Note: The thoughts and activities discussed in this post occurred on November 25, 2011.
It’s “Black Friday”, the day after Thanksgiving Day here in the U.S.A. In hiker terms I took a “Zero Day” today. In other words I had a day with no specific goals nor any commitments to fulfill. A day just for myself meant only for kicking back, relaxing, and maybe some enjoyable exercise. It felt good to not have to rush. As I write this I’m listening to music by Rachmaninov, a Russian composer, conductor, and pianist who lived from 1873 to 1943. While I enjoy most genres of music, classical piano, especially when it’s accompanied by a philharmonic orchestra, is the most relaxing and inspiring. In my opinion, Sergei Rachmaninoff’s music ranks very near the top of the list.
A few minutes were taken to cut and split some firewood, not with a hydraulic splitter but with a splitting maul (a hand-held log splitter that looks a little like a single-bit axe on steroids) and the occasional use of a wedge. The exercise obtained by doing it this way is extremely beneficial plus it gives me sort of an old west feel. Some would call this work, but to me it’s relaxing and another reason to be outside. I cut my own wood from dead trees on my property, never live ones unless they’re endangering the house I’m caretaker of or power lines. For this I use a chain saw. Yes, it’s somewhat ironic I split wood by hand yet use a chain saw to get the wood into usable portions instead of my antique double-bit axe. I will occasionally use the axe when the notion strikes me, or I find my chainsaw is without fuel or chain lubricant, however the chainsaw is my tool of choice. I don’t have an explanation as to why I do one thing the “old-school” way and another thing the more modern way. I just do. Guess that’s just a part of what makes me… me! 😉