A fur-bearing dancer gets down to the sound of Chill Factor during the Rev. Neil Down fundraiser at the Bonanza on Sept. 2. Jeff Brady

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 An elderly woman in a big white Cadillac pulled up to the Skagway Customs primary booth after a harrowing trip through the dense fog that had blanketed the White Pass summit. She was so scared and upset that she barked at the Customs Officer in the primary booth, “Why’d y’all build that damned road in the fog?”
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“With global warming and all, why is it that the water is so far below the high water mark?”
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“Is Skagway in the United States part of Alaska, or the British Columbia part of Alaska?”
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“How many more (towns) until we reach Alaska?”
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A woman who worked a summer here in 1999 asked, "Is the waterfall by the cemetery still there?"
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A customer asked if she could buy a “whiffy card.” She was directed to a store that deals with Wi-Fi.
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“What do you think of the girls dressed up in the Red Onion? All those bosoms must get the seniors very excited!”
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A woman asked where everyone in Skagway lived. She was told there are 20-plus blocks of houses here.
"No, there aren't any houses. Where does everyone live?"
She continued to insist there were no houses regardless of what she was told.
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A tour driver for a raft company on the Taiya River in Dyea said he routinely shows clients a post card with an overview of the Skagway-Dyea valleys so they know where they are going. After the trip, as they were returning to the ship and crossing over the Skagway River bridge, a client asked, “Is that the river we just floated down?”
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Another driver who took a group up the White Pass into Canada was asked if they were going to Russia, or if they could “see Russia from the top of the pass.”
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A man asked, "Who is Lynn Canal?"
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A young man asked, "Do you have any nuggets?"
"Yes, I do."
Then he asked, "What's a nugget?"
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A woman stopped in the bookstore and asked if we sold the tours, or if she should just go next door where the tour sign is.
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A woman at the railroad dock asked if anyone “has a hard time with the altitude?”
"Well, if they go in the mountains, they might. The ocean is right there."
She didn't seem satisfied with the answer and walked away with a confused look on her face.
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People often ask why the capital was not moved from Sitka to Anchorage in 1906 (instead of Juneau). After being told there was no Anchorage in 1906 (not even a Native village), and that Anchorage did not exceed the populations of Fairbanks or Juneau until 1960, they are truly stupefied.
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Husband: “Where is the porn shop?
Wife: “Honey, I think you meant to say ‘pawn shop.’”
Husband: “Isn’t that what I said?”
Wife” “No, I think you were thinking of something else.”
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On a rare sunny day in August, a visitor came in and grumbled, “Why would a cruise ship come here?”
The clerk felt like throttling him, but held her tongue.
A few minutes later, another man came in and said, “This is my favorite of the three places we have been.”
Life was good again.

And with that, we enter the last two weeks of the season. The wind is trying to keep up with the rain, and so far doing a pretty good job of it. May it also blow us a little sunshine to show off the fall colors.