March 23, 2018

Friday Funny 3-23/18 (Ted Talks, and Fishes)

TED Talks

TED Talks. TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is a media organization which posts talks online for free distribution, under the slogan "ideas worth spreading". (Wikipedia)

We have our own version of Ted talks. Ted is the owner of a commercial fishing trawler that shares our dock finger, and we met him the first year we purchased a slip for Denali Rose in Heritage Harbor. He's in his 90s, and is what we call a colorful, Alaskan Sourdough. 

Sourdough: The name originally came from the Gold Rush of 1898 era when prospectors and other wanderers carried a lump of fermented starter dough for making bread in a pouch around their neck. The fermented dough was kept close the body to stay warm. A sourdough pouch hanging around a miner’s neck was a clear sign of experience in survival. The term came to be associated with an old timer or someone who has been in the north country a long time. (Learn to Speak Alaskan)

A sourdough is someone who has weathered some time in Alaska.  For example, one’s sourdough status might be 1 year, which means they have survived a single year.  The length of time one must live in Alaska to actually be considered a sourdough is debatable.  Some argue that becoming a sourdough is more of an existential transformation, waking up one day to the epiphany that you no longer look at the state as a wide eyed tourist but rather as a piece of the landscape, though with no less enthusiasm. (Alaskan Vernacular)

 And the response to the above definition on that same page: As someone who has lived in Alaska for almost 15 years now whose married to a lifelong Alaskan, and seen a lot of people come and go, I would have to say that it is more of an attitude than time lived up here. Your sourdough status is the length of time in Alaska which is different from being a sourdough. If all you do is gripe about how much you hate it here or wish life here was different all the time, then you’ll never be a sourdough no matter how long you’re here. On the other hand, if you have a generally positive attitude and adapt to our way of life (as opposed to trying to change it to fit the standard of where you moved here from) you’re well on your way to becoming a sourdough.

I guess I consider myself an Alaskan Sourdough, though nowhere near as colorful a character as Ted.

Ted on the deck of Rebel.

Ted tells us how his boat got it's name. "I called my (then), wife, on the phone, and told her, I've named the boat after you, I named it in honor of you being from the South. The name is Rebel, (a pause, and a grin), because I didn't know how to spell Barracuda!" Ted says his phone receiver turned red hot from the expletives that came from the other end. 

Ted doesn't commercial fish anymore, but he still takes Rebel out and fishes with a pole. I always say, "if Ted isn't catching fish, then NO ONE is catching fish!" I have never seen someone catch as many king salmon as he does. 

A couple of years ago, he introduced us to white winter king salmon, I had always thought that halibut was my favorite fish, but I have changed my mind. The white king doesn't have an enzyme that allows for the pink color, and it's a highly prized and very tasty fish. 

A bit of Johnny's salmon seasoning on top, and BBQ-d to perfection.

Ted had Rebel built for his commercial fishing business, and tells a story about how it sunk underneath him one night. Ted, and his two crewmembers woke up to knee high water in their cabin, and prepared to abandon ship, they jumped out, and swam to nearby land. After being rescued, (another story), and hauling up the boat, Ted sent it to a shipyard in Anacortes, WA for repairs. A couple of people were walking nearby the boat while it was being worked on, and not knowing the owner was within earshot, were trash-talking about him. "Can you believe it? The owner of this brand-new trawler, sunk it in Alaskan waters!" Ted turned around and replied, "yup, we were out deer hunting, and had got our limit. After it sunk, we hauled the boat out of the water,  she had 25,000 pounds of King Crab in her, so we baited her back up, and sunk her again!" Ted grinned, and walked off. That's the way to stop those trash-talkers in their tracks.

Lately, Ted has been coming down to the boat on his ATV. Since I'm on crutches, I know how difficult the ramp down to the docks can be, and his knees aren't the best anymore. 

The tide is going out, and the ramp gets steeper yet.

Bill said we should get mine out of storage, and give it a try. If I wasn't working so hard to get rid of crutches, I would be all for it. I think it would be a really great way to haul stuff to and from the boat, much better than a dock cart, however, it would also be a great way to be lazy, and not keep working on putting weight on my leg. 

Ted on his ATV at our dock finger.

Don't pay any attention to how dirty Denali Rose is, with the water shortage in Wrangell, we aren't allowed to do our spring wash down, and clean her up.

Ted talking fishing with Bill.

Bill, and I are not the only ones who like to visit with Ted, Elsie jumped onboard, got her chin scratched, and decided to check out all of the good smells.

Elsie is on super secret cat business.

Ted says that he's heard fish is good brain food, "and if that's the case, I'vs eaten so much that I should be Einstein by now!"

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March 16, 2018

Friday Funny 3-16/18 (Rehab and Rain)

It's me.

Coffee to inspire some "get - up - and - go" in the morning is a must.

