Jack Inhofe recently dropped by the windy one’s house with a huge King Boletus mushroom that he found under a rock by Seven Pastures. He said he will use it to make two pizzas and have enough left over for a half gallon of dried delicacies. Jeff Brady
From the “you’ve been busted” file: A bicycle tour guide was overheard telling his group as they pulled up to a Stop sign, “Stopping at a Stop sign is optional.”
Overheard in the morning at 252 Broadway from a small family heading north on the boardwalk: "So, should we go into town first?"
And a couple blocks north: “I don’t see any churches – do you?”
More wind from the rock shop:
“Is jade a rock?”
“What do you do for electricity in the winter?”
“What does a gold nugget look like?”
A sales clerk was observed showing a tourist a hat with built-in flotation. The tourist then asked, "You mean it will save my life if I fall overboard?"
A tourist said a local sent them over for rock samples. After being told that the local probably meant “specimens” and not “free samples,” the tourist said that the person that sent him was probably related to Soapy Smith!
And speaking of Soapy, a man on the Railroad Dock asked the windy one about the skull on the rocks, saying it was great art. He was told it was “Soapy Smith’s Skull” and painted some time after the desperado’s violent demise in 1898.
The inquirer seemed disappointed.
“I’m a big Grateful Dead fan,” he said. “I thought it might be a Dead skull.”
“Sorry, it ain’t Jerry (Garcia), man,” replied the windy one. “But if it helps, our Soapy can sing a mean ‘Friend of the Devil.’”
That one was for Jim “Soapy” Richards. You have been a great ambassador for Skagway since the mid-1970s (when we had five ships a week). The News gang wishes you all the best in your retirement from the Broadway stage after 35 years, a truly amazing run. If you get a chance, catch his last show at the Eagles Hall at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 17th and send him off in style. The News will be there for sure. We love you more than Jerry, man. Good health to you and Terri. Mahalo. For the rest of the gang, we have just another couple weeks of ships. Spread the wind for the Sept. 25 issue, so it may last all winter.