ONE YEAR TO 2013

By: joealaska , 9:33 AM GMT on January 01, 2012

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Happy New Year.

2011 was good, but let’s move on. In 30 minutes, it is NY in NY. New Years in New York. After that, all other time zones get a replay. As always, low key for me. The only night you should NOT go out and party is tonight. Fireworks are scheduled at 11:59. Weather could be a factor. If not, it could be spectacular with all the snow in the background. Haystack Hill is the best view in town. I will take a short walk from halfway up to the summit for my viewing pleasure. Weather permitting.

A great opportunity for film.

You may hear DUTCH in the news this week. Some of you may recall the monster storm that hit western Alaska about a month ago. It went just north of us in Dutch. Well, that storm disrupted barge service to that area. Barges carrying fuel for that LONG winter. Critical fuel.

Not sure how we all got to THIS... But we have a RUSSIAN tanker coming to save the day. The original plan was to stop at Japan for fuel. But weather and LAW changed that. So it went and loaded almost a million gallons of fuel at SOUTH KOREA. Now it is coming to Dutch. It arrives Tuesday (or so) for another 400,000 gallons. FIRST the tanker must pass a test by the US to confirm its ability to operate in US waters safely. (Since the US cannot offer help). There was an exemption with the JONES ACT that allowed the tanker to proceed.

The RENDA, 370 feet in length, will arrive on my day off, and I will document it as best I can.

Once it “Filler ups” it will head north to Barrow. Now it needs help to get through the ice. Our friends at The Healy have been waiting since before I went on vacation. Healy is the ONLY operational ice cutter. They will lead the parade to NW Alaska. The shallow waters will stop the parade about a mile from shore. From there, the fuel will be offloaded via a mile long pipe laid out on top of the ice. Time to sweat it out.

Stay tuned for the outcome.

Florida is just a distant dream. Was I really there? All I have is some receipts to remind me... I did grab a flyer talking about the history of KEY WEST. Good stuff.

Key West was the biggest city in Florida in 1890, and was “richest” city in America. But things went downhill pretty quickly. The city eventually gave up and surrendered its powers. It was bankrupt.

Then there was the hurricane of 1935. Many WW1 veterans were in financial troubles due to the depression. The government offered them jobs to maintain the railroad that went down to Key West.
Everyone knew a hurricane was forming. The government hesitated in sending a train to evacuate, then sent it. It arrived as the hurricane arrived. Lower Matecumbe Key. There were hundreds of people waiting. Just as they were ready to board, a 20 foot wall of water hit the train and passengers. Only the engine remained upright, and the engineer survived. But everyone else died. Nobody knows the numbers. But 40 miles of track were washed away, and the railroad was never rebuilt.

Kentucky won the BIG game in the Bluegrass. Louisville had a surge at the end to make it look close. It was not really that. SOMEONE had to lose. It gets important in a couple months.

Weather is clear right now. Looks good for midnight.

New guy is gone for two weeks again. We were pretty busy today. Looks like it will get crazy soon. Wish I had spent more time in Key West. I did not know the history at that time.

Already I am looking forward to late May.

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29. insideuk
8:07 PM GMT on January 04, 2012
I can't claim to be an expert on the game, I get a little distracted by the thighs to pay attention to all the rules....I'm sure you'll understand....

You may be surprised to learn that this game is considered the sport of the middle and upper classes (though there is a strong tradition in working class areas of northern England and Welsh villages too). Generally it is taught to boys in private schools from the age of 5. Even if they cry.

Especially if they cry.

And yes, they have a softer and safer (no contact) version for the little ones that involves running headlong into giant cushions during training.

Which lasts until the hormones kick in and then all hell breaks loose.

My school taught boys and girls every sport alike – EXCEPT RUGBY. Girls were not EVER allowed to play any form of the game. I was a big strong girl with early onset hormonal activity, so I'm assuming that was probably for the boys benefit that I was DENIED ACCESS...

I may have missed my calling there.

The less than sportsmanlike behaviour is punished – they get banned for the punching, biting and decapitation by shirt pulling stuff. But I have never watched a match – either professional or amateurs – where the rough stuff wasn't routine. It is a dangerous game, the rules and practices are there to make it a bit safer – but its ROUGH BY DESIGN. The greatest, most iconic players, are those that seem impermeable to the relentless onslaught of harsh physical contact.

