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The wait begins

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Family won’t arrive for another week, yet we sit patiently on the stairs and await their arrival… and pray to god that none of the dogs does something in the house that will cause my cousin Joe to run screaming into the night. And YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN!

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Proof the seventies were the nadir of fashion

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A picture of my family from the seventies. Left to right: my dad, Aunt Louise, mom, me, sister-in-law Jay holding niece Andrea, sister Judy, brother Phil… he’s the one with the massive armpits sweat stains – no idea how Marian (mom) ever let him in the picture with them. Andrea, now a fashionable young lady, thought her mother had a blanket on her lap. But no. Those are her pants. And again I repeat, the seventies… the nadir of fashion.

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Ah vertigo

Today I spent the morning with a specialist figuring out where the hell the sudden vertigo I’ve been experiencing came from. Seriously, if I want the world to spin around like that, I’d rather do it chemically. And for those of you lucky enough to never experience true vertigo, let me explain it this way. Vertigo is to dizziness as a Clydesdale is to a pony.

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an explanation

As I, more rapidly than I’d ever imagined, experience all the joys of growing older, I find my normally cheerful disposition harder and harder to maintain. And for all of you out there on the floor laughing hysterically at that previous sentence, I do too have a normally cheerful disposition. It just is combined with a realistic view of life that creates an odd balance.

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Pick. Click. Give.

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Don’t forget when you sign up for your PFD, take a moment to Pick. Click. Give. to the charity of your choice. And if you don’t have one special one, consider Bird TLC for your donation. These immature bald eagles sure appreciated what Bird TLC was able to do for them so that they had a chance to grow into adults and fly free in the wild again. If you don’t live in Alaska and so don’t get that wonderful free check every year from our Permanent Fund, you can contribute directly to Bird TLC by going to our website

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OK Anchorage, here’s the thing

I have family actually coming to visit in February. Some of them are already pretty convinced that I lost my mind years ago and that’s why I still live here. If they arrive and find that Philly has more snow than Anchorage… if they arrive and find our sidewalks and parking lots and driveways are useful as ice skating rinks… if they arrive and see all the ugly stuff we usually bury under successive layers of winter snow… oh crap, oh crap. I’ll never get another relative to Alaska.

Wait… is that really a bad thing?

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