By: joealaska , 8:41 AM GMT on June 21, 2012

Still no rain for weeks.

AH, but the fog has returned. This morning flights were cancelled. Freight we were waiting for circled then turned back and was dropped at Sand Point. My boss was here a few days and was leaving at 7 AM. Not so. Gone at 5 PM. It was a good visit, with a couple of good meals at The Grand Aleutian. Crusted Ahi Tuna and a Kona Burger.

The tuna was VERY VERY rare. OK, sushi. Which I prefer deep fried...

Flights were cancelled this morning, but it was a beautiful evening with only a cuppla clouds.

I was saddened to hear the city was removing two eagle nests in our megagopolis. One is near the “clinic”. A guy was attacked, actually grazed, by an eagle several years ago near that nest. Yes, the attack drew blood. Just like shaving. It was several years ago, and the city made a decision based on that empirical evidence. I assume all dogs will be dumped in the bay very soon.

Even though eagles are well protected, there are always ways to shut them down. In this case the fact there was a “safety issue” allowed approval to tear up the nest. DONE.

Another nest, my favorite as it was easily visible at close range, is now doomed to destruction. The one by the Post Office. They paid $15,000 to get a permit to destroy a long standing nest. It will allow the building of a walking path across town. There is already a primitive path there.

I got some great photos there during the past few years. Mom and her chicks.

Maybe the eagles heard about the plan. Now there is another nest, brand new, about 100 feet along the cliff. (You can figure the meters, if you must). The old nest seems to be abandoned. I wonder if there is another $15,000 required for the new nest. Two for 30,000.

I say save the money and let the eagles fly. There are hundreds of eagles here, but I know of only about 8 nests. The other nests are obviously well hidden or remote. I like seeing the few that are (still) visible.

This weekend our family is having a reunion in Louisville. JoeKentucky’s side of the family. There will be a nice gathering from all over the country. New York City, Seattle, Los Angeles, and Boise Idaho. Unfortunately, Dutch is TRUBBA, I had plans to wait until the last minute and make a decision and I am now there. It was very slow until yesterday, when we heard about all the boats heading in. BIG boats here , and more coming in.

It is a bad time to fly 3915 air miles for a weekend. Then back Would love to see everyone.

I WILL be there Friday, but probably just via conference call. Pass the cell around.

Sorry Mom.

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19. miyuki
4:52 PM GMT on June 24, 2012
How cool is that ?!?!?!? Way to go Joe, I love it !!!
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18. Debbie56
11:29 PM GMT on June 23, 2012
So glad your surprise worked out! Enjoy :o)
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17. osdianna
8:35 PM GMT on June 23, 2012
The best EVER type of surprise...all of you in one place at the same great is that!
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16. Arbie
5:06 PM GMT on June 23, 2012
Way to go, Joe! What fun. Well, --just forget about the crazy, long air trip. Hope your ankles don't get too sore... :) Have fun golfing again!

UK, I know what you mean. Believe it or not, I have gotten the same feeling watching British shows on TV, i.e., Britain is the whole world, the center of the universe. I think it is just human nature. Where we are at is our center and the edges fade. It is kind of refreshing to immerse myself in someone else's center and feel like I'm in a different world.

We need WUnderground to bring us around. :)

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15. OGal
3:41 PM GMT on June 23, 2012

WOOOO HOOO JOE! What a nice surprise for everyone. Enjoy!! Dotmom so happy for you and Joe K. Good things happen to good people.
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14. dix608greys
2:36 PM GMT on June 23, 2012
The very best of surprises! Everyone must be thrilled. GOOD JOB, JOE!!!
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13. insideuk
12:20 PM GMT on June 23, 2012
Love it when a plan comes together!

My brother spent last night in a hotel that's part of a big swish golf resort. He was thinking he'd get to sleep in late this morning - but was awoken by a chap taking repeated swings at the guttering downpipes on the corner of the building, where he'd accidentally managed a hole in one in the drains. He was quite some distance from the actual greens.

By several hundred feet.

Must have been a good party the night before.

Given Joes body clock must be way out of whack by now, was he first up and on the golf course by any chance?

He'll be the one whacking his own ankles. Crazy man...

