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By: joealaska , 6:53 AM GMT on January 29, 2013

Today, Sunday, brought steady snow. My CHOW PORCH is only about 12 by 6 feet. One side is a foot deep, one corner is scoured bare to the wood. Hard to say how deep the general snow is, but I say 6 inches. I was barely able to get up Haystack Hill tonight. No plowing, very slippery.

I can barely see out my windows. The wet snow is coating the glass.

GNU guy is back after a 2 month rest. GNUEST arrived yesterday and is making a huge impact already on special projects in the warehouse we have not been able to get done. We have re-hired a former employee. Our staff is filled.

There seems to be an issue with me taking off two months, as others are wanting to take off at that same time, the slower off-season.

We will work it out.

The snow continued relentlessly. Small but effective flakes. Juan Ear and Juanda came by for a bite. I had to broadcast the wet food to different areas so they could eat with no fighting. Juan Ear wins those battles.

It was a very quiet night, usually due to snow bufferage/bufferance. I woke up at 3:30 AM like it was 8 AM. The cats were moving, so I had a slug of pomegranate grapefruit and went back to sleep. I dreampt I was back in the paint business but taking a food order. NIGHTMARE that even Hitchcock never considered.

I woke up to a white wonderland. Hard to call the inchage, but maybe a foot. There was a lot of drifting and scouring, although I heard no real wind last night.

When I went to sleep my grill on the porch was capped with 8 inches of snow. When I woke up, the whole thing was raised a foot. The pimple in the drift was two feet off the porch, still above the grill.
Just not as close as last night.

There was two feet of snow on the Tahoe’s hood. I had to walk through three foot drifts to get to the vehicle. It was still snowing pretty hard. I fired up the ride and shoveled it off. As soon as I tried to leave I knew there was problem. I got about 8 feet and gave up with a hundred feet to go.

I walked around the duplex and found a deep spot where the snow came up to my un-named regions.
It was cold. I took some pictures and video, most of which came out badly. It was still not quite daylight.

So I called the warehouse and asked for a ride. When they got near I walked out on the road. In less than a minute I fell three times with that plate of ice now covered in snow. Once while on the phone.

It was a busy day made busier by having to plow the dock. We have to be careful where we push the snow off the dock, as we may have to live with it for awhile. Trucks cannot back all the way to the dock with that snow there.

Got home later today and the Tahoe was still stuck and no plowing of the driveway. In the morning I had sloshed through one to three foot drifts of virgin snow to get to the road. When I returned there was no sign of where I had walked.

My door facing the OLD small boat harbor was blocked by snow that fell from the roof, then was re-covered by new snow. It was covering the door halfway up. Lots of weight on a thin window, so I slogged through deep stuff to shovel the door.

This evening the cats were watching the snow fall from the metal roof during early meltage. It makes a loud thud as it hits. Wakes everyone up.

Trying to take off tomorrow. Hoping to drive the day after.

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16. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
6:44 PM GMT on February 03, 2013
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15. lotis2
6:39 PM GMT on February 03, 2013
Got up to a surprise this morning, about 4-5" of snow!! Weather man never said a word about it yesterday. Going back up into the 40's & 50's this week.

Will be waiting for the pictures of the new boat in town!

Joe, it says you had a new entry, but then it shows it was removed. What happened?
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14. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
8:01 AM GMT on February 03, 2013
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13. dotmom
6:34 PM GMT on February 02, 2013
Sounds like the Shin Onoe will be new photo ops for JoeA if he can get near it.
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12. insideuk
12:19 PM GMT on February 02, 2013
A mahoosive bulk carrier ship called the Shin Onoe is heading very slowly into Unalaska after its turbo thingymajigs suffered snappage (that’s my technical briefing done with – any questions?). It will be one of the largest vessels EVER to visit – a startling 300m (984 foot) x 50m (164 foot) and guess where they plan to park it?

