About

My name is Dan Wall. I live in Barrow, AK, which is the heart of my claims to great Northiness. In times past, I lived in Northern Arizona and worked on the Navajo Nation, but I always wanted to live on a beach, …at least I think I did. Just consider me the bearded cat-lady of the arctic.

I used to be a Bilagáana, now I am a Tanik, but I’m no good in either event. I live to head-butt kittens, and my greatest accomplishment in life is probably an incident of projectile vomiting. (Don’t skoff! It was brilliant.)

Mostly I teach for my food, but there was a brief period when I pushed puppies for a living (first pet’s free kids). I like spicy foods, foreign movies, RPGs, and bad jokes.

This blog has one theme and one thing only, whatever the Hell I feel like writing about at any given moment. That is all.

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(Note: If you zoom-out from the map one click at a time, it’s kinda cool.)

324 thoughts on “About”

  1. I’m glad you liked a post on thebigpicturereport.com. I looked at your blog and like your style and sense of humor, and I’m adding your site to my blogroll.

  2. Thank you Arlen. I have enjoyed an awful lot of your material actually. Keep up the good work.

  3. arkenaten said:

    Thanks for popping over to The Ark’s spot.

  4. drgeraldstein said:

    You’ve got my interest. Good job!

  5. Hello, Dan! Thanks for visiting Hooked and leaving a trail to lead me back to your blog. Your title alone got a chuckle, and your first few posts showed me that we’ve got some simpatico values. Nice to meet you, friend.

  6. Thanks for adding a comment on “Politics and Cardigans”! I appreciate you! You won me over with this quote from one of your politics quotes,
    “First I must confess that I was reading Glenn Beck’s website. …I’ve done dumber things in my life. I just can’t think what they would be.”

    http://politicsandcardigans.wordpress.com/

  7. Thanks for looking at Storyteller/ — Ray

  8. Thanks for the like on my book review. Will check back in for your latest adventures in Alaska.

  9. Hey northier! I’m southier than just about everyone so i guess we got a whole world of difference between us. So, how come I’m nodding to the stuff you write? I guess true genius cries out for companionship and can be heard a world away…or was it the sound of your projectile vomit? I never perfected that. I heave quietly into the bowl and dont even wake the wife! I’m so repressed. :(

    Thanks for commenting on my blog.

  10. Dan
    A few things you’ve mentioned in your blog got me to puzzlin’ and a cursory google search answered two of my questions: “what do you teach? and at what level?”
    Still, I have some things I’d like to ask you off-blog. If you’re open to that, shoot me an email (wawbat at gmail dot com)
    Thanks,
    wawbat

  11. Billie Jean said:

    I can nothing else than to love your presentation.

  12. Billie Jean said:

    You have an interesting blog, no seriously you do. I LOVE all of the topics which you post under i.e Categories. Shall enjoy reading your blog.

  13. Loving your about page. You are just going with it and I really like that. Great job. Thanks for visiting my blog and liking a recent post on Istanbul. Blog on. That is all :)

  14. Thanks for liking my post.
    I spent time in the Great Frozen North as well, tugboating out of Nome back in the ’70s. Beautiful and surreal.

  15. Sarah Jordan said:

    Nice digs! Thanks for checking out my blog.

  16. Haha, Dan, I had to laugh at “the bearedd catlady of the arctic”, and, of course, I had to look up Bilagaana and Tanik. Now I sort of half-know. BTW, after reading your Native-Indians-films entry I expect you’ve seen James Cameron’s Avatar? The same criticism (the Na’vi needed a white man to save themselves) was levelled at the storyline.

    • Ooh, good point about Avatar. I may have to work that in somehow. Hm…

      Yeah, I’m a cat lady. My students all tease me about it. there aren’t too many cats up here, so it stands out even more.

  17. writemepictures said:

    Thanks for liking my World Tapir Day post! P.S. Totally know what you mean. Am typing one-handed cos there’s a cat lying on the other.

  18. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I checked out your “About” and was excited about Barrow, Alaska. I have always wanted to visit Barrow and the closest I ever got was Fairbanks in 1984. Then I saw the atheist connection and the more I poked around I found a kindred spirit. Keep writing about anything you damn feel like. You’re on my blogroll.

  19. Hi Dan, thanks for liking my posts.

  20. Hi Dan, and thank you for visiting my site. I looked up Tanik as well but couldn’t find anything except a construction company. Can you give me a hint?

  21. Thank you for visiting gender_issues

  22. Thanks for checking out my blog as well. We are in opposite environments, that’s for sure! Stop by any time for your dose of tropical flower photos!

  23. Hey Dan.

    Great blog, mate. I like your style and your subject matter.

    Thanks for visiting the Mad Hatters and commenting (I have this thing about people who just ‘like’ and can’t be arsed to actually contribute). Quite how you found us is another matter entirely… but thanks, and feel free to drop by anytime.

    Cheers from the North (of England).

  24. Hi, I liked your blog, thanks for the like on my post :D thanks!

  25. Thanks for liking Blood Quantum. I just do not “get” how obsessed people become over race and ethnicity and the hatred some eject because someone is not just like them. Guess this also goes for religion. As for me, when they gave out genes for religion, I think I did not receive any. AK is lovely but way too cold for me. I like heat, foodwise and climatewise or at least not too cold. You might like my recipes as well. I did not start out to blog re food but alas…

    • Thank you Juliana, I thought your poem was great. You illustrated the problems quite nicely. I wish i had it to show my old Dine’ students and see how they would react to your predicament. I will certainly check your website out again.

