Scribblings

It’s 44 years today

44 years ago today I first stepped foot in Alaska. I spent my first two nights in the state at the old ANMC quarters. My poor Adeline was in a carry cage and as unhappy as I was. I cried almost all of the first night. And then I left for Barrow and my life would change forever.

Did I mention that I had announced to everyone at the beginning of this adventure that I would only be gone for two years. I guess I blew that deadline. Continue reading →

Columns 2016

Put on your big boy and girl pants and face the current fiscal reality

I don’t know how it is in your family, but when I complain to my relatives in the lower 48 that I’m ONLY getting $1000 from the state instead of $2000 I am somehow owed, I get a less than sympathetic response. This might be because they live in reality where, if you want government services, you pay for them. Alaskans have seemingly forgotten how this actually works.

For a group of people that likes to complain about government overreach, certain Alaskans are screaming awfully loudly about something that is, in essence, a free government gift. And please spare me Continue reading →

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Ethics in journalism

Tomorrow’s Alaska Professional Communicator’s luncheon’s guess speaker is, of all things, a philosopher. So, first off to my cousin Joe… see there is a job market for philosophers. And two, who the hell knew that the media had ethics? I thought Fox had made them passe years and years and years ago. Continue reading →

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My, oh my, those comments are dirty

I guess I hadn’t realized how many of the comments this site would receive would be porn spam. I must say that now that I get to review and accept or reject comments based on their subject matter, I have become familiar with a variety of sex… things… that I’d never known were possible before. Maybe my Catholic upbringing was not the right preparation for reviewing porn spam. Continue reading →

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Only in Alaska

Only in Alaska where we pay no income tax at all would people complain because this year the state is only sending them a check for $1000 for every man, woman and child who can prove Alaska residency. Make this complaint to someone who lives outside of Alaska where the state not only doesn’t pay them to live there but actually takes money from them in the form of taxes for living there. Alaskans wouldn’t know how to survive that. Continue reading →

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Monday presidential debate

I want to watch it but every time I see Trump I throw up a little in my mouth. And then when he starts talking, I find myself picking up heavy objects and heaving them at the tv. So maybe I should just watch NCIS:LA reruns and read about the debates in the paper the next day. Might be safer all around. Continue reading →

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Brad, Angie… tell me it isn’t so!

Thank god for Brad and Angelina’s divorce filing. We finally have something to worry about that is worth our worrying. Presidential election? State elections? Wars in the Mid East?  Climate catastrophe facing us down? None of that matters anymore. What really matters is however will Brad get over Angie? Will Jennifer leave her husband and reunite with Brad? Does having millions and millions of dollars make this any easier on those sad little urchins they are raising? Who will Angie turn to for comfort? Her brother? Does she still have that vial of Billy Bob Thornton’s blood? Maybe he’s available? Continue reading →

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The real reason Donald Trump

… is at a disadvantage in the upcoming presidential debates:

Because he’s a racist asshole with less intelligence in his entire brain than Hillary has in her left pinky finger.

Whew. I feel better now. I guess I’ve been holding that in for a long time. Continue reading →

Columns 2016

To cut or not to cut the PFD check

Anyone catching even the slightest glimpse of my checkbook knows my ability with finances is, to put it mildly, limited. That I’m able to live on my own and pay my own bills this late in my life is totally due to other people who understand finances and helped me save some of that money flowing so easily through my fingers. So when I talk about our PFD checks, I speak from a human perspective and not a technical knowledge of high finance.

In most of Bush Alaska, a PFD check is treasured. It provides that extra boost that helps Continue reading →