By: joealaska , 8:12 AM GMT on March 21, 2012

Happy to see Kentucky and Louisville in the Sweet 16. Louisville has its hands full with Michigan State. I doubt I will see the game.

There was a St Patricks Day party at a nearby office building that GNU and I tried to attend. There were some late evening deliveries, but it looked like there was a gap of free time. They had cooked up an 80 LB pig for the event. The Kentucky / Iowa State game was on, so I sat down and saw a bit of it. Then the phone rang and I found myself taking an order outside in the Tahoe. They wanted the order early next day, so we had to go back. So much for the party, as well as having a chance to see Louisville in the late game.

Even when there is a chance to do something fun, I just avoid it when it is fishing season as I know it will not actually happen.

Speaking of Kentucky, Big Blue fans are getting a bit tired of that 20 year old Duke Miracle. You know, when Christian Laettner caught the long inbound pass, turned and hit that last second shot to beat KY? College basketball fans know the play. It still gets played for various reasons all these years later. Right now it is featured in a UPS commercial being played during the tournament. And last night on ESPN SportsCenter they showed it as a comparison to a similar play that happened in the pro game that night. If you google just LAETTNER, “laettner buzzer beater” comes right up.

It WAS a huge play in a huge game, so it will probably live on and on and on....

I did not go in today, but they were pretty busy. Two guys were there all day until 10:30 tonight. They had a pickup last night to get three pallets of frozen food to bring back for storage. We were told to be there at 1:00 AM. It was not ready, and the driver ended up waiting until 4 AM. Today we had a delivery scheduled at a certain time. They loaded up the truck and took it to the boat. The boat was behind schedule on their end, so we had to take the load back and wait.

REALLY looking forward to vacation.

Nosey was back last night. It was very windy. After he ate, he curled up and slept on the chow porch. Have not seen that since the Hoppy Days.

Yesterday the weather was BRUTAL. 45 mph winds with a 17 degree temperature. That converts to about -136 degree wind chill (approx). Blowing snow, 100% whiteout at times.

They used my yard as a place to pile up snow after plowing nearby. Now I got a 20 foot mountain that is part of the view. A pickup truck below my house is slowly being enveloped by the snow. Mirrors disappear overnight. The windshield is partially covered.

My grill on the porch is completely covered.

The drift outside my window seems to be shrinking, but I now see that the base snow is rising. Three feet deep where the wind cannot get to it.

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15. dotmom
2:32 AM GMT on March 25, 2012
Code1: I know what you mean with the conflict of interest. I felt for the two coaches. But they handled it well. I got a feeling it is going to be the Cards vs. Cats next week. Not really looking forward to that. We need a couple more BIG boys. Pitino looked like he was on his last leg by the time the game ended today. May the best team(s) win.
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14. code1
12:54 AM GMT on March 25, 2012
dotmom & Joe. Congrats on huge win. Heart was pounding here as well with conflicting emotions. Grew up a Gator, caught the Cat fan forever tag in college. Both Pitino & Billy Boy from my beloved UK. Wish you best of luck IF we lose tomorrow. Otherwise? CATS CATS CATS!!!! :-)
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13. dotmom
11:50 PM GMT on March 24, 2012
Ylee, Ylee - I'm mentioning it!!! Cards stole one this afternoon from the Florida Gators and Billy Donovan. What a game. I had written them off, was saying how much we enjoyed the season, sorry it is over, blah, blah, blah - and lookout - here come the Cardinals. The last 6 - 8 minutes were something else. It truly was stunning. Our hearts were pounding because we just couldn't see how they could do it. A miracle!

Okay, I'm done. Someone else can have the floor! My day is good.
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12. Ylee
8:16 PM GMT on March 24, 2012
Hey, Joe, got the grill dug out yet? Don't let a five foot drift get you down!

