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Archive for December, 2008

What I Want for New Year’s

I found this Snowzilla T-shirt today and I love it. Cool, no?

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You can buy it and many other Snowzilla items here.

Looks like Snowzilla has some competition, though. ADN is reporting that for Fur Rondy, the city has the mayor’s blessing to build an even bigger snowman. Game on.

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My sister gave my a DVD of The Electric Company for Christmas, which we just finished watching. It was amazing just how much of it I remembered. In particular, I remembered the animated songs, like the “ly” song:

I remembered “Hey, You Guys!”, but didn’t know it was actually Rita Moreno playing Millie, the helper in one of the Bill Cosby skits.

And that led us to You Tube, where we found some of our favorite Sesame Street clips. My husband remembered this one:


And this is one of my all-time favorites:

Remember this one?

And these?

And this one from Sesame Street, courtesy of my friend Kara:

And my all time favorite skit, The Yip-Yips Meet the Telephone:

And just to prove Sesame Street kicks ass:

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We went to visit Snowzilla this evening, figuring he could use all the support he could get. While we were there, I took a little video and thought I’d share it with you. It’s not much, but it is a little glimpse into a true Alaskan legend. (If you look closely, you can see how tiny the woman is standing in front of him–gives a bit of perspective.)

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a Good Night!

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Long Live Snowzilla!

Yesterday, Anchorage became famous for being the first (I hope) city for threatening to kill Frosty the Snowman. That’s right, you heard what I said. Here’s a picture of said snowman:

Courtesy of adn.com

Courtesy of adn.com

The city told the owner of Snozilla’s property that he must cease and desist the construction of the 25-foot snowman. So, he did. Anchorage residents were rightfully upset. They called into local radio talk-shows to complain. They left comments on the adn.com website. There was even a website created. Go to www.snowzilla.org for more info.

I decided to visit Snowzilla, since I didn’t know whether he would be taken down by the city’s backhoe or by the owner himself (he was threatened with arrest if he built it). He was magnificent! He is much grander than the photo belies.

The city has issued a press release:

In reference to the many questions received today regarding Snowzilla, below is the response from city officials.

Snowzilla Response

December 23, 2008

Anchorage prides itself on being a family-focused city, encouraging community spirit and comraderie. However, there must be a balance, especially for those most affected by spectacles like Snowzilla, which is the neighbors who are enduring hours of increased traffic flow; cars stopped and parked to take photos; the latest pattern of inebriated locals stopping in the middle of the night to photograph Snowzilla; and the overall impact of having a structure this size in the middle of a neighborhood. This is a neighborhood of small homes on small lots connected by small streets. It can’t support the volume of traffic and revelers that are interested in Snowzilla.

This property owner has repeatedly ignored city attempts to find ways to accommodate his desire to build a giant snowman without affecting the quiet, residential quality of the neighborhood. The property owner appears to operate a large junk or salvage operation year-round from this residence. He has violated MOA land use codes for thirteen years. The owner has reneged on dozens of commitments he has made to his neighbors and city officials to cease the most offensive property uses. He currently owes the city more than $100,000 in fines and other assessments, primarily related to his junk and trash operations.

We continue to be willing to meet with the property owner to resolve these legitimate neighborhood concerns. We don’t expect the city to take any further action until after the Christmas holiday.

Jenny Evans

Communications Director

Office of Mayor Mark Begich

907-343-7103

Nice. What a great way to make the city look good- air all his (completely unrelated) dirty laundry in public. I bet Mayor Senator Begich is proud.

Long live Snowzilla! May he live to fight another day!

Courtesy of adn.com, reader submitted

Outside of City Hall, Courtesy of adn.com, reader submitted

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In a Moose Kind of Mood

Here’s another picture of some beautiful, majestic moose. This photo was taken by a National Geographic photographer, but I don’t know when or where. It is one of their “Photos of the Year.” I just thought it was sweet.

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If you don’t believe Alaska is a wild and wooly place, this video should prove it to you.

That’s right, he said the rutting bull moose were right outside the Loussac Library. That’s right in the middle of town. You gotta love Alaska.

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After watching the development of the Georgia Senate race, I’ve come to a conclusion. It was never about Saxby Chambliss. It was also never about Jim Martin. As Sarah Palin and countless other Republicans have made clear, this was about left vs. right. About keeping power away from Democrats. It was never about what Saxby Chambliss stood for, what the issues were, or even who Jim Martin is. Don’t believe me? Consider this:

Murray Gottlieb, 54, a caterer in Savannah, said he voted for Chambliss because he doesn’t want complete Democratic control of the Senate.

“I support Barack Obama now. I hope he’s the best president we’ve ever had and we get out of the funk we’re in, but I don’t want to give him that much power,” Gottlieb said after casting his ballot at a church in Savannah.

This race was not about Saxby, it was about the number 60. Republicans didn’t want Democrats to have 60 seats in the Senate. It didn’t matter who was running with the R next to his name. It could have been the devil himself, and he still would’ve gotten elected.

Changing the subject, here’s a little something I found while doing research for this article from the Miami Herald:

Pam Sena drove her 7-year-old granddaughter from Locust Grove to see the young girl’s role model. Morgan Sena took it hard when McCain-Palin lost the election, Pam Sena said. Her granddaughter thought Palin should have been at the top of the ticket.

When asked why the youngster thought Palin should be president, Morgan turned her eyes to the ceiling as she considered her response. Her shoes wobbled as she perched on the metal railing of the barrier behind the press platform while she thought.

“She’s good,” Morgan said softly and then added, “Cause she’s pretty.”

And this one:

Red, white and blue painted signs on the stage drew applause with their printed punchlines: “Read my lipstick – vote for Sax”, “Keep your Change” and “Palin-Chambliss 2012“.

Sorry, I think I just threw up in my mouth a little.

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