angelic thunderstorms deliver rainbow mustache pains

cool grandma Nazy

Who is ‘the coolest grandmother ever’? Would you wear wings for your school picture? Is there a ‘best way’ to protect your mustache from a gooey dentist? Hint: novocaine doesn’t work on upper lip, firmly attached mustache hairs. What is the chance that rain will interfere with outside dinner plans? Could an October rain be in the cards for Santa Barbara? And, who washed the car? When did a pile driver become a standard dental instrument?


surprise smokey sunset lights autumn birthday festivities

dan, nazy children, grandchildren Sep 26 2021

Does Dan always celebrate his September birthday in autumn? Will the grandchildren agree to let Dan have the biggest piece of birthday cake? (On Dan’s birthday.) Was the sky really filled with cantaloupes? Why was it necessary to ‘make sure that Arrow’s cough’ was not worrisome? Who reads in the dark? (And Why?) How do 2021 car seats compare to 1960 car seats? We all know that grassy knolls are found in Dallas — but what about rocky knolls? Where was the Lucky birthday dinner/? Read More...

Pink Bear and Red Volkswagen presage soapy beard

Tiger with soap beard

Will Nazy and (especially) Dan, get back to Anchorage before ALL the restaurants (and room service) closes? What did Nazy think of Chateau Coke? And did she really drink wine with a straw? Are there any animals in Alaska that are bigger than 4 pixels? Why did Dan rent a turbo charged, red, convertible at LAX? Does he still get ‘cool points’ if it was a beetle? Why did Azelle think that Dan could ‘not read that book very good’?Did Tiger really grow a beard? And, finally, how did the Taliban take over Texas so quickly? Read More...

Nazy grabs Crow’s Nest Sunset on Jupiter Coastal trail

dan and nazy aialik glacier close

How did Dan and Nazy walk to Saturn (at the speed of light) on Anchorage’s Coastal Trail? Is there a ‘right’ side of the airplane when you’re flying from Fairbanks to Anchorage? (Hint: Right. Denali.) So… Dan used the internet and early access in an attempt to book a table at the Crow’s Nest in Alaska. In contrast Nazy used in person charm and flattery. Which approach worked better? Hint: We had sunset dinner at the Crow’s Nest. Where did we get a photo of Nazy with a pink bear? Is there a better train trip than the one to Seward from Anchorage?

Fairbanks’ Foggy Northern Lights Obscure Denali Peak

reflection on train to denali

Do sled dogs eat mushrooms? What happens to a road built above permafrost when the ‘perma’ becomes ‘tempa’? Will the fog lift in time for Dan and Nazy to see Mount Denali? Can anyone see Mount Denali in the fog? Why won’t wild Alaskan animals pose — close to the camera — for Dan? Can you see the Northern Lights in the fog? Or, more to the point, will the fog lift in time to see the Northern Lights? How busy were the beavers at Horseshoe Lake? Hint: They should have called it Beaver Lake. What did the taxi driver recommend as the ‘most exciting site in Fairbanks’? Can you drown in lemonade? Read More...

Airplane floats on Turnagain Arm as glacier retreats

dan and nazy lake george and Knik glacier

Does Dan still owe money for his student loans? Are Darius and Family enjoying Lebanon? Why would a hotel be COVID nonchalant at check-in, but COVID aware when it comes to (not) servicing the room? Oh my! How could that be? Who planted all the flowers in Alaska? Will Nazy sightsee on a single engine float plane? (Will that plane float?) Why did Captain Bligh (yes, that Bligh) name one arm of the Cook Inlet the ‘Turnagain Arm’? What do all Alaskans agree about? Read More...

clowns surf in failing fountains with bees doing pilates

pilates Dan and Naz Aug 2021

Why can’t Dan get a simple fountain to, eh, flow? Why didn’t the water fall straight down? Was the pump too weak? Too strong? Not level? What can be done? Hint: perhaps a better, eh, different mind would be a good bet. Why do some people clog the checkout line with spurious problems? (And why does it always happen in front of me?) What’s cooler: Dan and Nazy at pilates or Tiger and Arrow at surf school? Read More...