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Practicing Skills ?

No shame in practicing fire making (or ANYTHING), I do it too.

Remember that one of the foundational axioms of the philosophy of twelve year old boys is: "everything is better with fire!!!"

I was twelve once and I remember!

Snowyboots, fighting the urge to to burn things...or at least ignoring those voices...for now.
Shared pain is lessened, shared joy is increased!

Thus do we refute entropy. -S. Robinson

Communication is a Survival Skill! So is critical thinking!

When any government, or any church for that matter, undertakes to say to its subjects, "This you may not read, this you must not see, this you are forbidden to know," the end result is tyranny and oppression, no matter how holy the motives. Mighty little force is needed to control a man whose mind has been hoodwinked; contrariwise, no amount of force can control a free man, a man whose mind is free. No, not the rack, not fission bombs, not anything—you can't conquer a free man; the most you can do is kill him.

I'm with Muddyboots george.

No reason for embarrassment at all...

No reason not to stay sharp or practice any skill you feel needs improvement...

Nope, as a matter of fact I'd say that makes ya rather smart!

As I wrote I don't get "out there" nearly as much as I want to so I practice what skills I can in the yard.

When it comes to fire, I make it as tough as I can on myself, no lights except what I have on me and sometimes...if my keys are inside thats nothing.. I always have a good stiff wind blowin' especially in winter so that helps. I usually get one going quick but like I said, for some reason that is a skill I am pretty good with with the materials I would use. If it came to starting a fire with a bow drill ...well... I really don't know 'cause I have only done it twice and that was a couple years ago.... talk to Alan for instance and he'd have one going in eyeblink.

It's all relative man we all have strengths and we all have weaknesses. It ain't a competion unless you want it to be.
Hope is for the lazy....

"Doing better next time. That's what life is." - The Bloody Nine
[quote name='Kailyst' date='Jan 22 2005, 01:49 PM'][quote name='Muddyboots' date='Jan 22 2005, 04:03 PM']It is absolutely a life style, your thinking changes. No matter where you are there is somthing you can work on,  somthing that will improve your self reliance. The trick is identifying what is a perishable skill, and what just sticks in your mind.  We all learn and retain differently, you have to learn your own strengths and weaknesses. In the end there is no substitute for experience. You CAN do a lot of "lab work", and make your dirt time more effective.



YEAH! - What you said! Your THINKING DOES CHANGE! Off on a different sort of tangent - but similar - about 10 years ago, I took up oil painting. It was something that I always wanted to learn to do, so I took some classes. I will NEVER be any compitition to Monet or Rembrandt, but I enjoy it. After I had done my 4th or 5th painting, I started noticing that my perceptions were changing. Instead of thinking "WOW! What a nice sunset." I started thinking "WOW! What a great use of Alizarin Crimson, Indian Yellow and Prussian Blue." I still think in colors and composition and I observe that beautiful sunset more closely and enjoy it more. I look at things and think what a great painting they would make. Then I start thinking about the canvas, brushes I would use, brush-strokes, etc. I still paint, just not every day, but I have many possible paintings in my head just waiting to 'come out and play.' In other words - I am ALWAYS prepared to paint!

I think that 'Survival' should be like that. I keep my eyes out for places and things that pertain to the task at hand. In the city, it's difficult to 'practice' so I use my observation skills as a "What If?" type of thing. What if I was stranded here? What would I do? Where would I go? How would I get home? What if someone came up from behind me? Etc., etc.

I may be short on 'REAL TIME' experience, but I 'Practice' every day. When I DO get out to play, I can go through my mental library and THEN start to REALLY do/learn the task. Eventually, I may even get it right the first time! NOTHING beats experieince, but also prep and planning are a big part of the scenario - especially for those of us who are handicapped by where we live.

Have I rambled enough? <img src='<#EMO_DIR#>/unsure.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':unsure:' />




K-Gal is absolutely right! In 1987 I was just about ready to take my final checkout flight to get my pilots license. I had just finnished my required 40 hours of flight. I was in a really bad motorcycle accident and broke my back in two places. I was paralized for over a year, from the waist down, and was unable to take my final flight test.

Over that year I went through all of the motions of flying in my head on a daily basis. I included every detail over and over again. It was actually very Theraputic and i believe it was one of the things that allowed me to recover, even though the doctors said I would never walk again, (faithless bastards).

When i finally recoverd enough to resume my lessons. I flew an additional 4 hours and my instructor signed me off for my checkout ride. The gal that gave it to me said that normally she wouldn't even consider giving a checkout ride to anyone with so few hours, but that my instructor gave me such a glowing report that she disided to make an exception. In 30 years of testing she had never passed anyone with less than 50 hours, but I was able to pass with just 44 hours of flight time, even with a years break between the first 40 and the last 4.

It has been proven that doing things in your mind is almost as effective as doing them in reality. <img src='<#EMO_DIR#>/thumbsup.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':thumbsup:' />
Hostile native American
Quote:It has been proven that doing things in your mind is almost as effective as doing them in reality.

Birdog's experience is no surprise to me. This has been known in the martial arts for centuries. When you imagine the movement, really strongly SEE it, your nerves acually carry the signals, as if you are physically moving.

The secret is to go deeply into the visualization.

When you do it correctly, you can learn a technique very well, where sometimes you can develop bad habits when you're actually performing the technique.

Good stuff...


the last couple of posts kinda remind me of how i often learn music...

sometimes you have to step away from it for a couple days (or more) for it to sink in.

this last month i have been working on some new Ukulele songs, i find if i get familiar with the chord progressions or if lyrics are a problem, i'll spend an afternoon working on it intensly then set the instrument aside for a couple days.

when i pick it up again i can play it through and get away from the blocks that held me back.

oh, damn, did i say Ukulele? oh well... the cats out of the bag now. don't hold it against me... <img src='<#EMO_DIR#>/laugh.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':lol:' />


"welcome to heaven, here's your harp"

"welcome to hell, here's your Ukulele"
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