Everyone takes turns with kitchen chores and cooking, except for Liam, who can only cook macaroni and cheese and a fried egg sandwich. Now I do like his fried egg sandwich, but pasta is my sworn enemy and right up there with green peppers, green olives and unfortunately red meat...Though I do miss my moose meat, which is superior to cow and horse. I also dislike salmon. So I do not cook these things. Sea Turtle is excellent, had tiger once and found it much better than Spam. Now Monkey brains, served very cold and quickly washed down with wine is not too bad, but watch out for Southeast Asian bugs- the people over there have a great sense of humor and love to watch us turn green and make a mad dash for the nearest facility. I will not even get into what I was fed over there in that department.
Now up here in Alaska, the Indian and Native people of the Northwest Coastal Regions, (Hint- Eskimo basically mean fish eater and a lot of these people compare it to racial slang to other races.) have vegetable and meat diets comparable to their hunting grounds and the wild fruits and plants growing among them. The various berries are a big thing in their diets and while some have a diet of fish, walrus and seal, sea otter and whale, others will consume the bears, moose and caribou, along with the salmon that make in inland along the major rivers. the Yukon River provides salmon for the coast and the Alaska inland before swimming into Canada. But in most cases one will need GUNS!
You'll find most of Alaskans are strong supporters of the 2nd Amendment. You'd think we'd have to be when were less than 100 miles from our Russian neighbor to the west. An ice bridge separates us during most winters and Alaskan's military doesn't have the strength to repel an invasion in the immense army that will come across.
I use this in my Book- "A Coming Storm", where Chinese forces attack the USA via the Alaska ice bridge.
Now for those of you who have purchased "Apache Snow", the sequel- "In Search of Honor", is finished and Alaska Dreams has agreed to publish it. But it still needs editing and this will soon be in process. This story in set in modern day, inside a VA Hospital in Los Angeles County. I take on the problems of patient care, but lead with PTSD and the problems that develop.
I have written about a man, a middle-aged alcoholic who suffers horrendous nightmares and uses the poisonous booze to hide from his ghosts of Vietnam, but with each worsening episode he wakes up in some darkened alleyway or the back seat of an abandoned car, with his clothes ripped and covered in filth. His hands bloody from an unknown reason, he carries and the vile stench of what the last couple of nights he had wrought and he sits there, fearful and begins another case of shakes. PTSD has destroyed his family,he is divorced from his college sweetheart, but a teenage son still holds on. Meanwhile, at the VA Hospital, a Doctor and later, a Christian Pastor and a Vietnam veteran, try to work with this man who over time they learn is dying. But there's another story for this man, a mistake made in the piles of red tape bureaucracy. Mistakes that would have changed this man's life and now this pastor and the besieged doctor, overloaded with patients, attempt to correct the mistake before this man dies.
The book deals with PTSD victims from the Korean War, Vietnam, and the Sandbox. It illustrates the people working in the VA Hospital from the good to the bad, and it also deals with the drug trade and those veterans, some burned out, who see the VA as the enemy and they want their revenge.
Oh, I checked with some foreign news services today, slowly building up my old file and here are a few short bursts for you:
Jerusalem: (16) "Salafi Radicals", who planned terror attacks on tourists desiring to celebrate Christmas had been picked up as terrorists in Bethlehem.
European Union announces that agreements made with Israel will NOT apply beyond the 1967 Borders ( land now occupied by Israel following the 6 Day War, when Israel won this land. This is what President Obama wanted earlier and Israel said no and now the EU is leading the way to shrinking Israel, at least in the political sense for the moment.
Moscow Times: Number of Russians with HIV hits 1 million, but some report this number may be closer to 1.5 million. Since 1987 205,538 people have died of HIV, when the first case was made official.
Ruble crashes to historic low: 80.179 to $1 dollar plus 88.14 rubles to a Euro.
China News: Scientists discover a 1,000 kilometer-long canyon beneath Antarctic ice sheet.
6.4 earthquake, with 3.4 aftershock, hit Northwest China( near Tibet), Qinghai Province at 1:13 on Thursday. Aftershock struck around 4 o'clock. No report of injuries, deaths of property damage.
Germany: Voice of the discontent continue to grow as Chancellor Merkel's grasp on the Muslim refugees is weakening and fears of further violence grows following the incident in Cologne.
Worries of an attack grow over Poland's drive for Democracy mount in Brussels and additional violent demonstrations in Berlin.
For the first time since 1945, Adolph Hitler's "Mein Kampf" is now on sale in Germany.
Japan News: A methane gas leak spreads across Los Angeles County San Fernando Valley. An estimated 80,000 metric tons of this lethal gas is leaking from a storage site. (Odd to find this one in a Japanese site.)
Vietnam: Vietnam warns China over their moving of an oil rig into disputed South China Sea waters. Jurisdiction remains unclear, but this is the second time with this same float- as reported.
All for now, folks, friends, family members and frightened bloggers. Strange winter....bye now.