      Food is the best!

  26. Hi Dan!

    Your writing is so good that I don’t mind if I disagree with you on some things. I’m adding you to my blogroll because I just can’t miss your articulate and funny posts. Keep writing and I’ll keep reading!

  27. Daniel, thank you for visiting my blog–and your support of my work!

  28. Kitten or puppy?…round your neck above? Always nice to meet another member of the soft fluffy underbelly of society. Thanks for coming by Confesssions. Love your beer post. At the risk of sounding Arnoldian, I’ll be back :) Deirdre

  29. Great Blog, thanks for checking out my Marlowe post.

  30. Thanks for visiting my blog “Musings of a Horse Mom” and liking my post “Poll: You and Horses.” I hope you had a chance to participate in the poll. Every vote counts! … ;-) … Be well, Dorothy :-)

  31. Thanks for stopping by my blog and liking my post. Thanks!

  32. Thanks for stopping by my new blog.. still working on it… Trying to understand… how it actually works.. Regards from East Timor!!

  33. Thanks for the like. I’ll check your site.
    Duko from Zagreb, Croatia.

  34. Hi Dan!
    Thanks for the visit to my blog. It is really nice to meet you :)

  35. Hi Dan, Thanks for reading my blog. Before reading your blog all that I knew about the people of Alaska was S….P….. I can’t even bring myself to spell her name.

    Thanks again,
    Ron

  36. Thanks for stopping by Hai-choo! I look forward to exploring northierthanthou :) I was born in northern Canada–not quite as northy as you, but getting there…–so I’m expecting some common ground.

  37. Donald Miller said:

    You’ve developed quite a large following, Dan. I have Chateau as my theme also. Myself, I find the default type color for the black background, which I also use, tough on the eyes. In case you’re interested you can get around that by using the next-to-white font color. I use white, but it makes the words invisible on the format screen–which can be a real pain.

  38. Hello. Thanks for liking my post. Your blog looks very interesting. I will read your posts slowly as I can’t read as fast as a native English speaker. I fly over Alaska every year when I go back to Japan. Once I landed at Alaska for connecting flights. The landscape I saw then was one of the most exotic ones ever. I was also shocked that the airport had a Japanese noodle shop.

  39. Thank you for visiting male/female.

  40. Hey Dan :-) Thanks for swinging by my blog, Here Come the Puglets! and for the like. I look forward to perusing your blog ;-)

  41. Hi Dan, thank you for liking my photo blog. I was an atheist myself for a few years until I kept meetng really ‘intelligent’ people [at least, in my opinion they were] who actually believed in God and I couldn’t understand why. So began my own journey to find out . I can guarantee that anyone who can lay aside their prejudices/mockery etc and come to the subject with an open and humble mind will find God, just as He has promised us. Eileen

  42. Thanks for liking my recent post Memorial Day 2012. And you live in Barrow, Alaska?! Wow. I watched an episode of “Idiots Abroad” on the Science Channel and (without getting into the details because I’m sure you know them), it was amazing to watch.

  43. LOVE the topic of your Blog!!

    Suits me just fine ;)

    God Love You ♥

  44. Hello There! I must thank you again for a previous comment/like on my blog. Hopefully my comment made it’s way back to you, but I’m not certain. I see it sitting there on my page. Look forward to reading more of your blog as well. Anyhow hope you enjoy and look forward to hearing from you again in the future.

  45. Hi
    Love your blog
    thanks for visiting mine and liking my post
    Dorinda

  46. Thanks for visiting my blog. I like your sense of humor.

  47. thank you for stopping by my blog and liking my work…!!
    by the way your blog is great…i think i have to take a tour of your blog once again..!! :D :D

  48. Dan, (may I call you Dan?) I like your style. And your sense of humor.Think I’ll stick around for a while!

    • Hello 8teen,

      We’ve had a couple more chats since you posted this, but I wanted to come by and reply (lat as usual). Dan works for me. I hope all is well in your end of the blogosphere.

  49. Hi there! Thanks so much for liking my post!

  50. Nice blog!

  51. Thanks for liking my post Want More Work? I’ve Got The Secret!

  52. I live to head butt kittens too. (thanks for checking out my work, talented man)

    • Thank you. …and head-butting kittens is the greatest, isn’t it? Got to butt a little tabby a couple times this weekend and my whole summer has brightened as a result.

  53. Thanks for stopping by my blog Dan. Lovin’ yours! If you are going to live anywhere in a country it should always be The North ;)

  54. Na’vi man, this is the most well-written blog I have seen in a very long time. It is a treat to read. Thank you. I’m setting a hook here so I don’t lose you! :-) Carry on.

  55. Hi, Dan. I am thrilled you visited and liked my Wordless Wednesday post today!

  56. Well said ;)

  57. Chancy and Mumsy said:

    Hi, Dan! You have a very nice blog here. I have skipped around a bit and read some. Thank you for stopping by my picture blog and liking my lily picture.

