THE MAN

By: joealaska , 1:52 AM GMT on March 29, 2013

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My boss was in town the last couple days. I have been trying to tie up loose ends at work at the same time. Then I have been packing up all my stuff, still needing to clean the place up before I leave. It will be another busy weekend. Bad time for cleaning up, I fly out 4:30 Sunday.

I am looking at Dutch Harbor with a different perspective now, maybe I will not see it again. It is a real possibility, but odds are I will return to help finalize training of my replacement. My future here is very uncertain. I am OK with that, actually.

So today I was looking around as the sun broke out and it turned spectacular. Eagles were buzzing the Tahoe as I drove. It snowed heavy fat flakes while it was bright sunshine. I have my northern door wide open as I type. A big fat neighbor cat is on the chow porch feeding. Snow Black was here earlier today.

I had dinner with the boss last night, along with GNU and a customer who was in town. The boss left at 10:30 AM. Suddenly I am feeling a bit lame-duckish. I took care of a little business, and everyone else seemed under control. So I went home to finish packing and start cleaning up.

Then it hit me, NCAA BASKETBALL today. So I turned that on. CBS again ran that 21 year old replay of Christian Laettner and his last second shot to eliminate Kentucky. LET IT GO. Although it is pretty cool when an ALL TIME NCAA MOMENT involves someone beating your team.

This year UL will get a chance to DUKE it out. Like in 1986.

So I took the cats out for test drive #2. No drugs, no liner (yet). My theory seems to be working. There was much less yowling, 100% less urine. Fluff continued with the meowing. LET MEOW. LET MEOW. Over and over. But it was a murmur, not a yowl. Dutchie was much better, with only one cry, probably a SHUT UP to Fluff. Then I let them out and it was business as usual, Dutchie was rolling on the floor. One more test on Saturday. By Sunday it will be routine.

BIG DAY tomorrow. GOOD FRIDAY. No, I am not talking about when Louisville will break into the Elite Eight. NO, not talking about the big day for Catholics.

JOE KENTUCKY TURNS 90!

WOW.

Then he is staring at 60 years with the same lady- DOTMOM this October. Unusual these days.

Dad could not turn on a computer if he HAD to. Somehow he has gotten past that. Facebook? Twitter ? EMAIL? Might as well be talking French to him. But he can handle German...

His parents came over on the boat from Germany / Austria. His dad did some intensive labor jobs like mining in New Mexico, then working in machine shops. . His mom was always cooking great family meals, so energetic. Honest hard working people who made this country great.

Dad somehow met a country girl while he was living in Cleveland and she was in farm country a couple hours south.
But it all worked out.

They had 4 kids, and he became successful in sales and sales management. He went from being a salesman to being president of a company with over 100 employees. I worked there awhile during high school and college and everyone liked and respected him. The business prospered and expanded while he was running it.

He was a good athlete, especially at golf. Very competitive. We have played MANY rounds together. It has been good, bad, and ugly (mainly for me). But it has been a great way to spend many hours with my dad enjoying an afternoon on the golf course.

He is a good father and husband . Church-going.

Accordionist!

Great sense of humor.

World’s greatest dad? Probably. More likely in a massive tie for first place.

I could not ask for a better dad. It is a tough job I will never know.

Thanks for everything you have done for me and given me. I can never repay you.

There is still MORE GOLF TO PLAY Dad.

I cannot wait to see you in a few days.

I love you.

YOU ARE THE MAN.

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25. DHaupt
10:23 PM GMT on April 01, 2013
Hey, there's more than one piggy-back ship on the seas. I just found this on CNN.com: US moves Radar Platform Nearer to North Korea.

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24. Alleyoops
11:56 PM GMT on March 31, 2013
Good Luck Joe. Safe travels for you and the kitties. Will miss seeing your adventures in Dutch. Just be happy and have fun.

Bon Voyage.
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23. dotmom
11:50 PM GMT on March 31, 2013
Safe travels with lots of love. dotmom
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22. joealaska
11:02 PM GMT on March 31, 2013
Thanks Beell.

Hit the spot.

Last comment from Dutch!
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21. beell
10:09 PM GMT on March 31, 2013
Roll on, buddy. Best wishes and thanks. Keep in touch if you can.



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20. cybersuze
6:23 PM GMT on March 31, 2013
Bon Voyage Jo! See you soon -- sure hope you can watch the repeated mentions of the Laettner shot/game :)
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19. osdianna
3:35 PM GMT on March 31, 2013
I can't help feeling sorry for GNU guy..., but he is as ready as you can make him, Joe. From now on it will be practise, practise, practise.

