Friday Facts: Alaskan Tells for anyone to know.
Do you planning on visiting Alaska someday?
These Alaska tells will keep you clear of insulting the locals and hopefully, save you a little embarrassment.
The Alaskan Tells are a few traits that Alaskans tend to be born with, and newcomers adapt to soon enough.
It’s funny to me, because I grew up in New York state, on a dairy farm and graduated from a school where my teachers were my Mother’s teachers. (And boy, could a couple hold a grudge!)
When I arrived in Alaska, I was so overwhelmed by the fantastic wild surrounding everything, I didn’t even notice some of these until much later.
For instance, to go feed the horses, I put my long underwear on, a warm layer like lined jeans or fleece pants, a turtleneck or some-such, a sweater or sweatshirt over that and wool socks.
Then! I put my snow-pants (great wind protection) on, my bunny-boots, my parka, a head sock-silky-thingy, my leather and fleece lined face mask, and a fur hat. Lastly, I’ll grab glove liners and thick gloves.
Sheesh. Don’t forget to tuck the ear-buds into all the head-gear, and the iPod into a safe pocket and grab my sunglasses to prevent snow-blindness (not to mention it keeps the wind outta my eyes).
So. I totally “get” shoveling ten minutes of snow at -40* F in my shorts. (Except, I do wear gloves and a hat!)
Where do you live? Do the “locals” have what outsiders might consider strange customs and language? C’mon, share a chuckle!
All silliness aside, it really fries my butt when I try to order something and am told they only ship to the United States…. I mean, Really?
Ok, I really do completely love my world here in Chisana, Alaska and as we are in the business of having guests and clients come to Chisana, I can totally understand the confusion and a little (really little) derision, from new-comers. But! All places have traditions and customs unique to themselves.
What living in Alaska, real Alaska, has taught me is that people, all people, will find a way. (You may even call this survival.) People will find a way to make what is around them, work for them. Kinda makes me proud to be a human. Definitely proud to be an Alaskan!
If you like random information, you may thoroughly enjoy reading our previous Friday Facts.
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