After moving back to the lower 48, I have bought an RV and have been living on the road.
By: joealaska , 12:37 AM GMT on February 06, 2012
Interesting weather recently. Again. (See last blog).
We are used to Fridays. Biggest day of the week for us, as well as the next 2 or 3 days. The big container vessel arrives. It is crazy, boats and island customers waiting for stuff off that boat. Then a big load of air freight arrives in the middle of it all, or after it has ended to extend a long day.
Oh yeah, throw a blizzard in there to keep it interesting. And I have to place my weekly replenishment order during all of this...
Well today the boat was late again, due to weather. And we had weather HERE also. A blowing slush storm. It started late last night. This morning there was minimal visibility. It was snow, but barely. THIS is why Eskimos have MANY terms for snow. It was snow, but very wet and sticky.
The temperature was just above freezing, but it was snowing.
And it was blowing snow / slush.
Visibility was low, but the tough part was localized drifting. Some areas. Maybe MOST, were OK. But others were trubba. I came around a corner at the top of Haystack when I had a virgin two foot drift across the road. I busted through it.
The container vessel was late again, so we all broke for the day Still on call. Conditions were brutal.
Then the temps rose. The slush turned to water. Quickly.
Now we have mini lakes held back by snow banks. Osmosis will take its toll.
Hearing about the advance of sea ice from several vessel folk. The ice is coming south into the crab fishing grounds. Boats have laid out their pots and now the ice is claiming them. The ice moves 20 or more miles a day, dragging the pots with it. That ice is up to one and a half feet thick, and it can tear away the buoys marking the pots. That will mean the pots are lost for good. But even a buoy still attached 20 miles from its original location can be lost for good. The pots cost about $1000 each, and there are 80,000 of them laying out there right now.
Basically the crab season is on hold for now.
We worked late last night, Saturday. Back at 8 AM today to deliver the orders we pulled last night.
Then we delivered a ton of freight, literally. Most of it 10 LB boxes. But it all got done and I got home 20 minutes before the kickoff of the Super Bowl. Could this be the first time I have seen it in 4 years I have been here?
I got a phone call from one of our good customers tied up at the dock. We delivered food to them earlier, but they wanted pizzas for Super Bowl. And wings. I got the call with the game in progress.
It’s a big order and the pizza place is pretty busy. They will call me when they are ready. I get to run in and make an invoice while they are being picked up and delivered.
Hopefully it will happen during halftime when Madonna is “entertaining.” What a show that would have been 10 years ago!
Giants by 6.
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