01 December 2012

Cold Morning, Warm Thoughts

It's one degree above zero this morning, but at least I don't have to worry about scraping windows. It's ever so much more relaxing - even at an early hour - on Saturday, with a fresh cuppa, and no demands on my time.

Not yet, anyway. :)

Just north of Anchorage in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough ("the Mat-Su" or just "the Valley"), high winds have prompted air quality warnings due to the dust & volcanic ash. Outside of Palmer, there's been a wildfire which was driven by those same winds. The local fire departments have been working overtime to contain it.

Looks like they're getting there; I know from personal experience (lo, those many years ago when I was a firefighter) that it's no fun having strong winds push a fire in your direction.

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You know how all us gunnie types are always advising folks to be prepared, and carry a sidearm for self-protection? Well, here's the opening sentence from an article at www.adn.com:

"Five would-be robbers assaulted a pair of liquor store employees and a pregnant bystander Thursday afternoon while trying to steal booze" at a downtown location, yesterday.

"The clerks have broken facial bones, among other injuries. From that article:
Surveillance video showed Torrence Barras and the Tuinei brothers hitting the liquor store employees with fists and bottles, while the employees tried to protect themselves and fight back, the charges say.

"A former store employee, who is pregnant, had stopped in for a visit just before the fight started, Parker said. She called 911 on her cellphone when the fight broke out and "got socked in the face" by Trevor Barras as he was leaving the store, Parker said.

"Medics took Whisman and Moore to a hospital, where they were treated for broken facial bones. The pregnant witness did not seek medical care..."

"...tried to protect themselves and fight back."  I hate to read things like this, but just keep thinking that if even only one of those victims had been armed, the whole thing would have come down differently.

It's heart-breaking to think that the injuries could have been prevented by just a bit o' common sense in the form of a firearm.

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It seems that one of Anchorage's assemblymen is trying again to extend a soon-to-expire 2010 law allowing folks to set off fireworks on New Year's Eve.

I don't really know why he's bothering, except perhaps to lessen the number of calls to the APD; there are LOTS of fireworks set off on Dec. 31, legal or not. Always have been, and probably always will be.

Kinda sounds like 'gun control', no?

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One bit o' good news: I filled the truck tank this morning, because it's not a good idea to have a dwindling supply of gasoline when temps drop well below zero, as they're forecast to do tonight & tomorrow.

The price per gallon has dropped to $3.63 from the seasonal high of $4.19/gallon, two months ago.

I'm okay with that.

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That's enough news. This is the day the Lord has made: I will rejoice, and be glad in it!

Thanks for stopping by, my friends.


Cathy said...

Waaaaait a minute.

Volcanic ash? No way.

Such an interesting different world up north.

I won't tell you about our open windows and the sound of leaf blowers here in northern Ohio ;)

Rev. Paul said...

Cathy, ash doesn't bio-degrade. Once it's on the ground, it's stirred up by every passing breeze. Most of what's in the Anchorage area is from the 1992 eruption of Mt. Spurr, 75 miles west of town.

It left nearly 1/4" of ash on the ground; every time it's dry & windy here, the atmosphere below 1,000 ft turns yellow from the airborne ash.

Brigid said...

There's been a couple attempted robberies in Indy at liquor and grocery stores. Employees shot them. It has definitely slowed repeated attempts.

Old NFO said...

+1 on Brigid's comment... Hopefully the pregnant lady was okay.

Cathy said...

OK. That's fascinating. Had no idea. Wow.

Rev. Paul said...

Brigid, I'd hope that would be case anywhere it's tried; just disappointed that here, where some 60% of people are armed at all times, that not one was in this case.

Old NFO, the pregnant lady refused treatment at the scene, so apparently wasn't hurt very badly.