General Discussion, Wednesday, March 16, 2022

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23 Responses to General Discussion, Wednesday, March 16, 2022

  1. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ kids! I’ve found the perfect store….

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  2. deaconmike51907 says:

    Good morning all! Happy St Patrick Eve!

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  3. weather257 says:

    Good morning, Stella! The photo reminds me of Calif, only it would be lupine, owl’s clover and poppies with some fiddleneck mixed in…rainbow sherbet. The wildflowers and family are just about all I miss after 14 yearss. (That sky is totally Texas!)

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  4. auscitizenmom says:

    Still at the beach. The local stations across the center of the state were all in a dither last night about tornadoes. I don’t know if any touched down. We waited for it, but it must have petered out before it got to us. I was hoping at least for a t-storm, but nooooo. Silver sky this morning and the surf is higher than ever. The tide came right up around the pool here evidently. Oh, the sun just started peeping out. Hope everyone is ok.

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  5. weather257 says:

    Daylight Saving Time…Ugh!!! More population control
    Many arguments pro/con, but I’m totally against messing with our relationship with daylight (the Circadian rhythm, or biological clock). The link below touches on some of my arguments, including the need for daylight in morning hours and the fact that we on the western end of a time zone would’t see sunrise until 9:am in winter, while in summer the clock is telling you to go to bed at actual sunset! The Amish have never signed on to DST, and our lifestyle will allow us to disregard it (other than appointments). Our animals dislike it too.

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    • The Tundra PA says:

      I’m right there with you, weather. I hate Daylight Saving Time. Makes a jumble of our lives for no good reason. It does not save money, which was the argument for it when it was instituted.

      Alaska is so big–nearly 2,700 miles from east to west–that we should normally have 5 different time zones in our state alone. But for convenience, almost the whole state is bunched into one time zone (all except the very western portion of the Aleutian Islands, which are nearly uninhabited). This image helps convey the vastness:

      Most Alaskans don’t like DST and want to dump it. I wish the whole country would.

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  6. stella says:

    Dave Rubin and his partner, David, are expecting two babies being carried by surrogates. I wish them well. I think that a traditional family is better, but I think they will be good dads, and we need more good people in this country.


    • stella says:

      PS: They are both boys.

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    • jeans2nd says:

      Had a co-worker who worked hard to get me fired as he believed I was prejudiced against gays, i.e. him. I didn’t know, didn’t care. Still don’t. Stay out of my bedroom, I’ll stay out of yours.

      Saw him after the plant closed. He was with his son; his daughter was with his partner getting ready to go on stage for Nutcracker ballet.

      I did not recognize him. He had a husband and two beautiful kids, well-supported financially, spoiled, and loved. No doubt Dave’s boys will be as well.

      The only word that still fits for my co-worker is content. Ron was content.

      And yet…..

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  7. The Tundra PA says:

    Photo of Pete Kaiser and his team on the Bering Sea coast by Dave Poyzer.


    Race Day 9 is almost complete and the race continues for over half of the field. The first 16 teams have crossed the finish line in Nome and 28 teams are still on the trail.

    The only woman musher to finish so far is Mille (MILL-a) Porsild from Denmark. She came in this morning in 14th place just before 9 am local time with 7 dogs in harness (minimum requirement per Iditarod rules is 5 dogs at the finish). She was interviewed by the Insider team and I loved what she had to say:

    “What stood out for you this year?”

    “It was like the wrong place at the wrong time, pretty much the entire way. But it’s such a privilege to travel this trail. It’s such an amazing race, it’s such an incredible experience to see this country, and what I really love about this race is that it kicked our butts and nature showed us that nature is in charge. And that is actually what I love about dog mushing. That you are very much alive in the moment and you know just how small you are.”

    Amazingly cogent for someone who pretty much hasn’t slept more than 3 hours in a row for the last week and a half. Mille is a tough woman who has some unusual long-distance mushing creds. This is from her biography on the Iditarod website:

    Mille started mushing in 1992, running a team of Polar Husky sled dogs for polar explorer Will Steger on a three-month-long dog sled expedition in Canada. She was hooked. Ever since Mille has lived with her sled dogs to experience the people and places in the magical North while finding ways to be sharing the adventures with people around the world. She has slept more than 1,000 nights in a tent on the dog sled expeditions and feels home anywhere in the circumpolar Arctic. Mille has done 15 long-haul expeditions with her Polar Husky freight dogs. Each expedition lasted two to six months and was as long as 3,000 miles in Greenland, Russia, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Alaska and crisscrossing Canada. In 2011 she entered her first sled dog race, running the 800-mile Nadezhda Hope race in Chukotka, Russia. Mille then moved to Alaska with Team Racing Beringia and her then partner, Joar Leifseth Ulsom. Together they trained and raced with great success that culminated in 2018 with his Iditarod championship.

    I won’t be at all surprised if she is the next woman who wins Iditarod. Susan Butcher was the last one to do so, in 1990.

    My friend Pete Kaiser from Bethel finished last night at 9:45 pm in 5th place with 9 dogs in harness. Congratulations Pete on your Top 5 finish!

    There is only one team in this year’s race to bring all 14 dogs from start to finish. That massive accomplishment was achieved by Dan Kaduce who took 4th place. His dogs were strong and fast and lively as could be the whole way. For not a single dog to have stomach issues or sore feet or a pulled muscle over nearly a thousand miles of traveling speaks very well of his training, his handling, and his driving. Good work Dan!

    Photos by Iditarod photographer David Poyzer can be seen (and purchased) at his website: Take a look, he does beautiful work.

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  8. texan59 says:

    Jussie is out on a PR bond/appeal after just six days in the pokey. Sure is nice to have powerful friends. I know who my money is on with the helping hand.

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