I love in my Boys in Brown (true story involving UPS)

Apparently Alaskan Dreams is living up to it’s name and becoming a dream journal or at least ideas and thoughts.. conversations with Brian etc because I believe the following is top notch.


I am a huge zombie fan, I love it all, enjoy the stories, the cultish behavior, the pop-culture herding of people, not just hungry zombies. I love it all, it has become more than just a pop-culture but a marketing scheme for many companies of non-zombie connections. Perhaps some other companies should re-think and take advantage of this especially during the up and coming Christmas season. One of which should be the United Parcel Service (UPS). Below is a snippet I posted on UPS’s page on Facebook, Twitter & Twitlonger and I also took the time to post a short version before I fully woke up on my Facebook timeline.


From #AK@TheUPSStore#UPS GO BROWN -TRUE STORY-6 AM from the end of a #zombie dream in#Alaska(maybe because you guys are a lifeline for me here in the Interior of Alaska)- “I’m not fully awake yet but had a weird ass dream about living in large compound during the zombie apocalypse, We had just taken care of a small herd and were cleaning up outside (washing my hair of zombie bits) I looked up and right outside the main wall I saw a UPS truck out for delivery.. I looked at my friend in dream and said “wow, they are delivering does this mean it is finally done?” the other guy in my dream says “Not when we still have the small bands and herds. I think that is one dedicated driver!”..

Apparently I really believe deep in my psyche how awesome UPS is!! — go brown!!

I do know that zombies could not  maneuver between the roadblocks our compound members had set up let alone drive a delivery truck through them. I do know soap was running into my eyesr as dumbly staring at the truck just drive casually past us and the pile of finally dead bodies… slowly… not speeding… driving cautiously… If there had been a 800 number I could have called well… could still be working I bet my dream persona (who had perfect long red hair with the perfect curl) would be picking up a phone to tell them  (yet again) how awesome I think UPS and their delivery guys are! (Oh and when I am awake, my guy shows up in shorts even in the middle of winter – they rock!)


((photos found at Pixilid.com 2008))

Review: San Diego 2014: The Last Stand of the California Browncoats

San Diego 2014: The Last Stand of the California Browncoats
San Diego 2014: The Last Stand of the California Browncoats by Mira Grant
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Short Stories are an under-appreciated genre but with the advent of ebooks it is allowing for authors to share single stories instead of being dependent on acceptance to anthologies. It is also a great way to get a taste of the flavor of an author. This definitely happened to me today and boy was I in for a surprise!


The only difference between a Comic-Con and a siege is whether or not they’re actually trying to kill you. And sometimes these ones try to kill you anyway, just to keep things interesting.

The author, Mira Grant had me first at Comic-Con and second at Browncoats**. The fact it as a zombie story had me clicking buy before you could moanbraaaaaaaaainnnnsss“. I cannot think of a more perfect setting for the zombie outbreak. Just who are the real risen and who are in makeup? I giggled purely with the thought of how I would deal with that “little” problem. It is one of those book discoveries you end up doing “facepalm” after recovering from your “OMG” face and then asking yourself how in the world you missed it! The perfect Weekly Shorts entry at $2.99, sitting at 120 pages an, what I believe to be the perfect length for a novella (approx 30K). 

A viral-based zombie story (Kellis-Amberlee),  is told in the form of flash-backs and memories being compiled by Journalist Mahir Gowda 30 years after the “Rising”. She has the task of obtaining an interview with a the only known survivor of the 2014 Comic-Con “event”, from a very reluctant CPT Lorelei Tutt USCG. Due to the wi-fi being turned back on the people who ended up trapped inside the San Diego Convention Center, the stories of the hero’s, the fallen and the general chaos were uploaded and preserved in digital format. This novella reads as a window to the past, or at least the column of blood and hunger.. despair and sacrifice making up this tale. It tells the stories of the first hero’s of the zombie apocalypse.

