Monthly Archives: October 2012

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

Swift Move

Do people automatically check their brains in their luggage before coming to Alaska?

The headlines from Anchorage on Sunday mainly dealt with the sudden closing and evacuation of the International Airport when a potential passenger made a comment that his friend’s checked luggage contained a bomb. The simple statement, which turned out to be a rather idiotic joke, caused all sorts of havoc just after midnight. The airport was emptied with little information given, flights were postponed or cancelled and the roads to the airport were closed so that people were not allowed to pick up arriving passengers. Hundreds of passengers missed their connecting flights, and people traveling to, or from, warmer climates were forced to stand outside in the below freezing air and freshly falling snow.

The best part of the story: The imbecile who caused the panic was WCHA referee, Pete Friesema, who was in town to officiate UAA’s Season Opening Kendall Hockey Classic.

As of today, the WCHA has suspended Friesema, and the Anchorage judge has stated that he can not leave Alaska prior to his court date in late November. The judge sited the enormous cost to the State of Alaska, the inconvenience to hundreds of fellow passngers, as well as the fact that the referee, a resident of Colorado, is a “flight risk”. The judge did lower & grant his bail however, so Friesema can enjoy all the wonders of Anchorage.

Fairbanks will hold their own hockey tourney this coming weekend. We’d all appreciate it if the official would stay down in Anchorage and watch the Aces if he needs his hockey fix. Afterall, this is CCHA country for one last season.

River Ice

I started a new siding job yesterday. When the cedar was delivered, the driver chuckled at me and said, “Good luck. I think you have until Friday before the bottom falls out of the thermometer.”
It was 5 degrees this morning when I went to the jobsite. Luckily for me, 5 degrees in Fairbanks isn’t considered low enough to fall out of the bottom.
I do know that the puddles did not thaw at any point during the day, and that the Chena River had ice flowing down it all day long. In fact, in the morning I could hear the mini ice-floes rub against the ice that had formed along the bank.
Kind of depressing when one thinks back on it from a warm cabin with a fire in the woodstove.
I now vaguely recall that yesterday I could see that Ester & Murphy Domes were capped with snow from the storm that dumped rain down here in the flat lands.
On the bright side, we do have the northern lights putting on a show again tonight.

Editor’s Note: According to the Ever Seeing Eye of WordPress, this entry is my 300th post. For some reason that number makes me want to take a trip…

Goodbye Mad Duck

“Mongo only pawn in game of life.”

Legendary All-Pro Defensive Tackle Alex Karras has died from kidney failure. A member of the Detroit Lions “Fearsome Foursome”, Karras was a punishing lineman who wrecked havoc in the trenches.

Karras was 77.

Winter Knocks

After near record rainfall for an October storm on Sunday and Monday, the skies cleared, the northern lights filled the sky and the temps dropped down to a very hard freeze last night. It was sunny and slightly above freezing today, so I took the Bug to the jobsite for one last seasonal run. I topped off the tank on the way home, adding some SeaFoam, then took off the roof rack and pulled over the car cover. I’m guessing that Bug Season is over for the year with snow on the agenda for this weekend.

The aurora gave a phenomenal show last night, absolutely covering the sky above Fairbanks. We’re down to a Level 3 tonight on the Aurora Forecast Scale.