I have just taken a new job in Great Falls, Montana. A new state and new areas to explore.
By: joealaska , 12:33 AM GMT on November 23, 2012
Hope everyone is having a nice holiday, or a nice Thursday.
Right now I am in the middle of The Thanksgiving Miracle of 2012. It has been over 27 hours since my phone rang. Well, I did get a wrong number last night, and I admit I was a tad rude to the person who interrupted the silence. After I told them they had the wrong number, they pushed it. Hopefully the quiet will continue. At this point I feel good. It will be the first Thanksgiving I have not worked here, and possibly my first real day off since June 22 (not counting my vacation).
Vacation ended up with 4600 miles driven, and only one new golf course played. Still, I was able to play two GOLDEN OLDIES which I have not seen since 1986.
The turkey is in the oven. Actually only a bit over 13 pounds, small for me. This year I plan on cooking a well rounded meal. Normally I just “trough it.” Just leaning over the sink in my underwear and wolfing straight from the oven. Poor noble bird. Just kidding, often I do wear pants...
Would like to do the deep fry method, but I do not have a garage to burn down. Since I have the time, I am just baking it. No pan fry this year. Large fry pan, big stick of butter (unsalted for you health nuts). Medium heat, and a BIG spatula. Then more flipping than you can imagine as you watch football.
Salad, mashed potato and gravy (OK, CREAM OF MUSHROOM gravy), cauliflower, and a lot of turkey.
This morning I glanced to my right out the north window and saw AIVIQ towing KULLUK into the harhor. Quite a sight. Three tugboats as escort. The big tug GUARDSMAN, as well as two local tugs. They have taken about a week to get here from the far north drill sight. When I first spotted them, they were moving so slow it was hard to tell if they were just adrift. As usual, we are having decent wind today, about 40 mph. Kulluk was really rocking. The red light on top of the rig was swaying back and forth 20 or 30 feet.
Interesting with these tows. There is such weight being pulled that nothing happens quickly. Like stopping, or turning. Even at such a ponderous speed. It is not unusual for the tow boat to make dramatic course changes even as the towee plods onward. I have seen some of those huge barges in this situation, where the tug is actually side by side with its own barge heading in the opposite direction. The result is a crack of the whip where the barge slows immediately and turns around.
I watched for some time from my window, then the maneuvers started as they approached the narrow entryway to Captains Bay. So I headed out to get some pics and video. AIVIQ was making dramatic moves, and they were pretty close to the rocks BARANOF rode onto. By the time I got to LITTLE SOUTH AMERICA (the shape of the island there) the parade was passing by. Kulluk was very close to shore, surprisingly close. 100 feet? But no scraping of the rocks was heard.
A number of other cars were in that area, as well as a bonfire of some local divers (FARFEL’S OWNER!!). When I returned I talked briefly to them, and they said they had taken a dive earlier. It was 35 degrees. OUT of the water. WOW.
Check out YOUTUBE, with some video and pictures.
A movie about 4 minutes long, and it takes SEVEN HOURS to download.
Happy Anniversary Dave and Muriel.
Kulluk and Aiviq are now separated for the first time in a while, and Kulluk is safe at its dock.
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