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Adventures of a Mad Bomber – Change of Plan

August 14, 2012
Mad Bomber adventure map - change of plan!

Spot the camo Bomber! Alaska or the NW Territories?

Walter and Andrew were en-route to Northpole, Alaska but decided the Alcan highway was so good they would be in Northpole a month before Christmas at their current speed. The Northpole they were heading for was after all just a town outside of Fairbanks.

So it was time to have a good look at the map. Andrew looked and observed we couldn’t drive much past Fairbanks as there were no public roads open in the winter. But looking at the Canandian Arctic… There is a road going all the way up to Inuvik in the North West Territories. It is time for Walter to drink his 5th cup of weak complimentary coffee.

Look, we could use that one, or that one,...

Look, we could use that one, or that one,…

We illogically decide that we can drive 1250 kilometers North into the Canadian Arctic in a couple of days, have a few days to relax, come back, and voila we can still make it to Northpole for Christmas! Andrew glanced at the old Dodge parked outside and remembered the bald tires. Next stop tire-shop. The man at the tire-shop said we’d never make it up the Dempster highway in our car, shook his head continuously as he gave us 2 reasonable second-hand all-season tires for a charitable price of $20 which included mounting.

After a quick stop at McDonalds for provisions where they kindly fill up the thermos full of thick-shake to see us through the day and after buying cheese, salami and biscuits from the supermarket we make a visit to the local op-shop to get some more warm weather gear….. we fill up with the last affordable gas and head towards the Klondike Highway.

It is still bitter cold in the car. As the temperature drops we notice there is more draft and we continue stuffing clothing and newspapers in holes and cracks everywhere. We now wear our Mad Bomber in the car as the heater is no longer keeping up with the -10F and below. Long unfashionable underwear is keeping us cozy and warm under our many other layers. Andrew has proper hiking boots but I am wearing a cheap pair of running shoes. The skis are at the ready in the trunk next to the boots. Let it snow let it snow let it snow.
Watch out Canadian Arctic, we are heading your way.

To be continued! 

 

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Adventures of a MadBomber – out of Gas!

May 16, 2012
Dodge_dashboard
Comfortable Dodge!

After leaving the Transient Hostel in Fort Nelson we are find ourselves on a road  covered in a thin layer of snow and ice.  Andrew gingerly drives the car into the misty morning, it is 10am, shortly after dawn! Gassed up and with Bombers secured we head for Watson Lake, 350 miles North. The fuel gauge has stopped working, but the WD40 has settled down the speedo. More rags are stuffed into the dash to stop drafts. Our Mad Bomber gloves are too hot in the car, so we wear socks on our hands. 

Andrew stops the car again on numerous occasions, allowing precious warm air to leave the car. He is listening to another annoying sound now and is eventually convinced the wheel bearings are dry but is satisfied no wheel will come off – today. Sigh… We stop for lunch and Andrew finds some grease at a gas station to stuff into the bearings and we add $10 of really expensive gas to be polite, and to be safe. He is happy again. From our calculations we cannot make Watson Lake with our fuel, but expect to stop at the first reasonably priced service station. Alas, we see no more gas-stations after lunch. The closed ones we pass have seriously high prices! We eventually slow down to 45 mph hoping to extend our range. It gets dark at 4pm and we fear getting stranded in bear territory. Still no gas stations and the fuel gauge still broken, we have no idea how far we can go, but estimate Watson Lake to be very optimistic.

The car rans out of gas just as the road descends into Watson Lake. It is pitch dark and 8pm. The town is deserted as we coast in quietly and pull into a car park in front of a shop without even needing to push the car. It just rolled into town, a miracle! We thank our lucky stars as we plug the car into the extension lead hanging out the shop window right there as well. We nibble at our supplies and get out the sleeping bags. Within an hour Andrew is sprawled out asleep on the front bench and I crash on the back seat.


Adventures of a Mad Bomber – Camping

April 14, 2012

Boreal forest with 370ACORN

Andrew and Walter finally get on the road at 10am, frosty but it is wind-still. The worn all-season tires shine with tire paint which we applied to make the police think we have new tires – just in case they pull us over. Short of a few big trucks nobody is on the road, and in the fully gassed up car we head North.  At an optimistic 60 miles an hour with Andrew at the helm we have barely left when Andrew wants to listen to some car-noise again. As soon as he opens the car door I remember to put on my Mad Bomber Hat again. The car heater is not coping well with the 20 degrees F outside temperature.
Dodge_dashboard

The cold is starting to bother us, we realize it will get much worse. Andrew determines it is the speedometer cable making the unpleasant squeaking noise, the noise that I hadn’t noticed yet. It explains the jerky speedo, and Andrew gets out the WD40

 We decide to camp out for the night and take the turn off to  the W.A.C. Bennett Dam, about 50 miles off the Alcan.  It doesn’t take long to get there and we find a forlorn and empty looking visitor station. Everything is closed for winter. Snow on the ground, it is cold and miserable. Boots strapped on and Bomber hats with the flaps tied down over the ears we wonder off towards the dam wall. Yes, we determine it is a dam, a very big one too. The Peace River generates almost 13 billion kWh annually of power between two power stations. 

