Monday, November 26, 2012

Kenai Profiles: Todd Laflamme

This post has been long overdue.   When I first came up with the idea of "Kenai Profiles" I had a handful of people that I knew immediately were blog worthy.  But for some reason, I've put off profiling my long time friend, Todd Laflamme.  I guess it's one of those things that's been too close to me and unfortunately I've probably taken it for granted.  Not anymore.   I don't know about you but the benchmark that I use in determining the depth of a friendship is whether or not I would call a person at 2:00am if my truck broke down.  Todd is one of those guys I could call in the morning, during dinner, at 1:00am, 2:00am, 3:00am, doesn't matter.  He'd answer the phone and say "what do you need?"  How great is that? 

I first met Todd in 1982 when we both enrolled at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks.  Todd came from Connecticut and I came from Minnesota.   We lived in the same dorm and it didn't take too long to figure out we had a lot of similar interests.   I'll have to say some of my best adventures in college happened with Todd.   Hiking, fishing, and camping from Denali to Homer, whenever we had any extended time off  we would try find a way to get out and explore Alaska.   We still try to do this even today.

Since graduation Todd has lived in Anchorage.    He worked for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game for many years but now works with his father-in-law and son at Northern Meats, a wholesale meat distributor located in Anchorage.   Keep that in mind whenever you're ordering a steak at restaurant in Alaska.....it probably came from the crew at Northern Meats.
It wouldn't be a blog if I didn't share a few photos.  Here's the Laflamme family after a morning of silver fishing on the Kenai.  That's Kim, his wife, on the left, Todd in the middle, and Alec, his son, on the right.
Since Jane and I have owned Beaver Creek Cabins, Todd has made it a point to bring his mom and dad down to the Peninsula to recreate.   Bob, aka Dean-O, is one of a kind and Janet is a treasure.    Definitely one of our highlights each summer.

Here's Janet and Todd in the spring of 2012 walking the beaches near Ninilchik in pursuit of razor clams.

I do feel bad that I don't have any photos of Todd's in-laws, Jerry and Donna to post.  They too have been down to fish and dig clams but I fortunately did not have my digital camera with me when they were here.   I'll get 'em next time.

No other way to end this profile other than saying:  amigo, brother, bud, pal, compadre, cohort, comrade, dip net deck boss, walker of dogs, procurer of meat,  cleaner of clams, call Todd what you will, he's just a good guy and a good friend.

4 comments:

Dave Anderson said...

As Thanksgiving ends, it is those friends we are most thankful for! I know people from Connecticut, are you sure that's where he's from:-)

Anonymous said...

Ha! He's now lived in Alaska longer than Connecticut.

Keith

Kim RUBENS said...

I knew Todd in high school. I was just looking at my yearbook and saw that he wrote me a sweet note. So I googled him and saw your blog post. I am so glad he is doing well and is such a nice person. I didn't know him well in high school. But I had the worst crush on him. I wish him well.

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