SUPERMAN? BEEN THERE, DONE THAT.

By: joealaska , 8:49 PM GMT on December 08, 2013

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Woke up this morning expecting to go to our usual Sunday family breakfast, but Dotmom had an email saying the snow was coming down and was a problem. I looked outside and saw nothing. Then I squinted and I did see a very fine snow falling. It soon got heavier, big wet flakes. At one point I got a little excited thinking, NOW we are going to get some real snow. But 10 minutes later it was done. Just enough to smooth out the footprints in the snow we got Friday.

But that snow coming down reminded me of a snow story from my college days. I may have told it here before. If you have heard it before, skip ahead, or just amuse yourself by guessing the next sentence.

DAYTON OHIO, circa 1976. Living at 452 Kiefaber in the student housing neighborhood affectionately and accurately called The Ghetto. One of my housemates was Jeff Ramus from Michigan. Great guy. He was a rare student who had a car. A brand new Triumph TR7, bright yellow. He not only would let me drive it, he encouraged it. When we both went along, he let me drive. I took it out a few times just for a cruise with the top down and drove around beautiful Dayton checking out the sights. Short trip.

Jeffs family had money. I think it Grandpa who was on the Board of Directors of BF Goodrich. I think Jeff got free tires. Anyway, Grandpa owned a cabin and land north near Alpena, Michigan. Way north. So we were able to take a long weekend and take a cruise to check it out. This was during the heart of the winter. Plenty of snow on the ground, and more coming down. This only made it more exciting and we hit the road. The CB craze was in full swing, and Jeff had one in his car. So we listened to the truckers and took it easy.

We pulled in late at night. We could see nothing of the land, it was way out in the woods with no lights anywhere. Even the cabin was dark. It was a vacation place, nobody lived there regularly. And “cabin” does not do that place justice. It was NICE.

There was about a foot of snow on the ground, and the snow was coming down steady and heavy. We had a few beers and talked about our futures. I had that dream of ending up in Dutch Harbor, Alaska. Might have been the beer. Then we hit the sack. There were no real plans for the next day. Probably spend most of the time stoking the fire and watching some football.

But next morning we looked outside and it was WINTER WONDERLAND. The snow had worked overtime all night and DUMPED another two feet of new powder. POWDER is the perfect word to describe that snow. I had never seen snow like it. It was a surprise when we first walked outside and stepped into it. If I closed my eyes and walked I could not even feel it. Light and dry and fluffy.
Growing up in Ohio and going to UD I had seen plenty of snow, none like this. Not since then either.

Then Jeff says, EVER RIDE A SNOWMOBILE? (“Snow Machine” to those farther north). No, never. He opened up the garage door and there were a couple machines in there. He fired one up and brought it out, doing a couple of loops in the big yard. Then he pulled up and said TRY IT. This was the extent of my training. Jeff explained there was not much to it. Aim it, and gun it, no brakes to worry about.

He told me there were plenty of trails through the woods. Someone had cut paths through the trees with one of those cute mini-bulldozers. The woods were pretty dense, but there was those 8 foot wide highways leading you through the snow covered forest. A maze of many paths. Grandpa had 800 acres, and it seems they were solely for snowmobile riding. Jeff assured me I could not get lost, as all the trails ended up back at the cabin. Eventually. Even an idiot could handle it, so I headed off INTO THE WILD.

At the first sharp turn I went straight into the briar bushes. Not good, but much better than a grove of oak trees. Here I learned my first two important lessons of snow machines. First: No reverse. And second, they are heavy. It took 20 minutes to get out of that mess and pointed in the right direction. What Jeff had not told me (years later I still think it was on purpose) was the importance of shifting your weight while making turns. In fact, you do not sit at all. You kneel, and put your foot in back in a loop so that you can literally throw the rear end of the machine left or right to help in the turn. The snow machines I see nowadays seem to be twice as big as the one I rode. Maybe this is not correct anymore, as they seem to weigh to much to move very easily.

All I know is that if I was going fast at all and turned left or right without that weight shift, the sleds would turn, but the machine would just continue straight ahead with the momentum. OK, lesson learned. I admit, I was shortly in the brambles again, but I figured out the weight shift thing to a degree and continued onward.