But they all suffer injuries. The World Cup tournaments seem to go on for months because they have to allow time between games for the players to mend a bit, for swelling to reduce, for cuts to heal.

For eyes to reopen.

Incidentally, the Queens granddaughter, Zara Philips, married one of Englands top rugby players (team captain, Mike Tindall) last summer.

I have it on good authority she wears the trousers in that relationship.

I like Zara Philips.
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28. Arbie
6:39 PM GMT on January 04, 2012
Wow, UK, I'm impressed LOL. Is every game like that? Does anybody try to make the kids play more sportsmanlike? It really does look a lot like American football without all the pads and not so many rules. If you all think UK's little rugby tape sounds boring--it is not. :)

You may have something regarding such a sport being popular in a country with free medical care. Or maybe that is why you have free medical care!

I know American parents who don't let their kids play any sports because they don't have insurance. It is one of those things that makes me feel grateful for what I have. I think that is so sad.

Back to why American football is so big in the US when not really all that many people actually play it, it is at least partly because the football games are a lot more than just football.

First there is the high school band, which performs from the stands throughout the game and does a half-time show. Both the home and away team give a show that fills up the entire half-time usually. This is actually a big part of the high school music curriculum. The band kids have practice every day just like the football team for their weekly show at the football games.

It isn't even just the band, there is also a "drill team" and majorettes that perform along with the band. The band is much bigger than the football team, and the drill team etc. varies from school to school.

Then there are the cheerleaders, of course. There aren't really that many of them, but they are a big part of junior and senior high school life. Girls have to try out, as many more want to be one than there are spaces. In big competitive schools, many of the girls are past gymnasts or dancers and very competitive.

The bands, drill teams, majorettes, cheerleaders all have contests they can go to to test their skills against other schools.

I have not studied this part of our history, I don't know how it got started, but in small town America, the whole town practically goes to the high school football games and cheers the team on. To a lesser extent, this is also true of sports like basketball and baseball. This is changing, of course.

And back to ALASKA--thanks for the pictures of the Russian ship, Joe. Very interesting. I always knew those Russians were not all bad.
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27. iaotter
5:54 PM GMT on January 04, 2012
Thanks UK,
that was a fascinating bit of video. I loved that last play! Rugby seems to be a bit like American football mixed with boxing and wrestling and all without the protective gear. It is a wonder that anyone survives it!
I assume that there is no 'touch' version of rugby?

Joe, wonderful pics as always. Thanks for the news from Dutch Harbor.
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26. insideuk
12:51 PM GMT on January 04, 2012
So the story is true then Arbie! Which surprises me mostly because of the amount of attention seemingly lavished on the game and its players by US media, plus the amount of money that seems to be thrown at the college facilities, had all painted a picture in my head of a much more inclusive sport. I suppose in the British experience a sport only gains such popularity through personal involvement – but American football perhaps comes at its popularity through other means?

I understand what you say about the cost of the protective gear and insurance, that must be an interesting bit of paperwork to handle in such an expensively litigious country.

But when you talk about having a whole different game when you 'take away the pads' I immediately think RUGBY!

For those unfamiliar with rugby I provide a few clips courtesy of Youtube. This CONTACT sport is played without pads of any kind, you may spot one or two with a protective leather head cap – that is worn when they are already sporting a head injury (possibly just to prevent bits falling off and getting lost in the grass?). Otherwise, these huge man mountains go at each other with free reign to inflict pain (most of these are foul moves, but are so frequently seen they may as well be in the rulebook). They pretty much all leave the field battered, bruised and bleeding – ideally still conscious and able to walk , though not always. My cousins son plays, his opponent hit him with a heavy tackle and split his kidney back in June last year. He is eagerly waiting doctors permission to restart training...

His mother is less keen.

I'm thinking the popularity of this game must be largely held within those nations with free healthcare services? Certainly one of the most entertaining days out in this country is to sit and observe life in the waiting room of the average accident and emergency department on a Sunday morning. That is where these man mountains appear after the local 'friendly' rugby matches, covered in mud, sweat and blood with limbs and facial features having been temporarily rearranged.


The football (soccer) players are almost as bad – my brother is in a team with other mid 30's to 40 year old friends whose only other regular sporting activity is lifting pints in the pub. They get pitted against some much more lively 18 and 19 year old lads and their plan of action to overcome the physical superiority of their opponents is one of lethal force (ideally when the referee isn't looking) to scare the youngsters into backing off. They go all MAD MAX MODE.