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12. Dodabear
11:40 AM GMT on June 23, 2012
WAY TO GO JOE-A!!!!!!!!!!!
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11. Ylee
11:29 AM GMT on June 23, 2012
To quote Gomer Pyle:

How cool is that? :)
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10. dotmom
10:46 AM GMT on June 23, 2012

He flew all night and half of yesterday but appeared on our doorstep around 1 p.m. Funny story. He called and I am thinking - what is he calling for right now. He's supposed to call tonight and talk to everyone and just then the doorbell rang. I'm thinking it is some of the group from Seattle that were driving in from Chicago and when I opened the door - there he stood with the phone to his ear - talking to me! We were stunned to say the least. So as each of his sisters came back - he stunned them all. It was big fun. The big night of hosting the group is over and now JoeKentucky and I are on vacation and will join in the sightseeing with the rest.
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9. insideuk
8:07 AM GMT on June 23, 2012
ARBIE – sometimes the contributions on the main blog leave me with the impression there are people there who cannot comprehend of land beyond the North American continent. They eagerly await the first storm of the season to affect the ‘mainland’ – as if there were only one such place. I mostly resist the temptation to point out that I have not, in fact, spent these past 42 years floating around on a giant inflatable doughnut furiously paddling away from the perilous edge of the planet that is known as the area to the east of THE ‘mainland’…

The Doc Martin TV series is very popular over here, and new series are filmed each summer with many tourists appearing in the background! All of Cornwall is very beautiful, Port Isaac is typical of the small fishing villages dotted along a very craggy coastline. The Port Isaac area itself has become the 2nd home hotspot to many a British celebrity in recent years (making property hugely expensive). The roads are very narrow, the hedges high, the pace of life is necessarily slowed by it’s geography and it feels a world away from the hustle and bustle of modern life. I had many holidays in the Devon and Cornwall area as a child, and first learnt to swim off that northern coastline at the age of six.

It gets a bit rough in those seas. Could have done with a giant inflatable doughnut at times…
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8. Arbie
9:49 PM GMT on June 22, 2012
insideUK--you mean, except the British Isles, perhaps...

I watched Doc Martin for the first time yesterday. Very funny. Had me in stitches. I'm curious if it is watched in Britain. You never know. It had me checking up on Cornwall and Port Isaac. Interesting how those two names were anglicized from things quite different. That is a place I would like to visit. (Although I will probably just keep looking at pictures and daydreaming--it works for me.)
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7. dotmom
10:10 AM GMT on June 22, 2012
47 degrees in Dutch and - looks like Joe is going to get his familiar rain. Send some our way - not today, but soon as it is very dry.
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6. insideuk
9:01 AM GMT on June 22, 2012
Dr Masters blog:
"Hurricane Chris is headed northeastwards, out to sea, and will not trouble any land areas."


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5. insideuk
4:26 PM GMT on June 21, 2012
Debbie - Joe has broadband that even on a good day only hits 0.4Mb - uploading a very short video to Youtube takes hours. As it stands I'm afraid it really would be quicker to go by plane than to arrive pixel by pixel onscreen in Louisville!

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4. Debbie56
4:00 PM GMT on June 21, 2012
Hi Joe,
Have you looked into using Skype? Link
I saw downloads for a Mac or a Windows computer and phones. Does Dotmom have a laptop? Most laptops have a built in webcam and microphone (and of course speakers) needed to view, hear and speak to one another.
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3. dotmom
12:12 PM GMT on June 21, 2012
I understand - but we'll still miss you. xo Mom
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2. insideuk
10:55 AM GMT on June 21, 2012
Have you thought about putting out a large bowl of fresh water on the chow porch for your parched four legged visitors?

Push it up close to the grill. Provide the usual snacks. They can have a pool party, clothing can be optional since Dirt Guy kindly provided some modesty protecting vegetative cover. Assuming the drought conditions haven't withered it all?

The plant life, that is. Not that which requires cover.

It's peeing it down here. If this keeps up the open air Olympic athletics stadium could host the swimming events and your Mr Phelps could find himself washed off the podium straight out into the Thames. Tower Bridge may have to be raised to accommodate his arm span as he passes by. All possible for a small fee...

Speaking of fish. Raw fish? Barely seared fish? Yuck.

But then you are the man that happily tucks into pork tartare. Double yuck. Triple yuck. Brush your teeth now or I'm never speaking to you again YUCK YUCK YUCK YUCK YUCK YUCK.

I've never heard of a Kona Burger. Whatever it was please tell me it had at least long since stopped mooing before you bit into it?

As for the NESTGATE issue, I have a suggestion.

How about you leave the nests where they are, but the next person who is innocently attacked by an eagle to the extent to which they can provide evidence of a physical wound gets awarded $15k?

Only for eagle woundage though. A $15k payout for every HUMAN ASSAULT would see the Post Office needing SHIPLOADS of cash arriving daily.

Might be better all round if ALL SUCH guilty parties got nudged 30.48 METRES along the cliff. That's not so far off the story of how Australia got so widely populated...

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1. OGal
9:45 AM GMT on June 21, 2012

I am so sorry Joe. Weather and boats both bring problems to your life. Hope you have a great conference call. Keep the faith. It won't be long before you will be able to head out for another golfing vacation.

We are dealing with lots of tropical moisture but hey it is summer and so nothing new.

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