|Dirty Captain "D"|
You probably thought this is going to be another self-rightious, sanctimonious, "holier than thou" post about my projects. Here we go again....what does this have to do with flying????
To be honest, I thought I'd shed some light as to what an airline pilot does to save a few bucks...his own landscaping. Funny my neighbour last year told me, "Doug, we hire people for this." But he is a lawyer. :)
Yesterday I loaded seven cubic yards of heavy clay soil and water ladened sod into this dumpster. Today I wheelbarrowed seven cubic yards of screening and gravel to the backyard. And I ordered more to accommodate the stone deck I'm building the size of a helipad for "number one." In one month I will be turning 50 and the entire time I'm thinking, "I'm getting too old for this." I thought my toughest decision in this stage of life is what golf course do I join? LOL
Yesterday, when my son took this pic I started querying his friends on a little bit of math.
I asked, "if my wheelbarrow holds 3 cubic feet and this dumpster holds 7 cubic yards, how many trips did I make?"
Their response, how many feet are in a yard? Okay, we in Canada and most of the world are metric but the conversion has been slow. For example I was charged by the size of the dumpster (cubic yards) but the weight goes by tonnes (metric tonnes). I do realize the best way to learn something is to immerse in it, like learning a language, but what are kids learning in school? I know a couple of teachers...so they are going to blast me. :)
I told my son's friend, there is three feet in a yard. His retort...."I'm Canadian, I don't have to know that."
I chuckled for two reasons. One, the guy set Captain D straight. Second, I guess we Canadians can't be pilots since we don't know feet.
Pilots swing both ways (metric and Imperial). We talk Celsius (actually I convert it to Fahrenheit when flying in/out of the States), feet for altitude, feet and statute miles (5280 feet) for visibility (North America) and truth be told we pilots work in other units such as nautical mile (6080 feet) for distance, knots (nautical mile/hour) for speed and we use a unitless entity called MACH for cruising speed. Pilots are all over the map as far as units so why don't kids know how many feet are in a yard?
Funny, my next set of enRoute questions include, "what is a flight level." I better include what a foot is in my explanation. :)
F.Y.I the answer is 63 loads...but I snuck a little more in... :)