It was a bit cold today (-24, I think, though I assume that includes some wind chill). So, I decided to do the old boiling water thing. Anyway, wait for it…
A friend and colleague of mine, Moema Umann, has a short film out.
She describes it as follows: “In frozen Alaska, a child wonders about distance, solitude and boredom.”
Uki is part of the Pandemos Project, a series of short films about people dealing with Covid 19 within the varied contexts of their own lives.
So, today, my girl and I happen to be in Valdez. I decided to pop into a museum or three, and, …and well, Moni said something about me being a nerd and told me she was going to take a nap. Lot she knows! Moni totally missed learning about the North Pacific Fur Fish. It really is an amazing specimen. Just see what the Valdez Museum and Historical Archive has to say about it:
North Pacific Fur Fish
This fish is reported to have been a rare sight in the waters of Prince William Sound. Its fur coat is an adaptation to the frigid glacial waters of the area This is one of a few ever caught.
The Northern Pacific Fur Fish was a popular tourist attraction during the late 1950s and early 1960s. This original Fur fish hung for many years on the Valdez Gift Shop.
* New information just in suggests that the Fur Fish is still alive. It has gone through further adaptation since this specimen was caught. It is rumored that one caught recently was not fur covered, but was instead covered in Fore-Tex with a Thinsulate liner.
If you believe this story then you are in for a lot of laughs during your stay in Valdez.
Fur Fish donated by museum supporter Jim Thompson.
So, there it is. I learned about a really really rare breed of fish, and Moni doesn’t know anything about it, because she took a nap instead of going to the museum with me. She knows all about the Mojave Penguin, but she doesn’t know about this one, and I mean to keep it that way. So, shhhh! My dear readers, please don’t tell Moni. This fish will be our secret!
“Never bring a knife to a gunfight!”
It really is a bad-ass line. It’s the kind of thing you’d say to put someone else right in line. The line comes with a few variations, of course, but all of them just smack of really great smack-downatude. You think about saying that line, and you can practically hear the people around you going ‘booom!’ as the object of your derision shrinks in abject humiliation.
I wonder how many people remember where this line comes from?
…or how the scene worked out in the end?
…while driving down the road in the middle of a snow storm.
Thank you anonymous person behind this message. Without your efforts, I never would have
taken my eyes off the road to find out what necessitated this urgent warning ..known that I should not take my eyes off the road while driving.
Okay admit it!
When you learned about “Confirmation bias,” your first thought was that this totally explained how some other guy could be so completely wrong.
You did, didn’t you?
…at least, I hope it wasn’t just me.