By: joealaska , 7:37 AM GMT on November 10, 2012

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I jumped right back in the maelstrom. Vacation?

When I came back my lender needed a bunch of paperwork ASAP.

Then I was on jury duty. Another one of my employees was in the same pool. But then it really got inbred. I was in the jury pool Monday AM, at the courthouse at 8:15 AM with 75 other folk. Jury selection. Been there, done that. But this was different. WAY different. I also was summoned as a witness in the same trial. That was not going to work. Yet I had to appear. This was all weird enough, but add to this the defendant was one of my own employees. How often does THAT happen? Maybe a lot, if you live in Dutch...

So I sat there all day wondering when the court would realize my situation. I even walked up to the court clerk during a break to ask. I did not know her, but she greeted me by name. She said the court knew about my situation. As court was ending for the day, the judge called my name and said I was excused. Last thing of the day. Why did I sit there all day? I had stuff to do at work.

The Shell boats are coming back through town on their way to WHEREVER. Even the boats themselves are not sure of where they are going to head. The same trend as usual, nobody really knows what is happening. SURPRISE! Several vessels are here right now, including Noble Discoverer. One of the drilling rigs. Kulluk is heading here shortly.

Weather has been Dutchworthy. Windy most of the time, especially at night. Two days ago the sun came out after a night of heavy rain. Blue sky! The rain has continued, melting most of the early snow.

I want to see if the pass is still open, just no time to do so. Ballyhoo Summit is closed, just because the corporation is lazy and does not want to even try to maintain the road.

I have a new fox buddy. BW. As in bow wow. A bark in the dark.

Sunday night I heard the unmistakable bark of a fox on my western deck. When I checked it out the fox was barking at Dutchie. She was on the porch but seemed pretty unconcerned. I tried to feed the newcomer, but he just got a couple of bites.

Next night he was back again. Lotsa barking. I hesitated to let Dutchie out later that night, figuring the bark possibilities. But I did let her out, and at 3 AM I was sorry. Bark city.

Blasting continues on the S-Curves of Airport Beach Road. They are eliminating a nice sized hill to build a new government building. Not a lot of flat space in Dutch.

We had a court verdict last night. Innocent on one charge, guilty on another. It could affect my company for a couple years. Hopefully I can give more details before then.

Say good night.

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19. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
5:50 AM GMT on November 15, 2012
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18. joealaska
5:25 AM GMT on November 15, 2012
UK is a survivor. She will be back, I am sure.

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17. Arbie
11:00 PM GMT on November 14, 2012
I took a quick peek at Derbyshire news - a vote tomorrow for police commissioner - traffic crackdown - 8-day old fire extinguished - old factory that used to employ thousands closed - did I hit most of it, UK? Sounds like she is probably still surviving somewhere.

Did I mention the weather?
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16. cholla
9:17 PM GMT on November 14, 2012
Where is UK ? Missing in action.....
Too much celebrating Guy Fawkes Day?
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15. iaotter
4:07 PM GMT on November 14, 2012
Now I know why I like this site and Joe's blog and pictures. A mini-staycation. That must have been a fun study to run - having people close their eyes and imagine a fun place.
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14. Arbie
2:18 PM GMT on November 14, 2012
I listened to the fox bark too. It kind of reminds me of a cross between a dog and a bird. It reminds me of our cat that can't really meow correctly. Her meows come out like little squeaks. Poor thing can't communicate very well. That fox makes it seem like the foxes on Unalaska Island would be very easy to domesticate. Maybe it is because they are descended from farmed foxes.

I read something that reminds me of my experience on weather underground. The article said that researchers have found that closing your eyes and imaging some favorite place for a few moments in all your senses is almost as good as actually going there, as far as improving your mood, physical changes in your body, etc. I guess I have been using wunderground as a stress reliever in this way. I feel stressed out like I "have" to take a break, and I go to this site and immerse myself in the photos, google a thing or two that seems interesting and make a few comments. I come out of it feeling refreshed and in a much better mood. I'm sure I am not the only one that does this.

