A journalist observes life in the far north.
The 12th annual Bob O’ Que took place under sunny skies last weekend in downtown Fairbanks. I have been going to this party on Memorial Day weekend for a decade. The host is venerable News-Miner sports editor Bob Eley, whose eclectic group of friends includes journalists, teachers, lawyers, drunks, a doctoral student, public relations folk, actors and what have you.
My friend Helena lives near Bob and crashed the party, meeting copy editor Gary Black. The two talked much of the time about the wisdom of hiding guns and food in a bunker in the woods somewhere. I arrived with another friend, Judy, who kept saying these two men were bothering her but she’d go back and talk to them when they weren’t paying attention to her, haha.
I enjoyed seeing my friends, passing Lucky around and seeing a woman who was a juror in the trial of a drug dealer that I covered some months ago.
Live music at the party was a real treat this year.