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By: joealaska , 5:44 AM GMT on October 11, 2012

Wednesday evening, pulled out the suitcase to start premature packing.

Dutchie immediately claimed the suitcase as her latest perch.

GNU comes back Friday as far as I know. GNU-R leaves Monday. GNU-est does not exist.

The Deadliest Catch crews are back. I saw the captain with the long white hair, BILL (?) at
Safeway. The helicopter with the camera on its nose is here. We saw it take off this afternoon from the airport, and later I saw it buzzing around a couple of crab boats in the harbor. The boat crews have been here for at least a week assembling crab pots.

We have had a run of Coast Guard boats coming through. LOVE the Coast Guard. Well today one of those boats left Dutch after being here for a few days. Shortly after that, some air freight arrived for them. Evidently it was pretty important freight, as they sent a helicopter back to pick it up. We went to meet it and parked at the airport just off the runway. We opened the windows to listen for the helicopter hoping to get film of it arriving. When we heard that sound and got out of our vehicle
it was already landing. It had arrived over Ballyhoo Summit and landed behind us.

We had to chase the helicopter around the airport (Meet me at the airport!) as it is a decent sized airport. We saw where they were headed and met them. There were 2 pieces at 130 pounds each. It was THEIR job at this point. They did not flinch when I told them we were expecting a free ride for the delivery. Nothing. They were able to get a forklifter to help them load their freight. Then we went to a nice vantage point (Second story at the WW2 Museum) and took movies of their departure.

A first for me. VACATION TO VACATION with no days off. Oh sure, I stayed home one day. But it was phone central. No OFF in sight. One week short of 4 months. I am talking many LONG days, and a couple half days.

GNU-R saw a couple (cuppla) of foxes recently.

The return of the vulpine.

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21. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
6:24 AM GMT on October 15, 2012
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20. dotmom
1:20 AM GMT on October 15, 2012
I heard him exclaim as he called on the phone,
The weather has been stormy, but it's now dry as a bone.
The plane in on wait, I am ready to board,
At last, at last, it's vacation time, I have finally scored!

Looks like Joe is getting out on time - that's a plus. I expect to hear from him some time tomorrow to tell me where he is and how it is going.

And a good night to all from down home in KY.
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19. Arbie
12:45 AM GMT on October 15, 2012
Have a safe trip, Joe!
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18. miyuki
9:36 PM GMT on October 14, 2012
Godspeed Joe ! Keep us posted when you can.
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17. joealaska
8:14 PM GMT on October 14, 2012
50 mph winds all night, rain, sleet, and snow. No accumulation, but that termination dust is back and well down the mountains.

But planes are flying.

I leave at 5:45 PM.

GNU came back yesterday and he called the weather during that flight "interesting."
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16. tengallontx
7:29 PM GMT on October 14, 2012
I was in the food warehousing business for 34 years with one of the largest operations in the Midwest.Extremely tough business.Our freezer space alone was over 100k sq ft,30 below with 10 foot tall fans always on.Get out of that business NOW.I finally moved to SUN CITY Texas,three championship courses and all the amenities you could want.Oh and did I say it is presently 83 degrees.
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15. cholla
1:11 PM GMT on October 14, 2012
If I were in Joe's shoes, I'd be at the airport for every departing flight today, hoping to stand-by for any available seat. For me, lounging around the Anchorage airport all day would beat waiting for a 5 PM flight out of Dutch that might never materialize.
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14. insideuk
11:18 AM GMT on October 14, 2012
Do flights operate out of Dutch Harbor with sustained wind speeds of 32mph, gusting to 45mph???

Will be bumpy if they do. Frustrating if they don't.

Still, look on the bright side – a cuppla days back they were talking up blizzard conditions for Sunday TEATIME in Pudden zone. That's definite overpriced airport burger and solacing beer before trudging back home for the night territory.

I really hope that doesn't happen.


Still. Think what it might have been like trying to get out of your old stomping grounds at Anaktuvuk (literal translation 'Place of Caribou Droppings) AK – where it's currently a balmy -2f/ -19c.

Calm though. Very calm.

And very dry, since they don't allow beer. There is currently no online availability forecast for the airport Caribou burgers.

I expect they might need defrosting, once you've rounded them up...

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13. dotmom
11:55 PM GMT on October 13, 2012
Well now it looks like rain for take off. Maybe even some wind. We all need to send some good vibes Dutch way so the weather holds for Joe's takeoff.
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12. osdianna
3:58 PM GMT on October 13, 2012
May the weather gods smile upon Dutch...and the whole journey, for that matter. Things are a tad unsettled here on the left coast. We are having measurable rain for the first time in two months or so, and a blustery rain...but it's 53 degrees! Anyway...have a great vacation Joe.

Dave...after that kind of a thorough check-up, you should be good to go for quite some time. That's good news. 70, eh...I just saw on the news last night that Barbra Streisand is also 70...gotta admit she looks better than that little picture of you! But her fans say she sounds remarkably good...she was singing in Brooklyn for the first time since she left to hit the road; I heard some of a song and it's just amazing how good she sounds. You know she's her own harshest critic, so she wouldn't put herself out there to be torn apart by bad press...so she must sound really good!

