Thursday, March 26, 2009

Furnace on the Fritz

hOur furnace(boiler) may be down for the count. Hopefully not, but it is not looking good. Just look at the pictures - the thing does not look good. It's like a rusty dinosaur.

About 2 weeks ago we had a cold snap that has tried its best to hang on. A few nights it dipped down in the -10 to -15 range. We kept waking up cold and the boiler was not catching up during the day. We had the thing turned up to 80-85, but it wouldn't break 60 degrees. It had a funny smell too. Smelled like wet paint. After a long weekend(spring break), we had the maintenance guys come by to smell "the smell". They filled the glycol tank (the stuff that runs through the registers) and then the glycol started flowing out the bottom of the furnace. That is not where it is supposed to flow.

A gasket is on order and hopefully that is the fix all here. If not, they have to replace the whole thing. That may be the best thing to do, but let's do that in the summer huh? In the mean time that brown thing is spitting out tons of heat. Making the house boiling hot, but it is not a water heater, so no showers. For that, the maintenance guys said they would fill the glycol tank and get the furnace running for few hours, until the glycol runs all out the bottom. Ahhh, the joys. haha. I'll keep you all updated.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009


Well...not exactly. I took this picture on the first day of spring. Here's to hoping it comes soon.

NCAA Tourney

Screen shot here from my bracket. 99.4% ain't too bad!! Better than Obama. Now if those 27,799 other people would get out of my way.

Simms Fishing - Kanektok River - Quinhagak, AK

Here is a video that I found on youtube. I'm sure they won't mind the link here - more advertising for them. This is the river that is about 100 yards away. It's rough, I know. The guide service that is being interviewed is called Alaska West. There is another one is called Duncan Brothers. Give them a look on the google, there are some good pictures.

In other news, Leelando (my dad) will be making the trip up with me in July. We are coming early to hopefully hit the end of the King salmon run. We will be enjoying 20 hours of sunlight and 24 hours of fishing a day for the 10 days he is here.

Side note: I like how the guy calls Quinhagak "Strange, God forsaken, end of the earth". While it does seem like the "end of the earth" sometimes, I wouldn't say "God forsaken". Fishing is too good. ;-)

Sunday, March 22, 2009


Not really, those are nails in our arctic entry. Frost is just coming through the outside wall. I licked one just to be sure. jk

Friday, March 20, 2009

(TMI) Too much information - I used to say "Don't go there", but that was so yesterday

Here is our new communal honeybucket. Nice huh? What happened to the old one, you ask?? Well, it was really full and froze on one cold Alaskan night. You know what happens when liquids (some solids) freeze, they expand and crack their old disgusting containers.

We didn't have this beauty for about 2 weeks after that. So...I was hauling the goods down the road, maybe 4-5 hundred yards away. I didn't want to walk that far, so I drove the 4-wheeler. The bucket was in the rack on the front of the Big Bear. So I was wafted with that the whole way. Lovely.

(You know what's in those buckets...popsicles)

(New car shine...but a new car smell???
March 20, 2009 Rise: Set:
Actual Time 8:44 AM AKDT 9:00 PM AKDT
Civil Twilight 8:03 AM AKDT 9:41 PM AKDT
Nautical Twilight 7:14 AM AKDT 10:30 PM AKDT
Astronomical Twilight 6:21 AM AKDT 11:24 PM AKDT
Moon 7:30 AM AKDT 1:33 PM AKDT
Length Of Visible Light: 13h 37m
Length of Day
12h 15m
Tomorrow will be 5m 23s longer.