Chip and I were walking the other day, and he said I shouldn't wear mittens. His Tlingit hunting friend John says that you can stay outside in the cold longer if you learn not to need them. I have an artist friend who told me not wear glasses for the same reason. He said that my eyes would get used to them. I wear both mittens and glasses. However, I have been having some eye trouble lately, and at Morning Muscles one of the ladies jumping and crunching recommended fish oil. She suggested seeing a pharmacist in Juneau at Ron's Apothecary. I know I like to shop locally, but there is no drug store in Haines, and I was in Juneau anyway for the Poetry Out Loud contest (more on that in another post.) Also, I am one of those Americans who pays for my own health insurance. Our policy has 1,000 dollar deductible, no eye, and no dental, and it still costs over 15,000 dollars a year. So, instead of seeing an eye doctor I went to the drug store and asked about fish oil, and I left with a gin size glass bottle of Norwegian lemon flavored fish oil. I have been taking a tablespoon a day for a week and and my eyes feel much better. Everything does.My husband says it may be my imagination. I said mitten-less warm hands may be his too. I told his hunting buddy about the fish oil yesterday. John is Tlingit, and said that of course fish oil is the elixir of life. Eulachon oil (pronounced hooligan) in particular. It is what Haines and Klukwan are historically known for. The Haines Highway follows the old fish grease trail into the Yukon and the interior. The Natives ate fish oil before there was health insurance. We had a jar of eulachon oil from John's Uncle Smitty, but our friend Liam ate it all. He raved about it. John told me that if I ever get in trouble up the river in the winter time, and am very cold and can't get warm, to find a slow moving or even dead coho and bite the nose the off and chew it. "It will warm you right up he said." Which brings me back to fish oil. Why am I buying Norwegian fish oil in Alaska? Couldn't we manufacture it out of the terminal run hatchery salmon carcasses we are stripping the eggs from? It would be local and historic and the plant could run on hydro-power.