Oct 15, 2008

some favorite pics from the summer









Los Anchorage

- as Alec likes to call it...
Mike and I headed out of town for the first time in months last weekend. It was such a busy summer that we just haven't had/made time to leave in a while. Ken and Kristin were having a housewarming in Anchorage, and Alec left for Houston on Monday, so it was a good time to visit.
Except for the wet snow on the road. About 3 hours after leaving town, we were (ok, I was) driving through some big wet snowflakes - the kind that splat when they hit the windshield - and there was already a few inches of accumulation on the ground. I was saying something about sliding off the road, and next thing we are sliding sideways, then backwards, then down the embankment on the opposite side of the road. The spin/slide was scary, but we only took out a few willows and thankfully there wasn't any (apparent) damage to us or the car. But we couldn't get out, it was way too slick. Within 5 minutes a guy with a giant Toyota pulled over and hooked up his winch and pulled us right out! The whole thing from skid to being back on the road only took about a half hour. We saw at least 6 other cars off the road between there (Broad Pass) and Trapper Creek. We stayed at the adorable and very homey Copper Whale Inn in Anchorage. It's not too affordable in the summer, but winter rates begin Oct. 1 and there's an Alaskan resident discount. They don't advertise it, shhh. Some pretty fresh snow fell Sunday morning, here's our balcony:Hiked up Flat Top one day, which I'd never done. It was awesome! I was being a total wuss when we turned around to come down, it was so much steeper at the very top than I thought going up... Mike wasn't worried at all and completely ignored my terror. Here he is telling me to suck it up:
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Oct 14, 2008

Palinoid?


Frank Rich's article "The Terrorist Barack Hussein Obama" points out some really scary facts. Did you know that there hasn’t been a single new black Republican governor, senator or House member in six years? and Palin's quote "We grow good people in our small towns, with honesty and sincerity and dignity" in her convention speech is attributed to Westbrook Pegler who is famous for his anti-Semitism, racism and violent rhetoric. Is this country really still that racist?

more people showed up for the anti-Palin rally than the pro-Palin rally that was highly televised in September. Good to know we live among some non six-packers, although the polls claim Palin's approval rating in Alaska has only dropped to 65% from 85%! Yikes.
http://mudflats.wordpress.com/2008/09/14/alaska-women-reject-palin-rally-is-huge/

Oct 7, 2008

can this campaign season please end soon, please?


If McCain says "my friends" one more time, I'm going to have to shoot the TV!!
Toles' version of the senator is pretty funny, he looks like a bag of potatoes with a mouthguard.

Oct 1, 2008

equinox marathon, take 3


I ran the Equinox Marathon for the 3rd time and got almost the same time (33 seconds slower, 4:17) than the time I got the last time I ran it, 3 years ago, and I got 3rd place in my age group (30-34 women). 16th overall... The weather was lousy, but the run was still fun. Mike was a really great supporter on his bike (injured a tendon on the top of his foot a month ago). um, except for when he couldn't find me for 10 miles or so.