Ms. Grant introduced and developed definitive characters we immediately fall in love with. The challenge with the novella is to do this in a very focused presentation. It is a challenge that many film writers have when trying to take a novel and make it into a 2 hour film. What will need to be cut, or at least in this instance, what details can be left out or glossed over but still have a new reader to the series, like me, “get” the story and be sucked in. There were references and “whispers” to the news that was all over the wire and blogosphere about a zombie outbreak, and that was all I needed to know this was part of a bigger plot. 

Referencing so many sci-fi pop-culture tales, as well as one made up one (which honestly I wish would be made into a real TV Show) it made the fan-girl in me giggle and smile, even though I knew having Browncoats in the title, it was bound to be tragic in the end, especially when we know that Lorelei was the only known survivor. I cannot shout loud enough about this novella. It was out of this world fantastic, festive and phenomenally fun!

I would recommend this for not only those fans of zombie reads, but of anyone who likes a tragic adventure to boot! Grab a hold of a cricket bat, 2×4 or weapon of choice and dive in! I am giving this a bio-hazard rating of ? ? ? ? ? – FULL CONTAINMENT of excitement needed!

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Crafts to do on a cold Fall afternoon

With fall leaves floating past me on this cold fall morning. I am reminded of my promise to do some crafting today. While I was perusing Pinterest I found this delightful craft idea and will be starting to work on this today. I am in love with this idea and I have a bunch of what I deem “junk beads” which would be so beautiful!  Thanks to Linda!

Source: etsy.com via Linda on Pinterest

Visiting Fairbanks, AK? BLUE LOON SCHEDULE this Summer

Loon Update 7/17/12

Week at a Glance

new movie: Men in Black 3, starts Tues at 5:30pm

Hunger Games at 8pm

Fri: Karoke with Fo Luv after movies at 10pm

Sat: Drag Show: Rumble in the Jungle
DJ 50/50 afterwards

any thoughts on the band Sevendust for an outdoor August show?


5:30pm Tues-Fri, no show on Sat
Men in Black 3

view trailer

Agent J travels in time to MIB’s early years in the 1960s, to stop an alien
from assassinating his friend Agent K and changing history.

Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
Stars: Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones and Josh Brolin

8:00pm (Tues-Fri ), no showing on Sat
Hunger Games
view trailer 

Fri July 20th 2 10pm: Karoke with Fo Luv in the front room

Sat July 21st: Drag Show

Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival is in town and many shows are at the Blue Loon

Monday 7/23: Cabaret 8pm
Tuesday 7/24: Jazz 8pm
Friday 7/27: Cabaret 5:30pm

Fri/Sat July 27 and 28 @ 9pm: Burlesque Show

Outdoor Show Fri Aug 3rd
Jerry Garcia Pig Roast
15th annual
(maybe we skipped a few years, can’t remember)
( and yes we will have a roast pig)
Leftover Salmon

check ‘em out on Youtube
a great jam band that’s been to the Loon a couple times years ago and is now back.
they combine, bluegrass, rock, jazz, cajun, blues all into a
polyethnic cajun slamgrass ! or at least that’s what they call it.
a fun-time jam band, kinda like “the dead”.

pig roast

and Clinton Fearon and the Boogie Brown Band
a great reggae band that’s been at the Loon a few times, great roots reggae.
this is the “Marley type” reggae, real good groove, roots style, feel good and all that.
this is a truly great reggae band

watch him on youtube playing chatty chatty mouth 

pig roast 2

two great bands, one great show

Special Youth Pricing
under 10: free
under 21: $15
over 21: $25

Tickets avail now online for Leftover SalmonClinton Fearon Concert
on Fri Aug 3rd. online now, paper tix on sale now.

other shows:

Tim Easton: Thursday Aug 16th

Sweating Honey: Fri Sept 7th, last show !! (this time for real)

Dar Williams: Fri Sept 28th tix online now

Martin Sexton: Fri Oct 5th

all these shows will be on sale online by next week.

Also, we will have a certain “celtic rock” band in late Sept, but I can’t make
the official announcement just yet.

any thoughts on the band Sevendust for an outdoor August show?