By the way, regarding the court thing, I thought that maybe seeing the docket and the names might give us a clue. It seems you can't go backward on that site to see previous days though. You can look something up by case number, but you can't get the case number without seeing the docket or something.
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13. dotmom
1:23 PM GMT on November 14, 2012
Listened to the "barking fox." As an old farm girl, my dad used to hunt fox - but he never talked about them talking/barking. That was a first. Good capture.
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12. Bogon
2:10 AM GMT on November 14, 2012
Good night, Joe. Sleep tight. No barking.
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11. osdianna
6:40 PM GMT on November 13, 2012
Hint, hint....
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10. DHaupt
9:35 AM GMT on November 13, 2012
Thanks Arbie. Whatever was going on in Dutch on Monday, November 5th doesn't seem to have been reported yet. Even when it is, I doubt that one would learn much from the records. We can only hope that Joe will let us in on whatever the secret is.
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9. Arbie
4:59 PM GMT on November 12, 2012
I found a Alaska court schedule website, which does list Unalaska. It may be a good starting point.

Link to Alaska court schedule website
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8. DHaupt
10:18 AM GMT on November 12, 2012
I'm feeling rather frustrated. I assumed that court proceedings, trials and the like, were matters of public record. However. I can't seem to find any court cases reported in the Dutch Harbor Telegraph, or even anything in the Anchorage Times for Dutch Harbor. The police blotter isn't much help either; it's dominated by barking dogs and puking drunks. Anybody got any links?

UK, where are you?
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7. osdianna
4:38 PM GMT on November 11, 2012
More from the "never a dull moment" category.
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6. dotmom
3:13 AM GMT on November 11, 2012
Now we are all curious. What is going on? Another chapter for the book!
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5. iaotter
11:31 PM GMT on November 10, 2012
copy and paste this... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gx5QZMkjVVA&list=UU wtSZbb9nB56zaLvxLJ9xyg&index=14&feature=plcp
or go to Joe's stuff on you tube and look up Foxes and More you will hear one bark. There was another video of one barking in an empty lot, but I don't remember what it was called. The fox barking is about one and a half minutes into the videos. 1:40 or there abouts. I can see why they would drive someone nuts at three in the morning.
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4. bearpaints
11:07 PM GMT on November 10, 2012
I didn't realize foxs bark. Would like that recorded please if you can.
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3. cybersuze
5:35 PM GMT on November 10, 2012
Just a whole lot of crazy stuff going on with you Joe! Will be curious to hear more of that story!
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2. iaotter
2:43 PM GMT on November 10, 2012
After what you have written about Dutchie, I am surprised she didn't attack BW and send him/her scurrying for his life. She hasn't sounded like the kind of cat that takes guff from much of anything even when it is much larger and noisier. You may come out some morning and find poor BW treed on the deck railing.
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1. Arbie
1:13 PM GMT on November 10, 2012
First! Very rare for me.

I had to laugh when I read the jury duty story. Joe, maybe the judge reads your blog and knew you deserved a rest! Do you have a new phone yet?

I wonder why the fox is barking at Dutchie, when no other foxes have done that? Why not just leave? I guess the story will progress. I will keep reading.

Dave's reminisce in the last post about the magical moment with the bird reminded me of animal moments I will also never forget. It is interesting how you can have these moments of connections with animals. Like the people moments, they can carry you through some bad times. I remember a time I noticed a bitty green hummingbird acting strangely near me at a bluegrass festival in central Texas. She had a little bitty nest perched on a bitty branch--barely out of the twig category--with little pea-sized eggs inside. It was at eye level. It was incredible. I have never seen one before or since. We moved away a bit, but stayed because we figured someone else would just come, and they might not notice her or might not care about bothering her. I cannot imagine birds that tiny; I wish I could have seen them. I could go on with other memories... :)
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