SLIP SLIDING AWAY

By: joealaska , 6:52 AM GMT on March 14, 2012

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With the time change (which I missed completely and was unprepared) we are having daylight until 9:45 PM. It now gets light here around 9 AM.

We got another 6 inches of snow last night. The massive melt is about equal to the reload. The road up Haystack was impassable to only those with 4 wheel drive and a sense of traction.

I heard early today one of my guys could not get up it to pick up GNU. I took a part of the day off, kinda. Eventually I had to go in to the warehouse to take care of business.

When I returned to the base of the hill, there was a truck in trouble. He was backing down, then stopped. He turned on his emergency blinkers, a complete retreat from going up. The guy in front of me went by and up. I went by soon after, but soon was losing grasp of the ice. Wet ice covered by fresh snow. Now I was the IDIOT backing down. A truck behind me was waiting patiently for me to end my sojourne. I backed down and waved him by. Then I was right behind him, now AWARE. Slow and steady was the task, but with the help of 4 wheel drive. I was driving the van, as the Tahoe was being repaired. I slid a bit, but got back to the nadir.

ROTTY gets the American Airlines $100 certificate. God bless the bankrupt. Customer Service has a certain degree of priority. Flying bankrupt into the horizon...

Basketball is kicking in. IONA was destroying BYU. In the second half, BYU came back from 25 points down to easily win. A new record for the NCAA.

I know what you are thinking... EVERYONE LOVES BASKETBALL, until football kicks in.

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15. dotmom
2:12 AM GMT on March 17, 2012
Ylee I hope you are so right!!! What a day of upsets! My heart aches for these young men as they lose. I don't know if it is better to lose by 2 or 20!
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14. Ylee
7:58 PM GMT on March 16, 2012
3 of the four KY teams made it through the second round last night; WKU put up a good fight against Kentucky, but were clearly overmatched! Hopefully tomorrow will take them all into the sweet sixteen!
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13. CarolAnn53
10:22 AM GMT on March 16, 2012
Loyola (here in Baltimore) went down to Ohio State in their NCAA debut. Not a surprise there, but I like underdogs and they are my Mom's alma mater, so I was rooting for them.

Have a great day everyone!
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12. osdianna
6:49 PM GMT on March 15, 2012
Hey Joe..you wanted exercise, right? How about snowshoes?
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11. ycd0108
6:40 PM GMT on March 15, 2012
Backing down:
I'd say you were lucky to have steering.
When our hill to home gets testy most 2x4s park at the bottom or wherever they can get to. If I lose it on the hill I slide back and so far have been able to clear the parked cars. Have not had to steer like that since I got 4x4.
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10. Rotty3
6:08 PM GMT on March 15, 2012
For anyone who wants a Capt. Phil tribute shirt, it's on sale:

http://www.cheaptoday.com/deals/discovery-store-s ale-deadliest-catch-captain-phil-tribute-t-shirt-s ave-63/

Not getting any money from it, just happen to see a note about it in my inbox. :)
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9. iaotter
3:35 AM GMT on March 15, 2012
we are looking forward to 80 and 84F temps for the next week or so. About 60 degrees warmer than March should be. Weather is totally weird for here.
My furnace is off and the windows are open. I have tulips and daffodils up almost 5 inches and you can see the buds on the daffodils already. The poor dog is shedding like crazy and wondering whatever happened to spring.
We seem to have gone from fall to summer with almost no winter or spring at all. Joe got more snow in his last storm than we had all winter here.
At least one farmer was out in the field trying to do some early work. He was firmly stuck in a low wet spot as of this afternoon. He may have to wait a few more days. The dirt around here is like tar, really thick and black and sticky when it is even a little bit wet.
Besides, they won't be able to get frost insurance on their corn or beans if they plant before the 15th of April. That makes sense, since the average last frost date is sometime toward the third week of May.

Skiing sounds like an interesting adventure except for the twisty roads, the seep hills and mountain sides that drop straight off into the cold sea and the shortage of emergency rooms and skilled orthopedic surgeons in Dutch.
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8. dotmom
3:03 AM GMT on March 15, 2012
Will it EVER stop snowing in Dutch Harbor? I am looking at a five-day forecast and 50 - 70% snow every day.
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7. Rotty3
2:17 AM GMT on March 15, 2012
Arbie, thank you :)

as for skiing, take it from someone who's done both alpine (downhill) and cross country (flat). Managed to get some pretty good injuries in both directions. A 30 foot freefall on a black ski slope, and a nice near hug of a big concrete high powerline base (missed it but twisted just about everything from toes to above knee).

Skiing isn't what you'd want to do off Ballyhooooooooo... not a wise choice. But it sounds like fun on the flat. Putting in your own tracks in cross country skiing is a LOT of work too, btw.
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6. Arbie
2:09 AM GMT on March 15, 2012
Hm. You have a point. Maybe that is why we don't see people skiing in Unalaska.
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5. insideuk
5:24 PM GMT on March 14, 2012
Arbie.

It cost him $700 to get a splinter dislodged from his finger.

I'd hate to think what a stop sign would cost...
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4. Arbie
4:20 PM GMT on March 14, 2012
Congrats, Rotty! I am so happy for you.

I just had an epiphany. I don't know why I never thought of it before. Joe and Gnu need to learn to ski! Seems like that would be much better. What do you think UK?
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3. OGal
10:58 AM GMT on March 14, 2012




Humm Joe I am on that bankrupt airline flying to Anchorage in May via Dallas. Hope they make it ok. Alaska Airlines has really changed their schedule out of Orlando. Makes me sad. Love that airline. Please try to get rid of the snow by May. Going back to Homer to fish for halibut.

Sorry the snow, rain and ice have been cruel to you. Son is leaving Lville and moving back to Tampa next week. Long story but it will nice to have him around for a change. He is happy to be coming back to the sunshine state but as your mom knows this was not a bad Kentucky winter.

I will pray you see the pavement real soon.

Congrats Rotty!
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2. Rotty3
10:17 AM GMT on March 14, 2012
Thank you Joe. It will be put to great use :)



And thank you for the great vulpine shots. I still have the Hopster as my icon at my work machine.
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1. dotmom
9:50 AM GMT on March 14, 2012
All I can say is - be careful!!!
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With Dutch Harbor in the rear view window, I am camped out in Louisville, KY. looking for employment and a new chapter.