No BBQ’s or parades here in sunny Yakutat today, but all our veterans are in our thoughts and prayers today (as they are in all our days). Thank you!
This past summer, my younger cousin John Miller (not to be confused with the Tom Hanks character in Saving Private Ryan) lost his final battle with cancer, leaving behind a wife and very young daughter. John signed up and served in the army through the 90’s, but re-upped after 9/11 and served again in Iraq. A neat guy that I really wanted to have up here, but we didn’t make it happen in time. Another reminder not to let opportunities pass us by. Sometimes, you run out of opportunities.
We’ll miss this honorable young man
John in Harm’s Way
It was a beautiful sunny day today, but the frost didn’t want to melt off the wings. I needed to fly out to the Italio to pick up another veteran out on his moose hunt. Unfortunately he didn’t have a moose to fill the plane, but he still understood and appreciated the glorious day out in paradise. On our way back to town, we circled about a dozen moose (mostly cows) all over the forelands. Oh well. 4 more days till the season closes out beyond the Dangerous River.
On my way out there, I spotted a green glowing orb on the beach. Circled around and confirmed it was a glass ball out on Blacksand Spit. Carefully landed, then ran up the beach to retrieve my find. This is the first time I have seen a glass ball from the air since getting the plane. Lots of the local pilots beachcomb with their small tail-draggers, but my nose-wheel 206 is a little big and clumsy to be out landing willy-nilly on soft sandy beaches. Fortunately it was solid at this spot and I didn’t have to walk home.
Worth the risk of losing my plane to the tide in soft sand?
We even had a good day in the fly shop today! Had two guys come in from Juneau and buy 5 flies between them. Hey, any sale is a good day this time of year. Also made a phone sale for a guy in MN. He had been searching the world over for the Sage 2080 reel that was discontinued. GREAT reel for the price and we happened to have one for him. Never been to Alaska – let alone Yakutat – but we came up on his web search. I love the freedom of the internet. It allows my tiny little shop in po-dunk Yakutat to complete on an even playing field with the big boys.
Speaking of which, I was sent a bunch of posters from some political action group trying to “sell” us on the “Internet Fairness Tax”. Remember, no law with the word “fairness” in the title is anything close to “fair”. And yesterday, the President took time out of his busy schedule to push the FCC to meddle and regulate the internet as if it is a 1950’s telephone utility. That’ll make the internet better for all, right?
Thank you to all our veterans for sacrificing of yourselves, for my freedom and that of my family. You deserve far more than my shallow empty words.
Here are some more of my propaganda posters in the collection:
We have more recent movie posters in the collection too, not just from the 30’s and 40’s
Red Menace, from 1949
But plenty of timely titles like this from 1943
And the completely historically inaccurate 1942 movie
From the US Department of Labor “Children’s Bureau”… back when children were allowed to do more than just sext each other at the mall…
Beautifully illustrated Liberty Bond poster from 1918
Less interesting illustration from 1917, before we had any US soldiers in France (officially anyway)
The Zimmerman Letter in WWI officially brought the American public into the war mindset, when Germany offered Mexico the US as a war prize… by WWII, we were “trying” convince South America and Mexico to be part of the Allies
We carry NONE of the burden our servicemen shoulder now, while so many hold nothing but contempt for their sacrifices
Imagine the US population swearing to follow the ration rules now… There’s be a lot of swearing, I’ll bet
Nearly 1/2 million US servicemen didn’t meet again