”Wolf” A Short Story By Panayotis

Wolf

Wolf

By Panayotis

The man sat in his office as he looked at the clock on the wall, it was Friday evening and it was already 6:00 pm. No wonder he could not see anyone outside his office. Everyone had gone home by 5:00 pm. He knew that he had to get his paperwork together and get ready to go home.
Grudgingly he promised his brother that he would go with him ice fishing this weekend. He was not looking forward to going. But He loved his brother but his brother was an accident ready to happen. The man sat there trying to think of a way out of his predicament as the phone rang, it was his brother.

“Hey what are you doing? We’ve got to get going.”
Okay, Tom, I’m almost through here, I’ll be ready in half an hour.” His brother told him okay and the park was almost two hundred miles away, so he begged him to hurry.

As he hung up the phone he wondered why he kept getting himself into these dilemmas. It did not take him long to get to his apartment, it was just around the corner. The apartment was small but adequate.  He enjoyed the location; it was downtown and was only a few steps away from major restaurants and the city’s bustling nightlife.

Within minutes, he was home. He changed into some warm clothing and stood to wait at the entrance of his apartment building for his brother. Soon, his brother drove up and they were on the highway heading north towards the state park.

“So Tom, is the fishing good?”
“Good, it’s great. All you have to do is cut a hole in the ice and the fish will jump right out,” Tom sniggered as he spoke, “they just can’t wait to get out of that cold water.”
“Right, I believe you, Tom.”
“Honestly Peter, I wouldn’t lie to you?”
“Not unless you had to, right? By the way, what’s the weather forecast like? I thought I heard that a big storm was coming.”
His brother did not say anything just kept driving.

“Did you hear what I said?”
“Yea I heard you, it will be alright I have a nose for these things.”
Peter suddenly started to get nervous. Whenever he hears his brother say that he is in control, he panics.
“Listen Tom is there going to be a storm or not?”
“Yea, a little one, they always exaggerate, you know that.”

The problem was that he did not know that. The weather forecast was normally right on the money and if they were wrong, they usually underestimated the strength of the storm. He was very angry with  Tom. He should have known better than to trust him.

Snowflakes started to hit the front windshield. They had been driving for nearly an hour, leaving small quaint towns behind as they got closer and closer to the state park. It was now snowing very badly. He could hardly see ten feet ahead of him. He glanced at his brother Tom, as he strained his eye to see ahead.

As he was telling his brother, “Don’t you think you should slow down a bit, the visibility…” his brother slammed the brakes on the car. The car skidded out of control as soon as the tires made contact with the ice surface that lay hidden underneath the snow.

The car crashed through the guardrail as it momentarily became airborne. It grazed a snow pile on its way to a large evergreen tree. The crushing sounds of the hood of the car were the last thing the men heard.

Peter slowly opened his eyes, awakened by a loud blaring sound; he felt sweat rolling down his face. Suddenly realized that he was not sweating, but was covered with blood. He then saw the site of his brother’s blood covered face as his eyes focused and it came into view. His brother’s body leaned against the stirring wheel. He pulled his brother off the stirring wheel as he spoke to him. There was no response; his brother was breathing, yet unconscious. He tried to see how badly his brother was hurt. There didn’t seem to be any bones broken, but he could not be sure.
He grabbed his cell phone and tried to dial out only to find that he was unable to get a signal. He wasn’t surprised, the weather was miserable outside.

Then he heard for the first time the howling. Thinking to himself that it sure sounded like a wolf. Boy that was all he needed. Looking at his watch; he must have out cold for almost an hour after the impact. Dam he was freezing, he tried to see outside the window but couldn’t, it was covered with snow. So he opened the door with difficulty, it was blocked. With a strong heave, the door gave way and opened. He got out of the car and looked around. But he could not see very much, it was dark, the moon was hidden behind the clouds. He noticed that the snow had slowed down drastically to what it had been. Trying his phone again, still no signal.

The tree that they hit was enormous; it had to be at least one hundred feet tall. The car had never got to the truck of the tree. The huge branches had stopped them. He walked towards the enormous pine tree as he slid under its branches to a large clearing protected by the tree. He knew that he had to get his brother out of the car or he would freeze to death.

Here he could use what he had learned as a Boy Scout and start a fire. Yes, that was what he was going to do, so he headed back to the car and opened the door, his brother hadn’t moved. As he tugged on his brother, he heard the howling of the wolf again, he was certain that the sound was closer. The snow had practically stopped as he looked up to see the moon escaping the clouds. The area lit up. He slowly dragged his brother as they disappeared between the branches, he had not noticed the killer eyes in the distance.