I'm getting physical therapy several different ways this month. The goal is to ditch at least one crutch, if not both by the end of it. It's good to be optimistic, but it's difficult. I'm attending a water aerobics class called "the arthritis class" in the Wrangell pool. The goal is to exercise all of your joints, and use movement that is supported by being in the water. I was surprised at how wonderful the water felt, and how much movement I could accomplish without my crutches. I can do the exercises, and walk using a small floatation board for stability. I also have a Physical Therapist at the Wrangell Medical Center who has given me knee, ankle, and foot exercises that need to be done every 2 hours. All this activity is keeping me busy!

A glass of wine to console me when my goals for the day haven't lived up to my large expectations. As I told my PT worker, "I'm very competitive, but only with myself." I usually push myself, and then in the evening I'm swollen, and have some discomfort.

- I wrote the previous paragraphs on Tuesday, and today is Friday. The good news is that I didn't need the floatation board in the pool this morning. YAY! I also walked, (outside the pool), all morning with just one crutch. This afternoon, I went back to both crutches, because I was getting sore, and stiff. It's probably good to not overdue it, and then end up with too much pain, and soreness.

The bad news is that Wrangell, in the nation's largest rain forest, is experiencing a water shortage. It's a possibility they may close down the pool to conserve water. It's not all about how much rain they have had, though that plays into it, it's also about the water filtration system that can't keep up. I won't go into local politics here, but I would be unhappy if I couldn't use the pool. I believe it's been a major factor in my positive rehabilitation.

Who knows..... we may end up back in Petersburg!

It's kind of hard to wish for rain when the day is as beautiful as this.

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March 9, 2018

Friday Funny 3-9/18 (Respect)

Thursday, the 8th of March, was International Women's Day. I'm not sure what that means internationally, but there were quite a few uplifting sayings, quotes, and photos posted in the news, and Facebook. 

No, this is not a man-bashing column. It's a reminder to treat everyone with courtesy, and respect.

Just recently in a women's sailing forum I belong to, someone asked, "if your significant other stepped on your foot, would they apologize?" I was stunned by the answers. About half of the respondents said "yes", and the other half was split between an absolute "no", and an, "I don't know". There is something seriously wrong with that. If you stepped on anyone, including, or especially  your partner, wouldn't you say you were sorry?

Notice both Eleanor, and Malala talk in terms of anyone, not excluding race, nationality, or gender. 

I tried to find some good humor online, but only came up with man-hating, or sexist cartoons. So I'll tip my wine glass to all the remarkable, intelligent, capable women everywhere. Cheers!  🍷

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March 2, 2018

Friday Funny 03-02/18 (One Step at a Time)


I'm back onboard Denali Rose, and learning how to maneuver with crutches, from the front to the back of the boat. We have a boarding ladder with two steps, and a companionway with steps to get into the boat. We have stair steps leading forward from the pilothouse to the galley, forward dinette, forward head, and v-berth. We have stair steps leading aft from the pilothouse to the rear head, the shop room, and the master cabin. I know this is not a handicap accessible boat, but I would have appreciated some standardizations.

Many useful items stored under the stairs.

I'll start with the companionway steps. There are four steps, each one progressively narrower than the last from the bottom up. The bottom step is 12 1/2 inches from the floor, the next three steps are 10 1/2 inches from each other, the top step is only 6 1/2 inches wide, and the top board to hop over to get into the cockpit is 10 1/2 inches from the top step. I appreciate these are mostly the same, but still quite a hop for someone on crutches. There are good handholds on both sides. Bill gets to boost me up... don't ask how.

Forward steps down to galley, lower dinette, forward head, and v-berth.

It's two steps down to the forward part of the boat. The first step down is 11 inches, and the second one is 10 1/2 inches. It's only 1/2 an inch, but deciding where to hold on, and where to step, it makes a difference. You can see the step is on hinges, and lifts up, and the floor (sole), has a recessed ring to pull out the floorboard. There are good handholds on both sides of the steps

Entrance to forward head (bathroom)

The threshold to the forward head doesn't have a step. I have no issues getting in and out, also the entrance to the v-berth is just flat floor, no threshold, step, or anything to hop over.

Aft stairs down to the aft head, shop/laundry room, and master stateroom.

Three steps down to the aft part of the boat. You can see two of them have hinges and lift up for access to storage. The top step is 9 1/2 inches, the middle is 9 1/2 inches, and the bottom step is 9 inches. There is only one handhold on one side of the steps. If I'm not careful, I catch my crutch on the hinged step and it slams back creating quite a racket. The cats jump every time I do it.

Threshold to aft head, also the threshold into the shower.

This one is difficult for me, I put my bum leg, and the crutch in, and then lean on the toilet lid to hop my good leg over the 6 inch high threshold. I'm not sure why this bathroom has such a high threshold, and the other one doesn't have one at all. There must be a nautical reason that I don't know about.

