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?

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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...
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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...
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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...
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Fernando the Persian fights honey-loving ants with real Aunt

nazy and Shahrzad at LaCumbra


Should we care about the organic status of non-edible flowers? What would you order for dinner at a Persian Restaurant? Would you change your mind if the waiter was named Fernando? How much water is flowing in Santa Barbara’s Mission Creek this week? Hint: A trace of rain in August would be a record for the date.) Did Nazy’s sister make ti to LAX without problems? Who set a new record for the fastest drive from LAX to Santa Barbara?
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fifth seed waterproof flight chases ants from honey

Azelle popcorn hat Nirvana



How did Dan become sixth seed in a six person family basketball playoff? Will his friendship with someone named LaBron help change that? How does it feel to be seeded below a 7 year old? (And a 5 year old? Would you be able to manage a trans continental flight with a two year old and a four year old? Can you iPhone swim? Will a waterproof case help? What takes more honey from a bee hive — marauding ants or benevolent caretakers? Read More...
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Field of Light flattens Tires of Atlantic Char on Anniversary

nazy in vineyard paso


How bad is it when you can hear air leaking out of your left rear tire? How about if you can hear it gushing out? Or you can hear it via steering wheel vibrations while you’re driving? Why do new cars have spare tires that aren’t really tires? To summarize: Can a flat tire deflate an anniversary celebration? How did a chef who can’t count mess up dessert? How should ‘luck’ be defined? What does France have in common with Paso Robles, California? Where is the coolest hotel in California?
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