I'm surprised no one here's mentioned it yet, but one more win each by UK and UofL will result in the
Biggest Game In Bluegrass History!
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11. dotmom
1:30 PM GMT on March 24, 2012
Alas, the Cats win again. We old timers couldn't stay up to watch the entire game. (Saw about 10 minutes - and decided they would have to do it on their own.) What a high-scoring game. Most I have seen for awhile in any game. And so the Cats move on. Today is a big day for the Cards.
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10. code1
8:39 AM GMT on March 24, 2012
Whew! I know you are waiting on vacation. Can't imagine a KY guy in Alaska. Even harder to imagine now, back in promised land. Kiss the bluegrass for me. Don't wish to live there any longer, but always hold it dear in my heart. Go CATS!
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9. osdianna
5:47 AM GMT on March 24, 2012
UK wins! I read it as play-by-play on my computer as alas I don't get CBS; guess I'll head to the bar tomorrow/Saturday to catch the next game.
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8. code1
1:32 AM GMT on March 23, 2012
Unfortunate that great effort by both teams was defined by one ugly incident. Hell, it's still getting copy all these years later. Even on a weather blog!
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7. code1
1:29 AM GMT on March 23, 2012
No thank you Joe. This UK Cat still wears the bruise's of that long ago game. Mashburn on floor with foot on chest by Laettner is ugly. No matter Cat fan or not. Blecchhhh his claim to fame is ugly.
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6. insideuk
2:32 PM GMT on March 22, 2012
Did you get to chow down on some of that spit roasted BABE before you did the party pooper thing?

Did they hand you a doggy bag of piglet as you left? A foil swan of singed swine?

Hope so. I was under the distinct impression you exist on a diet of pure carbonised matter. I fear if you don't raise your charred food intake soon you will lose your KENTUCKY KETTLE KLUB KARBON KARD.

And Unalaska could potentially lose its emergency portable water filtration device...

Something tells me this years fishing seasons are going to be joined up – seamlessly – no time for resting on your laurels, or whatever else it is you rest on when foliage is in short supply...

Bed Bugs?

Are they still filming for Deadliest Catch? Are the boats and crews still around? Did they get the snow crab season extension they were seeking? I saw the story about the boats asking for more time, but never heard the result. There seemed to be some issue regarding interfering with baby crab making season – perhaps it's still too cold for the biomass to be getting 'jiggy with it' yet?

I'm basing that on the knowledge that the male crab dislike the cold so much they eject their legs when exposed to freezing temperatures. It seemed like a sound enough basis for my theory when it first occurred to me.

So I'll leave it with you, to mull over at your leisure...

I had a nosey at the LAETTNER video, and I gather from all the offensive comments left on YouTube that many folks struggle with seeing it repeated. People do get upset don't they? UPS are using the clip in a commercial? That could help them about as much as that YouTube clip of the FedEx delivery guy 'taking care' of business last Christmas...

Isn't the UPS airline based in Louisville KY? Mahoosive local employer?

They know how to get the best out of their workers don't they...

Back to Laettner. I like the way the sweaty players all jump on each other to celebrate the win – all those long limbs getting tied in knots in the middle of the basketball court. They'd be REALLY good at Twister...

Emergency portable human fishing nets?

The news about the New Orleans NFL coach being suspended has made the sporting headlines over here. So they had a sizeable fund to pay out 'bounties' for inflicting injuries on targeted players during the last three seasons?

And to think our rugby players have been doing just that all for nothing more than the love of the game...

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5. Arbie
11:20 AM GMT on March 22, 2012
The winter Joe and all of Alaska have been having is amazing. I wonder if it is helpful to the polar bears who have been losing habitat due to decreased sea ice. I assume this is not a problem this year, but maybe I shouldn't.

The foxes are so cute. Maybe they will make up for the lack of a grill for a little while.
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4. dotmom
9:35 PM GMT on March 21, 2012
I agree with Cybersuze - Joe NEEDS a break!
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3. cybersuze
2:31 PM GMT on March 21, 2012
What, no cook outs? Seems so warm in Big Lou right now (86 degrees) but we continue to have snow in the mountains through yesterday but all that's ending today it appears with temps reaching 60 here and 50 up there! UL-UK lineup still a possibility! Think the sooner that vacation comes the better for you!
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2. Rotty3
12:36 PM GMT on March 21, 2012
Hope this link works: =77461&src=eorss-iotd
There's lots of text, but if not, here's a copy of the picture: Bering Sea Teeming with Ice (Earth Observatory Image of the Day).

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1. Rotty3
9:56 AM GMT on March 21, 2012
First again? Wow.

And no grilling? That's definitely putting a damper on things, but at least you won't singe off any stay body hairs whilst the grill explodes as you try to light it.

Nosey: sounds like a sweet vulpine. Who knows, maybe the Hopster himself taught this one? Thank you for sharing. When there's more time and less bad weather, I for one look forward to more fox pictures. Seems Nosey is also very happy to provide ample opportunity for photo shoot in return for some Joe al Fresco dining.

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