It's not supposed to be a contact sport but there are as many muddy football kits as rugby kits (containing bits of players) awaiting reconstructive surgery most Sundays.

I know.

I've had to take my brother a fair few times...




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25. ladyhomer
9:10 PM GMT on January 03, 2012
WELL just heard the russian tanker Renda made it to Dutch harbor via Nome maybe Joe will put some pics of it we here in Alaska have been seeing it on the news just about every night. the sun is out nice & bright today but our temp is only 6 degrees out still like a deeeeeep freeze here!!! but I would rather have this any day then the rain & the slippery ice.
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24. dotmom
8:53 PM GMT on January 03, 2012
Arbie, I think you are pretty much on target with your explanation. Even football with pads - someone is always getting hurt. I prefer basketball for that very reason, but it is also getting rougher. Your body has to be in superior shape to play these college sports (well that is what I hear any way).
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23. Arbie
8:09 PM GMT on January 03, 2012
Hi UK. I have a couple of sons, and I also grew up in a sporting household myself, so I guess I can answer your questions. :) Yes, American football is pretty much a jr high, high school, college thing. Something new in the last few years is city leagues forming (still just for kids). The thing is, it is very expensive to play, with all the gear and insurance. The teams have to have parent "booster clubs" to raise money so they can play.

It is also not something every single American boy plays. I don't think it is really very comparable to soccer. Only a minority of boys ever play real football with all the gear with their schools. One of my sons played football for 2 years in junior high school (ages 12-14), but the other one has never really played football.

If kids play it in gym class, it is usually another variant called flag football, which is non-contact. That is what kids smaller than 12 or so play also, or kids just playing outside of school.

And very few kids play in college, as only a few are chosen. American football isn't a sport you just casually pick up and play. If you tried to play it without all the gear, you would get seriously injured. From what my son told me--that is all the fun. You put all these pads on and you can go nuts and not get hurt. Take away the pads and it would have to be a whole different game. IT IS A GUY THING LOL.

But there are other sports more like you are thinking, where adults can join leagues and just play for fun (or maybe not so much just for fun!). There are factory teams (getting less numerous with the times, of course) and also teams at various types of recreation centers. Baseball and softball are especially popular. Really just about anything other than football, where you can buy a piece of equipment or two and go find someone to play with, adults that are into that sort of thing may find each other and play. There are also adult swimming and running clubs. Especially if you live in an urban area, you can probably join a group that does about any kind of sport. I've never heard of adults playing full-scale tackle football though. Some may play flag football, but that isn't as much fun and I really don't know any adults that do that. I guess that is it, you take away the pads, and there are too many other sports that are more fun.

At most American company picnics, softball and volleyballl are played, unless I have worked at unusual places and my parents worked at unusual places. One of my nieces managed to get a skull fracture at a company picnic softball game (some of the players were drunk, if you can believe).

This has been my experience anyway!
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22. Rotty3
7:05 PM GMT on January 03, 2012
dotmom: not my genre either, but in my research on another film (W. Herzog's Nosferatu) I happen upon that tidbit about Tod Browning.

Seems JoeA left the freezer door open too long again - can't blame GNU Guy since he's away from DH. We'll be down to -8C (17F) tonight here in North Florida while DH is holding steady at -6C (22F). Thankfully, FL will be warm by weekend again though.
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21. insideuk
1:24 PM GMT on January 03, 2012
Whilst watching a show where some Brits/ Irish TV presenters had visited New England the other night I learned something which I never knew before, and am still finding hard to believe that it could be true...

They went to play some American football with the Coastguard Academy team and we were told that in the US there are NO organised local/ friendly football teams outside of those playing in schools and colleges? Is that true?

So when a guy, who loves playing football, plays his last game before leaving college it is almost certainly his LAST EVER organised game? There would be no local teams for adults to get together and play at weekends?

Here in the UK tens of thousands of local teams are formed by friends and work colleagues in many different sports and they play in local leagues with paid/ trained referees officiating. Good or bad the results are printed in local papers and online and even very lowly league matches would attract a few supporters watching from the sidelines on some windy local park. Just for fun, just for the love of the sport.

So is it true? If so, is it just American football that stops for the grown ups or basketball and baseball stuff too?