An early bed time for us. We both lie down on front and rear seats respectively, toes and head against cold metal doors. Not pleasant, certainly not warm. My two hats keeps my toes and ears warm, but I decide to sleep outside. 

 I roll my rubber insulating mat out next to the car and sleep comfortable till about 7am. My rubber mat was frozen solid to the road in the morning, and peeling it off slowly pretty much ruined the insulating rubber. Determined to find coffee quick we start the car and zoom off before dawn on the icy road just as the ranger drives up.

 ‘Been hunting boys?’ he asks us. No, we just wanted to check out the visitor station. ‘Closed for winter’, he says. ‘Where did you sleep?’. Next to the picnic table in the car park Sir. ‘Well, you’re bloody lucky you are alive, as bears are known to rip cars apart in this area’. Bears? I slept outside. ‘Outside? Men, you are lucky to be alive!’. We look at each other, say our goodbyes and get in the car. Let’s go to Fort Nelson!  

Without further ado we cross endless miles of boreal forests and arrive in a cold and forlorn Fort Nelson three hundred miles North. The silhouette of a bear greets us as we drive into town, an ominous sign. We get directions to the Transients’ Hostel for the night and are offered a free night in return for my Mad Bomber Hat! We decline the offer and pay. A warm dinner and a few beers later we find our very comfy bunks for the night and fully intend on waking up **early** to continue our cool way towards the North Pole. 

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Boxing Day Revisited

January 6, 2012

Jesus in Boxing gloves

I know it is a little late,… but after recovering from the Season Festivicus it occurred to me I didn’t even know why Boxing Day was called Boxing Day. So here it is:

Boxing Day is a public holiday in predominantly Christian countries. It is celebrated on the day after Christmas Day, but strictly speaking it is on the first weekday after Christmas. Why you may ask?

Well, it all started in Mother England in the 18th Century when the wealthy Lords and Ladies in their lofty manors would ‘box-up’ leftover food and re-wrapped/unwanted presents from their abundant Christmas Celebrations. These boxes were distributed to the tenants who lived and worked on their farms. A decade later, in the middle of the nineteenth century under Queen Victoria this ritual was continued by the giving of Christmas boxes, or gifts, to service workers. These gifts were put in and workers would get the first working day after Christmas off and take the boxes to their family to share.

Also in many churches on Christmas Day one finds an Alms Box on Christmas Day, for worshippers to place gifts in for the poor. These boxes are opened the day after Christmas, when the poor of the Perish are given the boxes. There are other theories, have a look at Coburn’s Reflections.

So why not be traditional today, box up the unwanted presents  and left over foods and donate to the poor! Mad Bomber thinks Boxing Day truly is the day of giving, and hence we have accordingly discounted many of our most popular Mad Bomber hats in our webstore. Go and have a look and see what we can put in a box for you!  Even though it is not Boxing Day anymore, we still keep certai great hats on special. Go on, have a look!

The Mad Bomber Wish List

December 26, 2011

Mad Bomber in the Woods

Mad Bomber is realy really proud to be featured in the January edition of InStyle Magazine, and to get featured on the NBC Morning Show! So I had a good look at my own Wish list and realised that 3 of the 7 wishes were in fact from The Mad Bomber! What do you wish for Christmas? Click on the underlined links to find out which ones are from the Mad Bomber.

Here is my list:

For Christmas the Mad Bomber has not only discounted many hats by 35%, they change regularly so get in quick, but we now have really good irresistable everyday prices on some of our most popular hats too! Check it out on www.madbomber.com/store.

Hats for Hanukkah 2011

December 25, 2011
The Menorah

Menorah (Hanukkah), a nine-branched candelabrum used on the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah

Having learned about the 12 days of Christmas it was brought to my attention that there are 8 days of Hanukkah. How did this come about and does this ‘Jewish Christmas’ have anything in common with the Christian holiday?
Some people would scream at the last paragraph, as the Jewish people do not have Christmas, they have no Jesus in their religion. So here is the story of Hanukkah in short. To reward you for reading this lesson we offer you a direct link to some of our most popular hats which now have up to 35% off the RRP!

