4-29-09

April 30, 2009 at 7:02 am | Posted in alaska, anchorage, photo du jour | Leave a comment
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The Recovery Room, on the curb in East Downtown.

The Recovery Room, on the curb in East Downtown.

Quality of life

April 29, 2009 at 5:09 pm | Posted in alaska, anchorage, biking, politics | Leave a comment
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This gives a good idea of what Spring in Anchorage looks like.  Unfortunately a lot of the local bike routes will stay this way for the Summer.  Don’t forget to vote next Tuesday — for Croft.

…because I love you too much.

April 24, 2009 at 9:15 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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Rhett: Oh, come on! Don’t give me that bullcrap again!
Scarlett: It’s true, though! Don’t you think??
Rhett: You won’t admit you screwed everything up. I don’t even want to talk to you.
Scarlett: I wanted to see some other people. There’s nothing wrong with that. How was I supposed to know you would totally disappear from my life?
Rhett: I DIDN’T!!
Scarlett: Yes, you did. You just totally folded and went away.
Rhett: I did not. I called and came by a lot. I gradually stopped, because you said that’s what you wanted.
Scarlett: I want to get married. You were never going to marry me.
Rhett: Sure I would have! But you never even mentioned it.
Scarlett: You were supposed to ask ME!
Rhett: Well, I could never marry you…

Overheard at the next table during lunch — closely transcribed.
They went on like this for 20 more minutes.

4-22-09

April 23, 2009 at 4:35 am | Posted in alaska, anchorage, architecture and design, photo du jour | Leave a comment
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Fairview house fire, not a total loss.

Fairview house fire, not a total loss.

This house had a little fire just the other day.  It could be rebuilt but I’d be surprised if it is.  It has no foundation, rather more usual than not the year it was built [1947].  There was an acute housing crisis in Anchorage then, right after WWII and new subdivisions in then outlying areas were being developed as quickly as possible. 

I salute you, little green house!  Thank you for 62 years of keeping people dry and warm and happy.

Tracking the hard riding I’m [not] doing

April 23, 2009 at 4:21 am | Posted in biking | Leave a comment
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I got a tiny bike computer to keep track of my stats.  Cheap, handy accessory.

My stats thus far [since Monday]:
Mileage: 32.48
Average speed: 10.61
Time: 3:04:30
Top speed: 24.61

I tried to get average speed to 11 but it’s going to be tough on this bike.  That’s the idea, though.  Have heard you’re not doing yourself much good if average speed isn’t somewhere between 10 and 15.  The top speed I made going down a puny hill at Medfra St. into the Chester Creek valley.  The people I bike with sometimes on the weekend achieve 45 or more on steep descents, but I’m not that brave yet.  Found out it’s exactly five miles to work, a little less than I had assumed.  I’m going to try for a minimum of 100 miles a week, so I’m a bit behind.  And maybe work my way up to 150 per week.  If I do that for a couple months, that ought to scrub the spare tire.

4-21-09

April 22, 2009 at 8:23 am | Posted in alaska, anchorage, photo du jour | Leave a comment
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Interesting little compound on F St. downtown.

Interesting little compound on F St. downtown.

4-20-09

April 22, 2009 at 8:20 am | Posted in alaska, anchorage, photo du jour | Leave a comment
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Chester Creek flowing past Medfra St.

Chester Creek flowing past Medfra St.

4-17-09

April 22, 2009 at 8:16 am | Posted in alaska, anchorage, art, photo du jour | Leave a comment
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Calm before the storm -- MTS Gallery in the morning the day of POP!

Calm before the storm -- MTS Gallery in the morning the day of POP!

4-15-09

April 22, 2009 at 8:13 am | Posted in alaska, anchorage, photo du jour | Leave a comment
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Still life with Subaru and corn chips.

Still life with Subaru and corn chips.

The next photo project

April 15, 2009 at 6:18 am | Posted in alaska, anchorage, art | Leave a comment
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Took down my Alley Project show the other day.  I think it was a raging success.  Countless people, known and unknown to me said they really enjoyed it, loved the idea, was about time people started paying attention to alleys.  “I walk down the alley instead of the street all the time!” a lot of people at the opening said. 

Mt. View alley.

Mt. View alley.

I have a lengthly ‘to do’ list right now.  This year has been so crazy.  I am going to take stock of everything, take some time for a thorough Spring housecleaning and work on some unresolved issues.  [That all sounds rather cliche-ridden, but it is true!]

I’m thinking about what sort of photo project to tackle next.  I take a lot of photos of houses and apartment buildings.  And I was thinking, I wonder what it would be like to take six months and move into a small building, maybe eight or twelve units, and try to get to know the people who live there in the other apartments?  And photograph them, inside and outside the building; and record some details of their lives in photos and words.  How could I pull this off, in a lovely and respectful way without seeming weird to the people I’m depicting?  Is it even possible?  I’m going to toss this around some more and talk to some other people about it.

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