Or was it just a gross generalisation that will likely drive Joe around the bend?!
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20. dotmom
8:48 AM GMT on January 03, 2012
After you mentioned that Rotty, I did a "Wikapedia" search and learned Tod Browning was involved in the horror films. Actually, that would be another reason I would not know him - those films are not my cup of tea - so to speak.
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19. Rotty3
3:29 AM GMT on January 03, 2012
Dotmom: Tod Browning did the 1931 Dracula with Bela Lugosi and a bunch of horror films in the silent film era and early "talkie" time (incl. some w/ Lon Chaney).
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18. Midmid1
7:50 PM GMT on January 02, 2012
Great update. So, my history (or memory) was off. They were part of the Mexican army for the Mexican-American war, not with the English. Still, an interesting tidbit of history.

Note to self: Go to library!
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17. cholla
7:01 PM GMT on January 02, 2012
Midmid, my wife Maggie is more a student of Latin American ethnology than I am. Here is a composite of what she knows and what she looked up on google. She says you can google "san patricio" and come up with a lot about the Irish:

The Saint Patrick's Battalion was a unit of 175 to several hundred immigrants (accounts vary) and expatriates of European descent who fought as part of the Mexican Army against the United States in the Mexican-American War of 1846 to 1848. Most of the battalion's members had deserted or defected from the U.S. Army. Made up primarily of ethnic Irish and German Catholic immigrants, the battalion included Canadians, English, French, Italians, Poles, Scots, Spaniards, Swiss, and native Mexicans, most of whom were Roman Catholics. Disenfranchised Americans were in the ranks, including escaped slaves from the American South. The Mexican government offered incentives to foreigners who would enlist in its army: granting them citizenship, paying higher wages than the U.S. Army and the offer of generous land grants. Only a few members of the Saint Patrick's Battalion were actual U.S. citizens.
The Battalion was defeated in the war and the Irish prisoners were hung en masse for treason in September 1847. Those who survived the war generally disappeared from history. A handful is on record as having made use of the land claims promised them by the Mexican government.
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15. dotmom
6:11 PM GMT on January 02, 2012
Rotty: Hate to tell you - but I have never heard of Tod Browning, the director but I have heard of Victor Mature, that handsome, daring actor, who was born in Louisville!!!
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14. Arbie
6:11 PM GMT on January 02, 2012
I wouldn't call myself a history buff, but I know that some of the Spanish that settled central and south america were from more northern parts of Spain and so were Caucasian. There is a large Gaelic population in northern Spain, so very fair blonds and redheads are not uncommon. Intermarriage with native Americans has produced quite a mix. Many of the people with more distinguishable European roots that I have met from those parts make a point of distinguishing themselves from the more native american types, just like different races are distinguished up here. Just like here, some are more tolerant than others.
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13. Midmid1
5:50 PM GMT on January 02, 2012
Prospero ano y felicidad, JoeA and JoeA bloggers! I've been catching up on reading your blogs and caught your note referencing new and warmer climes to "retire to" {ahem...play golf}"

Years ago, I took a Spanish class from a lady from Guatemala. She said that Guatemala City is becoming very popular with American ex-pats as well. The history of Guatemala that she told us was very interesting. She was more fair complected than me while her sister was slightly more olive toned. She had 13 brothers and sisters and they ranged from extremely dark to very fair {all from same set of parents}. She was blonde and she also had red-haired siblings. She told us that it was due to the Irish influence from when the US was at war with England. Supposedly, the Irish had banded with the English and the Irish soldiers were going to attack the US by coming up through Mexico. However, the US got wind of the attack and was able to negotiate with Mexico to set up a defense which kept the Irish "confined" to Guatemala. And therefore, you'll see lots of red headed Guatemalans around and about. NOTE: I have never researched this but would definitely love to hear from DHaupt, Cholla or other history buffs if this has any truth to it.

Happy New Year to everyone!
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12. Rotty3
3:15 PM GMT on January 02, 2012
palmettobug: they didn't name storms in those days. I forget what year the naming started, but I'm sure WU has info on that :)


Dotmom: here's something else for you: Did you know that director Tod Browning was born in Louisville, KY? Happen to stumble upon that tidbit. 12 July 1880 born as Charles Albert Browning. Died in Hollywood 06 October 1962 at the age of 82. Here's a bit of trivia: http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0115218/

UK: Hope you feel better.

