You comedians are doing all the heavy lifting for me...
This just in from Naturelady, and if you want to see some spectacular pictures of Alaska you should definiely check out her blog:
Here's something hilarious I found on an Alaskan blog (THE ESTER REPUBLIC):
The United States of America, your quality supplier of ideals of liberty and democracy, would like to apologize for its 2001-2008 service outage. The technical fault that led to this eight-year service interruption has been located, and the parts responsible for it were replaced November 4th.
Early tests of the newly-installed equipment indicate that it is functioning correctly, and we expect it to be fully functional by January 20th. We apologize for any inconvenience caused by the outage, and we look forward to resuming full service --- and hopefully even to improving it in the years to come.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.