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Monday, November 22nd, 2010
10:48 pm
The Iceman giveth...
...but he hasn't taketh away.  Looks like tomorrow (Tuesday) is going to be another ice skating party in our cars.  The schools are closed for Anchorage and no doubt there will still be some people who will want to get to work at lightspeed - so please be careful (as if you weren't going to be already).

Speaking of nasty weather, I've only been here 2+ years now and what I saw today was probably the nastiest black ice I've seen yet.  It was hard to tell if there was even ice out there.  As if that wasn't bad enough, my wife didn't answer her cell phone for 1.5 hours since she went to work.  Cheese n' rice.  At least I can get blitzed in a few more days. 

Happy skating!
Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010
10:24 pm
Alaska or not to Alaska
Forgive the last night ramblings:

Do you prefer AK or Alaska in conversation?

Do you or someone you know refer to themselves or another Alaskan as something with AK in it?  For example: AKMooseBuster

When you visit in the lower 48, are you referred to in a somewhat mythical context?  Do you have people ask you the dumbest shit like do you ride a moose to school/work or "Gee it must really be tough having to ride with them ice road truckers huh?"

Have you ever seen Team America: World Police and changed the theme lyrics to "Alaska, F**k Yeah!"?
Tuesday, October 19th, 2010
9:39 pm
Weather or not you like polls...
Poll #1633241 When is Anchorage going to get snow?

When is Anchorage going to get snow?

This week
Next week
Next month
When Crown Royal goes on sale at Brown Jug, again
yo mama
Wednesday, October 13th, 2010
3:07 pm
Auditions for Alaska Theatre of Youth
Annie, Jr. & The Toys Take Over Christmas
Sun. Oct. 17, 2010 1-5pm & Mon. Oct. 18, 2010 6-9pm
Auditions at the Sydney Laurence Stage, ACPA

Two holiday shows audition at one time! Come try out for the musical Annie, Jr. based on the Broadway show. You know the play - with famous songs including "Tomorrow" and "It's a Hard Knock Life." ATY will also be casting The Toys Take Over Christmas, a popular play featuring a toy shop of toys come to life who try to re-ignite the spirit of giving in a hard-hearted Toymaker. Great roles for males & females in both shows. Casting preference given to young actors, teens and college students. No Monologue Required. The very young should prepare a short nursery rhyme or poem, others will be given passages to read aloud. Please come prepared with a short song (to sing without accompaniment). Roles for non-singers as well. Come dressed to move - exercise or non restrictive clothing.

All must enter through the Security Door of the ACPA, it is on the Northwest corner of the building. There is no access from the lobbies!

Questions? Call 338-4901 For further information, please email ATY at aty@alaskatheatreofyouth.org.
Monday, October 11th, 2010
12:32 pm
Two Great Shows from Alasks Theatre of Youth
Alaska Theatre of Youth presents:

Prince Caspian's The Voyage of the Dawn Treader By C.S. Lewis and Adapted for the stage by Glyn Robbins
Directed by Christina Ashby

Friday Oct. 15 at 7pm and Saturday Oct. 23 at 2pm & 7pm

What happens after C.S. Lewis' The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe? Follow the story of Prince Caspian and friends in the further adventures of the Chronicles of Narnia. This play takes place during a fantastical nautical adventure which also works as a stand-alone tale. At his coronation, Caspian made the promise to search out the seven missing Lords who, sent on a dangerous expedition across the sea beyond the Eastern Ocean had never returned. In desperate need of help, Lucy, Edmund and their (annoying) cousin Eustace are summoned on board the ship, known as the Dawn Treader. Cooperation, faith, trust and the timely guidance of Aslan the Lion help Caspian and his crew fulfill his promise.


Rudyard Kipling's The Just So Stories adapted by Joseph Robinette
Directed by Janet Stoneburner

Saturday Oct. 16 at 2pm & 7pm; Friday, Oct. 22 at 7pm

The names stand together in literary history: Mark Twain, Charles Dickens, Rudyard Kipling. Writer of The Jungle Book, Kipling was the first English Language author to ever be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature and to this day, remains the youngest awarded. In this play, Kipling's immortal tales including “How the Rhinoceros Got His Skin,” “How the Kangaroo Got His Hop” and “How the Elephant Got His Trunk” are staged by his daughter Elsie and a group of new friends while she is staying with relatives. Themes of thoughtfulness, inner strength, resilience and compassion unfold in this entertaining and subtly enriching play.

Both shows perform in the Sydney Laurence Theatre at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets are available at www.Centertix.net or by calling 263-ARTS
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Thursday, October 7th, 2010
5:02 pm
The Seafarer at Cyrano's Off Center Playhouse
This is an amazing show with a strong cast now playing at Cyrano's (4th and D St.).

The Seafarer by Connor McPherson is dark, funny and only playing until October 17th.

Shows are Thursday-Saturday at 7:00 and Sundays at 2:00. Tickets are available at www.centertix.net (263-ARTS)
Friday, August 27th, 2010
6:44 pm
When the fair tramples on free speech
...and is assaults those who pay exorbitant amounts to get in.

Lyndon LaRouche is a racist douche bag, and this protester is an ignorant tool trying to be provocative. But his rights were violated, and I'm not going to support the fair with my money when they trample on the rights (and backs) of Alaskans. Security was more inflammatory than his idiotic banner, and everyone should see this video.
Sunday, August 22nd, 2010
2:47 pm
Tire(d) Question
I've been in Anchorage for a couple of years now and my studded tires are still in good shape except for the studs themselves. I've never had tires restudded before and I am wondering if it isn't cheaper to just buy a new set. Any thoughts and/or suggestions?