MissNadia: interesting facts on the cost and time to build for an ice breaker. Not something I have looked deeply into. Living in FL requires little ice breaking lol.

Have a great start into 2012 - enjoy the day off if you're one of the luckier ones getting the day off and still having a job. Which reminds me... poodlegirl, how is the injury and the new job? Hope all is well on all fronts... Any new adventure ta(i)l(e)s from Kramer?
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11. palmettobug53
2:11 PM GMT on January 02, 2012
Joe, I'm a day late and a dollar short, but Happy New Year, anyway. I hope yours is a happy and prosperous one.

Thank goodness for the end of the cold war and the saber rattling with Russia. If they can lend a hand, why not? We've coughed up beaucoup help to other countries, including Russia, over the years. If Russia has the experience and means...... Quid pro quo.

You had just visited FL? Good for you.

I read a book about the Hurricane of 1935 last year. Got it from the library but I don't remember the title or author. Shouldn't be too hard to dig up, if you have an interest in reading it. Also read one about the 1928 (?) Okeechobee/Belle Glade (?) hurricane. I'm not sure of the name or year but it was around that time and place.
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10. MissNadia
1:32 PM GMT on January 02, 2012
Hope you can get plenty of good photos of the Russian tanker operation. Where would we be sometimes without the Russians. They even haul our astronauts to the ISS! But, they do seem to have a lot more capabilities for operating in the arctic than we do. For one thing, they have more of it. I've read that they operate big petroleum operations out of Kamchatka with a lot of funding from the major Oilies. Keep us posted on anything you hear.


Dave, this Nome resupply operation is far from a sure thing. The coastal waters are very shallow and all normal resupply must be done by barge in the summer. That didn't happen. This Russian Tanker and the CGC Healey are deep draft ships and must stay about a mile off shore. How will they keep a mile of pipe from freezing up and how deep will the ice be upon their arrival. The Healey is an Arctic research ship and not a true icebreaker. The Russians have about 6 large, true icebreakers. The United States has NONE that are operational and none under construction. Ice breakers and all ships that operate in very cold weather must have special steel in their hulls... steel that doesn't get brittle in the cold, and very powerful engines and bow propellers that suck the water from under the ice thus making it easer to crush.
BTW A true icebreaker will cost about 1 Billion dollars and 6 years to build!!!!!
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9. insideuk
11:25 AM GMT on January 02, 2012
Happy Newish Year! Still a public holiday here, so it counts...

All my party plans got cancelled as I put myself into quarantine over the weekend. I was a mucus factory in overproduction for awhile back there.

I took myself off to bed at around 7.30pm on New Years Eve, just me and the dog. That's around the time the minor league fireworks started, the slow fizzes and the whizzes – I had the TV on so the noise was more or less dampened down. By 10pm the cracks, whacks and smacks firework versions had the dog pinning me to the pillow by my hair. At midnight the drunks came out to play with the BOMBS.

They arrive with no early warning whoosh or sizzle as they get airborne. They detonate half a mile distant and your whole house SHAKES beneath you.

As does the dog.


Anyway, my cold is starting to dry up now. It was touch and go but the Russian tanker I filled was able to leave on time...


I read last week that the reason they are 'allowing' your Russian vessel to 'help out' is because without it there would be little option but to fly the extra supplies into Nome at substantially higher cost.

The cost of gasoline in Nome is already expensive, but flying in the missing 1.6 million gallons by tanker plane would, it was feared, raise the price to around $9 a gallon.

Perish the thought.

Some of us look back fondly on those prices as the good old days...


I have a feeling there will be high level diplomacy involved in all the proceedings whilst the Russian vessel is being assessed and scrutinised in order to gain paperwork to meet US standards.

Maybe better not to blog about the crazy men in suits you see talking into their cuffs though Joe.


I'm sure it will all be under cloak and dagger.


Well, that's the plan for Tuesday isn't it Joe? Heavy disguise and armament.

What could possibly go wrong?

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8. DHaupt
3:24 AM GMT on January 02, 2012
Happier New Year, Joe and bloggers! We were supposed to hit 72F here this afternoon. It never got about 60 by my front deck thermometer which is is the shade all day. It was nice in the sun AND out of the wind. But it was a really bright day with very few clouds, so I got my 8 kWh of solar power. Be even happier when the days get longer.

