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By: joealaska , 1:59 AM GMT on April 16, 2014

Monday night 58 degrees in Louisville at 8PM. Some nice showers moving through. In 6 hours we lose 30 degrees, hopefully the LAST gasp of winter. Probably what Iaotter had in Iowa, but here the few flakes of wet snow melt very quickly. There were a couple of snow showers but no accumulation.

Bad night for seeing the Blood Moon. Just like the Northern Lights in Anaktuvuk Pass. If the clouds are blocking the view, it ain’t no view. Oh well, all kinds of pictures floating around today. Three more chances to see another one on the near future.

I saw the 10 day forecast for Dutch a few days ago. Almost every day was high of 39, snow showers. WET SNOW.

Over the weekend Dotmom and I went to Thunder Over Louisville. It is a full day starting as an air show and ending as a fireworks display. It was the 25th year anniversary. First time I ever went to one, and it was pretty impressive.

The show started around 3 PM, Blue Angels scheduled at 3:38. We went down to Cox’s Park on the river. Decent crowd, but no hassle to get to where we wanted to sit. There was a group of RVs there. They were all barbecuing and had their generators humming. I wondered if they even knew about THUNDER? Or cared? Meanwhile, Dot and I were sitting on large driftwood next to the water waiting for planeage. Nothing. Then a glimpse of something that could have been a plane for a couple seconds....but no. We were still a couple miles from downtown, but we had the impression the planes made runs down the river a ways. Certainly there were thousands of others who were sitting near us expecting the same thing.

But having noticed the crowd was not that bad, I suggested to Dot we head into town and see what happens. Mom agrees. “Let’s bounce.” Actually this was our game plan from the start. We did not want to fight the crowds, but we wanted to see some cool planes. The Blue Angels were now barely in view, having just started their gig. We headed west on River Road. Soon we were right where we wanted to be, by The Big Four Railroad Bridge. And we were in an interesting situation where traffic was backed up to a stand still. As Blue Angels roared overhead. PERFECT.

We had good seats! It eventually started moving slowly. Just before where they had blocked the road and were forcing everyone off left, a line of cars were pulled over illegally along the curb. As if they were maybe dropping off someone, but not really. More like watching planes. They were just sitting in their cars which were still running. I pulled in with them. When someone came by and say LEAVE, I would have. Nobody came by.

Then I saw a Chinese family pull in behind me. I saw them PARK, and leave. There were signs everywhere. NO STOPPING OR PARKING DURING THUNDER. I got out of the car and took pictures as I stood there. Police went by in various vehicles, not even a look at us. We stayed until the Angels were done, then we were GONE.

That air show went until well after dark. An F-22 made an appearance. After dark, planes were performing with elaborate lighting, or even fireworks coming off them.

Then at last, fireworks. It was billed as the Largest Fireworks Display in North America. After I watched it, I believed them. But I hate these types of claims. Largest in WHAT terms? Acreage? Most expensive? Most bombs exploded.? I am thinking the last one. No matter. It lasted over 28 minutes, started strong and finished strong. 650,000 people watched from all over the city, but mainly along the river right downtown. I watched the fireworks from my place on TV. I was about 5 miles away, but I could hear the live explosions through my open patio door as I watched the TV.

Someone programmed music to go with it all. They chose to take just a bit of a song, maybe 15 seconds each. 28 minutes long, it was a LOT of songs tied together. And what I liked is they covered just about all genres possible. I even filmed some of it off the TV it was so good.

A few weeks prior there was a big fight downtown on the waterfront. It was unusual, came out of nowhere. So there were fears there would be trouble at THUNDER or other events downtown. Not the case. I heard SIX arrests, 3 alcohol related, nothing else worth discussing. And the crowd dispersed pretty nicely afterward. Many people, but over a large area.

I think it would be worth fighting the crowd over this thing. Would like to show up early and be prepared for a long day of fun. Maybe next year? Who the hell knows where I will be? Death Valley?

Today I took LEGGS into Louisville to get inspected and registered. I had called several agencies to make sure I was ready. I do not want to do a lot of city driving.

Headed out to Dixie Highway on the west side of town. Three lanes of heavy traffic. It all went well getting there. Too well. This was my first time SOLO. Last time Becky’s son came along if I had any questions. He drives a big rig for a living, as well as fire trucks. It was OK, but all the crying and terror screams became annoying.

As soon as I stepped into the place I was in trouble. I told the NICE lady who I interrupted I wanted an inspection and registration. She asked if I had my fire inspection. Never heard of it. She gave me two phone numbers I could call. Both went to voice mail before 1 PM today, have not heard back from either.

