By: joealaska , 3:33 AM GMT on November 23, 2013

Maybe 4 nights ago I got up in the morning and opened up the patio door to see what we had going on. The cool morning breeze blew feathers in my face. And in the apartment. Dutchie had been out most of the night, and evidently she was hunting. Three feet in front of the patio, in the grass, was KILL ZONE #1. A pile of feathers. Six feet off to the right, another pile of feathers. KZ #2.

Another 3 feet right, was the killed. A decent sized dove lay there, a little chewed up. Dutchie came in and had breakfast as usual, and immediately went to bed. Meanwhile, I went out and disposed of the carcass. Later I swept the porch. But there is no escape. Four days later the feathers continue to return, even gathering again on the porch. Kind of a reunion. There are a bunch of them out in the yard. The wind just re-distributes them. Every day they return. Mocking me.

Tonight I saw a nice sized deer out my back door about 100 feet away. He looked like he was going to jump the creek. Not a problem. He could walk across it right now. Just a trickle.

Today was very dreary. I went to run an errand and returned at 4 PM and it was getting dark! The temps have been nice the last couple of days, but COLD is due any minute.

Played poker with the boys a few days ago. It has been a long time since I did that. I was down and up all night. I always had something to bet with. I won for the night ONLY because I hit the last hand, the BIG one.

When I was still in Dutch, Doug (Gnu) was asking me if I was watching a certain show on TV. I knew the show because I have seen the ads. For a few years. I had never seen it. The general theme sounded funny. Then I kept hearing it was winning awards and had a lot of viewers. Finally I watched one show. The one where they rob the train of 1000 gals of methlymene. It was pretty good. Brutal. Well written. The show went for almost 6 years, and ended by its own choosing a couple months ago. I picked it up in season 5 and watched it to the end. The big finale. It was huge. The finale tied up loose ends and left you feeling good. Remember the finale of LOST?

So I have taken advantage of NETFLIX and started watching the whole series. The story continues from one episode to the next. They bring in major characters at various points, and major characters get killed off just as often. The plot twists and turns are as good as they get. Usually the first scene sets up a question that gets solved at the end.

BREAKING BAD. I know, it has been done over and over...Nerd science teacher in high school gets incurable cancer, then stumbles on a way to make a ton of money quickly where he can know his family is set for life.

Set up a meth lab! It is a high quality product and he makes a bunch of it, and has other people sell it. Nothing is glorified. It is brutal. People get killed. Lots of blood. Like I said, it was a hit!

So there are 61 episodes total. I have now seen around 52. I hate to see it end. Check it out.

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11. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
4:28 PM GMT on November 28, 2013
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10. Ylee
9:00 PM GMT on November 27, 2013
I was wondering why Dotmom was thinking that a 15 hour trip from New Mexico to Louisville was a long one(That's an average of over 80 mph by car!), when it dawned on me,"Dummy, they're flying in for the holidays, lol!

Happy Thanksgiving, everybody!

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9. osdianna
6:38 PM GMT on November 27, 2013
About the same time Joe was writing up this last post (the 22nd), my computer was throwing a tantrum and locking me out of Windows (some update went wacky) and I just got it back last night. A lot has happened in the few days I was disconnected from the rest of the world.

We have had a week of very cold (for us) temps, but sunny during the day, wonderfully colorful sunrises and sunsets, and clear nights. Overnight lows hovered in the 30 to 33 degree range.

Then we had overcast and some showers for Tuesday's trip into Olympia, and today it is again sunny with partly cloudy skies...and so I will have to spend some time on the beach before all the holiday crowd arrives...though many are already here judging by the size of the crowds at the little local market.

To all of you enduring a nasty have my sympathies; I will carry thoughts of all of you with me as I bask in the beachy 50 degree sunshine. It's not Hawai'i, but it's better than the east coast right now.

Belated Birthday greetings to Cybersuze and hubby, and to everyone drive carefully and enjoy the holiday with your families. I hope you all stay warm and safe.

Dutchie...leave the birds alone!!!! What did I tell you about that?

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8. dotmom
11:40 AM GMT on November 27, 2013
Brrrrrrr! Baby it's cold outside!!! BarbNewMexico is coming in tomorrow. Let's hope and pray the weather is kind to her (and all travelers) and it doesn't take her as long (15 hours) as it did her trip in October.

Happy Thanksgiving to all wherever you are!!! Gobble, Gobble, Gobble!
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7. cybersuze
1:35 AM GMT on November 27, 2013
Thanks for the BdaY WISHES! It's a fun time of year -- dark days and all, but lots of celebration! Oh, we too are awaiting the release of the last season of breaking bad. Loved that series but have yet to see the last season. Can't believe JAKY watched the end before the beginning!
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6. insideuk
11:24 AM GMT on November 26, 2013
First of all, slightly belated, HAPPY BIRTHDAY wishes to both CYBERSUZE and her CYBERGROOMZE. Hope the celebrations were achieved without any further cyclersplintzes.

I’ve been trying to decide if having your birthday so close to your partners is a good thing or not…the only conclusion I could draw was that it would help if you both liked the same type of birthday cake.

And that your smoke alarm has a temporary pause function to allow for the pea-soupy post candle blowing mistage to clear…

I’ve been reading today about how tough the working conditions are if you happen to be employed scampering around one of Amazons mahoosive warehouses, gathering all the bits and bobs for individual orders.

It caught my eye because as I’ve been sorting out purchases for several family members this Christmas, the ridiculous variety of the things you can buy from that company led me to wonder just how they organise the layout in their half mile long warehouse.

