Monday, February 28, 2011

Fur Rondy 2011 Day 3

Even though the windchill was cutting through you, there was some awesome sled dog racing going on. It was definitely worth dealing with the weather to see the race.

I missed day 2 of the sled dog races because I shot the dog weight pull. I missed some good racing that day, but it was worth it.
Most of the action was happening on Cordova Street and 4th Avenue and then at the finish line. Egil Ellis was the winner and well deserved.

The weather didn't keep the crowd away either. The temperature again was about 20°f, but with windchill it was about 4°f. I think the kids tolerate it better than the adults.

There's still lots of Rondy going on. Check out the schedule of events by clicking here. I'll be out and about checking more of it myself. Also, be sure to have your Fur Rondy pin on so the Rondy cops don't bust ya.

Also, the Iditarod starts this Saturday March 5th. I'll miss the start due to the real job getting in the way.

Thanks to Britt my photography buddy for tolerating me yesterday. You can see her Rondy photos by clicking here. You can even see photos from day 2.

For more of my Rondy photos, click here.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

World Championship Dog Weight Pull. Fur Rondy 2011

It was a pretty sunny day, and the temperature was around +20°f. But with the wind blowing, the wind chill temp was down right cold. That didn't stop the crowd or the dogs at the 43rd Annual World Championship Dog Weight Pull.

There was action all afternoon long. These dogs came to pull and it showed. They were full of pep and energy. There were dogs of all size, shape and color.

I wasn't the only Popsicle there, but no one else was leaving until it was over.

I couldn't make it to the sled dog races that were going on the same time, but I'll be there tomorrow.

If you want to know the outcome of the dog weight pull or the standings in the dog sled race, go to .

To see more of my photos from today, click here.
If you live in the Anchorage area, go get your Rondy on!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Fur Rondy 2011 Day 1

Some serious sled dog racing going on starting today in the streets of Anchorage. The World Open Sled Dog Championship and Fur Rondy 2011 kicked off today.

These photos were taken near 15th & Cordova Street, not too far from my home.

22 dog teams started downtown on 4th Avenue and made their way trough town, into the back country and then back downtown to the finish where they started.

It's a 3 day race and 25 miles a day. Lots of excitement, fast dogs and plenty of action. Teams had any wheres from 12 to 18 dogs.

Tomorrow I plan on being at the 43rd Annual World Championship Dog Weight Pull. You can count on plenty of photos.

For more photos of today's race, click here.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

No school snow days!

Well it's warming up and getting ready to snow. Right now it's +25°f. We're supposed to get another 3 to 4 inches and then the temperature will be in the low 30's. Just in time for the start of Fur Rondy, a fun annual winter event. I'll be out in it and getting some photos for sure.

Watch this video if you want to see how serious they are about the World Championship Sled Dog Races.

Fur Rondy Trailer 2011 from susan l trussell on Vimeo.

To see more of my photos, click here.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Wordless Wenesday 2/23/2011

Excuse me, but do I have a magpie on my butt?

OK, I know this is supposed to be wordless, but I gotta tell you some stuff.
  1. Note that the moose is reaching over an 8 foot fence. It's standing on a snow pile from a parking lot that was plowed. Standing there she can reach where the others couldn't.
  2. Click on the picture to enlarge it. Notice the magpie is collecting hair from the moose? It's getting ready for nesting season.
  3. Notice the moose doesn't care?
OK, now I'll shut up.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Price check please!

I got my driver’s license in 1973 in Maryland and the price of gas was .52 cents a gallon. It’s ironic that today I filled up the gas tank in my truck and regular gas was $3.52 a gallon. I don’t have a 1967 Firebird like I did back then, but a more fuel efficient Dodge and I don’t joy ride near as much as I did back then. I doubt that in 1973 that I could afford to pay $80 to fill up a gas tank.

The price of coffee, sugar and you name it are going up left and right. It’s going up so much that it’s making the national news every day. Consumer pricing is up 0.4% in January. OK, the recession is over, so start raising the prices? I’m fortunate to be getting a paycheck, but it’s not getting any bigger. More people want a part of it though. At least my vanilla latte’ hasn’t gone up in price.

It’s tough for the American consumer right now. Statistics show that only 71% of Americans can live within their means. When I got divorced in 2009, I had a feeling that there was going to be tough financial times ahead. First thing I did was pay off all of my credit cards. Then I started paying all of my bills online through my banks bill pay program. It was amazing how much money I saved and how I could see where my money was going.