Anyway...glad to hear you are going to be around a while.
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11. dotmom
12:13 PM GMT on October 13, 2012
I believe your weather is going to be favorable for a getaway from Dutch! Hope it holds!
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10. dotmom
10:56 AM GMT on October 12, 2012
Yeah Dave!!! Sounds like you are good for another 10,000 miles. It is more than a pain keeping up with the body and all its little (some not so little) aches and pains. Glad things are looking up!
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9. DHaupt
5:52 AM GMT on October 12, 2012
Howdy to all. I got a full report on my whole body spiral CT scan yesterday. The good news is that the scan didn't show any funny business anywhere in my lymphatic system; the excision of the BLOB on my ear probably ended the case. I am not diagnosed as having any sort of disease. The oncologist doesn't want to see me for another six months. I'd be just as happy with never.

As for the other information turned up by the scan: lets just say that I am clearly not in my early twenties. OK, small kidney stone, a bit of boiler scale around the heart and aorta, just the faintest trace of fluid around the lungs, 70 year old kidneys, But, lungs, liver, offal, all up and running.

I really should be feeling great and kicking up my heels but for the fact that I tore the peroneal tendon (Google it) in my right foot last week. It hurts like--somewhere between a 3 and an 8 depending. Other than Vicodin to help me sleep, there is bugger all I can do for it other than a bag of frozen peas (which are actually more efficacious as a chilling agent for spirits. Patch, patch, patch, patch...as dotmom likes to put it.

Pack, pack, pack Joe. Then do not merely embark upon your vacation -- FLEE!

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8. hanfyh
10:41 PM GMT on October 11, 2012
Your a good man Joe. Workaholic comes to mind. Hope you have a good holiday.

The Australian perspective: We have duplexes, we have story, plural is stories, we have lifts, with our light switches off is up and on is down. We have tyres you guys have tires. When we go to the bathroom in a bar the men’s is generally on the left and the women’s is on the right. In the US they are often the other way around. I’ve embarrassed myself a few times because of this. The little signs on the doors are nothing like what we have here either. Its got nothing to do with alcohol usage. On time I got into the female bathroom in a Hooters restaurant in Florida. The wife still brings that up occasionally.
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7. cybersuze
7:11 PM GMT on October 11, 2012
Shreddage, yes, been there, done that! I'm more for balance -- so now have to err on the lazy side to bring it back in line! HA!

Hey Joe! have a great time! Big hello to the Cassa clan! Just go with the flow!
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6. miyuki
3:35 PM GMT on October 11, 2012
Joe, ditto from here on the female advice !

UK, I love how you put it, 'shreddage'. I've experienced shreddage. Its been 3 years, and I am finally almost 'normal'(?) again.
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5. Ylee
3:31 PM GMT on October 11, 2012
My personal record is 44 days in a row, with one day off in 11 weeks, so I have to tip my hat to you, Joe!

GNU-est does exist, but neither you or he(or she) knows it yet. I will assume you and they will know it right before you retire!
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4. osdianna
3:20 PM GMT on October 11, 2012
May I echo the shreddage lecture? It WILL make you old before your time, Joe....like you really had a choice. I'm hoping the days of R&R will allow your mind to clear and reality of a life worth living is worth living well...that includes normal times to rest. Having been there myself, I know all too well the dangers of adrenaline addiction. End of MY lecture!
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3. dotmom
12:30 PM GMT on October 11, 2012
If you live life on a continuous spin cycle, you risk shreddage.

UK: I understand this perfectly be it GB or USA lingo.
Got to be a happy medium someplace. I guess Atlas held up the world by himself but mortal man cannot emulate that feat. Just sayin'.
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2. insideuk
11:39 AM GMT on October 11, 2012
I like WILD BILL. He fumes gently in the confines of his wheelhouse for days then explodes like a big silver firecracker on deck, all spluttering indignation and pent up fury released in a fog of bleeped out profanities. Even the crab run for cover.

He'd have made a terrific 18th Century swashbuckler.

Did Safeway have a special offer on codpieces?

I'm surprised the Coasties even had to land to collect their freight. Surely 2x 130 pound assemblages would make good practice targets for a rescue swimmer dangling off a swinging rope? You could have thrown them in the water and filmed the action from the safety of the museum...second story? STORY? I didn't know you spelt that differently until today. It's spelt 'storey' here. And it would be up two flights of stairs, not one. What you call the first floor we call the ground floor, what you call the second floor we call the first floor...you all could get very confused in an elevator. Not least because an elevator is actually called a lift here.

Incidentally a duplex, as you know it, is called a semi detached house here. Over here a duplex is an apartment with a staircase to a first floor (a dual level apartment)... or second floor to you, as you wouldn't need stairs to get to the first floor would you? That would be on the level, as in FLAT. Which confusingly is the word we use for an apartment – a flat.


I hope there is some juncture on this vacation that will serve as a workplace bubble bursting epiphany moment to guide your way forward.

If you live life on a continuous spin cycle, you risk shreddage.

I made that last word up, but it works.
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1. janetlee
9:49 AM GMT on October 11, 2012
have a Happy vacation. That many hours worked I'd say you have built up some nice comp time
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