Saturday, August 14, 2010

Hey, how ya been?

Well as far as I know, Im doing fine.
Been in Kotzebue a few days, getting into a training session on Volenteer Firefighter recruitment and retention class as we form a better Fire department at home.
Earlier this year, our Chief went for training and procured a "Code red" box,with fire repression tank and a cart that is heated and usable in mid winter as a first assault untill we can rig something up off the city water pipes that run above ground, but have points where we can attach hoses, if the match one of three sizes or attaching clasp/threads. Thats a mess were gonna get changed to a uniform size with adapters so the City can flush with their equipment.
As well, our Chief on this round scooped up more equipment from our Borough.

I spent a further day in meetings as I am on our Borough disaster planning commision, and over the last 1/2 a year this has tied in very well to what Im doing at home with the Fire dept., so I have a better idea how to accomplish it. As well, our Safety Officer is our Search and Rescue prez, and thats a most excellent way to get us all working together.
Next round were gonna have a "Who is in charge here" training.
We figured out that as Chief, Jeff is in charge of all 'Normal' fires, and I being Vice Chief, an involved when its a fire concerning prostitution, extortion, gambling Marijuana Grows or bootlegging. ~~LOL!!!~~
Were actually getting somewhere though and its one of my "Hobbies"

Beside that, the wife is a "Postal Relief" in the region, filling in when desperatly needed. Most Posts are one person affairs, so if a lady busts a leg, often the wife is on the next flight. Not all the time, but every few months of a week or two here or there, rather random and unexpected. Well Kotzebue went from 5 to two, with the wife now as one of those two. Lotta sorting work there, paperwork, front desk.......
This is the "Hub" and all mail gos through here (Im in Kotzebue~~LOL!!~~) and gets distributed among the 9 villages in this vast region.
Were beyond the end of the road.

Put 1+1 and got 1 running 4 stroke Honda 15 hrs. Finnallllllllllllllllyyyyyyyyyy!!!!!

So if I dont blow it up or burn it down, I'll get along well and though slow, definitly better than walking!

fishing wise, I called home today and they are still fishing. Theres been a death, so they put out the net they took out ysterday so the fish can go to the incomming familys who attend the funeral. Most right now are being dry'd for dog food for this winter.

Been knocking off a few Caribou myself, as the skins are prime now for clothing. 6 over the last couple weeks, though we've had to fight mold with the dry'd meat because of the rain and damp foggy weather.
With our lack of snow cover, and the heat of the year, plants have had a great grow season. Big leaves, plenty of Onions, Sourdox and Blueberrys ripening early with rains (weather I like 'em or not) , man this is an easy summer.
I'm liking it.....besides, it was this time last year I over the pain of a right broken arm, and am I greatful that I'm healthy.
I really, badly, super badly wanted to hunt Musk ox, but the winds, waves kept me back and after calling the oldest son its apparent that rut is coming on 'cause he smelled it in the air among the Ox as well as a couple hunters who had bagged 'spiced' Ox. His box of meats to the home was good enough , and it took out the "bummer" and just had me put it off till winter. ~~LOL!!~~ Jan 1st isnt that far any way, we used to wait until March15th.

So maby I'll get a Moose...maby....The wife has the freezer full of Berries and not much room for meat, so we have to think of drying that as well. I do tire of dry'd meats, but with all the heat we've had, (I swear its the second hot as hell summer inna row) we know our berrys would spoil between the two. So dry the meat ~~LOL!!~~ Maby smoke the Moose.?????

Ducks are flying again, their new feathers are working and very soon, the young Geese of the year will be flying slow low and curious, fat from the Summer and they are what we call "Flying Drumsticks" because untill now they have been walking all their lives.
Might have to chase the massed male Ocean Ducks soon, if the weather calms.This Kotzebue is a good place to work out of , along the ocean, and plenty of Caribou skirt the ocean shores too.

Well, I gotta go, things are getting "interesting" and hopefully I come into possession of a camera before the next post.

1 comment:

  1. Looks like the summer has been good to you and the family! Sounds like that fire department is coming along nicely as well. Keep us updated on the happenings from the great northern reaches of Alaska! Tell the family hello from the entire Up North Journal Team! We got to get you and the wife on the phone soon for an interview! Take Care!