Tomorrow AM I fight that battle. Somewhere in the next couple days I feel spending a few more grand.

Watching a Deadliest Catch, next week is the start of nest season. Pretty interesting with the rebuild of Time Bandit covered in detail, as well as a quick coverage of the Time Bandit crew man getting seriously injured handling (SURPRISE) fireworks. I think he lost that hand or at least fingers.

Tired. Done for now. Moving out in 10 days. Fluffer the Cat Gargantua will be moving into her 10th home in 14 years. Just another place to sleep.

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19. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
1:54 AM GMT on April 20, 2014
joealaska has created a new entry.
18. Rotty3
12:16 AM GMT on April 20, 2014
On concur with those posters who stated "many people put themselves into the spot of trubba."
Not all, but quite a few.
Frankly, after Monday's close call and a Tuesday morning near rear-ending episode, most of these didn't really even get my heart rate up lol.

Hope everyone is staying safe out there though!

Keep my old Rotty girl in your thoughts. She's not doing too well ... although we're treating for CHF, I' think it may be more (and worse).

Hug all the felines and canines. Off to swim to the pasture to feed equines and check on the chickies.
(when did the Southeast become Waterworld anyways? Did I miss the announcement?)
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17. iaotter
11:45 PM GMT on April 19, 2014
That was one scary video compilation. The music really added to the terror. Bet a few of those folks had to change their bloomers too.
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16. dix608greys
9:33 PM GMT on April 19, 2014
After viewing the link showing the near misses, I am off to change by bloomers!
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15. joealaska
8:56 PM GMT on April 19, 2014
If you had a brush with death recently, you should enjoy this...

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13. osdianna
4:08 PM GMT on April 19, 2014
Now we have the ability to change the posts from top to bottom, so I changed mine to "Order Posted"...better, I think. When did that happen?

Each morning at 8am I walk outside for my daily weather-gathering, then upload (to Colorado State University via CoCoRaHS) precip, wind speed, temps, and high/low temps for the past 24 hrs (8am to 8am). This morning the street was just starting to get damp from a drizzle at 7:57am, but by the time I walked back inside at 8:03, the wind was up to 14mph out of the south and I could see the heavy rain coming across the park a block over. I got inside just as it hit...hard rain.

Our local forecaster, Dr. Cliff Mass, had some interesting things posts in his blog on the 16th and 18th; the 16th was talking about satellite images of "vertically propagating mountain waves" downwind of our Cascade volcanoes. On the 18th he talks about contrails around Crater Lake lasting so long due to 100% saturation of the atmosphere, the about the freakish, very localized convergence zone weather (storm off the Pacific that parts and goes around the Olympic Mtns to converge on the other side) blew through breaking off trees...big trees...at Point Defiance Park, with up to 4" of rain at the convergence and only 1/4" just 50 miles away. cliffmass.blogspot.com

He has also been talking about the upcoming El Nino (my keyboard doesn't do tilde's) season, where the PNW will get less precip and Calif should get more; let's hope they are right, though things should stay bad news for fires and heat in Australia.

Dutchie riding bareback...that would be interesting, and I have to ask....will your map have a place to hang in Leggs?
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12. joealaska
3:21 PM GMT on April 19, 2014
In a week I move, after that I will freshen up the blog appearance. Less Alaska, more of the current sights. If they do not fix the links, I will follow all of your suggestions. Several people have suggested a link to photos, good idea. My main focus has been the photos, the blog developed from there. April 26 or 27th will feature a series on my new home surroundings. Maybe even Dutchie riding bareback...
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11. Arbie
1:08 PM GMT on April 19, 2014
I have an idea! Joe, you can put a link to your wunderground photos in your Recommended Links section. Like This: http://www.wunderground.com/wximage/joealaska

I'm really puzzled why they would take such a feature away. Like insideUK, the link between blogs and photos was a large force in my ending up here.

My cat is getting really big too. She weighs almost 15 lbs. I have put her on a diet! We have switched to Science Diet. I'm really intrigued by Dave's cat food activities, but I don't think I am going to be grinding up whole chickens any time soon. Dave, you could probably make good money doing that, if you wanted to. Although I suppose there would be liability issues.

We're having beautiful weather and the wildflowers are in full swing, kind of winding down really. We are seeing whole fields of flowers like we haven't seen since all the droughts started.
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10. insideuk
8:28 AM GMT on April 18, 2014
The discussion for changes to the new website regarding the links between photos and blogs has apparently been reviewed, removed and CLOSED DOWN.

