Friday, November 27, 2009

Let it snow

Thanksgiving is over and it would be nice to say that things are back to normal. Of course we now have the Christmas shopping season going on starting today which is known as Black Friday. Today was actually a very white Friday. Depending where you are in Anchorage, you got any where's from 4.5 to 8 inches of very wet snow.

Those of you who didn't work, shopped and vise versa. The city was very slow on getting the plowing started, but they prevailed as usual.

I doubt I'd want to do any bike riding today, but there were several people out there doing it. Anchorage was named a bike friendly city recently.

Our Antonov AN-2 parked at Merrill Field was getting very white today also. I like watching the air field guys do snow removal. They have to enjoy it.

I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving, and for those not in the USA, thanks for visiting!

Sunday, November 15, 2009


And it's not supposed to get any warmer. During the day it'll get around 15° and at night it drops down around -2 or 4°. It has been nice and sunny for the 7 hours that we get sun.

It's not slowing anyone down though. Everyones running around getting ready for the holidays. I went out to lunch with a friend and the resturant already have their christmas decorations up inside.

We need more snow, but there's none being predicted in the next week. So. we'll bundle and go about our days Around Anchorage.

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Saturday, November 14, 2009

Bring your hair or bring your wallet

The crew at Fire Station 12 is hosting a head shaving party for Brother Gary Bullock next Tuesday, November 17th from 6-7pm at Station 12. He is allowing us to shave his head and we are inviting all of you (men and women) to join in and get your head shaved with him in solidarity. Donations will be collected and the money raised will go to the American Cancer Society chapter here in Anchorage.

There are many of our brothers and sisters on the AFD both current and
retired, family members, and close friends that are fighting this battle and this is your chance to show them your support.

It is after all just hair, it will grow back and it is way over rated in the
first place. I have been bald for 5 years now and will never go back (not
that I have much say in the matter). For those of you hanging on to the
dream of a full head of hair, what better a way to face reality and speed up the process?

Thanks in advance for your support of all those fighting Cancer and we hope to see all of you here next week.

Fire Station 12 is at 7920 Homer Drive (East 80th Ave and Homer Drive), between the New and Old Seward Highways. Access via southbound New Seward, get off at the 76th ave exit and follow the frontage road(Homer Drive) south to the fire station. or, take 80th eastbound from Old Seward Highway- can't miss it. or, take Briarwood north from Dimond(next to Sicily's Pizza) to 80th and then east to the station. The station faces the Seward Highway and there's a big flagpole and an antenna tower. See more information below.

Hope to see you there!

BTW, Gary is also VP of the Bird TLC Board of Directors. This was sent to me unofficially by a member of AFD.

Monday, November 9, 2009

1st snow of winter

We've been waiting and wondering. Well, without much prediction from the weather guys, we got 3 - 6 inches, depending on what side of town you live. Most folks were well behaved and were careful drivers. Of course, we all watched for the ones that aren't.

The fresh snow adds color to what was dreary Anchorage. We have a neat town. It's alive and lots of things have been happening. But the long fall without snow was getting depressing.

OK. I'll get out there and get some more.

For those of you who want to see more of my photographs, I've been posting to SmugMug. Check them out and let me know what you think. There's a link to your right or go to

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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Moose jam

I left an account this morning and was headed for another one when traffic got real heavy in an unusual spot and time. There weren't any flashing blue or red lights. I was only paying half attention because I was talking to a friend on the phone who had a sick cat. After I made it through the traffic a bit, I understood what the issue was. There was a old bull moose casually walking down Fireweed Lane in the slow lane and he didn't have a care in the world.

People were working their way around him carefully and then speeding on. I got around him and went a little ways up the street and parked in a parking lot so I could get some shots. This was an older guy with a good size rack.

Without giving any signals he turned onto Gambell Street right in front of me and headed my direction at a slow but steady pace. My eyes were getting bigger than my view finder could handle, so I hopped back in my truck. He walked right up to the Mt. Ash Berry tree right in front of me and started having breakfast.

I took his lead and went and got my latte' and blueberry muffin.

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