By: joealaska , 5:51 AM GMT on August 23, 2012

Blogs are few and far between right now. But not as rare as my days off. I do not see one in the near future. Last day off was June 25 when I flew back.

GNU R was a big help. He left Tuesday. The good news is we have hired two exceptional guys who we are trying to lock in long term. They are kicking ass right away with a positive attitude. Showing up early, not late. AWESOME!

I had to go back to the warehouse twice after we left a couple days ago. Had a personal moment with a ground squirrel, as he let me get pretty close. They seem pretty smart.

Nice weather today, nice sunset.

The Shell flotilla is keeping us crazy. Once we fill an order it takes time to where we can deliver to a vessel or dock, as we have to meet a smaller boat to take the order to the end customer.

KULLUK left Monday. Missed it. Aivik and Nanuq left the same day.

Now it is getting cloudy.

I just heard from a college buddy who I have not seen in 35 years. My fault as much as his. He has a kid entering The University of Dayton where I “attended”. He has semi-retired while I work my ass off. I hope he joins the blog group.

Welcome Don!

Many of my favorite golf stories involve Don.

Planning another trip in October. C’mon October!

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13. dotmom
2:56 AM GMT on August 26, 2012
Missed you UK! Now what time did you say that all starts tomorrow? :)
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12. Rotty3
2:18 AM GMT on August 26, 2012
well, the 8pm models shift Isaac much further to the west (the dry areas such as LA and MS who could use the extra wet).

Hoping for a shifted path in the 5-day forecast by the 11 pm graphics. What the region currently smack dab in Isaac's path needs is rain like a hole in the head. Sigh. But, it is what it is. Hoping all WU-lers are staying safe. First 'cane for the Dom-E-Cile... not worried about myself but for the outside critters.
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11. insideuk
8:01 PM GMT on August 25, 2012
Just popping my nose round the corner to say hello!

Very busy week, big family party to host tomorrow - a ton of baking is done, catering almost complete, garden cleared and cleaned, house ditto, balloons and banners still to do...
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10. joealaska
8:14 AM GMT on August 25, 2012
Yes, I got my phone back. The guy wanted his job back, said he made a mistake. I debated awhile as I was desperate. But, no.

Just another 8 AM til midnight day today.

I heard our friends on TOR VIKING, now on site up north, are low on food and on rations.

We have had an order for over a week, but no boats heading that way.
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9. Rotty3
4:04 AM GMT on August 25, 2012
Dave, I am not looking forward to the predicted 5+ inches. It's just now starting to SLOWLY dry out... sigh.
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8. DHaupt
11:19 PM GMT on August 24, 2012
Rotty! Now it looks like Isaac is headed right for you! Repent! Repent! (and seek higher ground).

Warm and pleasant here. No rain at all though. We've had a couple of days with a POP of an iffy 20%. Further east, along the Sierras they have been having some showers and thunderstorms (which they'd rather not have).

Otherwise, not much going on here. My left ear is healing nicely, but they still don't know what it was that they chopped off. That part of my anatomy is currently over at Stanford Medical School where several labs are looking into it. They are doing some sort of "molecular" studies now. I've requested that if this is something totally new to medical science that it should be named after me.

In the meantime I cook and go to other med appointments. I just fixed a papaya and am about to make a batch of a Yucatan tomato-habanero sauce. Goes with fish for supper.

Joe, appreciate you managing to keep up the pics. Always enjoy them.

Post Script: UK, please, give us your take on Prince Hairy!
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7. Arbie
10:36 PM GMT on August 24, 2012
Rotty, I'm laughing to myself at my mistake. 40 inches in 8 weeks? WOW! is all I can say.

Miyuki, I didn't know you were from Ohio. That is where I grew up (NE Ohio, nearish Cleveland, in the Amish country), so I say COOL.
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6. miyuki
10:05 PM GMT on August 24, 2012
Arbie and Rotty, send your rain to Ohio, we are in desperate need !

Did Joe get his company phone back from the loser yet?
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5. Rotty3
3:04 PM GMT on August 24, 2012
Arbie, 40 inches isn't bad if it's spread over the year.. but this is 40 inches in EIGHT weeks...
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4. Arbie
12:29 PM GMT on August 24, 2012
I was thinking the same thing--wish I could come help! Joe, at least you are getting some little bits of time to relax and get out. That has to help.

October is a great time to visit the Southern United States, weatherwise.

Hang in there, Rotty. We've had over 40 inches of rain in SE/E TX this year, although for us that is not unusual.
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3. dotmom
2:18 AM GMT on August 24, 2012
JoeA: I'm looking forward to October and a break for you. I sure wish you didn't have to work so many long hours. Hope the new folks work out for you. Want me to come help? I am a good "pointer."
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2. Rotty3
2:12 PM GMT on August 23, 2012
Sounds like you're as busy as ever Joe. Sorry to hear you lost one guy but sounds like it's improving by having two with a good attitude. That's an important factor in a business like the one you're in.

Busy myself, but mostly just frustrated beyond anything w/ the wet. 40+ inches as of Monday--that since Debby dropped first rain in late June... after 36+ hours of light drying, it's back to rain. Looks like another 1/2 inch or so for the day at least.
Starting to feel like this is Scotland but moved to the Subtropics. Urgh.

Hope everyone else has a great day. Back to work... just sneaking a few moments of eye break. Long big meeting for lunch. Hope it won't be too boring lol.
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1. Dodabear
11:02 AM GMT on August 23, 2012
Glad all is well Joe. Nice to see you back here. Hope you have better luck with time off in the future.
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