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Did I ever mention I LOVE PDX?!?

This just in…Anchorage has hit record snowfall as of today of 134.5″!!!
I’m sooooo glad I moved to Portland.
I’ll take allergies over a snow shovel ANY DAY! 😛
Here’s the article:

Record-breaking Snowfall in Anchorage By Mitch Sego 04/07/2012 8:31 PM

Anchorage has surpassed a 57 year old record for snowfall in one season. The old record of 132.6 inches occured in 1954-1955. But with a total of 134.5 inches as of 4 p.m, Saturday, the winter of 2011-2012 is now the snowiest winter on record in Anchorage.

The city lacked 2.5″ going into Easter weekend. Snow began falling Friday morning with 0.8″ accumulating. A couple additional inches fell overnight Friday and throughout the day Saturday.

The season got off to a slow start. The first snow didn’t arrive until the 30th of October. But each month from November to February experienced above-normal snowfall. November saw the greatest snowfall with 32.4″, close to three-times the average for the month.

By March, Anchorge was on pace to shatter the record, but a slightly below normal month somewhat dimmed the chances of breaking the 1954-55 record. Going into April, 3.3″ were still needed to become the snowiest year ever recorded.

Records have been kept at or very near the current location near the Ted Stevens International Airport since 1953.

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Blue Moon Eclipse!

It seems more orange than blue…but really COOL!
By the time the eclipse was full it went behind the office buildings across the street….
   Red heart Happy 2010!!!  Red heart

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Posted by on December 31, 2009 in Alaska UBI


Snow Driving Training Course in Anchorage…

I think Portland needs to take some snow driving courses in Anchorage.
Then the city would not shut down at a few inches of snow… Wink
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Posted by on December 30, 2009 in Alaska UBI



We live in our happy place (statistically, anyway)

Posted by adn_jomalley

Posted: December 28, 2009 – 9:20 pm

This just in, Alaska: We’re happy.

In a study published earlier this month in Science magazine, Alaska was ranked the 11th happiest state in the country. We beat out Washington (rank: 36) and Oregon (rank: 30), Colorado (rank: 21), sunny California (rank: 46) and New York, which ranked last.

Not to be a downer, but really? Here, where the dark, frigid days drag by all winter, and our alcohol abuse, instances of domestic violence and suicide rates lead the country? We’re happy?

I called one of the study authors, Stephen Wu, of Hamilton College in New York. He said other states with high rates of suicide had high marks for happiness, too. He called it “an interesting paradox.”

It’s not so much happiness, as in whether people feel depressed , he said, it’s how satisfied we are with our lives overall. The study asked people about satisfaction and then compared that subjective measure with objective factors that contribute to quality of life, like parks and public land, weather, air quality, proximity to a coastline, income, environmental “greenness,” commute times, crime rate, student-teacher ratio, taxes, spending on education and highways.

The study found that a number of quality-of-life factors were good in Alaska, and people here were generally content, he said. The study didn’t take into account suicide rates or other public health statistics like obesity. (That’s good, as we tend to be on the chunky side. We’re in the top 20 states for both adult and child obesity, according to one recent national study.

It might be dark here in the winter, but it’s very sunny in the summer, Wu pointed out, and so sunshine-wise, it might balance out (it does on a yearly basis, according to the Weather Service). Perhaps people’s moods do, too, like we get buzzed in the summer and that balances out our more subdued moods in the winter. The study was probably weighted toward life in urban Alaska, he said. In general, Alaskans have high incomes ($68,460, the fourth-highest in the country, according to the U.S. Census) and it’s pretty here. We have a lot of coastline and of public lands, he noted (more of both, it turns out, than any other state). We also have short commutes (about 18 minutes on average, the fifth-shortest commute in the country, according to the census) and very low taxes (the lowest average tax burden in the nation, according to the Tax Foundation).

It seems that lately statistics about Alaska keep coming across my desk. I couldn’t help wondering if any of them might also be contributing to our collective upbeat mood.