It was great. I had no idea where I was, and there was nobody around. The snow and woods were beautiful. Then all of a sudden I popped out into a huge field. No trees, wide open. Everything was white. Blinding. Hard to get any depth perception. How deep was the snow? Hard to tell. But it was deep and was a bit more damp than that fluffy stuff I mentioned earlier. Next thing I know was I bogged down in deep snow and leaned to the side about 45 degrees and stopped. I was stuck in a snow drift. Getting out of that was much harder than the bramble bushes. It took a lot of hand digging, and revealed to me the unfun side of snow machines.

But I got out. Would have been interesting if I did not, as I was a couple miles down the trail and alone. Just another carcass to be found in the spring melt. Sure was pretty out there, though.

So I started to wonder if the secret in the deep stuff was to get up some speed so I could plane on top? Only one way to find out. Plus, I wanted to see what that PIG would do, especially since there was nothing but snow for another half mile or so. In a few seconds I was flying. There is a little windshield on there that perfectly directed that fluffy stuff straight into my face. I could see nothing, except off to either side. Those machines can easily go 70 mph. I was not anywhere close to that. It was hard to tell, as I COULD NOT SEE. I was a human comet, flying along virgin snow in a big cloud of snow.

Next thing I know, I slipped off the seat. I was still holding the handlebar and accelerator, and now my legs were dangling behind me as I flew along, kinda like Superman. But it was fun, and I was still almost in control. Was this the way the regulars did it? Who knew if they were way out there by themselves? Wish I had some film of it. I can imagine some local farmer catching a glimpse of me. DAMN TOURISTS...

I enjoyed the ride for a minute or less, but decided to back off as I may have been heading toward a barbed wire fence for all I knew. How could I know? I could not SEE. I slowed down and immediately sank into deep snow and got stuck again. Looked like I may have been right about that planing thing after all. Eventually I dug out again (riding snow machines can be extremely taxing) and I headed back from where I came from. I wanted to ask Jeff how a path returns to the cabin when it crosses a huge field.

It was a lot of fun riding that machine, especially being Superman for a minute. But all that digging out got old.

When I returned Jeff got out the other machine and we both went out. I cannot remember why we did not do that in the first place! But he showed me how to hook my foot in the back, and while I followed him I could see the secret way to use your weight while making turns. It was a great weekend.

Hard to believe that was my last time on one of those machines. Probably a good thing for all.

I remember driving back to Dayton in a blizzard.

Meanwhile, I am trying to sell some photos. Have opened a new website. The name is a bit different...

www.joealaska.net

Still working on it, probably will keep adding to it. Eventually there will be a link to another site that will let you buy photos if you like. I am also setting up that site. For a guy with no job I still do not have enough time.

I am even back on Facebook. Hard to believe. If you poke me, poke with purpose.

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29. dotmom
10:02 PM GMT on December 17, 2013
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year - one and all! I may say that again before the real holiday. Time is going fast and it is quickly approaching. Had to get a couple of packages in the mail and when you see those deadlines, it sort of puts you in a rush!

I am happy for Rotty too that her horse is improving and showing some spunk. These pets/animals are such a big part of our lives - like family. One of my daughter's (BarbNM) guard dogs has bone cancer and so she is dealing with that as the dog is in lots of pain.

But I tell you, reading about the tales of the Christmas trees is too funny and puts even a Scrooge in a jolly mood. I can see Haupt's cat with the tree around it's neck trying to get away from it. I am getting nervous about the two cats here in the house. So far - they have not challenged the tree. Spec lies under it and is quite happy. It too is artificial. I think a cut tree would be a real test for them. One experience we had with Spec that made us laugh - but really wasn't funny was when she was much younger, snooping around a paper sack with handles - got her neck in the handle, got scared and started to run. She didn't stop till she hit the far wall. We ran after her to stop her, but the more we ran, the more she picked up speed. Then it was over. Fortunately, she seemed okay. We were exhausted.

So Osdianna, let us know how your experiment turns out. Don't get hurt!!! :)
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28. osdianna
4:22 PM GMT on December 17, 2013
Congrats on the horse health, Rotty! That IS good news. I too am a subscriber of Earth Observatory; fascinating photos from space.

Dave's story of Louie and the Christmas tree is about what I would expect with Sadie...but I won't know until I try, and the laughter I would expect to get from the sight will be good for me anyway. I hope I'm home!

