Former Anchorage mayor Rick Mystrom has a story he likes to tell. It changes with the crowd and with the years but the basic premise remains the same: A dose of self-depreciating humor to knock down the barrier between the audience and the speaker.
It started out fairly easy: Average. Barely. Mermaid. Yet a few minutes after the 2014 Alaska State Spelling Bee had begun, the thorny words had surfaced. Words like bandersnatch.
Big woofs of good luck to long-time musher Jim Lanier, 73, who sets off on the ceremonial Iditarod Trail Saturday morning and the real trail Sunday. Lanier has entered and completed a whooping 16 Iditarod competitions.
The executioner wore tennis shoes, scuffed white sneakers peeking from beneath his solemn robe. He deftly raised his scathe in preparation for the beheading. Suddenly, Victoria Otte’s voice rang out. “Shoes,” she yelled. “You can’t wear those, you need black.”
The updated design study report on the new Eklutna Bridge was recently released, according to the Eklutna Bridge Replacement Project. The new designs, termed the pre-final design, were tweaked based on community and agency feedback of design drafts showcased at the December Eklutna Bridge Project meeting at Chugiak High School.
It’s a dream within a dream, a musical within a play, a sweeping epic within one beautiful and perfect song. And the finale, with all the actors’ voices blending together in a rendition of “The Impossible Dream,” very well might bring a few tears to your eyes.
Think you’re as smart as a fifth grader? OK, answer this: In what book are boogers used as ammunition? If you answered, “Modern Fairies, Dwarves, Goblins and other Nasties” by Lesley M. Blume, pat yourself on the back and award yourself eight points.