alaska

Friday Flings in Palmer, Alaska

Every Friday during the summer months (mid-May to mid-August) in Palmer, Alaska they have a little party/celebration/gather called Friday Flings, which consist of local entertainment, food, Alaska grown and made products, and activities. They were one of my favorite things about living in Palmer, something to look forward to at the end of every week.

Created a vision board and it all came true

I created a vision board many years ago during a retreat, and I have to say, everything on the board came true. I was thinking recently that it would be even more true if I didn’t have health problems for several years, and more recently providing financial support for family members. If it weren’t for those things I’d probably be living in Talkeetna or Palmer, Alaska today, writing more books.

A woman walking down the middle of the road at 5am

One summer morning back when I lived in Talkeetna, Alaska, I had to leave my little cabin at 5am to be at the Toyota dealer in Anchorage by 7am so they could try to figure out why my RAV4 kept filling up with water every time it rained. Since it was summer, the sunlight at 5am was pretty much the same as it was at noon, which was always cool.

About twenty seconds after driving down the main road out of town — actually there’s only one road in and out of town, so it’s hardly worth referring to it as the “main road” — I came across a woman in a white dress walking on the lane divider stripes in the middle of the road, in the same direction I was driving.

I was reminded of that morning when I heard the song Chevy Van by Sammy Johns just now.

From Drupal 6 to the Play Framework

As I wrote last week, I got tired of dealing with Drupal 6 (D6) security update issues — especially since D6 is no longer officially supported and the last unofficial D6 security update made my websites unusable — so I wrote a Play Framework (Scala) application to display my D6 database tables data.

It’s still a work in progress, but as you can see from this page on my One Man’s Alaska website, it’s coming along. As far as visitors of the website are concerned, mostly only thing the website needs is some CSS styling and maybe a search field. (I could also add support for comments and a contact page, but my D6 websites are old, and I don’t need/want those things. I probably also won’t put any effort into supporting 10-20 custom “category” URIs I used back in the day.)

As for the specific page I linked to on the One Man’s Alaska website, that’s a favorite memory of getting ready to winterize the car in October, 2010, when I lived in the Wasilla/Palmer area.