Friday, February 29, 2008

Been bizzy

I've been real busy with work lately. But I did see this young moose in Boot Leggers Cove.

A couple things are going around town right now. There are still Fur Rondy events going on during the week and into the weekend. Get out and check them out.

The Iditarod starts on Saturday at 10 am AST. 1,049 mile to Nome. I'll be there taking some pix's. You can track some of the mushers by satellite this year. Check out the Anchorage Convention and Visitors Center for more.

In DC the Supreme Court is hearing if the punitive damages that Exxon was suppose to pay about 15 years ago, are too high. Exxon says it has paid enough for the Exxon Valdez oil spill disaster. Most of us Alaskans thinks that Exxon hasn't paid nearly enough. Check out the history of this at the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council website. Exxon earns over $1,300 a second in 2007. It's last quarter profits were $11.7 billion, earning $40.61 billion for the year, the most for a U.S. Company.

I'll catch up with you later.

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Fur Rondy weekend

This has been Fur Rondy weekend. I haven't been able to participate in many activities as I would like to this year, but I've been able to get out and see a few or follow it in the news.

Fur Rondy goes back to the 1930's when they decided to put a winter carnival together at the same time the fur trappers came to town. Now it's one of the largest winter attractions in the state.

The snow sculptures were slow getting started. They were waiting for colder weather so their works of art wouldn't melt before being judged. They started working them this past Friday and they are to be judged today. I'll swing by later and get some finished pictures and get them posted.

Everyones favorite is the World Championship Sled Dog Race. The race starts in the middle of downtown on 4th Avenue. It goes through the city streets and trails and makes it's way back to the finish on 4th.

I was able to catch some of the action at Cordova & 15th on the way to the finish of the first days races. This is about 2 blocks from my house.

More to come. We're going to check more out today. Check out the Fur Rondy website for more information, pictures and video's.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Introducing Tripp Lloyd Dorsey

Here he is ladies and gentlemen, Tripp Lloyd Dorsey. He's the one in the blanket.

If you didn't notice, he has the same middle name as his dad, me and my dad. Also the same middle name of my grandfathers brother and more. The name Lloyd goes way back in our family.

Mom, dad and Tripp are all doing fine. Mom & Tripp go home tomorrow.

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Guess what

My oldest son Nick and his fiancee Stacy had a baby boy 9 lbs. 13 oz. last night about 8:45 pm. Tripp Lloyd Dorsey is my first grandchild.

Pictures to follow.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Ran over by the Pineapple Express

Pineapple Express (also, Pineapple Connection) is a non-technical, shorthand term popular in the news media for a meteorological phenomenon which is characterized by a strong and persistent flow of atmospheric moisture and associated heavy rainfall from the waters adjacent to the Hawaiian Islands and extending to any location along the Pacific coast of North America. The Pineapple Express is driven by a strong, southern branch of the Polar jetstream and is usually marked by the presence of a surface frontal boundary which is typically either slow or stationary, with waves of low pressure traveling along its axis. Each of these low pressure systems brings warm temperatures and high winds to Alaska.

OK, most of that was from Wikipedia. What does that mean to us? +48°, slushie roads, slick sidewalks and dirty windshields. But it also means good weather for ice fishing. I caught these guys at Taku Lake during my lunch break. They said the fishing was going good but they hadn't caught any fish yet. I guess that also means a bad day of fishing is better than a good day at work.

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Some of the things you find

Out and about you never really know what you'll run into. Actually I ran into this a year or so back and forgot about it until I was visiting a place next door.

No one was around, so I figure they must still be on Christmas Break. Or they might have retreated to the North Pole.

That's the kind of snow blower I need to get.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

The last stop

I've driven past here many times but I never have stopped before. I always said that I needed to check this out. Ft. Richardson National Cemetery is located on the backside of Fort Richardson next to Camp Carroll. Access is available for anyone to visit but you must sign in at the Ft. Richardson main gate.

It hadn't been a very busy place until the Iraq War started. Since it opened as a temporary cemetery during WWII, there are over 4,500 people interned through the end of 2006.

Initially, any deceased soldier who died in Alaska during WWII, regardless of nationality could be interred there. Two sections were confined for Japanese soldiers killed in the Aleutians, along with Russians and Canadians. In December 1946, the temporary cemetery at Fort Richardson was made a permanent site.

The remains of Allied soldiers were buried within a fenced area referred to as the “Allied Plot.” Japanese soldiers who died in battles for the Aleutian Islands were buried outside the fence in an area designated as the “Enemy Plot.” In July 1953, the 235 Japanese war dead buried at Fort Richardson were disinterred for proper cremation with appropriate Shinto and Buddhist ceremonies, under the supervision of the Japanese Embassy. In May 1981, a group of Japanese citizens in Anchorage had a new marker made to remember the soldiers who, in death, remain far from home.

There is also a memorial section for those whose remains were lost at sea or are not recoverable.

It was a very tranquil place the day I visited. It was -5°f and maybe that had a little to do with it. But there were recently placed flowers and other recent signs of respect. To me it seems like the most appropriate place to be buried after making the final sacrafice. On a lot of the headstones there are insignias of many different religous faiths. So I guess this is holy ground, no matter what faith you believe in.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Sorry I was late getting here, but ......

Cotton picking road hogs, er ah moose that is. They act like they own the road and go at such a slow speed. And then when you finally get a chance to get around them they won't even look at you.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Colder than a ___________ (fill in blank)

This is historically the coldest time of year and guess what. It's cold right now. Temps have been dipping down to around -5°f at night and up around +10°f during the day. It's suppose to be like this until around the middle of the week with maybe some snow.

The sun has been out real nice and bright. I guess kind of blinding when you're driving. Friday morning the ice fog was thick. You can tell in the pix with the bench.

Here's hoping your having a good weekend!