General Discussion, Saturday, March 18, 2023

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34 Responses to General Discussion, Saturday, March 18, 2023

  1. Lucille says:

    Have a beautiful Saturday in the capital of the Republic of Ireland…Dublin….

    Dublin City Hall…

    Guinness Storehouse…

    Or on a visit to Northern Ireland’s capital, Belfast….

    Belfast City Hall…

    Titanic Belfast (Museum)…

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  2. Monroe says:

    Word of the day:

    Normophobic- fear and hatred toward individuals who just want to get on with their life without the need to force their opinions unto others.

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  3. Lucille says:

    This is so disheartening…no way is this man going to get a fair trial. Our federal government has become a dictatorship, and they will persecute whomever they want….

    HE HAS THE PROOF: DC Gulag Political Prisoner and Decorated Army Special Forces Soldier Jeffrey McKellop Reveals Extent of Government Agents at J6 Capitol Protest – IT WAS A COMPLETE SET-UP! (Audio)

    By Jim Hoft Posted March 17, 2023 8:00 am

    “Jeffrey has been silenced by his government. After his arrest in March 2021, Jeffrey delved into video footage and documented evidence from January 6. Jeffrey was able to identify numerous government informants and agitators in the massive Trump crowd that day. After he put together his evidence he sent it out to numerous contacts. That was when the FBI came into his prison cell and took his research. They then attempted to silence him and banned him from phone and mail privileges.

    “Jeffrey’s trial is scheduled to start in April, 2023. He has been in prison for two years TODAY without a trial. He was arrested on March 17, 2021.

    “It is very informative on what really happened on January 6 and how the US government treats its political prisoners. What an absolute tragedy. It is infuriating.”

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  4. WeeWeed says:

    Mornin’ y’all. Fresh hell…

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  5. czarina33 says:

    Mornin’ all ya’all! Grey hung over from rainy all day yesterday, light showers predicted. Kinda dulls the spring colors. Also rather cool and very windy. Think I’ll do inside stuff after I pull the tropical plants inside.

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  6. auscitizenmom says:

    Afternoon all. 25* and very sunny with a few thin clouds in the sky. I can see the mountains off in the distance very clearly. I think I will bundle up and take Loki for a walk a little later. I know she would love that.

    I got another shot in my eye yesterday. The doc was very pleased with the progress. It took a really long time for the dilation to go down and it wasn’t really gone by the time I went to bed last night. I couldn’t focus on anything when I got home and I ended up calling my son to have some dinner delivered. I was barely able to find his number on my phone. He ordered from the restaurant near Tumbled which is just down the street where I do my wash, so it was here in 10 min. Not bad. I don’t have to go back for another shot for 10 weeks. Thank goodness.

    Well, hope you have a nice day.

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  7. Lucille says:

    Skellig Michael
    Dave Stotts of Drive Thru History – Posted 3/15/23

    “Skellig Michael…Within 100 years of the death of Saint Patrick, a Christian monastery was established there as a place of Christian isolation, learning, and protection.”

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  8. The Tundra PA says:

    Yeah, more about MUSHING. Hope y’all are not sick of hearing about it!

    Hey czarina. I posted such a late (and somewhat long-winded) comment on yesterday’s General Discussion answering Reflection’s question about why the race takes so much less time than it used to, I’m actually surprised that you saw it. You asked another good question, so I’ve moved it to here in case others wonder the same. The rest of y’all can just blow through if you’ve had quite enough! 🙂

    czarina33 says:
    March 18, 2023 at 9:14 am

    No, it was great history, easily read and very much appreciated! I love that the first ones were so casual “4 caribou carcasses to feed the team” and “winning was kind of an after thought”. Camaraderie and keeping the tradition were a reason to do it. Kinda sad those were lost, or do some people still go out the old ways, just for the tradition?

