By Paddy Notar
Turnagain Times Correspondent
It was 41 degrees this morning. It’s too soon for this type of weather. I’m not a big coffee drinker, but to be productive, many people will need a cup. Some people get the energy going with a morning workout. I’ll take the coffee, thank you, and maybe a good song by The Smiths or some other 80s music.
The Mountain Bike Festival is happening Sept. 5-7 at the resort. There will be music, demonstrations, workshops, biking competitions and many other events. The chainless downhill competition sounds pretty fun. The festival will go each day from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Check out the Alyeska Resort website for more details.
The season at the Seaview Café is winding down, and even though the mornings are cold, I can’t imagine there’s a better view than waking up on Turnagain Arm after a night of eating and dancing with friends. The last day of the season will be Sept. 27. In the meantime, the Melissa Mitchell Band will be playing on Aug. 29-30, Chicken Liquor will be taking in the view Sept. 5, and the Rob Justice Band will be playing Sept. 6. The shows will begin around 8 p.m. As always, get there early, pitch a tent and enjoy the sun. Nothing compares to the Seaview Café.
Which President had the most children? The answer is below.
Don’t forget to check out the BEARS boardwalk at the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. It’s a great addition. You feel like you’re in a tree watching them. The only difference is they can’t climb up and eat you. Yes, I meant the black bears. The brown bears would just scare you into falling out onto the ground.
Do you like stories? Who doesn’t? That’s why the Girdwood Preschool Story Time begins Sept. 12 at 10:30 a.m. in the Girdwood Community Room. This turning of the pages is for children between the ages of 3-5 and their caregivers. On Sept. 13, the Library Lapsit Story Program resumes at 10:30 a.m. in the Girdwood Community Room. This one is for babies and other children up to the age of three years old as well as their caregivers. Call Gerrish Library at 343-4044 for more details. Always encourage children to read, and you’ll create a better person and a better tomorrow. That was a good one. Feel free to use it with your friends. By the way, it’s true.
The answer to the trivia question: John Tyler, the tenth President of the United States had 15 children. He had eight with his first wife and seven with his second. I can only imagine how he answered his kids’ questions with, ”Ask your mother. I’m the President. I’m busy.” What a great excuse.
The Brown Bear is hosting the Kidney Foundation Softball Tournament on Sept. 5-7 at mile 103.5 in Indian. Just look for the out of shape people near the beer keg. The cause is a great one, and the laughter goes on throughout the weekend. I’m not sure if the Girdwood team will be there, but it doesn’t really matter now does it? They’ll either have a player thrown out for arguing a call, as has happened, or have the lead and watch it fade like late fall fireweed. Toddo, from the Essential One in Bird Creek, will be playing for the Brown Bear, and his expertise will keep any team at arm’s length. He’s not just one of the best foosball players in the state.
The tournament is a time for everyone to get together and eat, drink and be merry. Matty will have food available at the Brown Bear, and I’m sure he’ll offer some kind of breakfast deal. Get a room or ask to pitch a tent and watch the games. As always, this time of year, be prepared for any type of weather.
Be sure to check out the art at the Girdwood Center for Visual Arts at 194 Olympic Mountain Loop. After you’re done at the library, introduce the kids to different forms of art. A well rounded child can never be square. I’m full of the zingers today.
Please reduce, reuse, and recycle. I know it sounds cliché, but the latest United Nations report on global warming is incredibly disturbing. In addition, did you know that people eat 50 percent more food today than they did 50 years ago? We’ve also used up one-third of all the world’s natural resources in the past thirty years, and the U.S. makes up five percent of the world’s population and 50 percent of its garbage. So please try and do what you can to keep things somewhat intact for our next generation.
As always, if you’re traveling on the highway take it slowly. And for those taking a much longer journey, keep the good memories of the road you left behind, and go blaze yourself a new trail. Keep laughing. Take care, and see you soon.