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Veterans Day 2016


To all my fellow veterans, regardless of when or where you served, I wish you a Happy Veterans Day.  

Welcome to Cicely, Alaska

Cicielys Gift Shop

Cicely’s Gift Shop in Roslyn, WA. This building was the location of the doctors office in the TV show Northern Exposure

I don’t know how many of my followers will remember the early 90’s tv show Northern Exposure. The premise of the show was that the town on Cicely, Alaska had paid for the education of Dr. Joel Fleischman, and as soon as Dr. Fleishchman graduated from medical school he moved to Cicely to pay off his education by serving as the towns doctor.

The show ran for 5 years, and many may or may not know is that the town of Cicely, Alaska is actually Roslyn, Washington.  Over the run of the show almost all exterior shots for the show were done in Roslyn.  Roslyn is actually an old mining town, and to this day benefits from the tourism that a direct result of Northern Exposure.

Roslyn Cafe mural

The Roslyn Cafe mural that was featured in the opening credit of the TV show Northern Exposure

Even though I was a big fan of the show, and watched it regularly while it was in first run, I have to confess that in addition to the story, it was the fact that a tv show had scenes from somewhere I had actually been, for someone that grew up in a small town in Northern Idaho, that was a pretty big deal.

The Brick

The Brick which was one of the location featured in the TV show Northern Exposure

Before last weekend I hadn’t been back to Roslyn in many years, but the Olympia Camera Club took a field trip to that general area and it was fun to spend an hour or so wandering around the streets of Cicely, Alaska. 🙂

The Roslyn Cafe

The Roslyn cafe featuring the mural made famous in the TV show Northern Exposure

The only thing missing was the moose!

Storm has a boo-boo

Storms Damage

The damage casused when a deer jumped in front of Storm, my 2011 Toyota Tacoma

It might seem odd to get emotionally attached to an automobile, but in truth, I have done so with pretty much every one I have ever owned.  Some have been with love, and one specific one, which I won’t go into here, was actually a relationship of hate. 🙂  Storm, my 2011 Toyota Tacoma, which was named Storm by a reader of my blog at the time, is one of the ones that it has been a loving relationship.

She has just over 100,000 miles on her, and for those that know Toyota 4×4 vehicles, that means that she is just now getting “broken in” so to speak.  Sadly, a deer decided to jump in front of her on Tuesday morning, less than a quarter of a mile from our house, and while the damage was not very severe, it was more than enough to mess up the front passenger side, as you can see in the above picture.

She has been at the body shop since Tuesday afternoon, and will stay there until at least Monday afternoon.  I can’t wait for her to get home, even though I have a rental, I miss her 🙂

It’s true, I’m a beer snob


It has to have been at least 15 years ago that I was told that I was a beer snob.  I couldn’t deny it at the time and I certainly can’t deny it now.

Don’t get me wrong, I will drink the “mainstream” beer selections if I am in a bind, but I will take a local, craft, brew any time.  While it used to be somewhat hard to be a beer snob, today it is easier than ever, I don’t think that there has ever been so many local brewery / brew pubs to pick from, not to mention dedicated taprooms that offer hundreds of different beers to sample.  It really is a great time to be alive for beer drinkers. 🙂

Happy 4th of July 2015

Boston Harbor Fireworks 2015

2 kids enjoying the Boston Harbor fireworks on July 3rd, 2015

For those few that are still following this poor and neglected blog, I wanted to with all of your a very happy 4th of July