Friday, November 30, 2012

Put it in the mail please!


 Anyone that follows me on Twitter or friends me on Facebook, know that I have issues about getting my packages delivered to my house, especially during the Christmas Holiday season. What it comes down to is that UPS & FedEx can't find my house. I could understand if I was in the middle of nowhere Alaska, but I'm almost in downtown Anchorage.
I know almost everyone relies on GPS now. Well, it don't work everywhere. If you try to put my address into a GPS or even Google, you won't find my house. Actually, Google will send you to the house behind mine. It's famous because a serial killer lived there at one time.
They have even delivered my packages 10 blocks away. On a good note, the people who have got my packages by mistake have called me and even delivered them to me on occasion. Last year, FedEx delivered to the wrong address 10 blocks away and I called FedEx asking where my package was. They admitted the mistake and sent a driver for it. They called just before 5PM saying they didn't have anyone available to bring it to me until the next day. I went there and picked it up. I don't think that lady likes me after my visit.
USPS can find my house though. Even when I wish they wouldn't. My dog Macy even gets excited when the regular mailman comes around.
Living in Alaska, shipping charges can add up on some orders. When an online merchant offers free shipping, you usually can't pick who delivers. If I know its coming by UPS or FedEx, I have it sent to my sons house. His wife works at home and they can find their place. If I know it's coming USPS, I know I'll get it.
 
Put it in the mail please!
 
(Photos taken off of  Google)
 
 

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Doggiversary


Actually I'm late, but I'm a guy. Do I need to say anymore? It was a year on 10/31 and time has flown. It was meant to be that I saw her photo hanging in that coffee shop that I only stop in every now and again.

Ask anyone that knows me. Macy's spoiled and she has me trained. She takes me for a walk three times a day. I know her favorite treats. She loves to go for a ride and I keep Windex wipes in my truck Lucille to clean the nose prints off of every window. Oh, and the picture window at the house also.

It's winter now. It's getting below zero at night. She wears booties to protect her paws from the snow and ice and a sweater to keep her warm on her walks. She gives me that "you're killing me" look when I put them on her.

Yea, I think we made the right move.

Happy Thanksgiving!
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Sunday, November 4, 2012

Hello Naknek


Naknek is in the Bristol Bay Borough, the oldest borough in the state. Bristol Bay is the "sockeye salmon capital of the world". For about 4 weeks during the summer, usually the 3rd week in June until the 3rd week in July, it's the fastest paced commercial salmon season in the world. But this time of year it's pretty quiet.

The boats are brought ashore for the protection from ice and weather. By law, no boat is over 32' long. They set throughout the  village of Naknek and other areas waiting for the next fishing season.

With names like Monster, King Oscar and Amber J, they make you wonder about their story and how they got their names. They're someones pride and joy who named them after another pride and joy or a grand story only they know.

The wind and snow blows through the boatyards like an abandoned dream. Naknek has a population of 601, but during the summer it explodes to about 5,000, most of whom are fishermen or cannery workers.

This cannery is in South Naknek which is inaccessible by road, but for a while during the winter you can drive to it by crossing the Naknek River. The children are flown daily to Naknek for school.
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