If they intend to make changes to something they mark the idea as 'planned' after the review stage.


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9. joealaska
12:49 AM GMT on April 18, 2014
I got the same thing Rotty. I see "closed" but nothing APPROVED or AGREED. Just me... We will see.
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8. Rotty3
12:16 AM GMT on April 18, 2014
Good news for everyone! Just got email from Angela Fritz (of WU fame).

"An idea you voted for has been closed!

# vote(s) have been returned to you Go spend your votes on more ideas...

50 votes reviewed

Blog author's 4 recent photos in sidebar. "

YEA!!!!! now I hope they bring the pictures back on the next synch cycle.

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7. miyuki
10:26 PM GMT on April 17, 2014
Thanks for the link UK, I voted. I HATE this new format, took me forever to find this blog, and that's just for starters.
I've learned so much from Joe, I don't want to lose contact.
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6. insideuk
10:59 AM GMT on April 17, 2014
If you recognise the importance of having a clear connection between the blogs and the photos on WU please take a moment to click on this link and VOTE for the 'Blogauthors 4 recent photos to be put back on the sidebar' AND 'Please restore the links to the blogs that have been removed from local forecast pages'.

All you have to do is click on the vote button, enter your email address in the box (this is not made public) and choose to attribute a number of votes to the 'idea' - you can attribute 3 votes if you feel strongly enough.

Six years ago I used both the link from Dutch Harbor weather forecast page to discover the JOEALASKA blog and the 4 photos from the sidebar to discover his photos. As things stand, were I to have just come upon THIS NEW WU WEBSITE for the first time today - then such a direct path would not be available to me.

And I would not be here.

How many others will fail to arrive without the appropriate links in?

Please vote. It is important to show the web designers that the blogs should not be hidden away from the newbies.

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5. Ylee
3:10 PM GMT on April 16, 2014
I saw the title to the blog, and I thought Joe was talking about hydroplane races! They used to have them in Muncie, Indiana. Not sure if they still have them there, or not.
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4. dotmom
1:59 PM GMT on April 16, 2014
The Blue Angels were cool. Love to see their antics. The other planes are good too, but the precision of the BAs is very fascinating.

Phew! I'm glad I don't know when Joe is driving around on Dixie Highway with Leggs! The open road won't give me the willies like in-town driving.

Going to warm up today! It's coming!
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2. insideuk
12:49 PM GMT on April 16, 2014
Oh look, GlowyWU broke itself within 24 hours and they've reverted to GNUWU for everything beyond the home page...even if you go into Beta right now they pull you back to GNUWU.

I've been a Classic user throughout but I was enjoying making stuff break on GlowyWU. I'd gotten really good at it too. Ho Hum.

I'm glad Leggs has to go through all these safety tests, form filling and registration procedures. It may be costing a bunch of dollars but at least you (AND I) will know you aren't living in a death trap.

Least not whilst stationary...


Hard to believe in just 10 days time Leggs will be the new roving home for this blog. The new mother of mirth and mischief. The new foundation of fun and frolics. The new chamber of crisis and calamity....

Speaking of which...

Fire inspection you say?

Oh dear.

I hope they've not come across your blog before. There have been one or two incidents over the years that might put your official RV owners stamp of approval in doubt. Careless inattention to burning charcoal on the chow porch whilst you slept. Singed eyebrows from liberal use of lighter fluid during an iron man inspired grill event in 80mph gales. Whacking the carbon monoxide alarm from the ceiling with a broom handle after it dared to disturb your sleep. Ignoring the mini explosions coming from the vicinity of your oil fired central heating system. Then there was the incident with the burning hot pocket on your jeans once those loose spare camera batteries had discovered a method of jump starting your primary cells whilst you walked...

And you wonder why they don't answer your calls??????

Sensible people.
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1. iaotter
2:19 AM GMT on April 16, 2014
It is good to know someone else is getting the joy of our snow storm. The stuff hasn't all melted here yet. North sides of buildings where the sun didn't reach are still white. It was cold today.
The guys were back working on the siding again, with gloves and heavier coats. I noticed that they had set their box of caulk on the kitchen floor by the register. It had been in the garage all night and was probably pretty stiff.
There is supposed to be an outside egg hunt at the city park on Saturday. If the WU folks are right it will be all the way up to 60 or even 65 by then. It will be nice to have spring back.
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