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Iditarod 2020 – Day 8

Iditarod 2020 MapSled DogStandings at 8:00PM CDT (5:00PM AKDT):

At Kaltag
1 Jessie Royer (31)
2 Brent Sass (44)
Beyond Nulato
3 Thomas Waerner (40)
4 Peter Kaiser (9)
5 Aaron Burmeister (25)
6 Wade Marrs (7)
7 Joar Leifseth Ulsom (35)
8 Ryan Redington (37)
At Nulato
9 Richie Diehl (16)
10 Paige Drobny (58)
11 Mitch Seavey (27)
12 Michelle Phillips (33)
13 Lance Mackey (12)
14 Kelly Maixner (22)
Beyond Galena
15 Jason Campeau (19)
16 Aaron Peck (36)
17 Mille Porsild (32)R
18 Travis Beals (20)
19 Ramey Smyth (5)
20 Jessie Holmes (34)
21 Aliy Zirkle (23)
22 Nicolas Petit (21)
23 Tom Frode Johansen (39)Q
24 Martin Massicotte (2)Q
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March 14, 2020   No Comments

International Pi Day

Albert Einstein

3/14 is Albert’s birthday and

Π Day.

PiI assume you have all shopped for the perfect gift.

To start: Π ≅ 3.141592653589793238462643383279502884197169399
3751058209749445923078164062862089986280348253421170679….

March 14, 2020   No Comments

Iditarod 2020 – Day 7

Iditarod 2020 MapSled DogJeremy Keller (47) scratched at Nikolai for personal reasons. He will be mushing back to Willow.

One of Nome’s councilmen asked people to not come to Nome for the finish of the Iditarod.

Nils Hahn (56) & Alan Eischens (49) scratched at McGrath. Everyone has finished their 24-hour stop.

Standings at 9:30PM CDT (6:30PM AKDT):

At Galena
1 Jessie Royer (31)
Beyond Ruby
2 Brent Sass (44)
3 Joar Leifseth Ulsom (35)
4 Richie Diehl (16)
5 Ryan Redington (37)
6 Peter Kaiser (9)
7 Paige Drobny (58)
8 Lance Mackey (12)
9 Thomas Waerner (40)
10 Aaron Burmeister (25)
At Ruby
11 Wade Marrs (7)
12 Michelle Phillips (33)
13 Mille Porsild (32)R
14 Jason Campeau (19)
15 Travis Beals (20)
16 Mitch Seavey (27)
17 Aaron Peck (36)
18 Ramey Smyth (5)
19 Linwood Fiedler (8)
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March 13, 2020   No Comments

Paraskavedekatriaphobia

Yes, it’s Friday the 13th again. The 13th falls on a Friday more than any other day of the week, so get over it. It’s only valid in in English and Portuguese speaking countries, so go visit a Spanish-speaking neighborhood for the day.

If you want to blame someone, it’s the calendar of Pope Gregory XIII that created this imbalance. [He obviously didn’t have a problem with the number on any day.]

March 13, 2020   No Comments

Take A Hint!

Broadway is dark. All Smithsonian museums are shut. All Universal theme parks are closed. The Mouse has shut down Disneyland and Disneyworld. There will be no fans allowed at NASCAR races and the Australian Grand Prix has been cancelled. The NBA, MLS, MLB, NHL has postponed all games. The NCAA has cancelled all sports including March Madness. California wants no events over 250, New York allows 500 or half of the fire marshal limit – whichever is smaller.

Prime Minister Trudeau of Canada and his wife are under quarantine. The President of Brazil and his immediate staff are under quarantine. Trump may have had contact with a COVID-19 victim at CPAC, and is pictured standing next to the Brazilian press secretary who has tested positive for COVID-19.

The only reason we don’t know what is going on is because the FUBAR introduction of test kits from the Trump administration. South Korea tests more people every day than the US has tested so far.

Folks, the Iditarod just postponed the “Meet the Mushers” and Awards Banquet in Nome for this year’s race. These people don’t tend to overreact.

