I have just taken a new job in Great Falls, Montana. A new state and new areas to explore.
By: joealaska , 9:04 AM GMT on January 15, 2012
Weather is still an issue, just not critical.
That ice storm of last Tuesday is finally over, at least the effects. I now have a view, as the ice on my window has finally melted. The bad news is, the view of my Captains Bay window is TRUBBA. My dual pane window has become unsealed. Condensation has formed inside the dual panes. Never to leave. Like looking through wax paper. My landlord agrees, but it is winter in Dutch. Hopefully I will have a view for next Summer.
That ice storm was unique, even for here. I parked my vehicle in the WRONG direction. The windshield was covered in a quarter inch of ice PLATE. Clear and hard. It LAUGHED at my scraper. No effect. Needed a hammer. I sat in the car for an hour and used the phone, until it loosened up. Then I used the sharp tip of the scraper to pick at the ice. I was worried I would crack the window, but it was all OK. I cracked off most of it and drove to work. I removed the rest of it almost two days later.
Walking was treacherous, even on flat ground. Baby steps was the requirement. Still no guarantees.
My stairs had 4 inches of forward sloping ice the last couple days. The door in front is still blocked by a 6 inch slap of solid ice. But now it is melting.
The last day we have been around 40 degrees as the bananas come to bloom. Suddenly we go from ice to water and slush. I was paying 300 bucks an hour for snow removal the last few days, now it is a lake. My porch was deep in snow, covering my Smokey Joe (easy UK). Now it is almost bare.
I finally dragged out the CHOW PORCH a couple days ago. Just to get rid of the cobwebs. It was for a fat friendly cat that was more than happy to chow on stale kibble. Wonder if THAT is illegal?
Later that evening I walked out there and was surprised to see a nice healthy golden fox which was just as surprised. Gone in a few seconds, not interested in chow. The recent deep snow has shown signs of fox activity. Tracks in the morning snow.
The bad weather has even shut down DUTCHIE, Queen of The Temperat Tundra. Wind and rain, she screams for egress. Snow and ice, she finds refuge in the 56 gallon trash liner I have provided for her pleasure. To each her own. She just went out during the MELT for the first time in about two weeks.
Vacation seems to be in the distant past. I have come back to a few unique projects, stuff I am not used to. But MANAGER means TAKE CARE OF IT. Feeling the pressure pretty early in the season. It still has not really kicked in, probably in two weeks or so. Today our replenishment vessel was very late. Instead of 7AM Friday it was 9 PM. One good customer was waiting for their cargo, so we did our thing. The boat wanted their stuff ASAP. They were ready to leave. It took a lot of coordination with the freight company to get it all straight. I volunteered 2 guys to be in at 5 AM, to deliver it by 6AM.
I was up at 4am working the phones and arranging. Not a lot of sleep before then thinking about it.
Got home at 7 PM.. It was a sleet storm for the early guys. We got it done. That boat was still here at 6 PM, I guess we could have gotten a bit more sleep.
All those flat tires a couple months ago? We got a new set of tires for my vehicle. Today one of the new tires broke a steel belt.
I will email my buddy on Healy and ask what the latest is. The updates everyone has provided has helped me. I wanted to wait until they start off-loading fuel.
Baranof is at Magone dock getting repairs. I have talked with the boat, but the people I know are not there. Still no word on the accident and cause.
So I posted some photos with Shutterstock. They want 10 photos submitted so they can approve the photographer. It took a few hours in our HIGH SPEED DUTCH INTERNET to do so. There is a requirement that all photos must be posted within 21 days. So I really only had a limited supply of photos. And I jumped in, just to test the waters. The results of the photos submitted was NEGATIVE. I needed 7 out of 10 to move on.
Let’s see, out of 10 photos I had ZERO approved. I suck.
It was a lot of the snow photos of recent, as well as an eagle photo and others. They said my WHITE BALANCE was off. As well as other stuff. It made me realize I am just Joe Point and Shoot. And that was it. They are looking for commercial quality. I have submitted nothing re-touched. I guess that is the way to go, whenever I do that.
No big deal. I just do not feel there is enough time right now.
Watching Saturday Night Live. The host came on and I had no idea who he was. Took a half hour to learn he was the Harry Potter guy. Still do not know his name.
I am getting old.
TEBOW!!!??? WO BE (I)T. Maybe BRADY!
WE ALL LOVE FOOTBALL, so you gotta like San Francisco.
I am outta here...
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