I have just taken a new job in Great Falls, Montana. A new state and new areas to explore.
By: joealaska , 7:13 AM GMT on January 11, 2012
Weather continues to be a factor. It is affecting how we can do our job. The good news is that only a couple boats are in town. There was no container vessel this last Friday, so there is nothing to be delivered.
Yesterday, Monday, I was told there were warnings to stay home. This is not unusual, and those who CAN stay home. There was not a lot going on with us, but there were a few issues to take care of. It was a struggle to get out of the driveway, but I slid out into the road and headed down the hill.
Right off it was interesting. EVERYTHING was white. The road was white. There were 8-foot walls of plowed snow on each side of the road that were white. AND it was snowing (white), and it was still dark. So I raced at 2 mph down the hill maintaining my bearings by nearby houses.
When I got to work, the snow was pretty deep and unplowed. My assistant got her car stuck in her driveway. She took a cab to work, and the cab would not take her all the way to the stairs up to the dock. She had to break a trail, but got in. It was hard to see stairs that needed to be climbed.
Two other employees were stuck and unable to get in to work. One guy called in and asked to stay home. I took care of some business. One of the local processors needed a small order delivered. I was the guy. There were just 4 cases to deliver, and I fell 3 times as I tried to walk down the stairs carrying one case at a time. No big deal, I just fell into deep snow.
When I tried to deliver I could not pull into the processor, due to the 4 foot berm left by the plows.
The city had literally shut down that day, and only a couple plows were working. So I parked on the road and had to walk over that ridge with the product. I got some help from the customer.
When I left I saw Baranof, a vessel featured many times on this site in photos, on the rocks not far from the road. This was the narrow entrance to Captains Bay. But it is not THAT narrow, and with all the equipment these boats have, there is no good reason to end up there. I am sure there was some failure of equipment. Sooner or later I will get the real story, as I know those guys. It is a well run vessel. Weather was bad, but more so for cars and not the boats.
I had to seek a place to pull off the road (that damn berm again) but I did and got some pictures. Two tugboats were on the scene, and in just a short time they pulled the boat off the rocks. Pretty uneventful. Baranof went to Crowley Dock and sits there pending an investigation.
Meanwhile the temps rose from the low 20s which we had seen for the last week, rising to 35 Monday afternoon. The big melt. It was needed to stabilize the snow. There is snow EVERYWHERE, piled up by plows. It will be here until June. There is nowhere to put it. The guy who works the freight yard where I work said the CORPORATION likes to bill him for STORAGE when the snow is piled up. When it is dry snow, it blows everywhere, even after being plowed and “removed”. It comes back. Well, when it melts a bit, even a little, it freezes back when the night comes around (it is 21 again right now). Now it is icier and just sits there. GOOD, because it has been 50 mph winds ALL DAY, starting late last night. Most of my windows are victim of an ice storm, PLATED in ice. No vision is possible. No views.
I did not leave my place today. VERY RARE.
It was my “day off” but it was a busy day on the phone. Big day tomorrow.
RENDA and HEALY will get the job done. It is just a matter of when.
I got a nice note regarding my FLAT STANLEY submission. They discussed it for 3 days!
I will be using SHUTTERSTOCK to post and sell photos. Will probably try others. Just testing the waters. My name is, as usual, JOE ALASKA. I was ready to pull out the old favorites, but then I saw they only want stuff from the last three weeks. Have not posted anything yet.
Stumbled on a public TV special on Costa Rica. Awesome wildlife and plants. Not a lot of very rich or very poor people. No army. ZIP LINES! It sounded pretty good. The next show on the channel was about Billy The Kid. Lots of good stuff in New Mexico, home of CASA. He called last night and he is doing well. His company is painting the interior of two water pipes 1100 feet long and 8 feet in diameter at a power plant. I like to call him and disguise my voice (ineffectively) and ask for a quote to paint my window sills in my bathroom. I WANT THEM SCRAPED AND PRIMED!! He told me about a big storm that came through over the holidays, a couple feet of snow.
Big snow? How about Cordova, Alaska? I heard 15 feet. Kodiak. Homer. BIG WINTER.
YLEE, thanks for the BBQ backup.
Arbie, that subsistence issue is highly abused as far as I can see. People who have no NEED applying. I am not talking about Native Americans.
BULL, -51 in Bettles? Ouch. I landed in Allakaket when I left Anaktuvuk Pass and it was only
-20. We had to take on some freight, so they opened up the doors for about 15 minutes. NOBODY was dressed for that. It is featured in my book. I have film where we took off with no working heat, an iced windshield, and the pilot watching the edge of the runway to keep us straight. Alaska stuff.
I was in the co-pilot seat, so I had a good view. AHHHHHHHHHH!
TEBOW? I walked in after work and turned on the TV which I own. I only saw the first play of overtime. That was it. The miracle ends this weekend. I know EVERYONE LOVES FOOTBALL, but if you know not of what I speak, google TEBOW and JOHN 3:16. It gets pretty weird.
LS WHO choked on their own puke against Alabama. LOVED IT.
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