First of all, in case you missed my little Sesame Street reference in the title, I just wanted to point out that I now have a little red dot in Africa...well, just off the coast of Africa, but it still counts. That makes six continents worth of visitors to this very blog. You all may not care all that much, but I think that kicks some wicked booty. I so rock.
Anyway, if you've been reading my recent comments you'll know that my blog was recently "discovered" by another long-time and serious blogger. He was searching through the dreggs of the blogosphere searching for "diamonds in the rough" when he came upon my lonely little patch of cyberspace. If you simply can't bring yourself to believe that anyone would consider my pathetic little blog a "gem", I offer you Exhibit A. So stick that in your pipe and smoke it! Neener neener!
I don't know if you heard, but the IRS recently reported that the Cheney's have sadly overpaid their taxes this year. Apparently, they are now entitled to a refund of 1.8 million-freaking-dollars. Wouldn't it be wonderful to be entitled to a tax refund greater than the combined salaries of over 50 teachers? Perhaps we should fix this injustice and create a "shooting lawyers in the face while mistaking them for a small, caged bird" tax.
Speaking of birds, I'm still planning to undertake a run for the Alaska Birdathon/Big Day record next month. That means I've got to do a good bit of soliciting pledges (per species identified), all of which will benefit both the Alaska Bird Observatory and the Arctic Audubon Society. I have also learned that it is going to cost me (and my other teammates, which may or may not include Sonja) $150 per person to take a boat out to the Chiswell Islands looking for puffins and other assorted pelagic birds. Unfortunately, we'll need all of those birds to stand a chance of breaking either record (we're aiming for 131 species). So if anyone knows any way to raise $150 without actually doing any work, let me know. Also, if you're interested in making a pledge to help out these two wonderful organizations, also let me know.
After a few more inches of snow earlier this week it finally looks like spring will be arriving soon. Today is absolutely beautiful in Seward, albeit a bit windy. At least the ravens and eagles think spring is on its way. It's been several weeks since I've seen a raven sitting or flying anywhere by itself...they're all pairing up again. And on my drive back from Talkeetna I was able to watch a pair of Bald Eagles grasp talons and spiral down towards a lake. I've only ever seen eagles do that three times...all while driving 60 mph down the road. It's still wicked cool, but I would like to actually be able to someday watch it happen without worrying whether or not I'm about to have a head-on collision with a Hummer.
Oh yeah, if any of you know anyone in Antarctica with an internet connection, mention my blog to them, will ya? Thanks.