  58. Thank you for the like on my post “A Walk in the Clouds!” Please come back and visit again sometime!

  59. Hi Dan! You have a wonderful blog here! I’m gonna follow you and look forward to reading more of your stuff :)

  60. Hi, thanks for stopping by my blog. Yours looks like fun – I’ve been enjoying having a browse.

  61. Congratulations, I’ve nominated you for a blogging award. If you choose to accept, here’s the link to what it’s all about: http://wp.me/pXX8J-1c8.

    Absolutely no hard feelings if you choose to skip the acceptance… I just wanted to let you know I enjoy your blog.

  62. Hey! How’s the weather?

  63. Hi Dan,

    I’ve actually been to Barrow (Here today, gone to Barrow) and lived to tell about it. I admire the fact that you live there and your sanity seems to be (mostly) intact. I subscribe to many blogs, but must confess that on most of them all I do is look at the pictures. Your’s is one of the few I actually read. Keep on truckin’….

    RPRT Photo

  64. I like your attitude. And I like your blog. Thanks for liking my post.

  65. Hi Daniel… and thanks for visiting and liking my stuff :)
    Very glad I found your blog and will look forward to visiting.
    From Down Under :D

  66. Dear bearded cat-lady of the arctic, you crack me up! I see now that we are something of kindred spirits. Yours sincerely, happily non-bearded cat-lady of the deep south.

  67. Gotta say two things, thanks for stopping by..and I love your about bit. As a former great white northeast person who is now in the great white Canada…I feel your pain..but life no matter what is better for us up in the North country…it isn’t as hot right?

  68. Thanks for stopping by my blog ;)

  69. Phil Polizatto said:

    Dan, thanks for visiting Hunga Dunga. Finally figured out how to access your blog. Am glad I did. Wonderful wit and writing. I never got northier than you, but pretty close. Used to teach in Allakaket/Alatna, so I do have an idea of what “north” really implies. Am enjoying picking post of yours at random. I applaud your attitude in the “about” section. I’d say we have much in common. Keep up the fine work. Stay warm

  70. Hi there :) Just wanted to thank you for your like on my post! Have a great day!

  71. Hello, fellow Alaskan! I’m from Nome, myself. About as thrilling as Barrow, maybe slightly different kinds of crappy weather. Thank you for checking out my photoblog, and thank you for liking anthropology and bad photography, they’re my favorites :)

  72. howdy all the way up there….thanks for the like……..i seem to have a prob seeing your pics this morn but sahll revisit when this machine of minee is in the mood…….

  73. I don’t know whether I’ve commented before because you have so many comments on this page – just wanted to say I love your philosophy on Life.

  74. Thanks for liking my article/photos…..very much appreciated :)

  75. Haha. What a great “about” section! Thanks for the like, BTW.

  76. Hi Dan. I really like your blog. I like that you always have something interesting to say, and you always make me think, laugh, and think some more. I don’t follow a ton of blogs; I refuse to clog up my reader with junk. Since you’re one of the few I do follow, I have nominated you for an Inspiring Blog Award, with nothing to do other than bask in the glow. I hope it sends a few more readers your way. You’re a good read. http://thefarmerstaft.com/2012/08/06/feel-the-love-inspiring-blog-award-and-15-bloggers-you-should-visit/

  77. Northier than thou; this intrigues me…

  78. Hi Dan,
    Thanks for the like on my post Free Family Activities in your state. I read some of your atheism posts. You definitely see things in a different way. I find your ideas thought provoking. What did you teach? Thanks again for the like and good luck to you.

  79. Marichris said:

    Hi! :-) thanks for the like on my post. it is most appreciated.

  80. Hello Dan, thanks for liking, not 1, not 2′ but 3 of my posts. It meant a lot.

  81. Hi Dan, thanks for liking my post on the parade in Granada, Nicaragua. I just read a couple of your posts about native Americans, very interesting. Keep up the good work.

  82. Thanks for stopping by my blog, MrMaxPics.and liking my post about Amanda. I read about your animal shelter job and I commend you on taking such an interest in strays. I was smiling with tears at the stories. The hardest thing we have ever done was decide to put one of our cats down. His name is Red but it got to the point where we couldn’t touch him without him crying in pain. His kidneys went bad then the rest of his body quickly shut down. I don’t know if I will ever be able to do it again. My wife and I have been taking care of and finding homes for stray cats for 30yrs. We have almost stopped in the last couple of years because of money and health problems. We just took in a new cat though. I’ve posted about her and her babies.The neighbors do like that lady that brings kittens to the shelter year after year. We hope to be able to convince her to get the cats that are left around her house spayed or neutered if we offer to help. Your descriptions of your travels is very good. I had an uncle that lived outside of Anchorage for about 20yrs. until the early 90’s. Thanks for the interesting stories.

  83. Thanks for the compliment on my photo. not really sure how you even found my site, since i was literally working on it as comments came in. just getting my feet wet w/
    word press.

  84. Hey, thank you so much for liking my 48 Hours in Hanoi post. Thanks for reading it! I’m happy to connect with other bloggers.

  85. Glad you stopped by Photoriety. Gave me a chance to read your blog and start following it. Good stuff, Dan.

  86. Hello, Thanks for the like of my post “I am Rose”. Isn’t it nice to have a place to express yourself.

  87. Thanks for liking my new post on somewheregermany.wordpress.com.

  88. Thanks for your visits to my blog.
    I like your blog theme – so will be following. See you on my Reader.
    PeAce!
    RoSy

  89. I like your About page!! Thanks for visiting my blog. Cheers!!

  90. ..head-butting kittens? projectile vomiting? hmm…you sound like a very….er..likeable guy! much obliged to read some of your stuff….carry on mushing, man!

