With Dutch Harbor in the rear view window, I am camped out in Louisville, KY. looking for employment and a new chapter.
By: joealaska , 7:38 AM GMT on March 01, 2012
Another big week.
Last weekend the vessel we get weekly was actually early by about 8 hours. But it took forever to unload it, not sure why. It took a day and a half to get a couple of the 7 vans. Frustrating to explain that to customers. I drove by the container vessel and noticed the vessel was almost completely unloaded, which I have never seen. Only some of the vans are removed, usually. The vessel was just a frame of the racks where the vans are set and secured.
We had a change at our office where our office manager and us parted ways. She had a great attitude but was in a bit over her head. It is a tough job, and we all agreed it was not working out.
Gnu Girl started today, and is doing great. She worked for us a couple years ago, then moved off the island. Now she is back, and we are glad. I went solo a couple of days and the paperwork really piled up. First morning by myself the internet crashed, as well as our quickbooks system. Kept it interesting.
Last night I noticed from my window several emergency vehicles near Unisea Seafoods. Today I talked to a friend who lives right there. We actually had a rare murder in Dutch. A troublesome employee had been reprimanded a few times but was kept on board. But other employees were getting tired of this guys actions. Last night there was an argument between these employees. The troublemaker was confronted and beaten up. He went down, and was repeatedly kicked.
The confronters then fled, but there were witnesses. Police and medical showed up, but it was too late. They caught and arrested the attackers. The victim was DOA. Normally the ambulances plod along near the speed limit. But last night I saw the ambulance flying with an escort vehicle. I knew there was a problem. Not a lot of violence here. Normally...
The BIG MELT happened a few days ago with warmer temps. Then it all froze again in a thick plate of ice. We have had several vehicles get stuck in supposedly simple places to drive. A slight incline on that ice, and there is 1% traction. All it takes is a cuppla guys pushing.
Yesterday we 60 mph gusts that set up some nice drifts. Dramatic drifts. Sharp tipped drifts with irregular shapes. One 4 footer is in front of one of my doors. It has a 6 inch solid ice base, so I won’t be egressing there for a while. Another monster drift is extending out from my “yard” to the road below. A huge bulge that looks like a magma dome ready to explode. Tonight I got stuck in a small drift in my driveway. I was heading to the Grand Aleutian (STYX?) to have dinner with GNU and my boss who is in town. Just sliding in a few inches of snow. We got it out with a little pushing and supped.
Coming home it was snowing steadily. The road up the hill has grown very narrow. One narrow lane in places, as the snow is not getting plowed back. Now there are 5 foot walls of snow on each side of DEADMANS CURVE. That is the far point of the road seen in THE ROAD BELOW MY PLACE. A sharp turn. Even going at 5 mph there is a risk of a head on collision. It is a sharp curve with no real distance visibility. A second bad turn is a couple hundred feet down the hill, where I ALWAYS meet a vehicle coming the other way. I have yet to meet one on Deadmans Curve. Thus I live on. Gnu guy lives within one hundred feet of DMC.
When I returned tonight there were new drifts in the driveway. I plowed into the drive, and tried to turn around for a straight out departure in the AM.. I got stuck right away, but skillful maneuvering resulted in breaking loose. Now I am pointed out down the tire marks I created coming in tonight. But the snow is making it interesting. My footprints of an hour ago are now filled in. ALL the rough edges from the BIG MELT are being smoothed over with the new snow.
DUTCHIE went out for a while. She has gotten good at jumping up and banging on the window where I am sitting at (I think she chooses the window with light in it...) when she wants in. She did so, and when I opened the BLOCKED door a few inches, she approached in deep snow. The last 30 feet was entertaining at least for me. She was in deep snow, and tried jumping up on that big drift. You will learn kitty. Soft snow, and she was swimming to the door. She was never in trouble, just a new experience.
Wish I had my camera out.
I will tomorrow morning...
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