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By: joealaska , 12:47 AM GMT on September 23, 2013

I debated about bringing up where I was applying, as it is so early it really means nothing. But what the heck. Big Bear Lake sounds interesting, even though it is a tad to close to LA for me. I like the LA area in general, but driving there on a regular basis blows. I went through there just before I moved to Alaska. Big Bear Lake was in the general cruise parameters while I lived in Goodyear, AZ. I came down from Lucerne Valley on RT 18, and continued south on 38.

UK was all over it.

But the first road to hit, if I moved there, would be 247 from Yucca Valley to Barstow.

Big Bear is in a serious FIRE HAZARD area. They get nice snow there, but there are opportunities to head south, as in DOWN in elevation, to escape if needed. Palm Springs is an area in which I have played a little golf. But there is a LOT more to check out!

Meanwhile I have just applied for positions in Lihue, Hawaii, Lincoln, Nebraska, and LA!!

Lihue, probably not qualified. Lincoln, definitely qualified. Wished it was a bit more west. LA? I thought I would NEVER apply there, but money is a funny thing. And I am qualified.

Hey Dave, good luck on that diet.

Finally, word from Idaho is not good. CYBERSUZE took a tumble while mountain biking outside of Boise. She broke her hip, but did not know that for sure for some time. She rode back to town, most of the trip being downhill. LUCKY. She was with her husband. They went to an emergency room in town. She was told it was broken and should see a specialist Monday. Meanwhile she is using a walker to bumble around.

The folks have a big anniversary in a few weeks, and Cyber needs to be in Kentucky. It is a rare occasion we all get together, the six of us KENTUCKYS. It will all be good.

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21. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
3:18 PM GMT on September 30, 2013
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20. dotmom
12:59 PM GMT on September 29, 2013
It was like she was checking for food. Came out, tail high in the air, looked around and disappeared - no doubt waiting for me to disappear.
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19. osdianna
5:24 AM GMT on September 29, 2013
Normal is a strange thing, Dotmom, especially to Fluff. It's like she says, "Whatever. Just be sure you feed me!"

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18. dotmom
9:54 PM GMT on September 28, 2013
Cybersuze/Cyclerspilz is healing. She says she can tell a difference in one week. Doctor says she can travel! Yeah! Fluff and Dutchie are "batchin" it. KYJoe and I stopped by to replenish bowls. They haven't warmed up to us as yet. Not totally scared but once they know it isn't the boss - they find other things to do. It will be back to normal shortly.
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17. Ylee
8:24 PM GMT on September 27, 2013
Quoting 15. dotmom:
I am still sitting here wondering about Cyclerspilz and her hip. How she rode down that mountain - God only knows. Someone was watching over her.

God given genetics, I guess! "If JoeA can drive a Tahoe down a steep snowy slope, then HA! I'll show him!"

:' )
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16. miyuki
11:33 PM GMT on September 26, 2013
Cybersuze, you are one tough cookie, healing thoughts are headed your way, get well soon !!
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15. dotmom
10:09 AM GMT on September 25, 2013
I am still sitting here wondering about Cyclerspilz and her hip. How she rode down that mountain - God only knows. Someone was watching over her. It took the medical people long enough to get back to her as to exactly what they saw on the x-ray. Anyway, it will be good if their call is right and she just has to heal. She has a good spouse to take care of her. I hope she can make the trip home in October.
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14. insideuk
7:35 AM GMT on September 25, 2013
Sounds like you made full use of an adrenalin rush to get home Cyber! Glad to hear it doesn't require a surgical solution, hope the healing is quick & the bumbling kept to a minimum!
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13. cybersuze
2:36 PM GMT on September 24, 2013
I love that name Cyclerspilze! You are always on your toes Inside Uk! That was a great report on happenings in Dutch -- wow, can't believe those guys actually swam to shore,and then back again! Glad it turned out ok. As for me, your description of how the tour de france guy got back on the cycle was exactly how I did it as well! there was no way i was going to get that leg up so we basically laid the bike down. Fortunately made it back to the house before having to stop again. Where there's a will there's a way. No news on prognosis. It's a break but no surgery required, I consider myself lucky. Breaks usually take about 6 weeks to heal. have a call into the doctor and am waiting to hear back if there's anything special in my case, which I doubt. I am fortunate to have an 88 year old neighbor who had double hip replacement some years back but too much pride to use her walker, which I was able to borrow (it is more stable than the crutches the emergency room docs sent me home with). Neighbors also sent over some "hamburger soup" -- never heard of it before but it sure tasted good! And in Boise we are getting some rare clouds and forecast rain which will give my spouse a break from garden watering!

