What I did expect: information about Alaska internet connections from internet connection salesman Anthony. What I didn’t expect: Alaska wildlife warnings bootcamp.
But I got both.
We are in the middle of some serious Alaska house hunting from afar. I need a house with an internet connection so that I can do many wonderful things like hold my work-from-home job
and browse REI sales.
The thing I’ve learned, however, is that an internet connection is not exactly a given in Alaska. The further you get out of your typical neighborhoods in town, the more this appears to be true. And so when we started looking at a gorgeous house about 20 minutes outside of actual town, my immediate thought was
“but what about my Netflix?” “I need internet for my job.”
And so I called GCI, the cable internet provider, and gave salesman Anthony the address. Answer? No connection, then yes, then no again, then “please hold,” then quite a bit of holding, then the decision that what we really need is a tech to drive out there and investigate.
But during all of this, my new buddy Anthony gave me a few unsolicited pieces of fun Alaska advice. And since this blog is meant to be a learn-as-you-go experience for both me and you all, I thought I would share it with you. Yes, I took notes while he was talking.
1. No matter how far you’re in a town, you’re still in Alaska. This statement was followed by a helpful discussion of the grizzly bears that roam a high-trafficked trail near town, causing said trail to be closed part of the year, lest people become a grizzly snack.
2. Make noise while walking around so the bears know you’re there. Noted.
3. If you can see the hair on a moose’s neck, it doesn’t matter. The neck hair, Anthony said, is considered indicative of the mood of the moose in question. Anthony said skip that and check out their ears. Head down and ears pointed towards you? “You better find a new place to be.” And if you’re close enough to determine the status of the hair, well, like the man said, “it doesn’t matter.”
Let that be a lesson to all of you, too.