As for Joe's golfing trip...I thought everything down that way was covered in snow! Not that a little bit of snow and freezing temps would stop someone determined to enjoy a bit of golf.

Finally, in reference to UK's trip into the store at this time of year...I had planned to hit Walmart either today or tomorrow but the thought of trying to park in a lot that has been greatly reduced in size due to ongoing construction within the store (changing to a mega-Walmart selling groceries too; imagine all the crunch in space inside!) is just too awful to take seriously. I really don't like crowds, especially crowds bent on buying stuff no one really can afford. I'll pass and shop locally, in our small tourist-oriented stores. Our Ace Hardware has managed to provide items most hardware stores don't carry, since it is 25 miles to the nearest big box store.

I kinda like that.

If I can't get it here, I don't need it.
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27. Rotty3
2:45 PM GMT on December 17, 2013
I finally put up a 12" artificial tree at the office.

At home? The felines would have a blast. No need to deal with it. :-D
Had a small one on the table in the living room in the past. It lasted about 30 minutes before it became a chew toy (for the cats, not the dogs!). By day's end, little was left. And these aren't underfed felines.


Here's a fun image for those interested:

Island of The Four Mountains - from ISS. Enjoy.

And if I don't get time, Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Season Greetings, Happy New Year to all!

I have my greatest gift already: my sweet mare (14.2 hh) is feeling so spunky again, she tried to run over my 16.3 hh Thoroughbred several times now when I open the gate to bring them in for feeding. :D YEA!!!
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26. DHaupt
10:00 AM GMT on December 17, 2013
Our last Christmas tree was also felled by a cat -- Louie, the Maine Koon Klutz Kat. He liked to sleep behind it in the cozy corner where it sat on a corner table. Something startled him, like me shouting at him, I think. Anyway, he bolted, got tangled in the tinsel rope and lights. And down went Louie -- cradle, tree, ornaments and all.

We had gotten the tree at Walmart on about the 23rd of December with all new lights and ornaments at 50% off. The items were so priced on their tags. At the register, the clerk told us that everything was 50% off and so she gave another discount. It all came to less than $20. Btw, the tree was artificial and 3 feet high with the help of its spindly little plastic stand.

Louie likes to do things to completion. He broke all but three ornaments; tangled up the lights and rope like the drop-cord in the kitchen left-most bottom drawer; and left a trail of little green needley strips and sparkles clear through the kitchen and entry hall. Poor baby suffered such a fright on his flight to the front door.

We tried to resurrect it but gave up. Stuffed it into the recycle bin. I think it's the only Christmas tree that we have ever taken down before Epiphany. We seem to like these small artificial trees. I remember one year, we left one up for a whole year. The cobwebs were scarcely visible at night when the lights were lit; in fact, they gave a gossamer fairy twinkle.

We will be having our family get-together early this year, on the 22nd. With all the in-laws, out-laws, step and half relationships to deal with, it was decided that this year, all those who once resided in Livermore should do it early instead of waiting until the 28th as often was the case. The only catch I've found is that I have had to pay for upgraded shipping on a couple of items; this necessitated that I explain that "BEFORE CHRISTMAS DELIVERY" wasn't good enough. And: Thank you Jesus for Amazon Prime.
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25. osdianna
2:38 AM GMT on December 17, 2013
Iaotter...I think I'll leave the breakable stuff off the tree this time around! I'll bet Dutchie would be likely to destroy something too...like batting it off the tree, then all around the apartment.
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24. iaotter
2:06 AM GMT on December 17, 2013
osdianna,
good luck with the Christmas tree and the cat. Should be interesting. Every cat we ever had was inclined to bat things off the tree. One cat ate all that silver tinsel stuff she could reach. That was back when it was actually made out of some sort of soft metal rather than plastic. Not sure why she didn't die from a belly ache. Another cat decided to take a flying leap into the tree, which wasn't fastened to the wall in any way, and cat, tree and ornaments all went crashing down. It makes the Christmas season so exciting wondering what will get broken next.
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23. osdianna
4:44 PM GMT on December 16, 2013
Each year for the past 7, I have promised myself a tree and lights, and have yet to do so, but this year may just be the one...if I can make room in what has become a storage area upstairs for misc pieces of furniture. My stairway to the upstairs room(s) is 33" wide, too narrow for a sofa and big comfy chairs to be hauled up there.