Thanks for the good wishes!
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12. insideuk
10:42 AM GMT on September 24, 2013
Is there any update on CYCLERSPILZE yet Joe?

I’ve been reading on KUCB news website about the recent heavy wind storms that have affected Dutch Harbor. Last Friday they had gusts to 79 miles per hour recorded in town, it flooded an upturned skiff near the small boat harbour, flipped several containers in the Horizon Lines yard and blew away traffic signs. Delta Western suffered 1300 square feet of torn roofing on their warehousing, which they are trying to patch up before another storm system heads in today with forecasts of 85mph gusts.

But the big news story was of the F/V Chaos. Never was a fishing boat more appropriately named. With four crew members, it is a 54 foot longliner that was trying to make it back into town before last Fridays storm hit. But the winds got up earlier than predicted and they were forced to seek shelter, at anchor, in a small cove in Unalaska Bay. The anchor broke under strain from the extreme swells and the crew requested help.

The Coasties sent out 2 helicopters, one from Cold Bay and another from Kodiak but the weather proved too rough to winch the men safely. They decided that since the vessel was by then intact and grounded on the rocks that the best thing to do was to have the fishermen stay put onboard and await better weather for a rescue.

But around midnight the boat was rocking so violently that the crew feared it would flip over, so they made the decision to swim to shore and spend the night on the beach. Once they were on land however they discovered that the beach was being pelted by rocks blowing off the cliffs overhead.

They had little option but to swim back to the vessel. They were finally hoisted off on Saturday morning in calmer weather, thankfully – and quite miraculously – uninjured.

Now they have to figure out a salvage plan for the vessel, but that looks likely to have to wait out Tuesdays big weather eventage.
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11. Arbie
10:25 AM GMT on September 24, 2013
Well I hope cybersuze is on her way to recovering well.

Ditto for our old friend the old mare.

Cyberapples to both.
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10. ladyhomer
6:13 AM GMT on September 24, 2013
yes Insideuk you are right!!! I remember when I worked at the veterinary clinic here in Homer we did do the special paper work for some people going to Hawaii that wanted to avoid the quarantine it was a lot of work a big pain in the arse & a huge expense
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9. insideuk
6:09 PM GMT on September 23, 2013
There is a system for avoiding quarantine but it appears to require rabies vaccines at least 90 days in advance and many other blood tests and treatments including the microchip id thingy.

And then you get to pay several hundred dollars more for them to get through the airport.

Canada might be cheaper...

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8. Rotty3
5:19 PM GMT on September 23, 2013
ladyhomer: yup, still holds true.
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7. ladyhomer
4:27 PM GMT on September 23, 2013
I lived in Hawaii for 4 years back in the 70's if I remember right if you took pets with you they had to be put in quarantine for 6 months upon arrival don't know of that is still true but you might want to look into that Joe!!!!!
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6. insideuk
12:56 PM GMT on September 23, 2013
Broken hips are no laughing matter.

On the recent Tour de France there was one poor chap who came off his bike and gave himself a couple of hairline fractures of the hip/pelvis area. In fact I think he chipped a bit of bone off his pelvis if I recall rightly. Anyway, he decided to carry on riding for the next couple of days, just to see how (and if) he could possibly “cope with it”. The first morning after the crash he was feeling understandably sore, and he hoped that once he got himself moving on the bike that things would ease up a bit.

By 'things' he meant PAIN.

On that day we TV viewers were told that he had had a spot of bother getting on his bike, since he couldn't lift his leg over the frame. In subsequent interviews following the Tour other team mates have described what actually happened that morning. It sounded pretty much like they laid the guy on the floor, slotted the bike horizontally between his legs and then lifted him vertically into riding position already seated on his bike.

