NRAF: What do you think of all of this volcano stuff?
Me: I think it's just a bunch of hype; the media trying to scare us again. 
 Actually, this time I don't think it's just media hype. There are legitimate, verifiable scientific reasons why we should be concerned that Mt. Redoubt may erupt any day now. Accordingly, I scored a few face masks from the black market (all the stores were sold out), because the other suggested option, using a wet bandanna to cover your face and prevent inhalation of mass ash, doesn't seem like it will work in 11-degree weather.
NRAF: I actually kind of want it to erupt--I mean, it's one of the cooler natural disasters you can live through.
Me: You do realize it is going to fuck everything up for months, right? The last time it erupted it lasted for 5 months. 
NRAF: Wait--what? I was willing to be inconvenienced for a weekend . . . nevermind. I'm not rooting for an eruption anymore.
 The last time Redoubt erupted it occurred over a period that lasted from December 1989 through April 1990. This doesn't make any sense to me. I thought volcanoes just erupted and then you dealt with the aftermath. 5 months? Can someone explain this?
If it does erupt, at least it will look pretty cool. Here is a picture from 1990:
UPDATE: Maybe it is all hype. I just went to the Anchorage Daily News website and the pending eruption isn't even listed among the main headlines anymore. Here are the top stories affecting our safety at 6:25 pm:
1. C Street closed after car gets hit by train.
2. Storm may bring a foot of snow overnight.
3. Students safe after school fire.
4. Palin forms PAC.
5. Man shoots and kills woman then self in parking lot.
Train accident, snowstorm, school fire, Sarah Palin for President, murder/suicide in a parking lot. Oh, and a volcano may erupt. This place is scary. Get me out of here.