Friday, November 30, 2007

Alaska Nanook Hockey Tonight and Saturday Night

The Alaska Nanooks are looking for their first win tonight in Fairbanks against the Northern Michigan Wildcats from Marquette.

Tune in here: KSUA COLLEGE RADIO LINK . Pre-game show at 6:30pm with Bruce Cech and interviews with both coaches. The puck drops at the Carlson Center at 7pm Alaska Time. Took these pictures of the sunrise this morning about 8:30am. A great start to a great day that will only get better with a win tonight! GO NANOOKS!

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Fasta Pasta

These pre-made packaged ravioli noodles are really good and easy if you have not yet tried them. I made a quick chicken soup tonight with canned chicken, carrots and onion. Dropped in the pasta and in 10 minutes the soup was ready.

Nothing like homemade chicken soup on a cold winters' night. My adopted teenagers gave me compliments like "even if I'm not hungry I'll eat FishTaxi's cooking" and "you cook better than my dad."
Boys are easy to please.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Toosday Comics

I survived the day. After not starting my toy truck for five days he decided he needed a jump to gettee up and go. Poor thing was frozen solid. I barely could get the door open without resorting to the pitcher of warm water trick. Once he got going he was good to go all day. Unlike me who is still tired and achy. I'm almost bach to my old self.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Sick Day

Down with the flu. Called in sick and slept all day. I'm still tired and achy. Going to take a couple Excedrin PMs and hope I wake up back to normal. Whatever that is.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Key Notes

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Misquito Sighting

The weather has been pretty much raining in Valdez since I got bach from Talkeetna. Its been warmer than usual in Alaska lately. Just talked to my sister in Fairbanks and the highs have been in the 40s in the interior. Buckets of rain falling on Anchorage, too. If all this rain had been snow we would have broke records.

Earlier today I spotted this misquito. Come on spring!

Friday, November 23, 2007

At Last

After the whirlwind week I had road tripping around Alaska, it is nice to kick back, eat leftovers and listen to a relaxing Alaska Nanook Hockey game.

The above pictured totally homemade pumpkin pie was made by my friend and reknowned chef Annie Young. It was topped and served with real whipped cream. Fabulous food, drink, folks and entertainment at her house last night.
Shawn Zuke was there and played her guitar and sang for us after dinner. She is one of the many independent musicians on my favorite internet radio station and has performed with Esther Golton from Whole Wheat Radio. Small world!

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Gobble Gobble

Hope everyone is having a wonderful, fun-filled, warm and tasty Thanksgiving.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Get the Led Out

Got back to Valdez around 6pm last night. The roads were good. In fact I took this video from about Milepost 80 to Milepost 70 on the Richardson Highway.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Valdez Bound

Put off leaving Anchorage today due to a blizzard. We had great weather and fun at the Wheat Palace though. (I'll write more about that when I get back to Valdez.)

For current Alaska Driving Conditions I go here:

This is what was posted tonight for Thompson Pass.

Driving Conditions Difficult

Richardson Highway: at Thompson Pass Milepost 26 difficult driving conditions, packed snow, drifting snow, blowing snow, snow, crosswinds, moderate winds, reduced visibility
Current temperature 25 °, Wind speed 35 MPH, 2.0 inches of snow reported on the roadway last updated today at 8:15 PM

FIVE different descriptions of Snow

I'm going to peel out in the morning.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Talkeetna Bound

On my way to Whole Wheat Radio via Anchorage for the Antje Duvekot House Concert. Going as far as Glennallen tonight and driving into Anchortown during daylight Tuesday. The weather is beautiful today but calling for snow tomorrow. I'll be happy to get over Thompson Pass tonight.
This will be my first trip to the Wheat Palace. If you don't know what I'm talking of, read all about it in this WWR newspaper article, in the Frontiersman.
I'll try and blog while I'm gone. I'm taking my desktop (no laptop) and as soon as I post this I'm taking her down and packing her up and going Talkeetna Bound!

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Proud to be among Veterans

Proud to be among veterans but more proud to be a daughter of a veteran. I joined the Air Force while my dad was still in the Army. He served 27 years and retired as a Sgt. Major Sir, highest rank for an enlisted man. We talked on the old watts line for free while we were at work serving our country. This was during the tail end of the VietNam conflict. When asked why I joined the Air Force my joke answer was "cos my dad's in the army." Dad died in 2003.

Raised as an army brat I knew what I was in for. I joined at 18 in 1973. When I should have come up to Alaska and made a $1000 a week working on the pipeline instead of making $344 a month indentured for Uncle Sam.

Me and the Air Force didn't get along very well. In fact we got in a war. I got an Article 15 which is not as bad as a court martial. The papers said "The USAF vrs. FishTaxi". I was scared and I knew I wasn't going to win. I called my dad on the watts line and asked him if he ever got an Article 15. My dad answered "Which one?"

Right before he died we both got on the internet and "talked" on MSN Messenger. He asked me to write "over" when I was done with my paragragh. Just like the old watts line.

Miss you dad. Now you are with all your buddies.