  91. Thanks for checking out my blog….you have a very interesting one as well!
    Stay warm!

  92. “bearded cat lady” hahaha. Love it. I have to follow you :) I got as close as Galbraith Lake. Next time I’m up there I will attempt to get to Barrow!!

  93. lucybythesea said:

    ‘Hey baby’ back! Thanks for liking my photo!

  94. Thanks for stopping by my blog and giving me the chance to check out yours! Look forward to seeing more of your stuff!

  95. You have a neat site here; a lot to digest…thanks for checking out my art.

  96. Dan, thank you for stopping and liking today’s post. I saw where you live and it must be spectacular and cold at this time of the year. I can only imagine what the northern lights would be like in your part of the world. I look forward to reading whatever the Hell you feel like writing and sharing.

    Take care,

    Ivon

  97. Ok then so your Barrow is slightly more northier than mine but yours was named after one of our locals who liked it that much here he buggered off to where you are! I look forward to enjoying the comparisons between our two Barrows.

  98. Thank you for stopping by my blog and liking my work. Regards, Karen

  99. Pretty nice post. I simply stumbled upon your blog and wished to say that I have
    really enjoyed browsing your weblog posts. After all I will
    be subscribing for your feed and I am hoping you write once more very soon!

  100. Hi Dan
    Thanks for liking one of my first posts on my new photoblog!
    I have never known anyone from Alaska, so it is pretty interesting to read through your articles. ;)
    See you around,
    Charlie

  101. Hi Dan,
    Thanks for looking at our cat caves on Mosey.
    I glad you did as I’m not sure that I would have found your blog otherwise.
    I have spent a good hour reading your posts and I really enjoy your style of writing.
    Cheers
    Jan

  102. Clearly, you are awesome. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Cheers.

  103. urbanpionqueer said:

    This is awesome. You’re a babe.

  104. Anna Failla said:

    Thanks for stopping by and liking one of my pictures! Cool blog :)
    Love, Anna

  105. Thanks for liking my post on Snowflake Crowns! Enjoy a wonderful New Year :)

  106. You’re funny, I like the description of yourself. Interesting life you’ve created, and thanks for writing about it! x

  107. Love your site, Dan, and your insights. Thanks for visiting midnight gravy
    ed

  108. hi!,I love your writing so much! share we communicate more about your post on AOL?
    I require a specialist in this house to resolve my problem.
    May be that’s you! Looking forward to look you.

  109. Hi Dan,

    I’m a little farther north myself, in the Seattle area.Thank You for liking my post, I appreciate it. I saw your post on the majority and think it quite good. Let’s face it, there is comfort and security in being part of the majority; it is harder to go against consensus when you know that you know what is true for you. It takes courage to do it and to be able to stand firm when the majority give you grief for it.

  110. Just wanted to say thanks for liking a photo on my blog and also wanted to offer a copy of my book titled “No Rain” if you didn’t get it already which is a free pdf download. You can find the link to it in the sidebar on my blog at http://www.sunsets4life.com – – – I have followed your blog and linked to you as well on my “who likes my photos” page. Happy blogging!!

  111. Thanks for stopping by

  112. Thanks for stopping by my “prosaictraveller”. I read a couple of your posts and love your stories of the North. I have always enjoyed seeing other parts of the world that I know I will never get to see.

  113. Dan – how do you make your blog show the “Share This” and “Like This” buttons appear in the default post. On my posts, they open up only when I click on the comments link or the title. I have tried all the various settings. I even tested the Chateau theme you’re using. Did you actually customize the theme for this feature?

    Your blog is the only one I have seen that does this for default, hence I asked.

    • You know, I’m actually not sure what I did. I remember I tried dozens of different things including threats and profanity before they appeared, and I honestly don’t remember what finally worked. I’ll look around and see if I can figure out how it’s working.

      • Ah, so I am not the only one that finds this frustrating…
        Thanks for checking.

      • I’m horribly technophobic and usually short on time. I had the blog for months before I had all that set up. I just remember trying one thing after another for the better part of an afternoon during Christmas vacation. My nephews dogs must have wondered why I was so angry.

  114. Hi Dan, Thanks for checking out my site. Thought I’d stop by to see who might be interested in what I have to say and here you are. i have enjoyed every post I have read of your so far! Looking forward to hearing may more of your random thoughts :)

  115. Hey Dan thanks for liking my panorama pics. It’s nice to have my Alaska pictures liked by an Alaskan. Makes me feel legitimate.

    Btw, I love that you have a category about movie villains! I had a webpage once dedicated to the same thing, ha. I’m a christian, so I don’t know about Jesus being a villain, but I sure agree that he can be terrifying, and said and did a lot of shocking things.

    Keep up the good work; I’m looking forward to browsing more (even though we often don’t see eye to eye) Though it’s thanks to people like you that I spend way too much time on the internet, dammit. :)

  116. AnElephantCant help thinking
    This is some crazy stuff you have created
    You may be slightly mad
    But please don’t be sad
    AnElephant thinks sanity is vastly overrated

  117. Thanks for stopping by my blog and liking my post.

  118. Hey there!
    I lived in Anchorage, AK when I was like 10 and was there for 4 years ( my dad was military). I have intended to get back up there, but you know how that goes – the “maybe one of these days” syndrome. Looking forward to reading more about your adventures in the cold but beautiful state of Alaska!