If they can get along without you for two months, maybe they won't need you...unless something/someone doesn't work out. Anyway, I hope you are able to find something/someplace else, though we will certainly miss your great photos and adventures in Dutch.

I have a feeling you would find great adventures anywhere!

I hope all your travel plans fall into place as planned...see you soon.
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18. Ylee
11:26 AM GMT on March 31, 2013
Happy Easter everybody, and Godspeed, Joe!

GO CARDS!
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17. dotmom
10:52 AM GMT on March 31, 2013
Easter blessings of hope on all the blogging family as we wait for things to come. It has been a joy. dotmom

PS: Go Cards!
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16. joealaska
6:10 AM GMT on March 31, 2013
Thanks to all for your friendly comments. I am too busy getting all details straight to write much right now, maybe tomorrow waiting in the airport.

I am thinking they will need me back, but we have no housing for me right now.

It truly is up in the air. As I hope THE GIRLS AND I will be at 4:30 tomorrow. First, get to Anchorage.

Monday presents its own challenges.

I hope to see LOUISVILLE play tomorrow as I finish cleaning and packing.

I have already packed my iMac and MY SPOON.

It was ironic to hear a song come up on the radio as I went to lunch Thursday when my boss flew out.

Eagles singing ALREADY GONE. I cranked it up. Suddenly I am concentrating on getting packed and arranging details to get my stuff and cats home.

But I was in there today placing the last food order for our warehouse.

AND, I turned over my phone to GNU GUY.

He had that deer in the headlights look...
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15. DHaupt
5:01 AM GMT on March 31, 2013
Belated Happy Birthday to JoeKY. I'm glad that there is a big celebration for his birthday coming up soon with lots of family.

Well Joe, it's been a nice ride since I came across your blog about 5 years ago looking for blogs in Deadliest Catch Country. My interest in that program was running very high at that point. I've somewhat lost interest in the program after Phil died and various other people either disappointed or dropped out. But, my interest in DH never slackened and especially my enjoyment of your photography never waned. You have become as fine a photographer as I have ever known.

I think I was one of the very first to urge you to get yourself a better camera since you were lucky enough to be in one of the most photogenic places on earth. I don't think I ever rated one of your ship photos less than 10. I just loved them all. And, of course there was Hoppy the Fox and his sad and mysterious loss during a terrible storm, as I recall. Ah, but there were more beautiful foxes creeping about. This latest Blacky being perhaps the most beautiful of them all.

I hope that these latest photos are not the last from Dutch Harbor that we shall ever see from you. After you have allowed the dust and grime of the lower 48 to settle on you, I'd love to see you back in Dutch, but hopefully in a different job with hopefully more considerate management such that you would be able to enjoy the place more for yourself.

But, keep shooting and keep blogging and Bon Voyage.
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14. osdianna
4:20 PM GMT on March 30, 2013
Thanks to all of you for your kind comments to me for the kitty-care. Now if I can just live up to it...I have a side job driving people (mostly widows and those who no longer feel comfortable driving) to appointments, shopping, etc, and most are now friends; some were friends to begin with and have hired me to do this for them.

I have spent a large part of the past two weeks with one friend who began having more medical issues, driving her to/from doctors, helping with her two dogs, helping out. She and another friend were to vacation in Costa Rica, part of plan B for Joe's arrival and hand-off of the cats; if his flight(s) delayed I would be at Sea-Tac anyway dropping them off.

6am call this morning was to tell me she had called 911 to go to hospital, and now find out she will be having surgery any minute...no Costa Rica!

Bottom line is I have not yet finished cleaning out future cat room...where Fluff and Dutchie will stay until they are comfortable with my cats and my dog. The good news is I now have a good chunk of time to do that cleanup, but the rest of the house needs more than I can do in the next few days...oh, well...life has a way of doing its own thing, and the earth will not stop rotating if the windows are dirty.

Go Cards!

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13. OGal
3:30 PM GMT on March 30, 2013


Dotmom what a wonderful reunion y'all will have. Would love to be a mouse. If Joe videos the event would you allow him to share it will all of us.? With such wonderful things going on in Kentucky I think Louisville will top the final four. All the best wishes to you and your family for an awesome funtime.