And what would JoeAlaska do differently?

So this article enlightened me a great deal about what happens behind the long pale lilac metal shed that I drive past every now and again in Rugely, Staffordshire. And it involves a surprising amount of footwork.

So, for my ever so slightly diverse order of an apple corer, some Sony earphones, a handful of DVD’s, a Christmas stocking for a cat, some Cadburys chocolate (BULK BUY) and a Disney Tinkerbell costume (with wings, obviously – why do some sell them with wings separately? STUPID!) has several poor, zero guaranteed hours contracted, barely minimum wage paid personages legging it around the warehouse with a handheld computer picking my items by hand.

I thought it would be mostly robots and stuff. I feel a tiny bit guilty.

These warehouse operatives walk an average 11 miles in each 10 and a half hour night shift. They get an hour break. They get timed on toilet breaks. They get timed whilst collecting orders.

The AVERAGE order has to be collected in just 33 seconds, if they move too slowly their handheld computer starts beeping at them. If they don’t keep up they get a warning off the supervisor. If they get 3 warnings that is the end of their Amazon warehouse career.

Out the BARN door.

Another company I recently ordered from, whom presumably also have a mahoosive warehouse full of half demented, sore footed human robots, have just sent out an order I placed for some Christmas gifts.

Strangely almost all the women I know have actually ASKED for socks from Santa this year. Not exactly an exciting present, but a practical one in a land where feet get cold very easily. Us girls are clearly feeling the ground frosts this year. Anyway. Where was I?

OH Yeah.

So, this company had a special offer on their lovely designer socks – 3 for the price of 2 from a wide variety of styles, colours and designs.

I ordered a complete mixture from the range, totalling 6 pairs, paying for 4 of them.


My carefully picked order arrived.

36 pairs of designer socks. Each of the 6 designs in its own clear plastic bag, showing 3 pairs in front, another 3 pairs hidden behind, and all with the 3 for the price of 2 sticker prominently showing on the outer wrapper. They hadn’t noticed they were meant to split each pack into single pairs.

They only charged me for what I ordered.

Easy mistake for an exhausted human robot and their nasty bladder infection to make at 4.45am.

I felt a bit guilty as I tore the labels off some of the spares and stuffed them into my now groaning sock drawer.

But now I’m just wondering if my Amazon Cadbury chocolate order may not all fit into one Royal Mail delivery van?

Could happen.

Fingers crossed.

I'd cross my toes too but with this many pairs of socks on that's proving to be tricky...

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5. iaotter
4:40 AM GMT on November 25, 2013
Happy B-day to Cybersuze and Hubby too.

It is 21 here now at 10:30 pm. It was 7 when I went out at 8:30 this morning. Miserable Iowa weather. But, better than tornadoes and typhoons and such.

I could send dog out for a turkey. I have seen wild ones just a few miles north of town. But, I think she would be afraid to tackle something so big. Although she does chase deer. So, maybe, as long as it didn't just up and fly away.

I do know where there are three barns full of them just a few miles south of town. I wonder if they lock the barn doors at Thanksgiving time?
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4. dotmom
3:04 AM GMT on November 25, 2013
A Happy Birthday to Cybersuze and her Hubby who celebrate just a day apart. They have had a fun weekend. Celebrating Cyberspilz healing and almost back to normal albeit the release from the doctor and Hubby's freedom from total caregiver! Many happy returns of the day(s).
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3. Arbie
2:55 PM GMT on November 24, 2013
Oh I really enjoyed breaking bad too. In a way it is kind of cliche and predictable but its still fun to watch since the writers are very imaginative and you don't know exactly how they're going to play it out. I found the characters very engaging and also hated to see it end. It was like a good book.

It's cold and rainy here in SE Texas. Good reading weather. I got the kindle app recently and I think I will commence reading. Maybe some brown sugar and maple oatmeal for the family first...

Our cat has also been leaving feathers on the deck. In her case it is rather unusual as she is typically not much of a hunter. I think she is developing a taste for fresh bird though. A turkey would be bigger than her so I think I can forget that idea.

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2. dotmom
1:24 AM GMT on November 24, 2013
This stuff is getting too gruesome for me!!!
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1. insideuk
11:46 AM GMT on November 23, 2013
A man of a practical nature, interested in finding methods to keep warm without burning precious fossil fuels this winter, might consider taking an evening class to learn how to glue and stitch himself a dovely feather boa.

If it was good enough for Marc Bolan…

Always look for the positives.

This time next week Dutchie could be providing the largest part of the Thanksgiving dinner. She has obviously been out there practising for a turkey, start small, work your way up - but with a bit of luck venison could be on the menu…

Hard to know which wine to bring to the table in the circumstances.

A full bodied red would work but it could play havoc with Joes fashion accessory in the event of a spillage. A little too macabre for the dinner table perhaps?

Though it could then become a suitably distracting form of apparel next time the boys meet up for poker. Keep ‘em guessing. It never did Ozzy Osbournes hard man reputation any harm did it?

They will fold.

I have to make a plea with the BREAKING BAD thing.





I’m only up to Season 5 – episode 3. I’ve got the box sets of DVD’s. The final season is out here next Monday, and my copy is on pre-order at Amazon.

It is a sheer bloody genius of a TV series, even if I have had to watch parts of it through my fingers.

It certainly appears to have had a chilling effect on young Dutchie’s mind.

I blame the parents for letting them watch…

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