The Wrangells from Lake Louise

The Wrangells  from Lake Louise

Saturday, February 28, 2009

why haven't I posted for so long

I was asked why I haven’t updated the blog, and well I have only one answer, kayos. It all started when Patience and I went fishing and she caught that nice rainbow. Heidi called as patience was pulling the fish through the hole to say she tried to fight with a Fed ex truck and the truck won. She was fine but the car did not do so well. It took several weeks to hear anything from the insurance company. I called the phone number of the person that was so post to be helping us at Country Financial our auto insurance company, only to be told by a recording that they where out of the office till the end of February. In the mean time I received a call from Mid Town auto body shop where the car was taken. The body shop said it was a total loss but he was waiting to hear from the claims adjuster so he could do the final paper work. I did even more searching on my own and fond the claim adjuster and gave him call. He said he was working on it but was really backed up. He said it would be about a week. In the mean time we had rental coverage on our insurance so I went to went to enterprise and rented a car. It had to be a similar full size car or small SUV. Unfortunately, they where out of cars and SUVs but said I would have to rent a truck. Imagine my disappointment when I had to rent a full size Doge truck. I was actually impressed with the truck. It got 18 MPG with mixed city and hwy driving witch is good for a 5.8 litter V8. In the meant time I got a call from the claims adjuster that the car was total loss and if we bring the title to him he would cut us a check. I take off work to take him the title only to find that his computer was down and he could not cut us a check. In the mean time I receive a call from Country Financial for the first time. All they had to say was that I had to take the car back as the amount of the max rental cost had been met. Needless to say, I was a bit ticked, as I had heard nothing form the insurance company. I had to search far more info then I should have to as a consumer and it was not my fault that there computers where down and I did not have my money yet. Wile all this was going on the Viruses protection for my computer expired. I downloaded the new program but I could not get it to upload to my PC right because I purchased the 5&1 program but they sent me the down load for 15 & 1, this made the security code not work. I had to call them to get them to send me the right program. When I removed the 15 & 1 from the computer I did not remove all of it some files where in a different so I still could not get it to work right. Mean wile I told the kids not to use the Internet wile I was at work. Unfortunately, like kids do best they did any way and wile they where on it they got the PC a Viruses. I ended up have to start the computed in safe mode. So I could shut programs down in the start menu till I found witch one was infected. Then I tried to down load DP 5&1 only to find the explorer also had the viruses. I could not find out how to get rid of it so I depleted explorer and down loaded fire fox in its place then down loaded DP and got rid of the viruses. Now the computer is working well. When I ran the Defender pro 5&1 the first time it came up with 17 infected files. Wile all this was going on I went to Juneau for work as part of the key coalition to talk to the state senate about programs for people with disabilities. Everything went good but it was chaotic. Max Gruenberg my state Representative and Bill Wielechowski my senator seemed like good people. I was encouraging them to pas bill 32 that would increase funding to the arc. The last I heard it got as far as the finance comity but I don’t know if it past yet. As you can see there are no photos of Juneau on the blog. Unfortunately, one of the kids got hold of my camera and tried to put the USB cord in upside down, when it did not fit the first time they forced it in and broke the receptacle off in the camera so no photos for a BIT. The worst part is that most Alaskans don’t get to go to the capital as it is inaccessible to travel accept for planes and boats and if you do get to go as it’s a rain forest to are going to get socked. But this trip it was as clear and nice as could be. I have been to Juneau two other times but I have never seen the mountains before this trip. When I got back to town I got a call from the claims adjuster who said he had a check for us but he needed Heidi and I to both sign over the title to the car as both our names were on it. Today we bought a used 2004 Buick Rendezvous with 33000 miles on it. So far it seems great, vary roomy and comfortable. We also drove a Hyundai Santa Fe but I did not like the way it drove and the buttons were back words from American cars. The all wheel drive was jerky and loud when it kicked in and it did not have near as much space. But it did have lots of power under the hood.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Patience and I at Seventeen Mile lake

Patience and I went to Seventeen Mile lake on Saturday February 7. I am always amazed at the weather change at this lake. This trip on the HWY it was around zero to -6, when we got down to the lake which is at the bottom of a steep hill it was -20. We had the Buddy heater with us to keep us warm in the shanty. I use it all the time in side the little shack but at this lake it has a tendency to shut off because of the lack of good air. As I don't have this problem at any other lake I think it is due top the high pusher.We had a hard time finding out how to catch the fish. We used several different baits and I used several spoons to jig with. I finely put on a three inch power bait minnow jig and the fish started going crazy for it. We caught ten and saw some good fish go by when Patience caught this one

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Red Shirt Lake Jan30-Feb1

Some friends of Joes rented one of the public use cabins on Red Shirt Lake last weekend and he asked if I wanted to go. I thought that I was going to have to ski to the cabin but one of his friends had a snow machine I could use. It was snowing hard when we left the car Friday and snowed all day. I fined in front of cabin one all day with out a bite. Some more of Joe’s friends came Friday evening and there where six of us that stayed in the cabin. The wood stove kept it nice inside Friday night. The next day it cleared up and became cold. I took the sled and fished in front of Lynx Creek with the same result as near the cabin. There where five of us fishing here but we only caught one small hammer handle. The temperature dropped over night. We had a hard time keeping the cabin warm. There was frost on the floor and my water was frozen when I got up. We left to go back to the car right after we got up. I thought I was moving along on the snow machine really good till I looked back and saw that the hitch to the sled I was towing had broken and I no longer had it behind me. I did a 360 in the trail and took off after it. I drove as fast as I safely could. Luckily one of the others picked it up. When I caught up to them I tried to move off the trail so they could get by when I did this I ended up stuck. After a few of the guys helped me jerk the machine out I was back on the trail. Unfortunately, the combination of the fast driving and all the close I was wearing made me over heat and I got sick when I got back to the car. I felt like I was not much of a help getting ready to leave as I through up a few times. One of the tucks had a hard time starting in the cold and needed to be jumped. I hate to say it but I was glad I think it would have made it a lot worse if I started riding in a truck right away. All in all the weather was nice, the company was good and the fishing was sad but it was a lot of fun.