  119. I am glad you found our blog caramelizelife.com so we could find yours. I enjoyed reading through your pages and writing style. Alaska is a beautiful place. I spent many a summer up there in Bristol Bay.
    cheers!

  120. Hey! Just wanted to say thank you for popping by and liking my post! Much appreciated!

  121. Thanks so much for visiting my blog and liking my photo! I appreciate it very much. :-D

  122. Hi, thanks for stopping by my blog and liking my post. You have a great blog here, love your pics of Alaska :-)

  123. Hello Dan, Enjoyed reading some of your posts and, as Arnold would say, ‘I’ll be Bach’. I’m glad that some of my captures brought you enjoyment.

  124. Thanks for stopping by. I’m dying to visit Alaska (most of the people at our agency already have). We should just switch places to you can be at the beach for a bit!

  125. Congratulations!

    I have nominated your blog for the Versatile Blogger Award.

    The rules of the award are at

    http://dearkitty1.wordpress.com/2013/03/16/versatile-blogger-award-thanks-tazein-and-sue/

  126. Thank you for stopping by simplydaisies! Come back any time!

  127. Great blog, made me smile.

  128. Great blog, made me smile, thanks for visiting mine.

  129. thanks for stopping by!

  130. Hello and thank you for your visit.
    Kind regards,
    Anna Kloc

  131. Thank you for the like on The Kraken’s Wake.
    I also did some work with the Navajo people, although it was only for a summer. We were in Klagetoh, AZ. I was amazed by the people there. When I asked the children, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” they did not understand the question. Their desire to “be” anything has been stolen from them over the years. Sad to see. Anyway, I enjoyed your site so far.

  132. Thanks for liking my blog post!

  133. Great Blog. Love your sense of humour. Looking forward to reading more. Thanks for making me smile.

  134. Thanks for stopping by and looking at my photo, I will have to spend time here. You are my kind of read.

  135. I’m looking forward to checking out your blog. I noticed you liked a photo today on my blog so I figured I would check out yours. My son is currently doing a school project (2nd grade) about Alaska so I know about Barrow – especially about the amount of daylight you get (or don’t get). It’s been fun learning about Alaska with him as he does his project.

  136. Thanks for stopping by my blog and showing my post some love.

  137. Very interesting blog you have here! Many thanks for visiting ‘A View From My Summerhouse’ and liking my recent post. Glad you enjoyed it and hope you will visit again.

  138. Hi there, thanks for visiting my blog and liking Polska dotshttp://wordsandswords.wordpress.com/2013/04/02/polska-dots/
    really got some great writing going on there. Specially like the write drunk, edit stoned section

  139. Thanks for stopping by my blog. It led me yours, which is a good thing!

  140. Thanks for stopping by again and the like of my post “Crinkled Limbs”. It gave me a chance to read the last 2 sentences in your About statement. I love it.

  141. You win! I’m complaining (mildly) about snow in April, but you’re definitely “northier” than us in Vermont.

  142. I haven’t read all the comments, so excuse me if I’m repeating what someone else said.

    From my desk, I can see a small flock of black vultures that live on a nearby building. I’ve gotten to like them and did a bit of reading up on vultures. It turns out that they projectile vomit in self-defense. I find this totally amusing.

  143. Thanks for visiting my blog.
    Love your blog and sense of humour!

  144. Thank you for liking “Lord Hummer”. I LOVE your blog, your sense of humor…following you.

  145. Thanks for stopping by my post and liking “Simple Sunset”. I have to say I have really enjoyed your blog and will great pleasure in following it. Were you around when Karl Pilkington of, “An Idiot Abroad” fame visited Barrow?

    Thanks again

  146. Hey Dan! Thanks for the like.. hope you keep coming back and checking out some new stuff as and when they come up.

  147. Thank you for taking the time to check out my post – I’m delighted you like it! And the added bonus is that now I’ve discovered *your* blog… :)

  148. What’s your opinion of the poor polar bear situation?

  149. You are one seriously clever and funny(!) writer. I am new to your blog, but you still stood out enough for me to present you with a Liebster Blog Award. :)

  150. uroskovacevic94 said:

    Hi :) thank you for checking out my drawing…lol, love your humor, definitely following

  151. Hi there- thank you for the recent like on my post! I hope you’ll swing by again soon! Peace-

  152. Thanks for your visit, Dan :-)

  153. Hi Dan, thanks a lot for your visiting my photographs and the likes. Your blog is very nice and interesting and now I’m following it. Cheers from (a very far) Italy!

  154. Hello, thanks for stopping by my blog. You certainly win as my “my northern most” acquaintance. I have been to Whitehorse, a friend lives, and to Scotland. So welcome to a “down under” blog.

  155. I never been to Alaska but we watch a lot of tv shows about the situations and see beautiful scenes.

    You’re lucky to be able to take such wonderful photography up there. Beauty is all around.

    Thanks for stopping by and visiting my blog.

  156. Sounds very interesting, adventurous, and fun!
    thanks for following; will have to return and see what you are up to next..

  157. Thanks for liking my poem “An obsession Costly”
    Your “about’ is impressive.

  158. Nativegrl77 said:

    Thanks for the visit and hope to see you write about Bristol Bay !!!!! AK !!