Master stateroom

The master stateroom, (our bedroom), is the hardest of all. There aren't any handholds on either side of the door, and I have identified where I would like to have some mounted. The step up is 8 inches. I use both crutches, put my good leg up into the room, lean forward on the crutches, and hop my other leg in, while I pull the crutches in at the same time. I nearly fell backwards one time, so now I am more careful to lean into the room.

It takes practice, and awareness of how to treat each step situation. I don't want to get complacent, and think that they are all the same. The thing is though, I've always been careful on the boat, ie, one hand for the boat, one hand for you, even inside, even at the dock. It was when I was on land, that I didn't use my common sense to keep myself upright. Everyone has heard my new rule, "I don't carry anything down stairs anymore. I will throw it to the bottom, and pick it up when I get there."

This is the best of all steps, 12 steps to chocolate.

Should I write Nauticat in Finland, and advise them how they could standardize steps onboard? Do you have standardized steps where you live? 

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February 24, 2018

Friday Funny (?) 2-23/18 (Home Sweet Home)

I arrived with more than a sack of marbles.

I actually arrived home to Denali Rose in Petersburg on Friday. The friends that helped pick me up at the airport were surprised at the amount of luggage I had. The upside; I had one t-shirt when I arrived Anchorage on the Medevac, and I was able to buy a nice wardrobe via the internet from Eddie Bauer, courtesy of everything 60% off. My sis-in-law wanted to know if I had left anything in the store. The downside; it won't all fit in my allotted storage space on the boat, so I will have to be ruthless with sorting out the old clothes. I also acquired another sewing machine, a small compact model, that will do lightweight jobs. So, I have rationalized, three tubs for sewing machine, some new clothes, and don't forget, Christmas presents..... I had to buy the walker, no rental, like the wheelchair, and duffle in case of weather problems with flight, and my backpack of electronics, and snacks. That's not too much is it?

3 tubs, a duffle, my walker, and a backpack

DAN, (our Medivac Insurance Co), really came through again. The doctor had released me for travel, with the stipulations of full recline, and full elevation for my leg. So DAN booked me on a commercial flight, but to make sure they were providing for doctor's orders, they booked, and paid for, a row of three seats just for me. That way I could sit with my leg extended out the length of the three seats. I'm again, blown away by the efficient, caring people at DAN, and the way they have provided for me. I urge anyone who might be considering DAN, or DAN Boater evacuation service to take a look at their programs online. 

Onboard Alaska Airlines

The weather today, (Saturday), is really awful, we are getting a large snow dump. It has made hobbling the dock with crutches a challenge. I decided to brave it, and go up to a local bakery/coffee shop for breakfast and chat with friends. The dock was slushy when we left, and the ramp was at high tide, so it wasn't too hard to get up it. When we returned, the slush had 3-4 inches of snow on it, and the ramp was approaching low tide. If I had a sled, it might have been fun, but meeting up with friends was the best part, and completely worth the trip.

Of course, for my first outing in Petersburg, I'm wearing my "I Do All My Own Stunts" hoodie.

I tried to keep my sock, and boot out of the snow, but I didn't succeed. 

It's also not much fun getting on/off the boat, but once onboard, I'm learning how to negotiate the various steps. Bill will be a "single-hander" until I get better balance, and more weight on the left leg. It's a good thing he's good at that, and doesn't mind.

Do you think we qualify for handicap parking?

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February 16, 2018

Friday Funny 2-16/18 (PT Olympics)

Yummy Olympic food

I'm not sitting as much as I was before, I try to get up and "walk" around every hour or so. I'm working my knee, and ankle, while putting some weight on my leg. Commercials are a great time to move while watching Olympics on TV. I can pretend I'm in my own Olympic training camp.

Take Lindsey Vonn for example, did you see her horrific crash, and airlift via a backboard a few years ago? I've also been seeing her rehab physical therapy routines on TV. All of that makes me look like a whiny, wimpy, slacker . Sheesh, and she's back in the 2018 Olympics!  

Tug, pull!

I read a joke somewhere that said the real winner of the Olympic events, was the worldwide spandex industry. I chuckled at that. I can't even imagine how much time, effort, and money went into designing, and producing all of those uniforms.

They had curling on a big screen while I was doing my physical therapy the other day. Even though curling is a really big sport in Fairbanks, (where I used to live), I never went, or learned it's rules. Watching it without sound is sort of like watching bowling, or golf. Yes, I know there are people out there who love those sports.. maybe you, don't send me hate mail. I think they are kind of slow moving on TV.

I don't do much housework right now.

Curling also has a mixed doubles team event. It can make for a complicated relationship if your significant other is your competitive partner. The couple from Norway have been known to argue it out. I think that would be difficult in front of the entire watching world. Article here.

