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 MOUNTAIN NOTES      26.Mar.2000

The Mountaingnome Ahwight...who changed the gwaphics and turned me into a bunny wabbit?! Cute...weal cute! Well, I guess that means we'll be changing up for the Easter Season ahead.

Tired of the Oil Company Rip Off?!: by: Gnomie-Michael of Long Beach, CA.
With the highest gas prices ever, it seems to hit a chord with a lot of people. So I created the GreedyOil site. I think it's more practical than a stupid gas out. What difference does it make if you boycott for three days if you're still going to patronize the same station after the boycott is over? Besides, most drivers only fill up once or twice a week so it's ineffective.

I sell nothing on the site other than a message that people really don't need to pay the highest prices for gas. In addition, I'm adding a gas saving quiz within the next few days. Although mostly based on common sense, I promise, you'll learn at least 2 new things.

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 The Russians Are Bob Jones

Davis Station Antarctica:
Dr Valery Klokov rang late Sunday night (19 March) indicating that he and a group of 10 Russian expeditioners from the Russian icebreaker "Akademic Fedorov" would like to visit Davis on Monday (20 March). We could hear the Mil 8 long before we could see it and when it finally touched down on the helipad it became obvious what a great lumbering juggernaut it was. The doors opened and out they came. I lost count in the twenties and it may have been closer to 30 visitors, but we were quick to notice that amongst the men were 2 women. Two basic tour groups were formed. One visited the physics and biology laboratories and meteorology and the other water production and storage, power house, waste treatment facilities, recycling, general store and workshops. The visitors departed at 7pm including a fly past by the Mil 8. A lot of good relationships, exchange of gifts and celebration took place in the Davis lounge before the Russians departed.

Chef, Mick Briscoe prepared an excellent dinner on Saturday night and not to be outdone Sunday cooks Rob Sharp with mung bean patties with an asian dipping sauce and Japanese miso soup with mushrooms for lunch and Robin Tihema with roast chicken and roast pork with roast vegies and broad beans in a white sauce for dinner set the benchmark for Sundays to come. Mick also put in a lot of effort on St Patrick's Day with green beer, green water and green bread and a fine beef and guiness casserole for dinner.

On Monday (20 March) numerous small groups of adelie penguins were observed on the sea-ice making their way out to sea. They had finished their moult and were departing for the winter.

Thursday (23 March) was World Meteorological Day and as part of the celebrations, in a special phone hook up with Hobart, Joe Hopkins was presented with a 30-year service award.
Darron Lehmann and Darren Harpur overlooking a recently frozen lake Druzhby!
Watts hut in the Vestfold Hills.
Cheers from Davis.
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Cheers to all the folks at Davis Station....From The MountainGnome and our readers! Special thanks to Bob Jones for this weeks article.

  • "Ever stop to think, and forget to start again?!"
Talk About Dumb..
Newark : A woman was reporting her car as stolen, and mentioned that there was a car phone in it. The policeman taking the report called the phone, and told the guy that answered that he had read the ad in the newspaper and wanted to buy the car. They arranged to meet, and the thief was arrested. (guess he sat in the corner to much at school.....)

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Welcome aboard The Hobo k Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroads. The HOBO Railroad in the White Mountains is just minutes away from the Old Man of the Mountains and departs from Lincoln NH. The Winnipesaukee Scenic Railroad departs from Meredith, NH. and Weirs Beach NH. right in the heart of the Lakes Region of New Hampshire.Both scenic railroads offer you a HOBO Picnic Lunch , Friendly's Ice Cream Sundaes, and dinner trains. Open from early spring through New Years. See the individual railroad pages, for their full regular operating schedules and check Events List for other special trains. Happy Railroadin' Partners.....have fun and enjoy!!! No better way to enjoy wildlife....nature....and just down right relaxin'!

  • White Water... It's all over when the First Lady sings.
Think of it as a portal for travel in Mexico, particularly in the Mexico City area. El Turista has lots of links to all sorts of Mexican travel resources, including hotels, rental cars, airlines, and maps. Of particular note is a hotel finder that can search for accommodations by name or star rating. You can't make hotel bookings directly on the site, but you will find phone and fax numbers. Yes, the site is in Spanish, but so is Mexico. Here's the URL:
  • Seen on the back of a biker's vest: If you can read this, my wife fell off.
Snow Adventure: Try Mt. Alyeska!
Well folks, snow season is startin' to wind down....but ya say ya still want more?! Try Alyeska resort....the average snowfall is 560 inches per year! Some years find 700 inches of the white powder under yer feetsies! No matter what season ya decides to go, winter or summer, yer gonna find plenty to do and plenty of beautiful countryside to see. The lodging and fine food that's found there can keep anyone content.