  159. Maggie Beck said:

    Dan: yes, you are northernerthanI! Thanks so much for liking one of my postings on Tide Line Still Life. I really appreciate it! A visit to Alaska is on my bucket list, but it will have to be during a season I can walk along a tide line. Again, thanks so much! Maggie from NJ.

  160. I just discovered your blog. Awesome job! I’ve always been interested in barrow and have it on my bucket list of places to visit.

  161. Thanks so much for dropping in on my meanderings. Your attention, and your fantastic blog are much appreciated!

  162. Clicked on your “About” page, and then chose “Atheism” – Bonanza! How did you find my blog?  http://dorrieanne.wordpress.com/ I thought I was as low profile as existed!

  163. Thanks for stopping by my own blog Dan and glad you liked it, even the “Cygnet no-show”. A very interesting area to live and will have to delve more into your site to discover more. Cheers, MM

  164. Thanks for the “like” on my Star Trek post. Are you a fan?

  165. Hi Daniel, with some delay I’d like to thank you for liking a post on the blog of triptao.com :) Greetings to Alaska from very far away!

  166. Hi Dan – Thanks for visiting me at http://ja2da.com.
    Alaska has always been on my list of places to visit as soon as . . .
    Nice pictures! Oh and I loved the end of term report (Thoughts on the Cherokee something was it?) I’d hadn’t thought of it all that way until now.
    David
    PS Interesting that it was the establishment (recognition?) of a police force that solved the Navaho raiding problem. So, now we have a collective to blame – “The police should do something about . . . “, or “I will call the police . . .”

    Here in the UK we have just had a few instances of Eastern European individuals taking the law into their own hands – in a most civilised way – the owner of a business recently caught one of his employees with his hand in the till and promptly hung a sign round his neck “I am a thief” he then frog marched him through the town centre to the police station. Here the thief was released and the business owner was arrested for kidnap. It caused a few raised eyebrows but only a little sympathy. It seems we aren’t too keen on one on one justice either!

  167. What a wonderful blog you have here. Thanks so much for stopping by my blog. I look forward to getting better acquainted through blogging. I will follow your blog because your posts are so well thought out! :)

  168. Oh, how I miss Alaska!

  169. What a great attitude you have! Thanks for visiting my blog.

  170. What’s a guy like you doing on a blog like mine? LOL! Nice to meet you! Love your posts & humor!

  171. Nativegrl77 said:

    Thanks for the visit … I read some of the White Indian topic … cannot tell begin to say enough about it and it continues incense me – the number of natives removed V white Indians given federal status … I need to breath – You have a great blog

  172. So enjoy reading your take on life in Alaska – love it! And thank you for visiting my blog :)

    • Hi Dan!
      I’ve got to come back here and read more later. I’ve been as far north as Ketchikan, but that is hardly the real Alaska you speak of.
      Thanks for visiting my site!

  173. Thanks for popping past my page!

  174. Thanks for liking my post at urbanabbeyaz.wordpress.com. Your site looks like you’ve made life interesting. I have to admit, I’m curious about the life-pinnacle projectile vomiting!

  175. paulrrulon said:

    Thanks for stopping by my blog I appreciate that. I will continue to visit yours.

  176. Thanks for the ‘like’ on my post! And all the way from over there! Glad to find your blog, it’s hilarious, will be revisiting.

  177. Thanks for the visit and the Like. You have a great sense of humour! Enjoyed reading your About page!

  178. Interesting blog! Thanks for visiting mine!

  179. Thanks for liking my blog post! I’ve never been to Alaska. It’s on my list for next summer. (I’ve had my fill of winter here in North Dakota. :-))

  180. Thanks for liking my “Helen’s Garden” post. I’m fascinated by Alaska – its’s a world away (literally) from South Africa, where I live. And I like the fact that you write about whatever you please – so do I – it’s one of the joys of blogging.

  181. Hey Dan, thanks for liking my post about beautiful Lake Macquarie. You have a great sense of humor, I shall enjoy following your posts :)

  182. Thanks Dan for stopping by and liking my post “A Simple Autumn Scene.”

  183. thank you for visting my blog Dan and for liking the pictures. Wish you all the best

  184. Thanks for visiting my blog and liking my post about chain saw sculpture. I looked through some of your posts about Alaska, and will continue to do so. You have lots of interesting photos, and I enjoy seeing parts of Alaska that I will probably never visit. I wish it weren’t so expensive to fly around the state! I’ll also check out your historical posts about Native Americans.

  185. Well, if your blog is as interesting as you then I will surely follow. :)

  186. You’ve been nominated for the Liebster Award because I think your blog is awesome!

    http://sandstormclick.wordpress.com/2013/07/09/the-liebster-award/

  187. katmcdaniel said:

    I’ve given you the Very Inspiring Blogger Award because you have such an interesting and honest voice. I love reading your blog and cheer at your gutsiness. Besides, anyone who lives to headbutt kittens is a darn fine person in my book! Consider this a big thank you and pay it forward to someone who has been an inspiration to you. If you aren’t into this sort of thing, then just know that someone out here admires your work. Thanks for following me back.

    http://synkroniciti.com/2013/07/08/the-very-inspiring-blogger-and-one-lovely-blog-awards/

    Yours,
    kat at synkroniciti

  188. You must like cats? I have done projectile vomiting, but it was due to horrid food poisoning & was so horrid that I had no thoughts @ all about being filmed for another Exorcist tryst. I am very pleased that my Scary Cat Head got any attention. And I am bad about the two letter state abbreviation, thinking “There are beaches in Arkansas?” Ooops–is there such a thing as a Barrow Alaska refrigerator magnet ? -I have one from Riverton, Kansas. Paris, France, Paris, Texas–I just like to collect them!

