Sunday, January 20, 2008


That's right kiddies, its Sunday, time for the weekly update, lets get it!

MUSICAL ARTISTS OF THE WEEK: Beach Boy "Pet Sounds" In my humble opinion, I think that this album was one of the most important rock albums of all time. Pet Sounds embodies everything good about the beach boys with out all the bubble gum extras. It is heartfelt, deep, drippy and full of all the sunshine you'll ever need to get you through these long months of winter. I recommend 'Sloop John B' You can find it on the music feature to the right.

OLD PERSON PHRASE OF THE WEEK: "Can I be Frank" This phrase sounds best right after you hike up your pants over your beer belly while negotiating the price of brake pads at a auto supply store but can be used by anyone also. Can I be Frank with you here friends? You kind of have to pretend like you're from a plumber's convention when you say this one. Enjoy

WEATHER ON NUNIVAK ISLAND: After a bizarre sudden rise in temperature, 55 knot winds and rain! our temperature is up to 33 deg. F and all the beautiful snow has turned to a disgusting slushy, flavor: Mudd. Apparently the wind is still pretty bad out at the airport, but I can't imagine how because we have a nice fog thats settled in.

ART UPDATE: I've been recording some music, although its slow going, I seem to have hit a sort of skill level plateau. I've pretty much made the most out of my capabilities, everything I record is starting to sound amateurish and the same. I have been writing some crazy letters. I am working on some hemp jewelry, I still draw a bit, and I'm starting to think this blog is an art form? Maybe.

WEB LINK OF THE WEEK: Otherwise known as Cultivate Peace, this website basically hooks you up with the resources to make a difference in any possible way you can think of. There is info on Darfur, Hunger, Rainforests, Literacy, Children's Medicine, Breast Cancer and even the Crisis in Burma.

The Problems we face today, violent conflict, destruction of nature, poverty, hunger...can be resolved through human effort, understanding and the development of a brotherhood and sisterhood.
- 14th Dalai Lama

BOOK OF THE WEEK: "Still Life With A Woodpecker" By Tom Robbins. They say you always love your first Tom Robbins book the most. I couldn't agree more. I read this one first and it has always been my favorite. Some said, this whole book is kind about a pack of Camel Cigarettes. I was like, "yeah right, thats ridiculous." But then it is. This book clarifies many things about the cosmos, life, love, and the problem with red heads. It also taught me two major lessons: 1) Everything is part of IT. and 2.) It's never too late to have a happy childhood.

Well I can honestly say I can't believe that two weeks have already flown by. If time keeps ripping along like this, it will be summer before you know it. We have Friday off for Chief's Day. We will also get a visit from the army national guard this week on a recruiting trip, I guess they are going to land a blackhawk helicopter near the school for the kids. It should be pretty exciting for them. In other uncategorical news, I might take a two week long fox trapping class, I don't really want to kill any foxes, but I do want to see how it is done. Our island is overpopulated with rabies infected foxes that eat garbage, bite dogs and are out and about when the children walk to school, I don't want to kill the little guys but they can be pretty nasty. I think I'll do as much watching as possible.

I also got to talk on the phone with some old college friends lately, its good to keep in touch with people from the past. Well, I'm not sure if my mentor teacher will make it in tonight due to the weather but I think I'm going to get back to watching this dinosaur Brett Favre try to win the NFC championship. He's like the Billy Chapel (Costner) in "For the Love of the Game" of Pro Football. I think I'll make some Moroccan Pomegranate Tea, burn some Nag Champa, and read some music magazines. Have a great week my fellow friends!


Alaskan Teacher Mentor Pat said...

Your "Sloop John B" made my day, since I wrote my blog 4 times and it still didn't publish.

When I was in high school, one of my 3 lockermates, Ethel Dixon came in really thrilled one Monday. She'd been to a Beach Boys concert and when Denny Wilson threw one of his sticks into the orchestra pits, she dove in after it. She hung onto it even as they dragged her out into the streets. Truly a 60s moment.

"You be Frank and I'll be Earnest" is a good partner to your quote. Where are you getting your old person quotes? At least I can work "undercover".

Your comment in my blog made the wind stop blowing for just a tiny moment. Oh, wait- it started up again. See you soon.

Reese-E said...

"Can I be frank?" Haha! So funny. I've been sitting here listening to your music. Very nice! Haven't heard of some of the bands but all of them are great. I'm thinking of making the ultimate 80s mix cd, the kind that'll really get everybody pumped for a Friday night out. Any song suggestions?

Anonymous said...

I'm glad your weather has warmed up for awhile to give you a break. And I love the addition of music to your blog so I can actually listen to your artist of the week! You have no idea how much I look forward to reading your thoughts on this blog. You are doing great things up there. Keep it up. Love Mom

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