After moving back to the lower 48, I have bought an RV and have been living on the road.
By: joealaska , 8:14 AM GMT on February 15, 2012
Today was supposedly my day off, but I was on the phone all day. Had to recharge twice.
They were very busy at the warehouse. It looked like a typical day, busy but nothing unusual. But it became unusual, and GNU guy took control. First delivery was at 7:30 AM, last was at 10:30 PM.
Pretty steady in between.
My only quality time was having dinner at the Aleutian with some good customers. Good to hear them talk about life on the boat. The Fishmaster was from Norway and he was telling us the inside poop about that nut who shot all those kids last year. The nut will get off easy.
We got a lot of snow a few days ago. Then it melted to slush. Then it froze into ice that was the shape of slush. Hard ridges where tires formed a trough. Now it is melting again. When I walked into the Aleutian I had to walk through a foot deep lake for a hundred feet.
When I left dinner, I espied the new 2012 Visitors Guide on display by the front counter. I grabbed a few. This was where I entered in the contest for the front cover photo. I do not want to sound bitter, but I was disappointed in that front cover. I felt I had 5 or 6 photos better. But THEY are the judges, and I accept that. Dutch Harbor offers many spectacular phot opportunities. I felt the winner was just average. No offense to the winner. I bet HE had better options.
I know it was hard for the judges to evaluate all the entries. Glad I was not the judge. But I feel there was a first choice somewhere out there. The winning photo was a shot of a dock at sunset / sunrise with the silhouettes of boats in the shadows. I am sure politics are at play here, so I give up.
But, I still made the grade. One of my photos made it. A photo I liked from the beginning. A vessel heading out of Unalaska Bay hard against Split Top Mountain with snow highlights. It was cropped down a bit, but I knew it looked familiar. They give me credit, but my name is barely visible in the photo amongst the snow on the mountain.
Fame at the minimum.
It is the best I got.
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