The Blue Lake area in central Oregon is my favorite place in the entire world. More than 20 years ago, I used to take kids camping at Blue Lake every summer. Some of the kids were from my church and others from a Bible club at the school where I taught for several years. That was in the really "olden" days when teachers could still ask a student to say a blessing before we went to the cafeteria for lunch, and start a Bible club without a special distribution from the Supreme Court.
This particular Bible club seemed to attract kids that did not fit in well at school; in fact, some were real troublemakers; but the group never turned anyone away. The behavior of a few even improved as a result of their association with the club, and I like to think that we all became better people during those years.
We rode all over the place in my old Volkswagen van and did a lot of fun things together like skating, swimming, camping, and even going to revival meetings which were frequently held in our area at the time …
We called ourselves the God Squad, and even put a bumper sticker with that title on the back of my van. The kids did not care when some at school dubbed them God's Odd Balls. In fact, they felt sorry for the kids who made fun of them because they were not a part of our group.
You're probably wondering what the Bible Club had to do with my summer vacation now, 20 plus years later. Well, be patient with me. I'm getting there.
One day last month, my husband and I took a picnic lunch, our lawn chairs, and books, and went up to Scout Lake, about a mile from Blue Lake, to spend the afternoon. My husband walked around the lake once, before collapsing with his book, but I made it a few more times. One trip around is about 3/4 of a mile.
Anyways, as I was walking along the trail, I began to think about the times I had walked this same trail with the teenagers from the Bible club, all those years before. On one of those trips, Ricky, one of the older boys suggested that we bought to meet at the lake on a particular day every year for the rest of our lives.
Some of them had already graduated from high school and the group was beginning to drift apart. We talked about it for awhile, but decided it would be hard to do, as they would be getting married, raising families, moving all over, etc.
Then he pointed to an old tree off the path and up the hill to the right. "Hey, look at that hole in the tree. We could all come up here anytime we wanted and leave messages for each other in that hole in the tree," he said. We all agreed that it would be an interesting way to keep in touch, and someone changed the subject.
Last month, on my fourth trip around the lake, I noticed the tree again, and Ricky's words came back to me. "I wonder?" I thought. Had the group meant as much to them as it had to me? If so, there bought to be a pile of letters in that hole. But, then, I had never bothered to write so much as one line for the unorthodox mailbox, myself, even though the years of our adventures together had been very special to me.
The hole in the tree was very high, and would be difficult for me to reach. After all, I was 20 years older now, and I had not exactly been a spring chicken back in those days. It would have been difficult even for the kids to reach. Without realizing it, I took several steps off the path.
Several moments passed as I stand there in the eerie, late afternoon silence, staring at the hole in the tree. Then, a bit reluctantly, I stepped back to the path and continued on around the lake. Somehow, holding onto the fantasy of that hole being stuffed full of little notes seemed much more desirable than the probable reality of finding it empty.
Maybe, next year, I'll look.
Using the appropriate busbar for the existing current in the given electrical setting is of utmost importance. There are several items that fulfil this need such as the busbar boots, busbar sleeve, busbar insulation shrouds and busbar connection shrouds in the industrial electric industry. Busbar boots is a flexible, plastic moulded insulated shroud that offers protection for switchgear and bus-bar connections. The busbar insulator shrouds or boots are utilized for coating metals as well as other conductors so as to decrease or stop the electrical current flow when needed and avoid fires, shocks and short circuits. These are reusable electrical insulating coverings and are mainly made from polyvinyl chloride material which works well for high voltage electrical applications. Busbar heat shrink sleeve protects, insulates or shortens the distance of busbar, after shrinking. For choosing the right kind of busbar sleeve, it is essential to know the voltage resistant level and the size of the busbar. In addition to standard sizes, customized busbar sizes can also be obtained.
All busbar items primarily promote electrical safety and prevent the occurrence of voltage related injuries. Their advantageous features can be listed as below:
• Enormous dielectric strength
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Choosing a doctor is not always easy. You first need to find a doctor that takes your insurance. If you have medicare or medical then it may take some time to find a perfect match. Not all doctors accept this but you can be assured that there are many that will.
First you need to make a list of doctors that you want to visit. You may find doctors by searching online in your area or you may get recommendations. After you have a list then you need to call there office and see if they accept medicare of medical. The ones that do not you can mark them off your list.
Next you want to take the list of doctors that do take your insurance and interview with them. It is important to feel comfortable with your doctor and you should be able to talk with them about anything. There needs to be a level of comfort and trust, so make sure that you check out several doctors before making a final decision.
Finding a doctor can be hard enough but getting one that takes medicare or medical can take you some time. It is important that you find a doctor that not only accepts your insurance but that they are one that you feel comfortable with.
Finally once you spend the time searching for a doctor that fits you needs then you will feel great that you took the time to have a great provider. There are many doctors that accept this type of insurance. It is always a good idea to check with family and friends to get a reference because they can tell you if there doctor is good or not.
An increasingly popular movie feature from back in the day and in today's modern world is the presentation of movies as presented in 3D. 3D movies shown in the theaters usually come with their own set of 3D glasses, either from Dolby Laboratories or Real D Glasses. The Real D Glasses may be kept while the Dolby ones must be returned at the end of a movie, where they are specifically cleaned and reused. However, for 3D movies that may come to the home on a movie channel, these glasses are not provided. In these instances, 3D glasses must be made.
Making 3D Glasses
There are two ways to go about making a set of 3D glasses. First and foremost, look on the Internet to find a sample pattern template for eyeglasses. The main website for NASA may provide these. After printing this sample out, cut it out including the eyeholes. Tape the side sections to the center section. The basic template for the glasses is complete so far.
Alternately, try cutting out the glasses on oaktag or any other sturdy poster board.
Now comes the part to cover the eyeholes. Any local art supply store should have blue and red acetate paper sheets. Cut these sheets so that they cover the eyeholes and a little bit more on the inside in order to be able to tape it down. Take some tape and do just that, ensuring no tape ends up on the part of the acetate sheet that is visible through the eyehole.
This is a good method to use when looking to make a pair of 3D glasses that will feel a bit more comfortable than poster board or paper. Find a pair of comfortable sunglasses that nobody wants to use anymore. Plastic ones tend to be the best choice for this project since the lenses are pretty easy to pop out.
Alternately, these are easy to simply color over. If deciding to color over the lenses, use red and blue marker but nothing that is too opaque. Also, regular plastic kitchen film will be needed. As long as it is plastic, firm enough to fit over the lenses yet still pliable, then it is a good choice.
Take the old lenses and trace around them with a marker on the plastic. This is to create new, clear lenses to replace the old ones. Cut them out either using scissors or using an x-actor knife. Take the marks and color one red and the other blue. Insert the blue sheet over the left eye and the red sheet over the right eye; this makes all the difference.
Decorate the glasses using anything on hand. Be as creative as possible to personalize this unique pair of 3D glasses. If looking for comfort, simply use the alternative method to creating 3D glasses; its largest benefit is the ability to start out with a set of sunglasses or old glasses that feel comfortable and the method of creation itself does not limit one to a certain template like the first one does.
Learn more about how to make 3D glasses here.