Category Archives: Crowded House

A man I admire greatly

Given the height of excitement today was heading into town, to get someone’s birthday gift, lets focus on a different matter tonight

Back in 2009, I wrote a story, called No Place Like Nome, last year it finally started to get an audience, when I started up my ebook publishing thing. But no, before you just pass on, this isnt a request to go buy the book, though I wouldnt mind if you did!

One of the threads of that story, was the 2009 Iditarod race, won by the incredible Iditarod legend, Lance Mackey. Seriously, in all, this guy has won this race (one of the hardest in the world, if not the hardest) 4 times, quite an amazing feat. But all the more amazing, given his long fight with cancer. It did also involve the serum run of 1925, but as I say, the reason for this blog is Lance, not the book.

The thing is, all the chemotherapy, and everything else he had to go through, has messed up his body. I know, it happens to a lot more folk, but they dont race for a thousand miles through bitter weather. Doesnt make them any less as a person, just means they havent walked into my life yet. Last week, Lance lost the last of his teeth, his jawbone is now such a mess, they had to go. Cost $8,000 or so! Cost to get a new set of decent teeth, that means he could get back to what he terms a normal life, about $30,000! Sadly all this means Lance wont be in this years race, he isnt in a fit state to do it.

Let me say, our health service system over here isnt perfect, but at least we have one. In the US, medical insurance is a must, as its all private, and expensive over there. Indeed, Lance does have insurance, but it doesnt cover the oral work he needs doing.

Oh, did I mention, Lance doesnt like being helped, he’s a strongly independent man, but he’s also a hero to many, so these things get noticed, and hopefully help is on the way. He has been convinced, by a friend of his, to let her start a campaign to raise money to help pay for this work, and thats why I’m writing this blog, to hopefully increase the audience for this. Oh, and for the few who read both, this will be tomorrow nights personal blog, just saying…Just had something else to write about there tonight.

The campaign is at so if you have a few spare dollars, pounds, euros, or whatever, please consider giving. I will be, hopefully so can you find it in your heart to do so.

The video, lets just ensure that Lance’s dream, of more Iditarod races isnt over.

Thanks for reading.

The British weather

Yes, I know, a popular subject with us, I suspect thats because it can be so variable!

It was only last week that the temperature was struggling to break above freezing up here, now supposedly towards the end of this week, its going to break into the 60’s! Its already up to the high 40’s today, and its still only mid morning. I suspect if the wind would ease off somewhat, it would actually be quite pleasant out. I would tell you later, but by the time I get back from work tonight, well, it will be a bit late for that! I actually braved going out without a big coat on yesterday afternoon (low 50’s), though the wind did make me think that maybe that wasnt the best thing I could have done! I know one thing, a lighter coat makes the boobs more obvious to others, what fun!

But seriously, no, I dont think winter is over yet, I suspect the weather will bite back again at some point soon, probably next week as I’m off most of the week, using up the last of my holiday allowance for the year, just working one day. No major plans, other than not having to get up at ‘silly o’clock’ any morning! I will go out and about a couple of times, just not decided where yet. So watch the thermometer drop down then lol!

Its hard to believe its only 9 weeks, and I’ll be in Seattle, jokingly known as the rain capital of the US. Not quite true I suspect, but put it this way, I will expect to see a decent amount of it while I’m over there. Not hard to work out why, its on the coast, the Rockies arent that far away, so of course the clouds like to drop their water first before crossing them. It will probably be fairly mild though, so will be interesting to see what reaction the ‘assets’ get over there. If its anything like Boston, people will think I’m a woman anyway, so absolutely none, other than the security scanners I guess?

What I cant work out is why the percentage over there that saw me as a woman was far, far higher than over here? Here it seems no more than 3 of 4 at times, but over there it was virtually everyone. Or maybe Boston is just a really open minded place, especially as I wasnt using enhancers back then, but that didnt seem to be the case, seemed they really thought I was a woman. Anyway, we will see what Seattle brings…

Video, a bit of an oldie from down under, but seems to be suitable for this blog. And yes, I liked their music, and definitely this song