I'm assuming NORTHERN EXPOSURE reruns were inaccurate.
February 11, 2009 7:43 AM Subscribe
Seeking information about the mundanities of day-to-day life in the Alaskan Bush region.
posted by EmpressCallipygos to Grab Bag (14 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I'm writing a general-information-type article on life in the Alaskan Bush region, and I'm looking for info on the kinds of things that are accepted as common-knowledge, "the way we do things here" kinds of details that wouldn't be common-knowledge for anyone in the lower 48 -- for example, I've heard that it's frowned upon (or even illegal, in some places) to not pick up hitchhikers, because it'd be a matter of life and death to someone whose car broke down, say. Or, info like "no one has a septic tank because of the permafrost" or "mail delivery is once a week because it's so remote", etc. is also what I'm looking for.
This is for an audience of high school students in Scranton, PA, if that helps; it's to accompany a production of a play set in the area, and is one of four articles I'm writing.
I'm researching in other corners as well, but data points from current or former Alaskan MeFites would also be good. Or if anyone knows of a blog from someone adjusting to moving there, that would also be what I'm looking for. Thanks!