How about our relationships? We are in the top 10 in the country when it comes to the percentage of single men and women, according to the latest numbers from the census (and, single ladies, FYI: single men outnumber single women 131 to 100). We tend to get married a lot. In fact, we have some of the highest marriage rates in the country. And, we tend to wait until we’re older, toward the tail end of the 20s, to tie the knot. But divorce rates for men and women are still pretty high, in the top third, nationally.

Could it be spirituality (or lack thereof)? According to stats released this month from the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, Alaskans have the lowest church attendance in the country, and we’re also among the least likely to pray or believe in God. But then most Southern states, such as Mississippi, tend to be very religious, and many of them ranked even happier than we did. (Strange I thought Oregon was the lowest…)

Maybe it’s our parenting style? According the census, we have the third-highest percentage of households with children. Producers of a new show called “World’s Strictest Parents” did an unscientific poll online, asking about how parents would punish teenagers for behavior like bad grades and unsanctioned piercings. They ranked Alaska the second-strictest state, behind Arkansas.

Or gun ownership? We have among the highest rate of that in the country, and New York, the least happiest state, has among the lowest. A recent study from the Violence Policy Center showed we also have the third-highest rates of gun-related deaths, tying with Mississippi.

One thing that probably isn’t making us happy? The quality of our roads. A study released this month by the Reason Foundation found Alaska had the least cost-effective and efficient highways in the country. And, that’s what the authors came up with without driving in the ruts on the Glenn.

OK, I’ll stop. As you can see, trying to draw connections between all these numbers, between guns and God, clean air and highways and marriage rates, things quickly start getting ridiculous. Depending on how you crunch them, you can support just about any theory.

Which is one reason why I doubted the happiness study. Maybe the researchers just caught Alaskans in a good mood, like sometime in June, on a beautiful morning, right after coffee (we do have the highest per capita number of coffee shops in the country, BTW). Or maybe I was being cynical, maybe all darkness and suicides and alcoholism aside, most of us are content here in our scenic state with our low taxes, fat paychecks, short commutes and fresh air. Statistically, at least.

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Posted by on December 29, 2009 in Alaska UBI


Cancun Delivered!

Now I really didn’t expect it to hit 90* in the office! Feels kinda nice. Smile
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Posted by on December 28, 2009 in Alaska UBI


Rusty’s Sweater

I’ve never seen a Hoodie on a Dog!
So cute! 🙂

We get Rusty for about a week….hopefully he doesn’t get curious of my Peaches!

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Posted by on December 23, 2009 in Alaska UBI


The Birds…

Ravens form a wake-like gathering after 2 electrocuted

Fairbanks Daily News-Miner via The Associated Press 

Published: November 22nd, 2009 10:25 PM
Last Modified: November 23rd, 2009 12:55 PM

FAIRBANKS — Ravens have feelings, too, at least judging from an eerie scene Tuesday morning on Minnie Street in east Fairbanks.

After two ravens roosting on top of a power transformer were electrocuted, hundreds of ravens showed up within a minute or two and started silently circling overhead and perching in nearby trees.

Rod Stephens, owner of Rod’s Saw Shop across the street, saw the scene play out before his eyes after a man pulled into the shop and reported seeing sparks flying on top of the transformer.

"I walked out there and there were all these birds just circling. There were ravens in all the trees," he said. "It was weird."

Stephens estimated the number of ravens at "a couple hundred."

"It was like that movie, ‘The Birds,’ " he said. "I walked out and wasn’t sure if they were going to start dive-bombing me."

One of the electrocuted ravens had fallen to the ground and the other was still caught in the wires and transformer, Stephens said.

Ben Brees, a computer technician at Geek City across the street from Stephens’ shop, was driving to work when he saw what he described as "a vortex of ravens circling" next to the computer store.

"I could see them a half-mile away," Brees said. "It was a funnel of black birds. I pulled up to the building right as they were circling."

The birds only hung around for a few minutes before flying off, Stephens said.

"They said their respects and moved on," he said.


Strange! Sarcastic

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Posted by on November 23, 2009 in Alaska UBI

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