Right on the chow porch…

No – OK, it’s going to be anchored up in Summer Bay, the much beloved cruise destination for Joseph! The powers that be have decided it doesn’t warrant using the new emergency mooring buoy they recently installed, because, you know, it’s not an emergency situation (until the wind blows…)

It will be out of sight UNLESS the weather takes an unexpected turn for the better and opens up the route enough to squeeze a Tahoe through OR the weather takes a (common) turn for the worse and they are forced to move it to a more sheltered spot. It is empty of cargo, but given its size and lack of power it needs 3 SUPER HERO tug boats to help her when she arrives on Monday afternoon.

That has raised a small problem in itself as the Kulluk is currently keeping a sizeable fleet of suitable support vessels busy over in Kodiak. Unalaska has 2 tugs on site, and a third called Ocean Ranger is heading into town to help look after the Shin Onoe. It is expected that the repairs will take a few days.

But if the wind gets up next week...



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11. Ylee
4:15 AM GMT on February 02, 2013
Dave, thank you for the link to Nikita's website! I like his style of playing. Shame Christopher Parkening couldn't get him over here! Our loss, at least for now!
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10. dotmom
3:49 AM GMT on February 02, 2013
Gonna get more of this snow in the morning and then some on into Sunday a.m. I am sure it is nothing like what JoeA is experiencing. We are also having some real chilly weather.
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9. DHaupt
6:16 AM GMT on February 01, 2013
Well.... Livermore got up to 63F today. It's 47F outside now (9:45 PM). Oh burrr, how can I stand it! And, we've got no rain in the forecast for the next ten days. That part I don't like. We've really only got two more months to get most of our annual rainfall.

Being pretty much a shut-in these days, I've been catching up with old friends through facebook and LinkedIn that I've lost over the past five or six years. It's been fun and rewarding.

One young man that I would really like to share with this group is Nikita Boldyrev. I met Nikita on the internet back in 2003. I was browsing around looking for free classical guitar music downloads to use in video slide shows that I was making. I wasn't finding much, but noticed that there was this link to a Russian site of Nikita Boldyrev that kept popping up. So, I finally said what the hell, go for it.

Well, Nikita turned out to be this charming 16 year-old Russian lad and a genuine guitar prodigy. We corresponded over a period of nearly six years when something went seriously haywire with his or my email service and we couldn't reach each other. I managed to locate him on LinkedIn.

He has an excellent website: The Official Site of Nikita Boldyrev

It's a really nice website which Nikita has built himself. He has been a real pioneer among Russian youth in taking to the internet. His guitar blog covers the entire planet. He used to provide guitar music to students in parts of the world where it was impossible to get music. Amazon didn't exist yet.

I tried to get him over here to attend a master class with a promenant American guitarist several years ago and ran into an absolute blizzard of crap from our own State Department. They thought he might immigrate! Believe me, it would have been our gain and Russia's loss! He's now in his mid-20s and is a recognized artist within the Russian Federation and has played in several European countries. I think he might make it over here yet.

He has been a student in Russian Federation Music colleges and graduated from The State Academy of Jazz Arts in 2011. His music is very enjoyable just to listen to. Visit his website. Btw, his last name when correctly spelled in Russian contains some weird little markings that make the actual pronunciation something like Bolder-yov.
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8. dotmom
3:09 AM GMT on February 01, 2013
Wow, just looked out and we are being "dumped on." Must be a couple inches of snow out there right now. Beautiful - but hey, it's after Christmas - hope it leaves us soon!
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7. insideuk
2:59 PM GMT on January 31, 2013
I believe it may be snowing on the chow porch once again, it's a bit hard to tell on account of the Dutch Harbor airport weather station having stopped reporting conditions 11 hours ago.

Someone needs to grab a big bath towel, lean out of the window and swat the big wet flakes off the equipment. Snow has a natural conduciveness toward clumpage around vital equipment, doesn't it Joseph?

