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Monday, March 19, 2012

King of All He Surveys

Today I actually uttered the phrase "hold the phone." 

I love my adopted home state of Alaska, but sometimes its little oddities still surprise me.  Like the fact that the mayor of Talkeetna is a cat.

Yes, you read that right.  A cat.  His name is Mr. Stubbs, he's an orange tabby with a stub of a tail (hence the name) and he rules over Talkeetna, population 860.

Photo from Nagley's General Store,
If you're not familiar with the odd but wonderful town of Talkeetna, it is the usual jumping-off point to climb Denali, a/k/a Mt. McKinley--though if you call it McKinley, Alaskans will know you're not from here.

Personally, I think he's got a lot of gravitas.  I've seen less likable politicians.


  1. With the state of politics these days, this seems a most sensible decision.

  2. What?!? I freaking love Alaska. This is perfectly silly and just perfect. Thank you for putting a smile on my face!!

  3. LOL!! LOVE that a cat is the mayor of the town! Probably a lot less problems! This is hilarious. Seriously, only in Alaska! That's awesome!

  4. I had no idea that was possible...I'm not sure if I should be thrilled or worried!

  5. I don't exactly know how it is possible, either--maybe Talkeetna isn't incorporated? I found a website that suggested it had to be done by special election because no human wanted the job.

  6. If cats could talk, they wouldn't.

    I love this story. And, I agree---Mr. Stubbs is probably wiser and more dignified than most!

  7. Maybe I should back Eliot for office! :)

  8. Considering the current crop of presidential hopefuls, I'd be perfectly willing to consider Mr. Stubbs!