I have a confession to make. Mike and I are addicted to Alaska reality shows on TV. Alaska State Troopers, Yukon Men, Buying Alaska, they fascinate us! Why? I have no idea why! They are just like all the other redneck shows...only frozen and with better scenery!
However, I CAN say we have learned many things from these shows. First, we never want to live in a place where we are not at the TOP of the food chain. That is not the case in Alaska. Second, we do not want to live in a place where you pay hundreds of thousands of dollars for a home that has no indoor bathroom...again, not the case in Alaska! Third, we want to be able to walk down the road or sit on our porch without having to use a gun. Actually, from what we can tell, no one has the time or inclination to sit on their porch in Alaska. In the summer they are too busy preparing for winter by cutting wood and hunting for food. In the winter the snow is over the porch and up to the windows so...no sitting on the porch!
On "Yukon Men" the danger these people face every day is amazing. I would imagine it keeps them on their toes...but I don't want to be on my toes. It looks exhausting! I just can't imagine living in a place where you need FIFTEEN cords of wood to survive the winter!! I like a little snow around Christmas, and then it can just go away! Not in Alaska.
A co-worker here at the station used to live in Alaska. She told me a story about how she had just washed her hair one winter morning and discovered her comb was in her car. So she just ran out to the car to get it. When she opened the car door it banged against her long hair and broke a big chunk of her hair off! Her hair had frozen solid in the few seconds it took her to run to the car! Ummm...no thanks!
So we will admire those who fight daily to live in Alaska from our couch in Texas, where we are warm and at the top of the food chain. At least we think we are.