An eagle flexes its wings to ward off pesky crows trying to hone in on a meal of fresh pink salmon being shared with two of his own species. Such are the ways of the Dyea Flats bird hierarchy along the Taiya River. - Jeff Brady

 A kicker to the "Heard on the Wind" comment in the 9/13 paper : “You winter here, you must be married.”
After a Skagway resident’s husband died, she says she was contacted by a relative in Michigan and was asked, "What will you do?"
"Stay in Alaska,” she said.
"How can you stay in Alaska without a man?”

A woman looks at Kirmse's clock on the Cliffside and asks, "What is that up there? An old gold mine?"

Another asks if there’s an ocean here.

On 7th Avenue, two women looked around and pointed to the mountains and asked if that's where the trail to the Klondike is.

A Skagway resident in her car was slowing, coming out of an alley, and stopped for visitors on the sidewalk. A woman came up to her window and said, "You know, cars are not allowed in Disney World."

A man picks up a shoe with a 1/2 off sticker on it, and then asks, "How much is this?"
"It is $100 but it is on sale for half off!" the store owner responds.
"Oh so how much is that?"
The storekeeper looks at him and after a pause, then says, "You're asking me what half of 100 is?"
"Yes" he replies.
"Well half of 100 would be 50...the shoes are $50".

Then, as if that didn’t drive her nuts, she tells a story about a crew member who came up to the register with a backpack marked 1/2 Off, and then, as his sale is being rung up, asks, "Is there any discount?”
"Yes, this pack is 1/2 off,” the store clerk responds.
The crew member looks disappointed and says, "Do you have more discount? Crew discount?".
The cashier, having seen enough, says, "Stop just being greedy, half off is good enough."

On a tour van over the White Pass, after hearing his guide explain about the mountains, glaciers, lakes, history, etc., a visitor asked if “the cruise ships get this far.”

A tradesman, having just flown into Skagway and gone to the school, asked the elevation of the school. He insisted that it couldn’t be sea level, as he was told, since his GPS said it was 400 feet.

After showing visitors on his van a large aerial photo of the Skagway and Dyea area and explaining the glacier-carved valleys, the fjords caused by melting of the ice, and the dramatic tidal changes, he was then asked by a visitor, “Is Long Bay fresh water?”

We will finish this last round of 2013 wind with some choice blasts from our crew of dedicated Newsies:
“How far up the valley is below sea level?”
“Who paints the snow on the mountains? It can’t be real since it’s summer.”
“What do you do with the glaciers at night?”
And the Newsie responded, in all seriousness, “We unplug them.”

The final answer satisfied the visitor, and away they go. We also are satisfied with the season and its healthy amount of quality wind. We will miss them, of course, especially when the pockets are empty on a cold February day and the north wind sends us nothing but cold chills. Ah, the windy one is attempting to wax poetic. Winter must be upon us, which means he has more books to work on getting published. Congrats to this month’s windy drawing winner, A.J. Conley. A copy of Skagway: City of the New Century is being held for you at the bookstore. Look for some new titles on our drawing list next summer, starting with Andrew Cremata’s Fish This! book, due out this winter. We'll leave you with this image of a ship departing on a beautiful summer evening this year.

- Jeff Brady