I hate to jump back in and interrupt a great conversation on the last entry. Hope it continues, just as the Kulluk story continues. Appreciation to Beell, CalPoppy, UK, and many more for the input.
Well the numbers are in for 2012. Weather numbers. In Dutch, we saw wind range from dead calm to 74 mph. Measured by my own device right here at the duplex. Channeled terrain makes a big difference around here. I guarantee there were higher wind readings just around the hill. We had temps range from 14 to 73 degrees. The banana belt of Alaska. Nothing MINUS, even that 14 degrees was a bit out of whack. It was not in that range for long. Normally it stays in the 20s at the worst. Forget that wind chill stuff, I don’t need to be told how cold it feels. Pretty obvious stuff. Just tell me how cold it IS. Right Iaotter?
Watched Louisville have its way with FLORIDA tonight in football. UL was a 14 point underdog, but instead they won by about that. Has to be tough for the Florida folk. Football is their game. Normally UL is all basketball. This is a good year for them, as they are tough in both.
Quarterback and coach return next year. Watch out! Everyone loves football...
The end of an airline era happened recently here in Dutch and Alaska. The 70 year old Grumman Gooses were retired. In Dutch, The GOOSE was used to get people to various small communities not served by bigger planes. Mainly to Akutan, the next island east of us, where Trident Seafoods has the biggest fish processing plant in the state. But they also went to Adak, Nikolski, and more. I really wanted to take a trip to Adak or Akutan in one of those planes. It was used to get to Akutan because it was a sea plane, and Akutan had no airport. But that changed just last year and the goose was cooked. I still want to take a quick trip to Adak, but it will not be on the goose.
The manuscript is with the publisher. Hope to hear any time now from the people wanting some of my photos. As I write I am downloading photos to ShutterStock, seeing if I can get interest for more photo sales. Meanwhile the reviews are coming in on the EPIC film I put together from my recent vacation. Mostly positive. There was a stretch where I had a bug splattered on my windshield and did not notice it. But the camera did. Constantly. Shooting video thru a windshield is not the way to go, but sometimes it is all you can do. Still, I like the results myself.
As for Kulluk, it is the story that never ends. I heard from Alex Haley today, the Coast Guard cutter helping the Kulluk. They will be late, not arriving this Saturday as planned. Pretty much expected.
I think it was pretty dangerous evacuating Kulluk when they did. Dangerous for CalPoppy’s son as well as the crew. That rig is not sinking, ride it out until there was a better opportunity.
4 engines on AIVIQ fail all at once? Rushing out to avoid a tax bill? What will that bill be now?
We have a nice fat order to fill tomorrow. Just another fishing vessel heading out for the new season.
2013 is starting out with a bang (MIDNIGHT FIREWORKS were nice, too).