He knows of that which I speak.

I've told him Dyson have special Airblade dryers that can help but he said they install them too high up on the wall?

I believe it's possible we communicate at cross purposes on occasion.

Over here the wind is set to near Dyson Airblade speeds. An unusually low pressure North Atlantic storm system, that was mentioned in Doc Masters blog a day or two back when it passed by to the south of Iceland, has been creating all new land speed record drying times. Sadly it also has a few rinse cycles in with the spin stuff so whilst our general oscillation is tending towards drying out we do keep getting wet through to the knickers.

In point of fact, whilst I was out this morning I watched a big fuel tanker type lorry pull off the main road into a layby rest area that has a deep dip part way along. The dip has been filled with flood waters for about 2 months now but it is not immediately obvious to non-locals just how deep it is. He went in fast and reckless causing vast clouds of steam to erupt all around him as his hot engine got an impromptu early bath. He stalled it.


It'll take a tow rope and a tug boat or two to shift him out that puddle.

So this storm system, which the Doc once again suggested 'wasn't going to affect any land areas' with anything like hurricane force wind speeds, knocked into the west Highlands of Scotland at 129mph. Further south many places were dealing with 70-80mph . Even this far south we've had regular 50mph blasts to blow the cobwebs out of the conservatories.

It'll be fine. Just so long as the conservatory doesn't blow into the cobwebs.

Incy Wincy spider has enough trubba already with just clinging on to her spout...

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6. DHaupt
1:02 AM GMT on January 31, 2013
dix, I strongly agree. I mean, snow IS lovely when viewed through a mullioned bay window next to a great stone fireplace with a blazing log upon the andirons and with a cup of hot coco in hand. But that strongly implies that sooner, or later, you're going to have to actually go out in the stuff. Blah on that!

In years past, if we felt a violent urge to suffer snow, we could climb into the 4Runner and head east through Oakdale, up the Preist Grade to Groveland and down the mountains to Yosemite National Park, a drive of 174 miles taking about 4 hours. We used to be able to do it, round trip, in a single day.

We got up to 62F here in Livermore this afternoon. I don't have a lovely blue lake to view, just the neighbors faded lawn and dreary trees, but it is nice out. We even opened up the house for about an hour to air it out.

I'll share the results of the scan, good or bad. Actually, there really isn't a good or bad in this case; it is what it is or rather it will be what it will be. I am glad to have a spinal surgeon involved at last. I've never found geepees or internists to be particularly good with musculo-skeletal injuries. I think that is why a lot of people give up on them and go to chiropractors or masseuses.

That would have been the worst thing with my kind of problem. My basic problem is that, due to the collapsed cushions between the vertebrae in my neck, all the ligaments that hold the stack together have gotten loose. Chiropractics and massage would have only gotten them looser still. I need to have things tightened up and steps taken so that further collapse can't occur. It's time to call in Redy-Mix.

For the nonce, I am cheating a little by wearing my neck collar most of the day to prevent the kind of soreness that I've suffered for the past few days. The doctor (internist type) and physical therapists think I should suffer without one, but I'm not buying that at least for today. I've also got it set pretty loosely so that I still have to use my neck muscles. Now it's time to bake under my 880 Nanometer, Infra-Red heat-shields again. Star Wars theme set to play on iTunes. Go.
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5. dix608greys
3:34 PM GMT on January 30, 2013
geez Dave, you've had one heck of a time with your neck. I'll be looking forward to hearing the results from the sooper, dooper scan.

Looking at 87 degrees here in central FL today and then 64 tomorrow. Nothing like a "slight" change in weather. Actually the whole winter has been like that.

NASA is sending up an Atlas rocket tonight with a new satellite on it at 8:48. We can see these launches pretty well from my house so I'll be out there, weather permitting.

