The Last Week of July

The Last Week of July Nathan White Aug 2 · 7 min read Leaving the pavement for a week of dirt (Photo by the author) Every year, for almost all of my life, I have had plans for the last week of July. Nothing gets scheduled during this time. Nothing gets talked about or planned for this time….

August 9, 2020
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A 4th of July to Remember

(Photo by Lynette White) Lava rocks sound different than other rocks under your tires. I have put my Jeep tires on lots of rocks in lots of places, but Rim Butte OHV Park has rocks that sound almost hollow. When they roll out from under you unexpectedly, they sound like they have space inside of…

July 18, 2020
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The Last Dance: my thoughts on watching the GOAT again

In Cocktail, a great ‘80s movie, Tom Cruise’s character, Brian, has one of the greatest movie lines ever. After a break-up, he states “Jesus, everything ends badly, otherwise it wouldn’t end.” As I finished watching The Last Dance on ESPN, I was reminded of how true this quote was to the end of the Bulls dynasty. It had…

June 22, 2020
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What Football Locker Rooms Can Teach Us About Race

My sophomore year of college, I rented a two-bedroom apartment for the school year. Right before the year started, I had a roommate back out on me. I went to my football coaches and asked if they knew anybody who needed a room because I couldn’t afford the apartment on my own. They hooked me…

June 8, 2020
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A Memorial Day Trip to the Christmas Valley Sand Dunes

Lynette and I wanted to go camping. Usually, we have had several good camping adventures by Memorial Day of any given year, but this year has been different, to say the least. With some time off, we decided on going fishing and quadding in central Idaho.

May 27, 2020
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Delivering 2020 Senior Signs

This week, Eagle High School delivered 2020 Senior Graduation yard signs to over 500 seniors. It was a tremendous event and I’m glad that I volunteered to do it. This year has been as bad as it could be and I needed a feel-good event like this to help get past the negativity. I had…

May 21, 2020
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By The Numbers: a spontaneous, weekend Jeep trip to Sourdough

78 My dad turned 78 on May 11. Every year, on Mother’s Day weekend, my dad and a group go to Sourdough Campground and do a trail cleanup. I have never gone. I live about 10 hours from Sourdough Campground and May is a busy time teaching and coaching football. I usually go to Sourdough…

May 18, 2020
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Another of My Favorite Beers of the Year: taking off the Jeep top

I love Rites of Passage stories. Not only the big ones, like going into the woods and killing a lion, but the small rites of passage that are everywhere. We need to pay more attention to these rites of passage and the power they have in our lives. I recently wrote about one of my...
May 5, 2020
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What We Can All Learn From Simon Sinek’s ‘This is why you don’t succeed.’

I see a lot of people getting beat down by quarantines, COVIDS, and crap. In fact, I wrote last week how COVID 19 was trying to win. Today, I came across Simon Sinek’s 2016 interview “This Is Why You Don’t Succeed.” In teaching my high school English class, I watch this video each year. I have used…

May 4, 2020
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Why You Should Join An Off-Road Club

“Why should I join a club? I don’t need to pay MY money to use MY Jeep on MY public lands!” I have belonged to four-wheel-drive clubs most of my life and this is a fight I have been having most of my life. My Dad belonged, and still belongs, to the Umpqua Valley Timber…

April 27, 2020
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Teaching, Learning, and Working From Home: brainstorming ideas for success

I follow a teaching blog written by Dave Stuart, Jr. I stole this assignment from him and set out to write an example essay to model for my students how to complete this assignment. However, as I started writing, it struck me how much everybody — teachers, students, parents, workers — could use this information for working-from-home success. In…

April 25, 2020
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COVID-19 Is Trying To Win

Photo by Wade Austin Ellis on Unsplash My wife started freaking out in the front room. I heard her screaming, cussing, yelling, thrashing about, and I leaped up from my desk in the office and sprinted to the front room, ready to fight the Russians, the aliens, or the home invaders — whichever external foe...
April 25, 2020
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The Prom Lesson

I hate Prom. I know: unpopular opinion with schools cancelling Proms this year. But my hatred of Prom started way before the Corona virus took it away from the 2020 Seniors. Every year, for the last 20 years, I give the Prom lesson in my classes on the Thursday or Friday before Prom. Since I’m…

April 22, 2020
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Homeschooling, Remote Learning, and Peeing When I Want

Pro tip: it isn’t Homeschooling, as I see people complaining about on Facebook. Teachers are remote teaching and parents are in the house during the implementation and practice phase. If it were homeschooling, parents would be planning the lessons, gathering the resources, and grading the outcome. It gets worse, parents. Be cautious about what you complain.

April 21, 2020
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Snow-cial Distancing

I needed out of the house. 

For the last month, I’ve been really good about staying at home. There have been multiple days where I don’t leave the house except to walk the dogs. When I get to the weekend, I need to get out and do something.

April 20, 2020
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5 Things I Learned From an Instagram Influencer and My Wife

Meghan King Edmonds, for those like me that don’t know who she is (Bravo TV) During Corona Break 2020, I have learned many new topics from my wife and many new nuances about my wife. For a review, feel free to see “What I Learned During Self-Quarantine With My Wife.” Today, she taught me about social...
April 15, 2020
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Tiger King: Why are we so drawn to dumpster fires?

According to Urban Dictionary, a dumpster fire is 1. A complete disaster.
2. Something verydifficult that nobody wants todeal with. The example sentence they give for context reads This project is a complete dumpster fire. Urban Dictionary might as well update their new example to Joe Exotic, et al. is a complete dumpster fire. Most everybody who has watched Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness now has complete connotation of the term dumpster fire.

April 12, 2020
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One of My Favorite Beers of the Year

I grew up in Western Oregon where the ever-present rain makes a sprinkler system unnecessary. When I moved to Southern Idaho and the desert, I was ecstatic to have a sprinkler system. I loved adjusting them and figuring out how to bring the rain to the desert. I still love watching my sprinklers do their work. Getting up early on a too-be-hot summer’s day and watching the sprinklers do what they do, bringing water and cool to the world, is a form of fatherly meditation unmatched in suburbia.

April 8, 2020
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A New Co-Parenting Problem: how do we do COVID-custody switches?

Yesterday, the Corona virus broke my heart.

Because of Spring Break and custody agreements, I haven’t seen my kids in three weeks, since March 16. A lot, and I mean A LOT, has changed in the last three weeks. I was supposed to get them for a week Friday. On Thursday, my daughter texted me and told me she had a fever and sore throat. Same for her mom. To add evidence to the argument, I found out Tennyson and her mom had been at the Fred Meyer that recently had a confirmed COVID case from a worker.

April 6, 2020
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Please Know Teachers Aren’t Just Sitting at Home

According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, there are currently 290 million students out of school. In February, China was the only nation mandating school closures. Just a month and a half later, 22 countries on three continents have closed schools. Schools bring normalcy and safety to a great number of students….

April 5, 2020
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