Oh, about the Covid virus going away with warmer weather, the weather is warmer in Australia as it is the end of summer in the Southern Hemisphere and they have the virus down there.

March 12, 2020   2 Comments

Iditarod 2020 – Day 6

Iditarod 2020 MapSled DogStandings at 9:00PM CDT (6:00PM AKDT):

Beyond Cripple
1 Jessie Royer (31)
2 Aaron Burmeister (25)
At Cripple
3 Brent Sass (44)
4 Michelle Phillips (33)
5 Lance Mackey (12)
6 Paige Drobny (58)
7 Mitch Seavey (27)
8 Kelly Maixner (22)
9 Aliy Zirkle (23)
10 Thomas Waerner (40)
11 Richie Diehl (16)
12 Joar Leifseth Ulsom (35)
13 Ryan Redington (37)
14 Wade Marrs (7)
Beyond Ophir
15 Peter Kaiser (9)
16 Jessie Holmes (34)
17 Aaron Peck (36)
18 Matthew Failor (29)
19 Jason Campeau (19)
20 Tim Pappas (3)
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March 12, 2020   No Comments

Iditarod 2020 – Day 5

Iditarod 2020 MapSled DogJim Lanier (55) scratched at Rainy Pass. He was not feeling good.

Many teams will take their 24-hour rest starting today. Takotna is a favorite for the stop.

Standings at 7:00PM CDT (4:00PM AKDT):

Beyond Ophir
1 Paige Drobny (58)
2 Michelle Phillips (33)
3 Mitch Seavey (27)
4 Brent Sass (44)
5 Lance Mackey (12)
6 Kelly Maixner (22)
At Ophir
7 Travis Beals (20)
8 Aliy Zirkle (23)
Beyond Takotna
9 Tom Knolmayer (30)
At Takotna
10 Jessie Royer (31)
11 Richie Diehl (16)
12 Aaron Burmeister (25)
13 Thomas Waerner (40)
14 Joar Leifseth Ulsom (35)
15 Ryan Redington (37)
16 Peter Kaiser (9)
17 Jessie Holmes (34)
18 Matthew Failor (29)
19 Aaron Peck (36)
20 Ramey Smyth (5)
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March 11, 2020   No Comments

Iditarod 2020 – Day 4

Iditarod 2020 MapSled DogStandings at 7:00PM CDT (4:00PM AKDT):

Beyond Nikolai
1 Brent Sass (44)
2 Richie Diehl (16)
3 Jessie Royer (31)
4 Wade Marrs (7)
5 Thomas Waerner (40)
At Nikolai
6 Travis Beals (20)
7 Joar Leifseth Ulsom (35)
8 Aaron Burmeister (25)
9 Peter Kaiser (9)
10 Lance Mackey (12)
11 Ryan Redington (37)
12 Michelle Phillips (33)
13 Paige Drobny (58)
14 Mitch Seavey (27)
15 Matthew Failor (29)
16 Ramey Smyth (5)
17 Tim Pappas (3)
18 Aaron Peck (36)
19 Mille Porsild (32)R
20 Jason Campeau (19)
21 Jessie Holmes (34)
22 Aliy Zirkle (23)
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March 10, 2020   No Comments

This And That On The Trail

Jim Lanier (55) is back in the race at 79 years of age. He is definitely the oldest musher out there.

Two entrants had to find replacements for their teams. Veteran musher and former winner of both the Quest and the Iditarod, Jeff King, had emergency surgery last week and had to hand his team over to Sean Underwood (46). One of my favorites, Zoya DeNure, came down with something and after finishing the parade had to hand her team to her husband, John Schandelmeier (42). While the Iditarod considers John a rookie, he won the Quest twice, and writes about mushing for the Anchorage Daily News. Zoya’s team is always made up of “rescues, rejects, and runts” and Zoya wouldn’t want to disappoint them by not letting them race.