OSDIANNA...YOU are just the best!!
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12. dotmom
12:38 PM GMT on March 30, 2013
Well, I sit here a little red-faced and teary-eyed too. Don't know how I overlooked JoeA's post of yesterday. I have a routine every morning and this site is part of it. I do not know how I missed it. And yes, what a heart felt blog this is. I print all Joe's blogs out so JoeKY can see them - as Joe says - he knows nothing about computers- too late to start now. He will be very emotional after he reads this. At our ages, it seems your bladder moves right up behind your eyeballs and it doesn't take much to bring the tears.

We had a great day yesterday. Nothing real special because of the plans for next week when those four children (and 1 spouse) will gather here to celebrate his birthday. One total surprise for JoeKY is that his cousin and wife from NY are coming too. We did go to church yesterday as it was Good Friday and then the UL game was next on the docket. It was a win. Evidently all those kids are sick with colds - but they pulled it off.

Thanks to all of you for the good wishes for JoeA's birthday. We are so grateful to OSDianna for helping Joe with Fluff and Dutchie. Her reports on past experience make me feel like if any one can do it - she can.


Thanks again for the good wishes and we are looking to the 60 years in October!!!
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11. Ylee
2:57 AM GMT on March 30, 2013
Happy birthday, JoeKy! Hope you had fun CELEBRATING THE BIG CARDS WIN! :' )
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10. calpoppy
8:54 PM GMT on March 29, 2013
Are your tears dry yet dotmom? Those sentiments would have kept me a little teary eyed!!

Kudos to you Joe for your heartfelt comments!!

Have a great flight and another most excellent adventure!
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9. miyuki
5:52 PM GMT on March 29, 2013
HAPPY HAPPY 90th BIRTHDAY Joe Kentucky !!!

Joe, your sentiments to your father are heart warming. You are one lucky guy to have a dad like that.

I've learned SO much about Dutch and have you to thank, so thank you. And where ever life leads you, may you have nothing but blue skies and sunshine so that you can play golf !!

Have a safe trip and Gods Speed !
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8. dix608greys
2:12 PM GMT on March 29, 2013
Such a touching sentiment for your Dad. I'm envious...and a bit teary eyed.

Just like everyone else on this blog, I wish you the very best that life can offer, Joe. I hate to see you leave AK since all the Arctic stories will end but happy that your life is taking a new turn and I'm excited for you.

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7. insideuk
1:34 PM GMT on March 29, 2013
A very happy HUGEMONGOUS birthday to THE KY MAN!

And a cheeky question (he'll kill me)…

If, as JoeA says, you are staring at 50 years with the same lady – DOTMOM – this October, then whom might you have been staring at 9 months prior to Joe being born several years earlier?!

I think maybe Pudden Head has packed his calculator already.

60 years.

There should be no short changing when it comes to diamonds!

Lucky JoeA already knows he has 2 absolute gems for parents. Every good thing that HE is MUST BE down to you TWO.

CONGRATULATIONS!

and thank you...
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6. johnbluedog69
12:57 PM GMT on March 29, 2013
Happy birthday JoeKY.JoeAk thank you for all the fun blogs,very good reading and entertainment.I wish you all the best.
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5. OGal
12:30 PM GMT on March 29, 2013





Happiest Birthday ever JK. Joe such wonderful words for your dad . You too are special to so many of us. Have a good trip home and enjoy the golf time with your dad.
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4. BriarCraft
5:34 AM GMT on March 29, 2013
I do hope your coming sabbatical/extended vacation/whatever-you-want-to-call-it is everything you hope for it to be. And then some. And you've got OSDianna to give your kitties good lovin', so you don't have to worry.



Here's to your next grand adventure!
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3. osdianna
4:46 AM GMT on March 29, 2013
Happy Birthday, JoeKY! You did good!

JoeAk, nice sentiments and not afaid to say it out loud. Cool.
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2. HeavySnow
3:36 AM GMT on March 29, 2013
Beautiful. Happy birthday Joe Kentucky! Kick Joe's butt on the golf course! JoeAlaska, I've loved your Dutch adventures as well as all of your others. You're a very talented writer among other things! Enjoy your next big thing. I envy your golfing adventures most.
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1. cybersuze
2:11 AM GMT on March 29, 2013
I love your blog and happy birthday to dad! Funnny thing is, I got on here to let you know twice today I heard about the laetner shot! What , its been 30 years? CRAZY! Looking forward to seing you next week!
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On June 4th I left Kentucky driving my RV known as Leggs. The trip is mostly unplanned, it will be interesting to see where I end up. Let's GO!