Saturday, April 16, 2016

N - NOME

IS FOR NOME


Nome, one of the best known cities in Alaska. Nome is the city where a diphtheria epidemic required a relay of dog sled teams to deliver the life saving serum in 1925. In memory of the event, a race is run every year in March called the Iditarod.

In Murder & Obsession, Nome is one of the places Detective Steven Quaid visits in his pursuit of the criminals.


Murder & Obsession
Excerpt:
Their plane came in for a landing at the Nome Airport on a clear, bright, but cold, day.
The airport manager met them on the tarmac. “Detective Quaid, so good to make your acquaintance. I’ve been reading about you in the papers.” He shook each man’s hand. “Mr. Thomas, Mr. Summers. I have coffee and donuts waiting in my office.” He pointed to the nearest hanger. “You picked a great day to visit. The winds have been ferocious this last week; today it’s deceptively mild.”
Steven grinned. “Nonresidents would never call these winds mild. Thank you for taking the time to meet with us, Mr. Thane.” Rand Thane, a portly man, had a pleasing personality. His bright smile and welcoming attitude worked for the man in charge.
“Rand, please. My condolences, Detective. I hope you find the bastard soon.”
Before Steven could answer, a gunshot sent the men to the tarmac. “Anyone hit?” Steven said, as he drew his gun and surveyed the area in a search of the shooter.
“No,” they chorused.
“Rand, you okay?”
“I might have to change my pants, but I wasn’t hit,” Rand said.
Shouts came from behind the hangar. With guns drawn, the men ran in search of the shooter.
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35 comments:

  1. They crossed the Yukon River
    And found the Bonanza Gold
    Below that old white mountain
    Just a little south-east of Nome

    It reminds Hank of the lyrics of the hit song 'North to Alaska' by Johnny Horton featured in a 1960 movie starring John Wayne. Thanks for the memory Yolanda!

    Hank

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    1. North to Alaska! Oh yeah, love the song and the movie. Thanks, Hank, for the reminder!

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  2. That is one I knew, at least what the race was called.

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  3. Might have to change is pants. Yikes.

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    1. Gunshots frighten some folks. Others just take it as part of the background noise, especially in this day and age. :(
      Hi, Ivy!

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    2. I live where we have lots of shots but they are for deer. So here it is background noise, but, if it were shooting at humans, I might need a new pair of pants as well.

      Just put a test bake in the oven. Banana Crumble Cake.

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    3. Yum, I love anything banana! We hear a gun/rifle shot every now and then too. I still jump and always wonder where did it come from, is everyone all right. Don't like it especially when hunting season is over.

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  4. This is one fantastic race. I heard about the terrible accident on this last one.

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    1. Hi, Lee, me too, and the guy had the nerve after being caught to say it was an accident! They say he targeted the mushers and the dogs! Crazy!

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  5. I know about the Iditarod! Author Terry Lynn Johnson wrote about it and has been involved in the race.

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    1. Hi, Alex, I'll look him up. Love reading about Alaska.

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  6. I knew about the Iditarod, but not it's origins. Always seems such a harsh race although the dogs seem to love running.

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    1. The dogs do, and they have very strict rules in place to insure they aren't mistreated. I think pack pressure is as bad if not worse than peer pressure, some of them have died trying to achieve the goal.

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  7. Despite its harshness, the Iditarod is an amazing bonding experience between humans and their dogs.

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    1. It is, hi, Pamela! Thanks for visiting!

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  8. Loved the scene created.
    Did not know the vaccine was for diphtheria... It ravaged the midwest, and everywhere else. My grandmother's first child, Bobby, was 2 yr. old when he died. It was a gruesome death. She never recovered, her hair turned gray and then white. Breast milk for an infant girl dried up.

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  9. I love it! I'd definitely have to check my pants in an event like that! ;)

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  10. Defending the Pen has been included in our A Sunday Drive for this week. Be assured that we hope this helps to point even more new visitors in your direction.

    http://asthecrackerheadcrumbles.blogspot.com/2016/04/a-sunday-drive_17.html

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    1. Thank you Jerry, I'm thrilled to be part of your Sunday Drive posts!

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  11. Back with bells on to catch up on your posts and this one didn't disappoint - a shoot out at an airport!

    Nilanjana
    Madly-in-Verse

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    1. You are one busy lady, thanks for including me in your journey!

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  12. Interesting history. Great to link it with your story. :)

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  13. That's a fascinating origin for that race. I'd never heard that before.

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  14. That's a fascinating origin for that race. I'd never heard that before.

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    1. I'm thrilled that some of these posts are actual teaching moments. :)

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  15. I had no idea about the origins of the Iditarod - I'm learning so much stuff through your posts. Not the least of which is it might not be a good idea to stand around chatting on a tarmac when there's a criminal to catch.

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    1. Hi, Deborah, so true! Glad I made that clear! LOL

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  16. I didn't know that is how the Iditarod got started, that's interesting! I like the "deceptively mild" term, sounds like Oklahoma weather :)

    I'm catching up on your last few posts today, got behind :(

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  17. I am loving the excerpts Yolanda, reading it like a thirsty woman :) Now I am all the more eager to read the book.

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  18. This made for a fascinating read! Liked the history and the reason for the race! Simply amazing!

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  19. Interesting to learn the history of the Iditarod race! Your story is compelling reading as well.

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