He had the fire going in a short time after he laid his brother on a layer of pine needles, covered with a blanket taken from the car. The fallen branches from the tree were very dry and ignited easily. He checked his brother, who seemed comfortable as he walked around picking up some of the fallen branches. His arms were full as he turned around and was terrified at what he saw.

A wolf was slowly moving towards his brother with its jaws wide open. It looked like the wolf could taste its next meal. He dropped the pile of sticks on the ground, which startled the wolf. He quickly grabbed a branch from the fire and attacked it. The wolf momentarily held its grounds as a heart retching growl came from it. The animal wasn’t afraid of the man, but the fire was another thing altogether. Suddenly, the head of another wolf came into view with two more right behind it.

Seeing them, he grabbed another branch and with one branch in each hand, he charged the wolf. The wolf was too scared of the fire that it ran back the way it came with the rest of the pack right behind it. With the wolf gone, he rushed back and brought more wood for the fire. He wanted to make sure that the flames were big and hot. This was the only chance they had to survive.

He turned as brother spoke.“What happened?”
He quickly explained what had happened and the predicament they were in. He tried again to use his cell phone. A smile came across his face as he heard a dial tone. He called 911.

The next few hours were the scariest of his life as they waited for help to reach them. It had started to snow heavily again and he knew the roads would be blocked everywhere and he didn’t know how long before help would arrive. All he could hear was the movements of the wolves around him as they continued to look for a way to attack.

What he heard next was what sounded like a gunshot. There was a rustling sound as the head of a trooper came into view.
“Everybody okay, we’ll have you out in a few moments. He smiled as he looked down at his brother.

A few moments later, they were in the emergency vehicle. The paramedics made his brother more comfortable as they took care of him.
As they drove away, he glanced out the window as he saw the moon again escaping its prison. He could see in the distance the pack of wolves, with their haunting eyes gleaming in the night.

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Tampa Bay Lightning Event at Lakewood Ranch

Tampa Bay Lightning

Tampa Bay Lightning had an amazing showing of the Tampa Bay Lightning hockey game against the Detroit Redwings on a screen that showed the action pack Hockey game.

Downtown Lakewood Ranch closed their streets as the spirit of the hockey game slowly overtook the area. At first, the restaurants were dead and a few lawn chairs were put up in front of the screen. Then as the time came closer to the start of the game lawn chairs started to appear everywhere. Hundreds of lawn chairs pop up everywhere so there was hardly any room to move. In addition, restaurants in view of the screen showing the hockey game filled up to capacity.

Tampa Bay Lightning

The Tampa Bay Lightning are a professional ice hockey team based in Tampa, Florida. It is a member of the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). The Lightning has one Stanley Cup championship in their history, in 2003–04. The team is often referred to as the Bolts, and the nickname is used on the current third jersey. The Lightning plays home games at the Amalie Arena in Tampa.

The owner of the Lightning is Jeffrey Vinik, while Steve Yzerman serves as general manager. The team is currently coached by Jon Cooper, who has led the team since 2013.

It was a vision of Phil and Tony Esposito to bring professional hockey to the Sun State. They decided to put their efforts to start the process in the city of Tampa in Central West Florida.

The Lightning first took the ice on October 7, 1992, playing in Tampa’s tiny 11,000-seat Expo Hall at the Florida State Fairgrounds. They surprised everyone when they won their first game with Chicago Black Hawks 7–3 with four goals by little-known Chris Kontos.

Ironically, a future Captain of Tampa Bay Lightning was Martin St-Louis. Through my mother’s family, I was the first cousin to Marcil St-Louis.  Related to Martin St-Louis I doubt it but it would have been nice to get free tickets.

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TMJ Could Be Caused by Possible Whiplash Injury

TMJ (temporomandibular-joint-syndrome_1)

TMJ (Temporomandibular joint disorder) can be caused by multiple reasons and possible trauma.  The Temporomandibular joint is an important bone that helps connect your jaw to your skull. They are positioned at the sides of your head near each ear. They play an important part in giving you the ability to eat, speak, and make facial expressions.

Most whiplash is normally caused by automobile accidents. Usually, when a car is rear-ended. The head of the driver or passengers of the vehicle is forced back by the impact. While whiplash is a common cause of TMJ injury in car accidents, it’s also possible to suffer the injury as a result of your head or chin strikes the steering wheel or another fixed object in the vehicle. Also, by some kind of traumatic impact that is found in sports. A hockey stick or puck, a baseball or even a good tackle in football can cause whiplash.

