arctic Phase blog post HERE about a real adventure in this Canadian region.
Lastly, I was recently reading about a Nebbish behavior type (as described by jean Houston).
Houston explained that the Nebbish behavior pattern is a drained type of personality and it can suck the life out of you. And when the nebbish vanishes, a person feels lighter, they laugh, and even their posture changes.
“Laughter is the loaded latency given us by nature as part of our native equipment to break up the stalemates of our lives and urge us to deeper and more complex forms of knowing”
So let’s laugh and let’s not be Nebbish – or the type that scowl a lot and carelessly lets more scowls come.
let’s not be cynic with hope zapped and feeling stuck.
In my fiction, the research guy, my Main Character, got busy ordering supplies to help lift his mood and life. The joke was that Amazon delivers anywhere – hah – but it might actually be true. For an extra fee – they might just go there. And the items he ordered are the exact things I would have delivered to help me if I were in that situation.