At 6:30 this evening, I headed from my house down Main St. toward the river, where I met the husband of my boss.  Dave McCormick owns a marine store that sells boats, motors, 4-wheelers and snowmobiles, dirt bikes and accessories.  My job was to assist him in dropping a boat motor onto his wooden craft.  This activity went smoothly after 3 hours of shuffling boats, ATVs and snowmobiles around his lot and now, hopefully, there’s little else to do but go fishing.

Next door to Dave’s shop is a small green house on permafrost stilts that I believe to be a speakeasy – or at least a racketeered liquor store.  Remembering that Bethel is traditionally a dry town, a great number of drunks stumbled out of the building – some after walking in sober.

Backing up a moment, to the fishing, it’s wise to know the traditional seasonal varieties of salmon on the Kuskokwim River.  Around the first week in June, King Salmon swim down the river, getting larger as the weeks wear on.  Some three weeks later, chum salmon follow.  Later come red salmon, then silver salmon.  Always a salmon to look forward to.


3/11/09 – Let’s not forget smelt.  Smelt fish run before the king salmon.


Earlier today, I gave a 91-year-old woman better vision than she’s had in some three years.  Afflicted with a degenerative, blinding disease, her acuities would be unacceptable to any of us.  I got her knitting again, and she – and her daughter – were grateful.

Play practice cancelled tonight.  Half the cast absent.


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