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Something Really Funny

From the Haines Police Blotter, May 14th: 

"At approximately 12:45 p.m. a local lodging reported that a queen sized bed had been stolen from a room. Police initiated a case on the incident."


Manic May

Yes, it is Manic May-- one day feels like summer and the next day we are back in March.  The first cruise ship of the season surprised us all yesterday. It wasn't meant for Haines, as it was supposed to dock in Skagway but it was too windy so they pulled in here instead. As Bruce said on the radio when he announced the ship's arrival "the population of Haines is about to double for the next few hours." Oh, and the garden is begging for attention and all the seedlings really must get out of the house.

Sunday's Thought: The Duty of Mothers

"When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, 'Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.' To this day, especially in times of 'disaster,'I remember my mother's words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world."- Fred Rogers (Yes, that Mr. Rogers.)


Ride Your Bike Today

It's ride your bicycle to school day, which meant we had a lot more company than normal as we pedaled in from the highway toward the Haines School this morning, usually we might see two other riders and very few vehicles, but today there were policemen, teachers, parents, children all in a kind of parade. The sun was out, the wind was at our backs and everyone was smiling. I hope more children (and parents, and heck policemen too) make cycling a habit.

Golden Retriever Owners' Problems

Maybe we should call it manic May? I mean, I wanted spring so badly that I was getting kind of depressed-- okay, really grumpy actually. But when it suddenly arrived yesterday-- late, but in a spectacular way-- all shorebirds, sea lions, bears, wolves, moose, swans-- sun and even warmth-- I felt like I had back when I was nine months pregnant with my fourth child and so wanted to deliver her, until the first labor pangs commenced and I remembered the work of bringing a new life into the world. I could have used another day, or at least a nap, first.

Sunday Thought

Schools of little fish properly called eulachon or more often hooligans, have arrived, just as they have every Alaskan spring since time in memorial. Yet the date they show up, the length of the run, and even the strength of their numbers remains a mystery. Einstein said that the fairest thing we can experience is the mysterious.

Maybe We Can Pretend it's March?

We could pretend this is March, then it wouldn't be odd at all to be so cold and relentlessly snowing. Then, a bike ride in the snow would be almost fun, something to laugh or even brag about-- or at least a choice-- and not a must-do with 7 weeks before the Kluane to Chilkat International Bike Relay.

Something Funny

The phones rings Saturday morning. My husband answers it. "Here, talk to the person who answers surveys," he says and hands it to me.  I say I do have a few minutes to answer questions about Alaska issues. The first one is: How often do I vote? There are a choices, sometimes, never etc. I answer, "always." I have never missed a local, state, or national election, special ones included. The second question: Are you affiliated with or a member of any political party or movement? Again, a list of options.  I wait until I hear mine. " Yes.



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