Alpenglow

Setting here listening to the news about Obama, (damn it will be good to get rid of that asshole criminal GW) I glanced out the window to see some wonderful Alpenglow on the Talkeenta Mountains behind our house. Jan was also just heading off to work and called me just down the road to tell me how great the mountains were looking, damn, I just didn’t have time to get out there and take some shots before it was too late and the sun was down.

Our warm spell continues, very little, if any, snow remains. The temps are still in the low to mid 40’s and lows at night staying above freezing.

Alpenglow out back

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Sunset clouds

’til next time
Laters
Ed

Skies Have Cleared

Awoke this morning to a nice partly cloudy sky. Big change from the past couple days, it’s still warm, about 40*.

Sunrise clouds

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Talkeetna’s out back at sunrise

Something has shown up during our thaw… Green Moss

’til next time
Laters
Ed

The Temps Are Still Up

The past couple days we have lost a big chunk of our snow, another day or two, and we wont have any at all. The Chinook winds have eaten the snow right up. There have been reports of winds reaching 100 MPH around Anchorage. Schools have been closed for the past two days due to icy roads, this is about the only time schools do close.

As you can see, our drive is a bit icy. I’ve had many icy driveways before, just never on quite the hill ours is now. I’ve been throwing lots of grit down so that we can get some traction traversing down to the road.

Before

After

Our driveway, a downhill skating course

Moose News and Job Posting

Some local news…

Jan. 3, 8 p.m., Vine Rd. near Aeronautical Ave.: Larissa O. Phillips, 21, Wasilla, northbound in her 1995 Saturn LS when she hit a moose. A passenger had minor cuts from broken glass. Damage: $1,500. The moose appears to have survived.

While browsing Craigslist I found this under the Jobs category.
Link – College Educated Egg Donors Wanted
The wonders of Craigslist. 🙂

Riding The Pineapple Express

The Pineapple Express is a Pacific Ocean subtropical jet stream that brings warm moist air from Hawaii (where pineapples are grown) to the U.S. West Coast states of California, Oregon, Washington, and Alaska, as well as the Canadian province of British Columbia.

3 days ago it was -15* below zero, today it’s 43* above as I type this. That is a difference of 58*.

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Warning Description: High Wind Warning

Warning Date: 4:52 am AKST on January 14, 2009

WarningSum: High Wind Warning Remains In Effect Until 6 Am Akst Thursday
For Turnagain Arm And Higher Elevations…

Warning Message:A High Wind Warning remains in effect until 6 am akst Thursday for
Turnagain Arm and higher elevations.
Southeast winds will continue to increase this morning with gusts
to 85 mph over east Anchorage…including areas along the
hillside…outlets of valleys and along Turnagain Arm. The
strongest gusts are expected this evening reaching as high as 105
mph
. Windy conditions are expected to continue through early
Thursday morning.
A High Wind Warning means a hazardous high wind event is expected
or occurring. People are urged to secure loose objects that could
be blown around or damaged by the wind.
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Laters
Ed

How many zeros in a billion?

This is too true to be funny…

The next time you hear a politician use the word ‘billion’ in a casual manner, think about whether you want the ‘politicians’ spending YOUR tax money.
A billion is a difficult number to comprehend, but one advertising agency did a good job of putting that figure into some perspective in one of its releases.

A billion seconds ago it was 1959
A billion minutes ago Jesus was alive.
A billion hours ago our ancestors were living in the Stone Age.
A billion days ago no-one walked on the earth on two feet.
A billion dollars ago was only 8 hours and 20 minutes, at the rate our government is spending it.

While this thought is still fresh in our brain…
let’s take a look at New Orleans ….
It’s amazing what you can learn with some simple division.
Louisiana Senator, Mary Landrieu (D) is presently asking Congress for 250 BILLION DOLLARS to rebuild New Orleans .. Interesting number…

What does it mean?
Well… if you are one of the 484,674 residents of New Orleans (every man, woman, and child) you each get $516,528.
Or… if you have one of the 188,251 homes in New Orleans , your home gets $1,329,787.
Or… if you are a family of four…your family gets $2,066,012.

Imagine, now $700 billion bailing out banks in the US .
That’s enough to fund complete medical care for every man, woman and child currently alive in the US for 11 years!!
50 billion to bail out the auto industry???
Washington , D.C. & Ottawa ON.

HELLO!!!

Are all your calculators broken??
Accounts Receivable Tax
Building Permit Tax
CDL License Tax
Cigarette Tax
Corporate Income Tax
Dog License Tax
Federal Income Tax , Federal Unemployment Tax (FUTA)
Fishing License Tax
Food License Tax
Fuel Permit Tax
Gasoline Tax
Hunting License Tax
Inheritance Tax
Inventory Tax
IRS Interest Charges (tax on top of tax)
IRS Penalties (tax on top of tax)
Liquor Tax
Luxury Tax
Marriage License Tax
Medicare Tax
Property y Tax
Real Estate Tax
Service charge taxes
Social Security Tax
Road Usage Tax (Truckers)
Sales Taxes
Recreational Vehicle Tax
School Tax
State Income Tax
State Unemployment Tax (SUTA)
Telephone Federal Excise Tax
Telephone Federal Universal Service Fee Tax upon Tax
Telephone Federal, State and Local Surcharge Tax
Telephone Minimum Usage Surcharge Tax
Telephone Recurring and Non-recurring Charges Tax
Telephone State and Local Tax
Telephone Usage Charge Tax
Utility Tax
Vehicle License Registration Tax
Vehicle Sales Tax
Watercraft Registration Tax
Well Permit Tax
Workers Compensation Tax
Income Tax
Everything Tax

STILL THINK THIS IS FUNNY???
Not one of these taxes existed 100 years ago…
and our nation was the most prosperous in the world.
We had absolutely no national debt…
We had the largest middle class in the world..
and Mom stayed home to raise the kids.
What happened?
Can you spell ‘politicians!’
And I still have to
press ‘1’
for English.
I hope this goes around the US & CANADA at least 1 billion times

What the heck happened?

Moon

First off, I’d like to point to a comment made about the lockdown at Wasilla High yesterday. Link to comment. It points out some more of the confusion that went on. Thanks Jamie. Also, I’d like to say that I do not think this was linked to Palin at all, just that because of her national coverage, this may make it to the national news and put Wasilla in a bad light.
Oh, and yes, Maddie is a senior at Wasilla High.

Today’s stuff 🙂
Jan and I went out for a drive today, out to Wolverine Rd. Another wonderful sunny day. It seems as though the sunny days way out number the cloudy ones, good thing eh.

Not much really to talk about so on to a couple photos. I do have more photos from today, just lazy.

Moon over Granite Peak

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And just for fun, Wolverine Farm

’til next time
Laters
Ed

Perigee Moon January 10, 2009

What is a Perigee Moon?
From NASA.gov:
“Johannes Kepler explained the phenomenon 400 years ago. The Moon’s orbit around Earth is not a circle; it is an ellipse, with one side 50,000 km closer to Earth than the other. Astronomers call the point of closest approach “perigee,” and that is where the Moon will be this weekend.

Perigee full Moons come along once or twice a year. 2008 ended with one and now 2009 is beginning with another. It’s the best kind of déjà vu for people who love the magic of a moonlit landscape.”