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Live Nanook Hockey on KSUA college radio

I added a link on the right to KSUA if you want to listen to the games via webcast from wherever the Alaska Nanooks are playing. Home games in Fairbanks or on the road Bruce Cech has it covered. Some lucky people even can get the games on TV for free (if your cable company can flip a switch), internet video feed for a price (if you have enough bandwidth) or you can do what I do and go to the KSUA COLLEGE RADIO LINK on Friday and Saturday nights.

Friday, November 09, 2007

Cheery Morning

Valdez was greeted with this sunrise this morning. Today was a crunchy cold. No rain or snow.

Not too much planned this weekend except for packing for my visit to Whole Wheat Radio . oh yah, and butchering up a half of cow moose Mr. FishTaxi got with his brother on a cow permit in Delta. Lots of work but well worth it. He's frying up some backstrap now.

Thursday, November 08, 2007

A Frayed Knot

Every winter I learn to drive all over again. This years been sorta fun. No studs on my Toy truck yet so I'm just driving around with sand bags over the back wheel wells. I can spin roadies!
I rented a 4wd Ford Escape with studs on all around to drive to Anchorage, then Talkeetna, for the Antje Duvekot House Concert.
I might as well rent a good vehicle here and not have to worry about getting a flight in/out of Valdez.
Plus I can shop and have room to bring stuff back!

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Tuesday Comics

Monday, November 05, 2007

Snow is Stickin' Around

This was Sugarloaf this afternoon and it looks as though the snow is sticking around for a while in Valdez town.

I've been busy swimming, tanning, swimming, tanning, getting ready for my next adventure. You'd think I was going somewhere warm but I'm not. I'm heading north to Talkeetna. I'm meeting up with the folks at Whole Wheat Radio and friends I've been talking to on-line for years. Its about time I met up with them and I want to look my best.
Not that they won't recognize the real FishTaxi with a raccoon eye tan.

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Lap Gear

While in Anchorage for the Cup games I picked up lap swimming gear at the Sports Authority. I'm like a duck in the water. Too broke to fly south.

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Voice of the Nanooks

This guy, Bruce Cech, has been calling Alaska Nanook Hockey games for 20 years. If you are lucky enough to live in Fairbanks you can see the games on Fox7 with the sound turned down and the Voice of Nanooks turned up for the play by play action.

When I went to those live hockey games in Anch I really missed hearing the internet radio coverage by Bruce Cech.

MSU won both nights this weekend in Fairbanks 3-1. With an empty net goal both nights. Great hockey went on at the Carlson Center this weekend. Thanks to Bruce Cech I got to hear the hockey games on KSUA college radio FRBKS. Great job everybody!

Friday, November 02, 2007

Nanooks take on the Spartans Tonight and Saturday Night


Nanooks Host Defending NCAA Champs
Alaska Opens Conference With Two-Game Tilt Against #6 Michigan State
Oct. 31, 2007

The Nanooks get their first taste of Central Collegiate Hockey Association action this weekend as they host the defending national champion Michigan State Spartans at the Carlson Center. First face off both nights is 7:05 P.M. Alaska Time. Catch the live webcast here and live game statistics here

• It marks the first time in almost two years that Alaska and MSU will play a series in Fairbanks. The Spartans last visited the Carlson Center on Dec. 9-10, 2005, when they tied the Blue and Gold 4-4 (for the first time in Fairbanks) and then shut them out 1-0 in the rematch.

• The Nanooks series against Anchorage was their only NCAA competition during the month of October. It marked the fewest games played in the 10th month since the Nanooks met Notre Dame for a two-game set in late October of the 1990-91 season.

• Junior defenseman Tyler Eckford's three point effort at UAA proved he will continue to be an offensive threat for the Nanooks this season. He scored Alaska's first goal of the season and assisted on the (then) game-tying goal Friday night, before setting up rookie Landon Novotney for the first goal of the game on Saturday.

• Alaska was swept by the Seawolves in Anchorage (for the second consecutive season) in the opening games of the Alaska Airlines Governor's Cup. The teams will rematch in Fairbanks New Year's Eve Weekend at the Carlson Center on Dec. 28-29. The Nanooks must return the favor by winning both games when UAA visits Fairbanks to force a shootout and decide the Cup's Champion.

• Head coach Doc DelCastillo named three assistants to captain T.J. Campbell. Senior goalie Wylie Rogers, senior forward Aaron Lee and junior defenseman Tyler Eckford will don "A"s on their Nanook jerseys for the 2007-08 season.

• Senior goalie Wylie Rogers is the first Nanook goalie to serve as an assistant captain (or captain) in 17 years. Former Alaska netminder Jamie Loewen was a tri-captain with forward Wayne Sawchuk and defenseman Derek Linnell during the 1991-92 season.

• Senior left wing Aaron Lee leads the returning Nanooks in scoring against the Spartans. He has notched five goals and two assists when playing against MSU. Junior right wing Kyle Jones is second best against the Spartans with four goals and one assist through seven games.
To listen on internet radio tune into KSUA college radio Fairbanks.
GO NANOOKS and congratulations Wylie on being selected co-captain!!!

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Day/Night Account

Wouldn't it be fun to be a teenager again?