  189. Thanks for liking my post! Nice to meet you and become another avid reader of your blog!

  190. Thanks for passing by! Like many others here, love your sense of humor and style of writing!! Looking forward to read some new upcoming stuff. Lars

  191. Thanks for becoming a subscriber. Happy blogging.

  192. Spicy food and Barrow. I dig it! Thanks for liking my Javanese fig tree post, by the by. Have you seen such a nutty tree before?

  193. Thanks so much for the like hun <3

  194. congradulations you are now being followed by the eyes open and boot up blogger
    we’ll attritube your humor to the voices in your head ..lol

  195. Thanks so much for the like my friend.

  196. Like your style

  197. thank you for liking my post “Swans in a lake”. much appreciated :)

  198. You have one of the coolest blogs here so I’ve just nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award! No pressure to participate, just wanted to make sure you were nominated! Keep up the cool blogs! http://kathymorawski.com/2013/09/05/7-award-winning-things-about-me/

  199. Hi there,
    Thanks for stopping by my blog and liking some of my pictures. I love AK too, I used to go up there on the tankers into Valdez. Did some fishing on a catcher/processer out of Dutch. I voted for it in the Free State Project but NH won :-(
    I like your style! I also blog about whatever the hell I feel like, tho I intend it to be more concentrated on sailing/working offshore, traveling, and politics(libertarian) which are my favorite things. Besides reading, eating, drinking, etc ;-)
    Hope you stop by again, I’ll be back here for sure.

  200. Heya, just popping by to say thank you for liking ‘Iced Sirens’ on Scribes Inkorporated, your blog looks interesting, I will have a proper read when I have a less hazy head. :)

  201. HI Dan…

    Thanks for stopping by to Stir the cauldron and liking my ditty about our little Oliver! I’m sure I’ll be writing more about him as well as the other Meow-Heads that live here…

    I went through your blog a bit…I like your subject matter and your style…keep it up, I’ll be reading more when I can!

    Take care and offer extra snuggles to your Purr-faces from me! <3

  202. What a great blog! Thanks!

  203. LOL…love your sense of humor! Thanks for the visit and like on my blog. I hope you will visit again soon and often. Namaste. . . .
    I loved in AZ for 7 years and loved Canyon De Chelly…..one of my most favorite places anywhere!

  204. I added your blog to my blogroll at http://www.shoutforjoy.us

  205. Look forward to following your blog my friend. Thanks for visiting mine and liking!
    Good to meet you
    Bob

  206. *Bear Shannon* said:

    Nice blog, Dan. Alaska is on my bucket list.

    Peace ~ Bear

  207. Lola Marigold said:

    Bearded cat lady of the Arctic! You can’t get better than that.

  208. Well, you’ve certainly set the bar for this book booster to dust off her Word Press account and ramp up the blogging. Nice photo :)

  209. I’m so glad you happened by my site as to give me the opportunity to find yours! In the time I should have been posting more exciting things to do in Vegas… as this is what the “Mommy do” whilst the littles slumber… I’ve instead been whirling around your little corner of the blogging universe, and loving EVERY moment. Thank you for the charm and wit you’ve been feeding my screen for the last few hours, oh Cat Lady of the far, far, far North!

    I love your Vegas street art segments. You’ll have to check out the cultural contributions of the Boulder City walls on your next visit. Oh, and you may have to make some time to venture out to Pahrump/Amargosa too! No erotic museum adventure is complete without the rare finds available in Nye County… and while you won’t find a review for it on my site, I highly recommend lunch at Sheri’s. It’s not everyday you can have a family dining experience in a brothel, amidst the merchants no less – free tours included!

    Thanks again, and keep those kitties near; it’s gonna be a cold one!

  210. dwd,
    thanks fer stoppin by my site. I always come to about pages first and was interested when I saw you lived in Barrow Alaska. I have never been, but due to it’s indisputable charms I have always wanted to go (basically that it’s so darn far north and remote).
    Anyway, I was interested in yer post I was reading, before I came to see what you were about, so I’ll get back to it.
    Anyway and again thanks :)
    the ol Dysu

  211. Ha ha, love your blog and your “About” page. Thanks for visiting mine.

  212. Ni hao ! as we say in Beijing/China. I am chuffed to bits that you have decided to follow my blog. I’ve been flipping back through yours and it is fascinating; what different lives we live. I am looking forward to getting to know you better through your blog posts, and I hope you will find my posts about life in China interesting .
    Merry Christmas – or as we say in China, Shengdan kuaile! (The literal translation of this is ‘birth of god be happy’)

  213. I was looking to talk to someone and I know you have an interest in both Native American issues and movies. I heard some news today that a movie that came out earlier this month that used a slur that is associated with a native community in northern New Jersey and portrayed them (by Woody Harrelson!) as violent hillbillies living among garbage.

    Anyway, I know some of these people and apparently they’re pretty upset by it. The kids are now getting harassed at school because of the movie – or so one of the teachers at the school told my mother.