They are truck type tires(Nissan Xterra), Hankook's, which I got for $100 a piece (new). Treadwear is excellent but my Xterra is not 4 wheel drive and it's a rear wheel type vehicle so I need the traction.

I've also thought about getting a good all season (at least for Alaska) tire that I can keep on all year long but am unsure with my current vehicle if this would give me less traction than the studded tires (we get mostly ice here in Anchorage).

Thanks in advance!
Tuesday, August 10th, 2010
6:45 pm
8:19 am
FYI: Ted Stevens plane went down and he's believed to be dead, Former NASA administrator Sean Okeefe was also on board:

Thursday, July 22nd, 2010
8:34 am
It's very Alaskan to look at the calendar, see the word July, and start thinking about firewood.
Wednesday, July 21st, 2010
10:53 pm
Alaska Theatre of Youth's 2010 Summer Conservatory Festival of Plays
UAA Theatre & Dance and the
Alaska Theatre of Youth present:
2010 Conservatory Festival of Plays
at UAA's Fine Arts Building Main Stage (Alumni Drive)

Directed by Steve Hunt
Adapted from the play by Molière, France’s greatest master of mischief and merriment, Scapino! is the tale of a wily servant who uses his wits to trick miserly parents of young wannabe lovers while making fools of all who are deserved. A rollicking farce of physical humor and slapstick, Scapino! is guaranteed to keep an audience howling for more.
Showtimes: Thursday July 22 at 5 pm, Friday July 23 at 7 pm, & Saturday July 24 at 1 pm

Aesop's (Oh So Slightly) Updated Fables
Directed by Erick Hayden
Aesop's (Oh So Slightly) Updated Fables is a jubilant romp through six of Aesop's old fables done in a current, hilarious style that should have you laughing till you cough up fur balls of happiness... Mostly because of the large collection of animals in our show. If you're an Aesop's fan, then you are morally obligated to partake of this side-splitting performance.
Showtimes: Thursday July 22 at 1 pm, Friday July 23 at 3 pm, & Saturday July 24 at 5 pm

Tales & Transformations
Directed by Marti Maley
Remember the days when a child's only source of entertainment was to simply use one's imagination? In Tales & Transformations, creativity and inventiveness are once more brought back to life when several children join together on a warm summer's day. Join our cast as we discover the magic and humor of the true meaning of playtime.
Showtimes: Thursday July 22 at 7 pm, Friday July 23 at 1pm, & Saturday July 24 at 3 pm

Broadway to Hollywood: Goes Camping!
Directed by Victoria Fraser and Choreographed by Leslie Ward
Join ATY's singers and dancers as Broadway to Hollywood goes camping! With selections from Seussical!, Wicked, Oliver, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, Cats, Amelie, and West Side Story-- this camping trip is sure to be a foot-tapping, exciting show that will have you humming as you leave the theatre. Bring your kids and bring your friends!
Showtimes: Thursday July 22 at 3 pm, Friday July 23 at 5 pm, & Saturday July 24 at 7 pm

Tickets available at the door. SEE YOU AT THE SHOWS!!
Saturday, July 17th, 2010
7:33 am
ATTN: people with a .edu email address
Amazon is offering a free 1 year subscription to Amazon Prime (Free 2 day shipping, $3.99 overnight shipping): http://amzn.to/bSH8jP

This is being marketed towards college students but all you need is a valid .edu email address, so teachers and alumni can benefit from this too!

Now is a time that I wish I was still in college. Oh well, what can you do?
Saturday, July 3rd, 2010
5:17 pm
At Freddies

Protest against state government, or unintentionally hilarious juxtaposition?
Tuesday, June 15th, 2010
5:49 pm
Puppy training
Does anyone know of decent puppy obedience classes offered in Anchorage? I know Petco has some, although I've heard they aren't very good and I'm not sure what they cost. I looked into Aleyeska training, but their website doesn't have many details and it looks like it's $90-95 per 45 minute session. That's...ridiculous.

Any ideas or suggestions would be appreciated.
Tuesday, June 8th, 2010
12:23 am
X-Posted from my journal
I'm always amazed by how surprised people from other places are when they come to Alaska and are treated so nicely. Are people from Outside really so unpleasant that the simple courtesy we present comes to be such a marvel?
Monday, May 17th, 2010
11:22 pm
We've lived in Anchorage for about a year now and now, we're looking back to the lower 48 this summer. Other than a few day trips and weekend trips, we haven't really done too much. So my question to you guys is this: What are some places that you would recommend us definitely seeing or doing before we leave? Must see things that I would be ashamed to say that I lived in Alaska and didn't see or do. Or even places to eat. It can be statewide, it doesn't matter.

:D Thanks in advance!
8:14 am
Long term--and hopefully cheap--storage for a car in Anchorage?
I keep a spare car in Anchorage, a tiny four door Sentra. I've been storing it with friends, but need to find a new spot for it.

Unfortunately the hotel I usually like to stay at won't do long term vehicle storage, and the per year quotes I'm getting are pretty much more than the car is worth. Am asking around amongst friends, and will next try coworkers, but in case none of those pan out...

Does anyone here have an innovative idea for long term car storage?

I need to access the car somewhere between six and twelve weeks a year.

Thanks in advance for your ideas!
Thursday, April 8th, 2010
4:40 pm
i know someone who wants to stay in a hotel in juneau--but is asking for one with a hot tub. i'm stumped; anyone know of such a place? thanks...
Tuesday, March 30th, 2010
2:49 pm

hello there,

i'm wondering if anyone has used http://www.1800flyeurope.com/ to book flights to europe, or other destinations. i'm looking for a way to travel from AK without breaking my pocketback in two. thanks!
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