Monday, October 13, 2008

People you don't think about, but are glad they are there

Nothing means more to me than my children and their children. Nothing scares me more than when they or someone calls and says there's been an accident. Nothing makes me more comfortable than pulling up to the scene and seeing that the Anchorage Fire Department and Anchorage Police Department are there taking care of my loved ones while I'm on my way there.

Cassie had just dropped Trinity off at her moms house and then was on her way to school. She stopped as she always does at Starbucks that's inside Carrs / Safeway on Muldoon. The roads were very slick and many hadn't been sanded by the city or state trucks. She had Flo in 4 wheel drive and headed to school. The truck lost traction and hit the median and flipped on its roof.

Besides being very sore now, Cassie wasn't hurt. She unbuckled her seat belt and crawled out of the passenger rear window. A gentleman (who's name I didn't get but thanked personally) stopped to make sure she was OK and called 911.

Cassie called me from this gentleman's phone and I dropped everything and was there within 10 minutes. She was sitting in the fire engine staying warm while she waited on me and a wrecker. The Captain told me she was OK and brought me up to date on everything. The APD Officer stayed on scene until the wrecker arrived. Of course Flo was upside down in the middle of the road pointing the wrong direction.

Cassie had told me she was OK, but when the Fire Captain reconfirmed that, I started breathing again. These men and women we take for granted sometimes, but when your little girl is in danger........

I'm glad that she had Flo. A large old truck that helped protect her. Thanks Flo, you did your job. Thanks to the men and women of AFD & APD. Also, thanks to the gentleman who stopped to assist. You all are awesome!

For more pictures of Flo, click below.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

After curfew

Ruth and I had breakfast at Peggy's like we do almost every Sunday. Afterwards we decided to go down to Ship Creek to see how it looks with the fresh snow. There wasn't much to grab our eye because the snow wasn't covering enough yet. It was still around +32°F, so the ground was too warm.

We went by our beaver pond and found a young one out playing alone. We both suggested about the same time that it had sneaked out while Ma & Pa were sleeping.

Friday, October 10, 2008

4 seasons in 1 day

It started off snowing and then turned to rain. Then the wind picked up. In some places it was measured at 119 mph. Then the rain and wind stopped and the sun came out. Then it got up to 52°.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

First Snow

The first of the winter season has arrived. More is predicted for later on in the week. We don't usually get snow until the end of the month, so this has caught many off guard. The way I look at it is, if it's snowing, it's not raining.
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Monday, October 6, 2008

Winter is creaping down the mountains

It's been getting colder and colder everyday, the temperatures have been getting below freezing at night, the colorful leaves are almost all on the ground, and yesterday we got a little snow.

What summer we had just flew by. I'm telling everyone that the good news is that when snow starts flying means it stopped raining. I doubt that I watered my flower garden a half dozen times this summer. We had 7 days of temperatures about 70° and they were barely above 70°.

OK, get it over. Come on winter. Lets get it started.