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  •  what is the "Real Alaska" ? (3+ / 0-)
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    MichaelNY, Senor Unoball, Roadbed Guy

    Why is the 2012 map any more representative of Alaska than the 2008 map?

    Alaska, admittedly, is a cipher to me...I know next to nothing about it.  I have no idea what "the real Alaska" consists of.

    Oregon: Sure...it's cold. But it's a damp cold.

    by Keith930 on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 07:33:46 PM PST

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      MRA NY, MichaelNY, Senor Unoball

      the "Real Alaska" has not changed, geographically from 2008 to 2012.  I was saying "Real Alaska" because Sarah Palin made a point of mentioning the "Real America" during the 2008 campaign - you know, the places outside of Hollywood and New York.  So the "Real Alaska", to me, is the Alaska outside of the Anchorage suburbs.  The Alaska people think of when they think of Alaska.  Make sense?

      VA-03 (current residence) NC-07 (home)

      by psychicpanda on Mon Nov 19, 2012 at 07:40:57 PM PST

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    •  The Real Alaska (2+ / 0-)
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      MichaelNY, Old Lefty

      Is just kind of a dig and inside joke.

      The saying up there is that you have to leave "Los Anchorage" to get to the "real Alaska."

      "Real Alaska" is what your mind thinks of when you hear the state's name: Deep snow, deep cold, high mountains, wildlife, fur hats, moose, bears, and leaping salmon.

      Which is essentially anywhere but the traffic jams of Anchorage.

      I've lived in Anchorage and also "real Alaska" and I greatly prefer the latter.

      Please proceed, governor

      by Senor Unoball on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 10:06:50 AM PST

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      •  Great till '85 when the pipeline construction (2+ / 0-)
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        MichaelNY, Senor Unoball

        and the economy on the interior all but shut down. Took the wife, step-daughter and brand new baby to Kauai from Fairbanks in December of '84. Wasn't two days till I said "WTF are we living in freezin' bloody Fb when we could be living here". Four months later I was running a condo in Poipu thinking "mmmmmmm, glad we ain't in Fairbanks anymore".

        Loved Ak., lived it off and on for nine years, left it 25 years ago, no urgent need to visit anytime soon, and I still get pain in my feet from a couple near fatal cold weather events. Wouldn't trade the experience for anything though. Truly awesome, fearful and wonderful place and people.

        Just getting a handle on the knobs and dials.... Hey, don't touch that!

        by Old Lefty on Tue Nov 20, 2012 at 04:53:20 PM PST

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