It is what is now called a great room....one wall is 22 feet long, it has a cathedral ceiling, and I seem to need to collect desk-sized tables, upon which I have plants, mostly bigger plants than I need. So it is a daunting task to first tackle the clutter, then discard a few pieces, then the plants need to be thinned out....and then I can bring the tree up said stairs, to the bemusement of the cat Sadie, who has not yet seen a decorated tree.

It should be interesting. I hope to finish before Christmas.
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22. joealaska
2:44 PM GMT on December 16, 2013
I was given the chance to use a time share on a golf course this weekend in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, so I took advantage. Easy to do at the last minute when you do not have a job.

Drove down Friday, played golf on the way. Was able to play again Saturday after the downpour.

Sunday was pretty cold, drove a few hours west to Nashville where I saw my old colege buddy Don and his family.

Today we are playing a nice course just north of town, and I drive home from there.

Details at 11.
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21. insideuk
1:52 PM GMT on December 16, 2013
Incidentally you can ignore www's when typing out website addresses now - it just assumes you intended as much.

For ease, anyone wishing to reach joealaska.net can click on him BELOW, as is your wont...

Though, to be fair, usually it's just me that clicks on him below a certain level.

Linkage to Pudden Heads page


We, the blog followers, get a brief mention, you know, as a small footnote right down in the dusty basement of his new creation. He can be a cruel blogmaster when he wants to be...

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20. insideuk
12:09 PM GMT on December 16, 2013
Each time I make a seasonally typical winterly mad dash out the back door (heading the garage to fetch something vitally important) after about 5 or 6 paces I come to realise the dash bit of it is entirely unnecessary.

For it is bizarrely mild for December, knocking on for 14c/ 57f by the middle of the day. I could saunter around in short sleeves and not feel chilly. It doesn't feel entirely right putting up the Christmas tree in this heatwave – but I have done so anyway. The UBER traditional multi-hued Christmas (rope light) snake has been shaken out of its exceedingly tight box and had its pre-hanging bulb function test.

Which it failed.

A metre long section wasn't lighting up, which gave it all the potential to look like a mighty disappointing traditional Christmas snake. Or, alternatively, a distinctly cryptic Morse code message of Christmas goodwill for any local smart arses. Either way, when compared and contrasted to the neighbours brand spanking new Christmas lights display (somebody must have spent £300 on new bright white sparkly LED star shaped icicles to drape his entire frontage this year) it was all rather glum.


Added to this the man the other side was out draping his front lawn tree with new lights also, so I had a bit of a pre-Christmas sparkle competition wobble and decided to go and see what the local garden centre had left for me to blow a few quid on.

I wasn't supposed to be going out because I've twisted my knee (note to self, if your legs get hot under the heavy blankets use your hand to lift the covers off them, not your leg). But I can hobble about slowly, albeit with a few swear words on cornering. I figured I could do a slow saunter around the festive goodies department without teaching too many rude words to the children duly assembled for a visit to see Santa and his blue LED nodding penguins in his traditional garden centre grotto.

Okay, so I hadn't been entirely certain that I could drive with a twisted knee, but the first 2 miles went without an earth shatteringly painful electric shock passing through my kneecap so I figured I was good to go the whole 3 miles. As I pulled into the car park area I hit a water logged pothole and the sudden and unexpected jarring served to formulate an entire sentence of knee pain related swear words.

I got out the car, because staying put seemed like the more painful option at the time, and stretched out the ache with a few careful steps, all the while the ever faithful Betti was usefully aiding me as a car length handrail and sound barrier to my curses.

It was sore but I could move, so I set out across the busy car park to seek out the bright lights in yonder store.

They had a 25% OFF offer across all the seasonal lighting which to cut a long story short meant that they had sold out of anything remotely useful for an outdoorsy Christmas display. Unless you count LED light shaped reindeer (that more closely resembled springtime lambs), but the lady at the end of my street has 2 of those posing on top of her porch already. One turns its head to look up, and then back down, the street as if it were looking for something.

Like Easter?

So my trip seemed destined to end without success. Only there was what I am now calling my small Christmas miracle – after 15 minutes of fruitless light browsing I realised, as I strolled back towards Betti, that my knee was working as normal, pain free! That jolt appears to have cured it! I'm 24 hours on now and it is (touch wood) still fine bar a little residual soreness after resting.

The spirit of Father Christmas mended my knee.