For all you Northeners, I do NOT miss the snow one bit. I look out my window next to the computer and see a beautiful blue lake, swaying palms and plenty of water birds. So much better than battling ice and snow.
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4. DHaupt
9:20 AM GMT on January 30, 2013
Sounds like winter has truly arrived in Dutch at last. I'd be interested to know how the crab and various fishing seasons are shaping up this year. I've also gotten confused about just what the company is that you work for. Is it Alaska Ship Supply Grocery? That is the only one I can google-up.

Now, if UK were down in Rotty land, She might be up to her arse in alligators instead of pitiful, bedraggled and drowned moles and wood rats. I saw some photos last night of Derbyshire and nearby areas after the thaw hit. One great mess of dirty, muddy, coffee-brown deluge. Icy cold too. I remember seeing a video of some poor kid that got caught in raging water and rescued, but they nearly lost the rescuer; he got swept away and they didn't find him for some time, but luckily he was alive.

We are back in a near Spring conditions, high fifties to mid sixties, for the next ten days with hardly a prospect of any rain. We haven't had a really wet year since 2005. Of the intervening years, several of them have been well below average. Green lawns are going to be an unaffordable luxury looking forward.

The latest in the saga of my neck: I am being sent outside the Kaiser system for a high resolution MRI scan of my neck, The appointment is for next Monday afternoon in San Leandro at NorCal Imaging. The machine will be a 1.2 Tesla flat scanner which, I am told, is about as high a field strength machine as exists. What is interesting is that the machine was selected and the referral was made by MY SPINAL SURGEON! I'm sorry, but we have not met yet. My Dr. also sent me an email saying that she is turning my case over to a spinal surgeon. I guess that is good news if everything goes well. Whatever, the darned thing isn't getting better very fast by itself.

Everybody have a great tomorrow.
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3. cybersuze
3:06 PM GMT on January 29, 2013
Must be the snow that came our way! But surely not as deep!
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2. Rotty3
2:48 PM GMT on January 29, 2013
well, I guess the word is "enjoy the last of AK snow?"

Sounds like much of the snow had been waiting to dump all in one day lol.

Here in Florida, we're expecting 30C (86F) tomorrow. Is it still January?!
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1. insideuk
11:34 AM GMT on January 29, 2013
There is an article in my newspaper today about a woman who suffers from severe PAGOPHOBIA.

My immediate reaction was that it must be very rare to have a fear of bouncing up and down on the spot but then I realised I had misread – it’s PAGO not POGO.

PAGOPHOBIA is an intense and irrational fear of frost and ice, which apparently can be triggered at any time by a traumatic event – including slipping in the snow.

In extreme cases individuals will refuse to leave home in such weather conditions and will avoid anything frozen. This lady in the paper has it so bad she insists she cannot be near people with ice cubes in their drinks. Nor can she deal with egg shells – because they make ice-like cracking sounds. Watching the new series of Dancing on Ice on TV makes her feel sick.

Me too. But for different reasons.

Treatment includes exposure therapy, so her husband bought her tickets to go and see the Dancing on Ice live tour at the O2 arena. He got seats right at the back so she wouldn’t be able to hear the blades on the ice, and she managed to get through the show once she’d been assured the rink was made of wax.

The article doesn’t mention if she now has a fear of candles.

I mention all this because I think we all need to show some understanding of the severely debilitating affect of Joseph falling on his arse 3 times in the space of one driveway. He could now be so traumatised that he is rendered unable to take telephone orders for ice cream from beneath the safety of his bedding. Every slippage of ice from the rooftop sees him dive under his desk holding a cat to each ear to muffle to the horrific sounds. But worst of all, when it comes to feeding the hungry foxes, he has had to persuade himself the chow porch is made from solid wax.

Which in turn causes an issue for future use of the little Weber grill.

His life is one big frozen nightmare whilst he is buried right up to his un-named regions.

Joseph, I think you may have misunderstood the term ‘exposure therapy’.


You shovel them back indoors and I’ll think up some suitable REGIONAL names…
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