Tuesday, July 21, 2015


Aksplaining is a verb I think I just coined, or at least Google does not reveal its prior existence. It's the act of explaining Alaska to people outside Alaska. For example, if you live in Alaska, you often have to "Aksplain" the following things:

  • No, not everyone lives in igloos. 
  • No, polar bears do not wander into Anchorage or Juneau.
  • Yes, a meatball sandwich at Subway really costs that much.
  • No, we're not going to get killed by a bear today.
  • Um ... sea level is zero elevation.
  • No, the glacier is not dirty.
  • No, I haven't seen Sarah Palin recently.
  • Seriously, people don't use umbrellas.
  • Yes, someone shot that hot dog you're eating.
  • Yes, mail really takes that long.
  • No, it doesn't always take as long as you think it does to get here.
  • Yes, it's big.
  • Yes, there are very few people living here relative to its geographic size.
  • Yes, some people have running water.
  • Yes, some people don't have running water.
  • Yes, that is seriously the Capitol Building.
  • No, little if anything you saw on reality TV was real.
  • Yes, it snows a lot.
  • No, not last winter.
  • Yes, climate change is happening.
  • Yes, it's still often quite cold.
  • No, not always.
  • Yes, that's a wood stove.

There you have it: Life in AK, Aksplained!

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