March 9, 2020   4 Comments

Iditarod 2020 – Day 3

Iditarod 2020 MapSled DogStandings at 8:00PM CDT (5:00PM AKDT):

Beyond Rainy Pass
1 Aaron Burmeister (25)
2 Richie Diehl (16)
3 Peter Kaiser (9)
4 Lance Mackey (12)
5 Brent Sass (44)
6 Travis Beals (20)
7 Wade Marrs (7)
At Rainy Pass
8 Martin Massicotte (2)Q
9 Thomas Waerner (40)
10 Joar Leifseth Ulsom (35)
11 Paige Drobny (58)
12 Jessie Royer (31)
13 Aaron Peck (36)
14 Mitch Seavey (27)
15 Mille Porsild (32)R
16 Michelle Phillips (33)
17 Aliy Zirkle (23)
18 Kelly Maixner (22)
19 Robert Redington (28)
20 Linwood Fiedler (8)
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March 9, 2020   No Comments

Iditarod 2020 – Day 2

Iditarod 2020 MapSled DogThe start is at 5PM CDT (2PM AKDT) with plenty of fresh snow yesterday. The high temperature is forecast to be 29° F. The moon will be full tomorrow. The teams leave a couple of minutes apart with the times equalized at the 24-hour stop. The temperature is a little high and the new snow may lead to moose using the trail, but at least it will look like the old Alaska of the 1960s in March.

Just found out it will be a supermoom because it is at its closest approach to the earth.

Standings at 10:20PM CDT (7:20PM AKDT):

Beyond Yentna
1 Peter Kaiser (9)
2 Martin Massicotte (2)Q
At Yentna
3 Ramey Smyth (5)
4 Lev Shvarts (10)
Beyond Willow
5 Tim Pappas (3)
6 Kristy Berington (4)
7 Fabio Berlusconi (6)R
8 Wade Marrs (7)
9 Linwood Fiedler (8)
10 Laura Neese (11)
11 Lance Mackey (12)
12 Meredith Mapes (13)
13 Deke Naaktgeboren (14)Q
14 Karin Hendrickson (15)
15 Richie Diehl (16)
16 Gabe Dunham (17)R
17 Anna Berington (18)
18 Jason Campeau (19)
19 Travis Beals (20)
20 Nicolas Petit (21)
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March 8, 2020   No Comments

Daylight Savings Time

The Persistence of Memory by Salvador Dali

Spring forward, Fall back.

Just to screw up your life, don’t forget that Congress has stolen 2:00 to 2:59AM Sunday from you. They should at least have the decency to wait until the equinoxes to do this sort of thing. There’s barely enough daylight to do what needs to be done, much less save.

It’s a government conspiracy to make you late for church 😈

March 7, 2020   No Comments

Susan Butcher Day

Sled DogIt is the first Saturday in March which is Susan Butcher Day in Alaska and marks the Iditarod ‘parade’ from Anchorage to the airport. The actual race is set to start on Sunday in Willow.

This year they are using the Northern Trail and there seems to be adequate snow and cold temperatures to keep the puppies happy.

March 7, 2020   No Comments

Is This A Plan?

I’m quite confident that today is March, 5 so I wonder about Medicare telling me:

Your Medicare Part B (Medical Insurance) covers a test to see if you have Coronavirus. This test is covered when your doctor or a health care provider orders it, if you get the test on or after February 4, 2020. You usually pay nothing for Medicare-covered clinical diagnostic laboratory tests.

And the add on:

Note: Your provider will need to wait until after April 1, 2020 to submit a claim to Medicare for this test.

The thing is, the CDC didn’t announce that they would begin testing on a limited basis until February, 14: “The agency said it is working with public health laboratories in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago and New York City to begin testing for cases of the virus.”

As I am over a thousand miles away from any of those cities, it is highly unlikely that I could have been tested before this week, and it isn’t certain that the test would be available in this area for days or weeks. This is chaos leadership by morons that cannot end well.

March 5, 2020   5 Comments