Sunday, August 22, 2010

Terry came to see ME!

Last weekend Terry came to town to bless us with his silly and energetic self!  We went bike riding, to a drag show (yes a drag show!), dancing, to the park, napped, watched movies, and just had a good relaxing time.  He brought me 6 or so big bags of Pop's Kettle Corn.... which created chaos in my stomach because I couldn't just eat a few handfuls, but instead had to eat the entire bag!  geez... thanks Terry!  But honestly, no complaints.. I really loved having my brother here to visit.  Only it was too short of a trip (okay, one complaint)!!  I wanted him to stay for another week or so! 

Riding bikes with Terry

Getting some refreshing drinks at You Say Tomato

Us hiking up to Lower Reid falls (I say hike like its long, its like 50 feet to the falls)

Devils club!  Just liked the pic.... enjoy!
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Thursday, August 19, 2010

Heard on the Wind

Throughout the summer season The Skagway News paper publishes a section called "Heard on the Wind".  This is a section where people can submit stupid/funny/annoying things that tourists ask or say.  I should have been entertaining you with these all summer, but since I'm a slacker you are only going to get from here until the end of the season.  The Skagway News is published every two weeks.

Here is August 13th:

A guy comes into the rock shop oooohing and aahing at all the rocks saying what a great place this is for rocks.  The owner told him it is.  Then he says it must be a real haven in this area for a gynecologist.

Another story at the rock shop, a female tourist inquired about how to care for the semi-fragile rock she was considering.  Off the top of her head, the storekeeper suggested she not drop it.  "I mean how do you bathe it?"  she asked.  The shopkeeper was dumbfounded.  After sharing this story with another local, it was suggested that she should have told her to use "soapstone".
A woman, while renting a bicycle, inquired of an employee where the nearest Whole Foods was.  The employee responded that nearest one was probably in Seattle, to which she asked where Skagway does its shopping.  When the employee answered that we have the Fairway Market she replied, "I have never heard of that chain.
A young man looking at the trail map asked if the white areas shown were glaciers.
"Yes," said the clerk, happy to talk with someone who had an intelligent question "those are the glaciers and snowfields".
The young man then asked if that is where the polar bears lived
A woman comes into the visitor center and asks, "How old is this building?"
"About 110 years!"
"Oh," she said, "I can't believe it's still alive!"

A man looking at the AB Hall asks: "Is the front of the building made out of antlers?"  (it's made out of sticks!)
A lady came up to the train station window and said, "We want to go the Summit".
The agent said, "OK".
She then asks the price and when told its $115, she goes "Whaaaaat?!  I heard it was $4."
The agent kindly tells her no, that it was in fact $115.
She then said, "so when you get to the Summit you can see Russia right?"
The agent laughed but said nothing.
The visitor then said, That's a joke in the United States."
A couple of RVers walk into a visitors center and ask where is a place to dump their RV.  A map is brought out and an RV park is identified.
"But they charge," the couple say with horror, "Doesn't the city provide a free dump?"
"It takes money to get rid of it," the person behind the counter says, and the couple go away miffed.
A woman came into the visitor center and asked if she was near her hotel.
"Which hotel?" the staff behind the counter responded.
"The place I left my luggage at."
A man came into the visitor center and asked how tall the mountains are around town.  He was told approximately 5,000 feet.
"That can't be," the man responded. "The train only goes to 2,000 feet."
One couple riding the train asked, "How often do the rangers build the glaciers?"
On a hot day last week, a power company worker heard a visitor say, "I don't see why it has to be hot here.  If I come to Alaska, it's supposed to be cold.  I want it to be cold!"

Hope you got a chuckle from some of these.  We get them all day long!!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Last Saturday was our 'End of the Year Bash'.  We had it earlier then usual because four employees are leaving next week for college and it's only fair that they get to do the fun stuff too!!  It started out at Sockeye Cycle on 5th avenue.  All 13 of us (11 employees and two friends of SMC)  piled into the van and drove up to the summit of the White Pass.  We were given a bike, a helmet, and a rubber band to restrict our pant legs from going into the bike and off we went.  The wind hit our faces so fast and so cold that our eyes dried up and blinking was a must every 2 seconds.  We probably hit up to speeds of 25-30mph going down the pass..... it was a bit scary, but thrilling at the same time!  14 miles later we drove our bikes into Liarsville, where we were greeted by the friendly staff!  We filled our beer glasses, and looked around at the scene.  Liarsville is set up just for tourists in the middle of the woods.  They have a stage area, tents set up to portray 1898 establishments and the musically talented are playing fiddles and banjos.  During the day tourists enjoy reenactments of what it would be like back in the gold rush days.  All of it combined really creates a historical scene in which you feel as if its that time period again.  The all you can eat Salmon bake was so yummy!!  The dessert was so good that I had four pieces (shhh don't tell!)  Here are a few pics of the day. Enjoy! 

SMC 2010 Staff

     Katie & Jared in the fake Saloon                        Julie entering the gift shop

Welcome to Liarsville, Alaska - Elevation 3 feet or so......
Enjoying the yummy food!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Removal of a gallbladder.

Someone once told me that my blog is sometimes "too much information" or "borderline inappropriate" (mostly referring to the details of my kidney surgery), but this, my dear readers, is going to exaggerate "too much information" and may even make you gag.  So prepare yourself for what you are about to see.
Last week, my mom, sister and I flew to Seattle for a week of wedding shopping, paddle boarding, movie watching and the removal of my mother's gallbladder!  She had it removed by means of  laparoscopic cholecystectomy (say this with me, "co-lee-sist-eck-toe-mee").  For the last few years, at random occurrences, my mom would have horrible pains in her back and stomach area.  It took the doctors a while to finally figure out that she was suffering from gallstones.  Gallstones as in plural.  I am thinking one or two stones, maybe five tops, (kind of like a kidney).  Ha! Little did I know.  What the doctors pulled out of her belly button (yes, this is the laparoscopic method), then cut and half and took a picture of, was not one or two stones, but instead a bag of peas or lima beans if you will.

The gallbladder is the green area that looks like baby food but grosser.  
It would fit in you cupped hand. 

I sincerely apologize if I grossed anyone out, but I find it fascinating.