And when I got home I retested the traditional Christmas snake lights (after a bit of bending and twisting them about) and the bloody things came on! Hurrah!

The traditional snake light has now been dangled along the garage frontage and it is, on a nightly basis, worrying the two lambs/ reindeer at the top of the road. I'm considering buying a blue LED nodding penguin now, just to keep the snake from getting any ideas about going all Morse code on me again.

Plus I think it would provide some level of reassurance for the lambs...
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19. lotis2
5:57 PM GMT on December 14, 2013

Got a few inches of wet & heavy snow over night. Took half an hour to clean it off my car this morning to come home from work. Temps in low to mid 30's today then teens tonight. Can't wait for all the slush to turn to all ice (NOT)!!

On a bright note, have five days off. YES!!

But get to go back when they say the next round will start coming in.

Everyone stay warm & safe for the holidays!
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18. osdianna
5:24 PM GMT on December 14, 2013
Bearpaints, It didn't work for me until I tried it without the www...
http://joealaska.net/

Try that.
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17. bearpaints
3:04 PM GMT on December 14, 2013
Can someone post a link to the website? For some reason my tablet searcn is coming up with everything but Joe. Thanks!
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16. osdianna
4:40 PM GMT on December 13, 2013
Miyuki, it's a wonder we survived! HA!
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15. miyuki
1:51 AM GMT on December 13, 2013
Diana, I think we've all 'walked on the wild side' at one time or another in our younger days.
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14. osdianna
5:02 PM GMT on December 12, 2013
My wunderground radar map is looking very colorful this morning...lots of green, a big patch of yellow, and even a few spots of orange...all headed right at me when I animate the map. I'm actually glad to see it as it means warmer temps; I can handle the rainy days of mid-40's...really didn't like the mid-20's...although the clear days and nights wee beautiful.

To say that Joe has a sense of adventure is something we all can agree with....makes me look like such a fuddy-duddy; hanging on to a snowmobile with my legs waving behind in the breeze seems a tad over the top to me, especially headed off into snowy wilderness, unfamiliar territory and all that.

When I was younger, I remember riding on the back of a friend's motorcycle...a Norton for those who might know the difference...when he decided to get out of the early evening traffic on Ventura Blvd in Sherman Oaks, yelled back at me to "hold on", and all of a sudden we were racing down the street at 60 mph, weaving in and out of traffic, and I was scared but loving it...no helmet of course.

I also rode on the back of a Harley in the fast lane of the Harbor Fwy in L.A., no helmet, at a sedate (for the bike) 65mph on the way to the Vietnam Veterans Concert at the Forum with a bunch of other guys on their bikes riding nearby...what a gas!

So I used to have more excitement in my life...guess I hang with the wrong group now for those kinds of fun.

Sigh....
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13. DHaupt
9:54 AM GMT on December 11, 2013
When that story first broke on CNN, I immediately thought of the Stolpas. What a relief that they made it back alive and probably much wiser now. I haven't read a lot of detail yet, but it does sound like the adults were pretty savvy on surviving the cold. If only they'd thought to pack a #5 bag of sugar or M&Ms with them.

When I lived in Laramie, WY, I always carried high calorie food in my bright orange BMW. Trips home to CA on the Holidays, I packed my favorite candy bars, bags of greasy chips and Cheetos (went nicely with the orange car) and a couple of heavy blankets.

In the late 60s, during my Kennecott Copper Career, I worked out in that awesome "Basin and Range" country ("Horst und Graben", in German). Most times, I had my field crew consisting of at least three other guys to keep me company. We kept close track of our whereabouts and all packed What were then "state-of-the-art" Motorola "HandyTalkies". It was fun.

What was not fun was having to work totally alone in some vast valleys north and west of Ely, NV. The HandyTalky was mostly useless because there were no other Kennecott folk in haling distance and the phones were configured for secure private communication, "Private Line" -- in other words, I couldn't contact the county sheriff's people.

My boss back in Salt Lake City was a pretty decent human being. I explained to him my anxiety at being 60 miles out in the boonies by myself; the least little mishap could easily become a crisis. He picked up a fresh faced college student as a summer hire and shipped him off to me. We got along great and I had probably be best couple of months of field work anyone could expect.

Joe, love the photos and the new website. Not that it will have a major impact, I I was pleased and proud to link you to my facebook page.

