By: joealaska , 6:24 AM GMT on March 07, 2012

Greetings to JIM in Newport, WA up on the hillside. Right on RT 2, one of my favorite USA roads.

The last two weeks have been incredibly busy, especially this last weekend. SUPERLATIVENESS.
The regular weekly vessel showed up late, and we had the arrival of an irregular barge with 3 more containers show up at the same time. This barge comes in once a month or so. It ALWAYS hits with the weekly vessel. DOUBLE WHAMMY.

Over the weekend we were met with a freight log jam. It was because of the body of that soul that was murdered the week before. Evidently there is a lot more paperwork when a body flies out. We had to wait and wait to get hot freight out.

Boats were waiting for stuff off both vessels. We have 4 spaces at our dock, 5 in a pinch. We have to manage what shows up when. It is a juggling match. Then we are filling orders from the just arrived stock which is not “put away.” Temporary chaos. It lasted two days.

Sunday was particularly wild. It came to a crescendo at 2 in the afternoon when 3 deliveries were scheduled. The trucks were all out delivering elsewhere. I kept the communication open with the customers and we got past it with everyone happy.

Last night was “interesting” with 3 deliveries between 3:30 and 4:00. AM. Then one boat realized they did not get everything on their order they expected . So we had a 3:30 AM order to pull. My delivery guy, SUPERMAN, pulled the order by himself and delivered it. He was up all night with no sleep after a long day. Came back at 1:00 PM. THE MAN.

The tornadoes near Louisville were pretty bad, especially north in Indiana. Too many fatalities. I think the media talks up the warnings a bit strong. Me, I would be watching the window view, or at least listening to the sounds. The minute it goes TRUBBA, down the stairs...I suggested to Dot Mom a wine rack down there.

Last night I came home while then BIG MELT was happening. 45 degrees turned the snow and ice into water. The 10 foot pile of plowed snow was melting. As well as the four foot drift. I had to walk the last 10 feet to my porch in 5 inch deep water. Lake Haystack.

Dutchie went out a cuppla times, and I forgot she was out when I went to sleep. Hey, I was tired. She stayed out all night, and took her time showing up in the morning. It was about 40 degrees, so she was OK. She was back around 9 AM.

A few nights ago I opened the window to look for Dutchie. It was late night. She was out on the chow porch with Bengal Betty the cat, as well as Frank the Fox. They were out there chillin’. It was like I was intruding...

TONIGHT my buddy NOSEY showed up. He is very tame, which will probably be his demise. But I fed him. I gave him FOUR tins of cat food, any one of which would feed both Dutchie and Fluff. Plus he snarfed down a bunch of kibble. He was very open to photos. He actually came into my mud room at one point, but my camera was not handy.

RIP Davey Jones. The Monkees. For a non band, they had a few great songs. Pleasant Valley Sunday, A Little Bit me, A Little Bit You, and more...

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5. insideuk
2:17 PM GMT on March 07, 2012
You'd sort of expect there to be a lot more paperwork to fly a body out wouldn't you? A death certificate for starters, that's a must, 'cos if you're still alive the next available flight is definitely not 'till June.

There has to be SOME rigmarole involved in rigor mortis, boxes to tick as well as fill. You really wouldn't want them just throwing a body bag on a spare seat and giving the thumbs up for chocks away. Imagine having THAT passenger leaning heavily onto your shoulder for the next 4 hours. I suppose it wouldn't snore (much), maybe drool a bit? Could still potentially pass wind, he'd be unlikely to apologise.

Though that lack of conversation would suit some regular flyers...

I used to have a bit of a thing for Davey Jones, way back when. Or at least I think I did. With the passing of time I believe my recollections of the Monkees TV show may have been slightly muddled with the Banana Splits.

Easily done.

I've been meaning to ask you JOE.

Do you sell ice cubes?

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4. Rotty3
11:06 AM GMT on March 07, 2012
Hey Joe, time for a little Daydreamer time?

I feel right now almost like you. Got almost 500 more comments from prof to "fix before Monday" and found out that lawyers didn't really do much in my lawsuit case, so I have to build a portfolio for Wednesday's mediation. From scratch.
Oh yea... I do work full time, right?
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3. DHaupt
8:46 AM GMT on March 07, 2012
I'll take my chances on the earthquakes. Unless your living in a mud and brick house or an 8 floor concrete apartment house having a bushel basket of rebar in it, your not going to get killed by your house. California building codes have been pretty good for a very long time and are getting better and tougher all the time.

The safest place to be is at home. Quakes can certainly create a huge mess of broken dishes, toppled books and brickabrack, but people are seldom killed by structures. You noticed that as well in the big quake in Japan last year. Most people in California actually have their furniture better secured than what I saw in the Japanese clips.

Muriel and I rode out a 5.8 back in 1980. Mostly we had a little broken glassware and a half empty fish tank to deal with. My dad rode out a much bigger quake, the Loma Prieta, when he lived in Los Gatos. That one was a 6.9 and Los Gatos was within ten miles of the epicenter. He and his wife filled a small dumpster with broken dishes, glasses, spilled food etc. What didn't get broke had to all be put back where it came from. Open shelves got pretty well emptied. BUT, neither of them suffered so much as a scratch.

I was at my mother-in-laws near Berkeley helping her with some paperwork when it hit. We got bounced around pretty good, but her chimney on the side of the house stayed attached. When things settled down, we could see smoke rising from San Francisco 15 miles to the west. Of course, the real tragedy was the collapse of the old Nimitz two-tiered freeway which was only a few miles from us; I think some 40+ people died there. California has done a thorough study and retrofit of all bridges and freeways. That section of the Nimitz certainly had rebar, but it was old, never rust proofed, and had simply turned to rust inside the concrete beams.

But tornadoes and their big brothers, hurricanes, just tear everything to bits and generate lots of flying objects. You can easily end up being one of those flying objects. You've just got to be below ground for any safety. I wouldn't live in that country without a properly design and constructed storm shelter.

I loved that photo of Dutchie the Amur Leopard. I'm glad that you clarified that bit about booze and boats. I was pretty sure it wasn't allowed on US registered commercial fishing vessles, I think by law. It's easy enough to get killed or maimed on one as it is without having half the crew and the captain pissed.

I am reminded of a fellow, an alcoholic navy man, I once knew. He always volunteered for duty on munition ships where no drinking or smoking was allowed. Unfortunately, those ships weren't nuclear powered and made it to port too often to really do him much good.
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2. osdianna
6:55 AM GMT on March 07, 2012 glad the family is safe. I know I rant about earthquakes, but this devastation is tough to watch too. I meant to ask...can't the surplus snow go in the bay?
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1. cybersuze
6:52 AM GMT on March 07, 2012
Hey Hey Hey!

Wow! Davey, I know, sad. Just going over to look at those pics, they look very cool if not COLD
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