Hanukkah was a less important holiday on the Jewish calendar, but because it is celebrated close to Christmas (on the 25th of the Jewish month of Kislev), it has now become more like a (dare we call it) ”Jewish Christmas’ and includes gifts for the children.

Hannukah celebrates the return of the temple in Jerusalem to the Jewish people. It had been taken away by the Greek, and been used to worship Greek Gods which included sacrificing pigs. The emperor, Antiochus IV,  made practicing the Jewish religion punishable by death. So when the Jewish people regained their temple after a long fight they had to cleanse it. This was to be done by burning ritual oil in the temple’s menorah for 8 days. Due to the war there was only enough to burn the flames for 1 day, but miraculolusly it lasted the eight days. This was the miracle of the Hanukkah oil, and Jewish people light a special menorah (a hanukkiyah) for eight days. One candle is lit on the first night of Hanukkah, two on the second, and so on, until eight candles are lit. These days children receive gifts with the lighting of each candle. Hanukkah this year runs from 20 December till sunset on Wednesday, 28 December.

Now go and have a look at what Specials Mad Bomber has in store for us: www.madbomber.com/store

12 Days of Christmas with The Mad Bomber

December 17, 2011

Mad Bomber Winter Sales

At Mad Bomber we have no preferred religion, we just sell warm and stylish hats. We are curious about the world, our customers, and we ask questions; we want to learn.

In this email-lecture I will be addressing why we have 12 days of Christmas and what that song we all hear about Piping Pipers and Pears in Partridge trees is all about. Once you have been educated you will be rewarded  with a link to irresistible Mad Bomber  offers.

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FIRST DAY OF CHIRSTMAS: The ‘partridge in a pear tree‘ is Jesus who died on the cross. In ancient times a partridge was often used as mythological symbol of a divine, sacred king.

THE SECOND DAYThe ‘two turtle doves’ are the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. Doves also symbolise peace.

THIRD DAYThe ‘three French hens’ are faith, hope and love – the three gifts of the Holy Spirit. The French hens can also represent God the Father, His Son Jesus and the Holy Spirit.

FOURTH… The ‘four calling birds’ are the four Gospels in the New Testament of the Bible.

FIFTH DAY OF CHRISTMASThe ‘five golden rings’ are the first five books of the Bible, also called the Pentateuch, the Books of Moses or the Torah for the Jewish among us.

THE SIXTH DAYThe ‘six geese a-laying’ are the six days of creation.

SEVENTH DAY: The ‘seven swans a swimming’ are the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit.

EIGHTH… The ‘eight maids a milking’ are the eight beatitudes, Jesus’ teachings on happiness.

THE TENTH DAY: The ‘ten lords a-leaping’ are the Ten Commandments in the Bible.

ELEVENTH: The ‘eleven pipers piping’ are the eleven faithful disciples of Jesus.

AND THE TWELFTH DAY OF CHRISTMAS: The ‘twelve drummers drumming’ were the twelve points of the Apostles’ Creed.

CONGRATULATIONS! You certainly deserve the 35% discount we have for Christmas! now go straight to www.madbomber.com/sales

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Sinterklaas 2011

December 6, 2011
Sinterklaas and his black Pieters

Sinterklaas and his black Pieters

Well and truly Silly Season now. Shops are full of decorations and all we hear is Christmas music. In today’s multicultural world it is odd to see a Christian religious day being celebrated by just about anyone. Would you deprive your child a Christmas present if your family did not celebrate Christmas?

In Holland EVERYONE celebrates Sinterklaas. Sinterklaas celebrates his birthday on the 5th of December by giving everyone presents. Sinterklaas, although he might look religious, is non-denominational. He gives fairly to all, and everyone in Holland celebrates his birthday.

You think that is weird? Giving presents to others on your birthday? Well, that is not all. He allegedly comes from Spain, in a steamboat, accompanied by Black Pieters, his helpers! There is always one head-Piet who carries the book which in it has every child’s name and if they have been good or bad for the year. Bad children run the risk of being put in the bag and taken back to Spain, or at best get a spanking with the ‘roe’ (a chimney sweep’s broom made of willow branches) instead of candies and presents.

As Sinterklaas arrives in Holland, there is a big parade where lollies are thrown to the kids watching the parade. Then to go from the sublime to the ridiculous, Sinterklaas will then go and visit all the children over a period of 2-3 weeks by riding his horse over the roofs of houses, with Black Pieter climbing down the chimneys to check for shoes which kids leave at the fire-place (or just the heater these days).  This is why Pieter is black apparently.

Kids leave their shoe at the heater with a poem for Sinterklaas and some hay for the horse, and if ‘the Sint’ comes past he will take the hay and the poem and leave some candies and sometimes a small present.