Also, 7 Fascinating Facts About Curling, The Oddest Sport At The Winter Olympics.  Just in case you were curious about rules, terms, and where the stones are made.

We're actively working on my return to Denali Rose, and my life. I'm going to be on crutches for awhile more, as weight-bearing is permitted, or tolerated, but I think I can maneuver the boat now. We have built in handholds everywhere onboard, and with one crutch, I can get around from handhold to handhold. The main concern is the ice, and snow on the docks, and I'll have to use the ramps at high tide. 😀  I'm getting those spikey things that attach to the foot of a crutch in order to keep a good footing and not slip. I can do the  exercises, and wait on healing in my own space, and bed. I also need to let my family have their lives, and their home back. We haven't got an exact date yet, but we're narrowing it down. Hallelujah!

What's your favorite sport, is it in the Olympics? Do you play a sport, do you want to be in the Olympics?

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February 9, 2018

Friday Funny 2-9/18 (Nothing)

Hopefully not.

I couldn't think of a topic this week, so I googled, "I have nothing to say." You have already seen the results of that search. I still don't have anything to say, so that's my poetry.

Do you have anything to say?

Oh, and Valentines Day is next week, here's one for you.


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February 2, 2018

Friday Funny 02-02/18 (On the Mend?)


As The World Turns, or so goes the Days of my Life....

My last doctor visit was Monday, and he basically said, "Go forth and walk." That advice surprised me, because the x-ray they took that day showed the breaks hadn't healed yet. When the technician put the photo up on the screen, my heart sank, I thought he was going to say, " Another month of non-weight bearing." Guess again! I'm not a doctor, and I don't play one on TV, (or in real life).

Bionic leg

I put arrows at the breaks you can see, the fourth one is behind the rod, and pins that now exist inside my leg.

My knee is kind of numb, and stiff, but doesn't hurt, and moves fairly well. My ankle is still swollen, and has an odd shape. It also sends shooting zingers out to my leg quite frequently. They say it's because the nerves, and surrounding muscles are getting used to the foreign hardware, and it will eventually settle down. I know this is correct advice, because I have titanium hardware in my wrist also, it did the same thing, and now it's fine.

Bill always says, "Injuries will be amputated."

I'm scheduled for my first physical therapy appointment, for my ankle on Friday. Yes, they initially said no PT needed, but that has changed.

I'm going to the PT office that my niece used to work at, and others in my family have gone there for therapy as well. The office recognized my name right away, "Oh, another one needs help." They must think we are a bunch of dare-devils or something. I wore my new hoodie to the doctor's office, they thought it was funny. It will be appropriate for the PT office too.

Stunt Family

Getting ready for the doctor appointment, it's kind of hard to balance with crutches, and take a selfie.

I should stop doing stunts.

I'm really not trying to be the Bionic Woman, unless I can get that cool background sound when I jump.

Go, go go

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January 26, 2018

Friday Funny 01-26/18 (Earthquake and Tsunami)

Is it possible?
I'm sure you saw the news about the 7.9 earthquake that occurred Monday, Jan 23, just off the coast of Kodiak Alaska. Here in Anchorage, we felt the quake, and then cell phones started to buzz with a Tsunami warning. The first thing I did, was to text Bill, who is still on Denali Rose in Petersburg AK. I wanted to make sure he was awake, and could make reasonable decisions about what to do. He was awake.....

As strange as it may seem, I turned to Facebook for updates, the Police Dept of Kodiak, KTUU, and friends were posting information, and links to information that were very helpful. One gentleman in Kodiak used his phone on Facebook Live, and kept it running for hours. He had over 3000 viewers from all over the world.

A message I got from Facebook.

The authorities turned on the tsunami warning sirens in many coastal communities, like Sitka, Homer, and Seward. I had friends who live aboard their sailboats in Sitka, and Seward, and were posting that they had left their marinas, and had evacuated to higher ground. Bill said that Petersburg marina personnel came around knocking on boats to let everyone know about the situation.

As it turned out, we didn't have a tsunami, due to the type of earthquake. It was called a "strike-slip", versus a "subduction", and didn't create the vertical movement to the seabed that would cause a tsunami. Read more about it here: Powerful earthquake didn't cause a tsunami.

It didn't take long for us to get cheeky about the experience.

Lower 48 is what we call the contiguous US.

This guy actually posted this as a joke, but folks took him seriously.


We lived through another one. It's amazing, I haven't heard of any damage to any community. My sister-in-law has many beautiful glass items on display, and nothing fell off of it's shelf. 

We're cheeky, but also grateful that we can joke about it now.

A post from the Denali Rose Sailboat facebook page

Have you ever been in a earthquake, tornado, tsunami, hurricane? Were you able to joke about it later? Have you selected your location, keeping in mind what natural disasters occur in the area?  

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