Our weather has continued clear, cold (for us) and windy. We had a low last night around 24F. There have been about 5 nights in a row like that. Tonight, it is still above freezing and supposed reach the mid 50s this coming afternoon. We have gotten a barely respectable 0.41" of rain out of Dion, but it came through fast and left town even faster. Nothing showing in the models other than the usual 10% POP which hangs out there around Day 10 all year long -- simply not to be believed.
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12. osdianna
5:18 AM GMT on December 11, 2013
I retract the "stupid people" remark a bit...he was smart enough to do everything right to keep all of them alive after the rollover disabled their jeep.

On the other hand, taking chances with your own life is one thing; taking chances with kids along is another.

Glad they are all safe.

Just after midnight in Louisville and 19 degrees...brrrr!

We were back to the high 30's today; my hummingbirds are glad and so am I. It didn't stop me from taking Maggie to the beach for a long walk, but it was cold! I managed to warm up with the walk, except for my face and fingertips...I wear those gloves with no fingers normally...need to get the heavy-duty pair out.

Stay warm everybody.
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11. joealaska
12:55 AM GMT on December 11, 2013
Miracle, they found everyone OK after two nights of -15.
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10. osdianna
4:45 PM GMT on December 10, 2013
It boggles the mind. I once gave a t-shirt to a friend that said "Stupid people shouldn't breed."
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9. Rotty3
4:36 PM GMT on December 10, 2013
Joe: can't teach common sense... Sadly, the kids suffer their parents' follies more so than the adults.
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8. joealaska
3:23 PM GMT on December 10, 2013
DATELINE STOLPA: 4 kids and two adults go out in remote Nevada desert to play in the snow? Temps below zero, one kid is only three.
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7. insideuk
12:07 PM GMT on December 09, 2013
In the interests of being a right old nosey bugger I looked up your old student housing – and found several photos of the current state of 452 Kiefaber.

Follow the linkage if that is your wont: Link

As student accommodation goes (in this country) it looks LUXURIOUS.

Possibly it’s had some work done since 1976.


Apparently one bedroom is 2 inches taller on one side than the other. Many doors are cut to unusual angles. Was it on that much of a slant before you were there or can that be attributed to a less than proud moment for which your confession is still pending?

And don’t be blaming Jeff…


With my nephews for company yesterday I found myself watching the traditional sport of American Football On Ice. We were fascinated by the playing conditions during the Detroit Lions and Philadelphia Eagles game – which was taking place in a blizzard with deep snow lying all around.

The chaps (players) seemed to want to outdo each other by exposing the maximum bare skin to the elements – displaying a macho bravado that bordered on insanity if you ask me. It was only 21f. And that snow didn’t quit.

A snowmobile or two would not have gone amiss in the circumstances.

Digging the things out would have kept them warm.

I am still wondering how the crowd managed to make their way home?


Now.

On to important matters.

About this joealaska.net toasty coconut macaroons junk that has apparently been removed from the website before I could grab a screenshot?

You got some explaining to do…
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6. dotmom
12:06 PM GMT on December 09, 2013
You know the old saying, "If you aren't careful, you can learn something new every day!" Yah, and dumb me, I thought it referred to book learnin'. Here all that time I thought Joe had his head in the books up there in Dayton. You know, some times it is best that moms don't know everything. We'd have more grey hair - if that is possible. These blogs are wonderful!
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5. Arbie
1:56 AM GMT on December 09, 2013
Nice website, Joe (although maybe a more professional headshot?--although I guess selfies are popular). Loved seeing Hoppy again, sigh. Really beautiful pictures.
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4. Ylee
10:48 PM GMT on December 08, 2013
Much better! :' )

Didn't know do-it-yourself websites came with all that junk HTML......
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3. miyuki
10:42 PM GMT on December 08, 2013
Enjoyed the slide show of pictures on your new site Joe. I think the golden fox with his face laying on the snow would make an excellent Alaskan postage stamp.
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2. joealaska
10:10 PM GMT on December 08, 2013
Check it again Ylee. It is a work in progress.

They give you a template, but you have to delete all the old crap. Done.
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1. Ylee
9:19 PM GMT on December 08, 2013
Home page looks good, Joe! The "My Story" page? Ahhhhh.......Alton Brown’s Toasty Coconut Macaroons? Is that your favorite cookie? :' )
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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!