On the night of the 5th of December Sinterklaas comes to visit the homes of all families, with Black Pieter carrying a big sack full of presents. Each present has a Sinterklaas poem, and kids have to sing Sinterklaas songs till they hear him knock on the door. Sometimes Sinterklaas has no time to come by personally and you hear a lot of noise in the attic, dad will go and look and find that the Black Pieter left the big sack of presents upstairs! If Sinterklaas comes to visit everyone has to sit on his knee just like Santa does – something that fat old people with white beards and red costumes do it seems!

So if you need an excuse to give someone a nice new warm hat, why not tell them it is Sinterklaas today and get them a Mad Bomber hat. We have several cool hats at 35% discount!

Black Friday

November 28, 2011
Light Khaki Supplex Bomber with Grey Rabbit Fur Buckle at chin. The color is actually khaki, not how it showed up in this picture!

Light Khaki Supplex Bomber with Grey Rabbit Fur - REDUCED TO $27.30!

As you know Black Friday is the day following Thanksgiving Day in the United States, and traditionally marks the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. There are two explanations why it is called Black Friday:

1) The day’s name originated in Philadelphia in the 1960s, where it described the heavy and disruptive  traffic on the day after Thanksgiving when many stores offered large discounts. In the 1970s the term Black Friday was used in other cities around the USA.

2) “Black Friday” indicates the point at which retailers begin to turn a profit, or are “in the black” after buying their Christmas inventories.

In any case, the term became popular in the 1980s and widely used by the 1990s when it was often described as the busiest shopping day of the year. This was not the case until 2003 when it first hit the number one position.

What aboout Black THURSDAY? Well, the shops started opening earlier and earlier each year, till many larger department stores kept the doors open from Thursday onward.  Check out Walmart’s campaign this year: http://bit.ly/blckthursday.

Why is it the beginning of the Christmas sales? Well, the Thanksgiving Parades were often sponsored by the larger department stores,  and the parade often included an appearance by Santa at the end of the parade, with the idea that ‘Santa is just around the corner’. As all retailers wanted to be first to offer Christmas Sales, it was an unwritten etiquette among the retailers to not advertise Christmas till after the Thanksgiving Parade.

So now you better take advantage of our Sales Specials!!

Thanks Giving according to the Mad Bomber

November 25, 2011
Settlers - or how we think of them now...
Settlers – or how we think of them now…

This year Thanksgiving I have heard people asking if people abroad celebrate this holiday. At Mad Bomber we like to think of us as multi-culturally aware and thought we’d just elaborate on where Thanksgiving really came from before we tempt you with our amazingly good value hat offers.

To begin with, Thanksgiving Day is a holiday celebrated in the United States and on a different day in Canada! Thanksgiving is celebrated on Columbus day in Canada and on the fourth Thursday of November in the United States. Thanksgiving originated from a mix of European and Native traditions.

Typically in Europe, festivals were held before and after harvest to give thanks for a good yield, and to rejoice after hard work with the rest of the community. Native Americans also celebrated the end of a harvest season, so when Europeans first arrived in the Americas, they brought with them their own harvest festival traditions from Europe, celebrating their safe voyage, peace and good harvest. The two similar traditions were identified as a common interest and used to bond with the Native Americans, hence it became a much more important feast in America where Indians and Cowboys (excuse the term) were often at odds with each other as they squabled and argued with each other over food and land. Any reason to celebrate mutual appreciation was both politically and spiritually important to keep the peace and show appreciation for each other’s good deeds.

The Canadian version of Thanksgiving actually originated somewhere else completely! Thanksgiving celebration was not for harvest, but in thanks for surviving the long journey from England to Canada through storms and icebergs. It started in the 1570s when Martin Frobisher, found a northern passage to the Pacific Ocean. One of the first recorded official

American Thanksgiving celebrations can be traced back to a celebration at Plymouth, in present-day Massachusetts where the settlers finally had a successful harvest in 1621 which could feed all the colonist. In the years prior the Plymouth colony did not have enough food to feed half of the 100+ colonists, and the Wampanoag Native Americans helped the Pilgrims by providing seeds and teaching them to fish. So as you can see Thanksgiving as is celebrated in the USA really is specific to Northern America, where the settlers and the Native Americans had a love/hate relationship.

The very few places where Thanksgiving is celebrated in much more modest ways around the world were often due to an American influence; Whaling ships brought it to Norfolk Island (Australian waters), the Netherlands where many settlers came from. Some countries which have a Thanksgiving day of sorts that do not have USA links are Grenada, Japan and Liberia.

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