I shop hard now for big ticket items. I use to always use Alaska Airlines for out of state travel. I get their air miles through credit cards, grocery purchases, cable TV, you name it. I also only fly on American made aircraft, so the shopping takes a little bit now. By shopping online, I saved $400 on round trip tickets to Maryland on Continental Airlines and Boeing aircraft. Sorry Alaska Airlines, $400 is $400 to me. You posted $250 million in profits last year, I didn’t.

The days of .52 cents a gallon for gas is gone. No more .05 cent candy bars or $1 movie tickets. We would love to have those days back, but it’s sad to say that they are gone.

I haven’t turned into Ebenezer Scrooge, but I am watching the cost of the things I buy now or in some cases, use to buy.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

The Envelope Please!!!!

This year I pick none of the above. I haven’t been to a movie at the theaters in several years. I can’t even remember the last movie I saw away from home. I can’t get into high priced soda, popcorn or candy. I also can’t deal with people kicking the back of my chair, ringing cell phones (oh I forgot to turn it off) or the lack of a pause button for when I must leave to use the facilities.

If the movie is that important for me to see, I’ll rent it and watch it at home. That’s of course after I buy a CD player, DVD player, Blueray, Wii II or whatever I need to watch a movie and have some kid hook it up for me.

I went on the Oscar website and checked out what and who was nominated. The only movie I heard of was True Grit, and that’s because I saw it 45 years ago. Jeff Bridges is a heck of an actor, but he’s not The Duke. If I think of True Grit, I think of John Wayne as Rooster Cogburn, not Jeff Bridges. The Duke took the Oscar home. I wonder if Jeff will.

Of all of the actors nominated, I only recognized 2 names. None of them are bigger than life like Bogart, Bacall, Fonda, Bergman or Grant. Say those names and I see a face, a character or a movie. I’ll even start saying lines from some of their movies. Say the names of this year’s nominees and I won’t know what you’re talking about.
Do you have a line that sticks out in your head from this year’s movies like Jack Nicholson in The Shining with “Here’s Johnny!” or Bogie with "Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine." True Grit doesn’t count “little sister”, because it’s a remake.
Hollywood lost me. I don’t know when or why, but it lost me. I guess I’m stuck in time. If I want to see this year’s best, I’ll turn on TCM and watch it from my Lazy Boy while enjoying my ice tea and corn bread. That’ll be my Oscar-watching party.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

An interesting day Around Anchorage & Wordless Wednesday 2/9/2011 with a few words

Moose were everywhere this morning. This one is outside Denali Elementary, which is almost downtown. Is he sticking his tongue out at me? Is that little girl sticking her tongue out at me? Sheesh!
These gals were near West Chester Lagoon. Notice the collar on mom? That helps Alaska Department of Fish and Game track their movements. It's amazing how much moose move around town. If you get the chance, watch Moose on the Loose on Animal Planet. My hero, now retired, Rick Sinnot and Jessy Coaltrane of ADF&G is highlighted. They show how they have managed to keep wildlife like moose and bear in an urban setting without major issues.
This guy had a comfortable spot to watch and be out of the way. What was that song, "Up on the Roof"?
A gazillion Bohemian Waxwings were attacking the trees in the neighborhood for about 5 minutes and then they were gone. This is just a small group of them. It was neat watching them swarm, stop, swarm, stop and then they were gone.
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Saturday, February 5, 2011

Valentine’s Day is not a blown out affair with me

I don’t spend a lot of time on getting ready for Valentine’s Day. About a month before the holiday, the retailers start putting things out. They seem to go Valentine’s Day crazy and go all out for candies and cards and I’m more than happy to look at what they got and start selecting what I need.

I usually buy all the ladies at the office where I volunteer a large Hershey Kiss. They’re all hard workers there and I love cheering them up. They’re the best and I feel they need to know they’re appreciated and loved by us volunteers.

My special Valentine and I don’t go way out on buying expensive gifts. It’s generally a couple cards with a special meaning inside, some really good candy (Godiva Chocolates usually goes well) and then some quality time together. With Valentine’s Day coming on a work day, it does make it a little hard scheduling the quality time.

I always like adding something humorous. It’ll be nothing really embarrassing or anything like that. Just a little giggle reminder of a special time, place or memory. I think the worst Valentine’s Day present I’ve ever received was a weed eater. Needless to say, the romance was over in that relationship.

Anyway, Valentine’s Day is not a blown out affair with me. It’s just a little recognition of the ones that are special to me and letting them know that they are.