Monthly Archives: December 2013

The Official End of the Year Post:

Something sincere…
Something heartfelt…
Something wise and profound…

“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.” ———-Groucho Marx


Happy New Year from Circle to Circle. 2014 is shaping up to be a fun one, so hopefully some of you will find it worth your time to stick around. Cheers!

Nuggets at Sam's after X-mas

Comic courtesy of Nuggets

Merry Christmas

PanAm DC4 in Fairbanks Dec 1946

The Pan American World Airways once serviced Alaska. In fact, they had quite the history in the early days of aviation in the state. Here’s the Pan Am DC-4 “Clipper Reindeer” at, I believe, Weeks Field in December 1946.

Photo courtesy of the Pan Am Historical Foundation


Another holiday gem courtesy of Tundra Comics

Santa ID Theft

Comic courtesy of Tundra Comics


Stonehenge Kessel 1955

Photo by Dmitri Kessel Life Magazine 1955

Happy Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice Time Lapse

The sun’s path on the Winter Solstice, as seen from the University of Alaska campus, Fairbanks.

The Old Met

Last Game at the Met

20 December 1981

The final game at Metropolitan Stadium featured the Minnesota Vikings vs the Kansas City Chiefs. The Chiefs won 10-6. I was at that game with my Dad. It was the last time we tailgated at a Vikings game.

Fans stormed the field after the final whistle looking for souvenirs. Walking back to the car, people passed us with sections of the goal posts and chairs which were usually in blocks of four.

Now the site is home to the Mall of America, and it’s a damn shame.

Met Stadium Exterior

The End of the VW Type 2


The iconic Volkswagen Type 2, or the Camper Van which it is more commonly known as, is about to follow the Beetle into the sunset. The final van will be produced in Sao Bernardo do Campo, Brazil on 20 December of this year, ending a 63 year production run.

Using the same rear engine and axles of the VW Type 1 Beetle, the low cost, robust and easy to repair VW “Bus” gained a loyal fan base of its own.

Volkswagen stopped production of the Type 2 in Germany in 1979, then production stopped in South Africa and Mexico, leaving only the production plant in Brazil which exported to the rest of Latin America.

A special edition model, costing $37,500 will be available to the Brazil market. The demand for that model has been high enough for VW to double the numbers produced. Obviously, that makes it slightly less affordable than during it’s peak.

Rainbow Camper Line Up
A fleet of VW Camper Vans available for rent in Scotland.

Adverts at 35,000 Feet

Alaska Air Salmon


There are a few Alaska Airlines jets out there with Salmon painted along the length of the fuselage. Not to be outdone, Air New Zealand has recently put the dragon Smaug on theirs. I’ve never had dragon before; I wonder if it tastes as good as salmon.