Monthly Archives: October 2012

Coming In 2015

The image has been scooting around cyberspace, so I have no idea who to credit. But kudos to whoever put it together.

“It was night, and the rain fell; and falling, it was rain, but, having fallen, it was blood.”
–Edgar Allan Poe
“Silence – A Fable”

Dutch Harbor

More from “The Police Blotter Heard ‘Round The World”
——-LA Times 5 February 2009

Three juvenile boys phoned police and reported they had taken refuge inside a piece of playground equipment because they were in fear of imminent attack by a bald eagle. The suspect eagle hissed and puffed his chest feathers at the responding officer before flying from the area.

1010 – Traffic Roads – Caller reported dump trucks carrying dirt were dropping dirt in the roadway, where it subsequently mixed with rain to become mud. An officer responded to the area and verified that there was mud on the roadway.

First Frozen Pipe

It was -18F this morning, and I received my first frozen pipe call of the season at 8am. My response was “that it wasn’t cold enough yet for frozen pipes. What are you going to do when it drops to -50?”

“Well, you’re going to fix the problem long before it drops that far,” she replied.


So I spent much of the morning re-insulating the offending closet with the water lines & wrapping the pipes. I feel like I’m never going to get this siding job finished.

Time to Plug In

On Friday, when I left the jobsite, the river’s surface water was still flowing, although there was a lot of ice floating along my bank of the river. On Saturday, when I went into work, the river had frozen over.

Alas. It was only a matter of time.

Monday morning, it had dropped to -12 degs when I went out to start the truck. That meant I had to pull out the extension cord and timer to plug the truck in. A good call, since it was -15F this morning.

I believe they call that “additional motivation” to get this final siding job of the season completed.

50 Years Ago This Week

President Kennedy addresses the Nation on 22 October 1962, informing the country of the Cuban Missile Crisis.
In an unprecedented display of hemispheric solidarity, the Organization of American States (OAS) approves the U.S. quarantine of Cuba that was announced by Kennedy the night before.
On 24 October, the Blockade goes into effect at 10am EDT.

I can only guess at the mood of the country when President Kennedy signed off from the nationwide broadcast that night.

Deadliest Catch Meets Unalaska Police Department

Oct. 10 – “Suspicious Person/Activity – Officer observed a Deadliest Catch star urinating in puddle and advised the man, as he zipped his pants and denied any such activity, that it was illegal to urinate in public.”

Thanks to the Unalaska Police Blotter

In honor of Alaska Day:

…which was 18 October, but I was out celebrating. I saw this factoid recently, which for some reason I thoroughly enjoyed:
Alaska is 2½ times bigger than Texas. At low tide, Alaska is three times bigger.

Alaska Day. On 18 October 1867, “ownership” of Alaska was officially transferred from Russia to the United States. The day is an official State holiday, not to be confused with “Seward’s Day”, but the real party is in Sitka.

“Too many of us are hung up on what we don’t have, can’t have, or won’t ever have. We spend too much energy being down, when we could use that same energy – if not less of it – doing, or at least trying to do, some of the things we really want to do.”

—– Terry McMillan


The view from the Arctic Cam