Flashbackie: MTA Fare Increases


WC noted the news that Boston’s Metropolitan Transit Authority would be raising its fares by 10% next year. If you are above a certain age, you immediately think of The Kingston Trio’s big hit, “The MTA Song.” Because some things never change. Let me tell you the story Of a man named Charlie On a tragic…

Brown Creeper

A Tale of Two Bird Counts


Across the United States, and even in some other countries, each Christmas season birders spend a day out on a Christmas Bird Count, the original citizen science effort, counting birds seen in a single day. The Christmas Bird Count had its origins in an effort to move away from Christmas bird hunts, an annual slaughter…

Coping with the stress of the holidays: hang in there

Hang in There


Lots of folks find the holiday season stressful. Being polite to folks you may not like. Dealing with family members who you wish weren’t related to you. Finding presents for people who have everything, or who refuse to to tell you what they want. Avoiding putting putting back on all that weight you managed to…

Postmodern Jukebox, the Boise Show (photo by PMJ)

The Percussion Section Includes a Tap Dancer


One of the sad consequences of moving from Fairbanks was that WC missed Fairbanks Concert Association‘s 2015-16 season. Including a reportedly outstanding performance by Postmodern Jukebox. Well. On Wednesday night, WC and Mrs. WC attended a performance by Postmodern Jukebox in Boise. For those who haven’t encountered this amazing group, they perform recent hits in…

Bad Judgment Personified: Senator Mike Dunleavy (Photo by Anchorage Dispatch News)

Waiting for the Other Foot to Fall


WC notes that the arithmetically challenged Senator Mike Dunleavy (R, Wasilla, of course) plans his next futile effort to slash Alaska’s way to prosperity by hacking at educational funding. The Anchorage Dispatch News quotes Senator Dunleavy as saying, “We don’t have a choice but to cut — and you can use that quote. To seriously contemplate an income tax…