    The answer is yes, there are lots of mushers (like I was) who simply love the sport of dog mushing and never enter a race. These are known as recreational mushers. They are not professionals who make their living (such as it is) from mushing, but regular folks who have day jobs to support their dog habit. Mushing is the State Sport of Alaska, and you’d be amazed at how many people there are here who do or have run dogs. Especially around Fairbanks, which is the Dog Mushing Capital of the state. There are official DOT signs on roads all around Fairbanks that say Caution, Dog Team Crossing.

    My mentor in all things mushing, known as Henry on my blog Tundra Medicine Dreams, was a recreational musher from the time I first met him until his death in 2021. He had been a very active racer in his earlier years in mid-distance races of 100-300 miles, and won his share of them. He was in his 50s when I met him 25 years ago, and by then he was all about the pure love of the sport and his bond with the dogs. He was a true dog whisperer. This love, and the experience of participating in it, was his greatest gift to me. He was 9 years older than I, and I considered him the brother I’d never had.

    Wow, that’s an ugly link. I hope it comes out as the photo of Henry running dogs and driving a “basket” sled, sometimes called a stick sled. He built it in the traditional Native fashion, and always preferred it to the modern aluminum and plastic sleds that are much lighter. Knowing him was a joy and a privilege and I count him among the greatest people I’ve ever know. RIP, dear friend.

    Thanks, czarina.

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    • The Tundra PA says:

      Yay, the link came out as a photo, which I took of him and the team crossing Hangar Lake near Bethel on a glorious winter day.

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      • czarina33 says:

        Well, I’m glad it is still a recreational sport, and people love to do it, because it should not be lost!

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      • Sharon says:

        The other day as I was continuing my read of your blog, I came across some detailed explanation about Hangar Lake and a trip you made out there, checking out the ice early one fall. So I pulled up Google Earth and went and found Hangar Lake—it often adds a considerable amount to my comprehension of what’s being discussed if I can get a sky-high and closer in-view of an area.

        The relative isolation of Bethel is very plain to see–with the 2,000 foot view of the limited number of roads, etc.

        I love your writing, Tundra! So much information, so much obvious enjoyment of what you’re describing, etc. Very easy to read..I’m actually moving slow on the reading and savoring it. Thank you for any and all sharing you do.

        I was thinking last night about those who had already completed the race as others are still moving toward the finish line–can’t imagine how that first 24-36 hours after finishing feels exactly. Checking the dogs’ paws–again. Keeping the water coming for them. Noting how they are sinking into a time of rest. The cool-down time for the team is a big deal, I would imagine, considering the love and commitment the musher has for the dogs.

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        • The Tundra PA says:

          Thank you for your kind words, Sharon. I’m so glad you are enjoying reading the blog! It was one of my most memorable writing experiences, and very gratifying that it can still be appreciated, though it is now over 10 years ago.

          Yes Bethel is very isolated. No roads go there, which is the definition of “Bush Alaska”. One can only get there by boat or by plane. The town has about 7,000 people, a couple of hundred sled dogs, and less than 20 miles of road. The only paved one goes out to the airport. There is not a single traffic light; there is one 3-way stop sign.

          Regarding the first day or so after finishing the race. Mushers at this level all have handlers who help with dog care and exercising. One or more of them will fly out to Nome for the race finish, to take care of the musher and the team. The musher is literally crawling from tiredness, so the handlers take over care of the team and the mushers may sleep for 24 hours or more. The early finishers will have 4-5 days to get caught up on rest and food before the Mushers’ Banquet, which is today. In some years, the banquet happens before the Red Lantern makes it to Nome; but not this year. Tomorrow (Monday) will begin a mass exodus from Nome as dogs are put in crates and mushers, handlers, families, veterinarians, volunteers, officials, and Iditarod fans begin returning to Anchorage. Back in the old days, some mushers just turned their teams around and went home the way they came–on the back of a dog sled.

          Iditarod 51 is truly over.

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          • Sharon says:

            “…some mushers just turned their teams around and went home the way they came–on the back of a dog sled.”

            That’s sort of a perfect comment with which to end your commentary on the 2023 Iditarod.

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    • Lucille says:

      Thank you, Tundra! That was fun and touching, too! Keep the info coming.

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