    Whether or not they should be considered an Indian tribe or not is a contentious issue. In any case, they’re a racially mixed community that has been living in the area for about three hundred years. It amazes me that unless people have been taught to be sensitive about racism directed at a particular group of people they seem to be unable to apply general principles. As I mentioned, I have some mild familiarity with the community and they have suffered from prejudice quite enough in their history. That the director/writer would do this is shocking to me. For the time being, I’m assuming the actors didn’t know that the script was referencing a real group of people.

    Unfortunately, I haven’t seen the movie. I kind of hate calling a movie racist if I haven’t seen it.

    • It’s always a tough question as to whether or not a given character speaks for the movie as a whole. Maybe the point was to portray the character as racist, and maybe it was to actually express a negative view, or both. …hard to say without seeing the movie. But of course sometimes the harm is done regardless of the intent behind the story. It’s a damned shame to hear of kids getting flack for something like this. Do you know if there is any chance to counteract the movie’s message in the community?

  214. Dan,

    I just sort of happened to stumble onto your blog, and found it interesting… mostly your astute perspective.

    Drop by Sam & Lee’s some day, sit downstairs, and ask Mrs Kim to scare up the old guy who did all the photography. I live across the road from the back door.

    Floyd

    • Hi Floyd, I wonder if we’ve met before. I’ll bet we recognize each other when the time comes. I’ll definitely stop by Sam&Lees and ask about you. I’m at the college, btw, usually in Browerville Center in the afternoons during the regular semester.

  215. Hi! I’m glad you stopped by, thank you for appreciating my photos. looking forward to explore your blog, I’ve been fascinated by Alaska since I was a kid.You’ve just got yourself a new follower:)
    Also, Happy New Year!

  216. Thank you for reading my post on suspending belief at the movies and the theater. From where you live, there must be a lot of beliefs that you must suspend. I understand that if you lose a glove you die. Well, I just spent $1,000 on a refrigerator. I guess you don’t have to worry about such things. Best of luck with your work.

  217. Met the neighbor of my rental house in Temecula accidentally today, when I was there to fix a leak at my tenants. Turns out she is from Alaska, only comes here for a month or two every year. Where in Alaska, I asked. Barrow, the top of the world, she said. Wow, I know a guy named Dan (didn’t remember your last name). She didn’t know you. Works for the government there. Got a kick out of it though. Barrow’s population is listed at 4,200. What are the odds?

  218. "Occam Blade" said:

    Yes! A true citizen of the north and colder climes. Thank you for visiting and liking one of my posts. I give you credit for the wide range of topics and material you share with us. Good luck with all your pursuits in life and the blogosphere!

  219. Hello Daniel, thank you so much for stopping by! All the best!

  220. good morning–couple of things: first of all, thanks so much for the like for my ‘treasure.’ Always surprised when that happens! Second, I love the title of your blog. Funny but pretty darn true! Third, yes, I did zoom out one click at a time and it is very cool! Had to follow. Looking forward to more. Thanks, again.

  221. Hi! I am not sure if you do the “award” thing, but I nominated you for the Wonderful Team Reader Membership Award because you read and respond to my blog. I do appreciate it. :)

    http://goinroguedotnet.com/2014/04/08/thank-you-coach-muller/

  222. Hey Dan,

    Thanks for visiting my blog, and giving me a bit-o-feedback on the giant, tree-watering, Polish girl. Yeah, i kinda liked the idea too. I mean i dig any kind of graffiti, but Ms. Rak really went all-out. Did you know that little girl even has freckles!?

    S-o-o-o, checked out your blog, and i figure any bearded sort in a snow-suit who calls himself a cat-lady is okay in my book.

    Greeings from the other side of the earth,

    Auntie Babewyn

  223. Thanks for the like Daniel, much appreciated. Like your blog a lot.
    Kind regards
    Wayne

  224. Hi Dan,

    Thank you for passing by at our blog.
    Your blog is very interesting! I’ve never been to Alaska, but still I’m so curious about
    it.
    If you have any tips of places to go or things to do in Alaska or any other place (like the bookstore in Portland), that you would like to share it, please leave a tip on our blog:

    http://dothattipz.wordpress.com/leave-a-tip/

    Thanks a lot!
    Do That! TripTipz team

  225. I’m so glad our paths have crossed here today. We have much in common.

  226. Wow, that really IS north! :-)

  227. Hi Dan,
    You had me at “bearded cat lady.” Great blog. Thank you!

  228. I just stumbled upon this blog while researching for my Psychology assignment. I am crying as I write this. It is hard living in a cat-killing, bible-thumping, polluting our environment red state. I am in utter delight to have found your blog/page. You had me at “bearded cat lady” as well.

  229. From the land of the “Frozen Tundra”, I bid thee Greetings to someone who actually lives on the frozen tundra.

  230. Hi Dan, I nominate you this One Lovely Blog Award at http://tienny.wordpress.com/2014/09/06/one-lovely-blog-award/

  231. Haha, sometimes I feel like head butting our kitten, but only when she climbs up my legs to get to my shoulder like I’m a cat post or something. That crap hurts. Looking forward to reading more.

  232. Hi Daniel. Thank you for visiting and following HoB. Much appreciated!

  233. Thanks for following me Dan! I look forward to reading more of the inspiring rants LOL!

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