Hope you can get plenty of good photos of the Russian tanker operation. Where would we be sometimes without the Russians. They even haul our astronauts to the ISS! But, they do seem to have a lot more capabilities for operating in the arctic than we do. For one thing, they have more of it. I've read that they operate big petroleum operations out of Kamchatka with a lot of funding from the major Oilies. Keep us posted on anything you hear.
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7. Rotty3
11:12 PM GMT on January 01, 2012
Happy 2012 again... started the year with a great trail (77F, sunny, very light breeze). Fun stuff. :) Though tomorrow night we get the cold that comes from Joe - he must have forgotten to close the freezer door again b/c it'll be 18F overnight.

Hope everyone had a great first day of 2012.
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6. ladyhomer
7:14 PM GMT on January 01, 2012
Happy New Year everyone!! What a way to start the new year off--it is -4 here in Homer this am Yes that is MINUS 4 & it's 10:00 am looks like we have another cold snap going through. Kachemak Bay looks like it is all froze over not good. We had a New Years Eve Party here last night in our shop so I have to venture up to the shop to clean up the mess. Nice having the party there cause you can walk out lock the door & go back the next morning & clean up the mess. After the party last night I stayed up & watched a COLDPLAY concert on the PBS channel very good concert. Yes we have been hearing alot on the news lately about the fuel ship trying to get to Nome will be interesting to see Joe's pics of it. Have a very good day everyone!!!!
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5. dotmom
6:55 PM GMT on January 01, 2012
I say "Happy New Year Everyone" too! We went to bed at our usual - between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. - but we taped an hour of the NY celebration with Dick Clark and Ryan Seacrest. Looked at it this morning. What a hot time in old New York.

I, too, enjoyed the info on Key West. Who knew? Very interesting. JoeA has told us enough that some time we just might want to visit there. That feeling has been reinforced by Dix. Something to look forward to. A new year, new experiences, new hope for all.
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4. cybersuze
4:22 PM GMT on January 01, 2012
HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE! Well, I fell asleep at the normal time (10:30 pm), after the Twilight Zone reruns switched to local news. We were trying to stay up to watch the ball drop but realized that when they show the East coast drop at 10:00 that's it for us! Was trying to upload a pic of JA but got lost in the Wunderground ... maybe later this year! Wild story about the fuel, and Key West!
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3. dix608greys
4:12 PM GMT on January 01, 2012
and I'm # 3?????? Wow! Maybe because I was laying in bed watching the tube last night and the last thing I remember was Carson Daley saying it was 11:48. Next thing I knew I woke up and it was 1:30. Missed the whole shootin' match! Must have been those 2 RX pain pills I took before I laid down.

In any event, here we are in a brand new year. So much to look forward to, so much to accomplish.

I think I mentioned before that Key West is one of my all time favorite cities. It's different now though. Lots more commercialism. Back in the 70s it was inhabited by hippies and druggies and left over pirates. Those were the days. Sloppy Joe's didn't sell tourist junk and you could go onto the nude beach without a problem. Sitting on Duvall was an experience in itself. Talk about people watching! And if anyone needs a really entertaining afternoon, visit the cemetery in Key West. Rent a bike and pedal through all the narrow, old streets and imagine how this city was in the early 1900's. Like I said, if I could I would move there tomorrow.

Hope everyone finds 2012 a peaceful and fulfilling year. I'm hoping to.
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2. Rotty3
2:11 PM GMT on January 01, 2012
Happy New Year to all Joeblogger fiend and friends. :)

Actually one of the educational channels (since I don't have a 'tube anymore I don't remember which channel) had a whole hour on the history of the storm and apparently lots of new insights. Was aired in the latter part of 2011 I heard.
Apparently lots of miscommunication (nothing new, is it? Ylee, you're right about the Katrina parallels there) and lots of underestimation on all sides. Sad that so many countless (and nameless?) lives have been lost...

Let's hope we learned and 2012, should a 'cane strike the US, will have us better prepared.
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1. Ylee
10:55 AM GMT on January 01, 2012
1st? Everyone else must be recovering from last nights' festivities, lol!

The Cats/Cards game reminded me of a couple of heavyweights kinda semi-slugging it out on the canvas. Louisville was knocked down a couple of times before losing in a split decision...

Your Lower Matecumbe Key story sounds eerily similar to Katrina......

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