Survival Tip:Do not panic!
Maintain a positive mental attitude if you become lost. Remain calm and control your fears; you will be able to think more clearly. Being lost is not dangerous if you are prepared. If you become lost, remember the acronym S.T.O.P: sit, think, observe, and plan. Once you have a plan, you will feel much better; action is an excellent antidote to fear.
Until next time: Be Safe ~ Be Happy!!


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  • I've learned- that no matter how bad your heart is broken the world doesn't stop for your grief.


Linda Burnett, 23, was visiting her inlaws, and while there went to a nearby supermarket to pick up some groceries. Several people noticed her sitting in her car with the windows rolled up and with her eyes closed, with both hands behind the back of her head.
    One customer who had been at the store for a while became concerned and walked over to the car. He noticed that Linda's eyes were now open, and she looked very strange. He asked her if she was okay, and Linda replied that she'd been shot in the back of the head, and had been holding her brains in for over an hour.
    The man called the paramedics, who broke into the car because the doors were locked and Linda refused to remove her hands from her head. When they finally got in, they found that Linda had a wad of bread dough on the back of her head.
    A Pillsbury biscuit canister had exploded from the heat, making a loud noise that sounded like a gunshot, and the wad of dough hit her in the back of her head. When she reached back to find out what it was, she felt the dough and thought it was her brains. She initially passed out, but quickly recovered and tried to hold her brains in for over an hour until someone noticed and came to her aid.
And, yes, Linda is a blonde.

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Announcing the Official Magazine of Today's Kids. It's filled with fun stuff and fascinating information about toys. What's more, it's free! Their magazine, and its price, are sure to make you smile.

Caffeine and Conception:
If you've been trying to get pregnant for several months without success, try limiting your total intake of caffeine in coffee, tea, cola, and cocoa, especially if you regularly take in more than 300 mg a day. Before you quit your intake cold turkey, you may want to figure out where your caffeine is coming from -- not all coffee is created equal. A typical 8-ounce cup of coffee from a diner contains 350 mg of caffeine, while an 8-ounce mug of gourmet coffee has only 175 mg.
NOTE: Always follow the advice of your Physician!
Some friends were amazed that we've survived as parents so long without knowing about this trick. You're at a restaurant with an infant--what do you do with him? We'd either hold the little angel in our laps or put him in the car seat on the floor. Did you know that restaurant booster seats, when turned upside down, make great holders for car seats? That way the waiter won't kick the baby by accident, and we can amuse each other by making funny faces. Be honest now--did you know about that one?
  • The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.


Linux Note: When downloading a linux .tar/ .gz or .rpm file, It is sometimes necessary to hold down the shift key while clicking on the file you want to download.

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  • It's lonely at the top, but you eat better.
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IDENTIFYING MILITARY MARKERS IN A GRAVEYARD: Ancestors often have military markers containing unfamiliar letters and symbols that are difficult to identify. These symbols usually identify an auxiliary unit to which descendants of veterans belong. Some resources concerning auxiliary units are:
Continental Society Sons of Indian Wars
Descendants of Mexican War Veterans
General Society of Colonial Wars
General Society of the War of 1812
National Society of the Children of the American Revolution
National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Home Page
Order of Indian Wars of the United States
National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution
  • "Learn from your parent's mistakes - use birth control!"


Here's a recipe for the hardy favorite of picnics, potlucks, and family dinners that offers flavors and color beyond the usual version folks expect. The salad is substantial and will complement most meat entrees. Serves 8-10.

  • 1/4 lb diced bacon
  • 3/4 c thinly sliced celery
  • 1/2 c finely diced onion
  • 1-1/2 tbsp flour
  • 3/4 c water
  • 1/3 c vinegar
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp prepared mustard
  • 1/4 tsp celery seed
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • 2 hard-boiled eggs, diced
  • 4 c (2 lb) red potatoes, cooked and sliced
  • 2 tsp diced pimiento
Brown bacon; remove from pan. Add celery and onion; cook until limp.

Stir in flour, water, vinegar, and sugar; mix well. Add salt, mustard, celery seed, and pepper. Cook until thickened, stirring constantly.

Fold in eggs, potatoes, pimientos, and bacon. Cover; heat over low heat. Serve warm or at room temperature.

So until next time, REMEMBER:  "Capitalism is the extraordinary belief that the nastiest of men, for the nastiest of reasons, will somehow work for the benefit of us all..."