I mention this now only to make the forthcoming Kentucky family reunion seem like its all infinitely more DOABLE. Its all in the organisational skills of those involved...and their ability to not dissolve into fits of the giggles at a loved ones expense...

Best wishes to you for a speedy recovery, CYCLERSPILZE...

As far as the Hawaii job application goes – not qualified?

What, do they expect you to drive around with the van door SHUT or something you find equally difficult? Is the only available parking space close to a fire hydrant?


I randomly landed my little orange man on Lihue main street and found myself almost within touching distance of a Pizza Hut, a KFC, a McDonalds and a Subway. All together, battling for business with a restaurant named No1.

No1 of many would be more accurate.

The numerous petrol (gas) stations are all located within touching distance of each other too. You could very nearly do a refuelling pivot on one foot/ tyre and visit them all, which I find quite a strange concept.

But then I'm a foreigner aren't I...

There is also a business called 'Two Frogs Hanging' – well, I had thought that was what it was called after my initial cyberdrive past, but I did a quite illegal U turn (pivot) outside the Shell station and discovered it wasn't quite as sick as I'd first thought. It is actually a shop called 'Two Frogs Hugging' – it sells furniture. Beds. With very BRIGHT Hawaiian shirt themed bedding designed to keep you awake or give you nightmares.

The main roads are fairly short but sweet, 'tis not a large island to be fair – although in comparison to Dutch Harbor it has a veritable rabbit warren of paved surfaces. The single track roads that cut through the wilderness in the central part of the island have Pudden cruise possibilities. Though the trees are going to irritate him.

They always do.

Lincoln Nebraska? Bigger than I'd have imagined. I landed smack bang betwixt Lincoln Airport and the Highlands Golf Course and found a freight train blocking the view to the east.

And to the south.

Possibly to the west also.

It was heading south but appeared to be multiplying and taking over the world as we know it. I think the driver had already crossed into Kansas, hung a left into Missouri and was planning on reaching Illinois whilst his rear end was still stopping traffic near Capitol Beach Lake, Lincoln, Nebraska (nice houses...).

Surprisingly it looks like this is THE golf course capital of the world. Its wilderness park is slightly smaller than those in Hawaii, which is understandable. Every place has it's pros and cons. Nebraskan bedding is probably more relaxing by design...

I'm guessing.

Its a random search topic that even the might of Google struggles with.


Never in a million years did I think that might happen.




My little orange Street View man wouldn't even know where to start...
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5. Rotty3
12:28 PM GMT on September 23, 2013
sending lots of healing vibes to Cyber! Hope that fracture heals quickly and perfectly fine. Sorry about the tumble... but you're one toughie. Me like ;)

Lots of good vibes for the job search, Joe. Hope you get to go where you enjoy golfing.

And lastly, if someone can spare a few vibes for my old sweet lady, please send vibes that she will pick up some more food. Had fire on the trailer last week (with the two boys aboard) and it's out of commission at least till tomorrow. Can't take her to the vet and the only farm call vet is an (bleep bleep bleep) from Hades. His words are "she's old, time to put her down." Not paying huge $$$ for that. There are signs that she's not ready to go, but she's not eating (a mouthful or two of mush isn't enough) and losing weight :(
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4. osdianna
3:38 AM GMT on September 23, 2013
Cybersuze: "Ow-ow-ow-ow-ow-ow! You are one tough lady!

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3. joealaska
3:34 AM GMT on September 23, 2013
I believe UK suggested JOEALOHA
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2. iaotter
2:42 AM GMT on September 23, 2013
Cybersuze, hope this is a minor setback and you are up and going soon. Sounds like it might not be too bad, or else you have one super high pain tolerance.
Take care and do what the Drs. order.

Ylee, you are right. JoeHawaii just doesn't flow off the tongue. Maybe JoeHI or JoeHa?

Joe, just one more thing to consider as you apply. Got to figure out how the new site flows with your name. Never mind the money or your qualifications. It has to sound good.

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1. Ylee
1:01 AM GMT on September 23, 2013
VERY lucky that she was able to get off the mountain without being airlifted out by helicopter! Hopefully, the hip is fractured where it will repair itself quickly, and she'll be able to make it to Louisville!

Get well soon, CYBERSUZE!!

JoeHawaii just doesn't have a ring to it, IMO. :' )
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