Whiplash injuries need to be taken very seriously. Because symptoms of a whiplash injury can evolve in a few days, weeks or even months to manifest. It is easy to believe that you are not really hurt as badly as you really are. Unfortunately, by the time any serious complications can develop, any possible damage from the injury may have become permanent,

STATISTICS

   whiplash symptoms last more than 6 months in 75% of patients
• symptoms of whiplash commonly do not appear until weeks or months      after the accident
• whiplash victims lose an average of 8 weeks of work
• getting whiplash is 5 times more common in women than in men
• whiplash occurs most commonly in those aged 30 to 50 years
• rear-end collisions typically cause more cervical spine damage than do       frontal or side collisions

TMJ injuries typically fall into 3 categories:

  1. Myofascial Pain
  2. Internal Derangement of the Joint
  3. Inflammatory joint disease

Myofascial Pain is discomfort or pain in muscles that control the function of the jaw, and can also affect the muscles of the neck and the shoulders area.

The internal displacement of the Temporomandibular joint. With possible damage to the joint placement.

An inflammatory joint disease can cause arthritis or Synovitis.

TMJ not to mention whiplash can be a chronic condition that can only be diagnosed properly. More importantly cared for by a medical professional. So if you are unlucky enough to be in an automobile accident especially a rear-ended. Have yourself checked by a qualified Md which may need for you to get an X-ray or even a cat-scan to truly find the extent of your injury.

Jim Keller “TMJ Injuries Are Often Overlooked In Whiplash Injury Cases” March 2017 <https://www.2keller.com/library/tmj-injury-can-be-caused-by-whiplash-ask-keller-keller-why-the-insurance-company-may-deny-or-l.cfm>

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Sugar Shacks (Cabane à Sucre) a Must Visit

Sugar Shacks
Maple Syrup Sticks

Sugar Shacks (Cabane à Sucre) is a must visit when you visit the Province of Quebec during the fading days of winter.

Sugar Shacks and Maple Syrup

Sugar Shacks
Production of Maple Syrup

The maple syrup production process gets its start in springtime. That is when the nights are still cold and the water is absorbed from the soil into the maple tree. Therefore, when the day breaks, the warmer temperature creates pressure that forces the water back down to the bottom of the tree. This makes it easy to collect the precious maple sap. The dripping of the Sap which falls into the hanging pots is gathered over 12 to 20 days. This is usually done in early March to late April. All depending on the region.

Many people ask how many times can you tap a Maple tree? It is calculated based on the tree’s diameter and health and growth rate. Any maple tree that measures a minimum of 8 inches in diameter or more can be tapped.  Larger trees are tapped more than once (for every additional 20 cm) during maple harvest season. As a matter of fact, up to a maximum of three taps per tree and season. Furthermore, enforcing these strong regulations, the tapping does not affect the growth of maple trees.

The Best Sugar Shacks

Even though there are numerous Sugar Shacks (Cabane à Sucre) in Quebec. These Sugar Shacks (Cabane à Sucre) have been voted some of the best in the Province of Quebec. Therefore, I listed these Gems in alphabetical order. In Addition, I listed them numbered expensive to less expensive shacks. One is the most expensive.

1.Cabane à sucre Au Pied de Cochon

5.Cabane à sucre Bouvrette

3.Cabane à sucre La Branche

4.Érablière au Sous-Bois

2.Érablière Charbonneau

It’s a fun night that will be in your collection of fond memories. In addition, the meal usually consists of ham, corn on the cob, homemade bread. As well as bacon, sausages, beans, meat-pie and a never ending the supply of delicious maple syrup.

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Web Design In WordPress at Ringling College

Wordpress

I’m starting a class of web design in WordPress at Ringling College of Art & Design in Sarasota. I got lost when I tried to find my class. Furthermore, I had to call security. Security drove me to the Roskamp Center. The center is located on the college campus.

It seemed that I was under the misconception that since my son graduated from Ringling College a few years ago I would have no problem finding my way around. Wrong! I walked around in circles completely lost before I swallowed my pride and called security. In addition, I had no other choice. Since I was unable to find anyone around to show me the right direction to my class.

WordPress The Class

This class is a six-week course of 2 1/2 hours classes on Tuesday night. It should help me correct some the problems I have with my site. I started my site a few months ago. I thought everything was going well. Except, when I tried to optimize my site, a lot of errors were found. Mostly, with the speed of my site uploading, which is terrible. The Javascript and CSS that I have are not Async or Optimized. They are blocking and hindering the upload speed of my site.

Hopefully, I can get everything corrected. My fingers are crossed.

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