Burying the Needle in Tok Alaska


Me: How cold is it this morning?

Husband: I think it is 60 below.

Me: Think? Did you check?

Husband: I did but the needle is buried.

Me: Under snow?

Husband: No. Haven’t you ever heard the expression “Bury the needle?”

Me: Err…no.

Husband: Oh, you must not have been a teenage boy in Montana.

Me: Not that I know of.

Husband: You know, racing your dad’s Pontiac and getting up past 120 miles per hour. It only went up to 120. If you went past that, you were burying the needle.

Me: Is it colder than 60 below?

Husband: Could be. It buried the needle.

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  1. Maureen Clark

     /  December 31, 2008

    Hi Aliza,
    I am one of Greg’s former co-workers at subsistence. A friend, Cassandra Stalzer, sent me your blog address and I’ve been enjoying it. I look forward to keeping up with how the three of you are doing out there.
    Maureen Clark
    P.S. It’s a balmy 13 below here in ANC.

  2. Well crud, it’s supposed to get to 60 *above* here in Vegas. You should visit!

  3. zac_in_ak

     /  January 1, 2009

    HAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH ok Im done laughing I’m just glad it’s you and not me : ) its a warm -8 here in Anchorage

  4. How do you heat your house when it’s -60? I can’t even image that much cold. Well, I was in a -40 windchill thing years ago but yowzer, -60?

  5. Aliens In Tok

     /  June 1, 2010

    Zowie! Talk about land of extremes! It’s been HOT and dry for the past week, fires all over the state- I’m turning into a red lobster…oh, for the days below zero….NOT !

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