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Happy Holiday Skiing!

I’m sitting in my easy chair by the fire, thinking about how cold and beautiful it was up at Eaglecrest today. The cross country ski trail was nicely set, with all 5.8 km twisting and turning across meadows, hills, and woods in a lovely pattern. My skis were waxed just right. I felt like I was flying along in perfect rhythm on the groomed classic track.  The temperature was in the single digits, but I was warm from the exertion of my steady kick and glide motion.

12-21-2012

If you are reading this then the Mayan Fantasy Football League will continue next season, or at least through this season, or at least through today.

Things are a bit better than many had believed.

Dooms-dayers and naysayers predicted the world would end.

It did.

Well, for the New York Jets anyway.

For those of you who calculated wrongly and ran up multiple store credit purchases, told your boss where to hide the Mayan gold, partied like there was no tomorrow, sunbathed nude on your car roof driving down Egan at rush hour.... well, today is your reckoning.

No AK47s: Letter to the Planning Commission

Dear Planning Commission members,

I want to see the Planning Commission deny the Juneau Mercantile and Armory owners a permit to have fully automatic firearms for their customers to use. Given the horrific events in Connecticut where so many women and children were slaughtered with round after round of automatic weapon fire, I strongly urge you to not approve their use at Juneau Mercantile and Armory, the proposed gun range.

Home Sweet Home

            Hello from America! I made it home last night and it feel so good! The travel was long, as expected, but was problem free thanks to my light cardio session through Dulles International Airport in Washington, D.C. This was my first time having to run to catch my flight but after my 2-hour layover was consumed by the slowest moving customs process ever, I was left with no choice but to fasten up my backpack and hit the terminal running.   Nonetheless, I made my flight and after the 23 hours of travel, I was home sweet home.

Blowin' Snow

   All this snow reminds me of the one and only time I used a snowblower. Fortunately, no one died.  
  That particular winter, Doug, the Official Snowblower, was going out of town, but snow doesn't take a hiatus so he showed me how to start it. He demonstrated the basics of maneuvering it around, cautioned me to be careful, and left. Doug always clears the whole driveway and the berm, and often takes care of the neighbor's berm while he's at it.

Hug A Ref

Hug A Ref

Have you hugged a referee lately? 

Kissed an official?

I mean a nice hug and appropriate none-tongue ‘Germanish bussi.’

Not the group hug with an intention that involves hands tied behind the back, a barrel of tar, gunnysack of feathers and fathom coil of Texas braided leather.

I am talking about the Alaska pioneer hug. Arms wide enough to encircle a bushy spruce pine and tight enough that your beard sticks.

I am talking about the Swedish pioneer kiss. The head bump with fur lined hood, chapstick and facemask attached.

3 in a row!

            We are in the midst of ending the first part of season with a strong run. Last Friday’s victory marked the third in a row, adding to a much needed win streak. On Friday we traveled 5 hours on the bus before arriving and playing against PTK Pabianice, also known as the “team in the skirts.” The game was very slow with not much scoring in the first half, maybe the long bus ride beforehand contributed, however the fourth quarter was very strong for us and we come away with a 68-47 win.

Remember

   Today is Pearl Harbor Day, the day we commemorate the air strikes on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, and the invasion by the Japanese. My mother's first cousin, Harold Arneberg, died on the U.S.S. Vestal. My mother's beloved and only brother, Bill Collins, was killed during the war. Forever young, his photo was always in a prominent place in our home. 

Juneau, let's hug

Hi Juneau,

It's been a rough couple weeks for many of us. If the crowd at the Newman boys' memorial was any indicator, I might estimate there are thousands of us in pain right now. More now that we've heard news of Jimmy's passing as well. For some, it's the pain of seeing someone die before their time. For some of us, it's the pain of losing a friend. And it's a really bad kind of pain. 

For the week after I found out about the boat accident, I wrote letters in my head to Casey, eventually writing some on paper. 

The Pope is sitting on my desk

   The November 11th issue of the Empire had an article on page A9 with the headline:"Vatican digs in after gay marriage advances". A shorter article next to it declared, "Pope resurrects Latin with academy to boost study." I tore the page off, folded it, and set it on my desk, where it has languished for almost three weeks.

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