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The Music Of The Race

Quest winner, Sebastian Schnuelle, listened to AC-DC for the 6 hours between Two Rivers and Fairbanks.

A major sponsor of the Jamaican musher, Newton Marshall, is Jimmy Buffett [Parrothead, Gulf & Western, Margaritaville].

Gerry Willomitzer, Iditarod musher and color commentator for the official Quest site is a major league Deep Purple fan.

But the best is the reporter for the Yukon News who has been covering the Quest, Genesee Keevil, who plays the stand-up bass with Sasquatch Prom Date, a local band.

February 26, 2009   Comments Off on The Music Of The Race

Give Him A Break

Boy, the way people are bashing the GOP response to the not State of the Union speech is just vicious. They are picking on everything.

They didn’t like the opening. He just sort of appeared. Did they consider that he might have been supervising his security detail pulling drunks out of the Capitol Lake? I mean you have to expect that sort of thing when you do this on Mardi Gras in Louisiana. Give the guy a break. Not running for President is very time consuming and the Governor’s Mansion is a big place. Did they consider that he might have gotten lost looking for the Rotunda? He is newly elected and hasn’t spent much time in the building.

They didn’t like his tone, saying he sounded like he was taking to four-year-olds. What part of conservative Republican governor of Louisiana don’t they understand? He has to talk to the base of the party while he is not running for President, and a skilled speaker adjusts to his/her audience. Compared to the State of the Union Speeches delivered by the Shrubbery, Bobby was pushing the intellectual envelop, i.e he knew how to pronounce all the words. Rush Limbaugh liked it, so “Mission Accomplished”.

Update: I forgot to insert “bless his heart” every time I referred to Governor Jindal.

February 26, 2009   8 Comments

Day 13 – Dogs Are Still Running

Yukon Quest Map

Sled DogThe last teams left Central this morning.

Crossing the finish line were race rookies: Norman Casavant (29), Mark Sleightholme (1), Colleen Robertia (6), and Newton Marshall (7). Sleightholme of Britain was running a team that belongs to Sebastian Schnuelle. while Marshall of Jamaica was running a Hans Gatt team.

Jason Mackey (25) was down to 7 dogs and just couldn’t catch a break, so he scratched at Central. Russ Bybee (11) held on until Mile 101, but then pulled the plug. The Eagle Summit has been brutal this year.

You can get Race Updates here.

February 26, 2009   Comments Off on Day 13 – Dogs Are Still Running